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Thank you, DeeAnn! I so appreciate you letting me know. Which scrapbook magazine did you find it in? I'd love to pick up a copy.
It is a Creating Keepsake Special Edition. The Title is Scrapbook Tips & Tricks. I bought mine at WalMart. I did see them at B&N today. It's 5.99 retail. The article is on Page 80.
I have an update on my Slice. DH took it apart yesterday. The tooth was not broken. It really looked like it though. It was bent at a weird angle. My DH was able to fix it. I have not tried cutting yet. I didn't get the time. Hopefully tonight I can get a chance. I have her charging right now. Crossing fingers that everything is fixed. DIY hubby's rock! !
Paper Reverie MS+
The Great Outdoors MS+
Toil & Trouble MS+
Turkey Daze MS+
Zootopia MS+ +Layering
Noel MS+ +Layering
Applique Basics ("Mirroring Shadowing Speed Boost" - this may mean it has only the speed boost and not mirroring & shadowing)
Previous design cards now with the MS+ features:
Basic Shapes 2 MS+
Basic Shapes 3 MS+
The images are the same, but now they have the MS+ features. Bummer for those of us who have the "old" cards. I wonder if we can bug Making Memories to give us a good deal on the upgraded cards if we send in the old ones? lol
So what do you guys think about the fact that they are releasing a new Slice Elite machine? Will you bite and purchase a new machine? Wait to hear feedback on that new machine before you bite? Not bite at all?
In reading about the 'elite, the only two improvements I see is that it cuts 40% faster and can cut twice as deep. I have a cricut so the deeper is not a problem. For the single cuts (which the machine seems to be designed for) with the hands free, speed really is not a big problem. Even intricate designs don't really take that long. If I need multiple cuts that would take some time, I would use the Cricut (with SCAL 2 I can cut most any design anymore).
Hint: Scan any image from the Slice design card and then import the jpeg into SCAL to cut on the Cricut. If I have lots of multiple cuts of the same single design that's what I would do.
Now if I didn't have a Slice, it might entice me more and of course if I ever replace mine, it would be with the 'elite' version.
Wow..this is getting scary. I've been in Ben Franklin's, JoAnn's, and Michaels and didn't buy anything. And now I'm justifying why I don't need the Slice.
Do I really have all I need/want?
I do need some more Jetmax cubes for my room (have 20, need 27 to finish). Maybe that's it, need more storage space.
I am not biting either. I am going to sound so grumpy. I don't mean too. I think I have die cutting machine overload right now. First we get the Cricut Imagine. Now, we are getting the Slice Elite. Then we are getting the new eClips. I am sure there will be another one, lol. You should see my home now. I have five electronic die cutting machines. I think I have burnout.
Honestly, if I was only a die hard Slice user then I would probably upgrade since I do mixed media.
I only have two and I have enough. I have the Cricut Expression and Slice. I only own one cartridge with the Cricut also. 99% of my cuts with the Cricut are through SCAL 2. With their new upgrade I can just about cut anything. Google something, click 'image' and any clipart type image in jpg formate I can cut on the cricut.
The Slice is my Go To, it's small and sits right next to me on my scrap table making it just to easy to grab for some small cut. Also I take it to crops because of it being compact and lightweight. My daughter owns a Cricut Create and Slice. She takes her Cricut to crops. So we have both while there. She wasn't going to buy a Cricut (finances and she really doesn't have the room for one) but she won it. She loves it and always wanted one, but for her room Slice was a better fit.
I can see owning two machines, I can justify that (quite good at that when justifying to hubby why two). But can't see more then that.
I'm not interested in the Imagine, thank goodness. I don't like the flat look of print & cut. Also, the ink is expensive ($35/cartridge) and I wonder about the archival quality. The colors are handled in an tri-color cartridge, so if you ran off a bunch of pink flowers and used up all the magenta, you have to replace the cart even though it's got plenty of the other two colors left.
I saw some cuts from the Imagine and it doesn't look precise to me. There was white left around the edges of a cut (the cut lines didn't match up with the print border/lines), which would drive me nuts. Another cut had a very wide color border, no doubt to give the machine some slop room for the cut (so there would be less chance of white showing), and I didn't care for that look.
