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Monday, January 12, 2015

New Release Hop Day 1


Welcome to our new release hop!!! It's Monday and the first day of our new release hop and I'm so very excited to get right to the new goodies we're releasing today!!



Did everyone have a wonderful holiday and happy new year? I hope so!
I'm excited that it's the new year and I'm excited for our very first release of 2015! Let's get right to it!


Ok, this die is an absolute must have. This is our new Center Point Chevron Die! The background it creates is incredible!  This die creates a chevron background where all the points meet in the center. The pieces that cut away can totally be used for other projects. This die is so clean and stylish! Wait until you see the projects our designers have created with this die.


Here is our brand new Doodled Love Word Die! I have been doodling this word over and over again for what seems like years now. As I look back through my sketch journals this image appears everywhere. It was time to bring you this in die format. Hand drawn by myself and graphically perfected by Ariana this die is fun, whimsical and I think you'll love the size. I find it perfect for focal images. 


Squeee!!! Here is our new Hearts Banners Die Set. This set features two dies. One is slightly larger and features stitched hearts. The other is just a tad smaller and features solid hearts. The curve to these cuts allows these banners to perfect drape across your card bases, tags and more! 


This our new Lollipop and Pencil Treat Holder Die. This die is clever and fun and I think it's going to change how you make your Valentines this year. I designed it with classroom valentines in mind. I don't know about you but in our school we're not allowed to send in any food for the holidays to the school kids because of allergies but lollipops seem to be totally acceptable for special holidays. This die cuts a stitched, stampable notecard that features two holes where you can tuck in a lollipop of any kind or even a no. 2 pencil! The additional three dies included are decorative reinforcements.  
With this die you'll get a little bit of lifting of you paper with your lollies but you'll see that the lollipop sticks can be slightly manipulated to make your paper a little flatter. 
Pencils can be added in two ways: either thread through the holes or tied on using a decorative ribbon. If you thread through the pencil there will be some curling of your paper with traditional cardstock making the treat holder more like a flag which is cute! You'll get an even better effect with thinner paper. 
I envision you cutting enough of these for all the kids in class and letting your kids decorate them and then just pop in your lollies or pencils and Valentine's Day is super cute and complete! And by the way, this makes a totally acceptable card for an adult as well. I would seriously kiss the person who hand stamped a valentine and added a Tootsie Pop. Wouldn't you? :)

The following stamp sets were designed with our new treat holder die in mind but of course can be used for traditional Valentine's Day cards and tags.



This is our new Perfect Pairs Stamp Set. OMGEEEEE!!! How ADORABLE are these images??? Peas and Carrots, Donuts and Coffee, Eggs and Bacon, Peanut Butter and Jelly, Burgers and Fries, and Mac and Cheese! What do these guys have in common? Well, they're all perfect pairs, of course! Love love love love love these and we've added in a couple of little sentiments to make this an absolutely PERFECT stamp set! :) 



Our new Robot Builders Stamp Set. Yesssss!!!! These are so cute too!! Enjoy stamping these sweet little Robot Builders Stamps to create the perfect robot invention! All the pieces mix and match and we've added in some neat little sentiments to complete this set. Up to 2 robots can be stamped along with a greeting onto our Lollipop Treat Holder but of course you'll love using this set for so many more occasions. I have to be honest - I had a lot of fun creating with these so I know you will too!


Here are two examples of completed robots!


Our new Smooches Stamp Set is totally elegant and maybe even a little sexy all at the same time! I was inspired to create an oversized kiss stamp and I wanted to bring you sentiments that almost look like they could have been written in lipstick. The smooches stamps are all the same image but in three perfect sizes and they are Aaaahhh-MAZING when stamped and heat embossed but look like actually lipstick kisses when stamped in lipstick hues. I'm telling you - this is one for your collection! 


Ok - I'm super pumped about our brand new Side-Stitched Rectangles Die Set!!!!!!! I don't know if you know this but Lil' Inker Designs was the first small company of its kind to release dies with stitching which we did with the release of our clouds in our Rainbows & Clouds Die Set released back in 2010. We built our business on dies with stitching and NOW it's an industry wide trend! So, I went back to the drawing board and tried to come up with something new and fresh but that still rang true to our roots and here it is. Our new Side-Stitched Rectangles cut stitching that's been turned on its side and the result is trendy and super clean and eye-catching!
Just like our original Stitched Mats: Rectangles, the largest die in this set cuts ONLY a stitched border on a pre-made A2 card base - we LOVE that about our dies! The rest of the dies in the set cut a rectangle which also features side stitching. 
You're going to love seeing these dies in action! I know you're going to love having these in your collection.



