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Vendor Spotlight & GIVEAWAY: Lifestyle Crafts L Letterpress and Epic Six (2 of 3)

Reported by Dana Vitek

I have long admired the look of letterpress, and have happily shelled out more than $6 for ONE letterpressed card. Letterpress just looks (and feels) so sophisticated. So I was very excited to try out the L Letterpress and Epic 6 Combo Kit from Lifestyle Crafts.

The Epic Combo Kit comes with everything you need to get started letterpressing. The Printing Plates are clear, rigid plastic shapes that are flat on the back. I applied the Adhesive Sheet to the back of the Printing Plates, and got busy arranging them on the Letterpress Platform.

Printing Plate with adhesive backing

I squirted some of the light blue ink onto the acrylic plate, and rolled it out with the included brayer.

Light blue ink rolled out onto the included acrylic plate

After rolling the ink out, I used the brayer to apply the ink to the Printing Plates, which were attached to the letterpress platform with the thin, double-sided adhesive sheets:

I then loaded the L Letterpress A2 paper onto the platform, closed the lid, and rolled it through the Epic 6 machine:

Tada! That was quick! And painless!

Here’s a shot at an angle; hopefully you can make out the beautiful debossing. It’s lovely in person.

I wanted to try a few different combinations, and discovered a few pitfalls along the way.

See that ink just hanging out there? Clean that up first.

It can be tricky to get the right amount of ink onto the plates. Too much ink and it will splatter or smear; too little ink and the coverage isn’t perfect. I found that erring on the side of too little ink is better.

Not too shabby…

 Here’s an example of both too much and too little ink on the same card. I’m nothing if not efficient. There was too much ink on the “g” of “thinking” and not enough on the brackets around the “you”

 I found that the printing plates with the thin lines work better than the ones with thicker lines or more solid areas. I really had the best luck with this wavy line motif, so much so that I made a bunch of them, swapping out the greeting. I’ll be able to customize them for the recipient, and most of the work is already done!

I also figured that while I had all the stuff out, I would run a bunch of the word printing plates through at once.  I’ll be able to add a touch of letterpressed class to my regular cards just by cutting around the greeting I need:

So now I can add something special to my otherwise lackluster cards!

I wanted to check out whether or not you really need to use the fancy L Letterpress Paper.

The short answer: yes. 

I tried the letterpressing process on two other papers (PaperTreyInk’s White Cardstock, and Fabriano Medioevalis Folded Card (unfolded), and while they look nice, they hardly debossed at all. The L Letterpress paper has a soft hand to it; it allows for compression, whereas the others are pretty compressed as-is… there’s no room for the paper fibers to move around.

Sorry for the bad lighting… silver ink is tricky to photograph at midnight

I know it’s hard to tell in the photographs, but trust me… the L Letterpress paper is the way to go. It comes in several typical invitation sizes, as well as mini-cards, and in both white and ivory.

Another great thing about the Epic Six is that in addition to letterpress, it can also be used for die-cutting. In fact, Lifestyle Crafts has released a bunch of great dies that will appeal to both the trendy, and classic, among us.

The die-cutting function is pretty typical… layer the die, cardstock and cutting mat onto a platform, and roll it through. There’s a great video tutorial on their website that tells you how to not only use their dies, but other companies’ dies and embossing folders as well. LOVE THAT! It’s so nice when a company designs around what I already own!

Two of the Bloom dies

Epic Six in action!
perfect cuts through Stampin’ Up cardstock

Here are some of the finished cards. The beauty of letterpress is that less is more. Of course, a little bling never hurt anyone!


Pros:

  • I can letterpress my own cards. That’s HUGE!
  • Letterpress paper is available in multiple sizes and colors, and is really, really nice.
  • Epic Six is a multi-tasker; die-cutting AND letterpress!
  • Can use other companies’ dies and embossing folders in the Epic Six; it comes with different base plates to make the sandwiching easy, and there’s a video tutorial to help.
  • Modern, trendy, and traditional printing plates and cutting dies available.
  • Lifestyle Crafts has an option for Custom Printing Plates! You can letterpress your own design! Epic! (pun intended)
  • The new cutting mat for the die cutting system is not clear, it’s made of self-healing material and won’t crack like other clear plastic plates.

