Shaped Christmas Card Set

Hello We R Fans! Kimberly here with fun, festive, and handmade cards for the holidays! Everyone loves to make (and get) a handmade card in the mail, but during the holidays, our time is at a premium. Once again, We R Memory Keepers is bringing us a tool that saves time and makes us look good! The Circle Spin & Trim is a tool that makes creating circles of just about any size a snap! Smooth and easy to use, check out how I used it on these ornament cards.

Shaped Christmas Card Set featuring the Circle Spinby Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

Making these cards took so little time. And how cute are they? Not your everyday Christmas card, that is for sure!

Shaped Christmas Card Set featuring the Circle Spin & Trim by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

The blades for the Circle Spin & Trim sit in the top of the tool. Love the on-board storage and the fact that there are two blades! To cut, one blade easily twists into the guides on the center of the tool. You can choose from so many different sizes!

Shaped Christmas Card Set featuring the Circle Spin & Trim by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

After the blade is inserted, place your paper inside the Circle Spin & Trim. Firmly close the lid. See the piece that looks like a “Sorry” game board piece? It’s the handle. Simply turn the handle and it will cut your circle.

Shaped Christmas Card Set featuring the Circle Spin & Trim by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

I cut out circles from green, red, aqua, and pink cardstock. Two for each card-for a front and back.

On one set of circles, I stamped and heat embossed the word joy. On the others, I added layers of stripes, created with white cardstock.

Shaped Christmas Card Set featuring the Circle Spin & Trim by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

To make the ornament hanger, I trimmed silver glitter cardstock to size. (approximately 1” x 1”) I scored each piece of glitter cardstock in half, adhering one side to each piece of cardstock.

To have a place to “hang” the ornament from, I used my We R Memory Keepers Reinforcer Hole Punch. Punching the rings from the same silver glitter cardstock. Each ring was glued to the top, as shown.

Shaped Christmas Card Set featuring the Circle Spin & Trim by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

On the inside of each card, I added another circle, one that was the next size smaller. Look at that perfect layering! Yay! The circle gave me a place to write some quick words.

Shaped Christmas Card Set featuring the Circle Spin & Trim by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

After making these, I had so many more ideas! Wouldn’t it be cute to place a photo on the inside, above the writing? Oooh, and these would make adorable tags on Christmas gifts. Or just to use as ornaments themselves! What will you make with your Circle Spin & Trim?

 

Supplies:

We R Memory Keepers:

Bazzill:

Various cardstock

Thank You Cards with the Pocket Punch Board

Hello We R Fans! Kimberly here today with a trio of thank you cards. This time of year always reminds us to put our focus on gratitude and sending thank you cards is such an amazing way to express that sentiment. Using the new We R Memory Keepers Pocket Punch Board helped me make several thank you cards quickly, check them out.

Thank You Cards featuring the Pocket Punch Board by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

The Pocket Punch Board is another wonderful addition to the punch board family! This tool allows you to make several different types of pockets. And of course, it comes with an amazing guide to create pockets in whatever dimension you need for your project!

Thank You Cards featuring the Pocket Punch Board by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

The reason I was pumped about the Pocket Punch Board was this patterned paper from Pebbles that I have been hoarding. The paper was full of gorgeous thank you tags and making pockets gave me the perfect way to use them on my cards!

Thank You Cards featuring the Pocket Punch Board by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

Because of the tags I would be using, I chose the pocket design with the notch. The Pocket Punch Board is incredibly easy to use. With two cuts, three scores, and a punch, my pocket was done! On these cards, I made the 4” x 3.5” pockets.

Thank You Cards featuring the Pocket Punch Board by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

There is something about the notch at the top of these pockets that gets me! Maybe it’s the nostalgic feel of library card pockets? Whatever it is, I love the look!

All the tags on my cards were cut from patterned paper. I used my Cropadile to punch the holes in the tags and threaded thick twine through each one.

Thank You Cards featuring the Pocket Punch Board by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

On each pocket, I added another thank you phrase, because, can you ever say thank you enough? I also added some stickers. While these stickers were clear, I placed them on white cardstock and trimmed them out. This made them pop more and stand out better.

Thank You Cards featuring the Pocket Punch Board by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

What will you put inside your pockets?

