The Cuts have it

As some of you know I love my Cricut Expression machine and everything I can cut and create with it.  I know I haven’t done a lot of projects on here lately with it, but school’s about to start so just wait!  I did get a Sizzix Textured Boutique for Christmas and it works great when using an embossing folder to create texture on cardstock.  BUT I saw these framelits in the SU Holiday catalogue and I realized I couldn’t use them with anything I had.  So I begged DH to let me purchase a Cuttlebug and he said yes!  Now some of you might be asking – What the heck are these things you’re talking about so I thought I’d break it down for you!

Cricut – Expression – this is a paper cutting computerized machine that uses preloaded cartridges and can cut images from ¼” to 12”.  All you need is the themed cartridge, which ranges in price from $19.99 to $89.99.  Cutting projects out and then piecing them together to make a layered image.  Check out Cricut.com to see what cartridges are out there and which ones you HAVE to have before you purchase any of them.

Sizzix Textured Boutique – my purse!  This looks like a pretty little blue and black purse.  Using the black shims that come with it you can manually crank paper and embossing folders through to add the most amazing textured to your cardstock.  It’s a small handy tool but can only emboss.  You can purchase this for about $25 – $40 based on the package.

Cuttlebug – my little bug – that you don’t cuddle!  This little green and cream colored tool uses Plexiglas shims and a base plate to create a sandwich to either emboss or cut cardstock as you manually crank.  It’s heavy then my Sizzix purse, but does so many amazing things.  It comes with 2 B Plexiglas plates (or bread) that you use to sandwich your embossing folders and paper which then goes on top of an A plate that is your base or plate for your sandwich.  You can purchase a C Plexiglas plate to use when diecutting or using framelits.  You can purchase the Cricut Cuttlebug for $85 or wait until it goes on sale and get it for $50.

Big Shot – the Big Shot is a bigger version of the Cuttlebug and is made by Sizzix.  It does a lot of the same things you can do with a Cuttlebug, but has a larger tray for extended dies and projects.  You can purchase them for $100.

So now I’ve given you various tools to use to do the same, but different techniques for scrapbooking and cardmaking.  Before you go out and purchase any of these be sure to watch LOTS of Youtube videos!  Make sure you’re positive you have what you need before you purchase it because some of these items can’t be returned once purchased.  There’s lots of other products out there too so make sure you’re buying the one that’s right for you.  If you have ANY questions on these tools please contact me.

Have a Magical Day!

Tinalala

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