Cameo Vs Cricut

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Posted 3/10/2013 by blueeyez in General Scrappin'


PeaNut 95,353
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Posted: 3/10/2013 1:43:10 PM
I have been debating getting the Cameo. I love the fact you get a free shape every week. And the fact you don't have to pull out a cartridge.

I already have the Cricut. If you have a Cameo do you like it better? If so why, if you don't like it better, why not? TIA

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Posted: 3/10/2013 1:47:26 PM
I have both. The cameo is much more user friendly. I also like being able to buy a single shape versus buying a cartridge.

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Posted: 3/10/2013 1:48:37 PM
I have both. I love being able to print and cut. That is one of the best features if you ask me. With the addition of software, you can buy and cut SVGs from the many online SVG stores. The Cricut is limited to layered cut-outs.



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January 2013
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Posted: 3/10/2013 1:52:05 PM
I am over my cricut - I have heard nothing but great things about the silhouette cameo - that will be my next big scrap purchase.


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Posted: 3/10/2013 2:03:24 PM
I'm curious what is considered a good price for the Cameo?

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February 2013
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Posted: 3/10/2013 2:18:40 PM
I saw them today in a bundle with a rolling tote bag, the cameo, 2 mats and some design software for $269.


PeaNut 20,838
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Posted: 3/10/2013 4:19:44 PM
I love my cameo. It cuts better and cleaner than the cricut, especially with smaller cuts. I also love the Silhouette store versus the cartridges.

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Posted: 3/10/2013 4:39:04 PM
Almost any electronic cutter will cut better than the Cricut, although the Cricut Expression2 does cut much better than the older versions. Still probably not quite as good as the Cameo.

Advantage to Cricut: easy to use and doesn't need a computer, so it can stand alone, making it easier to take to crops.

Advantage to Cameo and most of the other electronic cutters is greater versatility and flexibility. You can create your own designs and use your own computer fonts. They have a slightly steeper learning curve, but the Cameo or any other cutter just needs a little more time and a willingness to learn.

I have a Cricut Expression 2, a Gazelle, and a Wishblade. The latter is gathering dust, although I am thinking about dusting it off since the Silhouette software can work with it, and I like some of their designs. I love my Gazelle and can make anything I want with it. Unfortunately, my son often needs the computer when I do, so I mainly use the Cricut these days. My Gazelle is a better machine than the Cricut, and I am sure the Cameo is, too, but the Cricut goes with me to crops, and when I am at home I don't have to kick DS off of the computer when I want to cut something.

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August 2004
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Posted: 3/10/2013 5:04:35 PM
Hands down Cameo over Cricut. I now have both along with the Gypsy and Imagine and use my Cameo so much more than the others. It is so simple to use and the images are endless. The one thing I like also is that the images are not kiddy like and there are images that I see in the gallery on the Garden Girls layouts sometimes. Wish I had gotten the Cameo first I'd be Rollin in the dough with all the money I would've saved.

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PeaNut 152,107
June 2004
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Posted: 3/10/2013 5:12:21 PM
Thumbs up for my Cricut. I don't have easy access to a computer so it's the way to go for me. I found that I really don't need a lot of options available but it does have everything I need pretty much. If I had easier access I would look more into the cameo so I could have both.

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Posted: 3/10/2013 5:16:55 PM
Look around for places with a discount code listed on their home page.
Especially through today 3/11, at that art place with dick in the name and another word that rhymes with dick and starts with bl.
I saw people on other boards mention getting them for about $202ish




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January 2013
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Posted: 3/10/2013 5:17:19 PM
I have to say that I am a Cricut user simply because I cannot justify switching to the Cameo yet. I am really curious to know how much shapes/designs, etc. cost each for the Cameo? Is it more reasonable than buying a whole cartridge for the Cricut?

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February 2009
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Posted: 3/10/2013 5:20:15 PM
I have both and love both.

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Posted: 3/10/2013 9:14:05 PM
@mamaof8 shapes in the Silhouette Store are .99 cents. Plus you get a free shape every week and the machine comes with 100 free shapes. Google bloggers designing free cut files to download. Plus you can cut any font or dingbat and trace a jpg or png file.

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April 2002
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Posted: 3/10/2013 9:32:30 PM
I love my Cricut Create. It does everything I need it to. I am happy with what I can afford.

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July 2006
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Posted: 3/10/2013 9:36:55 PM
Have both, Cameo about 10 days and love each respectively. Was so busy just cutting brushes for Project Life (Ali ones) but had a few Spring swaps I just finished and my Expression served it's purpose as I already had the cartridges and shapes I adore.

FWIW I bought my Cricut used @$75 and works like a dream. My Cameo was clearanced at M's for $149 so both were very affordable.

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January 2010
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Posted: 3/10/2013 10:20:06 PM
I have both and love them both for different reasons. I have lots of cartridges, so I linked them all in Cricut Craftroom (free software download) and I can easily search my own cartridges for images. I have the small 6x12 Cricut Create. cricut also has a cartridge each week you can cut any shape from for free! Its automatically added to your Cricut Craft Room account each week. Cricut made a. Announcement Dec 2012 that they would be offering single images for purchase soon. as of now, there are only a handful and i find them kinda cheesy. I recently bought a used Silhouette to try put that cuts 8 1/2x12. I love it too. If I can't find something on my Cricut cartridges, I search the silhouette store and buy the 1 image I need for .99 instead of having to invest in an expensive cartridge. I have a monthly silhouette subscription where I pay $8 and can download $25 of cut files every month. I like that silhouette has free cuts (put 50 in the search box), clearance cuts and a free cut of the week. I also like being able to open free svg files from other Internet sites or the flexibility of buying cut files from other sites. So, there you my Cricut and Silhouette review! Ha!

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Posted: 3/11/2013 8:52:51 AM
For shapes in ghe silhouette store, there are also sales and monthly subscriptions (you select your induvidual images), as well as a free shape each week, and the freebie is yours to keep.
A few times per year, there are discount codes for subscriptions to the store.



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PeaNut 160,610
August 2004
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Posted: 3/11/2013 11:04:47 AM
I have both machines and even though the Cameo cuts better I hate being tied to the computer. I use both machines equally.


PeaNut 58,882
December 2002
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Posted: 3/11/2013 12:58:04 PM
I have both. Hands down, I love the cameo way more. It cuts better, the cuts are not as cutesy and I love being able to buy a single image not a whole cart that I wont use. I have since given my cricut to my daughter. The only thing I miss about my cricut is the gypsy. Loved that thing. But alas, they don't make them anymore.


PeaNut 149,391
May 2004
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Posted: 3/11/2013 5:10:19 PM
I have both. My Cricut collects dust while I use my Cameo almost every time I scrap.


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Posted: 3/11/2013 6:23:49 PM
I have both. My Cricut isn't getting the use it used to now that I have the Cameo!
The Cameo can cut smoother, and even draw smoother. You can get better, smaller details with the Cameo.
I like being able to use any fonts I want with the Cameo!
You can find designs and trace them in the Studio software.
I like being able to buy a single design I like instead of a whole cartridge for 1 design.
I'm going to bump a threa about being on the fence about the Cameo that has a lot of awesome shares in it!
I to have a lot of things on my blog with the Cameo and Cricut if you are interested!
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