Card Week: Guest Designer Betsy Veldman

Happy Friday friends! We’re closing off Card Week with a special guest designer, Betsy Veldman! Betsy is a wife, a SAHM to three super kids and is addicted to her paper and scissors. She loves scrapbooking and papercrafting of all kinds and is an expert cardmaker and stamper. We’re thrilled to have her!

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Betsy had the chance to play around with the Frame Punch Board and some elements from the Pebbles Girl Squad collection. Check out the beautiful card she created. We love all the yummy layers!

Frame Punch Board card by Betsy Veldman for We R Memory Keepers

Frame Punch Board card by Betsy Veldman for We R Memory Keepers

Here’s what Betsy has to say about her card:

“The Girl Squad collection is filled with my favorite colors…it’s so fun and happy!  The Frame Punch board is an amazing (yet simple!) tool.  I was impressed with how quick and easy it was to make frames of all sizes.  I cut three frames from the Girl Squad patterned papers, starting with the same overall rectangle size, and just changing the width of the frame.  I also cut the same size frames from plain cardstock — two of each size, then layered everything to create lots of dimension!  I sandwiched some diecuts between the layers, and used one of the sentiment diecuts inside the smallest frame.  For a fun finishing touch, I used the awesome striped washi tape from the Girl Squad collection around the edges of my stack of frames!”

Frame Punch Board card by Betsy Veldman for We R Memory Keepers

Frame Punch Board card by Betsy Veldman for We R Memory Keepers

Thanks for joining us for Card Week! We hope you enjoy World Card Making Day tomorrow, and that you get the chance to create some beautiful cards.

Card Week: Clear Cut Punch Halloween Card

Hello crafty friends! It’s Aly here today sharing some card inspiration. I love making handmade cards and sharing them with friends. I collect them in baskets and then pull one out whenever I have the need. It adds that extra special touch when I need to share something with a friend or loved one. I also love how helpful We R tools are for cards. They make the creative process faster and more fun!

Clear Cut Punch Halloween Card by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Check out this festive Halloween card I made using the Pink Paislee Spellcast collection, the new Clear Cut Circle Punch, and some of my other favorite tools!

Clear Cut Punch Halloween Card by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

I started by trimming my card layers, and trimming and scoring my card base with the Dial Trimmer. It’s so convenient to have multiple blades in one tool!

Next I used the Circle Clear Cut Punch to create a shaker pocket window on my card. Then I punched out a 3×4 inch frame with the Frame Punch Board and placed it around the shaker pocket.

Clear Cut Punches and Frame Punch Board by We R Memory Keepers

I added some sequins and acrylic shapes to a 2×2 pocket from the FUSEables card kit, and then sealed it shut with the Photo Sleeve Fuse.

Photo Sleeve Fuse by We R Memory Keepers

I added a stitched border around the shaker window with my Stitch Happy and some Gold Metallic Thread. Tip: to sew the circle border I traced it lightly with a pencil first, and then sewed it by rotating the handwheel to control the speed.

Stitch Happy Sewing Machine by We R Memory Keepers

Finally, I assembled and embellished my card with a few stickers and die cuts. I tied some Gold Metallic Stitch Happy Thread around the sentiment to add emphasis.

Clear Cut Punch Halloween Card by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Clear Cut Punch Halloween Card by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

What I love about the new Clear Cut Punches is that you can punch anywhere on your paper. I’m excited to try this technique with the other shape punches! Thanks for joining me today, and happy cardmaking friends!

Supplies:

Clear Cut Punch–Circle
Dial Trimmer
Stitch Happy sewing machine
Stitch Happy Metallic Thread–Gold
Photo Sleeve Fuse
FUSEables Card Kit
Frame Punch Board
Pink Paislee Spellcast Collection

Card Week: Bright and Beautiful Card Techniques

Hello WRMK fans and welcome back to the blog. It’s Chantalle with you today and I’d like to share some cards I have created with the help of clever WeR Punch Boards, LetterPress Kit and the fantastic new Dial Trimmer.

