Category Archives: Christmas

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.

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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.

December 2016 – Free Monthly Design Downloads

‘Tis the season of giving, and CraftDirect is offering you some wonderful designs for your holiday paper projects. As always, these .SVG downloads are free. Aaron Meyers has some delightful card options for you, as well as a unique December calendar design and icons. Get your Christmas cards done early this year and then you will have more time for shopping and hanging out with the family!

You will find the download links at the bottom of the post. If you do not see them, it’s because you are reading the post in the blog feed and need to click into the actual article to reveal all of its contents. To use these files, you need an electronic die cutter that can follow the patterns found in the .SVG files so that you can make layered designs. Be sure to save on Christmas scrapbook paper!

Merry Christmas Reindeer Card - Free Download Example

This one is called the Merry Christmas Reindeer card. One of our customers shared their rendition of this card on instagram and we love the way it turned out:

reindeer card by @sharons_yc

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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.

trick-or-treat
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!