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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

July Release Hop Day 3

Wow!! What a whirlwind this release has been! Thank you so much for your overwhelmingly positive response to our new goodies!! YAY!

Here is a recap of everything we released this week and a link to these new release items is HERE.

I honestly am not sure which of these is my favorite or why. I am truly digging everything in this release oh so very much! But secretly, it might be the Cut It Out Clouds Set. These make me giddy I love them so much!!

If you are interested in reading every detail about all of our new products I encourage you to go back and ready my Day 1 and Day 2 posts. I explain all the ins and outs and things that might not be obvious at first glance.

For now, I have two more projects to share with you today featuring some of our new goodies.

My first card above features our new and gorgeous Sketched Floral Stamps and Sketched Floral Dies. I think it's a great representation of how amazingly these dies work together. I die cut the main pieces in dark grey card stock and white and let white peek through for highlight. Then I heat embossed the blooms with clear embossing power so that just a hint of the flower shows. I also heat embossed my sentiment on plum cardstock with white EP. It looks like a real vintage label don't you think? LOVE LOVE LOVE the sentiments in this set.

And I just love this card and the colors and everything about it! HA!!  Here is used our new Pinking Edge Sentiment Flags as the focal point for my sentiment which is from our Quick Notes Stamp Set. I love this set because we made it easy to stamp the sentiment in three colors because most pieces are individual. Aren't those colors great? Also featured here are the Quilted Stitched Pattern Die and Frames & Flowers Die Set and this awesome chevron ribbon from SU!.

Here again is everyone participating in our hop today.
Laura/Shop Blog <---you are here

Sarah Jay

Before I send you hopping on your way we're giving away a $15 store credit for each of the three days of our hop. The prizes are hidden in one designer's blog, our secret prize blog. So if you leave a comment for each designer you will automatically be entered to win a prize. You'll have through Sunday, August 3rd at 11:30 PM EST to comment to be eligible to win.

I have received notice about the huge shipment of dies we're waiting on and they will be arriving to me sometime today, July 30th! I'm so excited!! Be watching your inbox for notification and remember we can always combine orders.

Thank you once again for joining our new release hop and as always thank you so much for your support! We love our customers!!!!


Tuesday, July 29, 2014

July New Release Post Day 2!

Well, hello there!!! Thank you so much for joining us today! It's day 2 of our new release hop!

Thank you so much for all of your enthusiastic comments about the goodies we've just released! We released a lot of items but how about another little looksie?

Our new Cut It Out Clouds & Accessories Die Set and Dance In the Rain Stamp Set are so very cool! The clouds dies are totally unique and fun and the stamps are drawn by hand and then graphically illustrated so that you can stamp with them. LOVE!

Our Seriously Word Die and Seriously Awesome Stamp Set are super fun! The Seriously Word Die is my handwriting which is pretty cool and the stamps are the perfect complement to the die and makes a fun pairing of phrases for cards and more.

Our new Sketched Floral Dies and Stamps are a MUST have in any stamper's collection. The stamps are gorgeous and useful for so many occassions and we really like the companion dies because they are beautiful even all by themselves. We've included a negative stitching detail with this set for added interest, versatility and fun!

Love that the stamps include these pretty silhouettes and trendy sentiments!

These Fancy Feathers goodies are beaUtiful! WAIT until you stamp with them! I don't know what I like more; the feather images or the sentiments in their pretty brushed font!

This is a fun little handy stamp set perfect on the back side of your cards featuring goodies from Lil' Inker Designs. It contains our logo "L" and two stamps referencing the card or project maker. FUN! Angel Policy Stamp Set.

Last but not least our Pinking Edge Sentiment Flags Die Set! This is a set of dies that I have been wanting for my own personal collection for some time and I thought you would also enjoy :)  I was dying for a set of sentiment flags with a pinking edge cut all nice and straight and even. Ta-da! Love love love these and I really love that they can be used horizontally or vertically and cut down to suit your needs. They're so very terrific!

How about a project made with some of our new goodies?

I made this back at the beginning of June for Father's Day and I just love how it turned out! It features the following goodies from Lil' Inker Designs:

I thought this was a perfectly masculine card for dad's day and I love all the grey tones and the pop of red. I think the tone on tone chevron background makes for a great but nicely subdued backdrop for my focal panel!

Before I send you hopping on your way - a couple of things to note.....

We'll be giving away a $15 store credit for each of the three days of our hop. The prizes are hidden in one designer's blog, our secret prize blog. So if you leave a comment for each designer you will automatically be entered to win a prize. You'll have through Sunday, August 3rd at 11:30 PM EST to comment to be eligible to win.

Here is everyone participating in our hop today:

Laura/Shop Blog <---you are here

One other thing to note - we are waiting on the most enormous shipment of dies. It was estimated to ship on 7/23 and I haven't yet received a shipping notice :( IF I receive that notice today the dies will be here by Thursday evening. Please be watching your inbox for a notification from me as soon as the out of stock dies are available.

Thanks so very much! Thank you again for joining us and we'll see you tomorrow for our third and final hop day!


