Frame Punch Board Card

Hello We R Fans! Kimberly here today with two quick and very cute cards using the new Frame Punch Board. What I love about the Frame Punchboard is how easy it is to create frames, in all sizes! Being mostly a card maker, I did not realize how much I would love to use this latest addition to the We R Memory Keepers punch board collection!

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For my first card, I used the Frame Punch Board to create a frame to go around the journaling card from the Flower Girl patterned paper, Petals. This journaling card was so cute and perfect to make as the focal point of the card.

Adding the frame made it pop even more! I was able to create a thin frame around the journaling card by adjusting the side bars. You can choose from 4 different sizes. How great is that?!

On my second card, I used two frames. Both cut from white card stock, I was able to create two totally unique frames.

For the left frame, I set the frame edge to .25” on the Frame Punch Board. For the one on the right, I used the .75” setting. I love how the one frame highlights the patterned paper, while the thick one becomes a way to once again bring out the focal point.

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Along with the frames, I added a few finishing touches, including stickers from the Flower Girl collection.

The Frame Punch Board is going to be used very frequently on my projects! What will you frame?

Supplies:

Frame Punch Board
Flower Girl Collection: Patterned paper-Petals, Sweets, Garden Path; Sticker Sheet

 

Hand Lettered Urban Chic Card

Hello, We R fans, Laura here. I was challenged to create a post about facing my crafting hurdle. I do a lot of crafts, and have had a ton of failures along the way. Sometimes I end up needing to scrap the project all together, but other times the project will turn out even better than I first imagined it.

 

One of my biggest crafting hurdles right now is learning to hand letter. I can letter and often copy other fonts, but I still cannot seem to master the art of hand lettering, at least not in the way I want to be able to do it.

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For this hand lettered card, I started by choosing some hand lettering fonts I have on my computer and printing them all out for inspiration. And then, I just started lettering. Pages and pages of lettering with different types of pens, trying different techniques, and alternate designs.

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I am learning as I get older that it is more about progress than perfection. This is a very hard lesson for me to learn. So, once I found a lettering style that I liked, I went with it. I added the word ‘Hello’ to plain white cardstock. Then I trimmed it with my paper trimmer.

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I cut out a 5 inch by 10 inch piece of textured black cardstock for the card base. I used my scoring blade to score it in the middle of the card. I added a piece of floral patterned paper from the new Urban Chic collection on top of a gold mylar sheet. I added these two pieces to the black card base.

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I mounted the ‘Hello’ lettering to yellow paper from the Urban Chic collection. I added it to the card at an angle. I added some Urban Chic Ephemera to the card with adhesive squares to give it some dimension.

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This will be a fun blank note card to send to one of my friends. The hand lettering might not be perfect, but it turned out better than I had hoped.

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What crafting hurdle have you faced lately?

 

Supplies:

White cardstock
Black textured cardstock
Gold Mylar sheet
Urban Chic Paper
Urban Chic Ephemera
Adhesive squares

 

Circle Mini Album

It’s Wendy’s turn to take on a challenge today. She was given the challenge to create a project inspired by the summer games. Wendy made the cutest circle-shape mini album! Check it out.

 

Hello everyone, Wendy here today to share a games-inspired mini album.  My little boy loves to play with his basketball hoop, and for some reason he thinks playing basketball is called “42”!  So here is his little album of “42” moments using the DIY party cardstock and the Flower Girl collection.

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I began my album by using my Silhouette to cut 6” circles from the DIY party cardstock pack using the colors of the games.  I needed to cut 2 of each color to sandwich the brad in-between the circles so that they could spin, but wouldn’t be seen.  Using 2 pieces of the cardstock helped to strengthen the album so it wouldn’t be too flimsy.

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Using my Crop-A-Dile I punched holes in the layers and secured them together with the brads.  Once the brads were in place I glued the two colored circles together to form the base of my album.

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Since my album was small and I wanted to highlight the pictures of my son, I chose to use wallet size pictures and I cut out different pieces from the 4×4 squares included in the Flower Girl collection that went with my theme.  I also used other stickers and ephemera that shouted fun, happy, encouraging messages.

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Designer Tip:  Is your project looking a little plain?  Pen work can instantly add pizazz without getting out the sewing machine.  I added a dashed border to each of my circles giving more detail to the project.

