Username Post: Do I need it??        (Topic#1581235)
thehappyscrapper8
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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.


 
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  • Vae on 09-30-12 09:08 AM
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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.


 
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I have a Cricut but to be honest, I'd rather use my Big Shot or my Slice.

I needed some star shapes last week, so much faster and easier to grab my Big Shot and nesties.

I like being able to center the shapes over a photo or graphic which I could never do on my Cricut.

I was doing a band layout and wanted the pictures the shapes of stars with star mats. I would have never been able to line up my photos to get the shape of the star on my Cricut or my Slice.

Also love the embossing folders. My Big Shot is a keeper.


 
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I say yes to the Big Shot. I have both the Cricut E and the Big Shot and I love the diversity. For me I love the options that both machine offer.


 
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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!


 
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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.


 
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  • stick on 09-30-12 11:57 AM
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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.


 
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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).


 
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I will have to try that with my Cricut Trish. Sounds like a great idea!


 
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Like my friend Nancy says...."Need is relative. Need all you want."


 
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the short answer,,,,,,,,,YES.

but don't ask me,,,,,,I tend to slightly enable when it comes to dies for the big shot or any other die cutter. Only ever so slightly though,,,,,,,
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Holly,you are sassy!


 
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I have not seen those decorative labels 8. That is pretty! I just bought romantic rectangles, I may "need" those 8's !


 
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I just bought the romantic rectangles too. Hollly made me do it.


 
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psssssssssst, Floral Ovals are gorgeous too!


 
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Hey Holly - you already enabled me on that one too. It's already found its way here! And I love it.

You are so bad Holly!


 
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Have you tried any Memory Box dies or any Cottage Cutz dies????

I love the tea time doily die by Cottage cutz,,,,

you can see it here on this card,,,,,,and the other dies are Memory Box,,,,

DT work for SCH 'Vintage Animals' challenge By CommaHolly


 
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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.


 
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Even after I have read all your posts I still can't decide on whether or not I should purchase one. I really like the cricut and I am just not sure. Oh decisions


 
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can you try one at an LSS or a friend's house??


 
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  • Vae on 10-01-12 03:30 PM
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Is there a project you are working on right now that you think you would like to have it for? That's the thing that has stopped me from getting one...I don't have a specific thing I am trying to do that I need it for. If/when I come up with an idea that needs one, then I'll get one. Until then, I keep watching posts like this until someone talks me into it


 
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I love my bigshot I use it with my spellbinders, they are very addicting and I have a cameo as well. I love the texture and embossing you get with it.


 
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  • thehappyscrapper8 Said:
Even after I have read all your posts I still can't decide on whether or not I should purchase one. I really like the cricut and I am just not sure. Oh decisions



I know it's hard to decide, but the best way to think about it is, do you have money to start a new collection, meaning all the dies.
Because trust us, you will want them!
The machine isn't going to be any fun or worth it's money if ya don't have the dies.


 
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I totally agree with Trish,,,,,,,but I will say that my scrappy budget is small by some standards,,,20 bucks a week, sometimes a bit more,,,,,and in a year, I've managed to collect over 50 of the things,,,,,,most I bought with coupons, on EBAY or on sale,,,,,I have RARELY spent more than 15.00 on a set of dies,,,,

buying even one set a month nets you 12 sets a year,,,,you don't have to have 50 or 100 sets to get good use out of them,,,,and really get a great look,,,,,I think it comes down to budgeting,,,,,and buying carefully the ones you love the most. You will never have ALL of them, unless you win the lottery,,,,,,,,so pick wisely and you'll be happy with the ones you have.


 
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So when exactly did YOU win the lottery, Holly?


 
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I have the Cricut and also Cuttlebug. Sometimes I wonder if I should get the Big Shot as well, but then...I am happy with what I have and let the impulse of buying it die....I think is a good idea if you have a LSS, to either try it there or just use it when you can.


 
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  • aquabunny Said:
So when exactly did YOU win the lottery, Holly?



I didn't LOL,,,,

but, all I want is an unlimited scrappy budget??? is that too much to ask????


 
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I don't have a place that I can try it at so I guess I am just going to keep wondering about it until I am convinced that I have to have it LOL


 
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Then avoid Holly - I'm curious how many on here have Big Shots and Nesties becuase of Holly.

She sold me when she posted a few of her cards on a thread I was reading. Had to have them.

I'm glad she enabled me too - really is a cool toy! It was exactly what I needed for a layout I did 2 weeks ago.


 
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