Monday, July 28, 2014

July Release Hop Day 1

Helllooooooooo there!!! I am so excited to be here with you these next few days while we share projects made with all the new goodies we're releasing this month! We have so many great new items releasing! Let's get right to showing them off!

First up is a die set that I have been wanting for my own personal collection for some time now. I have a pair of my Grammy's vintage pinking shears and they're beautiful and I love crafting with them. But I'm a bit of a perfectionist. I like to cut a straight line and I like my pinking edges to be as even as possible and I just couldn't get those results with my shears so I came up with an idea for a set of Pinking Edge Sentiment Flags!!

These Pinking Edge Sentiment Flags are very versatile. They can be used for sentiments, focal panels on cards, journaling blogs for scrap pages and so much more. What I like about them is that you can tailor them to many sizes and cut them down for your needs and they can be used horizontally or vertically on any project and we've made those little cuts all nice and neat for you. Love this set!!

Next up is a wee lil' stamp set that I've received numerous requests for and now that we've updated our logo, etc... it was time to bring you what you've been asking for. Introducing our Angel Policy Stamp Set.

This is a set of three stamps all perfect for the back of your cards and tags and projects made with goodies from Lil' Inker Designs. We have lots of customers who create projects with our goodies and are then selling them on Etsy and at craft fairs which we love and encourage so this stamp set is perfect for them or anyone making anything with our items!

Next up is a die and stamp set designed to work perfectly together! Our Seriously word die is unique and fun and done in my hand writing! Use it alone for a fun statement or together with its coordinating Seriously Awesome Stamps to create so many fun greetings!

This is our Seriously Awesome Stamp Set. Together with our Seriously Word Die say things like, "Seriously, we need to get together", "Seriously Awesome" and so much more!

Next up is a brand new set of fabulous weather inspired dies but done in a totally unique way with these stripey die cut clouds. Included in this set are also two little lightning bolts and a "rain" die which is a series of stitched lines which will die cut into your card front or focal panel and create cute rain :)

Our new Cut It Out Clouds & Accessories Die Set just begged for some cute sentiments so we've designed our Dance In the Rain Stamp Set for you! Hand illustrated by Katie Vaz these sentiments are not only perfect to go with our new dies but they are gorgeous to look at and SO FUN!!

Next up is our gorgeous new Sketched Floral Stamp Set which features two super gorgeous and detailed flower blooms and stem but we've also included the silhouettes of these flowers so you really do so many things with them. We've also give you some terrific sentiments in a cool, vintage, hand-held label maker font. What's cool about these sentiments is that you can heat emboss them in white on any color cardstock and make them look like actual vintage labels or stamp these greetings in any color. Lots of possibilities here. This is a great and oh so lovely set!

Of course we had to bring you a set of coordinating dies! Here are our brand new Sketched Floral Dies which can be used beautifully alone but with even more of a striking impact with our coordinating Sketched Floral Stamps.

If you notice, we've given you a neat feature with this die set. The dies cut perfectly oversized blooms so they may be stamped on but we've added our negative stitching feature so that you can cut out these blooms on a card front and be left with this gorgeous stitching detail around the outside of the image. SUPER COOL! The stem in this set is the exact same size as the stamp in our set because we felt this kept a good visual balance so it can be used alone with either stamps or the dies without it appearing too chunky.

Last but certainly not least is another stamp set and coordinating dies which like our Sketched Floral can be used together or separately and I LOVE that! I have one word for you....GORGEOUS!!!!!

You will not believe how gorgeous these feather stamp are until you stamp them for yourself! And I just love the font we've used for the sentiments. It coordinates perfectly with feathers. This is one useful set too and can be used to create cards for birthdays, friendship, encouragement and MORE!! LOVE!

Of course we had to bring you coordinating Fancy Feather Dies! Love these and I REALLY love that they're versatile and can be used alone or together with our coordinating stamps.

For information about these new goodies be sure to visit our Lil' Inker Designs Store HERE.

Sooooooo, what do you think? I am love love loving everything we've released. The only thing I'm sad about is that I feel like I didn't get enough time in my craft room to share as many projects with you as I had hoped to. But I do have a few for you this week. In fact, here's one now :)

(I got a new camera. Are my photos looking better?)

This card features several new goodies:
Cut It Out Clouds & Accessories Die Set
Pinking Edge Sentiment Flags Die Set
and Dance In the Rain Stamp Set
 I couldn't possibly love these dies more. Here I used a basic grey card base and cut my clouds from light grey and stone colored card stock keeping some clouds completely intact and showing off other's stripey-ness. I also used SU's new honey colored paper and ink which I adore. It's a perfect, warm yellow. Tucked in the back there is my rain die. I love how this came together!! The Pinking Edge SF was the perfect panel for my sentiment stamp!

Before I send you hopping on your way - a couple of things to note.....

We'll be giving away a $15 store credit for each of the three days of our hop. The prizes are hidden in one designer's blog, our secret prize blog. So if you leave a comment for each designer you will automatically be entered to win a prize. You'll have through Sunday, August 3rd at 11:30 PM EST to comment to be eligible to win.

