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Saturday, December 6, 2014

December Release Blog Hop Day 1

Hi there, Friends!!! Thanks so much for joining us today. We have lots of new goodies to share with you. Let's get right to it!

First up is our brand new Girl's Best Friend Stamp Set. It features these pretty, faceted gems in all different sizes along with some coordinating and complimentary sentiments done in a clean and simple font.  This set is made extra special because of the shimmers and sparkles stamps that have been included. This terrific set was designed by our very own Sarah Jay. Isn't it awesome?? And so versatile too. It can be used for love cards, thanks, congrats friendship and more!

You KNOW we love to make coordinating dies! We designed this die to specifically compliment of new Girl's Best Friend Stamp Set. It's a perfect focal image size and will pair wonderfully with the sentiments included in our new stamp set or even just all by its pretty lil' self!

Ok, I'm going to say that our Alphabet Gems Stamp Set is a TOTAL MUST HAVE!!! This is a fabulous set of alphabet stamps in this pretty gem-like style. Each letter is approximately 3/4" tall and boy oh boy do they look awesome stamped on cards. They look so great when heat embossed or can be stamped and colored - that would be fun too! These are so pretty! We've even included some punctuation marks to complete the set. LOVE THIS!!!

ANOTHER AMAZING DIE!!! Our new Cover Up Die: Faceted is trendy, fun and just plain gorgeous. Use the cover up on a card front - remove all the triangles or just remove some, color in the triangles with copics or use it as a watercoloring template. There are so many options with this die. Be watching for projects from our design team featuring the heart hidden inside this design!

This a really awesome set! Our All About Ampersand Die Set is a set of three dies putting the emphasis on these lovely and timeless, yet trendy ampersand symbols! The largest die in this set is a perfect, A2 cover up die. It cuts a frame for a card front featuring an incorporated, oversized ampersand. This die is GORGEOUS and can be very versatile too. You can easily snip the ampersand out of the frame and each piece could be used separately for different projects.
The medium die in this set features a fancy ampersand within a circle. This is the coordinating ampersand to our All About Ampersand Stamp Set. The die can be mixed and matched with this stamp set for tons of possibilities.
The smallest die in the set features an Ampersand die with these cute little cut outs. It too has lots of possibilities when used alone or with our stamp set.
These two ampersand themed products are fun, fancy and you are going to love having them in your collection!

Our new All About Ampersand Stamp Set includes a gorgeous and oversized ampersand stamp along with several sentiments that can be mixed and matched and which are done in a traditional yet trendy, hand-labeler font. This stamp set was designed to coordinate with our All About Ampersand Die Set. When all of our Ampersand products are used together the possibilities are endless. You are going to LOVE this new collection of goodies. 
Some of the sentiments included can be phrased to say, "Hello & Also, don't change", "Gratitude & Many Thanks", "Merry & Bright" and so many other fun and useful possibilities!

Our Awesome Word Die is a fabulous follow up release to our hugely popular Seriously Word Die. It's a die created from my own handwriting! It's a perfect, focal image size and you will love using it on all your cards to tell someone that they truly are awesome! Use this die alone or with our perfectly coordinating Hello, Awesome Stamp Set. If you loved our Seriously Word Die and Seriously Awesome Stamp Set you will love this follow up release.

Our Hello, Awesome stamps are designed to perfectly coordinate with our new Awesome Word Die. It can be coordinated with this die to create greetings that say "Hello, Awesome", "Awesome Possum", "Wake up and be Awesome" and so much more. The font is hand drawn and modern and the perfect compliment to our handwritten Awesome Word Die. If you loved our previously released Seriously Awesome Stamp Set and Seriously Word Die you will love this follow up release - and I think there are even some possibilities for them to be used together!

Our designers and customers have been asking for a product that cut stitched stripes and we wanted to make sure we designed the most versatile and cost effective product for our customers as we could and think we've done just that.
Our Long & Skinny Rectangles is a set of 5 dies that can be used as horizontal or vertical stripes and also used as sentimental panels. The three tallest dies in this set are all exactly 5.50" tall. This means they are perfectly sized to use vertically on a card base. These dies can also be used horizontally as well if they are adhered to an A2 card base and then trimmed down to size.
The smallest die in this set is exactly 4.25" tall and perfectly sized to use as a horizontal stripe on a card base.
There is a 6th and very important die included in this set. It's 5.50" long and cuts only a stitched line. It's included so that when you're stacking stripes on your card base you can add a stitched border to any stripe that may overhang your card. It can of course be used for lots of other purposes too like just adding a line of stitching to a card base and more!
This set is truly versatile and we love that we've been able to design one set that does so much!  

A follow up release to our popular Anytime Tags Die Set, this is a set of three tags with a ribbon-tailed end and a traditional tag-shaped top all featuring our signature stitching detail. This set comes nested on a magnetic sheet for storage and includes two dies which can be used to add a hang hole with reinforcer to your tags. We like the option of being able to add a hang hole with separate dies. It means these dies can be used as tags or as a sentiment panel. We love giving you options with our dies! These dies come nested on a magnetic sheet for easy storing of those small pieces! 

What do you think?? What are you favorites?? Would you like to see some projects??

Here are some projects with our lovely and brand new Anytime Tags Die Set 2!

I was very much inspired by the seasonal coffee cups from Dunks (Dunkin' Donuts)! I die cut the largest tag in the set and used our Eat More Donuts Set to stamp the red frosting and colored the sprinkles with green Copics. I stamped the donut base in light brown ink and then used my Copics to color it in. Then using our Joy Word Die I snipped off the J and Y to create my Joy sentiment. I completed the sentiments with a phrase from our Jolly & Joyful Sentiments Set. I love how this turned out and I'm so glad I used this new die set to make this tag!! I don't want to give it away!! Does that happen to you too??

