Interactive Alphabet Book

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Hello and welcome back to the blog! Chantalle with you today to chat about a way to make learning your ABC’s a bit more fun for kids. I was inspired by a project I saw on Pinterest involving a book bound from paper bags. It was such a sweet way of storing memories but I also loved the interactive element of it and thought I could combine my alphabet punchboard and my Cinch Binding Tool to create something fun and interactive for my little learner!

Interactive Alphabet Book by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

My ‘super fun’ alphabet pad consists of several pockets, bound together. I’ll admit, I did worry it was too fat to bind at one stage! Lol. But my awesome Cinch made light work of the 26 pages plus chipboard covers!

Interactive Alphabet Book by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

Let’s learn our ABC’s by sliding out the cards! Let’s see what word starts with the letter ‘A’… yep, you guessed it, ‘Apple’!

Interactive Alphabet Book by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

I found this pack of flashcards at my local Target store. The cards were a great size and have been printed onto a sturdy cardstock with a gloss finish, so I knew they would be hard wearing for what I had in mind. (Plus, this works out cheaper than if I were to print the sheets out on my inkjet printer at home and then laminate them!)

To make my cards slide in and out of custom pockets, I had to cut them down a bit, to be able to secure them inside, without falling out when pulled. To do this, I popped each of them onto my Trim & Score Board and measured about a quarter inch down from the top and up from the bottom. I left another quarter inch on the left hand side where I would be inserting them into the sleeves later on. I then cut along the top and bottom guide marks I had made, leaving the left hand side as is.

Trim and Score Board by We R Memory Keepers

For my sleeves, I created 26 pockets using coordinating shades of Bazzill Cardstock (see materials list for colours used) I left a quarter inch extra at the bottom of the pocket and half an inch at the top to accommodate for binding.

Interactive Alphabet Book by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

I rounded the corners of my flashcards using my Crop a Dile Corner Chomper and then inserted them into their sleeves. In order for them to stay in place during use, I had to sew them inside the sleeves – just a little bit above and below the card as shown in the picture below. The quarter inch or so of stitching will allow the cut out area to slide out but hold the area that I left at the original height of the card, inside the sleeve.

Interactive Alphabet Book by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

Once all my sleeves were sewn, it was time to start putting the pad together. For kids, a sturdy cover is a must. I’ve used some 8×8 Cinch Designer Book Board which I cut down to size and then covered with some gorgeously fun Amy Tangerine ‘On a Whim’ papers. The image below shows just how easy it is to create a bound item using The Cinch. Simply pull out the corresponding peg to choose how many holes to punch. Note: In this picture you will see I punched my holes before I covered my board. I would recommend covering your chipboard before you punch, for a neater finish.

Interactive Alphabet Book by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

Now that my cover was sorted, it was time to move on to embellishing my sleeves. I wanted corresponding letters to match my flashcards. Enter my Alphabet Punch Board! This clever punch board allowed me to create matching lettering for each letter of the alphabet. The ‘m’ and ‘w’ turned out to be a bit too wide for the size of my sleeves, so I used the adorable (seriously, you have to have one they are SO cute!!) Mini Alphabet Punch Board to whip up two of each letter and mount them underneath each other.

Alphabet Punch Board by We R Memory Keepers

The final piece that I needed on each were the words ‘is for…’ so I popped some grid paper from my Typecast 8.5 x 11” pad into my Typecast typewriter and started typing up my text. I chose to use the grid paper so they would all look uniform.

We R Memory Keepers Typecast Typewriter

Here are all the letters, bound in to the pad. ‘A’ through to ‘H’…

Interactive Alphabet Book by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

… and ‘I’ to ‘Z’.

Interactive Alphabet Book by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

For an extra fun element, each of the cards has a reusable area to practice lettering on! This is especially handy for my little bug, who sometimes writes her letters back to front. Simply lay the pad flat, grab a whiteboard marker and you’re all set!

Interactive Alphabet Book by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

I hope you have enjoyed my post today. If you decide to give this idea a try, please tag us in your pictures on social media – we would love to see them!

