Monthly Archives: August 2014

Elegant Embellishments Cricut Giveaway (3 Winners)

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3 lucky winner in our contest will get to take home the Anna Griffin Soiree Lettering cartridge!

by Richelle Naegle

***Update*** – The winners are: DeAnn L Runge, Terri Brown Saint, and Ingrid Jackson. Congratulations to all, and stay tuned for more opportunities to win.

Original post: Who’s loved all the latest Anna Griffin designed Cricut cartridge releases? In last few months we have had 4 cartridges and 8 embossing folders from Cricut and Anna Griffin. We here at are very excited to announce yet another new release: the Anna Griffin Soiree Lettering Cricut cartridge! This wonderful cartridge features 4 fonts, 10 phrases and 10 elegant images.

We are currently having a sale on this amazing new cartridge! Hurry and pick up the cartridge today while supplies last. Also be sure to scroll down and see our latest project that we made with the new Anna Griffin Soiree Lettering Cricut cartridge!

To celebrate this new release we are giving away 3 Anna Griffin Elegant Embellishments Cricut cartridges that we released last week! We will be having a social media contest on all of our platforms including Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Pinterest. Remember that you get 1 extra entry for each social network that you enter on, so enter on all 4 and you quadruple your chances!

Elegant Embellishments Cricut Giveaway Rules

You must enter by midnight MST on Tuesday August 26th. We will randomly select and announce the winners on Wednesday August 27th. You can only enter once on each platform but you can receive a maximum of 4 entries by entering once on Google+, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

Rules For Entry (Facebook)

  1. Go to the CraftDirect Facebook page
  2. Find our share of this blog post (which will be posted on Thursday August 21st at Noon) and re-share with a personalized message!

Rules For Entry (Pinterest)

  1. Go to our CraftDirect Pinterest page
  2. Go to the “Giveaways” board
  3. Repin the pin of this giveaway (it will be the first one listed on the giveaways board)

Rules For Entry (Twitter & Google+)

  1. Create a post or a tweet that includes the URL to this blog post:
  2. Add a personalized message about the cartridge
  3. THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT: Add the hashtag #soireeletteringcraftdirect to your post or we cannot track your entry.

Cards Made with Soirees Lettering Cartridgesoiree lettering Cartridge ideas

For both of these cards I used the NEW Cricut Soiree Lettering cartridge. Which by the way I think if I had time I seriously could have sat and played with this cartridge all day making cards. I really love the fonts! Ok so back to how to make these cards.

For the LOVE card for the base of the card I used Ashlyn’s Alphabet for the base of this card it was cut out at 6″ Love is cut out from the Anna Griffin Soiree Lettering cartridge at about 1.5″ the flowers are just some paper flower embellishments I had laying around. Then I added a little bit of bling using the Megan Elizabeth Sparkle Lightz. I also add a few of them at the bottom in the scallops. I really love how this card turned out!

For the second card it’s a smaller one that’s 4″ x 4″ and the Letters are .75″ which when I looked at this font, I just thought how pretty it would be just written on instead of cut out, so I used a blue metallic marker in the Cricut Explore to write on the black card. Then I tied a very simple ribbon around it and a little faux stitching and it was so super easy and quick, I am going to have to do more cards like these when I don’t have a lot of time.

I hope you have enjoyed these two cards and I can’t wait to see all your Anna Griffin Soiree Lettering Cartridge ideas! Please share them with me on Facebook or Paper Crafting Fanatics Google page, I love to be inspired by others. Be sure to save on Cricut cardstock and other material.

Happy creating and good luck!

Straight from the Nest Cricut Cartridge Ideas Part 2

Straight from the Nest Cricut Cartridge ideasby Richelle Naegle

Part 2 of 2 Part Series – Straight from the Nest Ideas Part 1

Hello! This last week has been so busy – schools are back in session around here so I had to get my son ready for 1st grade and all the craziness that comes with that. Remember to save on Explore Air machines here at CraftDirect.

So I haven’t had as much time as I like to craft. But that will change this weekend. I am so excited my sister is coming up and my kids are spending the weekend at grandma’s and it will be a nice long weekend of scrapbooking and crafting! So EXCITED can’t wait!

But in the meantime, I’ve been able to create a card with Cricut for my poor friend…this weekend she got hurt and knocked her two front teeth out. She had to have them put back in, so she is trying to recover for a few days and I wanted to make her something that will cheer her up a little. So I threw together this quick card so that she knows I’m thinking about her and hopefully to make her smile a little.

