Wood Burned Hammer for Father’s Day

Happy Friday friends! Thanks for stopping by. Aly with you again, and I’m excited to share a Father’s Day gift idea featuring a tool that represents a new crafting adventure for me–the USB Power Heat Tool with the wood burning tip!

Father's Day Wood Burned Hammers by Aly Dosdall with the USB Power Tools from We R Memory Keepers

My husband doesn’t raid my craft room often, but when he does 9 times out of 10 it’s to borrow my small hammer. So, I figured what better gift for Father’s Day this year than a wood burned small hammer just for him!

Father's Day Wood Burned Hammers by Aly Dosdall with the USB Power Tools from We R Memory Keepers

While at the hardware store I decided to make a pair of them so I could quote an old 90’s rap song by MC Hammer that’s a bit of an inside joke at our house, so I grabbed wood handled hammers in two different sizes.

Heat Wave Pen Stencils from We R Memory Keepers

Since this was my first attempt at a legit wood burning project I did a little research and practiced on some scrap wood ahead of time. I used one of the Heat Wave Stencils and traced the letters on the wood handle lightly with a pencil first to help keep them uniform and straight. Warning: don’t use any of the Heat Wave stencils with the wood burning tool or the stencils will melt! You can trace the words you want onto a piece of paper first to test it out and see if it fits on the handle of the hammer.

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I used my Precision Glass Cutting Mat as my work surface so I didn’t accidentally burn or melt anything. And I love that I didn’t have to worry about finding a work area near an outlet, or getting out an extension cord out. I simply plugged my heat tool into my phone charger! Genius idea We R!

Another thing I love about this tool is that is has interchangeable tips, just like the other USB Power Tools. So while I’m new to wood burning and don’t use that tip very often yet, I can change it out for the Fuse tip, which I use all the time.

Here are a couple of tips I picked up through trial and error that will help if you’re new to wood burning:

  • let the tool heat up for 15-20 before using it so it’s hot enough
  • use a glass or metal work surface–this tool gets hot
  • trace your design with a pencil first
  • practice on scrap wood before burning on your actual project
  • GO SLOWLY–if you rush, you’re likely to mess up and you can’t click “undo” with wood burning
  • use a light color soft wood for best results
  • start with straight lines first, then try curves/circles

Father's Day Wood Burned Hammers by Aly Dosdall with the USB Power Tools from We R Memory Keepers

I hope this idea has inspired you to make something special and meaningful for the men in your life that you’ll be celebrating this weekend. If you haven’t given wood burning a try, go for it! It’s really fun and creates a lasting gift or craft project.

Father's Day Wood Burned Hammers by Aly Dosdall with the USB Power Tools from We R Memory Keepers

Supplies:

USB Power Heat Tool
Heat Wave Stencil
Precision Glass Cutting Mat

DIY Home Decor with the Crafter’s Essentials

Hello We R Memory Keepers fans! Soraya here with you today for a special home decor project using the Crafter’s Essentials, the new & handy tools you will love for sure! The USB Power Tools are so GENIUS! You can use them wherever you want, in your craftroom or on the go since you only need a power bank for the magic to happen! Let me show you the cute spring wall hanging that I made with the Crafter’s Essentials!

DIY Home Decor with the Crafter's Essentials by We R Memory Keepers

DIY Home Decor with the Crafter's Essentials by We R Memory Keepers

On a piece of thin medium wood, I used the wood burning tip to engrave the “hello”. First I traced the word with the tool, and then I went over some parts again to give it a hand lettered appearance.

DIY Home Decor with the Crafter's Essentials by We R Memory Keepers

DIY Home Decor with the Crafter's Essentials by We R Memory Keepers

DIY Home Decor with the Crafter's Essentials by We R Memory Keepers

Then, I used the Rotary Cutter and my Supreme Ruler to cut the wood into a sign shape. I love how handy this cutter is, so easy to use! The Rotary Tool allowed me to sand all the edges!

