Halloween Party Garland

Looking for an inexpensive, simple, and very cool idea for Halloween party decor? Something you can make with your paper stash maybe? Try making this Halloween Party Garland using your favorite Halloween papers, your Evolution, and some handy Lifestyle Crafts Dies.

Halloween Party Garland by Aly Dosdall

I started by selecting some patterned papers from the Shine and Indian Summer collections in my current favorite Halloween color scheme–black, grey, yellow, and white.  While using Halloween themed papers for Halloween crafting is fun, you can also save yourself some time and money by shopping your stash of generic patterned paper within the Halloween color scheme you’ve selected.

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Then I used the Star Punch Die, the Circle Punch Die, and the Spider Shape Die to cut several pieces for my garland. Standard shapes such as circles and stars are a great foundation for crafts of any theme. By simply using papers with a Halloween color scheme and adding one Halloween-themed shape (the spider die), I was able to create a Halloween feel to the project.

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To assemble my garland I machine stitched the die cut shapes together with white thread by feeding them one after the other into my sewing machine. Designer tip: when machine sewing be sure to use a separate needle for fabric and paper projects as paper dulls your needle.



Shine 12×12 Paper Pad
Indian Summer Paper Pack
Spider Shape Die
Circle Punch Dies
Star Punch Dies

Halloween Party Week!

As Halloween approaches we thought it would be fun to spend a week focused on Halloween party inspiration. Whether it’s a neighborhood get-together, a classroom party at school, or just you and your friends dressing up we’ve got you covered! Let’s kick Halloween Party Week off with a little treat–as opposed to a trick, right? Check out the Halloween Cupcake Liners and vintage-inspired Halloween Cupcake Toppers I created.

Halloween Cupcake Wrappers and Toppers by Aly Dosdall

I used the Ring Cupcake Liner, my Evolution, and some Shine patterned paper to die cut a liner for my black chocolate cupcakes. I love the yellow and black combination for Halloween!

Halloween Cupcake Wrappers by Aly Dosdall

Then I made some vintage-inspired cupcake toppers using some more Shine papers, my Evolution, and the Banner It Kit. To embellish my toppers I stamped an owl image from the Black Widow If You Dare Clear Stamp Set with pumpkin orange die ink. Then I fussy-cut the owl images and added them to my toppers.

Halloween Cupcake Toppers by Aly Dosdall

I used plenty of foam squares for dimension–I love that the banner die comes with a shadow layer that you can place beneath the banner shape. The toppers are attached to some small lollipop sticks that I stuck into the cupcake centers. These toppers would work great for older party guests–I love that vintage owl image and the simple, understated, yet spooky feel!

Be sure to check back tomorrow to see what else we have in store for Halloween Party Week!



Ring Cupcake Liner
Banner It Kit
Shine 12×12 Paper Pack
Black Widow If You Dare Clear Stamp Set

DIY Bat Decor

Our next door neighbors always have the best holiday decorations. In fact, they’re so cool that my kids told me one year, “Mom, we should just put a ‘ditto’ sign in our yard pointing to their house!” So this year when they asked me if we could start decorating for Halloween I started thinking bigger. The first thing we tackled was an idea I’ve seen on Pinterest, in magazines, at my friend’s house, and just about everywhere in between. I love it so much that I couldn’t wait to try it myself.

DIY Bat Decor by Aly Dosdall

To create this DIY Bat Decor I started out by cutting several small and large bat shapes from black glitter paper using the Bats Shape Dies and my Evolution. Then I accordion folded each one along the score lines created by the dies. I love the dimension that the folds in the shapes add, and the glitter paper makes the bats feel more festive.

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After I cut them I used some masking tape attached to the under side of the wing ends to adhere the bats to the wall so that I didn’t damage the paint. I arranged the bats so they appear to be exiting their cave and flying off into the night, smaller ones first and larger ones following.

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I have to say my kids were pretty excited when they saw our finished bat decor. They love how the wall turned out. We are definitely getting into the spooky spirit now!

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Are you working on any Halloween crafts? If you are please share them on our Facebook page. Be sure to come back tomorrow for some more Halloween ideas!



Bats Shape Dies

Chalkboard Halloween Countdown

Since today is the first day of October, it’s the perfect time to share this festive and handy Halloween Countdown. Halloween is something my kids look forward to every year, and it’s so helpful when my younger ones have a way to keep track of how long they have to wait for the big day (read they don’t keep asking me every 5 minutes).

Halloween Countdown by Aly Dosdall

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I decided rather than having several numbered pieces to keep track of and swap out, I would die cut a label shape from chalkboard vinyl so we could write down the number of days with chalk, and then easily erase them and change them as needed.


