Make a Christmas Countdown House with Basic Craft Tools

Hi everyone! Soraya here today to share a merry DIY using the basic tools from We R Memory Keepers and the gorgeous DCWV Merry & Bright Christmas stack! I’m so excited to show you how I made this little house from A to Z thanks to the Supreme Ruler, the cutting knife and some white cardboard. You can find supplies for this project at Joann Stores or on their website.

Christmas Countdown by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

Christmas Countdown by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

Christmas Countdown by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

This house is full of 24 little boxes I had fun to make with the 1-2-3 Punch Board! Here is how I made them : according to the chart of sizes you have on the board, I cut the papers to the right dimension before scoring them with the board. Just follow the instructions and you will see how fun and easy it is to create lots of pretty boxes!

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I basically created 2 boxes of each dimension (and 4 for the first size) following the chart!

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Once all the boxes were done, I placed them in a rectangle shape to see how I could fit them all in the future house. It’s like a Tetris game !

Christmas Countdown by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

Then on a piece of paper I drew all the contours and lines that would become the “shelves” of the house ! Here is a sneak of the measures I used:
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With the Supreme Ruler and the cutting knife I started cutting all the pieces I needed for making the structure of the house and the first walls. I placed them with the hot glue gun which is perfectly strong for this kind of surface.

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Heres’s a tip for you: trace the lines with a pencil before using the hot glue gun to make sure everything fits well!

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Don’t hesitate to place all the boxes as you go so that you can easily estimate the dimensions of the walls !

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Finish the house by adding a roof out of white cardboard.

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Time to decorate! In the “Merry & Bright” stack, there are some papers where you can fussycut cute designs to make your own labels. I used the Word Punch Board to make all the numbers from 1 to 24 on a black cardstock and I love how it turned out!

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And here is the final Advent House ! I just loved making this project, the papers from DCWV are perfect and the We R Memory Keepers tools are always my best friends when I want to create !

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I hope you had fun joining me today with this merry and bright DIY ! Happy creating everyone !

Soraya.

Supplies :

Supreme Ruler

USB Power Hot Glue Gun

Cutting Knife

Scissors

DCWV papers

Word Punch Board

DIY Christmas Gift Boxes

Hello and welcome to my first Christmas project. I am totally excited because I love this magical time! I like to do a lot of things myself for this time. This year I already started with the production of packaging. You can’t have enough of them. Since I don’t like packing presents in paper, boxes are the best choice. The recipient can also reuse them. Which is also important to me.

DIY Holiday Gift Boxes by Steffi Ried for We R Memory Keepers

When I saw DCWV Inc Merry & Bright papers, I was immediately in LOVE. How beautiful are the colours and motifs? They look very modern.

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First I used the 1-2-3 Punch Board. With these I created boxes in different sizes (sizes between 1 ¾ – 4 inch). First I started with 3 boxes and then it became more and more. I simply could not stop J  And it is also so easy and fast with the board. You can find the 123 Punch Board and the DCWV Inc Merry & Bright Stack at Joann Stores or on their website.

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In a box I have built a small window at the side. This I punched out with the Clear Cut Punch Circle (size 2 inch) and filled with artificial snow, pearls, sequins.

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Holiday Shaker Gift Box by Steffi Ried for We R Memory Keepers

Then I thought about how I wanted to decorate the boxes. The new WORKS All-In-One tool is great for that!

I chose different ribbons from the cupboard. Then the pens are put according to the desired size on the board. And now wrap as described in the instructions. This is so easy and makes beautiful bows. I have done this for the first time and am enthusiastic.

 

Make a holiday bow with The Works All In One Tool

DIY Holiday Gift Boxes by Steffi Ried for We R Memory Keepers

Then I made the tassels and one pom-pom. These also fit perfectly as pendants to the boxes. I chose different yarns and wrapped the yarn around the rods again.

