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Monday, November 18, 2013

NEW Release Hop Day 1!

Hello and welcome to day 1 of our November New Release Hop!!!

If you visited us last week you saw some Pre-Release Sneak Peeks! It's something we've not done before and I would love your feedback. Do you like seeing some projects in advance of the release or would you rather be surprised on release day?

Either way, today is release day and I'd love to share the product images of everything we're releasing with you. Here goes.....

Up first is a gorgeous Cover Up Die that strays away from the repeating geometric patterns we've been seeing in dies like these. We wanted to bring you something unique that has more of an organic feel and being that I was designing this for release in the Fall this is what we came up with....

Cover Up Die: Leaf Pattern

The super neat thing about this fresh and pretty leaf pattern is that we've given some of the leaves out stitching detail and some even have a cut out center. We designed the die this way so that the many negative cut leaves can be used for other projects will leaving you the main die cut to design with as well. This die adds instant, but easy wow factor to your cards in no time!

Next up is another funky and fresh Cover Up Die also with a more organic design. We call it Cover Up Die Swirls!

Ooooooooh, this die adds just about the coolest effect to your card fronts and paper crafting projects!

This next die might just be my favorite of the entire release! Have a look at our On the Diagonal Die...

At first this might look like a stitched strip but when you see what this baby can do you will instantly realize that this is no ordinary stitched strip. I swear it possesses magical, paper crafting powers!!! LOL!

This die was designed specifically to be used on a A2 card front (4.25"x5.5"). If you look closely, it's the negative stitching or the stitching opposite the main cut line that allows you to do so many cool things with this die.  When you combined it with your Stitched Mats: Rectangles it will blow your mind! 

Up next is a stamp and die set that you're going to WANT RIGHT NOW! I have a love for anything that looks doodled by hand. Specifically, I've been eyeing Mehndi and Henna tattoo art which are gorgeously designed and immensely intricate patterns. 

Mehndi or henna tattoos are used as celebratory body art in Asian cultures. While I'm not an authority on their use or meaning I am drawn to the pure beauty and intricacies of these designs. Have a look.....

Gorgeous, right? So being that I was inspired by Mehndi body art AND being that I've been wanting to design a floral stamp set our brand new Modern Mehndi Set is where we arrived!

Modern Mehndi is a totally new take on a traditional stamp set and I know you are going to LOVE having these stamps in your collection especially after our designers show you what they can do! 

What is a stamp set without a coordinating die set?

Our Modern Mehndi Dies are a set of 6 dies which come nested on a magnetic sheet for easy storage. You will notice that one die in this set cuts and coordinates with two of the stamps in our Modern Mehndi Stamp Set. You'll also see that these dies are hollow so that you can perfectly align the die to your stamp before cutting! Now you can stamp, color or even heat emboss your Modern Mehndi Stamps and have the perfect coordinating dies to cut them out! 

Last but certainly NOT least is a set of dies that I have had a zillion requests  pleas for! And you've been very patiently waiting and thank you for that! Introducing Stitched Mats: Ovals!!!!!!!!!

This is a set of 4 nested, stitched oval dies and just like our Stitched Mats: Circles and Stitched Stars feature our signature, negative stitching detail! So not only will these four dies cut perfectly sized, stitched ovals for your A2 cards they will leave a negative stitching detail in the wake of cutting! 

Would you like to see some projects?

I think for today I'm going to focus on our On the Diagonal Die and share a project with you that shows off our Ovals as well!

So here is the card you saw last week showcasing our On the Diagonal Die:

This is the standard use for this die meaning that I simply die cut the angled, stitched strip from white paper and used it as focal point for my sentiment. See how nicely it fits some of the larger sentiments we have in our collection? This one is from our Darling Diamonds Stamp Set. If you don't own this stamp set you are completely missing out! HA! We did some awesomely over sized sentiments in both this set and coordinating ones in our Spot On Stamp Set as well. The font is UBER trendy! Behind my On the Diagonal you will see that I used our new Modern Mehndi Die Set to cut out flowers from patterned paper which I embellished with coordinating enamel dots. LOVE THIS!!!

Now HERE is where the little die REALLY packs a BIG punch!

Ooooooooo, ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!


Ok, so here I pre-made an A2 sized mat from white paper. Then, using the largest mat in my Stitched Mats: Rectangles Die Set I die cut my stitched border. Next, I laid my On the Diagonal Die over this card front. It lines up perfectly wherever you want your cut out to appear and I cut again. It leaves me with two stitched panels as you can see in the photo above which I can now use for a super COOL and TRENDY card front layout! Yipee!! I love this!!!

For this card, I made an A2 card base from pink card stock. Then, I took my two stitched layout panels and placed them over my card front and made pencil marks at the opening. I did this so that I could perfectly stamp my repeating sentiment on the pink base. Once I stamped I simply erased my lines. Then, using foam tape I popped up my layout panels so that my sentiment appears recessed. Is this COOL?

