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Posted 2/6/2013 by Nanna2Five in General Scrappin'
 

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Posted: 2/6/2013 3:56:56 PM
I have a Cameo and I LOVE IT! But i find myself not scrapping as much because I do not want to cut just a title ya know? It is not in my scrap area and just not real handy for a quick layout

I have tried but i can just not bring myself to buy thickers

And I am weird about wanting my titles to always match the paper in my layouts.

You can buy quickutz alphabet sets so cheap now I was thinking about buying a few and a hand tool.

I was wondering can it cut fun foam and chipboard?







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Posted: 2/6/2013 4:08:28 PM
I do not think that you would be able to cut thru foam and definately not chipboard. Sometimes if it is a thicker CS it has problems. I still love my QK.

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Posted: 2/6/2013 4:09:18 PM
I wouldn't recommend buying a handtool as then you limit yourself to the 2x2 dies. Have you looked at a BigShot? I use my QK dies in by BigShot all of the time along with dies from LOTS of other companies. I do use my QK for titles, etc., and I have no desire for a Cameo or any other machine like that. Enjoy your dies. I still think they are the way to go.


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Posted: 2/6/2013 4:11:51 PM
Ooops, and forgot to add you might be able to cut very thin cork or thin chipboard with the QK dies. I do it with my Memory Box dies ALL of the time but they don't have the foam on them. You could also remove the foam and use them that way.


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Posted: 2/6/2013 4:16:23 PM

You could also remove the foam and use them that way


The foam is to help get your pieces to pop back out (they call it ejection foam) so taking it out might not be a good idea. It would make it more difficult to remove the pieces after they're cut.



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Posted: 2/6/2013 4:22:21 PM
Yea you are right a big shot would be bette, then I could use embossing folders too.

Do love my cameo and will use it for welded titles and such. But I can not bring myself to pay 4.99 for one pack of thickers when I have a cameo or can buy a set of alpha dies for under 30.00 The alpha sets used to be over a hundred or even 150.00 each! I am finding them on e- site for so cheap! Just feel if I buy 2 or 3 sets it would open me up to much easier scrap sessions.


I remember the old red die cutter you pulled the handle own. Wish I could find one of those lol







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Posted: 2/6/2013 4:23:26 PM
I think the Memory Box dies have little holes in them so you can use a paper piercer to push the die cut out of the die, I don't think the Quikutz have that so without the foam, they might very well be difficult to get out.

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Posted: 2/6/2013 4:26:25 PM
You dang enabler! The memory box dies are pretty!

What alphas do you use?







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Posted: 2/6/2013 4:41:51 PM
BIG QK fan here with quite a collection of alphas. I use fun foam and the cereal box type chipboard without removing the ejection foam from my QK dies all the time. If I want thicker chipboard letters/shapes I just cut two or three and glue them together. QK used to sell extra ejection foam and I hope LC still does, so it's no problem to remove the foam for cutting special materials but usually it's not necessary to remove the foam.


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Posted: 2/6/2013 4:44:51 PM
Anyone use the spellbinders grand calibur machine?







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Posted: 2/6/2013 4:45:49 PM
Ok cool. I was thinking thin chipboard or like the grungeboard aper







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Posted: 2/6/2013 9:33:45 PM
I like to buy the sizzix sizzlits alphabet strips. I have a very nice collection of diff fonts. They come in all diff size ranges.








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Posted: 2/6/2013 10:56:03 PM
The hand tool would be tough with thicker materials. I have the QK Revolution and that can handle thicker.

Now, where are these inexpensive dies you speak of???


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Posted: 2/6/2013 11:07:16 PM

Now, where are these inexpensive dies you speak of???


That's what I was wondering too!


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Posted: 2/6/2013 11:17:13 PM
Now you are talking a big big QK fan here. I started collecting them when they first came out. Yes they were $150. for an upper case another $150 for a lower case and extra for numbers and punctuation.

I remember my justification to my hubby a few sets for my hobby against your new snowmobile no comparision. When now having almost there entire sets and current sets, I realized he could have bought a couple of brand spanking new snowmobiles. I have a fortune in QK. Even with my cutting systems Cricut and the newest love Silhouette I still would never part with any of them.

Are you allowed to share where you can but them inexpensively. I have been buy from a particular seller on the auction site and have gotten 2 x 2 shapes for as little as $1, 4 x 4 shapes for $2 and up. I even got the alpha set Sophisicate for $3.00 and Santa's workshop for $10.00 the entire thing not just bits and pieces.