Cons:

  • Hoo-boy, letterpress can be a mess.
  • The ink is sticky and can be hard to clean. USE THEIR WIPES… they work. I tried baby wipes… they don’t work.
  • The new cutting mat for the die cutting system is not clear, it’s made of self healing material; I can’t tell when I’ve moved the cardstock off of the die until it’s too late.

I have so many ideas brewing, and can’t wait to spend some more time getting inky!

You can buy the L Letterpress kit and dies separately if you already have an Epic Six, or you can purchase the Epic Combo Kit.

Special Deal for our readers:
Use the promo code: CRAFTCRITIQUE – for 20% off Lifestylecrafts.com through the end of April!

GIVEAWAY!
Our friends at Lifestyle Crafts have generously offered an Epic Combo Kit as a giveaway to one of our readers! Answer this question in the comments below to be entered:

Take a look at all of the Cookie Cutter and Nesting dies that are available…. which ones are your favorites? What would you make with them?

One comment per person, per Vendor Spotlight: Lifestyle Crafts article (there will be three). Winner will be chosen on Saturday, April 23, 2011.

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Dana Vitek

Dana Vitek is a craft-‐‑supply hoarder with an obscenely understanding husband. She works full-‐‑time as a geologist, and spends her free time sort of paying attention to her two kids, reading a lot, and crafting. She's a crocheter, but not a knitter because knitting seems way too complicated. She's a card maker, but usually only 10 minutes before a birthday party. She cusses at her sewing machine. She has at least 12 different types of glue, but can never find the scissors she wants when she wants them. Dana started writing and editing for Craft Critique in 2008. She is perhaps best known for her Mother of All Black Ink Tests, and her annual April Fool's posts. She blogs extremely irregularly at Stamping Science. http://stampingscience.blogspot.com

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125 Responses to Vendor Spotlight & GIVEAWAY: Lifestyle Crafts L Letterpress and Epic Six (2 of 3)

  1. Manasa April 19, 2011 at 7:07 am #

    I love the swirls and the scallop circle nestabilities the best…thanks for a chance to win !

  2. shbook April 19, 2011 at 7:25 am #

    Great giveaway! I loved the stylized flowers that were just called “flowers!” Thank you!

  3. Melanie April 19, 2011 at 7:31 am #

    I love the branches (with the birds) … I just love that image … I see shirts, wall decals, etc with it!

  4. Kat April 19, 2011 at 7:40 am #

    The nesting rounded squares and the nesting rick-a-rak squares. I love that 70’s vibe they give. I see lots of bright colors and funkalicious layouts for pages in my BFF book!!

  5. Denise ~ Paper Ponderings April 19, 2011 at 7:40 am #

    AMAZING!!! Holy smokes…is this perfect or what? And to decide on what I’d make when i want it all??? I love, love, love snowflakes, so that would be the first thing…and of course, it would be winter cards and tags. Oooh…gorgeous!

  6. Stephanie April 19, 2011 at 7:42 am #

    I love the nesting labels rectangles and the stylized flowers!

  7. Ania April 19, 2011 at 7:55 am #

    I love the nesting labels..so elegant..both the square and rectangle ones 🙂 Thanks for the chance to win! 🙂

  8. Jennifer April 19, 2011 at 7:59 am #

    Love letterpress! They have so much to choose from, but my favorites are the simple cookie cutters like the tree trunk and flowers. Also think the postcard one could be a lot of fun. I would make so many cards!

  9. Paulette April 19, 2011 at 8:00 am #

    I really want one of these! Maybe I could quit my job and become a full time crafter… ? 🙂

  10. Nancy S April 19, 2011 at 8:02 am #

    I love the swirls and the frames. There is no way I could cut these out manually!

    And OMG on your letterpress cards!! They are fabulous! thanks so much also for the tips.

