Thursday, December 22, 2011

Merry Christmas!!

Just a note to all of you that you probably won't see any posts from me until the new year (although I'll still be checking my email and answering that just not posting) as I have lots of company staying with me over the holidays and also my children to spend lots of time with, enjoy and join in the excitement of the holidays with!! My sons birthday is in the first week of January so will be busy taking down all the Christmas right after and decorating for birthday. :)

Thank you for understanding and I look forward to sharing more fun crafty stuff with you all in the new year.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you all!! Hope you have a joyous and safe holiday season.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Wow!! HUGE GIVEAWAY!

You really should check out this giveaway http://keepsakesbymelissa.blogspot.com/2011/12/my-annual-end-of-year-christmas.html
There's a $150 Michaels gift card, copic marker set and more up for grabs.
Make sure you look around while you're there too as you can find some great inspiration.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Check out this video I made on assembling the spiral flowers from the Art Philosophy cartridge

I made a video on how to make the flowers from the CTMH cricut cartridge



http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=10151014779735249

Hope that helps!


If you still don't own this cartridge you can order it through my website https://darlah.myctmh.com or by contacting me. :)

Don't forget about the cheat sheets that I make exclusively for my customers as well.


Sunday, November 27, 2011

Kathy's Double K Krafts: Give Away For December

You have to go check out this amazing giveaway over on Kathy's blog!! This is the same place I won a copy of the My Memories Suite software for my MIL so I'm hoping I can be that lucky again but if not I'm hoping that one of my blog land friends can win it!!

Kathy's Double K Krafts: Give Away For December:

Make sure to look around the rest of her blog too she's got some great stuff there. :)

The different cricut design programs pros and cons

Okay so with the release of cricut craft room there have been a lot of people on the various groups and message boards I participate in asking about the benefits of a program if you can still only use the cartridge images and what the differences are between Design Studio (DS), Cricut Craft Room (CCR), and the handheld Gypsy

Here's a quick compilation I made... If you have anything to add please comment and I'll add it on! :)

You can do all sorts of things with any of the 3:
-Weld letters together so they cut as a word instead of individual letters

-change the height and/or width by ANY increment (instead of only the height and width proportionately by 1/4" increments only)

-see exactly where you cut will be in the mat which is great for many reasons: able to use small scraps and know exactly where to put it on the mat, you can put cuts on top of each other so you can cut a square with a circle inside it for instance, I use it to cut the backing from sticker paper and then all the way through just the outside then I peel off one section of backing at a time and apply glitter or flocking and can create a flocked Elmo for instance or a glittered circle in white to stamp my image on with a red scallop around it with something else with a different colour around that all on one layer (probably not explaining that very well lol), I also use it to line cuts up on one side of a card shape and then cut the whole thing out of cereal box... Apply glue to the pieces that would fall out of the cut... Fold the other side of the card over and let it dry to the glued pieces then when its dry remove from cutting mat and voila your very own embossing folder!

-in CCR you can also view your cuts filled with colour so you can design your card completely on the program and see EXACTLY what it's going to look like before even taking out your paper great for deciding what colours to cut from (you can do this in DS as well just not while designing only in a preview screen)

-you can rotate things around getting optimal use of your paper (ie if you have ever cut large circles out of your paper and your machine thinks you can only fit 4 on the page when you know if it moved them to the corners you could fit another one in the middle you can do that on the screen)

-can hide fold lines or any other pieces of a cut that you don't necessarily want (some of the layers on the Disney carts for instance really are supposed to be from 2 different colours so you can hide one of the shapes on the layer for cutting from one colour and tge other for the other colour)


Now for each one individually...

