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Old 09-19-2008, 08:03 PM   #2081
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Where can you find the crystal snowflake, the large one? I have seen it on a couple of blogs, but I cant seem to scare one up!

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Michaels runs all of it 40% off at times...so if you are patient, you can get them pretty well priced.

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Allthatscraps has them in stock.

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What are some larger dies you use with your Cuttlebug? I like the Cuttlebug dies but would like to have some larger ones.
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I just bought the ice crystal die! Thanks for sending me the link. I tried to buy it at HL and M's this weekend, but they didn't have it. They did have a set of snowflake dies that is made by spellbinders, but I wanted something larger.

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I have not had luck with the Cuttlekids dies, either. I have tried every combination of sandwich. I will keep trying because they were only $1.99 for a four pack at Michael's on clearance.
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I have not had luck with the Cuttlekids dies, either. I have tried every combination of sandwich. I will keep trying because they were only $1.99 for a four pack at Michael's on clearance.

Becky, maybe the cardstock you are using is too thick. I have some Cuttlekids dies and am only able to get them to cut the thinner paper, like you get in the big stack packs. I have a stack by My Minds Eye called Magnolia that I got at Hobby Lobby. It has lots of patterns and some solids that work well with the Cuttlekids dies.
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Yay! I got a cuttlebug & some folders & I finally tried it out... & I LOVE it!!!
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I have not had luck with the Cuttlekids dies, either. I have tried every combination of sandwich. I will keep trying because they were only $1.99 for a four pack at Michael's on clearance.

Have you tried this stack? From bottom:

1. A plate
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Try it with printer paper first and it should work. Then increase the thickness of the paper you use.
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2080 posts later I have given up and am going to ask a question that had already been asked...How do you best line up the two-step die cut/embossing combos? I just bought build-a-flower and have tried embossing then cutting and cutting then embossing. Both kinda frustrating. Any tips? I was thinking about cutting then adding a piece of double-sided tape to the back of the die cut and embossing.
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I'd like to know too. I just got the ice crystal CB combo in the mail today!

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How do you best line up the two-step die cut/embossing combos? I just bought build-a-flower and have tried embossing then cutting and cutting then embossing.

I have the two step butterfly and what I found to work for me it to cut the butterfly first. Then I put the cut shape in the folder and emboss it. Once I have it placed in the folder just where I want it, I carefully apply pressure to keep it in place and then immediately run it through my bug. I found this to be successful.

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Am looking for the Swiss dots embossing folder. My Michael's doens't have it, and I don't want to pay more than it costs in shipping.

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allthatscraps.com has *very* reasonable shipping on small orders.
http://www.allthatscraps.com/index.p...oducts_id=4021
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2080 posts later I have given up and am going to ask a question that had already been asked...How do you best line up the two-step die cut/embossing combos? I just bought build-a-flower and have tried embossing then cutting and cutting then embossing. Both kinda frustrating. Any tips? I was thinking about cutting then adding a piece of double-sided tape to the back of the die cut and embossing.
This blog has some great tips on using Cuttlebug Duo's
http://susanbluerobot.blogspot.com/2...boss-sets.html

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That's what I have been doing, so I'm not so far off! Thanks for the link, Alicia!
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2080 posts later I have given up and am going to ask a question that had already been asked...How do you best line up the two-step die cut/embossing combos? I just bought build-a-flower and have tried embossing then cutting and cutting then embossing. Both kinda frustrating. Any tips? I was thinking about cutting then adding a piece of double-sided tape to the back of the die cut and embossing.
Here's another great blog with Cuttlebug Tips and Tricks


Indigo Inklings Using Cuttlebug Die/Embossing Sets


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is the difference between a cuttlebug and a cricut? And can you buy the cuttlebug for kids and use the same die cuts as the big one? Stupid questions I know but I am new to all this. Thanks in advance.
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Hi!
I don't have a Cuttlebug, but I do have a Sizzix. These machines are MANUALLY operated die cutting machines. The Cricut is an electronic die cutting machine.

The individual dies are less expensive than a single Cricut Cartridge, but buying the equal amount of individual dies to equal the amount of images on a cartridge is a lot more expensive than a single cartridge. Cricut Cartridges come with 50 or more designs per cartridge, and you can adjust the size of the image. This is not possible with a die for the Cuttlebug or Sizzix.

If you join the Cricut FAQ link you should get a lot of information.

