Richelle Naegle

Richelle has been working for CraftDirect since 2013 and she's been crafting much longer than that. She's done so many projects and blogged about them, you could spend the rest of your week reading her posts. Enjoy!

  1. Christmas Foil Quill Ideas

    by Richelle Hallman I know it's early to talk about Christmas but now is a great time to get started on your holiday cards. Because We R Foil Quill is so dang popular, we thought we'd share a few Christmas Foil Quill ideas. We have the super cool and exclusive Christmas Foil Quill Card Making Kit, which includes: (1) exclusive Christmas USB with 100 SVG designs (5) of each gold, silver, green & red foil sheets (10) of each red & gold bows (20) white envelopes (5) of each red, green, vanilla, black cards (5) of each red, green, vanilla, & black cardstock sheets (1) card storage box Everything comes in the beautiful card storage box, so after you create your holiday cards you have a place to keep them safe until you're ready to send them out. The Christmas USB has images that you will only find in this specific kit. It's full of fun Christmas images like Santa, wreaths, snowflakes, and backgrounds for your cards. The USB also comes with classic phrases such as Joy to the World, and of course Merry Christmas. The only things you need that don't come with this kit are the Foil Quill pens, so make sure you grab a few if you don't already have them (try this All-in-One Kit). Continue reading →
  2. Simple Stories Club Kit Projects

    by Richelle Hallman Here at CraftDirect.com, we are always looking for new and fun ways to make art projects easier. We love to help our customers get their creative juices flowing. In order to continue this tradition, we are now bringing in popular new Club Kits. In case you haven't heard of them, these fancy paper crafting sets made from materials by popular brands like Simple Stories. They are designed to give you everything you need to make a specific project, including instructions. For a quick example of Simple Stories Club Kit projects, check out this Christmas album I made: country christmas snap album club kit project completed The underlying idea behind club kits is that they streamline the process, but also allow you the flexibility to personalize each project as you see fit (choose your own finishing touches by incorporating whatever scrapbooking supplies you have on hand). Not only do club kits make craft time easier to manage, but you might also learn a new technique or two. Continue reading →
  3. Sizzix Chapter 3 2019 Release - Halloween & Christmas Dies

    halloween tag made using the frightful things thinlits die set by Richelle Naegle Have you had a chance to check out the NEW Sizzix Chapter 3 2019 release yet? If not, then now is your chance. This is the release you have been waiting for all year! If you like Tim Holtz, as every crafter does, then you will love these Halloween and Christmas projects. These dies aren't guaranteed to be around for long, so if you are in love with any or all of them, I would suggest you grab them now before they are gone! Since Halloween is coming soon, let's start with your favorite fall holiday first. Continue reading →
  4. Graphic 45 Magic of Oz Projects

    pockets with inserts graphic 45 magic of oz projects completedby Richelle Naegle This year we decided to bring in Graphic 45 paper and we couldn't be happier with this new line. They have lots of paper collections that offer the unique style of the 1920s and 1930s. The design team is made up of a Mother and her daughters, and I just love that they must have so much fun working together in this industry. With vibrant colors and irresistible texture, these scrapbook collections will inspire you and you will enjoy creating beautiful projects. I decided to show off their fun designs in this blog post with a few Graphic 45 Magic of Oz projects. Of course, these characters come from L. Frank Baum's 19th-century classic, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. I hope you like them as much as I do. Without further ado, let's get to the projects: Continue reading →
  5. Sizzix Chapter 1 2019 Releases

    completed fabric project with sloth bigz dieby Richelle Naegle This year, Sizzix has changed how they do their releases. Now there will just be four releases throughout the year (so they are bigger). This Chapter 1 2019 Sizzix release has some great new dies from some of your favorite designers, such as Tim Holtz, Jen Long, Katelyn Lizardi, and Stephanie Barnard. But we also have some fun new designers that you likely have never heard of, for example Olivia Rose, Georgie Evans, Carrotcake and more. Regardless of what catches your fancy, don't forget to check out all these new designers. I thought I should try some of these new Sizzix dies so I could show you some different projects. The first project I made was this adorable fabric sloth using the Sizzix Sloth Bigz Die. You can cut felt and other materials with Bigz dies, so don't limit your creativity. This little sloth is made out of felt and I hand-stitched it all together. I'm not much of a seamstress, but even I could stitch this done rather easily. Continue reading →
  6. Travel Journal Ideas

