Monthly Archives: May 2014

Interchangeable Embossing Folders by CGull

By Richelle Naegle

I recently got a hold of some new Embossing Folders that are unlike any other that I have ever seen. They are Interchangeable embossing folders by CGull this is the company that makes the fabulous rolling totes for Cricut machines. Here are the two folders they have released, thus far:

Banner Interchangeable Embossing Folder

interchangeable_foldersThis first is the Banner interchangeable embossing folder (with  5 sayings) that you can pop into banner part of the folder. With this one embossing folder you can emboss the Thank You, Thinking of You, It’s a Party, Happy Birthday, and Congratulations.  All with one pass through your embossing machine. These dies will work with most embossing machines such as the cuttlebug, eBosser, and many others.

Then if you wanted you could even add some kind of embellishment to the center frame or just leave it plain. Here is my simple sample of what you can make with them. I kept these super simple so you can see what you can make with these fun embossing folders without adding any extra work or detail to them. I just embossed each of the sayings with the folder and then lightly inked each one so they would stand out a little. Super easy.

5 piece embossing cards

All of these cards were made using the 5 piece embossing folder from CGull.

Note: On this 5 piece one it has one side of the embossing folder as well as one of the interchangeable name plates marked with an A so you can make sure it is on the correct side, this side slips in easily the side that is not marked with an A doesn’t slip in easily you need to run it though your embossing machine once with it sitting in place but not inset into the folder. The machine will gently push it it and doesn’t damage the folder or the insert. It was really very easy and they just pop back out when your done with one saying and ready for the next.

Polka Dot Interchangeable Embossing Folder

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The second one and my favorite is the Polka Dot Interchangeable embossing folder and it has three sayings Happy Birthday, Thank You, and Congratulations, so clearly you will be using this folder year round.

On this folder, the embossing plates quickly pop in and out of the folder and you don’t need to run it through the machine to secure them into place.

Here are the cards I made with these folders and again I kept them super simple so yo can see just what the embossing folder can do. I absolutely love this Interchangeable Embossing folder. Without having to do anything extra this card is completely finished.

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Card made with the Polka Dot Interchangeable Embossing Folders

Embossing enables you to quickly make a bunch of these cards in no time at all. I made all 8 of the cards from start to finish in about 20 minutes, and really inking them took up most of that time. But if you were making a bunch of the same one you could probably do quite a few very quickly, and very inexpensively. The interchangeable embossing folders retail for $7.99 making them about the same price as other embossing folders, except your getting 3 or 5 for the price of 1.

Share Your Thoughts on Interchangeable Embossing Folders

I could go on all day about these fun new folders but I want to know what you think of  the new interchangeable embossing folders by CGull? Leave your comments below good or bad your initial thoughts about them. Save on patterned cardstock as well as embossing folders at CraftDirect.com. Don’t forget that most of all they are known for CGull totes that make crafters’ lives much easier.

Happy creating

Create A Friend Cricut Cartridge Ideas (Part 1)

Graduation Card Cricut IdeaBy Richelle Naegle

Check out Create a Friend Projects part 2 of this 2 part post.

Here is just one of the many fun images you can cut out with the Create A Friend Cricut cartridge. This is seriously one of my favorite new Cricut cartridges for scrapbook layouts.

This cartridge has the cutest little people on it doing just about anything your heart can imagine and even if it isn’t the perfect one you easily trade their hair or shoes or hats or what ever around and even sometimes just as simple as changing the color of the cloth to make it look totally different outfit to fit your needs.

So if you have kids like me and love to make scrapbook layouts about them then you should add this cartridge to your list of must haves.

I made this card for my son who is graduating from Kindergarten this week and I felt like this cute guy was very appropriate for him, and if your making this card consider cutting out two of the little guys one for the card and other for your scrapbook album. Two birds one stone!

How to Make this Cricut Card

The overall size of this card is 4″ x 6″ the background paper is some corrugated cardstock from DCWV. This is the first time I have used this type of paper and I actually like that is gives the card a lot of dimension without having to add a bunch of extra to it. The down side of this paper is that it only sticks where the paper is raised up. So you do have to use a lot of adhesive and something that will hold really well so it won’t fall off.

All the images are cut out from the Create A Friend Cricut Cartridge the little boy at about 6.25″ and You Did It! At 1.25″. Dealing with small pieces is made easier with the right Cricut tools.

