Foil Quill Tutorial Videos

Hello and Happy Friday friends! Today we’ve got some video tutorials to share with you featuring the award-winning new Foil Quill heat pen. We’re so glad you’re excited about this new release! The possibilities are endless with the Foil Quill and you don’t need to buy a new machine! You can use it with most major cutting machines on the market.

We R Memory Keepers Foil Quill

For more information about Foil Quill please visit www.foilquill.com, including the FAQ page which has extensive tips, tricks, and trouble shooting suggestions. Then click below to watch four Foil Quill project ideas and tutorials using paper, photos, vinyl and leather.

If you’ve got a Foil Quill we’d love to see your creations! Share them on Instagram and tag us (@wermemorykeepers) or share them on Facebook and tag us there too! Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!

DIY Summer Candles

Hello WeR fans and welcome! It’s Chantalle with you again and I can’t wait to share some candle décor ideas with you, which I’ve created with my Wick Candle Maker.

As we approach (a thankfully comparably mild) winter Down Under, this little beach-inspired scene reminds me that summer is not that far away.

DIY Summer Candles by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

I’ve created three style of candle, all using the Wick machine, paraffin beads and a splash of colouring.

DIY Summer Candles by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

These candles were really fun to make and turned out even better than I expected. I love the fact that they are personal to my family and the shells are from the estuary only meters from our home.

DIY Summer Candles by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

The two cylindrical shaped candles are from the smooth mold that comes in the candle making kit. One ties off some wick material onto a metal rod, which balances across the top of the mold, then you pull the wick material through the hole at the bottom of the mold, then pop a rubber stopper into the hole, securing the wick material and preventing the melted wax from escaping.

For my candle on display in the glass votive, I created an ombré effect by adding a brown wax crayon. This was the first time I had used a solid colour to colour my wax melts. I also tried adding some mists and paint but the liquids didn’t mix properly with the wax and settled awkwardly at the bottom of the mold as well as my Wick machine and were tricky to clean.

The wax crayon melted into a rich colour and if you want an ombré effect, it’s great as I found the consistency must’ve been denser as it settled to the bottom very well.

DIY Summer Candles by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

A convenient function the Wick machine has, is an indicator light that illuminates when the valve is opened. This is handy as I sometimes forget to close the valve after I had made a candle. It’s a great reminder to quickly shut it before the new melted wax comes running out!

Wick Candle Maker by We R Memory Keepers

Here you can see the finished brown candle. It takes about one and a half refills of the machine to fill this size mold. The first round was the dark wax with the wax crayon added. The second layer was diluted slightly with more plain wax melts. The top layer was a new batch of plain melts, with a touch of the blue colour shavings you get in the kit along with the machine. One thing I have mentioned before is that it’s totally normal for your candle to sink a bit during the setting process. I now know to keep an extra amount of the last colour used, to reheat in the machine and then top the candle up if necessary. I will also mention that these candles I set in the fridge. It made them much easier to get out of the mold.

DIY Summer Candles by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

Moving on to the next style of candle are these shelled beauties! I love these little babies and will definitely be making these as gifts!

One can purchase small wicks with the metal stabilizer online, but I tried my hand at upcycling some existing wicks in the form of tea lights, which I had on hand.

I cut up the candles carefully and extracted the wicks. I then popped the wax into my Wick to melt it. Once I was happy with how I had placed the wicks inside the shells, I placed the shells very carefully under the valve on the machine and opened it just a tiny bit to allow the wax to just drop out very gently.

Wick Candle Maker by We R Memory Keepers

Voila! These are addictive to make so be warned lol!

DIY Summer Candles by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

My third style of candle is one with a photo personalization. I looked up how to do it online and it involved printing a photo onto tissue paper.

I stuck the tissue down to regular copy paper and the fed it into my very trusty inkjet printer. I’d measured the size of the candle and created an image box in a word processing programme. I then printed the image off using a ‘speciality paper’ setting on the printer.

I was nervous as to how the printer would go, printing on to such delicate paper but it worked great! I cut the tissue photo out and placed it, image side up, around the candle. You’ll notice this candle is also kinda ombré in colour. The bottom bit was left over melted tea light candle with a bit of blue colour shavings added. I topped the candle up with the Wick paraffin melts and blue shavings and, as you can see, the consistency of the two types of waxes is different. I really like it.

Wick Candle Maker by We R Memory Keepers

In order to transfer the image onto the candle itself, I then wrapped the whole thing  in baking paper and heated it with my heat gun. You can see I used BBQ tongs to hold it while I heated it to protect my hands.

As the wax heats, you will see the paper darken. Once you’ve got the whole paper dark, you can go ahead and peel the baking paper away slowly. (You may need to keep heating gently as you do this step, just see how you go.)

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And here is my photo candle. This family photo was taken on a gorgeous Gold Coast beach inside a beach cave. I really like how the texture of the candle echoes the rocks!

 

DIY Summer Candles by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

DIY Summer Candles by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

I hope you enjoyed this post. These candles are a fun and easy way to create ambience in your home and truly unique gifts for your friends and family.