DIY Home Decor with the Crafter's Essentials by We R Memory Keepers

DIY Home Decor with the Crafter's Essentials by We R Memory Keepers

DIY Home Decor with the Crafter's Essentials by We R Memory Keepers

Talking about handy tools, I could easily fussy cut all those adorable plants and leaves with the Detail Scissors. They will be the perfect embellishments for this spring project. I glued them with the USB Glue Gun Power Tool to keep them sercure when the sign hangs on the wall. With my Crop A Dile, I punched the holes which will allow me to tie on the natural twine for hanging.

DIY Home Decor with the Crafter's Essentials by We R Memory Keepers

DIY Home Decor with the Crafter's Essentials by We R Memory Keepers

DIY Home Decor with the Crafter's Essentials by We R Memory Keepers

DIY Home Decor with the Crafter's Essentials by We R Memory Keepers

DIY Home Decor with the Crafter's Essentials by We R Memory Keepers

I put on the final touches–a pink pompom ribbon and some wooden beads. And voilà!

DIY Home Decor with the Crafter's Essentials by We R Memory Keepers

DIY Home Decor with the Crafter's Essentials by We R Memory Keepers

DIY Home Decor with the Crafter's Essentials by We R Memory Keepers

DIY Home Decor with the Crafter's Essentials by We R Memory Keepers

DIY Home Decor with the Crafter's Essentials by We R Memory Keepers

I hope you had fun joining me today! What’s your favorite hand tool? Happy creating everyone and until next time!

Soraya.

 

Supplies :

Rotary Cutter

Detail Scissors

Spring Scissors

Supreme Ruler

USB Heat Tool

USB Glue Gun

USB Rotary Tool

DCWV Paper Pad « Okey Dokey »

Power Bank

Pompom ribbon and natural twine

 

 

DIY Birthday Party Decor

Hello We R Fans! Kimberly here today with some fun party décor. Birthdays, well, they happen every year (whether we like it or not), so why not make them fun and exciting with custom décor?! I have always loved making special decorations for my son’s birthdays. There are a few We R Memory Keepers tools that I always grab when I am getting started and I am sharing them with you today.

DIY Birthday Party Decor by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers
Project number one on my list is always a banner. We have the perfect place in our kitchen to hang one and it just says, celebration time! The Banner Punch Board makes the job quick and easy. I cut my Pebbles Happy Hooray patterned paper down to 6” x 6.” Then I lined the paper up with the 6” line on the Banner Punch Board and made two cuts. Two cuts. That is it for each pennant of the banner. Nice!
DIY Birthday Party Decor by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers
On each pennant, I added a cardstock sticker from the Pebbles Happy Hooray collection. To make the stickers pop off the paper, I adhered them each with foam squares.

DIY Birthday Party Decor by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

DIY Birthday Party Decor by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers
The top of each banner was covered with two layers of DIY Party Fringe Tape. By using two layers, it looks fuller. I adhered the bottom layer first, then lined the top layer up with the top edge of the patterned paper. It makes it cleaner looking that way.
Next item that we always get for birthdays in this house is cupcakes! Using the DIY Party Board and the Clear Cut Punch Circle, I took the bakery cupcakes from cute to wow!

DIY Birthday Party Decor by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers
I made cupcake wrappers from patterned paper and the DIY Party Board. The instructions for the size of paper to use and where to cut are printed directly on the board. Another tool that makes it quick and easy to make an impact.
DIY Birthday Party Decor by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

DIY Birthday Party Decor by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers
For the cupcake topper, I used a small DIY Honeycomb pad. I trimmed small pieces and adhere their ends together. It made a cute and dimensional circle. On the front of each, I added an image from patterned paper. Using the Clear Cut Punch Tool, I could place the punch directly over the image I wanted and perfectly cut it out.

DIY Birthday Party Decor by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers
Final item, silly straws. Totally essential for birthdays! Instead of leaving the straws plain, I added a punched circle of patterned paper, once again using the Clear Cut Punch Tool. It punches so smoothly, its great to use for any circles I need.

DIY Birthday Party Decor by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers
The final detail was adding the letter E to each of the straws. The Mini Alphabet Punch Board made quick work of making the letters. Oh, and a special thing to notice, see the stripe of rainbow at the bottom of the letter E? I left the tear strip on the patterned paper and let it add some fun color to my letters!
How do you celebrate birthdays in your house?

