Handmade Holiday 2016

Hi everyone!

This can be such a busy and hectic time of year but I still enjoy giving something handmade and adding handmade touches to gifts for family and friends. So, starting tomorrow December 1 until December 7, 2016 I will be sharing a new idea each day for creating a quick Handmade Holiday project. There will be packaging, tags, gift card holders, recipes, treat holders and more. I hope that you will join me!

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See you tomorrow ūüôā

 

 

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Until next time,

Erin

The Country Touch

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

Email:        ctrytch@telus.net

 

Technique Tuesday #26

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: CREATING PATTERNED PAPER.

A lot of stamp sets come with¬†small images.¬†Sometimes it’s hard to know what to do with¬†these little images. So how about making patterned paper by¬†stamping a bunch of these little stamps and embossing them. This is a simple technique that doesn‚Äôt require many tools and can be done in endless color combinations. ‚ąóPlease note:¬†because I needed wedding cards, this example is done with VersaMark ink and gold embossing powder.

You will need: paper {card stock or water color paper}, stamps, acrylic blocks {if using clear stamps}, colored¬†inks/VersaMark ink, baby wipes or stamp cleaner, powder tool, clear/colored embossing powder, heat tool {you don’t have to heat emboss the images¬†if you don’t want to}.¬† ‚ąóPlease note: you can use VersaMark ink with colored embossing powders or colored inks with clear embossing powders for this technique. Both ways will produce pretty results.

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If heat embossing, rub the entire surface of the card stock with the powder tool before stamping.

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‚ąóPlease note: because stamping with VersaMark ink is hard to see, I just did a bit of stamping and then sprinkled on the embossing powder. This way¬†I could see where¬†I had stamped already before continuing with more stamping/embossing powder.

 

I placed the largest stamp on a block by itself and stamped three times and then sprinkled on the gold embossing powder.

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Randomly place the stamps on the acrylic block and ink them up. This is a real time saver compared to stamping each image one by one. Now, just start stamping! Be sure to turn the block now and then to get different angles of the images. You can stamp off the edges of the paper or remove some stamps for small areas around the edges. ‚ąóPlease note: I saved the stamp with the tiny hearts for last. Using the smallest image is a good way to fill in some empty spaces in the design. Sprinkle with embossing powder and heat set before cleaning off the stamps.¬†You’ve now created your own patterned paper ūüôā

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The panels had to be trimmed down a little bit to fit the cards. While I had the VersaMark ink, gold embossing powder and heat tool out, I made a small scrap of gold glitter paper and punched out a few hearts to place around the sentiment on the cards.

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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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Erin

The Country Touch

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Email: ctrytch@telus.net

Today’s Blog Post Update

Hi everyone!

This is just a quick update on today’s recent blog post ~ “Winter/Christmas Items Available”. ‚ąóPlease note: The “schedule blog post” feature on my blog did not publish this post on the correct day. The post stated that the Winter/Christmas items¬†are available at Sparkling Dahlia in Castairs today. My apologies but they will be available by this weekend instead.

 

 

Until next time,

Erin

The Country Touch

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

Email: ctrytch@telus.net

Winter/Christmas Items Available

Hi everyone!

I’m popping in today to share with you that my winter and Christmas products are now available at Sparkling Dahlia in Carstairs! These items include Christmas cards {singles and boxed sets}, quilts, snowman pokes, table runners, room sprays, tart brittle, canned snowmen, gift baskets, tags, albums, ornaments and more {I have included pictures of some of the available items}. So whether you are searching for that special gift or maybe something for yourself, you just might find it here! As well, some of them are also available on The Country Touch website.

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Erin

The Country Touch

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Email: ctrytch@telus.net

Tuesday’s Tip #14

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’s post is a very quick one about adhering vellum. If you do any paper crafting with vellum, you know how hard it can be to for whichever adhesive you use not to show through.¬†I have tried tape runner, glue dots and double sided tape. These all work at adhering but they show through. Until now!

You will need: vellum, liquid glue, sponge {piece of crafting sponge or makeup sponge}, waxed/parchment paper or silicone sheet. Please note: the waxed/parchment paper can be thrown out and the silicone sheet can be wiped clean.

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Put a small amount of liquid glue on the waxed paper/silicone sheet.

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Pick up the glue with the sponge.

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Gently pounce a very thin layer onto the back side of the vellum piece and adhere to the project.

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The vellum sticks very well with no adhesive showing through. This makes the finished project look clean and polished.

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I hope you enjoyed this weeks tip. 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

Technique Tuesday #25

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: HIGHLIGHTING WITH AN EMBOSSING PEN.

Machine embossing provides a slightly raised and dimensional effect on paper. It gives that little extra to just about any paper crafting project. But how about going one step further and giving the raised areas a bit of shine or sparkle? This can be done with an embossing pen and embossing powder.
You will need: machine embossed paper or card stock, powder tool, embossing pen, clear embossing powder, heat tool.

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As with all heat embossing, be sure to run the powder tool over the entire surface of the paper. Try to get it into the “valleys” of the machine embossing as well.

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With the embossing pen, apply the ink to the raised areas that you want the embossing powder to stick to. *Please note: the ink in an embossing pen does not stay wet as long as the ink from a stamp pad. It works best to ink up small areas at a time and then sprinkle on the embossing powder. Then repeat this step until the desired area is inked up and the embossing powder is applied.

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Pre-heat the heat tool before bringing it to the paper. Run it back and forth over the embossed area until the embossing powder is melted and shiny. It is now ready to use for any paper crafting project. *Please note: I just did the top portion of my piece of card stock so that you can hopefuly see the difference between what is and is not heat embossed.

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Hints:

*It is not neccesary to heat emboss the entire piece. Even little bits here and there with some shine will look very pretty.

*Try sparkle embossing powder for Christmas or wedding cards.
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

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

Email: ctrytch@telus.net

Winter/Christmas Samplers

Hi everyone!

Here are a couple of new winter/Christmas samplers.¬†*Please note: Both¬†samplers measure 8″ x 10 1/2″ and¬†¬†the frames measure 9 3/8″ x 12″ {outside dimensions}.

 

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The images on this sampler were heat embossed, some background squares are dry embossed and all are matted on solid color card stock. Then a couple of charms and a touch of glitter are added.

 

 

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This sampler has a variety of coordinating patterned papers matted on solid color card stock. Silver glitter letters spell JOY and NOEL. There is a Christmas charm and sprinkling of sparkle throughout.

 

 

 

*Please note:

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

 

 

 

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Until next time,

Erin

The Country Touch

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

Email: ctrytch@telus.net