I received my Big Shot early in March and have used it to emboss only. i will soon be cutting some wafer-thin dies. I have to say that this is the best manual embossing machine I have ever used! I leave it sitting out on my table and it is so stable and heavy that the embossing folders just roll right through with no wiggle and very little effort on my part. I will be doing a lot more embossing and die cutting with this machine. The convenience of having it right on hand and always ready to go is a real treat for me. I am less likely to use a product if it is a big production to get it down off the shelf, open it up, hang on to it while I roll folders or dies through, etc, Access is really important. I love my Big Shot!
I love this product!! It is fun, so easy to use, and provides you with the die cuts you want, period. If you are a multi-crafter (you sew, knit, paint, scrap, whatever), you may not be looking to spend hundreds on an electronic machine. If you are concerned that you would not use the electronic machines enough to make it worth the investment (as I was), this is the machine for you!! It uses die cuts from all of the major manual platforms (I love the Cuttlebug embossing folders! Worked like a charm!), and the accessories are very reasonably priced. It is extremely stable--heavy enough to stay put on your table while using, but is not too heavy to take with you to crops. I would not hesitate to recommend this product to anyone!
I researched die cut machines & pretty much had my mind made up to get one that needed to be hooked to PC. After much thought I realized that i did not want be on the PC while doing my scrapbooking, I would end up checking email ! So I started checking the machines that took all dies & decided on the BIG SHOT. I am so happy I did.
It is soooo easy to use. Basic directions & no cords!!! It went from box to layout in just a matter of minutes. By using the MULTIPURPOSE PLATFORM you can also cut thinner dies.
The roller is so easy... not hard to turn. The machine has enough weight that it does not wiggle when cutting, yet is light enough that it is very portable.
I highly reccommend this! Plus I love the colors :)
Used in this layout: Angel Eyes
I admit, I bought this because the new design was just too cute to pass up. :-) I have used a Cuttle Bug for several years and been happy with it, but decided to treat myself to a Big Shot. I'm so glad I did! It takes up more room on my desk than the Cuttle Bug but it seems like dies and folders just glide through whereas with the Cuttlebug. I had to hold it in place (suction cups no longer work) and really work the crank to get some dies to go through! I also can use an extra thin die I've had for awhile but could never get it to work with my CB, as well as the thick Sizzix dies and over sized ones too. Very happy with my purchase!
Wow...this is a step up from my old faithful Cuddlebug. The Big Shot's weight and non-skid feet mean I don't need to wrestle with it when I'm cranking the platform through.
It's nice to be able to use longer cutting/embossing dies and also the ability to use multiple dies at the same time
The blue flowered ones that my friends have are VERY pretty, but I like the simplicity of the white/gray color scheme which looks nice beside my old Cricut.
And, if I want to, it would be easy - and fun - to personalize the plain white surfaces with images or vinyl patterns cut with either the cutting dies or the Cricut.
I was not a fan of roller machines but decided to try this one out. I love it! It is a great all around machine........I can use all the dies from my other sizzix machine plus the dies too big for my old machines. I love the texture plates and the Multipurpose platform is great for incorporating other dies like the flat ones. The other great thing about this machine is the weight. It is sooo light and the handle on top makes it easy to carry from room to room. I don't know why I did not try this out sooner!
Easy, effective and worth every penny! I was using it within minutes and couldn't be happier. I wouldn't consider myself a "serious" scrapper like many of you, so bear that it mind. I play at scrapbooking for an hour in the evening a couple nights a week and my designs are simple. An electric cutter was overkill for me, but this fits the bill perfectly. However, I do think it would work beautifully for a more serious scrapper; I felt it would grow with me if I become more advanced or more addicted.
Well, the day my package arrived, I had tripped at work, and injured my hand: Right of course, so I have NOT been able to use and may not for weeks. I will not even let my husband take out of the box. I did look at the 4 tablets I also ordered, but cannot do anything in my craft room.
I am in a hand brace for at least 4 weeks. I know I will really enjoy it when I can get back to being creative.
Spending my time now just cleaning out and re-organizing.....maybe this happened for a reason :-)
I have a cuttlebug machine that I have been using for a while. I didn't know much about the die cutting machines when I purchased the cuttlebug. I have been very happy with the cuttlebug. I work for a lady who has the big shot, and I love the way it cuts more detail. So when this special came up I went for it as a gift to me for Christmas. So far, I think I'm going to really be happy with it.
