Cricut vs Silhouette CAmeo

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Posted 11/19/2011 by blueeyez in General Scrappin'
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Posted: 11/19/2011 8:35:09 PM
I have heard lots of great things about the Cameo. I am not the computer geek type at all. I do have lots of cartridges, but was wandering if you have the Cameo do you love it? Do you own both machines? Pros vs. cons on the two machines. Thanks in advance.

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Posted: 11/20/2011 12:04:47 PM
Sigh. Where do I begin. I have owned several Expressions, three to be exact and have a cartridge library of a little over 100. I love many, many thing about the cartridge system, but dislike many, many things about ProvoCraft, their design software, and their complete and utter lack of honesty and follow up on their products issues and functionality.

I decided to invest in a Cameo and I've had it a little over a week. It's not been a terribly good experience so far. Silhouette America has redesigned the blade system for their machines and the new rachet system they have come up with is a piece of s*** in my opinion. Paper gets caught in the blade housing very, very, easily and once it's there's it ruins the blade and you can't cut ANYTHING else successfully.

I've spent a good bit of time on the phone with folks from Silhouette America who have told me that "We are aware of the problem, and we're looking into it" and "yes, we will send you a new blade". I bought a Cameo because I had seen first hand the wonderful things that Silhouette can cut - small, intricate designs (Cricut has never done this well) and because of print & cut and the design software. Everything has been true for me so far except for the ability to cut small and intricate designs, and then there's the little problem of ruining blades left and right. In fact, the last rep I spoke with advised me not to cut any intricate designs under 3" - which if that's all they can promise, why did I bother with this machine because that's what my Expression can do generally.

So I'm a frustrated Cameo owner right now. I have one good blade, another one on the way from Silhouette America, and I'm terrified to do anything else until my click blade system arrives and I can try to really *learn* my machine without ruining blades every ten minutes.

That said, the software is awesome, every bit as good as MTC and I just knew there couldn't be anything better than that. It blows the Cricut gypsy and CraftRoom (which still has major functionality issues) out of the water. I do like the Print & Cut a lot (I was a Cricut Imagine owner and I sold my Imagine and my 19 carts to buy my Cameo) and actually got that up and running early on (before my first blade went to hell). The store is great. If I end up keeping this machine, the subscription route is the one I will definitely use. I think the images are a bit more sophisticated and less babyish than the majority of those on PC cartridges, although in fairness to PC, the last six to eight months the PC new offerings have been some of their best yet, in my opinion.

I am hoping, desperately hoping, that this click blade solves these problems. Otherwise I think I will be making a case with Silhouette America to get my $$ back. Or they can send me another machine and we can try it all over again. I'm not ready to give up quite yet, but I just wanted you to know that it isn't necessarily the great right out of the box experience that I was expecting.



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Posted: 11/20/2011 12:11:47 PM
Oh gosh, this makes me afraid. I haven't even gotten mine yet.


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Posted: 11/20/2011 12:30:57 PM
I have the Cameo and have had no problems with cutting anything. I'm guessing there are some bad blade housings out there, but not all of them are bad.

I've had a Cricut or Expression for over 5 years now. I do like it, but when it comes to cutting anything small or too detailed, you can forget about it. Stick with big things lol!
Now the Cameo can cut very small, intricate details. It is a better die cutter, more smooth for sure. You should see the details I get with journaling and drawing even the finest of details.
I do like that the Studio software that comes with the Cameo is a dowload online. You can get a subscription to get downloads every month. I had the $20 a month for $150 in downloads. and there is often a coupon to get them cheaper. I do like buying by the design over buying a whole cartridge for a couple of designs I like.

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Posted: 11/20/2011 12:48:21 PM
I haven't had my Cameo long but I have used it a good bit. I did read that dust could get in the blade housing after intricate cuts and I take it out and blow it out after that kind of cut. I am grateful that I have had no problems whatsoever.I hope your problems are taken care of promptly!

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Posted: 11/20/2011 12:51:13 PM
I haven't had any problems with my blade housing either, and I've been cutting left and right since I got mine about a month ago. But I'll be on the lookout for problems now that I know it's an issue.

