Monthly Archives: January 2018

February 2018 – Free Monthly SVG Design Downloads

It’s February, and we are so excited to have spring right around the corner, but before we get there we have Valentine’s Day crafts to take care of! Every month we offer our readers/customers free SVG design downloads created by Aaron Meyers. This month, we are pleased to bring you (2) card designs and (1) set of February-themed icons for your daily planner.

Before we get to the projects, we must explain how this all works. You use the SVG image files with an electronic cutting machine to cut your material (colored cardstock, vinyl, etc.) to make these fun designs. To download each file, all you have to do is scroll to the bottom of this post and click on the links. Here is our favorite design for this month’s selection:

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Valentine’s 2018 Paper Craft Projects

homemade love dog w/ balloon valentine's cardby Richelle Naegle

Valentine’s, or as I like to call it, the big heart day, is almost here. One of my new year’s resolutions is to stop being a paper craft slacker! This year, I am going to get my holiday crafts done early, starting with my Valentine’s paper craft projects. If you need some help meeting your goals, whether they are related to crafts or not, you should download our free SVG files.

Valentine’s Greeting Cards

For this first card, I used my Silhouette CAMEO 3. The overall size of the card is 4.25″ x 5.5″, and I found the cute puppy at the Silhouette Store. The design is called Love Dog w/ Balloon. I cut the image out at about 3.5″ tall, from the bottom of LOVE to the top of the heart balloon.

homemade sweet on you valentine's cardI went old school with my second card, and put away the CAMEO and grabbed my favorite manual die-cutter, the Big Shot. I made this design using the Sizzix Victorian Frame Bigz XL Die by Brenda Walton. I made a card out of it, but it would be excellent as a photo frame to decorate your fridge.

If you have Victoria Frame die, break it out and get going on a project. I forgot how much I liked it. It has been retired and is no longer available, but if you are looking for a frame die, I love this Staxables Frame Bigz Die that allows you to create interlocking photo frames.

After cutting your frame card, you just add whatever sentiment or die-cut shapes to decorate it the way you want it. That’s the beauty of die-cutting projects. No matter how many times you repeat a design, you can make it a little different in each case.

Valentine’s Layout

completed valentine's 2018 scrapbook layout

I also made the above scrapbook layout. I usually only take one picture on Valentine’s day, so I figure this simple layout will work just perfect! Sometimes making quick and easy designs is necessary. You can’t spend hours on every layout. When I want to make a fast project, I use a scrapbook kit. This particular collection kit is called Main Squeeze, by Crate Paper. There are matching paper and embellishments; the only struggle is the decision to about which ones to use, and which to leave aside.

Home Decorating Idea

completed valentine's 2018 home decorating idea

My last project is something I do every year. All you do is cut out hearts in a few different sizes and different colored paper; it’s a great way to get rid of extra scraps of paper. I write things I love about the person on the hearts; then I add stickers or other embellishments to them. I also found something on Pinterest that was similar to this, where you put a heart on your kid’s door every day, starting on February 1st through Valentine’s day. I thought it sounded like a great way to remind your kids (or your spouse) what you love about them. It’s a super easy and inexpensive way to spread the love!

I hope you have enjoyed these fun Valentine’s crafts. I would love to see what you have created for your loved ones. Share them with me on our Facebook page.

Happy creating!

January 2018 – Free Monthly SVG Design Downloads

Ready or not, it’s 2018! We are ready, which means we have new free downloadable SVG designs to get you on track for goals and good habits. Aaron Meyers created unique designs for (1) good habit forming chart, (1) resolutions chart, and (2) greeting cards. They work with electronic cutting machines, like the Silhouette CAMEO 3 and the Explore Air 2. All you have to do is upload the SVG files to your machine, load material, and then watch while your sophisticate machine does all the work. You can download the files from the links are at the bottom of this post. If you do not see the download links, it means you are reading the post within the blog feed and need to click on the article to reveal them.

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Sweet Sugarbelle Project: Cactus Cookie Cutters Set

cactus cookie cutter set components and boxAt CraftDirect, we’ve wanted to do a Sweet Sugarbelle cookie cutter project for quite some time, so I took the opportunity this Christmas break. I visited my nieces (ages 13 and 9) and nephew (age 4) in Georgia where it was bitter cold and gray, the type of weather that is perfect for cookie baking. Everyone was happy to participate, and we all had fun. The great thing about Sweet Sugarbelle is their products make it easy to create intricate sugar cookie designs using stencils and other helpful accessories.

Getting Started

Because I’m from Arizona, I thought the kids would like to get a little taste of the desert, so I selected the Cactus Cookie Cutter Set. It includes two cookie cutters, two templates, and two instruction cards. In addition to that, we used Disposable Piping Bags and a few household utensils, like butter knives and spatulas. Since we’ve been selling Sweet Sugarbelle, I’ve wondered what the templates look like. It turns out they are made of thin, clear plastic. You punch out the shapes to get the positive and the negative stencil: Continue reading “Sweet Sugarbelle Project: Cactus Cookie Cutters Set” »