Category Archives: Mother’s Day

May 2018 Free SVG Designs: Summer Icons SVG’s, Cinco de Mayo SVG’s

completed cinco de mayo props download projectWe’re getting an early start on May because we want to give you enough time to make Cinco de Mayo projects (more on those in a minute. Our free May design downloads are really fun this year. Aaron Meyers is our designer and got really creative this month. You can download (1) summer-themed icons file, (1) Mother’s Day-themed print, and (2) Cinco de Mayo-themed party prop files. Richelle was so excited about the Cinco de Mayo project, she already made all the props (pictured).

If you have never used an SVG file, then you should know that they work with electronic cutting machines, like the Explore Air 2 and the CAMEO 3. All you have to do is upload the file, load your paper, and watch the machine do all the work cutting it (or drawing, scoring, etc.). Here are the designs (scroll to the bottom of the post to see the download links):
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Large 3-D Flower Sizzix Thinlits Project Ideas

by Richelle Naeglecard made with the sizzix large 3-d thinlits die set

When I first saw the David Tutera Wedding dies, I was instantly excited. There are a few different, beautiful flower-project options. A crafter can never have too many flower designs at her/his disposal. So check out this new set of Large 3-D Flower Sizzix Thinlits dies. It almost makes me want to decorate for a wedding…but not quite! This die is one of my favorites, and honestly, it made constructing this flower simple and easy!

The most important thing to remember when making flowers is that no two flowers are the same and yet they are all perfect. So, when you are cutting out the petals for your flower, don’t try and make it a certain way every time. It’s probably too much work to make them look exactly alike and it’s fun to have variety, anyway.

For this particular flower I used the pink leather Sizzix paper and cut out each petal two times. It might take a little bit longer to cut, but I really like the unique look of my flowers when I use the leather material. Not only does it look cool, it gives the flower a little extra strength as well. One fun technique I have found to really make my flowers stand out is to spray the flowers with water and then crumple them up. Once they are dry, you will find it’s given your material a more natural look.

The center is super easy on this one. All you need to do is take your pre-cut piece of paper and start rolling from the wider side until the thinner side is on the outside. That’s it!
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May 2017 Free SVG Designs: Graduation Layout SVG, Mother Fox Card SVG

It’s hard to believe that summer is just around the corner, but before we get there we have a few important dates to celebrate. With Mother’s Day and Graduation fast approaching, Aaron Meyers focused his attention on creating craft art that celebrates these fun occasions. This month our free .SVG design downloads include two fun projects: (1) scrapbook layout, (1) card, and (1) layered floral design.

graduation 2017 scrapbook layout concept

This is the Graduation 2017 Layout. You can find the download link at the bottom of this post. If you do not see the link, it is because you are not reading the actual blog post, you are reading the summary in the blog feed. Click on the blog title to reveal the links. The cutting on this project can be a little tricky, but we have a blog post devoted to that. Check out the Graduation Scrapbook Layout Project.

In case you are unfamiliar with the process for crafting with .SVG files, you need an electronic cutting machine, like a Cricut Explore Air 2 or a Silhouette CAMEO 3. You upload the image file and it cuts the designs out of your material. Then you assemble all the layers to create your layouts or cards, or whatever you are making.

layered flowers and butterfly design concept

This is called Layered Flowers & Butterfly. You can put it on a card front or decorate your scrapbook pages with it. It will come in handy for any type of paper project, really.

mom fox mother's day card concept

This is the Mom Fox Mother’s Day Card. You may recognize it from our last blog post. Richelle highlighted it in her Mother’s Day 2017 projects.

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to tell your friends and fellow crafting friends that there are free .SVG downloads here. Please share your projects with us on social media and tag us! We hop you have a great Mother’s day and that it’s made even more special with fun crafts. Save on all your paper crafting supplies, including patterned cardstock.

Mother’s Day 2017 Craft Project Ideas

finished mother's day fox greeting cardby Richelle Naegle
Today I’m going to cover a few fun cards you can make for your special Mom. Some are super easy and some are more involved. Hopefully you have as much fun with your Mother’s Day 2017 craft project ideas as I did.

Let’s start with the intricate project first. This is a fun rectangular pop out card and I made it using The Cricut Explore Air 2 and one of our free SVG files. In case you don’t know, our in-house artist Aaron Meyers designs these and he creates a few new ones every month, available for free download. Also, there is an exclusive download every month, only available on the confirmation page after you make a purchase. Be sure to check back every month to see what’s new.