Supplies:
We R Memory Keepers:
• Banner Punch Board
• DIY Party Board
• Clear Cut Punch – Circle
• Mini Alphabet Punch Board
• DIY Fringe Tape – White
• DIY Party Small Honeycomb Pads – 3”x8”
Pebbles – Happy Hooray
• Pattered paper – Hooray, Balloon Animals, Make a Wish, Party Animal, Eat Cake
• Cardstock Stickers

Wick Candle Maker Project Roundup

We hope you’ve enjoyed Candle Making Week here on the blog, and that you’ve found some helpful inspiration for your own projects. To close out the week we’re sharing a roundup of some candles that our in house designers made with the Wick Candle Making Kit. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the eye candy!

Wick Candle Maker by We R Memory Keepers

Candle making is easy and safe with this awesome new tool. Simply add the parrafin wax chips included in the kit into the heating chamber to melt them.

Wick Candle Maker by We R Memory Keepers

Customize the color of your candles with the included pigment flakes and convenient color chart.

Wick Candle Maker by We R Memory Keepers

Using the three included molds, you can make small, large, and spiral candles by turning the valve to allow the melted wax to pour into the mold. No mess, no burns, and no fuss!

Wick Candle Maker by We R Memory Keepers

You can embellish the candles themselves, or get creative and make them in unique containers that you can decorate as well.

Wick Candle Maker by We R Memory Keepers
Some of our favorite ideas are:

Ombre color candles
Rainbow candles
Two-tone candles
Add sea shells
Add dried flowers or pot pourri
Add a washi tape border

What ideas do you have for candle making with the Wick?
Thanks for stopping by, and have a great weekend.

Supplies:

Wick Candle Making Kit

 

Tropical Fruit Scented Candles

Hello We R friends! It’s Aly here again, and I’m excited to share some candles I made as a gift for some dear friends of mine with my new Wick Candle Maker. I grabbed some old dollar mason jars I had in my stash and turned them into Tropical Fruit Scented Candles: a pineapple, a strawberry, and a peach.

Tropical Fruit Scented Candles by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers featuring the Wick Candle Maker

Since I got my Wick Candle Making Kit, my girls and I have starting making gifts for friends and it’s been so much fun! The Wick is simple and safe enough that I feel totally comfortable including young crafters in the process, which I love.

Tropical Fruit Scented Candles by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

My mason jars are pint size (16 oz) and don’t fit under the Wick machine, but that’s no problem! You can totally use larger containers with your Wick. All I had to do was fill the small mold to the max line twice and that filled the inside of the jars perfectly. Tip: measure with water ahead of time to see how many molds fit into your container. After filling the heating chamber to the max line with the included wax pellets, I measured out the pigment powder so I used the same ratio for both pours into the mold. That way the colors match exactly.

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I set the heat on high, and waited about 20 minutes for the wax to melt. While waiting, I decorated the outside of my  pineapple jar with washi tape that I cut into thin chevron shapes with my Washi Chomper.

Pineapple Scented Candles by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers featuring the Wick Candle Maker

We R Memory Keepers Washi Chomper

For the strawberry jar, I added black dots from leftover punctuation and letter stickers.

Strawberry scented candle by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers featuring the Wick Candle Maker

Then I added the wick to my jars using the tip from Kimberly in THIS POST. Once the wax melted I added 3-4 drops of fruit scented frangrance oil and stirred the melted wax thoroughly.

We R Memory Keepers Wick Candle Maker

Then I opened the valve and allowed the wax to pour into the mold. While it was still hot, I carefully poured it into my jar and then started on the next batch of wax, following the above steps. I recommend wiping out the mold with paper towels after the first pour while the wax is still melted. It’s much easier to clean the mold that way.

We R Memory Keepers Wick Candle Maker

We R Memory Keepers Wick Candle Maker
Tip
: wax shrinks slightly when it cools, so you will notice the center of your candle caves in slightly. Hold back some wax so you can top off your candle once the second batch dries and fill it in.

Tropical Fruit Scented Candles by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

While the second batch of wax cooled, I decorated the jar lids. I started by painting them green. I used three different greens to add a little interest to the set.

