Did you hear? Its Silhouette Subscription Discount Time

Sil Subscription May 7th

 

I just got the email from Silhouette announcing their Subscription sale. They only do this a couple of times a year and it SO WORTH IT !!

HERE IS THE INFO THEY SENT:

What are you waiting for?

Have you seen the new subscription plans in the Silhouette Online Store? They’re more customizable than ever, so now you can get a subscription for as little as $4.99/month. On top of that, during our subscription sale you can save an additional 20%! All you have to do is use promotional code ”CRAFTY” as you sign before the sale sends on May 7th.

Signing up is simple—just decide which subscription is best for you. Each one provides a significant savings over the pay-as-you-go service.

With a subscription, you get designs for a fraction of their normal cost. For example, a Premium subscription purchased using the “CRAFTY” promo code is just $16/month and gives you $150/month worth of download credits to spend at the Silhouette Online Store*. That’s nearly a 90% savings! If you don’t need that many downloads, there are many customizable options to suit you perfectly. Subscription credits are good toward clearance designs and during sales too, so the savings can really add up.

If you want to surprise someone with a Silhouette Online Store subscription, check out our subscription gift cards. They’re on sale too when you use promo code “CRAFTY” during checkout. A subscription to the Silhouette Online Store makes a great gift and is perfect for any Silhouette enthusiast.

I am renewing and upgrading to take advantage of this deal :)  What about you?

April Deals Too Good to Miss

April Example

photo courtesy of www.closetomyheart.com

Look at these super adorable layout, cards and tags. I just love how the fun action bubbles add such playfulness this layout, don’t you ? 

As you may know, I recently became an Executive Manager for Close To My Heart. I have been using their products for a couple of years and recently decided it was time to work for such a great company and share their products with my crafty friends too.  I only support products that I know are quality and are from a reputable suppliers…those things are important to me and I would never recommend a product that I didn’t believe in 100%.

I was easily able to combine my love of die cutting with Close to My Heart because they offer 3 of the best Cricut cartridges ever made…Art Philosophy, Artiste and Artbooking.  These are my “go to” die cut cartridges.  Plus Close to My Heart offers matching stamp sets that coordinate with the cartridges so I get more out of my die cuts and create an even more professional look. And their cardstock cuts beautifully in any of my die cut machines…Cricuts or Silhouette.  Can’t go wrong with that, now can you? 

From time to time I  share special deals with my readers @ Scrap Me Quick Designs.  One of these amazing deals is that each month, there is a special Stamp of the Month offered by Close to My Heart.  These stamps are exclusive to the month they are offered in and once that month is over, you miss out on the chance to get the stamp set.

The Stamp of the Month can be purchased for msrp of $17.95 but as an extra special deal, if you purchase $50 worth of Close to My Heart products (which is easy to do with purchase of cardstock, inks, papers, embellishments, designer products, envelops, display items, stamping supplies and more which all qualify), then you can purchase the Stamp of the Month for only $5 !  Now isn’t that a fabulous deal !!!!!

April 2014 ad SPECIAL BONUS OFFER TO MY READERS:  My April Stamp of the Month set is on it’s way to me.  During the month of May,  I will be creating a set of cards and a video on how I put the cards together to share with you here.  Why don’t you play along with me, and order your own Stamp of The Month for April ?

Interested in joining my Close To My Heart Team and becoming a consultant yourself? It’s not too late to get the added benefit of getting the Consultant Kit PLUS a Free CTMH Cricut Cartridge of your choice for only $99.  Read my blog post HERE for details and watch the video below to see more details of this great deal !

 

 

Happy Easter Layout with Cricut Explore

Last week I was lucky enough to spend time away at a 4 day retreat! Yes, 4 whole days crafting my little heart out with some fabulous crafty friends. Lots of fun, lots of laughter and lots and lots to crafting !  If you have never been to a retreat, you should find one near you and go !  You will be so inspired by the creativity and the fellowship of like minded crafters it will really give you a boost to your own creative juices.

