Fun Kids Party Favor

If you’re looking for a fun favor or centerpiece idea for a child’s party, try reverting back to your own childhood with these fortune teller party favors. I remember making these all the time as a kid, and my kids now love to make them too. What’s so fun about these favors is that once your child’s party guests are finished with their goodies, they can play with the fortune teller.

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To create these favors simply trim your paper into a square (mine are 10″) and follow the folding instructions for origami fortune tellers found here.  To avoid tearing, score your paper before folding it with the Trim and Score Board.

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Once you finish folding the fortune teller, turn it upside down and use the Piercing Tool to poke a hole in the center for your topper.

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Hot glue a tag to a lollipop stick and push it into the hole in the center adding a dab of glue to secure it, then tie on a baker’s twine bow. Fill the favor with your favorite candy and pass them out to your party guests. You could also use them for centerpieces at party tables.  Enjoy!



Hip Hip Hooray Paper Pack
Piercing Tool
Trim and Score Board
Sew Easy Baker’s Twine–Green, Red, Yellow

Earth Day Project

Happy Earth Day! Today I’ve got a project to share with you using some material I “upcycled” to use for crafting. Sometimes I like to save packaging (plastic and cardboard) to use in my crafts. It has come in handy several times over the years. This time I saved an 8×8 sheet of corrugated cardboard and it was the perfect bit of recyclable material to use for this Earth Day project. Check out what I made with it below:

We R Potted Herb Labels by Aly Dosdall

To create these Potted Herb Labels I cut the corrugated cardboard using the new Home Made Nesting Dies. The cardboard cut perfectly with 3-4 passes through my Evolution.

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Then I embellished the cardboard labels using some pinwheels I cut from Hip Hip Hooray patterned paper using the new Pinwheel Shape Die. (I left the larger pieces out to better fit with the scale of the project.) I finished off the labels by adding the names of each herb on a banner flag with mini alpha stickers. The labels attach to the indoor potted herbs using some jute gardening twine.

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How are you celebrating Earth Day today? Do you like to create crafts using recyclable materials?



Pinwheel Shape Die
Home Made Nesting Dies
Banner Flag Die (from Drink Sleeve Template Die)
Farmer’s Market Page Kit–Alpha Stickers
Hip Hip Hooray 6×6 Paper Pad
Brads–Green, Aqua, Yellow

Birthday Week: Cake Topper

Take your birthday party decor to the next level by extending your crafting supplies and skills to include your food. I made this festive birthday cake even more fun by adding a die cut cake topper.

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To create this cake topper I used the Banner Shape Dies to make the background, adding some patterned paper behind the cut out designs. I added a few Hip Hip Hooray Embossed Stickers, and then I strung the banners onto some Baker’s Twine.

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Next I cut out some letters from the Hip Hip Hooray 6×6 Paper Pad using the new Strung Alphabet Dies. I threaded those together using a hand sewing needle and double strands of Red Sew Easy Floss.

Strung Alphabet Dies

I also used the tip of the needle to poke out the centers of the die cut holes in the alphas. I tied them all together to some bamboo skewers and stuck them into the birthday cake.

Try using your craft supplies to add fun decor to the food at your next party!



Strung Alphabet Dies
Banner Shape Dies
Hip Hip Hooray 6×6 Paper Pad
Hip Hip Hooray Embossed Stickers.
Sew Easy Baker’s Twine–Red, Yellow, Green, Aqua
Sew Easy Floss–Red

Birthday Week: Dots Party Set

Happy Monday We R fans! It’s Birthday Week here on the blog, which means all week we’ll be sharing birthday projects and inspiration–from decor, to favors, to invites, and more–so be sure to visit often. We’re going to kick this week off with a dots-themed party set.

We R Dots Party Set by Aly Dosdall

Picking a design theme to carry through all your party paper crafts is a great way to create a sense of unity and cohesion at your party. For this set I chose a dots theme and repeated that pattern throughout my projects. To create the gift box I dry embossed a piece of 6×6 textured cardstock after I had used a brayer to coat the inside top of the embossing folder with ink. Designer Tip: the ink cleans up easily with a baby wipe, or by rinsing the folder thoroughly in warm water.

