Thanks everyone. I guess I should have clarified w/ CM - ovals. I like that they are easy, versatile, but I have only been able to use the one oval w/the largest inner circle. The other ovals are too small, and then if I try to use the outer ovals of the smaller templates -- the ovals are very "ovaly". Ok, that makes no sense. But that's my issue w/them.
Just saw a Circle cutter w/Fiskars. Maybe I'll try that.
It depends on what sizes you're using. I have a cuttlebug and invested in the nestabilties in the small and large circles. These are fine for card making but if you are using them on layouts then you might need something bigger. I guess punches could be an option but I find they can get expensive quickly. Before I had my nestabilities I used a stencil, cups, plates, bowls - anything I could get my hands on!
Yes, I think the cheapest would be outlining around different plates or bowls or cups and then cutting them out freehand. Otherwise, CM really IS supposed to be very good, but a little pricey for my pocketbook. I have circle punches and use my Cricut for larger circles. I've never had much luck using different cutting systems, though - I'm circle challenged!
I bought the CM system (ovals, circles, and I think a few others) years ago and I love it still today. It works well for everything I've put it to and if need be, I can do slight modifications where necessary. I'm also a fan of bowls, pans, whatever is handy that does the trick. lol
I used my coupon at m's and got the martha stewart large circle cutter. It works great! I also have the old coluzzle for smaller circles, but don't use that too much any more. I also use my cricut to cut circles, too.
Love using my Martha Stewart circle cutter but have a few complaints about it too. Wish it would make smaller circles! Sometimes I want smaller than 4".
Big complaint - it has a blade on the bottom and a plastic thing that goes over it. The plastic thing does not stay on and I've lost it. I was putting it on constantly and it would come off and get to the bottom of my scrap container.
One day I brushed my hand across it and got a really nasty cut. They need to rethink and redisgn the cover that protects the blade. Very poorly designed.
Now when I put my hand in the big bin with the punches I find that and pull it out first so I don't cut myself on it again!
I use a drafting compass, too. I found a fabulous one at a dollar store. The great part about it is that the pointy end is also a perfect piercer for brads or layering flowers together. I pulled the eraser out of a pencil to keep the sharp end poked into when I am not using it. Old school rocks. I have a Slice which can do every size and several punches but the compass can go in my travel craft bag in a tiny space!