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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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We R 360 Crafter’s Bag vs CGull Ultimate Machine Tote

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This is the new Ultimate Machine and Scrapbooking Tote by CGull

CGull just released the new Ultimate Machine & Scrapbooking Tote and there are two options to choose from:

We also have Ultimate Tote & CAMEO 3 bundles available, so be sure to check those out if you need a new machine.

Many customers are wondering what the differences are when you compare it to existing craft bags. We decided to compare it to one of our favorites, so here it is: We R Memory Keepers 360 Crafter’s Bag vs CGull Ultimate Machine Tote.

Both of these companies are very good at what they do. We R Memory Keepers offers a number of popular products for all types of crafts. Although CGull has a variety of products, including their new Mini Die-Cutter/Embosser, they are mostly known for making great craft totes.

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This is the Damask bag, so you can go colorful with the Chevron pattern or sophisticated with this one.

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How to Foil Your Vinyl Material (Infographic)

by Richelle Naegle

One day while searching Pinterest, I found a video that someone had made on the Heidi Swapp page where she used Silhouette permanent vinyl with her laminator machine to foil the vinyl, The purpose was so that she could adhere the design to a coffee mug. You can check out that video here.

We’ve made an infographic to explain the process so you know how to foil your vinyl material. I also offer my own handiwork below the infographic, so you can see how it works in action. Without further ado:

how to foil your vinyl material infographic
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Word Collage Cricut Cartridge Ideas

by Richelle NaegleSt. Patricks Day Craft Project

Unless your Irish, it’s fairly likely you do not decorate much for St. Patrick’s Day, but with just a little bit of crafting you could have a few fun little decorations to match the holiday. For example, check out this print I made and framed. This project easy, quick and cheap. The best kind of project! I used the Word Collage Cricut cartridge, which features great word collages for holidays as well as other themes you could decorate with year-round.

There are a couple ways you could go about making this project: you could cut the phrases out of craft paper and create a nice layered effect by gluing each letter down, but that would take a lot of work. I did it the easy way and made it with Cricut vinyl.

I used green vinyl and after the cut I took just a few minutes to weed out (my favorite weeding tool is in this CGull 12-piece tool kit – the kit refers to them as hook tools) all the excess material so that I could seamlessly transfer it onto a sheet of paper. Then simply slip the design into the frame and you’re all done!

Now that I think of it, you could also just apply the vinyl directly to the glass of the frame.

Pro tip: Make a print for Easter and re-use the frame. I’m just going to store both prints in the frame so I don’t lose the one I’m not displaying.

There you have it – a quick St. Patrick’s Day solution. If  you have any Word Collage Cricut cartridge ideas that you’d like to share, please do!  If you like making St. Patricks day crafts and you want to make a couple of easy and fun cards, be sure to download our free St. Patricks Day .SVG images! You can download them here and please share them with your crafty friends. Whether you need a new Cricut font cartridge, or are looking for a Cricut Explore Air machine, we have the best deals.

Happy creating!

CGull Interchangeable Folder Project – Baby Shower

by Richelle NaegleCGull Interchangeable embossing folders baby projectI am so excited today. I got to play with some new interchangeable embossing folders from the Craft experts at CGull. If you remember, they came out with a couple about a year ago, and I really loved their innovative embossing potential. You can see my old project with them here. Now with their release of 3 fun, new designs, it’s time for me to do another project. In this case I am featuring the new Baby-themed folder. The other 2 new ones include the Thank You set and the Modern Victorian folder set (this one comes with 5 inserts).

Changing out or arranging the inserts in various ways gives you potential for original work every time you use these folders in your card-making and layout projects. I love the vibrant colored cardstock and how each card contrasts with one another.

The first round of CGull embossing folders are amazing in what they deliver to your projects, but crafters were complaining the inserts and folders are not clearly marked. CGull listens to their customers and made the fix with this generation of folders. Now each insert is clearly marked so you know exactly how to position the phrase you choose. Keep in mind these new folders are 5″ x 7″ and the first round was 4″ x 6″ (A2).

These 3 cards were made in about 20 minutes total! I could have done them quickly, if needed, but I had the time, so I added the extra detail. I love how they turned out and now I’m ready for a baby shower. Who’s inviting me?

Have you used any of the other CGull embossing folders? I would love to see them share them with me on Google+ Paper Crafting Fanatics page or on Facebook, or just leave a comment with a link to your blog. Also, as long as we are talking about CGull, check out the amazing CGull totes.

Happy creating!

