Sizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Sidekick - Starter Kit - Brown and Black

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Contents: One Tim Holtz Sidekick machine with an opening that measures 2.75" wide One pair of Exclusive Smokey Gray Cutting Pads One Embossing Pad Instruction Manual One Framelits die Eleven Thinlits dies Six stamps One small Texture Fade embossing folder Three year limited...  Full Description & Details
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Contents:

  • One Tim Holtz Sidekick machine with an opening that measures 2.75" wide
  • One pair of Exclusive Smokey Gray Cutting Pads
  • One Embossing Pad
  • Instruction Manual
  • One Framelits die
  • Eleven Thinlits dies
  • Six stamps
  • One small Texture Fade embossing folder
  • Three year limited warranty

Size: 7.75" x 4.75" x 3.5", opening measures 2.75" wide

Weight: 2 lbs.

Get crafting right out of the box with the Sizzix Brown and Black Sidekick Starter Kit by Tim Holtz. With the included tag, numbers and tag accents you’re going to have hours of creative fun right after you empty out the box. Start creating custom tags for gifts, daily planners, journals, cards, your scrapbook pages and more!

You will love that the Sidekick features a special vacuum seal that holds it into place atop any smooth surface. No more slipping and sliding! Plus, this particular machine is economical. It's affordable and the ultimate space-saver - so small that it will fit right into your hand!

Here are some of the reasons why this starter kit is so AWESOME:
Included are dies, stamps and an embossing folder, so you can start your creating right away
Perfect for your on-the-go crafting, crops or classes
It’s affordable. Create cards, design tags and more without spending a lot of money

It's a great gift idea as it has everything you need to get started (minus cardstock)

If you aren't sure if die cutting is "for you," this is an affordable way to learn and find out!

You’ll be excited to get your hands on this space saver that will easily adhere to your workspace when you lock the lever into place. Use thin dies (Triplits, Thinlits, and Framelits) that measure from 2 1/2” wide to 4 1/2” long/lengthwise and smaller. The machine easily cuts through a single sheet of paper, vellum or lightweight cardstock.

How to use the Tim Holtz Sidekick for die cutting:

  • Place the machine on a solid surface, such as a desk or counter top 
  • Secure suction cup by locking lever into place (see video for visuals)
  • Choose a piece of cardstock or other material to cut
  • Place selected cardstock on top of the cutting pad
  • Place the die on top of the cardstock, cutting side down
  • Place the remaining cutting pad on top of the die
  • Insert the “sandwich” into the Sidekick machine
  • Crank the handle, rolling the “sandwich” through the machine
  • Remove your finished die cut on the other side!

How to use the Sidekick for embossing:

  • Choose a cut out shape or embossing folder
  • Place your cardstock or other material into the embossing folder
  • Place embossing pad and cutting pad on either side of the embossing folder
  • Run “sandwich” through the machine
  • Remove your embossed material on the other side!

Tip: Do not overload the machine to prevent from getting jammed. Regularly use both sides of your plates to prevent warping (though warping of plates over time is normal and expected)

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.

What our customers are saying about the Tim Holtz Sidekick Starter Kit:

“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!!!!!” – NonnaEVG

“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.” – juliajae

“This product is the perfect addition to my die cutting supplies in my craft room! I love how portable it is and how easy it is to use. All of the extras that come with it are classic and will be used over and over again.” – Joanie R

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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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Questions & Answers
  • 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!
    • 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!
    • 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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  • Where do i order new sidekick cutting plates, embossing matt ? I just got my new little sweetie ( sidekick ) and I love it so much <3 ... so want to get more plates ahead   By: Lorett (12-Sep-17) Helpful Question?  Yes  |  No Thank you! Report Inappropriate This question has been reported. Thank you!
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    • You can purchase the cutting pads at Scrapbook.com.
      https://www.scrapbook.com/store/sz-654559.html By: Amber Boren (13-Sep-17) Helpful Answer?  Yes  |  No Thank you! Report Inappropriate This Answer has been reported. Thank you!

    • I can't find the replacement pads and embossing matt either. Tried the website mention and its no where to be found By: snoopy2012 (09-Jan-18) Helpful Answer?  Yes  |  No Thank you! Report Inappropriate This Answer has been reported. Thank you!
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  • I had the original Sidekick and loved it. I have a huge collection of Sizzelits dies, can they be used in this new sidekick machine? thank you   By: Roselby (21-Jun-17) Helpful Question?  Yes  |  No Thank you! Report Inappropriate This question has been reported. Thank you!
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    • According to Sizzix's website, the Sizzlit-type dies will work, but require the purchase of a different, thinner set of cutting pads. By: aquabunny (14-Nov-17) Helpful Answer?  Yes  |  No Thank you! Report Inappropriate This Answer has been reported. Thank you!

    • I love it so far. It can take dies up to 2 & 1/2". So i do not have to pull out the big shot for the small dies. By: terryc1992 (22-Jun-17) 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!
    • 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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