Shipping from this company was awesome, as well as packaging. Very happy.
Have been wanting a die cut machine for a long long time. Chose the Big Shot after lots of reading. I chose this one for its versatility and the deciding factor was it was not electronic. For me scrapping is relaxing and a chance for me to get unplugged so to speak. I spend alot of time on the computer due to my Business and really did not want it to have be a part of my scrapping. LOVE LOVE this machine I am having so much fun..;-) Also the bundle was a great deal.
Don't be fooled by the colors of this machine. It is not the Big Shot Plus. I ordered this machine by mistake and have since returned it because I meant to get the Big Shot Plus which has a bigger platform. However, upon inspection of this machine I noticed that is seems to be built out of sturdier material and the hand crank is made of metal. I would recommend this to anyone who doesn't yet have a BigKick or BigShot machine.
This is a MUST have for all serious scrapbookers and card makers. I went a long time without having a machine and researched the various types out there. I went with the big shot due to its versatility and I am VERY happy I made that decision. My only words of wisdom - choose this starter kit; it is very versatile and can be used for multiple projects extending beyond your first special project.
I'll admit it. I got this for ONE reason - Texturz. That's it. All. Period.
Now I'm kicking myself for NOT grabbing one sooner. Y'know those Original Sizzix dies? The ones that will do CHIPBOARD, if you press hard enough?
Yeah. Roll. Smoosh. No effort. CUT!
AND, then there's the Texturz...I love love love them. Nice BIG embossing area. Great, crisp impressions. My new favorite thing!
Very satisfied with this product. I have another brand before this one and found it just didn't cut other dies well from other companies so as a result I became frustrated. Did my research and decided on this brand. Consider what your needs are and then decide on the brand that best suites it. So far this model has past all the test projects that I have attempted.
Beautiful design, easy to use, sturdy... almost perfect! The Big Shot saves me so much time. I love making felt and leather brooches and it used to take me hours to draw and cut dozens of circles, ovals and other shapes... Now I'm done in a blink. The only thing that saddens me is that you can't design/make your own dies. Maybe in the future?
I am a big sizzix fan, most of all I truly adore that I can cut such thick materials and this one carries on that & more - my felt and fabric cuts are so smooth! The bigz dies they have for these are so much fun to work with, and so big that your ideas almost have no end! Very great machine to have!
Used in this layout: Baby Girl (Finished)
Why did I wait so long to get this machine! When I tried it for the first time at ScrapThat, a local shop, I was so excited. Then I waited for almost a year then finally made the purchase. Last night I made nine items! I was amazed....it would have taken me soooo much longer without my Big Shot.
I just received my Big Shot at work. I couldn't wait until I got home so I opened it. Then of course I had to try it out. I used both a die and textured some paper. WOW!! I love it, I have shown everyone that comes into the office. What a neat and simple machine it is. Thanks so much!!!
The Big Shot Machine is very convenient and versatile. It can be used to cut and also to emboss with so many different die cutting and embossing systems. The platform can be changed by flipping a page and accommodating any number of different die cutting and embossing products.
I LOVE my Big Shot starter kit. When you are just starting out, having the option to purchase a cutter that comes with some items is fabulous! I was so excited to use it when it arrived! Because it comes with some paper and cutters you can use it right out of the box!
I've been wanting one for a long time and with the gift certificate I got for my birthday I decided to breakdown an buy it. And I am thrilled I did because it is everything I thought it would be. LOVE it! It arrived in a timely manner and lives up to expectations.
Just received my Big Shot about a week ago. Haven't had much time to do a lot, but what I did do I liked. I had to rush out and get some more dies so that I could up my creativity. Now I just need to work on my library of dies and get to scrapbooking.
Received my white Big Shot and broke it out of the box right away. Have enjoyed using the big wide platform and the sturdiness of the machine. Keeping my Cuttlebug too but this gives such a nice low profile and really stable. Like it a lot.
Love, love, love this machine and kit. I did go and watch several videos and felt much better when I did. Also found a couple other machines I now won't, lol. The big shot is very simple to use and can't wait to get started on more cuts.
I received my order sooner than I thought I would, and it was complete and exactly as described online. I haven't had time to use it much yet, but I am very pleased with the service and the product. Will undoubtedly be ordering again.
I have been using this since I received it, and love love love it!!! I know I will use this maching alot to make all my cards and of course my scrapbooking pages will receive many little gifts from this machine.