Cricut Cartridge Release – CGull Tote Giveaway

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Buy your new Cricut cartridges here within 24 hours of release for a chance to win this cartridge tote

by Richelle Naegle

For the foreseeable future, we at CraftDirect plan on giving away a free CGull cartridge tote (regular price is $49.95) to 5 lucky winners every time a new Cricut cartridge is released. Starting Thursday February 5, 2015, we will be drawing 5 winners at random from the group of customers that bought the new cartridge within 24 hours of the release.

Entering the drawing is as easy as picking up a brand new Cricut cartridge. The trick is to stay on top of all the new cartridge releases, and that’s easy if you sign up for our weekly newsletter. Be aware that:

  • New cartridges are typically released on Thursdays at 12 pm MST. It’s not every Thursday, but it’s pretty frequently. If you missed the newsletter, you can check our social media, or come straight to CraftDirect.com and we will have information about the new cartridge on the home page.
  • Remember, you have to buy the cartridge within 24 hours of the release, so some time between 12 pm MST and Friday at 11:59 am MST.
  • 5 lucky winners will be surprised when they receive their free red CGull cartridge tote (a $49.95 value) with their new Cricut cartridge shipment.
  • If you win, make sure to share a selfie with your new tote on our Facebook page!

Leather CGull cartridge totes are the perfect companion to your Cricut cartridge collection. Each stylish tote can carry and store up to 72 Cricut cartridges so you will never misplace another cartridge again.

Be sure to keep checking back every Thursday in 2015 to see if a new cartridge is being released and good luck! We reserve the right to run a different promotion on any given release in 2015, but you can expect this to be pretty standard throughout the year. Check out the Ultimate machine tote, which can store you Cricute Explore Air, another machine, tools, embellishment, and all kinds of patterned paper.

Happy creating!

Valentine’s Day Cricut Cartridge Ideas

Valentines Day Cricut Cardby Richelle Naegle

As I’ve stated in the past, I love this new Valentine’s Day Cricut cartridge, and have found so many fun projects that I want to make with this cartridge. Naturally, I decided to make another Valentines Day card! I absolutely love how this card turned out. About halfway through I was skeptical that I’d like the final product, but I think it turned out great.

The overall size of this first card is 6″ x 6″ and the winged heart was cut out at 4.5″ and the “I (heart) U” at .90″. For each of the images I used just two layers, so it went together fairly quickly as it often does when crafting with Cricut products.

The top half of the card was embossed with Cuttlebug supplies, namely the Love is in the Air embossing set. This set has 6 great embossing folders to choose from, and they are all great for Valentine’s Day. If you want a good brand for material, you can find some great Simple Stories cardstock here.

That’s it! This card was pretty simple to put together. If I keep going with this cartridge, I will have all my Valentine’s Day cards done before February even get’s here. That’s great though, right? At least I won’t be worrying about those last minute this February 14th. Continue reading “Valentine’s Day Cricut Cartridge Ideas” »

Autumn Celebrations Cricut Cartridge Ideas

by Richelle Naegle

CGull Embossing Folder CardFall is officially here, and in southern Utah the leaves are already starting to change colors. The Autumn Basket CGull embossing folder is one of my favorites. I just love the simplicity of it, and how the image is just in the bottom corner leaving you room for a simple sentiment at the top or in this case I added a few falling colored leaves.

The folder is 5″ x 7″ so the card is 5″ x 7″. I used one of the Cut’N’Boss machines but you could use which ever embossing machine you have. These folders will work with most embossing machines. Next, using the Tim Holtz Tea Dye distress ink to go around the edge of the card as well as lightly over the embossed image, I added some fun dimension. The card would look great and finished if you just wanted to leave it this way. However I wanted to add a little bit more so I used the Autumn Celebrations Cricut cartridge for the falling leaves. The leaves are part of the acorn image. The larger one was cut out at 1.5″ and two smaller ones at 1″. Then I added a little bit of green craft rope around it.

It was a super easy and fun card! Do you created “fall themed” cards or scrapbook layouts, using the Autumn Celebrations Cricut cartridge Ideas? With Cricut you can make regular Cricut paper into a work of art. I would love to see your projects on the Paper Crafting Fanatic’s Google page. Let’s get some fun inspiration going 🙂

You will want to check out the Explore Air 2, which has all the features of the original Explore Air, but it cuts twice as fast.

Happy fall creating!

