Gift Bags with the Crop-A-Dile

Hello We R fans! Kimberly here today using a tool that was one of the first tools in my paper crafting stash; the Crop-A-Dile! That fantastic hole punch and eyelet setting tool. The one that can punch through just about any material. Heavy duty and beloved in my work space. When you think of the Crop-A-Dile, gift wrap isn’t the first thing that comes to mind. But, this wonderful tool helps make gift wrapping a breeze! It helps add a finishing touch to a specially wrapped gift.

DIY Gift Bags with the Crop-A-Dile by Kimberly Crawford

I began by creating three gift bags using Glassine Papers and the Scalloped Goodie Bag Guide. The paper is food safe, making this perfect for cookies, brownies, or my favorite–homemade caramel popcorn. These small bags also could hold gift cards, earrings, necklaces, and more!

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After adding a few papers from the Hazelwood Collection to my bags, I folded a small paper doily over the top. Using my Crop-A-Dile, I punched two small holes side-by-side. About ¾” apart from each other. The Crop-A-Dile has two different sizes for holes.

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Due to my smaller width ribbon, I chose the smaller. The Crop-A-Dile punched through all the layers easily. The other great feature of this tool is the small “teeth” that can be seen on the side of the tool. Those teeth help you line up each punch in the same spot. Simply count the teeth on the first punch placement and repeat.

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On these first two bags, I pushed the ribbon through the holes from the back to the front. One end of the ribbon in each hole. I pulled the ribbon through, made both sides even, and tied a bow.

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I never learned to tie my shoes “properly,” which is a story for another time. However, it has served me well when it comes to tying bows in paper crafting. After tying the start of a square knot, I create two loops. I then cross the loops, tucking one underneath the other. By doing this, both ends of the bow can easily be adjusted for loop size!
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For this bag, I closed it with ribbon again, but used a different technique. This time, the ribbon was fed through the front of the bag. One end of the ribbon through each opening. Then, crossing the ribbon in the back, the ends were fed back through to the front.

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After pulling each end of the ribbon tight, it creates this closure. I love the look with the checked ribbon!

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Each of the bags was decorated with more papers and fussy-cut images from the Hazelwood Collection. Oh, how I am infatuated with those butterflies!

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Who knew that a versatile tool like the Crop-A-Dile could create such beautiful gift bags?!

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How would you wrap a gift with the Crop-A-Dile?

 

Supplies:

We R Memory Keepers

American Crafts, 1 canoe 2

DIY Party Board Project Inspiration

Our new DIY Party Board will be hitting stores next month, and we wanted to share some project inspiration with you from our fabulous in-house design team. Check out these adorable Valentine’s Day treat pouches!

DIY Party Board by We R Memory Keepers

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What’s so cool about the DIY Party Board is that you can customize your partyware to match the holiday, season, or event that you’re creating for. Just swap out your papers and embellishments!

What kind of partyware would you make with the DIY Party Board?

 

Pop Up Dies Project Inspiration

With the holidays coming up quickly, we thought we’d share some project inspiration using our new Pop Up Dies. These dies are perfect for handmade holiday cards and gifts. When paired with our Evolution Advanced tool, you’ll be set for some fabulous holiday crafting! Check out what our in-house design team created with these awesome crafting supplies.

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Use the new Pop Up Gingerbread House die set to create a DIY snow globe or a darling pop up house card.

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Our Gift Card Holder is the perfect solution for your neighbor, friend, teacher, and co-worker gifts!

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The Pop Up Gift Box die set is the perfect mix of a handmade interactive card, and a gift card holder. These new tools will definitely make your holiday craft projects turn out beautifully! Available in stores and online now.

Supplies:

Pop Up Gingerbread House Dies
Pop Up Gift Card Holder Dies
Pop Up Gift Box Dies
Evolution Advanced

Colors Chantalle Loves: Pink & Gold

Hello We R fans and thank you for joining us this week as we celebrate the colours we all love! If you asked me what my favourite colour was, I would probably answer, all of them! But I do have an affinity for pink I must admit. A deep, lush magenta gets my pulse racing every time!

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Today I want to share some gifting ideas with you. They all share a common rosey glow, but swap out the colour and you can easily customize them to suit you.

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Read on as I’ll be showing you how each one came together.

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The gold box is just a simple gift box, which I purchased from a dollar store.

