Friday, February 22, 2019

Using Dingbat Fonts for Cutting Images

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I am so excited about this!  For me this is a game changer!  I have already told you about downloading and using fonts from the site DaFont but let's take those fonts to the next level.  Did you know that there are Dingbat fonts on DaFont?  What is a Dingbat font?  It is basically a font that uses images and picture in place of letters.  So if you type in ABC you will not see the letters ABC, you will see three pictures, images or drawings.

DaFont has thousands of fonts.  In the video I will show you a few of the Dingbat Fonts.  I am also going to show you how to use those as a cutting file.  This could save you from having to go and buy an svg file for each and every project you want to create.



So watch the video below to see how I made this Donald Duck that I was able to cut with my Cricut!


                                       

After the time that I posted this video I went back into Design Space and finished using the contour tool to make all of the layers for this cut, and here is how it turned out.



Keep following me to see other videos I do so you can follow the steps needed to create your own cutting images.  I have included links to the places you can find me below

Crafty Chic's Blog on Facebook // Instagram // Shawn's Disney Blop Hop Page //  Crafting Pixie

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Cricut Design Space - Picking a Font

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I have been helping some people in the Facebook Groups I am in so that they can learn some of the tips and tricks for their Cricut.

I see lots of people looking for fonts that have shadow effect on it, so that you can layer two different colors on your projects.  To do this, you need a cutting font not a writing font.  You also need your cutting font to be one that has multiple layers available on it.

In this video I am going to show you how to look through your fonts and use the filters to see just the multi layer fonts.  This will help so that you don't spend a lot of time picking a font for a project just to find out that it will not do what you want it to do because it is a writing font or a single layer font.



If you want to use fonts other than those that you can purchase from Cricut, there are several sites where you can download fonts to use in Design Space.  Most of these will probably be a single layer cutting font.  My favorite resource is DaFont.com  Once you download and install a font from this site, the next time you open up Design Space you will see it and you can use it in your projects.  

If you see a project online and are wondering what font they used, try using What the Font to determine the font used.  

Keep following me to see other videos I do so you can follow the steps needed to create your own cutting images.  I have included links to the places you can find me below

Crafty Chic's Blog on Facebook // Instagram // Shawn's Disney Blop Hop Page //  Crafting Pixie

Cricut Design Space - Adding Text

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I have been helping some people in the Facebook Groups I am in so that they can learn some of the tips and tricks for their Cricut.

In my last video we learned how to clean up an image that you upload into Design Space.  If you want to watch that video first, just click HERE

For this video we are going to build on the last video and add text around the image we uploaded. 



Keep following me to see other videos I do so you can follow the steps needed to create your own cutting images.  I have included links to the places you can find me below

Crafty Chic's Blog on Facebook // Instagram // Shawn's Disney Blop Hop Page //  Crafting Pixie

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Cleaning up an Image in Cricut Design Space

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I am in several different Facebook groups and I see the same questions asked over and over again, so the other day I started to help some ladies in one of the groups to figure out how to do some of the things they wanted to do with their Cricut and images they found online.  I did a couple of quick videos and they were so happy that I decided to to more.

This video is going to show you how to clean up an image you find online and turn it into an image you can cut with your Cricut.  You don't have to use this same image . . . this is just to show you the steps you would take.

I like to use a coloring book style image since those typically just have the black outline and then you just have to remove the white areas with the magic wand tool in Cricut Design Space™.  If you have a more complex image, cleaning up and removing the various colors will work but it could take more time.  It might be worth your time to try and find the same image without all of the colors already in it.

Also, if you have a photograph you want to turn into a cutting image, you can use an app to first convert that photograph to a sketch style image that has a black outline, making it even easier for you to clean it up in Design Space.


                                      

Keep following me to see other videos I do so you can follow the steps needed to create your own cutting images.  I have included links to the places you can find me below

Crafty Chic's Blog on Facebook // Instagram // Shawn's Disney Blop Hop Page //  Crafting Pixie

Friday, February 15, 2019

So, you just got a Cricut . . .

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I am in a few different Cricut related Facebook groups, and it seems like there are always new Cricut owners asking some of the same questions over and over again.  I thought wouldn't it be nice if there was one place they could go to find all of the answers to the frequently asked questions.

