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Card and Trash Bag Flower, with Lifestyle Crafts

Lifestyle Crafts recently sent me some new dies to try out from their dies released at the January CHA  (Craft and Hobby Association)! I chose to receive the:

labels ■    nesting flower ■    doily envelope liners ■    nesting card templates

I liked that these were all basic dies that could be used in lots of ways over and over. I started with the nesting flower die. The instructions call for tissue paper, but I wanted something a little more durable so I used a white trash bag. I tested both the standard kitchen bag and a plastic bag from the grocery store. The grocery store bag was less stretchy and cut much better. For best results, from bottom to top I layered the cutting platform, 2 pieces of plastic bag, 2 thin pieces of paper (or 1 thicker piece), then the cutting mat. Whether using tissue paper or plastic bag, you’ll need around to cut around 4 items from each of the 6 shapes included with the nesting flower set. If you don’t have the dies, cut approximately 24 circles with varied edges in various sizes from smaller to larger.

Then I used a needle and thread to stitch all the layers together and sew on a button. I finished it off by gluing a felt circle to the middle of the flower. I used the flower to top a gift box and used the label die to cut a label out of felt and stitched “Mom” on it to complete the gift wrapping.

The nesting cards come with 17 shapes so it’s a really versatile set. I used two rectangles to make the front of a card and then decorated it all with shapes from the nesting flower set. The doily envelope liner comes with 2 dies, one large and one small. It’s a fast and easy way to dress up an envelope.

 

As always, for 20% off your Lifestyle Crafts purchase, use the code CRAFTBUDS. And in other news, I’ve been doing some baby-related sewing so new free patterns and tutorials are coming up soon!

Cookie Dough Frosted Brownies with Lifestyle Crafts Big Top Shapes

Lifestyle Crafts’ latest die release is a Big Top circus theme. These shapes and letters would make great party decorations for a kid’s birthday or are perfect for scrapbooking! I decided to put my animal and pennant shapes to use decorating cupcakes and making name cards for a kid’s birthday.

You can find the recipe for my Cookie Dough Frosted Brownies below. These shapes work in any brand die-cutter and you can save an extra 20% by using the code CRAFTBUDS when you check out!

Cookie Dough Frosted Brownies

Brownies

Prepare a box of Betty Crocker Milk Chocolate Traditional Brownie Mix 13×9 Family Size as directed except for add an extra egg so it’s a more cake-like consistency. Pour the batter into 12 muffin tins (or I did foil cups on a baking sheet), filling them 3/4 full. Bake at 350 degrees for 22 to 27 minutes.

Cookie Dough Frosting

  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 1 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 cup chocolate chips

Cream together the butter and sugar. Next mix in the vanilla and salt, then the flour until well blended. Gradually add milk until you get to a normal frosting consistency. I used 1/2 cup but you may need a little more or less. Lastly, mix in the chocolate chips. There are no raw eggs so this is totally safe to eat!

After the brownies have cooled, frost them with the Cookie Dough Frosting and you’re ready to serve!

Revolution Sale

If you’ve been wanting a die-cutting machine you’re in luck! Lifestyle Crafts is currently offering their best-selling die-cutting machine, the Revolution, for $59.99 while supplies last. The regular price is $89.99 and if you use our 20% coupon code, CRAFTBUDS, you’ll only pay $47.99! It’s similar to the Epic in that it die cuts and embosses. It has a 4″ magnetic platform so when you put your metal dies on the platform, they hold tight and don’t slide off. The 4″ platform is slightly smaller than the Epic, so it only works with dies and embossing folders that are 4″ or smaller and is too small for the letterpress. It is easy-to-use and compact.

Valentine’s Decorations with Lifestyle Sweetheart Shapes

Lifestyle Crafts just sent me their nesting lace hearts to create a project with and I had so much fun with them! I put together this heart banner with corset style lacing between the hearts.

Their dies can be used in most roller-types of die cutting machines and I’m using mine in Lifestyle’s Epic Six. It’s easy to use. Just line up the cutting platform, dies, paper and cutting mat and use the handle to roll it through the machine. Then out comes your perfectly die cut shapes in no time at all! The dies even have white foam in the small enclosed areas of the dies so pieces of paper get pushed right out.

