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Vendor Spotlight & GIVEAWAY: Xyron Creatopia (article 3 of 6)

Reported by Jenny Barnett Rohrs



When I first heard about the Xyron Creatopia at CHA last year, I was really intrigued. A machine that could apply adhesive, die cut, and rotary cut? Wow. And then I was offered the chance to review the Creatopia and try it out for myself.

I’m going to preface the rest of my review by saying that I’m approaching my evaluation of the Xyron Creatopia as a quilter/fabric artist- there will be other reviewers who approach the machine as paper crafters.

So let me first tell you what it does really well. Xyron is known for it’s adhesive and lamination, and as far as the Creatopia is concerned, it continues to do that flawlessly. I tried the fabric adhesive on cottons, batiks, felts, and foams, and the machine applied a wonderful adhesive easily.
I applied the fabric adhesive to these batiks. The adhesive is REALLY sticky when you remove it from the backing paper, and it likes to stick to itself- so be careful! After die-cutting my shapes (more on that in a minute) I stuck them to a baby snapsuit and free-motion appliqued it. I was so impressed that my needle glided through the adhesive without gumming up my needle whatsoever!
I absolutely LOVE the fabric adhesive in the Xyron Creatopia, and it’s my go-to adhesive for my small fabric arts projects from now on!

After prepping additional fabrics, I thought I’d try swapping out the cartridge for the die-cut insert known as the Xyron “Shapez.” This ingenious little insert allows you to take out both the adhesive cartridge and the rollers, and drop in a manual die-cutting machine! The cuts has a span of 6 1/2 inches wide and will accept all dies- even Sizzex Bigz!

Now, I’m going to pause a moment and tell you that the first time I had to take out the rollers I did not have an easy time. The instructions are vague, and I struggled with the Positioning Arm trying to get it unlocked and moved into the right position. I kept worrying that I was going to break it. But then I found this handy-dandy video on YouTube, (Bless you, Xyron people!) and I felt more confident after watching it.

So once I got the Shapez installed, I really went to town trying out ALL of my dies! It cut like butter using the Cuttlebug dies, Sizzix dies, and Bigz dies.

There was a little snagging with my Nestabilities dies, but I solved that my adding a “shim” of the thinnest Foamies sheets.

I got so excited that I immediately had to make something with my fabric sticky-backed shapes– so I stuck them right on a stamped tag and made an art tag:

The fabric adhesive is sticky enough to attach well to the cardstock, too!

Now, again, I ran into one annoying part of the Creatopia- the crank handle, which flips up, occasionally did so while I was trying to die-cut. Usually this happened when I was having to man-handle the machine while running a big chunky die through the Xyron. Another thing to note is the sheer weight of the Shapez insert- it easily weighs 7-9 pounds- so if you have problems lifting, this may be a challenge for you. These factors aren’t enough to make me avoid using the Shapez insert, but it IS something to be aware of.

I had such a fun time with the fabric-backed die cut shapes that I had to sit down at my sewing machine immediately and applique the snapsuit I mentioned above, as well as this fabric postcard!
So now on the last component I was given to try- the Cutz.


Don’t hate me, but I’m going to be honest about this…I really didn’t like it at all.

The first reason I have for this conclusion was installing it. It was difficult to get installed into the Creatopia base, and geez-oh-petes it’s HEAVY. Like 10 pounds heavy. I could quit my gym and just lift this instead! And while I was impressed by the amazing array of cutting wheels (like rotary cutters in a plastic cartridge), getting them to snap onto the rails was also challenging. Even after watching the video, I still had problems getting the tab to “snap” and securely lock into the rails.

Finally, when I got it set up and cutting paper, I tried sliding though quilters’ cotton. No go. It cut only intermittently. Next I fused some freezer paper to the backside of some cotton and tried again:
See those ragged threads? Yeah, me too. It was at this point I decided that I’d just stick with my trusty rotary cutter for fabric projects.

