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 I love to create. Everyone who knows me knows that I am a crafty person. I am also considered the ultimate hostess by those in my inner circle. I love a party. I love everything that makes a party unique. I am a firm believer that it is the details that can make or break a party. The devil is in the details, but there is also love in the details.

My mom turned 60 on April 18, 2015. On June 21st I will be turning 40. As an early 40th Birthday gift, my mother bought me the ultimate gift – A Canon Rebel SL1. Up until a week before her 60th, I was a point and shoot type of gal. I always envied the photography of my teammates and some of the p2Peeps, but I just didn’t want taking a photo to get complicated. My mother felt that in my line of business I needed to upgrade. Plus, she wanted some really nice photos taken at her 60th Birthday Dinner at Ruth’s Chris (that was my gift to her). So indeed her early gift to me had an ulterior motive.

In one week’s time I learned to work the camera by taken almost 100 photos of the items I made to personalize her dinner.  My mom is a crafty person and wanted to help with the personalization of her party favors, but she changed her mind at least 3 times about what she would give. My Cricut Machine was on overdrive once I convinced my mother to just let me handle it.

I loved using Artisan software to create .png files to suit my needs that I could then export and pull into the Cricut Design Space. I am very proud of how much love we were able to put into the parties. I was even more proud of my photography. Sure, I shot mostly on automatic, but I did dib and dab in some Creative modes.

Check out some images from the party.

What party doesn’t have goody bags?  I purchased regular shopping bags online and some pull bows. The tag was designed in Artisan, I used a Creative Memories shape file and the Minted Wings Blendables by Katie Pertiet to design my label. Everything was exported from Artisan and pulled into the Cricut Design Space. I used the print and cut feature in my Cricut Explore and then cut the remaining layers of the tags.   Left over tags were kept and will be used as titles in the scrapbook.

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My mom loves Ferrero Rochers and decided to give everyone some in their goody bags. We packed 6 Rochers into Candy bags and sealed them with candy bag toppers created using my Cricut Explore. I utilized Artisan to design all of the .png files that would become the bag topper. Using Cricut Design Space I was able to print, cut and score all of the elements.

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We also put a bottle of Moscato into the goody bags. My mom drove me insane insisting that I tie the tags to the bag using curling ribbon.   I, however, had another vision. I knew I wanted to use real satin ribbon with texture. I knew I wanted curls of ribbon to fall from the bottles so my ribbon would need to be wire edged. I knew I wanted the charms that I designed in Artisan and cut with my Cricut Explore to really pop.   So I did what any kid would do. I ignored my mother’s wishes. (She is happy that I did.) I fell in love with the outcome.   The tags feature one of mom’s childhood photos and a golden 60.

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Then there were the place cards which would double as thank you cards. I print them, I cut them and I put them together. All I asked mom to do was write a short note on the inside. Remember…they are place cards, so there was not a lot of room to write. Somehow my mom figured out how to write a novel in each and every one.  The layered name tags were designed in Artisan and then Printed and Cut using Cricut Design Space.

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Finally there was the cake topper. Designed in Artisan and cut on the Cricut Explore, I think it came out just perfect.

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There are so many other things I did to personalize this party, but you will just have to wait for another blog post to see that. Otherwise you could be here all night.

If you are interested in a Cricut Machine of your own, please continue reading below.

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If you’re new to the wonderful world of crafting — or even if you consider yourself to be more of a “basic” crafter — then Cricut’s brand new machine is just for you! This nifty new machine is called the Cricut Explore One™ and it’s perfect for crafting beginners and basic crafters because it offers a simplified design-and-cut system that is incredibly user-friendly. The Explore One™ actually offers most of the same features as Cricut’s other Explore machines, it’s just priced lower!

In addition to its affordable price, here are a few other things about the Cricut Explore One™ that you’re sure to love:

  • It can cut over 60 different materials, from the most delicate materials like vellum to thicker things like leather. It can also cut cardstock, vinyl, fabric, balsa wood, leather, and more…without complicated settings.
  • You’ll have free access to Cricut’s Design Space™ online software and iPad® app so you’ll able to design on your computer or your Pad®. You’ll also be able to use a Bluetooth® adapter for wireless cutting.
  • The Explore One allows you to cut a wide range of shapes and sizes with exceptional precision, from ¼” tall up to 11½” wide x 23½” tall. You just select the material that you’re using on the Smart Set® dial. From there, the machine’s Cut Smart® technology will deliver a clean, professional cut.
  • You can upload your own images and use your own fonts — for free!
  • Each machine comes with over 25 free 1-click projects and 50+ free images to get them started right away.
  • If you want to use the machine to write or score, you can easily swap out the cutting cartridge with the Cricut Explore One™ Accessory Adapter and Pen.

The Cricut Explore One™ makes it easy, fast, and affordable for you to explore your creativity and delight your loved ones with personal handmade projects and gifts! And if you purchase your very own Cricut Explore One™ before the end of May – you’ll get free shipping when you use code MAYSHIP!

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7 Responses to Blog: Artisan and Cricut Design Space Rocks!

  1. Cathy says:

    Tameka, I turned 60 on the 30th of April. Wish you’d done my party! Love these ideas…

  2. Jan says:

    Meka, Meka, Meka. You are OVER THE TOP! Love what you did for your mom’s birthday!!

  3. Dona Bulluck says:

    Hi Tameka,
    We are FB friends and I am a friend of Jane Little’s. I’m interested in a Cricut machine and I’m trying to figure out which one to purchase. I love what you did for your mother’s birthday party. My son is getting married in September and I have some idea’s for the Rehearsal Dinner. I’m also thinking ahead to my church’s anniversary in December. I am intrigued by all that can be may and would love to try my hand at it. Which machine would you recommend?

    Dona

    • Tameka says:

      Cricut Explore or Cricut Explore Air is the way to go. If you don’t need bluetooth and if you won’t use your Cricut with an iPad, then you don’t need to pay the extra fro the Air.

  4. What a special birthday gift to your Mom and your “details” turned out fabulous!!!

  5. Linda DeLaughter says:

    Meka, you truly ARE a crafty lady! So help me with this one. I purchased a “pink” Cricut machine a few years ago (pink for Breast Cancer Month) because I love pink!!! However, I never really used it. Two years ago, we began the construction of our new home and moved in with my mother-in-law, so everything (including the Cricut) was in storage for a year. When we moved in last summer, I started unpacking my craft room items.

    I finally used the Cricut to make party items for our granddaughter’s first birthday in April, but realized that the new Cricut Explore is now available.

    Should I go ahead and invest in the Cricut Explore? It seems like it is easier to download what you want instead of having a library of cartridges?

    • Tameka says:

      Go ahead and get the Explore. The Explore requires a computer and internet access, so it does not replace your other Cricut when you are somewhere that does not have computer and internet access. You can buy cartridges and link to your account, you can download individual images or create your own.

      Individual images that you purchase through Cricut (without having a cartridge) can also be used with your older Cricut using Cricut Craft Room.

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