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Vendor Spotlight and GIVEAWAY: Sizzix Big Shot

Reported by Maria del Pinto

 

Lately, it seems like every craft show I attend has someone demonstrating and/or using a Sizzix  “Big Shot” at their booth.  I have seen people use such a variety of materials with this machine that it never ceases to amaze me.  Even beyond that, is the projects people make with their die cut pieces.  This tool appears to be one of the “must haves” for an avid crafter and recycling junkie.
At the “Unique LA” show I attended recently, I watched my friend Stefanie Girard
 (author of Sweater Surgery), demonstrate how to use the big shot to cut shapes out recycled felted wool sweaters and make fun jewelry.  These were popular workshops and the folks in attendance just loved being able to use the “Big Shot” to cut up the sweaters to make cool jewelry pieces like the ring below.
Seeing all these cool demonstrations, has made me want to own a die cutting machine of my own.  I have a very limited crafting space so I had to do a little research to figure out which machine would do the most for the price, size, and cost.  The Big Shot retails for $99.00 on the Sizzix website.  I did a google search and found the price varied depending on the retailers and the specials they were holding on line.  Also, I have seen it sold with accessories in kit form at various scrapbooking and craft shows (ex:  beginners kit, advanced kit, etc.).  So the price can vary.  Needless to say, I was more than thrilled to get the the opportunity use and review the Big Shot.
The Big Shot itself comes with:
Big Shot Machine (14 1/4″ x 8 1/2″ x 6 1/2″)
Multi Purpose Platform
Directions imprinted right on the platform so you wont lose them (unless you misplace the platform)
Pair of standard Clear cutting pads
They also sent me:
A Suitcase die (#657124)
An extended length cutting pad set
A scallop Circle 3-D Pop-Up Die
Little Sizzles Mat Board Pack
My first question upon opening the box, was “what is this multi purpose platform for?”  It looked a bit odd so I did the smart thing and read the instructions.   I love the fact that the machine is so easy to set up.  The cool multi purpose platform itself has flaps called tabs.  Each tab gives the directions for using various dies, embossing and texture sheets printed right on it. The multi purpose platform is important because it shows many of the Sizzix products and how they are compatible with this machine. If you shop at the Sizzix website it has a button that leads you to all of their products that are compatible with the big shot.  Additionally, the platform allows you to use other company dies, embossing, and texture sheets with this machine.
The base of the big shot is sturdy which is helpful when trying to use the extra long dies like the “Suitcase” die (#657124).
Upon reading the directions, I realized that the Big Shot cuts and embosses a wide variety of materials.  Since I had a limited amount of dies to test out, I decided to take advantage of my local craft store sale on dies and pick up a few to help me test out the machine’s capabilities.  Once I was armed with enough dies, I had a field day running different materials through the machine and trying out the dies.
I tested an wide assortment of materials including, acetate, card board, corrugated card board, card stock,
  plastic, fabric, felt, foam, thin leather, hand made papers,tin, sticker paper, rubber,
and more using the Sizzix Dies.  I have listed below some of the different materials that I tested on the Big Shot.
Aluminum Cans
I started with some rinsed soda and energy drink cans then using an old pair of scissors, I cut up the cans.  I wore my leather gloves to protect me from the sharp edges that I was bound to encounter while cutting up the soda cans. This was a smart move, as I ended up with quite a few sharp edges.

I flatten out the piece of a aluminum and then ran through the “Big Shot” using my butterfly die (#654996 ).

The finished piece was very cool and since this die is a butterfly and I could fold up the wings to give it more dimension.
Burlap
I decided to test a nice orange burlap place mat that I had on hand.  I put a small piece through the big shot and used my Flowers Layer (#654982) die cut.   It did cut the burlap, but the burlap started to unraveled fairly quickly.  So I decided to try the old stand-by Modge Podge on the burlap.
I used the my favorite gloss-lustre because it gives everything a little bit of shine.  I applied it to both sides of the burlap (allowing it to dry between applications). Once the material had dried, I ran it through Big Shot machine.  This time it cut the burlap without any unraveling problems.  The dried Modge Podge also made it easier to shape the petals.  I added a bit of glitter to the petals,  then attached a pin back to make it into a flower pin.
Cork Board
I tried a round cork board drink coaster in the machine that was a little thicker than 1/8″.   I found that it was too thick to run through the machine.  So I decided to try a thinner piece of cork board (less than
1/8″) and then ran it through the Big Shot using my butterfly die (# 654996).  It worked just fine.

