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Tuesday, 10 July 2012

In the box!

Remember on my birthday, the big mystery box?


Well I can finally let you see the contents, now that I have had a proper go of what was inside!

But first I want to tell you the story - feel free to skip down and just look inside!

A couple of months ago, I was chatting with Lynne about her theyoutube quilt, and whether, as I had heard, Sizzix cutters were better than the Go!  Now you know the number of times I tried and failed in my attempt to win one of those Babies; having heard mixed stories of their build quality, I wasn't prepared to pay for one!

So as Sizzix had started producing quilting dies, I put my thinking cap on, and did a bit of investigating, ending up in contact with a lovely lady in Marketing and began chatting. 

I think it must have been just before Retreat that I was offered some dies to play with.

Over the moon, but only one problem - no cutter!

A few weeks later, and feeling that my cheeky-charm had only got me so far, I was asked for my address and a couple of days later... ta da!


It is big, it is not sleek, there are pink highlight and diamant├ęs, so I am taking the view that this is a Steampunk Go!

Man, it works like a dream though!

I had investigatied Sizzix cutters when hubby had offered to buy me a Go Baby!  They are cheaper than their white box counterpart (in the UK), but at that time, the variety of dies suitable for quilting, (as opposed to fabric, which I think most are), was severely limited.  So I passed.

But now they are expanding their range and the dies I am really waiting for, hexies, are due for release at the end of the month - can you imagine the fun cranking hundreds of those out!

So I have tumblers, drunkard's path, apple core and mini-dresden dies!  My first make?  A tooth fairy pillow!

I have had Nova's wonderful pattern for the Petal Pocket cushion for a while, and the dresdens were asking to be made into a mini-version!

So here is my first Sizzix-assisted project...


It's not perfect, but that was due to the urgency of an extremely wobbly tooth, but the now-gappy 5 year old loves it - it finishes as a 7" little cushion, perfect for swapping teeth for coins!

The great thing, I obviously need to make another one, so I will take a few pics and review the cutter and die properly as I do so.

xxx

35 comments:

  1. You lucky girl! I'm obviously not cheeky enough! Have fun playing!

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  2. Cool - lucky you! What will you do with all the time you will save from not having to hand cut anymore!!? :)

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  3. wow, very lucky. It looks very funky and obviously does exactly what it says on the tin!

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  4. Wow, lucky you! Do you suppose they would take pity on a Canadian and send me one too?

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  5. wow for you looking forward to seeing what you make !!

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  6. wow for you looking forward to seeing what you make !!

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  7. Oh brilliant. Will wait happily to hear that you have no problems like I have had with the Go!

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  8. I am liking mine much better than the Go so far!

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  9. I have the go and want to get some sizzix dies to try. Go dies are so expensive, you are right.

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  10. Interesting, what makes it better than the go? I had never heard of this!

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  11. Argh more gadgetry that I covet! Sizzix, EQ7, or a sewing table? Then again I am saving up to upgrade my sewing machine. I will just have to enjoy seeing your Sizzix-assisted output instead x

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  12. Wow - now you really are a Big Shot!
    I so love gappy-tooth kids - they melt my heart.

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  13. Wow, look at you hitting the big time. Have fun with your new toy! Cute little cushion!

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  14. Yay Yay Yay for the Big Shot! Looks like fun Hadley- good for you!

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  15. Looks like you've been having fun! Good for you :)

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  16. yay for being bold and it paying off!

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  17. You wonderful lucky lady! The tooth fairy will be impressed- what the well dressed tooth is wearing!
    Enjoy that toy!

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  18. Good for you! I had seen passing references to these on various blogs and its nice to know its a success! Happy Sizzixing!

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  19. Good for you. It will be interesting to read your review. Di x

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  20. Lol, good thinking! I hit my gran up for my birthday, but then I had one of the old cutters, so I already knew how cool they good be (the original ones weren't roll through, but move a bit and crank a handle down and repeat) I keep wavering on exactly what new dies I need, but I love using it for circles . Amy, at During Quiet Time, also has some great projects using their non-quilting dies (she's one of their design team)

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  21. That looks like a brilliant tool! And a great wee first make too! Jxo

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  22. I have a GoBaby and the dies are too expensive to buy - I won mine and the dies I have. Do you have anyone near you with a Go who could lend you a die to see if it would fit in the sizzix or vice versa.
    If they are interchangeable then you could get the hexie one for the Go and use it with your sizzix and any of the others and let us know how it goes. I would be interested to try the sizzix dies in my GoBaby. Might have to keep an eye out for some cheap ones here in Australia - probably void the warranty on the GoBaby but I couldn't afford to send it back to the US for repairs anyway!

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  23. What a great birthday present. I had a sizzix (I gave it to my best friend) and I have a GO! I have to say that I rarely use either of them. The GO dies are definitely over priced in my opinion.

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  24. Love the steam punk cutter, I never really looked into any if the versions as I don't use shapes that can't be rotary cut, but to be able to cut hexies is very tempting! I'm off o see daddy at the end of August. I'm not telling you to boast that I'll see the sun for two weeks, (Florida, yay!) but you can give me a shopping list, or can get stuff mailed to him and I'll bing it back :-)

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  25. Love that little tooth holder! MY MIL has the BIG SHOT for her card making, I have considered buying a couple of dies and nicking it. My Baby GO only comes out to produce circles now, I should really sell it!

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  26. Well done on your patience!Bring on the projects.

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  27. my rotary cutter and I are supremely jealous! It looks awesome!

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  28. I wan one too!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The tooth fairy pillow is adorable.

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  29. Lucky you! Maybe I should try that from Australia ;)
    xx

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  30. Woo hoo! Happy birthday to you :) I can't wait to hear more about it as you use it more! Super excited to see what you make too!

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  31. oooh! I had NO idea sizzix was going to do quilting dies! I already have the big shot to use for letterpressing and knew I would never put the money into the GO system. I would love to do a drunkard's path so I"m glad to see that that's one of the options.

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