Saturday, March 21, 2015

Using Design Space to alter cards

someone was having problems in design space with the cards from Close to my Heart Artfully sent cartridge so I went in to see if I could help. One of the things you can do in design space is to slice but this doesn't work with an open path like in the 'dream' and you rock' scene cards. these have a half icon which shows when the card is folded in the z shape. the half icon leaves an open path ie the outside shape is not cut all the way round ie the guitar. I imported the cards ungrouped them then used hide contour to hide all but the shape or guitar. when I had the guitar half I duplicated it and then flipped aligned the images so they just touched then attached them. If you weld them the outer shape disappears.
this is the scene card 'You Rock' I made the separate guitar by this method.
this is the scene card 'Dream'  I cut a card where I added score lines and changed them to cut lines I didn't use the score lines already there as they came too close to the shape. I also cut the inside sentiment card from the right side part of the original card. if you use double sided paper you can use the reverse of what you have on the front. 
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Monday, March 2, 2015

Superman for Grandsons

When my Canadian grandchildren were out to visit a few weeks ago I made Superman for them. I added a box underneath to hold some treats.

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Learning Inkscape svg fies

After getting the Cricut Explore I wanted to try to do some svg files of my own. I don't know how to work inkscape well but when somone asked for a card with a curved front that resembled a die  I had seen I thought I would give it a go and make a svg file. These are the 2 cards I made with the file and I am very pleased with how they turned out. I used the basic svg file as a card and used a background from Design space and sliced it so I had the lattice in the front.

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Sunday, February 22, 2015

economise on paper with Design Space 2

As many of you will be aware I have a Cricut Explore machine. One of the things I loved about the previous Expression 2 and Cricut Craft room was you could put all the pieces on the mat where you wanted them to be because you imported each individually. In Design Space the image come in as complete and sometimes this means a part of a hat and the shoes may be the same colour but when you go to the cut screen you have the hat where the hat is and the shoes where the shoes should be. Great if you are doing layered vinyl but not good on paper saving. I discovered I could use the Slice feature to make this more economical and have done a screen video of this.
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Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Thanks to Clever Someday for font

I watched a live broadcast, the lady Kay aka Clever Someday was on and talking about a font she designed that stood up from the page. This intrigued me and as it was free tried to download it but had problems. Well Kay has just sent out an email from her blog, and it is well worth following her blog and also going to try this font. Her blog tells you all about it and how to use it in Design Space so go visit this very clever lady. She asked that if we downloaded the font we shared the info in our groups. Here is my first trial card. It will be for a photo of my grandie but in the meantime I have put in a background where the pic will go. The cards will be for my grandies Great Gran so I love the idea that the name can popup.

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Sunday, February 1, 2015

Hello Kitty cards

My DGD today informed me she liked hello Kitty Yay. I have had the Cricut cartridge "Hello Kitty font and Hello Kitty Greeting" since they came out and it is now retired but I do think its cute so to practice I made these 2 cards and one little Hello Kitty.
No they are not on stilts I held them up with tiny pegs so they stood up.

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two Luminary Chalets

These are 2 little luminaries that have a LED candle. they are from Gingerbread houses.

plus hello kitty from Cricut at 2.5 inches high

so cute in the dark as the light shines out the holes in the roof also.

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Saturday, January 3, 2015

BBQ anyone

This is another file from and again it is a cute little fella. This BBQ I sized and it stands 6 inches tall with the lid closed. I have made it in black card with the elements and handle in DCWV Glitzy, The pastels stack. I found the Glitzy cuts well in the explore and as it a smooth surface doesnt blunt the blade and still LOOKS GLITTERY. I use a pack of christmas brads from my stash for the knobs and thats all it needed. the doors on the bottom open and you could add a wee presie if you wanted to or you could add the grill as a lift up and put jelly beans under the grill. .

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Friday, January 2, 2015

Vintage sewing machine

No sure its vintage but it could be called wise with all the owls. the files is from Cre8ivcutz
Now I cut this with the Explore. I love that the cotton reel is made of paper the needle has a hole in it that can be threaded and the base has a draw which would fit a pound of chocies at least.

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The Barn

After making the Carousel I needed a place to house the horse so I have made a barn. The file is from Santa's village from and I have made it bigger than the recommended size. The bottom is a box which stands 3 in high so is quite big. I love the Barn and my Grandies love playing with horses so I had to make it a bit bigger than the pattern. There were some oops this time as well. I put the card through the embosser but the piece was too big so I folded it. This caused it to break through some of the line. NO PROBLEMO cut another set of barn sides and make them the liner. Dont you just love having the Explore if it goes wrong just cut another one. Well I have taken a few pics this time so hope you can see the embossing on the tree the roof and the barn itself. It sits on a box which is 3. inches high the whole thing is 9.6 inches high.
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