January 2018 – Free Monthly SVG Design Downloads

Ready or not, it’s 2018! We are ready, which means we have new free downloadable SVG designs to get you on track for goals and good habits. Aaron Meyers created unique designs for (1) good habit forming chart, (1) resolutions chart, and (2) greeting cards. They work with electronic cutting machines, like the Silhouette CAMEO 3 and the Explore Air 2. All you have to do is upload the SVG files to your machine, load material, and then watch while your sophisticate machine does all the work. You can download the files from the links are at the bottom of this post. If you do not see the download links, it means you are reading the post within the blog feed and need to click on the article to reveal them.

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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 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 “Sweet Sugarbelle Project: Cactus Cookie Cutters Set” »

Crafts for Charity Organizations

by Nathan Baker

‘Tis the season of giving and we know plenty of generous crafters. Most people are willing to give, we just are all so busy. We get caught up in day to day life, and we often don’t find the time to seek out opportunities to give. That’s why we decided to give you a quick breakdown of some of our favorite causes. Research can take time, and this will ease that burden. If you like doing crafts for charity, then these will be matches made in heaven.

this beanie on a dog demonstrates anybody can make crafts for charity

Proof: my dog Laika wearing a homemade beanie by yours truly

Just as you’d suspect, there are different types of organizations with different needs. Before we get into that, I’d like to suggest visiting a nearby retirement home and having arts and crafts time there with the residents. Giving our time to those who need companionship is one of the most charitable and rewarding things we can do.
Making Crafts to Donate to Charity?
If you want to donate completed projects, then below are some fine options to consider. Our readers are typically machine crafters, and many of these charities are looking for crocheted and knitted goods, but we suspect that many of you have these skills in your arsenal! If you can believe it, even I know how to knit and purl.

We did think of one fun way for you to use your Cricut machines: if you’re planning on donating a  kid’s white t-shirt to a shelter, you might as well put a fun design on it first with Iron-on. I’m sure you have plenty of your own solutions for designs, but maybe try one of our free SVG files (download links located at the bottom of this post).

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December 2017 – Free Monthly SVG Design Downloads

Well, it’s nearly December, which means we have free downloadable Christmas SVG designs for you to enjoy. We also included a few fun Hanukkah projects. We have plenty of different ideas to keep you busy this month, all courtesy of our designer Aaron Meyers. December downloads include: (1) scrapbook layout, (1) banner project, and (1) set of Hanukkah projects. The download links are at the bottom of the post.

In the event that you have never used an SVG file, they work with electronic craft cutting machines, like the CAMEO 3 and the Cricut Explore Air 2. It’s as simple as uploading the SVG file to your machine, loading the material, and then watch while machine does all the work.

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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:

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