I LOVE the detail I can get with the Cameo. I've owned the cricut since it came out and was a total devotee despite the many many problems with cricut software and hardware over the years. The last straw was the lawsuits (for me), and I couldn't be happier with my decision to go with the Sil. I recently called Silhouette and was SUPER impressed with their customer service. The phone was answered within a few minutes of my call by a real live human being WHO ACTUALLY KNEW AND UNDERSTOOD THE PRODUCT AND COULD WALK ME THROUGH THE PROBLEM I WAS HAVING (which was calibration for the print and cut function) and was thoroughly delightful and pleasant to talk to. That HAS NOT been my experience with PC.

I like that I can use the Sil with 3rd party software (SCAL), but can buy images if I like. It is super easy to use. I find I really like the flexibility of designing my own images or importing free files, which 3rd party software and sil allow me. And the print and cut file is FABULOUS!!!

If I were starting out, I wouldn't bother with the cricut. The sil isn't hard to use and requires no particular computer expertise. And the SD card design makes it as portable as the cricut. So that's my 2cents : )


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Posted: 11/20/2011 1:04:18 PM
I'm another one that's had no problems with my Cameo. But I, too, will make sure to blow out any dust that might accumulate just to be safe.

There's no way the Expression could cut the designs I've cut on the Cameo. A while back I was trying to cut a detailed outline for a dragonfly on my E. No matter what I did--slower speed, faster speed, blade settings, different papers--I tried it all, and that image would not cut. It tore every single time.

The first thing I did when I got my Cameo was try to cut that dragonfly outline out. First time it cut like butter.

Like everything, there's bound to be a lemon squeak out here and there, and I'm sorry Sabriolet is having trouble with hers. I hope it gets fixed quickly because it really is a great machine, with easy to follow and understand software. I couldn't be happier.


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Posted: 11/20/2011 3:08:14 PM

Like everything, there's bound to be a lemon squeak out here and there, and I'm sorry Sabriolet is having trouble with hers. I hope it gets fixed quickly because it really is a great machine, with easy to follow and understand software.


Me too! I really, really want this to work, believe me. That said, if I was at the ground floor and choosing between the two I would go for the Cameo (assuming my issues are not common) over a Cricut any day of the week. You'll save yourself more money in the long run and if you have to learn design software, you might as well learn one of the best ones out there. PC is so far behind in that regard it's not even funny.


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Posted: 11/20/2011 4:33:41 PM
I have a few questions about the Cameo.

1. Does the software come with it or do you have to buy it extra?
2. How hard is it to manipulate the images using the software?
3. Are the images you can buy as cute as the ones on the Cricut cartridges and is there a wide variety of images? Are there any free images online?
4. How much does a subscription cost and what does it entail?
5. Do you like using it to cut vinyl and fabric as well?

Thanks for your help!

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Posted: 11/20/2011 6:05:12 PM
sweetsierra, check out the designs for yourself at the silhouette store (I hope this is okay and I'm not violating the TOU, but if I am I hope some kind pea will let me know). I absolutely adore them!!!

I haven't cut fabric or vinyl yet on mine, but I really can't wait to cut vinyl. It will be far easier and more versatile than with the cricut -- and I'm a vinyl junkie . Because you don't need to use a mat with the vinyl in the Cameo, I will no longer be limited to a 12"x12" workspace. I can cut 12" x 10' (yes, you read correctly...10 FEET). I'm so doggone excited!!!


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Posted: 11/20/2011 6:24:53 PM
1. Does the software come with it or do you have to buy it extra?

The FREE software does plenty - you can download it now and start playing with it to help you decide.

2. How hard is it to manipulate the images using the software?

If you can use your keyboard, you can use the software, it is super easy!

3. Are the images you can buy as cute as the ones on the Cricut cartridges and is there a wide variety of images? Are there any free images online?

Images are much better - there are over 19,000 images currently in the store. They introduce approx 150 new images every week - Every Tuesday they offer a free image. Download it along with the free software and start playing with it. Don't forget to go back every Tues to download another free shape.

4. How much does a subscription cost and what does it entail?

Depends on what you want. I waited for a sale then paid for an entire year up front. I pay $13 a month and I get $150 a month in images. The majority are $.99 each. Licensed designs are $1.99 each. Every Tuesday they do clearance shapes which are $.50 each. There was s shape sale a few weeks back when images were $.75 each and more than likely, there will be another sale this coming weekend.

