Creating a Larger Border in Design Space

A few weeks back, I was able to give a quick tutorial on Creating a Border in Cricut Design Space™.  I did have a few people comment that, although it was a wonderful tutorial, it did not show how to create a larger border for a page. So, for this week’s Tuesday Tutorial, I am going to walk you through creating a border that can go across the length of your scrapbook layout.

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Many of our Cricut Collections are full of amazing borders like the Wave Border that I am using for this project. (I especially enjoy the borders in our Artbooking and Artistry  collections.)   I am going to begin by inserting the Wave Border(#M46FC2) I chose from our Artbooking Collection into my Canvas.

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I want this Wave Border to be .75″ high x 12″ wide so that it will go across the full length of my page. Watch what happens if I unlock the image and resize it to .75″ x 12″.

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It becomes distorted and warped – Not something I want to put on my page. Instead, I am going to change the height to .75″ without unlocking the image. By keeping the image “locked” it will stay proportionate.

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The image is only 5.455″ wide, which is too small for my 12″ scrapbook page, so I am going to Duplicate the image THREE times to begin making the Border larger.

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Depending on the Border you are using, you can either overlap one of the repeating designs or line up the ends side-by-side. Some Borders have a more finished look if you overlap. (TIP: Use ALIGN to make sure it it aligned at the top or bottom.)

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I decided that with this Wave Border the side-by-side looked just fine, so I select both images and chose WELD. Now you can see that the image is one complete image, but it is short of the 12″ I need to make it across the page.

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 Now, here is where we get a little technical.  If you have worked with an Explore Machine in Design Space™ in the past, you know that you cannot cut an image that is larger than 11.5″ unless you plan on manipulating your paper on a mat or using a larger mat.  I am not going to teach you how to do either of these today, I am just going to show you how to work with the allotted 11.5″ you are given. 

Remember that third Wave Border you created?  Since our current Border is already 10.899″, I am only going to need about 2″ of this additional Border. Just like in the previous Tutorial, I am going to slice out the portion I need using a Square Shape.

 

 

I FLIP my sliced image (for a more finished look), and I have the two pieces I need to create a 12″ Border. Make sure to check that your Border is still 12″ with the additional piece. You may have to “assemble” the Border on your Canvas, then Group the images to see the finished length.  If the finished length is over 12″, you can Resize the images as a group to the finished size needed.

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When you add the cut images to your scrapbook page, they will overlap, but as you can see on this layout I created, the overlap is hardly noticeable.

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Like I said, you could create one large image and manipulate your paper or use a larger mat, but I have found the overlapping of the image turns out just fine. I hope you take the time this week to play in Design Space™ and create a few scrapbook page borders.  I can’t wait to see what you create.

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Grandma’s House Layout

We all have memories of our Grandma’s house.  For me, it was a place I could run around collecting pine cones, write acrostics, and explore outside. My Grandma’s House layout is perfect for recording all of those precious memories.  This kit features our New Gimme Some Sugar papers which are perfectly designed for pages just like this.

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You can order a ready-to-assemble kit from my online store which includes a detailed full-color assembly guide, cardstock, designer Gimme Some Sugar papers, Peacock Stitched Ribbon, Cricut® die-cuts, and Gimme Some Sugar Cork Shapes. You will need just a few basic supplies to assemble the kit, then add your photos for a completed layout.

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If you already own the supplies, or plan on purchasing them from your local consultant, you can purchase the Workshop Guide. The Workshop Guide will include cutting instructions, a Cricut® Design Space File, photos, and assembly instructions.  You will need to own the Cricut® cartridges used to cut out the images. The Grandma’s House Workshop Guide is available for purchase in my online store or FREE with a $30.00 purchase from my website.

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Hearts & Clovers

In case you were not aware, St. Patrick’s Day is coming. 🙂  This week for my Die-Namite Blog Hop project, I created a charming card using our Basic Hearts Thin Cuts to create a four-leave clover.  I had so much fun making the card for the blog hop, that I decided to create a few more cards for St. Patrick’s Day using our Thin Cuts and patterned papers.  You can find a complete list of the supplies I used on these cards at that very bottom of this post.

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On each of these cards, I used our Basic Hearts Thin Cuts to make the clovers.  These Heart dies come in four sizes – 2½”, 2″, 1½”, and 1″.  During our Die-namite sale, you can purchase just the Basic Heart Thin Cuts set for only $9.71 or  purchase the Basic Shapes Thin Cut Bundle which includes not only the Basic Hearts, but the Basic Ovals, Basic Stars, and Basic Circles sets at an AMAZING SAVINGS.

