Thursday, May 26, 2011

As Promised: Epic Letterpress Giveaway & Tutorial **ENDED**

Ok, I promised you guys earlier this week that a giveaway for the Epic 6 Letterpress Tool by Lifestyle Crafts was coming and here it is!!!
One lucky reader is going to win the Epic Combo Kit which includes the following:
Epic tool
Cutting platform
Cutting mat
Embossing platform
Letterpress platform
Ink base
Ink brayer
Black ink
Printing plates
Paper placement guides
A2 paper pack
Adhesive sheets
Nesting Circles cutting dies

A $169 value!!!!

I’ve had fun playing with mine (you can see my Mother’s Day cards here), but I wanted to share with you some other fabulous projects I’ve seen made with this neat tool.

Plus loads of Creative Ideas like this Teacher Treat Bag found on Lifestyle Crafts’ site.
I was pretty hesitant to use mine because I feel so inadequate when it comes to papercrafting, but I am happy to admit that after a few runs I am genuinely excited about it and find myself thinking of new ways to use it.

If you are already familiar with how it works, feel free to scroll on down for the giveaway requirements and get yourself entered to win.
However if you are like me and like to see EXACTLY how it works, here is a basic tutorial for a Graduation card.
Graduation-card
One of the sets I was sent is the Bubbly Printing Plates, so that’s the one I used for this card.
First I took an adhesive sheet and peeled off one side of it, stuck it to the back side of the plate, then removed the other side of the adhesive, and stuck it to the letterpress platform.
Adhesive
Next I squeezed a little bit of red ink onto the ink base.
Squeeze-ink
Take your ink brayer and roll it through the ink to coat it.
Ink-on-roller
Then roll the ink brayer on top of the printing plate.
Apply-ink-to-plate
Place a white piece of cardstock on the opposite side of the letterpress platform.
White-paper-ready-to-press
Close the letterpress platform and feed it through the Epic Tool.
Roll-through-press
When you open it up you’ll see your ink embossed paper.
Dotted-plate-red-ink
Cleanup is a breeze with their cleaning cloths. Wipe off the plate, platform, ink base, and brayer.
Cleanup
I repeated this procedure on red cardstock with the graduation cap and black ink instead of the dotted plate and red ink.
Cap-plate-pieceCap-black-ink
Then again on gray cardstock with the “Congrats” and white ink.
Congrats-white-ink
The last thing I did was take my red cardstock and emboss it without ink for the card part.
(Not sure why the color is weird in this photo).
Emboss
After that it was assembly and my card was done!
Graduation-card
Another great thing the Epic Tool can do is die cutting. Using the metal die cuts, you can cut out all sorts of shapes. I used mine for some basic tags.
Die-cut
Hope that helps a bit!

TO ENTER:
(Must be a U.S. shipping address)
  • Visit Lifestyle Crafts and browse around, then come back here and leave a comment telling me your favorite project or how you would use the combo kit.

Giveaway runs until Monday, May 30th @ 8 pm MST.

Also use code “SEWDANGCUTE” to save an additional 20% off any Lifestyle Crafts products. Code valid through June 30.


122 comments:

  1. I love the Letterpressed Monogram Thank You Card. The Damask style is my favorite! I would LOVE to win this! I would use it to first off to scrapbook, and secondly, I would love to use this to make personalized note cards! I am always finding the need to write little notes to friends and I think this would be such a classy tool to use to make them!! I love all the plates that they have too, Thanks for the chance to win! I'll keep my fingers crossed!!

    cherie.goyer at gmail.com
    http://oneheartscrapper.blogspot.com

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  2. I think this is awesome. There are so many things I would try. Like some of the many ideas for gift bags or I also love the banners! And then there are the gift boxes. Oh my!! Are there enough hours in the day? Ha!
    Great giveaway! Count me in for sure!
    Hugs
    SueAnn
    slommler@gmail.com

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  3. What a fun tool! Scrapbooking and cards are the obvious things I'd use it for, but I love the little decorated boxes. I'd use them for jewelry gifts and party favors.
    Teri
    craktpotATgmailDOTcom
    http://handiwerx.blogspot.com

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  4. I think that best wishes card is my favorite. I'm just a sucker for that background pattern.