Interactive Alphabet Book by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

Until next time,

Chantalle

 

Materials Used:

Alphabet Punch Board

Mini Alphabet Punch Board

Crop a Dile Corner Chomper

Trim & Score Board

Cinch Binding Tool

Cinch binding combs

Cinch Designer Book Board 8×8

Typecast Typewriter

Typecast Pad

Amy Tangerine On a Whim:

Wash Tape

Die cut shapes

In Good Company

Fine Apple

Super Shot

Keep your Cool

Let’s Dance

Think Pink

Super Fun

Seriously

Paradise

 

Oh Happy Life:

No Worries

Happy

 

Bazzill Cardstock:

Purple Palissades

French Vanilla

Cream Puff

Wisteria

Flamingo

Chablis

Petalsoft

White

African Daisy

Pollen

Sea Water

Jetstream

Coastal

Springtime

Glow

Starmist

Piglet

DIY Easter Decor

Hello We R Fans and welcome back to the blog today. It felt like only yesterday I was sharing some ideas for Easter decor with you! How time flies. This wonderful and blessed time of year is almost here and again, I would love to share a little section of my craft room with you which I have decorated especially for Easter.

DIY Easter Decor by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

I have two pretty simple little shelves in my room where I like to display lots of pretties, but also keep the bits and pieces I use a lot so they are close to hand. The top of the units are a perfect place to keep favourite projects or nicknacks.

I will freely admit to having a small crush on all things ‘bunny’. My collection is growing and this year I have added this adorable mini cake stand! A simple and easy way to decorate without the long term commitment is to add some hand cut bits, like a butterfly or two, with some temporary adhesive like ‘Blu Tack’. (This is an Australian product name but after searching on the net, the equivalent sounds like ‘Plasti-Tac’ or Poster Tac.)

DIY Easter Decor by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

The main feature of my Easter display is a 12×12 image which I have created and displayed inside an Organization Gallery Shadow Box Frame. My ideas on how exactly it would look changed a bit during the creative process, but I wanted to create a main title with some custom lettering and I also knew I wanted to have several elements making up the whole display.

For my title, I started off by trimming the pieces of paper I would need for my word ‘EASTER”. I used my Mini Alphabet Punch Board (which takes 1.5 inch x 2.5 inch pieces) to punch out my letters. These soft florals are from the new Pebbles line, ’Simple Life’.

Once all the letters were complete, I then made swift work of lining them all up in a straight line, with my Laser Square.

DIY Easter Decor by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

For added interest over the pretty woodgrain print of the paper, I did some basic black stamping with this floral stamp from the new Vicki Boutin collection. This stamp set also comes with coordinating metal dies, so I cut some of the shapes out of similar paper and then used the shapes to build up layers of stickers and ephemera I started assembling.

Here is a closer look at some of the details. You might notice a touch of vellum at the bottom of the little stack. This paper is SO pretty and the touches of gold were perfect for the overall look and feel of this display piece. Other tiny details are the mini flowers I created using an Elegant Font Punch . I added a little centre to the flower shape with some white Crystal Drops.

DIY Easter Decor by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

And here is how the framed piece turned out!

DIY Easter Decor by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

I’ve echoed those beautiful butterflies here and there. They have been hand-cut from a sheet of Wildflower ‘Butterfly Garden’.

DIY Easter Decor by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

DIY Easter Decor by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

Pops of gold shine in the opposite corner on this piece of ephemera from the Take Me Away collection by Pink Paislee. Both of these stacks include some Simple Life stickerspuffy stickers and hand cut flowers.

DIY Easter Decor by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

The last item incorporated into my display is this super cute 5×7 Photo Light. The acrylic frame is backlit and this one has a natural wood finish so it coordinated well with the white shelving and woodgrain papers in the frame.

DIY Easter Decor by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

For my photo light, I set up a document the same size in Photoshop. I then used some digital Pink Paislee Citrus Bliss elements and added some text. (note, I changed the colour of the little ‘oh so cute’ ephemera to better match the background pattern.)

I then printed my digital pic onto some Photo Light Printable Backlit Film Paper. NOTE: It’s important to print onto the more matte side as the ink will not stick to the glossier side. (Hold the paper up the light and give it a little feel to see which side feels more glossy.) It’s also worth printing a reversed copy of your image, so it is a bit more protected when it’s under the top magnetic plate.

The printed image sits on top of the light box area but underneath a protective sheet made from sturdy acrylic which has magnets in the corners to keep your image in place.