  11. Danielle April 19, 2011 at 8:13 am #

    I love the frames and the scalloped circles!

    thanks for the chance!

  12. Kelly Massman April 19, 2011 at 8:19 am #

    I like the tree trunks, bloom, spray, flowers, Border – branch, nesting frames among many! There are some great

  13. Shell April 19, 2011 at 8:21 am #

    oh I have always wanted to try Letterpress – what a cool prize.

    I love the branch and berries – I can see me making the most FAB Christmas cards with that!

  14. ruth April 19, 2011 at 8:33 am #

    How do I choose? Well I’ll say Tree Trunks and the Nesting labels…….they are different types, right? 🙂

  15. k April 19, 2011 at 8:35 am #

    I really like the snowflakes and nesting labels(nameplate) – I would start making my Christmas cards and really be able to relax this holiday season. By the way – can other company’s embossing folders work with the L Letterpress?

  16. paperpapier April 19, 2011 at 8:42 am #

    I love the swirls and the nesting label rectangle.

  17. Jamie April 19, 2011 at 9:01 am #

    The Roses!! I love 3D items and those roses are beautiful! That was a great tutorial on using this machine, Thanks:)

  18. Lisa Bohler April 19, 2011 at 9:02 am #

    I would just LOVE to own this! Great tutorial/critique!!!

  19. Dana (*danavee*) April 19, 2011 at 9:10 am #

    In response to “K” yes, indeed, you can use other companies’ embossing folders in the Epic Six. I’ll edit the article to address that.

    Thanks for reading!

    -Dana

  20. Cristina April 19, 2011 at 9:11 am #

    This is seriously a really cool tool! I love letterpress cards and to make my own would be fantastic! I love all the alphabet cookie cutters, I would be making many personalized gifts with those!

  21. K Bussean April 19, 2011 at 9:24 am #

    Great giveaway!!! I love the ric rac! Cool!

  22. Annette A. April 19, 2011 at 9:32 am #

    I just love this tutorial. I love the Nesting Scallops and the folder with insert…

  23. Sondra April 19, 2011 at 9:50 am #

    The swirls are to DIE FOR. I would put them on EVERYTHING… cards, LOs, my kid…

  24. JCG April 19, 2011 at 10:26 am #

    Ric rac! For sure! I designed my own letterpress for my wedding 5 years ago – so eager to try doing it myself. Hope I win!

  25. Sarah Gambrell April 19, 2011 at 10:28 am #

    I definitely want the nesting flowers. Can’t go wrong there! I’d use them for decorative touches and for adding sentiments and making them stand out.

  26. Laura April 19, 2011 at 11:07 am #

    I love the ‘plants’ and ‘flowers’ cookie cutter dies! So modern looking!

  27. Krisa April 19, 2011 at 11:28 am #

    I love the edge dies, particularly the waves and eyelets. I’m working on creating a baby book and birth announcement cards for my sister’s not-yet-born munchkin, and the eyelets are perfect for that. Living in Florida, the waves are aweseome not just for scrapbook pages (which frequently feature water activities) but cards as well. I still love my older QK tools – and I love that all your products are “backwards compatible” 🙂

  28. Sarah April 19, 2011 at 11:35 am #

    I think I’d go for the Diesel font so I can make my own fabric, felt, and chipboard letters.

  29. Linda April 19, 2011 at 11:44 am #

    WOW your cards are fabulous!!
    This does look like so much fun and the ideas are popping in my head of things I would love to try. It would be great to combine several shapes to create lots of fun designs.
    I really like my Nesties flowers and flourishes.
    What a great review and thank you for the chance to win.

  30. Patchi April 19, 2011 at 11:55 am #

    I could make so many cards with those lines and a few layered nesting flowers! I love it!

  31. Scrapycandy April 19, 2011 at 11:59 am #

    Spellbinder Parisian collection is my favorite so far and after I purchase those I would be making some very elegant cards. Thanks for thinking of us!

  32. AShu93 April 19, 2011 at 12:14 pm #

    My favorite is the nesting penants. It’s a great shape for adding a sentiment to a card.

