Favorite Colors Project Roundup

Hello and Happy Friday friends! This week our team has shared projects inspired by some of their favorite colors. Did you notice a theme? Our designers all love gold and either teal or mint! We’re kind of partial to teal too. 😉

Color schemes are a great starting point for a project, and a perfect source for inspiration. Today we thought it would be fun to share some past blog projects that were inspired by a particular color scheme to help jumpstart your creativity.

We R Inspired by Colors

Pink and Gold Gift Wrap

Monochromatic color schemes can be so beautiful when done right. We love the various intensities of pink, complemented by the shimmery gold embossed paper in this lovely gift wrap project. That rich embossed texture is easy to achieve with the Evolution Advanced and Next Level Embossing Folders. Stunning! CLICK HERE for more gorgeous pink projects and details.

Swim Team Party Decor

School or team colors are a perfect source of inspiration if you’re throwing a party with a sports or graduation theme. This swim team party decor started with the team colors, and we just love how it turned out. The DIY Party Collection, Alphabet Punch Board, and Banner Punch Board made everything come together in a snap. So much fun! You can find more photos and instructions for this project HERE.



Mint, Gold, and Black Card

This beautiful card is another example of using a monochromatic color scheme. These colors, along with some other vibrant hues, are found in our older Urban Chic Collection. We love the grounding black color along with the other neutral, gold. Gorgeous! CLICK HERE for more photos and details about this project.


Olympics-Inspired Mini Album

This unique sports-themed mini album was inspired by the Olympic rings and colors. The circular pages are attached using the Crop-A-Dile II, and the colorful embellishments are from our older Flower Girl Collection. You can find more photos and details about this project on our blog HERE.



Colorful Scrapbook Page

This scrapbook layout was also made with our older Urban Chic Collection, but is basically limited to the aqua, black, white, and pink from the color scheme. Those colors complement each other perfectly! Remember, you don’t have to use all of the colors and patterns in a paper collection. CLICK HERE for more photos and details about this layout on our blog.


Thanks for joining us today. We hope you’ve found some colorful inspiration. Have a wonderful and crafty weekend friends! We’ll see you next week.

Handmade Cards with the Stitch Happy

Hello and welcome, Chantalle with you today! I’d love to share some cards I have created with the help of my amazing new Stitch Happy Sewing Machine. Gone are my days of adding stitching detail by hand to get a bolder effect. Being able to sew with multimedia threads like baker’s twine is a serious game changer!

Stitch Happy Cards by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

I’ve used the Stitch Happy Card Kit, and added stitching to create different effects on these three cards.

Stitch Happy Cards by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

The kit contains 61 pieces in all… Ten cards with envelopes and 35 pieces of ephemera – Plenty to create gorgeous layered cards! I love adding stitching to my projects as it just adds that touch of texture and detail. You can imagine my excitement when I saw that the multimedia threads came in metallic options – AH-MAZING!

Stitch Happy Cards by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

This birthday card has a sweet mini banner as an embellishment across the front.

Stitch Happy Cards by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

I started out with the sea green/aqua watermark print card and ran it through my Evolution Advanced with a stitched heart embossing folder by Amy Tangerine. I’ve chosen to use a landscape orientation for this one so my banner could have a bit more space to spread out across the front. I then chose some felt circles and cardstock heart die cuts from the Stitch Happy Card Kit and after layering them, I ran them through the sewing machine, leaving a few stitches in between to create a banner. (You can see from the middle photo, how I have left a little gap between where one circle ended and another begins to be fed under the foot.)

Stitch Happy Cards by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

The white multimedia thread really pops against the pink background! TIP: You could use this same method to create hanging banners as well!

Stitch Happy Cards by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

The wood grain print card makes use of the more natural shades in the kit. Another great thing about this kit is that it contains both masculine and feminine elements, so you have lots to work with! The letter ‘I’ has been fashioned from an “L” which comes in the kit (originally spelling ‘HELLO’) I have just snipped off the bottom of the letter to create a capital ‘L’.

Stitch Happy Cards by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

A fantastic feature of the Stitch Happy Sewing Machine is that it has a built in drawer for storage on the right hand side. Very handy for keeping your favourite shades of thread closehand!