This is how fabulous it looks when it’s turned on! Note: The frame runs off 3x AA batteries or a Micro USB cable (not included).

DIY Easter Decor by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

Wishing you, your families and friends, a very happy time together. Until next time

Chantalle

DIY Easter Decor by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

 

Materials Used:

 

Organization Gallery Shadow Box Frame

Mini Alphabet Punch Board

Laser Square

Vicki Boutin stamp & die set

Pink Paislee Take me Away ephemera

Pebbles Simple Life ’Spring Seeds’ 12×12

Pebbles Simple Life ‘Magnolias’ 12×12

Pebbles Simple Life ‘Wildflowers’ 12×12

Pebbles Simple Life Stickers

Pebbles Simple Life Washi Tape Book

Pebbles Simple Life Puffy Stickers

Pebbles Simple Life Rose Gold Foiled Paper

Heidi Swapp ‘Happy’ Metal Die

Wildflower ‘Butterfly Garden’

5×7 Photo Light

Photo Light Printable Backlit Film Paper

Elegant Font Punch

Evolution Advanced

Evolution Magnetic Cutting Mat

Pop Up Frame Card

Hi We R fans! Chantalle here, wishing you a warm welcome back to the blog today.

I would love to show you a super quick idea that can make for a great gift or just to highlight a special memory in your home or workspace. This pop-up frame card uses just a few supplies in conjunction with the awesome Frame and Tab Punch Boards.

Pop Up Frame Card by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

A simple 4×12 gate fold design, opens and slots in to itself to convert into a super cute 4×4 frame.

Pop Up Frame Card by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

I have used some pretty (and sturdy) Bazzill Marshmallow Plaid cardstock for my base design and embellished with some vibrant Amy Tangerine ‘Oh Happy Life’. The fun capture of my DS driving us around in a golf cart was perfect for this collection!

Pop Up Frame Card by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

Once again, I started out by gathering the bits and pieces I thought I would use to create the frame card. I initially thought to use some text inside some dotted acetate with perhaps some sequins or glitter behind it, but then changed my mind, swapping the idea for a clear photo frame concept.

I first experimented with the design on some scrap copy paper to see how it could work. I then adjusted it so it would work with a sheet of 12×12 paper. I cut a strip of the Bazzill Plaid measuring 4 inches across and 12 inches long. I then scored it at 4 inch intervals. NB: The last third would have to have a tab of some sort in order to sit up properly, so I used my Tab Punch Board on this last third to create the tab that I needed.

>> CLICK HERE for a video tutorial on the Tab Punch Board

To give the card a good pop of colour, I have kept the outside quite simple and covered the inside with some fun camera print from a sheet of Oh Happy Life, ‘Out and About’ as well as ‘Enjoy The Ride’.

Pop Up Frame Card by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

Next, I created a 4×4 inch frame using my Frame Punch Board. This is going to be visible from the outside and will serve as the focal point for the photo. I really liked the clean zig zag print of ‘Night Owl’. I placed this frame over the middle third of my 4×12 strip and, using the window of the frame as a guide, I cut out the area behind the frame window. This now allowed me to use the area as photo frame.

 

I needed a display area which would hold my photo, so I used my Fuse Tool to seal off the one open side of a 4×4 Fuse Waterfall Sleeve which I trimmed down slightly so it would fit comfortably under the frame shape. I know I have said this before, but if you use your Fuse Tool regularly (or even not-so-regularly!) I LOVE my Fuse Mat. It really makes a difference to my ‘fusing experiece’, lol. That, and allowing my Fuse Tool to properly heat up a good 10 minutes before using!

 

I adhered this sleeve on top of the Plaid paper, but below the frame shape. My photo can now slide inside it’s sleeve and is easily interchangeable. In addition to the frame shape, I have also embellished with some hand-cut florals from a sheet of ‘Good Morning’ and some other bits and pieces.

Pop Up Frame Card by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers
As mentioned above, I covered the inside of my frame card with some bright ‘Oh Happy Life’ papers. For continuity, I thought it looked a lot better to continue with the pattern paper all the way and not just stop at the tab, so I created a tab shape in a piece of ‘Enjoy The Ride’ and glued the pieces back-to-back.

Pop Up Frame Card by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

I will be using this frame in my creative space but I could just as easily add some text inside, fold it up and pop some ribbon on it to make a little gift.

