Thursday, September 25, 2014

CRICUT: Print then Cut maximum size

There have been many questions relating to how big images can currently be when using the Print then Cut feature in Design Space.

The maximum size is 5.5" wide and 8" in height if you're using the Google Chrome browser.
The maximum size is 6" wide and 8.5 in height if you're using Firefox, Safari or Internet Explorer.
The maximum size for the iOS apps is 6.5" x 9"

Happy crafting!  ♥

CRICUT: Print then Cut is live!

Today the long awaited Print then Cut was launched!

You'll find lots of new images in the library that are instantly ready for Print then Cut. Which means all you have to do is place them on your canvas, resize to your liking and hit Go! If you need to you can purchase the image right there.

The easiest way to find the Print then Cut images is to open the Filter and click Printables.

Lots more to come!

Happy crafting!  ♥

Monday, September 22, 2014

CRICUT: Free file Friday

Got a couple of new Design Space cutting files for you.

First is a handy little Easel Card box. The box measures approx 5.5" by 5.5" and has a drawer.

The easel part of the box is perfect for a calendar.

Next is a Tic Tac holder. The Design Space file includes two sizes for you to choose from.

Happy crafting!  ♥

CRICUT - Reminder about outage

In case you haven't heard....

There will be a scheduled outage at Provocraft on Monday, September 22, 2014 from 7pm MT to 7am MT. (Please note the new times.)

This will effect, Cricut Design Space, Cricut Craft Room and the Cricut message boards. 

Need to know what time that is? Hopefully you know the time difference in your country and can work it out from the chart below. 

If not, click here to find the time in your location.

You'll still find me on Facebook at Cricut Lovers Guide to Design Space. If you haven't joined yet, now is the perfect time. You'll still be able to get your Cricut fix.... and we're having giveaways to celebrate the launch of Print then Cut!


For the Design Space users out there... Have you installed the new Plug-in and updated the firmware on your Explore yet? This update is in readiness for Print then Cut which will be launched some time this week!

If you haven't done it yet, open Design Space and place an image on the mat. When you press Go you should be prompted to update the Plug-in. Follow all the instructions on the screen. Don't forget once the plug-in starts downloading you must exit out of your browser or the plug-in won't be able to install!

Once the plug-in is up to date and you have launched Design Space again, login then click on your name. Select Update Firmware from the menu.

Keep in mind... until Print then Cut is launched you won't see anything different in Design Space or on your Explore!

No extra buttons
No extra materials
No light!


Do you need help with the newly released plug in and firmware updates? 

PC have extended their Cricut Customer Service hours to assist you. They will have extended hours this week 6 am - 7 pm MT Monday – Friday. 

Give them a call with your Design Space and Explore questions. 

Call 1-877-7CRICUT

Happy crafting!  ♥

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

CRICUT: Awesome news for Imagine owners

Just had the most awesome email pop into my inbox. If you own an Imagine and have the Explore (or are thinking about purchasing one) then this is great news for you!


The offer is time critical so read below and if you didn't get an email make sure you contact

And make sure you tell your friends that have an Imagine!

Click image to enlarge! 

Here's how to check if your Imagine is registered!

Click image to enlarge!

Happy crafting!  ♥

CRICUT - Design Space new features

Hi everyone

I'm so happy to let you know that Print then Cut will be launched the week of September 22nd, 2014!

I've been lucky enough to have been given the opportunity to beta test the new features for the last couple of months and I'd like to quickly go over them here!

(Make sure you join us on Facebook for up to date info of 
when the new update will be launched!)

So, obviously the biggest new feature is the Print then Cut. So what does that actually mean?

Quite simply, you'll be able to take pretty much any image (Cricut or imported) into Design Space, print it out then have the Explore cut it!

When it's released you will be prompted to install a new Design Space plug in. You'll also need to do a firmware update on your Explore.

Once that's done you'll do a calibration of your Explore. Don't worry... it takes you through it step by step!

There are even lots of images that are "Print Ready" available. Just click Insert Images, then with All Images selected click on the Filter and check the Printables box.

Select an image, resize it then press Go and follow the instructions. It's that easy!

Keep in mind that currently Print then Cut is limited to 8.5" x 11" so you'll have to keep your image smaller than that to stay within the registration marks. You will get an error message if your image is too big.

If you don't want your image printed as one flat layer, just click on the Unflatten button

Some of the layers will be separated so you can give your project some dimension.

