String Art Valentine Frame

I love the challenge of trying to incorporate other crafts into my paper craft projects. It keeps things fun and interesting! String art is a popular form of home decor and all the rage among DIYers right now, so I decided to give it a try with paper and stitches instead of wood and nails.

String Art Valentine Frame by Aly Dosdall

To create this String Art Valentine Frame I trimmed a 4×6 piece of red cardstock for my background. Then I drew a 3 3/8″ x 5 3/8″ border with a pencil on the back of the cardstock. I used an extra heart I had die cut for a previous project as a template and traced it in the middle of the border I drew.

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Then I used my Sew Easy tool, ruler, and mat to create stitching holes following the border I drew.

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The heart shape I drew was too small for my Sew Easy, so I used my Piercing Tool to punch stitching holes following the heart shape.

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Then I used a single strand of Sew Easy white floss to stitch through the holes. I stitched three strands from the border through each hole in the heart (except for the last one which has four). I used tape on the back of the cardstock to hold the ends of the floss strands in place.

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Once I finished the stitching I placed my string art heart in a 4×6 frame I picked up at the dollar store. This makes a great addition to Valentine’s Day decor, or a great gift as well. You could also include a string art heart on a card–it would make a perfect handmade valentine!

~Aly

Supplies:

Sew Easy Tool
Sew Easy Floss Grey
Sew Easy Piercing Mat
Sew Easy Ruler
Piercing Tool

Get Well Card

It’s that time of year. Sniffling, coughing, visits to the doctor…we know this routine all too well during the winter months. I don’t know about you, but I can never have enough get well cards on hand this time of year. So, today I thought I’d share some easy and clever get well card inspiration.

Under The Weather Card by Aly Dosdall

If you’ve been following this blog for a while, then you know I love to find multiple uses for my craft supplies. So, since I didn’t have a cloud shaped die, I decided to use a basic Nesting Frame Die instead. I simply cut out the frames, and then cut off a couple of sections in cloud shapes and added them to my card.

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To create raindrops I used my Sew Easy Tool with the straight head and stitched through the holes with Aqua Baker’s Twine. I love the texture the stitching adds to the card, and the baker’s twine creates a unique look.

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I created the sentiment using my computer and printed it before trimming my card background. The stitching on the card creates some bulk on the back so I used foam squares to take care of that. A couple of coordinating enamel shapes add emphasis to the sentiment.

I’ve got a sick neighbor who will be the recipient of this card, and I’ve got a few more friends and co-workers who are feeling “under the weather” in mind for additional cards.

~Aly

Supplies:

Sew Easy Tool
Sew Easy Mat
Sew Easy Ruler
Aqua Sew Easy Baker’s Twine
Inked Rose Patterned Paper
Enamel Shapes–Cool
Nesting Frame Dies
Evolution Advanced

I Spy We R!

Good Monday morning We R fans! Last week as I was browsing the web for crafty inspiration, I spied some amazing projects using We R collections and tools that blew me away. I had so much fun seeing the clever ways crafters use our products that I just had to share some of their wonderful creations with you! So sit back, relax, and enjoy the eye candy.

I spy…our Indian Summer collection! Lee-Anne Thornton‘s stamping and paper distressing add such rich texture to her beautiful fall layout. And those beautiful die cut leaves highlight that adorable photo perfectly! You can see more layouts featuring We R Memory Keepers project in Lee-Anne’s gallery at scrapbook.com HERE.

Lee-Anne Thornton

The Watercolor paper from the Indian Summer collection is one of my favorites. I love how Hee Sun Kim added ink splatters to her watercolor background to add even more depth. Her single photo cluster design is an effective complement to her beautiful background.

Hee Sun Kim

Jan Hobbins’ “Hello Fall” layout is a mixed media masterpiece. The embossing and blended colors she included add such rich texture and depth–perfect for fall! And those layered die cut Indian Summer journaling cards are the perfect complement to her beautiful mixed media leaves. Yum!

Jan Hobbins

I spy…our Corner Chomper! Lisa Harrolle’s simply beautiful “Thinking of You” autumn branch card features two opposite rounded corners rather than the typical four. I love the slightly unexpected feel that adds to the design.

Lisa Harrolle

I spy…our Sew Easy tool! Don’t you love how Shannon Miller hand stitched her grid design with orange floss to highlight those darling dear photos? Such a clean eye-catching design, and I love the kraft background.

