Picture from Making Memories
I got my Slice when they first came out and couldn't wait to play with it!! I started off with just the Slice and the Design Card that came with it. I eventually got the Basics 3 card and Fa La La. I was also lucky enough to buy my Slice at the right time and get the offer for the free Design Card - Seasons. So within just a few months, I had enough Design Cards to keep me busy!!
I made several fun things right away - like this December Daily Album and our Christmas Card for 2008! I made this Countdown to Christmas and decorations for out little Alabama tree, too!
I really loved cutting things out - since this was the first die cutting system I had, I went a little crazy, obviously!! But, it was so fun!!
I had a few issues with my Slice, mostly operating issues on my part!! I wasn't always patient and when it wouldn't do just what I wanted, I tended to just unplug it and walk away!! I did end up watching several of the videos on the Why Slice website and that helped a lot. I still tend to have a few problems with it now, but sometimes you just have to give the machine a rest and take a break!!
Now, I've added several Design Cards to my stash! I have Basics 2, Spooky Alley and Mix and Mingle. I've used my Slice for accents on layouts, cards and altered items. I've used it for Banners - for Birthdays and Baby Showers. I've used it on three diaper cakes now, too!
Here's the breakdown on my thoughts on the Slice:
- Super portable
- with the recent upgrades to the machine, it's much faster
- design cards are affordable, especially when they are on sale
- endless options with the extra things they've added recently - shadowing, mirror imaging, etc
- cuts paper and cardstock easily
- cuts vinyl
- battery runs out quickly to me, so even if it's portable, you still have to plug it in to get the best results
- temperamental - sometimes I really do just have to unplug it and walk away when it won't cut all the way through the paper, or cuts wonky - coming back to it later seems to make it work again though
- the Design Cards and accessories aren't on sale often enough for me (although I've recently discovered that the accessories aren't excluded on JoAnn's coupons - YAY)
- when cutting tons of designs, I hate that I have to hold the machine, but the good thing is they've now come out with a Hands free option and I'll be looking into adding that to my stash soon!
- adhesive is pricey and my last tube clogged up and was a pain to fix
- the ability to cut your own designs (I've heard this will be available in the future though)
- the ability to use the new features (mirror image and shadowing) on the old design cards
- Disney design cards (oh my gosh - I hope this happens!!!)
- embossing (I really want to try that)
- drawing (I don't know if the pens are out yet, but I know they showed it at CHA)
Making Memories sales vinyl that's marketed as Slice Vinyl, but it's patterned and that doesn't always work for what I want to cut. They haven't come out with solid vinyl yet, that I know of. The Slice does cut the vinyl for the Cricut and Silhouette. I also picked up a scrap of vinyl from a sign shop and it cut that, too!
So, back to the OVERALL part, I love it!