Technique Tuesday #37

Hi everyone!

Welcome to this weeks Technique Tuesday. 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: TEXTURED TOILET PAPER

Yes, toilet paper! It’s paper right? So why not add texture to it by running it through an embossing folder! It’s then ready to use just like card stock with one exception ~ it’s so soft!

 

You will need: toilet paper {Cottonelle works the best but any brand can be used}, fine mist spray bottle, water, embossing folder, die cutting/embossing machine, craft mat or something to protect your work surface from the water.

 

 

 

Begin by separating the toilet paper layers if it is more than 1-ply. Stack them on top of each other ~ about 5-6 layers works well. Gently mist the stack on both sides. You just want it slightly dampened not soaking wet.

 

 

 

Carefully lift the stack of layers and place in an embossing folder. Run through the embossing machine.

 

 

Let dry completely. Once dry, the layers stick together and it is very flexible for paper crafting projects.

   

 

 

Hints:

∗A few drops of re-inker can be added to the misting bottle if you want some subtle color on the embossed toilet paper. Or spray with water mixed with Perfect Pearls powder for some shimmer and shine.

∗Embossed toilet paper tears easily and gives a nice soft torn edge

∗Cut out shapes with dies.

 

 

 

I hope you enjoyed this weeks technique. As always, please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

 

 

 

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Erin

The Country Touch

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Email: ctrytch@telus.net

Christmas in July 2017 ~ Day #3

Hi everyone!

Welcome to Christmas in July! Each Monday during the month of July 2017, there will be a post with a Christmas project designed to help you get a head start on the busy upcoming holiday season. There will be a variety of items ~ from gift packaging to home décor. You might even get some gift ideas for the special people on your list. Thank you for joining me today 🙂

This week’s project: Pinecone Wreath

A wreath is such an easy way to brighten up a front door, fireplace mantle, entry way mirror or any other spot that needs a cozy holiday touch. You can even get the kids involved by going pinecone hunting then upcycling those pinecones into a wreath. ∗Please note: I would advise letting the pinecones sit in a single layer {for example, on a tray or cookie sheet} in the garage or shed for a while before bringing them into the house. This will reduce the likelihood of little crawlies coming into your home. It also ensures the cones are thoroughly dry.

You will need: wreath form {∗Please note: this can be a Styrofoam, wire form or a circle of flat cardboard with a circle cut out of the center, like I did for mine}, pinecones, hot glue gun/glue sticks, silicone mat or paper to protect your work surface, ribbon, glitter/embellishments{optional}.

∗Please note: glue guns get extremely hot! Please take care when using one to avoid burning yourself and it’s recommended  to keep them away from children.

 

 

Starting around the edge of the inside circle, place and hot glue the pinecones. Then gradually work your way around and out towards the outside of the base. Fill in empty spaces as needed. The wreath can be as deep as you want it to be. The main thing is to make sure that there are no empty spots where the base will show through.

  

 

 

Once you are satisfied with the pinecone placements, check the entire wreath for glue “strings” {those pesky fibers of glue that seem to stretch from one spot to another}. Now it’s time to decorate. The wreath can be as simple or as fancy as you want it to be. This one is pretty simple as I just added some faux berries, a burlap bow and some sheer ribbon for hanging. I am considering tucking some fresh evergreen sprigs into it closer to Christmas as I think the green would look nice with the berries. What do you think? 🙂

 

 

 

 

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Erin

The Country Touch

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Email: ctrytch@telus.net

Tuesday’s Tip #26

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 about creating self adhesive die cuts. Some die cut images are so detailed that adhering them to a project can be a bit difficult. By making your intricate die cuts self adhesive, you will save a lot of time and the frustration of getting liquid glue everywhere but on the die cut.

You will need: card stock, double sided tape/adhesive sheet, bone folder, die, die cutting machine.

Cut a piece of card stock just a wee bit larger than the die. Cover the back of the card stock with double sided tape or adhesive sheet. When using double sided tape, take care to not overlap the edges of the tape. Just butt them up against each other. This makes peeling the backing off much easier. Once the adhesive is applied, use the bone folder to rub the backing ensuring good adhesion. ∗Please note: for this example, I am using double sided tape as I am out of adhesive sheets but this works just fine.

 

 

 

Place the die on the top side of the card stock and run through the die cutting machine. When you are ready to use the die cut shape, carefully peel off the backing and your die cut is ready to use.

 

 

 

I hope you enjoyed this weeks tip. As always, please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

 

 

 

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Erin

The Country Touch

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Email: ctrytch@telus.net

Christmas in July 2017 ~ Day #2

Hi everyone!