Aluminum Can and Cork Project:
I combined the aluminum can pieces that I had cut earlier with the cork board pieces to make some fun butterflies.
Then my girls mounted them onto some plant sticks for one of many teacher’s aide gifts that we have been working on.  My daughter added some sequins onto the butterflies to catch the light and make it fun.
I love that my girls can join me in using the things we die cut from this machine, as well as its applicability to kids crafts.
Felt Craft Sheets – Self Adhesive
I wanted to use one of my “Hello Kitty” dies that I had on hand, so I decided that one of those self adhesive felt craft sheets would be fun to test the “Big Shot” on.  I tried a single thickness and it worked very well.
Hello Kitty Die Cut in Felt
I decided to try a double thickness and it did not cut as cleanly as the single thickness did…so I think I will stick to a single layer of the felt for future reference.
Second Project – Hello Kitty Tote
Since the felt is flexible, I decided it would be a great accent on a tote bag for one of my girls.
Hello Kitty Tote Bag
Foam Sheets
I received a really cute suitcase die cut that I was curious to try out and see if it would work with the foam sheets you can find at the craft store.  The suitcase die is very long and requires using the longer clear pads to run it through the Big Shot.  The felt sheets were a little less than 1/8″ thickness.  I cut the sheet to fit the die and ran it through the machine.  Needless to say, it worked great and the thickness of the foam made the suitcase a little bit sturdier than if I had cut it out from card stock paper.   Note: the felt did not fold as easily as paper and it did need to be worked a bit to stay in the suitcase shape. It was worth the little bit of extra effort.
Foam Suitcase
Plastic 1 liter bottles
I washed out the bottle, then using very sharp scissors I cut the top and bottom from the bottle.  Then I cut down the center and laid it under some heavy books to flatten it out.  Once it was flat enough, I cut the plastic to fit the die.  I ran the die through the machine and it cut it out quite nicely.
It was very sheer so I decided to paint the petals before I put them together to create the flower in layers.  I used the Plaid Enamels to paint the plastic and they worked really well together.  Once the paint dried, I shaped the petals by pinching the ends and then put the flower together.  Since it was  plastic, I realized it would be great to use to decorate a pin wheel for the garden.
Plastic Bottle flower attached to pinwheel
Plastic Place mat
I had a plastic place mat made from a harder plastic than the 1 liter bottles.  The animal print just screamed to be used in some type of fun flower.
I cut the plastic to fit the Flowers Layer die cut (#654982) and put it through the “Big Shot” using the extra long clear plastic pads.  I was glad to see that it worked well cutting out the petals without leaving any sharp edges.
Third Project – Animal Print Flowers
Using the plastic flowers I cut out from the animal print place mat, I took the pad from my pergamano set so I could use a stylus to give the petals some shape.
I glued the pieces together, added a brad in the center, and then glue them to pin backs so they could be used as pins.
The animal print flowers were so cute that I decided to add them to a gift bag to decorate it and for  the receiver of the gift to be able to use the wearable pins later on.
I also made some cute barrettes from some of the many flowers we had cut from the placement (it was a very large place mat).
Rubber Shelf liner
I picked up some the non-slip rubber shelf liner and put it through the machine using my Flowers Layer (#654982) die.  I was able to run 2 sheets at a time with out any problems.  It probably would have done 4 but I only needed a few flowers for this test.  It did cut the through the rubber without any problems.  I tried putting the petals together to make a flower but the rubber was too thin to hold its shape well.  So I decided to coat the rubber with the Modge Podge and glitter to see what would happen.  I let it dry overnight and it stiffened it up the petals so I could attach them to some flip flops to make them a little more decorative.  They came out cute!
Self Adhesive Plastic Shelf Liner
This is a little thicker than most shelf liners, however,  it cut without any problems.
The girls used the cut outs to decorate journal pages and an old tag I had left from a trade show.
decorated tag
Competitor Dies
According to the information on the tabs, you can use the wafer thin die and other competitors dies on this machine.  So I decided to give it a try. I had a set of the “Spellbinder Nestabilities” frames in my craft box to try out. These are so versatile and it would be fabulous if I could use them with the Big Shot.
I placed one of the clear pads on top of Tab Number 2 (which means both tabs are under the pad).  Since the Spellbinder frame die is considered to be fairly thin, I followed the directions on the tabs for wafer thin dies.
Then I placed the die face up on the pad.  I put a piece of paper stock on top of the die followed by a piece of foam and the second clear pad.  It cut clean without any problems.
Using the impression part of the die, was a little trickier.  I put Tab Number 2 through the machine first to hold the platform in place.  Then, I placed the Spellbinder Nestibilities die face up directly on top of Tab Number 1.  Then placed the paper.  I covered the die with some pieces of foam, and the clear pad I ran it through slowly.
When I removed the pads, the die had left an impression perfectly,
however it did leave some cuts on one of the pieces of foam.
I checked the Sizzix website and found that this problem is easily fixed by using the sizzix silicone pad and by following the directions on that packaging.  However, for now at least I know it works with what I have on hand.
Next I tried the Sizzix die “Shells & Starfish” (1/8″ thickness).  This is a fun little die with a summer beach theme.  The shells and starfish on this little die are so cute!
I put it through the big shot and using card stock and it cut through cleanly.
I decided to try to cut another piece of soda can tin and I was surprised to see that it cut through the tin cleanly.
Texture and Embossing
The tabs on the multi-purpose platform indicated that you can use texture sheets and embossing tools with the Big Shot.  I do not own any embossing tools, so testing those were out.   However, I did have some texture and embossing sheets to test.  I decided to try one of the Cuttlebug embossing folders (Provo Craft) out in the Big Shot.  I used a piece of
aluminum can that I had cut from an energy drink.  Using the enclosed platform, I made sure that tab
number 2 went through the machine first.  I placed the clear cutting pad with the “Cuttlebug Emboss Sheet”
(Victoria) sandwiched between the top and bottom pad.  I laid them on top of Tab number 1.  I ran it through the machine.
I carefully removed the aluminum from the embossing sheet.  The design embossed beautifully and looked great on both sides of the aluminum piece.
I then tried one of the “Makin’s Clay Plastic Texture Sheet” and a Shade-Tex rubbing plate (Scratch Art) which are significantly thinner.  I put a piece of foam down onto the platform, then I placed the texture sheet on it.  I put a piece of parchment paper on it and then a piece of foam followed by the top pad.  I ran it through the machine.  The texture sheets are not made of the same material as the Cuttlebug sheet and they did not work well on this machine.  Both did leave a slight impression on the paper but it was not much of one.  I think the texture sheets you use on this machine need to be made of sturdy materials to work well, instead of the more flexible plastic or rubber.
For the money, this machine is a great investment because of its versatility and portability.  My friends and I enjoy having outdoor crafting parties and often there is no electricity available.  The Big Shot offers a tremendous potential for both my crafting needs and my upcycling projects.  The fact I can use it too cut so many different types of materials is a real plus.  I often switch between fabric projects and paper projects; to be able to use the machine for both is a not only a space saver but a money saver too!  Also, having seen some my favorite recycling gurus out there utilizing this machine to create some really cool art is inspiring as well. I would highly recommend this machine, for its many great qualities and affordable price.
Tips:
  • Always use the right platform or cutting pad board with the appropriate die.
  • Carefully place die or texture plate facing the correct direction (according to manufacturers directions).  If you are new to using these types of machine, just know that the clear plastic pads will get scratched and cut over time.  The die cutting process does leave its mark behind on those, so try to remember to rotate and flip the clear pads to get even wear on them.
  • Local craft stores do not have a large selection of these dies in stock, they are trending toward the electric die cut machines, which I think is a mistake.  There is a need for both types, especially if you want to take your die cutting machine with you somewhere where there is not electricity readily available. Anyway, you can find a great selection of dies online.
  • The Big Shot comes wrapped in a huge plastic container.  If you cut it carefully, you can use that same plastic and run it through your big shot to die cut it and use it for craft projects or mini books.
Pros:
  • Comes with a very helpful multipurpose platform that has pre-printed instructions on how to use other company dies (tab 2) and texture plates (tab 1) with the Big Shot.
  • You can use other companies dies with the Big Shot which is helpful on the budget.
  • The instructions are easy to follow.
  • Since the Big Shot does not need electricity, you can take it with you to use it anywhere.
  • The Big Shot does not take up much space in my limited craft area.
  • The dies are very affordable, especially if you wait for them to go on sale at various craft and scrapbooking stores.
  • The machine is well made and a time saver when making multiple projects.
Cons:
  • The longer dies are harder to crank through the machine, but have patience and it will go through.  If you put a rubber anti-slip mat under the big shot while using those longer dies it helps keep it from moving.
  • It is heavy, however, I think the portability more than makes up for it.
  • Make space, you may find yourself buying too many dies.  It is easy to get excited with all the cool dies being sold today.
GIVEAWAY!
It’s Sizzix Week at Craft Critique! Our friends at Sizzix have graciously provided some of their products for us to giveaway to our very lucky readers. We have a Big Shot and an eClips to give away, both of which you can read about in upcoming reviews. Just answer the following question to be entered in the giveaway:Do you have a Big Shot?  If so, tell us how you feel about it!  If you don’t, which features make you want to buy it?

