DIY Framed Home Decor

Hello We R Fans! Kimberly here with a lovely photo frame perfect for this time of year! Believe it or not, but I made this project with a very small set of We R Memory Keepers tools. Which goes to show you just how powerful and helpful We R tools can be!

DIY Framed Home Decor with the Mini Precision Press and the Mini Evolution by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

I have always loved the phrase; the best is yet to come. With all the alphabet stamps I seem to have accumulated over the years, I thought, why not mix and match the letters and make my own custom panel?

DIY Framed Home Decor with the Mini Precision Press and the Mini Evolution by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

See, I knew I could make it all the stamped letters line up perfectly with the We R Memory Keepers Mini Precision Press. Love the confidence you can have going in to a project with great tools!

DIY Framed Home Decor with the Mini Precision Press and the Mini Evolution by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

To highlight the words “best” and “come,” I used block letter stamps. To line the spacing between the letters up precisely, I placed my letter stamps down on my panel of patterned paper and then picked the stamps up all at once by placing the We R Memory Keepers Mini Precision Press plate over the top. Each and every time I stamp the word now, everything will stay exactly where I want it! (Might be a good time to consider making a bunch of cards with this phrase, as long as I have the words lined up…)

DIY Framed Home Decor with the Mini Precision Press and the Mini Evolution by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

After placing my phrase inside a frame with a few layers of beautiful patterned papers, I knew the project needed some dimension. Looking around my desk, I noticed a simple set of circle dies sitting next to my We R Memory Keepers Mini Evolution. Let me share my fun party trick with you and show you how to create 3D flowers and leaves from a simple circle!

DIY Framed Home Decor with the Mini Precision Press and the Mini Evolution by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

After die cutting my circle, I cut into the circle in a spiral towards the center. You can round off the harsh corner with your scissors to make a smoother flower.

DIY Framed Home Decor with the Mini Precision Press and the Mini Evolution by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

Begin rolling the paper from the outside towards the center. I find that to get a tighter roll, using the end of one of my stylus tools assists greatly.

DIY Framed Home Decor with the Mini Precision Press and the Mini Evolution by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

Once the paper is rolled, allow the edges to be free to open into a flower shape. Apply a glue to the bottom of the flower and hold in place for a minute or two until the glue sets.

DIY Framed Home Decor with the Mini Precision Press and the Mini Evolution by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

Second part of my trick? Use the same circle die to create leaves!

DIY Framed Home Decor with the Mini Precision Press and the Mini Evolution by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

Cut a piece of patterned paper with the circle die. Mix up the sizes for fun variety in the leaves. Then place the die over half of the circle and pass it through your We R Memory Keepers Mini Evolution again.

Also, use a bit of tape to hold the die in place. Otherwise it may slip during cutting and turn out not the way you expected.

DIY Framed Home Decor with the Mini Precision Press and the Mini Evolution by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

Voila! A leaf! Go ahead and bend the leaf in the center to add dimension. Or, add ink along the edges.

DIY Framed Home Decor with the Mini Precision Press and the Mini Evolution by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

What favorite quote would you create with your We R Memory Keepers Precision Press? And are you going to try out my party trick for flowers and leaves?

 

Supplies:

We R Memory Keepers:

  • Precision Press
  • Mini Evolution
  • Trim & Score Board

DCWV:

  • Subtle & Sophisticated Premium Stack

 

 

DIY Graduation Party Decor

Hello everyone! It’s Eva on the blog today sharing a Graduation Party Decor made with the  new 1 inch Clear Cut Punches

DIY Graduation Party Decor by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers

The new Clear Cut Punches come in 4 new shapes: heart, circle, square and star; and they are the perfect addition to your craft tools. I love that I can punch anywhere I want and that I can see exactly were I am cutting before punching.

First of all, I made some toppers, I used my star Clear Cut Punch and attached the shapes on some skewers, easy and fast!

Graduation Cupcake Toppers with the We R Memory Keepers 1 inch Clear Cut Punches

I also made a banner with this lovely polka dot cardstock from Bazzill. I cut some banners with my Banner Punch Board and then used my Ribbon Stitching Tool and some yarn to embellish the top.

DIY Graduation Banner with the We R Memory Keepers Banner Punch Board and the Ribbon Stitching Tool

With the Circle and Star Clear Cut Punches I made a quick garland. I used my Hot Glue Gun and some cotton yarn to assemble everything.

