I can’t believe it either. Blink, blink.

Like, for realies?!?!?


A dear online scrapbooking friend saw me mention in a blog post that I would *LOVE* to own a Cameo. She had one still sitting in the box never used and felt led to send it to me to enjoy. OMG, boy will I! I knew it could be insulting to refuse it but I had to think about that, because this is a BEYOND generous gift! I don’t have the ability to pay for it or return a favor of that magnitude, kwim? Gosh, how do you even begin to repay that kind of gift?? But she made me feel at ease about accepting the Cameo with some special words <3 To my Scrappy Christmas Angel out there, THANK YOU!!!! Your generosity is mind-blowing. As a mom who doesn't generally receive many presents, I can't tell you how touched I am. Truly. Thank you. So now it's time to learn about these amazing little machines! I started a Pinterest board HERE to gather ideas, fonts, and Silhouette cut files. Today, I re-watched some old HSN Scrapbooking shows on the DVR with Lisa Bearnson showing how to use the Cameo. I’m sure they only scratched the surface but I have a bit of an idea how it works now.

Next I’ll be looking for some online tutorials and breaking my new baby out of the box! I hope there are free tutorials online but if not, I’ll look around for a paid class or two. I heard today that Michaels has Silhouette download cards on sale. I can’t remember what the deal was and now can’t find the posts about it, waaahh! Will try to get by Mike’s as soon as I can.

I know that a lot of us have been wanting a Silhouette Cameo or Portrait for Christmas and there have been lots of deals this holiday season. I see that Amazon has the Silhouette Cameo Starter Kit Bundle right now for $230 with FREE one-day shipping (Cameo alone retails for $300 so that seems like a screaming’ deal).

You can get the smaller Silhouette Portrait for $120 (retails for $200) and FREE shipping and there are bundles for that, too. Silhouette on Amazon offers just the Portrait or Cameo, or bundles for each, depending on what you want to receive with it.

I’m confused about whether you could get them in time for Christmas (says something about requiring special handling) but if not, I’m sure it would be there in plenty of time to enjoy it during the holidays . . . or if you’re too busy right now, it can be your best pal in the new year :) Seems like a great way to spend your Christmas money. I can already tell you really get your money out of these machines – SO many things they can do.

I’m still working through the holidays not to mention having houseguests, cooking, cleaning, etc. so I haven’t had time to play with my Cameo . . . YET!!! But I’m going to get it set up soon and make sure I know how to use it, then I’ll be taking it to the annual 4-day scrapbooking retreat I do with friends. It’s coming soon in January and I can’t wait!! My new toy will be getting quite the workout, I can assure you :)

I’m so very, very grateful to have received a Cameo. I will make you proud, Scrappy Christmas Angel!

Do you have a Portrait or Cameo? How did you learn how to use it? If you don’t have one, is it on your Wish List for Scrap Santa?

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    Awww- What a WOW surprise! Merry Christmas to you & what a kindness, so nice to hear of such sharing in today’s world!

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    What a wonderful Angel! I have one at my house too, he’s my DH of 28 years and he purchased one for me for my birthday. I’m still learning to use but wanted to let you know of Silhouette of Americas 12 days of Christmas. If you can find your way through things enough to get your Silhouette account set up and program on to your computer, they are giving away a free file through Christmas Day. Enjoy!

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    OH WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!! Yay! Nice things happen to nice people, Erika! That is just AWESOME! I can’t wait to see what you do with it, and I’m really happy for you and think whoever did that for you is a Christmas angel!

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    So happy & excited for you!! I m getting one for Christmas also! Can’t wait to start using it. I love your blog & will be following you along your Silhouette journey hoping to get lots of good ideas & tutorials!!! Happy Holidays to you & your family!!

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    what an awesome gift, I just have a cricut!

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    Merry Christmas to you! I also received one for my present when Amazon had the starter kit with the bonus’s Gold Box deal for $194! I jumped all over it. Will be watching and learning along with you! Looking forward to the quieter days after the holidays to play with it.

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