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  5. WOW! What an amazing giveaway! Tooooo generous! :) I went through all the "Creative Ideas" at LifestyleCrafts and my very favorite is the Cookie Monster Treat Bag (http://lifestylecrafts.com/ideas/index/view/id/126) It is so cute and would be a great party favour for one of my nieces' birthday next year!!! Thank you so much for sharing!

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  6. I check out their site over and over again! My favorite thing still has to be the graduation plate like you demonstrated. Since my son is graduating next week, that seems to be all I can think about:)

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  7. Cards, cards, cards! I really like the fold out LOVE one in the "creative ideas" :)

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  8. I would probably first use it to create some kind of art work for the house, then cards of course.

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  9. Awesome! I would like to make tags for my first ever craft booth this coming November, and fabulous cards for people. I love sending neat cards in with swaps that I do.

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  10. I love this thing and I would make cards and the cute boxes.

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  11. What a great giveaway! I'd love to win. I'd use it to give my scrapbooks a serious updating.

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  12. I would love to make merchandise tags for the quilting business I am starting! They have such great ideas for craters of all kinds!

    Dana
    wxbug79@yahoo.com

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  13. There are so many neat projects, I can't pick just one! I would love to win! I would use it to make stationary as well as decorations for the walls of my kids rooms! Thanks so much for the opportunity!

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  14. My favorite project is the treat box (I LOVE treats!), but it's really hard to decide. There's so much awesome stuff to do with the Letterpress!

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  15. So many wonderful card ideas that I would love to try :) thanks for the chance to win! :)

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  16. Great giveaway! I love all the cards. I am a big fan of sending cards for no reason!
    Thanks,
    katelyn.j.stephens at gmail dot com

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  17. OHHHH how I NEED this! I would use this to make our wedding invites and thank you cards and holiday cards and anything else I could think of!

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  18. I would use it for cards and scrapbooking. How fun! I love all of the designs.

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  19. Oh my goodness so cute. I must confess I am not a scrapbooker, I know I know how can that be?!? But I'm not! I would however love to make cute little cards and handouts! So you should pick me and help with my talentless endeavors! :D

    webowes at hotmail dot com

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  20. I love the chevron thank you card. I don't buy "greeting" cards b/c $3.00-$6.00 just seems ridiculous! So I would love to start making these!!

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  21. my favorite project is the Floral Arrangement in Popcorn Box ~ i'd like to make something like that, it's so pretty !

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  22. I love the treat bag toppers! They would be so fun to give to friends.

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  23. I absolutely adore the projects I am seeing with this. I would make birthday invitaitons for my nieces 3rd party and then coordinating favors, food decorations, etc. for the party. LOVE!!!!

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  24. I lOvE!!! letterpressed cards! My fav out of the ones on the web site is this one:
    http://lifestylecrafts.com/ideas/index/view/id/88
    I really like the look of the frame around the front of the card! And being a paper crafter, that little letterpress tool would really get a work out! Thanks for the opportunity!!

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  25. I have a HUGE obsession with gift boxes - I would be making hundreds of gift boxes a week! Wouldn't that be perfect when my neighbor calls me to "borrow" some eggs (again)?

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  26. It is hard to choose just one project. I love the sweet and spicy shapes, they could be used for so many different things. I think the shapes would be wonderful for scrap booking as well as for thank you cards. I have been married for a month on Sunday and using the letterpress would be amazing to create a scrapbook for me and my husband. The only thing will be finding the time, as both of us are doctoral students studying Soil.

    Thank you for the giveaway opportunity!

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  27. I love the cards you created! I've really loved seeing all the different plates people have used with this. I personally would be getting the holiday plate sets and working on a Christmas card using their custom plate item!


    chelsealexander at hotmail

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  28. Neat! I have never even heard of this thing before. There are so many cool projects. I think I would use it first for cards and move on from there where my creativity is inspired. I love the flexibility it give to personalize just about anything. I can see some great gifts in the future.

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  29. I love the look of embossing, so I'd probably go crazy making some embossed cards so I can actually have some ready to send out when I need. I'm so bad about cards! I still need to send my mom her Mother's Day card!

