Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Design Space

Hi Everyone!

Design Space will be here in almost 24hours Live for everyone! Here is the Link cricut.com/Design 
Of So now if you have not seen my Design Space tutorial videos here they are in order of me making them, but remember I have been using Design Space in Beta. Design Space has changed a little but I mention that in the video. There has been minor changes the last few days as well.

This first video is a how to make a complex image into a cut file.
 

This next video is how to turn an easy image into a cut file.

Finding Images in Design Space

How to Weld, Attach and Group


Check out my Patreon site to get things before everyone else.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

My First Time

Hi Everyone! Let me clarify my title, My first time turning on my new Cricut Explore. So those you looking for my other first time you can go to...Really? you think I'm going to tell you? Sorry ok now back to why we are here.
I am so excited, come to think of it, this is better than my first time. lol ok really, I finally got to cut with my Cricut Explore. I was surprised at how awesome the cuts came out I was actually trying to challenge the Explore and the Explore won! 
Here is the video of me turning it on for the first time and cutting these images out.



So much more to come. Design Space videos coming next!

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

My Cricut Explore is Here

OMG! I am so excited! If you follow me on Facebook you know that already!

Hi Everyone!

My New Cricut Explore was on vehicle out for delivery to the salon I work in. It was Monday and we are not open on Mondays so I had to sit in salon by myself and wait. I sat at the front desk in a facebook group telling everyone it is on it's way, I was way to excited! I had to pee but was too afraid to leave the sight of the front door, did not want to miss him. 

I see the truck, it's here, I fumble for my phone and take a picture of the truck, I really don't know why, it's just a Fed Ex truck.  I open the door for my new baby to arrive. She is so beautiful. I ask the delivery man if I can take his picture, he says sure looks at me as if I was a little strange, as he should. I had to reposition the box so we could read the Cricut Explore on the box. lol.

I Instagramed, Tweeted and Facebooked the picture of my Fed Ex driver. I then tried to type to everyone in the FB group that my baby arrived and I could hardly type, I don't think I have ever been this excited ever! I know makes my life sound boring, but it's not, really!

I was so excited I recorded a little on the drive home. I put that in my vlog video. Here.


When I got home I recorded an unboxing video with 2 cameras so you can see my reaction. Here is that video. 
Here is a picture of my new baby.
Isn't she pretty?

Come back later for my first cut pictures and video.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Owl Birthday Card


Hi Everyone! I made this card in Cricur Craft Room Hopefuuly this is the last time I use Cricut Craft Room as I should be getting my New Cricut Explore on Monday!  Fingers Crossed!!!




I used the Owl from Create a Critter 2 and the balloons are from Close to my Heart Artiste Cartridge. I used twine and Aleene's tacky glue on the balloon strings. Inside I stamped Happy Birthday with  a Fiskers Rubber stamp on a multi-colored pigment ink pad from stampin up. Then at the last minute I decided to emboss the Happy Birthday with Silver sparkle embossing powered. Then I spilt the embossing powder on the floor and lost half of it, and it is my favorite one. It adds sparkle to it, but kinda hard to see here. I used glitter glue on the eye ;ashes and the accent on balloons.

Oh and the eyeballs came from Joanns, some one had asked me that.

Here is a video of me doing it.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Baby Shower Card

Hi Everyone I have good news!

My Cricut Explore is on the way and is in Chicago and I will get it Monday. I have the tracking number now!

But until I can show you my Explore I am showing some of my other crafts I created this 4 page Shower card with Create a Critter Cricut cartridge.

Each animal represents a person I work with so I added speech bubbles so they could sign their name from the animal that represents them. Everyone picked out their own animal.

I used my new burlap pack I got from Michaels. I spent 8 hours on this card finding all the layers and sizing everything. I can not wait for the Explore it would have been so much faster.

You can see me make the card in the video below.





Here is the video
 
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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Cricut Explore Tonight is the Night!

Update! Here is a comparison of the Explore and Cameo.

Hi Everyone!

I have not received my Explore yet, it will be this week. I found more information I want to share.
If you are excited about the Explore as much as I am Join me in this Facebook Group We are going to have a launch Party tonight while we watch HSN.

