Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Stretch Your Nesties and Save Your Nest Egg Tutorial

I got SO excited about exploring the possibilities of "two step cutting" with my Nestabilities dies to create new shapes like I did before in this "Faking it"post, so I played around with a few more, here are the results! I hope it gets you thinking outside of the box with dies you already have (or helps you pick which ones you REALLY want to get!) and saves you a few precious crafting dollars! TIP: For all of these, it is extremely important you have your die centered over the cut out so the pieces being cut off are symmetrcial, otherwise your final shape will be wonky, I didn't measure or anything, just look at it before you add your top plate and run it through. :)



While I DO love my scalloped dies, my favorite Nestabilites dies are the more classic, simple geometric shapes, so besides the Labels One Die Set, I haven't yet gotten any of the curvy, more ornate offerings that have come out from Spellbinders recently. Occasionally though I'll probably want something that has a fancier feel, so here's one I made using the Labels One set. Start by cutting one out.

Then turn you die a quarter turn over the die cut and cut again.
Voila! A kind of more angular substitute for the Labels Four die, has a more masculine feel(would make a cool, badge/belt buckle or just a different shaped frame... (be sure to save those curvy corners you have left over for something else!) ;) Below you can see I made a white mat with the smaller die, I'll stamp something on that later! :)

Now, onto the "Octagons"! Sorry, although I've seen some beautiful cards made with the Octagons dies, I personally can't look at octagons and not think "STOP!" (and that's where my creativity stops with this shape LOL! so I haven't bought the octagons either!) But what if I want to make a stop sign?? Well, an 8- sided shape is really a four sided shape cut twice, observe!
Cut your square, then turn a quarter turn and cut again.

...an octagon! (and photo corners, ooh ahh! hee hee!)

Next I thought I'd try cutting out an oval and then seeing what my Labels One die would do when centered over that...

A "softer" version of the first one I showed you today (it's easier to see the difference side by side at the bottom of ths post), not so pointy. It's very close to the original Labels One cut out, but I like just cutting off those rounded corners gives you a slightly different option. These two I meniton both have more of a Labels Two or Labels Three feel.... Certain stamp images and designs really do call for very specific shapes sometimes! (hey look, do you see a pair of lips on either side?! I just noticed that-HA!! I'll be using those!)


This next one using the Stars die set is cool for piecing together a quilt collage, maybe making the head of a prize ribbon, etc. Cut out a star. Now turn the star die so that each point is exactly in between the other points.

While not so curvy, layering several of these together could make a really cool looking flower, similar to the "Dahlia" Die set.

Here they all are:


I hope you liked this! :) I'm off to try to work these "new shapes" into some samples for further inspiration! New stamps are in the house!!! ;)

If you have not read the Alzheimer's post below, please do! The event has't even started yet and they are already halfway to their goal! My hope is at the end of the event we'll find there is going to be a 10, 000 dollar check written for Alzheimer's research!!

56 comments:

Lou said...

What a brilliant idea well done for thinking of it and thank you for sharing it Kind Regards Lou

Monika/Buzsy said...

Great ideas Melanie! I love my nesties... but they are expensive. Thanks for sharing!

Tina Gilliland said...

OH wow!!! What a great idea!!! These are awesome, Melanie! I'm heading over to Stamp Out Alzheimers and join you and the others!

Virgo5 said...

What fun research! and thanks for sharing your findings! It's so nice to find other ways to use our tool, more bang for the buck!

Anita said...

Wow! What wonderful ideas!

Kristina G said...

Thank you for all these ideas of how you can use what you have and make it more. I only have a couple of basic nestabilities, but I can see that for my next purchase I will get something that is multi-purpose. Enjoy your samples and the new stamps in the house!
Kristina

Carole RB said...

Hi Melanie
This is a great, super, fabulous turorial. I only have one set of Nestie wich is Labels One Die Set but this will strech its use and this also can be applied with Coluzzle oval and square. You are brilliant! Thank you.

Jan Castle said...

WOW Melanie...that's SUCH a good idea...I will definitely give it a try. Thanks to you, my creative juices are flowing!!!!!
Jan Castle

Holly said...

You've certainly got me looking at my nesties in a whole new way! Thanks for sharing your ideas.

Juli Smith, SU! Demo said...

Very cool Melanie! I'm glad someone can think outside the box! lol Have a great day!

mudmaven said...

Thank you soooooo much for this wonderful idea! I can't wait to get home from work and try it out! ~chris

Diana said...

WONDERFUL!!! Thanks for sharing your brilliant ideas!

Kathy Kelsheimer said...

Melanie, Thank you so much for this awesome tutorial! You have just added to my cardmaking abilities, and I appreciate YOU! And may the Lord continue to richly bless you for your heart to help with the Alzheimer projects. You are making a difference, my friend.

Judy said...

Great ideas! It was too simple or obvious for me to think of.
Thanks for sharing these tips.

Elena said...

Wow! What a cool idea! Thank you for sharing, Melanie!

Diane said...

Oh wow!!! Your are so awesome Melanie! Those are wonderful!TFS!!