Now, as a fabric artist, I often used Pellon or Peltex, as a stabilizer for fabric postcards, and it cut that very well:

I also tried the Cutz with paper with some mixed results- it worked great on cardstock (after fussing with the rollers), foamie sheets, cardboard, and cork. However, on thin papers, like sheet music, it didn’t work as well. But like I said at the beginning of this review, I’m really narrowing my focus to fabric items, and it’s not my favorite for that.

All in all, it’s a great tool for a fabric artist. The fabric adhesive is awesome, and the ability to swap out inserts and use it as a die cutter will tickle most quilters. It DOES have a huge footprint, so you need a bit of room. But if you’ve never had a Xyron before and want to take the plunge, this is the one to have.

Pros:

  • Base unit is reasonable (about $150)
  • Ability to have 3 machines in one is fabulous for the cross-over multi-crafter.
  • YouTube videos really help the learning curve with installing the components.
  • Adhesives are wonderful.
  • Shapez big enough to accommodate all dies.

Cons:

  • Large footprint (14″ x 22″)
  • Written directions aren’t great.
  • Shapes and Cutz components are heavy.
  • Everything is BIG- the cartridges, etc, and you need storage for it all.
  • Handle can flip up while cranking.

MSRP:
$149.99, adhesive and laminate refills $39.99, Cutz insert $44.99, Cutz cartridges $14.99

GIVEAWAY!
One of our lucky readers is going to win a Creatopia of their very own… tell us what whiz bang ideas you have for the Creatopia, and you’ll be entered to win! One comment per person, per Vendor Spotlight: Xyron Creatopia article (this is 3 of 6), please. Winner will be randomly chosen on Saturday, June 26th.

Disclosure

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104 Responses to Vendor Spotlight & GIVEAWAY: Xyron Creatopia (article 3 of 6)

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    Donna VW June 22, 2010 at 7:05 am #

    My sister makes fabric post cards – I could make all kinds of goodies with my die cuts for her to use on her projects.

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    corycoakley June 22, 2010 at 7:06 am #

    WOW! That really sounds like close to the perfect machine…wonderful for appliqueing kids’ (read: 7 yr old daughter’s) clothes with homemade designs. I would be interested in seeing how well it cut felt/felted fabric. Sounds very tempting!

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    Scrapthat June 22, 2010 at 7:09 am #

    It sounds FABULOUS that your scissors didn’t gum up at all! That onsie is too cute! I would love to do some applique on clothes for my DD!

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    Megs June 22, 2010 at 7:11 am #

    I’ve been adding more & more fabric elements to my cards lately 🙂 I think this would help a lot! Thanks for this giveaway 🙂

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    Vicki W June 22, 2010 at 7:13 am #

    I love making fabric postcards. Die cut appliques would be a great new technique to use on them.

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    Karen Whitney June 22, 2010 at 7:19 am #

    I would love adding more fabric elements to my cards and scrapbook layouts! This would be great to have!!! Also adding appliques to home decor stuff!!! Thanks for the chance to win it!

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    esther June 22, 2010 at 7:30 am #

    So glad it works with die-cutting. I’d like to cut up a bunch of sticky-backed flowers, enough to make a huge bouquet for display!!

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    kadhy June 22, 2010 at 7:34 am #

    This is what I urgently need!

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    Peg Robinson June 22, 2010 at 7:38 am #

    Awesome, I have always loves Xyron products. I just was thinking about making the grandkids some placemats and this would work wonderfully. I could cut, layer, laminate…woohoo. My mind is a whirl thinking about designs.

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    Knit Purl Gurl June 22, 2010 at 7:42 am #

    I’d most certainly be creating oodles of home decor items. I’d love to use it in mixed media – perhaps applique something onto a knitted & felted bag! Ooooo – the possibilities are endless! I MUST put this on my wishlist!!!!

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    Colleen June 22, 2010 at 7:54 am #

    I love the fact that it works on both fabric and paper. I would love to have a machine that I could use for both crafting loves.

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    Nancy June 22, 2010 at 8:04 am #

    I would love to have this machine, the ideas are running fast and furious through my head. I would like to use it with my machine embroidery to do the applique and also with making items to decoupage for jewelry pieces. Oh I hope I win!!

