I have a cricut expression 2 but lately I have been wondering if I should purchase a big shot or not. I have the texture boutique so I am able to emboss but it does cut dies. Do I really need the big shot though when I have the cricut? Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated.
I personally have resisted getting a die cutter because I like that my cricut can do different sizes. I tried using a friend's die machine and I found that I was really frustrated at not being able to change the sizes to what I wanted. There are times when I'd like to have some of the nesties and embossing folders and such, but then I think about how with each cricut cart I get so many shapes, but each die I only get that, and I have to store them all. There will be tons of people talking about how awesome the big shot is and I nearly get talked into it every time, but I figured I'd share my reasons for not getting one. Yet.
I like having the BigKick/Shot to cut thicker pps and chipboard.
But the downside to that is you have to buy a die for every shape/design you want. Definitely not cheap. I like having both like Jackie said.
Henri, I cut specific shapes from pics or pp often with my Cricut. I know there is a way to do it more "technical" with the center point function on the machine, but I use an easy cheaters way!
I use printer pp, say I want to cut my pic in a circle and of coarse centered a certain way, I choose a circle and the size I want on the Cricut, cut it out, leaving the printer pp on the mat, lift the corner, slide my pic under the circle opening I just cut, being sure to align it how I want it, and then just recut. Works perfect for cutting pics into a certain shape or getting specific parts of pp cut to a certain shape.
Just thought I'd share in case you wanted to try. It's super easy!
I use the markers in my cricut to test projects. Print on plain copy paper and can check size, etc. especially when going to cut vinyl projects for friends. They can take the paper home, make sure it's wht they want before I cut on vinyl.
I really enjoy have both machines (although I have a Gazelle, not a Cricut). The main reason is that I use papers sometimes that don't work very well with electronic die-cutters. Fibrous art papers, very textured papers, handmade papers, tissue-thin papers that would tear if I lifted them from the sticky mat, coated papers that don't like to stay stuck to the sticky mat and tend to slide around under the blade.
And, since we live in such a small apartment and everything has to stay in a storage cabinet until I use it - it is much easier sometimes to pull out the Big Shot and my dies than it is to set up the Gazelle.
I have the original Cricut Personal and a Sizzix Big Kick (same thing as the Big Shot). I love them both. They each have specific things they're good at, and frankly I prefer doing things with the Sizzix when possible, largely for space-related issues like what stick mentions (I have very limited table space and have to move a lot of things out of the way to use the Cricut).
I don't think I have any of the memory box dies. Right now I need to take a deep breath and at least try some of the ones I have. I need to use them and then buy more. Right now I'm started a great collection! I love them and want to use them.