Pop Up Frame Card by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

Thank you so much for joining me today! I hope you will give this idea a try. Wishing you lots of happy creating!

Chantalle

 

Materials used:

Frame Punch Board

Tab Punch Board

Trim & Score Board

Bazzill Marshmallow Plaid cardstock

4×4 Fuse Waterfall Sleeves

Fuse Mat

Fuse Tool

Sticky Thumb Runner Adhesive Adhesive

Amy Tangerine Oh Happy Life:

Enjoy The Ride’

‘Night Owl’

‘Good Morning’

‘Out and About’

‘Cruising Along’

Mini File Folder Card

Hello, it’s Chantalle with you again today, back to share a card, which I wanted to be more than just a card, iykwim! A friend at work is leaving to explore pastures anew, and I really wanted to make her a special farewell card, which reminisced over times we have shared together.

Mini File Folder Card by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

This is definitely not a traditional card! The mini file folder design opens to reveal a number of Typecast Journaling Cards.

Mini File Folder Card by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

These cards have been customized to capture memories and uplift her with affirmative messages as she starts her new journey.

Mini File Folder Card by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

I started out by gathering bits and pieces that I knew I wanted to work with – Wildflower and Moonstruck papers and embellishments, and some beautiful Typecast Journaling Cards and Tags. My Typecast Typewriter has been such a game changer for me! I used to do all my journaling on the computer, which was quite time consuming. This wonderful tool allows me to add the details that count to my project, so easily!

Mini File Folder Card by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

My Tab Punch Board came in very handy for creating a little folder, to hold the contents of my card. I’ve used a sheet of Pink Paisley’s Moonstruck (#5) for the outer cover. I love how the stargazer pattern ties in with the idea of her going off on new adventures.

* Click here for a short video which shows you how I created the mini folder with the Tab Punch Board.

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I have typed directly onto the Typecast Journaling Cards. Sometimes I don’t get the key placement quite right, but I also think sometimes one can get away with it, lol. A little extra bit of handmade charm!

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Once I had typed my messages onto the cards, I added some Wildflower Accent Stickers and some little butterflies, which I fussy cut from a sheet of Butterfly Garden. I LOVE this particular paper – one can get heaps of embellishments from just one sheet! Same goes for element pages, like Wildflower ‘Antiques’ – I find this type of paper really handy to stretch your supplies.

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The card was now ready to assemble!

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I added a personal touch in the form of a small letter ‘J’ which I punched out using my Mini Alphabet Punch Board. This sweet little tag shape is from a sheet of ‘Antiques’, which I mentioned above. Pop a little circle in the shape and you’d think it was from a pack of ephemera, and not a sheet of 12×12! The phrases are also from that paper.

Mini File Folder Card by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

The rose gold in these Journaling Cards lend themselves so well to the pink and navy hues I’ve used.

Mini File Folder Card by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

Each card slides open to reveal the next message…

Mini File Folder Card by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

I’ve machine stitched a little tag onto this card to break up the similar sizes and shapes of the cards. It also makes a sort of title, which I quite like.

Mini File Folder Card by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

Mini File Folder Card by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

On this one, I made a little spelling mistake. To disguise it, I retyped my message on to another identical card and then trimmed off the top half, for use on another project. I was actually quite happy with the way in which it sat on top of the original card – it allowed me to tuck a little floral sticker inside, which is pretty cute and adds interest.

Mini File Folder Card by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

As you can see, I used a brad to secure my journaling cards. I chose this method, as it would allow my cards movement without falling all over the place. To hide the brad pins at the back of the paper, I have trimmed off the excess with a small pair of pliers and then popped a sticker over the visible bits.

Mini File Folder Card by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

All of my well wishes have been placed inside a vellum Typecast Envelope and sealed with a sticker from a pack of Typecast Treat Bags.

Mini File Folder Card by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

The front has been embellished with some more Wildflower Accent Stickers and a snippet from the sheet of Antiques (mentioned earlier).

Mini File Folder Card by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

Thank you so much for joining me today. Wishing you lots of happy creating!