Love this new Big Shot which replaced my old black/pink model because I ran it into the ground! This version is a dream, easy to use and love the grippy feet. A must have if you do a lot of die cutting as I do
I live my new white and Gray Big Shot. Works like a dream. I have had a Cuttlebug for years and finally wore it out. When I saw the white Big Shot I knew this would be my new best friend in the craft room.
I've bee waiting a long time for this machine and it was worth the wait. I absolutely love it and the multi-purpose platform makes everything so easy! Now all I need is to ordered the magnetic platform.
I had a bit of trouble learning how to use this machine in the beginning, but once I figured it out, it is easy to use. I asked someone else who had this machine and she helped me.
I love it!
This is my first experience with a die cut machine. It is great! I'm even able to use my Fiskars embossing plates in it. From what I have tried so far, the Big Shot seems very versatile.
Great product and like that it works with many dies and other major brands dies. Also, very excited to use Tim Holtz dies with it. I like how it has added to my scrapbook possibilities
It took me quite awhile to decide what machine to go with for die cutting. The BigShot was the most recommended and for good reason I love it and it works with all types of dies!
I have use this product for the 1st time , very impress i love it , i will by more products that go with it , can make many different cards , good for my sales , thank you !!
Great product that has cut my flower production time in half! So much easier than punching or fussy cutting out those designs! Super easy to set up and use with great results.
Used in this layout: Dream *Scraps Of Darkness*
I never intended to buy one, really I didn't ~ lol
How could I not buy it when I just love Tim's great new dies and already had one of those first??????
I love it.
I love my Big Shot, the colors and the bling add to it's "magicalness" I felt totally empowered as I cranked out bird cages and florals at 3:00 A.M. So easy to use.
This machine is very easy to use. I love the special mat that came with this kit. I have had lots of fun trying every type of die cut and embossing plate I have!!
Good sale price. Very timely delivery. I had some confusion over the state &/or zip code but it worked itself out for an overall excellent shopping experience.
I have only used it a little, but so far I love it. It is so easy to use and not at all hard to turn the crank. I am really glad I bought it.
I am loving my new die cutter! I love that I can use larger paper in it and it is very sturdy! Can't believe it too me so long to get one!
I am so glad that I finally got this. It takes up space that my old one didn't, but operates so smoothly and will last for years, I hope.
Great for embossing or die cutting. A bit large for storage unlike the Cuttlebug it doesnt fold up. If you have room its excellent.
Love this new addition to my die cutting tools .can't wait to get new dies to use with the machine. Just lots of fun fun fun.
I like the Big Shot. I have had the Cuttlebeg for cutting dies and I can see the difference in the preusser while cutting.
I bought this for myself and told my husband, "this is one of my Christmas presents from you". He reimbursed me. Love it.
Used in this layout: My Grandparents in 1943
I love it this is my second Big Shot for me so have 2 now, they do a great job and I use it every day! Mary Marr
I am so excited!!! This came yesterday and I haven't stopped playing yet...lol. Great machine & deal.
Used in this layout: bed head...lol
I've only begun to use it and already I want to do more with it. It's worth its weight in gold!
I somehow become confused, being new to crafting, and thought the Big Shot offered by Scrapbook.com for $109.22 -- with shipping included, was somehow including more product to craft with than the one offered at Amazon for $69.00 where shipping was already included. I was WRONG and shared this mistake of my being a 'new crafter' with Scrapbook.com but they seemed to feel no need to provide the comfort of 'adjusting' my purchase cost and the only 'solution' provided by them was for my to return the product, at my expense for shipping, and they would then refund the purchase price minis all shipping charges -- I decided to keep the product as by this time I was so disappointed in my mistake that I just could not handle all that was involved in trying to 'fix' the error of my ways -- I was just so thankful the purchase was not anymore costly than what it was -- there is only so much 'bad' I can feel without it overflowing in tears. Just know the product Amazon provides at $69.00, or was when I was doing my shopping, is the same as this one. I have noticed since my sad 'mistake' Scrapbook.com has lowered the price of the Big Shot they offered and has included what appears a 'bonus' item to enjoy the crafting experience with -- shame they did not feel like sharing this with me and make an adjustment -- but even though I let them know my situation on the purchase and the 'mistake' I made as a 'new crafter' they allowed me to own my mistake. I'm giving five stars for the Big Shot product but a no star for the treatment given to me by Scrapbook.com and have learned my 'mistake' well and will stay with Amazon as they always seem willing to help with the purchases I make. The 'error of my ways' still hurts and that is good as pain is to be avoided and I will not be back to Scrapbook.com with them not willing to 'cut some slack' when they have lowered the price of the product and added a bonus item just after I have made my purchase/mistake with them -- it hurts.