Handmade Cards by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

This card uses beautiful Bazzill Premium Cardstock in Rose Quartz. The pack comes with four different prints, one being a soft ombré, which suited my card idea perfectly. It’s been layered up with some Amy Tangerine On a Whim #378746 Chipboard Stickers and some hand cut elements from On a Whim papers.

Handmade Cards by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers
The cardstock has been de-bossed in a floral print with hot pink magenta pigment ink. I will admit to having a bit of a crush on this letterpress technique! This was my first time experimenting with Letterpress, which comes in a very handy Starter Kit and includes everything you need to get started. *Note:  You will need a tool like the Evolution Advanced to be able to create a de-bossed effect.

Right at the bottom of this pile of embellishments, are some pretty On a Whim Washi tapes. I love their tropical vibes! I’ve also used my new Washi Tape Chomper to create the perfect pennant shape. This clever little tool is so easy to use – simple measure the size tape you have, align the tape and then press to cut the shape.

Handmade Cards by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

Here is an image of the Letterpress just before it’s rolled through the Evolution Advanced. I adhered the plate to the base, then inked it up, aligned the paper and then rolled it through the Evolution.

Letterpress Kit and Evolution Advanced by We R Memory Keepers

This is a card I created using the same ‘Hello’ plate, combined with the word ‘sunshine’ (both included in the starter kit). I gave some Bazzill Marshmallow cardstock a light watercolour wash and then inked up the plates with yellow pigment ink and debossed it.

Handmade Cards by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers 

The sunny brights give this card a very happy vibe!

Handmade Cards by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

This next card is very simple in it’s composition.

Handmade Cards by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

I’ve used my Dial Trimmer to trim some thin strips of patterned paper, having fun with the different edge finishes!

I laid all the strips up, adhering them to the front of my card, then trimmed off the excess with my Supreme Ruler.

Dial Trimmer and Supreme Ruler by We R Memory Keepers

The beveled and scalloped edges have a relaxed feel to them and the strips co-ordinate nicely with the fun On a Whim Chipboard Stickers which I have used to add my greeting.

Handmade Cards by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers
My final card turned out so fun and I’m really excited to share it with you!

It’s a self contained card and envelope in one, which has a perforated area which, when pulled back, reveals a greeting.

Dial Trimmer by We R Memory Keepers

To start, I used my Envelope Punch Board to create an envelope for a 4×6 landscape card. This punch board is a firm favourite of mine! Once I had measured and trimmed my paper, I went about creating the envelope, but didn’t seal it. Instead, I used my ruler to draw two lines, in the centre of the front of the card, about an inch and a half apart.

I then used the perforated blade on the Dial Trimmer over the lines I had drawn.

Envelope Punch Board, Dial Trimmer, and Supreme Ruler by We R Memory Keepers

Next I created the little postcard for inside the envelope. I typed up a message on my Typecast Typewriter  and embellished the striped paper with some On a Whim clear and chipboard stickers.

I placed the card, face-down onto the prepared envelope sheet and folded it up, adhering it shut.

The final step, was creating a little tab so the recipient would know to pull open the perforated area. I used my Tab Punch Board to create a ‘small’ side tab and then, used a blade to very carefully cut a small slit on the far right hand side of the perfed section. I slid the tab inside, making sure it was well adhered, so it wouldn’t come off when in use.

Handmade Cards by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers
The moment of truth…. Success!

Handmade Cards by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

I’m so happy with how this card turned out – such a fun surprise card, thanks to my Dial Trimmer!

Handmade Cards by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers
Thanks so much for joining me today. I hope you have as much fun creating with these fabulous tools as I do!

Handmade Cards by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

 

Chantalle

 

Materials Used:

Supreme Ruler

Envelope Punch Board

Tab Punch Board

Dial Trimmer

Typecast Typewriter

Evolution Advanced

Letterpress Kit

Pigment Ink Pads

Washi Tape Chomper

Amy Tangerine On a Whim #378737 Patchwork 12×12

Amy Tangerine On a Whim #378718 Full Bloom 12×12

Amy Tangerine On a Whim #378748 Stickers Book

Amy Tangerine On a Whim #378746 Chipboard Stickers

Amy Tangerine On a Whim Washi Tape

Bazzill Premium Cardstock – Rose Quartz

 

 

 

 

 

Card Week: Frame Punch Board Halloween Card

Hey We R Memory Keepers friends and fans, Becki here to share with you an adorable Halloween card that I created with two of my favorite We R Memory Keeper tools, the Dial Trimmer and the Frame Punch Board.

