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  1. July 2018 Free SVG Designs: 4th of July Layout SVG, Emoji SVG's

    It's hard to believe it's July already! We've got some new, free monthly SVG downloads for you. Aaron Meyers created a variety of designs to match various July holidays. We've also included our emoji designs, which were some of our most popular designs from last year. Keep reading to see and download the (1) layout, (4) sets of emojis, and (2) cards. The cards are great because you can use the shapes for any kind of project, not just making a card for "hot dog day". In case you are unfamiliar, in order to use these files, you need a Cricut Explore Air 2, or a similar electronic cutting machine. You just upload the file to your machine and let it do all the work, cutting your paper. new 2018 4th of july layout concept example Continue reading →
  2. Exclusive PhotoPlay Scrapbook Bundles

    photoplay logo by Richelle Naegle Every once in awhile I run across a product that I just fall in love with immediately. Well, I fell in love with pretty much the entire product collection by PhotoPlay. I'm not sure how long they have been around, but I don't think it's been very long; I just found them recently. The collection that I saw first was O' Canada by Becky Fleck. The moose and the other adorable animals made me take a second look and research to find out where I could get this collection. I soon found that I loved all their paper collections and I thought our customers would love them too! To make it easy to get the entire collection we have made exclusive PhotoPlay scrapbook bundles for each of the collections we carry. Most bundles will include a 12" x 12" Collection Pack, a set of die cuts, a stamp set, and a die set. Sometimes the bundles have different products, it just depends on what is released with each set. The bundles offer you a convenient shopping solution and a better price! Continue reading →
  3. June 2018 Free SVG Designs: Father's Day T-Shirt SVG, Cat & Dog Card SVG's

    you can make this Yoda father's day t-shirt design We've got a few fun designs for you this June! Every month we try to come up with a nice variety of projects and themes for our customers with our free monthly SVG downloads. Aaron Meyers is our designer and he came up with (1) t-shirt design for Father's day, and (2) card designs. In case you are unaware, we also have a secret design every month available for download when you buy something. We never tell you what it is, it's supposed to be a surprise, but we can't keep our mouths shut about it this time: it's a Superdad t-shirt design! To download the designs, just scroll to the bottom of this post. Once you have the file, upload it to your electronic cutting machine. It will cut the material for you. In the case of the t-shirt projects, you will want to cut heat transfer paper. Then you take your material and iron it onto your blank tee. That's it! Did you know you can transfer the design more precisely, quickly, and simply with the Cricut EasyPress? You gotta try it! Continue reading →
  4. May 2018 Free SVG Designs: Summer Icons SVG's, Cinco de Mayo SVG's

    completed cinco de mayo props download projectWe're getting an early start on May because we want to give you enough time to make Cinco de Mayo projects (more on those in a minute. Our free May design downloads are really fun this year. Aaron Meyers is our designer and got really creative this month. You can download (1) summer-themed icons file, (1) Mother's Day-themed print, and (2) Cinco de Mayo-themed party prop files. Richelle was so excited about the Cinco de Mayo project, she already made all the props (pictured). If you have never used an SVG file, then you should know that they work with electronic cutting machines, like the Explore Air 2 and the CAMEO 3. All you have to do is upload the file, load your paper, and watch the machine do all the work cutting it (or drawing, scoring, etc.). Here are the designs (scroll to the bottom of the post to see the download links): Continue reading →
  5. 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 →
  6. April 2018 Free SVG Designs: Snapchat Hot Dog SVG, Grad Card SVG's

    add this layered snapchat dancing hot dog design to paper projectsUsually, April would be the time where we drop Easter projects on you, but 2018 was an odd year in the sense that Easter fell on the last Sunday in March. That means we had to get creative with our free April 2018 SVG design downloads. Do you remember the dancing hot dog meme that was all the rage for about 4 weeks last year on Snapchat? We thought it would be fun to add that as a layered image to scrapbook layouts, so Aaron made (1) meme icon and (2) graduation cards. The trick to crafting with these SVG files is you need an electronic cutting machine, like the Cricut Explore Air and Silhouette machines. These sophisticated craft machines do all the work for you. There are 3 quick steps: Download the file at the bottom of this post, then upload it to your machine with your colored cardstock, and watch it do all the cutting. Continue reading →
  7. New Product Lines at CraftDirect in 2018

    by Richelle Naegle This year at the CHA show we found a bunch of great products. Some are new and some are just new to us, but nonetheless, we are super excited about all the new product lines we have been adding to our inventory! Spellbinders spellbinders die and stamp sets are new to CraftDirectWe will start with Spellbinders. We know many of our customers love Sizzix dies, so we decided it was time to bring in more options from some of these great collections, such as Flower Garden by Sharyn Sowell. This collection features intricately cut dies so you can adorn your cards with blossoming paper flowers. Some of our other collections include Sew Sweet by Tammy Tutterow and Elegant 3D Vignettes, which features 3D cards that have multiple beautiful layers. Don't miss out on my favorite die types, the Die D-Lites. These simple die sets make it easy for you to create wonderful cards, scrapbook embellishments, and more! We have fun themes, like pizza, Sketched Flowers, a Hip Llama, pandas, dinosaurs, succulents, etc.  The fun and playful side of me likes this new March collection, The Perfect Match. If you like the whimsical side of life and "punny" cards, you will love that collection (by Debi Adams). Continue reading →
  8. March 2018 Free SVG Designs: Easter Layout SVG, Bunny Candy Bag SVG

    bunny candy bag easter paper craft project completedMarch is national craft month and we want to start it out with some free SVG design downloads. This month, Aaron Meyers has done (1) St. Patrick's day card, a (1) bunny candy bag, and (1) fun Easter scrapbook layout. Just in case you are new here, every month we release new, free designs. It works like this: You use the SVG image files with an electronic cutting machine to cut your material (colored cardstock, vinyl, etc.) to make these fun designs. To download each file, all you have to do is scroll to the bottom of this post and click on the links. Richelle tackled our favorite design and brought it to life; it's called the Bunny Candy Bag. To make this cute bag, you will just need some scrapbook paper, strong adhesive, and a bag filled with your preferred treats! You will need to adhere the cardstock to the bag, and we suggest using double-sided tape. Your kids, friends, and relatives will love this as an Easter gift. Continue reading →
  9. 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 →
  10. February 2018 Free SVG Designs: Animal Valentine SVG's, Planner Icons SVG's

    It's February, and we are so excited to have spring right around the corner, but before we get there we have Valentine's Day crafts to take care of! Every month we offer our readers/customers free SVG design downloads created by Aaron Meyers. This month, we are pleased to bring you (2) card designs and (1) set of February-themed icons for your daily planner. Before we get to the projects, we must explain how this all works. You use the SVG image files with an electronic cutting machine to cut your material (colored cardstock, vinyl, etc.) to make these fun designs. To download each file, all you have to do is scroll to the bottom of this post and click on the links. Here is our favorite design for this month's selection: fox valentine's day card project completed Continue reading →
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