Monthly Archives: February 2014

Winnie the Pooh Cricut Ideas

by Richelle Naegle

Cute as a Button Winnie the Pooh LayoutMy good friend is having a baby in a couple of weeks, so I wanted to make her a cute little layout for her scrapbook, to welcome her new little girl. Using cardstock and the Disney Winnie the Pooh Font Cartridge (which has some very cute baby Disney characters). I cut the piglet out at 7” cutting these characters out large works really well so you don’t have a bunch of tiny little pieces to try and put to put together, as some of the Disney characters are on some of the other Disney cartridges.

The “Cute as a button” is from The First Few Years Cricut Cartridge. It was cut out at 3.5” I love the phrases on this cartridge it has great sayings as well as a shadow feature for the phrases.

The butterfly was cut out from the Hannah Montana Cricut Cartridge at 1.25” and then I added some Tim Holtz Distress Stickles in Rock Candy to give the butterfly a little big of sparkle.

Do you have any Winnie the Pooh Cricut ideas that you have made? Share them with us on our Facebook page, or on our Paper Crafting Fanatics Google + page. I would love to see what you have created! Obviously this scrapbook layout is more geared towards a girl, so if you have one that you made for a boy, that would be especially swell.

Stay tuned to our blog for upcoming product releases, giveaways, and of course crafting ideas. Save on Cricut replacement blades as well as Cricut mats with CraftDirect.

Happy creating!

New Creative Everyday Cards Cartridge

by Richelle Naegle
Creative Everyday Cards Cricut Cartridge
Are you ready for a NEW Cricut cartridge? I am I always love when new cartridges come out, especially a cards cartridge because then images are not only designed to cut out small for cards, but they always work great for scrapbook layouts as well. Some of my favorite cards on this cartridge are the honeybee combs with the bees as well as the hot air balloons Good Luck card. This cartridge also has 5 new envelope designs. Making it easy for you to send your cards out with style.

If you are like me and so excited about the new Creative Everyday Cards Cricut cartridge then you are sure you can find it for a great price on our website, we are releasing this cartridge at $21.95 So pick your cartridge up today before it goes back to our regular everyday low prices of $22.95.

Creative Everyday Cards Cricut Cartridge imagesAfter you get your cartridge in the mail and you break our your Cricut Machine be sure to share with all of us your Creative Everyday Card ideas so that you can inspire all of us with your talent. Speaking of talent. Wow I can’t thank you enough for sharing all your cards with us this week. I LOVE them so much you ladies are truly talented! Thank you for inspiring me. Please keep them coming us the Google Paper Crafting Fanatics Page to share your talent with us and hint we are going to be doing more giveaway for sharing with us. Be sure to check out our next giveaway that just started today and will go through Monday! Save on Cricut with

Creative Everyday Cards Cricut Cartridge Giveaway

Wish we could give everyone a cartridge but we can’t, so the random Winner of the Creative Everyday Cards Cricut Cartridge is….

by Jacqueline Crawford

by Jacqueline Crawford

Congratulations  please send us an email at with your info so we can get your cartridge shipped out.

If you haven’t had a chance to look at all these amazing cards please take a chance to go over the Paper Crafting Fanatics Google page and check them out.

Here are just a few of some of the staff’s favorite cards.

Winnie the Pooh Card

by Leslee Adams

thank you card

by Deborah Moss

by Linda Harris

by Linda Harris

by Kathy Hartke

by Kathy Hartke

Thank you to everyone who participated! We here at have really enjoyed seeing all your beautiful cards!

Simply Charmed Cricut Cartridge Giveaway

by Richelle Naeglesimply charmed cartridge

Update:  And the winner of the Simply Charmed cartridge is….Denise Macklin! Congratulations.  Please contact me at

Sorry to all the participants who didn’t win.  We will have more opportunity, including by popular demand, prizes made available to facebook users!

Original Article:

In celebration of the new Creative Everyday Cards Cricut cartridge, we have decided to giveaway one of our all-time favorite Cricut cartridges – Simply Charmed! One lucky winner will be announced on Tuesday, February 25th.