Frankly, I don't get the print & cut thing. If I want a yellow flower, I put in beautiful yellow paper and cut a yellow flower. I don't thin the Imagine can cut anything other than what's on a cart. If I have the cart, I can use my Expression and colored cardstock, patterned paper, embossing folders, etc. to get what I want without messing with another machine and inks and all that.
I love buying paper, too!
I'm such a Sizzix fan that I almost feel like a Benedict Arnold for not buying the eClips. None of the design cartridges have made me feel as though I need the system. I prefer the realistic renderings of the Slice cards. The current batch of eClips carts are in teh same childish/"whimsical" style as most Cricut carts. I'm also bummed they went with carts and not an SD card system like the Slice. The Slice cards store so nicely!
I'm in wait and see mode with the eClips. I kinda doubt I'll get one, but if the prices drop a lot, who knows.
The eCrafter had me interested for a while, but all the delays & lack of communication from the company cooled my excitement. Again, the design cards don't thrill me. I like the idea of no mat, but I want to see some cuts in real life. Chads would bother me, so I need to see what's up with that.
As for the new Slice... If my current Slice ever bites the dust, I will definitely replace it with the new version. I love the Slice system and the cards are fabulous.
I want the new 6x6 hands free mat. I think I'm going to do the pre-order on it through one of the websites. It's not very expensive and it would sure be handy. Sometimes I don't like to drag out the big mat.
I am excited about the 6x6 Hands free mat. I craft by my computer so I didn't want a big magnetic mat on my desk. Plus, I never needed the big mat.
I am guess I am getting the new Slice. DH says to me today after I show it to him. "You have to get it!" I asked him why. "I want your old Slice so I can mod it out!"
I am not joking! ROFL! I am still laughing about it. He is getting me the new one. Now, I am excited about it. Before I really wasn't interested. I do mixed media so I will be happy to cut out heavier materials.
ScrappinMoments- I use the Slice as my go to machine. It's really nice not to have to drag out punches, dies, mats, Gypsies, etc to cut out a scallop.
I have Two Cricut's, Gazelle, Silhouette SD, XPCS, and of course the Slice. I use my Silhouette only for Print & Cuts. It is set up with my Printer. Rarely, like once a year rarely I use it to cut. I had a Wishblade before that so I upgraded. I do use my Graphtec machines to print & cut constantly.
I was fascinated with die cutter's when they first came out. DH is my biggest enabler so he bought them all for me. Once I find my style I tend to stick with the Slice and designing my own files to use in the Gazelle. Now, my DH plays with the cutters since he fixes electronics and mods out things.
I'm not going to bite. I just got my pink slice w/pink accessories, so it would be a waste for me to buy the new one for less than what I just paid! In fact, since it was so recent, and they just came out with the new pink one the first of the year, I called MM and asked if we were going to be able to upgrade our current new "pinks" with a new blade to cut deeper and was told no. She said companies always upgrade their products and that's how it is; they have to get rid of the old product to make way for the new...... She was a little rude about it, so I'm keeping what I have.......
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Just the ones you have listed the new designs, I can open the old ones. I mentioned it to them and they said they was working on the problems, but on this post it sounded like all of you could see the new designs.
Just won a pink hand free on ebay. Not a great price (24.99 plus 12.95 shipping), but the total was just over $37. I haven't been able to find the pink one any cheaper then 39.99 then add shipping on top. So not bad.
I'm just happy to be getting one, will make me love the Slice all the more
Michaels had Slice items on sale last week. I was at Michael's Wednesday and no Slice sales. I would still take a peek if you are close by or going any way. Michaels has been running unadvertised Cricut sales this week. Some Michael's are running clearance sales over half the store. You might find a Slice surprise.
I was at Michaels looking for new MS Halloween punches and noticed the new pen tips are in but no Slice products are on sale. Did not pay attention to whether or not the new cartridges were in. And no special surprises in the Clearance section for Slice products, either, other than the Idea box being on sale for $9.99.