Patriotic Cupcake Toppers

Hello We R fans, and happy Friday! It’s Aly here again, and I’m glad you stopped by the blog today. Independence Day is a holiday with special memories and meaning for me, so I’m excited to share some Patriotic Cupcake Toppers inspired by my love for this favorite time of year.

Patriotic Cupcake Toppers by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Fireworks are a big part of the Fourth of July for me and my family, so I wanted to create the look of fireworks on my cupcake toppers. Marker Airbrush to the rescue!

Patriotic Cupcake Toppers by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Patriotic Cupcake Toppers by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

I knew I wanted to use the Marker Airbrush for the background of my cupcake toppers, so I picked out some patriotic colored markers from my stash, and created the feel of fireworks on some scraps of smooth Bazzill Marshmallow cardstock.

Marker Airbrush by We R Memory Keepers

Deciding how to add text to each topper took a bit more thought. I knew it would be easy to add Thickers, or patriotic die cut phrases, but I really wanted to keep the airbrush look consistent throughout the project. Then it hit me that I could use my Word Punch Board (shipping to retailers July 2018) to create a custom template for the Marker Airbrush!

Word Punch Board by We R Memory Keepers

I punched out the letters “USA”, taped the template over my background (along with a little extra scrap of paper to completely cover it), and then used the complementary color with the Marker Airbrush to add the letters for my toppers.

Marker Airbrush by We R Memory Keepers

Once I finished adding the letters to the backgrounds, I punched them out with the Clear Cut Heart Punch. It was the perfect solution to portray my love for my country AND to quickly and easily punch out the text.

Clear Cut Heart Punch by We R Memory Keepers

To finish off my cupcake toppers, I added a few clear adhesive backed rhinestones for some sparkle, and then taped them to some fancy red and blue large sandwich picks.

Patriotic Cupcake Toppers by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Don’t they look cool with these cupcakes with the red, white, and blue swirled frosting?

Patriotic Cupcake Toppers by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Patriotic Cupcake Toppers by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

This would be a great technique to include on a patriotic greeting card, place card, or gift tag since you can easily customize the text using the Word Punch Board and the Marker Airbrush!

Patriotic Cupcake Toppers by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Thanks for stopping by the blog friends! I hope you enjoy a fun, safe, and memorable Independence Day holiday this year. Happy crafting!

Supplies:

Word Punch Board
Maker Airbrush
Clear Cut Heart Punch
Bazzill Marshmallow smooth cardstock

Create a Patriotic Layout with the Precision Press Advanced

Hello We R Fans! Kimberly here with a patriotic layout. Its no secret how much I love to stamp and with the new We R Memory Keepers Precision Press Advanced, I can stamp easily on my layouts! Yes!

Patriotic Scrapbook Page with the Precision Press Advanced by Kimberly Crawford

Because I did not have any specific supplies to the 4th of July, I got creative with what I had on hand. And in doing that, I created a layout I love! Just look at that custom star paper I was able to create!

Patriotic Scrapbook Page with the Precision Press Advanced by Kimberly Crawford

To make the custom paper, I cut a piece of Bazzill Blue cardstock to fit the top of my layout. I grabbed a star background stamp and white paint. I placed the cling stamp on my Precision Press Advanced. Notice how its only the top clear piece? You can use that piece separately! It has soft feet in all four corners allowing you to stamp just about anywhere. Paint was brushed onto my image and I stamped repeatedly across my blue cardstock. Vicki Boutin’s paints are perfect for this application as they dry quickly on paper.

Patriotic Scrapbook Page with the Precision Press Advanced by Kimberly Crawford

For the bottom of my layout, I created stripes from red cardstock using my Trim & Score Board.

Patriotic Scrapbook Page with the Precision Press Advanced by Kimberly Crawford

To help line my stripes up precisely, I used my Template Studio mat to help out. With help from the guides on the mat, I could space the stripes apart evenly and keep the lines straight. Which is good, because I not good at getting things to line up correctly. Ha!

Patriotic Scrapbook Page with the Precision Press Advanced by Kimberly Crawford

After adding a few die cut stars and other embellishments, I added a title using, you guessed it, stamps!