  33. Mary April 19, 2011 at 12:27 pm #

    I love the flowers and plants cookie cutters – great organic shapes. And the nesting pennants are just too cute! I can these on lots of cards!

  34. connie April 19, 2011 at 12:30 pm #

    my favorites are the Border-scallops and nesting pennants. I would use these in my LO’s.

  35. Tamara April 19, 2011 at 12:45 pm #

    I love the nesting rings and the branch and berries dies.

  36. Suzie Button April 19, 2011 at 12:54 pm #

    I loved the rick rack circles die and the English Rose letters and the nesting flowers die! I’d make lots of flowers and cut out “Bloom” for a scrapbook page with the alphabet die I liked! Susan purrpage3 at verizon dot net

  37. Megan April 19, 2011 at 12:56 pm #

    I like the swirls diecut. I’d use it to make pretty swirls to decorate just about anything! Megan supermeg1718 at yahoo dot com

  38. paper bag create April 19, 2011 at 1:51 pm #

    GORGEOUS!!! Wowsers…love the cards that you’ve made..and u make it look so easy!
    My fave cookie cutters:
    roses, snowflakes, flowers and plants
    fave nesters:
    labels, rectangles and squares

    Would love some Happy mail!!!
    Thanks for the chance.
    🙂

  39. Tiffany April 19, 2011 at 1:52 pm #

    i love the paper bag cookie cutter! kraft paper is great, but i’d really like to make patterned paper gift bags too.

  40. Cindylu2u April 19, 2011 at 1:55 pm #

    I’ve soo been wanting the Letter Press, it produces a crisp clean fabulous print. I would definitely get the flowers cookie cutter, they would be very versatile, can use them on get well, birthday, anniversary cards! Thanks
    Cindy
    miller896042 at bellsouth dot net

  41. Yaritza April 19, 2011 at 2:00 pm #

    Great article. My favorite cookie cutter is the mini pizza box. This would make a great box to give a little treat to someone. Thanks for the chance to win.

  42. Jill April 19, 2011 at 2:05 pm #

    The stars have been on my list (I’m a “Quickutz/Revolution” type) but then again the branch and berries would look really good with the letterpress I’m going to win 🙂

  43. Sue McRae April 19, 2011 at 2:06 pm #

    Wow, there’s so many dies that I like. Love the Bloom dies, they will be great for making layered flowers of different sizes. The Branch & Berries, Tree Trunks and Plants are fabulous, I love all things tree & leaf related. For the Nesting Dies I like all the basic shapes of circles, squares etc and that there are so many size choices of each shape. I’m so impressed with all of these dies!

  44. Crickitt April 19, 2011 at 2:12 pm #

    I love the flower die and stamp combos I love making demensional flowers for cards and projects. I also love my milk carton die for treats for my DS school.
    Thanks for a chance to win 🙂

  45. Jingle April 19, 2011 at 2:13 pm #

    I love the nesting scallops and the nesting labels! They are so useful for card making and scrapbooking along with mixed media projects!

  46. Marie / Legojenta April 19, 2011 at 2:16 pm #

    I love all of the differnt nesting flower dies from Lifestyle Crafts, because I love creating layered flwoers for my papercrafts =)

  47. Jimmi April 19, 2011 at 2:31 pm #

    the alphabets are SO cute, love the Gazebo the best probably but it’s hard to choose!
    I could make such fabulous thank you notes for my daughter and I with this!
    thanks!

  48. rush April 19, 2011 at 2:36 pm #

    i like the roses, scallop edges and eyelet edges. this product is sounding better and better!

  49. janes12734 April 19, 2011 at 2:39 pm #

    I love the Nesting Label Squares and the Curls. What an informative review! Thanks. jane12734@aol.com

  50. Linda April 19, 2011 at 2:47 pm #

    What a great giveaway…circles will always be my “go to” shape.

  51. Monika/Buzsy April 19, 2011 at 2:59 pm #

    More fabulous samples! I love dies… any type, any shape… but my fav are flowers… so all the flower shapes are a go for me… I also love labels and shapes. :o) Thanks for the chance to win!

