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Sunday, August 7, 2011

Lil' Inker Designs Kick Off Hop: Rainbows & Clouds

Welcome to the very first Lil' Inker Designs blog hop!  I am so excited to share with you some of my creations made with these FUN products!! 

If you came here by way of my friend Amy Kolling's blog, you are on the right track!  If not, make sure you start at the beginning over at Laura's blog because there are terrific prizes for those who complete the hop by commenting on each blog. There are only 12 blogs and you have a week, so relax and enjoy!

During this blog hop the Lil' Inker Design Team is going to highlight the Rainbows & Clouds dies and sentiment stamp set.  Here is what the dies in this set look like:


Fun huh?!  I LOVE those perforated clouds and also how many combinations you can make with those rainbows.  Seriously.  Love!  I cannot put them down! I have a notebook with several pages full of ideas and even had a hard time narrowing down which cards to share with you today!  So with that said, I chose two of my favorites to share today and will save the rest for later!

So, here is card #1.

This card was created with a very special person in mind.  She was having a hard day and pretty discouraged.  That is what the outside of this card shows.  Gloominess.  Even the rainbow is without color.  I added just a slight bit of color with the Lemondrop twine and the flag from the Lil' Inker Sentiment Flags set. 

But, there is more to this card then meets the eye!  When the recipient opens the card, this is what she sees:


Sunshine.  Rainbows.  Color.  Hope.  Happiness.


How fun to be able to cheer up someone who is down by giving them a surprise like this!  This set is PERFECT for that!  It adds color and fun and happiness easily!  The fun thing is that the exact same elements that I used for the outside of the card are also the same elements on the inside of the card...only with a TOTALLY different look! 


Here's a view from the side so you can see the dimension!  Fun, fun!! 

For my second card, I wanted to share a very non-traditional use for the rainbow die.  If you have followed my blog for long, you know I like to find as many uses for a product as I can.  Well, this die is no exception!


I used the largest rainbow die to make a pea pod!  What a fun way to congratulate new or expecting parents (and you can easily make it in any color or pattern you want)!

In case you want to know how I did it, I shared the process below in photos.  Basically it is just layering one bow on top of the other.  It takes 2 rainbows to do this.






The last step is to trim off the "fish" tails.  :)



I used 1/16" pop dots on each end of the pea pod to make it shaped like a pea and to give it some dimension.

Your next stop on the hop is the talented Chan Vuong! Thank you so much for joining us today on this Lil' Inker Design blog hop! I hope you'll visit the other team member's blogs shared below!  I can't wait to see what everyone has created myself! 

BLOG HOP ORDER
Laura Pryor 
Jen Carter -- You are Here!
Chan Vuong --- Go here next!

And, if you haven't purchased the Rainbow & Clouds Die & stamp set, be sure to stop by Lil' Inker Designs' shop to order yours today!  I hope you've been inspired during this hop!  Be sure to visit Chan's blog next!  Don't forget to leave a comment on each blog along the way to be eligible for the giveaways!  The deadline for commenting is 11:59pm EST, Sunday, August 14th.


Supplies
Smile Rainbow Card
Lil' Inker Designs:  Rainbows & Clouds Dies & Stamp Set and Sentiment Flags Die & Stamp Set
Other Stamps:  Hero Arts Clouds background
Paper:  PTI Smokey Shadow & Hawaiian Shores, Cherry Hill by October Afternoon (gray polka dots), Echo Park Summer Days, DCWV Glitter Paper
Ink: Palette Charcoal, VersaMark, PTI True Black
Other: Lemondrop twine from The Twinery, Pop Dots

Pea Pod Congratulations Card
Lil' Inker Designs: Rainbows & Clouds Dies & Stamp Set and Sentiment Flags Stamp Set
Paper:  Stella Rose Gertie by My Mind's Eye, PTI Scarlet Jewel, Spring Moss, Ripe Avocado, Rustic White, Misc Green from stash (for pea pod)
Ink: Moulin Rouge Palette
Other:  Green Rhinestones, Scarlet Jewel Buttons PTI, Pop Dots, Scrappers Floss, Apron Lace Border Punch Fiskars, Cane Print Impression Plate PTI 

68 comments:

  1. luv these, the little pea pod is the cutest...so very clever girl!

    enjoy *~*

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  2. You blew this out of the park Jen! I love the pea pod idea and can say with certainty that I would NEVER have thought of this! And your pop-up card? I know how hard you worked on this one and it turned out beautifully however you changed up the outside a bit!! I'll use my favorite saying "You Rock!"

