Monday, August 8, 2011

Lil' Inker Designs Kick Off Blog Hop

Today is Lil' Inker Designs' very first blog hop and we are so happy you could join us! If you came here from Sarah Jay's blog, you are on the right track. If not, make sure you start 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 to comment, so relax and enjoy!

Laura Pryor
Julie Ranae
Teresa Kline
Debby Hughes
Sarah Jay
---> Emily Leiphart <---
Ariana Grant
Alicia Thelin
Amy Kolling
Jen Carter
Chan Vuong
Lil' Inker Shop

Today we are featuring Rainbows & Clouds. Like all Lil' Inker sets, this set of beautiful dies has a coordinating stamp set full of amazing sentiments. Let's have a look at how I've used the Rainbows & Clouds dies and sentiments.

In the graphics, I've marked in red which parts of the set I've used to create my card. The sentiment on the cloud is one I pieced together from two different sentiments in this set. Mixing and matching parts of sentiments is one of my favourite things to do and this makes Rainbows & Clouds even more versatile! The rollercoaster carts are made with the ends of the Sentiment Flags die and the bottom sentiment comes from that set as well. Just like I demonstrated in my first card for Lil' Inker Designs HERE, I love how easy it is to mix and match sets!

I'm going to send this card to my sweet friend Kasia Curry who broke her leg pretty badly a couple days before she was scheduled to go to St. Lucia to attend a wedding. Big ouch! I sure hope it brings her a smile. All of the patterned papers used on this card are by Echo Park and the cart wheels are double twine knots made with The Twinery's Charcoal baker's twine. As always, you can find a complete source list at the end of this post.

Also, I need to credit Gallery Idol Top 5 Finalist Meg Craig with this idea of using the rainbows as a rollercoaster. The styling and execution is all my own obviously. Things have been a little rough for me for more than a week and I haven't had any mojo for about ten days now so I called on a few of my closest crafty friends for a little brainstorming session. That's what they're there for, right? ;) I literally had one hour to make and photograph this card in between flash thunderstorms and condo showings yesterday. At least now I have a whole bunch of other great ideas using Rainbows & Clouds so hopefully time will allow me to show them to you sooner rather than later!

Thank you for stopping by! I hope I've inspired you to play with our Rainbows & Clouds set. Please be sure to leave a comment here because Lil' Inker Designs is giving away some pretty terrific prizes! The deadline for commenting is 11:59pm EST, Sunday, August 14th.

Your next stop on the hop is Ariana Grant!

Sources: Gina K Designs pure luxury black onyx & 120lb pure luxury white cardstock; Echo Park Dots & Stripes Candy Shoppe, Metropolitan & Be Mine Collections; Lil' Inker Designs Rainbows & Clouds dies & stamps; Lil' Inker Designs Sentiment Flags dies & sentiments; Memento Tuxedo Black ink; QuicKutz Epic Six; The Twinery baker's twine in Charcoal; Stampin' Dimensionals

85 comments:

Teresa Kline said...

so fun Emily, luv how you made the steep hill....very cute!

enjoy *~*

Amy said...

LOVE the roller coaster! I don't care who's idea this was.......girl you brought this to life!! AWESOME job!!

Gwen said...

Super cute card, Emily. This set does look really versatile!

Jennifer said...

Very clever and CUTE!!! (=

Julie S. said...

Wow who would have thought you could make a roller coaster from a rainbow ? I love it. Thanks for sharing

Shannon White said...

Soo Cute and Very Creative! I am sure your friend will just love this! 8-) Thanks so much for the inspiration.

Hugs
Shannon

bosenberries said...

such a cool way to use the dies!! Enjoying the hop!
Robin

Gretchen said...

what a great idea! Cute card!

Andrea Lee said...

I really like how you stepped outside the box and used the dies to create something fun and so adorable! Great inspiration for the rest of us!

Margriet said...

Wat a beautiful card. How smart of you to use the bows for a roller coaster!! This is what they call creative!

