Lifestyle crafts

Lifestyle Crafts Embossing Folders | Monday Card Madness #101

If there’s one kind of embossing I’m actually quite fond of, it’s dry embossing. No ink, no powder, no mess! :) I love being able to give a flat piece of paper dimension with the simple crank of a handle. Today’s steal, the Lifestyle Crafts Embossing Folders, are so much fun! I’m especially excited about the chevron embossing folder. Not only is it my current favorite print, but my current favorite print with dimension.

I just have to say, I had so. much. fun. making cards this week. Cards usually stump me for just a bit, but not these babies. I prefer a cleaner look with dry embossing to make the raised designs to really be the focus. I think that helped make these cards come together in a visually pleasing and super quick way.

Of course, the first template I reached for was the chevron print. A-maz-ing! I created this super simple thank you card by embossing a sheet of cardstock, trimming along the bottom of one of the rows of chevrons, and adding elements I cut out with my Silhouette.

I couldn’t stop at just one card using the chevron print so I made this card, which is probably my favorite card that I have ever made! I embossed a sheet of kraft cardstock, punched out some circles, then gently used my We R Memory Keepers Sweetheart Inkers and inked the raised portion of the embossing. I love how this turned out!

Next I used the the zig-zag embossing folder and made this thank you card using the same idea as the sketch for this week.

I was really enjoying the look of the embossing on the kraft cardstock so I carried on with that trend. I used one of the embossing folders from the “woven” collection to create this card.

I then finished up my card making spree with a cut out portion of the other embossing folder from the “woven” collection.

I cannot say enough loving comments about embossing folders. Now I need to get my little tooskey over to steal today before the “twirl” set is gone. That one totally has my name written all over it!

One more thing! If you don’t already know we love to give things away at

If you’d like to enter to win our September Monday Card Madness swag package:

  • Create any or all of the weekly Monday Card Madness sketches.
  • Post the card to our Facebook fan page, or any other online location.
  • Leave a comment on one of the Monday Card Madness blog posts with a link to your card no later than 11:59 pm, MST on Friday, September 28th.

Have fun creating a cute celebration cards! I can’t wait to see what you’ve got this week!

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!