Monthly Archives: October 2016

Heidi Swapp Lightbox Project Ideas

by Richelle Naeglehappy-halloween-lighbox

Have you seen the fun, new Heidi Swapp Lightbox? It offers an easy way to create a marquee that matches the theme of the occasion at hand, like holidays, birthdays, or just for fun! There are background images, letters (in a variety of colors) so you can write what ever you want, phases and even fun icons. The white Lightbox comes with a cord, so you don’t have run it off batteries. You do have the option to use batteries if you prefer, though.

I made two different designs to demonstrate how simple and yet delightful this really is. I was nervous about not having enough of the right pink letter Lightbox inserts to spell out Happy Halloween. I only used one package and it did the trick. I also used the nifty Holiday-themed Lightbox Icons. By my count, there are at least two icons for each major holiday! Continue reading “Heidi Swapp Lightbox Project Ideas” »

Sizzix Village Manor Project Ideas

by Richelle Naeglevillage-manor-haunted

Do you love Tim Holtz Village dies? I sure do, and the more you look at these little buildings, the more you will discover ways to add your own unique modifications. The Village manor die set, for example, could be just a regular Victorian style home if you chose the right cardstock for the job, as opposed to making it a Halloween-themed haunted house. You could also use the Village surf shack die set and make it a love shack for Valentine’s day. Now that I think of it, I will probably do a Christmas twist on that beach theme (stay tuned). You get the idea. You don’t have to use the dies the way the designer intended them.

Since it’s Halloween, I decided to take on the Village Manor and make it a fun Halloween house. We don’t do scary Halloween at my house (yet), The kids are still small and don’t want to freak them out. I came up with a less haunted version of a haunted house!

The first thing to know about this house is you have to have the Village Dwelling die set for the foundation. You have to have this die in order to make any of the other houses, with the exception of the Village Brownstone. So if you want to make any of the houses, be sure to get the Village Dwelling dies, as well.

The most difficult part of making this house was picking out which patterned paper and colored cardstock to use! Isn’t that the truth about most craft projects, though? I have the hardest time deciding which paper to use. The body of this house is from a Simple Stories paper stackThe roof is a corrugated black paper, which was a great choice. It has a little bit of weight to it so that helps with the stability of the house.

I watched this Tim Holtz tutorial on How to make the Village Dwelling. Not only did he help to give me ideas of how to make the house nice and sturdy (hint: cut it out twice and glue them together – use any cheap paper for the interior). It’s a great tip and made the base of the house nice and sturdy without a lot of extra work.

After you get the house together, the rest of the building comes together quickly and easily! Then you decorate however you see fit: cobwebs, bats, whatever.

The fun part about this house is you can place a tea-light under the house and it glows. I tried taking pictures of it, but they didn’t turn out so well. I did find a tip online that suggested cutting out the roof of the house in the middle that way the light can shine all the way up to the top windows. I did that as well. It turned out cool and does make it so the lights shine thought the whole house.

I know you are dying to make one of these houses. So whichever you decide to create, share them with me on Facebook! I would love to see your Sizzix Village Manor Project Ideas! Save on all of our Sizzix dies, as well as Tim Holtz designs.

Check out our Sizzix Village Surf Shack project.

Happy Halloween creating!

Color Reveal Watercolor Projects – Crate Paper

watercolor heart projectby Richelle Naegle

There is a fun new product line from one of our favorite brands, Crate Paper. If you’ve ever wanted to decorate with watercolor, then you need to check out the Color Reveal collection. I am so excited about what I made.

I found out that these projects are both very fun and easy to do. It’s a great idea for arts and crafts time for kids. All you do is use a brush with the Color Reveal watercolor set to paint/color the backgrounds of the various designs from the same collection. There are dozens of different options to choose from.

The designs (panels, kits, etc.) have canvas backgrounds and gold foiled image (and most also have a white image on it as well). The foil will resist the watercolor, which is a pretty cool feature. You don’t have to be so careful with the detail aspect of these projects.

The pictured project is the Love Watercolor Heart Panel. My #1 tips is that you should be sure to use lots of water. You want to make sure the project is wet before you add the color to it. Follow the included instructions for more specific direction.

Watercolor Frame project - Color RevealI added multiple colors in order to give this heart a loud look. It took me nearly 15 minutes and after finishing I really wanted to do another one! You will want to grab a couple different designs, or you will regret having just one, like I did.

I think a project that would be really fun for kids is this Color Reveal Watercolor Frame (pictured to the left). A picture says a thousand words, especially a picture with a frame you decorated!

When you get yours done, I would love to see how it turned out. Please share them with me on instagram with the hashtag #craftdirect

Remember that we also carry Crate Paper cardstock and it’s wonderful. Happy creating!