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Monday, September 24, 2012

New Release Hop Day 1: Balloon Dies, Party Hats and Much More!!!

Hello and welcome to the first day of our new release hop! We have some very exciting things to share with you and a HUGE HOP for you this week with loads of new goodies and projects and of course PRIZES to share with you too!!!!!

Let's get right to it! This week will be a combined hop with both of our fabulous teams. Today we're showcasing these new goodies: BALLOON DIES!

Several of our design team members AND a few customers even requested balloon dies and we've been working on this set for quite some time now and I'm very happy with how this set of eight dies has turned out! This is a set of 'wired' dies which means they are all connected and cut all eight with one pass through your machine!

We've created this set to have different balloon shapes, sizes, with stitching (of course, hee) AND two 'star overlays'. These dies can be used by themselves or with the coordinating die in the set. They layer on top of their matching die! This way different colors can be used, different patterns can be mixed and matched...loads of possibilities! These are so cute and fabulous ...I can't contain myself...I'm not even kidding!!

Next up is Party Hat Dies!

What's a party with balloons if you don't have Hats?? I just kept picturing a coordinating party hat set and so we made one and it's FABULOUS!

This is a wired set of 7 featuring a plain hat, stitched hat, star and polka dot overlays as well as hat embellishments; hat topper, scalloped trim and fringe trim. These embellishments really bring these hats to life!

Nothing makes a die set more fun to work with than a coordinating stamp set! Introducing the You're Invited Stamp Set!

This is truly an unbelievable stamp set! Not only can you make quick and easy party invitations but this set will help you created adorable birthday cards and thank yous as well!

What's neat about this set is that the invitation stamps will fit PERFECTLY inside the center of our Texture Plate: Frame 1! THAT, my friends, was the brilliant idea of Karen Baker who designed this entire set based on some of my ideas and suggestions, but fitting the sentiments inside the frame is ALL Karen and WAIT until you see how it looks. I have a project tomorrow showing you just that!

I seriously LOVE this set!! I love the classic fonts combined with the boldness of some of the sentiments in the sets and of course there are special saying to specifically coordinate with the Balloons and Party Hats Dies!! This is GREATNESS!!!

We couldn't ignore our upcoming Fall Holidays especially when we can bring you such cuteness!!! Here is Thanksgiving Wishes from The Sugar Kissed Cottage!
This vintage inspired image of  Thanksgiving friends is just PERFECT! The fonts and the sentiments really make this set complete! I LOVED coloring this image! ...more on that in a bit!

Our adorable focal image is from Lindsey Amschler of Sugar Kissed Cottage and our amazing fonts and sentiments are the work of our newest graphics designer, Karen Baker!

Next up is Ghostie Witch from 2 Cute Ink!

Ok, I'm going to go out on a limb here and say that this is the best image and sentiment combo we've ever done!!!!! My favorite sentiment in the set is totally New England/Massachusetts inspired, "Have a wicked sweet Halloween". LOVE THAT! I also am fond of Ghostess with the Mostess. I immediately thought of my awesome friend Suzie who throws THE BEST Halloween parties ever! She also happens to LOVE handmade cards so she's sooo getting one as a thank you for having us to her party this year!

If this image and sentiment combo doesn't grab you....I don't know what will! LOL!!

Okay.......would you like to see some of the projects I've made to share with you today using these fantastic new goodies???? I happen to have been browsing at TJ Max and found these great cupcake treat boxes for $1 so I decided to embellish it and make a coordinating card! Of course I had to buy a cupcake for the "photo shoot". Have a look....

This was super easy! And wouldn't this be cute for someone on their special day? I used four balloons here if you include the overlay. Oh the star overlay totally makes this set of dies! I added some twine which I wrapped around our double ended banner die from our Flags and Tags set which I then stamped with a sentiment from our new You're Invited stamp set!

Here is a picture of the coordinating card I made...super simple, but really cute I think! More AWESOME balloons - seriously they are ALL the most perfect size for any project!! They make me squeal I love them so much! The funny thing about these pictures is that if you panned out on each one this is what you would have seen!!!........

