Monday, October 5, 2015

CardMaker Magazine/Lil' Inker Designs Blog Hop!

Hello, friends! I'm so happy to be participating in the CardMaker Magazine blog hop with Lil' Inker Designs! You should have arrived here from Mendi Yoshikawa's blog but if not, head on over to the CardMaker Magazine blog to start at the beginning! 

We're all about AUTUMN colors on this blog hop, so I pulled out a few of my favorite dies and some warm colored cardstock to create this quick card. Quick - seriously! It was! I'm absolutely obsessed with the Cover Up Die: Stitched Woodgrain, and the Perky Posies dies from Lil' Inker Designs. And this swirly, delicious Thanksgiving sentiment stamp pulled it all together. Flowers aren't just for springtime you know! 

Layering all these flowers in different colors and sizes is really fun and it creates so much dimension on a card. And I've been telling you for weeks now. . . I can't stop with the twisted twine behind my sentiments lately. I just CAN'T STOP! ( I might need a twine intervention.) 

And now, crafty friends, your next stop along the hop is 

Thanks so much for joining us on today's CardMaker/Lil' Inker Designs blog hop! Have a great day! xoxo

Lil' Inker Designs Products used on today's card:

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Monday, September 14, 2015

{Technique Tuesday & Cath Edvalson}

Hello friends! I am absolutely, positively, and COMPLETELY thrilled to celebrate with my friends, Cath Edvalson and Technique Tuesday on Cath's new collection of stamps and dies which debuted at TT earlier this month. 

And what better way to celebrate??? A blog hop of course. After all, we're crafters, and when we aren't crafting - we're blog hopping! I am sweating and giggly, just being in the lineup with the amazing crafters participating in today's hop. You should have come here from the lovely and talented Melissa Phillips. I just know you're loving the inspiration, and I can't wait to check it all out myself!  (If you're just starting here, or you get lost along the way, head to the Technique Tuesday blog for the whole list of participants!)

So, I have two projects to share with you today, using Cath's Heartfelt Thanks stamp set, Chain of Flowers die, and Garden Leaves die. 

The Garden Leaves die is my favorite of this release (I think. . .it's so very hard to choose!) The leaves can be used by themselves, or with the shadow layer behind them. I had a ton of fun playing around with all the different options!

You can find all of Cath's products on the Technique Tuesday website, as well as at Simon Says Stamp and Ellen Hutson

Blog hops also mean PRIZES! (Am I right!?) Comment along the hop for a chance to win! One person will win all 5 of Cath's new products, and two other lucky winners will receive $25 gift certificates to Technique Tuesday! Leave a comment on one blog, or all of them! More comments equal more chances to win! (Comments close at midnight PST on Sept. 16th, 2015. The three winners will be announced on the Technique Tuesday blog on Sept. 18th, 2015.)

And now, be on your merry, crafty way to Jaclyn Miller and enjoy the rest of the hop! Thanks for celebrating Cath Edvalson and her beautiful new collection with Technique Tuesday!

Friday, September 11, 2015

September Monthly Meetup Challenge: Colors of Fall {Lil' Inker Designs}

Hello friends! Today kicks off the latest Monthly Meetup Challenge at Lil' Inker Designs! We have a theme for this month, the Colors of Fall. 

Here's the scoop on the September MMC Inspiration Challenge:

  • Make any project inspired by the cards you see in the graphic above, and/or use the colors of Fall
  • Upload your project to your blog or favorite online gallery and link to the challenge's InLinkz tool (below) by 9/18/2015, 11:30 PM (EST) on the Lil' Inker Blog post
  • Your post should also contain the inspiration graphic and a link to our challenge.
  • In order to be eligible for a prize your project must exclusively feature stamps and dies from Lil' Inker Designs.
  • If you're on Instagram and share your project make sure you tag @lilinkerdesigns #monthlymeetupchallenge

This month we will be giving away TWO $25 gift certificates to Lil' Inker Designs to two lucky winners! How cool is THAT!?

