Christmas in July 2017 ~ Day #5

Hi everyone!

Welcome to the last day of Christmas in July! Each Monday during the month of July 2017, there has been a post with a Christmas project designed to help you get a head start on the busy upcoming holiday season. There were a variety of items ~ from gift packaging to home décor. I hope that you were able to get some gift ideas for the special people on your list. Thank you for joining me 🙂

This week’s project: Snowman Tea Light with Window Box

How fun to remove the ribbon and tag only to find a smiling snowman peeking through the window! These are great for teacher/co-worker gifts and stocking stuffers.

    

 

 

You will need: battery operated tea light, orange Sharpie {if you want the nose colored}, card stock, patterned paper, window sheet, oval punches/dies{hat}, 2″ square punch/die{window}, 1 1/4″ circle punch/die}face}, small circle punch{pompom}, scissors, adhesive, small/medium black pearls, thick yarn for his scarf, shredded crinkle paper{box lining}. ∗Please note: if you don’t have any black pearls, white or cream ones can be colored with a black Sharpie.

 

 

 To create the snowman~

Measure the diameter of the top of the candle. Cut or punch a circle the same size. Cut or punch a circle in the center to fit over the flame. ∗Please note: I did not have a punch or die that would cut directly in the center so I had to use the next best thing which was a flower shape. It’s not perfect but it works okay. This step is not necessary. It just gives a more finished look.

Color the candle flame with an orange Sharpie. The nose lights up a yellowish orange but is white when off. It looks kind of nice if his nose is orange even when he’s not on.

   

 

 

Using two different sized oval dies or punches ~ cut out a hat from the solid card stock with the larger die and a brim from the patterned paper with the smaller one. Cut a small circle for the pompom.

  

 

 

Adhere the brim to the hat and mark the center. This will be a guide for punch to shape the hat. Line up the mark with the punch, as shown, and punch. Trim the hat to your liking and add the pompom to the top.

 

   

 

 

Adhere the hat, the eyes and mouth. Then tie on his scarf. Isn’t he cute?

 

 

 

Now let’s make the box!

#1} Box ~ cut card stock to 6 15/16″ x 6 15/16″ and score at 2″on all four sides.

#2} Lid ~ cut card stock to 6″ x 6″ score at 1 1/2″ on all four sides.

 

 

#3} Fold on the score lines and crease with the bone folder.

#4} Starting on one side of the base, cut on the score line of a corner square up to the 2″ score line. Miter each side of the cut square as shown. The mitering makes for cleaner looking folded corners. Turn and repeat. Turn and repeat. Turn and repeat. This is what the base should now look like.

   

 

 

#5} Repeat step #4 for the lid. Cut a 3″ x 3″ piece of patterned paper and it adhere it to the middle of the lid. Cut a square in the center of the lid.

 

 

#6} Adhere the window sheet over the square opening on the inside.

 

 

#7} Apply adhesive to the four tabs of the box. Fold corners to form box as shown.

  

 

 

#8} Cut four pieces of patterned paper 1 1/4″ x 3″. Adhere to sides of the lid. Apply adhesive to the four tabs.

 

 

#9} Place the box inside the lid and fold the corners to form the lid. By folding the corners of the lid around the box, you get a nice fitting lid ~ not too snug or too loose. Place a bit of shredded crinkle paper in the box and add the snowman tea light ~the paper keeps him from sliding around inside the box.

 

 

#10} Add any embellishments. I added a few rhinestones to the lid and that’s it! An adorable snowman tea light and box set 🙂

 

 

 

Hints:

A magnet could be glued to the back for him to be used as a fridge magnet.

Add some ribbon or twine to hang him as a tree ornament or package topper.

Or maybe add a safety pin on the back side to turn him into a brooch.

 

 

 

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Thank you so much for joining me for this years “Christmas in July”. I hope that you have been inspired with some ideas for this upcoming holiday season! 🙂

Erin

The Country Touch

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Email: ctrytch@telus.net

Christmas in July 2017 ~ Day #4

Hi everyone!

Welcome to 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. Thank you for joining me today 🙂

This week’s project: Gift Bag Set {with stamped panel and matching tag}

These gift bag sets are fun and easy to make. I made mine with a vintage look but you could certainly go for brighter colors and skip the sponging if you like. ∗Please note: the stamps I used are just an example. Any stamp sets can be used.

You will need: gift bag, card stock {for the tag, stamped panel and layering}, tag punch/die or cutting tool of choice, hole punch, copy paper {for masking}, stamps, ink, sponge, powder tool, embossing powder, heat tool, adhesive, ribbon/twine, embellishments.