Regards from the Netherlands,
Margriet

Janna Werner said...

very sweet card, Emily! At first I thought the roller coaster wagons were little cats hiding behind that pink line ... need to get some glasses lol. Also love the colours!! Janna

Maureen Merritt said...

SO cute :)

Lizscraps said...

I must admit I thought the roller coaster carts were three stylized kitten's heads simply popping up in a row over the back of an ornate antique couch back. Guess it IS all in how you look at things. In any case super clever and TFS

Carolina said...

Great roller coaster idea, so creative!

Kara said...

so clever..love those knot wheels!!

Laura Pryor said...

Wow, Emily! What a cool way to feature the dies! I love the altered sentiment!! And I love love love the roller coaster theme!! WOW!! How creative! Thanks, Emily!!

E.T. said...

fabulous! love that grey PP

Lindsay said...

Such a clever idea! Love the rollercoaster!

lynn said...

so fabulous, emily!

~Tammy~ said...

Very cute and fun!

btenn said...

Such a cute and fun card!

Houses Built of Cards said...

What a creative way to use these! So cute!!!

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Jen W. said...

Love all the different stripes going on and the little knot wheels on the roller coaster! Kaisa is going to love it!
And hang in there - things are going to get better!

StampinCathy said...

WOW! I just love this card. What a great way to use all the fun goodies. Thanks for the inspiration.

Shauna K said...

how fabulous!! hehe love your lil scene and the twine knots are TOO CUTE!! you're so creative ;)

judy said...

So cute and creative!

Chari M. said...

Oh my goodness! Look at that, such a fabulous example of how to use the rainbow in a different way! So clever!

reeree62 said...

Well, how cute is that! Very!!!

Giovana said...

Super cute and creative!!

Dana said...

So clever!! Adorable card!

The Lund Five said...

Very Cute Csrd!

Jen Carter said...

My jaw just dropped!!! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this!! How clever to make a roller coaster of all things!! And roller coaster CARTS with the flag die!! Way too cute Emily!! I adore it!! :)

Laura Isham said...

Everyone on this hop is so clever and talented! I am really enjoying it! TFS!

*Alison* said...

Emily,
This is AMAZING!! Totally creative... I love how you made your own little carts.. :) so fun!
off to the next blog on the hop for more inspiration.. :) HUGS

Tenia Nelson said...

Super cuteness Miss Emily!!! tfs!!

Chunyuan said...

great card. Love how you connected pieces die to make the curve and always amazed your use of twine. Thanks for the inspiration.

Kelly Massman said...

What a cute idea!

Jocelyn Olson said...

Whoa!! The roller coaster idea is fantastic. Sorry to hear your mojo is still gone...it's no wonder with everything going on :( But I'm glad Meg helped you out because your card is amazing! Love the colors you picked and the twine wheels--brilliant!

sharon g said...

I just bought 14 spools of The Twinery Twine, so I need ideas. THANKS.

Jenny said...

Such a clever way to make the roller coaster rails and the little carts are sweet with twine knots for wheels.
Great idea to send it to Kasia!
Jenny x

Evette K. said...

emily i just love your card. i try hard to think of ways to use my stamps to their fullest but at times, most times, run into a brick wall over it. it always helps to brainstorm with someone. i love what u did and the stamp images are just GREAT. thanks for sharing. ekc

Lisa Petrella said...

That roller coaster is really clever and fun!! And I LOVE the POP of yellow!

Karin said...

I love your little coaster, very cute and unexpected use of these sets :) It's just so Emily of you :)

Ruby said...

It's really fun being able to call on others for crafty help, isn't it! This is so fun! Love how you've done the little cloud.

Meg said...

Weee! Definitely a lot of fun! Glad I was able to help with your mojolessness - finally all those parabola/trig function bulletin boards paid off!

Debbie L said...

Hello Emily. Great idea to use roller-coaster carts on your super cute "Get Well" card. I always love using grey & pink together. Good colors choices. Thanks for sharing.

Karen B. said...

What a cute and clever idea!

Ruza's Craft Corner said...

