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Posted 1/2/2014 by camanddanismom in General Scrappin'

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Posted: 1/2/2014 7:33:15 AM
This is a world I know nothing about. I have a Cricut Expression, but lately feel I am missing out on a manual die cut machine.

I love all the new die cuts that come with stamps and I use stamps a lot on my scrapbook layouts. I just watched the preview of the 2014 Technique Tuesday new releases and thought how great would it be to have those dies? I even got a die with a prize I won from 2peas. So here is my question.

What is the most cost effective machine for for the occasional user with limited space? The die I got was paired with a lawn fawn stamp. Can I use this or the TT dies in any die cut machine?

I did do a little research, but I am still unclear on what cuts what.

Can something like a Cuttlebug use these dies and things like nestabilites?

Your words of wisdom would be greatly appreciated!


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Posted: 1/2/2014 8:39:47 AM
If I was going to buy a manual die cut machine hands down would be a Big Kick/Big Shot. I have had one for YEARS. One of my BEST investments. It doesn't take up too much space. I believe you can get one at HL or M's with a coupon. I don't know about J's since they changed their policy.

You can use MOST wafer thin dies in it. Check out some of the youtube videos. I don't have a cuttlebug so I can't comment on that. I know you will not regret buying a BK/BS.


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Posted: 1/2/2014 8:43:46 AM
Nothing better than the Big Shot - cuts all dies out there; accessories available. You might find a really good price now too!



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Posted: 1/2/2014 8:46:59 AM
I will recommend the big shot as well. I have the big kick and love it.
I also have the electronic silhouette cutter.

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Posted: 1/2/2014 9:03:56 AM
Bigshot/Bigkick.. Wait for a sale, check Amazon and

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Posted: 1/2/2014 9:05:21 AM
Thank you Peas! Are there different models of Big Shots? Is there a leer end one that you would recommend?

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Posted: 1/2/2014 9:10:37 AM
I have a Big Shot and a Cuttlebug. I prefer the Big Shot because it sits on my desk and is just sturdier but if you don't have the space, the Cuttlebug does the same thing. The only major difference is that the opening of the Big Shot is slightly larger than the opening of the Cuttlebug. (I'd have to go measure for the exact amount but I think the Cuttlebug is just large enough for the 6" steel rule dies and the Big Shot has a little more space for the same dies) both machines cut the same dies. You can use nestabilities or other wafer thin dies with both machines. The Cuttlebug folds up and stores in a smaller space where as the Big Shot will not.

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Posted: 1/2/2014 12:27:00 PM
The Big Shot and Big Kick are the same machine, just different colors and a slightly different handle. J's online frequently puts their machines and dies on sale for 40% off - also frequently has good deals on value bundles that include dies. doesn't run as many good sales as they used to, but you can still pick up some good selections on clearance. They generally have a Tuesday Teaser sale every week - if you sign up for their e-mail newsletter you can find out about upcoming sales and new releases.

The Big Shot also has a very big brother called the Big Shot Pro that has a 12 inch cutting width. The PRO dies will not work in the Big Shot, but Bigz and Bigz XL (steel rule dies) will. The Big Shot will also cut all but the largest of the Spellbinders Grands dies. Generally, the Big Shot will cut dies up to six inches in width, and there are a ton of dies and embossing folders to choose from.

The Big Shot comes with a multipurpose platform, so you can adjust the height of the platform for the type of die you are cutting. The "sandwich" combination for each type of die or folder is printed right on the platform, so it's easy to figure out right out of the box.


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Posted: 1/2/2014 12:30:45 PM
Another vote for the Big Shot.

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Posted: 1/2/2014 1:47:49 PM
I have the Big Shot and love it! Use it for everything.

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Posted: 1/2/2014 10:55:20 PM
Thank you so much for all this great information! I checked Js today and the big shot was not in sale ($119) and you couldn't use the 40% coupon on it. I found one on Amazon Prime for $65 but I am still paying off my Xmas bills so need to show some restraint!! At least now I have a plan! Thanks again!!!

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Posted: 1/2/2014 11:12:48 PM
I have a Big Shot and I heart it very much. It's my favorite tool and very useful.


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Posted: 1/3/2014 11:02:13 PM
I have been feeling exactly the same way. After watching a couple of hours worth of YouTube videos comparing the Big Shot and Cuttlebug I ordered the Cuttlebug. For me the smaller size won out. And all I intend to cut are the small wafer dies.
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Posted: 1/3/2014 11:08:46 PM
Love my Big Shot. Really sturdy and cuts all my dies. Sometime's M's has a 50% off coupon you can use. I think they actually sell the Big Kick.

All the plates come with it so you don't need to buy anything extra. I did get the extended plates and can cut the longer dies.

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Posted: 1/3/2014 11:42:53 PM
I love my Fiskars is like having a big shot pro at a third of the cost.(the big shot pro plates work with it) I love being able to cut the bigger dies. Sometimes you can find it for under 100 dollars at J's or amazon.


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Posted: 1/4/2014 9:12:47 AM
Don't forget your expression has a kit available for making stamps, too.
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