Tuesday’s Tip #8

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 how to add an aged look to tags. These are very simple to make with minimal supplies and add a great accent to your paper crafting projects! You can even age ribbon/twine as well as cotton batting/muslin fabric for dolls, pillows, and many home décor items.

 

You will need: shipping tags or punched tags, instant coffee or very strong brewed coffee, vanilla, cinnamon, water, measuring cup/spoons, stirring spoon, lidded container, bowl or pie plate {for dipping}, parchment paper lined cookie sheet, oven, zip lock bag.

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Coffee stain recipe:

1 cup hot water + 3 tbsp. instant coffee or 1 cup very strong brewed coffee, 1 tsp. vanilla, 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon. Add together in a measuring cup and stir until well blended. *Please note: Keep the mixture stored in an airtight lidded container in the fridge for freshness.

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Pour the mixture into a bowl or pie plate and dip the tags into the mixture or leave them submerged for approximately 20-30 seconds {depending on how dark you want the tags to be}. Gently tap the tags against the edge of container after dipping to remove the excess stain and avoid puddles.

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Lay them in a single layer on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet. Before baking, sprinkle lightly with cinnamon while they are still wet {optional}.

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Bake in a 250 degree oven for 5 minutes and then flip the tags over and continue to bake for another few minutes or until you are satisfied with the way they look. They are done when dry and starting to curl up. You can brush the excess cinnamon off if you want before storing them in an airtight container, such as a zip lock bag, to save the yummy smell 🙂

 

Ribbon, baker’s twine, jute or fabric strips can be threaded through the holes for hanging. Or add a little color to them with stamping or hole reinforcements. Feel free to check out this blog post from a while back for different stamping options using coffee stained tags. https://thecountrytouch.wordpress.com/2015/06/03/coffee-stained-tags/

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Hints:

*Don’t hesitate to use inexpensive ingredients for the coffee stain {for example, from the dollar store}.

*If you want to avoid using the oven, aged items can always be dried outside in the sun. Just be sure to keep them out of the wind to avoid blowing away!

*Any paper can be aged ~ patterned background paper, photo mats, journaling spots, embellishments, etc.

*To age batting, muslin or cotton fabric ~ soak the fabric in the mixture and squeeze to remove excess. Dry in the oven or in the sun before ironing out the wrinkles.

 

 

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Until next time,

Erin

The Country Touch

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Email: ctrytch@telus.net

 

Pumpkin Pokes

Hi everyone!

These little pumpkin pokes will be a sweet addition to a fall flower arrangement, a pot of mums or make an arrangement of them in a crock or mason jar. The possibilities are endless! Each pumpkin is made from cotton fabric or batting before being stuffed with fibrefil. A wood stem and a wool or felt leaf is added before inserting a stained wooden dowel. Curly raffia is tied on and then for the finishing touch ~ a little spritz of fall scent and a dusting of pumpkin pie spice. They measure 2 3/4″ in diameter and are approximately 12″ tall {from the bottom of the dowel to the top of the stem}.

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Please note:

I will be doing a blog post to let everyone know when all of the fall items are available at Sparkling Dahlia in Carstairs, Alberta.

 

 

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Until next time,

Erin

The Country Touch

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Email: ctrytch@telus.net

 

Technique Tuesday #19

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: VELLUM OVERLAY CARD.

I have never used vellum as a card base before so I thought it was worth a try. Heavy weight vellum must be used to make a sturdy card base ~ 43 lb. vellum was used for this project making it ideal for the stamping/embossing on the card base.

You will need: vellum, white card stock or water color paper, VersaMark ink, powder tool, white embossing powder, gold embossing powder {optional}, heat tool, chosen stamps/inks, acrylic block {if using clear stamps}, markers/pencil crayons/water colors, Wink of Stella brushes {I am also using an empty one as a aqua painter}, enamel dots.

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Create a vellum card base {4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″} and an insert card {3″ x 4 1/4″ or whatever size you want it to be} from the card stock or water color paper.

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1} On the white insert card, stamp the chosen images and emboss with clear embossing powder if using markers or water colors. 2} Color images. Please note: I am using an aqua painter and markers. Just scribble some ink on a clear acrylic block and pick up the ink with the brush tip of the aqua painter. 3} When coloring is complete and dry, center and adhere insert card inside vellum card base.

