Monday, June 15, 2015

Cricut Explore Air Give Away!

Hi Everyone!

To Celebrate reaching 25,000 Youtube subscribers I am hosting a giveaway for a Cricut Explore Air, this is sponsored by Cricut and they will be shipping 1 Cricut Explore Air out to one lucky winner.  Giveaway is open to legal residents of the fifty (50) United States who are at least 18 years of age or older.  Void where prohibited. No Purchase necessary and does not improve chances of winning.




Ok all the legal stuff out of the way, Lets talk about the Explore Air and why I love it. 

When I first looked in Design Space I was like a little girl in the candy store, all the images in color, and all layered for me. Before explore I used Cricut Expression 2 with Cricut Craft Room, I found the software easier than just using the machine, but I still have to find all the layers and they were not in color and you had to buy the cartridges, you could NOT purchase one image at a time. So I fell in love with the Explore because I could save so much time by just clicking an image and it goes to my mat, I can drag a corner of it to size and then click go, thats it, Design Space software separates everything on the mat for you and lets you know what color of paper to use and when. It's that easy! Cricut Explore Air is the top of the line of Cricut Explore family

Here are more reasons I LOVE My Explore Air, I can ...
  • Upload any picture
  • Use fonts on my computer for FREE
  • Easily share files I design 
  • Upload SVG files
  • Scoring with out removing the blade.
  • Score... cards, rosettes, 3D images, boxes, bows and so much more
  • Writing with a pen, marker, embossing pen
  • Smart Dial, no more blade settings, with pressure for different materials.
  • Embossing metal with score tool.
  • I can design my own images with free shapes.
  • Intricate cutting, even on leather.
  • Print then Cut!
  • The Subscription!
  • iPad App
  • iPhone App
Okay, to go over a few of the points I highlighted above.

Upload Any Pictures and Use Any Fonts

You can upload jpg, gif, png, svg, and dfx files, along with any font installed on your computer can also be used in Design Space, you can install more fonts to your computer and refresh Design Space and start designing.


Sharing

You can share files by just by copying the address bar in your browser and pasting it to where ever you want to share, then others can copy and paste into their address bar and save the project.

Scoring

I love scoring, I have not needed my Martha Stewart score board since I got my Explore, you can easily add score lines to any project by clicking on basic shapes and adding the score line, you can also change that  if you want to cut or write a straight line.

Writing 

Yes you could write with the Expression but not like you can with the Explore. I think it's very different and you never have to take the blade out with the Cricut Explore Air. I have also used embossing pens with my Explore here is a video on that. 

Smart Dial

 No more guessing what the blade setting and speed and pressure should be. You just turn the dial! Okay, I know sometimes I forget to turn the dial at all, but then I hit pause and turn it and it switches to the correct one. 

There is also custom settings with many more options, this thing cuts everything.




Embossing Metal? 


Yes, I did it with 40 gauge metal I cut and embossed these butterflies with the score tool. You can see that video here.



Designing Images

Designing my own images, it is so easy with all the features of Design Space, I love the slicing feature you can create anything out of free images and fonts. One of my favorite projects is my love book I created with free basic shapes and a font. I shared this and all my files with people who support me on Patreon.com/melodylane I cut this on my Explore Air from my iPad here is the video.




Cutting Intricate Leather

Yes, I cut leather doilies, lol, I was so excited I could cut thick leather I had to see how intricate it would cut. this leather is over 2 mm thick, I was shocked it did so well, on something so thick, I knew this machine was great but this was unbelievable.

Print then Cut

Upload anything you want and then print it on your home printer and the Cricut Explore Air will cut it out, in any shape you want. Here is a video to show you how to do it.


The Subscription


30,000 Plus Images and 340 fonts, including writing, single line fonts. Need I say More? There is more!
subscription users get cartridges EARLY, some cartridges are released for subscriptions users only BEFORE released to everyone for purchase. So for no extra charge with the subscription you get new cartridges as they are released and sometimes before they are released. 
Subscribing to the yearly subscription is only $8.33 a month if you purchase the yearly subscription.



iPad and iPhone App


Yes! My favorite part, the iPhone app is still in Beta but it is coming soon. Cricut Explore Air has built in bluetooth so you can cut wirelessly from your computer,  iPad, or soon iPhone. Both apps will be the same and an update is coming to the iPad app. You can see a video on the iPhone app still in Beta here. I will have more videos coming soon on the iPhone app. Android users, don't worry it's coming for you too! 

Make sure you subscribe to my YouTube channel and my Update Emails.

Ok Who wants to WIN a Cricut Explore Air? 
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Unboxing the Cricut Explore Air

Setting up the Cricut Explore Air with your iPad

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@MelodyLane815 to all of them,  just click the picture to take you to my profiles.



 




If you still use the Cricut Expression and need to see a reason to upgrade to the Cricut Explore Family watch this video. 


The Cricut Mystery Box is Available NOW!
JUNESHIP is the code for FREE Shipping.
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Monday, June 1, 2015

Cricut News & Expression 2 vs Explore One

Hey everyone!
I know it's been a long time since I updated my blog. But today I have awesome News from Cricut!


