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Teresa Collins Cut n Boss | Monday Craft Madness #25

We are thrilled for today’s Monday Craft Madness  We get to have the fantastic Teresa Collins show us how to use her new Cut N Boss Electric Die Cutting & Embossing Machine  and some of her projects….. So today’s theme is:

Embossing

Here’s some projects Teresa created:

The wood grain embossing folder is so cool.  (So is that camera one!)

As triangles are all the rage these days, Teresa (as usual) knows how to do it right.

This machine cuts out dies with easy, here are a couple of projects Teresa created using her gold dies:

Normally that would be enough inspiration to last a whole day, but wait there is more. Teresa recently went on a trip and left some thank you presents with flowers & bows created with the Cut n’ Boss.

And these photo frames along with this paper necklace she also created with the Cut n’ Boss. Saying the possibilities are endless seems not good enough of a description.

Check out the how to video as well, I need to get me one of these!

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For this round of our monthly Monday Craft Madness, you have until Friday August 1st to play along. Here are the links to the previous themes:

Monday Craft Madness #24-Inspiration

If you’d like to enter to win the MONTH Monday Craft Madness prize, fill out the form below!

That’s right, we have an all-new way to enter to win our Monthly Craft Madness Prize! Fill out the form each week and get easy entries for being our fan on Facebook, following us on Twitter, or sharing the inspiration photos on Pinterest. You get to pick and choose how you want to enter! Create a project (card, layout, altered project, etc) following the week’s themes for a huge chance to win — 10 entries for each project!

At the end of the month, we’ll go through all the entries and pick one winner who will receive an awesome scrapbookSTEALS swag bag full of goodies!
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National Scrapbooking Day | Provo Craft Giveaway

Saturday is National Scrapbooking Day, and we are celebrating by bringing you a fantastic giveaway from our friends at Provo Craft. Go check out their site and the new Explore Machine (a surprise may be waiting for you at the end of the week — hint, hint!).

We all have our favorite gadgets we use for  crafting and I have to say, the Cuttlebug is one of my favorites.  The petite size is perfect for crafting on the go, and all of the embossing folders that go with it…yummy. If you love the Cuttlebug as much as we do, well you are in luck.

We’re giving away a Cuttlebug along with 24 embossing folders!

Enter to win by filling out the form below:

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How To’sday | DIY Magnetic Die Storage

Today we have a treat. The fabulous Heather Conklin is showing us her genius way to store her metal dies. I love this so much that I may make it just for a fun.

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Good Morning!! I wanted to share with you a super quick and easy way to not only store your metal dies, but also display them. I started with a piece of magnet paper. You can buy this in various forms, but since I didn’t want to spend any money, I just used what I had on hand, which was the Silhouette Adhesive Magnet Paper. There are printable versions and rolls that you could also use for this.

I wanted to maximize the storage space for my dies, and put some 8″ x 10″ photo frames I had laying around to use.

Use the back of the frame, or the glass to figure out the correct size for you magnet paper. Sometimes the size of the photo that goes in the frame is just a tad smaller than the magnetic paper, so you may need to do some trimming.

You want to lay out your materials in this order: backing (foam or cardboard-whatever was in the frame if you need it for cushioning), the paper that comes with the frame to double check the size, glass, THEN your magnet paper.

Once the magnet paper is in, it covers the glass and you can start placing your dies on it.

This is how the frame looks with a few dies on it.

I really like using easel frames for this, as once I take them off of the wall, I can stand them on my craft desk.

And when I’m not using my dies, the frames can add a bit of interest to my walls!

You can also attach adhesive magnet to your furniture or wall. This is my mother-in-law’s amazing craft room, and she attached roll magnet to her craft desk. AMAZING!

 

How To-sday | Nesting Dies

Today we have a How To-sday from our design team member Kristy MacKeen. I love Nesting Dies but have never tried them. I am thrilled for this How To so I can give them a try!

Hi all! Happy Tuesday! I’m so excited to be here today for my first How To-sday as part of the  Design Team.

Today I thought I would do a tip using nesting dies. I often use them to cut out stamped images. But what about using them for creating frames? You can see what I mean here in this card:

kristy mackeen nesting frames IMG_1660

To create the frame, I started with the stamped image “Oh What Fun!” Now I realize it is a Christmas sentiment, but I thought it would be fun for a birthday, congratulations, or other similar type occasion. Here is how I went about making the frame:

kristy mackeen nesting frames How's To

In Step 1, I found the die that was the closest size to my stamped image. Step 2 shows the same die, plus the one the next size larger in the set, ready to be cut. After running it through my Big Shot, I got the frame plus the cut out you see in Step 3. I am saving the cut out for another project. After using some pop dots on the back of the frame, I adhered it to the scrap paper I had stamped the image on and cut it out using scissors in Step 4. The dots gave it just that little lift off the page and dimension that made it stand out!

kristy mackeen nesting frames IMG_1661

I also wanted to show you could use this same procedure for highlighting a title or creating a journaling block, as I did on this layout:

kristy mackeen nesting frames IMG_1658

To make this frame, I grabbed 3 scalloped ovals that were next to each other in the nested set. I used the largest and smallest to make the frame. I used the middle sized die to cut out the oval for my title – that was just to make sure I had the right positioning for my letters.

kristy mackeen nesting frames IMG_1659

With a few nested shapes and some pop dots, you can make fun frames for your projects. I hope I have inspired you to break out those nested dies! And try mixing and matching your die sets, too.

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Thanks Kristy! Come back tomorrow for the next installment of our Citrine Mid Week Mojo!

An Intro to Lifestyle Crafts Cutting Dies

There are many types of personal die cutting products out there. Choosing what fits best for you is hard sometimes. Today I wanted to share what is so great about Lifestyle Crafts Cutting Dies

A Lifestyle Crafts cutting die is a wafer thin, 100% steel, chemically etched template that “punches” or cuts a shape out of cardstock, felt, vinyl, fabric and other paper goods and materials. Lifestyle Crafts cutting dies are universal and work in most leading die-cut machines.

Place your cutting die with design side up on the cutting platform.

Place paper or other material over die and cover with cutting mat.

 

Roll the platform through the Evolution (or other craft tool), and pop out the die cut.

Here’s what your paper die cut will look like!

Now, there are lots of ways to cut things, with scissors, with individual punches, with a digital system, but here is why using Lifestyle Crafts Dies are a great choice!

No more tedious, inconsistent and time consuming
hand cutting with scissors or a craft knife.

Easily cut out multiple shapes with precision using a Lifestyle Crafts cutting die.

Digital cutting tools create a raw, unfinished edge.

Lifestyle Crafts cutting dies are designed to leave a smooth, embossed edge on your cut out shape.

 

Lifestyle Crafts Dies are compatible with the Cuttlebug, Big Shot, Vagabond, Fiskars Fuse, Epic 6, Revolution and Evolution personal die cutting machines. Check out some of the things you can make!

A big thanks to Lifestyle Crafts Creative Ideas website for helping us compile all of the information and the projects.