Got Vinyl?

I’ve recently added a new tool to the Craft Addict arsenal: a Silhouette Cameo. I think I’m in love.

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The Cameo plugs into your computer via USB and lets you send cutting files so you can make die cuts, decals and iron on elements. But it really can do so much more. There are pens that allow you to draw. And you can set it up to do what they call print and cut, which tells the Cameo to cut around a particular design. So many possibilities! I’ve already used it to cut fabric appliques for a bag and now I’m exploring the wonderful world of vinyl.

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So far, I’ve thrown our initials on water bottles and the case for my iPhone. Last night was spent cutting and applying a rather large damask decal to my KitchenAid stand mixer. My dear friend’s daughter is about to head off to college and I’ve offered to make monogram decals to apply to anything she wants. Honey joked that I’d probably put decals on my laptop. Pretty sure that’s going to happen, too.

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There is a little bit of a learning curve (I’m probably going to need a new cutting mat soon because I keep slicing this one) but it’s not too steep. My biggest challenge is not being distracted by the Cameo when I have other projects I need to be doing! Of course, I had to start a board on Pinterest with tips and project ideas. I have a feeling this thing is going to get a real workout for Christmas this year.