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Monday, August 26, 2013

3rd Birthday Celebration & Challenge Winners Announced & MORE!

Good morning! Our challenge ended last night just about midnight and I woke up this morning and thought it would be a great morning to review the entries again and pick our WINNERS!!!!!!!!

But first, I thought I would let you know that if you're already ready for more Lil' Inker goodies you won't have to wait much longer!

September 3rd is the day of our next new release hop and we're getting ready to release 2 new die sets, 1 individual die and a 3x4 stamp set which coordinates with one of the die sets. 

We are also planning to showcase projects featuring our new Snarky Sentiments Stamp Set but I don't think they will be restocked in time for our release hop as they have sold out already during our birthday celebration. 

Due to such high demand, Snarky Sentiments is already on order and I expect they will arrive in 2-3 weeks time from now and will be available at their regular retail price of $15 when they are restocked.

We also have a very exciting Guest Designer who will be joining us for our next release so you won't want to miss it!!

On another note, this weekend we restocked our Stitched Mats: Squares and Cover Up Die: Pieced Chevron Dies in the store and there is still time to take advantage of our SALE which continues through the end of August. 

Through August 31st if you spend:

at least $50 you will receive 10% off your order by using the code LIDIS3A 

spend $100 or more and receive 15% off your order by using code LIDIS3B

**These codes are entered in your shopping cart screen before proceeding to PayPal for payment. These codes MUST be entered at the time of checkout in order to take advantage of the offer.**

Ok, so our Birthday Celebration & Challenge was so so much fun. I can't believe how quickly three years has gone by and we definitely felt the love for our little company. Thank you to everyone who left comments and love and played along. I'm STILL smiling! You can bet that we're looking forward to another successful three years and lots more goodies to come your way!

Let's get to some winners!!!!!!!!!!!!

Please note that we had 27 official entries but I drew winners based on 28. We had a participant with linky trouble and I wasn't available last night before the link closed to assist her so I included her entry as #28 for our number drawing purposes.

I will start with our two Snarky Sentiments Stamp Set winners first - Yes, I kept a couple sets to the side so I could still give these out as prizes :) Aren't you glad I did? was used to choose our winners. It always baffles me how random it is and so weird when it gives me two consecutive numbers as winners! 

Our 2, randomly chosen winners are entry numbers 20 & 21....

Congratulations, Ladies!!! You've each won a copy of our brand new Snarky Sentiments Stamp Set which has proven to be our fastest selling stamp set EVA!!!

Next up are our hand picked (more than) Honorable Mention Winners! I say more than honorable because these projects are stellar!! 

First is.......ta dah...... Cathy Weber's AMAZING Birthday Cake!

I am just so impressed not only by the overall design and perfect execution but the amount of time that went into this project!! You MUST read all about how Cathy made this masterpiece by clicking on the link above. Her cake layers even use our Stitched Mats: Circles!  Congratulations, Cathy! You have won a $10 gift certificate code to our store!

I just think this card is simply awesome! And I love how Jeanne was inspired by the cake in our inspiration photo and used our Sugar Kissed Cottage Stirring In Lots of Love Set - girl baking a cake! Brilliant! Mostly, I am so impressed by the use of the black and white image and yet how this project doesn't lack color or interest at all! AMAZING!! Congratulations, Jeanne! You have won a $10 gift certificate to our store!!

Ok, drum rollllllllllllllllllllllllllllll I have picked our Grand Prize Winner!!!!!!!!!!!! I used and chuckled a little to myself when I saw the number :)   It's number 1 !

Kim Heggins!!!!!!!  Here's Kim's adorable entry which features a gorgeous cluster of Balloon Dies!

Kim, you lucky gal!!! You're our Grand Prize Winner of a $50 gift certificate at our Lil' Inker Store! Congratulations!!! Wooo hooooooo!!! Yayyyyyyyyy!!!!!!

All of our winners should email me at lilinkerdesigns at gmail dot com with subject line Birthday Challenge Prize Winner. If receiving a stamp set please include your full name and mailing address.

Thank you again to all of you who celebrated our 3rd Birthday with us!!

Have a wonderful and crafty day and we'll see you on September 3rd for our next release!!!


Thursday, August 15, 2013

Lil' Inker Designs 3rd Birthday Celebration & Challenge

It's hard to believe but Lil' Inker Designs is turning three this month and we're here to celebrate with a fun challenge hop and lots of prizes!

It's funny, but had it not been for Facebook I never would have known that my friend from High School, Ariana, became a professional graphics artist. Little did I know but "spying" on my friend's profile (LOL) and learning this information would later change my life! 

I've been a stamper for a long time now - 10 years actually! It wasn't until I wanted a ribbon-tail ended die for my own personal craft stash and couldn't find one anywhere on the market that I decided to design one myself. That's when I thought that it would be fun for this die to have stamps to coordinate with it but I would need a little help to produce the graphics in order to manufacture these items myself and that's when I remembered having stalked my friend's profile!!!  

