Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Lil' Inker Designs {Die Versatility}

There's just something irresistable about candy corn and, whether it's the colours, size or taste, I could eat an entire bag at once. I can't guarantee I won't feel sick afterwards but I love them. Okay, I've never actually eaten an entire bag but sometimes I think about it. LOL This year, I haven't bought any yet so that's a good thing, right? :Þ While we are on the subject of candy corn, I was thinking about what else I could make with the new Acorn Die & Stamp Set from Lil' Inker Designs and then it dawned on me that I could use the nut part as candy corn!

I cut into my new package of Echo Park's Apothecary Emporium, die cut three papers and snipped them all at once so the pieces would line up perfectly when attached to a plain die cut of the nut. I stamped one of the silly faces from the Acorn Stamp Set and used one of the sentiments which is so perfect for the idea of eating candy corn. I used my paper trimmer to create the frame.

Since I could theoretically make six acorns with the snipped sections, I made a few more acorns. Two of them looked very nice together but it was late so I asked my husband what it looked like. He said it looked like an egg. Ooohhh, now isn't that a great idea?! Then I thought of something gross. An insect torso. I thought about making legs out of twine when I looked over and saw the Rainbows & Clouds Die (see below for sale info). That's when the lightbulb inside my head lit up! I squealed and I'm pretty sure my husband thought I was crazy.

I seriously grossed myself out making this spider though and wondered if I should just go to bed instead of thinking of things like this. I might have nightmares! Obviously, the googly eyes and twine web make it cute and that's why I use those embellishments. ;) Another sentiment from the Acorn Stamp Set finished this card perfectly! I love, love, love the versatility of Lil' Inker dies. If you come up with new ideas for these dies, I would love to know!!

Don't forget! Lil' Inker Designs launched its brand new website yesterday and the Rainbows & Clouds Dies & Stamp Set is on sale for 20% off 'til Sunday, October 2nd 11:59 p.m. with the code 20OFFRC at checkout. I know that many of you have already bought this set so now you can make all the rainbows, flowers, rollercoasters, grass, hope ribbons and spiders you want. LOL ;)

Sources for Candy Corn: Gina K Designs pure luxury kraft cardstock; Echo Park Apothecary Emporium Collection; Lil' Inker Designs Acorn Die & Stamp Set; Memories Black ink; Stampin' Dimensionals

Sources for Spider: Gina K Designs 120lb pure luxury white & black cardstock; Echo Park Apothecary Emporium Collection; Lil' Inker Designs Acorn Die & Stamp Set & Rainbow & Clouds Die; Memories Black ink; Craft Medley googly eyes; The Twinery baker's twine in Charcoal; Stampin' Dimensionals

39 comments:

Jay Gee said...

You are amazingly talented Emily... both of these cards are just fabulous!!

Ujjwal said...

Thats so totally out of the box, Emily! I could have never thought of turning acorns to spider torso..LOL

And the sentiment is so perfect on the second card! Love it!

Jen W. said...

Those cheeky little candy corns are hilarious! And you know I love my spiders - this guy rocks!

Lynn said...

Yum, yum, yum, yum...I love candy corn and what you did with the die is adorable! Love the little spider too...thanks for always sharing the versatility of your supplies!

Helle said...

love love it!!

Laura Pryor said...

WOWEEEEE!!! This is incredible! I am so going to try this and make some cute Halloween cards like you did. I cant believe how creative you are to think of these fabulous out of the box ideas for our acorn die!!

Lisa said...

Your creativity is something else Emily! Wow! (I am still ewaiting for your virtual belly rub to actually WORK!!- LOL) Acorns to candy corns-now that's my kind of girl :) I am a candy corn FANATIC! ( Except don't give me those nasty ones that have black in them- what's up with those?! ) When we lived in Calgary, AB I had to have my friend from the states send me bags of them because I could not find any!!
Anhyhooo-- Awesome cards! Love these papers too :)
Super job!

onecraftymama said...

wait, candy corn with black in it? WRONG. just wrong. I don't know what those are, but I know I don't want any.
I love this acorn-candy corn idea, Emily, and the spider? Genius! Very creepy, but genius :)

Emily Keaton said...

