Post by 1whoscraps on Feb 11, 2013 11:27:27 GMT -5
how great that stinkin Cameo was?!?! Or was I just turning a deaf ear because I didn't want to get sucked into another die cut machine???
Well after getting everything installed and set up I cut out my first title I was totally floored. OMG!!! I love that there is no more wasting paper trying to figure blade settings, pressure and speed and it cut so crisp...why did I prolong this joy..now I need a wireless printer..to do the print and cuts. I can't wait to use this machine again and again, it was so dang easy to use and very intuitive.
Post by yankeegirl on Feb 13, 2013 12:50:18 GMT -5
Oh no, you enablers!!! I don't have a die cutter except my Sizzix Big Shot, which is beginning to not cut as well as it used to do. Now, after seeing your happiness, I have to go and check out this new machine!!!
Post by 1whoscraps on Feb 14, 2013 10:59:58 GMT -5
Well ladies I am beyond excited with mine. And I only used it once to cut two words..I just found it pretty simple to use. I paid extra for the Design software because I know I will want/need that and ds will use it as well..in fact just went to see Wicked yesterday and already thinking about that Witch Image and making a page out of it.
I have the Big Shot Pro, QK revolution and Cuttlebug..have already stuck the QK Revo in my to get rid of pile and kicking myself about the BSP..thinking I should have just got the Cameo but I think that came out after my purchase.
I can't believe all the fun things you can make with that Cameo. Transfer Vinyl (for just about everything) Heat Transfer Vinyl (for anything with fabric) Stencils (Etch on glass, paint on anything, etc) Tattoo Paper Sticky Paper (both single and dbl sided) Magnet Paper
And while a Cricut may do some of those thing it just didn't cut so intricately with crisp and clean edges..that is a huge benefit..plus with a printer you can print and cut..haven't tried it yet but working my way towards my next test.
Post by crazy4pink on Feb 14, 2013 18:51:42 GMT -5
Question? If someone (me or Husband lol)) was to purchase a Cameo will my Silhouette account transfer over to the new software that comes with it? I have Silhouette SD and a few thousand designs already purchased.
Post by yankeegirl on Feb 15, 2013 13:36:49 GMT -5
Wish I could get something like this! Besides the cost outlay, I don't have any more space near my computer (in the kitchen). Had my eyes on the portable Cricut since it didn't need the computer, but after your comments on it, now I am not sure. Maybe I am just not destined for a fancy cutter!!! But I am sure happy that you are loving yours!
Post by AnnaMatrix on Feb 23, 2013 17:19:42 GMT -5
Yankeegirl, you will so LOVE a Cameo! And now the Portrait is available, less costly, but with many of the same features, though it won't cut 12x12. Everyone's probably sick of my waxing poetic about my Cameo-love, but here goes... ;D
Here's how I think it beats the Cricut, hands down:
No cartridges to buy, store, or carry with you to a crop.
Great designs from a variety of sources, including Echo Park, Hero Arts, Lori Whitlock, Samantha Walker, WeRMemory Keepers, and more.
You just buy the designs you want - 99 cents each. No shelling out for a whole cartridge just to have one image you want/need. There are frequent sales, too. Every week there's a free shape, and clearance designs that are half price.
Purchasing a subscription saves you lots more! I'm getting $150 of designs per month for about $15 per month - more than I really need, but not more than I want! ;D
Once you have the Silhouette software (which comes with the machine), upgrades are free! The only exception is if you want the "Designer" software, which gives you more tools to use to create your own designs.
If you're going to a crop, and don't want to lug a computer, you can load designs on an SD card to bring with you.
Cuts all kinds of media beautifully, including, as Leslie said, very intricate designs.
I still use my mechanical die-cutters a LOT, but for fast scrapping and card-making, you can't beat the Cameo. And if I need multiples of things, then I don't even consider using anything else!!
And, no, I don't get a commission from Silhouette!! It's just a great machine!! It will be the best scrapping investment you ever make. Go for it! Gail
P.S. Just checked - Dani has it in stock, for a good price!
Last Edit: Feb 23, 2013 17:20:58 GMT -5 by AnnaMatrix
Post by scrappykaren on Feb 24, 2013 21:46:04 GMT -5
Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy! This is so tempting! I might have to save some money. I have a Cricut, but have not been very happy with it for along time.
