I have been reading this thread eagerly, as I have a Bigshot and a pile of dies and embossing folders, and have only used the thing a couple of times. I am still working out sandwiches, as some embossing folders tear the paper, and my nestabilities partially emboss when they cut. I am only up to page 16, so forgive me if these questions have been asked before. I have only the plates that came with the machine. I have a couple of long dies, and am getting Tim Holtz rosette dies for Xmas, and also the carved ornaments movers and shapers. Do I need to get the long platform, and two kinds of long cutting plates? Can I just get the wider set of the long plates and the platform? I just don't want to get something I don't need. Thanks.