Category Archives: Birthday

CAMEO Projects: Birthday Banner & Layout

by Richelle Naegle
birthday layout

If your like me, you take lots of pictures for your kids’ birthday parties. My little boy is having a birthday this upcoming weekend and he absolutely loves dogs, so my choice in images was an easy one. I found these cute dogs in the Silhouette Design Studio Library! I used the NEW 12″ x 12″ Let’s Party paper pack from Simple Stories, as well as plain colored cardstock. The great thing about this collection is it has a lot of the primary colors, which are ideal for birthday themes, in my opinion.

For the first page, the cute puppy is cut out at about 5.5″ high and the Happy Birthday is 4″ tall. The banner was created just by cutting out 0.5″ triangles that I glued down to a string. The photo slot is for a 5″ x 7″ image. I also included a Simple Stories Everyday Memorabilia Pocket so that I could add a journaling card later.

The second page has (4) 3″ x 3″ photo slots as well as (1) 4″ x 6″. Instead of just gluing down the photo squares on the left side, I used some washi tape to accent the page without a lot of extra work. I love how it turned out! One great thing about washi is when I didn’t initially like the placement, it was easy to move the decorative tape without damaging the layout. The puppy on this page is 7″ tall (including his hat).

I love how this scrapbook layout turned out. The CAMEO 3 really did the trick. Get stocked up on Silhouette accessories. I can’t wait to add some fun pictures to it!

birthday banner

At our house we try and make a big deal out of someone’s birthday. And by “big deal”, I mean doing the little things that make the kids feel special all day long! My sister started making clever banners for each of my kids a few years back and they absolutely love them. The first year they left them up all year! This year, I made a new one to hang above my boy’s door so he sees it when he wakes up. I found this cute Balloon Banner in the Silhouette Library. I cut out two of them and glued them together and added the Happy Birthday using one of the fonts on my computer. It measures about 20″ long, so it will be a perfect fit on his door.

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I hope you enjoy these projects as much as I do. As always, happy creating!

Craft Calendar – Free .SVG Calendar Download (SVG)

Merry Christmas Eve, everyone! You’ll be happy to know that got you a gift this year. Getting organized is easier when you include an element of fun, which is why we have come up with a crafty calendar, available for free download every month! The designs will work with a number of electronic cutting machines (Explore, CAMEO, etc.) because they are in .SVG file format.

Please feel free to share this gift with your friends on Facebook.

To kick things off, Aaron Meyers designed a January calendar (of course), as well as a birthday cake icon and a cupcake icon. Every month we will be releasing new calendars and icons to fit the themes and events of the season.

New additions to the calendar will be included in our monthly Design Downloads. To download January’s designs, scroll to the bottom of this post for the links. Here is the concept:

craft calendar design - january

There are a variety of ways in which you can make this calendar come to life! Richelle did her calendar (pictured below) on a 12″ x 12″ magnetic dry erase board.

The icons are on Silhouette magnet paper and she used Cricut vinyl for the grid, January, january calendarand the snowflake shapes.

She added the days with dry erase markers. Obviously, the icons are reusable, the grid is reusable, and she will remove the vinyl shapes and month label.

You can simply put your calendar all on colored paper. You would likely need to create a new calendar every month from scratch, but that’s a fun problem to have. Note: If you are the type that likes to keep calendars as records of events, this is the ideal solution.

If you are considering putting a paper calendar on your fridge, you can hang it with magnets and use magnet paper for the icons.

Check Back for New Monthly Designs

We hope to see you back here every 30 days, as we release new calendar designs and unique, themed icons, for each of the 12 months of the year. They will be included with our free monthly design download posts, which up to this point have only included card designs.

At CraftDirect, we hope you have a merry Christmas and a happy new year. Make sure you get in lots of crafting this holiday! If you are cutting with a CAMEO 3, keep your Silhouette blade sharp. If you are cutting with an Explore Air 2, keep your Cricut blade sharp.

Note: if you are reading this post within the blog feed, you can’t see the download link unless you click the post title to see the attachments.

Classically Modern Cards Cricut Cartridge Ideas

by Richelle Naegle

TClassically Modern Cards Cricut Cartridge Ideaswo fun new cards cartridges in the same week! Are you in love? Because I sure am. I had to create something the minute I got my hands on this one, the new Classically Modern cartridge. I am so excited for the latest installment from Cricut.

I absolutely love the intricate designs that these cards have to offer, and they are just the beginning! I’m going to get my money’s worth with this one. It really is an instant classic Cricut cartridge. I think the hardest choice I had to make was which two cards to cut out first 🙂

So, I chose the cute robot Birthday card, I have two young boys and they have lots of little friends so this card is so perfect for them.The card is about a 3.5″ x 5” card when finished, and it has the cute matching envelope. I cut out an extra robot because i wanted to add him to the front of the envelope. This card was super easy to create and you’ll find excellent colored cardstock here.

