Patriotic Cupcake Toppers

Hello We R fans, and happy Friday! It’s Aly here again, and I’m glad you stopped by the blog today. Independence Day is a holiday with special memories and meaning for me, so I’m excited to share some Patriotic Cupcake Toppers inspired by my love for this favorite time of year.

Patriotic Cupcake Toppers by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Fireworks are a big part of the Fourth of July for me and my family, so I wanted to create the look of fireworks on my cupcake toppers. Marker Airbrush to the rescue!

Patriotic Cupcake Toppers by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Patriotic Cupcake Toppers by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

I knew I wanted to use the Marker Airbrush for the background of my cupcake toppers, so I picked out some patriotic colored markers from my stash, and created the feel of fireworks on some scraps of smooth Bazzill Marshmallow cardstock.

Marker Airbrush by We R Memory Keepers

Deciding how to add text to each topper took a bit more thought. I knew it would be easy to add Thickers, or patriotic die cut phrases, but I really wanted to keep the airbrush look consistent throughout the project. Then it hit me that I could use my Word Punch Board (shipping to retailers July 2018) to create a custom template for the Marker Airbrush!

Word Punch Board by We R Memory Keepers

I punched out the letters “USA”, taped the template over my background (along with a little extra scrap of paper to completely cover it), and then used the complementary color with the Marker Airbrush to add the letters for my toppers.

Marker Airbrush by We R Memory Keepers

Once I finished adding the letters to the backgrounds, I punched them out with the Clear Cut Heart Punch. It was the perfect solution to portray my love for my country AND to quickly and easily punch out the text.

Clear Cut Heart Punch by We R Memory Keepers

To finish off my cupcake toppers, I added a few clear adhesive backed rhinestones for some sparkle, and then taped them to some fancy red and blue large sandwich picks.

Patriotic Cupcake Toppers by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Don’t they look cool with these cupcakes with the red, white, and blue swirled frosting?

Patriotic Cupcake Toppers by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Patriotic Cupcake Toppers by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

This would be a great technique to include on a patriotic greeting card, place card, or gift tag since you can easily customize the text using the Word Punch Board and the Marker Airbrush!

Patriotic Cupcake Toppers by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Thanks for stopping by the blog friends! I hope you enjoy a fun, safe, and memorable Independence Day holiday this year. Happy crafting!


Word Punch Board
Maker Airbrush
Clear Cut Heart Punch
Bazzill Marshmallow smooth cardstock

Patriotic Party Favors

Hello everyone!  It’s Eva  on the blog today sharing a 4th Of July party favor made with some of my favorite tools, including the new Happy Jig!

Patriotic Party Favors by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepe

I think party favors are super cute, everybody is happier when they go home with a little something! These favors are easy and look great! You could use them for a party or maybe to give to your co workers or neighbors during the 4th of July!

To make this design I simply created a number 4 and added the “t” and “h” found on the “Thursday” word  (you can find it on their Instagram account @werhappyjig)

The silver wire was the perfect match to the “Land that I Love” line from Pebbles Inc.

Here are the Happy Jig coordinates in case you want to make one:

Start: R18

Big Pegs: N30

Medium Pegs:F28

Small Pegs: E22, G18, G20, G25, H22, L15, L21, Q23, R28, R32

Happy Jig by We R Memory Keepers

I also cut some stars on patterned paper. I used a template and then used my Magnetic Mat  and Craft Knife to cut the 2 star shapes at the same time. The paper doesn’t move because the magnetic ruler and mat keeps everything in place, super handy!

Patriotic Party Favors by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers

I used my Stitch Happy and the Stitch Happy Bakers Twine Thread to sew all around my star. Just before I finished the edges I put some red and blue candies inside.

Patriotic Party Favors by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers

Stitch Happy by We R Memory Keepers

Patriotic Party Favors by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers

I decorated my stars with some die cuts, stickers and 3d elements from the same “Land that I Love” Pebbles collection. On top of everything I added my “4th” shape. I love that I can layer a wire shape and still see all the other embellishments!

Patriotic Party Favors by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers

To open the star simply tear the paper and enjoy the candy!

Patriotic Party Favors by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers

Patriotic Party Favors by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers

Do you have a big party to celebrate the 4th of July? Here in Chile our national holiday is September 18th and we always celebrate with friends and family!

Patriotic Party Favors by Eva Pizarro for We R Memory Keepers

Have a wonderful week!




Happy Jig
Happy Jig wire
Magnetic Mat
Craft Knife
Stitch Happy
Stitch Happy Thread


Patriotic Garland

Hey there, We R friends, Laura here today with a fun patriotic garland craft you can make with just a few simple We R tools. Use the mini alphabet punch board and the trim & score board to create a pretty garland banner you can use to decorate for the 4th of July or any patriotic holiday.

Patriotic Garland by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

Start by creating the rosettes. I used papers from the DCWV Nautical Mile cardstock stack. There are a lot of red, white, and blue papers in this paper stack that are perfect for this project. For each rosette, I started with an 8” x 8” patterned paper. I used the trim & score board to create score lines every ½”.