To sum this up, the machines work together, like a team. They are not interchangeable for each other.

One of my favorite features on the Cricut is that I can tell it to cut out 12 pumpkins, set up the machine and walk away. It just cuts and cuts, when it's done there are 12 pumpkins and I've been doing something else. My craft area is in the family room/kitchen so I can work on dinner, fold laundry or other household tasks while cutting out images. I can also cut images while crafting in the same space too. It's nice.

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I have the Cricut and the Cuttlebug. I feel by far, the Cuttlebug is worth the money (expecially if you use a coupon or get it on sale).
Cricut Pros: Variable size cuts and variety of images on one cartridge. Can cut multiples without resetting.
Cricut Cons: Cost of replacement blades and cutting mats. Sometimes have trouble cutting completely through cardstock. Must have electricity to operate.

Cuttlebug Pros: Can cut and emboss (love that embossing). Does not have to have electricity. The replacement cutting mats are not expensive and last a long time. Easy to operate...almost no learning curve. Small footprint and easy to take with. Don't have to worry about an expensive repair. No frustration about cutting and can use most dies (other companies). Most children could use depending on age.

Cuttlebug Cons: Limited to size of the die. Have to purchase individual dies.
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So I can use the dies from cuttlekids on the cuttlebug?
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This blog has the how-to's for using XL dies in your CB

The rest of SU exclusive dies will fit!

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The official word from SU! is that these DON'T fit. I've seen the blog showing how the XL dies work, but has anyone personally used the Bigz dies in a Cuttlebug? Are there any special directions to use them? Bottom line is I need to know if the Top Note, Scalloped Envelope and Tulipe sizes will work before I tell my customers. I don't own either a Cuttlebug or a Big Shot. Why would SU! say they don't fit if they do? Can someone enlighten me please

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The official word from SU! is that these DON'T fit. I've seen the blog showing how the XL dies work, but has anyone personally used the Bigz dies in a Cuttlebug? Are there any special directions to use them? Bottom line is I need to know if the Top Note, Scalloped Envelope and Tulipe sizes will work before I tell my customers. I don't own either a Cuttlebug or a Big Shot. Why would SU! say they don't fit if they do? Can someone enlighten me please



Thanks! Jennifer




Hi Jennifer,



SU! will say that they won't fit because they don't want you to promote another machine to your customers. Think about it. If you are demoing something that SU! doesn't sell you customers aren't going to want to buy from SU! when they can shop elsewhere...



However...



The Bigz and XL Bigz dies do not work "well" in the cuttlebug. These dies were made to be used in the Big Shot and Big Kick Machines exclusively.



So yes if your customers want to just purchase the dies to use in their cuttlebug machine they can. As long as their cuttlebug opening is at least 6" long the dies will fit. There have been many reports of the plates breaking from use and you have to be very creative when using the XL dies in your Cuttlebug.



I personally don't think it's worth the headaches to use those dies in a cuttlebug machine. Yes they'll work but it's a lot more work to use them!



I do have a cuttlebug and I love it but I can't show it to my customers.

I LOVE the Big Shot!



It really isnt your responsibility to do the research of other machines for your customers. We don't sell the Circut or the Wizard or the Cuttlebug.



These two post sum it up nicely in my opinion:

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Well, I think if someone is asking you how to compare the other product to the Big Shot it's very easy to say, "I have never used that product but I do have the Big Shot because they offer exclusive SU dies. When you find out how it compares, I would love to hear about it".



That does several things...it takes you off of "defensive" mode and establishes that you aren't out there trying to debate the pros and cons of various products. AND it puts the onus on the customer to do the research. I have found that everyone "wants to know" but very few are willing to dig in and do the research to find out for themselves. She is wanting YOU to invest your time and energy researching the pros and cons of another product which we don't even carry....I simply wouldn't waste my time since your decision is simple because as a sensible business decision you want to use the product that we carry. Being well informed is one thing but doing the customer's homework is another thing altogether....is she expecting you to go buy the other item and use it to compare the two? Certainly not...she is just hoping that you will get in there and do the research for her so that she won't have to. And IF she was to go with the other product, she certainly wouldn't be getting any follow up customer service and a valuable resource for teaching her how to use that product from you so remind her that along with every Stampin' UP! purchase she makes, she gets more than just stamps and products in the box...she gets YOU! And that is something she won't get from Michaels or A.C. Moores or any other place.



