Patriotic Pinwheel Cake Topper

Hello We R friends, and Happy Monday! It’s Aly here, and this week on the blog we’re featuring patriotic projects from our design team to inspire your 4th of July crafting. If you’ve got a barbeque, party or other patriotic event, then be sure to check back each day this week for some fabulous ideas!

Today I’m sharing a festive cake topper idea for an Independence Day party. To make this cake topper, I pulled out an oldie but goodie, the Pinwheel Punch Board.

Patriotic Pinwheel Cake Topper by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers
For extra dimension, I made the pinwheels out of Bazzill Basics Plastic Embossing Sheets and embossed them with some Next Level Embossing Folders, and the Evolution Advanced.

Patriotic Pinwheel Cake Topper by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

I used the Pinwheel Attachments so that the pinwheels can actually spin, adding a fun interactive element to the cake topper.

Patriotic Pinwheel Cake Topper by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

To make this Patriotic Pinwheel Cake Topper, I started by gathering my supplies.

I trimmed two red and two blue 3×3 squares, two red and two blue 4×4 squares, and one red and one blue 5×5 square. I punched each corner as explained in the instructions, and then cut all the red squares using the Pinwheel A track.

Then I punched the corners of each blue square, and cut them using the Pinwheel B track.

Then I embossed each pinwheel using some Next Level Embossing Folders and my Evolution Advanced.

I layered the red squares on top of the blue squares, interlocking the pinwheel arms, and then followed the instructions to assemble the attachment pieces. Once assembled, I added an Enamel Dot to the attachment cap for a finished look and placed a paper straw into the attachment base.

I trimmed off the ends of the paper straws at different lengths for a layered look, and inserted them into the center of the cake.

Patriotic Pinwheel Cake Topper by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Patriotic Pinwheel Cake Topper by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

I hope this fun cake topper inspires you. Thanks for joining me today, and be sure to come back tomorrow for some more red, white, and blue project ideas!

Supplies:

Pinwheel Punch Board
Pinwheel Attachments
Enamel Dots–Warm
Evolution Advanced
Next Level Embossing Folders–Dotted, Wave
Bazzill Basics Plastic Embossing Sheets

 

 

Giant Flower Party Backdrop

Hello there We R friends! It’s Aly here with you again to finish off Flower Week with a larger-than-life party backdrop idea. Create a giant flower backdrop with the Template Studio Starter Kit, Flower Template Guide, and some Designer Poster Board!

Giant Flower Party Backdrop by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

This giant flower backdrop is perfect for a luau, summer pool party, a bridal shower, a wedding, a baby girl shower, a tea party, and more.

Giant Flower Party Backdrop by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

All you need to do is select poster board colors and/or patterns that fit with your event or theme.

Giant Flower Party Backdrop by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

To make your own giant flower backdrop, start by trimming your poster board to the size shown in the instruction manual based on the flower size you’ve selected. Then follow the directions to cut out and score your flower petals using the flower template guide.

Fold the score lines as explained in the instructions, and secure the petals with a strong adhesive. I recommend hot glue for this project, and the American Crafts Sticky Thumb Cordless Glue Gun is my favorite. No limiting cord to worry about!

This is what your flower will look like once you’ve finished. (For a video tutorial on making flowers with the Template Studio, visit our YouTube channel HERE.)

Layer multiple flowers for more dimension and color.

Then add a loop of twine to the back for hanging.

To create the flower center, cut a 12 inch long strip of paper that’s 3-4 inches wide, and cut some fringe into it.

Roll up the paper and secure it with hot glue or another strong adhesive.

Then curl back the fringe to add some dimension and texture, and then hot glue it to the center of the flower.

Make several flowers in different sizes and styles for a show-stopping backdrop for your next event!

Giant Flower Party Backdrop by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Giant Flower Party Backdrop by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

 

Supplies:

Template Studio Starter Kit
Flower Template Guide
Designer Poster Board

 

 

Pinwheel Flower Garland

They say April showers bring May flowers, so this week we’re sharing some paper flower project inspiration from our design team. Be sure to check back each day this week–you’ll love what the team has come up with. First off is Eva with a Pinwheel Flower Garland.