DIY Graduation Party Decor with the We R Memory Keepers 1 Inch Clear Cut Punches

What graduation party would be without a graduation hat? I used my Square Clear Cut Punch, a strip of paper and a mini tassel to create mini hat for my straws. They are super cute!

DIY Graduation Party Decor with the We R Memory Keepers 1 Inch Clear Cut Punches

Finally, I used my mini Alphabet Punch Board to spell “Congrats”, you can add a personalized message if you want!

We R Memory Keepers Mini Alphabet Punch Board

My banners turned out great! The gold and black combo is perfect for a graduation party and you can use them on many occasions!

DIY Graduation Party Decor by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers

The Ribbon Stitching Tool is not only for ribbons! Try waving paper, yarn or fabric.

DIY Graduation Party Decor by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers

I put the skewers on muffins but you can use them of sandwiches, cupcakes or a cake, that would be super fun!

DIY Graduation Party Decor by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers

I had so much fun preparing everything for this party! I love when I can use my We R Tools in different ways! Are you making a graduation party this year?

DIY Graduation Party Decor by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers

Thanks for joining me today!

Eva

 

Supplies
Clear Cut Punches

Mini Alphabet Punch Board

Banner Punch Board

Hot Glue Gun
Ribbon Stitching Tool

 

 

Ombre Glitter Tumbler With The Spin It

Hello We R Memory Keepers fans! Soraya here today to share my first experience making a tumbler with the new Spin It turner and its accessories!

Ombre Glitter Tumbler with the Spin It by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

To make a tumbler you’ll need: the Spin It turner, spray glue, glitter, epoxy kit, gloves, popsicle sticks, wax paper to protect your surface and a cute vinyl design.

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The Spin It tool plugs into a USB power source making it easier to use!

We R Memory Keepers Spin It

For this first experience, I used a spray glue but you can also use Modge Podge with a brush. Make sure to tape off the bottom and top of the cup before spraying the glue.

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I wanted a fun blue ombré so I went for silver, soft blue and navy for the color combo. I started on top of the cup with the lightest one : silver. Then I put back the glitter into the bottle thanks to the glitter clean up tray. I continued with the soft blue and finally the navy. Just let the Spin It turn at the lowest speed to be sure to put glitter everywhere! Smooth the color transitions with your fingers.

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When the glitter is set up and the glue is completely dry, prepare your epoxy resin with solution A and solution B. Don’t forget to wear gloves all along the epoxy process since it’s a chemical product. Also, be sure to read all the instructions before trying it! Keep your windows open unless you craft outside. A and B must have the same volume ratio before being mixed togerther.

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Gently pour the expoxy on the tumbler then use your hand (with gloves!) to spread the resin all over it. Once you’re done with it, remove the tape then let the tumbler on the Spin It turner for about 4 hours. And here is the beautiful result!

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Let’s add some fun with a vinyl design from the Spin It range. I chose to use the llama design.

The vinyl is on a transfer paper that you directly apply on the tumbler then take it off like a rubon.

Once the vinyl is perfectly in place, repeat the epoxy process and let the Spin It turn for about 4 hours. Take off the tape before letting the epoxy dry. The tumbler needs to dry 24 hours to be completely finished.

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And voilà! Here is my first tumbler! I hope you had fun joining me for this super cool experience.

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Happy creating everyone and until next time!

Soraya.

 

Supplies :

Spin It turner tool

Epoxy kit

Prep kit

Glitters

Spray glue

A tumbler

Vinyl design

 

 

Video Tutorial: DIY Beach Themed Glitter Tumbler with the Spin It

Hello friends! It’s Aly here today with something I think might help get you through your Monday. I’ve been dreaming of heading to the beach for a sunny and relaxing vacay, so when I got my hands on the new Spin It tumbler turner that’s exactly where my creative brain went! I made a custom beach themed tumbler that I can fill with ice and my favorite cold drink, and since it’s insulated it will stay cold for hours.

DIY Beach Themed Glitter Tumbler featuring the Spin It tumbler turner by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

I started out with a plain stainless steel tumbler that I picked up at Walmart, and looking at the colors of glitter on this tumbler now, I can just imagine lounging in the warm sand next to the gorgeous aqua water full of foamy waves under the clear blue sky. Are you with me?