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    Melanie June 22, 2010 at 8:06 am #

    I have wanted this machine since it debuted! I don’t have a machine that embosses, so that is immediately what I would use it for. And of course the adhesive … Xyron is the best. Hands down.

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    Stephanie June 22, 2010 at 8:17 am #

    So cool of a tool! I can finally put my quilt samples in books!

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    Cindy June 22, 2010 at 8:27 am #

    Great review! I’m a gadget and machine junkie and would most certainly love to add this one to my collection! Looks to be quite useful!

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    Cerise Welter June 22, 2010 at 8:33 am #

    I would love to get my hands on it and share it with my scrapbooking/paper crafting club. We would use it to pieces.

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    Savannah O'Gwynn June 22, 2010 at 8:33 am #

    I love that you can put fabric in this machine! I’ve gotta try this out:) And the best part—your scissors won’t get messed up with goop!!

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    Christen June 22, 2010 at 8:43 am #

    I’m really excited about the fabric adhesive. I could use that in so many projects.

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    DiSailsToo June 22, 2010 at 8:51 am #

    I have this idea of using drop cloths for making curtains in my craft room. I thought maybe putting appliqued flowers or something on them to spruce them up with a pom-pom border. A Creatopia would definitely help me there! Great giveaway!

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    Denise ~ Paper Ponderings June 22, 2010 at 8:53 am #

    This is a great review…excellent information. I’m going with cutting out already sticky detailed die cuts! How awesome!

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    dionne June 22, 2010 at 8:54 am #

    wow i would love to have this fantastic machine! So many great ideas to make! Always looking for new ways to be creative. First thing I would use this for is to make my jewelry, fabric pendants!!

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    Michele {The Scrap Shoppe} June 22, 2010 at 9:00 am #

    I didn’t realize that it was to be used as a die cut machine, too! Even better!

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    Laura L June 22, 2010 at 9:01 am #

    Wow, this looks like such a cool machine to have – so many uses! I might actually use some of my die cuts a little more often with this 😉

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    Laura June 22, 2010 at 9:14 am #

    Really excited about attaching fabric to everything!

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    Peggy June 22, 2010 at 9:27 am #

    This machine has great potential!!! I have ten precious grandchildren and this would be awesome to do embellishments on shirts for them!!! I would love to win this! peggylea

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    Anonymous June 22, 2010 at 9:27 am #

    This machine is on my must have list!!! Its a all in one!! Can not wait to try it. So many projects come to mind.
    Juli

    cougarjnagel@aol.com

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    Robbie@rstampin.com June 22, 2010 at 9:31 am #

    This looks the my next new purchase. I love all it can do.

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    Scrapalooza June 22, 2010 at 9:44 am #

    I want to play with one of these so bad! I want to try the embosser & edge cutters. 🙂

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    Sharon June 22, 2010 at 10:18 am #

    i would love to see one of these up close. I would use it in scrapbooking and sewing also levine@pldi.net

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    julie m June 22, 2010 at 10:41 am #

    i am a newbie exploring the world of mixed media. i don’t have much space, so having one machine that does it all would be great. making cutouts of lots of media in bigger sizes than manual die cutters allow would be fantastic. i like to hand-cut shapes to cover with adhesive and stick on projects. i also like to try combinations of embossing patterns on single pieces. could see this machine expanding my horizons.

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    Stephanie Smith June 22, 2010 at 10:44 am #

    I would use it mostly for paper, but I did just recently get a sewing machine. So, the sky’s the limit.

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    jen fletcher June 22, 2010 at 11:28 am #

    I LOVE ALL THINGS XYRON!! hope i win this beauty 🙂
    jenstreats@gmail.com

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    sucor June 22, 2010 at 12:17 pm #

    Thank you for reviewing the Xyron Creatopia! I’ve been looking at it and wondering if I needed one – I do!

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    Sue June 22, 2010 at 12:36 pm #

    I just want to sit down and play with it trying anything and everything. Great way to personalize things.

