Teacher Appreciation Letterpress Notecards

Hi, WeR fans! Jen McDermott here with a handmade-with-love Teacher Appreciation gift!  I wanted to give our boys’ teachers something useful  but also pretty, and of course as a busy mom I was under a bit of a time crunch. I immediately thought of my Letterpress platform and how easy it would be to make sets of cards for the teachers!

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I grabbed my Evolution Advanced, chose letterpress plates and colors, and got to work.  These cards came together so quickly, and the two-step letterpressing was so easy to line up.

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After I pressed the cards, I put them together in a stack with envelopes, and used some WRMK Baker’s Twine and some teal chevron ribbon to tie them up.

Then I die cut the tags using my Evolution Advanced, and stamped a simple sentiment.

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Voila! A simple, but handmade teacher gift! I hope the boys’ teachers find them handy to have in their desk for when they need to send out a quick note!

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What do you love creating with your Letterpress platform? Share with us on our Facebook page, or comment below!


Evolution Advanced
Letterpress Platform
Baker’s twine
Teal ink
Hot Pink ink

Valentine Candy Bar Wrappers

My girls and I love to make handmade class valentines each year. It’s a great way to spend time together and get a little creative too. Of course handmade valentines for three girls means making a lot, so we always try to find something clever, cute, and quick. Here’s an easy idea for bulk valentine treats. These are great for class valentines, teachers, neighbors or friends.

Valentine Candy Bar Wrappers by Aly Dosdall

I picked up some Nestle Chunky bars from the dollar store and wrapped each of them with a 6 x 2 1/2 inch piece of patterned paper. I adhered them with power craft tape–you could also use a glue gun.

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Then I wound some jute twine around the wrapped bars several times and tied the ends in a bow. I used my Evolution Advanced to die cut some hearts and letters with the Heart Punches Dies and the High Rise Alphabet Die. I used a glue pen to adhere the X and O letters to the die cut hearts.

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I used mini wooden clothespins to attach the “XO” heart tags to the wrapped candy bars. The giver’s name can be written on the back of the heart tags. These little goodies take just minutes to make and are a cute and fun way to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Come back next week for more Valentine’s Day project ideas. See you then!



Inked Rose Paper Pack
Heart Punches Dies
High Rise Alphabet Die
Evolution Advanced

Metallic Antlers Card

It’s always interesting to me to see how trends in fashion, home decor, and design work their way into the paper crafts industry. Some of those trends I really enjoy, while others I’m glad to see meet their end. Two of those trends that I currently love are metallic elements and antlers shapes. And aren’t I lucky that these two trends lend themselves perfectly to the holiday season? Check out how I was able to combine these two trends on a card I created using the lovely (and oh so trendy) Silver and Gold collection.

Seasons Greeting Card by Aly Dosdall


To combine these two trends I used the Antlers Shape Die and some Adhesive MetalSheets to cut out a silver antlers shape for my card. I cut out an oval frame to house the antlers shape and placed it and the antlers on foam squares for added dimension. The oval frame allows the metallic antlers to take center stage on the card.

I kept additional elements on my card to a minimum, adding only a small and simple sentiment at the bottom, and a few scattered gold sequins to further emphasize the metallic trend on the project.

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So, what do you think of these two trends? Are you a fan? Tell us what you think in the comments section below.



Adhesive Metal Sheets
Antlers Shape Die
Evolution Advanced
Silver and Gold 6×6 Paper Pad
Banner It Kit

DIY Bat Decor

Our next door neighbors always have the best holiday decorations. In fact, they’re so cool that my kids told me one year, “Mom, we should just put a ‘ditto’ sign in our yard pointing to their house!” So this year when they asked me if we could start decorating for Halloween I started thinking bigger. The first thing we tackled was an idea I’ve seen on Pinterest, in magazines, at my friend’s house, and just about everywhere in between. I love it so much that I couldn’t wait to try it myself.

DIY Bat Decor by Aly Dosdall

To create this DIY Bat Decor I started out by cutting several small and large bat shapes from black glitter paper using the Bats Shape Dies and my Evolution. Then I accordion folded each one along the score lines created by the dies. I love the dimension that the folds in the shapes add, and the glitter paper makes the bats feel more festive.

