Introducing: Cammie

Hey there, friends!  Well, Christmas is officially over and now we’re left with wonderful memories, good food in the fridge, mountains of wrapping paper, and new toys to play with.  I hope your holiday was as special as ours was.  One of the highlights of the day for me was spending some real quality time with my family in the afternoon/evening.  Another, although I know it’s not about the gifts, was this new addition to our family.   Meet my Silhouette Cameo.  I call her Cammie.
Hey, people name their cars, I can name my much-coveted cutting machine, right?  She’s more than a machine, she’s a crafting accomplice, no?  Just so you feel like you didn’t miss anything, why don’t you come on in and watch me open her…

Yup.  Just as you suspected, I’m a big dork.  I was super-excited {as the flapping arms would indicate} because although it was the one big thing I really wanted, my husband and mom had done a stellar job of implying that it wasn’t going to happen.  Sneaky-sneaks.

I was a good girl and played nicely with my family while they were here and didn’t rush anyone out the door, but once the family had left and LC was in bed, it was time for Cammie and I to get acquainted!  I ran downstairs to grab the adhesive vinyl I’d bought from Pick Your Plum months ago in the hopes of having the means to cut it and searched everywhere for anything I could slap vinyl on.  Here’s what I came up with.

– adhesive vinyl
– clear plastic ornament
– Silhouette Cameo!!!!!

First, I put the vinyl on my cutting mat and loaded the machine.  Well, actually, first I read the instruction manual a billion times and installed the software.  But then I loaded the machine.

Isn’t she pretty?  {Sigh of contentment.}

Then, I chose one of the designs in my library that came with the software, a snowflake, for a test run.  I sent it to the machine and it went to work. {Notice the tins there…homemade toffee and peanut butter balls…one needs energy to be creative, right?}.

And out came a snowflake!  Lookie!  I know it’s hard to see, but it’s there in all its machine cut glory.

I quickly stuck it on my ornament, and voilá!  Hubby, who wasn’t even really sure exactly what a Silhouette was, let alone all of its endless creative possibilities, was duly impressed.  It was at that moment that I fell in love with Cammie.

*Side note: Sorry for the less than awesome photos…I was more interested in playing with my new toy than in getting craftgawker-quality pics, for once.  You understand, don’t you?*
I went to the online store and quickly spent all but 40 cents of the $10 gift card that came as part of the package, buying sayings, fonts, and flowers.  Then, I went into the studio, typed up “one artsy mama” and started cutting it, along with the flowers I’d chosen.  I grabbed another plastic ornament {I have a million of them in my stash} and went to town.  And there you have it…the first ever One Artsy Mama personalized ornament.  Ahhhhhhh!

How fun is that?!  And it’s so ridiculously easy.  Well, except for when I loaded the machine wrong and it cut in the wrong place, and well…we won’t talk about that.  Lookie!

I didn’t need any more ornaments and hubby wouldn’t let me start vinyling everything in our house like I wanted to, so I had to settle for just this one last project before bedtime…Mackenzie from Cheerios and Lattes suggested making a control panel cover for Cammie!  It’s one of the preloaded designs in the library; you just cut it out of scrapbook paper and ta da!  Isn’t she stylish?  I think pink is definitely her color…just do me a favor and reassure her it doesn’t make her look fat, ok?
Well, that’s just a little tiny preview of what my girl Cammie can do!  I really REALLY wanted to head out to the store today to get all kinds of random things to stick vinyl on, but, well…this is happening.
And so I’m pouting.  And looking around the house for something I can prettify…hmmmm….what about the glass doors of the china cabinet?  Or maybe the wall?  Um, gotta run!
Hugs and Glitter,

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  1. Wow, you’re on a roll already! Mine is still sitting in its box as I have nowhere to put it yet. I am currently running negotiations for space. I also don’t have any vinyl! But I do have lots of scrap book paper so I’ll have to make a personalized cover. I can’t wait to see what you come up with! I LOVE your One Artsy Mama ornament!


  2. You make me smile! So happy for you!! I saw your ornament on Facebook last night and I’ll just say, if I didn’t want a cammie of my own before, I wanted one then! Hehehe…. To see that you had already figured out how to make something so cute, I was on board! Love it, and can’t wait to see all the fun things you’ll be making with her 🙂

  3. This is probably the best gift anyone could have given you! I was so excited to see that you got this on FB, and I am definitely looking forward to your spectacular tutorials (that I am confident you will have). I purchased my Cammie back in July but I’ve never taken it out of the box because I’m too intimidated. Maybe I will develop some courage with your instruction 🙂 Merry Christmas Amy!

  4. Yay!! I’m so happy for you! I love my Cameo. I typically use mine with Make the Cut software instead of the Silhouette Studio software because it’s a lot easier to import your own custom shapes…. and I LOVE to use the shapes from Lettering Delights. Oh, and once your vinyl obsession is over, you should buy and Amy Chromas pen holder, or buy a pack of the Silhouette pens – it is SO MUCH FUN to write/draw with the Cameo!

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