Holiday Card Set

Hello and welcome to Holiday Card Week, We R Fans!

I so admire really organized people… the ones that think ahead and organize things like holiday cards well in advance. I am more of a last-minute kinda girl who dreams of well managed time, lol.

A small step in the right direction, are these little cards I created using some sweet Crate Paper Snow & Cocoa papers and a few of my fave We R tools.

Holiday Card Set by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

 

Can Christmas cards be black you might ask? Oh yes indeed! I am loving the way the red contrasts with the dark tones and the subtle pink and mint tones and cute characters are uplifting. This little card has a Bazzill Dotted base in ‘Pepper’ below some layered squares and mini embellies.

Holiday Cards by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

 

I have used my very awesome new Square Punch Board to create a few squares which I’ve machine stitched together. Simply adjust the rulers on either side to create the size square or rectangle you need, then slide your paper in and punch. Simple as that!

Square Punch Board by We R Memory Keepers

Here’s a little close up of this card. At 3×3 inches it’s a great size to hand out to my children’s classmates for end of year celebrations.

Holiday Cards by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers
This snowman card is 4×6 size and has some punched circles on it which I made using my Circle Clear Cut Punch.

Holiday Cards by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

How fabulous is this holographic paper by DCWV! The Traditional Holiday 6×6 Stack comes with glitter, foil and lots of other awesome finishes – perfect for the holiday season.

Clear Cut Circle Punch by We R Memory Keepers

This cardstock is Bazzill speciality ’Black Tie’ and has a beautiful metallic shimmer to it. The card has been finished off with some hand cut elements and adhesive sequins.

Holiday Cards by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

Holiday Cards by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

My third card uses Letterpress and some simple paper tags sewn together.

Holiday Cards by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

I’ve run some black Bazzill basic textured cardstock through my Evolution Advanced with the ‘Happy’ sentiment from my Letterpress Kit. I’ve used white mixed media ink and it worked a treat!

Evolution Advanced and Letterpress Kit by We R Memory Keepers

Some tiny handcut trees, a smidge of stamping and a bit of stitching finish this one off.

Holiday Cards by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

Now to make a few more of these!

Holiday Cards by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

Happy cardmaking!

 

Chantalle

 

Materials Used:

 

DCWV Very Merry 12×12 Premium Stack

Evolution Advanced

LetterPress Kit

Square Punch Board

Snow & Cocoa Stamp Set

Snow & Cocoa ‘Let’s Play’ 12×12

Snow & Cocoa ‘At Home’ 12×12

Snow & Cocoa ‘Wonderland’ 12×12

Snow & Cocoa ‘Fallen Snow 12×12

Snow & Cocoa ‘Blizzard’ 12×12

Black Adhesive Sequins

DCWV Traditional Holiday 6×6 Stack

Bazzill Dotted ‘Pepper’cardstock

Bazzill Black Tie cardstock

Circle Clear Cut Punch

 

 

 

 

Holiday Gift Bags

Hello and welcome We R Fans!

I can’t believe that Christmas is just a few short weeks around the corner! We must be having fun because time sure is flying!

Now is a great time to make a start on those festive projects like cards and kris kringle gift ideas. These quick and easy gift bags created with the new DCWV Very Merry Premium 12×12 Stack and my Envelope Punch Board are sure to impress!

Holiday Gift Bags featuring the We R Memory Keepers Envelope Punch Board and DCWV Very Merry Premium Stack

Holiday Gift Bags featuring the We R Memory Keepers Envelope Punch Board and DCWV Very Merry Premium Stack

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – my Envelope Punch Board is one of my most favourite WeR tools. It’s so easy to use and produces perfect results every time.

Holiday Gift Bags featuring the We R Memory Keepers Envelope Punch Board and DCWV Very Merry Premium Stack
The Very Merry 12×12 Stack comes bursting with rich festive prints and luxurious foil detail. There wasn’t a print I didn’t like and has both neutrals, traditional gingham and also includes some journaling spots. Another great thing about this pad is that the paper is double sided so the inside of my bags had a pretty print and a bit of colour contrast!

Holiday Gift Bags featuring the We R Memory Keepers Envelope Punch Board and DCWV Very Merry Premium Stack

I was thrilled to learn a new way to create using this particular punch board. I have shown some highlight shots below, but you can also click here to watch a video tutorial.