  52. Lydia April 19, 2011 at 3:16 pm #

    Branches and berries, for sure!

  53. Karen (TLgirl353) April 19, 2011 at 3:18 pm #

    I immediately was drawn to
    nesting sketchbooks
    CC-SHAPE-089-3. So different than any I have seen before and they can be used for cards, booklets, tied with ribbons on the top, very versatile design! Thanks so much for the chance to win!

  54. judy April 19, 2011 at 3:18 pm #

    I love the look of Letterpress! My favorite Cookie Cutters are curls, roses and tree trunks. My favorite
    of the Nesting dies is the labels set.

  55. Tiffany April 19, 2011 at 3:37 pm #

    The letterpress cards look marvelous! I just love the swirls in their new release…scrapbooking, cardmaking, frames…I can think of tons of uses for them!

  56. listgirl April 19, 2011 at 3:37 pm #

    I love the branch and berries. I could totally make a card and embellishments for a scrap page with that! Thanks for the chance to win.

  57. anaximander April 19, 2011 at 4:00 pm #

    I bought it, and used it. Frankly, I was disappointed with what came with the kit (I bought the one without the epic six.) The plates cracked and broke through after only a few uses, and the ones that didn’t break became deformed from the pressure. I ultimately looked up alternate instructions, and found some excellent ones on the BoxCar Press website. They recommend purchasing a different brayer, and used a different technique to hold the paper in place which worked MUCH better. The plates that I purchased from BoxCar (custom!) were not terribly expensive and worked beautifully. Overall, I’d get the set again, the inks, and the paper, but would get the plates somewhere else.

  58. Susan April 19, 2011 at 4:10 pm #

    I love it. Nothing looks classier than letterpress! Can’t wait to get one.

  59. Savannah O'Gwynn April 19, 2011 at 4:14 pm #

    I looooooove this! I would love to make quick cards and SETS of cards!! I would love to have any of the regular shapes (rectangles, circles, ovals)….I love the nesting rings too! THANKS for the chance to win:) sbmmhoover at yahoo dot com

  60. rlynnbaker April 19, 2011 at 4:24 pm #

    I love the branches and the circle sets. I would use them for both typical cards but I would probably try to use the cutters on freezer paper for stenciled clothing and bags.

  61. tcapps96 April 19, 2011 at 4:27 pm #

    I like the paint splat die, would make great name plates for Elementary art class!

  62. Betsey Terry April 19, 2011 at 4:29 pm #

    Love the look you did with the lines and swapping out the greeting.

    I can see how the Papertrey Ink and Fabriano paper might not work..but wonder about Watercolor paper.

  63. anuttyquilter April 19, 2011 at 4:29 pm #

    Another fantastic item from Quickutz – how do they keep doing it?. But to choose only one item that i love that is hard there are so many that i need!!!. I think the mini pizza box would be a fantastic addition to my die collection.

  64. Lisa April 19, 2011 at 4:36 pm #

    Thanks for the great review, hope I get to play with one soon!

  65. Kelly Sas April 19, 2011 at 4:37 pm #

    Oh I LOVE, love the Branch & Berries one!!! I think it would be amazing for my Christmas Cards this year. I’ll send you one if I win!

  66. Terrie April 19, 2011 at 4:53 pm #

    I really like the simple lunch bag. I think the letter press concept is great and would so love to win one. I am still trying to figure out if this would work with any of my manual rolling die cutting machines. Thanks for the chance to win!

  67. Catherine Kraft April 19, 2011 at 5:09 pm #

    Oh, there are so many fun things I’d love to have. The nesting rick rack circles and squares, scalloped edges, several of the borders and frames. I’m making cards and projects to raise money for some of the gals at our church who can’t afford to go to retreat and to help fun money for the youth programs. This would be such a blessing to have this. Thanks for the chance.

    Catherine
    catherinesangels@yahoo.com

  68. LisaAnn April 19, 2011 at 5:12 pm #

    I love most of them but will say the Petite plates and I would make lots of pretty cards!

