504 Main by Holly Lefevre: die cut
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Showing posts with label die cut. Show all posts


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!

Until then...be inspired..head over to WeRMemoryKeepers to check out their amazing products and save 20% on your order by using the code 504MAIN

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!


Rainbow Peek-a-Boo Star Bunting (Die Cut)

Almost every week, my daughter asks me too make something for her teacher or classroom. Once I dared question her about this, to which she replied "You are the crafty one, think of something?" (Yes, there was attitude, but it was also pretty darn funny).
This week she wants something for St. Patrick's Day. So, I got out my Lifestyle Crafts Evolution Die Cutter and got started on a cute Rainbow Bunting.


How to Make Pretty Paper Cake Toppers

I truly enjoy making fabulous birthday cakes for my kids, husband, family...
and friends if given the chance. I have made bowling pins and balls,
solar systems, trains, flowers, and giant cupcakes - to name a few.
Recently however, I have been baking up Bundt cakes and angel food cakes,
(a little less frosting!)
and had to devise new ways to decorate them!
Paper Cake Toppers by 504 Main

I am enjoying the simple simplicity of a beautiful cake adorned with pretty paper.
It is so easy and so versatile...and everyone seems to love it!


Idea Book: Boy Edition

It is so easy - way too easy -
to make pretty sparkly things for myself or my girlie.
I am on a never-ending quest to make things - or try to make things - 
that an eleven year old boy will think is "OK" enough to use.
Well, with this project, I may have done it.
It is simple, purposeful, and not sparkly.

My son's head is FULL of ideas (hmmm...wonder where he got that from?).
He is always asking...
"Can you make a note of this?"
"Can you remember...?"
"I'd like to...?"
"I have an idea for...?"

I am tired of sticky notes everywhere...and they get lost...so now,
he has his own personalized notebook to keep track
of his many brilliant ideas, thoughts, and whatever!

I used a simple three ring binder...and wait for it...
the coolest product (EVER) to create this notebook 
 - Shape N' Tape sheets from Lifestyle Crafts.
You know us bloggers and crafters love our tape...
well now we can get it in 6" x 12" sheets - yes SHEETS!

 Shape N' Tape Sheets
"Decorative rolls of tape just got a full size make over! With 6”x12” Shape ‘n Tape sheets, you have the freedom to cut out any shape using cutting dies or scissors. Have unlimited options to shape your creativity. Look for Lifestyle Crafts Tape It cutting die kit (sold separately) which includes 18 cutting dies designed specifically to cut out Shape ‘n Tape sheets!" (Lifestyle Crafts)

Of course using this in a die cutter is amazing...
but just to show you that you do NOT need a die cutter
to use the Shape N' Tape, I traced letters onto the sheets
and cut his name out by hand  - we can all do that, right?

I then pulled out the Epic to cut some shapes- I had to test it out! I simply used the nesting circles to play with. I played with placement a bit.

For this project, I eventually used only one circle
and cut strips of the Shape N' Tape Sheets.
I then simply peel the backing off and applied my design to the notebook!

We filled it with lined paper and now Joe has a cool
(at least in my opinion) place to organize his thoughts.

Now, I cannot wait to create more with Shape N' Tape! FUN!
It comes in great colors, including
I think I need all of the colors!

Shape N' Tape sheets work perfectly with the Tape It Die Kit,
"18 tape dies perfect for creating tags & cards, party & wedding details,
scrapbook pages, school projects, journals, home decor and more!" (Lifestyle Crafts)

Be sure to use the code "504Main"
to take advantage of the 20% discount

 This post is written and created at 504 Main by Holly Lefevre

disclosure: dies and shape n tape were provided to me. I am a lifestyle crafts affiliate and I LOVE their products.


Tooth Fairy Mailbox

My daughter is a little bit obsessed with the tooth fairy.
I have mentioned before how she leave notes,
draws pictures, and asks the tooth fairy a bunch of questions.
Well, the tooth fairy is having a really hard time finding those things under her pillow at night...in fact sometimes she cannot for fear of waking a sleeping child...
so I have come up with a solution...a 

And since tooth fairies are teeny tiny and the tooth fairy's secret hiding place is becoming very full, anything Jules leaves for the tooth fairy has to fit in the mailbox!

I used the Mailbox Die from Lifestyle Crafts as the base for this cute little mailbox.
image: Lifestyle Crafts

I used the mailbox die in my Epic 6 but their dies can be
used is a wide range of manual die cutters.