 

TO START:

You will need a sheet of 12×12 paper for each bag

A ruler and craft knife or scissors

Adhesive

 

  • Next, you are going to make your first punch at 1 ½ inches and score down along the line. Rotate your paper 90 counter clockwise and then punch at 3 inches and score. Rotate again and punch and 1 ½ and score and then rotate again and punch and score at 3 inches.

 

  • Now, flip the paper over and lining up the score lines, depending on which one is visible at the particular corner, go about punching and scoring at the same intervals. Rotating the paper as before.

 

  • Once you have all the punch and score lines created, you will see your grid kinda divides into a thinner section and a thicker band through the middle. We are going to create some extra score lines to create the little triangular ‘flaps’ (for lack of a better word) that will form the inside of the bag and the closure. If you see the third image in the collage below, you can see how I have run a line across each of the four corners so that the triangular part folds in.

 

  • You can also go ahead and round the corners of the little triangle shapes you have punched.

 

  • Now, one uses either scissors or a knife and ruler (I used my Supreme Ruler which was big enough to run across the whole 12×12) and cut from the top point of the thicker band down towards the centre of the paper on either side. Don’t cut into the thinner band. Repeat on the opposite side so you have two large bands of paper. (These will fold up to form the front and back of the bag.)

 

  • For the side of the bag, we have to do a little more trimming. If you look at image 5 below, you can see I have shown some lines where we are going to create some cuts. You can use scissors and trim about an inch away from the fold line of the thinner band. DON’T cut along the fold line as you won’t be able to close your bag.

Cut four of these lines and you will end up with a cross shape.

 

  • Image 6: Fold in the bits we have created above, run some adhesive on the underside of each closure flap and fold up your bag.

 

  • You’ll be left with a rectangular shape. Fold three of the flaps inside the bag, as shown in image 7 leaving one open which will fold over the bag at the end to close.

 

  • To give the bag it’s shape, gently pinch the corners near the top and squeeze together, creating a soft ‘v’ shape on each side.

 

  • Fold the last flap over the top and you are good to go!

Holiday Gift Bags featuring the We R Memory Keepers Envelope Punch Board and DCWV Very Merry Premium Stack

I’ve given my bags a bit of a twist by creating some die cut areas using my circle, bracket and tag Clear Cut Punches. I’ve also added some quick and easy embellishments like a paper bow and other bits using the scraps that I trimmed when creating the bags.

Holiday Gift Bags featuring the We R Memory Keepers Envelope Punch Board and DCWV Very Merry Premium Stack

Holiday Gift Bags featuring the We R Memory Keepers Envelope Punch Board and DCWV Very Merry Premium Stack

The clear window on this bag was so easy to create. I just lined up my WRMK Circle Clear Cut Punch and popped a circular shape into the front of the bag. I placed some lightweight acetate behind the area and filled my bag with treats!

Holiday Gift Bags featuring the We R Memory Keepers Envelope Punch Board and DCWV Very Merry Premium Stack

The bow was created using my Evolution Advanced and a metal Bow Die. This is an awesome die to have in your collection as creates a bow in one piece that folds together.

Holiday Gift Bags featuring the We R Memory Keepers Envelope Punch Board and DCWV Very Merry Premium Stack

Holiday Gift Bags featuring the We R Memory Keepers Envelope Punch Board and DCWV Very Merry Premium Stack

This neutral bag with its cute house pattern was folded with the method above and embellished very simply with some glitter ribbon. I have popped another die cut shape on this one, this time using my WRMK Bracket Clear Cut Punch and backed the area with a foiled sentiment from the Very Merry Paper Stack.

Holiday Gift Bags featuring the We R Memory Keepers Envelope Punch Board and DCWV Very Merry Premium Stack

I just LOVE the fact that you can use the Clear Cut Punch wherever you like! They are also very to punch – here you can see I even punched with the paper upside down!

Holiday Gift Bags featuring the We R Memory Keepers Envelope Punch Board and DCWV Very Merry Premium Stack

This cute red bag has a few more embellishments in the form of some wood veneer. One has been coloured using a brush pen, which is a super quick way to add a splash of colour to them.

Holiday Gift Bags featuring the We R Memory Keepers Envelope Punch Board and DCWV Very Merry Premium Stack

I used the left over bits from the bags to create some embellishments for my bags. The WRMK Tag Clear Cut Punch creates a little tag and mini banner. I folded some leftover circles in half and glued them together so create a 3D shape. I also created some short tags using my DIY Party Tag Punch, which are going to come in handy for my Christmas cards!

