Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Cricut Explore and Cricut CEO featured in the Wall Street Journal

Here's a great article about Ashish Arora, the CEO of Provo Craft and his approach to reach the "real" customer base. . .which is female!

Wall Street Journal article

Photo by Lori Eanes for The Wall Street Journal

If the link won't open, try this LINK or search in google.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Free Circle Monogram to use in Design Space

Circle monograms are very popular for personalizing items. Here's a free oval monogram that you can use in Design Space to make a circle monogram. Start by downloading the Black Oval Monogram HERE. Once you have the font installed on your computer, open Design Space and use the character map HERE to type in the letters and symbols needed for your monogram. The left initial is the lower case letter, the middle initial is the upper case letter and the right initial is a symbol from the character map. For my monogram, I typed  aT^   to get ATP. Once you have the initials you want, follow the steps in the flowchart to change the oval monogram to a circle one {click on the flowchart to make it larger}.

And here is how it looks when you cut it!

So here's one more font you can manipulate in Design Space to make the projects you want with your Explore!

Friday, July 18, 2014

Finally ~ A User Manual for the Cricut Explore!

You ask for it, Provo Craft made it! Find the User Manual for the Cricut Explore HERE!

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Pushing Cricut Design Space to the Limits!

Most of you know Narelle and I have a Facebook group for the Cricut Explore and Design Space {if you don't, click on the icon on the right and come join us!}. In the group, we talk about the Explore, Design Space, share projects, troubleshoot and so on. We have a working relationship with Cricut and use them as resources when problems come up that we can't resolve. We were rocking and rolling and doing our usual Crafter Helping Crafter troubleshoot issues.

Until Jan came along! He is an amazing paper artist from Germany and he has used his Explore in his art. He had created an svg and no matter what he tried to open it in Design Space, he would get an error that his image was too large or too complex. It was perplexing because it's an image created with just circles. Simple circles. . .lots of simple circles! This is his image.

This is the error he would get when trying to open the image in Design Space.

This was something I had never seen, so I contacted Cricut. As it turns out, Design Space will give that error when the image contains more than 3000 nodes. So all of you designers who create svg cutting files and like to push the limits, keep that number in mind! Some suggestions were to do different layers or to open some of the paths. This is more technical than I care to attempt but I'm sure Jan will master it! Why am I so sure? Take a look at a couple of his other paper art sculptures that he used his Explore to create! Nothing short of amazing!

The next time I get frustrated designing a box and the angles aren't working, I'm going to try to remember Jan and all he had to put into designing these paper sculptures! :)

*Please note: these photos are Jan Krummery's and are used with his permission.

Friday, July 11, 2014

How To Cut the Mat You Want in Design Space

If you've ever been frustrated by the order the mats are in when you go to cut in Cricut Design Space, here's a little tip that might help. Design Space sorts the mats based on their hex color value. The hex color value for black is zero, so the black mat will always cut first.

You can find the Hex Value on the color picker in Design Space. Here is a screenshot from Cricut's Software Quality Assurance genius!

This is good to know if you have a project with multiple mats and you want them to cut in a certain order. Once you complete your design, change the colors of the images so the mats you want to cut first have lower hex numbers.

It's also helpful if you need to recut only one mat from your project. You can change that mat to black and you won't have to go through them all , clicking the Next Mat icon, to get to the mat you need!

Want more tips and tricks on using your Explore and Design Space? Need a little inspiration for projects that will push your creativity? Just want to hang out with crafty people who like to help each other? Come join us on Facebook in the Cricut Lovers Guide to Design Space group.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Cute Little Fairies from the Scrap Factory Doll Builder Program

I am in love with the Fairy Expansion Pack for the Scrap Factory Doll Builder program! The Scrap Factory Doll builder allows you to choose your doll body, hair style, outfit and accessories. Then it creates an svg cutting file. With my Cricut Explore, I can upload svg files into the Design Space program. Today I've got two projects using Scrap factory, my Cricut Explore and a few Cricut cart images to show you today.

The first is a little fairy in a mason jar. I was in Michael's Arts and Crafts store and right at the entrance, they had a shelf full of different mason jars, milk bottles and other glassware. When I saw this little jar, I immediately thought of the nights we'd spend catching fireflies and saying they were little fairies! I use the Scrap Factory Doll Builder to create my little fairy. She is only 2.5 inches tall! I used images from Cricut carts {Plantin Schoolbook and   }to create her little fairy habitat.

I attached my little fairy to a battery operated tea light so in the darkness, she glows like those fireflies we'd catch!

The next project is an even smaller fairy on a Tooth Fairy box. The box is 1.5 inches x 2.5 inches and this little fairy is only 2 inches tall! She's holding her magic tooth wand!

And inside the box is a sweet little verse my daughter thought up and a nice comfy place to put that special tooth!

Hope you've enjoyed these projects and if you haven't checked out the Scrap Factory Doll Builder program, you should! Til next time. . .

Friday, June 27, 2014

Join the Cricut Lovers Guide to Design Space!

I want to invite all my blog followers to come join the Facebook group Narelle and I have opened for Cricut Design Space! The group has only been opened for a short while and already we have a great group of members who really embrace the Crafter Helping Crafter philosophy. You won't find any one taking advantage of the group members by pushing their own agenda, youtube channel or Patreon page.

What you will find is a community of Cricut users willing to help others by answering questions and/or posting projects and tutorials. There are so many talented crafters who use a Cricut and they are willing to freely share their time, talents and files.

And, it doesn't matter how much you know! We have members who just bought the Explore to those that have had it for months to those who are still learning about it and haven't yet purchased one. We have members who have been Cricut users for a long time and those who are new to Cricut. We also have some very helpful Cricut Team members in our group including the CEO.

So if you want to learn how to use Design Space, the powerful software program that runs the Explore, come join us! Here's the link to the group:

Cricut Lovers Guide to Design Space