All the Details on this Straight From the Nest Card

To start with this card the overall size of the patterned cardstock is 6.5″ x 5″ so not quite a square card but also not a standard sized card either. This card was made using a few different cartridges, if you don’t have these cartridges you could find similar ones on a cartridge that you already have, such as the flower a lot of cartridges have beautiful flowers on them. Or if you have always wanted these cartridges we have them on sale right now so you can pick them up for a really great price. 🙂 For this card the flower is from the Straight from the Nest Cricut cartridge. It was cut out at 3″. The vines were cut out from Cindy Loo Cricut cartridge at 2.25″ and the background is from the Elegant Edges Cricut cartridge at 5.75″.

I love how it turned out! I hope she will as well. I know a lot of you have some great projects you have made using the Straight from the Nest Cricut cartridge Ideas, so share them with me on our Facebook page so I can see what you are making and be inspired by you. Also be sure to check back on Thursday. Save on classic Cricut cartridges online. You will also want to make sure you have fresh Cricut mats and Cricut blades, too.

Happy creating!

Pretty Pendants Cricut Cartridge Ideas

by Richelle Naegle

Pretty Pendents Cricut Cartridge Card

You can never tell the ones you love how much you love them enough, but Cricut can help you try. Sometimes giving them a beautiful card made from the heart is just what they may need. So even though this card reminds me a lot of Valentines, it’s definitely not a Valentine’s Day card, it’s just for one of them simple moments when you need to tell someone how much you love them. Although, it definitely would make a beautiful Valentine’s day card.

For this card I used the Pretty Pennants Cricut cartridge, and while this cartridge is intended to make large banners, you can also cut out the pendents smaller to make fun birthday cards or hay it’s a Friday card! 🙂 OK, I know that’s silly but you get my point. The overall size of the card is 4″ x 7″ and each of the pendents were cut out at 1.25″ Lots of was cut out using the Elegant Cake Art Font at 1″ and the word LOVE is from the BOHO Graphics Cricut cartridge, at 1″ as well. Added a little ribbon for the banner and a little bit of faux stitching and some Tim Holtz Distress Ink around the edges and you have an easy card that you could give anytime of the year.

Have you used the Pretty Pendants Cricut cartridge ideas to make any beautiful banners or cards? I would love to see them post them here on the Google+ Paper Crafting Fanatics page so that we can all be inspired by your wonderful creations. Can’t wait to see what you have made. Save on classic Cricut cartridges with CraftDirect, as well as paper by Provo Craft.

Happy creating!

CGull Embossing Folders Birthday Card

by Richelle NaegleCGull Happy Birthday Embossed Card

I am always looking for a quick way to make cards or scrapbook layouts. I don’t know about you but with kids and work and such I don’t have a lot of free time to make super crafty things all the time. One day while surfing around Pinterest to get inspired I came across this great Birthday Card that was just embossed and had a year on it. I’m not much of an embosser, really I need to do it more. I love the effect it gives but working in the printing industry for over 10 years I have this need for everything to have nice, dark, clean look. I really should let that go sometimes, but that’s what appeals to my eye the most. So when I emboss I think that I need to have that part of the image stand out more. I know that’s really not necessary! But this embossed card stood out to me so much.

CGull has made these great embossing folders that I absolutely love they are not like your standard embossing folder they have their own unique designs. One of my favorites is the Happy Birthday one and you could seriously could get away with just embossing some patterned paper and calling it good, but something inside me keeps me going. 🙂 So here is my version of that card.

I used the CGull Embossing Folders Birthday Card (all of their folders are 5″ x 7″) and embossed the image and then using my Tim Holtz distress ink by Ranger, I inked up the edges and lightly ran it over the top of the image so that everything that was raised would have a nice bold color. The 30 candle is from the Something to Celebrate Cricut cartridge and I cut it out at 2.25″. Add a little bit of brown ribbon to it and it was done. Total time spent making this card was about 10 min at the most. If you were in a huge rush you could do it quicker than that by not inking and you wouldn’t even have to put the age on the card.

I love how this card tuned out! I would love to see your super easy cards that you make! Share them with me leave me a comment on the blog with a link to your blog if you have one or share a picture with me on Facebook! In case you haven’t noticed, CGull and Cricut go great together, and you can save on both, here.

We should mention that CGull is well known for offering the best totes in the business. Check out our CGull tote bags.

Happy creating