Featured Company: Lil’ Inker Designs – 07 22 2015

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We are happy to bring you this week’s Featured Company: Lil’ Inker Designs.

Lil’ Inker Designs is the creative venture of two high school friends Laura Pryor, Owner and Creative Director of Lil’ Inker Designs, and Ariana Grant, professional graphics artist and owner of ag designs.

Here is what they say about their company:

They say that necessity is the mother of all invention and that’s so true for Lil’ Inker Designs as our very first release in August of 2010, Sentiment Flags, was born from the need to have a flag die for sentiments for our own crafty projects!

Almost four years later we have a full line of fun and innovative quality products that we’re so proud of!

Our stamps and dies are made using only the best quality merchandise this industry has to offer! Our dies are laser cut steel and can cut about any medium you can dream up such as card stock, felt and cork. Our stamps are clear and ultra-clingy clear photopolymer which allows for proper and easy stamp placement and alignment in your designs as well as superior ink to paper image transfer.

Our headquarters are located just outside of Boston, Massachusetts and ALL of our stamps and dies are proudly manufactured right here in the USA!

This week’s prize package from Lil’ Inker Designs contains everything you need to make the card seen here today! It contains 2 brand new release items! Included are our fun and funky Pineapple Panache Stamps and coordinating Pineapple Panache Die as well as our popular Dual Dotted Rectangle Die Set. It’s a prize valued over $45!  (Details at the end of the post.)

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Lil’ Inker Designs Designer/owner – Laura Pryor

Today we welcome Laura Pryor. We are so excited to have her showcase her work today on Paper Crafter’s Library. You can see Laura’s fabulous project below, but first, here is a little more about her:

LauraPryorProfilePic-250W-07222015 copyHi there! I’m Laura and I LOVE to make cards! I’m also the owner of Lil’ Inker Designs. I’ve been making cards and paper crafting since 2003.

Like lots of paper crafters, I went to a Stampin’ Up party and fell in love with this craft and immediately began hoarding, I mean, collecting lots of fun and pretty supplies. Interestingly enough, I fell away from my beloved hobby for a year or two and then after my son was born in 2008 I found myself needing lots of thank you’s and by then the paper crafting world had changed; there were new online paper crafting communities and blogs I’d discovered and it was AWESOME and I was once again a hardcore crafter.

In early 2010, I found myself looking for a die in a flag shape that literally did not exist in any store so I thought about trying my hand at designing this supply and a coordinating stamp set to use with it to jazz it up a bit. I remembered having stalked the Facebook profile of an old high school friend recently (LOL) and I remembered reading that Ariana was a professional graphics designer.

I contacted Ariana about collaborating on this project and in August of 2010 we released our Sentiment Flag Die and Sentiment Flags Stamp Set. I didn’t have a store, we hadn’t started a company. I just thought that if this is a die I was looking to have in my own personal stash then maybe lots more might like to have it as well. Samples of the new goodies were given to the ladies at The Color Throwdown Challenge Team and they helped to show off how fun these new goodies were.

Shortly after our next release of our Pinwheel Die and Pinwheel Sentiments Stamps, in 2011 I had an idea to create a Rainbow Die but felt it would HAVE to be released with some clouds dies. By then, some other companies had released cloud dies so I knew my clouds would have to be different and that’s when our signature stitching detail was born!

Lil’ Inker Designs was the first small company in our paper crafting industry to add stitching to dies.

We’ve continued to remain a small but innovative company and are responsible for bringing you the first sets of geometric shapes with stitching. However, the most important innovation that belongs to our company is our idea, concept and invention of Dual Stitching which was first brought to market with the release of our Stitched Mats: Circles in August of 2013.

Lil’ Inker Designs is now getting ready to celebrate 5 years of fun stamps and dies and in a nutshell this is my story! What started out as a hobby in 2003 has turned into a full-time job and busy business that I am so grateful for and continue to enjoy!

