Cricut Explore…Kids Love It !

As some of you know, I have an 11 year old grand-daughter, Bianca, who has been crafting with me since she was 3 years old.  She even has her own supplies set up in my craft studio for when she comes over.  This girl would rather craft than go to the movies or zoo … with no prompting from me.  Makes this Nonny proud ! 

So today, I want to brag a little about her as she is with me for Thanksgiving week. She came with a project in mind.. MAKING HOLIDAY CARDS FOR WOUNDED SOLDIERS who are in the hospital and away from their families.  Someone at her school is gathering the cards. And today, she wanted to use the Cricut Explore all on her own (well mostly) to create the cards. She had so much fun that Instead of making the 2 cards the teacher suggested they make over the Thanksgiving break, she made 20 cards in about 2 hours and LOVES the Cricut Explore !!! 

Bianca Cards Collage Final

Here is a testimonial from an 11 year old’s point of view using the Cricut Explore for the first time who has used other Cricut machines before:

My Question to her: ” So what did you think about using the Cricu Explore and how you pick our images to use in Cricut Design Space?”

Bianca’s Answer: ” It was so SUPER Simple to use the Cricut Explore. I really liked the dials and buttons were easy to understand how to use.  And to do the image search and scroll through to find exactly what I wanted to use was AWESOME !   Getting what I picked out on the mat was easy too. And I really liked using that dragging image feature to size them so I could see what they were going to really look like easier.”

My Question to her: “what did you like most about using the Cricut Explore today?”

Bianca’s Answer: “I LOVED using the Print Then Cut thing…it was so easy and fast to make those teddy bears (from Teddy Bear Parade Images) for my cards.It was fun changing the colors to what I wanted to use on my cards too.   I am happy I was able to make more cards to share with the soldiers by using it. WHY have we not been able to do this before ???  I could use this EVERY DAY OF MY LIFE ! “

My Question to her: “Was there anything you didn’t like about using the Cricut Explore?” 

Bianca’s Answser :  “Yes, I don’t have one at my house !  Can I have one for my birthday in December, pretty please? My friends and I would have to much fun using it AND we would use it for homework projects too…really we would !” 

So there you have it. Even an 11 year old found using the Cricut Explore to be Simple and Easy to use to create projects.  

If you are thinking of purchasing a Cricut Explore, I don’t know of a better testimonial about how easy it is to use than hear it from a kid !   Pssst…I can share the Cricut Explore SALE STARTING THANKSGIVING 11/27 THROUGH BLACK FRIDAY 11/28 PRICING USING THIS LINKhttp://goo.gl/XvSWzl 

Ultimate Cricut Explore Bundle

Don’t worry about standing in long lines when you can shop from home online,,,the Cricut Explore will be on sale for only $219.99. ALL Cricut Explore Bundle Deals will be $30 off current price listed. Pick the bundle that works best for your needs …there are several to choose from and with the additional $30 off great deals ! NOTE: The sale price will NOT show up in your shopping cart until Thanksgiving Day. But you can see the bundles NOW and PRE-SHOP what bundle meets your needs best and compare to other online deals. You can purchase online on Thursday thru Friday this week. USE FREESHIPNOV promo code to get FREE standard shipping. As usual thanks for using my linkhttp://goo.gl/XvSWzl

Top 10 Things a New Cricut Explore Owner Wants

With all the great Black Friday Sales happening, I have been getting a lot of questions regarding “What Cricut Supplies Do NEW Cricut Explore Users Need” ?

So I thought I would share my

Top 10 ThingsFinal Feel free to Pin this post, share on FB or link up in your Holiday Gift Wish list to send to family and friends so they know what you might most treasure to go with your new Cricut Explore machine.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  First off, CONGRATS on making the choice to purchase the Cricut Explore machine !  It is really going to change the way you craft….in fact, I really believe Cricut should add this warning to the box label “MAY BECOME ADDICTED TO CRAFTING” .