Minimum Requirements to use Design Space
  • Broadband internet connection 
  • Current version of Adobe Flash.
  • Screen Resolution 1024x768
For PC
  •  Windows Vista or newer.
  • CPU of 2.33 GHz
  • 1GB of Ram
  • Hard Drive (HDD or SSD)
  • Available USB port
  • Browser - Internet Explorer 9, or Firefox 17, or Google Chrome20
For Mac
  • OS Mac OS Xv.10.6, 10.7, 10.8
  • CPU 1.83 GHz
  • 1GB of Ram
  •  Browser - Firefox 17 or Google Chrome20, Safari 5.1
Accessories Soon to be available:
 
Cricut Explore™ Deep Cut Housing & Blade
The Cricut Explore™ Deep Cut Housing & Blade makes it easy to cut a wider variety of materials for your projects. Construct personalized wall calendars from chipboard, use rubber sheets to cut your own stamps, or even make custom magnets. The Cricut Explore™ machine can cut most materials up to 1.5mm thickness with the Cricut Explore™ Deep Cut Blade, so you can cut heavy fabric, poster board, heavy cardstock, and more.
 
Cricut® Color Metallic Pen Set
Get beautiful results for invitations, banners, cards gift tags, and more with our medium-point Cricut® Color Metallic Pens. Cricut® Color pens work with the Cricut Explore™ machine to cut and write in one step. Pens are acid free, non-toxic, and permanent after drying.

Cricut® Color Metallic Pen Set includes:

  • Cricut® Color Metallic Pen, Gold
  • Cricut® Color Metallic Pen, Silver
  • Cricut® Color Metallic Pen, Copper
  • Cricut® Color Metallic Pen, Blue
  • Cricut® Color Metallic Pen, Violet
 
Cricut® Color Antiquity Pen Set
Use a fine-point Cricut® Color Antiquity Pen to write a greeting on a card, journal your photo memories, personalize a gift tag, and much more. Cricut® Color pens work with the Cricut Explore™ machine to cut and write in one step. Pens are acid free, non-toxic, and permanent after drying.

Cricut® Color Antiquity Pen Set includes:
  • Cricut® Color Antiquity Pen, Midnight
  • Cricut® Color Antiquity Pen, Jade
  • Cricut® Color Antiquity Pen, Wine
  • Cricut® Color Antiquity Pen, Gemstone Blue
  • Cricut® Color Antiquity Pen, Crystal Pink 




    Want to get to know the explore?

    See what it comes with and learn everything before it arrives. Download these files to see more about the Cricut Explore. 
    Tips and Tricks
    Compare

     

     

    Compare Cricut Explore to Silhouette Cameo




All of the info from this post was found on Cricut.com

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Cricut Auto-ship


I found out a little more on the HSN Bundle

 HSN customers that purchase the exclusive Cricut Explore bundle will have the opportunity to opt into a Cricut-first auto-ship cartridge program. The cartridge collection features three party-themed project cartridges designed by the remarkably talented Anna Griffin, including: Summer Soirees; Seasonal Soirees; and Bridal and Baby Soirees. These HSN-exclusive cartridges will be shipped individually throughout the year.

The HSN Cricut Explore bundle includes:
  • Cricut Explore Cricut Explore’s system combines an advanced cutting machine with easy-to-use online design software, which helps DIY crafters easily turn an idea into a finished project. Cricut Explore introduces several innovative design features, including:
    • Cut Smart – Patent-pending technology that cuts and writes or scores a variety of materials in one simple step.
    • Smart Set™ Dial – A material selection dial that works in conjunction with Cut Smart to eliminate the need to make pressure, depth and speed adjustments. With a turn of the dial, users can easily alternate between multiple cutting materials: paper, vinyl, iron on, light cardstock, cardstock, fabric and poster board. Users can choose a custom setting to define additional materials.
  • Anna Griffin Party Collector Pack – This exclusive collection includes three digital cartridges for Cricut Explore with artwork by Anna Griffin in her signature style:
    • Sophisticated Soirees – Features coordinating invitations, décor, favor boxes, place cards and more.
    • Splendid Soirees – Features coordinated invitations and party décor in a range of styles, from casual to formal.
    • Soiree Lettering – Includes four beautiful, versatile fonts for creating stunning invitations, place cards, signs, greeting cards and more.
  • Free Three-Month Subscription – A complimentary three-month subscription gives users unlimited access to over 25,000 Cricut images and 200 Cricut fonts, accessible through Cricut Design Space, the free online design software for Cricut Explore. DIYers can use Cricut Design Space to start on one of hundreds of ready-to-make projects or develop their own unique designs.
  • Starter Kit – A simple guide and a selection of materials – including cardstock, iron-on, vinyl and two Duck Tape® Sheets – to immediately start on one of 50 free projects. 