 

Supplies:

We R Memory Keepers

Pebbles

Framed Halloween Decor with the Crop-A-Dile

Hello We R Fans! Kimberly here with a really fun Halloween décor project! It’s no secret how much I love making Halloween décor and this project makes me so happy! String art is all the rage and I wanted to make a spider web. Not wanting to get a hammer and nails involved in this project, I wondered if I could create one with eyelets. Well, yes, yes, I could!

Framed Halloween Decor with the Crop-A-Dile by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

Following an image I found online of a spider web, I began by drawing a series of straight lines onto a piece of cardstock in a star or asterisk shape. (Total of 4 lines creating 8 spokes.)

Framed Halloween Decor with the Crop-A-Dile by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

At the ends of each spoke of my shape, I set an eyelet with my Cropdile. An eyelet was also placed in the center where all the lines intersected. For those eyelets, I needed the Cropodile Big Bite to be able to reach father into my piece of cardstock. Finally, in between each eyelet, another one was set.

Framed Halloween Decor with the Crop-A-Dile by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

Using baker’s twine, I began stringing through the eyelet openings. I followed the straight lines I drew first by pulling the string up through the center eyelet and down through the end spoke eyelet.

Framed Halloween Decor with the Crop-A-Dile by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

Then I followed around the outside “circles” of eyelets with the rest of the twine. Thank you pattern for keeping me straight.

Framed Halloween Decor with the Crop-A-Dile by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

I foam mounted the strung cardstock to a piece of black cardstock. The entire panel was placed on a piece of Pebbles Spooky Boo patterned paper, cut to the size of my frame. The sticker, from the same collection, was way too perfect! May contain spiders…ha!

Framed Halloween Decor with the Crop-A-Dile by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

Who is ready to make some string art with eyelets?! What other images might you try with this technique?

Supplies:

We R Memory Keepers

Pebbles

Make DIY Stamped Embellishments on your Handmade Cards with the Precision Press Advanced

Hello We R fans! Kimberly here and it has been awhile since I shared a quick tutorial. So as I was using my We R Memory Keepers Precision Press Advanced the other day, I realized that I HAD to share this quick tip that will change your stamping on coordinating die cuts world! Line your stamped images up inside their matching die cuts perfectly with these tips. I know I need all the help I can get with this!

Handmade Card by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers featuring the Precision Press Advanced and Vicki Boutin Stamps & Dies

This beautiful butterfly image is from Vicki Boutin’s Field Notes line. With this lovely image, I knew I needed to not only use it, but make it the star of my card.

Handmade Card by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers featuring the Precision Press Advanced and Vicki Boutin Stamps & Dies

Using the coordinating die, I would be able to pop the butterfly up off my card and let it shine.

We R Memory Keepers Precision Press Advanced + Vicki Boutin Field Notes Dies and Stamps Set

I started by die cutting the butterfly from card stock. It does not matter where in your paper you cut it. I used the edge to get more use of my paper on another project.

Handmade Card by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers featuring the Precision Press Advanced and Vicki Boutin Stamps & Dies

Place your negative piece (the left-over) inside the Precision Press Advanced. The location does not matter. Secure the paper in place with the magnets.

Handmade Card by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers featuring the Precision Press Advanced and Vicki Boutin Stamps & Dies

Set the stamp (flat side up) inside the opening. The clear stamp makes it easy to see through the die cut opening, allowing you to quickly line up the edges all the way around the stamp.

We R Memory Keepers Precision Press Advanced + Vicki Boutin Field Notes Stamps and Dies

Place the clear top of the Precision Press Advanced over the paper and stamp and press down. When you press down, the stamp will cling to the clear plate.

We R Memory Keepers Precision Press Advanced + Vicki Boutin Field Notes Stamps and Dies

Take the clear top off and place the die cut card stock back inside the negative space.

We R Memory Keepers Precision Press Advanced + Vicki Boutin Field Notes Stamps and Dies

Ink your image, place the clear plate back on the press, and push down. Because the stamp was lined up with the Precision Press Advanced, each of your impressions will come out perfectly! You could stamp hundreds of these beautiful butterflies with no mistakes!

Handmade Card by Kimberly Crawford featuring the We R Memory Keepers Precision Press Advanced and Vicki Boutin Field Notes Stamp & Dies Set

Will you use this tip the next time you need to line up a stamp and die cut?

