Monthly Archives: November 2013

Introducing Sizzix Machines, Cartridges, and Accessories

by Richelle Naegle

sizzix eclips machine

Sizzix eclips machine

Happy Thanksgiving! We have an announcement that hopefully makes you even more grateful this holiday. Here at CraftDirect we are always trying to offer our loyal customers the latest and greatest in paper crafting with the best prices available on the web.  We are excited to introduce the addition of a whole new line of paper crafting products by Sizzix, who has taken the industry by storm with their quality machines and unique supplies and accessories.

Sizzix is mostly known for making innovative dies and embossing supplies, but their die-cutting technology is quite amazing. Also, there is lots of fun Sizzix material, like leather, paper, and more.

Sizzix Sale

To kick things off we are holding a Sizzix sale. They specialize in die cutting and embossing supplies. Included in their line of products are cutting mats, blades, tools, embossing folders, die cuts (including Tim Holtz originals), and more. Of course we haven’t forgot about their excellent machines, of which we carry the:

Also, do not forget about Sizzix cartridges (some of which are designed by Tim Holtz, himself!), which we of course sell at discount prices.

Do not forget about our Black Friday deals tomorrow. Hopefully the addition of discount Sizzix machines and supplies makes your Thanksgiving a little more enjoyable. Be careful not to overdose on turkey so you can wake up bright and early tomorrow to take advantage of our great deals. If you need Sizzix accessories, you are in the right place. Shop and save here.

Black Friday Craft Sale (2013)

by Richelle Naegle

With November 29 or “Black Friday” fast approaching you are probably desperate to hear what kind of deals to expect from CraftDirect. Though we don’t want to ruin the surprise (for us it’s like ruining Christmas presents), we did want to give you an idea of the Black Friday craft deals you should anticipate. The Black Friday craft sale starts at 8am ET (6am MST) and goes until “Cyber Monday”, but these deals are only available while supplies last:black friday sale cricut cartridgesWe will offer 18 different Cricut cartridges for just $8.95 each. Tune in on Friday to find which 18 they are.

  • In addition to those 18 we are offering another 111 Cricut cartridges on sale (compared to our normally discounted prices).
  • Cricut Expression 2 (E2) machine sale
  • Silhouette CAMEO machine sale
  • Craftwell eBosser Bundle (Teresa Collins) sale
  • Craftwell eCraft Bundle sale
  • And much more!

You will find the Black Friday craft deals available on our On Sale This Week page, but that page will not reflect these promotional sales until Friday. Remember for further savings that all orders over $100 qualify for free shipping in the continental United States.

Don’t forget to shop for the man in your life. For this holiday season we are offering gifts for him at huge discounts this Black Friday.

Black Friday IPad Giveaway

When you make a purchase of over $100 between the dates of November 25th and December 15th you are entered for a chance to win one of three IPads that we will be giving away.

Save on Black Friday Crafts with CraftDirect

We hope to make your holiday season more affordable with discount Cricut, Silhouette, Craftwell, and other paper crafting products. Thank you for choosing CraftDirect and may your Christmas be merry & bright (hmm….perhaps a clue about a Cricut cartridge you should expect to see on sale?).

We hope to see you here this Black Friday. Craft sale deals available on a first come, first serve basis so hurry and get your Christmas shopping done from the comfort of your own home.

Cricut Vinyl Projects

by Richelle Naegle
Cricut Vinyl Projects plate for thanksgiving
Creating your own Cricut vinyl projects is very simple and it is less expensive than purchasing something at the store or on-line. By purchasing plates or other pieces from a thrift store or yard sale, you can pick up some great pieces that are perfect for re-purposing and adding a little vinyl to, to make it “new” and a great home décor piece.

For this easy project, I purchased this plate for $.50¢ from the local thrift store. Washed it up and now I’m ready to make a fun Thanksgiving plate/décor. Then used the Cricut Type Candy Font cartridge, (one of my all time favorite font cartridges), to cut out the saying “Give Thanks for unknown blessings already on their way.” The give thanks was cut out at 1” using the taffy script font, and I did use my Gypsy to weld the letters together, the rest of the saying was cut out at .75” using the better than chocolate font. The leaves are from the Autumn Celebrations cartridge (this cartridge is currently discontinued and not available), but you could use any cartridge that you already own that has leaves on it. There are quite a few cartridges that have great leaf images.

Helpful Tip!

If  you are looking for a particular image and don’t want to spend hours searching your Cricut handbooks, you can go to mycutsearch.com and type in anything you are looking for and it will show you all the cartridges that have that item on it. Such as leafs, or Santa then you can see what each image looks like before you dig out your cartridge. This great website saves me a lot of time and energy looking for images, even is faster than searching my gypsy for the images.

