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You're the die cutting hero and every hero needs a sidekick!  That's why the SideKick Machine from the Alterations Collection by Tim Holtz for Sizzix is the papercrafting device you need for small projects at home or on the road! Contents: One Sidekick Machine from the Alterations Collection...  Full Description & Details
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You're the die cutting hero and every hero needs a sidekick!  That's why the SideKick Machine from the Alterations Collection by Tim Holtz for Sizzix is the papercrafting device you need for small projects at home or on the road!

Contents:

  • One Sidekick Machine from the Alterations Collection by Tim Holtz for Sizzix plus instruction manual
  • One pair of Exclusive Smokey Gray Cutting Pads (two individual pads)
  • One Embossing Pad
  • One Framelits die (tag shape)
  • One Thinlits die set (11 pieces - numbers and a circle)
  • Six clear stamps (a rectangle, a pointing finger, abbreviated number as "No.", three stars in a row, an underline flourish, and five lines in a row)
  • One small Texture Fade rectangle embossing folder
  • One Die Pick tool with safety cap
  • One Mini Die Brush tool
  • One Mini Foam Pad
  • Five Sticky Grid temporary adhesive sheets 
  • Six Foam Adhesive Sheets (three white and three black)
  • 10 adhesive sheets 

Measurements:

  • One Sidekick Machine measures 7.75" x 4.75" x 3.5" and weighs approximately 2lbs. Opening measures 2.75" wide.
  • Smokey Gray Mini Cutting Pads each measure 4.5" x 2.5"
  • Embossing Pad measures 2.675" x 5"
  • Framelits die measures approximately 3.25" x 1.625"
  • Thinlits dies measure approximately 1" x 0.5"
  • Sizzix Die Pick measures 5.375" x 0.5" x 0.5"
  • Sticky Grid adhesive sheets measure 2.5" x 4.5"
  • Foam Adhesive Sheets measure 2.5" x 4.75"
  • Adhesive Sheets measure 2.5" x 4.75"

It's portable!  It's affordable!  It's adorable!  It's a die-cutting machine that fits in the palm of your hand and performs all your favorite die-cutting functions on a smaller scale.  Whether you are looking for a mini entry-level machine in the world of die-cutting, a handy little die-cutting accessory for on-the-go or travel, or just want to accessorize your larger machine with something quick and easy for small projects, this Sizzix Sidekick is ready to be your new best friend!

Why we love the Sizzix Sidekick and Ultimate Accessories Bundle:

  • It's perfect for on-the-go, crafting at a friend's house, crops, classes, and conventions and stores easily in a craft bag or travel tote!
  • You're ready to go right out of the box with the machine, dies, various adhesives, stamps, and a mini embossing folder.  All you need is your material!
  • A super affordable and versatile way to get started in die-cutting if you're not completely sure it's for you!
  • A wonderful gift idea for someone in your life who has always been wowed by your die-cutting skills and wants to get started on their own!

What you can cut with your Sizzix Sidekick:

  • Paper
  • Cardstock
  • Vellum
  • Foam
  • Cork
  • Wood veneer
  • Fabric
  • Wool felt
  • So much more!

Compatible Dies:

  • Exclusive Scrapbook.com die sets 
  • Sizzix Thinlits
  • Sizzix Framelits
  • Sizzix Triplits
  • All brands of chemically-etched wafer-thin metal dies 
  • NOTE: Check all die sizes to ensure compatibility with your Sizzix Sidekick.  The die must be smaller than 2.5" x 4.5".

If you're looking for some adorable dies for your Sizzix Sidekick, check out the Side-Order Collection by Sizzix for cute themed sets made specifically for this mini-machine.

How to use your Sidekick:

  • Place the machine on a solid, clean surface, such as a desk or countertop 
  • Secure the suction cup on the bottom of the machine by locking the lever into place with a simple push forward.  This will establish a strong connection to your workspace surface.
  • Choose a piece of cardstock or other material to cut and place it on top of one cutting pad.
  • Choose a die and place it on top of your material with the cutting side down, facing the material. 
  • Top that off with the second cutting pad before placing your "sandwich" into the Sidekick machine.
  • Crank the handle, rolling the “sandwich” through the machine and remove your finished die cut on the other side!

You will be absolutely spoiled by the versatility of this little beauty!  Don't toss your leftover scraps in the trash! Instead, make a bundle of die cuts before your next creative genius idea strikes you! It's so easy to leave the Sidekick at the ready on your craft table for any small scrap of material to be used with a thin die within seconds.  We know you're going to exclaim, "HOW DID I DO WITHOUT THIS MACHINE?!"

Along with this fantastic machine are some wonderful, helpful tools that will truly transform your die-cutting in no time at all.  There's a die pick for ensuring your small, intricate die cuts are extracted from the metal dies with no harm to their perfectly-cut edges, and punching out tiny scraps of paper as well. We also throw in a super handy mini die brush and foam pad set for brushing paper pieces from your wafer thin dies in one quick, easy roll.  And did we mention adhesives?  There are temporary sticky grid sheets for holding your designs steady through the Sidekick, foam adhesive sheets for varied dimensions on your mixed media projects, and thin adhesive sheets for making one-of-a-kind custom stickers and such!  It doesn't get any better than this Sidekick and Ultimate Accessories Bundle!

