Entry #60 - NCM 2010 : Proposed Give-a-way Packaging (3 of 3)

Ok this is the last fo the packaging I'm proposing to my client.  It made me laugh while I was creating the packages coz I hace very limited info on what exactly she wants.  Hhhmmm, they'd better bring samples of the give-a-ways very soon hihihihihihihihihi and can't wait to see my client personally =)

Here's what it looks like:  Heart Bag

Materials I used:

Tags Bags Boxes and More cricut cartridge
Band bought from Philippines
Butterfly sequence
Sunflower stamp by Anna Griffin
Glitter Pens to color the sunflower
"Tack" acrylic stamp by Panduro
just inserted craft tissue showing how the give-a-ways will be hidden inside this heart bag

Entry #59 - NCM 2010 : Proposed Give-a-way Packaging (2 of 3)

For the 2nd packaging proposal I made a simpe matchbox.  Since I'm only aware that the debutant will be giving away personalize keychain, I created this type of packaging.  I'm still waiting for the sizes coz I was informed it comes in 3 different shapes.

Here's the oh-so-simple to make matchbox:

Materials Used:

"Charlotte" cardstock by Melissa Frances
Handmade paper
band from Philippines
stickles (yellow)
EK Success Scallop Diamond
bow bought in Thailand

Entry #58 - NCM 2010 : Proposed Give-a-way packaging (1 of 3)

21 March 2010

This was really a stressful day for me coz in the middle of my crafting I had to stop since we had to find Joseph's toy that he likes. We went to all the toy stores here but the one he likes is not available. In one store he almost cried coz all the lego items were gone as in totally gone. Why? They had 50% sale and we were not aware of that. We ended up buying his 2n and 3rd choice. So there goes my whole afternoon.

By the time we got back I had to fix the house a little then prepare dinner. But most of all I had to watch my favorite TV show "Ghost Whisper" and every Sunday they air 2 episodes so that means 2 hours hahahahahahahahhaha.

Well at least I was able to make 3 packages for the celebrant to choose. Maybe will make 3 more if I feel like it hehehehehehehe. Oh the celebrant is the one turning 18 which I'm also asked to make her invitations. This is where you can find the first batch of invitations I made at a glance by going here : http://jerosha.multiply.com/photos/album/209/Entry_55_to_57_-_NCM_2010_18th_Birthday_Invitations_Batc...?replies_read=25

Here's the first proposed packaging for my client:  CAKE Box

Materials Used:

Fabiano Cardstock
Melissa Frances "Charlotte" Cardstock
Kuretake Cardstock
Pink band bought in the Philippines
Cuttlebug Embossing Folders - Divine Swirls
EK Success Scallop Punch
"Tack" Rubber Stamp by Slojd-Detaljer
Emobossing Powder
MS Edge Punch - Doily Lace
Tags, Bags, Boxes and More Cricut Cartridge

Entry #57 - NCM 2010 : Proposed 18th Bday Invitations (3 of 3)

The last proposal is actually my favorite coz all the colors I used are my favorite =)

The materials I used for this card are:

Tags, Bags, Boxes and More cricut cartridge
Panduro brad "shoe"
SU Tag Punch
Inkadinkado Acryclic stamp
Inbjudan rubber stamp by Panduro
CTMH - Goldrush ink pad
Ribbon band from Philippines
Kuretake cardstock
Melissa Frances cardtsock "Charlotte"
Embossing Powder
Handmade paper
Zig pen


Entry #56 - NCM 2010 : Proposed 18th Bday Invitations (2 of 3)

 20 March 2010

One thing you will notice in all 3 proposed birthday invitations is that it is still kind'a blank.  The reason behind is that when I was asked to create samples, they did not provide any text on what's gonna be written for the simple reason that they don't exactly know yet about the details.

For the 2nd proposal I used:

Sweet Treats cricut cartridge for the bag itself - using one of the cupcakes
You Do photo turner
Kuretake brad
Swiss Dot cuttlebug embossing folder
Ribbons from Philippines
Fabiano cardtsock
Melissa Frances "Charlotte" cardstock

Entry #55 - NCM 2010 : Proposed 18th Bday Invitations (1 of 3)

March 20, 2010

Client : A sweet and feminine teen-ager
Event : Her 18th birthday party the Philippine way meaning formal debut party

Preferred Colors : Sunny and Bright with flowers

I had the privilege to see all her gowns she will be using on her party and luckily I was able to find and buy a pack of cardstock "charlotte" by Melissa Frances.

