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Posted 2/4/2013 by clee321 in General Scrappin'

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Posted: 2/4/2013 9:49:46 PM
But I know nothing about them.

Am I biting off more than a newbie can chew?

Where to buy?

What. Is a good price?

Just got lighting for my room, so I am over my scrappy budget this month.

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PeaNut 31,617
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Posted: 2/5/2013 7:50:46 AM
I've no idea where to buy for the best price as mine was a gift.

However, I will say that it is very easy to use; of course, learning all the bells and whistles takes some time (I'm still learning) but there are lots of free resources on the web (including our own TwoPeas master thread on the topic: Master Cameo Thread.

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Posted: 2/5/2013 8:18:05 AM
I was wayyyyy late drinking the Kool-Aid on the Cameo but now that I have it....I can't imagine scrapping without it.


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Posted: 2/5/2013 8:25:22 AM
Mine comes in today!!! WHOO HOO! I know nothing about it either - been reading all I can. But I'm a hands - one learneer so I'm just gonna have to teach myself as I go.

I bought mine on Amazon - seemed to be a great deal & because I was a prime member (you can signup for free for 1 month I think) & you get free shipping. There were 2 or 3 choices of bundles.

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August 2003
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Posted: 2/5/2013 10:13:05 AM
Well I ordered mine for $270 with free shipping and 2 desgin CDs (not sure they are the best) and it arrives Saturday. (peamail me for place if you want to know since it's a no no to post here)

I stood on the side lines for a long time..realizing I do not use my Cricut Expression that much..mostly because I don't like that it won't cut crisply or in small sizes..that and I didn't like the fonts. I sold everything to my BFF and bought the Cameo with enough left over to purchase the extended software which lets you upload your images, take any image and conver to a rhinestone template and manipulate other images as well as some designs.

So from what I read you can make stencils. With stencils you can either paint on to anything including tee shirts or etch on glass.

You can cut vinyl both heat transfer (more tee shirts or canvas bags or whatever) and sticky vinyl to put on glass, walls, laptop covers, phones, etc.

They have paper you can make temporary tattos should you want those for your little ones.

They also sell magnet paper to make magents.

You can also cut dies, alhpas, etc. They have print and cut which means it will do both.

There are also sketch drawings (make coloring pages for your little ones)

And they also sell dbl sided and single sided sticky paper so you can have pre made sticky alphas or use the dbl sticky for glitter or flocking projects.

I am sure I am leaving other stuff out but the bottom line if you can think it you can probably make it with the Cameo.

I definitely would search pintrest or google/images for Cameo Silhouette ideas...than you might start getting a better idea of what you can make and if you go to the Silhouette Blog they give fabulous how tos and a free image every now and then.

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Posted: 2/5/2013 10:35:39 AM
I bought mine last year from OMC - but Many have had complaints lately... My order was fine. My BFF ordered one last month from overstock- she used a "new customer 20% off code" which you can get with a quick google- I think hers was $240 including tax and free shipping after the discount.

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Posted: 2/5/2013 10:58:28 AM
I'm a newbie as well but have decided I'm going to purchase the Cameo and take Kerri Bradford's class. I prefer die cut titles and such and for that reason alone I'm going to take the plunge!

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PeaNut 251,919
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Posted: 2/5/2013 11:38:13 AM
I can't say enough about the Cameo. It has totally changed the way that I scrap. I no longer have to buy many embellishments, letter stickers, etc. because I can make my own, and that means that I can totally customize everything so it is EXACTLY the right color and EXACTLY the right size! I use my Cameo for absolutely every single scrapbook layout I create as well as for many elements on cards. It is simply the best scrappy purchase I have EVER made.

If you're on the fence and not sure if it is for you, go to the Silhouette America website and download the software. It's free and you can do everything with it that I can - except actually make the cuts. By trying out the software, you`ll see if it`s something you think you might like. You can also access the online store and see the thousands of shapes that are available.

As for where to buy... I`m not sure where the best deal is right now... I bought mine from OMC in October 2011 and had no issues whatsoever, but I have heard that many people are having serious problems with shipping promises and non shipping items! I wouldn`t invest in much more than just the machine and maybe an extra mat and blade to begin with. If you`ve got cardstock, you`ll be ready to go when it arrives!

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Posted: 2/5/2013 11:44:12 AM
I got the Sil. Portrait in Dec. from O.co. I love it. I think I got it for the price in the store today. It might have been $169. O.co has it for $179.

I just realized last night how much I love it. I was making a mini using TC Now and Then line. I needed some of the flower die cuts of hers. Everyplace that I looked was sold out. I went to the Sil store and found a cut file that was just like the flower I wanted. 99 cents later I had a file that I can use over and over and not be out of pocket for each and every package that TC comes out with.

Go ahead....If budget is not a problem, come on over to the dark side.

