Embossing Strip Tips and Tricks

30 days of evolution

Hey there, We R fans! Aly Dosdall here today to share some tips and tricks for using our Embossing Strips with the Evolution Advanced on your paper craft projects. I love the texture and depth that dry embossing adds to projects–it looks so cool! But, did you know you can do a few simple things to add a little something special when embossing? Here are three easy ways to spice up your dry embossed projects.


Pure White Texture

Dry embossing looks really cool on smooth white cardstock. It adds that extra texture, but has a really clean neat look. To add even more interest and texture to my white embossed sentiment strip I added some matching white enamel shapes.

you got this embossing folder card by aly dosdall

you got this embossing folder card by aly dosdall_close


Ink It Up

Create your own letterpress look by adding ink to the inside front of the Embossing Strip before embossing the paper. You can use an ink brayer to distribute the ink evenly, and then the paper comes out with ink on the debossed parts of the design. Pretty cool!

lets party embossing folder card by aly dosdall

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Sand For A Distressed Look

If you emboss your design onto white core paper, you can use a fine grain sandpaper (or even a nail buffing block) to lightly rub the raised design and expose the white core of the paper. This looks really cool with vivid colors so the white contrasts nicely against the color of the paper.

hello clouds embossing folder card by aly dosdall

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I hope these ideas have inspired you. Give them a try on your next dry embossing project. And be sure to join us tomorrow for more Evolution Advanced dry embossing inspiration!


Evolution Advanced
Embossing Strips
Cakes & Candles Collection
Hello Darling Collection
Pinwheel Punch Board

Die Cut Window Card Video Tutorial

30 days of evolution

Hello We R fans! I’m Aly Dosdall, your blog hostess here today. Are you enjoying our 30 Days Of Evolution so far? I hope so, and I hope you’re finding some helpful project inspiration.

I’ve got a fun die cut window card to share with you that I created with my Evolution Advanced, the Gem Dies, and some new embossing folders that you’ll hear more about next week called Gemstone Next Level Embossing Folders.

you make me happy window card by aly dosdall

What’s so cool about this project is that the gem die cut sits in a window that let’s you see the inside of the card.

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Of course, there’s no magic involved, but I do show you a fun trick for creating this project with the Evolution Advanced in the video tutorial below. Enjoy!


Evolution Advanced
Gem Dies
Gemstone Next Level Embossing Folders
Hello Darling Collection
Gold Sequin Stickers
AC Cardstock

Eat Well Travel Often Mini Album

Hello! Samantha here for the last day of Travel Week on the WRMK blog. For today I had an idea that was part mini album, part journal, part recipe book. I hope you enjoy my eclectic Eat Well Travel Often mini album.

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The inside cover of the album tells what this album is and why I wanted to make it.

“Travel changes you. We’ve found it changes the way we eat.  We found we often fall in love with something we’ve never eaten before, and decide to make it when we return home. These are those recipes.”

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That’s the what and the why of the album, now let’s talk about the how. I knew I wanted to use my Cinch to bind the album, so I had a few choices. I could make something from scratch or use a kit. I decided to use a kit. My choices were then the Cinch Recipe Book Kit or the Cinch Journal Kit. I ended up using the Journal Kit because it’s a bit larger and I wanted lots of space.

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I started by embellishing the cover. I decided to mix and match a lot of colors, textures, and paper collections throughout this album (I’ll hopefully be adding to it for years to come, so eclectic is good!). For the cover I chose Denim Blues Fabric Paper, paper from the Shine collection, and some pops of gold.

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I kept the back cover a little more simple with just Denim Blues Fabric Paper.

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After I had the covers completed (but before I moved on to creating the insides), I bound the album. This is where the Cinch saves you so much time! It punches all of your holes for binding so quickly.

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…but this is my favorite part about the Cinch. The side has a place to hold your binding wire while you’re adding your paper to it. It’s one of the few times in life where I don’t need an extra pair of hands, because the Cinch is doing the holding for you!

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After I bound my mini album it was time to add some recipes, photos, and journaling to the pages.

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The photos above and below show a recipe with 2 parts. Since they’re 2 pieces of the same dish, I kept the pages cohesive by using Denim Blues and Hello Darling paper on both of them. You can also see why at the starting of my post I called this project part mini album, part recipe book, and part journal. These pages contain the recipe, a favorite photo from our travels, and the reason why we love the recipe or a story about where we first ate it.

