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Friday, October 9, 2015

October Release Day 2

Well, hi there!!! It's already been a wild ride this week! Let's get right into day 2 of our new release.

Did you visit us yesterday? What's your favorite from this release? Can't decide?

Well, maybe my video will help you ;). I've put together a very chatty video for you showing you almost everything we're releasing in the store this week. I say almost because SOMEHOW crazy-pants me forgot to show you our Merry & Bright Holiday Greeting Die. DUH!!!!!!'s our video and I hope you'll find it informative and fun. I had fun making it. There's even a surprise appearance from my furry office helper, LOL!

Here is another look at the graphics of everything we've just released in the store.

First up are a couple of new items for Autumn - well,'s only October afterall!

These goodies are simply GORGEOUS!! You will love die cutting our stitching leaves and stamping them with their coordinating greetings. See the image below which shows you which greetings lines up with which stamp. Er meh gerd - I love these perfectly oversized leaves!!!!

Quite possibly the end to your Christmas Stamp collection! (I kid!) But really, these set is gorgeous and versatile. Use these greetings to make beautiful holiday photo cards, turn some of the sentiments into ornaments and oh so much more!!!! Each one is hand illustrated and just so flippin' pretty!

Use the Oh My Ornaments Die Set all by its lonesome and it will ROCK your holiday card making OR use it in conjunction with the All The Christmas You'll Ever Need Stamps and really bring this die set to life. My fave part of it is the stitched ornament hanger with bow that just cuts that detail into your paper giving your ornaments a decorative but lifelike feel!

Um, WOW!!! Loving these holiday icon silhouettes with the greetings already in them! How pretty are these AND you can use the coordinating die set below to cut these shapes out and make instant, pretty but SUPER-EASY gift tags because of the little hangers we've included in the die design. This can be easily snipped off with scissors so you can just use the focal image on a card front and more. The choice is yours and you know I like options!! :)

The Ornamental Christmas Dies can also be used on their own with patterned paper for even faster gift tags and not to mention, but could be used for other projects than just strictly for the holidays. I see birthdays in there and more!!

Apparently I was obsessed with gift packaging this year because everything seems to hang, LOL!!! This is a set of Holiday Word Die Tags. They do amazing things. Snip off their hangers and use them as just focal words on cards and more. LOOOOVE THESE!!!

Oh, deer - I do love this guy - or girl. Probably girl..would you say? Either way this is a SIMPLE and fun stamp set to create with and you can pick and choose the greeting you'd like to enter into the banner. I had a blast creating with this stamp set! You will too! It's going FAST!

GAWJUS! This word greeting die cuts the negative pieces away from your card front so that the greeting is left intact and attached to your card and then leaves a border of stitching all the way around it. I think you'll love what fast and pretty holiday cards this will make for you!

This guy rocks! Use this die set along with our Triangle Treat Holder Die to make fun Santa treat containers and with a little creativity this can do so many more things like tags. Oh my word, this guy is so cute and fun!!!

Every hop we give away three $15 store gift certificates and that's all well and good but what if we do the gift certificates 

AND gave away the entire release to one lucky winner? 


Share a link to our new release on Facebook and/or Instagram or your blog and send your friends here to check out Lil' Inker Designs! If we receive over 100 comments on any one of our October new release posts we'll pick a lucky grand prize winner to receive our entire new release!!! What do you think? Do you want a chance to win in ALL????? 

All comments for the grand prize and the gift certificates should be left by 
Tuesday, October 13th at 11:30 PM(EST). Anyone anywhere can enter to win!!!!

Here is a link to everyone participating in today's hop. 

How about some projects???? I think I'll share the three projects I made using our All the Christmas You'll Ever Need Stamps and Oh My Ornaments Dies.

Here I've used the more elongated of the ornament shapes. I did a little distress ink blending to create this look and then I cut three ornaments and heat embossed the largest in gold. Once I had my ornaments cut I figured out my layout and then die cut the ornament hanger and bow combo die onto my focal panel and then adhere my ornaments underneath each. This also features our Cozy Winter Wishes Stamps and Dual Dotted Rectangles Dies. I really love how this came together. :)

Here I wanted to show you how easy it is to make a family photo holiday card. I heat embossed my sentiment onto a vanilla strip cut with our Border Builders Dies and then I added a small, round ornament and ornament hanger. Isn't this sweet? Less than 5 minutes!!!

