Sunday, November 15, 2015

Cricut Design Space: Adding Shapes in a Shadow Box Card

Hi all! This is the second of two in the Shadow Box series. 
I hope that you are having as much fun as I!

Okay, silly me...this was the first card I did. The card featured in my video:

If you have just joined me, you can find the directions for the Basic 4.25 square card here
You can find the directions for the staggered mats here.

So, now that the mats are done, let's add shapes. 
The shapes I have chosen are from the Cricut Cartridge "Santa's Village." 
They are Print Then Cut....too cute!
Let's go to Design Space!

I apologize for the abrupt end to this video. When layers are cut, all that is left is assembling the card. First add the background to the card base. 
Then pop-dot the layers from the bottom up. I place pop-dots about 2" apart
across the layer. I have found that the cardstock does not ripple with this much support. 
That is all there is to it! Super simple.

And another shadow box card, using MissKateCuttable's Deer with Birch file and Print then Cut, 
Cricut's Baby Steps font and Stickles' Diamond Glitter glue.

Thanks for stopping by! 

Until next time....

Monday, November 9, 2015

Cricut Design Space: Shadow Box Cards

Once you have a basic card created, it is easy to "upsize" it to a very distinct greeting card. I really like the shadow box effect that I am seeing so much of these days! 

This dimensional card began with my Basic 4.2" card (instructions are here.)
I then created the dimensional layers using the slice and weld features. 
They were pop-dotted together to add dimension. 

Today's video explains how to create the dimensional layers.

In the next post I'll be discussing how to weld your images to the appropriate layers. 

My Scrap Source for this post:
Cricut Explore
Cricut Design Space
Basic Shapes

Until next time! 

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Exploring Cricut Design Space: Creating Basic Cards

Cricut shapes are perfect for creating your own basic card files! It is so easy (and time efficient) to just open My Projects, choose a base for a card and go with it! That is how the background for this little guy came about:

and this one:

Join me as I explain how I created a basic 4.25" square card that I can use again and again!

Remember! You can add your images to this file....but always
SAVE AS (project name)
in order to preserve your basic card!
Until next time! 

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Exploring Cricut Design Space: Shapes, Shapes and Sheep!

Hi all! Shapes in DS are so fun! I found this adorable lamb on Pinterest:

I followed the link to the connected blog: 
and was blown away by my find! Thanks for a great find, Melissa! Check it out!

Back to the lamb....and how to make my own in DS.....

My first action is to place the photo where I can refer to it. I usually print it, but have also added to my iPad photos. For the purposes of this blog I uploaded to DS. 

Now to go shop shopping! According to the photo there are 6 different shapes. Open the DS tool bar...hmmm, not all are there. Oh, what to do? 

Click on it to insert in DS.

But are there more shapes in DS? There sure are--let's see!
Select: Insert Images
Select : Cartridge
In the search bar type: Basic Shapes
 Yeah! More shapes!
Look at the little flowers---easily made with  the "Weld feature" of DS.
Select the "View All" 
Select: the Octagon shape
Select: Insert Image (lower right corner of screen)

Select the shape and 
size it, using the grid so that the sides are 1".

Select the circle that is already inserted in DS.
Select Edit and size to 1"
Duplicate the circle an additional 8 times. 
Position the 1" circle around the Octagon 
so that the center crosshair of the circle aligns with the straight segment. 
The circle should be between the corners of the shape.

Continue around the octagon. When there are 8 circles, select all and weld. 

A cute little flower! Because I'm being lazy, I'll simply use this shape for both of the small flowers. 

Now, let's look at the rounded edge rectangle.  
Select: Insert Images
Select: Cartridges
In the search bar type: Cricut Craft Room Basics

 Select: View all
Select: the rounded edge rectangle
Select: Insert Image (lower right corner of screen)

Let's create a rectangular shape:
Deselect the lock.
Decrease the height only.
Close and good enough!

An oval can be found in the cartridge "Basic Shapes."
A scalloped edge circle can be found in the cartridge "Cricut Craft Room Basics"

One last step--cutting three of the shapes in half. Easy, peasy with the slice feature!

My go to "eraser" is the "Insert Shapes" square in combination with the "Slice" feature.

Note: the Slice feature works on single layer, ungrouped images. 

I find it easiest to accurately slice images if I use the grid as my guides. 
To do that, whenever possible, I adjust the size to be sliced to a whole number. 
Select the image.
Be sure the "lock" is engaged for proportional sizing.

Edit: adjust height.
Type: 4

Rotate the image so that it resembles the sample. 
Edit: rotate 90 degrees.

Position the oval so that it lies within the grid square, 
note the grid line at the center of the oval.

Before moving forward, make sure that the square is 
larger than the oval (note picture below).

