A Pet Sympathy Card

Yesterday, October 18th, our family sent one of the best dogs EVER over the Rainbow Bridge.  Winston Alucard O’Neal was  a 12 and half year old English Mastiff and a beloved member of our family who belonged to my oldest daughter, Crystal.  Even as big as he was, he was gentle and sweet with everyone and loved to be petted and cuddled. He was intelligent and smart and a great companion.  He lived a long, happy and healthy life until the last couple of months and we are thankful for every moment we had him in our lives.

RIP Winston

Our family is choosing instead of mourning him, that we are celebrating his life.  So I wanted to make my daughter Crystal, his dog momma, a special card.  I love this quote from Dr. Seuss and found it to be so appropriate.

Dont Cry Card Close up

I made the quote using the Print Then Cut Feature with Cricut Design Space.  the image was from the Cricut Library. I added texture to the cardstock by embossing with the Cuttlebug using the Cuttlebug Wicker Weave and Retro Kitchen 3 Embossing Folders.

Dont Cry Card

Holidays just won’t be the same without Winston standing near the counter since he could always count on his “Nonny” (that’s me) to slip him a little something special when he visited us.  Dearest  Winston, please know how deeply you were loved and we will carry you in our hearts forever !  


Cricut Explore: Print Then Cut Holiday Card

Working on a few Holiday card ideas for my cards this year. Here is my favorite so far. 

Jingle Card

I used the Anna Griffin Winter Wonderland Cricut Cartridge for the beautiful Jingle image.  Instead of cutting this out in layered pieces, I used Cricut Explore Print Then Cut Feature to “flatten” the image so I could just print it out on white cardstock with my home printer. I finished the process by cutting it out with my Cricut Explore machine. It was so super fast and easy —great for replicating for a lot of holiday cards !  This is an A2 size card I made using the CTMH Yuletide Paper Pack.  CTMH Gold Shimmer Tape and Gold Bling Gems were added for that special holiday shine to it.  What do you think of this one ?

CTMH Artfully Sent : Sleeve Cards

The CTMH Artfully Sent Cricut Cartridge has 5 Styles of cards and I am showing off the 5 Styles on my blog , 1 style each day. The sample cards I made to show you are all Halloween cards for added fun in October but there are many themes to choose from. Check my CTMH Artfully Sent: Sentiment Cards post to see that style of card.

Today, I am going to focus on the SLEEVE CARDS. There are two types of Sleeve Cards you can make…a Sleeve Pocket Card and an Sleeve Overlay Card.


Sleeve Pocket

The Sleeve Pocket Cards are sized to fit a 4X6 photo or you can use as a journaling tag holder. This one was made using the CTMH Scaredy Cat Purple Patterned Paper. The paper cut out the delicate looking spider web perfectly. There are two tabs, one on the side and one on the bottom that you glue together after you fold the card pocket card over along the score lines to create the pocket.  To embellish, I cut two spiders from the Happy Halloween Pop Up card icons on the same page 43 in the handbook. One in Black Glitter Paper and one is orange glitter paper and off-set layered them together and used a foam pot dot to adhere to front of web.  I used the Halloween Greetings Stamp set to create the October 31 embellishment backed in Sunset Cardstock.

Sleeve Card

Sleeve Overlay Cards are designed to be cut to make a 5″ X 7″ card.  These cut out as a rectangle and scored in the center to fold over to create the card.  You can line the cut out piece with a complimentary color of paper to really make the image pop like I have done here on this card using Black Cardstock for the base of card and Sunset Cardstock for the inner lining. To embellish, I cut a spider in Purple Glitter Paper from the Happy Halloween Pop Up card icons on the same page 43 in the handbook.

Sleeve Card Inside

For the inside of the card, I used White Cardstock and Black Dye Ink to stamp a border sentiment using the Frightfully Fun Stamp Set.

I really like the detail of the Sleeve Card cut outs.  They cut beautifully in my Cricut Explore using the CTMH cardstock and glitter papers. There are lots of great themes to choose from so these will come in handy for gift giving and papercrafting.

All the products used for the cards are from my Close to My Heart shop. If you want to purchase, please SHOP @ debbieoneal.ctmh.com.  And thanks !