I wanted to go a little more rustic with my next card so I started with a kraft base and die cut it with our Quilted Stitched Pattern Die which I heart so much. Then, I die cut an ornament from vanilla paper and using Crayola markers I colored my sentiment, huffed on it a little and stamped and then did a little sponging with linen distressed ink for a more worn look. I added the larger ornament topper cut from gold paper and added some rustic jute twine and called it done. 

By the way, ALL of the patterned papers I'm using in this release are from my homie Vanessa's shop, Butterfly Reflections Ink. If you haven't shopped with Vanessa yet you haven't lived. Your goodies will arrive lickety-split and she has a fantastic selection of items! Check her out and tell her I sent you!

Ok, so this has been so much fun so far! I'm looking forward to tomorrow even though it's our last day of the hop. We'll see you then.

Until then to read the skinny on any of the products you're eyeing be sure to head on over to our lil' website.

Thanks so much! If you're here you're awesome!


Thursday, October 8, 2015

October Release Day 1

Well, fancy meeting you here! LOL!! How are you? I'm here today because we have a slew of new goodies to release this week. I hope you've seen some of our sneak peeks on Facebook and Instagram these last few days.

Let's get right down to the nitty gritty! Here is everything that is new in store this week!

First up AND FINALLY are our Leaf Love Dies. It is a stitched leaves die set for you and the shapes are FABULOUS and so are the sizes!! Each leaf is slightly oversized in this set and features our signature stitching around the border of the leaves Why only on the border you ask? Well, that's because we wanted to leave the inside for STAMPING!!!

This is our Leafy Greetings Stamp Set and each of them were illustrated by hand and will stamp onto a coordinating leaf shape from the new Leaf Love Die Set. We've been bringing you a few silhouette shapes recently with writing already in them, like our Seen On Halloween Stamps for example, and they truly are wonderful, but when it came to getting into the design of this set and how they would be used in the end, well, I just had a feeling that you'd much prefer to cut a red leaf and stamp it with gold lettering rather than just stamping a red leaf shape with words already in it onto white card stock - I'm hoping that explanation makes sense. I think once  you start to see projects made with these goodies you'll not only see how amazing and gorgeous they are but that you'll agree I made the right call with this set. This is a 4 x 4 set with 5 stamps.

Here is an example graphic of how the Leafy Greetings Stamps match up to their coordinating Leaf Love Dies.

Aren't these soooooo pretty? OMGSH! I cannot stop reaching for these dies and stamps. WAIT until you see the projects from our team with these goodies!!

Oh Deer Christmas is a really fun stamp set for Christmas and Winter. This image can be stamped and simply colored or watercolored - emphasis on simply! :) Then the sentiments can be stamped in the banner to create your greeting. They are done in an almost askew handwriting that gives this set a real rustic feel. Also included in this set are stamps to add red berries to the fern leaves, or rosy cheeks to the deer and even a stamp to create a snowy background. I think you're going to love creating with this simple but delightful set. This is a 4 x 4 stamp set with 10 stamps.

This small word die set trio can do SO MUCH!!! Our Holiday Word Tag Trio can be used to create decorative gift tags using the hangers built right into the words. They're great for tags, attaching to gifts and to create elegant and fun packaging. Write your recipient's info right on the back! OR you can easily snip off the tag hangers and use these as holiday word dies on cards and more. The choice is yours and they're really super fun! This is a set of three dies wired together.

This is quite literally All the Christmas You'll Ever Need! Each of these sentiments are hand illustrated and can be used in so many different ways like as overlays to make quick and easy family holiday photo cards. They can be stamped on their own as they make superb stamps for holiday and Winter cards. We've also included a dotted string and bow which can be used to turn the sentiments into ornaments. These sentiments are so beautiful and will make the most gorgeous holiday cards! This is a large 6 x 8 set of  14 stamps and a bargain price. Did you know that a 6 x 8 set is a double stamp set? 2 Stamp sets would normally retail for $30 if sold individually and we're bringing you this set for $24 - so we've designed these in a large set to actually save you some dough. :)
My favorite way to use these stamps are with our coordinating ornaments dies which we've designed just for these stamps.  Have a look!

Our Oh My Ornaments Dies is a set of Christmas ornament dies and they are AWESOME!!!!! The largest two dies coordinate with almost all of the stamps in the All the Christmas You'll Ever Need Stamp Set making them into fun ornaments or decorations. These 2 dies are not stitched but do have negative stitching so the negative cuts can be made into fun and detailed shaker cards. However, all of the remaining dies in the set have our Dual Stitching Design and will pair nicely with the larger dies in the set when used together. We've also included two ornament toppers which will work with the different ornament sizes in the  set. We also included a stitched ornament hanger with bow which cuts stitching only into your paper. It's SUCH a fun effect. This is an absolutely FAB set of dies. I bet you even already have stamps in your collection that will coordinate with these ornaments making it even more versatile for you to use. LOVE LOVE LOVE THESE!!!!