Hello We R fans!  It’s Eva on the blog today bringing you a summer-inspired floral garland made with our Pinwheel Punch Board.

Pinwheel Flower Garland by Eva Pizarro

The Pinwheel Punch Board is one of my favorite boards, these pinwheels are beautiful, with round corners and you can layer them! You can’t do all these things by yourself! Plus, the pinwheel attachments allow you to create perfectly functioning pinwheels.

I made my pinwheels with 3 inch wide papers from the Tealightful collection by Pebbles Inc.

Pinwheel Flower Garland by Eva Pizarro

To make them look like a flower I put some yellow fringe in the middle on the pinwheel (the original idea is from Amanda over the Pebbles’ blog, check her Pinwheel project here)

Pinwheel Flower Garland by Eva Pizarro

To decorate my garland I made some pom pom using our Pom Pom Maker and coordinating wool.

Pinwheel Flower Garland by Eva Pizarro

The pom poms are really easy to make! No more cardstock circles like I used to make them when I was a kid! If you have small children ask them to help, they are going to love them! If you use bigger pinwheels you could also use the pom poms as the center of your flower, that would look so cute!

Pinwheel Flower Garland by Eva Pizarro

I glued each pinwheel to a piece of twine and hung it on our yard. If you want you can wrap it around a wreath to decorate your front door.

I left my pom poms hanging in the center of the wreath.

Pinwheel Flower Wreath by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers

Pinwheel Flower Garland by Eva Pizarro

I love the summery feel this garland brings to our yard, make them in different sizes and colors, I am sure your pinwheels are going to look great!

Pinwheel Flower Garland by Eva Pizarro

Have a great day!

Eva

 

Supplies:

Pinwheel Punch Board

Pom Pom Maker

Pebbles Tealightful Papers

DIY Party Fringe

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Cupcake Toppers and Wraps

Hello friends! Happy Monday, and welcome to Birthday Week here on the blog. This week our designers will be sharing ideas for DIY birthday projects, from invitations, to decor, to gift wrap, and more. Be sure to check back each day for some fresh inspiration. Enjoy!

Aly Dosdall here to share some pretty cupcake wraps and toppers for a birthday party. The colors I chose are inspired by spring, but you can make these in different colors to fit your needs.

Birthday Cupcake Toppers and Wraps featuring the DIY Party Board and the Mini Alphabet Punch Board by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Birthday Cupcake Toppers and Wraps featuring the DIY Party Board and the Mini Alphabet Punch Board by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

To make the cupcake toppers I used the Mini Alphabet Punch Board to create the number that reflects the age of the birthday child.

Birthday Cupcake Toppers and Wraps featuring the DIY Party Board and the Mini Alphabet Punch Board by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

I made the number 8 because that’s the birthday my youngest daughter will be celebrating. You can make any number or letter for your toppers–simply follow the instructions in the included booklet.

Then I used the DIY Party Board to make my cupcake wraps.

I trimmed my cardstock to 7×7 inches (as explained on the board) and then followed the instructions to cut a cupcake wrap. CLICK HERE for an overview video of the tool on our YouTube channel.

Before assembling the cupcake wraps and toppers, I added some beautiful foil polka dots with Heidi Swapp toner reactive paint, a stencil, a foam makeup applicator, some foil sheets and my Minc.

I love the organic, handmade look of the toner paint. Mixed media fans will love it too! Once I finished “minc-ing” my party decor, I assembled my wraps with Sticky Thumb Double Sided Red Tape.

Birthday Cupcake Toppers and Wraps featuring the DIY Party Board and the Mini Alphabet Punch Board by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Then I cut a section of some striped paper straws and attached them to the back of the cupcake toppers so I could insert them in the cupcakes. I love using the paper straws for toppers–they’re not only decorative and colorful, but you know they’re food safe as well.

