Monthly Archives: April 2017

May 2017 Free SVG Designs: Graduation Layout SVG, Mother Fox Card SVG

It’s hard to believe that summer is just around the corner, but before we get there we have a few important dates to celebrate. With Mother’s Day and Graduation fast approaching, Aaron Meyers focused his attention on creating craft art that celebrates these fun occasions. This month our free .SVG design downloads include two fun projects: (1) scrapbook layout, (1) card, and (1) layered floral design.

graduation 2017 scrapbook layout concept

This is the Graduation 2017 Layout. You can find the download link at the bottom of this post. If you do not see the link, it is because you are not reading the actual blog post, you are reading the summary in the blog feed. Click on the blog title to reveal the links. The cutting on this project can be a little tricky, but we have a blog post devoted to that. Check out the Graduation Scrapbook Layout Project.

In case you are unfamiliar with the process for crafting with .SVG files, you need an electronic cutting machine, like a Cricut Explore Air 2 or a Silhouette CAMEO 3. You upload the image file and it cuts the designs out of your material. Then you assemble all the layers to create your layouts or cards, or whatever you are making.

layered flowers and butterfly design concept

This is called Layered Flowers & Butterfly. You can put it on a card front or decorate your scrapbook pages with it. It will come in handy for any type of paper project, really.

mom fox mother's day card concept

This is the Mom Fox Mother’s Day Card. You may recognize it from our last blog post. Richelle highlighted it in her Mother’s Day 2017 projects.

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to tell your friends and fellow crafting friends that there are free .SVG downloads here. Please share your projects with us on social media and tag us! We hop you have a great Mother’s day and that it’s made even more special with fun crafts. Save on all your paper crafting supplies, including patterned cardstock.

Mother’s Day 2017 Craft Project Ideas

finished mother's day fox greeting cardby Richelle Naegle
Today I’m going to cover a few fun cards you can make for your special Mom. Some are super easy and some are more involved. Hopefully you have as much fun with your Mother’s Day 2017 craft project ideas as I did.

Let’s start with the intricate project first. This is a fun rectangular pop out card and I made it using The Cricut Explore Air 2 and one of our free SVG files. In case you don’t know, our in-house artist Aaron Meyers designs these and he creates a few new ones every month, available for free download. Also, there is an exclusive download every month, only available on the confirmation page after you make a purchase. Be sure to check back every month to see what’s new.

This is called Mom Fox Hug Card and if you scroll to the bottom of this post you will see a link that will take you to the .svg file so you can download it. In order to see the link, you need to be reading the actual post and not the summary in the blog feed. I used one of Lori Whitlock’s designs from the Silhouette Studio Library for the background of the card.

Mother’s Day Cards

Here are the other two cards I made. My goal was to keep it easy because that other one was a decent amount of work. Whenever I want to simplify things, I go with a Simple Stories paper collection.completed mother's day card ideas

These two cards are both from the Mom Collection Kit. I cut them out using my favorite American Crafts paper trimmer from American Crafts and then I attached them to a matching background (the kits make it easy; all the pages coordinate with the theme and stickers). Then use a folded sheet of paper to create your card base and use your favorite adhesive to attach everything together. I made these cards with the leftover material from my layout project:

Cricut Mother’s Day Layout

finished mother's day scrapbook layout ideaTo complete this layout, I used quite a few Cricut cartridges. If you don’t have all these, you can probably find suitable substitute images from the cartridges that you already own. For example, the flowers can be replaced. There are so many cartridges with flower designs.

For the base of the page, I used the Edge to Edge Cricut cartridge. I just made it as large as it would go, so it’s about 11.5″ x 11.5″. If you wanted to, you could mount it on a 12″ x 12″ sheet of paper for a perfect fit in your scrapbook or just leave it with a scalloped edge.

I used some pink ribbon and weaved it through the holes. Then tied it in a bow at the top. The flowers are from Nifty Fifties Cricut cartridge, except the long flower is from Stretch Your Imagination. You’re a Great Mom is from the Floral Embellished Cricut cartridge.

