Category Archives: How to Craft Tutorials

Sweet Sugarbelle Project: Cactus Cookie Cutters Set

cactus cookie cutter set components and boxAt CraftDirect, we’ve wanted to do a Sweet Sugarbelle cookie cutter project for quite some time, so I took the opportunity this Christmas break. I visited my nieces (ages 13 and 9) and nephew (age 4) in Georgia where it was bitter cold and gray, the type of weather that is perfect for cookie baking. Everyone was happy to participate, and we all had fun. The great thing about Sweet Sugarbelle cookie cutters is their products make it easy to create intricate sugar cookie designs using stencils and other helpful accessories.

Getting Started

Because I’m from Arizona, I thought the kids would like to get a little taste of the desert, so I selected the Cactus Cookie Cutter Set. It includes two cookie cutters, two templates, and two instruction cards. In addition to that, we used Disposable Piping Bags and a few household utensils, like butter knives and spatulas. Since we’ve been selling Sweet Sugarbelle, I’ve wondered what the templates look like. It turns out they are made of thin, clear plastic. You punch out the shapes to get the positive and the negative stencil: Continue reading “Sweet Sugarbelle Project: Cactus Cookie Cutters Set” »

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.

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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
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Back to School Scrapbook Layout Project (Free Download)

After a one month layoff, we are excited to welcome Christi back. We are really excited about the way her project turned out. Remember that you can download the SVG for this back to school scrapbook layout project at the bottom of the post. You can use SVG files to cut, draw, etc. using electronic cutting machines.

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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 “Easter Scrapbook Layout Tutorial – Silhouette Project” »

MINC Foil Projects

by Richelle Naegle

One of my favorite products to use is the MINC foil machine. I think this machine helps to add a lot of variety and creativity to my craft projects. I don’t always remember to get it out and use it, so I’ve made an extra effort lately to use it to its fullest. Heidi Swapp has come out with some great new products that make adding foil to anything quick and easy, without the use of a laser printer.paper1

paper2The first of these products is MINC Reactive paint. It works great for quickly adding foil to any place on your paper. I took a regular sheet (pictured to the right) of 6 x 6 paper and a small paint brush along with the reactive paint. Just squeeze a small amount onto a little piece of wax paper and simply paint where ever you want the foil to be. Then let the paint completely dry (in this case it took about 10 minutes). Pro tip: you can use your blow dryer to speed up the drying process.

Once it is completely dry, cover it with foil and run it though your machine. I would suggest using a different MINC transfer folder for this. If not, this project can compromise the next by leaving excess paint and foil on your machine. You can see with the picture to the left how some of the dots have foil on them. I love this helpful product. It will make it so much easier to add that little pop of foil to your next project.

Heidi Swapp also has the MINC toner pen, which is perfect for adding foil to something that you have handwritten, or for touching up a spot that your laser printer missed. We also have MINC reactive mist and you can see Heidi Swapp’s video here on the reactive mist. Watch the pro as she uses it so you can get creative and make beautiful projects with your MINC foil applicator.

Also you can foil your vinyl to create fun vinyl projects with more brilliance using your MINC foil applicator. If you missed the post on how easy this is to do, you can read it: How to Foil Your Vinyl Material!

pinwheelsI have a party coming up and I thought adding foil to these fun pinwheels would be a great idea. They have toner on both sides, which allowed me to add different colors and patterns.pinwheel up close My absolute favorite to make was the one using the houndstooth design with pink and gold ombre reactive foil. I have a close up of it to the right. I put blue on the back and the ombre design on the front. It gave it such a unique look!

You can also see I used some white reactive foil on these, which is always a very popular color. The white doesn’t have the same shimmer and shine that the rest of the foil colors do, but it does have a very beautiful finish.

Next I created a fun Heidi Swapp Halloween banner using the MINC and the Pebbles Boo Banner, the Jumbo Striped Alphabet orange foil and a pack of the toner sheets. First, I cut out the fun little pumpkin from the Holiday Cakes Cricut cartridge at 3″ I cut the top layer using the toner sheets and then ran everything though the MINC machine with the MINC orange foil. I used my Crop-A-Dile tool to punch holes in the corners so that I could string up my banner. I love how this banner turned out! I can’t wait ’til October so I can put it back on the front door! christmas houses

house1Next I wanted to create something for (Heidi Swapp) Christmas and I absolutely love, love, love the MINC 3D Paper Village. For this project I only used the gold foil and the kit.house2 It was easy and no extra supplies were needed. I grouped my material and everything together, which made it easier to find everything I needed for each house during the project. These houses come with the 3D adhesive already adhered to them so it makes it super easy to just peel and stick them together. I found that the adhesive sticks really well and so you want to make sure you take your time and align them up before you stick them down. Once they are down they are down. Then add your stickers and you are done.

Note: this kit also comes with fun stickers like ribbons and wreaths that you could use to decorate your houses. So if you are going to use them make sure you have some green and red foil, and the best way to do that is to pick up our Christmas MINC foil bundle. This kit will also give you silver as well.

I hope you have enjoyed all these fun MINC projects. If I have inspired you to create something new with your MINC machine share them with me on our Instagram page and tag us with #craftdirect so we can see what you are creating!

Happy creating!