The detail on this card has been enhanced by running lines of stitching, using the woodgrain lines as a guide, at intervals along the front of the card. NOTE: It’s a great idea to hide stitching inside a card by covering it with a piece of paper trimmed to size and adhered over the stitching. This creates a nice neat finish inside.

Stitch Happy by We R Memory Keepers

This ‘Shine’ card has a few metallic star bursts with the help of some shimmering Metallic Gold Multimedia Thread. This thread also comes in silver as well! NOTE: Remember to switch out your needle to a number 18 when using this thread weight.

Stitch Happy Cards by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

I traced where I wanted the star bursts to be around my die cut star shapes from the card kit and then went about creating the little lines. TIP: It’s a good idea to backstitch when you are doing such short lines to prevent your stitching coming loose.

Stitch Happy Cards by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

The large cork star is from a Heidi Swapp Minc Starter kit. I used the Minc Reactive Paint to activate the bottom half of the star and then ran it through my Minc Machine with Matte Gold Reactive Foil. I’ve never tried foiling cork before, so it may be slightly wonky, lol, but I do love the slightly distressed look the cork provides.

Stitch Happy Cards by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

I have absolutely no doubt you are going to be amazed by this clever sewing machine. Fabric… paper…. The opportunities to create are limitless!

Stitch Happy Cards by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

Thank you for stopping by the blog today!

Chantalle

 

Materials Used:

Stitch Happy Sewing Machine

Stitch Happy Card Kit

Stitch Happy Multimedia Needles

Stitch Happy Pressure Sensitive Foot Pedal

Stitch Happy Multimedia Thread in Citrine, White, Navy & Gold

Stitch Happy Multimedia Baker’s Twine in Mint

Heidi Swapp Minc Machine

Heidi Swapp Minc Matte Gold Reactive Foil

Minc Starter Kit

Heidi Swapp Gold Lamé Color Shine

Heidi Swapp Acrylic Words

Amy Tangerine ‘Love Spun’ Embossing Folder

Pink Paislee ‘Moonstruck’ Ephemera

Sticky Thumb Foam Dots

Evolution Advanced

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

Throwback Thursday: Interactive Mother’s Day Card

Happy Thursday friends! We hope you’re enjoying the beautiful Mother’s Day projects from our design team this week. Today we thought it would be fun to throw it back to a favorite Mother’s Day blog project from last year by design team member, Chantalle McDaniel. Check out her incredible interactive Mother’s Day Card, video included!

 

Hello We R fans and thank you for stopping in today. With a special day on the calendar fast approaching, I’d like to share a card that I created using the beautiful new Flower Girl collection. It would be perfect for your Mum or someone special you would like to show your appreciation to.

Interactive Mother's Day Card by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

While the idea for this card has been seen before (find a link to create your own here) the way in which you use your supplies and embellish it can make for a stunning and unique gift. I’ve used a combination of Bazzill cardstock for the base and the pretty floral prints of Flower Girl ‘Bouqet’ and ‘Rose Bud’ for the sleeve and inner tray lining.

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The inner tray and outer sleeve were created using my Envelope Punch board. Now, you might be thinking this is way too complex for you to give it a go, but I promise, it was surprisingly easy to put together.

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The little tray pulls out to reveal a pop up surprise. This effect is achieved by three small rows of folded cardstock which have been embellished using Flower Girl ephemera and stickers. I thought it would be a cute idea to add in some ’grass’ to compliment the flora and fauna. I used some DIY Party Fringe Tape in ‘Meadow’ and adhered a strip to the front of each row. I then used a very sharp pair of scissors to snip the squared off fringe in a haphazard fashion, creating the blades of grass.

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Towards the back of the tray there is enough to stash a small present like some chocolates, a gift card or a voucher. (You can adjust this area by spacing your rows a little further apart or closer together.)

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The sleeve can also be kept on the base, with the pop up elements on display in front. I’ve used a wreath shape ephemera on the top of the sleeve, along with two super cute pieces of Flower Girl wood veneer. The word ‘Mom’ was actually the word ‘moment’ from the Flower Girl accents sticker pack. I’ve snipped off the rest of the word and popped it on with a bit of foam tape.

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That cute spring is thanks to bits of acetate I’ve used to back the ephemera.

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Here’s a look at this fun interactive card in action:

I hope you will give this idea a go. It’s such fun to create and even more fun to receive!

