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!

CGull Embossing Folders Birthday Card

by Richelle NaegleCGull Happy Birthday Embossed Card

I am always looking for a quick way to make cards or scrapbook layouts. I don’t know about you but with kids and work and such I don’t have a lot of free time to make super crafty things all the time. One day while surfing around Pinterest to get inspired I came across this great Birthday Card that was just embossed and had a year on it. I’m not much of an embosser, really I need to do it more. I love the effect it gives but working in the printing industry for over 10 years I have this need for everything to have nice, dark, clean look. I really should let that go sometimes, but that’s what appeals to my eye the most. So when I emboss I think that I need to have that part of the image stand out more. I know that’s really not necessary! But this embossed card stood out to me so much.

CGull has made these great embossing folders that I absolutely love they are not like your standard embossing folder they have their own unique designs. One of my favorites is the Happy Birthday one and you could seriously could get away with just embossing some patterned paper and calling it good, but something inside me keeps me going. 🙂 So here is my version of that card.

I used the CGull Embossing Folders Birthday Card (all of their folders are 5″ x 7″) and embossed the image and then using my Tim Holtz distress ink by Ranger, I inked up the edges and lightly ran it over the top of the image so that everything that was raised would have a nice bold color. The 30 candle is from the Something to Celebrate Cricut cartridge and I cut it out at 2.25″. Add a little bit of brown ribbon to it and it was done. Total time spent making this card was about 10 min at the most. If you were in a huge rush you could do it quicker than that by not inking and you wouldn’t even have to put the age on the card.

I love how this card tuned out! I would love to see your super easy cards that you make! Share them with me leave me a comment on the blog with a link to your blog if you have one or share a picture with me on Facebook! In case you haven’t noticed, CGull and Cricut go great together, and you can save on both, here.

We should mention that CGull is well known for offering the best totes in the business. Check out our CGull tote bags.

Happy creating

Birthday Bash Cricut Cartridge Ideas

by Richelle Naegle

Celebrate Aligator CardWith summer here my kids seem to have Birthday parties every week and buying cards for kids just seems like a huge waste of money to me. But I have found that if I give them a homemade Cricut card with a fun animal or with something they are interested in then they at least look at them a little bit longer. So I’m always looking for a new and fun ideas for Birthday cards, because I really don’t just like to make a ton of one and give them all out. I would probably be easier to do them that way but I don’t feel they are as personal or fun that way, so the Birthday Bash Cricut cartridge ideas are very fun and easy and have fun animals on it. So this is one of my go to Cricut cartridges especially when I need to make a quick card for kids.

So Easy to Make

The overall size of this card is 8″ x 3.5″ (perfect for an alligator) he is made from patterned cardstock cut out at 2.5″ (which makes him about 8.25″ long) with my Cricut machine. The banner is cut out at .75″ and I used pop dots to give it a little bit more dimension.

That’s it, this card is super easy to make so when your in a pinch and need to make a Birthday card check out the Birthday Bash Cricut cartridge. Share your Birthday cards with me! I would love to see some of the fun Birthday cards you have made, post them on the Paper Crafting Fanatic’s page so we can inspire each other.

Remember that Cricut tools will make your project go more smoothly.

Happy creating!

Cricut Birthday Card Ideas

By Richelle Naegle

My boys get invited to birthday parties all the time for one friend or another and  it’s funny how often they are pirate-themed parties. I think it must be a little boy thing! I’m always looking for fun new Cricut cards for my boys and their friends, and I think this one is perfect. I really love the little pirate guy (there is a cute girl as well) on the Create A Friend Cricut cartridge. He could also be used as fun Pirate-themed decor if you cut him out on a full 12″ x 24″ paper. I like the idea of playing pin the eye patch on the pirate (or try the sword). Another option would be to use it for party invitations.

How to make this Cricut Card

Create A Friend Cricut Cartridge Pirate Card

For this card I used the Phrases Cricut cartridge for the base of the card I cut it at 7″. The image is the called the double bracket card.

For the inlaid sheet I used the Old West Cricut cartridge and cut the paper out at 5.25″ but you could also just tear the edges of a piece of paper to give it the same look. Using Cricut tools always makes projects easier.

I used some Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Rusty Hinge) to ink the edges and the paper to give it that old worn map look. I inked the edges up a lot as well as inked the inside of the sheet so that it looks like it has some texture. If I were to make it again, I would crinkle the paper up some before I inked it so that it would not only give the card more dimension but also make it look more authentic.

As mentioned, the pirate is from the Create A Friend cartridge and he was cut out at 5.5″.

You can write all the text using Cricut Explore machines and the black marker from the Antiquity marker set. If you are using the Explore and you want to write on your paper make sure you attach the text to the image you want it drawn onto, other wise when you go to cut and draw it will draw the image anywhere on your paper and not necessarily where you had intended it to go.

Share Your Cricut Birthday Card Ideas

I know you have some fun Cricut Birthday card ideas! Share them with me on the Paper Craft Fanatic’s Google Page or leave me a comment on this blog post with a link to your blog. I would love to see what you have made with your Cricut cartridges and your favorite cardstock.

Happy creating

Cricut Ribbons and Rosettes Projects

by Richelle Naegle

Today I am sharing with you the various Cricut Ribbons and Rosettes projects I have come up with over the past couple of years. This is one of my very favorite classic cartridges, in large part due to its versatility. I encourage you to put on your creative cap and let’s see what you can come up with.

Princess Birthday Card

princess card made by cricut ribbons and rosettesThis little girl birthday card was created also using the Once Upon A Princess Cricut cartridge. The overall size of the card is 5 x 7 inches. The princess was cut out at 4.5” and the castle at 3.5”. The grass is from the Ribbons & Rosettes Cartridge at 4.5” using the 2 x 3 / 2 x 6 border feature. I did cut a quite a bit of the bottom off. The clouds are from Create a Critter cartridge at 2” , 1.5” & 1”

“Happy Birthday” on the front is cut out from Once Upon A Princess at 2”.  Such a fun cartridge to make cards with and there are plenty of other projects for little girls using these delightful cartridges by the amazing designers at Cricut.

Seasons Greetings Card

This card was made with 2 cartridges: the Cricut Sesame Street Seasons for the snowflakes and the rosette is from Ribbons and Rosettes.

seasons greetings card made with ribbons and rosetteThe overall size of the card is 5 x 5 inches. I cut out 2 snow flakes at 4” and one at 3”. The rosette is cut out at 1” with 5 segments all from a very glittery paper. I love how this card turned out.

Thinking of You Card

Thinking of you card made with ribbons and rosettes cartridgeI made this card for a good friend of mine that is fighting Breast Cancer right now, she is so young and fighting so hard, she is such an inspiration to me. This card was made using the Ribbons and Rosettes cartridge Designer’s Calendar.

The overall size of the craft cardstock base is 4 x 6 inches. The rosette is cut out at 1.5″ with 6 segments and the Pink ribbon is cut out at 2″.

So let’s see your cards, show us what you have made for a family member or friend that is or has battled Breast Cancer. Share them with us on our Facebook page. Save on Cricut paper, as well as Cricut machines.