Dots Birthday Set ink folder

Then I used my Gift Box Punch Board to create a small box for party favors, adding some Baker’s Twine and a Hip Hip Hooray Embossed Sticker.

Dots Birthday Set gift box

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For the invite I used another inking technique to get the opposite effect. This time I dry embossed a 5 1/2 x 5 1/2 inch piece of textured cardstock with the smaller dot embossing folder, and then I gently rubbed my ink pad directly over the raised design.

Dots Birthday Set ink embossed paper

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I used the Rings Cupcake Liner Die and a Label It Kit die to cut the pieces out of some Hip Hip Hooray Wish Patterned Paper for the cupcake.

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See what other repeated patterns you can come up with–We R offers so many different and beautiful design for their Letterpress, Embossing Folders, and Dies that you’re sure to find something to fit your party theme.



Polka Dot Embossing Folders
Ring Cupcake Liner Template Die
Label It Kit Dies
Gift Box Punch Board
Hip Hip Hooray Wish Patterned Paper
Hip Hip Hooray Embossed Stickers
Baker’s Twine–Yellow

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

Video Tutorial: Paper Bows with the Envelope Punch Board

Did you know that you can make more than just envelopes with the Envelope Punch Board?  Check out the darling paper bows I made using my Envelope Punch Board and some fun patterned papers from the Hip Hip Hooray collection.

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We R envelope punch board bows

You can add these little cuties onto gift boxes, bags, treat containers, cards, scrapbook pages, or decor pieces.  Take a look at the video below to learn how to make these quick, easy, and darling little bows.



Envelope Punch Board
Gift Box Punch Board
Hip Hip Hooray Paper Pack
Baker’s Twine–Aqua
Crop-A-Dile III
Tag Die Cutting Plate

Party Favor Bags

If you need a party favor idea, the Lifestyle Crafts Bag Template Die is the perfect option for quick, easy, and super cute favors.  Take a look at these little favor bags I made from Hip Hip Hooray patterned paper.

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The template die is about 6×8 inches, so I trimmed my 12×12 paper in half and ran it through my Evolution with the die.  The bag die also includes three small shape dies that can be used as accents or labels, so I cut some of those with my scraps and included them on my favor bags.

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I finished off my favor bags with a banner flag, some Baker’s Twine, and a monogram with the recipients’ initials.  These 2 1/2 x 3 inch bags are the perfect size for some stickers, small toys, erasers, or small candies.



Bag Template Die
Hip Hip Hooray Paper Pack
Baker’s Twine–Red

Doily Flower Wraps

The weather’s warmed up in our neck of the woods, so I’ve been thinking about spring projects. I saw these tulips at the store and thought they would make some pretty favors for a luncheon, tea party, or bridal shower wrapped in patterned paper and doilies.

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I cut 6 inch circles from Hip Hip Hooray Wish patterned paper using my Magnetic Circle Cutter. Then I die cut some doilies from Hip Hip Hooray Frosting textured cardstock using the Classic Doily Shape Die and my Evolution.

flower wrap supplies

I glued them together, tied some Baker’s Twine around the centers, and added tags with the recipients’ names and a few accents. Simple and lovely.

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Classic Doily Shape Die
Hip Hip Hooray Paper Pack
Baker’s Twine–Aqua
Washi Tape–Aqua
Magnetic Circle Cutter

Hip Hip Hooray Collection

The joy of celebration feels especially exciting when you’re the one throwing the party, or when the guest of honor is you. The thrill that comes from opening presents, being surrounded by balloons and confetti, or enjoying a gigantic slice of birthday cake, can last all year long with the new birthday party collection called Hip Hip Hooray. This collection is full of bright and cheery colors including red, blue, green, yellow, and teal. It’s also filled with playful icons such as birthday candles, streamers, confetti, and presents, that are all gender neutral, so whatever the occasion may be, the celebration can be full of color and fun. Join us for Hip Hip Hoorays special arrival celebration in December 2013.

The Hip Hip Hooray collection comes with unique Journaling Cards that work with the Albums Made Easy system. Look for jouranling prompts, journaling cards, and titles, just to name a few.



Check out these great projects using the Hip Hip Hooray collection.