Thursday, November 26, 2015

Decorating Muslin Bags with Cricut and Yudu Ink

If you're a die-hard Cricut fan, you probably remember the YUDU machine. It was a great machine for screen-printing. Unfortunately, it was never very successful and was discontinued a few years ago. The Yudu inks were a very good quality. And if you can find them, they are now generally very inexpensive. I happen to have some of the inks and decided to do a little project with my niece and nephew. 

They each chose a Cricut image and we sized them to fit some 6 x 8 inch muslin drawstring bags I had left over from another project. The bags came from Stateline Bag Company. We cut their chosen images in vinyl and removed the image. We placed the negative piece on the bag. We put some cardstock scraps pieces inside the bags to prevent any bleed through to the back of the bag.
We squirted a blob of ink onto another scrap piece of cardstock and used a foam brush to paint over the stencil.
Before painting, make sure your stencil is stuck very well to the bag. And while painting, make sure you do use too much pressure against the edges of the stencil. I showed them how to pounce the ink onto the bag and then we lightly brushed the excess. The ink on the stencil will generally not dry.

 Once the ink was dry, it only took about 15 minutes, we removed the stencil and revealed their creations!

Their bags look great! So if you happen across Yudu ink, buy it and use it for your fabric projects! I don't think you will be disappointed.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

November Cricut Mystery Box Sells Out!

Cricut sent me a November Mystery Box to help promote it. However, it sold out almost as soon as it was posted for sale on! Savvy Mystery Box shoppers know, if the description sounds like something they want, to grab the box as soon as they can! And with a description like this:

A new Mystery Box is here and it is literally the biggest mystery box yet. With very limited quantities you won't want to wait to purchase this! All Mystery Box sales are final. $209.97 $59.99

Who wouldn't want it? And look what those shoppers with the fast fingers will be receiving:
A reconditioned E2 with a one year warranty and two Anna Griffin carts ~ Sophisticated Soirees and Splendid Soirees! I've made projects using images from both of these carts and absolutely love the Anna Griffin images!

A new feature on the Cricut Shopping pages is to sign up by email to be notified when an item is back in stock. You can do that HERE. Since quantities were limited, there are no guarantees the box will become available again. But if you're signed up for the email notification, you'll be the first to know!

And don't worry if you missed the Mystery Box, we'll be giving this one away in Cricut Lovers Guide to Design Space on Facebook. So come join us!

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Which Accessory Works with the Cricut Explore?

In my Facebook group, Cricut Lovers Guide to Design Space, I often see questions about all the different Cricut accessories. It can be a little confusing as to which accessory goes with which machine. So I made a handy dandy little chart to help!

***note: all the Cricut blades will fit in all the Cricut blade housing units. The newest Cricut blade, the Premium German Carbide blade is the most durable and longest lasting. But if you have extra blades from older Cricuts, they will fit in the Explore blade housing unit. {click photo to enlarge}

Want more great tips like this? As well as inspiration, tutorials and a true Cricut crafting community? Then come join me in

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Pattern Scale and Image Info from the Beta Preview of the Changes to Design Space

Beta Preview * * * subject to change before release

With the new pattern fill, you will be able to scale the pattern to fit your project. Here is an example of the same image, with the same pattern just with the scale of the pattern adjusted. Once you have selected your pattern, you select edit at the bottom of the Layer Attributes panel and then you can adjust the scale of the pattern. Pretty neat!

There are also some other features that members of our group have been asking for and that will be included in the update {the release date has not been announced}. One is that when you go to the design canvas, the grid lines are automatically "On". You can turn them "Off" by clicking the same little white square in the corner of the canvas.

The other is being able to identify what cart or font was used in a project. You will be able to click on the "I" for the image number and cart name. Kudos to Cricut for listening to their users! 

Even More Info on the Beta Previews of Changes Coming in Design Space

Remember * * * Everything we are showing you is from the Beta Test version and changes may be made before the actual release

My crafty friend Narelle, who calls herself the NonCrafty Crafter, has posted a great video showing more of the changes coming to Design Space. Be sure to visit her blog and check out her video!

The Non-Crafty Crafter

You can also view her video and see all our screenshot sneak previews in our Facebook group. . . come join us!

Cricut Lovers Guide to Design Space on Facebook

More on the Beta Preview of Pattern Uploads for Design Space

Beta Preview * * * changes may be made before the updates are released

So what can you do with these patterns? Fill your images and text! 

You just add your image to the design canvas or type your word. Then click on the image/text like you normally would to change the color and you get the new screen to add a pattern! Change your image/text to Print and the Pattern options will open. choose your pattern and BAM! Your image or text is filled! 

Beta Preview of New Features for Design Space!

Beta Preview Information * * * Changes may be made before release

So many exciting upgrades are coming to Design Space! Although there is no release date set at this time, Cricut said I could share with you some of the changes you can expect. You'll see from this preview, Cricut has been listening to it's customers! 

There will be some changes to the way the design canvas looks when you open Design Space. You'll notice the Layers Box has changed. It's more than "a pretty new face" but I'll get to that in a minute! The big change is in the Upload Images button. It looks the same but when you click it. . . magic!

You now have a different upload screen. There is one button for Image uploads and one for patterns! Yippee! The Image upload takes the guess work out of uploading images. You no longer have to choose between basic upload or vector upload. You choose Image and Design Space "knows" what type of file you are uploading by the file extension. And Pattern upload is for patterns! All those digital papers and such you been getting for free and never really got to use in Design Space.

When you choose image upload, you still browse your computer to find your image. You "clean it up" with the wand and eraser. But when you get ready to save your image. . .you now get a preview of your image as a Print then Cut file or a Cutting file! No more unchecking that little box on the save screen!

With pattern uploads, you also search on your computer for your pattern and when you get ready to save, it is saved in the Layers Attributes for you to use with images and text.

I've got so much more to show you! But doesn't this look great so far?

If you're wanting to go ahead and start gathering digital patterns, check the Cricut Lovers Guide to Design Space group. We'll have info on a trusted site that has 2 bundles of 100 patterns each . . . for FREE! How cool is that?