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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

January New Release Hop Day 3!!

Hi there!!! There is always so much anticipation for a new release and then when I start to write my Day 3 post I can't believe how fast it all went by! This was a fun one if you ask me. I love everything we've released so much!!

Typically in my Day 3 post instead of sharing all the tips and tid-bit information about the new products I only share the images and then I link you back to the Day 1 and Day 2 posts which you can do by clicking :)  If by chance you want to read more you can always go to our store and read the product descriptions for each item.

Here is a picture of everything we've just released:

Here are some samples of assembled robots.

Honest to goodness, no matter what you choose to take home with you today you won't be disappointed!

I'd like to focus today on our new Lollipop and Pencil Treat Holder Die. It's definitely something different than we've seen before and I know you're going to enjoy these. I designed these with classroom Valentines in mind and making them simpler yet still handmade and this is where I arrived!
I thought it would be neat to have a die cut notecard that has holes pre-cut which holds either a lollipop or a pencil. At our school we're not able to send in any food or treats because of food allergies and rightfully so but somehow it seems like lollipops are okay and I love sending in a holiday pencil with a big ol' fun eraser so I know I'll be reaching for these dies a lot!
Once cut,  stamp or decorate any way you like and then just simply slip in any lollipop you like or a no. 2 pencil into the holes! Ta-Daaaaaa!!!!
Some things to note, you will get a little bit of raise in your paper when using a lollipop but these can be flattened with a little clever and only slight bending of your lollipop stick - or not at all because this is no big deal.
Pencils can be added to this card the exact same way OR they can be tied on with a ribbon.

Side note before I continue :) I REALLY wanted to get a video on this for you but I was unable to this week. My home office/warehouse is in the process of being redone and reorganized by myself and my husband and we were at the mercy of the delivery company to begin THIS WEEK during a new release of all things. I just didn't get the chance to resolve the technical issue I experienced with the video and software to get this to you this week and I apologize but you can bet your patootey that this video will be my top priority as soon as things settle down here.

Like I was saying, :) pencils can be added either through the holes or tied on with a ribbon if you thread ribbon through the provided holes. When used with pencils, the die acts as more of a flag on a flagpole and your paper will react as such with some bending in the center. I recommend using a lighter weight paper if possible or not because these are perfect and cute no matter what!

Here is an example made by designer Karen Baker showing how a pencil can be tied onto this die cut.

How sweet is this? I Love how Karen just tilted the head of the robot slightly. It adds so much personality!

Here are the projects I made using this brand new die!

Here I die cut using white card stock which I stamped with our new Robot Builders Stamps, LOVE! I added in hole reinforcers which are dies included in this die set. I think this makes for such a sweet and unique gift for all ages. I love it!!!

Here I die cut using watercolor paper which I then stamped with the burger and fries image from our new Perfect Pairs Stamps which I watercolored. Seriously, these stamps are the absolute cutest little things I've ever seen! HA!! Isn't this a great overall presentation?

There are definitely other things this die can do too! I was thinking they could work as a neat little ribbon panel on a card front. Or, you can die cut several and tie a ribbon through them and use this as a sort of flap book that you could decorate! That's a pretty cool revelation I just had there! A flap book! LOVE that idea! :)

Here are some additional projects I have for you today.

I made this card using our new Robot Builders Stamps which I had an absolute BLAST stamping with. I stamped three different robots and die cut them using the smallest die from our Stitched Mats: Squares Die Set. This card is 5.50" tall and about 3" wide and I used our new Cover Up Die: Center Point Chevron on the background. I did that by die cutting, laying over my base and trimming off the overhang. I just love the interest this adds in the background! I have to be honest, I love the way this turned out!

Squeee! I love these tags! More below on how I made them. :)

Here I used our Anytime Tags 2 Die Set Doodled Love Word Die and our Hearts Banners Die Set to create this tag which decorates a baggie of candies wrapped in pink chevron wrappers. Isn't this so cute? It came together super quickly too. I thought this could make a sweet treat for a friend or teacher.

