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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.
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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!

Easter Scrapbook Layout Tutorial – Silhouette Project

by Richelle Naegle

This weekend I have been scrapbooking a lot and making many pages, trying to get caught up on life’s most recent events. Scrapbook pages can take a lot of time, and much of that time is wasted searching for matching cardstock and embellishments. I don’t enjoy spending my time doing this, and that’s why I so often go with Simple Stories Collection Kits! The 12″ x 12″ patterned cardstock sheets and included embellishments already match. Look what I made with the Easter Collection Kit:easter scrapbook layout tutorial completed design Continue reading “Easter Scrapbook Layout Tutorial – Silhouette Project” »

Anniversary Card Project Tutorial w/ Free Download

completed anniversary card project tutorialWe have a guest blogger today who is sharing an anniversary card project tutorial. The project design actually came from CraftDirect’s collection of free .SVG downloads, created by Aaron Meyers. Scroll to the bottom of the post to see the download link. Without further ado, we are happy to introduce Christi Steinbeck:

Hello CraftDirect readers! Christi here. I am stopping in to share with you a project I made with an SVG file I found on the blog here at CraftDirect. If you didn’t already know that they offer free .SVG files, you are really missing out. Use them with your electronic cutting machines and let the technology do the work for you. If you don’t have an electronic cutter, don’t worry; you can always fussy cut the design. The machine just makes it so much more easier.

I was browsing the blog, as I do monthly, when I found this super cute Valentine’s card called Be Mine Birds. I immediately thought, “what an awesome anniversary card it would make for my husband of soon to be 26 years”.

I got out my textured American Crafts cardstock, sized all my pieces to fit a 5″ x 7″ card, put the colors I wanted on my cutting mat and then cut out my pieces on my CAMEO. I like to ink my pieces to give them more depth and dimension. Once I finished my inking, I decided on a white card base and again used American Crafts Textured Cardstock for my card base. To make sure I have a nice crisp crease in my card, I use a CGull bone folder and I run it up and down the crease several times.

steps to creating anniversary card project

Next, I created my title Happy 26th Anniversary in the Silhouette Design Studio. I laid out all my pieces onto my card base to make sure everything fit exactly the way I would like them to, and then I glued them into place.

As you can see, just because a file was made for one situation doesn’t necessarily mean you have to restrict it to a certain theme. Be open-minded and explore the different opportunities that all the different cut files can give you. Mixing and matching them is so much fun and it gives your project a more original quality. You will find you will have a whole new world of cut files that you didn’t even know you had.

Get Creative with Your Anniversary Card Project

We’re well beyond the days of cartridges only, where you were limited to what you had on hand. SVG’s have really expanded the scrapbooking, vinyl, planner, and crafting world to a whole new level. I, for one, love waking up everyday wondering what I might discover in the SVG world and where it might take my scrapbooks and crafts.

If you don’t have a machine, you can find a good price on one here at CraftDirect. They carry the Silhouette CAMEO, Cricut Explore Air, and even the eclips2.

I hope you enjoyed this post. If you did, please come back and join me next month when I share another project. ‘Til next time,

Christi
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Project supplies included:

  • CAMEO
  • cutting mat
  • AC cardstock
  • Bone folder
  • Inks
  • Craft scissors if you are fussy cutting

Valentine’s Projects: Print and T-Shirt Design Download

gallery print made for valentine's dayBy Richelle Naegle

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.

t-shirt design all you need is loveI 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.

Happy creating!

Belly Box Reindeer Project – Lori Whitlock – Silhouette Design

by Richelle NaegleLori Whitlock Reindeer treat box

Are you ready for Christmas, yet? I’m definitely not. I still have so much to do, and one of my checklist items was to make a gift for my kids’ teachers, some neighbors and a few other people. I was inspired by Aaron’s free download Reindeer card and decided to apply that same idea in making a treat box. I made two of them and they are the perfect size for fitting cookies and other treats. If you give a gift card in a treat box, I like the way you can slip the card in, with the treats holding it up. It’s a nice, eye-catching effect.

This cute Belly Box Reindeer project is designed by Lori Whitlock, and you can get it at the Silhouette store. If you do purchase images from Silhouette, you can save quite a bit of money by getting one of our Silhouette digital download cards. I am usually patient and wait for them to have an image sale, and that way you can stretch the money even further.

Using the CAMEO 3, I cut the length, width, and height of the overall design at 3.5″ x 2.75″ x 6″ (from the top of the antlers to the bottom of the box). I added some fun faux stitching and since it is Rudolph, he needs a shiny red nose. I used Tim Holtz ice stickles in Christmas Red to make his nose. This was a pretty quick project and I loved the way it turned out. I highly recommend it.

If you are looking for other solutions for making treat boxes, check out the Sizzix Caddy Bag Bigz Pro die and the Box It Up Cricut cartridge.

I’m sure you have been creating fun Christmas cards and other holiday crafts this year. I would love to see what you have been making. Please share them with me on our Facebook or Instagram page (don’t forgot to tag us @craft_direct) so we can see the fun Holiday crafts you are creating! Save on Silhouette cutting mats and replacement CAMEO blades.

Happy holiday creating!

Father’s Day Card-Making Projects

by Richelle Naeglefishing bag fathers day card

Father’s day is coming up this weekend and if you haven’t made your Father’s day cards yet, you still have a little bit of time, so why not try these fun Father’s day card-making projects that Dad is sure to love?

This first card (to the right) is from Lori Whitlock. You can find it in the the Silhouette Studio. It was only $0.99. If you buy one of our discounted download cards, you could save even more! I made this card using the Silhouette CAMEO. The card is 5″ wide by approximately 4″ tall It has little pockets on the inside that are perfect for holding a gift card to Dad’s favorite store – or you could even make little coupons to put inside.

For this card I wanted the silver to be really shiny so I used the Cricut Metallics Poster Board. This paper cuts super nice and it’s durable and heavy. I used foam adhesivesfor the pockets on the front to give it a little more dimension, as well as some brads to add that little something extra to this card.Fathers Day tool box card

This second card is a step-up-card from Lori Whitlock, which you can also purchase from the Silhouette Studio library. This card would be perfect for the Dad that is handy around the house (or at least tries to be). If you are looking for the perfect gift for Dad, you can find it at PlumbersStock.com/Milwaukee – they carry a great selection of tools at low prices.

This card was super easy to create and I also used foam adhesives on the drawers to make them look like they are open. I also used the Cricut Metallic paper to give the tools and the tool box that great shine! After finishing this card I wish I would have used some Cuttlebug folders for the drawers and the tools to give them a little more dimension, so emboss them if you like that idea.

Hope you have enjoyed these fun Father’s day cards. I would love to see your Father’s day cards you have made. Share them with me on our Google+ Paper Crafting Fanatics Page.

Remember that while you are here, take advantage of our great deals on craft supplies. Save on a new electronic cutting machine, patterned cardstock, and more. Happy creating!