One comment, per person, per Sizzix article, please. Winners will be selected on Saturday, July 16, 2011.
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157 Responses to Vendor Spotlight and GIVEAWAY: Sizzix Big Shot

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    Ruth July 12, 2011 at 7:08 am #

    Do you have a Big Shot? No

    If you don’t, which features make you want to buy it? I am dying to get one! The cutting features are incredible! I want to do the nesting dye cuts! I want to work all the features!

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    b7e317da-ac7f-11e0-96bf-000f20980440 July 12, 2011 at 7:08 am #

    I don’t have a Big Shot…..yet. I love the versatility of the size and types of dies you can cut!

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    Penny July 12, 2011 at 7:10 am #

    I would love to win the Big Shot. I have an original Sizzix die cut machine, but can’t use the large dies they are coming out with.

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    Charmaine (CharmWarm) July 12, 2011 at 7:16 am #

    I do not have a Big Shot, but would LOVE to own one. I love the the size of the dies you can cut in it and I think the multi purpose platform is pretty cool! Thanks for the chance to win!

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    mescartes July 12, 2011 at 7:34 am #

    I do not have a Big Shot. I love the Sizzix Bigz XL Dies ! Great review and giveaway. Thanks !

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    Kay July 12, 2011 at 7:36 am #

    I do not have a Big Shot….but would love to have one to use with my home daycare kids. We are always making something but it would also be great for my scrapbooking and card making

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    Becky July 12, 2011 at 7:36 am #

    I do own the Big Shot and love, love, love it. There are so many dies and embossing folders out there, it is hard to limit yourself to just a few.

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    Lindy July 12, 2011 at 7:43 am #

    I have a Big Shot Express…but I have trouble with the other manufacturers dies. I can’t find instructions on how to ‘sandwich’ them. The platform that came with mine does not have sandwich instructions.

    Other than that I ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT and use it probably on every layout or card.

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    Janet L. July 12, 2011 at 7:53 am #

    I don’t have a Big Shot and would like one for cutting the thicker dies. The cutting machine I have now will only accept the Spellbinder-type dies.

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    Amy B July 12, 2011 at 7:54 am #

    I would LOVE to win this Big Shot, I have a malfunctioning Big Shot right now! I think I over used my last one to be honest! There are soooo many things to do with this machine….I’m learning more and more each day! What a GREAT give away. So generous of you!

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    Lillian Child July 12, 2011 at 7:54 am #

    You are my consumer digest to the craft world! This critique is amazing! And I would definitely buy this product just for its portability alone! Thanks for a chance to win!

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    reflections:0) July 12, 2011 at 7:58 am #

    Nope me either I do not have one but, I am very wow’d with what you did with it…

    Flexie:0)

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    Kelly July 12, 2011 at 8:04 am #

    I do not have a Big Shot.. I like how it can be used with multiple dies, and especially the longer ones.

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    Carole RB July 12, 2011 at 8:06 am #

    I don’t have a big shot but would like to. It’s more polyvalent than m;y cuttlebug! Thanks for the opportunity to win

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    Princess July 12, 2011 at 8:14 am #

    That has to be one of the most comprehensive reviews on the planet! Talk about getting a girl excited…it was sooo fun to see all the different materials cut.

    I do not have a big shot…but would love to try this machine because of its multipurpose platform!

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    Janetics Ink July 12, 2011 at 8:15 am #

    I do not have the Big Shot. I do not scrapbook however as a mixed media artist and jeweler, I see a world of possibility! Funky tags to tiny signs I can make. 3D pieces to add to my paintings. Cutting thin sheets of copper to fire in kiln between fused glass. I’d use it till it smolders from overuse. Then id buy another and turn the device into a lamp.

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    Lynn July 12, 2011 at 8:21 am #

    I don’t have a Big Shot. I’d use it to try the recycled felt projects.

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    Aisle 3 July 12, 2011 at 8:23 am #

    I don’t have one. I regularly upcycle a variety of materials to make sale tags for my products. I love the tag die, this would make these projects error free and much much faster. I like all the different materials you experimented with too.

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    isabel July 12, 2011 at 8:23 am #

    No i don’t have the Big Shot, but it’s my dream!

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    Vitoria B July 12, 2011 at 8:24 am #

    Love it… I don’t have it, but you can count on me for the giveaway !

