Saturday, July 4, 2015

Cricut Design Space

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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. 

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! 

Cricut Design Space™
$20 off of Explore Air Ultimate bundle
$20 off any Explore One bundle

CTMH - Super Sweet Steal

During the month of July, when you purchase $25 in current, retail priced stamps, you qualify to receive either the July Stamp of the Month, My Acrylix® Life Is Wonderful, FREE or any one of the Hostess Rewards stamp sets featured in Annual Inspirations 2014–2015 or Seasonal Expressions 2 for only $5 !  That is a savings of up to $17.95!  

The July Stamp of the Month is a lovely, versatile stamp set that is a great match for your cards and layouts that celebrate all the wonderful things—big and small—that life has to offer.

Additionally, the Hostess Rewards stamp sets have previously only been available as part of the Hostess Rewards program, which means now is the perfect opportunity to get those special stamp sets you’ve had your eye on! To get your FREE stamp set or your $5 Hostess Rewards stamp set, simply place an order for $25 (USD & CAD) of any current, retail priced stamps. 

This offer is available only during the month of July and applies only to the July Stamp of the Month and current Hostess rewards stamp sets, so spring into action and jump on this deal before it’s gone!

Friday, July 3, 2015

Goodtimes - MSAM

I'm hosting todays Got Talent challenge at My Scraps & More today and decided to feature hand stitching for my challenge. I love the look of hand stitching on my layouts and while it's not difficult it can be time consuming so I don't do it often. I went all out on this layout and love it!!

I'd love to have you join us over on the forum or on the new My Scraps and More Challenge Facebook page. Play along this week for some fabulous prizes!!

Here's a look at the process along with tips on how to do a starburst the easy way and use up scraps.

If you're reading in email click the link below to watch
Good times Process Video

And some close ups

Supplies used
Blossom paper
AC Sunkissed chipboard stickers
Stitching Guide
Foam Mat
Piercing Tool
Embroidery Floss
Martha Stewart Butterfly punches

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Layout Share - June

Here's a look at all the layouts I created in June. There were 17 in all. I'm pretty proud of getting that many done but hoping to get more than that done this month!

If you're reading in email click the link below to watch
Layout Share - June


Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Scrapmingle #1 - Relaxing

I'm so excited to be back this week with my first process video for my new video series ScrapMingle - Where new and old meet.

If you're reading in email click the link below to watch
Scrapmingle #1 Relaxing

And some close ups

Supply list:

Crate Paper Poolside
Crate Paper Confetti
Jillibean Soup Red Raspberry
Pink Paislee Atlas Enamel Shapes
Tattered Angels Vintage Pink mist
Pink Fresh Up in the Clouds puffy stickers
Carta Bella True Friends alpha stickers
Echo Park Sweet Girl stickers
lilybee Sweet shoppe label, letter stickers
Oceanside sequins
Enamel dots

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Disney - Travel Fun

Welcome to another Disney Tuesday! Today I have a fun double page layout for you. I used the new Pink Paislee Atlas collection to emphasize the travel theme.

The departure and arrival puffy stickers were perfect to emphasize my photos of my daughter and I leaving our home airport to visit my son and him picking us up at his airport.

I added in some stickers from the Fancy Pants As You Wish collection that were perfectly themed as well. I love it when something from my stash fits right in with a new collection and I'm able to use it up.

The Crate Paper Journey cork stickers were a nice touch as well.

I hope you enjoyed my layout today!

Supplies used:

Pink Paislee Atlas Paper, puffy stickers, enamel shapes
Fancy Pants As You Wish Alpha stickers
Crate Paper Journey Cork Stickers


Saturday, June 27, 2015

Great Adventure - CTMH

Do you love washi as much as I do? Do you struggle sometimes with more ways to use it? Well today I'm going to share a layout with washi used to embellish your layout.
And how about those small stamps? Did you know they're great for layouts?

How cute is that?

3 rolls of washi tape; ¼" Pear, ¼" Glacier, 1" labels in 8 different designs. 5 yards each. Colors: Glacier, Juniper, Pear, Slate.