Halloween Card by Becki Adams for We R Memory Keepers

The moment I started playing with the dial trimmer I loved the scalloped blade. I used the scalloped blade on several strips of patterned paper from the Pebbles Midnight Haunting collection.

Halloween Card by Becki Adams for We R Memory Keepers

Each strip of patterned paper has a scallop along the bottom edge of the strip. The scalloped strip was added with the scallop blade on the dial trimmer. After I had the scalloped strips cut, I used the Frame Punch Board to cut a four inch frame out of a black piece of patterned paper from the same Midnight Haunting Collection. Using a strong liquid adhesive, I layered the strips and adhered them to the back of the frame. Once the strops were in place, I ruffled the scalloped edges slightly to create a little bit of dimension and to make the scallops more noticeable.

Halloween Card by Becki Adams for We R Memory Keepers

Because I wanted the scalloped strips to stand out, I kept the embellishment to a minimum. I adhered a chipboard sentiment and a ghost die cut in the center of the frame with a strong liquid adhesive. Then, to finish things off, I added a few puffy stickers.

Halloween Card by Becki Adams for We R Memory Keepers

The card base for this card is created from patterned paper. The card front is five inches square with rounded corners. It was so easy to round the corners of this card with the Frame Punch Board.

Halloween Card by Becki Adams for We R Memory Keepers

Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. I can’t wait to share this card AND make more of them using the same design. Thank you for stopping by the We R Memory Keepers blog. I’ll see you again soon!

 

Supplies:

We R Memory Keepers Dial Trimmer
We R Memory Keepers Frame Punch Board
Pebbles Midnight Haunting Collection

Card Week: 123 Punch Board Card

Hello friends, and happy Monday! This Saturday, Oct. 7th, is World Cardmaking Day. To celebrate the wonderful world of handmade cards, our designers have created some amazing card inspiration for you each day this week. We’ll also have a special guest designer on Friday, so be sure to check in here on the blog each day this week. First up is Kimberly with a darling card she made with the 123 Punch Board.

 

Hello We R Fans! Kimberly here with a card. Shocking, I know. I truly love making cards and this week is leading up to World Card Making Day! One of the tools I almost always grab when making a card is the We R Memory Keepers 123 Punch Board! Its several tools in one, and today I found a new and cool use for it! Yes!!

123 Punch Board Card by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

First of all, the 123 Punch Board makes bows. Who doesn’t love a bow? I have found that the XS size bow works perfect on cards.

123 Punch Board Card by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

The instructions for creating a bow are printed directly on the 123 Punch Board, which I am thrilled about!

123 Punch Board Card by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

Remember that cool new way I was talking about? Check out my notched end on my patterned paper. I create notched ends all the time with my scissors. Pretty sure most cards I make have one somewhere.

But instead of scissors, I am now going to grab my 123 Punch Board! Easy and perfect! To create the notch in the paper, cut the paper to size.

123 Punch Board Card by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

Here I have a 1” piece of patterned paper. Slide the paper into the punching mechanism, lining it up to be centered. Punch and voila!

123 Punch Board Card by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

To finish off my card, I had to create a matching envelope. The 123 Punch Board makes not only envelopes, but envelope liners too! How beautiful is that paper from the Creekside collection?

123 Punch Board Card by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

What is your favorite We R Memory Keepers card-making tool?

 

Supplies:

We R Memory Keepers:

American Crafts: 1canoe2 Creekside Collection

 

 

Letterpress Card Set

Hello We R Fans! Kimberly here with one of my favorite techniques! Letterpress has long been a look that makes my heart skip a beat. Letterpress is an inked impression. Its elegant, and oh, so fancy. Leave it to We R Memory Keepers to make creating letterpress easy and beautiful!

Letterpress Card Set by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

When you have these pretty letterpress plates, well, you have to make a set of cards! Not only are they lovely together, but they make a wonderful gift!

