Wednesday, February 13, 2013

The Card Hanger Die!


I have something to share today that I am really excited (and nervous) to share with you!  Awhile back, I was making THIS card, and wished that I had a way to showcase this card on the gift bag without actually tying it up like a tag.  So, I came up with a die just for the occasion!  I drew something up and with the help of my friend Barb...an amazing digital artist...we whipped these up!  I have had this die for awhile.  And I have to be honest.  I've been sorta freaked out to share it.  But with help from some friends and lots of encouraging words, Ive got it ready to go!

First let me show you some pics.  I have some new cards to share, showcasing the die and then some cards you may have seen before.

My new die is called a Card Hanger Die.  Basically this die, allows a clean and finished opening in your bag, to hang your card making a quick and easy gift bag.  You have the chance to showcase that card you spent so much time on instead of putting it in an envelope!  And your gift bag is decorated and ready to go in one easy step!  Just hang your card! :)

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You can coordinate your card hanger with the card you are using.  Stamp on it, emboss it, personalize it...anything you want!

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This card was so fun to make but obviously wouldn't fit into an envelope, so its perfect to hang right on the front of the bag....

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You can see that the note is written inside the card, and slides in and out easily!

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Here is one more bag that I made back in December.  I made this large medallion and this card definitely can't be mailed easily.  Plus this cute sentiment from Neat and Tangled is perfect for a gift bag!

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This is one of my favorite Christmas cards from this last  year and I think it works so well here!

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 Here is a video for you...(my first ever iMovie-made video!) so you can see how to use it.  Come back after you watch the video, so I can tell you a little bit more about the die....



I just love how this die makes it possible to use the card as your gift bag decoration.  Now all those cards that don't fit in an envelope, can hang front and center.  This saves us time too.  I have several bags in my cabinet already with kraft colored hangers on them.  I can grab any card, at any time and the bag is ready to go!  If I have extra time, I can make a card hanger that coordinates with my card!



In the video, I share 2 ways to use the die.  I forgot to mention that the first way to use the die is for the heavier cards.  They lay flat if the back side of the card is tucked in to the bag.  If you are reusing the bag, then cutting the hole in the bag and added the reinforcement card stock, inside and out, can make the bag last longer and hold those cards with larger details a little easier.

The second way to attach the hanger, works for those lighter cards.  Also, this die works great for making pockets on envelopes and has a few other fun uses too!  I have a few friends helping me out today and I would love for you to check out their blogs for some more amazing ideas....

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I have a limited quantity of these dies for sale here on my blog.  I have a Paypal button on the side bar.  If I do happen to sell out, I am hoping to have more very soon!  Please email me with any questions!  I can't wait to hear what you think!

Would you like a chance to win one?  I have one to giveaway!  All you have to do is leave a comment here.  If you tweet about this new die, come back and comment again!  And if you share the news on Facebook, leave one more comment!  3 chances to win!  Thanks for helping me spread the word!  Commenting is open until Friday, the 15th, at 12pm CST.  I will announce the winner on Friday afternoon!  (Giveaway ended)

Stay tuned for some upcoming posts with more fun samples using this fun new die!  Thanks so much for stopping by!

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ETA: Answers to a few questions!  The die is around 5" long and the opening allows an A2 card to fit perfectly inside!  


132 comments:

  1. Oh my gosh, Laurie... this is so freakin' awesome! Simply brilliant. This is totally great for those bulky card that hard to fit in an envelope.

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  2. I love it, Laurie!!! you're so smart!

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  3. Laurie, you are brilliant! I am so glad I get to rub shoulders with such amazing women!

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  4. This is really cool! I'm always hanging cards off the top if the bag- great idea.

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  5. This is a really great idea! Smart, Smart, Smart! I love the idea of the card decorating the bag, instead of having to do that in addition to making the card.

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  6. This is a brilliant idea! LOVE it so much!

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  7. Laurie you ROCK!!! Congrats on bringing your fabulous idea to life!

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  8. You are brilliant! Love love love!

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  9. What an amazing idea!!! You are amazing my friend!

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  10. Awesome idea! and it looks amazing, turning a plain bag into something gorgeous!