If you are looking for some inspiration for your Cricut vinyl craft ideas you can look on Pinterest or even find them at your favorite craft boutique, then find images and use your favorite Cricut font cartridges to make your home décor project at home, for a fraction of the cost.

Do you have any Cricut Expression vinyl projects that you have made that you would like to share with us? Then just leave us a link to your image here on our blog so we can check them out and be inspired by you. Save on all Cricut cartridges, as well as Cricut Explore Air machines.

Happy creating

Cricut Tablescapes Ideas

by Richelle Naegle

For this blog post we will be covering the Cricut Tablescapes Fall & Winter cartridge, which is great for dining room decorations, especially for the holidays.

Name Card and Basket

card tablescape cricut projectTo finish off the table setting, we have these little name cards. These are super easy to make, the cardstock base is 4.25 x 5.5 then scored in half so they are 4.25 x 2.25 when folded, and then inked the edges brown. This is so easy with a Cricut machine. The inside paper is 4 x 2 and then used a corner rounder to, you guessed it, round the corners, and inked those as well. Finally used the cartridge to cut out the acorn at 2″. I did cut it out twice and cut of the bottom part of the lighter brown.Then sanded the lighter brown. I did cut out a bunch of them and used the same acorn for the treat boxes from Wednesday’s project and for this one. So that will save you time cutting out more at a time.

basket cricut tablescapesThen for this simple design I got a wire basket and filled the bottom with raffia, and cut out the 3D acorns at 2″, 3″, and 4″ just enough to fit on the top of it. These are the same as used for the Banner from Tuesday’s project as well just larger sizes :).

Hope you have enjoyed this cartridge as much as I have, now I have all my decor ready for Thanksgiving dinner.

Tea Time Decoration

teacup cricutI’m not really sure what to call these decorations, so I’m going to call them Cup Decor, because that’s what they look like to me. If you have a better name let me know :).

So back to business These fun acorns were cut out at 4″ using the Tablescapes Fall & Winter. I did cut them out at 2″ and they turned out really cute but didn’t hold to the cup very well. So I recommend cutting them bigger than the 2″.  But the small version does work.

Make sure you fold it backwards well to make it hold better. It’s held on by a little triangle piece of paper, so heavier paper works best as well.

Then I finished them off with a little piece of ribbon to match them to the rest of the table decor.

So come back tomorrow and see our final project to finish off this fun fall table setting.

Treat Boxes

box cricut tablescapesFor these fun treat boxes I used We R paper, the Antique stack (so that all the boxes coordinated together but weren’t all the same), and the Cricut Tablescapes Fall & Winter. I cut the box out at 2″ and you can fit two on a 12 x 12 sheet of paper.

Then I cut out the acorn two more times one in dark brown and the other on the cor’dinations brown paper so I could sand it and give it a little more depth to look like an acorn. Then cut the bottom of the acorn off, these were also cut out at 2″.

I punched two little holes and used brown and gold ribbon to give them more depth. Added some peanuts and candy corns and it’s a fun little treat to enjoy while your waiting for dinner. I think the kids will love them, and make them a little more patient.  🙂

Fall Banner

banner cricut tablescapesFor this fun fall banner, I used the Tablescapes cartridge. The larger acorns are cut out at 5″ so you can fit all 4 on one 12 x 12 sheet. The smaller acorns are actually the 3D acorns, so they have a little dimension. These are super easy to put together, it cuts a slit half way on each so you can just hook them together very easily. Then used lots of raffia and ribbon. A very easy and fun way to make fall more festive.

Napkin Rings

napkin ring cricut tablescapesMaking beautiful table decorations can be easy this year with the Cricut Tablescapes. For the first project this week we have the Napkin holder.

I cut this image out at 2.75″ and then wrapped it around the napkin. You could also cut out the acorn at 2.75 and layer it on top. But I used a pretty paper and didn’t want to cover it up.

For these I used the DCWV Natural Paper Stack so all the napkin rings are similar but able to use different sheets of paper.

Please offer us your feedback and share with us your own Cricut Tablescapes ideas and as always, you can save on Cricut cartridges online with us. Also, check out the Cricut Explore Air 2.

Cricut Team Spirit Ideas

by Richelle Naegle
cricut team spirit vinyl project
Check out the various projects we have completed utilizing the Cricut Team Spirit cartridge. From vinyl to magnets to window stickers, you can take your Team Spirit projects a number of different directions.