Supplies:

We R Memory Keepers

American Crafts – Vicki Boutin – Field Notes

  • Patterned paper Good Stuff, Simple Things
  • Stamps and Dies
  • Stickers

Make a Fall Banner with the Happy Jig

Hello We R Fans! Kimberly here today with some home décor for fall. It seems that I am always pulled towards creating projects for our house. Adding a personal and handmade touch is wonderful, but its also great to be able to add a trendy touch without breaking the bank. I mean, who can change all the pillows and blankets out all the time? But by using my We R Memory Keepers tools and some patterned papers, I can create a lovely piece of seasonal décor, and be a bit fashionable as well.

Fall Banner with the Happy Jig by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

I began by using my Banner Punch board and that fantastic checkered paper from Pebbles new line, My Bright Life. I am seeing that black and white gingham everywhere, and I love it! The Banner Punch Board is a constant friend on my desk, making quick work of creating pendants that are the exact size and style I want.

Fall Banner with the Happy Jig by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

After layering some other papers, die cut images, and ribbon, I started to create the leaf image from Copper Happy Jig Wire. The booklet that comes with the Happy Jig provides clear instructions for making the shapes.

Fall Banner with the Happy Jig by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

After following the image and placing my pegs, I wrapped the wire around. The wire shapes come together easily. The dimension they add to a project is really cool!

Tip: I use a liquid adhesive to secure my wire shapes to my projects.

Fall Banner with the Happy Jig by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

Another We R Memory Keepers tool that comes in handy when making banners is another on of my old favorites, the Crop-A-Dile. To punch the holes for the twine (used to hang the banner), simply stack all your pieces together and punch through every piece at once. No mistakes and no misalignment.

Fall Banner with the Happy Jig by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

Do you decorate for the seasons? Where would you hang your fall banner?

Supplies:

We R Memory Keepers:

Pebbles – My Bright Life:

Back to School Teacher Gift Idea

Hello We R Fans! Kimberly here with a teacher gift that is sure to leave everyone with smiles! Quick, easy, and thoughtful is the best kind of teacher gift you can make. Follow this fun idea and not only will it meet all those criteria, but the tools from We R Memory Keepers will make it fully customized, adding an extra-special finishing touch!

Back to School Teacher Gift Idea by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

This gift has a few parts to it, but my favorite is the smiley face emoji sticky-note pad! Yes, those smiling faces, while finishing the tag sentiment by saying, “All SMILES because you’re my teacher,” are also sticky notes! What teacher wouldn’t love to have those cute supplies on their desk?! I know this former teacher thinks they are fantastic!

Back to School Teacher Gift Idea by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

One tip to start, be sure and get the sticky notes that are completely backed in adhesive, not just on the top edge. This will make your notes stay together better.

Back to School Teacher Gift Idea by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory KeepersEmoji Punch Board by We R Memory Keepers

I trimmed my sticky note paper down to the size for the Emoji Punch Board, which is 1.5” square. Then I proceeded to punch out the smiley face version. I love that they are so many faces to be made, but this worked for today’s project best. Stacking 3 notes together worked well while punching, more pieces of paper than that was too thick. As I finished punching each stack, I layered them together. Seriously fun and easy. This would be a great way to get your kiddo involved in crafting as well!

Back to School Teacher Gift Idea by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

To create a tag for the sticky notes, I used the Tag Punch Board to layer two cardstock tags together. On each of the tags, I stamped the sentiment using the Precision Press Advanced. Arranging the stamps on the press made it so that the sentiment could be stamped precisely on each tag, and if a mistake was made, another tag could be created easily. Not that I would know anything about that…

Accents of patterned paper from the DCWV Sweet and Sassy pad were added for color and fun.

Back to School Teacher Gift Idea by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

To personalize each jar, I punched a strip of patterned paper with the Word Punch Board. Adding each teacher’s name like this was not only easy, but it will help my kiddo remember whom to bring the gifts to as well. It also puts a name to the face of the person he must look at if he eats all the candy.

Back to School Teacher Gift Idea by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

What kind of emoji face will you make for your sticky-note pad?

We R Memory Keepers:

DCWV:

  • Sweet and Sassy Pack 6×6

Our Favorite Colors: Mixed Media Scrapbook Page

Hello We R Fans! Kimberly here with the new Precision Press Advanced. I bet you were expecting a stamped card from me, weren’t you? Surprise! It’s a layout! But guess what? I did stamp on it and had a blast! The We R Memory Keepers Precision Press Advanced has some fantastic features that are going to make stamping on any project easy!

