Creating with New Cricut Collections

Did you know that Close to My Heart has designed Cricut Collections to match our paper packs? I love that they do this because it allows me to create even more projects in Design Space using our amazing papers.

This month, I have been teaching others how to use these collections in my Cricut classes. I created two layouts using images from the Daisy Meadows Collection and Eat, Play, Love collection in conjunction with a few other CTMH Cricut collections.

Many of our Close to My Heart Cricut Collections are exclusive and can only be purchased using my affiliate link. The images are not available in Design space or with Access, so you cannot find them through a search. To own the images, you need to use my link to purchase the digital collection.

Each of these collections is designed to match our paper packs perfectly. Check out the images from Daisy Meadows and Eat, Play, Love. Aren’t they an excellent match for the stickers and papers?

You might be wondering why I mentioned that special affiliate link. Whenever I use one of these exclusive collections on a project I have people commenting and asking why they can’t find the images in Design Space.

Our CTMH Paper Match Collections are much like specialty licensed images. They are not free through Access and they cannot be located through a search for purchase.

The only way you can get ahold of the Paper Match Collections is by purchasing the Digital Image Set through a Maker’s link. You can find this link at the bottom of my shopping website and under “Cricut Collections” in the “SHOP” drop-down menu above.

Once you have purchased the collection, you will see the images in your image library. If you don’t know how to find those images, here is a little tutorial for you to show you how to locate your Image Sets in Design Space. Go to 00:09:37 Searching for Image Sets (Cartridges) to learn how to find your collections.


I have truly enjoyed creating with the Daisy Meadows and Eat, Play, Love collections and I am looking forward to the new collections arriving in May. I have already seen the animals, flowers, and fireworks and I can’t wait to share them with you.

If you would like to learn more about Cricut Design Space and join my weekly classes, you can check out my Cricut Classroom membership. I teach a variety of techniques LIVE each week AND share video links and printable notes on the classroom website. We would love for you to join us!

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Welcome to the NSD Celebration Blog Hop

In May, we will be celebrating National Scrapbooking Day with a two-day event, so our blog hop team decided that we would showcase a few of the kits this week, and show you new ways to use the items you purchased in these bundles.

Our monthly blog hops are a wonderful way for you to gather a few ideas for future projects. Feel free to Pin these projects directly from our blogs and save them for later.  You may be just starting here or you may have come from Becca Whitham’s blog – either way, you are in the right place. When you are finished viewing my Snarky Humor cards, click the link at the end of my post to “hop” on over to the next website. If you get lost along the way, you will find the list of participating consultants on Melinda’s Blog.


Sarcasm and snarky humor are a part of my personality so when I first saw the Cheerful Humor card kit, I knew that I had to have it. Instead of using the kit right away, I chose to save it for the National Scrapbooking Day celebration and use a few other papers in my stash instead to create some cards for my friends.

I love this mix of Lagoon, Lemonade, and Candy Apple red! They just make these cards so happy and cheerful. At first glance, you see a simple classy card ….. and then you read the sentiment and start to giggle.

The papers on these cards come from two of our collections – Eat Play Love and Sweet Safari. The mix of polka dots and plaid is a classic combination that will make anyone smile. If you are making a stack of cards to send to your friends, you might want to grab yourself a package of the bulk papers.

To give these cards a timeless feel, I added lagoon and black. These colors all play so well together and make those snarky sentiments stand out.

On one of the cards, I chose to use a floral piece of the Eat Play Love pattern. Using this floral gives your cards a completely different look and feel. With these papers and the stamp set, there are so many possibilities.

When you purchase the Cheerful Humor bundle, you get this amazing E-Size stamp set with all these funny sentiments and sayings. I can’t wait to use a few of the others on my cards.

If you haven’t had a chance to see the Cheerful Humor Kit, here is what the bundle looks like. It includes the papers, cardstock, card bases, envelopes, embellishments, the Cheerful Humor stamp set, AND a downloadable cutting guide to make all these cards.


I hope that this project showed you a few new ways to use the Cheerful Humor cardmaking bundle and inspired you to create a few snarky humor cards for your friends. Now head on over to Kim Loewen’s blog to see her work!  Be sure to visit all of the blogs to get some great crafting tips and other fun ideas.  

Remember, these bundles are available while supplies last. Make sure you grab a few and join me for the National Scrapbook Day Celebration online April 30th & May 1st. I can’t wait to see you there!

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What’s New in Cricut Design Space?

Have you opened your Design Space lately? There have been quite a few new changes to the program. Usually, I post these updates in my Cricut classroom, but, today, I thought I would share a video tutorial with all of you so that you can learn how to use the new features. Here are just a few of the items I plan to share with you today.


Operation (aka LineType)

In the previous version of Design Space, the word “linetype” was shown in the Edit Bar at the top of the Canvas. This might be a new term for some of you. Linetype refers to the way your machine interacts with the materials you are using – cut, draw, score, deboss, etc.

Each machine has different operation options. The Maker has to most options available, followed by the Explore. The Maker machine will continue to be expanded upon, so this list might change in the future. The Joy machine will only cut and draw, so that will be the only choice available to you.

Next to the Operation, you can choose the material color or tool type. With the recent update, Cricut has changed how you view the lines when you choose certain tools. This gives you a great visual of what the line might look like.

One the left, I have chosen a Marker as my pen. You can see that the line is much thicker than the line on the Fine Point Pen option. This visual will also change when you use the Foil Tool.

You will also see the linetype change on the list of images in the layers panel. The egg image was originally a cut image and the linetype was listed as a “Basic Cut”.

After I changed the Operation to “Print Then Cut” the words next to the images changed in the layers panel.


Offset (the tool we have all been waiting for)

I have been trying to create shadow layers for years in Design Space and using other apps, so you can only imagine my excitement when the new Offset Tool was introduced.

Offset is a new feature located in the Edit Bar at the top of the canvas. You can use this tool with both images and text. In my video, I show you how to use Offset, but I do want to point out a few features for you.

When you select the Offset option, you have a few choices – Distance, Corner, & Weld. Let’s take a look at each of those.

The Distance allows you to chose how large or small you want the offset or inset. As you move the dial you will see a pale line form around or inside the image or text. If you chose an inset, you are creating a set of letters of images that are smaller than your original image.

The Corner option is self-explanatory. This allows you to chose if you want to corners to be rounded or square.

The last option is Weld Offsets. When you are adding an offset/inset it will always be welded or one complete image. If you would like to create individual offsets around each of the letters or images, you can turn this click the checkmark to create those shadow layers.


These are just a few of the new features and tools in the newest updates of Cricut Design Space. I will be featuring a few more in the coming weeks.

In my video tutorial below, I share how to use Operation and Offset and I share three more features and tools you will want to try in Design Space.


If you would like to know more about Cricut Design Space, I would love for you to join my Cricut Classroom. Each week, I share Cricut tips and we create projects in Design Space. I also share papercrafting tips when we create the projects togethers.

I hope today’s tutorial inspired you to open up Design Space and give these new features a try. If you have any questions, please go ahead and post them in the comments below.

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