Technique Tuesday #15

Hi everyone!

Welcome to this weeks Technique Tuesday ~ this is when 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: TRIPLE TIME STAMPING.

I’ve seen this triple time stamping idea a few times so I thought I would give it a try. It’s a lot of fun, gives a unique look and any stamp set will work for this technique.

You will need: neutral color card stock {for stamping}, colored card stock {for matting and card base}, stamp/stamps, ink, embossing powder/heat tool {if you want your sentiment embossed}, adhesive, any embellishments you would like to add.

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Begin by cutting all of the card stock pieces.

Neutral card stock measurements: 2″ x 3 1/4″, 3″ x 4 1/4″ and 4″ x 5 1/4″

Colored card stock measurements: 2 1/4″ x 3 1/2″, 3 1/4″ x 4 1/2″ and 4 1/4″ x 11″ {card base}

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Stamp the sentiment on the bottom portion of the smallest layer. Apply a little dab of adhesive to the backs of the 2 smallest neutral card stock pieces. Then touch it with your finger a few times to get rid of some of the sticky because you do want to be able to get them apart after the stamping is complete. Layer the 3 neutral pieces of card stock by centering them one on top of the other.

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Begin stamping starting in the center and working around the edges, filling in as you go. *Be sure to stamp so that image is going off onto at least one of the next layers. Don’t work about any gaps between the layers ~ the mats will fix that. Please note: I did mask off a portion on the center of the smallest panel as I wasn’t sure if the 2 flowers would be too close together ~ as it turns out, I should have stamped the whole flower there but I didn’t want to redo the whole thing.

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Once you are happy with the stamping, take apart the stamped layers, attach them to their mats and layer them onto the card base. For my card, once the first 2 layers were ready, I tied some pink seam binding around them. To finish off the card, some liquid pearls were added to the flowers centers and in random spots.

 

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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!

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Until next time,

Erin

The Country Touch

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Email: ctrytch@telus.net

Coffee Themed Cards

Hi everyone!

I love coffee ~ my regular morning cup, mochas, lattes and iced coffee. I’m pretty sure we all know someone who enjoys their coffee. So what a nice surprise for them to receive a coffee themed card. Tuck in a Starbucks gift card and it’s a card/gift all in one! These cards are made from assorted brown shades of card stock {on cream card bases} with touches of color here and there. They come as singles and also as boxed sets { 2 of each 3 designs}. The boxed set would make the perfect gift for the coffee fanatic who loves to stay in touch with family and friends.

These will be available at Sparkling Dahlia in Carstairs next week as well as on my website.

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By the way, thank you Kim for the use of your “coffee” stamps 🙂

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Erin

The Country Touch

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Christmas in July 2016

Hi everyone!

Perhaps you’re thinking that it’s a little too early to start thinking about Christmas already but wouldn’t it be great to get a head start on a few holiday projects? “Christmas in July” starts Friday, July 1, 2016 and will continue with a new post each Friday for the month of July, 2016. There will be a variety of items ~ from gift wrapping to home décor. You might even get some gift ideas for the special people on your list this holiday season!

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See you on Friday, July 1st!

Erin

The Country Touch

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

Email: ctrytch@telus.net

 

 

Tuesday’s Tip #3

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

Today I want to share with you some different ways of cleaning stamps. For a few reasons it’s always a good idea to take care of your clear, rubber and photopolymer stamps.

*They will be ready for the next project and this ensures that they last longer.

*Clean stamps will not contaminate ink pads with different ink colors.

*Dried inks on stamps can start to clog up parts of a stamp resulting in unclear images.

*Unclean stamps tend to gather dust, lint and dirt.

*Please note: that some stamps do stain especially if an archival or permanent ink is used. If you find that a stamp is stained after cleaning it, please don’t harshly scrub it as this could result in damage. A stamp can be stained but still be perfectly clean.

Regardless of what stamp cleaning method below you find works best for you, have some scrap paper on hand that you can stamp off as much ink as possible before cleaning the stamp thoroughly.

 

 

#1} Stamp Cleaner and Scrubber Mat or Microfibre Cloth

Spray some stamp cleaner onto a scrubber mat that has a pile texture.  The one I use is the Stampin’ Up! Stampin’ Scrub {Item #126200} ~ this cleans the stamp on one side and dries it on the other. But you can also use the kitchen scrubby pads or microfiber cloths. Just rub the stamp onto the pad or cloth misted with the cleaner and then onto another similar but dry cleaning pad or cloth.

