Monthly Archives: September 2016

October 2016 – Free Monthly Design Downloads

Fall is here and it’s time to get ready for Halloween! We have calendar updates, as well as cards so that you can get ready for this favorite holiday. As always, these free .svg design downloads feature the work of the talented Aaron Meyers. Please tell your friends all about these free downloads!

Scroll down to the bottom of this post to find the download links. Use the files with electronic electronic cutters to make these designs come to life with your favorite colored cardstock. If you don’t see the download links, it means you need to click on the blog post title. The links won’t appear in the feed. Here are the free October designs:

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Sesame Street Celebrations Cricut Cartridge Ideas

by Richelle Naegle
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Have you a chance to check out the NEW Sesame Street Celebrations Cricut cartridge yet? This cartridge is a must if you love Sesame Street or know someone who does. It is filled with all your favorites like Elmo, Cookie Monster, Oscar the Grouch, Abby Cadabby, and more! So today’s post is inspired by my favorite Sesame Street friends. Cookie Monster is my absolute favorite, followed by Elmo and then Oscar the Grouch. This is a simple 4″ x 6″ card and I cut these guys out at 3.5″ tall. I also had the Cricut Explore Air draw the phrase Monster Love on the inside of the card! grover

This second card features none other than Super Grover. I thought this one would be perfect for a little boys birthday card. This is a simple 4″ x 4″ card and Grover was cut out at 4″.

The best thing about the cartridge is there aren’t a whole bunch of tiny little pieces nor small cuts. You can see how well the Cricut Explore cut out all the hairs on his arms. The detail is great and it’s easy to achieve a high level of it.

If you need patterned paper for your project, you can save here with CraftDirect.com. We have all the Cricut tools, accessories and supplies you need for Cricut projects, including a huge selection of Cricut cartridges. We have a huge selection of different types of craft material, so you can get really creative.

Last, but definitely not least, we have the fun-loving Abby Cadabby. This card is also cut out at 4″ and Abby is cut out at 4.25″, I wanted to make her a little bigger than the card and I think it turned out great. Breaking the bounds can give your card so much personality.abby-caddaby

I love how these cards turned out and how easy they were to put together. When you need a fun card that is quick and easy, you should try the Sesame Street Celebrations Cricut cartridge. Ideas keep flowing and I can’t wait to see what I come up with next for my projects.

Pro tip: use your Explore machine to draw using Cricut pens.

When you get this cartridge, please take the time to share your projects with me on our Facebook page, or anywhere really. Grab some fresh, discount Cricut mats while you are here.

Happy creating!

Simple Stories Scrapbooking Projects

by Richelle Naegle

Sometimes simple is better! Especially when you have a lot of scrapbook pages to make because you are a couple years behind on your scrapbook albums, like I am. The Simple Stories collection kits are perfect for making quick and fun scrapbook layouts. These kits include stickers, cardstock elements, and some of them even have journaling cards, and element sheets. With all these matching components it makes album work super easy and quick! So grab one or a few of your favorite scrapbook kits and get started today. You can also choose from our awesome selection of Simple Stories paper. Just so you know, most of the Simple Stories kits are very limited in supply. Once they are gone, we may not be able to get more. So if you see one you love, you better grab it today.

For all of these layouts I made, the kits provided all the material. I used some solid printed material for the photo backdrops and the This to that adhesive value pack. I really like the adhesive runners in this value pack. It holds really well and also allows me wiggle room if I don’t place it perfectly the first time, I can easily pull it up and re-place it without damaging my page.

snow-page-layoutsToday I stared out with the fun Snow Patrol Collection Kit. This kit is perfect for your winter-themed scrapbook pages. It’s full of great colors that are bright and cheery but also represent the winter months very well. The Simple Stories kits work really well together you get 4 double sided sheets of paper and stickers, and element sheets so you can easily cut out extra embellishments. I love the snowman so much and there was only one, so I used a some small-tipped green CGull scissors and cut one out from one of the element sheets. I love how this layout came together quickly and easily!

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Next I used the Carpe Diem Collection Kit. This kit matches with the Carpe Diem planners collection but they do not have to be used together. I created this fun scrapbook layout that I am going to use for some of those random pictures that have no unifying them. Sometimes those random moments are the best memories.aloha-layout

This next layout was created using the You Are Here! Collection Kit. This layout is perfect for those fun photos of your tropical vacation or if you have a beach-themed party! The problem I had with this kit is I really wanted to make more pages, so if you had a big vacation and you’re using this kit, I would highly recommend grabbing two of them.
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Finally we have a fun birthday layout from the Let’s Party Collection Kit. This kit is so much fun with its bright colors and fun designs you can make some fun scrapbook layouts!