Patriotic Scrapbook Page with the Precision Press Advanced by Kimberly Crawford

Once again, I used the top piece of the Precision Press Advanced only. I placed my letter and number stamps directly on my layout (without inking). This way, I could line my stamps up on my project, exactly how I desired. Then I placed the Precision Press clear plate over the top, pushed down, and picked up my stamps. Then it was time to add ink and stamp for real. Oh, how easy this was! And I was not concerned about “messing it up” because I knew everything was aligned.

Patriotic Scrapbook Page with the Precision Press Advanced by Kimberly Crawford

Do you like to stamp on your layouts? Happy 4th of July!

Supplies:

We R Memory Keepers:

American Crafts:

Bazzill:

Blue Classic Cardstock 12×12

Patriotic Party Favors

Hello everyone!  It’s Eva  on the blog today sharing a 4th Of July party favor made with some of my favorite tools, including the new Happy Jig!

Patriotic Party Favors by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepe

I think party favors are super cute, everybody is happier when they go home with a little something! These favors are easy and look great! You could use them for a party or maybe to give to your co workers or neighbors during the 4th of July!

To make this design I simply created a number 4 and added the “t” and “h” found on the “Thursday” word  (you can find it on their Instagram account @werhappyjig)

The silver wire was the perfect match to the “Land that I Love” line from Pebbles Inc.

Here are the Happy Jig coordinates in case you want to make one:

Start: R18

Big Pegs: N30

Medium Pegs:F28

Small Pegs: E22, G18, G20, G25, H22, L15, L21, Q23, R28, R32

Happy Jig by We R Memory Keepers

I also cut some stars on patterned paper. I used a template and then used my Magnetic Mat  and Craft Knife to cut the 2 star shapes at the same time. The paper doesn’t move because the magnetic ruler and mat keeps everything in place, super handy!

Patriotic Party Favors by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers

I used my Stitch Happy and the Stitch Happy Bakers Twine Thread to sew all around my star. Just before I finished the edges I put some red and blue candies inside.

Patriotic Party Favors by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers

Stitch Happy by We R Memory Keepers

Patriotic Party Favors by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers

I decorated my stars with some die cuts, stickers and 3d elements from the same “Land that I Love” Pebbles collection. On top of everything I added my “4th” shape. I love that I can layer a wire shape and still see all the other embellishments!

Patriotic Party Favors by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers

To open the star simply tear the paper and enjoy the candy!

Patriotic Party Favors by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers

Patriotic Party Favors by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers

Do you have a big party to celebrate the 4th of July? Here in Chile our national holiday is September 18th and we always celebrate with friends and family!

Patriotic Party Favors by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers

Have a wonderful week!

Eva

 

Supplies:

Happy Jig
Happy Jig wire
Magnetic Mat
Craft Knife
Stitch Happy
Stitch Happy Thread

 

Throwback Thursday: Template Studio Easter Basket

We’re throwing it back to spring of 2016 with this clever take on a Template Studio gift box. We just the transformation from box to basket with a few simple modifications. Check it out!

Hello We R fans!  Amanda here today.  I think Easter baskets are so much fun.  They can be made out of all kinds of different materials—wicker, fabric, plastic—to name a few.   With the Template Studio, you can make a full size Easter basket out of poster board, too!

DIY Template Studio Easter Basket by Amanda Coleman for We R Memory Keepers

With a quick and easy modification to the Template Studio box and you can create an Easter basket that you can stuff to the brim with sweets and treats.  With the Template Studio, you can create Easter baskets big or…extra big!  And the Designer Poster Board makes it easy to customize your Easter basket, too.

DIY Template Studio Easter Basket by Amanda Coleman for We R Memory Keepers

This Easter basket is about 5 ½”x5 ½”X3 ½” and fits a bunch of large and medium Easter eggs.  You can also stuff it with chocolate rabbits or any of your other favorite Easter treats.

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The DIY Party Fringe Tape is perfect for embellishing your Easter Basket and it comes in so many yummy jelly bean colors.

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Starting with a piece of 15”x15” designer poster board, follow the Template Studio instructions for the box through Step 11.  This will make a basket that is 5.6”x5.6”x3.6”

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Rather than using the scoring tool in Step 12 of the box making instructions, use the cutting blade to cut the flaps off the top of the box.  Use scissors to cut the remainder of the flap completely.  This will leave you with a box with an open top.

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This is what your poster board will look like after you have cut the flaps off of the box.

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Use a tiny stapler to secure the inside flaps to the inside walls of the box.

