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We R Memory Keepers Crop A Dile and Eyelet Collections

Home improvement projects always leave me feeling a little left out. Why should the guys just get to play with tools? The good news is that you can add a little umph to your tool collection with today’s steal, the We R Memory Keepers Crop A Dile and Eyelets. This tool is so amazing that if you’re not careful you may find it working it’s way into your husband’s tool stash. Good thing it has a pink handle so that it may help thwart any missing appearances!

If you love eyelets and have not had the pleasure of owning a Crop A Dile then you are in for an absolute treat! No more hammers and waking the kiddos at 3am because that’s when creativity strikes and an eyelet must. be. set. The Crop A Dile is as quiet as a whisper and works lickety split with the gentle squeeze of the handle.

If you haven’t had the chance to use one yet, here’s the jist of how it works. Note: You aren’t seeing things. My Crop A Dile happens to be green!

Step 1: Select which size hole you’d like to punch. You can set an eyelet that is either 1/8″ or 3/16″ in size. Gently squeeze handle and the cutting mechanism will pop out of the head. Pretty neat!

Step 2: Insert project into correct side of tool to allow for a large or small eyelet. Punch hole where desired. Note that there is a moveable measuring guide, that you can lock into place. This comes in handy when setting multiple eyelets in a row a specific distance from the edge of your paper. Perfect placement every time!

Step 3: Squeeze handle and punch a hole. Easy peasy!

Step 4: Insert your eyelet into the perfectly punched hole.

Step 5: Twist the head of the Crop A Dile until the coordinating sides match up. An easy rule to remember is that 1 goes with A (3/16″ eyelets) and 3 goes with C (1/8″ eyelets). The other cube combinations allow for the perfect setting of snaps, grommets and other decorative eyelets.

Once you have the correct setting, insert the eyelet and paper into the setting part of the tool and give it a squeeze!

Step 6: With very little effort and best of all no noise your eyelet is set!

If you’d like to see further direction on how to use the We R Memory Keepers Crop A Dile and some cute project ideas, you can check out this video found on the We R Memory Keepers website.

I love that with almost no effort at all the Crop A Dile can chomp through paper, chipboard, acrylic, leather and metal! My husband is the incredible shrinking man, so he’s found a use for it a time or two to create new holes on his belt.

I even had some fun decorating this bucket. I think this will be headed to my mommy who is simply the best. I think I’ll fill it up with some chocolate and give it to her as a thank you for altering the “perfect” dress for my daughter’s Junior Prom this weekend. Because you really can’t go wrong with chocolate, can you?

Believe me when I say, YOU. NEED. A. CROPADILE. Oh and the rainbow of eyelets aren’t too shabby either.

Have a great day and check in tomorrow for some fantastic Friday fun!

We R Memory Keepers Corner Chomper Giveaway!

Never again have a plain old corner with the Corner Chomper from We R Memory Keepers! Just like its sister tools, the Crop-A-Dile and the Big Bite, the Corner Chomper offers strength and durability. They’ll cut right through paper, cardstock, chipboard, and other craft materials with ease! Plus each one has two cut styles in one tool for double the corner designs! All that and a handy waste bin to catch the paper trimmings, and you will be chomping at the bit to get one of these babies.

Lucky for you, we are giving away two Corner Chompers to one lucky winner (in the style of her choice)! Be sure to head on over to the We R Memory Keepers Facebook page to say hi and tell them we sent you.

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To enter, fill out {this form} to tell us what your favorite We R Memory Keepers tool is.

Contest ends Wednesday, March 7, 2012 at 11:59pm MDT. Winner announced upon notification and will be chosen with random.org. The contact information you provide will not be shared and will only be used to notify winners. Click here to read our full privacy notice. Winnings are not for resale. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. Participation open to U.S. and Canadian residents 18 years or older. One entry per person.

We R Memory Keepers Metal Hardware

If you are looking for the perfect little finishing touch to your crafty projects, then today’s steal, the We R Memory Keepers Metal Hardware, could be just what you are looking for! I imagine it’s pretty much the equivalent of what a handyman may feel walking in to a tool store when opening a tin of hardware made just for crafty fun!

To make the fact of such a fun steal even a little more exciting, today we have the ever-so-talented guest blogger Emily Lanham with us to show us just how the hardware can be used. I knew right after seeing her toilet paper roll mini album featured a few weeks back that she’d be the perfect one to ask to design for today. I think you’ll agree with me that the wow factor is through the roof!

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Hey everyone! My name is Emily Lanham and I am very excited to be a guest designer today for this ScrapbookSteals! When I was first asked to make something with this hardware, I was a little hesitant. Hardware is something that I don’t normally use on my paper crafts. I am sure glad I didn’t turn this one down! I had so much fun playing with this hardware and I really love that extra look that it added to my pieces.