Since it is Easter this weekend, I wanted to share my Easter layout I made at the retreat. I used my new Cricut Explore. It cut all the speciality papers I used like a dream !

easter layout with tag

It’s all ready to add a cute photo of my granddaughter’s easter egg hunting.  I used several different images, flipping them as need to fit the design.  Used pop dots to add dimension to the various shapes.

Happy Easter to you and your family and friends!  May you enjoy your time today and create special memories you will treasure.

Cricut Design Space Updates

CDS Update 4.15.14

The very first update to Cricut Design Space, the online software used with Cricut Explore, was released on April 15th.  And there were some awesome changes made that customers had asked Cricut to make via surveys they had sent out a couple of weeks ago.  I am truly impressed with how Cricut has been so responsive to the needs of customers via this update and the incredible Customer Support they have been providing not only during the week but also many weekends.

Here is a list of a few of the highlights that were updated changes:

  • Grid for mat was darkened to make it more visable
  • Delete uploaded images is possible now
  • No more need to ungroup to attach fonts to projects
  • Color Picker added so you have more choices
  • Image labels were changed to blue for easier viewing
  • All cartridges can now be linked even if you have the subscription
  • Material saver mode is automatically arranged on the cutting mat
  • Wide images will automatically rotate so they fit on 12X24 mat size
  • A single layer in a multi-layer font can now be attached and cut individually
  • Changing canvas size for certain projects was fixed
  • Text size will now remain unchanged after ungrouping a multi-layer font

Watch the video I made of the changes in Cricut Design Space:

There were a couple of other things I didn’t point out in the video that were added:

Image Status Change

They also added more images to the cartridge icons so they were more identifiable at first glance.  Hope they fix the few others that are still all black…we like color !

Another tip I wanted to point out was when you hover over an image, you will see the name of the image set/cartridge that image is in. That is actually a link you can click on and it will open up all the images within that cartridge.

individual images finding sets

So, lots of good things changed in the software and more are to come.  Ashish Arora, CEO of Cricut said they will do updates every 10 to 12 weeks to continue to add features to Cricut Design Space based on customer needs.  What a welcome change to the old way Cricut did requested updates. 

We also can look forward soon to the release of the Blue Tooth device (purchase separately) to enable our Cricut Explore to communicate with the iPAD to use with the Make It Now Projects.  And later in the year, we are awaiting the Print N Cut Feature being added to Cricut Design Space so more fun things to learn in the future too.

So,what was your favorite feature added to Cricut Design Space? What else do you want to see added?

CTMH SPRING/SUMMER CONSULTANT KIT DETAILS

Super Fun CTMH Team Image

Everyone is asking to see exactly what is in the Close to My Heart Spring/Summer Consultant Kit so I made a video. (Pssst, its my first ever fully recorded and edited video so be gentle with the comments please…I promise to get better at doing this ! )

A FEW DETAILS BEFORE YOU WATCH THE CONSULTANT KIT REVEAL VIDEO

  • Spring/Summer Consultant Kit is only $99 plus shipping and tax (about $124)
  • It includes over $300 worth of “real” product…inks, multiple stamp sets, 3 acrylic blocks, stamp cleaner and scrubber, several embellishment packs, trim, adhesive, liquid glass, inking sponge,printed chipboard, 2 design book and more
  • PLUS your choice of 1 CTMH Cricut Cartridge Bundle: ART PHILOSOPHY, ARTISTE OR ARTBOOKING that includes 3 matching stamp sets and 2 sheets of white chipboard embellishments
  • You do NOT have a quota for April, May, June so enjoy your kit, start showing friends and family the products and see if you have people interested in ordering from you as a CTMH Consultant
  • If you or anyone wants to order they can do so online through your free CTMH website you get and product ships directly to them so you don’t even have to deliver anything …remember you get a 22% on all orders placed including your own.
  • If you want to continue being a Consultant you have a $300 quota each quarter to meet…your first quarter is July, August, September (that’s only $100 a month and easy to do if you try).
  • If you don’t sell $300 total for July, August and September then at end of September you stop being a consultant automatically and get to keep all your kit …

So it is totally worth it to give CTMH a try….and join my team of consultants and I will help you in anyway I can while we have fun !

