Cricut vs Silhouette CAmeo
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Posted: 3/6/2012 5:54:41 PM
I got mine recently at amazon - it is a little more expensive, but I have amazon prime and I got it in two days Mine is working great and I am thoroughly enjoying using it. I love the way it cuts compared to the cricut.

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Posted: 3/15/2012 2:45:22 PM
I work at Michaels and they do sell the Cameo and accessories. I have had mine for over 4 months and love it. Check Amazon for the Cameo also or google - the vendor also sells it too.

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Posted: 3/18/2012 8:59:04 PM
I have yet to see a Cameo or it's accessories at the past two Michaels that I have visited. Do just certain stores carry them?
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Posted: 3/20/2012 10:11:40 PM
I haven't seen it at my michaels stores either.



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Posted: 4/8/2012 1:43:58 PM
I just found out last week that only certain Michaels sells the Cameo - not sure why as I the Michaels I work at sells it. Also, the Cricut mats work fine in it also. Cricut mats are sold at certain Walmarts but not all of them!!! Maybe an email or letter to Michaels with the issue of why they do not sell it at all the stores unless Provo has it in their contract......sounds like something a vendor would do!!!

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Posted: 4/8/2012 9:42:27 PM
I LOVE my Cameo!!!! 'Nough said!!!


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Posted: 4/8/2012 9:48:33 PM
I have the Cameo and I love it. I use to have the Cricut Expression and Imagine machines and sold them both and went with the Cameo. I am so glad I did too because I love my Cameo. It cuts great and is easy to use.


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Posted: 5/22/2012 4:17:14 PM
Decided to sell my Cameo (6 month old, used about dozen times), 2 sets sketch pens, set of 2 Cricut mats (Cricut mats work w/Cameo), 3 extra blades. $275 plus shipping. I have the original box, CD instruction booklet also. Cameo support team is awesome and I do appreciate the freebies that I have used but I do not use it enough to want to keep it.
contact sgbaden@hotmail.com if interested!

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Posted: 6/6/2012 11:53:22 AM
Are you able to create your own graphics in a graphics program like Photoshop/Illustrator and import it into cameo software? This will be the deciding factor for me

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Posted: 6/6/2012 2:04:42 PM

Are you able to create your own graphics in a graphics program like Photoshop/Illustrator and import it into cameo software?


I can't remember, but I do know you can use gsd and cut ready dxf files with the silhouette software. The designer edition allows svgs.

You might start a new thread with that question.


HTH


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Posted: 6/6/2012 6:56:15 PM
I love my Cameo!

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Posted: 6/19/2012 7:26:15 AM

Are you able to create your own graphics in a graphics program like Photoshop/Illustrator and import it into cameo software? This will be the deciding factor for me


I know in Illustrator you can save your files with a svg extension. You have to purchase the Designer software for the Cameo, but it is worth the investment if you want to design your own files. That is the only reason I bought the Cameo, I am a graphic designer and needed total control, lol. I haven't used the print and cut feature, so I have not designed anything in Photoshop. I imagine you can use it, too...or find a work around solution. I love my Cameo.

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Posted: 6/21/2012 3:09:23 AM
The Cameo is just the best machine. I had posted issues with my print and cut, all resolved. Today I have spent the day scanning in my stamps and no more fussy cutting!! I now have templates for my most used stamps meaning I can cut a template for my stamp, cut it out and then stamp. Scrapbooking just got easy plus plus. I can scan in all my stamps (include Tim Holtz) stamp them in black,scan, autotrace, offset, go in and clean up anything that I don't want in the offset, scale it and voila, I have the template for my stamps. A saving straight away and such a classy addition to my pages and cards. I loooove this machine.....Di

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Posted: 4/11/2013 11:01:26 AM
Hi, I just happened across this post and I have to say - I just listed my 5th Anniversary Special Edition Cricut E2 with ALL my bells and whistles on Ebay just so I could purchase the Silhouette! Hands down, it beats the Cricut, and I've been using various editions of the Cricut for almost 10 years! So, hello Silhouette!!


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Posted: 4/11/2013 8:05:00 PM
Cameo blows the Cricut out of the water! Wish I had bought the Cameo first instead of buying all those carts to go with my Cricut. Didn't help that Provo Craft was not listening to it's customers.

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Posted: 4/11/2013 8:05:36 PM
Cameo blows the Cricut out of the water! Wish I had bought the Cameo first instead of buying all those carts to go with my Cricut. Didn't help that Provo Craft was not listening to it's customers.

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Posted: 4/11/2013 9:20:01 PM
I have the original Silhouette and am wondering if it makes sense to get the Cameo. What are the main differences?
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Posted: 4/11/2013 11:45:36 PM
^ ^ ^
To the pea just above this post, the big difference is cutting width.

I use the newer software with my old blue wishblade, and you can do the same with the original silhouette.