Full disclosure: I am not a tumbler making expert. This is a totally new craft for me, but I can’t be any more excited than I am to be starting this fun creative journey! These custom beauties make excellent gifts for grandmas, moms, dads, grandpas, grads, bridesmaids, teachers and more. I’ve got crafty plans to make a ton of these this spring to give away!

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There are so many ways to make glitter tumblers and tons of tutorials on YouTube so I did some research, watched several tutorials and planned out my project. I used Sticky Thumb Double Sided Red Craft Tape in two different widths to create the glitter stripes on my tumbler. That’s an easy way to get nice clean lines and to apply the glitter before coating the tumbler with epoxy.

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I also used a clear spray sealer to seal the glitter before adding epoxy. That way the different colors of glitter don’t get spread around and mixed up while adding the coat of epoxy.

Here are a few tips I picked up as I did my research and completed this project:

  • Work with epoxy in a ventilated area. We R Memory Keepers epoxy doesn’t have strong fumes, but it still has a slight smell that you may not want in your craft room or house.
  • READ ALL INSTRUCTIONS FIRST! Epoxy has a limited working time so you want to be sure you know what you’re doing before you mix it up.
  • If you want your glitter colors to really pop and look vibrant, try spray painting the outside of your tumbler white before adding the glitter (which I didn’t do, so my colors are more muted).
  • Super Chunky glitter doesn’t work well with thin stripes–stick with large surface areas if you want to add super chunky glitter. Trust me–I know because I started with one color of super chunky glitter and had to remove and re-do some stripes.
  • For medium glitter, apply one coat of epoxy and allow to cure completely. Then sand with medium grain sandpaper, buff with fine sand paper, wash thoroughly by hand, and then apply a second coat of epoxy.

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So, now that I’ve share some things I learned in my creative process, check out the video tutorial below. Please note: I did not take video of spraying the glitter sealer, or doing the sanding and final layer of epoxy since that part is pretty self explanatory and I already showed how to add the first layer of epoxy. I do mention them in the video so you know when those steps need to happen.

DIY Beach Themed Glitter Tumbler featuring the Spin It tumbler turner by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

So there you have it! I hope you’ve enjoyed learning how to make a Beach Themed Glitter Tumbler with the new Spin It collection.

DIY Beach Themed Glitter Tumbler featuring the Spin It tumbler turner by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Thanks for stopping by, and keep dreaming of the beach until you get to the weekend–you can do it!

Supplies:

Spin It Tumbler Turner
Spin It Glitter
Craft Knife
Sticky Thumb Double Sided Red Craft Tape

Paper Flower Canvas with the Mini Evolution

Hey We R friends, Laura here today! Mother’s Day is right around the corner. I love to make something special when I can because I think handmade gifts are so special. Today, I am going to share with you how to create this Mother’s Day paper flower canvas. You can personalize it to your mom’s liking by choosing her favorite color flowers.

Paper Flower Canvas with the Mini Evolution by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

The Mini Evolution is the perfect little tool for creating small embellishments like paper flowers and leaves. I am using the Vicki Boutin stamps and die sets, but any flower and leaf die would work great for this project!

Use the Mini Evolution to cut out your flower die cuts. I used textured shimmer cardstock, but you can use any color you like. Since I was using 12 x 12-inch paper, I cut it down to 3” wide before beginning so it would fit in the Mini Evolution.

Paper Flower Canvas with the Mini Evolution by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

I was able to get six flowers out of each strip – two large, two medium, and two smalls.

Next, I used the Mini Evolution to die cut some leaf shapes. I used the embossing folder that came with the Mini Evolution. To me it looked a little like the veins you find on leaves. I left the smallest leaves plain as I planned on stamping them.

Paper Flower Canvas with the Mini Evolution by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Use your stamp pad and stamp the smallest flowers and leaves using black ink.

Paper Flower Canvas with the Mini Evolution by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

I know there are special tools for rolling the edges of paper flowers, but personally I like to simply use a small diameter smooth pencil to curl mine. I curled the edges on both the medium and large flower die cuts.

Paper Flower Canvas with the Mini Evolution by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

I assembled the flowers by using adhesive and foam dots to create a three-layer flower.

Paper Flower Canvas with the Mini Evolution by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

To attach everything to the canvas I used sticky red tape. It is stronger than regular adhesive, so the flowers won’t fall off. You could also attach the flowers to the canvas using hot glue.