Ariana and I had been in touch but hadn't seen each other in YEARS. I emailed her with my idea and the rest is history! We released our very first die and coordinating stamp set, Sentiment Flags, in August of 2010!  What started out as one fun idea has turned into many and Ariana has been my right hand since Lil' Inker Designs was formed back in 2010! 

We'd like to celebrate today....with YOU! We wouldn't be here without the support of our fans and customers so let's have some fun. Are you ready?

All you have to do is do what you love! Make a birthday card, tag or paper project inspired by the graphic below which I LOVE!

Then, blog about your project and directly link your blog post to the Linky Tool provided at the bottom of this post. In your post, please link to our challenge here and feature the inspiration photo. Goodies from Lil' Inker Designs should be the focal point of your creations/projects but do NOT have to be used exclusively to be eligible to win a prize.

You will have until 11:59 p.m. EST. on August 25th to link your post to be an eligible prize winner.


We will be giving away a $50 Store Credit to one randomly selected winner who meets all of the challenge requirements.

I will be hand-selecting 2 Honorable Mention Winners who will each receive a $10 store credit. 

Also, throughout our hop you will be seeing our brand new today Snarky Sentiments Stamp Set...
We'll be giving away one brand new Snarky Sentiments Stamp Set for every 10 challenge participants!

This stamp set is also available today at a reduced price of $10 through September 2nd or while supplies last. On September 3rd (the day of our next release) it will retail for $15, so get yours NOW! It's SUCH a fun and sassy little set! And I am so so SO loving these fonts!

******8/25 EDITED TO ADD - Due to POPULAR demand, Snarky Sentiment are now sold out! They are on reorder and I expect them in September in probably 2-3 weeks time from now. When they restock they will be available at the regular retail price of $15. Thank you!**********

We thought that since it's our 3rd birthday that we should celebrate by having a $ALE too!

Through August 31st if you spend:

at least $50 you will receive 10% off your order by using the code LIDIS3A 

spend $100 or more and receive 15% off your order by using code LIDIS3B

**These codes are entered in your shopping cart screen before proceeding to PayPal for payment. These codes MUST be entered at the time of checkout in order to take advantage of the offer.**

Who wants to see some projects?? This post should also be called Fun With Vellum, LOL! I was really inspired by the red gift bow in the inspiration photo as it looked like it was made out of vellum. I had recently purchased some colored vellum stock and once I started I didn't stop!

I cut our Small Bow Die four times from red vellum and assembled together with glue dots. I embellished the center with a cork and enamel dots. For my background, I used chalkboard card stock and my chalk ink pen and just hand wrote everything - super fun and easy!!! 

Here is used my Balloon Dies and cut them from a whole bunch of different colors of vellum and arranged them as a focal image. I was very inspired by the balloons in our graphic! I just love using vellum for balloons because I think they look so life like. I also used one of the balloon string stamps from our Balloon Builders Stamp Set as well as our Double Ended Banner Die from our Flags & Tags Die Set. By scoring the flag twice at each end you can get this cute banner effect!

Here I made a couple of tags to attached to gifts for upcoming parties we have. Again I used the Balloon Dies and Balloon Builders Stamp Set and of course our Folding Tag Die - Original. The sentiments are from our Sentiment Flag Additions Stamp Set. I LOVE how these turned out!

I told you I didn't stop with the vellum! Here I just randomly added strips in a neat pattern. Then I die cut a Stitched Circle from Chalkboard card stock and hand wrote my sentiment with a chalk ink pen. Can I just tell you that I am obsessed with this paper and pen! 

This card uses our new Snarky Sentiments Stamp Set. I am absolutely head over heels in love with this sentiment. I think it's the most perfect birthday greeting on a handmade card, don't you agree? I also used our Fanfare Scalloped Border Die and if you don't already have one I highly recommend this die. It's just so super gorgeous!

Another fun card using our Snarky Sentiments Stamp Set and another greeting that makes me chuckle. On the top right you can see I stamped "Well butter my buns and call me a biscuit" in grey ink and the coordinating "Look who's having a birthday" sentiment. The biscuit sentiment also works with the "Look Who's Expecting" sentiment in the set as well.

So as you can see, I really go busy this week in my craft room!!!

Ok, so I am going to let you get started on your way. Your first stop on our hop today is Alicia Thelin and I am sure she has some fabby goodness she's ready to share!

Don't forget to link your cards using the linky tool which is below my signature. Thanks so much for stopping by and enjoy our hop!!


Friday, August 2, 2013

News & Announcements: Quick Vacation & Birthday Celebration

Hi there! I just wanted to stop by very quickly to say that we will be on vacation beginning August 3rd through August 7th and we will resume regular hours on August 8th.

All orders on file waiting to be filled right now will be shipped out by Monday, August 5th at the very latest.

Orders placed during our vacation will be given top priority as soon as we return on the 8th.

I am very reachable via email for any questions or concerns you might have so please feel free to email me at lilinkerdesigns at gmail dot com.

ALSO - Mark your calendars!!!!! We are going to be hosting a fun Birthday Challenge Hop as Lil' Inker Designs is going to three this August!

We'll be giving away LOTS of prizes to celebrate so be sure to come and hop with us beginning August 15th and be inspired to make a project to share with us!

See you soon!