Back to School Teacher Gifts

Back-to-School time is upon us!  Shellye McDaniel here today with a goodie for teachers within a goodie bag.

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My oldest son will be a first time teacher and coach this school year, so I made a name banner to hang in his classroom:

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For the banner pieces, I’ve used the brand NEW “Mini Alphabet Punch Board” to cut the lettering from 1.5”X2.5” strips of Black Textured Cardstock and then layered them onto Kraft banners.  For the banner panels, I simply removed enough sheets from the Kraft 3X5 Paper Pad.  Each paper was then placed onto the Banner Punch Board and the ends were cut into a fish-tail shape.  I left the banners unattached and included a few yards of twine inside of the goodie bag.

For the packaging of the banners (I also made a “Social Studies” matching banner), I used the beautiful 12X12 Glassine Papers and the Goodie Bag Guide.  The finished bags make a nice 5.5”X8” size when assembled.

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For the fronts of the bags, I created little tags that I printed using my home computer and printer.  For the light-bulb bag I die-cut the shape from the new Urban Chic “English Garden” paper and used the metallic silver paper from the 3X5 Paper Pad for the bottom portion of the bulb.

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For the “star” bag, I assembled the white vellum star from the DIY Party Metallic Stars pack.  Before closing completely, I filled the inside with orange and white sequins.  The star was attached to the center of the bag and then framed with one of the Urban Chic Ephemera frames.

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The print-out tags were layered onto mats of Urban Chic “5th Avenue” paper and then tied onto the top of the bag with ribbon.

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Create various banners to help teachers welcome back students!  I even thought about punching mini alphabet letters and giving those for gifts as well…teachers would love them for decorating bulletin boards and posters!


Urban Chic- 5th Avenue Paper; English Garden Paper, Ephemera
DIY Party- Metallic Stars 12 Pack
Goodie Bag Guide
12X12 Glassine Oh Goodie! Papers
Dies- Lightbulb Garland Die
Mini Alphabet Punch Board
Banner Punch Board
Black Textured Cardstock Black Textured Cardstock
Metallic 3X5 Paper Pad
Kraft 3X5 Paper Pad
Crop-A-Dile Power Punch

Graduation Card

Hello We R Fans! Kimberly here with a graduation card that has sparkle, shine, and details to help wish the special graduates in your life all the best! I especially love how using We R Memory Keepers dies, embossing folders, and papers can create a customized look that shows thoughtfulness.

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I began by embossing a piece of black cardstock with the Next Level Embossing Folder ABC, 123. The numbers were the perfect touch for a graduation card. The Next Level Embossing Folders add amazing depth and texture to the card.

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Once that was embossed, I used the Light Bulb Garland die to cut out a lightbulb shape from the front panel. Small pieces of washi tape were used to hold the die in the exact place I wanted while passing the card stock panel and die through the Evolution. I use that trick almost every time I die cut an image.

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To customize the look of my card, I added red patterned paper (Flower Girl Rose Bud) behind the bulb. Our school colors are black and red, making this the perfect card to give our local grads. When making your cards, grab papers that will match the recipient’s school colors.

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I cut the filament for the lightbulb from shiny gold cardstock, but cut the base of the bulb from the same patterned paper as the background, because of the next step of the card.

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Once the layers were adhered to my card base, I added gold letters to spell out Bright Future. It seemed a fitting sentiment and the shiny gold added to the feeling of brightness. Before placing my letters on the card, I set them on the edge of a ruler, allowing me to see the spacing I needed to use.

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How do you customize cards for the graduates in your life?


Next Level Embossing Folder ABC,123

Light Bulb Garland Die

Flower Girl; Rosebud

Washi-Rhino Dispenser




Letters-American Crafts

Hello Sunshine Card

Hello We R fans, and welcome to Honey I’m Home week! We’re so excited about our latest paper collection, and we can’t wait to share some amazing projects featuring Honey I’m Home from our design team. Kimberly is first up with a darling card.

Hello there We R fans, Kimberly Crawford here. I love dies and embossing folders. They are such versatile tools that make paper crafting so much fun! Check out how I used both of them on this fun card!

Hello Sunshine Card by Kimberly Crawford featuring the We R Memory Keepers Honey I'm Home collection.

The new line, Honey, I’m Home, has darling papers and embellishments that coordinate and by adding in dies and embossing folders, I made a card that anyone special in your life is sure to love receiving.

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I started this card with the Phrase Strips Embossing Folders. I trimmed the 12×12 paper from Honey, I’m Home, Here & Now. I placed the paper inside the embossing folder and passed it through the Evolution. Using fine grit sand paper, I removed the embossed (raised) areas from the pattern paper, revealing the sentiment.

Designer Tip:  Use a circular motion when sanding off the raised areas of the paper. Also, turn your paper around and sand from the other direction to completely bring out the image.

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The inside of this card is my favorite part! Not only did I use the same embossing folder technique, but I added a fun interactive element to the inside using DIY Party Honeycomb Pads!

