Technique Tuesday #32

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: BLACK MAGIC COLORING.

This technique uses black cardstock, white ink and colored pencils. It produces such a pretty effect on any paper crafting project.

You will need: black card stock, white ink, stamp, colored pencils {regular or water color}, heat tool {optional}.

 

 

Ink up the stamp very well with white ink and stamp on the black card stock. Be sure to hold the stamp down for at least a few seconds to make sure the ink transfers to the card stock nicely. Allow time to dry fully or use a heat tool to help speed up the drying time.

 

 

Once your image is completely dry, color the white images using colored pencils. It is now ready to use on your project 🙂

 

 

 

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Erin

The Country Touch

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6″ x 6″ Project #3

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 Pocket Gift Card Holder{finished size: 2 3/4″  x 4″ when closed} and uses an envelope punch board. This style of gift card card holder is quick and easy to create allowing you to make a bunch at one time to have on hand.

You will need:  6″ × 6″ piece of patterned paper or card stock, envelope punch board, bone folder, adhesive. Optional: small hole punch, ribbon, extra card stock or patterned paper/stamp/ink for a tag, embellishments.

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

#1} Cut the 6″ × 6″ piece of patterned paper or card stock to measure 5 1/2″ x 5 1/2″.

#2} Place the left edge at 2 3/8″. Punch and score.

 

#3} Turn to the left, line up notch with score line, punch and score {2nd side}.

 

#4} Repeat step #3 for the remaining two sides.

#5} Round all 4 corners. This is what it now looks like.

 

#7} Fold the score lines of the  bottom, right and left side {in that order}.

#8} Apply adhesive to seal and decorate as desired.

The gift card holders can be left open at the top, folded down or tied onto a gift bag.

Pocket Gift Card Holder PDF

 

 

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Erin

The Country Touch

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Email: ctrytch@telus.net

 

Tuesday’s Tag #5

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: “For You” shaker

You will need: card stock, patterned paper, vellum, jar die, sentiment stamp, ink, paper trimmer or cutting tools of choice, adhesive + foam adhesive, confetti or other shaker bits, small hole punch, 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 jar die can be used. I am just showing you the way I created this tag. The jar can also be cut out by hand if a die is not available. The jar die I used is from amazon.ca ~ Sizzix 16-Pack Framelits Stamps Jar Scrapbooking Die Cut.

  1. Please note: you may click on the link underneath the picture below for a PDF of these instructions.
  2. Cut 2 pieces of card stock to 3 1/4″ x 4 1/4″ {one is for the front, the other for the backing}.
  3. Cut a piece of patterned paper and vellum each to 3 1/8″ x 4 1/8″.
  4. Adhere the patterned paper to the top card stock piece leaving equal borders on all four sides.
  5. Place the jar die closer to the bottom of the layered patterned paper. Run through the die cutting machine.
  6. Adhere the vellum behind the opening
  7. Die cut the jar lid from patterned paper or card stock. Wrap twine around the jar lid and attach.
  8. Put pieces of foam adhesive around the jar making sure there are no gaps ~ you don’t want anything to fall out! Add the little shaker bits. ∗Please note: I punched small circles thinking they might look like gumballs but once the tag was finished, I realized that they should have been a bit bigger. I also added some tiny star/heart confetti for some fun. 🙂

 

9.  Peel the backing off the foam adhesive. Line up the edges of the second card stock {the backing} piece and press down to seal.

10.  Punch a hole for the hanger and embellish as desired.

 

 

 

For You shaker tag PDF

 

 

 

 

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Erin

The Country Touch

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Email: ctrytch@telus.net

7 New Sale-a-bration Items

Hi everyone!

The final days of Sale-a-bration are here and Stampin’ Up! has added 7 more items! If choosing any of these new items, you will need to use the item code listed below and not the regular item code.

  1. 2016-2018 In Color 8-1/2” x 11” Cardstock                 Item #147361
  2. Party Animal Designer Series Paper                             Item #147365
  3. Succulent Garden Designer Series Paper                     Item #147363
  4. Tasty Treats Specialty Designer Series Paper              Item #147364
  5. Party Animal Designer Washi Tape                               Item #147364
  6. Seaside Textured Impressions Embossing Folder      Item #147360
  7. Sparkle Textured Impressions Embossing Folder      Item #147356

 

Update from Stampin’ Up! ~ the Sale-a-bration card tin and 6″ x 6″ glimmer paper are no longer available.

 

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.

