Dec 30, 2016

NewYears Resolutions, trying new things for me with my Cricut Explore

I bought my Cricut Explore machine in Oct 2014, to use the Print then Cut feature.  I have really enjoyed using it for that. ( )   But now 2 years later, I really want to begin to learn to do other things with this very versatile  machine.  So I've made up a listing with links to youtube videos that I hope by posting here on my blog, I will refer back to and try some or all of them during 2017.  I'm not going to feel guilty if I don't try them all or even succeed, its more "gentle suggestions" to myself to get out of my comfort zone of mostly working with cardstock and making cards, tags, and magnets from magnet sheets, and embellishments from cardstock paper.  I believe using my Explore should be fun and relaxing, if I find any of these projects to be frustrating or difficult to master, I will most likely give up on them - LOL...I'm not into trying my patience.  

Excerpts may be quoted from the linked youtube pages:

Printable Vinyl using Print then Cut by Troy Young on Troy Tube

Cricut Design Space full page print then cut trick

Super Size a Print then Cut in Cricut Explore Design Space
Published on Dec 23, 2016  by L.A. De Valk  This tutorial will teach you how to enlarge your images for Print then Cut in the Cricut Design Space.
This is a sequel to the tutorial I did last year on how to Super Size a cut image in Design Space.

Super Size on Cricut Explore Tutorial
Published on Mar 4, 2015  This is the computer screen view of how I super sized an image on my Cricut Explore in Cricut Design Space. The image example is in my first video found here.
other tutorials on doing oversized images

Creating Oversized Images in Design Space by Debbie O'Neal  Published on Feb 2, 2016

Larger than cricut mat - 33" Cheshire Cat

OFF THE MAT: 26" Double sided Mickey Mouse Published on Jun 26, 2016

36" Die Cut. Bigger than the Mat #2  Published on Jan 31, 2016

This is a process video making the white rabbit form Alice in Wonderland at 36" tall

Cutting Off the Mat with my Cricut! Elmo  Published on Mar 9, 2016

Cricut Rolled Roses Published on Mar 15, 2016 by Lori Huhn

Paper flower tips and tricks using Cricut Explore  Published on Feb 10, 2015 by Ameroonie Designs

Cricut Paper Rose Bouquet Tutorial  Published on Mar 3, 2016 Stormy McCall
This rose pattern is from Design Space on the Cricut website. It is to demonstrate how to assemble a large rose pattern

Close ToMy Heart 3D Cricut Flowers Published on Aug 23, 2014 Jayma Malme
I'll show you the 11 different 3D flowers on CTMH's Cricut cartridges -- Art Philosophy, Artiste & Artbooking -- and how to assemble them.

Watch my video on how to make a paper flower wedding bouquet:

How To Make This Elegant Coffee Filter Rose QUICK - no machine required

DIY Coffee Filter Roses (free template)

How to make a coffee filter rose step by step.

Using HTV (Heat Transfer Vinyl) with Cricut Explore

Iron On Using Cricut Explore by MayMay Made It Published on Jan 26, 2015

and Heat Transfer Vinyl on a Sweatshirt and Cricut Explore

3 Monogrammed Gifts Using Cricut Explore and Design Space  Published on Dec 14, 2016

Fast, Affordable Christmas Gifts using Vinyl by May May Made It Published on Nov 30, 2016

How to Cricut Episode 8: Iron-on t-shirt / Official Cricut Channel

Tips & Tricks Using Iron On/HTV with the Cricut Explore by Lorrie Nunemaker
Published on Dec 4, 2016  Learn a few tips and tricks using Iron On with the Cricut Explore

HTV Basics - Getting started with Heat Transfer Vinyl and the Cricut Explore by Troy Young / TroyTube Published on Apr 2, 2015

How To Make An Iron On With Your Cricut- How To Cut HTV With Your Cricut-How To Cut HTV Tutorial  by Brooke Allen Published on Dec 9, 2016   

How to Cut Iron on Heat Transfer 

You Can Jingle My Bells Shirt | Cricut Iron On Foil by Off Kilter Crafter Ian
Published on Dec 10, 2016
I used the new Cricut iron on foil to create this really awesome and funny holiday shirt. I cut this on my Cricut Explore Air and ironed it on using an ordinary iron that you may have around your house.

