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Thursday, January 11, 2018

January New Release Bonus Post


Hi there, everyone!!!  I'm stopping by today with one more project I made using something from our new release and I wanted to share it with you today!

If this is the first you're hearing of our new released you'll want to head on over to our website HERE to see everything just released in store Monday.

I have a card I just made and I'd like to share using our new Love You More Than Words Script Heart Die.


I didn't get a chance to make something using this lovely die during our release hop and it's so pretty and I really couldn't wait to play with it so here is a little something I whipped up today.



I actually turned this die into a STAMP!  I started by cutting this die using craft foam which cut very easily with a couple of passes through my machine. Once I pulled away the majority of the extraneous pieces, I added adhesive to a piece of vellum and laid it over my die cut which I had facing up. Voila! Here is my makeshift stamp!



To stamp with this, I gently pressed my Versamark pad over the exposed stamp and stamped onto stone cardstock and did a little heat embossing with this FABULOUS new Nuvo Embossing Powder  in Glitter Noir - which I love!



I trimmed it out by hand and adhered it to a piece of dark grey cardstock which I trimmed a little larger. Then, I made aqua card base which I die cut with the largest die from my Fringe Scalloped Rectangle Dies adding in the fringe you see there. Then, I added a patterned paper which I am TOTALLY digging from the Love & Adore 6x6 pad from Simple Stories.  I tied on a little raspberry twine and popped on some enamel dots and called it done.

I actually managed to make one more card for you today and here it is.


I started with the craft foam remnant from the faux stamp I made above. I used the negative piece which I cleaned up a bit with scissors and then used as a stencil. 
I taped it down with washi over my white card base and did a little ink blending. Once dry I trimmed my panel and shaped the corner as you see.
Then, using this awesome Rose Gold Foil paper I purchased at Paper Source I die cut my Love You More Than Words Script Heart Die and adhered it over my stenciled heart. I proceeded to die cut my stone card base with my Quilted Stitched XOXO Die and then attached my focal panel with foam tape and tied everything with black twine. I'm really glad I pursued my idea to use this faux stencil because I love love love the results!!!!  

The GREAT thing about both of these projects is that both my faux stamp and stencil are reusable!! YAY!!


This die is super pretty and can do so much! I hope you'll check it out on our website and add it to your collection!!!

I actually made a couple of very quick hello videos over the last two days. They're informul, unedited and just me in my office doing my thing taking a few minutes out to chat with you. The first video focuses on our new released Forever Hearts Dies Layers I and II.



Video 2 is just a quick look at my favorite project from the release made with our Farm Love Stamps and a quick look at that set.



I hope you'll check these out and give them a thumbs up on YouTube if you'd like to see more!

While you're here, just a quick reminder about our current offers.


You can WIN our entire release loaded with stamps and dies valued at over $150!!

All you have to do is leave comments for our Design Team Members as you visit their new release blog posts! Comments should be left by January 14th, 2018 11:30 PM EST to be eligible to win. That's all!!!!!

Here is a list of our Design Team Members who have made amazing projects to share with you using the items from our newest release:


Laura Pryor/LID Store Blog <<----- You are here!


Also, as you shop our new release keep in mind that we have an offer for you through the end of this month!


If you spend $75 or more in our store you qualify to receive this free item. NOTE: please add the item to your cart and then use the code SOKNOTTY at checkout. It's the only way the item will properly apply. Thank you!



Thank you so much for your time today! I'm heading back to my office to pack and ship your orders but I'll admit I did quite enjoy my crafty time today. It's all about balance, right?!

Thank you!!!








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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

New Release Blog Hop Day 3


Hello and welcome back to our new release hop for January here at Lil' Inker Designs! I'm glad you're here again!

If by chance it's your first day joining us then I'd invite you to visit our Day 1 and Day 2 posts.
In those posts  I go into great detail about each of the new items we release. Today is Day 3 and it's more of a quick re-cap and a couple of new projects for you to see.