I was really looking forward to getting a die-cutting machine. When the Big Shot arrived, I was put off by the unclear directions on the cutting platform and its tabs. The booklet that comes with the machine is better, but still not as clear as I feel it could be. Not having used a die-cutter before, I felt intimidated. There are several kinds of dies that can be used, so be sure to read the directions very carefully so you are using the cutting platforms and the tabs correctly. Otherwise, the die cuts are really beautiful, and I'm in love with embossing templates. Not sorry I bought it.
I like the flexibility of this product as we have been looking for something that would cut felt shapes and die cuts. this makes a nice clean cut in felt, card stock and scrapbook paper.
I wish the instructions were clearer and more comprehensive, though. This would be my only recommendation.
As this is a Christmas Present I have not used it. I know that my daughter will love it. She has been wanting it for a long time. I was very glad to find it on your web site at a reasonable price!
Love the machine, only had to screw on the handle and it was ready to use. Looking forward to seeing how it cuts out material.
I own both the Cuttlebug and the Big Shot. I've had the Big Shot since shortly after it was first released. It's incredibly versatile in that it can use most any manufacturer's non-commercial dies, thick or thin, small or large. All of the manufacturer's cutting plates will fit through the opening, unlike with the Cuttlebug. It can also emboss using embossing folders or brass stencils. Texture plates will fit nicely through this machine, too.
The Big Shot has the a crank action that makes it easy to use as well as quiet. The machine is very sturdy and the base is stable, so it's not difficult to keep the machine steady when working with it. No smooth surface needed since it doesn't require suction to the work surface to hold it in place. It is bigger than the Cuttlebug and requires more space for storage, if that's an issue. However when the Cuttlebug is out and open for use, the amount of space that each takes up in the work area is similar. Their weights are also similar. But the other big plus for using the Big Shot is that it can be used with the multipurpose platform which makes it easy to use all of the dies, folders, stencils, and texture plates that I mentioned earlier--it also has handy diagrams illustrating just how to use them.
I'd highly recommend this machine. It's done everything I've asked it to do over the years and done it well, plus it's still going strong with no issues to speak of. If I could only have one die machine, this would definitely be the one that I'd keep.
After months of researching and mulling over what I'd replace my blue Big Shot with I decided to go back to Ellison's (Sizzix)products. My previous roller device went quickly in a yard sale last fall and regret soon found me. Looking at all the electronic devices out there it seemed the way to progress in my passion. However, all the choices seemed overwhelming and costly.
If you know your style you can find it reflected in the dies available because of the embellishing you give the final die cut; paint, cut out or add on to get a look you own. Ellison (Sizzix) is listening, it seems to me, to its consumer; we like new dies, but nothing too complicated. The Bigz dies alone make this machine worth it.
The textures plates have a learning curve and I am still trying them out. It's a neat idea that I'll incorporate into my projects.
If you are on the fence about what to get for a die cutter consider the Big Shot. If it's not for you, it surely will go quickly in your yard sale to someone who is drooling for a chance to try it.
I LOVE this machine and have ever since I got the "big Kick" as a holiday gift. I know everyone is all into Cricut, but this can cut paper (several at a time-what a time saver!!), chipboard, plastic, thin magnet sheets, and fabric all with the crank of the handle. You can emboss with any company's enbossing plates or even the old fashioned metal stencils with a little sheet of rubber) and use dies from Sizzix, Allstar (from Ellison.com), Quickuts, Wizard (old and new), and Cuttlebug with the universal platform. It is easy, efficient and fun. I have never given up on the Sizzix machine and use it all the time! This machine can even use the Quickuts printing gizmo with the universal platform. If you are thinking of home die cutting, this is the machine! If you do have a problem or question, simply call their toll free number or email them and they will provide excellent customer service. I love this machine and company!!
I have the old red basic Sizzix, but wanted a smoother machine that cut the smaller Thinlts, which I had bought before but couldn't use. The Big Shot is so pretty, so easy to carry, and handles such a variety of dies and embossing folders, that I couldn't resist!! I got it for a very good price as it includes the platforms and the bonus die. It arrived perfectly packed. The instructions are clearly written with pictures for quick and easy use. My 91 year-old mom and I are having so much fun cutting pieces for our cards. I looked at other vendors, and was very pleased with Scrapbook.com's price. And their website is very user friendly-I will be back here on a regular basis.
