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January 22, 2013


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My mom has heavily used her big shot for tons of paper crafts and it is still shining brightly. I'd go with it. It will creak, but still cuts beautifully.

Jamie Marie

If you want a simple machine that gets it done with not much of an investment I would go with the Provocraft Cuttlebug. You can also use other die cuts from other product lines with this machine. I personally love that it folds up nicely and takes very little space when not in use. Hope this helps.


I have the old style cuttlebug. It serves my purpose (I bought it for papercrafting, now use it to cut felt shapes) and was the cheapest product, at the time. It's sturdy, although, I did break the C plate b/c I used it as a top plate. Use it as the bottom when needed. It is versatile with competitor's products also. I even used the old, thick Sizzix dies in it. Good luck. Happy Spending! You'll be hooked.


I don't know what size(s) of circles and such you need, but have you considered the super-cheap (relative to these machines) Fiskars and Martha Stewart big punches?

Say like: http://www.amazon.com/Fiskars-01-005566-Everywhere-Refill-Scalloped/dp/B003UO3DRK/ref=sr_1_13?s=arts-crafts&ie=UTF8&qid=1358911638&sr=1-13&keywords=fiskar+circle+punch


I bought the Big Shot through Stampin' Up and I LOVE it. I have a Cricut, don't use it, have a cuttlebug, don't use it...but the big shot can cut, emboss and do a variety of materials including fabric with the bigz dies....It is my favorite machine.
Hope this helps

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