You could personalize this canvas even further to make it extra special for your mom. You can paint the background, add the word Mom with paper or iron-on, or add some gold glitter to the edges.

Paper Flower Canvas with the Mini Evolution by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Do you like to make handmade gifts for Mother’s Day?

Supplies

Mini Evolution

Cardstock

Stamp and Die Set

Black Ink

Acrylic Block

Red Tape

 

DIY Christmas Hoops

Hello everyone! It’s Eva on the blog today sharing 3 different Christmas hoops made with a few We R Tools!

DIY Christmas Hoops by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers

Before scrapbook, I used to do a lot of embroidery and have some supplies in boxes: threads, needles and of course hoops. This year I decided to use some of those hoops to create some Christmas decorations. I love to reuse things and create something beautiful with things I already have!

I created three hoops using different tools, the first one is a mini pom pom hoop. Choose some colored yarns and create small pom poms, We R has a Jumbo Pom Pom Maker and also a set of three pom poms , the smallest one is really cute and I haven’t seen that size a lot! Is perfect for embellishing mini books and small decor projects.

We R Memory Keepers Pom Pom Maker

Use your Precision Scissors to cut the yarn and trim a bit your pom pom.

We R Memory Keepers Pom Pom Maker and Precision Scissors

To glue your pom poms to the hoop use the USB Hot Glue Gun, I love that I don’t need to have and outlet nearby! I simply use my phone’s power bank!

We R Memory Keepers USB Mini Glue Gun

Finally, use the Bow Loom to create the perfect bow and decorate the top of your pom pom hoop.

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For the second pom pom hoop I used my Tag Clear Punch and made 9 banners in different colors. I bend them creating a banner and then put some letters on top.

We R Memory Keepers Clear Cut Tag Punch

With the Word Punch Board you can customize your hoops and soon you will have the chance to create numbers and symbols, how cool is that?

We R Memory Keepers Word Punch Board

Finally I embellished my hoop with some die cuts from Pebbles’ Christmas line Cozy & Bright.

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The last hoop is my favorite! I used the Stitch Happy Pen to write a word on felt. I used my Stitch Happy white thread and it was so easy and fast! I really like how it turned out.

DIY Christmas Hoops by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers

To give my hoop a nice and polished look; I cut the felt, glued it to the back of the hoop and also put a felt circle in the back to protect my work.

We R Memory Keepers Stitch Happy Pen

These Christmas hoops are perfect for my tree but you can also use them to decorate a wall or to give them to a friend! Which one is your favorite?

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Thanks for joining me today!

Eva

Supplies
Bow Loom
Word Punch Board
Stitch Happy Pen
Stitch Happy Thread

DIY Party Pom Pom Maker

Precision Scissors

USB Hot Glue Gun

Tag Clear Cut Punch

Pebbles Inc line Cozy & Bright

DIY Holiday Ornaments

Hello, all!  It’s Rebecca here today, and I’m wishing you a Happy December!  I’m excited to bring you some ornaments that I made with the handy-as-ever Tassel Loom and Happy Jig.  They are easy and fun and will surely help you deck your tree with handmade goodness!

DIY Holiday Ornaments by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

We’ll start with the easiest of all, a Christmas tree made using the Happy Jig.  I found the directions right in the book that came with the tool, on page 18.  You can go ahead and use Happy Jig wire…or you might want to try using a pipe cleaner!  That’s what I used, a chenille one in gold.  The kind that I found (at Michael’s) were 12 inches, which was perfect because the trees require 11 inches if you make them without the add-on for the clip, which I did.

DIY Holiday Ornaments by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

The wired pipe cleaner is a bit thinner than standard Happy Jig wire, but these were still sturdy enough to keep their shape.  I tried with another brand of cleaners, but those were too flimsy.  Aside from looking shiny and pretty, another positive aspect of using the gold pipe cleaners was that they were really easy to wind around the small pegs.

We R Memory Keepers Happy Jig

I used a medium peg at the top instead of the small one so I could form a larger loop at the top, and I used the 1” of excess wire to wind around the loop for closure.  Those were 2 small changes I made to the original instructions.

