Cricut Explore Design Space Files


Hello and a big welcome to all our new friends!

It’s Jamie here with you today and we are going to be talking about Cricut Design Space and our SVG files!

Most of our SVG cutting files are adapted for Cricut Explore Design Space users. You can find them easily in the store when you see these compatibility logos on the design’s detail page (see logos below.)

SVG files compatible with Cricut Explore

If you don’t see these icons on the file you want to purchase, that’s okay! We will get you all fixed up!

Here’s the back story… When we first started the site we didn’t understand that Design Space handled the SVG files differently so we began loading all our files as we create them for other softwares.  Once we started playing around with Design Space, we adapted our files so that they would easily work with the Cricut software. Many of our newer files are all set but some of our older files need conversions to make them work easier in the Design Space software.  Here’s how you can tell if you need a conversion…

  1.  They won’t have those adorable little icons on the file description.
  2.  You will only have one SVG file within your .zip folder.  The DS friendly SVG files are labeled with the letters “DS” in the file name – signifying Design Space.
  3. Your file will look similar to the image below rather than have colored pieces.

6ct Andes Free File

What do you do if you purchase a file that isn’t Design Space Friendly? If you come across such a file. We are happy to convert them free of charge. You simply need to request the conversion through our contact us form!

Once you have your Design Space Friendly file, we have a couple tutorials you can check out as well.  You can find those HERE and HERE!

And remember!  We have free files so you can sample our cuts HERE and of course be sure to check back each Monday to see the FREE file offerings we have!

Lastly, should you have any questions at any time, please feel free to contact us through our contact us form!

Happy Crafting!


Magpie Lace Card Tutorial



New this week! I just uploaded a card that features a lacey magpie. It’s super simple to make. It’s just two pieces of paper, and lots of intricate cut work. The card fits in an A2 envelope.

Here’s a link to it in the store. It includes two additional versions of the card…one that is simplified, and one that is even more simplified…see variations below:Magpie-card-SVG-file

The card above is the most simple of the three versions and has several of the smaller wing feathers removed. The magpie card below still has most of the wing feathers but some have been enlarged.Magpie-card2-SVG-file


You will need one sheet of Navy Cardstock and 1 sheet of Vellum or other contrasting card stock or specialty paper.


Choose wether you want to use the original magpie lace card file, the SIMPLE magpie lace card, or the Most SIMPLE magpie lace card. Some people may not have a sharp blade in their machine…if that is you…choose the MOST SIMPLE version. If you are using a new blade, and feel confident, go ahead and use the original file.

One you make that selection, cut out the two pieces.


Now use a good paper glue and glue all the way around the back side of the card front. Add additional glue in the center of the bird, and any other areas that you may be concerned that might “lift.”


Carefully place the velum then press it onto the glued side of the card.Folding-A2-card-s

Once the glue is dry, fold the card. Use a straight edge. Line up the straight edge with your dashed score or cut lines, then fold the back side toward the front. Then crease.

If you are a Cricut Explore DS user, you might find the following instructions helpful:


If you are using a Cricut Explore, you will first need to convert your dashed cut lines to score lines.


Then attach your score line to the card layer below so they cut/score on the same mat.


Select the “go” button, and your DS software will show you that you have two cutting mats for this project…the blue card stock mat (make sure you see your score and cut lines on this layer) and your velum mat. You could use a contrasting card stock if you wish instead.


Castle Bendi Card Instructions


castle bendi cardA new SVG file arrived in the store this week! This castle bendi card is easy to create and can be cut with Cricut Explore, or any other digital cutting machine that can use SVG files.

I’ll walk you through the easy assembly steps for this fun bendi (bendy) card. You will need to cut all the pieces out in your choice of colors (cricut users, see bottom of tutorial for specific Design Space instructions.) Paper choice is where your creative juices can really take over this project. My example is relatively simple…but I want you to feel free to embellish yours how you wish. A Pink castle would be really cute for a girl…Silver glitter paper would add a special sparkle if you wish…a blue castle might look like something from the Disney movie Frozen…can’t wait to see what you create! You can share your projects right here on our website, details can be found here:

Now for the basic instructions…castle-bendi-card-tutorial-5

Layer the front (that has the doors windows and brick cut-outs) over the solid backing of the same size. Attach the castle iron door with glue. (not shown in this picture.)


