Sunday, January 4, 2015

Dazzling Reflections, Mymemories and Cricut Explore

Happy Christmas season! Christmas cards (check), decorations (check), tags (check)---on to the new stuff!

Are you familiar with Dazzling Reflections Kaleidoscope Maker from Poppy Hill designs?

Although this is a PC program, it functions very well under parallels on my Mac. Use the program is quite simple. It requires I choose a photo, choose a kaleidoscope template and position the photo to create a pleasing effect in the template. 

Something a little different to decorate this card for a special guy....

I started with an embellishment from MyMemories' 1920's Collection (left column) and the last template on the right. I then positioned the embellishment in the template according to the great directions with the software and the look I liked best. (To the left is the embellishment, the right is the template.) That is it for design!

I then selected "export", chose a file size and type. To use in Design Space I prefer PNG. 

Enter "Design Space." I logged into my account and selected "New File." 

Select UPLOAD IMAGE. I keep the two straight by associating "upload" with something that is not already in the Design Space. 

Because the file was saved as a graphic (picture), I choose BASIC UPLOAD. 

Now, to find the image on my computer (did I say to write down the file's location?)

Select BROWSE to find the file.

Yeah! Found it! Select the file and click on CONTINUE to bring the graphic into design space.

 Select COMPLEX IMAGE to trace and create a file that can then be cut. Select the GREEN button at the lower right screen to continue. 

Again, the screen changes. Because I saved the kaleidoscope as a PNG file the background is transparent. Not much clean-up at all! Continue to Step 3. 

Yeah! There is my file, in the cue at the far left. When I am ready to cut the file, I will select it and send it to my Explore. 

Supplies used in this project: 
Dazzling Reflections Software
MyMemeries' 1920's Digital media
Cricut Design Space
Cricut Explore
Copic Spica Clear Pen (highlights)
iRock Heat Set brads

Until next time.....

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Doodle Pantry and my Explore

Hi all! Have you been to Doodle Pantry? Oh my goodness! What a treat! There are "colored" images, outlines, digital stamps, papers--and--SVG cuts! And my Explore just loves to play with these images!

When I found these 2 sets, I knew that I had to have them!

The card set does come in SVG format, with great directions! The SVG cuts import into Design Space like most SVG files and need to be sized. 
When sizing these SVG cuts DO NOT ungroup! Use the
grid feature of the DS, size the card. Everything else will 
size proportionally. 

There was much thought that went into this card collection! It promises to be one of my go-to sets!

But, the globe really called my name! I love Copics, they do not like me! So, the inked globe was where I was heading. It comes as a PNG file, making it super easy to trace in DS. To trace this, it is much like tracing the digital stamp that comes with this set. 

Digital stamps just make sense to me, especially when DS makes them so easy to use! Here are the steps to getting that digital stamp into DS. 

Log into your DS. Select create a NEW PROJECT:

Because I was going to bring an image in from a source other than Design Studio, I selected UPLOAD IMAGE. 

The digital stamp is a PNG file; a graphic file, a picture. It is not ready to cut---yet---it first has to be traced. In order to trace the image select BASIC UPLOAD and the GREEN button lower right. 

 The screen changes, the computer still needs instructions! It is time to locate the graphic file in the folder where it is saved. Select the GREEN button lower right again.

Again a screen change. Select BROWSE to see your computer. Navigate to the fold and file which is to uploaded. When the file is located, click on it to select and click on CHOOSE in lower right corner of window. 

The file can now be seen in the space below the word "browse". My preference to trace this is to select the COMPLEX IMAGE and CONTINUE.

Again a screen change. The blue checkered background indicates that this is a transparent image. Not much clean-up here. How I love the ease of tracing objects in Designs Space! Select CONTINUE.

Finally, time to save this tracing. Let's look at this box. Because this is a digital stamp, I want to be able to change the colors of this object, therefore I desired that this not be a Print Then Cut. To insure that this is what I end up with, deselect the box beneath the cutting image which states "PRESERVE...." 

1. The name is the name associated with the file. 
2. Add tags, because this is a Doodle Pantry image I tagged that. I would also tag it a "digital stamp". 
3. Save the file. 

Okay, this is not the same file. But, this is where you would see the file, if I had shown you the completed image! To import the cut file, click on it and a green check appears in the upper right corner. Select the GREEN button in the lower right corner and your file appears in DS!

So how do you use a traced "digital stamp" in Design Space? Good question! Please check my blog post on the digital stamping (or the Letterpress effect!)

Here's to a year filled with crafting and good cheer! Until next time.....

Sunday, December 21, 2014

A Quickie!

I ws cruisin' Youtube in the early hours of today. Oh my! There are so many cool ideas out there! I found this quick gift card holder -- perfect for my needs!

The designer is Kelly Gettelfinger. She does not use a Cricut to cut this, but gives great directions for this easy project. Join her for her video and then keep scrolling for a little surprise! 

And for my Cricut Explore friends...I've done the 4.25" square card in Design Space using free files; here is the link:

Santa Papers are from Lori Whitlock. Peace on Earth papers from Recollections. 

Hoping that you have a Happy Chanukah and a Merry Christmas!

Until next time.......

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Duck Tape to the Rescue!

I recently wanted to add lettering to some ornaments, but could not find the vinyl desired locally. I had silver, but not gold...But I did find Duck Tape.

Yup, the Duck tape is on a roll! But it was PERFECT! The ornaments were glittered from Wal-mart--done! And the stuff with the blue squares...that is the clear contact paper from Dollar Tree, Magic Cover. It is wonderful stuff! I tried placing the gold tape on a strip of the Magic Cover (front and back). What a mess! Out of desperation I pulled a strip of the backing (not the clear) from the Magic Cover out of the trash. Printed side to the mat; duct tape on glossy side. And then I cut....

Perfect! And the weeding was so simple! And, to my surprise, my Cricut Explore was all set to cut Duck Tape! 
1. Turn the settings knob to CUSTOM.
2. On screen (Settings) scroll down to Duck Tape. 

Perfect cuts! Couldn't be easier. 

Oh, and did I tell you that the backing strip is totally reusable! Ask me how I know......

So in love with my Explore and its potential. Wishing you many creative moments! Until next time....

Friday, November 28, 2014

Slice for Snow!


I hope you are having a great day...night...whenever! With the release of the "Frozen" Images by Cricut my mind went wild! I created a gift enclosure for my co-workers and published a picture of it.

At any rate....Olaf approved! Well, I have had so many questions as to how to create the layered snow (look is layered!) It is seriously, so easy using the "slice" feature of the Design Space!

I encourage you to look around and see what shapes you can slice your way to using! Until next time!

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Creating Custom Colors to use in Cricut Design Space

Have I told you lately how much I love my Cricut Explore? Rest assured, I do! And I keep discovering more to love!

Recently, I was playing with some graphics that I found a long time ago while trying to make a card. Needless to say, I had little matching paper on hand. So, I began looking in Design Space and discovered how I could Print Then Cut my own papers! Join me in the video below and I will show you how I made this card: 

Hope that you can take away something new! Until next time!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Letter Press Printing on the Explore!

I am so excited to share this technique that I am about to bust! The Explore Print Then Cut can simulate Letter Press....You heard it here! Now see it!

Check my video as to how to create your own letterpress technique in Cricut Design Space:

Hope you are as excited as I am! 

Until next time....