Make tassels for your holiday gift wrap with The Works All In One Tool by We R Memory Keepers

DIY Holiday Gift Boxes by Steffi Ried for We R Memory Keepers

 

I like paper rosettes. Here I have created only half rosettes. Cut a 12 inch long strip and fold it. Additionally cut a narrow strip in the width of the folded sides. Stick the rosette on it with double-sided adhesive tape. Then glue the hole with a hot glue gun in the middle. This way the rosette is more stable and stays on the boxes.

Make a paper rosette with The Works All In One Tool

Make a paper rosette with The Works All In One Tool

DIY Holiday Gift Boxes by Steffi Ried for We R Memory Keepers

I’ve turned the boxes over so the openings are down. So you can decorate the top of the box and don’t have to remove it to open it. Unless you want to fill something heavy into the box, then I would make the closure upwards.

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The small mini bottles are also great as pendants for the boxes. I filled them with artificial snow, glitter, pearls and sequins. I like such little eye-catchers with gifts. That makes it something special.

DIY Holiday Gift Boxes by Steffi Ried for We R Memory Keepers

Finally, I cut various ribbons, pendants and motifs from the papers and decorated the boxes with them.

DIY Holiday Gift Boxes by Steffi Ried for We R Memory Keepers

DIY Holiday Gift Boxes by Steffi Ried for We R Memory Keepers

DIY Holiday Gift Boxes by Steffi Ried for We R Memory Keepers

My packaging is ready. Now I only have to buy the presents, haha

Thank you very much for stopping by and have a nice pre-Christmas time. Steffi

Supplies:

The Works All In One Tool
123 Punch Board
Circle Clear Cut Punch–2 inch
Glass Storage Jars

 

DIY December Planner with the Singe Quill

Hello We R fans! It’s Aly here with you today and I’m extra excited to share this project with you. Have you heard of the new Quill Kits? They work with your electronic cutting machine to do all kinds of cool things to take your craft projects to the next level. Check out how I made a DIY December Planner with the Singe Quill and my Silhouette Cameo 3!DIY December Planner with the Singe Quill by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

December is a fun and super busy month. I find keeping things organized with lists and specific plans helps me to enjoy the season more and stress less. So, I decided to make a special December planner where I can keep track of my shopping, baking, and to do lists.

DIY December Planner with the Singe Quill by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

I divided my planner into four sections: to buy, to bake, to watch, to do. I included tabbed dividers that I made with patterned paper from the DCWV Inc Christmas Nutcracker paper stack. In between each divider is some blank white paper where I can take notes, write down ideas, record memories, or attach photos. Take a look at each divider inside the planner:

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I created the covers and some of the embellishments with the Singe Quill, some Singe Quill Wood Sheets, Singe Quill ephemera, my Cameo 3, and some artwork from the Holidays USB Design Drive. Here’s how I did it:

Place an 8×8 sheet of Singe Quill Wood in the center of your cutting mat. Be sure to check the clearance on your machine (how thick the material can be to fit in). Move the rollers out of the way, or place the wood sheet on your mat so it doesn’t go under the rollers.

DIY December Planner with the Singe Quill by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Prepare your design in your software. Select the Fine or Bold Tip Singe Quill, insert it into the appropriate adapter according to the included instruction booklet. Place your adapter and Singe Quill into your machine following the sketch or draw instructions for your machine.

Send your artwork to the machine and watch the Singe Quill do the work! You won’t be able to see the design that the quill is drawing. It’s applying a clear chemical that we will singe once it’s done.

Once your design is finished, remove your mat, take the wood sheet off the mat and singe the design with the Singe Quill Heat Gun. You can also follow the instructions to singe the wood in the oven.

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I bound the covers, dividers, and paper together with The Cinch binding tool. It went right through the wood covers, no problem. (Tip: be sure to leave about a 1 inch margine on the left side of your covers for binding.) I added these to the four tabbed divider pages, and the blank white paper and then cinched it all together with 1″ gold Cinch Wire.

DIY December Planner with the Singe Quill by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Then I used the Singe Quill to write custom words and phrases on some wood ephemera pieces that came in the kit. I wanted to include some of my own handwriting, but you can do this with your cutting machine as well.

