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Vendor Spotlight & GIVEAWAY!: Spellbinder Grand Calibur (Day 2 of 2)

Reported by Dana Vitek

I’ve been a Spellbinders customer since the beginning of time. I have one of the original Wizards; it says “Patent Pending” on it. I’ve been collecting the Spellbinders dies since before the Nestibilities came out. As such, I have amassed quite the collection:

I may or may not have a problem.

So when the time came to test out the Spellbinders Grand Calibur, I was the obvious choice.  Kandi did such a great job yesterday describing the contents of the box and such, I’ll just get right down to the business of showing off.

The first thing I wanted to cut and emboss has been hanging out in my craft room for years:

This is Craft-a-Board, developed by Ellen Hutson for use with the Spellbinder Nestabilities. It’s a sturdy board, like chipboard, but nicer. I could never get the Nestabilities to cut cleanly through it with the original Wizard, so I was excited to try it with the Grand Calibur.

I laid out all the dies I wanted to cut. The largest scalloped square there is the very biggest of the Grand Scalloped Squares. I also threw some scalloped paisleys on there because I had SO MUCH ROOM on the cutting platform.

Here they are after one pass through the Grand Calibur:

One piece didn’t cut cleanly all the way through, but a quick pass of the craft knife, and it was ready to go.

Compared to the trouble I had with this stuff using the original Wizard, I was thrilled!
While I had the Craft-a-Board out, I decided to make a puzzle for my daughter, using the Spellbinders Jigsaw Puzzle Die. I traced out the size of the die in pencil, and then went to town stamping and coloring the Craft-a-Board:

I centered the die over the design, and ran it through the Grand Calibur:

One pass through… 

and here it is in pieces:

Most of the pieces came apart with a little back and forth wiggling; I think I had to cut 2 or 3 pieces with the craft knife, and it literally only took seconds to do that. A quick, personalized 20-piece puzzle for my kid. These would be great as birthday party favors!

Now then, I have letterpress on the brain because I just finished up a some letterpress projects, and the packaging of the Spellbinders Impressibilities caught my eye. It says it can be used for letterpressing. Don’t mind if I do!

I pulled out my letterpress paper and ink, and inked up the Paisley Impressibility:

I laid it on top of the paper on the ‘A’ plate. I ran it through the machine using the “embossing sandwich” but there wasn’t enough pressure, and I didn’t get a good deboss.

So I tried it again with the regular cutting sandwich (‘A’ plate, paper, Impressibility, ‘C’ plate), and voila! It looks fabulous!

I was really impressed! Pun intended!

Moving on to one of my favorite media: shrink plastic! I love making little charms for cards and jewelry, and I wanted to see if the Grand Calibur generated enough pressure to cut plastic with the low-profile Nestibilities.

Test subject:

I ran it through the Grand Calibur, and the plastic cut with no trouble at all! I set my old-school Old Milwaukee heat-gun to work, and came up with this cute little dragonfly:

Here’s a fun little card for a coworker’s new baby girl, using the letterpressed paper, the dragonfly charm, and some cut paisleys:

I figured that since it could cut shrink plastic, it could probably cut thicker plastic too, like the ubiquitous clamshell packaging. I swear, I have saved every plastic package since the late ’90s. Really. I refuse to let it go to a landfill, but I’ve never really figured out what to do with it. Well, now I know!

This is actually the packaging from the Grand Scalloped Square Nestabilities
again, one pass through, no problem…

all sanded up and ready to go!

I’ll bet you’re wondering what I made with all this stuff… okay, I’ll show you.

While I was cutting paisleys, I cut a bunch of them, and made a scrapbook layout featuring my kid wearing a dinosaur hat:

this was a happy little accident… 2 paisleys=a heart!
this kid knows what’s up.

I decided my layout needed some rub-ons, but didn’t have the energy to use that Popsicle stick doohicky, so I placed the rub-on where I wanted it, and ran it through the Grand Calibur, just to see if the pressure would transfer the rub-on.

It totally did! What a time-saver!

And here’s the finished layout. This uses the largest (8″) Scalloped Square that I cut from the Craft-a-Board; the smaller scalloped square, also from the Craft-a-Board; that sanded plastic piece that I cut from the packaging, and the Paisley heart: 

Please be gentle… I am not a scrapbooker!

I put the Grand Calibur through its paces, and am happy to report that I never found anything it couldn’t do. EXCEPT. Except it is just not quite big enough to use the regular Sizzix dies. I was so hoping that I could whittle down my die-cutting machine collection to just the Grand Calibur, but I have way too much $$$ invested in regular Sizzix dies, so the Big Shot stays.

Pros:

  • Wide-format opening allows for 8″ dies to be used.
  • Grand Nestabilities match the smaller Nestabilities, and allow for layering.
  • Easy-to-turn handle, no shooting the sandwich stack across the room like with the original Wizard.
  • Can cut lots of media, not just cardstock.
  • It’s pink. Ish. Kind of a raspberry, really, but I’m down with that.

Cons:

  • Opening is not quite big enough to allow a regular Sizzix die through.
  • The crank handle takes many revolutions; seems like the gear ratio should be reset.
  • That’s all I’ve got. Really.

GIVEAWAY!
Our friends at Spellbinders have given us a set of Grand Scalloped Squares AND a set of Grand Squares (which coordinate) to give to one lucky reader (that’s a $100 value!). Just leave a comment on this blog post answering this question:

Knowing now what different media you can cut with the Grand Calibur and the Nestabilities, what would you try to cut?

One comment per person, please. Winner will be selected on Friday, April 29, 2011.

