Tuesday’s Tag #4

Hi everyone!

Welcome to “Tuesday’s Tag”!  These posts feature how to create different styles of tags that can be used for the usual purpose ~ gifts. But tags can also be added to scrapbook layouts, cards, albums and journals. I hope that you will join me and enjoy creating some tags 🙂  I alternate Tuesday’s Tip,  Technique Tuesday and Tuesday’s Tag just to change things up a bit.

Today’s tag: “Thanks”

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You will need: card stock, patterned paper, paper trimmer or cutting tools of choice, stamps, ink, liquid pearls/rhinestones/pearls, ribbon/twine. *Optional: powder tool, clear embossing powder, heat tool {you don’t have to heat emboss the images if you don’t want to}. Please noteany stamp set can be used. I am just showing you the way I created this tag.

  1. Please note: you may click on the link underneath the picture below for a PDF of these instructions.
  2. This is a larger tag as I used a stitched rectangle die for the tag base but any shape can be used for the base.
  3. Cut a piece of patterned paper 1/4″ smaller {length/width} and adhere to the tag base leaving equal borders on all four sides.
  4. Cut a piece of card stock the same length as the patterned paper. The width is up to you ~ just make sure it is wide enough for the sentiment/image. It can always be cut down after stamping if you feel it is too wide.
  5.  Stamp the sentiment/image and emboss, if desired.
  6. Adhere to the patterned paper with adhesive or foam pop dots. I lined it up with the top, bottom and right hand side of the patterned paper.
  7. Add embellishments.
  8. Punch a small hole for the ribbon/twine. I attached the tag to a gift bag with a tiny paperclip which also keeps the bag closed {there could still be some tissue paper peeking out of the top but I didn’t have any to match the colors}.

 

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thanks-tag-pdf

Stampin’ Up! supplies used:

  • Flourishing Phrases Wood-Mount Stamp Set {item #141531 ~ page 49}

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.

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Erin

The Country Touch

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Email: ctrytch@telus.net

6″ x 6″ Project #2

Hi everyone!

I think it’s nice to sometimes be able to create items using basic supplies that we already have on hand ~ like patterned paper. Some people like the full 12″ x 12″ sheets of patterned paper while others prefer the 6″ x 6″ paper pads. Or maybe both! So I decided to do a few gift packaging projects using pieces of paper that measure 6″ x 6″. So, whichever size of paper you tend to use, you will be able to make these. Add some adhesive/embellishments and you’re ready to create! These projects can all be easily adapted to suit any season or occasion just by changing the papers and embellishments. The possibilities are endless! As always, please feel free to share your creations 🙂

Today’s 6″ x 6″ project is a Tab Box {finished size: 2 3/8″ square x 1 3/8″} and uses an envelope punch board. This little box would make a nice table favor for special dinners. Add some wrapped chocolates, some pretty packaged tea bags or a small candle.

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You will need:  6″ × 6″ piece of patterned paper or card stock, envelope punch board, bone folder, scissors, strong adhesive, pencil, small hole punch, ribbon {for box closure}, extra card stock or patterned paper/stamp/ink for tag.

Please note: you may click on the link underneath the picture below for a PDF of these instructions.

 

#1}  Place the paper at 2″. Punch and score.

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#2}  Move it over to 4″. Punch and score.

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#3}  Repeat steps #1 and #2 on remaining three sides.

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#4} Round all four corners.

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#5}  Fold all score lines and crease with a bone folder.

#6}  Cut on both sides of one of the rectangles. This creates two tabs. Rotate and do the same thing on the opposite side.

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#7}  Add adhesive to all four tabs. Line up the score line of each tab with the cut rectangle edges and press to adhere.

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#9}  Measure and mark with the pencil where you want the holes punched. I measured in about 1/4″ in from the rounded points. Punch holes.

#10} Thread the ribbon through the holes on the two tabs that will be lower. Gently pull both of the ribbon tails until the two tabs are touching. Then thread them underneath through the other two holes so that both ribbon tails are on the outside. Tie in a bow.

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tab-box-pdf

 

 

Stampin’ Up! supplies used:

•Envelope Punch board {item #133774 ~ page 184}

 If you do not currently have a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, I would love to earn your business or answer any questions that you may have. Please do not hesitate to ask.

