I have always been a fan of greeting cards, so much so that I would spend literally hours looking for just the right one. After a while, I abandoned my searching in lieu of creating my own. I have been known to cut, paste, and stencil my mornings away in an effort to make that perfect paper creation. While I still spend plenty of time pouring over designs, I have found a faster, more precise, and all around wonderful gadget to help me with my cutting needs!
Anyone who knows craft gadgets is probably thinking that I am talking about the Cricut, but that’s where you would be wrong. I first saw the commercials for the Cricut a few years ago and nearly purchased one on the spot, but decided to do a little research first. I found that as amazing and wonderful as the Cricut seemed, it was not quite suited to my needs. I needed a gadget that I could be even more creative with; that would accept my designs, rather than the pre-purchased cartridges that the Cricut uses. It didn’t take long for me to find, and fall in love with it’s competitor the Silhouette SD!
Over the past year or so their software has greatly improved making the little gadget near perfect for making cards and paper creations of all kinds. I love that I can create my own designs in illustrator and cut them on this little beauty. For simple shapes, the SD software is perfect. Also, if designing your own is a little out of your league, they have an extensive library of designs for a great price!
The Silhouette SD has been recently discontinued to make way for the new Silhouette Cameo. I still strongly recommend the SD, and if you can find it for sale, chances are you’ll get a great deal!
I will be keeping my eye out for reviews on the new Cameo. The Cameo will accept 12″ paper, making it ideal for scrapbook papers. It’ll also have a quieter motor, which I’m sure my husband will appreciate when I’m working away early in the morning!