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My Eat Well Travel Often Mini Album contains recipes from both domestic and foreign travel, but depending on where your passion lies, you could easily configure this to your taste. Are you one of those people who plans to visit all 50 states? You could find a signature dish from each state. Backpacked across Europe in college? Highlight European foods. Love to camp? Make a book of your favorite camping foods and the memories that go along with spending time together in the great outdoors. I’d love to hear about your favorite food related travel memory in the comments!

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Cinch Journal Kit
Shine 6 x 6 Paper Pad
Shine 12 x 12 Paper Pad
Denim Blues Mint Stripe
Denim Blues Yellow Dot
Denim Blues White Dot
Denim Blues Alpha Blocks
Denim Blues Fabric Stickers
Hello Darling Delighted
Hello Darling Charming
Hello Darling Gracious
Hello Darling Cork Stickers
Hello Darling Ephemera
Silver & Gold Albums Made Easy
Crop-a-Dile Corner Chomper
Bazzill Gold Card Stock
American Crafts Tropicals Card Stock
Pebbles Homemade Gold Thickers
American Crafts Gold Glitter Thickers
Pebbles Basics White Thickers

Father’s Day Treat Box

Join us all week long for plenty of Father’s Day gift ideas and inspiration. We’ll share everything from cards, to gift albums, to treat containers and more, so be sure to check back often!


Hello, We R fans!  Jen McDermott here, sharing a Father’s Day gift packaging idea!   The box I created is sized nicely for all sorts of gifts, a neck tie, a trendy bowtie, a gift card, personalized money clip, and on and on.  The great thing about the tools I used is that you can create your own box of varying sizes, to fit whatever gift you’re giving Dad this year!

To start, I grabbed by 1,2,3 Punch and some manly paper supplies. Dad’s box can’t be all frilly and flowery, can it?  😉 I chose the wood plank paper from the Hello Darling collection, and a piece of Denim Blues paper. (Blue Jeans and wood! Super manly!)  Then, I measured and cut my paper for the box.  The whole box is created using only one piece! Super easy!

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After punching and scoring, I put the box together, and grabbed a few supplies to make a simple tag.  I tied brown jute twine around the box, and made a little banner piece with the Denim Blues.  I wanted to keep embellishments to a minimum, so I added a piece of ephemera from Hello Darling, and a little paper scrap from Cakes and Candles.  Then I stuck it all on the box with a mini paper clip.

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And there you have it!  The 1,2,3 Punch board makes it so easy to create your own gift packaging for whatever occasion you are celebrating! What kind of gift are you giving to Dad this year? Share with us on our Facebook page—I’m sure we could all use some ideas! J

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123 Punch Board
Denim Blues Solid Paper
Cakes and Candles Paper
Hello Darling Gracious Paper
Hello Darling Ephemera Pack

Fuse Video Tutorials

It’s your blog hostess Aly Dosdall here joining you for Fuse Week! Recently I had the chance to play around with my Fuse tool (seriously addicting) and I shot some video tutorials sharing some projects. The first project is a quick and easy one, but oh-so-fun. I kinda want to make a million of these for every celebration now. Check out these Celebration Pocket Cupcake Picks I made with The Fuse and some 2×2 Waterfall Sleeves! photo sleeve fuse confetti pocket cupcake toppers_close   The next project I made with my Fuse is a custom pocket page Beach Layout. My kids love to collect shells and pebbles at the beach and I wanted to include them on my layout so…Photo Sleeve Fuse to the rescue! photo sleeve fuse beach layout using 12x12 page protector by Aly Dosdall   Are you as excited as I am about this awesome tool? What would you make with the Photo Sleeve Fuse? Supplies: Photo Sleeve Fuse 2×2 Waterfall Sleeves 12×12 Page Protector Hello Darling Collection Cakes and Candles Collection

File Folder Card

Hello friends, it’s Aly here to share this fun file folder card I created using the new and totally awesome 123 Punch Board. I love how easy it was to create the file tabs with the punch board, and how they add so much dimension and interest to the card.

123 Punch Board File Folder Card by Aly Dosdall

I used the beautiful new Hello Darling collection to create this card. The colors and patterns in this collection are so sweet and feminine–it’s one of my favorite collections!