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Dana Vitek

Dana Vitek is a craft-‐‑supply hoarder with an obscenely understanding husband. She works full-‐‑time as a geologist, and spends her free time sort of paying attention to her two kids, reading a lot, and crafting. She's a crocheter, but not a knitter because knitting seems way too complicated. She's a card maker, but usually only 10 minutes before a birthday party. She cusses at her sewing machine. She has at least 12 different types of glue, but can never find the scissors she wants when she wants them. Dana started writing and editing for Craft Critique in 2008. She is perhaps best known for her Mother of All Black Ink Tests, and her annual April Fool's posts. She blogs extremely irregularly at Stamping Science. http://stampingscience.blogspot.com
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202 Responses to Vendor Spotlight & GIVEAWAY!: Spellbinder Grand Calibur (Day 2 of 2)

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    Rhonda April 26, 2011 at 7:17 am #

    Chipboard for sure! The puzzle is the coolest idea ever! I <3 Nestabilities!

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    stamp500 April 26, 2011 at 7:19 am #

    I would be interested to see if I could cut pleather.

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    Anonymous April 26, 2011 at 7:35 am #

    I love your puzzle project. I would try to cut through pleather or even material.

    Wendi Kaput in Chicago

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    Jackie April 26, 2011 at 7:36 am #

    Great review! I am going to try some chipboard and I have some fleece and a couple of cloud dies that never cut cleanly on the Big Shot, maybe they will with the GC!

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    Cindy Lou April 26, 2011 at 7:38 am #

    Love the letterpress, will work with that this afternoon, the other thing I would enjoy trying to cut would be soda cans. Have seen some very unique work with it and I would really like to try sending a flattened can through the Grand 🙂

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    Krisa April 26, 2011 at 7:39 am #

    what wouldn’t I cut with it … there are so many ideas swimming in my head right now in addition to the ones you gave as examples – including wood veneer and fabric!

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    Heather Greenwood April 26, 2011 at 7:47 am #

    this is awesome!!! I think I want to try the letterpressing, way cool!!!

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    mommaladystamper April 26, 2011 at 7:52 am #

    There are alot of material I cut, but I love cutting chipboard and then decorating it. Alice Roushia

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    Melanie April 26, 2011 at 7:59 am #

    I would try ‘cheap’ chipboard (aka cereal box).

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    Margie Barker April 26, 2011 at 8:06 am #

    Well now, what wouldn’t I try to cut?! I would really like to run some grunge board through the Grand Calibur. But I would be brave and daring with this machine. The sky’s the limit. If you don’t want it cut, you’d better hide it!

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    ruth April 26, 2011 at 8:09 am #

    We are planning a vacation to Alaska and I would love to try to create a mini album with mixed media pages. I think this system would work fantastic for that!

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    Scrappymama Elaine April 26, 2011 at 8:11 am #

    I’m sold! Love it! I would cut those big squares for my scrapbook layouts. I also like the shrink art idea! Tfs!
    Esigmon at cox dot net

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    Denise ~ Paper Ponderings April 26, 2011 at 8:12 am #

    I’ve not had great luck with felt, so I’d be going there for sure! I am also a big fan of shrink plastic so definitely that! LOVE the letterpress though…hmmmm…too many things, too little time!

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    Annette A. April 26, 2011 at 8:17 am #

    So many fun things to try. I ideas are endless. I love the puzzle idea…the SpellBinder is just amazing.

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    Jamie April 26, 2011 at 8:25 am #

    I would cut fabric. That was a fabulous review/tutorial!

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    Patrice April 26, 2011 at 8:42 am #

    Love all these great ideas!! I would try grungeboard and canvas!! I love anything mixed media and this giveaway would definately help create some amazing projects! I’ll keep my fingers crossed 🙂

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    Peggy April 26, 2011 at 9:00 am #

    Oh my, this is a great prize! Thanks for the opportunity to win! Peggy PeggyLea3@hotmail.com

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    mescartes April 26, 2011 at 9:00 am #

    Great review, thanks ! I would try to cut shrink plastic ! Thanks for sharing !

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    cyndi April 26, 2011 at 9:05 am #

    Would definitely try to cut chipboard! I’ve always felt overwhelmed with it but I think it’s time to get it out and usE it on my projects! But first I gotta get my hands on the Grand Calibur! I love it!

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    Rachel B April 26, 2011 at 9:19 am #

    I loved your puzzle! That is so amazing! I would try making one of those for sure! Oh, and the letterpress looks amazing! My cuttlebug and the impressabilities just never look that cool!

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    Linda Peterson April 26, 2011 at 9:21 am #

    Plastic and chipboard–wow, thanks for the great demonstration!

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    Wendy G April 26, 2011 at 9:27 am #

    I will definitely try to cut chipboard and acetate for mini scrapbook albums.

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    Kelly Massman April 26, 2011 at 9:28 am #

    Maybe blue jeans or chipboard! Thanks!

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    HeeJin R. April 26, 2011 at 9:37 am #

    I would try fabric, coke can, and other metal like the soft sheet metal used to wrap around pipes as well as felt.

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    Judy April 26, 2011 at 9:48 am #

    I think I would like to try the balsa wood and chip board. There are so many great ideas. I just got my machine and have only used a few grand dies to make cards.

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    Mary April 26, 2011 at 9:50 am #

    What a great review! The letterpressing is beautiful. I would try cutting cork and fabric. Thanks for the chance!

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    Naomi A. of Colorado April 26, 2011 at 9:54 am #

    I would try thin sheet metal to make flowers. I found this idea in a magazine yesterday at the doctors office and want to give it a try!

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    Robin April 26, 2011 at 9:56 am #

    I’ve been wondering about how the Spellbinder Grand Calibur worked with those larger spellbinders. SO appreciate you showing all of us. Love the puzzle & being able to make larger mini book pages with the larger spellbinders & the grand calibur.

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    Melissa M April 26, 2011 at 9:57 am #

    I really like the idea of cutting different kinds of plastic. It is awesome to know that the packaging could be used to create. Would be a great way to make my own masks in larger sizes. And be the way your LO was cute. I like that you were able to apply the rub on with the machine!!! TFS and thanks for the chance to win.