Here's the first card and the materials I used are:

Sweet Treats Cricut Cartridge for the flowers
Cardstock (printed and plain):  by Melissa Frances, Kuretake, and Fabriano
MS Edge Punch - Doily Lace
Swiss Dots Cuttlebug Embossing Folder
Hero Arts Background Rubber Stamp
SU Ink Pad - Sage Shadow
Pearl Maker


Mickey Mouse Jumbo Step-Stair Card

Geez!  How can I forget to share with you all what I made for my dearest nephew who celebrated his first birthday last Feb. 27 of this year.  It is one of the things I created for his party and this was made for his buffet table topper.  You may check out all the Mickey Mouse Projects I made for him by just clicking the category on the left side of this page.

This is actually one of my favorites I have ever made and this is how it looks like:

The main tool I used is my cricut machine with the Mickey and Friends cricut cartridge combined with Mickey Mouse Font cartridge.  Aside from that I used Heart Lattice punch by MS Deep Edge Punch and MS Train Edge Punch.  One of the focal points of this card is the digital photo invitation that I also made for his intended guests.  I used Mouse In The House Digital Kit by Brittney of Britt-ish Designs and also some scraps from my Scrapbook software, Scrapbook factory Deluxe.  The "Blowing Birthday Wishes" sentiment is by Stampendous.

Look closely and you will see how big this step-stair card is as compared to the regular size in card making. Cutting small Disney figures was not easy but I was patient enough to cut the figures plus the post box and the water case. I embossed the post box with swiss dot cuttlebug embossing folder and the water can with distressed stripes folder. Had a blast cutting the flag and Mickey face though =)

Thanks fo viewing =)

Entry #54 - NCM 2010 : Proposed Wedding Invitations (7 of 7)

And finally the last card for the first batch of proposal is a simple card, too, like the 6th proposal.  I made it using:

Prima Flowers
Glittered and Embossed Cardstock in off-white by Panduro
Ricrac band bought in the Philippines
Pearlmaker (silver)
MS Edge Puncher - Scallop Dot
Panduro Design Cardstock


Entry #53 - NCM 2010 : Proposed Wedding Invitations (6 of 7)

The 6th card proposal was created using the following:

Glittered Flower Elegance in smoke blue Cardstock by Panduro
EK Success Edge Punch - Scalloped Scallop
Paper Flower bought in Thailand
Satin Ribbon from Philippines
Charlotte Cardstock by Melissa Frances
DCWV Plain Cardstock

Entry #52 - NCM 2010 : Proposed Wedding Invitations (5 of 7)

The 5th card looks like this and I've used the following materials :

Handmade Paper from Thailand
Couple Silhouette by Slojd-Detaljer
DCWV Plain Cardstocks
Panduro Embossing Powder (black)
SU Ink Pad - Sage Shadow for the couple's background

Entry #51 - NCm 2010 : Proposed Wedding Invitations (4 of 7)

For the 4th card I used the following materials:

Kuretake Cardstock
Tilda Cardstock
55033 Designblock Silhouette Rubber Stamp by Hero Arts
MS Edge Punch - Heart Lattice
Wedded Couple Wood Accent by Panduro
Vi Gifter Oss Rubber Stamp by Slojd-Detaljer
Pearlmaker (gold)
RicRac band by Creative Hobby
Classic SU pad - Sage Shadow


Entry #50 - NCM 2010 : Proposed Wedding Invitations ( 3 of 7)

For the 3rd proposed wedding invitation I made, I simply used the following:

Background is a stamp by Anna Griffin's Flora Collection
Tab Punch by Stampin' Up
Nellie Punch for the punched leaves
paper flower I bought in Thailand
You Do Pearl brad
Inbjudan rubber stamp by Panduro
Couple Silhouette rubber stamp by Slöjd-Detaljer
Satin ribbon with side trimmings bought in the Philippines
Kuretake cardstock
Recycled cardstock
Pearlmaker (gold)
Panduro Embossing Powder (gold)

Entry #49 - NCM 2010 : Proposed Wedding Invitations (2 of 7)

For the second proposal I created this card where elegance is at it's best hihihihihi =)

Materials Used:

Butterfly from Flora Collection of Anna Griffin
Flower Swirls by Inkadinkado
CTMH Ink Pad - Desert Sand
Satin Ribbons from Philippines
Panduro Emboosing Powder (gold)

Entry #48 - NCM 2010 : Proposed Wedding Invitations ( 1 of 7)

March 19, 2010

Client : Swedish couple in their mid 50's
Event : Summer Wedding (Garden)
Request : Happy Colors

These are the only info I can give you guys coz that's just what I got!