There are several different tiers to a shape subscription, best I can say is go to the websites and check them out and check out the shapes.

5. Do you like using it to cut vinyl and fabric as well?

I have not used either of these features yet but I do a lot of print and cuts which is my obsession right now!


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Posted: 11/20/2011 7:49:22 PM
Ditto on the Cameo and the software. Brilliant and tons of fun. VINYL.....my new addiction!
As far as the store subscription.....just to be sure you realize that if you don't get a subscription, you pay full price...$.99 or whatever it is, but with the sub i think it gets it down to approx. $.15 or some crazy cheap amount!
I'm hoping they'll offer a deal on subs on black friday...i'm upgrading from Deluxe to Premium!!


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Posted: 11/20/2011 8:37:51 PM
Thank you all so much! Very helpful! Just one more question: what is the print & cut feature?

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Posted: 11/20/2011 8:52:59 PM
I have been using my Cameo for a week now. I love it! So far I have found nothing that it will not cut. I am cutting intricate designs that I could not cut on my original Silhouette without a problem. My blade has not clogged like people are saying has happened to them. The software was easy to install and as long as I remember to gently press the blade all the way into the holder till it clicks, I have not had a problem and no clogging. The mat is a 10 compared to the old Silhouette mats. IMO it is not to sticky.

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Posted: 11/27/2011 10:18:41 PM
After reading all the messages amd seeing the samples, I definitely will buy one. So glad I never invested in a Cricut. Now I will need to sell my Big Shot and the 30 dies that I have. Also, if yu see an ad print out and take to your Michaels they will match they now carry the Cameo for $299.

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Posted: 11/28/2011 5:58:34 AM

Now I will need to sell my Big Shot and the 30 dies that I have


Before you do this, please consider that the BS will do a wonderful job as far as embossing folders and cutting thicker materials. I do have an electronic cutter, but it definitely does not replace my Bigkick. If you can afford to keep it and still get your Cameo, that would be the way to go.


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Posted: 11/28/2011 7:31:53 AM
I have to agree that you should definitely KEEP your Big Shot and the dies. It's a totally different machine and you might regret getting rid of it. At the very least, don't sell it until you get the Cameo-you'll be in a better position then to decide whether it's worth keeping! I personally would never part with it mostly because I'm hooked on embossing but also because sometimes I want to cut a simple shape (like a label or something) and just can't be bothered to boot up my laptop!

As for the print and cut, it's a feature that I didn't think I'd use - until I used it. Basically you print a design from your printer, slip the sheet into your Cameo and BINGO ...the outlined shape cuts! No more hand cutting! There was a really simple tutorial here a couple of weeks ago explaining how you can do this with your stamps! So take it from someone who didn't think that this feature was all that significant... IT IS!


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Posted: 11/28/2011 8:40:33 AM
I have had my original Silhouette for 5 years. I bought my Big Shot after that and I still use both. I did get rid of my alphas and such like that but I use it a lot to make chipboard books and embellishments as well as other things. I have some basic shapes but I do use it a lot.

Plus for embossing. If I ever get around to having my stuff accessible all the time again, I used to emboss a lot!


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Posted: 11/28/2011 10:16:15 AM
I have multiple electronic cutters: Wishblade (old blue one), Gazelle, and Cricut Expression (and a Gypsy). I love and use them all.

Cricut is easy and simple IMO. Any other cutter is going to have more of a learning curve.

I had a significant learning curve to learn to use my Wishblade. It's like the Silhouette (made by the same company), but with the old blue Wishblade you had to use Illustrator to weld words, which really added to the learning curve. I later got a Gazelle for the 12 inch and chipboard capabilities, so now my Wishblade is gathering dust. I eventually also got a Cricut because I liked some of the designs, and for the convenience. My design time is more limited these days.

I suggest you look at the tutorials on YouTube before you invest in any machine. Read about it additional places on the internet, not just what you get on message boards.

If you think you can take time to conquer the learning curve, go for it. If what you see and read makes you feel intimidated, then maybe you should stick to the Cricut or at least wait awhile.

