Lil' Inker Designs April Release Day 2

We are back with our second day of design team blog hops for the Lil' Inker Designs April 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 Karen Baker's blog.  If not, head to the Lil' Inker Store Blog to start from the beginning.

Today I'm sharing two clean and simple card using the newly released products.  First up is Awesome Blossoms and Send Pretty Greetings.

I really wanted to make the sentiment and my images the focal point!  The pretty font and blooms deserve to take center stage.  I just added some score lines to ground the images and a bit of twine to help the eye move around the design.

My next card featured the Boxed Up Birthday Die and Vintage Ink.

I went with a crisp, CAS look!

I can see making this card over and over, not the EXACT card but the basic idea with the Boxed Up die cut and an image in the bottom left like a balloon or a gift package.  This design makes for a quick card (well, that's if you don't color the image with Copics! like I did here!)  I have my fingers crossed that Laura will come out with a line of Boxed Up dies like this one!!!

Time to keep hopping along now.  Next up is Amy Kolling, 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 - April Release Day 1

The fun begins today with the first of three days of blog hops for the Lil' Inker Designs April release.  All of the new, amazing products are available NOW in the Lil' Inker Store.  

You should have arrived here from Sarah Jay's blog.  If not, head to the Lil' Inker Store Blog to start from the beginning.

The April release is fun and fresh.  I've been having a blast with them!  First up is the Perky Posies Die set, which I have paired with the Speech Bubbles 2 Die and a sentiment from Awesome Blossom.

It looks like I have a flower party going on here!

Isn't this fun?  I have a feeling these cute flowers are going to wind up on a ton of my cards during the Spring and Summer months.  I used the chalkboard technique on my die cut speech bubble to serve as a contrast with the colors but also soften it so it wasn't so stark.

Since  I had a flower party going on, I may as well have an elephant party too! Meet our new set, Party Pachyderms ;)

Totally adorable!

I had a blast creating with this set.  I love the scene building possibilities here, so many cute little details!

Time to keep hopping along now.  Next up is Chrissy Larson, I've seen her projects and they are fantastic!   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!

StampNation Virtual Retreat is LIVE!

The StampNation Virtual Retreat is LIVE!

These events are always such a blast, I hope you are joining us.

I have a funny story to tell you about the first challenge.  I'm a rule follower, pretty much all around in my life.  I like to get things done before they are due, I'm on time or early for every appointment, I don't like to forget things or to be late or overdue, you get the point!  Well, when I sat down to write the posts for the Virtual Retreat I realized I didn't do one of my projects, GASP!  So I set right to it and made a super fun card using lots of Pretty Pink Posh supplies (one of our sponsors). 

See, isn't it adorable?  The problem though came the next day when it occurred to me that this is a LIMITED SUPPLIES challenge and I went about 4 to 5 items over my limit.  What on earth was this rule follower thinking?  I went back to my stamp table and made another card being extremely careful to stay within the challenge limits.  I was quite pleased with the outcome.

Here's a sneak peek at my project...

Until I realized once again, I was breaking the rules. WHAT?   With no more creative time left, I submitted my rule breaker and admitted to my failure of following the rules. 

A limited supplies challenge should have been super easy for a CAS stamper, but I'm finding CAS doesn't mean little supplies.

Join StampNation now to participate in the Virtual Retreat 
& gain access to hundreds of video tutorials, challenges, community and fun!

WPlus9 Throwback Thursday Challenge - Monogrammed

It's time for another WPlus9 Throwback Challenge.

This month our featured throwback set is Monogrammed.

I've made three card sets featuring Monogrammed and used three different techniques with the new PURE COLOR Spray Inks.

Here's a peek...

Head on over to the WPlus9 Design Blog to play along.
I hope to see you there!

StampNation Virtual Retreat

Our next big event was announced last week, did you see it?

This year we are holding a StampNation VIRTUAL RETREAT!

Our events are ALWAYS a blast!

A week full of fun, challenges, videos, chit-chat and prizes.  
The Virtual Retreat will be no different.

If you haven't joined StampNation yet, what are you waiting for?
This is the best time to join!

At $9 a month, you get access to every single video, project, card, tutorial, and discussion that has ever taken place on the site.  Membership is month-to-month, you can cancel at anytime, but we think you’ll love it and make yourself at home with us.

I hope to see you there!

Lil' Inker Designs April Meet Up

It's time for another Lil' Inker Designs Monthly Meet Up Challenge.  It's an easy, low key, anything goes challenge using Lil' Inker products!

I thought it was more than appropriate to create a card using the Dance in the Rain stamp set this month.  We've had rain for the past few days here.  I sure hope it does bring beautiful May flowers. 

I'm having a blast with Distress Inks and watercolor paper lately.  To make my card, I started by white heat embossing the sentiment on watercolor paper.  Next, I took Dusty Concord, Peacock Feathers and Chipped Sapphire Distress inks and pressed them onto a large acrylic block.  I spritzed the inks with water and laid the embossed layer right onto the ink.  I kept pressing it into the ink until I was happy with the coverage, then I heat set it to dry.  To add to the rain theme, I flicked some water onto the dried piece and lifted the water up with a paper towel to remove some of the ink and leave watermarks.  

Now, Here's what you need to do to play along:
  • Make a new project or share something you've been working on featuring LID goodies!
  • Post this project to your blog or favorite gallery.
  • Link your project to our challenge by using the InLinkz tool beneath my signature below.
  • You have through April 18th at 11:30 PM EST to link your project to be eligible to win a prize. Projects should exclusively feature LID goodies to be eligible to win but do not need to exclusively feature LID goodies to join our Meetup.
  • This month's prize is a $50 gift certificate to Lil' Inker Designs!
  • Winners will be announced in a new blog post shortly after March 18th. Have fun and we can't wait to see what you're working on!

I sure hope that you will play along! 

Lil' Inker Supplies

WPlus9 April Release - Stitched Hearts, Love Mom & Love Mom Layers Dies

This is the last of my WPlus9 April release posts.

Don't worry though, I'll be back soon using these awesome products.  There was so much packed into this release that I feel like I've barely scratched the surface.

Today my card features Stitched Hearts Border, Love Mom stamps and the Love Mom Layers dies.

This card was super quick and easy to make.  I simply cut the border die twice from three different gradient colors and adhered them to a white card base.  Then I die cut "Mom" three times from white and once from Black Cardstock.  I stacked and glued them together and adhered them to the card base.  Lastly, I stamped the greeting.  I have another idea using this same idea, I better write it down before I forget ;)

I hope you've enjoyed my projects for this release.  Make sure you visit Dawn at the WPlus9 Design Blog, Kara and Joni for even more inspiration. Happy Friday!

WPlus9 Supplies
Stamps:  Love Mom