  69. Tessa. April 19, 2011 at 5:13 pm #

    Nesting labels to label everything prettily 🙂

    Bluecrabs98@yahoo.com

  70. deena April 19, 2011 at 5:54 pm #

    Definitely the vines! I could see so many different occasion cards and invites that those vines would work for.

  71. Chookarooni April 19, 2011 at 5:56 pm #

    my favorites are waves and scallop borders – for the cookie cutter and my nesting favorite is the tree ( I have a thing about trees! thanks for opportunity to win

  72. Works From The Attic by Linda April 19, 2011 at 5:59 pm #

    Thank you for your critique! I love the nesting dies the best and the nesting frames are my favorites. I love to use pictures in my work and they are great for that. You can also write on them…just so versatile! Thank you for the chance to win!
    Linda Marino

  73. Leisa April 19, 2011 at 6:24 pm #

    I think I’d use the nesting labels and scallops the most, but there are a ton of cool shapes!

  74. Eeshie April 19, 2011 at 6:30 pm #

    My God, this is so cool!

  75. kathy s April 19, 2011 at 6:45 pm #

    there are so many great new nesting dies that cover so many sizes and shapes they’d replace or assist with the dies I already have-so cool and the border and longer dies like the flourishes would be a great accent to so many projects and would enhance the letterpress so much-have they bought out dies that coordinate with the letterpress shapes yet that would be cool. would so love to win a set thanks for the chance.

  76. Elizabeth April 19, 2011 at 7:09 pm #

    I’d love to use the flourishes to design wedding and graduation cards. I am so in love with this machine!

  77. Hitomi April 19, 2011 at 7:10 pm #

    I like so many of them, but here are a few that I really like: the nesting frames seem really good for lots of projects (cards or layouts). I also like the branch with berries, flowers and plants. I think I would use them on cards, but maybe even for home decor.

  78. Barb April 19, 2011 at 7:15 pm #

    The nesting scallops are my favorite. The letterpress is certainly awesome!

  79. Jenny B in Indy April 19, 2011 at 7:25 pm #

    I’d probably use the flowers and swirls the most and definitely on cards and canvas decor for my home. Love this machine!!

  80. Jodemart April 19, 2011 at 7:26 pm #

    My favorite is a tossup b/w the cookie cutter magnolia die from Quickutz and the nestabilities dies. Winning this letterpress will definitely take my cardmaking to the next level.

  81. klasickewpie April 19, 2011 at 7:58 pm #

    Now that I’ve stopped hyperventalating, I’m in love with the Mini Pizza Box. I’ve been looking for a box to package the handmade soaps I’m making…and this is the one!!!!

  82. Justme April 19, 2011 at 8:03 pm #

    THAT is a very cool and DIFFERENT system I like it! There are so many just die cut machine’s out there now I’ve had it with them! This peaks my interest. Ever since I’ve been put on oxygen at home, I have had to switch materials for safety, and can’t use heat, powders, anything with fumes on and on, this looks like I could use it all and have fun! Great giveaway! Donna

  83. Justme April 19, 2011 at 8:04 pm #

    PS Ouch it went right to post when I had not finished typing not trying to enter twice, Donna
    email rsvp is better to blue5ft3 at aol dot com than google email. I hate it! Thanks

  84. Cottagerca April 19, 2011 at 8:30 pm #

    Great post today, very informative. great pic’s.
    I guess i would use the nesting label sq. cc-shape 3-028 the most. This would be used for my background and embellishments for my LO. I could see making some cards too. thanks for the chance at the lovely RAK
    ava

  85. Carole RB April 19, 2011 at 9:56 pm #

    I love the cookie cutter “paper bag” and the nesting label (nameplate)`

    Thanks for the opportunity to win

  86. Dollie April 19, 2011 at 10:23 pm #

    I love the roses, file folders, and mini pizza box. Thanks for a chance to win 🙂

  87. KathyinMN April 19, 2011 at 10:28 pm #

    Wow, this is spectacular. The results are professional, you’d never think it’d look like that by doing it at home. thanks for profiling it-its an interesting series. My fav cookie cutters are the branches. I know I know-there are several branch sets, I love them all. Really. Because you can mix and match them. And they are long enough to go down the side of a 12 x 12 layout. (or cut them if you need shorter).