Cricut is Easy as 123
Well, how about we start that here!  I can turn this post into a Cricut Frequently Asked Questions page, and if I need to do a more detailed post about a specific thing I can link to it from this one mail post.  If you have a question and don't see it here let me know . . . I can add it.
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Where do I find images to cut with my Cricut?

The first and easiest place to find images to use with your Cricut is in Design Space.  This is the software that goes along with your Cricut and it allows you to search for images, view project ideas and inspirations.  You can either purchase a membership to Access, which allows you to use THOUSANDS of images for one low monthly or annual fee depending on the plan you choose.


If you don't want to do a monthly or annual plan, you can purchase individual images or groupings of images, called cartridges.  Once you purchase those images, they are yours to use over and over again.

The other way to use images is to find images on the internet and upload them.  I think that one is going to turn into another post just on that topic, so I will link to that with more details once I have that post ready.  

You can also purchase SVG files, which are the cutting files used with the Cricut.  To find these, Google will be your best friend.  Search for free SVG files.  For example, I just searched free dog svg and all kinds of images came up for me to choose from.

There are also SVG files for sale out there.  Find a seller that you can trust.  There are some that are really good and there are some that are not.  

Designing your own files
For me, when I am designing my own files or projects, I try to break things down to simple shapes.  There might be some elements you can find in Design Space to combine into a whole new design.

Sharing Files and Designs
When you make something in Design Space, if it was created with all Cricut purchased images or simple shapes, there is a function that allows you the share the file or design.  This is great for when you are in a group and show off the project you made and someone asks "Can I have the file so I can make this too?"

The one draw back is that if you uploaded any images in order to create this design, then Cricut will not allow you to share the file or design.  This is to help cut down on people sharing images that are protected by copywrite or trademark.

Questions about Fonts
When working with fonts, first think about what you want the Cricut to do.  Do you want it to cut out letters that you are going to attach to something or do you want a pen placed into the Cricut to write the letters out for you?

For an example of cut letters, check out this post . . . click HERE
For an example of the pen writing the letters, check out the inside of this card . . . click HERE

You can search Cricut for fonts, and there is a filter to tell you if it is a writing font or a cutting font. If you choose a cutting font and the change the icon in Design Space from cutting to writing it will only draw/write the outline of the letters.  To my knowledge, there is no font that will color in the full letter for you.

You can also download additional fonts to use.  My favorite site to download fonts from is https://www.dafont.com/  Just download and install that font onto your computer, and then whenever you are using that same computer those fonts will show up in Design Space for you to use.  Instead of explaining how to install a font, I am just going to link you to the directions for installation on the DaFont site . . . click HERE.

Questions about Working with Vinyl

* Where is the best place to buy vinyl?

If you are making a small, one time vinyl project it will probably be easiest to run to your local craft store and pick up some vinyl,  but if you are going to be making larger projects or looking to use your Cricut to make things to sell then you are probably looking for the best deal on large quantities of vinyl.  The most recommended place I see time and time again is 651 Vinyl.


* What type of vinyl do I need for my project?

That depends . . . what do you want to make?
  • Are you going to put the vinyl directly on the wall of your house?  Then I would use something that can be easily removed.  This is also called 631 vinyl.  When you remove this it will not tear up your drywall.  
  • Are you going to put this on a car, glass or other item where you want it to stay there for good?  Then you want permanent vinyl.  This is also called 651 vinyl.
  • Are you going to put this on a shirt or something else made of fabric?  Then you want the iron on vinyl.   This is also called HTV or Heat Transfer Vinyl,



Sunday, December 9, 2018

Life is a Journey

I saw this picture with the caption "There is no right path, just YOUR path" and right now in my life this says so much to me on so many different levels, and I want to share one of those ways with all of you.

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For YEARS I have struggled with my weight. I often joke that I am still trying to take of the weight from having my second child, 18 years ago, but I know it is because I love sweets and hate to exercise. As I have gotten older, my metabolism is gone. I felt more tired.

All of that changed on October 24, 2018, when my sister-in-law introduced me to some products that have changed her life. In just 6 weeks, I have lost 8 pounds and 1.5 inches around my hips. I am wearing clothes I have not worn in YEARS!!! I no longer have to hold my breath as I zip up my jeans when they are fresh out of the dryer. While 8 pounds might not seem like a lot to all of you, remember that I am only 4'-10" tall. If I gain a pound I can tell. Weight gain shows up a lot faster on a short girl.

