Colors Wendy Loves: Pink, Aqua, Black & White

Hello everyone, Wendy here today to share a layout using my favorite colors!

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The new Urban Chic release was made for me, I could have used every piece of the paper, but I limited myself to my top favorites, pink and hot pink, teal and aqua, with a splash of black and white.

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To show off my favorite colors I began my design using a cut file from The Cut Shoppe, the pie chart was a great way to organize the colors.  I used the bold black striped paper to hold my circular design.

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In my scrappy mind, I always reach for the journaling cards so I chose the Beautiful card to anchor my picture and build the message of the layout.  A pop of pink and a pretty floral, yellow card added a pop to my page.

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I chose another word that I wanted to focus on in the light pink color to match the area of my pie chart.  The flower paper is probably my favorite first because of the color, but second because those flowers are just begging to be cut out!

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Another word to match my pie chart, another splash of yellow to give that extra pop to the layout, lovely fussy cut flowers, and a mascara wand because I do love my makeup!

Design Tip:  Don’t forget to include yourself in your scrapbooks!  Having fun creating just for you with your favorites is a great stress reliever too.

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This is a layout that is so totally me and I’m glad I took the time to document some of my favorites so that my children will always know who I am.

Supplies:

Urban Chic collection (patterned paper, stickers, thickers, ephemera, tags)

Colors Kimberly Loves: Mint, Gold & Black

Hello We R Fans!! Kimberly here today sharing my favorite color combo. Mint Green, Gold, and Black are the three colors together that make my heart skip a beat!

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Imagine how excited I was when I saw the new Urban Chic collection with those colors being one of the featured palettes!

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On my card base, I layered a piece of City paper. The City paper has an ombre mint green color that made me swoon! My next layer, from the Urban Chic Ephemera Collection, was a gold-dipped frame, also in mint green. I love the small added detail of the x’s and o’s on the bottom!

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The Urban Chic Ephemera Collection has gold accents on the pieces, so tying my embellishments and color palette together was easy! To bring in some more texture and black, I added a strip of patterned paper from the Urban Chic paper, 5th.

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Instead of leaving the ends square, I like to notch them by snipping into the middle of the paper. Then, going from the corner to the top of the slit, I cut on each side. It creates that banner-looking end. So polished!

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With your favorite color palette, you just have to use an inspiring sentiment! This one came from the Urban Chic Cardstock Sticker Accent Sheet. To pop it up and make it stand out more, I used foam adhesive on the back. As a finishing touch, I added some colored glue dots to my card. Wanting to make the mint green pop more, I went towards a reddish color, the same color used in the rest of Urban Chic.

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Do you love this color combination? What is your favorite color to use with gold?

Supplies:

Urban Chic

  • Patterned paper; City, 5th
  • Cardstock Sticker Accent Sheet
  • Ephemera Collection

Trim and Score Board

Colors Chantalle Loves: Pink & Gold

Hello We R fans and thank you for joining us this week as we celebrate the colours we all love! If you asked me what my favourite colour was, I would probably answer, all of them! But I do have an affinity for pink I must admit. A deep, lush magenta gets my pulse racing every time!

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Today I want to share some gifting ideas with you. They all share a common rosey glow, but swap out the colour and you can easily customize them to suit you.

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Read on as I’ll be showing you how each one came together.

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The gold box is just a simple gift box, which I purchased from a dollar store.

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I have given it a spotty pattern by using applying some Oh Goodie Gold Foil Stickers.

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I finished it off with some twine, an Oh Goodie Starburst Closure and a Clearly Posh Plastic Bow.

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This next little box has been wrapped in dark pink tissue paper and been accented with some pops of gold.

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I trimmed a piece of Clearly Posh gold spotted acetate to fit as a sleeve around the middle.

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On top of the acetate, I have run a length of gold Fringe Tape followed by a strip of light pink ribbon. To finish this one off, I’ve embellished the box with a layered flower, made up of two petals from DIY Party Die Cut Flowers (Bright & Metallic). I’ve given the petals a bit of life by curling the edges gently with the back of a paintbrush.

