Cricut Explore Cuts Tiny Details Perfectly

Have you seen the detail cuts you can get with Cricut Explore?  As an example to show you, yesterday was my 33rd Wedding Anniversary…Yep, all the time married to the same wonderful guy !  He happens to be a DR. WHO fan, so this year I decided to use that theme for my gift to him.  I decided to make one of those fun Pop Up Box Cards starting with one of the blank Pop Up Card Box SVG File from I purchased from SVG CUTS HERE. Not only do you get 5 amazing cards but you also get all 5 of the basic box styles to add your own die cut images like I did here.  Its a great value for only $6.99.  The adorable Dr. Who SVG files I purchased from Pretty Paper Pretty Ribbons HERE.

CE Cuts Tiny Details Collage

There are a zillion little tiny pieces to make each one of these die cut images.  See that little brown eye brow on the Dr. Who cut out?  Yep, that is a sliver of a piece of cardstock I cut with my Cricut Explore and then inked it.  And notice that his adorable little bow tie is only 1/4″ h X 1/2″ w and also cut perfectly.

Dalek Close UP

See that intricate thin grid in silver on the Dalek (red robot for those not in the Dr. Who Fan Club)..yep, my Cricut Explore cut that perfectly too. And that is heavy weight silver metallic cardstock.  I continue to be impressed with what this machine can do.


And the Dr’s. magical Screwdriver has a bunch of small thin pieces than many are less than 1/8″ wide.

close up weeping angel

The detail on the weeping angel wings are perfectly cut too. Even the miniscule detail of her hair and the thin sliver of head band were easy to cut.

And mind you, all of these die cut images are only 2″ to 3″ tall from to bottom. So just imagine the scale of this and how beautifully the Cricut Explore cut these. In fact, the hardest part of putting this together was not cutting it with my Cricut Explore but keeping up with all those tiny pieces.

So happy with my Cricut Explore and all it can do !  Any questions you have about the Cricut Explore…leave me a comment and I will share what I know. And if you want a Cricut Explore for your very own, you can get one HERE at a great price and FREE SHIPPING.   

Psst…I have a bunch of Cricut Explore videos posted to show you other things it can do. Check it out under the VIDEO TAB and subscribe to MY YOU TUBE CHANNEL so you don’t miss any future Cricut Explore Videos.

Die Cut Crazy Birthday Blog Hop

August DCC BD Hop

Welcome to the DIE CUT CRAZY MAGAZINE’S BIRTHDAY BLOG HOP.  The Die Cut Crazy Contributors have created some amazing birthday projects to inspire your own die cut creativity to make any birthday special.  If you just joined the Birthday Hop  at my site, be sure and go back to the Die Cut Crazy Blog (click link to take you there) for the hop kick off and a chance to win some BLOG CANDY (prize), then hop along the list to each of our designers. You won’t want to miss any of the special birthday projects in our hop and you might even find more Blog Candy along the way!  And to thank Die Cut Crazy Magazine for organizing this fun hop, please go LIKE their Facebook page @ DIE CUT CRAZY FACEBOOK PAGE.

I have created TWO fun projects to share with you today…a BIRTHDAY TRI-FOLD CARD and a matching GIFT CARD BAG.  For my BLOG CANDY, I have a FREE         Tri-Fold Shutter Card Instructions PDF for you so read on to get that. And PLEASE SUBSCRIBE TO MY BLOG so you don’t miss any exciting future die cut projects !

Tri Fold Birthday Card Outside

Front of Tri-Fold Card

Tri Fold Inside Card

Open view of Tri-Fold Card

TRI-FOLD CARD DIRECTIONS: I started by using the Tri-Fold Shutter Card File (click on link to get your FREE BONUS copy for yourself) with my Cricut Explore machine to create the base of the card.   The file also has directions to make the card without a die cut machine as well.

PAPERS: I used the festive Confetti Wishes Paper Pack (click on link to see entire paper line) from CTMH.  Its perfect for any age or even theme, doesn’t have to be just about birthdays. There are even matching Exclusive Ink Colors too which I used for stamping on my project.The blue is  Pacifica and purplish color is Thistle.