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    Mountain Salt Studio April 26, 2011 at 10:05 am #

    I would cut fabric for applique – I think fusible web would make cotton stiff enough for cutting – what an amazing quilt I could make with those detailed die cuts!

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    Scrapycandy April 26, 2011 at 10:06 am #

    This was amazing! and I am rather speechless at what I saw. Thank you for sharing so much critical information in one spot.

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    Kelly Sas April 26, 2011 at 10:18 am #

    I too am an original Wizard owner and have Spellbinders dies well before there were the Nestabilities! I would LOVE, LOVE to cut shrink plastic. Thanks for the great review and I love that puzzle project.

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    Leisa April 26, 2011 at 10:33 am #

    Craft a board and make puzzles and the shrink plastic.

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    Chris Wooten April 26, 2011 at 10:33 am #

    fabric to put pretty things on my old refurbish jean leg purses…..oh please pick me….

    wow you guys are good….

    chris
    mcwooten1999@carolina.rr.com

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    Anita April 26, 2011 at 10:35 am #

    This is cool! I love the puzzle idea! I would love to try harder papers.

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    Tanya April 26, 2011 at 10:48 am #

    What a great review!! I would try chipboard and the shrink plastic, I have not tried that stuff in years. I love how you used it with your rub on, so clever. Thank you for the amazing chance to win!! 😀

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    Angela Garcia April 26, 2011 at 10:52 am #

    What a great review! I would love to try it with cork and make my boys a message center for all their school/art work!

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    {VICKI} April 26, 2011 at 11:01 am #

    I would try the shrink plastic.

    Love the puzzle!

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    wilcoxdesigns April 26, 2011 at 11:06 am #

    Love the idea of letterpress and being able to do the other things with one machine!

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    Sue McRae April 26, 2011 at 11:06 am #

    I’m thinking it would be great to cut different types of fabric like denim. Also using it to cut chipboard to make album covers with the grand dies.

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    Tona April 26, 2011 at 11:11 am #

    I would try to cut some grungeboard.
    Love the projects you did.

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    kurlygirl April 26, 2011 at 11:21 am #

    What a great review! I’ve never thought of cutting anything but paper! I really like the idea of cutting the plastic casing as a way to recycle. I also loved the Shrinkie Dinks idea!

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    Kimberly S. April 26, 2011 at 11:48 am #

    I would cut chipboard….and now that I saw you do it…I REALLY want to make some Shrinky Dinks!!

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    Frozenstamper April 26, 2011 at 11:52 am #

    Love the letterpress idea! The possibilities are endless!

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    Hany Von Gillern April 26, 2011 at 11:57 am #

    Felt!!! been looking for a machine that can cut felt faster than doing it manually!

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    Susan April 26, 2011 at 12:04 pm #

    Love love the idea of re using clam shells. I would love to make mini albums ill be saving so much money. Finally something strong enough to cut through it and reuse and recycle. Thank you so much for sharing your creative ideas and opportunity to win some terrific dies as well!

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    Sheryl April 26, 2011 at 12:08 pm #

    It would be fun to cut shrinky dinks. I’d like to try to cut out some round tags, and make them into charms! Also never thought to run a rub-on transfer through!

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    Yaritza April 26, 2011 at 12:12 pm #

    Love the way you made it look like it was letterpressed. Fabulous! Thanks for the chance to win. Not sure what else I would like to see it cut. I have some of the dies and use it with my cuttlebug and it cuts through a lot of materials.

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    Jingle April 26, 2011 at 12:31 pm #

    I would love to use this with the RealWood sheets from Creative Imaginations!

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    Linda April 26, 2011 at 12:46 pm #

    I have saved the plastic from packaging too…so glad to see that it cut it very easily. I would for sure make lots of clear embellishments and other things.
    Thank you for the great review!!

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    Anonymous April 26, 2011 at 1:04 pm #

    I too have the purple Wizard.I love the idea of having one die that will cut a whole puzzle. I did a birthday card several years ago and had to rely on pieces already cut. I would like to cut with the wood paper. I can picture a log cabin to put on a male’s card for birthday or just because.

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    Liz April 26, 2011 at 1:23 pm #

    like probably everyone else, I’d do a lot more with chipboard – and I also have a huge pile of plastic ! Thanks for the tip on sanding it ! After that, I’d try just about anything that wasn’t red hot or nailed down, or would jam up the GC (if I had one)

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    Savannah O'Gwynn April 26, 2011 at 1:33 pm #

    SO FUN! I would love to try cutting chipboard and fabric! THANKS for the chance to win! sbmmhoover at yahoo dot com

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    Galacards April 26, 2011 at 1:47 pm #

    Awesome review!
    Thanks for the chance to win too!

    Vianney

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    Kristy Tyra April 26, 2011 at 1:49 pm #

    cardboard! My Mom and I have been using different Sizzix and Nestabilities to make mini-albums. They are great!

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    Peggy April 26, 2011 at 1:59 pm #

    I have not used the a Grand Calibur but I would definitely die cut cork, felt and chipboard!

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    Gail April 26, 2011 at 1:59 pm #

    This is amazing!
    Thanks for showing off!
    Do you think it would cut CD’s or vinyl records from back in the day?!
    I just got on the Nestabilities wagon…a little late to the party, but I LOVE them!
    That puzzle die is the greatest!
    Gonna have to find one!

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    Lori Barnett April 26, 2011 at 2:00 pm #

    I have seen some very thin wood sheets…I would LOVE to try cutting some of that material to see how it would work. Thanks for the chance to win some AWESOME dies!!!

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    AShu93 April 26, 2011 at 2:03 pm #

    I love your idea of cutting the plastic with it. The shrink plastic would be awesome & I love your puzzle!

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    Jill April 26, 2011 at 2:06 pm #

    I confess that I, too, have been saving plastic packaging. (Love all your brilliant ideas–letter press, rubons, the puzzle and especially your storage/magnet strips.