DIY Holiday Ornaments by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

They’re so pretty hanging on the tree—or on a package, since I always like to include an ornament on Christmas presents!  You can leave them be or you can take it a step further and add some extra bling!  I took some gold metallic thread and wound it around the tree.  The grooves made by the chenille keep the thread from slipping and hold it in its place on the sides of the tree.  Every other loop or so, I added a sequin.  The sequins slide along their line, but they don’t go past the edge of the tree.  I used some vintage gold stars and white faceted round sequins, but you might want to add some more color.  I tied the thread off at the bottom.

DIY Holiday Ornaments by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

These are so delicate and festive!  The best part is how simply they came together, and how inexpensive.  I can definitely see making several of these for family and friends this year.  It’s also a craft that I know my daughter would LOVE to help with!

DIY Holiday Ornaments by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

Moving on to the next ornaments, are you ready to make some tassels?  By now you might realize I love to make tassels and add them to nearly everything, so why not make tree ornaments with them, too?  I turned mine into Santa Claus’s and Christmas trees.

DIY Holiday Ornaments by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

You’ll need the Tassel Loom, thread, glue of your choice, and ¼” white pom poms if you’d like to make these, too.  My thread colors are red, white, black, and 2 shades of green—one dark, one light.

DIY Holiday Ornaments by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers Tassel Loom

I’ll show you how to create the Santas, and by following those directions, you’ll know how to do the trees—it’s not hard, I promise!  Begin by making the tassels.  Follow the directions for the Tassel Loom as you normally would for a 2” Floss or other Non-Flexible Material.   Trim the ends to even up the bottoms.

DIY Holiday Ornaments by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

For the Santas, I made 1 black (for his boots), 1 white (for his beard), 1 larger, thicker red (for his suit), and 1 skinnier, shorter red (for his hat).  For the smaller red tassel, you’ll still make a 2” tassel, but will trim off about ½”.  For the trees, I made 2 thick dark green tassels and 1 thick light green tassel.

DIY Holiday Ornaments by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

Take a section of about 1/3 of the larger red tassel (at the back) and add some glue.  I used Fabri-Tac, but hot glue will work, as well.

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Place the back of the black tassel against the glue, then pull the remaining 2/3 of the red tassel over the top of the black one.  Smooth it out.

DIY Holiday Ornaments by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

Repeat the steps to add the white tassel to the duo, and the last red tassel, as well.

DIY Holiday Ornaments by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

The final step is glue on the white pom pom at the top.

DIY Holiday Ornaments by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

Obviously, the Santas are inferred, but my kids love them!   You’ll do the same steps for the trees, but with only 3 tiers instead of 4.  Also, there’s no pom pom, but I added some sequin stars to the tie-on loop.  You can choose 3 different shades of green, or just one…have fun with it and make it your own!

DIY Holiday Ornaments by Rebecca Luminarias for We R Memory Keepers

With that, I’ll leave you to go and make some ornaments yourself.  Don’t forget to pick up a Happy Jig and a Tassel Loom from the We R Memory Keepers store if you don’t already have them—they’re tools you’ll use again and again!

 

Supplies:

Tassel Loom

The Happy Jig

 

Holiday Gift Idea: Kate Spade Inspired Penguin Pouch + free pattern!

I’ve got a couple of friends that I love to make handmade gifts for each Christmas. As I was thinking about what to make for them this year, I was totally inspired by a cute Kate Spade NY penguin wallet I found online. I decided to create my own version of it as a gift for my friends.

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I wanted my gift to be something practical and unique. I decided on tissue pouches given the cold and flu season. I’m a crafter more than a sewist, so I went with felt as my fabric of choice. It feels more like crafting than sewing when I work with it. I found a great tutorial online for easy tissue holders HERE and got started!

Kate Spade Inspired Felt Penguin Pouch by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

If you’d like to make one for yourself, or as a gift, you can download a free pattern for the Penguin Pouch below.

We R Memory Keepers Penguin Pouch Pattern

I started by cutting a 6 3/4 x 5 7/8 inch piece of white felt. I folded the short ends toward the center of the felt so they touched each other and then pinned them down.

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I sewed each end about 1/4 inch in from the edge with my Stitch Happy sewing machine and some white regular thread. Cut a 1 1/2 x 5/8 inch strip of black felt for your loop to attach a key ring. Fold it in half and hot glue the short ends together. Then center the loop and hot glue it in between the double edges of the tissue holder.

