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Friday, April 29, 2011

Holiday Cards and More Reject Blog Hop Time!

Well helloooooo, Everyone! I am here to post a card that did not get accepted into the Paper Crafts Magazine Holiday Cards and More issue.

BUT I am also here to celebrate because I did get one project accepted into this issue AND it features one of the products from my company, Lil' Inker Designs!!!! That's right, Lil' Inker Designs is going to be published for the first time and I am literally over the moon excited about this!!! I am going to keep you in suspense though as to what and how the product is being featured.

For now, though here is the project that I thought had a better shot of the two accepted which I entered into the photo card category. I have to say, even though this project wasn't accpeted, it's something I'm going to frame and cherish especially during the holidays.

Don't forget, there is a current call for holiday themed cards for the Nov/Dec 2011 issue of Paper Crafts Mag. So RE-SUBMIT those cards that didn't make it. But if you have one like mine which doesn't meet the criteria of the call, why not upload it to the Holiday Special Issue Reject Blog Hop at the Damask Love blog by the amazing Amber Daigre for all the world to see!

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: Fillable Frames #4, Polka Dot Basics (Papertrey Ink) Paper: kraft, white(Papertrey Ink), Real Red(Stampin’ Up!), Red Glitter paper(American Crafts), Vintage Sheet Music Ink: Ripe Avocado(Papertrey Ink) Accessories: Frame #2 Bigz die(Sizzix), Fillable Frames #4 die, Woodgrain Texture Plate(Papertrey Ink), Timeless Type Junior Alpha dies, linen thread(Stampin Up!), For the Record Alpha Stickers(Echo Park), corner rounder(Marvy), adhesive foam squares(Scrapbook Adhesives)

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Update on Everything!

Hellooo! I'm here with an update on everything!

Sentiment Flags:

So as of today, I am sold out of Sentiment Flags dies and I will be removing the link for ordering and putting up a back order message. I hope that if you've come here to place an order you will take an extra minute to send me an email at to let me know. THEN, I'd like to invite you to follow the blog here. I have a BIG promotion scheduled for May 17th and if all goes well I will be re-ordering at that time, possibly even before. :)


I am waiting for my restock of pinwheel stamps to arrive. I thought they would have been here today but sadly they're not. I'm hoping Monday at the latest. I'm having them overnighted when they do ship so they will be here speedy fast!

Overall I have a total of 18 orders waiting to go out! Everyone has been so happy and patient. I can't thank you enough! A few more days, Everyone!

Thank you for making this new business venture such a big success! Thank you!!!

In the meantime, are you getting excited?? We are getting ready to release our next die and stamp set! It's still a good few weeks away and I'm excited to say I don't know of anything like it on the market! I think you are going to LOOOOOOOVE it! And as soon as possible we are going to do a pre-order which I will announce here.

Because I like include something pretty to look at when you stop by, today's eye candy is courtesy of Kristin Eberline of her blog Mindless Creativity and features the Pinwheel die from Lil' Inker Designs. Stop by to visit and leave her some love HERE. Enjoy!


Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Great NEWS!!!

Great news! The Pinwheel dies JUST arrived at my door. I will be a busy little bee tonight packaging orders for shipments out tomorrow and Thursday! Hoorayyyyy!!!!


Saturday, April 23, 2011

Another Update!!!

Well, hello again. I just thought I would stop by and let you know that I am currently sold out of Sentiment Flags stamp sets, but have a small stash of about 10 Sentiment Flag dies in stock.

So to recap on all stock, Pinwheel dies have sold out but will be arriving here in a few days and Sentiment Flags stamp sets are sold out as well, but were already re-ordered on Friday and should be here in a few days too.

I will continue to accept orders at this time for all products because it will only be an extra couple of days until they will ship.

Today's eye candy brought to you by LeAnne Pugliese of Wee Inklings which uses both the Pinwheel die and sentiments as well as Sentiment Flags die and sentiments! Visit LeAnne's post showcasing this beauty HERE

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Stock & Shipping Update

Due to an enormously unexpected response to the new release, the pinwheel dies are currently out of stock. The good news is I've re-ordered them! They are being produced today and shipped to me before the end of the day.

If you've placed an order, it will only be a couple of extra days before your order ships to you.

The minute the dies arrive at my door, your order will be filled and mailed to you ASAP!

Thank you so much for your order! If you were planning on ordering, I will be restocked in a few days and I will make an announcement as well.

I invite you to follow me here or at the shop blog to stay up to day with all restock and shipping information!

Thank you to EVERYONE!!!

Today's eye candy is provided by the amazing Tammy Hershberger of Stamp Happy. Please visit her HERE and say hi!


Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Lil' Inker Designs is Sponsoring the Color Throwdown Today!