I LOVE my Wick and I’m sure you will too! Be sure to tag @wermemorykeepers in your social media posts so we can enjoy seeing you get your craft on! Until next time!

Chantalle

 

Materials Used:

Wick Candle Maker

 

 

DIY Candle Thank You Gift

Hello WeR fans and welcome! It’s Chantalle with you again and I have to just say, you seriously have to check out the new Wick Candle Maker and the Happy Jig. These two tools are simply out-of-this-world-fun to use and are the focus of the thank you gift I have created, which I can’t wait to show you!

I’ve never made a candle before so I was SO excited to see it come out of the mold and two colours no less!! Lol. My first instinct was to smell it, kinda expecting it to smell like citrus, so that is my next experiment – infusing the wax!

DIY Candle Thank You Gift by Chantalle McDaniels for We R Memory Keepers

The mason jar serves two purposes: ready-made packaging for my candle and also as a votive for it when lit.

DIY Candle Thank You Gift by Chantalle McDaniels for We R Memory Keepers
The jar already had an embossed pattern so I’ve kept the embellishments minimal.  The word ‘thanks’ can be removed and reused if necessary. It would make a fun bookmark if popped onto some cardstock or could become a title for a scrapbook page!

DIY Candle Thank You Gift by Chantalle McDaniels for We R Memory Keepers

To make my candle, I started off by reading the instructions that came with the Wick machine. One pops a rubber stopper into the base of your chosen mold, then ties off some wick material onto the metal rod, which balances across the top of the mold.

Next, I added some wax material to the receptacle as well as some colouring. I added red and yellow to get orange. There is no precise way to get an exact match, but it is easy to trial and error as you go to create the shade you are after.

The wax takes about 20 mins to melt completely, but we still have warmer weather so that time is a guide I guess, depending on temps inside your workspace and how much wax you want to melt etc.

Once the wax was totally melted, I opened the little valve and it came running out into the mold.

DIY Candle Thank You Gift by Chantalle McDaniels for We R Memory Keepers

I wanted to create an ombré effect so I filled it up about ¾ and then melted more wax (this time with less red) and then filled the mold some more. It is important to let your wax dry before you add the next layer. I put mine under the aircon to cool, but you could also put it in the fridge. Another thing that happened to me was that the centre of the candle sank in a bit. This is very common and mentioned in the instructions. If this happens to you, simply pop some holes around the wick area before pouring a bit more melted wax into the area to top it up.

NOTE: It’s best to let your candle set overnight before removing it from the mold.

Another tip would be to cool or heat the mold a bit if you are having trouble removing the candle when it’s set.

DIY Candle Thank You Gift by Chantalle McDaniels for We R Memory Keepers

Here you can see the finished product! I’m thrilled with how it turned out. How awesome it is going to be to be able to make this kind of home made gift for someone you care about!

I have placed a bit of melted wax into the lid of the jar and then pushed the candle into it to act like a glue, so it’s doesn’t move around too much inside the jar.

DIY Candle Thank You Gift by Chantalle McDaniels for We R Memory Keepers

The jar itself has been embellished with some Pink Paislee Summer Lights Cardstock Stickers. These stickers are awesome as they have some holographic foil elements!

DIY Candle Thank You Gift by Chantalle McDaniels for We R Memory Keepers

I mimicked the smaller hexagonal shapes with my Hexagon Clear Cut Punch. The one bigger size helps create balance.

DIY Candle Thank You Gift by Chantalle McDaniels for We R Memory Keepers

To create the word ‘Thanks’ I grabbed my Happy Jig and set up the guides, ready for the wire. Overall, the word turned out OK. It’s easy to get a couple of areas that don’t look perfect (a bit of stretching can occur when pulling off the Happy Jig guides) I just us my little pairs of pliers that came with my Cinch Binding Tool and tweaked the word here and there.

We R Memory Keepers Happy Jig
To add a bit of extra sparkle to my jar, I have threaded some little beads onto the wire. I’ve also added a plastic die cut feather as well as a paper feather die cut shape.

DIY Candle Thank You Gift by Chantalle McDaniels for We R Memory Keepers

These feather shapes have been cut using my Evolution Advanced along with my magnetic mat.

I snipped a tiny hole into the top of the paper feather, which made it a lot easier to add to the wire word.

DIY Candle Thank You Gift by Chantalle McDaniels for We R Memory Keepers
The Happy Jig is such a fun tool to own. The instructional booklet is full of ideas and easy-to-follow instructions to create both shapes and paperclip options.

I hope you enjoyed this post. Be sure to tag @wermemorykeepers in your social media posts so we can enjoy seeing you get your craft on! Thank you so much for stopping by. Happy gifting!

Chantalle

 

Materials Used:

Evolution Advanced

Magnetic Mat

Wick Candle Maker

Dear Lizzy Star Gazer 6×6 Pad

Hexagon Clear Cut Punch

Jane Davenport Washi Tape

Crafters Essentials Pick/Stylus

WRMK Feather Metal Die

Happy Jig

Pink Wire

Pink Paislee Summer Lights Cardstock Stickers

 

 

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