Shirt and Tie Banner

Part of our family holiday tradition is banners. Be it birthdays, Mother’s Day, or anniversaries, at our house part of celebrating the people we love is making a sign of some sort. Here is what I came up with for Father’s Day this year.

We R Fathers Day Banner by Aly Dosdall

Remember those Shirt and Tie Cards? Here’s another idea for using the same adorable die–add the die cut shirts and ties to a banner using mini wooden clothespins. Cute, huh?

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To create the letter portions of the banner I cut several 6×6 pieces of Game Day patterned paper and punched them with my Loop Mini 8 Punch. Then I trimmed them in half and added an eyelet to each corner with my Crop-A-Dile to reinforce them.

punch and cut banner

After adding large letter stickers I strung them on a long length of black Sew Easy Baker’s Twine. Fitting the Shirt and Tie die cuts in between finished the banner off perfectly.



Shirt and Tie Card Template Die
Game Day Paper Pack
Mini 8 Punch–Loop
Eyelets–Cool Metal
Sew Easy Baker’s Twine–Black

#1 Fan Card for Dad

In case you haven’t noticed, this week on the blog is all about Dad! There are plenty of ways to use your crafty supplies and favorite We R tools to create wonderful gifts for the man in your life. Today I’m sharing an easy but fun sports-themed card for those dads who love catching the latest game on TV.

We R No 1 Fan Card by Aly Dosdall

I created this card by weaving four colors of Washi Tape diagonally across a piece of white cardstock. It’s easy to weave with washi tape since it’s low tack and pulls up easily if you need to reposition it.

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After creating the woven washi tape background, I added an embossed tag (I trimmed it down to fit better on the card) and an embossed sticker from the Game Day collection. With a little black Sew Easy Baker’s Twine and a few Enamel Shapes the card was finished!

Be sure to check back tomorrow for some Father’s Day decor inspiration!



Washi Tape: Avocado, Butter, Navy, Pomegranate
Game Day White Textured Cardstock
Game Day Go Team Embossed Tag
Game Day Embossed Stickers
Sew Easy Baker’s Twine–Black
Enamel Shapes–Neutral

Baby Week: Letterpress Baby Announcement

If you’re looking for DIY baby announcement ideas, here’s a simple but clever way to share the happy news with your family and friends. I combined a few Lifestyle Crafts Letterpress plates with some masculine colored patterned paper from the Game Day and Notable collections to create this interactive card.

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I started with a 5 1/4 x 5 1/4 piece of Thick Square Flat Letterpress Paper and printed the chevron pattern from the Spooked Printing Plates set, and the hand-stitching image from the Petit Printing Plates set. Since they both were printed in Orange Letterpress Ink, it was easy to print them at the same time.  Then I printed the baby onesie using orange ink on a White Mini Flat Card and cut it out.

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Next, I took the 51/4 x 5 1/4″ piece of paper with the orange printing on it, and printed the “It’s A Boy” sentiment on it with my Letterpress using Light Blue Letterpress Ink.  To finish off the card, I added the baby onesie image with a foam square and mini wooden clothespins to the top of the card.  Then I created a border of blue patterned paper from the Game Day Collection, and added some Baker’s Twine and Enamel Shapes.

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To create the pocket for this card, I made a 5 1/2 x 5 1/2 ” envelope with my Envelope Punch Board and trimmed off the top flap.  Designer tip: to cover the sports themed pattern (or “B” side) showing on the inside of the envelope I used the top flap I cut off, rotated it upside down (with the matching blue side showing), and adhered it to the top inside of the envelope. It fit perfectly to cover up the little bit of the sports pattern that was showing.

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I added a border and a Letterpress sentiment to the outside of the pocket that I punched out with my Tab Punch, along with some twine and enamel shapes. You can add a photo and details, or just leave the card as is for a gender announcement. The recipient will not only enjoy learning the wonderful news, but will also enjoy the fun interactive element of this card.



Thick Square Flat White Letterpress Paper–5 1/4 x 5 1/4″
White Mini Flat Cards
Petit Printing Plates
Spooked Printing Plates
Orange Letterpress Ink
Light Blue Letterpress Ink
Game Day Paper Pack
Notable Paper Pack
Enamel Shapes–Warm
Sew Easy Baker’s Twine–Yellow
Envelope Punch Board
File Tab Punch

Baby Week: Cinch Baby Book

Yesterday I shared an Instagram Baby Album, and today I thought I would share another mini album option to document your baby photos.  Just like the instagram album, this album is great to keep and display for yourself, or you can make one as a gift for a friend or family member.

