Tuesday, December 13, 2011

LID Design Team December Blog HOP

Lil' Inker's Design Team December Release!
We are featuring the amazing collaboration of LID and Heidi Schwoerer of 2 Cute Ink.

W E L C O M E...

If you have arrived from Teresa's blog you are on the right track, if not, hop back to Laura's blog to hop in order. Be sure as always to comment on everyone's blog and be elligible to win...
Our Grand Prize: each of our three new stamp sets to be revealed this week!!!! 

So, 2 Cute Ink is the first artist created line to be featured at Lil’ Inker Designs! Artist Heidi Schwoerer, of 2 Cute Ink, will be releasing exclusive designs with LID!

We’ll be releasing some of Heidi’s existing images as well as brand new illustrations and sentiments. These will be manufactured in our customary clear stamp format. This is such a wonderful collaboration of Laura, Heidi and myself!

Today is the second day of the Hop! We are featuring my FAVE.....

Arctic Friends!

now in a past life I was a collector of penguins so this image brings me way back :O)


now that I had an amazing Sunday with my partner in crime Laura

I can officially say I have used and NOW love...
Thanks LP!

(and oh how I love to color with my best pal 
Kiernan <3)

So I colored away and felt that Copic are like watercolours, and so fun! I also use the Sentiment Flag Die and border stamp that you can buy at the LID Store, on the last stop of todays HOP. While you are there take a peek around and get your lil hands on my new FAVE my lil' Arctic Friends! Be sure to visit the other DT gals this week for the rest of the HOP and 2 more Fabulous Stamp sets featuring 2 Cute Ink!

And now the pictures, that really don't do justice to my friends! 
and waaahhhh my cutie sparkles are lost! :((

Oh well, still love my first forray into the Copic world!!!!!!

Stay tuned my friends!




Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Lil' Inker DT Holiday Release DAY THREE!

Lil' Inker's Design Team Holiday Release DAY THREE!

W E L C O M E...

to the third day of Lil' Inker Designs with agdesigns Design Team New Holiday Release BLOG HOP!
I know you are just as excited as I am to see the second product we have to offer this week.

Well make sure you have started at Laura's Blog to start today's Hop order. I'm here to give you some behind the scenes of the Lil' Inker Designs with agdesigns MAGIC! First if you came here from Sarah Jay's blog you are right on track! Be sure you start commenting with Laura to be eligible to win one of TWO $10 store credits to the new Lil' Inker Designs Store! The girls on the team will have more amaZing projects to share with you the rest of the week so check back often!!

Wednesday and Thursday we are featuring

drum roll please....
the Jingle Joy Die Set 
and coordinating 
Jingle Joy Stamp Set!

Get ready for more Holiday fun and of course MORE cuteness with dies for letters j, y, and l and a two piece jingle bell standing in for an O. Together they can make the words joy or jolly! To add even more versatillity to the dies, the coordinating Jingle Joy Stamp set offers THREE sets of patterns for the j, y and l dies. The first pattern I like to describe as peppermint, then your traditional houndstooth pattern and lastly a candy cane pattern!

Can I JUST say I'm so envious of the design team gals getting to work with these sets!!!
You, again, all know how I love letters!!!
I can not WAIT to get my lil' hands on these
items next week!!!! (yay Laura!)


One thing I MUST share with you is....
that for the candy cane pattern IF
you flip the J shape upside down
you can make a perfect candy cane!


for a back stage pass.......

(I hope Laura doesn't mind me publishing her sketches!)

This is where the Holiday release ideas began, right on Laura's kitchen table! After a yummy lunch and taking the morning to play with acorns and fringe flowers!! You never know what the end result will be. BUT you are promised something unique and original right from Laura's inventive and artistic brain!!!

Now be sure to Hop to Laura's blog and get more details and links to the Holiday release products and design team projects!

 I can not wait to have a crafty/mommy/girlie/friend DAY with Laura next weekend to
with alllll these holiday must haves!
I hope to share some projects THEN.
Now hop on over to Amy's Blog for more holiday goodies!!!!




Monday, November 7, 2011

Lil' Inker DT Holiday Release DAY ONE!

Lil' Inker's Design Team Holiday Release DAY ONE!

W E L C O M E...

to the first day of Lil' Inker Designs with agdesigns Design Team November New Release BLOG HOP!
wow WHAT a mouthful!!!

Well make sure you have arrived here from Amy's Blog, in Hop order. I'm not posting a project but am here to say Hi and welcome!  Make sure you start commenting with Laura to be eligible to win one of TWO $10 store credits to the Lil' Inker Designs Store! The girls on the team will have amaZing projects to share with you ALLLLLL week!