 

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Erin

The Country Touch

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

Email: ctrytch@telus.net

Card Kits

Hi everyone!

Anyone can make handmade cards ~ sometimes you just need a little help with the supplies. So, I am creating card kits with everything you need to create your own handmade cards. There will be kits for different occassions so that you will end up with a nice variety of cards ready for when you need them. These kits come with one completed card and enough supplies for 5 more cards. They are ready to assemble and are quick and easy to put together. Included are all the precut and scored 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ card bases + 1 extra, die cuts and/or stamped images and 6 envelopes with embossed flaps. Any embossing folder work is done for you as well. You will also get to play with different embellishments that are included with the kits ~ colorful rhinestones, pearls, sequins, brads, buttons, ribbons and twine to dress up your cards. Please note: embellishments will vary depending on the kit but each will have a different variety of embellishments {a good amount is included so you should have extras leftover for a future project}. Detailed step-by-step instructions are included.

Please note:

  • adhesives, glue dots or dimensional adhesives are not included. You will also need scissors for cutting the ribbon and/or twine to fit.
  • each card is left blank on the inside to add your own personal message or maybe a rub-on/stamped image/stickers of your choice {unless otherwise stated}.
  • the supplies used are quality Stampin’ Up! and craft store products.

 

Happy Birthday ~ these cards have stamped/embossed greetings for the fronts all ready to be colored however you want. The patterned paper has bright and happy birthday colors/images. The mats are Blushing Bride, Hello Honey, Lost Lagoon and Old Olive.

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Welcome Baby ~ this set has 6 different color/paper combinations but are the same style. The mats are Pool Party, Pumpkin, Soft Yellow and Wisteria Wonder. Please note: the second picture just shows an example of how the cards can go together {minus the ribbon/twine and embellishments} but they can be switched around if desired.

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These kits are available at the Carstairs Artisan Market as well as on The Country Touch website. More card kits are on the way! 🙂

 

 

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Until next time,

Erin

The Country Touch

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

Email: ctrytch@telus.net

3 New Sale-a-bration Items

Hi everyone!

There are 3 new Sale-a-bration items being released today!

#1} “Reverse Words” stamp set{wood and clear}

#2} “Make A Medallion” stamp set {photopolymer}

#3} 6″ x 6″ Glimmer Paper Assortment Pack {Bermuda Bay, Mint Macaron and Sweet Sugarplum}.

New brochure    http://su-media.s3.amazonaws.com/media/catalogs/Sale-A-Bration_2017/SAB_2017_2nd%20Release_CA.pdf

Mini catalogue   http://su-media.s3.amazonaws.com/media/catalogs/Sale-A-Bration_2017/SAB_2017_CA.pdf

All of the Sale-a-bration items from the mini catalogue and the new brochure are available with qualifying orders {see below} until March 31, 2017. Be sure to get your favourites before Sale-a-bration ends on March 31, 2017.

 

During Sale-A-Bration, there are 3 ways to earn free products. #1} choose 1 free Sale-a-bration item with each $60.00 order {before shipping/tax}   #2} join Stampin’ Up!. With your starter kit, get your choice of $165.00 worth of products for only $135.00 plus receive 2 additional free stamp sets {value of up to $136.00}. Please note: bundles/kits cannot be selected as the free stamp sets for this promotion     #3}host a qualifying party during Sale-A-Bration and earn $35.00 more in Stampin’ Rewards.

 

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.

Please note: If you are interested in placing an order, you can contact me for the Host Code ~ this code lets you shop with me but the order is sent directly to you.

 

 

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Erin

The Country Touch

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

Email: ctrytch@telus.net

 

Tuesday’s Tip #19

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

Today I want to share with you how to reink Stampin’ Up! markers. These markers have a reservoir in the middle of the marker ~  that means that the ink gets to both the fine tip and the brush tip. That’s why it is so important to make sure that they are stored horizontally.  The markers hold the same water-based dye ink as the ink pads. So it is fine to refill them with the same reinker used to reink the stamp pads.

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Use a folded paper towel or tissue to grab the brush tip end and pull it straight out.

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Carefully and slowly, add a few of drops of reinker. Tap the marker up and down a few times on your work surface before replacing the brush tip end.

