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Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Ideas to Inspire with Kiwi Lane and We R Memory Keepers

Once upon a time, I was a fun mom and did lots of fun artsy craftsy things with my kids… mostly because I had a little girl who had not reached the teen years and still liked me.  Now I have a little boy who doesn’t want to do anything that doesn’t involve a circuit board.  *sigh*  Anyway, when I was a fun mom, we spent an afternoon making tie-dyed paper using food coloring and shaving cream.  If you've never seen this process, go HERE  and take a gander.  It’s fun and messy!  And we ended up with some cool looking card stock that looked like this:
I had never used it because it isn’t acid free or safe for scrapbooks and looked a little too juvenile to be paired with the cards I usually make.  So it sat in a paper bag for a few years until I pulled it out a few months ago.  It was sitting on my desk, waiting to be turned into something wonderful, when my new punch board arrived, along with some cards from the Hip Hip Hooray! Albums Made Easy Card Set and matching twine.  And my tie dyed paper matched!  (Well, close enough.)  So I set to work making some candy boxes. If you don’t know how the punch boards work, you need to head on over HERE and check out the videos!  Again, I am using the Candy Box Punch Board, but there are many others.  It’s super easy, as the instructions for the boards are printed right on them.  I cut my paper to 7” by 11”, lined up the paper, punched and scored as instructed, flipped the paper, punched and scored some more and this is what it looked like:

I used some super strong double sided tape to make my box and it looked like this:
Whenever my kids have a friend birthday party to attend, I encourage them to give their friends art supplies.  A long candy box is perfect to house some pencils (out of the packaging), a glue stick (again, out of the packaging), and some erasers!
After I stuffed my box and closed the ends with baker’s twine, I used a card from the Albums Made Easy Card Set for a tag and decorated with some templates like so:
I still had lots of the tie dyed paper left, and I wanted to do a birthday themed card and envelope set, so I used my Envelope Punch Board to make an envelope for a 3 1/2” by 4 1/2” card (the measurements you need are right on the board- super easy!).  The envelope looked kind of boring, so again I used my Kiwi Lane templates to decorate it:

Then I used another card from the Albums Made Easy Card Set for the basis of a card.  I simply matted it with some polka dot paper, chomped the corners with my WRMK Corner Chomper and put the card and mat on a 7” by 4 1/2” card base (folded in half, of course, to make a 3 1/2” by 4 1/2” card):
Here’s the final result of my tie dye paper crafting, with the help of my Kiwi Lane templates and some We R Memory Keepers tools:
I hope you enjoyed my project- and I hope it inspired you!

Templates used:
Happy Trails 1B
Tiny Accents 4T
Tiny Celebrate 1T, 4T, 6T
Tiny Shapes 7T

Delight 1