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Review | Sizzix Thinlits Damask and Scallop Borders Die [Video]

Sizzix is synonymous with high quality in the crafting world. Their products are widespread and their reputation has been long built on producing quality products with partnerships with some of the biggest names in the business. Tim Holtz and Stampin’ Up! are two of the largest brands that Sizzix manufactures designs for.

I own quite a few products from Sizzix and many of them have been with me since I first started crafting back in 2009. A product that stands the test of time and is not constantly wearing out not only saves crafters money, but also helps us create memories to last a lifetime.


The Thinlits dies from Sizzix are wafer thin dies that can be used in any traditional manual & electric die cutting machine. You can cut a variety of materials including felt, fabric, thin metal sheets, and card stock. The Sizzix Damask & Scallop Border die (shown above), a beautiful border die that produces an extremely intricate cut, is just one of many available Thinlits designs.

Sizzix Damask & Scallop Border Die

Let’s test these dies out and see if they live up to the Sizzix standard of quality and precision.


  • Thin dies are easy to store and transport, and don’t take up much room in the craft space. 
  • Cuts a variety of materials
  • Sized perfectly for all projects from cards to scrapbook pages.
  • Versatile designs that can be translated for any style project


  • The negative space of the intricate design can have a hard time separating from the design
  • A shim may be needed to add pressure through the machine to get a clean cut
  • You will need to make multiple passes through the die cutting machine to cut a long bordered design

The Sizzix Damask & Scallop Border die has a MSRP of $19.99, and is currently available from for $15.99.


Review | Silhouette Premium Vinyl

After coveting one since the day they were announced, I finally bought a Silhouette Portrait machine a few weeks ago! (A full review will be coming soon to Craft Critique.) One of the first things that I decided to try cutting was their premium vinyl. I’d never cut anything like this before on a die cut machine, and thanks to Silhouette, I was given the chance to try it out.


Silhouette Premium Vinyl comes in rolls that are 9″ wide, and 10 feet long, or 12″ wide by 6 foot long. It comes in 14 colors, plus chalkboard, frosted glass, gold, and silver. Two of the specialty versions, frosted glass and chalkboard, come in shorter rolls than the standard colors. The premium vinyl is manufactured for indoor or outdoor use, and is labeled as easily removable from most smooth surfaces, which I found to be true while working with it.

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CHA Winter 2012: Spellbinders

When Spellbinders has a new release, everybody stands at attention.  This season’s release does not disappoint. It’s innovative and simple to use!

The new “Cut, Fold, Tuck Dies” are lovely, and create beautiful results!

Like the other dies they are embossable.

Just fold and tuck and voila!

Check out these amazing designs!

Even prettier in foils!

And double sided embossable folders!

Just flip over to emboss a different design!  Two designs in each folder!

And amazing samples in this booth!

Check out the website to see more new designs by Becky Fleck, Julianna Hudgins, Donna Salazar, Samantha Walker, and Nina Brackett.

What do you think of the new Cut, Fold, Tuck dies?  Will you be adding these to your collection?