Monthly Archives: January 2016

CHA 2016 – New Products from Sizzix

by Richelle Naegle

One of my favorite booths at CHA is always the Sizzix one. They have or the larger booths with open space and they share ides, demonstrations, and you can speak with designers. We have so many new Sizzix products coming out this year, I am only going to worry about January and February in this blog post. We will have all these products available for pre-order a few weeks early (prior to release), so you can be among the first to grab ’em!

January Releasesstamps bundle set

In January, we have the Sizzix stamp sets coming in. There are a total of 15 and most of them are shipping as I write! You can pre-order now and as soon as they arrive we will get them sent your way. You will love the new Sizzix dies.

Pictured to the right are a few ideas of some fun projects you can make using these stamps. My favorite is the Aloha stamp set designed by Jen Long. I love how it all perfectly coordinates together. Combine all the stamps in one project or use them individually. Jen is one of my favorite designers. I really like the projects I have made with her dies (more of those will be released in March!).partry lady sizzix

The other releases for January are from the Where Women Cook line by Jo Packham (pictured to the left). This collection offers some very creative projects and she showed them off with really fun examples.

My favorite are the Tiny Party Hats on the bottles and there were coordinating designs on the cupcake wrappers, both from the Cupcake Wrappers die set. So if you love to throw parties, this is the line for you. All of these Jo Packham designs are currently in-stock and shipping so you don’t have to wait.

February Releases

February will bring us exciting products from a collection of our most popular designers: Tim Holtz, Stephanie Barnard, and Sharyn Sowell. We have some unique and interesting products in store for you.

Crazy Birds

Firs661182t, from Tim Holtz (by far our most popular designer) we have a bunch of new phrase dies coming out: Calendar Words and Daily Words (2 styles of each). Other die sets include Doilies & Lace, Mixed Media #2, and Stitched Ovals, but my absolute favorite from this release is the Detailed Butterflies Thinlits set (pictured to the right). I just think these designs are so beautiful!

The biggest news from Tim Holtz was definitely his release of the Mini Bird Crazy & Things die set and there is a Stampers Anonymous Mini Bird Crazy & Things stamp set. Both will be arriving very soon and you can pre-order our exclusive Mini Bird Crazy bundle deal! The birds range from 1-7/8″ to 2″ tall and 1-1/2″ to 1-3/4″ wide and this time the “Crazy Things” (bird accessories) are included with them. These sets are sure to be a huge hit and we will do our part to keep them in-stock, but there are no guarantees. Pre-order now and we promise to send them out as quickly as we get them in! Check out all of our Tim Holtz Crazy supplies.

Stephanie cards

cute as a bugNext, we have Stephanie Barnard and if you love her Flip-t, Step-up, and 3-D Drop-ins, then you are going to love this new release! Pictured to the right is the Cute-As-A-Bug Framelits card (it also has the phrase Girl so you can make this adorable card for either gender). Her new 3-D Drop-ins include You are Awesome, Thank You, and Thinking of You (all three are Thinlits). She also has Flower Basket, a Scallop Circle Stand-Ups card, and a few other that you will love. These will be available for Pre-Order the first part of February!

Lastly, Sharyn Sowell has some great designs to look forward to. I had the opportunity to speak with her twice. She told me all about how she became a designer for Sizzix, her creative process, and her inspiration. When she is designing, she cuts everything out with a pair of scissors. She simply takes a white piece of paper and starts cutting. The first time I chatted with her, she cut out my profile while I was just standing there. She does amazing work!

With her designs, she tries to create dies that can be used in multiple ways. For example, you can slightly tweak the cuts and make big changes to the design. A couple of her new creations that I am especially excited for are the (1) Utensil Wrapper (yes, you can really fit a couple utensils in it). What a fun way to decorate for a party. and a fun basket that will be perfect for Easter. The (2) other design is the Rose Lace Gatefold that you put in an invitation to create a coordinated party theme.