I notice that some people are willing to do whatever it takes to learn how to use their electronic cutters, and others aren't as persistent. Time constraints make a big difference.

I think anyone can learn to use a cutter if they are willing and able to spend the time it requires to overcome the learning curve. I knew one gal who wasn't computer savvy at all, but she just kept persisting, asking questions, practicing with tutorials, till she learned it.

If you work full-time, and have little kids, and are intimidated by learning to use computer graphic programs, then it would be a lot more of a challenge.


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Posted: 11/28/2011 10:25:52 AM
Nana,
You can use the new Silouette software with the wishblade, its free from silhouetteamerica and they give a free shape each week. The new software is very easy to use. If someone isn't sure download the software and see if you find it works for you. I remember the old Robe Master Software was clunky but I still have the new version and like it for somethings. The new software is much easier to use compared to illustrator, inkscape, etc. Weld and matting your titles is as simple as a right click.

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Posted: 11/28/2011 10:49:48 AM
For me, there's really been no comparison between the Cricut and the Cameo. I've had zero problems with the Cameo -- beautiful cuts every single time. This is my first Silhouette and the learning curve is much easier than I thought it would be. I'm loving it!

As for my Cricut . . . well, I've never truly loved it. It has never cut little stuff well and forget about anything really detailed -- those cuts have always been a mess. In fact, I have 2 cartridges that have been major disappointments because the darned machine just won't cut the images in a usable fashion. On the Cameo, no matter how detailed or how tiny, my cuts have been fantastic. First time, every time. That alone makes it the clear winner. The fact that the Cameo is NOT a Provo Craft product -- winner again. Oh, and no more buying cartridges? Best move ever on my part. I'm completely sold on the Cameo.

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Posted: 11/29/2011 12:06:10 PM
Thank you to my wonderful husband - was able to buy the Cameo as an early Christmas gift and I bought it yesterday at Michaels!!! OMG how easy to set up and use!!!! I cut some shapes this morning so easy no problems whatsoever!!! My only issue is that last night I was online trying to order shapes at 50 cents each and because it was11 pm when I went to check out the prices went back up. I emailed customer service, no response. It took forever to go through the pages of shapes but not sure why they cut off at 11 instead of midnight western time!!! I did get the freebie this morning!!1

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Posted: 12/9/2011 3:04:39 PM
Can someone HELP ME please?

I'm undecided on which machine to get. The Cricut Expression 2 or the Silhouette Cameo.

I am basically going to use my machine for scrap booking albums of my baby boy and for Party Decorations (Ex. Hello Kitty, Disney Characters, Kid's Cartoon characters, etc...)

I know on the Cricut you have to buy a cartridge for each individual theme which run for approx. $40 each. Apparently you can print any design on the Cameo. But I am wondering if you are able to cut/print out copyrighted designs. Ex if I copy and paste something from the web.Any help would be appreciated. Thanks in advance

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Posted: 12/9/2011 3:10:20 PM
Sabriolet, I'm just wondering if you can come back to this thread and give us an update on your experience, since your first response last month.

DId you get your new blade, and is it any better?


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Posted: 12/9/2011 4:30:46 PM
I have used the silhouette SD and recently upgraded to the Cameo. Although I had a problem with the blade on the Cameo, Graphtec (British version of Silhouette America) exchanged my blade extremely quickly and have been very helpful. I've not had a problem with my new blade. I've cut loads of intricate designs and I make sure I blow out any bits so there is no problem.
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Posted: 12/9/2011 4:48:20 PM

Can someone HELP ME please?

I'm undecided on which machine to get. The Cricut Expression 2 or the Silhouette Cameo.

I am basically going to use my machine for scrap booking albums of my baby boy and for Party Decorations (Ex. Hello Kitty, Disney Characters, Kid's Cartoon characters, etc...)

I know on the Cricut you have to buy a cartridge for each individual theme which run for approx. $40 each. Apparently you can print any design on the Cameo. But I am wondering if you are able to cut/print out copyrighted designs. Ex if I copy and paste something from the web.Any help would be appreciated. Thanks in advance


One of the nice things about most electronic cutters (and Silhouette & Cameo should be among them) is that you can print and cut designs found on the internet. For example, you can make paper piecings from coloring book pages on the internet.

