Holiday Mini Piñata Giveaway Winner!

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Thanks to everyone who entered! We’ve selected a random winner for our Christmas Tree Mini Piñata Kit, and that winner is…

 

These are absolutely adorable! Love the trees and the cute snowman too!
I will be giving my daughter and her boyfriend money for Christmas so they can buy something they want, and it would be fun to hide the money inside along with a few candies!

 

Congratulations Denise! Please send an email to alyd@americancrafts.com with “Holiday Mini Piñata Winner” in the subject line. Please include your full name and mailing address and we’ll get you your prize asap.

Holiday Gift Wrap with the Template Studio

Hello We R fans and thank you for joining me today. With the holiday season upon us, I would love to share some gift ideas with you all, using the fun and versatile Template Studio.

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If you are thinking about giving this tool a try, a great value option is to grab the Template Studio Starter Kit. Inside, you will find everything you need to create large-scale gift bags, envelopes, boxes, home decor and more! For my projects today, I have used the Envelope & Box Guide (included in the kit) and the Pillowbox Guide.

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As you can see, I have constructed three different shape boxes, which I have embellished. The first gift box was created using the Envelope & Box guide and some red stripe posterboard. To see how to use the Template Studio to create a gift box, click here to view it in action.

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You will need the following to create this type of box: Posterboard, Fringe Tape, Metal Bow Die, a die cutting machine like the Evolution Advanced and some sparkly bits!

The stripes on the posterboard were a perfect guide for placing my fringe tape. Being self adhesive, this decorative tape is a breeze to adhere to a vast number of projects.

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My second box is a pillow shaped one. I think this shape is a lot of fun! You could pop an article of clothing inside or some home bakes… To create this box using the Template Studio, click here to check out a video.

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To put this type of box together, you will need the following: Posterboard, Glassine Paper, Chevron Washi Tape, Mini Alphabet Punch board and some Honeycomb Paper.

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To echo the shape of the baubles on the Oh Goodie Glassine Paper, I have cut some Honeycomb paper to size and adhered it over the shapes. To create the little bell, I laid the honeycomb paper pad next to the shape and copied it with a pencil onto the paper and then cut the shape out by hand with some sharp scissors. NOTE: You only need to trace half the shape as it opens to reveal the full shape IYKWIM.

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My third box is a large envelope size, which I have scored a bit further to create a boxy shape. (The instructions included with the template studio guide show you this extra step.) It would be great for some custom chocolates or a book. To check out how to use the Template Studio to create envelopes, click here

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It has a gift card/large tag attached already. The card has been stamped and placed inside a vellum Typecast Envelope, which I have embossed using a ‘Merry Christmas’ Phrase Embossing Strip.

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To pop this one together you will need: Cardstock, Chevron Washi Tape, Vellum envelope, DIY Party Tag Punch, Layered Stamp, Ribbon/Twine and some sparkly bits.

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I’ve used some beautiful white tone marble print paper (Bazzill) and then used my Precision Press along with the Gift Layered Stamp and CMYK ink pads to stamp a cute pile of gifts onto my card.

 

You will notice the gifts are green and red but I don’t have these colour inks, so it’s back to kindergarten as we mix our colours! Blue + Yellow will give you green. I stamped yellow first and then blue over the top. Next, we will be mixing Yellow + Magenta to give us our red gifts. Again, I started with my lighter colour and then did the magenta over the top. Lastly, it was a bit of black for the bow details. I LOVE this fun way of stamping! The Precision Press holds everything in place perfectly so you don’t have to worry about accuracy when you are stamping your next colour layer. Awesome!

 

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Don’t those little gifts look super sweet peeking out from under the vellum? I love the soft opacity the vellum gives it. Pop a few sequins or stars inside for some festive fun.

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I can’t wait to gift these special boxes.

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Wishing you lots of happy gift giving!

