Admins Favorite Things

I’ve decided to make a list of the Admin’s favorite things in the world of crafting everyone will have different preferences and these are ours! The following are affiliate links.

71wwvYsH-4L._SX466_Have you guys ever struggled with getting the right transfer tape? Sometime the brand name stuff is just TOO sticky, and sometimes the dollar brand just isn’t sticky enough? I myself favor the transfer tape from Craftopia. The price is currently at $19.95 and if you are a Prime member you get shipping for free. This for me is the ideal stickiness for all of my projects from Glitter Vinyl to 651 and so on! Give it a shot and let us know what you think!

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Dental Tools… yes, I said dental tools! Why you ask? Because they are amazing for weeding! The brand name tools work well, personally they are a little bulky for me. My husband went out and got me dental tools and I looked at him like a crazy man. Every time I weed now I turn to him and thank him a hundred times over. This set runs for $4.75 and for that price you simply can’t go wrong.
51hzpBXW6BL Whether you are starting out, or need to stock up this bundle of 651 is perfect for anyone! Oracal is always the brand name I would recommend for vinyl, simply put it is the best quality out there. In this bundle you get 63 assorted colors for $27.80 that works out to about .44c each sheet! Talk about a steal! Remember that 651 is ideal for long term or outdoor use and if you have an questions reference our post about the different types of vinyl!

81BRmFxZuML._SL1500_The final thing I will add to this list is a MUST HAVE for anyone! I was about 6 months into my adventure with all of this before I purchased a light pad, and when I did it was like this terrible fear of weeding turned into a pleasure. This is the exact light box I purchased from Amazon. It is currently priced at $26.97 and is worth every penny! I used to balance a flashlight over my Cricut and hope it wouldn’t roll around of move halfway through weeding, and now I don’t have to worry about that silliness anymore!

These are just a few of the admin’s favorite things, and we hope you enjoyed this post. If you have any questions or comments let us know! Did we miss anything that you absolutely love? Let us know, maybe we will test it out and add it to the next list of Admin’s Favorite Thing’s!

Until next time!

amym

Cricut Machines Comparison

I know a lot of you already have machines however some of you don’t. This will be a great post for anyone who hasn’t purchased a machine or is looking to upgrade. We are going to go over 4 different Cricut machines and the differences between them.

When I start to describe these machines, you will notice a lot of similarities however you will also notice a few small differences as well.

The Cricut Explore One:

The Cricut Explore One has a Smart Set Dial it can be found on thecricut-explore-smart-set-dial top right of the machine. The Smart Set Dial is a dial with the type of vinyl, paper or fabric you want to cut. It’s very easy to read and understand. You can choose settings such as Paper, Vinyl, Iron-On (HTV), Cardstock and many more.

The Explore One does not offer Bluetooth however you can purchase an adapter. It only has a single tool holder as well, meaning that if you want the machine to write and then cut you will have to remove the blade and replace it with a pen.

Software for the Explore One is available on PC, Mac and iSO and you have the availability to upload your own images free of charge. You can also buy Cricut Cartridges with endless opportunities for images and fonts.

The Explore One comes in five colors: Grey, Coral, Navy Bloom, Pink Poppy and Blue.

The Cricut Explore Air:

cricut-explore-pen-and-blade-housingThe Cricut Explore Air is my machine of choice, it was the machine I began with, I did try another machine however I came back to the Air.

There are only 2 major differences with the Air and the Explore One. The first difference is that you have 2 tool holders as seen in the picture to the right. This means that you can cut and write without having to fumble while changing from one to the other.

The only other difference is it is already equipped with Bluetooth . For me personally this makes a large difference, because I can freely use my laptop without extra cords all over the place or my iPhone without having to buy the Bluetooth adapter.

The Explore Air comes in four colors: Blue, Teal, Gold and Wild Orchid.

The Cricut Explore Air 2: 

This was the second machine I purchased, however as stated above I did go back to the Air. I love the Air and the Air 2, however for me the difference was minimal.

You will find two small differences in the Air and the Air 2. The first is that the Air 2 has the capability to cut at 2 times the speed of the Air. The fast mode on the Air2 is only available with the Vinyl, Iron-On (HTV) and Cardstock settings.

The only other difference between the Air and the Air 2 is the color options and they are: Mint, Blue, Rose, Anna Griffin and Lilac.

The Cricut Maker:

The Cricut Maker is the brand new machine, it just came out in August of 2017. This has all the bells and whistles anyone could ever want. Personally I love how this machine looks. It is very sleek and stylish. It currently only comes in the color pictured below.

