Technique Tuesday #28

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: PERFECT PEARLS MIST.

Today I want to share with you how to make homemade Perfect Pearls shimmer mist and use it on a project. Shimmer mists add such a pretty touch to paper crafting projects but they tend to be a bit on the pricey side. I like to save money whenever possible when crafting so I tried making my own. Maybe you’d like to give it a try too!

You will need:  small spray bottle {must produce a fine mist} or mini mister, Perfect Pearls powder {by Ranger}{I used the Pearl color}, popsicle stick or spoon handle, water, re-inker {this is optional if you want colored shimmer mist}, required additional supplies to complete the project.

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Put a small scoop of Perfect Pearls powder into the spray bottle. Add 1 ounce of water and shake very well. Please note: If you are wanting colored shimmer mist, now is when you add the re-inker one drop at a time until you are satisfied with the color. Remember ~ you can always add more re-inker but you can’t remove any.  That’s it! The Perfect Pearls shimmer mist is ready to use.

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Please note: shake well before using each time and spray at least 12″ away from project to achieve a light misting and avoid droplets. Also, be sure to put whatever you are spraying in an empty box to catch the over spray. Or you could do the spraying outside. Otherwise, more than your intended project will be shimmery! 🙂

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I misted the embossed background panel before matting it with a piece of SU Blushing Bride card stock ~ the narrow borders of the mat are just to add a tiny bit of color to an otherwise all white card. After the butterflies were dry, I adhered them to the card {some with foam dots and some glued right to the card stock}. To finish it off, a matted sentiment and rhinestones were added for an extra bit of shine. The finished project has a very pretty shimmer to it but I’m sorry that it’s hard to pick it up in the photos.

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Hints:

*Perfect Pearls powder comes in many beautiful colors. Instead of using the Pearl colored powder and adding re-inkers to color it, you could always just mix colored perfect Pearls powder with water if you have them.

 

 

 

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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Erin

The Country Touch

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Merry Christmas!

Hi everyone!

On this snowy Christmas eve, I wanted to take a moment to thank all of you that are readers and supporters of this blog. Thank you for taking the time to read the posts and for leaving such kind comments. I wish each of you a very Merry Christmas with family and friends. I have a lot to share with you in the upcoming new year that I hope you will enjoy. So, until then, have a safe and happy holiday season.

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Until next time,

Erin

The Country Touch

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Email: ctrytch@telus.net

 

Tuesday’s Tip #16

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 ideas for storing 6″ x 6″ paper pads. These little paper pads are so useful to have on hand. I have often found that I don’t need the 12″ x 12″ size paper pads of certain collections. Therefore, the smaller pads of those collections are great to have.  Plus, the smaller pads are a better price point. But as I start using them, I end up with many partial sheets and scraps. And of course the scraps must be kept! 🙂

So, here are 3 different ways to keep them tidy and organized.

#1}  Quart size ziplock bag ~ Place each 6″ x 6″ paper pad in its own bag. This way the pad with the remaining full sheets stays together with the partial sheets and scraps. It is also useful to keep the paper pad cover in this same bag to know which collection is being used. Please note: these bags do not have to be the brand name Ziplock bags. Cheaper brands work just fine. Mine are from the dollar store.

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#2}  Binder clips ~ Large binder clips {available at office supply stores, such as Staples or even some dollar stores} are a great way to keep paper pads together. I find it works best to have the scraps on the very top of the full/partial sheets in the pad with the cover on top. Then “sandwich” all of this with a binder clip.

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#3}  Basket with dividers ~ Using a basket, box or bin to store the paper pads works well also. Slip an inexpensive piece card stock {cut about 1/2″ higher and wider than the pads} to serve as a divider in between the pads and their scraps. Each pad now has it’s own little section and you can just flip through the pads until you find what you are looking for.

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I hope one of these ways works to help keep your 6″ x 6″ paper pads neat and organized.  I would love for you to share how you store your paper pads!

 

 

 

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Erin

The Country Touch

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Email: ctrytch@telus.net

Technique Tuesday #27

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: DRYER SHEET.

 

Today I want to show you how you can reuse and recycle your used dryer sheets into something so pretty.

 

You will need: card stock {a light color works best for the stamped panel}, stamp, acrylic block {if using clear stamp}, ink, hair spray, fine glitter, paper trimmer or cutting tools of choice, used and ironed dryer sheet, scrap paper. *Additional supplies may include adhesive and whatever embellishments/extras need to complete the intended design.

