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

*Links are provided for your shopping convenience, some may contain affiliate links or links to my CTMH page.

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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!

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.
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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

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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Thank you SOOO much for taking the time to read my baby blog, and for any and all of your support.

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.

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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.