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Posted 10/19/2012 by Madi & Me in General Scrappin'
 

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Posted: 10/19/2012 3:43:36 PM
Hi Peas!

I'd like to buy a Big Shot but would like your experiences first. Let me preface this with the fact that I initially wanted a Big Shot for the embossing ability but decided it was much too pricey for just that. So, I set out to learn more through YT videos and they've pretty much sealed the deal. I've now discovered the wonderful world of Framelits and Nestabilities. Oh my, have I been living under a rock! (You can laugh, it's okay.) I do own a Cricut E with plenty of carts to get me started on my own embellishments. With that being said, my primary interest is to emboss, cut frames and windows, and crop photos into shapes.

Now here are my questions (feel free to answer one or all, and/or add your two cents):

~Do you use your Big Shot (or Big Kick) regularly? If so, for what?

~Do you use it to make frames and/or windows for layouts?

~Is it ideal for cropping photos into shapes or would another cutting system work better?

~And for fun, do you have any favorite or "must-have" dies or textures?

My birthday is next Wednesday and I'm considering this as a gift to myself, unless I get a little spending money from DH. Please know I'm brand-spankin' new to the scrapbooking world and I'm still building my collection of tools and supplies. In fact, my first LO is upon me (just waiting for my first Two Peas order to arrive ON my birthday, woohoo). I have a limited budget and a small space to work with so I'm trying to get the biggest bang for my buck in all of my tools.

Thanks for your input!

kelseymel
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Posted: 10/19/2012 3:48:59 PM
I use my BigShot almost every day. I'm a cardmaker as well as scrapper, and I find it invaluable in my cardmaking.

My most used nesties are Rose Creations and Spiral Blossoms because I love making my own flowers.




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Posted: 10/19/2012 3:53:29 PM
Thanks for your quick reply. It was exactly what I'm looking for -- I didn't even think of making my own flowers with it. Wow, even better!

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Posted: 10/19/2012 4:00:16 PM
I use my Big Kick (same basic machine) for both cutting and embossing. I have a Cricut E, but a manual cutter lets you do other things. I use both the Big Kick and an electronic cutter a lot in my scrapping.


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Posted: 10/19/2012 4:07:10 PM
One of my best purchases is my Big Kick. I have had it for years. I use it so much. It is like the engergizer bunny, it just keeps going and going. I make so many cards and I use it alot. I can use just about any die on the market in my Big Kick. I have been buying quite a few Memory Box and My Favorite Things dies. They are the wafer thin dies. I love how intricate the dies are.

You will not be disappointed in your purchase.

BTW, are you anywhere near Tampa?

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Posted: 10/19/2012 4:08:50 PM
I have had a cricut for about 3 years and added the big shot for my birthday about 6 months ago. One mistake I made is I bought way too many embossing folders..I like the ability but don't use it as much as I thought. maybe bc i scrapbook (i dont make cards often) and the folders are too small for me. I personally love the long sizzix 12" border dies. I love borders and use it for that a lot. Also, love the TH tag/tab die.
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Posted: 10/19/2012 4:16:49 PM
I'm sold!

Thanks for the replies everyone!

TeamSteve, I'm over in the Space Coast (Palm Bay specifically).

Cakebe, now I must look into the border dies! Wow! SO glad to hear everyone has nothing but love for their Big Shots/Kicks. I've read a lot of great things about them from past threads but the specific experiences you are all sharing are VERY helpful. Great tip on not going overboard with embossing folders -- I envision myself embossing small layers or frames. I'll definitely keep a cap on my initial purchases until I get a feel for what I'm really going to use.


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Posted: 10/19/2012 4:30:36 PM
I use my Big Shot more frequently than I use my Cricut, by far. Love Nesties & Tim Holtz dies & being able to cut thick chipboard, foam, metal; you name it. I make mostly mini albums, & I love the dimension that including "chunky" items adds. I also like cutting frames & then embossing them with a texture (wood grain, for example). You're going to have so much fun!
P.S.: Happy Birthday!


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Posted: 10/19/2012 4:41:36 PM
Thanks Gem Girl! I'm starting to get excited for my birthday now. This will be the perfect gift for myself. I'm realizing now more than ever that this is well worth the investment and the possibilities are endless. Can't wait!


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Posted: 10/19/2012 5:34:44 PM
I love my Big Shot! That must be the best scrappy investment I've ever done!

"~Do you use your Big Shot (or Big Kick) regularly? If so, for what?"

I use it almost every time I scrap! More for die cutting than for embossing. I've become very frugal when it comes to embellishments. I use my Big Shot and dies to make embellishments from patterned paper, felt and such materials instead of paying $5.99 for a pack of accents. So basically, the Big Shot is paying for itself.

Here's some blog posts showing how I use it:

Rosettes: these are Halloween rosettes but you can make any kind, just use another type of paper and die cuts.

Foam Thickers: I have several different "font dies" I won't likely be paying $5.99 for a package of thickers again. The cost for a set of letter stickers made with the Big Shot and foam is about $0.60-$2 depending on the size of the die. Of course, you have to add the price of the die itself, but I'm making so many copies of the alpha dies I own, that it's a very low cost per copy.

Flowers: You can make flowers from so many different styles and materials. Here's a Mother's Day card.

Plain die cut shapes: Here's an example for a Mother's Day Card with die cut felt flowers (Nestabilities) and butterflies with jewel stickers on layout (together with a die cut tag and thicker letters). A Christmas card .