Chantalle


Materials used:

Tab Punch Board

Mini Alphabet Punch Board

Crop-a-Dile Eyelet Setter

Typecast Journaling Cards

Typecast Typewriter

Typecast Teal/Black Ribbon

Typecast Tags

Typecast Envelopes

Typecast Tags (large white/rose gold)

Typecast Treat Bags

American Crafts ‘Amber’ chipboard alphabet

Pink Paislee Moonstruck #5

Crate Paper Snow and Cocoa ‘Sweater’

Wildflower ‘Antiques’ 12×12

Wildflower ‘Wild Flowers’ 12×12

Wildflower ‘Butterfly Garden’ 12×12

Wildflower Accent Stickers

Wildflower Layered Tags

Sticky Thumb Runner Tape

 

 

 

 

 

Baby Shower Gift Idea

Hello it’s Chantalle with you today. I am very excited for not one, but two friends who are due to give birth in the next few months. These two women also happen to be sisters! One sister is keeping it a surprise, while the other sister has found out she will be having a little boy – Yay! For this sister, I have created a little keepsake album and card, ready for the big day, using my Frame Punch Board.

Baby Shower Gift Idea by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

An interactive card accompanies a beautiful handmade scented eye pillow

Baby Shower Gift Idea by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

… along with a teensy birth record album she can use to jot down those all-important details and measurements!

Baby Shower Gift Idea by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

Both of these projects were completed with the help of my Frame Punch Board. This is such a versatile tool – allowing you to create any size frame in a snap!

My little album is 3×4” size, so for my front and back covers, I’ve used a 3×4” piece of paper, cut from a sheet of Pink Paislee ‘Arrow Avenue’. I wanted the top half of the frame to have a thinner frame edge and the bottom part to be a bit thicker (like a polaroid frame) so I punched the top two guides using the alignment bars at 0.25 and then adjusted them to 0.75 for the bottom two guides. NOTE: Adjust the corresponding cut alignment bars to accommodate for the width of the frame edge.

Here is a short video I made a while ago showing the tool.

Baby Shower Gift Idea by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

I adhered this frame onto the front of my album, along with some very cute embellishments from Crate’s ‘Little You’ collection.

Baby Shower Gift Idea by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

The album is simply a 4×6 Waterfall Fuse Sleeve which I have sealed in the middle with my Fuse Tool to create two 3×4 pockets. TIP: If you use your Fuse regularly, I highly recommend adding a Fuse mat to your stash. I find it much nicer to use than on a regular cutting mat surface.

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The album opens to reveal a section where the new Mum can record her precious baby’s newborn details. (Being in a sleeve also makes it a bit more robust for the trip to the delivery room!)

 

Baby Shower Gift Idea by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

I fed this little 3×4” card straight into my Typecast Typewriter so I could type the headings directly onto it.

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That little chipboard nappy pin is a fave! I wish I had added a few more bits from this collection to my stash actually – both the boy and girl versions are just adorable. I also really like how the typed font co-ordinates perfectly. TIP: Grab a matching colour Typecast ribbon so your projects coordinate even more beautifully!

Baby Shower Gift Idea by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

For the back cover of this little mini, I have started out the same way as the previous frame, but instead of punching four guides, I have only punched two, with the alignment bar on position ‘1’. I then trimmed the section between the punched guides and folded the area down, adhering this section on the underside with runner tape.

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Inside this space, I’ve placed an adorable little chipboard cloud sticker with a few other little details like enamel dots and machine stitching. I love that peekaboo effect!

Baby Shower Gift Idea by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

For Mum, I have a pull-out card inside a sleeve which works on the same principle as before.

Baby Shower Gift Idea by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

The card is a 4×6 journalling element from the Confetti collection by Crate Paper, which I have folded in half.

 

Baby Shower Gift Idea by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

On the inside, I have attached a tag shape die cut with my Staple Board, another frame (which I created with the Frame Punch Board) and some other little details. ‘Twinkle Twinkle’ was typed up onto some little Typecast tags.

Baby Shower Gift Idea by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

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The card slides into it’s own decorative sleeve. This was created exactly the same as the back of the mini album above. I punched two guides instead of four and folded the bit inside before adhering. You can sew two pieces of 3×4’ card together to make the sleeve, or, as I have done here, make the piece of paper double the length and then simply fold in half before sewing. I prefer to sew sleeves shut if I can, as sometimes items inside get caught on sticky surfaces if the edges are sealed with double sided tape.