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Happy crafting,

Chantalle

Supplies:

Envelope Punch board

Bazzill cardstock

Flower Girl 12×12:

‘Bouquet’

‘Rose Bud’

Flower Girl Ephemera

Flower Girl Wood Veneer Shapes

Flower Girl Puffy Stickers

Flower Girl Accent Stickers

DIY Party Fringe Tape in ‘Meadow’

Mother’s Day Card with the Mini Alphabet Punch Board

Happy Monday friends, and welcome to Mother’s Day Week here on the blog! This week our design team has cooked up some fabulous project inspiration to show the mother, grandmother, or mother figure in your life just how special they are. Kimberly gets us started with a beautiful card she made with the Mini Alphabet Punch Board!

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Hello We R Fans! Kimberly here today with a special card for Mother’s Day. There is no doubt how special the word “mom” truly is. The word evokes the love we feel for our moms, or mom figures. And for those of us fortunate enough, we know how the name “mom” sounds when coming from our children. (Except maybe after they scream it ten thousand times in row. Wink, wink.)

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

To keep the focus on mom and the love we have for our moms, I used the We R Memory Keepers Mini Alphabet Punch Board to create the letters “M-O-M.”

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

So often when I use this punch board, I use solid color paper. This time, I wanted to use the adorable, small heart patterned paper from Dear Lizzy’s Lovely Day.

Mini Alphabet Punch Board by We R Memory Keepers

Turns out, the way you put the paper in matters! Be sure to note when you punch your letters, which way you need the pattern to appear. After making the first “m” incorrectly, I saw that I needed to turn the paper sideways.

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

To embellish the letters, I used a Font Punch. These clever punches create shapes to add to your letters.

Font Punch by We R Memory Keepers

I punched several leaves from green cardstock using the Font Punch Serif Punch-Elegant. It creates three different shapes with one punch. I chose to only use the leaves, as it worked into my flowery theme.

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

On a couple of the leaves, I added Lovely Day Puffy Stickers with flowers. I also added the word love to my card. This embellishment from the Lovely Day Ephemera pack has rose gold foil on it, adding a special touch

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

This card is larger than normal, as it is an A9 card. I see my mom on Mother’s Day, or send her a package, so slipping this large card into her gift is easy.

Have you started a card for your mom or mom figure yet?

Supplies:

We R Memory Keepers:

American Crafts, Lovely Day:

Shaker Baby Cards

Happy Friday We R friends! I hope you’ve enjoyed all the baby inspiration this week. Today I’m going to finish things off with a set of boy & girl shaker baby cards that I made with my Photo Sleeve Fuse, along with some FUSEables plastic paper and embellishments.

Shaker Baby Cards by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

 

Shaker Baby Cards by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

I started by heating up my Fuse tool for 10 minutes. It’s important to let it heat up long enough to get the best results. Then, I used some 2 inch plastic pouches to create shaker pockets, filling them with sequins, and fusing the four sides to the back of the FUSEables card windows. Then I fused the back flap of the card front closed, for a more finished look on the inside of the card.

For the girl card, I added some FUSEables plastic ephemera to the card front with my Fuse tool. No adhesive necessary with the FUSEables plastic paper and Fuse tool! And, I love the way the fused lines look like stitching.

Shaker Baby Cards by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

I added a small self-adhesive label where I had typed the word “BABY” with my Typecast typewriter. I love how easy it is to add text to my projects with the Typecast!

To make the boy card, I made the circle window into a baby rattle by cutting a handle from some FUSEables paper with my Cameo.

Shaker Baby Cards by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

For a tutorial on how to cut plastic sheets with the Cameo, CLICK HERE.

Next, I cut a ring out with my circle cutter to go around the shaker window and glued it to the card front.

I finished it off with some FUSEables ephemera, again with only my Fuse tool and no adhesive!

Shaker Baby Cards by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Thanks for joining me today. I hope you’ve found some helpful project inspiration. Enjoy your weekend, and be sure to check back next week!

Supplies:

Photo Sleeve Fuse
Heat Resistant Mat
FUSEables card kit

Spring Card

Hey there We R Memory Keepers friends and fans, Becki here. I’m so excited to share with you an adorable Easter card and envelope I created using the tag punch and the 1-2-3 Punch Board.

