Epic Letterpress Tool Review + Giveaway.

The winner of the Epic Letterpress Tool from Lifestyle Crafts is:

Congratulations! Please email me at dandeedesigns@gmail.com to claim your prize!

Happy St. Patrick's Day, friends! Lifestyle Crafts recently sent me a complimentary Epic Letterpress and Die Cut machine to play with and review for you. It has been loads of fun, you all know how much I love paper so that shouldn't be a huge surprise. 


I want to share with you the a couple of projects I was able to create using the machine and my honest opinion of the system. 


The tool itself it compact and seems to be well made. It's not too heavy and the handle is easy to turn as long as you don't use too much packing paper. Lindsay was with me the first time I tried the Epic out and we mistakenly used too many sheets of paper below the clear packing mat to create a deeper impression. Once we figured that we didn't need so much additional paper to get the impression we wanted, the handle was much easier to turn.


The printing plate kits I received were all packaged well and came in perfect condition. I loved the designs and had fun deciding which colors of ink to use.



This image is what your project will look like without any ink. In the letterpress world, it's called a blind impression and I love how simple and classy it looks.


I really like the fresh green color on this card. When applying the ink, it's important to remember that a little goes a very long way. I can't imagine ever going through all the ink in one tube.



The first ink color I tried was the metallic gold. I literally could not wait to create something shimmery. Again, remember that a little ink is all that's necessary to get the right look. The gold ink needed a bit more drying time but the look is well worth the wait.



If you like to host parties, the Epic is such a great tool. You can use the machine to print up some invitations AND cut out flags for your party food. These Party Flag Inserts are perfect for labeling treats.



After I cut out the tags I letterpressed them with my favorite gold ink.




In all, I am over the moon for the Epic. Before I started playing around I was a bit unsure I would use it much. Now I can't stop thinking of things to make. My mind is spinning. And yours will be too. The possibilities are only limited to your imagination.

One of my favorite services Lifestyle Crafts offers is the custom plate design. You can upload your own graphics and Lifestyle Crafts will work up some printing plates for your Epic. I sent in some designs and can't wait to get my custom plates in the mail. I have so many plans. . .

Are you thinking you would like an Epic too? Great news! Lifestyle Crafts would like to giveaway an Epic Die-cut/Letterpress Tool + an assortment of accessories to one lucky Dandee reader.

Giveaway Guidelines:
-Make one comment on this post to enter.
-Giveaway closes Monday, March 21st at midnight.
-Winner will be chosen via random.org and announced on Monday March 21st at the top of this post.


Just so you know, it is very important to me that I offer honest reviews to you my readers + friends. I would never lead you to buy a product that I wouldn't spend my hard earned money on too. 

256 comments:

  1. What an incredibly neat little gizmo! I love it! :)

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  2. Such a cool tool! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  3. I'd love to try this out! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  4. I am drooling over that gold ink! I would love to win this--and will have some baby announcements to make in the next few months...it would be perfect!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  5. Great review, thanks! I'd love try my hand at letterpress.

    Thanks!

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  6. This tool is kind of Fantastic! I would just die having one of these bad boys!

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  7. Oh my gosh! I totally need that awesome gadget. It looks so professional!! Would lurve to be the new owner of one:)

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  8. I can think of so many ways to use this!

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  9. oh my goodness girl! This has been on my wish list for far too long. It's such an amazing tool!

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  10. You know how much I adore letterpress.

    P.S. Your results are excellent and your pictures are beautiful!

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  11. Wow! I would love one of those! How fun!

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  12. Oh my goodness gracious. i would just love and adore and treat this beuaty so incredibly well. I can already think of approximately 2 million ways to use this.

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  13. Those cupcake flags are amazing! I would love to play with this!

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  14. I need, I need, I need!!

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  15. I would love to have one of these! How fun!

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  16. How neat. I've always wanted letterpress, this seems much more simple than I was thinking. Just what I need! Love those little cupcake stands too! You must share where they are from!

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  17. This looks amazing! I love it! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  18. My oh my these look like fun! Thanks for always being fun and inspiring us!

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  19. Wow what a crafty little machine! And affordable!

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  20. Would love to have these....they are a must have....I am drooling.

