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Old 07-21-2013, 01:26 PM   #1
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Default I have some sad news....

After 7 years of using my original Cuttlebug, it finally died today. How does one depart with something you've had for so many years?

Now I get to decide its replacement. I already have the Grand Calibur...Should it be another Bug or go with the Big Shot?

Anyways, if anybody knows how I feel, it will be all of you that are on this board.

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I got the original Big Shot when it first came out. It's the only die cutting and embossing machine I've had and I just love it. The Big Kick, if you can find it at Michael's with a coupon, would be a little less expensive and is the same exact machine. It just looks a little different.
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I bought the original, white and red version of the Big Kick back in January 2007 and it's still going strong. I consider it one of the best crafting purchases I've made.
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Old 07-21-2013, 02:48 PM   #4
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Sorry!! I think the big shot is great. its footprint is bigger though so if space is a premium, the bug is best!
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I really prefer the center of gravity on my Big Shot. It just feels more sturdy. I also like that I can use any die I want that's under 6" wide without having to think too hard and I like that I can easily use either the Genius or Sizzix magnetic platforms with my wafer thin dies in my machine. I also really like the product support from Sizzix/Ellison and they have good customer service. On a whole 'nother level, I am glad my die cutter is not made by a company that is owned by Bank of America - but that's just my personal eccentricity. YMMV.

I don't know if you are aware of this, but Scrapbooking Made Simple is hosting the Sizzix Warehouse Sale and this year they are also selling the same products online as they will in their SoCal store. They are apparently selling the Big Shot for a price so low, they are not allowed to advertise it. The sale starts Friday, 7/26. Something to consider.
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Monika - Big Shot all the way IMO. Excellent, durable machine and Sizzix has world-class customer service which I think is VERY important. I got the Big Shot when they first came out instead of one of the other machines because I wanted the capability to cut thick materials like chipboard and matboard. It's a real workhorse and like other posters, I think it's one of the best craft purchases I've ever made.

If you'd like a break from cranking a handle and you're interested in the Big Shot, you might consider the Vagabond. If you go with a Vagabond, just be sure to use the keys that come with it to ensure you don't put a sandwich through that is too thick.

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I don't know if you are aware of this, but Scrapbooking Made Simple is hosting the Sizzix Warehouse Sale and this year they are also selling the same products online as they will in their SoCal store. They are apparently selling the Big Shot for a price so low, they are not allowed to advertise it. The sale starts Friday, 7/26. Something to consider.
Just a word of caution about Scrapbooking Made Simple for anyone considering ordering from them online....I'm sorry to say that I had a very bad experience with them with my first order (I'm an online customer) and I won't order from them again. If you search Yelp, you'll see that other 'online' customers have had bad experiences as well.
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Thank you so much for all you input. Big shot it is...I was leaning that way but I just needed thar extra little push. Lol
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Old 07-21-2013, 04:32 PM   #9
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Monika- I feel your pain! I LOVE my Cuttlebug-even though it does seem to be losing some of it's grip!! I too have the Big Shot and the Grand Calibur-but LOVE my bug beacuse it is so easy to just take it off the floor-and onto my desk-no lugging! But yes-Big Shot is probably best option! Fingers crossed for my bug!
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I think you will be very happy with the Big Shot. I actually have two because at my classes I need one for the Framelits and magnetic platform and one for the dies and embossing folders. I did get the Doctor Bag to store it in but I may sell that since both my Big Shots are always in use and never stored, lol!
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I don't know if you are aware of this, but Scrapbooking Made Simple is hosting the Sizzix Warehouse Sale and this year they are also selling the same products online as they will in their SoCal store. They are apparently selling the Big Shot for a price so low, they are not allowed to advertise it. The sale starts Friday, 7/26. Something to consider.

I was going to mention this sale as well. Because of the volume, they won't start shipping mail orders until 8'17 but I've ordered from them before and their prices are good There are some freebies involved as well.
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Another option is the Fiskars Fuse if you like the way the Bug folds and want a bigger 12" wide cutting or embossing option. I've also owned a Cuttlebug and BigShot. I now use my Bug for small items and the Fuse for everything else as I'm a scrapbooker as well as cardmaker and love the versatility of the bigger cutting / embossing surface.
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I'll look at the Fiskars Fuse and compare it to the Big Shot and see which works best for me.


Ill also look into Scrapbooking made simple and see what kind of deals they have.


Than you all so much.
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R.I.P. Good and faithful Cuttlebug. Love my bug, but will probably replace it with the Big Shot when it goes to die cutting heaven.
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I love the big shot; it holds the wider emboss folders, where cuttlebug doesn't
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My sympathies! I still have/use my original bug, and will watch this thread for recommendations when the inevitable happens.
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Thank you for all you Sympathies..much appreciated...my bug had been very kind to me.
Many years of happiness. But one must move on to new venture..like buying a Big Shot...looking for the best deals I can get.....
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One ? Is there a difference,at all, with the black BS and the brand new blue/turquoise one, other than color?
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Sorry, the song is now playing through my head...Billy Joel....you hd to be a Big Shot didn't ya.....ok I just dated myself! LOL...RIP Cuttlebug!
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Crops123, LMAO. Your comment is too damn funny..����
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Yes...your cutting plates are longer
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Sorry..meant to write your Multi Purpose Platform is longer not your cutting plates lol!
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Monika, if you go with the Big Shot, keep your Cuttlebug plates because they work in the Big Shot perfectly. I have both and much prefer the Big Shot. The footprint is not that much bigger, but the stability of the Big Shot wins hands down. I love being able to put my sandwich on the platform without it falling off (something I had problems with using the Cuttlebug.)
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Monika, if you go with the Big Shot, keep your Cuttlebug plates because they work in the Big Shot perfectly. I have both and much prefer the Big Shot. The footprint is not that much bigger, but the stability of the Big Shot wins hands down. I love being able to put my sandwich on the platform without it falling off (something I had problems with using the Cuttlebug.)
Thank you so much for that info . I was wondering about that because I do have a couple brand new plates....that is great that I can use those...
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Sorry..meant to write your Multi Purpose Platform is longer not your cutting plates lol!
This place is just so full of info....thanks for yours....I ,too,had problems at times with things falling off because the plate was too short
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