New Stampin’ Up! 2017-2019 In Colors

Hi everyone!

Today I am sharing a peek of the newest Stampin’ Up! In Colors available in the new annual catalogue starting tomorrow. In Color collections are available for 2 years before they are retired. The new colors are: #1}Berry Burst, #2}Fresh Fig, #3}Lemon Lime Twist, #4}Powder Pink and #5}Tranquil Tide. ∗Please note: available in the In Colors collection will be card stock, Designer Series Paper {DSP}, ink pads, re-inkers, markers and embellishments.

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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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The Country Touch

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Tuesday’s Tip #24

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 get your clear mount stamps to stick to acrylic blocks properly again. Over time as we work with stamps and blocks, oil from our hands and dust may build up a bit on both the stamps and blocks which causes the stamps to not stick. It is so frustrating to ink up a stamp and just as you take it to your paper it falls off more than likely ruining that side of the paper. A little bit of cleaning and the problem is solved!

First, try washing both the block and the stamp in warm soapy water. Be sure it is a mild soap like Dawn or Ivory dish soap. Rinse well and gently pat dry preferably with a microfiber cloth to avoid lint. If your stamp is still not sticking properly to the block, on to the next step ~ isopropyl alcohol. This can be done with bottled isopropyl alcohol and cotton balls or individually wrapped swabs. Clean the back of the stamp and the block. Let dry thoroughly and check out how well your stamp sticks now!

∗Please note: whichever method you use for cleaning the stamps and blocks, be sure to let the stamps dry very thoroughly before putting them back into their packaging.

 

 

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The Country Touch

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Calender Corkboard

Hi everyone!

Today I have a fun project for you ~ a calendar corkboard. These compact little calendars can be used anywhere in your home ~ on a desk, kitchen counter or night stand. Because they use basic supplies, a few can be created to coordinate with your décor. So let’s get started shall we?

 

You will need: chipboard, patterned paper, cutting tools of choice, adhesive, corner rounder, sanding block or nail buffer, 1/8″ hole punch or crop-a-dile, ribbon, calendar print outs {links below}, stapler or brads, paper piercer/piercing mat {if using brads}, eyelets/eyelet setter or crop-o-dile. ∗Please note: if you don’t have chipboard, don’t fret. Cardboard packaging, like a cereal box will work just fine. Just be sure that whatever you use is a little on the thicker side. This will make it easier for the calendar to stand nicely.

 

#1} Download and print off the PDF calendars. Thank you to http://www.print-a-calendar.com for their free downloads! calendar1   and   calendar2

 

 

 

#2} Cut apart into months. Mine ended up measuring 3″ high x 3 1/2″ wide.

 

 

#3} Stack the months lining up the edges. Staple on each end close to the top or just one staple above the month. Or, if you are using brads, measure and make two pencil marks where you want the brads to go. I measured in/down 1/4″ each way. Pierce holes with a paper piercer/mat.

 

 

#4}  Add brads. Cut a backing mat about 1/8″ larger that the calendar all the way around and adhere calendar to it. ∗Please note: Once 2018 is here, just download, print off, cut and stack the new months. Carefully remove the old calendar and adhere the new stack to the mat to enjoy your calendar for another year.

 

 

#5} Cut two chipboard pieces and four patterned paper pieces {two for the front/back and two for the insides}. I just have two patterned paper pieces shown to fit in the picture. Round the corners, if desired. The measurements for both are 4″ x 5 1/2″.

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#6} Adhere patterned paper to all four sides and lightly sand edges to smooth. On the outside of the front piece and the back piece, measure 3/8″ down and 3/4″ in towards the center, make pencil marks and punch holes with a hole punch. Add eyelets.

 

 

#7} Add some foam adhesive to the back of the calendar mat and adhere to front patterned paper/chipboard piece. Cut a piece of cork that measures 3 3/4″ x 1 1/2″. The cork I used was just thick enough that it wouldn’t fit in the corner rounder so I rounded the corners with small scissors instead. Adhere below calendar. ∗Please note: because the cork is thinner than a typical corkboard, it’s best to use the smallest thumbtacks you can find.

 

 

#8} Put the front and back together, add ribbons through eyelets, tie into knots or bows and trim off the excess. There you go! You now have a pretty little calendar to put anywhere in your home 🙂

 

I hope you enjoyed todays tutorial. As always, please feel free to share what you create!

 

 

 

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Tuesday’s Tip #23

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 using the Stampin’ Up! Stampin’ Pierce Mat {item # 126199 ~ page 183} will help to achieve better stamped images when using photopolymer {clear see-through} stamps. Quite often when stamping with photopolymer stamps, the image doesn’t stamp completely solid because there is no “give” to them like rubber/foam backed stamps. But by laying the paper to be stamped on a Stampin’ Pierce Mat and then stamping, you will get a smooth complete image. This is because there is now a little bit of cushion underneath. ∗Please note: if you are stamping an image that goes off the edges of the card stock, a scrap piece of paper laid on the mat will keep ink from getting on the mat. Or, if that doesn’t bother you, one side of the mat could be for piercing and the other for stamping.