Holiday Gift Bags featuring the We R Memory Keepers Envelope Punch Board and DCWV Very Merry Premium Stack

Here’s a close up of this bag…

Holiday Gift Bags featuring the We R Memory Keepers Envelope Punch Board and DCWV Very Merry Premium Stack

The gold-foiled banner shape also comes from the Very Merry Stack, which I have hand cut from the sheet of journaling spots.

Holiday Gift Bags featuring the We R Memory Keepers Envelope Punch Board and DCWV Very Merry Premium Stack

I hope you will be inspired to play with this ‘Very Merry’ Paper Stack and your Envelope Punch Board!

Holiday Gift Bags featuring the We R Memory Keepers Envelope Punch Board and DCWV Very Merry Premium Stack

Happy Creating!

Chantalle

 

Materials Used:

DCWV Very Merry 12×12 Premium Stack

Envelope Punch Board

Supreme Ruler

Evolution Advanced

Crop a Dile Eyelet Setter

DIY Party Tag Punch

Bow Metal Die

Pebbles Bat Clothespins

WRMK Tag Clear Cut Punch

WRMK Circle Clear Cut Punch

WRMK Bracket Clear Cut Punch

 

 

 

 

Mini Album with the Clear Cut Punches

Hello and welcome back to the blog today!

My friends and I, together with our families, gather annually at my house for a Halloween celebration. The kids absolutely love it and we all look forward to it each year. To celebrate this tradition, I have popped together a little album using the new Pebbles Midnight Haunting and a few of my Clear Cut Punches. I can’t rave about these punches enough!! My current obsession – I am using them on almost every project I create. Put them where you want them punch and go! Create ephemera or interest on a layout by matting punched areas. They are so much fun and so easy to use. Grab a cuppa as I share a few step by steps and close ups!

Halloween Mini Album with the Clear Cut Punches by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

The album comprises several folded pages, adhered inside a cardstock folder, which is secured with some tiny brads and black twine.

Halloween Mini Album with the Clear Cut Punches by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers
I started off by trimming several sheets of patterned paper from the Pebbles Midnight Haunting collection down to 4.5 inches across and 9 inches in length. I then folded them in half.

Halloween Mini Album with the Clear Cut Punches by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers
For some of my album pages, I wanted to create a pop up book effect, so I went about cutting some lines freehand, into the paper. Basically, you just cut two parallel lines (the width apart will depend on how wide the image or piece of ephemera is that you want to stand out is) from the fold in, towards the cut edge of your paper. (see image below) One then folds the cut bit over, while the paper is still closed. By doing this, once you open the paper, the cut piece will stand out from the rest of the paper after you pull it inwards. (See last image below)

Halloween Mini Album with the Clear Cut Punches by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

I created a few slightly different variations of this ‘pop up’ card and then glued them back-to-back so when you turned the page, it would automatically show the next page in the album.

For the cover, I used a sheet of deliciously dark Bazzill Licorice Twist foiled speciality cardstock. This heavy card has a slightly debossed and black foiled dot print, perfect for a Halloween project. I measured out the size, just loosely running the card around the perimeter of my album contents, and then went about trimming it and scoring it using my Trim & Score Board.

Finally, I glued my album to the cover and popped some mini brads into each bit that opens, running a bit of black twine around one side for a closure.

Halloween Mini Album with the Clear Cut Punches by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers 

Let’s take a look inside the album…

Halloween 2010 was our first ‘official’ party. Erin was just a little baby so no crazy shenanigans, haha! We had so much fun that it set off a tradition! The photos have been machine stitched for a bit of interest, with journaling done on my Typecast Typewriter.

Halloween Mini Album with the Clear Cut Punches by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

The next page has a little witchy pop up element. Just a single strip on this one, which has an image of a mummified Josh and I. He was so annoyed that year as his outfit kept unraveling!

Halloween Mini Album with the Clear Cut Punches by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

I used my Circle Clear Cut Punch to punch a circle into the paper and I then matted it    with some pretty florals. I tried to stitch around the area but I wasn’t happy about the wonky effect, so I cheated and added some stamp stitching.

 Halloween Mini Album with the Clear Cut Punches by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

The rest of the pages follow a similar formula – a larger image with some detail or a second page with a pop out highlight.

Halloween Mini Album with the Clear Cut Punches by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

A Pebbles spider die cut was given a coat of glittering black embossing powder and sits proudly on top of his paper web!

Halloween Mini Album with the Clear Cut Punches by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

On this page, I have again used the Circular punch on both the top and bottom sections, to highlight some photos.

