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Cricut Explore One Now in Colors
Crafters! Now you have a choice! Cricut’scolorful new Explore One machines are now available. The two new colors:Vintage NavyandCherry Blossom— for only $199.99! Wondering what you can do with the Cricut? Check out the related posts below.
Purchase your very own machine in one of these new colors today. Be sure to use the codeAUGSHIPat checkout because you’ll getfree shippingon all orders (no minimum)!
As you’re getting familiar with your Cricut machine, it’s a great idea to take advantage of thefreeMake it Now™projects and images that you get with Cricut Design Space™.
For example, check out this adorable3D Hot Air Balloons Mobile. It’s a fun, easy starter project and makes for the perfect baby shower or toddler’s birthday gift (and can you believe it’s made with felt?). And what’s a gift without a card? Cricut has an incredible selection of card examples made with Cricut Explore machines. There’s even a whole selection dedicated to everything baby, which is where I came across this cutebaby shower card.
What better way to tell someone how special they are than with a hand/Cricut-made card and gift? This super funshaker cardis perfect for a 21+ birthday. And even if you purchase a gift, you can always use your Cricut Explore machine to personalize it. For example, if you bought a friend a purse or a wallet, you could use your machine to monogram it with their initials. Or if you bought them a plain shirt or sweater, you could customize it with a fun image or statement.
I love this sparklypineapple t-shirt. All you need is a blank shirt, a roll of Cricut Iron-on, and images from the Cricut® Summer Love image set.
Soak up the summer fun with a pool party! You can use your Cricut Explore to create everything from invitations to decorations. Here are some really creative ideas for how to add some special splash to apool party.
Make your own beautiful table decorations, banners, party favor boxes, cards, and more for the happy couple in just a few minutes! You’ll find some really impressive ideas in Cricut’s Design Space, such as this lovelyMr. & Mrs. card.
There are an unbelievable number of project examples in the Design Space, which are categorized by type (e.g. baby, holidays, home décor, school, food, etc.) and by level (easy, moderate, and advanced). You can also find a ton of great ideas for projects onCricut’s BlogandPinterest page.
The summer season is a perfect time to get your very own Cricut machine and familiarize yourself with Design Space and all the incredible projects you can create. Try out a few projects each month and you’ll be amazed at how easy it is. By the time the holiday season rolls around, you’ll be a Cricut pro and will wow your friends and family with your stunning crafting skills!
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If you read last week’s post, you now know whyCricut’s Explore One™ and Explore Air™ machines are so incredible – and a must-have for any crafter.
About Cricut’s Design Space™
But what bridges the gap between the creative ideas in your head and the Cricut machine is theCricut Design Space™.
Cricut’s Design Space™ is software for PC, Mac®, iPhone® and iPad® that you get forfreewith your Cricut machine of choice.
Instead of trying to figure out how to make your project, Design Space gives you the ability to focus on what you want to make. Your Cricut machine takes it from there and brings it to life.
With Design Space, you can start designing from scratch on your computer, iPhone® or iPad®, or you can use a pre-designed, Make It Now™ project. These ready-to-make projects are created by professional artists and include everything from home décor to fashion to paper crafting, and even a variety of FREE projects.
If you want to use one of Cricut’s 50K+ images, you can try them out in the Design Space to see which will look best in your project before you commit to purchasing it.
When you’re ready to start designing, you can either use one of Cricut’s 50K+ images or easily upload your own using the “Upload Images” tool in Design Space. You can upload and cut .svg, .jpg, .png, .bmp, .gif, and .dxf files absolutely FREE. You can even use fonts already installed on your computer.
Cut What You Want® tool
The Design Space’s Cut What You Want® tool makes it easy to convert your design into a cuttable image in just a few clicks!
Cricut’s easy-to-use app for the iPad® and iPhone® makes it possible for you can design anytime and anywhere inspiration strikes you.
It also allows you to access all the project’s that you’ve personally designed, whether on your iOs device or your PC or Mac, and gives you access to all the Make-it-Now projects.
With this app, you can start a project while at the beach, enhance it at the ice-cream shop, add some embellishments while cozying up on your couch, and then cut it on the Cricut Explore in your craft room. Plus, it’s cloud-based, so your projects are always synced across all your devices.
P.S. Cricut is working on an Android™ app right now, so don’t feel left out if you don’t have an iPad or iPhone.
In a nutshell,Cricut Design Space™gives you the creative freedom to design just about anything! Make party invitations, decorations, and favors. Create seasonal home décor or personalize wedding gifts. Add embellishments to your favorite photo memories.
And that’s just the tip of the iceberg! That’s why next week’s post (the last on in this series) will focus on some really fun and interesting projects that people have created using their Cricut machine and the Cricut Design Space.
The crafting possibilities with the Cricut Design Space are endless. The gears are turning on what my next project will be.
Home Entertainment Upgrades that Won’t Make You Broke
You know it’s time to upgrade your home entertainment center, but you can’t seem to justify the cost of having to pay for the upgrade. While it might seem hopeless and impossible to fix up your entertainment center, there are cheap ways you can do it without going broke. A few simple adjustments and additions can really help make any TV area entertaining and fun.
Easter is coming and I came across this activity which I thought was really cool…not as convenient as store bought coloring kits, but environmentally friendly. You would use some (or all) of the following ingredients:
Items used to create various colors of dye:
Pink/red: Pomegranate juice, red onion skins, beets, chopped rhubarb stalks, cranberry juice, red grape juice