Pictured below: the left image is without stamping on the mat and the right image is with the mat. It does make a bit difference to the quality of the stamped image. No matter the type of stamp you use, I recommend always giving the inked stamp a few seconds of pressure on the paper to nicely transfer the image.

 

 

 

∗Please note: If you do not have a Stampin’ Pierce Mat, you can also use a mouse pad or even a magazine/catalogue. So, you can not only do paper piercing with this product, it will also help you with your stamping! It’s always nice to get multiple uses from one product 🙂

 

 

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Korker Ribbon

Hi everyone!

Today’s tutorial is for making korker ribbon. Korker ribbon is similar to ringlets in appearance and is typically used for little girls hair bows. However, I thought that it could also be used for paper crafting as well ~ bows for packages/gift bags, wedding/baby albums and even cards.

You will need: 3/8″ ribbon, 1/4″ dowels {no longer than the width of the oven}, clothespins or twine, cookie sheet, oven. Please note: you can use different widths of ribbon/dowels depending on the look you are going for. Also, if you don’t have any dowels, a wooden spoon works just fine ~ you just can’t get as much ribbon on it. I also used a narrow ribbon and wooden skewer to get a smaller corker ribbon.

 

  1. Preheat your oven to 275º F.
  2. Lightly dampen the ribbon with water.
  3. Place the ribbon at the top of the dowel and secure it in place with a clothespin/twine.
  4. While twisting the dowel with your right hand, guide the ribbon with your left hand thumb/forefinger onto the dowel. Be sure to not to leave spaces in between the ribbon or overlap it. The edges of ribbon should just be touching.
  5. Once you are at the end of the dowel, use the other clothespin/twine to secure the ribbon end.
  6. Lay the dowel/dowels on the edges of a cookie sheet and place on the middle rack. I rested the clothespins/dowel ends on the edges of the cookie sheet so the ribbon was not in direct contact with the sheet. I thought this might prevent scorching.

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7.  Bake at 275º F for about 25 minutes. Watch closely and reduce temperature if necessary.    ∗Please note: because ovens do vary, you may have to adjust the temperature and baking time.

8.  Remove from oven and let cool completely before undoing the clothes pins/twine and sliding the ribbon off.

You now have korker ribbon! Please feel free to share what you create with it 🙂

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Tuesday’s Tag #8

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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: Best Wishes

You will need: card stock, stamp set, permanent black ink, markers, dies, small hole punch, liquid pearls, ribbon/twine/tulle, enamel dots. *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/die set can be used.

  1. ∗Please note: you may click on the link below for a PDF of these instructions.
  2. Rub the powder tool over the card stock if you are going to heat emboss.
  3. Stamp the cake image and sentiment in black ink, sprinkled on clear embossing powder and heat set them. If you do choose not to heat emboss but will still be coloring the image, make sure it is stamped in a permanent ink or it will smear when coloring.
  4. Color the image.
  5. Die cut the image and sentiment. I used an ovals stitched framelit set but any shape can be used.
  6. Punch a hole in the top of the tag and on the side of the sentiment.
  7. Slip one end of the tulle through the hole and pull through so there are equal lengths on each side. These can be cut down later if they are too long.
  8. Put some baker’s twine through the hole in the sentiment and tie around the tulle. Snip ends.
  9. Tie a length of ribbon around the tulle and tie into a bow.
  10. Add embellishments and stamp “to/from” on the back. I also added liquid pearls as flower centers.
  11. I had intended this to be a wedding tag and I think it would work for that because of the tulle. But I suppose it could be used for a birthday as well. What do you think?

Best Wishes tag PDF

 

 

Stampin’ Up! supplies used:

  • Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies {item #145372}
  • Enamel Shapes {Subtles} {item #141679}

 

 

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Tea Pocket Favors

Hi everyone!

Today’s project is very quick and easy ~ tea pocket favors. They are just a pretty way of packaging up some tea bags. Put one at each setting of a garden/tea party or add a few to a nice mug and wrap in cello for a gift . Plus, you get three favors out of one 12″ x 12″ piece of paper. ∗Please note: I bought individually wrapped Twinings brand tea bags to use for hygienic reasons. There are probably many more brands of individually wrapped tea bags but this is what I found at the local grocery store.

 

You will need: 12″ x 12″ patterned paper, cutting tool of choice, scoring board, bone folder, decorative edge scissors, card stock scrap, stamp/ink, die/punch, adhesive, ribbon.

 

Cut a 12″ x 12″ piece of patterned paper to 3 3/4″ x 9 3/4″. Score at 3 1/4″. Turn and score at 3 1/4″ again.

 

 

Fold on the score lines and crease with a bone folder.

 

 

Lay the paper with the inside facing up and fold the far right flap inwards. Draw a light pencil line from the bottom left corner to the upper right corner. Cut along the line. ∗Please note: Don’t worry if you don’t have decorative edge scissors. A straight line works just fine.

 

 

Add adhesive along the bottom of the cut flap, as shown and press it closed. This is what forms the pocket.

 

 

Add the tea bag to the pocket.

 

 

Fold the cover closed, wrap a ribbon around and tie into a pretty bow. Add a tag and any embellishments.

 

 

 

I hope you enjoyed today’s tutorial. As always, please feel free to share what you create 🙂

 

 

 

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