Attach this front piece to the back piece by wrapping the tab around the backside of the card and fixing with adhesive.


Glue the castle shape to the back card piece so that it exposes the slot on the right side as shown. Add the contrasting roof and castle details.


Now we will work on the front piece. Attach the fence piece to the front bendy card section. Attach the grass sections in front of the fencing.

Assembly tutorial Castle bendy card

Here’s what it looks like when the card is flat. You can send it flat, or you can send it in a bendy card box, also found in our store. Here’s one bendy card box option. Here’s another.

To make the card 3D insert the tabs into the corresponding slots.

Now for special instructions for Cricut Explore users…Screen shots here show you what you will see when you open the file in your Cricut Design Space software.

SVG tutorial Cricut Design Space

First, you will need to upload the file as a vector image. If you need help with this step, please see our thorough Cricut tutorial for using our SVG files. Once the file has been uploaded into the DS software, you will need to UNGROUP the file (find it in the bottom right.) Then find one of the dashed fold-line layers. Select that layer.SW-DS-Castle-bendi-card2

Once one of the dashed fold line layers is selected, click on the little scissors symbol. It will open the line type dialog box. SW-DS-Castle-bendi-card3

You will then need to select the “SCORE” option. This will turn your dashed cut line into a score line. We want to make sure that you can utilize the unique features of your machine, so our dashed fold lines will always be in a separate layer to allow you to do so.


You will then need to make sure that your newly created score lines will score on the same mat as your corresponding cut lines. To do this, select the score lines, and their corresponding shape below, and then click the attach symbol. (for more detail on this step, see the detailed cricut tutorial mentioned above.)


You will know if you attached them if they show up as an “attached set” as shown above.

There is one other set of dashed fold lines that need to be converted to score lines for this file. Find them and repeat the steps above. Please note that in our SVG files, dashed fold lines are separated per object to allow you to cut in different colors of paper–giving you maximum creativity.


You may notice that attaching layers will change the layer order…no worries. This won’t effect the cutting mat arrangements. However, if you wish to see the items below, you can simply rearrange the layers by clicking the layer you wish to move, then clicking on the “ARRANGE” icon found in the top bar of the DS software.


After you rearrange your layers, your file will look like the one above. Now click “GO” and you will be brought to the screen shown below.SW-DS-Castle-bendi-card8Notice how cricut broke up your cutting mats for you. They also arranged each of the shapes of the same color in the most efficient way to save you paper!

This may seem like a lot of steps, but it took less than 1 minute to do this, and it is definitely worth the extra time to utilize your score feature.

Don’t forget to share your projects with us in our Facebook Gallery or right here in our store. We LOVE seeing what you do with our files!


Cricut DS Tutorial: Using our SVG files


SVG file Bendy card boxWe will be using the SVG cutting file pictured above as our example in this tutorial. You can find this design in our store by clicking on the picture or by clicking on this link here.

New to using our SVG files with your Cricut Design Space software?

We can help and show you lots of screen shots too! Don’t be afraid of the multiple steps. They are fast and easy to do, and have great purpose behind them allowing you to utilize all the features of your Cricut Explore machine–like the score feature. We’ll also show you what happens when you encounter a file that exceeds the 12×12 mat space–it’s not a worry. We explain the whole process in detail to make future use of files a piece of cake.

Most of our SVG cutting files are adapted for Cricut Explore Design Space users. You can find them easily in the store when you see these compatibility logos on the design’s detail page (see logos below.) You will need to use the file that is labeled with the letters “DS” in the file name–signifying Design Space. A few of our older files have not been converted for Cricut Explore. There will not be a color version of the file labeled with “DS.” Don’t worry if you come across such a file. We are happy to convert them free of charge. You simply need to request the conversion through our contact us formSVG files compatible with Cricut Explore1. How to upload your SVG file to your Design Space software. SVG cutting files are vector files; so you will need to select vector upload. Clicking that will bring you to a screen where you can browse from files on your computer. step a step b

