Wednesday, April 23, 2014

earth day and arbor day projects

This week we celebrate Earth Day and Arbor Day here in the U.S. so I thought I'd share a couple of projects I created to celebrate those special days.

Potted Herb Labels

Sometimes I like to save packaging (plastic and cardboard) to use in my crafts. It has come in handy several times over the years. This time I saved an 8x8 sheet of corrugated cardboard and it was the perfect bit of recyclable material to use for this Earth Day project. Check out what I made with it below:

We R Potted Herb Labels by Aly Dosdall
To learn how I created these Potted Herb Labels visit the We R blog here.

Paper Scraps Card

Arbor Day is all about our amazing trees--planting them, taking care of them, and preserving them. So, in honor of our trees I created a card using only paper scraps. Hopefully there's a tree out there that will thank me for saving it. =)

We R Arbor Day Card by Aly Dosdall

Here is the card I made with several scraps from my Notable Paper Pack. I trimmed the scraps down to 1/2 inch strips and adhered them diagonally across my card base. Designer tip: a Xyron works really well for this.

arbor day scraps

Then I trimmed down the negative paper leftover after die cutting some butterflies, and added it to my card with foam squares. To finish off my card I added some more scraps at the bottom as a border and sentiment, die cut some mini butterflies, and added some Enamel Shapes.

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Here are some tips for storing and using up paper scraps:
  • Store scraps by color in color coded accordion file folders (found at office supply stores)
  • If it's hard to remember to use them, try storing scraps with your full size papers
  • Trim your scraps down to usable sizes (ie 12 inch strips, 6x6 blocks, 4x6 blocks, 3x4 blocks)
  • Browse through your scraps once in a while to remind yourself what's there
  • Use your scraps for punching and die cutting
  • Create cards or tags with your layout leftovers
  • Create a background of strips on a layout
Imagine how many trees we could preserve if we all were more mindful of using our paper scraps. It's a wonderful way to take care of our beautiful world. 

Monday, April 21, 2014

anna griffin embossing + die cutting bundle

Last month on the Home Shopping Network's 24 Hour Crafting Day Anna Griffin was the Today's Special Value with a bundle of several beautiful lace embossing folders with coordinating dies that cut some of the border folders, plus other beautiful dies.  Here are the projects I created for that bundle of beautiful goodies.

On the above card I inked the embossing folder with Anna's caramel colored ink before embossing the cardstock to create the background, then I inked the embossing folder with aqua ink before embossing another piece of ivory cardstock and punched out the circles in the design.  Adhering them to the card with foam squares really made them pop.

On several cards in this set you'll notice I fussy cut some of the embossed designs.  It takes some time, but the results are worth it!

The sentiment for this card was cut with my Cricut using one of Anna's new Soiree fonts.

I like the peek-a-boo feature on this card.  The ink embossed cardstock looks like patterned paper.

For the above card I embossed the top and bottom of the cardstock using just the end of the folder, and then carefully rubbed ink over the embossed design. Layering the die cut over the embossing adds some lovely depth to the card.

I think the card above is my favorite.  Lots of depth and elegance to this card.  It would be a great wedding card, don't you think?

These folders and dies also work great on scrapbook pages, as you can see below.

There are still some of these bundles available on HSN.  Click HERE if you're interested in learning more or purchasing a set. I had a blast working with these!

Friday, April 18, 2014

more easter inspiration

Today I've got a couple more Easter project ideas to share with you. First off is a simple piece of Easter home decor.

Easter Egg Paint Chip Garland

Garlands and banners have been popular for a while and are still going strong in paper crafts and home decor, and paint chips are also a favorite among DIY'ers so...I thought I would combine the two.

We R Paint Chip Easter Garland by Aly Dosdall

Since an oval shape resembles an egg I decided to create an Easter Egg Garland using the Oval Punches Die to cut several different color paint chips. I love the ombre coloring on the paint chips, and the rainbow effect is fresh and perfect for spring. After die cutting the ovals I used my Crop-A-Dile to punch small holes in the tops of them, and then I threaded a length of green Sew Easy Baker's Twine through them for hanging.

