504 Main by Holly Lefevre: lifestyle crafts
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Showing posts with label lifestyle crafts. 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!


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


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!


How to Pretty Up a Package

These days I find myself celebrating a lot of milestone birthdays for friends and family.
For these special birthdays, I like to present a pretty package.
Now, one of my "very serious" faults is that I cannot wrap a package for the life of me.
I try...but my corners are never right, there is tape everywhere - you get the picture, right?
So I have taken to embellishing and creating fun ways to pretty up and personalize packages (to divert attention from my other wrapping faults)! 

Pretty Packaging with Lifestyle Crafts by 504 Main

Using  my Lifestyle Crafts Dies and Evolution Die Cutter, plus some fun chevron washi tape and miniature pom poms...and anything else I can think of, it is easy to create pretty packages for those special people in your life.


Pretty Paper Rosettes: A Centerpiece Accessory

I love to throw a PARTY!
No seriously, I would probably have a party every night, for any reason...if I could! After many years of planing parties and wedding for other people, I delight in entertaining my friends. I love to create intimate environments full of unique touches. I like my every day occasions to be special but not overdone, and this idea for centerpieces is a perfect example of something that is so easy to put together but has great impact. I used if for Christmas (even thought we might have eaten dinner in our jammies!) and will be using it for New Years and through the winter...and well, knowing me even into the Spring!

Pretty Paper Rosette Centerpiece Accessory by 504 Main


Valentine's Day "Creativity" Boats

I immediately fell in love with these little paper food trays from Lifestyle Crafts.
I had visions of tea parties with my girlies and with her American Girl Dolls.
Then I thought about how great they would be for school parties and little snacks...
and then the Valentine bug bit me again!

  So, I made a little boat - the perfect vessel for filling with Valentines treats!
Of course candy would work well...
but I chose to go with a non-candy theme for this project.
I was inspired but what my little girlie loves - to be creative.


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.