AS AN EXTRA BONUS OF BEING A MEMBER OF MY TEAM: 

  •  You will receive a free “Whisper to Go” that’s a project pdf instructions for the cartridge you selected when you join (courtesy of Cara Mlller)
  • You will receive a free monthly exclusive project pdf with color photos and detailed instruction for a different project designed by me using one of the CTHM Cricut Cartridges including a CCR and Design Space file
  • You get access to our private SUPER FUN CTMH Team Facebook group to learn more tips and techniques using your CTMH products OR help growing your own CTMH team
  • You will be able to enter a monthly drawing for a PRIZE in our private “SUPER FUN” CTMH Facebook group
  • You will be able to have SUPER FUN using our CTMH products and sharing our projects and ideas

SIGN UP TODAY (OR ANYTIME APRIL 1-APRIL 30TH) @ debbieoneal.ctmh.com

Sign Up is easy. You can do everything electronically by going to my website:
1. Go to www.debbieoneal.ctmh.com
2. Click on “Opportunities”, select “Be a Consultant”, the click “Let’s get started.”
3. It’ll take you into the application.
4. It should only take less than 5 minutes to complete the application.
5. You’ll receive a confirmation e-mail from CTMH within a few days (and sometimes immediately), at which time you’ll have access to the website (with the username and password you input on the application). You will receive your kit in about 1 week!

I will get notified you signed up and will send you an invite to the SUPER FUN CTMH Facebook Group and help you get started.

Let me know what questions you have…I hope you will consider ordering the Spring/Summer Consultant kit and join me on this new CTMH venture and have Super Fun doing it with me !

April Die Cut Crazy Magazine is Jammed Packed

The new April Issue of Die Cut Crazy magazine is ready ! It is jam packed with lots of great die cut projects to inspire you. Plus in this issue, my monthly column Lets Talk Die Cuts is the  ”TOP FIVE THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT THESE DIE CUT MACHINES – CRICUT EXPLORE VS SILHOUETTE CAMEO”

April 2104 cover

Plus I made this fun “SPRING IS HERE” frame and have all the step-by-step details in the article for you to make your very own…including photos of just how I made the flowers with the Cricut Flower Shoppe Cartridge.  Tip: The way I show you how to make the flowers from the die cut pieces could apply to using any number of flower die cut shapes from various sources on other Cricut cartridges, Silhouettte Store Files and any number of SVG Flower die cut files. 

close up spring frame

If you haven’t heard of Die Cut Crazy, its a totally die cut crafts focused online magazine available for iPhone and iPad. You can purchase a single issue for $1.99, or a 3 month subscription for about 99 cents an issue OR full 12 month subscription for only $9.99.

But wait, you don’t have a iPhone or iPad but want to read the magazine? They are now offering a PDF version of the magazine as well. You can check out how to purchase PDF VERSION HERE.

In each issue there are lots of great color photos of projects to inspire you and tutorials if you want to follow along and learn something new. Monthly challenges to win prizes and so much more! I’d appreciate it if you used my affiliate link to subscribe HERE.

There are plans to make it android available in the future as well but no commitment timeline just yet.

Do you already subscribe? Are you interested in subscribing now? What would prevent you from subscribing now that there is also a PDF version available you can download?

NEW SILHOUETTE SOFTWARE RELEASED 4/2/2014

AWESOME NEWSSilhouette released a new and improved version of their software today.  The Silhouette Studioe Version 3 has some amazing new features that make it ever better to use when creating with your Silhouette Cameo or Portrait.

