Okay, the Peas have created another Cameo convert -- but look at the results (Cameo vs. Expression)
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Posted: 11/1/2011 7:59:50 PM
So you guys convinced me, and I broke down and bought a Cameo. Scored the last one at my LSS. I didn't get a good deal or anything, but I am thrilled with the results. I used the same cut file (created in SCAL) to cut a banner with the Cameo and the Cricut Expression. Wow, what a difference!!

Here's the result with the Cameo:

Here's the result with the Expression:

With the Expression, the small rectangles did not cut cleanly, and I had to use a craft pick to remove each one (yes, this was tedious and time consuming). You can see it better in the close-ups how some tore:

But the Cameo cut beautifully, and all the small rectangles cut cleanly and stuck to the mat (so no craft pick -- yippee!!):



So, can you tell that I'm super excited about my new toy? I can't wait to try cutting the banner I initially made, which had much smaller rectangles and looked a lot more like stitching. The cricut wouldn't even cut it. Can't wait to see if the cameo will

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Posted: 11/1/2011 8:13:04 PM
WOW!!!! OK! You have made me a convert too! C'mon Christmas!

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Posted: 11/1/2011 8:54:31 PM
If there was a fist pump icon I would use it! Just awesome!!
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Posted: 11/1/2011 8:55:48 PM
Welcome to the Silhouette club!

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Posted: 11/1/2011 9:05:01 PM
Wow, that is a really big difference..

I am way too invested in my cricut to switch, and honestly I do not want to be tied down to the computer, so guess I am stuck with the cricut.

Wish there was a happy medium for me...any ideas?!

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Posted: 11/1/2011 9:07:33 PM
I want to thank you you for sharing, because I tried to explain to my fellow scrappers to no avail. But this is an awesome visual.


Welcome, i too sold my Sil Sd and just bought the came I am sooo excited.


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Posted: 11/1/2011 9:20:04 PM
That is a big difference. Great photos.

I have been cutting out a ton of shapes on my Cricut today. Some are like the results you got. I did find if I played with my pressure and cutting speed, I could improve certain cuts. However, I was a bit discouraged bc I too have a lot invested in those cartridges and I like a lot of the images. I do have SCAL and use it, but I really prefer popping in a cartridge and just cutting away. I do so much on my computer, that sometimes I like being freed of it.

Sigh...

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Posted: 11/1/2011 9:24:42 PM
What a difference! Could you please tell me what settings you have it on? I'm still having the worst time ever, cutting the super thick card stock like basic gray and bo bunny.

What you cut looks mighty heavy and I've been working this poor machine for a week already.

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Posted: 11/1/2011 9:25:27 PM
Great visual. I am loving my pretty Cameo.

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Posted: 11/1/2011 10:15:07 PM
Drooling from afar...I too am stuck with my Expression a bit longer...its not even a year old yet...I will live vicariously through those of you who are luck enough to have one...

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Posted: 11/1/2011 10:37:22 PM

What a difference! Could you please tell me what settings you have it on? I'm still having the worst time ever, cutting the super thick card stock like basic gray and bo bunny.



I have the Cameo blade on 3 (I think -- possibly 2, I'll have to check tomorrow) and put it on the standard cardstock setting (5 & 30, I think). This is BoBunny Paper, Back to Backs collection, so it is like a cardstock IMO. It definitely has some texture.

With the E, I played around with SO MANY settings, and this was the best I could get. And it took quite a bit of finesse with the craft pick and a pair of tweezers. The Cameo is SO MUCH easier. I'm going to be making quite a few of these for a banner class, so this will definitely make me a happy scrapper.

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Posted: 11/2/2011 5:04:14 AM
Wow, that looks great. Makes me want to consider one myself.

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Posted: 11/2/2011 6:19:44 AM
great pictures and yes I want one so bad. Maybe after Christmas....

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Posted: 11/2/2011 6:36:53 AM

I am way too invested in my cricut to switch, and honestly I do not want to be tied down to the computer, so guess I am stuck with the cricut.

Wish there was a happy medium for me...any ideas?!


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Posted: 11/2/2011 6:57:26 AM
Amazing! Great visual! It's the reason I gave up in my Cricut a year ago and upgraded to the SD! And now I'm debating on whether to trade my SD for the Cameo!
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Posted: 11/2/2011 8:13:58 AM
Ahhh, how purty! I have a Zing on order and I cannot wait to be able to make cuts that clean. Enjoy your new toy!