Halloween Mini Album with the Clear Cut Punches by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

Our parties serve up some amazingly spooky treats!

Halloween Mini Album with the Clear Cut Punches by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

To highlight the spookalicous delights, I have lined up the two images inside the circle punch (how great that you can see exactly where you are punching!!) I just punched the corners off which then created a perfect recess for a circle shape punched earlier.

Halloween Mini Album with the Clear Cut Punches by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

Here you can see how cute the little Midnight Haunting ephemera piece looks propped up on the circle.

Halloween Mini Album with the Clear Cut Punches by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

Five years of Halloween fun already… hello 2015!

Halloween Mini Album with the Clear Cut Punches by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

You may have noticed that I have used the Bracket shape Clear Cut Punch to create a shape, which I then trimmed in half and stamped as date markers. Another super cute embellishment you can create is using the Tag Clear Cut Punch and mix patterns to create teeny layered tags!

Halloween Mini Album with the Clear Cut Punches by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

The next page has another pop up element. I’ve mounted a house-shaped piece of ephemera and added Josh AKA Death, in the background. I love this pop up effect – it gives a great sense of depth.

Halloween Mini Album with the Clear Cut Punches by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

What a bunch of cuties in 2016!

Halloween Mini Album with the Clear Cut Punches by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

I have used my Bracket Clear Cut Punch again and using my image as a guide, punched in to some pretty floral paper from the 6×6 Pad. I lined up the image on top of the paper to see how much space I had to work with for placement of the “Bootiful’ die cut. Once I was happy, I slid the photo out carefully and punched only the paper.

Saving the cutest little Trick or Treater ‘til last! My neighbour’s little one was utterly adorable in his ghostly get up. I cut three slits into this paper and adhered a trio of ghoulish die cuts. I love their sweet little faces and how they stand out on the page!

Halloween Mini Album with the Clear Cut Punches by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

The Bracket punch highlights a cute sentiment from a sheet of Midnight Sentiments. I hope this little album inspires you to capture any traditions you may have!

Halloween Mini Album with the Clear Cut Punches by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

I especially love how this album captures years of fun in one compact little package. Enjoy experimenting with your Clear Cut Punches. I have no doubt you will love them as much as I do!

Thanks so much for joining me today.

Chantalle

 

Materials Used:

Typecast Typewriter
Trim & Score Board

Pebbles Midnight Haunting:

6×6 Pad
Ephemera
Brads
Accent Stickers
Puffy Stickers
Creepy Crawly 12×12
Midnight Sentimentals 12×12
Hocus Pocus 12×12
Autumn Plaid 12×12
Eek 12×12
Eyes on You 12×12
Swirling Leaves 12×12
Pumpkin Patch 12×12
Haunted Mansion 12×12
Pebbles Bat Clothespins
WRMK Tag Clear Cut Punch

WRMK Circle Clear Cut Punch
WRMK Bracket Clear Cut Punch
American Crafts Spookalicious Foam Letter Stickers
Bazzill Dot Licorice Twist Cardstock

WRMK Black Sequin Stickers
American Crafts Zing Black Glitter Embossing Powder

 

 

 

 

Make Halloween Ghosts with the Globe Punch

Hello and welcome Trick or Treat fans!

It’s Chantalle here and I’m going to show you a super easy, spookalicious décor idea you can use for Halloween, which is right around the corner!

Halloween Ghosts with the DIY Party Globe Punch by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

The humble ghost is a quintessential hallmark at this time of year. These little fellows are created in just three easy steps! Make them in abundance and hang inside the home or suspend outdoors to float in the breeze.

Halloween Ghosts with the DIY Party Globe Punch by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers
The heads of the ghosts were created using my DIY Party Globe Punch. This clever tool allows you to create custom covers to adorn LED light strands! I’ve used the tool quite simply this time, tying off one end to create the globe shape and threading it through some muslin fabric.

DIY Party Globe Punch by We R Memory Keepers

To start, I trimmed some sheets of Core’dinations Smooth Premium Cardstock down to 4 (w) x 7.5 (l) inches. Lining the left short edge of the paper up with the alignment guide mark, I punched. One then slides the paper slightly to the left, to meet the next alignment guide. Punch again.

Now one continues to punch left to right, matching the punched shape with the shape embossed into the tool. This is so you know you are aligning the next punch correctly. Continue until you have punched the length of the paper.

Now, flip the paper and do the same for the opposite side.