Cricut Explore Creating a Personalized T-Shirt with Lettering by Jo-Ann Hudson Published on Mar 8, 2016  Learn to create a t-shirt with lettering using Cricut Explore in Cricut Journey Episode 8.

Cricut Explore Tshirt with a Stamped Image by Lorrie Nunemaker Published on May 19, 2016  Create a custom tshirt with your Cricut Explore and a stamped image

How to cut fabric with the Cricut. Christopher Alan Design Published on Apr 23, 2014

How to Cricut Episode 11: Fabric pennant banner  by Official Cricut Channel
Published on Dec 14, 2015  In this video, see how to make a heartwarming pennant that cheers for L-O-V-E. You’ll learn how to make a stencil using vinyl, to use and cut fabric, and the best Cricut® cutting mat to use with different materials.

ULTIMATE - Fast and easy way to cut felt using the Cricut Explore. Tutorial Published on Jun 24, 2014  Sassi's Scrapbooking

Cricut Fabric Cutting Success by socre8hive  Published on Apr 29, 2015

Creating layers using basic upload and hide contour - Cricut Design Space by Two Hearts One Love Designs  Published on Sep 3, 2015

Cricut Window Cling  by Troy Young / TroyTube Published on Dec 13, 2015In this video I make some simple Christmas decorations for our front window using Cricut Window Cling and the Cricut Explore with Design Space.

Cutting Cricut Window Cling - Halloween Fun Published on Oct 13, 2015 by Crafts by Two

Using Inkscape
Learning Inkscape for Design Space by Troy Young / TroyTube Published on Oct 2, 2015

Converting images in Inkscape for Design Space - Cricut Design Space by Two Hearts One Love Designs  Published on Sep 10, 2015  

Basics of Creating Text Designs with Inkscape for Import to Design Space by TroyTube


Cricut Design Space Cheat Sheets

What Materials can the Explore machines cut and what Blade should I use?
See listing and suggested settings.


Oct 4, 2016

Cricut Explore Air 2 - debuts on HSN Oct. 5, 2016

Cricut has decided to release another version of its popular Cricut Explore line. On Oct. 5, 2016 the Cricut Explore Air 2 will debut on the Home Shopping Network >

The new model supposedly cuts and/or writes up to 2 times faster on some select materials and settings.  Other than that - the machine is the same as other Explore Air machines (the Explore ONE model only has a single carriage, and requires an adapter to place the pen or scoring tool) All Explore machines use the online software of Cricut Design Space. For owners of an iPad and/or iPhone, there is an available free app, that allows for some offline capabilities of Design Space.  There currently are efforts to develop an app for Android devices, but it is not a sure thing that the Android app will ever have an offline capability.  And no dates are being offered up as to when the Android app will be available.  Also Cricut is working on changing up Design Space to eliminate the use of the troublesome plugin of Adobe Flash to change over to HTML 5 programming.  That is a most welcome switch that I personally look forward to (no dates given for that completion, but hopefully before end of the year).

Visit for the latest information on the Explore line and visit your favorite Cricut themed blogs and/or Facebook groups for more info, reviews and comparisons. Many outlets will probably being offering deals on the original Explore Air over the coming months, so look for deals.  Personally I don't think having the machine cut at a faster speed on some materials, is going to be a reason for me and many others to buy the latest model, but I will be watching HSN for the demonstrations throughout the 24 hour Craft Day on Oct. 5, 2016.

I'm sticking with my ole (bought Oct 2014) Lilac Cricut Explore that I also have the Cricut Bluetooth adapter on it and have paired it with each of my 4 laptops (I collect laptops, not cutting machines)  

Note: here is  a link to the Current 2016 minimum system requirements for running Design Space for use with your Computer or iPads

2016 September Cricut Explore system requirements
Cricut Explore machines Recommended minimum system requirements
Note to help future proof your systems, it is best to Exceed the minimum requirements when considering buying a Cricut Explore machine.

