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

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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

New Soap Scents

Hi everyone!

Today I am sharing some new scents for Goat’s Milk soaps and Shea Butter soaps that are now available. Room sprays and soy tart brittle will also be available in some of these fragrances.

 

 

Black Amber Musk ~ An spicy blend of black amber, cloves, nutmeg and musk.

Blackberry Vanilla ~ Ripe blackberries mixed with dark plums and warm vanilla.

Coffee Scrub ~ A rich creamy blend of dark roast coffee, hazelnuts and cream. Real coffee grounds are added. This is great as a “kitchen” soap for removing odors, such as garlic or fish, from hands.

Lavender & Basil ~ The aroma of summer lavender and sweet basil leaves.

Oatmeal, Milk and Honey ~ A soft gentle oatmeal scent with warm cream, sweet honey and a touch of almond.

Orange Cranberry ~ Freshly squeezed oranges with a hint of tart cranberries.

Peony ~ Like a bouquet of fresh cut peonies.

Tropical Spice ~ A complex mix of cinnamon bark, clove leaves, spiced rum, jasmine petals, tahitian vanilla, sandalwood and musk. This smells amazing!

 

These 4 ounce{approx.} soaps are made in small batches using premium melt and pour soap bases. The Goat’s Milk soap is made with pure liquid Goat Milk which is loaded with vitamins, beta-casein and protein which make it soothing, cleansing and moisturizing for the skin. The Shea Butter soap contains Shea butter which benefits dry skin by moisturizing and softening. Both soaps produce a light and creamy lather that I hope you will love!

$3.25 each

 

Please feel free to check out this post for other soap scents: https://thecountrytouch.wordpress.com/2018/05/02/goats-milk-soap-…ral-oatmeal-soap

 

 

 

∗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.

 

 

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Erin

The Country Touch

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Email: ctrytch@telus.net

Create a Rectangle With a Square Die

Hi everyone!

Have you ever wanted to die cut a rectangle piece of paper or card stock but only have a square die? Today I want to share with you how to cut out a rectangle with a square die.

 

∗Please note: Because I use a Cuttlebug, this is the order that I place everything {the sandwich} to run through. If you use a Big Shot, I would think the order would be pretty much the same.

 

Place a B plate over the A {base} plate. Follow with a piece of card stock. Place the square die on top of the cardstock. When placing the C plate over the die, make sure you do not cover the portion of the die on the fourth side {bottom}, as shown. There should only be 3 sides of the die covered. Notice how the die is not covered on the 4th side by the C plate.

 

 

Run the “sandwich” through the embossing machine until you get to the end of the C plate on top. Stop and reverse the cranking so that the machine goes backwards. Remove the die and now the card stock should look like this. Only 3 sides of the die were cut because pressure was not applied to the fourth side.

 

 

Next, place the die over the first cut shape so that it overlaps the cut by 1/4″ or so. Sometimes you can feel that the cut lines are lined up with the cutting edges of the die which makes this easy. But if you can’t feel this, turn over the die to line up the cut lines and make 2 little tick marks at the bottom corners of the card stock. This will help to ensure the die is lined up properly with the first cut to do the second cut. ∗Hint: a piece of low tack/washi tape really helps to prevent the die from shifting.

  

 

 

Place the C plate over the die but not over the top portion of the die. You can see in the photo where the top of the die is not covered by the C plate. Run the “sandwich” through the embossing machine until you get to the end of the C plate on top. Stop and reverse the cranking so that the machine goes backwards. Now you’ve got a die cut rectangle! It might take a few minutes longer but it works 🙂

   

 

 

 

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Erin

The Country Touch

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Email: ctrytch@telus.net

Goat’s Milk Soap and Natural Oatmeal Soap

Hi everyone!

It’s been a while since I made up some soaps, so here they are! And they are now available at the Carstairs Artisan Market in Carstairs, Alberta.

These 4 ounce{approx.} soaps are made in small batches using premium melt and pour soap bases. The Goat’s Milk soap is made with 10% pure liquid Goat Milk with Vitamin D, known for moisturizing properties which make it soothing, cleansing and moisturizing for the skin. The Natural Oatmeal soap has very fine oatmeal added for gentle exfoliation and skin soothing. Both soaps produce a light and creamy lather that I hope you will love! The fragrance oils used are specifically designed for use in body care products. Available scents ~ Apple Spice, Peppermint Foot Scrub {with ground apricot shells}, Spiced Plum, Vanilla Cream, Raspberry Lemonade, Sandalwood, Cucumber Melon and Sensitive Skin Scent Free.

$3.25 each

 

Both soaps are:

  • hypo-allergenic
  • fine natural vegetable oil recipe
  • food grade plant derived oils that are farmed from sustainable growers
  • non-comedogenic
  • biodegradable
  • no detergents
  • no surfactants
  • no sulfates
  • no alcohol
  • no sugar solutions
  • gluten free
  • no animal testing
  • no added coloring
  • GMO free
  • 20% kosher glycerine added
  • Plus, the Natural Oatmeal soap is vegan and contains no animal products

 

∗Hint: If you place the bar of soap in a draining soap dish/rack, it will last much longer.

 

 

∗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.

 

 

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Until next time,

Erin

The Country Touch

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Email: ctrytch@telus.net

Tuesday’s Tip #35

Happy first day of May everyone!

A scoring board is a really useful tool for card making and other paper crafting projects. Not only does it make folding much easier but scoring card stock prior to folding can help prevent cracking. Sometimes when scoring thicker card stock though it’s easy for the stylus to jump out of the track leaving an unsightly mark.

Or sometimes the stylus does not glide smoothly on the card stock. A quick and easy solution to both of these problems is to crumple up a piece of waxed paper and rub it on the surface of the card stock. This helps the stylus to run smoothly down the card stock resulting in a nice score line. This also helps if score lines are being added as a texture to card stock.

  

 

 

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

Let’s Make A Card! {#2}

Hi everyone!

I’ve got another “Let’s Make A Card” tutorial for you today. I have included step by step instructions plus a free printable project sheet.

Happy Birthday Printable Project Sheet

You will need: card stock {for the card base/greeting/layer}, 6″ x 6″ piece of patterned paper {DSP}, cutting tool of choice, scissors, scoring board/tool, bone folder, stamp/ink, powder tool/embossing powder/heat tool {optional if heat embossing}, ribbon, adhesive, embellishments.

#1} Cut a piece of 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 the 6″ x 6″ DSP to measure 5 1/2″ x 6″. The 1/2″ gets cut off along the bottom. Keep the 1/2″ strip. Now cut the DSP to 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″. This will cover the card front. Keep the remaining 1 3/4″ x 5 1/2″ piece.

 

#3} Adhere the 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ piece to the card base front. Turn over the 1 3/4″ x 5 1/2″ piece to the reverse side and adhere along the left side of the card front, as shown.

 

#4} Adhere the 1/2″ strip to the bottom of the inside of the card and trim the ends.

 

#4} Stamp the greeting/image. Heat emboss if desired. Be sure to use the powder tool before stamping if you plan to heat emboss. ∗Please note: I die cut a heart to stamp my greeting on and attached it to a piece of die cut white card stock. You do not need dies/punches to do this ~ squares or rectangles work just fine for this and can be cut out with scissors or a trimmer.

#5} Cut a little slit on the top fold for the ribbon to go through and tie a bow. Then attached the layered sentiment on dimensional adhesive.  I added a few tiny rhinestones and some Wink of Stella brush marker to the cakes/banners.

 

 

I hope you enjoyed this card tutorial. Please feel free to share your own creations 🙂

 

 

 

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Erin

The Country Touch

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