TOP TEN THINGS A NEW CRICUT EXPLORE USER WILL WANT

# 1 Cricut Explore Scoring Stylus  - one of the MOST fantastic features of the Cricut Explore OVER other die cutting machines is the ability to cut and score your projects at the same time. Cards and 3D projects will benefit from the Cricut Explore Scoring Stylus.  Get the tool…you won’t regret having it. Note: Sold Separately from Cricut Basic Tool Kit. 

Score Tool

# 2 Cricut Tool Kit – at a minimum, you will want to have the spatula and the hook tool. The scrapper also comes in really handy as well as the tweezers and who couldnt use another pair of scissors too.  And guess what? The Cricut Explore has TWO tool storage areas on board to keep those tools handy when you create.  The cup on the top of the machine and a hidden storage area for tools in the lower inside door.  How cool is that ! 

Cricut Basic Tool Set

# 3 Cricut German Carbide Premium Blade - Cricut created the most amazing cutting blades made from German Carbide…they cut so much better and last longer than the regular Cricut blades (which by the way, can be used in Cricut Explore and vice versa).   It is good die cutting practice to ALWAYS HAVE 1 SPARE BLADE ON HAND…it’s Murphy’s law that something is likely to happen when you least expect it and who wants to stop crafting because their blade is warn out or broken?  Not me  that’s for sure.  In fact, in the Cricut Explore hidden storage area for tools, there is an extra compartment just for keeping your Cricut Blades. GENUIS IDEA I TELL YOU !!

German Carbide Cricut Blade

# 4 Cricut Mats – And another good die cutting practice is to ALWAYS HAVE A SPARE MAT OR TWO ON HAND !  The Cricut Explore comes with 1 mat in the box….but if you are creating a lot, you are going to use up that mat in no time. Or the thing I like to do is double up on my mat usage so I have one in my machine cutting while the other one is being loaded with the next material to cut. While that one is in the machine, the other is being unloaded of the material and the cycle continues until everything is all cut out.

3 Mat Variety

Be sure and read my article HERE on the 3 different grip types of Cricut Mats and why you would want more than 1 mat type to cut various materials.

# 5 Cricut Explore Deep Cut Blade/Housing – The Cricut Explore is capable of cutting a tremendous amount of various materials from paper to chipboard, from cloth to leather and more.  But to do the best job on cutting thicker materials like chipboard, leather, magnet sheets and thicker glitter papers even, the Cricut Explore Deep Cut Blade is a must have in my opinion. Note: This is blade and housing are specific to the Cricut Explore, you can not use another Cricut Deep Cut housing in the Cricut Explore.

Deep Cut Blade Housing

# 6 Cricut Writing Pens – Another fantastic feature of the Cricut Explore is the ability to write on your images and cut them out AT THE SAME TIME !  So having pens to use is a great thing.  The Cricut Explore has an accessory housing holder installed on the machine already that is used to put the writing pen or the Score Tool mentioned in #1 on this list. The pen holder ONLY FITS CERTAIN PENS. Note: Don’t ever force a pen into the holder as it can break it.  Cricut has made special pen sets in 4 different color packs for purchase.  Start out by using these pens to get the best results.  There are a few other pens that might fit but you can worry about those AFTER you get use to your Cricut Explore machine.

Cricut Explore Pen Sets

# 7 Cricut Wireless Bluetooth Adapter – Face it, we now live in a “wireless world” where our devices are talking to each other without having to be in the same room or “plugged in” to each other.  The Cricut Explore Wireless Bluetooth Adapter for the Cricut Explore allows you to communicate to your Cricut Explore machine via your computer or laptop…and even your iPAD if they have wireless capabilities. No more messy USB cables. Note: If you have a computer/laptop without a built in Blue Tooth Wireless Adapter, you can purchase one at Best Buy, Office Supply Stores or online that plug in your USB and enable you to communicate wirelessly with the Cricut Explore Wireless Bluetooth Adapter which plugs in to the side of your Cricut Explore machine.

CE Bluetooth Adapter

# 8 Cricut CardstockMost crafters do some paper crafting to start using their Cricut Explore machines such as card making. Cricut makes their own brand of papers that cuts perfectly in Cricut Explore and come in both 12X12 and 12X24 for those extra big projects. Note: You want to use a good quality cardstock to ensure smooth cuts. Stay tuned to my site for a list of other cardstock choices that have proven to also cut well in Cricut Explore.