Considering their ages, I have to be careful in designing the invitatoons for them. Altough they are both jolly people and full of humor, I still have to bear in mind that they are not young to enjoy those sweety or cutie stamps that I have. I also have to have a touch of elegance.

These are the first batch of invitations that I'm making for them. I can only make the concept for now coz they are still thinking on what exactly to write inside the card.

Since both of them are busy moving to a new apartment, our meeting was re-set. I will be seeing the bride-to-be next week and have a sit-down chat with her. I hope by that time they already have decided what to write and what exactly they want for their invitations.

Here's the first proposed wedding invitation I have made :

Vi Gifter Oss Rubber Stamp by Slöjd-Detaljer
Couple Silhouette Rubber Stamp by Slöjd-Detaljer
Wedding Background Rubber Stamp by Slöjd-Detaljer
Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pads ( faded jeans, vintage photo, spiced marmalade, tattered rose, peeled paint)
Cardstocks from Creative Company
Nellie Punch and Emboss
My handmade papers
Prima mini flowers
Pearlmaker (gold)


Entry #47 - NCM 2010 : Sympathy Card

I made this card last March 13 but we were so in a hurry to see Swedish couple who are very close to us, Anders and Agneta. Agneta lost her mother due to cancer then a week after Anders father died of unknown illness. It was too much for all of us and I had a hard time creating this card since I was crying.

Obviously due to the situation I totally forgot to take a picture and show you but hehehehehehehehe I called her and ask if I can drop by and take a picture so it wil be included in my National Craft Month celebration. They live 10 blocks away and I don't mind taking a walk in this wet, cold, crazy weather we have today just to take a picture - yeah, yeah all for the love of crafting hehehehehehehehe.

Anyway, while I was searching for Joseph's Spiderman winter boots at the basement, I found my long lost cross-stitch project. I started doing this early part of 2000 but I never had the chance to finish it due to work then my dad got sick then he died. This is the last project of mine and never dared to finish it due to memories. Hhhhhhhhhmmmmm, maybe one of these years I will finish this project but first I have to finish that super small project I started while I was in Thailand ... remember? hihihihihihihi


Cristofer's Birthday Album At A Glance

Whew! Finally I was able to upload here at my blogspot site the pages of my client's birthday album. My client gave me all the pictures she likes best and requested me to make a 12 x 12 traditional layouts for her son. Our problem was there were no pictures available during his son's 6th birthday and said she will try to find if they still have. Anyway, in some layouts I left spaces coz I want the owner to write something about the day of his birthday and besides her mom doesn't remember the names of all the guest from each party. The birthday boy on all pages is actually 23 years old this year.

You may view all the pages at a glance buy clicking this:
Cristofer's Kiddie Birthday(s) Album

Entry # 46 - NCM 2010 : Traditional Layout (page 18)

A super simple layout by just using my son's edge scissor ... Just A Note acrylci stamp bought at Scraplagret ... left-over plain cardstocks ... BCD039 A Boy's Life by Blue Cardigan cardstock.


Entry #45 - NCM 2010 : Traditional Layout (page 18)

I used Paper Doll Dress Up cricut cartridge ... panduro dotted brad ... DCWV Retro cardstock combined with Studio K Green Distressed Wood Flat cardstock.


