These aren’t exactly new, but I just got my first set of them. I had several requests from y’all to hear my thoughts, tips, etc about working with them…..and since I was dying to try them anyway, I figured I needed to bite the bullet and purchase a set. I started out with the Classic Circles set – which is 4 packages of dies. I got mine from <here> – if you sign up for their newsletter, you get a monthly coupon (40% off). I found out later that GinaK carries them in her retail store (they are not available online yet) and I already put in an order to get ovals. I haven’t beat the price (with the coupon) at Cut At Home, but I was unimpressed with their shipping times – just an FYI!

Ok, first up some pictures and links from various other blogs – no need for me to rewrite their information! I love the idea of how small the storage is for these dies vs the Marvy punches. I fully intend to store mine in the cd cases using magnets. Right now, I left them on the cards and cut the tops off so they would fit in a cd case. There’s some double sided tape holding them on to the cards and I’m just using that. I guess you could line the cd case with that too if you wanted…..but magnets are cleaner so I’ll be using those! Sharon has an excellent review of them <here> with all kinds of links and information. Here’s how hers looked with the magnets:

I use a Cuttlebug for die cutting or embossing things, and the Nestabilities DO work in the Cuttlebug. Ellen Hutson has a great post about their compatibility with different machines <here>. She covers about every die cut machine out there! Now I will say that it is a lot of layering and I had to print off the part of her post on the Cuttlebug and I keep it next to my machine. I’m sure I’ll eventually learn it and won’t need to look, but for now it’s just easier to have it right there.

I am considering the Wizard (or possibly even the Xcalibur – the motorized version!) in the future. It would be nice to not have so many layers to mess with! I only have one other complaint about using them in the Cuttlebug – and Sharon addressed this issue as well – sometimes the dies get lodged in the acrylic B plates and you have to pry them out.

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I’ve also found that if I stamp my image first and I don’t want any slippage when I run it through the machine – I tiny piece of tape seems to solve that problem. It holds the die in place and you can just take off after. I love that the dies also emboss – just by rearranging the plates and such, you emboss with the same die you just cut the image out with! Very cool! Just leave the paper in the die that just cut it out and more the plates around – add the tan embossing mat – and crank it through! I absolutely love the classy look the embossed edge gives the whole thing. It was really the part that sold me on the Nestabilities in the first place! I did not know that you needed the embossing mat and didn’t order one with my dies – but Debbie was sweet enough to send me an extra (they come in a 2 pack). Thank you Debbie!!

And here’s what I made with it!

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supplies: Penny Black clusters stamp; palette noir ink; eggplant, mellow moss, and so saffron reinkers; niji waterbrush; fabriano watercolor paper; mellow moss and elegant eggplant cardstock; may arts ribbon; dimensionals; SU slot punch; sponge; and SU piercing template.

So my verdict is – I love them. I am looking at the Wizard and the new Xcalibur – if you have thoughts on those, please share them. But for now I am happy using them in my cuttlebug. I’m not sure how they will work out for classes, but I’ll try it once and see! Anything else you wanted to know about them?