Cricut Cardstock

# 9 Cricut Vinyl and Transfer Tape  - If you plan on making any holiday gifts this year, projects such as custom wood signs and glassware are very popular this time of year.  You will need Vinyl and Transfer Tape to use with your Cricut Explore.  Cricut brand Vinyl is Oracle 631 which is a permanent vinyl suitable for projects for indoor use. It comes in a variety of single colors or a variety pack. Cricut also makes a clear transfer tape now that makes transferring your Vinyl to your project so much easier !  They also make Cricut  Iron-On Vinyl perfect for custom tshirt making, baby items, tote bags, home decor such as pillows,etc.

Vinyl Starter Bundle

# 10  - Cricut Printables – With the Print Then Cut feature on the Cricut Explore, its fun to be able to print and cut out other materials besides white cardstock.  Cricut has these awesome packs of Printable Vinyl and Printable Sticker Paper that are  a perfect compliment To Cricut Explore Print Then Cut projects.

Cricut Printables

GREAT NEWS IS THAT MANY OF THE TOP 10 THINGS ARE 40% OFF IN THE  PRE-BLACK FRIDAY SALE @ CRICUT.COM WHICH ENDS WEDNESDAY 11/26. PLEASE USE MY LINK TO PURCHASE @ http://goo.gl/hVW8h8. And don’t forget, use the FREESHIPNOV promo code to get FREE standard shipping on any amount you order. 

Ultimate Cricut Explore Bundle

PSST…If you have NOT yet purchased your Cricut Explore machine yet…or have a family member who might just get you one for the holidays, you need to check out the THURSDAY AND BLACK FRIDAY CRICUT EXPLORE DEALS @ Cricut.com will be running USING MY LINK http://goo.gl/XvSWzl for that specific sale.

  •  The Cricut Explore will be on sale for only $219.99.
  • ALL Cricut Explore Bundle Deals will be $30 off current price listed !! This is the best way to get some of the Top 10 Things a New Cricut Explore Owner Wants.  Pick the bundle that works best for your needs …there are several to choose from and with the additional $30 off , they are great deals on top of the already value added price at Cricut.com !

NOTE: The sale price will NOT show up in your shopping cart until Thanksgiving Day. But you can see the bundles NOW and PRE-SHOP what bundle meets your needs best and compare to other online deals. You can purchase online on Thursday thru Friday this week. USE FREESHIPNOV promo code to get FREE standard shipping through November 30th. As usual, thanks for using my affiliate link that helps keep me sharing my Cricut crafting knowledge with you.  http://goo.gl/XvSWzl

LEAVE ME A COMMENT IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS.  Always happy to answer your questions and hear from you. Don’t forget to PIN or SHARE ON FB this post. Thanks !  And be sure and have Cricut Explore Owners join us in my FB group @ Lets Learn Cricut Explore. 

Happy Crafting and Happy Shopping !  Debbie the Design Space Diva 

Why are there 3 Different Mat Types for Cricut ?

3 Different Mat Types Every wonder why there are 3 different Cricut mat grip types? Well, they each have been formulated to perfectly hold in place certain types of materials while using your Cricut Cutting machines. Read on to learn more about each grip type.

Standard Grip Adhesive Cricut Mat

Standard Grip (2 pack) Retail $12.99 12X12 ON SALE $7.79

There are 3 Grip Types and they are easy to tell apart because each is a different color.

STANDARD GRIP MATS (come 2 in pack and are GREEN) Sizes Available are 12X12, 12X24 to fit the Cricut Explore, Cricut Expression 2 and Cricut Expression machines.

