Summer Card with the Precision Press Advanced

Hi there We R friends, Nancy here today with a look at the Precision Press Advanced. I love crisp stamped images on stamping projects and this tool comes in handy! Let’s create a card with ombre images with a design twist.

Summer Card with the Precision Press Advanced by Nancy Damiano for We R Memory Keepers

There are certainly ombre ink pads that could be purchased, but I’m more of a use what I have kind of gal. I pulled out two shades of pigment inks in pink, orange, green and blue. The Precision Press Advanced and a solid center stamp will bring this card to life!

Summer Card with the Precision Press Advanced by Nancy Damiano for We R Memory Keepers

Use the removal stamp plate and place the clear stamp. Next, using the darker pigment ink up half of the image and then add the lighter shade to the opposite side. Don’t worry about the overlap, it will create a beautiful hue.

Summer Card with the Precision Press Advanced by Nancy Damiano for We R Memory Keepers

This is what the image will look like after the first stamp attempt. Now this is where the Precision Press Advanced shines – you can keep inking and restamping getting a perfectly aligned image every single time. The press allows you to continue building layers of color until you have a clear, crisp image! This image took three passes to complete.

Summer Card with the Precision Press Advanced by Nancy Damiano for We R Memory Keepers

The Precision Press Advanced is also key when stamping sentiments. Here I used it to place two layers of embossing ink on the cardstock. The extra layer of ink results in a bolder title.

Summer Card with the Precision Press Advanced by Nancy Damiano for We R Memory Keepers

This is what the card looks like completed. It took just an hour to create this intricate look with the Precision Press Advanced. It lined up perfectly every single time and made for a quick and easy process!

Summer Card with the Precision Press Advanced by Nancy Damiano for We R Memory Keepers

Supplies:

Prescision Press Advanced

Throwback Thursday: Boxed Wedding Invitation

We’re still big fans of this gorgeous boxed wedding invitation Kimberly created for a beach themed wedding. We just love the embossing details and the stunning acetate envelope filled with confetti! Learn how to make it below.

Hello We R Fans! Kimberly here with a fun way to send a wedding invitation. Wedding invitations are the first impression guests will get of your upcoming wedding.  Creating a unique and memorable invitation is easy with a few tools and supplies from We R Memory Keepers.

boxed wedding invitation Kimberly Crawford

Before starting the invitation, I looked at my 1-2-3 Punch Board size chart to see what size envelopes I could possibly create. When I chose the 5” x 7.5” envelope, I was ready to begin making my invitation. I printed my information out onto specialty paper. On the back, I layered a piece of gold paper for an elegant touch.

boxed wedding invitation 8 Kimberly Crawford

Because this will be a destination wedding, at a beach, I thought using the Next Level Embossing Folder Wave would be a fantastic touch of texture. The embossing folder is not long enough to emboss the whole piece of cardstock, so I embossed one half and then the other. Where the two edges meet, the ridges will be covered up by the front and back panels of cardstock.

boxed wedding invitation 3 Kimberly Crawford

The envelope for this invitation is where the whole idea started. I knew I could create an envelope that would be like a box, with tall sides.  The 1-2-3 Punch Board makes it very easy to create. Using a sheet of Clearly Posh Acetate, I punched and scored the envelope according to the directions.

boxed wedding invitation 2 Kimberly Crawford

Once the sides were adhered together, I placed the invitation inside. Because the envelope is like a box, I have space to add fun touches like DIY Party Confetti, or even small shells.

boxed wedding invitation 4 Kimberly Crawford

To close the invitation, I used a gold foil sticker.  Topped with a small sea shell, the look is complete.

boxed wedding invitation 5 Kimberly Crawford

You can see the sides of the envelope and how it holds everything beautifully!

boxed wedding invitation 6 Kimberly Crawford

Tips for mass producing wedding invitations:

  • Gather your fiancé, friends, and family and make fun afternoon of creating!
  • Gather all the supplies you will need first, make sure you have enough paper, supplies, and adhesives. Be sure and have extras on hand for when mistakes happen.
  • Create each part of the invitation all at once. Print all the invitations. Cut all the papers. Score all the lines, etc. You can give each job to one person.

boxed wedding invitation 7 Kimberly Crawford

 

Supplies:

1-2-3 Punch Board

Next Level Embossing Folders: Wave

Clearly Posh Acetate Sheet: Confetti Dot with Gold Foil

DIY Party Confetti Metallic

Oh Goodie! Foil Stickers; Gold Starburst

Letterpress Wedding Card

Hello We R Fans! Kimberly here and it is wedding season. There is something about making a wedding card that makes you want to create something full of elegance and texture. Using a couple tools from We R Memory Keepers, I was able to easily make a gorgeous card for someone’s special day.

Letterpress Wedding Card by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

Nothing says elegance to me like letterpress. The Evolution creates a deep and beautiful impession, simply.

Letterpress Wedding Card by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

To the floral letterpress plate, I added silver ink. This ink is a pigment formula ink, meaning it will stay wetter longer, which is what is needed for the best results when creating this look. I placed my paper over the top of the inked plate, set that inside the letterpress platform, and passed it through the Evolution. (Use the Letterpress setting on the side of the machine. Its one easy turn of the knob for the correct pressure.)

Letterpress Wedding Card by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

With a few turns of the handle, I was able to make this cardstock truly fabulous. Look at the embossing and how the silver shimmers inside of it.

Letterpress Wedding Card by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

To reinforce the theme of the day, I used the Happy Jig to create the word love from silver wire. All the pegs and a pair of wire cutters are included in the Happy Jig and I love that they all store inside the tool.

We R Memory Keepers Happy Jig

The instructions for creating the word love are in the book enclosed with the Happy Jig. (If you are looking for more patterns, be sure and check out the We R Happy Jig Instagram account for more ideas and designs.)

Letterpress Wedding Card by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

To adhere the wire word to my card, I applied a strong glue to the back of the wire.

Letterpress Wedding Card by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

Here is to a summer of love!

 

Supplies:

We R Memory Keepers:

Graduation Shaker Card

Hey there We R fans, Nancy here with a look at the some We R punches and all the ways they can be used to create a beautiful graduation card. Punches are a great way to add some pizazz to any creation! They are easy to use and can pack a powerful punch of design interest!

Hey there We’R fans, Nancy here with a look at the some We R punches and all the ways they can be used to create a beautiful graduation card. Punches are a great way to add some pizazz to any creation! They are easy to use and can pack a powerful punch of design interest!  [Congrats 01]  To create this fun shaker card, begin with a white card base with a large die cut circle in the center. Use the Clear Cut Circle Punch to center another circle through the back of the card. This adds a nice clear window accent to the card base.   [Congrats 02]  Use the Sprinkles Punch and an array of rainbow colored cardstock to create the filler for your shaker. This punch has a very handy catch tray that keeps all of those tiny pieces in a neat spot until you are ready to use them up!  [Congrats 03]  To create the shaker, use the Fuse tool and a page protector to create a small pocket that fills the window of the card. Fill it with the sprinkle punch pieces and tiny sequins. Before you attach the shaker to the front panel, don’t forget to use the Precision Press Advanced to add the sentiment to the front of the card. This nifty tool gives you a perfectly stamped impression every single time. It’s very handy if you have a hard time aligning stacked sentiments like in this card.   [Congrats 04]  A few small embellishments are all it takes to create a fun and unique shaker card. Using punches is a great way to give your cards a little pop!   SUPPLIES: Clear Cut Circle Punch, Sprinkles Punch, Precision Press Advanced

To create this fun shaker card, begin with a white card base with a large die cut circle in the center. Use the Clear Cut Circle Punch to center another circle through the back of the card. This adds a nice clear window accent to the card base.