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Give the marker a little squiggle on some scrap paper and replace the lid. Please note: depending on how dry your marker was before reinking will determine how many drops it takes. It is better to start with a few and add more one drop at a time until it is coloring well again. That’s it! Your marker should be working much better now.

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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.

 

 

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Erin

The Country Touch

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

Email: ctrytch@telus.net

 

 

 

6″ x 6″ Project #1

Hi everyone!

I think it’s nice to sometimes be able to create items using basic supplies that we already have on hand ~ like patterned paper. Some people like the full 12″ x 12″ sheets of patterned paper while others prefer the 6″ x 6″ paper pads. Or maybe both! So I decided to do a few gift packaging projects using pieces of paper that measure 6″ x 6″. So, whichever size of paper you tend to use, you will be able to make these. Add some adhesive/embellishments and you’re ready to create! These projects can all be easily adapted to suit any season or occasion just by changing the papers and embellishments. The possibilities are endless! As always, please feel free to share your creations 🙂

Gift Bag {finished size: 1 3/4″ wide, 4 1/2″ tall, 1 ” deep}

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You will need:  6″ × 6″ piece of patterned paper or card stock, scoring board, scoring tool, scissors, strong adhesive, embellishments, bag closure {ribbon, decorative clothespin or binder clip, etc.}.

 

Please note: you may click on the link underneath the picture below for a PDF of these instructions.

#1} Score the paper at 1″, 2 3/4″, 3 3/4″ and 5 1/2″.

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#2} Rotate the paper left 90°. Then score at 1″, 4 1/2″ {this score line helps keep the bag sides open when the top sides close} and 5 1/2″.

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#3} Fold all of the score lines and crease with a bone folder. On the last 5 1/2″ score line, fold it back the opposite way from the other folds.

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#4} Cut out the small rectangle of paper between the 1″ fold and the 5 1/2″ fold as shown. The cut up the other 3 score lines to the 1″ fold.

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#5} Using your strong adhesive, apply it to the narrow fold {with the rectangle cut out}. Fold on the score lines as shown so that the edges of the paper overlap and press to seal.

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#6} Fold in the 2 smallest tabs. Angle cut the sides of the 2 larger flaps, apply adhesive to one of them, fold and adhere.

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#7} Gently push the right and left sides in at the top to close the bag.  Decorate the bag if desired. Add the treat/gift and fasten the bag shut with the closure of choice. Now you have a pretty little gift bag to go with the surprise inside!

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gift-bag-pdf

 

Stampin’ Up! supplies used:

•Foxy Friends stamp set {item #141549 ~ page 57}

•Fox Builder punch {item #141470 ~ page 188}

•A Little Foxy Designer Series Paper Stack {item #141637 ~ page 174}

•A Little Foxy cardstock pack {item #141638 ~ page 174}

If you do not currently have a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, I would love to earn your business or answer any questions that you may have. Please do not hesitate to ask.

 

 

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Erin

The Country Touch

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

Email: ctrytch@telus.net

 

Technique Tuesday #30

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: PAPER PIECING.

Paper piecing is a technique that allows you to get more out of your stamped images. It can add a lot of different textures and patterns if you want to do more than just color the images you have stamped.

You will need: card stock, stamps/coordinating dies, inks, markers, patterned or solid paper, scissors, adhesive. *Additional supplies may include adhesive and whatever embellishments/extras needed to complete the intended design.

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Stamp the images on white card stock and on other paper. I used a small portion of a foil sheet to make the tool heads look like metal.

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Color the portions of the stamped images that won’t be paper pieced.

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Use the coordinating dies to cut out or fussy cut by hand the stamped images. If hand cutting, cut fairly close to the stamp line. *Please note: I used an alcohol wipe to clean the ink off the tool heads after they were cut out.

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Adhere the extra cut images to the stamped pieces. This is paper piecing!

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I really seem to struggle with creating masculine cards but I’m pleased with how this card turned out 🙂

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Hints:

* Any stamped images that are going to be colored with markers or water coloring should be stamped with a permanent ink. Let dry thoroughly or heat set before cutting out. This will reduce smearing and smudging.

 

 

 

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

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

Email: ctrytch@telus.net