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I like to make cards and scrapbook for personal use only. I see so much written about the cameo, cricut, etc and wonder if I should ask Santa hubby for one for Christmas. I have bought a lot of dies and wonder if the cameo would replace these. I am not sure if I would utilize the full value of this machine. Thank you in advance for any help...
Hi Floyd! It is nice that with the Cameo you dont have to buy cartridges. Storing them would be a problem as my craft rooms are over flowing. Silhouette has thousands of images that you can purchase. Every Tuesday they have a free file too. The one thing that I have to say is that I have not even slowed down on buying dies. I like and use dies as well as the Cameo for die cutting. There are sone threads on the general forum where there are some Black Friday sales on the Cameo. I love mine.
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Being a card maker and paper crafter I am sure I do not use the Cameo as much as scrapbookers. I still buy and use dies as well. For me, between buying the machine and also buying SCAL, and purchasing many files to use with it..... I feel I have way more money into the thing for how often I will really use it. My computer crashed around a year ago. I finally got a new one recently and reinstalled the software so I can use it again. That was almost a whole year with the machine just sitting there and not being used. I hope to start using it more often just to make myself feel better I honestly like the Cameo, but I like my dies just as much. My thought is if you do not think you will use it regularly, you might just want to save that money.
Hi there, I'm new to Splitcoaststampers, but I've had my Cameo for about two years. I also have a Cricut Expression/Gypsy/etc., etc., etc. I also bought SCAL for my Cameo, but have never used it. I've found the Studio Designer Edition to give me everything I need. I guess my favorite benefit of using a Cameo over my Cuttlebug or Big Shot to cut dies is the ability to size the cuts to any scale up to 12 x 12 or down to fractions of an inch. I also love the ability to cut multiples of something in one pass, something impossible with my die cut machines unless I have multiple dies to use at one time. I prefer my Cameo over my Cricut (which I have only used once since I got my cameo) because I am not tied to cartridges. I can trace images I find on the internet and cut them, I can scan stamps and then cut and stamp them, I can print and cut images or my photos as well into any shape or size. It truly gives me so much more variety for my card and tag making. I also love being able to color images on my computer (using photoshop or illustrator or Studio) and then scale, print, and cut them for multiple cards. I still use my Cuttlebug and Big Shot, but more for embossing and less for cutting anymore.
The best deals I have seen are actually at Micheals in Canada ...they seem to have them on sale at least once a month so keep an eye out for your flyer or if you haven't already you could sign up for their newsletter/flyer email that would tell you when they are on sale.
I actually just gave all my dies away to my sister in law, if I need one I can borrow it back but I use my cameo more, I kept my cuttlebug and embossing folders.
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I love mine too. However it will not replace all dies. I still buy Spellbinder and
some Memory Box ( Poppy stamps) dies. I like the embossing of Spellbinder dies and some of the other dies are very unique and there is not substitute cut file.
I find it is another tool but not one that will replace all other tools
I have a paper trimmer, however I still need a scissors
What I have found is my Cameo has replaced most of my punches . I rarely use them any more .
"I have not failed . I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work" --Thomas A. Edison
Another point to remember is that it will cut ALL True Type fonts on your pc, including 'dingbat' fonts, so you can download nice flourish/ornament style fonts and cut them out. You can also cut numbers/letters/flourishes etc out of acetate and create your own stencils/masks.
I'm really glad that I upgraded to the Cameo. My Portrait was fine and I thought I'd never need the 12 x 12 format since I don't scrapbook anymore but a friend introduced me to SVGcuts. I tried a few of their 3D projects that could be cut with my Portrait but soon realized I needed the Cameo. They have so many amazing 3D projects and I really, really needed to try them out! Needless to say, I'm hooked on SVGcuts and my Cameo is being put to good use this holiday season!