When you're at the Mat Preview screen you'll see a Settings button in to top right corner.
Click on that and you'll see the option to "bleed".

Bleed prints a border around your image which allows for more precise cutting. 

So, what else is new in Design Space?

You'll find there are new icons in the Layers box.


A great new addition to Design Space is the Slice tool.

Remember all those times you've wanted to cut something off or out of an object? Well, now you can!

You can turn a circle into a semi-circle. Or create a frame by placing one image on top of another. (Previously achieved by using Weld).

Using the Slice tool I was able to create this swing card.

I'll have a full tutorial soon on how to create this card! 


Not a new tool, but the way Weld works has changed.

Previously if you placed one image inside another image and welded, the smaller image would be cut out of the larger image.

Now if you do the same process the smaller image is fully absorbed into the larger image. 

So how do you achieve the same result as the old weld? You use the slice tool instead!

Overlapping images and welding still works in the same way though.


Take any image and turn it into a one layered printable image. Then cut around that image.

(It's a bit hard to see but the image on the right will print as one layer.)

Here's what the Mat Preview looks like when the above image hasn't been flattened.

All the layers are separated and cut as you're used to.

Here's what the Mat Preview looks like when the image has been flattened.You can see the registration marks on the Mat Preview.

You can see that there's two layers showing. The first layer will be printed and then the Explore will cut around it. The second layer is a cut only layer and is the shadow for this image. Cutting it is totally optional.

Don't like flat images? No problem. You can still use the Print then Cut feature to print each layer then cut it.

Instead of clicking Flatten you can go to the Layers menu and change the Cut icon to a Print Icon. You can see in the picture below I have changed the first 3 icons to Print icons so far.

When finished this is what your Mat Preview will look like. Once you press Print and Continue all three mats will be sent to your printer to be printed and you will then place them one at a time on the cutting mat.

A great feature of changing the cutting icon to a printing icon is that you can change the colours of any or all of the layers. Just click on a layer in the Layers box then select the colour you want from the Custom Color Picker.


Not a new tool, but the Detach option has been added to the Layers box so you don't have to go digging for it in the drop down menu when you right click on an object.

What else?

Well, now when you click on an object and hold an arrow key down on your keyboard the image will keep moving. No more click click click click....!

And.... for those of us that don't live in the USA, Print then Cut works perfectly with our A4 paper! 

That's all for now... but stay tuned for more in depth tutorials!

Happy crafting!  ♥

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Something big is coming!!

Get ready all you Cricut Explore lovers! Something big is about to land....

Here's a little clue...

Get ready to stock up on white cardstock!

Stay tuned for more info... coming soon!

And be sure to join Paulette and I on Facebook at Cricut Lovers Guide to Design Space.

Happy crafting!  ♥

Easel card with drawer

**This post may contain affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking through my links. 

Just a quick post to share a free Cricut Design Space project I created.

The project is an Easel card with drawer. You can attach a calendar to the easel or add a photo. Whatever works for you!

You might need some assembly instructions.

Here's a diagram showing the different pieces in the design.

The easel is put together in the usual way. Fold the Easel card base in half, then fold again to create a triangle.

Take the Easel panel and adhere it to the from of the Easel base.

Here's a side view.

Fold drawer enclosure 1 along the score lines and adhere the two tabs. Apply tape to the sides as shown below.

Fold Drawer enclosure 2 and adhere the two tabs.

Drawer enclosure 2 is turned upside down and fits inside Draw enclosure 1 and is slightly smaller for that reason.

Make sure you put the two together so that you have an opening at the front.

Remove the tape from enclosure 1 and adhere the two together.

Fold the drawer layer along the score lines and adhere the tabs.

Slide the drawer into the enclosure. If you have trouble inserting the drawer because of the tabs on the inside of the enclosure, you can cut two strips and adhere them to the inside of the sides of the assembled enclosure.

Take the two handles pieces and adhere them on top of each other. This makes the handle stronger.
I used brads to attach the handle to the drawer.

If you haven't tried the Cricut faux leather, I think it would be great for the handle for this project.

If you use faux leather you would only need to cut one of the handle pieces.

Place the decorative shape piece on the top of the box and position so that the easel stands correctly.
I used pop dots to give mine some height and to hold the easel better.

Add the rest of the decorative layers and you're done!

Sturdy cardstock would be a good idea for this project. Especially if you're going to be adding anything with weight to the easel.

Here's the link for the Design Space file:

Happy crafting!  ♥

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