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    Pat April 26, 2011 at 2:06 pm #

    I love the puzzle. What a great idea. I too have one of the first Spellbinders Machines and then the purple one that came out. 🙂 Would love to have the Grand Caliber join her “cousins” in my home. 🙂 Thanks so much for a chance t win.

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    mom2fivekiddos April 26, 2011 at 2:07 pm #

    omgoodness, I SO WANT THIS MACHINE!!! The only real drawback for me is the sizzix dies won’t fit….bah! I would use it for so much….cutting chipboard, plastic, shrink plastic, and textiles….lots of textiles (fabric, leather, vinyl, etc.) so many uses for it!!!
    Mama Hen
    http://www.scrappingmamahen.blogspot.com

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    Anonymous April 26, 2011 at 2:08 pm #

    I would try to cut felt or material for my quilting.

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    weze April 26, 2011 at 2:08 pm #

    WOW! it sure can do some amazing things! I have one set of nestablities and winning this would make MY DAY!! thanks for the chance!

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    Candy April 26, 2011 at 2:09 pm #

    The very first thing I would do is use Grungeboard in it — I’d cut and emboss it – something that hasn’t worked very well for me with my Wizard. Second, I would cut BIG things — not being limited by its size. I can’t afford to upgrade from my Wizard so winning this would be wonderful.

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    bhelenj April 26, 2011 at 2:10 pm #

    I don’t know so much as I would try different materials, as much as different techniques. I like that you can use Impressibilities in it. I have one I haven’t used yet, but now I am going to try. Also I like the ideas of using it for my rubons.

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    Isabel Z April 26, 2011 at 2:13 pm #

    I would definitely try shrink plastic. I loved playing with it when I was a child and now it would be even more fun.

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    weze April 26, 2011 at 2:13 pm #

    ooops forgot to say I would use it to try and cut plastic material I have been saving to make embellishments with!

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    Lisa April 26, 2011 at 2:16 pm #

    I thought I had it made when I got my cuddlebug, but it doesn’t even compare to my Grand Calibur. It’s easy to use and I can emboss my cuts and looks so much more professional. I can’t wait to buy more Nestabilities. I love making tags and flowers.

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    Sue D April 26, 2011 at 2:16 pm #

    Wow–I like all your projects. I would definitely try cutting the craft board or chip board, the shrink plastic, and I would also like to cut felt shapes.

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    Cheryl Walker April 26, 2011 at 2:19 pm #

    Ooooo I love this, and all that it can cut, I need to get one of these soon! I would try to cut matte board that I use for my post-it notebooks. it seems that it would be able to cut through it no problem 🙂

    Love the puzzle that is soo pretty!!
    Hugs,
    Cheryl Walker

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    Nancy R Grimes April 26, 2011 at 2:19 pm #

    I would like to cut a narrow rectangle through plastic to put in the bottom of a crocheted and lined purse.

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    Elaine April 26, 2011 at 2:20 pm #

    The Grand Calibur looks terrific. I have the older Wizard and thought that was great, but this! Wow. What a lot of projects I can imagine.

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    Melissa April 26, 2011 at 2:20 pm #

    What a cool machine! I’d love to try cutting some thin acrylic!

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    Pat April 26, 2011 at 2:22 pm #

    I am so impressed with all that you did! Love your puzzle project and I am setting here thinking how fun that would be to make for the grandchildren. Their own personal puzzle!

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    Rebecca Ednie April 26, 2011 at 2:22 pm #

    I’d love to cut fabric, felt and tulle. Looks like fun!

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    Gretchen Wilson April 26, 2011 at 2:26 pm #

    To be able to cut chipboard to make different size mini photo albums would be great. I really would like to win.

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    Lorraine April 26, 2011 at 2:40 pm #

    I’d cut chipboard and acrylic for mini albums! Until the cows came home!!! 😉

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    RuthAnn April 26, 2011 at 2:50 pm #

    Great and informative review. I love the idea of the Grand Calibur,
    so much media to play with and
    create truly original items/crafts. Love the puzzle project, I have never came across
    the Die but will be looking for it now. I have several young greatgrandchildren and great nephew and niece that this would be
    a great card for them.Thank you for sharing.

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    Donna April 26, 2011 at 2:51 pm #

    I too save all my plastic packaging so that would certainly be one thing I would want to cut. I think I’d try fabric and felt to make flowers with too. Thanks for the chance to win such a wonderful prize!

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    Jan Castle April 26, 2011 at 2:52 pm #

    Actually, I too have saved ‘plastic’ from everything…I figured it took so much effort to open the packaging, I have to make use of it…LOL! So, I would give a try to embossing and die cutting the plastic, then coloring and using for card making. What FUN!!!!
    Jan Castle

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    Marilyn S April 26, 2011 at 2:55 pm #

    I would love to cut shrink plastic and chip board. Regular plastic also. I sure do love the puzzle. What a great idea.

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    Julie April 26, 2011 at 2:56 pm #

    Probably fabric, acrylic and chipboard. Thanks so much for the ideas.

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    DiVaS iN ReCycLinG April 26, 2011 at 2:58 pm #

    I would like to cut with the puzzle die in an aluminum sheet or maybe a balsa wood or in a felt or maybe in a cereal box or what about a grunge paper OMY the sky is the limit I love my Grand Calibur!!!

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    Nicki S April 26, 2011 at 2:59 pm #

    I would try to cut some thick chipboard I’ve had for awhile but haven’t done anything with yet! I think they would make fun frames!

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    SassySissy April 26, 2011 at 3:09 pm #

    I would definitely try chipboard. I have tried with other machines in the past with no success. This Grand Calibur looks like it would do the job!

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    Dani April 26, 2011 at 3:09 pm #

    I would really love to see how it cuts through felt. There are so many felt projects I would love to make using Spellbinders but I have never been able to get a clean cut with them.

