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

DIY Witch Hat Halloween Decor

Hello and a happy-almost-Halloween to those who celebrate it! October 31st is a day we all look forward to in my household. My children love carving pumpkins, dressing up and having lots of fun with their friends. (Ok so Mum loves dressing up too!)

We hold an annual Halloween bash at our place and this year I will be adding some cute items to my décor, which can be whipped up in minutes, using the Template Studio and circle template studio guide.

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To make these hats you will need:

Template Studio Starter Kit and Circular template guide;

Three sheets of poster board. (Our standard size in Australia is a little smaller but for those in the US, a size 22×18 inch will be perfect to accommodate the extra large circle size if you want to make an even bigger hat.)

Hot glue gun (or very strong adhesive)

Scissors

Ribbon

 

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Because our sheets of poster board are smaller, for these hats I have used the Large circle guide. I was initially going to make two extra large hats but due to my poster board being too short in length, I made one large hat and two smaller ones. Each large circle requires a 16×16 inch squares of poster board/cardstock. (I have used 3 large circles.)

 

Once I had trimmed down the squares, I went about cutting the circular shapes using the circle template guide, which I placed in the corresponding areas along the cutting mat. The printed instructions provided with the kit tell you where to place the guides. TIP: I have collected all of my instructional sheets and collated them on a little book ring.

 

If you notice any rough edges along the edge of your circle, simply snip off with a pair of scissors.

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Once all of my circles were cut. I put two aside and trimmed one down further, as per the circle template guide instructions, to make two party hats/cones. These little cones are going to be used on the two smaller witches hats. I wanted these hat bases to be smaller too so I used a salad plate from the kitchen as a guide and cut these circles out by hand out of some leftover poster board. I have used hot glue to seal the party hats/cones as they provide an instant strong bond. When the cones were sealed, I then adhered one to each of my smaller circular bases. Now we can see the witches hat come together! A ribbon/buckle detail finishes these hats off perfectly. I simply drew a shape on some leftover poster board and cut it out by hand.

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Here you can see the size difference… The large hat was created using the same principal as the smaller hats, only I’ve kept the 16×16 base and rolled up another 16×16 circle to create the party hat/cone. Note: I didn’t trim this circle like the others above, as I wanted it as large as possible. I just rolled it up in to a cone shape and trimmed the base a bit flatter with some scissors before I adhered it to the base of the hat.

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A bit of fog from my fog machine completes my fun spooky display!

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I just love the way these turned and can’t wait to show them off at the party.

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Happy haunting!

Chantalle

 

Supplies:

Template Studio Starter Kit

Circle Template Studio Guide

Template Studio Party Decor

Hello We R fans and welcome back to the blog today!

 

My little Miss is going to be celebrating her sixth birthday tomorrow and preparations for her special day are in full swing! Living in tropical Queensland, winter is pretty mild, but there is always a chance that the weather will turn on the day, so I want to bring a touch of summer to the festivities.

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My party decor has been put together using only a few supplies – the WRMK Template Studio and some cardstock! I’ve used the circle template to create the awesome cones (which I saw a long time ago and have been keen to try for aaaaaaages) the placemats and the party hats.

 

To make the 4 place settings, cones and hats I used:

 

4x A2 sheets of cream card

4x A2 sheets of green card

2x A2 sheets of pink card

a little bit of glitter tape and some ribbon/twine/thin elastic

 

To start, I used the measurements set out on the instructions that come with the Template Studio Guides. One can purchase the guides separately or in the starter kit which comes with 5 templates and allows you to create large scale gift bags, envelopes, boxes, home decor and more!

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I created the placemats first, which called for a trimmed piece of card, 16×16 inches each.

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Once I had cut down the card to the correct size, I laid each one on the mat and used the circle guide to cut my circles.

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I accented my placemats simply with some pretty white doilies.

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Next on the decor list were the ice cream cones. The cones I saw actually floated, which is such a fantastic idea. One could use the smaller circle template and create cones the size of the party hats instead. I wanted a centered focal point, so I went with the larger circle template instead and created the larger cones. The paper called for a 22 x 22 inch piece of card for each cone. I trimmed and cut as per the instructions above and was left with 4 bigger cream circles, which I rolled into cones.

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I threaded the balloons, complete with twine, down through the centre of the cone and adhered the twine to the bottom of the cone so the balloon had a stable base in which to rest.

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My third party project was to create some matching party hats. No party would be complete without a hat! So I went about fashioning some out of pink card. These hats also took a 16” x 16” piece of card each. After I created the circles, I cut them in half and then cut them again, at 45 degrees to the halfway line, as show in the image below. Bring the two ends together and you have a super cute party hat!

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I popped a hole on each side of the hat and threaded a ribbon though the hole, securing it on the inside of the hat.

 

Next step was to make the little bows for the outside of the hats. I used the One Piece Bow Die to create the shape, snipping off the little bit that secures the bow together. I replaced this part with some green glitter tape to coordinate with the placemats.

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Don’t they look adorable!

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Also on my table are some super adorable and brand new number mini pinatas! I decorated my number 6’s very simply with white and gold DIY Fringe tape.

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You can choose to display your pinatas on the table or create seriously inexpensive mini cake stands with a plate and a disposable cup!

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You may have noticed that I have used my absolute fave string lights on the table too. I just can’t get enough of them! I’ve popped some white butterfly bulb covers onto a few of the lights and woven it along the centrepiece. I love the gentle glow it gives off. Other finishing touches are some DIY Party bright confetti and some flamingo silhouettes I cut out using my Cameo.

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Thank you for joining me today. Wishing you many hours of happy crafting until we meet again!

Chantalle

 

Supplies:

 

Template Studio Starter Kit
Circle Template Guide
Evolution Advanced
One Piece Bow Die
DIY Party confetti
DIY Party light strand
DIY Party Butterfly Bulb Covers
DIY Party Mini Pinatas
DIY Fringe Tape
Crop-a-Dile