Good morning, all:) I have the Cricut machine and have had it for about four years now. I basically only use it for cards now that I feel as if my scrapping is evolving:) Which "toy or toys" do you think I should purchase now? Which "toys" do you own? I hear everyone talking about the cuttlebug...All suggestions are welcomed. That's why I love this site:)
I am in love with my Big Shot! I use it almost every time I scrap, mostly for making embellishments and title letters. It saves me a lot of money.
Basically, I just buy paper and dies now (and some stamps occasionally).
I have posted many of those projects on my blog and, yesterday, I posted a link collection to those pages called Die Cutting Unplugged . If someone would like to see what I've been up to with those dies.
The big shot pro is the only machine that does 12X12 size. But it is BIG!!! And heavy!!! It is a great machine and well made but you have to have the room for it! Trust me, you don't want to lug that thing around!
Yeah, unless you're really in love with some of the Pro-only dies (or the largest of the Grand Nestabilities) or want to emboss at sizes larger than 5 x 7, the regular Big Shot is enough machine to be getting on with.
It should come with the cutting pads required to make the cutting sandwich for any Sizzix product (excluding only the wide ones). If you want to use Spellbinders, and particularly if you want to emboss with them, you should pick up a pack of tan Spellbinders mats, pretty cheap at Joann's. If you want to use any Sizzix dies that fold to create an assembled item (like a box or pocket or envelope), you'll want the Sizzix crease pad. Those last two sound similar but the thickness and flexibility are VERY different and you can't substitute one for the other (I've tried!). You'll need yet another mat if you want to use the "Texturz" texture mats (these are different from the embossing folders), but that would come with a Texturz starter kit. I think the newer Big Shots come with a longer platform, but I don't know if the pads are also longer - so you might need to pick up the 13" cutting pads if you want to use any of the decorative strip dies.
I used my Cuttlebug for embossing, I love the varity of folders and you can use other brands with it too. I have a Cricuit Expression 2, I rarely use it but I will soon start back. We have so many tools to make such awesome projects and embellishments.