Note: I did use the Cricut Explore to cut these images, if you are using any of the expressions or the personal I’m not sure if the “You Did It” will cut out that small really well, the letters are less than .5″ in height and from my experience with them it tears them up and spits them out, and it’s not super pretty. So you may want to make the phrase a little larger.

Do you have any fun Create A Friend Cricut Cartridge ideas? I would love to see them! I’m always looking for some fun inspiration and would love to see what you are making with this fun cartridge. Be sure to share them with me either on our Paper Crafting Fanatics Page, or on Facebook. Save on Cricut with CraftDirect.com and get some awesome patterned paper while you’re at it.

Happy crafting!

School Days Cricut Scrapbook Layout

School Day's Scrapbook LayoutBy Richelle Naegle

Are you ready for your kids to be out of school? At my house that means less time for scrapbooking. Between the warmer weather, summer holidays, vacations and kids wanting to spend time making memories, I don’t get much time to scrapbook. In the summer I generally do easy scrapbook layouts that I can put together in less than an hour so that I can feel like I got something done.

Here is my quick school days Cricut scrapbook layout that I made for my Kindergartner, I can place his first day of school on the left and his last day of school on the right and it’s a fun scrapbook layout that I can see how much he has grown during the school year. Now if I can just remember to do one of these every year 🙂

All the paper is from the Bazzill School Day’s paper collection buying these great paper collections is also a great and easy way to save you time and money. With Bazzill paper stacks you get 8 double sided designs with two sheets of each and then some matching colored cardstock so you can quickly match all your papers without spending hours searching for matching papers.

How to Make the School Days Layout

For this project I used the Cricut Explore Machine, to write the alphabet on the paper. The font is at 107. ” Using a full 12 x 12 sheet of black paper wrote the alphabet using the Condensed Font from the Chalkboard Fonts Cricut cartridge, with the silver marker that came with the Explore Machine.If you don’t have Chalkboard Fonts, you can use any number of Cricut Font cartridges.

For the rest of this layout I used a 12″ x 9” sheet for the background and two frames for 4″ x 6″ photos so they were cut out at 4.25″ x 6.25″ with a boarder (or you can just add a second frame at 4.5″ x 6.5″). Kindergarten was cut out from Locker Talk Cricut cartridge at 4.5″ and the cute worm is from Create a Critter Cricut cartridge at 2.25″ That’s it super easy and quick layout that you could do in under an hour and without getting a lot of supplies out.

Do you have some ideas for school days scrapbook layouts? Show me what you’ve made with your favorite Cricut cartridges. I would love to see them, so please share them with me on our Facebook or the Paper Crafting Fanatics Google Page.

Happy creating

Cricut Mother’s Day Card

by Richelle Naegle

There is about five days left to get your mother’s day projects done, so this week it’s time to get those Cricut mother’s day cards done. For this card I wanted to do something none traditional something without flowers for Mother’s day, maybe even something that would be perfect for a child to give to his Mom. So this is what I came up with…a Mummy super hero card.super mummy card made with the Mini Monsters cartridge

I used the mummy from the Mini Monsters Cricut cartridge; she was cut out at 8.32”. Didn’t think I would be using a Halloween themed cartridge for a mother’s day card! But hey, I think using Cricut cartridges from the wrong holidays is a really fun way to show your creativity.

Her cape was cardstock cut out at 4.5” from the Mother’s Day Kid cards this is a Craftroom exclusive cartridge (if you use the craftroom or the Design space you can purchase this digital download card to save you even more money).

“You got the love” is from the BOHO Graphics Iron-On cartridge. This design is typically meant for fabric projects with Cricut Iron-on, but really you can use it for anything. I love the saying, I cut it out with just red paper, but if I were to do it again I think I would have used some red vinyl so that I could easily transfer the image on my project easier and the spacing would have been better. The letters are pretty small the image was cut out at 1.25”. What I am impressed with is that the Cricut Explore cut those little letters out really well and I didn’t have any problems getting them to cut that small, the letters them selves are about 0.25” tall so that’s pretty dang small.

Share Your Cricut Mother’s Day Card

I love how this card turned out. Do you have any fun “non traditional” Cricut Mother’s Day cards or another holiday cards that you have made? I would really love to see them share them with me on our Paper Crafting Fanatics Google+ page. Remember that Cricut tools will make your project easier!

Happy creating!