Yup, that's my little guy! He was literally stalking me while I took some pictures as he should be at 4.5 with a cupcake lurking!! I just thought this was so funny!I had to share it with you. He was very patient too! Look at those eyes right on dessert! Funny!!
Next up is a card I made using this AWESOME new Thanksgiving Wishes set from The Sugar Kissed Cottage!! Click on a close up of this image. The little man is licking his lips for that plate of food...MUCH like my little man was for his cupcake!! HA!!
I love how this came together! I colored my image with Copics, cut it out and paired it with 2 sentiments from the set which I think work nicely together. There's also a little sneaky peek there of something else to come this week....but there's MORE than meets the eye!!!
OH, these goodies are all so fabulous and FUN to work with. I will say that I am limited on the quantity of Balloon Dies I have on hand so if you love them go get them! You will have a couple of different purchase options with the dies and stamps.. You can buy the entire collection of Balloon Dies, Party Hats Dies and You're Invited Stamps, or you can purchase your favorite pieces individually. I anticipate ALL these to go fast!
So, before I send you on your way....we will be having TWO secret PRIZE blogs this week as we're really doing a double hop. The more comments you leave, the better your odds of winning! And if you DO comment, make sure you come back and read our re-cap post which announces the winners. It might be YOU!!!
As per usual, EVERYTHING we're releasing this week is loaded on our website and you can head there now and see what the rest of the week has to offer and .....the BEST is yet to come!!
Ok, off you GO! Head on over to Lindsey Amschler's blog! Lindsey is our Sugar Kissed Cottage Designer so head on over and tell her how much you love her Thanksgiving Wishes image. She also happens to be a fantastic card designer as well and I know she'll have some goodness for you!
Thank you!! And we'll see you tomorrow for more Balloons and Party Hats and You're Invited projects as well as two more brand new illustrated sets that you're going to love!!!! I'm telling you.....our illustrators are AWESOME!!! I love that word, if you haven't's the Mass in me :)
Have a wonderful and fabulous day! ...awesome, even!



  1. Wow--I love the balloons and party hats.

  2. Laura, I love to read your posts! I also appreciate how you came up with the sentiments in the witchie set! Your little guy is adorable waiting for the yummy! Great release! :)

  3. Hehe... your little guy is so funny! Love the adorable set you made.

  4. You are awesome too!!! I can feel the excitement in this post, and I love it. The photo of your son is SO CUTE! Go Laura!!!!

  5. Laura these new dies and stamps are fantastic! I think your son was pretty excited about the cupcake!

  6. Love the Balloons and party hats...super fun!
    Great projects!

  7. Wow these new dies are just fabulous I love them!!

  8. Fab new dies and the sentiments are just the best some really cool original but heart felt sayings
    great stuff!
    Suzie qx

  9. MUST have now! Balloons and party hats, most awesome dies ever seen!! And love the sentiment....all others are toad, whahaha, it's GREATNESS all over.

  10. Love them all.......I am an Die-addicted Girl :-))
    Great Idea to make such an stunning Cupcake-Box

    Big Hugs
    Hilde loch

  11. Oh my how much fun! Love the 2 cute ink!!! And that party invite stamp is wonderful def. could use that one!

  12. fabulous release, absolutely love the balloon dies!

  13. Love it! All the dies look so fun. The sweet thanksgiving stamp is adorable!

  14. Ps your little guy is also adorable !

  15. Loving this release! A little bit of everything - can't wait to see what else is in store for tomorrow and all the projects on the hop! Loving your balloons with twine! Off to hop!

  16. The dies look fun and I really like Lindsey's Thanksgiving set.

  17. Ha your son is so funny. Love how you decorated the box with these great dies. Can not wait to see what the team has come up with.

  18. That little man cracks me up! Mine does the same thing any time there's frosting involved.

  19. wow wee totally must haves...another fabulous release..

  20. Great looking release! Can hardly wait to see the rest of the week!

  21. Ha ha Laura...Love that naughty smile of your cute Boy. Fun post!!! Love what you came up with . Superb ideas!!!

  22. Laura, your little guy is so cute...enjoy him! My boy os turning 21 in February! :-(
    Anyway...this release is AMAZING!!!! Loving everything, seriously!

  23. Love the balloons. Great projects. Cute little guy waiting for the cupcake.

  24. Your boy is so cute with all that dark hair, and your excitement is contagious! Great projects made from your great products Laura!

  25. You had me at balloons!! :)
    LOVE them...
    they're perfect!
    Exactly what I have been wishing for!
    And your little guy...
    he's ADORABLE!:)
    The look on his face...
    looks just like my 2 little guys when there's cupcakes in the vicinity...
    which also happens to look like their mom's when there's cupcakes in the vicinity! *giggle*

  26. Love the Ghostie Witch! Everything looks so yummy!

  27. Great release. I like the cute balloons and party hats and the Thanksgiving set is adorable!

  28. LOVE the picture of your son, that is priceless!

  29. Your guy is so cute, Laura! I'd be stalking that cupcake too for sure!

    I love your makes - I can't wait for my dies to arrive and your card is so sweet!

  30. I love the littlt ghost image -so unique.

  31. WICKED-cute stamps and dies this month! I've snatched that stitched die nesting set before it FLIES away--sooo useful. Many thanks!

  32. so cute! I'm loving the vintage style images.

  33. Loving those balloons and the other dies. Love the photo of your little guy, his look is priceless. LOL.. All the dies are great.

  34. Oh, I can't wait to see how your DT uses these dies and stamps!! Love them!

  35. Love the cupcake holder and your son's face!
    -Janna Bowling

  36. Your cupcake box is so adorable! I love the stitched balloons.

  37. Love the cupcake holder. the thanksgiving card is adorable

  38. Great release. There is so much I love. And someone love the cupcake. Who wouldn't.

  39. What great new releases....I just discovered you guys and am excited to order!