Tuesday Tutorial

Graduation Money Holder (Part Two)

Last week, I created the first part of the tutorial to show you how to make a Graduation Money Holder envelope in Cricut Design Space™.  This week, I will show you how to create the money insert in Design Space™ and I have included the list of supplies used at the very bottom of this post.

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Design Space Instructions:
1. Insert a SQUARE SHAPE and resize to 3″w x 7″h.
2. Insert a SQUARE SHAPE and resize to 3″w x 4″h.
3. Insert a TRIANGLE SHAPE and resize to 4″w then ROTATE 30°. Position the Triangle over the top of the 3″ x 4″ rectangle.
4. Select the Triangle and the Small Rectangle and choose SLICE. DELETE the unwanted images.

 

5. Insert a Tag Image and resize to fit the top of the Money Holder Insert. (I used Luggage Tag – #M275FA92 from the You Are Here Collection.)

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6. Add stars and a square to write a sentiment onto the “Pocket”.

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Once the images are cut out, place adhesive ¹⁄ 8″ along the left side and the bottom to form a pocket. This will allow you to easily slide the gift in from the right side.  Adhere the remaining layers and stars, then add some matching ribbon to the tag to pull-out the insert, and you are ready to give this to the hard-working graduate.

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This Graduation Money Holder can be made from any cardstock color or patterned paper. I can’t wait to see what you create with this tutorial!

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You Are Here Cricut Collection

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12 x 12 White Daisy Cardstock

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12 x 12 Crystal Blue Cardstock

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12 x 12 Sapphire Cardstock

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Cricut Air 2

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12 x 12 Silver Foil Paper

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Tombow® Permanent Adhesive

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Thin 3D Foam Dots

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Bonding Memories Glue Pen

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VersaMark Ink Pad

* The links provided to the Cricut® website are through the ShareASale affiliate program and are posted as an endorsement. ShareASale compensates me a small portion of sales made through these advertisement links.

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Sad News for Craft Room Users

This week, Cricut® announced the discontinuation of Cricut Craft Room™.   For those who own “pre-Explore” machines, this is extremely upsetting news.  According to the email I received, Craft Room™ was built on Adobe Flash technology, which is now considered an “outdated plug-in that created numerous vulnerabilities in the software”.  Since adobe has made the decision to discontinue Flash support, Cricut® had to make a difficult decision – they will be closing Cricut Craft Room™ July 15th, 2018. 

So what does this mean??
• Those who enjoy the “older” machines, can continue using the machine with the cartridges as you have done in the past.
• You will not be able to manipulate the images more that what your machine allows.
• You cannot access any other images than what you currently own on your cartridges
(Don’t forget that ProvoCraft announced they will no longer be making physical cartridges.)
• I will no longer be teaching Craft Room™ classes.

Don’t panic! Cricut is a company who has a desire to help you live your most creative life. So, to encourage you to stay with Cricut® they are offering you a savings of $100.00 on any Cricut Explore machines or bundles on the Cricut websiteBONUS OFFER: If you registered your original machine with Cricut, you should have received an additional offer for $75 off your purchase. This means that you could get a new Explore machine for under $100!!

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How awesome is that!! Once you have purchased your machine, make sure to sign-up for one of my Cricut Design Space™ classes to help you learn more about Design Space™ and your new machine. I can’t wait to see what you create with your new machine!

 

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Tuesday Tutorial

Graduation Money Holder (Part One)

This time of year, we receive quite a few graduation invitations and I am always trying to find a simple, yet, stylish way to congratulate the kids for all their hard work. If you are like me, you can’t just go purchase a card from the store, you need to make something fun and unique. This year, I found a pattern to create this money envelope which I replicated in Cricut Design Space™ so that I could make multiples without too much work. (All I have to do is change the cardstock color.) This week, I have created a Design Space™ tutorial for you and included the list of supplies used at the very bottom of this post.

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Design Space Instructions:
1. Insert a SQUARE SHAPE, resize to 7.25″w x 7″h, then POSITION shape at x=0 and y=0.
2. Insert a SCORE LINE and resize it to 7″h. POSITION the Score Line at x=2 and y=0.
3. DUPLICATE the Score Line and POSITION it at x=5.25 and y=0. (DO NOT ATTACH)
4. Insert a SQUARE SHAPE and resize to 2.75″w x 7″h. DUPLICATE the Rectangle and resize to 2.25″w x 7″h. SELECT all three Rectangle shapes and choose ALIGN CENTER.

