Updated Stampin’ Up! Clearance Rack

Hi everyone!

I’m popping in quickly this afternoon to let you know that the clearance rack on the Stampin’ Up! website has been updated. Woohoo! There are even some select items that are up to 60% off. ∗Please note: clearance rack items are only available while supplies last.

Here is the clearance rack link for Canadian shoppers —> https://www.stampinup.com/ECWeb/ItemList.aspx?categoryid=200100

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 a Hostess Code ~ this code lets you shop with me but the order is sent directly to you.

 

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Erin

The Country Touch

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Email: ctrytch@telus.net

Tuesday’s Tip #22

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.

Do you like to use bakers twine or floss on your projects? A lot of times they are wrapped tightly around cardboard “bobbins” which makes storage easy but leaves them with kinks when unrolled. Today I want to share with you how to easily straighten your bakers twine or floss.

 

Pre-heat a curling iron or a flat iron. Slowly pull the twine through {no stopping as it could scorch or burn} and see how nice and straight it becomes. Repeat if necessary. ∗Please note: as the temperatures of hair appliances do vary, I would recommend starting at a lower temperature. If you find it is not straightening to your satisfaction, gradually increase the temperature.

   

 

 

No more kinks or funny angles and it’s all ready to tie a pretty bow! 🙂

 

 

 

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

Square Lined Envelope

Hi everyone!

Typically, the A2 size card is the most common. But sometimes it’s nice to change things up a bit. I created a 4 1/4″ square card but didn’t have an envelope on hand that would work. I do however have many A2 envelopes which measure 4 3/8″ x 5 3/4″. So, I altered one of them to create a square lined envelope to coordinate with the card.

You will need: A2 envelope, cutting tool of choice, scoring board, bone folder, adhesive, double sided tape, patterned paper {to coordinate with the card}, corner rounder punch{optional}.

1. Cut off 1/2″ from each end of the envelope.

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2.  Round the flap corners with the corner rounder punch. Cut the patterned paper to 4 1/2″ x 4 1/2″. Round the top corners.

 

 

3.  Open up the envelope and lay it flat. Add a strip of double sided tape along the top edge of the flap. This allows the patterned paper to cover the existing adhesive and be placed up higher. The tape backing can be removed when ready to seal the envelope. Adhere the patterned paper.

 

 

4.  Line up the fold line of the flap on a groove on the scoring board. Score along that line, fold and crease with the bone folder to get a nice crisp fold.

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5.  Add a strip of double sided tape along each side of the bottom of the envelope. Peel off the backing, fold up and press to seal the sides.

 

 

 

There you go! You now have a coordinating square envelope to go with your square card. My card ended up being damaged and could not be included in this photo, my apologies.

 

 

 

∗Please note: depending on your postal service, there may be a minimum size or extra charge for mailing square envelopes. Be sure to check before popping it in the mail. The information may also be obtained online.

 

 

 

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Erin

The Country Touch

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Email: ctrytch@telus.net

 

Technique Tuesday #33

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: EMBOSSING VELLUM.

Vellum can add such a pretty softness to a project but it has been considered a little tricky to work with as it is thinner and more delicate than regular card stock. However, many brands of card stock are now much thicker than they used to be and therefore are easier to heat emboss.

You will need: vellum, powder tool, stamp, VersaMark ink, colored embossing powder, heat tool, small paint brush. ∗Please note: colored ink and clear embossing powder can also be used.

 

 

Cover the piece of vellum well with the powder tool. This is very important as stray bits of embossing powder really tend to stick to vellum. ∗Please note: I think applying the powder to the back side of the vellum would be a good idea as well, especially if you are using a colored embossing powder. I didn’t and a few specks of embossing powder must have stuck to the back and melted on from the heat tool 😦

 

 

Ink up the stamp with VersaMark ink and stamp the card stock taking care to stamp straight down and then lift the stamp straight up. Vellum has a slicker surface than regular card stock so it is easy for the stamp to shift or slide.

 

 

Sprinkle on the embossing powder and gently tap away the excess. If there are any stray bits left, use the paintbrush to brush them away before heating.

 

 

Preheat the heat tool so that it is very hot before you bring it to the vellum. This will help prevent warping. Heat until the embossing powder is melted and shiny. The embossing vellum panel is now ready for a project.

 

 

I turned my embossed panel into a card by layering the embossed vellum panel onto some cream card stock. Then adhered those two layers to a card base, added a die cut border strip and some enamel shapes. ∗Please note: to adhere vellum to card stock without the adhesive showing, simply put a tiny puddle of liquid glue on a craft sheet or some parchment paper. Rub a  piece of sponge into the glue to pick it up and wipe it quickly over the back of the vellum taking care not to bend or wrinkle the vellum.

 

 

 

 

I hope you enjoyed this weeks technique. 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

Tuesday’s Tag #6

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: Welcome Baby

You will need: card stock, patterned paper, stamp set, ink, circle or scallop punch, paper trimmer or cutting tools of choice, adhesive + foam adhesive, 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 baby themed stamp set can be used.

  1. Please note: you may click on the link below for a PDF of these instructions.
  2. Create the tag base from card stock and the top tag layer from patterned paper. This can be done with a punch, die or hand cut. The measurements for this tag are 2″ x 3 3/4″ {card stock tag base} and 1 7/8″ x 3 5/8″ {patterned paper top layer}.
  3. Adhere patterned paper to tag base leaving equal borders on all four sides.
  4. Stamp the image on card stock, sprinkle with embossing powder and heat set. Punch out with circle or scallop punch.
  5. I stamped the image a second time on white card stock and cut out the elephants ear. Then attached it to the body for a little extra dimension.
  6. Add a piece of foam adhesive to the back of the punched piece and adhere about 1 1/8″ up from the tag bottom.
  7. Stamp sentiment on card stock, sprinkle with embossing powder and heat set. Cut out.
  8. Layer sentiment piece onto card stock cut 1/8″ larger {length and width}.
  9. Attach to the tag with foam adhesive in between the tag bottom and punched image.
  10. Add embellishments and tie on ribbons.

 

 

Welcome Baby tag PDF


 

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Erin

The Country Touch

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Email: ctrytch@telus.net

Stampin’ Up! Retiring Products

Hi everyone!

I’m popping in today to let you all know that Stampin’ Up! has released the retiring list for the 2016/17 annual catalogue and for the 2017 occasions catalogue. Some items are discounted up to 50% off.  These products are ∗available through May 31/17 and ∗WHILE SUPPLIES LAST so please order early to avoid disappointment.

Here is the link for Canadian shoppers —> http://su-media.s3.amazonaws.com/media/lastChance/2017_NA_RetiredList/Retiring_List_CA.pdf

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 a Hostess Code ~ this code lets you shop with me but the order is sent directly to you.

 

 

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Until next time,

Erin

The Country Touch

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

Email: ctrytch@telus.net