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Recently I created a video tutorial demonstrating how to make this card. Check it out!

**Currently the 123 Punch Board is available for purchase online at HSN and in Michael’s stores. Watch for the worldwide release on August 1st!**

There are so many things you can create with this punch board–the possibilities are just about endless. Be sure to check out more project ideas on our YouTube channel HERE.


123 Punch Board
Hello Darling Collection

Clothesline Shadow Box

Good morning! Jen McDermott here to share an easy and reusable way to display your photos!  I love shadowboxes, but with four small kids that are always changing, I want the flexibility to change up my photo display without having to take it all apart.  So, I created a clothesline shadow box with itty-bitty clothespins, so I can switch out the embellishments as I wish!

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First, I grabbed a white shadowbox from a big box craft store. Then, for my background, I wanted something timeless that could go with any season of the year. So, I went with our denim paper, because you know, JEANS go with EVERYTHING. (How cute will this be with a patriotic theme for the 4th of July?! And in fall colors when I switch it out in October??)  Then, I affixed the WeR baker’s twine to the back of the page using tape, keeping the lines a little bit wonky.

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I gathered up my papers, embellishments and photos, and started arranging them on the clothesline.  I LOVE the Hello Darling collection for this project because the colors really compliment my photos and the the denim paper. I used a journaling card from the Noteworthy paper, and even used the little strip at the bottom for an accent.

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I also threw in several pieces of the Ephemera Bits and used one of my gem dies with sparkle paper to add some more interest.  Then I threw on a few more embellishments, including the cork stickers, and placed it all in the box, ready to be displayed!

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Designer photo tip: when taking pictures of children, get down to their eye level; don’t take pictures from above.

I just love how versatile this project is, and I’m already thinking of ways to make it summery! How about you?  Do you use clotheslines creatively in your home? Share with us here and on our Facebook page!

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Hello Darling Noteworthy paper
Hello Darling Cork Stickers
Hello Darling Ephemera Bits
Gems Shape Dies
Denim Paper
Evolution Advanced
Baker’s Twine

Flower Letters

Hello! Samantha here on the last day of Flower Punch Board week. I’ve loved seeing how versatile this tool is, and today I thought I’d add one more use to list. Today I’m using my Flower Punch Board to make flower letters.

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You’ll need a paper mache letter (or letters). I ordered mine on-line, but they can be found in many craft stores as well. I’m using the letter “T” for Taylor. I started by cutting the top off of the T.  You’ll only need the box part (the part on the left in the photo below).

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Next, I covered the outside of the T with Denim Blues Pink Dot. You could use any paper to cover the outside of the letter, but because Denim Blues is fabric paper, it bends and hugs the curves of the letter really beautifully.

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Then it’s time to break out the Flower Punch Board. I created a bunch of 3” (XXS) flowers from Hello Darling paper. Even though I won’t be using long stems on these flowers, I still used the centers from the Flower Stem Kit to secure the flowers, and add a pretty center. I put some dry flower foam inside the T and used planted my paper flowers into the foam pressing the center of the flower (from the Flower Stem Kit) firmly into the foam. If you’ll be hanging your letter vertically, you may also want to add a little glue to the stem. It’s easiest to start in the center of your letter and work your way out.

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Finally, I made a few small fringe flowers from some Denim Blues fabric paper and attached them to the T as well.

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I love how fast and easy paper flowers are to make with the Flower Punch Board. I created a single flower letter, because I’m using this as a front door decoration, but there are so many ways to use these letters. For a wedding you could make the happy couple’s initials or a pretty “MR & MRS”. For a baby shower you could spell out “BABY” or the baby’s name if it’s known in advance. For home décor you could spell out “FAMILY” or “LOVE”. There are just so many fun possibilities! What letter or letters would you fill with flowers?



Flower Punch Board
Flower Stem Kit
Hello Darling Charming
Hello Darling Shindig
Hello Darling Breezy
Denim Blues Pink Dot
Denim Blues Mint Dot
American Crafts Dear Lizzy Serendipity Enamel Dots
American Crafts This to That Double Sided Super Sticky Red Tape

Chalkboard Summer Countdown

With the school year drawing to a close, we thought it might be helpful to share some teacher appreciation ideas this week. From teacher gifts, to thank you cards, to classroom treats we’ve got you covered! Sit back and enjoy the inspiration.