Design Studio:
-view on big screen with all these capabilities (except viewing in colour while designing however can preview it in
-fairly slow to use and really slow to load
-sometimes hard to select the shapes on your mat to move around
-design with any cartridges out there so you can see if you might like to get one or if you order one online you can play with it before it arrives
-not Mac compatible
-not compatible with net books as you need a certain resolution screen which the tiny laptops just don't have
-don't need the layouts but still need the actual cartridge(s) every time you go to cut
-can use different cartridge images together (it will ask you to put one in the cricut and then the others until you've put all of them in that are used in the project you are cutting and then it will cut)

Gypsy
-easy to use
-fairly fast
-stores all your cartridges so you don't have to have the actual cartridge or keypad with you when you go to cut
-has all the benefits of DS except the large screen
-portable (no computer needed), about the same size as a cartridge box and you can design on it whenever wherever and save your project and cut to your cricut whenever you want to using your gypsy in place of your cartridge

CCR:
-all the benefits of DS except you MUST have Internet connection in order to use it
-fast
-can view images in colour
-can link cartridges that you own so you don't have to have them with you when you want to cut once they're linked
-Mac compatible
-no limit on what screen size you need so can use on a NetBook
-FREE
-can save in gypsy format to your computer for use in DS or gypsy when Internet is not available
-can see your projects anywhere you have a computer with Internet and design so you don't need a flash drive with your projects saved on it or anything at all ... Just go to cricut website log in and go for it (all your projects are stored on the Internet remotely so you have them wherever you go)
-can only install cut ability from the program for 2 computers for each cricut account


I am certain others can come up with more but this is just what I can come up with off the top of my head. :)

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Sorry for my lack of blogging

I have been absolutely crazy with teaching classes and had a big order of CTMH cartridge bundles that I needed to make the cheat sheets for. Also been helping a cousin with her Christmas cards and her little girls birthday decorations (you'd think I'd make my own Christmas cards and at least decide on my sons party theme first since his birthday is the first week of January.., but I didn't). LOL oh or make birth announcements for our little girl who will be 4 months old soon... Maybe I can get away with just sticking those in the Christmas cards????

It will all get done in time right?!?

Anyways between all if that and just spending time enjoying my wonderful family. Taking the kids to Santa Claus parades and Christmas shopping I honestly haven't gotten to making anything new for you... I have made more of the cards I've already posted but nothing new... Thinking I had a few things I never did post though and might need to take a look for you.

I did start a Facebook page and you can join it if you want to over there on the top right sidebar on my blog... See it?!?! It will be the same pictures I post here and some extra updates and stuff as I find it easier to do a quick post to Facebook than my blog.

I am pretty excited though, as I got my new rolling bag for my cricut and found a digital projector so those in my classes can see better what I'm doing! Yay!!!!

So much to do... So little time!

On a side note though DH and I went out on a date night last night (first night out without a child since before our son was born almost 3 years ago). He bought us tickets to go see my favourite band (Big Sugar) play. It was a blast!!!!!! I warned my parents (the babysitters) that I had too much fun and we would be doing it again before our 4 month old turned 3 for sure!! LOL

We have another Santa Claus parade to take the kids to tomorrow (since watching the 3 year olds reaction was so much fun at the one we took him to last weekend)!!
Here's a picture of him patiently waiting for the parade to start and one of our daughter that I'll be getting her first Christmas ornament made from (I ordered from Sassy Possum these beautiful carved wood ornaments for our sons first Christmas and loved them so much I ordered them for hers too). Correction (that picture isn't on my iPod) so here's one of her I took last week.


Saturday, November 12, 2011

Cricut craft room now available to public!!!

Directly from the cricut website:

The only limit: your imagination.

Welcome to a whole new way to create. Cricut Craft Room™ is a fun, easy-to-use, and timesaving online design tool that lets you experiment, explore, and design in ways never before possible. And it’s free. Plus, just for starting your account, you’ll automatically receive Cricut Craft Room™ Basics, a collection of digital fonts and shapes.

The Cricut Craft Room has officially launched and is available for FREE!

What is the Cricut Craft Room?

It is a design tool that lets you design with images from the Cricut cartridges (including Imagine ones) and images on the Craft Room itself. Currently, there is a free font and shape set of images, called Cricut Craft Room Basics and that's available for everyone. You will still need to own the cartridges to cut out your design, though. There is a linking feature so you can cut more easily. You need an internet connection to use the Craft Room. But there is an application that downloads to your computer and once that happens, you will always want to launch using your application on your computer, rather than the website.

