Monthly Archives: December 2015

Craft Calendar – Free .SVG Calendar Download (SVG)

Merry Christmas Eve, everyone! You’ll be happy to know that CraftDirect.com got you a gift this year. Getting organized is easier when you include an element of fun, which is why we have come up with a crafty calendar, available for free download every month! The designs will work with a number of electronic cutting machines (Explore, CAMEO, etc.) because they are in .SVG file format.

Please feel free to share this gift with your friends on Facebook.

To kick things off, Aaron Meyers designed a January calendar (of course), as well as a birthday cake icon and a cupcake icon. Every month we will be releasing new calendars and icons to fit the themes and events of the season.

New additions to the calendar will be included in our monthly Design Downloads. To download January’s designs, scroll to the bottom of this post for the links. Here is the concept:

craft calendar design - january

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Heidi Swapp Star Lanterns: How to and Review

by Richelle Naegle

This is one of the easiest home decor solutions. Check out the Heidi Swapp Star Lanterns. These fun, starry decorations are not only inexpensive, but they are so easy to assemble.

paper star lanterns completed

They can be used with or without the lights. I should note, the lights come in blue, green, red, orange, and white. They are not included with the star lantern, so you can choose your own preferred color if you decide to light it up.

Here is what it looks like straight out of the package. You will want to fan the points out a little bit and on the light pull out the white tab on the light (save the tab you can  put it back in it to save your battery).

step1

Second attach the light to the rope hanger of the star. The light has a thin string to make it easy to attach the light.step2

Last, pull the string tighter while gently pulling up on the star to help it get into shape. You can also ‘fluff” your star by gently squeezing the edges to make the star more full. Sometimes the small points get a little stuck together.step3

Some of the star lanterns have eight points, and to me, they look more like a snowflake than a star. When you add lights to these lanterns, they are the perfect decoration in dark rooms and outdoors.

I love the Heidi Swapp Star Lanterns and can’t wait to use them for my next outdoor party! They will work for any occasion, so get creative. If you find that you love her home decor projects, you will want to check out the following, as well:

Happy creating!

January 2016 – Free Monthly Design Downloads

We are kicking the new year off early here at CraftDirect.com!

We figured you’d like to have the New Year’s themed card designs before the new year, so you can get together with friends and relatives over the Christmas holiday and make them come to life – just in time for 2016! Use your favorite personal cutting machine to bring these projects to life.

This month we have two wonderful card designs for free download (scroll down to the end of the post for the links). Aaron Meyers (our designer) captured the spirit of the new year and you will love the way your projects turn out. If you have the time, please share this blog post on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or whatever your preferred social media platform may be.

happy new year design concept

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Craft Retreat Games

by Richelle Naegle

I don’t know about you, but I love to attend scrapbook retreats. Around these parts we just refer to it as “craft day”. Generally we meet at the host’s house, we bring our craft materials, we swap ideas, we eat a lot of delicious food, and most importantly, we get to enjoy each other’s company. Craft retreat games always make for a fun time.

Twice a year we do a whole girls’ weekend! NO husbands, NO kids, just a fun weekend of crafting! Generally speaking, everyone comes to scrapbook, but we often have people sewing, painting, etc. The next craft retreat is at my house and so I thought it might be fun to play games that fit the theme of the event. Here are a few that I found for us to play:

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Jolly Holidays Cricut Cartridge Ideas

page 1 elf jolly holidays cartridge by Richelle Naegle

In preparation for the Christmas season, I haven’t had much time to craft. Today I found little bit of time to create and decided to make a fun scrapbook layout. I was searching high and low for the right images when I found these cute little elves. They grabbed my attention because my friend’s little was telling me a story yesterday, about how he is in fact Santa’s helper elf and his job is to ensure that everyone (even naughty boys) gets a gift for Christmas.

What a sweet little boy! I just had to make him his very own elf layout so he can always remember his fun adventures being Santa’s helper.

The elf shapes come from the Jolly Holidays Cricut cartridge. The phrase Santa’s Helper is from the Create a Friend Cricut cartridge. The elf sizes are as follows: the one on the rocking horse is 6.2″, the one with the lights is 5.42″ and the one with the wagon is 5.9″. Santa’s Helper is cut out at 3.45″.

We have lots of different Christmas Cricut cartridges to choose from, so if you don’t have Jolly Holidays, you can find it here or go with a substitute.

I added a bunch of photo box sizes around the pages for variety in photo dimensions. To help give the page a little extra bling, I used Tim Holtz Ice Stickles from Ranger in Christmas Red & Diamond (onpage 2 elf jolly holidays cricut the snow, the balls of the elves hats, etc.). The paper stack is from the Doodlebug Sugarplums collection.

This layout was super easy but did take some time to cut everything out and glue it all together. I love how it turned out and I can’t wait to see his cute little pictures on display. This cartridge has been out for quite some time, but it’s new to us. It used to be an exclusive cartridge, so if you haven’t had a chance to get a hold of this one yet, you may want to grab it while you still can. This cartridge won’t last very long.

If you do have it I would love to see what you have created share your Jolly Holidays Cricut cartridge ideas with me on our Google + Paper Crafting Fanatics page, or on Facebook. I can’t wait to see what you have created. Don’t forget to save on Christmas scrapbook paper while you’re here.

Happy Christmas creating!