Confetti Wishes Paper Pack

Confetti Wishes Paper Pack only $9.95

6 – 12″ × 12″ B&T Duos™ Papers (2 each of 3 double-sided designs)
6 – 12″ × 12″ Cardstock Sheets (2 Canary, 2 Pacifica, 1 Crystal Blue, 1 Thistle)

STAMP SET:  Next, I used the CTMH August Stamp of the Month “What a Hoot” for the OWL and the “what a hoot” sentiment plus the swirl embellishments. Technique Tip:  I stamped the Owl image on different pieces of the Confetti Wishes paper and cut out then pieced them together on one complete stamped image on white cardstock.

This stamp set is so adorable and versatile…at first glance you think, oh its just for Halloween, right? But taking a second look I found several fun images on the stamp set I could use for my birthday card.  I love it when I can get multiple different themes out of one stamp set, don’t you ? 

August SOM Ad

Other fun projects made with this same August Stamp of the Month

Cute Gift Bag

I wanted to try something a little different with a birthday gift bag…instead of a big bulky one, I used these smaller paper bags and created a fun embellished belly band to add a little pizzaz to it !  They are perfect for gift cards, jewelry and any other smaller size gifts you want to give that special person.  You could even use them for treats from a candy bar at events too.  Isn’t that fun ! 


1. Use  (1) DESIGNER CREATIONS PAPER BAG. I used Gray Slate. They come in other luscious colors like Teal Lagoon, Ruby Red and Honey Yellow too. The bags are a great deal since they come in sets of 12 with 3 different designs for only $3.95.

2.  Cut a strip of patterned paper 2″ X 10″ to form a belly band around bag. Adhere the ends together along the back of the bag with adhesive. I used the Striped CONFETTI WISHES PAPER for some added pop of color.

3. Cut one oval to stamp on and one slightly larger oval as a backgroun mat.  Stamp a sentiment, I used the “A Little Something For You” stamp from the FOR A FRIEND STAMP SET which is a CRICUT CTMH ART PHILOSOPHY compatible cartridge. The beautiful blue ink is from the Confetti Wishes matching EXCLUSIVE PACIFICA INK.  I used foam pop dots to raise it up slightly on the belly band.

4. Cut the Pin Wheel from CRICUT CTMH ARTISTE CARTRIDGE pg 50 at 1 1/2″. I used two different papers from Confetti Wishes Paper for contrast. I added a GOLD SEQUINS to the center. Use tape runner to add the Pin Wheel shape to 1/2 of a SLATE TWIST TIE to complete the final Pin Wheel on stickI added the Pin Wheel to the back of the oval sentiment to finish off the Belly Band.  *Note: I made two of these pin wheels on stick…1 for the card and 1 for the bag.

You can SHOP for all the products I used in my projects @ 

Designer Creations Paper Bags Confetti Wishes Paper Pack For A Friend Stamp Art Philosophy Cartridge Artiste Cricut Cartridge Assorted Gold Sequins Slate Twist Ties Thistle Ink Pacifica Ink

Thanks for stopping by and checking out my Birthday projects. I hope I inspired you to think outside the box a little when looking at supplies.  

Please leave a comment letting me know you stopped by so you can enter the DCC Blog Candy Giveaway and don’t forget to grab your FREE Tri-Fold Shutter Card PDF.  

Next up in the Die Cut Crazy Birthday Blog Hop is the talented Deepti of Dees Art Utopia  (click on link). 

To make sure you don’t miss any of the birthday projects, here is the list of all our blog hop designers:

Debbie -   YOU ARE HERE
Deepti -
Tina -
Kelly -
Lisa  -
Karen -
Holly  -
Mary  -   
Dianne  - Grayson Creations hosted at DCC
Kymona –

Cricut Iron On Vinyl Worked Great

Today I created these adorable toddler t-shirts for a friend’s twin’s 1st Birthday. The birthday party theme is Mickey and Minnie Mouse so I had to create something special just for the twins to wear at the party.

Olivia Shirt Ad

Using CRICUT IRON-ON VINYL, it was easy to make these shirts. Here are the steps I used to create these custom t-shirts.


1. Wash and Iron the t-shirt of your choice.

2. Select your Cricut image(s) you want to cut for your t-shirt. For these shirts I used images from the Cricut Disney and Friends cartridge.

Mickey and Friends Cricut Cartridge

3. Select the Cricut Iron-On Vinyl for your project.  I used the Pink, Silver Glitter and Black Glitter for the girl’s Minnie shirt.