As for printing and cutting designs from the internet, the answer is technically yes, but the internet images are usually such low resolution that the print quality is very poor.

Sometimes, though, you can find dingbat fonts that are cartoon characters, like the Mousebats font that has a bunch of Mickeys. And you can cut dingbats. I've found a Pooh dingbat font, too. I haven't looked for Hello Kitty or any others, but as I said, you can always make a paper piecing.

The Cricut is only useful if you are willing to buy the cartridges. But if you watch for sales online as well as at brick & mortar big box stores, you can usually get carts for a lot less than $40.

The Cricut is easy to use and is portable without a computer. But the Silhouette/Cameo will allow you to use most computer fonts, and you'd have the capability to do FAR more than you could with the Cricut.


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Posted: 12/10/2011 7:41:56 AM
Yvonne - I responded to you on the other thread but I thought I would come back to this one and provide an update. I am now using my 3rd blade from Silhouette and it's working beautifully. So it really was the blade. I have been working heavily with the machine over the last few weeks and I just keep getting more and more impressed with it. I am still using my Cricut, I own too much to put it down completely, but I can definitely say that if I was getting in on the ground floor the Cameo is the surefire way to go.

Good luck with your decision!


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Posted: 12/10/2011 9:24:19 PM
I find this topic very helpful since I want a cameo in the worst way ever!!! here's a question for you ladies that have a cameo.can you cut svg files from businesses like myscrapchick,little scraps of heaven and srapping bug design???? I do alot of paper piecings using their files but since I don't have the SCAL or MTC for my cricut exp.I hand cut all my pieces and if the cameo can do it without needing cutting programs like SCAL and MTC that would be a dream come true...lol TIA


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Posted: 12/10/2011 11:55:45 PM
This thread has also been very HELPFUL... thanks so much.. I too would like to know if you can use downloads from "the cutting cafe" and myscrapchick.com... they have some of the cutest paper piecing stuff .. thanks Bonnie


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Posted: 12/14/2011 9:25:45 PM
I have had my Cameo for almost a month now and lovin it! Customer service is excellent - bought a set of sketching pens and one was missing the pen!! Sent them an email and received within a week. Also they credited me for the cyber Monday special and now they are giving a freebie every day for 12 days of Christmas and discounting all holiday shapes - what a deal. The Cameo is so easy and being able to decide what shape etc. I need or want instead of a cartridge - how much easier does that get!!! Michaels has the pens, blades, vinyl etc. Thank you everyone for all the info - love reading the posts!!!! Happy Holidays to all.

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Posted: 12/14/2011 9:59:43 PM
If the files you want to use from those other shops are svg's, you will have to upgrade to the Silhouette Designer Studio. It has features that the free software doesn't. Including the ability to import svg files. It is regularly priced $49.99. But I have seen a lot of people get it on sale for around $30.

Or you can use the Make the Cut software. They just added a Cameo plugin. So if you have that already, you can use that.

And I think Sure Cuts A Lot can be used too. But I don't have that program, so I don't know anything about it.


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Posted: 12/15/2011 1:54:14 AM
Great discussion here. I have the Cricut E for a long time and recently welcomed the new arrival of Cameo almost a month ago. She came early [delivery was fast and adopted her from some nice folks from Utah [OMC territory] I had no doubt she would fit right in, in fact E just sits there and wants a turn but she just keeps spitting up great projects time after time. I do plan on keeping E around because of the carts, SCAL2 and my Gypsy. Can't part with the Gypsy. For those on the fence, you won't regret it. Web based library so your files aren't hogging up your PC, you can save your projects on an SD card. I have experimented with vinyl, and adhesive stencil film [Martha has a 3yd roll]. A gazillion ttf fonts for free to cut, and can simply trace and cut png and jpg files. If you are transitioning over from a Cricut and used SCAL 2 you can get SCAL 3 for free from Crafe Edge and cut SVG files. You can have both versions on your PC at the same time. There is a user forum for Cameo/SD, links to free files, blogs and tutorials from very knowledgeable users of SD/Cameo. I just wish I had more time to play and cut because I would if I could.