So Monday and Tuesday we are featuring
the Holly Jolly Die Set 
and coordinating 
Holly Jolly Sentiment Stamps!

set of SIX dies!

set of FOURTEEN separate sentiment stamp!
Get ready for Holiday fun and of course cuteness with dies for a tree with trunk, two holly leaves and holly berries. Each of the six dies feature perforated details you will find on our other LID products here.
Then we offer the Holly Jolly Sentiment Stamps in a most adorable font! (you know how I love my fonts :D )

A lil' behind the scenes! Laura is the idea gal! She is constantly sending me sketches and brainstorms of wonderful ideas she has for Lil' Inker Designs Stamps and Die ideas. In my free time (HA) I take the ideas she has and with my graphic design skills whip up actual files on my mac. Holly Jolly was Laura's idea to have a cutie tree that could be very versatile in use and decorating. The leaves and berries could be used alone to make wreaths etc. OR used to decorate the tree and its counterpart tree trunk. ALL of these dies in the set feature what has come to be our signature perforated detail that you can see here in a variety of uses!

Ah fonts are so FUN! There are so many to choose from and with our Holiday sentiment set, Laura has come up with 14 festive stamp sentiments for you to play with! The 14 sentiments are:

boughs of holly
Happy Holidays
Rockin' around the
Merry and Bright
Jingle all the way
Deck the halls
Fa la la la la
'Tis the season
Sweet Season's Greetings
Have a holly jolly Christmas

NOW don't you need these in your holiday making SUPPLIES!! Be sure to go to our spankin' new store and buy them TODAY!

Next on the Hop is Jen Carter's blog! Go to get more creative eye candy and inspiration with links to more of Lil' Inker's design team projects! I am looking forward to sharing our second Holiday release product on Wednesday!




Friday, September 23, 2011

Lil' Inker Designs Blog Hop FINAL DAY!

Today is the LAST day of 
the Lil' Inker Designs (with ag designs)
Design Team New Release Blog Hop!

We are featuring our NEW Acorn die and Sentiment stamp set!

Its really just ADORABLE see for yourself!

Welcome to the last day of our Hop. If you have arrived from Sarah's Blog then you are on the right path! If not head back to the beginning to check out all of the Design Team's amazing work! So today I am re-purposing my card from yesterday. Now on the last release day of the Lil' Inker Designs Design Team Blog Hop, I can show you how I combined the mini pinwheel die with the brand new Acorn Die Set and Acorn Sentiment Stamps. First up is the Acorn Die Set. I used the cute little leaf die with my magazine flower paper to get a bunch of great fall colors for leaves. I put them on the card in a falling pattern with the Falling for you sentiment from the Acorn Sentiments Set. I hoped to accent the movement of the mini pinwheel. Don't you just love all of these together!  I used a few markers to make the sentiment pop out a bit more. I hand drew some spirals and a make shift stem, to connect the mini pinwheel and falling leaf dies, visually. Here's a bunch more photos of my creation using the leaf die from Acorn Die Set and Acorn Sentiment Stamps with our mini pinwheel die

I wish my time with Laura for craftiness was much much longer then I could have done more with this guy too!!!!!

I look forward to crafting again!
At the moment my full time job as a designer in Prepress 
is just soooooo busy!!!!
I'm glad to have the work but it doesn't leave me much time 
also after my two boys run me around at night!!!
But planning a day again, is in the near future, 
with my partner in crime Laura. It is a MUST DO!

Next up on the Acorn trail is Chan. 
Please be sure to HOP along in order to see other creations 
using our final fall release items and leave comments on your way. 
Then you'll be eligible to win one of three available 10$ store credits 
to the Lil' Inker Designs Shop. 
The deadline to post comments for the hop is Sunday, September 25th. 
The three lucky winners will be announced on Laura's Shop Blog 
on Monday, September 26th.



Day Five LID Design Team Blog Hop Path


Julie Ranae







me :)



Lil' Inker Designs Store

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Lil' Inker Designs Blog Hop DAY 4!

Today is the FOURTH Day of 
the Lil' Inker Designs (with ag designs)
Design Team BLOG HOP!

We are featuring for a second day the NEW Mini Pinwheel Die.

I hope you hopped over by way of Teresa's Blog.  
Be sure to check out all the other members of today's Hop and make comments 
to be included the the random drawing to win great prizes!

So here is my project for day two of our mini pinwheel die blog hop.

In a past life I collected images I really liked from magazines for different found art projects. This is what I used to make the petals for our new mini pinwheel die. It was actually a magazine ad for a car that had a ton of flowers on it. I really loved the contrast of the oranges and blacks from the flowers. I choose a few petals where the green stems and leaves in the magazine showed. I used Laura's tutorial for the original Pinwheel Die and a black brad to make my first mini pinwheel! It's so cute! I just love the shapes it makes and the small size allows you to use it in a myriad of new and creative ways! The unintentional theme of my day at Laura's house was vertical cards made with kraft card stock from Papertrey Ink. I used markers to embellish my sentiment stamp THAT is a sneak preview of Fridays last reveal! I also used the magazine flowers with a another sneak peak item to accent my mini pin :D
I finished off my quick fall card with an orange bow. 
I just love the the mini pinwheel as a focal point!