Both of these cards were super-simple to make.  The Lucky Clover card was created using papers from the Chelsea Gardens collection withthe 1½” and 1″ Basic Heart Thin Cuts, then the “Lucky” Artbooking sentiment was cut from Gold Foil Paper and added to the card along with Gold Shimmer, Gold Ribbon, and Gold Gems.  To create the second card, I used a sentiment from the Gimme Some Sugar complements which looked like something an Irish grandma might say to her grandchildren.  The 1½” and 1″ Basic Hearts were cut from matching patterned papers and formed into the clover shape.

Don’t forget that during the month of March, our Basic Hearts Thin cuts are available at a considerable discount.  Our Die-Namite sale is defiantly one that you will want to take advantage of to stock up on our Thin Cuts dies, bundles, and stamp + thin cut sets.   Unfortunately, they will only be on sale through March 31st, while supplies lastso make sure you visit my website and order your Thin Cuts before they are gone for good.

I can’t wait to see what you create with our Thin Cuts!

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Tuesday Tutorial

Many of my tutorials lately have involved using a Cricut® to create, which can seem unfair for some of you who don’t own the machine.  Since, not everyone has a Cricut® (gasp), I chose to create a tutorial today for you that doesn’t require the use of a machine. Yes, there will be some embellishments that you can use your Cricut® to create, as you will see, but you can also substitute stamped images, our complements, or another embellishment you might have in your stash.

I have made it a goal to start creating some of those items I have “pinned” to my boards.  This past week, I came across this adorable paper bird cage that I had saved a few years ago but, unfortunately, there were no assembly instructions to be found. Honestly, I was quite surprised how easy it was to assemble and I have decided to share the instructions with you. As always, the list of supplies used to create this project can be found at the very bottom of this post.

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Paper Needed: (6) 12″ x ¼” Cardstock (White Daisy), (2) 12″ x 1″ Cardstock (White Daisy), (2) 12″ x 1″ B&T Paper (Chelsea Gardens), (2) 3¾” B&T Paper Circle (Chelsea Gardens), 3¾” Craft Board Circle

Assembly Instructions:
1. Adhere the 3¾” B&T paper circles to the front and back of the 3¾” Craft Board circle.
2. Adhere each of the 12″ x 1″ B&T paper strips onto each of the 12″ x 1″ cardstock strips.
3. Using a strong adhesive, adhere the base of one of the 12″ x 1″ strips to the outer edge of the circle, making sure the paper pattern faces inside.
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NOTE: At this time you can add the embellishments inside of the “Cage”.  I chose to cut butterflies from Heather & Silver Foil paper using images from our Cricut® collections.  I adhered them to heavy acetate and attached the acetate to the bottom of the “Cage Base”.

4. Using a strong adhesive, create a pinwheel with the 12″ x ¼” cardstock strips making sure the “spokes” are evenly spaced.  (I used a white wax pencil to draw lines onto my VersaMat to help me with this.)
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5. Adhere the ends of the “spokes” evenly spaced to the outside of the “Cage Base”.
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6. Adhere the second 12″ x 1″ strip to the outside of the “Cage Base” making sure the paper pattern faces outward.
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I chose to create the Glacier Hibiscus flowers from our Cricut® collections along with the lettering and leaves. White Pearls were added as well as “shimmer” from our Clear Shimmer Brush.   This Beautiful Life Butterfly Cage was enjoyable to create and a pleasure to share with you.  As I said, you don’t “need” a Cricut® to re-create this project, but they are always a wonderful tool to own and use.  I can’t wait to see what you create!

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Tuesday Tutorial

There are times that I come across a title that I want to use for a scrapbook page, and I don’t have the exact cut anywhere in Cricut® Design Space.  I am sure that you have encountered the same dilemma.  This week, I am going to show you how to manipulate a few images from Close to My Heart and create this cute title for your Valentine pages.  As always, the list of supplies I used on this project can be found at the very bottom of this post.

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Design Space Instructions:
1. Insert IMAGE Hugs and Kisses – #M416D03.  DELETE the background shape.
2. Insert TEXT “Valentine Wishes”, then choose desired font. (I used Artfully Sent).
3. With the Text selected, choose ADVANCED then UNGROUP TO LETTERS.  Arrange each letter so that it touches the letters next to it.
4. Click & Drag to select the text and choose WELD.
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5. Resize and arrange both sets of text to get the look you desire.
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I want to make sure that my title attaches exactly like the image I am making, so I am going to create a background image to glue my “Valentine Wishes” onto.  
6. DUPLICATE “Valentine Wishes”. Move the duplicated text to the side.
7. Select the original “Hugs & Kisses” and “Valentine Wishes” then choose WELD.  When you assemble the title, you will know exactly where to place “Valentine Wishes”.
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8. Insert TEXT “AND”, then choose desired font. (I used Cricut Stretch).
9. ROTATE 270°, then RESIZE to desired size.
If you want, you can repeat steps 6 & 7 to add the “and” to the background image.
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10. Add a heart image, if desired, then cut and assemble.
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How cute is this title?!  I love how Design Space allows me to manipulate images I own and recreate new ones.  I challenge you to try to create your own title in Design Space this week (or at least try to create the one I made.) I can’t wait to see what you create!