Welcome to Christmas in July! Each Monday during the month of July 2017, there will be a post with a Christmas project designed to help you get a head start on the busy upcoming holiday season. There will be a variety of items ~ from gift packaging to home décor. You might even get some gift ideas for the special people on your list. Thank you for joining me today 🙂

This week’s project: Bookmark Card

Today’s project is perfect for the book lover on your Christmas list. A pretty bookmark is tucked into a front pocket of the Christmas card. Add a gift card for their favorite book store and you’ve got a great gift that they will love!

You will need: card stock, patterned paper, cutting tool of choice, tag punch/die, hillside die {this curved shape can also be cut with scissors}, die cutting machine, embossing folder, adhesive, ribbon/twine, sentiment stamp/ink, embellishments, hole punch, scoring board and bone folder {this helps in creating a nice card fold but is not necessary}, embellishments.

 

#1} Cut a 4 1/4″ x 11″ piece of card stock for the card base. Score at 5 1/2″. Fold and crease with the bone folder {I used Cherry Cobbler}.

#2} Cut a piece of white card stock to measure 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″. Run through the embossing folder.

#3} Cut a piece of white card stock to measure 4 1/8″ x 2 1/4″ but it’s up to you how tall you want your snowbank/hill to be. Cut with the hillside die or with scissors. You can always cut it down if you like.

#4} Add adhesive along the bottom and sides of the snowbank and adhere to the embossed panel. This is the pocket to hold the bookmark. Adhere this panel to the card base leaving equal borders on all four sides.

#5} Cut 1 each of card stock and patterned paper to measure 2″ x 5 1/4″. Adhere the patterned paper to the card stock. Punch/die cut/hand cut the top of the tag.

#6} Punch a hole at the top of the tag for the ribbon/twine.

#7} Now it’s time to decorate! I added another snowbank to the bookmark, a deer embellishment {with a tiny red nose of course} and “merry Christmas”. Then stamped a greeting on Crumb Cake card stock and added it to the card front with foam dots. A little bit of glue and some Dazzling Diamonds glitter along each edge of the snowbanks and some on the snowflake embossed panel and the card is complete. ∗Please note: because I used a dark color of card stock for the card base, I cut a 4″ x 5 1/4″piece of white card stock and adhered it to the inside of the card for writing the message on.

 

 

 

 

I hope you enjoyed today’s Christmas in July project 🙂

 

 

 

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Erin

The Country Touch

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Email: ctrytch@telus.net

Fancy Fold Friday #14

Happy Friday everyone!

Fancy Fold Friday posts are posted on the first Friday of each month and are about making a wide variety of card styles just by varying the way that the paper is folded. Knowing how to fold cards from a single sheet of cardstock is a useful technique to learn. Many different styles of handmade cards can be created from standard sizes of paper and card stock ~ typically 8 1/2″ x 11″ {letter size}. The various methods of card folding each provide different design opportunities. Very unique looks can be achieved simply by changing the fold or orientation of your card and special folds are a great way to create eye catching cards!

This week: FLAP OVER FOLD.

This is a very easy card fold that could be used for any occasion at all. The greeting is on the inside and peeks through the window on the front flap.

You will need: card stock, patterned paper, cutting tool of choice, scoring board/bone folder, die/punch {to cut out the sentiment/layer and the window in the front flap, stamp/ink, adhesive, embellishments. ∗Please note: The sentiment can be heat embossed, if desired. This will require a powder tool, embossing powder and heat tool.

 

Cutting the papers:

*4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ card stock {this is the back flap of the base}{white}

*3 3/4″ x 5 1/2″{Soft Sky}

*3 3/8″ x 5 1/2″{white}

*3 3/8″ x 6″ {patterned paper}. Score the patterned paper at 5 9/16″.

 

 

Stamp the greeting on a scrap of white card stock. Punch or die cut. If you want the sentiment to be layered, punch or die cut a larger shape in a different color.

Punch or die cut a window in the front of the patterned paper panel. This is where the stamped/layered sentiment will peek through.

 

Apply adhesive to the inside flap of the patterned panel {along the narrow bit that was scored}. Fold over on the top of the colored card stock and press the adhesive down to adhere. Center the white card stock piece to the colored. Place the layered stamped sentiment under the window in the front flap. Even with a layered sentiment, there is still lots of room for personalizing the inside of the card 🙂 Add embellishments ~ I kept this card simple by adding a couple of enamel dots and a glitter ribbon knot.

  

 

 

 

I hope you enjoyed this months Fancy Fold!

 

 

 

 

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Erin

The Country Touch

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Tuesday’s Tag #10

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: Envelope Gift Card Holder

 

Today’s tag is made with the Envelope Punch Board. Have you used one of these? It is such a handy tool to have and is useful for a variety of projects.
This tag is meant to be used as a gift card holder. Tied to the handles of a gift bag, you’ve added the tag and an extra little gift for the lucky recipient!