Spring Card by Becki Adams for We R Memory Keepers

I have a little bit of a tag fetish so the tag punch is a favorite of mine. I knew it would make a perfect embellishment to the front of my card. It’s SO easy to use. I simply cut a 2″ strip of patterned paper and punched it with the tag punch. Then, I used the 1-2-3 Punch Board to round the corners of the tag. I love that I could round the corners of the tag without reaching for an additional tool.

Spring Card by Becki Adams for We R Memory Keepers

Spring Card by Becki Adams for We R Memory Keepers

The “Lovely Day” collection from our friends at American Crafts has such a fun spring feel. The patterned papers and embellishments I used to create this card are from this collection.

Spring Card by Becki Adams for We R Memory Keepers

When I had the card completed I created an envelope with the 1-2-3 Punch Board and coordinating patterned paper. On the closure flap of the envelope I adhered a small bow. I love that I one punch board has SO many uses. I keep this punch board within reach of my desk because of this reason. I can use it for so many things.

Thank you for stopping by the We R Memory Keepers blog. I’ll see you again soon!

 

Supplies:

1-2-3 Punch Board

DIY Party Paper Punch Tag

Doily Punch

Lovely Day collection

Paper trimmer

adhesive tape runner

liquid glue

Precision Press Valentine Cards

Hello everyone! Eva Pizarro today on the blog showing you some Valentine’s Cards made with the Rose Layered Stamps and my Precision Press

Precision Press Valentine Cards by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers

The Precision Press is perfect for beginner stampers, you can stamp two or three times without risking to move your design. For this cards I created a background with my stamp, my Precision Press worked perfectly because you can see exactly where you are stamping!

Create a  heart mask with lightweight paper and put some white cardstock underneath. Hold everything with some washi tape.

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Place your stamp over your paper, close the Precision Press and stamp all 3 layers of your design.

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Once you are done move your stamp repeat the process.

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Fill your design with flowers and remove the card.

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Use your Typecast Typewriter to add a sentiment and a sewing machine to make some borders for your heart shape.

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I did two different cards. For the first one, I cut my design and adhere it to a folded piece of patterned paper. I did a zig zag stich all around my heart shape and used papers from the My Funny Valentine collection by Pebbles Inc.

Precision Press Valentine Cards by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers

For the other card I stitched all around my heart to make the heart stand out and then layered some patterned papers on the back.

Precision Press Valentine Cards by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers

I love how these cards turned out! Now you can create your own patterns with different colors and stamps! The Precision Press is going to make everything easier!

Precision Press Valentine Cards by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers

 

Eva

 

Supplies:

Precision Press
Typecast Typewriter
Layered Stamp
My Funny Valentine Paper Pad

 

Handmade Cards with the Evolution Advanced

Hello We R friends and Happy New Year!

It’s Chantalle with you today and I’m so happy to be able to share some more ideas with you in 2017. Being a part of the We R Memory Keepers team continues to be a dream come true! I’ve been playing with my clever Evolution Advanced machine and created some cards with a bit of a twist.

Evolution Advanced Card Set by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

Embossing and die cutting has never been easier, thanks to the Evolution’s universal platform system. For this interactive birthday card, I have used a couple of metal die shapes – a Bow and a part of the new Gift Card Holder die set.

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I’ve used a piece of the die set, which would normally create the bottom section of the gift card holder sleeve. The die was placed over some DIY Party Vellum, onto my Lifestyle Crafts Magnetic Mat. This mat is AWESOME. I love the fact that I can make use of exact placement (just look at how tight the spacing is on that piece of vellum!)

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I folded the sleeve up and taped it shut on three sides, as per the fold guides. The sleeve has been embellished with some beautiful ‘Moonstruck’ Washi Stickers and Ephemera from Pink Paislee.

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The sleeve lifts off to reveal a little battery operated birthday candle. Make a wish!

I’ve adhered the candle to a Moonstruck journalling card from the Ephemera pack. Underneath, I marked out where the switch for the candle sat and used my kraft knife to carefully cut out the area, enabling the receiver to switch the candle off when not in use.

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My next card makes use of a bit of embossing. Did you know that you can use your Next Level Embossing Folders with more than just paper?

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I remember using this technique in a class I taught once, which was super fun! I’ve cut down a sheet of thin metal into about business card size. I then placed this inside my Heart embossing folder and ran it through my Evolution. Doesn’t it look fabulous! One of the hearts has been given a splash of colour with an alcohol marker.