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  21. Great review! I have wondered about this type of tool. Very affordable too!

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  22. Even the machine is cute! I'd LOVE one of these!

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  23. Letterpress printing from home? Yes please!!!

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  24. Sweet giveaway! New to this blog and love it. So cute. :)

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  25. shoot i would lovee this. looks like so much fun

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  26. What a wonderful giveaway! I would love to help my sister make her wedding invitations with this tool.

    Thank you for the review!

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  27. So neat! What a fun way to make beautiful stationary!!!

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  28. oh my goodness this review was so helful—now I want it so bad! :) would be great for cards, tags, and even business cards! thanks for the great giveaway!

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  29. A letterpress machine for home? Unbelievable!
    I'm certainly glad to hear there's a good product for home use, finally.
    But I wanted to ask you: I've seen reviews on other paper and letterpress blogs and it looks like the Epic needs a lot of improvements to it before the user would get satisfying results (the plates need to be replaced, for one? For example here) I'm glad to hear you didn't encounter thos problems. Those reviews were from last year, did they make improvements since the kit was originally released?

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  30. It looks like a lot of fun!

    megandurant AT gmail DOT com

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  31. Oh man, I would so love to have one of these babies. I was at the summer CHA in 2009 and saw this previewed there. It is just like real letterpress. I would have one already if it were in the budget.

    Thanks so much for a chance to win this! Fingers crossed! :)

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  32. I would love a chance to win this. Great give away.

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  33. This is too cool I love it! Love your blog too.

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  34. I think those little machines are just about the coolest things ever! I had no idea they did custom plates too. Wow! Fingers crossed...

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  35. I've been wanting those cupcake flags for my big shot! But that letterpress part is pretty rad...

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  36. Oh my! What an awesome contraption. I could do some fun things with that. My brain is already filling with ideas.

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  37. Ooh, I want to win one! You lucky!

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  38. What a treat it would be to win this! Thanks so much for hosting.

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  39. I would LOVE to have this! WOW!

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  40. Oh my, I've been wanting one of these for aaaaages!

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  41. This does look so cool and the possibilities seem endless! Great giveaway!
    -Vanessa

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  42. Wow! I had no idea one could make things like that at home.

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  43. really the possibilities are endless!
    throw my name in the hat!
    love, lin

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  44. I've wanted a real letterpress for some time. An Epic is a fraction of the cost & mess - how could you not want one? Thanks for the chance to win!

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  45. I think I'm in love. Yes, please!

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  46. Hello Naomi,

    When I was in the beginning stages of communication with Lifestyle Crafts they mentioned they made changes to the system. I'm not sure what exactly those changes entailed, but I had zero problems with the plates and experienced no problems with cracking of any kind.

    Hope this helps! :)

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  47. Wow! What a fun crafty tool! The ideas you shared are wonderful! I would love a chance to play around with a machine like that! The possibilities are endless!

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  48. ooh la la...best give away ever!

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  49. Oh! that would be so fun to have!

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  50. This looks like the perfect tool I need for my craft room.

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  51. I want this press more than you can know!!! Super cool. I love creating my own cards and this little baby is awesome. thanks for sharing!

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  52. Fabulous! Imagine the possibilities with that little guy!

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  53. This has been on my wishlist for a looong time!!!

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  54. Oh the things I could do with that! Looks like a toy I would love to play with!

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  55. I have long admired this little gizmo and hope I win!

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  56. I'd love to try making some letterpress myself!!

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  57. i have been wanting one of these!!!!

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  58. Oooh, fun! It makes my head spin with possibilities!

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  59. I am in the throes of planning my daughter's first birthday party and could SO use this! Thanks!

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  60. omg there is nothing i want more in life!

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  61. Wow, I would love to have one of these. Thanks for the chance.

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  62. i'd love to win! this is awesome!

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  63. I haven't seen anything like that. Oh, if I could get my hands on that... I would have lots of fun. Thanks for the opportunity.

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  64. This looks amazing! I would LOVE to have one to craft with.

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  65. What a great giveaway - thanks!

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  66. Such an awesome and fun machine. I would love to make pretty pennants/cupcake toppers like you did.

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  67. Wow - what a great tool! I would be thrilled with it!!

