Crafter’s Essentials Project Roundup

A reliable, high quality set of basic tools is an essential ingredient in the recipe for crafting success. Great tools can help make crafting easier, faster, and more fun!

Crafter's Essentials Hand Tools by We R Memory Keepers

Our new Crafter’s Essentials line, including several Hand Tools and the USB Power Tools, are the perfect foundation for any crafter. Scroll down to enjoy some more details and inspiration featuring the Crafter’s Essentials.

Crafter's Essentials USB Power Tools

Crafter’s Essentials Hand Tools: Cutting

Cut accurately and easily with the Spring Loaded Scissors, the Detail Scissors, Rotary Cutters, and Craft Knives. Fussing cutting and making paper fringe are easy with the Details Scissors. Cutting thick materials is a breeze with the Spring Loaded Scissors, and get perfectly aligned straight cuts with the Rotary Trimmers and Craft Knives.

Our new Crafter's Essentials line, including several hand tools and the USB Power Tools, are the perfect foundation for any crafter. Scroll down to enjoy some project ideas and inspiration featuring the Crafter's Essentials.

Our new Crafter's Essentials line, including several hand tools and the USB Power Tools, are the perfect foundation for any crafter. Scroll down to enjoy some project ideas and inspiration featuring the Crafter's Essentials.

Our new Crafter's Essentials line, including several hand tools and the USB Power Tools, are the perfect foundation for any crafter. Scroll down to enjoy some project ideas and inspiration featuring the Crafter's Essentials.

Crafter’s Essentials Hand Tools: Scoring

The Crafter’s Essentials line includes several options for scoring and folding your paper. Measure accurately and get straight score lines with the Mini Magnetic Mat.

Crafter's Essentials Mini Magnetic Cutting Mat and Ruler by We R Memory Keepers

Get different size score lines with the Stylus Tools, and enjoy the included Sticky Tool for picking up small scraps of paper.

Crafter's Essentials Hand Tools for scoring by We R Memory Keepers

Crafter’s Essentials: USB Power Tools

Craft anytime or place you want with the new USB Power Tools! Plug into a power bank, tablet, or laptop using the USB cords attached to the tools and you’re ready to go. Choose from a heat tool (woodburing/fusing), a rotary tool (sanding or engraving), or a mini glue gun (detail and standard size tips). Eash tool comes with two interchangeable tips.

USB Power Tools by We R Memory Keepers

Crafter's Essentials USB Power Tools

Thanks for stopping by the blog today. We hope you’ve enjoyed learning more about how our Crafter’s Essentials collection of tools can make your crafting experience that much better. Have a crafty weekend!

DIY Home Decor with the Crafter’s Essentials

Hello We R Memory Keepers fans! Soraya here with you today for a special home decor project using the Crafter’s Essentials, the new & handy tools you will love for sure! The USB Power Tools are so GENIUS! You can use them wherever you want, in your craftroom or on the go since you only need a power bank for the magic to happen! Let me show you the cute spring wall hanging that I made with the Crafter’s Essentials!

DIY Home Decor with the Crafter's Essentials by We R Memory Keepers

DIY Home Decor with the Crafter's Essentials by We R Memory Keepers

On a piece of thin medium wood, I used the wood burning tip to engrave the “hello”. First I traced the word with the tool, and then I went over some parts again to give it a hand lettered appearance.

DIY Home Decor with the Crafter's Essentials by We R Memory Keepers

DIY Home Decor with the Crafter's Essentials by We R Memory Keepers

DIY Home Decor with the Crafter's Essentials by We R Memory Keepers

Then, I used the Rotary Cutter and my Supreme Ruler to cut the wood into a sign shape. I love how handy this cutter is, so easy to use! The Rotary Tool allowed me to sand all the edges!

DIY Home Decor with the Crafter's Essentials by We R Memory Keepers

DIY Home Decor with the Crafter's Essentials by We R Memory Keepers

DIY Home Decor with the Crafter's Essentials by We R Memory Keepers

Talking about handy tools, I could easily fussy cut all those adorable plants and leaves with the Detail Scissors. They will be the perfect embellishments for this spring project. I glued them with the USB Glue Gun Power Tool to keep them sercure when the sign hangs on the wall. With my Crop A Dile, I punched the holes which will allow me to tie on the natural twine for hanging.

