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.

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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.



Monday, April 7, 2014

anna griffin 6x6 pretty papers

Last month Anna released a beautiful new kit of 6x6 papers on HSN, and here are some projects I created with them. If you'd like to learn more about them, or are interested in purchasing them, you can find them HERE.


Some of my favorite techniques to use with 6x6 papers are die cutting, using repeated shapes or patterns...


...fussy cutting the designs out of the papers...


...paper weaving strips...


...dry embossing...


...punching edges and shapes...


...paper pleating...


...paper folding into 3D shapes...


...and cutting away part of the design or background.  I hope these project inspire you.  I love the rich bold colors in this kit--they're beautiful!



Friday, April 4, 2014

easy card ideas

Here are some quick and easy card ideas to inspired your spring cardmaking projects.

Something Old, Something New: Vellum Card

I thought it would be fun to take on a challenge: include something old and something new on the same project. Here is my take on the challenge. Can you tell which is the old and which is the new?
We R Vellum Card by Aly Dosdall
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For more details, visit the We R blog HERE. I love this challenge because it gets me digging into my stash of older products, and lets me use some of my favorite newer items too. Give it a try on your next project!
Nesting Tag Dies Cards

I love the new nesting tag dies by We R Memory Keepers, and I used them to made these fun pocket tags.


To create the pockets I cut a piece of paper 2 1/2 inches longer than the die I used, scored and folded the flap up, and then ran it through my Evolution with the paper placed just inside the bottom rim of the die to leave the crease intact.


For more photos, full instructions and supplies, visit the We R blog HERE.

Cut Outs Cards

When making bulk sets of cards I love to use quick, easy, and high impact elements that save time. The new Cut Out Dies help create stunning cards in minutes, and are perfect for making bulk cards.
We R Bulk Cut Out Cards by Aly Dosdall

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For full supplies and instructions, plus some bulk card making tips, visit the We R blog HERE.

I hope these card ideas have inspired you!