I have done all of this while still eating the food I love . . . pizza, chocolate, burgers, ice cream . . . I am just satisfied after eating a lot less of it than I used to.

So what changed? I started to use the products from https://livepure.com/mosch

I love my morning coffee, so I was really excited to try the Pure Cafe. I have used other drinks that you can buy over the counter to try and suppress your appetite, and they all taste great but I was still hungry, but I was willing to give this a try. I make one of these in the morning instead of my normally mocha coffee drink. I do add a little splash of zero calorie, sugar free flavoring syrup to it just to make it taste a little more like my mochas I used to drink. I usually have a bowl of cereal for breakfast with this, but sometimes I have a bowl of fruit. I have found that I have been fuller longer with this, so instead of being starving by lunch there are some days I forget to eat my lunch until much later in the day. And I noticed I am eating less at lunch. When I get home I am not starving for dinner as soon as I walk in the door. Let's be honest, when we are hungry and walk in the door after a long day at work we make bad eating choices.
The other product I have used is the Metabolic One. I take this about 30 minutes before dinner, since that is my largest meal of the day.
The ONLY other things I have changed in the past 6 weeks is that I have reduced the amount of potatoes I eat . . . coleslaw instead of fries if we go out to eat . . . and I have reduced the amount of bread I eat. I know that if I ate better or added exercise to my daily routine I could drop even more weight, but I also know that long term I am not going to become the kind of girl that works out every day. I also know that I could probably drop more weight if I was eating salads every day, but really who wants to do that! This has helped me to just eat less of the food I love and I can really feel that I am full sooner so then I am satisfied sooner. If you want to know more about how did this and how you can do it yourself, check out the info at https://livepure.com/mosch or send me a message.
Since the time I originally posted this I have been asked some questions, so I am adding that info here.
If you are worried about Gluten and Stevia then read the info at LivePureQuestions

Monday, November 12, 2018

Disney Pixar Online Craft Shop

Welcome to the first Disney Pixar 
Online Craft Shop!



If you have visited my blog before, you probably know that I am a fan of Disney.  In the past I have organized Disney Pixar Blog Hops, where I gather my favorite crafting bloggers together and we all post Disney or Pixar inspired projects on our blogs on the same day . . . then you get to "hop" from blog to blog to see all of our creations.

Well this time, we are taking that same sort of idea, but we have gathered crafters who make and sell Disney and Pixar inspired items.  Below you will find a preview image of the items each crafter makes and links to their site or Facebook page so that you can go and purchase any of the items you like.  Think of it like a online version of the mall directory . . . but all of the stores in this "mall" sell Disney related items!

This could be a great way to get your Christmas shopping done for the Disney fan in your life, and support some small businesses at the same time!

Okay . . . let's get started!  I would suggest logging into Facebook so when you click on the links you will be taken right to the page and can like and follow all of our vendors.

First off is me, Shawn Mosch.  


Some of the items I have are decals, Mickey Mouse snowflake window clings, headbands and hats.  I can also do custom decals on request.  Just let me know what you are looking for!


Check out my website and Facebook page for other colors and designs.


Deanne Lynn
Charming Dezigns
Beautiful charms of your favorite Disney character that can be attached to a bag.


Check out Charming Dezigns at https://www.facebook.com/groups/455105038263152/ to see all available designs.

Donna Mann

Donna creates totes and bags from fabrics with your favorite Disney characters.


Check out Mann Made by Donna at https://www.etsy.com/shop/MannMadeByDonna and



Melissa Jo Cady

Melissa and her husband create 3D printed ears.  They have a wide variety of styles to choose from, and you can even upgrade to add your name.



Shannon Glass

Shannon creates hand painted shoes with your favorite Disney characters



Check out her Facebook page for all of her designs https://www.facebook.com/slgpaints/


Barb Oertelt
Elegant Glasses by Barb

Barb creates hand painted glasses, and some of her creations include Disney designs.  Here are a few examples.


Check out her Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/EGbB92/


Lori Apgar
https://www.loriapgarcreates.com/
https://www.facebook.com/loriapgarcreates/

Are you looking for just the right shirt, hat or bag for your next trip?  Check out what Lori has created


Make sure to check out her store and Facebook page at
https://www.loriapgarcreates.com/
https://www.facebook.com/loriapgarcreates/