Hey, crafty friends! It’s Taylor here today! I’ve had a hard time keeping this fun release under wraps! Since our Mini Slim collection was originally released last year, lots of you have caught the Mini Slim bug! I love seeing Mini Slim cards posted to our Facebook fan page! You all are so creative and I can’t wait to see what you do with our new Mini Slim goodies! Sneak peeks are today and all the new products are available tomorrow – should we take a peek!?

The Creative Team and I have been busy designing cards with the new Mini Slim Essentials products! This release includes 25 new products including stamps and dies designed to coordinate with the Mini Slim size, 2 new Mini Slim trifold card templates, pre-cut and folded Mini Slim card bases in top- fold and side-fold options in a rainbow of colors, Mini Slim Share Joy Sticky Notes, and new Mini Slim envelopes colors!

Here’s what you’ll find on the blog this week:

  • Our blog posts (Monday, Tuesday, & Thursday) will feature a video showcasing the new release products.
  • New products will be available for purchase starting tomorrow at 9am Central Time at the TE webstore!
  • Get a chance to win it before you can buy it by commenting with your answer to my Question of the Day today only (located at the bottom of this blog post)
  • Last, but certainly not least – take advantage of our special offer for this release (details below).

January 26th through Sunday, January 31st (or while supplies last), you can get the Little Critters Mini Slim Bundle for 15% off! The bundle includes the Little Critters stamp set, the Just Saying stamp set, and the Mini Slim Square Window Cutting Plate die. The discounted bundle price is only available through Sunday, January 31st.

This magical shaker card project from Heather Nichols uses all of the products from the Little Critters Mini Slim Bundle. Watch her video below to see how these cards came together:

In the video, Heather showed you how to create the rainbow striped color blend on the front of the card. She has a great tip for stamping the critters from the Little Critters stamp set so they peek perfectly through the window openings and shows you how to use Foam Sticky Strips to transform the card into a shaker!

Heather chose the magical creatures (dragon, unicorn, and yeti) from the Little Critters stamp set to peek through the windows on her card. There are nine different critters in the set and you can mix and match the ones for your project and color them with your favorite coloring medium. Heather colored the critters on her card using Copic markers and Prismacolor pencils blended with Gamsol.

Isn’t the rainbow striped blend that Heather did for the front panel on her card fun? She created a rainbow blend on Sugar Cube cardstock with her Blender Brushes using Guava, Pineapple, and Cookie Monster inks. Where the Guava and Pineapple overlap, they create an orange tone and where the Pineapple and Cookie Monster over they create green tone to complete the rainbow. Then, she layered the Mini Slim Candy Cane Stripes stencil over the top and did the same rainbow blend again to achieve the tone on tone look with darker stripes. I’m already thinking of the possibilities for this technique with the different stencils in our collection!

Now, it’s time to settle in and take a peek at all of the new Mini Slim Essentials release products along with inspiration from the TE Creative Team!

The Little Critters stamp set includes nine of the cutest critters that are sized to coordinate with the window openings in the Mini Slim window dies. They are perfect for peeking through a window opening on your project and more! Color the critters using your favorite coloring medium like Copic markers, colored pencils, etc.

The sentiments in the Just Saying stamp set coordinate with the Little Critters stamp set, but they will also work with lots other stamps in your collection! The 12 sentiments are sized to fit on a Mini Slim card and cover a number of occasions.

Kavya gathered a bunch the critters from the Little Critters stamp set on this colorful Mini Slim birthday card. She’s got them peeking through windows and popping up from the bottom of the card. The ‘happy birthday to you’ sentiment is from the Just Saying stamp set and she paired that with the ‘H’, ‘B’, and ‘D’ die cut letters (more on those below!) to form the acronym for ‘happy birthday’. Kavya’s colorful, striped background is created with strips of cardstock in rainbow colors!

The Mini Slim Square Window Cutting Plate and Mini Slim Circle Window Cutting Plate cut out a panel with three openings and pierced border details and is sized to perfectly to layer onto a Mini Slim card base. Use the openings to frame images or sentiments or even create a shaker card like Heather did in the video above!

The Mini Slim Diagonal Stripes Cutting Plate creates a diagonal striped frame that is designed to coordinate with a Mini Slim sized card base. The frame cut outs have a stitched border detail and provide fun possibilities for inset designs on your projects.

The gang is all here to celebrate on this Mini Slim birthday card by Laurie Willison! She used the Mini Slim Square Window Cutting Plate to create the windows on her cards and then added the penguin, sloth, and bear critters peeking through them. The background behind the animals is created with the Set the Scene Clouds Stencil Strips set adds the perfect touch of contrast. I love how she used the pattern stamps from the Tag Team – Birthday set to create the party hats topped with cute little stars!

Isn’t the deep purplish blue tone that Noriko Fairchild achieved on this background just gorgeous? She featured the Mini Slim Circle Window Cutting Plate and each of the windows is a shaker filled with clear beads and Bits & Pieces – White Rhinestones. The bright green dragon from the Little Critters stamp set really pops on the dark background and goes perfectly with the ‘have a magical day!’ sentiment embossed in white on the Guava cardstock strip.

