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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!

Thanksgiving Craft Projects 2017

turkey trotters t-shirt thanksgiving craft projectby Richelle Naegle

Did you get a chance to see the Free SVG downloads from Aaron last week? If you haven’t, download them here. I loved his football jersey ideas and thought it would be fun to put my own twist on it for my Thanksgiving craft projects. We don’t play football in my family, but we do participate in a fun run every year. I decided to make t-shirts for our fun run this year. Aaron owed me a favor, so I asked him to make this fun Turkey Trotters design for us. I also did the Thanksgiving Tree project that Aaron designed.

Turkey Trotters Shirts

My boys were in my craft room looking at my fabric transfer paper and they found this Silhouette flocked brown heat transfer material. This gave the turkey fuzzy texture, which makes it a little more fun. For this shirt project, you need:

  • T-shirt(s)
  • Black, red, yellow, white and brown fabric transfer material
  • Your favorite electronic cutting machine
  • The free SVG file (download it at the bottom of this post)
  • Heat (I used the new Cricut EasyPress, it worked great)
  • Cricut BrightPad (optional, but really made weeding easier)
  • Weeding tool

Cut out the turkey and begin ironing/pressing it. I find it easier to cut out from the bottom layer first, so I cut black first and then the brown, and so on. That way when you’re done weeding the first color, you can immediately iron it on and you don’t have to worry about losing pieces or ruining while you’re working on the other cuts. I use this trick with paper as well. When you have many layers or colors to work with, this will streamline the process.

With the Cricut BrightPad, the lines show better so it makes it easy to see where you are weeding. Note: it didn’t work with the flocked material, I couldn’t see though it. The rest of the material worked really well.

Then using the EasyPress you just use it as you would a regular iron, except you don’t need to move it back and forth you can just hold it in place while it’s working. You can also use a regular household iron to transfer the material. The EasyPress just makes it easier. I added numbers on the back of the shirt just for fun and now we are ready for our run!

Thanksgiving Tree

thanksgiving tree craft project completedThe second Thanksgiving craft project I made was the Thanksgiving Tree. I thought it would be great to have it up for the month and everyday we can write what we are thankful for. By the end of the month, we will have a tree full of leaves and gratitude. I think this is a great way to remind us of all the things we are grateful for. Even my little boys are participating in this.

I cut the tree trunk out of brown vinyl and applied it to my wall and then cut the leaves out of colored cardstock. We then simply tape the leaf to the tree each day.

I think this is definitely a tradition that we will keep doing in our home.

Have you used any of our SVG files? Please share what you have created with us on social media. I would love to see what you are creating with them. Happy creating!

Halloween Treat Bag Projects

two ghost-themed halloween treat boxesby Richelle Naegle

It’s time to get ready for Halloween, Everybody knows the best thing about Halloween is the treats! At least that’s what my kids tell me. So today, I thought it would be fun to make a few quick and easy Halloween treat bag projects.

Silhouette 3D Open-Sided Halloween Favor Box

For me, the first thing I did was get my Silhouette CAMEO (have you seen the new Pink CAMEO 3?) out and searched through their Silhouette Studio until I found these cute Ghost boxes. They are called 3D Open sided Halloween Favor Box.

I cut them out out at 11″ tall, which allowed me to cut two boxes from one 12″ x 12″ sheet of patterned cardstock. The banner spells “Boo”, but instead of O’s, I substituted googly eyes. I think that modification turned out great
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4th of July Paper Craft Projects: Scrapbook Layout & Banner

by Richelle Naegle

4th of july scrapbook layout project

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” »

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!