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    Susan Ayers July 12, 2011 at 8:35 am #

    I do not have one but would love the ability to do different materials…

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    Sharon Margiotta July 12, 2011 at 8:52 am #

    I am fortunate enough to have an electric Big Shot, however, my preference would be the manual one. I do love the versatility of the Big Shot, all the different dies I have can be used in this one great machine. I highly recommend the manual machine .. which I would love to win … over the electronic one because the electronic one does jam at times .. and the I like the “exercise” I get giving the manual one a few cranks!!

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    Cheryl Leong July 12, 2011 at 9:15 am #

    I don’t own a big shot or any die cutting machine. That’s why I want to win one!

    I love Big Shot because there’s a wide range of die cuts and embossing folders to choose from!

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    rechercher July 12, 2011 at 9:22 am #

    I don’t have a die cutting machine. The Big Shot seems really versatile for both cutting and embossing. The number of different materials it will cut is quite impressive.

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    Mary H. July 12, 2011 at 9:26 am #

    I don’t have a Big Shot, but I love how many different things it can cut. Thank you for the chance to win!

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    Vicki Wizniuk July 12, 2011 at 9:26 am #

    I did have one (actually won it) but gave it to my friend who didn’t have any die cutting tools. I’ve been using another brand that I’ve had for many years and I’m ready to make the switch to the Big Shot! My friend loves it! Thanks so much for the chance to win! 😉

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    Jamie July 12, 2011 at 9:27 am #

    I do not have a Big Shot. I would LOVE to win one to replace my cuttlebug but would probably not buy one because I own a cuttlebug and I can’t see a need for two machines that are so similar.

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    Annette July 12, 2011 at 9:27 am #

    WOW it is like Christmas. You are offering all these fabulous giveaways. I do not have a Sizzix but REALLY would like to win one. I have seen what it can do and love how diverse it is. I would use it on many of my crafts that I do… like cards, mixed media…scrapbooking.. gift wrapping…etc..
    The list goes on. Thanks for this awesome chance to win

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    Mandy July 12, 2011 at 9:39 am #

    I don’t have one, but I want one! But with three boys, one of which has special needs, our income is spread pretty thin. But I love to see what everyone makes with one!

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    hueisei July 12, 2011 at 9:46 am #

    I do not own Big Shot…
    I would love to have a chance to win it… I love the Hello Kitty dies..

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    Janet July 12, 2011 at 9:48 am #

    I don’t have a big shot, but I’ve always wanted to give one a try. this was a great review. Thanks.

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    Sue McRae July 12, 2011 at 9:51 am #

    I don’t have a Big Shot but have heard that it cuts wonderfully and I think your review has proven that. It was fun to see all the products that you cut with the Big Shot.

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    catnap July 12, 2011 at 9:57 am #

    Don’t own one, or any die cutting machine. I’m attracted to the Big Shot for its price, and the fact that you can use other companies’ dies. They do wind up on sale, as you say; every penny saved can go towards materials.

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    Rebecca July 12, 2011 at 9:59 am #

    I had no idea you could cut so many different materials with the Big Shot — how cool! I would love to try one!

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    kae July 12, 2011 at 10:05 am #

    Thank you for the review. I do not own a die cutting machine but this is the one I’d want to buy. I especially like the variety of items it will cut through and that it is not electric.

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    Debra E July 12, 2011 at 10:07 am #

    I have a Big Shot and I love the toughness and durability. You can crank virtually anything through it and not have to worry about breaking the handle or hurting the machine. I wouldn’t give mine up for anything!

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    Caroline July 12, 2011 at 10:08 am #

    No, I dont have a Big Shot, but I sure wish I did especially after reading your review. I had no idea it would cut through such a variety of material! I would love one to be able to utilize some of the large dies out now.

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    Tamikko July 12, 2011 at 10:13 am #

    No, I don’t have a Big Shot, but I would love one. I love that you can cut through so many things like felt, cotton and metal. The versatility is amazing. I would buy all the nesting die cuts too, because the things you can make are endless. That would actually save me money with all the the other punches and such I have purchased.

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    Kelly Massman July 12, 2011 at 10:14 am #

    I do have the big shot and it is awesome! If I win, I’d share… 🙂

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    Kelly Sas July 12, 2011 at 10:18 am #

    I have a Big Shot and LOVE it! I had no idea of all the different materials you could cut with it. Thanks for the most comprehensive review ever for this machine! I don’t have very many die cuts yet, but your review makes me want to run out right now and buy, buy, buy.

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    Anita July 12, 2011 at 10:20 am #

    I love my Big Shot. I use it all the time. I want to try using a soda can. that is so cool.

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    Gail July 12, 2011 at 10:21 am #

    I DO have a Big Shot & I love it.
    You can use an assortment of dies & folders with it.
    I’ve just discovered nestabilities, and am dismayed by the price, but I watch for them on sale.

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    Kryssi July 12, 2011 at 10:25 am #

    I don’t have the Big SHot but I have some dies and these really long ones that I have yet to use bc my current cutters can’t handle the length! LOL!

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    janine July 12, 2011 at 10:33 am #

    The Big Shot is the best die cutting machine I own—and I have a few different machines. Whenever I start a project where die cuts are going to be included (which is nearly every time), despite owning 4 different die cutting machines, I always reach for the Big Shot first—and usually it’s the only machine I need. Sizzix has greatly improved the die selections offered plus, you can use so many other vendor dies, making it one of the smartest choices for a die cutting machine.

    ***Please do not enter me into this contest. I would really like to see someone win who doesn’t have a Big Shot. Let them in on the fun, too!! =) Thanks!!

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    Toucan Scraps July 12, 2011 at 10:39 am #

    I like that it can be used for different materials including fabrics.

    some fun recycling projects in this review, thanks for sharing

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    Julie July 12, 2011 at 10:47 am #

    I have a Big Shot and I just love it. I use it so much for dry embossing and die cutting. I never thought about cutting aluminum cans on it, so thanks for that idea!

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    Laura July 12, 2011 at 10:49 am #

    This is the most complete review I have read on any crafts product in quite some, let alone on the Sizzix product line. Love your website for crafts reviews! I don’t own the Big Shot, but after reading what it can do, would love to have one! 🙂 Thanks for such a detailed review!