Position the square so that it aligns with
the grid line, 1/2 the size of the oval (1)
Select : Slice from the left side pane (2)

Voila! The oval is perfectly separated into halves. 
And you have virtual scraps (The gray!)

Repeat for the small circle and the rounded corner rectangle. 

Here are the quantities and sizes of shapes that I used in the 
"almost final" version of this little sheep:

I say it is "almost final" because there is one more step!
Putting him together on screen:

Thanks for sharing a great idea, Melissa! 

And my card......

Additional supplies:
Clouds from Cricut Craft Room Basics
Font: Cricut A Child's Year
Papers: Cricut digital
Embossing folder: Cuddlebug Swirls
Stickles Diamond Glitter Glue
Antique Linen Distress Ink

Thanks for letting me pass along this great idea! 
Until next time....

Monday, October 12, 2015

Exploring Cricut Design Space: Slice and Weld

Hi all!
I am so the fan of the slice and weld features of Design Space. In my humble opinion, they open a world of creativity!

Recently on one of my Facebook Pages there was discussion about using ideas for punches. Oh, baby! Not knowing what I was doing I did a Pinterest search. I hit the jackpot of ideas!

And this is just one place! I Googled "Paper Punch" ideas and was overwhelmed. For many of these ideas the shapes are laid out with their sizes and guesswork! I realized quickly that some of the shapes I had in my library and others I didn't. 
With Cricut Design Space that is absolutely no problem! And there are no expensive punches to buy! Let's get planning! 

I found this really cute candle on Pinterest, complements of encourage I decided to give it a try.... Join me and learn how to use slice, weld and shapes to create your very own card!

Here is my finished card:

Print and Cut papers (Imagine Papers)
Recollections Carsick
Cuttlebug Swirls Embossing Folder
Cricut Files: 
Wrap It Up Cartridge: Tree Tag
Wall Decor and More: Branch Flourish
Assorted free shapes in Design Space
Tickles Gold
Distress Inks.

I encourage you to try the weld and slice feature and light the way to a lot of fun! 

Until next time,

Monday, September 28, 2015

iScrapbook---Coloring Images

Hi all! I love the look of colored images, but frankly am not good at it. But, look at this iScrapbook page I started for the fall....

I loved this look! And here is how you can achieve it in iScrapbook, too. The leaf is from the Lettering Delights Foliage Doodlebats. Please refer to my tutorials on using dingbats as images.

1. Duplicate your image at least 3 times. With the first image selected, click on the adjustment box and scroll to color. Choose your color and adjust your settings. This will be your lightest/ brightest shade of color.

2. Repeat above directions, using the settings for step 2. You can choose another fill color or simply click on the color box and use the slide beneath the color wheel to go darker. I like to go at least 1/2 the distance between my lightest color and the darkest shade. 

3. Repeat the above directions, changing the settings as indicated. The color selection will be your darkest shade. 

4. Stack your colored images beginning lightest (1) to darkest (3) on top.  Draw your bounding box around the stacked leaves. In the dropdown menu, select ARRANGE. Because you have all of the leaves selected the box should say "group". If this does not happen try drawing the box again. Then, from your ARRANGE menu, select the 2 center ALIGN toggles (horizontal and vertical center). 

5. To finalize your coloring, with the group still selected, choose FORMAT : GROUP.

You can now "jump in" and create the perfect pile of fall leaves! 

Until next time! 

Sunday, September 13, 2015

iScrapbook -- Using folders on your computer

So great to be back with you! School started a month ago and I have been swamped!

There have been several questions on my iScrapbook Facebook page regarding using items in external folders. The quick answer is, "You sure can!" It is simply a matter of drag and drop onto the opened page. The only issue I have had is getting my background to stay put! But iScrapbook provides a way!

1. Open iScrapbook with a new page.

2. Toggle the green button in the upper left corner so that your window is movable.

3. In Finder, navigate to your desired folder...

4. I chose Cartabella's Crisp Fall. With the window open and above your page, select the desired paper for your background. Drag and drop to the page.

5. It will drop off-center, but do not worry. Look at the lower right corner of iScrapbook. First select the layer "background" (1). It will turn gray. Now, in the very bottom of the screen, select the button that says, "background" (2).

6. An additional screen will open. Be sure that the paper is still selected (look for the corner handles). Select "use the selected image."

7. The background magically pops into a static location--exactly where it should be. On the new drop-down I usually select "Done". You can, however, make adjustments if you choose. But what about the image that is still selected? Delete it, unless you want to get artistic with it!

8. Take a look at the layers panel. You will now see that you have a 'real" background image on your page.

To finish, drag and drop your elements to this page. There you have it! Super easy to create a great page in iScrapbook using folders on your computer! 

Until next time!