digiplayground Cricut Design Space Conversion filesLook for the file labeled with DS SVG file from your unzipped digiplayground download folder. (Please note, sometimes more than one file is required to make a design, so you may need to import multiple files. A designer may include options that have all the pieces in one SVG file, or the option to open multiple files.) Once the design has been uploaded, it will then appear in your Cricut DS image library. Incidentally, it will also stay in your Cricut Design Space library once uploaded unless you delete it. So even if you aren’t planning on using a file the day you download it, you might as well import it into Cricut DS as there is a nice visual library there to make it easy to see all of your files. See images to insert SVG images cricut explore2. How to ungroup your SVG file in Cricut DS software. First you must ungroup your file. This will allow you to select each shape or layer independently. To ungroup, select the uploaded file on your screen (hint: it will already be selected upon opening.) You will know if it is selected if it is surrounded by a grey selection box, and has a red circle with an “x” in it. (clicking this “x” would delete the file from the screen.) Once your file is selected, click on the “ungroup” button found at the bottom of the layers palette on the lower right-hand side. See below.
Ungrouping SVG files Cricut Design space3. How to turn any dotted cut fold lines into score lines in the Cricut DS software. To do this, you will need to select the fold lines. You can do this one of two ways. The easiest way is to find the fold lines in the layers palette and click on them. They are easy to spot in the layers palette because they do not have a large block color showing. If you prefer, you could select the fold lines from the design screen by clicking on the actual fold lines. You will know if you selected the right layer, as it will highlight in grey in the layers palette.

In the fold lines layer, click on the scissors symbol and it will bring up a fly-out menu that will allow you to change the dashed fold lines from cut lines into score lines. To do this, click on the score symbol at the top of the fly-out menu to change the cut fold line. See below.Cricut-DS-SVG-Change-cut-to-score24. A note on converting cut lines into score-lines for multiple shapes in Cricut DS. If one of our files includes two or more shapes that have score lines, our score lines will be in separate group layers for each object. So in this example, you will need to select the dashed fold lines for the second shape as well and convert to score lines in the same way described in the step above. Cricut-DS-SVG-Change-cut-to-score5. How to attach the score lines to their corresponding shape below in Cricut DS software. Please note that we group this way so that once the lines are attached to their shape below, they can be selected and moved independently of other shapes. Why is this important? It allows you to cut them out of different colors should you wish. We want you to have the most control over your creativity. To attach the score lines, select both the shape and it’s corresponding set of score lines from the layers palette. You can select multiple layers by clicking on your first layer in the layers palette, then while holding the CONTROL key (PC) or COMMAND key (Mac) you can continue selecting layers. (If it is not selecting, you are not clicking on the right part of the layer palette. Make sure you are clicking on the part that has the thumbnail and the symbol of why type of layer it is. If you click on the name, it will not select that layer.) Once you have the two (or more) layers selected that you would like to attach, click on the “ATTACH” symbol at the top of the layers palette. This will ensure that your score lines and object below cut on the same mat. Otherwise, the DS software will separate the score lines onto a separate mat.

Hint: Before you move any of your pieces (should you need to) you will need to attach the corresponding score lines to their shape they belong to below. Cricut DS Attaching multiple layers6. How to arrange your layers in Cricut DS software. After you attach your score lines, you may notice that the attached object covers up some of the other objects in your design. No worries, the objects are still there, and incidentally, they would also show up on your cutting mats when you send the design to your cutter. However, if you would like to see that they are still there, you can simply arrange your design to reveal all the pieces once again. To do this, select the object that is in the front, then click on the ARRANGE menu found at the top of the design screen. Select move to the back, and your hidden pieces will appear again. Cricut DS using SVG files7. Attach the other corresponding objects to their score lines. After you attach the first set of score lines to their corresponding shape below, attach any additional shapes to their score lines. See below. Rearrange layers as necessary (explained in the step above.)Cricut-DS-SVG-attach-score-lines28. How to send a file to cut on your Cricut Explore in the Design Space software. It is easy to send an SVG file over to cut on your Cricut once you’ve converted any cut lines to score lines and attached your corresponding layers. Simply click on the Cricut symbol in the green circle that says “Go.” This is found in the top menu bar above your design.

Once you do, the Cricut Design Space software will separate your design onto different mats according to paper color. It will automatically arrange your shapes in the most efficient way–saving you paper. See the three screen shots below, and be sure to read our important note about how the Cricut DS software arranges objects on cutting mats.