Okay, on to my challenge card. . . . I'm not even kidding you, I whipped this baby up in 15 minutes. One of the things I love about the products from Lil' Inker is that they make card-making so EASY. I grabbed a background die (Cover Up Die: Pointelle) and a circle die (Dual Stitched Circles die) a stamp set (Paint Your Canvas), and the Perky Posies flower dies that I use over. and over. and over. And this came together easy peasy. I added a few embellishments (a little loopy twine, because I can't stop with the loopy twine) and sequins (because I can't stop with the sequins.) 

Okay friends, if you haven't already, head on over to the Lil' Inker Designs blog, for lots more inspiration - there's even a video there for you, and seriously - one of the featured cards blew my mind. It was one of those head-slapping moments of "WHY didn't I ever think of THAT!?" I'm inspired. . .and I hope you are too! And then, sit down and create something for our Colors of Fall challenge! Hugs, my friends! Thanks for stopping by today!


Lil 'Inker Designs products used on this project:

This post contains affiliate links for Lil' Inker Designs. When you make purchases through my links, I  may earn a small compensation - but you don't pay an extra penny. Sweet deal, huh!? Thanks for shopping through my links! (And seriously - you NEED those Perky Posies dies!) :)

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Lil' Inker Designs September Release Blog Hop {Day 3}

Hello and welcome to Day 3 of the Lil' Inker Designs Blog Hop! We've been celebrating FALL Y'ALL, and I'm loving it! So without further ado. . .one more fall project for you today.

I created this Give Thanks card, plus a little placecard which would be perfect to reproduce for a Thanksgiving table setting. The new stamp set, So Thankful, will have you all set for beautiful Thanksgiving crafting and the So Thankful Label Die will make those projects EASY PEASY! 

 And next, a completely NOT holiday, autumn-looking card. But how amazingly gorgeous is the new Wrapper's Delight: Lattice die!? It is REALLY fun, and I'm looking forward to lots of creative projects with this background. For today, I did a super simple card using the Hello Word Die, and some scraps of cardstock. Quick, easy, and fabulous! 

Thanks so much for hopping with us this week. It's fun to share the new goodness coming from Lil' Inker Designs! I hope you've had fun . . .don't forget to comment along the way for your chance to win one of three $15 gift certificates from the Lil' Inker Designs store! And now, head to the lovely Jennifer Carter!

Here's the entire blog list, in case you aren't starting from the beginning!
LID Blog
Karen Baker
Amy Kolling
Heather Hoffman
Laura Williams {YOU ARE HERE!}
Jennifer Carter
Sarah Jay 
Chrissy Larson
Maureen Merritt

 Lil' Inker Designs store

Product used on today's projects:
 So Thankful Label Die

Friday, September 4, 2015

Lil' Inker Designs September Release Blog Hop {Day 2}

Hello friends! Welcome to Day 2 of the Lil' Inker Designs Blog Hop! I just love blog hop week, don't you?! So much inspiration and fun! Yesterday I shared some Halloween projects with you, and today I thought I'd share some apple projects! The Teacher Talk Stamps, and Apple Pieces Dies are just fabulous for fall projects. 

On the first card I mainly used the Apple Pieces dies. I die cut the whole set of dies in three colors and then pieced them together mixing and matching the colors. It was a lot of fun to create! Paired with a simple sentiment from the Teacher Talk stamps, this card came together really simply (especially with the Border Builders dies for that fun swirly strip!)

 And next, a teacher card - I'm going to send this card into one of my son's teachers, just to say "thank you and HOORAY we've made it through the first few weeks of school!" I created both background patterns using the stamp set, and then the Teacher Word Die as part of the sentiment.

 Thanks for hopping with us on Day 2 . . .stop back by tomorrow, my friends for the third and final day! Be sure to comment on each blog, each day, for a chance to win one of three $15 gift certificates to the Lil' Inker Designs store! All of the new products are in the store NOW, so head there after the hop to check out all the delicious goodies! See you tomorrow! xoxo

Here's the entire hop list in case you didn't start at the beginning!

Products used on today's projects:

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Lil' Inker Designs September Release Blog Hop {Day 1}

Hellllooooooo friends! Happy SEPTEMBER! 
I love September. 
And I hate September.
(I probably blog-complain about this every year. . .so bear with me.) I live in Florida, so while the rest of the universe is excited about leaves starting to change, feeling fall in the air, and putting on a sweater, we still have a good two months (at least) before any of those things will be happening here. (And to be fair, the leaves on our oak tree don't fall off until February. For real.) So for now, I dream of fall. . . .
This week we're celebrating lots of fall fun during the Lil' Inker Designs September Release Blog Hop. Apples, and Halloween, and Autumn - oh my! 