Users will be able to download the new software later today, 4/2/2014.  I can’t wait to check out some of these features and report back to you all.

BELOW IS THE INFO RELEASED TODAY BY SILHOUETTE ABOUT THE NEW SILHOUETTE STUDIO VERSION 3 SOFTWARE.

Silhouette Studio® Version 3: More Powerful Than Ever

One of the most popular features of the Silhouette cutting system is the versatile Silhouette Studio® software. Silhouette Studio® gives you all the tools you need to create designs and to use all the fonts you already have on your computer.Today, we are pleased to announce the release of our most capable software to date—Silhouette Studio® Version 3.Version 3 takes all the functionality of Version 2 and adds many powerful new features. Aside from its sleek, new design interface, the free Basic version of Silhouette Studio® boasts the following upgrades:• Cut by Line Color allows you to break up your cut or sketch job into different stages simply by applying a different line color to your cut lines. It’s great for layered projects or for sketch designs that contain multiple colors. (more info)• Additional Drawing Tools (polygon, arc, freehand) to make designing even easier (more info)

• New Memory Management to allow larger image import and document creation

• Auto-Save Feature to more easily backup projects being worked on (more info)

• Select Objects by Color (by line or fill type) (more info)

• Direct Scanner Access (TWAIN support) (more info)

• Spell Checking (more info).

• Line Segment Overcut Feature (Tangential cutting mode) to provide cleaner cut for thicker materials and smaller scale images (more info).

• Library Backup Feature

• Proxy Settings for proxy connection support (more info).

• Advanced Cut Settings (Auto weld overlapping images, Convert strokes to outlines, Cut line sorting to adjust order of images being cut, Layer sorting, and Additional material advancement after cut job completion) (more info)

The Designer Edition of the software also includes the following improvements:

• Layers Support including ability to cut by layer (more info)

• PDF Import (more info)

• Improved SVG File Support (more info)

• Nesting Feature to rearrange images onto page for optimal cutting space efficiency (more info)

• Shadow Tool for creating drop-shadow effect on filled images for print & cut jobs (more info)

To obtain your free update to Silhouette Studio® version 3, got to silhouetteamerica.com/software/silhouette-studio and follow the instructions.

I will be downloading and playing around in the new version as soon as it is ready today and will report back to you all soon !  Are you excited about this news? 

What’s Up with Cricut Explore Subscription Plans ?

Whats Up with Cricut Explore Subscription Plans

Today I wanted to share information about the SUBSCRIPTION PLANS for the new Cricut Explore.  First, lets clear up a couple of things people seem confused about.

The Cricut Explore is the name of the new Cricut die cut machine.The internet based application you use with your computer and Cricut Explore die cut machine is called Cricut Design Space.  This is the software you log in to on the internet using the web address @ www.cricut.com/design.

Cricut Design Space is FREE to use.  No charge for using it at all.  Isn’t that nice ?Whether you have a Cricut Explore or even if you don’t own one yet, you can use your current Cricut.com account log in info (or create an account if you don’t) and play around in Cricut Design Space, creating projects and saving them. Click HERE  to log in or create an account to check out Cricut Design Space.  

cricutexplore

But wait, why is Cricut trying to have you sign up and pay for a SUBSCRIPTION to Cricut Design Space if using the software is free ?

The SUBSCRIPTION PLANS  are access to the CRICUT IMAGE LIBRARY …over 25,000 single images, and image sets (cartridges or digital sets) you can use in Cricut Design Space to make your projects.

but what images are included in the CRICUT IMAGE LIBRARY?  Lucky for us, Cricut has made a handy LIST OF CRICUT LIBRARY IMAGES so you can know what is included in the subscription…see the entire list HERE.   