  • CARDSTOCK
  •  PATTERNED PAPER
  •  EMBOSSED CARDSTOCK
  •  VINYL
  • IRON VINYL
Light adhesive Cricut Mat

Light Grip Mat Retail $14.99 ON SALE $8.99

LIGHT GRIP MATS (come 1 in pack and are BLUE) Size Available is 12X12 only

  • PRINTER PAPER
  • THIN CARDSTOCK
  • THIN PATTERN PAPER
  • VELLUM
  •  CONSTRUCTION PAPER
Strong Grip Adhesive Cricut Mat

Strong Grip Mat Retail $14.99 ON SALE $8.99

STRONG GRIP MATS (come 1 in pack and are PURPLE)  Size Available is 12X12 only

  • HEAVY CARDSTOCK
  •  GLITTER CARDSTOCK
  •  MAGNET MATERIAL
  •  CHIPBOARD
  •  POSTER BOARD
  •  FABRIC (WITH STABILIZER)

I have used all three of these grip mat types and found they are definitely great with each of the material types listed.  I particularly like the Strong Grip Mats to keep those heavier materials in place like chipboard and glitter paper since I use those often.  I even have 1 mat designated for Glitter cardstock so I don’t spread glitter everywhere ! Plus I have 1 Standard Grip mat that I only use for vinyl.  Do you have mats designated for different materials ?

I HAVE GREAT NEWS TO SHARE ABOUT A MAT SALE !  ALL MATS are on sale this week for 40% off @ http://goo.gl/lrzJx1  which makes these a steal since you can not always use a coupon at local craft retail stores on Cricut mats.  PLUS with the FREESHIPNOV code you get FREE STANDARD SHIPPING (U.S Only) until November 30th so it’s a no brainer to stock up now !

Which mat style are YOU thinking of trying ???   If you can’t make up your mind, there is even a variety pack with 1 each of the three grip types for only $20.99.

3 Mat Variety

3 Mat Variety Pack (1 of each grip) $34.99 ON SALE $20.99

As always I appreciate your using my affiliate link for your purchase at Cricut.com so I can keep crafting and sharing with you all.  http://goo.gl/lrzJx1   

Happy Crafting and Shopping !   Debbie

Design Space Diva Days are coming !

You know I am passionate about my Cricut Explore. So much so that I started a Lets Learn Cricut Explore Facebook Group (come join us by clicking on the link)  that has grown to well over 7,000 people in it !  And now, I am one of 12 Cricut Product Experts, helping Cricut Beta Test NEW products and features. Its been an exciting year for me so far.

Meeting so many others who are passionate about Cricut Explore has really re-fueled my desire to teach again. Something that I have always been passionate about since I love to share my crafting knowledge with everyone.  I have taught Cricut classes and other crafting classes for over 10 years at crops, local stores and at scrapbook conventions too. It’s always a lot of fun to teach and hang out with others who love to craft.

My Cricut Explore followers have kind of nicked name me a “Design Space Diva” so one thing led to another and I am happy to announce…
Design Space Diva Days The first DESIGN SPACE DIVA DAY is being scheduled for Saturday, January 10th. Put the date on your calendar now ! Plan to join us so you can  “create like a Diva”  and make 5 different awesome projects using your Cricut Explore machine,. Other DESIGN SPACE DIVA DAYS will be scheduled throughout 2015 with different projects. REGISTRATION WILL OPEN SOON  WITH ALL THE PROJECT DETAILS. 

Each DESIGN SPACE DIVA DAY will include:

  • 5 LIVE online Cricut Design Space Project Classes that include a Design Space File to use for each project to create it. Classes will use a variety of Design Space features and project types and show a variety of crafting skills.    Note: Classes will be recorded so you can play them back or watch if you can’t attend the actual event 
  • A DIVA Q&A Session where you can ask me Design Space or crafty questions and I answer them right then.
  • A CHAT WINDOW  for you to chat with other attendees through out the event
  • PRIZES    Events are more fun if there are a few prizes to win !
  • SUPPLY LIST   A list of  all supplies you need to complete the 5 projects

To participate YOU will need a Cricut Explore machine and a basic knowledge of using your Cricut Explore machine. Of course, I have a lot of Cricut Design Space Videos already online and more added weekly so Subscribe to my You Tube Channel @ Debbie ONeal Videos  for you to watch to help you get up to speed prior to DESIGN SPACE DIVA DAY. 

