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Old 12-13-2011
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I have an original cricut that I've never used. My 'go-to' is a cuttlebug. I've used it to cut everything from paper to plastic--with craftfoam & metal to boot.

Just purchased a whole bunch of Memory Box Dies & they work in my CB--so far I've done paper & craftfoam! And many of these dies are very delicate. (like me!)
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Daniel, I love my Cuttlebug and I have only used it on paper so far because I'm afraid of dulling my dies. What kind of metal do you cut and how thick is it? I have a couple duplicate dies and I was thinking of trying one on metal and keeping it for things other than paper. Do you think that is necessary? Anyone else have any experience with other than paper cutting with the dies?
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I've also cut craft foam and thin metal but only with the Sizzix steel dies. I've only used the thin dies like spellbinders with card stock.
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Is the metal sharp after it is cut?? If so how do you protect

it going through the mail and the person receiving it?

Daniel, delicate like a bear


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Daniel, why don't you use your Cricut?

I have owned the original Cricut, the Expression and now the Expression2.
Looking at YT videos helped a lot in learning how to use mine.

Trudy, if I send any card with metal anything I usually place a piece of bubble wrap over it.

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I have an original cricut that I've never used. My 'go-to' is a cuttlebug. I've used it to cut everything from paper to plastic--with craftfoam & metal to boot.

Just purchased a whole bunch of Memory Box Dies & they work in my CB--so far I've done paper & craftfoam! And many of these dies are very delicate. (like me!)
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Daniel, What kind of metal do you cut and how thick is it?...
I use aluminum beverage cans, Diana. I cut off the top & bottom, then cut down the side to make a 'sheet'. I use my micro-tip scissors & they're still sharp. And I've never cut myself on punched or diecut metal edges 'cause the aluminum edge isn't sharp.

JeanneLee. Like my Cuttlebug, the CriCut was a gift. The sender (a dear friend) & I thought it would cut multiple materals & we were disappointed to learn it couldn't. I get lots more use out of my CB & the crank builds up my biceps!

LOL, Trudy! Even bears can be delicate--look at Yogi's pal Boo-Boo...
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Daniel thanks for the info on beverage cans. We must have talked about it at one other time here on the Club because I have a couple sheets I cut from cans. I decided it wasn't at all fun trying to cut those cans without cutting myself. I had a dickens of a time and thought I'd surely make a mistake someday and really hurt myself. Maybe when I get some time I will try it again. I could have been having a poor day the last time.

I have been tempted to buy the Tim Holtz suitcase looking model because it is wider and very strong; cuts alot of materials. I am thinking a machine is only as good as the dies and materials it will cut. I have two of the original Sizzix and think I should be able to make those work or croke trying. *LOL*
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I have been tempted to buy the Tim Holtz suitcase looking model because it is wider and very strong; cuts alot of materials. I am thinking a machine is only as good as the dies and materials it will cut. I have two of the original Sizzix and think I should be able to make those work or croke trying. *LOL*
Diana, Tim's diecutter uses the same size dies as the BigKick/BigShot; and cuts the same materials. Really the only difference that I know of is electric powered vs. hand crank (and price).

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JeanneLee. Like my Cuttlebug, the CriCut was a gift. The sender (a dear friend) & I thought it would cut multiple materals & we were disappointed to learn it couldn't. I get lots more use out of my CB & the crank builds up my biceps!
Sorry the Cricut doesn't cut the materials you need. Maybe some day they will come out with something that will. That is great that it was a gift!
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Thanx, JeanneLee. What's more likely is that (one of these days) my cricut will have a new home & my pocket will have a few bucks.

Far as diecuts go? I have some Sizzix, some CB ones & my new fave the Memory Box ones. Apart from the designs, I'm really enjoying the MB ones 'cause they are just steel dies--no foam or other. That makes storing them a breeze. I have them in a drawer right next to my work table.

I got my latest order--a grapevine wreath & large snowflake. Tried the wreath with aluminum can & it worked like gangbusters. Only thing that takes a bit of time & patience is removing the 'extra' bits. I like using a corsage pin's tip, but find bamboo skewer & blunt darning/crewel needles are even better for me.
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I've never heard of Memory Box dies. Where does one find them?
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I've never heard of Memory Box dies. Where does one find them?
I'll send you the address for the online store I used, Kathy via PM.
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You'll love the memory box dies Kathy, they are intricate and just so lovely. They cut just so nicely too. You've got good taste in dies Daniel......the flower child
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You'll love the memory box dies Kathy, they are intricate and just so lovely. They cut just so nicely too. You've got good taste in dies Daniel......the flower child
Thanks, Lois. Another site's pal put me on their track & I cannot get over how wonderful they are. The 'store' I use has lots & not all the MBDs are intricate. I've seen a few that are less so. 'Course I prefer the elaborate ones!
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Check out those Memory Box dies. Now I need to get another job or rob a bank.
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