The Best Is Yet To Be

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I woke up this morning thinking butterflies.  Then I saw that Unity Stamp Co launched a new Facebook Group Weekly Challenge today and I decided to play a bit.  As soon as I looked at the last Kit of the Month that I have received and spotted a butterfly, I was stamping and cutting.  The sentiment is from a past Stamp of the Week and seemed to fit my mood of the day.  The Challenge this week is for a Sketch, and I kept it in mind as I put the pieces together.

I am very excited by this new challenge series, and already have a few other cards started with this same stamp and sketch.  Hopefully, they’ll get done and I’ll be sure to post them too.

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Stamps – Unity Stamp Co. –  JAN Jan 2016 KOM Start Again(Butterfly), Past SOTW – Yet To Be (Sentiment)

Papers – Recollections (Cathy’s Stash)

Ink – CTMH – Archival Black

 

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Brown Thursday on Friday

Unity Stamp Co had a new release party planned for this week and some great sales, along with a blog hop, which runs thru tonight.  I spent yesterday during the “event” working diligently on some stamping of the recent Kit of the Month, and I decided to do a quick post this evening for the hop.  I’ve used scraps of CTMH papers used in a previous post, my favorite colored pencils and other scraps laying about.  There are some fantastic sales happening not only at Unity but at Cricut, Blitsy and other sites you’ll find in my side bars, if you have any questions or need help locating something, give me a shout.

Speaking of sales, be sure to check out my CTMH Black Friday Party happening now on Facebook.  Please join the brand new Facebook Group “Crafty Explorers” too, where you can hear about all kinds of sales and fun things and get to know other crafty types too.

Be sure to check out Unity’s Blog Hop too to see amazing cards made with Unity Stamps – Brown Thursday Blog Hop

Stamp – Unity Stamp Co. –  NOV 2015 KOM Best Year Yet (Girl), Reach For The Stars (Sentiment)

Papers – CTMH –  Taste of Summer (Retired), Ivory (Cathy’s Stash)

Ink – CTMH – Archival Black, Smoothie

Tag – CTMH – Artistry for Cricut

Color Pencils – Crayola and Prismacolor

Finishing Glaze – Ranger Tim Holtz  Distress Micro Glaze

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Unity Days Like This With A Little CTMH

It’s Unity’s Be Inspired Challenge time and I could not pass up the chance to use it as inspiration for some card making.

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This challenge of Unity’s is my first to participate in, post about and join, and this is my 2nd time doing so. It’s so much fun, I plan to join a few others too.  As soon as they announced it, I gathered supplies and pondered (far too long) and the other day it all finally fell together.  I used a Stamp Of The Week (SOTW) stamp, some papers from CTMH and the new watercolor paints from CTMH too, my first time using this.  I rubbed on some Distress Micro Glaze to help protect the watercolor image when I was done.  I chose to bring the hearts out of the stamp by punching some hearts out of the scraps of Jackson print.  I was quite happy with the result, and will be doing lots more with this paint set.

Stamp – Unity Stamp Co.Days Like This (Girl), Blossomy Condolences  (Sentiment)

Papers – CTMHWatercolor Paper , Glacier Cardstock, Jackson 

Watercolors – CTMH – Watercolor Paints 

Ink – CTMH – Archival Black

Finishing Glaze – Ranger Tim Holtz  Distress Micro Glaze

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Flurries and Cricuts in the Air this November

Cricut Simple Snowflake**This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking through my links.

If you live anywhere in the northern parts, like I do, you’ve no doubt already seen some snow flurries in the air.  A recent sighting of a few flakes put me in the mood for some holiday card making, so out came the Cricut Air, my number one crafting assistant. I chose a Make It Now card and a few fun colors…including some silver, gold and white glittery paper and they came together quicker then a trip to the nearest card store. This card does contain an image that is from Simple Holiday Cards, and is available in the monthly subscription, or is available in Design Space for a small fee (usually a buck) if you are not a subscriber.

Do you too want to be able to easily make pretty cards, fun décor and personalized gifts for upcoming holidays? Then you need to treat yourself to a Cricut Explore Air™ — Cricut’s very popular electronic cutting machine. It’s the best DIY crafting tool to be developed since the sewing machine!

The Cricut Explore Air is versatile, easy to use, and allows for very precise cuts. It’s also incredibly affordable, especially since Cricut generously discounted the cost by up to $200 on the machine and bundles — just in time for the holiday crafting season!

With the Cricut Explore Air™, you can cut over 60 different types of material, including paper, fabric, plastic and vinyl to name a few. The Explore Air also features Cut Smart™ technology, which allows you to cut a wide range of shapes and sizes with exceptional precision, from ¼” tall up to 11½” wide x 23½” tall.