Today I have two Halloween cards to share with you. I used the Seen on Halloween stamps for both of these cards. I embossed this ghost onto a dark gray cardstock. Isn't it COOL!? I was so impressed how nicely it embossed, thanks to a brand new jar of fine white embossing powder, and wonderfully made stamps! I layered some vellum and twine behind my ghosty, and matted Lil' Inker's Ombre Chevrons 6x6 patterned paper. One cool feature of this stamp set is that it coordinates with dies that you may already have in your stash. Last year's release of Stitched Ghosts Die Set coordinates with this ghost! (Plus there are additional coordinating dies in the Seen On Halloween Die Set)

Up next. . . .There's another cool coordinating set with this Best Witches card as well. This solid stamp, from the new Seen On Halloween set, coordinates with the criss-cross patterned witch from last year's Bats & Broomsticks stamp set (On this card I used it as the shadow) PLUS the Bats & Broomsticks Die Set which I used to die cut the witch. I love it when products coordinate so seamlessly! 

And now, I'll let you hop along to the next stop for today's hop, miss Jennifer Carter! 

Be sure to comment on each blog, each day, for a chance to win one of three $15 gift certificates to the Lil' Inker Designs store! All of the new products are in the store NOW, so head there after the hop to check out all the spooky goodies! See you tomorrow! xoxo

Here's the entire hop list in case you didn't start at the beginning!

Products used on today's projects:

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Hello! {Technique Tuesday plus a little blog refreshing}

I've been doing a little work on the bloggity-blog, so I wanted to pop in and say HI. This is a card I did months ago. Maybe even a year ago. So I couldn't quite tell you what all I used. The Say It- Hello die is from Technique Tuesday. I do know that, (and I love it. As a side note - seriously, have you looked at Technique Tuesday lately? I swear their dies just keep getting cuter and cuter!)

I created this card for an unpublished issue of Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking magazine. (Sniffle. I still miss our beloved magazine, don't you?) This card was to showcase the idea of focal point. So, indeed this card has a pretty strong, well, FOCAL POINT. Having a focal point means that your eyes know just where to rest on a project (often without us even realizing it.) And then the eye naturally keeps coming back to that point. Often, a project can become so busy that different elements of it compete for our attention. This idea holds true for cards, scrapbook layouts, paintings, photography - any type of visual art. 

So, there you go - your daily dose of art education. (I knew there was a reason I majored in Art Education!) 

And as for the blog - I may make a few more tweaks, but thank you for stopping by today! If you have thoughts or suggestions, I'd love to hear them! (Maybe it doesn't even look different to you - and if so, that's okay too!) 

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

August Monthly Meet-Up 5th Birthday Celebration! {Lil' Inker Designs}

I'm thrilled to celebrate with Lil' Inker Designs as they celebrate their 5th birthday this month! In honor of the special occasion, I've created a birthday card for this month's Monthly Meet Up. (You can find all the details on the Lil' Inker blog!) 
Even BETTER news, as part of the birthday celebration, LID is releasing Birthday Balloon Greetings Stamps and Birthday Balloon Greetings Dies! I used them to create today's card, and they'll be the perfect addition to your stash for birthday and celebration projects! 

And when you thought that was the last of the BIG news. . . there's a BIRTHDAY SALE going on too! Woohoo! 
So I've mentioned recently that I'm loving layers lately. I did some simple diecutting with the Dual-Stitched Squares dies, and layered up some twine and the sweet little gift from the new Birthday Balloon Greetings goodies. (And that chevron paper. . .swoon, yep, that's from Lil' Inker too!)

Be sure to head on over to the Lil' Inker Designs blog to check out all the info on the birthday sale, and this month's Meet Up Challenge - we'd love for you to join us! Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today! xoxo

Other Lil' Inker Products on today's card:

When you purchase Lil' Inker products from any of my links, I receive a small affiliate compensation, but you don't pay an extra penny! Sweet deal, huh!? Thanks for shopping from my links!