Today design team member Katrina Hunt is back in the spotlight with today’s steal, Lifestyle Crafts Nesting Dies. If you’re a fan of steel dies, nesting dies are the way to go to maximize on small storage requirements and big creative options. So sit back and start your Friday off right with some pretty eye candy from Katrina.


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It’s Katrina here and I can’t believe it’s already August!  I’m ready for fall because the heat here is unbelievable for Missouri — I feel like I’m in the desert! It gives me an excuse to stay in and craft though. :)

I had the chance to play with the Lifestyle Nesting Dies in the Scalloped Square shape. I used these in my Cuttlebug and they worked great. I sandwiched the A plate, C plate, nesting die, paper, and then a B plate. This cut them perfectly, even with thick, textured paper like the Authentique I used.

When I think of nesting dies I usually think of card making.  I knew I wanted to show you can do layouts with them too. I used a variety of sizes to create this layout with the Authentique Carefree collection.

I wanted to stack the squares on top of one another for a layered effect, but I also wanted some separation between the sizes. The layers are two sizes apart to show the bottom square.

I made a border strip out of negative cuts to show how to use the negative space the dies will create in your paper. I centered my first cut and then spaced out my others along the strip of paper.  I lucked out that the bee paper happened to fit in my spaces pretty well. You could also mix patterned papers to back those negative spaces.

Then I did a couple of quick cards. The largest die in the set is perfect for a fun card base.

Next, I layered the scalloped shapes to create a card. I love to layer and these are perfect for that. The dies are great for using those 6 x 6 mini pads that are everywhere these days!

I have so many ideas for these that I didn’t get to do so I am sure I will be working with them again soon. I know there are a variety of styles that are available today and I think I might have to steal a few!

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Eeek! Katrina, I love it! I especially love your “School is Cool” card. Why do you ask? Because in seventeen glorious days the never ending “I’m bored” will be replaced with “I don’t want to do my homework.”  Hey, it’s a change at least, right?  :)

Have a great weekend everyone!