Wire Wrapped Holiday Candles

Hello and Happy Friday! It’s Aly here again and I’ve got a cool hostess gift idea to share. I’ve seen some really cool wire crafts making their way around the interwebs and I love how wire can be incorporated into just about any project. I decided to make some holiday candles with my Wick Candle Maker, and throw some Happy Jig wire at them to see what happened.

Wire Wrapped Holiday Candles by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers


The combination of handmade candles and wire designs make for a unique hostess gift set. I started by making some candles with my Wick and the new Silicone Molds. I added some delicious holiday scents, and went with traditional red and green colors for the candles.

Wire Wrapped Holiday Candles by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Important tips: 1) remind your recipient to remove the paper gift tag before lighting the candles; 2) The Wick Wire is not flammable but it does get hot near a flame, so use caution.

Once I finished the candles, I selected some holiday designs from the Happy Jig Instagram account (@werhappyjig) and used the free templates available there. I first chose the star design for my green diamond shaped candle, and I altered it slightly to look more like a holiday star. Here’s the template I ended up using.

Happy Jig Holiday Star

I left a lot of excess wire so I could wrap it around the candle. I used a household object in a cone shape (funnel) to wrap the wire around so I didn’t scratch and scuff up the candle in the process.

step out 2_wrap wire around cone shape

When I finished wrapping, I cut off the extra and gently slipped the formed wire spiral over the candle.

Wire Wrapped Holiday Candles by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Next, I selected the reindeer head design for my red sphere candle. I made the reindeer head exactly as it is found on the @werhappyjig Instagram account, except I started and finished my wire down at the bottom of the design. Here’s the template I used:

Happy Jig Deer Head

Once I finished the reindeer head I wrapped the extra wire around a tennis ball (since it’s the same size as the sphere shaped candle) and trimmed it. Then I slipped it gently over my candle.

Wire Wrapped Holiday Candles by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers


To finish off my candles, I added some gift tags that I cut out from the DCWV Red and White Christmas Premium Stack.

step out 4_gift tags

I used my Sticky Piercer to make a small hole in each tag, and then tied them onto the wire around the candles with some American Crafts Twine.

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During the holidays most of our dinner parties are with extended family, so I can’t wait to share these with my sister-in-law! I think she’s going to love them. Thanks for stopping by, and have a awesome and crafty weekend friends!


Wick Candle Maker Kit
Happy Jig Tool
Happy Jig Wire
Sticky Piercer
Detail Scissors
DCWV Red and White Christmas Premium 12×12 Stack

Holiday Cards with the Layered Stamps

Hi there! Aly Dosdall here again, and today I’m sharing a holiday card set that I made using the Gifts Layered Stamps and some festive papers from the Falala collection by our sister brand, Crate Paper. Check it out!

Holiday Cards with Layered Stamps by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

If you haven’t worked with the Layered Stamps yet, you should give it a try! They’re so much fun, and so easy to use. I’m not an expert stamper, but I really enjoyed creating with this stamp set. I love that I can customize the colors for my image so it coordinates perfectly with my project.

Holiday Cards with Layered Stamps by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

There are three stamps in this set, and each builds off of the one before to create a multi color image that adds dimension to your projects. They’re numbered, so you know exactly what order to stamp them in. Start with the lightest color for stamp 1, and move sequentially to the darkest color for stamp 3.

We R Memory Keepers Layered Stamps

The Layered Stamps include a guide that helps you align each stamp correctly so that your final image is a success. The guide really takes the guesswork out of the process–I love it!

Holiday Cards with Layered Stamps by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Holiday Cards with Layered Stamps by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

I added a frame around each stamped image that I made with the Frame Punch Board and some papers from the Falala collection. Then I used a couple of die cut stickers from the collection for my sentiment and finished off each card with a few Sequin Stickers.

Holiday Cards with Layered Stamps by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Thanks for stopping by today. I hope you’re finding some helpful inspiration for making holiday cards. Be sure to come back tomorrow for a holiday card roundup. See you next time!


Gifts Layered Stamps
Frame Punch Board
Gold Sequin Stickers
Crate Paper Falala collection


We R Memory Keepers + Die Cuts With A View for the Holidays!

