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}
{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}


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}

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

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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

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Create Your Card - Create An Outline Shaker Card


Hello. I am starting new series, Create Your Card. Every Wednesday I will be making a brand new card and post it on Youtube. I hope you enjoy them. They will be one take, no edits videos. So be nice. I do stumble on words sometimes. I work better with a script. 



This is the card we will be making.


Your can do this with any shape, but I will be using hearts in my example.

You will need 3 hearts (#M46EAC). Make one slightly bigger and move it out of the way.  Also add a rectangle (#M47638). 


Take the other two hearts. Make the one smaller. The size depends on how big you want the shaker to be. It will matter on what are placing in the shaker. You want it to big enough to have the items move freely through the shaker. Make sure to attach once done.


Size the rectangle. I chose this to be slightly smaller than the card base. Select the 3 and attach. Duplicate.
You will be cutting the group once for fun foam, and once with cardstock. The cut the larger heart in acetate. 


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


I hope you enjoyed this video. Come back next week for a new card. I will still be doing my tutorials on this blog. The videos will be for this series only.


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}.

Don't miss out on the member only special going on right now. Today's special is a Cricut Cartridge special. You don't want to miss it.

I have used the following Close To My Heart items, which you can buy at {nikkageers.ctmh.com}:
Art Philosophy Cartridge Z1686, White Daisy Cardstock 1385, Happy To Be Friends C1605, Pixie Ink Pad Z2644, Liquid Glass Z679, Bonding Memories Pen 1512

Monday, April 13, 2015

Sketch Challenge At Heart 2 Heart


Take two. I already finished this post but it did not save. Ugh. I hate when that happens.

I am sorry for anyone who has been following my blog, expecting new projects everyday this month. I got really sick, even had to go to the hospital, so I haven't been able to make it into the craft room. Plus I chose to do that on a whim so I did not have projects already done. Oh Well. I can always try later in the year.



We have a new challenge for you over at {Heart 2 Heart}. This week is a sketch challenge, made by me. (happy claps). 

Now you can follow this sketch exactly, or can use it as a guide. Just as long as we can see that this sketch is what inspired you. 


Sadly to say, I needed a sympathy card this week. My step grandmother passed. And I need a card to send to my parents. As a rule, you want sympathy cards to be simple and elegant. So I chose to do a one layer cards using Black and Smokey Plum as my colors. 
How I followed the sketch was I used the background stamp for my rectangle and my sentiment is where the banners are. 

The flower is from an old retired set. It has a lot of the long, silhouette flowers. I thought of this set immediately when I knew I needed a sympathy card. I needed the background to be more muted than it was, so I took a baby wipe and pounced on the stamp. It is kinda hard to see in the photo, but the flower and the sentiment are in Smokey Plum.


I hope you will join us this week at {Heart 2 Heart}. You have all month to play along with all of the challenges for this month.  You will need to use some Close To My Heart products to play along. 

You can order at {nikkageers.ctmh.com}. Don't forget the grab bag special going on this month. 


Or my anniversary special, which you can find {here}


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}




Recipe:

With Sympathy Card

Stamps -
   A1146  Sincere Expressions
   D1544  Distressed Backgrounds
   Retired  Treasured Life

Paper -
   X254 Cards And Envelopes

Ink-
   Z2105  Black Ink Pad
   Z2147  Smokey Plum Ink Pad

Monday, April 6, 2015

It's here - Seasonal Expressions 2 Special Blog Hop


Welcome to our special blog hop. This is a circle hop, so keep on going until you get back to the blog you started from. If you did not start here, you should be coming from {Darlys Recker} blog. Next in the hop is {Terry Ann Diack} blog.


We have a brand new mini for you guys. Brand new items through August. Many of the items are limited time only. Almost all of the stamp sets will be available for a year. The ones that are only available while the mini is here are the hostess stamps and the Operation Smile stamp set.



Again I went to pinterest for my inspiration. I wanted something where I could use the sentiments from the stamp of the month. You can find the pin {here}.


Our new washi sets comes with 1/4 inch washi tape, which was perfect to replicate this card. The papers are from the new Blossom paper pack. I didn't have any enamel shapes so I made my own using Liquid Glass and circles of Blossom paper cut from the Cricut, #M458E2.

I used the stamp of the month sentiments for this. I cut it in half so I can have the sentiment lengthwise. 