And Don’t Forget…if you purchase $25 or more you get the FREE Artfully Sent Design Space Sizing Chart from me to use with the Cricut Explore machine

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Designing with iPAD App for Cricut Explore Coming Soon

New App Image

I have some great news to share…coming mid-December, Cricut will have a NEW Design Space App for the iPad that will allow you to actually “Design and Cut” with your Cricut Explore machine.  Currently, there is an iPad app but it only allows you to use the Make It Now projects in Design Space.

The NEW Design Space App is what users have been waiting on to give them flexibility in designing ON THE GO for Cricut Explore and WHENEVER INSPIRATION STRIKES !

Here is the info I have from Cricut so far: 

  • It’s a FREE app that will be available in iTunes mid-December 2014
  • It will work on any iPad 2 or higher versions
  • It will need the Cricut Explore Bluetooth Adapter* to cut
  • It will allow you to design and save in the app then cut later from your iPad
  • It will allow you to design and save then cut later from your computer
  • It will allow you to use SVG files to design but you have to import them first in Design Space via your computer
  • It will have full design capabilities such as welding, attaching, flatten, mirroring,  re-sizing, etc
  • PLUS it will have a few Added Features such as “Snap to Grid” and “Centering”

AND if that wasn’t enough to make you do cartwheels and go “YEAH !!”, in first half of 2015 you will be able to WORK OFFLINE in the Design Space App.

I know you are wondering at this point, will it be available for Android ?  Don’t shoot the messenger but Cricut is currently focused on getting this right in the iOS devices and has made no commit to a release for Android at this date.

Luckily, I will get a chance to play with the NEW Design Space App over the next couple of weeks to give it a test run.  So stay tuned for more information on this awesome new app that will give us a way to design on the go for our Cricut Explore like we used to do with our Gypsy devices on former Cricut machines.  

If this capabililty is what you have been waiting for, purchase the Cricut Explore AND Cricut Wireless Adapter NOW to be ready to design with your iPAD THIS YEAR!!!

CTMH Artfully Sent : Pocket Cards

The CTMH Artfully Sent Cricut Cartridge has 5 Styles of cards and I am showing off the 5 Styles on my blog , 1 style each day. The sample cards I made to show you are all Halloween cards for added fun in October but there are many themes to choose from. Check my CTMH Artfully Sent: Sentiment Cards post to see that style of card.

Today, I am going to focus on the POCKET CARDS.  There are 3″ X 4″ and 4″ X 6″ Pocket Cards.  These cards are sized that way by Cricut so the cut out design is shown at its advantage.  You can, of course, change the sizing  to what you want but beware the image may not cut as well.

Pocket Cards are great for not only Pocket scrapbooking (uses page protectors with individual pockets on them) but also for:

  • Adding to Card fronts
  • Adding to Scrapbook Layouts
  • Creating Mini Albums
  • Making a tag for a gift
  • Home Decor projects
  • and more


Pocket Boo Card

This adorable card on page 43 of the handbook was made using the Black Glitter Paper (cuts out beautifully in die cut machines and doesn’t flake off) and the Sunset Cardstock. I attached the black glitter cut out only at the top of the Sunset background so I could use it as a Photo Mat on a Scrapbook layout. The cute Ghost Stamp is from the CTMH Frightfully Fun Stamp Set on white cardstock and stamped in black dye ink.

Pocket Eat Drink

Oh my, I love the saying on this card..”Eat, Drink and Be Scary” …it’s just so fun !  The Black Cardstock background really lets those words cut out in the Purple Glitter Cardstock stand out.  A few little White Enamel Star embellishments kicked it up another notch !  This card is perfect to use on the front of a card or scrapbook page but I am using this one as table top decor for my entry hall table along with some other Halloween Decor.

Pocket EEk Card

Spider Webs seem to be a Halloween Icon standard so I loved seeing this image on page 43 in the cartridge handbook.  I knew immediately I didn’t want to just make a flat pocket card but give this one some dimension.  I cut the front of the card out of Black Cardstock and used a white marker to draw the dash lines around the edges and added the word “Eek” to give it a little umpf (that’s a design word, right?!? LOL).  And I used the October 31 stamp from the Halloween Greetings Stamp Set in Sunset dye ink to finish it off.  Next I backed the card with Yellow Glitter Paper to give the impression of a glowing candle behind it. To give this card it’s dimension, I used foam pop dots to adhere the black cardstock on top of the yellow glitter cardstock.   And what is a spider web without a spider ? The pocket card doesn’t come with a spider so I cut a spider out of Purple Glitter Paper from the Halloween Pop Up card on the same page as the Pocket Card (pg 43 in handbook).  I love how this turned out.  I am using it along with the Eat Drink and Be Scary card as table decor.