This Cricut Explore machine is called the Air because it has built-in Bluetooth® capability. This means you can use Cricut’s free iPad app and design anything you want from your iPad, just like you would on your home computer, but with the convenience of being able to take your projects with you anywhere. Then, you can just wirelessly send your project from your iPad to your Explore Air to bring it to life.

While the Cricut Explore Air is impressive on its own, purchasing it with one of Cricut’s bundle offerings makes it even more valuable. Each bundle comes with different accessories that allow you to expand your creativity and make your crafting projects even more simple and fun to create. Plus, by purchasing your Explore Air with a bundle, you’re able to save a bundle in the process!

Go to Cricut.com and check out the savings Cricut is offering on their Cricut Explore Air™ and bundles today so you can get your very own in time to make this holiday season your most creative one yet!

My First Card Challenge with Unity – A Christmas Card with CTMH colors

I’ve been making cards for Unity’s Be Inspired Challenge for a couple of months now, but finally…I am going to be brave enough to actually upload an image and enter the card in the challenge.

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The challenge, which runs monthly beginning on the 3rd Tuesday, offers up a couple of sketches and a color combo which can be followed loosely using Unity Stamps.  I chose one of their newer Poinsettia stamps, as I thought that would work nicely for a pinkish bloom, which I thought matched CTMH’s Taste of Summer papers perfectly for a nontraditional Christmas card. I added a touch of glitz with the Foil Tape, which is an extra shiny Washi-like tape which I just love and know I will be using a lot, and a few Bitty Sparkles. The card was quick and easy to put together, and I’ll be throwing some more together in some more traditional colors too.

I can’t wait to see what the next challenge Unity does.  I love their stamps, and doing challenges,  which I plan to be posting more of.

Stamp – Unity Stamp Co. – Poinsettia Wishes (Poinsettia), Entwined Poinsettia (Sentiment)

Papers – CTMH – Taste of Summer (Retired) and Black and White Daisy

Embellishments – CTMHFoil Tape (Silver), Bitty Sparkles

Color Pencils – Crayola and Prismacolor

Ink – CTMH – Archival Black and Thistle

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A Little Peek at October

It’s October already, one of my favorite months! I love the cooling days and all the gorgeous fall colors. And, I love some of the things CTMH has to offer for October. Brand new New Consultant kit with a limited offer bag (see image on this page Cover) that makes me want to sign up again, and the October Stamp of the Month Kit which is one of my faves, and I am going to start using Today! cuz Christmas is just around the corner. Also of course, the new Catalog is available, you can find it online here http://cathy.ctmh.com/, and be sure to click on the “Join October Gathering” button.
Please feel free to msg me with any questions, either about ordering, hosting your own gathering, or about joining CTMH, I’d love to have you.
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Cricut has some great things happening too that I’d like to be telling you all about in the next weeks.  I have a new Cuttlebug, which just happens to be on sale now over at Cricut , as are many accessories. I’ll be wanting to tell you about my great shopping experience, as always, at Cricut as well as some of the other fun things Cricut offers.

I have also been having a lot of fun checking Blitsy each day, every day they add new limited time/quantity sales all nicely categorized in all kinds of creative interests from appliqueing to Zyron. I’ve found companies I’ve not seen before here, and many favorites too.

Please note, I do make a small bit of money on each purchase you make from these sites (link will always be available to both CTMH and affiliate sites) on the sides of my blog page for your convenience.  I do appreciate greatly your support, time and encouragement. Thank you so much.

Stay tuned, have a wonderful October and let your creativity shine!

What’s White and Pink or White and Navy All Over?

New Cricut Explore One Colors!

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Yup, if you ansered the new Cricut Explore One, you were right!!!

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Add some color to your life with Cricut’s colorful new Explore One machines! These amazing machines are now available in two new colors: Vintage Navy and Cherry Blossom — for only $199.99! Purchase your very own machine in one of these new colors today. Be sure to use the code AUGSHIP at checkout because you’ll get free shipping on all orders (no minimum)!

 

Quicky Crafting with Cricut Design Space

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Shown above, is a couple of cards I made in merely moments in Design Space, with a Make It Now item.  Read on to get an idea on just how you can make some too, as well as some of the other fantastic quickies you can do with Cricut when your time and creativity may be limited.

Now that you’re more familiar with Cricut Explore One™, Cricut Explore Air™ and Cricut Design Space™, it’s time to chat about some of the really neat things you can create when you put it all together. As you’re getting familiar with your Cricut machine, it’s a great idea to take advantage of the free Make it Now™ projects and images that you get with Cricut Design Space™. For example, check out this adorable 3D Hot Air Balloons Mobile. It’s a fun, easy starter project and makes for the perfect baby shower or toddler’s birthday gift (and can you believe it’s made with felt?). And what’s a gift without a card? Cricut has an incredible selection of card examples made with Cricut Explore machines. There’s even a whole selection dedicated to everything baby, which is where I came across this cute baby shower card.

