Tuesday, December 11, 2300

Cricut Explore Design Space Tutorials

Design Space may look a little difficult and overwhelming but it is quite simple when you know what to do.  I have been doing tutorials to show you how simple it truly is. So check out these tutorials and play with your Explore today

{What is new in Design Space 2.0}

{Basics of Design Space part 1}
{Basics of Design Space part 2}
{How to Upload Your Own Photos In Design Space}
{How To Card Tutorial}
{How to use codes in Design Space} updated for 2.0
{How to Contour in Design Space}
{How to use text in Design Space}
{How to use custom setting in Design Space}
{How To Size Envelopes}
{Print Then Cut}
{How to use slice with Artfully Sent}
{How to make a 3D snowflake and how to add score lines}
{Split Images Using Slice}
{Vinyl Tutorial}
{How To Make Your Own Pattern Alphabet}
{How To Emboss Using Design Space}
{How To Write On The Inside Of A Card}
{How To Make A State Outline Sign}
{How To Make Sequins}
{How To Make A Chipboard Alphabet Book}i
{How To Make A Shaped Monogram}
{How To Do Knockout Text}
{How To Cut An Image Larger Than The Mat}
{Attach Vs Slice}
{How To Upload Layers Without A SVG}
{Making A Custom Cut Out Card On The Ipad}
{Partial Die Cut A Window}
{How To Make A Pop Up Image}
{How To Make A Faux Stitched Panel}


5 Minute Tutorials
{How To Make A Solid Layer}
{Print Then Cut A White Background}
{Make A Watercolor Image}
{How To Cut Multiple Colors On One Mat}
{How To Make A Shaped Card}


Create Your Card Series
{Create A Outline Shaker Card}
{Create A Bendi Card}
{Create A Triple Time Card}
{Create A Camouflage Die Cut Card}
{Create A Double Diecut Card}


There will be more to come.  Is there a tutorial you would like to see? Let me know in the comments below.

I offer one on one classes for Cricut Design Space. Stop by for more {details}.


To make sure you don't miss out on any new tutorials, artwork or members only specials, as it is easy to miss posts on Facebook and I don't post to all of them, join my {Facebook group}

Subscribe to my {Youtube Channel} for updates on new Create Your Card videos.

I have also added a pin button on all of my posts so you can easily add artwork to you Pinterest account

You can print or save a .pdf version of each tutorial. At the bottom of the post is a print friendly button

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Life Is Wonderful SOTM Blog Hop


Welcome to this months stamp of the month blog hop. this month we are featuring Life Is Wonderful.



This hop is a circle hop. Just keep going until you come back to where you started. If you have been hopping, you will be coming from {Paige Dolecki}. Next in the hop is {Jennifer Dykstra}. If you lose your way, stop by {here} for the complete list.






I made this valentines / anniversary / every day card. It can really be used for anything. I had to cut out the something that was on the bottom of the always remember stamp so I could fit the rest of my saying.  I had a hard time finding an 'I' to use. There was no 'I' in the happy to be friends stamp I used for the love you. And every one I found was not the right size. Then I remembered that the Artfully Sent bundle came with an alphabet. Perfect fit. There were two styles of 'I'. I thought the curly version fit the best. 


I used this sketch that I had saved. It is no longer available to link to their site, but I still liked it. I rotated the sketch and adapted to a A2 size card.  Plus I was inspired by a color challenge blog to use monochromatic.



I want to share a trick with you. When I need to figure out sizing or layout on a project, I do it in Design Space. I can get the exact measurements and cut out any piece I would like to use. I still use my paper trimmer for rectangles and squares. I did use the cricut for the banner (#M4235A). The cool thing about this is can use Design Space without owning a Explore. You can also do this in Craft Room, I think. I have never used Craft Room.

 I found this cool thing at {Courtney Lane Designs}. She has the hex codes, or html codes, for all the Close To My Heart colors. You can enter that below the custom color picker. So you can even figure out coloring when you are doing the mock ups. You can even do a print then cut image and have it match the colors perfectly. 

























I hope you enjoyed today's project. Next in this hop is {Jennifer Dykstra}.

You can pick up this stamp set for $5 with qualifying purchase. Or jump on this months special.

You can get the stamp of the month for free, or your choice of hostess rewards stamps for $5, when you purchase $25 in stamps. The hostess reward option is a great offer, since normally you can only get these when you are a hostess of a gathering.
Don't wait, this special and the sotm are only available for the month of July.



If you would to like to recreate any of my projects, you can order the materials at {nikkageers.ctmh.com}.



If you would like to check out my tutorials, visit my {tutorial page}.

