Silhouette Cameo 12″ Machine Photos & Information

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A Cameo appearance!

Ever since I saw this machine at Summer CHA 2011, I HAD to have one.  I used the prototype and then fell in love.  Frankly, they had me at “new, larger Silhouette” so actually using it was the icing on the cake.  As soon as they were available to order, I ordered mine!  Today it was delivered!!

Here’s what the box was holding.

Woo hoo!  A $10 download card for the Silhouette store.  I stopped what I was doing just to go input that card.  LOL!  Then I spent more time to make my second 3D download today.  I love the 3D creations.  They’re my favorite.  Also included?  A 12×12 mat, cords (as usual), a new adjustable blade, instructions and CDs to install the Silhouette software as well as a short CD on how to use the software.

Inside the Cameo.

After lifting the flap of the Silhouette Cameo, you’ll see this inside.  One difference between this and the Silhouette SD is that the Cameo has the ability to lift the inside bar for thicker materials.  Nice!

Here’s the directional pad of the Cameo.

A nice size directional pad!

Let’s compare!  Cricut Blade vs. Silhouette Cameo blade.

 On the left is the adjustable blade of the Cricut.  You just twist it to make the blade longer or shorter.  The adjustable blade of the Silhouette Cameo has more adjustment levels and requires that little grey piece on the right to adjust it.  It’s sort of a pain to put on the blade.  It takes a moment to get the gray part to fit the small white part of the Cameo’s blade housing.  I wish it fit easier.  I’ll probably try to avoid constantly changing it.  Just sayin’.

Silhouette SD mat vs. Silhouette Cameo mat

The Silhouette SD mat begins on the left where the light green strip of paper is and it ends on the right where the other light green strip of paper is.  I like how durable the Silhouette mats are.  They look pretty puny but they’re stronger than they look (and feel).  In case you’re interested the 12×12 mat is lighter and smaller than a 12×12 Cricut mat.

Here’s how they stack up.

The Silhouette Cameo is longer than the Cricut Expression 2 but it’s much lighter.  The Cameo and the CE2 could eat the Silhouette SD.  Am I keeping the SD now that I have the Cameo?  You bet.  I like that little machine.  I’ve kept all of my Cricuts, might as well do the same with the Silhouettes. 😉

Silhouettes asks, “Do we look fat when we stand this way?”

You can certainly tell a difference between the two Silhouettes!  The sleek, modern design of the Cameo is an attractive change.  It would be even nicer if they offered different colors, wouldn’t it?  That would be fun!  Well, regardless of color, I’m happy to have this cool new machine. 🙂

Here are some of the things I’ve made with my Silhouette SD.  I look forward to creating with the Cameo!

See you soon for a new crafty post!


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  1. kaperture says:

    So, Tennessee’s chances are looking good today [grin]..!

    Idk much about Silhouette and stuff, does this new machine emboss too or just cut?

  2. I am SOOOO jealous! I want one of these so bad. I use my original Silhouette almost every time I scrap!

  3. And I thought I had a lot of machines! You totally WIN in that category Joy! LOL 🙂


  4. Ohhhh what a nice machine…I want one……


  5. OH I want the Cameo so bad!! Congrats on your new toy!

  6. Congrats on making another design team, you busy girl. I am thinking about making the plunge and getting the cameo. I do know that they are going to come out with different colored plates to go on them! I asked when I was at CHA– not sure what colors though…:?

  7. I’d never change my Cameo for a Cricut. I love it. But, have you ever cut fondant with ?
    Can a cricut blade fit the holder?
    Thanks a lot

    1. Josi,
      I just realized you might have been asking if I’ve cut fondant with my Cameo. I haven’t done that.

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