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Sunny Thoughts Blog Hop

Welcome to the Sunny Thoughts Stamp of the Month Blog Hop where we will be featuring the February Sunny Thoughts stamp set.  26167711_10155292168402686_6122376830016539282_nThis stamp set is full of delightful sentiments, floral images and birthday wishes. If you have come here from Tracie Cassidy’s blog, you are on the right path! When you are finished reading my post, you can click on the link at the end to move to the next blog.  This blog hop is designed to allow you to start here and work your way around. It’s simple, fun, and full of ideas using the Sunny Thoughts stamp set. If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on  Melinda’s Blog.

During the month of February, I will be creating weekly projects using the Sunny Thoughts stamp set so make sure to visit often. This week, I am featuring this adorable card that you can easily make using some of our Make Wave products.

 

I created this card with our NEW Make Waves papers, Shimmer Trim, and Gems. The Make Waves products are whimsical and fun to use, plus they are full of designs that can be used for just about any project.   I love how well this patterned paper layers with our Bashful Color of the Year cardstock.  Did you know that the Bashful cardstock as well as other Pink & Gold products are currently 20%-30% off this month during our Pretty in Pink sale?  

You can continue through the blog hop and see more ideas from over twenty other Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using this month’s Sunny Thoughts stamp set and other great Close to My Heart products on their blogs.

Now “Hop” on over to Marie Flayer’s blog to see her work! Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their Blogs to get some great crafting tips and other fun ideas! Remember, the Sunny Thoughts stamp set is available until February 28th!  Contact your CTMH Consultant, or visit the Promotions tab my website to see how you can get this stamp set for only $5.00. I can’t wait to see what you create!

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Seasonal Expressions One Blog Hop

Welcome to the Seasonal Expressions One Blog Hop where we will be featuring products from our New Seasonal Expressions One idea book.  26239362_10155292165587686_8529626894750310117_nClose to My Heart has outdone themselves this season.  The products in this book are AMAZING and full of possibilities.   If you have come here from Michele Rowley’s blog, you are on the right path! When you are finished reading my post, you can click on the link at the end to move to the next blog.  This blog hop is designed to allow you to start here and work your way around. It’s simple, fun, and full of ideas using products from the Seasonal Expressions One idea book. If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on  Melinda’s Blog.

We always have the best intentions, but sometimes God has other plans.  I had a beautiful project planned for this blog hop, but, unfortunately, an injured shoulder has made creating difficult. (Crafting with one arm is not easy.)  I was able to create this wonderful layout before the injury occurred, and I felt it still featured some beautiful products from our New Seasonal Expressions.

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You can continue through the blog hop and see more ideas from twenty other Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using products from the New Seasonal Expressions idea book and other great Close to My Heart products on their blogs.

Now “Hop” on over to Vickie ODell’s blog to see her work! Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their Blogs to get some great crafting tips and other fun ideas! Remember, the you can receive a FREE COPY of the New Seasonal Expressions idea book when you place an online order before  January 31st!  Contact your CTMH Consultant, or visit my website to view all of the amazing products availableI can’t wait to see what you create!

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Tuesday Tutorial

Cricut® Valentine Treasure 

During the month of December, I took time off from the Tuesday Tutorials to focus on family and the holidays.  Now that the New Year is here, I am excited to show you some more weekly tutorials.  I truly enjoy being able to show you how to create projects and gifts you can give to using your Cricut® machine and our Close to My Heart Cricut® Collections.

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With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, I wanted to show you how to make this charming Valentine Treasure using images from our Flower Market Collection.   This holds a single Treasure candy that you can also decorate with patterned paper. As always, a list of products used on this project can be found at the very bottom of this post.

Cricut® Design Space Instructions:
1. Insert the Special Delivery Tag – #MD402A2 and the Royal Crown – #MD4218A images into your canvas. Delete all the images except the “Tag” shape and “Crown Front”.
2. I wanted a fancier topper for my treat holder, so need to WELD the two images together.  Position the “Crown Front” over the top of the tag and resize as needed. SELECT ALL and WELD the two images together.