To make sure you don't miss out on any new tutorials, artwork, videos or members only specials, as it is easy to miss posts on Facebook and I don't post to all of them, join my {Facebook group}.

Subscribe to my {Youtube Channel} for updates on new Create Your Card videos.

I offer one on one classes for Cricut Design Space. Stop by for more {details}.




Recipe:

Stamps -
   S1507  Life Is Wonderful
   C1605  Happy To Be Friends
   D1630  Curlicue Alphabet (Artfully Sent Only) 

Paper -
   1385  White Daisy Cardstock
   1246  Hollyhock Cardstock
   X5760  Cotton Candy Cardstock
   X5773  Pixie Cardstock
   X5929  Whisper Cardstock
   X254  Cards and Envelopes

Ink -
   Z2172  Whisper Ink Pad

Other -
   Z2013  Silver Sequins
   Z1906  Artbooking Cricut Cartridge
   Z3017  Artfully Sent Cricut Cartridge
   




Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Technical difficulties

I apologize for the minimal posting. My computer is on the fritz and unable to make any videos or tutorial at the moment. I ordered some ram, and hopefully that will do the trick. I will be back as soon as I can. Until then, check out my videos and tutorials. They can be found {here}

Monday, June 22, 2015

Let Them Eat Cake at Heart 2 Heart

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Welcome. We have a new challenge for you over at {Heart 2 Heart}

  

This week is all about cake.

If you have seen some of my projects before, I love to use cakes as inspirations.  I get them at {CakeWrecks.com}  Now normally this site does what it says, show funny wrecks of professional cakes. But every Sunday they showcase beautiful, artful cakes. Which is where I get my inspiration. When I was told about this challenge, I knew I had a few steampunk cakes I was itching to do. 

If you have no idea what steampunk is, it is a cross between Victorian / Edwardian and 1900 technology. So it's a lot of lace and corsets and metal and gears. If you still don't quite understand, think Wild Wild West, the one with Will Smith. I have a whole board with steampunk ideas. You can even find smash ups with steampunk. Like steampunk Ariel, or steampunk Darth Vader. 

So back to my project. 


 I chose to use this steampunk cake. It is one of my favorites I have pinned. Simple yet awesome. You can find the {pin} here.


I used gears that can be found on Artiste cartridge. (#M3F34A, #M3B7A2). And the butterfly is from Art Philosophy (#M3EACD). Normally the metal used in steampunk is copper, but I did not have any copper ink, paper or embossing powder. So I had to use what I had. So I mixed silver and gold to make my own mix. It was hard to get the coloring right on the photo. But it looks cool. I got the hammered look by overheating the embossing powder until it started to bubble. It was hard to get that look consistently, so some are only half textured. Be careful, you do not want to burn the paper. Especially if you will be seeing the paper. It turns brown and ruins the paper.

Another detail you can't see in the photo is that I copied the embossed lines on the cake. I used a tool used in sewing to transfer pattern lines onto your fabric. It kinda looks like the gears. Gives the same look as it does on the cake. (side note, it it hard to spell gears right when you last name is Geers. I don't know how many times I had to go back and spell them right)

I hope you enjoyed my project for you today. We would love if you were to join us at {Heart 2 Heart}. Remember, you must use some Close To My Heart product to play along. If you don't have any, you can order some at {nikkageers.ctmh.com}. And then come back to play. You have all month long to play along with all of the months challenges.


If you would like to check out my other tutorials, visit my {tutorial page}.
To make sure you don't miss out on any new tutorials, artwork, videos or members only specials, as it is easy to miss posts on Facebook and I don't post to all of them, join my {Facebook group}.
Subscribe to my {Youtube Channel} for updates on new Create Your Card videos.
I offer one on one classes for Cricut Design Space. Stop by for more {details}
.If you would to like to recreate any of my projects, you can order the materials at {nikkageers.ctmh.com}.
Recipe:
Stamps -
   C1605  Happy To Be Friends
Paper -
   1388  Colonial White Cardstock
   1385  White Daisy Cardstock
   X1410  Colonial White Cards And Envelopes

Ink -
   Z2130  Indian Corn Blue Ink Pad
   Z891  Versamark Ink Pad
   Versamark Pen (non CTMH)

Other -
   Z2067  Silver Embossing Powder
   Z2066  Gold Embossing Powder
   Z1686  Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge
   Z1790   Artiste Cricut Cartrdige
   Z555  Craft Heater

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Create Your Card - Create A Double Diecut Card


 Welcome back for a new video.  This week I will be showing how to a double diecut.






























This technique is another one that I have seen using metal diecuts. And of course I had to figure out how you can do this Design Space.

 Use two rectangles to make there window for the shaker. I sized one at 5.5 x 4.25 and the smaller at 4 x 2.75.



