The day after Christmas, I ordered a "gift" for myself .. a full-sized craft cutting machine. Since September of 2010, I've been using a Cricut original by Provocraft and Sure-Cuts-A-Lot (SCAL). But as well all know, Provocraft and Sure-Cuts-A-Lot came to an agreement and all support for SCAL and Cricut was deleted. Well, I can still use SCAL on the baby bug, but I can still only cut 6 x 12. Which is more like 11.75 and 5.75. It was time, I felt, for a full sized cutter.
After months of hesitating, researching and recommendations from other bloggers and crafters, I settled on the Sizzix eClips. The thing I like about the eClips, is that it can perform feats of Magic! It has a laser preview, it has print 2 cut (print on your printer, cut on eClips.) It was crisp and clean. And Sizzix allowed Craft Edge to develop eCAL software exclusively for the eClips. So if you are not using the handheld controller for the eClips - you don't even need to load the cartridge.
OMG, I was so surprised last Saturday when it was delivered. I immediately sat down and began to work on an album of wedding photos from my niece's wedding last November. I did ten pages in that - and oh, what a pleasure it was to cut 12 x 12 paper. I cut chipboard that I'd been saving from hubby's last shirt purchase and the letters I made with it came out so crisp and clean.
Then I started on Christmas pictures for Older Daughter's album/scrapbook. It was in the middle of the second page that I experienced what only a few other scrappers have experienced - the machine stopped in mid-cut and turned itself off. Seriously. A call to Sizzix (Ellison) and it has been determined that it needs to go in for tests and I am confident they'll either fix it or replace it. I am so sad. Last night I received the emails from Sizzix and FedEx for shipping it back. It's all set to go on Monday.
I was able to finish the second Christmas page - with the Cricut, because the SVG files were smaller ones. They are from the Christmas Scrapbook pages kit from SVG Cuts. I ordered the eClips through Punkin' Patch Stamps because they simply have the best price around. SVG Cuts and Punkin' Patch Stamps are Autumn Creative Companies.
Back to digital scrapbooking, while I await return of my eClips. I hope the withdrawal isn't too painful.
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