Baby Shower Gift Idea by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

As ever, these ideas could be tailored to suit a number of occasions.

Baby Shower Gift Idea by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

Thank you for joining me today. Happy creating!

Chantalle

 

Supplies:

Frame Punch Board
Fuse Tool
Fuse mat
4×6 Waterfall Fuse Sleeves
Staple Board
Pink Paislee Cedar Lane ‘Arrow Avenue’
Pink Paislee ‘Take me Away’ Ephemera
Staple Board
Sticky Thumb Runner Tape
Crate Paper Little You Journalling Elements
Crate Paper Little You Mixed Embellishments
Crate Paper Little You Chipboard Stickers
Crate Paper Confetti ‘Party’
Crate Paper Snow and Cocoa ‘Sweater’
Crate Paper Snow and Cocoa ‘Cozy
Typecast Tags
Typecast Typewriter
Typecast Teal/Black Ribbon

Interactive Valentine’s Day Card

Hello it’s Chantalle. Thank you for visiting the blog today! If your heart is bursting with love for your Valentine, than I have the perfect ‘fully loaded’ idea for you! This special interactive card can hold lots and lots of love and comes in it’s own gift bag, thank to the Goodie Bag Guide Tool.

Valentine's Day Gift Pouch by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

The treat bag was created using some beautiful teal ombre glassine paper. You can find this shade, along with a few others, inside a pack of Oh Goodie Glassine Papers. The outside of the bag has been simply embellished with some rub ons and a few bits of heart shaped Crush Ephemera. Those awesome big rubs ons are actually a part of the new Photo Lights range. They go on super smooth and have a great gloss finish.

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

This card is 7×5 inches. I wanted to it to be big enough to handle all the bits inside but not so big that it becomes overwhelming.

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

Let’s take a closer look at how it came together…

Valentine's Day Gift Pouch by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

I started out with a sheet of 12×12 Crush ‘XOXO’. I cut it down to 10×10 inches, folded it in half and then trimmed the length down a touch more until it felt ‘right’. (This ended up being 7 inches.)

I wanted to add lots of pockets to the inside of my card to be able to store love notes etc. A great way to do this was to create a few little mini folders using my Tab Punch Board. How gorgeous is that marble effect Bazzill cardstock! I machine stitched the edges shut and adhered them in a waterfall fashion to the inside of my card. I thought it would be fun to be able to see them peeping out from inside the card so I used my Goodie Bag Guide Tool to create a semi-circular shape…

 

… This part lifts up to reveal the little folders below.

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

The first folder contains a love note, which I penned with the help of my Typecast Typewriter.

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

There is also a little tag, which I have jazzed up a bit with some ribbon, Crush Ephemera and Crush Accent Stickers.

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

I’ve also created some coordinating bits and pieces to embellish the pockets.

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

Create custom clips by hot glueing some ephemera onto an oversized paper clip or re-fashion some outdated epoxy clips by removing the sticker and replacing it with a cute button. Cut a pennant and adhere to a toothpick for a cute mini flag. These options are quick and very cost effective.

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

All this loaded goodness needs to be presented to your special someone in a cute envelope. I used my Scalloped Goodie Bag Guide Tool to shape the teal glassine paper and fold it around the card.

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The gift bag was lovingly finished off with a butterfly seal, from the Typecast Wax Seal Kit.

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

I wanted to make sure I got the shape perfect, so I practised on some wax paper first. The smell of the wax melting took me straight back to being a child and watching my Mother seal parcels for the mail. I remember her carefully sealing the knots she had made with string. The memory was unexpected and really wonderful.

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I hope my little card has inspired you to try something a bit different for your Valentine this year!

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

Until next time, happy creating!

Chantalle

 

Materials used:

Oh Goodie! Goodie Bag Guide Tool

Oh Goodie Glassine Papers

Oh Goodie Scalloped Goodie Bag Guide

Oh Goodie Shaped Paper Clips

Oh Goodie Starburst Closures

Crush ‘Simple Stated’ 12×12

Crush ‘Lucky in Love’ 12×12

Crush ‘Key to my Heart’ 12×12

Crush ‘XOXO’ 12×12

Crush Ephemera

Crush Accent Stickers

Tab Punch Board

Typecast Typewriter

PhotoLights Rub Ons

Typecast Wax Seal Kit

Typecast Labels Pink & Gold

Typecast Teal/Black Ribbon

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

Welcome Back Chantalle!