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    Tere July 12, 2011 at 10:50 am #

    I have one but is not mine, it belongs to a friend who is taking a break from scrapbooking, but I know the day will come when I have to give it back… and I love it soooo much!
    Your post showcases perfectly the reason why I love it so much. Thank You for the beautiful ideas.

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    Kim C July 12, 2011 at 10:53 am #

    I don’t have a Big Shot. The feature that makes me want to own one is the machine’s ability to cut through all types of materials which will allow me to craft with a variety of materials. I also love the fact that you can use many different manufacturer dies in that one machine! Thanks for a chance at winning this!

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    Kim July 12, 2011 at 10:55 am #

    I don’t have a Big Shot but my LSS has one and I have used it there and love it!!

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    Jenny Lilac July 12, 2011 at 10:59 am #

    I do not have a Big Shot yet, but I would especially to love to have one so I could use the texture plates!!

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    Jessica Y. July 12, 2011 at 11:02 am #

    Do you have a Big Shot? No

    If you don’t, which features make you want to buy it? Based on my research and this article, i am sure Big shot is more useful to my craft purpose than cuttlebug…

    can anyone show to make the felt flower ring? that looks so cute!

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    connie July 12, 2011 at 11:07 am #

    I do not have a Big Shot but it has been on my wish list. Love that you can use different manufacturer dies and the materials you can cut!

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    ShoppingTamii July 12, 2011 at 11:07 am #

    No, I don’t….but the versatility of this machine makes me want one 🙂

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    Vanessa July 12, 2011 at 11:17 am #

    I do have a big shot and I love it. I would love to have one to give to my Mom. Thanks for the great review, you reminded me of all the reasons why I love it. Thanks for the chance to win.

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    wilcoxdesigns July 12, 2011 at 11:18 am #

    I have used a Big Shot and think it’s a great tool for crafting.

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    Regina aka Mrs. Ham July 12, 2011 at 11:32 am #

    I don’t own a Big Shot. I like that I can use my Spellbinders dies in it.

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    lysrian July 12, 2011 at 11:32 am #

    I have not used a Big Shot, but it looks like a very cool tool. I love that you can send pop cans though it and get cutouts and patterns.

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    Kayla and Samuel July 12, 2011 at 11:49 am #

    I do not own a Big Shot or any kind of die cutting machine. I would love to win one as I have learned so many cute things and really want one now. I am impressed with the embossing, but I really like the idea of using pretty much any material around the house. Great review and thanks!!

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    rudie2shoes July 12, 2011 at 11:58 am #

    I have a Big Shot & I love it. It’s the best investment ever!

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    Mad for Paper July 12, 2011 at 12:02 pm #

    I don’t own a big shot but would love to have one. I really like the heftiness of it. Seems really sturdy.
    TFS
    Ang

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    Sharon T. July 12, 2011 at 12:22 pm #

    I own a different die cut machine but would love to own the Big Shot because I think it is a heavier duty machine than mine. Thanks for the opportunity.

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    Eileen Hull July 12, 2011 at 12:30 pm #

    What a great review- wow. You have been cutting everything in sight! Glad you had fun with it- enjoy using it!

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    Clare D. July 12, 2011 at 12:49 pm #

    I have a Big Shot and LOVE it! It cuts things my digital cutter can’t! It is a must have tool in my book. I would love to win one and donate it to my non-profit Scrapbooking guild! Thanks for the chance to win! cjdempsey9 at msn dot com

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    Melissa July 12, 2011 at 12:54 pm #

    I have a bigshot and I LOVE it… I upgraded from a Cuttlebug and the difference is night and day. It cuts and embosses so much better, plus it just feels so much more stable and substantial.

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    Annette Elizabeth July 12, 2011 at 12:57 pm #

    I love to quilt and scrapbook and would love to use the big shot in my future projects.

    I love the portability of the big shot, since I have limited crafting space. As well as limited electrical access.

    Thanks

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    Jennifer July 12, 2011 at 12:57 pm #

    Do you have a Big Shot? No, but I would sure love one. I have the original sizzix that I am still using with all the nesties etc, but I really want to get the long dies.

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    Nanette July 12, 2011 at 12:57 pm #

    I do not have a big shot. But I do have a Big Kick. I would love to win one because i have a friend who wants one!! She is envious of mine and how much I like my Big kick. I also had a Cricut but i like the way the big kick works. And I still have the original sizzix. trusted and true are these tools. 🙂

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    JoAnnG July 12, 2011 at 1:02 pm #

    Everything from Sizzix is great. I have a Big Shot and would LOVE to get an eClipse. I would never give up my Big Shot tho cause it is just so versatile.

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    Sharon July 12, 2011 at 1:03 pm #

    seeing all the new dies makes you want one so bad

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    Anne July 12, 2011 at 1:06 pm #

    I have a Big Shot,but my sister is lusting after it(I check her totebag whenever she leaves-LOL). I first chose it because it cuts and embosses so many different media. I especially love using it for Fabric in my art quilts and wall-hangings. My sister is a preschool teacher, so she comes over and uses it to cut out items for many of her classroom projects and decorations…So much easier and quicker than tracing and scissors! If I won,I would give mine to her,(and keep the new one) it would surely save her gas and travel.

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    Dollie July 12, 2011 at 1:12 pm #

    I don’t have one. I like that you can cut through cans etc with it. That would be something awesome to try.

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    Rita Koval July 12, 2011 at 1:14 pm #

    I would love to win a “Big Shot”. I sew, scrapbook, stamp and design costumes. After reading this review, I need this tool to add to my “must have” tools. I love that you can cut so many different materials with it.

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    Hitomi July 12, 2011 at 1:15 pm #

    I own the first version of the Big Shot that came out. I love the ease of use and that you can use other dies from other companies with it. The only problem is that the first version didn’t come with the multi-purpose platform, which I wish I had.

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    Christel July 12, 2011 at 1:18 pm #

    Yes, I do have a Big Shot and I absolutely LOVE it! I love how I can die cut multiple types of materials and also emboss with it. I also love being able to cut out mini album pages with it too and that I can use other manufacturers’ dies and embossing folders as well. A truly versatile machine and that’s why I love it.