This is called Mom Fox Hug Card and if you scroll to the bottom of this post you will see a link that will take you to the .svg file so you can download it. In order to see the link, you need to be reading the actual post and not the summary in the blog feed. I used one of Lori Whitlock’s designs from the Silhouette Studio Library for the background of the card.

Mother’s Day Cards

Here are the other two cards I made. My goal was to keep it easy because that other one was a decent amount of work. Whenever I want to simplify things, I go with a Simple Stories paper collection.completed mother's day card ideas

These two cards are both from the Mom Collection Kit. I cut them out using my favorite American Crafts paper trimmer from American Crafts and then I attached them to a matching background (the kits make it easy; all the pages coordinate with the theme and stickers). Then use a folded sheet of paper to create your card base and use your favorite adhesive to attach everything together. I made these cards with the leftover material from my layout project:

Cricut Mother’s Day Layout

finished mother's day scrapbook layout ideaTo complete this layout, I used quite a few Cricut cartridges. If you don’t have all these, you can probably find suitable substitute images from the cartridges that you already own. For example, the flowers can be replaced. There are so many cartridges with flower designs.

For the base of the page, I used the Edge to Edge Cricut cartridge. I just made it as large as it would go, so it’s about 11.5″ x 11.5″. If you wanted to, you could mount it on a 12″ x 12″ sheet of paper for a perfect fit in your scrapbook or just leave it with a scalloped edge.

I used some pink ribbon and weaved it through the holes. Then tied it in a bow at the top. The flowers are from Nifty Fifties Cricut cartridge, except the long flower is from Stretch Your Imagination. You’re a Great Mom is from the Floral Embellished Cricut cartridge.

Happy Mother’s day and happy creating!

May 2016 Free SVG Designs: Mother’s Day Card & Phrase SVG’s, Calendar SVG’s

It’s that time of year when we tell Mothers how much we appreciate them, and what better way than with a custom, homemade card? Aaron Meyers designed (2) Mother’s day cards(1) quote that can be used as a gallery print, or in a scrapbook layout, etc. (1) May calendar design, and (3) calendar icons.

To get these great designs, all you have to do is download the free .SVG files at the bottom of this post (if you are reading this in the blog feed, the downloads won’t appear until you click on the post title). Then upload them to your preferred electronic die cutters so you can make these great designs come to life.

we love you mom card download

The above concept is called the We Love You Mom card. Scroll down for the download.

marvelous mom card download

And this is the Marvelous Mom card.

mother's day quote design

Richelle was so excited for Aaron’s first quote design, she made this one as soon as she go her hands on the download. It’s called Mothers for a Lifetime quote. Here is Richelle’s project:

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Last, but not least, we have the May Calendar items:

may 2016 calendar concept download

There are 4 different downloadable .SVG files in the above calendar concept image: the May 2016 Calendar, the Mom Heart icon, the American Flag icon (for Memorial Day), and the Graduation Hat icon. Enjoy these free downloads and tell your friends.

We carry both the Silhouette CAMEO 3 and the Cricut Explore Air 2, so if you need Cricut accessories or Silhouette accessories, we have you covered. Also when it comes to material like Silhouette Vinyl, Cricut Iron-on, etc., you will love our prices.

Happy creating!

Cricut Mother’s Day Card

by Richelle Naegle

There is about five days left to get your mother’s day projects done, so this week it’s time to get those Cricut mother’s day cards done. For this card I wanted to do something none traditional something without flowers for Mother’s day, maybe even something that would be perfect for a child to give to his Mom. So this is what I came up with…a Mummy super hero card.super mummy card made with the Mini Monsters cartridge

I used the mummy from the Mini Monsters Cricut cartridge; she was cut out at 8.32”. Didn’t think I would be using a Halloween themed cartridge for a mother’s day card! But hey, I think using Cricut cartridges from the wrong holidays is a really fun way to show your creativity.

Her cape was cardstock cut out at 4.5” from the Mother’s Day Kid cards this is a Craftroom exclusive cartridge (if you use the craftroom or the Design space you can purchase this digital download card to save you even more money).