So, are you excited about DESIGN SPACE DIVA DAYS ? Whose planning on joining in ? Leave a comment if you have any questions.

HUGS TO YOU ALL, DEBBIE

Holiday Fun with Snowhaven Pt 3

It’s time for more Holiday Fun with Snowhaven Pt 3                                                  You can check out Holiday Fun with Snowhaven Pt 1 HERE  and Pt 2 HERE

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Today I wanted to share a great holiday gift idea.  Its the CTMH Shadow Box Frame that fits a 12X12 Layout.  Perfect for gift giving or just to display your special layouts in your own home. This beautiful frame comes in Black or Colonial White. It is ready to hang on the wall or be displayed on an easel. You will be impressed with the quality of the frame since it is much nicer than what you can purchase at craft stores.

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Watch the video I made so you can see the beautiful details of the Shadow Box Frame.   

The layout I made to show you in the Black Shadow Box Frame was made using the CTMH Snowhaven Paper Pack and assorted other CTMH products.  Tomorrow I will show you more holiday cards using the Snowhaven Paper Pack so come back to be inspired by those.

Click on the links below to learn more or purchase the product in my CTMH SHOP @ debbieoneal.ctmh.com. I really do Thank You for supporting me by shopping for these great products !


Report Card Results: Cricut Explore vs Silhouette Cameo

With all the holiday sales about to start popping up, many of you may be considering getting a new die cut machine.  But which one to pick is the question, right ?  WARNING: LONG POST AHEAD BUT WORTH THE READ I HOPE

Report Card Results

Let me help by providing the highlights of the Report Card Results” regarding an independent product test company that compared the Cricut Explore and Silhouette Cameo on both materials cutting and precision cutting capabilities.  And of course, as usual, I will do my best to provide my own un-biased opinion based on the report and my personal experience using both machines. By the way, I  think it only fair to tell you that the CEO of Cricut, Ashish Arora did forward this report information to me,  

LETS TALK ABOUT THE INDEPENDENT TEST INFORMATION FIRST… 

An independent testing firm, Percept Product Test Engineering, out of Boulder, Colorado conducted an in-depth analysis comparing the cut capabilities of the Cricut Explore vs the Silhouette Cameo. In my opinion, the test team did appear to compare “apples to apples” when conducting these two test based on the detailed information they provide in their reports, which I have added links in this post.

Baseline Test Case Procedures were followed:

check mark 3 each of the same model machines from different locations were purchased for both the Cricut Explore and the Silhouette Cameo test conducted to help account for tolerence levels in manufacturing variables you find from machine to machine

check mark New mats and blades were used for all the testing

check mark 8 Identical product materials were used to cut with both machine types: Foam, Cork, Soft Leather, Hard Leather, Chipboard, Dense Chipboard, Magnet Sheet, Aluminum  *full list of product description is found in the report

check mark Recommended manufacturer settings for the material settings for cutting were used first in the testing of each product or cut type Material setting adjustments were made by the test team to attempt to achieve the best cut scenario for each of the machines used in the testing when the recommended manufacturer settings didn’t quite work out. They termed these as “experimental adjustments” and consisted of adjusting blade depth, blade passes and pressure.

check mark Access to technical resource person to answer operational questions using the machines was made available to the test team and used

check mark TWO Different TEST were conducted: Material Cut Capablities and the Precision Cut Test

HIGHLIGHTS OF RESULTS:

  • Materials Cut Compatibility testing clearly show that Cricut Explore does a much better job of cutting a wider variety of materials and various thicknesses of the material. Some adjustments to the Cricut recommended cut settings was made to achieve 8 out of 8 successful cuts.  Note:  Best results were achieved by using the Deep Cut Blade and the Strong Grip Mat when using the Cricut Explore.  The roller depth allotment was noted to be greater for the Cricut Explore which resulted in more success with getting the thicker materials to be used in the machine.