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    Ann July 12, 2011 at 1:26 pm #

    I love my Big Shot and would love to have a second one as I do alot of projects teaching others on mission trips. It’s one of my favorite craft tools!

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    Ann July 12, 2011 at 1:28 pm #

    Love my Big Shot and would love to have a second one as I do alot teaching others on mission projects. My favorite craft tool!

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    plainolauntie@yahoo.com July 12, 2011 at 1:37 pm #

    i do not have a big shot, but i would dearly love one! i like the fact that when you buy dies you only buy shapes that you want, unlike the cricut cartridges which give you a load of shapes, but not always what you want or use. also, the dies are far less expensive if your getting what youll use!

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    cutiephinphin July 12, 2011 at 1:50 pm #

    I’ve definitely heard of the Big Shot but don’t have one.

    I love that it is able to cut through so many types of materials including fabric and it’s so versatile as it can be used with embossing folders or dies from even other companies.

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    ann July 12, 2011 at 1:57 pm #

    I have a Big Shot. Love, love, love it! I really like the fact that almost all other companies dies work with it. This save space and money. Can’t beat that.

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    gela July 12, 2011 at 1:57 pm #

    Awesome project ideas!!!!

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    Bast July 12, 2011 at 1:59 pm #

    I don’t have the big shot just the big kick. I absolutely love it. The ‘alteration’ dies are fantastic. I literally have loved my machine to death and would love a Big Shot as I could use a new one 😉

    KimMJ
    bast830@comcast.net

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    funkycrafter July 12, 2011 at 2:03 pm #

    i don’t have a big shot but my current die cutter is several years old and on the way out. i especially like embossing all kinds of things. great for making cards. the big shot is sturdy and easy to use so it would be great to have one.

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    VStarRider July 12, 2011 at 2:10 pm #

    I love my Big Shot!!! I haven’t had it very long, but it cuts or embosses anything I put through it! It was one of the best purchases I’ve ever made!! I just bought a set of nestabilities & can’t wait to try them out in it.
    Cindi

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    Scrapycandy July 12, 2011 at 2:13 pm #

    I love my Big Shot and use it all the time. And I love seeing how you are using it. This is a terrific post! Thank you!

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    AShu93 July 12, 2011 at 2:16 pm #

    I don’t have a Big Shot, but if I had it to do again, I would probably get it instead of a Cuttlebug because it seems easier to use the various materials in the Big Shot with the multi-platform.

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    Rosie July 12, 2011 at 2:23 pm #

    I LOVE my big shot. I have a cricut and I don’t use it that much. I love the big shot, because I know that most materials will cut thru and I don’t have to adjust thickness, etc.

    Thanks for all the ideas!

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    4Ucards July 12, 2011 at 2:27 pm #

    Wow! to see what The Big Shot can cut was very helpful. This sounds like a work horse of a machine. I don’t own one but this has been added to my “list”. Thank you, for a great review.

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    Norma July 12, 2011 at 2:28 pm #

    Wow, what an extensive review and all the great ideas! Would love to own a Big Shot. Can’t wait to make some of the cute pins that Maria made. Norma (Stillwater Designs)

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    Savannah O'Gwynn July 12, 2011 at 2:29 pm #

    OHHH! What a great review–I love that flower ring! I also love all the different things you can cut–METAL!! WOW! I def. can’t wait to get a Big Shot!! THANKS for the chance to win:) sbmmhoover at yahoo dot com

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    Ayelet July 12, 2011 at 2:30 pm #

    I don’t have a big shot (I only own the Sidekick) and I’d use the Bigshot for the larger dies, because you can really find a greater variety there.

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    listgirl July 12, 2011 at 2:44 pm #

    I don’t have a Big Shot but I would love one because it can cut through so many different types of materials! My Silhouette only cuts thin materials.

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    Jenn July 12, 2011 at 2:55 pm #

    I do not have a Big Shot but do have the electric cutters, I love the versitility in all the different materials you showed the Big Shot cutting. The electric machine wont cut many of those and I am often afraid to even try for fear of ruining the machine. Your review convinced me I got to have one of these 🙂

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    HDM July 12, 2011 at 2:56 pm #

    I would love to have a Big Shot–My Mom has one and I love using it. I love all of the possibilities of things you can cut with it. All the many ideas make my head spin with more ideas!! HDM

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    Kathy July 12, 2011 at 2:57 pm #

    I do not, but it has been on my wish list for months! Everyone I know raves about it as being the best die cut machine, very durable and versatile. This review makes me want it even more! I love cutting out my own embellishments and journaling tags, and the first die I would buy for it would be the Tim Holt layered flowers!

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    Elaine July 12, 2011 at 3:12 pm #

    No, I don’t have a Big Shot. I have a Wizard, but would love to have the Big Shot. They’re so much easier to use and so versatile. They’re easier to put the dies through them and can use all dies.

    Elaine

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    Works From The Attic by Linda July 12, 2011 at 3:12 pm #

    I don’t have a Big Shot and like that it cuts so many materials so easily and uses so many of the dies. Great article Maria! I love the pop can butterfly!
    Linda Marino

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    jjocarlson July 12, 2011 at 3:30 pm #

    I have a Big Kick! I would luv the Big Shot it would be a total blast to work with it since you can use larger dies!

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    Wendy Foster July 12, 2011 at 3:39 pm #

    OMG! I am in love with this product. I do not own a Big Shot but I love the way it cuts fabric. I could make flowers until my heart is content.

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    Nitasha July 12, 2011 at 3:42 pm #

    I don’t have a Big Shot, but I really, really, really like it! I would love to have it because it is manual and can be used quickly without computer programs or electricity! Thanks for the great review!

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    Suzanne July 12, 2011 at 3:43 pm #

    I dont own one, but the sheer ability alone to cut such a wide range of materials is a huge selling point!

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    Bunnyfreak July 12, 2011 at 3:55 pm #

    I like that it is versatile and that I could cut long and large dies in it.