There are many brands of stamp cleaners ~ Stampin’ Up, Hero Arts, Tsukineko, Recollections{Michael’s}, Stampendous, Grandma’s Secret, ScraPerfect, Simon Says Stamp and more. But I like to make my own stamp cleaner. Not only is it so much cheaper than store bought but it conditions the stamps and keeps them from drying out and cracking.

Homemade Stamp Cleaner

You will need: bottled or distilled water, Johnson’s Baby Wash, glycerin, a spray bottle, measuring cup/spoon {optional}. * A bottle with a mister works better than one that sprays hard.

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In a small spray bottle, combine 1 cup of bottled or distilled water, 1 teaspoon of Johnson’s Baby Wash{for cleaning} and 1 tablespoon of glycerin{for conditioning}. Slowly rock the bottle back and forth to combine and prevent foam. Or, you can mix the ingredients in a measuring cup, stir slowly and pour into the spray bottle. Before using, just give 2 or 3 gentle shakes to combine. *Please note: these amounts can be adjusted depending on the size of the spray bottle you use. I mixed half of this recipe as I use a 4 oz. bottle.

 

#2} Soapy Water

Fill a bowl with warm, soapy water but be sure to use a mild soap. Dip the stamp into the bowl to dampen the rubber portion, rinse with clean water and dry with a soft cloth or paper towel. If the ink is fresh and not dry, it will wash right off. However, dried ink may require a gentle scrub with a cloth or soft toothbrush. *Please note: that washing stamps this way can loosen the adhesive of the rubber portion from a wooden block stamp so dip only the rubber part of the stamp and dry immediately.

 

#3} Baby or Hand Wipes

These are such a handy item to have on hand for many types of crafting. You can also use them for cleaning your stamps and acrylic blocks. Wipes are safest when they do not contain alcohol and only work on water based ink not permanent ink.

 

No matter what method of stamp cleaning you find works best, it’s always a good idea to check the stamp for lint or fuzz after cleaning. A stamp that has these particles on it will not stamp cleanly ~ ink sticks to them and will show up on your stamped image which is very frustrating. If you find anything stuck to your stamp, use a piece of tape. The “sticky” on the tape will remove dust, hairs or lint from the stamp. So getting into the habit of checking your stamps for this is a good thing 🙂

*No matter how you clean your stamps, it is always a good idea to always let the stamp air dry before putting it back in its designated storage container.

 

Until next time,

Erin

The Country Touch

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

Email: ctrytch@telus.net

 

Technique Tuesday #14

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: PAPER PIECED QUILT.

By piecing together little squares of paper ~ patterned or solid ~ you can get the look of quilting for your paper crafting projects. Added to the front of a card or even used as a photo mat in a scrapbook or album makes an eye catching difference.

 

You will need: card base, patterned papers, card stock, adhesive, embossing folder, embossing machine, paper trimmer {or whichever cutting tool you use}, ink/sponging tool {optional}, any embellishments you would like to add.

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*For this example, I used a 5″ x 5″ card base and 1 1/8″ squares. Cut the patterned papers into squares with the cutting tool of choice. To add more definition to the “seams” of the quilt, I sponged around the edges lightly but this is optional.

 

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Arrange the squares in the desired pattern. Cut a scrap piece of cardstock just a tiny bit larger than your layout of squares.

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Adhere the squares to the card stock and trim off any excess.

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Place the finished “quilt” in an embossing folder and run it through the embossing machine ~ the embossing gives it a “quilted” look. I layered the embossed quilt on a card stock mat and tied some seam binding around before adding it to the card base. A stamped sentiment and a few embellishment completed this project.

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Hints:

*Any cutting tool can be used ~ paper trimmer, rotary cutter/ruler, square punch or even scissors.

*Be sure to get adhesive as close to the edges of each square. This helps hold everything well while it is being embossed.

*Square or rectangle “quilts” can be made.

 

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

 

Designer Series Paper {DSP} Color Coordinating List {2016-2017}

 

Hi everyone!

Have you ever started designing or working on a project and wondered which Stampin’ Up! colors are used in each of the designer series paper collections? I have created this list for the 2016-2017 Annual Catalogue  Catalogue DSP collections with their colors. I hope that you find it helpful!

