Thursday, December 17, 2015

Cricut Design Space App on iPad Mini

Good afternoon ladies and gents...


I have been exploring my new iPad Mini 2 and loving it.  I was skeptical at first because I have always been an Android person.  I found it very easy to use and it is really fast.  The camera in it is decent and takes pretty good pictures. 


      You Can Purchas Here  This is for the 32 Gig (Recommended) at a good price.  On Amazon  $306.95 and FREE SHIPPING


The main reason that I wanted the iPad Mini 2 was because of the Cricut Design Space App.  OMG folks...  it is fantastic.  The iPad App for Cricut Design Space will be the only version that you can print then cut and the biggest feature will be designing and cutting OFF LINE!!  No Internet Connection Needed!!!   Wooooohooooo.  You will only have to be online to download the app and have about 3 gig of space available on your iPad.  After that, you only go online to sync with the desktop version to get newer images and projects that you may have created on one device or another.  I have been waiting for this feature and it is on its way soon.




On YouTube, there are many videos demonstrating the new app which is beta right now.  It should be released soon.  If you want to be able to design and cut off line, like I said, you need to have an iPad  to do this.


Santa is good to me.....  I received my Cricut Explorer last Christmas and this year my iPad Mini 2....  Come on and jump on the band wagon and get yours.

You Can Purchas Here


Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Which Cricut Explorer Machine To Buy

The Cricut Explore made its debut in January 2014.  Have you gotten yours yet?  Why not?  You do not know what you have been missing.

I love my Explorer.  I received mine from Santa last Christmas.  I don't know what I did with out it.  I since sold my old Cricut Expression because the Explore is all that I need.  Yes, at this time you need an internet connection but coming soon is an offline version for the iPad.  It is being beta tested right now and should be released soon.

You can score, write, print then cut and more.  It cuts material with such accuracy that I could not ever imagined cutting with my Expression.  There is no guess work in trying to figure out pressure, blade depth, speed.  The Cricut Explorer has the settings built in.  It is as simple as turning the dial to your selected material.  Even has a custom setting for other materials listed in the Cricut Design Space software.

There are 3 Cricut Explorer lines to choose from:  the original Explorer, the Explore Air and the Explorer One.  The Explorer linecomes in a many color choices including a gold one.

Now you are asking...  but what one is right for me?  Below is a chart outlining the features of each. Hope this helps you in your decision. To get yours click the link.

Comparison Chart


Cricut Explore One

Older Cricut® 
Explore checked
Silhouette Cameo® 2

Cut and write in 1-step 
Multiple steps with pen adapter (buy)
Explore checked
Multiple steps
Multiple steps
Wireless cutting
With Bluetooth® adapter (buy)
Explore checked
More materials than the leading competitor (material listprecision report)
Explore checked
Explore checked
Most precise cuts with Cut Smart® technology (precision report)
Explore checked
Explore checked
Upload your own images and fonts for free
Explore checked
Explore checked
.SVG files require $49.99 upgrade
Cricut Design Space app for iPhone® and iPad® 
Explore checked
Explore checked
Easy to use with the Smart Set® dial
Explore checked
Explore checked
Works with Cricut®cartridges
Explore checked
Explore checked
Older Cricut Machines checked
Print then Cut—cut out printable files
Explore checked
Explore checked
Cameo checked

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Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Christmas Card Created on My Explore Used Print Then Cut

Good morning...

Here is a quick post before I have to head off to work. uggggg  wish I could stay home and play in my craft room.

I cut this card out on my Cricut Explore and I took advantage of the print then cut feature.  I have to admit that I got this idea from a YouTube video I saw and had to make one myself.