For this project, I used a bunch of Cricut Vinyl on different things, just to give you some inspiration on some great projects you can create with Team Spirit.

I did the binder, with the wolf at 5 inches.

The black object is a locker caddy which has a magnet on the back so you can hang within your locker and put your pencils or candy bars or what ever in it. It is cut out at 3 inches.

The blue sports bottle has a bulldog that was cut out at 2 inches.

And finally the drinking cup with straw has a bear (3 inches), and in this case I added the background layer.

Team Spirit Magnet

team spirit cricut magnetShow your team spirit with this great magnet. These magnets are easy to make and are great for homecoming and other occasions. Get Cricut magnet material cheap here, online (you can also try Silhouette magnet paper).

This is the first one I have made and I have to admit that I was very intimated, but it ended up being a pretty straight-forward task. I don’t know what I was worried about.  I think it turned out great.

Supplies you’ll need:

The Team Spirit cartridge, Cricut vinyl ( I used Yellow, Blue, and White), transfer tape, a new or very sticky cutting mat and a deep cut blade and housing.

Now that you have all your desired materials organized you are ready to proceed with the project.

I cut the magnet material to about a 5 x 5 square and also the yellow to about 5 x 5 square, and covered the magnet with the yellow vinyl. Then loaded it into my Cricut machine.

I cut the finger out at 4″ on the yellow vinyl using the deep cut blade housing with the pressure set to 6 and the blade set to 6. The speed was set to 2,  then using a multi-cut of 3 I cut out the magnet material.magnet materials cricut

For the blue and white vinyl just use the regular blade and everything set to 3.

I weeded out all the extra on the vinyl sheets and just popped the finger out of the magnet material.

Then I layered all the vinyl on top of each other using the transfer tape. (The transfer tape makes moving images easier and you can see though it a little for positioning).

That’s it, super easy! Don’t feel intimated by the magnet material or vinyl they are both very easy to use.

Window Sticker

cricut decal team spiritWith the Team spirit cartridge you can create your own decals to show off your team spirit.

To make this decal just follow these easy steps.

Supplies needed:

Cricut Team Spirit, vinyl, Cricut machine, transfer tape, and of course a car 🙂

Here’s how I made it: 

Loaded my vinyl onto my Cricut mat, ( I only needed a 6 x 6 square for this image)

Set my cutter to all 3’s (Speed 3, Pressure 3, Blade 3,)

Then cut out the Image out at 5″ (The font is Kate’s ABC’s at .75″)

Then weeded out all the little pieces that you don’t want.

window decalThen transferred my image to the transfer paper.  I did cut off the Go Redmen and put it on separate.

And then put the transfer paper on the window where I wanted the image.

Carefully removed the transfer tape and this is what I got.

I also decorated a composition notebook that I covered in another blog post, using this Team Spirit and the Type Candy Font cartridge.

Please share your Cricut Team Spirit ideas with us or drop in a comment and give us your questions and feedback. Save on all Cricut products at CraftDirect. Happy creating!

Cricut The First Few Years Ideas

by Richelle Naegle
the first few years cartridge layout project
This post is all about the various projects I’ve completed using the Cricut The First Few Years cartridge. Please offer feedback and user submissions are also welcome. If you are looking for a new machine, check out the Explore Air 2.

Cute as a Button

When I first perused through the booklet for this cartridge, this was one of the pages that I just fell in love with. So many possibilities with this fun page, and cartridge as well.

So for this 12″ x 12″ layout the button board is cut out at 9.75″.

This size will fit a bit larger than a 5″ x 7″ it’s about 5.5″ x 8″ photo spot so you may want to make it a little smaller. 🙂

I cut out the frame twice so I could have the pink and purple buttons. Then the “Cute as a button” is cut out at 2″.

Super easy layout and I made it with Cricut paper!

“Adorable” Layout

the first few years cricut layout "adorable"I think the title of this one speaks for it’s self. I think it’s so adorable. When I first started looking to do this layout I was going to make it for a girl, but I think with the owls and the colors it’s pretty ambiguous with regard to gender.

So for the details of this layout, using The First Few Years cartridge I cut the frame out at 7″ so that I could have about a 4 x 6 photo placed in it.

The bow is 1.5″ and the phrase adorable is cut out at 2″.

So not a lot of time spent on this simple layout and I’m sure it would be easy and quick for you to make following this guide.

This is great for fall themes but with small tweaks it could be any number of themes.

Maybe you think I need more embellishments? Maybe you think less is more? Get creative and put your own personal spin and let me know what you come up with.