I grabbed a fun 5″x7″ frame at the dollar store and then trimmed a piece of black spider web patterned paper to fit. I layered a piece of embossed orange paper over that, and then added a strip of numbered washi tape. Then I embellished my project with some die cut shapes and letters, stickers, and enamel shapes.

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I love how our countdown turned out, and my girls are so excited to keep track of their anxious wait for Halloween!



Nesting Dies–Frame 11
Punches Dies–Bat and Moon
Shape Dies–Branches
Alphabet Dies–Lollipop
Embossing Folders–Polka Dot
Black Widow 6×6 Paper Pad
Black Widow Layered Chipboard Titles
Black Widow Embossed Stickers
Enamel Shapes–Neutral

Paper Bow Gift Tags

Paper bows are an easy, fun, and high-impact element to add to any project. They create a festive beautiful feel and are versatile enough for scrapbook pages, cards, altered projects, and gift packaging. Using the Gift Bow Die makes it easy to add beautiful paper bows to your projects. Check out these Paper Bow Gift Tags I created using the It Factor collection.

Paper Bow Gift Tags by Aly Dosdall

I used my paper bows on gift tags that I attached to plain white gift bags using mini wooden clothespins. Not only do the tags label the gift, but they also include the bow for the gift–two birds with one stone? Yes, thank you. =) I used the It Factor 6×6 Paper Pad–I prefer to use 6×6 paper when creating smaller projects like cards and tags. Not only do I save my 12×12 sheets, but the scale of the patterns on the 6×6 papers is more appropriate for and easier to see on smaller projects.

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Two dies come in the Gift Bow Die set–one to create the ends and center of the bow, and one to create the loops. After cutting the two pieces out, I always curl the loops slightly with my fingers so that they maintain a nice curve instead of creasing when you fold them to assemble the bow. I also use a glue gun to adhere the pieces–that’s my go-to glue for folded paper crafts.

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Since the bows are a real statement piece on these tags I kept my additional embellishments down to a minimum to let the bows shine.  I added some Acrylic Shapes and Wood Stickers for sentiments, and Washi Tape and Enamel Shapes for accents.

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So, are you a paper bow fan? What kind of projects do you like to use them on?



It Factor 6×6 Paper Pad
It Factor Wood Stickers
It Factor Acrylic Shapes
Enamel Shapes–Neutral
Washi Tape–Sea Foam
Gift Bow Die
Nesting Tag Dies
Albums Made Easy Dies–Instagram
Pocket Scrap Dies–Hello
Magnetic Circle Cutter

Fall Luminaries

This weekend was an exciting, fun-filled, and busy time at our house. We hosted a few events, one of which was a homecoming date with four couples (including our twin sons and their dates). We served the lovely couples some dinner in our backyard before they went off to the homecoming dance, and went all out with fancy food, fancy china and fancy decor. To set the mood as they entered our home we decked out the front porch with a festive fall feel, including these fall luminaries.

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The luminaries were also placed on the tables and created a nice atmosphere while they chatted and ate their dinner. If you’re entertaining in the evening this fall, or would just like to add a festive fall feel to your front porch or yard, you can make these luminaries easily with some simple white lunch sacks and some of your favorite We R tools. Here’s how:

1. Cut about 2 1/2″ off the top of some white lunch sacks and punch the top of the them with your favorite 2 Edge Punch.

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2. Place the second smallest of the Maple Leaves Nesting Dies inside the sack with the cut side facing upward and center it in the front of the sack.

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3. Run the sack with the die inside through your Evolution tool to cut a leaf shape window in the front of the sack.

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4. Cut a 4″ x 4″ piece of vellum from the Sheer Metallic collection, place some adhesive on the front and slide it into the sack to fill in the leaf window.

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5. Place a jute twine bow above the leaf window to finish off your luminaries.

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6. Add flameless tea lights inside the bags and place them outdoors in the evening.

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Right now you can find orange flameless tea lights for Halloween in the stores–they add an extra warm glow to the luminaries and some of them even flicker! This is a great project for weddings or for any season of the year–just change the shape of the die you use to cut the window.



Maple Leaves Nesting Dies
Sheer Metallic Paper Pad

Embossed Fall Card

As I’ve mentioned before during my fall project posts this week, this season is the perfect time to include fun texture on your projects. Today I’ve got an easy way to add texture to your fall projects using embossing folders and ink to create a unique letterpress look.

Embossed Fall Card by Aly Dosdall

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I started by trimming my ivory cardstock to 6×6 inches to fit my 6×6 inch card. Then I applied honey yellow ink to the inside of my embossing folder using a large brayer.