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  11. I shared on facebook! if I tweeted, I would share you there too ;) love this idea!

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  12. Great idea! I can see using the dies for other projects also! Congratulations! :)

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  13. Congrats Laurie! I have been anxiously awaiting this post to see what your new die was! You are so clever :)

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  14. You are so clever! Such a great idea!

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  15. Laurie, I KNEW you were a genius! This is AWESOME! Congratulations!!!

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  16. I shared on Facebook because you are AWESOME!

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  17. Wow, Laurie, love your idea. What a great way to showcase the card I've made and use that as the decoration for the gift bag (especially since after I make the card I run out of steam to decorate the bag).

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  18. This is brilliant, Laurie! I think it is fantastic!!

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  19. Such a great idea Laurie!! Genius;). Good for you. I want them both!!!!

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  20. Laurie this is just so brilliant!
    I am always so sad to put my cards into an envelope and hide them. You are such a smart girl! Congratulations on this HUGE accomplishment, looking forward to some more innovative dies from you!

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  21. Wow, this is so cool and what a perfect/useful invention! How wide is the opening for the card? Congrats on this design!!!

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  22. VERY cool idea Laurie! Let's your cards take center stage AND saves envelopes too, I love it!! You go Girl!
    ~ Meredith

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  23. So.stinkin'.clever!!! I absolutely love it! I just went to a little girls birthday party and had put the card right on top of the tissue paper and it totally got missed. I'm not sure if anyone (the mom included) ever saw the card. :( Now that I've got your die, the card will never be missed. Yay you!

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  24. Shared the news on FB too before I ever realized I could earn an extra entry, WOO HOO! :)
    ~ Meredith

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  25. You go girl! This is so clever. Don't be freaked out to share something so cool. Love it!

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  26. fabulous cards!! and WTG! congrats on such a smart idea!!

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  27. This is AWESOME, Laurie! I'm getting one for sure! SO happy for you!! :)

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  28. Brilliant! I don't "do" bags, but would give this as a gift to someone who does them ALL THE TIME! And her cards do NOT fit in envelopes. It's perfect! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  29. **genius**
    I love this!!!!! Excellent idea!!!!

    Love your examples!

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  30. This is brilliant - I always use these bags and feel like I need to make a tag. This makes it SOOOO simple and yet so beautiful!! You are so SMART!!! ♥

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  31. Oh, wow, this is so cool, Laurie! What a fabulous idea!

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  32. This die is brilliant! I love this idea! :-)

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  33. I posted a link to this post on FB. I'd do twitter, too, but I don't tweet. ;)

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  34. Oh Laurie! This is so clever! I love to see crafters come up with simple brilliant ideas. Good for you and I hope this is a success for you!

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  35. What a fabulous idea! Great looking cards!

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  36. The smart factor on this is just beyond! Love the whole stinking thing!

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  37. You are AWESOME!!! So proud and happy for you!!! This is a fantastic idea and thank you for sharing it and selling it! Placing my order right now and will be sharing it on facebook too! Hugs, my friend! Big hugs! (and, thanks for the shout out in Charleston through Melissa! She's as wonderful as you are!) Good luck!!

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  38. This is a truly genius idea, Laurie! What an original idea and innovative product. Your samples are beautiful, I just love the idea of decorating plain gift bags (especially the lovely kraft ones) with the handmade card! Awesome job!

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  39. This is just awesome and great. I always had this same problem as well,. OMG!! Thanks for thinking of this. KUDOS to you.

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  40. Laurie, you are a genius. What a great way to give cards with gifts. I definitely want one.

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  41. Wow, this is such a fantastic idea! I definitely need one of these!!

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  42. Wow...this is such an AWESOME idea! I am always decorated gifts with the cards I make, because they DO NOT fit in envelopes! This is genius!!

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  43. Had to tweet about this because it is so brilliant!! :)

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  44. What a FAB idea!! This is too cool!

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  45. You are so clever to think of this! It is so practical!

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  46. Very clever idea! Love the Card Hanger Die! Great samples!
    DeniseB

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  47. Oh.my.wow! This is GENIUS! And awesome! What a great idea! I love it!

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  48. Yay Laurie! So excited for you! Good for you for making this great idea a reality!