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My title page again features the Mini Alphabet Punch Board as it is my favorite of all my tools giving the title 42.  One last fun piece cut from the 4×4 squares finished up the title page for this circular album sure to be a hit with my little boy!

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Supplies:

Flower Girl collection (patterned paper, wood veneer, stickers)
Mini Alphabet Punch Board
Crop-A-Dile
Cardstock Paper Pad

Vacation Mini Album

Hello, friends! Tessa Buys here. I’ve discovered that three of my favorite We R Memory Keepers tools can combine forces to create a great vacation mini book. Here’s what the Cinch, the Fuse and the new mini Alphabet Punch Board can do:

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I started with two 6×6 Cinch Book Boards and trimmed them to 4×6 inches. I adhered a vacation photo to the front cover. Using the mini Alphabet Punch Board, I cut out a “d” and “b” for the album title. I also added some typed details.

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The inside pages are a mix of 4×6 photos, Fuseable patterned papers and white cardstock.

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One page is a 4×6 waterfall sleeve. I used the Fuse tool to secure a strip of patterned paper to one edge. This is the edge that the binding goes through. I also added photos to the top right then filled the bottom right with sand from the beach.

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I carried the alphas from the front cover throughout the album. The mini Alphabet Punch Board is so easy to use that whipping up a subtitle for my photos is no problem at all!

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I added some texture to a couple of the pages with the Fuse tool and a Fuseable ruffle. The blue ruffle reminds me of waves.

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When all the pages were created, it was simple to use the Cinch to punch holes and bind the album. If you’ve got a vacation album to make, get out your favorite We R Memory Makers tools! They’re so easy to use that a great album will come together in no time. Happy creating!

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Supplies Used:

Cinch
6×6 Cinch Book Boards
Gold Cinch Binding Wires
Flower Girl Patterned Paper
Flower Girl Die Cuts
Flower Girl Stickers
Fuse Waterfall Sleeves
Fuse Tool
Fuseable Patterned Paper
Fuseable Decorative Tape
Mini Alphabet Punch Board

Guest Designer: Lindsay Bateman

We’re thrilled to welcome the talented and lovely Lindsay Bateman on the blog today as our guest designer! Take a look at her gorgeous projects, and then scroll down to learn a little bit more about Lindsay. Enjoy!

 

Hello everybody!

It’s Lindsay Bateman here, and I am SO very excited to be sharing with you all a couple of projects I recently made using the BRAND NEW We R Memory Keepers Mini Alphabet Punch Board in celebration of Alpha Week here over on the We R blog. Yes…you heard me right…MINI!

It is exactly the same version and concept of the original Alphabet Punch Board….except this one now makes smaller letters…1 1/2” x 2 1/2” inch alphas to be exact. They are the cutest! I used the Flower Girl collection to create both projects, one being a layout and the other a fun pennant banner.

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First, let’s have a close up look at my ‘CELEBRATE’ banner.

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I love having the option of the Mini Alphabet Punch Board because it is such a great way to create ‘smaller’ banners with long words.  Especially if one does not have a lot of extra space or room to create a huge banner with large letters.

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To create this banner, I cut out my banner pieces from a 12×12 sheet of Flower Girl patterned paper.  I then used a different pattern paper from the same collection to create my alphas.  Following the booklet guide that comes with the punch, I punched out each individual letter. I then adhered onto my banner, embellishing with ephemera also from the Flower Girl collection.  I used my sewing machine to stitch my banners altogether to create a fun mini ‘celebrate’ decor piece.

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Next up, a traditional 12×12 page.

To be honest, I could NOT wait to create a traditional scrapbook page using the Mini Alphabet Punch.  I adore adding titles and using alphas on all of my projects, so the very fact that I could customize my own title using whatever patterns and papers my heart desired made me SO very happy.

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Using the Flower Girl collection, I decided to create a large title/phrase as the base of my page “love you sweet girl”.

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I varied up the patterns, and I also substituted photos in for a few of the letters.

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You can see just how small the letters are this punch creates, as my photos were punched using a 2” circle punch. I absolutely adore the end result.

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For a finishing touch I added a few more embellishments from the collection onto my page.  Thanks for stopping by!

