Monthly Archives: June 2014

Just Because Cards Cricut Cartridge Giveaway

just because cards cricut cartridge giveawayby Richelle Naegle

Well, we told you there would be another giveaway soon, and we meant it! In conjunction with the release of the new Simple Everyday Cards Cricut cartridge, we are giving away one of the most popular cartridges in Cricut’s lineup, the Cricut Just Because Cards cartridge! There were only 14 participants in last week’s giveaway, so those are fairly decent odds of winning.

Take advantage of these odds and enter today!

In order to enter follow the detailed instructions below, but in brief, all you must do is tweet out a post about the new Simple Everyday Cards cartridge on Twitter. We wish we could do the promotion on Facebook, because that is where most of our customers are, but recent administrative changes to Facebook’s privacy settings make it impossible for us to track all hashtags (meaning we can’t see your post). In short, we can’t run a fair contest because we will not be aware of most users who try to participate. We apologize for the inconvenience and if anything changes, we will be doing many giveaways on their platform. Be sure to save on Cricut with

Rules for Participation

To enter to win the Just Because Cards Cricut cartridge, your tweet has to include 3 elements:

  1. A message
  2. hashtag
  3. URL

We will close the contest at midnight MST on Tuesday, July 1.  With just 5 days to enter, you better move fast!

Step by Step Instructions – How to Enter

5 simple-to-follow steps:

  1. Log into your Twitter account. Locate the text field on the left where it says “Compose new Tweet”:screen shot of how to enter - step 1
  2. Come up with your own personalized message about the new Simple Everyday Cards cartridge:tweet step 2 just because cards giveaway
  3. Include this very specific hashtag #simpleeverydaycraftdirect (this is what enables us to see and track your tweet):tweet step 3 just because cards giveaway
  4. Last, you need to link to the URL tweet step 4 just because cards giveaway
  5. As you can see, the red “5” is indicating to us that I have gone over the character limit for this tweet. I need to reword and shorten my message a little bit to successfully tweet this out. If/when you are within the character limit, you may finish up by clicking the “tweet” button and you’re in business.

Thank You for Your Participation

We appreciate our customers and are glad to see you involved in our community, whether it be through these giveaways, our blog, youtube channel, on Facebook, or through our Paper Crafting Fanatics page on Google+, we love to interact with you. Thank you for participating, and good luck! Save on Cricut cartridges.

Happy creating!

Birthday Bash Cricut Cartridge Ideas

by Richelle Naegle

Celebrate Aligator CardWith summer here my kids seem to have Birthday parties every week and buying cards for kids just seems like a huge waste of money to me. But I have found that if I give them a homemade Cricut card with a fun animal or with something they are interested in then they at least look at them a little bit longer. So I’m always looking for a new and fun ideas for Birthday cards, because I really don’t just like to make a ton of one and give them all out. I would probably be easier to do them that way but I don’t feel they are as personal or fun that way, so the Birthday Bash Cricut cartridge ideas are very fun and easy and have fun animals on it. So this is one of my go to Cricut cartridges especially when I need to make a quick card for kids.

So Easy to Make

The overall size of this card is 8″ x 3.5″ (perfect for an alligator) he is made from patterned cardstock cut out at 2.5″ (which makes him about 8.25″ long) with my Cricut machine. The banner is cut out at .75″ and I used pop dots to give it a little bit more dimension.

That’s it, this card is super easy to make so when your in a pinch and need to make a Birthday card check out the Birthday Bash Cricut cartridge. Share your Birthday cards with me! I would love to see some of the fun Birthday cards you have made, post them on the Paper Crafting Fanatic’s page so we can inspire each other.

Remember that Cricut tools will make your project go more smoothly.

Happy creating!

Anna Griffin Embossing Folders Giveaway

anna griffin embossing foldersby Richelle Naegle

**Update ** – The winner by random draw is Renee Marie (@PinkNayNay). Congratulations Renee.  We will be contacting you via Twitter. We only had 14 contestants enter, so stay tuned for the next giveaway. Your odds of winning may be pretty good.

Original post 6/19/14:

It’s that time again. It’s been a while since we did a giveaway, so we decided to do an awesome one!  We are excited to announce the release of a brand new Anna Griffin product, the Cricut Summer Soirees cartridge. So to celebrate the new cartridge, we are hosting a contest with the prize being a bundle set of classic Anna Griffin embossing folders for your Cuttlebug machine.

The folders included in the bundle are are:

  • Reflected Damask
  • Circular Grid
  • Elaborate Quatrefoil
  • Ogee Damask

To enter (detailed instructions below) all you have to do is post about the new Anna Griffin cartridge on Twitter. We realize most of our customers are on Facebook, but with recent changes to Facebook’s privacy settings, we are unable to track hashtags (meaning we can’t see your post), which makes it impossible to run contests through their social platform. We apologize for the inconvenience, but there is really nothing we can do about it.