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Please note: the used dryer sheet only needs to be ironed for a few seconds on a medium setting to remove the wrinkles. Please note: I used the SU Lovely As A Tree stamp set, cream/Crumb cake card stock and Chocolate Chip ink. But any stamp set and card stock color combinations will work beautifully with this technique.

 

 

On a 4″ x 5 1/4″ card stock panel: ink the tree stamp and stamp once in the middle. Then stamp again to the side and up just a bit without reinking ~ this is called second generation stamping. Then repeat on the right and left sides of the panel.

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Cut the dryer sheet to 4″ x 5 1/4″ {to fit the card stock panel}.

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Place the dryer sheet on a piece of scrap paper and lightly spray hairspray to cover. Immediately sprinkle on the glitter while the hairspray is still wet. Shake off the excess glitter. Let glittered dryer sheet panel dry {this only takes a few minutes}. The dryer sheet panel is now ready to be used in a project.

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I applied bits of tape runner in the corners/along the edges and a bit on the trees on the stamped card stock panel. Then gently and smoothly laid the glittery dryer sheet piece over the stamped panel. It was matted on a Crumb Cake card stock mat to which foam dots were added to the back. I then stamped a tiny tag with “merry”, threaded some linen thread through the tag hole, slipped it through the knot in the tulle before pulling the knot tight and added a few rhinestones. This is a very simple but pretty card that could be easily mass produced for the holiday season.   Please note: I wish the photo showed just how sparkly and glittery this card really is 🙂

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Here is another blog post with a card design that this technique would be pretty used on. It also features the second generation stamping for trees.  https://thecountrytouch.wordpress.com/2016/07/22/christmas-in-july-2016-day-4/

 

 

 

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

Handmade Holiday 2016 ~ Day #7

Hi everyone!

Welcome to the 7th and final day of Handmade Holiday 2016. 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. Each day this week, I’ve shared a quick Handmade Holiday idea for gift packaging, tags, gift card holders, place setting favors, recipes and more that will be sure to add that special handmade touch.

Day #7 ~ Christmas Crackers

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These would be so pretty to place one at each place setting as a festive table favor on your holiday table. They could even be added to stockings! Tuck in a variation of little things ~ a small gift, wrapped chocolates, a Christmas lip balm or even a rolled up lottery ticket or scratch card.

 

You will need for each cracker:  piece of patterned paper 4 1/2″ x 6 1/2″, envelope punch board, scoring board, bone folder, adhesive, ribbons, embellishments.
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Start with a piece of 4 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ patterned paper.
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Score it lengthwise at 1″, 2″, 3″ and  4″.
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Then turn the paper and score at 1″, 1 1/2″, 2″, 4 1/2″, 5″ and 5 1/2″.

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Using the bone folder, create a mountain/valley fold on each end, using the score marks so it looks like this.

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Fold/crease the one inch lengths then fold on the first 1″ line {to the wrong side}.

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Place on the punch board with the left edge at the 1 1/2″ mark. Punch to cut out a notch. Slide the paper across to the 5″ mark and punch again. Repeat for the remaining three score lines. It should now look like this.

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Add strong adhesive along the 1/2″ fold edge.

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Fold down the edge with the adhesive and bring over the opposite onto the adhesive.

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Open up the cracker and push the ends inward to create the shape. Please note: Be sure the glued seam is on the bottom. Tie one of the ends with ribbon, open the other end, slide in the surprise and then tie with ribbon.

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Please note: You can tie the ribbon into bows but depending on the ribbon width, it may look a bit bulky. I just tied my ribbon into square knots.
To finish off the Christmas cracker,  I created a layered tag and added a snowflake embellishment with twine. I then used a glue dot to adhere it to the top.

*Here is another blog post with more uses for the Envelope Punch Board ~ https://thecountrytouch.wordpress.com/2016/08/16/tuesdays-tip-6/

 

 

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Thank you so much for joining me for this years “Handmade Holiday”. I hope that you have been inspired to try some of these ideas for this upcoming holiday season with family and friends. As always, please feel welcome to share your creations 🙂   Merry Christmas!