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Posted: 4/12/2013 8:32:18 AM
I just got a cameo and i LOVE it,best thing ever,so glad i got it,im finging it hard to go to bed at night cause i just want to stay up and play with it all the time LOL

but a question about the cutting mat- do you think you could punch a hole in it right up the top so that you could hang the mat when not in use, without it affecting the operation of it(would it get stuck on anything when cutting if i did this?)

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Posted: 8/10/2013 8:53:46 PM
On behalf of the Cricut - I have been a Cricut user for the last 5 years starting with an Expression, Gypsy, E2, enjoy the CCR, digital carts and even teaching classes. Unlike most of you I have never found PC to be rude nor had them leave me hanging out to dry without an answer to my problem. One rep even got my new Windows 8 working with cricutsync so I don't have to shut down the firewall etc...to do updates anymore! I'm in heaven! I do love my Cricut family. But believe it or not the other day my DH said, "I think if you were to invest in any other tool for your crafting, you should think about this Silhouette Cameo." What's a woman to do? He's also the one who saw the Cricut work years ago and told me he thought I needed one of those too! I was a BigShot user then and it was my Christmas present that year. Well, he does know me and he knows that sometimes I just can't seem to find the cut on my cartridges for the project I'm doing. Plus I think he thinks it would be cool to be able to cut anything too. I've learned a lot ladies from this post and will be thinking about a Cameo for the future. Like some of you though I will still keep my Cricut family as I too have an investment in cartridges but have never paid more than $25 for any of mine. I bid ebay alot and Black Friday sales!

I think the Cameo could open up a whole new chapter for me in my crafts but am fearful of the learning curve when I still work full time. Do you think I will have an issue? Also the HL employee I chat with said she loves hers because of a "trace" feature. I have not heard much said about this. Can someone expand for me a little? She says it saves her from having to buy a lot of images. Also any other links where I can read more and become more acquainted with the machine so I'll know if it's right for me. Thanks! Yes, I know DH is giving me permission to spend $ or he's fishing for this year's Christmas...I'm not sure!

P.S. I just saw the Cameo in our Michael's store the other day. I worked there for a year and at another store for 4. This is the first I have seen of the machine and supplies.

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Posted: 8/10/2013 9:17:09 PM
I have baby bug, gypsy, 2 expressions, and the imagine. I received the cameo for easter and have not used my circuits. Do not have to worry about cartridges anymore.

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Posted: 8/10/2013 10:04:43 PM
I have the cameo and love it.
LOVE IT!

I am not computer literate in the least and I can use my cameo

I have never had a cricut but, all of my friends have/had them

I can't think of any pros to buying a cricut

The cons of the cricut:

you have to buy cartridges that cost $90 and only have a couple dozen shapes at best.
If you want different shapes, spend another $90.
Will you love all the shapes in those $90 cartridges? Probably not

The pros of the cameo:

You can purchase shapes individually.
.99 per shape.
Cheaper when they're on sale.
You can buy subscriptions to the silhouettes online store to purchase shapes much cheaper too
You can get loads of free shapes online from many sites.
Every week silhouette offers a few shape too
You can design your own shapes with the designer software
Its so easy to use that even my 7yo DGD uses it alone

I could go on and on!

Honestly I can't think of any cons to owning a cameo.





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Posted: 8/11/2013 10:08:35 PM
I love my Silhouhette. I find it easier than using my Cricut. I have the Cricut, Imagine and Gypsy and wish I had bought the Silhouette first. Would have saved tons of money instead of having to buy carts and I got caught up in the Imagine hoopla when it first came out and got sucked in. The Silhouette cuts great and I feel customer service gets back to you and I never feel like I'm getting the run around. If you do decide to buy one I hope you love it and share your thoughts with other people on the MB when they are deciding to buy one for themsleves.

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Posted: 8/12/2013 3:34:00 AM
jsteed- I love my Cricut too. I have always loved the Silhouette machines. I actually started with a Wishblade but it's in the same family. I was a Wishblade user before I was a Cricut user.

I will tell you the #1 reason I got a Cricut besides the enabling husband. You have an enabling husband too.

I got the Cricut because the Wishblade was really hard for me to learn. Back then there were no blogs, no You Tube videos. The die cutting community in my opinion was elitist and not helpful at all. The little Cricut came out and everyone was so helpful and kind. We all shared our tips and tricks.

Fast forward several years later we have You Tube videos and Blogs. I think the Cameo is easier to learn than the Cricut now. I am being serious. I won't lie to you there is a learning curve to the Cameo but there is so much help now with this machine any learning curve is a five minute video on You Tube.

Cameo's trace feature is you take any image from the Internet like a free coloring page for example. The Cameo will trace it for you and turn it into a paper piecing file just like the Cricut. I hardly use the store for my Cameo. I use the Trace feature the most.

Google this term "Silhouette Plus". You will have to join the forum to gain access. This is the group of leading ladies who are top experts in the Silhouette community.

I use to do a lot with die cutters too but I am out of that now. I bought a home and went on too different things in my life so I don't write extensive die cutting how to's any more.

