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December 5, 2012


Good Morning, WOYWWers and CETRAS!  Welcome to Wednesday and another week of visiting each other, beverage in hand, via What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday.
Another evolution has occurred at the Playhouse.

I know I've got you drooling into your "tea" at the sight of these George S. cardboard boxes from my best friend (and your best friend), Joann. 

"Really?  I thought she had a Cuttlebug," I hear you thinking.  I do.  And now I sit here in my Big Girl panties using a Big Shot and feeling like one, too.  If you saw yesterday's bicycle card, you know I'm having fun with it.  Here are a couple of other draft renditions.

You won't be surprised to hear that I've got an opinion about these two machines and I'm certain the world is waiting to hear what it is.  However, Julia, our generous WOYWW hostS, would rightly kick me off the WOYWW bus if I put it in this post, so if you're interested, please see my second post today, entitled "Cuttlebug v. Big Shot."  It took me a while to write it up, so this post sets a new brevity record for me.
Enjoy your day!   No, seriously, enjoy your day.  I hope to see you at the hop, even if it's later in the week. If you see me first, I'll return the flavor!

As always, thank you for stopping by to visit.  Special thanks to you if you take the time to join as a follower or leave a comment!



Helen said...

Well, I have both and I love the Big Shot! That bicycle is great....Helen, 5

Kathyk said...

Boy, your pal Joann is generous with her gifties!! ENJOY! She's a good friend of mine from time to time when I'm in the U.S.


Roudi said...

Looks like you're having a lot of fun with your new toy! Happy December and Happy WOYWW! xx
Roudi #48

Redanne said...

Well done on getting a Big Shot Darnell, look forward to reading your review. I love my BS and my Cuttlebug so it will be interesting to see what you think. The bicycle yesterday was so cute! Happy WOYWW, Anne x #49

Sandy said...

It cuts so well doesn't it.. I used a friends cuttlebug and then at a crop there was someone who had a bigshot wow the difference is huge.. I bought the bigshot.. Its such fun I love the Tim Holtz movers and shapers dies they cut really well you can cut 5 at a time with ease.. Sandy :) #12

Jean said...

Congrats on your purchase ~ I see two boxes ~ Woo Hoo!

Kelly Griglione said...

Look at all that goodness waiting for you on your table ... I love digging into goodies like this!!

Apryl said...

Oh fun I always love when I get new toys ;). Have fun with yours!

Happy WOYWW!

#11 Apryl

Sunshine Girl said...

I love my big shot - wouldnt change it for the world! That bicycle is really cute too isnt it - a friend had that at my crop so I managed to cut a few out but havent used them yet! Sunshine Girl no.21

Caz said...

Got a Bigshot last Xmas - love it, especially for all my Tim Holtz dies. Hubby's bought me a Grand Calibur for this Xmas - I'm putting my Wizard up for sale - much prefer the Bigshot and looking forward to having the bigger GC for my spellbinders.
Will go and have a read of what you think now!!

Caz said...

For the 2nd time tonight Blogger has lost a comment - urgh!!!!
I love my Big shot - got for Xmas last year - my wizard is now up for sale as the BS handles my Tim Holtz big dies better.
Will check out what you think!

Anonymous said...

Two boxes from Joann? Unless a BS comes in two boxes then there's something you're not telling us missy!! Glad you're having fun, off to read your comparison post.

Brenda 79

Hettie said...

Love that bike die. Want it - no NEED it. As a cyclist that would get so much use! Will have to look for that in the UK.
Thanks so much for your visit and kind words. I forgot to mention that the pattern for this book was on Laura Denison though I have "tweaked" it for me!
P.S. Tag 4 tomorrow so that is 5 done!

Lunch Lady Jan said...

That's two big boxes of crafty goodness you have there! Enjoy your Bigshot :)
Hugs, LLJ #30 xx

Words and Pictures said...

I have only a BigShot - but thankfully I love it!! Will come and see what you have to say on the matter... Happy WOYWW!
Alison x

Sandi McLean said...

I had a Cricut when I first started scrapbooking - was adamant that was it for "big machines". Honestly I used the Cricut nearly everyday for several years. Someone gave me a Wizard...oh that was dangerous, that thing had a kick back that was deadly. But I was hooked bought a Big Shot...then bought the Vagabond and sold the Big Shot..should have kept it..actually more versatile :( Now I know, I am as susceptible to good marketing as anyone LOL Have a good week, Sandi #121

Unknown said...

Hi Darnell,
Like Redanne I also have a CB and Big Shot but must say I tend to use the CB more - dunno why tho.
I also have a Grand Calibur which is great for making bigger card bases.
Look fwd to reading your review in a min.

Julia Dunnit said...

Two boxes...hmmm, what, did you get two Big Shots by mistake? Oh no..the mother is probably all dies huh. I appreciate your brevity..but only because I now have to go straight to your other post to read your comparative article.

Lucy said...

I absolutely adore the bicycle cards - they look great! Keep up the great work:) Lucy #18 x

trisha too said...

Well you are going to have too much fun, Darnell!! (My friend has a Big Shot, and I have a Cricut, so together, we pretty much have all our bases covered!)

#100 this week

belldoubleyou said...

My oh my, those are some delightful looking boxes! Souvenirs of some post-Thanksgiving shopping, I suppose... there were some excellent sales out there, especially at Joann.

Thanks for commenting on my WOYWW post! I do not have a camera on my ceiling fan... I was indeed standing on a chair. But it's a nice sturdy chair, not one of those wheeley things, so I'm pretty sure I'm safe.

(Now I'm off to go look at your Playhouse -- this is my first time at your blog. I'm glad you visited me, I like your writing style!)

Queen Lightwell said...

I think you will love your Big Shot...I got one long after my Cricut and I love it much more! It's so much easier to get a quick diecut from it than from the Cricut, though the Cricut does other stuff, of course. I just hate fiddling with the speed and depth and on and on. Anyways, hope you enjoy playing with your new toys. :) And thanks for stopping by my blog already and leaving me a sweet and dear comment...I appreciated all your exclamation points! lol :) Deeyll #122 I still have to go read your comparison article to see if I need to buy a cuttlebug too! haha :)