DIY Party Globe Punch by We R Memory Keepers

The Globe Punch (as with all WRMK tools) comes with full instructions. Loop the top little hook shapes together to close the globe at both sides. I strung some twine around one closed side and used a marker to draw some faces on to the cardstock.

Finally, I threaded the twine through some muslin, which I cut into a very rough square shape. You can, of course, make the squares as large as you’d like to make the ghosts really floaty!

Halloween Ghosts with the DIY Party Globe Punch by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

They look cute huddled together and would even make a great mobile!

Halloween Ghosts with the DIY Party Globe Punch by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

Thanks so much for joining me today. Happy Haunting!

Chantalle

 

Materials Used:

DIY Party Globe Punch

Core’dinations Smooth Premium Cardstock

Other:

Muslin fabric

Twine

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

Mixed Media Framed Art

Hello WRMK fans and welcome back to the blog. Chantalle with you today to share this piece of wall art I created with the help of my Heidi Swapp Minc Machine, the Evolution Advanced, and some mixed media supplies.

Mixed Media Framed Art by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

It’s a combination of watercolour paint, some beautiful teal foil and embellishment layers. I really love the way it turned out – I definitely need to find more time to create art!

Mixed Media Framed Art by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

As mentioned, the initial layer consists of some broad watercolour strokes in gentle tones. When it was dry, I gave it a mist with some white Dylusions mist together with my very favourite Dear Lizzy stencil.

Over that, I then used a Heidi Swapp Art Screen with some Heidi Swap Minc Reactive Paint. One simply lays the stencil over the project and applies the art screen paint/ink or in this case, the Reactive Paint, through the stencil. Note: Make sure to remove the stencil carefully. The bottom is mildly adhesive but can stick to areas that have media on them. Also, make sure you wash your stencil straight away. The material of the stencil is reusable which is awesome.

Once the paint was dry, I placed some Teal Min Reactive Foil over the stenciled areas and ran it through my Minc Machine on heat setting 3.

Mixed Media Framed Art by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

If some areas didn’t cover perfectly, it just added to the feel of the project!

Mixed Media Framed Art by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

Over the top of the foil detail, I have also added some Vicki Boutin Acrylic Paint in Cotton Candy colour. The soft pink was applied through a spotty Heidi Swapp stencil, which came in a Minc Starter Kit.

Another accent which I have used for a bit more interest, are these Jane Davenport Rub On Transfers. Shaped like little brush marks, these transfers go on beautifully over a bit of texture and they have an ever-so-subtle transparency about them, so they don’t overpower everything underneath.

Mixed Media Framed Art by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

Mixed Media Framed Art by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

Now it was time to add some pretty elements to my art. I hand cut a figure from my Jane Davenport Paper Pad and placed it off-centre. I really wanted to keep as much detail from the base layer as possible.

You will also notice I have used some floral elements. The flower shapes were cut from an old book I bought for next to no money at a thrift store. I placed the flower metal die shapes from a Vicki Boutin Stamp & Die Set, onto my Evolution Magnetic Cutting Mat and proceeded to run them through my Evolution Advanced. I absolutely LOVE my magnetic mat. It eliminates waste as I can line my dies up perfectly and they don’t budge when I pop them through the die cut machine.

Mixed Media Framed Art by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

You might also see lots and lots of little markings on the project, which were created with Jane Davenport Mermaid Markers. I love these little babies and the colours I used on this piece were ‘Beach’ and ‘Jellyfish’.

 Mixed Media Framed Art by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

I just love how all of the elements have come together!

Mixed Media Framed Art by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers
Thank you so much for joining me today.

Mixed Media Framed Art by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

Happy creating!

Chantalle

 

Materials Used:

Evolution Advanced

Evolution Magnetic Cutting Mat

Heidi Swapp Minc Machine

Heidi Swap Minc Reactive Paint

Heidi Swapp Art Screen

Heidi Swapp Hot Pink/Real Minc Reactive Foil

Heidi Swapp Gold Lamé Color Shine

Heidi Swapp Stencil

Dear Lizzy Stencil

Vicki Boutin Acrylic Paint Cotton Candy

Vicki Boutin Stamp & Die Set

Jane Davenport Paper Pad

Jane Davenport Mermaid Markers

Jane Davenport Rub On Transfers

WRMK Wildflower Stickers

Jen Hadfield for Pebbles Heart of Home Accent Stickers

Jen Hadfield for Pebbles Heart of Home Label Stickers

 

Fall Table Runner with the Stitch Happy

Hello and welcome! Chantalle with you, and today I would love to share a simple and stylish piece of home décor you can create yourself with basic supplies and your Stitch Happy Sewing Machine.

