Thursday, August 30, 2012

Tonic Studio Paper trimmer review

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I had a whole rant post typed up....but after I finished ranting...I felt so good...didn't want to post it...
Simply because people are not going to change by my ranting ... so I choose to walk away from such people... I tend to carry my heart on my sleeve and am not ashamed of it. That's what makes me who I am and maybe that's why I am prone to ranting so much... :p

So without further ranting's my review.. Kinda picture heavy...

Here's my Tonic Studio 12x6 paper trimmer...its huge..I can tell you that..but worth every penny...There are many reasons why I chose this...over the Fiskars Sure Cut or any other trimmer. (sorry about the dark and glary photos, it is a cloudy day)

 This is how your trimmer looks when it arrives.... the other essential stuff is stored at the its pretty compact...If I didn't have a space crunch, I would have gone for a 12x12 for sure....With a 40% discount from JoAnn's, this cost me around 20$. And free shipping courtesy mom and dad

This is how the extras store in the back. The extendable arm has slots which click in place. It will never fall off...that I can assure you. 

This is after I've attached the handle and the extendable arm. Usually I don't bother attaching the handle...but if I'm cutting heavy papers, I do use it. Its a fabulous soft if you're cutting 10 papers or 100, I doubt you would have a problem. 

My Pros
1.See the transparent thingie? It has two metal springs at each end...It holds your paper down, so that it doesnt shift while you're trimming or cutting. 

2. Space... I have a space crunch and needed something that would fit into a drawer and out of sight...this does the job perfectly. 

3. The foldout arm has a base that is again foldable. So your extendable arm doesn't bend down or break. Its a support.
4 .The top grid .. has markings in cms and inches....and has upto 6 inches... What I don't like though, is that I can't cut a half inch strip from a strip less than one inch. For that, my other small Fiskars guillotine comes handy.

5.. The bottom of the grid has markings for regular card sizes...4.25 and 5.5. I tend to use the top measuring scale. There is a scale again in the middle too...which I find useful in lining up. 

 6.  This is my biggest reason for buying a guillotine trimmer. Be it printer paper, thick 300 gsm card stock or 80 gsm papers, everything cuts like butter.  And I can challenge a Fiskars Sure cut to give me these cuts...I've seen thin papers get shredded like a blunt scissor cut it,on a Sure Cut...That made me sure that I needed this.

I can cut multiples of these strips and with ease....I didn't know what to label the extreme left strip..its half of a 1/16th strip....these look big, but try cutting these yourself and you'll get an idea. I might take some comparison photos and put up at a later date.

7. The second biggest reason...I don't have to replace the blade. This is a self sharpening blade..the more I use, the sharper it stays.  Less/more usage doesn't affect  it. With a Sure Cut or any trimmer that uses a blade, you are dependent on the availability of blades. With Sure Cut, if you cut the guiding wire, your trimmer is gone...You have to replace the rubber guide on which the blade glides every 6 months, and change the blade every 3-6 months depending on your usage.
        Me, I don't have to worry for the next 5 years.


My only grudge is the small distance between 6 - 6.5 is not that easy to judge. So for this measurement again, I have to rely on my small trimmer. But other than this...I really don't have major grudges....
Sure, they could have numbered on the sides, and given measurements too. But then it is impossible to have everything  I guess....

So, if you're deciding between a guillotine and a line trimmer, my suggestion would be the for the brands, there are tons...Everyone has come out with their own paper trimmer, and if you wanted my opinion, I would say the X-acto Laser Paper trimmer but it retails for around 70-80$. After that is the Tonic Studio.

I haven't tried to cut multiple sheets, but I think I can cut at least 5-6 easily at one go. And one teensy warning, don't run your finger down the edge of the newly cut paper. I've had more paper cuts than I can figure out how I've got them!

If  you have an questions, go ahead ask me.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Some more CAS cards

Another Batch of CAS cards which I completed and sent took a loong while to get the photos up!!

 A take on Maile Belles card....Loved her card...and well It would have been good if I had PTI colors, but hey...who's complaining!!

I love this card!!
 This is another of those...why didn't I do it before types..... I had stamped and embossed several pieces of CS with Antique Brocade stamp, when I'd borrowed it from Manasa. And I used them now!! 6 months later...Talking about hoarding....I think most of us crafters would easily get an episode each on the show called Hoarders!!!
I distressed it with 3 shades of distress inks, sprayed with LSG silver mist and matted the squares on black...and voila!!!
 Isn't that shimmer pretty? two of those squares are mounted on foam...

 This is Stampin up's Birthday Whimsy Set....and why did I not use it before!!! Hoarding again!!!

Loved stamping and fussy cutting the presents...Scrap piece of pattern paper in the background and PTI stamp for sentiment.

 This is a tall card...again from the Birthday Whimsy set...I think its time I got some neon inks!! What say?

The birthday cake from Birthday Whimsy many easy cards with just one set!!!

Pic up some scrap pattern paper..punch out some circles and cut them in half....stick it up....add some twine, some bows..and some dotted borders!! TADA!! another CAS card done!! 
This I already showed you....but just to show again!!! love the sunset..gotta try some more!!!

Hope you like this installment of cards......
Working on some special cards..once those are done..will share with you!! :)

Till then..happy crafting!!!
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