Good Monday morning friends! We’re excited to share that we’ve partnered up with our new sister brand, Die Cuts with a View Inc, to bring you some holiday gift wrap inspiration this week. Each day the projects you see will feature the new DCWV Inc holiday paper stacks that you can find at JoAnn Stores, along with some of our Punch Boards that you can find there as well.

We R Memory Keepers + DCWV Inc at JoAnn Stores

To start things off this week, we thought we’d share sneak peeks of some of the new DCWV holiday stacks so you can get an idea of what you have to look forward to! Visit your local JoAnn store to see more.

Winter Frost

DCWV Inc Winter Frost Premium Stack

DCWV Inc Winter Frost Premium Stack

Very Merry

DCWV Inc Very Merry Premium Stack

DCWV Very Merry Premium Paper Stack available at JoAnn Stores

Christmas Flipside

DCWV Inc Christmas Flipside Premium Stack

6×6 Mat Stacks

DCWV Inc 6x6 Mat Stack: Frosty Holiday

DCWV Inc 6x6 Mat Stack: Holiday Jewel Patterns

DCWV Inc 6x6 Mat Stack: Paper Lace

DCWV Inc 6x6 Mat Stack: Holiday Jewel

DCWV Inc 6x6 Mat Stack: Holiday Jewel Patterns

Be sure to check back each day this week for some awesome holiday gift wrap inspiration featuring our Punch Boards and other We R tools. Thanks for stopping by!

Envelope Advent Calendar

Happy Friday friends! It’s your blog hostess, Aly Dosdall, here to share my version of a Christmas Countdown using some new papers from the DIY Party Collection, and one of my most-used crafting tools, the Envelope Punch Board.



Envelope Advent Calendar by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers #envelopepunchboard #adventcalendar #christmascountdown #DIYholidays

This advent calendar was easy to make. I simply followed the instructions on the board to make 25 different sizes and shapes of envelopes using the DIY Party 12×12 Patterned Paper Pad. I have a certain amount of space to hang them above my fireplace, so I kept the envelopes to 3 1/2 inches wide or less. Then I cut some numbers with my Cameo using gold cardstock from the new DIY Party collection 12×12 Cardstock Pad. I hung my envelopes on green striped baker’s twine using mini wooden clothespins.

Envelope Advent Calendar by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers #envelopepunchboard #adventcalendar #christmascountdown #DIYholidays

In our family we do an advent calendar each December for the 25 days leading up to Christmas. We do fun seasonal activities as a family all month long, so the purpose of our advent calendar is to help our family focus on what the Christmas holiday means to us.

Envelope Advent Calendar by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers #envelopepunchboard #adventcalendar #christmascountdown #DIYholidays

Each envelope is filled with a slip of paper that contains an advent scripture verse, an inspirational Christmas quote, or the title of an inspirational video to watch. We gather as a family each night and take turns pulling out the paper from that day’s envelope. We do our advent reading (or watch our video) with all the lights off except the Christmas tree, and then each of the kids gets to pick a small treat from our advent treat basket.

Envelope Advent Calendar by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers #envelopepunchboard #adventcalendar #christmascountdown #DIYholidays

This has become one of our favorite Christmas activities! Our whole family looks forward to it each year.

Envelope Advent Calendar by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers #envelopepunchboard #adventcalendar #christmascountdown #DIYholidays

Do you like to do a Christmas Countdown during December? Share a photo of your handmade Christmas Countdown on our Facebook page HERE.

Have a wonderful weekend We R fans! We’ll see you back here on Monday with some more holiday inspiration!


Envelope Punch Board
DIY Party 12×12 Patterned Paper Pad
DIY Party 12×12 Cardstock Pad
Baker’s Twine–Green

Guest Designer Kimberly Crawford

We are so excited to welcome designer Kimberly Crawford to the blog as our guest designer this week. Kimberly is joining us for Banner Punch Board week, and created some beautiful Thanksgiving themed projects. First, take a minute to get to know Kimberly, and visit her social media accounts to check out more of her lovely work. Then check out her guest designer projects below. Enjoy!

