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Quick Card Making Tips & Tricks

February 10, 2017 • Contributor: Product Marketing Manager Cortney Haymond

So you need a quick card, but you have some quick questions … I have received several questions lately on card making. What are the two biggest obstacles you ask?
  1. How do I work with the scoring tool?
  2. How do I use fonts with writing styles?

If either of these questions have crossed your mind, even for a moment, keep on reading (even if they haven’t crossed your mind you should keep going, this is good stuff, if I do say so myself. Also there are pictures, just saying).

First order of business is picking the card you want to make. Whether it is from our awesome “Make it Now” project collection, or one you are starting from scrap, there are a few things you will want to know.

Most cards have fold lines, if the card you’re making has one you will need a scoring stylus. It looks like this…

 

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Today I have chosen a “Make it Now” card project to work with. However, I am going to customize it to fit my personality a bit more.

 

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This card has four score lines (folds) in it, which I love because it sets it apart from the bi-fold cards outs there. Another thing I love about this card it that it combines cutting and writing/drawing. Once I have hit the customize button I can start to get creative.

The first thing I want to do is change the phrase. While I like this phrase, I want something a little curlier to match the fun embellishments on the sides of the card.

 

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I will need to detach the writing layer from the heart in order to change the font.

 

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Once I have done that I am going to delete the text and create a new text box. Now I can write whatever saying I want. After I have written out my phase, I am going to click on the edit tab and choose a font. Now because I want this to be written instead of cut, I am going to want pick a font that has an associated writing style. I can do that by clicking the first drop down menu and clicking “Has a Writing Style.”

 

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All you have to do now is pick the font you like the best. If you read my last post about fonts you will know that I have a lot of favorites, today I think I will use one called P.S. Post Script.

 

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You will notice that the letters aren’t connected at this point. If you would like to connect them, there are two different ways. First, in the edit tab there is a place for “Line Spacing” and “Letter Spacing.” I think that I will use both.  By decreasing both the line space and the letter space, I am able to get the letters and words exactly where I want them.

 

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Want to know your second option? Of course you do!!! *In my announcer voice* “Okay, lets show our viewers at home what is behind door #2 ...”

 

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“It’s the ‘Isolate letters’ button!” By isolating the letters, you can move them independently of each other to achieve the look you desire.

WARNING

Once you isolate the letters you cannot, I repeat, cannot change the font. I often make a duplicate of my phrase or word before doing this, just in case I change mind my mind (it happens a lot okay!).

After you have them in your desired configuration, draw a square around them with your mouse (or finger if you are on the app) and attach or weld them to one another (we will go over the difference of these two in another post, stay tuned).

Make sure you reattach your phrase to your card, or else it won’t write where you want it to. Now just hit the go button and head to the cut screen. The biggest piece of advice I can give you (and this goes for more than just cards) is to follow the prompts on your screen. They will tell you when you need a scoring stylus and when you will need a pen. They both go in the same spot (clamp A, the one that doesn’t have a blade) so you will only use one at a time.

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I have another tip for you. Remember that first picture I showed you of the scoring stylus (it’s okay, you can scroll back up and look at it)? Did you see the arrow (you can go look at it again)? Well, when you put the scoring stylus or the pen for that matter into the clamp, if you don’t see that arrow disappear, then you don’t have it in all the way. For those of you with scoring stylus and pen frustrations you may want to try this ...

 

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Hold up the clamp with your finger as you push the Stylus or Pen into place. This will help you to feel when it has clicked in correctly. From there just cut, assemble, and give to someone you love!

Did this post answer some of your questions? It did? Let me know in the comments below. You still have more? Well don’t hesitate to ask, just do so in the comments section. Hugs and high fives all around!

 

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Hot Trend This February, Spreading the Love!

