K-Cup Holder

Hi everyone!

Keurig coffee machines have been very popular for some time and many people have one. There are so many varieties of tasty hot drinks to choose from ~ coffees, teas and even hot chocolate. Today I’m sharing how to create a holder that holds two K-Cups. What a great little gift to give to a Keurig fan! Or how about bringing one for each person at a Christmas cookie exchange party?

You will need: one 8 1/2″ x 11″ sheet of card stock, patterned paper, scrap card stock or copy paper, scoring board/tool, bone folder, 1 3/4″ circle punch/die {for the K-Cups}, oval or label punch/die {for the handle}, corner rounder {optional}, adhesive {for strength double sided tape works best for this}, scissors, embellishments and two Keurig K-Cups.

 

Place the card stock on the scoring board with the 8 1/2″ edge at the top. Score at 2″ and 6 1/2″.

 

 

Turn the card stock so the 11″ side is at the top. Score at 4″, 6 1/4″, 8 1/4″ and 10 1/2″.

 

 

Cut off the four corner rectangles. There should be two small rectangles and two larger ones.

 

 

Cut the two score lines on each side to create the flaps. Angle cut the two middle flaps ~ this makes the folding look much neater. It should now look like this.

 

 

Fold the score lines and crease with the bone folder.

Punch or die cut two of the circles from the scrap card stock or copy paper ~ these make it easier to create the holes for the K-Cups. Add a bit of adhesive on the backs and center them on the rectangle right next to the 1/2″ flap. Punch/die cut through the card stock. Add strips of adhesive on the flaps as shown.

 

 

On the large section, round the top two corners. This step is optional but it gives the finished project a bit of a softer look. Cut two pieces of patterned paper. One 4 3/8″ x 2″ and the other 4 3/8″ x 1 7/8″. On the 4 3/8″ x 2″ piece, round two of the ends on one side. Then adhere to the large section {where the corners have been rounded}. Center the oval or label punch/die and cut through both layers to form the carrying handle.

  

 

 

Turn the holder over and attach the other piece of patterned paper to the section right beside the two cut out K-Cup holes.

 

 

Now to assemble! On each end, fold in the flap that was angle cut, then fold up the bottom flap, remove the adhesive backing from the top flap, fold down to adhere. *Please note: be sure to line up the edges nicely before pressing down the adhesive. Remove the backing from the narrow fold, line up the ends and fold down to adhere. You’ve got your K-Cup holder!

All that’s left to do is embellish. I added a strip of ribbon across the front panel and tucked the ends into the folds then tied a small length around the handle. A few tiny rhinestones were added to the stamped/matted greeting before attaching over the ribbon.

Hint: make two identical holders, add strong adhesive to the back of one and join them together back to back to make a 4 K-Cup holder.

 

I plan on making a bunch of these holders packaged in cello bags tied with ribbon and tags for the market and gifts. 🙂

 

 

 

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Erin

The Country Touch

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Email: ctrytch@telus.net

 

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Technique Tuesday #41

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: PUNCHED BACKGROUNDS

Did you know that the shapes from punches can be used for not only embellishing but as a way to create unique backgrounds? It’s as simple as punching a bunch of the same shape and adhering them to a panel. The result? A quick and easy background with a bit of dimension.

You will need: card stock {enough for the background panel}, patterned paper, die or punch, die cutting machine if using a die, adhesive, scissors.

#1} Begin by cutting the background panel. This is what the punched shapes will be attached to. I cut mine to measure 4″ x 5 1/2″ as I was planning on layering it onto a slightly larger mat before adhering to the card base.

#2} Die cut or punch the chosen shapes from the patterned paper. You can also use card stock for the shapes. Roughly place them on the background to achieve the amount needed.

  

 

 

When you think you have enough, place them where they will be staying. Don’t stress about them being perfect ~ chances are some will go off of the background and will need to be trimmed. I found that changing up the rows looked a bit better than them all being the same.

 

 

Once you are happy with the placement, adhere them down with the adhesive and then trim off the extra overhanging bits {if any} from the edges. The punched background is now ready to use for your project! Wasn’t that easy?

 

 

 

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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The Country Touch

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Candy Cane Holders

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Today I’m sharing a quick and easy Christmas treat holder. These would be perfect for stocking stuffers. Or how about getting the kids involved with creating them for classroom gift exchanges? *Hint: If you were making a bunch of these, they would go together really fast done assembly line style.

 

 

You will need: 6″ square piece of patterned paper, envelope punch board, bone folder, adhesive, ribbon, embellishments, 2 candy canes.

#1} Line up the first edge at the 2 1/2″ mark on the envelope punch board. Punch and score. Turn the paper to the next side, line up the score line with the guide, punch and score. Repeat this step for the third side. On the fourth side, punch but do not score {this is what creates the top part}.

 

 

#2} Fold the three score lines and lightly crease with the bone folder.

#3} Add adhesive along the inside of the left triangle. Fold up the bottom, the right side and then the left side pressing to adhere. You’ve now got your candy cane holder. All that’s left is to embellish it and add the two candy canes which have been tied together with the ribbon. Please note: I put a glue dot on the back of the ribbon to ensure the candy canes are held securely in the holder. For this example, I added a stamped/embossed/matted greeting to the front and a few metal colored dots.

 

 

 

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The Country Touch

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Email: ctrytch@telus.net

 

Christmas Card Kits

Hi everyone!

Anyone can make handmade cards ~ sometimes you just need a little help with the supplies. So, I have created card kits with everything you need to create your own handmade Christmas cards. 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.

