Cricut Design Space and NEW iPhone App!

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This is Post #3 in a 4 part series about the Cricut Explore Machines, how they work, what they can do, and what you can make.  Here are links to Parts 1 and 2.  Part #4 will be coming next week!

Cricut Explore Machines

What Can I Create With the Cricut Explore Machine?

If you read last week’s post, you now know why Cricut’s Explore One™ and Explore Air™ machines are so incredible – and a must-have for any crafter.

But what bridges the gap between the creative ideas in your head and the Cricut machine is the Cricut Design Space™.

Cricut’s Design Space™ is software for PC, Mac®, iPhone® and iPad® that you get for free with your Cricut machine of choice.

Instead of trying to figure out how to make your project, Design Space gives you the ability to focus on what you want to make. Your Cricut machine takes it from there and brings it to life.

Cricut Design Space and iPhone App for Cricut Explore One and Cricut Explore Air Machines

With Design Space, you can start designing from scratch on your computer, iPhone® or iPad®, or you can use a pre-designed, Make It Now™ project. These ready-to-make projects are created by professional artists and include everything from home décor to fashion to paper crafting, and even a variety of FREE projects.

If you want to use one of Cricut’s 50K+ images, you can try them out in the Design Space to see which will look best in your project before you commit to purchasing it.

Uploading Images

When you’re ready to start designing, you can either use one of Cricut’s 50K+ images or easily upload your own using the “Upload Images” tool in Design Space. You can upload and cut .svg, .jpg, .png, .bmp, .gif, and .dxf files absolutely FREE. You can even use fonts already installed on your computer.

Cut What You Want® tool

The Design Space’s Cut What You Want® tool makes it easy to convert your design into a cuttable image in just a few clicks!

The Cricut Design Space™ app for iPad® and iPhone®

Cricut’s easy-to-use app for the iPad® and iPhone® makes it possible for you can design anytime and anywhere inspiration strikes you.

It also allows you to access all the project’s that you’ve personally designed, whether on your iOs device or your PC or Mac, and gives you access to all the Make-it-Now projects.

With this app, you can start a project while at the beach, enhance it at the ice-cream shop, add some embellishments while cozying up on your couch, and then cut it on the Cricut Explore in your craft room. Plus, it’s cloud-based, so your projects are always synced across all your devices.

P.S. Cricut is working on an Android™ app right now, so don’t feel left out if you don’t have an iPad or iPhone.

In a nutshell, Cricut Design Space™ gives you the creative freedom to design just about anything! Make party invitations, decorations, and favors. Create seasonal home décor or personalize wedding gifts. Add embellishments to your favorite photo memories.

And that’s just the tip of the iceberg! That’s why next week’s post (the last on in this series) will focus on some really fun and interesting projects that people have created using their Cricut machine and the Cricut Design Space.

Stay tuned!

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Craft Therapy Thursday Link Party #14

Welcome to Craft Therapy Thursday Link Party #14 sponsored by P.S. I Love You Scrapbooking.

Craft Linky Party sponsored by P.S. I Love You - Come visit and link up to 3 craft projects. www.psiloveyouscrapbooking.com

I squeezed in some Craft Therapy on Saturday.  I made cards with friends for 8 hours.   Watch the video below if you’d like to see what I made.

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Make a Cricut Boy Scrapbook Page

There are so many beautiful papers and supplies for girl scrapbooking pages, but it’s more difficult to find supplies for making a Boy Scrapbook.  The Boys Will Be Boys Cricut Cartridge has wonderful die cuts for boys of all ages.

Cricut Boy Scrapbook Page Using Boys Will Be Boys Cricut Cartridge - Dump truck, tools, 100% boy sign

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What Can I Create With the Cricut Explore Machine?

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Want the ability to easily make a personalized wedding gift or perhaps some unique home décor? Then you might find Cricut electronic cutting machines to be the best DIY crafting tool since the sewing machine.

This is the second post in a series.  If you missed the first post, you can visit Cricut Explore Machines to find out more about the Cricut Company.