  88. Jessica April 19, 2011 at 10:58 pm #

    I love the paisley and the circles and rings.

  89. Anita April 19, 2011 at 11:12 pm #

    My favorites would be the shaped heart and rick rack sets. Great tutorial!

  90. Jessica Canham April 19, 2011 at 11:23 pm #

    My favorites are the Branch and Berries, Vine, and Scallop Edges. I think I would use them a lot in my card making. I also love the Tickets and the Nesting Labels. Thanks for the chance to win!

  91. Janelle April 19, 2011 at 11:47 pm #

    LOVE the nesting circles and flowers. I would use them to make garlands and to decorate wreaths. The cookie cutter blooms and petals would be perfect for scrapbook pages, and party decor. Great giveaway!!

  92. Jan Castle April 19, 2011 at 11:49 pm #

    Wow…what a machine!!! I have the flowers CC-Shape 094-2 and love it!!! Would love to have the border branch (great for making a quick card…can be placed almost anywhere; and the nesting rings (would make a cool upbeat card. Thanks for the chance to win.
    Jan Castle

  93. Barbe Saint John/ Saints and Sinners® April 20, 2011 at 12:32 am #

    how cool is that machine!!!I really lvoe the nesting labels both the rectangle and square shapes. I’d like to use it for making jewelry hang tags and thank you cards for my customers.

    I’d also like to see if I could use in an unconventional way. I’d love to emboss thin metal to use in jewelrymaking and perhaps use an ink that sticks to metal to print on thin metal to etch. It would be great to experiment with

  94. two_girls April 20, 2011 at 6:46 am #

    The blooms for sure! I am a flower addict! Real and paper ones!!! I could so use a handy tool like this!! I don’t have anything like this in my house!

  95. JOAN April 20, 2011 at 7:22 am #

    Love how your cards have that professional feeling. Each time I see the machine in works it makes me want to run and buy it. Thanks for the chance to win one.

  96. Donna April 20, 2011 at 7:51 am #

    I love flowers so the bloom, blossom, spray, leaves would be a hit for me. Your creations are wonderful. I could see where this could be addicting!

  97. Shawninaz April 20, 2011 at 9:02 am #

    The border eyelet edges really caught my eye but there are a lot of shapes I would definitely use. Great detailed review!

  98. Rachel B April 20, 2011 at 9:07 am #

    What a great tutorial. I love all those CONs on there. It will really help when I get my own! I love all the dies. The flowers are awesome and I love the nesting sketchbook set. I would love to make a mini album with those!

  99. Liz April 20, 2011 at 9:37 am #

    i like making cards so i would do that. my fav cookie cutter is the swirls and my fav nesting is nesting label (square)

  100. Julie April 20, 2011 at 10:10 am #

    Espresso CC Alphabet, Flourish, and Flowers (how many favorites is one allowed!?) and the scallop circle die, I would start with stationery cards and then letterpress anything I could get my hands on! lol

  101. My stuff blography April 20, 2011 at 10:14 am #

    I don’t know why but I’ve always been a big fan of swirls and paislies.

  102. Tricia W April 20, 2011 at 11:17 am #

    I like the nesting shapes circles (rings)… fun and modern! Great giveaway on a cool product 00 thanks!

  103. {VICKI} April 20, 2011 at 1:01 pm #

    I like the nesting stars and the tickets

  104. Melissa April 20, 2011 at 1:07 pm #

    I’m loving the Tree Trunk Cookie Cutters and the Nesting Scallops!

  105. Amy Hayes April 20, 2011 at 1:45 pm #

    I love the blossoms, Tree Trunks and Flourishes! I’d have to get all 3! I can think of so many pretty cards to make. Even little business sized ones for gifts!