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  49. I tweeted: https://twitter.com/MiriamPrantner/status/301736252644945920

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  50. Absolutely brilliant and fabulous!!! Love this!!

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  51. Fabulous idea...I love this, just so clever and fun.

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  52. Brilliant/genius idea and design, Laurie!! I bet they will sell like hot cakes! So happy for you! Huge congrats on this new die!

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  53. What a great idea. So very genius.

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  54. Lovin' this idea!! I have a LOT of bulky cards!! Very clever!! Congrats!!

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  55. Wow, Laurie. This is such a great idea. I love it.

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  56. Genius. Genius. Genius.

    You are one smart girl, Laurie !

    Thanks for the opportunity

    Margaret C

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  57. What a wonderful idea! Order is placed :)

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  58. You are a creative GENIUS, my friend!!! AWESOME idea!!!

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  59. Laurie....you are a genius! I see getting so much use out of this die!! Thank you for having me on your release team! Hehe. Huge shout out to Barb too! You both ROCK!! :). So glad to have you as a friend!!!!!!

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  60. Love your new Card Hanger Die!!! What a great way to display the card you put so much time into!

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  61. I tweeted the info about your new die! Here is the link: https://twitter.com/Paleopal62355/status/301763084685553665

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  62. What an absolutely fantastic idea! I love it!!

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  63. I shared on Facebook...here is my page: https://www.facebook.com/karen.b.schroeder.9

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  64. Fabulous video my friend! Love all of the cards you've created for the bags!

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  65. Absolutely FABULOUS idea!!! I'll take one!!

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  66. Omg! Laurie, this is so awesome!!! This is such a super cool idea and I'm sure we all need one of these!!! Congrats on your new endeavor! I'm so excited for you!!!

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  67. AWESOME IDEA! Just what we needed!

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  68. Wow!! So simple and so genious! Love this idea! Congrats!!!!!

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  69. wow congratulations and this is amazing!!! You are so super smart and I am sure you have made many a papercrafters day with this! Thanks so much!
    Lisa

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  70. What an utterly fabulous idea! Congrats!

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  71. How fun is this and what a great way to showcase the card. Congrats on taking your idea all the way from start to finish.

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  72. What an amazing idea and I'm so excited that you have started this new venture!! Just placed my order and I can't wait!! xoxo

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  73. Wow!! That is an amazing idea!! I love it!! And so cool that you could make it available to crafters!!

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  74. What a creative idea. It is always amazing what can be developed to met a need. Wonderful!

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  75. Your creativity never ceases to amaze me Laurie. What an incredibly cool idea!

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  76. What a brilliant idea! SOo sad you sold out...

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  77. I tweeted and shared it on my FB page (Stamping Rules). Can't wait for you to get more in!

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  78. Clever, clever, clever!! Great way to showcase your card!

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  79. This idea is GENIUS!! Such a great way to show off your cards :)

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  80. Ummmm...WTHeck!!! I totally missed out and want one (I mean both)!!! AMAZING idea and totally useful. Especially for me because I keep a stock pile of those bags in kraft and white...NEED THEM...PLEASE ORDER MORE!!!

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  81. Oh my goodness, this is such a good idea! It totally solves what to do with those beautiful dimensional cards you make and don't want to squish!

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  82. What a clever idea. This would make a wonderful holder to showcase any card I have to give.

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  83. You are so clever!! This is a brilliant way to display cards on bags.

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  84. Such an awesome idea! Love it and your cards!

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  85. Thanks so much for sharing your creative talents with us! I am just bummed that the blog update by em was received too late to purchase one but will anxiously await restocking!

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  86. I shared this on FB too as it is such a great idea! We all have gift bags and showcasing cards is awesome!!

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  87. You are incredibly clever Laurie. Very proud of you. :-) No wonder they sold like hot cakes!!

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  88. You are amazing! Love this concept! Thanks for sharing your incredible idea! Will be watching for them to become available, and in the meantime, would LOVE to win one! Thanks for the chance!

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  89. What an awesome idea! Very simple and SO very useful.