And here you can see a closeup of the lacing (click on the photo for an even larger view). The hearts were so easy to make, I’m planning on cutting out more so my son can decorate them to send out as our Valentine’s Day cards this year.

Sale!

Here’s the full collection of the sweetheart shapes. Use the code CRAFTBUDS for 20% off your purchase!

 

Giveaway

Enter Lifestyle Crafts’ giveaway open now through January 16 for a $500 shopping spree and an Echo Park paper bundle. Don’t forget to mention Craft Buds sent you!


Disclaimer: Lifestyle Crafts sent me the dies to use and review but all opinions are my own.

CHA Summer Show 2011: Fresh Picks

Mary and I had a blast at the Craft and Hobby Association Summer Trade Show in Chicago! We snapped lots of photos, checked out some fun make-and-takes (like a felt flower brooch and Silhouette heat transfer tote), and met some fabulous crafters!

Here are some products that really stood out in the crowd.

eCraft matless cutter

Craft-e: The eCraft Cutter from Craftwell is unlike other electronic cutters in that it does not use a mat. Paper or other materials (like this vinyl) slide into the eCraft’s paper tray just like a printer, or you can hook up the eCraft to a large roll for continuous cutting. Make wall decor, scrapbook layouts, stencils and more. We like the idea of this cutter, but haven’t tried it out yet, and cutting fabric sounds like it might be a challenge!

Kanzashi flowers

Easy Fabric Flowers: Use Clover’s flip-and-fold Flower Frill Templates, or step up your game and try out the new Kanzashi Flower Makers for fun, new shapes! We had fun chatting with Diane Gilleland, blogger, author and editor of Craftzine, at the Clover booth.

More fabric flowers

More fabric flowers at the Clover booth!

Rubber Stamp Maker

Stamps, Anyone? This machine from Photocentric is impressive in person. You can use a photo negative to make your own stamps with this machine press and a special-formula gel pack. Read more about how Photocentric’s stamp-making kits and supplies work together. Fascinating!

Epic Letterpress

Epic Letterpress: Die cutting, embossing and printing with vibrant inks all in one machine. The Epic Letterpress from Lifestyle Crafts is as compact as it is versatile, and Julie showed me how this little press can be used to make anything from place cards to wedding invitations with custom-printed plates. I want one!

New Silhouette

Silhouette Cameo: The Silhouette SD cutting and crafting tool is being discontinued and swapped out for this wider, sleeker version, the Silhouette Cameo (above left). Mary and I thought this make-and-take from Silhouette was fantastic! We each made a canvas tote with a custom heat-transfer that printed while we waited. The new machine is wider than the previous model, allowing crafters to cut larger designs, and will retail for the same price of $299. The Silhouette is unique in that it allows you to cut your own designs rather than being limited to what’s included on a cartridge.

Button-o-matic

Chatty Stickers

Chatty Stickers: You never knew that you wanted your scrapbook pages to talk to you, until they did. Talking Tag digital labels are a new product that works with a smartphone app to let you record messages which can be replayed later using a scanner on your phone. The voice message replays and can be used in scrapbooks, cards and more. We also liked the Button-o-matic, which was stocked with bar-code badges.

My Studio Girl Taggles

Paper Dolls: My Studio Girl Taggles are an adorable new product. The stickers take paper dolls to a new level, with reusable stickers you can use again and again. (My mom is going to want some of these.) They come from Grant Studios, which carried my favorite scrapbook papers of the day with teapots and vintage ladies.

Metal Stamped Jewelry

Heavy Metal: With all this technology around, it was nice to work with my hands and try something truly rustic. These metal stamps impress tiny letters on jewelry when hammered. To make the letter impression look antique, we use a regular Sharpie marker to color inside the letter, then wiped off the excess with a dry cloth.

And in case you were wondering, Mary was taking photos most of the day. But she really was there! Here she is enjoying the Paper Crafts Magazine booth.

Mary at CHA

We both collected lots of reusable tote bags. Hello, greener shopping! I also won a door prize drawing from 3M (the makers of Post-Its). You can check out more of our pics from the show here and here.

Lindsay at CHA

Mary’s handmade fabric belt also made its debut at CHA. Isn’t it cute? You can get the tutorial here in case you missed it.

Mary's belt at CHA

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