Important Note about overlapping objects: You may have noticed that this particular design had overlapping objects. We did not have to move those objects for Cricut DS software to understand that it shouldn’t cut over the top of the other blue objects that are overlapping. Cricut DS automatically spaced them perfectly on the blue sheet with no overlaps. Also, notice that both of the green objects take up more space than 1 sheet of 12×12 paper. Cricut DS detected that there wasn’t enough room to cut both of those on one 12×12 paper. So the Cricut DS software automatically divided the green pieces onto two mats with green paper. Notice how the score lines and cut lines are on their correct mats too. You are ready to start cutting. Cool!Cricut-DS-Tutorial-Using-SVG-files-3 Cricut-DS-Tutorial-Using-SVG-files-2Cricut Designs Space sending SVG to cutImportant note about files larger than Cricut’s 11.5 x 11.5 inch limit: On occasion, you may encounter files that are larger than Cricut’s 11.5 inch max cutting area for a 12×12 mat. When you import such a file, Cricut may warn you that the file you opened requires a 12×24 inch mat, or that it exceeds Cricut’s cutting area. Don’t be alarmed. We realize that most Cricut users cut on a 12×12 inch mat all the time. In the rare instance that one of our files requires a 12×24 mat, we will let you know on the product detail page so you will know before you purchase the design that a larger mat is necessary. The other times, the objects within the cutting file are less than 11.5 inches each, but they may be spread out so that they take up more than what would fit on a 12×12 mat. The example above would have been larger than the 11.5 limit had we not overlapped it.

The example below is a different way that you may find our files arranged. In this example, you will notice that the all of the pieces in the file exceed 11.5 inches in height. We did not want to create multiple files for this design, because it can be cumbersome to have to open up lots of files when working with one design. Cricut-DS-exceeds-cutting-area You will be happy to see that after you convert and attach your score lines, then press “GO,” the DS software will automatically arrange the pieces onto individual 12×12 mats with the corresponding paper colors. See below. cricut-mat-separationHere is another file (below) that is way bigger than the 12×12 mat area on the screen. exceeds-cutting-areaBut don’t worry, Cricut takes care of it for you! After converting and attaching the score lines…press “GO” and presto! Cricut separates all the parts out for you perfectly on individual 12×12 mats. Cricut-DS-Design-too-bigWhat if you still get an error message that the file is too big…Occasionally, an SVG file will open at an ever so slightly different size prompting the “larger than cutting area” warning. For example a file that we design at 11.5 inches wide may open at 11.51 inches wide…prompting the error message. In this instance, you would need to SELECT ALL, and  go to your edit menu (found in the side panel see tabs at top, EDIT is next to LAYERS.) Once in the edit screen, make sure that the width and height are locked.  Then you can change the width so that it is no larger than 11.5. Most of our Cricut DS files have the native width listed in the file name. It is the number after the DS followed by the “w” that signifies that it’s a width measurement. For example, the above file is named:


17.25w means this file should open at 17.25 inches wide. However, the DS software actually imported it at 17.26 inches wide. If this had any piece that was exactly 11.5 inches in any direction, it would have prompted the warning that the file is too big to cut, or requires a larger mat when truly it doesn’t. The size just needs to be altered–just remember to do it proportionately.

We invite all Cricut Explore users to use our files and hope you enjoy our SVG files specifically designed for cutting software that recognizes layers.

Thanks for visiting our blog today! Happy Cutting!


July 4th Party Decorations by Agnes


happy july 4th fellow americans,
here i am sharing with you some of the decorations i made for our family get together.
WARNING: post is pic heavy since i am trying to explain some of the “how to”.
Independence Day Decor
i made a banner, a centerpiece with pinwheels, some popcorn boxes, water bottle tags and some loose tags to make a mini album or play a game. not sure yet.
(remember, you can zoom in by clicking on pics)
here we go…
 was made using a free file from the digi playground store:
Patriotic Stars
i used my cricut explore along with the cricut design space software to resize and cut my stars. i cut 5 stars at 7.75″ tall. i also made a white backing for my stars using the contour feature on design space.
—in case you are new to the cricut software, to use the contour feature in design space  first select, duplicate or copy and paste your image, then you select the image you want to manipulate (you can close the other image), ungroup it if necessary, click on the contour button, (your image will change in appearance) and click on the area you want to hide (in my case the center of the stars).
 —the red circles show where the contour button is located and the areas i clicked on.
this is what it should look like after the “contour” has been applied.
stars die cuts including the white backing