Thanks Gail for the extra info on the Cameo. I didn't realize you could use it with out a computer. I do like the idea of only using a SD card. I like that idea especially when you go to a crop. Not lugging all those cartridges around would be a plus!
Hmmm! I might have to give this some serious thought!
Post by 1whoscraps on Feb 25, 2013 10:52:01 GMT -5
For anyone who wants to see how intricately in detail in cuts, I just posted on my blog two tee shirts I made for my dgs.
I cannot say enough about this wonderful tool. It is fairly easy to use. If you can use MS Word to draw boxes, ungroup, resize, etc then you will have no problem learning how to use this. And free fonts..holy cow think of all the titles you can cut or if you are looking for a certain type font but don't have anything on hand. I still use my steel dies because those give a different look IMO but if I don't have what I want then I go use my Cameo.
Gail, so even though I bring an SD to a crop..there still needs to be a Cameo to plug it into to use, correct? and if you have a print and cut I am also assuming the print has to be done before hand.
And I don't have room to keep both my Cameo (which sits on a shelf in my closet) a printer (out in the family room) and a laptop together so I just cart the laptop when I need it. It already stayed on my desk in my art room anyway..so when I want to use the Cameo I just hook the two together..currently that means the laptop sits on the floor but asked dh to make me a sliding shelf to give it a more permanent home.
Making those shirts was so easy and took about 5 min ea..a total breeze.
Post by 1whoscraps on Feb 25, 2013 14:50:06 GMT -5
Thanks ladies..when Zack flashed me I had to go grab my camera..it was just too cute and of course I just had to scrap it.
I have to say for the first time, I am planning my pages out for a crop..I mean I am not just thinking of photos and grabing some pp to match I mean all the way down to the title and embellies so I can use the cameo to precut what I need..so hoping I come home with completed pages instead of spending the day after finishing up.
And yep have to say I have Cameo
Last Edit: Feb 25, 2013 14:50:47 GMT -5 by 1whoscraps
Post by AnnaMatrix on Mar 10, 2013 10:04:25 GMT -5
Leslie, your work is so great!! Love your blog and the pages with your grandson! Yes, if you're using the SD card with the Cameo, it just means you don't need to bring a computer with you. Still need the Cameo itself, and electricity to run it!!
I'm in a hotel room this weekend as DH is in a 400K bike ride... I always bring crafty stuff, but this is the first time I didn't bring a die cutting machine or a single die!! Brought my Cameo, laptop, cardstock, and tools. Had a ball cutting out supplies for 18 St. Pat's Treat bags and Easter baskets for my staff. Also designed iron on trsnsfers for a T-shirt for DHs team in a upcoming ride.
FYI I used the "Tulip Basket" design - it is absolutely gorgeous. Check it out if you own a Silhouette!! Haven't assembled them yet (easier to transport home flat), but will post a pic when I have!
Post by scrappykaren on Mar 11, 2013 11:11:09 GMT -5
When you use the SD card with the Cameo, does the image you want to cut show on the screen?
I like the idea of using the SD card, but the Cameo is larger then the Portrait!
I am contemplating on buying a Cameo or Portrait. My problem is the room to keep it accessible to use it. The Portrait would be a better fit but then you have to use a computer to use it. I wish it had a SD card slot.
Post by 1whoscraps on Mar 12, 2013 16:42:43 GMT -5
I am contemplating on buying a Cameo or Portrait. My problem is the room to keep it accessible to use it. The Portrait would be a better fit but then you have to use a computer to use it. I wish it had a SD card slot
I don't know if it works for you but I keep my Cameo in the closet and just hook a laptop up to it when I need it.
Also it doesn't weight that much so if you had a stationary PC you could bring the Cameo out when you needed it. Just another option.
I will defer to Miss Gail, the cameo expert on the screen image.
Post by AnnaMatrix on Mar 24, 2013 16:29:39 GMT -5
I keep my Cameo on top of my printer (I have one of those printer/scanners with a flat top), and use it right there. Leslie's right though - it weighs almost nothing and is very easy to hook up to the computer, so it's not a problem if you can't keep it out all the time. Gosh, I didn't realize the Portrait doesn't have an SD slot... Good luck with your decision!! Gail