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    DianeL April 26, 2011 at 3:14 pm #

    The first thing I would try is soda cans – have saved lots hoping to find something to cut them with.

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    Suzy Gray April 26, 2011 at 3:24 pm #

    Great review – I love the idea to use for rub ons (I have a love hate relationship with them at times). Thanks for all the tips.

    I am loving cutting fabric right now & would like to do more chipboard

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    Chris April 26, 2011 at 3:24 pm #

    i would like to try grunge paper, and love the puzzle dies too

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    Maria Matter April 26, 2011 at 3:25 pm #

    oh that puzzle die is the coolest! great projects!
    Apart from cutting paper, it would be fun to try fabrics & wood!!
    Thanks for the opportunity!

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    Artkat April 26, 2011 at 3:26 pm #

    Fabric, shrink plastic, paper, card… the list seems endless but being able to recycle the plastic clamshell packaging would be great
    blklman at xtra dot co dot nz

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    CraftyLady April 26, 2011 at 3:42 pm #

    I’d like to try cutting fabric for appliques.

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    Karen (TLgirl353) April 26, 2011 at 3:42 pm #

    I’d like to try cork, letterpress paper and fabric!
    Thanks for the chance to win!

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    Kathy April 26, 2011 at 3:48 pm #

    I would love to try cutting the thinner foamboard, and corkboard. I love dimension on my pages!

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    Sondra April 26, 2011 at 3:50 pm #

    I would have to try denim. I love cutting it with my Sizzix dies.

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    Monika/Buzsy April 26, 2011 at 3:53 pm #

    FUN projects! So nice to see hwo you used it on so many different materials… I think I like the idea of the shrinked plastic sheet! I have a bunch of those. :o)

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    ida April 26, 2011 at 4:04 pm #

    I would definitely try fabric because I would be so happy to cut uniform quilt pieces and applique pieces. BTW, this review was very informative. I really like the comparisons and disadvantages. It helps me answer my own question of “How many machines do i need?” Thank you

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    rush April 26, 2011 at 4:05 pm #

    i would try to cut fabric. i can’t believe all of the things this machine can cut through. i want one! it is too bad that it won’t accommodate the other die.

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    1CardCreator April 26, 2011 at 4:07 pm #

    I would love to try leather, I think it would make some amazing projects!

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    Altered By Me April 26, 2011 at 4:11 pm #

    This looks like a very cool machine to have on hand!

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    Debbie Flowers April 26, 2011 at 4:16 pm #

    This machine is awesome! I think I will have to have one! I would try and cut some acrylic about the thickness of a good chipboard.

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    Iris April 26, 2011 at 4:22 pm #

    I would use it for chipboard. The puzzle is so cute. Iris
    isoscia at aol dot com

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    Penny April 26, 2011 at 4:22 pm #

    I think I would try to cut grungeboard.

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    Lisa April 26, 2011 at 4:26 pm #

    Heavy acrylic would be my medium of choice. And some thin wood veneers!

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    Elizabeth April 26, 2011 at 4:27 pm #

    I would love to be able to cut chipboard! Great Review! http://visionsofpaper.blogspot.com/

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    Lindsey April 26, 2011 at 4:28 pm #

    How great that you can cut through clamshell packaging!

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    Dee in N.H. April 26, 2011 at 4:32 pm #

    Chipboard and balsa for sure. I would love to make some of those puzzles too! How cute!

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    Melody (lacyquilter) April 26, 2011 at 4:33 pm #

    The puzzle is awesome and I love the idea of using the machine for rub-ons.

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    Michelle April 26, 2011 at 4:33 pm #

    Chipboard for sure! But I also LOVE that letterpress idea. Thanks for a very thorough explanation.

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    Gailanne April 26, 2011 at 4:34 pm #

    I used to sew and have a cupboard full of fabric. I’d love to try a few of those in a Grand Calibur to see how they cut out.

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    creativearts April 26, 2011 at 4:35 pm #

    The one thing that surprised me was cutting those 4×4 coasters that we bought ages ago and still have in our stash! I am so happy with my Grand Caliber but don’t have any grand nesties yet! Would love to win some!

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    barbl April 26, 2011 at 4:42 pm #

    I would try metal or tin.

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    I Brake For Stamps April 26, 2011 at 4:43 pm #

    Love it!!! The puzzle is an awesome idea!

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    Jen April 26, 2011 at 4:44 pm #

    What a fantastic review! It should be renamed all you really need to know…

    I am dying to get a proper clean cut from acetate. That would be the first material to be grand calibur-ed if I had my way. Now that would be cool!

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    Dee April 26, 2011 at 4:45 pm #

    I think I am going to try to cut plastic, I also have saved all the plastic from everything that I bought that was packaged in it. I’d also like to try fabric.

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    RAP April 26, 2011 at 4:45 pm #

    I would try cutting fun foam. I made frames out of it for VBS before and had to cut them all by hand.

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    Linda McClain April 26, 2011 at 4:47 pm #

    Oh . . . felt and fabric. My Big Shot never quite gives me the results I want with felt and fabric. Bet the Grand Calibur can handle it. Thanks for the great critique.

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    sheyser April 26, 2011 at 4:52 pm #

    Bought a Grand Calibur today. Can’t wait to try cutting plastic on it.

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    Karleen April 26, 2011 at 4:56 pm #

    I had some of the craft a board from Ellen Huston also and used in my Grand Calibur. Haven’t tried shrink plastic yet but after seeing yours I’m going to try it

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    Bandon, Oregon April 26, 2011 at 5:03 pm #

    I have been enjoying this Product Review on the Grand Calibur and YES I would LOVE a chance to win one!!!! Thanks for the chance!!!

    I would like to work with Chipboard-grunge board. But, I would LOVE to cut Felt and Fabric…. Thanks again for the chance to win one.

