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  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. 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 →
  5. 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 →
  6. Halloween Craft Projects 2018: Layouts, Cards, Treat Bags, etc.

    layout made using simple stories happy halloweenby Richelle Naegle It's October and now I feel like I can officially start creating for Halloween, and I love to make spooky and cute crafts. This year I think I got a little carried away with the scrapbook layouts! There are just too many fun Halloween paper collections to choose from this year. I couldn't decide which one I wanted to get, so I think I got them all, including: Simple Vintage Halloween Pumpkin Party Spooky Boo Trick or Treat and more! This first scrapbook layout was not created using any of those product lines, I actually went with the Simple Stories Happy Halloween Collection Kit. This is a perfect solution if you just want to make a couple pages (or a bunch of cards). It came with a sheet of SN@P Cards that are easy to add as an embellishment to your scrapbook pages. wicked cute layout made from SVD download This next layout I made is a design you can download for free (check out the October downloads post here). The paper collection I used is called Hocus Pocus, designed by Echo ParkI absolutely love this layout that Aaron designed. I had to make it, and it was so easy with the collection kit! Continue reading →
  7. New Happy Jig by We R Memory Keepers

    by Richelle Naegle Have you seen the NEW Happy Jig collection from We R Memory Keepers in action, yet? If not, you need to get on that, ASAP. When I was at the CHA show this year, the Happy Jig was quite possibly my favorite new tool. The way it works is you use the wire-bending tool kit to bend wire with the use of a pegboard to make into fun and interesting designs. The kit comes with various sized pegs, a base that has a bunch of little holes in it, wire crimps, a booklet with designs, and three lengths of wire to get you started. I highly recommend picking up a few more colors of wire or try the multi-packs, like Colored and Neutral. These designs are addictive to make, so you're going to want plenty of wire! Continue reading →
  8. New Simple Stories Winter 2018 Collection Kits

    by Richelle Naegle Last month was the CHA 2018 show (which is now called Creativation), and this year there are a lot of great new products coming out! I can't wait for you to see them all. Simple Stories is one of my favorite paper lines, and I love the new Carpe Diem planners that are coming out in May. You should follow up on that later! Always & Forever The first collection you are going to want to check out is the Always & Forever! This is the perfect paper collection for a wedding; it features black and white floral prints as well as a great selection of embellishments that will perfectly enhance your layouts. always and forever collection paper displayed   I am... This next set gives you the opportunity to scrapbook all about yourself. The I am. . . collection was designed for yours truly! If you are like me, you spend a lot of time spending your scrapbooking time on projects about your kids. We are so busy with all the activities they do, and the only time you show up in the scrapbook is when someone else takes the camera at a family vacation or event, and then you're in the picture for once. Above is a scrapbook layout I quickly created using I am... Now, all I need are a couple of pictures of me. This collection gives you the chance to add more of you to your projects! Continue reading →
  9. 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 papercraft 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. Continue reading →
  10. Thanksgiving Craft Projects 2017

    by 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...
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