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After I cut them I used some masking tape attached to the under side of the wing ends to adhere the bats to the wall so that I didn’t damage the paint. I arranged the bats so they appear to be exiting their cave and flying off into the night, smaller ones first and larger ones following.

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I have to say my kids were pretty excited when they saw our finished bat decor. They love how the wall turned out. We are definitely getting into the spooky spirit now!

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Are you working on any Halloween crafts? If you are please share them on our Facebook page. Be sure to come back tomorrow for some more Halloween ideas!



Bats Shape Dies

S’mores Treat Box

Recently our family spent a fun evening up in a nearby canyon with some friends. We had a campfire, roasted hot dogs and marshmallows, ate s’mores, talked, and sang camp songs. We made some great memories, and it got me thinking about how fun and unique making s’mores is even though it’s something so simple. My creative mojo took over and I came up with a great all occasion gift idea for the summer months–a s’mores treat box!

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I love the bakery box alone, but the window makes it extra fun because you can see the s’more makings inside. Your recipient will enjoy getting this special treat. Here’s how to make one for yourself:

1. Die cut two pieces to make a large bakery box from Farmers Market paper using the Large Bakery Box Template Die.

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2. Punch a rounded 3×4 card from scrap paper using the 3×4 Card Punch. Place the card template on the backside of one bakery box piece and trace it. Cut out the card shape using an Art Knife and back it with clear plastic or cellophane.

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3. Assemble the box and add a border, some baker’s twine, and a tag at the top. Fill the box with chocolate, graham crackers, and marshmallows.

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This treat box would make a great gift for neighbors, friends, coaches, or even a summer reading reward for your kids. You could also make this s’more packaging as favors for a backyard party or barbeque.



Large Bakery Box Template Die
Homemade Nesting Dies
Farmers Market Paper Pack
Sew Easy Baker’s Twine–Aqua
Washi Tape–Sea Foam
3×4 Card Punch
Art Knife
Glass Cutting Mat

Vinyl Phone Decor

I love to find ways to use my scrapbook supplies for projects outside of my craft room. Making home decor items, gifts, and other crafts with my stash brings me a smile–especially since I get to see my favorite supplies in use or on display in my home. I recently got a new iPhone and while I love it I felt like it needed my “signature” on it.

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My new phone is white and gold and since I had some white vinyl left over from another project, I used the scraps to cut some fun vinyl phone decor for the back of my iPhone case.

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I placed my Albums Made Easy Icon Dies and Hello Pocket Scrap Dies on my Genius Platform and then placed the vinyl on top. Then I ran the platform through my Evolution and out came my vinyl phone decor.

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Finally, I peeled off the vinyl backing and carefully placed the shapes on my phone, smoothing out the bubbles with my fingers. I love how the die cut vinyl adds some simple and fun personality to my phone case. And the best part is it simply peels up if I ever want to make a change leaving no sticky residue.

How do you like to use your scrapbooking supplies in different ways?



Albums Made Easy Icon Dies
Pocket Scrap Hello Dies
Genius Platform

DIY Wedding Advice Cards

Some of my favorite weddings and receptions have included an interactive element for the wedding guests, such as placing a disposable camera at each table for the guests to take photos, having guests sign the mat of a large wedding photo frame, or having guests put together a simple scrapbook for the bride and groom during the reception. Here’s a fun and easy way to let wedding guests interact leaving the newlyweds with a priceless and practical keepsake–DIY Wedding Advice Cards!

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It was easy to create these cute advice cards using the large Heart Punch Die and some Captured Albums Made Easy Cards. Journaling cards are a perfect choice for these since many of them have a pattern on one side and journaling lines on the other.

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Once all the guests have written their advice to the happy couple on a card (or two, or three…) you can bind them together with twine, ribbon, or a binder ring by punching holes with the Crop-A-Dile.

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This little heart-shaped advice card booklet is the perfect bit of memorabilia from their special day that the bride and groom will enjoy browsing through for years to come.