Letterpress Card Set by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

 

Begin by applying adhesive to the back of one of the letterpress plates. The sheets of double-sided adhesive come in the kit. For the smaller images, simply trim the adhesive to size.

Letterpress Kit by We R Memory Keepers

Ink is then applied to the patterned side of the plate. When doing this letterpress technique, you MUST use a wet and juicy ink. Pigment ink works well, though the resin ink pad that comes in the Letterpress Kit is ideal as it reacts best with the cotton fibers in the letterpress paper. (You can also purchase resin ink pads separately in a variety of colors.) Dye-based inks will not provide the complete coverage needed for the letterpress impression.

Letterpress Kit by We R Memory Keepers

You can apply the ink directly to the raised images, but I find that rolling a brayer into the pigment ink and then across the plate creates a more equal coverage. It also keeps ink from getting in undesired places.

Letterpress Card Set by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

Using the Evolution Advanced, I rolled the plate through the machine. I found that rolling through a couple of times made a better impression. Cool part about these letterpress plates is, they will fit through most standard manual die cutting machines!

After each impression, the inked plate was cleaned off. I loved the adhesive sheets for this reason, the plate stayed in place as I cleaned it. Awesome!

Letterpress Kit by We R Memory Keepers

After the backgrounds were finished, I repeated the process with the word hello. With the smaller pieces of letterpress paper, also included in the kit, I trimmed it down to fit. The lines on the base of the plates makes it easy to line the paper up each time.

Letterpress Card Set by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

The debossed and inked words are fantastic!

Letterpress Card Set by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

While I was having fun, I thought, I could letterpress envelope flaps!

Letterpress Kit by We R Memory Keepers

I lined the edge of the envelope up with the edge of the letterpress plate. Once again, the lines of the base, allowed me to perfectly line up each envelope.

Letterpress Card Set by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

I cannot wait to send these cards to someone special. I hope they will enjoy sending them as much as I enjoyed making them!

Letterpress Card Set by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

Do you like the look of letterpress? Have you tried it? Who’s ready to give it a try?

Letterpress Card Set by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

 

Supplies:

We R Memory Keepers

Fall Card with the Dial Trimmer

Hello We R Fans! Kimberly here with a card for fall! The leaves have begun to change and the nights are beginning to cool off. School is back in session and its back to Friday night lights! It was time to make a warm and cozy card with texture and the new We R Memory Keepers Dial Trimmer helped me achieve my goal! Check out this great new tool!

Fall Card featuring the Dial Trimmer by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

Feeling plaid-ish for fall, I grabbed this flannel-looking patterned paper from onecanoetwo’s Creekside collection. I wanted to make it feel like a cozy blanket. To add those edges and feel, I used the deckle edge on the Dial Trimmer.

Fall Card featuring the Dial Trimmer by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

The Dial Trimmer is SO fantastic! On the top of the trimmer are 6 different blades. Simply turn the dial to whichever blade you want, slide it down and cut! The Dial Trimmer also has an extendable arm, which means that cutting paper up to 12×12 inches is a breeze!

Fall Card featuring the Dial Trimmer by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

For the rest of my card, I used other parts from the Creekside collection. One of my favorite card-making tips is; fussy cut patterned paper. I cut the tag, the extra acorn, and the wood slices from different pieces of patterned paper. Instant embellishments!

Fall Card featuring the Dial Trimmer by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

Fall Card featuring the Dial Trimmer by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

Who is ready to snuggle up for fall?

Supplies:

We R Memory Keepers:

American Crafts/ onecanoetwo

Bazzill

Beach Themed Card with the Frame Punch Board

Hello We R Fans! Kimberly here with a summer card during Beach Week. When I think about the beach, I think towels and umbrellas, swimsuits and sunscreen, and most importantly, cute shades! Using my We R Memory Keepers Frame Punch Board, check out how easy it is to make these adorable sunglasses!

Frame Punch Board sunglasses card by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

When it’s summer, life is always seen through rose-colored glasses!

Frame Punch Board sunglasses card by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

These sunglasses look great on a card, but once again, I will be using these in my scrapbook too. So many color combinations to create!

