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Thursday, January 28, 2016

January New Release Day 1

Hieeeeeee!!! Oh MY GOSH! Have you ever had one of those days when you are just off a day? Well, long story short our release was dated to go live yesterday and I just had it in my head that go live day was Thursday. So, low and behold here we are and I'm excited to jump right in and show you everything we have for you with this release.

Let's get right to everything we have. :)

First up is a gorgeous new trio of hearts dies featuring our Dual Dotted detail which we've all grown to be so fond of! The neat thing about these dies is that the shape mimics that of our previously released Stitched Hearts Die Set so that these can be mixed and matched.

Ahhhhh! This die is fashioned just like our Merry & Bright Holiday Greeting Die BUT this one is almost better because it can be used for even more occasions! The best way to use this die, in my opinion, is to pre-make an A2 card base (cut and score). Then, lay your die on your open card front and cut and left after cutting is a perfect greeting build right into your card front surrounded by a pretty stitched square border! This has to be the easiest way to make a greeting card that doesn't look like it took a minute to make. I love that!!!! If you have a tendency to be a lazy crafter like I AM (sometimes) then this die is for you!!

I love discovering new and talented artists! How cute are these animals?? I love them so much! They are the perfect size for coloring too especially for non-expert colorers like myself. The spaces are on the smaller side so it's easy to fake it till you make it! LOL! However,  I think even the most expert colorer will enjoy these as well. Even better, they look great in black and white so you've got lots of options here. I hope you like the sentiments I've designed for you. I wanted to go with a simple, cute but clean looking font and I gave each animal his own sentiment or one that pairs best with that animal and yet there are still so many that you can mix and match. If you have the budget for one Valentine's Stamp Set this year this is your set! It's perfect for any recipient and cute enough for classroom valentine's too - except maybe for giraffe's saying. That one's 18+ and happens to be my favorite as well! HA!

Well, we just had to give you a die set to cut out these cuties! So, here it is! And it's a great value and an enormous time saver! Definitely pick this one up if you're grabbing the Lovie Friends Stamps!

The holiday version of this die set was so incredibly popular we've brought it to you for Valentine's Day and I loooooove it!!!! I really love that if you need a quick gift card that these dies can achieve that so very quickly. I also love that if you just want to use these as word dies you totally can and just by snipping off the little hang tag. However, that being said, keeping the tag on and using these as word dies in your crafting can be really cool because it's a perfect spot to add some twine as an embellishment. Love love LOVE the options with these dies and you will too!

Ok, little back story about these dies. I made a card last year and I scored a border many times around and around the edges and it immediately inspired me to make a die set. This one was SUPER tricky to design and literally in the middle of designing this set I received an email from the person I was working with who said, "Laura, if a company just today released a product similar to something we are currently in the process of designing would you want to move forward with your design?" and I thought about what we were working on and I knew INSTANTLY to which design she was referring and I answered by saying that this is a concept that came completely of my own inspiration and therefore I feel 100% confident in moving forward with our idea and concept and I'm so SO very glad we did because now we've got this FAB FAB die set for you. Let me tell you more about it.

Ok, so die set features our Silly Stitched Border which is a border of stitching that is off kilter or sort of wanders around the card edge. It is meant to mimic real sewing machine stitching that we paper crafters so painstakingly created with our sewing machines. Now you have a die set that will help you achieve that look of reach machine stitching on your card fronts!! YAY!!!!

Now let me tell you a little bit about how this set functions. The largest die in this set is an exact A2 size and cuts only the silly stitched border. The next die cuts a rectangle focal panel featuring this stitching detail and is the perfect size to add to a card front. Next up and totally unique to this set are three circle dies all featuring our silly stitched border! However, each of these dies cuts ONLY the stitching. These dies are designed to be used together to add interesting patterns to your card fronts or individually to call attention to important details on your card panels like a sentiment or embellishments.  

This really is such a fun and creative die set and one I know you will be THRILLED to own and play with!!!

Ok, these paper are INSANELY gorgeous. These little snippets just don't do these papers justice.  This set features 12 sheets with rich berry and corals and red and neutrals. Some feature text, patterns and some are solid ombre. There are also patterns that lend themselves to everyday crafting. Trust me - you need these papers in your life. This pack of loose papers are a 6x6 size and perfect for card making. They arrive in a plastic, resealable bag that is great for storing and scraps. LOVE!

That is everything "new" that's in store for this release and I'm very excited about everything we have for you. We are also, as a team, going to be showcasing our new and improved Coffee Cozy Stamps and Dies as well as our Pinwheel Sentiments Stamps and Sunshine Sentiments Stamps because these are all so lovely but we haven't yet featured them as a team so here we go!

Ok, before I let you go and hop would you like to see some projects I made with our new goodies?

First up is the little home decor piece I made. I used our Valentine's Word Tags to create an intricate background. I just cut many of them from white paper, snipped of the tag parts and adhered them to another white piece of paper. My hearts were made so long ago. I've probably had these made for 15 years or more. I made them using Sculpy clay and a cookie cutter. I used to make them, glaze them and add pin backs and sell them in a handmade store a wicked long time ago. Here I've arranged them in two rows and then used a sentiment from our new Lovie Friends Stamp Set which I heat embossed in white on black paper. My frame was done in a chalkboard style by painting black. Once dried I applied from chalk and rubbed in.  My mom LOVES Valentine's Day and the decor that goes along with it so I think she'll love having this to display. It came out kind of cute!