Note: This cute embossing folder comes in a twin pack with a dot pattern one as well.

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To finish off my shining tag, I used my Crop-a-Dile to punch a hole near the top. I then used my Crop-A–Dile Scallop/Stub Corner Chomper tool to give the top corners a decorative edge. The tag was finished off with a bit of thin black ribbon and a coordinating tag, created with one of my favourite tools – the DIY Tag Punch. My tags were placed onto some black cardstock, over which I have adhered a 3×4 journalling element, cut from a sheet of  #1 Moonstruck 12×12 paper.

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To echo the dark script print I’ve used on my card, I have used some black glitter texture paste through a script stencil.

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The ends of my ribbon were also given a professional finish, thanks to my Ribbon Cutter. If you use a lot of ribbon on your projects you will love how easy it is to cut and seal your end pieces on giftwrap or bows etc.

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My third card makes used of some die cutting as well. Instead of making a formal card, I’ve created a little gift envelope, which has been fashioned out of some Bazzill Printed Acetate and my Envelope Punch Board. (Another must have tool for your stash!!)

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I love that one can grab a sneak peek of what’s inside the envelope. I’ve typed up a personalized birthday wish for a friend directly on to the journaling card, using my Typecast Typewriter.

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Below the note is another journaling card, which I have cut to a specific shape to hold a special treat, in the form of a gift card. Using the same Gift Card Holder die set from earlier, I went about die cutting, with only the bottom bit of the die set, which has the notch area to hold a card as shown below.

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Pop a card into the notch and you’re all set to give a great gift! The top note and bottom card holder have been joined together with an eyelet, set by my Crop-A-Dile.

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I hope these ideas will inspire you to try a different take on your next special card. Thank you for joining me today.

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Til next time!

 

Chantalle

 

 

Supplies:

 

Evolution Advanced

Next Level Embossing Folder

Typecast Typewriter

Typecast Journaling cards (pink/gold & blue/rose gold)

Bazzill Printed Acetate

Ribbon Cutter

Envelope Punch Board

Gift Card Holder Die Set

Bow metal die

Crop-a-Dile

Crop-a-Dile Corner Chomper scallop/stub

DIY Party Vellum Pad

DIY Party Tag Punch

 

Pink Paislee Moonstruck:

06, 01, 10 12×12 papers

Vellum

Ephemera

Word Jumble Stickers

Puffy Stickers

Washi Stickers

Make a Card with the Tab Punch Board

Hello We R Fans! Kimberly here with a card using the Tab Punch Board. This is such a fun punch board! Not only can I make custom file folders to feed my organization obsession, but I thought I could make a darling file folder shaped card!

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I started by creating a standard card base from double-sided patterned paper. Having bright and fun patterns on both sides of the Oh Happy Life Around Town paper would create a darling file folder card! I cut the paper to 5.5” x 8.5.”

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Following the easy instructions included with the Tab Punch Board, I punched my paper twice and trimmed away one strip of paper. It’s really that easy! Once the tab was punched, I scored the patterned paper with my Trim and Score Board to create the fold. (Scored at 4.25” on the 8.5” side.)

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I decorated the front with fussy-cut flowers from the Good Morning paper from Oh Happy Life. Fussy-cutting is when objects are cut out with scissors. The gorgeous flowers on the patterned paper were perfect for this technique and created wonderful custom accents for my card! Some of the flowers were along the edge of the patterned paper, leaving a straight edge, instead of a full image. Those worked out to create a unique card front because I could place the flowers down the left side. The front was finished with a small strip of heart patterned paper, a sentiment sticker, and a few rhinestones for shine.

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Check out how cute this tab is! It was the perfect place to add another sentiment sticker, and allow the inside pattern to shine through as well!

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On the inside of the file folder card, I added more Oh Happy Life patterned paper, a sentiment cut from a journaling card, and a few more flowers. The yellow flower sits on the score of the card, so to allow the file folder card to still open and close, I simply placed the flower in the Trim and Score Board and scored it down the middle.

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How will you use your Tab Punch Board?

 

Supplies:

Tab Punch Board

Trim and Score Board

Gem Stickers-Mini Rhinestones, Light Rhinestones

American Crafts Oh Happy Life Patterned Paper-Around Town, Good Morning, All Smiles, No Worries

Pink Paislee Moonstruck-Word Jumble Stickers with Gold Foil