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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.

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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.

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

Pros: 

  • 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

Cons:

  • 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 Scrapbook.com for $15.99.

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CHA Summer 2013 | New Product Showcase with Erica Domesek [Video]

While at the Summer Create & Connect CHA Show is Las Vegas I had the pleasure of meeting with Erica Domesek.

Erica, founder of the innovative (DIY) lifestyle brand P.S.- I made this… gave me a fantastic tour of top 10 new products at the show. She was kind enough to share her ideas on how to use the products and also explained how some of them worked.

I was able to film a video of our tour and would like to share it with Craft Critique readers.

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Review | Fiskars Amplified Mixed Media Scissors [Video]

Fiskars is synonymous with quality. As a crafter I have many of their products in my craft space and I rely on these products on a daily basis. I never worry about them not being able to perform. From my paper trimmers to scissors, Fiskars has established themselves as a leader in the industry.

I currently own five pairs of Fiskars scissors including my Fiskateer scissors and my grandmother’s scissors that were passed down to me after her passing years ago. I use them daily while I’m crafting, or repairing a hem for my husband, or even opening all my lovely packages from my online shopping addiction habit.

When I was presented with the opportunity to review a pair of scissors from Fiskars I knew I wanted to do a bit more research on the topic. I rounded up all the scissors I own (ten pairs currently) and I did a little test. Some scissors are made for tight spaces. There are scissors for lefty’s like my husband. There are non-stick scissors for sticky substances and there are all-purpose scissors. Each of the scissors I own serve a different purpose and each of them are relied upon to do their job and do it right every time.

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Here is how Fiskars describes the new Amplify Mixed Media shears:

Our Amplify™ Mixed Media Shears are premium shears designed for cutting extra-thick mixed-media materials. They sense blade separation and force the blades back together to cut cleanly through thick materials like corkboard, thick cardstock, magnet and much more. Amplify™ Mixed Media Shears are available in three sizes for cutting in tight spaces, all-purpose cutting and large-scale projects requiring long, clean cuts. For crafting and mixed media enthusiasts hoping to make their next project their best, nothing on the market outperforms Amplify™ Mixed Media Shears. All include a sheath to protect the blades and a lifetime warranty.

Features:

  • Ideal for cutting in tight spaces and detailed cuts through multiple layers or thick and heavy mixed media materials like cardstock, magnet, chipboard, fiberglass cloth and much more
  • Amplify™ technology senses blade separation when cutting thick fabrics and forces the blades back together for crisp, clean cuts every time — the floating blade tang transfers energy to the torsion bar which adjusts the blade to its optimal angle
  • Protective sheath keeps the blades safe and protected
  • Length: 6″
  • Lifetime warranty
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Do the 6″ Fiskars Amplify Mixed Media shears live up to the Fiskars standard and hype? Watch the video to see me put these scissors through some tests to see what they can do!

Pros:

  • Even pressure cutting from base to tip
  • Small size blade makes for easy maneuvering and is space saving for storage purposes
  • Full size handle fits comfortably in the hand
  • Protective cover is convenient for travel to protect the blades

Cons:

  • Price is high for scissors. (But with an available coupon from the major retailers these scissors are very affordable.)
  • The cover has a loose fit on the scissors and there is potential for it to slip off during transport.

Amplify Mixed Media Shears come in three sizes (6″, 8″, and 10″). The 6″ Fiskars Amplify Mixed Media shears have an MSRP of $24.99. The shears are currently exclusive to Joann Fabric & Craft Stores.

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