Speaking of which let's get right to the new items we've released this week and the new projects I made with some of them.


































I'm so excited about this new crop of goodies in the store. If you'd like to take a closer look CLICK HERE to go to our website. Not only do I give you an in depth description of each item and their approximate sizes but there is also a project gallery there on each item's page showing you everything that's been made using that item.

Ok, and now for some projects..... Today I'm going to focus on our Galentine's Day Stamps and our Love Is Love Stamps.


Oh my goodness - I love this one!!! I started by stamping and coloring the car image from the Galentine's Day Stamps which I trimmed out by hand. We don't have coordinating dies for this set. If this is something you find yourself wanting please write to me and let me know. 
I mounted my card on a white panel which I die cut with one of the circles from my Silly Stitched Die Set (previously released but unendingly awesome). 


Once I had my focal panel complete I mounted it to an aqua card base which I had previously die cut with our new Quilted Stitched XOXO Die. It adds the perfect yum!!! Then I did a little paper layering for my sentiment and patterned paper. Oh and a little washi never hurts so on went the washi! 



Next up, I made this sweet little tag. In a perfect world I would have tied this to a bottle of beautiful blush wine I have in my cabinet but I'm sorry - I just didn't get a chance to and more than likely once adorned I'd give that wine away and I really want to keep it, LOL! SO, envision this tag on that pretty pink wine if you will and you'll see that this is the perfect little saying and image to pop on a tag and bottle of wine and bring to a friend's house as I'm sure they've done that for you. I'm obsessed with this font and you can be sure I'll be using it again. ACTUALLY, I used it in our Jar of Flowers Stamps too! Also seen here is the tag from our Silly Stitched Squares Die Set and a circle I cut a little from our Stitched Mats: Circles Die Set (both previously released sets). Very easy to make in a pinch and color.



Last but not least is the hardest card I've ever tried to photograph!!! HAHAHAH!!! It's filled with shimmer. I started by stamping my own background with my Love Is Love Stamps. I used a bunch of differently colored Fresh Inks and put them right to white card stock which I then sprayed with Mister Huey's Color Mists in the color "Shine" which I purchased from my pal Vanessa at Butterfly Reflections Ink. Love her and her shop! Definitely check it out if you haven't!

Once my stamped layer was complete I trimmed and scored a card base using teal green card stock which I layered with a holographic acetate from Bazzil called Pearl Mylar.  I purchased this at Paper Source. It's WICKED COOL!!!!!!! Then, I stamped the phrase from the Love Is Love Stamps onto pink paper and heat embossed in white and then I trimmed it into a flag. The hearts you see were stamped and hand cut. So they're actually stamps I made by hand with a foam sheet and my Love You More Balloons and Hearts Die Set, previously released. I die cut the foam and then used them as stamps.

Would you be interested in winning everything we released this week to have for your very own??


That's right! Everything you see here can be yours and all you have to do is leave comments for our Design Team Members as you hop today. Comments should be left by January 14,th 2018 11:30 PM EST to be eligible to win. That's all!!!!!

Here is a list of our Design Team Members who have made amazing projects to share with you today:


Laura Pryor/LID Store Blog <<----- You are here!

Head on over to our web site to get a closer look at everything we released in store this week by CLICKING HERE. The website item descriptions will go into greater detail about each item including approximate dimensions which I know can be so helpful when picking out items for yourself. Our product image galleries are great too because you can see every project sample made with each of the new items which can be very inspiring.

As you shop, keep in mind that we have an offer for you through the end of this month!


If you spend $75 or more in our store you qualify to receive this free item. NOTE: please add the item to your cart and then use the code SOKNOTTY at checkout. It's the only way the item will properly apply. Thank you!

That wraps up our January New Release Hop!! I hope you love everything we've released this week and everything the team and I made to share with you.

Thank you so so much for your positive feedback and enthusiastic comments!

We'll be seeing you here again very soon!





