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 2, 2015

Opposites Attract- Heart 2 Heart Challenges

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

Opposites Attract this week. You can choose opposite colors, seasons, or are your family members complete opposite. We want to see your take on this, however that may be.

I had the idea of using silver and gold immediately when I heard this challenge. I even had this picture be my inspiration over on Pinterest. But making it into a working project was difficult. I knew what I wanted, but couldn't see the final project in my head. I still am not sure how I feel about this card. But it is nice for it to be done and able to work on a new project. I was going to use texture paste, but couldn't get the bold silver and gold look like a wanted. I tried embossing powders, but couldn't get a clean look to it.

So here is the troublesome project.

The hexagons are leftover parts when I made the stencil, #M45C8C. I use presentation covers you can buy at office supply stores for my stencils. They made a thicker, good quality stencil. But they aren't meant to be colored, unlike the acetate you can buy for drafting in arts supply store. So I took a nail file and roughed them up so I could color them. I used our metallic markers. I left some clear ones to use. Liquid glass holds them down. I tried to spread it out as much as possible so it wasn't as visible on the clear ones,but it's as good as it's going to get. I could have tried using my Xyron, if I knew where it was. That might have worked better, but you can't use what you don't have, or can't find. 

Mr, &, and  Mrs are cut from my Explore using our glitter paper using font from Artbooking and Art Philosophy. Believe it or not, but I used the same paper for both. It is silver glitter, and I turned mr and mrs to gold using ShinHan markers in yellow.

I hope you play along with us this week at {Heart 2 Heart}. You must use some sort of Close To My Heart product. So if you need some, go to {nikkageers.ctmh.com}, then come back to play. You have all month to play along. 

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}


Mr & Mrs card

   Cards and Envelopes X254
   Black And Grey Glitter Paper Z1829

   Golden Yellow ShinHan Marker Z2452
   Metallic Markers Z1768

   Liquid Glass Z679
   Artbooking Z1906
   Art Philosophy Z1686
   Presentation Covers (non ctmh)

Sunday, March 1, 2015

5 Minute Tutorial - Cut Multiple Colors On Same Mat

It's Sunday so I have a new 5 minute tutorial for you. And this one even has a 5 minute card with it.

Ever wonder how to reduce your mat amounts? You have 4 cuts and each one is a different color. So that mean 4 different mats. What a pain. But if you have room, you can make all of the cuts on one mat, and still use different colors.

So here are my images. I have used balloon #M45A50 from Artiste and Happy Birthday  #M58174 from Artbooking. I welded the words to make them one cut.
Each balloon is going to be a different color and the sentiment is going to be a different color.

Using sync, drag all the images so they are the same color. This step is important. Each color will get its own mat, so to have them on the same mat, they need to be synced.

Hit go and it will bring you to the mat preview. Here is where you can place the images where you need to. You can do this on the design mat, just make sure to select all and attach, but I like moving things on this mat. It's easier to line up on this mat because of the .25 in allowance on each side of the mat. Remember this when you are placing your paper. Just because you image is an inch, if you only use an inch, it will not fit because of the allowance.

All you do here is click and drag where you want it. You have have it all grouped together or you can place in each corner. it is all up to you. Just pay attention to the grid for the location on the mat.

Here is my paper laid out. The sentiment took up a 3 x 4 section, then the balloon took an inch next to it. I cut the balloon paper 2 x 2, just make sure I was good with the allowance because they are on the corners. The green paper next to the sentiment could have been smaller because it wasn't against the edge.

And all cut out. Sorry about the pictures of the mats. I am short so it is hard to get a picture of the full mat without climbing on something.

Now that the extra is removed, you can see exactly how it is lined up, just like on the mat preview.

So here is the card I made from it.

 This card took about 5 minutes to make once it was cut. I think it took more time getting the images in Design Space and have the Explore cut them then it did actually making the card. I used our Bonding Memories glue to glue the sentiment. I find this the quickest way to glue down words like this. Make sure to use a all purpose mat or scrap paper because you are just going to swipe the glue against the cardstock and it will get over the edges. You can use either the pen or the broad tip for this. I used the current Stamp Of The Month for the balloon strings. Some washi tape masked the sentiment so the balloon strings did not get stamped on the sentiment. Some foam tape to pop the balloons up. And that is all.  All the cardstock is old retired scraps that I had.   This technique is great for using up your scraps. Tip, if you are cutting scraps that are an inch or smaller, tape them down with washi tape to make sure they don't move. I did this using 1 inch scraps of glitter paper and it worked great. You may have to change the dial to a click above what you would normally use with the washi. But I had no problem using the same setting, Washi tape is pretty thin, or at least the Close To My Heart kind I use is.

I hope you enjoyed this quick tutorial. And my quicky card. 

