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Lifestyle Crafts Nesting Dies | Monday Craft Madness #8

The Lifestyle Crafts Nesting Dies are so easy and fun to use. They’re perfect for cards, layouts and gifts. Even my daughter loves to create using them! Now that the holidays have been and gone, what is the next big event we Papercrafters create for? Valentines Day! Which means this week’s Monday Craft Madness theme is:

Valentines!

I chose to use the Lifestyle Crafts Nesting Lace Hearts for my projects. They are so versatile. There are 5 dies from 1″-5.8″ –  you really can make whatever you want!

The first thing I always have to make is a Valentine’s Day card for my loved one! I went plain and simple with my card, using the 1″ die to cut out 15 white and 1 red heart. Arrange them in a grid formation, add a simple rub-on sentiment, and voilà! A card in under 30 minutes!

 

Next I thought about all the gifts given out at school. I started with the teacher gift. This phrase (‘Mrs Kreuger rules’) is something my daughter often writes to her teacher on her the back of her work when she has finished!

 

And lastly – it seems they all have to give each other gifts too (this is so different from the UK!). Here are the gifts for the girls in her class (the boys gifts will appear on here sometime in the future!) – mini loveheart treat bags. The die cut hearts make the perfect labels!

I hope I have inspired you to start work on your Valentines projects this week. Just remember to have fun! :)

If you’d like to enter to win the January Monday Craft Madness prize:

Create a project (a card, layout, altered project, or any other craft your heart desires) using any of our weekly themes! You have until the last Thursday of the month to create your project and upload a photo of it somewhere online. Just include a link to this post in your photo’s caption. :) To enter to win, simply leave a comment on our blog with the link to your project ! We’ll choose a random winner and they’ll be the lucky recipient of a $20 ScrapbookSteals.com gift code at the end of the month!

Just note that this is separate from Mid Week Mojo, so you’ll have at least two fun projects a week you can dive into. :)

Don’t forget to check back in with us tomorrow for a fun How To’sday post by Design Team member Bev Code!

Epic 6 by Quickutz

Every once in awhile a steal comes along of epic proportions. Today’s steal, the Epic 6 by Quickutz, definitely fits that bill!

I had such a great time using a good share of the dies and embossing templates that are available today. Before I show you what I made, let’s have a quick lesson on how to use the machine.

To Cut:

  • Use gray cutting platform.
  • Place die face up on top of cutting platform.
  • Place paper, patterned side face down on top of die.  This is especially important when cutting out alphabet letters.
  • Lay cutting mat on top of die and paper.
  • Roll through Epic 6 machine.

To Emboss:

  • Use the charcoal cutting platform.
  • Place paper inside of the embossing folder and cover with the cutting mat.
  • Roll through the Epic 6 machine.

Now that you’re a pro with using the machine, let me show you some ideas that you create using some of the dies offered today.

First I made this cute little card with the anime bird. I mean how can you possibly resist such cuteness? I paired it with the dots embossing folder, the waves border (love!), the nesting flowers and one circle off of the sunburst border. I love how it turned out!

Next I wanted to see if I could turn the houndstooth embossing border folder into a main element of a card. For this card I ran the same piece of paper through the machine, using the houndstooth folder, three times, carefully lining up the folder to create a consistent embossed pattern. I used a pice of the nesting rick rack squares and also a little strip of the waves border. Super fun and super easy!

Next I turned my “kid craft” brain on and created a poster to hang on our refrigerator, more for myself than for my kiddo. My son can write his current week’s spelling on the tablet. I figure this will be a fun way for him to practice his words as well as provide me a quick reference to drill him with his words over breakfast.  For this project I used the rainbow and cloud, sunburst border, waves border, nesting rick rack and the sketchbook alphabet set.

Now you’ll note the cute clouds on this poster. For two of the clouds I used the self adhesive vellum. Can I just say that as a former avid lover of printing journaling onto vellum that this is brilliance! As much as I loved using vellum for my journaling spots, I never loved how the adhesive would always show through. Problem solved! Not only can you create cute fluffy clouds with the stuff, but you can run it through your printer and have the perfect vellum journaling block ever! Thank you Quickutz! :)

Lastly, I created this layout page which I want to give to one of you!

The moment I saw the photo frame border and brackets I thought of how cute they would look on a layout. The strip can either hold photos or it would also make great spaces for journaling. Oh and did you see how cute the self adhesive metal sheets look for a portion of the title?

Now if you caught the part where I said that I want to give this layout to one of you, here’s what you have to do. Simply leave a comment on this blog posting by Monday, October 10th at 11:59 PM MST. I will pick a random winner and notify them by email.

So there you have it! Pretty Epic stuff, don’t ya think?

Have a great weekend and as always, scrap happy!