Christmas in July 2018 ~ Day #3

Hi everyone!

Welcome to Christmas in July! Each Monday during the month of July 2018, 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 cards and gift packaging to home décor. You might even get some gift ideas for the special people on your list. Thank you for joining me!

This week’s project: Twine Ball Ornaments

These twine balls will add simple and rustic beauty to your Christmas tree this season. Or if you don’t want them as hanging ornaments, how about filling up a bowl or basket with them along with some fresh greens and pinecones as a table centerpiece? So pretty! Colored yarn or twine could also be used. A little girls bedroom Christmas tree would look adorable done up in pink or purple sparkly twine balls!

 

 

You will need: white glue {the $ store brand is fine}, water, cornstarch, bowl, spoon, round balloon, plastic wrap, jute twine, glitter {optional}, newspaper/waxed paper {to protect your work surface}, waxed/parchment paper {for drying on}, ribbon/yarn/bakers twine, embellishments {optional}.

 

#1} Place down a sheet of newspaper or waxed paper to protect your work surface. Things can get messy!

#2} Blow up a balloon. I found a nice round shape was achieved by blowing up the balloon larger than it should be and then letting out the air until it was the required size. Tie shut.

#3} Combine 1/2 cup white glue, 1/4 cup water and 1 tbsp. cornstarch in a bowl and mix until very smooth. You don’t want any lumps!

 

 

#4} Wrap the balloon in plastic wrap {this keeps the twine from sticking to the balloon}.

 

 

#5} Cut a length of twine about 12′ long. I found this length of twine worked well for a balloon about 4 in diameter. I know it sounds like a lot of twine but it’s surprising how fast the length gets used up when wrapping it around and around the balloon.

#6} Place twine in the bowl of glue mixture to saturate it well.

 

 

#7} Grasp the one end of the twine and gently pull it through your fingers to squeeze some of the glue mixture out {you want the twine fairly wet but not dripping}. Tie one end of twine around the balloon knot.

 

 

#8} Begin wrapping the twine around the balloon in a random pattern. Be sure to keep the twine taut as you wrap. When you are pleased with how the ball looks, cut the twine and tuck the end under a section of twine. ∗Please note: if you want your twine balls to sparkle, sprinkle now with glitter while the glue is still wet.

 

 

#9} Let the wrapped balloon dry overnight on a piece of waxed/parchment paper. It would likely stick to newspaper. When dry, pop the balloon with a knife or scissors, cut off the knot at the top and pull the deflated balloon and plastic wrap through one of the openings in the twine.

 

 

 

#10} For hanging, add a length of twine, ribbon, yarn or bakers twine looped and tied in a knot or add a ornament hanger.

#11} Any embellishments can be added at this time such as holly sprigs/berries, a ribbon bow or jingle bells just to name a few. It’s up to you how plain or dressed up you want them to be. Your twine ball/balls are now ready for decorating this Christmas season!

 

 

 

I hope you enjoyed this weeks Christmas in July project 🙂

 

 

 

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Erin

The Country Touch

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Email: ctrytch@telus.net

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Christmas in July 2018 ~ Day #2

Hi everyone!

Welcome to Christmas in July! Each Monday during the month of July 2018, 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: Hot Chocolate Packet Holder

These hot chocolate packet holders are quick and easy to make. A bunch can be made up in a short time. They would be great for stocking stuffers, a classroom gift exchange or an addition to a gift basket.

 

You will need: card stock, patterned paper {DSP}, cutting tool of choice, scoring board/tool, bone folder, adhesive, stamps, ink pad, die/punch {for cutting out image}, ribbon. ∗Please note: I have also pictured some holders created just with patterned paper.

 

#1} Cut a piece of card stock to 5 1/2″ x 7 3/4″.

#2} Cut a piece of patterned paper {DSP} to 4 1/2″ x 7 3/4″.

 

 

#3} Adhere the DSP to the card stock leaving equal borders on the top and bottom.

 

 

#4} Score through both layers at 1/2″ and 4 1/8″. Fold and crease both score lines with the bone folder.

 

 

#5} Add adhesive along the side and bottom, as shown. Fold and carefully line up the edges. Press to secure.

 

 

#6} Stamp the chosen image/greeting on card stock. Die cut or punch out. If any coloring is needed, it doesn’t really matter if it’s done before or after cutting out. Whichever way you prefer to do it.

#7} Attach the image/greeting to the front of the holder.

#8} Punch a hole at the top of the hot chocolate package. Add the ribbon and place it inside the holder leaving the knot showing.

   

∗Please note: Here are some holders created just with patterned paper.

If you are interested, you can check out these past blog posts for hot chocolate packet holders:
I hope you enjoyed this weeks Christmas in July project 🙂

 

 

 

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Erin

The Country Touch

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Email: ctrytch@telus.net

Tuesday’s Tip #36

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, Tuesday’s Tutorial  and Tuesday’s Tag just to change things up a bit.

Today I want to share some different methods for applying glitter to projects. Adding some sparkle to cards, tags and other paper crafting items can be the finishing touch!

#1} Wink of Stella ~ it looks like a marker but has a soft nylon brush tip that lets you apply a thin layer of glitter. It can be applied over lettering, a stamped image or to just add some sparkly highlights. But best of all, it allows you to add sparkle and shimmer without the mess of normal powdered glitter. And it doesn’t rub off your project.

#2} Perfect Pearls ~ a powder that when applied to a project gives such a pretty shimmer and there are many colors available to coordinate with any project. It can also be mixed with water in a small mister bottle to make shimmer spray. Be sure to hold the bottle at least 12″ above the papers surface for a nice even coating. You can even spray through a stencil to create a unique background.

