Category Archives: Valentine’s Day

Valentine Paper Crafts 2019 – Squirrel Valentine Card & Raccoon Layout

i love you valentine's card projectby Richelle Naegle

Today, I made a couple quick Valentine’s Day crafts using the Silhouette CAMEO 3. You can download the images you see here from the Silhouette Studio. If you want to save some money in the process, buy one of our download cards here at a discounted rate. This first image from my card project is called Woodland Love Squirrel Valentines. She is cut out at 4″ tall, making her perfect for a 4″ x 6″ card. The Pebbles Loves Me collection would work perfectly for this card (and the scrapbook page that I made, as well).

Raccoon Valentine Layout

Naturally, I followed the card up with a Valentine-themed scrapbook layout. The featured photo frame is 5″ x 7″. I normally only take one picture for Valentine’s Day each year, but if you want two photos, swap out my frame for a couple 4″ x 6″ frames. This adorable raccoon, once again, came from the Silhouette Studio. It’s called Woodland Love Raccoon Valentines. I made him about 5″ tall, and the word “Love” is from Love Dog w/ Balloon, but I left the dog out. I love the font from that design.
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New Happy Jig by We R Memory Keepers

by Richelle Naegle

Have you seen the NEW Happy Jig collection from We R Memory Keepers in action, yet? If not, you need to get on that, ASAP. When I was at the CHA show this year, the Happy Jig was quite possibly my favorite new tool. The way it works is you use the wire-bending tool kit  to bend wire with the use of a peg board to make into fun and interesting designs. The kit comes with various sized pegs, a base that has a bunch of little holes in it, wire crimps, a booklet with designs, and three lengths of wire to get you started. I highly recommend picking up a few more colors of wire or try the multi-packs, like Colored and Neutral. These designs are addictive to make, so you’re going to want plenty of wire!
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February 2018 Free SVG Designs: Animal Valentine SVG’s, Planner Icons SVG’s

It’s February, and we are so excited to have spring right around the corner, but before we get there we have Valentine’s Day crafts to take care of! Every month we offer our readers/customers free SVG design downloads created by Aaron Meyers. This month, we are pleased to bring you (2) card designs and (1) set of February-themed icons for your daily planner.

Before we get to the projects, we must explain how this all works. You use the SVG image files with an electronic cutting machine to cut your material (colored cardstock, vinyl, etc.) to make these fun designs. To download each file, all you have to do is scroll to the bottom of this post and click on the links. Here is our favorite design for this month’s selection:

fox valentine's day card project completed
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Valentine’s 2018 Paper Craft Projects

homemade love dog w/ balloon valentine's cardby Richelle Naegle

Valentine’s, or as I like to call it, the big heart day, is almost here. One of my new year’s resolutions is to stop being a paper craft slacker! This year, I am going to get my holiday crafts done early, starting with my Valentine’s paper craft projects. If you need some help meeting your goals, whether they are related to crafts or not, you should download our free SVG files.

Valentine’s Greeting Cards

For this first card, I used my Silhouette CAMEO 3. The overall size of the card is 4.25″ x 5.5″, and I found the cute puppy at the Silhouette Store. The design is called Love Dog w/ Balloon. I cut the image out at about 3.5″ tall, from the bottom of LOVE to the top of the heart balloon.
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Valentine Craft Projects for Kids

by Richelle Naegle

With Valentine’s Day coming up next week, I thought it would be fun to make a few crafts for the occasion. The idea here is these would be great Valentine craft projects for kids. These designs are easy enough that most any kid will be able to participate in meaningful ways, and in some cases, do it all themselves.

valentine pom pom craft project

The first project was completed using the Pom Pom Maker by We R Memory Keepers. Though intended to be used as a tool for making party decor, I re-purposed it to make cute little creatures. To make these guys, I used the medium Pom Pom Maker, red yarn, a couple googly eyes, red pipe cleaners, and then I cut out hearts using my Cricut Explore Air 2. These are super easy crafts and the beauty of it is you can modify my design with simple nick nacks you may find around the house for your own personalized substitutions.

valentine project - crayon holdersFor the second project I made, I used the draw feature on the Cricut Explore. The images were made with the original Create A Critter Cricut cartridge. The right machine will make your Valentine projects quick and easy. I love these crayon holders because it’s a cheap, easy, and unique solution for your kids to give out Valentines to their friends (and heaven forbid, their sweethearts).

These designs measure 4.5″ x 7″ so I could fit two on a regular 8.5″ x 11″ sheet of paper. Also, check out the Create a Critter 2 cartridge is for even more options. There are so many different images to choose from and all of them will look great for this sort of project.