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 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 currently have a member only special, so you will need to join to be able to use it.

I have used the following Close To My Heart products. You can order them at {nikkageers.ctmh.com}


Happy Birthday Card

Stamps -
   Choose Happy Stamp Of The Month S1503

Paper - 
   Cards and Envelopes X254
   Retired Assorted Cardstocks
    (Current cardstocks that could replace them
      Honey Cardstock X5668
      Cranberry Cardstock 1272
      Olive Cardstock 1245
      Gypsy Cardstock X5757
      Whisper Cardstock X5929)

    Black Ink Pad Z2105

   Artiste Cartridge Z1790
   Artbooking Cartridge Z1906
   Bonding Memories Pen Z553
   3D Foam Tape Z1151

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Choose Happy - March Sotm blog hop

Welcome to this month's Stamp Of The Month Blog Hop. This is a circle blog hop, so keep hopping until you come back to the blog you started at. If you did not join up here, you should be coming from {Haley Dyer}. Next in the hop is {Maria Myers}

 We are featuring the stamp set Choose Happy. You can get this stamp set for $5 when you purchase $50 in product, but only for the month of March.

Normally, I would show you how to use this stamp set "out of the box", but I had a hard time finding a way to use this stamp set differently then shown. 

I did cut the stamp set apart to make this set of cards. I took the sentiment "choose happy" and cut the words apart so I could use the happy part. And I made a 5 piece card set with the word happy and other words from the Happy To Be Friends stamp set. The font was the same size so it works perfect. It has the nice script of happy and the basic font for the rest. It looks awesome. You would never guess they were two different stamp sets.

Yes, I just noticed the yellow card had messed up on the stamping. I am not sure why. I only saw it when I was editing my pictures. Oh Well.

I used our fundamentals papers which has an embossed side. Here is a good shot of the texture of the paper. 

Do you love this butterfly? It is actually from Artfully Sent (image #M10232F). But of course I could not use it as is. I used Design Space to remove the insides of the image, just leaving a solid  butterfly. You can find the tutorial on how to do this {here}. It is part of my 5 Minute Tutorial series. I do a new one every Sunday.

Now I have made another project using this stamp set, but you will have to stop back to see it. 

I have used this stamp set on {this tutorial}.

I hope you enjoyed this project. Next in the hop is {Maria Myers}

Check out all of my tutorials at my {tutorial page}

So you don't miss any of the new tutorials, artwork or exclusive members only specials, join my {Facebook group}. It is easy to miss a post in the Facebook groups and I don't post to all of them.

To order your own products to make these cards, visit {nikkageers.ctmh.com}.


Happy Butterfly Card Set

   Choose Happy S1503
   Happy To Be Friends C1605

   White Daisy Cardstock 1385
   Cards and Envelopes X254
   Whimsy Fundamentals (Canary, Thistle, Smoothie) Z2033
   Adventure Fundamentals (Pear, Lagoon) Z2032

   Black Ink Pad Z2105

   Artfully Sent Cartridge Z3017

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Cricut coordinating stamps sets

Close To My Heart has stamp sets that work with our Cricut cartridges to cut out the images. You can find them throughout the Idea Books with a red outline around the image. But did you know that these stamp sets don't retire like other stamp sets. While our stamp sets are available for a year, and sometimes they even bring them back in the Idea Books, they keep all the ones that coordinate with the Cricut forever. Now, you are unable to find them in the Idea Books. But you can find them on my website at {http://nikkageers.ctmh.com/}  Click the link to bring you directly to all the Cricut stamps sets.

Now this stamp set, Inspirational Flourishes, came out in the beginning of 2014. And while you can not longer get the paper to go with this card, you can still get that great stamp set.

 I think this card would look great with the current Heartstrings paper pack.

So head to {nikkageers.ctmh.com} to find all the wonderful stamp sets that are still available . And with 4 Cricut cartridges, there are a lot of coordinating stamp sets.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Cricut Explore Tutorial - Ipad App Card

Hello. I am back with my first Ipad tutorial. I am making a card for the current challenge at {Heart 2 Heart} which is Think Pink and I wanted to try out the new app. So as I sat with my hubby watching tv, I designed this card. It was so easy.

First I want to share my inspiration. I came across this card on Pinterest and had to make it. I just loved that cut out. After some trial and error, I was able to make this using Art Philosophy and the app.

I had to get my image. I searched for the image I wanted #M4339D. So easy to do.

I needed two ovals to do this, so I used duplicate under actions.

Then I rotated using the rotate "button" when you click on the image. It is the top right button. I rotated until I liked the swish banner thingy, I am not sure what to call this shape.

You need to select the items. There is no select all option on the app. There are two ways to do this. The one I used here was click and drag around the images.
Then slice which is under actions.

