New Star Ornament Die + Video

I’m sure most of you have seen the beautiful 3D paper star ornaments floating around many of the DIY blogs over the last year. Well, I’m excited to share with you that now you can create these beautiful ornaments quickly and easily using the new Star Ornament Template Die! Take a look at what you can create with this die:
We R Vellum Star Ornament by Aly Dosdall

Beautiful, huh? I chose to create my ornament with some papers from the Sheer Metallic Vellum Pad. I love the semi-sheer quality of these papers!

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The dimensions of the star when fully assembled are about 15 1/2 inches in diameter. The die itself is just under 6 inches square. There are small holes for hanging, and I also tied some glitter floss tassels at each point.

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Watch the video below to see how to cut and assemble this star ornament using the Star Ornament Template Die.



Star Ornament Template Die
Sheer Metallic Vellum Pad
Sew Easy Glitter Floss–Neutral

Earth Day Project

Happy Earth Day! Today I’ve got a project to share with you using some material I “upcycled” to use for crafting. Sometimes I like to save packaging (plastic and cardboard) to use in my crafts. It has come in handy several times over the years. This time I saved an 8×8 sheet of corrugated cardboard and it was the perfect bit of recyclable material to use for this Earth Day project. Check out what I made with it below:

We R Potted Herb Labels by Aly Dosdall

To create these Potted Herb Labels I cut the corrugated cardboard using the new Home Made Nesting Dies. The cardboard cut perfectly with 3-4 passes through my Evolution.

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Then I embellished the cardboard labels using some pinwheels I cut from Hip Hip Hooray patterned paper using the new Pinwheel Shape Die. (I left the larger pieces out to better fit with the scale of the project.) I finished off the labels by adding the names of each herb on a banner flag with mini alpha stickers. The labels attach to the indoor potted herbs using some jute gardening twine.

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How are you celebrating Earth Day today? Do you like to create crafts using recyclable materials?



Pinwheel Shape Die
Home Made Nesting Dies
Banner Flag Die (from Drink Sleeve Template Die)
Farmer’s Market Page Kit–Alpha Stickers
Hip Hip Hooray 6×6 Paper Pad
Brads–Green, Aqua, Yellow

30 Years of Friendship Album

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Happy Friday, visitors of the We R blog! Another Friday, another post by me: Amanda Rose Zampelli, new designer for the We R team. Today I’m sharing with you Part I of a three-parter project starring the adorable gold mini IG album from We R.  I’m calling the album  “30 Years of Friendship” with the intention to gift the mini book to my pal, Danielle, on her 30th birthday in June.

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For more photos and details of supplies collected, and my plans with this album, head over to my blog.   Catch me here every Friday, with a fun new project (or part of a project) to share. Cheers!

Easter Sunday Brunch Favor

Here’s a favor idea for your Easter Sunday Brunch guests. You can fill it with cookies, candy, or whatever else you’d like to share with your visitors.

We R Easter Sunday Brunch Favor by Aly Dosdall

To create this favor container, I used the new Large Bakery Box Die and some patterned paper from the Chalkboard collection. I cut the box die twice, and then hot glued the two pieces together.

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I trimmed banner flags from some 6 inch strips and added them to the front of the box, and then layered a doily on top that I cut with the Lattice Doily Die. To create the bow, I die cut some patterned paper with the new Gift Bow Die.

die cut bow

I love that the die includes guide holes to help you line up your bow just right when you fold and assemble it! To finish off the favor box I die cut a few mini butterflies using the Butterfly Nesting Dies, and I cut a tag with the new Home Made Nesting Dies.

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You can add “Happy Easter” to the tag, or you can personalize it and use it as a place marker at the table as well.



Chalkboard Paper Pack
Large Bakery Box Template Die
Gift Bow Die
Home Made Nesting Dies
Butterfly Nesting Dies
Lattice Doily Shape Die
Sew Easy Baker’s Twine–Aqua

Paint Chip Easter Garland

Garlands and banners have been popular for a while and are still going strong in paper crafts and home decor, and paint chips are also a favorite among DIY’ers so…I thought I would combine the two for today’s Easter Week post.

We R Paint Chip Easter Garland by Aly Dosdall

Since an oval shape resembles an egg I decided to create an Easter Egg Garland using the Oval Punches Die to cut several different color paint chips. I love the ombre coloring on the paint chips, and the rainbow effect is fresh and perfect for spring.

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After die cutting the ovals I used my Crop-A-Dile to punch small holes in the tops of them, and then I threaded a length of green Sew Easy Baker’s Twine through them for hanging.

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I also cut some small embellishments from white textured cardstock using the Blossom and Butterfly Nesting Dies. I adhered them to the center of every third egg shape.

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Of course you could always use your favorite patterned paper or cardstock for this project, but if you like the look of paint chips and don’t have any on hand here are some ideas:

  • Ask your friends or neighbors if they have any, especially those who’ve recently renovated or painted
  • Ask the paint department at your local home improvement store to contact you when they rotate out old paint chips
  • Try searching on Etsy, Amazon, or Ebay
  • Make your own paint chips in your image editing software and print them out

Tomorrow I’ll be sharing some beautiful Easter Sunday Brunch favors, so be sure and check back!



