Wednesday, July 30, 2014

CTMH Retiring items - July 31


Close to My Heart has quite a few items retiring July 31st, check them out here.  Some will be available after that date, but only while supplies last.

There are also some price increases, Ink pads and refills are going up by $.70.  So if you needed ink pads for your Christmas cards or a project you are planning, now is the time to get them.\

Remember if you purchase $50 you can get the Circus Alphabet stamp set for $5.  This stamp set retails for $17.95.  It is only available as the Stamp of the Month.

Stay tuned for August, we have a Annual Catalog coming.  You can begin shopping for your Halloween and Christmas projects.

Till next time.

Happy Craftin!

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Cricut Design Space

I haven't been working on my Explore for the last week, since I had a few other projects I needed to get done.  I baked 72 cup cakes and for a bridal shower and have been doing some sewing.  I  had to make a quilt for a baby boy.  The only work my explore saw was the cupcake wrappers and the name for the quilt.

Any way, the purpose of this posting is to let you know I have created a new page on my blog dedicated to all things Cricut Explore and Design Space.  I am providing links to all the manuals and videos by Provo Craft and some other bloggers I find extremely helpful.

You won't find anything you probably haven't seen before, I just wanted to put it all in one space so it is easier to find.  I decided to put it on a page in my blog so that if any others wished to use these links they could.

I will add new links and information as I find it.  Feel free to bookmark the page for a quick reference to any of the information.

Hopefully I will have something new I made for next week.  I am trying to get my to do list finished.

Be aware that the Close to My Heart Spring/Summer catalog is getting ready to expire.  A new catalog will be available as of August 1st.  So most of the items in the Spring/Summer catalog have been moved to the retired list.  If there was anything you wanted you need to purchase it before it runs out.  The Close to My Heart markers are on the retired list, they are being replaced by new markers.  Ink pads are going up in price, so you have a few days left to purchase them at the lower price.

Till next time,

Happy Craftin!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Sweet Tooth Boxes in Design Space

I decided to finally try making cute cupcake boxes to share my cupcakes.  I have never used this cartridge, but have had it about 2 years.  I wanted the larger box, so I I pulled out the handbook, because  these images aren't grouped together in DS.

If you have tried creating boxes from the Sweet Tooth Cartridge in Design Space (DS) you know it isn't nearly as easy as it was in Cricut Craft Room (CCR).  They don't have a relative or real dial size option.  This is mainly because most images have all the pieces already grouped together.  In the case of Sweet Tooth Boxes, this isn't the case.  Also, the labels on the images aren't correct.  At least I don't think so, every box I looked at was labeled a top.  I couldn't find any that were labeled bottom, so I figured they were interchangeable.  

I started by selecting a plain top to use as the bottom and a top with a window.  I cut both at 11", well the top piece was about 1/2" larger than the bottom.  I started to eyeball the size of the top and bottom where the score lines were to get them sized correctly.  After wasting 6 pieces of card stock, I finally found the two images I wanted.  Also, by that time I realized the 11" recommended cutting size was way to big for my regular size cupcakes.  So I had to reduce the size of the insert to 9.3" wide.  This fit my cupcakes nicely.  I don't have decorative wrappers, so if you add those I would probably up it to 9.5" wide.

I finally got everything sized right and as you can see they came out nicely and fit my cupcakes perfectly.  Here is the link to my file if you would like to use it.  You may not be able to use the embellishments if you don't own the cartridges, but you can use the boxes with a subscription or the Sweet Tooth Box cartridge.  (I removed my rosettes from the file, it was causing cutting issues for those folks who don't own the Close to My Heart Cartridge, I cut them at 10" and cut them down to 1-1/2")
I would provide you with the sizes I used, but if you don't use the exact image they won't work.  Each box top has a different size flap, so it changes the size.  I do know I used the box with the largest flap, so it was measured at 11", the top I used was about .2" larger than the insert.  So it fits like the boxes you purchase in the store.  

I suggest visiting a Tuesday Morning in your area.  I purchase double sided card stock from .99 to 3.99 for a pack of 25 or more sheets.  I use this paper to do my test runs before I waste my more expensive paper.  The paper I used was also purchased at Tuesday Morning, it is Heidi Grace paper pack I picked up for $3.99.  I love her color schemes and prints.  I check back often to see if they add more to their stock.

I am going to create some with my new Close to My Heart paper for Halloween and birthday.  Check back, I am working on a 2 cupcake box.  If it is a difficult as this one I will share the file.

Happy Craftin!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Baby Subway Word Art

I have a new passion, vinyl.  I have been seeing these on the various Cricut Facebook groups I belong to.  I wanted to make one and so here are my two attempts.  I didn't paint my letters like some of the others, I used the vinyl on the canvas.  One canvas is painted, the other was just the plain white.  It is a little tedious to get the vinyl to stick to the canvas, but it is worth it.  I had to use my Cricut scrapper to keep pushing the letters to the canvas as I pulled up the transfer tape. Just take it nice and slow and you can do it.  The words are straighter than the pictures show, bad photography.

I used Oracle 631, so my letters aren't shiny.  I am going to try one with the Oracle 651 when I get some.  I'm thinking it may stick better.

The boy's canvas is an 8x10 and the girl's is a 10x10.  The artwork and placement were inspired by finished projects I saw on Pinterest and searching the web for Baby subway art.  There are numerous examples and projects to get inspiration.  I used Everyday Fonts, Creative Memories Stork Delivery, Don Juan, Cherry Limeade and Kate's ABC's.  There were a few others, but with the ability to use system fonts you don't have to have these cartridges, just find the system font you like.  I prefer Cricut cartridges for the most part for vinyl, I find a lot of system fonts have tiny pieces.

I can't wait to give them to the parents.  

Don't forget to place your order at and get your Circus Alphabet Stamp of the Month.  It's only $5 with a $50 order.

Stay tuned, August is bringing in a new Cricut cartridge.  It is all about card making, so if you love to make cards, this may be the cartridge for you.  It is not available with the Design Space or Cricut Craft Room subscriptions, you must purchase the cartridge to be able to use it.

Happy Craftin!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Cutting Fabric with the Cricut Explore

If you look on my Pinterest account you will see that I love to applique on my quilts for the kids.  Back when I had my E2 I tried several methods to cut with my Cricut.  I could never achieve a clean cut.  So I cut all my appliques out of paper and traced on to the heat n bond backing that was on my material.  It was tedious work.

Well NO MORE!  I just cut fabric with my Cricut Explore and it cut like butter.  I cut 100% cotton and no snags.

I starched my material to give it a little stiffness, then applied Heat N Bond to the back of the fabric.  I intend to stitch around the appliques so I used Heat N Bond Lite.  I removed the paper backing from the fabric and placed the bonded (shiny) side down, so it wasn't necessary to mirror my letters.

I selected Fabric on the dial and pressed GO.  It cut great as you can see in the pictures.  I would definitely recommend a new mat or really sticky one.  I also, used a new blade (Roland German Carbide 45 degree).  I decided to dedicate my like new mat and new blade for material cutting only.  For you sewers out there, you know using your scissors on paper dulls them fast.  I wouldn't cut paper with my sewing scissors, so I won't cut paper with my fabric blade.  When it starts to get dull, I'll graduate it to the paper blade pile.

Here is the finished project.

So I am now thinking about more material appliques on my Grand daughters clothing.

If you need any help or have questions you can email me or just post a comment her.

Until next time!

Happy Craftin!