Shannon Miller

I spy…our Teresa Collins Studio Gold Dot album! I love how Lynda Crust attached beautiful ribbon and trim to her album cover. It adds that extra something special and really makes her beautiful album stand out! Try using your crafty skills to decorate the outside of your album. So fun!

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Thanks to these talented crafters for allowing me to share their work with you. Be sure to check out their galleries and blogs in the above links for more fabulous inspiration. Are you as inspired as I am?

~Aly Dosdall

Supplies:

Indian Summer
Corner Chomper
Sew Easy
Teresa Collins Studio Gold Albums

Fall Layout

The leaves in the nearby mountains are already turning fall colors, and pretty soon they’ll start turning down here–that is one of my favorite times of the year. I love the beautiful fall leaves and colors (not so much the raking part) and was so glad I captured that in this photo that I scrapbooked recently. My most favorite part about this photo is that my daughter and her aunt are playing baseball together and enjoying the fall weather, but my next favorite part is that the yard is covered in yummy fall yellow leaves!

Fall Ball by Aly Dosdall

 

I decided that I wanted to replicate the carpet of leaves in the photo on my page background, so I die cut several leaves using the Maple Leaves Nesting Dies, the Leaves Punch Dies, and my electronic die cutting machine to create a lovely fall backdrop. I scattered them around my white-washed fence background paper, mixing the sizes and styles of leaves.

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Fall is the perfect excuse to add lots of fun texture to projects, so I used my Sew Easy tool to add some hand stitching to the die cut leaves. I simply rolled the Sew Easy with the straight stitch head through the center of my leaves to create a vein look. Then I hand stitched a basic back stitch through the holes with double strands of white floss.

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Designer tip: I use a small piece of scotch tape on the back of my paper to secure my stitching.

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Try creating your own fall backdrop and including it on a fall craft project. Be sure to post a link to your fall projects in the comments below.

~Aly

Supplies:

Indian Summer Paper Pack
Indian Summer Chipboard Alphabet Stickers
Maple Leaves Nesting Dies
Leaves Punch Dies
Lollipop Alphabet Die
Evolution
File Tab Punch
Sew Easy
Enamel Shapes–Cool

We R + Kiwi Lane Designs

Today I’ve got a special post for you!  We R teamed up with Kiwi Lane Designs to bring you a fun project plus an awesome giveaway! First, take a look at what happened when I combined Kiwi Lane’s Tiny Sweetheart Accessory template set and some of my favorite We R papers, embellishments, and tools.

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First I selected some fun shapes I wanted to work with, traced them onto my Game Day patterned papers, and then cut them out with my Small Precision Scissors.

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I added the shapes around my photo and as part of my title to bring those elements some added emphasis.  I dressed up the shapes with some Sew Easy hand stitching and some Enamel Shapes.

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Then I completed my page using some of my favorite We R tools and embellishments–my Loop Mini 8 Punch, File Tab Punch, and Washi Tape.  I love how the We R products blend seamlessly with the fun shapes of the Kiwi Lane templates!

Now, on to the giveaway!  We have several sets of templates from our generous friends at Kiwi Lane Designs that we’d love to give away to two of our fabulous We R fans.

kiwi lane designs

If you’d like to be considered for the giveaway please leave a comment on this post before midnight (MST) on Thursday, March 6th.  We’ll announce the winners on Friday, March 7.  Good luck, and be sure to check back to see if you won!

~Aly

Supplies:

Small Precision Scissors
Game Day Paper Pack
Mini 8 Punch–Loop
Tab Punch–File
Sew Easy Tool–Zig Zag and Original heads
White Floss
Enamel Shapes–Cool and Warm
Washi Tape–Avocado and Navy

Guest Designer Lacey

Hello! My name is Lacey (Igo) Gasper, I recently got married this past summer and live in Moorhead, MN (across the river from Fargo, ND). I’m honored to be a guest designer for We R Memory Keepers and show off this awesome fall collection – Harvest!

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Card: Thanks For Everything

Card Size: 4.25” x 5.5” (8.5” x 5.5” folded in half)

 

Supplies:

WRMK: Harvest Paper               Country Plaid (1” x 4”)

Garden Shed (1” x 3.75”)

Floral Spray (0.75” x 3.5”)

Rusty Drawer (7/8” x 3.5”)

WRMK: Harvest Collection (Embossed Stickers)

Kraft Cardstock Paper (American Krafts)

Studio Calico: Mister Huey’s Ink – Dark Calico

Pop Dots

Instructions:

1. Trim a piece of Kraft paper to 8.5” x 5.5” and fold in half.

  1. Adhere paper stripes at various sizes (my sizes listed above). And adhere onto the card at various levels.
  2. Splash on MIster Huey’s Ink (or ink of choice). I used an eye dropper to splatter my ink on.
  3. Adhere Embossed Sticker with Pop Dots to add dimension.