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  30. I've been making cards like CRAZY lately-- I'd love to use the letterpress to add some creative touches to my cards! :)

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  31. I've been dying to try this tool! I've been lusting after it for months now at the craft store. I love the little chevron cupcake stand. Too cute!

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  32. I love the scrapbooking pages. i am really behind on my daughters and this could totally help me get caught up.

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  33. So fun! I love the flourish plate.
    I love all the cards and party favor ideas, but I really love that Custom Printing Plate wedding invite! LOVE!!!

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  34. I would love to be able to make my own cards. I give cards for every occasion, and it would be so much more personal to be able to create my own!

    Thanks for the chance

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  35. Wow! I am a total sucker for letterpress, so would love to win this.

    I really like the Letterpressed Pocket Full of Posies Card project: http://lifestylecrafts.com/ideas/index/view/id/120

    larkspurpurple (at) gmail.com

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  36. I love all the cute little bags and boxes. Cute ideas indeed! amyheadlee at gmail dot com

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  37. I would use it for making invitations!! I am at that age where I'm always throwing baby showers and bridal showers, so it would be perfect!

    http://lifestylecrafts.com/ideas/index/view/id/154

    arealgoodbet (at) gmail (dot) com

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  38. I LOVED the Cookie Monster treat bag :) Super cute! The Epic Letter press is awesome, I would love to have one. I would use it to complete my wedding album; I've been married almost 4 years and I think it is time to get it finished lol

    THANKS

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  39. I love the Chevron Cupcake Stand! So many possibilities!

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  40. I think I'm partial to the treat boxes - so CUTE! I'm wondering if it can be used with fabric? Hmmmm........

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  41. I would use this for the embossing and the letterpress functions. I'd probably use it mainly for cards, but also for invitations, since I LOVE the way the invites look in the website's pictures of finished projects!

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  42. I love all the gift boxes people have made. I really like the woodgrain looking kit. I'd definitely get that plate and put woodgrain letterpress art all over my house!

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  43. I love the floral arrangement in a popcorn box, but with the letterpress I'd probably make notecards and collages.

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  44. My favorite is the Christmas wreath card, but I love the "I love you" card as well. What treasures. Would love to be able to try this!
    Thanks for the giveaway.
    Darc
    xxoo

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  45. What a fun giveaway! I think the cookie monster treat bag is darling. Thanks for the chance to try to win! emilia(dot)kelly(at)gmail

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  46. I've been wanting to create some funky paper art to frame and this would be perfect. I'd also like to create some stationary to give to my sister for her wedding thank you cards. Love it.

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  47. There's so much awesome stuff! I would probably make some sweet thank you cards and some artwork for the house.

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  48. what a cool tool! i would make tons of cards and those boxes are too cute. i'm sure i could find a use for it scrapbooking too!

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  49. I'm a big giver of homemade goodies and I really could use this product for tons of giftbags. Thanks for the chance to own one!

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  50. Treat boxes, labels, cards....this machine seams amazing.

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  51. I am expecting my first in November and would love to make birth announcements! Such a cool tool... love it.

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  52. I have been wanting to start really making cards for awhile now! This would be a huge help!

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  53. I love all the treat bag ideas. Such a basic shape that can be decorate a million different ways. Fun!

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  54. If I got the package in time, I would make some Fathers Day cards for my DD and DH, then DH is turning the big 50 this year, so I would need to letterpress some gorgeous invitations and pary decorations (masculine, of course), and then there's always Christmas! Making some classy and fun Christmas cards with the Epic would be incredible!

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  55. What fun things I could do with this. I'm loved the cupcake holders, the wraps, the folding cards. The petals printing plate would be so handy for invitations, letterheads and cards. What a marvelous giveaway. Thanks,

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  56. That looks like so much fun! I would love to make a banner for birthday's!
    amarissahancey (at) gmail.com

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  57. I would make tons of personalized birthday cards!

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  58. Wow, what a great giveaway. I really liked the little jewelry holder on the letterpress page, but would probably use it first to make a cute banner for my mantle for spring. My fingers are so crossed, it's amazing I can still type.