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I also cut some small embellishments from white textured cardstock using the Blossom and Butterfly Nesting Dies. I adhered them to the center of every third egg shape.

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Sunday Brunch Favors

If you're in need of a favor idea for your Easter Sunday brunch, here's a pretty favor box you can make with some of the new Lifestyle Crafts dies.

We R Easter Sunday Brunch Favor by Aly Dosdall

To create this favor container, I used the new Large Bakery Box Die and some patterned paper from the Chalkboard collection. I cut the box die twice, and then hot glued the two pieces together.

die cut box

I trimmed banner flags from some 6 inch strips and added them to the front of the box, and then layered a doily on top that I cut with the Lattice Doily Die. To create the bow, I die cut some patterned paper with the new Gift Bow Die.

die cut bow

I love that the die includes guide holes to help you line up your bow just right when you 
fold and assemble it! To finish off the favor box I die cut a few mini butterflies using the Butterfly Nesting Dies, and I cut a tag with the new Home Made Nesting Dies.

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You can add "Happy Easter" to the tag, or you can personalize it and use it as a place marker at the table as well.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

easter project inspiration

Easter is such a special and fun time of year! Our family not only loves the fun and crafty side of it, but also what it means to our faith and beliefs. We look forward to it just as much as Christmas. Here are a few fun Easter themed projects to inspire you.

Easter In A Bucket

This is a great idea for kids or to share with friends, teachers, or neighbors. I picked up the plain tin bucket from the dollar bins at Target, and then embellished it and filled it with Easter goodies.

We R Easter in a Bucket by Aly Dosdall

I started off by cutting some green adhesive backed vinyl with the Grass Edges Die to create the grass around the bottom of the bucket. Designer tip: to fit the grass edge around the bucket I cut a few evenly spaced slits at the bottom and overlapped them as I placed the grass around the bucket. I also die cut some clouds from white vinyl, and placed those around the top of the bucket.

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Then I made a pinwheel and added a chipboard alpha as a monogram to personalize the bucket. Then I cut several butterflies, added Yellow Glitter Brads to the centers, and glued them to the bucket. Designer tip: a hot glue gun works best when adhering paper items to round surfaces.

DIY Easter Game

Why not use your craft supplies to make a fun Easter game for the kids? I used a We R Memory Keepers 4x4 photo sleeve and some Simply Spring patterned papers, tags, and stickers to create this Easter Tic-Tac-Toe game.

After cutting the X's and O's out with my Cricut, I ran them all through my Xyron using repositionable adhesive. You could also use a dry erase marker since it wipes clean from the photo sleeve with a paper towel.

I hope you enjoyed these ideas. Come back Friday for some more Easter inspiration!

Monday, April 14, 2014

anna griffin birthday stamps

Anna's on QVC-UK tomorrow, and to celebrate I thought I'd share some projects with you. Last week was Birthday Week on the We R blog, so how about I piggy-back on that crafty theme and share some cards I made using Anna's new Birthday Stamps.

I'll be honest--stamping does not come to me naturally. I don't really have the patience for it, but out of necessity I've had to learn some stamping skills working for Anna. I've put together some go-to stamping techniques for my Anna Griffin projects, and below are some of them.

Stamp repeated images to create a background. Tone-on-tone stamping is one of my favorite looks.

Use multiple stamps on a project for major WOW factor.

Stamp repeated images for a background and then cut them up like you would patterned paper. Heat emboss stamped images for added texture and depth.

Stamp images and then fussy-cut them to use as accents or embellishments. Stamp an image with watermark ink, add clear embossing powder and heat emboss. Then use an ink dauber to apply color, and wipe away the excess from the embossed image to reveal.

Trim a 12 inch strip of paper and stamp a repeated image across the strip. Score, fold, and make into a paper medallion.

I hope these ideas have inspired your stamping projects!

