We are extremely excited the release of the new Cricut Maker ultimate smart cutting machine. You will be able to buy Cricut Maker supplies on Sunday, August 20th. This innovative technology offers crafters potential that they’ve never seen in a personal cutting machine. It allows you to take on heavier duty projects with its ability to quickly and precisely cut hundreds of material types, including leather, felt, fabric, cardboard, kraft board, and so much more.
by Richelle Naegle
It’s time to get out your red, white, and blue paper! If you don’t have any, never you fear, there are so many great patriotic paper collections to buy. Many of them go well together. As far as new releases this year, we have the All American Collection Kit which is a solution from Simple Stories that is ideal for making 4th of July scrapbook layouts. Also, be sure to check out the Sweet Freedom 12″ x 12″ pack from the clever designers over at Pink Paislee. Both of these are great options for a variety of projects. Continue reading “4th of July Paper Craft Projects: Scrapbook Layout & Banner” »
by 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.
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
To 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!
Today is your lucky day; in this post, you get not one, but three St. Patrick’s Day projects! Sorry, I know St. Patty’s is just a couple days away, but I’m just barely getting to around to making these. But better late than never, I always say. So today, we are going to start out with this fun card I made using the Sesame Street Celebrations Cricut cartridge. It features all your favorite Sesame Street characters in designs that are great solutions for a variety of holidays. The card I chose features Elmo, my favorite Sesame Street character. This card ended up being 6″ x 6″ and Elmo was cut out at 6″ with my Cricut Explore Air 2.
The second card I made is one of Aaron’s designs that we offered with our March 2017 downloads as part of our huge library of free .SVG Downloads. When I saw this card, I was immediately in love with it. I used my Silhouette CAMEO 3 to cut this card out at 4″ x 6″. It was just 3 easy cuts and I love the results! Continue reading “St. Patrick’s Day Crafts 2017 – Layout & Card Ideas” »
With Valentine’s Day coming up next week, I thought it would be fun to make a few crafts for the occasion. The idea here is these would be great Valentine craft projects for kids. These designs are easy enough that most any kid will be able to participate in meaningful ways, and in some cases, do it all themselves.
The first project was completed using the Pom Pom Maker by We R Memory Keepers. Though intended to be used as a tool for making party decor, I re-purposed it to make cute little creatures. To make these guys, I used the medium Pom Pom Maker, red yarn, a couple googly eyes, red pipe cleaners, and then I cut out hearts using my Cricut Explore Air 2. These are super easy crafts and the beauty of it is you can modify my design with simple nick nacks you may find around the house for your own personalized substitutions.
For the second project I made, I used the draw feature on the Cricut Explore. The images were made with the original Create A Critter Cricut cartridge. The right machine will make your Valentine projects quick and easy. I love these crayon holders because it’s a cheap, easy, and unique solution for your kids to give out Valentines to their friends (and heaven forbid, their sweethearts).
These designs measure 4.5″ x 7″ so I could fit two on a regular 8.5″ x 11″ sheet of paper. Also, check out the Create a Critter 2 cartridge is for even more options. There are so many different images to choose from and all of them will look great for this sort of project.
The last project I made using the We R PhotoLights. And while this isn’t your traditional Valentine’s gift, I would love it if someone gave this to me. Fill the project with photographs of you and your significant other and then change out the photos when Valentine’s is over. It’s a fun way to display your favorite photos all year round. The PhotoLights Light Strand comes with 10 small picture frames. Each of the image slots are 2.5″ x 2.5″. Use the Printable Backlit Film to print your images for use in the PhotoLights boxes. You can print using a Laser Printer or an Ink Jet Printer. I would suggest using a Laser Printer, the Ink Jet works great but you need to be very careful handling them (the ink rubs off a little bit). I used my ink jet and you can’t tell in the pictures, so it does work just fine if you are delicate with it.
Hope you have been inspired to create some fun projects for Valentine’s for your loved ones. If you do have something to share, please share it on social media with us, like on our Facebook page. No matter what you are looking for from We R, we have it all. Try our awesome selection of We R Memory Keepers paper. Also, be sure to check out the Stitch Happy sewing solution, which will be released later this year.
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.
I 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.
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.
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.
My 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.
Provo Craft has recently released three new Cricut cartridges, including the Merry Everything Cricut cartridge. It’s great for Christmas cards and fun holiday decorating. This cartridge was designed by Rob & Bob who are famous for designing some real classics, like New Arrival, and Sweethearts. The second cartridge is Anna’s Lovely Layered Cards 2, which is the second edition of an all-time favorite. And lastly, we have the Heidi Swapp Font, Phrases & Icons Cricut cartridge. Believe it or not, this is Heidi Swapp‘s first Cricut cartridge! Hopefully we will see more from her.
I love Rob and Bob, so immediately I started thinking of Merry Everything Cricut cartridge ideas. I made four quick Christmas cards, all of them 4″ x 6″. It only took me a couple hours to finish this craft quartet. These are perfect for the busy Christmas season, but get going now or you will be too occupied for crafting.