Make a shaker card with the Clear Cut Punches by We R Memory Keepers

Use the Sprinkles Punch and an array of rainbow colored cardstock to create the filler for your shaker. This punch has a very handy catch tray that keeps all of those tiny pieces in a neat spot until you are ready to use them up!

The DIY Party Sprinkle Punch by We R Memory Keepers

To create the shaker, use the Fuse tool and a page protector to create a small pocket that fills the window of the card. Fill it with the sprinkle punch pieces and tiny sequins. Before you attach the shaker to the front panel, don’t forget to use the Precision Press Advanced to add the sentiment to the front of the card. This nifty tool gives you a perfectly stamped impression every single time. It’s very handy if you have a hard time aligning stacked sentiments like on this card.

Hey there We’R fans, Nancy here with a look at the some We R punches and all the ways they can be used to create a beautiful graduation card. Punches are a great way to add some pizazz to any creation! They are easy to use and can pack a powerful punch of design interest!  [Congrats 01]  To create this fun shaker card, begin with a white card base with a large die cut circle in the center. Use the Clear Cut Circle Punch to center another circle through the back of the card. This adds a nice clear window accent to the card base.   [Congrats 02]  Use the Sprinkles Punch and an array of rainbow colored cardstock to create the filler for your shaker. This punch has a very handy catch tray that keeps all of those tiny pieces in a neat spot until you are ready to use them up!  [Congrats 03]  To create the shaker, use the Fuse tool and a page protector to create a small pocket that fills the window of the card. Fill it with the sprinkle punch pieces and tiny sequins. Before you attach the shaker to the front panel, don’t forget to use the Precision Press Advanced to add the sentiment to the front of the card. This nifty tool gives you a perfectly stamped impression every single time. It’s very handy if you have a hard time aligning stacked sentiments like in this card.   [Congrats 04]  A few small embellishments are all it takes to create a fun and unique shaker card. Using punches is a great way to give your cards a little pop!   SUPPLIES: Clear Cut Circle Punch, Sprinkles Punch, Precision Press Advanced

A few small embellishments are all it takes to create a fun and unique shaker card. Using punches is a great way to give your cards a little pop!

 

SUPPLIES:

Clear Cut Circle Punch

Sprinkles Punch

Precision Press Advanced

 

 

 

Mother’s Day Card

Hello We R fans! Kimberly here with a special Mother’s Day card. There is nothing better than making our moms feel special, especially with a handmade card! But what is even better is when some great tools from We R Memory Keepers and a cute paper pad from DCWV make it quick and easy. Because, let’s face it, we need some time for ourselves on Mother’s Day too!

Mother's Day Card by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

This card started with the Paper Party Stack from DCWV. This pad is full of great patterned papers, but also a fun bonus…

Mother's Day Card by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers featuring the Mini Alphabet Punch Board and the DCWV Inc Paper Party Stack

…pre-cut pieces that create rolled flowers! When I saw these rolled flowers, I knew they would make the perfect “O” in mom. What a huge wow factor!

Mother's Day Card by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

To begin, I cut my patterned paper for my card layers with the We R Memory Keepers Trim & Score Board. This 12×12 trimmer folds up, so it sits on your work space easily. Plus, when making a card, I can choose to score and create a clean fold on my card stock.

Mother's Day Card by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

To create the two ms for mom, I used the We R Memory Keepers Mini Alphabet Punch Board. The letter m can be made two different ways, both are shown in the book that comes with the board. I chose the one-piece method, due to the patterned in the paper I had chosen.

Mother's Day Card by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers featuring the Mini Alphabet Punch Board

To give some extra depth to the card, and to make the word mom really stand out, I applied the letters to the card with foam adhesive.

Mother's Day Card by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

A beautiful Mother’s Day card made easily. Isn’t that the best?! How do you make your Mother’s day cards extra special?

