I have been a HUGE fan of the Ellison Press since I started teaching back in the 90s. All the schools I've worked at since then have had a few presses and lots and lots of die cuts. I have used them for EVERYTHING! Labels, bulletin board decorations, games, certificates, design elements in class books, etc. I have been a very happy and satisfied puncher for many, many years. Well, imagine my surprise when the company emailed little ol' me and asked me if I would be interested in getting my OWN press and some die cuts and reviewing everything on my blog! What a total dream come true!
They sent me the very lightweight and portable Ellison AllStar SuperStar Machine! And this machine is a true SUPERSTAR! All I had to do was take it out of the box and attach the handle. Then, it was ready for action!
Ellison let me choose some die cuts and I chose the puffy star, 3-piece puzzles, and the flashcard reel top and bottom.
The machine is super easy to use. All you do is fold your paper in half, lay it on top of the die cut, foam side up, and sandwich it between two acrylic sheets. You crank it through the machine, which is very easy and incredibly quiet. You can hear a slight crunching sound as the die cut does its job. Once your sandwich reaches the other side of the machine, you are done and left with a perfectly cut design.
Below, you can see some CVC word puzzles I made for my kindergartners. I also added blends and digraphs. My students LOVED putting the puzzles together and making lots and lots of words.
Here is a sample of how I used the flashcard wheels.
Ellison has tons and tons of different die cuts and it was very hard for me to choose which ones I wanted for this review. I am looking forward to getting a few more to add to my collection.
Would you like to start an Ellison collection too? Well, this lovely company knows that everyone will enjoy what they have to offer, so they are very generously allowing me to give away an AllStar Machine and some die cuts of your choice to a very, very lucky follower! This giveaway is worth over $200! Wow! Just use the rafflecopter below to enter with integrity. Good luck to you!
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