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    Bsstmom June 22, 2010 at 12:37 pm #

    I’ve been watching this machine for a long time and it just seems to keep getting better. It has so many add ons that its a crafters dream. I’d make applique outfits for my dogs, neieces, quilts, embellishments for my scrapbook pages…the possiblities are endless! I haven’t even touched on home decor! To win this machine would be fabulous! As always – thanks for your in-depth product reveiw!

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    rudie2shoes June 22, 2010 at 1:08 pm #

    After reading this post, I would try to die cut some fabric so I can put it onto the apron I’m currently working on!

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    Patchi June 22, 2010 at 2:14 pm #

    I’m loving the die-cuts possibilities – fabric embellishments for my scrapbook pages!

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    Katherine June 22, 2010 at 2:23 pm #

    Thanks for the review. I think over all this would be a great addition to a craft room.

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    Jingle June 22, 2010 at 2:46 pm #

    This is such a great tool! I would use it to do all kinds of altered projects!

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    Anne June 22, 2010 at 3:09 pm #

    I’m glad you shared your negatives as well as positives about this machine. Overall, I think this machine sounds great and would love to own one.
    I love your fabric postcard and, as a card maker, can see tons of possibilities using fabric on my cards.

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    Nancy Lynn June 22, 2010 at 3:19 pm #

    There are so many possibilities of things to make with this new machine…..Altered Trading Cards, Cards, PostCards. ….Wow……

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    Samantha T. June 22, 2010 at 3:21 pm #

    I am loving all of the great projects, tips, and tricks you’re showing with this machine!

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    Malinda Quinto June 22, 2010 at 3:46 pm #

    This looks great, I could have so much fun with this!

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    Rachel June 22, 2010 at 4:20 pm #

    What a great review. In fact, you’re all doing great reviews. It’s so great to know all this stuff. And I still want one! Thanks for the info, especially about the weight issues.

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    Anita June 22, 2010 at 4:48 pm #

    This is amazing. I have been wondering about this machine.

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    Janette June 22, 2010 at 4:53 pm #

    I would love this for the adhesive- I have a little Xyron, but to do 12 inches across would be awesome!

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    KathyinMN June 22, 2010 at 6:13 pm #

    Love that your honest about how it cuts fabric because that is one reason I’ve looked at this machine. Still the thought of using it for applique projects in addition to scrapbooking makes me drool!

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    Lindsey June 22, 2010 at 7:06 pm #

    The Cutz system sounds like fun! This would add a new tool to my card-making, that’s for sure.

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    interactthis June 22, 2010 at 7:58 pm #

    Can’t wait to add fabric to cards. Thanks for the chance…

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    wilcoxdesigns June 22, 2010 at 8:21 pm #

    What a great way to be able to use fabric with more ease!

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    Brigitte (SE. Louisiana) June 22, 2010 at 10:02 pm #

    This would be so cool for backing fabric with adhesive.

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    suezoos1 June 22, 2010 at 11:47 pm #

    Have the 3 other sizes of Xyron adhesive applying products and this large 12″ size would be wonderful.. Use mine for papercrafting but also do quilting.

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    isa dona June 23, 2010 at 7:31 am #

    fun projects with this fun machine! for sure

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    the mustik June 23, 2010 at 7:32 am #

    Fabulous machine, i love to use fabric on my projects, so, I need to win ;-)))

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    la zaz June 23, 2010 at 7:33 am #

    Love to win this incredible tool to scalopped my fabrics and more!
    thanks for the chance to win

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    isabel scrap June 23, 2010 at 7:35 am #

    Please, count on me for this giveaway! love to win this Creatopia

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    Tina Brooks June 23, 2010 at 7:41 am #

    What an awesome machine! I can think of 100 things to use this for already! Thank you for the review. Maybe I will be able to use it soon. (wink)

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    Kimba's Kreations June 23, 2010 at 9:54 am #

    I am just getting into fabric on my cards and I would love something like this to create diecuts.

    Thanks for the chance to win!

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    Jan Castle June 23, 2010 at 11:26 am #

    This looks to be a great machine…thanks for the chance to win it!
    Jan Castle

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    StampinCathy June 23, 2010 at 11:27 am #

    I would love to make some fun goodies with this. Love how you can use fabric. I would love to make some fun gifts with this machine.