 

 

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Erin

The Country Touch

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Email: ctrytch@telus.net

Tuesday’s Tip #15

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 hints on mass producing cards. There are a few examples of handmade cards that you may want to mass produce. Baby/wedding shower invitations, Christmas cards, birthday party/wedding invitations and thank you cards are just a few.  Whether I am making one card or  ten, I find that coming up with the design is the hardest part.  Once the design is figured out, setting up an assembly line makes the process easy. Please note: for steps #3-#9, do each step for all the cards before continuing on to the next step. This is the assembly line process.

These are the steps I used to make my cards. But you might find a different sequence of steps works better for your project. So do what works best for you!

#1} Cut all the required paper pieces and fold the card bases.

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#2} Do any die cutting that is needed. Since I wanted the area under the horse/sleigh to look like snow, I added the glitter in this step also.

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#3} Background stamping and heat embossing.

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#4} Stamp the sentiment and heat emboss.

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#5} Cut down the sentiment and mat it on colored card stock.

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#6} Attach paper pieces to each other as the focal point panel.

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#7} Adhere focal point panel to the front of the card base.

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#8} Add dimensional adhesives to the back of the matted sentiment.

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#9}Attach matted sentiment and some rhinestones.

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#10} All 14 Christmas cards are finished, ready to sign and then mail to family and friends this holiday season 🙂

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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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Erin

The Country Touch

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Email: ctrytch@telus.net

Handmade Holiday 2016 ~ Day #6

Hi everyone!

Welcome to day #6 of Handmade Holiday 2016. 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. Each day this week, I’ll share a quick Handmade Holiday idea for gift packaging, tags, gift card holders, place setting favors, recipes and more that will be sure to add that special handmade touch.

Day #6 ~ Reindeer Tag {with Stampin’ Up! Tree Builder punch}

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You will need: patterned Christmas paper, card stock {cream, kraft, red, black and white}, circle dies/punches {2″ and 1″}, SU Tree Builder Punch {the trunk is used for antlers, the raindrop is for the eyes/ears}, tag punch, corner rounder punch {optional}, 1/8″ hole punch {optional}, greeting stamp, brown/pink ink, inking sponge/tool, q-tip, adhesive, twine or ribbon, black marker, Wink of Stella pen or stickles. *Please note: I didn’t take a picture of all these supplies as there are too many to fit in one picture.

 

For each tag:

First we will do all of the cutting:

Cut 1 tag from cream card stock measuring 2″ x 5″. Cut 1 tag from patterned paper measuring 2″ x 5 1/2″. Round bottom edges of both tags with corner rounder punch. *Please note: the tags can be cut with punches, dies, a Cricut or by hand.

Cut a 2″ circle from kraft card stock. Cut a 1″ circle from red card stock. *Please note: the circles can be cut with punches, dies, a Cricut or by hand.

With the SU Tree Builder punch, punch 2 branches {for the antlers} and 2 raindrops from kraft card stock {for the ears}. Then 2 raindrops from black card stock {for the eyes}.

With the 1/8″ hole punch, punch 2 holes from white card stock {for the pupils of his eyes}. *Please note: you could also use small googly eyes if you want.

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Next:

With the brown ink and sponging tool, sponge around the edges of the head, antlers and ears. Please note: sponging around the antlers and ears is a bit tricky. You can hold them with tweezers while sponging to keep your fingers from getting inky.

With the q-tip, add a touch of pink ink for rosy cheeks. Please note: start with almost dry pink ink on the q-tip for his cheeks. You can always add more but you can’t remove any.

Stamp the chosen greeting at the bottom of the cream tag.

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Putting him together:

Glue the antlers behind his head, the ears in front of the antlers, the nose at the bottom of his face and the eyes just above the nose. Add the white dots {for pupils} to the eyes and color part of them with the black marker.

Adhere the head in the center of the cream tag. Lift his antlers gently so that they stick out for a bit of dimension.

To finish him off ~ I #1}tied a small bow and glued it under his chin   #2}punched two pine boughs and added tiny red pearls {for berries} for the top of his head   #3}applied a thin layer of diamond stickles to his nose for some sparkle and shine.

Use a glue dot or a small amount of any adhesive on the back of the cream tag and layer it slightly offset over the patterned paper tag lining up the holes. Add a length of ribbon or twine through both holes in the tags for tying to gift bags and packages.

Here is another blog post with more uses for the SU Tree Builder Punch ~ https://thecountrytouch.wordpress.com/2016/08/16/tuesdays-tip-6/

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See you tomorrow for day #7!

 

 

Erin

The Country Touch

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Email: ctrytch@telus.net