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  90. Laurie, Laurie, Laurie. You win the Nobel Prize of Crafting! This is utterly and simply brilliant. And how inspirational that you took a frustration, turned it into an idea, made it a reality, and it is an overnight sensation! I'm so thrilled for you!! Please put my name on the wait list for the next order!

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  91. This is awesome!! I need one, can't wait till they are back in stock!! Your samples are wonderful!!! TFS!

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  92. That lookes like a great die Laurie! Way to go!

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  93. Girl...you are brilliant. Congrant on selling out. I tried to make a purchase earlier today and was having issues. Can't wait till they are back in stock. These are a must have.

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  94. Yep, you're a genius!!! Get more so I can buy one :)

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  95. What a clever idea! I love this and your bags. Thanks for the chance.

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  96. This is an awesome idea! You go girl!!

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  97. Oh my, Laurie, this is awesome. Sure a time saver as don't have to decorate the bag and can spend more time on the card. Love this!

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  98. What a good idea! Seeing it, I can't believe that no one has thought of this before?! I always have the issue of my cards not fitting in envelopes and end up making a box (which of course I decorate!) and it takes just as long as it does to make the card in the first place! This is genius and such a time saver! Well done you! :)

    Your cards are also beautiful by the way!! :)

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  99. Congrats Laurie on your awesome idea! Love it!!

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  100. Just now getting caught up on emails. This is great! Can't wait until you get more. What a wonderful idea!

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  101. Congratulations, Laurie on such an amazing idea! These dies are wonderful!

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  102. Just came across you from the Verve posting. Congrats and OMG what a great idea! I don't do gift bags but you have me wanting to start. Your cards are gorgeous and I can't wait to see your future creations.

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  103. Great idea and invention. I want one NOW!!! How have we lived without out these? I will definitely order when you get back in stock. Lovesugargem@gmail

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  104. What an amazing idea! Super clever and very convenient...definitely want one.

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  105. FAN-TASTic die idea!! You must know that by how FAST it sold out:)) Would LOVE to win one.

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  106. Too cool. And congrats - obviously a huge success. So happy for ya.

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  107. What a fantastic idea! Brilliant!!

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  108. Tweeted here: https://twitter.com/marblegal/status/302218142447456256

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  109. This is wonderful!! I can't wait to order one.

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  110. What an amazing die...so clever. I love that you can use it for those bigger cards...brilliant!

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  111. Gorgeous cards and fabulous die cut idea! You rock!

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  112. glad you have more coming...think I need one of these:)

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  113. Laurie, I just saw a note about this on the Studio Calico message board and had to take a look. This idea is so clever on both a practical and make-things-pretty level. I enjoyed all of the dressed up bags shared.

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  114. Girl this is the best idea i have seen in a LONG time! And I have been around! LOL! I will order when you re-stock!

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  115. Such a great idea, Laurie! I just love 'em to bits! Let us know when you get more in. I'm so bummed I missed them the first go around. Have a blessed weekend!

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  116. Brilliant idea Laurie! I will be checking back to see when you get more dies in stock.

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  117. What a super idea! I need your dies - hopefully you get them back in stock soon! Thanks for sharing!

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  118. Super idea and really practical for all those birthday parties the kids get invited to!

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  119. Where have I been?!? I'm not sure if I'm more impressed with your idea, the fact that you carried it out, or how well you've showcased it here! GREAT job, Laurie! What a way to decorate a gift bag. Plus I hate having to dig around for where the card is. Absolutely LOVE this idea!

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  120. I LOVE this idea. I would love to be able to get one when you get them back in. Thanks.

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  121. I can't remember if I have commented on this post yet or not, but I feel honored to have been a part of sharing this with the papercrafting community! I knew you would find success on your venture! Congrats lady!

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  122. What a fabulous idea - congratulations! and thanks for the chance to win one

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  123. They are a great idea. Hope you get them in soon.
    Sally S

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  124. Fabulous idea Laurie - obviously needs a woman's mind to come up with something so ingenious! Just got here via Darnell's blog.....so glad I came.

    Karen x

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  125. The one I want is sold out. Hopefully you order some more... I would love to buy one.

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  126. Great idea! What size is the opening for the card to slip into? I would like to know for both the regular and the mini sizes. Thank you!

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