For those of you that know me would never think to hear me talk positively about another machine other than the Cricut. But I'm here to tell you that the Cricut is a toy of the past! The eclips is the die cut machine of the future. It isn't developmental as far as the Cricut but that is b/c they have focused on doing it right the first time so what it is doing is the best in its field!!! See some great videos demos at Sizzix site, www.sizzix.com/videos.