Well, hi there!!!! Today is a very special Color Throwdown Wednesday. Not only is this week's challenge sponsored by my little company, Lil' Inker Designs, but all my bestest stampy friends are helping to introduce the newest release...the Pinwheel Die and Pinwheel Sentiments stamp set!!!! I will be giving a prize away to one lucky Color Throwdown participant! To read more about the challenge and the prize please visit the Color Throwdown Challenge blog or my design blog, Lil' Inker.

Thanks for stopping by today!
Stamps: Pinwheel Sentiments(Lil' Inker Designs)
Paper: So Saffron(SU!), Hattie(My Mind's Eye), Thrift Shop(October Afternoon)
Ink: Not Quite Navy(SU!)
Accessories: Pinwheel die(Lil' Inker Designs), twine(The Twinery & I Heart Papers), buttons(PTI), polkadots embossing folder(Cuttlebug), navy ribbon, silver pearls(AC Moore),

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Pinwheel Die Tutorial

As I've been promising, here is a photo tutorial of how to use the new Pinwheel Die from Lil' Inker Designs with ag designs which is super easy and FUN!

You can see the card I made using the finished product on my design blog HERE. Thanks!

Tools you will need: Pinwheel Die, die cutting machine, one brad (the longer the *stem* the better) Optional: glue dots, lollipop stick, embellishments

Meet the Pinwheel Die. Somewhere along the lines I've mentioned in my posting that it looks more like a worm than a pinwheel. With some easy assembly it will be a beautiful, 3-D pinwheel. Six die cuts will form your final or full pinwheel, so this is what one looks like.

This is 6 pinwheel petals all cut and waiting for assembly. I knew I wanted this fun orange dot pattern to be my *inside* pattern or the prominent pattern on my pinwheel so I placed my paper facing up and my die on top of it cut side down. So, choose your *inside* pattern (which is what I've been referring to it as), then inside pattern side up and die on top of it cutting side down.

After all your petals are cut, stack them all on top of each other and insert your brad into the hole on the longer, straighter edge of the die cut so that the *head* is on the opposite side and the *stem* is poking up through the stack and facing you.

Then, in order one by one start bringing over the opposite sides of the petals and secure onto your brad. We are basically working backwards, so you will be seeing your pinwheel from the back at this point. When each petal has been folded over, secure your brad closed. You may see something that looks like this:

or this after you've fanned everything out Flip it over and you're done! Ta-daaaaa! Isn't it so pretty and cute? You can use your pinwheel exactly like this, but I like to add a *stem* and some embellishments. Also, sometimes I lightly press my finger over the folds of the pinwheel to flatten them ever so slightly, but it's really not necessary.

I like to add a stem 2 different ways. A strip of paper works great, but here I'll show you how a lollipop stick is really fun! These are just the Wilton's lillipop sticks that are 2.5 in long. I think I got them on sale for $1.39 for 150 of them! I also like to add buttons and twine. I find all of these embellishments are easily secured with craft size glue dots.

I added coordinating buttons in a stack and tied with some hemp twine and then plopped it (technical term, ha) right onto my roll or glue dots.

Then, pull off the button embellie and add it right to the center of your pinwheel!

I add the stick by rolling one end of it in a glue dot

and then sticking it to the back of the pinwheel. And just for a bit of added, extra hold you can now add a piece of small tape over the stick. This method will even still allow you to adjust your petals afterwards if you do it carefully.

That's all there is to it, my friends! Here is your completed and embellished pinwheel! From here you can add it to a card or gift packaging or even a home decor project! And paired with the coordinating Pinwheel Sentiments stamp set it's at its cutest! So, it's pretty simple don't you think? I think so! There's no fumbling around and I find working with the brad the way I've shown you is very easy as well.

Now, admittedly, I tend to over complicate things. I've done this all my life.There could be an obvious and more simple way to do something, but I always over think it! This is the way that the pinwheels die works for me. You might even find something simpler that works for you!

The Pinwheel Die and coordinating Pinwheels Sentiments stamp set can be purchased from my shop blog HERE. One die and one stamp set retails for $17.00 plus s & h! Or you can opt to purchase 2 dies and one stamp set for $20.00 plus s & h. These items are also available individually.

I hope you've enjoyed seeing how easily this comes together! I just know you are going to love having these goodies in your collection to create fun cards, home decor and more!

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Ingredients: Stamps: Pinwheel Sentiments, Sentiment Flags(Lil' Inker Designs with ag designs) Paper: Mabel Collection from Stella and Rose(My Mind's Eye) Accessories: Pinwheel die(Lil' Inker Designs with ag designs), buttons(PTI), hemp twine, brad(SU!), lollipop stick(Wilton's)