Saturday, February 13, 2016

Fiskars Aluminum Cut Rail Trimmer Review And Comparison

Hi everyone!  A few weeks ago I went to CHA (Craft And Hobby Association Trade Show) and fell in love with a new trimmer I saw from Fiskars.  I showed it on my Instagram and got lots of positive remarks.  I've been a long time fan of Fiskars trimmers and when I saw that they had added a few simple yet fabulous improvements to their paper trimmer, I knew I had to get my hands on it.  I contacted Fiskars and they so generously sent me one of these new trimmers to review and show to you!

The biggest difference between the new Aluminum Cut Rail Trimmer and the Wire Guide Trimmer is the aluminum rail.  This rail is solid and sturdy, which means there's no wiggle in the blade.  The rail ensures that the blade glides in a straight line.  The Wire Guide trimmer, due to its plastic guide rail, had a little give in it, or what I call wiggle room.  If you aren't using it properly, it's easy for your blade to wiggle back and forth and cause a not so straight cut line on your paper.  The aluminum rail takes out the wiggle room and makes for straight cuts every time.

I also noticed a big improvement in the security of the blade.  I'll demonstrate this in the video below.  The new aluminum rail holds the blades securely in place until you WANT to take them off.  I have been having incidents with my wire trimmer where the blade will kind of jump out of the guides and fall off.  In fact, I had it fall off inside a bag at one time and I found it with my finger.  The new design holds the blade securely in place.  The blade wraps around the rail.  The rail is notched, so that when you want to remove it, you line it up within the marked area and snap it off.  I love knowing that once my blade is in place, it will stay in place.

The platforms of both the Aluminum Rail Trimmer and the Wire Guide Trimmer are very similar.  The only difference I really found is that the numbers on the new Aluminum Rail Trimmer are a little larger, making measurements easier to spot.  The platforms are still marked every 1/4 of an inch, which is perfect for card makers like myself.  And standard sizes are also clearly marked on the base platform.

Another difference that I would like to point out is the cut view.  You can clearly see where you are cutting with the Aluminum Rail Trimmer.  However, your view to the right of the cut line has been taken away by the aluminum rail.  Since the guard on the wire guide trimmer is clear plastic, you can see both right and left of your cut line.  This isn't a problem for me, but it is a difference that you may want to consider.  I'll show you exactly how that works in the video below.

I love that the new blade design has a clearly marked cut point.  It has an arrow, with a slight protrusion (I like to compare it to the pointer on the Wheel Of Fortune Wheel) that points clearly to the measurement.  This makes trimming frames easier.  I feel like I was guestamating with the Wire Guide Trimmer.  It was marked, but because the blade sets a little further away from the measurements, it was harder to see exactly where my cut was beginning.

According to the Fiskars representative I have been in contact with, this trimmer is designed to cut up to 2 sheets of 110 pound card stock at one time.  I do find I get best cuts when trimming one piece at a time.  But I find this to be true with most everyday trimmers.

Upon further investigation, I found that there aren't titanium blades available for this trimmer.  Major bummer.  I'm really hoping that they'll release these in the future.  I know we all prefer the longevity and clean cuts of titanium blades.

I'll walk you through this trimmer in detail below and show you my thoughts of it.  The Aluminum Rail Trimmer is currently available in Hobby Lobby stores or from Fiskars.com.  They are expected to hit Michaels stores in March of this year and they are slated to hit JoAnn in June 2016.  As they become available, I'll add additional links below so that you can find it at your favorite retailer.

Thanks for stopping by today.  I hope you've enjoyed this look at the new Aluminum Rail Trimmer from Fiskars.  I've been really pleased with it!  I'd love to hear your thoughts.  Be sure to share them with me below!  Until next time, I hope you have a fabulous day!

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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Many Thanks - Ombre Dipped Die Cuts - Essentials By Ellen Winter 2016 Release Blog Hop

Hi everyone!  I am so excited to be here today to share the new Essentials By Ellen Winter 2016 Release.  As you may or may not know, this is one of my favorite lines.  And there is a heap of new stamps and dies available now over at EllenHutson.com.  Be sure to check them out.  I've created several projects for you today.  In addition, there is a giveaway and a brand new video tutorial for you to check out!  Let's get started.

