Hot Air Balloon Baby Decor

Hello We R Fans! Kimberly here today with some fun décor that could be used for a baby shower, and then once the shower is over, for the baby’s room! I am long removed from the world of babies (as mine is now 11), but as I scrolled through Pinterest, hot air balloons kept popping up. I knew I had all the supplies and tools I needed to create some fantastic balloons with my We R Memory Keepers stash!

Hot Air Balloon Baby Decor by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

First to be created was the balloons. Immediately the Honeycomb pads came to mind, along with a great balloon-shaped stencil in the DIY Party Honeycomb Stencil pack.

Hot Air Balloon Baby Decor by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

I placed the template on the sealed edge of the Large Honeycomb Ocean Pads. I traced one large balloon and two smaller balloons.

DIY Party Honeycomb Pads and Stencils by We R Memory Keepers

I used the three different colors in the package. Be sure and slide your template all the way to the bottom of the pad, that way, you can get more shapes from your pad.

DIY Party Honeycomb Pads and Stencils by We R Memory Keepers

Once two of each balloon color and size were cut, I adhered the two similar shapes together using a strong, dry adhesive. Dry adhesive is the only way to go when adhering the thin paper of the honeycomb pads.

DIY Party Honeycomb Pads and Stencils by We R Memory Keepers

Adhesive was placed on the back of the one side. Then the two sides of the honeycomb were pinched together, creating a completely three-dimensional balloon!

Hot Air Balloon Baby Decor by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

Once the balloons were created, banners were added for extra color and fun.

We R Memory Keepers Banner Punch Board

Using the Banner Punch Board, patterned paper was cut into small pieces. I trimmed my American Crafts Oh Happy Life paper to 1 inch strips. I lined the strips up with the center line (marked on the board), and cut with the blade. I find that cutting towards the inside from the right side and then the left side results in a cleaner cut.

The paper banners were glued to a piece of twine. The twine was cut long, allowing me to wrap it around the balloon and tie it to the correct size.

Hot Air Balloon Baby Decor by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

The next item that needed to be created was the basket for the hot air balloon.

We R Memory Keepers 123 Punch Board

Using a piece of Bazzill Dotted Swiss card stock and the 1-2-3 Punch Board, I created small boxes. The box for the larger balloon was 2 ½” on all sides. The small box, of which I needed two, was 1 ¾” on all sides. The punch board has all the dimensions printed on it, for ease of construction. Around the top of each box, I added a piece of different white trim.

Hot Air Balloon Baby Decor by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

To hold up each balloon, paper straws were adhered to the inside of each corner of each box. I trimmed each straw to size. The honeycomb balloons slip easily on the top of the straws to stay in place.

Hot Air Balloon Baby Decor by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

What color hot air balloons would you create?

Supplies:

We R Memory Keepers:

American Crafts:

Bazzill:

Easter Treat Bags

Hello everybody! Soraya here with you today to give you some Easter inspiration with three different cute little treat bags! I used the incredible DIY Party Board and the 1-2-3 Punch Board to make them, with scrapbook papers and  a glitter acetate paper too.

Easter Treat Bags by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

For the first triangle shaped treat bag, I used the Trim & Score Board to get a 9×9 inch paper square. Then I followed the instructions on the DIY Party Board and in order to make a treat pouch I used the marks A11. So easy and so fun!  Then I used a piece of the FUSEables yellow decorative tape along with a flower diecut and a resin rose to embellish the pouch.

Easter Treat Bags by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

Easter Treat Bags by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

Easter Treat Bags by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

Still with the DIY Party Board, I made a tiny party hat using the marks C7 and C1. How cute is this mini cone that will be filled up with yummy chocolate !  And here is a another tip for you : use a waterfall sleeve to hold the chocolate eggs, tie a knot and flip it before putting it in the cone ! That way, the candies won’t fall off the bags!

Easter Treat Bags by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

Easter Treat Bags by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

Easter Treat Bags by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

For the last treat package, I made a little gift box thanks to the amazing 1-2-3 Punch Board and to get more transparency (because those little eggs are so colorful to hide them) I made it with a gorgeous glitter acetate paper ! Then I  made a cute tag with the DIY Party Punch Tag and made a hole on a little pink label with my Crop-A-Dile.

