Fall Items Are At The Market!

Happy Fall everyone!

I know that it’s not officially fall yet but it’s starting to feel like it just a little bit in the mornings. And there are a few yellow leaves falling here and there. So, I’m popping in today to share with you that my fall products are now available at the Carstairs Artisan Market in Carstairs, Alberta. These items include wreaths, stitcheries, pumpkin pokes, garlands, cards, pillows, place setting card sets, room sprays, soy tart brittle and potpourri. So whether you are searching for a special gift or maybe something for yourself this fall season, you just might find it here! ∗Please note: there will be more blog posts as additional items are added.

∗Plus, did you know that the Carstairs Artisan Market will ship requested products? If you see something you would like to have shipped to you, please do not hesitate to call the market for all the details. Their number is 1-403-337-3363.

 

 

Curly Paper Wreaths {left to right: fall leaves, “scary” Halloween, vintage Halloween}{Approx. 12″ diameter}

∗$19.95 each

      

 

 

“Harvest Blessings” stitchery {outside dimensions of the frame are 9 1/2″ x 12″}

∗$18.95

 

 

Cards {shown are just a few of the available cards, full size}

∗$3.95 each

   

 

 

Homespun and Burlap Rag Garland {6′ long}

∗$19.95

 

 

Fall Table Place Cards {packages of 8}

∗$4.95

 

 

 

Pumpkin Pokes

∗$3.00 each

 

 

Assorted Room Sprays and Tart Brittle {these smell so yummy} 🙂

∗$5.95

Assorted Potpourri

∗$3.95

 

 

 

“SPOOKY” Halloween Mini Album {shown are the cover and 2 out of 5 2-page layouts}

On Sale ~ $22.95

 

 

 

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Tuesday’s Tag #12

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: Autumn Greetings

 

 

Today’s tag is created using a large manila shipping tag however any shaped tag can be used. It would be pretty tied onto a loaf of freshly baked pumpkin spice loaf and given as a gift!

 

You will need: manila shipping tag {2 3/8″ x 4 3/4″ is the size I used}, assorted “fall” ink colors, inking sponges, card stock {assorted colors for greeting, mat and leaves}, cutting tool of choice, leaf embossing folder, greeting stamp/ink, die cutting machine, adhesive, ribbon/twine, leaf cutouts or other embellishments.

 

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

#1} Ink around the outside edges of the tag. I used Autumn Terracotta, Crushed Curry, Olive and Soft Suede inks and lightly blended them.

 

#2} Cut a piece of Olive stock to fit the tag. ∗Please note: if using the same size tag I used, the card stock was cut to 2″ x 4″.  Place in the embossing folder and run through die cutting machine.

#3} Lightly sponge the edges of the embossed piece. Adhere to the tag.

#4} Tie a length of ribbon around the bottom of the Olive embossed card stock and tie a knot. Adhere to the tag closer to the bottom leaving an equal distance on each side and along the bottom.

#5} Stamp greeting on card stock scrap and mat on a darker color. ∗Please note: I heat embossed the greeting but this step is completely optional.

#6} Add embellishments. I die cut some leaves then crumpled them a bit before sponging and adhering them to the tag.  Then adhered the matted greeting on foam adhesive before adding a few pearls.

#7} Insert ribbon/twine through the hole at the top for the hanger.

 

 

Autumn Greetings Tag Printable Project Sheet

 

 

 

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The Country Touch

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Tuesday’s Tutorial #1

Hi everyone!

Welcome to the first “Tuesday’s Tutorial”!  I am adding this to the blog to go along with Tuesday’s Tip,  Technique Tuesday and Tuesday’s Tag just to change things up a bit. I hope you enjoy!

Today’s tutorial: Curly Paper Halloween Wreath

 

 

This style of wreath may look complicated to make but it’s actually very easy ~ I promise! Wreaths are a wonderful way to decorate your own home for any season or occasion.  Or for even giving as a gift 🙂

You will need: assorted coordinating patterned papers, cutting tool of choice, bone folder, styrofoam wreath base, straight pins, embellishments, ribbon for hanging. ∗Please note: if you are unable to find an actual styrofoam wreath base, you can always use a styrofoam disc, which is what I did. Just trace a circle {I used a saucer} in the center of the disc and cut out using a knife. Be careful though!!!

 

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

#1} Cut the patterned paper into 1/2″ strips {each 12″ x 12″ sheet will yield 24 strips}. I used approximately 125 strips for a 10″ wreath. You might be able to use less but I like them nice and full. That way there is no chance of the styrofoam base showing through.

 

#2} Now it’s time to curl the strips. With one hand, hold a strip of paper in the center {no need to measure, just roughly in the center} and use the bone folder {in the other hand} to pull it along the length of the paper strip. Basically the same way you would curl ribbon for a gift topper.

 

 

#3} Turn the paper strip around and repeat step #2 for the other end.  Your strip should now look like this.

 

 

#4} Repeat steps #2 and #3 for all remaining strips of paper. You can have the papers in a pile or sort them into the separate patterns.

 

 

#5}∗Please note: decide how you want to hang your wreath. If you want a loop of ribbon to go around the wreath, add before the wreath is covered. It is easier this way. If all you want is a small hanging loop on the back, that can be added once the wreath is complete.

Begin attaching the strips to the wreath by pushing a pin through the center of the strip and inserting it into the styrofoam wreath base. Don’t poke yourself! Keep alternating the patterns until the wreath is covered and you are happy with how it looks. Be sure the inner circle and the outside are covered as well. You don’t want any of the base peeking through!

