Tuesday’s Tip #27

Hi everyone!

Welcome to today’s Tuesday’s Tip. These posts are tips about different products, crafting and also ways of stretching the supplies that you already may have. I alternate Tuesday’s Tip,  Technique Tuesday and Tuesday’s Tag just to change things up a bit.

Today’s tip is how to get multiple colors on one stamped image. This involves applying several colors onto the stamp before stamping. The easiest way to do this is by using colored markers. Simply color the different areas of the stamp in the chosen colors. Because coloring a stamp with different markers rather than one ink pad takes more time, be sure to breathe heavily or “huff” on the stamp to moisten and re-activate the ink before stamping on the card stock. You can heat emboss with this technique as well. Just be sure to have the embossing powder ready to apply immediately after stamping as the ink will dry quicker with this method.

   

 

 

 

 

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Technique Tuesday #38

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Welcome to this weeks Technique Tuesday which also includes a card making tutorial. In these posts I share a technique that can be applied to many forms of paper crafting ~ card making, scrapbooking, albums and tags. I alternate Technique Tuesday and Tuesday’s Tip just to change things up a bit.

This week’s technique: WOOD GRAIN PLANKS

 

 

With the fall season coming up, I thought I would share a rustic “autumn greetings” card with you today. This card resembles a barn door and is simple to create using a wood grain background stamp.

You will need: cream/Crumb Cake card stock, wood grain background stamp, greeting stamp, Chocolate Chip ink, inking sponge, scoring board/scoring tool, bone folder, cutting tool of choice, paper piercer/mat, adhesive, tiny leaves, twine, button, brad, enamel dots. Optional {if you want to heat emboss the greeting}: powder tool, embossing powder, heat tool. ∗Please note: the leaves I used were from a package of fall confetti from the dollar store.

 

 

#1} Cut a piece of cream card stock to 4 1/4″ x 11″. Score at 5 1/2″, fold and crease with the bone folder. This is the card base.

#2} Cut a piece of Crumb Cake card stock to 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″. Ink up the wood grain back ground stamp with Chocolate Chip ink and lay the card stock on top. Be sure to apply pressure with your fingers over the entire stamp to get a nice stamped image.

 

 

#3} With the scoring board/scoring tool, score on the lines of the wood grain panel. Sponge the edges if desired. Sponging gives it a more rustic look.

#4} Cut a piece of Crumb Cake card stock to 3″ x 5 1/2″ and stamp the wood grain again. Cut on the lines to make separate “planks”. Sponge the edges if desired.

 

 

#5} Adhere 3 planks to the front of the panel as shown.

 

 

#6} Add an enamel dot to the end of each horizontal plank to look like nails. Pierce a hole in the center of the top horizontal plank and add a brad. Adhere the panel to the front of the card base.

#7} Cut a piece of cream card stock to 2″ x 3″ and stamp the greeting. Heat emboss if desired. Pierce a hole in each corner, thread through the twine and knot on the front as shown. Add leaves and a button with a twine bow below the greeting. The sign is now ready to hang. Add a few foam dots to the back and place the twine hanger over the brad. We’ve now made our first fall project! 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

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The Country Touch

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Framed Chalk Board Tutorial

Hi everyone!

Today’s project is a DIY framed chalk board. Chalk boards can be used for more than just the classroom. You can use a chalkboard to write to-do lists, weekly menus, shopping lists and inspirational quotes. Plus, they can be as large or as small as you want. So, if you have a picture frame that you’re not using or want to pick one up at a dollar store or thrift store, you can easily turn it into a useful chalkboard for any where in your home.

You will need: picture frame {glass removed}, chalk board sheet or chalk board paint, card stock, cutting tool of choice, adhesive, sand paper/paint/soft cloth/brush {optional if painting the frame}. ∗Please note: chalk board paint is also available. I have seen it at Home Depot and some local dollar stores also carry it. I haven’t used this product but the instructions for it are on the containers.