Chantalle

 

Supplies:

Template Studio Starter Kit

Precision Press

Banner Punch Board

Typecast Typewriter

DIY Party Tag Punch

DIY Party Fringe Tape, Meadow

Typecast Envelopes

Mini Alphabet Punchboard

Bazzill 6×6 cardstock pad

Bazzill Foil Tone on Tone cardstock

Honeycomb Paper

Metal Bow Die

Chevron Washi Tape

Poster Board

Ribbon Cutter

Oh Goodie Glassine Paper

Crop a Dile Eyelet Setter

Layered Stamp, Gifts

CMYK Ink Pad Set

Phrase Embossing Strip

Pink and Teal Holiday Gift Wrap

Hello We R fans!  It’s Eva here today sharing some gift wrap inspiration with a bright and fun color combo.

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I live in Chile and here Christmas is in the middle of Summer so I love to decorate my house and my holiday projects with bright colors. For this project I chose a Pink and Teal combo, I also added gold to give my gifts a Christmas feeling.

I started by making 2 boxes with my favorite punch boards: the Candy Punch Board and the Pillow Box Punch Board. These are so versatile and perfect for small gifts during this holiday season!

I made the Candy Box with some patterned paper and decorated it with a tag made with cardstock and my Corner Chomper, an acetate tag, a personalized letter made with my Mini Alphabet Punch Board, some ribbon cut (and sealed! ) with  my Ribbon Cutter, some confetti and a piece of cardstock from the Typecast Collection.

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For my Pillow Box I used a piece of Bazzill’s marbled cardstock and decorated it with a starburst from the Oh Goodie collection, confetti, a tag written with my Typecast Typewriter, a piece of acetate from the Clearly Posh collection, twine and a bow from the Wildflower line.

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You can use these boxes for any small gift, I wanted to give a sweet Christmas decoration so I made a garland with chocolates, twine, punched circles and liquid glue. If you want to make this garland make sure you don’t use a hot glue gun because some chocolate could  melt leaving a small stain.

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Put your gift, or garland in my case, add some confetti and close your boxes.

 

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The Mini Alphabet Punch Board  is perfect for personalized gifts tags!

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I hope you enjoyed this idea and that you can use our Punch Boards to make small Christmas Wraps. Do you have a favorite Christmas color combo?

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Have a great day!

Eva

 

Supplies:

Candy Box Punch Board
Pillow Box Punch Board
Clearly Posh 6 x 6 Paper Pad
Oh Goodie Starburst Closure
Typecast Typewriter
Mini Alphabet Punch Board
Typecast 12 x 12 Paper Pad
Ribbon Cutter
Corner Chomper
DIY Party Confetti

Boy/Girl Holiday Gift Card Holders

Hello everyone, Wendy here today to share some holiday gift card holder ideas perfect for boys or girls.  Have you tried the pop-up dies yet from We R Memory Keepers?  What fun these dies are!  I used the Pop-Up Gift Box die to create these gift card holders.

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My first card I made was for my daughter.  I used the Urban Chic collection to decorate the card and box, but only a few touches were necessary with such an interactive card.

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I die cut the box from white cardstock because I knew I wanted to use the Teal Chevron Washi tape to decorate the box.  Every girl needs some bling, so after punching twirls and poinsettia leaves from the font punches I added in some red gemstones for a girly touch.

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For my son’s card, I wanted to create a woodsy type card, so I used the Hello Five collection.  The blue plaid with the addition of some mountains, a raccoon, and the star, my snowman made the card front. For a step by step video tutorial for making the gift card holders, visit my YouTube channel HERE.

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I chose to decorate the inside of my card with a snowy scene for my snowman.  I cut my Pop-Up Gift Box again with the plaid and blue star to decorate my box.  The red chevron washi tape added a pop of Christmas to my box and the green font punch pieces were the finishing touch to my card.

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Design Tip:  Adding quick messages to your cards is so easy with the use of the Typewriter and Typecast labels (especially when you’ve already assembled your card)!

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A few gift cards later and I have small personalized gifts that I am able to give to my children, friends, and family!  Thanks so much for joining me today, have fun creating for your holidays!

 

Supplies:

Mini Rhinestones

Sequin Stickers

Chevron Washi Tape:  Coral, Teal

Plastic Bows

Urban Chic Stickers

Urban Chic 6×6 pad

Bazzill Foil Candy Necklace

DIY party 12×12 pad

Frame Punch Board

Holiday Font Punch Serif

Elegant Font Punch

High Five Good Vibes Paper

High Five Epic Paper

Evolution

Pop-Up Gift Box Die

Holiday Mini Piñata Giveaway!

