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Sunday, February 24, 2013

Darling Diamonds...Exciting News!!

Hello!! Today is such an exciting day for me!  It is Lil' Inker Designs release day 1 and I have a special fondness for this particular release!  Way back in July, I approached Laura about an idea I had for a set of dies and stamps that I felt fit LID to a "t".  After many, many hours of research and emails back and forth today is the day that that dream idea becomes a reality!  If you are following along in the blog hop, you should have come from Isha's blog.  If you'd like to start at the beginning, please visit Laura's blog.

One more thing before we get to the release, I want to send a big welcome to our new design team member Suzanne Dahlberg!! She is amazingly talented and I am so excited to have her on the Lil' Inker Design Team!

Here's part of what I sent to Laura on the process of narrowing down what to include in the set and why.  It was a lot of fun to explore all of the ideas associated with this set!


I have made quite a few samples with this set and I'll be showing you a few each day through Wednesday (and another new set being released by LID tomorrow too!)  

So...let's get on with the samples, shall we!


This card really does make me smile.  It includes my favorite color combos and I had SO MUCH FUN putting this together!  The new Darling Diamonds stamp set includes eight different patterns of diamonds to choose from and I used four different patterns for this card: solid, wood grain, polka dot & stripes.  I stamped each of those patterns in a different color...can you even begin to imagine all of the possibilities that you have with those options?  Then, I used the little pointed oval stamp to stamp tea dye ink inside of each of the little ovals made by the cover plate die. I know it seems like a lot of stamping, but it went really quickly!  I love the large sentiments included with this set too!  (The "It's Your Birthday" sentiment comes from the Lil' Inker Designs Acorn set.)  I added colorful colors of matching twine from The Twinery to the sentiment panel.


If you think that this set can only be used for feminine cards, think again!  For this masculine themed card, I used a different pattern for stamping my colors (it plays tricks on your eyes if you look at it for long!).  I chose to stamp the matching colors on the circles above & below the actual circles and it created a totally different effect (see examples below).  Then, I stamped the diamonds in the middle of those circles with tea dye ink and left the original diamonds open.  The sentiment is from the previously released set, Sentiment Flags Additions set.


The first picture above, shows the complete circles highlighted in aqua, brown & ocean.  The second example shows how I stamped the circles on the masculine card above.  I used different parts of the circles to create a "fuller" look.  (This is really hard to explain, so I hope it makes at least some sense!)

I think it's about time to see the products in full, don't you?





I haven't shown you this border die in action yet but it'll be coming yet this week! ;)


Also, if you place a $75 order, you'll receive a FREE bonus sentiment set with your order!  Just add it to your cart and use the code: AWESOMESAUCEThis will remove $5 from your order giving you the set for free.  Or, if you'd like to purchase it, it can be yours for $5!
 

Would you like to win a gift certificate to the Lil' Inker Designs store?  There are TWO $10 gift certificates up for grabs!  Two comments will be chosen from the comments left on the blogs along the hop this week to win!  And, I am particularly interested in hearing about what you think of this new set!! I hope you LOVE it!! I have been SO excited to share it with you!

To continue on in the blog hop, visit Mary's blog.

Thanks for stopping by! I hope to see you back tomorrow!

44 comments:

  1. To lift a term from Laura, you are AWESOMESAUCE! I just adore your concepts and how they came to life, and I'm really inspired to work with them. Great job!

    Also, the color scheme on that first card is fantastic!

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  2. I am so impressed with your idea, and I am having so much darn fun working with it! Thank you for your inspirational work!!!!

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  3. This makes such awesome backgrounds!

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  4. 2 gorgeous cards Jen :) thanks for sharing :) :)

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  5. genius....love what you've done with those amazing dies!

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  6. Love how you showed the 2 different ways of using the set. Great cards!

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  7. Thanks for coming up with this great idea! Love your cards.

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  8. Loving your use of the circles. Clever!

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  9. Way to go, Jen! I'm loving this set already--so very clever and versatile. Gorgeous samples to show it off today, too!

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  10. I totally love these, Jen...
    YAY!!! :)
    I told Amy as soon as I saw them I died...
    just love them!!
    And what fabulous cards...
    that first one is just so much stinkin' fun with those colors...
    perfect!! :)

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  11. What a great idea you had, and congrats on seeing it through to market. Love your projects, too.

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  12. Great to see the products used for a masculine card!

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  13. Fabulous idea! And LOVE both your cards that you made with the new goodies!!!

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  14. Love the colours on the 1st and the rustic feel of the 2nd.

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  15. I so love the quilted look, so this release is calling my name! great cards!

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  16. Wow! Thanks for sharing the "how" part of your card! Amazing new product with soooooo many options!

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  17. Oh my goodness, Jen!!! This is a BRILLIANT concept!! LOVE it, girl!!! And your samples are GORGEOUS!!!!

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  18. Jen I'm just so stinkin' proud of you for coming up with this design and its going to get LOTS of use at my house!!! Your first card is SIGNATURE Jen.....lots of color and twine! Love how you've added the twine to the end of the tag!! Love love your design!!!

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  19. Both of these cards are so awesome, Jen! Just love the colours you've chosen to use and how you've combined them with the die!

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  20. I keep saying that this looks like a quilt design. Your card even looks dimensional like a quilt. I could see someone sinking into the quilt for a nap.

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  21. wow this is just so very cool! I love the two completely different looks!

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  22. Gorgeous cards! Love the quilt look and your colors!
    DeniseB

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  23. Love the different looks from the same die! And the masculine card is awesome!

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  24. Jen, this plate...when I got it in the mail, I lost my breath! I love it and you are a creative genius! It's so perfect and I've had so much fun working with it. I love your cards and am so proud of you!

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  25. What a fabulous job! Terrific designs, love them so much!
    Your cards are gorgeous, and the colors are great!!
    Shelly

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  26. I love your projects! These dies are so versatile! Fun!

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  27. Fabby cards and Superb!! idea for the die and stamps. Fun!!!

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  28. Your cards are great - love the colors you used.

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  29. Fun stuff! Thanks for sharing. :D

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  30. These projects are just amazing, Jen! I love the example pics you created showing how differently this pattern can be stamped! Wow, I am just in awe of your masculine card!

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  31. Awesome projects, Jen! And what an amazing idea. LOVE these new products and can't wait to use them!!

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  32. Great projects Jen!!! Love your work. :)

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  33. Jen, a HUGE thank-you for instigating this AWESOME stamp and die set. I came to paper-crafting from quilting and am always looking for ways to marry my two loves...(!). I can see oodles of possibilities with this set... I especially love the more masculine card with the alternating pattern of circles... Yum!

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  34. Brilliant ideas with the entire circle product lineup! I love the stitching details of LID dies! Love how you can stamp the diamonds in-between too!

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  35. OK Jen! I already told you, you are a genius! I got mine in the mail and I LOVE IT!! I am going to play with it today! Your samples here are amazing!! Love it!!

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