Monthly Archives: March 2016

Final 4 NCAA Tournament Update – Curio Giveaway

We are impressed by how many of our participants remain in the running. 12.5% of you are still alive in this tournament. Nobody picked Syracuse, though! They are the first 10 seed to ever make the Final 4, so it came as a surprise to everyone, even the most knowledgeable experts. Great job with your picks, everyone!

final 4 curio giveaway

Everyone listed here has won a 10% off coupon, so if you chose North Carolina, Villanova, or Oklahoma, contact us via Facebook private messaging and give us your email. We will reply to your email with the coupon code. Come back here next Tuesday (April 5th) to find out who the grand prize winners of the 3 Silhouette Curios are!

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Easter Paper Craft Projects: Layouts & Cards

by Richelle Naegleeaster layout classic

I consider myself to be a “cute” scrapbooker, meaning that I am drawn to designs you might refer to as adorable shapes and vibrant, bright colors, particularly pastels, which is why Easter is one of my favorite holidays. I think the fact that I have kids is one of the reasons I’m so partial to cute designs. When I’m making a layout for my boys, cute designs are typically better thematic matches for my photographs and memories. Or maybe I’m just a big kid at heart, either way I feel like I am #winning.

So for this first layout, I thought I would change the pace and go for a more classic look. The background for this layout is from the Elegant Edges Cricut cartridge. It only has the scallops on the one side, so I added two of them and welded them together. Dimensions = 11.25″ x 11.25″.

The circle doily is from the Edge to Edge Cricut cartridge and was cut out at 11″. The flower (4″) is cut from Kate’s ABCs, the final piece is the tag and it is is also 4″ and the Happy Easter was drawn on using the Cricut Explore. Just added a little bit of faux stitching and that’s it! I really enjoyed making this layout, and I just couldn’t stop there. I had to make myself something cute, too…happy ester layout

…so I went with this darling rabbit and made another fun Easter scrapbook layout. This one took a little more time than I’m used to. I started out with my Cricut machine, but then ended up using the Silhouette CAMEO, as well.

I just couldn’t find the perfect bunny on any Cricut cartridges (Cricut does have a lot of cute bunnies, though) and I when I was running through some Silhouette images, I immediately fixated on this little guy.

I guess that’s why some people own both electronic cutters – you get the best of both worlds! If you only have one or the other, no big deal, they are both great machines. You can make due with just one electronic die-cutting machine.

if you have access to Silhouette designs, they have some very cute eggs and Happy Easter phrases that you can use, or if you craft with Cricut, you can find a cute bunny to sub in (try the Create a Critters cartridges).

This layout has so many components, I thought a boring list of bullet points would be the best way to go over the details:

  • The Eggs: Easter Magic are cut at 3.75″ each
  • Happy Easter: Easter Magic at 3.00″
  • Bunny Backside: Is just made up of shapes Bum
  • Bum: 3.50″ circle
  • (2) Feet: 2.25″ oval
  • (6) Toes: 0.30″ circle
  • 12″ x 4″ stip
  • (3) 3.75″ squares
  • (3) 3.50″ squares
  • Bunny is 5.00″ and is called Bunny w/ Large Egg in the Silhouette Design store (his eyes are stamped).

Finally, I made a few quick cards that were mostly created with scraps of material! I always have small amounts of beautiful craft paper and it’s hard to find uses for them. Well, this is where you use those! These are all 4″ x 4″ cards. Various cartridges give you an option to cut blank cards or (Pro tip) you can just use a 4″ x 8″ rectangle, score it in half, and now you have a card.

When the machine comes into play, you need to attach the bunny, or egg, or whatever simple image you are using for the card so that when it cuts, you will be left with a silhouette of the image. If you are using the Cricut Explore, don’t forget to add a score line.IMG_1996

When I say simple image, I mean shapes without much detail. I used the Holiday Cakes Cricut cartridge for these cards. The bunnies are cut at 2.71″, Happy Easter at 2.30″,  and the Eggs at 3.35″.

Now for the fun and easy part! Gather all your tiny scraps we talked about and cut them into about 3.50″ lengths and whatever width you want (I didn’t measure mine – I just started cutting them out). Then, glue them to about a 3.50″ x 3.50″ square piece of paper. Get creative: you can overlap the materials or do whatever makes you happy!  Once you have the 3.50″ square filled up adhere to the inside cover of your card. That’s it! It’s seriously that easy!

After I made the first three cards, I couldn’t stop! So, I made a few more and added some fun easy embellishments to them. If you are looking for ways to add a little something extra, here are some of the easy quick embellishing ideas I include to make them stand out more:

  • emboss the card
  • emboss the strips
  • add some ink around the edges
  • Sparkle Lightz
  • faux stitching
  • buttons

You get the picture. You can add just a little bit to these cards and end up with a lot of character!

Happy Easter, Passover, and creating!

Sweet 16 NCAA Tournament Update – Curio Giveaway

march madness updateIt appears we have a lot of customers who are basketball fans – a whopping 52% of you are still in this thing. Great job with your picks!

There is still plenty more tournament to go, but everyone listed here has won a 5% off coupon, so congratulations are definitely in order.