See: Debbie O'Neal's videos dated Oct. 7, 2016 (she is the Admin and moderator of the Facebook's group >> Lets Learn Cricut Explore )
Cricut Explore Air 2 vs Cricut Explore Air Overview by Debbie O'Neal 

Cricut Explore Air 2 vs Cricut Explore Air >> Cutting and Writing Comparison

See also:
Setting Up Cricut iOS App with Cricut Explore Air 2 (for those who have an iPad or iPhone)  

Happy Cutting and Crafting.

Sep 30, 2016

Not much new going on...but put up another webpage for Cricut Explore - Print n Cut folks.

It has been a year or more since I have posted anything on my Blog. I seem to spend more time on Facebook - telling friends and family, what I have been up to.

I did make a new webpage about a month or so ago. I first posted a link to it on Facebook in one of the Cricut Explore groups I belong to. It was in response to a question someone asked - that was, "Has any one Print and Cut elements from Digital Scrapbook kits with their Cricut Explore machine".  I had, a month earlier posted in a Crafting messageboard - that information about how I did print then cut elements from a free Christmas themed digital kit. So I took that information, and made it into a web page, and gave the person asking the question the link to my webpage.  Well the moderator and creator of this particular Facebook Group, had responded as well to the person asking the question, that she would be covering just that "Topic" in an upcoming class she would offer on her website (she offers both Free and Payfor classes on all things Cricut machines as well as Photoshop Elements, and a scrapbooking layout class).  I thought the link to my simple webpage that easily showed the person asking the question, that Printing and Cutting digital elements was as easy as any other Print then Cut action of graphics or clip art.  But the moderator must have felt that I was usurping her ability to answer or help people in the group, as she ended up removing my post, and as far as I know possibly the entire thread.   If anyone is interested in seeing the webpage, you are welcome to link on over to:

Recently I went out to California for a wonderful 2 week adventure - first to attend a Family Wedding in Southern Cal, and then a trip up the coast with my younger sister. We had such a great time, visiting friends and family, touring Hearst Castle, watching the waves crash on several beaches, &  taking tons of photos.  My older daughter and grand daughter also came out for the Wedding portion of the trip, and my grand daughter loved seeing So. Cal and the Pacific Ocean etc.  We live in Florida, so she is used to Beaches :) , but this was her first trip west to California. She hopes to visit again soon.

Life Is Good!!   

Might be a year till I post again. Folks who know me, know where to find me ;)  

Jul 8, 2015

Closed and Closing

Things are always changing. 

When I got my Cricut Explore in October 2014, I started visiting the online community messageboard of Cricut.  I found some good advice and tips for using my Explore. And I also posted answers to posts that I felt I could add to the conversations as my way of contributing.  On June 19, 2015 the Forums were removed and effectively closed (There are still some subforums that people are now posting new topics, but they are subforums of Cartridge themed forums and that's all) .  

I posted this same information on the messageboard and am putting it here, so even I have the links for future reference.

Please consider joining one of the new messageboards created by former members of the Cricut messageboard community, and / or join one of the many Cricut Machine themed Facebook groups, so that you can continue to stay in touch with each other. 
New messageboards that have been started as of June 2015 - note these messageboards don't limit the discussions to Cricut machines or specifically the Explore. And they aren't very active as the old community forums may have been on  Most crafters prefer using Facebook.

Unoffical Cricut Messageboard
Crafting Circle
FACEBOOK GROUPS - I have included some quoted excerpts from these groups, but before joining, please read complete Group details.

Cricut Lovers Guide to Design Space For Cricut Explore and Cricut Design Space lovers. We do welcome members who don't yet have an Explore. Paulette and I have been blogging about Cricut machines since 2007. So we're bound to be able to help you if you have a problem. And we always love seeing the projects that our members make regardless of which Cricut they used! ☺ Our main focus though is helping members with Design Space and the Explore.

