Oh yeah!!!!

No fooling you. You were guessing it with the first hint today.

This really is very exciting.

Individual images will be available for $1.99 and the Digital Cartridge will be available for $29.99 - ONLY in Design Space. 

Note that the Frozen images are only available in Design Space as a Digital Cartridge and/or Digital Images at this time. Images are now available in Design Space and will be available in Physical Cartridge and Cricut Craft Room format in 2015. 

For purchase ONLY in Design Space.

Check out the exciting images

The easiest way to access the special characters in the Samantha font is to use Illustrator or CorelDRAW. In this tutorial, I teach you how to do that.

Further information is available in a document I have written about using character map and other options. The document is available in my Silhouette group.

Cropping a photo in Silhouette Studio is super easy.

First, open your picture in Silhouette Studio using the File, Open command. It may come in very large. My photos are huge because I use the max resolution settings on my cameras. Just select the image and adjust the size by dragging the handles to make it smaller.

Select the shape you want and place it over the picture in the area you want. Here, I used an ellipse and drew a circle over the area I want to keep.

You can see the red line that represents the circle, but you can use any shape you like (either using the drawing tools in Silhouette Studio or by opening a cutting file).

Next, select everything (your picture and the cut line), then click the Modify icon at the top of the screen.

Now click the Crop icon.

Your photo will be cropped to the shape.

You do exactly the same thing to crop using a cutting file.

Below I chose a heart from my library.

After cropping, my photo of Percy is cropped to the heart shape.

Note that I used Silhouette Studio 3 for my tutorial, but this technique works for all versions of Silhouette Studio.

Be sure to follow my blog for many more tips and tricks.

New version 4 of Sure Cuts A Lot and Sure Cuts A Lot Pro are now available with:
  • New enhanced interface
  • New tools, including freehand, brush, erase, knife, & more
  • Stencil tool to easily create stencil bridges
  • Type on arch
  • Various effects, including 3D Rotate, Bulge, Wave, Wrapper & more
  • Additional fill & stroke options
  • Multi-line text with text justify options
  • Snap to objects
  • Rotated duplicate
  • and more!

Works with Black Cat Cougar/Lynx, Gazelle, eCraft, CraftRobo/Graphtec, GCC, Foison (set up as Foison to use SCAL with your KNK), Liyu, Pazzles Inspiration/Pro/Vue, Ramtin, Roland, Seiki, Silhouette SD/CAMEO/Portrait, SilverBullet, USCutter, Vinyl Express, Wishblade & more.

- Export FCM for Brother ScanNCut
- Export SVG for use with Cricut Design Space

Special introductory sale price:
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One of the many cool things you can do with SCAL is described in the video below


All of the following cutting files from my Etsy shop are now available to my Patreon supporters for as little as $1 per month.


I am reposting this video with improved audio.

I had originally posted a video explaining this technique using Silhouette Studio, but it is so popular, I was asked to teach the technique using SCAL as well so that all my Cricut friends can also create a file like this and cut it with their Cricut Explore.

So many people have been posting pictures of t-shirts and hoodies they decorated with this technique and it's really fun to be able to share the information.

The video below shows you how this is done.

If you missed my video on using this technique with Silhouette Studio, I am posting it again below.

If you would like to have my MAN'S BEST FRIEND cutting file, it is available in my Etsy store

You can use Silhouette studio to create a very cool effect.

In the video below, I teach you how to knock shapes out of text using Silhouette Studio. This is not putting an image on text, but actually knocking out the text in the shape of an object.

I also teach you how to create and place registration marks so that when you cut this from vinyl, you can line everything up perfectly.

UPDATE: One member commented that it would be better to do the internal offset of the shape before you crop. I agree because if you do this first, you don't end up with skinnier letters in that section.

Someone just wrote me because she is trying to decide between the two machines. She said she saw my video on the Explore cutting thick materials, but she wonders how it does with thin materials.

I have a couple of videos I filmed showing how well the Explore does kiss cutting vinyl, one of the thinnest materials people use with their cutting machines.

Here are the videos.

Cutting printable vinyl

If you're interested in my "Because someone we love is in heaven" cutting file, you can get it in my Etsy shop.

People kept asking me which machine I thought was the best between the Silhouette Cameo and the Cricut Explore so I conducted some of my own tests cutting shrink film, acrylic, chipboard, corrugated cardboard and cork and posted a video with the results.

After those tests and after using the Explore for several months, which was after using the Cameo for nearly three years, I concluded that the Cricut Explore is the machine that can cut the broadest range of materials, the thickest materials, the densest materials and do so very accurately, quietly and easily.

A lot of people in the Silhouette community pooh-poohed my video and insisted that their trusty old Cameo was the better machine. It might HAVE BEEN the better machine for a while, but things have changed.

The new Cricut has taken the crafting community by storm.

And now, just before the new iPad app is launched and before much more exciting new is launched, the results from an independent engineering firm have been released and the results can no longer be denied or pooh-poohed.

There is a reason people are threatening to throw their Cameos out the window! I have seen so many make this very comment.

While Cameo users have to be content cutting vinyl, but not for too long or using too large designs, Cricut users are playing with just about every material under the sun.

It's kind of ironic isn't it how only about one month ago Cricut users were rejoicing about the announcement of the new iPad app while Cameo users were bitterly disappointed with the announcement of the new Cameo that really had nothing more than a few cosmetic changes.

See for yourself. The full reports are available here.

Materials Report
Precision Report