Lil' Inker Designs October Release - Day Three

It's the last day of the Lil' Inker Design Team Blog Hops.  If you haven't checked out the new release make sure you do so, everything is available now in the Lil' Inker Store

You should have arrived here from Mary Dawn Quirindongo's Blog.  If not, head to the Lil' Inker Store Blog to start from the beginning.

For the past two days I've been sharing Christmas cards, today I'm moving away from Christmas and showing you designs that can be used all year long!  My first card uses the I'm All, You're All stamp set which I've pair with the Balloon Dies.




This was such a fun card to make, a fun sentiment set certainly deserves a fun technique.  I painted with watercolor paints on watercolor paper that I die cut using the Stitched Rectangle dies.  Once dry I stamped my sentiment.  The balloon dies and stars were covered with Wink of Stella for a little added shimmer and shine.

My next little project features the Eat More Donuts stamp set, Donuts Die set and the Limited Edition Stitched Gift & Note Card Holder.






How cute is this?  I'm thinking this is perfect for Dunkin' Donuts gift cards!!!  Speaking of donuts...ugh, I don't usually get personal on my blog, BUT I'm dying for a donut friends!  I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease in May and have done amazingly well eating gluten free (the only "medicine" for a celiac).  I feel great...except that I'm craving donuts something terrible!  My sweet husband has offered to make them for me, I don't know that it's the same.  If there are any fellow Celiacs out there that can point me to a donut, I'd be forever grateful ;)  Until then I'll just keep stamping donuts and dreaming about them....

Time to keep hopping along now.  Next up is Sarah Jay, so head over to her blog because you know she'll have something AMAZING to show you.  Make sure to leave comments along the way too, because Laura is giving away 3 - $15 Store Credits!

I hope you've enjoyed my release projects!  I'm excited to start seeing some of these projects popping up around blog land!

CAS(E) this Sketch! #98

This is my 2nd post today & I'm late, sorry :(
Please scroll down to see my Lil' Inker Designs release post.


Here's this week's sketch at  CAS(E) this Sketch!


And my take on the sketch...


This sketch is great for using patterned paper!  I used the newly released Big Christmas stamp set by Lil' Inkers for my sentiment and focal point.

I'd love to see you playing along!  Head over to CAS(E) this Sketch to see how the rest of the DT as inspired by this week's sketch. 

Lil' Inker Designs October Release - Day Two

We are back with our second day of design team blog hops for the Lil' Inker Designs October release.  Have you seen all of the fabulous new products in the  Lil' Inker Store?  You must check it out!  

You should have arrived here from Mary Dawn Quirindongo's Blog.  If not, head to the Lil' Inker Store Blog to start from the beginning.

Today my post theme is snowflakes.  My first card features the new Snowflakes Cover Up die.




I used a distress tool to add Evergreen Bough and Broken China Distress ink to my card base.  Once my background was blended, I flicked it with white paint and water to give it a realistic snowy look.  I love this die and that beautiful color peeking through.

This next card uses the adorable Cozy Winter Wishes stamp set.




Here I used the new Stitched Mats - Rounded Rectangles.  I just love these dies.  I stamped the snowflakes with Versamark and then heat embossed them with Pool Party embossing powder on Early Espresso paper.  I kept the rest of the design simple so the images really popped!

My final card today has a bit of a nordic feel.  Here I've highlighted the Big Christmas Stamp Set.




This is my favorite stamp from the whole set, it's definitely the reindeer!  I'm loving them!  This design is the perfect card for using up patterned paper.  I'll be back later today with a card for CAS(E) this Sketch that uses another stamp set from this set with patterned paper.  So stay tuned for that!

Time to keep hopping along now.  Next up is Sarah Jay, so head over to her blog because you know she'll have something AMAZING to show you.  Make sure to leave comments along the way too, because Laura is giving away 3 - $15 Store Credits!

See you tomorrow!

Lil' Inker Designs October Release - Day One


The fun begins today with the first of three days of blog hops for the Lil' Inkers October release.  All of the new, amazing products are available NOW in the Lil' Inker StoreYou must check it out!   This release is a combo of both holiday and non-holiday products, something for everyone!

Before we get to that though, today we say goodbye to Heather Campbell.  She is such an inspiration and will most certainly be missed.  She is joining us today with one more post as part of the Lil' Inkers team.

With every goodbye comes a hello...I'm thrilled that Chrissy Larson & Laura Williams are joining the Lil' Inker Designs team!!!!  They are going to knock your socks off with their talent.

You should have arrived here from Mary Dawn Quirindongo's Blog.  If not, head to the Lil' Inker Store Blog to start from the beginning.