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    Renee' Davey July 12, 2011 at 4:00 pm #

    The Big Shot is a fantastic machine and your article did it great justice in depicting it’s versatility. I love it’s ability to use so many different types of dies/embossing plates. No craft room is complete without one!

    Pick Me! Pick Me!

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    ddsharp50 July 12, 2011 at 4:20 pm #

    I have a big kick, which is an older version of a big shot. I love my big kick, it is very versatile. Like you said, it is easy to get carried away on buying die cuts, I love the bigz die cuts!!!You can cut thru almost anything. It is great!!!

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    Dawn July 12, 2011 at 4:21 pm #

    No, I don’t have a big shot yet, but it’s definitely on my list. What wonderful projects that was created.

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    bakogirl66 July 12, 2011 at 4:23 pm #

    I do not have a Big Shot but am REALLY REALLY wanting one. I want to be able to cut other materials that just paper and cardstock, i.e. chipboard, felt, etc.

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    Dreamingof03 - Heather July 12, 2011 at 4:36 pm #

    I don’t have one and Oh Em Gee I wants it! I have really been into recycling art and I think this would give me so many possibilities.

    Heatherburdett@gmail.com

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    LaceTopDesigns July 12, 2011 at 4:50 pm #

    I first started off many many years ago (when they first came out) with the origianl red sizzix machine. Then I converted to a Big Shot and its the best craft tool I own. Rarely does a crafting day pass where I do not use my Big shot in one way or another. I’ve had my Big Shot for about 4 years now, and only now have my first set of cutting plates snapped, and they’ve had ALOT of use! So I’m very impressed with how they hold up. The Big Shot works well with compatible dies and embossing folders, and I also make my own cereal box embossing/printing plates using cut outs from the dies.
    Buying a Big Shot is well worth every penny. Even my 3 young boys love using it and its so easy that my youngest was able to use it at 2years old.

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    Jessica Canham July 12, 2011 at 5:26 pm #

    I love my Big shot; it was one of the best craft purchases I’ve made. I love that it can cut so many materials and different brands of dies. I’d love to win one so I can give it to a dear friend who can’t afford one!

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    Denise ~ Paper Ponderings July 12, 2011 at 5:33 pm #

    Great article! I bought a used Big Shot and I do love it. I just want MORE dies! Of course, I’d love to have a brand new Big Shot too…the only thing that would be helpful is a slightly bigger platform for the large nesties.

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    Anonymous July 12, 2011 at 5:47 pm #

    I have a Big shot and love it. It works great.
    Pamala

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    Kelly July 12, 2011 at 5:58 pm #

    I don’t own one but I would certainly love too!!! Imagine how great it would be fore all my crafting needs 😀

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    School Labels Mommy July 12, 2011 at 6:08 pm #

    I don’t own a Big Shot yet, but I like that it has a larger surface area than other manual die cutters. Thanks for the opportunity.

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    Debbie July 12, 2011 at 6:12 pm #

    I have the ” big kick” a very early version…I love it but would love to update it! It still works – but I think the big shot is a little more powerful.

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    Debbie July 12, 2011 at 6:13 pm #

    I have the ” big kick” a very early version…I love it but would love to update it! It still works – but I think the big shot is a little more powerful.

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    Debbie July 12, 2011 at 6:16 pm #

    I have a very old version from Sizzix calle “Big kick”- it works well, but the big shot looks like it would be stronger – able to cut through more thicknesses. I’d Love to win the give away package!

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    Sarah Gambrell July 12, 2011 at 6:21 pm #

    I don’t own a Big Shot, but I love the idea of using alternative materials (like soda cans!!!) for projects.

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    broadwaydiva July 12, 2011 at 6:30 pm #

    I have been looking at getting a Big Shot. the cranking handle looked easy to use and I want to use the Tim Holtz dies with it for scrapping.

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    Maria Matter July 12, 2011 at 6:48 pm #

    So many wonderful projects…very inspirational post! Thank you!

    I do not have a Big Shot, I think the size is an excellent feature & all the various materials it can fit!!!
    Would love to have one of my very own!

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    annesatx July 12, 2011 at 6:51 pm #

    I don’t have a Big Shot, but I love the idea of being able to emboss my cards and other items!

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    KanataNewf July 12, 2011 at 6:56 pm #

    I don’t have a big shot but the idea of being able to use the larger sizzix dies for projects would be awesome!

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    Laura Stewart July 12, 2011 at 8:18 pm #

    I do and I LOVE it!! love the surface area size and thick dies

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    rush July 12, 2011 at 8:20 pm #

    the big shot is a great die-cutting machine. there are so many dies from which to choose.

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    Sondra myers July 12, 2011 at 8:23 pm #

    I do not have a big shot die cut machine yet, I have not bought one, but would love to have one and use it for all my big dies and texture plates on so many various products and be able to recycle so many of the items I keep for this purpose “someday”. Maybe it is my someday now. thanks!!

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    Louchia July 12, 2011 at 8:23 pm #

    I would like a big shot, because I bought the texture boutique last year but realized I can’t cut with it! There is so many beautiful dies, I would like to have them all 🙂

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    Sus July 12, 2011 at 8:31 pm #

    I don’t own a Big Shot, but love that it’s large enough for the bigger dies. I also love that the layer sheets are all attached and it’s got a nice sturdy base.

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    Melissa July 12, 2011 at 8:41 pm #

    I own a Big Shot and just love it to pieces! I would love to win one for my friend, who has been wanting one for a while. Thanks for the chance!

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    Lindsey July 12, 2011 at 8:49 pm #

    No Big Shot at my house, but I’ve been a long-time admirer of what the machine can do. Look at how much it can do!

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    Sue D July 12, 2011 at 9:23 pm #

    I have a Big Kick which is also made by Sizzix and I love it–use it all the time.

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    jodilynn67 July 12, 2011 at 9:34 pm #

    I don’t have a Big Sot, but would love yo be able to cut all of the different media!

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    Shaaron July 12, 2011 at 10:13 pm #

    I have a Cuttlebug and not all that happy with it. Big Shot was the machine I should have bought because it can do so much more. I am upset with myself.