When I was looking at all the adorable images on Anna’s Lovely Layered Cards cartridge, I found this beautiful ornaments Christmas card! I love how it turned out. This card is 6″ x 6″ and was a quick job. It’s only four simple layers that went fit together easily. Generally, Anna Griffin designs don’t contain a lot of difficult, little pieces.
Last, I used Heidi Swapp Font, Phrases, & Icons cartridge. While you could use this cartridge to make fun scrapbook layouts, cards, home decor, and more, I like it’s applications with your day planner projects. It has a lot of useful phrases that are perfect for your daily organization! It has fun little phrases that I think would go perfect inside a the Memory Planner or Carpe Diem.
I made this fun t-shirt using black and pink Cricut Iron-On material. Creating your own shirts or other wearable items is super easy!
Check out this helpful Iron-ontutorial infographic.
I hope you have been inspired to create fun things using these three new Cricut cartridges. We have them available as an All-Star bundle deal. I can’t wait to see what you create. Share them with me on Instagram and be sure to tag us so we can see all the fun things you are creating! Save on Christmas Cricut cartridges as well as Christmas-themed paper.
Have you a chance to check out the NEW Sesame Street Celebrations Cricut cartridge yet? This cartridge is a must if you love Sesame Street or know someone who does. It is filled with all your favorites like Elmo, Cookie Monster, Oscar the Grouch, Abby Cadabby, and more! So today’s post is inspired by my favorite Sesame Street friends. Cookie Monster is my absolute favorite, followed by Elmo and then Oscar the Grouch. This is a simple 4″ x 6″ card and I cut these guys out at 3.5″ tall. I also had the Cricut Explore Air draw the phrase Monster Love on the inside of the card!
This second card features none other than Super Grover. I thought this one would be perfect for a little boys birthday card. This is a simple 4″ x 4″ card and Grover was cut out at 4″.
The best thing about the cartridge is there aren’t a whole bunch of tiny little pieces nor small cuts. You can see how well the Cricut Explore cut out all the hairs on his arms. The detail is great and it’s easy to achieve a high level of it.
If you need patterned paper for your project, you can save here with CraftDirect.com. We have all the Cricut tools, accessories and supplies you need for Cricut projects, including a huge selection of Cricut cartridges. We have a huge selection of different types of craft material, so you can get really creative.
Last, but definitely not least, we have the fun-loving Abby Cadabby. This card is also cut out at 4″ and Abby is cut out at 4.25″, I wanted to make her a little bigger than the card and I think it turned out great. Breaking the bounds can give your card so much personality.
I love how these cards turned out and how easy they were to put together. When you need a fun card that is quick and easy, you should try the Sesame Street Celebrations Cricut cartridge. Ideas keep flowing and I can’t wait to see what I come up with next for my projects.
Pro tip: use your Explore machine to draw using Cricut pens.
When you get this cartridge, please take the time to share your projects with me on our Facebook page, or anywhere really. Grab some fresh, discount Cricut mats while you are here.
by Richelle NaegleHave you had a chance yet to check out the new Disney Princess Believing in Dreams Cricut cartridge? It’s so awesome, I decided to make some fun scrapbook pages for little girls and I don’t even have girls! My favorite princess on this cartridge is Merida from Brave. I relate to her as I was definitely a tomboy and daring as a kid, always looking for an adventure. When you get to crafting with it, you will find it’s one of the best Cricut cartridges that Provo Craft has ever released.
For this layout, I used the Cricut Explore Air. I have used other Disney Cricut cartridges with the Cricut Expression and the Explore gives you a much better cut for all those tiny little pieces. I have also been using some standard cutting blades that I had and they were ripping the fine details, so I put a German Carbide Premium blade back in the machine and it seriously cut like butter. The regular blades work great in the Explore machine, but the premium blade gives you so much more.
So for the details of this layout, Merida is cut out at 9.5″ tall. Brave is cut out at 3″ in height and then into four 4.25″ x 6.25″ photo squares. The stars are from When I Was a Kid Cricut cartridge at 2.4″ tall. The picture frame paper is from the 12″ x 12″ Autumn Crisp Paper Pad, from our collection of American Crafts cardstock and the world background paper is from the You are Here Collection Kit.
It’s fun to create something girly for my scrapbook for once! I’m loving coming up with Disney Princess Belieiving in Dreams ideas with this cartridge. It’s inspiring!
So I created this fun layout with Rapunzel from Tangled.She is cut out at 6.25″ tall and Tangled is 2.75″ tall. I also used a Cuttlebug folder to add dimension and detail to the Tangled sign, along with some flower embellishments and ribbon. I love how this layout turned out. I think it’s perfect for a little princess!
I hope you feel inspired to create scrapbook pages with this new Disney Cricut cartridge. If you make something with it share it with us on Instagram and tag us so we can see what you are creating. We carry a bunch of different brands from the American Crafts family, including: Studio Calico, Pink Paislee, and Pebbles.