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11.16.2011

American Crafts Cut Up 8"x12" Cartridge Trimmer














{Reported by Ashley Harris}





At Winter 2011 CHA, I sat down at an American Crafts table and tested the prototype for this trimmer.  I know at the time they had many comments and suggestions on how they could improve it and make it better.  Let's see if they listened.  


Ease of Use: This trimmer was pretty easy to use.  To switch out the blades was cake!  Super fast and easy.  You will need to push harder than normal when using this because of the hidden blade feature.  Not a bad thing, especially if it saves little fingers from getting cut.   It does not, however, have the measurements from 6 1/4 inches up to 8 inches because of the extending arm.  Not sure if that is a deal breaker for me though.


Construction/Durability: Construction is great.  It will last you a good long while.  


Usefulness: Well a trimmer is a trimmer right?  This one has great functionality.  It comes with 3 cartridges: straight blade, scoring blade and scallop blade.  It also has for more blades available: Pinking blade, perforated blade, wave blade and decorative blade.  There is an arm on the left side that swings out to cut up to 19 inches!!  The scoring blade is a great function for card making.


Cost effectiveness:  With a price tag of $49.99 I think it is definitely priced right.  Yes you can get a same sized rotary trimmer for less, but you will not get the options this trimmer offers.



What I liked: 

- I liked the different blades available.

- I liked that it is super safe.  I have little children who love to see what things mommy has in her scrap room.

- The size and portability of it, yet you can cut larger formats with it.



What I disliked: 

- I would have liked it better if the decorative blades were a deeper more defined cut.

- I would have liked the measurements from 6 1/4 to 8 inches.

- I would have liked it to have measurements to the right of the blade as well.  

What I made:





Supplies:  Cardstock: Bazzill Basics OP White, Wheat; Clear Stamps: Paper Smooches; Ink: Memento; Rhinestones: Kaisercraft; Markers: Copic




Where and How Much:
Manufacturer: American Crafts
MSRP: $49.99

Bottom Line:  This is a pretty decent trimmer.  I will probably use it a lot.  Especially when I go to crops as it will save space not having to take a scoring board with me.

What do YOU think? Are you in the market for a new trimmer?  Is this one you would want?  Let us know! Leave a comment by midnight EST on Thursday to win one!  



29 comments:

sharon g said...

This seems like a good trimmer. A good trimmer, adhesive and paper are the most important things, I think. sharon dot gullikson at gmail dot com

Kim H said...

Overall seems like a good trimmer. My current one has better measurement marks on both sides, but it is also over 7 years old and cannt find replacement parts anymore. So a new trimmer would be a wonderful addition to my crop bag. Thank you for a chance to win.

Patchi said...

I like the blade possibilities and how they store on the trimmer. The design is A+!

Jennifer Cowan said...

I have a new trimmer on my xmas list... will have to check this one out more. So is it smaller? Will it cut 12x12 paper?

Jingle said...

Very cute card! I like the portability of this...I need a portable trimmer. And the color is adorable!

ShoppingTamii said...

Sounds great...and I think it looks pretty

ShawnaW said...

I would love to try this trimmer. It is even better that it matches my scrap room colors.

Melinda said...

I would love a new trimmer! I need to replace the one I currently have! Love that its durable and super safe (I have curious kids too :D) and its a plus that it has decorative blades!

Gabrielle said...

I could definitely use a rotary trimmer, but why such small measurements? Is this geared toward cardmakers, just curious...
-Gabi from Savannah, TX

Kelly Massman said...

truthfully, i have a good cutter, but it would be nice to have a spare and one that cut different edges!
thanks!

Jennie said...

I like the different blades and that it looks like it is transportable. Could use on of those for vacation and classes. Thanks for the review!

Alwayscharlie said...

I never know how I like a cutter till I use it for awhile but I think this sounds like it has some nice features and the different blade styles would be fun.

Cheryl Leong said...

mmm... im finding a good trimmer too.. maybe this could be the one :)

cheryl131091 at yahoo dot com

Maria's Craft said...

Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [17 Nov 02:00am GMT]. Thanks, Maria

PamS said...

I would love to have a trimmer like this where you can change the blades out for different cuts.

{VICKI} said...

I am in DESPERATE need of a new trimmer
thanks for the chance

Danielle Higginbottom-Brown said...

I need a new trimmer so bad its not even funny! Thanks for the information and the chance to win!

Melissa Kaye said...

I was curious about this trimmer, but after the 2 reviews I've read I don't know if I'll get it. I like the idea of the different blades and easy storage of them, but don't like the missing measurements.

Hopefully someone will come up with the perfect trimmer that is portable and inexpensive some day!

Thanks for the giveaway!

Linh C. said...

Does it give you straight cuts? That's my biggest pet peeve. I too would like to have all measurements visible.

scrapper al said...

Does a crafter ever stop looking at new trimmers, lol? I like the ease of switching out the blades. The lack of measurements is odd. But really, the biggest questions are how accurate are the measurements and how straight does it really cut?

cindy said...

I like the color of this trimmer.

Scrapalajen said...

I wouldn't mind having one of those since I need to replace mine really soon

Melinda AKA medialady said...

I could use a new trimmer since I broke part of the plastic than holds the paper in place on mine at home this past week.

Rebecca Ednie said...

I love trimmers with interchangeable blades! This one looks great!

Rebecca said...

I'm always in the market for a good trimmer :)

marla said...

I am not sure if I like the rotary type trimmers. I have wanted to try them though but I am pretty fond of my Fiskars trimmer but I would love to try a rotary one some time.

Nitasha said...

I've actually seen this cute trimmer in Hobby Lobby and seriously considered buying it, but wanted a little more info before investing. Thanks so much for the great review now I can make a more informed decision when I finally buy a new trimmer!

Andrea said...

Wow, looks so neat!

Anke said...

I'm still using just a knife and a ruler.
Perhaps I should try this one.