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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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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Valentine Treats in my Cricut Classroom

This past month, the students in my Cricut Classroom have been busy with valentine creations. They were instructed on how to make a pop-up valentine card, a quick & easy valentine shirt, and these adorable valentine treat jars.

How cute are these?? I am getting ready to fill mine and send them off to a few of my children for Valentine’s day.

During the lesson, we talked about print-then-cut and each student learned how to use that Cricut feature to create these amazing little tags. A few of them had never tried that feature before and they were so excited to learn something new that they could do with their Cricut.

That little tag turned out so cute atop a rosette decorated with a little wooden button. The print-then-cut feature allowed us to print out our sentiment then cut out the tag shape around the images.

I chose to decorate my jars in two different ways – one for my daughter and one for a son. The pink jar is adorned with papers from the Perfect Match collection along with a few Mix-Ins and 6×6 Stacks.

The other jar has a more masculine feel with deep reds and black. These are all from the random assortment of papers in my scrap bin.

Both jars have a simple label on the front with the word “hugs” cut from cardstock. I attached it to the jar with foam tape so that I could place the paper hearts behind it.

I also added a few of those charming mini hearts to this project. Those little plastic hearts are so much fun to decorate with.

If you would like to learn how to make a valentine jar, or how to use the print-then-cut feature, then I would love for you to join me in my Cricut Classroom. Each week, I host a live class showing how to create a project in Design Space and post a few tips, tricks, and tidbits videos for you to enjoy. 

Each month’s content will be designed for beginners and experienced Cricut students.   If you missed a previous lesson or class, you can refer to it in the videos section of the group. All videos from the past year will be available during your active membership for you to refer to as needed. (Printable notes for each tutorial are only available to active Cricut Classroom subscribers.)


If you wish to join as a Maker on my team or join as a VIP, you get a discount on the Cricut Classroom membership fee!

Makers on my team the membership pay ONLY $5.00 a month (billed annually)
VIPs receive a 10% discount on their subscription


I hope that you join us in the Cricut Classroom. I have had so much fun getting to know each of the members. It brings me great joy to see them dust off their Cricut machines to make something new.

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