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I started with two 6×6 pieces of chipboard and covered them with some patterned paper in soft colors from the Game Day and Hip Hip Hooray collections. Then I decorated the front cover with some paper, die cuts, alphas, and embellishments.

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During my daughter’s first year I took a photo of her each month in front of the same background to document her rapid growth and change.  For each page of my album I included one of her monthly photos, plus some list-style journaling about what she had learned or how she had grown that month.  Most of the journaling is printed on a tag or journaling card tucked away in a pocket.

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I like to repeat certain elements on each page in my mini albums to create a sense of unity throughout the album.  Each page has a decorative edge I made with my 2 Edge Punch, a die cut Journaling Card, Washi Tape, and the same papers and colors.

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To indicate my daughter’s age on each page I created tabs by stamping the month, outlining it, and punching it out with my Tab Punch.  I included lots of die cut shapes, envelopes, and tags, as well as enamel shapes, buttons, wood veneers and chipboard accents.  I even used my Envelope Punch Board to make a pocket for my journaling by cutting off the top flap of the envelope.

This type of album is a really fun way to compare differences and track the growth and changes during baby’s first year. I hope this album inspires you–give these tips a try on your next project.



The Cinch
6×6 Chipboard
3/4″ Binding Wire–Gold
Game Day Paper Pack
Hip Hip Hooray Paper Pack and Alphas
Albums Made Easy Journaling Cards–Notable, Hip Hip Hooray, Quoted, Grid
Washi Tape–Aqua, Avocado, Butter
Enamel Dots and Shapes–Neutral, Warm, Cool
Sew Easy Baker’s Twine–Aqua, Yellow, Green
Baby Mine Fabric Buttons and Milestones Clear Stamps
Bracket Tab Punch
Raindrop 2 Edge Punch
Envelope Punch Board
Tag It Kit Dies
Heart Punches Dies
Pocket Scrap Dies–Hello, Life, Today
Nesting Dies–Frame 2
Mini Pocket Template Die

Leprechaun Photo Props

With St. Patrick’s Day coming I always try to get my kids involved in some crafting. They love to get into the Irish spirit! This year we decided to make some fun Leprechaun photo props.

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My girls and I picked out and die cut some fun shapes from Game Day patterned paper using my Cricut machine. I love that the Game Day collection includes plenty of generic patterns in addition to the sports themed ones. We made a hat, a mustache…

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…a bow tie, and Leprechaun hair with a beard.

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We hot glued them to some bamboo skewers–I trimmed the sharp ends off before hand. Tip: I added some strips of chipboard to the back of the hat and the hair+beard props to keep them from flopping over when holding them upright.

Not only were these props fun to make, but they made adorable photos for some future scrapbook pages. These would also be fun for a St. Patrick’s Day party.  You could photograph your guests, print the photos, and send them home with a memorable party favor.



Game Day Paper Pack

We R + Kiwi Lane Designs

Today I’ve got a special post for you!  We R teamed up with Kiwi Lane Designs to bring you a fun project plus an awesome giveaway! First, take a look at what happened when I combined Kiwi Lane’s Tiny Sweetheart Accessory template set and some of my favorite We R papers, embellishments, and tools.

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First I selected some fun shapes I wanted to work with, traced them onto my Game Day patterned papers, and then cut them out with my Small Precision Scissors.

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I added the shapes around my photo and as part of my title to bring those elements some added emphasis.  I dressed up the shapes with some Sew Easy hand stitching and some Enamel Shapes.

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Then I completed my page using some of my favorite We R tools and embellishments–my Loop Mini 8 Punch, File Tab Punch, and Washi Tape.  I love how the We R products blend seamlessly with the fun shapes of the Kiwi Lane templates!

Now, on to the giveaway!  We have several sets of templates from our generous friends at Kiwi Lane Designs that we’d love to give away to two of our fabulous We R fans.

kiwi lane designs

If you’d like to be considered for the giveaway please leave a comment on this post before midnight (MST) on Thursday, March 6th.  We’ll announce the winners on Friday, March 7.  Good luck, and be sure to check back to see if you won!



Small Precision Scissors
Game Day Paper Pack
Mini 8 Punch–Loop
Tab Punch–File
Sew Easy Tool–Zig Zag and Original heads
White Floss
Enamel Shapes–Cool and Warm
Washi Tape–Avocado and Navy