What an amazing product!! The starter kit was excellent with detailed instructions and extra items to make my journey through this new world of crafting very easy!
I would highly recommend this wonderful and impressive product.
Scrapbook.com is an excellent and very organized website. I am impressed with the professionalism in every aspect. The videos are so helpful...love them!
I will definitely keep returning to Scrapbook.com to buy the items needed for my crafting.
Brandy Station, Virginia
My girlfriend got me started on the Big Shot machine. It is so incredible and easy. I love it. Now my 2 1/2 year old granddaughter and I spend hours making everything with this machine. If a 2 1/2 year old can do it, anyone can. She would rather play with this machine than her toys. I know she will be a scrapbooker and card maker when she grows up. Buy this machine......it's well worth the money and the time spent on it is endless.
I've had a Cuddlebug for years and was happy with it. I've read lots of reviews for the Big Shot, decided to make the leap, and buy it. WOW! What a wonderful machine. I think the bigger "footprint" gives it more stability and it's a bit wider than the Cuddlebug so fits some of my bigger dies better. I am a Sizzix convert.
i completely love the big shot! i've never owned my own die cut machine until i got a big shot for christmas. i tried other die cut machines and i tell ya what...this is the easiest one i've ever used! no assembling anything...just roll on thru and you've got a die cut! i love easy and fast, and this is just that.
I have resisted die cutting for years...I knew that it could become addictive. I was absolutely correct! The Big Shot is really pretty and soooo easy to use. I immediately became entranced. Can't wait to begin making my holiday cards. I highly recommend it to anyone!!!!
This is the best lil machine in the world. I originally bought the Cricut and nameless other types of machines and FINALLY found my comfort with my Big Shot.
I have found this to be so much more fun and FUNctional!! Youd be crazy to switch!!!!!!
I have always wanted one, but wow!! I never dreamed how much fun it would be. My projects have taken on a new more professional look and I like to watch tutorials on off beat uses for it. Very Fun!
Hi I wonder if that machine comes with everything you have there or is it just the price of the machine only or are all included as is there if so please let me know I'm going to thank a lot thanks.
I love the Big Shot machine. I started cardmaking a year ago & this maching is perfect to emboss paper for the cards. I also bought a few swirls for scrapbooking or anything I want them to go to.
Bought it for a thin lite sizzle die. Works well easy to use. Only con too big. I don't have a lot of space to work on, so I have to use it and then move it to finish my card. Very good price
It's so very nice not to have to use shims to cut anything. It cuts like a dream. I love it! And the price was what I could afford, which makes it even better.
I had to order this product from Amazon because scrapbook.com doesn't ship this item to Canada - for unknown reasons. Regardless, this is a great little machine. The Big Shot cuts through paper effortlessly.
After following the directions, and about 10 cuts, I'm already concerned about the clear plates. The plates are much more banged-up than my Cuttlebug plates after years of die-cutting use. I can feel the uneven surface indents and worry about them cracking; I hope this isn't the case.
Overall, for die-cutting I now prefer the Big Shot. Hands down. For embossing, I'll stick with the Cuttlebug.
I must admit I am changing my review. When I first received the machine, being new to scrapbooking it was very cool to have but after using this only for a couple of weeks the machine quite almost as if it had been stripped. There was not enough pressure to even use an embossing folder. I'm the type who gets very excited about something and have to have it all at once so I have spent in the 60+ days of owning this machine around $600 - $800 in dies, emboss folders, adapters, extra plates, silicone, etc. When my husband opened up the machine he saw the metal that had the gears attached had opened up down the middle. It seems the product had been redesigned as bracers had been placed in other parts to prevent just that. Now...I have soft bones so applying enough pressure to crack that thing isn't even an accidental option or I'd quite literally break bones. The manufacturer refused to honor my warranty so buyer beware. Now I will have to start over with another that will accept my hundreds of dollars of accessories with even more adapters. I'm thinking fiskars fuse.
I basically bought the Sizzix Big Shot for cutting quilting fabric. It is difficult to use and not at all what I had hoped for. It seems like it is made for a child to use or only for scrapbooking. If my husband hadn't thrown the box away, I would have tried to return it. I purchased a AccuQuilt which is much more suited to my needs. This should not be advertised as a fabric cutter. Wish I could return it.