DIY Home Decor with the Crafter's Essentials by We R Memory Keepers

DIY Home Decor with the Crafter's Essentials by We R Memory Keepers

DIY Home Decor with the Crafter's Essentials by We R Memory Keepers

DIY Home Decor with the Crafter's Essentials by We R Memory Keepers

DIY Home Decor with the Crafter's Essentials by We R Memory Keepers

I put on the final touches–a pink pompom ribbon and some wooden beads. And voilà!

DIY Home Decor with the Crafter's Essentials by We R Memory Keepers

DIY Home Decor with the Crafter's Essentials by We R Memory Keepers

DIY Home Decor with the Crafter's Essentials by We R Memory Keepers

DIY Home Decor with the Crafter's Essentials by We R Memory Keepers

DIY Home Decor with the Crafter's Essentials by We R Memory Keepers

I hope you had fun joining me today! What’s your favorite hand tool? Happy creating everyone and until next time!

Soraya.

 

Supplies :

Rotary Cutter

Detail Scissors

Spring Scissors

Supreme Ruler

USB Heat Tool

USB Glue Gun

USB Rotary Tool

DCWV Paper Pad « Okey Dokey »

Power Bank

Pompom ribbon and natural twine

 

 

DIY Clock with the USB Rotary Tool

Hello WeR fans and welcome back to the blog today! It’s Chantalle here and I’d love to show you how I created this timepiece for my scrap space. I was inspired by a haphazard design I saw on Pinterest a while ago and when I received my awesome new USB Rotary Tool, I was super keen to give it a go!

This clever tool is USB powered, so you can take it along with you if you have a portable power supply like a power bank, or pop it into a USB plug at your desk. It’s lightweight and less noisy than other rotary tools I have seen which makes it great for craft use and the head is interchangeable with a mini sanding tip – great for distressing!

DIY Clock with the USB Rotary Tool by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

Perfectly imperfect, my little clock looks so good on the wall! I love that it has a bit of rustic charm and for an afternoon had it hanging where it could catch the afternoon light. When I was a child I really didn’t like the sound of a clock ticking but for some reason in my craft room the methodic ‘tick tick’ is soothing.

DIY Clock with the USB Rotary Tool by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

DIY Clock with the USB Rotary Tool by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

The clock started life as decorative wooden plate with an oriental design, much like the black one in the image (below left). My friend bought this for me from a thrift store and sanded it back. You can still see the shadow of the image in the plate! I used the other side of the plate for the face as it had a lovely roundness to it. It already had a small hole in it, so we just drilled the hole all the way through to the other side.

Next, I bought a cheap wall clock from a Dollar Store and went about deconstructing it so I could use the hands and battery pack. My DH used a chisel and removed a section out for me where the battery pack could fit snugly inside.

DIY Clock with the USB Rotary Tool by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

The clock I saw on Pinterest had the numbers all jumbled and the phrase “Who cares, I’m already late” which I really loved as I’m one of those people who are eternally thinking they have more time to do things than they actually do, haha!

I had a look in my stash of thickers and chose a couple of styles which had various weights then went about setting them near the bottom of the clock face. (For this part I put the clock hands on, so I could get an idea of the spacing on the finished result.)

DIY Clock with the USB Rotary Tool by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

Once I was happy with the placement of the numbers, I traced an outline of them using a pencil.

DIY Clock with the USB Rotary Tool by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

Now it was time to break out my Rotary Tool!

I used the engraving tip, which is great for de-bossing on chipboard, plastic and wood. I carefully and purposefully ran the tip along the marked out areas, leaving some just outlined and others completely de-bossed for contrast.

DIY Clock with the USB Rotary Tool by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

I debated long and hard about how I wanted the clock to look. Initially I toyed with the idea of staining the wood quite dark and leaving the numbers pale, but instead I went with a whitewashed stand and varnish combination called ‘Liming’. The colour goes great in my craft space, which is mostly white and aqua. The numbers don’t stand out like crazy but you can definitely see them. Hey, I’m on borrowed time anyway so it doesn’t really count right? Lol.

DIY Clock with the USB Rotary Tool by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

Creating this clock was truly satisfying.

I loved the smell of the wood and seeing the numbers taking shape. I love it more, knowing that it already had it’s own story before I shaped it into something new.

DIY Clock with the USB Rotary Tool by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

I hope you have fun with this awesome little tool!

DIY Clock with the USB Rotary Tool by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

Thank you so much for stopping by!

Chantalle

 

Materials Used:

WRMK USB Rotary Tool

American Crafts Thickers

Easter Basket

Hello WeR fans and welcome! It’s Chantalle with you again, back to share an idea on how to jazz up an Easter staple on a shoestring budget.