Features of the Cricut Craft Room:

Free to Use
Access online from anywhere, any time
Easy to Use Program
Design on a Big Screen
View and Design with all Cricut Cartridges
Search easily to find the right images
Digitally stores all your cartridges and projects
Windows and Mac compatible
Explore exclusive online content
Cuts with any Cricut Machine

Go to http://www.cricut.com/craftroom/default.html#introduction and try it out yourself now!! :)
I've been playing and LOVE it!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Customer service stories to share

This is a copy of a message I sent out to all my cutting groups on yahoo as well as to the sellers.

I just wanted to post this about my recent experience with cricutmachine.com for those looking to buy anything from them. This ended with a good outcome please read on....
I also have a bad outcome story about an eBay purchase from proudparents2005 to share.


Just a little update to add to this.. I cc'd both of these companies emails on this message and got the following reply from cricutmachine.com:
Thank you for contacting CricutMachine.

We appreciate the great review you gave us. We have forwarded this on to our managment team.

Please let us know if you have any further questions.

Have a great day!

CricutMachine.com Customer Support
151 East 3450 North
Spanish Fork Utah 84660
Toll Free: 1-877-343-2881
Mon-Fri 8am-5pm MST
sales@cricutmachine.com


I had ordered a deal from them On October 19, 2011 (reconditioned cricut expression with 4 cartridge bundle for $59.99) with tax and shipping came to $109.08 to be shipped to Canada. actually had it shipped to my mother in law not me as it was going to be an early Christmas gift for her.

I teach cricut classes as well and had posted to lots of groups and my classes about this deal. A few others ordered it too. When I had heard they all got theirs I called my mother in law only to discover she still didn't have hers. I gave it an extra 2 weeks since she lives in a remote location and often takes much longer. Still had not arrived....
Checked the tracking number provided only to discover that FedEx had no record of picking up that tracking number. I called the cricutmachine.com customer service and was told that it appeared as though they never actually shipped it. She was very apologetic and offered to refund my money. I insisted I really didn't want the money just the product. I was told that there were only 3 left in stock and they may or may not be already promised to other customers... They would have to contact their shipping department and get back to me. If they were however they would refund my money plus issue a $20 credit to be used on a future order. I told them not to bother as if I did not receive my product that I ordered and was given a shipping confirmation for weeks ago I would not order from them again and would make sure I told everyone I could think of of the bad service, since they still have machines for sale that the correct thing to do for me would be to ship an equivalent. They said they'd check first and send me an email within the new few days.
I never did get an email however yesterday afternoon FedEx showed up at my address with the product I had ordered directly from provocraft instead of cricutmachine.com. I still now need to ship it to my mother in law on the other side of the country (I didn't bother to call and see if they'd fix this since this is not a problem for me as we are going to visit her Anyway and I can just bring it with us) but I received a replacement shipment.
I am quite happy with this outcome, and knowing that they will have some great black Friday sales coming up I wanted to share that they definitely have good customer service and I wouldn't hesitate to order from them again (and when their sale start at midnight this Friday I will be checking it out for sure!!)

My proud parents story is not so good. I ordered a rolling tote bag, a cartridge tote bag and a gypsy bundled with all the accessories and the destination cartridge. It took them a week to send me my combined invoice which I paid immediately, another 4 days to ship it. It was September 14 when I received a USPS tracking number from them as shipping confirmation. I still haven't received the product!! I have written them 7 or more emails through eBay and directly to them asking them for info on it (I never assume its the sellers fault, often customs delays shipments for crazy amounts of time) USPS can't track their shipments to the US border with the label number as it is just something the shipper prints off, they still have to take it to the drop box and pay for it. They need the shipper to provide the confirmation number they were given at the drop box to track it. In order to get this I'd need them to respond to me!!! I opened a dispute through PayPal and sent 3 more messages requesting info on my shipment through PayPal.... No response! I upgraded the dispute to a claim. PayPal contacted them and received no response so I got my money back from PayPal yesterday.
I have heard lots if good stories about this eBay seller but also lots of bad. I would say if you order anything from them make sure you keep an eye on your PayPal timeframes for opening a dispute so you can get a refund if it never shows!