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Now it’s time to stamp on the vellum. Rub the powder tool over the entire front surface of the vellum card base. This will reduce the chances of embossing powder sticking to areas other than the stamping. Please note: because vellum is not absorbent like regular card stock, care must be taken when stamping to be sure that the stamp does not slip which will end up smearing the ink. So it is best to stamp straight down and then lift straight up.

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Ink the stamp with VersaMark ink and line up the stamp over the stamped image on the insert card.

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3} Sprinkle with white embossing powder and heat set. *Please note: when embossing on vellum, let the heat gun get very hot before bringing it to the vellum as this may help prevent warping. As you can see, the vellum did warp a little bit. But if you just heat it slightly and put something heavy {like a large book} on top for a while this does help to flatten it {as shown in the final picture}.

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The sentiment was stamped and heat embossed in gold. Line up a 3″ x 4 1/4″ panel or the size you have chosen {with the insert card} on the back side of the card to hide the adhesive that what used to adhere the insert card. The card is then finished off with some Wink of Stella applied to the front stamped image {to give it just a bit of shimmer on the outside} and some enamel dots.

The message for the recipient is written inside the insert card.

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Hints:

*There is no need to heat emboss the stamped image for pencil crayon coloring. But it does add a little extra dimension and shine.

*Recycle an empty Wink of Stella brush marker by using it as an aqua painter. Just fill with water and it works great. There is even a tiny bit of shimmer from the leftover glitter!

 

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

Primitive Tea Lights

Hi everyone!

Fall and winter are approaching and so is the season for candlelight. The glow and flickering from candles gives a cozy feeling to the home but with that is the worry about having them tip over and start a fire. Especially with small children and pets. So the next best thing are battery operated candles. I picked up a package of tea lights at Michael’s but they look quite plain so I decided to “prim” them up a bit.

You will need: battery operated candles {tea lights or votives}, clear silicone, throw away containers, popsicle sticks or skewers {for mixing}, white glue, small paint brush, cinnamon/spices, parchment or waxed paper.

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*Please note: silicone does have a fairly strong smell. If you are sensitive to smells or don’t want that smell in your home, I would suggest doing these under the stove hood fan or outside and then letting them dry in the garage or shed. Even a basement cupboard or closet would work to keep the smell at a minimum.

Put some clear silicone in the throw away container {such as a single serving yogurt cup cut down to size}. With a popsicle stick/skewer mix in some cinnamon/spices. Just mix it until it’s smooth and a nice brown color that you like.

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It will look like this.

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*Please note: when using silicone, be sure to have your work surface well covered with newspaper, cardboard, etc. Please take care not to let it come in contact with anything such as the counter top or clothing. IT DOES NOT WASH OUT.

Take the candles one by one and dip each flame. I just stuck it down into the silicone, swirled it and pulled it straight up. This will give the flame a nice tip. Place on the parchment/waxed paper. These need to dry very well before the next step. I let them dry for approximately 24 hours. It may take longer depending on the brand of silicone used and the humidity/temperature level in the home.
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Once the silicone flames are dry, mix together some white glue and cinnamon/spices. This can be mixed in a little bowl {as long as the white glue used is washable with soap and water} or just in a puddle on the parchment/waxed paper.
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Brush the glue/spice mixture onto the candles taking care not to touch the silicone flame or get any on the underside of the candle. While the glue is still wet, sprinkle on additional spices and set on parchment/waxed paper until thoroughly dry. Repeat this step until the candle looks just right to you. This is what they will look like after the sprinkling of the spices. They just need to dry now. Don’t worry if there are little bits of extra dried glue/spices along the bottom edge. This just adds to the prim look!
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 Now you’ve got primitive tea lights to add a warm and inviting atmosphere to your home this fall and winter 🙂
Hints:
*If you find that you can’t get the tip dipped all the way to the bottom of it, you can use a toothpick or small brush to spread tiny bits of silicone along it until it is completely covered.
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Until next time,

Erin

The Country Touch

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Email: ctrytch@telus.net

“Harvest Blessings” Stitchery

Hi everyone!

