Tuesday, December 12, 2006
Suzanne hearts the Cuttle Bug
I bought myself my own Christmas gift. I couldn't resist...it was SCREAMING my name.
I promised I would review so here it goes:
(Let me first say that I consider myself a subject matter expert, as I own every one of the die machines currently on the market. Yep, I am spoiled beyond words. I'll be EBaying a few of them soon...)
Here's the official ProvoCraft statement:
Cuttlebug accepts the dies you already own. All of them! Cuttlebug loves the materials you love, freeing you to cut and emboss from a wide range of crafting materials. Compact fold-n-store profile allows storage in less space than other leading machines. With a built-in pop-up handle, Cuttlebug goes wherever you find inspiration!
Now, let's take it one by one:
*yes, I can use ALL of my dies. My Sizzix chunky clunky steel rule dies. All sizes, I can use 'em all. I can use my QuicKutz, without having to mess with that stupid press. I always loved QK alphabets but hated using the Squeeze.
*I have not found a scrapbooking material yet that I can't put through here: paper of any thickness (this is an issue with my Cricut, since it hates Bazzill and Stampin' Up paper and I can only use relatively cheap paper with the Cricut) I can cut VERY thick cardstock, thin metal, fabric, foam, you name it. EVERYTHING so far works...
*Oh my....I do love the embossing. That was truly what sold me. I love the embossing folders. I only bought two so far (thanks and swirls...I really want ALL of them....of course I want all of them!) But seriously, the embossing rocks! I've heard some girls have been able to use their Lasting Impressions brass stencil templates, but I don't see how that is possible.
*The footprint of the CuttleBug (herein referred to as CB for brevity's sake) is smaller than the Sizzix and half of the Cricut. It takes up very little space and it folds up for simple storage. And it has an easy pull-up handle. LOVE that. I don't know the exact weigh but it's much lighter than my Sizzix. I don't have to worry as much about broken toes if my kids pick it up.
*The dies, embossing folders and alphabets are CHEAP (and we've already established, I am Senora El Cheapo (actually that would be La Cheapa but just go with it, ok?) QuicKutz average about $150.00, Sizzix is around the same: CB's alphas are $79.99 and you can use a Michael's coupons for a tremendous savings! The dies are about $6, the embossing folders are $8 and coupons can used!
*also the crank of the CB is much easier for people with weak hands, arthritis or kids to operate.
*did I mention it's way cheaper? QK costs over $150 to start up, Sizziz has dropped due to competition but still you'll drop $70 on the machine without dies, and CB can be had for $80.00.
Now, there are some small disadvantages: (very small)
*Cricut offers control over font size. CB does not. (but how often do you NEED a 5" letter?)
....uuh...that's the ONLY disadvantage I can see.
Owning all of them, I think I will be reaching for my CB more often. I am pleased as punch with it so far. No one paid me to say this stuff. I just believe in sharing information.
If I were picking out of all three, I would choose CB #1, then Cricut #2.
If I were buying Suzanne a Christmas gift, I would make it a gift certificate for more CB dies and embossing folders. (Ain't that slick how I worked that in there??)