Trim and Score Board by We R Memory Keepers

Then, I cut the scored paper in half to create two sheets of 4” x 8” scored patterned paper.

Trim and Score Board by We R Memory Keepers

To create the rosette, fold the paper accordion style using the score lines as your guide.

Trim and Score Board by We R Memory Keepers

Then, fold the paper in half and use hot glue to attach the two ends. This will create a half circle. Do the same for the other paper, and then glue the two halves together with hot glue.

Trim and Score Board by We R Memory Keepers

To keep the rosette from popping apart, use the Clear Cut circle punch to create a circle in a coordinating paper. Use hot glue to secure the circle to the middle of the rosette.

Circle Clear Cut Punch by We R Memory Keepers

Cut out the letters ‘AMERICA’ from red, white, and blue textured cardstock using the mini alphabet punch board and the instruction book. Attach them to the front of the rosettes using adhesive foam dots to give the garland a little dimension.

Mini Alphabet Punch Board by We R Memory Keepers

Hot glue the rosettes to a strand of ribbon to hang your garland.

Patriotic Garland by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

I love the mix of colors and patterns on this garland. I used varying shades of blue and red for each rosette. With the red, white, and blue letters, the banner turned out very patriotic.

Patriotic Garland by Laura Silva for We R Memory Keepers

This will make a festive and fun decoration for my 4th of July decorating. It would also be perfect for Memorial Day, Labor Day, or any other patriotic festivity you are celebrating.


Trim & Score Board

Mini Alphabet Punch Board

Clear Cut Punch 2” Circle

USB Mini Glue Gun

DCWV Nautical Mile Single-Sided Cardstock Stack

Red, White, and Blue Cardstock



I Spy We R: Patriotic Projects

It’s Friday friends, and we are so excited to revisit a fun feature that we haven’t shared on our blog for quite a while–I Spy We R! For this blog feature we scour the internet looking for projects from our fans that use We R tools, and then we share them in an I Spy roundup.

Today the I Spy feature has a theme, and that is Patriotic Projects. We found ten really fabulous red, white, and blue inspirational projects on the internet to share with you today, so sit back, relax, and enjoy!

Fourth of July Ribbon Wand

Use your Photo Sleeve Fuse to create a festive shaker ribbon wand for Independence Day. How perfect would this be for your local parade? Check out the Sweet Rose Studio blog HERE for full instructions.

America Banner

Grab your Banner Punch Board and your favorite patriotic papers, and make a red, white, and blue banner to celebrate the great US of A! Laura from Laura’s Crafty Life shares the how-to HERE.

Fourth of July Banner

Here’s another take on a patriotic banner by Eva Pizarro for Pebbles Inc. CLICK HERE to learn how she made this festive piece of patriotic decor with the Banner Punch Board.

Paper Rosette Fourth of July Decorations

Our friends at Blitsy made these beautiful Paper Rosettes with the DIY Party Rosette Punch. Visit the Blitsy website HERE for instructions on how to make these rosettes for your patriotic party next weekend.

Red, White, and Blue Pinwheels

Nothing says summer like pinwheels, and they’re the perfect decor for your July Fourth event! CLICK HERE to visit the Pebbles, Inc blog for instructions from Amanda Coleman on how to make your own with the Pinwheel Punch Board.

Happy 4th of July Banner

Make a trendy garland, perfect for any patriotic party, with the Alphabet Punch Board, the Link Punch, and your favorite red, white, and blue paper. Visit the Crafty Blog Stalker HERE for more photos and details.

Red, White, and Blue Gift Bags

If you need ideas for a patriotic favor or hostess gift, look no further than THESE darling red, white, and blue gift bags by Wendy Sue Anderson that we found on the Pebbles, Inc blog. They’re easy to make with the Gift Bag Punch Board!

Easy Patriotic Treats

Assemble these easy treat cups for a summer backyard barbecue with the Crop-A-Dile and some patriotic ribbon. Light up the outdoor fireplace and these are the perfect pre-firework dessert! CLICK HERE for full instructions from Just Destiny Mag.

Patriotic Denim Pocket Banner

The Crop-A-Dile can punch through more than just a paper cup! Save those old pairs of jeans, cut out the pockets, and make this cute all-american banner for your Independence Day celebration. Punch holes in the corners of the denim pockets with your Crop-A-Dile, add eyelets, and tie them together to make a perfect patriotic garland. CLICK HERE for full instructions on the Pen + Paper Flowers blog.

Patriotic Pinwheel Gift Boxes

Our final project is another perfect hostess gift or party favor idea from Eva Pizarro for Pebbles Inc. Visit their blog HERE to learn how she made these adorable patriotic gift boxes topped with pretty pinwheels using the 123 Punch Board, the Pinwheel Punch Board, and the Crop-A-Dile.

Thanks for joining us today! We hope this patriotic version of I Spy We R has inspired your Independence Day crafting. Have a fun and safe weekend, friends, and we’ll see you back here next week!

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!


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



Throwback Thursday: Patriotic Projects

It’s a special Throwback Thursday for Military Appreciation Week today! For this TBT, we’re going to share some past patriotic projects as a way that you can say “thank you” to a veteran in your life.  From gift ideas, to handmade cards, to a fun photo backdrop, these red, white, and blue crafts will let your military hero know how much you care.

