Tuesday’s Tutorial #2

Hi everyone!

Welcome to “Tuesday’s Tutorial”!  I added this to the blog to go along with Tuesday’s Tip,  Technique Tuesday and Tuesday’s Tag just to change things up a bit. I hope you enjoy!

Today I am sharing how to make pretty layered paper flowers using the faux suede paper technique. These flowers are a pretty addition to any paper crafting project ~ cards, tags, scrapbooks, etc. Color coordinate the papers and brad to create an embellishment that will be the finishing touch to your project.

 

You will need: card stock {2 colors}, flower punch or die, bone folder, paper piercer/piercing mat or small hole punch, brad.

Punch or die cut four flowers {2 from each color}. ∗Please note: four flowers make a good sized finished flower. However, for a card perhaps just using two flowers might be better as it would add less bulk for mailing.

 

 

 

Now we need to separate each flower into two layers. This is done by working the petals with the bone folder to separate the fibers. With the paper between the bone folder and your thumb, gently pull the paper through. Do this a couple of times to each petal then turn it over and repeat on the other side. This will be breaking down the fibers to allow the layers to pull apart. You should start to see the edges separating. Now it’s time to slowly and carefully pull the layers apart into the two layers. You will see the inside of the flower layers are a bit fuzzy ~ this is the faux suede paper technique. Repeat this step for the remaining three flowers and you will end up with 8 flowers.

  

 

 

 

With the “suede” side of the flower facing up, crumple each flower into a tight ball.

 

 

 

Now, uncrumple each ball and flatten just a bit making sure the fuzzy side is facing up. Layer the alternating colored flowers on top of each other. Using a paper piercer/piercing mat or small hole punch, make a hole in the center through all eight layers. Push the brad through the hole and flatten the prongs on the back side. Fluff up the petals a bit and there you have a pretty paper flower to add to a project.

 

 

 

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial 🙂

 

 

 

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The Country Touch

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Technique Tuesday #39

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: SPONGING A SUNSET SKY

 

Since it’s time to start creating some Halloween cards, I decided to use a Halloween die set that I thought would look perfect against the sky at late sunset.

 

You will need: card stock panel, assorted inks {I used Autumn Terracotta, Crushed Curry and Smoky Plum}, a wedge of sponge for each ink color, post-it note, circle punch/die, scrap sheet of paper {to protect your work surface}.

 

Lay the card stock panel on the scrap sheet of paper. Cut a circle from the post-it note. This is a mask for the moon. Make sure that at least half of the “sticky” is part of the circle. Place it on the panel where you want the moon to be.

 

 

 

 

Pressing down the edges of the mask and starting off the card stock panel, start sponging in a circular motion from the top down. I did the purple shade for the top third,  the yellow shade in the middle and the orange shade on the bottom third. Be sure to really blend the colors so that there is no definite lines between the colors. Remove the moon mask.

  

 

 

 

Place the hole in the post-it note over the moon and very lightly sponge just the tiniest bit of yellow. This is so it isn’t such a stark white.

   

 

 

The “sunset” panel is now ready to use on your project. I matted mine on a piece of black card stock before adhering to the card base. Then added the die cut pieces, a layered greeting and a couple of embellishments.

 

 

 

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

On Sale!

Hi everyone!

I am popping in quickly today to let you know a few of my items are on sale at the Carstairs Artisan Market in Carstairs, Alberta.

 

∗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.

 

ENCHANTED COTTAGE” rag quilt
Old English cottages are scattered about this quilt. Muted shades of rose, blue, green, tan  and cream with a cotton backing.
There are 7 squares that have been machine embroidered to complete the design. It measures 50″ x 65″.

Was $119.95      Now $89.95     SOLD

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SUMMER TIME” rag quilt

This throw with it’s summery prints will be a nice accent to your home or cottage. There are 4 squares that have been embroidered to add an extra special touch. Cotton fabrics/batting are used. It measures 55″ x 68″.

Was $129.95      Now $99.95

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WINTER BEARS” rag quilt

A cuddly rag quilt just in time for the upcoming winter season or maybe even for a special baby’s first Christmas! It is made with Boyd’s Bears “Winter Bears” flannel fabrics and a combination of other cottons. It measures 30″ x 40″.

Was $59.95      Now $49.95  

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“SPOOKY” Halloween Mini Album {shown are the cover and 2 out of 5 2-page layouts}

Was $34.95      Now $22.95    

    

 

 

 

 

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Erin

The Country Touch

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Email: ctrytch@telus.net

Tuesday’s Tip #28

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 make fringed ribbon. A length of ribbon adhered to a project looks pretty but how about altering it just a bit to add some more dimension and fun!

 

This look came about by accident I have to say. I had an older piece of grosgrain ribbon which I had cut in half lengthwise for a project. When I went to use the other half, over time in the ribbon jar, it has started to fray. So, I decided to see what it would look like if the whole length looked like that and I quite liked the little fringe along the edge! 🙂

 

Cut the required length of ribbon. Cut off the desired amount.

   

 

 

 

At one end, grab some of the threads and “peel” them off the whole length. Repeat until the fringe looks the way to want it to ~ it can be as wide as you choose.

 

 

The fringed ribbon is now ready to add to your project.

 

 

 

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

 

Fall Items Are At The Market!

Happy Fall everyone!