Today I'm bringing on the bling.  I love to use glimmer paper on my holiday cards and that is exactly what I've done here.  My first card features the amazing Baubled Christmas Tree Die, along with Stitched Mats:  Rectangles and the Quilted Stitched Pattern.




It's hard to see in this photo, but the tree and stars were cut from glimmer paper.
 Then the tree was decorated with lots of sequins and rhinestones!


I didn't think this card even needed a sentiment, the tree says it all.

This next card is my favorite card for this release!  It uses the Big Christmas Stamp Set (which I have been using a TON) and the Seasonal Stars Die set.




Silver and navy is such a classy combination and one of my favorites to use at Christmas time.  Here I heat embossed the sentiment from Big Christmas with Silver Embossing Powder.  The Seasonal Stars were die cut from both Dazzling Diamonds and Silver glimmer paper, then layered with a dimensional.  A scattering of Sparkling Clear sequins finished this design.   


Time to keep hopping along now.  Next up is Sarah Jay, so head over to her blog because you know she'll have something AMAZING to show you.  Make sure to leave comments along the way too, because Laura is giving away 3 - $15 Store Credits!

Have fun hopping & shopping!  See you tomorrow!

Pretty Pink Posh + Winnie & Walter


Hello and welcome to the Pretty Pink Posh and Winnie & Walter Inspiration Blog Hop!  Members from both teams are hopping along, sharing projects featuring products from both companies.  Fun, right?

My card features lots of Pretty Pink Posh and Winnie & Walter goodies :)


My entire design centers around the beautiful tree image from A Tree For All Seasons!  I stamped that first in Crumb Cake ink, then started building my card around it.  I thought a faux-shaker made with the Stitched Duo 1 die was perfect for my design.  I needed a sentiment that would fit in the little window, so I preformed a bit of stamp surgery (aka cutting my stamp in half-gasp!).  The sentiment and adorable cat image are both from This Awesome House.   I combined sequins from the Classic Christmas Mix and the Trick or Treat Mix to make pretty little Autumn leaves and finished the design off with Brown Twine.

Time to hop along now.  There are two prize packs up for grabs.  Winners will be chosen randomly along the hop by both Pretty Pink Posh and Winnie & Walter.  Comments must be left by 11:59 PM PDT on 10/27/2014.


Have fun!!

A Very Trendy Holiday 2.0 is available!!!




I'm thrilled to announce that our newest class A Very Trendy Holiday 2.0 is now available for purchase.  I promise, you all are going to LOVE this class.

It's packed full of trendy holiday inspiration, including 18 video tutorials (6 by me :) and over 50 samples from top designers.

Here's a peek...


StampNation members got early access yesterday, along with a $10 off coupon!
They are absolutely LOVING A Very Trendy Holiday 2.0.

This is a great time to become a member.  You'll get access to StampNation & get a discount for the class.  Win-Win!!!  


Click here to become a member.

I'm giving away one FREE class.  Leave me a comment by 10/30 at 11:59pm to be entered to win!!!  

A Very Trendy Holiday 2.0


If you've been wondering why my blog has been so quiet lately, I have been hard at work preparing for our newest online class, A Very Trendy Holiday 2.0.  I'm thrilled to announce that it is almost ready to be released to you.

Here's a few details about the release:
  • The doors to A Very Trendy Holiday 2.0 open on Wednesday, October 22nd to StampNation Members with a $10 off coupon code.  Not a member yet?  Click here to get started!
  • A Very Trendy Holiday opens for everyone on Thursday, October 23 at 1 pm EDT.
Wondering what this class is all about? 

With FIFTEEN video tutorials, written tutorials and more than 50 samples to inspire you, this class will have you running to grab your ink and stamps.  All class samples incorporate the hottest trends in the industry!

The written and video tutorials will teach you:
  • Creative uses for dies
  • Faux Watercoloring with Distress Markers
  • Inlaid Die Cutting techniques
  • Simple cards that pack a huge WOW
  • Advanced stenciling techniques
  • How to make metal accent pieces
  • Simple coloring with copics
  • Emboss Resist techniques
  • Watercoloring embossed images
  • CASEing cards, but making them your own
  • How to get perfectly aligned layers
  • Masking Techniques
  • and more!
Inside the class you'll find samples from myself, Catherine PoolerKristie Goulet, Heather North, Tracey McNeely, Jean Manis, Allison Cope, Virginia Lu, Gayatri Murali and Kristy Dalman!!!!

This class absolutely rocks.  I can't wait for the big release!

See you then :)
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