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}

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}

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

Monday, March 23, 2015

How cute at Heart 2 Heart

Welcome to this weeks challenge at {Heart 2 Heart}.

This weeks challenge is How Cute. We want to see your cute creations. 

I was inspired by this pic from {frostedpetticoatblog.com}. I saw the gold unicorn and was inspired to use unicorn dreams, an old hostess only stamp set.  My mom just love unicorns so I had to get this stamp. Not sure if I am going to send her this card. I think the pink is close enough to mauve that she might like it. 

I made this watercolor background different than the others that I have been making. I used reinker to get a bolder color than just using ink pads. I wanted to bring in the green like the inspiration picture but the pink and green paper just didn't look right. I did stamp happy birthday in Sweet Leaf pigment ink and clear embossed it, but it is kinda hard to tell, even in real life. 

The first part of the picture that inspired me was the gold unicorn. I don't have gold glitter embossing powder, so I just did gold. To make such a solid, consistent embossed image, I embossed 3 times. Each time doing another layer of Versamark before I embossed.  The banner is from Artfully Sent, #MFCD58. I used the Cricut to cut out the unicorn. There is no actual cut for that. I scanned the image and had it cut.

I needed a good glue to stick down the embossed images since they get pretty heavy with 3 layers of embossing powder, so I used Liquid Glass. 

I hope you join us for this weeks challenge at {Heart 2 Heart}. You do need to use some Close To My Heart products, so place you order at {nikkageers.ctmh.com} and come back to play.

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Unicorn Birthday Card

Stamp -
   D1583 Unicorn Dreams (retired)
   B1419  Joyful Birthday

Paper -
   X254  Card and Envelope 
   1385  White Daisy Cardstock
   Watercolor Paper (non-ctmh)

Ink -
   Z891 Versamark Ink Pad
   Z2500  Sweet Leaf Pigment Pad
   Z2296  Smoothie Reinker

Other -
   Z2088  Clear Embossing Powder
   Z2066  Gold Embossing Powder
   Z3017  Artfully Sent Cartridge 
   Z679  Liquid Glass

Sunday, March 22, 2015

5 Minute Tutorial - Using Contour To Get Positive Image

I am finally back with a new 5 minute tutorial. I an be upright without too much pain. Hoping to get into the craft room in a day or two.

Normally, when I want to get a positive image from a negative, I will use slice. But sometimes slice is not an option. You can use contour instead to get that image. If you are not quite getting what I am talking about, the pictures will explain.

First, in case you didn't know, they have added a filter option for cartridges so you can now see all your cartridges.

Onto the tutorial.

Choose the image you would like. See how the flower are cut out. That is the negative. This image would be hard to use slice because of how the flowers are grouped together. I am using image #MCBA4F from Artfully Sent.

Choose contour under layers tab. Your whole image will turn blue. Select everything that is not your image you want positive, including the card itself. Your image should be the only one with a dark blue outline. Everything else will be the green outline.

Click off the image and you should be left with the positive image. So easy to do. This will not work the other way around. You will have to slice a rectangle to get a negative from a positive.

If you enjoyed this tutorial, you can see my other tutorials on my {tutorial page}.

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I used Artfully Sent on this tutorial, which you can purchase at {nikkageers.ctmh.com}

Monday, March 16, 2015

Green With Envy - Heart 2 Heart Challenges

Welcome to this weeks challenge at {Heart 2 Heart}.

Tomorrow is Saint Patrick's Day, so this weeks challenge is all about Green. I am on bed rest from my surgery so no drinks for me. Yes, you heard right, a sober Irish. 

So I finally did the Bokeh trend. It is pretty simple. I used dye inks to do the watercolor background.  Used greens and green - blues. Use the all purpose mat or a stamp block to press your pad against to get the ink. Add water to the ink. Using waterpaper, get it all wet and start adding your watercolor. Wait til it dry to do the next part, or use a heat gun if impatient.
Make circle stencils using the presentation covers and image #M458E2. You can use just cardstock, but I want something that will last. Make sure to leave a border around your circles to get clean circles.  I used 5 sizes. 
Pigment ink will look the best for this. Even if you use other colors than white. Using white pigment ink, randomly add circles. The best look is to have the larger circles be lighter and the smaller circles be more opaque. The tiniest circle is actually an eraser dipped in the ink.  Heat once done to set the ink.