 

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Hello everybody! I’m Lindsay Bateman. I live in Lac La Biche, Alberta Canada where I reside with my husband, Matthew and our 2 year old son Madix. Scrapbooking and paper crafting has been a part of my life ever since I can remember.  I am obsessed with stationary, photography and everything/anything related to documenting life!  It truly is my happy place.  Currently I am an active member on Heidi Swapp’s Media/Design Team and loving every minute!  If you would like to see more of my creative work or what is currently inspiring me, you can find me on Instagram, Pinterest and my own personal blog. Hugs!

 

Blog: http://simplereflectionsofmyeveryday.blogspot.ca

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lindsay.bateman.10

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lindsaydawnebateman/

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/lindsaybateman/

 

Favorite We R Product:

I would definitely have to say that my favourite We R Product is the Alphabet Punch Board (both mini and large size).  Having ONE tool with the ability to create every letter of the alphabet in literal seconds has been such a huge game changer for me.  Never has it been SO easy to create gorgeous customized alphas in every colour and pattern of paper out there. Plus it is such an amazing tool to get using up those pieces of scrap paper!  It is the best.

 

Favorite Scrapbooking/Paper Crafting Tip:

One of my favourite scrapbooking/paper crafting tips has to be organized storage.  With life being SO busy, I never want to waste my precious time that I do get to scrapbook looking and organizing my stash.  Keeping a drawer filled with my essentials (adhesive, trimmer, stamping ink, stickers) helps keep me productive, focused and more efficient when it comes to completing projects and making the most of what free time I do get to have in my day for me!

 

Thanks so much for sharing your beautiful projects and a little bit about yourself with us today Lindsay! We hope you all have an awesome weekend, and take lots of photos!

 

 

 

 

 

Dream Big Scrapbook Layout

Hello everyone, Wendy here today with a layout focused on the different Alphas available through We R Memory Keepers.  I had to make the new Mini Alphabet Punch Board the star of the show as the letters are just the right size for impact.

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I began my layout by punching out the main word for my title and my design.  It’s not often I start a layout without my picture placement, but when going big it is better to fix the largest element on your page first.  After punching out the word dream from the Kraft and Blush paper I decided to punch out the word big in gold and affix this using foam adhesive for a large impact.

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I chose to add more thoughts to my title using the small alphabet stickers included on the sticker sheet and I finished with some fun Thickers.  A few added stickers and other elements added some interest to an alpha full layout.

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I added in a 3×4 card to further dress up my title and my page with color and interest.  An embellishment cluster helped to anchor my title down to my page and it added a visual triangle through colors and shapes to my page.

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One last grouping of stickers and other embellishments added to the main focus of my page to complete the visual triangles and to anchor the page.

Designer Tip:  I love to leave my journaling until the end because it then adds a design aspect by balancing out my layout with an element that isn’t too heavy, but fills in the blank spots that needed something.

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Thanks for joining me today, I hope you were inspired to play with some alphabets and see what fun you can create!  Don’t forget to get your Mini Alpha punch to it is a great staple for any stash. J

 

Supply List:

Crush Thickers
Kraft & Blush 3×5 paper pad
Metallic 3×5 paper pad
Flower Girl accent stickers
Flower Girl Puffy stickers
Flower Girl Petals patterned paper
Mini Alphabet Punch Board
Bazzill white cardstock

Monogram Card Set

Hello there We R fans! Kimberly Crawford here today with a monogram card set. When I first saw the new Mini Alphabet Punch Board, after the squeals of delight and hand-clapping, I knew I wanted to use the letters to create monograms on cards. Long having been a classy design for personalized stationery, I knew creating a monogram letter with the Mini Alphabet Punch Board would make a wonderful gift for my mother.

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Using the ABC 3×5 Metallic Pad, I began creating the letters. These letters are approximately 2.5” tall and 1.5” wide. The perfect size for cards!\

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The 3×5 paper pad is designed to work with the original Alphabet Punchboard, but I found that I could get 3 letters from each sheet of this pad! And with all the colors and patterns available in the 3×5 pads, how wonderful!

