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More Quilled Flowers – Cuttlebug by Provo Craft

With 3-D flowers such a hot ticket in the card-making and paper world, and paper quilling making its way to cards and paper crafts, here’s some fairly new products that I had to investigate. Cuttlebug Quilling Kits!

There’s three styles that Cuttlebug currently offers that I discovered… daisy, rose/carnation and chrysanthemum (as shown below, left to right).

Each kits include: 1 quilling pen, 4 cutting dies, 10 floral wires, a laminated instruction sheet and even a flower sample.  For my review, I focused on the daisy kit.

To make the flowers using this kit, you would need a Cuttlebug, Big Shot, or some other similar embossing machine and embossing plates.
In the photo below, the blue plate is the cutting plate and petals were cut from the peach paper using this plate.
 Simply stack the different pieces of cut petals…
Then wind together tightly using the quilling tool. Add a bit of craft glue to the bottom of the quilled flower to secure.
Cut leaves using the leaf embossing plate and add to the flower.
These make great embellishments for card-making and paper projects..

For those of you who are quilling enthusiasts…what a great addition to your craft supplies! For those who haven’t ventured into quilling yet, this is definitely worth trying.

Pros:

  • Custom make flowers and foliage to match card stock and designer papers to your handmade projects.
  • A fast alternative to making hand-cut pieces to create your own type of flowers.
  • In my opinion, adds more than a silk flower to paper projects.
  • Available at local scrapbook stores. I haven’t seen these in large craft hobby shops yet.

Cons:

  • Instructions aren’t very clear about the number of strips to cut and use to create the petal portion of the flower.
  • Instructions should explain the need to stagger the petals before rolling.
  • One of the dies is almost the exact size of a piece of cardstock at 8 7/16″ making it hard to fit the paper. You could use a 12″x12″ piece of paper, though.
  • Retails for $24.99 for each set – a little pricey in my opinion.
  • To cut through cardstock, I had to add several cardboard shims to cut through the paper.

  • Must be used in conjunction with an embossing machine.

Give it a try… it’s a fun tool to work with!

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6 Responses to More Quilled Flowers – Cuttlebug by Provo Craft

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    Colleen C. November 12, 2010 at 1:12 pm #

    I have these products and I agree completely with you about the instructions. I emailed Provo Craft to ask if there were any video resources showing how to use these dies or more detailed instructions and did not receive any response. You would think that they would be more responsive to their customer base!

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    RosieP November 12, 2010 at 4:23 pm #

    I just bought the rose/carnation kit and the extended length plates from Provo Craft (Provo has a sale on these products going on now!) and I can’t wait to give this a try.

    I found a couple of videos on youtube which I found helpful in learning the how-to. Watching the videos convinced me to buy.

    Peggy, your flowers on your beautiful card and envelope are fantastic!

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    Jan Castle November 13, 2010 at 12:25 am #

    Beautiful flowers. To help in the learning process, I searched Google for YouTube, and then typed in ‘Cuttlebug Quilled Chrysanthemum’…picked a video and watched how it was done…all the ones I watched showed beginning with the smaller center strip, twirl to end, glue next piece and twirl to end, glue next piece and twirl to end, etc., glue to secure the final end, turn your tool in the opposite direction from your twirling to pull off and release from tool…fold back your petals, add your leaves. It was mentioned that you could layer your petals before rolling, but it is difficult to twirl. Hope this helps.
    Jan Castle

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    Walter Silva November 13, 2010 at 4:50 pm #

    I am impressed, another great tool to use with the cuttle bug machine. This will work well for my collage borders too. Thanks for the lesson.

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    rilojane November 19, 2010 at 1:33 am #

    This looks like so much fun! And a dimension of quilling I’ve never thought of before.

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    Pam Young November 22, 2010 at 5:12 pm #

    I got my daisy kit today and couldn’t wait to try it. The directions made no sense, so I went on YouTube and watched the video by Erin Bassett. I made one right after I watched it and it came out great!! My only problem was I didn’t twist it tight enough.