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This gift was wrapped using Pink Oh Goodie Ombré Glassine paper.

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This gift also has a sleeve in the middle, created with a sheet of gold vellum from a DIY Party Vellum Pad and a spotted Next Level Embossing Folder. * The guides in the embossing folder make it really easy to get a specific section of embossing on your chosen media.

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I ran the vellum around the centre, added a few die cuts and wrapped with twine. A custom tag, created with my DIY Party Tag Punch adds a finished look.

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Want a quick gift idea that uses minimal supplies? I’ve used this chocolate gift box heaps as it works as a card and a gift box in one!

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The chocolate sits inside the sleeve and the top lifts up to reveal a space for you to write your message.

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You will need one sheet of 12×12 paper to make the sleeve. The step by steps below show how easy it is to create. Just start with a strip as wide as your chocolate slab/box. Secure the first bit with double sided tape and then roll up!

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The gold paper for the bow comes from a DIY Party 12×12 cardstock pad which I sent through my Evolution Advanced with a Bow metal die.

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How about a cute pom pom gift topper? These cuties are so easy to make using a DIY Party Pom Pom maker.

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The pom poms take just a couple of minutes to create. I have adhered mine on top of my gift using a glue gun so they stay put.

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Finishing touches are some glitter tape (which I have punched), a Wildflower layered tag and a bit of gold metallic thread.

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Finally, I have created a very quick bottle sleeve.

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The sleeve consists of a sleeve of Ombré Glassine paper, embellished with a few simple supplies like these die cut flowers and butterfly (which are DIY Party Globe covers.)

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I hope these will help you if you are ever stuck for ideas on how to jazz up a special gift.

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Until next time, Happy crafting!

Chantalle

 

Supplies:

Diy Party 12×12 Cardstock Pad
Oh Goodie Shaped Paper Clips
Oh Goodie Gold Foil Stickers
Oh Goodie Starburst Closure
Clearly Posh Plastic Bow
Clearly Posh gold spotted acetate
DIY Party Gold Fringe Tape
Oh Goodie Ombré Glassine paper.
DIY Party Die Cut Flowers (Bright & Metallic)
Next Level Embossing Folder
DIY Party Tag Punch
Crush Ephemera
DIY Party 12×12 cardstock pad
Evolution Advanced
One piece bow die
DIY Party Pom Pom Maker
Wildflower layered tags
DIY Party Vellum Pad
Sequin Stickers Gold
Clearly Posh Enamel Dots
Crush Romance 12×12

Typecast Planner Pages

 

If you like the look of typewriting or printed text in your planner pages, the new Typecast typewriter is the easiest way to add it to your projects. And, the Typecast paper collection offers several beautiful tags, labels, and stickers perfect for adding dates and important events to your planner.

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Follow these simple steps to type details on your planner pages:

1. Remove pages from planner and type the dates in designated spaces. Return pages to planner.

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3. Embellish with stickers, patterned paper strips, clips, and ribbon as desired.

For more details about the new Typecast typewriter and paper collection now available at Michael’s stores, please visit the blog announcement HERE.

 

Supplies:

 

We R Memory Keepers Typecast Typewriter (#310296)

We R Memory Keepers Typecast 12×12 Paper Pad (#310328)

We R Memory Keepers Typecast Tags (#310290)

We R Memory Keepers Typecast Labels (#310285)

We R Memory Keepers Typecast Notepad (#310293)

We R Memory Keepers Typecast Stickers (#310294)

We R Memory Keepers Typecast Labels (#310283)

Heidi Swapp Personal Memory Planner (#312596)

Heidi Swapp Calendar Stickers (#312582)

Elements Mini Brads (#366334)

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Pink ribbon

New Releases: Scalloped Goodie Bag Guide & Holiday Glassine Papers

Good Monday morning We R friends! We’ve got something to jumpstart your week–how about some more new releases? We’re so excited to share our Scalloped Goodie Bag Guide and our Holiday Oh Goodie glassine papers!

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Use the original and new scalloped edge Goodie Bag Guides to tear, fold and easily create custom goodie bags. Both Goodie Bag Guides work perfectly with Oh Goodie glassine papers.