Meet another member of our 2017 Design Team! We’re so happy to have Chantalle McDaniel back for another year. Chantalle is a fabulous all around crafter who never ceases to find creative ways to use our products. Get to know Chantalle a little better below!
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Hi there, I’m Chantalle McDaniel. My little family and I are lucky enough to live in beautiful Brisbane which is in Queensland, Australia. I am a Graphic Designer, currently working in the entertainment sector and I am beyond thrilled to be designing for We R Memory Keepers for another term!
 
Currently:
Snacking on: Loving summer cherries.
Always wearing: I might take them off for photos but I am totally embracing my glasses. I was very naughty and avoided wearing them for years!
Obsessed with: There are a few people out there who might tell you about my over-zealous attitude towards my three guinea pigs, Maize, Cabbage and Milo!
Listening to: Spotify
Making: Trying to make a bit more me-time.
Annoyed with: There should be more glittery shoes for grown ups… I wish I could fit in to my daughter’s light up Skechers.
Excited about: Career possibilities and seeing what amazing goodies come out of the We R kitchen in 2017!
Favourite We R Tool: How could I possibly choose?? I really love my DIY Party Tag Punch and of course, my Typecast Typewriter!
Favourite project:
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You can catch Chantalle’s DIY game featuring the High Five collection on our blog HERE. This is one of our favorite projects too!

Holiday Treat Piñatas

Hello We R friends and happy holidays to you all.

I’m sure many of you will be preparing special treats to take with you to gatherings or for simply enjoying while snuggling up on the couch!

It is has become a bit of a tradition in my circle of friends to gather together and celebrate the passing of another year while enjoying delicious food and of course, each other’s company. For our annual get together, I am going to bring along some tree-shaped cereal treats which are a snap to prepare and to show them off, I’m complimenting my plate with a custom Christmas Tree Mini Piñatas.

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These little piñata kits are new additions to the oh-so-fun DIY Party Mini Piñata collection.

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You will find everything you need to put them together in one convenient kit. They are a great way to whip up some charming décor and are an easy and fun activity for kids!

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What Christmas tree is complete without some twinkling fairy lights? Mine has been given a bit of a customization in the form of some battery-operated lights, hidden inside the piñata shape.

To start off, I traced a rough idea of where I wanted my light string to be on the tree. I then punched some holes into the card with a paper piercer, (which I made slightly larger with the back of a pencil so as to accommodate the LED bulbs.) I opened the bottom of the tree up, extending the opening/closing flap part so I could fit my hand inside. I then popped a little light bulb into each of the holes I had just made. The excess bulbs were tucked inside the piñata and the battery pack placed near the opening for easy access.

I then went about decorating my tree with fringe tape, carefully working around the bulbs sticking out. As a final touch, I popped on some stickers, which come included in the kit. With enough supplies to create 3 Christmas Trees, you can really have fun decorating each one differently

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Here you can see a peek of how the lights are stored inside the piñata. This was a string of 20 lights, which fit inside comfortably.

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Switch them on, and my little tree comes alive!

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I’m sure you’ll agree that these shapes are just so adorable! What’s fun about including the lights inside, is that once these goodies are all gobbled up, I can keep my little tree on my desk or as part of our holiday décor in our home.

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I just love the little light show dancing off the servingware.

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These DIY Party Mini Piñatas also come in this super cute snowman shape. Best of all, he won’t be melting anytime soon!

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If you want to make these yummy cereal treats, here is the recipe, which I found online:

 

Ingredients:

4 cups miniature marshmallows

6 cups Rice Krispies cereal (or equivalent)

Green food colouring

Sprinkles/decorations

 

Instructions:

Prepare a baking tray by lining it with aluminum foil and spraying it with cooking spray.

 

Melt the butter in a large pot over medium heat.

 

Add the marshmallows and stir until they are completely melted. Stir in the green food coloring.

 

Remove the pot from the heat and stir in the Rice Krispies.

 

Pour the mixture into the prepared pan. Using a piece of wax paper that has been sprayed with cooking spray, press the mixture firmly into the pan.

 

Allow it to cool completely. Lift the foil from the pan and cut out shapes by hand or with a cookie cutter.