The last project I made using the We R PhotoLights. And while this isn’t your traditional Valentine’s gift, I would love it if someone gave this to me. Fill the project with photographs of you and your significant other and then change out the photos when Valentine’s is over. It’s a fun way to display your favorite photos all year round. PhotoLightsThe PhotoLights Light Strand comes with 10 small picture frames. Each of the image slots are 2.5″ x 2.5″. Use the Printable Backlit Film to print your images for use in the PhotoLights boxes. You can print using a Laser Printer or an Ink Jet Printer. I would suggest using a Laser Printer, the Ink Jet works great but you need to be very careful handling them (the ink rubs off a little bit). I used my ink jet and you can’t tell in the pictures, so it does work just fine if you are delicate with it.

Hope you have been inspired to create some fun projects for Valentine’s for your loved ones. If you do have something to share, please share it on social media with us, like on our Facebook page. No matter what you are looking for from We R, we have it all. Try our awesome selection of We R Memory Keepers paper. Also, be sure to check out the Stitch Happy sewing solution, which will be released later this year.

Happy creating!

February 2017 Free SVG Designs: Valentine’s Card SVG’s, Valentine’s Frame SVG

We hope you are ready for some awesome Valentine’s craft projects this February, because we went all in with our free .SVG downloads this month. Our very own Aaron Meyers has created three different projects for you to enjoy, including (2) card projects and our first attempt at a decorative picture frame.

In case you are unfamiliar, .SVG files are compatible with the latest electronic cutting machines, for example the Explore Air 2 and the Silhouette CAMEO 3. The design file instructs the machine how to cut your material, so that you can create wonderful paper crafts without the need for physical cartridges or dies. The .SVG files are found at the bottom of this post, and if you cannot see them it is because you are reading this post in our blog feed and you must click on the post title in order to reveal the download links.

Without further ado, here are the design concepts:

valentine frame for diy picture projects

This is the Valentine’s DIY picture frame.

be mine diy greeting card concept

The above card is called the Be Mine Birds card.

happy valentine's day card project concept 2017

Last, but not least, this is the Happy Valentine’s Day card.

Please share this post with your friends so that they can take advantage of these awesome designs and when you finish with your own personal projects, please share them with us! We’d love to see what you’ve done, so post pictures on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, etc. and please tag us. Get a new Cricut Explore pen or save on some Silhouette accessories.

Happy creating!

Valentine’s Projects: Print and T-Shirt Design Download

gallery print made for valentine's dayBy Richelle Naegle

Man, I am on really on track for my Valentine’s crafts this year. I usually wait until the last minute. This week I wanted to make something new to decorate my house, so I came up with this fun, romantic print (pictured to the right).
For the lettering and the border, I used Cricut foil. This material works just the same as regular Cricut vinyl, but it gives your project a little extra shine! I found this wording in the Silhouette Store, it’s called Love You Still – Vinyl Phrase.

If you are having trouble reading the image, it says “Loved you yesterday, love you still. Always have, always will.” I cut this phrase out at approximately 8.5″ x 9.25″  to fit on my 9″ x 1″ painted board.

I love how it turned out and how quick and easy it was to make with my CAMEO 3. The real delight is in framing it and hanging it in my entryway to match the holiday season. It’s so fun to be festive with your crafts for every holiday,

My second Valentine’s project today is a t-shirt. Every year I slack on my projects and end up buying my kid’s a t-shirt at the store (they are growing so fast, last year’s shirt won’t work). Not this year! I made one for each of them.

t-shirt design all you need is loveI actually made this All You Need is Love design and you can download the free .SVG file at the bottom of this post (you won’t see the file download if you are reading this post in the feed; click on the post title).

I used the White Iron-on as well as the Red foil Iron-on. I actually thought it would be better to use a sheet from a sampler pack, because they are smaller and the heart shape is small (so I went with the Bejeweled Sampler Metallic Adhesive Foil Material). Now instead of having just extra red to play with, I have burnt copper, blue, teal, and purple to use on future projects. Save on all of our Cricut Iron-on material.

I hope you have enjoyed these Valentine Foil Projects. Please inspire us with your paper and fabric craft projects and share them with me on our Instagram page and tag us with @craft_direct so we can see what you have made.

Check this out for a helpful tutorial infographic on how to do heat transfer projects.

Happy creating!

Cricut Valentine’s Day Craft Projects

by Richelle Naeglevalentine's layout made with Sweetheart Cricut cartridge

I know it’s only January, but before you know it, Valentine’s Day will be here. I’m getting started a little early and the paper crafter inside of me is OK with that. Today, I made a scrapbook layout and a greeting card.

Note: If you are looking for more Valentine’s themed inspiration, check out our Sizzix Village Surf Shack project from a week ago, or scroll through our older Valentine’s posts.

For the layout, I made a 12 x 12 design using designer cardstock. Normally, I don’t like to do just one picture alone for an entire scrapbook page, but in this case I made an exception. We are going to capture our love with a group photo on this layout.