stars assembled
now onto
(the medallion/rosette is from a cricut cart called “independence day”)
for the vase you score, fold and glue. as simple as that, it might look hard but is not.
for the pinwheels i recommend a pliable cardstock or designer paper. i was using a thick cardstock and you can see some creases on some of them.
i attached brads in their centers and covered them with the white stars.
the wooden dowels are attached to the pinwheels back with hot glue but you can use any  adhesive.
below is the pic of the file i used: also from dpg (digi playground)
3d pinwheel centerpiece
lots of scoring on the popcorn bags but like the vase, it looks scarier than what it is.
you do have to remember to “group and attach” the score lines to the box.
i made the blue and red stripes with the explore but the popcorn word and one oval is included in the svg file along with the bag/box.
on the bottle tags i added the white semi-circle using a circle punch, attached half of it
and then cut the extra.
-both images below are linked to the store-
Small Popcorn BagSunshine Bottle Tag
these are the tags i am thinking to use on a mini.
-they are also a freebie from the digi playground store-
4th of July Tag
another pic of some of the ensemble
it takes time but the results are worthy.
if you have any questions, please, do not hesitate to add it to the comments.
thank you for stopping by!
now i have to say until later, i have some fireworks to enjoy!
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Cricut Explore Design Space: Using our SVG files


***See our latest Cricut Design Space Tutorial in this August 31st, 2015 post here.***

Updated March 11, 2015 to account for new changes in the DS software update!

If you are new to our site, first read about our Cricut DS SVG color conversions program and our file compatibility at this link here.

We want to help anyone new to our site who may be new to using our cutting files. We are now including a special SVG file for Cricut Explore Design Space users in our SVG cutting files. If you don’t use a Cricut, don’t walk away, there are other crafters who may prefer the way these files are formatted. These files are still SVG files and will work with many other software too, they are just in color and arranged a little differently.

We will show you how easy it is to use these files in the Cricut DS software, and how to organize the colors and lines onto the right cutting mats. There are lot’s of picture steps in this post to help you through the easy process. I’ve broken this down into the very smallest steps so you don’t miss anything. If you are a more advanced Cricut user, feel free to skip down a few pictures to the spot where you need to be caught up.

Here we go…

Free SVG file for customers

Free SVG file for customers

Today we are using this free file: 3D 6 Count Flip Open Candy Box, by Jamie Cripps. We are offering it free so that you can see how 3D files are formatted, and to see how easy it is to use within your Cricut Explore Design Space software.

How to upload SVG files into Cricut Explore Design Space software

Step 1. In your Cricut Design Space software, click on “upload image,” then click on “vector upload.”

How to import SVG files in Cricut Design Space software

You are going to browse images from your computer. Find the SVG file you want to upload, then save it.

digiplayground Cricut Design Space SVG Conversion files size

Look for the file labeled “DS.” Right after the file name you will see the file width, listed in inches.

This is a good time to take note of which file to look for within the file you downloaded from Look for the file that starts with “DS” in the file name. Also take note, the size of the file is listed right after the DS. This file is 4.48 inches wide. We only list the width, as that is all you will need to resize this file in the Cricut Explore Design Space software.

*** Update***

The new version of the Design Space software no longer needs you to enter the native file size. The software now recognizes the original size of the file. Yeah! Thanks Cricut for listening!

Cricut Explore Design Space software sizing SVG files

This is my only complaint about the Design Space software, it is unfortunate that the software doesn’t retain sizing info of SVG files. See how the file is so small in the window. We have no control over this when we design our SVG files. This is just how the software imports them, but fortunately, there is an easy solution. Size doesn’t matter so much for paper piecing cuts, but it can make a difference on some files that require specific sizing, like some boxes. Since this project is a box for mints, it has a very specific size. We will use the width of 4.48 inches to work with.

resizing SVG files in Cricut Design Space software

To fix this small issue, click on “edit” in the upper right corner of the DS software. This will open the size dialog window. Look at the sizes listed.

change size SVG files in Cricut Design Space

Now before we type in the new size, make sure that the little lock symbol is closed. Then type in the width found in the file name. It will automatically fill in the length for you since it is locked to resize proportionately. That is why we only list the width.

how do you change SVG size Cricut Design Space software

Now that the file is the correct size, you will just need to move it over to the live cutting area.