Welcome Pineapple

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Start by trimming a panel of white card stock down to 4″ x 5.25″ and stamp your pineapples in any colors you choose. Stamp your sentiment in black, trim and add to front with foam dots. Cut and score a card base and die cut the front using the largest die from the Dual Dotted Rectangles set which will cut out this pretty dotted border along the edge of your base. Affix your focal panel to the card base as  shown and call it done! 🙂

Supplies

Stamps: Pineapple Panache (Lil’ Inker Designs)
Dies: Pineapple Panache Die, Dual Dotted Rectangles Die Set(Lil’ Inker Designs)
Paper: white card stock (Papertrey Ink), Summer Starfruit (Stampin’ Up)
Ink: Black, Vermillion, Magenta (Ranger Archival Inks), Summer Starfruit (Stampin’ Up)
Accessories: foam dots (Stampin’ Up)

Check out Lil’ Inker Designs at  www.lilinkerdesigns.com.
Follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/lilinkerdesigns
Follow us on Instagram: @lilinkerdesigns, #lilinkerdesigns
We’re also on Pinterest, Flickr and have a company gallery at Splitcoast Stampers!

We hope you have enjoyed today’s feature. We want to extend a sincere thank you to Laura Pryor for her fabulous project and Lil’ Inker Designs for sharing their company with us.

In order to enter the give-away to win the prize shown above, please leave us a comment in the comments section of this post. The winner will be announced next Wednesday.

Happy Crafting!

97 replies on “Featured Company: Lil’ Inker Designs – 07 22 2015”

  1. I have a set of Lil Inker stamps and matching dies and I like them very much. These pineapples are super cute and I like the die set too. Thanks for sharing about the company!

  2. This is such an amazing company, would be wonderful to win this lovely prize. Thanks so much for the chance!!!

  3. Lovely card. I own just one set of stitched square dies, will be using it as soon as I get my first die cutter next month. Need a rectangular one next. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

  4. Lovely Card, beautiful new stamps and dies, great Company, lovely owner!
    I am a big fan of Li’l Inker and already own some of her stash, even though it’s not always easy to get it “over the lake” (to Europe, that is)… Would LOVE to win the new set!!!

  5. I love this little pineapple!!! So incredibly cute and I super duper love that it has a die to go with it!!

  6. Congratulations on your success thus far. “Bigger” is not always better. The pineapple design is really cute, as is your card. I own some Lil’ Inker stamps, but none of the dies, yet. That, no doubt, will change! 🙂

  7. I somehow didn’t know about this brand and just went to check out their site–they have adorable stamps and dies! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  8. Lil’ Inker is a company that I wasn’t very familiar with. Thanks for the info about them, and thanks for the chance to win such a fun prize package.

  9. Love the card. Those pineapples are adorable and the background dies are really great. Thanks for sharing.

  10. I just love all of the Lil Inker Design! They are so clever and creative! I always try to order within hours of the new release to make sure I get what I want — otherwise I’m afraid they’ll sell out. Love everything in the newest release — snails . . . pineapples . . . stitched flowers . . . woodgrain . . . don’t even know where to start!

  11. These are such fun stamps and dies! Thanks for showcasing this team- they are a brand new favorite!!

  12. LID has the greatest ideas for dies…really like their stamps too! Thanks for featuring this great company.

  13. I love Lil’ Inkers and have several of their stamp sets and dies. I would love to add these to my collection!

  14. the pineapples made up into such cute cards on the blog hop.
    I’d love to have them for my collection. Having the matching die is wonderful.
    The framing dies will be so helpful with my greeting cards.
    thanks for the chance to win them and for sharing a delightful card.

  15. I’m a big fan of Lil’ Inker Designs…. their stamps and dies are awesome! Love that Dual Dotted Rectangle set of dies and the fun pineapple designs!

  16. Great to hear Laura’s story! Love the stitching detail on these dies. Wishing Lil’ Inker Designs continued success!

  17. What a fun stamp set & fabulous dies. Love the happy card.
    Congrats on getting ready to celebrate 5 years.

  18. I have been noticing this company and their nice products. Thanks for the chance to win.

  19. Loved your story and congratulations on such huge inovations, stiched dies and dual stiching are huge in the industry right now! Must be kinda cool to sit back and see what you started! Great card and thanks for the chance to win the awesome prize!