With our Make A Santa Die and Stamp Bundle we're building on our previously released Triangle Treat Holder Die. This is a die and stamp set bundle that turns the treat holder into an adorable santa! How ca-ute is this?? Included are three pieces to make Santa's hat, a mustache and beard and two boots which can be used as his mittens as well with a little clever folding. The stamp set includes 5 sentiments all of which are sized to stamp onto our Stitched Sentiment Flag Die and Sentiment Flag Die Original as well as stamps to create Santa's face; two different sets of eyes, a nose and two different mouths.

I found through some crafty experimentation that our Make A Santa Bundle pairs well with our Hey Foxy Dies! You can use the body from the fox die set to create a Santa as well. I'll show you that as I share products with you throughout the week, but if you already have this die set you're psyched! If not, we do have some available for you to take home! It's important to note that in the sample graphic above DT member Chrissy Larson's Santa's beard was created along with our Cover Up Die: Stitched Woodgrain to create that adorable effect. You're going to LOVE this little guy and the treat containers he can make. I'm so excited about these new goodies!!!

Our Merry & Bright Holiday Greeting Die is somewhat of a holiday follow up to our Boxed Up Birthday Greeting Die EXCEPT that there is one major difference. Our Boxed Up Birthday Greeting Die cut out a square piece that you could place on a card front. Our new Merry & Bright Holiday Greeting Die doe NOT cut out a square. It cuts the greeting into your card front and leaves a border of stitching all the way around it. It's totally unique and fun and creates beautiful but super-simple holiday cards!!!

Almost last but not least is our Ornamental Christmas Stamps which is a set of holiday icon silhouette stamps with the most beautiful hand-drawn greetings already inside - a contrast to our new leaf products above, but done by the same illustrator. Aren't they so very pretty??  Oh my goodness I am in LOVE with these stamps and what they can do. They stamp so cleanly and beautifully - AMAZING!!! I love that you can stamp these in any color your like and THEN :), you can cut them out with the dies we've designed to coordinate. Have a look!

Our Ornamental Christmas Die Set perfectly coordinates with our new Ornamental Christmas Stamps but you'll notice that we've built in the option for these to be used as tags and I LOVE that we've included this option. They can be tied onto card fronts, used as gift tags, tied onto presents and more! The backs can be stamped with the To and From stamps in the coordinating stamp set - OH. MY. WORD. I love these! What's extra nice about this set is that these hangers can be snipped off so they can be used solely as focal images with the exception of the stocking which I think you'd want to leave as it's part of the design. These are sweet and can have a modern feel or a rustic feel depending on your card or gift decor design. This is a wonderful combo of goodies!!

Do you love everything? Which are your faves????? 

In addition to these brand new items, we've recently released some new and improved versions of previously released favorites!

Check out our brand new Pinwheel Sentiments Stamp Set containing new, larger sentiments done in a better font combination making these look newer and fresher. :)

Check out our brand new Sunshine Sentiments Stamps! This is a combination of two stamps sets; our previously released Rainbows & Clouds Sentiments and Sunshine Sentiments Stamps. We've taken the best sentiments from each set, combined them together and gave them a new, fresh font! LOVE!!

Also, last but not least, we've redesigned our Acorn Dies to be a set of three different sized acorns and two leaves. Perhaps the stamp set is the biggest change! We changed the font , but kept it fun and quirky and changed up some of the sentiments as well. This is one FUN SET!!

How about some projects for today?

Using the new Christmas Word Tag Die Trio I decorated some mini kraft gift boxes.

Aren't these sweet?? I filled each box with some individually wrapped butter mints. I later popped open the bottom of each box and ate the candy. All the candy. The boxes in the photos are empty. I ate the props. True story.

Here the Hope Die is cut from glitter card stock. I love the contrast of the sparkle against the rustic, checkered ribbon.

The Joy Tag was cut from white cardstock here and adorned with holly from our Holly Jolly Die set. The box was stamped first with a sentiment from our new All the Christmas You'll Ever Need Stamp Set and tied with a red satin ribbon.

