Cameo and cricut

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Posted 1/20/2013 by addicted2scrapbookin in General Scrappin'


PeaNut 244,645
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Posted: 1/20/2013 10:12:39 PM
I have cricut and a gypsy but want a cameo Silhouette. Re ther peas with both. That actually use both and is it hard to use I'm computer dumm. Thanks


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Posted: 1/20/2013 10:13:22 PM
Oops- are there peas with both?


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Posted: 1/20/2013 11:24:13 PM
i have both and still use my cricut as much as my cameo... as a matter of fact i just finish working on my PL cover page today using both of my machines... the software has a curve to learn but there is a lot of videos in you tube to guide you thru it

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Posted: 1/21/2013 12:54:26 AM
I have both.

I do tend to find myself reaching for my laptop to work with my Cameo more, but there are projects that I do that I'm actually glad that I didn't get rid of my Cricut.

I've also had projects where I have had both cricut and cameo cuts in it.

It really depends on what I need for a project.


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Posted: 1/21/2013 2:19:34 AM
I have both and I use my Cameo exclusively right now. The cuts are so much cleaner than the Cricut. I'm keeping my Cricut because IMO it cuts chipboard and glitter paper better. I have SCAL, so they are both super easy to use. I also have the Design Studio for both but rarely use them. SCAL is awesome, but you can no longer purchase it for the Cricut.

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Posted: 1/21/2013 5:19:25 AM
I have both and I love my gypsy by the way. I hate to use my computer with my Cameo, I'm not very computer literate with the commands in the software, but I have made many cuts with very little assistance, I just prefer the cartridge system, I have lately start buying carts again after taking a 2 year break. I haven't used my Cameo since Sept or early Oct. I will but I just hate the computer other than that I love my Cameo. It's a fun machine in many ways and the cuts are really nice! I think, I confused more than helped. Sorry!

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Posted: 1/21/2013 6:11:58 AM
I have both and use both. Love them!


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Posted: 1/21/2013 6:41:03 AM
I have both! & I could kick my self for buying the cricut! I had no idea about the cameo when I first purchased the cricut.. Then about a month after having the cricut I found out about the cameo & just had to have it especially for the print & cut feature.. I haven't touched my cricut since my cameo arrived & it makes me sick to my stomach especially since they are not cheap machines! I'm still trying to figure out a way to use both. The cameo can do everything the cricut does but so much more, and you don't have to spend $50 on a cartridge to use it! The great thing is your never stuck with a cartridge full of images you'll never use. For me I only bought a few because most of the cartridges I didn't like all of the images! I also love that you can buy shapes at anytime, if your in the middle of a project and have an idea of what you need you don't have to wait to buy a cartridge to finish your project! The software is pretty easy to use same as the cricut craft room on that level & I don't mind it being hooked up to my computer since I have my laptop hooked up to it, it's very convenient for me! I still wish I could find a way to use my cricut just as much as my cameo, any advice peas? Lol


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Posted: 1/21/2013 6:48:41 AM
Had a Cricut for 4 years. Did't use it very much. Bought 30+ carts, really only used about half. Bought SCAL and that helped some, i would import svgs and cut on the Cricut. Bought a Gypsy because a friend loved hers. HATED THAT GYPSY. That was the first thing I sold to earn money for my Cameo. I am keeping my Cricut only because my daughter is in education and she wants it to make stuff for bulletin boards....otherwise, I would have sold that too. I kept half the carts for her, and sold the rest on eBay. I LOVE MY CAMEO. It is so freeing to be able to cut whatever I want, and it cuts so much better than my Cricut ever did. Most of the ladies I work with have also ditched their Cricuts on Craigslist and have bought Cameos.

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PeaNut 272,954
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Posted: 1/21/2013 8:09:17 AM

I have cricut and a gypsy but want a cameo Silhouette. Re ther peas with both. That actually use both and is it hard to use I'm computer dumm. Thanks

Before you decide whether or not to get a Cameo, download the free Silhouette software and see if you are comfortable with it. It definitely has more of a learning curve than the Cricut. Since you say you are "computer dumb" then trying out the free software will let you know if you can handle it or if it will just frustrate you and be a waste of money.

I have seen posts by a few people who ended up sorry they had gotten rid of their Cricut for the
Cameo. The Cricut is an easier machine to use. I happen to love my Cricut and Gypsy, but I also have a Gazelle (similar to a Cameo) electronic cutter and love it even more for what I can do with it. However, I am somewhat computer savvy, and I use Illustrator to do my design work. I got the Cricut for the convenience and because I liked some of the cartridges. Design work can take a fair amount of time, unless all you are doing is cutting computer fonts and not much more.

By trying the free Silhouette software, you will be able to figure out if it is within your abilities. You won't be able to cut anything, but you can get a feel for how the software works. And if you find it frustrating, definitely try the YouTube tutorials.


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Posted: 1/21/2013 9:57:08 AM
I have both. Just got my Cameo for Christmas.


PeaNut 536,877
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Posted: 1/21/2013 10:08:04 AM
So glad you posted this. I have a circut and gypsy too, but now see how I am ready for a cameo. I feel guilty because of my circut investment, but I also have no desire to get rid of it either. I think I will still use it for certain projects, especially with it's ease of pick and go with it. I saved all my Christmas $$$ (so glad even at 34 I get Christmas money!) and I am only about $70 away from being able to purchase the cameo. I did tell myself if I just had to have it, I would save up for it the old fashion way. Plus I thought it would give me the time to really think about and not buy it just because everyone else has one


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Posted: 1/21/2013 10:10:49 AM
I have both and hands down love the Cameo sooooo much better. Wish I had heard of the Cameo first.


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Posted: 1/24/2013 12:07:33 AM
Thanks so much for all the replies. Some really great advise to think about. I may wait another year to purchase it ($) is tight. I just hate how my cricut is cutting. I updated it in October and since then my circles and ovals are cutting wonky. I'm don't what to do.


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Posted: 1/24/2013 4:40:12 AM
Have you tried a hard/soft machine reset? This would allow you to recalibrate your machine and may help. The other thing that I've learned is that badges warp a bit due to use, climate, etc... I have much better cuts if I change the blade fairly regularly.
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