Apologies to all my followers I have been away from my blog too long

May 13, 2014

Quick update


I had a horrific two weeks when my eyes were worse than they have ever been it was then decided that although the scratches on the retina were healing I was now allergic to about everything that has a smell even my own perfume that I have used for years !

I was also banned from going anywhere near fresh flowers- the day before my eyes flared up I had made 2 mock wedding bouquets for my daughter

The good news is that I now have tablets to take as soon as my eyes flare up

As previously mentioned it was our daughters wedding in August 2012 I will be posting more about stationery etc later


I had two 21st parties to arrange making the decorations was the fun part !

Near the end of the year we decided that our website had become outdated and needed revamped  so after a lot of thought we decided to start afresh . So we have been beavering away trying to add our products to the site along with major changes to the structure e.g.we are trying to show stock level for each item  but as you can imagine it all takes time if you have a moment have a look in we would welcome your feedback

Okay lets see if I can actually get this posted before it disappears of my screen again (did I mention I got a new touch screen laptop !!!)

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Spooky Halloween Cards

October 26, 2011

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Cards using an assortment of  Bo Bunny papers and cut outs from cricut halloween cartridges  The grey card with the spider also has a spiders web made with a spirelli shape and sparkle thread.The card is A4 folded in half the papers are cut to leave a small border at each end of the card and stickers or peel offs are used to embellish along  with cut outs.Ink around the edges of the card with black or green staz on ink pad

Beta testing new free Cricut Craftroom

June 5, 2011
ProvoCraft has announced the new Cricut CraftRoom
 which will be a FREE web based program, compatible with any Cricut machine, as well as with PC and Mac computers. The program will allow you to use on-screen editing for any cartridge you own and allows you to preview all other cartridges.

I have been testing the craftroom still a few bugs to be sorted I think.i can design and cut with expression – type-edit and group text but I cannot seem to group objects maybe that will come soon.It is still in the beta testing stage -no official launch date yet.Provocraft are inviting people at random to test it out find out more on www.cricut.com. It is very rare to get something FREE


May 22, 2011


Use on a flat surface

Ensure front is on table and there is enough room to prevent the mat blocking

Blade 500-1500 cuts or 3 – weeks depending on paper/card used

Rotate the mat and use an older mat for thin paper

Use small piece card for smaller cuts and navigate blade using arrows

Unload —load last

 if done right after cut and can cut again

Set paper size

 and cricut will figure out size of card

Paper save

cricut will automatically work out  amount of card  to save waste of card

settings screen

change measurements from inches to cm

multi cut

default mat size

show previous cuts on screen

arrows to move through different selections

press ok button after you select-press ok button again to go to next menu-press settings button to exit

blade smaller no-shorter blade depth for light card/paper  higher no –loger blade depth for heavy card

if cuts are torn decrease cutting speed if that not work change blade or adjust blade setting

pressure  low=lightweight high=heavy card

Cricut tips 2


Usully measured from the lowest point to the highest point

Cricut will cut what it thinks is the proportionate size 

Real dial size Will cut the size you want

Eg cricut will cut a 2” letter in proportion to the height whereas the real dial setting will cut the letter at 2” in height


The cricut default setting is landscape press portrait the blade will move to the left hand side of the mat and will cut across the card

Portrait can be used with -mix n match – fit to page- quantity- auto fill

Mix and match press on mix n match select all characters you want to cut you can2” shadow

Mix n match can be used with portrait – fit to page-quantity-auto fill -fit to length

Fit to page Cricut will cut the character to use the optimum amount of space proportionally

Fit to length Cricut will cut the character to the optimal length —- only works on landscape

Auto fill cricut will cut to fill the page as many characters that will fit onto size of card

Multi cut Use for thick board use the settings panel to determine how many times to cut

Centre point only works on landscape

Move blade using arrows to the centre point of the character you want to cut

Press centre point button –press cut button and the cricut will cut around the outer perimeter 

Line return  Cricut will create line breaks between cuts

Space Creates a space between characters usefull when using the cricut colour markers

Flip –Flips character

Cricut  markers

The card must be placed on the right hand corner of the mat

Replace the cricut blade with a color marker

Make sure that the pressure and speed dials are at a low setting

Usually speed 3 pressure 2 

Press on character to draw and press cut button


Press the load button and replace the marker with the blade

Make sure the speed and pressure button is adjusted to suit card/paper you are cutting

Press repeat last button and the drawn character will be cut

Press the unload mat button when it finishes cutting

Note the machine will always start at the right hand corner if you want to draw and cut at a specific place on the mat use Design  Studio or Gypsy 

Cricut Embossing Folder

Cricut machine is used to cut and the Cuttlebug to emboss

Place embossing sheet onto the mat aligning it to the left corner of the mat

Load the mat and use the blade navigation arrows to place the blade to the right ha=nd corner of the embossing sheet

Press the paper size button and the cricut will display the new size

Choose the design to cut

Machine setting

Blade depth =6 (deep blade housing=4.5

Speed =3

Pressure =5

Multiple cut =2    (use the settings button to change the multi cut setting)

Select the size on the size dial

Press the cut button if the chosen size is to big the cricut will beep =change the size

Unload the mat and remove sheet –ensure that the the cut image stays together

Stick the whole sheet to the embossing folder (x2 mirror images)

Remove the release liner from one half of the sheet and stick into folder

Run the folder through the cuttlebug to make sure it is stuck properly and then remove liner from other half of sheet

Close folder and run it through the cuttlebug

The image should be split one on each half of the folder  

Embossing folder should be ready

Place card into folder and run through the cuttlebug

******Emboss using the Cricut machine***********

Please note this method is not an official Provocraft/cricut method 

This is done at your own risk

Lainesworld and Provocraft are not responsible for any damages as a result of using this tip  

Remove the blade from the housing turn it upside down so that the blunt edge replaces the blade edge insert into housing —Use an old blade—

Place a silicone embossing mat onto cricut mat place paper/card on top

Vellum settings 

Speed med

Pressure med

Blade 6

Foil settings

Pressure high

Speed med

Speed med

Blade 6

Card/paper settings

Pressure med/high

Speed med

Blade 6

 Choose design –press cut and the cricut will work as normal but using the blunt edge the cricut will emboss

It is trial and error to find the right silicone mat and settings


Birthday card

April 25, 2010

accordian fold card with square inserts attached
i used the cricut for the design on the inside and front of card

card closed

card closed


card with ribbon open

card open

card open

card open

squares glued on to folds

card folds

3 squares in the middle

different folds

different folds

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