The other bits he brought were these two die sets:
The alphabets are sooo much cheaper than the usual dies as they are thinner and have plastic cases around the metal cutting bit, but cut just as well. All it needs is the thin die adapter. I got them off ebay of course! I had a play and made this:
I used to be a bit of an Imelda Marcos when I was well, shoes were my thing (I think crafty stuff has replaced them as my obsession), but now I don't walk enough to wear shoes out. Which is a tragedy. However I decided to treat myself to these scrummies and bugger the fact that I've still got some decent mules. They have got veeerrrrrrrry soft bits, so it's medicinal isn't it?!!