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Layout: You and Me

Layout Size: 12” x 12”

Supplies:

WRMK: Harvest Paper               Work Bench (Layout background)

Floral Spray

Garden Shed

WRMK: Harvest (Embossed Stickers)

WRMK: Harvest Tags (You & Me with Frame)

WRMK: Sew Easy Thread (Glitter Primary)

American Crafts: Kraft Paper

Prima Flowers

Studio Calico: Wood Veneer Hearts

Studio Calico: Misty Huey’s (Gold)

Technique Tuesday Stamps: Label Maker (Kit Club)

Fiskars: Scallop Boarder Punch

Gold Washi Tape

Acrylic Paint

American Crafts: This to that Tab Adhesive Circles

Stickles: Cinnamon

Tim Holtz: Distress Stains (Tarnished Brass)

Gold Embossing Powder

Ribbon: Gold

Instructions:

  1. Starting with your background (Work Bench), swipe with a foam brush some acrylic paint. I used a metallic Gold (seen on the left side of the layout).
  2. Cut a 5.5” x 9.5” piece and 6.5” x 5” out of Floral Spray.
  3. Adhere the 5.5” x 9.5” of the Floral Spray toward the left side of the layout.
  4. Out of the Garden Shed paper, cut a piece 1.5” x 6.5” and using a border punch, punch one long side. Adhere this piece to the backside of the 6.5” x 5” Floral Spray piece. Then, layer on a piece of washi (I used gold) near the seam of the chevron Floral Spray side.
  5. Next, using the WRMK Sew Easy, stitch the bottom right corner of this 6.5” x 5” piece. Adhere to the layout.
  6. Frame your photo. I used Kraft paper as my inside frame (size: 4.25” x 6.25”) and Garden Shed as the outer layer (size: 4.5” x 6.5”). Set aside.
  7. Adhere “You and Me” frame to the upper right corner of the page.
  8. Adhere your photo Matt with 4×6 Photo to layout.
  9. Embellish!
    1. apply WRMK: Harvest Embossing Stickers (some using pop adhesive for dimension).
    2. I adhered wood veneer hearts that I covered with Tim Holtz Distress Stains and Stickles.
    3. I stamped on Kraft Paper with Technique Tuesday stamps. Using various inks and Gold Embossing Powder.
    4. Prima Flowers
    5. Splattered Mister Huey’s Spray (Gold)
    6. Washi tape and ribbon
    7. Finally, I adhered my title “You and Me” to the lower left corner of my photo.

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Frame: Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice

Supplies:

WRMK: Harvest Paper               Rusty Drawer (Frame Base)

Country Plaid

Maple Leaf

WRMK: Harvest (Embossed Stickers)

American Crafts: Kraft Cardstock

Tim Holtz: Distress Ink (Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade, Fired Brick, Peeled Paint, Walnut Stain)

American Crafts: This to that Tab Adhesive Circles

Tim Holtz: Distress Glitter (Antique Linen)

Silhouette Die Cuts:                   3 Fall Leaves (Lori Whitlock)

3d Bracket Shaped Frame (Lori Whitlock)

Water Bottle

Instructions:

  1. Cut frame from Silhouette cut file 3d Bracket Shaped Frame (I did not resize). Top of frame I cut from Rusty Drawer, backside of frame Kraft Paper.
  2. Assemble Frame per directions on Lori Whitlock’s youtube site (Adhere photo during this step).
  3. Next, I placed 4 – 6” x 6” pieces of paper on a Silhouette cutting mat (Kraft Paper, Country Plaid and two sections of the Maple Leaf.) In the Silhouette Studio program arrange 3 Fall Leaves die cut file in various sizes. Cut these out.
  4. Kraft Paper Leaves:
    1. To add character to the kraft leaves, I used Tim Holtz Distress Inks. Using a non-stick craft mat, I rubbed and gently pressed Tim Holtz Distress Ink in the Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade, Fired Brick, Peeled Paint and Walnut Stain. I then sprayed with water and using the end of a paint brush I swirled the ink together slightly.
    2. I then swiped the Kraft leaves through the ink.
    3. To make them drive faster, I hit them with my heat gun.
    4. Crinkle or use an embossing folder to add texture.
    5. Ink the edges with Tim Holtz Walnut Stain.
    6. Layer leaves onto frame and mix in the WRMK Embossed Stickers.
    7. Adhere the “Pumpkin Spice & Everything Nice” phrase with dimensional adhesive.

