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Monday, April 23, 2018

April Release Blog Hop Day 1

It's a new release day here on the blog!!!

Helloooooo there!!!! If you're here, you're in for a real treat! We have a lovely collection of new items for you to get crafty with. Let's have a look at everything new in the store today.

First up are our new Best Mom Stamps and coordinating Best Mom Dies. This stamp set was created with Moms and Mother's Day and Love in mind and what makes it unique is that the sentiments can be constructed to create phrases and some even in a circular pattern.
Also unique in this set are the flowers, specifically the large, single petal in the lower right corner of the set. It can be stamped five times to create a gorgeous, and giant bloom!!! If you look at the die set graphic you'll see an example.
I highly recommend the die set if you're purchasing the stamps because you'll really get the full crafty possibilities with this set.
To use the large bloom, die cut first. Then, use a MISTI or other stamp alignment tool to stamp on the petals one at a time. Turn this same stamp around and use it as the flower's leaves. There's an individual die for that purpose as well. LOTS of craft options here with this set. You can't go wrong!!!

A new and FUN Cover Up Die has been added to our collection today! It's called Cover Up Die: Dotted Chevrons and it's quite lovely. The pattern you see will cut into your card front. IT'S WONDERFUL!!!! A must have for your collection!

This might be my favorite thing in this release. The set you see is called Brushed Plaid Stamps and is a large 6x8 stamp set and the background is SO swoon-worthy!! It stamps a full background on your A2 card front so it's BIG but quick and easy to use. This brushed plaid pattern is delicious! We've also included some separate stripes in the set so that you can add color to your plaid or even a bit of sparkle! The sentiments included and perfect. We focused on the large, main Hello word stamp and included some simple phrases to go with it. It's perfect for checking in with a friend or sending thanks. LOVE THIS!!!!

This Hello Word Die Set was designed to coordinate with our Brushed Plaid Stamps but certainly stands on it's own! Die cut the hello word and then layer behind it with another paper color or even vellum using the halo or shadow word die in the set. This is soooo pretty!!!

Here is another grouping of items that were designed to go together but can totally stand on their own! Our new Shaker Tag Die Set is awesome! Use it just as a tag with a pretty and detailed top OR use the second, smaller die and turn this into a shaker! 

The Hand Drawn Happiness Stamps all stamp to fit on the tag and are entirely hand illustrated. The greetings are useful and the style of these is just delightful. These are fun!!!

This Have a Nice Day Stamp Set is a follow up to previously released greetings in this same style. The greeting is large and you will love experimenting with lots of different techniques to make this greeting really come to life!

Oh this die set..........Okay so our Spring Wreath Die Set is a set of wreaths meant to layer together and each is a slightly different size and has a totally different look. We've also included some blooms and leaves to adorn your wreath and we've included a happy word die which can be used for so many things. Try cutting your wreath layers from different colors of card stock and layering OR cut them and watercolor then for a unique look. This one is truly so so pretty. It's dainty and delicate too for such a large die set!

This is our new Grad Class 2018 stamps. It's a small 2x3 stamp set and priced at only $5. It contains updated sentiments from last year's previously released Grad Class Stamps shown below.

This original stamp set has been priced reduced to $10 SO you can purchase both sets all for the cost of one regularly priced 4x6 stamp set. YES!! We've got your grads covered!

One Love-----what can I say about this stamp set? It's so perfect for right now - that's truly what's in my heart. The set features a world designed in the shape of a heart and the sentiments are powerful, encouraging and uplifting. We've also designed a coordinating One Love Die Set. It contains two double ended banner dies which will fit a majority of phrases in the stamp set. It also contains a large heart die to cut our your world and we've included a Love Word Die. Funny enough, this die set is versatile enough to use all of the elements on their own - so a worthwhile purchase!!

Wait until you see what the Design Team Members did with this combo of goodies!! I'm so impressed!

Would you like to see a few things I made to share with you today?

I'll start with two of my favorite projects from this release.! Our Spring Wreath Die Set is the star of the show here but if you look closely there are some other new release items here as well including the Brushed Plaid Stamps and One Love Die Set. 
I started with a green card base smaller than A2 and I stamped it with our delicious Brushed Plaid Stamps in a similarly colored ink. Then I mounted this panel on an A2 white base which I sponged with matching green ink. Then, I got working with the Spring Wreath Dies. I started by die cutting all three wreaths from white watercolor paper and then I used my Zig Markers and water brush to paint all three wreath layers adding in pinks here and there. Then, using the florals and leaves in the set I did the same thing and then laid it all out on my green base.
I used Press N' Seal to pick up the whole assembly before applying glue and adhering to my project! Oh, and the little sentiment on the white strip is from our Best Blooms Stamps which is currently 50% off!!!