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Posted: 11/2/2011 8:16:20 AM
I too am way too invested in my E to make the switch right now. The Cameo sure is tempting though. Enjoy!

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Posted: 11/2/2011 8:24:46 AM
Does the SD cut as well as the Cameo?

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Posted: 11/2/2011 8:38:16 AM
My computer is in my bedroom & my scrap area is in my living room, so not convenient for me. I have no desire for a Cameo as it needs a computer. Yes it is great that it cuts better (great pics).

My Cricut works fine, so cannot justify the expense.

I have been scrapping over 15 years, have spent alot of $ & don't want to make anymore big purchases.

Enjoy your new "toy"!


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Posted: 11/2/2011 8:50:07 AM
Thanks for sharing those pictures....that is a BIG difference! If I didn't have so much invested in my Cricut, I think I'd get a Cameo!

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Posted: 11/2/2011 10:47:23 AM

Does the SD cut as well as the Cameo?


The Cameo is better. The SD cuts beautifully too but the Cameo is better. Silhouette just keeps knocking them out of the park!!!

Seriously can't wait to get mine. The anticipation for Santa to get here is mounting!

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Posted: 11/2/2011 2:08:19 PM
Wow, this is a huge difference!

I've been thinking about the Cameo (never got the Expression or others), but I'm honestly not sure I'll be able to handle it. My computer skills are limited. I have a desktop computer which I'm on every day for hours, but I'm only doing basic functions (one of which is sadly online ordering ) Do you think someone like me could handle the Cameo? Does anyone offer classes on this or are there online tutorials?

Debbie in MD.

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Posted: 11/2/2011 3:19:24 PM

My computer skills are limited. I have a desktop computer which I'm on every day for hours, but I'm only doing basic functions (one of which is sadly online ordering ) Do you think someone like me could handle the Cameo?


I'm the same as you. Since becoming a SAHM 12 years ago, my computer skills have definitely gone down; technology advanced and I stayed stuck (I really do need to work on that ).

But, if I can do it, so can you. I do have a DH that's good with computers, so when I need him, he's here, but I didn't need his help with this. I downloaded the software myself (there are prompts), I hooked up the machine and had it running in no time.

It will take you a little while to learn the software, but it's pretty simple. For basic stuff, you basically double-click your design, it pops onto your visual cutting mat, you size as you want, and send it to cut.

I've not ventured into more detailed stuff, and not sure if and when I will. I like to keep it simple, and I've got that down.

I am having some trouble getting files I bought before getting the Cameo installed, so I'll have to get DH to help with that though.

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Posted: 11/2/2011 3:28:18 PM
Awesome examples! I am also amazed how it uses gel pens as well. Very smooth! Even on the tiny letters used for journaling.
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Posted: 11/2/2011 9:23:06 PM

Wow, this is a huge difference!

I've been thinking about the Cameo (never got the Expression or others), but I'm honestly not sure I'll be able to handle it. My computer skills are limited. I have a desktop computer which I'm on every day for hours, but I'm only doing basic functions (one of which is sadly online ordering ) Do you think someone like me could handle the Cameo? Does anyone offer classes on this or are there online tutorials?

Debbie in MD.


Google "creative classroom"... there's a silhouette 101 and 102 course on there that's very good. Plus, the sil's website has great tutorials.

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Posted: 11/3/2011 4:02:47 PM
Natalie,

Thank you so much for posting about your experience. You sound so much like me. I've been a SAHM for many years and like you haven't kept up with all of the new technology. And my husband is a computer programmer so I guess I can always get his help if I get stuck. But you defiantly answered my question-I'd much rather do it myself. Hearing about your experience makes it all seem possible now. Thanks for that. I'm sure a Cameo will be in my future now.

RonaDT-thanks so much for posting about the Silhouette online courses. I will definitely check them out.

Debbie in MD.

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Posted: 11/3/2011 4:34:36 PM
I would love to see a comparison done like this by someone that is really good with their cricut. Not saying the OP is not good with hers. But I am extremely good with mine and I rarely have issues like she has shown with cuts by my cricut. And I use mine ALOT and I do detailed cuts. But I also realize 2 of my 3 cricuts seem to be better than the norm. I don't have any wonky circles or unclean cuts.

So far the Silhouette (Cameo) still hasn't grabbed my interest.