I know that it’s not officially fall yet but it’s starting to feel like it just a little bit in the mornings. And there are a few yellow leaves falling here and there. So, I’m popping in today to share with you that my fall products are now available at the Carstairs Artisan Market in Carstairs, Alberta. These items include wreaths, stitcheries, pumpkin pokes, garlands, cards, pillows, place setting card sets, room sprays, soy tart brittle and potpourri. So whether you are searching for a special gift or maybe something for yourself this fall season, you just might find it here! ∗Please note: there will be more blog posts as additional items are added.

∗Plus, 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.

 

 

Curly Paper Wreaths {left to right: fall leaves, “scary” Halloween, vintage Halloween}{Approx. 12″ diameter}

∗$19.95 each

      

 

 

“Harvest Blessings” stitchery {outside dimensions of the frame are 9 1/2″ x 12″}

∗$18.95

 

 

Cards {shown are just a few of the available cards, full size}

∗$3.95 each

   

 

 

Homespun and Burlap Rag Garland {6′ long}

∗$19.95

 

 

Fall Table Place Cards {packages of 8}

∗$4.95

 

 

 

Pumpkin Pokes

∗$3.00 each

 

 

Assorted Room Sprays and Tart Brittle {these smell so yummy} 🙂

∗$5.95

Assorted Potpourri

∗$3.95

 

 

 

“SPOOKY” Halloween Mini Album {shown are the cover and 2 out of 5 2-page layouts}

On Sale ~ $22.95

 

 

 

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Erin

The Country Touch

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Email: ctrytch@telus.net

Tuesday’s Tag #12

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: Autumn Greetings

 

 

Today’s tag is created using a large manila shipping tag however any shaped tag can be used. It would be pretty tied onto a loaf of freshly baked pumpkin spice loaf and given as a gift!

 

You will need: manila shipping tag {2 3/8″ x 4 3/4″ is the size I used}, assorted “fall” ink colors, inking sponges, card stock {assorted colors for greeting, mat and leaves}, cutting tool of choice, leaf embossing folder, greeting stamp/ink, die cutting machine, adhesive, ribbon/twine, leaf cutouts or other embellishments.

 

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

#1} Ink around the outside edges of the tag. I used Autumn Terracotta, Crushed Curry, Olive and Soft Suede inks and lightly blended them.

 

#2} Cut a piece of Olive stock to fit the tag. ∗Please note: if using the same size tag I used, the card stock was cut to 2″ x 4″.  Place in the embossing folder and run through die cutting machine.

#3} Lightly sponge the edges of the embossed piece. Adhere to the tag.

#4} Tie a length of ribbon around the bottom of the Olive embossed card stock and tie a knot. Adhere to the tag closer to the bottom leaving an equal distance on each side and along the bottom.

#5} Stamp greeting on card stock scrap and mat on a darker color. ∗Please note: I heat embossed the greeting but this step is completely optional.

#6} Add embellishments. I die cut some leaves then crumpled them a bit before sponging and adhering them to the tag.  Then adhered the matted greeting on foam adhesive before adding a few pearls.

#7} Insert ribbon/twine through the hole at the top for the hanger.

 

 

Autumn Greetings Tag Printable Project Sheet

 

 

 

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Erin

The Country Touch

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Email: ctrytch@telus.net

Tuesday’s Tutorial #1

Hi everyone!

Welcome to the first “Tuesday’s Tutorial”!  I am adding this to the blog to go along with Tuesday’s Tip,  Technique Tuesday and Tuesday’s Tag just to change things up a bit. I hope you enjoy!

Today’s tutorial: Curly Paper Halloween Wreath

 

 

This style of wreath may look complicated to make but it’s actually very easy ~ I promise! Wreaths are a wonderful way to decorate your own home for any season or occasion.  Or for even giving as a gift 🙂

You will need: assorted coordinating patterned papers, cutting tool of choice, bone folder, styrofoam wreath base, straight pins, embellishments, ribbon for hanging. ∗Please note: if you are unable to find an actual styrofoam wreath base, you can always use a styrofoam disc, which is what I did. Just trace a circle {I used a saucer} in the center of the disc and cut out using a knife. Be careful though!!!

 

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

#1} Cut the patterned paper into 1/2″ strips {each 12″ x 12″ sheet will yield 24 strips}. I used approximately 125 strips for a 10″ wreath. You might be able to use less but I like them nice and full. That way there is no chance of the styrofoam base showing through.

 

#2} Now it’s time to curl the strips. With one hand, hold a strip of paper in the center {no need to measure, just roughly in the center} and use the bone folder {in the other hand} to pull it along the length of the paper strip. Basically the same way you would curl ribbon for a gift topper.

 

 

#3} Turn the paper strip around and repeat step #2 for the other end.  Your strip should now look like this.

 

 

#4} Repeat steps #2 and #3 for all remaining strips of paper. You can have the papers in a pile or sort them into the separate patterns.

 

 

#5}∗Please note: decide how you want to hang your wreath. If you want a loop of ribbon to go around the wreath, add before the wreath is covered. It is easier this way. If all you want is a small hanging loop on the back, that can be added once the wreath is complete.

Begin attaching the strips to the wreath by pushing a pin through the center of the strip and inserting it into the styrofoam wreath base. Don’t poke yourself! Keep alternating the patterns until the wreath is covered and you are happy with how it looks. Be sure the inner circle and the outside are covered as well. You don’t want any of the base peeking through!

 

 

#6} Add embellishments. I embossed a piece of card stock then added some “s c a r y” stickers, corner brads and a few black rhinestones. There you go! Your curly paper wreath is now complete and ready to hang!

 

 

Curly Paper Halloween Wreath Printable Project Sheet

 

 

 

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Erin

The Country Touch

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Email: ctrytch@telus.net