Review: “Life is an Open Book: Paris” by Aimee Stewart, Buffalo Games – 9.5/10

Publisher: Buffalo Games (US), published 2017 Size: 1000 pieces  Title:  “Life is an Open Book: Paris” by Aimee Stewart  Finished size: 26.75″ x 19.75″ OUR RATING: 9.5/10 Box Quality:  (9/10) The Buffalo Games boxes are very sturdy and have nice packaging design. The box is small at 8″ x 8″, but it comes with a poster inside so you don’t need to depend on the image on the box lid. The front, which you can see above, has the “Aimee Stewart Collection” logo, and the Buffalo GamesRead more

Puzzle Artist Interview: Aimee Stewart

AIMEE STEWART WEEK: This week here on Jigsaw Junkies, we’re featuring puzzle artist Aimee Stewart.  This week I reviewed two of her puzzles (“Butterfly Menagerie” and “Treasure Hunt Bookshelf“). Today we have an exclusive interview!  At the end of the interview is a gallery of all the Aimee Stewart puzzles I could find. See all Aimee Stewart puzzles at Puzzle Warehouse here. AIMEE STEWART INTERVIEW: Welcome, Aimee! Thank you for visiting with us here at Jigsaw Junkies. JJ: Where are you located in theRead more

Review: “Butterfly Menagerie” by Aimee Stewart — Sunsout, 9.5/10

love shaped puzzles, and this offering from Sunsout and Aimee Stewart is really gorgeous and fun to assemble. The image is filled with a variety of brightly-colored butterflies and flowers in different colors and patterns, and those are easy to assemble. The fill around them–greenery and a blue pattern–appears in small doses and wasn’t too difficult. I really liked assembling the irregular edge, especially the antenna. Cute! Read more

Review: “Treasure Hunt Bookshelf” by Aimee Stewart — Sunsout, 9/10

You’ll find lots of interesting details in this puzzle as you “treasure hunt” among the books. The fantasy image by Aimee Stewart features a rainbow of brightly-hued books and interesting elements arranged among them, such as dancers, jewels, notes, and Aladdin’s lamp. The puzzle is easy-to-moderate to assemble with many bright and distinct colors. The Sunsout quality is very good with thick pieces and a fun random cut with a wide variety of piece shapes. The fit is fairly tight so you can move groups of assembled pieces around with care. The final puzzle is frame-worthy. Recommended.Read more

Review: “Safe Travels” by Aimee Stewart — MasterPieces, 8.25/10

Publisher: MasterPieces (US), published 2016 Title:  “Safe Travels” by Aimee Stewart, 1000 pieces  Finished size: 26.75″ x 19.25″ OUR RATING: 8.25/10 TRAVEL WEEK: Since I just got back from vacation, it seemed like a good time to tackle travel themed puzzles (say that three times!). I’ll be reviewing two puzzles this week and sharing some of my favorite travel themed puzzles at Puzzle Warehouse on the weekend. Box Quality:  (9/10) This puzzle is in MasterPieces “suitcase” puzzle line. The suitcase line are all travel-themedRead more

Review: “Abundant Garden” by Aimee Stewart – Sunout, 9.25/10

This is a gorgeous and fun-to-assemble shaped puzzle from Sunsout. The garden is filled with vibrant flowers, colorful birds, cute animals, and other surprises to discover as you assemble it. I really loved the soft art style, which feels airbrushed. The image is full without feeling crowded and there’s no real ‘background color’, dead space, or dark areas. Assembly is of moderate difficulty but everything has a unique color or texture, so if you reference the box lid, you can always tell where a piece goes. The Sunsout quality is excellent with thick, sturdy pieces and a wonderful random cut. I particularly liked the unusual, fan-shaped border, which was a nice change from rectangular puzzles. Highly recommenRead more

Review: “Pastry Party” by Aimee Stewart, Master Pieces — 9.25/10

Publisher: Master Pieces (US), published 2016 Title:  “Pastry Party” by Aimee Stewart, Master Pieces, 1000 pieces EZ-Grip  Finished size: 39″ x 27″ OUR RATING: 9.25/10 ALZHEIMER’S WEEK: This week we’re covering the very serious topic of Alzheimer’s and how jigsaw puzzles can both help prevent it and also be used to slow progression once Alzheimer’s is diagnosed. Look for our feature article the weekend of Jul 2-3. For our reviews this week, we’re focusing on large piece puzzles, a first here at Jigsaw Junkies.Read more

Review: “Museum of Wonder” by Aimee Stewart, Ravensburger – 9/10

    Publisher: Ravensburger (Germany), 2016 Title:  “Museum of Wonder”  by Aimee Stewart, 1000 pieces Final dimension: 70×50 cm (approx 27.5″ x 19.5″) Review by Jane OUR RATING: 9/10 Box Quality:  (10/10) The box is shown above and below. Like all Ravensburger boxes, the rectangular box is sturdy and nicely designed. Back: The back of the box has a generic “Ravensburger quality” image. However, there are goodies inside that make up for it! The sides: The sides show the Ravensburger logo, a close-up detail fromRead more

Schmidt Premium added to our Brand Comparison!

A few weeks ago, a blog reader named Ginny contacted me with a question about Schmidt quality. She’d done a recent Schmidt puzzle and loved the quality, but then tried an older Schmidt puzzle and was disappointed. She found out via another website that Schmidt has recently introduced (2015) a new line called “Premium Quality”, which really is an overhaul of their puzzle quality. It turned out I had purchased one of these with my January Heye order, so I decidedRead more

Bits and Pieces: New Puzzles for Winter 2016

Bits and Pieces releases puzzle throughout the year, but the bulk of new releases are seasonal. Their new ‘winter catalogue’ has a number of new puzzles. (A few of these are also from the end of 2015). I’ve pulled out my favorites below, but you can see all their new puzzles here. “Birdhouse Quilt” by Helz Cuppelditch, 1000 or 500 pieces I like the blackboard-and-chalk style puzzles Bits and Pieces has been releasing from Helz Cuppelditch lately. (There was aRead more

New Sunsout shaped puzzles

New 2016 Sunsout puzzles are now for sale on Simple Pastimes. They have some nice new shaped puzzles that were not on the Sunsout site when I did the 2016 round up. I’ve updated the 2016 Sunsout page with the new puzzles. Below is a new Aimee Stewart in a fan shape.Read more