#1} Cut the card stock for stamping to the desired size ~ this will depend on the size of the bag. Cut the layering card stock 1/8″ bigger all the way around.

#2} Cut a tag shape with a punch/die or hand cut. Cut the layering card stock tag shape 1/8″ bigger all the way around.

#3} Measure the focal stamp you are using and cut a piece of card stock or copy paper to use as a mask. Hold this piece firmly in the center of the stamping card stock and sponge the edges.  Sponge the tag edges as well.

 

#4} Stamp the focal image in the masked area and also on the tag.

 

 

#5} If you are going to do any heat embossing, rub the powder tool over the areas to be heat embossed {I heat embossed the trees using sparkle embossing powder}. Stamp, sprinkle on the embossing powder and set with the heat tool.

#6} Attach the panel and tag to the layering card stock pieces with adhesive. If desired, stamp “to/from” on the back side of the tag. Punch hole at the top of the tag.

#7} Adhere the layered panel to the front of the gift bag, thread ribbon or twine through the hole of the tag and fasten to the bag. I used a clothespin for this but it could also just be tied onto the bag handles. Add any embellishments. I added some “berries” with Stickles to the pine boughs at the top of the panel and tag.

#8} Add the gift, tuck in some coordinating tissue paper and tie the bag handles shut with a length of ribbon. There you go! A pretty gift for a lucky person to receive 🙂

 

 

 

 

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Erin

The Country Touch

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Email: ctrytch@telus.net

Christmas in July 2017 ~ Day #3

Hi everyone!

Welcome to 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. Thank you for joining me today 🙂

This week’s project: Pinecone Wreath

A wreath is such an easy way to brighten up a front door, fireplace mantle, entry way mirror or any other spot that needs a cozy holiday touch. You can even get the kids involved by going pinecone hunting then upcycling those pinecones into a wreath. ∗Please note: I would advise letting the pinecones sit in a single layer {for example, on a tray or cookie sheet} in the garage or shed for a while before bringing them into the house. This will reduce the likelihood of little crawlies coming into your home. It also ensures the cones are thoroughly dry.

You will need: wreath form {∗Please note: this can be a Styrofoam, wire form or a circle of flat cardboard with a circle cut out of the center, like I did for mine}, pinecones, hot glue gun/glue sticks, silicone mat or paper to protect your work surface, ribbon, glitter/embellishments{optional}.

∗Please note: glue guns get extremely hot! Please take care when using one to avoid burning yourself and it’s recommended  to keep them away from children.

 

 

Starting around the edge of the inside circle, place and hot glue the pinecones. Then gradually work your way around and out towards the outside of the base. Fill in empty spaces as needed. The wreath can be as deep as you want it to be. The main thing is to make sure that there are no empty spots where the base will show through.

  

 

 

Once you are satisfied with the pinecone placements, check the entire wreath for glue “strings” {those pesky fibers of glue that seem to stretch from one spot to another}. Now it’s time to decorate. The wreath can be as simple or as fancy as you want it to be. This one is pretty simple as I just added some faux berries, a burlap bow and some sheer ribbon for hanging. I am considering tucking some fresh evergreen sprigs into it closer to Christmas as I think the green would look nice with the berries. What do you think? 🙂

 

 

 

 

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See you next Monday for another Christmas in July project!

Erin

The Country Touch

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Email: ctrytch@telus.net

Christmas in July 2017 ~ Day #2

Hi everyone!

Welcome to 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. Thank you for joining me today 🙂

This week’s project: Bookmark Card

Today’s project is perfect for the book lover on your Christmas list. A pretty bookmark is tucked into a front pocket of the Christmas card. Add a gift card for their favorite book store and you’ve got a great gift that they will love!

You will need: card stock, patterned paper, cutting tool of choice, tag punch/die, hillside die {this curved shape can also be cut with scissors}, die cutting machine, embossing folder, adhesive, ribbon/twine, sentiment stamp/ink, embellishments, hole punch, scoring board and bone folder {this helps in creating a nice card fold but is not necessary}, embellishments.

 

#1} Cut a 4 1/4″ x 11″ piece of card stock for the card base. Score at 5 1/2″. Fold and crease with the bone folder {I used Cherry Cobbler}.

#2} Cut a piece of white card stock to measure 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″. Run through the embossing folder.

#3} Cut a piece of white card stock to measure 4 1/8″ x 2 1/4″ but it’s up to you how tall you want your snowbank/hill to be. Cut with the hillside die or with scissors. You can always cut it down if you like.