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Posted: 2/5/2013 11:58:39 AM
Bought mine from OMC for around $200 last February. Love it and use it for more than just scrapbooking. Really expands your creativity. I would also suggest signing up for the Beginner Silhoutte Class from Kerri Bradford. You will learn so much about your machine, bypass the frustration and enjoy the process from the start.

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Posted: 2/5/2013 3:31:48 PM
I scrapped for almost 10 years without buying an electronic die cutting machine because I didn't like all the steps you had to go through with a Cricut - too much trouble! Also, too much of an investment!

I felt good about buying the Cameo last year and got it for $212! It has literally been the best investment I've ever made except my DSLR. I love it and I now know it like the back of my hand. I don't spend much on images, just .99 on the ones I want WHEN I NEED THEM (I think that's the key). I just wait until I'm making a card or project, decide what I want, search the store and in about 2 minutes - I own it, I've cut it and then I usually use those images over and over.

It is the bomb!!

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Posted: 2/5/2013 3:36:00 PM
PS - I wouldn't recommend getting one where I got mine because my bff is waiting on one from them and has been for months since she ordered it.


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Posted: 2/5/2013 4:21:58 PM
My Cameo is coming tomorrow. I really bought it mainly for my soon to be 15 year old DD. We have several Cricuts, but she has been wanting to cut out so many licensed characters that are unavailable with Cricut. She has been using the online software for days now, and picking out images from the Internet and has them all set for when the Cameo gets here. We will be doing room decorations, home dec., cards, and maybe tee shirts too. Really looking forward to this machine.
I bought ours on Amazon for $269.99 for the bundle. I am glad to be getting 2 blades and 2 mats in case we mess one up accidentally!


PeaNut 501,296
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Posted: 2/5/2013 4:44:40 PM
I would LOVE a cameo, but I just can't justify the cost right now. I have a cricut and about 20 cartridges... someday I'll get a cameo, but it'll be a couple years at least!


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Posted: 2/5/2013 4:53:12 PM
I think its an amazing machine. I have a Cricut, but I just couldnt fork over the $ for carts. It is so much easier to buy a shape as I need it. And with the subscription, its so darn cheap. I just need more time to work with it to really see its full potential.


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Posted: 2/5/2013 4:59:03 PM
You will love it and enjoy it ever minute. I am silhouette user since 2008... I just change my SD for Cameo! My cricut is sitting in a box for a while... Cameo is the best! I got my for Christmas. My hubby got my cameo + the tote in amazon for $269 + free shipping. You can find tutorials in youtube! Good luck! Your scrapbook will improve 1000%
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Posted: 2/5/2013 5:03:23 PM
It's AMAZING, you will love it and pet it and call it yours. Do some googling to find the best price.

You can download the software (it's free) and play with it and you will see how easy it is. Also check out Kerri Bradford. She has four or five classes now and they are 20% now through mid-March.

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Posted: 2/5/2013 6:03:20 PM
Everyone needs a Cameo!!

I had the original silhouette machine for 5 years before the Cameo was purchased for me as a Christmas gift in 2011.

The original was the best investment I ever made. I save sooooooo much money on titles, embellishments, etc. I use the dark thing for everything, crafts, school projects, goodie bags and boxes, gift tags, you name it.

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Posted: 2/5/2013 6:16:37 PM
It's definitely changed the way I create too. I think it's bought itself now that I don't have to buy punches or metal dies anymore.


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Posted: 2/5/2013 6:34:42 PM
I had an SD and my DH bought me a Cameo for Christmas. He bought me me Cricut E for Christmas 2011 which I never really used. I love my Silhouettes!



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Posted: 2/5/2013 9:37:57 PM
because I was majorily disappointed with the cut quality from my Cricut E and the lack of available art.

I have had the Cameo for 1 week and I love it. I have designed several LO's, used the print and cut feature.

I found the software to be very user friendly and with the monthly purchase of images they run less that a quarter each (150 images for 19.99) I don't mind spending that because their images are perfect for each scrap project I do. I shop for the image/words etc based on the LO that I am working on.

I love that if it is a detailed layered project ex: trout all the pieces line up perfect unlike the Cricut cartridges. I do love the Cricut but I get so frustrated that the layers don't match, shadows often times don't match, words have been misspelled.
I just wish PC would have cut these images and assembled them before they sold millions.
I called customer service one (they were fabulous) and they could not figure out the image layering on Dude ATV so they put me on hold and cut all the layers and yep they did not line up as per the pic.
Oh and those tiny little pamphlets that your get with the Lites that it just simply a shame on you Provo Craft.

I still love my Cricut but not in the same way since getting the Cameo.

If your on the fence like I was for over 6+ months take the plunge you will love it. Their customer service is awesome if you need help but most of the help you might need is on a Youtube video.
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