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#1 Posted : Friday, January 28, 2011 6:34:13 PM(UTC)
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Okay fellow MB'ers, I am looking for some advice. I really want to buy something to emboss with. Obviously my first thought is the Cuttlebug. However, I've been hearing about the Sizzix too. So, my question to you all is... which is better? Keep in mind I'm really only interested in using these for embossing, and would like to keep it cheap (probably will buy it on ebay). Are there pros and cons to each one? Can you use the embossing folders in both machines (like if I had the cuttlebug could I use sizzix folders)?

Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated!
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#2 Posted : Friday, January 28, 2011 7:23:37 PM(UTC)
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I have the sizzix boutique. It is simple to use, and cheap. I paid less than $20.00 by using a 40 or 50% coupon at Michaels. You can use the cuddlebug folders in it. It is also small, so if space is an issue, you don't have to worry.
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#3 Posted : Friday, January 28, 2011 7:58:07 PM(UTC)
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Amy,
I could be wrong, but I think the sizzix boutique is more limited. The cuttlebug is a little more, but you have the option of also using dies in it. You think you only want to emboss right now, but if you see the right project you might decide you want to be able to cut circles in fabric for flowers or something.
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#4 Posted : Friday, January 28, 2011 8:08:03 PM(UTC)
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Thanks ScrappinDiva, I was thinking the same thing. If I had the option I would probably want a machine that could do both, even though I love my cricut for cutting!! Can the sizzix dies be used in the cuttlebug?
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#5 Posted : Friday, January 28, 2011 8:16:03 PM(UTC)
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I have a cuttlebug...love it...nice and compact...and I have a few sizzix I use in it! I only emboss with my cuttlebug.
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#6 Posted : Friday, January 28, 2011 9:05:53 PM(UTC)
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i have the cuttlebug and use my sizzix dies and nestablities dies to cut felt and other material.
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#7 Posted : Friday, January 28, 2011 10:17:58 PM(UTC)
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I just got a Cuttlebug about a month ago and I love it! I only emboss with it and it has been working great. I have mostly Cuttlebug folders, but I did buy a Sizzix Valentines set and a Sizzix texture set and everything works fabulous! I don't have anything to compare it to but I do love it!
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#8 Posted : Friday, January 28, 2011 10:27:17 PM(UTC)
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I have a Sizzix texture boutique and it I love it. It only embosses and only up to A2 size, but I use my Cricut for cutting and I didn't plan on using anything else. I love the Sizzix because it doesn't take up a lot of room and it was super affordable-got it at M's with the coupon like a pp mentioned.
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#9 Posted : Friday, January 28, 2011 10:52:25 PM(UTC)
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What size paper does the cuttlebug emboss?
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#10 Posted : Saturday, January 29, 2011 12:07:32 AM(UTC)
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Amy, it depends on the project whether I emboss or cut. I like being able to cut something small without having to fire up the cricut. The sizzix folders and dies do work in the cuttlebug. Recently they changed the cuttlebug, having the turn handle fit inside of the body of the cuttlebug rather than sticking out, which saves on space. You may be able to find the "older" cuttlebug at a really good price. The "new" one is about $89 or so. You can get it for much less. Just check around on the prices. Oh My Crafts will usually have cuttlebug products on sale and they ship free over $50 (up to $75 on Feb 1) I've heard the "older" ones are selling on ebay for about $20 and if you use a vendor with free shipping that's even better. There are some longer folders you can use in the cuttlebug, too. HTH
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#11 Posted : Sunday, January 30, 2011 4:38:17 AM(UTC)
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cristine wrote:
I have the sizzix boutique. It is simple to use, and cheap. I paid less than $20.00 by using a 40 or 50% coupon at Michaels. You can use the cuddlebug folders in it. It is also small, so if space is an issue, you don't have to worry.


THIS.

And, yes, it is a little more limited than the Cuttlebug (it's a little bit smaller, so some of the embossing folders don't fit into it). I personally made this decision because I have so much invested in my Cricut and just wanted to emboss with a new machine.It was the right decision for me and i love that I can add that kind of texture to my projects now:)

That being said, I have two friends who also have Cricuts who invested in the Big Shot They both LOVE their Big Shots and rarely pull out their Cricuts anymore.

Good luck with your decision!
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