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Next, I cut a 3 3/8 x 5 7/8 inch rectangle from black felt. I used a dinner plate to cut a curve in one of the long edges. Then, to create the beak, I folded the felt in half with the short edges together, and cut a 1/2 inch slit at an angle just above the curve.

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Cut a 1 inch yellow square from golden yellow felt and adhere it to the back of the black felt over the slit you cut for the beak. (I used my USB Power Mini Hot Glue Gun, but you can also use fabric glue or tacky craft glue). Place adhesive along the edges of the square only so your beak isn’t attached and can fold upward. Using black Stitch Happy thread, handstitch around the shape of the beak to add some detail.

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Next, create your eyes by cutting two 1 3/4 inch circles from white faux fur (or felt). Then cut two 1 1/4 inch circles from black felt, two 3/4 inch circles from white felt and two 1/2 inch circles from white felt. Cover the 1/2 inch circles with silver glitter using clear glue as adhesive. Set them aside to dry. Hot glue the 3/4 inch white circles in the center of the 1 1/4 inch black circles. Then hot glue those in the center of the 1 3/4 inch white faux fur circles. Once they’re dry, glue the 1/2 inch white glittered circles in the center of the 3/4 inch white circles and hot glue black enamel dots in the center of the glittered white circles.

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Tip: you can cut the circles for the eyes with scissors using the free template, or you can cut them with the Evolution Advanced and some circle dies.

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Hot glue the black curved rectangle to the back of the tissue holder (opposite side of the slit). Hot glue the eyes on either side of the beak. Add a key ring to the felt loop.

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I added a waterfall tassel to the key ring for a touch of style, and because tassels make everything cuter…right? To make a water fall tassel, use the Tassel Loom and some silver Stitch Happy metallic thread to make three 2 inch tassels, leaving the ends for hanging extra long (8-10 inches).

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Thread the ends of the first tassel up through the band of the second one and tie the ends tight so the top of the first tassel comes up under the bottom of the second tassel. Do the same thing to the third tassel, so all three are connected and overlap. Use the ends to tie the waterfall tassel to the key ring.

Kate Spade Inspired Felt Penguin Pouch by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Fill the tissue holder pouch with pocket size tissues, wrap it up and gift away! Your recipient can attach this adorable Penguin Pouch to a purse, backpack, keys or a brief case, and they’ll have tissues ready to go for cold and flu season or any time they need them!

Kate Spade Inspired Felt Penguin Pouch by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory KeepersKate Spade Inspired Felt Penguin Pouch by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory KeepersKate Spade Inspired Felt Penguin Pouch by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Supplies:

Stitch Happy Sewing Machine
Stitch Happy Fabric Scissors
Stitch Happy Black Thread
Stitch Happy Silver Metallic Thread
Precision Glass Cutting Mat
Supreme Ruler
Angled Rotary Cutter
Tassel Loom
USB Power Mini Glue Gun
Black, white, and golden yellow felt
Black enamel dots
Silver Wow Glitter

Handmade Gift Idea: Holiday Candles

Hello We R Fans! Not only are the holidays my favorite time of year, but this is also my favorite crafting time of year! Its time to make thoughtful, handmade gifts for those special people in our lives. One of my favorite tools from We R Memory Keepers this year was the Wick Candle Maker.

Gift Handmade Candles as gifts for the holidays with the Wick Candles Maker! Project and photo by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers.

Best part is, while making unique and custom candles is easy with the Wick, everyone loves receiving a candle! There is something warm and inviting about a candle. I cannot wait to give these candles as gifts this season!

Gift Handmade Candles as gifts for the holidays with the Wick Candles Maker! Project and photo by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers.

Recently, We R Memory Keepers released new silicone molds to allow you to make shaped candles. I could not love the design of these geometric shapes any more if I tried!

Gift Handmade Candles as gifts for the holidays with the Wick Candles Maker! Project and photo by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers.

These three new molds are easy to use and very cleverly designed. The large plastic mold that comes with the Wick Candle Maker, helps hold these flexible pieces in place while creating the candle. The other thing I really liked about these silicone molds was the instructions that came with them. It explains how much more wax to melt to completely fill the mold. I was nervous to fill them to the top at first, but after the first candle turned out so beautifully, I was thrilled!

Gift Handmade Candles as gifts for the holidays with the Wick Candles Maker! Project and photo by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers.