Here, I started with a stone colored base and stamped it with stone ink and my Brushed Plaid Background. I mounted it on white card stock and then onto this dotted paper. Then, I had some fun with our Perky Posies Dies (previously released) and my Copic Markers. All the flowers were adorned in the center with silver glitter paper. Then, I die cut my Hello Word from navy paper and mounted it on white card stock. I also added in some sequins for the perfect finishing touch!!! I love love love how this turned out.
Also, I'd like to highly recommend that you add our Perky Posies Dies to your collection especially if by chance this photo has you thinking about them. We're getting ready to launch an XL version of these flowers in an upcoming release and I know you'll want them both!!!!!

What do you think? Do you like these new goodies even more after seeing them in action a bit? I hope so!!!

How about winning our ENTIRE NEW RELEASE? Would you be into that? OF COURSE YOU WOULD!!!!

All you have to do to be eligible to win is leave comments for our design team members as you blog hop with us today. Yup that's it! Oh and leave your comments before Sunday, April 29th at 11:30 PM.

Here's a list of everyone participating in our hop today.

Laura Pryor/LID Store Blog << You are here
**Caly Person** newbie alert!!
...wait....did you see it??? YESSSSS!!!! We have a brand new Design Team Member to welcome today!!!

Please help me welcome Caly Person!!!!

A couple of our existing team members said, "Laura, you have to follow Caly on Instagram. You're going to love her work." and well, they were right! I do love Caly's work and I'm so super excited to begin working with her here on the team!! 

If you're not already familiar with Caly's work check out her blog, Craftin' Caly, and check her out on Instagram too at @calyperson.

YAY!!! Welcome Caly!!!!!! Welcome to our little family!

Before I let you go I have a couple other announcements. I am getting ready to have surgery on May 4th. Unfortunately, I'm having a total hysterectomy at this young age of 41, BUT I know that I will be feeling so much better soon. 

Orders may be placed but will not be shipping the first two weeks of May while I recover. If I can get back to the office sooner you know I will!!! There is a small chance my recovery may be longer and in that case I'll call in my reinforcements! 


Also, we've have a new sale page! Have you checked it out?

Everything listed on our new sale page is currently 50% OFF!! That's a big deal and I'm planning to add more things soon and at varying discounts.

It's a great time to get some awesome crafty goodies and at an extraordinarily low price!!!

That's all for me today. Go forth and hop! And don't forget to check out our store at!

What are your favorite items? I'd love to know!
See you tomorrow for Day 2 of our new release hop.


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  1. Wow, what a fantastic release! So many fun new products. Amazing design team inspiration. Congratulations Caly on your new design team position. Best wishes on your surgery Laura, hoping for a speedy recovery.

  2. Wonderful release! I love your unique products!

  3. Thanks for the warm welcome, Laura! XOXO!!!

  4. Wishing you a speedy recovery after your surgery. And welcome Miss Caly!
    Love this beautiful release!

  5. Oh man. The Hand Drawn Happiness set is fabulous! Wish my writing looked like that :)

  6. Did you say XL Perky Posies!!!???? Be still my heart!!! I think my favorite stamp set of this release is that plaid background!!!! SO cute!!!! Love it all of course! Welcome to Caly, and wishing you a super smooth surgery and recovery. So many hugs, sweeet lady! xoxo

  7. Looking forward to seeing all these beautiful new products and what the design team created. Sending prayers your way for a successful surgery and quick recovery.

  8. Awesome new release, as always. :)

  9. Another great release Laura and your cards are gorgeous! Yes, I do love seeing a new release in "action"! It is very inspiring!
    Welcome to Caly on joining the team, her work IS AMAZING!
    All the very best of luck with your surgery Laura, take care of yourself and we'll be here for you when you get back. Praying for you!

  10. You know my wish list just got longer! lol What a fabulous release.
    I love the Brushed Plaid and Spring Wreath die set and also the
    handrawn happiness set is a must! Beautiful cards.
    Saying prayers for you, Laura!


  11. Love this great release. Wishing you a speedy recovery Laura!

  12. What a treat is right! Another fabulous release, Laura!!

  13. What a great selection of new products for this release. Hard to choose a favorite. Want them all. LOL

  14. Oh love the 'Hello' die with the shadow! Awesome release and a great introduction to the lil inker brand for me. So glad I stumbled upon this!