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  3. Really LOVE that first card!! Love the grey and yellow combo and then love the pop of inside color!!! (=

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  4. I love your "Pea Pod" What a great idea. I am sure your frien will be all cheared up when he or ahe gets your Rainbow card. Great ideas. Thank you so much for sharing.

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  5. OMGoodness, these are both soo Adorable and Very Clever! Love the layouts of both your cards and the fun dp's too! Thanks so much for the inspiration. 8-)

    Hugs
    Shannon

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  6. Really clever uses of the dies and love the silver cloud card!! I am leaving your blog very inspired!!
    Robin

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  7. Awesome cards! Creative little pea pod :)

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  8. I Love how you looked for an out of the box way to use the dies!! Great thinking and very cute cards!

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  9. What a beautiful cards! The first one is my favorite. I love the bright colors inside. Very creative how you made the pea pod!

    Regards from the Netherlands,
    Margriet

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  10. Wow, talk about making a die versatile!!! Your first card is just brilliant!!!

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  11. Can't believe first time hoppng on Lil Inker, first time ever on your blog, and first post ---- this card REALLY wowed me, loved the use of monochromatic on the outside and adored the inside surprise. A card full of love. and the second one is super clever, could have been a fish as well -- will be back to visit in future and TFS!

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  12. i just love that first card!! so perfectly done...the inside is just so bright and wonderful!!

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  13. Love you cards, what a great idea to cheer someone up! Love the pea pod, too!

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  14. Jen!!!! I love what you did here! The pop inside is so pretty and I love that the rainbows just jumps out at you!! A brilliant and clever card design. You impress me so much!
    Thanks, Jen!!

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  15. AWESOME projects Jen! I LOVE the pop up card and that pea pod is so creative!

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  16. Two very clever and colorful cards! Love that pop-up rainbow, especially!

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  17. So perfect! I love both cards and especially the creativity with your die on the second!

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  18. I love your pop up card! Beautiful colors! I love how you created the notch for the twine! Your second card is very clever and very cute!

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  19. Oh I LOVE how you did the rainbow card! What a fabulous way to brighten someones day!!! I mean, who wouldn't smile when opening a card like that!!! And your pea pod is a super creative way to use that same die! Thanks for sharing your ideas!!!

    housesbuiltofcards@gmail.com
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  20. Your first card is so fun and inspiring card. I just love the inside and out. Love your second card and that for the tutorial.

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  21. Very cute cards! I especially love
    the rainbow card; I am sure your
    friend will too.

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  22. So lovely! I like your monotone approach to the front of the card. Glitter rainbow...brilliant! and the inside just pops so beautifully. I am in love with patterned clouds and all the glitter! These dies I think have made the "must have" list.

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  23. Over the TOP unbelievable! I'm literally at a loss for words here! WOW...

    And looking at the pea-pod in-the-making, I can see it also being used as the Christian "fish" symbol...

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  24. PURE GENIUS! I love both cards, Jen! They are amazing! Hope you enjoyed your trip and that the kids are feeling better. :)

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  25. So so cute Jen! I especially love the pop up card, but the pea pod is so genius too :) Great cards.

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  26. Both cards are fantastic!! The pea pod card is so cute!!

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  27. Jen, you totally blew me away with both of these cards! The top one made me so very happy! Great, great job!

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  28. wow these are both adorable.. I really love how you did the grey scale card! What a fun idea.. off to the next blog on the hop for more inspiration.. :) HUGS
    familybubbles (at) hotmail (dot) com

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  29. These cards are SO creative!! I love to that apparently we can make a card for our pastors using a Jesus fish! Leave it to you to come up with all the ideas!!! LOVE IT!