The Silhouette Cameo failed 7 out of 8 material tests even after making material setting adjustments from the Silhouette recommended settings to achieve a better result.  Materials, particularly the thicker leather tested also had a more a difficult time being feed into the machine due to the lack of depth between mat and the roller. Note: The test team surmissed that the lack of ability for the Cameo blade to be used for deeper cuts beyond the adjustable amount provided by the blade housing limited the effectiveness even after maxing out the number of passes and blade depth capabilities.

Material Cuts Summary

Note: EUT means “Equipment Under Test”, indicating which of the 3 machines from the  brand were used to conduct the test as there are machine variable tolerances in manufacturing to take in to consideration. 

My Personal Opinion of the Materials Cutting Test:

  • Silhouette Cameo Results:  I must admit that I too experienced some of these same limitations using those materials in cutting with the Silhouette Cameo.  I truly think the depth between the mat and roller is a big minus for the Silhouette.  Plus the limited blade housing depth hurts it as well.
  • Cricut Explore Results:  I have cut all the materials listed with my Cricut Explore and the only exception I had to the results was cutting of cork which I have been unsuccessful at doing so far.  Note: The test team noted it was suggested to use cork with adhesive backing and to cut it with the adhesive backing facing up and the cork on the mat.  I  will try that and see if I get better results.

The full Material Cut Compatibility Testing Report can be read here by clicking on this image

Material Cut Compatiblity

  • Precision Cut Testing was fascinating because there has long been a perception that the Cricut machines did not cut certain shapes such as Circles as well as the Silhouette Cameo. It was interesting to see that the test team had such considerable different results cutting circle shapes.  Test team results were that while both machines did a good job at cutting an accurate ovality 5mm circle shape, that the Cricut Explore across all three of the test machines achieved similiar complete circle cutting results time after time.  While the Silhouette Cameo would not even completely cut all the way around the circle shape. In fact, more than half of the attempted circle shapes did not cut out properly across the 3 different Silhouette Cameos used.  Note: New blades and new mats were used for all cut testing.

Circles Comparison

The test team also tested using two different types of triangles..Isosceles and Equilateral Triangles. There was an issue with both the Cricut Explore and the Silhouette Cameo having an inability to accurately cut the size of the triangle to what was shown on the workspace size edit screens. To overcome this deficit, the test team did some complicated calculation adjustments (which I won’t bore you with now cause math makes my head hurt ! but you can read about in the report if you want).

Error Results
Bottom line was that while both machines had scale issues, the Cricut Explore actually cut the shape more accurately time after time while the Silhouette seemed to cut one side of the shape slightly off.  (see report for a photo comparison via a microscope).  The test team did note that the Cricut Explore had a wider gap between the to triangle image they were cutting compared to the Silhouette Cameo.

My Personal Opinion of the Precision Cut Testing:

First, the Circle testing thing was kind of odd.  I can not recall a time when I used my Silhouette Cameo that it didn’t consistently complete the shape cut like it did during this precision cut test…it might be slightly off at the meet up point but not enough to not make a full circle. Any issues I had I always chocked up to the accuracy of the design in .studio files you use with the Silhouette Studio.I wonder if some of the odd change Silhouette has made to their recent software updates caused that circle cutting issue to be so off ?  I would love to know if they tried more than one circle shape and from different designers, wouldn’t you ?  I will say I have not had even one issue with the Cricut Explore cutting Circles the right shape. Perfect every time.

Second, these test guys certainly didn’t mess around when trying to determine the accuracy of the cut shapes. To the common crafters eye some of these shape issues might not be immediately noticable until you start to put your die cut project together and the pieces don’t line up. Admit it?  It’s happened to you too, right? Nice to know that the Cricut Explore appeared to have an edge over Silhouette Cameo here because I did have that happen to me a few times when using my Cameo..frustrating to say the least but have not had that happen so far after using the Cricut Explore for the past 8 to 9 months.

The full Competitive Precision Cut Test Report can be read by clicking on this image

Precision Cut Test Report
Now we are down to which machine performed BETTER FOR CUTTING  overall…..

check mark The CRICUT EXPLORE MACHINE appears to have scored better marks on this report card. Wouldn’t you agree ?   What are yout thoughts on this report? Does it convince you to buy the Cricut Explore or is that Cameo still looking good to you ?  