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My name is Kimberly Crawford and I love paper. And really cool tools to use with paper! I have been paper crafting for many years now. I currently design for several manufacturers and teach classes at Big Picture Classes. I have been published frequently in books and magazines, including international publications. When I am not creating, my husband of 16 years and I take our 9 year old son to all his activities, and feel like we should move in to the pool where he spends most of his time as a competitive swimmer. Our cat doesn’t seem to mind we are gone often, as long as we feed him well (read that as treats) and let him sleep on our bed.

Favorite WRMK Product: I am a big fan of all the WRMK tools, but my favorite, the tool I use constantly, is the Brad Setter and Piercing Tool! Not only do I use it to pierce holes, but it is also my extra hand for holding things down. It is also fantastic for removing paper from my die templates!

Favorite paper crafting tip: This one is from my husband and I love it. He says, “It’s paper. Cut it. Use it. Try your idea out. Use the pretty paper and make something that makes you happy!” He’s a keeper!

Thanks Banner

The WRMK Banner Punch Board makes creating festive banners so easy! I was thrilled at how quickly this banner came together! The unexpected surprise to the tool for me was the hole punch built in at the top! It pierces perfectly lined up holes for the string!

thanks banner 2 Kimberly Crawford

thanks banner 3 Kimberly Crawford

The toughest part of this project was choosing which beautiful papers from the Wildflower Collection! The papers I used spoke to me of Thanksgiving. I have golds, burlaps, and many branches in my décor for that time of year, so this motif fit in perfectly. I cannot wait to hang it up over the buffet in our dining room!

thanks banner v2 Kimberly Crawford


Giving Thanks Wall Hanging

With more Thanksgiving décor in mind, I saw this dark wood frame in my stash of frames. It coordinated perfectly with the papers from the Wild Flower Collection. I layered paper on the back, a simple ledger design.

giving thanks wall hanging 2 Kimberly Crawford

Then I used the Banner Punch Board to create the flag shape banner again. I layered the banners inside each frame part. I added tags trimmed from patterned paper and some beautiful foiled die cut flowers. I also used the Type Writer chipboard stickers to spell out giving. This is also going to look great in my house for Thanksgiving!

giving thanks wall hanging Kimberly Crawford

Thank you WRMK for having me guest design!

And thanks to you Kimberly for being our guest today. =)




Peace On Earth Card

One thing I love about the gorgeous Silver and Gold collection is that not only does it include traditional greens and reds for the holidays, but it also includes some less expected but just as beautiful colors. Of course it has silver and gold, but I love the unexpected chalkboard black, kraft, and robin’s egg blue colors as well. Here’s a holiday card I made focusing on some of the more non-traditional colors in the collection.

Peace On Earth Card by Aly Dosdall

For this card I stuck with the blue, white, gold, and kraft colors. I love the soft feel of them when combined with the gold–perfect for the holidays. And the crisp white reminds me of newly fallen snow.

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I used the Wreath Frame Die to house my die cut sentiment, drawing attention to it. Laurel wreaths are a hot trend to watch for this holiday season–love them! I embellished the wreath with some gold sequins for a little sparkle, and included a pop of red at the top with some twine and a gem. My sentiment combines three different fonts–a script font and two tall and skinny fonts. Combining different fonts is a great way to add visual interest to any project.

So what do you think of the Silver and Gold collection so far? Do you like traditional or non-traditional holiday colors? Share your favorite holiday color schemes in the comments section below.



Silver and Gold 6×6 Paper Pad
Wreath Frame Die
High Rise Alphabet Die
Lollipop Alphabet Die
Evolution Advanced


Christmas Inspiration and then some more….

We are excited to have Evelyn from Geek Galz as our guest designer for today.  She comes to us all the way from Indonesia. Evelyn used the North Pole collection from We R Memory Keepers to create three adorable Christmas layouts. Take a look for a little inspiration for your holiday season, and check out the Geek Galz blog to see more.


All i want for christmas is you by Evelynpy





Santa Claus by Evelynpy



The Gift by Evelynpy