This group is to learn, share and inspire each other as we use our Cricut Explore and Design Space. Feel free to post and answer questions and post your projects and share your Design Space files.

Let's Learn Cricut Explore  A place for Cricut Explore fans to share news, learn about the machine and inspire others with projects using the new Cricut Explore

Let's Learn Cricut Let's chat about Cricut here! Post and share your creations, questions and Cricut love. From Explore and Design Space to Original Cricut and cartridges, all are welcome! I love my Cricuts and want to share that with you.
Explore and Design Space help while still celebrating Cricut Craft Room!

Cricut Newbies and Pros
We are a welcoming group with emphasis on learning how to use our machines to create beautiful things! We encourage questions and love to share. We love to learn new things, too!

I Luv My Cricut
A place to learn how to use your Cricut products, ask for help with your Cricut products, share Cricut projects and tell others how much you LUV your Cricut.
Note that any discussions about using 3rd party software to cut designs with older machines will be removed.

I Luv My Cricut > Admins YouTube channels
Karin's YouTube channel is at
Lorrie's YouTube channel is at
Melody's YouTube channel is at

Cutter Software The purpose of this friendly group is to provide free support for software that is used with electronic cutters, including but not limited to Make The Cut, Sure Cuts A Lot, Cricut Design Space, Pazzles InVue, Pazzles Pro, Funtime, Silhouette Studio, Funtime, Inkscape, Illustrator, Wishblade, Robomaster, etc.

Cricut the Official page, this is NOT a Group, but more a Cricut news and announcements, and promotions page, you can Like the page, but you don't need to Join it. Welcome to the official fan page of Cricut. Get ready to go from inspiration to creation in just a few clicks!
Sign up if not already to Cricut's Mailing list

If you are just considering purchasing an Explore, please note that you will need to use an ONLINE ONLY Software program "Cricut Design Space" and your computer and internet connection should meet or exceed the system requirements suggested by Cricut.
Exceeding the requirements is better, than meeting the minimum.  Design Space is a computer system resource hog, and to have the best user experience using the many features of the program requires a computer processor that is fast, a system that is always up to date and a very fast and reliable internet connection.  
current as of April 2016 system requirements

See TroyTube >  Troy Young's youtube channel for some good videos. Here is link to his video for the best computer specs to purchase to work with Design Space.  (published Dec 2015)

other Helpful videos
Cricut Explore Newbies > Mistakes & Advice   

Troy's Definitive Guide to Adobe Flash Plugin Errors
Troy's channel has several other helpful videos - be sure to Subscribe
For Cricut Explore owners

Update Jan 2016: check out Melody Lane's Nov. 2015 youtube video - about all things Design Space. Be sure to subscribe to Melody's YouTube Channel

The Complete Guide to Cricut Design Space by Melody Lane

5 things to do while you wait for your new Cricut Explore to arrive
by Kay Hall - Clever Someday blog - Dec. 2015 post  
Cricut Explore Design Space Cheat Sheets by Lorrie Nunemaker 
( )
Cricut User Manuals
find more helpful links to information at
Cricut Explore user manual

computer user Design Space desktop user manual

iPad app Design Space user manual

Cricut Design Space Beta for Android devices - Submitting Bug Reports and Feedback

Cricut Design Space Beta for Android - Known Issues

What are the differences between the different Cricut Explore machines?

What is the difference between each version of Cricut Design Space?
All about the Cricut Access Library Subscription plan
What is included in the Cricut Access Library
Cricut Cartridge handbooks
Online learning > payfor classes by Cara Miller
Lots of YouTube channels to subscribe to>
 Cricut Craft Room Info (Cricut Craft Room is used by those who own any Cricut machines made prior to the Cricut Explore which was introduced in February 2014) >
The other news 
Aimee is CLOSING for good on July 31, 2015.  The owner of Aimee Asher, will be enjoying her retirement.  Some artists & designers will still be selling their art and/or printables on other sites.  Laurie Furnell & Tammy DeYoung each have Etsy stores.