Monthly Archives: February 2015

Introducing the New MINC Foil Applicator

introducing the new minc foil applicatorby Richelle Naegle

Update – the MINC system is here!!

Technically we are now allowing for pre-orders, but we do have 20 MINC machines in stock (and I don’t believe anybody else has machines yet). So first come, first serve. If you don’t get one of the first 20 machines, we hope to be fulfilling orders in early March. Unfortunately, we have to wait until March for the foil and other accessories, but the good news is that you get a MINC foil applicator w/ starter kit, so you have a sampling of all the necessary components to make a craft with your new machine, while you await access to the new Heidi Swapp reactive foil, and MINC accessories. Foil fusion is the future of crafting!

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At, we always try to keep you on the cutting edge of craft technology. Well, today I’m here to tell you about the next best thing, how you can incorporate it into your projects, and most importantly, you can check back here about availability updates (it’s coming soon, but we can’t yet make guarantees about when).

Heidi Swapp is a well-known name in the industry, and she has developed an incredible new foil fusion system. It is quite innovative and makes it easy to add a professional-looking element to your card-making projects. It’s called the Minc Foil Applicator, and as you’ve probably already guessed, it utilizes foil fusion as a medium for creating intricate and beautiful designs for scrapbook layouts, cards, decorations, and more.

As mentioned, product is not yet available. We were supposed to have it by now, but there have been delays (no one has it, yet) in distribution. We could have it very soon or we may have to wait weeks and weeks. To stay up to date, check our blog and our Facebook page.

What Is a MINC Foil Applicator?

I’ll get to that, but to get a good understanding it’s probably easiest to watch the video, courtesy of Heidi Swapp, herself:

The MINC machine is a foil applicator that allows you to create elegant foil designs. When you embellish with foil, you can make die cut shapes, or you can press custom foil designs onto paper and cardstock through a process called foil fusion. The reactive foil adheres to toner, so any image that is made with your laser printer will bond with the foil when it is processed with your MINC machine.

The basic steps for operating the MINC Foil Applicator that she touches on are:steps for using minc foil applicator

And that’s it. You’re all done and can enjoy your beautiful Minc foil creation. I’m sure you can find plenty of uses for this machine. I can’t wait to get my hands on one.

MINC Foil and Accessories

In addition to 11 different colors of Reactive foil (gold, rose gold, mint, green, blue, holographic, hot and light pink, red, silver, and teal), as well as bundles, will soon be offering:

  • MINC toner sheets
  • Transfer folders
  • Card sets
  • Tags
  • Dies
  • Home décor accessories
  • Party accessories

Keep in mind, we are bringing in the entire collection, so anything you want, we will have. Introducing the new MINC Foil Applicator into your crafting projects will surely get your creative juices flowing. Stay tuned for updates about MINC product availability. Don’t forget to save on Heidi Swapp paper while you’re here.

As always, happy creating!

How To Use Sizzix Thinlits – Card-Tri-Shutter

by Richelle Naeglecards1

I really love a lot of these new die cut cards that Sizzix has been putting out lately. They all have such unique shapes that make your cards stand out, without adding lots of extra work. These cards are great and you can make them without Sizzix dies, but trust me, they are so much easier when you don’t have to do all that measuring and calculating to make sure you are cutting and slicing and scoring in just the right places. For example, check out this Friends Forever Step Up card. I seriously can’t wait to get a hold of it. OK, so back to the project at hand, I used the Tri-Shutter Card from our friends at Sizzix.

There isn’t much to it, so you can quickly learn how to use Sizzix Thinlits. This Card, Tri Shutter set is super easy to manage. It comes with 10 dies, the most important being the card. That is the one that cuts your card shape, scores your fold lines, and gives your card all the right dimensions without taking a measurement. This set features a couple phrases, like “dream” and “beauty”, as well as shapes like the butterflies and flowers you see here. One convenience is that this card folds up easily so you can mail it. cards2Here are some tips for using the Thinlits dies:

  • To cut, all you must do is make a sandwich with your cutting pads and dies, if you are working with the standard platform. If you are using the Solo or Essentials platforms, you should use adapters.
  • To emboss, get your hands on the Impressions pad and sillicone rubber sheets, for best results.
  • To stencil, all you need is ink or chalk.:

You can find these Sizzix cut/emboss accessories at discount prices here at One of the beauties of Thinlits is that one pass through your embosser will usually get the job done.