This second card is the one featured on the front of the box and may be the reason I fell in love with this cartridge in the first place. I LOVE how detailed and intricate this card is. Remember: you don’t have to make these designs into cards!

Classically Modern Cards Cricut Cartridge IdeasYou could easily cut off the back and use the front as a scrapbook embellishment, or even cut it out of Cricut vinyl and make it into a great home decoration. Or really get creative and use Iron-on material to make a beautiful shirt out of it. The possibilities really are limited to your own imagination. Even though it’s a card cartridge, you don’t have to use it as a card.

What do you think of the Cricut Classically Modern Cards cartridge? Project Ideas that you have thought of? Let me know by sharing them with us. Put your Cricut Explore Air to good use! Crafting is more fun when you can inspire others! Share your ideas on our Google + Paper Crafting Fanatics page or on Facebook.

Happy creating!

Sweet Treats Cricut Cartridge Ideas

by Richelle Naegle
Sweet Treats Cricut Cartridge Ideas
I don’t know about you but I go though more Birthday cards in a year than anything else. Between cards for my friends, family, and my kids’ friends, it seems like I am always making a Birthday card. Today I wanted to make a fun one for a great friend; something she would appreciate a lot…so I put special effort into it. Equipped with the Sweet Treats Cricut cartridge, my imagination, and the my friend as inspiration here is what I came up with:

I used the Sizzix Basic Step Up Card set to cut out the base of the card as well as a couple of the steps to give the card a little layering and variety. All the paper is from the same Hip Hip Hooray Paper stack (by We R Memory Keepers), making it super easy to coordinate paper colors quickly and easily. All of the images were cut out from the Sweet Treats Cricut cartridge, using the following sizes for each of the elements:

  • the Cake is patterned cardstock cut out at 3.5″ the party hat at at 1.75″
  • the candles at 2″
  • “may all your wishes come true” is cut out at 1.25″

I added a little bit of ribbon and a little bit of faux stitching around the edges. Remember to save on our huge selection of Sizzix dies. One of our most popular collections is Tim Holtz Crazy. If you don’t have a machine that uses dies, you should check out our selection of Sizzix machines.

This card looks like it took a lot of time, but including planning and sizing it only took about an hour total, so it wasn’t all that much time for such a fun 3D card.

Show off your Cricut projects and Sizzix creations. Have you made some Step Up Cards, or used the Cricut Sweet Treats? Ideas are always welcome please share them with us on our Paper Crafting Fanatics Google+ Page, or even on Facebook. I can’t wait to see what you have created.

Happy creating

How to Use Sizzix Framelits – Basic Step-Ups

By Richelle NaegleStep-Up Birthday Card
I generally take on Cricut projects, but I am trying to branch out and try new things. NEW is always good right? Well, I really like what I’ve seen from the Sizzix product line, lately. This Basic Step-Ups dies caught my eye.

I have done a step-up card before and it wasn’t super hard, but really a lot of work to get the dimensions just right. So when I saw this new product, I thought maybe this will make creating these fun cards easier, and honestly it did! I took all the tedious measuring and cutting and scoring out of the picture, and just did what I like to do best: create beautiful crafts with my Big Shot craft machine!

If you like to make these cards, or want to be able to without all the boring work involved, this set is definitely for you! What you need is the Step-ups Basic Card set, your favorite machine (I used the Teresa Collins eBosser), patterned paper, and glue! And don’t forget to include any other embellishments you may want. For this card I also used the Tags w/ Stamps Framelits set for the Happy Birthday tag.

There are really no dimensions or anything you need to worry about because it just cuts out the size, which is 5.5″ x 8.5″ (when flat), then you can cut out any of the step cuts (it even has one for the back) if you wanted to cut those as well. This set includes a ton of flowers. For the flower stems you could use anything that would resemble a stem, a toothpick, small stick, I used some wire covered with green string. For the centers of the flowers I also used some Tim Holtz stickles by Ranger.

This card was super super easy to make, just like most Sizzix cutting/embossing projects go. The thing that took me the longest was finding paper that I wanted to use and deciding how big I wanted my flowers. 🙂

Do you have a product that you would like me to feature or try? Please leave me a comment so I can make things that you are interested in or just want some inspiration for. Or have you made a project that you want to share with me and inspire me then share it with me leave me a comment with a link to your blog or post a picture on our Facebook page, or Google+ Paper Crafting Fanatics page. I can’t wait to see what you have created. Save big on Sizzix dies as well as Sizzix embossing folders. Also, check out the latest and greatest with Sizzix machines.

Happy creating!