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Monday, November 13, 2017

You Made It Monday, Vol. 42

It's time for another You Made It Monday!  We are super excited to share some more amazing creations that you, our customers, have created and shared with us online.  You Made It Monday is now a monthly feature and there are prizes!!!  That's right!  If you're featured in our You Made It Monday post you will receive a $10 gift certificate to Lil' Inker Designs!  Isn't that awesome??

You know how much we love seeing what you create with the products in the Lil' Inker Designs store.  You never cease to amaze us with your talent and creativity. Here is just a sampling of the awesome creations you have shared with us lately.
I just couldn't wait to share this amazing sympathy card that Lisa posted on her blog, Bellalistona.

Pets are so amazingly important to so many of us, in fact, they are family.  I just love how Lisa kept this card light and cheery.  From the cloud shape of the card to the perfect coloring of the Angel Pets Stamp, there couldn't be a sweeter way to let someone know you are thinking of them.  Thanks for sharing, Lisa!

I'm not sure about you but I'm in the mood for some glitter.  Cheryl, @cherylcards, shows us how impactful glitter can be in this gorgeous card.

Cheryl shows off how the Cover Up Die: Geometric Snow can be used for so much more than just the holidays.  I love that silver glitter with a simple bit of vellum and a red sentiment strip to finish it off.  It's simply elegant!

Now it's time to get a little Christmasy.  I love seeing all of your Christmas creations start popping up at this time of year and I couldn't help noticing this adorable card by Toni, Frankie Helps Craft.

I just love the soft mood Toni captured here.  You can almost feel the holidays slowly coming with the awesomely light and airy water coloring on our Season's Greetings Stamps.  Cut and layered on this soft snowflake paper...perfection.

Another gorgeous and simple Christmas creation comes to us from Lynn, The Mango Boys and Me.

Could this be anymore perfect.  The gorgeous new Cover Up Die: Geometric Snow absolutely jumps out at you in white layered on red.  A simple sentiment on a banner works perfectly to share some Christmas cheer and a simple piece of twine is an adorable finishing touch.  So pretty, Lynn!

Our final card is a show stopper shared by @atikinscreations.

When I think of making seasonal cards, I can't help but think of our Oh Deer Christmas Stamps.  It makes it so simple to create an elegant card and this card is wonderful.  I love the layers and the simple touches of the twine and burlap background paper.  It's just gorgeous.
We hope you enjoyed this small glimpse of the amazing creations you guys are sharing using Lil’ Inker Designs products.  I can’t wait to see what else I discover in the weeks to come.  As I mentioned above.  You can expect to see You Made It Mondays on the first Monday of each month, unless it's a new release day, then we'll bump it to the next Monday.

We want to make sure you know how much we appreciate you sharing your creations with us and others so, I will be awarding the 5 featured You Made It Monday participants each month with a $10 Lil' Inker Designs Gift Certificate! I'm so excited about this! You also get to proudly display our special blog badge showing that you were picked as a feature!


If you're featured here in a You Made It Monday Post then you are a WINNER!!!!

To claim your prize, email me at with subject line You Made It Monday Winner and add the "Volume" number as listed in the title of our blog post. So these winners will write in the subject line:

You Made It Monday Vol. 42 Prize Winner

To be a part of our You Made It Monday feature be sure to use (hashtag) #lilinkerdesigns so we can find you on social media and the internet.  5 people will be featured each month and if you are featured you win a $10 store credit to Lil' Inker Designs - yahoooooo!!!!!

We loved your work this week and we're so happy to see it!  

See you soon and happy crafting!!!!


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Monday, November 6, 2017

25 Days of Christmas Tags and Lil' Inker Designs

Hello and welcome to the Lil' Inker Designs Blog today!!! I'm Laura, the owner of Lil' Inker Designs and I'm here posting for the fabulous and fun 25 Days of Christmas Tags Hop!!! YAY!!!!!
I am OBSESSED with making tags so this hop really gives me a thrill!!!! HA!!

As I mentioned I'm the owner of Lil' Inker Designs - a small but crafty home based business since 2010. We have a super duper collection of clear photopolymer stamps and metal dies all in the freshest designs. 

If you haven't visited us before I hope you'll check out our store and if you're a tag-making-lover like I am you'll be psyched at all the different options we have for you. 

As a company sponsor of today's hop, we're giving away a 
$35 gift certificate to Lil' Inker Designs!!! 

CLICK HERE to visit Tracey McNeely's Blog. Tracey is the creative mind behind this fabulous hop today and you can read all about how to win this awesome prize on her blog.

I'd love to share some projects I made for you today! Are you ready?

I'm still a lover of the "shaker" both in card and tag form so I gave one a whirl for this hop today!