Negative shapes/cuts: Card example.

Envelopes and treat bags. I can't wait for the new Tim Holtz pillow box that's released in November!

"~Is it ideal for cropping photos into shapes or would another cutting system work better?"

I've used my Big Shot to cut photos into shapes (butterflies) and I guess I could cut the photos into any shape, depending on the die. The Big Shot is great for cutting photos in shapes, but if I just want to crop photos in the regular (rectangular) way, I'd rather use my Fiskars trimmer.

"~And for fun, do you have any favorite or "must-have" dies or textures?"

The majority of the dies and embossing folders that I own are from Tim Holtz (Sizzx) but lately I've discovered Quickutz and Nestabilities.


/Margareta

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Posted: 10/19/2012 6:56:07 PM
Thank you xA MILLION, Paperpilekitten! Your post was a tremendous help to me and I enjoyed checking out all of your links. Great work and fantastic creations! The flowers and butterflies are seriously awesome! I'm totally sold on the Big Shot now...100% no doubt!

Can't wait for next week now, I'll be ringing in my birthday a purchase. I had no idea the versatility was this vast. I was going to seriously limit my options with it and now the Peas have helped open many new doors.

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Posted: 10/19/2012 7:12:37 PM
I finally bought one at the beginning of the summer (I bought a Big Kick with a 40 or 50% off coupon; Icannot remember which). I have a bunch of Memory Box dies that are great, and I also have Papertrey Ink dies that match stamps. I find I use the Big Kick really quite a bit. Probably the pillowbox die I picked up from PTI last month is my favorite--I have been using that thing like noone's business.

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Posted: 10/20/2012 10:57:15 AM
Thank you to all the Peas who replied. Just found out my mom is gifting a Big Shot to me for my birthday. I'm really excited and wanted to thank you all once again for the feedback.

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Posted: 10/20/2012 12:12:58 PM
I'll just add my endorsement of the Big Shot. I bought mine years ago and it's been one of my best scrappy investments. I use it to do titles for scrapbook pages, embellishments for layouts, and for the occasional card.

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Posted: 10/20/2012 12:27:16 PM
Margareta, thank you so much for posting that link for the foam letters!! I have been wanting to try that with some of my Sizzlets. It also does entice me to get some of the TH alphas. I have a QK that I might try. Maybe it will work better with foam rather than CS.


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Posted: 10/20/2012 12:46:56 PM
I agree with another poster, my Big Shot was probably my best scrapbook related purchase ever. I haven't used it much lately, because we moved and it's still packed. That said, when I am back to scrapbooking, cardmaking, I will be using it all the time.
My favorite dies, hmmmmm. I use a lot of my old Quickutz dies in it, and I like the Time Holtz dies too.
I think the Memory Box dies are beautiful, and if you know a Stampin Up! consultant, they have some great dies too. One in particular is my favorite,
Top Note die
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Posted: 10/20/2012 1:03:39 PM
Could not be without mine, love it. Don't use it every layout but most of the time.

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Posted: 10/20/2012 1:03:39 PM
Could not be without mine, love it. Don't use it every layout but most of the time.

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Posted: 10/20/2012 1:03:58 PM
I have both the big shot and the big shot pro and I love them both.


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Posted: 10/20/2012 6:50:52 PM
The easiest machine to use. I love my Cricut too but sometimes the cuts stick to the mat and I waste paper. For me the Big Shot/Big Kick are foolproof and you get the best cuts from it.


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Posted: 10/20/2012 10:28:11 PM
I love mine, I use it all time! I have a cameo but sometimes it's easier to pull out a die and just cut something quickly. I've had mine for a few years and I haven't had to replace the cutting plates yet!


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Posted: 10/20/2012 11:35:40 PM
Love my Big Shot! Best thing I purchased. Ever. I just got the cricut E and now we'll see how much I loive that!






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Posted: 10/22/2012 10:43:11 AM
Great news Peas! MUCH thanks to your encouragement and positive feedback, my Big Shot has been purchased and is on the way. My mom is an absolute doll and really paid attention to my incessant talking about this machine. She's one of the only ones who will listen to me prattle on about my crafty endeavors. I'm so excited!

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Posted: 10/22/2012 11:07:28 AM
I love my big shot.

Here's tip for embossing; back thin or metallic paper sturdier by backing with another piece of card stock before you emboss.


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Posted: 10/22/2012 11:13:07 AM
So glad you posted this question, I've had my Big Shot for a few months but I've only used it once!! Happy to read people post about different ways they use it.

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Posted: 10/22/2012 1:09:22 PM
I have a Cricut too, but I'm in love with my Big Kick. It cuts great consistently. I use all my old QK dies and have bought other dies. Love it!


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Posted: 10/22/2012 1:24:34 PM
I LOVE my mine and I use all the time. I've had it for less than a year, and I've used it at least a thousand times. In fact, I want to get another back-up Big Kick/Shot to have on hand in case this one ever breaks (because I don't think I could scrap without it). I use it on just about every project I make, plus I use it to cut chipboard shapes for classes I teach. Oh, and I used it yesterday to cut a variety of things for my daughter's school project.

One of my favorite things about it is that it cuts chipboard. I also love the fact that I'm not tied to a computer (I used to have the Wishblade, and I didn't like that thing at all). I have other cutting electronic cutting systems, and I prefer my little manual Big Kick hands down.

My favorite dies are all the doily dies. I also like the leaf, flower, and small frame dies.

Go for it!!


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