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2.13.2013

Check this out...FAB new die!!!

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Every now and then a new die that totally blows my mind comes out, and this is one of those times. I am super duper excited to be a part of this special blog hop for Laurie Willison of Soapbox Creations, who designed this awesome Card Hanger Die for use on gift bags. She is so sweet and talented, and I am in awe of her on this day. (I am also mildly impressed with myself for having kept this a secret for as long as I did!)

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As card makers, we spend a lot of time and put BOATLOADS of love into our cards, and then we get a gift ready for a party... but what happens to the card? Usually, it gets put in an envelope and hidden away, and if you're like me and have a tendency to use bulkier items like ribbon and flowers on your cards, they don't always fit nicely into an envelope. With this new card hanger die, you can proudly display your cards on the outside of your gift bags as a decoration!

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I've made a few projects for the hop today to highlight several other reasons why I love this die. It gives you the ability to match your wrapping to your card. Do you see how I used Laurie's die to cut from papers matching the patterned papers that I used in my cards? (I also love that it helps me to reduce my patterned paper stash a little bit more!)

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You can also hang your card two ways. Laurie talks about this in the video that is available on her blog today, but I thought it would be fun to show you both ways. Above you can see how I trimmed the gift bag so that the card actually slides into the bag, but below you can see how the entire card is hanging on the outside of the bag.

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I also used the die to create the large yellow flower on my card below. The center of the die is shaped like an oval, which is easily put together to make a large bloom:

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Of course, all of my gift  bags are brightly colored, but a safe bet is keeping a stash of kraft or white gift bags handy and ready to decorate. Adding the die to several bags is SO easy, and you can be ready with a gift in no time.

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Please check out Laurie's blog for more info on how to purchase this die. Don't forget to leave a comment for a chance to win one of these card hanger dies. One winner will be randomly chosen from the comments on the 4 blogs in this fun hop today! Be sure to leave some love for my Kansas girls here:


Thanks so much!
Suzanne


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29 Comments:

Blogger Cheryl said...

Brilliant! What a fantastic idea!

February 13, 2013 at 9:07 AM  
Blogger Kristii said...

Absolutely awesome!! Love each and every one!

February 13, 2013 at 9:22 AM  
Blogger Maureen Merritt said...

I love this idea!!!

February 13, 2013 at 9:28 AM  
Blogger Jennifer Rzasa said...

So cool! I have no idea how you were able to keep this a secret!! Laurie is so clever :)

February 13, 2013 at 9:36 AM  
Blogger Laura B. said...

Love these fun cards and that fabulous die that Laurie designed!

February 13, 2013 at 9:43 AM  
Blogger Jingle said...

I LOVE your projects! SO FUN! And the dies are amazing!

February 13, 2013 at 9:48 AM  
Blogger June K said...

Love your colorful bags. I love Laurie's new dies. And no more worries about fitting a bulky card into an envelope even when I am hand delivering the card and gift.

February 13, 2013 at 9:51 AM  
Blogger Crafty Math Chick said...

What a clever idea! Go Laurie! All of your cards & brightly colored bags are fantastic my friend!
~ Meredith

February 13, 2013 at 9:58 AM  
Blogger Tracey McNeely said...

All wonderful creations with Laurie's new die Suzanne! It is really brilliant.

February 13, 2013 at 9:59 AM  
Blogger Wida said...

What a genius she is!!! Love the projects!

February 13, 2013 at 10:02 AM  
Blogger RedGem said...

Great idea... always afraid the card will be lost when the tissue comes out of the gift bag! Tks for sharing!

February 13, 2013 at 10:37 AM  
Blogger anya said...

This is a fantastic idea! I always hated using plain gift bags feeling like I needed to decorate them because they weren't fancy enough. But now, the card is the decoration! What a smartie pants. Your samples are stunning, Suzanne!

February 13, 2013 at 10:41 AM  
Blogger Barbara said...

This is one of the most clever ideas I've seen in a long time! Your cards are beautiful as well!

February 13, 2013 at 10:42 AM  
Blogger Stephanie said...

This is amazing! What a fantastic idea! Your cards are gorgeous!!

February 13, 2013 at 11:25 AM  
OpenID me35 said...

This. Is. Genius.

(Mind you, so is Laurie....:-) )

Thanks for the opportunity!

Margaret C

February 13, 2013 at 12:33 PM  
Blogger Rhonda said...

What a brilliant concept. Love how you even used the oval piece for your flower.

February 13, 2013 at 12:34 PM  
Blogger Amy Kolling said...

Suzanne......love your colorful bags! I didn't even think this route!!!! What a great idea for a kids birthday especially!!!! So fun to see what each of us has created! So glad to have one of these babies in my stash!

February 13, 2013 at 12:41 PM  
Blogger Darnell J Knauss said...

Okay, yes, that die is brilliant and then some, and so is Laurie, but Suzanne, OMG, what you've done designing and executing your hanger card inspirations is ROCKET SCIENCE!!

February 13, 2013 at 1:08 PM  
Blogger Joyce said...

Brilliant idea for the die, and I love your projects.

February 13, 2013 at 1:40 PM  
Blogger Kristie Goulet said...

What a GREAT idea! Love it!

February 13, 2013 at 1:59 PM  
Blogger Vera Yates (Ling) said...

Simply brilliant!

February 13, 2013 at 3:00 PM  
Blogger Carol's Ink Spot said...

What a great idea! Love your pinwheel card and how it dresses up the bag.

February 13, 2013 at 7:40 PM  
Blogger Loly Borda-Towery said...

Great idea and your bags are fabulous. TFS and for the chance.

February 13, 2013 at 10:57 PM  
Blogger maria f. said...

I'm a total gift bag gal so this is a must have. Love your bright cheerful colors.

February 14, 2013 at 2:35 PM  
Blogger The Paper Parade said...

Oh wow, that die is so cool! And how awesome that you are helping Laurie to promote it :) I know they sold out fast! I like the new look of you blog!

February 14, 2013 at 6:47 PM  
Blogger Mary-Anne V said...

Love this new die...such wonderful examples from you today.

February 14, 2013 at 9:29 PM  
Blogger Leigh said...

How did I miss this? I didn't realize you had some projects with this die, Suzanne! It looks fabulous (as do your cards/packages!)

February 14, 2013 at 10:15 PM  
Blogger Marybeth said...

Oh my gosh I have to have this die! At first I did not see what it did until your pinwheel card then I got it!
Every single card of yours is perfect !

February 14, 2013 at 11:14 PM  
Blogger nancy jane said...

Laurie's new die is very clever, but you've truly made it come to life, Suzanne. The mix of brightly colored bags and coordinated patterned paper is stunning. The pink example is my favorite. The softness of that lovely card paired with the in-your-face-pink is glorious.

February 15, 2013 at 3:17 PM  

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