Monthly Archives: March 2016

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!

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. We also have other brands for card making dies.

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. Nothing beats a cut and stamped design, so save on all our craft rubber stamps, too.

Happy creating!

Word Collage Cricut Cartridge Ideas

by Richelle NaegleSt. Patricks Day Craft Project

Unless your Irish, it’s fairly likely you do not decorate much for St. Patrick’s Day, but with just a little bit of crafting you could have a few fun little decorations to match the holiday. For example, check out this print I made and framed. This project easy, quick and cheap. The best kind of project! I used the Word Collage Cricut cartridge, which features great word collages for holidays as well as other themes you could decorate with year-round.

There are a couple ways you could go about making this project: you could cut the phrases out of craft paper and create a nice layered effect by gluing each letter down, but that would take a lot of work. I did it the easy way and made it with Cricut vinyl.

I used green vinyl and after the cut I took just a few minutes to weed out (my favorite weeding tool is in this CGull 12-piece tool kit – the kit refers to them as hook tools) all the excess material so that I could seamlessly transfer it onto a sheet of paper. Then simply slip the design into the frame and you’re all done!

Now that I think of it, you could also just apply the vinyl directly to the glass of the frame.

Pro tip: Make a print for Easter and re-use the frame. I’m just going to store both prints in the frame so I don’t lose the one I’m not displaying.

There you have it – a quick St. Patrick’s Day solution. If  you have any Word Collage Cricut cartridge ideas that you’d like to share, please do!  If you like making St. Patricks day crafts and you want to make a couple of easy and fun cards, be sure to download our free St. Patricks Day .SVG images! You can download them here and please share them with your crafty friends. Whether you need a new Cricut font cartridge, or are looking for a Cricut Explore Air machine, we have the best deals.

Happy creating!

March 2016 Free SVG Designs: St. Patty’s Day Card SVG’s, Calendar SVG’s

Wait until you see what we have in store for you with our free March .SVG downloads. Did you know that Easter is coming early this year? That’s right, it’s on March 27th, so don’t get caught by surprise – get your Easter card-making projects done early.

This month Aaron Meyers graces us with (2) St. Patty’s day cards, (2) Easter themed cards, and (1) calendar page design with (2) icons, one for each of the major holidays this month. Just use your favorite electronic cutting machine to create these designs out of your patterned paper.

We’ll start with this gem:

luck o' the irish design download

Find the .SVG files at the bottom of the page – if you are reading in the blog feed, click the blog post title to see downloads. This one is labeled Luck o’ the Irish.

st. patrick's day card design download

This is called St. Patrick’s Day.

easter card svg design downloads

The card on the left is Spring Chick and the one on the right is Happy Easter.

That does it for our cards for the month, so that just leaves the awesome calendar options Aaron created!

calendar-march-example

In addition to the March Calendar, you get an Easter Basket icon and make a fun 4-Leaf Clover for your calendar project with this Shamrock icon to complete your month.

Thanks for checking out the March downloads. Please share this post on social media, so your family and friends can take advantage of these free designs. Don’t forget to update your Explore Air 2 with new Cricut blades. Or get your CAMEO 3 set up with fresh Silhouette mats.