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  1. 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. Flower Project Instructions 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 →
  2. 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...
  3. 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...
  4. 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 one 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: sizzix hipster project ideas - completed card designs Continue reading →
  5. 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:easter scrapbook layout tutorial completed design Continue reading →
  6. 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...
  7. 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...
  8. Simple Stories Sports Scrapbook Collection Kits

    by Richelle Naegle The new Simple Stories sports collection kits are perfect if you are trying to create a scrapbook layout for your favorite little athlete! Simple Stories is well known for offering scrapbookers the best kinds of solutions. There is a collection kit for just about every sport and they make it super easy to throw together quick projects. Sports-Themed Layout Projects I used different colors of Premium Cardstock by Core'dinations to add photo boards and an occasional die cut, but for the most part, everything (the stickers and cardstock) came from the collection kits. A lot of their new releases are Sports themed paper packs. You can find all the collection kits on our Simple Stories paper page. Baseball and Softball completed baseball scrapbook layout design The above image is a design made from the Baseball Collection Kit. Each set comes with 6 sheets of patterned cardstock. Obviously, I only used 2 of them. There are 4 more 12" x 12" pages that can be made, or you can cut them up to make photo pockets and other additions. Continue reading →
  9. St. Patrick's Day Crafts 2017 - Layout & Card Ideas

    Elmo St. Patrick's Day Card Ideaby Richelle Naegle Today is your lucky day; in this post, you get not one, but three St. Patrick's Day projects! Sorry, I know St. Patty's is just a couple days away, but I'm just barely getting to around to making these. But better late than never, I always say. So today, we are going to start out with this fun card I made using the Sesame Street Celebrations Cricut cartridge. It features all your favorite Sesame Street characters in designs that are great solutions for a variety of holidays. The card I chose features Elmo, my favorite Sesame Street character. This card ended up being 6" x 6" and Elmo was cut out at 6" with my Cricut Explore Air 2. The second card I made is one of Aaron's designs that we offered with our March 2017 downloads as part of our huge library of free .SVG Downloads. When I saw this card, I was immediately in love with it. I used my Silhouette CAMEO 3 to cut this card out at 4" x 6". It was just 3 easy cuts and I love the results! Continue reading →
  10. March 2017 Free SVG Designs: St. Patty's Day Card SVG's

    It's already March, can you believe it?! That means it's time for some fun St. Patty's Day projects, and this month we have (2) card projects for you to enjoy. Aaron Meyers has designed these two free .SVG downloadable files. Scroll to the bottom of the post to see the download links (you can't see them if you are reading this...
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