Roxie said...

This tutorial totaly rocks!!!!! Thanks so much I have got to go play with my nesties.

Michelle said...

Mel's Genius strikes again.. WOW!!! You are impressive as always Mel..

Peggy said...

OMG!! I love these. I'm going to have to find some time to play this weekend with my dies to see what I can come up with. Thanks for thinking outside of the box!

Mel M. M. McCarthy said...

Holy Guacamole girl! You are my HERO!! This is THE cleverest ever. How DO you do it???? WOWza!!! :O)

Libby Hickson said...

Awesome ideas Melanie!!

Carolyn King said...

so clever! great post! (check your spam mail!)

Crafty Math Chick said...

This was really cool Melanie - THANKS!

Amy Johnson said...

wow! TFS! You sure know how to save a buck!

Bettythebaglady said...

Oh Wow Now I'll have to buy the star set!Thanks ever so BettyXXX

handmade by RT said...

what a brill idea!!! thanks for sharing love rach xxx

Christine said...

Thank you so much for sharing your brill tutorial def. inspiring.

Christine xx

Penni said...

What a brilliant idea - you're amazing, I can't wait to start experimenting to see what other shapes can be made, what fun!!

Thanks so much for sharing

Hugs
Penni
X

Ikki said...

Hi Melanie, this is a brill idea and many thanks for sharing. As you know I have linked your post - you certainly have helped and inspired a great many Cuttlers. ikki x

Diane said...

What an incredibly awesome idea! A great way to get more for your money. Thanks so much for sharing your discovery!

AnnS said...

What a great idea Melanie. I have the Dahlia and Labels Four nesties in a shopping cart. I'm going to take them out cause I can make the shapes I want with the nesties I already own. Thanks.

Marian said...

Thanks SO much for sharing this! I think this is an awesome idea as well as a huge money saver. I love it when people think outside the box..because I am unable to be so creative on my own :)
M

Dawn said...

too fun Mel! I've played a little, but haven't gotten as brave as you...thanks for the ideas!! I'll be trying more for sure!=)

Holly aka Toy said...

Not THAT is thinking outside the box! I love it... can't wait to try a few myself :) Thanks for this inspiration, Mel!

Anonymous said...

oh wow !!! i love it i love it

Becky said...

What an awesome idea, thank you for sharing this.

flo's-a-scrapin said...

TFS what a neat idea, definitly thinking outside the box, well sometimes inside the box as well.

mimiof2 said...

Thanks for showing us new ways to use our 'nesties'. I have several and am really excited to have more ways to use them.
Karen

Anonymous said...

Oh thanks so much for more ideas on using the nestie dies. Love it!
Hope you come up with some more soon.
Nan G.

Debbie Fisher (debbiedee) said...

Great ideas! Very clever. Thank you for sharing.

Anonymous said...

Love the tutorial. Now, I have to start buying the Nestabilities so I can try my hand at some of these. LOL Thanks for sharing.

KanataNewf said...

Wow, awesome "new" uses for the nesties. Will definitely have to try them out.

Sharon Harnist said...

Very cool, Mel!!

Suz said...

fantastic post. you really think outside the box

"Tillymint" said...

How clever are you!!! Thanks so mch for this great tutorial.
Sue W

Marsha said...

Oh, my!. I am so amazed by the creativity of some of you gals. So cool.
Keep experimenting. We love what you come up with.

Susan said...

thanks for sharing your creative ideas with us all,,, gives us a wider range of creativity now.

Cyndi Evans said...

Neat ideas..I did buy the Dahlia Nestabilites set though. IF you lived anywhere near Ephrata, PA..you could shop at a Mennonite stamp show where she only charges $16.95 for a set of Nestabilites..I own 6 sets I think. :) But this is a great idea ..and I will try it with my scalloped ovals and circles and squares!! Thanks for being so creative.

Crafty-liz said...

I love what you did with those nesties. I will have to take them out and play a bit. Thanks.

akkina said...

brilliant idea
Thanks for sharing
It's so nice

buggin2stamp said...

You are a genius! I can't wait to try some of these ideas. Oh, and after seeing this fabulous tutorial now I need those star dies. ;o)

lenny said...

brilliant idea thanks for sharing!
gr lenny

Melissa said...

BRILLIANT!!!

Anonymous said...

j'adore cette macine mais le prix est trop cher pour moi, ça me décole, c'est comme les feutres "copics" ils sont fabuleux mais il y en a pour 130 euros pour 18, il faut que je fasse un hold -up LOL!!!En arrêt de travail je ne gagne que 720 euros par mois alors , c'est pas demain que je vais acheter tout ça, mais j'y rêve quand même, ça coute rien, bisous tout le monde, Maryse

Kristyn said...

Such a great idea!!! This really creates some great die cuts and truly will save you money :-) Thanks so much for sharing!

triciasconfetti said...

Only have a few nesties my self and not a labels one at that but this coud help solve a few probs of not having what I would like for the time being. Thanks a lot for the inspiration.
x Tricia