Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas everyone!

I want to wish you all a safe and happy holiday season with your families and friends. It’s hard to believe that it has been almost 3 years since I started this blog. To all of you that have taken the time to read my blog posts and leave comments, thank you so much! I do appreciate it! For the upcoming new year, I have new projects and exciting ideas to share with you. So until then, take care and have a very Merry Christmas. 🙂

 

Until next time,

Erin

The Country Touch

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Email: ctrytch@telus.net

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“Christmas Dreams” by Lawn Fawn

Hi everyone!

Today I am sharing the first couple of projects I created with the “Christmas Dreams” stamp/die set from Lawn Fawn. ∗Please note: I had hoped to get more projects completed. Maybe in the new year. This set is sure to make anyone smile, especially cat and dog lovers! These projects are intended to give you an idea of what can be created with these products if you have them or are considering them for purchase.

 

 

*Please note: I purchased these sets from Worldwide Scrapbooking Supplies. Here is the link if you are interested in taking a look.    http://www.worldwidescrapbookingsupplies.com

 

Card

Now I will tell you that this was kind of a time consuming card as it involves a lot of coloring and die cutting. But I think it is time well spent creating it for someone special. What dog lover wouldn’t love to receive this card featuring a pup dreaming of a Christmas bone? 🙂

 

 

Tag

This tag is a bit more simple as it doesn’t have a patterned paper background like the card. I used a stitched rectangle die for the base and the kitty image instead of the dog.

 

 

 

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Until next time,

Erin

The Country Touch

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Email: ctrytch@telus.net

 

Nuvo Crystal Drops

Hi everyone!

 

Today I am sharing a new product that I’ve just recently tried ~ Nuvo Crystal Drops by Tonic Studios. This is a liquid that you squeeze out of a bottle through a fine tip nozzle creating little drops. They can be as small or as large as you need them to be. If you frequently use enamel dots or pearls in your paper crafting, then you know it’s sometimes hard to every possible size on hand. But with these, any size is possible right when you need it! I only have the white but will definitely be trying some other colors. I think the red would make pretty berries on a Christmas wreath for a card or tag. Also, a stamped image, for example a swirl, could be drawn over with this for a bit of interest on a project.

  • They keep the rounded shape after drying.
  • These are available in gloss, pearly and glitter in many colors.
  • Translucent drops are also available. They are called Jewel Drops {which I have not tried}.
  • Come in 1 ounce bottles.

 

When applying the drops to a project:

I found it worked best to {without touching the paper}, gently squeeze the bottle until the desire size is achieved. Don’t lift the nozzle straight up but kind of twirl it around in a few circles {this helps to avoid looking like Hershey’s Kisses}. Also, if you find it is not settling as flat as you would like, flick the paper from underneath and this should do the trick. But the dots I made pictured below flattened just fine on their own.

Within a few hours they are dry and firm to the touch. But it is recommended that they are left to dry for 24 hours before putting them through the mail. Better to be on the safe side.

Hopefully today’s post might help you to decide if this is a product you would like to add to your paper crafting supplies.

 

 

 

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Erin

The Country Touch

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Email: ctrytch@telus.net

 

“Cabin Fever” by Carta Bella

Hi everyone!

I recently purchased some paper crafting supplies from Worldwide Scrapbooking Supplies {link below}. Over the next couple of weeks I am going to share with you some projects using these products. Today I am featuring the new “Cabin Fever” paper collection kit from Carta Bella. The patterns in this collection all have a rustic yet warm and cozy feel to them. There are fun snowmen, pine cones, mittens, snowglobes and plaids. Even forest animals with scarves and hats. I hope you enjoy seeing some of the projects that can be created with this lovely kit.

Here is the link to their website if you are interested in taking a look at any of their products.    http://www.worldwidescrapbookingsupplies.com

 

Gift Tags {packages of 12}

  

 

 

K-Cup Holders {holds 2 K-Cups}

 

 

Card Kit

Merry Christmas ~ this sentiment is heat embossed and matted on Soft Suede card stock. Included are pre-tied twine bows and pearls. I have added a bit of Wink of Stella to the pine trees of the die cut patterned paper.  Soft Suede card bases {cream panels for the inside are included}.

 

 

 

 

These items are available at the Carstairs Artisan Market just in time for the holiday shopping season 🙂

∗Did you know that the Carstairs Artisan Market will ship requested products? If you see something you would like to have shipped to you, please do not hesitate to call the market for all the details. Their number is 1-403-337-3363.

 

 

 

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Erin

The Country Touch

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Email: ctrytch@telus.net

Handmade Holiday 2017 ~ Day #7

Hi everyone!

Welcome to day #7 ~ the final day of this year’s Handmade Holiday series. The holiday season can be such a busy time but it is still nice to create handmade items and add special touches to gifts for family and friends. Each day this week I shared a new idea for creating a quick handmade holiday project. There were tutorials for home décor, gift card holders, recipes, treat holders and more.

 

Day #7 ~ Gift Tag

It’s always fun to add little extras to gift packaging. So today’s handmade holiday project is a rosette gift tag. It can be as plain or as fancy as you like and the “to/from” sentiment can be on the front or back.

 

You will need: a doily, patterned paper, card stock scraps, scoring board, paper trimmer or cutting tool of choice, stamp/ink {for greeting or image}, hot glue gun, yarn or ribbon, hole punch, embellishments.

