Tuesday Tutorial Paper Pansy

This is the time of year when my backyard starts to fill with color.  (If you follow me on Instagram, you will see a few postings of my “little” outdoor retreat.)  Pansies are one of my favorite flowers, and, being the crazy paper-crafter that I am,  I wanted to recreate them using my Cricut®.   This week, I figured out how to take a few images from our Flower Market collection and create some paper Pansies in a a variety of colors. I then placed them in an old pitcher, and now I have something to display all year long.

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Today, I am going to share with you how I was able to make these adorable little paper Pansies. A complete list of supplies I used can be found at the very bottom of this post.

Design Space™ Instructions:
1. Insert the Poppy – #MFADB88 image into your Canvas and UNGROUP the images.
2. DELETE the image with just the row of “Petals”.
3. DUPLICATE the image with the “Base & Petals” then use CONTOUR on one set of images to remove everything except the circular base.
4. Use CONTOUR on the second image to to remove everything except one of the “Petals”. (Make sure to keep the cut line in the one petal and remove the rest.)
Pansy_Petal&BaseContour
5. RESIZE the “Petal” to 1.5″ high and the “Base” to 1″ high.
6. DUPLICATE the “Petal” four times. (Five petals total) Change to desired colors.
&. Resize the “Stamen Center” to 1.25″ high and change to desired color.

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7. Insert the Dandelion – #MFAD571 image into your Canvas and DELETE all the “Dandelion Flower” images.
8. UNLOCK the image and RESIZE to 3″w x 3″h. (You can use CONTOUR to manipulate the individual images by following the same steps as you did in #2-#4.)

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9. Insert a CIRCLE Shape and RESIZE to .25″. Change to desired color.
10. SELECT ALL and GROUP the images.  Now you can resize all of the images proportionally to the size you desire.  (Mine are approximately 3″ when complete.)
11.. SAVE your project and cut out the images from cardstock.

Assembly™ Instructions:
1. Use a Bone Folder to shape each “Petal” then glue onto the base.
2. Adhere the “Stamens” onto the Flower using Foam Dots for Dimension.
3. Adhere the Dot onto the center of the Flower, then adhere the Sepal and the Leaves onto the back of the Flower.

 

I used a sponge to add ink to the center and edges of my Pansies, then used a Clear Shimmer Brush to add some shine. There a quite a variety of Pansies out there, so take some time to search for images and find ones that match your personal style and decor.  I can’t wait to see what you create!

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Tuesday Tutorial Crocus Flower

Our Flower Market Collection has some beautiful two dimensional and three-dimensional flowers, yet I could not find a Crocus to create for spring.  After playing with some of the images on the cartridge, I discovered a way to create one for this week’s tutorial. You can find a list of the supplies I used at the very bottom of this post.

CrocusFlower

Cricut Design Space™ Instructions:
1. Insert the Lilac Flower (#MD38897) image into your canvas.
2. DUPLICATE two times, then resize two images to 3″h and one image to 2″h.
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3. Insert the Holly (#MFAE002) image into your canvas.
4. DELETE the Berries. Using CONTOUR, remove all images except the “Pine Needles”.
5. Resize the “Pine Needles” to 2.5″w x .66″h.
Crocus_PineNeedle
6. Change all images to desired colors and cut out the images.

Assembly Instructions:
1. Using a sponge and ink of choice, ink the edges of each of the “Petals”.
Crocus_Ink
2. Use a Bone Folder to curl the tips of each of the “Petals” up, then layer the “Flowers” from largest to smallest, rotating each slightly.  If desired used 3D Foam Tape between each layer to add dimension. (DO NOT block the hole in the flowers.)
Crocus_Petals
3. To create the “Stamen” use a Quilling Tool to roll the “Pine Needles” from largest to smallest into a tube shape and glue in place.
4. Use the Quilling Tool to curl each of the “Pine Needles” down.


5. Insert the completed “Stamen” into the center of the completed Crocus Flower and glue into place.
6. If desired, use a Gold Shimmer Brush to add shimmer to each of the petals.

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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.

GraduationMoneyHolder

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”.

GradulationInsert_Finished

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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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.