Mother's Day Card by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

 

Supplies:

We R Memory Keepers:

DCWV:

Handmade Card with the Hand Tools

Hey there We’R fans, Nancy here with a look at some of the versatile Hand Tools. These are quality crafting basics that make creating a snap. These are the things that I reach for frequently for all different types of projects. Today, let’s take a look at this detailed card and all the Hand Tools that helped bring it together.

Handmade Card with the Hand Tools by Nancy Damiano for We R Memory Keepers

To create the woven background use the Mini Rotary Cutter and some cardstock to create a textured background. The rotary cutter makes this complicated looking technique, easy as rolling it down a strip of cardstock. Using a sturdy ruler speeds up the process of creating strips that of the same width.

Handmade Card with the Hand Tools by Nancy Damiano for We R Memory Keepers

My favorite of all the hand tools are these Precision Scissors. They are extra sharp, compact and make getting into tight corners a cinch. I used them here to create a simple fringe border for the bottom of the card. They can also be used to cut out stamped images.

Handmade Card with the Hand Tools by Nancy Damiano for We R Memory Keepers

Last but not least, is the Bone Folder. I love how big this folder is and it gave my folded card the crisp edge that give it a very finished look.

Handmade Card with the Hand Tools by Nancy Damiano for We R Memory Keepers

The We’R Hand Tools are perfect for your crafter’s toolbox. These are the tools that we reach for over and over again. The ones that make our crafty lives easier. Check out the full selection of products and put them to the test!

Handmade Card with the Hand Tools by Nancy Damiano for We R Memory Keepers

SUPPLIES: Hand Tools; Precision Scissors, Bone Folder, Mini Rotary Cutter

 

 

Happy Jig Card

Hey there We’R fans, Nancy here with a closer look at the Happy Jig. It’s a way to re-wire how we thinking about crafting. The Happy Jig lets you create custom words and shapes in a rainbow of colors. Now let’s take a look at how to create a simple embellished card.

Happy Jig Card by Nancy Damiano for We R Memory Keepers

Start by using the Happy Jig guide book to place small, medium and large pegs in the grid for the design you have chosen. Here, I chose the coffee cup and the rose gold wire to create this warm treat. The directions are easy to follow and this cup took me just minutes to create. You can also find additional design guides on the We R Memory Keepers Instagram account. I will be using graph paper to create some of the own custom shapes in the future!

We R Memory Keepers Happy Jig

One of the best things I love about the Happy Jig is that includes storage right in the tool base itself. A place for the included wirecutters and pegs is convenient and neat – that’s my kind of organization. I like how easy it is the keep all of those little pegs handy.

We R Memory Keepers Happy Jig

To adhere the lightweight wire shape, use embroidery floss and a few stitches to sew it to the background. Next, use watercolors to add color to the center of the coffee cup shape. Stamp the sentiment and adhere a border of patterned paper to the edge of the card.

Happy Jig Card by Nancy Damiano for We R Memory Keepers

The Happy Jig is such a fun and innovative way to make custom wire shapes. I love how flexible and easy the wire is to work with. The fun colors are an added bonus! The Happy Jig is compact and contains storage for all components. It packs a wide variety of design possibilities and shapes!

 

SUPPLIES: Happy Jig, Happy Jig Wire Bundle

 

Make a Card with the Tag Punch Board

Hey there We R fans, Nancy here to day with a look at the new Tag Punch Board. I always have a hard time getting the slopes on my tags to match, so this tool really comes in handy! Today I’m going to make a bed of layered cards for a card base.

Tag Punch Board Card by Nancy Damiano for We R Memory Keepers

To create the tags, I chose gold, salmon and white cardstock in three different widths. Using the Tag Punch Board is as easy as lining the top of the tag and using the blade just like a regular trimmer.

Tag Punch Board Card by Nancy Damiano for We R Memory Keepers

Flip the tag over, repeat the trim and you have a perfectly even tag every single time. It even includes a small hole punch tool for the top of the tags. I made about a dozen tags in a few minutes.

