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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Silhouette Cameo!

Disclaimer- this is MY personal opinion based on day 1 with my Silhouette Cameo.

So all day today I was impatiently waiting for my Silhouette Cameo to arrive. Finally at around 7pm (after hubby came home with my new Mini Van!) =) it came! I was so infatuated with my new car that I didn't start playing with my Cameo until later this evening and boy was I in for a rude awakening.

I'm a Cricut girl. You all know it. I hoard cartridges and machines, so much so that I could barely muster the strength to sell my Pink Expression even though I have an E2, Imagine and Cricut Mini. The Silhouette Cameo is definitely made for those who are not use to Cricut. With Cricut, yes, you are limited to the cartridges but that is what makes it so awesome, it's literally out of the box ready to use. The hardest thing to figure out are the keypad overlay keys. But not with the Cameo. And I thought I was prepared. I am still trying to figure out exact placement on the mat, I almost broke a nail trying to insert the blade housing and I wasted a bunch of paper. (Not good paper, but nevertheless, paper). After finally deciding that the settings the software was telling me was not actually working (the image would cut half way and the rest would just barely scrape the paper) I finally figured out to change the blade depth and it cut beautifully! Granted, I have only tried to cut fonts right now after I changed the blade but it was able to cut a font I've tried to cut on my Cricut using SCAL that I never could. At 1"!

So my opinion? If you are a true beginner (like most of my friends) definitely start with the Cricut. I am pretty computer savvy but if I would have gonethrough what I did 3 years back when I first bought my Cricut, I would have never scrapped again. But if you are up for a challenge, like I am, then this machine has totally endless possibilities. :) I love being able to cut true type fonts from my computer. I know there are other software for it for Cricut but believe me, this thing definitely cuts AMAZING. Like I said, JUST my opinion! :D


  1. I would love to cut fonts from my computer too. But, like you said, I'm a Cricut girl :) And that's okay with me right now. Looking forward to the Sophie hop on Saturday... see you then!

  2. I too love my cricut products, but I'm very interested in cutting fonts from the silhouette, OK I don't exactly want to cut the fonts but print them and cut a shape around them using the registration marks. The YOU TUBE videos and blogs I've seen, make it seem fun/easy....but I'm not very good on the computer and so I'm a little leary of getting the silhouette. Please get familiar with the silhouette and keep us posted.TFS!

  3. although i've had my cricut for several years and like most of what i can do with it, i'm definitely in love with my new cameo. i love the way you can cut your fonts very small and the cuts are clean and precise. one of the problems i find with my cricut is that many images have to be cut rather large to get a good cut. i haven't had time to really play with the cameo much just yet, but i've cut a few simple shapes and i'm very impressed. i'm not particularly computer savy, but so far i haven't had any problems trying to cut with the cameo. i may find that to be a different story when i get into trying more complicated images.

  4. Good to know about the Cameo. I think Santa is bringing me one. Please keep posting about what you learn so we can learn too! Looking forward to the blog hop this Saturday!