Here I used the Wish tag die to show you that this can just as easily be used for a birthday present. I stamped the kraft box with white craft ink using the solid spot from our Spot On Stamps and tied this together with some neon twine and a wish tag cut from neon pink cardstock and sponged the bottom of the die cut for an ombre effect.

Here is used our new Oh Deer Christmas Stamp Set. Did I mention that even though this appears to be an intricate image that it can be colored so very very easily. I love that about this stamp set! Then, I stamped on my berries and rosy cheeks and did a little hi-lighting with a white chalkboard marker. My aqua card base is die cut with a circle from our Stitched Mats: Circles Die Set. Here I've used the negative stitching and placed my focal image behind it for some simple framing. I embellished the entire project using some red and white baker's twine, red button and clear sequin.

Here I used the Oh Deer Christmas Stamps again but I used warmer colors for a more rustic look. My background is die cut with our Cover Up Die: Stitched Woodgrain and my focal image is again cut using our Stitched Mats: Circles. Add in some checkered ribbon, silver jingle bells and ivory jute twine and called it done. I love this!

Ok, one more project for today. Here I die cut a grouping of leaves from our new Leaf Love Dies and affixed the grouping to a remnant piece of corrugated card stock tied off with some twine and a button. The Thankful greeting is from our Really Rosemaling Stamp Set which I heat embossed in gold onto vellum paper. My card base is die cut using the largest die from our Embossed Dots Rectangles Die Set. Oh, I love the way this turned out!

I think that covers everything! Now, let's get to some of the fun. Every hop we give away three $15 store gift certificates and that's all well and good but what if we do the gift certificates AND gave away the entire release to one lucky winner? 


Share a link to our new release on Facebook and/or Instagram or your blog and send your friends here to check out Lil' Inker Designs! If we receive over 100 comments on any one of our October new release posts we'll pick a lucky grand prize winner to receive our entire new release!!! What do you think? Do you want a chance to win in ALL????? 

All comments for the grand prize and the gift certificates should be left by 
Tuesday, October 13th at 11:30 PM(EST). Anyone anywhere can enter to win!!!!

Then head on over to our Store to read the skinny on your faves from today!

Thank YOU! Yes, you there on your phone or at your computer reading this. You inspire me every day to keep this crazy rollercoaster ride going! Thank you to my Design Team who always puts their best foot forward and makes our goodies look so good!

Now, If I'm being perfectly honest....and you know I usually am......our release hop runs into our Monthly Meetup Challenge. I am going to STILL try and bring an MMC to you but I believe it's going to be a few days late. I hope that's okay! Stay tuned.

Thanks again and we'll see you tomorrow for day 2 of our new release hop!


Monday, October 5, 2015

CardMaker Magazine and Lil' Inker Designs Blog Hop!


 How are you today? Laura here with an exciting post I didn't tell you was happening because I wanted to surprise you! Today, the Lil' Inker Design Team and CardMaker Magazine are getting together for a special blog hop focusing on a Fall theme.

More than likely you're here because you've made your way through our hop and I'm the last stop, but if you've stopped by to say hello and would like to see the entire hop, just keep on reading. :)

I'm so excited because I think you're going to see some sneak peeks from our Design Team Members today of things we're getting ready to release on October 8th here at Lil' Inker. Edited to add: Holy Moly! I've hopped and the designs are AMAZING!!!!

For those of you just learning about Lil' Inker Designs, let me tell you a little bit about who we are.
I was a work from home home who loved to paper craft and make greeting cards and one day I wanted something for my crafty stash that I could not find on the market. I ended up reaching out to my friend from high school, Ariana Grant. She and I had recently reconnected on Facebook and I remembered reading that she was now a professional graphics designer. I sent her my idea and some illustrations and we got to work right away and in August of 2010 we released our first die and stamp set combination Sentiment Flags Original Die and Stamp Set. This die was the first "ribbon-tailed" die on the market in our lil' crafty world. I didn't know it at the time but this was the accidental birth of our company and we've been releasing dies and stamps continuously since then.

We're known for our dies with stitching and later in 2013 we were the innovators behind dies with what we call Dual Stitching or stitching on the inside and outside of the main cut line. These are two concepts that we're super proud of!

If you're new to Lil' Inker Designs we'd love it if you'd shop with us. Visit our website and check out our line of fun and versatile products, browse around and have fun!

We continue to remain a small, but creative company. We have a FABULOUS and dedicated team of Designers who create amazing things with our products to inspire you. I personally handle all of our customer service and it's one of my most important jobs here at Lil' Inker Designs.