 

You will need: patterned paper, cutting tool of choice, envelope punch board, adhesive, extras to embellish.

 

 

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

1} This tag is made using the paper size and scoring mark for the 3″ x 3″ envelope {printed on the punch board}.

 

 

 

 

2} Cut the paper to 5 1/4″ x 5 1/4″. Line up the left edge at 2 5/8″, punch and score. Repeat on remaining three sides but do not score on the fourth side, only punch. This is what it will look like. You can round all four corners with the corner rounder located at the back of the punch board.

   

 

 

 

3} Fold on all three score lines and crease with the bone folder. Fold in the two side flaps and adhere together. Then fold up the bottom flap and adhere. This is now the pocket to hold the gift card. ∗Please note: when adhering the flaps, be very careful not to get any adhesive on the inside of the pocket as this will not allow the gift card to slide down in nicely.

 

 

 

4} Now it’s time to decorate! I stamped “to/from” then punched a hole at the top and added an eyelet for the ribbon to go through. A stamped/layered sentiment was adhered to the front before finishing it off with a couple of metal dots. You can leave this tag as plain as you want or go all out and dress it up!

 

Envelope Gift Card Holder Printable Project Sheet

 

 

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Erin

The Country Touch

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Email: ctrytch@telus.net

 

Christmas in July 2017 ~ Day #1

Hi everyone!

Welcome to Christmas in July! Each Monday during the month of July 2017, there will be a post with a Christmas project designed to help you get a head start on the busy upcoming holiday season. There will be a variety of items ~ from gift packaging to home décor. You might even get some gift ideas for the special people on your list. Thank you for joining me today 🙂

This week’s project: Snowman Soup

This snowman soup recipe is wonderful for cold winter nights curled up by the fire. It also makes a fun stocking stuffer, secret Santa gift or office exchange gift. It’s easy enough for children to make for Grandpa and Grandma or their friends. Or how cute to place one on each persons plate as a table favor for Christmas dinner!

Snowman soup, if you have never heard of it, is packaging together a hot cocoa mix, mini marshmallows, a candy cane and perhaps some Hershey Kisses with the traditional poem. It can be wrapped up in a mug, jar or clear cello bag but today we are going to make a little box with a belly band to hold everything.

You will need: a 12″ x 6″ piece of patterned paper, 1″ x 11″ strip of coordinating card stock {for the belly band closure}, scoring board/scoring tool, bone folder, adhesive, copy paper/card stock for poem, package of hot cocoa mix, mini marshmallows, candy cane, Hershey kisses {optional}.

Score at 1″ on both of the long sides. Turn and score at 1″ and 5 1/2″. Turn and repeat on the other end. This is what it will look like.

 

 

 

Fold on all of the score lines and crease with the bone folder. Cut up to the 1″ score line along each long side and then slightly angle the edge of each tab as shown.

 

 

 

Add adhesive the each tab.

 

 

 

Fold in the sides and one end to adhere. Repeat on the other end.

   

 

 

 

The box is now ready to fold and close, as shown.

  

 

 

 

Now it’s time to make the belly band. Center the box upside down on the card stock strip.

 

 

 

Gently fold up each end against the box sides. This will make a slight crease. Then fold again so that the ends overlap creating another crease. Now remove the belly band and use the bone folder to go over the folds/creases. Add adhesive the one end of the band and stick ends together.

   

 

 

 

Now it’s time to decorate the belly band. I stamped a greeting/images on a die cut piece of card stock then layered it on a gold foil doily before attaching it to the belly band. But you can add a tag, a little sprig of garland, a bow or even a small card. Whatever embellishment you add to the band, be sure that the adhesive only sticks to the band or else the recipient will not be able to slide the band off and back on.

Slide off the belly band, open the box and add the Snowman Soup ingredients. A little tissue or shredded paper can be placed in the bottom of the box if desired. Either hand write or print off the poem/snowballs label below {PDF included} and cut them out. Adhere the poem inside the lid and add the label to the package of marshmallows. Once you’ve got everything in the box just right, close it up. Then slide the belly band back on and it’s all ready!

  

 

 

 

 

Snowman Soup PDF

Snowman Soup

Was told you’ve been real good this year.
Always glad to hear it!
With freezing weather drawing near,
You’ll need to warm the spirit.

So here’s a little Snowman Soup
Complete with stirring stick.
Add hot water, sip it slow.
It’s sure to do the trick!

 

I hope you enjoyed today’s Christmas in July project 🙂

 

 

 

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Erin

The Country Touch

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Email: ctrytch@telus.net