I made the background but couldn't figure out how to use it. Then I remembered I had a cake that had the same colors.  This is a Sunday sweets from {cakewrecks.com}. I love the Sunday cakes. They are amazing. But I digress. Love this cake. So I took the flowers to make my card. The Flowers are from Art Philosophy #M3EB66.

I embossed the sentiment in white embossing powder on the watercolor but it did not show at all. So I water colored a strip a White Daisy then embossed. This makes it blend more with the background but doesn't have the pigment ink so the embossing actually shows up.

Join us  at {Heart 2 Heart} for the green challenge this week. You have all month to play along. You will need to use some Close To My Heart product. Place your order at {nikkageers.ctmh.com} and come back to play.

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Hello Wonderful Card

Stamps -
   B1443  Hello Wonderful

   X254  Card and Envelope 
   1385  White Daisy Cardstock 

   Z2153  Sweet Leaf Ink Pad
   Z2165  Juniper Ink Pad
   Z2197  Pear Ink Pad
   Z2195  Lagoon Ink Pad
   Z2163  White Daisy Pigment Ink Pad
   Z891  Versamark Ink Pad

Other -
   Z2068  White Embossing Powder
   Z679  Liquid Glass
   Z1686  Art Philosophy Cartridge
   Z2045  All Purpose Mat

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Cut Above Retiring

This project uses Cut Above Valentine Treat Bag Kit (Z2056) which will be retiring at the end of this month. It also features Heartstrings Paper Pack (X7193B), which will also be available til the end of the month. The stamp set and Pixie twine will be available for at least a year.

Place your order today before these wonderful items go away.


Stamps -
   Mini Valentine M1052

Paper -
   Heartstrings Paper Pack X7193B
   White Daisy Cardstock 1385
   Cards and Envelopes X254

   Black Ink Z2105

   Cut Above Valentine Treat Bag Kit Z2056
   Pixie Extra Thick Twine Z3035
   Foam Tape Z2060
   Liquid Glass Z679

Friday, March 13, 2015

Seasonal Expressions 1 Retiring List

Many items in this wonderful mini will be gone April 1st. Tho, all of the stamp sets are available for a year, unless they use a Cricut cut, then they are available forever. And even some of the embellishments will be available after March as they should be showing up in the new Annual Inspirations coming out later this year. 
So what is retiring? Here is a list of everything you must buy now before they are gone.

Heartstrings paper pack X7193B

Heartstrings Complements  X7193C

Heartstrings Assortment  Z3015
Workshop On The Go Heartstrings Cardmaking Kit 
Picture My Life  Heartstrings Z3046
Hopscotch Paper Pack  X7194B
Hopscotch Complements X7194C
Hopscotch  Assortment  Z3016
Workshop On The Go Hopscotch G1091
Picture My Life Hopscotch  Z3045

You're The Bomb C1617

Cut Above Birthday Treat Bag Z2056
Cut Above Valentine Treat Bag Z2056
Junebug Puffies Z3038
Stuck On You Puffies  3037
Happy Day Mini Clothespins Z3029
Lovestruck Mini Clothespins  Z3028

Also, the Hostess Only stamp sets will retire.  You must host a gathering to get these stamp sets.

Place your order today before they are all gone at {nikkageers.ctmh.com}

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

I am having surgery

I am having surgery tomorrow so I will not be creating anything new for a while. I will still be doing Heart 2 Heart challenges as those have already been done, but no new artwork or tutorials until I can get back in the craft room. Which may be the end of the month. I am hoping to be able to before then, but we will see. Being cut open and gutted (I am having a hysterectomy) does put you down for a bit. Thanks for the well wishes and come back when I am able to craft again.