* = Coordinating cardstock pack available

2016-2017 Annual Catalogue

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*Affectionately Yours DSP ~ Crumb Cake, Cucumber Crush, Daffodil Delight, Mint Macaron, Night of Navy, Watermelon Wonder, copper foil accents

*A Little Foxy {DSP Stack}~ Basic Black, Calypso Coral, Pool Party, Smoky Slate, Whisper White

*Blooms and Bliss DSP ~ Blushing Bride, Island Indigo, Mint Macaron, Rich Razzleberry, Sahara Sand, Sweet Sugarplum, Whisper White

*By the Shore DSP~ Calypso Coral, Dapper Denim, Mint Macaron, Soft Sky, Very Vanilla

*Festive Birthday DSP~ Crushed Curry, Emerald Envy, Melon Mambo, Pumpkin Pie, Tempting Turquoise, Whisper White

Floral Boutique DSP ~ Night of Navy, Whisper White

*Fruit Stand DSP~ Cucumber Crush, Daffodil Delight, Flirty Flamingo, Pear Pizzazz, Peekaboo Peach, Tangerine Tango, Watermelon Wonder, Whisper White

Irresistibly Floral DSP ~ White-on-white floral designs

*Moroccan DSP ~ Cajun Craze, Dapper Denim, Delightful Dijon, Early Espresso, Emerald Envy, Very Vanilla

*Playful Palette {DSP Stack}~ Basic Black, Blushing Bride, Emerald Envy, Peekaboo Peach, Sweet Sugarplum, Very Vanilla

Pop of Pink DSP ~ Basic Black, Melon Mambo, Whisper White, gold foil accents

*Serene Scenery {DSP Stack} ~ Bermuda Bay, Crumb Cake, Delightful Dijon, Island Indigo, Old Olive, Pool Party, Whisper White

*This Christmas DSP ~ Basic Black, Cherry Cobbler, Garden Green, Very Vanilla

 

As an example, pictured below is the “Blooms and Bliss” DSP and it’s coordinating card stock pack. I just wanted to give you an idea of what the coordinating card stock pack means.

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2017 Occasions Catalogue

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Cupcakes & Carousels{DSP Stack} ~ Bermuda Bay, Calypso Coral, Early Espresso, Peekaboo Peach, So Saffron, Very Vanilla

*Falling In Love ~ Blushing Bride, Sahara Sand, Soft Sky, Sweet Sugarplum, Very Vanilla

Party Animal ~ Crumb Cake, Crushed Curry, Emerald Envy, Pacific Point, Tangerine Tango, Whisper White

Sending Love Glassine Sheets ~ glassine sheets with white hearts

Succulent Garden ~ Calypso Coral, Mint Macaron, Old Olive, Sweet Sugarplum, Tip Top Taupe, Whisper White

*Tasty Treats ~  Chocolate Chip, Crumb Cake, Pear Pizzazz, Peekaboo Peach, Pool Party, Watermelon Wonder, Whisper White

*Urban Underground ~ Basic Black, Basic Gray, Delightful Dijon, silver, Very Vanilla

 

 

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.

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

 

 

 

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Until next time,

Erin

The Country Touch

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Email: ctrytch@telus.net

Tuesday’s Tip #2

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

It’s always a good thing when we get more uses out of the products that we buy ~ so today I want to share some projects other than envelopes that can be created with the Envelope Punch Board by WeR Memory Keepers. *Please note: Stampin’ Up! also carries an envelope punch board {Item#133774}.

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First though, some of the general details about this product:

*It allows you to make 66 different sizes of envelopes from card stock, envelope paper or patterned paper.

*The paper sizing chart is printed right on the board and the measurements are in inches. However, a sticker chart with measurements in centimeters is included.

*The included scoring tool fits into the convenient storage slot located right in the board.

*A 2-way punch creates fold tabs and rounded corners for a finished look.

*It measures 6 3/4″ x 10 1/2″.

 

So, now onto the different items that can be created.

#1} Envelopes, which stated earlier can be made in 66 different sizes. Making your own allows you to coordinate nicely with the card you are sending. Shown here is an A2 {4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″}, 3″ x 3″ and a gift card envelope.

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#2}Envelope Liners to match the card is just the extra touch needed to make the card extra special!

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#3}File Folders are always a handy paper product for keeping things organized ~ bills, craft supplies, embossing folders, household receipts, etc. A folder could be made for each color of card stock to store the small bits and leftovers that none of us ever want to throw away.

*Please note: these folders are not full size but even a smaller version can be useful. These measure 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″.

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#4}Paper Bows are a pretty addition to gift packaging, cards and scrapbook pages. Even home décor pieces ~ attach a row of these little bows to the bottom of a lamp shade to make an adorable addition to a little girls room.

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#5}Card Boxes really do complete a set of handmade cards and envelopes. Make the box, add the cards/envelopes, tie a pretty ribbon around it and you’ve got a finished gift sure to make the recipient smile 🙂  The box shown holds A2 cards (4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″) and envelopes.

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#6}Library Pockets are great for tucking in tags, photos or anything else you want to preserve in your scrapbooks, albums or journals. They can be made in many sizes. 

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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