    by Richelle Naeglefront view of Heidi Swapp Journal Studio Stripe Journal Kit This year, I decided that I needed to keep a diary, but I've never been much of a journal person. Recently, we've brought in lots of cute travel journals, and that's kind of where my inspiration came from. I got a lot of travel journal ideas from just looking at the products. I think the hardest part of the whole process for getting started was deciding which journal I wanted to use. There are so many options to choose from, from great companies like Simple Stories, Heidi Swapp, Crate Paper, and Webster's Pages. I started by considering what is the functional difference between them? What makes one better than another? And what's the difference between a planner, a travelers journal, and Journal Studio? Shop our discount planners and travel journals So, here is what I figured out. Planners have dated calendars. I have seen recently that some people use them to track memories. Instead of using it as a to-do list calendar they are using them as a done list. I think it's a super great idea, but wasn't quite what I was looking for. With regard to travel journals (also referred to as pocket travelers) vs. Journal Studio, I couldn't really find a difference. They are the same size, and the inserts are similar. In fact, they come with one that is blank and one with either lines or grids printed on them. The components are pretty interchangeable. So when choosing your planner and inserts, I suggest picking the ones that make you happy based on taste. Most Popular Travel Journals Here are some of our best sellers. They're hard to keep in stock, for good reason! Soft Lila Suede Pocket Traveler by Webster's Pages Buffalo Plaid Traveler by Webster's Pages Carpe Diem Typewriter Floral Traveler's Notebook by Simple Stories Journal Studio Rose Journal Kit by Crate Paper Last, but not least (and featured in this blog post), the Journal Studio Stripe Journal Kit by Heidi Swapp Continue reading →
  7. 2019 Winter Craft Product Release

    Some of the world's famous craft designers have or will be releasing new amazing product collections for upcoming holidays and spring themes, as well as new solutions for any kind of project. Richelle just returned from CHA 2019, and she's so excited for the entire year, but let's not get ahead of ourselves. In our 2019 winter craft product release, we are excited to offer you: Foil Quill foil quill cricut project with the gold foiled leavesThis will maybe be the most popular product of the year! We R Memory Keepers Foil Quill allows you to transform your Cricut machine or your CAMEO into a foiling machine. The collection includes heat-activated pens, foil sheets, foil rolls, and designs from some of your favorite designers. It works with any artwork (SVG and PNG), but you will love these USB design drives that include 200 icons, phrases, and more. The best way to get started is to buy the All-In-One Kit. Designers include Heidi Swapp, Amy Tangerine, Kelly Creates, and more. Speaking of foil and Heidi Swapp, there was a MINC release, too. In addition to some cool new accessories and projects, they released several tools that should make your projects better. One last thing before we get away from We R Memory Keepers: they have also released Big Happy Jig supplies, which revisits last year's popular release of the Happy Jig. As you might've guessed, the new Happy Jig is bigger and allows you to do larger wire-bending projects. Continue reading →
  8. Valentine Paper Crafts 2019 - Squirrel Valentine Card & Raccoon Layout

    i love you valentine's card projectby Richelle Naegle Today, I made a couple quick Valentine's Day crafts using the Silhouette CAMEO 3. You can download the images you see here from the Silhouette Studio. If you want to save some money in the process, buy one of our download cards here at a discounted rate. This first image from my card project is called Woodland Love Squirrel Valentines. She is cut out at 4" tall, making her perfect for a 4" x 6" card. The Pebbles Loves Me collection would work perfectly for this card (and the scrapbook page that I made, as well). Raccoon Valentine Layout Naturally, I followed the card up with a Valentine-themed scrapbook layout. The featured photo frame is 5" x 7". I normally only take one picture for Valentine's Day each year, but if you want two photos, swap out my frame for a couple 4" x 6" frames. This adorable raccoon, once again, came from the Silhouette Studio. It's called Woodland Love Raccoon Valentines. I made him about 5" tall, and the word "Love" is from Love Dog w/ Balloon, but I left the dog out. I love the font from that design. Continue reading →
  9. Christmas Craft Projects 2018: Snow Cute Card, Scrapbook Layout, Mini Scrapbook

    i should finish project said no one ever craft meme-minby Richelle Naegle Christmas is literally just around the corner, and I haven't really had any time to craft. I decided to dedicate my day to making various crafts with my highest priority being a scrapbook page, but first I created a Christmas card and a mini scrapbook. If you're looking for a good Christmas-themed paper collection, check these options out: Doodlebug Christmas Town Echo Park Merry & Bright Echo Park Celebrate Christmas Carta Bella Christmas Carta Bella Santa’s Workshop Pebbles Cozy & Bright Simple Stories Simple Vintage Christmas Simple Stories Merry & Bright PhotoPlay O Canada Christmas PhotoPlay Here Comes Santa Claus Snow Cute Christmas Card Here is my card. It was made using the Silhouette CAMEO, and the image is from the Silhouette Store (it's called Rudy with Snowman Winter). The card dimensions are 4" x 6", and perfect for sending to one of my friends who loves the snow. I think that this card turned out snow cute! snow cute greeting card from Silhouette Continue reading →
  10. 2018 Thanksgiving Craft Projects - Free Pilgrim Turkey SVG Design

    by Richelle Naeglethanksgiving turkey card projects completed Thanksgiving is less than a week away, and I wanted to make a couple of fun Thanksgiving Crafts this year, so I started with these adorable turkeys. You can have the Pilgrim Turkey SVG design to make these feathered friends for free! Just scroll to the bottom of this post, and you can download this SVG File. And don't miss out on the other Thanksgiving SVG's we made. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do. Pilgrim Turkey Cards I made these cute turkeys originally for a scrapbook layout I was working on, but when they came together, I thought they would make the most adorable cards. I felt compelled to switch up my crafting plan. The cards stand about 4.5" tall and were cut out using the Cricut Explore Air 2, using mostly colored cardstock. Continue reading →
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