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    debpaint16 July 12, 2011 at 11:14 pm #

    I, unfortunately, do not own a Sizzix or any other die-cutting machine! 🙁 I love the fact that it cuts & embosses, and the fact that you were able to cut so many different materials!! I especially love the idea of cutting soda cans, & plastic bottles, so it is a great machine for using recycled items!! Thanks so much for the chance to win this incredible giveaway!!
    debpaint16@aol.com

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    nana_4x July 12, 2011 at 11:24 pm #

    I want a Sizzix Big Shot; I have a Cuttlebug, the Big Shot is bigger and better. If I hadn’t gotten my Cuttlebug first I would have gotten the Big Shot. The Big Shot handles the larger dies which I would like to use. Thank you in advance for picking me…PLEASE…lol

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    Barbara H July 12, 2011 at 11:57 pm #

    I have been looking at the Big Shot. I have a Cricut. So limited in what I can use, just not willing to spend the $$ to get cartridges that may have only one or two shapes I need.
    The best feature of the Big Shot is using recycled materials. So exciting and versatile. Love it

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    MollyK. July 13, 2011 at 12:10 am #

    I think the Big Shot is the most versatile of all the die cut machines I have had….and that includes the Slice, Cricut, Cuttlebug, Wizard, etc. The Big Shot is easier than all of these to use from the get-go and I love that you can cut all these different textures as well! MollyK. at mollykathleenbarry@hotmail.com

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    Chris C July 13, 2011 at 1:14 am #

    I don’t have one of these,but would love one because they seem to be able to cut through almost anything – and they take all the dies from other companies.

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    Denise July 13, 2011 at 5:16 am #

    Yes,I do & I love it!! I use it for card making & scrapbooking & also, when I can, for quilting.

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    Carol T July 13, 2011 at 8:03 am #

    I do not have a Big Shot. I like the fact you can cut so many different materials. I also like the fact you can emboss with it. Thanks for the chance to win!

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    Stephanie July 13, 2011 at 8:33 am #

    I dont’ own a bigshot but would love to give one a try for my scrapbooking, cardmaking and quilting.

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    Amanda July 13, 2011 at 9:03 am #

    I don’t have a Big Shot or any other die cutting machine. I would love to make my own die cuts for scrapbooking and card making. Looks so fun!!

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    Nancy S July 13, 2011 at 10:20 am #

    I have a Big Shot and a Wizard and I never use the Wizard. The Big Shot is so much easier to use. And it is wide enough to cut all dies on the market except the largest dies in the Grand Nestabilities sets by Spellbinders. Love the Big Shot! I have never used an electronic die cutter.

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    babyjsmom July 13, 2011 at 12:10 pm #

    I don’t have a big shot but love the larger size vs the original and they have some awesome dies to use.

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    SusanHnSC July 13, 2011 at 2:14 pm #

    I love the Big Shot – I get to use my friends when I go over to play!!

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    Larissa Heskett July 13, 2011 at 3:09 pm #

    WOW!! WHAT AN AWESOME REVIEW!! You went all out here and I LOVE EVERYTHING that you made!! SO FUN!! I can’t wait to play!! I LOVE all of the different materials that the sizzix will cut!! I enjoy using it almost everyday!! I like that it can be taken with you and is pretty easy to use!! THANKS for the FUN!!
    Have a FABULOUS WEEK!! =)

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    Melody (lacyquilter) July 13, 2011 at 4:30 pm #

    What fabulous projects.

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    Lori July 13, 2011 at 6:45 pm #

    No Big Shot here but I love that it cuts fabric.
    lkziegler[at]gmail[dot]com

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    Doramiyi July 13, 2011 at 8:27 pm #

    I LOVE MY BIGSHOT. I use it on every one of my projects. I really don’t know how I survived prior to getting it. If you don’t have one yet, get one. It’s a must have. Oh how I wish I had a second one for my visitors.

    Doramiyi
    Doramiyi at gmail dot com

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    Diane McJannet July 13, 2011 at 9:22 pm #

    i don’t have a big shot yet, this machine has such versatility — wow, it does it all! i have a cuttlebug but i sure would love one that can take on bigger projects.

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    rilojane July 13, 2011 at 9:34 pm #

    I’m giddy over the fact that you can put practically anything through this thing with success. I’m falling in love.

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    Carolyn McPherson July 14, 2011 at 2:14 am #

    I do have a Big Shot and I LOVE it! I love how I can use it to make my own embellishments for cardmaking and scrapbooking. I use it for embossing and I love how I can use it with a few non-Sizzix dies I have. The Big Shot is the best birthday present I got, ever!

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    Melinda AKA medialady July 14, 2011 at 7:44 am #

    I don’t have a Big Shot but I totally love the idea of all the mediums that can be used in this machine!

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    Tamara July 14, 2011 at 12:29 pm #

    I LOVE my big shot. I love that it cuts through so many things. I was able to make a rag quilt super quickly using a bigz die to cut all the fabric.

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    dorism6220 July 14, 2011 at 6:00 pm #

    I don’t have a Big Shot – it looks like it cuts through a lot more different types of materials then a Cuttlebug – plus you can use the long dies in it.

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    Sherry @ Delightful Hands July 14, 2011 at 6:46 pm #

    I have a Big Shot that I use for card making, but I am very impressed with the fabric cutting and just may venture into quilting and some fabric flowers! Love it!

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    Brenda July 15, 2011 at 8:57 am #

    I do not have a big shot. Would love to for the large sizzix dies. Especially love the Tim Holtz dies. The cut deeper than the other manufacturers, and I would love to use it on the various mediums such as fabric, felt, tin can as you did!

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    Sheri S sherik421@gmail.com July 16, 2011 at 9:14 pm #

    I have the Big Shot and love it! I have used it for papercrafting- cards and boxes,embellisments. It’s also great that you can emboss and do die cutting with ONE mchine. It comes in so handy! It is disappointing that our local craft stores (Michaels and Hobby Lobby)are not carrying much in the way of dies though! Shame on them! My Big Shot is getting worn out though, so I appreciate the chance to win a replacement!
    Sheri