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The Cuttlebug - A cutter that does no bugging!!
Provo Craft Cuttlebug
Member Name: lindseyphilpot
Provo Craft Cuttlebug
Advantages: Easy to use, universal dies can be used.
Disadvantages: Heavy, dies are expensive
I am an absolutely crazy crafter and you may have read some of my other reviews on my favorite crafting products. This though is my absolute favorite and I would insist you go and buy it. I shall tell you why
What is it?
The cuttlebug is a simple to use die cutting machine that cuts through practically any paper and card, thin metal and many many other materials. It uses simple dies which are sold seperately to choose which shape and size you want cut. Made by the popular brand provocraft this machine is made of a mixture of plastic and metal and houses a set of rollers for all your cutting and embossing needs.
How to use it?
Absolutely simple. There are so many crafting machines and gizmos that I can never operate easily without trying over and over again and giving up. When I got the cuttlebug though it was so different and everything was so self explanitery. It is used with cutting dies and cutting mats. Depending on the thickness of the dies used you will also need a cutting pad. You put your die face down on the material you want cut and put it in between the cutting plates and mat and then put it in the slot. Turn the handle and roll the mats and paper through the rollers. The end product is a perfectly cut shape cut from the die you was using. Thankfully the cuttlebug has a suction device on the bottom of it so if using your machine on a flat surface you can rest assured it will not go flying whilst you are cutting, this is obviously an advantage as you wouldn't want your projects ruined!!
What can you cut?
I hear you asking 'what can I cut' and I know it is just so exciting. No more using scissors to cut out them intrecate details which never come out perfect. The answer is pratcially anthing. As long as there is a die avaliable for it you can cut it. There are so many dies avaliable to buy you can get any shape and size, there are alphabets and words, patterns and shapes. It is just fantastic. Unfortunatel you ca only fit a piece of paper about A5 size through the machine which limits you somewhat to what you ca do with it but if you are making greetings cards etc this isn't a problem as they are small anyway.
Unfortunately this great machine does come at a price. The machine itself is around £80 brand new and the dies which have to be brought individually can range anything from £5 - £100 the alphabet sets are really quite expensive and are about £80 for the whole set. Thankfully though you ca pick these up cheaper on places like ebay. You do not have to buy just cuttlebug dies as the cuttlebug comes with a special adapter meaning you can use practically any die for any die cutting machine including the wizard and sizzix machine. This means that there is much more variety of dies and the price varies much more. The cutting plates also have to be replaced once in a while as ther become worn and cut and these cost around £10 to replace. I have had my machine 2 years now and use it lots and have never replaced them yet, unfortunately they are on their last legs though and I will be replacing these in the near future.
What else can it do?
The cuttlebug doesn't just cut things, it also embosses things which is fantastic. You can buy special embossing folders made by cuttlebug which make certain bits of the paper stand out. This is a fantastic technique and will make any crafting project look really unique. The embossing folders also cost around £5 each but this goes up according to size and design.
Where can I get one?
I know I know, everybody is now deperate for one of these machines and you dont have to wait as they are avliable in most good art and craft shops and widely avaliable online.
My personal opinion....
I wouldn't be without mine. It took some getting used to and many of my crafting projects were ruined at frist due to my lack of knowledge using the cuttlebug. I have now found many ways to make new projects and if you know how to use it there are many things you can do with a cuttlebug that crafters only dream of. I have heard it is not the best die cutting machine on the market but it is also not the most expensive and they do say you get what you pay for. It is quite heavy in weight and would not be suitable for transportation on a regular basis but it is fine for home use and to take from here to there now and then. it sports a carry handle which makes it easier and there is a carry bag avaliable if you do want to transport it. It suits me perfect though and does exactly what I need it for, cardmaking and scrapbooking and I will not be replacing it for some time even if something better does come up.
Summary: I love it...so will you!!
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