  • New images will be added to the library as they are released so the list will grow !
  • Not included are LICENSED (like Disney, Hello Kitty, etc), RETIRED (       ) and ENTITLED (part of past Cricut machine bundles)

There are two SUBSCRIPTION PLAN OPTIONS:

 MONTHLY for $9.99/month  which is option that you can cancel any time**

OR  

YEARLY for $99.99 which is a better value, making it only $8.25 a month **

IMPORTANT TO MENTION:  with a subscription you are basically “renting” the images to use during your subscription period BUT you do not own them at the end of the subscription.

**Access to purchase SUBSCRIPTION PLANS will be available soon at Cricut.com

Do you have other Cricut Explore SUBSCRIPTION questions ? Leave me a comment and I will answer them.  And don’t forget to come join us over at my Facebook group @ Lets Learn Cricut Explore for more help, tips and fun ! 

Cricut Explore User Guide Info


Whisper for Cricut Explore

 Did you buy the new Cricut Explore machine?  I did and I am loving it !  But there is a learning curve because it’s a whole new technology and design software from former Cricut machines.

To help you get up to speed faster, wouldn’t you love a quick reference guide?  I know I sure did since I confirmed with Provo Craft they are not going to be offering a User Guide for Cricut Explore.  I found the perfect guide….its the Cricut Explore & Design Space Whisper by Cara Miller.  It will be the best $15 you spend all year long to get you up and running on your Cricut Explore machine !

You can purchase it HERE by going to the top of page and clicking on SHOP Whispers and then navigate to the Cricut Explore Whisper.  Cara also sells Whispers for other Cricut and Silhouette Cameo too.  ( And thank you for using my affiliate link )

Clever Uses in the Kitchen with Square 1 Printable

My hubby and I are “foodies” and love to cook meals together. Over the years we have collected a sizable collection of herbs and spices.  With tall kitchen cabinets, it is sometimes hard to see exactly what we have on hand to use to spice up our dishes. So recently, I decided to take advantage of Square 1 Printable to create a list to post inside my spice cabinets of what we have on each shelf.

I chose to use Square 1 Printable to do this because:

  • It’s easy to apply and keep clean inside the cabinet
  • It’s removable if I ever wants to change it out
  • It’s PVC free so I didn’t have to worry about it around the spices

I LOVE HOW IT TURNED OUT…

Clever Uses in Kitchen Graphic

Tutorial: Adding Clip Art to Square 1 Printable Projects 

1. I created a list of spices and herbs on each shelf in her cabinet in a Word document

2. Next, I  did a Google search in IMAGES to find graphics for Spices and Herbs clipart for free.

Google Images

3. . After scrolling through the images, I selected the perfect  clip art image for my list. And then saved the image on my computer in a file folder.

Herbs and Spices

4. I dded the selected graphic image to a Word Document and lined up each list for the various shelves on to the page as well. Saved the document on the computer in a file folder.

Screen Capture of Document

5. I printed out the document on a sheet of Square 1 Printable using an Ink Jet Printer. TIP: Make sure you know which way your material feeds into your printer so you image prints out on the correct side of the of the  Square 1 sheet.  (ie. I have to to place materials in the printer tray upside down so it prints out correctly)

Spice list on Square 1

6.  I added the finished Square 1 Project to the cabinet doors. Tips: Make sure and let the ink dry for a few minutes before applying.  Then peeling the backing sheet off, add the top of the image to the surface and slowly rub your hand across the sheet as you adhere making sure there are no air bubbles.

Spice Cabinet 2

I also made one for my other spice cabinet…yes, we have two ! I told you I needed to have a way to keep track of all these spices.

As many of you know, I am a Creative Team Member for Square 1 Masterpiece. Their Square 1 Printable has so many clever uses that every day I find something else to use it for…and today was no exception.  And at only $14.99 plus free shipping for an 8 pack of 8 1/2″X11″, its an incredible deal too !  You can buy it HERE and I appreciate your using my affiliate link.

Square1_Printable