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Old 11-14-2013, 05:50 AM   #1
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Default Die cut machine-width?

I have a Cuttlebug which I love (and it's old) but if I want just the edge of my card (in landscape) embossed I cannot do it because I'm limited by the width of the opening.
Are there an die cut machines (not like the Accucut ) with openings greater than 6 inches? Or am I just wishing for something that doesn't exist?
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Old 11-14-2013, 07:40 AM   #2
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Grand Calibur

I have seen the Grand Calibur in stores for as little as $65.
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Sizzix makes a "pro" version of the big shot which is 12" wide. I found a pretty good deal on it at It's Cheaper Than Therapy. There was even a purple version (aimed at quilters called the westminster, I believe). The purple version came with an “extended” tray and accessories.
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Sizzix makes a "pro" version of the big shot which is 12" wide. I found a pretty good deal on it at It's Cheaper Than Therapy. There was even a purple version (aimed at quilters called the westminster, I believe). The purple version came with an “extended” tray and accessories.
Thanks for the suggestion! I found the pro version on Amazon for $234. 09 I think I'm going to go for it. I've been wanting a new cutter (even though I also own the Cameo) for my steel rule dies and bigger embossing envelopes...This will be my Christmas gift from my family...but they don't know it yet!
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Well I might have spoken to soon just had a look at the Grand Calibur...I don't really think I'll ever buy the thick dies, so it might just be a more affordable option! The only drawback is the machine moves...like the Cuttlebug-no likey
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That's an excellent price on the Big Shot Pro!
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Has anyone tried the Spellbinder Die-D Lites in the Big Shot Pro?

Those seem to be a challenge to cut with one pass

Also does it have the pressure of the Artisan X-plorer to use with the mixed media supplies ?
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Well I might have spoken to soon just had a look at the Grand Calibur...I don't really think I'll ever buy the thick dies, so it might just be a more affordable option! The only drawback is the machine moves...like the Cuttlebug-no likey
I went through this same decision a couple years ago and ended up getting the big shot pro. I really wanted one machine that could cut every type of die rather than having to have multiples. I don't have a lot of pro sized dies, but I do have a couple I love - things like the tri-fold card and large spider web I used to make decorations. However, even if I did not have the pro dies, I would still love the large platform of the big shot pro - you can easily put mulitple dies on it and run them through all at once. One word of caution though... it is BIG and HEAVY! so it will need a permanent home - you don't want to be moving that thing around. If mobility is a must, then the grand calibur is a better choice.
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I wanted the big shot pro until I saw the eBosser! only takes 8.5x11 paper, but it's electric and I love using it! Takes wafer thin to Sizzix!
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Oh, my, why does everyone bring up the e-bosser, lol?! JK -- I am finally all "settled" with a Silhouette Portrait (for family projects, doing multiples easily, text, and cutting scanned images) and the Artisan X-plorer for one-at-a-time quick diecuts and messing around with other materials... and it takes up very little space which is important for me. But every time someone brings up this e-bosser, I am intrigued! It looks like a great machine and if I ever want a big one again, this is where I'll be looking .
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I wanted the big shot pro until I saw the eBosser! only takes 8.5x11 paper, but it's electric and I love using it! Takes wafer thin to Sizzix!
Ebosser? I don't think I've heard of this...I'm off to find it!
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Oh wow! That does seem like a cool machine...now that I think about it, I think I did hear something about it when it came out, but never checked into it. Anyone here have one? I think I'll go check out youtube for reviews.
I did find it on Amazon for $199 and it had 6 reviews-all pretty positive.

thanks for the suggestion!
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See, that's just how I felt!!!

I hadn't heard about it until I decided to keep the two things that I have and be satisfied with that. I've had other machines which I sold (pretty much got what I paid for them so I'm fine with that), but may have made some different decisions along the way had I seen the e-bosser first. I only just heard of it within the last few weeks.

Hope it or something else turns out to be the perfect solution for you!
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What is the Artisan X plorer?
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Okay, I saw the Artisan...but it defeats my purpose of finding something that has a wider opening. I do really like the Ebosser but not really sure I want to spend that much. I rethought the Big Shot Pro too...thinking maybe the Grand Calibur is more in my budget.
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I got the Artisan specifically for its smaller size, Kathy. I should have mentioned more about it. I downsized my space for stamping, etc., and it was my number one consideration in getting that machine. It's simple, tiny, and does the job - but definitely not all of the jobs!

Grand Calibur was at Overstock.com last week for $65 and I think that included shipping.
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I got the Artisan specifically for its smaller size, Kathy. I should have mentioned more about it. I downsized my space for stamping, etc., and it was my number one consideration in getting that machine. It's simple, tiny, and does the job - but definitely not all of the jobs!

Grand Calibur was at Overstock.com last week for $65 and I think that included shipping.
I totally get downsizing when it's necessary. I used to have super small 10x10 room and could not have had half of what I have now! But there are days when I would trade that room for this one because it had walls! I have a whole wall and a half of windows! (used to be the patio and atrium). Well I surely missed the boat on that awesome price because Overstock doesn't even show it, just dies and things for it.
Oh well, my Cuttlebug still works and I'll just have to wait for another awesome sale!
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I have an Ebosser and I love it. I got it because i had a torn rotator cuff and it was so hard to crank dies. The Ebosser sure took the pain out of due cutting!
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I have an Ebosser and I love it. I got it because i had a torn rotator cuff and it was so hard to crank dies. The Ebosser sure took the pain out of due cutting!
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Good to know! If I get anything more expensive than the Grand Calibur it will have to be for Christmas...I do like the ease of use the Ebosser offers. Now just when I had my mind mostly made up, a wrench is thrown! hahaha
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