DIY December Planner with the Singe Quill by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Here’s a closer look at the first tabbed divider:

DIY December Planner with the Singe Quill by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

I made a coin envelope with The Works All In One Tool. This is where I’ll keep my receipts in case I need to return anything from my Christmas shopping list.

DIY December Planner with the Singe Quill by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Here’s a close up of the second tabbed divider:

DIY December Planner with the Singe Quill by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Baking is one of our family Christmas traditions, so I’ll keep our favorite recipes handy here in this pocket, and add new ones I collect as well. By the way, I made the folded tabs with The Works All In One Tool.

DIY December Planner with the Singe Quill by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

It’s so nice to have one tool that I can pull out to make all the things!

Take a look at the third tabbed divider:

DIY December Planner with the Singe Quill by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

The last two sections are for recording our favorite holiday movies and activities, and keeping track of which ones we’ve watched or done. I made two check lists with the All In One Journal Guide.

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Then I added them to the last two tabbed dividers along with some Singe Quill ephemera. We’ll write down our favorite holiday movies on one list, and our favorite holiday family activities on the other. Then, as we do them I’ll check them off and we can use the blank white paper to write what we liked/didn’t like about the activities. I can also store photos and stories from our holiday adventures. Here’s tabbed divider number 4:

DIY December Planner with the Singe Quill by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

I added a few final touches to my planner. The first was a pom pom and tassel planner charm that I made with The Works All In One Tool. I’ve already said it, and I’ll say it again: I LOVE having one tool that can do SO many things. Less mess in my craft room!

DIY December Planner with the Singe Quill by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

The other final touches were some water color paint and some glitter that I added with the Glue Quill. I love the bit of holiday color and sparkle these details add!

DIY December Planner with the Singe Quill by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

DIY December Planner with the Singe Quill by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

I love how it turned out! I think the singed wood covers are super cool, and they were so easy to make with the Singe Quill and my Cameo.

DIY December Planner with the Singe Quill by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Thanks for stopping by, and be sure to check out our Facebook and Instagram feeds for more Quill Kit projects this week. You can find these kits at select Joann Fabric and Craft Stores. Happy holiday crafting!

Supplies:

Singe Quill Kit
Singe Quill Board 8×8
Singe Quill Heat Gun
The Works All In One Tool
The Cinch
All In One Journal Guide

Craft Project Ideas with the New Quill Kits

We are so excited about the release of the new Quill Kits! Have you heard the news? If not, check out the announcement on the blog HERE. Today we’re sharing some craft ideas and project inspiration for these amazing new tools that work with your electronic cutting machine. Check out what you can make with the new Quill Kits!

Scrapbook Page with the Bevel Quill

Add some elegance and shine to your special memories with the new Bevel Quill and Bevel Board, like we did on this beautiful wedding scrapbook page. The Bevel Quill uses the same adaptors as the Foil Quill and works perfectly with our Bevel Board.

Scrapbook Page with the Bevel Quill

Custom Embroidery Hoop with the Fabric Quill

Use the Washable Marker with the Fabric Quill to draw a custom design on your fabric with your electronic cutting machine. After embroidering your design, simply wash your project to remove the markings.

Custom Embroidery Hoop with the Fabric Quill

DIY Notebook Cover with the Etch Quill

Etch your favorite designs into our Acetate Sheets and make your own mini book cover. Place a photo directly behind the acetate cover for a cool look!

DIY Notebook Cover with the Etch Quill

Custom Wood Gift Tag with the Singe Quill

Add your gift recipient’s name to a wooden tag with the Singe Quill, and then singe it into the wood with a heat gun (sold separately). What a unique way to gift this holiday season.

Custom Wood Gift Tag with the Singe Quill

Glitter Wedding Menu with the Glue Quill

Add an intricate glittered design to your wedding menu with the Glue Quill, your electronic cutting machine and our glitter. Adding glitter elevates your menu and will help your day be extra special.