Easter Treat Bags by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

Easter Treat Bags by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

Easter Treat Bags by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

Now that all the Easter treat bags are done and full of candies, you can offer them to your little ones or family and friends, they will love them !

Easter Treat Bags by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

Easter Treat Bags by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

Thanks for joining me today, hope you had fun discovering these cute bags, now it’s your turn to play and create yours for Easter !  Happy creating everybody and until next time !

Soraya.

 

Supplies :

Trim & Score Board

DIY Party Board

1-2-3 Punch Board

Crop-A-Dile

FUSEables embellishments

FUSEables Decorative Tape

Waterfall Sleeves

Tag Punch

Papers are from Crate Paper

 

 

Confetti Birthday Favor Boxes

Hello, We R Memory Keepers readers, Laura here today sharing a birthday craft with you. Whenever I throw a birthday party, I always like to hand out a little favor at the end to let my guests know I appreciate them coming. Creating your own little confetti birthday favor box and filling it with treats is the perfect way to say thank you.

Confetti Birthday Favor Boxes by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Using the 1-2-3 punch board as a guide, I punched and scored my paper on the back side. Since we are making a string box it is not necessary to score line C as you would for a regular box.

Then, flip the paper over the other side and punch all four sides again, using the start line as your guide. Use the punch board to round the four corners of the box.

Punch holes in each of the four corners of the box using your Crop-A-Dile tool.

 

Confetti Birthday Favor Boxes by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Use the bone folder to crease all the score lines. Then, cut one corner of the paper along the vertical score lines. Do this again on the opposite side.

Confetti Birthday Favor Boxes by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Flip the paper over to the patterned side of the paper and add adhesive to each of the cut tabbed sections. Then, fold the flaps inward to create a box.

This is the time to fill your box with treats or party favors.

Trim some ribbon to fit around the box, leaving enough extra to tie a bow. Thread the ribbon through the hole that is in line with the ribbon, then thread the ribbon back out through the hole in the flap to the right. Repeat this process on the opposite side.

Confetti Birthday Favor Boxes by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Be sure to tuck in the flaps on the sides with the ribbon so the box will close properly. Tie the ribbon to hold the box closed. Using the leftover scraps of paper use the confetti punch to create coordinating confetti.

Add the confetti to a two inch by two inch FUSE photo sleeve. You can also add some colored sequins or beads, as well. Use the FUSE tool to close up the end. Using the Crop-A-Dile punch a hole in the corner of the clear pouch.

Confetti Birthday Favor Boxes by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Thread the pouch on the ribbon and tie a bow.

You could easily add a sentiment tag along with the clear confetti pouch for any occasion – to say thank you or celebrate. You can use any paper and ribbon that matches your party decor to easily coordinate with the theme of your special day.

Confetti Birthday Favor Boxes by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Confetti Birthday Favor Boxes by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

 

Supplies

1-2-3 Punch Board

Best of Pebbles Paper Pad

Crop-A-Dile

Ribbon

Confetti Punch

FUSE Photo Sleeves

FUSE Tool

 

Gatefold Birthday Invitation

Hello We R Fans! Kimberly here with a birthday invitation. Normally I think of children’s parties, when I think of invitations, but why not celebrate in style as an adult? With some great We R Memory Keepers tools and some great paper, making trendy and stylish grown-up invitations is easy!

Gatefold Birthday Invitation by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

Gatefold Birthday Invitation by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

I started by cutting a piece of patterned paper from the new Pebbles line, Simple Life. Measuring 8 ½
by 5 ½,” these dimensions will allow me to create a basic gatefold card. A gatefold card has two flaps that open to reveal the inside. One flap on the right, and one on the left.

 

I placed my paper in the Trim & Score Board. After cutting the paper, the cutting track was flipped over, and the turquoise flap, flipped into its place. I score the paper at 2 1/8” from the side. Then I flipped the paper over and scored 2 1/8” from the other side. That leaves the paper at exactly 4 ¼” when closed, the size of a basic A2 card.