Do you see it? The iPhone app! If you don't have an iPhone don't worry Android is coming! There is much more info in the next 2 videos I post here.


This next video does show and tell you more new features of the iPhone and iPad app at the beginning and at the end of this next video.

This video also compares the Expression 2 to the Explore One, I was a little surprised with some of the results. 


There are a few things I didn't mention in the video, because I was comparing mostly the precision of the cuts and the ease of use.
But the Explore One does cut all the fonts on your computer for free and svg files along with uploaded pictures. I do have a lot of videos showing how fun this can be. Cricut Explore One also can write and score and can use bluetooth like the Explore Air with the bluetooth adapter.

Make sure you Subscribe as I will soon be giving away a New Cricut Explore Air! 

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I just LOVE playing with my new iPhone app!

Sunday, May 10, 2015

The NEW Cricut




**This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking through my links. 

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 crafing 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!

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Look What I got!

Hi everyone, just wanted to share what Cricut has sent me! I am a Cricut Product Expert and have been sent this to test! More to come as soon as they let me show you more, my videos are on stand by to the time being! But I can show them soon!

Make sure you subscribe to my Youtube channel to get the first look.



Follow the directions in this pic to get an email of all my uploaded videos.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Teacher Card- Free File

Hi everyone!

I made a file in Design Space and am Sharing it with EVERYONE! I always share all my Design Space files with everyone who supports me on Patreon.com  I created this file because someone asked for an SVG of something similar, but my responce was you could make that in Design Space real easy, so i did. 

  You can change this card to be anything occasion you like.





I first shared this in the Cricut Design Space Group on Facebook a few days ago before I even cut it out.  This is what the file looks like.
I created a video to show how to change the file to make it your own in Design Space, so I cover a lot of different features in Design Space.

I asked people if they made it would the share pictures of them with me to show in a video, and the all agreed.

And then in the video you see me putting together my card and how you fold it to make it an easel card, I put score lines on the card in Design Space so it you have a score tool it will score it for you. I created the easel card out of free images but the font might not be free.  If you are charged for the font you can dettach and delete it and add your own, I do show in video how to do it yourself.



Here is Crickey showing off my card standing up, make sure you check out the other cards in the video, I think they did an awesome job.


Here is the video!













Here is the FREE Design Space File https://us.cricut.com/design#/canvas/project/24131934

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Valentine Box Cards from SVG Cuts & Hello Thursday

Hi everyone!

I just have to show you how cute these are! AND you can get them free with a $9.98 purchase! You can get them at SVGcuts! All their SVGs are awesome! And Further down check out Anna Griffin's New Cartridge Bridal and Baby.

Hearts AFlame SVG kit 


Here is the video Trailer of them all. 




 Here are the instructions to get them free!





Also Anna Griffin's New Bridal and Baby Soirees




I think I have to make this card, who is with me? 



Don't forget to sign up for my updates, and you can still win a Cricut explore I am giving away, scroll through my posts. 

Check Back Saturday for a FREE Design Space file!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

A New Cricut Machine


I have been testing a New Design Space software for both Explore and Explore Air! I can't give out all the details yet but as soon as I can I will. Sign up over to the right for Updates on the new Cricut products,  new deals, new blog posts, new videos, and anything else you don't want to be left behind on. 

So excited Cricut has Awesome things coming out this year! 
I will keep you updated!

Dont forget to sign up for my Explore Giveaway!

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Win a New Cricut Explore

Hi Everyone!

The time has arrived, I am giving away a brand new Cricut Explore and you have 5 ways to enter. 
This is for a brand new in the box, never been opened Cricut Explore! Shipped to you free of charge to anyone in Continental US and Canada and other places with a shipping charge, depending on actual cost. 

To enter all you need is a name, full name, that means first and last, and an email address. You may only enter once per form, but there will be 4 forms and you get a bonus entry for supporting me on Patreon for any amount.




The entry forms will close on Feb 8th at midnight eastern time!

Click here to watch video!
It is not mandatory in order to enter but would appreciate you to follow or subscribe to me when you enter the giveaway. Here is where you can find all the entries.
             MelodyLaneDesigns815 
Get a Bonus entry for supporting me on Patreon.
                                                     The best photo editing features for free.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Going to CHA

Hi Everyone!

Incase you missed any of my projects here is a link to the page that has all my videos. Follow the directions in the picture to get notifications everytime I upload a video. There may be a lot this week-end.


Thanks to Sweet Stamp Shop, CraftsbyTwo and I are attending CHA 2015!

I will be uploading videos unedited through out the day as I can. We will be leaving on Friday morning and coming back Wednesday.  I maybe uploading more than one at a time. I will be sharing all the fun we are having!

Also follow me at the following for pictures from California and all our travels. I will be using #CHAshow
Twitter https://twitter.com/MelodyLane815 
Instagram http://instagram.com/melodylane815/ 
Friend Me on  Facebook https://www.facebook.com/MelodyLane815

I'm so excited I will be traveling with Crafts By Two

Don't forget to check out the really cool stamps 
Here is a Sneak Peak of a new stamp coming out!

Here is a playlist of videos From our trip. I will continue to add to it as often as I can upload.