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Provo craft is all about creativity and even though their dies are not seen much around online, I will still show you what they used to be about! I GUESS we can call this segment Provo Craft VERSUS Sizzie and Spellbinders because that is what it really was about. Like Sizzix, Provo craft's goal was to appeal to all types of crafters whether they be scrapbookers, papercrafters, or card makers.  With there award winning machines, Cricut & Cuttlebug, Provocraft standed out with innovative die-cutting technology.

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 ProvoCraft Cuttlebug Die Cuts & Embossing Folders

  Cuttlebug Cutting Dies
Simply put the provocraft cuttlebug die-cuts are some of the nicest dies out there on the market. Cuttlebug dies come in so many different styles and sizes giving the papercrafter or scrapbooker tons of options, with these die-cuts being so versatile. Provocraft's claim to fame is that the Cuttlebug diecuts have been designed by some of the finest artists in the die-cutting industry. The dies offer very precise cuts. These dies come in the following: 2x2 single dies, 3x3 dies, 2-step cut dies for layering, alphabet dies, 2x6 bundle dies, and 2x2 themed dies.

 Cuttlebug Embossing Folders
The Cuttlebug A2 embossing folders are probably the biggest hit by provocraft. With currently over 40 different cuttle bug emobossing folders, these are a must have for those that love to emboss cards and envelopes. The reason these embossing folders are so popular among scrapbookers is the amazing texture and design that they provide. Provocraft offers two kinds of embossing folders: 2x2.75 and 4.25x5.5. The 2x2.75 come in sets of 4 and can be used to make matching cards and envelopes. The 4.25x5.5 are the most affordable embossing dies on the planet and are primarily used for card making. These dies are priced at the most around 5.00 retail. The others that come is sets of four are priced between 15.00-24.00. Still a great deal too for getting about 4 dies. These embossing die-cuts come in A2 card size, 5x7, and sets. Click here to view ALL embossing folders for Cuttlebug.

See how to use the Cuttlebug Embossing Plus to make some window cards. These new emboss plus dies are the REAL DEAL! With no extra plates or mats to purchase you can do the cutting and embossing with the Cuttlebug machine and the plates that you already own!

Video on the Emboss PLUS dies: DON'T LAUGH! THIS WAS ONE OF CUTATHOME.COM 'S FIRST VIDEOS EVER!!!




 



 The Cuttlebug Die Cutter and Embosser Machine
What can we say about this little portable die-cutting system made by provocraft? Well... It is a dream come true for die-cutters out there. The Cuttlebug for one already will cut most any dies that you already have whether it be Bosskut dies or Quickutz dies, and from what I hear the Cuttlebug cuts and embosses Spellbinders dies very well with the right plates and with the Spellbinders tan embossing mat. And yes ladies that includes cutting and embossing Spellbinders famous Nestabilities! Next the Cuttlebug has a fold in platform that makes it great for storage. Next the Cuttlebug by Provocraft is so easy to use. You first lower the platforms, place your die face up between the cutting pads, and turn the handle to move the die through the Cuttlebug machine. That's it! Click below to watch a demo of the Cuttlebug in action put on by Provocraft or watch it here:



So if you are thinking about buying the Cricut you might want to think again. See this article: Provo Craft Cuttlebug May Be a Better Bug Than the Cricut


 

ProvoCraft Cuttlebug Accessories

Provocraft sells a storage binder that is blue and fits all of the 2x2, 3x3 provo craft dies. It also fits the A2 envelope embossing folders.  It retails for about 22.00 at www.cutathome.com

 

Cuttlebug 2 inch binder inserts. 11 x 8.25 storage inserts for the use with the cuttle bug storage binder. One insert holds 24 2 x 2 cutting dies or 2 x 2.75 embossing folders. These retail at about 6.00.


The Cuttlebug 3x3 binder insert comes with two storage inserts that will hold sixteen 3x3 folders.  These retail at about 6.00.


The Cuttle bug A2 binder insert comes with two storage inserts that will hold eight A2 folders.  These retail at about 6.00.


The Cuttlebug 2x6 binder insert will hold 16 2x6 dies.