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To create the lightbulb on the inside of the card, I took one pad of the Honeycomb paper and traced the lightbulb image from Lightbulb Garland Cutting Dies onto the pad. Using scissors, I cut the image away from the rest of the pad. I traced the lightbulb image again onto a folded piece of card stock. I adhered the two pieces together, making it easier to insert inside my card.

Designer tip: when creating a honeycomb shape, be sure that the center of your object is over the edge that is sealed together.

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How fun is this card? My son thinks it is fantastic and cannot stop opening it! How have you used the dies and embossing folders lately? Be sure and share your projects with us on our Facebook page!


Phrase Strips Embossing Folders-Amy Tan Rise & Shine
Lightbulb Garland Cutting Dies
Honey, I’m Home
12×12 Paper; Here & Now, Lights Out, Growing Up,
Card & Frame Kit
Wood Veneers
DIY Party Honeycomb Pads, Sunshine



Lightbulb Banner

30 days of evolution

Hi everyone, it’s Traci and I’m happy to be back on the blog to share a project using the new We R Memory Keepers light bulb garland die set.   Banners and garland are all the rage on Pinterest these days and they aren’t just for parties anymore!


To create the banner, I used the Evolution Advanced Cutting Machine, the Lightbulb Garland Die Set and the new Clearly Posh collection.




I cut the lightbulb shapes out of white card stock and the Clearly posh acetate.  The dies will create an impression in the acetate, which is then easy to cut around with a paid of scissors.


The garland comes together super quick once all of the pieces are cut.  I added some self-adhesive sequins to the top of each lightbulb and finished the end of the banner with a few gold plastic bows.


Thanks for stopping by today and we hope you’ll share pictures of your We R Memory projects  with us on our Facebook page!




Evolution Advanced Cutting Machine
the Lightbulb Garland Die Set
Clearly Posh Acetate paper and bows
Gold Glitter Designer Poster Board
Sequin Stickers

Hot Air Balloon Card

Hello! Samantha joining you today for some summer week inspiration. Are you enjoying all the summer fun so far? No icon says summer to me quite like a hot air balloon, so today I thought I’d share a hot air balloon card and matching envelope.

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I don’t have a hot air balloon die, but I do have WRMK’s Light Bulb Garland Die. And you know what? With a few modifications, it makes a pretty fun hot air balloon!

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I started my hot air balloon by cutting the main light bulb part of the Light Bulb Garland Die out 1 time each from 3 different colors of Clearly Bold polka dot paper. I used the Clearly Bold 6 x 6 acetate pad for the body of the balloon. The patterns are smaller on the 6 x 6 pad, so you get more dots on your balloon. I started with the pink dots first, then layered the teal dots in the middle, and finished up with the purple dots on top. To make the bulb look more like a balloon, I trimmed about 1” off of the stem of each die cut.

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I created the basket of the balloon with a die from the Light Bulb Garland Die and paper from the Cakes and Candles 6 x 6 paper pad. To make the basket a bit cuter, I attached it to the balloon with some pink baker’s twine.

I put my Evolution Advanced Die Cutting Machine to use again on the card to create the “Let’s Party” sentiment. This time I used an embossing strip from the Fine & Dandy Embossing Strips set. Before running the strip through the Evolution, I colored all of the raised parts of the embossing folder with a pink marker, which then transferred onto the paper when run through the Evolution. I fussy cut around the raised edges of the “Let’s Party” banner once embossed to make my sentiment banner for the card.

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I made this card a slightly odd size. Instead of the standard A2 card, its final measurements are 4 ½ x 6. Envelopes for non-standard sized cards are no problem when you can make your own with the 1-2-3 punch board. For something a little different, I used Denim Blues Pink Stripe Fabric Paper for the envelope. When using any of the Denim Blues fabric paper with one of the punch boards, it’s best to flip it over and work on the paper (white) side. The back side holds the scoring better than the front (fabric) side, and it’s just a bit easier to punch if the back side is facing up.

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I also used the 1-2-3 punch board to make a purple envelope liner to slip inside the envelope. I’ll be hand delivering this card to my niece for her birthday, so I’m sealing it closed with a hello sticker from the Denim Blues Fabric Stickers, but you can pop it in the mail if you glue it shut instead and add a mailing label to the front (just make sure to add extra postage if your envelope is over ¼” thick).

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…and that’s how you turn a light bulb into a hot air balloon for a summer card. What’s your favorite icon for summer cards? Are you a hot air balloon lover too, or does something else just scream summer to you?



Light Bulb Garland Die
Evolution Advanced Die Cutting Machine
Clearly Bold 6 x 6 Paper Pad
Cakes and Candles 6 x 6 Paper Pad
Fine & Dandy Embossing Strips
Sew Easy Pink Baker’s Twine Spool
1-2-3 Punch Board
Denim Blues Pink Stripe Fabric Paper
Denim Blues Fabric Stickers
American Crafts Primaries Card Stock (purple)
American Crafts White Card Stock
American Crafts This to That Foam Tab Adhesive
Pink Marker