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    Greta Adams June 23, 2010 at 11:29 am #

    oh i do alot of quilting so i am sad that you are disappointed with the cutting of it.

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    Btrflywmn June 23, 2010 at 11:29 am #

    I am really wanting this machine, I love the cute cute cute baby shirt. I would love to make one for my little one. And I love the look of fabric on paper projects. Thanks for the chance to win.

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    Isabel Z June 23, 2010 at 11:32 am #

    What an amazing machine. I would use it to make embellishments for my daughter’s tshirts as well as for items in my preschool class.

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    Rebecca {bellacarta} June 23, 2010 at 12:00 pm #

    Sooooooo coool! I love the batik used in the review, I would love to try this machine with fabric crafts!

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    Jessica Wekenman June 23, 2010 at 12:04 pm #

    There’s been a lot of buzz about this machine! I’d love to win it for my card making, which I’m trying to expand my options and branch out a bit! This would help in many ways!

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    Yaritza June 23, 2010 at 12:07 pm #

    The more reviews I see the more and more I want this machine. Thanks for the chance to win.

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    broadwaydiva June 23, 2010 at 1:09 pm #

    Thanks for the frank information on the cutting capability. It is too bad that it doesn’t make perfect cuts. I would like to try it on felt myself.

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    Rebecca June 23, 2010 at 1:15 pm #

    I can’t imagine what you COULDN’t do with this versatile tool! Thanks for the chance to win!

    🙂 Rebecca Keppel

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    pennyd June 23, 2010 at 2:03 pm #

    I love the idea of one machine to do it all. I’ve been wanting to move into incorporating fabric into my papercrafting and think the Creatopia would be the answer!

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    Caranam June 23, 2010 at 2:36 pm #

    I think my favorite part is all the stuff it can do with fabric!

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    Mary Friederichsen June 23, 2010 at 3:00 pm #

    Oh the embellishment you could make!!
    It could save you money!!LOL
    Thank you for the review, it was very insightful!

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    Heather June 23, 2010 at 3:03 pm #

    I would like to try this with fabric!

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    cgl1539 June 23, 2010 at 3:39 pm #

    I like the idea of my nieces being able to use it also without being worried they are going to break an expensive machine.

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    AlteredbyMe June 23, 2010 at 4:26 pm #

    I make fabric and paper art so I would find many uses for this new machine but with a new grand daughter I would love to alter some onsies with so pretty fabric flowers.

    arlene9999@earthlink.net

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    klasickewpie June 23, 2010 at 5:52 pm #

    I would mostly use it for papercrafting. I love to make cards, and this all in one unit would be fantastic. Love your fabric postcard using Tim Holtz die.

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    Jen June 23, 2010 at 6:25 pm #

    wow.. that is a lot of wonderful crafts from one spectacular machine!

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    Scrap Happy June 23, 2010 at 7:34 pm #

    This would be awesome for making things for my sons prek class

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    Angie Marion June 23, 2010 at 8:05 pm #

    hmmm! I think I could cut some curtains with this!

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    Cyndi - Dreams Unltd June 23, 2010 at 8:32 pm #

    Just what I was waiting for — someone to tell me about sewing on the fabric adhesive! Wooo hooo! No more sticky needles!

    Cyndi – Dreams Unltd
    dreamsunltd@equestrimin.com

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    mmmeola June 23, 2010 at 9:19 pm #

    OMG….This tool does everything. I love to make card sets as gifts. This die cutting system would help me make more and more and more cards quicker….I would love to have this and share it with my crafting girlfriends…

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    Cherie P. June 23, 2010 at 10:21 pm #

    this seems like a very useful machine. I love all of xyron’s products! making baby books with fabric on them would be fabulous!

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    Barb's Boys June 24, 2010 at 12:17 am #

    Guess I could pass down my cuttlebug and my Xyron adhesive sticker machine to make room for this one!

