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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Until next time,

Erin

The Country Touch

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Candy Cane Holders

Hi everyone!

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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Erin

The Country Touch

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Tuesday’s Tutorial #4


Hi everyone!

Welcome to “Tuesday’s Tutorial”!  I added 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 I am sharing a quick and easy way to make your own embossing buddy and save some money! These handy little tools can also be called an anti-static bag or powder tool. Whatever you want to call it, this is a must have item for heat embossing. It takes the static and oil from your fingers out of the paper. So when you sprinkle on the embossing powder, it doesn’t stick to any areas that are not being stamped/embossed. If you don’t already have one of these, then making your own will be a money saver since you can use a few things you might already have in your home. Plus, it’s a great way to use up a sock that no longer has it’s matching one! 🙂

You will need: anklet sock, small glass {for holding the sock open while filling}, baby powder or corn starch, scissors, lidded container or sealing bag {for storing the embossing buddy}.

 

Stretch the sock over the cup so that the toe of the sock is on the bottom of the glass. Gently squeeze the baby powder container or scoop the corn starch down into the sock close to the bottom. A few good squeezes or scoops should be sufficient.

    

 

 

Tie a tight knot in the sock just above the level of the powder. Then cut off the excess sock ~ this scrap is great to use to clean up any spilled powder. The little bit of remaining sock and the knot makes it easy to hold onto when using. Any excess powder left on the card stock after embossing is easily wiped away with a soft dry cloth.

   

 

 

 

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial 🙂

 

 

 

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Erin

The Country Touch

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Covered Notepad

Hi everyone!

The Christmas and holiday season is quickly approaching! There is always so much to do, organize and remember. So, how about creating this handy little notepad to help you out. It is quick and easy to put together and can hold your decorating ideas, menus, gift giving ideas, baking, grocery lists and much more. Of course, the notepad left plain would work just fine but it’s always nice to pretty things up just a bit 🙂  Add a pen and the set would make a much appreciated gift for the holiday season or everyday.

 

 

You will need: 5″ x 8″ notepad, card stock, patterned paper, cutting tool of choice, scoring board, bone folder, adhesive, embellishments {optional}.

 

Cut a sheet of card stock to 8 1/2″ x 10 3/4″. Then score at 5 1/4″ and 5 1/2″ {this creates the spine of the cover}. Fold and crease the score lines with a bone folder.

   

 

 

Cut a piece of patterned paper to 5″ x 8 1/4″. Add adhesive to the back and apply to the front cover of the notebook leaving equal borders on all four sides.

 

 

Cut a piece of patterned paper to 1 3/4″ x 5″ to cover the top of the notepad. Score at 3/4″ and 1″. Fold and crease the score lines with a bone folder. Add adhesive along each edge before carefully adding to the top of the pad and pressing down firmly.

 

 

Apply adhesive along each edge and down the center of the back of the note pad. Place the notepad on the right hand inside of the cover close to the score line. Try to have equal borders along the top, bottom and right side. Press down firmly.

 

 

Add embellishments to the front cover, if desired. I used a Wink of Stella brush pen to add some shimmer to the snow, added a die cut snowflake and some rhinestones on the centers of the snowflakes.

 

 

∗Please note: an assortment of these covered notepads will be available at the Carstairs Artisan Market this holiday season. I also plan on making some everyday ones as well.

 

 

 

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial 🙂

 

 

 

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Erin

The Country Touch

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Email: ctrytch@telus.net

Homemade Stamp Cleaner

Hi everyone!

Quite a while back, I had included part of this post in another post about stamp cleaning. But I thought it wouldn’t hurt to share the information again with all you stampers or potential stampers out there!

Thoroughly cleaning the ink from your acrylic and rubber stamps immediately after using them will make sure that your stamps remain in good condition and continue to make clear, crisp images. There are many brands of stamp cleaners ~ Stampin’ Up, Hero Arts, Tsukineko, Recollections{Michael’s}, Stampendous, Grandma’s Secret, ScraPerfect, Simon Says Stamp and more. But I like to make my own stamp cleaner. Not only is it so much cheaper than store bought but it conditions the stamps and keeps them from drying out and cracking. Also, it’s very easy.