Entry #44 - NCm 2010 : Traditional Layout (page 17)

For this layout I simply used clip arts from my Scrapbook Factory Deluxe Software and cardstock is by DCWV Retro pack combined with Kuretake cardstock


Entry #43 - NCM 2010 : Traditional Layout (page 16)

For this page let's talk about the accordion album which is also one of my entries for this month:

I made this accordion album as part of my client's birthday 12 x 12 album. The word happy birthday was created using "Sweet Treats" cartridge. I used MS Train edge punch, a 3D puff pen, funny faces stickers, knitted band, handmade tags accentuated with yarns. The printed stripe cardstock is Fruit Punch by BasicGrey

Other items I used are:

Swirl acryclic stamp by Prima Marketing
Clip art from my collection

Entry #42 - NCM 2010 : Traditional Layout (page 15)

Materials used:

Sweet Treats cricut cartridge
Cardstock - Fruit Punch by BasicGrey combined with Kuretake
Journal Rubber Stamp which I forgot by whom :(


Entry #41 - NCM 2010 : Traditional Layout (page 14)

Just a very very simple layout since the cardstock itself is enough. The cardstock is SCRB 219 Dream Collection from Scrapbour.


Entry #40 - NCM 2010 : Traditional Layout (page 13)

For this page I used:

SCRB 219 Dream Colection Cardstock by Scrapbour
Kids mini hand punch
Scrapbook Factory Deluxe for clipart


Entry #39 - NCM 2010: Traditional Layout (page 12)

For this page I used the following:

A Child's Year cricut cartridge
Graphically Speaking cricut cartridge
Flourish Acryclic stamp by Rhonna Farrer
Journal acrylic stamp given to me 2 years ago
DCWV Retro Cardstock combined with kuretake

Entry #38 - NCM 2010 : Traditional Layout page (page 11)

Materials used for this page:

Everyday Paper Dolls cricut cartridge
Paper Doll Dress Up cricut cartridge
Flourishes acrylic stamp by Rhonna Farrer
Frame chipboard to emphasize who the celebrant is
DCWV Retro cardstock
Zig pen


Entry #37 - NCM 2010 : Traditional Layout (page 10)

The next page I simply used a clip art from my Scrapbook Deluxe software and added flourish by Rhonna Farrer. Cardstocks are from DCWV Retro pack =)

Entry #36 - NCM 2010 : Traditional Layout (page 9)

Materials Used for this page are :

Sweet Treats Cricut Cartridge
Everyday Paper Dolls for the eye mask
Stickles to create a flame effect and to decorate the mask
DCWV Retro Cradstock combined with Kuretake

Entry #35 - NCM 2010 : Traditional Layout (page 8)

Materials Used for the next page of my client's album:

DCWV Retro Cardstock
Sweet Treats criuct cartridge
Edge Scissors borrowed from my little boy
Flourishes by Rhonna Farrer

Entry #34 - NCM 2010 : Traditional Layout (page 7)

To continue with my client's birthday album here are the materials I used:

Sweet Treats cricut cartridge
Just a Note Acrylic Stamp bought at Scraplagret
Kuretake min square brads
DCWV Retrro Cardstock combined with Kuretake


Entry #33 - NCM 2010 : Traditional Layout (page 6)

The next layout for my client's 2nd birthday party, I just used Sweet Treats cricut cartridge. Cardstocks are from kuretake and Panduro. I added glitters,too =)


Entry #32 - NCM 2010 : Traditional Layout (page 5)

To continue my client's album, here's the next page of his 2nd birthday party. I used the following:

Everyday Paper Dolls cricut cartridge
Flourishes Acrylic Stamp by Rhonna Farrer
Scrapbook Factory DeLuxe for the clipart
Panduro Cardstock
Kuretake Cardstock


Entry #31 - NCM 2010 : Traditional Layout (page 4)

The 4th page of my client's birthday album, which is her son's 2nd birthday party I used the following:

I stamped a sentiment on a picture using SU Rubber Stamp
Used Graphically Speaking cricut cartridge for the word " MMmmmm"
MS Around The Edge Punch - Crown
Dotted Ribbon by Panduro


Guest Designer for Scraplagret

Last January 2010, I was invited by Emma of Scraplagret to be one of her guest designer. I was so thrilled about it and naturally I said Yes. Scraplagret is a Swedish on-line store and bought lots of great stamps from her. She gave me a box of materials to play with so everything you see on both creations were rpovided.