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  30. Super cute cards....I really love the pea pod idea!!! Very cool and tfs!!!

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  31. Love all three cards. The first one will be perfect for Seattle, LOL. Love your non-traditional use of rainbow die on the third card. SO cute.

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  32. Looking at your photos, I realized that you could also use it to make the Christian fish...I love the pea pod.

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  33. Excellent projects, Jen!!! LOVE all of the thought and detail you put into that AWESOME pop-up card!!! And that little pea pod is so stinkin' clever!!!! Way to go, girl!

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  34. So creative! I loved seeing how you did the little pod!

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  35. No way! That pea pod is the cutest thing ev-ah!

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  36. These cards are pure awesome, Jen! Your pop-up card is outstanding -- and what a thoughtful thing to do for your friend! Your pea pod idea is so clever, too! Fabulous work!

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  37. The pea pod is soooo clever! I am in love with the gray outside, beautiful colours in the rainbow inside AND popped out! Fabulous!

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  38. ***LOVE*** I am already using your inspiration on the encouragement card. I know someone who needs it. God bless you!

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  39. Eeek, I LOVE that pop up card, Jen! The way you paired it with the clouds background is fabulous, too. And the peapod? Genius!

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  40. Jen, all I can say is WOW! what a great set of ideas, and the pea pod... magic. :)

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  41. Wow!! Awesome cards! I love the grey sky full of color in the inside! And the pea pod is a super clever idea :)

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  42. Wow, I love the gloomy to bright card, it's so inspired!! And, that pea pod is just fabulous!! Nice work.

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  43. OMGsh, Jen! That smile rainbow card is AMAZING! Love the concept and it was beautifully executed! LOVE it, girl!

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  44. What clever ideas! I love the gray clouds to the bright cheery ones :D

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  45. Jen, you've created two amazing projects! I love the grey to full on colour combo of your first card - I can so see this bringing a smile to someone. Then the fab use of the dies as a pea pod - you are pure genius!

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  46. I love the surprise inside the first card, it would cheer anyone up and a really creative use for the rainbow die to make a pea pod :)
    Love them both
    Jenny x

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  47. Lovely cards!! I really like the pattern clouds!!

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  48. Wow -- I just love the first card with the idea of cheering someone up with the surprise inside. Wonderful! Your idea to use the rainbow die in an unexpected way is brilliant -- love the little pea pod!

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  49. SO cute! I love how you made the pea pod. Very innovative.

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  50. Oh. My. Goodness.

    I absolutely LOVE the first card - what a great way to perk up a friend who is feeling "blue" (or perhaps a little gray, as your card depicts). It definitely brings a smile to your face!

    And the pea pod? PURE GENIUS. I would never have thought of that! Thank you SO VERY MUCH for sharing!

    Ashley "Scrappin' Pink Piglet"
    scrappinpinkpiglet(at)gmail(dot)com

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  51. Wonderful cards! Great use of the rainbow die. ;)

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  52. These are both so creative! I do love the pop up card! Those clouds are too cute! I am wishing I had the set now for sure!

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  53. And the winner for me is...the pea pod...so very genius..thanks.

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  54. Great inspiration. I particularly like the DP clouds!

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  55. Love the pop-up card but the pea is just CLEVER!!! Both are very cute. Thanks for sharing!

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  56. I like the way you came up with totaly something different than the other cards I have seen on this blog-hop....a real WOW-one

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  57. Wowie Zowie! I love your first example so much. I love the gloomy to cheery idea! It makes me smile. And the pea pod…adorable! Cheers!

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  58. Wowie Zowie! I love your first card. The idea of going from gloomy to cheery is so cool. It makes me smile. And the pea pod…so adorable! Cheers!

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  59. Jen - love how you have made the pea pod - so creative! Nx

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  60. Super cute cards! I love the pop up card and also how you made the pea! Too cute!

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  61. Genius! LOVE the pea pod from a rainbow die. Who'd have thought!!

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