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  1. 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 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 June, Aaron...
  2. 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...
  3. What Is a Sizzix Fold-a-Long Card?

    by 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 real 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
  4. Large 3-D Flower Sizzix Thinlits Project Ideas

    by Richelle Naegle 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
  5. 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...
  6. Mother's Day 2017 Craft Project Ideas

    by Richelle Naegle Today I'm going to cover a few fun cards you can make for your special Mom. Some are super easy and some are more involved. Hopefully you have as much fun with your Mother's Day 2017 craft project ideas as I did. Let's start with the intricate project first. This is a fun rectangular pop out card and...
  7. Sizzix Hipster Project Ideas (Video)

    by Richelle Naegle This year at CHA, when I first got to see the NEW Tim Holtz Hipster Dies & Stamps, I was totally in love! I was a huge fan of the Crazy Dogs & Cats but honestly, I like these ones even more. I would highly recommend buying on of our bundle deals on these. We have a few different choices, but my favorite is the Mini Cutter & Hipster Dies w/ Stamps Bundle because then you have everything you need (except the paper and ink) to complete these projects. I'll discuss the other bundle options later in the post. Long story short, I made a few cards so I'm sharing my Sizzix Hipster project ideas: Continue reading
  8. 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: Continue reading
  9. Anniversary Card Project Tutorial w/ Free Download

    We have a guest blogger today who is sharing an anniversary card project tutorial. The project design actually came from CraftDirect's collection of free .SVG downloads, created by Aaron Meyers. Scroll to the bottom of the post to see the download link. Without further ado, we are happy to introduce Christi Steinbeck: Hello CraftDirect readers! Christi here. I am stopping...
  10. April 2017 Free SVG Designs: Easter Layout SVG, Motorcycle SVG

    For April, we have a few fun new designs by Aaron Meyers. April showers bring May flowers, and while you're inside this rainy season, maybe kill some time by doing a few of our free .SVG designs. These designs will work with your favorite electronic cutting machine. In this installment, we have two very fun solutions for you: (1) complete...
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