I bit the bullet and got another digital cutting machine. I absolutely love my Cameo, and especially the software program which is terrific. I use the software for more than just cutting. It is pretty much my "go to" program when I want to lay things out, get nice crisp images and text, and print from it, either on paper, fabric, or on transparencies that I use to make silkscreens.
However, I was intrigued by the Cricut Explore's ability to cut thicker materials than the Cameo can cut, so I bought one. It is a lovely machine and has many advantages, and I will use both the Cameo and the Cricut Explore. I am not thrilled with the "on-line", software that drives the Explore not enough flexibility in personally designing images, etc. Although I understand the Cricut has come a long way with this new machine.
Now for my discovery: in learning the ways of the Explore, I fell upon this video as I devoured as many tutorials as I could to learn the system: