Special Catalog Promotion & CTMH Updates

Goofy and Debbie

I came back recently from the Close to My Heart Convention at Disneyland. It was a fabulous 4 days of soaking up all the new products in the new catalog coming out August 1st for customers. A perk of going to convention was that we got to see and use many of the amazing new products coming out.  Over the next few weeks I will be sharing with you some projects we made using a few of my favorite new products. Trust me, you are going to want to start a WISH LIST of items to add to your crafty stash.

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The new CTMH catalog format is changing up a bit….it’s 1 BIG catalog called Annual Inspirations and will be for the entire year instead of a quarterly basis.  We will be offering 3 Seasonal Supplements to keep our product line fresh for our customers throughout the year.  I LOVE the new Cover, don’t you ?  The catalog will be available to view via pdf on August 1st for customer AND is full of inspiring projects you will want to make with the new products.  The new catalog is available for purchase on my site at 2014-2-15 Annual Inspiration Catalog for $6 plus shipping but I have a SPECIAL OFFER BELOW so check that out.

PRICE INCREASES

Prices are rising everywhere as we all know. While CTMH is dedicated to keeping their high quality products at a great price point, there are a few increases starting August 1st that I wanted to share with you so you could stock up while you can and save a bit of money too.

All Dye Ink pads are increasing from  $5.25 to $5.95                                                         All Ink Refills increase from $4.25 to $4.95                                                                         Archival Black Exclusive Inks increase from $5.95 to $7.50 

but the biggest increases I wanted to make sure are aware are for the wonderful CTMH ORGANIZERS. You can see my previous post HERE about using for embossing folder storage.  

Small Organizer – Small $12.95 to $14.95  * Great for mini pigment ink pads
Medium Organizer – Medium $16.95 to $19.95 * Great for ink pad storage or use to hold                                       Picture My Life Cards/Project Life Cards and embellishments
Large Organizer – Large $22.95 to $24.95  * Great for stamp storage and                                                          embossing folders

My Acrylix Organizer $12.95 to $14.95 * Great for stamp storage or cards

There are so many new products in the new Annual Inspiration Catalog you will want to have your own copy to make your product wish list for the coming year.  Normally the catalogs will costs customers $6 plus shipping to purchase a paper copy of the catalog.  But I wanted to extend a special offer to each of you to get it for FREE.

New Idea Book Offer

I will see in my shop at debbieoneal.ctmh.com that you placed an order and will contact you about receiving the catalog for FREE directly from me.  Note: Don’t place the catalog in your shopping cart when you make your order or you will be charged by CTMH for the catalog. 

Let me know if you have any questions about the new catalog, my special offer to you or the wonderful CTMH products.  Enjoy your day !

News From Cricut: Print Then Cut

I received a missive today from Cricut with an update on the new Print Then Cut Feature coming out for Cricut Explore.  I am so excited I can hardly stand it for this new feature to be added to an already awesome die cut machine !

“The Cricut Team has been hard at work developing our Print then Cut feature for Cricut Design Space.  This feature will let you easily print then cut the 50,000+ images in the Cricut library in just a few clicks using your Cricut Explore. The new feature will also work with images you import for free such as jpeg’s and svg’s.  Our latest plan is to release this feature in late September, consistent with our back half of 2014 target communicated previously.”

With this upcoming new feature of the Print Then Cut as they describe it in their missive, it will make the Cricut Explore most feature rich die cut machine on the market.  The impressive feature set will include:

  • Print Then Cut
  • Precision Cutting of huge variety of materials
  • Combined Writing and Image Cutting Feature
  • Combined Scoring and Cutting Feature
  • Ability to cut JPG and SVG files
  • Plus access of 50,000 die cut images through the Cricut Design Space Library
  • Plus outstanding customer service to help you get the most out of your Cricut Explore machine

If you have been thinking of purchasing a Cricut Explore, now is the time !

Cricut Explore Amazon

Click on photo or this HERE to see a great deal from Amazon on the Cricut Explore PLUS FREE SHIPPING !

Join us over at my Facebook group “Lets Learn Cricut Explore” to learn more about this amazing die cut machine and be inspired by the creativity of our members.

Exciting Things Happening Around SMQ

Look Whats Happening

HELLO EVERYONE !   I have some exciting things happening with Scrap Me Quick Designs over the next few weeks and months that I wanted to share with you all:

  • First, I am heading off to the 2014 Close to My Heart Convention in California this week.  4 days of  learning all about all the new Close To My Heart products. So stay tuned for news on the ALL NEW CATALOG AND PRODUCTS …PLUS THERE IS A NEW CRICUT CTMH CARTRIDGE COMING OUT IN AUGUST.  I know you will want to get your hands on that one since the other 3 are such awesome cartridges.  So check back as I will share images from the new catalog and cartridge as soon as I can. It’s so exciting, I can hardly wait to share with you!
  • In July, I am launching an ONLINE SERIES OF DIE CUT CLASSES !  I am so excited to finally be able to offer you step by step video instructions on a variety of die cut subjects. The class will include A PDF reference sheet to help you remember the steps we cover in each class and ability to ask me questions specificially to help answer your questions regarding course material.  You will also have access to watch the classes over and over again as many times as you like too.   Some of the Classes I will be launching will include:

Taking the Mystery Out of Using SVG Files 

How To Find Cool Fonts and Use with your Die Cut Machine   

Embellishing Your Die Cuts to Make them Extra Special

3D Fun:  Tips and Tricks for Assembling 3D Die Cut Projects

Let me know if there are other die cut classes you would like to see and I will get                 them on the schedule.  Check back here in the next couple of weeks for registration           information.

  • Website Update: I am re-designing part of my website to make it even more user friendly. Part of this process will include changing hosting companies, so don’t panic if you check in one day and the site is down. It will mean progress is being made and will back up and running in a few hours.  I am not going anywhere…you will be able to find me here so don’t panic !  LOL
  • And starting in August I will be hosting a FREE monthly DIE CUT WEBINAR online.  It will be a fun hour online where we can chat about die cutting, watch me working live on a die cut project and pick up tips on how I use my die cuts. It’s sure to be fun !  And you will be able to play along too as you watch me create a project.  More will be posted here on signing up to be notified of the FREE Die Cut Webinar.  I am trying to think of a fun name for it so if you have one, leave me a comment. 

And in September, my youngest daughter is getting married. So we are working on some fun die cut projects for the decorating I will be sharing here too.

Lots going on…all great things. I really appreciate all of you who read my blog.  And your comments mean a lot to me so please keep leaving them.  If you want me to answer a question, make any certain project to show you how, share any news, etc. please let me know what you want to see and I will try and make it happen.

Happy Die Cutting !  Debbie

Happy Father’s Day to my Hubby

My hubby is a great dad.  Always there when our daughter’s need anything, supportive but firm, just they way a dad should be.  We have made a great parental team over the years guiding our daughters to adulthood.  And I really love to show him how special he is not only to our daughter’s but to me as well.

He is a grilling fanatic. I mean, give that man a bbq pit and some pecan wood and he will cook you up a fabulous meal at the drop of a hat !  He just loves to grill.  It’s a passion of his. We have a ton of BBQ cookbooks and stop at BBQ places when we travel seeking out the best BBQ and tips for him.

This year, in honor of his Grilling obsession, I decided to make him a fun card honoring his BBQ passion.

Fd grilling card It’s a pop up box card using a base box file from SVG Cuts  Box Cards. Patterned Paper is from DCWV The Guy Stack. I used CTMH Kraft Cardstock for the base of the box.

CTMH Dad stamp

The die cut images are from various Cricut images and cut with my Cricut Explore.  The stamp set is from CTMH Perfect Fit – Dad.

side view of dad pop up box card

Can’t wait for my sweet hubby to see this fun card I made him.  I bet it inspires him even more to get out there and Grill, don’t you think?   What hobby or passion does your hubby or father have you could use to make a theme card for him ? 

Happy Father’s Day from your #1 Fan !

It’s time to honor all the men in our lives that are father’s.  I love my dad and I guess you would call me a “daddy’s girl”.  LOL  I had fun making him a special card this year using some CTMH products including a special dad stamp set.  I started with the Tri-Fold Shutter Card base I designed using my Cricut Explore.  You can find the file and read more about the card base in my post HERE. 

open fd card I wanted to add some texture to my card and used patterned paper with plaid, wood grain and used some burlap ribbon and buttons with twine to decorate it. The paper I used is from the CTMH Timberline Paper Pack. It’s hard to find masculine paper and this was perfect for what I had in mind.  It’s double side paper so I had enough variety to use on the my card.

front of card

On the front of the card I used this stamp that says” My Hero, My Friend” on it.  That about sums up my feelings for my dad.  The stamp set is from CTMH is retired, it was “Wonderful Friend” D1422.

sentiment fd card

The inside sentiment of the card says “Dad, You are some kind of wonderful”.  Which again, perfectly says what I think of my dad.  I LOVE YOU DAD, HAPPY FATHER’S DAY FROM YOUR #1 FAN !!! 

It makes me happy that I was able to create a special card for my dad instead of a store bought card.  And I know he always loves receiving the items I create by hand for him.  Do you make cards for your love ones or buy them?  

June is an Extra Special Month

IT’S JUNE ALREADY ! And that means a very special month is happening. FIrst off, It’s my hubby’s birthday…and he will finally be as old as me for the next few months. And even though he teases me the other half of the year that he is younger than me, I still love him and wanted to make him a special birthday card.

Luckily, the June Kaboom Stamp of Month from CTMH was an awesome cool stamp set that inspired me to create an extra special card for my man.

June Kaboom Card

The card has “extra special” touches with all those fun Fireworks stamps and washi tape.  I just love the blue color of the Outdoor Denim ink and the red of the Cranberry ink.  Those are hard colors to find in other inks and worked perfectly together on this card. Plus I love that I can purchase cardstock that matches the ink for a completely coordinated card.  Here is a list of all the supplies I used to make the card:

June Kaboom Card Supplies

 

And more Extra Special things happening the month of June…

Remember I mentioned this was a extra special month, CTMH is also celebrating their Founder & CEO Jeanette Lynton’s 30th Anniverary in the stamping and scrapbooking industry and they are offering customers a special gift collection.  With any CTMH $50 purchase you will be prompted to add one of these special gift collections worth $50 to $65 for only $30.  This deal is only good through June 30th or until kits run out.

30th Anniversary Sets

30th Anniversary Set2 I bought the Delightful Ribbon & Trims set and used the Silver and Red Sparkle Washi Tapes on my card.The set came with all this:  6 rolls of washi tape, 5 yds of white rose specialty trim, 5 yds of Ready for Color Seam Binding Ribbon, 8 yds Black Hemp and 5 yds of Brown & White stripped Grossgrain ribbon.  What a steal for only $30 bucks !

June Anniversary Kit  And here is the full stamp set…great to make specials cards, layouts and invitations.I just love all the Firework stamps.  This set coordinates with the Art Philosophy CTMH Cricut Cartridge.

June Stamp of Month Note: You can just purchase the Stamp of The Month in June for only $17.95 or $5 with a $50 purchase.

I know my hubby will love his Extra Special Birthday card and I enjoyed getting the Extra Special deals from CTMH this month.  If you are interested in any of the items I used, I would be thankful if you ordered from my CTMH shop at debbieoneal.ctmh.com.

Now, off to make the final plans for the birthday party..I am thinking a matching banner might be fun !

 

Cricut Explore iPad App for Make It Now Projects is Ready !

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The much anticipated iPad app for the Cricut Explore has been released.  Yipee!  

Now remember, while you can use your iPad to cut with Cricut Explore there are a few things you need to know:

  • You MUST have the Cricut Explore Wireless Bluetooth Adapter sold separately at retail and online stores.

CE Bluetooth Adapter

  • The Cricut Explore iPad App is ONLY for using with the Cricut Design Space Make It Now Projects. Make It Now Projects are pre-designed projects perfect for the DIYer. They are already sized and ready to cut cut out of a variety of materials.
  • Your iPad MUST have Bluetooth capabilities…*iPad® 2 and newer; iOS7 and newer
  • If you have a Bluetooth adapter on your computer that is already paired with your Cricut Explore, you MUST disable it when you want to use with your iPad.  (This is just a simple disable step that you can then enable when you want to go back to using your computer Bluetooth so no worries there)

Lets see how you get the app and do a test cut to show you how the Cricut iPad App works.