Each of these candles has a unique color, which was the look I wanted. I know that I will be giving these candles to my sister, and this color palette is perfect for her! The Wick Candle Maker comes with colored wax flakes and a color mixing chart, so the sky is the limit!

Gift Handmade Candles as gifts for the holidays with the Wick Candles Maker! Project and photo by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers.

To make the candles, I put the wax into the top of the Wick and then add the color flakes. Once that is all melted, I stir the color in carefully with a wood skewer. As I stir, I make sure and scrape along the sides and bottom of the basin. If you mix and do not like the color, simply add more color flakes.

Another way to customize these candles, and making them truly special for the recipient, is by adding scent. We R Memory Keepers has four different scent kits for sale. You can also add any essential oils you have as well. Add the scent in the beginning as you start to melt the wax.

Gift Handmade Candles as gifts for the holidays with the Wick Candles Maker! Project and photo by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers.

Once the mold is assembled with the wick and stopper, place it inside the large plastic mold. When the wax has melted and the color is what you desire, open the spigot at the bottom and fill the mold. After the wax has set (wait until it is not warm anymore) the candles can easily be removed from the molds. It was really easy to remove. I peeled the candles out by pulling at the sides and basically turning the molds inside out.

Gift Handmade Candles as gifts for the holidays with the Wick Candles Maker! Project and photo by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers.

To make these gifts even more special, I used the 123 Punch Board and the DCWV White Christmas stack to create boxes for each of the candles. To determine the box size, I measured the candles.

Gift Handmade Candles as gifts for the holidays with the Wick Candles Maker! Project and photo by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers.

Who will you be making candles for this holiday season?

 

Supplies:

We R Memory Keepers:

DCWV:

Wire Wrapped Holiday Candles

Hello and Happy Friday! It’s Aly here again and I’ve got a cool hostess gift idea to share. I’ve seen some really cool wire crafts making their way around the interwebs and I love how wire can be incorporated into just about any project. I decided to make some holiday candles with my Wick Candle Maker, and throw some Happy Jig wire at them to see what happened.

Wire Wrapped Holiday Candles by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

 

The combination of handmade candles and wire designs make for a unique hostess gift set. I started by making some candles with my Wick and the new Silicone Molds. I added some delicious holiday scents, and went with traditional red and green colors for the candles.

Wire Wrapped Holiday Candles by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Important tips: 1) remind your recipient to remove the paper gift tag before lighting the candles; 2) The Wick Wire is not flammable but it does get hot near a flame, so use caution.

Once I finished the candles, I selected some holiday designs from the Happy Jig Instagram account (@werhappyjig) and used the free templates available there. I first chose the star design for my green diamond shaped candle, and I altered it slightly to look more like a holiday star. Here’s the template I ended up using.

Happy Jig Holiday Star

I left a lot of excess wire so I could wrap it around the candle. I used a household object in a cone shape (funnel) to wrap the wire around so I didn’t scratch and scuff up the candle in the process.

step out 2_wrap wire around cone shape

When I finished wrapping, I cut off the extra and gently slipped the formed wire spiral over the candle.

Wire Wrapped Holiday Candles by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Next, I selected the reindeer head design for my red sphere candle. I made the reindeer head exactly as it is found on the @werhappyjig Instagram account, except I started and finished my wire down at the bottom of the design. Here’s the template I used:

Happy Jig Deer Head

Once I finished the reindeer head I wrapped the extra wire around a tennis ball (since it’s the same size as the sphere shaped candle) and trimmed it. Then I slipped it gently over my candle.

Wire Wrapped Holiday Candles by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

 

To finish off my candles, I added some gift tags that I cut out from the DCWV Red and White Christmas Premium Stack.

step out 4_gift tags

I used my Sticky Piercer to make a small hole in each tag, and then tied them onto the wire around the candles with some American Crafts Twine.

Wire Wrapped Holiday Candles by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers 9

 

During the holidays most of our dinner parties are with extended family, so I can’t wait to share these with my sister-in-law! I think she’s going to love them. Thanks for stopping by, and have a awesome and crafty weekend friends!

Supplies:

Wick Candle Maker Kit
Happy Jig Tool
Happy Jig Wire
Sticky Piercer
Detail Scissors
DCWV Red and White Christmas Premium 12×12 Stack