Pop Up Frame Card

Hi We R fans! Chantalle here, wishing you a warm welcome back to the blog today.

I would love to show you a super quick idea that can make for a great gift or just to highlight a special memory in your home or workspace. This pop-up frame card uses just a few supplies in conjunction with the awesome Frame and Tab Punch Boards.

Pop Up Frame Card by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

A simple 4×12 gate fold design, opens and slots in to itself to convert into a super cute 4×4 frame.

Pop Up Frame Card by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

I have used some pretty (and sturdy) Bazzill Marshmallow Plaid cardstock for my base design and embellished with some vibrant Amy Tangerine ‘Oh Happy Life’. The fun capture of my DS driving us around in a golf cart was perfect for this collection!

Pop Up Frame Card by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

Once again, I started out by gathering the bits and pieces I thought I would use to create the frame card. I initially thought to use some text inside some dotted acetate with perhaps some sequins or glitter behind it, but then changed my mind, swapping the idea for a clear photo frame concept.

I first experimented with the design on some scrap copy paper to see how it could work. I then adjusted it so it would work with a sheet of 12×12 paper. I cut a strip of the Bazzill Plaid measuring 4 inches across and 12 inches long. I then scored it at 4 inch intervals. NB: The last third would have to have a tab of some sort in order to sit up properly, so I used my Tab Punch Board on this last third to create the tab that I needed.

>> CLICK HERE for a video tutorial on the Tab Punch Board

To give the card a good pop of colour, I have kept the outside quite simple and covered the inside with some fun camera print from a sheet of Oh Happy Life, ‘Out and About’ as well as ‘Enjoy The Ride’.

Pop Up Frame Card by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

Next, I created a 4×4 inch frame using my Frame Punch Board. This is going to be visible from the outside and will serve as the focal point for the photo. I really liked the clean zig zag print of ‘Night Owl’. I placed this frame over the middle third of my 4×12 strip and, using the window of the frame as a guide, I cut out the area behind the frame window. This now allowed me to use the area as photo frame.

 

I needed a display area which would hold my photo, so I used my Fuse Tool to seal off the one open side of a 4×4 Fuse Waterfall Sleeve which I trimmed down slightly so it would fit comfortably under the frame shape. I know I have said this before, but if you use your Fuse Tool regularly (or even not-so-regularly!) I LOVE my Fuse Mat. It really makes a difference to my ‘fusing experiece’, lol. That, and allowing my Fuse Tool to properly heat up a good 10 minutes before using!

 

I adhered this sleeve on top of the Plaid paper, but below the frame shape. My photo can now slide inside it’s sleeve and is easily interchangeable. In addition to the frame shape, I have also embellished with some hand-cut florals from a sheet of ‘Good Morning’ and some other bits and pieces.

Pop Up Frame Card by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers
As mentioned above, I covered the inside of my frame card with some bright ‘Oh Happy Life’ papers. For continuity, I thought it looked a lot better to continue with the pattern paper all the way and not just stop at the tab, so I created a tab shape in a piece of ‘Enjoy The Ride’ and glued the pieces back-to-back.

Pop Up Frame Card by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

I will be using this frame in my creative space but I could just as easily add some text inside, fold it up and pop some ribbon on it to make a little gift.

Pop Up Frame Card by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

Thank you so much for joining me today! I hope you will give this idea a try. Wishing you lots of happy creating!

Chantalle

 

Materials used:

Frame Punch Board

Tab Punch Board

Trim & Score Board

Bazzill Marshmallow Plaid cardstock

4×4 Fuse Waterfall Sleeves

Fuse Mat

Fuse Tool

Sticky Thumb Runner Adhesive Adhesive

Amy Tangerine Oh Happy Life:

Enjoy The Ride’

‘Night Owl’

‘Good Morning’

‘Out and About’

‘Cruising Along’

Trim & Score Board + Triangle Score Guide Winner!

Thank you to all who left comments and entered our Trim & Score Board + Triangle Score Guide giveaway! We loved reading what you would create with our tools. We’ve selected a winner, and that winner is…

 

The possibilities are endless!! I’d use it on cards, party decor, school gifts and soooooo much more!

 

Congratulations Angie! Please send an email to alyd@americancrafts.com with “Trim & Score Board Winner” in the subject line. Include your name and shipping address and we’ll get your prize to you asap. Enjoy!

DIY Geometric Light Strand

Hello everybody! Soraya here with you today to share a fun tutorial to make a light garland, using the incredible Triangle Score Guide along with the Trim & Score Board. As this is National Craft Month, I’m very excited to share this new project with you! The Triangle Score Guide is so smart since it allows you to create fun geometric shapes and gems by placing it on your Trim & Score Board. There is a complete guide book where you can find all the instructions and inspiration you need to start with it but here is my take on this amazing tool!