Glitter Wedding Menu with the Glue Quill

Thanks for stopping by! We hope these Quill Kit craft project ideas have inspired you. Quill Kits will start arriving at Joann Stores sometime in the next few weeks, so keep an eye out.

Make Mini Grapevine Pom Pom Wreaths for Thanksgiving

Mini Grapevine Pom Pom Wreaths for Thanksgiving by Rebecca Lumiarias for We R Memory Keepers

Happy November!  It’s Rebecca with you today with some Thanksgiving home decor that’s close to my heart.  I grew up in the middle of a vineyard; my dad was a grape farmer for the first several years of my life, with vineyards and wineries becoming a prominent staple of our community.  Harvest was most often complete by this time of year, but my mother always had grapevine wreaths hanging around the house year-round.  This is also the time of year that she passed away, so I get extra sentimental and nostalgic in November, especially as we enter the holiday season.  This year, I decided to put that nostalgia to use with a fun project centered around mini grapevine wreaths.

Mini Grapevine Pom Pom Wreaths for Thanksgiving by Rebecca Lumiarias for We R Memory Keepers

This is also my favorite time of year for yarn pom-poms–they’re so cozy!–and I knew they’d play a big role in this project.  Here are a few things you’ll need if you’d like to re-create these:

Mini grapevine wreaths (4″ – 6″ diameter in center; found in most craft stores)

Patterned paper (Mine is from the Faded Floral stack by DCWV)

Yarn of your choice

Glue gun

Glue Dots

The Works All-In-One Tool (or Pom-Pom Makers and Paper Cutter)

Circle Spin & Trim

Embellishments of your choice, including ribbon

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I began by choosing my paper background; as mentioned, the papers are from the Faded Floral paper pad from DCWV; I chose these for their fall patterns and colors.

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It’s easiest to trim the papers down a bit before cutting out the circles.  The Works All-In-One tool is pulling double duty on this project, acting as my paper trimmer and I also used it to create my pom-poms.  For the 6″ wreaths, I cut circles that were 5 1/2″ so I cut my paper down to a size of 6 1/2″ x 12″; this ensures that there is enough excess for the points of the Spin & Trim to hold so the paper doesn’t shift while you’re cutting the circle.  The smaller wreaths have circles that are 4″ so the paper length I chose was 4 1/2″ x 9″.

Mini Grapevine Pom Pom Wreaths for Thanksgiving by Rebecca Lumiarias for We R Memory Keepers

You’ll need to decide what (if anything) to put in the center of the wreath.  My wreaths focus on giving thanks and gratitude, and I was able to use a couple of sentiments and designs from a sheet of 3×4 cards in the Faded Floral stack.  I chose one that said ‘thank you’ in the center of another wreath–it was a perfect fit for this project!  It also makes a good gift or gift topper.  I trimmed ‘Grateful’ down from another of the cards to place in the center of my second small wreath.

Mini Grapevine Pom Pom Wreaths for Thanksgiving by Rebecca Lumiarias for We R Memory Keepers

Mini Grapevine Pom Pom Wreaths for Thanksgiving by Rebecca Lumiarias for We R Memory Keepers

I used more of the cards in the background for my larger wreaths, but I used a ‘blessed’ and ‘thankful’ die with my Mini Evolution for the sentiments.

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After my general designs were set, it was time to make some pom-poms.  I already had The Works tool out so I just used that to whip them up, choosing fall colors that complemented the colors of the papers I used in the wreath interiors.  I made a couple different sizes of pom-pom; with The Works Tool, the further your 2 plastic straws are from each other, the larger your pom-pom will be, so if you want to make a small one, place them closer together.  Also, the more yarn you wind around the plastic straws, the fuller your pom-poms will be.

The Works All In One Tool by We R Memory Keepers

It was time to assemble the wreaths; I hot glued everything in place.  The paper is the trickiest part because the wreaths are not flat on the back.  In some spots, I had to use a few glue dots that I molded with my fingers to act as an adhesive bridge between the paper and wreath.  *If you’re adding ribbon, add the ribbon BEFORE you attach the paper!