Fall Table Runner by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers featuring the Stitch Happy sewing machine

I’ve created a leaf table runner, which is the perfect size for my coffee table and looks great on the dinner table too! I love the warm shades, which coordinate beautifully with my furniture.

Fall Table Runner by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers featuring the Stitch Happy sewing machine

I love the organic shapes the leaves take on when joined together!

Fall Table Runner by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers featuring the Stitch Happy sewing machine

I started this project off by grabbing some coloured felt from my local craft store. These sheets were A4 size and I got two sheets in four different shades. I then used my beautiful rose gold fabric scissors that come in a 2 pack. The other pair of Stitch Happy scissors is a platinum colour and has been created specifically for paper. These two beauties, combined with my gold ones make the perfect molten trio!

Stitch Happy sewing machine by We R Memory Keepers
I cut out as many leaf shapes as I could get out of each sheet of felt, varying the sizes of the leaves, so I had a good mix of shapes and colours. I chose to keep the shape quite simple this time, but it would also be fun to mix different leaf shapes I think!

I ran each leaf through my Stitch Happy Sewing Machine using White Multimedia Thread for the main vein down the centre. I then switched to a regular weight thread and continued to sew a few more, finer veins branching out along each leaf.

NOTE: Remember to change out your needle to match your thread weight.

Fall Table Runner by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers featuring the Stitch Happy sewing machine

I love the awesome texture the Multimedia Thread adds to the leaves. As you can imagine, between two rounds of stitching, there were plenty of ends to snip off!

Another tip would be to backstitch when starting and ending each line of stitching. This will prevent your hard work from coming undone once you snip off excess thread.

Fall Table Runner by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers featuring the Stitch Happy sewing machine

When all the leaves were complete, I laid them out on some baking paper on my dining room table. I did this because I chose to use hot glue to adhere them together and didn’t want to risk damaging the table. I actually used low melt temperature glue sticks, which weren’t as scalding on the old fingertips!!

Fall Table Runner by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers featuring the Stitch Happy sewing machine

The reason for the hot glue was also because I could get a strong bond, quickly without risking movement of the leaves while waiting for glue to dry. I also preferred this method to sewing them together as I felt I had just the right amount of visible stitching. This felt was already slightly stiff, so I didn’t have to use any backing material. One could use Fusing material if your felt was softer and you would prefer it to be a bit more rigid. One could even back sections with cork to make it heat resistant on the table!

 Fall Table Runner by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers featuring the Stitch Happy sewing machine

Here is a full-length shot of the runner. I think it would make quite a nice wall hanging as well!

Fall Table Runner by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers featuring the Stitch Happy sewing machine 

Here is a closer look at the stitching. You will love and adore sewing with thicker multimedia threads with the Stitch Happy!

Fall Table Runner by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers featuring the Stitch Happy sewing machine

This project is easily adapted to suit different seasons or special events.

I hope you will give it a try!

Fall Table Runner by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers featuring the Stitch Happy sewing machine

Thank you so much for stopping by the blog today!

Happy travels!

Chantalle

 

Materials Used:

Stitch Happy Sewing Machine

Stitch Happy White Multimedia Thread

Stitch Happy Scissors

Stitch Happy Machine Needles

Traveler’s Notebook

Hello and welcome, Chantalle with you today! It has always been a dream of mine to explore North Queensland and these upcoming school holidays our family will be doing just that! A tropical adventure is exactly what we need to chase the winter blues away and I have created a quick and easy traveller’s notebook to capture the memories we will be making along the way!

Traveler's Notebook by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

I’ve kept the journal quite slim so I can pop it in my carry on luggage or have it in the rental car.

Traveler's Notebook by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

It started life as an old book that I found at a thirft store. I carefully removed the covers, leaving a nod to the original cover art by leaving a border of the green leather and then recovered the sides facing out with some beautiful papers from a  Jane Davenport 8.5 x 11” Paper Pad. I used my Crop a Dile Corner Chomper to round the edges of the paper so they matched the bookboard which was rounded already.

The underside already had a pretty gold print, but it was fading, so I used a Dear Lizzy stencil and misted some coordinating shades of Color Shine over it and let it dry.

Traveler's Notebook by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

On the front cover, I have used some stamping, rub-ons and stitching to add detail.