Oh and YES I am copying this message to both of these sellers as well as posting it on my blog, Facebook and telling my classes!

Okay, that's my rant for today!! LOL

Friday, November 4, 2011

Need your help

Okay so I entered to win a gypsy at http://scrappercreations.blogspot.com and I'm in 3rd place. If my wonderful readers could go click like by my name on her sidebar I'd really appreciate it. I'm planning to use the gypsy as a prize for my wonderful customers!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

November 13 Christmas cards on the cricut class at Carousel

Come join me at Carousel Rubber Stamps "http://www.carouselrubberstamps.com" for a card class (cost $20) on November 13, 2011.
All 3 cards use the Art Philosophy cricut cartridge from Close To My Heart which you can order here "https://darlah.myctmh.com/Retail/Product.aspx?ItemID=6168&CatalogID=1740" and read lots more about in my previous posts.

The Santa card is an easel card and the whole "layer" is completely glitter with a stamped image of Santa.. and yes with the exception of the red card base it's all 1 piece!!! The pictures don't do it justice.

All the pieces in all the cards were cut with the cartridge (except the plain card base of the poinsettia card).

Here are the cards we'll be making...

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Double winner!!

Oh my goodness I am SO excited!!!!!
If you follow my blog at all you know that I REALLY wanted the mymemories suite software "http://mymemories.com" (use code STMMMS60098 to save $10 on it if you want it too). Well, I asked DH for it for Christmas and luckily he didn't buy it for me yet since I was also entering contests EVERYWHERE to win it too! Anyways, I was lucky enough to win not 1 but 2 of those contests. I told the second one (Kathy) that I won that I had already won it (from Sharon) but knew my wonderful mother in law who is always making us handmade cards, printing pictures off of my kids and her other grandchildren would love to have it too. She was gracious enough to let me give my prize to her. Thank you so much Kathy "http://www.kathysdouble-k-krafts.blogspot.com/" !!!!

Please take a moment to check out both Kathy's "http://www.kathysdouble-k-krafts.blogspot.com/" and Sharon's "http://rsmobleysdesigns.blogspot.com/"blogs!

Kathy also told me that she also shares free pages on her blog each week so make sure you go check that out too if you're a digiscrapper or just looking for some inspiration! :)

Monday, October 31, 2011

Want to win a YUDU card shop?

I know I do!! If I don't though I'd love it to be one of my blog readers!!!
Check out http://christyssliceolife.blogspot.com/2011/10/my-first-give-way-yudu-cardshop.html
And join in on her first blog giveaway!
Who knows you might just be chosen as the winner.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Christmas stamps for $5???? Yup!!

So who loves Christmas stamps??? Who loves being able to cut out the shapes on their cricut first and save their hands from hand cutting?? Me me!!! I am so excited to tell you about Novembers deal with CTMH. It's a beautiful Christmas stamp set that coordinates with the cricut cartridge!!


Starting TODAY, October 27th 2011, until November 30, 2011.
When you place a minimum order of $25 in my Acrylix Stamp sets, you can add a new D-size Holiday Wishes stamp set (CC1015) for only $5.
Half the images coordinate with the Cricut® Art Philosophy collection, so you will be all set to create quick and easy handmade gifts and cards for the holidays.

This is in addition to the usual Stamp of The Month that is available for $5.50 with a $55 order. I'm including a picture of Octobers Stamp of the month too since you still have a few days left to get this one.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Who doesn't love giveaways right?!?!
Go check out
http://craftyfoxcards.blogspot.com/2011/10/candy.html
For some yummy candy!!!