Mini Grapevine Pom Pom Wreaths for Thanksgiving by Rebecca Lumiarias for We R Memory Keepers

Glue the pom-poms on with hot glue.  I added some wood leaves that I got at the craft store as an extra bit of embellishment, too.

Mini Grapevine Pom Pom Wreaths for Thanksgiving by Rebecca Lumiarias for We R Memory Keepers

These would make cute hostess or teacher gifts, or just hang one on each bedroom door in your home–my mom always hung something on the outside of our doors for each season; these would have been right up her alley!

 

Supplies:

WRMK:

The Works All-In-One Tool

Circle Spin ‘N Trim

Mini Evolution

Other:

Faded Floral Paper Stack (DCWV)

 

Thanksgiving Project Roundup

Happy Monday crafters, and Happy November! Now that the Halloween fun is done, we’re ready for the holidays! Today we’ve got a roundup of Thanksgiving themed projects to inspire your holiday crafting. Scroll down and get ready to PIN!

Thanksgiving Place Card Ideas

The Word Punch Board is ideal for custom place cards for the holidays, and THIS BLOG POST has some really pretty inspiration featuring that popular tool. Check it out!

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Gratitude Journal Ideas

If you’re in the habit of keeping a gratitude journal, the Journal Studio tools and accessories are perfect for you! Learn some cool tips and tricks on journaling for Thanksgiving from our blog HERE.

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Pocket Thank You Cards

Add an interactive element to your thank you cards with the Pocket Punch Board! CLICK HERE for more photos and details about these beautiful handmade cards.

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Thanksgiving Favor Boxes

Combine holiday favor boxes with placecards and make these adorable Thanksgiving Favor Boxes with the 123 Punch Board! We love these cuties, and they’re easy to make. CLICK HERE for more details.

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Thanksgiving Table Centerpiece

Make your own colored and scented candles for a custom Thanksgiving Centerpiece with The Wick candle maker. You can find instructions for this project on the blog HERE.

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We hope these ideas have inspired you to create something unique for the upcoming holidays! We’d love to see what you make. Be sure to share your holiday creations on our Facebook page HERE.

 

Dia de los Muertos Paper Quilling Sugar Skull

Hello everyone! It’s Eva on the blog today bringing you a tutorial on how to create a quilling skull to decorate during Halloween season.

Dia de Muertos Paper Quilling Sugar Skull by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers

Día de Muertos is a Mexican holiday, it involves family and friends gathering to pray and remember friends and family members who have died. What I love about that holiday is that it isn’t spooky, it is a celebration!

I was inspired by the bright colors and skulls to create a quilling skull to decorate my home during this season.

To create this quilling project first, you will need to cut ¼ inch strips of paper with your favorite We R trimmer. I am using the Trim and Score Board, that tool is always near my desk!

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To create the border, glue black strips of paper forming the skull. You can use a template from the web or trace it yourself if you have the skills!

Dia de Muertos Paper Quilling Sugar Skull by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers

To quill your papers strips you have 2 choices: You can use a manual quilling tool like the one on the bottom, or, you can use the rotary tool with the quilling accessory to roll your paper in seconds!

Dia de Muertos Paper Quilling Sugar Skull by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers

I used the Spinning Tool and it was very easy and fast! My 4 year old helped me rolling with the manual tool and he had a wonderful time, I am sure your kids or grandkids will love to help too!

Dia de Muertos Paper Quilling Sugar Skull by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers

This was my first quilling project so I am a total beginner! Online you can find different quilling shapes but the ones I used the most were: the closed coil, the open coil, the teardrop and the marquis.

To create a teardrop you have to pinch one side of the open coil and to create the marquis pinch both sides. It is very easy and again, kids will love to help!

Dia de Muertos Paper Quilling Sugar Skull by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers

The first thing I did on my skull was the mouth; I glued strips of black cardstock and some quilling teeth on both sides. Next, I did the eyes and added decorations on the sides of the skull. I tried to keep everything symmetrical but you can use your imagination! It is fun and relaxing!