Kavya used the Mini Slim Diagonal Stripes Cutting Plate to create a rainbow shaker card! The main frame is cut from Sugar Cube cardstock and then Kavya inset all the colors of the rainbow into the stripe openings. She filled the shaker section with Snow Flurries sequins and added a whole line up of critters across the card front along with the ‘thinking of you makes me smile’ sentiment from the Just Saying stamp set.

Our Mini Slim Trifold Templates make it easy to create openings on perfectly sized and spaced openings on your mini slim projects and are now available in two new shapes, hexagon & circle, in addition to the original square. Simply align the larger stencil template on the front flap of the card, center the larger stitched die, and run it through a die-cut machine. Do the same with the smaller stencil and die on the flap that will fold into the center, then run it through. Voilà! Perfectly aligned windows! You can also use the dies separately, and the stencil templates double as masking stencils.

Heather Nichols made a Toffee trifold card that has the circle window cut outs created with the Mini Slim Trifold Template + Dies – Circle set. She featured the cute pegasus from the Dreamer Stamp & Die Combo set in the window opening, added lots of glittery clouds cut out with the Stitched Cloud Duo dies throughout all the layers of the card, and added sentiments from the Mini Strips – Fun & Funny stamp to the front and inside.

How cute are the penguins from the Little Critters stamp set peeking through the window on this trifold card created by Jill Hawkins? The penguins are framed with a red hexagon that is revealed as the card is opened along with tiny red hearts and adorable sentiments from the Just Saying stamp set. The hexagon frame and openings on the trifold card are created with the Mini Slim Trifold Template + Dies – Hexagon set.

Alphabet dies give you the ability to customize sentiments and personalize projects! The new Cap It Off Alpha die collection features a bold sans serif outline font that will work well with so many different looks. Use the outlines on their own or combine them with the inset pieces to create unique and fun effects.

I love all of the fabulous texture and dimension on this Mini Slim card by Noriko Fairchild! She adapted a Leafy Vine Cutting Plate die cut to work with the Mini Slim size to create interesting tone-on-tone texture for the background and then added the ‘thanks’ sentiment using the Cap it Off Alpha dies. I love the effect she got on the letters by popping up the outline just a bit more than the inset pieces. The ‘for being amazing’ phrase under the ‘thanks’ is from the Just Saying stamp set (with a little selective inking) and is embossed in white on an Oreo cardstock strip.

Melody Rupple is bringing sunshine and a smile with this Mini Slim card! She stenciled the Mini Slim Sunray stencil and added the die cut sun and clouds to create the background on her card and then finished it off with the Cap it Off Alpha die cut letters to spell out ‘smile’. For a two-toned effect, Melody used darker cardstock colors for the letter outlines and added the insets in a lighter coordinating cardstock color. The ‘thinking of you makes me..’ sentiment is selectively inked and embossed in white to complete the ‘thinking of you makes me smile’ sentiment.

Many of the products that we designed to coordinate with the Mini Slim size can also be used on other card sizes too! Natasha Valkovskaya went back to the A2 format to create this colorful hello card. She used just the outline portion of the Cap it Off Alpha die collection in Oreo cardstock to spell out the word ‘hello’ and layered it over a rainbow heart blended background created with the Mini Slim Swiss Hearts stencil. The ‘you’ve been on my mind’ sentiment is from the Simple Strips – Friendship stamp.

We know you love the Sugar Cube Mini Slim Top Fold Cards that we released earlier in the month and now we have even more color options for our pre-cut, scored, and folded mini slim cards! Now you can also purchase Mini Slim top fold (portrait) cards in packages of Toffee, Oreo, or a rainbow assortment!

Along with the top fold option, you can also purchase the Mini Slim cards with a side fold (landscape). Mini Slim Side Fold Cards are available in Sugar Cube, Toffee, Oreo, and a rainbow assortment.

When it comes to sending cards, we’re all about the idea of Sharing Joy with the recipient and also giving them the opportunity to Share Joy with others. That’s where the Share Joy Sticky Notes come into play! Write your message on the sticky note so that the recipient can remove the note and use the card to send it on to someone else. The Share Joy! Sticky Notes are currently available sized for an A2 format are now available to coordinate with the Mini Slim size in both a horizontal and vertical format.

And finally for today are Mini Slim envelopes in more color options! Mini Slim envelope packs are now available in Pink Champagne, Cupcake, Potato Chip, Mint Julep, Sprinkles, Lavender Glaze, and Earl Grey. We also gathered together our favorite colors of the rainbow in an assortment pack of Mini Slim envelopes too!

Our new Mini Slim Essentials release will be available for purchase starting tomorrow at 9am Central Time, but before I head out for today, you have a chance to win it before you can buy it! Just comment below and let me know:

Have you made a Mini Slim size card yet? I’d love to hear your favorite product from this release and what you envision using it for!

I’ll choose three lucky winners to receive one product of their choice (sorry, not a bundle) from this release!

Simply leave your comment by TONIGHT, Monday, January 25th at 10PM Central Time. One comment per person. Winners are chosen at random and will be announced on the TE blog on release day, tomorrow, January 26th!

Thank you for stopping by for our new Mini Slim Essentials release sneak peeks! Stop back tomorrow for more inspiration from the TE Creative Team and a video from Emily. See you then!