504 Main by Holly Lefevre


Simply Rustic Embossed Metal Heart Art

I love hearts all year long (why confine them to February!?). I also love experimenting with my Evolution Die Cutter and combining it with cuttable metal sheets and embossing folders was a fun way to add a twist to a simple, rustic pallet. I adore the contrast of the shiny metal against the rough dark stained wood, and that touch of embossing makes it even extra special!

I made this fun pallet art piece to display at my favorite coffee shop! It totally rocked that coffee shops mantel! Now I have to make one for myself...and here is how you can too.

  • Evolution Die Cutter (or other manual die cutter)
  • Material: Cuttable Metal sheets
  • Die: Nesting Dies - Scallop Heart
  • Embossing Folder: Bloom
  • Small (1/2") finishing or paneling nails and hammer
  • Pallet: My pallet is about 3 feet tall x 2 feet wide with 2 braces on the back. I make my own pallets and I will share that with you in a few days...BUT these hearts can adorn just about anything! 
  • DIY Cider Vinegar Wood Stain and brush (for the pallet) 
  • Paint: optional (think about the cuteness of painted hearts!)

1. Place your heart dies on the Genius Platform (NOTE: if you are embossing the largest heart does not fit all the way into the embossing folder - this is step 4.) 

2. Lay the metal sheet on top, and then the cutting mat

3. Run the platform through your Evolution Die Cutter

NOTE: I cut out my shapes first ...because if you emboss the metal first, when you run it through the die cutter again to cut, you lose a little of the embossing (it flattens out a bit).

4. Next place the hearts in the embossing folder; place the folder on the platform and the mat (B) on top, and run it through the Evolution again. Repeat as necessary.
5. You now have some fabulous embossed metal hearts

6. Paint if you would like; let dry; (optional) give a light sanding to distress.

7. Stain/Paint the pallet using your choice of colors. I used DIY Apple Cider Vinegar Stain. Let dry.

8. Now all you have left to do it strategically place your hearts  - well, there really is not strategy - just place they how you like - line 'em up, stagger them...just make it pretty! Attach each heart to the wood with a small finishing nail - I just hammered mine right in the middle -  and you are done!

In the next couple of days, I will share my tutorial for making your own pallet  - I did this along time ago too...but I have learned a thing or two since!

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This post is written and created at 504 Main by Holly Lefevre
I am a member of the Lifestyle Crafts Studio Team. Some compensation may have been provided. All projects are original and I love these supplies!


Pretty Paper Pinwheel Centerpieces

The last few months of my life have been insane,
and to add to that insanity I threw my daughter a birthday party right before we moved.
Last month I posted about the A-D-O-R-A-B-L-E
mini sugar cookie favor boxes I crafted...and finally (better late than never, right?)
I am showing you a simple but oh so pretty paper pinwheel centerpiece I made for the party as well. I used the same Chalkboard Paper Pack as I did for the favors...because it has to coordinate, right!?
Pretty Paper Pinwheels by 504 Main


Sugar Cookie Favor Boxes

I have been trapped under, beside, and on top of boxes...
but that aside, this month has been full of celebrations.
Most recently we threw my daughter a small birthday party
before we took off from California to Texas.
In general I like to keep my party favors useful or edible,
so for this soiree I used the Mini Pizza Boxes from Lifestyle Crafts to package
"everyones" favorite butterfly sugar cookies from the local bakery.

sugar cookie favor boxes from 504 main

These sweet favors were so simple and made such a great presentation.
Here is how to make them.

sugar cookie favor boxes from 504 main


sugar cookie favor boxes from 504 main


Make it!

  • Cut the paper in half. I used the Chalkboard Paper Pack  because I LOVE the look and style but it is also 2-sided so you get a decorative inside and outside.
  • Place the mini pizza box die on the Genius platform.

sugar cookie favor boxes from 504 main

  • Place the paper on top; top with the cutting mat.

sugar cookie favor boxes from 504 main

  • Run the pizza box die through the Evolution.
  • When cut, bend at perforated lines.

sugar cookie favor boxes from 504 main

  • I used the Sticky Thumb Adhesive to keep the box secure. Just add it to the back and front of the box bottom, and the front of the lid.

sugar cookie favor boxes from 504 main

You can be done here...but let's embellish!

sugar cookie favor boxes from 504 main

  • Cut one Rosette on the Evolution out of a coordinating paper. (you should be able to cut 2 rosettes from each piece of 6 x 12 paper)

sugar cookie favor boxes from 504 main

  • Bend the rosette at the perforations; use Sticky Thumb Adhesive to adhere the ends together
  • Glue (with hot glue) the rosette to the top of the pizza box.
  • Add a button or embellishment to the center.


  • I also cut small squares, that fit right in side the boxes, in wax paper to set the cookies on.
  • Fill the sweet boxes with some sweets and you have an adorable and oh so yummy party favors!

sugar cookie favor boxes from 504 main

I LOVE my Evolution (and the dies work with many other manual die cutters).
Use the code 504MAIN to grab a discount on your order!

What is your favorite favor from a party?
This post is written and created at 504 Main by Holly Lefevre

disclosure: I am an affiliate of Lifestyle crafts. Supplies and/or compensation were provided for this project.


DIY Letterpress Table Numbers (Lifestyle Crafts)

There are so many celebration happening in my life right NOW.
Milestone birthdays, births, bat mitzvahs, promotions, new jobs, new homes.
And, well I love celebrating these joys with my friends,
and I love to decorate and create sweet little details for them too.
DIY Letterpress Table Numbers by 504 Main


Honeyed Peach Crisp (Only 4 Ingredients!)

We L-O-V-E dessert in this house.
Because of that I am always trying to come up with new ideas for simple
and somewhat-healthy options to satisfy our sweet tooth in a "good way."
Two big favorites in this house is my berry "cobbler" and the apple crisp (in a mug) 
and today I share with you the latest fruit creations...
Honeyed Peach Crisp!
(and there are only 4 ingredients!) 

Honeyed Peach Crisp by 504 Main