Gatefold Birthday Invitation by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

To keep the gatefold card closed, I cut a piece of patterned paper measuring 2” by 12.” That paper was scored 3 7/8” from each end. It was folded around the card. Adhesive was used to keep the band together on the back side. I created an extra-small bow with the 1-2-3 Punch Board. Because the band is meant to slide off, adding the bow to the front added a festive feel. Along with that sentiment sticker from the Simple Life collection.

Gatefold Birthday Invitation by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

After lining the inside of the invitation with more patterned paper, I typed the invitation wording with the Typecast. What a fun touch!

Gatefold Birthday Invitation by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

I lined up the first two words and typed the rest based off its position. Once the paper gets slightly higher, don’t forget to slide those black rollers over the paper. It keeps things lined up perfectly!

Gatefold Birthday Invitation by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

To send off the invitation, I used the 1-2-3 Punch Board to create an envelope with coordinating papers from the same collection.

Gatefold Birthday Invitation by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

Who is thinking maybe celebrating a grown-up birthday might not be so bad? What kind of invitations would you make?

 

Supplies:

We R Memory Keepers

Pebbles-Simple Life by Jen Hadfield

123 Punch Board Winner!

Thanks so much to everyone who entered our 123 Punch Board giveaway for National Craft Month! We loved reading through your project plans–great ideas. We’ve selected a winner, and that is…

 

I love all my WRMK products. This really would be a great addition to my collection. Perfect board to travel with me.

 

Congratulations Andrea! Please send an email to alyd@americancrafts.com with “123 Punch Board Winner” in the subject line. Please include your full name and shipping address, and we’ll get your prize to you asap. Enjoy!

Card with Matching Envelope

Hello, We R readers, Laura here today. I don’t know about you, but I love to send out happy mail. Sometimes I buy cards, but I really do love to make cards. I think it is an extra thoughtful way to let someone know you are thinking of them. I try to keep a stash of both handmade and pre-bought cards on hand so I can easily send them out as needed. I found a beautiful sentiment on a Moonstruck cardstock that I thought would be perfect to make an encouragement card.

I started by creating my card base by using the Moonstruck cardstock from Pink Paislee. It has a pretty pink and white pattern on the outside and muted watercolor hearts on the inside. I cut my paper and scored it to make a 6 inch by 6 inch card. I started by adding some washi strips to the bottom of the card.

Then, I added the lovely sentiment from the Moonstruck paper. It says, “you got this babe”. I also added some ephemera from the Moonstruck collection, a flower cut out from Moonstruck cardstock, and a cork butterfly. Everything was attached using my sticky thumb adhesive. The gold butterfly was added using foam squares to help it pop off the page.

The only problem with creating cards at home, especially uncommon shaped cards like this square one, is that I don’t always have an envelope on hand to go with it. I love to use my 123 Punch Board to create envelopes. They are so easy to make. Since my card was 6” x 6” square, I started by cutting my paper to 9 ¾” square.

I lined it up on the guide on the punch board, punched it, and scored along the score line A. Continue by rotating the paper 90 degrees, lining up along the score guide, punching and scoring as you go.

I like to round the corners of my envelope and this is easy to do with the punch board. The inside of my envelope was a little plain, so I added a liner using a black polka dot acetate sheet from the Clearly Posh collection. I measured the length of the top part of one flap of the envelope and cut a square from my acetate that size.

Then, using the punch board as a guide, I created notches on either side of the square to line up with the flap on the envelope. Simply align your paper up with the size of your square and move it over ⅛ of an inch.

I also rounded off the top edge of the liner square. I attached it using my sticky thumb adhesive. You will need to score the fold to allow the plastic paper to fold.

Now, my card is ready to mail out to a friend or family member that needs a little push in the right direction! Do you like to make handmade cards?


Supplies:

Moonstruck Double Sided Cardstock #6

Moonstruck Double Sided Cardstock #1

Moonstruck Washi Sticker Sheets

Moonstruck Ephemera

Moonstruck Double Sided Cardstock #9

Moonstruck Cork Stickers

Moonstruck Double Sided Cardstock #10

123 Punch Board

Clearly Posh Confetti Dot Black Acetate Sheet

National Craft Month Giveaway: 123 Punch Board!

