I have the cricut expression, a Slice and a Cuttlebug. Love them all for different reasons. The Cuttlebug cuts and embosses and uses no electricity. The embossing folders are relatively inexpensive. With the other 2, you need to buy cartridges which are usually about $40. If a good friend asked me in person, the first thing I would demo. for her would be the Cuttlebug. Watch for sales and coupons.