Birthday Cupcake Toppers and Wraps featuring the DIY Party Board and the Mini Alphabet Punch Board by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Thanks for joining me today! I hope this project has inspired you. Be sure to check back each day this week for more birthday project inspiration from our design team. Happy crafting friends!

Supplies:

DIY Party Board
Mini Alphabet Punch Board
American Crafts 12×12 Cardstock
Sticky Thumb Red Double Sided Tape
Paper Straws–Blue and Pink
Heidi Swapp Minc and Starter Kit
Heidi Swapp Minc Reactive Foil–Teal, Green, Gold, Hot Pink

DIY Party Board Floral Wrap

Hello friends, it’s Aly Dosdall here today! I’m so excited to share my DIY Party Board project with you. I decided to create something with a bit of a twist. I used one of the standard partyware items (treat pouch) and turned it into a pretty floral wrap!

DIY Party Board Floral Wrap by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

DIY Party Board Floral Wrap by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

I followed the directions in the included instruction booklet to make a treat pouch. I cut my 12×12 kraft cardstock to 9×9 inches.

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Then, according to the directions, I used the A guide on number 11 to cut the paper into the required shape. To watch an overview video of how the DIY Party Board works, CLICK HERE.

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I used my Red Double Sided Sticky Thumb tape (my favorite for 3D projects) to adhere the paper into a cone shape, and then added a white paper doily, some twine, and embellishments.

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DIY Party Board Floral Wrap by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Finally, I added some pale pink rose buds and greens so I can take it to a friend who needs a little sunshine in her life.

DIY Party Board Floral Wrap by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

This floral wrap is perfect for a friend or neighbor gift, a bridesmaid gift, wedding decor, bridal shower decor, or for an anniversary party. You could also add some ribbon and hang one on your door for a spring door hanger. Thanks for joining me today, and I hope you have fun making DIY Party Board creations!

Supplies:

DIY Party Board
Moonstruck Ephemera
Moonstruck Washi Stickers
Gold Sequin Stickers
Jute Twine

 

DIY Party Board Cupcake Stand

Hello We R fans! Kimberly here with a confession. I have a thing for cake stands. It’s bad. I have many of them. Many, many cake stands. Once I saw the cool things you could create with the DIY Party Board, my mind instantly thought, hey, maybe I could make a cake stand with it!

DIY Party Board Cupcake Stand by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

These easy and adorable cupcake stands were a snap to create. No, really!

DIY Party Board Cupcake Stand by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

Take a closer look at the DIY Party Board. It has the guide labels and placements for each project on the board!

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There are three moveable guides, all clearly labeled A, B, or C. The cutting blade fits inside each one, but stores in the A guide.

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The instruction book, included with the board, lists what size piece of paper you need for each project. To create my taller cupcake stand, I used the dimensions for the 9-ounce cup cover. I placed my Pink Paislee Moonstruck patterned paper in the corner, as shown.

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Then I placed my guide. The guides and the board are labeled for easy movement. And I love the pegs that hold the guides in place. There was never any slipping while cutting!

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You can see how the blade fits in the guide and cuts a perfect line. I repeated the same process for the shorter cupcake stand, using the dimensions for the 8-ounce ice cream cup cover.

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Once the paper was cut, I used Doubled-Sided Super Sticky Red Tape to hold the ends in place. A very strong adhesive is needed to keep the two sides together when being used as a base like this. The two ends of the cut patterned paper line up perfectly along the top and bottom, when they are the correct dimensions. So simple.

DIY Party Board Cupcake Stand by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

To create the tops of the cupcake stands, I traced a small plate onto thin chipboard and then on Pink Paislee Moonstruck Chalkboard Floral patterned paper. The chipboard I used came from a cereal box. It added extra stability to the top, to support the cupcake.

Around the narrower end of the cup shapes, a line of glue from the Mini Cordless Hot Glue Gun was added. Then I placed the cup, or now the base, onto the underside of the top. By doing this “upside down,” it allows the base to settle into the top, and to be much more accurate when attempting to get the base in the center.