We R Memory Keepers patriotic projects

Eyelet and Twine Flag Card

Get out your Crop-A-Dile, eyelets, and baker’s twine for this fun version of the U.S. flag! CLICK HERE for the original post.

Eyelet and Twine Flag Card by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Patriotic Photo Backdrop

Snap a photo of your favorite veteran, and capture priceless memories with this Template Studio Star Photo Backdrop. Catch more photos and details on the original post HERE.

Patriotic Photo Backdrop featuring the Template Studio Star Template Guide from We R Memory Keepers

Patriotic Jumbo Crackers

Fill these jumbo crackers with candy and small toys to make the perfect favors for your Veteran’s Day or patriotic celebration. You can find more photos and instructions for making these cuties on the blog HERE.

Jumbo Patriotic Crackers by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Patriotic Card + Decor

Show some love for a veteran in your life with a lovely handmade card and decor to match! For more photos and details CLICK HERE.

Patriotic Card and Decor by Kathy Martin for We R Memory Keepers

Patriotic Gift Packaging

Make your own gift wrap to honor a military hero using the Template Studio. Aimee shares more photos and instructions on the blog HERE.

Patriotic Gift Packaging by Aimee Maddern for We R Memory Keepers

While these fun patriotic crafts can’t repay our wonderful vets for their sacrifice, they are a great way to show appreciation and gratitude! Be sure to come back tomorrow for a military thank you card featuring the Photo Sleeve Fuse and our new FUSEables collection. See you then!

Military Appreciation Layout

In the US this week we get to celebrate our former and current servicemen and women, and we’re joining in on the celebration here on the blog! We’ll be sharing ideas for showing appreciation for and celebrating the service and sacrifices of our military and their families all week long. We hope you’re inspired to say “thank you” to someone you know who has given so much in the service of our country.

Hello WR fans! Carrie here with you today to help kick off Military Appreciation Week. I am sharing with you a layout I made using a picture of my son in JROTC. I used a lot of older WRMK Red, White and Blue line I created this layout. The colors were so bold which made turning the picture black and white stand out even more so I wanted to keep this layout simple and to the point. With a little die cutting, fussy cutting and the new WR HeatWave Foil Pen I was able to achieve just that.

Military Appreciation Layout by Carrie Walz for We R Memory Keepers #heatwave #wermemorykeepers

When I finished my layout I felt it needed just a little bit more, something was missing and I knew the HeatWave Foil Pen would provide that little added punch. If you are new to this tool, I would recommend doing a few practice runs just to play it safe. While my pen was heating up I chose the stencil I wanted along with the color of HeatWave foil and aligned it up on the paper I wanted to transfer my foil to.


I slowly traced through the stencil going over the foil a few times. When you are done I suggest you carefully peel up your stencil and foil to see if there are any spots in which you need to go over again. I also found it help if you use some tape to hold your foil down. I used washi tape since it is easy to remove. When you are tracing through your stencil use a slow downward motion and apply a bit a pressure but not too much. The reason I suggest doing some practice runs is because the foil transfers differently to different textured papers. Once I got all of this done I did some fussy cutting to carefully outline my transfer so that I could use it as an embellishment.


I hope I was able to show you one of the many ways you can use this new tool and if you have any other tips or inspiration we would love for you to share in the comments or on our Facebook Page!

Products Used:

WRMK HeatWave Foil Pen

WRMK 4×6 HeatWave Foil

WRMK HeatWave Flourish Stencil

WRMK 12×12 Red White and Blue patterned papers

WRMK 6×6 Yankee Doodles Paper Pad

Patriotic Scrapbook Page

Hello, We R  fans! Jen McDermott here, to share a patriotic layout for you, just in time for Independence Day!  For this layout, I am going to show you how you can pull together a theme without using themed papers.  I used a lot of different collections, and got to flip through lots of pretty paper in my stash—how fun!

Patriotic Layout by Jen McDermott 1

To start, I looked through some of the latest We R collections for inspiration. I started with Denim Blues because, really, what’s more American than a pair of blue jeans?  I then grabbed pieces of Farmer’s Market, Alphas from Cakes and Candles and a journaling card from the Official Albums Made Easy collection.

When I thought about the pics I would like to use, I immediately remembered my stash of pics from our NYC trip earlier in the year. My hubby got some fantastic shots of the Statue of Liberty, and I especially love the picture on the right, because you can see 1WTC in the background.

Patriotic Layout by Jen McDermott2

To embellish, I tried to keep it light so the pictures could shine. I grabbed some denim stickers from Denim Blues, and of course, my wood veneer stars. I love how they look against the denim paper!

Patriotic Layout by Jen McDermott3

And there you have it! A patriotic layout using the stash I already had!  Do you like to mix and match your collections, or do you usually stick to one collection on your projects?

Patriotic Layout by Jen McDermott 1
Supplies list:

Cakes and Candles Alphas
Farmer’s Market Paper
Denim Blues Fabric Stickers
Denim Blues Paper
Official Albums Made Easy Cards