Exploring Print Then Cut~

If you’re like me and many other Cricut Explore owners you’ve probably been doing a bit of exploring with your machine’s new print then cut feature.

Seriously, I have been printing then cutting everything in sight.

I started simple with the three bears~


Cute, right?

And yes, I need dimension.

I have to layer and use pop dots!!

With my bears looking so good I decided I was ready to make flair buttons with all those adorable Cricut images from my favorite cartridges like Create A Critter and Teddy Bear Parade.

My first two attempts~


These weren’t so good.

I originally calibrated my Explore with the kids’ new Canon Pixma printer.

Needless to say I think I loaded my paper incorrectly leading to the buttons looking “off” color.

So I switched back to my Epson R2000 printer, and still I wasn’t very happy with the print quality.

The images look blurry.

The Epson buttons are on the left and the Cannon on the right.

To show you exactly what I mean I have buttons printed with my Epson using Lettering Delight images and the Silhouette Studio software.


Do you see a difference? I do.

A close-up~


However, I understand that the Cricut images weren’t originally made for this purpose where many of the Lettering Delight images were.

Especially the Lettering Delights graphic sets.

Hmmm…maybe I’ll add those to my To Try In Design Space List.

I also think the larger your image, the better the quality.



So what’s a girl do when she wants to decide which machine to leave sitting in the place of honor on her desk?

She tries them with the same image~


The fairies above were created with the Silhouette, with the Cricut with bleed on and with the Cricut without the bleed.

After much studying and debate with my son and Facebook friends I like the printing from the Silhouette a teeny, tiny bit better as it appeared to use more or thicker ink.

And her eyes look sharper. More crisp.

However, the cut quality was far better with the Cricut Explore.

My Silhouette left a tiny white border where the Explore did not.

Now what to do with all those fairies floating around?

Make a card~


A close-up~


And what’s better than a fairy on a stick?

One that wobbles!!

And one last tidbit of information.

I love, love, love the fact that if I print then cut a PNG file, the Cricut Explore automatically sets the cut lines.


There’s no having to trace or set cut lines. Yippee!!

So…what do you think of the Cricut Explore Print Then Cut?

Do you have as many images as I do just laying around waiting for a project?

Any tips you’d like to share?

I used~
American Crafts White Textured Cardstock, Epson Presentation Paper, Recollections Craft It Glassine Bags, Paper Straws, Gems
American Button Machine, Silhouette Cameo, Cricut Explore, Epson R2000, Canon Pixma MG7120
Images from Lettering Delights and Cricut Library

You Make Me So Happy & Love You~

It’s a new month which means it’s time for the DCWV Stack-a-Holic Sketch Challenge. Yippee!!

With Erin currently on vacation she let little ol’ me pick the sketches. Woo hoo!

And it seems like I went a little crazy.

As in Circle Crazy!

The layout sketch~

Page Maps May 2014  Layout Sketch

Once I saw that pie chart I knew this was the sketch.

So, I grabbed my Vintage Collector stack along with the Vintage Basics and Mat Stack and pulled out all the pinks I could find to make my own.

My layout~


Just don’t ask me how many pie charts I actually made.

Seems I was having measurement issues again. Sigh.

A few close-ups~



Then I simply had fun layering all the various Vintage Collector Embellishments and added a bit of stamping to complete my layout.

And now the card sketch~

PageMaps April 2014 Card Sketch

See I told you I went a little Circle Crazy!!

But, look at all the opportunities to use patterned paper and that’s exactly what I did.

My card~


I began by making my own circle template by welding circles together in Cricut Design Studio and cutting it with the Explore.

Then I simply used my circle punch for the various patterns to fill the template.

This gave me the change to use all those fabulous patterns found in the Bohemian Sunrise stack.

A few close-ups~



I added a simple love you sentiment and was done.

Now I hope you’ll go a little Circle Crazy with me and join in this month’s Stack-a-Holic Sketch Challenge.

I used~

You Make Me So Happy~

Vintage Collector

DCWV Vintage Collector Stack, Vintage Basics Stack and Vintage Collector Mat Stack
Vintage Collector Embellishments including Charms & Brads, Cardstock Stickers, Bottle Caps, Acetate Hearts, Alphabet Stickers
Studio Calico Stamps, Dear Lizzy Date Stamp used with Color Theory Well Red Ink
Silhouette Pie Chart Image cut to size

love you.~

Bohemian Sunrise

DCWV Bohemian Sunrise Stack
CM Circle Punch, Corner Rounder and Simply Iconic Stamp
Cricut Explore to custom make the circle cut out

The Snow Glows White~

On the mountain top.

