Monday, December 19, 2016

CRICUT: Merging an SVG monogram font with an image

In this video you will learn how to merge an SVG monogram with another SVG image in Cricut Design Space version 2. (Current version as at 2nd December 2016).

Font and images used in this tutorial are from Apex Cuttable Designs. 

Using System fonts in Cricut Design Space v2

I have a new video up that shows how to download, install and use system fonts in Cricut Design Space V2.

You'll also learn how to use the special glyphs (also known as swashes) that come with some fonts.

Happy crafting!  ♥

Friday, December 16, 2016

CRICUT: Design Space iOS app update

Cricut have just released an update to the Design Space iOS app.

This update allows you to move images between mats while you're at the cut preview screen.  That means you don't have to go back to the design screen to move your images to a different cutting mat.

In this image below you can see that I have seven hearts on the canvas.


When I click "Send to Mat" the images are placed on two separate mats with four hearts on one mat and three on the other.

But I know that I can fit five on one mat and two on the other thereby saving some of my cardstock.

If I tap on one of the hearts on the second mat you will see 3 dots appear in the top left corner of that image.


When I click on those dots a menu appears with two options.


I tap on the Move to another Mat option and this box appears.


I click on Mat 1 and that heart will be moved to that mat. The heart I moved has been placed on top of one of the other hearts and has a yellow border around it.


I can tap on that heart and drag it into the middle of the mat.


Now with that image still selected I can use the rotate handle to turn it 180deg.

Adjust the position of the hearts as needed so that none of them have a yellow border. (That indicates that they are touching).

You also have the option of hiding images on the cut screen. This is useful if you want to recut just some of the images on a mat. 

Tap on the three dots then tap Hide Selected. 


To unhide an image tap the "Hidden" button below the mat and select the images you wish to unhide. 


You have the option of moving images to a new mat. It's great if you want to change the colour of some of your images at the last minute. 

Just select the Create New Mat option at this screen. 


You can find more information on this great new feature here:

Happy crafting!  ♥

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

CRICUT: December Mystery Box

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It's all about the Cricut Foil in this months Mystery Box. Along with the two cartridges this is a great deal!

This month because of Disney licensing issues Canada gets its own version of the Mystery Box.

You can purchase yours from here: DECEMBER MYSTERY BOX

Here's a preview of the contents. Please keep in mind that depending on demand the contents (especially the cartridges) may change.

Not sure what you can do with adhesive foil? Check out all the Make it Now projects in Design Space. Just use the filter and select Vinyl & Foil.

Happy crafting!  ♥

Friday, November 25, 2016

CRICUT: Twist Pop-up Panel card

In my Cricut Explore and More Facebook group I recently shared a free Design Space file for the popular Twist Pop-up Panel card.


I did a Live assembly in the group and you can see the recording of that video here: Video here

(You'll have to be a member of Cricut Explore and More Facebook group to view the video.)

Link here to join:

Happy crafting!  ♥

CRICUT SALE: Spend $50 or more - receive a $10 digital credit

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Today only - Spend $50 or more in the Cricut store and you'll receive a $10 digital credit!

Link here:

If you need supplies now is a great time to grab them. The Cricut cardstock price has dropped even further. ($4 for 20 sheets in the single colours). It's the best cardstock for your die cutting machine out there (in my opinion). It cuts so well in the Explore.

My favourite is the glitter cardstock. ($4 for 10 sheets in the single colours.) I purchased two of the sampler packs and some of the single colours. I love the white... just wish I'd bought that in the single colour. It's great for using on Christmas backgrounds. If you purchase, make sure you use my discount code NARELLE to get 15% off your purchase and receive free Fedex Home Delivery in the USA and Canada.

If you're shipping outside the US (eg through HopShopGo) your shipping will be free to that US address.

Happy crafting!  ♥

CRICUT: December Mystery box giveaway

Just a heads up that I'm giving away a December Mystery box in my Facebook group soon.

Only group members are eligible to enter!

Here's the link to join if you're not already a member.

If you have Cricut friends who aren't in the group yet, make sure you let them know to join! Or if you're Facebook friends you can simply add them. (Make sure they're okay with it first of course.)

Happy crafting!  ♥

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

CRICUT: Design Space 3 Beta Previews

You might have heard that a new version of Design Space is currently undergoing Beta testing.

Today I am authorised to show you some previews of some of the upcoming changes.

Design Space 3 is much easier to navigate than the current version. You're going to find it much more responsive in many ways.  I have very slow internet and DS3 runs so much faster for me than DS2.

Here's some of the changes you can expect to see.

  • First, the Edit Panel has been moved to the top of the screen. This means that it is always available. 

No more moving between the Edit Panel and the Layers Panel.

  • The Layers Panel has had a slight makeover.  You'll see a coloured dot on each layer to indicate the selected colour of that layer.
  • And if you click on one of the layers you can instantly see which colours are currently being used in that project. No more having to remember which colours you used. 

  • Uploading file is so much faster now! And to help with that there's now a Drag & Drop feature. Just click on a file from your computer and drag it to the Design Space upload screen and drop it! 

  • The font preview screen has been enlarged. Now it's super easy to see what a font looks like.  

  • DS3 is written in HTML instead of Adobe Flash.  Shockwave crashes are a thing of the past. 

  • The Isolate letters feature has been changed to Ungroup to Letters.  Once you have ungrouped your text to letters you can still edit that text and change fonts on individual letters. 

  • You can also ungroup multiple lines of text into individual lines.  This is much quicker than creating a text box for different lines of text. 

