Monthly Archives: July 2014

Best of Pixar Cricut Cartridge Ideas

Pixar Cricut Cartridge Scrapbook Layoutby Richelle Naegle

Well, it’s time for another themed Cricut cartridge creation. With the summer quickly coming to an end my kids want to spend as much time as they can play at the pool.  Anything to make them happy, so we have been spending a couple nights a week at the pool (somewhat related, the countless water fights in the back yard). So I wanted to make a fun swimming page and that catchy song from Finding Nemo kept running through my head. Just keep Swimming, Just keep Swimming! So I was planning to do the fun little Nemo fish, but decided to go with Squirt the little turtle when I saw him. He is so darn cute so I changed my mind. I think this layout turned out swimmingly!

For this 12″ x 12″ Cricut layout I used the Disney Best of Pixar cartridge to cut out the turtles, the top one was cut out at 3″ and the bottom one in the corner was cardstock cut out at 4.25″.  The photo boxes are just 2 4″ x 4″ squares and the larger one is for a 4″ x 6″ photo, the waves are from the Cake Everyday Sampler Cartridge (really who would have thought these fun waves would come off a cake cartridge).  Anyway they were cut out at 1.25″ for the 4″ x 4″ squares and 2″ for the 4″ x 6″ one. You will need to trim them down just a little to make them the correct length. Just keep swimming is from the Four Legged Friends cartridge, if you don’t have this one though it’s not a very common one to have you could just make the letters using your favorite font cartridge.

Share Your Disney Cricut Creations

That’s it super easy and fun swimming layout that you could easily create for your little swimmers! This is a great classic cartridge do you have any fun Best of Pixar Cricut cartridge ideas scrapbook layouts that you have made with this cartridge? If so share them on the Paper Crafting Fanatic’s Google + page or on our Facebook page. I would love to see what you have created.

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Happy Creating!

Anna Griffin Soirees Cartridge Giveaway (3 Winners)

cricut summer soirees giveaway

We’re giving away the Summer Soirees cartridge to 3 lucky winners to celebrate the release of two new Anna Griffin cartridges!

by Richelle Naegle

**Update** The 3 lucky winners of the Summer Soirees cartridges are:

  • Lisa Shiptiski
  • Pamelee Thrasher Keyser
  • Rula Jackson

Original article: A month ago we were telling you there were plenty of new products coming, as well as more contest opportunities…well, it’s time to deliver on that promise. is excited to announce the release of two brand new Cricut products designed by the one and only Anna Griffin:

For a limited time we are offering them at discount price in a bundle package! Scroll down the page to see the card I made with the Sophisticated cartridge!

In conjunction with this announcement, 3 lucky winners will receive the last Anna Griffin cartridge released, the Summer Soirees cartridge. Maybe the best news is that you may now enter our contests through Facebook. As you may recall, we have had issues tracking your shares, so we haven’t been able to run contests on FB. We have discovered a workaround that will surely make all our crafty FB users happy! We are also allowing participants to enter more than once, by sharing on Google+, Twitter, and Pinterest, as well. Follow the instructions found below in order to enter the contest.

Summer Soirees Giveaway Contest Rules

You must enter by midnight MST, Tuesday July 29, 2014. We will announce the winners by random drawing, Wednesday, July 30. You may enter multiple times, but only once on each platform (meaning a maximum total of 4 entries: one for FB, G+, Twitter, and Pinterest).

Rules for Entry (Facebook and Pinterest)

  1. Go to the CraftDirect Facebook page and/or the CraftDirect Pinterest page
  2. Find our share of this blog post (just a pinned image in the case of Pinterest) on our feed and re-share it with a personalized message

That’s it! You’re done.

Rules for Entry (Google+ and Twitter)

  1. Create a post or tweet that includes the URL to this blog post:
  2. Add a personalized message
  3. This is the most important part. Without this, we cannot track your post. Include the hashtag #soireescraftdirect

Now publish the share and you’re done! Easy enough, right?

Card Made with Sophisticated Soirees Cartridge

Anna Griffin Sophisticated Soirees Crricut cartridge card ideaOne of the perks of my job is that I get to play with all the fun new toys sooner than I would if this were just a hobby. I’ve already made a card with the new Anna Griffin Sophisticated Soirees Cricut cartridges so let me know what you think. The Cricut Explore Air 2 cuts twice as fast as the original, so it’s a great option for this project.

I made this invitation 5″ x 7″ and I used the We R Memory Keepers Sheer Metallic Scrapbook Stack. When I saw this cartridge I immediately thought about this paper stack and how it enables you to make such beautiful designs. So the base of this card was made with the UV Vellum and then black and white cardstock. This base of the card has a little “pocket” like front so you can easily slide the card in and out of the pocket.

The text on this card is from the Chalkboard Font cartridge and I drew it on the card using the Cricut Explore. You could easily have this machine write the whole invitation for you and save yourself a lot of time and money doing them this way.

I can’t wait to see what you create with these fun new cartridges. In particular, show me what you made with the Splendid Soirees Cricut cartridge! I will for sure be making more with them! Don’t worry I won’t forget to share them with you. 🙂

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Happy creating and good luck!