That’s it. I created all of these layouts in about an hour. I know some of you have created fun layout with these kits, so share them with me on our Facebook or Instagram pages! Be sure to hashtag #craftdirect so I can see what you have created. I can’t wait to enjoy all the fun pages you have designed.

Happy creating!

MINC Foil Projects

by Richelle Naegle

One of my favorite products to use is the MINC foil machine. I think this machine helps to add a lot of variety and creativity to my craft projects. I don’t always remember to get it out and use it, so I’ve made an extra effort lately to use it to its fullest. Heidi Swapp has come out with some great new products that make adding foil to anything quick and easy, without the use of a laser printer.paper1

paper2The first of these products is MINC Reactive paint. It works great for quickly adding foil to any place on your paper. I took a regular sheet (pictured to the right) of 6 x 6 paper and a small paint brush along with the reactive paint. Just squeeze a small amount onto a little piece of wax paper and simply paint where ever you want the foil to be. Then let the paint completely dry (in this case it took about 10 minutes). Pro tip: you can use your blow dryer to speed up the drying process.

Once it is completely dry, cover it with foil and run it though your machine. I would suggest using a different MINC transfer folder for this. If not, this project can compromise the next by leaving excess paint and foil on your machine. You can see with the picture to the left how some of the dots have foil on them. I love this helpful product. It will make it so much easier to add that little pop of foil to your next project.

Heidi Swapp also has the MINC toner pen, which is perfect for adding foil to something that you have handwritten, or for touching up a spot that your laser printer missed. We also have MINC reactive mist and you can see Heidi Swapp’s video here on the reactive mist. Watch the pro as she uses it so you can get creative and make beautiful projects with your MINC foil applicator.

Also you can foil your vinyl to create fun vinyl projects with more brilliance using your MINC foil applicator. If you missed the post on how easy this is to do, you can read it: How to Foil Your Vinyl Material!

pinwheelsI have a party coming up and I thought adding foil to these fun pinwheels would be a great idea. They have toner on both sides, which allowed me to add different colors and patterns.pinwheel up close My absolute favorite to make was the one using the houndstooth design with pink and gold ombre reactive foil. I have a close up of it to the right. I put blue on the back and the ombre design on the front. It gave it such a unique look!

You can also see I used some white reactive foil on these, which is always a very popular color. The white doesn’t have the same shimmer and shine that the rest of the foil colors do, but it does have a very beautiful finish.

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Next I created a fun Heidi Swapp Halloween banner using the MINC and the Pebbles Boo Banner, the Jumbo Striped Alphabet orange foil and a pack of the toner sheets. First, I cut out the fun little pumpkin from the Holiday Cakes Cricut cartridge at 3″ I cut the top layer using the toner sheets and then ran everything though the MINC machine with the MINC orange foil. I used my Crop-A-Dile tool to punch holes in the corners so that I could string up my banner. I love how this banner turned out! I can’t wait ’til October so I can put it back on the front door! christmas houses

house1Next I wanted to create something for (Heidi Swapp) Christmas and I absolutely love, love, love the MINC 3D Paper Village. For this project I only used the gold foil and the kit.house2 It was easy and no extra supplies were needed. I grouped my material and everything together, which made it easier to find everything I needed for each house during the project. These houses come with the 3D adhesive already adhered to them so it makes it super easy to just peel and stick them together. I found that the adhesive sticks really well and so you want to make sure you take your time and align them up before you stick them down. Once they are down they are down. Then add your stickers and you are done.

Note: this kit also comes with fun stickers like ribbons and wreaths that you could use to decorate your houses. So if you are going to use them make sure you have some green and red foil, and the best way to do that is to pick up our Christmas MINC foil bundle. This kit will also give you silver as well.

I hope you have enjoyed all these fun MINC projects. If I have inspired you to create something new with your MINC machine share them with me on our Instagram page and tag us with #craftdirect so we can see what you are creating!

Happy creating!

September 2016 – Free Monthly Design Downloads

Summer is coming to an end and Fall is quickly approaching us. That means an end to late nights in the backyard BBQ and more nights enjoying the colors of the leaves changing, football season, and of course more time to stay inside and craft! This month we have some fun new designs that the talented Aaron Meyers has created for us.

As always, these are free .svg downloads that you can use with your electronic electronic die cutters. The downloads are found at the bottom of the post. If you don’t see the download links it means you need to click on the blog post title so that you are no longer reading it in the feed. Use these files to cut Cricut vinyl, Silhouette heat transfer material, and so much more. The links will then be accessible. Here are the free September designs:

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