More to Come

Shiney carI promise you won’t want to miss the March and April releases, so check back soon for that post. Jen Long (you are going to LOVE her new stuff), Tim Holtz, who has a new Crazy coming soon, Lori Whitlock, Brenda Walton, and Jill MacKay. Just a quick preview I can’t keep to myself, but you can make jewelry with your Big Shot system! I can’t wait to share all the fun releases from this product line. It is one of my favorite new releases from anyone this year!

Just for fun, this has nothing to do with product, but it was so fun and cool, I wanted to share it with you! This car was completely covered in craft bling! It was super awesome! I wish I would have kept the flyer from this to tell you how many gems she glued to the car – by hand – one at a time! So crazy.

I will have another post next week with the new We R Memory Keepers products that are coming out! Let me know what new Sizzix products you are most excited about.

Happy creating!

February 2016 – Free Monthly Design Downloads

For our free February design downloads, Aaron created 3 different greeting cards with Valentine’s Day themes, as well as a new calendar design with two heart icons. All of the files are .SVG so they will work with your Explore machines, CAMEOs, etc. Welcome to the future of paper crafting. No need for clunky cartridges anymore. Everything is digital!

We’ll start with this one, because everybody loves cards with critters on them:

love birds card design download

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Valentine’s Day Layout – Create A Critter Cricut Cartridge Ideas

by Richelle Naegle

The classic Create a Critter has to be by far one of the most popular Cricut cartridges we have ever had and if you have this cartridge, I’m sure you will agree with me that it is a must have. Who doesn’t love cute little animals?! Today, I decided to make a fun Valentine layout project. I came up with these designs and I think they would look good together or as standalone pages. Both pages are simple to put together and won’t take very much time at all.valentines layout

The layout pictured on the left has 4 slots for 2.5″ x 2.5″ pictures, so you will need (4) colored cardstock squares cut to 2.75″ and for two of them I put a second background layer, so you would need (2) 3″ x 3″ and then a spot for a 5″ x 7″ photo. I did my frames with the same .25″ border all the way around. You would need one to be 5.25″ x 7.25″ and then a 5.5″ x 7.5″ rectangle. The heart was cut out at 1.75″ and the ladybug at 1.3″. If you are looking for quicker projects, the Cricut Explore Air 2 cuts super fast!

The layout pictured on the right has two photo slots both for a 4″ x 6″ photo with a .25″ border (keep in mind that one of them has a double border). Then the ladybug was cut out at 5.75″ and the postage Love stamp in the corner is at 1.33″.

Share with me your Valentine’s Day scrapbook layouts! I would love to see what you are creating. It doesn’t matter if it’s a Create a Critter Cricut cartridge idea or not I just want to see what your Valentine’s scrapbook layouts. Share them on our Instagram! Yes, we are now on Instagram @craft_direct and would love for you to share your creativity with us!

Keeping your supplies up to date will ensure more precise projects. Save on fresh Cricut mats online at CraftDirect.

Happy creating!

CHA 2016 – New Products from Becky Higgins Project Life

by Richelle NaegleBecky Higgins Richelle & katlyn

This last weekend I got the opportunity to attend the CHA (Craft and Hobby Association) show in Anaheim, CA. This is the biggest crafting show of the year and it’s where we get a preview of the all the new products coming out (in the next 6 months). We also get lots of info about the hottest products of the year, what’s trending, and then from all that, we (CraftDirect) decide what new products we’re bringing in.

We had so much fun this year and normally I don’t take pictures, but this year I took lots. It was a good time to bring the camera, because I met a lot of my favorite designers and crafters. Pictured to the right in the middle is Becky Higgins (the designer and master mind behind Project Life). She talked to Katlyn and I about all her exciting new product lines for 2016.

cardsHere are two of the new Core kits, the first is the Wander Edition, which will help you to capture the fun of all your travels and adventures. It’s filled with bright and fun cards that encourage you to live in the moment and enjoy everything around you.