Traveler's Notebook by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

Traveler's Notebook by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

The feather stitching was created by using an Amy Tangerine Stencil which I have had in my stash for a while. I love the sense of whimsy a feather brings!

Before I started stitching, I had already laid down so stamping in the form of a large date and some pretty florals from Vicki Boutin’s Die and Stamp sets. These sets are so clever, combining coordinating metal dies so you can produce 3D effects for your projects!

Once I was happy with the amount of detail, I started stitching the feather with teal embroidery floss. (I really love the chunkier effect stitching on board creates and I will definitely try this technique again!)

Traveler's Notebook by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

The book opens to reveal a vellum Typecast envelope which I have included and filled with some cute ephemera to be used as I journal.

Traveler's Notebook by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

It can also be used to store bits and pieces I collect along the way.

Traveler's Notebook by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

Within the book I have also included some page dividers. For reference, the book cover size is 206mm (h) x 117mm (w) and the pages are 4.5 inches wide x 7 5/8 inches high.  These dividers were created with my Tab Punch Board and have a ‘small’ size tab.

Traveler's Notebook by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

Traveler's Notebook by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

I haven’t done too many dividers, but if I chose to add a few more in later, I could always punch the holes into the divider and then carefully snip the section between the bottom of the punched circle and the edge of the divider, and then pop the divider onto the binding comb.

 Traveler's Notebook by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

A great tip to bear in mind when binding, is to first add your inside pages, then the back cover (inside facing up) and then the front cover (inside facing down). In the photo below, you can see how I have arranged my pages on to the binding comb on my Cinch. The Cinch Binding Tool makes project binding a snap! So easy to use with clear instructions

Traveler's Notebook by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

The back cover has been kept quite simple with just a bit of stamping.

Traveler's Notebook by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

Here’s another look at the front with an elastic closure I made to size, using Jane Davenport’s Charm Set. It comes with three coloured elastics, which you can trim to size, then secure with fastners which come in the pack. I’ve also added a chipboard Thicker title and some of my fave Photolights Rub-Ons. I just love how easy these rub-ons are to apply!

 Traveler's Notebook by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

Thank you so much for stopping by the blog today! Happy travels!

Chantalle

 

Materials Used:

Tab Punch Board

Cinch Binding Tool

Cinch Binding Combs

Crop a Dile Corner Chomper

Photolights Rubons

Vicki Boutin Stamp Set

Jane Davenport 8.5 x 11” Paper Pad

Jane Davenport Charm Set

Amy Tangerine Stitching Stencils

Heidi Swapp Color Shine Mustard, Citron, Peach, Sweet Cherry

Dear Lizzy Stencil

Pink Paislee Moonstruck Ephemera

Pink Paislee Take me Away Ephemera

 

 

School Sports Layout

Hello and welcome, Chantalle with you today!

My DS is such a keen little athlete. For a couple of years he chased a blue ribbon in the sprints but it was just out of his reach. I remember vividly, the pride my husband and I felt when he finally made his dream a reality and won first place. His little face just beamed! He’d worked so hard for it and it meant so much to him.

He has gone on to defend his title as overall fastest in the school for three years in a row – Bringing home more blue ribbons than he could ever imagine! It’s such a joy to see him achieve his dreams, and as his primary school years draw to a close, we look forward to seeing him reach further (and faster) for new stars in high school.

School Sports Layout by Chantalle McDaniels for We R Memory Keepers

On this layout, I have used a few of his actual ribbons as embellishments. I was inspired by the blue tones, which are a perfect match to his school sports colours. I went with various shades of blue, keeping the palette minimal, as there are quite a few different elements together on this page.

School Sports Layout by Chantalle McDaniels for We R Memory Keepers

The background pattern has been created using some royal blue foil and my Heatwave Tool.

School Sports Layout by Chantalle McDaniels for We R Memory Keepers

I selected several sheets of blue foil from the pack of Heatwave mixed colours. I think in total for a length of 12 inches down, I used 4 sheets of foil, underneath a Heatwave ‘Sans Serif’ stencil. TIP: For best results in the Heatwave pen, I would recommend new (or fully recharged) batteries.

Once I had completed my foiling, I added a little splash of some Navy Heidi Swapp Color Shine here and there.

School Sports Layout by Chantalle McDaniels for We R Memory Keepers

The ribbons have been pinned directly onto the cardstock or photos – no need for double sided tape!

School Sports Layout by Chantalle McDaniels for We R Memory Keepers

The title is very simple, just emphasizing the win!