 

Decorate with frosting (I used icing sugar mixed with a bit of water) and sprinkles.

 

Store in an airtight container for up to three days.

 

Tip: Work quickly or the marshmallows will start to go stringy.

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Wishing you and your families joy and peace

Chantalle

 

Supplies:

Mini Pinata Kit – Christmas Tree

Holiday Gift Wrap with the Template Studio

Hello We R fans and thank you for joining me today. With the holiday season upon us, I would love to share some gift ideas with you all, using the fun and versatile Template Studio.

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If you are thinking about giving this tool a try, a great value option is to grab the Template Studio Starter Kit. Inside, you will find everything you need to create large-scale gift bags, envelopes, boxes, home decor and more! For my projects today, I have used the Envelope & Box Guide (included in the kit) and the Pillowbox Guide.

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As you can see, I have constructed three different shape boxes, which I have embellished. The first gift box was created using the Envelope & Box guide and some red stripe posterboard. To see how to use the Template Studio to create a gift box, click here to view it in action.

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You will need the following to create this type of box: Posterboard, Fringe Tape, Metal Bow Die, a die cutting machine like the Evolution Advanced and some sparkly bits!

The stripes on the posterboard were a perfect guide for placing my fringe tape. Being self adhesive, this decorative tape is a breeze to adhere to a vast number of projects.

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My second box is a pillow shaped one. I think this shape is a lot of fun! You could pop an article of clothing inside or some home bakes… To create this box using the Template Studio, click here to check out a video.

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To put this type of box together, you will need the following: Posterboard, Glassine Paper, Chevron Washi Tape, Mini Alphabet Punch board and some Honeycomb Paper.

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To echo the shape of the baubles on the Oh Goodie Glassine Paper, I have cut some Honeycomb paper to size and adhered it over the shapes. To create the little bell, I laid the honeycomb paper pad next to the shape and copied it with a pencil onto the paper and then cut the shape out by hand with some sharp scissors. NOTE: You only need to trace half the shape as it opens to reveal the full shape IYKWIM.

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My third box is a large envelope size, which I have scored a bit further to create a boxy shape. (The instructions included with the template studio guide show you this extra step.) It would be great for some custom chocolates or a book. To check out how to use the Template Studio to create envelopes, click here

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It has a gift card/large tag attached already. The card has been stamped and placed inside a vellum Typecast Envelope, which I have embossed using a ‘Merry Christmas’ Phrase Embossing Strip.

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To pop this one together you will need: Cardstock, Chevron Washi Tape, Vellum envelope, DIY Party Tag Punch, Layered Stamp, Ribbon/Twine and some sparkly bits.

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I’ve used some beautiful white tone marble print paper (Bazzill) and then used my Precision Press along with the Gift Layered Stamp and CMYK ink pads to stamp a cute pile of gifts onto my card.

 

You will notice the gifts are green and red but I don’t have these colour inks, so it’s back to kindergarten as we mix our colours! Blue + Yellow will give you green. I stamped yellow first and then blue over the top. Next, we will be mixing Yellow + Magenta to give us our red gifts. Again, I started with my lighter colour and then did the magenta over the top. Lastly, it was a bit of black for the bow details. I LOVE this fun way of stamping! The Precision Press holds everything in place perfectly so you don’t have to worry about accuracy when you are stamping your next colour layer. Awesome!

 

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Don’t those little gifts look super sweet peeking out from under the vellum? I love the soft opacity the vellum gives it. Pop a few sequins or stars inside for some festive fun.

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I can’t wait to gift these special boxes.

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Wishing you lots of happy gift giving!

Chantalle

 

Supplies:

Template Studio Starter Kit

Precision Press

Banner Punch Board

Typecast Typewriter

DIY Party Tag Punch

DIY Party Fringe Tape, Meadow

Typecast Envelopes

Mini Alphabet Punchboard

Bazzill 6×6 cardstock pad

Bazzill Foil Tone on Tone cardstock

Honeycomb Paper

Metal Bow Die

Chevron Washi Tape

Poster Board

Ribbon Cutter

Oh Goodie Glassine Paper

Crop a Dile Eyelet Setter

Layered Stamp, Gifts

CMYK Ink Pad Set

Phrase Embossing Strip