Smarty Pants Card

I had a friend graduating from college so I wanted to make her a fun card to commemorate the occasion. loved the phrase I found on this cartridge, “Smarty Pants”. I came up with this intricate yet easy design.

card with the first few years "smarty pants"The “Smarty Pants” is cut out at 1.5″ and the congrats is cut out at 0.5″.

I didn’t weld the letters together on this one just placed them close by each other, and I love how easily it goes together for the cursive writing without welding, making is super easy!

Other First Few Years Projects

Just two more projects to cover:

welcome baby card cricut layoutIt’s a lot of fun to bring home a new bundle of joy, and this layout is perfect for the babies first photo, and super easy to make so you can spend more time snuggling your new baby. This layout was  created using The First Few Years Cartridge. The frame is cut out at 7.5″ So that it can hold a 4 x 6 photo. The house is 3.5″ and everything else is cut out at 1″.

layout first few years cricutFor this fun scrapbook layout once again we used the First Few Years cartridge. The phrase “Cherish the Little Things”, the star burst, frame and dinosaur are all cut out at 2”. The three photo frames are for 3” x 3” photo’s. Super easy and quick layout using this fun new cartridge.

Happy creating and please share with us your Cricut the First Few Years ideas.

Cricut Tie the Knot Cartridge Projects

by Richelle Naegle

Follow these how-to guides and make use of your Tie the Knot Cricut cartridge or please share your own projects with us. You will love our huge selection of Cricut cartridges.

Kiss the Cupcake Baker

tie the knot cartridge projectHave you tried the heat transfer material yet? If not you will defiantly want to give it a try. This iron-on material is super easy to use and can turn any ordinary item into your own designer craft item :).

So to start this week we have this great cake apron. We used a Cricut Cake Apron and some of the iron on vinyl and this is what we came up with.

It is super cute! And with the Iron-On material you can transform your apron into any kind of cook you want. Would be super cute for a cookie maker, or anyone who spends time cooking in the kitchen! So for the details

“Kiss” is from Tie the Knot at 3″

“The cupcake baker” is from Learning Curve at 1″

The cupcake is from Create a Critter cartridge at 4″. And just an FYI adding the different colors of Iron-On over the top is super easy and not that much different than layering paper.

Each package of Iron-On Material comes with instructions but here are few helpful tips  to remember:

•Your machine needs to do a “kiss cut” Either a 2 or 3 on the pressure

• Place your material on your mat dull side up (Shiny side down).

• Make sure to Mirror image your images

Wedding Card

tie the knot cardThis beautiful card was made using the Cricut Tie the Knot Cartridge. Obviously it is one of the most popular cartridges to use for making wedding cards. It has so many beautiful wedding themed images on it, you are sure to find just the right image for any wedding.

The overall size of the card is 5 x 5 inches and the bird is cut out at 3.5” and “Tie the Knot” at  1.5”. The background and the bird are embossed using  the tiny heart embossing folder.

Super easy and quick card that you could make at the last minute. Please share your Cricut Tie the Knot cartridge projects with us on our Facebook page.

Cricut Type Candy Font Cartridge Ideas

by Richelle Naegle
type candy cartridge plate project
Check out the various projects we have completed using the Cricut Type Candy Font cartridge and submit your own projects. Though it’s an older cartridge, it works with newer machines, like the Cricut Explore Air.

Spring Is in the Air

To make this fun home decor project you will need a regular ceramic plate and some vinyl. The Spring is in the Air is obviously from the Type Candy cartridge “Spring and Air” is cut out at 1.10” and “is in the” is cut out at 1”. Cricut makes it so easy to come up with fun designs.

The flower is from Tie the Knot cartridge at 1.75” and the Circles are from George and Basic Shapes (but you  can use any cartridge that has circles) they are cut out at 1”,  0.75” and 0.50” then just placed randomly around the plate.

Put your own spin on it and share the results.

type candy cartridge card i love youI Love You Card

I have to say this is one of my favorite Valentine cards, I don’t know why it just is.

This fun Valentine’s card is 5 x 7 and the great thing about this card is you can make it with just about any cartridge that has basic shapes.

The squares are cut out at 0.75” ( I used George and Basic Shapes) and the text it cut out at 0.50” ( I used Type Candy).

And the heart is cut out at 0.50″ (I used George ) if you don’t have these you can use any that you have.

Notebook Decoration

notebook decorated by type candyEver have one of the books, not to fun, just a boring notebook.  Well today I’ll tell you how to turn this simple book into a personalized notebook that anyone would love!