School Sports Layout by Chantalle McDaniels for We R Memory Keepers

I created the number 1 with my Alphabet Punch Board and the letters ‘S’ and T’ with my Mini Alphabet Punch Board. It’s great fun combining letters and numbers from both size boards to add a bit of playfulness to your projects. I’ve chosen to use a gold foil finish for the title, to match the printing on the ribbons.

School Sports Layout by Chantalle McDaniels for We R Memory Keepers

Further little embellishments are these cute cameras, hand cut from a sheet of Amy Tangerine On a Whim 12×12 Super Shot. I used my Crop a Dile to pop a quick hole into them and then set a silver eyelet into the hole.

School Sports Layout by Chantalle McDaniels for We R Memory Keepers

The eyelet gives the impression that there is a lens on the camera, which I think is pretty cute.

School Sports Layout by Chantalle McDaniels for We R Memory Keepers

A few other elements used on this page are some clear stickers with gold foil detail from a pack of Amy Tangerine On a Whim Sticker Book, some Heidi Swapp Chipboard stars as well as some Heidi Swapp acrylic stars (both of which I have been hoarding in my stash for a few years!)

I also used my Typecast Typewriter to add a date to the page. I love how quick and easy it is to use my typewriter to add personalized phrases, dates or journaling to my projects, which I have attached to the back of the layout.

School Sports Layout by Chantalle McDaniels for We R Memory Keepers

I love how this layout captures not only a wonderful milestone but also shows off some of hard earned ribbons! Much better than put away in a cupboard somewhere.

School Sports Layout by Chantalle McDaniels for We R Memory Keepers

I hope this idea inspires you to use some of the school items you might have tucked away on your next project.

Thank you for stopping by the blog today!

Chantalle

 

Materials Used:

Mini Alphabet Punch Board

Alphabet Punch Board

3.5” Metallic Pad

Heatwave Tool

Heatwave Foil Pack

Heatwave Stencil Sans Serif

Heidi Swapp Acrylic Stars

Heidi Swapp Chipboard Stars

Honey I’m Home Accent Stickers

Crop a Dile

Typecast Typewriter

Typecast Stickers

Amy Tangerine On a Whim Sticker Book

Amy Tangerine On a Whim 12×12 Super Shot

Bazzill cardstock Black

Bazzill Cardstock Classic Blue

Storage + Organization Tips with Chantalle & Eva

If you’re looking for some tips to keep your craft supplies in check, we’ve got you covered this week! Today’s tips are brought to you by Chantalle McDaniel and Eva Pizarro. Check out what Chantalle has to share below:

“Hello WRMK fans! I have a small creative space and utilise some very cute white bookshelves to store items I use frequently, so I have them to hand when I need them. IKEA has some of my favourite storage tubs which come in handy when it comes to storing similar products or tools. I use a medium size tub (17cm x 24cm) to store my embossing folders and packs of ephemera.”
 
“There is a larger size tub (33.5 x 24cm) which is perfect for my punch boards as well as my hand punches. Another slightly shallower tub has a lid, in which I like to store items from my Typecast collection. (These tubs are also stackable which is fab.) One tip which I shared on Insta recently is that I like to store all of my punch board blades together in one mini tub and just use one for a couple of boards if it’s universal etc. This way, I just dull the edge of one blade at a time, instead of all of them.”
 
 
“It’s great to have pretty bits and pieces on display. Glass bowls or pretty tea cups are great finds at dollar stores or op shops and are fabulous for storing buttons, brads or washi tapes.”
Eva’s got some great storage tips to share as well. Here’s what she has to say:
“Hi everyone! It’s Eva Pizarro here sharing a few tips to keep your supplies in order. Tip #1: Who loves punch boards? I know I do! I keep mine in a wire basket and leave all my blades and small accessories in a box inside. That way the blades don’t get lost and you can use the same blade for all your punch boards. When the blade is dull you start using another one! I also keep a file inside the basket with all my punch instructional booklets, when I need help using my punch boards I always know where to look!”
“Tip #2: the one thing that is ALWAYS on my desk is my pink Crafter’s Tote Bag. I keep all my pencils, glues, scissors, rulers, Crop A Dile and Corner Punches inside. It’s the perfect companion! I love to have all the thing I use in the same place. If you need to divide your Tote Bag even more just add a can like I did! I keep small accessories inside so they don’t get lost in the big space.”
Thanks so much ladies for the helpful tips for storing your favorite craft supplies. Come back tomorrow for some more awesome ideas to keep your stash organized!