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  68. I wasn't sure I'd be into a machine like this, but you've definitely piqued my interest! Creative wheels are turning....

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  69. How fun! You are a creative genius :)

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  70. What a cool new toy. Thanks for the giveaway D
    danamsummers@yahoo.com

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  71. These are adorable! I actually priced it out the other night and with shipping it would be $110. Not bad! I know my local hobby lobby carries it. I'll see if it's cheaper with a 40% off coupon or if the better deal is on the site (the online deal includes a nesting frames set!).

    chelsealexander at hotmail

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  72. so FuN !!! super CuTe !!!
    and that green and gold fit so perfectly for st. patrick's day! fingers crossed!

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  73. Wow what a fun machine! I would love to win it.

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  74. This looks like so much fun! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  75. that looks incredible! so many possibilities....

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  76. What a neat tool. Thanks for the chance to win it!

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  77. i'm drooling a little bit....and not just over the cupcakes. :) so cool!

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  78. love the 'lucky' card!
    thanks for the chance to win!

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  79. Wow; I would llloooovvveee this.

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  80. This would be so nice to have!

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  81. I could have a lot of fun with one of these... so cool! I'd like one of your cupcakes as well :)

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  82. This is so super fun!!! I might have to start saving my pennies for one if I don't win.

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  83. Oh that looks like fun. I would love it. And it's my birthday next week!

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  84. new business cards!!!! can you create custom templates to press as well?

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  86. Wow, I think I was like you- not thinking it would be something I'd use a lot, but after reading your review and seeing your wonderful pictures, I would definitely consider it next time I have a birthday. Thanks for your honest review, it seems that there is a bit of a learning curve, but once you learn its intricacies it works wonders! And I didn't know about the custom plates either! Awesome!

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  87. love this! thanks for your review!

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  88. Would love to try!!! fun!

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  89. i've seen this reviewed on a few blogs now and i think it looks like so much fu to try. i have been in love with letterpress for so long. it is just such a beautiful artform. thanks for the chance!

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  90. how fun! i love that green color ink! perfect for today :)

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  91. That look s like such a fun tool! And would make parties so much easier!

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  92. This letterpress is so neat! I love everything you made with it!

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  93. neat project! looks very professional!

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  94. I love how simple and classic the projects you made are. And, I love the green. Love, love!

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  95. how fun! I'd love to give it a whirl! :)
    -giedre
    www.walkingdotphotography.com

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  96. Dare I say that if I actually won this it would be...Epic!

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  97. I want an epic! I love paper too!

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  98. What a fun toy! I know we would use it a lot!

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  99. Danyelle, you know I need this. I mean letterpressed party flags?! That is so me.

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  100. This looks like so much fun! I would love it!
    meganrinke at gmail dot com

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  101. I've been looking into this beauty myself, so glad to know it actually works :) Great giveaway!

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  102. Oooh. Love it! Could find so many uses for this fantastic tool.

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  103. How cool! Thanks for the chance!

    littleumbrella (at) att (dot) net

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  104. What a cool thing! I've always wanted to learn letterpress!

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  105. Had my eye on one of these. Would be so fun to own one!

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  106. Holy cow, now you have ideas running through my mind too. What a fun machine!

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  107. I like it. I could see myself using it for place settings, gift tags, and probably much more.

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  108. I could imagine all the fun I'd have with creating stationery and little knick knacks!

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  109. Ooooo! Thanks so much for sharing...and spreading the Paper Love!

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  110. wow, this thing seems perfect for any paper crafter. you made it sound easy and fun. :)

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  111. Wow, this looks like something that'd kick start my spring crafts, too. If I don't win I might just go and get one...

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  112. I have been saving up to get on of these beauties they look fantastic. Enjoy playing with your new toy

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  113. If this works as well as you say it does, this would be an amazing tool to own. Here's hoping I get the chance!

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  114. wow what a great giveaway. at home letterpress how cool is that !

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  115. This might be something that I have to have even if I don't win! :)

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  116. Oh! I love this and have been looking for a table-top letterpress. Thanks for the chance to win!!

