1) Don't try to cut out your very delicate rubber stamp designs unless you're doing it on copy paper. (I haven't tried the latter, but trying it on cardboard sure didn't work out.)
2) Very finely disected cardstock leaves a WHALE of a mess on those sticky mats.
3) However, they're kind of like Tack'n'Peel, in that you can just rinse them off with cold water (just rub the paper bits off with your fingers), shake the mat off a bit (meanwhile making that thunder sound and freaking out the dog), then hang it up to dry by a corner. The sticky came -right back- as soon as the mat dried. Phew!
I love the machine! As a bonus, it makes the coolest little musical arrangements while it cuts. Allen described it as something between jazz and rock. =)
So, after I'd finished futzing about, I finally just broke down and used a "Nested Sunflower" pattern (nested_sunflower_3d_C00307_21585) that I'd picked up with my $10 card that came with the machine, and cut out 3 of the patterns (which take up a full sheet of cardstock) in less than 3 minutes. Wahoooooooo! Then I put it all together, though I made it a bit more fancy than they did.
And then I thought that just to honor the occasion, I'd make you guys a freebie--a tiny-kit. =) (Just click on the picture below to download it)
I look forward to making LOTS more stuff, and I hope you'll enjoy it!