  20. THANK YOU for sharing your story Laura 🙂
    LOVE your FABULOUS designs and thoroughly enjoy the QUALITY of your stamps and dies!!!
    THANK YOU for the chance to win too … it would be AWESOME to make FUN cards just like yours!!!

  21. Ohhhhh I wasn´t aware of Lil’ Inker Designs until today. Just stopped by your store and your blog. You have so cute and wonderful thingies!!! Love your style. Thank you for the win opportunity.
    Creative regards from stempelfrida

  22. Lil’ Inker Designs is one of my favorite companies. I just love their products . They are always so innovative and unique. Thanks for the chance to win . Congratulations on almost 5 years!

  23. How fun to read about the origins of this company. I have been eyeing their dies since they first launched their stitched designs but I still don’t own any due to the high internation shipping rates. Keeping my fingers crossed I might actually win this set. Love Laura’s fun card too.

  24. I’m always interested in hearing about how people
    started their businesses. I have a few Lil Inker dies
    and love them! Their new release looks amazing &
    Laura’s card is so cute and trendy.

  25. Love your latest design. And you really were ahead of the big curve on the stitched look. Everything I see lately has the stitched look. Congratulations on your company! Thanks for a chance to win the great prize package.

  26. Awesome card!!! LOVE the Pineapple stamps and the rectangle dies are a must have!!! LOVE Lil’ Inker stamps and dies because they are great quality and fun to use!!! Great images with a little bit of whimsy yet they have class too!!! TFS!

  27. Well this is fabulous! Laura’s card is adorable and I love the stamps and dies being featured. I am completely new to Lil’ Inker Stamps and would love to try them. Thank you for the generous giveaway!

  28. I love the pineapples. I have one over my front door and some growing in my backyard in S. Florida.

  29. Hi Laura, I enjoyed reading your story. Congratulations on your success!
    Like you, I was introduced to stamping through a SU party and was hooked. That was in 1999. I never sold it but was most likely one of their best customers! LOL
    A couple of years ago I wanted to try some different techniques and went to the internet for ideas. WOW! I was shocked at what I saw. SU was not the only one out there… Since then I have learned about and tried other products and I have found a few companies that I am now hooked on. I’m sorry to say I am just learning of LID but its not to late to try them out. I have wanted stitched dies for a while now and its interesting to learn you were a pioneer in this! Cudos to you!
    Thanks for the chance to win such a generous prize! Wishing you continued success in your company!

  30. I love to hear how people start a new crafting business and you should be very proud. This card is so darn cute and I do love fresh pineapple. Thank you so much for sharing this prize with us and I know someone is going to be very happy when they WIN!

  31. I love that Laura is a crafter as well as a designer – this translates to her designs that are perfectly sized and easy to work with. Thanks for featuring her here! I enjoyed reading more about her.

  32. What a fabulous giveaway! I just love the pineapples. Reminds me of the wallpaper in the kitchen of my first house. 😀 The die set is also great. Thanks for the inspiration AND chance to win.

  33. What a proud accomplishment to say that you were the first to design the stitched frames. I don’t think it’s easy to be unique and a trend setter! I’m excited to have a chance to win the die set and stamps. Bring on the pineapple! Love the card.

  34. Necessity is the mother of invention…loved reading your story and the wonderful business you’ve built.

  35. Oh my goodness, that pineapple stamp set is so fun…and love how you can customize your designs! Wonderfully fun card!

  36. What a fabulous story Laura tells…so inspiring! I have a few LIL products and let’s just say, my card-making improved instantaneously when they joined my collection! Laura and LIL = awesome!
    ~carol

  37. I think your dies are some of the best ones on the market! What an inspirational story.

  38. I do love the pineapples! Ever since honeymooning in Hawaii 12 years ago, they have caught my eye.

  39. Hi Laura, Congrats on five years and thanks for sharing such an interesting story! it’s great that you founded your company to fill a need and boy were you right that you wouldn’t be the only one looking for these products! LOVE the stitched dies! Thank you for the chance to win…the dual dotted dies are fantastic and the pineapples are beyond cute! Perfect for the summer months when we are hosting so much company since pineapples symbolize “welcome”!

  40. So cute! Love how the stamps were used in the card. I’ve been eyeing this stamp set!! Thanks for the chance to win!

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