February 9, 2017 • Contributor: Andrea Greco

Ok. Before I even begin this post, I just want to say that to me, this blog is like a party. We keep the conversation light and it is considered poor form to discuss religion or politics. That being said, I don't think I'm alone in feeling like things have been a little bit tense in our world lately. A middle child by birth, I am naturally uncomfortable when all sides are not getting along. My inner peacemaker wants to have a bonfire at the beach and re-create a 70's Coca-Cola commercial. I'd like to buy the world a Coke. Even if I could afford to, I’d be too scared to even do THAT because what if people wanted Diet? Or Coke Zero? Or Pepsi? What can I do? If you're feeling at all like I am, we've landed in a good month: February.

February traditionally has been given to Valentine's Day and Presidents. By the way, can we just take a second to talk about how there used to be two holidays around the presidents? We used to get a day off for Lincoln’s birthday and a day off for Washington’s birthday. It was a magical four-day weekend flanked by two four-day school weeks. Now we just have “President’s Day.” Who’s great idea was THAT?! What a rip off! But, I digress. Anyway, back to February and Valentine's Day. Some people equate Valentine’s Day with romance and having a boyfriend/ girlfriend/ husband/ wife or the absence of those significant others.

I think of Valentine’s as more of a day of love and friendship. And, considering how things have been lately, I think we should deem it a whole month of SHOWING love and friendship, even if we don’t always agree. I’ve comprised a list of my favorite NICE THINGS you can do for your family, friends, neighbors and complete strangers. I know. This sounds really Mary Poppins of me. How is a list of Valentine’s ideas going to fix things? Well, it’s not. But, doing nice things for others may make life a little more pleasant during unpleasant times. Plus, I don’t know about you, but I get such intense delight when I surprise people with random stuff. Try these Nice Things! They may make YOU happy!

Nice Thing #1: “Heart-Felt” Pin

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Cut hearts out of felt and pin to anyone that needs a Valentine pin! Of course, I used my Cricut for this one! Lay felt on a strong grip mat. With the cut setting on “Fabric,” I used the free-cut heart shape and cut a series of 2” hearts. Attach to a friend, loved one or someone who in need of Valentine adornment. I “felt” my dog was in need. She disagreed.

 

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Nice Thing #2: Paper Valentines at Work

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Remember giving valentines to everyone in the class? Why don't we do that anymore???? Pass out candy and cards at work. C’mon – it’s fun!

Nice Thing #3: Crazy Valentine’s Wreath

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Make a crazy wreath and hang it on your neighbor’s door! I found this glittery wreath at my local dollar store. I added a goofy plastic dinosaur and a little heart note and put it on my neighbor’s door last year. It isn’t going to win any design awards and borders on tacky, but it is wacky and childish and fun – award winning in my book!

Nice Thing #4: Green Valentine

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Plant a succulent or mini plant in a recycled tin can and wrap with decorative paper. Give to a teacher, friend or anyone who you think needs a little nature in their life.

Nice Thing #5: Pay it Forward

Pay for the person in FRONT of you at the coffee shop. It’s a nice thing to do AND a much easier transaction than paying the person behind you. You know the total financial commitment going in (keep an open ear at the cashier) AND the person has already ordered, so they can’t refuse you.

 

Nice Thing #6: Give Thanks!

Thank the bus driver, train conductor, public servant or person of your choice. I try to remember to thank the bus driver. I don’t think people appreciate a good bus driver. Try to thank a person of service if you think of it. They may have a job for which they are paid, but it is always nice to feel appreciated.

 

Nice Thing #7: Give a Buck!

Leave one more dollar as a tip. I waited tables for a long time when I moved to New York. It always made my day when a customer would tip a little extra.

 

Nice Thing #8: Post It!

Put an “I Love You” Post it in your significant other’s wallet. I do this for my boyfriend once in a while. I know it makes him happy.

 

Nice Thing #9: Mail A Card to Your Mom! 

Mail a Valentine to your parents, grandparents and/or older relatives.  You may already do this. If you do, GREAT! If you don’t, it will be a lovely surprise for them. You may get a reaction, you may not. But, I’ve noticed as people age, they are often very moved by the thought behind the gesture of a card.