Here are my 2 creations for Scraplagret:

A Door Sign

You may also view it here http://scraplagret.blogspot.com/2010/01/altrad-dorrskylt-av-jerosha.html

A Step-Stair Card

and you may view it here http://scraplagret.blogspot.com/2010/01/stair-step-card-av-jerosha.html

Entry #30 - NCM 2010 : Traditional Layout (page 3)

The third page which completes his first birthday layouts, I used the following:

A Child's Year Cricut Cartridge
Flourishes Acryclic Stamps by Rhonna Farrer
Just A Note Acryclic Stamps bought at Scraplagret
Kuretake Cardstocks


Entry #29 - NCM 2010 : Traditional Layout (page 2)

For the second page of my client's album I used the following:

A Child's Year Cricut Cartridge
Fonts from Scrapbook Factory Deluxe
Kuretake Cardtsocks


Entry # 28 - NCM 2010 : Traditional Layout (page 1)

The first page of Cristofer's Birthday Album. His mom is a good friend of mine and we agreed to make an album of her son compiling all his son's kiddie birthdays. Unfortunately there was no available pictures during his 6th birthday party.

Anyway for this layout I used the following:

A Child's Year cricut cartridge
Glittered Cardstock
Swirl/Flourishes Stamp by Rhonna Farrer
Polka Dot Cardstock
Kuretake Cardstock


Blog Award for Me

What a surprise when I opened my site ... got a blog award from Ails this day =D Thanks so much Ails =)

I'm forwarding this "Beautiful Award" to the following who I know in my heart derserves one, too:

1. Thanni
2. Ardilla
3. Lia
4. Orlis
5. Avelyn
6. Maryann
7. Connsue
8. Cris
9. Joanna
10. Joan
11. Leslie
12. Ghie
13. Faith
14. Joyce
15. Carmen
16. Cat
17. Andy
18. Clarise
19. Milly
20 Vicky
21. and of course Claire

They are great fellow crafters that never stops creating awesome projects =)

For the "Beautiful Blogger" award, the nominated needs to:
~ Thank the person who nominated you and make link to their blog.
~ Copy the award and paste it to your blog.
~ Pass this award on to fantastic bloggers you have discovered.
~ Contact your nominations and let them now they've won.

Entry #27 - NCM 2010 : My Window Accent

Finally I was able to do something about the word CREATE I cut this morning using Storybook Cartridge. I have seen so many crafters playing with such word and thought I'd make one for myself.

For the main base of each alphabet I used my own handmade paper which was featured at The Daily Scrapper, Issue #19, now TDS Lifestyle. Then used SU Tab Punch as the main part for hanging. I added yellow stickles on the yellow alphas just so it will glitter when hit by any form of light.

After changing my curtain, I started hanging the letters one by one =)

Weather is not good today :( Dark, gloomy, wet, little rain and little snow, cold and windy all part of giving way to spring which I still believe is just around the corner.

Entry #26 - NCM 2010 : Review on Storybook Cartridge

First and foremost this cartridge is really a must have for paper crafters. The cartridge is filled with font, graphics, borders, accents and phrases. The amazing part is the cool special features like the Accent/Frame button and the Fancy Corner button. If one adjust the features and layering then each cut gives a 3-D look. The images are magical coz it offers wide range from birds to flowers with intricacy on every cut.

I'm not sure if I made a mistake in counting but here's what I've discovered:

Borders - 30 available cuts
Corners - 34 available cuts
Accent/Frames - 34 or more available cuts
Alpha - 3 kinds and you may choose from Tall but thin, short and fat, fancy - intricate font which all in all one can say fairytale like =)
Numbers and Symbols are available, too
The base for the accent/frames may be used as is and it's about 77 available cuts.
If you have a daughter the crowns 14 available cuts are super cute.
Words / Phrases - I would say 18 available cuts

I did manage to play with this cartridge this morning and I was wearing a full smile all the time. Dressep up the word by adding fancy finishing touch. Now I fully understand why Cricut users everywhere are crafting happily ever after with the classic, feminine and versatile Storybook cartridge. Filled with charming, soft and whimsical graphics, the Storybook cartridge also features a font that is fairy-like.

Here's my cut .... whimsically layered :)


Entry #25 - NCM 2010 : Reviews on Paper Doll Dress Up and Everyday Paper Dolls

The dolls you'll find in these cartridges are so cute and that there are so many things that you can do with both cartridges .... making your possibilities endless. It surely is a lot more than just doll /kid cartridges.

There are many different costumes for the dress up dolls, but at first one has to cut out the bodies for the costumes. At Paper Doll Dress Up - there are 11 bodies with different heads to choose from, each with a different expression on their face. While on Everyday Paper Dolls - there is one body but you can choose to cut heads from 11 different expressions. To achieve different skintone one just need to use different shades of cardstock.