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I have given it a spotty pattern by using applying some Oh Goodie Gold Foil Stickers.

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I finished it off with some twine, an Oh Goodie Starburst Closure and a Clearly Posh Plastic Bow.

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This next little box has been wrapped in dark pink tissue paper and been accented with some pops of gold.

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I trimmed a piece of Clearly Posh gold spotted acetate to fit as a sleeve around the middle.

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On top of the acetate, I have run a length of gold Fringe Tape followed by a strip of light pink ribbon. To finish this one off, I’ve embellished the box with a layered flower, made up of two petals from DIY Party Die Cut Flowers (Bright & Metallic). I’ve given the petals a bit of life by curling the edges gently with the back of a paintbrush.

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This gift was wrapped using Pink Oh Goodie Ombré Glassine paper.

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This gift also has a sleeve in the middle, created with a sheet of gold vellum from a DIY Party Vellum Pad and a spotted Next Level Embossing Folder. * The guides in the embossing folder make it really easy to get a specific section of embossing on your chosen media.

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I ran the vellum around the centre, added a few die cuts and wrapped with twine. A custom tag, created with my DIY Party Tag Punch adds a finished look.

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Want a quick gift idea that uses minimal supplies? I’ve used this chocolate gift box heaps as it works as a card and a gift box in one!

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The chocolate sits inside the sleeve and the top lifts up to reveal a space for you to write your message.

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You will need one sheet of 12×12 paper to make the sleeve. The step by steps below show how easy it is to create. Just start with a strip as wide as your chocolate slab/box. Secure the first bit with double sided tape and then roll up!

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The gold paper for the bow comes from a DIY Party 12×12 cardstock pad which I sent through my Evolution Advanced with a Bow metal die.

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How about a cute pom pom gift topper? These cuties are so easy to make using a DIY Party Pom Pom maker.

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The pom poms take just a couple of minutes to create. I have adhered mine on top of my gift using a glue gun so they stay put.

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Finishing touches are some glitter tape (which I have punched), a Wildflower layered tag and a bit of gold metallic thread.

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Finally, I have created a very quick bottle sleeve.

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The sleeve consists of a sleeve of Ombré Glassine paper, embellished with a few simple supplies like these die cut flowers and butterfly (which are DIY Party Globe covers.)

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I hope these will help you if you are ever stuck for ideas on how to jazz up a special gift.

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Until next time, Happy crafting!

Chantalle

 

Supplies:

Diy Party 12×12 Cardstock Pad
Oh Goodie Shaped Paper Clips
Oh Goodie Gold Foil Stickers
Oh Goodie Starburst Closure
Clearly Posh Plastic Bow
Clearly Posh gold spotted acetate
DIY Party Gold Fringe Tape
Oh Goodie Ombré Glassine paper.
DIY Party Die Cut Flowers (Bright & Metallic)
Next Level Embossing Folder
DIY Party Tag Punch
Crush Ephemera
DIY Party 12×12 cardstock pad
Evolution Advanced
One piece bow die
DIY Party Pom Pom Maker
Wildflower layered tags
DIY Party Vellum Pad
Sequin Stickers Gold
Clearly Posh Enamel Dots
Crush Romance 12×12

Throwback Thursday: Father’s Day Mini Books

Today we’re throwing it back to last year, and sharing a couple of past mini book gift ideas for Father’s Day. Nothing says “I love you” like a handmade gift for Dad or Grandpa, and we’ve got some cute ones to show you!

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This album was made with our Designer Poster Board and Template Studio. It includes a photo of each child, plus their answers to the question, “What do you love most about Dad?” For full instructions, visit the We R blog HERE.

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Accordion Pocket Coupon Book

Use our fun Accordion Pocket Die to create this interactive coupon book. The pockets are filled with journaling cards that have acts of service and love for Dad or Grandpa that can be redeemed at their request.

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If you’d like to learn how to make one of these darling coupon books for the man in your life, you can find full instructions on the We R blog HERE.

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We hope you enjoyed our special Father’s Day Throwback Thursday today. Stay tuned for tomorrow when Wendy shares a beautiful Father’s Day layout. Creative cheers!

 

Supplies:

Template Studio
Designer Poster Board
Hello Darling Collection
Accordion Pocket Die
Journaling Cards
Cardstock

Father’s Day Coupon Book [Free Printables]

Hi there!  Shellye McDaniel here today with my take on a quick coupon book for dad this Father’s Day!

