CUTTING CIRCLES

By the time you see this I will be spending a few well deserved days with my BFF at FT MYERS BEACH…it will however, probably be hotter than I would like but we plan to stick our toes in the sand and just relax.

ft myers beach from the air

ft myers beach from the air

this photo was from a FACEBOOK PAGE but I promise to share some photos of my own next time.

Every now and then a new tool appears on the market and often we are tempted to ignore it since we have something that already does what this new tools does and we are used to it and how it works so why take a chance….WELL that’s not me….I LOVE discovering new things and often they do work better than that which we currently use… WELL that’s what this blog is all about…

We have a myriad of ways to cut circles…we can have many punches, or we can use templates and tools like BIG SHOT or CUTTLEBUG or for a long time I have used the FISKAR CIRCLE CUTTER…

fiskar circle cutterThere is nothing wrong with this cutter and it was a huge improvement over the previous one I had which made a pin hole in the center of the circle .  This cutter does however require a lot of muscle…you have to press down pretty hard to get it hold the paper then setting the size is always a challenge if you don’t have to be exact its not such a problem but if you needs exactly a 2 ¼ inch circle it gets tricky….I am not saying it can’t be done just saying that it isn’t so easy….the same is true with most of the templates like nestibilites you can measure them and see what size they are but they still might not be exactly what you want and the punches are getting better at telling you exactly what size they punch but if you have older ones you know that didn’t tell you the size, for me a horrid math student, measuring a circle is always difficult.

SO ARMED WITH MY WEEKLY COUPON FOR MICHAEL’S I stumbled upon a new circle cutter.  THE fact that it was made by one of my favorite companies definitely gave me reason to pause and look at more closely.  Its made by EK SUCCESS these people have been creating some of the BEST disposable calligraphy pens for years…the ZIG PENS and the ZIG WRITER’S AND the MILLINEUM FINE LINE ( which compares to the SAKURA MICRON PENS) I also loved that they got into the PUNCH business (FIRST, I THINK for MARTHA STEWART) then on under their own name…EK SUCCESS…I love that created locking punches so that they stored easier and for me they punch cleaner and smoother than almost any other ….they are also creating punches for STAMPIN UP…so anyway they had a good reputation with me…so I gave this circle cutter a look… and since I had my 40% off coupon on my phone I decided to do some marketing research and give it a try… My old boss DARLEN HELD always chuckled at my marking research but it was my way of testing and finding good products for us to sell in their small BOOK AND ART SUPPLY, FRAMING STORE…BOOK N’ BRUSH in Chehalis WA..I worked their for 13 years and it was probably the best job I ever had.  Ahhh I digress…(SURPRISE) any way I brought this new circle cutter home and have just finished experimenting with it and THE VERDICT IS I LOVE IT..

ec success circle cutter

ec success circle cutter

This is what the box looks like and I have to admit that I was also drawn to the image of the fortune cookie… I love making them.

close up of cutter itself

close up of cutter itself

I used a shot from AMAZON to show you what it looks like thinking it would be clearer than me scanning it however its still not really clear so you will just have to trust me that it gives each circle size in 1/8th inch increments.  The circle cuts from 1″ to 6″ circles and it doesn’t require the pressure that the fiskar requires to cut …NOW the HINT is that you will need to either be cutting on a sheet of paper that is larger than the cutter so that the rubber gray ring you see above hold the paper still…OR tape your paper down to cut cleanly.  I did cut both a 1″ circle , a 6′ circle and a 2 ½ circle all very easily the small blade inserts into the circle template in the slot you choose for size and then simple hold the outer ring down on the paper and since I am highhanded I just proceed to cut clockwise but if you are left handed I am certain that it will cut just as easily counter clockwise.

SO I am not telling you to go buy one … and no I don’t get any kickback from EK SUCCESS but I did want to share that if you are looking for a new circle cutter or your first one I really like this one… as its new I can’t tell you how long the blade with last I am sure that depends on the types of paper you cut… it did cut text weight as well as thick card stock easily.  It also comes with extra blades… and virtually no directions…lol…. but the cutter has a triangle tip and it only fits in the slot one way then just press down and twirl the blade around rather easily compared to how hard I have to press with the Fiskar cutter.

I admit I am an avid MARKETING REASEARCH person… i.e. I like looking for new things so just use this as a reference and if you need to replace then think about this one.

Oh yeah it was $19.00 at Michael’s and I would guess the same amount if they have it at JoAnn’s and it just slightly more from AMAZON but I am prime so that extra covers the shipping.

Let me know if you try it and if you like it … if you buy it from a storefront save your box and receipt, if you decide you don’t like it I am sure you can return it with your receipt for a store credit.

Ok….stopping now…AS ALWAYS THANKS FOR STOPPIN BY...wire headed cyber toad..aka kath

oh yeah one more HINT…you need to cut on a self healing cutting mat and if you have had that mat for long time and cut on it for long time you will know that it may not be SMOOTH any more.  THOSE mats don’t really heal they do last a long time but every now and then they do need to be replaced depending on how much you use them and what you cutting with…this is one of those repurposing thing…they were actually made for quilters and cutting with rotary cutters so cutting over and over again in the same place will in fact leave scars that make it hard to cut over…so if your mat is bumpy you may not have as smooth a cut or easy a time as I had just a relative smooth mat.  JUST A LITTLE FYI.

EYE CANDY.… my dear friend JO FORSYTH sent me this lovely EASTER card and I just had to share her variation of NEULAND LETTERS on  watercolor paper…its the paper as well as her pen nib that gives it that streaky effect.  JO also has her Neuland exemplar published in one of these two speedball texts AND she is published in a book about BOOKS BOXES AND WRAPS WITH MARILYN WEBBERLY both available from AMAZON.

SPEEDBALL TEXT

SPEEDBALL TEXT

SPEED BALL TEXT

SPEED BALL TEXT

BOOKS BOXES AND WRAPS

BOOKS BOXES AND WRAPS

 

JO FORSYTH'S EASTER CARD

JO FORSYTH’S EASTER CARD

 

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