This week on the blog we’re featuring ideas for holiday gifts and gift wrap, so we thought we’d start things off with a fun giveaway!

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We’re giving away one Christmas Tree Mini Piñata Kit which includes three piñatas, along with fringe tape and stickers to decorate them. These would make the perfect activity for a school or family Christmas party. Make one for each guest as a place card, and fill them with your favorite holiday treats.

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If you’d like to be considered for this giveaway, please leave a comment below telling us what you would use these fun piñatas for. Comments will remain open until Thursday, 12/8 at midnight. A random winner will be announced on Friday, 12/9. Remember to check back to see if you won. Good luck!

Pop Up Dies Project Inspiration

With the holidays coming up quickly, we thought we’d share some project inspiration using our new Pop Up Dies. These dies are perfect for handmade holiday cards and gifts. When paired with our Evolution Advanced tool, you’ll be set for some fabulous holiday crafting! Check out what our in-house design team created with these awesome crafting supplies.

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Use the new Pop Up Gingerbread House die set to create a DIY snow globe or a darling pop up house card.

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Our Gift Card Holder is the perfect solution for your neighbor, friend, teacher, and co-worker gifts!

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The Pop Up Gift Box die set is the perfect mix of a handmade interactive card, and a gift card holder. These new tools will definitely make your holiday craft projects turn out beautifully! Available in stores and online now.

Supplies:

Pop Up Gingerbread House Dies
Pop Up Gift Card Holder Dies
Pop Up Gift Box Dies
Evolution Advanced

Precision Press Card Set

Hello there! Tessa Buys here with a set of cards created with my new favorite We R Memory Keepers tool – the Precision Press.

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When it comes to my stamping abilities, “precision” is not a word that comes to mind. I never seem to be very happy with my results. However, the Precision Press is a total game changer for me! Every stamp has been crisp, clear, and exactly in the right position. And playing with the CYMK inks and stamps has made the experience even more fun!

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To demonstrate how easy it was to stamp this floral design, these photos are of my very first attempt. The instructions were simple to follow and the results fantastic!

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I decided to fussy cut the design because I wanted to adhere it over several strands of string.

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I used foam adhesive to attach the cut out pieces over the string. The card front is also attached to the card base with foam adhesive.

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I used the We R Memory Keepers typewriter and some Typeset stickers to create my sentiments.

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I finished off each card with a sprinkle of We R Memory Keepers sequin stickers. I love the subtle sparkle that white sequins have set on white cardstock.

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Thanks to the Precision Press, this non-stamper may just become a stamping pro after all. If you’re a reluctant stamper like me, I think you’ll fall in love, too! Happy creating!

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Supplies:

Precision Press

CYMK inks

Floral Stamp

Sequin Stickers

Typecast Typewriter and Collection

 

 

Pop Up Christmas Cards

Hello everyone!  It’s Eva Pizarro on the blog today sharing a quick tutorial to make these lovely pop up cards.

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The new Evolution Advanced Pop Up Dies are so pretty! I can assure you that you can make beautiful cards and wow all your friends. Who doesn’t love a 3D card?

To make these cards I started with my base. I used my Precision Press Tool and one of the layered stamps to make the cover. The Precision Press lets you stamp multiple times over the same image, so it’s perfect for beginners! I like to use a small piece of washi tape to make sure my project doesn’t move.

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To make the houses simply run your dies through your Evolution Advanced. I used some papers from the Holly Jolly collection by Pebbles Inc. The houses are beautiful! I think they would look amazing as a village or as an advent calendar too!

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Last but not least I made my envelope with my Envelope Punch Board.

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With the Envelope Punch Board you can make envelopes in different sizes. Use your favorite paper for the outside or line the inside of a solid color envelope for a special touch!

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You can decorate the houses with the dies included in the set and you can include pre-made die cuts or stickers, just make sure they fit inside the card once closed.

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This is the second card I made, I only changed the colors and some embellishments.