3. The candy I used measures 1³⁄8″ x 1″, so I am going to size the “Front” of the holder to 1.75″w and 2.75″h. UNLOCK the image and type in the measurement in the Edit Bar.
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4. DUPLICATE the image to create the “Back” of the holder. Choose FLIP the FLIP VERTICAL to make the “Back” of the holder upside-down.
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5. Insert a SQUARE shape and resize the SQUARE to 1.6″w x 1″h. (This needs to be the exact same width as the bottom of the “Front”.)
6. Position the “Front”, “Base” and “Back” as shown, then SELECT ALL and ALIGN CENTER HORIZONTALLY.
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7. Move the images until all the edges touch, then SELECT ALL and WELD. (I used the Zoom feature for this step.)
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8. If needed, ROTATE the image 90′ so that is looks like the image above, and POSITION the image at X=0 and Y=1.
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9. INSERT a SCORE LINE then change the HEIGHT to 1.6″ and the POSITION to X=2.75 and Y=1.  DUPLICATE the SCORE LINE and change the POSITION to X=3.75 and Y=1.
10. SELECT ALL and ATTACH the Score Lines to the image.
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I added a Heart Border from the Artbooking Collection and circles for the stamped image.  The treat holder is folded on the score lines, the treasure added inside, then held together with a brad and a ribbon on top. This Valentine Treasure can be made using any stamp set you own.  I can’t wait to see what you create!

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Cute and Punny Layout

As I plan my stamp of the month projects, I try to find multiple ways to use the stamp set.  After all, we all like to get as much use out of a stamp that we can.  This week, I decided to  try to create a scrapbook page with our A Little Bit of Pun stamp set, and ended up with this adorable Cute as a Button layout.

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Paper Needed: 12″ x 12″ B&T Paper (Whimsy Fundamentals), (4) 6″ x 1½” B&T Paper (Whimsy Fundamentals)  6½” x 4½” Thistle Cardstock, 6¼” x 4¼” Canary Cardstock, 1½” x 12″ B&T Paper (Whimsy Fundamentals) 2½” x 9″ White Daisy Cardstock,  2¾” x 9¼”  Thistle Cardstock

Techniques Used:
•  I used Black Memento Ink to randomly stamp the images onto the White Daisy Cardstock. Instead of masking the sentiment, I (gasp) cut my stamp.  I can still use it as a complete image later on a block or use it as two separate images.
•  The buttons were shaded Watercolor Pencils. I used a Small Round Waterbrush to make the images look more like they were painted.
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  The title was created in Cricut® Design Space using the Artbooking and You Are Here fonts.  When a create a title, I always keep the negative piece of cardstock and use it as template for laying out my letters.

This layout was simple to make, and I truly love how it turned out.   Remember, the A Little Bit of Pun acrylic stamp set is only available until December 31st!  Contact me, or visit the Promotions tab my website to see how you can get this stamp set for only $5.00. I can’t wait to see what you create! 

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A Little Bit of Pun Blog Hop

Welcome to the A Little Bit of Pun Stamp of the Month Blog Hop where we will be featuring the December A Little Bit of Pun stamp set. DecSOTMBadge This stamp set has ten adorable “punny” little sayings with matching icons that would be perfect for cards, scrapbook pages, and gifts.  If you have come here from Vickie ODell’s blog, you are on the right path! When you are finished reading my post, you can click on the link at the end to move to the next blog.  This blog hop is designed to allow you to start here and work your way around. It’s simple, fun, and full of ideas using the A Little Bit of Pun stamp set. If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on  Melinda’s Blog.

During the month of December, I will be creating weekly projects using the A Little Bit of Pun stamp set so make sure to visit often. This week, I have created some adorable Christmas tags you can make for your gifts.

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I created these tags in Cricut® Design Space using images from the Artbooking cartridge. After cutting out the tags, I stamped the images in black ink, shaded each one with our Watercolor Pencils, then decorated the tags with bits of leftover cardstock. The background tags were cut out from papers in our Beary Christmas collection.

You can continue through the blog hop and see more ideas from twenty other Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using this month’s A Little Bit of Pun stamp set and other great Close to My Heart products on their blogs.

Now “Hop” on over to Michele Rowley’s blog to see her work! Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their Blogs to get some great crafting tips and other fun ideas! Remember, the A Little Bit of Pun stamp set is available until December 31st!  Contact your CTMH Consultant, or visit the Promotions tab my website to see how you can get this stamp set for only $5.00. I can’t wait to see what you create!

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