Well I’ve had my Cuttlebug since June and having had a good play I think it is time for a review.
- The Cuttlebug can cut die cuts.
- It can Emboss using its own brand of embossing folder.
- It can cut other brands of dies as well as it’s own.
- It can emboss other brands of embossing stencils including brass stencils.
- It has a suction system to attach the machine to a smooth surface, this keeps the machine in place during use.
- Side platforms fold up, so it is a small size for easy storage.
- Portable, includes a carry handle making it simple to move around your craft room.
- Competitively priced given how much it can do.
- Simple to use
- Manufacturer’s website has advice for how to use other brands of dies in the machine
- Smooth to use, no MAN muscles required. REALLY, you won’t need to be big n strong to use this machine. I have limited dexterity and I found it easy to use.
- Lime green in colour.
That’s it that is my only down that I can find on this product, I just don’t like bright lime green. Hardly a reason not to buy an otherwise excellent machine.
- Value for money; Excellent does a lot for a good price
- Build Quality; Excellent although the outer casing is plastic the main body of the machine is metal
- Would I buy it again; YES
One of the best places for on-line demonstrations using the Cuttlebug is to be found on You Tube. Simply type ‘Cuttlebug’ into the search box and you will find all kinds of information.
- Erin Michelle has some very good videos http://uk.youtube.com/user/erinmichele
- Provocraft themselves have a few videos on there http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=l7nmTIPL3m4
- Inspirational cards and projects including Cuttlebug creations shown on the gallery http://www.heartprints.net/
- Provocraft main site for the makers of Cuttlebug its accessories and other great craft products http://www.provocraft.com/index.php
- Cuttlebug area of Provocraft http://www.provocraft.com/products/index.products.php?cl=cuttlebug
- This is to Spellbinderssite who make the Wizard, this is a rival system but they have excellent dies that can cut and emboss within the same die. At the bottom of the page is a link to a PDF which describes how to use their dies with the Cuttlebug and other systems http://www.spellbinders.us/ct/store/ct_dynamicIndex.asp?idAffiliate=
There are other systems out there it is really a matter of personal choice. I chose this for the ability to use any manufacturers dies. I did not want to be tied to a system where you could only use one type of die. The suction system that holds the machine to the table is a HUGE plus. Others have told me that other systems that do not have this can wander around the table as you try to use them!
My best advice is to look at all the systems available, but also to look at the dies/embossing folders available with those brands too. If you get a system that does not support multiple brands you will be stuck with just what that manufacturer makes. I love the Wizard dies as they cut and emboss, they have a wonderful range called Nestabilites which are available in many shapes and sizes. Their range of dies are much broader in designs than others on the market which I found were a bit cartoonie and more aimed at children’s themes. Before I tried the Cuttlebug I was going to buy a WIzard, for me the suction plate available with the Cuttlebug was what swung it for me.
Best wishes and thanks for reading, if you have any questions or comments just leave me a comment and I’ll get back to you.