Saturday, December 13, 2014

Yourself the Elf!


The Cricut Design Team has a totally adorable print then cut project in the Make It Now section of Design Space! It's called Yourself the Elf and you can make "anyone" an elf by uploading their photo, sizing the head to fit the elf suit then printing from Design Space and letting the Explore do the cutting. One slight problem, the file does not contain the holes needed to assemble the Elf using brads. Not a big deal if you are making only one or two, but if you want to make your entire family into dancing elves or maybe your child's entire class, you don't want to hand punch all those holes. I added them to the file so your Explore can cut them for you!

 If you want my file with the holes added, just be a follower of my blog and leave a comment on this post with your email address and I'll send you the file. Remember, even though you can open the file, you will still need to purchase the MIN project {if it's not still included in the subscription or if you don't have the subscription but it's only 99 cents} to be able to cut it!

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Yes, that's right! You can win a Cricut Explore! You've heard me talk about it. You've seen my projects using it. And now, you can win one! Entering is easy ~ answer a simple question, follow my blog {if you're already a follower THANK YOU!}, visit Narelle's blog and find a secret word {hint. . .look to the right on her blog but don't tell her I told you!} and fill in the Rafflecopter gadget! That's it! In 6 days, someone will win a brand new Explore!


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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Olaf + Warm Hugs + K Cup box!

Here's another version of the 2 K Cup box that I designed in Design Space {and am sharing the box file for Free in my facebook group Cricut Lovers Guide To Design Space }. For this box, I cut then folded all the score lines and then embossed the box using my Cuttlebug and snowflakes folder. I used the circles that cut out of the box for the K Cups and backed them with a slightly larger white circle fro the tops of the K cups. Then I used two Olaf images from the Frozen cart and the print then cut feature of the Explore. The phrase "warm hugs" is also from  the Frozen cart.



Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Disney's Frozen Meets Cricut's Design Space



The biggest news to hit the Cricut world since the Explore was released has just been announced! Cricut has a brand new image set based on the Disney movie Frozen! These images have been released in Design Space, the powerful software that runs the Cricut Explore. While they are currently exclusive to Design Space, they will be released in 2015 as a physical cartridge and added to Cricut Craft Room! Through Design Space, you can buy the cart or you can buy single images. There are 111 images and you can see them all in Design Space! Just search Frozen.

If you don't have an Explore yet, now is the perfect time to buy one since there are so many great deals for Black Friday!





Come join us over in Cricut Lovers Guide to Design Space for all the latest info!

Friday, November 21, 2014

Free File Friday ~ 2 K-Cup Box

It's Free File Friday over in my facebook group, Cricut Lovers Guide to Design Space! And today's free file is a cute little box that will hold 2 K-Cups. This would be a perfect little gift for co-workers or added to a gift basket for an extra special gift.


The box file was designed in Cricut Design Space using shapes from the free image set, Craft Room Basics. That means any Design Space user can cut this file! The cute little turkey is from Omar Toro's awesomesvgs.blogspot.com and he shares it for free! He designed the little turkey as an adorable place card holder for your Thanksgiving table. But I used the Print then Cut feature on the Explore and added it to the box front.

To get the box file, go join Cricut Lovers Guide to Design Space group! It's free to all the members! There are lots of free files, project sharing, inspiration, tips, tricks and troubleshooting for your Explore and Design Space.

Assembly Instructions:

The file will cut and score. Just fold along the score lines and use a bone folder to make them crisp. Use a little caution when folding along the edge of the circles. I placed the box on my desk and used the edge of the desk to start those folds. Your box should look like this:


Now lay your box, with the inside on your work table and apply your adhesive to the long edge {on the right and marked in black in the next photo} and the two outer flaps on each side {marked in black}. Turn the box over and carefully add adhesive to the center flap on each side {marked in red in the photo}. I embossed the box in the photo using an Anna Griffin embossing folder.

{For less "bulk" when assembled, I used my scissors and snipped the flaps along the long edge. I will adjust the file and remove those sections if I can save and reopen after using the Slice feature.}


Then, push the center flap out of the way and line up and adhere the other two flaps on one side. Your box should look like this:

Then repeat on the other side.

Now fold the remaining flaps up and adhere them to the sides.

Now push the remaining flaps inward and fold the box down onto the back. Reach into the holes and make sure the edges are firmly adhered.



That's it. . .except for the embellishments! For this box, I used the Print then Cut feature with my Explore and the gorgeous Anna Griffin Vintage Floral printables. And they were perfect! 




Saturday, November 8, 2014

All Aboard the Peppermint Express!

Elf added!



The Santa Train card gave me so many ideas for the Stacked Blocks card base! Here's the Peppermint Express! Only, he doesn't have a conductor. I just couldn't decide what image to put in the window so I attached it with temporary adhesive and will stare at it a while! What/who do you think should be "in" the window? I thought about the Candy Boy from the My Community cart but wasn't thrilled with that idea.


So the elf got an overwhelming recommendation on Facebook, so I added my favorite one from the Jolly Holidays cart!



The Stacked Blocks card base was designed in Cricut Design Space using images from Craft Room Basics. The file is free to members of my Facebook group, Cricut Lovers Guide to Design Space. The candies an bow are from Cricut carts as well.

Come join me on Facebook! And tell me here or there just who should be driving the Peppermint Express!


Friday, November 7, 2014

Santa Train Card from the Stacked Blocks Card Base!


Hop aboard Santa's Train! This is made from the Stacked Blocks card base and I cut it in dark green. I used the wheels from the train on the B is for Boy cart. The wreath is from the Christmas cart. Santa is from A Quilted Christmas and I made him into a Print then Cut. I also used the slice feature in Design Space to remove the lower half of his body{!}. Other shapes came from Craft Room Basics.

The two patterned papers, the red is a polka dot print and the green is a snowflake print, came from my favorite paper designer, Anna Griffin.


I gained inspiration from a Valentine Train card by Chris that I came across while trying to determine the "official" name of this type card. If you want the base file for the stacked blocks card, it's the Free File Friday over in my facebook group, Cricut Lovers Guide to Design Space! Come join!