I am a huge fan of making your own embellishments!!! I LOVE LOVE LOVE my big shot!!! I am a huge fan of Stampin' Up framelits! I think I have all of them!!!! You can check out my blog for some framelit ideas.
I love the new wonderfall die to make leaves with. I will be having a blog post on them soon!
I don't think you will regret a big shot at all! Embossing folders are a great layer to your pages or cards!!! You really can't go wrong!!!