DIY Template Studio Easter Basket by Amanda Coleman for We R Memory Keepers

Create a handle by stapling a strip of poster board to the inside of the box.  Trim your basket with fringe or other fun embellishments.

Happy Easter!

Supplies:

Template Studio
Designer Poster Board
DIY Party Fringe Tape

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

 

Easter Countdown

Hello friends! Aly Dosdall here to share a fun project idea for the upcoming Easter holiday. My kids always look forward to holidays, and one of their favorite ways to celebrate them is with a countdown.

Easter Countdown by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

The Mini Envelope Punch Board is the perfect tool for making countdown-size envelopes that you can fill with fun holiday activity ideas, stickers, small treats, etc.

Easter Countdown by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

I started by selecting a pretty ombre print from the new DCWV Spring Bloom Premium Stack available at JoAnn Stores. Since the Premium Stacks are double sided, they’re perfect for this project. I followed the directions on the Mini Envelope Punch Board for making 2 1/2 inch square envelopes. For my countdown I made 9 of them.

Mini Envelope Punch Board by We R Memory Keepers and Spring Bloom DCWV Premium Stack

Once I finished making all my envelopes, I punched out nine 2 1/2 inch squares of smooth white Bazzill Basics cardstock with my Square Punch Board. I love that tool, and I swear I’ve used it more often than I expected I would!

Square Punch Board by We R Memory Keepers

I made a list of fun Easter activities that my kids love to do, and typed them up on the white squares with my Typecast Typwriter.

We R Memory Keepers Typecast Typewriter

The Crate Paper Magnet Studio is the perfect way to display this countdown. I added a vinyl cling border to the top of the 9×13 magnetic board, and then spelled out “EASTER” with the 3 inch gold magnetic letters.

Crate Paper Magnet Studio Easter Countdown

Using my Spring Loaded Scissors, I trimmed 1 inch long pieces of a self-adhesive magnetic strip and added them to the backs of the envelopes.

We R Memory Keepers Spring Loaded Scissors

I added the magnet-backed mini envelopes to the board and filled them with the typed Easter activity squares I made. Then I embellished and numbered each of the envelopes and the project title with stickers and die cuts from the Crate Paper Chasing Dreams collection, and Thickers from the Crate Paper Good Vibes collection.

I love how this turned out, and my girls are really excited to get started on this countdown the week before Easter!

Easter Countdown by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

It was easy to make with the right We R tools, Crate Paper embellishments, and DCWV papers! Thanks for stopping by, and happy crafting friends!

Supplies:

Mini Envelope Punch Board
Square Punch Board
Spring Loaded Scissors
Typecast Typewriter
DCWV Spring Bloom Premium Stack
Crate Paper Magnet Studio
Crate Paper Chasing Dreams and Good Vibes embellishments

Valentine’s Day Gift Idea: Envelope Photo Album

Happy Friday friends, and thanks for stopping by! Aly Dosdall here, and I’m excited to share a fun handmade Valentine’s Day gift idea using the adorable new Mini Envelope Punch Board. Check out the envelope photo album I made below for my sweetheart for Valentine’s Day!

Envelope Photo Album by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

This 3×4 inch little book is filled with mini envelopes that hold some of my favorite instax mini photos of me and my husband on some recent dates we’ve enjoyed, including our 21st anniversary celebration. They’re some of our most precious memories, so I’m really excited to share this handmade gift with him!

Envelope Photo Album by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Envelope Photo Album by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers
Envelope Photo Album by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

This envelope photo album is easy to make with some double sided scrapbook papers like these adorable ones from the Pebbles Inc Forever My Always collection, the Mini Envelope Punch Board, and the Trim and Score Board. Here’s how!

Start by trimming your paper to 5 1/4 inches square to make envelopes for 2 1/4 x 3 3/8 cards. I used the Envelope Generator app to figure out the paper size and punch guide measurement.

 

Envelope Generator App

Then I used the Mini Envelope Punch Board to create five small envelopes to hold my photos. I trimmed off the top flaps to allow easy access in the album. Tip: when making vertically oriented envelopes I like to trim off one of the side flaps right along the line where they meet on the envelope.

Next, I created the cover and binding for the envelope album. I trimmed one piece of 4 x 6 1/4 inch piece of scrapbook paper for the cover, and one 3 7/8 x 6 inch piece for the binding. I scored the cover piece at 3 inches and 3 1/4 inches, and I scored the binding piece at every 1/2 inch.

