Bat Favor Boxes

The Gift Box Punch Board makes DIY favors so much easier. I love using my punch boards for any occasion that requires a little goody. I also love to use my Lifestyle Crafts Dies to customize my goody boxes. Check out how I used the Bats Shape Dies to add a little extra something to my Halloween favor boxes.

Bat Favor Boxes by Aly Dosdall

After making my medium size boxes, I used some Hazelnut Washi Tape to “tie” them instead of ribbon or twine. Then I die cut some small bat shapes using the Bats Shape Dies, and accordion folded them as shown.

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I adhered them to the boxes with foam squares to give them a bit more depth. These were super easy to make and would be perfect to make in bulk for a class party or for your child’s Halloween party.

Bat Favor Boxes by Aly Dosdall_close 1You can use different themed dies to top gift boxes for different occasions–pinwheel, flower, snowflake, rosette, butterfly, bow tie, heart, antlers, star, turkey, pumpkin, etc. What shape would you add to the top of your gift boxes?



Gift Box Punch Board
Indian Summer Paper Pack
Shine 12×12 Paper Pad
Bats Shape Dies
Washi Tape–Hazelnut

Halloween Party Garland

Looking for an inexpensive, simple, and very cool idea for Halloween party decor? Something you can make with your paper stash maybe? Try making this Halloween Party Garland using your favorite Halloween papers, your Evolution, and some handy Lifestyle Crafts Dies.

Halloween Party Garland by Aly Dosdall

I started by selecting some patterned papers from the Shine and Indian Summer collections in my current favorite Halloween color scheme–black, grey, yellow, and white.  While using Halloween themed papers for Halloween crafting is fun, you can also save yourself some time and money by shopping your stash of generic patterned paper within the Halloween color scheme you’ve selected.

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Then I used the Star Punch Die, the Circle Punch Die, and the Spider Shape Die to cut several pieces for my garland. Standard shapes such as circles and stars are a great foundation for crafts of any theme. By simply using papers with a Halloween color scheme and adding one Halloween-themed shape (the spider die), I was able to create a Halloween feel to the project.

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To assemble my garland I machine stitched the die cut shapes together with white thread by feeding them one after the other into my sewing machine. Designer tip: when machine sewing be sure to use a separate needle for fabric and paper projects as paper dulls your needle.



Shine 12×12 Paper Pad
Indian Summer Paper Pack
Spider Shape Die
Circle Punch Dies
Star Punch Dies

Halloween Party Week!

As Halloween approaches we thought it would be fun to spend a week focused on Halloween party inspiration. Whether it’s a neighborhood get-together, a classroom party at school, or just you and your friends dressing up we’ve got you covered! Let’s kick Halloween Party Week off with a little treat–as opposed to a trick, right? Check out the Halloween Cupcake Liners and vintage-inspired Halloween Cupcake Toppers I created.

Halloween Cupcake Wrappers and Toppers by Aly Dosdall

I used the Ring Cupcake Liner, my Evolution, and some Shine patterned paper to die cut a liner for my black chocolate cupcakes. I love the yellow and black combination for Halloween!

Halloween Cupcake Wrappers by Aly Dosdall

Then I made some vintage-inspired cupcake toppers using some more Shine papers, my Evolution, and the Banner It Kit. To embellish my toppers I stamped an owl image from the Black Widow If You Dare Clear Stamp Set with pumpkin orange die ink. Then I fussy-cut the owl images and added them to my toppers.

Halloween Cupcake Toppers by Aly Dosdall

I used plenty of foam squares for dimension–I love that the banner die comes with a shadow layer that you can place beneath the banner shape. The toppers are attached to some small lollipop sticks that I stuck into the cupcake centers. These toppers would work great for older party guests–I love that vintage owl image and the simple, understated, yet spooky feel!

Be sure to check back tomorrow to see what else we have in store for Halloween Party Week!



Ring Cupcake Liner
Banner It Kit
Shine 12×12 Paper Pack
Black Widow If You Dare Clear Stamp Set

Throwback Thursday: Halloween Door Hanger

For today’s Throwback Thursday we are going way back to fall of 2012 when we released the spooky Black Widow collection. I love the sophisticated macabre feel to this collection, and the combination of the traditional orange, white, and black with the unexpected brown is just super cool. Since it makes me giddy to use up my stash I decided to use scraps from this collection to create a Halloween Door Hanger to put on our front porch Halloween night so that trick-or-treaters know we’re home and ready for them.

Halloween Door Hanger by Aly Dosdall

I started by creating the door hanger base from a 12 x 12 inch piece of chipboard. I trimmed it to 4 x 10 inches and then cut a piece of black spider web patterned paper the same size. I used the Magnetic Circle Cutter to cut a 2 1/2″ hole in the top center of the chipboard and paper, and then I adhered them together.  I added a piece of Gold Metallic Washi Tape to the top and then rounded the corners with my 1/2″ & 1/4″ Corner Chomper.

