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 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. Happy creating!