Pumpkins, leaves and acorns always remind us of the fall season which is quickly approaching. This fall design is hand embroidered on 100% cotton muslin and is then aged with a coffee, vanilla and cinnamon stain and baked {it may also be left “unaged”}.  The stitching area measures 8″ x 10 1/2″ and is in a distressed black frame {outside frame dimensions are  9 1/2″ x 12″}. The frame may sit or hang.

This is just the first of several fall projects that I will be sharing with you in the weeks to come 🙂

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Please note:

*This is now available on the website ~ http://www.thecountrytouch.weebly.com

*I will be doing a blog post to let everyone know when all of the fall items are available at Sparkling Dahlia in Carstairs, Alberta.

*Or if you would like to create this yourself, please contact me and I will send you the link for the free pattern.

 

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Until next time,

Erin

The Country Touch

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Email: ctrytch@telus.net

 

Tuesday’s Tip #7

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 of the different ways of using the Stampin’ Up! “Tree Builder” Punch {Item #138295}. It is so handy to have a coordinating punch and stamp set. The “Tree Builder” punch coordinates with the SU “Sprinkles of Life” Photopolymer stamp set {Item #139971}. *Please note: these are just some ideas that I put together.  There will be many more ~ see how many you can come up with 🙂

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Scoops of Ice Cream

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Cupcake Top

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Clouds

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Basket of Flowers

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Tree

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Tree Branch

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Snowman Arms

 

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

 

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Erin

The Country Touch

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Email: ctrytch@telus.net

Homemade Potpourri

Hi everyone!

The potpourri you buy at the store can sometimes have a very artificial scent that can be overpowering. Making homemade potpourri is fun and you can really customize it to your own preference and also use things from your yard or garden. Remember, potpourri is not just about the scent but also the variety of textures and colors. It can work as a deoderizer in the kitchen or bathroom and also really brighten up a table or hutch when placed in a pretty container, jar or basket. The amount of ingredients will vary according to your own personal preference and what is available to you. Here are some of the things that I put in mine:

 

*Dried apple and orange slices   *Cinnamon sticks   *Whole Cloves   *Seed Pods

*Dried Leaves   *Rose Hips   *Bay Leaves   *Flower Petals   *Juniper Berries   *Bark

*Pine Cones   *Salt Dough Mini Cinnamon Rolls   *Nuts {in shell}   *Fragrance Oils

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Please note: I have just pictured some of the ingredients that can be added to potpourri.

 

There are no exact measurements for the ingredients. But typically I use bigger handfuls of the larger items ~ dried fruit slices, pinecones, cinnamon sticks and nuts. Then less of the smaller and/or colorful items ~ cloves, bay leaves, flower petals, rose hips etc. I put everything into a large glass or metal bowl{don’t use plastic}, add the fragrance oil {add gradually ~ you can always add more but you can’t take it back} and very gently fold until well combined. Then it’s ready to put in small containers to display or you can even package it up nicely as a gift!

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All mixed up and smelling yummy!

 

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“Prim Pumpkin” Potpourri

 

I hope that you will try making your own potpourri. This is even a project that you can get the older kiddos involved with ~ go out together looking for things found in nature that can be used and let them help you whip up a batch!

 

Please keep these important things in mind:

*Keep away from very small children and pets. This is not for eating!

*Be sure that whatever container the potpourri is displayed in, it can handle the oils that are added. For example, glass/ceramic containers, plastic lined baskets or well sealed wood bowls.

*Do not allow direct contact with fabrics or furniture.

 

Hints:

*As stated in the instructions, very gently fold until thoroughly combined. Avoid stirring roughly as this can break some of the more fragile ingredients such as leaves and flower petals.

*Empty jars or zip lock bags work well for storing when not in use. Be sure to keep whatever storage method you use for the potpourri only as the scents may transfer to other items.

*Kraft bakery bags {lined} or mason jars tied with raffia, twine or ribbon make pretty containers for potpourri. Add a tag and you’ve got a gift ready to go 🙂

*You can always add little extras to the potpourri to make it more seasonal. For example, tiny faux pumpkins for fall and rusty jingle bells for Christmas. I’m not sure if the shiny gold and silver bells would discolor so I use the rusty ones to be on the safe side. *And if the rusty bells get a light coat of sealer, they will not make the potpourri smell rusty.

 

 

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Erin

The Country Touch

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Email: ctrytch@telus.net