CGull Embossing Folders Birthday Card

by Richelle NaegleCGull Happy Birthday Embossed Card

I am always looking for a quick way to make cards or scrapbook layouts. I don’t know about you but with kids and work and such I don’t have a lot of free time to make super crafty things all the time. One day while surfing around Pinterest to get inspired I came across this great Birthday Card that was just embossed and had a year on it. I’m not much of an embosser, really I need to do it more. I love the effect it gives but working in the printing industry for over 10 years I have this need for everything to have nice, dark, clean look. I really should let that go sometimes, but that’s what appeals to my eye the most. So when I emboss I think that I need to have that part of the image stand out more. I know that’s really not necessary! But this embossed card stood out to me so much.

CGull has made these great embossing folders that I absolutely love they are not like your standard embossing folder they have their own unique designs. One of my favorites is the Happy Birthday one and you could seriously could get away with just embossing some patterned paper and calling it good, but something inside me keeps me going. 🙂 So here is my version of that card.

I used the CGull Embossing Folders Birthday Card (all of their folders are 5″ x 7″) and embossed the image and then using my Tim Holtz distress ink by Ranger, I inked up the edges and lightly ran it over the top of the image so that everything that was raised would have a nice bold color. The 30 candle is from the Something to Celebrate Cricut cartridge and I cut it out at 2.25″. Add a little bit of brown ribbon to it and it was done. Total time spent making this card was about 10 min at the most. If you were in a huge rush you could do it quicker than that by not inking and you wouldn’t even have to put the age on the card.

I love how this card tuned out! I would love to see your super easy cards that you make! Share them with me leave me a comment on the blog with a link to your blog if you have one or share a picture with me on Facebook! In case you haven’t noticed, CGull and Cricut go great together, and you can save on both, here.

We should mention that CGull is well known for offering the best totes in the business. Check out our CGull tote bags.

Happy creating

Interchangeable Embossing Folders by CGull

By Richelle Naegle

I recently got a hold of some new Embossing Folders that are unlike any other that I have ever seen. They are Interchangeable embossing folders by CGull this is the company that makes the fabulous rolling totes for Cricut machines. Here are the two folders they have released, thus far:

Banner Interchangeable Embossing Folder

interchangeable_foldersThis first is the Banner interchangeable embossing folder (with  5 sayings) that you can pop into banner part of the folder. With this one embossing folder you can emboss the Thank You, Thinking of You, It’s a Party, Happy Birthday, and Congratulations.  All with one pass through your embossing machine. These dies will work with most embossing machines such as the cuttlebug, eBosser, and many others.

Then if you wanted you could even add some kind of embellishment to the center frame or just leave it plain. Here is my simple sample of what you can make with them. I kept these super simple so you can see what you can make with these fun embossing folders without adding any extra work or detail to them. I just embossed each of the sayings with the folder and then lightly inked each one so they would stand out a little. Super easy.

5 piece embossing cards

All of these cards were made using the 5 piece embossing folder from CGull.

Note: On this 5 piece one it has one side of the embossing folder as well as one of the interchangeable name plates marked with an A so you can make sure it is on the correct side, this side slips in easily the side that is not marked with an A doesn’t slip in easily you need to run it though your embossing machine once with it sitting in place but not inset into the folder. The machine will gently push it it and doesn’t damage the folder or the insert. It was really very easy and they just pop back out when your done with one saying and ready for the next.

Polka Dot Interchangeable Embossing Folder

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The second one and my favorite is the Polka Dot Interchangeable embossing folder and it has three sayings Happy Birthday, Thank You, and Congratulations, so clearly you will be using this folder year round.

On this folder, the embossing plates quickly pop in and out of the folder and you don’t need to run it through the machine to secure them into place.

Here are the cards I made with these folders and again I kept them super simple so yo can see just what the embossing folder can do. I absolutely love this Interchangeable Embossing folder. Without having to do anything extra this card is completely finished.

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Card made with the Polka Dot Interchangeable Embossing Folders

Embossing enables you to quickly make a bunch of these cards in no time at all. I made all 8 of the cards from start to finish in about 20 minutes, and really inking them took up most of that time. But if you were making a bunch of the same one you could probably do quite a few very quickly, and very inexpensively. The interchangeable embossing folders retail for $7.99 making them about the same price as other embossing folders, except your getting 3 or 5 for the price of 1.

Share Your Thoughts on Interchangeable Embossing Folders

I could go on all day about these fun new folders but I want to know what you think of  the new interchangeable embossing folders by CGull? Leave your comments below good or bad your initial thoughts about them. Save on patterned cardstock as well as embossing folders at CraftDirect.com. Don’t forget that most of all they are known for CGull totes that make crafters’ lives much easier.

Happy creating