Technique Tuesday #13

Hi everyone!

Welcome to this weeks Technique Tuesday. Each Tuesday I share a technique that can be applied to many forms of paper crafting ~ card making, scrapbooking, albums and tags.

This week’s technique: FOLDED RIBBON.

The chevron pattern is very popular these days ~ in everything from stamps and paper to fabric and ribbon. I wanted to use some chevron ribbons on a card in a way different than just laying them flat. *You could use any patterned or solid colored ribbon that you have. Just be sure that the front and back are the same or your loops will look different.

You will need: ribbon/ribbons of your choice, stamped label, tape runner or glue dots.

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If using tape runner, cover the back of the label. If using glue dots, start by putting one in the center of each long edge.

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Attach the end of the ribbon onto the adhesive. Add adhesive to the top of the ribbon you just glued down and fold the ribbon back onto itself to make a loop that extends past the edge. You can make the loop as large as you want but I find it looks better if it’s smaller. Now again put some adhesive on the back of the label on the ribbon and fold the ribbon on the opposite side to make another loop.

 

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Now there is a loop on the top and the bottom of the label.

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You can make as many loops as you want but keep in mind the more loops there are, the thicker it will end up being which may result in higher postage for mailing. After I had made 2 loops on each side, I did a v-cut on the end for a nice finished edge. It can also be left straight if you prefer. I repeated all of these steps with 2 more colors.

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To make each loop look like a continuous piece of ribbon ~ cut a small length of each color, apply adhesive on the back, lift up the top loop and tuck it under. Cut off the excess ribbon at the top and apply a bit of liquid glue to the edges to prevent fraying.

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I added some brads and a paper flower to the completed label/loops. Then attached it to a piece of embossed card stock layered onto a mat the same color as the label. This panel was then ready for a white card base.

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Hints:

*Any dry adhesive works best for this technique ~ tape runner, glue dots or double sided tape. It allows for you to remove and adjust the loops if you need to. Liquid glue is harder to use as it takes time to dry thoroughly.

*A wider ribbon is easier to work with and control.

*You could add ribbon loops to any sort of embellishment, not only labels ~ large button, flower or chipboard shape.

*These ribbon loops would be a nice addition as pull tabs on tags in an album or scrapbook.

 

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

Until next time,

Erin

The Country Touch

Website: http://www.thecountrytouch.weebly.com

Email: ctrytch@telus.net

 

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More Bear Hugs!

Hi everyone!

Today I have some more projects to share with you made with the Bear Hugs Bundle. I am still loving this set ~ there is so much you can do with it!

Here is a link to the first post I did with this set:    https://thecountrytouch.wordpress.com/2016/01/30/bear-hugs-bundle

Hula Bear “Hello” card ~ she’s very Hawaiian with her coconut top, grass skirt and flower in her hair!

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Fisher Bear card ~ a good masculine card for the fisherman or anyone who just loves the outdoors. This card has water coloring, sponging, stamping, heat embossing, die cutting and punching ~it’s a good example of a multiple technique project.

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Tag ~ the finishing touch for a gift bag or wrapped package.

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Party or Shower Favor Treat Box and Bag ~ to show appreciation and thank each person that attends the new little one’s shower with a full sized chocolate bar in it’s own pretty box or a little treat bag filled with goodies.

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Baby Shower Invitation ~ invitations for everyone you want to share this special celebration with. Even the envelope has a baby bear 🙂

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Bear Hugs Bundle         Wood Mount Item #140822      Clear mount Item #140823

Bear Hugs Stamp Set   Wood Mount Item #139543       Clear mount Item #139546 

Bear Hugs Framelits Dies      Item#140275

If you would like to check out all that Stampin’ Up! has to offer, please visit http://www.stampinup.com

 

Until next time,

Erin

The Country Touch

Website: http://www.thecountrytouch.weebly.com

Email: ctrytch@telus.net

Tuesday’s Tip #1

Hi everyone!

I have something a little different for you today. It’s called Tuesday’s Tip. These will be posts about different products and ways of stretching the supplies that you already may have. So I have decided to alternate Technique Tuesday and Tuesday’s Tip just to change things up a bit. I hope you like it!

Today I want to share with you some different uses for the Stampin’ Up! Ornate Tag Topper Punch {Item #137416}. I think that the more you can do with one product, the better value for your money. It’s always nice to get more use out of the products that we buy. *Please note: I have only shown pictures of the different uses for the punch ~ if you would like more instructions on how to do them, please do not hesitate to contact me. And of course, you can use any decorative label punch for these projects.

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#1} Tags {of course!} can be as many layers as you like. This example has 2 ~ one mat layer and one stamped.

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#2}Treat Boxes can be used for many occasions ~ birthday parties, wedding/baby shower favors and maybe even as Valentine’s Day or Easter gifts for children’s classmates. For holiday dinners, add a name tag to each and use them as place settings . Just fill with your choice of tiny treats and tie them closed.

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#3}Labels you can stamp and embellish make a nice focal point of a card or scrapbook/album page.

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#4}Bookmarks are always an appreciated gift to an avid reader that you may know. They can be made is so many design and styles!

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So don’t let the name of this product fool you ~ it really is for more than just tags 🙂

If you would like to check out all that Stampin’ Up! has to offer, please visit http://www.stampinup.com

 

Until next time,

Erin

The Country Touch

Website: http://www.thecountrytouch.weebly.com

Email: ctrytch@telus.net

Stampin’ Up! 2016-2018 In Color Collection

Hi everyone!

