Creating with my Cameo!

Hey Friends! 
     I hope you all are having a fantastic summer and for those of you not out yet, I feel for ya! I  have a million posts planned for this summer, as well as five thousand projects on my plate, but I’m going to take a deep breath and try to get it all done.  
     Did I want to show you my latest little toy? Yes! How sweet is this?

Yep! It’s a Cameo by Silhouette and it’s my dream machine.  Especially this year, since I took down all my monsters and I’m going just plain primary! So I’m creating all my own classroom decor minus border.  So far I’ve created these for my calendar area. I found chipboard with three hole punches, perfect for ribbon. I covered it in this cute primary paper and then added vinyl cut from my new Cameo.  The best part about the Cameo is you can cut any font you have on your computer. This is actually a font I created. 
I love it! 
I don’t have a traditional school paper calendar because I’m a little bit crazy about my classroom, but I have one of these.  
I’m so OCD though, that if my handwriting for the numbers isn’t perfect, I rewrite it (like 500 times). Please tell me you all do crazy stuff like this too. So for next year I created these matching number magnets. 
 To make them, I bought these from Hobby Lobby:
They are great because the are sticky on the back. So I cut 1 inch circles on my Cameo from the matching scrapbook paper, then I stuck the paper directly onto the sticky side.  Then I took white vinyl and cut the numbers out on my Cameo. I attached the numbers, added a magnet to the back and there you have it! 
I also made this. I’m going to put our school rules underneath in cute frames I’m decorating. 🙂 
I found these the other day at Target and couldn’t resist. I’m going to be cutting vinyl to decorate and adding ribbon, then these will be my table buckets for the year.  
Since I’m a Target junky I also found these. Sorry for the terrible picture quality, but they were in the kiddy craft aisle. They are perfect for signs in your classroom.  I’m going to be using  my new toy to decorate them and replace the ribbon with something much cuter. I’ll share that later.  
Finally, I found this at Hobby Lobby.  
I could certainly create and print a banner, but I love the layered look and I’m so excited to cut on my Cameo.  The back of the package gives you all sorts of ideas. I’m super excited to make a cute classroom banner or two.  
If you don’t have a Cameo, I certainly suggest buying one. They are so much fun to use and so practical. There are no cartridges to buy, you can simply purchase the images you like online and you can use all of your own fonts. Plus it has an awesome print and cut feature. The best part of the whole machine! You can learn about it in this video below.
Cameo is offering teachers a special discount.  To check it out you can click here.
If you have a Cameo, I’d love to see what you’ve made with it or if you have any advice or suggestions. I’m having lots of fun creating. 
I’ll be back with more crafting, freebies and probably more fonts soon! 


Michelle Oakes

Michelle Oakes

Wife, mom of 2 boys and a bulldog, reading specialist, Target frequenting lover of fashion, home decorating, Cincinnati girl.

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22 thoughts on “Creating with my Cameo!”

  1. Your creations make me want a Cameo, but I already have 2 Cricuts, a Cuttlebug, and a Bind-It-All. There's barely room for those. When I saw the paper you used for your calendar, I had to show my grand-daughter. She likes that paper on my Daily 5 notebook. When she saw the numbers, she squealed, "That's my favorite. It gots numbers!" 😉
    The Cameo sounds like it's an awesome machine. I'll be blog stalking your blog, while resisting temptation. Lol!

  2. I love my Silhouette! I would never buy a Cricket where you had to buy cartridges! It is the most amazing machine out there! I just got the Cameo to replace my SD and love it even more!

  3. Thanks for helping me with my decision to get a Cameo!!!! I tried to see about the educator discount but it keeps telling me there is a problem with the site. What's the educator's price? Every month either Brown Paper Packages blog or Eighteen 25 runs a promotion. Until June 28th it's a Cameo and the Rhinestone Kit for $269.99. I'm trying to see if the educator's discount is better. Thanks for the inspiration!

  4. Don't have a Cameo, but have a couple of Cricuts. Just made some things last night which put me in the "mood" to keep using it. My husband came in the basement and couldn't believe that I was making letters for school already. Can't wait to see what you do!! Have fun~

  5. I love the white pail. You said you got it at Target? What department and how much? I would like to use them as my table supplies as well. Thanks! Beth

  6. I am ordering one when my summer school money arrives in two weeks!! WOOOHOOO! I can't wait! I have a Cricut and I love it, but am looking forward to be able to cut fonts from my computer and svg files!


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