I know you know the rest.

I think it’s a requirement if you have either small children or grandchildren in your house.

And that is why I made an Elsa card for a Frozen fanatic birthday girl.

My card~


I used the single layer SVG images from Lettering Delight to print and cut my images using the Silhouette.

I then layered them on polka dot paper form DCWV’s Coral & Navy Stack thinking it looked like falling snow.

A close up~


I added a bit of bling using DCWV gems and stars.

Of course with a four-year old in the house, I couldn’t make just one.


I guess you can tell Hartly had a little fun with the stars. He he.

And if you’re looking for me, a certain little girl has requested the rest of the Frozen game.

Oh boy!

I used~

Coral & Navy

DCWV Coral & Navy Stack, DCWV Gems and Stars
Lettering Delights Ice Princess and Ice Princess Party Cut Its using the Silhouette

Sometimes The Smallest Things~

Take up the most room in your heart. ~Winnie the Pooh

That silly ol’ bear is certainly right.

It’s the big and especially the little things that made this first year of Nursery School so wonderful for Hartly.

So, I just had to use that phrase to make my thank you cards for her teachers.

My card~


I used the Silhouette Sketchpens to sketch the Kolette Hall phrase.

To continue the school theme I used a notebook print paper from DCWV’s Bohemian Sunrise Stack.

A close-up~


A layered heart, sequins and twine finish off my card.

And I’m both excited and sad to say that Hartly has finished her school year too.

Because that first year went by way too fast!!

I used~

Bohemian Sunrise

DCWV Bohemian Sunrise Stack
Sequins, American Crafts Twine, EK Layered Heart Punch, Studio Calico Stamp and TH Tiny Attacher
Kolette Hall Sometimes Phrase sketched at 5″ height with the Silhouette

One Fish, Two Fish~

You know all the many, many wonderful characters that Dr. Seuss created?

There are so many!! I bet you could name at least ten right off the top of your head.

But, my littlest simply wanted to be Two Green Fish for Dress Like A Dr. Seuss Character Day at Nursery School. Sigh.

There was no persuading her to be Cindy Lou, Thing One or Thing Two or even one of the dogs from Go Dog Go.

Her mind was made up.

So, what’s a mom to do?

Make her her very own One Fish, Two Fish t-shirt~

photo 1

I imported a Dr. Seuss graphic into my Silhouette software, did a simple trace and offset and then printed on Avery Light Fabric Transfer paper.

I cut the image out using the normal Silhouette cardstock cutting settings .

photo 1

A quick use of the iron and my fish were set.

photo 2

With a little begging and pleading I was allowed to add an additional fish to the back.

photo 3

So, I quickly repeated my steps to get this guy added before she changed her mind.

photo 4

One thing to keep in mind is that your image will be opposite of how you print it, so if you have letters or numbers remember to flip them before printing.

photo 2

With her One Fish, Two Fish t-shirt, her hair in two braids and her galoshes on off she went to enjoy Dress Like A Dr. Seuss Character Day.

And I do believe she did.

I used~
Avery Fabric Transfer for Light Fabric & Ink Jet Printers
Dr Seuss graphics, Silhouette

Sorry For Your Loss~

Unfortunately I needed a sympathy card for a friend.

And it’s the type of friend that I simply could not just go buy one, but I need to make it.

Luckily I had Crate Paper’s Maggie Holmes Style Board collection spread out in front of me, so I chose the pieces that seemed pretty yet peaceful.

My card~


I used a sheet of kraft paper for the base to cut the doily gate fold card.

I altered the second inside piece to simply fit the base of the card.


I then layered several of the vellum and ephemera flower pieces.

A close up~


I added a few sequins and used ribbon and twine to close the card.

Simple, but heartfelt.

I used~
Kraft Paper, Crate Paper Maggie Holmes Style Board Paper, Vellum, Ephemera, Papertrey Ink Twine, Ribbon, Teresa Collins Sequins
Nina Brackett Fanciful Tags Stamps
Doily Gate Fold Card from Alaa’K in the Silhouette Store