Staff Favorite: Sizzix Sidekick!

Mar 29th

Welcome back, Memory Bound friends!

Let’s talk about die cutting!
Specifically, let’s talk about the Sizzix Sidekick and why we know you will absolutely LOVE this small — but MIGHTY — machine!

The dictionary defines a “sidekick” as a your close associate or assistant so for that reason, the Sizzix Sidekick is perfectly named! Its small size makes it convenient to keep on your work surface and use for all of your small die cutting needs.

Here’s my other crafting “sidekick”, but as you can see, she’s not nearly as helpful! 🙂

Back to the REAL Sidekick!

Here’s something that may surprise you: EVEN IF YOU ALREADY HAVE A BIG SHOT or another die cutting machine, you will love this small machine. I speak from experience on this! In preparing for my classes at Memory Bound, I do a LOT of die cutting. You can see that my Big Shot is very well loved!

But even with my Big Shot, I find myself regularly reaching for the Sidekick. It’s PERFECT for the small dies that I use the most. And because the cutting surface is much shorter than that of a regular sized die cutting machine, you save time! It only take a few turns of the handle to cut your die. It’s quick and easy to cut what you need!

The machine itself is very small (3″x5″ base and 5″ tall) so it sits on your work surface without taking up much space. While I store my Big Shot in the closet when not in use, the Sidekick sits on my craft table all the time…ready to use without missing a beat!

Even better, it has a suction bottom that holds it in place as you’re die cutting so it doesn’t wiggle around or tip over. The handle is easy to turn and since the cutting plates are short, it doesn’t take much effort at all to cut small and intricate dies. It’s easy on the hands!

You’ll love that the Sidekick has a great price point of just $49.99, and you get MUCH MORE than just the machine for that price! Check out what’s included with your machine: 2 cutting pads (reg. $3.99), an embossing pad, instruction manual, 1 Framelit die, 11 Thinlits dies, 6 stamps, and a small embossing folder!

It’s an amazing set of tools to get you started! This tag die, included with your machine, is a great size for cards, gift bags, and all sorts of projects. More on this tag in a minute…

You’ll also love the Thinlets number dies which are included with your machine. Who doesn’t need number dies?? I’ve used them for my planner, dates in my scrapbook, and on birthday cards. They’re easy to reach for and super handy to have!

 

Many dies you already have will work with the Sidekick! I recently needed to make a lot of greenery die cuts for an upcoming class. (I LOVE this particular Tim Holtz Garden Greens Thinlet set! The greenery is perfectly sized for cards.) The Sidekick will accommodate dies up to 2.5″ x 4.5″, so these dies (and so many others!) fit perfectly in the machine.

In no time at all I cut lots and lots of greenery!

Once you start playing with your Sidekick, you’ll want to check out the “Side Orders” ($9.99) that Tim Holtz developed specifically for this machine. The designs are amazing and perfect for card making, scrapbooking, tags…you name it! You’ll love the practical themes and timeless designs. These sets are sure to become your favorites!

I just purchased the Side Order with the travel theme because I’m getting ready to work on a vacation scrapbook and want to make some custom embellishments. The dies included in this set would also work great for masculine cards. Look at all the fun goodies included!

And check out how the embossing folder works with the tag die!

Teresa has been busy creating beautiful samples for us using the Sidekick and the Side Orders! For this card, she embossed and inked a small rectangle, then added it to the front of the card for a modern, graphic look. I love this design!

She also used the dies and embossing folders to make adorable tags which could be added to a gift bag, a card, or a scrapbook page.

There’s even a brand new die called Gift Card Bag (it fits a gift card!) which also includes an alphabet set ($14.99).  Many of us give a lot of gift cards these days, so this little Gift Card Bag would come in very handy! And with the alpha set and Side Order dies, you could personalize the bag for the lucky recipient.

If you’d like more information about the Sidekick and all its awesomeness, we’d highly recommend that you check out Tim’s video HERE. Watch as Tim unboxes the Sidekick and gives lots of creative ideas for using it!

Next time you’re at Memory Bound, let us show you the Sidekick! We believe it’s sure to become your favorite GO-TO crafting assistant!

Give us a call at (515) 965-1102 with any questions or if you’d like us to set aside a Sidekick or Side Orders for you!

Happy crafting!
Janet