  106. Jamie S April 20, 2011 at 2:23 pm #

    I love the composition book die! I could use that for so many little books, or for hidden journaling in scrapping! I love a lot of the others dies too. The alphas are awesome! Thanks, Jamie
    schnirchj at gmail dot com

  107. Rebecca Ednie April 20, 2011 at 2:26 pm #

    I love the coupon dies. Ok so I could probably cut these myself but books always look better when uniform and perfection with a regular cutter can be hard to attain! And did seeing them ever get my creative juices flowing! I can think of so Many great opportunities to use them.

  108. Claygirlsings April 20, 2011 at 2:41 pm #

    I like the nesting circles. I can see them not only on cards, but in some home decor uses. Very mod!

  109. Karla Anderson April 20, 2011 at 3:06 pm #

    I love the eyelet edges and the nesting paislees. Thanks for the chance to win.

  110. rudie2shoes April 20, 2011 at 3:08 pm #

    The nesting rectangles are awesome since it comes with 16 dies which is a lot better than spellbinders and at the same price!

  111. Aznewmom April 20, 2011 at 3:51 pm #

    Thank you for the great review…….and the chance to win one of these fun tools. 🙂
    I think I like the tree trunks. Don’t know why, but I do. LOL

  112. Valerie April 20, 2011 at 4:39 pm #

    I love the flowers. I can see using those dies for both Scrapbooking and cards. And those nesting circles are awesome. Now that’s a LOT of circles. Great for lots of craft projects.

  113. The New Modern Momma April 20, 2011 at 8:36 pm #

    I love everything about this machine and have had my eye on it for awhile. THanks for hosting such a great giveaway!

  114. broadwaydiva April 20, 2011 at 11:44 pm #

    the damask die might work well on a card letterpressed in damsk. Damask everywhere!

  115. Marina April 21, 2011 at 9:30 am #

    I’d choose the circles as my fave. They would be very useful, because I can use these for backgrounds, to put a stamped image on, … I can think of a lot of different ways to use them. Love it !

    Thanks for the great giveaway.

  116. BunnyFreak April 21, 2011 at 11:16 am #

    I love the nesting label sets and the cookie cutter branches. These would be great for card making.

  117. Karin April 21, 2011 at 11:24 am #

    Love the branches! Great for cards or layouts.

  118. mekei April 21, 2011 at 1:45 pm #

    i would like the square scallops nesting die to make mini albums with and wow just found the billboard sign set – super cute – for cards and scrapbook pages. skeime (at) gmail (dot) com

  119. Lindsey April 21, 2011 at 4:05 pm #

    I love the swirls and the roses in the cookie cutters, and definitely the nesting ovals would be so useful in card-making!

  120. Misha April 21, 2011 at 4:48 pm #

    I’d probably get the most use out of the roses die, or the nested penants. Seems penents are everywhere these days. misha_113 at yahoo dot com

  121. Sabrina Mix April 21, 2011 at 7:33 pm #

    Hi!

    My favorite Cookie Cutter is the “File Folders” one and Nesting die is the “Nesting Scallops” one. I would make party invitations and mini albuns with them.

  122. abbraddock April 22, 2011 at 2:12 pm #

    I wouls love to win letterpress it looks like it will be very helpfull with scrapbooking and cards ext. thanks for a chance to win.

  123. Tricia April 22, 2011 at 11:57 pm #

    I think the nesting circles and rectangles are a must! Thank you!

  124. purinne April 23, 2011 at 4:50 am #

    this is really hard to choose~

    i would go for the cookie cutters as most of the dies are of shapes that I use frequently and often 🙂

    thanks for givin us the chance to win this 😀 … really hope to win this wonderful tool 🙂

  125. rilojane April 24, 2011 at 12:45 am #

    I’m drawn to the nesting squares or the nesting labels… but I’m really a bang-for-the-buck kind of gal, so I’d probably go for the Espresso Alphabet since I can think of a lot of ways I would want to use it.

    Thanks for the honest review! It doesn’t look easy, but it looks like it would be worth it.