Monday, March 10, 2014

Silhouette Cameo and the possibilities

 Birthdays here are pretty special. This is the one time of the year that we really splurge.  It is just your day not Christmas were everyone is in the budget.  So I asked Handy Hubby for a Silhouette Cameo.  This post is not a paid advertisement or endorsement it is just my opinion and what I have learned along the way.  

We purchased this product from Amazon and I was very pleased with price and service.  It took a week to deliver however Amazon kept in contact with shipping and tracking information...Blaa blaa..okay lets get to the important stuff....What I have done with it!

First I did watch a lot of Youtube vids on this little power house.  

I ordered the Designer Software with it.  There were mixed opinions on what you could and could not do with out the expanded software.  I also ordered an extra 12x24 inch mat.

My first project was cutting an imported stencil.  I cut it from overhead projector sheets and Freezer paper.
I peeled the sheet from the mat not as hard as I thought it was going to be.  (These mats are much more user friendly then my Cricut.) Pressed the stencil on to a square of washed drop cloth with warm iron.

Then stenciled with 1 part latex reject paint and 2 parts Martha Stewart Fabric conditioner. Waited for the paint to dry then peeled away freezer paper.
Love Love the results!
I did save this project to make that matching set.

Next project.
Up cycle on a outdated cabinet door that I found at Habitat.
After removing the hardware and repairing the holes..
I sanded it down and put two coats of ASCP Cocoa ...
I used a roll of overhead projector film I purchased from Ebay.  (10.5 inches by 50 feet.) 

 I measured my door and decided what size I wanted my art work to be.  I choose a design with stencil letters and designs that would lift as one pc.  Adding the insides of the letters just does not seem like fun.  Mental Note with the silhouette you can make any font a stencil font with the knife application.
I like the roll film.  It is pliable and softer than the standard copier sheets.  Note to self be prepared to use painters tape to hold it in place or use stencil adhesive to make the Job easier and quicker.  

When I had the stencil as I wanted it I finished the pcs off with a sanding and with AS clear Wax first then some dark to antiq.

I am very Pleased with this machine.  I have a lot to learn on using the studio and I am always in search of new mediums .  If you are considering purchasing one youtube and learn learn before you buy.  You will see more projects from this toy TOOL.  

Much Love and Sunshine!

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  1. I bought a Cameo last fall from a local scrapbook shop, and absolutely love it! Now, I do have to admit, I haven't used it as much as I thought...yet. But I love the idea of using overhead projector sheets, I'm thinking they would be re-usable? I've been looking for something to stencil with that can be used again instead of having to cut out new vinyl and use the transfer paper all the time.
    Your projects turned out great!!
    I saw you sharing at Project Inspire{d}
    Debbie :)

  2. Thank you for stopping by! Yes the projector paper is reusable ..I picked some up at a thrift store a while ago . I purchase the roll because I can cut larger stencils the "Cafe de" is 8 x 18 inches. The Freezer or butcher Paper was also reasonable and is the way to go on Fabric! Easy....I have to admit I did not buy any of their Papers. I love the Possibilities with the Silhouette...You have a great one and thank you for the kind words...

  3. Great post....lots of good tips. Love the projects you completed!

  4. I am in love with the bee! It's good to know that the mats are more user friendly than the Cricut mats! Congrats on your Silhouette!

    1. Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment. The bee was a lot of fun. You take care and hope to run into you again. Sheryl

  5. Sheryl....I'm really impressed with your very first projects! I was able to use a Silhouette for a while and wish I had thought check YouTube for tutorials and helps. Love your tips. My fingers are crossed that I will actually be able to get my own. ;)

    Thanks for sharing at Project Inspire{d}!!

    1. Thank you Diane for stopping by and for the kind words....I was just determined not to be intimidated...I will keep my fingers also crossed that you are able to get one....Hope to run into you again...Sheryl

  6. Such lovely projects! I have never used a Cameo, but it looks very fun. Would love for you to share at Fridays Unfolded!


    1. Thank you Alison. Thank you for the invite..I have linked up and and now follow your wonderful blog via email. Cannot wait to have a cup of tea and plunder around at your place. The Cameo is so much fun and I have not gotten started yet...a lot to is such fun. You take care....Sheryl

  7. This is so helpful for me. I bought the Silhouette to make stencils but have been using vinyl which is too expensive. Could you please give details as to the knife setting. And please give details on the fabric transfer. Did you actually iron the freezer paper to the fabric? Any details you can give are greatly appreciated.

    1. thanks for stopping by....Email is on the way...hope it helps....

  8. I've never used one but what fun! Turned out beautifully. Thanks so much for sharing at Amaze Me Monday...

  9. A cameo silhouette is on the top of my wish list and I hope to get one this year, though I'm not very good with technical stuff so it slightly concerns me. Thanks for sharing your great projects, I'm really impressed as I have so many projects planned that involve lettering and stencils.

    1. Fiona you will be fine...if I can get started any one can I found youtube to be so helpful so much to be learned there...Thank you for stopping by...and Good Luck...Sheryl