Here are just a few reviews of the Sizzix Sidekick from our Scrapbook.com customers:

"Love, love, LOVE it!!! In fact, I love it so much I bought one as a gift! It's perfect for small die cutting, and you don't feel like your arm is ready to fall off from all the handle cranking!" - dkittswadlow

"This is a wonderful product. It's handy when you don't want to pull out your bigger machine. It's a sturdy little device and I use it often. Great little craft assets!" - flight8163

"How did I live without this? It is so small, lightweight, and handy to leave on my work table. I love it for cutting with small dies, especially sentiments. It only takes seconds. It will never replace my large die cutting machine which is needed for larger dies, but on the other hand, nothing will replace this either. I also like that it came in a package with accessories. Highly recommend. I also appreciate the prompt shipping from Scrapbook.com." - cruising

"Perfect size for those small items I love making. No hassle with getting the big die cut machines out and ready." - mydyisgod

Safety Reminders:

  • Always remember to read and understand the instructions for use before operating your Sizzix Sidekick
  • Use your machine on a clean, flat surface for proper operation; always ensure the suction bottom is properly vacuum-sealed before use.
  • Avoid placing your fingers near the rollers so you don't get pinched!
  • Do not overload the machine.  If too much resistance is given when you try to roll through, back it up and check your sandwich!
  • To ensure compatibility with materials, always check machine and accessory requirements.  Machine accessories may be sold separately.

TIP: The Sizzix Sidekick machine’s polycarbonate plastic cutting pads often make loud creaking, cracking, and snapping noises while being cranked through the machine.  This is no cause for alarm! This is a normal part of machine operation and the cutting pads and machine are designed to withstand the pressures of cutting.  The pads may even show outlines of your dies after use - do not panic! This is totally normal as well! To extend the life of your cutting pads, flip them over periodically.

Warranty: Three-year limited warranty. This warranty covers any manufacturing defects in your authentic Sizzix Sidekick Die Cutting Machine when you purchase the product from an Authorized Sizzix Retailer.

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91% of buyers would recommend
  • Verified Buyer

    Great for Travel and Small dies

    I had the original over 15 years ago and loved it! I gave it to my niece who is just getting into papercraft. So, when the new version came out, I had to have it! It works great for traveling to a friend's house or in your craft room when you're short on space.

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  • A Little Workhorse

    I love the size of this workhorse. I keep it on my desk because I reach for it often to use with thin dies. It's small size makes it easy to keep it handy.

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  • Verified Buyer

    Great little machine

    I love the ease of using this little critter as opposed to having to drag out my big Sizzix when I only need to cut a little item out. I recommend adding this little machine to your crafting room.

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  • Verified Buyer

    Die cutter

    Little wobbly but great for smaller dies. Fits great on desk and can take it room to room without bother

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  • Verified Buyer

    Sizzex side kick

    I am still learning things but so far I am very content with the product. As soon as I have the money available I will purchase the large size.

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  • Verified Buyer

    Perfect for Small Dies

    I love this little baby! I use many small dies for tags, journals and memory book pages. This saves wearing out my Big Shot, and is much faster. It works well for alphabet/ number dies, small tags,Tim Holtz thinlets small flower & leaf dies, planner dies, etc.
    If you are trying decide if you will use it, I suggest cutting a piece of paper that is 2 1/2” by 5” (the size of the cutting pads) then go through your die collection to see what fits. The dies & embossing folders that come with the set are really cute for labels & tags. I work on a glass mat, so the suction cup works perfectly. The unit itself is solid and well-constructed. For the type of papercrafting that I like, it was a great purchase.

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  • Verified Buyer

    Instant Love!

    How did I live without this? It is so small, lightweight, and handy to leave on my work table. I love it for cutting with small dies, especially sentiments. It only takes seconds. It will never replace my large die cutting machine which is needed for larger dies, but on the other hand, nothing will replace this either. I also like that it came in a package with accessories. Highly recommend. I also appreciate the prompt shipping from Scrapbook.com

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  • Verified Buyer

    It's a workhorse!

    Even though I already own a Vagabond I ordered this Sidekick because I thought it was cute and it might come in handy. When it arrived and I unpacked it I thought it might be little more then a toy. Not so! This little thing is a workhorse! I've been using it to cut out all the little tiny pieces needed for the snow globe Christmas cards I'm making for my six grandkids. I've also used it to cut out many of my other small dies. This little thing cuts like a champ. I love it!!!!!

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  • Love this Sidekick!

    I love this little machine! My papercrafting involves mostly cards, so a lot of my die cutting is small items. It is nice to have this little machine instead of hauling out one of my larger machines, when I am only cutting small things! I had the old red sidekick, but it didn’t cut the new style does, so when I saw this set, for such a reasonable price, I just had to get it! Not disappointed! Love it!