  • Finding your saved projects is easy. Either click on the My Projects button on the canvas or click on the Projects button and select it from the Categories list. 

  • Speaking of your projects - they now have a preview! You don't have to guess what they look like anymore. 

  • Sometimes you realise you need to move images around on a mat after you've started cutting. Now you can!  Just click on the mat you want to change then click Edit Mat.

There's a lot to love about Design Space 3.  There's currently no indication of when it will be released and I can't give you any more details of the features yet. But from a performance point of view it's certainly going to be worth the wait!

Happy crafting!  ♥

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Save 15% off your purchase at Cricut

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Want to save 15% on your purchases at On top of your 10% Cricut Access discount?

And get free shipping in the USA and CANADA? I can help you with that. ☺

The above code is valid with everything in the Cricut shop except Cricut Access Subscription purchases.

There's a massive sale on there at the moment. Almost all of the supplies categories are discounted.

You check them out here: Cricut Supplies

Happy crafting!  ♥

Four step stair card

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Today in my Facebook group (Cricut Explore and More) I'm sharing a cut file and assembly video for a Christmas version of a four step stair card.

Here's the inside of the card.

Images used on the inside are all Cricut images that are included in Cricut Access. They are:

Fireplace: A Quilted Christmas - Image number #M3BD1A
Elf & Gift: Create a Friend - Image number #M431EC
NOEL: Home for the Holidays - Fall & Winter - Image number #M40622
Font - Kyden writing font (available in Design Space only)
Rudolph: 3D Rudolph head - Image number #M432CA
Base and shapes - free images from Design Space

Here's the front of the card

This image is a SVG from Apex Cuttable Designs. You can purchase the image here:

Here's a couple of close ups of the inside of the card

I used lots of the features in Design Space for this card. Slicing, welding, duplicating, attaching, flattening.   I'll be releasing a video soon of how I used all those features.

You can get my free Design Space file (which doesn't include the "Save Santa - be naughty" image) in my Facebook group Cricut Explore And More

You can find the assembly video here:

Happy crafting!  ♥

Monday, October 31, 2016

Cuttlebug Mystery Box

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If you love embossing folders don't forget to check out the October Cuttlebug Mystery Box from Cricut.

For $50 you'll receive nearly $200 worth of embossing folders.


Plus, if you use the discount code NARELLE you'll get 15% off that price and receive free shipping in the USA and Canada.

If you don't have a Cuttlebug make sure you check them out too as you'll also get the 15% off and free shipping on that too.

Want to know what's in the box? Here's a preview!

Happy crafting!  ♥

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Using fonts from Apex Cuttable Designs with Cricut Design Space

Today I'm here with a tutorial showing you how to install and use the fonts from Apex Cuttable Designs to use with Cricut Design Space and the Cricut Explore.

The fonts at Apex Cuttable Designs work differently to traditional system fonts. When using System fonts (e.g. TTF’s) with Design Space you select Add Text and type your word.

The fonts at Apex are delivered to you in several formats, one of those being SVG. To use those fonts you upload the letters using the Upload Image option.  So let’s take a look at that process.

  • At the bottom of that screen you’ll see a list of font categories. Click SHOW ALL FONTS (or if you know the type of font you’re looking for you can select one of the categories.)

  • There are nearly 250 fonts to choose from. Use the navigation options at the bottom of the screen to move through the pages. 

  • Once you’ve selected your font click on the image.

I’ll be using the Chevron Block Cuttable Font for this tutorial.

  • Click Add to Cart 

  • Click on “your cart” to complete the checkout process. 

Your font will be delivered to you as a zip file that contains the following five file types:

  • Before using your font in Design Space you will need to unzip it.

Mac: Save the zip file to your Mac. Double-click the zip file and the file or folder will be decompressed into the same folder the compressed file is in.

Windows: Save the zip file to your computer. I created a directory called Apex Cuttable Designs and saved the zip file there. No matter where you save it, just remember to make a note of its location.

  • Click on the zip file then at the next screen click Extract All.

  • You will see this screen:

  • Click Extract and be sure to keep the “Show extracted files when complete” box checked.

Once extracted you’ll be taken back to the folder that contains the extracted files.

  • Click on that to open it and you’ll see the following:

The files that you’ll be using in Design Space are the SVG’s.

Now you’re ready to use the font in Design Space.

  • Open Design Space and sign in by clicking on the Account menu.

  • Click Sign in, type in your Cricut email address and password and click the Sign In button.

  • Click the Create New Project button.

  • Click the Upload Images button button in the toolbar then click the blue Upload Image button

  • Click the Browse button

  • Navigate to the SVG directory that was created when you unzipped the files.
  • Click on the letter that you want to import into Design Space and if necessary click the Open button.

  • The letter will appear in the preview box. If you wish you can add Tags to your upload to make it easier to search for it again later.

  • Click the Save button to continue

  • The letter will appear in the Uploaded Images Library. Click on it to select it then click the Insert Images button.

The image will be placed on your Design Space canvas.
  • Click on it to select it then you can change the size by either dragging the bottom right selection arrow or by changing the details in the Edit panel. Remember to keep the proportions lock closed unless you only want to change the width OR height.

Your image is now ready to cut.

  • If you wish you can change the colour of your image by clicking on the letter in the Layers panel, then selecting from one of the Basic Colors or by clicking inside the Custom Color box.

Changing the colour here is just a cosmetic change of course as the final colour is dictated by the cardstock/vinyl etc that you place on your cutting mat. 

Happy crafting!  ♥

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