Besides my Cricut machine I also have a cuddlebug which is a manual die cutting machine. The last couple times I've tried to use it, it hasn't cut very well. I decided to play with it the other day to see if I could figure out what I was doing wrong. Of course that required some time on the computer to investigate. I tried a couple things and lo and behold it's now cutting like it should.
The pinecone die not only cuts the shape but it also emobsses to give the piece a more realistic look