Remember, if your team advances to the Final 4 you will also win a 10% off coupon (use the coupons for two separate purchases) and three grand prize winners will get the innovative and highly-coveted multipurpose craft platform, the Silhouette Curio! It’s an amazing Silhouette machine.

If you have advanced to the Sweet 16, please contact us via Facebook private messaging and tell us your email address. We will then send the coupon code to your email. You can use the coupon on anything we sell here at Come back here next Monday to find out who the Final 4 winners are!

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Sizzix Flip-its Card Project – Framelits Dies

by Richelle Naeglethanks ladybug flip its framelits card

Believe it or not, this is my first Flip-its card. I can’t believe I waited so long. Sizzix is on top of the craft world right now, as far as I can tell. For this project I chose the Scalloped Circle Flip-its card.We don’t currently have it in stock, but we do have the Circle Flip-its Card Framelits set, which is very similar. You really can’t go wrong with any Sizzix Framelits die sets.

I love Stephanie Barnard‘s designs. Her cards are extraordinary. She has new 3-D Drop-ins, as well as the Step-up cards which are my absolute favorite, though they take a bit of extra time to make. I don’t have a lot of extra time to craft and I need something that I can do quickly, so a Sizzix Flip-its project was a great choice.

It only took me about 20 minutes to make this card, which is about how long a normal layered card takes me.

I got a little creative and used white Sizzix leather for the top scalloped circle layer (we have all kinds of leather craft material). Cutting it out on with the Big Shot machine made it quick and easy. I had to dig deep into my stash to find an old Framelits w/ Stamps set by Stephanie Barnard to get this fun Ladybug shape and stamp (and also the stamped thanks). I think these elements helped make this card come together quite nicely!

Do you have some Flip-its card projects that you have created? I would love to see them. Share them with me on our Paper Crafting Fanatics page on Google+ or on Facebook! I can’t wait to see what you have created. We have one of the largest selections of Sizzix dies that you will find anywhere online, so save here.

Happy creating!

CHA 2016 – New Products from Sizzix (Part 2)

by Richelle Naegle

It’s almost time for the next big Sizzix release. And when I say big, I mean BIG! There are over 50 new Sizzix products coming out in the month of April, and I am super excited about it! Some of you may not have know this, but you can cut leather material with Big Shots. Now Sizzix is bringing you a line of leather jewelry-making supplies. If Jewlery sizzix 2you already have the Big Shot, all you need is the Movers & Shapers Shuttle (or some of the dies work with the Base Tray). If don’t already own a die-cutting/embossing machine, then I would suggest you get the Big Shot Jewelry Studio edition, which is compatible with all Sizzix dies and embossing folders, not just the jewelry collection.

sizzix leather stripsSo for starters we have 10 new choices in leather material. You have your choice of cow hide and lambskin, and there are 10 unique colors – Metallic Silver cowhide, Denim Lambskin, and even Pink cowhide! All these different leather strips measure 3″ x 9″. Combine these fun leathers together in layers for amazingly creative jewelry designs, just like in the picture you see below.

Jill Mackay

660589 imageJill MacKay is the designer behind this great new line of jewelry-making dies, and to start you off she has created a few fun bracelets in a variety of widths and patterns. My favorite is the Open Work Bracelet. I love the width and layered design on this one. She also has a few designs for necklaces – you can see see a few of them in the image above.

Beyond that, she also has stack pieces so you can cut these fun designs and stack them to create multi-layered projects. My absolute favorite is the Carnation Stack because I can’t wait to make that pink flower bracelet! Doesn’t it look stunning? big shot caddy

I will let you know how mine turns out. I haven’t made jewelry before, mostly because I felt intimidated by them, but Sizzix is making it look so easy. I guess we will see how that goes for me!

Finally, from Jill MacKay we have Findings, which are little metal pieces that you can use to enhance your jewelry with functionality and elegance. You can order the entire line of new Sizzix Jewelry by Jill MacKay right here!

Speaking of accessories! Now you can add a fun accessory to you Big Shot! Sizzix has released a Tool Caddy, which attaches to the side of your Big Shot machine, allowing you to store you accessories conveniently (pens, tape, and of course your color cutting pads, etc.).

This new accessory comes in Black tool caddy or White tool caddy , so you can choose your preferred color.

Tim HoltzTim Holtz

April is also the second release month for Tim Holtz! To the right is an image of some of the projects he created with his new dies.

Included in this release is a font Typo set that comes in both upper case as well as lower case options. There are three new embossing folders that have some of your favorite classic patterns:

Finally, we have some other fun dies from Tim, like the Gearhead Thinlits and the Dapper Bigz die! Oh, the fun you will have creating with these great new dies and folders! There have also been fun additions to the Tim Holtz Village collection.

Lori Whitlock

lori whitlockLast but definitely not least we have Lori Whitlock! She has such fun projects coming out in April. Starting with the Butterfly Lantern and For the Birds die sets – both are great for home decor, party decorations, or even treat boxes.

The Essential Mini Albums die set will allow you to easily create fun Mini albums for any occasion! Lori has many other new die sets that are coming out, so be sure to check out her new line! You’re going to love them!

Well that’s it for the April 2016 Sizzix release! Right now we have everything available for pre-order, so if you order now you will be sure to be among the first to receive this great new line of products! Remember to save on all your favorite Sizzix dies at CraftDirect.

Happy creating!