A Tale of Two Cricuts – A Peek at Cricut One and Cricut Air

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Want the ability to easily make a personalized wedding gift or perhaps some unique home décor? Then you might find Cricut electronic cutting machines to be the best DIY crafting tool since the sewing machine.

There are two machines that Cricut currently offers on their site:

Cricut Explore One™

Cricut Explore One™ is a simple design-and-cut system. It’s versatile, easy to use, cuts very precisely, and is also incredibly affordable. With its irresistibly low price and limitless cutting potential, the Explore One is perfect for a new or beginning crafter. Here are a few notable features of the Explore One:

Materials – All Cricut machines can cut an unbelievable variety of materials, for example:

  • Paper
  • Vinyl
  • Iron-on
  • Craft materials
  • Upcycled materials
  • Fabric
  • Plastic
  • Thick materials

Precision – 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.

Smart Set® Dial – Each machine features a Smart Set® dial, which sets your settings (e.g. speed, pressure, etc.) for you so you don’t have to keep track of them. You just select the material that you’re using on the Smart Set® dial and the machine’s Cut Smart® technology will deliver a clean, professional cut.

Images and Fonts – You can upload your own images and fonts for free on all three Cricut cutting machines.

Cartridges – Both machines work with any Cricut cartridge and have the capability to hold all of your cartridges “virtually” in the cloud within your Cricut Design Space online software. So once you’ve loaded a cartridge, you’ll have it everywhere you go.

Cricut’s Design Space™ and iPad® app – All Cricut Explore machines work hand-in-hand with Cricut’s Design Space™ (for PC, Mac®, iPad®, and iPhone®) that you get access to for free.

Cricut Explore Air™

The Explore Air is the whole kit ‘n caboodle. It offers all the impressive features mentioned for the Explore One, but two key things set it apart:

  1. It has a dual carriage for cutting and writing or cutting and scoring in one step. If you do a lot of paper crafting, this is the machine for you!
  2. It has built-in Bluetooth® capability. You just 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.

Now that you know a lot more about how Cricut Explore® machines work, I’ll focus next week’s post on how you can design here, there and everywhere with Cricut Design Space. You’ll be blown away by how easy it is.

Until then … Happy crafting!


What Is a Cricut You Ask? Let’s Begin To Explore What Its All About

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If you’re reading this post, chances are, you’re a creative type. You like to craft, explore your creativity, and share your creations with others. And it’s for people like you that Cricut created their line of personal electronic cutting machines.
EmmettAndCricut A little known fact about Cricut is that they’ve actually been in business for over 50 years, and their primary purpose has been to develop tools that inspire creativity in people.
Today, millions of people use Cricut’s award-winning products to create beautiful, inventive, and personal projects.

So, what is Cricut? Cricut is actually a family of electronic cutting machines that make it possible for you to easily create amazing do-it-yourself (DIY) projects. Well, not totally DIY because Cricut’s incredible machine’s do a LOT of the heavy lifting.
The two machines that Cricut offers are:

To give you loads of creative freedom and versatility, Cricut developed the Cricut Design Space™, a cloud-based software that works seamlessly with the Cricut Explore® family of machines.

Design Space gives you access to all of your images and projects from any compatible computer or iPad, so you can design just about anything, anytime, and anywhere.

Once you’ve uploaded your design (or pre-designed image) to your Cricut Explore cutting machine, you can sit back and watch it magically bring your design to life.

There are so many interesting things you can make and do with Cricut – which we’ll be sure to cover in a future post. But before we get too ahead of ourselves, it’s best to go over each of Cricut’s machines, what they do, and how they are different. And since I’ve given you quite a bit of info already, we’ll pick up on there in next week’s post!

Until then … happy crafting!

PS – As you can see, my helper Emmett also loves the Cricut! I’ve been having such a fascinating time learning all about my new Cricut, as well as keeping Emmett’s “help” to a reasonable level, that I haven’t done much posting, but I do hope you are keeping an eye out, there will be more posts coming soon. I’ve also done a bit of CTMH Cricuting and stamping, and also some Cricuting with the Grandkids, who love it too!

April Spring Cleaning All Over The Place : Even at Close To My Heart!