 

Nice Thing #10: Don’t Forget YOU!

Look in the mirror and say “Hey! You’re great! I love you!”

How often are you doing that? I’m definitely not doing it enough. It sounds arrogant, but you SHOULD love you! You ARE great! Now give yourself a hug!

I want to wrap this up by saying that these Nice Things are mere suggestions. I’m not telling you that you SHOULD be doing all or any of these things. I gave you a big list so you’d have things from which to choose. I also don’t want to give the impression that I am running around New York paying for everyone and pinning hearts on strangers 365 days a year. I am polite throughout my day, but honestly, I spend a large portion of my existence hiding behind giant sunglasses listening to music and trying to drift anonymously from place to place. Well, enough with anonymity! This month, I’m going to make an honest effort to remove my Jackie-O’s, turn off my music and do some Nice Things! Are you with me?!

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Top 10 Ways to Say “DIY Love You”

February 2, 2017 • Contributor: Cricut Social Media Specialist Shelby Jones

V-Day is fast approaching and the pressure is on to send the perfect message to your loved ones to show them you love them … but not in just the typical chocolates and roses kind of way. We’ve got our top 10 favorite ways to say “DIY Love You” … just go with it guys it’s Valentine’s Day so of course we had to be super cheese!

Besides the fact that it’s totally adorable – this banner is perfect for a subtle touch of lovey dovey without trying too hard!

 

Sheet Music Heart Garland by Bespoke Decor.

Sometimes the best nights are the cozy nights in! Stay in, get those pj’s on and have a movie night for two!

 

 

Movie Night Ticket by The TomKat Studio. Make it in Design Space!

Please cue the heart eye emojis! Is this clutch not perfect for your hot date night?! Show the world your taken! Or if you're looking to celebrate with the gals, they've got a super cute #single pouch too! 

 

#Taken Pouch by Oleander and Palm.

Nails deserve love too!  Don’t forget to give yourself a fresh mani! Betcha never thought to use vinyl on your nails - this is nail art at its finest!

 

V-Day Nail Art by JGoode Designs. Make it in Design Space!

#Mantlepiecegoals – seriously we could just stare all day! Part of the fun of Valentine’s Day is filling your home with pinks, reds, chocolate, and of course heart everythings!

 

V-Day mantle project by Crafting Chicks.

This has to be our favorite Valentine we have EVER seen! Take your gal pals out to lunch and gift them what is soon to be their favorite card they have ever received.

 

Vintage Pin-up Girl Card by Rob & Bob. Make it in Design Space!

Send your littles off with a kiss, a hug, and the cutest handmade tees you ever did see! ... we might need twinner shirts for our self as well!

 

Modern kids V-Day shirts by Lemon Thistle.

Search no more for the perfect Valentine’s for your kids to give to their friends! We love a classic punny Valentine and these are perfect!

 

Owl V-Day card by Cricut Designer. Make it in Design Space

Because nothing says, “I love you” quite like a giant heart piñata does. Okay … this one might be a faux piñata, but still we are completely obsessed and we MUST add this to our DIY list immediately!

 

Faux V-Day Piñata by Artsy-Fartsy Mama.

One of our favorite totes of all time – because the most important thing of all is to love yourself!

 

Love Your Selfie Tote by Cricut Designer. Make it in Design Space

Feeling inspired? Pick your favorite show to binge watch and get crafting! You still have 12 days to get all your Valentine’s projects done! Share your projects with us – just use the hashtag #CricutMade and tell us what you're making in the comments below!

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1Valentine’s Day is almost here, and you’ve got a lot of people on your list to share a little love with. But no Valentine’s Day celebration would be complete without valentines! It doesn’t matter how old you are, getting a card on this fun holiday is much appreciated and cherished. Now, you can go to the store and buy a box of premade cards (we can see your reaction) or make ’em yourself with these adorable Make It Now Valentine’s Day cards. We thought so.