Christmas in July 2018 ~ Day #3

Hi everyone!

Welcome to Christmas in July! Each Monday during the month of July 2018, 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 cards and gift packaging to home décor. You might even get some gift ideas for the special people on your list. Thank you for joining me!

This week’s project: Twine Ball Ornaments

These twine balls will add simple and rustic beauty to your Christmas tree this season. Or if you don’t want them as hanging ornaments, how about filling up a bowl or basket with them along with some fresh greens and pinecones as a table centerpiece? So pretty! Colored yarn or twine could also be used. A little girls bedroom Christmas tree would look adorable done up in pink or purple sparkly twine balls!

 

 

You will need: white glue {the $ store brand is fine}, water, cornstarch, bowl, spoon, round balloon, plastic wrap, jute twine, glitter {optional}, newspaper/waxed paper {to protect your work surface}, waxed/parchment paper {for drying on}, ribbon/yarn/bakers twine, embellishments {optional}.

 

#1} Place down a sheet of newspaper or waxed paper to protect your work surface. Things can get messy!

#2} Blow up a balloon. I found a nice round shape was achieved by blowing up the balloon larger than it should be and then letting out the air until it was the required size. Tie shut.

#3} Combine 1/2 cup white glue, 1/4 cup water and 1 tbsp. cornstarch in a bowl and mix until very smooth. You don’t want any lumps!

 

 

#4} Wrap the balloon in plastic wrap {this keeps the twine from sticking to the balloon}.

 

 

#5} Cut a length of twine about 12′ long. I found this length of twine worked well for a balloon about 4 in diameter. I know it sounds like a lot of twine but it’s surprising how fast the length gets used up when wrapping it around and around the balloon.

#6} Place twine in the bowl of glue mixture to saturate it well.

 

 

#7} Grasp the one end of the twine and gently pull it through your fingers to squeeze some of the glue mixture out {you want the twine fairly wet but not dripping}. Tie one end of twine around the balloon knot.

 

 

#8} Begin wrapping the twine around the balloon in a random pattern. Be sure to keep the twine taut as you wrap. When you are pleased with how the ball looks, cut the twine and tuck the end under a section of twine. ∗Please note: if you want your twine balls to sparkle, sprinkle now with glitter while the glue is still wet.

 

 

#9} Let the wrapped balloon dry overnight on a piece of waxed/parchment paper. It would likely stick to newspaper. When dry, pop the balloon with a knife or scissors, cut off the knot at the top and pull the deflated balloon and plastic wrap through one of the openings in the twine.

 

 

 

#10} For hanging, add a length of twine, ribbon, yarn or bakers twine looped and tied in a knot or add a ornament hanger.

#11} Any embellishments can be added at this time such as holly sprigs/berries, a ribbon bow or jingle bells just to name a few. It’s up to you how plain or dressed up you want them to be. Your twine ball/balls are now ready for decorating this Christmas season!

 

 

 

I hope you enjoyed this weeks Christmas in July project 🙂

 

 

 

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Erin

The Country Touch

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Email: ctrytch@telus.net

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Christmas in July 2018 ~ Day #2

Hi everyone!

Welcome to Christmas in July! Each Monday during the month of July 2018, 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. Thank you for joining me today 🙂

This week’s project: Hot Chocolate Packet Holder

These hot chocolate packet holders are quick and easy to make. A bunch can be made up in a short time. They would be great for stocking stuffers, a classroom gift exchange or an addition to a gift basket.

 

You will need: card stock, patterned paper {DSP}, cutting tool of choice, scoring board/tool, bone folder, adhesive, stamps, ink pad, die/punch {for cutting out image}, ribbon. ∗Please note: I have also pictured some holders created just with patterned paper.

 

#1} Cut a piece of card stock to 5 1/2″ x 7 3/4″.

#2} Cut a piece of patterned paper {DSP} to 4 1/2″ x 7 3/4″.

 

 

#3} Adhere the DSP to the card stock leaving equal borders on the top and bottom.

 

 

#4} Score through both layers at 1/2″ and 4 1/8″. Fold and crease both score lines with the bone folder.

 

 

#5} Add adhesive along the side and bottom, as shown. Fold and carefully line up the edges. Press to secure.

 

 

#6} Stamp the chosen image/greeting on card stock. Die cut or punch out. If any coloring is needed, it doesn’t really matter if it’s done before or after cutting out. Whichever way you prefer to do it.

#7} Attach the image/greeting to the front of the holder.

#8} Punch a hole at the top of the hot chocolate package. Add the ribbon and place it inside the holder leaving the knot showing.

   

∗Please note: Here are some holders created just with patterned paper.

If you are interested, you can check out these past blog posts for hot chocolate packet holders:
I hope you enjoyed this weeks Christmas in July project 🙂

 

 

 

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Erin

The Country Touch

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Email: ctrytch@telus.net

Christmas in July 2018 ~ Day #1

Hi everyone!

Welcome to Christmas in July! Each Monday during the month of July 2018, 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 cards and gift packaging to home décor. You might even get some gift ideas for the special people on your list. Thank you for joining me today 🙂

This week’s project: Christmas Tiny Tags

One of my favorite holiday projects is making handmade tags. Tags are the finishing touch to top off all those gift packages for the holidays! Or how about wrapping up a set in a clear cello bag tied with a bow as a thoughtful gift. These sweet little tags were created using the Lawn Fawn Tiny Tags Sayings stamp set and Tiny Tags dies {link below}. Of course, you could use any tag/shape die or punch and stamp set.

