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  1. Crafts for Charity Organizations

    this beanie on a dog demonstrates anybody can make crafts for charity 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. 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. 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). Without further ado, here are some great organizations: Continue reading →
  2. December 2017 Free SVG Designs: Reindeer Layout SVG, Hanukkah Icons SVG’s

    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. example of the christmas reindeer layout svg project completed Continue reading →
  3. 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...
  4. November 2017 Free SVG Designs: Thanksgiving T-Shirt SVG, Thanksgiving Decor SVG’s

    Thanksgiving is one of our favorite times of the year and we are celebrating it by expressing gratitude to our faithful customers with free SVG download designs. Our lead designer, Aaron Meyers, has some fresh new ideas for this fall holiday. He's come up with (1) Thanksgiving football jersey project, and (1) Thanksgiving tree home decor project. For the best...
  5. 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 →
  6. 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 →
  7. October 2017 Free SVG Designs: Halloween Emoji SVG's, Halloween T-Shirt SVG’s

    Wow, it's not quite October and we already have snow on the mountains around the CraftDirect corporate offices! We are not ready for this yet. It's time for Halloween projects, not hot cocoa and a blanket. We're we excited because we have lots of free SVG designs that you are going to love. Aaron (our designer) was really busy this month...
  8. New Simple Stories - Fall 2017

    At CraftDirect, one of our favorite brands is Simple Stories because of the way they make paper crafting so much easier. We had very high expectations for this fall release, and they did not disappoint! Is that any surprise? the bloom collection is part of the fall 2017 Simple Stories release You will be inspired to make unique scrapbook layouts, heart-felt greeting cards, decorative photo frames, and don't forget your Carpe Diem planner projects. Save on the new Simple Stories Fall 2017 collections with the online leaders in crafting. Here are the new product lines we are so excited to announce: New Carpe Diem Beautiful Bliss Bloom Vintage Blessings Very Merry Continue reading →
  9. September 2017 Free SVG Designs: Football Layout SVG, Cake Decor SVG

    September is almost here, which means it's time for some free SVG design downloads. Aaron Meyers is the artist, and he has a few fun and original ideas for you to try with your favorite electronic cutting machine. There are (1) scrapbook layout, (3) emojis, and to celebrate the addition of The Sweet Tooth Fairy to our website, Aaron made (1...
  10. Mini Halloween Things Projects - Tim Holtz 2017

    cards made with Mini Halloween Things Thinlits diesby Richelle Naegle I'm sure you have seen my posts for the New Tim Holtz Halloween Dies. 2017 Sizzix Halloween Dies is a great year for Halloween Dies!! Oh my, these are all so amazing!  Okay, so I finally got my hands on a couple of them, because they are literally flying off the shelves. I would highly recommend pre-ordering them if you want them, they seem to go out of stock as soon as they arrive. The reason I decided to make Mini Halloween Things projects is I think this may be my favorite die set from 2017, I love the Mini Halloween Things Thinlits. They are perfect for making fun little cards to go with treats, or create quick tags, or add an embellishment to a photo frame. If you are like me and you enjoy giving away treats to friends around Halloween, you can add a quick note with a fun die-cut piece using this die set. and want to add a cute little note to them these would make a perfect embellishment to a gift tag. Continue reading →
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