#1} Carefully remove the backing and the glass from the frame. If you have chosen to paint the frame, sand the surface and wipe off the dust with a cloth {cheesecloth works great for this} before painting.

#2} Cut a piece of card stock to fit on the frame backing. Cut the chalk board sheet the same size as the card stock.

 

 

#3} Adhere the chalk board sheet to the card stock. The chalk board sheets that I bought were self adhesive. If not self adhesive, be sure to use a dry glue such as double sided tape or tape runner instead of liquid glue which could cause the chalk board sheet to bubble.

#4} Adhere the chalk board panel to the frame backing. I just used a glue dot in each corner. This is to keep it from shifting in the frame but can easily be removed from the frame backing later on if necessary.

 

 

#5} Replace the backing in the frame and you’re done! You’re chalkboard is ready for all sorts of writing 🙂  When you’re ready to write something new, simply wipe off the chalk with a soft cloth.

 

 

 

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“Friendly Forest” Rag Quilt

Hi everyone!

Here is a new rag quilt made with SPX Fabrics “Friendly Forest” collection. The fun pink, turquoise, kiwi and white will add a pop of color to baby’s nursery. It measures 30″ x 40″.

This quilts has three layers ~ a top, batting and a backing. It is made using 100% cotton fabrics and Hobbs Heirloom Premium batting. The quilt is made of the layered squares sewn together with the raw edges sticking out which are then closely clipped. The quilt is washed and dried to create the signature ragging. It will continue to get softer and cuddlier with each washing 🙂

Now available at the Carstairs Artisan Market.

 

 

 

 

 

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August Note Cards

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Sometimes it’s nice to have a little greeting to tuck into a gift bag or a bouquet of flowers. With this set of 4 note cards, you will be ready when that time comes! Each month has a different theme/color scheme. The note cards measure 3″ x 3″, have heat and/or machine embossing and embellishments of some sort ~ ribbon, pearls, rhinestones, etc. Envelopes with the flaps machine embossed are included.

For the month of August, here is a set of “Hello” notes done with Calypso Coral, Pool Party and Summer Starfruit on white card bases.

 

 

 

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Christmas in July 2017 ~ Day #5

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Welcome to the last day of Christmas in July! Each Monday during the month of July 2017, there has been a post with a Christmas project designed to help you get a head start on the busy upcoming holiday season. There were a variety of items ~ from gift packaging to home décor. I hope that you were able to get some gift ideas for the special people on your list. Thank you for joining me 🙂

This week’s project: Snowman Tea Light with Window Box

How fun to remove the ribbon and tag only to find a smiling snowman peeking through the window! These are great for teacher/co-worker gifts and stocking stuffers.

    

 

 

You will need: battery operated tea light, orange Sharpie {if you want the nose colored}, card stock, patterned paper, window sheet, oval punches/dies{hat}, 2″ square punch/die{window}, 1 1/4″ circle punch/die}face}, small circle punch{pompom}, scissors, adhesive, small/medium black pearls, thick yarn for his scarf, shredded crinkle paper{box lining}. ∗Please note: if you don’t have any black pearls, white or cream ones can be colored with a black Sharpie.

 

 

 To create the snowman~

Measure the diameter of the top of the candle. Cut or punch a circle the same size. Cut or punch a circle in the center to fit over the flame. ∗Please note: I did not have a punch or die that would cut directly in the center so I had to use the next best thing which was a flower shape. It’s not perfect but it works okay. This step is not necessary. It just gives a more finished look.

Color the candle flame with an orange Sharpie. The nose lights up a yellowish orange but is white when off. It looks kind of nice if his nose is orange even when he’s not on.

   

 

 

Using two different sized oval dies or punches ~ cut out a hat from the solid card stock with the larger die and a brim from the patterned paper with the smaller one. Cut a small circle for the pompom.

  

 

 

Adhere the brim to the hat and mark the center. This will be a guide for punch to shape the hat. Line up the mark with the punch, as shown, and punch. Trim the hat to your liking and add the pompom to the top.