Super FUN card! This should bring a big "Smile" to your friend when she opens the card! ;o)

Lindsey said...

Roller coasters, roller derby... perfect card for Kasia! This is such a sweet card, Em, and I love the mix of patterned papers. (Maybe you should work on Janna's idea that the cards could be cats! :P)

Judy G said...

Really cute! At first, I thought those carts were actually little kitties peeking over a curvy windowsill!

Romaine said...

How cute is that roller coaster? Great mix of the sentiments!

Savannah O'Gwynn said...

SUPER cute--LOVE that roller coaster! You are way too amazing, EM!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE You!

Kary said...

Hi Emily! This card is terrific!! Perfect to cheer your friend up. I love it!!

Alicia said...

Clever, clever girl. Look at you tapping in on some creative mojo, you rocked it!

Lorraine said...

Emily, such a creative and unique design and use of papers! Love the roller coaster w/ the twine knot wheels! Perfect!

mustavcoffee, Gay Peplow said...

Well I'm impressed:0) Fabulous card in under an hour, photographed and blogged, I'm in awe of your talent, LOL hugs Gay xxx

yainea said...

What a creative card! I love the colors, the yellow clouds makes the card pops :) elegant and cute

mommyabbytommy said...

That is super cute. I love to see the versatility of simple things. I would NEVER have thought of that, but I LOVE it.

steph said...

SO, SO cute, EMILY!

Erin (Homemade Cards by Erin) said...

Love your graphic card, yeah for the blog hop!!!

Cassie said...

So clever, Emily! I love it!

Chan said...

This is too cute, Emily! What a great use of the dies, and the twine knot cart wheels are such a fun detail!

Debby said...

Emily, what an ingenious use of the dies and a great card to boot! I hope things are a little less crazy now!

Dana said...

Lovely card!!!

dahlhouse-designs.com said...

how very super creative!!! love it.

lisa a.

Susan said...

Wow -- you've really showcased the versatility of this stamp set and die cuts! Sorry to hear that you've had a rough few days. Hope you (and your poor friend) will soon be feeling more cheerful.

Joanne Gilch said...

Fabulous idea.....so wonderfully creative!!! the ends of the banners to make your wee cars for the roller coaster are fab, too!!!

Heather said...

Gorgeous card, love the way you have created the carts :)

Jennifer Roach said...

Cute! You are the master of cleverness (if that's a word) using dies/stamps for other purposes. Great job :)

Nancy L. said...

super fun card!

Lillian Child said...

At first I thought it was three sweet cats peeking over the hill until I looked closer and saw they were carts - LOVE your creativity!

Julie E said...

What a creative card with the hill! The twine wheels are pretty cute too :>)

Angela said...

Wow, you really grabbed that idea and, well, rolled with it! Love the rollercoaster, love the sentiment with it -- awesome!
Wishing you mojo...!

Pauline said...

Oh I love this wonderful sweet scene, the rollercaster carts are an inspiration! A fabulous card! xx

Ashley said...

Amazing how versatile this set is! Such an inspirational card :) Love the colors and the twine! Thank you for sharing!

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

Sheri (a.k.a PaperCrafty) said...

Super cute!!

Marlena M. said...

Wonderful unique take! ;)

Sue D said...

Great card--very creative!

Super Jen said...

Aren't you ever so clever!

Vanessa Middleton said...

Oh WOW!!! I love this card. Put your hands up and scream all the way down that cute little coaster! ;) hehe ADORABLE!!!

Carla said...

Again a wonderful card in this great hop...like your idea veryyyy much

Brandi said...

What an awesome way to use both sets! So cute & clever.

Bouncy, Flouncy, Fun,Fun, Fun said...

Oh my word, this is just way too cute! I love the roller coaster!

Sandy said...

Such a great use of the rainbow! I wouldn't have thought you used this set... lol.

Jess-The Whimsical Butterfly said...

Totally ADORABLE card and just wanted to stop by and say congrats again! VERY excited for you and LOVE lil inker!