The sweet mailbox is part of the new Love Notes Collection
- get ready for Valentines day NOW!
image: Lifestyle Crafts

To make the tooth fairy mailbox, just use what you have on hand - you know each tooth fairy has their own style...ours likes glitters and flowers and ruffles. I did make one aother version using some artwork we had...I think it is pretty cute too!


I pulled out my arsenal of girly things and got to work creating this magical sparkly mailbox (under the supervision of Jules of course!).
I kind of want to make a boy mailbox now!


  • Lifestyle Crafts Mailbox die
  • Manual Die Cutter (Epic 6)
  • Chip board/cardboard/cereal box
  • 1-2 sheets of (quality) decorative paper
  • small decorative brads
  • hole punch
  • paint brush/foam brush
I used a variety of glues and adhesives for my project, you can get away with using less or other products. I just felt certain glues worked better for certain situations.
  • Hot glue/hot glue gun
  • E-6000
  • Mod Podge, matte
  • Spray Adhesive

  • Small glass jar
  • 2 chip board circles (or thicker cardboard circle) - I used all three (see how to below)
  • (E-6000 and Mod Podge for glue)

  • Glitter (specifically I used Martha Stewart Crafts Rich Essential Glitter)
  • Crepe paper streamers
  • Paper flowers (Recollection brand Floral Embellishments) 
  • Ribbon
  • Lace/trim
  • hole punch
  • Velcro circles

NOTES: Be sure to protect your surfaces when using glue and spray adhesive!
  • Glitter the inside of your jar (see the floor polish/glitter method I learned from The Single Nester)
  •  Cut circles out of chip board or cardboard. I cut 2 chip board circles but felt I needed more substance so I also added a cardboard backing for strength. Glue them together using Mod Podge.

  • Once dry, apply Mod Podge to the top of the circle and then sprinkle all over with glitter - I left a blank space in the center because that is where the mailbox was going to go and no point in wasting glitter! (be sure to tap glitter off onto a clean piece of paper or paper towel so you can save the excess.)

  • I used crepe paper streamers and ran a line of hot glue along the edge of the cardboard base. I did it a few inches at a time and simple ruffles the streamer as I went - not perfect but it worked and was easy! (see above photo)
  • I applied some lace trim because I wanted to and because it covered the hot glue line.
  • Apply E-6000 to the rim of the glass jar and center it on the back (un-glittered side) of the base. 
  • Let dry.

  • Cut the mailbox out using your die cutter. I cut one chipboard set and one set out of decorative paper. I wanted my mailbox to be durable.
  • I also cut one mailbox door in a matching paper so that when the door was opened there was pretty paper.
  •  I then used spray adhesive to apply the paper to the mailbox.
  • Assemble the main portion of the mailbox - fold along perforated lines and around the top over - with the chipboard I went slowly to round it so that it did not crease but rounded more smoothly.

  • Glue the lip to the bottom (using hot glue)
  • Fold back along perforated line and using a combination of hot glue and Mod Podge, insert into the back of the mailbox and let dry.
  • I then Mod Podged the entire outside of the mailbox and let it dry.

  • I felt like my mailbox was not sparkly enough ---I used a paintbrush, Mod Podge, and glitter and painted some areas of the printed paper and applied glitter to those areas.
  • I still wanted more glitter so I sprayed the entire mailbox with spray adhesive and sprinkled white glitter all over...the print still shows through but now the entire mailbox sparkled. 

  • I punched a hole in the front of the mailbox and ran a ribbon in through the front, tying a knot on the inside of the mailbox door to hold the ribbon in place. I ran the ribbon across the top of the mail box and on the back side applied a velcro circle (one side on the mailbox, one side on the ribbon) for easy opening and closing. I finished it off with the paper flower embellishments.

  • For the flag, I wrapped a piece of ribbon over the top for a flag, added some of the Recollections flowers and fastened it to the mailbox, using the holes cut with the die, with a decorative brad.

  • I used my hot glue (but you could use other glue) to glue the mailbox to the base - I centered the mailbox on the base.
  • Then, using hot glue again (but you could use other glue) added a small piece of lace trim to the base of the mailbox.
  • To finish it off, I glue a few of the paper flowers together and added some glitter in the center and placed them on the mailbox and base.

  • Finally, I added some paper shreds (just because it looked cute) and my little girlie wrote the tooth fairy a note! 

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This post is written and created at 504 Main by Holly Lefevre
disclosure: I received product and am an affiliate of Lifestyle Crafts