Contest Rules

You must tweet a message about the new Anna Griffin cartridge, include the appropriate hashtag (we will not be able to track your tweet without it), and include a link to the new cartridge. We are closing the contest at midnight MST on Tuesday, June 24. You only have 5 days to enter, so act fast. Detailed instructions on how to enter to win the Anna Griffin embossing folders are found below:

Instructions for Entry

Just follow these 5 easy steps:

  1. After you log into twitter, you will see the text field to the left of the page that will allow you to compose your tweet:screen shot of how to enter - step 1
  2. Write a short message (whatever you want) about the new cartridge:screen shot of how to enter - step 3
  3. Include the hashtag #annagriffincraftdirect (very important – without this we will not be able to track your post):screen shot of how to enter - step 3
  4. Include the URL shot of how to enter - step 4
  5. Click the blue “tweet” button in the bottom right hand corner and you’re all set!

You Can’t Win if You Don’t Enter

We hope that you participate and we are excited to find out who the winner is. We really appreciate our customers and love to give back. We recognize that you keep us in business, which allows us to do what we love for a living. If you don’t win the Anna Griffin embossing folders, there will be other contests in the near future! Save on all Cricut Cuttlebug supplies.

Cricut Birthday Card Ideas

By Richelle Naegle

My boys get invited to birthday parties all the time for one friend or another and  it’s funny how often they are pirate-themed parties. I think it must be a little boy thing! I’m always looking for fun new Cricut cards for my boys and their friends, and I think this one is perfect. I really love the little pirate guy (there is a cute girl as well) on the Create A Friend Cricut cartridge. He could also be used as fun Pirate-themed decor if you cut him out on a full 12″ x 24″ paper. I like the idea of playing pin the eye patch on the pirate (or try the sword). Another option would be to use it for party invitations.

How to make this Cricut Card

Create A Friend Cricut Cartridge Pirate Card

For this card I used the Phrases Cricut cartridge for the base of the card I cut it at 7″. The image is the called the double bracket card.

For the inlaid sheet I used the Old West Cricut cartridge and cut the paper out at 5.25″ but you could also just tear the edges of a piece of paper to give it the same look. Using Cricut tools always makes projects easier.

I used some Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Rusty Hinge) to ink the edges and the paper to give it that old worn map look. I inked the edges up a lot as well as inked the inside of the sheet so that it looks like it has some texture. If I were to make it again, I would crinkle the paper up some before I inked it so that it would not only give the card more dimension but also make it look more authentic.

As mentioned, the pirate is from the Create A Friend cartridge and he was cut out at 5.5″.

You can write all the text using Cricut Explore machines and the black marker from the Antiquity marker set. If you are using the Explore and you want to write on your paper make sure you attach the text to the image you want it drawn onto, other wise when you go to cut and draw it will draw the image anywhere on your paper and not necessarily where you had intended it to go.

Share Your Cricut Birthday Card Ideas

I know you have some fun Cricut Birthday card ideas! Share them with me on the Paper Craft Fanatic’s Google Page or leave me a comment on this blog post with a link to your blog. I would love to see what you have made with your Cricut cartridges and your favorite cardstock.

Happy creating

Cricut Disney Classics Layout Project

By Richelle NaegleCricut Disney Classics Layout ProjectAre you ready to get busy with scrapbooking supplies? I am! I have a bunch of pictures piling up and a scrapbook that is about two years behind. So I have some work to do before I get any further behind. 🙂 I made this layout for my boys, they just absolutely love to play outside in the rain. When most kids will come inside when it starts to rain mine grab umbrellas and my rain boots and out they go to splash in the puddles. So I saw this Jiminy Cricket shape with his umbrella and it reminded me of them, thus I had to make a layout with him on it for one of their rain pictures!

Remember that your project can be compromised if your machine is in need of fresh Cricut cutting pads or a new, replacement Explore blade. Get stocked up right here at CraftDirect.

Getting Started

Jiminey Cricket Disney Classic Cartridge Here are all the details of how to make this fun Cricut Disney Classics cartridge layout project. Mr. Jiminy Cricket was cut out with all this little layers at 7″ If you have used this or any of the other Disney Cartridges then you know some of these pieces get really small even cutting him out of cardstock at 7″. I used the Cricut Explore Air for with this project and ALL of the little parts  cut out really well I didn’t have to fix or re-cut or draw on any of his little parts. The Explore really does a great job with intricate and small cuts.

The rest of the layout is cut out as follows;  the umbrella are also cut out from the Disney Classics cartridge at 5″ and the boots are from Nate’s ABCs at 3″. Rain is from Sesame Street Seasons at  2.4″ “Let It” is from one of the fonts on my computer called Felt Marker. (But you could use any font you have on a Cricut cartridge or your computer if you have the Cricut Explore). I welded the two together so that it was just one saying. This is super easy to do using any of the Circut software or your Gypsy.

let it rain pg2

The photo boxes are (3) 4″x 6″ photos as well as (3) 3″ x  3″ photos. Giving me lots of places to add fun pictures or even  journal in one of the squares.

The Cricut Disney Classics cartridge has been out for quite a while so I know some of you have some great projects you have made with the it. Share it with us on the Paper Crafting Fanatics page. Lets start off the summer by inspiring each other with our fun layouts so we have lot of great Scrapbook Ideas to get us creating!

Happy creating!