Also if you want to please go to
http://scrappercreations.blogspot.com/2011/10/win-gypsy.html
Click "like" by my name! If I win it, I already own one and plan to give it to one of my customers or class attendees in a drawing, so if you go to any of my classes or have ordered anything from me (or plan to) than you want me to win this for you!!!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

My Memories Suite software... Need your input?!

Could I be a scrapbooker after all???

Well since I now have my 2 year old and 2 month old now I'm finding myself more and more wishing I enjoyed scrapbooking. I don't want to just put the kids photos in a book, and I cannot imagine paying someone else to do it for me when I have all the supplies necessary already.....
I've looked into Digi scrapping before since I know how to use Photoshop a bit but the idea of scouring the net for embellishments and masks to use or spending endless hours making my own just does NOT appeal to me! Is much rather spend the time with my family or making other papercrafts in my "spare time" (whatever that is lol).

I've seen tons of scrapbooking software out there but they all seem to not quite get me excited enough to try them. Either they are limited to their own pages and elements or you can add your own in but you have to track them all down or create them first (at which point I may as well just stick with Photoshop right?).
Anyways long story short (like I know how to really do that... Yeah right!!) I came across this software and am actually thinking "have they met me? How did they know I needed this??"

It has layouts in the software and even pre designed albums (themed of course), lots of embellishments to choose from and you can customize all the pre done stuff too so you're not stuck with their exact layout or choice of embellishment. I know I know theres other software out there that has this ... But it also has a whole store full of new layouts, masks, embellishments, themed kits and often freebie ones there too. That's not why I think it's for me though... This is: it has the ability to open one of their pre designed albums and then just click on the lazy button (just kidding it's not called that) seriously though it has a quick fill or auto fill (not sure of the exact wording) feature so you pick the file on your computer with the pictures you want in that album (Christmas pictures or summer pictures etc etc etc) and it will fill the album in for you placing horizontal and vertical pictures in appropriate openings. You can either just leave it like that and be done a whole album in minutes OR you can then play around with it and mice stuff around, delete things, change the embellishments etc etc. You can even add audio!!! So a baby album with audio of baby laughing or babbling or Christmas album narrated with some favourite moments. You can leave it digital or print it. You can use it to print cards, calendars etc. You can then add traditional elements to them too if you want. Oh did I mention their website also has tutorials? I joined their Facebook page too and they have lots of great stuff posted there all the time too!

I think I will ask for it for Christmas from DH and the kids. Before I do though I WANT TO KNOW WHAT YOU THINK!!! Have any of you used this software before? Do you like/love/hate it? Tell me all the nitty gritty!!!

I signed up for newsletter and some other stuff and I have a discount code to share if you dint have it already and decide to get it too (yup a few people commented and messaged me and I am convinced now I think). Here's the code for you to use :
STMMMS60098

Use code STMMMS60098 at checkout to save $10

This will give you $10 off. There is also a $10 coupon in the software for more layouts or whatever from their site. So ends up being $29.99 for the program plus $10 worth of extra stuff. Yay!! Now I just have to convince DH that I need it early!!

Sunday, October 23, 2011

More to come!!!

This was a card class I did. The white card with the swirls is a complete scraplift from http://www.ustream.tv/channel/anns-crafts
Please check out Anns post for that one!! Thank you Ann for letting me use this idea!!

The rest are my own designs!
Everything on these cards (with the exception of the ribbon on the white card from Ann) is cut out on the cricut from the Art Philosophy cartridge!!

Can you see why I love this cartridge so much???

I will do a separate post for my designs.

Another shaped card!

Okay so this is yet another card entirely made from the Art Philosophy cartridge!

I haven't added a sentiment yet because it is such a versatile card that you could make a bunch of these and just have them on hand then simply stamp an appropriate sentiment when you need a quick card! It's also versatile enough that you could give this to an adult or a kid. You can change up the colours and make it more whimsical too.

You can order this cartridge through me at https://darlah.myctmh.com

Right from the idea book.. With a little twist

You can actually see this exact design in the idea book so why did I make it and am posting it right??
Well.... The big difference between mine and the one in the idea book is that mine is entirely done with the cricut cartridge whereas the one in the idea book uses the bought shaped cards.