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To start, I placed smooth, white cardstock into my printer and then printed off the two sheets of coupons from the free PDF file you can download by clicking below.

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The coupons were cut to 2”X8” strips; the left end of the coupons was punched with the DIY Party Tag Punch.

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Next, a sheet of the “Here & Now” paper from the “Honey I’m Home Collection” was cut to 9”X12”.  The paper was placed onto a scoring board horizontally and scored at 3”, 6” and 9” and then folded as shown below:

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The two end flaps were glued into place with adhesive.

The coupon tags were all stacked together and a large silver eyelet was placed through all of the holes.  A Crop-A-Dile was used to punch a hole along the left inside, bottom flap of the cover; one of the coupons was used to determine placement before punching.  Set the eyelet with the Crop-A-Dile and now all of the coupons have been secured to the cover.

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For the cover, the PDF sentiment was printed onto a small piece of green cardstock from the DIY Cardstock Pad.  The oval frame from the Ephemera pack was used as a template to trace around and cut-out the sentiment.  The sentiment was then attached to the back of the oval frame and attached to the front of the cover:

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A portion of the sentiment from the “Real Life” paper’s journal cards was attached below the print-off sentiment.  Finally, the light-bulb wood veneer piece was attach to the bottom of the sentiment and was further embellished with the puffy sticker and heart sticker.

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In finishing, I went back and embellished the various coupons with several of the cute components from the collection: ephemera pieces, puffy sticker and cardstock stickers.

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You could also have the kids write little notes or sign their names to some of the coupons!  There are many great sites online where you can find free printable downloads with even more styles and customizable coupons…have fun!

Supplies:

Honey I’m Home- 660237 Here & Now Paper; 660951 Real Life Paper;  660959 Puffy Stickers; 660962 Wood Veneers; 660958 Sticker Sheet; 660960 Ephemera

DIY Party Tag Punch 

Cool Metal Wide Eyelet

Crop-A-Dile

DIY Party Paper Pad

DIY Mother’s Day Brooch

Hello We R friends! Mother’s Day is on Sunday, so this week our team has come up with some amazing projects celebrating moms and grandmas. You’re going to love their ideas, so be sure to visit each day this week. First up is Tessa with a sweet DIY brooch idea.

Hello, friends! Tessa Buys here with an easy project to celebrate all the women in your life this Mother’s Day! Inspired by the gorgeous Flower Girl collection by We R Memory Keepers, I made a flower brooch for one of my favorite girls:

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To make your own brooch, start by choosing your favorite Flower Girl papers and matching felt. Because felt is thicker than cardstock, it will help give your flower some volume and shape.

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Cut the paper and felt into several circles in three sizes. The largest circle here is 2.5 inches and the smallest circle is 1.5 inches. I used a circle die, but you could use a template and scissors or a punch. The number of circles you will need depends on how big you want your flower to be.

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Cut the circles in half to make your petals.

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To assemble the petals into a flower, start by rolling one of the smallest felt halves and securing with hot glue. Wrap that piece with another small felt half and secure with more glue. Repeat that process with a several small patterned paper halves. Continue wrapping and gluing with medium halves, and finish the flower with the largest halves. Tip: Before wrapping and gluing the patterned paper halves, curl the edges back with your fingers. You won’t be able to see the pattern on the back side and it gives the petals a more realistic look.

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Last, glue a brooch pin to the back of the flower, as well as a pair of felt leaves if you’d like.

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Wrap the brooch in a box with some pretty Flower Girl details and you have a pretty, unique and simple gift to give to a special woman in your life this Mother’s Day. Happy crafting!

Supplies Used:

Flower Girl Patterned Paper

Flower Girl Gift Wrap

Hello, friends! Tessa Buys here. Whenever I need to wrap a gift, I almost always turn to the trusty gift bag. I keep a stash of plain white bags in my craft room. They are fun and easy to dress up with my scrapbooking supplies, and today I’ll show you how to embellish your own with the Flower Girl collection by We R Memory Keepers.

 

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I have three small gifts going out to friends soon, so I made a trio of gift bags. First, I chose the papers I wanted to work with. I picked a red circle print to bring out the red in this floral print:

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Using We R Memory Keeper’s bow die and Evolution machine, I cut bows from the two patterned papers. I placed the two different patterns back to back before assembling the bows.