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You can see the Mini Alphabet Punch Board and paper pad. The Mini Alphabet Punch Board comes with a book of instructions, but you can also download a free app! I have a tendency to misplace instruction booklets like this, so having the photos and instructions on my phone is perfect!

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Each of my gold letters was added to a card base. I layered beautiful papers from the Flower Girl collection onto my card bases. The shape on my base, underneath the monogram, was created using the dies that came with my Evolution! They were the perfect shape and size!

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On each monogram, I added a sticker from the Flower Girl collection.  I used foam adhesive on each sticker to add some dimension.

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What will you create with your Mini Alphabet Punch Board?

Supplies:

Mini Alphabet Punch Board
Evolution Advanced
Flower Girl Patterned paper; Summer Night, Finch, Rosebud
Flower Girl Sticker Sheet
ABC 3×5 Pad: Metallic
Thin Metal Dies

Beach Layout

Since we’re in the throws of summer here with plenty of warm and dry weather, we thought it might be fun to host Beach Week so we can daydream about waves tickling our toes, and beautiful sunsets on the sand. Tessa starts the week off with a sweet beach themed layout. Check it out!

 

Hello, friends! Tessa Buys here. Have you made it to the beach yet this summer? Our family took a quick trip recently and it was our little girl’s first time seeing the ocean.

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Inspired by the bright colors she is wearing in this photo, I decided to use the Flower Girl collection. To make some waves on my layout – literally – I employed the Evolution Advanced machine and a wave pattern embossing folder.

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I embossed vellum for a subtle effect. I love how it has the look of rippling water without competing with the other patterns on the layout.

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I chose the light pink patterned paper because the design reminded me of the footprints birds left in the sand. The sea birds also inspired me to use the bird die-cuts from the Flower Girl collection.

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Inspired by the spray of the waves, I splattered blue mist across my layout. I especially love how the blue mist compliments the red and pink in the Flower Girl collection.

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Even though it may not be a summer or beach collection, Flower Girl is a great line for beach photos! Compliment the everyday designs and bright colors with beach-inspired surf and sand for a look you’re “shore” to love!

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Supplies Used:

Flower Girl Patterned Paper

Evolution Advanced

Next Level Embossing Folder

File Folder Birthday Card

Hello We R fans, and Happy Friday! It’s Aly here again to share a Template Studio project with you. Have you ever bought a group card for someone only to discover that there’s just not enough room for everyone to sign? Well today I’ve got a solution for you! The Template Studio File Folder Guide allows you to make custom size file folders that can also double as large scale DIY group cards. Check out the jumbo birthday card I made below.

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I used my Template Studio to create an 8.5 x 11 inche file folder from some Bazzill Basics Dotted Swiss Poster Board. The instructions were easy to follow, and it took me minutes to create my custom file folder.

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For a video tutorial on how to make file folders with the Template Studio, click play below.

 

After I made my file folder, I embellished the front with some papers, ephemera, and stickers from the Flower Girl collection.

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I love adding a touch of gold to my projects, so I used some gold foil Thickers from the Wildflower collection, and then punched some letters with my new Mini Alphabet Punch Board using gold paper from the 3×5 Metallic Paper Pad. I got three letters from one sheet.

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To decorate the inside of the card I added a strip of Macaron patterned paper and some punched letters spelling “Happy Birthday”, with a Macaron sticker accent.

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And since the inside of the card is so big, there’s still plenty of room for everyone to sign the card. Awesome!

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The next time you need a group card for your boss’ retirement, a friend’s engagement, or your parents 50th wedding anniversary try making a custom file folder card with the Template Studio!

Supplies:

Template Studio Starter Kit
Template Studio File Folder Guide
Bazzill Basics Dotted Swiss Poster Board
Flower Girl Collection
Mini Alphabet Punch Board
Metallic 3×5 Paper Pad
Wildflower Collection–Thickers

Guest Designer Jana Eubank

To finish off our week dedicated to the Red, White, and Blue, we’ve got a super talented guest designer with us to share some patriotic inspiration. Please welcome Jana Eubank to the blog!