Also Provocraft Cuttlebug provides extra cutting and adapter mats.  It's always good to have an extra one of each just in case you're in the middle of a project and one snaps or breaks.  Although the main reason that these cuttlebug plates would break is if you are using them incorrectly.  The Cuttlebug A spacer plate is a handy block for the Cuttlebug Die Cutter and Embosser that allows the machine to work efficiently and effectively with other brands of thin dies.  Then you have the "C" Adapter Cutting Mat.  The Cuttlebug B replacement cutting pads come in a dual pack to help you cut and create longer on the Cuttlebug Die Cutter and Embosser. This package contains 2 Type B Cutting Pads.


You now have ALL the 6x13 cutting mats too here below:


Spacer Mat A 6x13 - This spacer mat is for use with the Cuttlebug die-cutting machine and the 12" embossing folders. It measures 6 x 13 x .25".

Spacer Mat B 6x13 - This cutting mat is for use with the Cuttlebug die-cutting machine and the 12" embossing folders. It measures 6 x 13 x .25".

Adaptor Mat C 6x13 - This adaptor mat is for use with the Cuttlebug die-cutting machine and the 12" embossing folders. It measures 6 x 13 x .25".

And if that is not enough information here is a litter History about Provo Craft and their bugs the cricut and cuttlebug:

As Provo Craft is one of the pioneers of the scrapbooking industry, many crafters only know of the Cricut Digital machine. But in 2006 they came out with another bug that was making some different sounds, which was called the Cuttlebug Die Cutter and Embosser. This article takes a look at the other side of the company ProvoCraft that often scrapbookers neglect and may not know much about. If you have ever considered a more hands on approach to making a scrapbook page or greeting card for friends and family, this manual machine should also be an option and well worth the expense.  

Machine

The Provo Craft Cuttlebug machine is classified as a diecut roller machine, the most durable type of diecut machines on the market. The machine comes with everything to setup your new crafting station. It was released in November of 2006 and has hit the crafting community by storm. The Cuttlebug combines modern engineering and usability with a compact fold in store profile system.  The tool comes with a spacer block, two 7-3/4-by-6-inch cutting pads, thin die adapter, user manual, and a hand-crank handle, as well as a hex key tool, screw, and plastic cap for handle installation. The hand-crank rolls the material through the machine to the opposite tray, cutting or impressing images. Then with the suction system it sticks to flat surfaces to prevent slippage while cutting. Equipped with an integrated pop-up handle for easy machine transportation and portability with its fold-up trays for compact storage makes this a crafters dream. There are no buttons to push or software to configure. Just lower the platforms, grab your plates, and you are ready to go.

Dies

The machine works with a variety of Provo Craft cutting dies and embossing folders, available for separate purchase through many retailers. And will work with many other manufacturers' thin dies and steel rule dies for greater flexibility and versatility. So no need to throw away any other leading brand die-cuts you may already have. The embossing dies are great and they don't need that much pressure from this machine to give you a crisp image. Cut a shape, emboss a shape, or cut then emboss shapes with the inspired designs available. Then there is the emboss plus. With these there is no need to have extra dies, mats, or special cutting plates with these embossing folders. They will allow you to Cut, Emboss, and Deboss with ONE single die. Last but not least are the regular die cuts with your favorite Disney characters that open up all kinds of fantasies for creations. These are just a few of many that Provo Craft offers.

In conclusion although the cricut digital machine is definitely one of the most popular machines out there on the market, a crafter should also consider the Cuttlebug machine. With its affordability, easiness of use, and portability. The only real complaint this machine gets is why there are not more dies for it. This tool is the perfect addition any crafter wanting the hands on feeling of scrapbooking at an affordable price. It will allow you to cut and emboss shapes from many inspired die designs. This is an excellent product for scrapbooking with affordable dies to buy.  The machine and inspired die-cut designs exclusive to the Cuttlebug system are as fun as they are simple to use. So is the Cuttlebug really better than the Cricut? I guess that depends on who you ask. But as far as the company is concerned I would like to think they are pleased with whatever the end user chooses.

To learn more about Provo Craft Cuttlebug Dies including Cuttlebug embossing folders and all products you can visit CutAtHome for more information. CutAtHome is an online scrapbooking, card making, and paper crafting store. They specialize in providing only quality die cuts, die cutting machines, paper, embellishments, and rubber stamps.

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