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Posted: 2/6/2013 11:21:51 PM
I have a few alphas still left for sale on my blog if you're looking. I don't have the Phoebe set anymore though.

http://www.scarletbirddesigns.com/2011/09/quickutz-sale-prices-reduced-alpha-sets.html



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Posted: 2/6/2013 11:40:31 PM
Ursula how could have parted with your QK?

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Posted: 2/6/2013 11:48:05 PM
I love my QK. Still have them all, but only have a hand tool. Can't wait to get the Big Shot. Just not able to justify it right now since I have a Cameo. Someday

Good luck OP. Hope you find a great deal.


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Posted: 2/7/2013 5:56:10 AM
I've cut foam and cereal box cardboard with my QK dies, but I use a Big Kick. That's how I make my own "Thickers."



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Posted: 6/5/2013 4:28:23 PM
I ended up buying a Lifestyles crafts evolution machine, it is sort of like the big shot but I like the cutting platform better.

I found the dies on ebay for good prices. Just have to watch to catch them at a good price







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Posted: 6/5/2013 4:38:40 PM
I have the cameo but use my good ole fashion Quickutz all the time for letters. I use my cameo so far for only shapes. I would say sense it is so cheap that it is a must buy.


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Posted: 6/5/2013 7:43:13 PM
I broke my QuicKutz hand tool trying to punch through a transparency, so I'm scared to try anything else in it! (they repaired it)

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Posted: 6/5/2013 8:08:32 PM
Yes, you can cut fun foam with wafer thin dies. (QK,SB, PTI, Poppy, Memory Box, etc). You can also cut wool felt, cereal box weight chipboard, aluminum cans and the like.

I will usually try to cut with the ejection foam applied, but some of the more intricate dies need to have it removed. I just stick it right back on. If the material sticks in the die, usually tapping on the die will release the material. Or I have one of those QuickSticks and the putty will adhere just enough to the material to pull it out.

I know Scrapdoodles in Fredricksburg, VA, has ejection foam. They also have a huge QK stock, including several fonts.


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Posted: 6/5/2013 8:19:36 PM
I would suggest getting a bigger die cutting machine. You can get the big shot pretty cheap and cut way more titles than you can with the hand one.

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Posted: 6/5/2013 8:33:58 PM
I use & recommend the workhorse Big Kick/Big Shot because its readily available, cuts various manufacturers' dies, & accepts embossing folders.

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Posted: 6/5/2013 10:08:20 PM
Yes, you can cut foam with the QK with OR without the ejection foam attached, cuts a little better without the ejection foam. I second buying a Big Shot, it and the Zip'eMate cut the QK dies SO much better than the tool ever did. In fact, some dies that cut so bad that QK was going to replace them, cut beautifully in my Zip'eMate and later the Big Shot.

Cheap QK dies are available many times on our own FSOT board. Not as much now as in the past when EVERYONE but ME was getting on the electronic die cutter bandwagon. I got tons here 2 to 4 years ago. I have a couple of favorite sellers of QK on eBay also.


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Posted: 6/5/2013 10:41:27 PM
I have both a QK hand tool and an original Sizzix (the red one you pull the handle down on) that I've tried to sell, and simply can't sell! UGH!


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Posted: 6/5/2013 10:46:02 PM
I don't know if I am old fashioned or a lazy scrapbooker but I find it easier to run some alphabet dies through my Big Shot than cut them with my electronic cutting machines, so glad I kept my dies. Also you can't beat the cuts of the dies, you get almost an embossed edge while in the electronic machines they are more flat. My favorites are the Accucut alphabets, picked up some a few years ago when they went out of business. Still use my QK and Sizzix dies too.

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Posted: 6/6/2013 5:03:16 AM
I still love my revolution! For small items you just can't beat the dies... Yes I have a cricut and a Slice but I still love my QK.



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Posted: 6/6/2013 5:34:23 AM
If you get a Cuttlebug or Big Shot you can use other brands of steel die alphas as well.


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Posted: 6/7/2013 1:30:10 PM
I am similar to you: I don't buy Thickers, I like my titles match and I have both a Cricut and Quickutz. And I hate the leftover oddball alpha stickers.

Yes, you can use the Quickutz with the cereal-box like chipboard. I do it all of the time. I love painting them and having everything match. Most (but not all) of the fonts do well with the chipboard. The one that didn't work well of the fonts I have tried was Snow Angel.

I run my Quickutz dies through the Cuttlebug. It gives a much better cut and so much easier than the hand tool which didn't always cleanly cut through even paper.

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