Cuttlebug, Big Kick, Big Shot, Pazzles, WHAT?!

The extent of my scrapbooking-related "machines" is a Xyron 250, 900 and 510, a Zutter Bind-it-All and a Crop-a-dile. I have never purchased any die-cutting machine, because every time one would come out, by the time I would research it, another one was on the market! I could never make up my mind on what to buy.

When I was at the rubberstamp convention last Saturday in Carson, Tim Holtz was using this electric machine (above photo) that he was putting his Grungeboard through, and with the click of a button, out came embossed patterned Grungeboard! It was sooooooooo cool.

Tim had a box of these folder-looking things that he was putting the Grungeboard in and each one had different patterns. The pattern was embossed on whatever piece he ran through this machine. I think I'm going to NEED one of these.

Ok, so I've started my research on this machine - Sizzix Big Shot Express. What I've read is that it can do everything the regular Big Shot does, but it is electric. Just plug it in, and then with a push of a button the dies automatically go through. AND, I read that you can die cut stuff like fabric! Being electric and all, I think this would be good for someone with arthritis (ah, that would be me).

I found this video on a website that shows how it all works http://scraptime.ca/blogpage/?p=374.

Seeing as I'm new to this whole Big Shot thing, are there any of you out there that can give me some guidance? Do you have one of these electric things? The price tag is a little steep for me to just run out and pick one up, so I need to know if this is something I just "have to have". And if it IS something I need to have, where's the best place to get one?

9 comments:

Just-Kim said...

It sounds fabulous. I don't own one, I just have my handy Cuttlebug but this would be a dream to own. Especially if you have hand problems. Hey, go for it! You only live once!

Kim

MizSmoochieLips said...

I don't own one either, jeez... I'm so out of the loop I didn't even know what Stickles were. haha! Or whatever that glittery glue stuff is called.

It's about time they invented something that you don't have to use brute force to punch down! See? I even have those gawd awful paper punches that you just about dislocate a shoulder trying to just pop a hole!

Wanda H said...

I own an original Wizard machine and it works great for me. I've sometimes comtemplated get something with a crank but I don't have problems with the ratchet so I use my money elsewhere. Just in the past few weeks I finally picked up some cuttlebug folders and I LOVE using them... they are fantastic... why did I wait so long, lol. I think you'd really enjoy having a machine and since you have trouble I'd say an electric one is a good choice. Also if Tim is using one at demos, that tells me that it really holds up to a lot of use.

Radiogirl said...

That is cool indeed. I probably won't invest in another die cutting machine though.

Vallen said...

I am very confused about these machine but would love to have one that cuts felt and fabric. Let me know what you find out.

Charmingdesigns said...

I have a wizard. I love it, do I use it as much as I thought I would...no. I'm going to go check out the video. Laurie

Genevieve said...

I think this one officially comes out this month for $169.99. I was watching Tim at the show too! Looks like your pic was taken from the spot I was in! Go figure! I want one too! Can't wait. While we save up for the Big Shot Express, might as well start buying those awesome Cuttlebug texture plates!

Scrappy Girl said...

The Big Shot Express was featured on QVC on Feb. 18, 2009. I just bought one today because I just had to get the pop-up dies featured and they work on the Big Shot Express machine. The machine was only $126.24. I read that it will cut anything that you can cut with scissors, so fabric, chipboard, thin plastics, etc. Grown ups deserve toys too!

Sherry Goodloe said...

Well, darn it, there's no link to Scrappy Girl and no e-mail either. So I'm hoping you come back here and see my thank you to you :-)