Monthly Archives: January 2017

CHA 2017 – New Products from Sizzix

bouquet of flowers made with SizzixBy Richelle Naegle

I’m super excited to be going to CHA this year again (it actually started today)! It’s a great time to see what new products are coming out in 2017. Of course, one of my favorite booths to visit is always the Sizzix booth, largely because Sizzix dies are the best in the world.

Sizzix offers lots of great products from all your favorite designers that you have come to know and love, such as Jen Long, Stephanie Barnard, Lori Whitlock, and so many more.

This year, Sizzix is also partnering with newcomer David Tutera (watch for his line that is being released in March which we will have up and ready for pre-sell in February). So don’t miss out on his new dies, stamps, and he even has some kits that will make it super easy to create beautiful wreaths, planners, bouquets (pictured, top right), and boutonnieres.

February 2017 Sizzix Releases

sizzix village landscape trees and cactiAs for products that are available now (for pre-sell, anyway), we have Tim Holtz leading the way:

If you have incorporated the Sizzix Village collection in your projects, then you will love the addition of the trees and cacti to your arsenal.

If you are a big Tim Holtz fan, then you will be glad to hear that he has new releases for March and April, too. In March look for some awesome cityscapes that will allow you to add a more modern and industrial feel to your projects. In April, we’ll have Pondering Word dies, as well as a Bigz Lantern Box, a few embossing folders, and more.

From Stephanie Barnard we have more Drop-In cards dies and a Trees Step-Ups card (below). These cards feature Birthday’s, banners, Thank You’s and more! Here is a sample of a couple of her New Sizzix cards!

completed sizziz trees step-ups card

Finally, from Jen Long we have new dies, card projects (like the pictured Cactus Fold-A-Long), coloring cards and a coloring book (Mini Motivationals Sendables) all with the In Bloom theme. I am most excited about the Fold-A-Long card!

completed sizzix cactus fold-a-long card
Be sure to check back soon for more about Sizzix releases! Save on Sizzix machines, like the Vagabond and the Big Shot. For all the cutting pads, platforms, and other products that will make your projects go smoothly, we have great deals on our Sizzix accessories.

Happy creating!

Valentine’s Projects: Print and T-Shirt Design Download

gallery print made for valentine's dayBy Richelle Naegle

Man, I am on really on track for my Valentine’s crafts this year. I usually wait until the last minute. This week I wanted to make something new to decorate my house, so I came up with this fun, romantic print (pictured to the right).
For the lettering and the border, I used Cricut foil. This material works just the same as regular Cricut vinyl, but it gives your project a little extra shine! I found this wording in the Silhouette Store, it’s called Love You Still – Vinyl Phrase.

If you are having trouble reading the image, it says “Loved you yesterday, love you still. Always have, always will.” I cut this phrase out at approximately 8.5″ x 9.25″  to fit on my 9″ x 1″ painted board.

I love how it turned out and how quick and easy it was to make with my CAMEO 3. The real delight is in framing it and hanging it in my entryway to match the holiday season. It’s so fun to be festive with your crafts for every holiday,

My second Valentine’s project today is a t-shirt. Every year I slack on my projects and end up buying my kid’s a t-shirt at the store (they are growing so fast, last year’s shirt won’t work). Not this year! I made one for each of them.

t-shirt design all you need is loveI actually made this All You Need is Love design and you can download the free .SVG file at the bottom of this post (you won’t see the file download if you are reading this post in the feed; click on the post title).

I used the White Iron-on as well as the Red foil Iron-on. I actually thought it would be better to use a sheet from a sampler pack, because they are smaller and the heart shape is small (so I went with the Bejeweled Sampler Metallic Adhesive Foil Material). Now instead of having just extra red to play with, I have burnt copper, blue, teal, and purple to use on future projects. Save on all of our Cricut Iron-on material.

I hope you have enjoyed these Valentine Foil Projects. Please inspire us with your paper and fabric craft projects and share them with me on our Instagram page and tag us with @craft_direct so we can see what you have made.

Check this out for a helpful tutorial infographic on how to do heat transfer projects.

Happy creating!

Cricut Valentine’s Day Craft Projects

by Richelle Naeglevalentine's layout made with Sweetheart Cricut cartridge

I know it’s only January, but before you know it, Valentine’s Day will be here. I’m getting started a little early and the paper crafter inside of me is OK with that. Today, I made a scrapbook layout and a greeting card.

Note: If you are looking for more Valentine’s themed inspiration, check out our Sizzix Village Surf Shack project from a week ago, or scroll through our older Valentine’s posts.

For the layout, I made a 12 x 12 design using designer cardstock. Normally, I don’t like to do just one picture alone for an entire scrapbook page, but in this case I made an exception. We are going to capture our love with a group photo on this layout.

I used the Sweetheart Cricut Cartridge to make the balloon heart bouquet and this was a great opportunity to get rid of some leftover paper scraps. I didn’t want paper strings, so I used ribbon instead. I think it gives the page more depth, personally. The our love and the hearts shapes along the bottom come from the Love Photolights Rub Ons set. This layout is super easy and quick to make.

valentine's day card with xoxoxoMy second project was this fun little Valentine’s card. I just used a simple heart design and made it over and over in different sizes. Really, you can use any cartridge that has a heart on it. The card is 5″ x 7″ and after I scored it, I cut 1″ off the front panel so that when I added the hearts to the edge they didn’t stick out much further than the 5″ width. The Cricut Explore Air 2 is awesome because it cuts and scores so quickly and with its dual carriage, you can simultaneously cut and score (just make sure you have a Cricut cutting blade and Explore scoring tip attached).

I cut out a few 2″ hearts as well as a few 1.5″ hearts. Then just randomly assemble them on the side. I added a little bit of ribbon and the XOXOXO comes from the rub-ons set.

In total, this card only took about 10 minutes to make. If you are looking for a super easy and quick Valentine’s day card, this one will work perfectly!

Have you made any Valentines Day craft projects with Cricut cartridges, yet? I would love to see what you have created and I’d love to hear about how you came up with it. Please share them with me on Facebook! Save on Colored cardstock or get a new Cricut mat for your machine.

Happy creating!