Here is everyone participating in our hop today:

Laura/Shop Blog <---you are here

Sarah Jay

I hope you're loving everything you see so far! We'll see you tomorrow with more projects to inspire you! Have a great day and thanks so much for joining us today! 


Monday, June 23, 2014

Summer Vacation Reminder

Hi there, LID fans! Just a quick note to say that Lil' Inker Designs will be out of the office beginning Friday, June 20th (today) through Sunday, June 29th. Our messages will be checked throughout the week. It will just be longer than normal before we return your message. Orders placed after this time and throughout the week will be held for fulfillment until we return to our regular office hours beginning Monday, July 1st. Thank you so much for your patience and understanding!

Speaking of summer vacations, this card totally got me in the mood for them!
Flip flops in the sand. Ahhhh...what could be better?!


Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Just a Little Hello

Hi there! Laura here. I'm stopping by to share a card I made with one of my favorite dies from the Lil' Inker Collection - our Original Pinwheel Die!

Here I started with a light grey card base and papers from the Wonderful Day Collection by Fancy Pants Designs. I added a stitched border to my card base using the largest die in our Stitched Mats: Rectangles Die Set.

Using two papers glued together from my paper pad I die cut 6 Original Pinwheel "petals" and formed my pinwheel which is held together with a decorative brand and accented with a lollipop stick. I tied on some strawberry twine and stamped the Hello greeting from our Darling Diamonds Stamp Set.

I hope you like the photo! I'm experimenting with my new camera. It's a grey day here and this was taken under a lamp and I can't get over how crisp it appears for artificial light. YAY!!!

Just a little hello to wish you a happy Wednesday! Enjoy your day!


Monday, June 9, 2014

Introducing Our New Website, June Release Recap and PRIZE WINNERS ANNOUNCED!

Hi there and happy Monday! I'm here to recap our June Release and announce our prize winners but first I'd like to share some very exciting news with you!

Last night we launched our brand new website and we're really SO excited about it! We think you will be too. Here are some of the benefits our customers will receive from shopping/using our new site:
  • Customer Accounts - Now you can create an account on our site which can be used for order status and tracking and even order communication.
  • Improved Navigation - We think you'll love how we've grouped our products together for easy searching. There are even buttons on our homepage to take you to all of the products that are part of our new release and a button to see our featured items!
  • Improved Out of Stock Notices - A DRAMATICALLY more efficient system has been put into place for item restock notifications. You will no longer have to enter the name of the item(s) you want to be notified about and it's a simpler process all around.
  • Credit Cards AND PayPal - We have now integrated a seamless checkout using credit cards. We could always accept credit cards through PayPal but now you can check out right from your shopping cart with ease! PayPal is still available for payment for those who prefer it.
  • Product Reviews - Reviews can be left for your favorite products right on our site! Assign them a star rating and even leave a comment! I receive tons and tons of positive feedback on our products from customers regularly. Now, this feedback can finally be shared for all to see!
  • Shipping - Probably the biggest change to our new site is our improved shipping! 
    • US Customers - Free Shipping is now available to customers in the US who place an order totalling $75 or more. USPS Flat Rate Priority Shipping is still available at a cost of $5.65 but now you will also be provided with a real-time, USPS First Class Rate at checkout based on the total weight of your order!

    • International Customers - Gone are the days of collecting shipping and making refunds for unused postage. Now, international customers will be given two options for shipping at checkout: USPS Flat Rate Priority AND a real-time, USPS First Class Rate based on the total weight of your order. This option will be MUCH more affordable at checkout! We're so excited about this new option to get our goodies overseas affordably and accurately priced at checkout.
This is a very exciting time for our little company! I hope you'll head over to our new site and check it out! We can still be found at Thanks!

Ok, so with every release we have I love to come by and show all of the projects made by our amazing designers in one place. There's something about seeing them all together which I find super inspiring. Each designer's work is showcased under their pictures in order by their first names. If you'd like more details about their projects, how they were made and the goodies they used you can click on their team photo/badge to be taken to their blogs.

I don't know about you but seeing all these lovely, creative and clever projects all in one place really makes me feel like getting crafty! How about you?

Would you like to see if you're one of our three $15 Gift Certificate Winners? Well, if you commented on Designer Maureen Merritt's blog your chances of winning are HUGE! Mo's blog was chosen at random as our secret prize blog!

The winner chosen from Mo's Day 1 Post is #25.
Comment #25 belongs to Denise Bryant

The winning commenter on Mo's Day 2 Post is #15.

Comment #15 belongs to Gaylynn!!

The winning commenter from Mo's Day 3 Post is #19!
Comment #19 belongs to Janet Zeppa!

Congratulations, Ladies! You have each won a $15 Gift Certificate to Lil' Inker Designs which you can put towards purchasing some of our new goodies or some of your ol' favorites! Please email me at to claim your prize. Please use the subject line "June Release Prize Winner". Thank you and congrats again!

Thank you to each of you for joining us today and throughout our new release days last week! We're going to be taking a small break for Summer vacation in a few weeks. Our store will be open but order fulfillment will be delayed until after we return. Please be looking for more details on that. Also, we're already preparing for a release in July that will knock your socks off so please stay tuned! 

See you soon!