While the paint dried, I cut out leaves for the pineapple, strawberry, and peach candles. Once the paint dried completely, I hot glued the two parts of the lid together, and then hot glued the leaves on each lid with the USB Mini Glue Gun.

We R Memory Keepers USB Power Mini Glue Gun

Tropical Fruit Scented Candles by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

For the peach candle I wanted to try using scented wax melts from my local craft store. I found some peach scented ones but the color was darker than I wanted, so I mixed in some French vanilla melts along with a little yellow pigment from my Wick kit. I love how it turned out!

We R Memory Keepers Wick Candle Maker with scented wax melts

Peach Scented Candle by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers featuring the Wick Candle Maker

Be sure to clean out the heating chamber in between candles. I found it easiest to turn the heat down to low once I finished a candle, and then wipe out the heating chamber with paper towels. That way the wax is still melted and easy to wipe, but the chamber isn’t so hot.

Pineapple Scented Candles by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers featuring the Wick Candle Maker

I’d love to try some soy wax, bees wax, and adding dried flowers or pot pourri to my next set of candles. It’s so much fun, and there are so many possibilities!

Tropical Fruit Scented Candles by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers featuring the Wick Candle Maker

This is a great project for a gift, for spring or summer events, or for home decor. Thanks for stopping by–I’ll see you next time!

Supplies:

Wick Candle Maker
Washi Chomper
USB Power Mini Glue Gun
Crafter’s Essentials Detail Scissors

Pineapple Candles

Hello We R Fans! Kimberly here today. The Wick candle machine is one cool new tool! But, then again, We R Memory Keepers always knocks it out of the park with its tools! Honestly, I was not sure about making candles. I am crafty, but more paper-crafty, than crafty-crafty. That has changed. I am hooked! The Wick is easy to use, easy to clean, and both of those things add up to pure crafting fun!

Pineapple Candles by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

The Wick allows you to make pillar candles using molds. Three different molds come with the Wick, which is cool. But I had a crazy idea to try out. I wanted to use small jars and create candles that look like pineapples.

Pineapple Candles by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

I am obsessed with pineapples and our guest bedroom is getting a redesign. Perfect time to make my own décor to match my theme.

Pineapple Candles by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

The Wick has a unique and clever system for adding the wick when you use the molds, but when I wanted to use a decorative jar, a separate item from the box, I had to get creative. Digging through my stash, I found some Sticky Thumb Adhesive Dots. I placed one on the cotton wick material, provided in the box, and placed it in the bottom of my small jar. (The wick holding metal stick was helpful for reaching the bottom of the jar.)

Pineapple Candles by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

I already had my wax and color melted in the Wick, so, carefully holding the cotton wick string, I opened the pour valve slightly and let a few drops of wax come out to cover the bottom of the jar. By doing this, I could help set the wick in place. I allowed the wax to cool for a few minutes and then tied my cotton wick string around the metal stick to keep it in the center.

Pineapple Candles by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

I finished pouring the rest of the wax on top and created the bottom layer of my “pineapple.” I set it aside to cool completely before adding the next layer of green.

Wick Candle Maker by We R Memory Keepers

The Wick comes with packets of dye flakes to change the color of the wax. Because I wanted green, I used yellow and blue. There is a handy color chart included with the Wick to help you determine how much of the coloring to add. A small amount of flakes are needed for vivid colors.

Pineapple Candles by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

Another cool thing you can add to your wax are oils. You can add scents! After searching online, I found pineapple essential oil. Yes, I did! Add a few drops to your wax once it is melted and enjoy custom scents!

Pineapple Candles by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

When the pour valve is open, the wax streams out into your jar, or mold. It will stop coming out when it is finished. Once it is emptied, simply wipe the top out with a paper towel and its ready for your next candle. (Please be careful as the edges are still hot.)

Pineapple Candles by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

How fun are these “pineapple” candles? I cannot wait to try more styles, colors, and scents! What color candle would you make first?

Supplies:

We R Memory Keepers Wick
American Crafts Sticky Thumb Adhesive Dots

 

DIY Geometric Candles

Hello everyone!  It’s Eva here today bringing you a tutorial on how to make geometric candles using the Wick Candle Maker and the Triangle Score Guide.