1. To find the app you need to go to the APP Store on your iPad and search for Cricut.  The app you want to download is the DIY Projects – Make It Now with Cricut Explore App (click this link to take you there).  Follow the usual process for downloading an app for your iPad.

ipad app search

2. Find the DIY Projects – Make It Now with Cricut Explore App on your iPad.  It is the cute green Cricut Bug Head.

cricut icon on ipad

3.  Click the Cricut app to open it up. Now you will see the opening screen for Make It Now Projects in Cricut Design Space that you cut with your Cricut Explore machine.

Make it Now App open

4. Across the top of the screen is a menu bar. If you click on the 3 horizontal lines it will open up the project categories. Note that there are currently (as of 6/5/2014) 433 Make It Now Projects Available.

Categories

5.  I selected the FREE category to select a project to show you. I picked the Thank You Card since I had already made that and wanted to compare the process using the iPad app and using my computer.

Free Project screen

6.  Select the project you want to use and double click on it. It will open up project description just like it does in Cricut Design Space using your computer. To make the project, you click on the  upper right green Make It Now link.  (If the project costs money, it will show you that and open up a way for you to purchase.)

thank you card

7. The project opens up and you see the Make It Now Project laid out automatically on the screen. A few things to notice here. *The arrows next to project name allow you to change the order of the mats which is nice. (However, once I changed it I could not get it to reverse the order). * Next to the words Project copies: you can enter the number of projects you want to make. * Next to MIRROR (for iron on) is a toggle switch to turn on and off.

Project on mat

8. * Where it says Material Size, if you click on that pointer arrow, it opens up a sizing list.  ( I am assuming that some of these odd sizes are for material sizes used in other countries.)

material size

9. Tap on the larger mat to the right to open the mat and get ready to cut.

Project on mat

10. The first Mat opens up and at the lower right is the GO button. Click on that to start cutting process.

Mat 1

11. The normal Cutting Screen Opens up to prompt you to use LOAD, SET Smart Set Dial and GO button on your Cricut Explore machine. Follow along as you normally would with using your computer to cut out your project. The Cricut Explore button will light up as usual to prompt you.

cut screen

12. The iPad app even prompts you to put in the accessory you need for your project…a PEN or Score Tool.

Prompt for accessory

13. Here is the finished Thank You Card project. It cut out just like it would have from my computer with Cricut Explore and the Make It Now Projects.

completed thank you card

Now for my observations of the Cricut iPad App for Make It Now Projects:

PROS

  • It is super easy to use !
  • Glad to see it still prompts you to put in the accessory tool needed (pen or score tool)
  • The process worked really quickly as I progressed through each step
  • Easy purchase process if you select a project you need to pay for instead of the FREE ones

CONS

  • It does NOT have the option to Customize the Make It Now Project like it would if you used your computer with Cricut Design Space.
  • It requires me to disable my computer Bluetooth adapter to be able to link it with my iPad…this is just a slight hassle but worth mentioning. (It could be a limit of the Bluetooth technology and not Cricut related.) 

Overall opinion: I think it would be fun for those without computers to be able to cut the Make It Now Projects that are focused on DIY Projects but other than that, I see no real purpose for those of us with computers that are using Cricut Design Space with our Cricut Explore machine. Great job Provo Craft on getting this out there and easy to use !

Note:  At the present time, Provo Craft has not announced if the app will be made available for android devices.  Or if you will ever be able to use other Cricut images to cut besides the Make It Now Projects.

Join us over at Lets Learn Cricut Explore Facebook group (click on link to go there) as we have fun sharing and learning more about Cricut Explore.