I was pretty happy with the way that it turned out.  
I am entering this into the following Challenges:

Sunday, December 13, 2015

December 2015 Special Planners Gonna Plan Close To My Heart

Attention all planner addicts! During December, you can get your hands on the new, gorgeous Everyday Life™ album from Close To My Heart, the accompanying Everyday Life 2016 planner pages, and the coordinating Everyday Life Perfect Plan roller stamp in an exclusive product bundle for only $29.95. That’s over 15% off the retail price! With the new Everyday Life line, you’ll experience “memory keeping on the go” as you track your water intake, stamp reminders, keep appointments, and tuck away precious memories—plus much more—all at once! This offer is only available while supplies last, so plan to place your order early in the month and start 2016 off right.
Watch our video and Contact me for more details.
*Offer valid December 1, 2015 (9:00 am MST)–December 31, 2015 (11:59 pm MST) while supplies last.

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Close To My Heart White Pines Cardmaking Workshop On The Go

Good morning everyone...   I am here to bring you 3 new videos demostrating how to assemble the Close To My Heart White Pines Cardmaking Workshop On The Go.  The first video is a tad long...  but worth the watch.


Products Used:

White Pines Cardmaking Workshop On The Go - G1099

Black     44751
Cranberry Z2116
Fern      Z2650
Cashmere  Z2175


Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Zentangle Inspired Art Piece

Good morning...

Just a quick post.  I wanted to share with you  what I made yesterday at work.  I colored it with Sharpie and Bic Mark It markers with the exception of the background.  The background was done using my Prismacolor Premiere Colored Pencils and blended using mineral spirits.

This is a free form tangle which means no starting string or border was used.  I just started drawing.

Friday, November 13, 2015

Close To My Heart Haul and A Giveaway

Good morning...

I received some CTMH goodies yesterday.  I waited and waited for the FedEx man.  I am gonna show you in the video below at the end of this post what I got.

Also....  I am having a giveaway!!!!!!   Yeah!!!!!!  My first giveaway is a stamp set called Assorted Edges item D1635.  It is a D size stamp set worth $17.95.

The first person to place an order on my CTMH website from now until Christmas will receive this stamp set free.  I will send it to you personally.  If you are not the first person, don't worry, I will have a special for you too...  you will receive a $5 credit in my store.  After you place your first order, I will email you instructions on redeeming your credit. 

*** This offer is only available through me, not through any other consultant.

How cool is this set!!!!  Use on cards, scrapbook layouts or what ever.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Journey Into The World of Zentangles

Good morning...  

I just wanted to share with you my latest hobby.  I started doing Zentangles a couple years ago but only created a couple pieces.  I never really dove into it.  That has changed recently.

At work, we are in our slow season (work in a call center) and the call volume is down.  In between calls, I needed something to keep boredom at bay.  Yes, I can read books and I have.  But I wanted something more.  Zentangles fit the bill.  It is portable and I can take my pens, paper and Zentangle books with me.  I also take my Prismacolor Premier colored pencils or my Shinhan Touch Duel Tip Alcohol markers.  I don't have to take my coloring tools but makes it more fun.  I am in the process of learning how to shade with the colored pencils which are wax based and my alcohol markers.

I am going through a course book that I got from Amazon called One Tangle A Day ... A 6 Week Course.  In the video below, I share with you some of my progress.  A couple of the pieces were done this past Spring. But most of them were done in the past week.

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Birthday Card For A Friend

Good evening everyone.   I have been a little busy the past couple weeks.  Sorry that I haven't been around.  But anyhow,  I made a card this afternoon for a friend of mine who is celebrating her birthday.  Video is at the end of this post.

Products used:

The sparkle flourish is retired
The ribbon in the bow was from JoAnn's
other gems were from either Michaels or JoAnn's

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Card Shares

Hey everyone.....

I just wanted to share come cards that I made this past week.  I had a lot going on and didn't get to record  videos on these.

The first card I made for my step son.  He needed some invitations made for his birthday party.  I used a stamp set from Close To My Heart that is exclusive to the Art Philosophy Cartridge.  I stamped the cupcake, the sentiment and on the inside the date time RSVP Etc. all from the same stamp set.  I had Adrian color the cupcake with our Shinhan Twin Tip Markers. He picked out the color scheme and paper.