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Next I created my sentiment. I used my electronic die cutting machine to cut most of the words from orange patterned paper, but to mix things up a bit and to create a bit more interest in the sentiment, I die cut the word “DARE” from Sheer Metallic Gold Cardstock using the High Rise Alphabet Die and then added a Black Widow layered chipboard sticker that says, “BEWARE”.

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I added an embossed chandelier sticker and a few gold sequins as accents to complement the gold washi tape. I love the gold trend for fall projects this year, and it refreshes the Black Widow collection perfectly. Mixing old and new is a great way to go!



Black Widow Paper Pack
Black Widow Layered Chipboard Titles
Black Widow Embossed Stickers
Sheer Metallic Paper Pad
Metallic Washi Tape–Gold
High Rise Alphabet Die
Magnetic Circle Cutter
Corner Chomper–1/2″ & 1/4″
12×12 Chipboard

Spider Specimen Art

One of my favorite genres of Halloween DIY decor is the specimen art. Maybe it’s the creepy factor, or just the perfectly lined up rows and columns, but I just love a good piece of specimen art! Here’s a piece I made for Halloween using the Spider Shape Die and some papers from the Shine and Indian Summer collections. Spider Specimen Art by Aly Dosdall I bought a 12 x 12 frame at my local craft store (using some coupons of course), and placed a piece of 12 x 12 cork board in it. Then I layered a piece of 12 x 12 chevron patterned paper from the Indian Summer collection over the cork board. Spider Specimen Art by Aly Dosdall_close 1 I die cut 36 spiders from several black and brown 6×6 papers from the Shine and Indian Summer collections using the Spider Shape Die and my Evolution. I selected eight different papers–half semi-solids and half with patterns to create a nice contrast and just enough visual interest. I arranged them in rows and columns of six, layering three small black foam squares beneath each one for plenty of dimension. Spider Specimen Art by Aly Dosdall_close 2 To increase the creepy factor, and to add another element of visual interest, I stuck a dressmakers pin into each spider and through the cork board background. I love the subtle but spooky look they create! This was a fun and easy project, and I can’t wait to get this on my living room shelf. Are you a specimen art fan?



Spider Shape Die
Indian Summer Paper Pack
Indian Summer 6×6 Paper Pad
Shine 6×6 Paper Pad

One Product, Two Ways: Cut Out Dies

I always love discovering new ways to use my favorite tools. I feel like I’m getting more than my money’s worth, and that makes me giddy.  Recently I happened upon one of those happy moments of discovery, and I’d like to share my happiness with you! Here are two ways you can use our new Cut Outs Dies.

1) Cut-out design

Never Too Old by Aly Dosdall

While the Cut Outs Dies are specifically made to fit a 5 1/2 x 4 1/4 inch card, they also work great for creating cool cut out borders and strips. I die cut five strips of patterned paper from the Shine and Indian Summer collections using the Polka Dot Cut Outs Die. I layered the cut out polka strips behind my photos and on top of several cards that I punched from patterned paper with my 3×4 Card Punch.

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I finished off the layout with some die cut hand-drawn gold metallic stars, gold sequins, and some bats I die cut with the Bat and Moon Punch Dies.

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2) Confetti

After die cutting the strips for my layout, I collected all the leftover circles to create a confetti pocket for a Halloween card.

polka cut out die

I used a 3×4 journaling card from the Shine collection as a base for my confetti pocket, and then trimmed a piece of clear plastic from an old page protector to fit.

Happy Halloween Card by Aly Dosdall

I machine stitched three sides of the pocket, filled it with Halloween confetti (a mix of the die cut circles, gold sequins, and die cut mini bats) and then stitched the fourth side to close the pocket.

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I finished off the card with a sentiment, some baker’s twine, sequins, and a die cut bat. Repeating some of the confetti elements outside of the pocket helps to unify the card.

If you’ve got any tips for additional ways to use your favorite We R tools be sure to share them in the comments section below!



Cut Outs Die–Polka Dots
Bat and Moon Punch Dies
Shine 12×12 Paper Pad
Shine 6×6 Paper Pad
Shine Journaling Cards
Indian Summer 12×12 Paper Pad
Sew Easy Baker’s Twine–Black
3×4 Card Punch–Square

DIY Bat Decor

Our next door neighbors always have the best holiday decorations. In fact, they’re so cool that my kids told me one year, “Mom, we should just put a ‘ditto’ sign in our yard pointing to their house!” So this year when they asked me if we could start decorating for Halloween I started thinking bigger. The first thing we tackled was an idea I’ve seen on Pinterest, in magazines, at my friend’s house, and just about everywhere in between. I love it so much that I couldn’t wait to try it myself.

DIY Bat Decor by Aly Dosdall

To create this DIY Bat Decor I started out by cutting several small and large bat shapes from black glitter paper using the Bats Shape Dies and my Evolution. Then I accordion folded each one along the score lines created by the dies. I love the dimension that the folds in the shapes add, and the glitter paper makes the bats feel more festive.

die cut bats

After I cut them I used some masking tape attached to the under side of the wing ends to adhere the bats to the wall so that I didn’t damage the paint. I arranged the bats so they appear to be exiting their cave and flying off into the night, smaller ones first and larger ones following.