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5. Insert a CIRCLE SHAPE and resize to 2.5″w x 1.5″h. DUPLICATE the shape two times (three ovals) then place one Oval at the base of the rectangle, centering it to create the cut-out on the envelope.
6. Select the smallest rectangle and the oval then choose SLICE. DELETE the unwanted images. Repeat with the remaining Ovals and Rectangles. (Some images will “move to front” when you slice. Just “move to back” as needed.)

7. Select the Largest Rectangle and the two Score Lines and choose ATTACH.
8. Add Star Shapes if desired and change the colors to the desired colors.

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Once the images are cut out, you can use the Color Your Life stamp set to add the “Celebrate” sentiment. Place adhesive ¼” along the side of the Base Cardstock, fold in the sides and adhere them to form a pocket. Adhere the remaining layers and stars, using Thin 3D Foam Dots as needed for dimension.

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You have now created the basic envelope for the Graduation Money Holder. Next week, I will continue with project to show you how to create the money insert. While you wait, you can cut out and assemble all of the envelopes you need for your hard working graduates. I can’t wait to see what you create with this tutorial!

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Color Your Life Stamp Set

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12 x 12 White Daisy Cardstock

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12 x 12 Crystal Blue Cardstock

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12 x 12 Sapphire Cardstock

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Cricut Air 2

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12 x 12 Silver Foil Paper

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Black Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

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2″ × 6 1/2″ My Acrylix® Block

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Cricut Scoring Stylus

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VersaMark Ink Pad

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Craft Heater

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Tombow® Permanent Adhesive

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Thin 3D Foam Dots

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Bonding Memories Glue Pen

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Clear Embossing Powder

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Cricut Workshop Reminders

Each month, I have the privilege of teaching people how to use their Cricut® Machines along with Design Space™ to create some sensational projects. Many people, like you, have invested in a new machine, tried to learn how to use their Cricut®, but have ended frustrated and confused. In May, I will be teaching two Workshop for people, just like you, who want to learn how to use these incredible machines for their crafting projects.

You will need to reserve your kit before April 20th. Space is limited. 

My Cricut® Basics Class will walk you through creating an adorable Spring Floral Gift Box as you learn some simple techniques in Cricut Design Space™. We will focus on the basic technique of finding images, some of the features specific to Design Space™, how to use the accessories as well as how to use the machine itself.  All of the images used in this class are free and do not require you to purchase any images online.

The Intermediate Inspirational Shadowbox Class will teach you a some more advanced techniques such as how to create a three-dimensional Crocus Flower using by manipulating images from our Flower Market Collection, how to upload an image into Design Space™ and turn it into a cut image, how to cut and apply Vinyl, and how to add depth to shadow box images. You will need to own the Flower Market Cartridge to participate in this class. 

Contact me before Friday, April 20th
at misscarriectmh@gmail.com to reserve your kit(s).

These classes are taught at my local library, but you are more than welcome to purchase the workshop guide in my online store if you cannot attend.  The guide will walk you through creating the project in Design Space™ and give you tips and tricks for completing the project.

♥ SPECIAL OFFER for the HeARTfully Blessed Creations Team ♥
As a member of my team, you can receive the guide with a supply list at a 20% discount from me, purchase your own products, and attend the class at no additional cost. Contact me to learn more about this offer or how you can join our team.

Remember, you need to RSVP before April 20th to reserve your spot for these workshops.  Space is limited. I hope you can attend and I can’t wait to see what you create with your Cricut®!

PS: If you have been considering upgrading your Cricut®, this month is the perfect time to save on Explore Air 2 Machines which are on sale for $229. (All three colors!) 

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Cricut Basics Class

I continually hear people who have told me they have purchased a Cricut® machine and cannot figure out how to use it.  They become frustrated and discouraged and plan on donating the machine or selling it online to the highest bidder.  Are you one of these people? Come to my Cricut® Design Space Basics class and you will leave ready to create project after project with your Explore machine.

