I have the original silhouette too. I couldn't make "things happen"...and the paper kept slipping on the mat. I bought a cricut and am happy with it, except the price of cartridges is a bit high, since I dont' use all the components. I was thinking about trying a Cameo too..hoping that my computer skills might be a little better now.
I understand that the cameo cuts intricate patterns better than the cricut. Anyone else hear of this?