Dia de Muertos Paper Quilling Sugar Skull by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers

To glue my little pieces I used some tweezers, it was really helpful because otherwise I would move everything around with my fingers.

Dia de Muertos Paper Quilling Sugar Skull by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers

And here’s my Dia de Muertos skull finished, I really like how it turned out, colorful and happy! Perfect to remember all my family loved ones during the season.

Dia de Muertos Paper Quilling Sugar Skull by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers

The Spinning Tool was a huge success! It made my job easier, faster and you can even exchange accessories and even use it to create pompoms, tassels and rolled flowers!

Dia de Muertos Paper Quilling Sugar Skull by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers

Thanks for joining me today and I hope you liked this project. Quilling is very fun and if I could do it I am sure you can too.

Dia de Muertos Paper Quilling Sugar Skull by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers
Have a great day!

 Eva

 

Supplies

Spinning Tool Kit

Precision Tweezers

Manual Quilling Tool

 

 

Foil Quill Halloween Cards

Hey there We R fans, Laura  here today. I am loving using the Foil Quill to create beautiful designs for my projects. The DCWV Happy Halloween premium stack has holographic foil accents on some of the papers. Using my Foil Quill to create embellishments for cards means that I can coordinate them so well with premium foiled papers.

Halloween Cards with the Foil Quill by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

For the first spider card, I started by foiling some silver spiders and spider webs on black paper. I used my Cricut machine, the holiday USB drive, and the medium foil quill tool.

Halloween Cards with the Foil Quill by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

I fussy cut out the spiders and spider webs to use on my card.

Halloween Cards with the Foil Quill by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Next, I created a 5” x 7” card base using The Works tool and patterned paper. I cut an additional strip of paper to go in the middle.

Halloween Cards with the Foil Quill by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

I used the corner rounder on The Works tool to round the edges of my sentiment card. I added a little piece of black and white baker’s twine over the spider strand on the card.

I attached the sentiment card to a white and silver spider web patterned paper using adhesive dots. I also used adhesive dots to attach the foiled spider webs and spider.

Halloween Cards with the Foil Quill by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

For the second ghost card I used The Works tool again to create another 5” x 7” card base. I found a Happy Halloween sentiment card and rounded the corners. I wrapped black and white bakers’ twine around the card and tied a bow.

I used the Foil Quill and my Cricut again to foil a bunch of silver ghost outlines on white paper. I fussy cut them out and attached them to the card using adhesive dots.

Halloween Cards with the Foil Quill by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

These Halloween cards turned out so cute. And I love how I can easily foil designs to go with the premium holographic foil papers I already had in my collection.

 

Supplies

Cricut or Silhouette Machine

Foil Quill – Standard Tip

Foil Quill USB Art – Holiday

12 x 12 Foil Sheets – Silver Swan

White and Black Cardstock

The Works All-In-One Tool

DCWV Happy Halloween Paper Stack

Black and White Baker’s Twine

 

Make a Fall Card Set with the Foil Quill

Hello, We R friends. Enza here, and today I’m sharing a set of fall cards featuring the amazing Foil Quill system. How many times have you struggled trying to find the right embellishments for your projects after using up what comes in the collection? I’m obsessed with ephemera pieces, so those are the first ones to go for me. The Foil Quill system allows me to replenish my stash and have a bunch of die cuts ready to be used at any time.

Here are the cards I made. I used the gorgeous Again & Again collection by Pink Paislee. Both cards feature a horizontal design and they’re packed with beautiful gold-foiled leaves.

Fall Card Set with the Foil Quill by Enza Gudor for We R Memory Keepers

I started by selecting my designs from the Paige Evans USB Drive. I picked five different leaf shapes, which I imported into the Silhouette software to create a pattern. My initial idea was to fill out a 12×12 paper with the leaves and use that as card bases, but I changed my mind and decided to fussy cut them instead. The 12×12 Foil Sheets are very handy when it comes to this type of project!

For the first card, I created a big cluster behind the sentiment.