I really enjoyed making these cards…they were fast and fun ! They will be a great addition to my paper crafting. And remember, there are a lot of different themes in the CTMH Artfully Sent Cricut Cartridge so you are sure to find ones you will love too !

All the products used for the cards are from my Close to My Heart shop. If you want to purchase, please SHOP @ debbieoneal.ctmh.com.  And thanks !

And Don’t Forget…if you purchase $25 or more you get the FREE Artfully Sent Design Space Sizing Chart from me to use with the Cricut Explore machine

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CTMH Artfully Sent: Sentiment Cards

The CTMH Artfully Sent Cricut Cartridge has some wonderful intricate cards that go together easily and make you look like a card pro !  If you haven’t purchased this cartridge yet, I think you will fall in love with it when you see more projects made with it so I am going to showcase the 5 Styles, 1 style each day for 5 days.  In honor of October, I made them all Halloween cards for added fun. These are from pg 43 in the handbook.


There are 2 Sentiment Card Types – The Sentiment Card and the Border Card. I used the CTMH Scaredy Cat Paper Pack to make all the Halloween Cards in my series.

Sentiment Card oustide

This is the Sentiment Card.  These cards have a sentiment phrase cut out on the front of the card in a variety of topics. It is best if you cut these at 5″ X 7″ card size as they were designed. It was fun backing the cut-out with complimentary papers so the words stand out. Its fun to add some small embellishments such as these cute White Enamel Stars to the front of the card to finish it.
Sentiment Inside Card

No card is finished without the inside being completed. I choose to use the adorable
Halloween Greetings Stamp Set
with Black and Sunset Exclusive Ink.

This is a Sentiment Border Card. This card is made to accommodate a 4.25″ X 5.50″ card size.  There is a die cut shape border along the bottom or side of these card types.

Sentiment Border Card

For this Halloween Border card, I backed the cut out of the card in black cardstock and used a ShinHan Twin Marker in Marigold to outline the jack-o-lantern images.  I added a strip of Purple Glitter Paper for a bit of sparkle and used the Halloween Greetings Trick or Treat stamp set for the sentiment.   Note: This stamp set has shapes that coordinate with the Cricut Artiste cartridge. 

Below is what I did to finish the card on the inside.  I used two adorable Halloween stamp sets on the inside. The pumpkin is from Trick or Treat Sweets and the Happy Halloween is from Frightfully Fun stamp sets.

sentiment border inside

As you can see, these Sentiment cards are really nice and a great addition to your card skills. And super easy to make ! Stop by tomorrow for when I show you another style of the Artfully Sent Cards.

All the products used for the cards are from Close to My Heart. If you want to purchase, please SHOP @ debbieoneal.ctmh.com.  And thanks !

And Don’t Forget…if you purchase $25 or more you get the FREE Artfully Sent Design Space Sizing Chart from me.

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Below is a list of products used for these projects with links directly to these products for more details and purchase.

Size Does Matter in CTMH Artfully Sent Cart with Design Space

Pop Up Card p43 SHOP

I am totally loving the new CTMH Artfully Sent Cartridge…the cards are super amazing like this Pop Up Card Style that makes it so easy to create your own masterpiece ! However, using Artfully Sent in Design Space is a bit frustrating to get the card to size correctly.

Popl Up Card Difference

As you can see, in the image on the right above, if you follow the Artfully Sent Cricut handbook to size your card images, you are not going to get the correct size card.  CTMH and Cricut designed the cards to be a particular card size so that the images and cuts work for that particular size.  So in this case…size does matter ! 

Its super frustrating to be in creative mode and having to stop and try to figure out what size you have to enter in the Cricut Explore Design Space to get the various card styles to fit right?  Its not intuitive. It took me hours to figure out all the sizes so they work correctly.  And don’t even get me started on sizing the matching envelops !!

Good news…I have made this easy for you.  I created a 1 page CRICUT DESIGN SPACE SIZING CHART FOR CTMH ARTFULLY SENT with ALL of the different CTMH Artfully Sent Card Styles and the exact measurements you need to enter in Design Space to get each one to be the correct size !  Yeah !!!  

