Monthly Archives: December 2014

Valentine’s Day Cricut Cartridge Ideas (Part 1)

by Richelle Naegle

View part 2 of this 2 part blog post.

I hope that you all had a very Merry Christmas! I had a great Christmas, but I’m sure glad it’s over now 🙂 With all the craziness of the Holidays, you may have missed this fun NEW Exclusive Cartridge! I’m talking about the Valentine’s Day Cricut cartridge, and I am a huge fan. I loved back in the day, when Cricut was making the solution Holiday cartridges. I like having all the holiday images conveniently on one cartridge.

Valentine’s Day Cards

Valentines Day Cricut Cartridge Ideas- cardsI am so excited that I got to play with this cartridge. It’s definitely one of my favorite new release cartridges. I started out just making these two fun cards, but I then got carried away and I couldn’t stop! I’m sure I’m not the only one with this problem. These two cards are both 5” x 7” and I did two because I honestly couldn’t decide which image I preferred. I used the CGull Valentine’s Love embossing folder, and I inked both of them to add a little color and dimension to the card. The heart rose is Simple Stories paper cut out at 2.5”, the Love heart is cut out at 3”. Added a little bit of ribbon and some faux stitching around the edges. Super easy and quick cards that anyone would love to receive.

Valentine’s Day Banner

The banner was a little more work, only because it has more layers, but honestly not that hard to make! I used the Doily Heart at 5.25”. I wanted to be able to maximize a 12″ x 12″ sheet of paper (you could probably do it a little larger if you wanted to keep it on just the one sheet). Love was cut out at 4.25” with all of its layers.Valentines Day Cricut Cartridge ideas- BannerSide note: this cartridge has a special feature that if you are using it with the Explore Air machine you can turn on a drawing feature so it will add another level to your project. With the Love it added the little lines as well as drew the little hearts on. Just a little bonus for all the Explore users.

For this banner I just used some of the doily holes in the heart to string the ribbon though to create the banner, and then added some extra ribbon here and their. I absolutely love how it turned out, and yes I already have it hanging up with all my Christmas decorations it was just to cute to take off the wall.

I hope you were inspired today and I can’t wait to see some of the crafts you come up with using the Valentine’s Day Cricut cartridge. Ideas are always welcome on our Google + paper crafting fanatics page, as well as Facebook, or just leave a comment with a link to your blog so I can see what you have made. Be sure to get stocked up on Cricut blades so that your cuts are always precise, and while you’re at it, make sure you have fresh Cricut mats.

Happy creating!

Cricut Photo Booth Props Cartridge Giveaway

by Richelle Naegle

To celebrate today’s release of the new Bits & Pieces Cricut cartridge, is doing a giveaway! It’s a great new cartridge with so many options for images and layers it will make your head spin. There are literally 350 different design elements included in this one cartridge. Cricut has really been upping their game lately.

5 Lucky Cartridge WinnersBits & Pieces Cricut Cartridge

So what are we giving away? Oh yeah. I almost forgot. One of the most popular recent releases from Cricut is the Photo Booth Props cartridge. This one sold like crazy, so if you don’t already have it, you will love this giveaway. If you do have it, and win this giveaway we can talk to you about swapping it out.

Remember, it makes a great stocking-stuffer. We are giving away 5! So, be sure to enter the giveaway on the various social platforms, and you’ll have a decent chance of winning. Be sure to pick up the Bits and Pieces cartridge while the price is so low.

Entry will close Monday night at 11:59 pm and we will announce the winner the next day (Tuesday, December 16, 2014). Please claim your prize within a 14-day window or we may not hold it for you. So act fast, and remember, if you don’t win there will always be another giveaway coming up soon. Not to mention, you will still have access to a great price on the Photo Booth Props cartridge always here at

Rules for Entry


  1. Visit the CraftDirect Facebook page
  2. Find our sharing of this blog post (Thursday December 11th at Noon) and re-share with a message in your news feed


  1. Visit the CraftDirect Pinterest page
  2. Find the “Giveaways” board
  3. Re-pin the pin of this giveaway (should be the first one on giveaway board)

Twitter & Google+

  1. Write a post or a tweet that includes the URL to this new cartridge:
  2. Add your own unique message about the cartridge
  3. THIS IS IMPORTANT: Add the hashtag #bitsandpiecescraftdirect to your post or we cannot track your entry.

Save on all our Cricut cartridges. You can also save on material here, particularly Cricut paper, We R Memory Keepers paper, and all your favorites. Good luck and happy creating!

Christmas Card Ideas for Anna Griffin Cartridges

card made with Anna Griffin cartridges: winter wonderland and christmas kitschby Richelle Naegle

Christmas will be here so quickly and I haven’t even prepared my Christmas cards yet! I’m so behind this year, but it’s OK. Santa forgives slackers. I finally got started with this card, and I love the way it turned out. That’s usually the case when Anna Griffin and Cricut team up. They make such great designs together.

This card was made from two of my Cricut favorites: the Anna Griffin Winter Wonderland and Anna Griffin’s Christmas Kitsch. And if you haven’t seen them in action, let me just tell you these are instant classic cartridges for a reason. I love how the Winter wonderland cartridge has so many layers! Just for this snowflake alone, there are seven layers. That kind of functionality allows you to  add so much detail in your card-making projects.

Save on Christmas-themed cardstock!

This creation is a standard 4″ x 6″ card and the snowflakes were cut out at 5.75 inches using the Winter Wonderland cartridge, I didn’t use the shadow on the snowflakes, though, so only six of the colored scrapbook paper layers and three colors were involved, but you are welcome to use more if you want more colorful snowflakes. Then the phrase Merry Christmas is from the Christmas Kitsch cartridge, and it was cut out at 2.25 inches using the Cricut Explore.

In retrospect, this card took no time at all to make, and I had a lot of fun. I just need to make more time for this sort of thing. As I’m sure you know, it can be a great reliever of stress, and it always makes me feel good when a loved one appreciates the thoughtfulness I put into their hand-made greeting card.

Do you have any Anna Griffin Christmas cards you have created? She really has been on fire lately, with all the new design releases. I would love to see how you have put all her cartridges into action, so share links to them here, or post them on our Google+ or Facebook page! Be sure to check out all of our delightful Christmas Cricut cartridges.

Happy creating!