Happy Mother’s day and happy creating!

Sizzix Hipster Project Ideas (Video)

by Richelle Naegle

This year at CHA, when I first got to see the NEW Tim Holtz Hipster Dies & Stamps, I was totally in love! I was a huge fan of the Crazy Dogs & Cats but honestly, I like these ones even more. I would highly recommend buying on of our bundle deals on these. We have a few different choices, but my favorite is the Mini Cutter & Hipster Dies w/ Stamps Bundle because then you have everything you need (except the paper and ink) to complete these projects. I’ll discuss the other bundle options later in the post.

Long story short, I made a few cards so I’m sharing my Sizzix Hipster project ideas:

sizzix hipster project ideas - completed card designs

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Easter Scrapbook Layout Tutorial – Silhouette Project

by Richelle Naegle

This weekend I have been scrapbooking a lot and making many pages, trying to get caught up on life’s most recent events. Scrapbook pages can take a lot of time, and much of that time is wasted searching for matching cardstock and embellishments. I don’t enjoy spending my time doing this, and that’s why I so often go with Simple Stories Collection Kits! The 12″ x 12″ patterned cardstock sheets and included embellishments already match. Look what I made with the Easter Collection Kit:easter scrapbook layout tutorial completed design Continue reading “Easter Scrapbook Layout Tutorial – Silhouette Project” »

Anniversary Card Project Tutorial w/ Free Download

completed anniversary card project tutorialWe have a guest blogger today who is sharing an anniversary card project tutorial. The project design actually came from CraftDirect’s collection of free .SVG downloads, created by Aaron Meyers. Scroll to the bottom of the post to see the download link. Without further ado, we are happy to introduce Christi Steinbeck:

Hello CraftDirect readers! Christi here. I am stopping in to share with you a project I made with an SVG file I found on the blog here at CraftDirect. If you didn’t already know that they offer free .SVG files, you are really missing out. Use them with your electronic cutting machines and let the technology do the work for you. If you don’t have an electronic cutter, don’t worry; you can always fussy cut the design. The machine just makes it so much more easier.

I was browsing the blog, as I do monthly, when I found this super cute Valentine’s card called Be Mine Birds. I immediately thought, “what an awesome anniversary card it would make for my husband of soon to be 26 years”.

I got out my textured American Crafts cardstock, sized all my pieces to fit a 5″ x 7″ card, put the colors I wanted on my cutting mat and then cut out my pieces on my CAMEO. I like to ink my pieces to give them more depth and dimension. Once I finished my inking, I decided on a white card base and again used American Crafts Textured Cardstock for my card base. To make sure I have a nice crisp crease in my card, I use a CGull bone folder and I run it up and down the crease several times.

steps to creating anniversary card project

Next, I created my title Happy 26th Anniversary in the Silhouette Design Studio. I laid out all my pieces onto my card base to make sure everything fit exactly the way I would like them to, and then I glued them into place.

As you can see, just because a file was made for one situation doesn’t necessarily mean you have to restrict it to a certain theme. Be open-minded and explore the different opportunities that all the different cut files can give you. Mixing and matching them is so much fun and it gives your project a more original quality. You will find you will have a whole new world of cut files that you didn’t even know you had.

Get Creative with Your Anniversary Card Project

We’re well beyond the days of cartridges only, where you were limited to what you had on hand. SVG’s have really expanded the scrapbooking, vinyl, planner, and crafting world to a whole new level. I, for one, love waking up everyday wondering what I might discover in the SVG world and where it might take my scrapbooks and crafts.

If you don’t have a machine, you can find a good price on one here at CraftDirect. They carry the Silhouette CAMEO, Cricut Explore Air, and even the eclips2.

I hope you enjoyed this post. If you did, please come back and join me next month when I share another project. ‘Til next time,

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Project supplies included:

  • cutting mat
  • AC cardstock
  • Bone folder
  • Inks
  • Craft scissors if you are fussy cutting