So for all that hard work I put into figuring out all those various sizes, what can you do for me?  I AM GIVING YOU THIS CRICUT DESIGN SPACE SIZING CHART FOR CTMH ARTFULLY SENT TO YOU FOR FREEBut I am asking you to help support me by making a small $25 purchase in my CTMH shop @ debbieoneal.ctmh.com  and I will email you the PDF file of this CRICUT DESIGN SPACE SIZING CHART FOR ARTFULLY SENT to you for FREE !   It will save you hours of time and get you creating with your cartridge in no time.

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You get to pick $25 or more from any of the CTMH products you prefer and it ships to your house after you pay.  Select from cardstock and papers that cut great in Cricut Explore or maybe buy coordinating CTMH Cricut Cartridge Stamp Sets or pretty colored inks to use or maybe you want to purchase the NEW CTMH ARTFULLY SENT CARTRIDGE (see more on my blog post HERE , it’s up to you to choose from the HUGE CTMH catalog. SHOP @ debbieoneal.ctmh.com (click on link) today to get the DESIGN SPACE ARTFULLY SENT SIZING CHART FOR FREE !


P.S.  Members of my CTMH Team get this and all the Workshop projects I create for FREE as a bonus of being part of my team.  Ask me how to join CTMH today to save 22% on all your CTMH purchases and all the other benefits and check out the details HERE.    

So much is happening right now !

I wanted you all to know I didn’t intend to be neglectful with my blog post here.  I put together a bunch of post and pre-scheduled them and not a one of them posted.  Grrrrrrr…..don’t you just LOVE technology ?  So that means a whole slew of new post will be coming in the next few days for you to enjoy !  

Let’s see…what’s been happening…..

Well, the big Cricut news is the release of the NEW Print Then Cut feature for Cricut Explore.  It’s fabulous. I have a bunch of post to share projects with you coming up so stay tuned for those. Read about the basics of it in my post HERE.

Oh, and Cricut has released THREE NEW Products to use with our Cricut machines. Of course, I will try them out and will be doing a review on each very soon.

PRINTABLE VINYL – Works great with the Cricut Explore Print Then Cut Feature. Perfect for making your own custom vinyl decals to put on all kinds of projects. Read more about it @ goo.gl/Xy6txY

Printable Vinyl


PRINTABLE STICKER PAPER – Great for when you want to make your own decorative stickers using the Print Then Cut Feature with Cricut Explore. You can purchase and read more about it @  goo.gl/nYUtHS  

Printable Sticker Paper














WINDOW CLING … Be still my heart !  I just ordered some and can’t wait to play with it. You can use any Cricut Machine and Cricut Images to cut it out just like you would do Vinyl. Think of all the possibilities !!  Great for holiday window and mirror decorating OR fun gifts for the kids in your life…both big and small. Read more about it, see all the colors it comes in and purchase @ goo.gl/Hef5mO.

New Cricut Window Cling

In the Close to My Heart world…they Released the NEW Cricut ARTFULLY SENT Cartridge.  I have been creating up a storm with that cartridge …its fabulous…not just for Card Making but for other projects too !  Tons of pictures to follow soon.  Read more details about it and purchase on my blog post HERE.

Artfully Sent Ad Final

Hmmm…What else did I want to mention…oh yes !  










In the Lets Learn Cricut Explore Facebook Group we are going to be hosting a Cricut Explore Online Crop ! Another fun filled three days with :

  • Crafty Challenges to Do
  • How To Videos to Watch
  • Chat Sessions with Cricut Explore Power Users
  • Make N Takes with Design Space Cut Files
  • and even some BIG Prizes to Win !
  • All from the comfort of your own home…you can even wear jammies if you like.

We will be making the BIG announcement of the date and details in the next few days.  So if you LOVE your Cricut Explore OR thinking of purchasing one, I highly suggest you come join us over at Lets Learn Cricut Explore Facebook Group (click on link to join up) because that is the only way you will be invited to the Cricut Explore Online Crop !

As you can see, my head is spinning with all the exciting things happening in my crafty world.  Stay tuned for Project Photos, How to Videos and Product Reviews you can use ! 