Geometric Candles with the Wick Candle Maker by Eva PIzarro for We R Memory Keepers

As soon as I received the Wick Candle MakerI knew what kind of candle I wanted to create! I love geometric shapes and I thought it would be fun to use the Triangle Score Guide to make molds for my candles.

This was my first time making candles and it was very fun and easy! The Wick Candle Maker kit has everything you need to make candles: paraffin wax, cotton wicks, pigment powder and 3 candle molds with a removable bottom so the candles are easy to remove.

To begin simply place the paraffin wax in the Wick Candle Maker. Add pigment powder and scent and turn it on. It takes 10-15 minutes for the paraffin to melt. Once it is done simply use a skewer to mix everything.

Tip: Start with your lighter colors first, that way if you have some spare wax you can add another pigment and create another color.

Geometric Candles with the Wick Candle Maker by Eva PIzarro for We R Memory Keepers

Use your Triangle Score Guide and your Trim and Score Board to create your geometric paper molds. The triangle Score Guide comes with a booklet with instructions for several shapes.

Trim and Score Board by We R Memory KeepersTriangle Score Guide by We R Memory Keepers

I decided to make a pyramid, an octahedron, a tetrahedron, and a tube shape like one I did for this Geometric planter years ago. I used my Crafter’s Essential USB Glue Gun to create my geometric shapes and added extra glue to all the creases. You could also add a coat of paint or a sealant to prevent leaking.

USB Glue Gun by We R Memory Keepers

Cut your wick to the desired length and knot it to the metal rod. Place the wick inside the mold and fill the candle

Geometric Candles with the Wick Candle Maker by Eva PIzarro for We R Memory Keepers

To fill the candle simply open the valve. I suggest you add a small amount of melted wax and see if you have any leaks. A small leak can be solved by putting the candle in the fridge. The wax will cool and will seal the leak.

Geometric Candles with the Wick Candle Maker by Eva PIzarro for We R Memory Keepers

Remove your candle from the Wick and let it cool until it is completely room temperature.

Geometric Candles with the Wick Candle Maker by Eva PIzarro for We R Memory Keepers

Because wax shrinks when it is cold your candle will probably cave in in the center and you will need to add a small amount of wax at the end to even the candle.

What I did was pour a small amount of wax into a baby jar and when my candle was dry I heated the jar on a pot with water and added the melted wax. It is important to keep the same candle mix because it is very hard to recreate the same candle color!

Geometric Candles with the Wick Candle Maker by Eva PIzarro for We R Memory Keepers

Finally, once your candles are dry, tear off the paper and use your Crafter’s knife to clean up the edges.

Geometric Candles with the Wick Candle Maker by Eva PIzarro for We R Memory Keepers

Add different color layers to make your candles different! You can make ombre candles, rainbow candles and even add glitter or dried flowers to your mix!

Geometric Candles with the Wick Candle Maker by Eva PIzarro for We R Memory Keepers

And here are my final candles! This was my first time making candles and it was a lot of fun! The geometric molds worked out great and I love the vibrant pigment colors of my candles! The Wick Candle Maker made the job very easy and with almost zero spills!

Geometric Candles with the Wick Candle Maker by Eva PIzarro for We R Memory Keepers

Geometric Candles with the Wick Candle Maker by Eva PIzarro for We R Memory Keepers

I love my Geometric Candles! What kind of candle would you like to make?
Have a great day!

Eva

 

Supplies:

Wick Candle Maker
Trim and Score Board
Triangle Score Guide
Crafter’s Essential Knife
Crafter’s Essential Usb Glue Gun

Layered Rainbow Candle

Hello, We R fans! Laura here today sharing how to create this fun layered rainbow candle using the new Wick Candle Maker. This tool makes it so easy to create your own candles. You can start creating candles right away because everything you need is included right in the box!

Layered Rainbow Candle by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

I am very sensitive to smells and often I can’t buy scented candles even though I love to use them in my home décor. With the new candle maker, I can create my own candles that are either unscented or use essential oils to add scent.