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Posted: 12/15/2011 7:20:19 AM
thank you Connie thats very helpful I was hoping I wouldn't need to purchase additional cutting programs to cut other svg files but thank you for the info I really appreciate it


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Posted: 12/15/2011 7:20:23 AM
thank you Connie thats very helpful I was hoping I wouldn't need to purchase additional cutting programs to cut other svg files but thank you for the info I really appreciate it


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Posted: 12/21/2011 6:53:47 PM
Backing up to post #2 - I am having the same blade issue. Actually I am having a lot of issues. I am ready to throw up my arms and give up. I really want to like this machine but I have used it 3 times now and I have several issues. I am wondering if I am alone here (and heaven knows this could all be user error). Here are my issues:
The program suggests I cut my 80 lb card stock at level 3 - I have to hike it up to 5 to get it to cut all the way through - is that normal?

I tried to cut an intricate design (the "Artisan with Swirls" by Samantha Walker) and ended up with a shredded mess of paper. I originally had my 80 lb CS and the machine set at blade 5 and speed 3. I went back to try again with the machine set to a lower level (1 instead of 3) I left the blade set at 5, and I set it to double cut (because it was not cutting all of the way through). When I loaded the paper the "Load cutting mat" setting WAS chosen. When the machine went to cut my design in the top left corner it started to cut willy nilly - scrolling around all over - including off the edge of the paper and on to the clear part of the mat. Cutting through the mat I might add. I called the Cameo people (very helpful btw) and they had me try to clean out the blade and then try a re-cut. This time I tried a far less intricate design - a mushroom. I filled the page with the mushroom cap and set it to cut. Everything cut ok except a few of the mushrooms had some spots that did not cut as circles as they should. Instead I got and e shape cut. It seemed to be totally random on 3 of the 16 mushrooms. The mat is very sticky and not siding around.
So I've used the machine 3 times and I need a new blade, a new mat and apparently I cannot cut out anything intricate. Heck, I don't seem to be able to cut out anything that isn't intricate either! Not what I had hoped for. Can anyone give me any advice before I head to the corner to cry?!?

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Posted: 1/18/2012 10:19:12 PM
I want to thank all of you for all of the great information you have provided on the cameo. I am a fairly happy Cricut owner and have always sworn I would never use anything else. I had an awful experience with PC when after 11 months my Imagine died. I actually didn't really care, I guess because I had so many problems with it towards the end that receiving the new E was fine by me. Now I have heard that the Silhouette can print and cut. Well had I known that all along I would've never bought the Imagine. I'm so excited about it and I can't wait to get one. I love the online library of images and I like that I can also use SVG files. Thanks again ladies for all the wonderful info!!!

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Posted: 1/19/2012 7:26:19 AM
I'm positive that the files from myscrapchick.com include a GSD version of the design that can be imported into the silhouette software-and of course as already mentioned, you can cut SVGs with SCAL, MTC and the upgraded designer edition.


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Posted: 1/26/2012 9:02:42 AM
I just ordered my Cameo ... can't wait to try it out. I've been a Cricut user for 5 years -- owned three machines -- and I'm tired of not being able to make even "not so intricate" cuts. And I'm really tired of Provo Craft's proprietary-ness. Really, give the Cricut a broader audience and it would be more popular. Allow other software and cuts from something other than the cartridges. I haven't bought a cartridge in years because I don't like the "new" stuff which is not so new nor innovative. I just figured out that "Print and Cut" is essentially the same as the Cricut Imagine. AWESOME! Luckily I never bought an Imagine. And it has the added benefit that you can create and use your own images, not just the cartridge images.

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Posted: 2/20/2012 8:41:15 AM
I've been a huge Cricut user for about 4 years now. I have an Expression and just bought an Imagine a couple of months ago. Besides card making, I use it for invitation jobs, so I use the Expression constantly. When my first Expression stopped working, I called PC and I was very dissatisfied with their support. Basically they told me they could do nothing and I had to buy another Expression. That was very disheartening to me because I, like many others, invested a lot of money on the cartridges, etc. and just felt they could have been more helpful. All in all though, I do love my Cricut, but of course there are pros and cons to everything. I do have a problem when cutting small, intricate things so that's an issue and why I am looking into the possibility of getting a Silhouette Cameo and I like the fact that you can hook it to your computer and it can cut and print.

