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Monday, February 8, 2016

You Made It Monday Vol. 12

Hi there! To see our Design Team Call post please CLICK HERE.

Happy Valentines week!  It's hard to believe it's almost here.  I hope you are having a great time creating for the occasion and I hope you are making use of some Lil' Inker Designs products in the process.  I found some really wonderful creations for Valentines while I was out and about and I think your going to really enjoy them.  Maybe they will inspire you to get crafting today!  I hope so.   
Lori but a smile on my face, as she often does, by showing off our new release stamp set, Lovie Friends.

Lori's coloring is just wonderful on this little panda.  I wish I could color like this! I especially love how the heart seems to glow a little.  He looks especially sweet layered the way he is with a pink Stitched Mats: Dual Stitched Rectangles to really set him off from the rest of the card.  I have no doubt that who ever gets this card will certainly be Lori's Valentine.  :) 

@Julenevk created this adorable set of cards using Perfect Pairs Stamps and they are just too cute.

Again with the awesome coloring!!  Julene colored these sweet pairs perfectly and layered them fabulously with cute papers and cuts using Stitched Mats: Dual Stitched Rectangles and Stitched Mats: Side-Stitched Rectangles.  I just love the little touches of twine and those little white accents on the peas and carrot, perfect! 

Another adorable use of the Perfect Pairs Stamps come from @sakochako0803.

The super fun heart embossed background is adorable with our coffee and donut pair.  I especially like the way @sakochako0803 used the Hearts Banners Die Set to add such a fun touch to this card.  So sweet! (These stamps are out of stock but coming back SOON!)

Finally, this little peak from @bronih looks like a ton of fun!

Broni has me stalking her blogSplashes of Watercolor, to see just what the full card looks like using Stitched Hearts Die Set.  The color coming through is just so gorgeous and the drips of gold, wow!  I could see this same thing done with the new Dual Dotted Hearts Dies to have that gorgeous background showing through the dots also.  Can't wait to see the rest of the card, Broni! 

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.  We’d love to have you share your creations with us by:
  • Tagging us in project pictures on Facebook 
  • Using #lilinkerdesigns when you post a picture to Instagram.
  • Keep blogging and add a Lil’ Inker Designs label to your posts.
  • Pin your projects to Pinterest with Lil’ Inker Designs in the description.
  • Join our Flickr group and add your creations.
We'd love to have you share there as well.  We want to find your projects and these are some of the ways you can help us do that.

You never know, you might find yourself the subject of the next You Made It Monday!  Have a great week and as always, happy crafting.

 If you were featured today, please email me at to receive your special blog badge! We loved your work this week and were so happy to see it!     

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Lil' Inker Design Team Call

Hello Lil' Inker Friends!

Laura here and I am currently searching for 3 new design team members and I thought that the best way to get the word out is to tell you about it here!

Do you love to paper craft, make cards, tags, pages, paper crafted projects and home decor using stamps and dies? Would you like to receive stamps and dies from Lil' Inker Designs to craft with? Would you like to perpetuate your love for stamps and dies and paper crafting by joining the Lil' Inker Designs Team? Would you like to be part of a little paper crafting fam?

We're looking for people who....
  • love to blog about their hobby and their projects
  • like to try new paper crafting techniques and share them with their readers
  • use Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest
  • would like to be on a no-drama, easy to fit into your life design team with realistic expectations
  • would be willing to use/learn DropBox for file sharing? It's so easy!
  • are able to create one project for each new product brought to market during a new release (items can be combined together and often used together)
  • are able to create 3-4 (mainly 3) blog posts for each new release
  • are able to create 1-2 projects with posts per month (in addition to new release projects)
  • are able to take great pictures of projects
  • are able to commit to at least a 6 month term - longer is preferable
  • are able to meet realistic deadlines
Team members will receive 
  • exposure and support of their personal blogs and creative projects
  • the ability to work with incredibly talented and established designers
  • a one time 50% discount shopping code to add to your LID stash (optional) and up to $100 in additional products of their choosing (based on inventory available)
  • Every single product released during term at no cost
  • a custom designed watermark and blog badge
  • a 25% team purchase discount
  • a generous publication incentive
  • Affiliate Commission - it' small, but it's something! :)
  • In 2015, it's estimated that each of our team members received supplies totaling over $3600 in retail value
If you're interested in applying to be a part of our awesome team please send the following to (that's lil inker design team call at gmail dot com) with subject line Design Team Call by February 2nd, 2016.
  • Name
  • E-Mail Address
  • Shipping Address
  • Blog Address
  • Personal Facebook Page link if you have one (one is not necessary to apply) 
  • Instagram name (so we can find you)
  • Current & past design team and or challenge team affiliations listing the time/term spent with each (prior/current affiliations not necessary to apply)
  • Direct links to 5 blog posts containing your best work
  • Creative achievements such as magazine publications and/or recognitions, etc... (if any-none are necessary to apply)
  • Tell us a little about yourself! Be sure to include additional interests and talents that could be beneficial to our team and what we do and anything else that you think is pertinent to your application. 
Toot your horn! This is your opportunity to shine!!

If you're interested in applying but would like to know more, I invite you to reach out to any of our Design Team Members, past or present, and ask them of their experiences! CLICK HERE to visit our Design Team Page.