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  117. I love this! It looks amazing! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  118. I'm drooling over the Letterpress :). mrsjencook@gmail.com

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  119. I've been eying this machine for over a year, and I love the real-life reviews I've been seeing on blogs lately. And of course, I'd love to get my hands on one myself!

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  120. Loooove it! Thanks for the giveaways,

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  121. wow, mom daughter and daughter-in-law. we share and love crafts this could make for 3 happy women. GG

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  122. i would have so much fun with one of these! i was thinking as i was reading your post that i would love to get one!
    nuttbutts (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  123. Wow! What a neat machine! Thanks for the giveaway.

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  124. I would LOVE this!

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  125. Oooh, I love all that prettyness. Sign me up!
    Devon

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  126. Thanks for a great giveaway! Thanks for the opportunity to win, my fingers are crossed!

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  127. looks like such a fun contraption!

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  128. Wow, I never heard of this cute lil machine their are so many possiblities!! :)

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  129. Yes please! What a great tool.

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  130. My fingers are itching to try this out! Thanks for your honest review.

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  131. OMG. I've been oogling this ever since it came out at CHA in 2009!! I loveeeeee what you did! Thank you for posting a review!

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  132. What a wonderful giveaway!

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  133. WOW I'm already in love!!!! Thanks for the giveaway!!!!

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  134. My mind is spinning with possibilites! Thank for the review and giveaway.

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  135. Oh luck of the irish! pick me please! I would love this little accessory.

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  136. That would be so much fun for card making!

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  137. Love it! I'd love to try it out!

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  138. Thanks for sharing your experience with the Epic Letterpress. It looks awesome!

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  139. OOh how lovely! Include me please!

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  140. love it! endless possiblities!!

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  141. oh this is fabulous! i hope i win! :)

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  142. my mind is spinning too! thanks for sharing ... love it and hope to win it!

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  143. Umm...this is simply amazing! Thanks for the chance to win one of these little machines - as you said, my mind is already spinning with ideas!

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  144. OOh! I would love to try out this tool!

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  145. yes please!! i've had my eye on one of these for quite some time now and have hundreds of ideas swirling around in my head as well :)

    thanks for a chance to win!

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  146. I've been wanting one of these for a while. So cool!

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  147. I love all of the wonderful designs and the fun colors!

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  148. That is so cool! I'd love to win.

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  149. Okay, now I'm totally crossing my fingers!

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  150. I've been thinking that I "need" one of these, so winning one would be soooo lovely!

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  151. Those cupcakes are so adorable! :)
    I just found your blog today. It is so pretty! I'm going to follow!

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  152. You already look like you are a total pro at this. SO FUN!!! Thanks!

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  153. You're samples here look really nice! I've seen the product around for over a year and wondered about the quality. I would love to give it a try. Fingers X'd :)

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  154. the machine looks amazing! i would love one to play with! looking forward to meeting you in person at project: craft!

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  155. I have heard that these are really cool and now with your review, I know that they are! My hubby and I have been browsing through the beauties in a letterpress book and this would be perfect for us to make some of our own.

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  156. This seems like an appropriate win for a printer's daughter...lucky me.

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  157. ooh ooh... pick me...me... over here!

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  159. i studied letterpress in college and i miss it! i think i need this machine!

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  160. Great giveaway! I have thought of sooo many things I want to do with this!

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  161. This looks like a great tool!

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  162. Amazing I want one so bad! Thanks for the giveaway. Incredible!! Could use this for my sons upcoming 1st birthday party and invites

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  163. Thanks for the review and giveaway! I'm keeping my fingers crossed!

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  164. Amazing how simple this tool makes the letterpress process. I loved doing this in college- would love another chance to do this at home!

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  165. I think I could have a lot of fun with this!!!

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  166. Oh my, beautiful creations it makes! Thanks for the chance.

    thepricklypinecone(at)gmail.com

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  167. I heart this! I would love to own one!

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  168. simply fabulous post and a gorgeous blog!!!
    so glad I found you today!!
    hugs

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  169. Oh, very cool! I didn't even know that machines like this existed for at-home use!

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  170. Been wanting to buy a letterpress tool for ages and couldn't believe it when you posted about this. So affordable and a great way for beginners to get their feet wet. I love it!

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  171. I love this tool! What a great giveaway!

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