Cricut Explore: Easy Print Then Cut Steps

Easy Print Then Cut Steps

What to Expect from the NEW Cricut Explore Print Then Cut Feature

  • Ability to use any Cricut Images, SVG’s and JPGS by using the new FLATTEN button in the Layers Panel to prepare to print (from your home printer) and then cut out with the Cricut Explore perfectly
  • Abilty to Print Then Cut  the “Print Ready” images already available in Design Space (without having to use the Flatten button)
  • Ability to have Print Then Cut be dimensional with options to print and layer layer certain parts of the printed image
  • Ability to BLEED a color border around your image to allow for more precise cutting edge to edge so you don’t see the white cardstock you printed on
  • Ability to cut on a 8.5″ x 11″ size cardstock (there are plans to expand to full 12”X12” at a later date)   Note: You still put it on a 12X12 Cricut mat to cut even though it cuts from a  8.5″X11″ sheet

 Other CHANGES with the Print Then Cut Plug In Update

You will see these changes on the LAYERS Panel (after you have done the Plug In Update. See my post HERE about updates.

Layers Menu

  • SLICE gives you ability to cut away part of an image and to cut out one image from another image
  • WELD will now allow you to only join over lapped image
  • FLATTEN gives you ability to take any image and turn it into a one layered printable image
  • ATTACH/DETACH has been added to the Layers box so its more handy to use
  • CONTOUR allows you to remove some pre-designed shapes from Cricut Images


Step 1.  Start by loading an image to Design Space Mat.  I used Minnie Mouse from the Cricut Disney and Friends Cartridge.  Notice that Minnie has many, many layers that you would normally have to cut separately to assemble her to use on a project.  Tip: While the image is in this mode, change the colors of each piece to whatever you would want them to print out.  

Minnie with layers on

Step 2.  Highlight your image and then click on the new FLATTEN button on the LAYERS Panel. It will then compress all the layers of your image to make it a printable image.  No more layers to cut.  Just a flat image that you can send to your printer to print out. To do that, hit the GO button and it will prompt you to send image to the printer.

Minnie Flattened

Step 3. As Design Space prepares to send a FLATTENED image to your printer, Design Space automatically has the BLEED feature set as the default. This adds extra ink around the shape of your image so you get a cleaner edge to edge cut. Great for avoiding white edges around your project if printing on what paper. Note: If you don’t want this bleed, just uncheck the box each time you use the Flattened feature. 

Minnie with Bleed

Step 4.  Load the printed image on your Cricut mat by placing in upper left hand corner of the mat.  You will notice that after printing the image, it now has REGISTRATION MARKS around the image which is what the Cricut Explore machine will see to scan and cut around the image.

Minnie printed on Vinyl

Step 5. The Cricut Explore machine will now scan the image (notice the light on the scanner is now working).

Minnie scanned

Step 6.  The Cricut Explore will cut around the outside of the image only. Preparing it for your project. Here is the shape cut out and laying on a piece of white paper.

Minnie Cut Out

Step 7. Apply your printed image to your project.  Here is my finished Minnie on IPad Project I made using Print Then Cut and the brand new Cricut Explore Printable Vinyl that is coming out soon.  Note: You can print on a variety of materials such as cardstock, printable vinyl and even sticker sheets.

Minnie on Mouse Pad

It really is just that easy to do !  Think of all the project possibilities and all the images you will be able to use !

Stay tuned for more Print Then Cut projects I have made to share with you.  Subscribe to my blog and my You Tube Channel so you don’t miss anything.  Join us over at Let’s Learn Cricut Explore FB Group too !

Cricut Explore Updates

Its time to prep your Cricut Explore machine and Design Space to get ready for the NEW Print Then Cut Feature coming out the week of September 22nd.

You will need to do the following updates so your machine is ready when the Print Then Cut Feature is released:

  • Plug In Update – that is the software part for Design Space
  • Firmware Update  - that is the hardware part for Cricut Explore Machine

Do the Plug In Update first and then the Firmware Update.  Please Note: You will not see any difference yet in Design Space until AFTER Cricut releases Print Then Cut the week of September 22nd. 

Tip: Make sure you use the USB cable from Cricut Explore to your computer for the Firmware update. 

Don’t know what to do?  I made a video to show you just how simple this process can be.

If all goes well, it should only take less than 5 minutes to do both update. Cricut Explore walks you through the process through a series of prompts once you get started.

You are able to check if the Plug In is loaded by logging in to Cricut Design Space, going to bottom of the screen and hovering over the HELP link on bottom menu.  This will open up a black box. Look for the PLUG IN: 1000.R.  That is the most current update as of now.   If you don’t see that version listed, then try and re-start Design Space and do the Plug In again.

See Plug In Version

If you have any problems getting your updates done, call Cricut Support @ 1-877-727-4288

I will be posting more on Print Then Cut Feature so stay tuned !