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Thursday, December 11, 2014

Addressing Envelopes with Cricut Explore

Hi everyone,

This is not a video tutorial, even though I  would love to post videos.   Most people prefer video, but I'm not most people.  I have a limited data plan and I don't want to eat it up watching and uploading videos.  I wanted to provide these instructions in writing with pictures for those few out there that might have the same limits on their data plans, or just a really slow bandwidth.  Besides, I really HATE my accent, you know I'm from New Orleans when you talk to me.

I try to make my instructions as clear as possible, but sometimes I tend to skip over the things that are easy for me.  If you are a beginner and need a little more help, please feel free to contact me.  You can just post a comment at the end of the post or contact me by email, I have a place to do that in the left column.  

Everyone is using their Explore for so many things, and addressing envelopes is one of them.  Now if you have over 20 - 25 envelopes, this might not be the way to go.  It can be time consuming, especially with the limits of how much text you have to enter in Design Space.  

Here are instructions for addressing one envelope at a time.  It is really a very simple process.

Step 1 - Insert a square image on your canvas, this can be any square as long as you don't have to purchase it.  Size it to the size of your envelope,  you can unlock the size box to make it fit your needs.

Step 2 - Change your square to score instead of cut,  this will prevent it from cutting your envelope.

Step 3 - Insert your text.  At this point edit your text to the preferred font and be sure you have changed it to a writing text.  Once you attach it, you can no longer change font.  I chose one of the fonts on Lyrical Letters 2, they are new and have a writing feature.  These fonts are really cute.

Step 4 - Size your text, for a 5.75x4.5 envelope, I made my address about 1.5" H to about 2.5" wide and as you can see it printed large.


Step 5 - Place your text where you want it, select all and attach the text to the square.  I put my square all the way to the top of the canvas and centered it on the top only.  I found placing my text box at about the 2" mark and centering it worked for me.



Step 6 - Do a test run on a piece of card stock that is cut to the size of you envelope.  Let's be sure you have everything how you want it.  I placed my envelop about 1/4" from the top and side lines, that's why I chose to center text and place at 2" mark.  You will need to take note of where you place the card stock, so you place the envelope in the same place. When you are prompted to add your score tool, remove the mat, if you don't it will write a line around your envelope.  This was my test run, it works for me.



Step 7 - Now you are ready to Print your envelope.  Be sure to place your envelope right side up, we don't want the address upside down.  

I found it easier to do one address at a time.  Too much text in Design Space will end up giving you that circle of death.  You know that little circle of lines that goes round and round because Design Space has crashed.

I know there are lots of instructions for this out there, but I found this way to work for me.  I hope you found these instructions easy to follow.  I would love to hear from you


Christmas is only 2 weeks away!  You still have to to get those Christmas presents.  If you have a stamper in the family this month is the time to buy stamps.

DEAL OF THE DECADE!


STAMP SETS FOR $10.00  With a qualifying purchase of $50 during the month of December, you are eligible to purchase ANY C- or D-size stamp sets from the Annual Inspirations 2014–2015 idea book for only $10. 

Remember, a purchase of $50 will also qualify you to receive the December Stamp of the Month for only $5, so if you purchase both the discounted Stamp of the Month and additional stamps at this special campaign pricing, your savings will compound! It is truly the deal of the decade.



We also have a new idea book for our spring collections.
From now through March, you can order some of the most charming Valentine’s and spring-inspired papers, stamps, and embellishments you’ve ever seen. The vivid colors and patterns will give your layouts and cards a fresh look and plenty of pizazz. See the contents for yourself now in Seasonal Expressions 1!



Have a Happy and Safe Holiday!


Sunday, December 7, 2014

Christmas Name Tags with Cricut Explore


Hi everyone,

I don't remember who it was that created these tags on my Design Space Facebook group, but it was a very novel idea.  She made her name tags for Secret Santa at work.  I decided this would be a really cute idea for my family.  We pick names every year to keep costs down and these could also be used on the gifts.   So whoever you are, thank you for this great idea, I hope she doesn't mind that I stole it. 


They are very simple to make.  My instructions are for Desgn Space, but they can definitely be made using Cricut Craft Room.  If you can weld, you can make these tags.  Insert your text for your name, I used Don Juan Under Pressure.  This is a nice chunky font and has a shadow.  Be sure any font you use has a shadow.  At this point you don't want your shadow showing.  Your finished names should measure  about 4-4.5", once you add embellishments that can get rather large.  Also, it's helps save paper on the envelopes, I explain this later.

Don't ungroup the top layer from the shadow layer yet.  Make your letters large so you can work with them easier.  You can adjust the total size after they are welded.  If you adjust after welding, be sure to group the shadow so it adjusts also.  

Isolate the letters on the edit bar, I didn't do a screen shot with the edit bar showing, but it has letters with boxes around the, next to the font size.   Place the individual letters overlapping slightly and staggering them a little.  When you are satisfied,  weld them together.


Now turn your shadow on, move the top layer out of the way.  The shadow will already be ready for welding, so go ahead and select the shadow and weld them together.  Don't be concerned if they are not a perfect match to the top layer, because when you layer them, you will want to offset just a little.

Of course you need to attach these tags to a package, so you need to create a circle.  You can do this two ways, weld a 1/2"(approx, eye it to size) circle to the edge of the shadow layer and place a hole in it with your hole punch or create one in Design Space.   To do this open a circle image with a shadow.  Ungroup this image and make the top layer smaller than the shadow layer.  Once you have it centered, select both circles and slice the images.  This leaves the little circle to attach to your name tags.   Be sure to duplicate this image for all the names.  Place this circle next to the shadow layer and weld it.