Love and crafty hugs,




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Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Lil' Inker Designs New Release Blog Hop Day 2


Hi there, crafty friends!!!! Thank you so much for joining me once again today to get a closer look at our new January Release! If today is your first day joining us please go ahead back and look at our Day 1 post so that you can see everything I had to say about our new items yesterday and of course the new projects I made and shared yesterday.


Here once again is a look at everything that's new to the store this week and STAY TUNED because you can WIN the ENTIRE RELEASE and I'll have more details about that at the end of this post.


These hand illustrated Farm Love animals are o fun to color and I love the mix and match fonts we've given you here, some of which are also hand illustrated. You'll love using this set for valentines and birthday cards and more!


If you love our Farm Love Stamps then you'll love having the coordinating Farm Love Dies. The dies will cut out each of the animal images and even some of the accessories. The sheep features an additional cut line around her arms. This lets you have Ms. Sheep hold some of the accessory images right in her little sheep arms. I love that!!



Ok, let's talk about our Forever Heart Dies Layer I and Layer II because I want to be sure you are fully aware that these dies work together or individually. 
Forever Heart Die Layer I is an A2 sized die that lines up perfectly with a pre-cut and scored card base and cuts out a dotted, off-center heart right into your card base. It's a fun feature for a background. It gives you a point to which add an additional image and it's just plain old pretty in and of itself. The Layer I die set also contains (at no additional cost) a Forever Word Die. Yup - so you get both of these dies in the Layer I set. This word die is sweetly done in a script font and can be used right over your dotted heart or on loads of other cards and projects. This die set is a real value!!


Forever Heart Die Layer II is equally awesome! On its own the Forever Heart Die Layer II cuts a stitched pattern that creates the stitched outline of an off center heart and then its stitching detail goes all the way around the border of your A2 card base. It's a beautiful detail all on its own and it's easy to use. Pre-cut and score an A2 card base and then center this die over that card base and cut and you'll get a perfect result.

Here's a team example of the Layer II die used on its own.



If you decide to purchase both layer dies you'll end up with a dotted, off-center heart which is then outlined with a stitching detail that then goes all the way around the border of your card.

Here is an example of both dies being used together. Isn't this great??


Ok, so hopefully if by chance yesterday's post left you wondering about or wanting more about these dies that this explanation will help. 




What can I say about our Galentine's Day set that it doesn't say for itself? It's all about ladies celebrating ladies......the besties in your life. I love this set and it's all good things...cute, fun, funny and silly!! I think you'll enjoy using this set and I'm sure it will make all your friends smile.


Love and Honey Stamps are lovely. There are two main focal image stamps that feature gorgeous florals that are easy to color. As you can see we've done a heart shaped wreath made of flowers and a heart filled with flowers. Both are perfectly sized focal images. The sentiments are simple but sweet. I don't know about you but I call my hubby Honey more than anything else so I guess I made this with him in mind. Insert cheesy grin here. HA!


Here is a set of Love and Honey Hearts Die to perfectly cut out the stamp images of the same name. For the wreath, die cut your image first and then using an alignment tool like the MISTI stamp your image perfectly onto your wreath and cut. You won't have to do this with the other image because that die is hollowed out.


Our Love You More Than Words Script Heart Die is such a pretty saying and I love that it's in the shape of a heart. I've really enjoyed seeing all the ways that design team has used this die. It does require a bit of assembly after cutting as it cuts in two pieces. I just love the look of the font and what this die says. This one goes well beyond Valentine's Day for sure!!


You have to have fallen in love with our new Quilted Stitched XOXO Die by now! It's perfect for all your valentines and love themed cards and cuts a stitched X's and O's pattern right into your card fronts. I love this die! I think you will too!!


Love is Love....is love is love is love. Love! Love this set, LOL!!!! Actually I really love the mix of fonts and that you can mix and match the words to create phrases and I also love the little quote in this set too. I think you're going to really enjoy adding this set to your collection and experimenting with all the things that it an do!!!