“You got the love” is from the BOHO Graphics Iron-On cartridge. This design is typically meant for fabric projects with Cricut Iron-on, but really you can use it for anything. I love the saying, I cut it out with just red paper, but if I were to do it again I think I would have used some red vinyl so that I could easily transfer the image on my project easier and the spacing would have been better. The letters are pretty small the image was cut out at 1.25”. What I am impressed with is that the Cricut Explore cut those little letters out really well and I didn’t have any problems getting them to cut that small, the letters them selves are about 0.25” tall so that’s pretty dang small.

Share Your Cricut Mother’s Day Card

I love how this card turned out. Do you have any fun “non traditional” Cricut Mother’s Day cards or another holiday cards that you have made? I would really love to see them share them with me on our Paper Crafting Fanatics Google+ page. Remember that Cricut tools will make your project easier!

Happy creating!

Mother’s Day Cricut Subway Art

by Richelle Naegle

Want to make a Mother’s Day Craft that she can enjoy year round? Subway art is a very trendy craft right now and it allows you to personalize to fit your taste. While I wish I could say this is a fast and easy project, I must admit that it does take some time and some patience. The easy part of subway art project is there are no rules, no guidelines, and you are free to say what you want and design it the way you choose. By simply turning words on their side or adding simple images you can easily change the feel and design of what I’ve created below into something personal to you. You can use all the same font and just change the size, or if you wish, use a variety of fonts and sizes to create your one of a kind masterpiece. Mother's Day Subway Art

For this Mother’s Day Cricut subway art I used my Explore Air machine, and the Cricut Design space software. You could also just as easily make it using your gypsy or the Cricut Craftroom just as easily. Or even your Silhouette or other die cutting machine software would work just as easily. I don’t know that I would recommend that you do it without some sort of software though, as it’s hard to make sure all the widths and heights and spacing is going to work before you cut out and waste a lot of Cricut vinyl (but you can use any vinyl), and not to mention time.

OK, so back to the project at hand. I used a 11″ x 14″ piece of wood and painted it all white, you will want to make sure that you don’t have a lot of paint on the board, just enough to cover the wood completely. If you have too much paint when you are trying to peal the transfer tape up it will pick some of the paint off the board.

While I didn’t want this project to be all one color, I selected a few vinyl colors mostly using CGull vinyl and a couple of the colors are from the Cricut vinyl line. Some of the fonts are from my own computer fonts, and some are from the various fonts off the Cricut cartridges, such as Kate’s ABC’s, Chalkboard font, Everyday Fonts, Birthday Cakes, Elegant cakes and Boys Will Be Boys. Any font cartridges you have will work, and their are also some great font cartridges that have many fonts such as the Everyday Font Cricut cartridge has seven fonts so with one cartridge you can have the best of both worlds.

After you have your design ready to go then you can cut out all your words and images using your Cricut machine, and then carefully “weed” out all your unwanted vinyl, then using the vinyl transfer tape to carefully place your vinyl cut outs onto your board making sure that they are lined up and straight. Then carefully remove your transfer tape leaving the vinyl on your board.

Want to simplify this project?

If you wanted to make this project simpler you could cut out all the vinyl using the same color, so that you just have one large piece of vinyl that is already spaced perfectly, from when you designed it.

I hope you have enjoyed this Mother’s Day Craft Project, and that I have inspired you to make something beautiful for you or your mother for Mother’s Day. If you have any Mother’s Day or Subway art craft project that you have made share them with us on our Facebook page or on our Google+ page. Remember to save on Cricut Font cartridges.

Happy creating!

Mother’s Day Scrapbook Layout

by Richelle Naegle

Cricut Mother's Day Layout

Now that we are done with Easter it’s time to get working on Mother’s Day Cricut projects, I have a home decor project that I am working on, for Mother’s Day I will have it done soon and share it with you. Since we have about three weeks I figured I would get my scrapbook layout ready so that I won’t have worry about that and can just concentrate on making gifts and cards.

So for this layout I use the Kate’s ABC’s Cricut cartridge for the flowers. They were made from paper cut out at 4″. They are also raised up using pop dots (you can’t tell that in the picture but added a lot of good dimension on the layout it’s self.

Then Happy Mother’s Day is cut out from the Phrases Cricut cartridge I have never used this cartridge before thinking that I have plenty of phrases on other cartridges and if I don’t have it I can just make it up with letters. But I actually love how this title turned out. The image has three layers instead of just the two. This allows the Mother’s to stand out more. It also has the shadow option that I didn’t use. Anyway I love how it added that extra layer to make Mother’s stand out, makes it look more like you designed it your self rather than just having it cut from a cartridge.