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  59. I HAVE been looking for something like this for years. I would love to have an epic. I love the Tutorials, I would love to make the simple calendar.

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  60. THe fabric rosette garland is a neat project. WE use lots of thank you notes and so this would be a great tool to make neat notes to send!

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  61. I love all of the cupcake papers, and I love making cards, I can only imagine the amazing things I could do with my cards!!!

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  62. I think it would be fantastic to use this to make card sets to give as gifts! LOVE it!

    megan167 (at) gmail (dot) com

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  63. I need a new Happy Birthday banner (our old one broke) so I'd love to use it for that.

    Your card it so cute too!

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  64. I think the gift bag ideas are the greatest!! Who doesn't need a cookie monster bag filled with cookies?!

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  65. This letterpress looks like sooo much fun! I would so use it to make cards and scrapbook pages like they did on the web site! So pretty:)
    kweight@byu.net

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  66. Who wouldn't love to win this awesome giveaway? I love what the letterpress can do. The matchbook photo album is so cute and I love the thank you card set. So many things to make!!

    christina(dot)schmidt01(at)gmail(dot)come

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  67. Wow! I would love to make some cupcake stands for my son's birthday party next month!

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  68. I would live this for a year round tool,, i can only think of a fex hundred way to use this... cards, tags, labels and so much more.

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  69. So cool! I would love to start making homemade cards again.

    meganbotts (at) yahoo

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  70. I just love the Matchbook Photo Album. I've had a similar idea for a while now (: I love this!

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  71. love the cupcake wrappers.. what fun that would be..

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  72. I love the holiday garlands and the treat toppers. I've always been a little intimidated to make my own cards - something like the Epic would make it fun!

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  73. I just love stationery. I would love to make my own fancy personalized stationery for writing thank you's and notes to friends!!

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  74. I would use the combo kit to make gift sets for teachers and family members.

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  75. Wow! I am dying for a Letterpress! :) I would love to do something like Lara did with the "Hop" frames, but do a "Dad" project for Father's Day!

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  76. I would love to win! I want to use the letter press to make my baby outplacements for this year!

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  77. Ooh. Gift boxes, cupcake wrappers, personalized cards and stationery.....
    bischinha(at)gmail(dot)com

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  78. The party soda bottle wraps!! Those look fantastic!

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  79. oh my gosh-I love this! I am a teacher and can only begin to imagine the possibilities of using this for things in the classroom. I loved the smile desk box and could see leaving little treats on co-workers desks to brighten their day. I also have a 13 month old and the possibilities are endless for all the fun we could have with projects as she grows up! Thanks for the great giveaway!

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  80. I didn't know that an at-home letterpress machine even existed! My mind is full of soo many possibilities. After going to the website, I think I've fallen in love with the party flag inserts for cupcake toppers and the letterpressed 'thank you' cards! :D

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  81. I would use it to make birth announcements!

    stormyranew at yahoo dot com

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  82. What could you not do w/ that toy????? Love the little treat bag toppers! I can imagine taking treats to my girls at church or goodies for a take home after a birthday party!
    kimmers_zoo@hotmail.com

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  83. Thanks for the awesome giveaway! Would love to use it to make some birthday invites!

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  84. I've been seeing this (and salavating over it) everywhere! As a lifelong lover of stationary (and the somewhat "lost" art of postal letter writing) I would LOVE the endless options of being able to create my own, original cards. (Not to mention, my kids would be guaranteed to have to cutest birthday party invitations on the block!)

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  85. This looks like so much fun to use! I thought the little gift bags would be so fun to use for neighbors at christmas time or for little birthday gifts at church. Thanks for the fun giveaway.

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  86. i absolutely love the box ideas, very neat idea! those would be great for party favors ;)

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  87. I love the trellis design plate! Thanks for hosting this awesome giveaway :)

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  88. This product is amazing! I would use to make baby cards for all the baby gifts I make [i made over 50 baby blankets in the last 2 years - yep I have a ton of friends having babies right now]

    ida99byu@yahoo.com

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  89. this looks like a super cool tool.. lots of great projects and ideas over there.. I would probably use it to make favors for daughters upcoming wedding and shower for sure.