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Hi, everyone! I’m Jana Eubank. I’m from Bountiful, Utah, where I reside with my husband, Kevin, and our four children. I have been scrapbooking for more than 15 years. It has become a part of my daily life and part of who I am. I LOVE it! I currently do freelance work in the scrapbook industry as well as design for the Echo Park Paper and Noel Mignon Kit Club design teams.  I have also worked in several fun positions in the industry ranging from a Design Team Coordinator for Cricut to Co-Founder/Creative Director/Product Designer for Anthology by Lisa Bearnson. If you would like to see more of my creative work you can find me in the places listed below.

 

Blog: http://www.janaeubank.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jana.eubank.7

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/janaeubank/

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/janaeubank/

 

FAVORITE WE R PRODUCT:

The 12×12 Leather Albums … couldn’t live without those beauties to keep all my work safe and organized!

 

FAVORITE SCRAPBOOKING/PAPER CRAFT TIP: The best thing I ever learned about when it comes to design is using a visual triangle to place elements … it guides almost every decision I make when creating a page!

 

STARS & STRIPES

I had so much fun creating with the Flower Girl collection and can’t wait to show you what I made.

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First up is a scrapbook page featuring my kids and their cousins waiting curbside for our hometown parade.

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I used a sheet of white cardstock as the base to my page. I traced several stars in varying sizes onto the cardstock and then cut them out with a pair of scissors. I placed different patterned papers behind them and then handstitched around the edges of each star with navy thread.

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My photos are placed all together in a row on a strip of the Finch patterned paper. I added a pop of red to the center photo with one of the frames from the Cards & Frames kit. I wanted the edges of the photo strip to match the handstitched edges of the stars above the, so I cut the dashed lines from the Garden Path paper and placed them above and below my photo strip.

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I was struggling trying to come up for a title for this page. As I was thumbing through the Flower Girl sticker accents the Ampersand Circle sticker caught my eye … “Stars & Stripes” … of course! I cut the banner shape from navy cardstock using an electronic die cut machine and then added the red American Crafts Thicker letters. How cute are the little birds sitting on top of the banner … don’t they look like they want to watch the parade, too?

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SUPPLIES:

WRMK Flower Girl Collection:

Garden Path Paper
Finch Paper
Rose Bud Paper
Terrace Paper
Accent Stickers
Cards & Frame Kit
Veneer Shapes
Ephemera
Puffy Stickers

Besides scrapbooking, my favorite type of paper crafting is creating decorative gift boxes, so you KNOW I had to pull out the WRMK Gift Bag Punch Board and put it to use! J

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I created three large 9” bags using white cardstock. For extra durability, I scored the top edge about ½” and folded it inside the bag before using my Crop-a-dile to punch and insert eyelets for the bag handles.

Once I had the bags folded and assembled it was time to decorate them! My favorite part!

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I decided to make each bag unique with different patterns and elements on each one … the fact that each one has a similar format, with the award shape on the front and star-shaped gems, gives them a unified look.

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For the first bag I used the adorable flower cart die cut from the Ephemera Pack as the star of the show! Underneath I placed the “Be You” banner shape and a friendly goose wood veneer. I love that little goose! I just want to scoop him up and keep him for a pet!

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On this bag, I placed a trio of gems. The green and white gem are from the Ephemera pack. The red “Shine” gem was trimmed from one of the cards from the Cards & Frames Kit. I love that it says “Shine” … totally perfect for the 4th of July weekend with all of the fireworks sparkling in the sky, don’t you think?! I accented the gems with a flower ephemera die cut and more of the star-shaped gems from my stash.

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On the final gift bag, I used another card from the Cards & Frames Kit as the focal piece. This time I punched the “Let’s Party” card with a 3” circle punch. I layered it on top of more circular layers, some of them with a pinked edge, and some of them with a plain edge. To the bottom right, I added a couple of daisies (the blue ephemera die cut and the white/red wood veneer). I cut a banner die cut in half and placed each piece under the sides of the daisy group to give it a bit more presence. More star gems gives this bag a touch of sparkle.

Won’t this trio of gift bags be so much fun to give to some friends?! I can’t wait to fill them  up with sparklers and treats and give them out. I’m sure they will put a smile on my friends’ faces!

SUPPLIES:

WRMK Flower Girl Collection
Garden Path Paper
Bouquet Paper
Rose Bud Paper
Finch Paper
Accent Stickers
Cards & Frames Kit
Veneer Shapes
Ephemera