First thing to do is cover the cover with a little bit of mod podge, make sure you get all the edges.  Lay your sheet of paper down over the book, and trim off any excess paper you have.  ( Don’t forget to cover the back as well).

Then apply another thin coat of mod podge over the top of the paper, and let it dry, you can do this while you use your Cricut to cut out any embellishments you want to add to it.

For mine I made it for a cute girl who is in High School their mascot is the wolf and their colors are blue and gold. So I made the theme of the book around those three things.decorated notebook

The EHS is cut out from Plantin’ Schoolbook at 1.75″ and Go Wolfs is cut out from Type Candy using the Sugar Script font at 1″

The wolf is cut out from Team Spirit cartridge at 4″ along with all his layers.

The flower was cut out from the Flower Shoppe cartridge the flower petals go from 2.50″ to 0.50″ and then put a flower button on the top.

I used two ribbons with the school colors to give it some dimension and this is how it turned out

I think she will love it!  Hope that we inspired you to make your own school spirit book, if you do leave me a comment with your blog and I would love to come and see.type candy cartridge decorationPlease share with us your Cricut Type Candy cartridge ideas. Save on all Cricut cartridges at CraftDirect.com.

Cricut Sweet Tooth Boxes Ideas

by Richelle Naegle
cricut sweet tooth boxes ideas
I love advent calendars, and so this year I decided to make my own, and after lots of searching, I came up with this wonderful idea. I used the Cricut Sweet Tooth Boxes cartridge to make a “cake like” advent calendar, that way every day can have something inside of it. You can add treats, scriptures, or fun Christmas Activities.

To make this calendar I used the Sweet Tooth Boxes cartridge, for the boxes, Plantin Schoolbook for the circles and numbers and paper lace 2 for the background for the numbers. Of course, I used Cricut cardstock paper for my material.

I cut the boxes and the lids out at 5″ This way you can get 4 boxes out of each 12 x 12 sheet. To make it easier you can use a paper pack combo so that all the paper matches, for the lids I just used regular white paper. Carefully fold and glue all the boxes together, you can score them if you want to or your paper is cracking a lot. Remember to cut out 24 of these, and if you are using double sided paper you can flip some of them over so that you have different designs on your boxes.

The circles are 1.25″ and the numbers are .60″ using my Gypsy to put the numbers in the circles. You need to make and cut out the numbers 1-24

The flowery background image is cut out from Paper Lace 2 at 1.70″ Then just glue the circle number on, and then you can attach to your box. Caution: Don’t glue it to the lid or the box won’t open 🙂

Then to put them together into the tears I put 8 boxes in each circle and taped them with packaging tape on the bottom so that each layer is held together.

Stack the 3 layers and tie with a ribbon to hold everything together.

It really was super easy to make, takes some time to cut it out and fold it all together and share with us your Cricut Sweet Tooth Boxes ideas. Making new Christmas decorations with a Cricut machine is so easy, and you can save on all our Cricut cartridges.

Happy creating

Cricut Christmas Ideas

by Richelle Naegle

With the holiday’s quickly approaching us, it’s not only time to start thinking about making Christmas cards as well as Christmas décor or even getting a jump start on your Cricut Christmas scrapbook layouts. Making pre-made scrapbook pages makes getting all those fun holiday photos in your scrapbook so much quicker, this is great when you have family traditions such as making gingerbread houses, or ever dinner at grandma’s house.

This fun Christmas layout was created using the Create a Friend Cricut cartridge, as well as the Winter Wonderland cartridge. I used We R Memory Keepers paper from the North Pole paper stack, using the pre-made scrapbook paper kits makes creating all your Holiday scrapbook pages a snap, you don’t have to worry about finding papers that coordinate together or searching your stacks of decorative paper to find the perfect one. You can do your whole (or at a large portion) depending on how many layouts you do, all with one paper kit and your whole holiday season will go coordinate together.

cricut christmas scrapbook layoutFor this simple layout the elves were cut out using the Create a Friend Cricut cartridge each of them at 5”. Merry Christmas is from Anna Griffin’s Winter Wonderland Cricut cartridge at 3”. These two cartridges are two of my absolute new favorite cartridges that have come out in 2013. I really love to make little people dressed up for my scrapbook pages. I think it adds a lot of character to my scrapbooking pages, and the beautiful images on the Winter Wonderland cartridge are defiantly my new go to images for the Christmas season.

I hope you enjoyed this Cricut Christmas ideas. If you have some great Christmas layouts that you have done leave me a comment with your link to your blog so that I can be inspired by you. Save on Cricut machines and get your holiday crafting in gear with our nice selection of Cricut Christmas cartridges.

Happy creating