When I saw this on sale, I had to grab it. This is my biggest financial investment in the paper crafting realm to date (newbie here), so I was quite excited to receive the Big Shot and be able to try it out. My current tools of the trade are a pair of Cutter Bee scissors and a Fiskars paper trimmer, so a lot of fiddly cutting was going on here. I was lucky enough to buy it on sale for under $100AUD at Spotlight, which considering the price of the tool caddy alone, depending on where you look, I thought it was a pretty great bargain.
So, what’s in the box? Glad you asked. In the bundle, you receive:
– Big Shot™ machine
– 2 x standard cutting pads
– Thin die adapter
– Precision base plate
– Tool caddy
– Instruction Booklet
Assembly was easy; screw on the handle, snap on the caddy and boom, your done. The caddy is a handy addition, with extendable storage for your plates and pads, a sticky tape dispenser and lots of compartments for tools, pens etc. It’s a great size also, measuring approximately 41cm across with the caddy fully extended (including the handle) and 36cm long. It is more weighty than I was expecting but I found that along with the rubber feet this made it very sturdy and prevented it from slipping when in use.
I also ordered an embossing folder, a border die, two other dies and a stamp set with matching dies which were all on sale, so I would have something to try when it finally arrived.
Only two things had me slightly worried in the beginning. When I ran my first die through, it made a cracking noise, and the die also left an impression on the cutting plate. I Googled both of these things and it seems as though this is perfectly normal and I hadn’t just wrecked my new toy. I’m still not really clued in regarding the different types of dies available, so more homework is to be done there. In the meantime I look forward to experimenting with the dies I have and picking out all the ones I hope to acquire as I go along. Till then, bring on the paper crafts!
♥️ Thanks for dropping by and remember to have a wild & lovely day! ♥️
Interested in any of the products used? I have listed some of the places I have found them here for you : )
Sizzix Big Shot Bundle (with caddy)
American Crafts Cardstock – Winter Multi Pack
Sizzix Thinlits Concentric Circles
Kaisercraft Stitched Borders
Kaisercraft Instant Photo Frame
Kaisercraft Daydreamer Stamp & Die Set
Poppy Crafts Embossing Folder – Cloud Motif
EK Success Cutter Bee Scissors
Fiskars Card Making Trimmer