I like that you can duplicate this without having to spend money on costly shaped cards! Heck you could even use a different shaped card if you wanted I just wanted to see if I could duplicate the one from the idea book and... You can!!
You can order this cartridge and lots of other coordinating stamps (like that holly leaf and the label stamp) here: https://darlah.myctmh.com

Look at my post http://stampingunderdoctorsorders.blogspot.com/2011/10/art-philosophy-coordinating-stamps.html from yesterday to learn all about the cheat sheets that I make just for my customers!!

Flowers flowers everywhere!!

Just thought I'd show a little assortment of the 3D flowers from the new Art Philosophy cartridge (of course). These are spiral flowers meaning they cut out as a spiral (like the ones shown around the flowers) then you simply roll them up and glue them down on the little circle in the center.

SUPER easy!!
Oh and the brown and ivory speckled ones?? Yup, they're cut from MATERIAL!! I simply stiffened my fabric (an old curtain that was kicking around from one of my DHs uncles or his Dads room as a kid it has antique cars pictured on it but I just cut in between them for the mist part) with "Stiffy" fabric stiffener. You just paint it on. I let it dry overnight and then cut it out.
I use painters tape to tape anything other than cardstock down to my may around the edges to make sure it doesn't shift.
Only had to do a multicut of 2, and I just used a regular blade. Didn't even bother to slow the speed down either. :)

Don't forget you can order this cartridge from me here: https://darlah.myctmh.com

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Gift bag from Art Philosophy cartridge

Okay so sure there's some boxes and a regular gift bag ON the cartridge but how about one made from one of the label shapes???

I cut one of the many label shapes from the Art Philosophy cricut cartridge and measured 3/4 inches from center on the long side each way and scored a line. Then I measured the same distance in from each edge on the short side and scored. Fold up and you get a cute little gift bag!!
I have done this before with my Spellbinders grand label dies but this is so much easier!!!
To get the white edge like you would with a spellbinder die simple cut the same shape a little smaller and then use the negative over your bigger cutout and sponge ink onto it through the opening. (hope this makes sense).

I finished it off with a strip of red and a 3D flower (there are 6 different ones on the cartridge and they take less than a minute to assemble!).

I made this at the demonstration day for Carousel Rubber Stamps for something to do in between people watching the actual demonstration of the cricut itself.

Oh and I couldn't help but add the picture of that cute little girl I cut from the once upon a princess cartridge out of magnet forever ago! I have been making these cuties up to package up as gifts for all the little girls I know. They are cut from magnetic sheets from the dollar store (they have adhesive on top meant to stick a photo onto so you can just stick your cardstock down on it!). I plan to cut the clothes to fit the dolls to go in the package too and the girls can "dress" them up. :)

Art Philosophy coordinating stamps

Okay so if you've talked to me at all lately you know I am in LOVE with the new Close To My Heart Art Philosophy cricut cartridge... So much so that I signed up as a consultant!
I can honestly say that since I've gotten this cartridge I have not touched my other ones, and not because I was trying to only use this one but because every time I thought "now what cartridge has that shape" id realize that it was on this cartridge too!!
It has circles, ovals, squares, rectangles, scalloped versions of all of them, tags, label shapes (normally I would have to dig my Spellbinders out for these), assorted leaves, branches, birds, shaped cards, frames, stockings/socks, poinsettias, holly, ornaments, cards with images cut out of the front, flowers (both flat and 3D spiral ones.... Which I'm in love with!!), boxes, envelopes and lots more!!!

Anyways as much as I love this cartridge and the fact that it has stamps that coordinate to fit perfectly with some of the shapes (well that just puts it over the top!!! ) I was a little disappointed. Let me explain....
The stamp sets have the size each image needs to be cut at right on the sheet they are stuck to (however it is written REALLY tiny) but it doesn't tell you which shape in the handbook it is. This becomes time consuming a bit when youre using it constantly since there are 700 shapes in the cartridge to look through to find it! Soooooo... I thought well I am just going to make a cheat sheet for myself. I was so pleased with how it turned out and I thought well... I already took the time to find them all so I'm certainly not going to let anyone that orders from me spend all that time again.