 

Thinking Of You At Christmas ~ a pretty sparkly pine tree is the focal image of this card and is placed on top of an embossed card stock and patterned paper panel. Also included are the ribbon, pine boughs, the matted greetings and pearls. The colors are Cherry Cobbler, Garden Green and Cream. Cream card bases.

 

 

 

 

A Very Merry Christmas ~ a sparkly snowflake hangs from embossed pine boughs on the front of this card. Included are the die cut glitter snowflakes, pre-tied ribbon bows and rhinestones/pearls. The colors are Soft Sky, Smoky Slate and White. Soft Sky card bases.

 

 

 

 

Most Wonderful Time ~ this sentiment is heat embossed and matted on red card stock before being tied with red/white bakers twine. Included is ribbon, rhinestones and enough twine to make the bows. The colors are traditional red and green. Red card bases.

 

 

 

 

A Bears Merry Christmas ~ papa bear and his cub are all set for Christmas with their tree. The background is embossed woodlands with a glittery snow bank. The bears, tree and layered greeting complete the design. The colors are red and white with brown bears. White card bases.

 

 

 

 

These kits are available at the Carstairs Artisan Market.

∗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.

 

 

 

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The Country Touch

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Email: ctrytch@telus.net

Tuesday’s Tip #30

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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.

Today’s tip is how to decide whether or not to purchase a specific stamp/die set. Have you ever been undecided on buying a certain crafting product? It may be a stamp set, paper pad or embossing folder. Perhaps you’ve found it online or you’re looking through a brand new Stampin’ Up! catalogue. The choices can almost seem a bit overwhelming at times. After all, we want to make smart decisions when it comes to our purchases and not buy something that’s just going to get put in a drawer or cupboard and forgotten about.

For example, before I buy a certain stamp set, I try to figure out some different projects that could be created with it. If I can’t do that, then I most likely won’t buy it. I was in Michaels on the weekend in the stamping aisle and came across a Tim Holtz stamp set with coordinating dies. I even had a 55% off coupon which would have made it a great deal. But I just knew it wasn’t going to be a set that I would use often so it stayed at the store! Another useful tool for making decisions is the internet. Check out Google images or Pinterest for projects made with certain products. If you find many of the shown projects appeal to you, then this product might possibly be worth considering for purchase.

I hope you found this weeks tip helpful for making future crafting purchases. As always, please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

 

 

 

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The Country Touch

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Email: ctrytch@telus.net

 

Christmas Card Envelopes

Hi everyone!

We are now into November which means for some that it’s time to start thinking about the holidays. Today I want to share with you some fun ways to dress up the envelopes of your Christmas cards. Of course, these techniques could be applied to any envelope for any occasion. There’s no reason we can’t make the envelope just as pretty as the card on the inside 🙂

#1} Embossed flap ~ this is by far the quickest technique of them all. Simply place the envelope flap in an embossing folder and run through your Big Shot or Cuttlebug.

 

 

#2} Stamp/heat emboss front and back ~ as with all heat embossing, be sure to use a powder tool over the area to be embossed. Stamp the image with VersaMark ink and sprinkle on chosen color of embossing powder. Heat set. I stamped the snowflake image from the front of the envelope to the back by opening the envelope, laying it flat and stamping over the fold so that both the front and back have some design.

 

 

 

#3} Decorative edge with double layer ~ this adds a nice contrast on the flap. Use a decorative border die or punch as close to the edge of the flap as possible. Cut another strip of solid card stock or DSP with the same die/punch. Add adhesive to this piece and place it so just a bit of it peeks out under the flap.

 

 

#4} DSP on outside of the flap ~ cut a piece of DSP {patterned paper} about 1/4″ longer and wider than the envelope flap. Apply adhesive to the outside edges of the flap and a bit in the center. Line up the top of the DSP with the flap fold, smooth and press. Carefully trim off the excess with scissors. If patterned paper was used on the card, perhaps use the same paper for the dressing up the flap.

 

 

∗Please note: if you are hand delivering a card or are adding it inside a mailed package, you can go all out by decorating the front and back of the envelope. You can add tags, buttons, stickers, ribbons and bows 🙂

 

 

 

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The Country Touch

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Email:        ctrytch@telus.net

Winter and Christmas Items Are Now Available

Happy November!

I’m popping in today to share with you that my winter and Christmas products are now available at The Carstairs Artisan Market in Carstairs, Alberta! These items include wreaths, gift tags, ornaments, cards {singles, boxed sets and kits}, table runners, gift baskets, albums, gift bag kits, room sprays/tart brittle and more. I have included pictures of just some of the available items. So whether you are searching for that special gift or maybe something for yourself, you might find it here! As well, some items are available on “The Country Touch” website. ∗Please note: if you would like additional details or information on anything you see here or at the store, please do not hesitate to contact me 🙂

∗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.

 

 

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Gift Baskets

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Christmas Card Kits {6 cards} {shown is one the available styles}

   

 

 

Bird Seed Mason Jars

 

 

Hot Chocolate Packets and Tea Pockets

 

 

Gift Bag Kits

 

 

Christmas Chocolate Favors

 

 

Curly Paper Wreaths

Picture #1  “This Christmas” {14″}~ colors: Cherry Cobbler, Garden Green and Very Vanilla.

 

Picture #2  “Winter Frost” {12″}~ colors: Bermuda Bay, Coastal Cabana, Island Indigo, Pool Party, Smoky Slate, Whisper White. ∗{only 1 available}

 

 

Framed Samplers

 

 

 

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The Country Touch

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