 

   

 

 

Adhere the hat, the eyes and mouth. Then tie on his scarf. Isn’t he cute?

 

 

 

Now let’s make the box!

#1} Box ~ cut card stock to 6 15/16″ x 6 15/16″ and score at 2″on all four sides.

#2} Lid ~ cut card stock to 6″ x 6″ score at 1 1/2″ on all four sides.

 

 

#3} Fold on the score lines and crease with the bone folder.

#4} Starting on one side of the base, cut on the score line of a corner square up to the 2″ score line. Miter each side of the cut square as shown. The mitering makes for cleaner looking folded corners. Turn and repeat. Turn and repeat. Turn and repeat. This is what the base should now look like.

   

 

 

#5} Repeat step #4 for the lid. Cut a 3″ x 3″ piece of patterned paper and it adhere it to the middle of the lid. Cut a square in the center of the lid.

 

 

#6} Adhere the window sheet over the square opening on the inside.

 

 

#7} Apply adhesive to the four tabs of the box. Fold corners to form box as shown.

  

 

 

#8} Cut four pieces of patterned paper 1 1/4″ x 3″. Adhere to sides of the lid. Apply adhesive to the four tabs.

 

 

#9} Place the box inside the lid and fold the corners to form the lid. By folding the corners of the lid around the box, you get a nice fitting lid ~ not too snug or too loose. Place a bit of shredded crinkle paper in the box and add the snowman tea light ~the paper keeps him from sliding around inside the box.

 

 

#10} Add any embellishments. I added a few rhinestones to the lid and that’s it! An adorable snowman tea light and box set 🙂

 

 

 

Hints:

A magnet could be glued to the back for him to be used as a fridge magnet.

Add some ribbon or twine to hang him as a tree ornament or package topper.

Or maybe add a safety pin on the back side to turn him into a brooch.

 

 

 

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Thank you so much for joining me for this years “Christmas in July”. I hope that you have been inspired with some ideas for this upcoming holiday season! 🙂

Erin

The Country Touch

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Tuesday’s Tag #11

Hi everyone!

Welcome to “Tuesday’s Tag”!  These posts feature how to create different styles of tags that can be used for the usual purpose ~ gifts. But tags can also be added to scrapbook layouts, cards, albums and journals. I hope that you will join me and enjoy creating some tags 🙂  I alternate Tuesday’s Tip,  Technique Tuesday and Tuesday’s Tag just to change things up a bit.

Today’s tag: Happy New Home Window

Today’s tag is created using a window die. I thought that it would be a cute addition to a housewarming gift!

 

You will need: assorted card stock, window die, patterned paper, decorative edge scissors/border die, wood grain stamp {optional}, greeting stamp/ink, die cutting machine, adhesive, ribbon/twine, embellishments.

 

∗Please note: you may click on the link below for a printable project sheet.

 

∗Please note: the instructions below are for the way I created this tag. Feel free to use different colors of card stock and embellishments. The window shape could even be created by starting with a rectangular piece of card stock and then punching four squares/rectangle shapes for the panes.

 

#1} I stamped a piece of Soft Suede card stock with Soft Suede ink and a wood grain background stamp then die cut the window/window box.

#2} With decorative edge scissors or border die, cut a valance from patterned paper. Adhere to back side of window as low as you want it. This now looks like the inside of a room.

#3} Cut a background piece just a wee bit smaller than the window. Stamp “to/from” on the back if desired. I then scored some vertical lines to look like bead board and added a strip of card stock to look like a chair rail.

#4} Stamp some flowers, color them and cut out to add to the window box which has been attached with foam adhesive.

#5} Stamp the greeting and add to the front of the box.

#6} Add embellishments.

#7} Punch a hole at the top for the ribbon/twine hanger.

 

 

Happy New Home Window Tag Printable Project Sheet

 

 

 

 

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Erin

The Country Touch

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