I started with our Anytime Tags Dies  and then die cut it with our Oh My Ornaments Dies to create the shaker window which I backed with some pretty Winter themed paper. The tiny greeting perfect for this tag is from our Holly Jolly Stamp Set. This set has been around since we first started out. It's a WINNER for any crafter's collection. The greetings are sweet and petite!

Here's a closer look at the items from Lil' Inker Designs used to create this fun tag.

I was in a coloring mood so I decided to try my hand at making a non-holiday stamp set into one perfect for it! Here I started by stamping and die cutting this cute image from our Cat Treats Stamp Set. This image is actually of the cats taking a selfie. So I cut out the phone image and replaced it with a coffee mug from another image in the same set. To give this more of a Christmas feel I just colored the clothing in reds and greens. Then, I took the hat of my Santa from our Moody Santa Stamps and trimmed it to fit on the girl kitty's head.

Here is a look at some of the other items from our line used to make this tag.

You need this tag set in your life! I'm obsessed!                      Used to create the "snow" on the ground

         Used for the hat on kitty's head                             Used for the snowflake on the small, black tag.

We recently had a holiday release in our store so since we're on the subject of tags I thought I'd share some tags that I love. Have you ever just made something that you end up being a big fan of? Hahahah!!!! Well, I ended up being a fan of how these turned out. I hope you like them too!

These were made with our Rowdy Reindeer Stamps and Die. For more details on the additional supplies used to make these cuties CLICK HERE!!

Lots of the Lil' Inker Design Team Members are participating in today's hop. I hope you'll hop along to see all of their inspiring creations!!!

Have a fun time hoping and don't forget about our terrific prize!!

Thank you so much for joining me today!! If you're new to LID welcome and if you're a long time supporter or fan, it was great having you here again today!!


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Friday, November 3, 2017

It's Flashback Friday

Each month a member of our Design Team stops by with a Flashback Friday post and will share a project using a previously released stamp or die as the focus of the post - a bit of an oldie but goodie if you will, and in true Lil' Inker Designs style the item featured will also be on sale for a limited time! Waaaa-hoooooooo!!!!

Today, it's me, Chrissy and I'm ready to share my creation with you.

Every year I create Christmas ornaments for my nephews for our ornament exchange.  I've done stockings and mittens but this year I decided to create lollipops.  The Dual Dotted Circles were the perfect starting point for my creations!

These dies as SO useful!  Not only do they make great elements to add to cards, scrapbook pages, tags, etc, they are also awesome for stitching having holes already cut.  They were too perfect for my ornaments this year!

Here's a look at how I used the Dual Dotted Circles.

Aren't they cute?  Here's a look at each one and a brief rundown of how I created them.

I started this snowflake lollipop by cutting two of the second largest Dual Dotted Circles from green felt.  The white felt was cut using the next circle down in size.  I lined up the white circle on one of my green circles and attached it by stitching around the outside of the white with green thread.  Then I went to work created my design.  I made this snowflake design up as I went starting with the sequin and bead in the center.  I slowly stitched my snowflake, adding sequins and beads to each large point.  I finished the design off with four french knots.  Next I sewed the top piece to the back green piece leaving a hole large enough for stuffing the ornament and gluing in the stick.  Note:  I add a little tag for each of my nephew's initial to each ornament but it's not necessary.  After my ornament is stuffed and the stick (I used a wooden skewer) is glued in place, I continue the stitching to close the ornament around the stick making sure to go over and around the stick a few extra times before tying off the thread.  Finally, I add a ribbon hanger to the top back side of the ornament.  Here's a look at the next design:

For my second ornament, I cut the red lollipop base x2 using the same Dual Dotted Circle that I used for the snowflake pop.  Then using the next step down, I cut the light green circle and a dark green circle.  I wanted a dark green border around my light green circle so I cut the center out of the dark green circle using the next Dual Dotted Circle in line.  I created the perfect border with two rows of circles for stitching.  The center white circle is created with the smallest Dual Dotted Circle.  This ornament started by attaching the small white circle to the light green circle with a red sequin and gold bead and some fun stitching.  Then, I attached the dark green border first by sewing on the white bead border and then attaching the entire shape to the red base circle with the red bead border.  Then, I finished the ornament just like the one above.

There are a ton of designs you could create for these lollipops using the Dual Dotted Circles and just imagine what you could create with all the other Dual Dotted shapes.  I hope you liked the two I shared and I hope to see some more fun felt creations coming from you guys!

For a limited time, our Dual Dotted Circles are 20% off through November 10th, 2017 or while supplies last! And just to make this sale even MORE FUN than it already is, we're also including our Dual Dotted Hearts in the sale too! YAY!

Thank you so much for joining me today! I hope you had fun checking out my ornaments and enjoy shopping the sale!


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