LID December Release Day 3

for today's card project, i used the new All About Ampersand Dies and Stamps and added in a few elements from Christmas Bits. All of the new products are available in the Lil Inker Store.

make sure you hop on to Maureen's fabulous blog. and if you did get here via Lisa's post, please start all over at the Lil Inker blog



LID December Release Blog Hop Day 2

I've used that gorgeous set by Sarah Jay again, plus the Girl's Best Friend Diamond Die and the Alphabet Gems stamps. I used pearl embossing powder and pearlescent embossing paste on cream cardstock. I love the dimension and texture!





Keep hopping and commenting for your chance to win a gift certificate to the Lil' Inker Designs Store. The next stop on the hop is Maureen

Lil Inker December Release Blog Hop

for today's cards, i used this gorgeous new set designed by the amazing sarah jay.




i was heavily influenced by an artist i follow on instagram named georgina kreutzer. her work blows me away and sarah's stamp set called her art to mind immediately



to continue the hop, head on over to maureen merritt's blog


Things Crafted Grand Opening Blog Hop

Hello, friends. I'm so excited to be taking part in the grand opening blog hop for Things Crafted! 

You should be arriving here from the blog of the talented Chari Moss. If you're just joining us on the blog hop, you can head over here to the ThingsCrafted blog to start from the beginning!



A little background on ThingsCrafted: ThingsCrafted is a place where handmade design and customization come together to create a wonderful company who creates and encourages color, personality and community. ThingsCrafted was founded by Britta Swiderski, a designer with a background in the world of papercrafting and a history of working with awesome graphic design clients. ThingsCrafted provides custom products - starting with stamps - to suit your lifestyle all starting with handwritten designs. They all go from pencil to computer to your doorstep! We love to create stamps and designs for addresses, "made by"s for the projects you send to others, favorite phrases or shapes for project life and planner organization and so much more. 

I chose the small square stamp and i asked Britta to work her magic on it. I wanted Handmade By Mary Dawn and I chose the script style. I love how looks on the backs of my cards.

Custom stamp options at Things Crafted:


ThingsCrafted also offers some pre-designed stamps for those that want to try something new and handmade but don't have a particular need for a custom stamp. 

I received the large happy stamp to play with. It's the perfect size to be the focal point of your card. And it looks fantastic when heat embossed, just sayin'.


Thank you for stopping by today. Before you go - make sure to leave a comment on this post and each one along the hop to enter to win a custom stamp! One will be given away at each stop along the hop. We'll be getting in touch with you via email, so make sure you add your email to your comment! We'll be drawing winners on Tuesday, the 25th of November, so be sure to leave a comment by then.


There's also a special treat for everyone in the blog hop - 15% off your order until Tuesday, November 25th using the code GRAND15OFF as part of the Grand Opening event! The next stop on the ThingsCrafted blog hop is the mastermind behind Things Crafted, herself, Britta Swiderski! Happy hopping!

Let Our Lives Be Full


This is one of my favorite Neat & Tangled stamp sets EVER! I can't get enough of Danielle's hand-lettered beauties. I mounted the images to my Fiskars compact stamp press and inked individual areas with Memento Luxe pigment ink on little sponges. I stamped onto some lightweight vellum (it's curly, see? *sigh*) and then embossed with iridescent embossing powder. I added my panel to a plaid I'd stamped with the same colors and a Simon Says Stamp set. Finally, I added a fun mix of sequins. Who says green and brown are our only Fall options?!

Lil Inker Designs October Release, Day 3

i told you this release was amazing!


today's 1st card features the Baubled Christmas Tree and Stitched Script Holiday Word dies. are you kidding me? i know! 


this card features Cozy Winter Wishes stamp set with special guest star Speech Bubble Die set, those snowflakes are divine


my final project features the Seasonal Stars Die Set (watch out for a new & improved version of this easy 3D project next week)



Mary Dawn Quirindongo (you're here)

Lil Inker Designs October 2014 Release Blog Hop, Day 2



we're still hopping! be sure to check out all the stops along the way and leave comment-love for chances to win prizes!



this card uses the new Border Builders Die Set, the smallest snowflake from Cozy Winter Wishes and a sentiment from Big Christmas


my second card features the Cover Up Die: Snowflakes and a sentiment from Big Christmas


my final card for today features a sentiment from Big Christmas and the Rounded Rectangles

hop list:
Mary Dawn Quirindongo (you're here)
new products used in today's projects:




Lil' Inker Designs October Release


this release is amazing, you're going to looooooooooove it! 

we're also saying "Welcome to the Team" to two very talented new designers:


you should have arrived to my blog via Lisa's, if not, head on over to the Lil' Inker blog and start at the beginning--leave a comment on each blog post in the list and you'll be entered to win one of 2 $15 gift certificates to the Lil' Inker store



my first project uses the new limited edition Stitched Gift Card Die and the Eat More Donuts stamp set



my second project also uses uses the Eat More Donuts stamp set and the coordinating Donuts Die Set, along with the Stitched Rounded Rectangles from the August release


and finally, my 3rd project for today uses the Stitched Rounded Rectangles, the Speech Bubbles die set and the I'm All You're All stamp set

your next stop is Maureen's blog, be sure to check out all the stops on the hop and leave comments to be entered to win one of 2 prizes.


hop list:
Mary Dawn Quirindongo (you're here)
new products:






Bundle up and keep warm!


it was 75 degrees yesterday, so naturally i made a snowy, winter card. i used the adorable new winter warmth stamps and dies from simon says stamp to create this happy little card. the images are colored in with spectrum noir markers and i've added just a touch of shimmer using my wink of stella glitter brush marker as well as a clear star gelly roll pen.

(i'm having trouble with my internet and i can't link to the simon says store, i'll update asap)