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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An Easter Egg Cloche | Easter Video Collab

Last month, our Creative Design Team was showing you multiple ways to love your stash. This month, we took a little break from the everyday posts to bring you some projects you can create for Easter. If you haven’t heard about our Creative Design Team, you learn more about us here.


The women on our team did an amazing job this past week! We had shaker egg cards, and a pop-up card, scrapbook layouts, and easy-to-make last-minute cards. Today, I am ending the collab with a home décor project that you can make with your Cricut.

Please don’t feel overwhelmed by this creation – it is not as difficult as it looks. In my video, I share a few ways you can add pizzazz to your Cricut cuts, but you are more than welcome to skip those parts of the project.

As you may know, I love adding lots of detail to my designs. The flowers I cut from the Daisy Meadows collection are designed to assemble flat or with a little dimension using foam tape.

I chose to go a few steps further. Not only did I cut the images from pattern paper and glitter cardstock, but I also added some beads in the center and cut a stamen using a flower thin cut die. As I said, feel free to skip this step. I am a very detail-oriented person. When I create flowers for home décor pieces, I like to make them bold, whimsical, and full of dimension.

In my video, I also share a few tips and tricks in Design Space. You will learn how I like to use templates and color sync. I also walk you through this entire project from start to finish. You will create it in Design Space with me, assemble all the pieces, and put the cloche together.

All of the Cricut cut items are placed on the base of a cloche around a flower foam square. I chose a cloche with a metal base. It matches the décor in my home and the patterns in the Daisy Meadows collection. I found the bell-shaped cloche stands at Michaels craft store, but I have also seen a few on Amazon you can purchase. I put links below in my supply list to both of these.

So.. here is a little tidbit of history for you. Do you know where the term cloche came from or what they are designed for?

Cloche /klōSH/

Bell shaped jar or bottomless glass jug used in France since the 1600’s. The name for a popular bell shaped hat of the 1920s

Knowing where something comes from or where it originated always fascinates me. As a gardener, I have seen a cloche used, but they are usually made of plastic. I didn’t realize that the glass bells we use in home décor are popular mini-greenhouses.

Alright, so now that you have gotten your history lesson for the week, let’s take a look at the crafting tutorial.

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How much fun was that?! Home Décor is one of my favorite paper crafts to make – it is where I started as a Maker and where my heart will always be.

I especially love teaching others how to make creations for their home. I hope this project inspired you to try a few new things in Cricut Design Space and make something for your home this Easter.

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Week Four: Wild Card Wood Tags with HTV

Have you been enjoying this month’s Love Your Stash challenge? Our Creative Design Team has been using up items in our craft room stash and there have been some amazing ideas so far. So far we have tackled paper, pocket cards, embellishments, & kits. We even added a few Guest Designers to the challenges. This week, our theme is Wild Card which meant that there were no rules to follow (like I would have followed them anyway).


A Wild Card challenge meant that I could dig into every area of my craft space. My first visit was the drawer full of unfinished holiday home décor where I found some little wooden Christmas tags. I know I am not the only one who does this – I have grand plans to make holiday pieces in November, then the holidays come (or a virus hits), and you end up shoving the project in a black hole of UFOs.

Well, this girl decided that she wasn’t going to wait until Christmas to use up those little tags. I snatched them out of the drawer, warmed up my Cricut, dug out the old paint and beads, and ended up with a fun little spring décor project.

As I said, this project began with some wooden tags I purchased last year with grand plans to make some holiday gifts. I wish we carried these all year long so that I could make a few more, but I am betting that quite a few of you also grabbed some last year and have some in your UnFinished Objects bin. 

I was inspired by the tags and tag garlands I have seen featured in home décor this past year. Wooden Tiered Trays have been so popular and you often see these tags draping from those trays or hanging from hooks or curtains.  Before I share more of the little details on these tags with you, take a few minutes to watch the video tutorial I created showing you how to use your wooden tags, a Cricut machine, and some items from your stash to make yourself some spring decorations.

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In the tutorial, I share how I decorated each one of these tags using paint, reinkers, paper, HTV iron-on, and embellishments from my stash. The video also shows you how to Upload SVGs into Cricut Design Space so that you can cut out the images of those tags from paper.

On this little Peeps Tag, I also used an SVG images from our Bunny Banner that was available last spring. Those bunny images were the perfect “peep” shape. My original plan was to cut them from pastels, but my home is not conducive to pale colors, so I chose to cut them from a grey patterned iron-on instead.

The rest of the tag was decorated very simply. I added some polka-dot cork shapes to the faces, an iron-on sentiment, some white wooden beads, and a tassel. (Make sure you watch the video to see my tip for painting beads.)

The second bunny tag is just too cute with its wood grain background, pink plaid bunny, and little tag collar. I used the Tag SVG to cut out the perfect tag shape from our white wood grain paper, then added an iron-on sentiment and a three-dimensional bunny cut from our valentine paper.

To make the bunny three-dimensional, I cut the image from cardstock multiple times and adhered all the layers together. When you are creating home décor pieces, this method looks much better than using foam tape and it holds up to being moved around each season.

This third tag is my favorite and matches my home décor perfectly. The embellishments are a bit unconventional – like a photo tab for a collar – but they are the perfect additions to that adorable iron-on bunny image. I am guessing you probably have a few of those metal tabs in your stash, too, and now you are looking at them in a whole new way.

The fourth and final tag in the video is a surprise addition, and to be honest, it was not a favorite of mine. I didn’t even take the time to snap a photo of it because I just keep trying to “fix it”. I know that sounds silly, but sometimes the project doesn’t feel finished, and that little blue flower tag needs a few finishing touches.


I hope that this inspired you to Love Your Stash and dig through your bin of unfinished home décor items to create something for spring. Make sure to visit all of the Creative Design Team’s channels so that you can get some more ideas for using up your craft stash during the month of February.

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