Tuesday is laundry day at here at the hobby hop house. That means most of my day is dedicated to things that are decidedly un-hobbyish. Of course, what that doesn’t mean is that I don’t still need some kind of daytime craft fix. So I thought, from now on, instead of doing crafts on Tuesdays, I’d just write about craft supplies.
Let’s face it. We hobbyists are, first and foremost, collectors of stuff. I’m quickly running out of space in my makeshift office/craft room. Soon, my husband’s obsolete CD and DVD collection is going to have to find a new home. Honestly, if I only post once a week about my new stuff, I’m only going to be able to cover about a 5th of the new stuff I get. You think I’m kidding.
So today, I’m faced with the decision of what to show you on the inaugural New Toy Tuesday.
And then, what to my wondering eyes should appear, but the UPS man, with a box full of cheer!
I debated for a long time over whether or not to buy these dies. You see, I’m dying–dying, I tell you–to get a Pazzles electronic cutting system. Maybe, if I’m very good this year, I will be able to showcase it for you on the New Toy Tuesday After Christmas (hint, hint!). Anyway, given my current Pazzles aspirations, I’ve all but stopped purchasing new Sizzix dies (embossing folders, however, are a different story). Eventually, one major factor helped me make up my mind: I don’t plan (hope) to get my phantom Pazzles until Christmas. Meanwhile, I need to cut out Christmas ornaments for my Christmas cards, which have to go out before Christmas, which would be before I get my Pazzles.
So I ordered these babies from the Sizzix Outlet, where shipping is more expensive than the dies themselves (but it’s okay, because the total is still way cheaper than what you pay in stores).
Bigz dies are actually just barely larger than Originals dies. I prefer these thicker dies to Sizzlits because you don’t need to deal with the multi-purpose platform, and because the extra cushioning allows you to cut several sheets without warping the paper.
And heck, who am I kidding. I couldn’t let the day go by without trying them out, could I? Here’s a little preview of what will be going on the cards I make tomorrow.