DIY Party Board Cupcake Stand by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

DIY Party Fringe Tape was adhered around the outside edge of the cupcake stand top. Sequin Stickers were also added. Pink Paislee Moonstruck Ephemera was used to create the butterfly cupcake picks. And, because the DIY Party Board also creates cupcake wraps, I had to wrap these in more patterned paper from the Pink Paislee Moonstruck collection.

DIY Party Board Cupcake Stand by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

What celebration will you create cupcake stands for?

Supplies:

We R Memory Keepers DIY Party Board
Sequin Stickers
DIY Party Fringe Tape; Blossom
Pink Paislee: Moonstruck

Sticky Thumb Mini Cordless Hot Glue Gun
Sticky Thumb Double-Sided Super Sticky Red Tape

DIY Party Hats

Hey there We R Memory Keepers friends and fans, Becki here. I have some really cute party hats to share with you today that I created using the DIY Party Board and the Trim and Score Board. It’s so easy to create party hats using the Party Board.

DIY Party Hats by Becki Adams for We R Memory Keepers
I started by trimming a 12″ piece of paper down to a 9×9″ square of paper.

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When I had the 9″ square of patterned paper I used the Party Board to cut it into shape. After cutting the paper I shaped it into a cone. I adhered the paper with strong liquid adhesive and staples. For this project I cut and adhered 3 party hats but the Party Board is so easy to use that you can create as many party hats as you’d like. Yes, they’re that easy to create.

DIY Party Hats by Becki Adams for We R Memory Keepers

When I had the base of the party hat created I added a yarn pom pom at the top and three strands of yarn at the base. To embellish the front of the party hats I created rosettes using the Trim and Score board. I cut two strips of patterned paper (12″x1 1/2″) to create each rosette.

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I scored the strips at 1/2 inch, adhered them end to end, and accordion folded them.

DIY Party Hats by Becki Adams for We R Memory Keepers
DIY Party Hats by Becki Adams for We R Memory Keepers
DIY Party Hats by Becki Adams for We R Memory Keepers
I made each rosette slightly different by adding different die cuts and stickers.
DIY Party Hats by Becki Adams for We R Memory Keepers
DIY Party Hats by Becki Adams for We R Memory Keepers
DIY Party Hats by Becki Adams for We R Memory Keepers
I LOVE how these party hats turned out. The DIY Party board made creating all these party hats a breeze. If you have an upcoming party (who doesn’t?) the DIY Party Board is a must have.DIY Party Hats by Becki Adams for We R Memory Keepers
Thanks for stopping by the We R Memory Keepers blog. I’ll see you again soon!

Supplies:

DIY Party Board

Trim and Score Board

Moonstruck collection by Pink Paislee

stapler

white yarn

adhesive

DIY Party Board Project Inspiration

Our new DIY Party Board will be hitting stores next month, and we wanted to share some project inspiration with you from our fabulous in-house design team. Check out these adorable Valentine’s Day treat pouches!

DIY Party Board by We R Memory Keepers

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What’s so cool about the DIY Party Board is that you can customize your partyware to match the holiday, season, or event that you’re creating for. Just swap out your papers and embellishments!

What kind of partyware would you make with the DIY Party Board?

 

Valentine Banner

Hello everyone! Soraya here with you today to share an easy tutorial to make your very own valentine banner! February is the month of love, hearts, bows … so let’s make our craft more romantic too!  We’ll see how to create one cute banner using the Banner Punch Board, how to create the word « LOVE » thanks to the Alphabet Punch Board, the Staple Board and sparkles, then we’ll make cute bows using the 1,2,3 Punch Board! Let’s go !

Valentine Banner by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

The Banner Punch Board is one amazing tool since it allows us to create 3 different shapes : pennant,  flag and crest banner! So to make this valentine banner, I’m going to use the 3 shapes in different sizes : the crest banner measures  (5×5,5 inch) :

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The flag banner measures (10×5,5 inch)

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And the triangle banner measures (4×5,5 inch)

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If you want to see more about this great tool, feel free to visit the We R Memory Keepers YouTube channel !