I used the Sweetheart Cricut Cartridge to make the balloon heart bouquet and this was a great opportunity to get rid of some leftover paper scraps. I didn’t want paper strings, so I used ribbon instead. I think it gives the page more depth, personally. The our love and the hearts shapes along the bottom come from the Love Photolights Rub Ons set. This layout is super easy and quick to make.

valentine's day card with xoxoxoMy second project was this fun little Valentine’s card. I just used a simple heart design and made it over and over in different sizes. Really, you can use any cartridge that has a heart on it. The card is 5″ x 7″ and after I scored it, I cut 1″ off the front panel so that when I added the hearts to the edge they didn’t stick out much further than the 5″ width. The Cricut Explore Air 2 is awesome because it cuts and scores so quickly and with its dual carriage, you can simultaneously cut and score (just make sure you have a Cricut cutting blade and Explore scoring tip attached).

I cut out a few 2″ hearts as well as a few 1.5″ hearts. Then just randomly assemble them on the side. I added a little bit of ribbon and the XOXOXO comes from the rub-ons set.

In total, this card only took about 10 minutes to make. If you are looking for a super easy and quick Valentine’s day card, this one will work perfectly!

Have you made any Valentines Day craft projects with Cricut cartridges, yet? I would love to see what you have created and I’d love to hear about how you came up with it. Please share them with me on Facebook! Save on Colored cardstock or get a new Cricut mat for your machine.

Happy creating!

Sizzix Village Surf Shack Project Ideas

by Richelle NaegleSizzix Village Surf Shack Tim Holz Valentine's project

After doing the Halloween Village Manor project, I was in love with this collection. I wanted to make a Christmas-themed house, but time got away from me and other holiday crafts and obligations got in the way! With Christmas just a few days away, I figured I would get a jump start on Valentine’s and make my Village Surf Shack project a romantic cabana. As you probably already know, I don’t need much of an excuse to make my projects pink.

Pro tip: just like with any project in this collection, you have to start with the Village Dwelling die. That is the foundation for every other die in the series.

The supplementary dies are what allow you to change the details of the dwelling. So in this case, we are using the Sizzix Village Surf Shack Bigz die, designed by the one and only Tim Holtz.

For the hearts, I used my Cricut Explore Air and cut them out at 0.5″. I think the dimensions turned out to be perfect for decorating the facade of the house, and the palm tree. To cut you material, as far as machines go, we recommend the Sizzix Big Shot to accommodate large Sizzix dies.

Have you used any of the Tim Holtz Village dies? If so, then you too know how fun it is to get creative with this paper crafting solution. I would love to be inspired by you, so please share your projects with me on our Facebook or Instagram page (Don’t forget to tag us @craft_direct).

Happy creating!

Heidi Swapp Lightbox Project Ideas

by Richelle Naeglehappy-halloween-lighbox

Have you seen the fun, new Heidi Swapp Lightbox? It offers an easy way to create a marquee that matches the theme of the occasion at hand, like holidays, birthdays, or just for fun! There are background images, letters (in a variety of colors) so you can write what ever you want, phases and even fun icons. The white Lightbox comes with a cord, so you don’t have run it off batteries. You do have the option to use batteries if you prefer, though.

I made two different designs to demonstrate how simple and yet delightful this really is. I was nervous about not having enough of the right pink letter Lightbox inserts to spell out Happy Halloween. I only used one package and it did the trick. I also used the nifty Holiday-themed Lightbox Icons. By my count, there are at least two icons for each major holiday!lightbox1

For the second example, I went with a Valentine’s day theme. Really, you can do this one any time of year. You don’t need a reason to be romantic. Like I mentioned with the Halloween project, the Holiday icons allowed me two options: cupid and a heart. I couldn’t choose between them and why not both?

So regardless of the occasion or Holiday you can easily change out this marquee project solution in a mater of minutes. You could even
personalize it for an evening with friends, for example, make it into a sign welcoming guests to your murder mystery party. Really, the possibilities are endless.

Want More Lightbox Products?

Well, then you are in luck! Heidi Swapp is coming out with a new mini Lightbox and a Lightbox Shelf along with a bunch of creative inserts These are coming out about the middle of November so we will have them available soon for pre-order. They will be in stock before you know it! Here is a little sneak peak of the new stuff that is coming out!   new-lightboxes



Above are some samples of new icons that will be available. There will also be new options for alphabet inserts, as well as phrases.

backgroundsLast but not least, this new release includes some awesome options for backgrounds!

Pro tip: I had a hard time putting the letters over the top of the background, but found it was super easy to add the background behind the letters. There is plenty of room for both, so you will just have to figure out what works best for you.

We carry lots of options for Heidi Swapp decorating projects, including Heidi Swapp Letterboard, Marquee Love. Happy creating!