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I placed my cardstock into the inked embossing folder and ran it through my Evolution. The cardstock was not only embossed, but also took on the ink in the embossing folder pattern. Very cool.

inked embossing

Next I pulled some papers from the Jet Set collection in some of my favorite fall colors–tangerine, orange cream, honey yellow, sky blue, violet, and sea foam. Then I created a maple leaf framed window to highlight the inked embossing pattern and to add a seasonal touch. I used the two largest Maple Leaf Nesting Dies, cutting the smaller leaf first from the orange background paper. Then I cut a small leaf from the purple paper, and then cut the larger leaf from the same paper to create the frame. I used some washi tape to hold the larger leaf die in place on the paper so the frame cut evenly.

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I glued the frame onto the orange cut out leaf background and then added that to the inked embossed cardstock using foam squares for dimension. To finish off my card I added a few die cut feathers, some embossed stickers, twine, and a mini clothespin.

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This embossing technique is a fun way to add texture to any project using any type of embossing folder and ink you’d like. Try experimenting with inking different sides of the folder for different results. You can also try spray inks or daubing the ink on the folder to get a more distressed look. Be sure to link us to your inked embossing projects if you give this technique a try!



Jet Set Paper Pack
Jet Set Embossed Stickers
Triangle Embossing Folders
Maple Leaves Nesting Dies
Feather Shape Dies

Confetti Gift Tags

I love the confetti trend–so festive and fun! But I hate the mess, so I wanted to find a way to include this trend on a project that requires zero clean up.  After some crafty mulling I grabbed some of my favorite We R papers and tools and came up with these Confetti Gift Tags.

Confetti Gift Tags by Aly Dosdall

First I created some confetti by selecting some colorful papers from the Inked Rose collection and punching them with my Cinch. Design tip: to save some time I used a striped paper with multiple colors. To give the confetti a little sparkle I added some light pink sequins.


After finishing the confetti I die cut some tags from Farmers Market paper using the second smallest Nesting Tag Die. Then I used the smallest nesting tag die to cut some tags from an extra Photo Sleeve that I didn’t need anymore.


I sewed three sides of the clear tags to the paper tags using a zig zag stitch and white thread, added some confetti inside, and then finished off the fourth side to close the confetti packet.

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tag tops

I added a piece of washi tape and an eyelet at the top of each tag with my Crop-A-Dile, and then finished off my tags with some baker’s twine and some sentiments cut from patterned paper.

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These fun confetti gift tags would be perfect for any festive occasion, or could be added to a card or scrapbook page.



Nesting Tag Dies
The Cinch
Inked Rose Paper Pack
Farmers Market Paper Pack
Washi Tape–Sea Foam
Sew Easy Baker’s Twine–Pink

Vinyl Phone Decor

I love to find ways to use my scrapbook supplies for projects outside of my craft room. Making home decor items, gifts, and other crafts with my stash brings me a smile–especially since I get to see my favorite supplies in use or on display in my home. I recently got a new iPhone and while I love it I felt like it needed my “signature” on it.

We R Vinyl Phone Decor by Aly Dosdall

My new phone is white and gold and since I had some white vinyl left over from another project, I used the scraps to cut some fun vinyl phone decor for the back of my iPhone case.

We R Vinyl Phone Decor by Aly Dosdall_dies

I placed my Albums Made Easy Icon Dies and Hello Pocket Scrap Dies on my Genius Platform and then placed the vinyl on top. Then I ran the platform through my Evolution and out came my vinyl phone decor.

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Finally, I peeled off the vinyl backing and carefully placed the shapes on my phone, smoothing out the bubbles with my fingers. I love how the die cut vinyl adds some simple and fun personality to my phone case. And the best part is it simply peels up if I ever want to make a change leaving no sticky residue.

How do you like to use your scrapbooking supplies in different ways?



Albums Made Easy Icon Dies
Pocket Scrap Hello Dies
Genius Platform

DIY Wedding Advice Cards

Some of my favorite weddings and receptions have included an interactive element for the wedding guests, such as placing a disposable camera at each table for the guests to take photos, having guests sign the mat of a large wedding photo frame, or having guests put together a simple scrapbook for the bride and groom during the reception. Here’s a fun and easy way to let wedding guests interact leaving the newlyweds with a priceless and practical keepsake–DIY Wedding Advice Cards!

We R DIY Wedding Advice Cards by Aly Dosdall

It was easy to create these cute advice cards using the large Heart Punch Die and some Captured Albums Made Easy Cards. Journaling cards are a perfect choice for these since many of them have a pattern on one side and journaling lines on the other.

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Once all the guests have written their advice to the happy couple on a card (or two, or three…) you can bind them together with twine, ribbon, or a binder ring by punching holes with the Crop-A-Dile.

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This little heart-shaped advice card booklet is the perfect bit of memorabilia from their special day that the bride and groom will enjoy browsing through for years to come.

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Not only does it have great advice and provide a few laughs for sure, but it also contains a record of all the guests who attended the wedding in their very own handwriting–priceless!



Heart Punch Dies
Captured Journaling Cards