CTMH Deal of the Day PeekIt is the 23rd of April already, I’ve been busy learning a bit of CTMH and stamping and craftyness, making notes for posts, trying to get pics for posts, AND trying to spring clean and organize the hoard so I can find what I need, and even, see what I don’t need cuz I already have it in the back of the closet forgotten! AND I finally got my very first Cricut Close To My Heart Cartridge, the Artfully Sent one, and OHHEMMMGEEEEE is it a fun one!!! I’ve been cricuting and cricuting away with it. I will definitely be showing you more on that soon.

Speaking of spring cleaning, there is a lot of it happening over at CTMH. To help them make room for exciting new stuff coming this summer, they have having a humongous grab bag sale. If you haven’t had a chance to look over the April Special with Close To My Heart, check out this video, made by my upline “Dr. Phil” showing what he got in one of the Grab Bags, the $150 one in fact.  Every day offers a different value/price bag, and every day’s bag has different items.  Prices began at $35 and go up to $150, with sometimes double the value, or more in them, of product.  Product is a mixture of both new and current items, and retired items.  in order to take advantage of this awesome can’t miss it deal, all you need to do is buy one regular priced item, no matter how much it is. Just choose your item from the catalog (after you go over to my site, log in (only takes a moment to create an account if you need to) and please make sure to join the April gathering button, and then you’re in the shopping section. Add your choice to the shopping cart, and up will pop an offer for the Deal of the Day Grab Bag, and it will show the price of that days offering.  Today, Wednesday til 3PM MST, it’s a $75 bag, and we won’t know what tomorrow’s will be until that time, so check every day if there is a special price you’d like to purchase, but if you see it available, I’d recommend getting it right away, as the month is coming to an end and who knows if that price point will be offered again, or when they will be out of stock, as this is a “While Supplies Last” sale.  Therefore, as the month comes to an end, the chances are greater that they will run out of a particular price point at any time, even early in the day.  If you have any more questions, just send me a message or email.

I am so excited to see what CTMH comes up with next.  May will be offering a limited time special, and I’ll give you a little hint, it’s fun, fruity and summery!  It’s so fun, I am very excited about it.  Hopefully I’ll get things together enough to share some thing I’ll make with it soon.  Off to make a refreshing lemonade now, see you all soon and enjoy your day.

*Don’t forget to share this with all your friends!  And please, make sure my name shows at the top of your CTMH ordering page, and unless you wish to have your own CTMH Gathering (which I will be happy to set up for you) please join my monthly gathering when you order.  I really appreciate that as it will help me get some extra goodies each month. And of course, you can get your own goodies if you want to have your own gathering, just give me a shout and we’ll set you up!!!

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No Foolin, April is here and you can have Christmas in April!!!

It’s April Fools Day, which for me means at some point during the day I’ll probably kid around with my daughter and out of my mouth will pop something totally ridiculous, but I’ll try so hard to be serious, she’ll begin to believe me and about that time I’ll start cracking up, we’ll have a good laugh and remember a few other silly times in our past.

Now that I am restarting my crafty life, this April Fools Day also means to me my 2nd month with CTMH, my 2nd month with my new Cricut, and about my 3rd day with this new blog!

For CTMH, it means a brand new Seasonal Expressions 2 Catalog is available, and with that, new papers and stamps and kits and things!!!! Even a new Stamp of the Month, that you can get for ONLY $5 with any purchase of $50, or, you can get the stamp for $17.95 if you prefer.  It will not be available again, so act quickly and do not miss this chance to get a stamp set that is a limited edition.  April also means that a new special is taking place, and it is one that is just so amazing and exciting, it’ll be like Christmas in April…as many days as you wish it to be!! Yup, thats right, every single day in April, you have the opportunity to purchase a surprise grab bag for various prices from $35 to $150, each package containing up to double the amount you’ll pay, and all you need to do is purchase any single item that day to qualify.  Each bag is only available for 24 hours, and each price point is unknown til that day, and only available that day til supplies run out.  This Deal of the Day for April is just too exciting to miss, so you’ll want to shop early each day to check the prices and make your decisions to buy or not. You can buy just one day, or buy them all!!! You can have as many Christmases in April as you want! Imagine all that exciting unpacking

