You all made me do it!!! You are all enablers!!! I have a serious case of "Cuttlebugitis"!!! Read here for more information and you will see why you should RUN, not walk, to Michael's this week and purchase this little green wonder!!!
There is a coupon in this weeks paper once again and it does not have an exclusion on it! You may have to talk to the manager, being that I had to "discuss" at length that the Cuttlebug is an entirely different product than the Cricut. There is a sticker on the Cuttlebug box that says it is made by the same manufacturer as the Cricut and they are trying to tell us that due to this reason we can not use the coupon. This is WRONG - do not leave the store without using your coupon to purchase it. They must honor this coupon and I do believe that if you are on the fence, jump over right now and use that coupon before the Cuttlebug is added to the exclusion clause.
So... I have Cuttlebugitis BIG time! Julie made me want a "crank" style diecutter when she brought over her Big Shot, but I was patient - I waited and waited and waited... Well that is I waited until I saw the thread over at SCS and realized that the coupon from Michael's was burning a hole in my pocket. I realized that if I didn't run to the store right away they might be out, or they might start putting an exclusion clause on the coupon, or... Well I just had to have it!
Yes girls - it is FABULOUS! I picked it up late yesterday afternoon and look what I cranked out in a matter of minutes this a.m.
Look closely at the pale chartreuse flowers. First, I used one of the Cuttlebug embossing folders on the Memory Box cardstock and then I cut it out using my Sizzix Paper Sculpting, Daisy. I can hardly wait to get more of the embossing folders. I love the fact that the Memory Box cardstock has a white core - when dry embossing like this you can then just take your Lucky Squirrel sander and remove the color from the surface with ease, getting a beautiful contrast with the paper below. Hopefully, I'll have a chance to put these little goodies into a card form over the next couple of days.
Here is a comparison of the footprint to my "OLD" Sizzix - I say old because I don't know that I'll ever use it again. Craft garage sale here it comes!
The Cuttlebug takes up FAR LESS room. Even when open it only uses about the same space as the Sizzix "did" (teehee - I've already removed it Ü). The suction is incredible! Even when cranking the chipboard through, it stayed securely in place. I do believe it is important to have a clean smooth surface on which to attach it, but it holds PERFECTLY!
Yippie skippie! It takes the Sizzix dies! I measured the bed and a 6x6 piece of paper needs to have about 1/16" trimmed off the edge to fit through properly. After I took this picture I realized that I could fit these dies in "sideways" and they would still fit perfectly - so the tray is a wonderful width!
When you crank your dies through the machine you will hear some snap, crackle and popping - but it's all OK. Just keep crankin'. I had to take a picture of my cutting pad just to memorialize that virgin cut (and share the effects that you should not be concerned about). Replacement cutting pads are not expensive and I do believe that these will last for quit some time.
So here are the first things I have tried:
I thought I'd share this photo to show how I laid out four letters simultaneously using different patterns of paper behind each. The look of different papers together intrigues me and so I'm looking forward to layering these patterns together to create some little words Ü
My adventure with the Sizzlets hasn't been perfect, but I know I'll get there. The directions that come with it do NOT work with the Sizzlets. I think they must work with the Quickcutz, but being that I don't have any of these I can't tell you. The depth of the Sizzlet is to thick to use with the optional C cutting board. So I tried it with the B cutting board and as you can see it did not cut out all my letters. Then I tried inserting an additional piece of cardstock - it still did not cut out the detailed letters. Finally, I tried inserting a thin piece of chipboard - this did work, but I can't recommend it being that I had to crank so hard I was wondering if I was going to snap my handle off. I had to finish it, because I had started and was in the middle. But believe me, I was holding my breath while trying this. I do believe that this will work beautifully as well, once I get the correct size determined to add as my additional layer. I'm just not quite there yet.
That's all I have time for right now. I hope you find this helpful and if you have any hints, suggestions or products you have tried your Cuttlebug on I would so appreciate and love it if you would post your comments below!!!
Thanks and have a wonderful day!