am I a Cameo candidate?
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luvmyfam444
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Posted: 1/4/2013 2:15:08 PM
So Im thinking of purchasing a Cameo.
First let me say I have had my Cricut for years & own tons of carts (like everyone else). BUT I rarely rarely cut anything other than letters or maybe a simple shape, on a good day I might add a shadow.

Once right after I got the carts I did some layering with a Disney cart (mickey/princesses, maybe)

and I HATED all the tedious work of layering - but of course love the results.

SOOOOOO I'm assuming all that same tediousness of layering is still there with the Cameo - right?

I also can't stand how the Cricut is never consitant on the cutting...some paper cut beautifully & others didn't. Causing major frustration for an impatient person.

I also didn't like how the Vinyl didn't cut really well...even with a new blade.

Is there a huge learning curve? I do okay with the basics on the computer.

So tell me whatcha think...

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Posted: 1/4/2013 2:27:44 PM
I had a Cricut and hated it after a few months. Seldom used it except for titles and some flowers.

I just got the Portrait and am truly enjoying it. There is a learning curve, but it isn't that hard.

There are tons of youtube videos to help you out with any questions you may have as well as tons of posts here.

You can use the fonts already on your computer to cut titles, thus not having to buy fonts if you don't want to.

The cost per design isn't too bad (usually $0.99) so you aren't spending a fortune on cartridges like you had to with the Cricut. Plus they have the subscription packages which make things even cheaper.

I picked the Portrait over the Cameo simply because I didn't see the need for a 12 x 12 canvas the way I scrapbook.

Good luck whatever you decide.

luvmyfam444
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Posted: 1/4/2013 3:28:28 PM
good info - didn't know the portrait exsisted - only heard about cameo.

Can you tell me a good place to order?

I'm just assuming Amazon 'cause I can get free shipping...

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Posted: 1/4/2013 4:09:19 PM
I am a former Cricut owner as well! I traded it in about 2 years ago for the Silhouette SD and then upgraded to the Cameo when it was released in 2011. I have seriously never looked back and have absolutely never regretted my decision to make the switch! However, I didn't invest a lot in the cartridges so the decision came easier than it might for you (although I'm quite sure that you'd be able to sell your cartridges because there are still many Cricut users out there). My suggestion is that you download the software now and see what you think. I personally didn't find that there was much to it, but I also had used SCAL so maybe that's why. If you download the software you can play with it to your hearts content ... Obviously you can't actually cut anything until you get the machine, but at least it will give you an idea of whether or not its for you!
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Posted: 1/4/2013 7:24:55 PM
I bought a Cameo for Christmas this year. I used it a little for gifts, but it was a trial and error thing. I'm excited to take a class next weekend at my LSS. I borrowed my MIL's Cricut last year to make a wedding gift using vinyl. I didn't like the Cricut due to being limited as to what I could cut. I love the Silhouette store and bought a subscription. And I can cut any true-type font on my computer. It just doesn't seem to limit me as much!

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Posted: 1/4/2013 7:40:51 PM
I have a Cricut Expression which I did not use once last year. I did however use my Cameo at least 169 times!

I only ever bought 8 Cricut carts so there is no point selling them. In fact, I have 3 out and intend to use them this afternoon because I love the images on them.(Meow, Life's a Beach and Storybook)

That said, the Cameo is so much easier to use and I love the fact that you can see how it looks on a 12 x 12 page on your computer screen. I plan my layout with title and images then cut them all out together.
With the Cricut (didn't have the Gypsy) I would have to guess the size and swap cartridges if I wanted something from a different cartridge.

I took out the basic subscription - $10 per month and you get $25 credit so it costs about 40c per image - a LOT cheaper than Cricut carts! While I do tend to buy generic labels, borders, images etc if I do want a really specific title I buy it. For 40c who cares if I never use it again.
I've only cut once with vinyl but it was perfect.
Definitely recommend the Cameo!
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Posted: 1/4/2013 8:24:15 PM
I had the Silhouette SD for YEARS and truly fought upgrading to the Cameo because I didn't think I needed 12x12. I caved, and got the Cameo last April. I am SO glad I did! I didn't think that I needed the 12x12 because I was only thinking "scrapbooking". I've since discovered how many other wonderful things that you can do with it. Tonight, I cut out treat boxes for my granddaughter's birthday party. Two to a 12x12 sheet. I made beautiful holiday decorations, and a big "pin the nose on Santa" game for the kids. If you are going to purchase one, I would highly recommend going for the Cameo so you are not limited by the size of the Portrait.

