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....

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Muses of a Design Space.

Most of my friends know that I am truly a "Fontaholic." The writing feature of Cricut Design Space is really no has become my quest to find those fonts that may work well in that feature. Guess what? I have found several, complements of Best part....they are free!

Just so you know, the fonts are not single line fonts. They may look like it, but they are not. The lines are so close that the appearance is of a single line. When the Explore is tracing the font it will seem to retrace its steps---but the positive is that the end result is a little darker than a single line writing font from Design Space. 

Here's a short video showing how I found and started using these fonts: 

Enjoy your fonts! Until next time....

Friday, October 17, 2014

Mojo Monday, MyMemories and Cricut Explore Print Then Cut

Hi all!

I have been loving my Cricut Explore and the newest capabilities of Print Then Cut. I have had this feature on my Cameo for a long time, but the Explore does it so very well! And of course, with the SVG import---the sky is the limit!

It is the time of year when I think about and more cards! My favorite go to place for ideas is Mojo Monday. The blog is chock full of ideas and there are sketches! Today's design is made from Sketch 353:
Remember, I said, "SVG Files?" Well, have I got news for you! Michelle My Belle has converted this great sketches into SVG Files! Just bring into your software and size! 

Download the SVG File 

Something else that I have realized is that my stash of usable images is huge! I was looking through my digital scrapbooking files and found sooooo many great graphic embellishments and matching papers. I absolutely love the My Memories "It's Snow Time"  by Connie PrinceAnd it is perfect for this project!

Cricut Design Studio makes file sharing so simple. I am using a 4.25 x 5.5" card for the base of this project. If you are a CDS user, you can download the basic 4.25 x 5.5" card for Design Studio here.

On to my card.....

First, I created my papers from digital files in preview. It won't be long before this feature comes to design studio, but for now here is my work around. I use a MacBook; I know Windows has a similar feature, but cannot remember what it is! In preview, I sized the papers to 50%. This created a block about 6" square. 

Here they are! Okay, I forgot to size the blue one.....

Time for fun! I love the ice skates with this MM digital package! So, I selected New File and UPLOAD image. (Remember UPLOAD means it comes from YOUR stash. INSERT means it comes from CRICUT!)

Follow the online directions. SELECT : Continue to step one. 

Choose SELECT. This will take you to your hard drive and all of your files. 

Choose the file desired. Like I said, the skates appealed to me. 

My selected file shows in the preview window. This is a graphic and I want to Print Then Cut this file; I have had the greatest success with selecting COMPLEX IMAGES. Then select: CONTINUE TO STEP 2. 

The graphic image appears in it's own window. This image is a PNG file and has no background. If it were a JPG and I wanted to delete the white background I would choose the indicated tool. This tool would let me select and delete the background, leaving only the image. 

Finally, SELECT : Continue to step 3. 

This is when it gets exciting. Note the red line.....that is where the machine cuts. I usually add tags that indicate which digital collection I used. 

Now to bring in Michelle's card file!

Select VECTOR UPLOAD.  Navigate to the file you desire and select it. 

The files will appear in the lower part of this window. To open them in the same design space, click on the image. When a green corner with a check mark appears the items are selected. They also appear in a small line next to the green button. Click on INSERT IMAGES.

Once the images appear on the screen, select the card. 
Ungroup the selected items. I deleted the parts of the SVG file that I did not want to use. 
I stacked the remaining parts to look like the sketch and recolored to more closely resemble the papers for my card.

I then grabbed the corner square of the selected card and sized as indicated. Notice the gray square.....
It will be the sizing guide for my skates.

I moved the gray square to the side, selected the skates and sized to fit on top of the square.

Replace the square with the skates and voila! Cricut Explore makes it so easy from this point! 

Use your printed digital papers when the software asks for the closest color. Embellish as desired! So easy and so precise! And this card will make someone else's memories last for a long time! 

Until nest time!