Cricut Iron On Lite Pink Vinyl        Cricut Iron On Silver Glitter Vinyl     Cricut Iron On Black Vinyl

4.Lay your vinyl piece for the image on the mat with the SHINY side down.                        Tip: If it looks like it might not stick well enough to cut it, I sometimes use painters tape to hold the edges in place on the mat.

5. Add your image to your design screen…I used Cricut Explore and Design Space for my project but you can do this on the other Cricut machines or in Cricut Craft Room.  Size the image to fit the size of the shirt you are using. Tip:  If you want to customize with a name, add the name using the Disney Mickey Font and attach to the Mickey head image like i have done.

Disney Mickey Font Cartridge

6.   Make sure and MIRROR the image on the screen BEFORE you start cutting.  Tip: Since this is iron on, you will be actually flipping it over after you cut it so you can iron on to your project so make sure you have this part correct before moving forward with cutting.

7.  Weed (remove the excess vinyl) you don’t want on your shirt design. Tip: I cut away a lot of the excess first before weeding to make it easier.

Here is what your image should look like after you have cut in MIRROR and weeded the image.

Minnie Head Weeded

Note: In the photo above that the vinyl image is on the top side so to speak and the shiny liner part is against the mat.

8. You will remove the entire piece off the mat, flip it over and iron on your shirt following the directions provided with the Cricut Iron-On Vinyl. You will be ironing on the shiny lining part. Tip: I use a household iron to do my shirts.  Just make sure that it is dry and no water in it before you do this.

9. Repeat the process if you are layering (adding more images on to your design) like I did with adding the Silver Bow and the Black center for the Bow.

Owen Shirt Ad

For Owen’s Mickey Shirt I used the Cricut Iron On Black Glitter and Cricut Iron On Silver Glitter Vinyl. The Red is from a different vendor.


So are you ready to try making your own customized shirt? I promise it is easy to do !  

Birthday Blog Hop Coming Your Way

Some of you know I write a monthly article about die cutting for Die Cut Crazy Magazine.  I love doing it and its such a great online/pdf magazine full of inspiration every month. It’s available through iTunes HERE or you can get a PDF copy if you don’t do iTunes.

The August issue is out and it loaded with tons of BIRTHDAY DIE CUT PROJECTS and full of helpful tips so be sure and get a copy soon.

August 2014 Issue

Click on Cover to Learn More and Subscribe

And on Friday, August 15th the contributors to Die Cut Crazy Magazine are hosting

August DCC BD Hop

Stop by for exclusive, never before seen, birthday die cut projects to inspire your die cut creativity.  We will also have some great Blog Candy along the way.  So mark your calendars and plan on hopping along with us. The DCC Birthday Blog Hop kicks off at the Die Cut Crazy Blog and I will have the info posted here as well as my project.

See you back here FRIDAY, August 15th !! 

Get a Cricut Explore Cutting Guide PDF

Cricut released a new and improved Cricut Explore Cutting Guide as of today, 8/10/2014.  Yipee !  This is a comprehensive list that includes a large variety of material types, multi cuts needed, pressure settings, what blade to use, and even which of the Cricut Mats is best to use. You can read about the variety of Cricut mats available now to make working on various materials easier in my previous post HERE.



You can find the link to the Cricut Explore Cutting List on their website HERE.


While I am glad to see this list, I was a little disappointed they did not provide a PDF version for us.  So guess what?  I made one to share with you all.  And I added a few special NOTES to help you using the list.  You can download a copy for your very own to keep handy. Feel free to share this but please give me credit for the pdf file.

CRICUT EXPLORE CUTTING SETTINGS GUIDE  in alphabetical order  (click here to download)

I also made videos to help explain further how to use the New Cricut Explore Cut Guide.



What other Cricut Explore help would you like to see offered by either myself or Cricut ? 


ohhh…New Cricut Explore Pens

Cricut announced today TWO new pen sets for the Cricut Explore. Yipee !!  The new pens are available at and retail for $12.99.  They perfectly fit into the Cricut Explore Pen Holder so you are able to write with Cricut Explore.

close up machine

CRICUT EXPLORE PEN HOLDER built into the machine

Here is the gorgeous CANDY SHOP set

Candy Shop Pens 8.7.14

NEW CANDY SHOP PENS FOR CRICUT EXPLORE (click on picture to purchase)

These yummy colors are: Sour Apple, Candy Corn, Blueberry, Very Berry, Candy Crystal

Don’t you just love these?  I know I will pick up this set soon.

