I recently had to write up a supply list for a card I made a while back. After looking at the card, I couldn’t tell which postage stamp edge punch I had used. It was either from EK Success, American Crafts, or Fiskars. I wasn’t sure. This led me to punching out all three to compare. I thought some of you might be curious as well.
American Crafts Knock Out Postage Stamp Edge Punch
Personally, after seeing all three side by side, I prefer the look of the EK Success punch. It’s slightly more dainty and more like the actual edge of a postage stamp. Also, it had the most smooth and solid feel when I punched the paper (I used a piece of patterned paper from BasicGrey’s Serenade 6×6 pad). That being said, I might be partial to EK because they manufacture Stampin’ Up!’s punches and those were the ones I started crafting with seven years ago. That’s a long time to be using a particular type of punch. Overall, I like the actual punched edge better on this one.
Usually the Fiskars punch is quite good as well, and I do reach for it most often, but I’ve put it through quite a bit of abuse and I think it’s on it’s last leg. It catches and doesn’t punch cleanly anymore (my fault for making it punch through tough materials). I’ve been using it regularly for 3 years so I think I got my use out of it. ;)
As for the American Crafts punch, I don’t use it as often. Not sure why? Perhaps I’ll leave it out on my desk and use it for a while so I can form an opinion about it. It’s as okay punch, and while I like the space saving storage feature of having interchangeable punch mechanisms in the base, the fact that I have to switch out the punches sometimes deters a I-have-to-see-it-to-use-it lazy crafter like myself.
It’s no secret that I love Baker’s Twine. It’s like… string with something extra! LOL! I’ve just always loved it. It has a bit of a retro feel, but also very current at the same time. The pefect combination for crafty goodness. :)
I’ve tried twine from a few different sources recently, so I thought I would film a video comparing Doodlebug, Martha Stewart Crafts, and The Twinery. This is just my opinion. Take it for what it is…
The Twinery (Original Sampler Pack, 8 colors), $15.00 retail, 120 yards = $0.13 per yard
Martha Stewart Crafts (6 spools, 3 colors), $4.99, 60 yards = $0.09 per yard
Where you can get it
Except for one of the individual Martha twine colors, all the Doodlebug twine and Martha Stewart Twine is available at SimonSaysStamp.com. For Doodlebug Twine search for “doodle twine”. For MS twine search for “martha twine” and it will come up. :)
I also have twine from We R Memory Keepers (sold with their Sew Easy line), but I completely neglected to film it. I would say it’s pretty much the same stuff as The Twinery with the exception that the white to color ratio is a bit different. There seems to be more color than white.
Do you have a Baker’s Twine that you love? I know Jillibean Soup has some as well, but I don’t have much experience with it. What about you?
Ya’ll know I’m a bit obsessed with my white pen. A bit? Ha! Okay, lots. Anyhow, I wanted to try out some different white pens to see if there were better ones out there than the one I was using. The first white pen I bought after I started papercrafting was a Uni-ball Signo Broad gel pen. I love it and have always used it. But what if there was a better one? Or one that was better in specific instances?
So, I decided a review and comparison video was needed. (Plus, I got to go shopping for pens–which I’ve loved to do for as long as I can remember. I have a ridiculous collection of pens).
This video has been hanging out on my computer for a while now and I just now had the chance to edit and upload it. A picture of the results is below the video (be sure to click on it to see it REALLY big). See the video below, or over at YouTube.
I had some “surprising” results with one of the pens. LOL!
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