Card making, rubber stamping techniques and project videos for papercrafters

I have been watching Ginas tutorials and she has such an easy time placing the dies for her Cuttlebug on the stamped images to cut them out.  I have a Quikutz Revolution and an Epic Six and I'm having more problems with placement since you have to put the die cut side up on the first plate and then put your image stamp side down over the die... (unless I'm doing it wrong... I've been known to be inept at times)  I was wondering if you all use the same die cutting system and why you like the one you have as opposed to others so that when I finally decide to get a new one I will not be disappointed.  Also... I saw an electric one that looks like a little suitcase... anyone know anything about that one?  Ever used it?  What do you have to say about die cutting machines that you like and why and which ones do you dislike and why?????

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I use the Cuttlebug and also the Spellbinders Grand Calibur.  I love both so far for embossing using Cuttlebug folders and for cutting using Spellbinder dies.  I'm not familiar with other systems, but I'm sure others will share!!  I'm moving this question into General Stamping so it gets seen more and you'll get more participation.

I like the simplicity of the CuttleBug too.  You crank it through and you can see exactly what you are cutting.  I do

have a Cricut as well, but don't use that very much......but I hope to change that too and start using it more and


I use my Cuttlebig for every thing.  It works especially well on my spellbinders for cutting and embossing.  The "suitcase" you're referring to is a new system by Tim Holtz made by Sizzix.  It's more expensive than the cuttlebug, but it moves your pieces through without cranking.  If you don't want to manually crank your paper and die's through, then an electric machine would be for you.  Sizzix also makes another tool, the Big Shot that also is electric.  It may be a little cheaper than the "suitcase" one.  I also use my Cricut EVERYDAY for cutting and I just love it.  Wouldn't be without it.  I keep saying I should buy a 2nd one just in case my original one breaks down!  Once you get used to something you just can't imagine being without it.  The reason I would not get the Grand Calibur is because the Grand dies are pretty expensive.  For the money, the Cuttlebug is the best.  You can use any die in it and it really does a great job!
I have a big shot (non-electric) by Sizzix.  I use cuddlebug, sissix, and now nestibilities in it.  They all emboss and cut great.  I am new to nestibilites but the dies came with instructions for whichever machine you have.  One thing about the cuddlebug that I like is the portability it has.  It folds up to a sleek shape so it easily makes room for other things.
Danielle, you may find that if you shuffle the components of your "sandwich" around (the way you layer up your cutting plates) you can actually put your paper down first and then place your die where you can see where you want it.  The cuttlebug actually calls for you to do it the way that you describe, but GinaK taught me to do it her way via the video tutorials, and it works just fine.   Might be worth a try to play around a bit!

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