#3} Stickles ~ is a glitter glue that comes in dozens of colors. The fine tip bottle makes it easy to trace lines or other designs. It does take a bit of time to dry though.

#4} Powdered glitter ~ this can be applied with glue for smaller areas or with double sided tape to make stripes. To cut down on the glitter sticking where you don’t want it, run a powder tool over the surface of the paper first to eliminate static. A Swiffer cloth works great for wiping up spilled glitter.

Any of these methods can turn plain embellishments into sparkling pretties! For example, add a bit of glue to a button/brad then dust with glitter or apply some Stickles. On die cut/punched pieces, color with a Wink of Stella marker or lightly brush on some Perfect Pearls.

 

 

 

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 2018 ~ Day #1

Hi everyone!

Welcome to Christmas in July! Each Monday during the month of July 2018, 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 cards and 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: Christmas Tiny Tags

One of my favorite holiday projects is making handmade tags. Tags are the finishing touch to top off all those gift packages for the holidays! Or how about wrapping up a set in a clear cello bag tied with a bow as a thoughtful gift. These sweet little tags were created using the Lawn Fawn Tiny Tags Sayings stamp set and Tiny Tags dies {link below}. Of course, you could use any tag/shape die or punch and stamp set.

★ This is the store that I ordered the stamp set and die set from. You can order online or go right into the store which is located in Calgary, Alberta. It is a great place to shop!              https://scrapendipity.orderz.ca/

You will need: kraft card stock {plain or patterned}, Lawn Fawn Tiny Tags Sayings stamp set and Tiny Tags dies, die cutting machine, acrylic block, stamp pads, powder tool/embossing powder/heat tool {optional if you decide to heat emboss the greetings}, twine, scissors, embellishments, adhesive.   ★ Optional: You can also use any color of card stock if you are not fond of kraft.

#1} Die cut the desired number of tags.

 

 

#2} Stamp sentiments on the tags. If you choose to heat emboss, be sure to run a powder tool over the surface before stamping/heat setting.

#3} Stamp “to/from” on the backs.

 

 

#3} Now it’s time to embellish! Die cut holly leaves with “liquid pearl” berries were added to some of the tags. Then stamped snowflakes/swirls with Nuvo Drops accents to the remaining tags before tying on the jute twine hangers. I look forward to including these little tags on Christmas gifts this year.

 

I hope you enjoyed this weeks Christmas in July project 🙂

 

 

 

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Erin

The Country Touch

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Email: ctrytch@telus.net

Technique Tuesday #43

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 Tuesday’s Tip, Technique Tuesday, Tuesday’s Tutorial  and Tuesday’s Tag just to change things up a bit.

This week’s technique: STAMPING WITH PERFECT PEARLS.

Perfect Pearls is a pigment powder that when applied to a project gives such a pretty shimmer. They come in a rainbow of colors and are reasonably priced as well. Today’s technique shows simple stamping with Perfect Pearls powder.

 

#1}  Stamp the images on card stock with VersaMark ink. I used a 4″ x 5 1/4″ piece of card stock as this was going to be the front panel on a card.

  

 

 

 

#2} Then with a small paintbrush, immediately gently brush the powder over the still sticky ink. A little goes a long way. Once the entire surface is covered with Perfect Pearls powder, tap the remaining excess back into the jar.

 

 

 

#3} After drying for 5 minutes or so, softly wipe any stray bits of powder away with a soft cloth. Microfibre cloths or Swiffer cloths work great for this. The stamped panel is now ready for a project. It really is very shimmery. I wish it showed a bit better in the photo.

   

 

∗Hint: you could do this technique on an entire sheet of card stock and then cut it up as you need it for your projects. It’s always nice to have things done ahead of time!

 

 

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 2018

Hi everyone!

I wanted to let you know well in advance that it’s almost time again for “Christmas in July”! Each Monday during the month of July 2018, 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 cards and gift packaging to home décor. You may even get some gift ideas for the special people on your list. I hope that you will join me 🙂

 

 

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See you on Monday, July 2nd!

Erin

The Country Touch

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Email: ctrytch@telus.net

DIY Card Stock Swatch Book

Hi everyone!

Have you ever seen a package of patterned paper that you love {and know that you would find lots of uses for} but wonder if the card stock you already have would coordinate with it? With a card stock swatch book, picking out perfect paper combinations for your projects will be easy. There are a couple of different methods for creating swatch books.

#1} A binder with pocket pages which will hold not only card stock samples but also ink, marker and Nuvo Drop swatches. For this sample, I just used a few examples from a pack of Bazzill Dotted Swiss card stock. The pockets measure 2″ so I cut the squares to 1 7/8″ square and slipped them in keeping them together in their color family. If the card stock you are using has specific color names, print off labels for them as shown below in example #2.

 

 

 

#2} Cut squares of card stock and fasten them together with a binder ring. With this method it can be made small enough so that it can be kept in your purse so that it’s always handy! The squares are cut to measure 3″ x 3″ and a small hole is punched in each top left corner. Then I printed off the card stock color names, cut them out and glued them on. These could also be printed off on small self adhesive computer labels. A binder ring holds them and the company name all together. Slip this swatch book into a small zip lock bag and it’s ready to go!

 

I hope you find these ideas for card stock swatch books helpful. Feel free to share your creations 🙂

 

 

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Erin

The Country Touch

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Email: ctrytch@telus.net