This was quoted from www.fortmilltimes.com

Thursday, February 6, 2014

New Cricut Cartridge

Have you seen the New Cricut Cartridge?

Look at the bottom of all the boxes, they fit together to help them stay in one piece.







From favor boxes to wine boxes, you can make your own custom gift packages with your Cricut machine. Box It Up features 50 unique designs  that you can make in standard or custom sizes for all different occasions. The box patterns include chevrons, honeycombs, houndstooth, dots, snowflakes, and more. The variety of designs are perfect for gift boxes, treat packaging, storage and organizing, and much more

  • Use with all Cricut® electronic cutting machines
  • Features designs for assorted standard size gift boxes
  • Boxes can also be custom-sized
  • Ideal for creating custom gift packaging, favor boxes, and other projects

    Look through the handbook here, it will also score it for you, if you have the score blade. Great for the new Explore because it will score and cut at the same time.
     Here is a link to see it on Cricut.com.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Cricut Explore and Design Space



5 more days til the launch on HSN if you are central time zone it starts at 11pm. It is the special of the day and has Extra Flex payments. I am not sure of the price but as soon as it is posted I will let you know.

11pm - 1am   Cricut Explore World Launch Featuring Anna Griffin
  4am - 5am   Cricut Explore World Launch Featuring Anna Griffin
  7am - 8am   Paper Crafting Featuring Cricut Explore
 9am - 10am  Paper Crafting Featuring Cricut Explore
10am - 11am Paper Crafting with Anna Griffin
1pm - 2pm    Paper Crafting Featuring Cricut Explore
2pm - 3pm    Paper Crafting with Anna Griffin
6pm - 7pm    Paper Crafting Featuring Cricut Explore
9pm - 10pm  Paper Crafting with Anna Griffin

I should be getting my machine any time now, I will post videos of the Design Space software and the Cricut Explore as soon as I am allowed.
But until then here is more information about it.

What you get with your New Cricut Explore:
Carrying Case
USB Cord
2 Duct Tape Sheets
Silver Vinyl
White Iron-On Vinyl
Black and Jade Cardstock
12x12 Cutting mat
Secret compartment
Silver Pen

Anna Griffin said if you purchase your machine at launch on HSN you get 3 months Free of subscription. 

See subscription details below.


The pens will come in multi packs available for $12.99 they have 2 sets metallics and fine point.
Here are the colors of pens.
Silver Metallic (comes Free)
Copper Metallic
Gold Metallic
Blue Metallic
Violette Metallic
Gemstone Blue
Jade
Midnight
Pink Crystal
Wine
Pens will be available Mid March


What will the Explore cut?














Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Get Well Soon Teddy Bear Parade

Sorry everyone!

I was going to post my Design Space videos but I got an email from Cricut saying they are postponing the launch of the software. I think it is Amazing as it is but I guess they have better ideas! You will not be disappointment.

So until then I will keep creating and you will just have to wait to see what happens. 

Today I did not want to leave you with nothing so here is a card I made for a man going to have open heart surgery.

He loved the card and is doing well now.




















Here is a video explaining how I did it.
Thanks for looking! So MUCH More coming.

Monday, February 3, 2014

French Thank You card

Here is one of the Thank You cards I sent out for my Banner Challenge, This one went to Sisie Tyler and below is a video explaining how I did it and a video below of her getting her package from me. I sent all the kids who entered something and she also won my Live Google Hang Out Scavenger Hunt and she lives in England and she has never had Receses Peanutbutter cup candy, so I had to send her some of that too.  I also matched the card to her bedroom as I have seen in her videos. You can see in her video below.
  Here is the inside of the card. 


Here is a video of her opening up her gift in a live Hang Out.

 

Thanks for watching Everyone!

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Cricut Design Space Q & A

Here is a video of Questions and Answers about Cricut Design Space, hope you find it informative and entertaining.