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Not sure what's on your wish list for the holidays, but thought today I'd share some of my favorites:

 

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CIRCLE SCISSOR PRO

When the Coluzzle was retired *sob* by Provo Craft, I had to find a new circle cutting system. This one is BOMB! Cuts circles in 1/16" increments all the way up to 6".  I use it with a glass mat that I've sprayed with removable adhesive so that my paper sticks down completely all the way around and doesn't shift.  The handle fits comfortably in my hand and rotates so I'm not having to twist my wrist.  Extra blades self-store in the handle itself and the blade retracts when not in use–nice safety feature!

 

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MAKING MEMORIES RIBBON SLOT PUNCHING TOOL

You can use it with a hammer, which I personally prefer (sometimes, it just feels good to pound on things, UKWIM? LOL!), or with the Making Memories Instant Setter Set.  The tips are magnetic and fit into the metal handle and the beauty of this tool is that it can reach *anywhere* on the paper/page, and has several different slot widths.  LOVE and use all the time!

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Hands down, best stamp positioning tool I've ever used in all my near 20 years of stamping.  Tried (and spent a lot of money on, I might add) a lot of others, and none have ever beat this one.  Good for lefties or righties, thin imaging plate so there's no image distortion that occurs with those thicker acrylic plates some positioners have, and a non-skid surface along the bottom. And under $10?! Criminy, it's practically free!!!  Sure wish it had been the first one I found…cuz it woulda' been the only one I ever bought.
I have the original version of the Cutter Bees that EK Success produces and I love them.  But, these are on my wish list, because of their non-stick feature! My Cutter Bees are most excellent detail scissors and work well for someone like me who has tendinitis and can't handle bigger handles, or spring-action type cutters. I'm always cutting into sticky stuff, tho, so it would be nice to have a pair that doesn't get all gummed up. Hey, Santa!!! Are you payin' attention to this?! *wink*
Nicely sturdy, it features a row of piercing holes the entire length of one side, which also features a tapered edge, and metal along the entire length of the other side–you get the best of both worlds:  a handy metal edge for Xacto knife work, and it's clear so you can see what you're doing! Measurements are in useful 1/8" increments and marked in a grid fashion.  Nice!  I like to use it with Ornare Piercing Pad, which is nice and long (some piercing mats are small and you have to move the paper to finish your row of piercing.  Annoying. LOL!)
I got one of these when they were released back in 2006, and did a comparison review, that (to my astonishment) I still receive emails about, and folks asking which one they should get. "Well, I don't know Margot!!!" (National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation)  While I still have the original model (teal colored) I bought and the thing is a work-horse and still going strong as the day I got it, I finally got the new black & pink one this last spring. It's cuter. *wink*
Seriously, tho, if you're looking to die cut through materials like thin crafting metal, chipboard, felt, fabric, fun foam, acetate, polyshrink, etc., in addition to card stock, it's a most excellent machine!  Extremely sturdy, and with a 6" feed, it's pretty much cross compatible with all the dies on the market and the Multi-Purpose Platform that comes with it makes sandwiches a breeze, taking the guess work out of shimming and whatnot. I love the thing to death and use it almost every creative session. It's currently on sale at Ellen Hutson LLC, so if you haven't gotten one yet, it's a sweet deal! (HellooOOoo!!! What are you still standing here for??!!!)
BTW, another cool thing? You can keep on die cutting when the power's out. 
DAT'S WHAT I'M TALKIN' 'BOUT!!!
4 Comments
  1. I’m so glad you mentioned the Big Shot. I have the old red Sizzix…I know… probably the only paper crafter in the entire world who hasn’t bucked up and jumped on the “real” die cut machine wagon. Now I’m ready!

  2. Hi Julie,

    New follower here on your blog. TY so much for the link to Ellen Hutson. I have been hemming and hawwing over getting a Big Shot & with the sale you told me about I just couldn’t resist. So it’s now making it’s way to me. And I L-O-V-E your videos, the way you talk like we are having a conversation is just so much fun. Don’t ever change!

  3. You crack me up. I just recently discovered your blog and not only are you incredibly talented, you are hilarious! Your personality really shines thru in your posts and videos! Huge fan over here!

  4. Thanks for the tips. I have a Cuttlebug and like it but when it plays out I am going with the Big Shot!

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