The new Nesties hit the stores this week!
Oh! The anticipation and excitement! I wish I could have them all! But . . . I’d be in the poor house for sure.
So, difficult as it was, I selected 4 only. I pulled them out this morning so I could show you which ones I got and what you can expect if you purchase the same sets.
For the first time ever, in my Nestie buying history, I have serious buyers remorse. I’ll show/tell you why.
Spiral Blossom One
This is probably the only one out of the 4 that I’ll use with any frequency, and even then I don’t think it’ll be often. It’s pretty and perhaps I just need more practice but I wasn’t over the moon thrilled with the results. I found it very awkward to shape and as you can see, gave up. I did ink up the embossing, but once it was rolled, it really wasn’t visible and I felt like I wasted my time doing it at all. I’m not ready to throw in the towel on this one yet.
Nested Butterflies Two
The largest of the 3 is 4 1/4” at its widest point. Once it was cut and embossed I realized how large the center was and how flat and plain the die as a whole really is. It’s not a set where you can use just one of. I’m having difficulty getting excited about the possibilities of this. I wish it had more texture to it.
In the end, I scored the two larger butterflies 1/8” to either side of center and glued them together. it looks pretty enough, but it still needs something. Maybe some bling but I have a feeling that would just make it too visually busy.
The real seller for this set for me was the bird cage. So, into the CB it went for a whirl. This is what happened . . .
Faulty dies *sigh* I was almost excited!
I am stubborn and did manage to get it cut the rest of the way . . . by hand just so I could see the outcome if I inked it up and try to imagine the possibilities. It’s pretty, and if it worked I’d probably use it a fair bit.
Let’s take a peek at the birds. I wasn’t too optimistic about them when I bought them but I didn’t really care too much because it was the cage that I really wanted. The birds didn’t disappoint. They’re, in my opinion, completely boring and unexciting. I can’t begin to imagine how I’d use them. They’re flat and lack stackable parts such as wings and trees.
Lace Doily Motifs
Down to the last set. I’m really REALLY excited about this one! I love doilies! I was even willing to spend several minutes poking out all the stupid little things that are going to be left in the die after it’s cut.
Want to see how well it performed?
Oopsie!!! Is it possible? Another faulty die?!
I could not have shimmed this die any more without breaking my machine.
I’m about to cry now. Really. I spent just over $100 and they all either failed to live up to MY expectations or just failed to perform well at all.