We'll be accepting applications through 2/22/2016 and decisions will be made shortly after.  We'll be looking to have new members start in April with potentially a team blog hop.

I don't believe that I will able to email applicants who are not chosen. If you don't receive an email from me please know that I'm a paper crafter too and I know what it's like to put yourself out there. I think everyone's work is special and deserves recognition. I really do and I wish I could take everyone! Thank you in advance for your time and application! I truly TRULY appreciate each and every single one and I'm excited to be able to spend some time looking at your projects and blogs!

Thank you and have fun!


Thursday, February 4, 2016

January Release Recap AND SO MUCH MORE!!!!

Hieeeeeee!!! I'm waving under stacks of orders and flying tissue and I'm pretty sure I have a sticker in my hair somewhere!

Thank you so much for your overwhelming response to our new release! Please know that myself and Gillian, my rockin' office assistant, are working our buns off to get all of your order out. Yes, I call them buns. LOL!!! That shows my age...doesn't it?! HAahaha. I digress.

I have SO MUCH to tell you about including sharing all of the team projects made for this release and announcing our three PRIZE WINNERS!!! Before I get to all of that I'd like to share some other news with you about our business and website.

Recently, we've implemented some changes to our website which I hope that you'll be happy to read about. Lil' Inker Designs' website has new and improved encryption! Every single page of our website has encryption which you can see. Visit any page of our website and notice the green padlock in the address bar. That green padlock means site secure! YAY! You can also scroll down to the bottom of any page on our website to see an icon which represents the encryption we use and that it's up to date. Truthfully, these protections have always existed but now YOU can see them and that can make a huge difference when shopping and checking out.

Also, we're very pleased to announce that Lil' Inker Designs, LLC is now an accredited business with the Better Business Bureau (BBB). You can link to our accreditation on the BBB website by visiting our homepage and clicking on the BBB logo at the bottom. I hope that you'll stop by and share your experiences.

I also have something amazing brewing which I think you will all be very pleased to read. It too is regarding our store and website and it's pretty BIG and I'm excited to share it with you. I'll make an announcement when everything is up and running.

Thank you for entertaining me while I made those quick announcements. In other housekeeping news, we've recently restock an absolute TON of stamps and dies and chances are if there is something you've been waiting on IT'S BACK!!! This excludes some holiday specific stuff which will be back later this year. However, I am working on getting you a couple of our holiday stamp sets and dies including the Make A Santa stuff which will be back in a couple of weeks. YAY!

Ok, I do have more to tell you but let's take a look at all of the gorgeous projects that our amazing and talented Design Team made for you to inspire your personal creations with these new products.

You might notice that I saved Maureen's work to display last and that is because I would like to take a minute and let you know (if I say it, it makes it real) but this was Maureen's last post as a Lil' Inker Design Team Member and I'm just sooooooo bummed out. Maureen is a really talented designer and I look forward to seeing both her projects but her beautiful photos as well each month. Maureen has been a real asset to this team and I'm truly disappointed that this great run is over. Noooooooooo!!!! Say it ain't so!!!!

I'd like to show you some of my favorite creations of Maureen's during her time here on the team but before I do, thank you, Mo!!!! :) Thank you for working so hard on this team and for making our products shine. You will honestly, truly be missed and someone is going to have some big shoes to fill. Thank you for everything and best of luck to you my dear and DON'T be a stranger!!!!

Maureen, you are so talented!!! 

So, I totally need something to cheer me up now, LOL! Let's announce our three prize winners. Believe it or not, giving away prizes always brightens my day!

I picked all of our winners right from Maureen's blog so if you left Mo some love then your chances of winning have just gone up!!!!!!

We are giving away three $15 gift certificate to our store!!!!!!!! .........drum roll...........

From Mo's Day 1 post the winner is #23

The 23rd comment left is from TracyM.!!!!!!!

Yahooooo, Tracy!!!!!!

From Mo's Day 2 post the winner is #13
The 13th post is from Margarita Navarro-Rivera!!!!

YAY, Margarita!!!!

From Mo's Day 3 post the winner is #22
The 22nd post was left by Barb!!! GO BARB!!!!!

Yay and congrats to Tracy, Margarita and Barb!!!! You have each won a $15 gift certificate to Lil' Inker Designs!!!! All you have to do to claim your prize is email me at with the Subject line "January 2016 Prize Winner" and I will email you back with your shopping code!

Congrats, Ladies! I hope you are as excited to receive this prize as I am to be able to give it to you.
Thank you for your support and continuous positive support and feedback!

And thank you to ALL of you who participated in our hop this month  and who took time to leave up feedback and support. It means so much to me to see our design team members supported by all of your comments!!!

So, we will be back soon. February we are going to have a DT blog hop with a prize a special item sale and a Throwback Theme which should be fun. Then, we'll see you again in March for a special Easter Release. I'm SUPER pumped about the goodies for Easter. I know I ALWAYS say that but they're really great so stay tuned for that.

In other news, with Maureen leaving and Laura Williams just having stepped down I am going to be looking for THREE, yes THREE new design team members. I believe I am going to put my thoughts together and put out a DT Call. So, please be watching for that!

Ok, everyone. I think that about does it for me today!

Thank you once again for a tremendously successful release! I'm back up to my office to keep the orders going out.

Have a wonderful day and thank you for spending part of it with lil' ol' me!