Monday, December 24, 2012

Santa Came Early.........

I received a new Silhouette Cameo for Christmas.  Actually, I sold my Cricut Expression and all my cartridges to help Santa with the purchase.  I am really having a blast cutting with this new machine.  I loved my Cricut Expression and used it a lot, but the one thing that the Cricut did not do well was make intricate cuts and that is the one thing I really wanted it to do.  Sooo... after much research - reading blog posts and watching YouTube videos - I decided to invest in the Cameo.

Like anything else there is a bit of a learning curve, but the Cameo is very easy to use.  When I first started downloading images from the Silhouette store it was not going well. The folks at Silhouette were updating their website and that created a lot of glitches.  I had an issue associated with this and called customer service - my issue was resolved with this one phone call -  the Silhouette customer service was excellent.  The Silhouette website is now running smoothly.  I know this because I visit it about once a week to use my gift cards that came with my Silhouette to purchase and download images.

I purchased my Silhouette from  The package included the Silhouette Cameo machine, a dust cover for the machine, glitter and adhesive paper as well as $35 in downloading gift cards to the Silhouette store.

The designs I have been gravitating to on the Silhouette store (and there are thousands of designs in the store) are the ones that are the most intricate to cut.  It is so much fun to lift these designs off the cutting mat and see the beautiful results.

The Silhouette does not cut chipboard, but that was not high on my priority list as I have Sizzix and other dies that have that capability.

I really am enjoying the Cameo!  If you have any questions about the Cameo, please don't hesitate to ask and I will be happy to try to answer them.

Happy Holidays to you and yours!


  1. Colleen, you will LOVE your Cameo! I sold all my Cricut things and never looked back. I am actually surprised I love it as much as I do. It really has the ability to do anything. I agree that that there is a learning curve, especially in getting the tracing feature down. I still have trouble with getting detail pictures to trace just right. It will be exciting to see the projects you come up with now that you are not limited! (It also saves a lot of money as you don't have to purchase cartridges or die cuts!). Merry Christmas - Karen W

    1. Hi Karen - I really do love how the Cameo cuts. I have been cutting designs like crazy. I am still trying to figure out the various settings for cutting papers and I am wondering how long the blades last. I have not even attempted the print and cut feature. It seems really neat, but I am not there yet. I also love the Silhouette store. There are so many designs to choose from and I like the fact that I can choose instead of having to take what comes on a cartridge! Thanks for visiting my blog! I hope you have a Happy New Year! - Colleen