Getting a Feeling for Cricut Design Space

CraftyExplorers Sympathy 8July2015
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Shown here, is an example of a card I made in Design Space, which you’ll learn a bit about in today’s post.  Keep reading, for more info on the card, and a link to the Design Space file so you can make your very own just like this one.

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!

PS: About that file, you’ll find it here CraftyExplorer Sympathy Card.  Listed here is what you’ll need to make your own, and of course, links where you can purchase what’s needed that you may not have, by shopping with me.  You’ll need a Cricut account too to get this file to work, but that is free, and if you do not have these cartridges or subscription and choose not to at this time, you can switch out for other images and tweak to your liking. 

*Note – this is the first Cricut file I have shared, please let me know if there are any errors.

Credits:
Rose – CTMH Artfully Sent Cartridge
Sentiment – Anna’s Garden Cards & Embelleshments
Font – Billionaire (May or May not be included in Design Space Subscription)                                                                 Paper – Recollections from Michaels
Ribbon – Just a narrow white satin ribbon I found in the Ol’ Hoard

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April Spring Cleaning All Over The Place : Even at Close To My Heart!

CTMH Deal of the Day PeekIt is the 23rd of April already, I’ve been busy learning a bit of CTMH and stamping and craftyness, making notes for posts, trying to get pics for posts, AND trying to spring clean and organize the hoard so I can find what I need, and even, see what I don’t need cuz I already have it in the back of the closet forgotten! AND I finally got my very first Cricut Close To My Heart Cartridge, the Artfully Sent one, and OHHEMMMGEEEEE is it a fun one!!! I’ve been cricuting and cricuting away with it. I will definitely be showing you more on that soon.

Speaking of spring cleaning, there is a lot of it happening over at CTMH. To help them make room for exciting new stuff coming this summer, they have having a humongous grab bag sale. If you haven’t had a chance to look over the April Special with Close To My Heart, check out this video, made by my upline “Dr. Phil” showing what he got in one of the Grab Bags, the $150 one in fact.  Every day offers a different value/price bag, and every day’s bag has different items.  Prices began at $35 and go up to $150, with sometimes double the value, or more in them, of product.  Product is a mixture of both new and current items, and retired items.  in order to take advantage of this awesome can’t miss it deal, all you need to do is buy one regular priced item, no matter how much it is. Just choose your item from the catalog (after you go over to my site, log in (only takes a moment to create an account if you need to) and please make sure to join the April gathering button, and then you’re in the shopping section. Add your choice to the shopping cart, and up will pop an offer for the Deal of the Day Grab Bag, and it will show the price of that days offering.  Today, Wednesday til 3PM MST, it’s a $75 bag, and we won’t know what tomorrow’s will be until that time, so check every day if there is a special price you’d like to purchase, but if you see it available, I’d recommend getting it right away, as the month is coming to an end and who knows if that price point will be offered again, or when they will be out of stock, as this is a “While Supplies Last” sale.  Therefore, as the month comes to an end, the chances are greater that they will run out of a particular price point at any time, even early in the day.  If you have any more questions, just send me a message or email.

I am so excited to see what CTMH comes up with next.  May will be offering a limited time special, and I’ll give you a little hint, it’s fun, fruity and summery!  It’s so fun, I am very excited about it.  Hopefully I’ll get things together enough to share some thing I’ll make with it soon.  Off to make a refreshing lemonade now, see you all soon and enjoy your day.

*Don’t forget to share this with all your friends!  And please, make sure my name shows at the top of your CTMH ordering page, and unless you wish to have your own CTMH Gathering (which I will be happy to set up for you) please join my monthly gathering when you order.  I really appreciate that as it will help me get some extra goodies each month. And of course, you can get your own goodies if you want to have your own gathering, just give me a shout and we’ll set you up!!!

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