I’ve taken an inexpensive plain basket, which I bought at a Dollar Store and with the help of some pretty DCWV Navy Florals, and my awesome new WeR Crafter’s Essentials USB Glue Gun, brought it to life. My little one is going to love hunting for eggs with this pretty basket!

Easter Basket by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

Easter Basket by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

 The colours in the DCWV Navy Florals 12 x12 Stack coordinated perfectly with the colour of the basket. It’s such a versatile pack as it’s filled with pretty florals and lush foil detail but also has simple single colours and muted patterns for masculine projects as well.

Easter Basket by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

I had an idea in mind of how I wanted to decorate the basket, namely with lots of floral elements. Definitely a job for my Evolution Advanced! I set about cutting lengths of paper from the Navy Florals stack, about 5 inches wide and 12 inches down. I used almost all of the different prints. I love the longer cutting length you get with the Evolution plates. Using my Magnetic Mat for this task was a no-brainer, as I had to do a lot of cutting and chose various shapes from my stash.

Using the Magnetic Mat saves you time and allows you to use your space effectively as your dies stay in place during the cutting process. I honestly LOVE this mat!

You can see the little piles that gathered after all the cutting! I wanted to create contrast on the basket, so having different shades and colours was great because I got to pick and choose what I wanted to use, where.

Evolution Advanced by We R Memory Keepers

There are loads of new releases happening in the We R camp this month, and a few of them include new ergonomic hand tools. A selection stylus tips, clever craft knives, rotary cutters and more! My Pick/Stylus combination hand tool was especially handy at helping me release some of the die cut shapes from the metal die!

Hand Tools by We R Memory Keepers 

Another nifty little tool are these compact Detail Scissors – great for cutting away any little areas that the die didn’t cut cleanly.

Detail Scissors by We R Memory Keepers
All of those die cut shapes now needed to be adhered! Enter my Crafter’s Essentials USB Glue Gun. This clever tool allows you to craft on the go with the help of a powerbank or simply plug in to a USB port on your device or plug. Brilliant!

USB Power Mini Glue Gun by We R Memory Keepers

I started off with the bigger shapes first and spaced out dark and light colours along the width of the front of the basket. I chose to do the front only as I figured the back would be crushed, bumping against little legs as they run excitedly through the garden looking for eggs!

Easter Basket by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

Building layers of colour, size and shapes ended up looking really great. I loved the sharp points of the leaves amongst the rounded edges of the flowers.

Easter Basket by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers 

The handle of the basket has been wrapped with pastel blue ribbon, which I also adhered with my USB Glue Gun.

 

A little pop of colour and fun on the handle was this sweet bow. The WRMK Bow shape Metal Die is another firm favourite of mine. The bow is a great size, not too large and not insipid either! It works great on cards and layouts and folds together really well.

Easter Basket by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

Another little finishing touch was this metal butterfly paper clip shape, which I created on my WRMK Happy Jig. Another breakthrough new product for me – the Happy Jig is so much fun to use!!

Easter Basket by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers featuring the Happy Jig

This is one tool you have to add to your stash if you can. The instructional booklet is full of ideas and easy-to-follow instructions to create both shapes and paperclip options.

Happy Jig by We R Memory Keepers

The Rose Gold Jig Wire matched the colours on my basket perfectly and adds such a   fun bit of interest and shine to this project. Plus… I can re-use the butterfly on a different project after Easter if I wish!

Easter Basket by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers featuring the Happy Jig

I hope you enjoyed this post. Be sure to tag @wermemorykeepers in your social media posts so we can enjoy seeing what you have been cooking in your creative kitchens!

Happy crafting!

Chantalle

 

Materials Used:

DCWV Navy Florals 12 x12 Stack

Evolution Advanced

Magnetic Mat

Bow Metal Die

Crafters Essentials Pick/Stylus

Crafters Essentials USB Glue Gun

Crafters Essentials Detail Scissors

Happy Jig

Pink Wire

Gold Adhesive Sequins

 

March New Releases!

Hello, and happy Friday friends! Since our March new releases are only a couple of weeks away from shipping to retailers, we thought we’d remind you of what you’ve got to look forward to next month!