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Get a jump start on your holiday crafting with Halloween and Christmas Oh Goodie glassine paper packs. These holiday-themed 12 x 12 papers are food safe and grease resistant, making them perfect for gifting your favorite holiday treats.

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These new releases are just starting to ship to retailers, so watch for them in stores and online in the coming weeks. For help finding a retailer near you, please contact customer service at info@americancrafts.com.

Classroom Decor Ideas

Hello friends! Eva Pizarro here today sharing some quick and easy projects to decorate your classroom or your little one’s area.

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My little one loves to read, he can stay in his room staring at his books for half an hour! A few months ago I build him some shelves for his books and now that I have added some color he loves his area even more.

To make the banner I used the lovely wood pattern paper from the Honey I’m Home collection.  I cut four 4×6 inch rectangles and used my Banner Punch Board to make flags. I did the same with some white cardstock and layered it behind.

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To make the letters I used my Alphabet Punch Board  and the 3×5 paper pad.  I chose basic colors: red, yellow, green and blue.

To make the letters follow the instructions on the booklet or download the free App!

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Put together your banner by attaching your letters with some 3d dots.

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Hang your banner with some twine. For some extra pops of color use your Garland Punch and rainbow colored cardtosck to make a quick festoon. I cut 2 shapes of each color to make the garland longer.

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I also created this other project using basically the same colors and tools. It is a birthday chart and you can use it for your classroom (if you are a teacher) or your church or maybe for your home if you have a big family!

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Cut some letters in rainbow colors using your Alphabet Punch Board

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Use your Link Punch to hang pictures for every month (I just used random pictures here ).

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Use your Ruler Studio Frames to embellish some of your pictures and attach the letter to your 9 inch Ruler Studio.

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Hang your Birthday Chart using the Hanging Clips and enjoy! My little one loved this Chart, he keeps looking at the pictures searching for his mom and dad! I am sure your kids will love it too!

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Have a great week! Eva

 

Supplies

Ruler Studio 9 in Folded Ruler
Ruler Studio Hanging Clips
Ruler Studio Cardstock Frames
DIY Party Garland Punch
Banner Punch Board
Honey I’m Home – Lights Out Patterned Paper
Alphabet Punch Board
3×5 Paper Pad (Basics)

 

 

Typecast Teacher Gift

Amid all the excitement about our new release, the Typecast typewriter and paper collection, our in house design team has been busy coming up with some project inspiration to share with you. Since this week is Back-to-School week, check out this easy Typecast Teacher Gift idea!

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Using our new typewriter to create a label and personalized note for this sweet gift adds a very cool and appropriately school-themed touch. Plus, if you prefer the look of printed text instead of handwriting it’s so much easier to add text to tags and labels with a typewriter than a computer + printer.

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To make one of these darling gifts for your child’s teacher, follow these simple instructions:

  • Type teacher’s name on gold foil label. Add label to treat bag.
  • Fill treat bag with pencils.
  • Type a note to the teacher on a gold foil tag.
  • Stack notebook, treat bag with pencils, and note. Tie in place using pink ribbon.

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Your child’s teacher will love this gift–what teacher couldn’t use a notebook and some extra pencils? Plus, the typewriting adds such a cool retro look to this project!

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Supplies:

We R Memory Keepers Typecast Typewriter (#310296)

We R Memory Keepers Typecast Notebook (#310326)

We R Memory Keepers Typecast Treat Bags (#310317)

We R Memory Keepers Typecast Labels (#310285)

We R Memory Keepers Typecast Tags (#310307)

Designer Desktop Essentials Pencils (#370837)

Designer Desktop Essentials Pencils (#370838)

Pink ribbon

 

 

New Release: Typecast

Today we’re thrilled to announce another new release–a throwback with a cool retro vibe, perfect for oh-so-many craft and DIY projects. Introducing the Typecast typewriter and paper collection!

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Keep your projects and your space looking cool with this new, fully-functioning, retro-style Typecast typewriter and paper collection. Easily add custom typewritten text to layouts, planners, cards, tags, notes, labels and more.

