Creating a Border in Design Space

I know that it’s been a while since you have seen a Tuesday Tutorial involving the Cricut©.  We have had an eventful few months and I am so grateful that as Close to My Heart Consultant, I am able to have a home business that allows me to put my family first. I am also thankful for followers, like you, who understand that family is a priority. This week, I was able to create a quick Tuesday Tutorial  to show you how I created the scallop border in Design Space for my “Life is a Beautiful Adventure” layout.

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Many times when you attempt to create a border in Design Space™, you have issues with the image warping as you resize it to the size you need.  Today, I am going to show you one way to avoid this.

Begin by inserting the Scalloped Border – #M418D1D from the Artistry Collection into your Canvas. I want my border to be 5″ x .75″. Watch what happens when I unlock the SIZE and attempt to change the width and height of this image.

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It ends up warped. Since I know that I want the Height to be .75″, I am going to start by typing .75″ into the Height box. I do not unlock or change anything else.

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Now I am going to insert a Square shape, and resize the image to 5″ x 2″.

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Bring the Scallop Boarder to the front (Move to Front), and position the border over the rectangle you created.

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Select All and choose Slice. Delete the unwanted images and now you have a Scallop Border that is exactly 5″ x .75″.

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How cool is that?!  Wouldn’t you love to have a home business that allows you to play on your Cricut©, earn extra income, put your family first, and design with paper? Being a Close to My Heart Consultant is such a blessing for me and I am equally blessed by all the members on my HeARTfully Blessed Creations Team. I would love to have you join our team as a Consultant. Each week, I offer my team members these tutorials as LIVE videos on our team Facebook page so that they can learn how to create with our Cricut® collections. Please contact me or visit my website to learn how you can earn extra income doing what you love and join me LIVE for these tutorials.  I can’t wait to see what you create!

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Craft Room Labels

Cricut Design Space™ has an amazing feature called “Print Then Cut” which it is wonderful to use when making labels.  As I move into my new crafty space, my OCD brain is finding the need to make sure everything has a label. I am also one who wanted all of this stuff moved and organized yesterday, so my labels need to be quick, easy, and of course, cute. Today, I am going to give you a quick tutorial on how to use the Print Then Cut feature in Design Space™ to create some labels.

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DESIGN SPACE INSTRUCTIONS: (Before you begin, Calibrate your Cricut® machine.)
1. Insert the label image you wish to use for your background. I chose Floral Label – #M4165FC from our Artistry Collection.
2. Design and Resize the Label as desired.
3. INSERT TEXT and type your description into the text box. Choose the FONT & RESIZE as needed onto the label.

 


4. If desired, insert any images you wish to use to decorate your label. I used a Dandelion Image from our Flower Market Collection. (The black lines around the image will disappear when turned into a print image.)
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5. SELECT ALL and choose FLATTEN. If you look at the layers panel, your images have turned into a Print Image.
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6. Choose MAKE IT. You will see a preview of the image with a rectangle outline added (cut sensor marking). Click CONTINUE.
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7. Choose CONTINUE and choose SEND TO PRINTER.  Choose your Printer then choose Print. (The image bleed is a small border around each image that allows for more precise cutting. It is recommended to leave this on for best cut results, but you can turn the bleed off. The bleed may make the printed image look fuzzy or distorted, but this border will be trimmed off in the cutting process.)

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8. After printing, place the paper onto the upper left corner of your mat making sure there are no wrinkles in the paper, then send through your Cricut® machine.

It’s this just AWESOME! I love that I could quickly make all the labels I needed for my embellishments and save the file for later use. (Make sure to save one image that is not Flattened to edit later.) If you have not used the Print Then Cut feature, I hope that you give it a try today. While you are at it, Shop and Save at this week’s Cricut Sale! Machines, Materials, Tools & More.  I can’t wait to see what you create!

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June Kit of the Month

As you can tell, I am starting to get ready for our summer adventures, and this kit will be perfect for displaying those family photos and memories.  Each month, I create a ready-to-assemble scrapbook kit that you can purchase and have delivered directly to your home.  For the month of June, I have constructed this Outdoor Adventure Kit featuring our New Fresh Air papers just for you to use to record your family’s summer adventure memories.

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The June Kit of the Month is a two-page scrapbook kit that is pre-cut and easy to assemble featuring some of our rustic Fresh Air designer papers.  You can have this kit mailed directly to you and have everything you need to complete the layout for your family photos. Sign-up for my annual subscription, and you can save $2.00 a month, and receive a simple, ready-to-assemble kit sent to you each an every month.

My Outdoor Adventure kit includes a detailed full-color assembly guide, cardstock, designer Fresh Air papers, a 4″ x 4″ Flip-Flap, and Cricut® die-cuts.  You will need just a few basic supplies to assemble the kit, then add your photos for a completed layout.

If you have never used our Flip-Flaps, now is your chance to try one out.  Your June kit will include one Flip-Flap for you to add more photos to your layout. As you can see, on the front of the layout’s Flip-Flap, you have a place to record your adventures and underneath, as you lift the Flip-Flap, you have room for two more photos.  How awesome is that! You are welcome to add more 4″ x 4″ or 4″ x 6″ Flip-Flaps to your kit for an additional cost. Please let me know which ones you wish to purchase when ordering your kit.

Are your ready to plan some outdoor adventures with your family? I know I am!  You are welcome to visit my online store and order this kit for $12.00* or subscribe to my Kit of the Month Club and only pay $10.00* for this layout plus receive an additional layout guide** and a Seasonal Expressions catalog each quarter FREE with your kit. Visit the “Kit of the Month Club” page in the “Kits & Guides” tab above to learn more about this monthly subscription.