I have no particular favorite costume in this cartridge but I noticed that the bridal gown/bride have intricate parts so I bet I will be needing lots of patience when cutting this image especially if I need a small size image.

There are now two different paper doll cartridges available - the other one is Everyday Paper Dolls. In my opinion, having both cartridges makes my Paper Doll really complete. But let's look on the details:

Bodies found on both cartridges are just the same.

Heads and Expressions are just the same - 10 cuts with expression and 1 smiling.

I see some identical Hairs for the boys from both cartridges but all in all you'll get 43 hairstyles (24 for the girls and 19 for the boys) at Paper Doll Dress Up then you'll get 41 hairstyles (15 for the girls and 26 for the boys) BUT you have to realize there are identical haircuts if you combine both cartridges.

What's the difference between the 2 cartridges aside from other amazing images? Well, the name speaks for itself hehehehehehe. Paper Doll Dress Up is a cartridge filled with costumes while Everyday Paper Dolls is actually a cartridge filled with kid's everyday activities.

I'm very very happy to have both cartridges coz almost all the costumes reminds me of Joseph's parties and his everyday life, too.

Now, I did cut few images last Tuesday as part of my layout for my client's birthday album and here are my cuts:

Cuts from Everyday Paper Dolls Cartridge

Cut from Paper Doll Dress Up Cartridge

Entry #24 - NCM 2010 : Accordion Birthday Album

I made this accordion album as part of my client's birthday 12 x 12 album. The word happy birthday was created using "Sweet Treats" cartridge. I used MS Train edge punch, a 3D puff pen, funny faces stickers, knitted band, handmade tags accentuated with yarns. The printed stripe cardstock is by Basic Grey =)


Entry #23 - NCM 2010 : Sweet Treats Cartridge

Hello everyone! I have been gone here for few days due to a much need attention here at home. Even to sit in my room and thoroughly check emails and sites were most of the time impossible but did manage to have quick visits at multiply. I was not exactly totally deprived of "my time" coz when everyone is asleep I get to sneak in my craft room and create something in connection with National Craft Month celebration BUT to upload pictures is another matter.

Last Monday, I decided to start creating the album for one of my clients and one thing for sure is that I will be using some of my cartridges. I started off with the "Sweet Treats" cartridge. I love this ... find it so amazing ... and I'm so excited to try few cuts. While browsing through the handbook which I did several times and ended up writing down some notes on my discoveries, namely:

If you go through the handbook you will be so happy to see that you've got 50 "cupcake holders" BUT look again ... duh! ... there is actually one as in ONE cupcake holder and the 49 are just identical cuts :( There is absolutely nothing different from any of those cuts. Luckily, there is a shift function which gives us options in embellishing the cupcake holders.

As for the "party favors", well it's the same as the cupcake holders situation. The candle flame party favor box are actually 10 identical cuts! So in effect we don't have 50 different party favor boxes in the cartridge but we get less :(

The "tags" has identical cuts, too. I actually discovered more identical cuts that I just stopped counting.

The "cards" as well has the same situation because there are 10 same square cards and so on and on and on. But then again there's the shift function to give us options in embellishing or accentuating the shape. So when we add up all the identical cuts there's probably a hundred or more :(

The bottom line is - I don't need 50 identical cuts of cupcake holders because one is fine and would gladly have more options of embellishments. Why just not add up more shapes or options for embellishment than having identical cuts?

Would you believe that there are more than 20 "Not Available" slots on the handbook?

In my mind I was thinking that Provo Craft (PC) will not do such a thing. Sweet Treats cartridge is an awesome .... useful ... and unique cartridge (well every cartridge is unique hehehehehehehe). If you have one then go check it out and see what I'm talking about. The cartirdge should have been a solutions carridge not the usual full cartridge! Good thing I was able to acquire mine for a very good price through th kindness of a dear fellow crafter. If you are planning to buy one, then fin the lowest price coz it's not worth to pay for 80 dollars or 60 dollars for a cartridge that should have been a solution cartridge.

Anyway, since I got shocked with the identical cuts, I did not play with the shapes especially the cupcake holders. I instead play with some words for that's what I need for my client's album.