Ungroup Cricut Design Space software

After your file is resized, you will need to “ungroup” it. Do this by clicking on the ungroup icon in the layers palette.


The “ungroup” button may not be found right below the layers, as this does not open as a floating window. Instead, you may need to scroll down to the bottom of the page below the layers and then you will see the symbols for ungrouping. You can still detach the layers palette and make it a floating window by clicking on the blue layers tab and then dragging it out to separate it from the rest of the tabs.

make score lines Cricut Design Space software

Now we will make some of our lines score lines. This is my favorite feature of the Cricut Explore Design Space software.

Find the layers with the dotted lines. We group them together logically so you can choose them independently of their layer underneath. (our files that are converted will have all the score lines per part in their own layer. Our old files are in black and white, and score dashes end up in lots of layers. We are happy to convert our old files free should you come across one. See about our free file conversion program here.) With our files, you will be able to choose whether you want to cut them as dotted lines, or change them to dotted score lines. (If you want solid, not dashed, score lines; this is an edit you will have to make. We do not make solid lines as some of our users use the color DS files in their software and do not have the capability of creating score lines, and solid lines would just cut across their paper.)

score lines Cricut Explore

Click on the little “scissors symbol” in the layers palette.  This will open the line dialog box. We will now change the cut lines by clicking on the little “score symbol.” Do this twice for each set of lines you want to change into score lines.

how do you change cut lines to score lines in Design Space

Now we will attach the score lines to their corresponding cut part underneath. This way they will cut and score on the same mat.

***Important Update!***

Do this by clicking on the two layers that need to be attached. Depending upon your operating system (Mac OS or Windows), you may need to hold down the shift, command, or control or key to select more than one layer at a time. (Shift if they are next to each other, and command if they are a layer or two apart.) After the layers are selected, click on the “attach icon” that looks like a little paper clip in the top of your layers palette. Now those two layers are attached and will appear on the same mat in your cutting window.

With the cricut update, you can no longer select multiple layers from the layers palette by clicking on the layers and pressing the shift key. Instead, you need to click on the actual objects and lines instead in your view window. So click on the objects and lines you want to attach, then click attach. After the layers are selected, click on the “attach icon” that looks like a little paper clip in the top of your layers palette. Now those two layers are attached and will appear on the same mat in your cutting window.
Change cut lines to score lines Cricut Explore Design Space software

Do this for each color and line grouping. We will select all the yellows and attach.

step 16

Then you will select the blue main box piece, and it’s corresponding score lines and attach. One thing to note, the Design Space software will show you what layers you are selecting by the box drawn around it. I’ve pointed it out in this screen shot above.

rearranging layers in Cricut design space software

You may now ask, Where did my layers go now that everything is attached? No worries. They did not disappear. You simply need to rearrange them. This step isn’t necessary, but it will calm your nerves, if you are uneasy about not seeing them in the picture.

rearranging layers Cricut Explore

Do this by clicking on the group you want to bring forward. Then click on the “arrange icon” in the top menu bar.  It will bring up a screen where you can choose to bring the selected group of layers to the front.


You can also do this by selecting on the objects in the view window, and right clicking then selecting “move forward” “move backward” “move to the front” or “move to the back.” Do this until you get your layers, or attached groups in the right order.

Cricut Explore Design Space tutorial for Design Space SVG conversions

Now let’s look at the Cricut Design Space Cutting dialog window. See how the parts are grouped perfectly onto their corresponding mats for paper color changes? Notice how the score lines and cut lines are on their correct mats too. You are ready to start cutting. Cool!

We invite all Cricut Explore users to use our files and hope you enjoy our SVG files specifically designed for cutting software that recognizes layers.

Thanks for visiting our blog today! Happy Cutting!