The next card I made for my mother's birthday.  I used paper from my stash and I had all these layout plans but changed them because the paper was too pretty to cover up.  The Label was created using coordinating cuts and stamps from Artfully Sent Cricut Cartridge by Close To My Heart  The inside leaf is from the the same Art Philosophy Cartridge that the previous card used.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

My Latest Promotion Pumpkin Party Game

Good afternoon....   I am doing a promotion from now until the end of the month.  All that you have to do is book a Facebook or in home party (South Western Pennsylvania Only) by October 31st and you get to pick a pumpkin. 

You don't have to hold your party in October.  You can hold it in November if you wish.  But you have to be on my calendar by October 31st.  At the end of your party, you will get your normal hostess rewards plus what ever the prize is for your pumpkin.

Your prize will be revealed at your party.  This adds to the anticipation  LOL  I know I am bad  LOL.  Sorry to make you wait.  Think of it like Christmas or your birthday.  You don't know what you are getting until that day.

Below you will see the image.  If you want to book, send me a message or leave a comment and I will get back to you to book.  Make sure you add me as a Facebook friend.

How I Record My Videos Using My Smart Phone

I received a message yesterday from someone asking how I recorded my videos with my smart phone.  This is a brief video showing my 2 different setups.  For the stand that I show you if you are interested in it, I paid 15 when it was on sale.  Amazon said it is now 18.73.  But it is still a very good price.  Here is the link.  It was a long link so I went to one of those url shorteners.

Monday, October 5, 2015

It's In The Bag. A Great Reason To Join My Team In October


Starting a business never looked so good!

It’s in the Bag
Sign up as an Independent Consultant during October, and receive the 2015 Convention bag FREE in your New Consultant Kit! Travel in style with this trendy and eye-catching cross body bag, perfectly sized for carrying layouts, paper packets, and projects that are in-progress. Along with the items found in the newly revamped New Consultant Kit, this bag will help start your business with confidence and flair!
Contact me for more details.
*Offer valid while supplies last October 1–31, 2015. No tax will be charged on the free item. The Convention bag will be included in the New Consultant Kit. For more information on shipping/handling options for the New Consultant Kit, please contact your Independent Consultant. Shipping/handling will not be charged if Convention bag is shipped separately from a kit checked out from a sponsoring Director.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

[VIDEO] Christmas Card Featuring Close To My Heart October Stamp of the Month

Good Sunday Afternoon.....  I just made a Christmas card this afternoon, show casing Close To My Heart stamp of the month for October 2015.  Below you will find a listing and links to the CTMH products that I used to make this card.

Products Used:  October Stamp of the Month Twinkle S1510
White Pines Paper Pack  X7200B
Enamel Gems Red  Z3090
Gold Shimmer Trim  Z1985

Inks: Poppy   Z2652
      Saffron  Z2651

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Close To My Heart October 2015 Stamp of the Month

Good morning....     yep it is that time again....  a new month.  Wow, it is October already.  Where did 2015 go????   It just flew on by.

Anyhow, being that it is a new month, so comes a new stamp of the month.  This one is Twinkle., Item number S1510.  As always, it will only be available during the month of October then it goes away.   You don't want to miss out.

Check out this gorgeous layout done with this stamp.

Each month you can purchase a new D-size stamp set, available for one month only, for just $5. When you place an order of $50 or more in Close To My Heart products, you qualify for this special Stamp of the Month pricing.

October 2015: Twinkle (S1510)

Spend $50 and get this Stamp of the Month set for just $5.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

My First Box Using The We R Memory Keepers Gift Box Punch Board

This is my first box.  It was rough but I got though it  LOL

I did another attempt for practice and got it right. I just used some yellow card stock and stamped Halloween images. one of the stamp sets that I used is retired. The little cute skeleton is from Little Monsters C1630