i am thinking of buying a cricut mini but have been worried about reviews on this machine re the free designs are limited, and problems people have when trying to design their own designs, I have read that the cricut software isn't available for the cricut, can you use cartridges. I have a big shot and am torn with do I buy this machine and are there any expensive hidden costs or do I stick with my big shot and just buy the dies, do I need any other accessories to use with the big shot ie I read that Marianne designs had to have a texture plate etc? Help I'm so confused!