Category Archives: Christmas

Crafts for Charity Organizations

by Nathan Baker

‘Tis the season of giving and we know plenty of generous crafters. Most people are willing to give, we just are all so busy. We get caught up in day to day life, and we often don’t find the time to seek out opportunities to give. That’s why we decided to give you a quick breakdown of some of our favorite causes. Research can take time, and this will ease that burden. If you like doing crafts for charity, then these will be matches made in heaven.

this beanie on a dog demonstrates anybody can make crafts for charity

Proof: my dog Laika wearing a homemade beanie by yours truly

Just as you’d suspect, there are different types of organizations with different needs. Before we get into that, I’d like to suggest visiting a nearby retirement home and having arts and crafts time there with the residents. Giving our time to those who need companionship is one of the most charitable and rewarding things we can do.
Making Crafts to Donate to Charity?
If you want to donate completed projects, then below are some fine options to consider. Our readers are typically machine crafters, and many of these charities are looking for crocheted and knitted goods, but we suspect that many of you have these skills in your arsenal! If you can believe it, even I know how to knit and purl.

We did think of one fun way for you to use your Cricut machines: if you’re planning on donating a  kid’s white t-shirt to a shelter, you might as well put a fun design on it first with Iron-on. I’m sure you have plenty of your own solutions for designs, but maybe try one of our free SVG files (download links located at the bottom of this post).

Without further ado, here are some great organizations: Continue reading “Crafts for Charity Organizations” »

December 2017 – Free Monthly SVG Design Downloads

Well, it’s nearly December, which means we have free downloadable Christmas SVG designs for you to enjoy. We also included a few fun Hanukkah projects. We have plenty of different ideas to keep you busy this month, all courtesy of our designer Aaron Meyers. December downloads include: (1) scrapbook layout, (1) banner project, and (1) set of Hanukkah projects. The download links are at the bottom of the post.

In the event that you have never used an SVG file, they work with electronic craft cutting machines, like the CAMEO 3 and the Cricut Explore Air 2. It’s as simple as uploading the SVG file to your machine, loading the material, and then watch while machine does all the work.

example of the christmas reindeer layout svg project completed Continue reading “December 2017 – Free Monthly SVG Design Downloads” »

New American Crafts – Summer 2017

We are excited to announce a huge summer release from American Crafts! We’ve added well over 100 products to our site, and all of them are getting in today, so we are ready to ship! For the most part, we’ve brought in new paper collections but there is also a very exciting and new product line…

The Sweet Tooth Fairy

You may know her as Megan Faulkner Brown from HSN’s Cupcake Wars, The Sweet Tooth Fairy offers crafters all kinds of solutions for decorating and displaying baked goods and other treats. There are layered, collapsible cupcake stands, various sprinkle shapes that are all white, but you can color them with coloring dust. There are also fun accessories and tools that will make your projects easier.

sweet tooth fairy cupcake stands and cake displays Continue reading “New American Crafts – Summer 2017” »

Belly Box Reindeer Project – Lori Whitlock – Silhouette Design

by Richelle NaegleLori Whitlock Reindeer treat box

Are you ready for Christmas, yet? I’m definitely not. I still have so much to do, and one of my checklist items was to make a gift for my kids’ teachers, some neighbors and a few other people. I was inspired by Aaron’s free download Reindeer card and decided to apply that same idea in making a treat box. I made two of them and they are the perfect size for fitting cookies and other treats. If you give a gift card in a treat box, I like the way you can slip the card in, with the treats holding it up. It’s a nice, eye-catching effect.

This cute Belly Box Reindeer project is designed by Lori Whitlock, and you can get it at the Silhouette store. If you do purchase images from Silhouette, you can save quite a bit of money by getting one of our Silhouette digital download cards. I am usually patient and wait for them to have an image sale, and that way you can stretch the money even further.

Using the CAMEO 3, I cut the length, width, and height of the overall design at 3.5″ x 2.75″ x 6″ (from the top of the antlers to the bottom of the box). I added some fun faux stitching and since it is Rudolph, he needs a shiny red nose. I used Tim Holtz ice stickles in Christmas Red to make his nose. This was a pretty quick project and I loved the way it turned out. I highly recommend it.

If you are looking for other solutions for making treat boxes, check out the Sizzix Caddy Bag Bigz Pro die and the Box It Up Cricut cartridge.

I’m sure you have been creating fun Christmas cards and other holiday crafts this year. I would love to see what you have been making. Please share them with me on our Facebook or Instagram page (don’t forgot to tag us @craft_direct) so we can see the fun Holiday crafts you are creating! Save on Silhouette cutting mats and replacement CAMEO blades.

Happy holiday creating!

Merry Everything Cricut Cartridge Ideas

by Richelle NaegleMerry Everything Cricut Cartridge Card Ideas

Provo Craft has recently released three new Cricut cartridges, including the Merry Everything Cricut cartridge. It’s great for Christmas cards and fun holiday decorating. This cartridge was designed by Rob & Bob who are famous for designing some real classics, like New Arrival, and Sweethearts. The second cartridge is Anna’s Lovely Layered Cards 2, which is the second edition of an all-time favorite. And lastly, we have the Heidi Swapp Font, Phrases & Icons Cricut cartridge. Believe it or not, this is Heidi Swapp‘s first Cricut cartridge! Hopefully we will see more from her.

I love Rob and Bob, so immediately I started thinking of Merry Everything Cricut cartridge ideas. I made four quick Christmas cards, all of them 4″ x 6″. It only took me a couple hours to finish this craft quartet. These are perfect for the busy Christmas season, but get going now or you will be too occupied for crafting.

Anna's lovely Layers 2 Cricut cartridge ideasWhen I was looking at all the adorable images on Anna’s Lovely Layered Cards cartridge, I found this beautiful ornaments Christmas card! I love how it turned out. This card is 6″ x 6″ and was a quick job. It’s only four simple layers that went fit together easily. Generally, Anna Griffin designs don’t contain a lot of difficult, little pieces.

Heidi Swapp's Phases Ideas

Last, I used Heidi Swapp Font, Phrases, & Icons cartridge. While you could use this cartridge to make fun scrapbook layouts, cards, home decor, and more, I like it’s applications with your day planner projects. It has a lot of useful phrases that are perfect for your daily organization! It has fun little phrases that I think would go perfect inside a the Memory Planner or Carpe Diem.

I made this fun t-shirt using black and pink Cricut Iron-On material. Creating your own shirts or other wearable items is super easy!

Check out this helpful Iron-ontutorial infographic.

I hope you have been inspired to create fun things using these three new Cricut cartridges. We have them available as an All-Star bundle deal. I can’t wait to see what you create. Share them with me on Instagram and be sure to tag us so we can see all the fun things you are creating! Save on Christmas Cricut cartridges as well as Christmas-themed paper.