Does anyone know if the Silhouette Cameo can print and cut clipart as well? I often buy clipart for certain projects and download it in jpeg form or png. I would basically size it on my computer (in Word) and then print it and cut it by hand which is very tedious. If the Silhouette can do that, I think I would be sold. I'd appreciate any feedback on this.

Thanks for all your comments, ideas and suggestions. So helpful!!!

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Posted: 2/20/2012 8:57:23 AM
Roe, yes if you go back and search some of the threads, the print and cut feature of all Silhouette machines has been around for years. You don't have to buy an extra machine, an adapter or special ink either.

You open your design within the Silhouette software - the Silhouette store has a ton of print and cut designs or yes, you can import image files and offset them to create a cutting outline - and then send it to your regular printer from within the software. When you do this, you set your machine up to print registration marks on your page along with your design.

Then, you load your printed page into your Silhouette machine (they all do it) and follow the instructions to detect the registration marks and then cut as usual.

I just did this last night with an imported jpeg image. It was the sign of the aquarium my family visited last summer. I just imported it, did an offset around it (rather than trace, this is much easier) and there you go, a perfectly matched embellishment for my LO.


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Posted: 2/20/2012 10:57:36 AM
Great info ladies!


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Posted: 2/20/2012 2:05:44 PM
great thread for someone like me thats been on the fence about which machine to buy.

I barrowed my g/f's cricut about 2 months ago, then I got the bigkick ... the cricuts been in the box the whole time except then 2x's I did use it ... I was bored with it so quick.

I was then thinking the imagine or the emachine ... Im leaning more into looking deeper into the silhouette now ty!

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Posted: 2/20/2012 5:35:12 PM
I got the Cameo just over a month ago and I LOVE IT!! Ok, so I've never owned a cricut and I am new at the "scrapbooking world" but wow this has opened up a whole new avenue for me in crafting. What I like about the Cameo. It cuts fine details with ease. I have never had problem with my paper jamming up like someone had mentioned. Also, you can down an image from the computer and use that w/o buying it. NO CARTRIDGES!!! So my husband wanted to put the Pittsburgh teams on his truck and I was able to go to google, find the images and save them then open them up in Silhouette studio and use the easy trace tool and walla...decal like you would buy in a store. Amazing!! So for me, I just couldn't see me buying a whole cartridge just to get the one image I wanted and pay $40 on sale. NO WAY!! This machine has been getting a whole lot of affection lately and my husband may be a tad jealous. LOL.

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Posted: 2/20/2012 6:15:58 PM
It is so nice to not be the only Silhouette owner anymore!!! I love seeing everyone so excited about their machines!


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Posted: 2/20/2012 7:53:37 PM
I just put a review of the Sizzix Eclips on my blog. It can be used with their cartridges or with a computer.

Sizzix Eclips Review

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Posted: 2/28/2012 1:54:48 PM
Mari I am with you on that one! For the longest time there didn't seem to be anyone to talk to about the machine, now there are so many!!


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Posted: 2/28/2012 2:03:29 PM
I just got my Cameo today! I've been playing with it for a couple hours.

There is no comparison!

The program is so easy. I already did a couple titles I needed with welded letters and it was so much quicker than on the gypsy.
And the titles I did do had very small thin letters that my cricut would never have cut.

I'm very happy I made the change.




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Posted: 3/6/2012 9:55:56 AM
Ok I am going to be buying the Cameo, but where is the best place to buy it? In prevoius posts, it was stated that you could purchase it at Michaels, but I don't see it on their website. Is it only in Michaels stores? Aside from Michaels, anywhere else that has a good deal? Any help would be appreciated...so excited to purchase one!!!!!

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Posted: 3/6/2012 12:39:05 PM

Ok I am going to be buying the Cameo, but where is the best place to buy it?


I think a lot of people have been getting the Cameo at Oh My Crafts dot com.


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Posted: 3/6/2012 3:01:34 PM
That is the cheapest that I have found it at...$229.49 with free shipping! Not too shabby. They have a promo code this month because it is craft month! I think I will be jumping on it!!
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