**GIVEAWAY CLOSED**

Hello again We R friends! It’s Monday, and it’s March, and that means another National Craft Month giveaway today! This week we’re celebrating our most popular line of tools, our Punch Boards. And today we’re so excited to be giving away one of our most popular punch boards, the 123 Punch Board!

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As with many of our punch boards, the 123 Punch Board includes a cutting and a punching feature. With this one tool you can create over 200 projects of different sizes and styles. The board comes with a detailed instruction booklet, and basic instructions with measurements are conveniently included on the board as well.

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If you’d like the chance to win a 123 Punch Board, please leave a comment below telling us what you’d like to make with this fabulous tool. Comments will remain open until Thursday, March 23 at midnight. A random winner will announced here on the blog on Friday morning. Good luck, and be sure to check back to see if you won!

Be sure to come by often this week to check out some fabulous inspiration from our design team!

Valentine Banner

Hello everyone! Soraya here with you today to share an easy tutorial to make your very own valentine banner! February is the month of love, hearts, bows … so let’s make our craft more romantic too!  We’ll see how to create one cute banner using the Banner Punch Board, how to create the word « LOVE » thanks to the Alphabet Punch Board, the Staple Board and sparkles, then we’ll make cute bows using the 1,2,3 Punch Board! Let’s go !

Valentine Banner by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

The Banner Punch Board is one amazing tool since it allows us to create 3 different shapes : pennant,  flag and crest banner! So to make this valentine banner, I’m going to use the 3 shapes in different sizes : the crest banner measures  (5×5,5 inch) :

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The flag banner measures (10×5,5 inch)

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And the triangle banner measures (4×5,5 inch)

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If you want to see more about this great tool, feel free to visit the We R Memory Keepers YouTube channel !

 

And here  is what you get when you finally cut them all ! Don’t hesitate to use different patterned papers or basic cardstocks to play on the contrasts. The crest ones will be placed on the flags and the triangle shaped will be placed inbetween them , so you’ll need 5 triangles, 4 crests and 4 flags. Don’t forget to punch the holes with the little punch you have on the top of the Banner Punch Board.

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Now, let’s decorate the flags! To make these cute little white bows, I used the fantastic 1,2,3 Punch Board. As you might know there is a size chart on this tool that allows you to chose how big you want your bow to be. I chose the medium (M) size, so I needed to cut 3 different stripes of white cardstock (according to the chart) before assembling them. (watch the video tutorial by Aly here)

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With some glitter tape, doilies and wooden clips I could easily decorate each pennant. The result is soft and cute!

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It’s time to put some love on this banner ! I used the Alphabet Punch Board and I also followed the instructions you can find in the little book to cut the letters L.O.V.E.  If you don’t know this punch yet then grab one asap you will love it !!

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For the glitter to stick on the letters, I put some double sided red tape on the bottom part of each letter. Then I started putting the clearest color on the top, took off the excess, put the medium shade, took off the excess and finally put the last color.

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Love how it finally turned !

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Before assembling the banner with pink twine, I used the Staple Board to attach the letters directly on the banner. The transparent guide (genius guide indeed !) helped me to place the staple where I wanted, so easy and so fun !

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And voilà ! This valentine banner is now ready to be hanged up !

Valentine's Day Banner by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

Valentine's Day Banner by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

Valentine Banner by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

Thanks for joining me, hope this project will inspire you to spread love all over your craft table !  Have a lovely day everyone!

Soraya.


Supplies :

Banner Punch Board

1,2,3 Punch Board

Alphabet Punch Board

Staple Board

Double sided red tape

Sticky Thumb Adhesive Runner

Glitter tape and glitter powder

Papers by Pink Paislee

Twine

Doilies and wooden clips

Valentine’s Day Party Favors

Hello, We R readers, Laura here. Are you planning a Valentine’s Day party this year? Today, I am sharing how to make these adorable party favors. They look complicated, but with the 1-2-3 punch board and DIY party collection they come together easily!

Valentines Day Party Favors by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

I created a 3” x 4” envelope using the 1-2-3 punch board and textured cardstock. Start by trimming your paper to the correct size – in this case a 6 ¼” x 6 ¼” square. Using the 1-2-3 punch board and the guides, create an envelope.