If you win and already have the Simply Charmed cartridge, you can exchange it for any cartridge that we have in stock of equal or lesser value. Here is how you can enter:

Enter to Win the Simply Charmed Cartridge

All you have to do is share a link to our Creative Everyday Cards Cartridge page on Google+ and one lucky entrant will be randomly selected.  That may be a bit confusing, because we are giving away the Simply Charmed cartridge, but to be clear we want a link to Creative Everyday Cards.

If you don’t already have Google+, it’s very easy to sign up. If you have a Gmail account, you actually do have Google+, you just haven’t used it.

To share the link with the hashtag and enter the drawing, just follow these 5 easy steps:

  1. On your Google+ page, locate the sharing module.  It looks just like this:
  2. Choose the “Link” button, and you’ll see your pretty face, like so:
  3. Now, where it says attach, add the link to the Creative Everyday cartridge and it should add our logo to the module, like this:
  4. In the text field please share your thoughts about the new cartridge. In order for us to track your post to enter you to win, you must include the hashtag #CraftDirectCreativeEverydayCards. Without it, we will not know about your link.
  5. In the bottom left corner select “share” and you are finished!

We’ll See You on Tuesday about the Winner

We will cut off registration at 11:59pm MST Monday night, and announce a winner Tuesday morning. We will contact the winner via Google+, but you may also check back here to find out who the lucky Cricut crafter is. If you do not win, there will be plenty of opportunity for giveaways in the future. We love our customers, and we try to give back as much as we can, so stay tuned for other opportunities. There will be plenty more. Save on Cricut cartridges with the online leaders in craft supplies.

Happy creating

Enter to Win a NEW Cricut Cartridge

by Richelle Naeglenew cricut cartridge

Want to be among the first to own the NEW Cricut cartridge that will be released this Thursday? Well then this is the contest for you! This cartridge is a secret, so we can’t even tell you the name or what’s on the cartridge. All we can tell you is that it offers the quality and versatility you have come to expect from Cricut. You will definitely want to add this to your collection, and it will be available February 20th so keep an eye out for it!

How to Enter:

  1.  Post a picture of a card you have made to our Paper Crafting Fanatics Google + Community by noon this Thursday, February 20th
  2.  We will randomly select an entrant to win this new Cricut cartridge

Good luck and we can’t wait to see all your beautiful cards! Check back with us on Thursday to find out more about this wonderful new cartridge and as always you can take advantage of our low prices on Cricut cartridges.

Box it Up Cricut Cartridge Ideas

by Richelle NaegleBox It Up Cricut Cartridge Ideas

I finally got the chance to use the new Box it up Cricut cartridge. I really do love this cartridge and I will for sure be using this cartridge a lot.

I love the tall boxes on it. And even though this one was cut out at the 7.5” inches I think putting it on a 12” x 24” and then cutting it out will give you a nice size box.

For this box (which on my cartridge review I said was my favorite) so of course I had to make it. I cut the box out at 7.5” for this box it allowed me to use one sheet of paper for the box of course I had to use another for the lid.

Next I used the acetate sheets so that you can see inside the box, without your treats falling out. Cricut makes wonderful material, in terms of quality. We have tons of options when it comes to Cricut material.

I wanted to add a little dimension to this box so using the Cricut metal embossable tags, I adding a little embossing to the tag and then simply tied it around the box. This box was super easy and quick!

Sizing Tip:

To find out the largest cardstock size you can get out of your sheet for any of the boxes just use your fit to page button on your expression just remember that once you find out the size and before you cut out the inside sheet make sure to take that off and just set your dial size to match the size of your first cut.

What Have You Made with the Box It Up Cartridge?

Do you have any Box it Up Cricut cartridge ideas? Maybe you have made interesting boxes with other cartridges?  Share them with me by leaving a link to your blog in the comments box or share them with me on our Paper Crafting Fanatics page, or even on our Facebook page, which ever works best for you. We just love to see what you’re creating! Find out for yourself why so many choose us for Cricut cartridges.

Happy creating

Garden Soup Cricut Cartridge Ideas

by Richelle Naegle

Garden Soup Cricut Cartridge IdeasAre you ready for Valentine’s Day? Do you have all your cards made and ready to go? I sure don’t. However, with Valentine’s only 3 days away, if you need a quick card this one is perfect. This greeting card was created using the Garden Soup Cricut cartridge. Not a cartridge I would generally pick up when making a Valentine’s card, but it works perfectly. That kind of successful spontaneity is what makes crafting so much fun! Cricut products have so much versatility it’s easy to flip the script and come up with great results.