  15. Love this release, especially the Have a Nice Day Stamp Set - such a great stamp for little gifts!

  16. So many awesome new goodies in this release, Laura! I'm in love with that dotted chevron background & the spring wreath dies are wonderful! Thanks for the chance to win them. Here's wishing you well with your surgery. I had to have a hysterectomy after a burst tubal pregnancy at age 30. I'm sure they have a much better way to do the operation now ' (that was 40 yrs ago! :D ), & I recovered quickly & easily. Let everyone pamper you after surgery & enjoy being waited on. Love your blog & all the great ideas here!

  17. First off, prayers headed your way for a successful surgery and recovery, and second, a big welcome to Caly! This month's release is awesome - realllllllly loving that brushed plaid; can't wait to get my hands on it!

  18. Fabulous release! I hope your surgery goes well and that you have a speedy recovery!

  19. Prayers for a smooth surgery and speedy recovery! Love all the products in this release but head over heels in love with the brushed plaid.

  20. Wow--great release--love them all. Pretty cards you created. Welcome to Caly and I wish you a speedy recovery.

  21. Prayers for a successful surgery and speedy recovery. Great release and a big welcome to Caly. The brushed plaid stamp and Hello word die are at the top of my favorites list. Also love the Spring Wreath die set.

  22. Best wishes for a fast and pain-free surgery and recovery.
    I had the same when I was about 46. It went well.
    Your release this month is a hit. Love the plaid
    stamp. The big flower is going to be fun to make -
    great to get a new way to do some stamping.
    thanks for having the hop.

  23. What a fabulous release! So many ways to use elements across the sets...A big welcome to Caly, and prayers and positive vibes for a speedy recovery, Laura!

  24. What a great release! And so many talented women & cards! I can see a lot of these pretties ending up in my cart!

  25. What a lovely release! So many possible projects running through my head! Thanks for the chance to win. Welcome Caly! Looking forward to seeing more of your work! Sending positive thoughts your way, Laura, for a smooth and fast recovery!

  26. Hugs and wishes for a smooth recovery. Been there done that at the age of 36. Give yourself the time you need to recover fully! Great release!

  27. SQUEAL!! LOVING LOVING LOVING the ENTIRE Release, as usual!! ;) AMAZING inspiration and WELCOME to Caly!! HUGE HUGS to you on your up coming Surgery!! Here's to a Smooth Surgery and a very Speedy recovery!! <3 <3 <3

  28. What an awesome release! Love the Best Mom set and the wreath set! Beautiful cards!
    Best of luck on your upcoming surgery. Lots of good thoughts coming your way!

  29. Fab release and
    I love that brushed
    plaid stamp! Hope
    you have a great
    recovery time.
    Carla from Utah

  30. I LOVE the wreath die set. Sooo pretty. The plaid and hello stamp is awesome too.

  31. Many unique products in this release, as always!!!

  32. looks like a great new release! Wonderful inspiration. Looking forward to seeing all the DT projects!

  33. You all ways have such unique dies. I really like the wreath set. Wishes for a smooth recovery

  34. Love your cards! My favorite items from the new release is definitely the Best Mom and Brushed Plaid Stamps and of course the Spring wreath Die Set. Sending good wishes for a speedy recovery from that surgery.

  35. Wow! Both these cards are really gorgeous!!!
    Love this new release!!!

  36. Wow !! That’s a great first day !!

  37. This looks like such a great release! I love the Hand Drawn Happiness Stamps :)

  38. it was a super inspiring hop, full of creativity I need all new products!!!

  39. Loving what I've seen so far. Off to hop.

  40. Love your cards. Thanks for the inspiration!

  41. Brushed Plaid and the flowers! Love them! going to check out the teams designs!

  42. Ooooo so many things I love in this new release! :) Good luck with your surgery and wishing you a speedy recovery!

  43. Wow, what a generous offer! So many new toys to play with!!

  44. Fabulous release and gorgeous creations from the team!

    Thoughts and prayers for you during and after surgery. May all go smooth and you have a speedy recovery ♥

  45. What a fantastic release!! It was amazing hopping along, left some love on all the participating blogs :)

  46. What a great release. Can not decide what I want 1st. Maybe I'll just have to win it all!

  47. The detail in the wreath, the petals, the leaves--it all looks so pretty! I would love to work with anything from this new set!

  48. Beautiful release!! I love the florals!!! Welcome Carly. I wish you a speedy recovery!!

  49. Wow! Great release and fabulous inspiration. I really love the new cover die.

  50. I have a soft spot for the sweet florals, the plaid stamp and the One Love set! All are gorgeous and your projects highlight them so beautifully!!