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Posted: 1/4/2013 10:19:57 PM
good selling points
now I need to get my hubby to read this thread! HA!

I have the Gypsy, which I never used - well I played with it a bit...but it wasn't instant. lol

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Posted: 1/4/2013 10:38:33 PM
I also sold all my carts & cricut expression & bought a cameo. Love the cameo. It definitely gets used more than the expression ever did.

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Posted: 1/4/2013 11:22:08 PM
Just wanted to point out that you will likely have the same paper issues with the Cameo. Paper just cuts differently (some good,some bad) on all diecut machines. Worldwin and American Crafts seem to consistently work good for me. I used to have a Silhouette SD and now own a Pazzles Inspiration and I love the freedom that no cartridges offers. You'll love it!

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Posted: 1/6/2013 8:35:01 AM

Can you tell me a good place to order?

I'm just assuming Amazon 'cause I can get free shipping.


Sorry for not responding sooner. I have been sick.

I ordered from Amazon, got free shipping and 2 day delivery.
My Portrait came with the 50 free images and the $10 gift card.
Also, all of the tutorials, tips and tricks I have found for the Cameo work on the Portrait.

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Posted: 1/6/2013 10:00:43 AM
I've not had a Cricut.

I started off by buying the Silhouette SD which cuts your letter size, I think (A4 in the UK. It is still available as far as I'm aware. Silhouette have now brought out the Portrait which has a few less things than the SD ( SD card Slot). The Cameo is similar to the other machines except it cuts 12 x 12 card/paper. You use the same software for all the machines. There are several sites and Utube where you can get tutorials for it.

The Cameo blades don't cut fibrous paper/card very well but is brilliant on vinyl. I use mine mainly with card and paper. Like the op I have been frustrated occasionally with some types of paper not cutting well, but I've got to know what ones don't cut so I don't use them in the machine. There is an option to do a test cut first before you ruin all your paper. It just cuts a small square in the corner so you can see if it cuts OK. I would recommend you use that until you know what cuts and doesn't. I've been told by several people who have had both machines that the Silhouette machines give a cleaner cut and will cut more intricate designs.

I thought the Cricut carts were expensive in the UK and that put me off buying one. I like the fact that you can buy individual Sil files so you get just what you want rather than paying for a cart for just a few useful designs. There are many websites that offer files for free so I have thousands of files and only paid a few dollars for the few I bought. I like the option of importing an image or clipart and tracing it in the software so I make lots of my own cutting files. The software allows you to create your own designs if you feel inclined. You can also cut letters from the fonts on your PC.
You can use your own writing by using a felt pen, writing your words on paper, scanning them into your PC then import to studio and tracing them to cut.

As you can guess I love my Cameo. If I'm crafting then I"m using my Cameo is out for scrapbooking and card making and other things too. My DH needed an circle with holes in it for the plumbing. I took the old one copied and cut it from acetate for him.... plumbing job sorted!! DH now loves my Cameo too

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Posted: 1/6/2013 10:27:40 AM
I've had my cameo for a year now. Once. It walked in the door, Me. cricut never saw the light of say again. It's so much easier to use and it's easier to always have out and ready. I did hang on to the cricut for awhile but I never missed anything it could do. The cameo does it better on all counts.

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Posted: 1/9/2013 11:22:38 PM
K...I think I'm sold.....

any tips on how to convince my hubby?

AND where did you sell your Cricuit? (LSS or craigslist or what?)

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Posted: 1/10/2013 1:58:31 AM
Get a Cameo! It is cheaper than cricut... I am not even buying temples.. I can download anything to the software and make everything! You will enjoy every cut and for thick paper select double-cut! My cricut is good to get dust!
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Posted: 1/10/2013 1:59:21 AM
Amazon has a good deal with the tote!
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