When you got your Cameo did you get rid of your punches? Or is it easier to grab a punch?

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Posted 4/22/2013 by In The Shadow in General Scrappin'

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Posted: 4/22/2013 6:58:09 AM
Over the weekend I seen a post on CL and a gal was selling her butt load of punches for $200. I thought hmmm...., then I thought for $200 (almost) I could get a Cameo and wondered if it replace all the shapes? or is it easier to grab a punch?

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Posted: 4/22/2013 7:02:04 AM
I don't have a lot of punches, but I have never gotten rid of any of them because yes, sometimes it is just easier to grab a punch - especially if you don't need to cut a bunch of shapes. It's kind of like manual versus electronic die cutters... I didn't get rid of my Big Shot when I got my Cameo. In fact, I use it almost as much AND I still buy dies for it!

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Posted: 4/22/2013 7:07:38 AM
I've held onto the punches I have while having a Wishblade and a Cricut. Most of mine are simple circle, square, or border punches. Sometimes it's just easier to grab a circle punch than it is for me to drag out my machine. Also, with the border punches, sometimes I don't want to be bothered going into the software to create a 12" strip. I can have it punched in at least half the time it would take me to create the length in software.


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Posted: 4/22/2013 7:17:46 AM
I totally agree with the other posters. I have a Silhouette and a Cricut AND a big shot & still use my punches frequently. I use all my tools but it is definitely easier to grab a punch when the shape & size is right.

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Posted: 4/22/2013 7:19:20 AM
I don't have a lot of punches but when I want something that small then yes, grabbing the punch is way easier.

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Posted: 4/22/2013 7:25:04 AM
I agree with everyone. I use my Cameo often, but still reach for punches and use my Cuttlebug dies. But I haven't purchased many new tools since getting my machine.

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Posted: 4/22/2013 7:44:53 AM
The only punches I own are simple circles and squares. I can cut everything else on my Cameo.

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Posted: 4/22/2013 7:45:47 AM
I have a Gazelle electronic cutter (similar to Cameo), a Cricut, plus manual cutters, plus punches. And I use them all.

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Posted: 4/22/2013 8:08:02 AM
Trust me sometimes a punch is easier than dealing with the machine.


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Posted: 4/22/2013 8:51:18 AM
I still have both manual die cut machines and shapes and my punches. Plus I own the Cricut and Silhouette machine. I find I prefer to use a certain tool for certain projects.

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Posted: 4/22/2013 8:58:03 AM
Oh, I will never get rid of my punches. Love my sil, but if I am in the zone and just need basic shapes it is way quicker to reach for, say, a 1" circle punch or a star or whatnot.

I don't have a bigshot, but am considering getting one, for embossing purposes

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Posted: 4/22/2013 9:22:50 AM
I never had a ton of punches but I still use mine even though I have a Cameo. They are basic circles, star or borders that I get a lot of use out of. They are easier to use when you just need a little something and can use a scrap.

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Posted: 4/22/2013 10:02:33 AM
I love my punches and would never get rid of them. I have a Cameo and a Cricut but it so much easier to just grab my punches or even use my dies with the Big Shot. I use all my tools for different jobs.


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Posted: 4/22/2013 10:15:01 AM
Punches can be quicker, for sure!


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Posted: 4/22/2013 2:54:25 PM
I would never get rid of my basic shapes punches. But that's about all I have. So much easier to punch real quick than dragging out the cameo

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Posted: 4/22/2013 3:42:54 PM
I purchased a Cameo and I'm keeping all my machines and tools.
Punches are easier to grab when you need a basic shape in a hurry.


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Posted: 4/22/2013 3:49:24 PM
After I got my Silhouette I gave away some of my punches - the really specific ones, like an umbrella that I think I only used once anyways... I kept all my basic shapes and tab punches because they're just so quick and easy, and I use those shapes so often... I love the my Silhouette for everything else, and probably wouldn't have bought the punches if I had the Silhouette first...

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Posted: 4/22/2013 3:55:28 PM
I'm very lucky about the punches I buy. So I don't have loads of them.
I ring get rid of mine because they will be used often and easier to just grab and use

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Posted: 4/22/2013 4:11:29 PM
i recently steamlined the punches i had but kept all the essential shapes i use frequently. my favorites are the different tab punches i've collected through the years and the different size corner rounders. the electronic cutters aren't practical or a good substitute for using those punches in a pinch.


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Posted: 4/22/2013 4:48:46 PM
I still use my punches. It's just quicker and easier to punch a quick heart or star, etc, than to deal with my computer.

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Posted: 4/22/2013 4:55:38 PM
I still have my punches and still use them. Sometimes I find it easier to grab a punch then to set up the Cameo. It really depends on what I am working on.

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Posted: 4/22/2013 9:54:02 PM
I got rid of all except a few basic shape ones. No regrets I like having the extra space, I don't reuse very many shapes - and I don't buy punches anymore, though I do wAnt the wrmk card one coming out soon.

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Posted: 4/22/2013 9:59:43 PM
I'm with everyone else, but can I just say: $200?!?!??! How many punches did she have?? Sheesh. Lol.


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Posted: 4/23/2013 2:24:23 AM
All my punches are basics: circles, hearts... I use them because is quick. For everything else, I use Cameo


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Posted: 4/23/2013 3:43:50 AM
Did that $200 include a bunch of border punches? Those are fun and less effort than using an electronic cutter in a hurry IMHO.

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Posted: 4/23/2013 5:30:38 AM
I was contemplating this the other day, and decided I'll keep my punches when I get my Cameo.

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Posted: 4/23/2013 5:56:40 AM
mamaofdudes, she had 103 on 18 towel holders, holders included.

Only 4 border punches.

I actually have about half of these but it did get me to thinking about the Cameo!! I am not getting them.

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Posted: 4/23/2013 12:45:56 PM
Oh I still love and use my dies and punches!

For example with a thin sheet of cork paper I can use my Lawn Fawn dies with it, but couldn't run it through my silhouette.

I also like the ease of just grabbing a punch and not having to do any preplanning. I love them both and wouldn't replace one with the other.

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Posted: 4/23/2013 3:42:38 PM
I still use all my punches. No way will I get rid of those. It's just too easy to grab one and go. The cameo is awesome, but not fast.
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Posted: 4/24/2013 7:22:12 PM
Use my punches more than my silhouette. I sold my circuit and should have just pocketed the money than buy a silhouette.
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