Category Archives: New Products

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 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” »

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:

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Introducing the New Cricut Maker Cutting System

We are extremely excited the release of the new Cricut Maker ultimate smart cutting machine. You will be able to buy Cricut Maker supplies on Sunday, August 20th. This innovative technology offers crafters potential that they’ve never seen in a personal cutting machine. It allows you to take on heavier duty projects with its ability to quickly and precisely cut hundreds of material types, including leather, felt, fabric, cardboard, kraft board, and so much more.

leather projects with the Cricut Maker Continue reading “Introducing the New Cricut Maker Cutting System” »

Tim Holtz Halloween Release & Project

completed tim holtz crazy dog halloween cardby Richelle Naegle

With October 31st still a few months away, Tim Holtz has been working hard on new designs. The new Tim Holtz Halloween release has inspired me to craft, the only problem is his new line isn’t quite in stock yet. I had to get creative and use some of my favorite dies that I already have. The Tim Holtz Crazy Dogs and Crazy Cats are among the funnest designs in his entire portfolio, and when you combine them with the Crazy Things, you can really dress the dogs and cats up to match the occasion at hand.

The overall size of this card is 3″ x 3″. I used the Mini Crazy Cats & Dogs dies & stamps bundle to make the dog, and then I used the Crazy Things die and stamps bundle for the witch’s hat and broom. The stamps work very well with these dies because they make it so easy to have all the fun details of the the dog without having to draw them on. Continue reading “Tim Holtz Halloween Release & Project” »

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 “Introducing Stitch Happy by We R Memory Keepers” »