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Trim off one of the shorter ends from the envelope. Then, assemble it to create a little goodie bag pocket from your cardstock. I created both pink and red envelopes that were now ready for embellishing.

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For the first style of envelope, I added some of the Crush cardstock ephemera to the top of the envelope. I layered an arrow, a flower, and a gold heart and attached them all with a staple.

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I wanted to create a little more dimension on the ephemera heart I was adding. I used the heart as a guide to trace one half of a heart shape on the DIY Party pink honeycomb pad. I then drew a smaller half heart shape inside my traced heart and cut it out.

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I attached the honeycomb heart to the cardstock heart and added the whole thing to the favor envelope using an adhesive square.

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For the second style of envelope, I added alternating colors of pink and red fringe tape to the front of my envelope.

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The fringe tape by itself looked very cute but I wanted to add a little something extra to the top, so I created a small size bow using the 1-2-3 punch board and some “love” paper from the Crush collection.

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I attached the bow to the top of the envelope and added a little pink cardstock heart to the middle.

Valentines Day Party Favors by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

 

These party favors are ready for adding some special treats to. You definitely can’t go wrong with chocolate!

Valentines Day Party Favors by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Valentines Day Party Favors by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Supplies:

 

DIY Party Cardstock

1-2-3 Punch Board

Crush Cardstock Ephemera

DIY Party Honeycomb Pad: Blossom

Crush Cardstock

DIY Party Fringe Tape: Blossom

Christmas Cookie Boxes & Recipe

Hello everyone!  It’s Eva here today bringing you a fun Cookie Box with a hidden message inside.

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I have always loved to bake. In fact, before scrapbooking, I spent most of my free time cross stitching and baking.  Cookies are one of my favorite things to make (and EAT) during the holidays, so I always prepare a batch or two of simple sugar cookies. I think they are delicious and you can decorate them with kids–it’s a super fun activity! (I have copied my recipe at the end of this post)

A small box of homemade cookies it is a wonderful gift for friends, neighbors or for someone you want to thank for what he or she has done for you during the year.  Make your box with your 123 Punch Board and some pretty patterned paper. I am using the Holly Jolly line by our sister brand at Pebbles Inc. The boxes are very easy to make. You don’t need to glue or cut anything, the punch board does everything for you!

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To make the hidden message, use your Mini Alphabet Punch Board to spell your word or phrase. My message is going to be “Fa La La”

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With an embroidery needle and some twine create your vertical message.

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Attach the end of your twine to the bottom of your box with some washi tape.

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Place your cookies inside your box and wrap them with a strip of corrugated cardstock

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Close your boxes and decorate them with twine, ribbon or a bow made with the 1,2,3 Punch Board and some gold acetate from the Clearly Posh collection.

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I placed my message on top of my cookies so when you open the box it is the first thing you see. I glued two “Enjoy” stickers together to lift the message easily.

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You could spell the recipient’s name or another phrase and adapt the box to other holidays like Valentine’s or Thanksgiving.

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And there you have it! Cute boxes in minutes with the help of a few We R tools. The 1,2,3 Punch Board is one of my favorites! What’s your favorite Punch Board?

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Have a great day!

Eva

 

Supplies:

1,2, 3 Punch Board
Clearly Posh 6 x 6 Paper Pad
Typecast Typewriter
Mini Alphabet Punch Board
DIY Party Confetti

 

Sugar Cookies

For the cookies:

400 grams sifted flour, 220 grams butter, 200 grams sugar, 2 eggs, pinch of salt, 1 teaspoon baking powder, zest of 1 lemon, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the icing: mix together 1 egg white and juice of half a lemon. Add powder sugar until desired consistency.

Directions:

In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in eggs, lemon zest and vanilla. Stir in the flour, baking powder, and salt. Cover, and chill dough for at least one hour (or overnight).

Preheat oven to 370 degrees F (180 degrees C). Roll out dough on floured surface 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick. Cut into shapes with any cookie cutter. Place cookies 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets and bake 6 to 8 minutes. Cool completely and cover with icing.