I also have workshop cutting guides available for each of my Kit of the Month layouts.  These guides are available for purchase in my online store or FREE with a $30.00 purchase from my website.  I can’t wait see what you create with this Outdoor Adventure layout kit!

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Easter Candy Jar

As my children grow older, we have less baskets to fill and eggs to dye.  It can be a sad reminder of how fast time passes, but that doesn’t mean my children don’t still enjoy receiving gifts of some sort.  This year, I did not have a lot of time to create so you can imagine my excitement when Close to My Heart offered these amazing downloads on their blog.  I was able to upload these images into Cricut® Design Space and create a Print-Then-Cut image to make these adorable tags for my  jars. How cute is this?!

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Once I uploaded the image, I used my Slice tool to cut out the tag shape and added additional images from our Artistry collection.  This is what my image looked like on my Design Space Canvas before printing and cutting.

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These little Easter Candy Jars were so fast and simple to make using Cricut® Design Space and the Close to My Heart Spring images. If you would like to start making some of my Cricut® creations, right now is the perfect time to purchase a machine.  Cricut has some incredible deals on Cricut Explore™ machine bundles starting as low as $149.99! As you follow my weekly tutorials, you will find that I use many images from of our Cricut Collections. You can use the “Search” box to find each of the collections and how I used them in my projects.

I would love to see some of your Easter creations.  Feel free to share them on my Facebook page. 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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Spring Banner (Workshop)

I truly enjoy joining weekly challenges, and I love decorating my home for each season. This month, Heart2Heart Challenge is offering a Seasonal Expressions One Cover Challenge to inspire and encourage us to use the cover of the Seasonal Expressions One catalog to create something for Spring. What inspired me most was all of the amazing home decorations that the CTMH Creative Team created, and, since I love to decorate my home, I was inspired to create this adorable Spring Banner to hang on my wall.

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My Spring Banner uses designer pattern papers from our Gimme Some Sugar collection, as well as images from our Flower Market collection.  Once I created this Spring Banner, I realized how fun this project would be to create in my monthly workshop.  I haven’t hosted a home decor workshop in a while, so I will be offering this bright, cheerful banner as a workshop in April to all of my customers. You can visit the Spring Banner Workshop page here on my blog to learn more about this workshop.  I also have kits and workshop guides available for sale in my online Holiday Store.

I would love for you to join me in the Heart2Heart Challenge and be inspired by the cover of the Seasonal Expressions One catalog to create something for Spring.  There are so many amazing products in this catalog and I can’t wait to see what you create!

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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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Bright Sunny Thoughts Card

Throughout the month of February, I have been creating projects that you can make using our Sunny Thoughts stamp of the month.  This week, in spite of the freezing 1° weather outside, I have created these warm, cheery cards for some weekly challenges.  As always, a list of supplies used on this project can be found at the very bottom of this post.SunnyThoughtsCards

Paper Needed: 4¼” x 5½” White Daisy Card Base, 4″ x 4″ Canary Cardstock, 4″ x 4″ Cranberry Cardstock, Blue Shimmer Trim

For this week’s Color My Heart Color Dare challenge we are required to use Pacifica, Cranberry, Canary, and (optional) Gold.  BrightSunnyThoughtsCardThese colors reminded me of playful florals, so I choose to create a card that would reflect the “sunny” days ahead.  I created an overlay using our Artistry Cricut® collection, added some blue shimmer trim, and a “Sunny Thoughts” sentiment.  To add even more “shine”, I painted the Cranberry overlay with our Gold Shimmer Brush.  This card was also the perfect project to enter into the Heart2Heart Sunny Days challenge.  It is so bold and vibrant and much needed in the darkness of winter.

I hope that you choose to join me in one of these weekly challenges.  Don’t forget to order your Sunny Thoughts stamp set before February 28th.  Visit the Promotions tab my website to see how you can get this stamp set for only $5.00.  Come back each week for more ideas and tutorials.  I can’t wait to see what you create!

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Tuesday Tutorial

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and many of us are scrambling to create some simple valentines for our friends & families.  Whenever I need to create multiples of something fast, I usually turn to my Cricut®.  This week, I have made a super-cute Valentine Treat Box with a tutorial for you to follow. 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 Label – #M4184DE into your canvas.  (You can search the term “Label” and choose another shape you own that is similar.)
2. Resize the image to 3.5″w x 5″h. (You will have to UNLOCK to edit the Size.)
3. Position the image at X=0 and Y=0.
4. Insert a SCORE LINE shape then ROTATE 90′ and RESIZE to 3.5″.
5. Position the Score Line at X=0 and Y=2.
6. DUPLICATE the Score and Position the Score Line at X=0 and Y=3.
7. SELECT ALL and ATTACH the Score Lines to the image.

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8. Insert a Circle shape then Resize to .25″.  Position the Circle at the center of the top of the image.  (I used Align Horizontally to help me with this. )
9. DUPLICATE the Circle and position the Circle at the center of the bottom of the image.
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10. SELECT ALL and ATTACH the Circles to the image.

I chose to add “Hugs & Kisses” Text to the inside of my image, but you can stamp a sentiment if you would like.  The Camera, Heart, and “You & I Click” Sentiment were created from images on Close to My Heart cartridges.  I added three Hugs® candies to the inside before tying the ribbon. (Treasures® chocolate candies also fit.)

I hope you take the time to create some Valentine Treats of your own.  If you don’t have the time to re-create this or just don’t want to fuss with Design Space, I do have this Cricut® file for sale in my online Holiday Store.  You will need to own the cartridges used in order to cut out the images.  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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