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Unread 01-01-2017, 10:31 PM   #81
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Thank you for the link. Just placed an order for 8 dies/sets for $11.00. Can't beat that.



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Here is a link to an ebay page with cute dies and wow prices. I have made several purchases from China vendors - non craft related - and never been disappointed yet. The transaction is through paypal so no problem with the payment method. The parcels come as e-packets from China and generally takes about 3 weeks. So, if you are not in a hurry those dies look like a good deal. For less than $5 a set, why not? I'm not sure if are the same dies you were looking at - but they are cute and cheap.
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Unread 01-02-2017, 10:22 PM   #82
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I love the dies from China. One of the things for me is that I don't like to pay a high price for wanting to learn something. I have 2 lovely die cutters- Cameo & Cricut Explore. Buying dies for me feels like a waste of money for what I am going to use them for since I have my electronic cutters.

I have been really wanting to try thin dies for awhile now. I have been admiring so many of the cute techniques that I have been seeing lately that don't come out quite the same when using e-cutters. The China sellers gave me a good reason to try dies. I can try a cheap die and see if I like it. If I don't like it then no money was really lost. Paying $20-$40 to try a technique is a lot harder for me to accept than paying $1-$3.

I can say I really love thin dies now. That is my new obsession. Chinese sellers gave me a reason to start looking at other die companies and willing to spend money on sets that I do want from those companies. Even then I still look for deals.
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Unread 01-12-2017, 06:55 AM   #83
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Just a quick note on the Precision Plate - the PP should not be used with the BS Plus. Sizzix says that it will ruin the BS Plus because the tension is different.
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I've been looking on eBay for all kinds of stamps and anything related and I ran across these really cheap dies.. they are all from China.. but some of them are really cute. And I don't have very many dies.. I'm a bit tempted to try one.

What do you think?
Yes, I have purchased quite a few dies from Ebay at a fraction of the cost of what being sold in the stores. I have tried them all and they cut as they should. I live in the US and it takes about 3 weeks for delivery. In addition, I purchase dies from Scrapbook Outlet. I have a few in my shopping cart now...
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Unread 01-13-2017, 06:13 PM   #85
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Wow! I didn't realize that these were available so cheap! It certainly puts a brand new spin on buying dies. I am going to have to re-activate my Ebsy account.
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I have just done a blog post review of the cheap dies from China.It's HERE if anyone is interested in how well they cut. I'll warn you, it's a long post & picture heavy,as I wanted to show plenty of pictures of the die cuts.
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Shaz- I loved the post. I love your new header. You look so pretty. Your hubby is so handsome.

I have to get the heart dies now. You enabled me. It was a great post.

I admired you for doing the long post on your blog. I just wrote a long post at another board. I loved writing it and helping my girls. OMG! I thought Poor Girls this is so long. I wanted to be detailed because it was a lot to cover. I have started a blog but I haven't put anything on it yet. I like the idea of detailed posts on a blog. You inspired me.

Am I the only one noticing that Cuttlebug is not cutting detailed dies thoroughly? My CB is old so that could have some reasoning behind it. I got a Sizzix Vintaj this Spring. I am using the CB plates in my Vintaj. My detailed dies are cutting like butter. I mainly have Ebay dies now in my collection.
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DeeAnn, thank you for your lovely thoughts on the post. Happy you liked the header- I think he's pretty special too!
I agree about the 'Bug and detailed dies. That snowflake background I had problems with showed me very clearly that all the pressure on my plates is around the edges, with very little in the centre. I did forget to mention- and I must go back and edit it- that even with the shim on that one, I still had to turn it three times to get it to cut cleanly. I'd forgotten that until writing this reply! I think the die has so much surface area, that the pressure doesn't distribute as much.
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Shaz- I loved the post. I love your new header. You look so pretty. Your hubby is so handsome.

I have to get the heart dies now. You enabled me. It was a great post.

I admired you for doing the long post on your blog. I just wrote a long post at another board. I loved writing it and helping my girls. OMG! I thought Poor Girls this is so long. I wanted to be detailed because it was a lot to cover. I have started a blog but I haven't put anything on it yet. I like the idea of detailed posts on a blog. You inspired me.

Am I the only one noticing that Cuttlebug is not cutting detailed dies thoroughly? My CB is old so that could have some reasoning behind it. I got a Sizzix Vintaj this Spring. I am using the CB plates in my Vintaj. My detailed dies are cutting like butter. I mainly have Ebay dies now in my collection.
My Cuttlebug cuts everthing well, including detailed dies. It's only a couple of years old. Sometimes I use this metal plate for detailed dies: https://www.amazon.com/Cheery-Lynn-D...Plate%2C+Large

At a class an instructor wasn't having luck cutting with a Big Shot so switched to the Cuttlebug. I think many factors play a part, including age, correct sandwich, where pressure is, etc. And every machine is a little different.

BTW, a Cheery Lynn video reminds people that if a die isn't cutting a specific area, to place a shim - like a piece of cardstock - only where the die is not cutting, not over the entire die.
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Oh, and it's a good idea to move dies around to different parts of the plate, if they're small enough to do so. If a plate is concave where a die is placed, it's hard to get good pressure there.
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Shaz, I also loved your detailed post and all the pictures. I read every word. Thank you for taking so much time to help us all get an idea of how well those dies work.
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I have ordered some and waiting for them to arrive. heard good reviews of the seller I bought from so waiting to see.
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I have ordered LOTS of them, some for myself and a lot I have given away to friends. They do take a long time to arrive so if it something I need right away I wouldn't order from China. Need to plan ahead. I haven't been unhappy with any of them. They cut well and there is certainly a lot to choose from. I do wish the sizes would been shown in inches as well as metric but you can always look it up on the conversion chart. And finally, the prices are unbelievable!!!
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I have a dear friend in California who uses the China dies, and Theresa-Marie's cards are just beautiful. She uses the dies on lots of her card creations, and I must say, they are perfect !
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