All You Need Is Love is the only stamp set you'll need for Valentine's Day! Hummina hummina. Yes, please!! Put this in my shopping cart, LOL!!! Can I be perfectly honest? The two largest stamps in this set are my favorites and they inspired the set. I could have made them a little bit larger and made this a set of two or separated them and made them into single stamps but really and truly what I've done here is made them perfect and slightly oversized AND added in additional sentiments which are equally lovely if I do say so myself and we were able to bring you the entire set for one affordable price. Your welcome! LOL!!


And last but certainly not least is a follow up to our incredibly popular Quilted Stitched Pattern Die. Introducing our Quilted Swirl Stitched Pattern Die. This die creates one amazing and beautiful stitched background. It can cover an entire A2 card base and boy, does this pack a punch!! Love it! If you love our Quilted Stitched Pattern Die then you'll fall in love with this design too!

Soooooo....what do you think? What are your faves??? 

I had a great time creating for this release! I don't know about you but I SO needed some crafty time and I couldn't have enjoyed myself more! 

Here's a look at some of the things I created with our new release goodies.


This project was easily made using our new Quilted Swirl Stitched Pattern Die and our All You Need is Love Stamp Set which I heat embossed with coral embossing powder. This card was made quickly with only a few steps but it doesn't look like a fast card and I love that. How gorgeous is that sentiment, seriously?


Here I used pistachio paper. I made a card base and over it I added a panel cut with our new Center Point Chevron Die. Aaaaacccckkkk!!! I don't know how to express to you how much I love this die. There is just something about this done with monochromatic papers that I love love love! And how about our Doodled Love Word Die? Cute, right? I will say that this word die is thinner than we've done before but I didn't find it at all difficult to work with. To adhere this to my heart which was made using our Dual Stitched Hearts Die Set. I used a glue pen and it was easy peasy. It's definitely more glorious cut from glitter paper. 



One more thing for you today! I used our Smooches Stamp Set to create this home decor piece. I used gold embossing powder to heat emboss the largest smooch in the set onto aqua paper and mounted the whole thing in this shadow box frame. There is something about this color combo that is drool worthy. I am going to SO enjoy displaying this piece for Valentine's Day. I think the smooch alone stands on its own. I just love it! I hope you do too. It took me under 5 minutes to make this and the frame wasn't expensive. It makes a fab home made gift too don't you think??


I'm excited about this release! I hope you are too! I know you are going to love what our designers have in store for you today so get to hopping! Here is a list of everyone joining us today:

Laura/Shop - http://www.shoplilinker.blogspot.com/ <-------- you are here
Erin Lee Schreiner - http://www.erinleecreative.com/
Maureen Merritt - http://www.mamamostamps.com/

Thank you for continually supporting our designers! I love reading your comments on their designs as well as on mine! If you do leave some love in the form of comments for our designers you will be in the running to win one of three $15 store credits we'll be giving away. All you have to do is leave comments along our hop today by Sunday, January 18th 11:30 PM EST to be eligible. We'll choose our winners at random from one designer's blog and we'll announce our winners in our hop re-cap post which will take place early in the week of January 19th. How does that sound?

Again, I hope you love everything and I hope you enjoy our hop today! Thank you so much for joining us! Tomorrow, I'm planning to focus on our new Lollipop and Pencil Treat Holder Die. Cross your fingers that I can get my video edited for you after experiencing some technical issues.

See you soon!



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54 comments:

  1. I love the new release. I just placed my first order a short time ago, but I have a few "must haves" on my Wish List!

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  2. So much cuteness!! Loooooove that quilted swirl stitch pattern die! :)

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  3. I'm so excited to see this new release just in time for Valentine' day. So many great new ideas and inspiration. I can't wait to see everyone's work. Thanks!

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  4. Laura everything is so well thought out! Love the sentiments in the Valentine's set! And oh the wonderful robots and matched pairs! Lollipops and pencils!! And chevron cover plate that meets in the middle! My favorite is the swirl stitch pattern die! Love it! So excited to see what the design team has made too! Hugs and Happy New Year!

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  5. Laura.....you are amazing! I love your new ideas and designs......your project photos are just beautiful!!! xoxo

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  6. I am in love with the new release dies and stamps! So cute and I love all of the wonderful cards!

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  7. Fabulous release! Absolutely love these dies!! Thank you so much for the inspiration and wonderful products ♥

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  8. These are so super cute and what a fabulous blog hop.

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  9. have been dying for this day, yayyyyyy!!! Yippee - it's here!!!!! TY in advance - I already know it will be awesome!

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  10. WOW - ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS release Laura - SO MUCH TO LOVE!!!
    Your projects are SO SWEET - I think we ALL need to have a BIG SMOOCH on display :)
    SUPER EXCITED about the Centre Point Chevron and Doodled Love dies ... OK, I confess that I'm EXCITED about them ALL!!!