Long story short I am sending already made up cheat sheets to anyone that orders through me for the stamp sets that come with the cartridge. If it's another stamp set that coordinates and I have it or you're local and have it shipped to my address than I will do one for those sets too. (I make them line up perfect with the actual stamp set so I actually need the set in order to do this).

I have all the shapes cut out of white (and stamped in black if it's a set I own) then they have repositionable adhesive on them so you can take them off the cheat sheet and place on your project to see if you like that image/shape there or not and gave an idea of how it will look. When you pull the shape off it reveals a cheat sheet underneath (see the maple leaf)... It will tell you what row and column on the keypad the button is for the shape and also if you need to press shift and/or any feature keys; it will also say what size to cut it at! Yay!!! I also stamp the non coordinating things in the stamp sets (like sentiments and such) on the black part in white ink. This whole thing slides right into your stamp envelope with your stamps so that it's all together or you can take it out and store elsewhere for quick reference if you prefer. Since the whole set is stamped you can still see the whole set through the packaging on the cheat sheet.

More of a visual person like me... How about some pictures of what I'm talking about???


Here are the pictures of the stamps that come with the cartridge (3 stamp sets plus 3 packages of chipboard shapes that coordinate with cuts from the cartridge come with it).

You can order from me here:
https://darlah.myctmh.com

Friday, October 21, 2011

The reason for a lack of posts

I just thought I'd share a couple pictures of why you haven't seen any recent posts from me. We also lost my dear father in law after his 4 1/2 year battle with cancer on August 27.
The picture with both kids is my 2 1/2 year old angel with his little sister the day she was born (August 2) and the other of just her is one I took just a couple hours ago. The 2nd 3rd and 4th pictures are what I am so proud of my DH for making lately. He created this carving out of acrylic to use as a temporary headstone for his Dad. I think he would be proud don't you?? The darker one is holding it up to a light source (in this case the sun outside)

I've still been doing cricut classes and creating things and was even honoured to be able to participate in Carousel Rubber Stamps 17th birthday demo day last weekend. It was a blast!!!
Unfortunately for my blog friends though something had to give and so I haven't been blogging.

Monday, October 3, 2011

New stamp of the month

Each month you can enjoy a new D-size stamp set, available for one month only, for just $5.50—that’s over 70% off retail! When you place an order of $55 CAN or more in Close To My Heart products, you qualify for this special Stamp of the Month pricing.

Oh and even though this stamp doesn't have the lines around it it actually DOES coordinate with the Art Philosophy cricut cartridge!! My customers will get my usual cutout cheat sheet template with this set if ordered through me, with all stamp shapes cut out in same layout as the stamp set to slide right into the envelope with the stamp set. Images stamped on white cut outs in black ink (for high contrast to see it better) on removable adhesive in the curious of the layout and image location on keypad with size written behind it. :) I promise to show pics of this on my blog soon... Have to find the camera or steal DHs iPhone.

If you have a Cricut you need to get your hands on our new Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge! If you aren't convinced then you need to check out Jeanette Lynton's blog everyday this month where she will be sharing a new art project featuring a different Cricut shape every day. That’s right: thirty-one days, thirty-one pieces of artwork, each highlighting a different fabulous shape from the Art Philosophy collection! Here is the first shape - and don't forget to check Jeanette's blog http://www.jeanettelynton.com/ for the next 30 shapes!

Also, if you were thinking of signing up as a consultant... Now's the time!! This month you get a FREE add-on kit of your choice! Yay!!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Up a creek without a paddle???