Here I Used our Love Tags Die Set and Peas and Carrots from our new Perfect Pairs Stamps which I colored with Copics. Sweet! The hearts added are die cut from our Floating Hearts Die and added to the tag.

I hope you like my projects and I hope you'll head on over to Lil' Inker Designs and pick out your favorites!

Before I send you along your way today, here is a list of everyone participating in today's hop:

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

Thank you so much for all your support and comments. I love reading your comments so much! If you 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.

Thank you thank you so much for joining us for this new release!!!!

Quickly before you go, here are some awesome goodies for Valentine's Day from last year's release that we don't want you to miss!

(Above project designed by our guest, Jennifer Ingle of Just Jingle.)



  1. WHOO! The day is here!!! Really lovin this release and you've given some great inspiration in this day 3 post! ♥ Thank you!!

  2. Wow, fabulous projects and a fun blog hop.

  3. I just love this release! So many fun new things to inspire us! Great dies and stamps!

  4. SERIOUSLY AWESOME release Laura!!!
    Don't stress about the video - you have given us something to look forward to when things settle down :)
    FABULOUS projects shared today and a trip down memory lane - LOVE seeing SO MANY CREATIVE ways to use these stamps & dies ... MORE reasons for me to justify adding some MORE to my shopping cart!!!

  5. Wow the creativity juices are flowing! What fabulous projects and the new release is to die for! Love it all!

  6. I would like one of everything please! Great ideas and projects. Awesome release!

  7. The robot stamp set is so adorable!!!

  8. Soooo now several older products which are new to me just made it onto my wish list! ;) such cute tags and cards!

  9. Holy smokes, you have been busy! I don't always love robot stuff, but these little guys are so cute! And I love how you did them in separate pieces to make it easier for multi colored robots.

  10. Can't wait to get my hands on some of those Valentine goodies!!

  11. Wow! Everything you've shared today is absolutely over-the-top CUTE!!! What a super sweet release!

  12. wonderful the treat die!

  13. I enjoyed the hop these past three days! Your new releases rock!

  14. Lots of eye candy today--thanks for the great release.

  15. Awesome release and fab treat samples.

  16. The new release is so cute. I didn't think I cared for the monsters but after seeing them used in such cute ways I've added them to my shopping list.
    thanks for having the hop. It was fun and inspirational.

  17. Oh utterly A-DOR-A-BLE are these unique pencil/lollipop holders! Super sweet - and perfect for making Valentines for little ones. Last year I made over 60 for my niece and nephew's daycare teachers and playmates; I think I'm scheduled to do the same this year. Best get started...thank you for the fabulous inspiration!

  18. Another amazing day of release! I love love love that gift idea! SO sweet :)

  19. I love everything, even last year's release!

  20. Laura I just love your projects! The treat holders are adorable, the soft and dreamy pastel card, and those gorgeous tags are all wonderful. I appreciate the cards shown from last year as well, I didn't know about Lil Inkers then! ; )

  21. Love these new releases, and the reminder about last year's Valentine's Day products, some are still on my lst!

  22. now i'm inspired to make some valentines!

  23. Awesome release once again! Wonderful projects along the way! :-)

  24. Awesome stamps and dies for this release! Great job on all of the projects to entice us and you sure did! I'm loving the robots!!

  25. Such a fabulous release! I'm certainly wishing I still had Christmas money. :)

  26. Funny all I could think of to say was AWESOME...and then I see so many others had the same thoughts...what fabulous projects and products!!

  27. WOWZA! My friend just clued me into your site & products! I must say my wishlist grew quickly! Awesome release and fun hop! Thanks for the opportunity!

  28. Such a SUPER FUN Release!! I LOVE it ALL and wish my budget would allow for more of it to find a HOME in my stash of Lil' Inker Designs Goodness!! =) LOVED all of the DT Inspiration that was shared too!! THANKS for sharing and for the chance to win!! Have a FABULOUS WEEKEND!! =)

  29. Super Cute Release! I'll take one of everything! Thanks Paulette S.
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  30. Great release. So many wonderful ideas and such creativity!