This is a card, so I needed to make the card base. I used #M47638 from Art Philosophy for the card base and score line #M48E16. 
Under edit, you can change the size. My card needed to be 8.5 x 5.5 to make an A2 card. Make sure to unlock and you can type in the size.
You can also click and drag with the bottom right button but this is easier and makes sure that you get the exact size.

Now I need to take the swish thingy out of the card. You can either attach or slice. Since my image was larger than the card, and I didn't want it cutting the whole thing out, I chose slice.  
The second way to select you images is with the layers tab. Click and hold each layer and it will select it.

I had a problem with lining up the score line. With the app, it will line up the images, and 'lock' it in place. With this size screen, I thought it lined up at 4.25. I didn't double check the position and it was actually at 4 in. So I had to rescore it to make the card fold right. To make sure this doesn't happen to you, use the position option under edit. Enter 4.25 (which will turn to 4.2)
I like how the visible the score line is on the app. It's a solid line, not dotted like in Design Space.

I am making two cards, so I had it cut two card bases and my words. I selected all and attach so I could cut on one mat. Here is how I laid out the paper. The mat preview looks beautiful on the app. So easy to find the location to place my paper.

 And with my bluetooth adapter, I was able to cut from the app. So awesome. I wish my laptop had bluetooth. I had my Explore fly across the room because I tripped over my cable and my dog ends up hitting the cable a lot when she lays on her bed.

And here is my completed project.

There is the pink for the challenge. And I made a blue boy one while I was at it.
The colored paper is cardstock with direct to paper inking on vellum. I layered the two. They aren't as dark as they look in the photos. It is hard to have the ink dry on vellum. I did take my heat tool to help, but it would still smudge so the ink is sitting directly on the cardstock so there is no color transfer. I messed up two card bases because of this. I used image #M41DB0 for the baby girl and #M4752D for baby boy, both from Artbooking cartridge.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and artwork I have shared today. I hope you will join us at {Heart 2 Heart} for the Think Pink challenge this week. You must use some Close To My Heart product to play along. So order yours today and 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 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 still have my {Operation Smile special} going on til the end of the month. Check out how you can donate to this special cause.

If you would like to recreate this project, you can shop at {nikkageers.ctmh.com}


Baby Card Set


   White Daisy Cardstock 1385
   Pixie Cardstock X5773
   Glacier Cardstock X5770

   Crystal Blue Ink Pad Z2117
   Cotton Candy Ink Pad Z2193

   Art Philosophy Cartridge Z1686
   Artbooking Cartridge Z1906
   Liquid Glass Z679

Sunday, February 22, 2015

5 Minute Tutorial - Watercolor Outline

It's Sunday so I have a brand new 5 minute tutorial for you.  This one will show you how you can take an image in Design Space and turn it into a watercolore image. So let's begin.

You will choose your image. I think any image will work since the Explore will be drawing the outline for you. I chose image #M106793 from Artfully Sent. It is a flower cluster. As with most of the images that come in this cartridge, it is grouped with all the images needed to make a pop up card. I deleted all the extra images I did not need.
The image was still part of the card, and I did not want that cut out so I used slice to get just the flower cluster. You will not need to do this is it just a regular image. 

And here is my working image.

You will need to select the image and change over to score.  We are doing a no outline watercolor so the score tool will draw out the outline for us to color in.

Use watercolor paper for this. I just bought a pad at Hobby Lobby. The score tool works really well on this type of paper. It is fairly easy to see the outline, which is what you want, 

I am using Close To My Heart dye inks to do my watercolor. How to do this is press your pad onto a nonstick mat, like the all purpose mat, to get a puddle of ink. Add a little bit of water and apply to you image. You could use watercolor pencils or actual watercolors for this. Each one will have a different look to it.

Just start coloring. With the outline being scored in, you have room to play. Once painted, you won't see the outlines so you can't make any mistakes. 

And my finished watercolor. 

I hope you enjoyed this week tutorial. Would love to see what you make so please add your project to the linky below.

To see all of my tutorial, visit my {tutorial page}

So you don't miss out on any tutorials, artwork or exclusive members only specials, please join my {Facebook group}. It is easy to miss posts in the Facebook groups and I don't post to all of them. 

Don't miss the {Operation Smile special} I have running til the end of the month and learn about this great organization and how to donate. 

I have used the following Close To My Heart products, which you can purchase at {nikkageers.ctmh.com}

Artfully Sent Cartridge Z3017, All Purpose Mat Z2045, Pixie Ink Pad Z2644, Pear Ink Pad Z2197, Canary Ink Pad Z2643, Hollyhock Ink Pad Z2128, Ruby Ink Pad Z2120, Thistle Ink Pad Z2640, Topiary Ink Pad Z2155