I love how my project turned out and how easy it was to create. You could easily throw one of these cards together in a just a matter of a few minutes. Have you had a chance to look at all the NEW Sizzix dies that are coming out from Sizzix yet? You can pre-order them and as soon as they arrive you will be the first of our customers to receive these awesome new dies! Oh and did I mention when you purchase early you get a great price on these fun new products. So be sure to check back often for the newest releases from Sizzix. Also, we offer various brands of craft dies. Check them out and save on Sizzix machines, like the world-famous Big Shot.

Happy creating!

Fontastic Fonts Cricut Cartridge Ideas

fontastic font Cricut Cartridge

Order Fontastic Fonts within 24 hours of its release for a chance at a free CGull cartridge tote.

by Richelle Naegle

I am so excited for this fun new font cartridge, mostly because of all the creative options it gives me. The Fontastic Fonts Cricut cartridge is loaded with 7 new and creative fonts that give you several options to ensure you are set for a variety of occasions.

As you have probably noticed, Cricut has really been on a roll lately with all their new cartridge releases, and as usual, you can expect a great low price at

We are also giving away cartridge totes to 5 random winners who purchase the new cartridge from our site within 24 hours of its release today. Follow that link for a complete explanation of the promotion, which we will be running for most, if not all Cricut cartridge releases this year.

We would offer lower prices if we could, but we are required to charge a minimum on new releases, so since we can’t give you a lower price, the tote giveaway is another way in which we can show our appreciation to our customers.

My New Fontastic Fonts Cartridge Project:

Personally, I’m totally infatuated with the Doodles font, pictured below:

Fontastic Font Doodles FontAnd yes there are 6 other full fonts on this cartridge as well! When this cartridge came into the warehouse the other day, I was so excited to be able to make something with it. I dropped everything and went at it. It’s just one of those cartridges you know that you have to have! Valentine’s Day is coming up so I thought I should make some sort of home decor craft for the holiday. This quote comes from one of my favorite movies Sweet Home Alabama, and it works just perfect for Valentine’s Day as well. Fontastic Font Cricut Cartridge Ideas

The two fonts I used were both from the new Fontastic Font cartridge, the main one being Smitten, and the other font that I used for the word “Kiss” was the Doodles font! The heart is from the Disney Hannah Montana cartridge. I put this design on a small 6″ x 6″ tile using Cricut premium vinyl, which has a great gloss finish and it cuts really well in Cricut or Silhouette die cutting machines. Of course, Silhouette vinyl is awesome too.

I can already tell this is going to be my new go-to font cartridge. I can’t wait to make more projects with it. Are you ready to inspire me? I love to see everything you are creating! So post your projects using this new cartridge or your favorite cartridge, especially your Valentine’s Day projects, on our Paper Crafting Fanatics Google+ page, or on Facebook! Let’s keep the Fontastic Fonts Cricut cartridge Ideas coming so we can inspire each other!

Oh and don’t forget about our giveaway where you can win 1 of 5 CGull Cartridge totes just by buying this awesome cartridge you were already planning on getting.

Happy creating!

Cricut Cartridge Release – CGull Tote Giveaway

cgull tote

Buy your new Cricut cartridges here within 24 hours of release for a chance to win this cartridge tote

by Richelle Naegle

For the foreseeable future, we at CraftDirect plan on giving away a free CGull cartridge tote (regular price is $49.95) to 5 lucky winners every time a new Cricut cartridge is released. Starting Thursday February 5, 2015, we will be drawing 5 winners at random from the group of customers that bought the new cartridge within 24 hours of the release.

Entering the drawing is as easy as picking up a brand new Cricut cartridge. The trick is to stay on top of all the new cartridge releases, and that’s easy if you sign up for our weekly newsletter. Be aware that:

  • New cartridges are typically released on Thursdays at 12 pm MST. It’s not every Thursday, but it’s pretty frequently. If you missed the newsletter, you can check our social media, or come straight to and we will have information about the new cartridge on the home page.
  • Remember, you have to buy the cartridge within 24 hours of the release, so some time between 12 pm MST and Friday at 11:59 am MST.
  • 5 lucky winners will be surprised when they receive their free red CGull cartridge tote (a $49.95 value) with their new Cricut cartridge shipment.
  • If you win, make sure to share a selfie with your new tote on our Facebook page!

Leather CGull cartridge totes are the perfect companion to your Cricut cartridge collection. Each stylish tote can carry and store up to 72 Cricut cartridges so you will never misplace another cartridge again.

Be sure to keep checking back every Thursday in 2015 to see if a new cartridge is being released and good luck! We reserve the right to run a different promotion on any given release in 2015, but you can expect this to be pretty standard throughout the year. Check out the Ultimate machine tote, which can store you Cricute Explore Air, another machine, tools, embellishment, and all kinds of patterned paper.

Happy creating!