 

And here  is what you get when you finally cut them all ! Don’t hesitate to use different patterned papers or basic cardstocks to play on the contrasts. The crest ones will be placed on the flags and the triangle shaped will be placed inbetween them , so you’ll need 5 triangles, 4 crests and 4 flags. Don’t forget to punch the holes with the little punch you have on the top of the Banner Punch Board.

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Now, let’s decorate the flags! To make these cute little white bows, I used the fantastic 1,2,3 Punch Board. As you might know there is a size chart on this tool that allows you to chose how big you want your bow to be. I chose the medium (M) size, so I needed to cut 3 different stripes of white cardstock (according to the chart) before assembling them. (watch the video tutorial by Aly here)

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With some glitter tape, doilies and wooden clips I could easily decorate each pennant. The result is soft and cute!

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It’s time to put some love on this banner ! I used the Alphabet Punch Board and I also followed the instructions you can find in the little book to cut the letters L.O.V.E.  If you don’t know this punch yet then grab one asap you will love it !!

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For the glitter to stick on the letters, I put some double sided red tape on the bottom part of each letter. Then I started putting the clearest color on the top, took off the excess, put the medium shade, took off the excess and finally put the last color.

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Love how it finally turned !

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Before assembling the banner with pink twine, I used the Staple Board to attach the letters directly on the banner. The transparent guide (genius guide indeed !) helped me to place the staple where I wanted, so easy and so fun !

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And voilà ! This valentine banner is now ready to be hanged up !

Valentine's Day Banner by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

Valentine's Day Banner by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

Valentine Banner by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

Thanks for joining me, hope this project will inspire you to spread love all over your craft table !  Have a lovely day everyone!

Soraya.


Supplies :

Banner Punch Board

1,2,3 Punch Board

Alphabet Punch Board

Staple Board

Double sided red tape

Sticky Thumb Adhesive Runner

Glitter tape and glitter powder

Papers by Pink Paislee

Twine

Doilies and wooden clips

GO BIG with the Template Studio!

Hello We R Fans! Kimberly here with a fun project perfect for Valentine’s Day! When I was teaching years ago, I would always have my students make foam fortune cookies for a fun project at Valentine’s Day. While I have made the cookies in the past look great with patterned paper, I thought, why not take it up a notch and make huge fortune cookies!?!

Jumbo Valentine Fortune Cookies by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

Jumbo Valentine Fortune Cookies by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

These cookies were a snap to make with the We R Memory Keepers Template Studio and Circle Template. To make them large, I used 22×28 Designer Poster Board in different colors.

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After trimming the paper to size, according to the instructions included with the Circle Template Guide, I cut the circle out using the guide and blade. The instructions come on convenient cards that can be kept together with a loose-leaf ring, making it simple to create your shapes.

Tip: Roll and create waves with your circle of paper before attempting to create the cookie. This will get the fibers in the paper loosened. Doing this will allow the paper to bend more easily during the next steps.

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Fold the paper in half, as shown, but do not crease. Using your hand, create a dent in the center of the “fold.” Having the dent off-center will make the cookie look more realistic. I found that placing the edges of the circle between my knees made it easier to hold onto when creating the dent.

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Touch the two outside ends together and adhere with a hot glue gun. Other liquid glues and dry adhesives will not keep the sides together.

Jumbo Valentine Fortune Cookies by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

To create the fortunes, the Mini Alphabet Punched help me create love phrases. I adhered the letters to strips of white cardstock. After determining how far out the fortunes needed to stick, I adhered the strip to the outer edge of the fortune cookie.

Jumbo Valentine Fortune Cookies by Kimberly Crawford for We R Memory Keepers

Anyone else feeling lucky in love this Valentine’s Day? How you would use your fortune cookies?

Kimberly

Supplies:

Template Studio Starter Kit

Template Studio Guide Template; Circle

Designer Poster Board Pink Dots

Designer Poster Board Gold Foil Dots

Designer Poster Board Red Stripes

Mini Alphabet Punch

3×5 Metallic Paper Pad

12×12 White Bazzill Cardstock

Sticky Thumb Cordless Mini Hot Glue Gun