Geometric Light Strand by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers

Geometric Light Strand by Soraya Maes for We R Memory Keepers
To make this light garland you will also need 12×12 acetate papers, a LED garland, scissors, pencil, adhesive runner and some washi tape.

Triangle Score Guide and Trim and Score Board by We R Memory Keepers


I used a piece of white cardstock to make this step-by-step for you so you can see how I scored and folded it. So let’s get started! First of all, to make the icosahedron shape I scored paper every 2 inches. Don’t forget to fold over the bottom left corner so that you can keep track of your page orientation as you rotate it. Then I placed the Triangle Score Guide on the Trim & Score Board  (Side A) and started to score every 2 inch starting by the « 8 »  mark (the bottom left corner you folded is in front of you.)


Then flip the Triangle Score Guide (Side B) and rotate the paper so that the folded corner is on the left and score every 2 inches.


Now use the template you have on the instruction book to outline the area with your pencil and cut out the shape with your scissors.

Use your adhesive runner to stick all the tabs and edges together, and this is the final shape you should get after assembling every side of the icosahedron!


Repeat the process 4 times with the 12×12 acetate papers to get 4 icosahedrons. I also made 4 little tetrahedron shapes (pyramids) with the leftovers, they will be perfect for the garland ! How cute are these geometric shapes ?


It’s time to place the little LED lights inside the shapes (use some hot glue if you need the little lights to stick inside).  And voilà!

And here is what you get : a pretty light garland to decorate your craft room or your desk! Love how the transparency and the polka dots on the acetate paper diffuses the light!

I hope you had fun joining me today, and I hope this project will inspire you to make your very own geometric shapes. The Triangle Score Board may be a little bit  intimidating at first, but it’s way much more addicting once you start!  There are so many possibilities, you will love it! Happy creative Tuesday everyone and until next time!

~Soraya

 

Supplies :

Trim & Score Board

Triangle Score Guide

Bazzill Acetate Papers

Sticky thumb adhesive runner

 

 

National Craft Month Giveaway: Trim & Score Board + Triangle Score Guide!

It’s Monday again friends, and that means it’s time for another National Craft Month Giveaway! This week we’re featuring some of our classic tools, the crafting must-haves that make our lives so much easier. To celebrate we’re giving away an oldie-cut-goodie, along with a fun companion that amps it up a bit, the Trim & Score Board + Triangle Score Guide!

On its own, the Trim & Score Board is a super handy and versatile tool: trim your papers, and then score them for folding cards or 3D projects with one tool!

But, when paired with the Triangle Score Guide you can make some pretty awesome 3D geometric shapes and paper gems perfect for party, holiday, or home decor!

If you’d like to enter to win a Trim & Score Board and a Triangle Score Guide, please leave a comment below telling us what projects you would make with these craft room staples. Comments will remain open until Thursday, 3/16 at midnight. A winner will be announced here on the blog on Friday morning, 3/17. Please remember to check back to see if you won. Good luck!

Don’t forget to come back this week for some fabulous projects by our design team featuring some of our awesome classic tools!

Thanksgiving Hostess Gift

Hello friends! Eva Pizarro here today sharing quick hostess gift made for this Thanksgiving party.

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I love all the Thanksgiving theme gifts but for me nothing is more meaningful than some kind words. For this gift I made a geometric planter and added a card made with the Gift Card Holder die set. Instead of a gift card I placed a note thanking my friends for inviting us to their first Thanksgiving party!

To make the card, simply use your Evolution Advanced to cut all the pieces of your Gift card Holder Set. I used the new Typecast Collection mixing blue, wood grain and copper colors.

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Change your ink color to Gold and use your Typecast Typewriter to write a thank you note for your hostess.

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Cut your paper and round the edges with your Corner Chomper to fit your Gift card holder

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To make the planter Use your Trim And Score Board and your Triangle Score Guide. Just follow the instructions on the booklet. I scored my lines every 1 ½ inch.

Score your diagonal lines in one direction and your straight lines in the other one.

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Place your succulent in a can and make some holes on the bottom for better drainage. Wrap your paper over the can gluing your paper with some hot glue gun in a few spots.

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If your paper is not long enough attach another piece making sure you line up the triangles.

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Finally insert a wooden stick on your succulent to hold your card.

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I think the Gift Card Holder set is perfect for a sweet message!

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I think my friend is going to be thrilled with the plant and the card. Do you bring hostess gifts to your parties?

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Have a great day!

Eva

 

Supplies:

Typecast Typewriter

Typecast Ribbon Gold

Typecast 12 x 12 Paper Pad

Gift Card Holder Die Set

Evolution Advanced

Trim And Score Board

Triangle Score Guide

Geometric Fall Apple Decor

Good Monday morning friends! It’s Aly Dosdall here again, and I don’t know about you, but I am so excited that fall officially begins this week! In fact we’re all so excited here at We R that we’ll be featuring fall projects from our design team all week long. So if you’re in the mood for some fall crafting inspiration, you’re in luck!