Tag Punch Board Card by Nancy Damiano for We R Memory Keepers

The background of the card is a very pale yellow ombre pattern. Then the three tags were layered with foam tape in a cascade. This creates a nice backdrop full of texture and color. Next a variety of flower, border and sentiment die cuts were used to finish off the card.

Tag Punch Board Card by Nancy Damiano for We R Memory Keepers

The Tag Punch Board makes for quick, simple and perfectly beautiful tags every time!

Supplies:

Tag Punch Board

Stamped Card and Envelope

Hello We R Fans! Kimberly Crawford here with a card and matching envelope. When you are stamping, its wonderful to be able to not only create custom-colored images, but also coordinating projects like envelopes. We R Memory Keepers has all the tools to help you create stamped cards with ease.

Stamped Card and Envelope by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

My card began with color inspiration from the Cedar Lane 6×6 Paper Pad. From there, I choose the Rose Layered Stamp set to create my card.

Stamped Card and Envelope by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

The layered stamp sets include a guide image. It is a stamp that assists in perfectly lining up your images. Because of my project, today I did not use that guide image, but it is very handy. The other three images in the set include layers. These layers build up the image and create a lot of depth.

We R Memory Keepers Layered Stamps

You can see how the layers build upon one another. Also notice the acrylic block I am using to stamp my image. I really like the lines on the block. The lines meet in the middle and go all the way across. Having those lines really helps line up your images.

We R Memory Keepers Acrylic Blocks

While I was stamping my main image for my card, I also decided to stamp a liner for my envelope.

Stamped Card and Envelope by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

Stamped Card and Envelope by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

I stamped my rose image repeatedly onto white text-weight paper.  (so as to not add bulk to my envelope) Using my Envelope Punch Board, I created a simple liner. What a special touch to add, with ease!

Stamped Card and Envelope by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

I trimmed my second stamped rose out and adhered it with foam. This added a ton of depth to my card. The finishing touch to the card was a bit of Stitch Happy Multimedia Baker’s Twine.

Have you tried Layered Stamps yet?

 

Supplies:

We R Memory Keepers:

American Crafts:

Gate Fold Valentine

Hey there, We R Memory Keepers friends and fans, Becki here, to share with you a card that I created using the brand new 3 Way Corner Punch. I had so much fun creating this gate fold Valentine.

 

The trim and score board is perfect for card making because you can cut and score with the same tool! No more switching tools to score. The card base for this card is 4” x 8” cut from white cardstock. After cutting the card base, I scored it at the 2” mark and the 6” mark to create the gates on the front of the card. After folding the gates into the center of the card, I rounded each of the 4 corners (with the gates folded closed) with the 10mm corner rounder. The 3 way corner punch punched through the folded cardstock perfectly.

After I had the card base create, I cut patterned paper to go on all the panels of the card. The patterned papers that go on the gates are slightly smaller than 2”x 4” and the inside panel is slightly smaller than 4” square. I used the 3 way corner rounder to round the corners of the patterned paper too. I love that the corners have the exact same radius.

When all the patterned papers were adhered to the card base, it was time for embellishments and a sentiment. I made sure that all the embellishments were adhered well so that when I send the card in the mail, they will stay securely in place. Above the “lots” portion of the sentiment I added a small piece of white cardstock so that I can add a small handwritten message with the card. I rounded the corners of the white cardstock with the 7mm corner rounder. The 10mm was perfect for the outside corners of the card but a little too round for the small piece of cardstock. I loved not having to find another tool to change the radius of the corner.

I love how this cute little card turned out and I love the ease of creating the card with just two tools. Thank you for stopping by the We R Memory Keepers blog. I’ll see you again soon!

 

Supplies:

Trim and Score Board

3 Way Corner Punch

Crate Paper Main Squeeze collection