 

 

#6} Add embellishments. I embossed a piece of card stock then added some “s c a r y” stickers, corner brads and a few black rhinestones. There you go! Your curly paper wreath is now complete and ready to hang!

 

 

Curly Paper Halloween Wreath Printable Project Sheet

 

 

 

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Erin

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Tuesday’s Tip #27

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’s tip is how to get multiple colors on one stamped image. This involves applying several colors onto the stamp before stamping. The easiest way to do this is by using colored markers. Simply color the different areas of the stamp in the chosen colors. Because coloring a stamp with different markers rather than one ink pad takes more time, be sure to breathe heavily or “huff” on the stamp to moisten and re-activate the ink before stamping on the card stock. You can heat emboss with this technique as well. Just be sure to have the embossing powder ready to apply immediately after stamping as the ink will dry quicker with this method.

   

 

 

 

 

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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Technique Tuesday #38

Hi everyone!

Welcome to this weeks Technique Tuesday which also includes a card making tutorial. 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: WOOD GRAIN PLANKS

 

 

With the fall season coming up, I thought I would share a rustic “autumn greetings” card with you today. This card resembles a barn door and is simple to create using a wood grain background stamp.

You will need: cream/Crumb Cake card stock, wood grain background stamp, greeting stamp, Chocolate Chip ink, inking sponge, scoring board/scoring tool, bone folder, cutting tool of choice, paper piercer/mat, adhesive, tiny leaves, twine, button, brad, enamel dots. Optional {if you want to heat emboss the greeting}: powder tool, embossing powder, heat tool. ∗Please note: the leaves I used were from a package of fall confetti from the dollar store.

 

 

#1} Cut a piece of cream card stock to 4 1/4″ x 11″. Score at 5 1/2″, fold and crease with the bone folder. This is the card base.

#2} Cut a piece of Crumb Cake card stock to 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″. Ink up the wood grain back ground stamp with Chocolate Chip ink and lay the card stock on top. Be sure to apply pressure with your fingers over the entire stamp to get a nice stamped image.

 

 

#3} With the scoring board/scoring tool, score on the lines of the wood grain panel. Sponge the edges if desired. Sponging gives it a more rustic look.

#4} Cut a piece of Crumb Cake card stock to 3″ x 5 1/2″ and stamp the wood grain again. Cut on the lines to make separate “planks”. Sponge the edges if desired.

 

 

#5} Adhere 3 planks to the front of the panel as shown.

 

 

#6} Add an enamel dot to the end of each horizontal plank to look like nails. Pierce a hole in the center of the top horizontal plank and add a brad. Adhere the panel to the front of the card base.

#7} Cut a piece of cream card stock to 2″ x 3″ and stamp the greeting. Heat emboss if desired. Pierce a hole in each corner, thread through the twine and knot on the front as shown. Add leaves and a button with a twine bow below the greeting. The sign is now ready to hang. Add a few foam dots to the back and place the twine hanger over the brad. We’ve now made our first fall project! 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

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Framed Chalk Board Tutorial

Hi everyone!

Today’s project is a DIY framed chalk board. Chalk boards can be used for more than just the classroom. You can use a chalkboard to write to-do lists, weekly menus, shopping lists and inspirational quotes. Plus, they can be as large or as small as you want. So, if you have a picture frame that you’re not using or want to pick one up at a dollar store or thrift store, you can easily turn it into a useful chalkboard for any where in your home.

You will need: picture frame {glass removed}, chalk board sheet or chalk board paint, card stock, cutting tool of choice, adhesive, sand paper/paint/soft cloth/brush {optional if painting the frame}. ∗Please note: chalk board paint is also available. I have seen it at Home Depot and some local dollar stores also carry it. I haven’t used this product but the instructions for it are on the containers.

#1} Carefully remove the backing and the glass from the frame. If you have chosen to paint the frame, sand the surface and wipe off the dust with a cloth {cheesecloth works great for this} before painting.

#2} Cut a piece of card stock to fit on the frame backing. Cut the chalk board sheet the same size as the card stock.

 

 

#3} Adhere the chalk board sheet to the card stock. The chalk board sheets that I bought were self adhesive. If not self adhesive, be sure to use a dry glue such as double sided tape or tape runner instead of liquid glue which could cause the chalk board sheet to bubble.

#4} Adhere the chalk board panel to the frame backing. I just used a glue dot in each corner. This is to keep it from shifting in the frame but can easily be removed from the frame backing later on if necessary.

 

 

#5} Replace the backing in the frame and you’re done! You’re chalkboard is ready for all sorts of writing 🙂  When you’re ready to write something new, simply wipe off the chalk with a soft cloth.

 

 

 

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“Friendly Forest” Rag Quilt

Hi everyone!

Here is a new rag quilt made with SPX Fabrics “Friendly Forest” collection. The fun pink, turquoise, kiwi and white will add a pop of color to baby’s nursery. It measures 30″ x 40″.

This quilts has three layers ~ a top, batting and a backing. It is made using 100% cotton fabrics and Hobbs Heirloom Premium batting. The quilt is made of the layered squares sewn together with the raw edges sticking out which are then closely clipped. The quilt is washed and dried to create the signature ragging. It will continue to get softer and cuddlier with each washing 🙂

Now available at the Carstairs Artisan Market.

 

 

 

 

 

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