    Faith

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    gela April 26, 2011 at 5:05 pm #

    Would love to start my grand caliber collection with these.

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    Bonnie Weiss April 26, 2011 at 5:29 pm #

    Terrific review. I have been there since the beginning too…when I brought my Wizard home, none of my crafting friends had even heard of it! After your review, I think I will try some of my old, original chipboard and see if it works.

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    Mary April 26, 2011 at 5:31 pm #

    Great critique! Thanks you.

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    S. Ferguson April 26, 2011 at 5:35 pm #

    Of course card stock and possibly fabric. Would have to get it and try it out!

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    Norine April 26, 2011 at 5:46 pm #

    thanks for all the info love your site
    think I would cut fabric maybe try leather and of course look in my stash I am sure there must be lots of things I havent thought of LOL
    Hugs
    Norine

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    connie April 26, 2011 at 5:54 pm #

    Chipboard! I definitely want that puzzle dye.

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    karenb April 26, 2011 at 5:55 pm #

    Thanks for your thorough review!!!
    I would go nuts with this machine!! I have so many projects I would use it for. Right now, I’m decorating cookies and I would really like to make my own cookie cutters(stencils) with plastic and that machine!!!
    Awesome!!!!

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    Leslie April 26, 2011 at 6:09 pm #

    You have NO problem- well maybe we all have a problem- when it comes to spellbinders- LOL I am completely addicted and want them all- especially after looking at all the wonderful things you have done with them- I want to try all of them!! Thank you

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    Works From The Attic by Linda April 26, 2011 at 6:12 pm #

    This is an awesome review! Like you I save everything. I have all kinds of plastics that would be WONDERFUL to create windows on pages and even little shake boxes on pages. That is what I would do with them! Awesome!
    Thank you
    Linda Marino

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    SuZeQ April 26, 2011 at 6:15 pm #

    GRUNGEBOARD … I would love to give that a shot!

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    Robbie April 26, 2011 at 6:19 pm #

    I would love to use it to cut fabrics.

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    ddsharp50 April 26, 2011 at 6:28 pm #

    I would love to do shrink plastic, I always forget to die cut my shrink plastic. And it looks like it could handle cloth, perhaps. Fun, fun, fun. Thanks for the chance.

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    HoneyB's April 26, 2011 at 6:28 pm #

    Thanks for the illustration. You made it look easy. I’ve never had any luck with chipboard. So chipboard would be my first cut!!
    I really liked how you have your dies arranged/stored. You gave me a great idea!!

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    Shashi April 26, 2011 at 6:37 pm #

    I have a Grand Calibur, and LOVE IT. I would like to try grunge board for making flowers.

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    Launi Layton April 26, 2011 at 6:43 pm #

    I, too, would like to cut fabric and felt. This was such a great tutorial! Thanks for all the ideas!

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    LeAnn April 26, 2011 at 6:46 pm #

    Shrink Plastic here along with CHIPBOARD!

    Thanks for the opportunity

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    Doramiyi April 26, 2011 at 6:48 pm #

    Oh my goodness, I know the Calibur can really cut but letter pressing! Cutting would just be an added bonus. My paper stash would love you if I win, and so would I of course.

    Doramiyi
    Doramiyi at gmail dot com

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    Robyn April 26, 2011 at 6:53 pm #

    I have all my clam shell packaging too- so i want to cut the up an use it pronto- as soon as I win a new GC
    thanks for sharing

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    Birdie April 26, 2011 at 6:53 pm #

    I have some beautiful papers my husband got me that do not cut well with regular cutter or current die machine – don’t know if it’s the fibers or what but I would love to see if this machine could handle them. How nice it would be to be able to use them finally instead of opening a drawer to admire and closing again.

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    { kelly jo } April 26, 2011 at 6:55 pm #

    I would try to cut chipboard to make my own embellies. I totally love the idea of the giant dies

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    Jana April 26, 2011 at 7:23 pm #

    I would love to cut a puzzle out of chipboard.
    Terpstra1 at aol dot com

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    Cyndi - Dreams Unltd April 26, 2011 at 7:34 pm #

    I’m also a hoarder of clamshell packaging with nothing to do with it! So I’d be all for using cutting it. I’d also like to try some lightweight leather, and can’t wait to try rub-ons! 🙂

    I have a few Nestabilities, but none of the Grands, so would love to win them!

    Oh, and I love the way you’ve stored your Nesties – magnet stips, I’m assuming?

    dreamsunltd at equestrimin dot com

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    Amy April 26, 2011 at 7:36 pm #

    I absolutely would cut the puzzle!! My kids would go CRAZY for that!! I love how it cut the packaging too. I collect the packaging because I too hate to see it end up in a landfill, and I have been eyeballing the GC for some time now but now i am CONVINCED it’s a MUST HAVE!! Oh and the fact that it did such an amazing job with the rubon is just the BEST!! I LOVE rubons but have the worst luck and almost always ruin them, especially if it is a very intricate design! This will totally make that problem disappear! Thanks for the awesome review!

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    deb April 26, 2011 at 8:03 pm #

    I would definately cut the puzzle and chipboard and material oh oh and plastics and shrink plastic and , and, anything that would just cut, cut ,cut

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    Mary April 26, 2011 at 8:08 pm #

    I’d like to try the plastic. It would be so versatile to use on projects. Thanks for the chance to win. Mary M
    mmontecalvo at verizon dot net

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    DellaSue April 26, 2011 at 8:18 pm #

    I’m going to try metal in my GC. And chipboard. And cork paper. And definitely fabric. And plastic. So many ideas! Thanks for the great reviews!

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    No April 26, 2011 at 8:25 pm #

    I have some chipboard that just doesn’t cut well, I’d love to try it!