Our Love Is Love Word Die is a fabulous die as well! It's meant to coordinate with our Love Is Love Stamps as a compliment to the set and increasing the ways in which you can use the stamps. Just be sure you know that as a compliment to the set this die doesn't cut out the Love word in the stamp set. This die can also be used as a shaker especially when used with the little extra bits and pieces dies we've included here for you.

What are your favorites? What are you loving so far?

Would you like to see some of the projects I've made to share with you today?


My first card was made using our new Farm Love Stamps and Dies and I am in love with how this turned out! I'm going to have to make more of these as it was fun and easy to make! I started by stamped my animals on to watercolor paper along with some accessories and then I got coloring with my Zigs and an Aquabrush. Once everything was dry I did my die cutting. I knew instantly that these images grouped in our Instant Camera Die would be adorable. This is a previously released die - oldie but goodie if you will.
Once I created my focal piece I did some stamping and heat embossing in silver to create my sentiment and I popped everything over a piece of patterned paper layered over stone card stock. I did add some Wink of Stella Clear but it was hard to capture the sparkle in my photography. That's actually ALWAYS hard for me to capture - anyone else?
I love that the piggy can hold the note and that the sheep actually has cuts around her arms to hold some of the accessory images in this set.

Well, I had  a little birdie left over from my previous project so he found up on this card....


I started with a stone colored card base which I cut and scored first. Then, I used both layers of the Forever Heart Die to create the dotted heart and stitching detail background. LOVE! It's like the perfect backdrop for any card. Then, I used our Love Is Love Word Die which I cut several times in different colors of paper to create my greeting which I adhere to a piece of vellum to make it stand out a tad from my background. Then, I used the forever word die included in the Forever Heart Die Layer I to finish my sentiment. I colored my darker grey forever word die cut with silver Wink of Stella but once again it fails to show here but it's super DUPER sparkly in person. And there went my bird atop my greeting and singing a little song of love. Cute, right?? I like it!!


A bit of the same idea here in terms of using the Love Is Love Word Die and different colors of card stock. Here I first stamped and heat embossed this fun pattern using our newer Unstoppable Stamps and then I took my die right to this layer so that the letters cut away from my grey base. I backed that layer with acetate and created a shaker exclusively behind the O in love and inlaid colored letters in the L, V and E spots. Everything is popped up on foam tape here. Love it. I'm such a grey girl. In fact as I type this I'm wearing a grey shirt, and grey boooties and a scarf with grey in it.......grey is my new black. Gee, even my house is full of grey! I'm obsessed. It can however stay the HE double hockey sticks away from my hair....for now. LOLOLOLOL!!!!

I hope you love everything I've created to share with you today!  I certainly enjoyed creating for this release! 

Would you be interested in winning everything we released this week to have for your very own??


That's right! Everything you see here can be yours and all you have to do is leave comments for our Design Team Members as you hop today. Comments should be left by January 14,th 2018 11:30 PM EST to be eligible to win. That's all!!!!!

Here is a list of our Design Team Members who have made amazing projects to share with you today:

Laura Pryor/LID Store Blog <<----- You are here!

Head on over to our web site to get a closer look at everything we released in store this week by CLICKING HERE. The website item descriptions will go into greater detail about each item including approximate dimensions which I know can be so helpful when picking out items for yourself. Our product image galleries are great too because you can see every project sample made with each of the new items which can be very inspiring.

As you shop, keep in mind that we have an offer for you through the end of this month!


If you spend $75 or more in our store you qualify to receive this free item. NOTE: please add the item to your cart and then use the code SOKNOTTY at checkout. It's the only way the item will properly apply. Thank you!

Ok, that does it for me today. I must go now and start filling your orders which I personally thank you for and am so grateful beyond words for. 

Have a wonderful rest of your day and we'll see you tomorrow for our third and final day of our new release blog hop!








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