Sorry couldn't resist about the title. ;)
I got a call last night asking if I could cut some letters to go on a canoe paddle as a goodbye gift for a good friend of mines boss.
Usually easy peasy but of course he wanted to put it on a sanded paddle and then varnish over it a few coats so it would stand up to regular use... Oh and needed it totally finished to give to his boss on Wednesday which meant he dropped it off on his way to work and needed to pick it up on the way home. I also was already committed with a meeting with my CTMH upline from 930-11am and did I mention I have a 2 1/2 year old and a 7 week old as well. Lol
Still not really a problem until I realized the logistics of putting paper letters on it (since I already knew I was out of vinyl). I do this all the time but normally I just cut it "flipped" weed out what I don't want leaving my words backwards on the cutting mat, apply glue and lay my project over it and press it on.
Well... Can't really do that with a canoe paddle because I wanted absolute perfect letter placement and you can't "trim" a paddle to square it up again. Lol

Luck for me I found some left over chalkboard vinyl from a previous project. EXACTLY enough to do it.... No pressure but only one chance to cut it right!!! Lol
Good thing this friend of mine is awesome!!! He has done so much for me, especially when my DH was away on trips (he's in the navy). Him and his wife have become our closest friends over the last few years.
Anyways, in the end it turned out fantastic!!! The company logo is a sticker he had that he gave me a couple of when he dropped off the paddle. It cut just the right size the very first time and picked up and laid down perfect... Phew!!!! It's now sitting by the front door awaiting him for when he gets off work. :)
I will post more pictures after he varnishes it too. :)
What do you think?

Monday, September 19, 2011

Birthday card for my mom

So my moms birthday was in March... So I'm really late posting this and honestly hadn't realized I didn't yet until a coworker of mine who I had shown the pictures of it went looking for it here to see it again, couldn't find it and asked me to see it again. Oops.
I promise to get better at this whole posting thing... Really!!! Lol
I bought this cut file but I won't tell you where as I wasn't impressed... This end result is only after countless hours tweaking the file!!! The round part was jagged at first and the doors didn't match up perfectly and the part that goes between the front and back to give it dimension well... After cutting 5 or 6 then manually cutting them amd gluing sections of them and UGH now I remember why I didn't post this... By the time I finished it I just had no desire to look at it any more to write the post!

Well, in the end after all my fixing I was very happy with the result!!

Best cricut cartridge ever!!!!!

I just wanted to let you all know about the new Art Philosophy cartridge bundle by Close To My Heart for the cricut.
I am in love!!! So much so that I was sure that others would be too and signed up as a consultant so that when people ask in my "how to use the cricut" classes where they could get it my answer could be really simple... "from me!!"

This cartridge has it all!! 2 fonts, tons of shapes (including label shapes similar to the spellbinder ones we all love), tags, cards (beautiful shaped ones as well as ones with great cut outs in them great for revealing your stamped sentiment on the inside of the card), boxes, borders, paper lace and my favourite..... Rolled roses!!!!
Included with the cartridge are 3 yup 3!!! Stamp sets that coordinate with the shapes (there are more coordinating stamp sets available but these 3 come with it).
It also comes with some chipboard shapes that also coordinate so you can dimensionalize your project.

What?? You want to SEE the images??? I knew you would... So I'm putting the pictures at the end of this post!!

To order this great bundle you can order it directly from my site https://darlah.myctmh.com (just click shop online and then cricut collection) or send me an email!

Want to order more than just the bundle (like some of the other coordinating stamps)? Don't order online!!! Contact me about your order and let me place it for you as you will most likely qualify for some more free product!!! You can even host a gathering (and it can be online only if you want or we can have a real get together and have some crafty fun in person) and send invites to your crafty friends and if they order anything then you'll qualify for even more great stuff.... If they order enough then you might even be able to get you cricut bundle 50% off!!!
Just figured I'd throw it out there so you'd know as I wouldn't want anyone to miss that opportunity if it was available.

I also make cheat sheets that are just awesome if I do say so myself for the coordinating stamps just for my customer!!!! See my other post here > http://stampingunderdoctorsorders.blogspot.com/2011/10/art-philosophy-coordinating-stamps.html

Anyways, enough babble and onto what you've been waiting for... The pictures!!!!

  
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