I’m just popping in today to share a sneak peek of the newest Stampin’ Up! In Colors coming in the new catalogue available June 1, 2016. In Color collections are available for 2 years. The new yummy colors are Dapper Denim, Emerald Ivy, Flirty Flamingo, Peekaboo Peach and Sweet Sugarplum. So pretty!

Dapper Denim                         Emerald Envy                         Flirty Flamingo

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Peekaboo Peach                     Sweet Sugarplum

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*Available will be card stock, Designer Series Paper {DSP}, ink pads, re-inkers, markers and embellishments.

 

If you would like to check out all that Stampin’ Up! has to offer, please visit http://www.stampinup.com

If you reside in Canada and do not currently have a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, I would love to earn your business or answer any questions that you may have. If you live outside of Canada, you may go to the Stampin’ Up! website to locate a demonstrator near you.

 

Until next time,

Erin

The Country Touch

Website: http://www.thecountrytouch.weebly.com

Email: ctrytch@telus.net

 

 

 

Kraft Bag Gift Card Holder

Hi everyone!

This is a fun and easy gift card holder idea that can be used for any occasion. A note card is slipped into the top and the gift card is in the bottom pocket. It’s like having the note card/envelope and gift/packaging all in one!

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It is created by using a small Kraft paper bag ~ the one I used measured 4 5/8″ x 7 1/8″ {of course any small sized/colored bag could be used}. The first step is to decide how large you want the bottom pocket to be. Fold it up, crease with a bone folder and wrap a strip of patterned paper around it, securing it in the back. *Please note: the strip of patterned paper needs to be long enough to just overlap slightly in the back before adhering the edges together.

The gift card holder can be as plain or as fancy as you wish. For mine, I used an edge die across the top and used the same die to cut a piece of coordinating card stock to go along the patterned paper strip. A little “to & from” tag was stamped and added with a baker’s twine bow. A little note card, either store bought or handmade, then gets tucked into the top pocket to add your personal message to the recipient 🙂

 

Until next time,

Erin

The Country Touch

Website: http://www.thecountrytouch.weebly.com

Email: ctrytch@telus.net

Technique Tuesday #12

Hi everyone!

Welcome to this weeks Technique Tuesday. Each Tuesday I share a technique that can be applied to many forms of paper crafting ~ card making, scrapbooking, albums and tags.

This week’s technique: STAMP KISSING.

Give a new look to your stamped images using stamp kissing ~ a fun technique where you stamp one stamp onto another. You can use this technique to create multi colored stamped images or to give solid stamps a pattern or texture.

You will need: a solid stamp, a patterned stamp, a darker color ink pad, a lighter color ink pad, card stock, acrylic block {if using a clear stamp}. For this example I used Marina Mist from Stampin’ Up! {dark} and Heavenly Blue from Close To My Heart {light}.

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This is the solid stamp on it’s own ~ I wanted you to see the difference after the “kissing”.

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The solid stamp is inked with the lighter ink and the patterned stamp uses the darker shade.

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Carefully stamp the solid stamp with the patterned stamp. Stamp down and then straight up, taking care not to shift the patterned stamp as this will result in smearing.

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Press the double stamped solid stamp onto the card stock ~ again down and then straight up to avoid smearing and smudging.

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The result is a stamped image with texture and pattern which adds just a bit of interest to any paper crafting project 🙂

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Hints:

*Ideally, background stamps work best for “kissing” a larger solid stamp like the one I used for this example. But if you don’t have a background stamp, a smaller patterned stamp will work ~ just ink and stamp it until the solid stamp is covered with pattern.

*A light ink and a darker ink in the same color was used for this example. But you can mix up your colors ~ just be sure that the one being used for the patterned stamp is darker.

 

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

Until next time,

Erin

The Country Touch

Website: http://www.thecountrytouch.weebly.com

Email: ctrytch@telus.net

Gift Bag Punch Board

Hi everyone!

A while back I purchased the Stampin’ Up! Gift Bag Punch Board {Item #135862}. I wanted to share a few of the details about it in case you think this might be a product you would like to add to your paper crafting tools. It is so easy to make little gift bags and treat holders for all occasions! I think these bags would also make cute favor packaging for wedding or baby showers 🙂

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*Makes bags in small{2 5/8″ wide}, medium{3 1/8″ wide} and large{3 5/8″ wide} sizes. All sizes are 2″ deep and can be made 4″ to 10 1/4″ tall.

*The punch board comes with clear, detailed instructions {printed on the board and a paper copy as well}.

*A scoring tool stores neatly in a storage slot within the punch board for easy access.

*The punch is a two-way punch ~ one side punches the bottom tabs and the other side of the punch mechanism has a dual hole punch for ribbon holes. The instructions include a diagram showing where the bag top should be punched.

* It is lightweight, compact and portable.

*There are a few different ways to close the gift bags. {pictured left to right}

1}  Use decorative scissors or an edge die along the top of the bag, score and fold over. I used a decorative clothespin to fasten the bag shut.

2} Thread ribbon through the holes starting from the back and tie the bag shut with a bow.

3} Separate handles ~ the ribbon should be cut to accommodate the desired handle lengths. Just thread the ribbon through the outside holes and knot on the inside of the bag.

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If you would like to check out all that Stampin’ Up! has to offer, please visit http://www.stampinup.com

 

Until next time,

Erin

The Country Touch

Website: http://www.thecountrytouch.weebly.com

Email: ctrytch@telus.net