For this card the base of the card is 6” x 6” and the inner layer is 5.5” x 5.5”. The image was cut out at 5”. Super easy and quick valentines card. I did a lot of faux stitching around it; you wouldn’t have to do all the stitching if you were short on time, add a little bit of ribbon and your done.

I love it when you can take a simple image like this love you and turn it into a masterpiece that anyone would love to get without adding a lot of work to it, or having to spend hours making one card.

Share Your Own Garden Soup Projects

Do you have Garden Soup Cricut cartridge ideas of things you have made or would like to make? If so I want to see them, or tell me about them. This is one cartridge that I haven’t seen a lot of projects from. Save on Cricut cartridges when you order online from us. Stay updated with fresh Cricut mats and Explore cutting blades at CraftDirect. Also, if you don’t have a Cricut Explore Air, check out our bundles.

Happy creating!

New Box It Up Cricut Cartridge

by Richelle Naegle

Buy the Box It Up Cricut cartridge for cheap!

Do you love new Cricut cartridges as much as I do? Well then you should be as excited as I am to get your hands on the new Cricut Box it Up cartridge. This cartridge reminds me a lot of the Tags, Bags, Boxes and More cartridges, which I absolutely LOVE! With this new cartridge you will be able to cut out 50 new boxes, with some including larger boxes for things like wine bottles, storage boxes, and maybe storage boxes for organizing your favorite embellishments, or my personal favorite, boxes to enclose home-made treats.

Some of the images on this new Box it Up Cricut cartridge includes boxes with patterns like dots, chevron, honeycomb, fireworks, hounds tooth, or boxes that say yum, cookies, and family, just to name a few. So whatever your holiday or occasion, the Cricut Box It Up cartridge will sure to be a hit with everyone.

Box It Up Features

To the left is one of my favorite boxes on this cartridge. Of course I wouldn’t do it in these colors, but I absolutely love the idea of the long or tall boxes.They are perfect for all those odd shaped gifts like scarves, ties, jewelry, or even great for loose candy. This box also reminds me of paper lanterns. I will definitely have to try to make cardstock lanterns with this cartridge. I think some of these boxes will be perfect for that!

Let me know what you think of this cartridge, including what you are excited to make.  When you get your cartridge share your first project with me on Google+ on our Paper Crafting Fanatics page. That’s what that page is all about.  We want to be able to interact and engage with other crafting fanatics. Being able to share our creativity with each other to inspire each other with your paper crafts. I will be sure to share all the fun projects I make with the fun new Box it Up cartridge.

Here are some of the great boxes you can make with this cartridge!

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Dazzling Diamond Project Ideas

by Richelle NaegleDazzling Diamond Ideas

Want to make someone’s day? Then send them a homemade card. Want to make their day the absolute best? Then send them a homemade card with a lot of bling on it!  For this fun card I used the Simply Charmed Cricut cartridge.  The overall size of the card is a 4.5 inch square and the bug and all his layers were cut out at 4 inches. For the heart I used the Dazzling Diamond Tiffany Blue Sheet, which was of course super easy to cut out with my Cricut machine.

Here is a simple tutorial on how to cut out these designs out with your Cricut cutting machine.

You will need

  • Your favorite color of Dazzling Diamond sticker sheet (we have 17 different color options in stock)
  • Deep cut Cricut blade
  • A good sticky Cricut cutting mat. (I used the new heavy duty one and it worked great)

Simple steps

  • Blade depth at 6
  • Machine speed slow
  • Dazzling Diamond sheet face down
  • Image flipped (since you are cutting it upside down)

For more details and a great video on how to do this visit the Buckle Boutique’s blog. She also has details on how to cut these out with other die cutting machines! Shawn does an amazing job on showing you just how easy it is to use these great sheets to bling up everything. Be sure to also look around their blog for lots of great project ideas on using Dazzling Diamond sheets.

If you have used these blinged out sheets for anything, leave me a comment with your blog address or better yet post them on our Paper Crafting Fanatics Google + page so we can be inspired with your Dazzling Diamond project ideas. You can make the most out of your Cricut cartridges if you have the best material. Save online with us.

Happy creating!