I am a work from home mom, who runs a household and this crafty business out of two rooms in my home which are my humble little headquarters. I love what I do but it's made possible entirely with the support of my family, my bestie Ariana Grant, additional right-hand-woman and graphics designer, Karen Baker and Gillian and Courtney Nolan, sisters who are both college students and assist me part-time packaging our products and fulfilling all of your orders with care and love and shipping them out to you.

Here is a list of everyone participating today. I simply cannot WAIT to hop around and visit the blogs of the CardMaker Mag ladies They too are going to be using goodies from Lil' Inker Designs in their posts today. I think this is going to be so fun!

Gini Williams Cagle

Laura Pryor(You are here):

Remember to go back and visit all the ladies participating today and leave them some love because we're also giving away a $35 gift certificate to one lucky winner so please comment along your way through our hop today. We'll be picking a winner from the comments left throughout blog-land and announcing the winner so stay tuned! Thanks :)

Here are a couple of projects I created for you and for our hop today.

This first cards is a small 4.25" square. It's been my go-to card size recently. I die cut the background with our Cover Up Die: Stitched Woodgrain which is one of my most favorite background dies EVER!!!! It also features some new-ish goodies in our store; the newly redesigned Acorn Dies and Nuts About You Stamps! These were goodies we released back in 2011 and were out of stock for some time. Before I restocked them for you, I decided to give them a little update. Now our Acorn Die is a set of three acorns and we tweaked the design just a little for you. Perhaps the biggest change it to the stamp set. We gave the set a whole new looks but stayed true to its original, quirky, fun design. The sentiments in this set are silly and fun and can be used for so many different occasions in additional to Autumn designs. Also featured here are our So Thankful Stamps and So Thankful Label Die from our most recent release. I just love how this came together and I'm delighted to have these items back in stock and looking FAB!

This last project contains a little sneaky peek for you of a leaf die set we're releasing on October 8th called Leaf Love. Here I die cut it one of the leaves with a remnant piece of corrugated cardboard which I then painted with a little gold paint. I used a vintage doily as a backdrop which was quite large so I cut it in pieces and layered it a bit to make it a better size for my card front. Also used here are our Stitched Mats: Rectangles used for the focal panel and the Nuts About Stamp Set again for the sentiment. I LOVE the size and shape of this die!!! Yahooo!!!

I hope you love the cards I made to share with you today!

Thank YOU so much for coming by today. Whether you're a "repeat offender", LOL and come here often or your brand new to our blog and company - we're so glad you're here!

We hope you'll join us here in a few days on October 8th because we'll be bringing you a fresh new crop of goodies for the Christmas Holiday but also some FABULOUS items for Fall that you won't want to miss!

Thank you SO VERY MUCH to CardMaker Magazine and Brooke Smith and for organizing this wonderful hop and and for this amazing opportunity and a big thank you to all the participating designers from CardMaker for showcasing goodies from Lil' Inker Designs and sharing with CardMaker Mag readers!!!!!!

What a great way to kick off Monday!



Monday, September 28, 2015

Merry Monday!!!

Hello and happy or Merry Monday! I say Merry because we've just restocked some Christmas stamps in the store that a lot of you have been waiting on and I was so inspired when I started looking through past projects made by our talented team and even some fabby guest designers that I thought I'd stop by with a post for you today loaded with MERRY! :)

We've recently restocked our Winter Greetings Stamps, Holly Jolly Stamps and Jolly and Joyful Stamps. Here they are...

Each of these stamps are a cute 3x4 size and are only $10 and will help make beautiful, fun and cute cards quickly and easily!!

Did you know that each of these stamps has some coordinating or companion die sets? Our Winter Greetings Stamp Set was made to coordinate with our Snowflake Die Set.

Here are some projects made using Winter Greetings Stamps and Snowflake Die together.

Our Holly Jolly Stamps coordinate perfectly with our Holly Jolly Dies! These are some of our most popular dies for Christmas and Winter!

Here are some projects made using our Holly Jolly Stamps and Dies!

Finally, our Jolly and Joyful Stamps coordinate with our super-popular Jolly Word Die and Joy Word Die as well as with our Christmas Bits Dies and, truthfully, soooo many more dies in our Holiday collection!

Here are some projects made using these goodies!

With new and improved search features on our site, now you can look for items using keywords like, Christmas or Winter or Holiday and find everything we have in store!

I hope you enjoyed this post today and will head to our website to get your favorites!

Have a Merry Monday!!