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.

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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.

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

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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

Birthday Week: Embossed Party Napkins

Finding additional uses for my crafting supplies always makes me happy–I feel less guilty about my ever-growing crafting stash, and I get to enjoy my favorite goodies more often! Here’s a fun way to use your embossing folders on something other than paper.

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I used the new Butterfly Embossing Folders to spruce up these plain party napkins. It was easy to place the napkin in the center of the embossing folder, lining it up with the handy grid on the front cover. Then I ran it through my Evolution and the results look fantastic!

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If you want to take your party napkins to the next decorative level try combining the butterfly embossing folders with the new Monarch Shape Die to create matching napkin rings.

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After embossing each napkin, I rolled the sides inward and tied some Yellow Sew Ribbon around the bottom. Then I cut some butterflies from Hip Hip Hooray patterned paper and added them on top of the bows.

Embossing napkins is a quick and easy way to use your crafting supplies to add that special decorative touch to your next birthday party. What other ways do you like to use your crafting supplies?



Butterfly Embossing Folders
Monarch Shape Die
Hip Hip Hooray Paper Pack
Yellow Sew Ribbon



Birthday Week: Party Favors with Punch Boards

Making fabulous party favors is quick and easy with the popular Punch Boards, and now embellishing them is easy too with the new Flower Punch Board. Take a look at the vellum favor containers I created below.

We R Vellum Favor Boxes by Aly Dosdall

To create these I combined some of the older Punch Boards with the new Flower Punch Board. Those together with some vellum papers from the Sheer Metallic Vellum Pad make for some beautiful birthday favors or gift boxes. I love the semi-sheer quality of the vellum paper–it intrigues the gift receiver but doesn’t give away the surprise!

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Once I created the large gift box, using the Gift Box Punch Board, I used the Flower Punch board to create an XS and an XXS flower and layered them together. Then I added an Enamel Dot in the center and adhered the flower to the top of the box. I like the unique look of the washi tape around the box in place of ribbon, and the flower on the top instead of a bow.

We R Vellum Gift Box by Aly Dosdall

Next I used the Pillow Box Punch Board to create another gift/favor box. Since the pillow box is smaller, this time I made a single XXS flower with the punch board and added an enamel dot to the center. To finish off the box I added a metallic cardstock border and some Metallic Washi Tape.

We R Vellum Pillow Box by Aly Dosdall

Finally, I made a large gift bag with my Gift Bag Punch Board, but this time I used the Flower Punch Board in a different way to make a flower. First I punched several 1 1/2 inch squares of paper, and then I used the reverse punch feature of the Flower Punch Board to make them into leaf shapes that I put together into a flower. Curling the leaf-shaped petals toward the center with the curling tool gave it a different look.

We R Vellum Gift Bag by Aly Dosdall

For video tutorials on how to use the older punch boards, CLICK HERE. For a video tutorial on how to use the new Flower Punch Board, CLICK HERE. Try combining the punch boards to create beautiful gift or favor packaging for your next birthday party!



Flower Punch Board
Gift Box Punch Board
Pillow Box Punch Board
Gift Bag Punch Board
Sheer Metallic Vellum Pad
Enamel Shapes–Neutral
Metallic Washi Tape
Neutral Sew Ribbon

Birthday Week: Dots Party Set

Happy Monday We R fans! It’s Birthday Week here on the blog, which means all week we’ll be sharing birthday projects and inspiration–from decor, to favors, to invites, and more–so be sure to visit often. We’re going to kick this week off with a dots-themed party set.

We R Dots Party Set by Aly Dosdall

Picking a design theme to carry through all your party paper crafts is a great way to create a sense of unity and cohesion at your party. For this set I chose a dots theme and repeated that pattern throughout my projects. To create the gift box I dry embossed a piece of 6×6 textured cardstock after I had used a brayer to coat the inside top of the embossing folder with ink. Designer Tip: the ink cleans up easily with a baby wipe, or by rinsing the folder thoroughly in warm water.

Dots Birthday Set ink folder

Then I used my Gift Box Punch Board to create a small box for party favors, adding some Baker’s Twine and a Hip Hip Hooray Embossed Sticker.

Dots Birthday Set gift box

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For the invite I used another inking technique to get the opposite effect. This time I dry embossed a 5 1/2 x 5 1/2 inch piece of textured cardstock with the smaller dot embossing folder, and then I gently rubbed my ink pad directly over the raised design.

Dots Birthday Set ink embossed paper

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I used the Rings Cupcake Liner Die and a Label It Kit die to cut the pieces out of some Hip Hip Hooray Wish Patterned Paper for the cupcake.

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See what other repeated patterns you can come up with–We R offers so many different and beautiful design for their Letterpress, Embossing Folders, and Dies that you’re sure to find something to fit your party theme.



Polka Dot Embossing Folders
Ring Cupcake Liner Template Die
Label It Kit Dies
Gift Box Punch Board
Hip Hip Hooray Wish Patterned Paper
Hip Hip Hooray Embossed Stickers
Baker’s Twine–Yellow

Inked Rose Inspiration

Hello there, WeR fans, it’s Nicole Harper. I’ve been so eager to share a project using the brand new Inked Rose line!! I am immediately drawn to navy blue, so when you add the green + yellow into the mix I was on cloud nine. I’m sharing another pocket page today using the Albums Made Easy system…let’s have a look. 🙂


I am using the back side of the same page protector I shared last month, with (4) 4×6 pockets and (3) 4×4 pockets. As I mentioned in my last post, I rarely stick to the ‘intended’ layout of a pocket page…I love slipping 3×4 cards into a 4×6 pocket to switch things up! This time around, I wanted to stress that it is perfectly OK to allow one of the AME cards to shine all on it’s own. As I tell people over and over when teaching classes using this system, I love pretty paper!! And when I find a card that I love the design of, I sometimes just slip it right into the sleeve.


On the left of the above photo, you can see where I layered one of the metallic vellum cards underneath a die cut 4×4 Inked Rose card. I am head over heels for the vellum line, as it pairs easily with ANY other AME items you already have…just spruces them up a wee bit by adding some trendy metallic.


Again, that butterfly card? Straight out of the set…just a splash of gold spray ink and a bit of washi + some doodling. The polka dot card was perfect for my traditional ‘this week was’ card…I usually include this as a summary for anything I may not have focused on somewhere else on the page. All of these cards are pretty ‘plain’ other than a strip of washi and an enamel shape or two. Remember, not every pocket has to be a ‘masterpiece’ that you spend tons of time on!!

Make sure you check out the brand new Instagram Albums Made Easy sets…there are a ton of great 4×4 and 2×2 cards in each, including die cuts!!