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  • Verified Buyer

    Love, love, love!

    This is such a great companion to the bigger machines! It's lightweight, travels well to crops and arty gatherings and matches the bigshot, plus and emboss machines. I had the original way back in the day and was so excited to see the updated version and to be able to get the accessories again. Mine sits right on my worktable so I can grab it for a quick use.

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  • LOVE my Tim Holtz Sidekick, but what I dont love is that 1 of my plates is already cracked. :(
    And good luck finding the correct color replacements!!!   By: madewithlovebynlo (06-Apr-18) Helpful Question?  Yes  |  No Thank you! Report Inappropriate This question has been reported. Thank you!
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    • I was thrilled when I receive my sidekick! However, after approximately 20 - 25 passes with various thinlets one of the plates is warped and even though the handle cranks nothing passes through the machine. It was wonderful while it lasted. By: Floribbean (24-Apr-18) Helpful Answer?  Yes  |  No Thank you! Report Inappropriate This Answer has been reported. Thank you!

    • Since I saw these comments, I ordered an extra set of cutting pads (link below) with the machine bundle! With my larger Sizzix machines, I always keep one pad straight and unmarked by keeping it away from the cutting side of the dies. That way, I just have one pad that takes the brunt of the damage while the other provides a stable surface for running through the machine. Theoretically, that should give you more mileage out of a replacement set of cutting pads!
      https://www.scrapbook.com/store/sz-661769.html By: becky4230 (22-Nov-18) Helpful Answer?  Yes  |  No Thank you! Report Inappropriate This Answer has been reported. Thank you!
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  • Is it just me but does the Sidekick NOT stay secured to the desk or table surface for very long? I've tried it on my wood desk and metal topped shelf and the suction releases after a few minutes - especially after I use it. Do I have a defective one? Thanks   By: SiderWhite (29-Dec-17) Helpful Question?  Yes  |  No Thank you! Report Inappropriate This question has been reported. Thank you!
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    • I recently watched an FB Live with Tim Holtz this week and he spoke about this issue. (Check out his FB page for Tim Holtz Addicts to find the video.) A tip he shared was to take one of cutting pads from the larger Sizzix or Vagabond die cutting machines and secure the sidekick to that. Then when cutting out the die you can press down on the cutting pad the sidekick is secured to while turning the sidekick handle to cut the die. Hope this helps!
      Of course if you don't own a larger cutting pad you'd have to find a different solution. Perhaps a large 12x12 smooth tile? Sometimes one might have something like that laying around. (I've done a lot of different crafting so I have lots of odds and ends. Most crafters, er hoarders, do. LOL) By: gharlow_38 (16-Jan-18) Helpful Answer?  Yes  |  No Thank you! Report Inappropriate This Answer has been reported. Thank you!

    • Few if any of the suction bottom die cut machines work well on any surface besides glass from my experience. By: deebeth89 (27-Feb-18) Helpful Answer?  Yes  |  No Thank you! Report Inappropriate This Answer has been reported. Thank you!
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  • Even though the product is out of stock can I get the sale price   By: kaboo1 (22-Nov-17) Helpful Question?  Yes  |  No Thank you! Report Inappropriate This question has been reported. Thank you!
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  • Do you sell the pad and cutting mat separate?.. I own the red sidekick.   By: rosiereynaga18 (16-Nov-17) Helpful Question?  Yes  |  No Thank you! Report Inappropriate This question has been reported. Thank you!
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    • On the original video by Tim Holtz when his little one came out, he said the pads would work with the older (red) version. By: Patricia chance (22-Feb-18) Helpful Answer?  Yes  |  No Thank you! Report Inappropriate This Answer has been reported. Thank you!

    • They said you can buy replacements, but I'm not sure if they would work in your machine. I don't know if they changed the specs on the design By: Icusissy (29-Nov-17) Helpful Answer?  Yes  |  No Thank you! Report Inappropriate This Answer has been reported. Thank you!
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  • So TH's Sidekick does not require an adapter to cut thin dies, because the cutting pads are thicker, correct?   By: sbartist (26-Jan-18) Helpful Question?  Yes  |  No Thank you! Report Inappropriate This question has been reported. Thank you!
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  • What size is the tag die that comes with the sidekick?   By: 1bizeemom (19-Jan-18) Helpful Question?  Yes  |  No Thank you! Report Inappropriate This question has been reported. Thank you!
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  • I love my Sidekick! It's so cute! I love the convince of not having to haul out my Big Shot. This is so convienent for small die projects.
    Will you let us know when Tim Holtz offers more embossing folders and dies designed for this machine?   By: Kansasks3 (31-Dec-17) Helpful Question?  Yes  |  No Thank you! Report Inappropriate This question has been reported. Thank you!
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    • The Tim Holtz Side Orders Die Sets just came out that we’re designed with this product in mind and work with the dies that came in the Sidekick bundle. You should check them out, they’re fun! By: 1bizeemom (19-Jan-18) Helpful Answer?  Yes  |  No Thank you! Report Inappropriate This Answer has been reported. Thank you!
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