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  90. I've been dying for one of these machines and would love to make handmade cards for every occasion!

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  91. I love the chevron thank you cards. I enjoy giving hand-written thank you to friends and family. This would allow me to make my own!

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  92. Ooh this would be perfect for me. My cousin is getting married next year and I want to make her invites. This would be the perfect touch for them. I already have an idea for what to do. I hope I win!!!

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  93. I can think of about a million things I'd use this for...I love the little printed boxes, invites, cards and even artwork for my nekkid walls. Plus, I'm old and love to challenge myself by learning new stuff.

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  94. Awesome giveaway!! I love the ideas for gift bags, home decor, cards and the little smile box. OMG soooo adorable!! I'm pregnant with twins and my sister is pregnant with a singleton. We are due at the same time, and planning our showers together. Oooooh the things we could make with this!! :)

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  95. I really liked the Belly Band Letterpress card. I would use it to make cards and elements to add to the cards & scrapbook pages. I would also use it for home decor. Thanks for the chance to win it.

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  96. Great giveaway:) I like the Chevron Card. Lots of possibilities!

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  97. I would LOVE to have this for making cards!
    tiffdeon at yahoo dot com

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  98. This would be awesome!! I have so many ideas in my head with this awesome tool! Thanks!

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  99. There's a "Because I Forget Everything" notebook that I love. I also once saw a fry box that I would LOVE to do this summer. COOOOOOL!!!

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  100. I love the little matchbook album, but I'm sure I would use it the most for cards and banners (I can't seem to get enough banners these days!)!

    heidikundin[at]yahoo[dot]com

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  101. I'm loving the Chevron stripes. The Chevron stripe note cards rock.

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  102. I would love to make banners and stationary! I do lots of writing! thanks!
    butler83ataoldotcom

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  103. Great giveaway! I would certainly use if for making note cards.

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  104. Cool! I just started my own blog and I would use it to create all kinds of crafts to feature on it. I love decorating cakes and cookies, so I would absolutely be using it to make the cupcake covers!!! So cute!

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  105. Love it!! I'd make cards to sell at our local craft store. How fun!!

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  106. This would be a dream to win! I love all things stationary (I even want a paper shop of my own someday!)Having this would cut my stationary bill!

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  107. I would love to win!!! I would use this for our wedding invitations, thank you notes and place cards. It would save us a HUGE amount of money :-) Thank you so much for the opportunity of such an awesome giveaway!
    angelina_lover@yahoo.com

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  108. Hello there! I love the treat box, because I like to make goodies throughout the year & it'd be great to dress up the boxes. Plus bday cards & holiday crafts would be awesome with this!

    Check out my blog for some great parties & giveaways.
    ~Iffy~
    www.stayathomenation.blogspot.com

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  109. There are some super cute cards on that site!! Love them!

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  110. The cupcake liners are awesome! Then I wouldn't even have to worry that my cupcakes looked cute because everyone would be too busy checking out the liners.
    celestebishop@hotmail.com

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  111. I love the Rainbow Circle Gift Box.

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  112. I love the printing press part and would definitely make tags and banners. Also love the circle die cuts. It would be fun to try so many things.
    Kathy at simpsonshome@gmail.com

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  113. I would definitely use it to make all of my cards I give to people! (example: baby announcements... so many cute ones!) There are so many cute ideas... and the floral boxes are pretty, too!

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  114. How Cute is this? http://lifestylecrafts.com/ideas/index/view/id/84

    I would actually make a slew of these for a FAITH and BELIEVE Banner! Because, I need a reminder everyday! Thanks for doing this Giveaway! ~ Hugs ~ jo

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  115. I love the cupcake kit and I would love to make banners to decorate for holidays and things.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  116. I would love to use this to make handmade cards to keep in touch with my faraway friends! :)

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  117. i would love to make the love fold out card and frame it in my room. i think that would be so sweet!

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  118. I would love to make the little cupcake holders and table for my g.d.'s birthday

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  119. I hadn't even heard of this tool until I read your blog. It looks like a lot of fun. I would love to get back into paper crafting and make some art for in my kids' rooms.

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  120. I love all of the cards - especially the round ones!

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