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Not only does it have great advice and provide a few laughs for sure, but it also contains a record of all the guests who attended the wedding in their very own handwriting–priceless!



Heart Punch Dies
Captured Journaling Cards

Letterpress Wedding Menu Card

If you’re planning a DIY wedding an instant way to add elegance and beauty to your invitations, menu cards, or thank you cards is with the Lifestyle Crafts Letterpress. Not only does letterpress produce beautiful rich color, but it adds debossed images as well that add texture and depth to your projects. Take a look at this Letterpress Wedding Menu Card I created with the Ruffles Printing Plate set.

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First I created the menu on my computer using some of my favorite fonts, leaving a 2 inch gap for my letterpress band. Then I printed the menu on a piece of teal Inked Rose patterned paper and trimmed it down to 4 1/2″ x 6 1/2″. I mounted the menu on a 5″ x 7″ piece of Farmers Market black patterned paper.

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To create the letterpress band I used flower printing plates from the Ruffles Printing Plate set and the new Handwritten Printing Plate set. First I letterpressed the flower images with Teal Green Ink, and then I did the letters with Black Ink.

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To finish off this DIY wedding menu I folded the letterpress paper around the card and adhered the ends together at the back. Come back tomorrow when I’ll share a fun interactive wedding keepsake activity. See you then!



Lifestyle Crafts Letterpress
Handwritten Printing Plates
Ruffles Printing Plates
Teal Green Ink
Black Ink
No. 10 Flat White Letterpress Paper
Farmers Market Locally Grown Paper
Inked Rose Frames Paper

DIY Doily Wedding Invitation

This week on the We R blog it’s all about weddings. We’ll be sharing ideas for invitations, decor, gift ideas, and more for that special day. DIY weddings are not only budget friendly, but they’re customizable and trendy to boot! Let’s kick things off with a simple and pretty DIY Doily Wedding Invitation.

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I started out by picking a typewriter font to get a slightly rustic feel. I opened a new canvas in Photoshop and added the text. Once I printed the invite and RSVP on kraft cardstock, I die cut a doily from Farmer’s Market distressed white paper using the Classic Doily Shape Die and added only a small part of it to the top of the invite and RSVP card.

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Then I added a length of Aqua Baker’s Twine and tied it in a bow at the top. I love the contrast of the kraft paper with the white die cut doily and baker’s twine–a little rustic, and a little feminine.

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I used my Envelope Punch Board to create a matching envelope and lined it with the doily envelope liner die. My invitation and envelope are 5″x7″. I also included an RSVP card and return envelope that are both 4″x 5 1/2.

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These easy to make doily wedding invites are simple yet beautiful. Come back and visit tomorrow for some more wedding inspiration!



Classic Doily Shape Die
Doily Envelope Liners Die
Envelope Punch Board
Farmer’s Market Paper Pack
Aqua Sew Easy Baker’s Twine

Fireworks Cupcake Toppers

If you’re hosting a party for the 4th of July, here’s an idea for fun and festive cupcake toppers. You can make fireworks toppers with Sew Easy Baker’s Twine, Washi Tape, and Star Punch Dies.

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These unique toppers are sure to bring smiles from your barbecue or party guests. And since they look just like fireworks, they’re perfect for the holiday!

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Here’s how I made these easy cupcake toppers:

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Start by trimming about ten 6″ lengths of twine. Tie them together at the end of a lollipop stick and wrap some washi tape around the knot so that the ends of the twine point upward. Trim the ends of the twine so that they’re all even and about 1-1 1/2″ long. Die cut star shapes using the Star Punch Die from Adhesive Metal Sheets and attach one to each side of the topper to cover the knot.

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Add them to your cupcakes and finish off the project with a cupcake wrapper make using the Ring Cupcake Liner Template Die.



Farmers Market Artisan Paper
Farmers Market Open Market Paper
Hip Hip Hooray Party Time Paper
Ring Cupcake Liner Template Die
Star Punch Dies
Metal Adhesive Sheets
Sew Easy Baker’s Twine–Red, Blue, Aqua
Metallic Washi Tape–Silver