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Next, I used foam adhesive to attach wood veneer pieces from the Flower Girl collection to the center of each bow.

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With the bows done, I cut some long pennants from other Flower Girl patterned papers. I layered them and glued them directly to the bags.

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The next layer is a long strand of red thread followed by a bow that I made from polka dotted tulle.

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I glued the paper bow to the top with hot glue. Last, I sprinkled some red ink across the bags for a festive touch.

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I can’t wait to give these gifts! The fresh colors of the Flower Girl collection were so fun to work with, and I just know my friends are going to enjoy the gift wrap just as much as the gifts. Stock up on white bags and pick up Flower Girl for your own gift giving!
Supplies Used:
Flower Girl Patterned Paper
Flower Girl Wood Veneer Embellishments
Evolution Advanced
Bow Die

Top Ten Punch Board Projects

Do you find yourself in need of some crafting ideas? Do you sit down to create with your substantial scrapbook stash only to find your stash of ideas running low? Look no further, because today we’ve got a post chock full of fabulous project ideas using our popular Punch Boards. Introducing, our Top Ten Punch Board Projects!

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We love this late summer/early fall burlap and flower wreath. This project is super easy to make with our Flower Punch Board.

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Flower Punch Board Wreath

This post showing how to use our original Envelope Punch Board to create paper bows is one of our most popular punch board blog posts. We love finding multiple uses for one tool!

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Paper Bows with the Envelope Punch Board

Combining our Corner Chomper with the Gift Bag Punch Board makes for a cute and meaningful gift idea for someone you love.

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Reasons I Love You Bag

We think this custom gift wrap set by We R designer Jennie McGarvey is so much fun! Using our Pinwheel Punch Board for gift wrapping is genius!

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Pinwheel Punch Board Custom Gift Wrap

We R designer, Kathy Martin, shows us that gift wrapping doesn’t have to be feminine and frilly. This Father’s Day Gift Trio she create using the new 123 Punch Board (and some other new We R tools) is perfect for any man in your life.

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Father’s Day Gift Trio

How cute is this Owl Gift Bag made with our Gift Bag Punch Board? This project has been a favorite on Pinterest, and would make the perfect back-to-school teacher gift!

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Owl Gift Bag

Making a utensil holder with our Pillow Box Punch Board is such a clever use of this tool! You could make one for any special occasion by swapping out appropriate papers.

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Pillow Box Utensil Holder

We R designer, Traci Penrod, was really thinking outside the box when she made this elegant Easter basket with our Gift Box Punch Board. Just gorgeous!

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Gift Box Punch Board Easter Basket

Coming in with the second highest number of all time views on the We R blog, this mini album made with the Envelope Punch Board is easy to make and oh-so-clever!

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We all know you can make beautiful banners with the new Banner Punch Board, but did you know you can pockets with it too? We love this denim pocket card–so fun!

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Don’t know about you, but we’re off to grab our Punch Boards and get crafting! We hope this post is as inspiring for you as it is for us. Creative cheers!

Father’s Day Gift Card Tag

Hi everyone, it’s Traci from Artsy Albums and I’m happy to be back to share a fun and easy Father’s Day project with you.  I created a tag that can hold a gift card.

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To create the tag, I used the new 123 Punch Board, an angle Corner Chomper and the trim and score board. To start, I cut the pocket portion of my tag from navy card stock 3 1/2” x 10”, and scored the piece at 5”.

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With the piece folded in half on the score line, I used the “angle” side of the pink Corner Chomper to create tag corners.

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Next, I created a notch on one short side of the card stock for my “shirt collar” by using the center marks on the 123 Punch Board.  Then I adhered the piece together on the long sides to create a pocket, and punched a small round hole in the back to hold my jute cord.

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I cut a piece of plaid paper (from the StoryTime collection) to create my shirt.  3 1/4” x 4 3/4”.  I followed the same steps to create the tag corners and “shirt collar” notch.

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I adhered the plaid paper to the front of the navy background tag.  To create the bow tie, I followed the directions for the XS bow on the 123 Punch Board.

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Finally I added the bow tie to the front of the “shirt”, added a few buttons and a title.

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Thanks for letting me share this tag for Dad with you today!  Please share your Father’s Day projects with us on our Facebook page!  Thanks for stopping by!

Traci

Supplies:

123 Punch Board
Angle Corner Chomper
Trim and Score Board
Storytime Plaid paper