New Print Then Cut Cricut Explore Feature Announcement

WOW…it’s finally here..well almost. Sometime the week of September 22 the new Cricut Explore Print Then Cut Feature will be released for everyone to use.  I have been priveleged to be a beta tester and let me tell you..I am super impressed with this feature.

Here is a quick video I did as an overview about the Print Then Cut Feature.

I am working on my videos and showing you the projects I have made so far.  Sign up for my You Tube Channel so you don’t miss any of them.

Amazing New Product Solves SVG Search Dilemas

SVG Library Ad


Many of us in the die cut crafting world have a deep LOVE for the wonderful SVG files we can find, make or purchase online to make speciality die cut projects.  However, after you have been collecting all these SVG files for a while you end up with too many to manage and and no good way to search for what you want to use. Am I right?  

Well let me share with you…THIS PROBLEM HAS BEEN SOLVED !  I am not kidding…There is a brand new SVG Library product that will make your SVG searching a snap !

SVG Library

It’s offered by and was built and tested by and for die cut crafters using SVG’s. Now isn’t that just perfect ! 

Take a look at all the fantastic things this SVG Library product can do !

SVG Library Highlights

Besides the fact that it is SUPER EASY TO USE, there is even a wonderful, helpful SVG LIBRARY HELP GUIDE (click link to see) and videos by the developer on You Tube already so you can get up and running right away with SVG Library.

Can’t wait to get your hands on this….so you can solve all your of the headaches of storing and sorting and finding SVG’s will be solved ?  You can PURCHASE SVG LIBRARY HERE  (Thanks for using my link since this is my afflilate link and the money I earn helps me keep crafting and sharing with all of you )

But what more could you possibly want ?  Well how about a DISCOUNT CODE TO PURCHASE AT 33% OFF if you buy before end of day Monday, September 15th? Use SVGLIBRARY when you make your purchase HERE. 

Leave me comments if you have questions.  I will be posting a video shortly showing you exactly how it works and how I use it.

Artfully Sent Cricut Cartridge Available Pt 2

I wanted to share with you more images from the new CTMH Artfully Sent Cricut Cartridge that is available for purchase now in my SHOP @


This is a great chart showing the various card types, sizes and other images you get on the CTMH Artfully Sent Cricut Cartridge.  I was blown away with all you get on this 1 cartridge, aren’t you ? 

Artfully Sent Keys

Not only do you get some truly amazing card types but you also get assorted Envelope Sizes with Liners for a truly professional looking touch too !

Artfully Sent Base Functions

There are truly some amazing card types found on this Exclusive CTMH Artfully Sent Cartridge.  Here are a few more card types for you to see just great this cartridge would be for making cards and scrapbook pages and other crafty projects.

Artfully Sent Sleeve

Artfully Sent Sentiment Cards Artfully Sent Sleeve card

Artfully Sent Beyond Cards Artfully Sent Beyond Cards2

Artfully Sent Scene

Artfully Sent Icons

Can’t you see yourself making these cards to wow your family and friends?  You can buy the CTMH Artfully Sent Cricut Cartridge to use on any Cricut machine.  However, you can only buy the cartridge from a CTMH Consultant. Let me know if you have any questions about this cartridge or other CTMH products. 

To purchase, go to my SHOP @  I truly do appreciate your ordering from me.

In fact, if you order the Artfully Sent cartridge from me before September 30th, you also get TWO BONUS OFFERS exclusively from me.  Read more about that HERE. in the Part 1 blog post.

This video by CTMH shows you more detail of the Artfully Sent Cartridge

Artfully Sent Cricut Cartridge Available Now !

Artfully Sent Ad Final


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.  SEE MY EXCLUSIVE SPECIAL BONUS 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 .

*SPECIAL BONUS OFFER*:  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. (available by end of September)  $25 VALUE
  • 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 September 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.

Sept SOM Graphic

Be sure and  PURCHASE AT MY CTMH SHOP (click on link) to get the added SPECIAL BONUS I am offering.

Leave me a comment if you have any questions.  I can’t wait to show you have fabulous this new Cricut CTmh Artfully Sent Cartridge is for cardmaking.  Leave me a comment if you have any questions about this offer or cartridge.

Here are a few projects I already made using the Artfully Sent CTMH Cricut Cartridge

artfully sent card samples


beautiful day card inside                                                      POP UP CARDS


CTMH Artiste Projects with September Stamp of Month

It’s September !  Yeah, hopefully cooler weather will not be too far behind.  I know I am ready for it, aren’t you ?  And with a new month, comes a new Close To My Heart Stamp of the Month…the September Stamp is Family is Forever:

You can use it for a romantic layout  like the one below


or use it on a sweet home decor project


I can think of many ways to use this stamp set on Fall and Family projects, can’t you?   The stamp of the month is only available during the month of September so hurry to get yours by Shopping at You can buy the stamp itself for only $17.95 but if you order $50 of product you can get it for only $5.  What a steal !

Sept SOM Graphic

Wait, there is one more CTMH deal this month I wanted to share today.  If you purchase $30 (excluding Stamp of Month) in stamps of your choice from my shop, you can get this wonderful stamp set for FREE…yes, I said FREE !  But hurry, this deal if only available until September 30th.

Sept Constant Campaign National Stamping Month

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 ?