My favorite project by far is the projects I created using the new Many Thanks die cut.  This is Julie's writing (and I adore it).  You've probably seen me use other dies with her writing in the past.  They quickly become some of my favorites.  For this die cut, I decided to create and ombre effect using some Copic markers.  Then I added some Rose Gold foil along the bottom to give it a dipped effect.  I wish I could capture this effect better in photos...but it is so hard to photograph foil and show its true beauty.

I created two versions of this card.  The first version also features the new Bitty Envelope dies.  These adorable little envelopes are so much fun.  I cut them from a mixture of white and Pale Rose card stock and mounted them around the sentiment.  I love that the die creates the embossed line on the envelopes.  And I also love that the Bitty Envelopes come in different "card sizes".  I stamped a tiny heart on them (which is from the new Oh Frappe stamp set) in some Gumball ink from Ranger.  It's a fun touch.

For a more simplified version, I left the envelopes off the second version.  I changed up the base card stock layer.  I love how the woodgrain card stock repeats the woodgrain element that's stamped on to the ink background on the card front.  The subtle texture adds so much to a simple card.  I'll show you both of these cards in the video tutorial below.  Be sure to check it out.

The next several cards feature the Oh Frappe stamp set and coordinating dies.  I had a great time creating with this set.  I love the sketchy feel of the coffee cups in this set.  And the brush stroke sentiments are so much fun!

This first card may be my favorite of the coffee cards.  I love the simplicity of it.  But I couldn't resist adding my own little touch to the sentiment.  If you know me at all, my usual drink at "that coffee place" is a Skinny Vanilla Latte.  So I thought I would add that to the "thanks a latte" sentiment.  I just used my Dymo label maker to add these words.  You could also print them out on your computer.

I wanted to add another personal touch to this card...so I added lipstick to the cup.  It's not often that you'll find one of my coffee cups without a lipstick stain on it.  I just dabbed some red pigment ink on to the cup and then coated it with some glossy accents to make it shine. ;)  I also added more shine to the card with some Pretty Pink Posh Sparkling Clear sequins.

I used the Oh Frappe stamp set again to create this second card.  I decided to take a little bit different track with this one.  I wanted to combine the adorable cups with some fun patterned paper and die cut elements.  I used both the espresso cup and the "to go" cup for this card.  And since I know this card will likely go to a friend, I decided to put lipstick on both of the cups.

I embossed the Let's Venti sentiment on some Licorice Twist card stock.  I love how this sentiment implies that you'll be there to listen to a friend in a time of need.  I layered this over top of the other die cut and stamped elements to give the card a punch of black.  Such a fun card.  And you just might see a video tutorial on this one in the near future. ;)

One last card for this release.  It's simple and easy.  I knew I wanted to use some green to elude to my favorite coffee joint.  So I brought that in with the patterned paper along the side.  To keep the adorable cup the focal point, I added a simple gold stitched circle around the cup.  I also mounted to cup with foam adhesive to add dimension.

There you have it!  Lots of inspiration for you featuring the new release from Ellen Hutson.  I hope you've enjoyed these projects.  You'll find even more inspiration along the hop.  I'm bringing up the tail end of this hop, so from here you'll head back to the beginning of the hop over at The CLASSroom blog.  And if you get lost, there's a complete list of designers over at The CLASSroom blog as well.


I also get to give away an Essentials by Ellen stamp set!  The winner may chose ANY Essentials by Ellen brand stamp set (maximum value $15) currently in stock at Ellen Hutson.com.  To enter my giveaway, please leave a comment on this post by February 16th!

There is also a crazy awesome Grand Giveaway in the CLASSroom!  To enter, be sure to leave a comment THERE, also by February 16th; ALL winners will posted at the CLASSroom on Friday, February 19th!

Thanks for stopping by today!  I'm so glad you've joined me.  And I really hope you've enjoyed all of the fabulous inspiration along this hop.  Don't forget to check out my video tutorial below.  I've also linked all the supplies used in these projects below.  

Until next time, I hope you have a fabulous day!

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