Wednesday, 10 April 2013

I've got a new toy!

I had my little Sizzix Tag-along (now called the Side-kick) die-cutter for my birthday about six or seven years ago and I have loved creating cards with it ever since. Once I figured out what it could do, I started lusting after it's grown up brother the Big Shot but I could never justify spending the money to upgrade.

I recently got the chance to buy a Big Shot for half price (thanks to a school mum who is a Stampin' Up demonstrator) and after not very much soul searching I went for it. AND it is awesome!!!
The next thing I needed to do was get some more dies: my existing sizzlit dies still work in it but don't take advantage of the heavy-weight capability of the Big Shot so I bought some Bigz dies that can cut everything from paper to fabric and even aluminium. I bought directly from Sizzix and chose all the dies from their clearance sale (saving up to 75% on some of them!) which meant I could justify buying a few more and also didn't feel so cross over the £7 postage they charge.

I have had lots of fun over the last week playing with the new dies and creating a bunch of cards: take a look at what I've done so far ...

Dies used (in order from the top):
Sizzix Bigz die - caged bird (656634)
Sizzix Sizzlits die - butterfly #12 (656512)
Sizzix Bigz die - daisy blast (657390)
Sizzix Sizzlits die - heart, lace (657418)
Sizzix textured impressions embossing folders - flourish, dots & ribbon set (656980)
Sizzix Bigz die with textured impressions - flower #2 (657362)
Sizzix Framelits die set with stamps - flowers, doodle (657580)
Sizzix Sizzlits die set - bird set #2 (657080)

And with the extra bits from the Daisy Blast card above, I created skirts for some little fairies!
I haven't been too ambitious with the heavy duty Bigz dies yet and still have some other dies that I have yet to use so watch this space ...

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