I love everything rainbow, so I thought it would be fun to create a layered candle with a rainbow pattern. To start with I used the large candle mold. Be sure the mold is screwed in securely to the base. Then, add the wick to the hole in the bottom. Leave about 2 inches of the wick at the bottom and insert the rubber stopper.

Wick Candle Maker by We R Memory Keepers

Tie the wick to the metal rod and trim off the excess. The candle mold has little groves at the top to hold the metal rod in place.

Wick Candle Maker by We R Memory Keepers

Be sure the candle maker is turned off and the drip valve is closed. Add ¼ cup of wax granules to the hopper. Add a small amount of color dye using the color guide to determine how much of each color you need to add. You really don’t need much!

Wick Candle Maker by We R Memory Keepers

Turn the candle maker on high and allow the wax to melt for about five minutes. Stir it with one of the extra metal rods. Add more color if necessary to achieve the desired shade.

Wick Candle Maker by We R Memory Keepers

Once the wax is fully melted open the wax dripping valve. Allow all the wax to drain out of the hopper. I used the metal rod to stir it to help get all the wax out. Wipe any excess melted wax out of the hopper with a paper towel.

Wick Candle Maker by We R Memory Keepers

Allow each layer of wax to cool for about 15 to 20 minutes and then continue with each additional color. I did six layers of wax.

Layered Rainbow Candle by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

 

Allow the candle to cool overnight and then unscrew the bottom from the mold. Push the candle out from the bottom. Trim the excess wick off the bottom and trim the top wick to about ¼”. The instructions talk about doing a second pour because the candle can kind of sink in in the middle. However, I was worried that I wouldn’t be able to match the red again and so I left it as is.

Layered Rainbow Candle by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

This rainbow candle will go perfectly in my craft room! I can’t wait to make more candles. The kids want to try making a layered candle with different scents added to each layer.

Supplies:

Wick Candle Machine

 

 

Easter Basket

Hello WeR fans and welcome! It’s Chantalle with you again, back to share an idea on how to jazz up an Easter staple on a shoestring budget.

I’ve taken an inexpensive plain basket, which I bought at a Dollar Store and with the help of some pretty DCWV Navy Florals, and my awesome new WeR Crafter’s Essentials USB Glue Gun, brought it to life. My little one is going to love hunting for eggs with this pretty basket!

Easter Basket by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

Easter Basket by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

 The colours in the DCWV Navy Florals 12 x12 Stack coordinated perfectly with the colour of the basket. It’s such a versatile pack as it’s filled with pretty florals and lush foil detail but also has simple single colours and muted patterns for masculine projects as well.

Easter Basket by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

I had an idea in mind of how I wanted to decorate the basket, namely with lots of floral elements. Definitely a job for my Evolution Advanced! I set about cutting lengths of paper from the Navy Florals stack, about 5 inches wide and 12 inches down. I used almost all of the different prints. I love the longer cutting length you get with the Evolution plates. Using my Magnetic Mat for this task was a no-brainer, as I had to do a lot of cutting and chose various shapes from my stash.

Using the Magnetic Mat saves you time and allows you to use your space effectively as your dies stay in place during the cutting process. I honestly LOVE this mat!

You can see the little piles that gathered after all the cutting! I wanted to create contrast on the basket, so having different shades and colours was great because I got to pick and choose what I wanted to use, where.

Evolution Advanced by We R Memory Keepers

There are loads of new releases happening in the We R camp this month, and a few of them include new ergonomic hand tools. A selection stylus tips, clever craft knives, rotary cutters and more! My Pick/Stylus combination hand tool was especially handy at helping me release some of the die cut shapes from the metal die!

Hand Tools by We R Memory Keepers 

Another nifty little tool are these compact Detail Scissors – great for cutting away any little areas that the die didn’t cut cleanly.

Detail Scissors by We R Memory Keepers
All of those die cut shapes now needed to be adhered! Enter my Crafter’s Essentials USB Glue Gun. This clever tool allows you to craft on the go with the help of a powerbank or simply plug in to a USB port on your device or plug. Brilliant!

USB Power Mini Glue Gun by We R Memory Keepers

I started off with the bigger shapes first and spaced out dark and light colours along the width of the front of the basket. I chose to do the front only as I figured the back would be crushed, bumping against little legs as they run excitedly through the garden looking for eggs!