Of course, I finished this card off with the gorgeous stamps from our new Modern Mehndi Set which were cut out with their coordinating die set and embellished around them with enamel dots. Enamel dots where have you been all my life?  Isn't this a nifty little layout? Can you see now how this little die does BIG things? Definitely a MUST HAVE for your die collection!!!

Now, here is a project I made to show you just how awesome our new Stitched Mats: Ovals are!! Here I feature the negative stitching detail.

These dies are awesome! Inside my card and peeking through the front is a sentiment from our new Modern Mehndi Set and the flowers are cut using the Modern Mehndi Dies and are embellished with button centers.

Ok, so even though I want to share all of my projects today, we have two more hop days so I should save them :). Before I send you on your way to Alicia Thelin's Blog, I'd like to take a minute to welcome a fantastic Guest Designer who will be joining us for this release! It's........

Tracey McNeely!!! 

I'm a big fan of Tracey's work and she is a supporter and LID enthusiast so this was a no-brainer!!! I'm so excited to have Tracey with us this week. Be sure and say hi as you pass by her gorgeous blog today, In My Creative Opinion! Yayyyyyyyyyy!!!!!

And please leave some love for all of our fabulous designers as you hop today as we'll be picking a winner for each day of our hop from a secret prize blog and we have three $15 gift certificates to Lil' Inker to give away!

Also, one other housekeeping note to mention....we are currently accepting applications for our Design Team Applications November 25th. We're looking for 2-3 new team members who have a passion for paper crafting and LOVE Lil' Inker Designs. 

Please click HERE to read more about our Design Team Call!

Off you go now to visit Alicia Thelin!

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day! See you tomorrow with more new projects to share!



  1. Love Tracey's work so much!!! Have already stopped by and left her a comment. Such great projects!

  2. I LOVED the sneak helped me know how much to set aside for when they were released.

  3. I love seeing all the designs up front. These are absolutely amazing yet again!

  4. I love seeing the designs up front! Amazing new products. Love Tracey's work!!!

  5. Loved the sneak peaks. As always, lil inker has the most beautiful and clever dies!

  6. Lots of great products in this release! Can't wait to see them all in action!

  7. So much fun today.... love your creative genius!

  8. wonderful cards...this release is so exciting. I love the dies and the stamp set is very inspiring.

  9. I enjoyed seeing the previews! And YAY! for Tracey! She is wonderful as is this release. Way to go!

  10. Awesome new products!!! Love this release!!
    Gorgeous DT creations!!

  11. Amazing release. So much love of these new products.

  12. I love the stitched mats die and guess I will need to buy more. Also I am a big fan of Tracey's thank you for spotlighting her.

  13. These are so fun! Great designs and I love the mendhi set!

  14. Love the way you added stitching to some of the leaves on the cover up die. The Mehndi is gorgeous.

  15. wow these are fabulous!!! loving that mehndi set!

  16. Love LOVE it all - my dream is to be able to go nuts at your store :)

  17. Amazing new products! LOVE the On the Diagonal die!

  18. Would love to see a video using the new die cuts, especially the On the Diagonal die!

  19. I really love the sneak peeks! Wow what amazing new products. :)

  20. I like the sneak peeks. It's exciting to see new products and see how you use them. Love the recessed way you used the diagonal die.

  21. Genius release! And so happy to see sweet Tracey is guest designing! I too am a great admirer of her work! :)

  22. Well, you have done it again, and THEN some, Miss Laura! Great new tools for papercrafting, and such an original idea with the Mehndi designs! Hope I win a GC again this month, coz I want it all!

  23. I'm loving all the stitched look dies. Those ovals, just amazing! tfs Patricia B

  24. AMAZING new release & BLOG HOP Laura - I might just have to re-locate to the USA ;)

  25. So excited about these new products. My wish list is going to be huge. Can't wait to see what the DT and Tracey have in store...

  26. My wish list just expanded! Amazing new release, and having Tracey on board is just plain WOW!! Off to hop and I already know that "fabulous" is in store...

  27. I am anxious to see what everyone makes with these new products.

  28. Ohh great I'm very anxious to see what everyone makes with these lovely goodies.

  29. LOVE LOVE LOVE the Modern Mehndi!!!!
    <3 J

  30. WOW!! I'm LOVING the release and ai can't wait to get my hands on these New Products!! AWESOME release once again!! ;) thanks for sharing and for the chances to win!! Have a Fabulous Week!! ;)

  31. I did love the sneak peeks! I didn't come over to tell you but I liked them! The cover ups and the stiched oval and diagonal are fabulous! Love these. Beautiful project, I love the flowers and the great design.

  32. Love all of the new products! Can't wait to get my hands on them!

  33. I can't wait to get On the Diagonal! Love the new Cover Up dies too. Off to have a look at the blogs and see all the fabulous creations using the new stamps and dies!

  34. Oh my I LOVE the diagonal die and the ovals. I can think of so many things I could create with them. TFS
    Crafty hugs,

  35. Great! Thanks for sharing the information. That is very helpful for increasing my knowledge in this field.