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}

You can order any of these products to make your own at {nikkageers.ctmh.com}

Next in the hop is {Terry Ann Diack} blog


Recipe:

Just Because Card

Stamp -
   S1504  Typed Note

Paper -
   X254  Card and Envelope
   X7196B Blossom Paper Pack
   1385  White Daisy Cardstock

Ink -
   Z2105  Black Ink Pad

Other -
   Z3066  Boardwalk Washi Pack
   Z679  Liquid Glass
   Z1686  Art Philosophy Cartridge

Heart 2 Heart Challenge - Checkerboard

We have a new challenge for you over at {Heart 2 Heart}. This week we want to see your checkerboard ideas.




I have another cake inspiration from {cakewrecks.com} Sunday Sweets.The wrecks are funny, but Sunday Sweets have these beautiful done cakes. Works of art. This isn't really my style, but I knew this would be a great inspiration.



I may have saved this cake just for this challenge, I don't remember.  But it is perfect. I love the half heart look. Very different and cool.


I used my Cricut a lot here. Simple. In Design Space, took my square, and placed it on top and attached. It cut all out and in half. Embossed 3 half of hearts with gold embossing. 

The images I used were Love You #M3DBB9 , heart #M46EAC, and rectangle #M47639.



I hope you join us this week for our checkerboard challenge at {Heart 2 Heart}. You must use some Close To My Heart.

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}

Don't miss any of the specials going on this month. I have an {anniversary} special, join my {Facebook group} to get even more out of the anniversary special, and the grab bag special you can find  at {nikkageers.ctmh.com}


Recipe:

Love You Layout

Paper -
   1385  White Daisy Cardstock 
   1246  Hollyhock Cardstock  
   X5773  Pixie Cardstock  
   Heartstrings (retired)

Ink -
   Z891  Versamark
   Z2066  Gold Embossing Powder
   Z1906  Artbooking Cartridge
   Z1686  Art Philosophy Cartridge

Friday, April 3, 2015

Flashback friday

It is day 3 and I am sick still. I don't know what it is, cold, flu, whatever. But I am miserable. I will save the details, but it is not pretty. I don't want to already break my goal, so I am bringing back an oldie from 2011.


The original post is missing, so I don't have the details on this. I will soon be remaking this card because I love how it turned out. 

I am hoping to be better by tomorrow. 


Thursday, April 2, 2015

Operation Smile Stamp Set - Happy Everything


My anniversary with Close To My Heart is today, It has been 5 years. So not only do I have a special going on, you can find out the details {here}, but I am going to try to post everyday for a month, whether it be artwork or a tutorial. This is day 2. Stop by every day to see if I can do this, and should have something new for you. 

Our new mini, Seasonal Expressions 2 just became available on the 1st, so I will have a bunch of new goodies for you. 


It has been a long times since I have played along with {mojo monday}, so I tried this sketch out. It is weird to do this size, I almost made it an A2 size, but what is a challenge without a challenge. 



So the newest addition to this mini is the Operation Smile stamp set. Close To My Heart donates $3 from every stamp set. This one is called Happy Everything and is a D size stamp.


Look at all the cute sentiments that come in this stamp set. 

I tested out the ShinHan markers that we sell. I am not a pro and I think the yellow balloon turned out better than the red one. 

I wanted the sentiment to be different, so I embossed the sentiment and sponged black ink around it, leaving the checkerboard. I have yet to figure out how to get a smooth embossing without going over it again, so there were some bumps to it. But still looks cool.

I hoped you enjoyed this project. Please come back to see more projects, and see if I can keep up with the posting everyday challenge. 


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}.

To order Happy Everything and all the other items I have used to make this card, stop by {nikkageers.ctmh.com}


Recipe:

Happy Everything Card

Stamps -
   D1653  Happy Everything

Paper -
   X7189B  Confetti Wishes 
   1385  White Daisy Cardstock
   1243  Goldrush Cardstock
   X5769  Thistle Cardstock

Ink -
   44751  Archival Black Ink Pad
   Z2105  Black Ink Pad
   Z891  Versamark Ink Pad
   Z2469  Colorless Blender
   Z2448  Carmine ShinHan Marker
   Z2450  Cherry Pink ShinHan Marker
   Z2452  Golden Yellow ShinHan Marker
   Z2457  Marigold ShinHan Marker

Other -
   Z2088  Clear Embossing Powder
   Z555  Craft Heater
   Z1151  3D Foam Tape