Friday, April 11, 2014

birthday party inspiration:part 2

I've got a couple more projects to share with you from Birthday Week on the We R blog. These ideas are both fun and easy ways to add that extra special touch to your party decor.

Embossed Party Napkins

Finding additional uses for my crafting supplies always makes me happy–I feel less guilty about my ever-growing crafting stash, and I get to enjoy my favorite goodies more often! Here’s a fun way to use your embossing folders on something other than paper.
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I used the new Butterfly Embossing Folders to spruce up these plain party napkins. It was easy to place the napkin in the center of the embossing folder, lining it up with the handy grid on the front cover. Then I ran it through my Evolution and the results look fantastic!
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If you want to take your party napkins to the next decorative level try combining the butterfly embossing folders with the new Monarch Shape Die to create matching napkin rings.
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After embossing each napkin, I rolled the sides inward and tied some Yellow Sew Ribbon around the bottom. Then I cut some butterflies from Hip Hip Hooray patterned paper and added them on top of the bows.
Embossing napkins is a quick and easy way to use your crafting supplies to add that special decorative touch to your next birthday party. What other ways do you like to use your crafting supplies?
Birthday Cake Topper

Take your birthday party decor to the next level by extending your crafting supplies and skills to include your food. I made this festive birthday cake even more fun by adding a die cut cake topper.
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I cut out the letters from the Hip Hip Hooray 6×6 Paper Pad using the new Strung Alphabet Dies. I threaded those together using a hand sewing needle and double strands of Red Sew Easy Floss.
I also used the tip of the needle to poke out the centers of the die cut holes in the alphas. I tied them all together to some bamboo skewers and stuck them into the birthday cake.
Try using your craft supplies to add fun decor to the food at your next party

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

stashbusters winner + birthday party inspiration:part 1

The winner of the free seat in my Stashbusters Anonymous class that starts tomorrow is...

Roseanna Kane Crawford Sounds like a great class, I could really use the help to thin out my stash of paper, Thanks.

Congratulations!  Please send me an email (link's in the sidebar--->) and I'll get you set up in class asap!

Themed Birthday Decor

This week is Birthday Week on the We R blog, and here are some projects I created to share. First off is a dot-themed party set.

We R Dots Party Set by Aly Dosdall

Picking a design theme to carry through all your party paper crafts is a great way to create a sense of unity and cohesion at your party. For this set I chose a dots theme and repeated that pattern throughout my projects. To create the gift box I dry embossed a piece of 6x6 textured cardstock after I had used a brayer to coat the inside top of the embossing folder with ink. Designer Tip: the ink cleans up easily with a baby wipe, or by rinsing the folder thoroughly in warm water.

Dots Birthday Set ink folder

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For the invite I used another inking technique to get the opposite effect. This time I dry embossed a 5 1/2 x 5 1/2 inch piece of textured cardstock with the smaller dot embossing folder, and then I gently rubbed my ink pad directly over the raised design.

Dots Birthday Set ink embossed paper

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And here's the cupcake liner and topper. I carried the dots theme through these as well.

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Party Favors with Punch Boards

Making fabulous party favors is quick and easy with the popular We R Memory Keepers Punch Boards, and now embellishing them is easy too with the new Flower Punch Board. Take a look at the vellum favor containers I created below.

We R Vellum Favor Boxes by Aly Dosdall

To create these I combined some of the older Punch Boards with the new Flower Punch Board. Those together with some vellum papers from the Sheer Metallic Vellum Pad make for some beautiful birthday favors or gift boxes. I love the semi-sheer quality of the vellum paper--it intrigues the gift receiver but doesn't give away the surprise!

To create the flower on the gift bag I used the reverse punch feature of the Flower Punch Board to make them into leaf shapes that I put together into a flower. Curling the leaf-shaped petals toward the center with the curling tool gave it a different look.

We R Vellum Gift Bag by Aly Dosdall

For more details and photos, visit the We R blog HERE.