So, in a nutshell....I have no idea how it compares but the burden of selling her on another machine should not fall on your shoulders. Just tell her that you can only teach her how to use the machine that we offer but you would be interested in talking to her privately to hear what she finds with her research. I would mention the privately part because you don't want to giving glowing reports for another product during your classes or clubs, right? This way you are not downgrading another product, you are merely diverting her to doing her own research and you may find that you are shutting her down very effectively if she was hoping to have someone else do all the legwork.


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What wonderful and sound advice. I have a customer that has been questioning, questioning, questioning then went out and purchased the Big Kick. Now she feels I should be helping her with it even tho it is not our machine. Yesterday she wanted me to give a blow by blow on the differences. My response was I felt the Big Shot was sturdier and that I liked the flat work surface better, however that I recommended she call Sizzix directly and ask them to compare the two machines as I knew nothing about the Big Kick. Last night she called again (she's a friend) and starting the same conversation, again I reminded her that she needed to call them.



As you mentioned, she is one of those customers who want you to do all the work and then goes and buys most things elsewhere. Finally I told her last night, that her buying decision was totally up to her (it is) and that she needed to do what was best for her. If she was buying just because I was the one selling then she was making a big mistake.



Just venting a little ... thanks for listening.

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I absolutey agree with you that it's not my responsibility to research for my customers, but if I can get an easy answer for them from someone who knows, why not? I'm not researching machines, just telling them if our products will work with their own. To me, it's like asking if our embossing powders will work with their pigment ink.

I am also aware of the delema of SU! not wanting to promote another product. But in their defense, DS did say that all of our dies WILL work with a Cuttlebug except Bigz and Bigz XL. They are realistic about the fact that people do own other brands. Why not take advantage of that and at least sell our exclusive dies?

You confirmed my suspicions that they will work, but not easily like the smaller sizes will. Thanks for the information.

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I may be wrong but I think the older cuttlebugs may not be 6" wide. I know I read on a provo craft blog where one person (who worked for Provo Craft) said the bug was only 5-3/4 wide or something like that. So technically, if that is true, then SU can't say for sure that the bigz dies would fit in all cuttlebugs.
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I may be wrong but I think the older cuttlebugs may not be 6" wide...
You scared me a bit so I ran to mine and measured (worried that us 'Canadians' got the left over old ones ) - turns out it is 6". Yippy! Having said that I find the SU! ones expensive - even with the Demo discount. but I'm sure some day one will catch my eye that i MUST have
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Thanks, Gale. Now it's starting to make sense why some would work while others would not. Since I don't own either the Cuttlebug, Big Shot or any dies, I have to depend on the expertise of Splitcoaststampers.
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Here is the link:
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If you look at the paragraph that says CUTTLEBUG it says it is 5.78" wide. That post was written in 2007 so at the time, the bigz dies may not have been a full 6" wide either.
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Thanks for the link, it's very helpful. I'm forwarding it on to all my Cuttlebug owning customers. They can make the decision whether the dies will fit in their machine or not.
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Sincere apologies if this has been asked before, but how does everyone clean the bottom so the suction works properly? Mine just isn't always staying put when I use it, and I've dusted the table and wiped off the bottom but I'm still having some trouble. Anything out there that works? TIA.
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Old 10-09-2008, 04:34 PM   #2116
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Hi Julie

Some Bugs just don't seem to have good suction. For others, it's a matter of getting the right surface. Mine sticks great to my formica-topped craft table (it was my Grandma's!), but not so well to my textured plastic tables. Try putting it on a glass cutting mat, or even a rubber one. The smoother the surface, the better the suction. But even then, I usually have to "re-suck" after one or two passes thru the Bug.
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Old 10-09-2008, 07:57 PM   #2117
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Thanks, I'll try putting it on a different surface. Right now it sits on a wood surface that probably isn't perfectly smooth. My stamping desk will probably work better.
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btt... anyone please?

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A few weeks ago I purchased the Snow Fun cut & emboss template. I finally opened it up and have not clue how to use it? What I mean is do you cut first or emboss first? the size of the cut circles does not seem to match up perfectly to the embossing folder? I'm sure it is easy to use but I just need some direction please.
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With the cut and emboss sets - I find cutting first is easiest.
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btt... anyone please?
I haven't tried any of the cut/emboss sets but maybe this will help?

http://susanbluerobot.blogspot.com/2...boss-sets.html
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