 

To make a rosette:

#1} Cut a piece of patterned paper to 1 1/2″ x 12″. Place the long side on the scoring tool and score the paper every 1/4″.

 

#2} While folding the score lines, fold the strip of paper like an accordion until you get to the end of the strip.

 

#3} Keep squeezing the folds tightly together as you fold. This will create nice creases on the finished rosette. Adhere the two ends together with hot glue to make a circle, as shown. Be careful!

 

#4} Turn the circle inside out so that the back side of the patterned paper is facing the outside. Push down on the paper folds which naturally causes the rosette shape to form. Holding the shape firmly, add some hot glue to the small center circle making sure to get a little bit in some of the folds. Again, be careful. Keep holding until the glue cools. Your rosette is now ready to turn over and add to the doily with whatever embellishments you have chosen.

 

I added the rosette to the doily then placed a die cut image on top with some rhinestones and glitter. Some ribbon was threaded through a punched hole and tied with silver string and a couple of jingle bells. I stamped “to/from” on some scrap white card stock which was cut out and adhered to the back of the tag.

 

*Hint:

These tags could also be made with the vintage look as well which would be very pretty. Just sponge the doily so that it’s not the bright white color, ink the edges of the rosette and maybe some twine for hanging instead of ribbon. I might have to give that a try 🙂

 

 

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I hope that you enjoyed this years Handmade Holiday series 🙂 Please feel free to share your creations!

Erin

The Country Touch

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Email: ctrytch@telus.net

Handmade Holiday 2017 ~ Day #6

Hi everyone!

Welcome to day #6 of this year’s Handmade Holiday series. The holiday season can be such a busy time but it is still nice to create handmade items and add special touches to gifts for family and friends. Each day this week I will be sharing a new idea for creating a quick handmade holiday project. There will be tutorials for tags, home décor, gift card holders, recipes, treat holders and more. I hope that you will join me!

Day #6 ~  Paper Bag Gift Card Holder

Today’s project is a double pocket gift card holder. This means that there is one pocket for the gift card and another pocket to tuck in a little note, Christmas letter or a photo. Of course, it could be created for any occasion throughout the year.

 

You will need: paper bag {about 4″ x 7″}, decorative scissors or border die {optional}, scoring board/tool, bone folder, patterned paper, cutting tool of choice, adhesive, embellishments.

 

#1} Place the bag on the scoring board with the bags bottom in the corner. Score at 3″.

 

 

#2}  Fold on the score line and crease with the bone folder. ∗Please note: this next  step is optional. Using decorative scissors or a border die, create a decorative edge along the top of the bag.

 

 

#3}  Add a strip of adhesive on the front of the folded section.

 

 

#4} Cut a strip of patterned paper 2″ x 10″. Adhere one end in the middle, wrap around and secure the other end on the front adhesive. Using the bone folder, crease both folds of the patterned paper strip. The gift card holder base is complete. Now the fun part of decorating. ∗Please note: I also cut a 2 1/4″ x 10″ piece of card stock to mat the patterned paper strip on.

  

 

 

#5} I tied a length of ribbon around the holder and tied a knot on the right end before adding a stamped/embossed/matted greeting over top of the ribbon. An enamel dot finishes the front. I then cut a piece of card stock to fit in the top pocket and added a stamped/embossed sentiment. This is where the message to the recipient can be written.

 

 

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See you tomorrow for the 7th and final day!

Erin

The Country Touch

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Email: ctrytch@telus.net

 

Handmade Holiday 2017 ~ Day #5

Hi everyone!

Welcome to day #5 of this year’s Handmade Holiday series. The holiday season can be such a busy time but it is still nice to create handmade items and add special touches to gifts for family and friends. Each day this week I will be sharing a new idea for creating a quick handmade holiday project. There will be tutorials for tags, home décor, gift card holders, recipes, treat holders and more. I hope that you will join me!

Day #5 ~ Peppermint Cocoa Balls

 

Peppermint Cocoa Balls ~  I honestly can’t say that these Peppermint Cocoa Balls are an old family favorite as I only made them for the first time last Christmas. But they are definitely on our favorites list now! A big “thank you” to my sister-in-law Sherri for sharing this recipe with me last holiday season 🙂  The crushed candy canes on these add a pretty touch of color to a tray of baked goodies.

 

Cookie Dough:                                                    Topping:

1 cup powdered sugar                                           1/2 cup vanilla baking chips

1 cup margarine {softened}                                  1 tsp. vegetable shortening

1 1/2 tsp. vanilla                                                      6 crushed candy canes

1 egg

2 1/2 cups flour

1/2 cup cocoa

1/2 tsp.salt

1}In a large bowl, combine sugar, margarine egg and vanilla. Beat at medium speed with mixer until light and fluffy.   2}Add flour, cocoa and salt. Beat at low speed until soft dough forms.   3}Cover with plastic wrap and chill 2-4 hours until firm.   4}Heat over to 375°.   5}Roll into balls and place on ungreased cookie sheet.   6}Bake 8-9 minutes or until set.   7}Cool completely.   8}In bowl, melt chocolate and shortening in microwave on medium.   9}Dip cookies into the vanilla mixture and then into the crushed candy canes.   10}Let dry completely before storing.   Enjoy!

∗Please note: These do freeze well {if they manage to get to the freezer} 😉

Feel free to share your family’s favorite Christmas goodies!

 

 

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See you tomorrow for day #6!

Erin

The Country Touch

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Email: ctrytch@telus.net