Helpful Tip:

When you are pre-making pages for your scrapbook album, I suggest you don’t glue down any parts that overlap your photo squares. Such as the flower on the left hand side don’t glue it onto the photo square it’s self just glue it to the background. Other wise when you go to insert your photo’s in you will have to lift it up and may risk tearing your paper and ruining your cuts. Or have to cut your picture smaller or funny to make it fit. Yes I did learn this the hard way a few times 🙂

Share your Mother’s Day Scrapbook layout with us. You can share them on our Paper Crafting Fanatic Page or on Facebook, we love to be inspired by you! Save on Cricut cartridges online, as well as the Cricut Explore Air.

Happy creating!

Martha Stewart Cake Art Projects

by Richelle Naegle

There are actually two cartridges to cover from the Martha Stewart Cake Art line from Cricut. I’ve been able to do a lot more with the Seasonal Cake Art cartridge so if you have completed projects with the Martha Stewart Elegant Cake Art, then please feel free to share your creations. With Christmas just around the corner these two cartridges will make great gifts for the crafter in your life.

Cricut Martha Stewart Seasonal Cake Art

Happy Mother’s Day

seasonal art cartridge mother's day cardFor this fun Mother’s Day card we used the Flower Shoppe Cricut cartridge for the flower. The largest flower petals were cut out from Cricut cardstock at 3 inches and then decreased in size by 0.25 inches to 1.5 inches. The center was cut out at 2 inches and I used a Megan Elizabeth Sparkle Lightz for the center of the flower.

“Happy Mother’s Day” is from the Martha Stewart Seasonal Cake Art cartridge at 1.5 inches. The overall size of the card is 5×7 inches, but with the flower being so large and bulky it won’t fit in an envelope. This is a card that you definitely want to be able to hand deliver.

mother's day card from cricut martha stewartOne wasn’t enough, so I came up with another Mother’s Day card. The one above is probably more geared towards a grandmother, whereas this one to the left is a little “louder” and maybe for a younger Mother. Each card definitely has its own personality.

I cut out the borders at 1 inch and “Happy Mother’s Day” cut out at 1 inch as well.

The overall size of this card is 4 x 6 and was super easy and quick card to make. I love the way Cricut machines make these projects so quick and convenient.

This is such a fun cartridge to make quick cards, scrapbook layouts or even home decor and of course cut out fondant if you have a Cricut Cake Machine.

Various Seasonal Cake Art Cards

This first one was cut out at 6″ for just the two layers. I did use the gypsy to weld the back image together to make a fun shape card, and stamped Easter Joy. Super easy and quick card.

ester bunny card made with martha stewart cricutThis card is a 4 x 6 card. the grass is cut out at 2″ and the chick with her egg is 2″ as well. Happy Easter is 1.5 inches. The phrases on this cartridge is great, I didn’t have a problem with it being to thin and ripping coming off the mat. And it has Happy Easter in a couple different designs.

easter card from martha stewart seasonal cakeThis card I made as a Mother’s Day card. The overall size of this card is 4 x 5.5″ ( not a standard size).  The flower bouquet was cut out at 5″. I did cut each of the images out twice so that I could have green stems and a red ribbon and pink and purple flowers. Inside each of the flowers is a Girls Best Friend Sparkle Light.

flower bouquet card by martha stewart seasonal cake cricut cartridgeCricut Martha Stewart Elegant Cake Art Cartridge

martha stewart elegant cake cartridge happy halloweenAnother Halloween card! I know, I’ve posted a lot of these lately, but some are from years past, so don’t think I’m obsessed or anything. I really love the Martha Stewart Elegant Cake cartridge.

The overall size of the card is 4” x 6”. The fence was cut out at 2.5” (this does make it longer then than 6”) but I just trimmed it down to fit the size.

I was more looking for the height. The pumpkins are just starburst (cut out at 1.25”) that when you add some cute faces and a little ribbon for stems and those starbursts look like fun pumpkins!

Please share your creations because this is the only one I’ve made with this awesome cartridge. Show me what you came up with! Make the most out of your Cricut cartridges and save with CraftDirect. You can never have too many fresh Cricut blades and replacement Cricut cutting mats.

Happy creating