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  11. LOVE everything, Laura! I am going to be placing my order real soon! xoxo LOVE the Center point Chevron and the new slanted stitched dies!!! OMG!!!!

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  12. Must have the hearts banners dies and the slanted stitched rectangles... Love, love, love!

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  13. What a fun new release...love your projects!
    The Perfect Pairs set is stinkin' adorable!

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  14. So sweet release love the quilted pattern, cool and the love die, the stitched rectangles look cool too

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  15. Love the new release.. all are fabulous!!

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  16. SQUEAL!! SO EXCITED!! =) I LOVE the Release and I CAN'T wait to hop and see ALL of the AMAMZING Inspiration shared by the DT!! HANKS for sharing and for the chances to win!! Have a Fabulous Release Week!! =)

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  17. Beautiful cards! Love the fresh and fun colors!

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  18. This release is great - so many choices. Wish I had more money - LOL!

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  19. Fab release - wish I has more money - LOL!!

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  20. Your sample projects are so super sweet! I am especially loving those side stitched rectangles and the center point chevron cover plate!

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  21. Wow these are so fabulous! Love the adorable robots

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  22. I love the Quilted Swirl Stitch Die! It adds such a lovely detail to cards.

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  23. great release!! SO many fun things, where do I start??

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  24. Woo hoo! This all looks like so much fun!

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  25. Love the new release - especially the Center Point Chevron Die and the card you made using it.

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  26. Very exciting, so glad that you are sticking to your roots. I love the Quilted Swirl Stitched Die and the Centered Chevron.

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  27. Love the perfect pairs set! I had to think twice about the Mac and cheese... Duh! :)

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  28. Love the heart banner dies and smooch stamp set!

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  29. Started the shopping list. Love the pairs stamp set. There are several diet that are on the list too.
    Great hop. The designs were darling.
    thanks for having the hop

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  30. Super cute release! Love love the robots builders, quilted stitched die, smooch set and the centered chevron - have been added to my list! Beautiful inspiration and enjoy seeing what everyone has made. ~ Carol W.

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  31. It's all so darn cute! Can't pick a favorite yet, but I'm excited to see the lollipop holder ideas.

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  32. Your creativity just doesn't let up! Great new goodies! My fave is the pairs...It would work great with the ampersand items from your last release.

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  33. Great release and the inspiration of the DT is amazing! I'm loving all the stitching details on the dies, my favs.

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  34. I am just loving EVERYTHING that Lil Inker has been coming out with recently- just placed my first order with you a while ago…wishing I had waited for this release so that I can get it altogether! Only cause I live in Australia and becasue of the shipping…Anyway- a good excuse to order again soon! Love it all!

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  35. Awesome release! My favorite is the heart banners. I have the old stitched rectangles and I use them in most of my cards. TFS

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  36. Fabulous release. My favorite is the Quilted Swirl Stitch pattern die.

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  37. Exciting release Laura! I just love the chevron die, side stitiched rectangles, and the quilted swirl die to pieces!! I can't wait to see what the design team has created and I also appreciate that you are staying true to you, yet creating something fresh and new. Way to go!!

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  38. Love love love that Perfect Pair stamp set and the stitched die is amazing!!!!

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  39. What a great new release Laura! The cards are so pretty, especially using the quilted swirl stitch and chevron dies. I can't wait to see your cards tomorrow!

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  40. Love all your cards. The Love die cut word is a must have!

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  41. I love the quilted stitching cover plate! Can't wait to get one!

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  42. Wow, what a great release. No way to choose just one.

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  43. Great release,I love the perfect pair stamp set - so cute!

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  44. Fantastic products & projects! Love the side-stitched rectangle mats. :)

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  45. Ready to see some amazing inspiration.

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  46. You always wow me! You create wonderful products and your samples are darling! That love card is my fave!

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  47. Love the side stitched borders and quilted swirls! My wishlist is growing!

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  48. Love the new designs! The Heart Banners are at the top of my list!

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  49. WOW... these are great great great new products!!! That Quilted Swirl Stitch background die creates beautiful background.

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  50. My dad passed away unexpectedly on Dec. 30th (my parents' 56 wedding anniversary), and I don't have words to tell you how spirit-lifting and smile making these stunning new products, and all the showcase cards, are! Precisely what I need at this time: beautiful-things therapy; you and the team have delivered this to perfection! How grateful I am to have this warm blog to visit; a place to refresh after long days of helping out my mom. THANK YOU!
    Hugs~c

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  51. I found your site for the first time this morning by seeing one of your gorgeous dies being used on a blog I subscribe to, so I headed on over to check out your products and am blown away by how wonderful they are...LOVE the stitched dies...my goodness, however will I choose one or tow or three..lol!!

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  52. This is such a great release!!! From the robots (my son is at a robotic tournament now!) to those prefect lips. I've gotta get it all!!

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