How-to Craft Tutorials

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  1. Sweet Sugarbelle Project: Cactus Cookie Cutters Set

    cactus cookie cutter set components and boxAt CraftDirect, we've wanted to do a Sweet Sugarbelle cookie cutter project for quite some time, so I took the opportunity this Christmas break. I visited my nieces (ages 13 and 9) and nephew (age 4) in Georgia where it was bitter cold and gray, the type of weather that is perfect for cookie baking. Everyone was happy to participate, and we all had fun. The great thing about Sweet Sugarbelle cookie cutters is their products make it easy to create intricate sugar cookie designs using stencils and other helpful accessories. Getting Started Because I'm from Arizona, I thought the kids would like to get a little taste of the desert, so I selected the Cactus Cookie Cutter Set. It includes two cookie cutters, two templates, and two instruction cards. In addition to that, we used Disposable Piping Bags and a few household utensils, like butter knives and spatulas. Since we've been selling Sweet Sugarbelle, I've wondered what the templates look like. It turns out they are made of thin, clear plastic. You punch out the shapes to get the positive and the negative stencil: Continue reading →
  2. Halloween Card Project 2017 - Little Wild Things

    Hey there friends, this month we are happy to have Christi back doing blog posts for us after a short hiatus. We love her projects! To do this particular project, all you need is an electronic cutting machine and colored cardstock. If you like this Halloween card project, please share it with your friends in social media. You can download the project at the bottom of the post. front view of little wild things halloween card completed Continue reading →
  3. 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 Continue reading →
  4. Back to School Scrapbook Layout Project (Free Download)

    After a one month layoff, we are excited to welcome Christi back. We are really excited about the way her project turned out. Remember that you can download the SVG for this back to school scrapbook layout project at the bottom of the post. You can use SVG files to cut, draw, etc. using electronic cutting machines. completed project: back to school scrapbook layout Continue reading →
  5. 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 →
  6. MINC Foil Projects

    by Richelle Naegle One of my favorite products to use is the MINC foil machine. I think this machine helps to add a lot of variety and creativity to my craft projects. I don't always remember to get it out and use it, so I've made an extra effort lately to use it to its fullest. Heidi Swapp has come...
  7. We R Memory Keepers Punch Board Projects

    by Richelle Naegle We R Memory Keepers has a great line of Punch Boards on the market right now. Some of the most popular ones that we carry are the Envelope punch board, the Gift Bag punch, as well as the Flower punch board and the Pinwheel punch board! And if you haven't had a chance yet, you should definitely check...
  8. 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 Continue reading →
  9. Watercolor Crafts & Art by erin the great

    If you would like to contact the artist, you can reach her at hello@art-by-erin.com One of the most beautiful mediums in the visual arts is watercolor painting. It's aptly named watercolor because of how the paint is made up of pigments that are suspended in a water-based solution. Typically the paint is applied to paper surfaces, but it works with...
  10. Heidi Swapp Star Lanterns: How to and Review

    by Richelle Naegle This is one of the easiest home decor solutions. Check out the Heidi Swapp Star Lanterns. These fun, starry decorations are not only inexpensive, but they are so easy to assemble. paper star lanterns completed They can be used with or without the lights. I should note, the lights come in blue, green, red, orange, and white. They are not included with the star lantern, so you can choose your own preferred color if you decide to light it up. Continue reading →

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