cardsThe second is Wonderful Edition and it offers cards with positive quotes, that are lighthearted and inspiring. With hand-drawn lettering, this collection will give your scrapbook that personalized look without the extra work. We are bringing in a few additional Core kits: Currently Edition, Explore Edition, and the Everyday Edition.  380628_PL_ThisandThat_ValueKit_PKG

Finally we have New Value Kits. These card kits are the perfect way to add a little variety to your scrapbook. Above are pictured the two newest ones that have been released. With their being so popular, they have a few more coming out: Lucky Charm, Note to Self, Good Times, Be Fearless, Screen Printed Transparencies, High Five Edition (they are foiled & Die Cut) and my personal favorite the Inspire Edition (this set has stitching on the cards – no sewing machine required)! Most of these sets are scheduled to be released in March of 2016. You will love our selection of Project Life kits.

Now mind you this was only one of the many new products that we have coming in. I have lots more to tell you about. Next will be NEW products from Sizzix.

Happy creating!

All Occasions Box Cards Cricut Cartridge Ideas

by Richelle Naegle

See part 2 of this post.

It’s been awhile since Cricut has released a new cartridge, but they started out 2016 with a great new option. The All Occasion Box Card Cricut cartridge offers you wide application for a series of events.Cricut all occasions box cards finished projects

I just moved and my craft room isn’t in decent shape, yet. Nevertheless, I chose to get out my Explore system, grabbed some cardstock, glue, and got to work. Who wants to organize a room when there are new card designs to make? Unfortunately, this meant I didn’t have all my favorite patterned cardstock at my disposal and I went with plain solids.

It’s OK, because I have 28 designs left to try, so I can get more creative with my paper later.

I made the Sending Love card and Thank You card. I love owls (you probably knew that). I sized both of the cards to 16″ width using the explore studio. This left me with cards, that when flattened are about 4″ x 4″. They are pretty small. You may want to make them larger – choose your own destiny.Starting Pieces

To start I will give you all the tips I would have found useful prior to starting:

  • Use your Explore scoring stylus
  • Fold everything before you start gluing things down. For the parts like the plane and clouds, the middle section is actually on the back side. If you glue first you will have to re-do them – I can tell you from experience.
  • If you want to do the stitching or add stickles, etc., I would do it before you glue the card together. It’s not easy to add after the fact, when you have this type of card.

Here is a view of my pile of cut-out shapes. It may look intimidating but believe me, once you get started, it’s not so complicated.Step 2

Please forgive me, I took pictures all along the way, but some are of the Thank You design and some are of the Sending Love, meaning there is a little inconsistency in the images (but I bet you can figure it out). The cards are similar, so once you do one, the other will be a breeze.

I started here and folded along all the score marks, going back and forth. I started with the back image, so on the Thank You  (below) the owl is in the back, and then I worked my way around.

The owl is in the back, the branch is the middle (so this will reveal the back of your paper), and then the hearts in the front. Now you can see where everything starts to glue together for this section!

If you’re going to add extra faux stitching, this is when you would add it (or embellishments or anything I would adhere them at this point).

Then you should fold the box together (and this actually is super easy and goes together quickly). I recommend using a good adhesive tape for this part, just to make sure it holds together well. When the box is all-together, you can see where the first section is inserted.Ste

Now you are ready to glue your pieces together. Here is a photo of where I put the glue – it’s the places that touch the the box. This enables the card to fold, which is pivotal if you are mailing it or wanted it to fit it inside an envelope.

glue spots

Here is a view from the top of how it looks. As you can see, I also used a foam dot between the cloud so that it would stand out a little more than the rest.

That’s it! You are done.view from above

Like I said, I was intimated by this cartridge after I cut out all the pieces, but in the end it wasn’t that problematic. So when you get your cartridge just go for it and have some fun, then share your designs with me on our Instagram, Facebook or Google +. I can’t wait to see what All Occasions Box Cards Cricut cartridge ideas you come up with. Remember to always have an extra Cricut machine blade on hand in case yours dulls.

Happy Creating, and don’t forget to download our 2016 calendar.