Frame Punch Board by We R Memory Keepers

I began by cutting my patterned paper to 2” by 2.” Then I set the Frame Punch Board to .25” by moving each of the small teal tabs on the side of the punch. You can make the edges as thick or as thin as you desire by moving the tabs. Making sure my paper was flush to each tab, I punched. I continued that process for each corner.

Frame Punch Board by We R Memory Keepers

The tab for the cutting bar can be adjusted as well. I set it to .25” also and cut away the inside piece from the frame.

Frame Punch Board by We R Memory Keepers

If the tabs on the side of the punch are moved to the furthest position (which is clearly labeled, yay!), the corners of your frame can be rounded. Which was exactly what my sunglasses needed.

On the back of each frame a piece of colored acetate was adhered. I also added a nose bridge and sides with the same patterned paper. Nothing fancy, just hand cut pieces. It got even more summery feeling with more fun papers from the Crate Paper Cute Girl 6×6 paper pad.

Frame Punch Board sunglasses card by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

Who’s ready for days at the beach?

 

Supplies:

We R Memory Keepers:

Crate Paper:

Handmade Cards with the Supreme Ruler

Hi everybody! Soraya here today to show you a couple of cards I made with the Supreme Ruler, the Stitch Happy sewing machine, the 2 Edge Punch, and the Staple Board! Let’s go!

Handmade cards with the Supreme Ruler by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

To make these colorful cards, I selected 8 patterned papers that I trimmed with the Supreme Ruler in order to get 8 large stripes. Then I used a 2 Edge Punch to create the floral edges that I placed on a white cardstock with double sided tape.

Handmade cards with the Supreme Ruler by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

Handmade cards with the Supreme Ruler by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

Handmade cards with the Supreme Ruler by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

Using my Supreme Ruler again, I trimmed the excess and divided it in 3 cards. The Stitch Happy helped me adding texture and fun to the cards!

Handmade cards with the Supreme Ruler by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

Handmade cards with the Supreme Ruler by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

Handmade cards with the Supreme Ruler by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

I also added some white gesso before decorating them! The Staple Board allowed me to place some cute embellishments.

Handmade cards with the Supreme Ruler by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

Handmade cards with the Supreme Ruler by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

Handmade cards with the Supreme Ruler by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

Handmade cards with the Supreme Ruler by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

And voilà! This Supreme Ruler is so handy and easy to use. You will love it! I hope this card project will inspire you. Have fun and until next time!

Soraya.

Handmade cards with the Supreme Ruler by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

 

Supplies :

Supreme Ruler

Staple Board

2 Edge Punch

Stitch Happy sewing machine

Papers are from Crate Paper

Stitch Happy Card Kit and threads

White gesso

 

 

Summer Shaker Card

Hello We R fans! Kimberly here with a card using the Fuse tool. It’s time to start enjoying the lazy days of summer. When I think of summer days, I think of spending time by the water, dangling my feet off the dock, and floating in the water on inflatables. With that inspiration in mind, I used the Fuse tool and some Clear Fuse Sheets to create a wave-inspired shaker card.

Summer Shaker Card by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

Using the Fuse Ruler, I was able to create layers of waves, filled with sequins on my card. It is such a cool effect. And while this looks great on a card, I am thinking of doing this on a summer layout too!

Summer Shaker Card by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

After cutting my Clear Fuse Sheets to card size, I sealed the edges with the Fuse Tool using the straight edge of the Fuse Ruler. Then, using the fancy wave lines on the inside of the Fuse Ruler, I created small pockets. I started the wavy lines inside the edge seals, to keep it cleaner looking.

Summer Shaker Card by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

Once a wavy line was created by slowly following the edge with the Fuse Tool, sequins were added to the opening. Then the next wavy line was made. I continued the pattern until I reached the end of the clear sheet.

Summer Shaker Card by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

Some fun FUSE-ables papers were the base of my card. I added to those some great summery embellishments from the Dear Lizzy Lovely Day collection. Less Work, More Play? Yes, please!

Summer Shaker Card by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

What is your favorite lazy summer day activity? How will it inspire your next project?

 

Supplies:

We R Memory Keepers

American Crafts