“It’s A Boy” Pop Up Box Card

You may have noticed a lot of adorable pop up box cards being shown in the crafting world lately.  They are so fun to give and receive.  I knew I just had to try my hand at making one for a special occasion, my dear friend became a grandmother for the first time recently so I made her this pop up box card.

its a boy pop up box card

These cards fold down completely flat so you can mail them too.  When you receive one, just open up the card and they POP UP !  How fun is that ???

its a boy pop up box card 2

You can make whatever die cut images you want and insert them on the cross pieces that fit inside the box that then pop up and give the box dimension.  I used some plastic packaging and Scor Tape to attach the die cut shape and then to the box. Other people use  strips of paper and that works fine as well but I found that the plastic really helps give it that extra” pop up” factor and with it being clear you hardly notice it.

The actual box shapes are easy to make as the base. You can make them using a paper trimmer and score board (click HERE for great instructions from SPLITCOAST STAMPERS) OR of course, my preferred method by using my die cut machines with an SVG file (click HERE for SVG Cuts set of 5 pop up box cards with different shaped panels).

The only problem I have with the pop up cards is that there is really no place to put a sentiment and sign the card.  So, with my handy dandy Cricut Explore I solved that problem.

Writing with Explore Precision v5 pena

Using the writing feature of the Cricut Explore, I was able to write a sentiment to add to my card.  Here you see a Pilot Precision v5 Pen being used to write.  I bought a set of these in various colors at the local office supply store. It is a super fine point and wrote beautifully.

Writing with Explore Precision v5 pen

After the writing was finished, the Cricut Explore then cut out the shape for me to use on my card.

sentiment on pop up box card

I used a little ink on the edges, adhered the sentiment to a cardstock mat to match the design and adhered to the back of the box card.

I was so happy when my friend let me know how excited she was to receive this card along with the gift I sent for her first grandson.

So, I have now made a girl pop up, a birthday pop up and a graduation pop up.  I have gone “Pop Up” crazy in my craftroom.  So are you tempted to make one yourself ?  Come on, give it a try ! 

How to Make Shadow Font Cut Out Card

Font Shadow Cut Birthday Card When you first get your Cricut Explore and fire it up, they have a Thank You Card that pops up for you to make.  It is really cool using two great features of the Cricut Explore… using a pen to write and then cutting out the shadow of the letters all at the same time.

Card showing cut and drawing from Cricut Explore

We were so excited about the possibilities of this.  However, Cricut did not release a way for you to customize and make your own words using this kind of design feature.  But never fear, some of us have “cracked the code” and come up with an alternative way to do this for anything your heart desires.

You need a few things to do this:

  • You need to have access to Cricut Chalkboard Font Cartridge.  (As of this writing, I have not tested this yet with other Chalkboard fonts you can find elsewhere on the internet).  
  • You need to have access to Cricut Design Space and your Cricut Explore
  • Cardstock – two different colors (so you see the contrast )
  • Pen - that fits in the Cricut Explore  (use the one it came with like I did) 
  • Cricut Cutting Mat
  • Cricut Tool Kit (great for lifting project off mat and poking out the cut outs)

Now, watch this video I made showing you step by step how to do this.  You will be amazed at how easy it was and start making all kinds of cards this way.

CLICK ON THIS LINK https://us.cricut.com/design#/canvas/project/17516198 to access the Happy Birthday card file I created to share.  It will pop up in your Cricut Design Space and you can save the file for later use. Note: You will need to have access to both the Cricut Chalkboard Cartridge and the Billionaire Cartridge to make this exact card file work. (That’s what is so great about the subscription to Cricut Design Space because you get access to lots and lots of cartridges.) 

CLICK ON THIS LINK  https://us.cricut.com/design/#/canvas/project/17519219  to access the file I created of the Blank 5X7 card base with score line that anyone with Cricut Explore can cut.

P.S.  If you share either of these files, please give me credit for the design, thank you.

Happy Die Cutting,  Debbie

 

Cricut Design Space Update 5.13.14

Cricut released another plug in update for Cricut Design Space.  There were some nice changes we had been wanting so happy to see that.  Thank you Provo Craft !  They do plan on doing a new update about every 4 to 6 weeks as they continue to improve and tweak the software.

I did a quick video to show you what the changes look like, plus I share some other Cricut update news too.

Join me over at Lets Learn Cricut Explore Facebook Group for more Cricut Explore inspiration!