Cricut Maker Machine

The first thing you will notice is that the maker does not have the Smart Set dial. Not a huge loss because you can still chose the medium you will be cutting. The Maker also will not take Cricut Cartridges at the moment however they are expecting to have a adapter by the end of 2017 if this is something that interests you.

The major differences are that the Maker has a rotary blade to make cutting fabric a breeze and a knife blade to cut even thicker materials. With the Explore One, Air and Air2 we had hundreds of options and with the Maker they opened up so many more possibilities.

Although I do love my Air and I have been loyal to my Air, I have been seriously contemplating upgrading to the Maker for the last month. You’ll notice that the Air2 and the Maker have links directly to the Cricut site so you can check out all the products they have to offer you.

Please leave a comment if you would like any further information or if you have any suggestions on posts you would like to see here.

Thanks again all!

amym

How To Upload Your Own Images To Design Space

Cricut Design Space has hundreds of images available for use, some free of charge while others costing a couple dollars. However, if you’re anything like me, all these images and options still aren’t enough and you want to be able to cut anything you want! Here we’re going to show you step by step how to upload virtually any image to Design Space.

First thing you’re going to do is go to New Project.

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Once you’re on this screen click Upload.

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From here you’ll see two options, Upload Image or Upload Pattern. Click on Upload Image.

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Find the image you want to upload on your computer and click Open.

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Your image will appear along with three different options to choose from for image type. Our image is pretty basic so we are going to upload as a Simple Image but if your image has more detail or low contrast between colors you are going to want to upload using the Moderately Complex or Complex image. Hit Continue.

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Once you hit continue your image will appear on this screen. YOU ARE NOT DONE YET. Using your Select & Erase tool you’re going to click on the part of the image you want to be cut out. Think of the pieces of the image you would want to weed and using your mouse click on the pieces to get rid of them.

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As you click the pieces of the image you want to be cut out your image will start to look like this, with a checkered background in the areas that you have removed. Once you’ve removed all the pieces hit Continue.

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Your next screen will look like this. You will have the option to save this as a print then cut image or as a cut image. Remember, print then cut will need to first be print out on a printer then be cut out on your Cricut. We want to save our image as a cut image NOT a print then cut. Your image will cut exactly as it looks like on this screen. If your image does not look exactly how you want it to be cut out you do have the option to go back and edit it some more. If it looks how you want it to cut, give your image a name then hit Save.

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Once you hit Save it will take you back to this screen. You will see your image in your Recently Uploaded. That’s it! That’s all there is to it! You will be able to go to Images on your left side bar and find all your Uploaded images there.

If this was helpful to you please feel free to share it with your friends and leave us a comment on what you’d like to see next!

Happy crafting!

Jenn

How to Download Fonts

Hi Everyone! If you’re anything like me, fonts quickly become an addiction, especially when you can customize anything under the sun! Having the right font is important and can make or break a project. When you’re just starting out in the world of crafting with your Cricut and all the capabilities can feel VERY overwhelming. Well, we’re going to take away one stress so you can spend less time frustrated and more time creating!

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Oracal 631, Oracal 651 & HTV! What is it?

Alright everyone, let’s talk basics. Some of you may already know the difference and some of you may not and that is why I want to touch on this topic. This is good information to know for anyone who has just started or people who haven’t even got a machine yet.

Oracal 631 – let’s call this “indoor vinyl”. Don’t let that name deceive you, because it can be used outside too however it would only last about a year. Indoor it will last around 10 years. Oracal 631 is ideal for walls because it can be removed easily without any damage. If you make a decal and want to remove it or replace it with a new decal often I would also use 631.

Oracal 651 – this well call “outdoor vinyl”. This is very durable vinyl it can withstand all outdoor elements, from the heat of the deep south to the frigid Canadian winters. Keeping the elements in mind this vinyl can last up to 5+ years outside, and 10+ years indoors. I would not recommend this vinyl for wall decals or anything that you would want removed because it will leave a residue or even worse – damage. 651 is also great for outdoor signs, and things like tumblers that you would hand wash.

HTV – Heat Transfer Vinyl – So…. this is exactly as it sounds. You need heat to transfer this vinyl to whatever you want to put it on. T-Shirts, hats, socks, bags, basically anything your heart could desire. In my personal opinion, this is the easiest of all to weed. It comes with a protective backing for heating however a Teflon heat press sheet is recommended. Ideally you would use a heat press to transfer it to whatever item you are putting it on, however an iron will also work.

Amy M.