Wednesday, July 29, 2015

August Cricut Mystery Box is here!

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

Add some mystery to your life and take advantage of Cricut's August Mystery Box! You'll get 4 premium cartridges and other mysterious things any crafter will enjoy for only $39.99 (valued at $136.94)! The contents in the box may be a mystery, but the savings sure aren't! Don’t wait, supplies are limited, so buy now at!

Plus, you'll get free standard shipping when you use code AUGSHIP between 7/29 - 8/19.

Make sure you're logged into your Cricut account or the free shipping code won't work. 

Can't wait to see what's in it this month! 

Happy crafting!  ♥

Which program works with which Cricut?

Confused about which software program will work with your Cricut? Maybe this diagram will help. ☺

Click the image to enlarge.

Happy crafting!  ♥

Design Space Review update and Cricut Explore Air Giveaway!

Hi everyone

Back in February 2014 (wow, time flies) I did a review of the just released Design Space program. At that stage I didn't even have a Cricut Explore and didn't see myself getting one as I was happy with my Expression and my Silhouette Cameo.

If you read my review you'll see that I wasn't overly impressed at some parts of the Design Space program.

Fast forward to today... I have two Explores, the Expression only comes out when I'm helping someone with a problem they're having with Cricut Craft Room and the Silhouette is packed away! ☺

Many of the issues I mentioned in my review have been fixed or added (such as an align feature and the slice tool) or are slated for a future update, such as:

  • bigger Print then Cut - (which wasn't even in the first version of Design Space)
  • Offset shadows

Since the release of the desktop version of Design Space Cricut have also released iPad/iPhone/iPod versions of the Design Space and Android versions are currently in development.

And there is now a monthly or yearly Cricut image subscription available which gives you cutting access to over 30,000 Cricut images!

Also coming is:
  • Print then Cut for the iOS app
  • An offline version of the iOS app
  • Ability to use the Imagine Colors & Patterns cartridges. Also to scale/move the Imagine patterns to fit the image you are using AND the ability to import your own patterns to flood fill images.
  • Ability to select from different paper sizes on the Desktop version. (That function is already available on the iOS apps.)

What I'd still like to see added:
  • Ability to easily curve text along a path
  • The DS iOS app to be available in all iTunes stores. Currently if you're not in the US, Canada or UK you have to create a US iTunes account to access the app. 
All in all there's a lot to love about Design Space now.  And the difference between the Explore and the Silhouette is night and day! I can honestly say there's hardly a day goes by where I don't use my Explore. And if I ever get crafters block and can't think of something to make, I just head to the Make it Now projects in Design Space and find something there. If this keeps up I might just have to change my name from the Non-Crafty Crafter!

So, the word "Giveaway" in the post title might have caught your eye...

Well, the folks at Cricut have generously given me a Cricut Explore Air to give away.

Click here to complete the giveaway entry form:

Winner will be announced on Friday. Thank you to everyone who entered and shared how they got started on their craft journey! 

Important info:
Entry is open to legal residents of the fifty (50) United States who are at least 18 years of age or older. Void where prohibited.

No purchase necessary to enter.

One entry per person/email address only. Duplicates will be deleted. 

Entries close 11:59pm DST, Monday, 10th August 2015. 

The winner will be selected using and announced on Wednesday, 12th August 2015. 

Winner will be emailed from so make sure you add that address to your safe list! 

The winner will also be announced here so make sure you click on the Join this Site button in the sidebar so you don't miss it!


Happy crafting!  ♥

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Stop reinventing the wheel!

I recently spent most of a day trying to design a birthday card for my Mum. I was having a total design block but had to get it done that night as it was her birthday the next day and I was going to see her that day!

So at about 11pm I suddenly had a brain wave.... "Why don't I look at the Make it Now' projects?

15 minutes later I had chosen the card I wanted to make, selected the materials and was printing and cutting!

Here's the card I selected.

I even had the Cricut Printable Fabric that was used in the card!

Here's my version of the card. I see now that the cake in the Make it Now gallery has been raised with pop dots... but hey... I was in a hurry! ☺

I embossed the pink layer with my Cuttlebug using a Cricut embossing folder called Carmen.

I was nervous about using the printable fabric but it print and cut beautifully. I've never cut fabric with my Cricut before but the Cricut Printable fabric is great because you don't need any stabilizer! And it's self adhesive!

There's two 8.5 x 11" sheets in the pack so use it wisely my friends. :) And be aware that it's for ink jet printers only and is Non-Washable.

I used the Cricut Explore One for this card. Swapping out the blade for the score tool took just seconds! The One is a great addition to the Explore family and sits very happily beside my Explore Air. ☺

If you're thinking about buying a Cricut Explore one here's a link that will get you $20 off any Explore One bundle: Explore One bundle offer

Or if the Explore Air interests you here's the same offer for those bundles: Explore Air bundle offer

And don't forget to use the code JULYSHIP to get free standard shipping within the US.

So one card, one bunch of flowers and a nice lunch.... meant one very happy Mother!

Next time you're pulling your hair out trying to come up with an idea for a card... stop trying to reinvent the wheel and check out the Make it Now projects!

Till next time...

Happy crafting!  ♥

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

CRICUT: Design Space iPhone app has been released

By now you might have heard that about the just released Design Space iPhone app.

Yes, the app has now officially been launched!

If you haven't found it here's the link to download it from the App store.

If you're not in the US, Canada or UK you will have to create a US iTunes account to get the app.

Here's more info on that:

You can now use the Design Space app on iPhones, iPads and iPod Touch devices.  If you already have the iPad app installed, make sure you update it because it now has new features! And work has started on an Android app too! (Check this post for more info:

What's new in the app:

  • There's an in built camera option you can use to overlay your project images over a real life background. This helps visualise the finished project. 

  • You can now use the Hide Contour feature to hide parts of an image

  • The basic shapes tool has been added so you can quickly add a score line or squares, circles, stars etc to your canvas.

  • There are also Bug fixes and performance improvements in this update.  If you have feedback for PC you can use the feedback option in the menu. 

Now, you can design and cut with the Cricut Explore pretty much anywhere! 

Happy crafting!  ♥

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