Here I've used our Lovie Friends Stamps and Dies together with our refreshed Pinwheel Sentiment Stamps. I thought this sentiment was perfect for Mr. Raccoon. I tried to make it look like he was blowing or floating away. Also featured here are our Border Builder Dies and Cut It Out Clouds & Accessories Dies. I did a little sponging on the bottom of this card to make it appear shaded as though my little guy was rising through the sky. Oh, and the little heart was added from our Floating Hearts Die.

Here I've featured our Lovie Friends Stamps and Dies with our Sunshine Sentiment Stamps and our Silly Stitched Die Set. You'll see here that I used the largest rectangle die and the largest circle die together to create an interesting border and an automatic spot in which to feature my focal pieces. I love the width of the font in the Sunshine Sentiment Stamps. They stamp so beautifully. This little lion was so fun to color and I'm not lion'! LOL! Don't you just love this combo of Silly Stitched dies together? ME TOO!!!

I have lots more to share but I'm going to leave it there for now and send you on your way!

Here is a list of all the designers participating in our hop today:

LID Blog - you are here

Karen Baker

Heather Hoffman

We are OF COURSE giving away 3 $15 gift certificates to our store and all you have to do is leave some love for our designers along your way today! If you leave your comments by Sunday, January 31st 11:30 PM EST you'll be eligible to WIN!!

Ok, I think that does it for me. Don't forget that all of our new items are now live in our store and you can read more about them by CLICKING HERE. On the site we've included all the dimensions and sizes of everything and even some helpful tips for use where necessary that we think you'll enjoy.

Thank you so much for stopping by and sharing part of your day with me! Enjoy the rest of our hop!



  1. I can't decide what I like best; the papers, coffee or sunshine sentiments, or the adorable animals.

    WOW - the silly stitches are SO COOL and definitely the star of the release to me!!!
    LOVE the dotted hearts and word tags too!!!
    ... OK ... I confess, I WANT, NO, I NEED IT ALL :)
    CONGRATULATIONS on another AWESOME release Laura!!!

  3. Your cards and project are perfect! Love that the Silky Stitches has a combo of rectangles and circles in one many options!

  4. Fantastic cards! Love all the new products! :)

  5. SQUEAL!! SO IN LOVE with the New Release Laura!! Well done again and I'm SO HAPPY/GLAD/EXCITED that you stuck with the Silly Stitched Die Set and didn't scratch it!! I'm thinking it might be moving to one of my FAVORITE Die Sets of ALL TIME!! I LOVE LOVE LOVE these Products and CAN'T WAIT to use them on my Projects!! SUPER SWEET Projects as usual too and it was WORTH the EXTRA Days wait to see them!! LOL!! =) THANKS SO MUCH for sharing and for the chances to WIN!! Have a FABULOUS RELEASE WEEK!! HUGS!! =)

  6. Laura! these are fantstic and soooo, soooo cute!!! That framed piece is amazing!

  7. Awesome release, Laura! Love those wonky stitched dies. So awesome!

  8. Wonderful the cute critters and the silly stitched dies.

  9. Huge congrats on a fabulous release, Laura! Wow, so many great products and your samples are adorable!

  10. Wonderful items and
    I do love that stitched
    die set, with the squares
    and circles!
    Carla from Utah

  11. Wow, another great release Laura! The critters are so cute but I think I love the silly stitched dies the most! So many things on my wish list right now!!

  12. LOVE the Silly Stitched Dies!!!

  13. Fabulous release and wonderful samples!

  14. Love the Lovie Friends Stamp set. It's awesome!

  15. Sometimes my days disappear like socks in the dryer, too! lol! What a terrifically fun release! Your projects are great, as are all of the DT's!

  16. Great new products! I always look forward to your releases!

  17. Awesome release! It is always exciting to see what is new.

  18. I'm so glad you went ahead with you Silly Stitched die set. I love that you added circles to it. It's on the top of my wish list!

  19. Such fun products--I really want those hearts!

  20. I love this release! The silly stitched borders and the critters are so awesome. That patterned paper is beautiful!!

  21. All items in this release are awesome!

  22. Awesome new release! I can't decide what I "must have" right now. I love, love the Silly Stitched die set!!

  23. Very nice release.. Love the paper packs. 💖💖💖

  24. Love those adorable animals! Awesome new release and fabulous cards Laura! TFS

  25. Ok, so I've been "collecting" all your stitched products and There you go coming up with yet another CUTE stitched idea! Love the coffee and the animals too!

  26. I think you've cornered the market on "adorable things" for Valentine's Day..and beyond! Talk about a charming release, with showcase cards that are beyond outstanding. Loving the dual dotted hearts, the pretty paper and the way toooo cute critters, especially!

  27. Love that home decor piece with the hearts - so adorable!!

  28. Fabulous projects! Lovin' all those adorable critters!

  29. Your stitched dies are at the top of my wishlist! I also love these critter stamps, especially the raccoon! They're some of the cutest I've seen!!