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I have to say my kids were pretty excited when they saw our finished bat decor. They love how the wall turned out. We are definitely getting into the spooky spirit now!

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Are you working on any Halloween crafts? If you are please share them on our Facebook page. Be sure to come back tomorrow for some more Halloween ideas!



Bats Shape Dies

Paper Feather Wreath

I’ve been busy this month decorating the inside of our house for fall. I’ve got a garland, some twig arrangements, and a few framed pieces so now all I need is a lovely wreath. Guess what my final project is for this week featuring the Shine collection? You got it! It’s a Paper Feather Wreath. Check it out.

Paper Feather Wreath by Aly Dosdall

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Since I created this wreath specifically for indoors I decided to keep the wreath base simple. I cut an 11″ circle out of poster board with the Magnetic Circle Cutter and then cut an 8″ circle from the center. Then I repeated those steps with a piece of goldenrod patterned paper to cover the poster board.

wreath base circle cutter

Designer tip: if you’d like to make this wreath for your front porch, use a sturdier base such as grapevine or straw and spray the paper feathers with decoupage sealant.

Next, I cut about sixty 6″ paper feathers from various Shine patterned papers using my electronic die cutting machine. I selected 7 different papers–two multi-color patterns, and the rest tonal/semi-solid patterns. To maintain a sense of unity in the project I cut all my feathers the same shape and size, but used different colors and patterns. I started by creating an outer layer on the wreath base with the feathers slightly overlapped and all facing the same direction.

first feather layer

Then I added a middle layer and an inner layer, slightly offsetting each one so that none of the feathers lined up evenly. After creating the three layers I used the remaining feathers to fill in “bald” spots and to add more layers for extra fullness. I finished the wreath by adding a burlap ribbon bow at the top.

Paper Feather Wreath by Aly Dosdall_1

I created this project as a piece of fall decor, but you could use different colors and patterns for any theme or occasion. Well, this brings us to the end of our week celebrating the lovely new Shine collection. I hope you’ve enjoyed the inspiration. Next week will be all about Halloween so be sure to stop by for plenty of spooky project ideas!



Shine 12×12 Paper Pad
Magnetic Circle Cutter
Tri-Fold Magnetic Mat

Halloween Candy Boxes

So far this week I’ve shared some fun Shine projects with the goal to not only showcase the beautiful papers and embellishments in the collection, but to also show you how versatile this collection is. You’ve seen an all-occasion card, a fall layout, and today I’m sharing some fun Halloween treat containers I made with the Shine collection, the Candy Box Punch Board, and the Bat and Moon Punch Die.

Halloween Candy Boxes by Aly Dosdall_1

While the papers in this collection aren’t themed, the colors and patterns lend themselves perfectly to seasonal projects. For these candy boxes I selected papers with charcoal, golden rod, white, and grey. When combined with some seasonal dies, the papers are perfect for Halloween.

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The moons on my boxes are “negative” spaces created after running the punched and scored (but still flat) boxes through my Evolution with the moon die face down on the second box panel, and the paper facing up. After cutting out the moons (which I saved for another project) I backed the negative moon spaces with scraps of goldenrod paper using foam squares for a bit of dimension. Then I die cut some bat shapes from the wood grain paper and placed them over the moon shapes, again with foam squares.

shine treat box collage

I finished off my Halloween Candy Boxes with some gold sequins for a bit of shimmer and tied the ends with natural jute twine to add to the fall feel. These would make great neighbor, teacher, friend, school, or trick-or-treat goodies.

Halloween Candy Boxes by Aly Dosdall

Be sure to stop by tomorrow for our final Shine project–you won’t want to miss this one!



Shine 12×12 Paper Pad
Shine 6×6 Paper Pad
Candy Box Punch Board
Bat and Moon Punch Die

Shine Layout

The Shine collection is so versatile. It’s great for any fall theme, but also has plenty of generic prints for everyday projects. Today I decided to create a fall themed layout using Shine papers and embellishments. This photo was taken last year when we took my daughter and her best friend to the pumpkin patch on a beautiful fall day.

Today by Aly Dosdall

I started with the gem patterned paper and added a block of star paper. Then I took my favorite patterned paper, the chevron stripes, and used my Art Knife and Glass Cutting Mat to cut out some of the chevrons. I backed it with rust colored paper using foam squares to add dimension. I used three of the leftover cut-out chevrons as accents to add emphasis to my die cut page title. Repeating the chevrons in another place on the page helps to unify it.

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Then I layered some strips along the edge of the chevron paper, and created a collage of ephemera that I cut out from another patterned paper around my photo. My handwritten journaling is included on strips that I cut out from one of the 6×6 papers. Finally, I added a few cork stickers and some enamel shapes to finish off my layout.

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So, what do you think about this collection so far? Are you loving it as much as I am? Come back tomorrow for some more Shine inspiration. Creative cheers!



Shine Paper Pad
Shine Cork Stickers
Shine 6×6 Paper Pad
Enamel Shapes–Cool
Art Knife
Precision Glass Cutting Mat