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Wednesday, May 15, 2019

May New Release Blog Hop Day 3

Hello! I'm here to wrap up our May New Release with one last post.


Be sure to keep reading so that you can learn how to WIN the entire release for FREE!!


Also, be sure to visit my Day 1 and Day 2 posts because they contain lots of information and tips about our new items!

Here is a look at everything that is new in store this week.










All of the above items sincerely work together. The compliment each other and add versatility to each other as well. It's like an entire suite of stamps and dies with a Summer vibe and I'm so proud of them. They're so fun to work with!





Our butterfly supplies were designed to work together as well. In fact, we designed the sentiments and I was going to leave them as a set of sentiments alone and somehow they just didn't feel complete so we did some designing and have these wonderful and pretty and fresh butterflies for you in the set as well. 

I'd like to share with you today some of our Design Team Member's projects.



I'm sharing the above creations by Chrissy Larson and Heather Hoffman because they use the same three supplies; Pineapple Shaker Die, Hawaiian Word Dies, and Be Sweet Stamps. I think they're fantastic examples of how nicely these three new items compliment each other and yet are for two completely card giving occasions; Chrissy made hers for a grad and Heather's is a thank you. I love that!

Next up, I'm featuring these two projects by Lisa Henke and Karen Baker because they focus more on the Think Happy Thoughts Tropical Stamps and Dies but manage to work in other items too.



Lisa's design incorporates our Pineapple Shaker and our Hawaiian Word Dies and I think really shows how the Pineapple can be such a great backdrop while letting some of the other images shine in the front.


Karen's project is so cool! She's managed to make the coolest Hawaiian Shirt-like background and pair our Think Happy Thoughts Tropical Stamps with our Hawaiian Word Dies. I just love this little grouping!!!


Kim's project is so great as well. I love how she's shown you two pineapples and in two different colors and how perfectly they fit on an A2 card! Love all the colors here!

Of course, we can't leave out the main design purpose of our Pineapple Shaker Die and that is to use it as an actual shaker element. Here are a couple of projects that demonstrate that nicely.


Laura Williams' shaker project is colorful and a fun focal element here on an A2 card. Love!


I really think this project by Lisa is an excellent way to show you the size of the shaker and how it's...perfect for lack of a better word. She's shown the pineapple shaker here over our Stitched Gift Card and Note Holder Die and it doesn't overwhelm the gift card at all!


Let's focus for a minute on our Cover Up Die: Butterfly and alllllll the different techniques that can be used behind this lovely butterfly.

Here is a stamped background behind this die by Amy Kolling. How pretty! And easy too, not to mention!



Here are two fabulous examples of ink blending behind this die which are equally fabulous by Chrissy Larson and Heather Hoffman. Chrissy's card even uses the Cover Up Die: Butterfly as a shaker too!


Here are two examples by Karen and Laura W with simple, solid background but each does something unique; Karen's card features this fun outlining with a fine ink pen to make the image pop and Laura's card features her butterfly in Vellum.


Both of these excellent projects by Kim Rendino were made with alcohol inks! Aren't these amazing? I love that she was able to turn one alcohol ink-colored background into TWO amazing designs by using the negative pieces that cut away from the die.


These projects by Laura W and Lisa show you how beautifully this die cut layers over a watercolored background - yet another technique.

Which technique combined with our Butterfly is your favorite? I'm not sure I have a personal favorite but I'm definitely inspired to try more things especially the stamped background because it's one simple step!

Here's a look at some fabulous creations made using our Spread Your Wings Stamps. Again, this started out as a set of sentiments to coordinate with the Cover Up Die: Butterfly. It's partly the reason why I didn't design coordinating dies for this stamp set, actually. 

I love the things the team did with these stamps and the layouts they created!


Above is a card by Amy Kolling where she used both the back of the stamp to get a solid image as well as the stamp image itself. Love the layout and colors!


Here Chrissy shows us that is we want to, we can fussy cut our butterflies because they're small and easy to manage!!!


Here, Heather made a colorful collage with some repetitive stamping and it's beautiful!


Karen's card has an excellent layout and I love how the focal is the butterfly and the sentiment. The background is our Cover Up Die Spirals but you can use any all backgrounds in your collection and make a set of cards like this.


I love that Laura W stamped her main butterflies in black onto colored card stock and trimmed them out. I hadn't thought of that but it's a terrific idea! The layout too is great!!!

I hope that you're loving everything we added to the store this week! I had so much for with this release and now comes the best part for me...not just filling your orders but getting to see what YOU make with these new supplies!!! Don't forget to tag us on social media with #lilinkerdesigns so we can see what you make. If we feature your project in our You Made It Monday post, you'll even have a chance to win a gift certificate to the store!

More ways to win? Read on!




