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Friday, May 25, 2018

Spring/Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop

Goooooood morning, Coffee Lovers!!! It's Laura from Lil' Inker Designs and I'm here to share in the fun of the Spring/Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop!!

This hop is especially exciting for me today because, not only is my blood type C+, (C for coffee, of course), I've made a card to share with you that is a SNEAK PEEK of a couple out of MANY coffee-themed items that are releasing in our store on June 11th. 

Would you like to have a looksie?

You'll see here that we're about to launch this super cute coffee mug die set! It contains a mug, cute spoon and two different steam swirls for fun. We're calling it our Coffee Talk 2 Die Set. We're also releasing a large 6x8 Set of Stamps to go with it which contains several over-sized and hand illustrated greetings that are all about coffee and MORE! Each greeting stamps to fit on our new coffee mug. I love the simple and sleek design of the mug and the greetings are truly fabulous. You're going to love them!

This card came together very quickly with just a few die cuts, a little ink blending and one stamp. See that plaid background? It's part of our new release too!!!

If you would like to participate in the Spring/Summer Coffee Lovers Hop, CLICK HERE to go to the blog and read up on joining in AND......WINNING A PRIZE! There are loads of fabulous sponsors and everyone has a prize for you to WIN!

Lil' Inker Designs is giving away a $25 gift certificate to our store PLUS a secret bonus prize (Valued at $15) to one lucky winner!

This is such a fun hop! ENJOY! And if you'd like to see more of our new release be sure to join us here on the blog on June 11th!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Love and crafty hugs,


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Sunday, May 13, 2018

It's a Sale!

Hi Crafty Friends! I'm stopping by to let you know that I just decided to run a SALE!!! Yahooooo!

Everything in our store is 20% off today and tomorrow with two exceptions:

New Release Items and Sale Page Items.

New release items are not included and our Sale Page Items will remain at 50% off throughout this sale.

Our sale is running now through May 14th, 2018 EST and will apply to in stock merchandise only and cannot be applied to previous orders.

I am still out of the office technically as I continue to recover from surgery but I'm feeling pretty good and my husband has been helping me pack orders and stay on top of work. So, shop away and I'll try to get my best to get your orders out to you as timely as possible!

Happy Mother's Day to all and have a wonderful weekend. 


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Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Layton's Legacy Card Drive

Today we gather to celebrate Layton! 

My crafty college, Lea Lawson, knows what it's like for parents with a baby in the NICU. Her son Layton Caleb spent over 5 months in the NICU before being called to be with his big sister in heaven. 
During that time a small, thoughtful gift card was presented to Lea for Starbuck's, a place where NICU parents at The University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital visit when they step out for a minute to grab a breath of fresh air and regroup. That small gesture meant so much to Lea it has inspired her to do something meaningful in the name of her son, Layton, for parents with NICU babies at that location currently.

We have a huge Card Drive blog hop going on in Layton's honor, with tons of amazing inspiration! We also have a fundraising effort, where every $5 donated gets you an entry into the prize drawing. There are over $2000 in prizes, sponsored by some of the most amazing stamping & papercrafting companies in the industry!


1. DONATE! - directly to Layton's Legacy YouCaring Fundraiser. For every $5 donated, you will be entered into the drawing for one of the prizes above!! All winners will be drawn from donations made thru the YouCaring Site. **Prizes will be drawn and announced here on my blog on Saturday, May 19th.**
3. CREATE! -  this is also a card drive, and if you'd like to create a card using the theme/moodboard below, it would be so greatly appreciated! Lea will be including these handmade treasures with the giftcards when I hand them over to the NICU social worker, and her dream is that the NICU will be covered in beautiful creations inspired by Layton!! Link them up HERE, and then please email Lea ( to get the mailing address - and note that they will need them to arrive by May 31st.

Here is the gorgeous mood board that Lea has made to inspire your donation projects.

Here is the project that I made which was inspired by the mood board and Lea's beautiful logo for this event and it was all made with goodies from Lil' Inker Designs.

In support of today's event, Lil' Inker Designs has purchased 4 $25 gift certificates to Starbuck's which are on their way to Lea so she can gift them to NICU parents.

We are also giving away a $50 gift certificate to Lil' Inker Designs!

Again, to be eligible to win this prize, you can donate to Layton's fund OR you can make a card and link it up. Either way, you're eligible to win and you're supporting moms and dads who need our love and support so much.

I hope you've enjoyed this stop along our hop today and the card I made to share with you!

Thank you so very much for joining me and have a wonderful day!

Crafty hugs,


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Monday, May 7, 2018

You Made It Monday, Vol. 48

It's time for another You Made It Monday and I can hardly wait to share the amazing creations I have spotted while looking for all that you have shared online for us to enjoy.  You guys made it hard for me this month and it sure seems like more and more of your are sharing your awesome creations which I love.  Keep it up!  We hope you enjoy our monthly You Made It Monday post as much as we enjoy sharing it with you.  So, keep sharing your creations and they could earn you $10 to spend in the Lil' Inker Designs shop.  We hope that will keep you creating with our products and keep you sharing your creations.

Here's this month's sampling of awesome creations!

First up is this beautiful card from Erica, @erica_cacacraft.

I love our Cover Up Dies and I have been seeing more and more of them being used in your card making.  It makes my heart happy to know you love them as much as I do.  This card really shows off the Cover Up Die: Stitched Quatrefoil.  Just look how amazing that background is and I love how Erica added some jewel accents.  Her coloring on the Bouquet of Roses Stamps is spot on (cut with Bouquet of Roses Die) and the shine on the Hello (Everyday Word Tags Dies).  Just finishes off the card perfectly.  Beautiful!