We cannot forget about our beloved Cricut, for April, we have a brand new Mystery Package being offered, and it’s only $29!!! Total value is $100, and it’s a surprise too what’s in it!!! That means a Cricut Christmas in April too!!!! I’ve got mine ordered and can’t wait to see what it is!! April for my Cricut also means it’ll be put to use making some Mickey deco for my Grandtwin’s 2nd Bday, some last minute easter stuff, and hopefully this week yet, an attempt to make some Mickey shirt appliques.  I’ll be sure to make notes, and take some pics of it all, so that I can share with you, and maybe even have some new tips (probably of what NOT to do) that I’ll learn as I go.

Day 3 of my blog means, I’ll be getting up after some much needed sleep and reading over this post and editing it for the things I missed writing it at this hour, but I am just sooo excited to share these incredible deals and opportunities with the world I just can’t sleep til I do! It also means I want to double my readers from the day of my last post, so I’ll be busy later with that, too. Oh what the hey, it’s day 3, I’ll triple my readers!  And on that note, I’ll do a quicky publish and go sleep. I hope you are getting some sleep too so you’ll be ready to plan your very own Christmas in April too.

It’s Never Too Late……at least, til March ends.


March, my very first month in Close To My Heart (CTMH) is coming to an end in just another day.  One reason I joined when I did was the absolutely awesome timing of my learning about this opportunity, and if you have ever pondered joining a company like CTMH (as I did off and on for years with various other companies), you can still sign up under this great March special.  For the month of March 2015 only, if you sign up with CTMH, you’ll get a bonus tote bag, and I must say, it is a very nice tote.  I’m using mine already, its of great quality, has trendy spring blue chevron pattern, and even a cute little heart charm.  It only costs $99 to get started, and you can choose either a scrapbooking kit, or a cardmaking kit (see pics at end of post), tho of course, both kits work both ways. Some of the papers and other things vary in each kit, so take a look thru the list of things and choose which feels right for you.

As an added bonus, if you submit $300 in orders in your first 40 days, you’ll be sent a Rolling Tote (it should be called a suitcase, seriously) that matches the tote bag and retails for $149.  It will hold just about anything you’ll need to tote along your crafty supplies to various crops, visits and travels.

And if all that isn’t enough, if you sell $1200 in the first 3 months with CTMH, you’ll get your initial joining fee of $99 returned to you (minus tax, shipping and such, I’m not sure how much but I’m sure its not much)  Basically, you can start your own lil business for free! Don’t want a business but want to build your hoard and stash up?  CTMH works great for that too!  CTMH offers you the freedom to do with your business as you please, within a very few basic guidelines like…minimum order of $300 every quarter. You get your own online site to sell from, and of course you can sell in person too.  There is tons of info on their site for learning and encouragement, not to mention the Facebook groups, the YouTube videos and blogs everywhere, and of course, your upline (me).  You could learn along with me!

Anyhoo, I know time is short, so I’ll cut this short and if you are interested, contact me and I’ll be happy to answer your questions, or find the answers as I am new too, and together we’ll get there!  I promise, even if you have never touched a stamp that doesn’t stick on an envelope before, we’ll get you stamping like a pro and developing your new business or hobby outlet as we go.

Remember, you can join anytime, but this March deal is so awesome, I don’t want to miss offering it. The bags are awesome, as is the quality of the CTMH product. Click the shopping Icon to the right, or go to http://cathy.ctmh.com and have a look around.

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Welcome Crafty Explorers!

This is my very first post, for this blog, and about crafty things.  I am an experienced blogger, but now I am taking it all a step further, or actually, several steps further.   I recently stumbled on a Cricut Explorer and Close To My Heart (CTMH) and felt this was the time for me to put some serious focus on expanding my life while building on my lifelong passion of art and creativity, and my more recently developed skills involving blogging, photoshop, graphic design as well as marketing, customer service, etc. Family is my priority, so little do they know, I’ll be including them now and then also, as I encourage them to explore and expand their own creative side.  Keep an eye out here for more, I can be slow sometimes, but I get there eventually, and together, we can all have fun exploring the crafty and createy side of life.