My next tag also features of new Anytime Tags 2 but I also used three stripes from our Long & Skinny Rectangles Die set which I layered together before cutting my tag. Merry is the center of the ornament die in our Christmas Bits Die Set. The stamps are from our Jolly & Joyful Sentiments. I stamped some snowflakes in shiny Versamark ink from our Cozy Winter Wishes Stamp Set! I love these colors together for Christmas!

Next Up, I'm featuring our Long & Skinny Rectangles Die Set as well as our Alphabet Gems Stamps. Here I used the shortest strip in the die set which is an exact 4.25" to create these horizontal stripes and stacked 4 in different colors. I stamped my sentiment in Versamark and heat embossed it in gold. Aren't these letters gorgeous??? YES!!! You will love this set!!!!

Here is another card featuring our Long & Skinny Rectangles Die Set. This is the project I featured in the preview video I made for you a few days ago. Did you see it? If not check it out here to see how this card was made. Aren't my nails cute too? LOL!!

This project also features our new Girl's Best Friend: Stamps and Diamond Die. These goodies are so fun to use! I know you're going to love them and that excites me!!!

Ok, so I hope you're loving everything. I'm going to send you on your way to enjoy the hop! I can't wait for you to see the designer's projects. They are STUNNING!!!! Enjoy!!!

Here is a list of everyone participating in the hop:

Laura/Shop - <-------- you are here
Erin Lee Schreiner -
Maureen Merritt -

Before I let you go, one frowny face note. We are saying goodbye to Mary Dawn with this release. :( Make sure when you cruise her blog today you wish her well and thank her for all the awesome projects she's created during her time with us. Thank you so much, Mary Dawn! It's been an absolute pleasure to work with you!! Here are some of my favorite projects from Mary Dawn.

Before you head off, don't forget to leave comments on your way. I will be giving away a $15 store credit for each day of the hop! Wooo hoooo!!!! You have through Wednesday, December 10th at 11:30 PM EST to comment to be entered to win. And be sure to leave comments for each of our team members. We'll be hiding the gift certificates in a certain, secret prize blog but you've got to comment on it to be eligible to win!

Thanks so much for joining us today!!! We'll see you tomorrow for release day 2!!!



  1. Oh what a great release, love your projects, Awesome!

  2. Wonderful new release...especially love the word and skinny rectangle dies!

  3. How exciting!!! These are fantastic - LOVE the new release!!

  4. SERIOUSLY AWESOME release!!!
    LOVE the Long & Skinny Rectangles, they're on my MUST-HAVE list,
    ADORE EVERYTHING associated with A Girl's Best Friend, from the gem stamps & dies to the Alphabet Gems & Faceted Cover Up, they're on my MUST-HAVE list too,
    Ampersands & awesome words & dies are SO COOL too!!!

    1. OOPS - I clicked "publish" too soon
      Sad to hear that you're leave Mary Dawn.
      THANK YOU for all the CREATIVE INSPIRATION you have shared and wishing you every happiness for the future :)

    2. LOVE the tags and cards this FABULOUS new release INSPIRED you to CREATE Laura :)

  5. what an amazing and creative release! love that ampersand and gem one!!!

  6. LOVE the new cover up die and the long skinny rectangles! Must haves in my book. ;) Great inspiration today, Laura!! xoxo

  7. What a great new release! I am loving all of the new dies...they are my fave!

  8. I love this new release...totally awesome possum (sorry, couldn't resist!)...I ADORE your fun and festive! Off to hop!

  9. Beautiful projects Laura!!! Loooove it all.

  10. How do you continue to dazzle and amaze with fabulous release after fabulous release? This one: love it all. ALL, I say! I'm off to hop...and for the record, I'm smitten with the rectangles, and crushing over the tags!

  11. You did it! You finally did it!! I am in LOVE with the ampersand die. In LOVE!!! Fabulous release Laura!

  12. These dies are fantastic and I love the Awesome combo sets.

  13. Stunning new products and projects!

  14. OMG!! SO FUN!! I LOVE the New Release and I can't wait to create with some of these!! =) I have SO MANY Ideas!! EEEEKKKKK!! =) Okay, LOVE the INSPIRATION too!! AWESOME Ladies!! Best Wishes to Mary Dawn!! I have LOVED your Work!! =) Have a FABULOUS WEEKEND Ladies!! =)

  15. I love jewelry and these gemstones are great.
    it was a great hop and a fun release.
    thanks for sharing.

  16. Note to self: Gotta have the long and skinny rectangles!
    Annette P.

  17. Great new products. Thanks for the hop.

  18. Love the long, skinny stitched rectangles, especially brilliant how you used it with the tag die! Love that gem alphabet, how unique and versatile, great new release!

  19. Those stitched rectangles are awesome.

  20. Oh my goodness, this is AWESOME!! I love the diamond die, the awesome die, the stamps, the cards!! I love everything in this release!! Love ya' Patricia B

  21. Fantastic new products & projects! :)

  22. What a great release! I love the skinny rectangles, tags, faceted background...ok EVERYTHING! Love all the ideas from the design team too!!

  23. What fabulous cards! LOVE these new sets AND dies! Totally!!!!

  24. Lovely cards. Love those Long Rectangles and the tags.

  25. Fabulous projects! I love the the skinny rectangles. I am new to Lil Inker Designs so this is my first hop and I am looking forward to checking out the inspiration from the DT!

  26. I have never looked over your blog before, but now I am excited to try out some of your dies as advertised. Nice projects!

  27. Beautiful cards today and fabulous new products!

  28. Oh, I love so much in this release! Awesome!