Birthday What better way to tell someone how special they are than with a hand/Cricut-made card and gift? This super fun shaker card is perfect for a 21+ birthday. And even if you purchase a gift, you can always use your Cricut Explore machine to personalize it. For example, if you bought a friend a purse or a wallet, you could use your machine to monogram it with their initials. Or if you bought them a plain shirt or sweater, you could customize it with a fun image or statement. I love this sparkly pineapple t-shirt. All you need is a blank shirt, a roll of Cricut Iron-on, and images from the Cricut® Summer Love image set.

Pool Party Soak up the summer fun with a pool party! You can use your Cricut Explore to create everything from invitations to decorations. Here are some really creative ideas for how to add some special splash to a pool party.

Engagement/Wedding Make your own beautiful table decorations, banners, party favor boxes, cards, and more for the happy couple in just a few minutes! You’ll find some really impressive ideas in Cricut’s Design Space, such as this lovely Mr. & Mrs. card. There are an unbelievable number of project examples in the Design Space, which are categorized by type (e.g. baby, holidays, home décor, school, food, etc.) and by level (easy, moderate, and advanced). You can also find a ton of great ideas for projects on Cricut’s Blog and Pinterest page. The summer season is a perfect time to get your very own Cricut machine and familiarize yourself with Design Space and all the incredible projects you can create. Try out a few projects each month and you’ll be amazed at how easy it is. By the time the holiday season rolls around, you’ll be a Cricut pro and will wow your friends and family with your stunning crafting skills!

Stay tuned and have fun crafting!

Getting a Feeling for Cricut Design Space

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Shown here, is an example of a card I made in Design Space, which you’ll learn a bit about in today’s post.  Keep reading, for more info on the card, and a link to the Design Space file so you can make your very own just like this one.

If you read last week’s post, you now know why Cricut’s Explore One™ and Explore Air™ machines are so incredible – and a must-have for any crafter. But what bridges the gap between the creative ideas in your head and the Cricut machine is the Cricut Design Space™.

Cricut’s Design Space™ is software for PC, Mac®, iPhone® and iPad® that you get for free with your Cricut machine of choice.

Instead of trying to figure out how to make your project, Design Space gives you the ability to focus on what you want to make. Your Cricut machine takes it from there and brings it to life.

With Design Space, you can start designing from scratch on your computer, iPhone® or iPad®, or you can use a pre-designed, Make It Now™ project. These ready-to-make projects are created by professional artists and include everything from home décor to fashion to paper crafting, and even a variety of FREE projects.

If you want to use one of Cricut’s 50K+ images, you can try them out in the Design Space to see which will look best in your project before you commit to purchasing it.
Uploading Images

When you’re ready to start designing, you can either use one of Cricut’s 50K+ images or easily upload your own using the “Upload Images” tool in Design Space. You can upload and cut .svg, .jpg, .png, .bmp, .gif, and .dxf files absolutely FREE. You can even use fonts already installed on your computer.

Cut What You Want® tool

The Design Space’s Cut What You Want® tool makes it easy to convert your design into a cuttable image in just a few clicks!

The Cricut Design Space™ app for iPad® and iPhone®

Cricut’s easy-to-use app for the iPad® and iPhone® makes it possible for you can design anytime and anywhere inspiration strikes you.

It also allows you to access all the project’s that you’ve personally designed, whether on your iOs device or your PC or Mac, and gives you access to all the Make-it-Now projects.

With this app, you can start a project while at the beach, enhance it at the ice-cream shop, add some embellishments while cozying up on your couch, and then cut it on the Cricut Explore in your craft room. Plus, it’s cloud-based, so your projects are always synced across all your devices.

P.S. Cricut is working on an Android™ app right now, so don’t feel left out if you don’t have an iPad or iPhone.

In a nutshell, Cricut Design Space™ gives you the creative freedom to design just about anything! Make party invitations, decorations, and favors. Create seasonal home décor or personalize wedding gifts. Add embellishments to your favorite photo memories.

And that’s just the tip of the iceberg! That’s why next week’s post (the last on in this series) will focus on some really fun and interesting projects that people have created using their Cricut machine and the Cricut Design Space.

Stay tuned!

PS: About that file, you’ll find it here CraftyExplorer Sympathy Card.  Listed here is what you’ll need to make your own, and of course, links where you can purchase what’s needed that you may not have, by shopping with me.  You’ll need a Cricut account too to get this file to work, but that is free, and if you do not have these cartridges or subscription and choose not to at this time, you can switch out for other images and tweak to your liking. 

*Note – this is the first Cricut file I have shared, please let me know if there are any errors.

Credits:
Rose – CTMH Artfully Sent Cartridge
Sentiment – Anna’s Garden Cards & Embelleshments
Font – Billionaire (May or May not be included in Design Space Subscription)                                                                 Paper – Recollections from Michaels
Ribbon – Just a narrow white satin ribbon I found in the Ol’ Hoard