Merry & Bright Cricut Cartridge Ideas

by Richelle Naegle

When the weather is hot, like it is right now in southern Utah, the snow and cold temperatures of December seem so far away, yet before we know it, we will be wishing for the heat again as we plow through snowy roads. For now I will try to enjoy the sunshine and hot days, but as an escape I can scrapbook about last year’s Christmas, while making a couple Christmas cards in order to get a head-start on this upcoming holiday.

The Merry & Bright Cricut cartridge is a new Christmas cartridge that came out October 2013. It has a lot of simple-to-make Christmas images on it. This is one of the best cartridges and it is perfect for cards but also would be great with Iron-on and vinyl craft projects (not to mention the fun image for boxes and bags that are also on this cartridge).

Merry & Bright Christmas CardThe card above is 8.5″ x 3″ and the images were all cut out at 3″. This card was created not just one image. I had to combine the three together. The stocking looks like a “J”, the cartridge had the letter “Y” and the “O” actually quite a few options that you could use for the “O”. Making is super easy to make this JOY Card.

Do you have any Merry & Bright Cricut Cartridge ideas that you have made? I would love to see what you made! Post a picture on our Facebook page to inspire me. Save on Cricut with

Anna Griffin Cricut Cartridge GIVEAWAY!

Are you ready for a giveaway? I am! So check back on the blog this Thursday July 24th at NOON and I will announce our next giveaway! This is one giveaway you are not going to want to miss out on. We are going to be giving away an Anna Griffin Summer Soirees cartridge! So be sure to stop back by so you know how to get the most chances to win!

Be sure to check out all of our Christmas cartridges. Save on all Provo Craft supplies, including Cricut vinyl and other fun material.

Happy creating!

Fancy Boxes Cricut Cartridge Ideas

by Richelle NaegleFancy Boxes Pyramid Box

If you love to make your own boxes then you won’t want to miss out on the brand new Fancy Boxes Cricut cartridge. It has 10 new boxes that you can cut out, each of them with five different designs or sayings on them, giving you a total of 50 fun new boxes to make. As soon as I got a hold of this cartridge, I had to make a couple creations.  I started off with the Pyramid Box. I cut it out at 14″, which made it fit perfectly on a 12″ x 12″ sheet of patterned paper. The one thing to note with this box that I did not realize until it was too late, is that once I glued all the edges, I have no way of putting anything inside. I went back and looked at all the other boxes and even the other pyramids and they all have holes at the top of them so you could tie up the edges and put a nice bow on the top, but this one doesn’t offer that. I’m not sure why but it doesn’t, so if you’re like me and love this box, make sure you punch a hole at the top. You probably already thought of that, and I’m not sure why I didn’t think of that before I used tacky tape (which is great for boxes!).

domed cupcake boxThe second box I was really excited to make was the Domed Cupcake Box!
I don’t really make pretty cupcakes, so I might as well dress them up a little bit with a decorative box. I love the little intricate designs on the sides of this box. It was cut out at 6.25″, and it fits a regular size cupcake perfectly!  It fits the width of the 12 x 12 sheet but it’s too tall to put two boxes on one sheet. I also cut out the second layer but that isn’t necessary. You could add the acetate sheets so that it’s completely enclosed but you are still able to see what’s inside. The possibilities are endless when it comes to this new Cricut cartridge.

I know this is a super new cartridge and most of you haven’t gotten your hands on it yet but when you do, I would love for you to share your Fancy Boxes Cricut cartridge ideas with us on our Google + page. But until then leave me a comment and let me know what you think about this cartridge.

Scoring Tip

I used the Cricut Explore and the Explore Stylus scoring tool. This is the first project I had used the scoring tool with the machine, (I generally just score my own cards) because I have have been a bit disappointed with the previous Cricut scoring tool and hate having to remember not to unload my paper so that it would score in the exact correct spot. So I was very pleasantly surprised with how well the scoring tool worked, and the fact that I did it all in one paper load was awesome! So if you have the Explore and didn’t purchase the scoring tool yet because you were hesitant like I was, I would defiantly recommend purchasing it I think you to will be pleased with your Cricut purchase. It doesn’t matter if you need replacement Cricut blades or a new mat for the Explore, we have it all.

Happy creating!

Country Life Cricut Cartridge Ideas

country life cricut idea - pig cardby Richelle Naegle

Today I made one of those Cricut cards that can be used for just about any occasion. I call it “that’ll do pig” for that reason. You could add “Thank you” or “Get well soon” or “Just thinking of you” type sentiments.

This card was made with the Country Life Cricut cartridge. The pig and chicken are all one image and was cut out at 4″.

I wanted the pig to be pink and the chicken to be a different hue, so I cut their top layer out twice. If you want to simplify it with one color, you should find a neutral option.

The base of the card is from Creative Cards Cricut cartridge, which was cut out at 5″. I really like this cartridge for the fact that it has some great base cards that offer the patterned scrapbook paper base as well as a layer, and I generally cut two of the layers (one for the front and one for the inside). That adds a little bit of dimension as well as allows you to use double sided paper and you will still be able to write on your card.

Do you have any Country Life Cricut cartridge ideas? Share them with me on our Facebook page. This was the first time I have used this cartridge and would love to see what you have come up with. Save on Cricut cartridges with Be sure to check out the Cricut Explore Air 2, as well as Cricut mats, and replacement Cricut blades.

Happy creating!