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    Queen Mary April 26, 2011 at 8:28 pm #

    This was a great review for those of us who have already purchased the Grand Calibur! Chipboard for sure, I bought the graduated dies to make a mini-album — sorry I can’t remember the correct name of the die set. I had not seen the puzzle die, more chipboard; then probably some corkboard I have in a large, industrial size roll! 🙂

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    Jennie April 26, 2011 at 8:43 pm #

    I would love to cut pictures and I am also curious about felt. Can it cut felt? I love the puzzle die. TFS!!
    Take Care!!
    Jennie @ http://earthyscrap.blogspot.com/

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    DebraK April 26, 2011 at 9:01 pm #

    Looks like the Pros outweigh the Cons to me…! I’ve never tried anything but paper in my cutter but after reading this, I would be ready to cut thin cardboard. A friend has given me lots of it from her job at a dr’s office, but I’ve been waiting for the right thing to come along–the GC looks like it is my pick!

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    pennykitz April 26, 2011 at 9:11 pm #

    I have been looking for an embosser and after reading this blog I know which one I will be getting…..I want to cut tin cans and chipboard….everything possible…Thanks for the info on the Grand Calibur..
    pennykitz@charter.net

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    juicyfruits April 26, 2011 at 9:42 pm #

    Wow! You sure gave the machine a tryout! Your idea of trying the rub ons–I never would have thought of that!

    I frankly would not have thought of the clam shells either. Are you talking about the thick clamshells, or the thinner ones, say that a sizzix die comes in?

    Also, I wish craft critique would have a highlighted word, which we could click, to leave a reply. Yesterday, I never could figure out how to reply. We should not have to go to the bottom of the page to leave a comment. It is very frustrating to try to jump though all the “computer” hoops. I am 63 and computer speak is not my first language. It took me over a month to figure out I had to go to the end, to leave a comment.

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    Anonymous April 26, 2011 at 10:05 pm #

    I’d try to use it to capture some of my son’s best doodles for scrapbook embellishments, which happen to be on his subject folders for school. Of course, I would wait until the school year ends…

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    Cindy April 26, 2011 at 10:12 pm #

    I would definitely try the clamshell plastic…some chip board, cereal boxes, the backing of pads (cardboard), felt…..wow! I am very excited now!

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    RedGem April 26, 2011 at 10:38 pm #

    I would like to see it cut some felt or leather. Tks for the review… might have to think about getting one.

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    Nedlnut April 26, 2011 at 11:23 pm #

    Now it’s even higher on my must buy list. I would like to try cutting fabric. I have been making flowers & haven’t had great results cutting thicker fabrics like velvet.

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    Tiffany April 26, 2011 at 11:26 pm #

    Thanks for the awesome review! The GC is on my wish list for sure! As for media to cut…chipboard, plastic (I save the packaging too!), cork, felt, leather, pleather…

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    Nana Jo April 26, 2011 at 11:45 pm #

    Great giveaway. I would love to be able to cut felt, denim and fleece.
    mmlmn at polarcomm dot com

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    Nitasha April 27, 2011 at 12:08 am #

    I would love to cut some chipboard with these great dies!

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    rilojane April 27, 2011 at 12:24 am #

    This looks like such a fun toy! I would be going nuts cutting out stiffened fabric. I’d love to make pins and tags and 3D art and… oh the list!

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    CLM-cindylu2u April 27, 2011 at 1:18 am #

    Oh my gosh, after seeing your fabulous projects there is lots to cut, I know I would cut chipboard for sure, would love to try the plastic as well, thanks!!
    Cindy

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    Nancy April 27, 2011 at 2:37 am #

    I think I’m going to try to cut corkboard with my Grand Callibur! I didn’t know that this machine could take anything except paper! I may try some shrinky dinks too! And thank you for showing us that the rub-ons will transfer to paper so quickly and easily! So many possibilities… so little time! 🙂

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    kathy s April 27, 2011 at 3:23 am #

    I would love to try and cut some stencil plastic- I make stencils and masks sometimes and have trouble finding the right size shape that I can cut with my original wizard so this machine and dies would be a boom (as well as making different card shapes of course)

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    Sandra April 27, 2011 at 6:42 am #

    What a great review! Thank you … I get frustrated trying to find the right combination to cut through acetate …. but it looks like the GC can do it! ditto your reaction to the steel rule dies.
    Thank you.
    Sandra ltb

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    suerwelsh April 27, 2011 at 7:06 am #

    A rub-on? I love rub-on’s and never thought of that! I do love the Spellbinders, do not have the Grand Calibur, but would love one! Great job on this tut…love it! Sue Welsh
    suerwelsh@gmail.com

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    TN Granny April 27, 2011 at 10:31 am #

    I would love a Grand Calibur but can’t afford it right now my Big Shot is perfect I use it every day I think I would try fabric layers I love the purses they are all making.

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    Superfan April 27, 2011 at 10:32 am #

    This machine looks… well, GRAND! I would like to try cutting some fabrics, even printing on fine fabric with impressability plates for a unique effect.

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    deanna April 27, 2011 at 10:40 am #

    This was an awesome review!! I have a Big Shot but not a Grand Calibur. But it is on my wish list now!! I’m a saver of “stuff” and have a lot of clam shell plastic….I would for sure try that along with chipboard, shrink plastic and aluminum. Thanks for the great review!!

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    BunnyFreak April 27, 2011 at 11:31 am #

    I would cut felt and plastic.

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    robynLA April 27, 2011 at 11:33 am #

    I MUST HAVE THIS MACHINE!!

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    Glenda April 27, 2011 at 12:12 pm #

    You ARE a scrapbooker Dana! What a great review! So many thanks for the details you went through. Spellbinders are a very generous company with terrific products, none that have dissapointed yet!
    I love to try everything but found the Craft Board and Letterpress paper with the Impressabilities were the products that I have not used and that is what I would go for. I am adding these reviews of the Grand Calibur to the many I have saved and printed from Craft Critque. Your time, talents and efforts are so appreciated.