The Lil' Inker Designs store is very excited to now offer all of our Pinwheel products as
individual purchases! Next on the hop order is the LID Store where you can purchase the Mini Pinwheel Die for $5 plus applicable shipping and handling! 
Do it Today!!!
Be sure to Hop in order and make comments for a chance to win one of three $10 store credits from the Lil' Inker Designs store!

Check back tomorrow for the last day of our fall release blog hop and our last item(s) to be revealed. All of the LID Design Team members are taking part in the Fun on Friday! I'm SURE you will just LOVE what we have in store for you tomorrow just as much as I love the mini pinwheel die!!!! 



Day Four LID Design Team Blog Hop Path






me ;)

Lil' Inker Designs Store

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Day Two of Lil' Inker Designs DT Blog Hop!

It's day TWO of the Lil' Inker Designs (with ag designs)
Design Team BLOG HOP!

We are featuring for a second day the NEW Fringe Flower Die.

I am Part of today's Hop. I hope you hopped over by way of Teresa's Blog.
If not be sure you go in Hop order and post comments as we are giving away prizes at the end of the Hop.

Here is my project for day two of Fringe Flower Die's.

Being a Graphic Designer and having a strange love of type. This was a study in creative uses of type.

At Laura's house one day I started with kraft card stock from Papertrey Ink that she had already cut into a unique tri-fold card. I then used the black patterned paper from the mini stack B  and W text print series.

I used our Lil' Inker Sentiment Flag die to cut out pieces from an old Catalogue of Typefaces (Fifth Edition) from The Hoefler Type Foundry and another piece from the mini stack. I cut the flags in half and at different lengths to create the pieces under the Flower.

In having so much fun with the Fringe Flower Die I also cut some strips from the Typeface catalogue. I folded one strip in half to make a fringe border of the alphabet on one fold of my card. 

beautiful sticker with a red border inspired me to use Pure Poppy felt from Papertrey Ink for the focal point of my typographic card. The wonderfully cute Fringe Flower Die made this red felt flower which has a tutorial here. Then still needing a bit of balance, I used a Background Basics: Text Styles stamp by Papertrey Ink with watermark ink by VersaMark on the left side to finish my card. Here are some close ups of my card.

Thanks for hopping and remember to leave a comment to be entered for a chance to win great prizes from Lil' Inker Designs.
Next on the hopping path is your last stop for today at The Lil' inker Store, where you can find these items that I used in my card.

Check back here tomorrow for day three of the New Release Blog Hop by the Lil' Inker Design Team.



Day Two LID Design Team Blog Hop Path

Monday, September 19, 2011

Starting TODAY is our Lil' Inker Designs Design Team

The First day of the Hop is Featuring Our New Fringe Flower Die.

Make sure you start the Hop with

Lil' Inker herself Laura
then hop over to the other design team members for the day 
in Hop order:

Check back tomorrow for Day Two of the New Release Hop!



Monday, August 8, 2011

Lil' Inker Designs Kick Off Hop by ag designs

Today is the first ever,
Lil' Inker
Designs Design Team Blog Hop!

So many firsts to celebrate!
It's MY first Blog Hop, and even better than THAT this was the first time Laura and I got to spend some time together (without kids) and CRAFT things allll day!
One of the best times I have had in a while I MUST say.

So here is my first card creation.
It was the first time I got to see and
use the actual Rainbow & Clouds dies and sentiments. Shocking I know, but most of the work Laura and I do together is virtual. This was just so fun to get my hands on these dies, stamps, paper and inks! 

It has been wayyyy too long. Just hope I get to  rummage through Laura's spectacular craft room again soon!
hint hint :)

Then just because I couldn't pass up the chance to, I did a quick card using some gorgeous paper and the Pinwheel Die!

Now for some

these are some designs for Lil' Inker Designs
Products that I have created.
Browse and Click to go over and get
them for yourselves! :)


I know I'm being redundant but this was just such a fun way to use all the things the Design Team will be using and take my part in the Blog Hop!

Please make sure you leave a comment on my blog because we are giving away some pretty terrific prizes!
The deadline for commenting is 11:59pm EST, Sunday, August 14th.

Lastly Hop your way over to Alicia Thelin's Blog to continue the Design Team Hop....

enjoy :)



Design Team Members and Blog Hop Path

Thursday, July 14, 2011

More wedding samples... and some baby eye candy!

:( I lost a bunch of pictures when my mac crashed!
But I found these on an old flash drive.
The first two are samples of what became the actual printed piece at the end...

This was a version of my brother-in-law's wedding invite. I always loved this design.

This is the actual invite that came from the first two deigns in this post. Simple and elegant. The seashell design is my custom painted watercolor.

And now Logan at 6 months!


~ariana :D

Thursday, May 19, 2011


This was for a girl
(my boy is pictured in the sample)
Engraved in silver on a sparkly pink stock
with the cream paper for the back
duplexed to it.
When you look at the edge
there is a thin pink layer
and a cream layer of paper.

The back of the announcement...
the pink design was printed to match the front pink sparkly paper.
So pretty!

~ ag designs