GraduationMoneyHolder_Finished

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.

GradulationEnvelopeBase

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.

GradulationEnvelopeBase-withstars

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.

GraduationMoneyHolder_Envelope

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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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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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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Tuesday Tutorial

I simply adore shaker cards. They are the cutest little creations and so simple to make.  Today, I am going to show you how to create the frame for this Easter Shaker Card using the Slice and Weld features in Cricut® Design Space.

EasterShakerCard

Design Space Instructions:
1. Begin by inserting a 5″ Square and 6″ Circle shapes then ALIGN CENTER and WELD.


2. Insert a 4″ Square shape then ALIGN CENTER and SLICE.


3. Insert Hoppy easter pop up card – #M1067BD into your Canvas and DELETE everything except the Bunny image.
4. Align the Bunny image against the inner left side of the frame. SELECT ALL and WELD the images.


6. Resize the image to the size needed for the front of your card.

I chose to embellish my card with images from our Flower Market collection, Gimme Some Sugar papers, and Make Waves Sequins.  I also chose to add some shimmer using our Bashful Shimmer Brush on the flower and bow.

EasterShakerCardDetail

I hope you take the time to try to create this shaker card frame in  Cricut® Design Space.  Many people avoid creating a shaker card because the can be difficult to mail. If you do not like the bulk of shaker cards, our Memory Protector Flip-Flaps are perfect for creating shaker cards without the bulk.  I can’t wait to see what you create!

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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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I am one of those people who decorates their home for every holiday and I especially love St. Patrick’s Day.  This week, I am showing you how to create a Snowdrop flower that you can use to make this Irish Woman Shadow box decoration.

IrishPoem

Even though our Flower Market cartridge has a Snowdrop flower, it is not a three-dimensional one and I truly wanted one that would work for this shadow box.  I decided to search online and find a way to recreate one and have decided to share it with you for this week’s Tuesday Tutorial.

Design Space Instructions:
1. To create the stamen, insert image Holly – #MFAE002, then use CONTOUR to remove everything but the “fringe” cut-out.  Resize to .75″h. (These will be cut from Canary Cardstock.)
Fringe
2. To create the inner petals, insert image Scalloped Border – #M418D1D, the resize to 1.5″w x .75″h. (You will need to unlock to resize.) Use CONTOUR to remove the scallop cutouts.
3. DUPLICATE the image and align the images so that the first “petal” overlaps the last “petal” of the previous border. WELD the  images together. (This will be cut from White Cardstock.)


4. To create the outer petals, insert image Rose – #MFAD8CB. DELETE all images except the two individual petals, then UNGROUP the remaining images.
5. DUPLICATE one of the petals so that you have three images. Resize each image to 1″w x 1.75″h. (This will be cut from White Cardstock.)
OutterPetal
6. To create the stem and leaves, insert image Tulip Flower – #MD6FE40. DELETE all images except for the stem. Resize to desired height and width.

Assembly Instructions:
1. Using a Quilling Tool, roll the “Stamen” and adhere the end. If desired, paint with a Gold Shimmer Brush.
StamenAssembly
2. Using a sponge, ink the bottom edge with Willow Ink.  Roll the “Inner Petals” around the “Stamen”, adhering the ends.  Use a Quilling Tool to turn down the tips.
InnerPetals

3. Using your finger, a Quilling Tool, or the rounded end of a Bone Folder, round the edges of the “Outer Petals”.  Adhere the base of each around the “Inner Petals”.
4. If desired, paint the petals with a Clear Shimmer Brush.
OuterPetalAssembly

This is what the piece looked like before I placed it into the shadowbox frame. I added a few more leafs and some clover, printed the poem on vellum and the project was complete.  (Of course, after posting this, I realized that I forgot an “s” in one of the words.  I will be post another picture once I correct it. I even read over it THREE TIMES.)


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I hope that you take the time to try to create a Snowdrop Flower for one of your projects.  Please feel free to post what you make using this tutorial on my Facebook page. I can’t wait to see what you create!!

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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.

ValentineTitle

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.
ValentineTitle_TextWeld
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”.
ValentineTitle_TextDuplicate
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.
ValentineTitle_TextAnd

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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