I folded the cover along the score lines, and then accordion folded the binding. I added adhesive to the back of the binding and secured it to the inside of the cover as seen below. You should have a 1/2 inch flap for each of your five envelopes. (This photo is missing one–I realized that after I photographed this, but fixed it before I added my envelopes.)

Then I adhered my envelopes to the binding with the 1/2 inch flaps on the back side of each envelope.

I added my photos to each envelope, and finished off my album by embellishing the cover and each of the envelopes. I kept the embellishments on the inside flat so that the album can close and store easily.

Envelope Photo Album by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Envelope Photo Album by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Envelope Photo Album by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

This little photo album is great for Valetine’s Day, but would also make the perfect gift for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, or the holidays. Thanks for stopping by, and be sure to share your Mini Envelope Punch Board projects on our Facebook page. Happy crafting, and enjoy your weekend!

Supplies:

Mini Envelope Punch Board
Trim and Score Board
Pebbles Inc Forever My Always collection

Throwback Thursday: Valetine’s Day Treat Pouches

Our new DIY Party Board is the perfect tool for Valentine’s Day celebrations, and we wanted to share some project inspiration with you from our fabulous in-house design team. Check out these adorable Valentine’s Day treat pouches!

DIY Party Board by We R Memory Keepers

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What’s so cool about the DIY Party Board is that you can customize your partyware to match the holiday, season, or event that you’re creating for. Just swap out your papers and embellishments!

What kind of partyware would you make with the DIY Party Board?

Throwback Thursday: Photo Lights New Year Decor

Good morning We R readers. I can’t believe that this year is already coming to an end and we are getting ready to embark on a brand new fresh start. Once the holiday decor goes down, it can feel a little bare in my home so I like to add some warmth back in to keep away the cold, dreary days of winter.

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I love the new Photo Lights photo frames that were recently released. You print out your design on special backlit film that you can print out right from your home computer.

I thought it would be fun to create a glittery happy new year photo that I could display to celebrate the new year. I started by designing an 8 inch x 8 inch design in Photoshop Elements.

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Note: To use this photo, simply right-click and save the image.

The backlit photo paper comes in 8 ½ x 11 inch sheets. I printed my image and then trimmed it to fit on the frame.

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You can see right through the image, but it is still very clear.

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The photo frames are so easy to use. The front attaches with little magnets in each corner.

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Add your special photo paper to the frame, secure it to the front with the acrylic magnetic photo cover, add your batteries and turn it on. It even has a timer so you can have your frame turn on and off when you would like.

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I created a little light garland behind the frame using the DIY Party lights and some gold tassels. The DIY Party line makes it easy to add some sparkle and shine to any project.

The frame looks even prettier in person. It is sparkly and fun – perfect for ringing in the new year! And I can easily change out the frame when I am done celebrating.

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Supplies:

Photolights Frame

Photolights Backlit Film Paper

DIY Party Gold Glitter Light Strand

DIY Party Gold Pinata Pull Tab

New Year Card with the Mini Alphabet Punch Board

Hello We R Fans! Happy almost New Year! Kimberly here with a fun card to send to celebrate the new year! I have several friends who send New Year cards, rather than Christmas cards, so this idea is perfect. For me, these cards are going to be the perfect invitation to our celebration! My husband is a fabulous cook and makes the most delicious Chinese food. Now that’s the way to ring in the New Year!

New Year Card with the Mini Alphabet Punch Board by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

 

I used the Mini Alphabet Punch Board to create the numbers on this card. I love how quick and easily I can customize any project with this tool!

New Year Card with the Mini Alphabet Punch Board by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

 

 

I created each of the numbers from gold glitter paper. The size of the numbers was perfect for a standard A2 card. To make the numbers pop off the card more, I used dimensional adhesive.

New Year Card with the Mini Alphabet Punch Board by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers
To each of the numbers I added stars and a few sequins, to kick the sparkle up a notch. It is a celebration after all!

New Year Card with the Mini Alphabet Punch Board by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

How will you be celebrating the New Year? I wish you all the best in 2018!

New Year Card with the Mini Alphabet Punch Board by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

Supplies:

We R Memory Keepers

Crate Paper

American Crafts