Here are my cuts:


Entry #22 - NCM 2010 : Review on MS Circle Cutter

While I was searching for a circle cutter, I stumbled upon Martha Stewart Circle Cutter and I had a feeling that it's just the kind of cutter that I need. I don't have any circle puncher but I do have few Coluzzle in which one has to use a 360 degrees craft knife - a knife that is flexible to move around. Sad to say I'm not comfortable with it but kept all the Coluzzle for Joseph's future crafting needs. I also have Fiskars hard plastic templates but then again a special tool designed for it needs to be used unless otherwise I prefer to trace and cut which for me is time consuming. The tool cutter al drives me insane since I just don't know how to use it hihihihihihihihihi. I tried a lot of times but I end up frustrated and mad looking at all those wasted papers. Lastly, I have the Spellbinders Nestabilities circle pack but oftentimes it's the right size (s) I need for a certain project. There are instances that I have to use compass but it ruins my project due to the sharp tip. I tried using coffee saucers hahahahahahaha or any circle object that I can trace but once I cut with using a scissor it does not give the smooth edge.

You see, circles for me are the hardest thing to cut. One wrong move it surely doe ruin the project. After much thinking I decided MS Circle Cutter is worth a try. A dear fellow crafter bought it for me since it is not available here in Sweden.

I am so happy and excited to share with you all that the cutter does works for me and it's so easy to use. I say easy because it took only a few tries when I finally found the right grip and effort on how to use it. Oh yeah, I wasted some papers but just scratch papers hehehehehehehehe so no hard feelings =D

Let's talk about this tool in details:

  • It is a round transparent disc made of acrylic.
  • It is marked in increments that range from an inch up to 5 1/2 inches which by the way is the largest circle it can cut.
  • In between there are additional marks every 1/4 inch so you can cut circles in many sizes.
  • In addition to the disc, it comes with a blade handle (cutting tool) and 3 extra blades.
  • The blades are double-sided and the disc turns clockwise and counter-clockwise so it works for both right handed and lefties.
  • The top of the cutting tool can be opened that serves as a storage for the extra blades.
  • The blades do have covers that one can easily slide it off and slide it back.
  • The blade has a flat triangular tip and the holes on the disc are not just round but also a slit allowing the blade to fully fit in and snap into place. In effect there is no chance of it slipping and accidentally cuts your finger.
  • Once the blade has been snapped in place, you simple cut around and that's it.
  • The clear center of the disc turns with the help of ball bearings that helps it to go around smoothly without jerking so in effect it gives you a nice clean cut like a breeze.
To summarize what I'm trying to tell you:
PROS - This circle cutter is lightweight, portable, and cuts circles in 1/16" increments ranging from 1 inch to 5 1/2 inches. The cutter tool fits comfortably in your fingers and holds a double-sided blade so you can cut clockwise or counter-clockwise.

CONS - Unlike a puncher, one has to practice a few times on scratch papers until one finds the right grip. It can't cut bigger than 5 1/2 inches circles so I guess I still need to use plates for making big circles hahahahahahahahaha.

BOTTOMLINE - This circle cutter cuts 73 different size circles in 1 !/16 increments. Compared to buying 73 circle punches the MS Circle Cutter is definitely cost effective.

Lessons Learned:

Problem arises when you have to cut circles from small papers. One has to always have removable adhesives on hand to hold small papers to your cutting mat. I use the blue painter's tape the same kind I use to my now abused cricut mat hehehehe.

The more pressure you exert on the tool itself the more frustrated you would be. Just let it glide like a butter with pulse and pressure steady =D

Some slits you will find difficulty in snapping the blade onto but a little wiggle will do the trick.

The durability of the disc kind'a worries me. When I was trying the cutter for the first time and due to ignorance ... eagerness... excitement .... hard pressure and too much effort, it has now very very few micro - as in microscopic cracks hahahahahaha but of course it may be nothing although time can only tell. I found out that it's not only me who experienced this but almost all first time users.

So there!

I have sshared with you all on what I think and what I can say about the MS Circle Cutter. My last hurrah is BUY ONE coz it's worth every penny =D

To show you all the circles I cut an hour ago :

These are all the 73 cut circles I made using the cutting tool

The biggest cut is 5 1/2 inches and the smallest is 1 inch

To show you the smoothness of each cut

Thanks for those who were interested to know more about this tool because with your interest I was able to make swatches of the circles it can cut that serves as my visual presentation hehehehehehehehehehe.
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