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Aren’t these houses super cute? Now you can make these pop up cards in minutes!

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Have a lovely day!

Eva

 

Supplies:

Gingerbread House Pop Up Die Set

Evolution Advanced

Envelope Punch Board

Precision Press

Layered Stamp Set- Gifts

Birthday Pop-Up Gift Box Card

Hello, We R readers, Laura here! Some of my nieces and nephews are getting older and no longer want toys for their birthdays. I like to do gift cards because then they can buy whatever they want from a store I know they will love. However, I feel like giving a gift card by itself can be a little boring. The new pop-up gift card holder dies are perfect for creating a special card you can use to give a gift card that makes it so much more fun!

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To start creating your card, you will need to cut out one box and two smaller card holder pieces from double-sided cardstock using the pop-up gift box dies and the Evolution Advanced. Using the magnetic mat really helps to keep everything in place.

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To assemble the gift box, you will start by adhering the two card holder pieces together and then folding in the middle. The half circle notches will line up once folded in half.

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Fold back the ends of the card holder and adhere to the third square on the box die cut.

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Then, you will fold the opposite ends of the card holder back and adhere to the first square on the box die cut. (This is the one with the first triangle flap.) Adhere the flap on the end of the gift box to the opposite side to close the box.

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To attach the box to your card, you will adhere each of the triangle edges on the bottom of the gift card box to either side of the fold on your card. I created a card base from textured cardstock. My card is 5 ½ x 5 ½ inches wide and was the perfect size for adding the pop-up gift card box.

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I embellished the front of the card with elements from the Flower Girl collection. I started with a frame. Added a “happy” sticker and a little goose sticker. I finished it off with the word “birthday!” using gold thickers.

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This pop-up gift card box birthday card is the perfect way to send or give a gift card to someone special. And since you are cutting out all the pieces yourself, the possibilities are endless for designs, styles and holidays. These cards would make wonderful Christmas gifts as well, simply by changing out the sentiment on the front.

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Supplies:

 

Evolution Advanced

Pop-Up Gift Box Cutting Dies

Adhesive

Flower Girl Collection

Thickers

Thank You Card Set

Hello We R Fans! Kimberly here today to share a card set that uses the fantastic new Precision Press! This new stamping tool has so many great applications but We R Memory Keepers took it another step with incredibly inventive stamps that are ideal with the Precision Press. This is going to be your go-to stamping tool!

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The Precision Press allows you to stamp repeated images, in exactly the same place. Because of that, creating multiple cards is a breeze!

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Simply place your stamps and paper, apply ink, and close the lid. Perfect placement every time. And if you happen to miss a spot or two with ink, no worries, apply more ink, and close the lid again! No more missed stamped images!

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We R Memory Keepers took the idea of this tool to another level with the Layered Stamp sets. The set of images comes with a guide image. This thinner image keeps everything in place as you change stamps. I began my card set by placing my card stock onto the base of my Precision Press. The surface of the base has a texture to it that grips and holds the paper in place. I then placed the guide image down on the clear lid of the Precision Press.

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The first image, which is numbered, perfectly fits inside the guide image opening. This image is thicker, which allows you to apply ink to the raised image, but not the guide image. It is possible to get ink on the guide image, but because it is thinner, it will not leave marks on your card stock.

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Once your ink is applied, close the lid and push down on the image. Leave the stamps in place and you are ready to stamp the next piece of card stock. You can continue this process for as many images as you want to create.

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Once all my floral images were stamped, I wiped the stamp clean and removed it from the Precision Press. The next image, the thanks sentiment, was placed inside the guide image. Again, it fits perfectly, lining up the images. The inking, stamping, repeating process continued.

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Because I knew my images would stay in place, I experimented a little with the Banner Layered Stamp to add more color and depth. On my thank you cards, I applied green ink to certain areas of the floral image and stamped my card stock panels. After cleaning off the image, but leaving it in the guide image, yellow ink was added to the stamp. The possibilities are endless!

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What is your favorite part of the Precision Press?

 

Supplies:

Precision Press

Banner Layered Stamp

High Five 6×6 Paper Pad

Gem Stickers; Light Rhinestones, Mini Rhinestones