I have 2 cricuts and a vagabond. i love both. to me the sizzix dies are cheaper, unless you also start buying other brands of dies to use with it. what i like about my cricut is that I can choose the size of the cut i want, i can download the carts to my craftroom and work with them that way also. a lot of options. both are great to me!
I have a Cricut Expression and a Cuttlebug. I love my Cricut because when I make invitations I can cut out mass quantities of an object without the fuss of having to do them one by one. I love my Cuttlebug for the embossing.
I want to try the smashing technique of bottle caps now!
Honestly, I think I did it against the multi-purpose platform. And it did leave gouges, nothing severe. But you could always do it with the sharper edges toward the cutting plate if you're worried about messing up the platform. I think the sandwich was just the platform (can't remember which tab), the cap, and a single clear plate. It turned out much better than the time I took a sledgehammer to bottlecaps on my garage floor.
I LOVE my Big Shot. I did have the original Cricut and i didn't like it so i returned it.
I am a die fanatic. I love dies. Theres so many great companies out there. The prices do range from a $1.00 and up. You could always try browsing the different die companies and see if you find some dies you would like to own.
My favorites are Cottage Cutz, Quickutz, and Lifestyle Crafts ( the new quickutz company).
Plus i love when stamp companies come out with coordinating dies with there stamp and i know i can use them with my machine.
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I spent part of Sunday afternoon at Bonnie's house (sbartist) and we played a lot with her Cuttlebug and dies and now I can't wait to get home and play with my new Big Shot.
She really inspired me. She has a huge collection of dies - she has dies for everything. Embossing folders too. I never realized how much I could do with them and now I'm going to really have fun with mine!
I don't go to crops, but some have mentioned that stores like Mike's have machines/tools that you can use at their crops. I know ours has demos of cricuts and other machines. The LSS I've gone to also has machines to use, so maybe you could check out some of the machines and see what feels comfortable to you.
My main reason for liking the cuttlebug is that it's small. I keep it at my feet and it's quick to use. My creatopia, cricut and cameo are bigger to move into place. OK, now you all know...I'm a lazy, wimpy scrapper :>) ~Judy