Oval Punches Dies
Butterfly Nesting Dies
Blossom Nesting Dies
Sew Easy Baker’s Twine–Green

Easter In A Bucket

Today I’ve got another Easter project idea to share with you that the kids will love. I like to call it “Easter In A Bucket”! I picked up a plain tin mini bucket from the dollar bins at Target, embellished it, and filled it with some Easter goodies.

We R Easter in a Bucket by Aly Dosdall

I started off by cutting some green adhesive backed vinyl with the Grass Edges Die to create the grass around the bottom of the bucket. I added a thin sheet of chipboard to my sandwich before running it through the Evolution to make sure and get just the right amount of pressure for a clean cut.

easter bucket vinyl

Designer tip: to fit the grass edge around the bucket I cut a few evenly spaced slits at the bottom and overlapped them as I placed the grass around the bucket. I also die cut some clouds from white vinyl, and placed those around the top of the bucket.

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Then I made a pinwheel by cutting some Farmer’s Market paper with the Pinwheel Flower Template Die, and adding a Hip Hip Hooray chipboard alpha as a monogram to personalize the bucket. Then I cut several butterflies using the Butterflies Nesting Dies, added Yellow Glitter Brads to the centers, and glued them to the bucket. Designer tip: a hot glue gun works best when adhering paper items to round surfaces.

Come back tomorrow for some Easter home decor inspiration!



Grass Edges Dies
Pinwheel Flower Template Die
Butterfly Nesting Dies
Cloud Nesting Dies
Farmer’s Market Page Kit
Yellow Glitter Brads
Hip Hip Hooray Chipboard Alphas

DIY Easter Game

Good Monday morning! I hope your weather has been as lovely as ours has this past week. It’s really been getting me in the mood for Easter Sunday. Today I’ve got a fun DIY Easter project for the kids to play after your Easter meal is done. This little activity might help buy the adults some time to chat and relax.

We R DIY Easter Game by Aly Dosdall

It was easy to create this Easter Tic-Tac-Toe game using a 4×4 Photo Sleeve along with some papers, tags, and stickers from the Simply Spring collection. I used several papers from the Simply Spring 6×6 Paper Pad as well as some trimmed down 12×12 ones. I cut the loops off of the tags I used, and trimmed some of them down to fit. I treated each 4×4 mini canvas like I would a card or tag and embellished them accordingly. All of my elements are flat so the game is easy to handle and play.

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I cut the X’s and O’x from the coordinating grey textured cardstock using my Cricut machine, and then ran them all through my Xyron using repositionable adhesive. Since the photo sleeve is plastic the letters remove as many times as needed leaving no residue. You could also use dry erase markers since they wipe right off the photo sleeve with a paper towel.

Be sure to visit the blog often as we’ll be sharing plenty of Easter crafty inspiration all week!



Photo Sleeves–4×4
Simply Spring Paper Pack
Simply Spring Embossed Stickers and Tags
Simply Spring 6×6 Paper Pad
Simply Spring Textured Cardstock

Birthday Gift Ideas

Handmade gifts are always appreciated and what could be better to receive than an altered Desktop Calendar?

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Creating this project is easy and doesn’t take a lot of supplies.  I used stickers and patterned paper from the Hip Hip Hooray collection and altered a Maya Road Clear Acrylic Calendar. The chipboard tabs were easy to ink and embellish.

Monthly Calendar2

I chose inks that matched the collections to ink the chipboard around the edges.

Monthly Calendar3

Then I covered them with paper cut at 3 3/4 x 5 3/4. I used the 3’8 Corner Chomper to round the corners and adhered to the chipboard using adhesive.

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Now you just have to add the calendar layered with colored cardstock and adhered with 3D foam squares. Finish by embellishing to suit your style.

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Now you’re ready to package up your creation and give it to someone special.

What was a favorite handmade gift you’ve made and then given away?




56th Birthday Celebration

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Happy Friday, visitors of the We R blog! Another Friday, another post by me: Amanda Rose Zampelli, new designer for the We R team. Today I’m sharing with you all what I’m calling an ‘After-Birthday Cinch Book’.  I created a mini photobook using The Cinch of the surprise 56th birthday dinner we threw my mom this past Monday.

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I snapped pics of the evening, and made the best printed photos into a mini memory book of the night.  I embellished with some neon ink, a few stamps, and the We R Sew-Easy Stamp Roller (amazing)!

For more photos and details, head over to my blog.   Catch me here every Friday, with a fun new project to share. Cheers!

Birthday Week: Cake Topper

Take your birthday party decor to the next level by extending your crafting supplies and skills to include your food. I made this festive birthday cake even more fun by adding a die cut cake topper.

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To create this cake topper I used the Banner Shape Dies to make the background, adding some patterned paper behind the cut out designs. I added a few Hip Hip Hooray Embossed Stickers, and then I strung the banners onto some Baker’s Twine.

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Next I cut out some letters from the Hip Hip Hooray 6×6 Paper Pad using the new Strung Alphabet Dies. I threaded those together using a hand sewing needle and double strands of Red Sew Easy Floss.

Strung Alphabet Dies

I also used the tip of the needle to poke out the centers of the die cut holes in the alphas. I tied them all together to some bamboo skewers and stuck them into the birthday cake.

Try using your craft supplies to add fun decor to the food at your next party!



Strung Alphabet Dies
Banner Shape Dies
Hip Hip Hooray 6×6 Paper Pad
Hip Hip Hooray Embossed Stickers.
Sew Easy Baker’s Twine–Red, Yellow, Green, Aqua
Sew Easy Floss–Red