Thanksgiving Layout Inspiration by Kelsey Brown

Thanksgiving is one week away, which is exciting unless you are in charge of making the turkey dinner. We thought we would share a little Thanksgiving Inspiration before so you can have your camera ready to take some awesome shots to highlight your day. Guest Designer Kelsey Brown created a seasonal layout to share with us today.

I am so excited to be guesting here at We R Memory keepers! I love this new harvest collection and I could not wait to get started on my Thanksgiving page.

I always have to have a plan so I used my Photoshop skills and designed the entire the layout on my laptop before I even made a cut.

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I was able use this design sketch to precisely cut everything out before I glued it down. It made it super easy to just glue it all down in a jiffy.

As you can see there is a slight change from the original design, but it all worked out in the end.

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Supplies:

We R Memory Keepers Harvest Collection, Sew Easy floss (brown)

Halloween Layout

Here’s a Halloween layout if you need some inspiration for your favorite spooky photos from today.  These photos are of my sweet four year old daughter who loves all things pink, princess, and fairy.  She knew exactly what she wanted to be this year and has been anticipating this day for a while.  She is so ready to go trick-or-treating!

I used coordinating textured cardstock from the Bewitched collection to die cut some letters and shapes.  I love that each collection always comes with matching cardstock–no need to search high and low for the perfect color!  My title doubles as my journaling for this page, and it acts as a design element as well.

I used the Lifestyle Crafts Spider Shape Die and the Bat and Moon Punch Die to cut some accents for my page.  The Bat and Moon Punch Die includes a single set of the dies as well so you don’t have to cut multiple shapes if you don’t need them.  I adhered them with foam squares and gently bent the edges for added dimension.

I also added some subtle white stitching to the white backgrounds using my Sew Easy tool and floss.  Adding tone-on-tone layers creates interest and depth without detracting from the most important elements on your project.

I hope these ideas have inspired your Halloween memory keeping.  Try one of these tips out on your next festive project and link us up in the comments section below.  Have a fun and safe Halloween!

~Aly

Supplies used:

Bewitched Paper Pack

Evolution and Genius Platform

Lifestyle Crafts Spider Shape Die

Lifestyle Crafts Bat and Moon Punch Die

Sew Easy and White Floss


Aly Dosdall

 

Halloween Card By Carrie

We love what Carrie Walz did with our Bewitched collection. Read on to learn how to make this adorable card.
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1.Cut your cardstock into (2) 4 1/4 x 11 pieces and score them both at 5 1/2 inches
2. Take one scored piece and cut it diagonally from center top to the bottom left. With your second piece of scored cardstock cut it diagonally from the center top to the bottom right.
3. Fold at your scores, one side fold in from the left and the other fold in from the right. Creating your card base add your adhesive to the rectangle. Tape both pieces together. Make sure both long edges of the diagonal sections are on the bottom.
4. Using your patterned paper cut it to 4 x 5 and cut it diagonally to fit on the front of your card. You can use the same patterned paper or you can use a matching paper.
5. You can adhere your card base shut once you have attached your patterned paper.
6. Now cut a 1 1/2 x 12 inch stripof cardstock to use as your band.
7. To attached your band line it up in your Crop A Dile on the 3/16 side and punch 2 holes. Now add your eyelet and set.
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8. Using your floss thread through your eyelets and tie in a bow. Your band can be slipped over your card base.IMG_4088
9. For the insert, use the frame from the Bewitched line and decorate and add your information.
10. Decorate the front of your card.
Products used:
Bewitched: Potion
Bewitched: October 31st.
Bewitched: Spooky
Bewitched: Embossed Stickers
Bewitched: Hocus Pocus Frame
Bewitched: Cauldron Cardstock (For card base)
Bewitched: Goblin Cardstock
Sew Easy Floss: Purple
Yuletide: Fabric Brads
Eyelets: Purple
CAD
Adhesive
Scorer
Paper Trimmer