Mixed Media Scrapbook Page with the Precision Press Advanced by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory KeepersMixed Media Scrapbook Page with the Precision Press Advanced by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

Stamps and paints from Vicki Boutin in some of  my favorite colors were going to make a great layout, especially when paired with some great tools!

We R Memory Keepers Precision Press Advanced and Vicki Boutin Mixed Media Products from American Crafts

After painting lines on my mixed media paper, I placed it inside the Precision Press Advanced. The Press comes with two very strong magnets, which was great for holding my paper flat. I placed my stamp onto my project, exactly where I wanted it to be located. I placed clear, plastic grid piece of the Press on top, using the pegs as a guide. When I gently pushed down, the stamp clung to the plastic.

We R Memory Keepers Precision Press Advanced and Vicki Boutin Mixed Media Products from American Crafts

The stamp was covered in paint, using a foam brush. Then I placed the clear, plastic grid piece back on top. The image will stamp perfectly in place, because the peg guides line everything up. The absolute best part about this is, if I did not get enough paint (or ink if you were regularly stamping), I can add more and it will stamp precisely a second time. No missing. No double lines! Yay!

We R Memory Keepers Precision Press Advanced and Vicki Boutin Mixed Media Products from American Crafts

The clear, plastic grid piece of the Press can also be used individually. Making it a fantastic tool for scrapbookers! I wanted to stamp a small feather on the layout, including layer it over an edge of paper. I placed my stamp on the clear, plastic grid piece, added paint, and then stamped wherever I desired. The clear, plastic grid piece has these lovely foam feet that help make a solid impression.

We R Memory Keepers Word Punch Board

For some finishing touches, I grabbed a few more of my favorite We R Memory Keepers tools. Especially this brand-new tool, the Word Punch Board.

We R Memory Keepers Word Punch Board

After painting a piece of mixed media paper, I lined up and punched the words out for my title. Such a great look!

We R Memory Keepers Stylus Tool

I love the look of splatter on projects, but honestly, it completely freaks me out to create. I am always afraid I will ruin my project. I solved my fear with one of the We R Memory Keepers Embossing Stylus Tools. Simply dip the end in paint and apply to you project. Apply it to your project more than once before adding more paint and you can get various sized dots. Controlled and exactly where you want them.

Mixed Media Scrapbook Page with the Precision Press Advanced by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

What is your favorite feature of the We R Memory Keepers Precision Press Advanced?

 

Supplies:

We R Memory Keepers:

American Crafts-Vicki Boutin:

DIY Gift Wrap with the Word Punch Board

Hello We R fans! Kimberly stopping by today to share some customized gift wrap. Nothing like taking some pre-made supplies and adding that special touch, the handmade touch.

DIY Gift Wrap with the Word Punch Board by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

Using the new We R Memory Keepers Word Punch Board I took basic wrapping paper and a gift bag and turned them into a gift that they might not want to open. For a minute anyway.

DIY Gift Wrap with the Word Punch Board by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

To customize the gift bag, I added the punched words “happy birthday.” Being able to add any words to a bag gives it so much more mileage. I don’t know about you, but I have a collection of gift bags at home and this way, I can use them for any occasion.

DIY Gift Wrap with the Word Punch Board by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

To start, I placed the letters for “birthday” in the punch board. Then, leaving the paper in its 12×12 form, I pushed the handle (or lid) down, punching the letters all at once. I punched right in the middle of the paper, so I could add notched ends for a cute touch. Then I put the paper into my Trim & Score Board and cut it into a strip.

I repeated the same process for the word “happy.” The Word Punch Board comes with all 26 letters, and no duplicates. So, I created my word, starting with the “h.” To help me keep things evenly spaced apart, I put a random letter in place of the second “p” and placed the “y.” Before punching, I took out the extra letter. After the first punch, I moved the “p” one space over and punched again. The edge of the Word Punch Board has a wonderful spot to keep your paper lined up, making it easy to keep everything straight.

DIY Gift Wrap with the Word Punch Board by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

For the wrapped gift, I wanted to create a ribbon of sorts. This time I punched the word “birthday” repeatedly across strips of white cardstock. What a fun way to customize a gift. It would be fun to use a person’s name even.