That's all there is to it.  Very simple, the difficult part is deciding what images you will use to embellish them.  I didn't weld the images, I just glued them on.  If you knew what embellishments you planned to use you could weld the shadow images to the name shadow.  I had a few images that were rather detailed and had very tiny pieces.  I should have cut then print some of these images, but I am having trouble with my printer.

I used a Framed Sleeve Card from my Artfully Sent cartridge to make the sleeve envelopes.  I picked one that had a simple design on front, so I could use the contour feature to remove it.  I sized them about 6.3 W x5.3H, this gives you a finished sleeve of 5x3".   I choose this size so I could cut two envelopes out of 1 piece of 8 1/2 x 11 card stock.  So now you can see why you wanted to keep the names at about 4.5", this allows about 1/2" overlap on embellishments.




Here is the finished envelope.  I added a stamp to the front, since I couldn't leave them open.  We don't want anyone picking and choosing who's name they get.



You can make tags like this for all sort of occasions, Bride and Groom, for birthday, baby, etc.

It’s finally here, the idea book you’ve been waiting for! Full of unique ideas and bright, detailed photos, this themed seasonal book is sure to delight! From now through March, you can order some of the most charming Valentine’s- and spring-inspired papers, stamps, and embellishments you’ve ever seen. The vivid colors and patterns will give your layouts and cards a fresh look and plenty of pizazz. See the contents for yourself now in Seasonal Expressions 1!


DEAL OF THE DECADE!

Celebrate the 10-year anniversary of Close To My Heart’s revolutionary My Acrylix® clear stamps with us! With a qualifying purchase of $50 during the month of December, you are eligible to purchase ANY C- or D-size stamp sets from the Annual Inspirations 2014–2015 idea book for only $10. That’s up to $7.95 USD / $9.75 CAD of savings on a single stamp set—and there is no limit to the number of eligible stamp sets you can purchase at this discounted rate. Remember, a purchase of $50 will also qualify you to receive the December Stamp of the Month for only $5, so if you purchase both the discounted Stamp of the Month and additional stamps at this special campaign pricing, your savings will compound! It is truly the deal of the decade.

And don't forget your stamp of the month
.

Happy Holidays!

Kim



Friday, December 5, 2014

Artfully Sent Thank You Cards

 Christmas is around the corner and I am sure everyone is working furiously to get those Christmas cards and presents finished.  I know I have.  I am currently working on a Quiet Book project for my Granddaughter.  The good news is I’m making progress, the bad new, I started in September and thought I would be finished by now.

It seems I am always stopping to do a different project.  I  have two Thank  you cards I made awhile back.  

First let me apologize for my photography, I dropped my camera and broke it.  I pulled out an old point and shot, so the pictures are not as nice.

The first card is a combinations of two cards from the Artfully Sent cartridge.  I used the front image as a pattern to slice and cut onto a plain square.  Using the Hide contour feature I removed part of the image to do different colors.  It's hard to see in the photo, but the blue and light green are separate images that are adhered to the top.  I inserted yellow and dark green on some of the other cut out images.

The red was all that I sliced from the front of the card.


This second card I used the inside image to decorate the front of the card.  I re-sized the images slightly and then placed on front.  I embossed the background and stamped the sentiment with Close to My Heart stamp set D1496 , which is part of the Art Philosophy collection.  




I have learned on the Artfully sent cartridge to first set the size at height of 10" if that doesn't get you a 5x7 try the width.  It really depends on how the image is laid out in Design space.  If it isn't meant to be a 5x7 card, try sizing at 5.5" wide or 8.5" high.  This rule will sized most of the folding cards properly.  Of course you can adjust as you want it may distort the image a little.

On to Close to My Heart Business.  We have a lot happening this month.

SEASON EXPRESSIONS 1 IDEA BOOK



It’s finally here, the idea book you’ve been waiting for! Full of unique ideas and bright, detailed photos, this themed seasonal book is sure to delight! From now through March, you can order some of the most charming Valentine’s- and spring-inspired papers, stamps, and embellishments you’ve ever seen. The vivid colors and patterns will give your layouts and cards a fresh look and plenty of pizazz. See the contents for yourself now in Seasonal Expressions 1!  

There are two new paper packets available in this Idea Book.  Plus lots of new items available through March 31, 2014.


DEAL OF THE DECADE!

Celebrate the 10-year anniversary of Close To My Heart’s revolutionary My Acrylix® clear stamps with us! With a qualifying purchase of $50 during the month of December, you are eligible to purchase ANY C- or D-size stamp sets from the Annual Inspirations 2014–2015 idea book for only $10. That’s up to $7.95 USD / $9.75 CAD of savings on a single stamp set—and there is no limit to the number of eligible stamp sets you can purchase at this discounted rate. Remember, a purchase of $50 will also qualify you to receive the December Stamp of the Month for only $5, so if you purchase both the discounted Stamp of the Month and additional stamps at this special campaign pricing, your savings will compound! It is truly the deal of the decade.

And of course our Stamp of the Month (SOTM).



Be sure to add some of these new items to your Christmas wish list.  When Christmas is over we will be looking around the corner to Valentine's Day.

May your holidays be filled with joy and laughter, and the New Year brings you good health and prosperity.

Happy Holidays!