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I’m getting things started this week with an easy fall decor idea. Recently I was browsing Pinterest and came across a lovely fall vignette featuring white pumpkins and green apples. I just loved the pairing, but wanted to come up with a different twist on the idea, so I decided to make geometric paper apples using the Trim and Score Board together with the Triangle Score Guide for my fall decor.

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To make my geometric apples I started with three 12×12 sheets of apple green cardstock. The Triangle Score Guide comes with a detailed instruction booklet. It’s important to read it all the way through before making your shapes. That helps a lot.

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As stated in the instructions for 2 inch icosahedrons, I placed my 12×12 paper in the Trim and Score Board and scored every 2 inches. Then I folded over the bottom left corner of my paper. That helps to make sure the paper is placed correctly as you follow the instructions.

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Then I removed the paper and placed the Triangle Score Guide on the Trim and Score Board flush against the top with the left edge lined up at 9 inches, and the right edge lined up at 3 inches as seen below. Then I placed my paper into the Triangle Score Guide with the folded corner at the bottom of the board. I made my first score line at 8 inches, and then scored every two inches on both side of the 8 inch mark.

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I removed my paper and flipped the Triangle Score Guide over so the back was facing upward, lining up the edges as before at 9 and 3 inches. I placed my paper on the board lining it up with the Triangle Score Guide so that the folded corner was on the left side of the board. I scored my first line at the 4 inch mark, and then I scored every 2 inches on either side of the 4 inch mark again.

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Then I removed the paper from the board and folded all the score lines to extend them all out to the edge of the paper.

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Then I flipped the paper upside down, and with my pen I drew the design in the instruction booklet for 2 inch icosahedrons on my paper so I knew where to cut. Then I cut out the design with my scissors, added Sticky Thumb Red Double Sided Tape to all the tabs, and assembled my 3D shapes.

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To finish off my green apples I added papers stems and leaves.

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I love the geometric shapes and the fall feel of the apples. What a super easy and cool fall project!

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Do you like to use apples in your fall decor?

 

Supplies:

Trim and Score Board
Triangle Score Guide
Green Bazzill 12×12 Cardstock

Cards with the Fringe and Score Board

Hello, Shellye McDaniel here with you today!  I have a set of cards that I’ve made with the handy DIY Party Fringe & Score Board and the Honey I’m Home Collection. The Fringe and Score Board is great for making fringe, lanterns, tassels, and rosettes, but take a look at how I used it to add some texture and dimension to my cards!

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For the first card I’ve created a ‘quilted’ looking background:

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I started by placing a 3.75”X 5” piece of patterned paper onto the Fringe & Score Board. I set the “score” component so that it would score at a ½”.

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After completely scoring the paper vertically, the paper was turned and then scored horizontally as well.

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Next I used the Brad Setter & Piercing Tool to pierce a hole at each line intersection.  I threaded a standard needle with white thread and then stitched a straight stitched  through the holes, connecting them in a diagonal pattern.

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For the embellishments, I added a couple of wood veneers, chipboard die cuts and puffy stickers.

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This next card will use both the scoring and fringe components of the system.

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The 3.75”X5” paper was scored first horizontally at the ½” mark and then turned vertically and cut with the fringe tool at each ½” mark.

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The areas were then folded in an accordion fashion, alternating each line from up-down-up to down-up-down.  A small dab of adhesive was added to the back where each of the folds went down and then adhered to the base paper.

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On both cards I allowed the two techniques to really be the focal point and not hidden behind too many embellishments.  These also make lovely backgrounds for plain notecards or try them on scrapbook layouts!

For more information about this versatile tool, check out some Fringe and Score Board videos on our YouTube channel HERE and HERE.

 

SUPPLIES:

Honey I’m Home Collection-  660236 Moments Paper; 660949 Love & Laugh Paper; 660952 Family Photos Paper; 660953 Neighborhood Paper; 660954 Family Time Paper; 660959 Puffy Stickers; 660962 Wood Veneers; 660958 Sticker Sheet; 660960 Ephemera

DIY Party Fringe & Score Board

Brad Setter & Piercing Tool

Folded Butterfly Garland

My obsession with folded paper projects is no secret. I’ve shared a folded leaf garland, folded paper hearts, and a folded Easter egg frame. I just love the dimension and texture of paper folding. So, what’s next? Today I’m sharing a folded butterfly garland–a wonderful project for spring!

Folded Butterfly Garland by Aly Dosdall

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It’s easy to create folded butterflies in any size for any project. If you’d like to create the same size butterflies as I did for this project, you’ll need a 6″ square, and a 5″ circle for each butterfly. Designer tip: this is a great project for your 6×6 paper pads. 