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Each quarter, I teach a Cricut® Basics Class at the local library where I will walk you through creating an adorable paper crafting project while you learn some simple techniques in Cricut® Design Space. I give you step-by-step instruction as you learn some of the basic features of Design Space and your Cricut® Explore machine.  My hope is that you will leave the class ready to create something new and feel encouraged to use your machine again.

If you are interested in this class, please visit my EVENTS page to learn more. You must RSVP by April 20th to reserve your spot. Space it limited.  I can’t wait to see what you learn to create with your Cricut® machine.

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Cricut Inspirational Shadowbox Workshop

Whether you plan to inspire others or need a little inspiration yourself, this Inspirational Shadowbox will make the perfect gift for Graduation, Mother’s Day, Grandparents Day, or for your craft room. In May, I will be teaching a Cricut® workshop where you will learn many of the techniques used to create this Inspirational Shadowbox.

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I enjoy teaching people how to use their Explore Cricut® Machines with Design Space to create various paper crafting and home decor projects.  In my opinion, if you have invested the money into such an amazing tool, you might as well invest some time into learning how to use it.

This class will be an intermediate level class for those who have some knowledge of Design Space or for those who have taken a Basics Class from me.  Here are a few of the techniques I will be teaching in May:

  • Creating a three-dimensional Crocus Flower using various images from our Flower Market Collection
  • How to take an image from the internet and upload it into Design Space, then turn it into a cut image for your project
  • How to cut and apply Vinyl to a project as well as how to reverse certain images
  • Adding depth to shadow box images using sponging techniques with ink

I would love for you to attend one of my Cricut® Workshops.  I always have fun teaching these classes and truly enjoy seeing people learn something new.  I do have workshop guides available for purchase in my online store for my long distance crafters.  I would love to see what you are creating with your Cricut® machine and  I can’t wait to see what you create in this workshop!

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Tuesday Tutorial

As you know, most of my Tuesday Tutorials involve a Cricut Design Space™ project.  I truly enjoy using the Design Space™ program, but there are often features I wish were within the program to make my life a little easier.  Today, a few of my wishes came true.  Cricut® has released a new set of features in the Design Space™ program to make your crafting life a little simpler, and, today, I am going to give a you a short tutorial on each one of them.

Curved Text

You can now curve text on your Canvas.  HOW AWESOME IS THIS!!  When you type your Text, you will see “CURVE” in the Text Edit bar, between the Alignment and Advanced tools.  Drag the slider to the right to curve the text downward.

Here are a few ways you can use this feature.  I typed “Hello Friend” as one line in the first example, then curved the Text to form a single arc.  In the second example, I chose the “Ungroup to Lines” option, then used the Curve feature to curve each line separately to form the circle of letters.

Project Favoriting

If you are like me, you have browsed the Cricut® Designed Ready-to-Make projects, see one you like, and, when you finally have time to make it, you forget where you found it. Well, with the NEW Project Favoriting, you can create a list of your favorite projects then easily retrieve them under the Project Category menu.

When browsing the projects, all you have to do it click the “Favorite” star.  It will save the project into your “Favorites” list which you can access through the drop-down menu. How easy is that?!

If you are loving all of the Ready-to-Make projects in Design Space, you can have access to all of them by subscribing to Cricut Access ™ . When you sign-up for Cricut Access™, you not only have the ability to make most of the projects free of charge, but you have access to over 100,00 free images and fonts, and you get 50% off digital orders on Cricut.com and in Cricut Design Space™.

Project Sharing

I am ♥ LOVING ♥ this! When I create my Workshop Guides, many of them include a Cricut Design Space™ file which I share through a URL link.  There are times, though, that I wish I had a way to share my free files on Facebook or Pinterest.  Well…today that wish was granted.

Once you choose to “Share” a project, you add a description, additional photos, or supplies needed, then Share it with your community of friends. I can’t wait to use this feature more in the future.

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This has been designed for those of use who work on smaller screens and need access to all of our tools. If your screen size is too small, the “More” button(s) will appear allowing you to reveal more tools.

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Remember, Design Space™ only works with the Cricut Explore and Maker machines.  All of these new features are only available in the Computer based Design Space™ program.  I will be posting projects in the future showing you how to use these new features and more on your paper crafting projects. I hope you take the time to check out some of these features. I can’t wait to see what you create!