I made a paper bag mini album as well as a matching recipe box. I used various pieces of the hardware on each project. I especially loved the little nameplates. I added glossy accents to them to make them look more dimensional. I wanted to achieve an overall rustic look for these pieces to go with the hardware.

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Is this not the most incredible mini album? WOW! My jaw is seriously hanging on my keyboard. Thanks again Emily for taking the time to share your talents with us.

Be sure to check out Emily’s blog for lots of further inspiration including a little more detail about today’s steal.

Hope you have a super craft-tastical sort of day!. That’s got to be a good one, right? :)

How To’sday | Paper Flower Wreath by Kara Anderson

How To’sday | Paper Flower Wreath by Kara Anderson

Inspiration is such an amazing thing. I love when someone posts a project on our Facebook fan page, which creates a buzz and has multiple requests for a “How To’sday” tutorial. Today’s wreath project by Kara Anderson is one of those requests!

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Paper Flower Wreath

I can’t take credit for the creative genius of this gorgeous paper flower wreath—it’s originally from the Fancy Pants Designs blog and was created by Ronda Palazzari. It is gorgeous. For Christmas last year I decided to make one for mom and one for myself using the Fancy Pants Christmas Magic paper. I absolutely love it — so much so that it’s still hanging in my house. I thought it would be nice to reserve that one for fall/winter and make another one for spring/summer, so I found some bright, springy paper and made another one. Here are the instructions so you can brighten up your home with one too!

Materials Needed:

  • Patterned paper (I used WRMK Hippity Hoppity for this one and Fancy Pants Christmas Magic for my fall/winter one)
  • Tape runner
  • Scissors
  • Glue gun
  • Foam floral ring
  • T-pins
  • Buttons and beads

Instructions:

It is best to do this like an assembly line. I started by cutting all of my strips of paper, then folded them all, then cut, etc. Some of the steps can be done while watching TV!

1.      Cut your paper into strips. You need three strips per flower and you’ll need 2 different sizes of flowers.

  • For the larger flower cut your paper into 1.5 inch x 4 inch strips.
  • For the smaller flower cut your paper into 1 inch x 3 inch strips.

2.      Fold your strip in half from top to bottom. Then fold it in half length wise.

3.      Using your scissors, cut in an arc from the outside to the fold part. This makes the point of the flower.

4.      Unfold the pattern paper and you’ll have a squished oval shape.

5.      Now fold this oval in half top down, you will see the backside of the patterned paper.

6.      Fold part of one side back up.  Then flip it over and do the same thing on the other side other side.

7.      Fold in half again.

8.      Holding the center, run your finger underneath each petal to pop it out.

9.      You will need 3 petals for every flower.

10. Once you have the petals all popped out, take your tape runner and put a little dab of tape/adhesive in the fold and pinch the petals together.

11. Now you are ready to assemble your flowers. Cut small circles out of the scrap paper for the base.

12. Take your glue gun and add a good sized drop of hot glue on the center of the base.  Put all three petals of the flower side by side on the hot glue.  While the glue is still soft, pick up your flower while holding it in the center and fluff the petals so it looks nice and full.  Then let the glue harden and voila!  A beautiful paper flower! Repeat until you have enough flowers to fill up your wreath.  I used approximately 15 large flowers and 25 small flowers.

13. To build your wreath, take your flowers and place them randomly around the floral ring using T-pins to secure them in. Keep building around until your wreath looks full. I started with the larger flowers and then filled in the spaces with the smaller ones.

14. Then add buttons or beads to the center of each flower using your glue gun.

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Kara, can I say how much I love your project! Your step by step instructions have made it look so easy. I’m thinking a cute 4th of July wreath will be in my near future.

If you have a great idea for a How To’sday tutorial and would like to be featured on our blog then please send your idea with images and instructions to kristy@stealnetwork.com.

Have a fantastic day and we will see you tomorrow for Mid Week Mojo!

Crop A Dile III — Main Squeeze

Crop A Dile III — Main Squeeze

Happy Friday everyone! We are so excited about today’s steal, the Crop A Dile III—Main Squeeze by We R Memory Keepers, that we thought it would be fun to show you something a little different this week.

Instead of creating a massive project, I found a video on You Tube that shows a quick demonstration on how to use the Main Squeeze.

Sometimes it’s nice to see a tool in action to see the potential of what it can do.

I thought of  a few ideas that would be easy to do with the flower and tag dies that come with the kit. During the summer months (or the springtime that seems to be endlessly challenged with rain) when boredom has set in, think of how fun it would be to take the flower die and some straws. Cut the straws into small segments and alternate on a string with the flower dies and you have an easy necklace!

You could also use the tag die to create the perfect embellishment for a card or layout, and well, the metal tags have unlimited options to add a little cutness to your projects.

Have a great weekend!