Be sure to get your favourites before Sale-a-bration ends on March 31, 2017!

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: Use the March hostess code AKQKZPSS if you would like to place an order on or before March 31/2017. Orders may include products from the Annual and Occasions catalogue as well as clearance rack items. And remember, until March 31st, you can choose 1 free Sale-A-Bration item with each $60.00 order {before shipping/tax}. Plus, each order will receive a free “thank you” gift from me after the order has closed on March 31/2017! 🙂      You can check out this blog post for all the information ~

https://thecountrytouch.wordpress.com/2017/03/09/stampin-up-march-hostess-code/

 

 

 

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Erin

The Country Touch

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Email: ctrytch@telus.net

Rag Garland Tutorial

Hi everyone!

Today’s tutorial is for making a rag garland. Rag garlands are a fun and easy way to use up pieces of fabric that are just too small to be used for other projects. Depending on the fabrics that you use, they can be created for any room or season. A rag garland will look pretty draped above a head board, strung across a window, mantle, hutch or stair railings, and even as a decoration for a baby/wedding shower.

You will need: length of jute, yarn or ribbon {the length will determine how long you want the garland to be. Also, be sure to add at least an extra 12″ to the total length to allow for the hanging loops on each end, if you want them}, assorted cotton/flannel fabrics cut or torn into pieces about 5″ long by 1″ wide, rotary cutter/ruler/self healing mat or scissors.

#1} The amount of strips required for a garland depends on the desired finished length. I can’t give you an exact number of strips you will need but start with a good sized pile of them. You can always make more strips if you need them. Please note: the strips can be cut with scissors or with a rotary cutter/ruler/self healing mat. If you want a more rustic look, just tear them and you will end up with the frayed ends. To tear the strips, cut 1″ snips along the edge of the fabric{shown below}. This allows you to rip 1″ wide fabric widths and also results in a frayed edge. Cut the strips into 5″ long pieces.  Please note: separate the different fabrics into piles. This makes it easier when you start tying if they are semi-organized.

 

 

 

#2} Begin by making a loop on the first end of the jute. The loop can be as long as you want.

 

 

#3} Start tying the strips around the jute. The first strip will be beside the knot. Be sure the strips are touching so that no jute is showing. Keep tying on the fabric strips until your garland is as long as you want it. You can pull and discard any loose threads as you go.

 

 

#4} When you get close to the end, make another loop. Keep tying on strips until you reach the knot. If you find that some of the strips look uneven, you can snip little bits off of them until you are happy with how they all look. This garland turned out to be approximately 5 1/2′ long {not including the loops}.

I hope that you enjoyed today’s tutorial 🙂

 

Please note: a selection of rag garlands will be available at the Carstairs Artisan Market as well as on The Country Touch website very soon.

 

 

 

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Erin

The Country Touch

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Email: ctrytch@telus.net

Tuesday’s Tip #20

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 another use for the Stampin’ Up! Fine-Tip Glue Pen. Of course, it is used for the main purpose as an adhesive for adhering small embellishments such as sequins and die cut words. But how about for adding water droplets to a project. Just squeeze out little drops where you want them and set aside to dry. The droplets add a bit of dimension and a touch of shimmer. I hope you can see how the little raindrops really stand out on this card 🙂

 

 

Stampin’ Up! supplies used:

  • Fine-Tip Glue Pen {item #138309 ~ page 183 }

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.

 

 

 

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

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Email: ctrytch@telus.net

More 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 unless otherwise stated. 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.

 

Thank You ~ with a set of these cards, you will be ready to show your appreciation when needed. The cards have a stamped/heat embossed sentiment which is die cut. The card front panels and banners are from the same paper collection so they coordinate beautifully. Please note: I have added dimensional adhesive to the backs of the die cut sentiments. The butterflies also have a coating of Wink of Stella on them.

 

 

Hello ~ there doesn’t always need to be a specific occasion to send someone a card. Sometimes you just want to say “hello”! These cards have hand colored wildflower panels that are matted and adhered to cloud embossed backgrounds. The mats are Blackberry Bliss, Blushing Bride, Calypso Coral,Pool Party, Soft Yellow and Wisteria Wonder.

 

 

Thinking of  You ~ there are times when we need to remind people that they are not alone ~ we are thinking of them. Say that with one of these cards. This set is done in cream, kraft and SU Soft Sky.

 

 

These kits are available at the Carstairs Artisan Market as well as on The Country Touch website.

 

 

 

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Erin

The Country Touch

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Email: ctrytch@telus.net