DIY Gift Wrap with the Word Punch Board by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

Making these word strips took barely any time at all because the only thing that needs to be moved is the paper. I was thinking that making word strips like this could make for a fun card background as well.

DIY Gift Wrap with the Word Punch Board by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

To finish things off, I made a tag using the Tag Punch Board. Then added the recipient’s name on another strip of paper. Wrapping Christmas presents like this is going to be fun!

DIY Gift Wrap with the Word Punch Board by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

How would you make gift wrap or tags using your Word Punch Board?

Supplies:

We R Memory Keepers:

Bazzill:

  • Cardstock-white, pink, teal

 

Flamingo Card

Hello We R Fans! Kimberly here with a fun and silly card that says summer! What a fun card to be able to send a friend who you have been missing! The wire flamingo made with the We R Memory Keepers Happy Jig inspired the punny sentiment and I cannot help but smile.

Happy Jig Flamingo Card by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

Happy Jig Flamingo Card by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

To begin with, I created the flamingo with the instructions I found in the booklet that comes with the Happy Jig. The pink wire was the perfect shade too! If you have misplaced your booklet, don’t worry. There are tons of ideas and instructions to be found on Instagram on the We R Happy Jig account.

Happy Jig Flamingo Card by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

To adhere my flamingo to the card, I used a strong glue on the flattest and lower parts of the wire. If you are struggling with that, I suggest some colorful staples.

Happy Jig Flamingo Card by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

And now for the punny sentiment. They are always my favorite. Creating them is now going to be a summer breeze with the Word Punch Board.

Happy Jig Flamingo Card by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

I simply lined up my letters inside, placed the patterned paper I wanted punched along the edge, and pressed down on the teal top. Easy. I layered a striped piece of patterned paper from Crate’s Cute Girl paper pad behind to add a fun, colorful element.

Happy Jig Flamingo Card by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

So, does anyone want to fla-mingle with me at the beach this summer?

 

Supplies:

We R Memory Keepers:

Crate Paper:

Pink Paislee:

Create a Patriotic Layout with the Precision Press Advanced

Hello We R Fans! Kimberly here with a patriotic layout. Its no secret how much I love to stamp and with the new We R Memory Keepers Precision Press Advanced, I can stamp easily on my layouts! Yes!

Patriotic Scrapbook Page with the Precision Press Advanced by Kimberly Crawford

Because I did not have any specific supplies to the 4th of July, I got creative with what I had on hand. And in doing that, I created a layout I love! Just look at that custom star paper I was able to create!

Patriotic Scrapbook Page with the Precision Press Advanced by Kimberly Crawford

To make the custom paper, I cut a piece of Bazzill Blue cardstock to fit the top of my layout. I grabbed a star background stamp and white paint. I placed the cling stamp on my Precision Press Advanced. Notice how its only the top clear piece? You can use that piece separately! It has soft feet in all four corners allowing you to stamp just about anywhere. Paint was brushed onto my image and I stamped repeatedly across my blue cardstock. Vicki Boutin’s paints are perfect for this application as they dry quickly on paper.

Patriotic Scrapbook Page with the Precision Press Advanced by Kimberly Crawford

For the bottom of my layout, I created stripes from red cardstock using my Trim & Score Board.

Patriotic Scrapbook Page with the Precision Press Advanced by Kimberly Crawford

To help line my stripes up precisely, I used my Template Studio mat to help out. With help from the guides on the mat, I could space the stripes apart evenly and keep the lines straight. Which is good, because I not good at getting things to line up correctly. Ha!

Patriotic Scrapbook Page with the Precision Press Advanced by Kimberly Crawford

After adding a few die cut stars and other embellishments, I added a title using, you guessed it, stamps!

Patriotic Scrapbook Page with the Precision Press Advanced by Kimberly Crawford

Once again, I used the top piece of the Precision Press Advanced only. I placed my letter and number stamps directly on my layout (without inking). This way, I could line my stamps up on my project, exactly how I desired. Then I placed the Precision Press clear plate over the top, pushed down, and picked up my stamps. Then it was time to add ink and stamp for real. Oh, how easy this was! And I was not concerned about “messing it up” because I knew everything was aligned.

Patriotic Scrapbook Page with the Precision Press Advanced by Kimberly Crawford

Do you like to stamp on your layouts? Happy 4th of July!

Supplies:

We R Memory Keepers:

American Crafts:

Bazzill:

Blue Classic Cardstock 12×12