Thursday, 18 October 2012

Another week gone

Welcome to the Cameo RSA Blog. Finally found some spare time to get it up and running. I just need to fiddle still with a  password for everyone and set up everyone as part of blog and then everyone can start posting to the blog themselves. If you are not comfortable using blogger and want to share a message with the  group or upload photos then I really don't mind doing it for you.

I hope that everyone is playing nicely with their Cameo.

You will notice that I have put a tab page at the top of this blog with Cutting file list. Do go and look there as I have added quite a few sites well worth visiting.

What have I learnt this week - the secret to opening a pdf file in Studio.

If you have lots of templates saved in PDF files you are going to love this nifty trick.


First you will need to download a program called Bullzip PDF Printer for windows. You can get it here

Once you have downloaded Bullzip and installed it on your computer you do the following steps

1. Open your PDF file in Adobe reader
2. Click on print to open the print dialog box and select Bullzip PDF Printer as your printer and choose print.
3. It will come up with a General tab of Bullzip PDF Printer and then all you need to do is
4. Choose the format you want to save your file in - PNG or JPEG - I would recommend PNG as the file stays the correct size
5. Choose file name and folder
6. Click save
7. Then go into Silhouette Studio and open all files and find it and choose open
8. Trace by clicking on the trace button in top right hand corner and you are a for away.


If you are hankering after Halloween images from the Silhouette store, buy them now as they have been reduced in price to 75c each. Always nice to save a few pennies.


If you are a fan of 3D papercrafting this site is a definate must visit. . They offer a big selection of files for purchase in various themes - for example one is Elmhurst Hollow.(see below) In this set you get all the cutting files you need to make a Coffin card, Full Moon card, 3D Haunted house,3D coffin box and a small 3d coffin box and then you also get some extra cut files as well. They offer very good video tutorials on the site for most of the sets. The files cut beautifully and are really pretty easy to put together even without looking at the video's as everything is scored for you so its easy to work out where to place glue etc. If you have difficulty you can always refer to the PDF instructions included or the video.

Do have a look at the Peony Cottage one - its so adorable and also the Summer Street Carnival - think that Ferris wheel will have to be my next big project - looks stunning.

Being a big fan of 3D work, this site really is a fabulous find.

Do remember as well that Svgcuts offers a freebie SVG file every week and also you will note that they have special offers all the time - if you buy something now for USD9.98 you get a free Christmas ornaments set - the set changes on a weekly basis.


If you are a fan of 3D work, then check out She offers some fabulous cut files. Most of the projects come with PDF file, SVG File and DXF file and she also has a few freebies.

I rather fancy making the party train


Moz asked the question this week as to how to get her mat less sticky as she has just made her first cuts and found that the paper was sticking to the mat. This isn't unusual and does happen for about the first 10 cuts/sheets of paper. This  however won't last long - trust me soon you will have your paper flapping around the mat as it doesn't want to stick. Remember the tip I gave on the first newsletter about how to make your mat sticky again using chisel tipZig glue pen - well I did it and it worked perfectly. Mat is now even better than new in my opinion.


This can make a huge difference to how your cut turns out. Some papers I have found do just not like the Cameo. I have mainly been cutting 3d Projects and have found that the following papers are cutting well. I have made a little chart and keep it next to my machine with the paper name and a little swatch of the paper stuck on the sheet and then I put the blade depth and speed at which I cut.

Bazzil Basics  - Blade 5 Speed 2 - cuts beautifully but do ensure that it is proper Bazzil paper and not a look alike - real bazzil paper generally has a sticker on the back of the sheet.

Curious Metallics Paper 300g - Blade 8 Speed 2

American Traditional Designs textured cardstock - Blade 5 Speed 2 - do remember though that this paper has white core so you may need to go around the edges with an ink pad so that the white doesn't show.

Vellum - Blade 3 Speed 3

Opale Shimmer 250G - Blade 5 Speed 2

Have fun and enjoy creating.


  1. Thank you Amanda, for all the hard work setting this blog up. I hope everyone will appreciate it and use it, just as you intended us to do.

  2. Only a pleasure Moz and yes I hope so - we can all learn from one another I am sure.

  3. I second Moz. Thanks so much for setting up this site to showcase what we have 'cut' and also to learn from each other.