Fall Card Set with the Foil Quill by Enza Gudor for We R Memory Keepers

I trimmed a 5 ½ x 3 ¾ inch panel to adhere to the card base. I then cut another panel to place on top; this one measures 5 ½ x 3 inches. To create dimension, I used foam adhesive to adhere them down. After choosing my sentiment, I arranged the gold-foiled leaves behind it and, again, gave them dimension with foam dots. I finished the card with gold puffy stickers from the Again & Again collection.

Fall Card Set with the Foil Quill by Enza Gudor for We R Memory Keepers

The second card is very similar in terms of design, with two horizontal panels adhered together with foam adhesive.

Fall Card Set with the Foil Quill by Enza Gudor for We R Memory Keepers

This time I arranged the leaves in opposite corners to form two clusters. They are so pretty and shiny! Once those were in place, I added some floral die cuts and stickers, as well as a sentiment.

Fall Card Set with the Foil Quill by Enza Gudor for We R Memory Keepers

I love making my own embellishments with the Foil Quill. So many foil colors to choose from and designs that are versatile and fun.

I hope you enjoyed this post and have found some inspiration in it.

Have a great day!
Enza

Supplies:

Foil Quill

Foil Quill Paige Evans USB Art

All-In-One Tool

Foil Quill – 12×12 Foil Sheets – Gold Finch

Ultimate Tool Kit

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How to Make a Gold Foil Card with the Freestyle Pens

Hello We R fans! It’s Aly Dosdall here today to share a cool and easy technique you can use with the new Freestyle Pens. Some of you may be thinking the same thing I did when I first heard about the Freestyle Pens: I can’t draw and I hate my handwriting, so how can I use the Freestyle Pens?

Well, there are SO many ways to use these pens that don’t require mad lettering or drawing skills. Here’s an easy and very cool way: create a modern gold foil brush stroke background for your handmade cards!

Gold Foil Handmade Card with the Freestyle Pens by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Adding gold foil details to your projects doesn’t have to be difficult or complicated. For this card I used a ruler and the Bold Tip Freestyle Pen to create a modern brush stroke pattern on plain cardstock as the background.

Gold Foil Handmade Card with the Freestyle Pens by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

The process was easy and I love the results. Let me show you how I did it!

Bold Tip Freestyle Pen by We R Memory Keepers

First, I plugged my Bold Tip Freestyle Pen into my USB Battery Pack and let it heat up for 10 minutes. I love that there’s a light on the handle of the pen so I know it’s getting power.

Foil Quill Magnetic Mat by We R Memory Keepers

Next, I prepped my cardstock by trimming it to size and placing it on the Magnetic Mat. The mat isn’t necessary for using the Freestyle Pens, but it sure is handy and saves on tape! I placed a piece of gold foil over the cardstock and secured it with two of the magnetic strips that come with the mat.

Gold Foil Handmade Card with the Freestyle Pens by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Then I placed my small magnetic ruler over the foil and started drawing rows of brush strokes across the cardstock. The cool thing about a brush stroke pattern is that it isn’t meant to be perfect or completely straight. The imperfections are what make it look modern and stylish, so that’s perfect for a freestyle pen, right? I just used the ruler to keep my lines somewhat uniform and separated.

Gold Foil Handmade Card with the Freestyle Pens by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

I covered the entire piece of cardstock with brush strokes, and it only took me a few minutes. It turned out to be a cool, modern and stand-out background for this birthday card!

Gold Foil Handmade Card with the Freestyle Pens by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

To complete the card I added a strip of patterned paper and some die cut ephemera pieces from the Dear Lizzy New Day collection. Then I added a few gold sequins to tie in the gold background.

Gold Foil Handmade Card with the Freestyle Pens by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Thanks for stopping by today! If you’d like more project ideas and tutorials for the Freestyle Pens, be sure to check out our YouTube channel, Facebook page, or Instagram feed. Have fun creating!

Supplies:
Bold Tip Freestyle Pen
Gold Foil 4×6 sheets
American Crafts Cardstock
Dear Lizzy New Day collection