I don't like the computer tie...not because I am not tech savvy, just because I am on the computer enough as it is.

It doesn't cut thick enough materials.

And the supplies are not readily available in my local stores. Sometimes I need to run out in the middle of the night and get a new mat or blade.

Lastly - so far all the silhouette designs I like I can pretty much approximate an equivalent with my Cricut. So they are not giving me any new designs either. (Now if Tim Holtz starts designing for them...I may have to reconsider.)

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Posted: 11/3/2011 8:50:21 PM
This is the reason why I have my eye on the cameo! My Cricut refuses to cooperate with detailed cuts as well.
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Posted: 11/4/2011 1:09:59 AM

If there was a fist pump icon I would use it! Just awesome!!



LMAO!!! I think we should put that in the "suggestion box"


As far as being invested in the Cricut....I stressed over that too, but the fact that my Expression, Gypsy, etc. just weren't being used, I didn't see the point in keeping something I didn't like or use anymore. I don't think too many things keep 100% of their value when you sell them anyway....just have a garage sale and see how little people are willing to pay for your $100 designer jeans!! LOL!
So, I sold it all on ebay and was able to get my Cameo (I also bought an SD before I sold my Cricut to see if i liked it.....i was hooked!!), extra mats, blades, vinyl, rhinestones, and some other stuff!! I am so happy I did it....I'll never look back. Now I have a system i absolutely love!!

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Posted: 11/4/2011 10:56:35 AM
Many, many, many scrappers; Peas, on other boards and individual people I know have had cutting problems with the Cricut, myself included. I had the E and the original Silhouette for a time. While I am by no means an expert, I am pretty darn good on the computer to the point where I have been able to explain to others how to do things on the Silhouette they didn't realize they could do. I am sure it is just personal preference as I prefer the Silhouette machines but I have seen many more complaints about Cricut cutting issues.

Anyhoo, as far as the cutting capability, the Cameo has the new blade / cutting system. I do not plan on upgrading any time soon - unless Santa brings one!! - but I do plan on getting the new blade system for my original machine. The only time I ever had a detailed cutting problem with my Silhouette was because I received a blade that was not up to par and it was promptly replaced.

I would absolutely love the Cameo but since I have had my original since day 1 with no complaints about not having a 12" surface, it will either be given to me as a gift or it will have to wait until I kill this one. I just cannot justify the purchase, especially since there are so many awesome paper collections out there right now that I want!

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Posted: 11/4/2011 11:29:00 AM
Do you think though, that all of the pieces stuck to the mat because it was a brand new mat? I have an E, and when i use a brand new mat all of the little pieces stick onto it as well. It is when the mat gets used more that the pieces are harder to get out. I love the cuts on the Cameo though, they are much more sharper it looks like!!

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Posted: 11/4/2011 12:16:19 PM

Do you think though, that all of the pieces stuck to the mat because it was a brand new mat? I have an E, and when i use a brand new mat all of the little pieces stick onto it as well. It is when the mat gets used more that the pieces are harder to get out. I love the cuts on the Cameo though, they are much more sharper it looks like!!


I used a new mat with the cricut, too, and nothing stuck to it, because each small rectangle was attached by a small 'chad.' Each rectangle had to be individually removed from the banner. EXTREMELY tedious, as I mentioned before. And I tried at least 10 different settings, with different paper to see if I could get a better cut, to no avail.


I would love to see a comparison done like this by someone that is really good with their cricut


At the risk of sounding a bit full of myself, I think I am pretty darn good with my cricut. I've had it since day one. Literally. I bought my first cricut when you could still use the 40% off coupon at Ms. I have both the baby bug and the E. I got started with Message Boards on the Cricut MB (where I was very active), and I was introduced to 2 Peas through them. I've cut everything from vinyl, to fabric, chipboard, acrylic and more on my bug. And I've enjoyed every minute. When SCAL came out, I was one of the first to purchase. I've been creating my own cut files (like the banner above) for years now. So yeah, I think I can rival just about anyone in terms of experience and expertise on my cricut. And I will agree with you that for 98% of what I want to cut, the cricut does a great job (and I've never had a problem with my circles, either). This cut file really surprised me, though, and I wanted to share the results.

If you think your cricut can do better, I'd be happy to e-mail you the cut file. I really would be curious to see if a different machine can do a better job of it. I'm not being snarky (sometimes it's hard to convey the right tone in a MB post)-- I really am curious.
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