Coming soon …read my blog post on why I think you should put the CRICUT EXPLORE ON YOUR HOLIDAY WISH LIST.  Thanks for stopping by ! 

Time to be THANKFUL

This time of year, our thoughts turn to being thankful for what we have in our lives.

I am thankful for my family and friends. And good health. And the ability and means to enjoy my crafting passion. And for the many opportunities and experiences I have been blessed with over the years. And of course, for all of you who read by blog …for this  I am truly thankful ! 

Create Cards

I made these THANKS CARDS to send as my way of expressing thanks to family, friends and my Close To My Heart customers who order from me.

Thankful for You Card : 

Thankful card  BIG THANKS CARD: Big Thanks

FULL OF THANKS CARD:

Full of Thanks

Note:  I used the CTMH Quatrefoil Embossing folder to add a little more texture to the Glacier cardstock next to the wood grain stamp image.

These cards were created using the CTMH Pathfinding Card Kit. It includes everything I needed except the inks (Chocolate, Glacier, Goldrush, Desert Sand) to make 15 gorgeous cards (5 of each of the 3 designs) and the matching envelops plus step by step directions to do so.  Of course, I put my own twist on the cards and made a few minor adjustments but that is part of the joy of creating…adding your own twist.

The stamp set that comes in the kit is really great and I can use these stamps on a variety of other projects too !  Don’t you just love that woodgrain stamp and the arrows and feathers !

Pathfinding Stamp Set

You also get a roll of the gorgeous Bronze Shimmer trims that comes in the kit too. Perfect to add that special touch to any of your crafting projects and the bronze is a beautiful deep reach brownish color. I can see using that on some masculine cards too.

Bronze Shimmer Trim

And you get these awesome Gold Sequins in assorted sizes that are self-adhesive. Plenty left over to add sparkle to other projects.

Gold Sequins

It’s nice to have some pretty handmade Thank You cards on hand to send out and this is a great kit to purchase to help you get them make.  You can shop for it and the matching inks you need @ debbieoneal.ctmh.com  OR just click the photo links below to take you to the exact product.  As usual, I am Thankful for the support of my Close to My Heart Business by my blog reader friends. 


November Cricut Mystery Box is HERE !

WOW…for those that don’t know, Cricut releases a new Cricut Mystery Box every month that contain Cricut cartridges and other Cricut crafting supplies.  We never know what is going to be in them but it’s a great deal. 

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The NOVEMBER MYSTERY BOX  has over $120 worth for only $29.99 PLUS you can use FREESHIPNOV promo code and get FREE SHIPPING too !  What a steal !!

Click on this link to purchase it @ NOVEMBER MYSTERY BOX  (I appreciate your supporting my crafting efforts by using my affiliate link)  HURRY SUPPLIES ARE LIMITED ON THE MYSTERY BOXES EACH MONTH. 

Note: To use FREESHIPNOV code: 1) after you click on link above to purchase log in to your cricut.com account   2) select BUY NOW  3) add zip code and apply  4) select standard shipping  5) add promo code FREESHIPNOV and apply  6) continue to check out OR keep shopping and then check out and pay.  Super simple once you know how to do it.

UPDATE ON FONT FOR CTMH ARTFULLY SENT

We have been waiting …. and it’s finally here !  The CTMH Artfully Sent Cartridge Font is now in Cricut Design Space !!!!  While the card images for the CTMH Artfully Sent Cartridge have been available in Design Space for a several weeks, we have been missing the matching Font.  Its super cute and will be great on a variety of projects !

Watch the video to see how to find the font in Cricut Design Space.

To learn more about the fabulous CTMH Artfully Sent Cartridge, with 5 different card styles and 25 different themes, you can check out my post HERE that has photos of all the cards.  You not only get the wonderful cartridge but 3 complimentary stamp sets PLUS a pack of white cardstock that cuts greats in Cricut Explore.

If you are interested in purchasing the CTMH Artfully Sent Cartridge, you can purchase it in my SHOP @ debbieoneal.ctmh.com  OR click on the image link below.  I truly appreciate your support through your purchase.