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  1. 4th of July Paper Craft Projects: Scrapbook Layout & Banner

    by Richelle Naegle 4th of july scrapbook layout project It's time to get out your red, white, and blue paper! If you don't have any, never you fear, there are so many great patriotic paper collections to buy. Many of them go well together. As far as new releases this year, we have the All American Collection Kit which is a solution from Simple Stories that are ideal for making 4th of July scrapbook layouts. Also, be sure to check out the Sweet Freedom 12" x 12" pack from the clever designers over at Pink Paislee. Both of these are great options for a variety of projects. Continue reading →
  2. July 2017 Free SVG Designs: Patriotic T-Shirt SVG, Patriotic Quote SVG, Emoji SVG's

    With July just around the corner, it's time for some more free SVG design downloads by Aaron Meyers. If you have an Explore Air 2 or a CAMEO 3 (or older models with the ability to operate using .SVG files), you can use these image files to cut the designs out of paper and other materials. For July, Aaron made (3) emojis, (1) patriotic t-shirt...
  3. Introducing Stitch Happy by We R Memory Keepers

    mint stitch happy machine packaging by Richelle Naegle Note: even before introducing Stitch Happy on our blog, we pre-sold hundreds of the machines. These things are flying off the shelves, so get one ASAP, while they are still available. Have you had a chance to check out the new Stitch Happy sewing system? It's the latest innovation from We R Memory Keepers. This fun new invention is a multi media machine, which means that it's made to sew a variety of materials such as paper, chipboard, mixed media, and more. If you would like to sew paper projects, then this is the machine for you. The problem with cardstock is that it dulls regular needles, which is why you don't want to use a regular sewing machine with paper. Stitch Happy uses needles intended for this very purpose. It even offers a large needle for heavier threads like baker's twine. Another great thing about Stitch Happy is that you can use it with tough materials, like leather. Continue reading →
  4. Paper American Flag Project (Free Download)

    Once again we have Christi back to share another craft that she made. This month it is a paper American flag project with. The design comes from an .SVG file by Aaron Meyers and you can download it at the bottom of this post. Upload the file to your electronic die-cutting machine and let the machine do the work for you. close up view of paper American flag project completedHello! Christi Here from Scrapping For Tranquility. Do you believe it is already well into June already? The kids are out of school and the warmer weather is here. Most families are planning on taking their vacations and the 4th of July is right around the corner. I don't know about you, but it has me thinking about our annual 4th of July parade and family BBQ. And don't forget about the fireworks that night. Our parade is so big in our small town in Indiana that they actually declare us the Capital of Indiana for the day. When I got to thinking of this upcoming holiday, the crafter in me started thinking of of all the decorations I could make. When I saw this download, I knew I had to make it right away. Continue reading →
  5. 2 New Heidi Swapp Home Decor Projects - 2017

    by Richelle Naegle Today, I am playing with some of the new Heidi Swapp scrapbooking products and I have to say that I'm having a blast. As you'd expect, her designs are both easy to use and they are pleasing to the eye once you complete your projects. Heidi Swapp Letterboard completed Heidi Swapp Letterboard projectsThe first projects I tackled were from the Heidi Swapp Letterboard collection. Oh boy, is this addicting! It's so easy to update that you could change the board every day and keep up with it. You could even do it a couple times a day, easily. I couldn't decide on what theme to make for this blog post, so I made several of them! Heidi Swapp Letterboard is a great way to leave an inspiring message for your family, or to leave notes, jokes, and whatever else your creative mind is inspired to make! There is no paper, ink. machines, etc. required to complete these projects. They are clean and easy! Continue reading →
  6. June 2017 Free SVG Designs: American Flag SVG, BBQ Layout SVG

    It's almost June and we're ready for summer break! Aaron has designed a couple of fun summer-themed projects for you, and if this is your first time, these are free SVG design downloads. If you have a Cricut Explore Air or a Silhouette CAMEO, you can use these image files to cut the patterns, shapes, and phrases found in the designs. For...
  7. Graduation Scrapbook Layout Project

    We are happy to welcome Christi back who will be sharing a graduation scrapbook layout project with us. The layout design was made by Aaron Meyers and you can download it for free, at the bottom of this post. Hi Craft Direct Fans! It is Christi from Scrapping For Tranquility here to give you my monthly look at one of the...
  8. What Is a Sizzix Fold-a-Long Card?

    front facing view of the completed cactus fold a long card by sizzixby Richelle Naegle At CHA 2017 I overheard others asking, what is a Sizzix Fold-a-Long card? If you haven't ever seen one, then you are in for a treat. Jen Long is the world-famous Sizzix designer who is the brains behind these fabulous cards. Let's take the Cactus Fold-a-Long Card Sizzix Thinlits die set for example. It makes a 3-panel card and when closed, has the appearance of a delightful shape. In this case, it looks like a saguaro cactus. When the card is opened, the insides of the 3 panels are revealed. You can get really creative with what you hide within the card, but each set of dies includes Thinlits for embellishing the card. Those die-cut shapes and phrases will match the overall theme of the design. Continue reading →
  9. Large 3-D Flower Sizzix Thinlits Project Ideas

    by Richelle Naeglecard made with the sizzix large 3-d thinlits die set When I first saw the David Tutera Wedding dies, I was instantly excited. There are a few different, beautiful flower-project options. A crafter can never have too many flower designs at her/his disposal. So check out this new set of Large 3-D Flower Sizzix Thinlits dies. It almost makes me want to decorate for a wedding...but not quite! This die is one of my favorites, and honestly, it made constructing this flower simple and easy! The most important thing to remember when making flowers is that no two flowers are the same and yet they are all perfect. So, when you are cutting out the petals for your flower, don't try and make it a certain way every time. It's probably too much work to make them look exactly alike and it's fun to have variety, anyway. For this particular flower I used the pink leather Sizzix paper and cut out each petal two times. It might take a little bit longer to cut, but I really like the unique look of my flowers when I use the leather material. Not only does it look cool, it gives the flower a little extra strength as well. One fun technique I have found to really make my flowers stand out is to spray the flowers with water and then crumple them up. Once they are dry, you will find it's given your material a more natural look. The center is super easy on this one. All you need to do is take your pre-cut piece of paper and start rolling from the wider side until the thinner side is on the outside. That's it! Continue reading →
  10. May 2017 Free SVG Designs: Graduation Layout SVG, Mother Fox Card SVG

    It's hard to believe that summer is just around the corner, but before we get there we have a few important dates to celebrate. With Mother's Day and Graduation fast approaching, Aaron Meyers focused his attention on creating craft art that celebrates these fun occasions. This month our free .SVG design downloads include two fun projects: (1) scrapbook layout, (1) card...
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