Transform the fun sentiments of the washi simply by mounting them on cardstock, trimming them out, and adding them to your projects.
Use the narrow washi across the bottom of tags or on the top of photos, as well as an entire strip across your page just like paper.

Use your small stamps to create borders on photo mats as well as embellishments for your projects. Just stamp them in coordinating colors, cut them out, and pop them on your layouts.

A little twine and sequins and you have a fabulous layout that didn't take any time at all.

Here's all the supplies and some tips to create your own layout.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Scrapmingle - Where New meets Old

I'm so excited to bring you a new video series that I've been working on the last few weeks. Here's a look at the introduction.

If you're reading in email click the link below to watch
Scrapmingle Intro

Join me each Wednesday on my Youtube channel - TinaGAle to see a new process video and a look at how I work with one new collection and mix it up with my stash to have the best of both worlds: using the latest trendy collections and a little stash busting.

I chose to work with the Crate Paper Poolside collection this go around.

I hope you'll join me each week and play along as well.


Which Cricut is for You??

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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. 

There are two machines that Cricut currently offers on their site:
Cricut Explore One™ 

Cricut Explore One™ is a simple design-and-cut system. It’s versatile, easy to use, cuts very precisely, and is also incredibly affordable. With its irresistibly low price and limitless cutting potential, the Explore One is perfect for a new or beginning crafter. Here are a few notable features of the Explore One: 

Materials – All Cricut machines can cut an unbelievable variety of materials, for example:
  • Paper 
  • Vinyl
  • Iron-on 
  • Craft materials 
  • Upcycled materials 
  • Fabric 
  • Plastic 
  • Thick materials 
Precision - Features Cut Smart™ technology, which allows you to cut a wide range of shapes and sizes with exceptional precision, from ¼" tall up to 11½" wide x 23½" tall. 

Smart Set® Dial - Each machine features a Smart Set® dial, which sets your settings (e.g. speed, pressure, etc.) for you so you don’t have to keep track of them. You just select the material that you're using on the Smart Set® dial and the machine's Cut Smart® technology will deliver a clean, professional cut. 

Images and Fonts - You can upload your own images and fonts for free on all three Cricut cutting machines. 

Cartridges - Both machines work with any Cricut cartridge and have the capability to hold all of your cartridges “virtually” in the cloud within your Cricut Design Space online software. So once you’ve loaded a cartridge, you’ll have it everywhere you go. 

Cricut’s Design Space™ and iPad® app - All Cricut Explore machines work hand-in-hand with Cricut’s Design Space™ (for PC, Mac®, iPad®, and iPhone®) that you get access to for free. 

Cricut Explore Air™
The Explore Air is the whole kit ‘n caboodle. It offers all the impressive features mentioned for the Explore One, but two key things set it apart:
  1. It has a dual carriage for cutting and writing or cutting and scoring in one step. If you do a lot of paper crafting, this is the machine for you!
  2. It has built-in Bluetooth® capability. You just use Cricut’s free iPad app and design anything you want from your iPad, just like you would on your home computer, but with the convenience of being able to take your projects with you anywhere. Then, you can just wirelessly send your project from your iPad to your Explore Air to bring it to life.
Now that you know a lot more about how Cricut Explore® machines work, I’ll focus next week’s post on how you can design here, there and everywhere with Cricut Design Space. You’ll be blown away by how easy it is.

Until then … Happy crafting! 

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Disney Triceratops Spin

Hello everyone! Today I'm hosting a challenge at the My Scraps and More Forums for our Tuesday Trigger challenge. Our prompts to choose from were sunshine, Dad, and Yellow. I decided to play with all three.

Here are some close ups.

I hope you'll hop on over and join us on the forum for our daily challenges. They're a lot of fun and we have some great talent!

Supplies used
Amy Tan Rise and Shine paper and Epoxy Stickers
Crate Paper Craft Market Accent Stickers
Tiny Stapler
Enamel Stars
Simple Stories Snap Alpha

I'm also playing along with 
Clique Kits Monthly Challenge
Jen Box's Fun Scrap FB group