Happy Jig

Easily bend wire into words, shapes, letters and numbers! Create custom designs by bending wire with the locking peg system. The 100 piece kit includes colored wire, pegs, and wire cutters. The Happy Jig includes a storage compartment for supplies, and it comes with a step-by-step instruction booklet for tons of different designs. Additional wire colors are sold individually and in a pack. For project ideas, instructions and videos, follow our Happy Jig Instagram account: @werhappyjig.

We R Memory Keepers Happy Jig
USB Power Tools

Craft on the go with the new USB Power Tools! The Mini Glue Gun is perfect for small projects or quick repairs. It has a comfort grip and flip out stand for convenient use. Switch between standard and detail tips using the included wrench. The kit includes three mini size glue sticks. Make your crafts stand out by engraving or sanding surfaces from plastic, to paper, to wood. The streamlined design is perfect for crafters. Engrave and deboss chipboard, plastic, and wood with the engraving tip. Create distressed effects on paper using the sanding tips. Easily customize albums, cards, layouts and more. Use the FUSE tip to seal plastic and create customized page protector layouts and shaker pockets. Create simple designs on wood using the woodburning tip. Switch tips easily; no tools needed.

We R Memory Keepers USB Power Tools
Basic Hand Tools

Our new collection of Hand Tools are must-haves for every crafter! They’re the perfect tools for precise and detailed cutting, crafting, and creating.
You’ll love their simple and clean aesthetic, and their quality contruction and design. The collection includes detail, precision, and spring scissors. It also includes rotary cutters, craft knives, stylus tools, tweezers and a large bone folder. Replacement blades sold separately.

We R Hand Tools Collage We R Hand Tools Collage

Red Typecast Typewriter

You asked, and we delivered! Our beautiful, retro modern Typecast typewriter comes in Blush Pink, Mint, White, Black and now Red! Easily add details, sentiments, and journaling to your cards, scrapbooks, planners, gift tags, and more with this manually operated stylish typewriter.

Red Typecast Typewriter by We R Memory Keepers
Mini Score Board

Score and save space with the Mini Score Board! It’s perfect for cardmaking and other small scale projects. Score and create envelopes.
Emboss shapes onto your envelopes for decoration. Instructions for creating envelopes and embossing designs included on the back of the board.

We R Memory Keepers Mini Score Board

Watch for these fun new tools to land in stores near the end of March or early April!

St. Patrick’s Day Stamped Cupcake Toppers

Hello We R friends! Aly Dosdall here again. St. Patrick’s Day is coming soon, and at our house it’s a fun day where we celebrate mostly with food! We die our milk green, cook green eggs and ham, and always have a yummy green dessert. This year, I’m thinking it’s going to be cupcakes.

CMYK Stamped Cupcake Toppers by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

And to dress up those cupcakes, I’ve got a fun idea for some St. Patrick’s Day stamped cupcake toppers featuring the CMYK Stamps + Inks, and the new Acrylic Block Set. I thought this CMYK layered stamp set would be perfect for the holiday since it includes all the colors of the rainbow.

CMYK Stamped Cupcake Toppers by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

CMYK Stamped Cupcake Toppers by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

I started by stamping the design from the Hello CMYK Stamp Set. These stamps have a cool pixelated look and work by layering the four basic colors together one on top of the other.

We R Memory Keepers CMYK Stamps and Vicki Boutin Moth Dies and Stamps Set

I substituted the “hello” sentiment in the middle with the “lucky” sentiment from the Vicki Boutin Moth Dies and Stamps Set. I used some washi tape to cover the “hello” sentiment when inking the black layer of the design, and then removed the tape before stamping so the sentiment didn’t show up.

We R Memory Keepers CMYK Stamps and Inks

Once I finished stamping the toppers, I cut them out with the new Detail Scissors from the Hand Tools collection, and then hot glued them onto some paper straws with the new USB Power Mini Glue Gun. I love that this glue gun is portable since I don’t need to worry about connecting to an outlet. I simply used my phone charger–awesome!

What I love about the CMYK Stamp Sets is that they really are a statement piece on your craft projects. They’re perfect focal points and really don’t need much embellishment.

CMYK Stamped Cupcake Toppers by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

I finished off my cupcakes with some wraps I made out of Bazzill Basics Gold Foil Cardstock with the DIY Party Board. I love how they turned out! Thanks for stopping by–I’ll see you next time.

Supplies:

Acrylic Block Set
CMYK Hello Stamp Set
CMYK Inks
DIY Party Board
Hand Tools, Detail Scissors
USB Power Mini Glue Gun
Bazzill Basics Gold Foil Cardstock
Vicki Boutin Moth Dies and Stamps Set