Choose your font. You want this font to be bold and chunky. I used Close To My Heart Artiste font and changed to bold. Use letter spacing to move the letters closer. If you can't get them to overlap how you want, separate the letters.

























Once you have your words overlapping the way you want, weld together.



Add you second text. I am using Close To My Heart Art Philosophy font. Line up so you can still read the main text. You may have to change the size to achieve this. Make sure to duplicate and slice.


























 Line up the text and weld. Remember to overlap so it is one piece.


























  I used image #M3F34A for the gears. I sized them at .5 inches. When I cut this small or detailed, I use intricate cut cardstock custom setting.






Subscribe to my {Youtube Channel} for updates on new Create Your Card videos.


I hope you enjoyed today's video. Come back next week for a brand new video.



If you would like to check out my other tutorials, visit my {tutorial page}.

To make sure you don't miss out on any new tutorials, artwork, videos or members only specials, as it is easy to miss posts on Facebook and I don't post to all of them, join my {Facebook group}.


I offer one on one classes for Cricut Design Space. Stop by for more {details}.


If you would to like to recreate any of my projects, you can order the materials at {nikkageers.ctmh.com}.



Recipe:

Stamps -
   B1419  Joyful Birthday

Paper -
   X254  Cards And Envelopes
   1385  White Daisy Cardstock
   X5930  Slate Cardstock
   X7195B  Jackson Paper Pack
   Acetate

Ink -
   White StazOn Ink Pad

Other -
   Z1790  Artiste Cricut Cartridge
   Z1686  Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge
   Z1151  3D Foam Tape
   Z679  Liquid Glass

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Military Father's Day Mini Album





Have a new mini album for you today. Say Father's Day for your Military dad. 9 decorated pages and one cover page to write your notes. 4 x 4 pages fit your school pictures or instagram pictures. Small enough for him to carry in his uniform where ever he goes.

















Mini Album is $15 plus shipping. Limited albums available so get your today. Email me at {nikkageers@gmail.com}

Check out my {Disney mini album}

To make sure you don't miss out on any new tutorials, artwork, videos or members only specials, as it is easy to miss posts on Facebook and I don't post to all of them, join my {Facebook group}.

Subscribe to my {Youtube Channel} for updates on new Create Your Card videos.


I offer one on one classes for Cricut Design Space. Stop by for more {details}.

If you would to like to recreate any of my projects, you can order the materials at {nikkageers.ctmh.com}.

Monday, June 8, 2015

Around The World at Heart 2 Heart


Welcome to this weeks challenge at {Heart 2 Heart}




I knew immediately what I want to do. I wanted to scrap about Matt being in Korea. I was going to cut out the state and country from my Explore. I did this like my home is where they send us sign. Except I used the whole image, not an outline. 

Tho I knew what I wanted to do, I still needed to figure out the layout. This was the first image in Pinterest. Had the exact layout I was looking for. I still feel like it's missing something tho.
The font is Paper Lace 1, which is part of the subscription. The tab is image #M3D2CD.


Here is the {pin}


Here is how I made the state / country.

 I uploaded the state and also the map with the exact location I wanted. Size them so they are the same. I am using a star for my location.

 Place the map over the image.

Add the start over the location.


Select the map and delete. Do not move the star at all.

Once you get rid of the map, the star would be in the exact spot you need. Select all and attach.


I hope you enjoyed today project. We would love for you to play along with us at {Heart 2 Heart}. You have all month to play along. You do need to use some Close To My Heart product. If you need some, place an order, then come back to play.



If you would like to check out my other tutorials, visit my {tutorial page}.

To make sure you don't miss out on any new tutorials, artwork, videos or members only specials, as it is easy to miss posts on Facebook and I don't post to all of them, join my {Facebook group}.

Subscribe to my {Youtube Channel} for updates on new Create Your Card videos.

I offer one on one classes for Cricut Design Space. Stop by for more {details}

.If you would to like to recreate any of my projects, you can order the materials at {nikkageers.ctmh.com}.


Recipe:

Paper -
   1385  White Daisy Cardstock
   X5930 Slate Cardstock
   X5759  Pacifica Cardstock
   Z7191B  Wanderful Paper Pack
   1291  Smokey Plum Cardstock
   Retired -
      Crusin'
      Dreamin'
      Buzz And Bumble

Ink -
   Z1979  Journaling Pen

Other -
   Z2010  Enamel Stars
   Z1921  Bakers Twine
   Z1471  Ruler
   Z2046  Piercing & Embossing Tool Kit
   Z3010  Wanderful Assortment
   Z1906  Artbooking Cricut Cartridge