Christmas in July 2017

Hi everyone!

It’s that time of year again ~ time for “Christmas in July”! Each Monday during the month of July 2017, there will be a post with a Christmas project designed to help you get a head start on the busy upcoming holiday season. There will be a variety of items ~ from gift packaging to home décor. You might even get some gift ideas for the special people on your list. I hope that you will join me!

 

 

 

 

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See you on Monday, July 3rd!

Erin

The Country Touch

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Email: ctrytch@telus.net

 

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Technique Tuesday #36

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: DRY EMBOSSED MULTI COLOR BACKGROUND

Today I want to share how to create a fun and colorful background just perfect for birthday cards 🙂

 

You will need: assorted colors of card stock, copy paper {for layering the card stock}, adhesive, embossing folder, die cutting machine {for the embossing}.

 

 

 

Since I wanted the embossed background piece to be just a tiny bit smaller than the card front, I cut the copy paper to 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″. This will allow for a 1/8″ border around the background panel on a A2 size card. The card stock strips were cut to 1 1/16″ x 4 1/4″ {the little bit of extra length gets cut off}.

The adhesive can be applied to either the card stock strips or to the copy paper. Either way works fine. It doesn’t matter if you start with the top or the bottom strip ~ just be sure to get it very straight. Continue placing the remaining strips right up against each other with no gaps or overlay. Turn over and trip the excess card stock ends.

 

 

 

Place the layered panel in the embossing folder and run it through the die cutting machine. It’s now ready to turn into a card!

 

 

 

 

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

Crinkled Seam Binding

Hi everyone!

Today I want to show you how to create your own crinkled seam binding. Smooth, flat ribbons are pretty of course but this crinkled version adds a fun texture to your paper crafting, wreaths or even sewing projects. Also, soaking the seam binding in a tea solution before scrunching will give it a nice vintage look if that is what you are looking for.

 

You will need: seam binding, scissors, spray bottle with water, baggie, craft sheet {or anything waterproof to do the spraying on. Even a sink will do}.

 

Cut a length of seam binding {a metre or so is a good amount to work with}.
Dampen lightly by spraying it with water (be sure that it is not too wet).
Scrunch up the seam binding into a ball.
 Stuff it into the corner of the baggie and tie the baggie shut.
 Let it dry over night and in the morning take the seam binding out of the baggie. Now, fluff up the seam binding and let it finish drying if it is still a wee bit damp.
Now your crinkled seam binding is ready to embellish all sorts of projects 🙂
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial.

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Erin

The Country Touch

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Email: ctrytch@telus.net

Sweet Day Card Kit

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Anyone can make handmade cards ~ sometimes you just need a little help with the supplies. This kit comes 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.

 

Sweet Day ~Summer is here! So, I am sharing a card kit made with the fun Cool Treats stamp set and Frozen Treats framelits from Stampin’ Up! A brushing of Wink of Stella glitter gives the popsicles a frosty look! The cards in this kit aren’t for any occasion in particular. But one would be cute to send to someone to let them them know you are thinking of them and are wishing them a day as sweet as they are! 🙂

 

 

This kit is available at the Carstairs Artisan Market as well as on The Country Touch website.

 

 

 

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The Country Touch

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Email: ctrytch@telus.net

Tuesday’s Tip #25

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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.

If you have ever purchased dies or framelits that come adhered to a backing sheet, then you know how tricky they can be to remove with out damaging them. Some dies are very delicate and will bend easily if pulled too hard. They really stick to that adhesive!! Today I want to share with you how to safely get them off of the adhesive strips just by using a heat tool.

Pre-heat the heat tool. Then, holding the heat tool a few inches away from the dies, move it around for 10 seconds or so. This will loosen the “sticky” making the dies easy to remove. ∗Please note: be very careful when first attempting to remove the dies. If they are too hot, wait a few seconds for them to cool and try again.

 

 

 

If you are interested, check out this post for storing dies. I have found storing the dies on magnetic sheets inside their plastic packaging to be very handy and am transitioning them all to this method. Feel free to share if you have any die storage tips!

https://thecountrytouch.wordpress.com/2017/01/03/tuesdays-tip-17-2/

 

 

 

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

Tuesday’s Tag #9

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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: Thank You {ideal for a teacher}

 

You will need: card stock {black and kraft}, “thank you” and “to/from”stamps, white ink, powder tool, dies or cutting tool of choice, small hole punch, ribbon/twine, any extra embellishments. ∗Please note: the card stock cutting measurements are based on the die I used for cutting the black card stock but this tag can be whatever size you want to make it.

 

∗Please note: you may click on the link below for a printable project sheet.

1} Cut the black card stock to measure  2 1/4″ x 3 1/2″.

2} Cut the kraft card stock to measure 2 1/2″ x 3 3/4″.

3} Adhere the black card stock to the kraft leaving equal borders on all four sides.

4} Using the powder tool, rub it over the black card stock to resemble a chalk board.

 

5} Stamp your chosen images on the front and “to/from” on the back.

6} I added a punched card stock apple in one corner and covered it with Glossy Accents.

7} Punch a small hole in the top left corner for threading through the hanger.

 

 

 

Thank You Tag Printable Project Sheet

 

 

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Erin

The Country Touch

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Email: ctrytch@telus.net

Technique Tuesday #35

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: RIBBON BACKGROUND

This is another fun technique that creates a unique background with a product we typically associate with bows ~ ribbon! By stacking different colors and widths of ribbon, you can really add some fun interest to your paper crafting project. This is also a great way to use up little bits of ribbon such as the snipped ends of bows and knots. Now those leftover pieces won’t go to waste and that’s a good thing! 🙂

 

You will need: card stock panel, ribbon, adhesive {tape runner or double sided tape work well for this technique}, cutting tool of choice.

 

You can either cover an entire panel with ribbon as your background or just do a small portion that will peek through an opening, which is how I did mine. I laid the die for the opening onto the panel and made some pencil marks so I knew how far the ribbon had to go.

 

 

 

Simply layer your ribbon strips onto the card stock panel in the order you like. ∗Please note: I drew a faint pencil line in the middle of the card stock panel for the first piece of ribbon to match up with. This helps to keep everything straight.

I tried the adhesive two ways: #1}covering the card stock panel with lines of tape runner and #2}adding the tape runner to each piece of ribbon individually, which is the way I preferred. But you do whichever method works best for you.

 

 

Once all the ribbon is adhered, trim off any excess from around the edges {if there is any} and the ribbon background panel is ready for a project!

I used the Cool Treats stamp set/Frozen Treats thinlet dies for this card. They are fun products to use for any paper crafting project, especially during the summer 🙂 On the ice cream cone, a bit of Wink of Stella was added to the ice cream scoop for shimmer and some Glossy Accents to the cherry for shine. I popped it up on dimensional adhesive and adhered it to the ribbon panel inside the cut out window. A embossed layered sentiment plus a few enamel shapes and the card is done!

 

∗Stampin’ Up! supplies used:

  • Cool Treats stamp set {photopolymer} {item #142982 ~ page 82 annual catalogue}
  • Frozen Treats Framelits Dies  {item #142756 ~ page 213 annual catalogue}  
  • Pool Party card stock {item # 122924 ~ page 186 annual catalogue}
  • Enamel Shapes {Subtles}  {item  #141679 ~ page 196 annul catalogue}

 

If you enjoyed this project and would like to see more created with this stamp set/dies, please leave a comment at the end of this post or send me an email and we’ll make some more! 🙂

 

 

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