I do use my Cameo more than my Cricut. This is because I bought a home and I am making a lot of home decor projects from my designs. I am also designing a lot of high end art projects too. I do love my Cricut. I won't get rid of my machine or my cartridges. I still use it. I have used both my Cameo and Cricut on the same project. For a ready made library I prefer Cricut images over Silhouette's store.

Take the plunge and buy a Cameo. It will be a nice machine to go with your Cricut. It really enhances the Cricut. Download the Silhouette software too. The Silhouette software is free. You can look through the store at designs. You can learn how to use the trace function. You can design. You don't need the machine to use the software.

Hope that helps.


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Posted: 8/14/2013 7:15:20 PM
Thank you so much for such an informative response! I got a little hesitant about things when I saw many talking of the learning curve. But then again, I do work full-time, DH is retired and we no longer have a little one running about when I do get home. Empty nesters but for a demanding Pappillon, Sophie!

You are so right about the extended community that is available now to us. If I was in a dilemma the first place I turned to where the message boards whether it be for how to's or just info before making major purchases of tools or products.

Would you suggest going big or going home? As my enabling husband says and get the Cameo vs. the Portrait? Are you saying you can download and play with the Silhouette software before purchasing to see what it's like or are you talking about after the purchase? It would be great to see what I would be getting into first to see if I like it. Please advise. I look forward to your response.

This is a great thread!

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Posted: 8/15/2013 5:30:15 AM
Here's the link for Silhouette Studio-Silhouette Studio You can download for free and play with it. You can get a good feel if your comfortable with the program. If you buy the Silhouette and not comfortable with the software you won't use it. The software is where you will spend 99% of your time using the Silhouette.

I think since you own the E & E2 machines I would go big and get the Cameo.


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Posted: 8/15/2013 6:51:43 AM
If you can afford another machine, by all means get the Cameo (or any other cutter that meets your needs---I would be more inclined to get the Zing).

But the Cricut still can be handy. I use it for convenience, especially when I go crop with friends, I often take my Cricut. I have a Gazelle and use it for custom design, but my Cricut gets plenty of use, too.

FWIW, I am adept at design work (designing my own art from scratch, not tracing someone else's artwork). I used to be on a design team for a business that sold machines and cutting files. I finally quit because it took a lot of time, and I was tired of designing for others.

Both machines have their uses. I only bought a Cricut because I liked some of their designs. Others have bought a Cameo and never touched their Cricut again.

I think that having both can be useful.

As far as the learning curve, a lot depends on the determination of the individual to learn, and their willingness to spend a little bit of time to learn it. There will always be a few who give up quickly because they don't have the patience to spend time to learn something new. However, most seem to learn how to use it from what I have seen here.


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Posted: 8/15/2013 12:11:10 PM
Question, If I download the software and buy images, can I then take my laptop and plug into say a friends machine and cut them?


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Posted: 8/15/2013 2:09:58 PM
OMG I just ordered mine I had an HSN coupon and credit so I thought I'd give it a try. I was at Archivers and the lady there showed me how easy it was to use and I was really impressed so I guess my Pazzle and Cricut will be going to my Daughter and Daughter inlaw I love the fact I can subscribe to the Silhouette online store too


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Posted: 8/16/2013 3:48:51 AM

Question, If I download the software and buy images, can I then take my laptop and plug into say a friends machine and cut them?


Yes, definitely you can do that. No problem at all.


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Posted: 8/16/2013 6:23:38 AM
I have had followed cricut from the first machine to an Expression and now the E2 - which I really like! My E2 and Gypsy have never given me a problem. I have loved the special edition cartridges that have come out the past few years by Teresa Collins and now Anna Griffin. The number of images/cost are very reasonable. A number of my friends have recently purchased Cameos and also bought $400 laptops to dedicate to the machine. The detail cuts are impressive. As a recreational scrapper who crops monthly my cricut works fine for me.



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Posted: 8/16/2013 1:00:11 PM
I do not have a dedicated laptop for my cutters, sp don't think that you must have a dedicated laptop.
However, I do have a dedicated large usb drive that I save files to.

I my KNK Zing, but still use the wishblade also (usually with the silhouette software).
I'd definitely go for the wider cutting width and computer driven cutter over a cricut.



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Posted: 8/25/2013 3:46:07 PM
Thank you for this thread!! I have a Cricut and a zillion cartridges, looking for something easier and for my needs as they have changed so much over the past few years! This has helped me decide to get a Silhouette, I was on the fence!

I'm a Mac user, anyone have issues with using a Mac and the Silhouette? I'm well versed in Photoshop and love using dingbats! I think this is a good fit for me!

Sara

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Posted: 9/9/2013 5:44:52 PM
I'm watching some prices drop in the Silhouette but of course there are always different things included in the packages. One this is concerning directions. Some just say instructions included and others look like they might have an instructional DVD. Is this true? Which is better to have? or is it the software DVD that I'm seeing in the picture?

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