★ This is the store that I ordered the stamp set and die set from. You can order online or go right into the store which is located in Calgary, Alberta. It is a great place to shop!              https://scrapendipity.orderz.ca/

You will need: kraft card stock {plain or patterned}, Lawn Fawn Tiny Tags Sayings stamp set and Tiny Tags dies, die cutting machine, acrylic block, stamp pads, powder tool/embossing powder/heat tool {optional if you decide to heat emboss the greetings}, twine, scissors, embellishments, adhesive.   ★ Optional: You can also use any color of card stock if you are not fond of kraft.

#1} Die cut the desired number of tags.

 

 

#2} Stamp sentiments on the tags. If you choose to heat emboss, be sure to run a powder tool over the surface before stamping/heat setting.

#3} Stamp “to/from” on the backs.

 

 

#3} Now it’s time to embellish! Die cut holly leaves with “liquid pearl” berries were added to some of the tags. Then stamped snowflakes/swirls with Nuvo Drops accents to the remaining tags before tying on the jute twine hangers. I look forward to including these little tags on Christmas gifts this year.

 

I hope you enjoyed this weeks Christmas in July project 🙂

 

 

 

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See you next Monday for another Christmas in July project!

Erin

The Country Touch

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

Email: ctrytch@telus.net

Christmas in July 2018

Hi everyone!

I wanted to let you know well in advance that it’s almost time again for “Christmas in July”! Each Monday during the month of July 2018, 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 cards and gift packaging to home décor. You may 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 2nd!

Erin

The Country Touch

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Email: ctrytch@telus.net

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas everyone!

I want to wish you all a safe and happy holiday season with your families and friends. It’s hard to believe that it has been almost 3 years since I started this blog. To all of you that have taken the time to read my blog posts and leave comments, thank you so much! I do appreciate it! For the upcoming new year, I have new projects and exciting ideas to share with you. So until then, take care and have a very Merry Christmas. 🙂

 

Until next time,

Erin

The Country Touch

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

Email: ctrytch@telus.net

“Cabin Fever” by Carta Bella

Hi everyone!

I recently purchased some paper crafting supplies from Worldwide Scrapbooking Supplies {link below}. Over the next couple of weeks I am going to share with you some projects using these products. Today I am featuring the new “Cabin Fever” paper collection kit from Carta Bella. The patterns in this collection all have a rustic yet warm and cozy feel to them. There are fun snowmen, pine cones, mittens, snowglobes and plaids. Even forest animals with scarves and hats. I hope you enjoy seeing some of the projects that can be created with this lovely kit.

Here is the link to their website if you are interested in taking a look at any of their products.    http://www.worldwidescrapbookingsupplies.com

 

Gift Tags {packages of 12}

  

 

 

K-Cup Holders {holds 2 K-Cups}

 

 

Card Kit

Merry Christmas ~ this sentiment is heat embossed and matted on Soft Suede card stock. Included are pre-tied twine bows and pearls. I have added a bit of Wink of Stella to the pine trees of the die cut patterned paper.  Soft Suede card bases {cream panels for the inside are included}.

 

 

 

 

These items are available at the Carstairs Artisan Market just in time for the holiday shopping season 🙂

∗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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Until next time,

Erin

The Country Touch

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Email: ctrytch@telus.net

Handmade Holiday 2017 ~ Day #7

Hi everyone!

Welcome to day #7 ~ the final day of this year’s Handmade Holiday series. The holiday season can be such a busy time but it is still nice to create handmade items and add special touches to gifts for family and friends. Each day this week I shared a new idea for creating a quick handmade holiday project. There were tutorials for home décor, gift card holders, recipes, treat holders and more.

 

Day #7 ~ Gift Tag

It’s always fun to add little extras to gift packaging. So today’s handmade holiday project is a rosette gift tag. It can be as plain or as fancy as you like and the “to/from” sentiment can be on the front or back.

 

You will need: a doily, patterned paper, card stock scraps, scoring board, paper trimmer or cutting tool of choice, stamp/ink {for greeting or image}, hot glue gun, yarn or ribbon, hole punch, embellishments.

 

To make a rosette:

#1} Cut a piece of patterned paper to 1 1/2″ x 12″. Place the long side on the scoring tool and score the paper every 1/4″.

 

#2} While folding the score lines, fold the strip of paper like an accordion until you get to the end of the strip.

 

#3} Keep squeezing the folds tightly together as you fold. This will create nice creases on the finished rosette. Adhere the two ends together with hot glue to make a circle, as shown. Be careful!

 

#4} Turn the circle inside out so that the back side of the patterned paper is facing the outside. Push down on the paper folds which naturally causes the rosette shape to form. Holding the shape firmly, add some hot glue to the small center circle making sure to get a little bit in some of the folds. Again, be careful. Keep holding until the glue cools. Your rosette is now ready to turn over and add to the doily with whatever embellishments you have chosen.

 

I added the rosette to the doily then placed a die cut image on top with some rhinestones and glitter. Some ribbon was threaded through a punched hole and tied with silver string and a couple of jingle bells. I stamped “to/from” on some scrap white card stock which was cut out and adhered to the back of the tag.

 

*Hint:

These tags could also be made with the vintage look as well which would be very pretty. Just sponge the doily so that it’s not the bright white color, ink the edges of the rosette and maybe some twine for hanging instead of ribbon. I might have to give that a try 🙂

 

 

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I hope that you enjoyed this years Handmade Holiday series 🙂 Please feel free to share your creations!

Erin

The Country Touch

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

Email: ctrytch@telus.net