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Fits various weights of paper and cardstock up to 12 inches wide. Typewriters come in black or pink.

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Use your own paper, or try our collection of paper pads, cards, envelopes, tags, labels, postcards, pockets and treat bags.

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Add more creativity to your projects with interchangeable colored replacement ribbons (sold separately).

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Find the Typecast typewriter and paper collection exclusively at your local Michael’s craft store, or shop now at michaels.com.

We want to know–what do you think? How would you use a typewriter with your craft projects?

Back to School Teacher Gifts

Back-to-School time is upon us!  Shellye McDaniel here today with a goodie for teachers within a goodie bag.

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My oldest son will be a first time teacher and coach this school year, so I made a name banner to hang in his classroom:

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For the banner pieces, I’ve used the brand NEW “Mini Alphabet Punch Board” to cut the lettering from 1.5”X2.5” strips of Black Textured Cardstock and then layered them onto Kraft banners.  For the banner panels, I simply removed enough sheets from the Kraft 3X5 Paper Pad.  Each paper was then placed onto the Banner Punch Board and the ends were cut into a fish-tail shape.  I left the banners unattached and included a few yards of twine inside of the goodie bag.

For the packaging of the banners (I also made a “Social Studies” matching banner), I used the beautiful 12X12 Glassine Papers and the Goodie Bag Guide.  The finished bags make a nice 5.5”X8” size when assembled.

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For the fronts of the bags, I created little tags that I printed using my home computer and printer.  For the light-bulb bag I die-cut the shape from the new Urban Chic “English Garden” paper and used the metallic silver paper from the 3X5 Paper Pad for the bottom portion of the bulb.

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For the “star” bag, I assembled the white vellum star from the DIY Party Metallic Stars pack.  Before closing completely, I filled the inside with orange and white sequins.  The star was attached to the center of the bag and then framed with one of the Urban Chic Ephemera frames.

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The print-out tags were layered onto mats of Urban Chic “5th Avenue” paper and then tied onto the top of the bag with ribbon.

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Create various banners to help teachers welcome back students!  I even thought about punching mini alphabet letters and giving those for gifts as well…teachers would love them for decorating bulletin boards and posters!

Products:

Urban Chic- 5th Avenue Paper; English Garden Paper, Ephemera
DIY Party- Metallic Stars 12 Pack
Goodie Bag Guide
12X12 Glassine Oh Goodie! Papers
Dies- Lightbulb Garland Die
Mini Alphabet Punch Board
Banner Punch Board
Black Textured Cardstock Black Textured Cardstock
Metallic 3X5 Paper Pad
Kraft 3X5 Paper Pad
Crop-A-Dile Power Punch

DIY Band Practice Log

Hey We R friends! Tessa Buys here. I’ve been busy gearing up for a new school year and for one of my kids, that means a push to get organized. My percussionist had a hard time remembering to fill out his weekly band practice log last year, so I got out my laptop and Cinch machine to make him a custom notebook:

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First, I designed a log on the computer. Even though my son can pick one up from his teacher every week, he typically ends up tearing a sheet of paper out of a notebook. With pre-printed pages, this notebook makes it faster for him to fill out his log, and hopefully makes it easier to get those weekly logs turned in!

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After printing the pages, I trimmed WRMK black chipboard to size (this notebook is 5.5 inches wide and 7 inches tall). I didn’t want to decorate the cover because I know what the inside of my son’s backpack will do to it, so I kept it simple by making a title out of metallic blue Bazzill cardstock with the mini alphabet punch board. I love that the Cinch chipboard is so sturdy. This notebook will easily last all year!

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I used the Cinch machine and a black coil to easily bind the log together. My son is pretty excited (well, as excited as a 13 year old can be) about having a custom notebook in his school’s colors that’s going to help keep him on track with his band homework. If you’re looking for a great way to customize a notebook for your student, the Cinch will strike the right note!

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Supplies Used:

Cinch
12×12 Cinch Book Boards
Black Cinch Binding Wires
Mini Alphabet Punch Board