#4} Add adhesive along the bottom and sides of the snowbank and adhere to the embossed panel. This is the pocket to hold the bookmark. Adhere this panel to the card base leaving equal borders on all four sides.

#5} Cut 1 each of card stock and patterned paper to measure 2″ x 5 1/4″. Adhere the patterned paper to the card stock. Punch/die cut/hand cut the top of the tag.

#6} Punch a hole at the top of the tag for the ribbon/twine.

#7} Now it’s time to decorate! I added another snowbank to the bookmark, a deer embellishment {with a tiny red nose of course} and “merry Christmas”. Then stamped a greeting on Crumb Cake card stock and added it to the card front with foam dots. A little bit of glue and some Dazzling Diamonds glitter along each edge of the snowbanks and some on the snowflake embossed panel and the card is complete. ∗Please note: because I used a dark color of card stock for the card base, I cut a 4″ x 5 1/4″piece of white card stock and adhered it to the inside of the card for writing the message on.

 

 

 

 

I hope you enjoyed today’s Christmas in July project 🙂

 

 

 

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Erin

The Country Touch

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Email: ctrytch@telus.net

Christmas in July 2017 ~ Day #1

Hi everyone!

Welcome to 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. Thank you for joining me today 🙂

This week’s project: Snowman Soup

This snowman soup recipe is wonderful for cold winter nights curled up by the fire. It also makes a fun stocking stuffer, secret Santa gift or office exchange gift. It’s easy enough for children to make for Grandpa and Grandma or their friends. Or how cute to place one on each persons plate as a table favor for Christmas dinner!

Snowman soup, if you have never heard of it, is packaging together a hot cocoa mix, mini marshmallows, a candy cane and perhaps some Hershey Kisses with the traditional poem. It can be wrapped up in a mug, jar or clear cello bag but today we are going to make a little box with a belly band to hold everything.

You will need: a 12″ x 6″ piece of patterned paper, 1″ x 11″ strip of coordinating card stock {for the belly band closure}, scoring board/scoring tool, bone folder, adhesive, copy paper/card stock for poem, package of hot cocoa mix, mini marshmallows, candy cane, Hershey kisses {optional}.

Score at 1″ on both of the long sides. Turn and score at 1″ and 5 1/2″. Turn and repeat on the other end. This is what it will look like.

 

 

 

Fold on all of the score lines and crease with the bone folder. Cut up to the 1″ score line along each long side and then slightly angle the edge of each tab as shown.

 

 

 

Add adhesive the each tab.

 

 

 

Fold in the sides and one end to adhere. Repeat on the other end.

   

 

 

 

The box is now ready to fold and close, as shown.

  

 

 

 

Now it’s time to make the belly band. Center the box upside down on the card stock strip.

 

 

 

Gently fold up each end against the box sides. This will make a slight crease. Then fold again so that the ends overlap creating another crease. Now remove the belly band and use the bone folder to go over the folds/creases. Add adhesive the one end of the band and stick ends together.

   

 

 

 

Now it’s time to decorate the belly band. I stamped a greeting/images on a die cut piece of card stock then layered it on a gold foil doily before attaching it to the belly band. But you can add a tag, a little sprig of garland, a bow or even a small card. Whatever embellishment you add to the band, be sure that the adhesive only sticks to the band or else the recipient will not be able to slide the band off and back on.

Slide off the belly band, open the box and add the Snowman Soup ingredients. A little tissue or shredded paper can be placed in the bottom of the box if desired. Either hand write or print off the poem/snowballs label below {PDF included} and cut them out. Adhere the poem inside the lid and add the label to the package of marshmallows. Once you’ve got everything in the box just right, close it up. Then slide the belly band back on and it’s all ready!

  

 

 

 

 

Snowman Soup PDF

Snowman Soup

Was told you’ve been real good this year.
Always glad to hear it!
With freezing weather drawing near,
You’ll need to warm the spirit.

So here’s a little Snowman Soup
Complete with stirring stick.
Add hot water, sip it slow.
It’s sure to do the trick!

 

I hope you enjoyed today’s Christmas in July project 🙂

 

 

 

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Erin

The Country Touch

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Email: ctrytch@telus.net

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

 

Merry Christmas!

Hi everyone!

On this snowy Christmas eve, I wanted to take a moment to thank all of you that are readers and supporters of this blog. Thank you for taking the time to read the posts and for leaving such kind comments. I wish each of you a very Merry Christmas with family and friends. I have a lot to share with you in the upcoming new year that I hope you will enjoy. So, until then, have a safe and happy holiday season.

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Until next time,

Erin

The Country Touch

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Email: ctrytch@telus.net