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.

Remember that the Cricut Explore Air 2 cuts twice as fast as older models. Shop and save with CraftDirect on all Provo Craft supplies, including fresh Cricut mats.

Happy Creating!

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 CraftDirect.com.

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 CraftDirect.com. Be sure to check out the Cricut Explore Air 2, as well as Cricut mats, and replacement Cricut blades.

Happy creating!

Clothes Pin Wreath for 4th of July

4th of july decor, wreathby Richelle Naegle

I hope you are all enjoying your 4th of July weekend. Last night I got together with a bunch of my friends and we made an Independence Day craft. While it’s not necessarily a paper craft, I thought it was too cute and easy not to share with all of you.

Though this one is red white and blue, I can think of so many other color combinations to make that would make them super cute, such as if you did yellow and orange and put the orange on the outside and yellow on the inside you would have a sunshine effect, that you could use all summer.

Or you could paint them different shades of blue and or even white and put some Ranger stickles glue on them like snowflakes (Ranger is made by Tim Holtz), you would have a fun winter wreath. Wreaths make for great holiday home decor.

So to get started we used boxes and cut the flaps off and just fit all the paper clips around the edges. This way when you spay paint them you can easily get all of the sides. I would make sure you have a different box for each color. And you will want to make sure you paint the wreath as well. We did ours red, but you could do what ever color you wanted, just make sure the original color is obscured.

Paper clips spray painted

Spray paint the Wreath wire red white or blue. We did ours red

Then you simply alternate until you go all the way around the wreath. We did 10 blue ones all in a bunch and then alternated 5 red and 5 white until we went all the way around the wire.

We then added some wood stars to the blue. Super easy and besides waiting for the spray paint to dry it was super fast. Our suggestion to you while your making this with your friends is have some snacks and visit while the paint dries 🙂almost done with wreath

Did you make some fun Independence Day crafts? Share them on the Paper Crafting Fanatics page, or leave me a link to your blog here so I can see what you have made.

I hope you have a great 4th with your family and friends I’m off to enjoy the parade and my family. Hopefully you enjoyed my clothes pin wreath for 4th of July. Be sure to stock up on craft tools, that will surely make your project go better.

Happy creating