Easter Basket by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

Building layers of colour, size and shapes ended up looking really great. I loved the sharp points of the leaves amongst the rounded edges of the flowers.

Easter Basket by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers 

The handle of the basket has been wrapped with pastel blue ribbon, which I also adhered with my USB Glue Gun.

 

A little pop of colour and fun on the handle was this sweet bow. The WRMK Bow shape Metal Die is another firm favourite of mine. The bow is a great size, not too large and not insipid either! It works great on cards and layouts and folds together really well.

Easter Basket by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

Another little finishing touch was this metal butterfly paper clip shape, which I created on my WRMK Happy Jig. Another breakthrough new product for me – the Happy Jig is so much fun to use!!

Easter Basket by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers featuring the Happy Jig

This is one tool you have to add to your stash if you can. The instructional booklet is full of ideas and easy-to-follow instructions to create both shapes and paperclip options.

Happy Jig by We R Memory Keepers

The Rose Gold Jig Wire matched the colours on my basket perfectly and adds such a   fun bit of interest and shine to this project. Plus… I can re-use the butterfly on a different project after Easter if I wish!

Easter Basket by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers featuring the Happy Jig

I hope you enjoyed this post. Be sure to tag @wermemorykeepers in your social media posts so we can enjoy seeing what you have been cooking in your creative kitchens!

Happy crafting!

Chantalle

 

Materials Used:

DCWV Navy Florals 12 x12 Stack

Evolution Advanced

Magnetic Mat

Bow Metal Die

Crafters Essentials Pick/Stylus

Crafters Essentials USB Glue Gun

Crafters Essentials Detail Scissors

Happy Jig

Pink Wire

Gold Adhesive Sequins

 

DIY Cash Envelopes

Hello, We R fans, Laura here today. This year one of our goals is to gain more control over our finances. One thing we have learned about but haven’t really implemented yet is the cash envelope system. Basically, this is a way to control spending by allocating certain parts of your budget to be taken out in cash. You take out the cash during the month according to what you have budgeted and then once the money is spent, it is gone!

DIY Cash Envelopes by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

I tried to keep track of the different categories in my regular wallet, but the amounts were getting all mixed up. So, I created a little DIY cash envelope system to keep me organized in my purse.

To start with, I found some fun papers from the DCWV Playful Icons paper pad. Who says budgeting must be boring? I measured a dollar bill and found that a 3-inch by 7-inch envelope would be perfect to hold my money while allowing me room to add a binding to the side.

Trim the paper using the guide on the envelope punch board. For this project that means 8 ¼” x 8 ¼”. Then, line up one edge of the paper at 2 ¾”. Punch the top of the paper and score.

We R Memory Keepers Envelope Punch Board

Rotate the paper 90° counter clockwise. Line up the paper using the score line and the score guide. Punch and score the paper again. Repeat this process on all four sides.

DIY Cash Envelopes by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Round the corners on the two shorter sides.

DIY Cash Envelopes by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Fold and assemble your envelope using the score lines as your guide. The two longer sides will need to be trimmed to allow the envelope to close. Leave the top open. Repeat this process to create as many envelopes as you need for your system. I created five.

DIY Cash Envelopes by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

I used the Typecast typewriter to create some labels for the front of the envelopes to know which envelope belonged to a category.

DIY Cash Envelopes by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Use the Cinch tool to bind it all together. I wanted to be able to close the envelope at the top, so I only used the 12-hole punches, rather than punching them all the way to the top.

DIY Cash Envelopes by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Add the cinch wire and close it up. To have the inner part of the binding inside your booklet, move the front envelope to the back and then cinch. This will have the split part of the binding be on the inside of the back envelope, so it doesn’t get caught on anything.

Cinch binding tool by We R Memory Keepers

I can’t wait to use this and have a little more control over my budget. Plus, I love that this system is completely customizable.

DIY Cash Envelopes by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

DIY Cash Envelopes by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

DIY Cash Envelopes by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

 

Supplies:

Envelope Punch Board

DCWV Playful Icons Paper Pad

Typecast Typewriter

Typecast Labels

Cinch Book Binding Tool

Cinch Wires