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    Bel June 24, 2010 at 12:37 am #

    I think I could easily go nuts trying new crafty creative things with this! I’m starting to dabble with using fabric in my projects, and this could definitely help with in that! Thanks for the opportunity! 🙂

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    Robyn L. Coburn June 24, 2010 at 1:19 am #

    Well my goodness – if you ever had any question about these products they would certainly be answered in these comprehensive reviews. Thanks to all for the great info and clear photos. I’d love to win any of them.

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    ScrappinCricut June 24, 2010 at 5:10 am #

    I am a self-professed Tool Junkie! I can’t wait to try this out! It would be perfect for me as I am an all around Scrapbookers/Crafter/Quilter! The ideas running through my head are on overload! Pick me!

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    KanataNewf June 24, 2010 at 8:11 am #

    Oh I can just see myself using the creatopia with the fabric adhesive for fabric die cuts with my spellbinders….they would make fabulous cards for my quilting friends!

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    bulldoglvr June 24, 2010 at 8:52 am #

    I love all my Xyron products – I can’t live without my little sticker maker! And, have given these as gifts. Finally I can do more projects, larger, with a machine that is multi functional!! Love it!

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    Anna June 24, 2010 at 10:08 am #

    Would love to win this awesome prize. Thanks for the chance.

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    DiSailsToo June 24, 2010 at 10:41 am #

    Oh my goodness – this is fantastic!

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    loyaz June 24, 2010 at 11:50 am #

    I can’t believe all the great things this machine can do. I think I’m in love….
    DianeL
    loyaz1@wbhsi.net

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    Erica Hettwer June 24, 2010 at 1:15 pm #

    I’d love to decorate some adorable shirts for my kiddos! 😀

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    Suzie June 24, 2010 at 1:23 pm #

    I can see it now!! Charm bracelets made from fabric cut outs!! And so much more!

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    Jessie Duke June 24, 2010 at 2:02 pm #

    I would love this machine just to make simple die cuts of paper, but i am sure all the other features would lead me to many new crafts!

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    StacyC June 24, 2010 at 2:52 pm #

    I had one of the original big Xyron machines way back and I loved it for all the things that, that one did. Would love to use this…

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    Brittney June 24, 2010 at 10:37 pm #

    Love this. Wish the carts were smaller, but hey, the machine is great!

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    Tammy June 25, 2010 at 9:13 am #

    Amazing machine! I really like that it does up to 12″ edge-to-edge adhesive!

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    Diane June 25, 2010 at 1:52 pm #

    afghanlady57–This machine is awesome. Would love to try it. It would add such a new dimension to my quilting and scrapbooking.

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    rush8888 June 25, 2010 at 2:00 pm #

    maybe the thicker, non-woven peltex is easier to have the machine cut, versus thin, and therefore more movable, cotton. perhaps, one could adhere the fabric to the peltex first?

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    Laura Stewart June 25, 2010 at 3:08 pm #

    I want to make some cool fabric cards

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    Mary June 25, 2010 at 10:53 pm #

    I want to try the Shapez feature, I can”t believe it that it takes so many die cuts that is awesome!

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    Anonymous June 25, 2010 at 10:59 pm #

    I have always liked Xyron products and use several. I like the many things the Creatopia machine can do, and after this review and watching You Tube videos about it, I have to have one!

    Kate abbbc

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    Susan June 26, 2010 at 2:03 am #

    wow sounds like a lot of work, and you have to buy each design separate, and then it wouldn’t cut the fabric, like it says it would? enough to give one pause, especially at this price.
    Susan

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    Donna June 28, 2010 at 12:27 pm #

    No doubt about it, I have to have this machine. Love everything it does.

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    Flotsam September 9, 2011 at 6:20 pm #

    Ok. I know you posted this ages ago, but I had to add a HUGE thank-you for such an excellent review. I’m not a paper-crafter, but I do a ton of work with fabric…and would love to be able to cut other materials to make toys and decorations for my toddler daughter. I’ve had the hardest time finding good reviews of machines that address my questions as both a fabric person and a shopper brand new to the world of die-cutting and the like. I was just about to throw in the towel and either buy nothing or invest in something I wasn’t sure about. You just saved me a TON of time and money, and I’m so appreciative. Will be following you from now on! 🙂