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Posted 11/22/2012 by lafemmeknitkita in General Scrappin'


PeaNut 508,587
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Posted: 11/22/2012 11:35:31 AM
My delightful DH is getting me a Cameo for Xmas, and I have the choice between two different bundles. One comes with sketch pens, an extra blade & mat, a pick me up tool and a 10$ download card (most expensive choice). The other bundle comes with 2 download cards, a dust cover, adhesive card stock and glitter (slightly less expensive choice).

I will use it mostly for paper and fabric cutting (I know I need a separate blade for fabric, I am thinking of asking for the fabric starter kit with the second bundle choice), and will probably use it 2-3 times per week at MOST.

What choice would you suggest? Would I need a replacement blade/mat soon, do i need the pick me up tool? Or would I be happier with the less expensive with the fabric starter kit? Both choices are spendy and I want to make sure I maximize the money I am investing and allowing him to get me the Xmas gift I will get the most use out of.

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Posted: 11/22/2012 11:42:36 AM
Personally I would go with the sketch pens extra blade and mats. They are things you are likely to need and use more than glitter and adhesive card stock. There are loads of places who offer free cutting files so you might not need two cards. Glitter is pretty cheap to buy anyway.

The sketch pens are good for writing text and drawing and the blade and mat will need replacing so having spares is very useful.

I use my Cameo every time I'm crafting. I use my pens regularly and like to have spares at hand.



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Posted: 11/22/2012 12:03:42 PM
I too would go with the first bundle that comes with the extra blade and mat, they are both things that you will need sooner or later. It's nice to have a new blade and mat in reserve for cutting very delicate pieces, as a sharp blade does a better job of those. The adhesive backed cardstock and glitter from bundle #2 is nice, but not really a must have in my opinion.
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Posted: 11/22/2012 1:14:53 PM
Personally id go with the first option for sure enjoy!
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Posted: 11/22/2012 1:24:26 PM
Is the first option Amazon and the second I'm in the same quandary, but leaning towards Amazon which I think is your option one.


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Posted: 11/22/2012 2:11:04 PM
I ordered mine through Amazon yesterday and it will be here tomorrow. I went with your first option. Figured I could use the extra blades and mats more than glitter. I'm so excited for it to get here so I can play.


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Posted: 11/22/2012 2:28:27 PM
I would go for option 1 and ask someone else to get you the fabric kit. Spread the giving love KWIM

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Posted: 11/22/2012 4:33:24 PM
Gotta agree that the first option would be my choice. By the way, you don't actually need a special fabric blade - you can use the one that comes with the machine. From what I've read, the only difference in the 2 blades is the colour-and that was done to help people know which blade they have chosen to use for cutting fabric. It's a nice option but not necessary if you don't have one.

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Posted: 11/22/2012 5:05:58 PM
oh, hey! I didn't know it can cut fabric! Can someone tell me details on that? Do you have to fuse something on the fabric to stabilize it? I'm planning on getting one and I want to know EVERYTHING, LOL!


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Posted: 11/22/2012 5:09:24 PM
Also agree that option 1 is the better choice.

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Posted: 11/22/2012 5:26:47 PM
Thanks for your responses!! I actually ended up going with option 2 BECAUSE I could get that, and coupled with the Black Friday 40% off sale at Silhouette America, I could get the extra cutting mat/blade, fabric blade, spatula, and the basic 9 piece pen set for about the same as the more expensive bundle.

To reply to the poster above, yes, option 1 is from Amazon and option 2 is from Overstock.

I am so excited to be getting one of these! I have seen so many layouts with awesome cutouts, and I don't want to spend a whole bunch on punches just to get all the different cuts I want. And I can use my digi supplies with it. I swoon!!

So another question.... did you just teach yourself how to use it through various free videos, or did you take a class like the ones Jessica Sprague has?

How on earth will I wait till Xmas??

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Posted: 11/22/2012 5:38:54 PM
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Posted: 11/22/2012 7:22:09 PM
I got mine in October and after a rough first weekend, I now love it. There are a ton of you tube videos about how to use it, and a lot of helpful bloggers have posted things, too, but I **highly** recommend Kerri Bradford's classes (the Sil classes on Jessica Sprague). Good luck and enjoy!!
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Posted: 11/23/2012 2:51:34 PM
I read on a blog (N. Magorik?) that you don't NEED a seperate blade to cut fabric, but that the fabric blade cameo offers is a different color so that you know which one is your fabric cutting blade. Similar to paper scissors vs. fabric scissors.

Is this correct or is the fabric blade really a different type of blade?

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Posted: 11/23/2012 2:56:49 PM
I just read this on their site. Good to know! They both cost the same but if you already have another blade you could just paint it with fingernail polish or something (we're crafty--I bet we could find *something*, LOL!)

The Silhouette fabric blade is identical to the current Silhouette blade except for its distinguishing color.


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