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Lifestyle Crafts Nesting Dies

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!

Quickutz Epic 6

If you’re looking for a machine with Epic possibilities then today’s steal the Epic 6 Die Cutting Machine might be right up your alley! And let’s face it, the tools aren’t just for the fellas in our lives. We crafty divas deserve equality! For those of you not quite sure what you can do with this awesome little piece of machinery, check out what the Quickutz /Lifestyle Crafts designers have made with the Epic 6.

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If you are looking for oodles of more ideas to utilize the Epic 6 die cutting machine, including home decor, crafts and scrapbook pages, make sure you wander around the Lifestyle Crafts Blog. Lots and lots of ideas to be found there! If you’d like to see some of the projects that I created using the Epic 6 you can find them here.

And just a little heads up that next Friday, May 4th in honor of National Scrapbook Day we will be holding an online crop from 6-10 PM MST. Fun! Challenges! Prizes! And for those of you that are local, we’d love to have you come and scrap the evening away with us.

Have a great day!

Epic 6 by Quickutz

If you missed out on the Epic 6 by Quickutz the first time then today is your chance to spend that holiday cash that you’re wondering what to do with!

The Epic is a wonderful little machine that makes die cutting and embossing a cinch. Especially if you are a scrapper on the go, that doesn’t like to port around electronic devices.

If you have any questions on how use the Epic 6 you can check out this blog post. You can see some basic directions as well as a few projects that I made using some of the dies and embossing folders.

I decided to ask around to see if anyone that picked up the Epic 6 last time would be willing to share some creations to spark the inspiration for today. Erica Bass was a superstar and stepped up to the challenge.

I love the layout that she created using the rainbow die.

And this card with the birdy and the sunbursts has got to be one of the cutest cards I have ever seen. Truly!

Thanks Erica for sharing your creativity with us. It’s always such a treat to be inspired by you.

Well, here’s hoping that you all have a happy and safe New Year and I will see you Monday with our next Monday Card Madness as well as the winner of our December card drawing.

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!