Hello!  Jennie McGarvey here to share with you a fun and interactive teacher gift. I have three school aged sons and over the years I’ve tried to think of gifts for their teachers that are useful, creative and maybe even something the whole class could have fun with.  I’m usually not all that successful, but this year I think I have figured something out.

I thought it would be fun to create cute classroom decor where the kids and the teacher could countdown to those fun summer days!  (You know by now we’re all on countdown for those carefree days!)
So, to start I used a chalkboard that I got for a couple of dollars.  Then, I gathered up a few items.  I started with a sheet of 6×6 paper from the Cake and Candles pad, a sheet from the 6×6 Clearly Bold pad, one of the Lifestyle Crafts Inverted Circles nesting dies and the Evolution Advanced.
After I had cut the inverted circle and the plain circle using the Evolution Advanced, I got out the Script Sew Easy template and punched out the word HAPPY.  I used yellow embroidery floss (3 strands) to make the word visible.
Once the stitching was complete, I used foam adhesive to adhere the layers together.
Once that was complete, it was time to focus on the chalkboard.  I printed out the sentiment I wanted on the chalkboard.
On the BACK of the paper, I rubbed a piece of chalk on the paper.  Then, I layered the paper on top of the chalkboard so I could see the writing.  With a  ball point pen, I traced the outline of the letters.  (On the paper)  When I was finished I removed the paper and I could see the outline of the alphas, which I filled in with the chalk.
Once that was finished, I added a couple of enamel shapes for a bit of decoration.
The point of this was for it to NOT appear perfect.  It is going to hang in a classroom!  I want a child to be able to change the number of days or the message, if that is what is needed.  If I used a chalk marker – it would appear really professional, but not be as easily adaptable to the needs of the classroom.
Now, this wouldn’t be complete without a card to give along with it. Enter the Hello, Darling collection and the new Denim Blues collection for a beautiful and heartfelt card any teacher would be happy to receive!
Summer Chalkboard Supplies:
Cake and Candles Enamel Shapes
Cake and Candles 6×6 pad
Clearly Bold 6×6 pad
Lifestyle Crafts Inverted Circles Nesting Dies
Lifestyle Crafts Circles Nesting Dies
Sew Easy Template – Script
Card Supplies:
Denim Blues Fabric Sheet
Hello, Darling Ephemera
Hello, Darling Enamel Shapes
Hello, Darling Cork Stickers

Mother’s Day Gift Bag and Card

Hello WR fans! Carrie here today to share with you a Mother’s Day card and gift bag. I like to give handmade cards and gifts and especially on such special occasions like Mother’s Day. We R Memory Keepers makes my homemade gift giving easy. They have a punch board for pretty much all your gift giving needs. Today I used the Gift Bag Punch Board.You can make various sizes of coordinating gift bags to match with your cards. For mine I used the Hello Darling line. I just love this fun and summery line. It is so fun to mix and match with these papers, you will have a beautiful creation with whatever papers you choose.
For my card I first decided on what size card I wanted and made my base. Picking out the papers was a bit more difficult since I love them all but I finally narrowed it down to Merrymaking and Delighted. I cut them into narrow strips and matted them for my background. I used a Teresa Collins Journaling card from the AME collection Snapshots. I trimmed it down and matted that also to help make it stand out. I also used a Cork Sticker from the Hello Darling line along with a Lifestyle Crafts shape Monarch Butterfly die. Slid it through my Advanced Evolution and layered it with the cork sticker. I made a little border using the Doily 2 Edge Punch and topped it off with a scrap of the Radiant paper.
For the bag I used the Gift Bag Punch Board. Measured and trimmed my paper to the desired size and punched, scored, creased and adhered…yes, it is that simple! I decorated the bag with coordinating papers from my card and my Mother’s Day card and gift bag are complete.
Products used:
Hello Darling-Merrymaking
Hello Darling-Delighted
Hello Darling-Radiant
2 Edge Punch-Doily
Gift Bag Punch Board
Evolution Advanced
Hello Darling-Cork Stickers
Lifestyle Crafts-Monarch Shaped Die
Hello Darling-Ephemera Bits