The other new set is the WILDFLOWER

NEW CRICUT EXPLORE WILDFLOWER PEN SET (click on picture to purchase)

(click on picture to purchase)

These pretty colors are: Cactus Pink, Bluebonnet, Lavender, Honeysuckle, Sage.  These will look lovely when you want a softer ink color look.

I love using my Cricut Explore to Write on my die cut images using the Cricut Explore Pens. If you want to see more about how this works, see my post HERE.

art philosophy pillow box

An example of using the Cricut Explore Pens to write on a die cut tag I made for a gift box.

Have you used pens with your die cut machines to write ? Think of all the possibilities you have if you use this feature !

Be Still My Heart – A NEW CTMH Cartridge is coming !

As you know I recently returned from the Close to My Heart Convention at Disneyland. It was so much fun !  But the biggest news I wanted to share with everyone is that Close to My Heart is releasing a brand new Cricut Cartridge called Artfully Sent. We had a chance to make a few of the cards from it and all I can say is WOW !  UPDATE: 8/1 – We were notified today that the new Artfully Sent cartridge will be available in early September. I will notify you when it is available for purchase.

artfully sent card samples

It is an awesome MUST HAVE cartridge for card makers.  But it is also really great for those that have always wanted to make beautiful cards but didn’t know how to go about it.  The cartridge will work in any Cricut machine.  And is expected to be released for sale some time in mid to late August.  SEE MY EXCLUSIVE SPECIAL OFFER BELOW.

Here are some quick details about the Artfully Sent cartridge:

- There is even a full font which is very cute 
- 50 pop up cards with coordinating icons
- 100 icons, shapes and phrases to coordinate
- 50 cards that create a scene or are swing cards 
- 100 quick and easy layered sentiment cards
- 50 sleeve cards
- 50 cards with overlay backgrounds
- 100 card fronts that could be used as Picture My Life (or Project Life) cards

That’s 400 total cards PLUS a font! Plus it will also come with (3) D size stamp sets (worth $17.95 each) and a package of white cardstock (worth $9.50).  All of this will only be $99 plus shipping when Artfully Sent becomes available some time later in August.


I will be posting more photos of some cards made with Artfully Sent as soon as it arrives for purchase.

*SPECIAL OFFER*:  Stay tuned to my site to be able to order the new cartridge as soon as it is out.  If you purchase the cartridge from me, as an added BONUS and thank you from me, you will receive:

  • Access to an Exclusive Artfully Sent Online Video Class I will be doing to show you just how to use your new cartridge and make a set of 5 cards, 1 from each style of card so you know how to do them yourself.
  • And I will also mail you this adorable FREE small stamp you can use on your cards

You Are My Happy

PLUS since you are spending over $50 in product, you will have the option to order the August 2014 Stamp of the Month for only $5.  This super adorable stamp set will be great for those upcoming Fall cards and layouts you want to make.

August Stamp of Month

I will be posting the info and sending out messages about the new Cricut CTMH Artfully Sent cartridge as soon as it is available for your purchase. Isn’t this exciting ?!?!?!

New Cricut Explore User Manual

Cricut Explore User Manual Cover

Yipee !  Cricut released a new Cricut Explore User Manual to help customers have a handy reference guide.

I made this quick video walking you through where to find the Cricut Explore User Manual on,what is covered and some tips for maximizing your Cricut Explore experience with it.

The great news is they have made it available as a downloadable PDF as well so you can download to your computer.  I even downloaded to my Ipad so now I have it whenever I need it ! You can find on their website @ Cricut Explore User Manual (click on link).

Tons of step by step information to help you get the most out of your Cricut Explore machine.  Download today to have at your finger tips.  Even if you are still just considering a purchase of the Cricut Explore you should check this out to see all it can do.

SPECIAL TIP:  The Cricut Explore User Manual PDF if about 142 pages.  Some people have taken the PDF on a flash drive to their local office supply stores and had a double sided bound black and white copy made for under $20.  Now isnt’ that a fabulous idea !

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.


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.


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 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.