    Glenda

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    Maryann April 27, 2011 at 12:47 pm #

    Thanks so much for another great lesson on what to use this wondermachine fr. I´ll definately use it to cut chipboard and schrink plastic on, but ofcause all my usual cardstock and papercutting will be done on it and everything else, I´ve seen here, as I´m just going to try all these things out for myself, that´s for sure. My head is popping with ideas right now, so I wount get much sleep for a while, I´m afraid he he he.
    Thanks so much again and have a great day to everyone inhere.

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    Mary April 27, 2011 at 1:40 pm #

    Great review. I love the shrink plastic and letterpress’ing tests.

    I would cut magnet sheets to make my own pattern magnet picture frames.

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    java diva April 27, 2011 at 1:47 pm #

    I would like to try it on fabric and canvas, like Claudine’s sticky back.
    Thanks for the tip on the rub-ons! brilliant

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    Irit Shalom April 27, 2011 at 1:54 pm #

    It gets even better- what a tool and what a great way of 2 paislee use

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    JoAnnG April 27, 2011 at 2:47 pm #

    Oh my gosh I had no idea you could do so much with this machine. Please please I hope I win.

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    anita Braddock April 27, 2011 at 2:47 pm #

    I love the Spellbinders dies. I have used what I have made a Birthday card for my Husband. I like some of the new dies I plan on getting more. I was watching a video on the Rose dies and love it so I will be getting that as soon as I can. I love the grand dies too I would like to use them for cards and scrapbooking. I would love winning the Grand calibur I use my Big kicks and I would use that its better. thanks for the chance to win. abbraddock@msn.com

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    Barbara April 27, 2011 at 3:39 pm #

    Wow the possibilites of what you can cut wonderful. I think I would cut fabric,since I have a lot of that. I just love the puzzle, so chipboard would in there also. Thank you for the review.

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    sclugo April 27, 2011 at 5:40 pm #

    Love the puzzle project! Would like to try that out!

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    Anonymous April 27, 2011 at 5:46 pm #

    I would use it to cut out felt. Thanks for the chance to win. Hugs. Nellie.

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    Ruth April 27, 2011 at 6:35 pm #

    I think I would cut felt, I have loads of it and it is dying to get on my layouts!

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    Valerie April 27, 2011 at 7:05 pm #

    I think this review has proven that the Grand Calibur will cut through everything I’d want to use including balsa wood, felt, chipboard, and fabric. That’s a real plus!

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    tammy April 27, 2011 at 7:45 pm #

    I love the letterpress card – I will definitely be trying that. I also want to know more about doing the rub-on’s – what plates did you use?

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    gemscribe April 27, 2011 at 9:09 pm #

    metal foil- use it for lots of mixed media projects;
    fabrics- would love to see what it could do with a variety of fabrics & fusible web
    wood veneer…and
    a scavenger hunt for more possibilities in the house!
    ps. i don’t have a die cutter and have been relying on
    the kindness of friends, so this would be super great!

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    Kryssi April 27, 2011 at 9:22 pm #

    of course i would! i think that’s the beauty of these die cutting machines, to create your own DIY embellies! thanks for the chance to win… i already own the GC so this would be awesome!

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    Kryssi April 27, 2011 at 9:44 pm #

    of course i would! i think that’s the beauty of these die cutting machines, to create your own DIY embellies! thanks for the chance to win… i already own the GC so this would be awesome!

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    Caroline D. April 27, 2011 at 10:13 pm #

    Reading the posts about all the different media y’all passed through the Grand Calibur is amazing! I do use it regularly for chip board and shrink plastic to make my own charms and it works like a charm too. I’m going to try the thin gauge metal sheets next! oooo…. what about cork sheets?? Thin balsa wood too!! Rubbing my hands together now… lol… thanks for the inspiration!!

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    Sherri April 27, 2011 at 10:34 pm #

    I would try all different kinds of designs with the shrink plastic but grunge board and chipboard would be great, too!! So versatile! It would be so much fun to just try whatever you happened to find laying around!

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    Louise April 28, 2011 at 9:13 am #

    I too have been saving those plastic packages! Alcohol inks are great on them. I think I would try cutting metal sheets with this, or embossing on metal, or both!

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    purinne April 28, 2011 at 10:20 am #

    definitely the puzzle! its so cool and cute 🙂 … i can already think of ideas of making puzzle cards and incorporate it into my mini-albums 🙂

    really hope to win it 🙂 thanks!!!

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    Lisa Somerville April 28, 2011 at 11:30 am #

    Fab projects – love that it cuts craft board!

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    directmailscrapper April 28, 2011 at 2:44 pm #

    I love my nesties — thanks for showing me new ways to use them! I have the Grand Caliber — bought it before Christmas and felt guilty — so it’s still in the box. I guess it isn’t “new” any more — time to break it out!

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    Carole RB April 28, 2011 at 5:47 pm #

    I would try chipboard. Thanks for the opportunity to win

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    Cat Spicer April 29, 2011 at 2:03 am #

    What AWESOME idea! What would I cut with it? What WOULDN’T I cut with it! LOL. I’d love to cut out fabric to create a banner.

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    esther April 29, 2011 at 9:34 am #

    Felt and perhaps scraps of leather

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    Denni April 29, 2011 at 7:35 pm #

    What a great review! THANKS!
    My first pick of material to try cutting in the Grand Calibur would be chipboard to make larger mini albums, oh the possiblities!

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    Sheila - Ginger April 30, 2011 at 9:36 am #

    Oh I would try shrink plastic and what a fantastic review and ideas. I love my Grand Calibur!!

    Love Sheila xx

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    K Bussean April 30, 2011 at 10:40 pm #

    I would like to try using fleece and chipboard. I’d love one of these machines!

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    jjocarlson May 3, 2011 at 10:21 pm #

    Sweet! I would cut felt and gosh who knows what else. I just have endless thoughts what I could do! This would just make me so creative it makes me giggle.