We R Memory Keepers Punch Board Projects

by Richelle Naegleflowers created by envelope punch board

We R Memory Keepers has a great line of Punch Boards on the market right now. Some of the most popular ones that we carry are the Envelope punch board, the Gift Bag punch, as well as the Flower punch board and the Pinwheel punch board! And if you haven’t had a chance yet, you should definitely check out the Alphabet punch board! This punch board was just released in 2016 and it allows you to make every letter in the alphabet as well as numbers.

There are so many We R Memory Keepers punch board projects that you can do, but for this blog post we will focus on just two of them. Save on We R paper, which offers amazing designs on quality cardstock.

Flower Punch Board Projects

Today I am going to show you how easy it is to use the Flower punch board. With just a few easy steps you can create beautiful flowers in seconds.flower chart

  • First you will need to decide how big of a flower you want and how many layers you want to do. My largest one is 6″ in diameter and the smallest is 3″. (You can go all the way from 3″ to 22.5″ in diameter with this punch board)
  • Using the size chart printed on the board, you will need to cut your strips to the correct sizes for each flower. (see image to the left)
  • Then simply align the left side of your Scrapbook paper to the correct line and punch and score twice (once straight and once vertical) easy guide lines and score tool are included.
  • TIMG_1463hen just repeat that step until you have finished the entire sheet.
  • Fold all score lines using an accordion fold and glue together.
  • If you want to add some depth to your flowers you can use the including rounding tool and simply roll the paper around the tool. (I didn’t like how it looked when I inserted it into the slot) It made a funny crease in the paper so I just curled it around the tool.
  • Last you can use the We R Memory Keepers Flower Stems to complete a beautiful bouquet.

Pinwheel Punch Board ProjectsPinwheels

The second punch board we have is the Pinwheel punch board and this punch board is as much for kids as adults. While I was making these fun flowers, my eight year old son was making pinwheels (yep, that’s how easy these are to create). I showed him just once how to put the sticks together and cut them and he took it from there.

With these, you can either make a single pinwheel using one sheet of cardstock paper or a double pinwheel using two sheets. You will definitely want to get the pinwheel attachments from We R Memory Keepers. They are sold in packages of 12 and come in a variety of colors. This punch board allows you to make Pinwheels anywhere from from 3″ – 12″ in diameter .

Have you used any of the Punch Boards? Let me know which one is your favorite and please share some of your craft art you made with them on our Paper Crafting Fanatics Google+ Page. We R is known for making great solutions for crafters. Check out our We R Memory Keepers tools and enjoy discount prices.

Happy creating!

How to Foil Your Vinyl Material (Infographic)

by Richelle Naegle

One day while searching Pinterest, I found a video that someone had made on the Heidi Swapp page where she used Silhouette permanent vinyl with her laminator machine to foil the vinyl, The purpose was so that she could adhere the design to a coffee mug. You can check out that video here.

We’ve made an infographic to explain the process so you know how to foil your vinyl material. I also offer my own handiwork below the infographic, so you can see how it works in action. Without further ado:

how to foil your vinyl material infographic
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Watercolor Crafts & Art by erin the great

caterpillar bus watercolor painting

If you would like to contact the artist, you can reach her at

One of the most beautiful mediums in the visual arts is watercolor painting. It’s aptly named watercolor because of how the paint is made up of pigments that are suspended in a water-based solution.

Typically the paint is applied to paper surfaces, but it works with a number of other supports.

Here at, we have a variety of watercolor craft supplies that will help you harness the power of this lovely, yet challenging medium.

The trick with watercolor is that you must apply just the right amount of paint. If you apply too little, your artwork won’t be vibrant enough with color. If you over-soak the material, you will compromise the work.

Perfecting this skill can takes a lot of education and practice.

Today we are featuring an artist (erin the great – check her out at who has put many years into developing her talent through this painting medium. She graduated in fine art with a concentration on drawing and painting from the University of Tennessee. She is known for illustrating children’s books, as well as her gnome art and watercolor paintings that can be found all over Atlanta. She has even had watercolor artwork featured on Extreme Home Makeover.

billy goat gruff troll - watercolor art

Watercolor Craft Products

You probably don’t have time for all that education and practice and you just want to know about the products that can give your projects that watercolor effect. We have a few delightful options for making watercolor crafts easy:

For example, we have the Crafternoon Watercolor Art kit which has 3 stencil designs as well as watercolor paint. The designs include fun phrases and shapes. Check out the hot air balloon.
crafternoon watercolor product packagingShop all our watercolor products here. Presently, we carry two different watercolor tag sets by Heidi Swapp (one is for MINC projects). And for a quick embellishing addition to any project, try the watercolor washi tape collection by We R Memory Keepers.

As always, happy crafting!

Heidi Swapp Star Lanterns: How to and Review

by Richelle Naegle

This is one of the easiest home decor solutions. Check out the Heidi Swapp Star Lanterns. These fun, starry decorations are not only inexpensive, but they are so easy to assemble.

paper star lanterns completed

They can be used with or without the lights. I should note, the lights come in blue, green, red, orange, and white. They are not included with the star lantern, so you can choose your own preferred color if you decide to light it up. Continue reading “Heidi Swapp Star Lanterns: How to and Review” »