Important message to my readers

Important message to my readers,

Gloria 2010It’s been three years since I first started blogging about the Silhouette Cameo. As an early adopter of the Cameo, there wasn’t anywhere to turn for help and, as most of you know, the on-line user’s manual isn’t very helpful. Through trial and error and many many hours of research, I gradually mastered the basics and began to create some really cool projects. I blogged about my Cameo successes and failures, and soon started to receive questions from Cameo-owners all over the world. Over the years, I have answered thousands of questions from my readers and, in the process, I have been challenged to continue learning, experimenting and researching the ins-and-outs of the Silhouette Cameo. Today, with almost 100,000 crafters visiting Globug Ideas every year, it has become impossible for me to respond to every request for help. I will, however, continue to read your e-mail and to answer as many of your questions as possible. I will focus on questions that I haven’t seen before so that I can continue to provide you with new information. All of my Silhouette Cameo articles will remain posted for you read anytime you need help. I hope that you will also continue to help each other, by sharing your expertise in the comments. Following below is a link to an article that I posted last year right at the end of December. It contains links to several articles which will be helpful to both new and experienced Cameo users. Thank you being part of the Globug Ideas experience! I hope you will come back often!

Did you get a Silhouette Cameo for Christmas?

Silhouette Cameo blade settings for paper, vinyl and metal!

Gloria 2010Cameo-owners, everywhere, read this post!

I wish I could take credit for it, but, I cannot. I found this great post, Silhouette Cameo blade settings for paper, vinyl and metal, on Scrap-a-doodles. But, the bottom line in the crafting world is CASE: Copy And Share Everything!!

Be sure you look at the whole article, right to the very bottom! I know you will find it helpful.

How to open and clean your Cameo blade!

Did I say you could  not open your Silhouette Cameo blade? Well, I just found this amazing video by a wonderful lady from Germany that proves me wrong, wrong, wrong! Thank goodness!

YES, you can open your Cameo blade and clean it out. I followed her directions, which are extremely easy, and was totally amazed by the paper debris that dropped out of my blade housing. No wonder it wasn’t making clean cuts.

See for yourself. Here is my new BFF with instructions on how to open your Cameo blade and clean it like it’s never been cleaned before!! Enjoy!

Silhouette Cameo: how to get a clean cut every time!

Is your Cameo giving you clean cuts one minute and tearing your paper the next? Well, if it’s any consolation, you’re not alone. There’s a good chance this frustrating problem could be caused by something as simple as a dirty blade. 

If you are not deeply in love with your Cameo because it doesn’t always give you clean cuts, have a look inside your blade housing and tell me what you see. If it looks like the one in the photo below, then it’s time to give it a cleaning.

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This is my blade. I was working on a card for a customer last night and all of a sudden, my Cameo started misbehaving and tearing up my paper–my good paper! I took the blade out of the machine and this is what it looked like: lots of paper debris clogging the opening where the blade lives. Of course, it can’t make clean cuts–it can’t even get close enough to the surface of the paper with all that debris stuck in it.

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The blade definitely needed to be cleaned before I could go any further with my project. So, I pulled my trusty needle off my bulletin board, inserted it gently into the blade housing, and ran it around the opening several times. Chunks of debris began to fall out. I kept poking at it until I had removed as much as possible.

 

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The photo on the left shows some of the debris that came out of that tiny opening. Of course, this is an enlarged view, but believe me, it was enough to completely clog the blade housing.

 

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This is what it looked like when I finished cleaning it. You can still see some little bits on the lower edge, but they were not visible to my naked eye.

I made several more clean cuts after that cleaning and then pulled the blade out to have another look. It was all clogged up, again!

So, the bottom line is that if you want clean cuts, you must have a clean blade.

Take care of  your Cameo and it will give you the most glorious, intricate and clean cuts of any die-cutting machine on the market!

 

Did you get a Silhouette Cameo for Christmas?

Ladybug Dec 2011If you got a Silhouette Cameo for Christmas, I guarantee you will have questions about it. But, that’s good, because you’ve come to the right place! Over the past year, well over 70,000 Cameo-owners have visited Globug Ideas in search of some advice and reassurance about their purchase.

I hope you are enjoying your Cameo, but if you are gritting your teeth in frustration, scratching your head in wonder, or seriously contemplating throwing your Cameo out a window, please take time to read some of my posts. I promise you will be glad you did!

Below is a random list of some of the posts I have written to help Cameo-owners get over that initial hump. I have also replied to hundreds of questions from my readers in one-on-one e-mails. (I also post my responses in the Comments section). There are tons more posts, so take a minute to search my site! Oh, and by the way, I was ready to throw MY Cameo off a cliff for the first while, so I can totally relate to any problems and frustrations you might be having.

Silhouette Cameo–problems and solutions

Silhouette Cameo–get ready to cut!

Silhouette Cameo blade problem–read this!

Silhouette Cameo: using the right paper makes all the difference!

Silhouette Cameo: working with vinyl

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I’m here anytime you need moral support or have questions you want answered or if you just need to bounce some ideas around.

Good luck, Cameo-owners. I KNOW you will fall in love with your Cameo, just as I have done with mine!