As you hop with me and our Design Team today (and the last two days), be sure to leave comments for all of us along the way because I will be picking a prize winner right from those comments. Just be sure to leave your comments by Sunday, May 19th, 11:30 PM to be eligible. We're giving away a copy of everything to one lucky winner!!

Here is a list of everyone participating in our hop today:

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

That wraps up our May New Release Blog Hop!!!! I hope you'll swing over to THE STORE after hopping with us today to read more about the products you're liking the most. Please note, that at this time the Cover Up Die: Butterflies are beginning to run a little low just in case that's the item that makes you feel crafty.

Thank you so so much for spending time with me and the Lil' Inker Design Team this week!

Thank you so much for supporting my small business! Shop small and shop USA! Doing so keeps little, kitchen table businesses like mine in business!









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Tuesday, May 14, 2019

May New Release Blog Hop Day 2


Hello there and welcome back for Day 2 of our New Release Blog Hop!



If you're just joining me today, make sure to go back and read my Day 1 post too!

Here again, is a look at everything that's new in store today.
Pineapple Shaker Die Set - versatile and so fun to use! Create a shaker, tag or a flat pineapple focal image for your cards. Lots of possibilities here.

Our Be Sweet Stamps were designed specifically to coordinate with our new Pineapple Shaker Die Set and the sweetness of each pair perfectly together!



Our Think Happy Thoughts Stamps and Dies are hand-drawn and have the best Summer vibe! You will love using these florals and leaves and sweet but simple phrases.


Our Hawaiian Word Dies are the words Aloha and Mahalo and each has its own "halo" die or backer that fits behind and outlines the word perfectly for a layered look. These combine perfectly with our new Pineapple Shaker Die and Think Happy Thoughts Stamps and Dies.


This is our gorgeous new Cover Up Die: Butterfly and I couldn't be more delighted to bring this to our store this week. It features a butterfly floating across your card front but it's also attached to its surrounding frame. You will love this die and the endless possibilities of techniques and crafty treatments you can use with it!


These sentiments in our Spread Your Wings Stamps were designed specifically to coordinate with our Cover Up Die: Butterfly but just didn't feel complete without the addition of these wonderful, sketchy butterflies. I promise you - this set is beautiful!!!

I'd like to share some projects I made using our new butterflies!



First Up I started by die cutting my Cover Up Die: Butterfly from white stock and set it aside. Then, using watercolor paper and my Zigs, I created a color-washed background of oranges and yellows. Once that was dry, I laid my die cut over top and adhered them together. To make my surrounding frame pop, I colored the outer border/edge with a black Copic marker. I added a sentiment from the coordinating Spread Your Wings Stamps right in that special little nook we designed just for greetings.  I added in some Wink of Stella and some clear rhinestones for some sparkle. I love how this came together.


Next Up, I made two cards from one card. I'll explain! I cut a lilac card base down to 4.25" square and I got busy stamping with my Spread Your Wings Stamps. I actually used the back of one of the images to stamp a large, solid butterfly which is the lighter purple shadow you see on the card on the left. To make it match the shape of the stamp more perfectly I used some snips to just trim away a tiny bit around the antennas and bottom. Once I stamped my pattern, then I turned my stamp over and used a Distress ink to stamp my pretty and lacey butterfly. 
Once my stamped background was complete I used my So Very Kind Greeting Die to cut out the sentiment in the center and because of the way this popped out of the die I was able to grab the negative pieces you see on the right card and make a new card. Two cards from one!
To finish of my first card, I applied some holographic acetate behind my greeting and then backed that with more lilac paper.


The card on the right was made very simply by premaking an A2 card base with purple stock. Then, I ran it through my Gemini Jr using our Quilted Stitched So Sunny Die to achieve that fantastic texture you see in the background. Then, I added in my negative cuts like I mentioned before which I adhered first to plain, matching purple stock and then up on foam tape for some dimension over this twine you see.


Making these made me feel super creative so I made another like it but this time in pinks. I did the exact same process for this card. LOVE! You should give this a try! Our So Very Kind Greeting Die is currently out of stock but those of you who have purchased our Mystery Box received this die recently!!



As you hop with me and our Design Team of the next couple of days, be sure to leave comments for all of us along the way because I will be picking a prize winner right from those comments. Just be sure to leave your comments by Sunday, May 19th, 11:30 PM to be eligible. We're giving away a copy of everything to one lucky winner!!

Here is a list of everyone participating in our hop today:

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

That wraps up our Day 2. I hope you'll swing over to THE STORE after hopping with us today to read more about the products you're liking the most. I give a nice product write up and there is a project gallery for each of the new items which contain lots of inspiring photos of just what these new supplies can do!

Thank you so so much for spending part of your day with me today and I hope to see you tomorrow for Day 3, the final day of our May New Release Blog Hop!!!!

I'm having SO MUCH FUN!!! OOF! You should see my craft room!









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