PS: Don’t forget to check out my Cricut Design Space™ Basics Class in May.

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Tuesday Tutorial

A few people have asked me recently how I was able to create the “Lucky” sentiment on my Saint Patrick’s Day cardLuckyCloverCardWhen I created the card, I knew that I wanted a “Lucky” sentiment, so I took this image from an Artfully Sent card and manipulated it in Design Space. Today, I am going to show you how I used the “Slice” feature in Cricut® Design Space to create my sentiment.  You can use the same techniques to create other titles and sentiments for your projects.

Cricut® Design Space Instructions:
1. Insert image Lucky Pocket Card – #MCB9E5 into your canvas.
2.  This image comes with a background card.  If your image does not have a background card image, you will need to create one using a SQUARE shape that is the exact same size as your image.

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3. Layer the images so that the Sentiment is on top of the Square image.

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4. SELECT ALL and choose SLICE.  Additional images will appear in the Layers Panel.  You will see your original image, the background the image was sliced from, and the sliced image.  NOTE: You cannot slice images that are Grouped or Attached.  Make sure that you always Detach the images or Ungroup the images before attempting to Slice. 

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5. DELETE all of the images except the “Lucky” sentiment.  Resize it to the desired size and Make It.

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By using the Slice feature, you have opened up your world to an entirely new set of images. There are so many more sentiments and images that you can “Slice” in our Artfully Sent Cricut® Collection.  To view all of the images available, simply visit “Cricut® Collections” in the Products tab to see each of the Shape Indexes for all of our amazing Cricut® Collections.

Remember, the Slice feature is only available in Cricut® Design Space.  If you have been considering upgrading your machine so that you can start creating all of my Tuesday Tutorials, then right now is the perfect time to do so.  Cricut has some incredible deals on Cricut Explore™ machine bundles starting as low as $149.99!  I can’t wait to see what you create with your Cricut® machine and the SLICE feature in Cricut® Design Space.

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Wintry Workshops

Take a break from the holiday hustle and create something new in December. I would love to see you at one of my December workshops.  Each one offers something different, teaches new techniques, and allows you to have some crafty time with friends.

Do you want to learn how to use your Cricut® to create scrapbook layouts?  Then come to my Cricut® Scrapbook Layout Class and learn some new techniques to create this wintry layout. DecCricutSB_Layout

Do you need some scrapbook pages for those family photos? Are you always scrambling for Thank You cards during the holidays?  Why not spend the afternoon at my Silver & Gold Workshop where you can make this layout and three cards using our amazing papers.

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Make sure to visit each of the workshop pages for information on how to register for each workshop.  Kits and guides are also available to order in my online store.

I can’t wait to see what you create!

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October Workshops

Are you ready for fall? My October workshops will put you in the mood for some cooler weather, autumn tones, and teach you some new techniques you can use on your upcoming projects.  I have two workshops during the month of October, so please make sure to RSVP by October 6th for each one you wish to attend.

Falling For You Workshop

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We will be making one 2-page 12″ x 12″ layout and two autumn themed cards using the beautiful Falling For You papers and matching accessories.  I will be teaching you how to create a “quilted” scrapbook layout, how to use embossing powers, and using reinkers to create multi-toned stamped images.  If you wish to attend this workshop, you can learn more about the kits available  by visiting the Events page or on my Facebook event page. 

 

Fall Wreath Cricut® Class

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Come learn the basics of using our Flower Market Cricut® cartridge in Design Space as you create this festive fall wreath. Bring your laptop, Cricut® and basic supplies, and  I will walk you through some basic techniques for designing a wreath and creating three-dimensional flowers with your Cricut®.   You will learn how to size, layer, and manipulate the images as well as taking apart images to weld them to text and other images. There are pre-requisites for this class so make sure to visit the Events page or my Facebook event page. 

More Fall Projects

I have also created a Kit of the Month for both September and October that would be perfect for your fall photos. You can visit my Kit of the Month tab in the Kits & Guides tab to learn more about these fun layouts.  These are wonderful kits you can complete at home at your own pace when it fits into your schedule.


If you have any questions about these workshops or suggestions for future workshops, please feel free to contact me at misscarriectmh@gmail.com.  I would love to schedule a date with you and your friends to complete one of these workshops together.  I always love seeing how talented you all are when you create!

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