As soon as I spotted this card from Richard (@rlbreaks), I knew it had to be shared!

I just love what Richard did with our Best Blooms Stamps and Best Blooms Dies.  Those blossoms on the vellum just give such a light and airy look to this card.  It's magical.  I love how he embossed the centers.  It really made them pop and his perfect arrangement of all the background florals...WOW! 

Here's a fun little card that I just couldn't resist sharing with you from Biggi, @mimizitrone.

I love the circle created with Silly Stitched Die Set creates the perfect grounding point on a busy card base to make the cute little sheep and bird from Farm Love Stamps and cut with Farm Love Dies pop on this card.  I also love the monotone look with just some pops of red.  Gorgeous!

I spotted another amazing use of our Cover Up Dies on these card by Catherine, @sassafras1974.

Now, here's the deal with this pick...I had to pick just one picture to showcase Catherine's awesome work but if you check out her whole Instagram feed, you will see that she using the Cover Up Die: Geometric Snow in SO many different ways and got so many different looks.  You absolutely must check it out.  I was floored by her creativity.  I chose this one because I love how she combined so many sets.  The bird from Farm Love Stamps looks adorable carrying the banner from Easter Parade Stamps.  Such a cute combo and such happy cards!

Our Final card comes from Leight, @leighhouston11, because I just can't help sharing all the amazing things you guys are doing with the Lovely and Sweet Stamps.

If I didn't know better I would think this was a print for sale on someone cute little Etsy store.  WOW!  Leigh created a true work of art with this card and you will want to check out her Instagram post to read about the fun way she created it.  The colors are so cheery and it is the perfect folksy but modern look.  I couldn't ask for our Lovely and Sweet Stamps to be used in a more outstanding way.  AMAZING!

We hope you enjoyed this glimpse of the amazing creations you guys are sharing using the Lil' Inker Designs products.  I can't wait to see what else I discover in the week's to come and have the pleasure of sharing them with you on our next addition of You Made It Monday.

We want to make sure you know how much we appreciate you sharing your creations with us and others so, I will be awarding the 5 featured You Made It Monday participants each month with a $10 Lil' Inker Designs Gift Certificate!  I'm so excited about this!  You also get to proudly display our special blog badge showing that you were picked as a feature!

If you're featured here in a You Made It Monday Post then you are a WINNER!!!!

To claim your prize, email me at with subject line You Made It Monday Winner and add the "Volume" number as listed in the title of our blog post. So these winners will write in the subject line:

You Made It Monday Vol. 48 Prize Winner

To be a part of our You Made It Monday feature be sure to use (hashtag) #lilinkerdesigns so we can find you on social media and the internet.  5 people will be featured each month and if you are featured you win a $10 store credit to Lil' Inker Designs - yahoooooo!!!!!

We loved your work this week and we're so happy to see it!  

See you soon and happy crafting!!!!


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Wednesday, May 2, 2018

New Release Re-Cap and Prize Winner Announced!

Hi there, crafty friends.

Laura here and I'm writing one of my favorite posts - a release re-cap post!!!! I'm here to sum up the awesomeness that our Design Team created with our newly released stamps and dies.

Let's have a look at each design team member and their creations and remember that is there is a particular designer who has inspired you to shop our store use the link below their smiling, crafty face as they'll receive a small commission from your sale and this is at no additional cost to you. Thanks!!!

I am always so inspired to created after putting this post together. I hope that you're as equally as inspired by seeing all of these lovely projects together in one place.

If you'd like to check out the items used to make all of these projects please see the Latest Release category on our site. We have a project gallery for each item we released and we have additional details about each item as well.

Now, let's get to the good stuff!!!! With each new release, we pick one lucky winner to receive it ALL!!! Yes, every item in the release!!! It's a BIG prize from a lil' company! :)

Our prize winner is being selected from Chrissy Larson's blog. SO, if you left some love for Chrissy during this release - get ready because YOU could be our winner!

Our winner is being chosen at random using from Chrissy's Day 2 blog post.

On Chrissy's Day 2 post there were 37 comments left and picked comment number 18.

Drum roll...........................*************!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Comment number 18 was left by.........................

MARY HOLSHOUSER who said.......

MARY MARY MARY!!!! Congratulations!!!!! You've just won the ENTIRE April release from Lil' Inker Designs. Here's a look at everything you're going to receive.....

I hope you're as excited to receive and play with these items as I am to send them to you!!! Speaking of sending them to you....please email me directly at using the subject line April 2018 Release Prize Winner and be sure to include your mailing address.

Now  - I need to tell you that I am about to step out of the office for two weeks while I recover from surgery. In fact, tomorrow Thursday 5/3 is my last day in the office. So, get this info to me as soon as possible and I will do my best to get this out so that you don't have to wait.

Congratulations, Mary. Thank you for the lovely comments you left for Chrissy and our designers during the release.

Thank you to ALL OF YOU who left us love. The time you take to visit our blogs and leave comments and positive feedback is so greatly appreciated by all.

So, once again before I let all of you go.....

I'll be recovering from surgery these two weeks. You know if I can get back sooner to get you your crafty goodies you know I will!!! Orders can be placed during this time but will not be fulfilled until I return. Thank you for understanding!

Thank you so so much for joining me today! 

Much love and lots of crafty hugs,


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