Learn What You Can Cut With the Cricut Explore Machines - Cricut Explore One and Cricut Explore Air

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Craft Therapy Thursday Link Party #13

Welcome to Craft Therapy Thursday Link Party #13 sponsored by P.S. I Love You Scrapbooking.  13 is my lucky number!

Craft Linky Party sponsored by P.S. I Love You - Come visit and link up to 3 craft projects. www.psiloveyouscrapbooking.com

I’ve worked on a couple of cool projects this week.  So far, I’ve made a few cards, I did some kids crafts with my niece and I made a sand castle out of a cardboard box for a parade float!

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Cricut Explore Machines

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If you’re reading this post, chances are, you’re a creative type. You like to craft, explore your creativity, and share your creations with others. And it’s for crafty people like you that Cricut created their line of personal electronic cutting machines.

Cricut Explore

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Craft Therapy Thursday Link Party #12

Welcome to Craft Therapy Thursday Link Party #12 sponsored by P.S. I Love You Scrapbooking.

Craft Linky Party sponsored by P.S. I Love You - Come visit and link up to 3 craft projects. www.psiloveyouscrapbooking.com

We’ve had some hot, humid weather here this week, and it’s perfect for inside activities, like CRAFTING!

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Make this Cricut Turtle Card

This spunky Cricut turtle in his spiffy top hat makes an adorable birthday card for a little boy. I also used him to make a Welcome Baby card, and the Mom loved it! The nursery was decorated with turtles and she thought it was so sweet that I remembered and made a card just for them.

You could also change the turtle to pink or purple for a little girl.

Cricut Turtle Card Using the Create A Critter 2 Cricut Cartridge - Cute Card for a little boy's birthday or welcome baby

 

I used an 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ piece of cardstock for the card base and folded it in half. I prefer to use Bazzill cardstock, because it has a nice thickness which allows the cards to stand up nicely. I chose three coordinating patterned papers to complete the card. I love putting different patterns together, like strips, polka dots, and plaids. As long as the colors coordinate, they make for a wonderful card.

I used a 5 1/4″ x 4″ piece of large dotted paper for the background. Then I cut a strip of striped paper 5 1/4″ x 1 1/2″. I layered a piece of blue cardstock on top of it that matches the card base. It measures 5 1/4″ x 1″. A piece of white Stampin’ Up binding ribbon tied on top adds a nice touch to the card.

I cut the turtle at 3″, using a black base and layering the other pieces on top of it. The main part of the body are green with a small white dot. The shell and hat are light blue plain that matches the other printed papers. I attached the turtle using Pop dots to add dimension.

To finish the Cricut turtle card I stamped, “Happy Birthday” using the Teeny Tiny Wishes set from Stampin’ Up, and punching it out in a small oval. I punched a scalloped oval in green cardstock and layered the two.

Turtle Card Using the Create A Critter 2 Cricut Cartridge - Cute Happy Birthday Card for a little boy.

I love the Create a Critter Cartridge so much that when Provocraft introduced Create a Critter 2 Cartridge , I just had to have it! It features a lot of the same fun animals with the addition of hats, hearts, and other props, making them perfect for holiday projects.

The cards that I have made using them have turned out great! I can’t wait to make party favors, decorations, and treat bags for Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Birthday Parties.

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Cricut Wedding Card With Hearts

It is that time of year, when love is in the air and couples are getting married.  I made this Cricut Wedding Card for a couple that I’ve known for quite a few years.  My daughter has been friends with the groom since middle school.  He used to ride to school with us, and the two of them got into a lot of mischief during high school!  His bride graduated with my daughter, we’ve known her for many years too. Cricut Wedding Card using the Wedding Solutions Cricut Cartridge - Double Hearts Read more »

Craft Therapy Thursday Link Party #11

Welcome to Craft Therapy Thursday Link Party #11 sponsored by P.S. I Love You Scrapbooking.

Craft Linky Party sponsored by P.S. I Love You - Come visit and link up to 3 craft projects. www.psiloveyouscrapbooking.com

We’ve had a rainy week here in Maryland.  I’ve made a few graduation cards, and I want to work on a few more crafty projects before gardening weather returns this weekend.

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