Wow, Emily, you are SO creative! I can't believe you came up with so many great ideas for your Lil' Inker dies!! The candy corn and spider are both so, SO cute. Fun, fun, fun!!

Kary said...

SO very, very cute card, Emily!! Love the creative idea of the spider. Fantastic job!!

agdesigns said...

SO creative and cute!!!!

Jen said...

Very clever! Love it!

Alicia said...

Super-darling.... you are one creative guru!

Sarah said...

clever, as always, Emily!

BabyBokChoy said...

These are super adorable :) love how you did the spider.

Wendy ten Hove said...

These are perfect, Emily!! Love the layers of paper that you used, looks awesome in these original shapes!! Very very nice!
Hugs, Wendy

Isha said...

It cant get more creative then this Emily. Love your out of the box thinking:)

Jen Carter said...

Oh this is too fun!! I LOVE how you thought outside the box and came up with this!! LOVE both ideas so much!!

Tiffany said...

Awesome use of your dies! Such fun Halloween cards! I, too, like to look at my dies and twist them around to see what I can come up with. So much fun!

Annette said...

This is why i love your blog...you blow my mind every time...these cards are sooooooo awesome...

Jess-The Whimsical Butterfly said...

My goodness you are one clever chick! LOVE these!

Jingle said...

These are SO cute!!!

Chari M. said...

Wow! love the spider, very creative use of your dies. And BTW, thanks to my husband we are on our 3rd bag of candy corn type candies. First it was pumpkins, then candy corn, now we have the autumn mix. And it's not even October! It's so hard to resist. Love the cards, thanks for sharing them.

Jenny said...

Just brilliant Emily, love how you've used the dies for other images...the spider is just the cutest :)
Jenny x

*Alison* said...

Oh wow.. so cute! this is just so much fun.. I love that you used it for a spider too :) sooo creative.. HUGS

Sunghee said...

Genius! Love how they turned out. And, love the papers. So pretty!

Karen B. said...

These are just too dang cute!

Angela said...

Candy corn? Spiders? Who knew? You knew! Amazing. (Love the paper, too!!)

Jocelyn Olson said...

You are so talented at coming up with other uses for dies! These are both so cute (yes, even the spider), in part because of the googly eyes and face. Those papers are fab!

Julie E said...

Ooooo super cute - no nightmares (I hope!). I am with you on the candy corn :>) I bought the little pumpkins for the kiddos and then had to buy a second bag. The bag said now made with honey and oh my, so smooth and sweet and delish!!! I really did not give the kids too many of that second bag ;>)

kasia c. said...

Have I told you lately how much I love your mind!!
I love those "candy corn" acorns, and the spider.....killer!! :)

Lorraine said...

Very cool & creative!

Amy said...

So stinkin' cute to use the acorn for candy corn! Seriously...amazing creativity! Love these cards so much!!!

Savannah O'Gwynn said...

LOOOOOVE both cards---that spider is SUPER clever! YOU are amazing:)

Courtney K said...

both of these cards are so fun and creative!! that spider is awesome!

Lindsey said...

Okay, so I might not want to meet that spider in a corner of the shower or something, but on a card? Totally cute. :D The candy corn is rather brilliant, too. And yummy. :P If you used that die with glittery paper, maybe they could be gumdrops? Also tasty...

Karin said...

Too stinkin cute! Both cards :) I love candy corn too, sorta sickly sweet but total tradition...lol! I see that Hambo badge on your side bar...CANNOT wait to see what you make!

dahlhouse-designs.com said...

Absolutely FABULOUS ideas!!! You are amazing. Love them both!

Meg said...

Eek! That spider is a wee bit scary...but I guess the nightmares will stay away due to his overwhelming cuteness. :)

Love your candy corn card, too (man, I totally should have gotten that EP pad!). Have you tried candy corn and peanuts? The secretary had some for us at work and it is yummy!