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.)
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:
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!
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.