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Score your circle at every 1/2 inch. Rotate your square 45° (so that it looks like a diamond) and score it at every 1/2 inch. Then accordion fold both shapes, and hot glue the ends together.

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fold and glue shapes

Press the folds together tightly and tie a piece of twine, ribbon, or craft wire around the center. Then pinch the sides together at the top and bottom and hot glue them to create a butterfly shape. I used florist wire and made antennae from the ends of the wire after tying the center of the butterfly.

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I punched holes in the wings of my butterflies and strung them together on a length of twine to make a garland, but you could use these for gift packaging, altered frames, cards, or other dimensional projects.

Supplies:

Trim and Score Board
Magnetic Circle Cutter
Crop-A-Dile
Baker’s Twine

Shabby Chic Spring Wreath

Good morning, We R fans! Jen McDermott here to share a super cute and very quick and easy project to help you decorate your home for Spring!  Best of all, this is a no sew, no glue, project, so you can whip it up during a nap time, or even while enjoying your morning cup of coffee!

I hate to admit it, but as of last week, I *still* had my Christmas wreath on my front door.  It’s just so pretty and sparkly, and not overtly “Christmasy”, but it still most definitely was NOT ushering us into the new Spring season, and really had outstayed it’s welcome.  I had an idea for a quick fix, and a little bit of spare time, so I whipped up this adorable shabby chic wreath to replace it!

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First, I looked through my fabric and paper stashes to find some paper and fabric scraps that would coordinate.  I settled on We R’s Little One paper pad, and some pretty pink and crème fabric.  Next, I grabbed a straw wreath that I had used  for my Fall décor, and some yardage of unbleached muslin.

Designer tip: I always keep a couple of yards of unbleached muslin hanging around.  It’s cheap,  it takes fabric paint and heat transfer material like a champ, and is a great workhorse for so many projects. I love that it gives a great “farmhouse chic” vibe while being a whole lot cleaner and easier to cut compared to burlap.

I snipped and ripped my fabric into about 2.5 inch strips, and wrapped them around the straw wreath, then secured the ends with stick pins.

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Next, I grabbed my Little One paper pad and my Pinwheel punch board, and made three pinwheels of different sizes to attach to my wreath.  I used my Crop-A-Dile and eyelets to secure the pinwheels, and stuck them to the wreath using more stick pins.  Then, I covered one of the eyelets with an enamel dot that drew in the blue from the fabric.

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Finally, I tied a muslin scrap around the top of the wreath as a hanger, and hung this pretty wreath on my front door.  Easy peasy!  I think it looks great, and is such a breath of fresh air to help us usher in Spring!

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What do you think? Do you have any fun Spring projects using our Pinwheel Punch Board?  Share them with us on our Facebook page; we’d love to see your creations!

Supplies:

Little One Paper Pad
Pinwheel Punch Board
Trim and Score Board
Crop-A-Dile
Enamel Dots and Shapes
Eyelets

Accordion Folded Hearts

Accordion folded rosettes are a long-time favorite DIY paper craft embellishment, so it makes sense to see them appearing in various altered forms. I love the different accordion folded shapes popping up on paper crafts projects. Last fall I shared a tutorial for creating accordion folded leaves, and today I’ll show you how to make folded hearts for your Valentine’s Day projects.

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To create an accordion folded heart, start by trimming a 12″ x 1 3/4″ strip of paper. Fold the paper in half, and cut the strip as shown in the image below.

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Unfold your cut paper strip and it should look like a bracket shape. Align the straight edge of the strip at the top of the Trim and Score Board, and score every 1/2 inch.

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Accordion fold the strip (beginning and ending with a mountain fold) and adhere the ends together with strong adhesive.

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Place some adhesive on a small scrap of paper, flatten the folded strip into a heart shape with the straight edge on the inside, and press it into the adhesive on the paper scrap.

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You can cover the center with a brad or other embellishments, and then add the embellished heart to any paper craft project–scrapbook pages, cards, gift packaging, etc. I placed mine on some Valentine’s Day treat packaging I made with my Gift Box Punch Board, and my Gift Bag Punch Board. I used papers and stickers from the Homemade collection by our sister company, Pebbles, Inc. I embellished the folded hearts with some sentiment stickers and some shapes I cut out with my Albums Made Easy Dies and Evolution Advanced.

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This Valentine’s Day try including some trendy accordion folded hearts on your paper craft projects. Be sure to share your creations with us on our Facebook page!

~Aly

Supplies:

Trim and Score Board
Gift Box Punch Board
Gift Bag Punch Board
Albums Made Easy Arrow Dies
Albums Made Easy Icon Dies
Evolution Advanced