∗Please note: before we continue with the tutorial, I want to say that it is not my intention to be critical of any brand names of stamp cleaners or the companies that sell them. I am just providing an alternative for you in case you would like to try making your own. Plus, the savings from making your own are substantial which leaves more money to spend on other fun goodies! 🙂

 

You will need: bottled or distilled water, Johnson’s Baby Wash, glycerin, a spray bottle, measuring cup/spoon {optional}. * A bottle with a fine and gentle mister works better than one that sprays hard.

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In a small spray bottle, combine 1 cup of bottled or distilled water, 1 teaspoon of Johnson’s Baby Wash{for cleaning} and 1 tablespoon of glycerin{for conditioning}. Slowly rock the bottle back and forth to combine and prevent foam. Or, you can mix the ingredients in a measuring cup, stir slowly and pour into the spray bottle. Before using, just give 2 or 3 gentle shakes to combine. *Please note: these amounts can be adjusted depending on the size of the spray bottle you use. I mixed half of this recipe as I use a 4 oz. spray bottle.

Spray some stamp cleaner onto a scrubber mat that has a pile texture.  The one I use is the Stampin’ Up! Stampin’ Scrub. This cleans the stamp on one side and dries it on the other. But you can also use the kitchen scrubby pads or microfiber cloths. Just rub the stamp onto the pad or cloth misted with the cleaner and then onto another similar but dry cleaning pad or cloth.

*No matter how you clean your stamps, it is always a good idea to always let the stamp air dry before putting it back in its designated storage container.

 

 

 

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The Country Touch

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Tuesday’s Tutorial #3

Hi everyone!

Welcome to “Tuesday’s Tutorial”!  I added 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!

What could be more special to a bird lover than this gift which is a jar filled with bird seed then topped with a nest complete with a tiny bird? It’s very simple to make and is a unique gift for anyone who loves birds, the outdoors and nature.

You will need: a mason jar with the lid {be sure that it is completely clean and dry inside}, ribbon, bird seed, bird nest, crinkle paper or Spanish moss, twigs, mushroom bird, tag, adhesive, twine.

∗Please note: I bought the little birds at Michaels. Remember, watch for their weekly coupons!

 

 

Wrap the outside edge of the lid with ribbon by overlapping the ends slightly and adhering. Then, with another length of the same ribbon, tie a small bow and adhere to cover the ribbon end. ∗Please note: I found this method easier than tying the bow from the same length of ribbon when wrapping the lid ~ I had a hard time getting the bow to stay straight.

 

 

Fill the mason jar with bird seed and screw on the lid.

Glue the nest to the top of the lid. Then add crinkle paper/Spanish moss, twigs, bird and tag. The tag can be a purchased on or handmade. I used a chickadee stamp on my tag and added a couple of gems before tying it on with twine.

 

An assortment of these jars will be available in The Carstairs Artisan Market this Christmas. There will be a blog post letting everyone know when the winter/Christmas items are available. Stay tuned!

 

 

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Erin

The Country Touch

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Tuesday’s Tutorial #2

Hi everyone!

Welcome to “Tuesday’s Tutorial”!  I added 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 I am sharing how to make pretty layered paper flowers using the faux suede paper technique. These flowers are a pretty addition to any paper crafting project ~ cards, tags, scrapbooks, etc. Color coordinate the papers and brad to create an embellishment that will be the finishing touch to your project.

 

You will need: card stock {2 colors}, flower punch or die, bone folder, paper piercer/piercing mat or small hole punch, brad.

Punch or die cut four flowers {2 from each color}. ∗Please note: four flowers make a good sized finished flower. However, for a card perhaps just using two flowers might be better as it would add less bulk for mailing.

 

 

 

Now we need to separate each flower into two layers. This is done by working the petals with the bone folder to separate the fibers. With the paper between the bone folder and your thumb, gently pull the paper through. Do this a couple of times to each petal then turn it over and repeat on the other side. This will be breaking down the fibers to allow the layers to pull apart. You should start to see the edges separating. Now it’s time to slowly and carefully pull the layers apart into the two layers. You will see the inside of the flower layers are a bit fuzzy ~ this is the faux suede paper technique. Repeat this step for the remaining three flowers and you will end up with 8 flowers.

  

 

 

 

With the “suede” side of the flower facing up, crumple each flower into a tight ball.

 

 

 

Now, uncrumple each ball and flatten just a bit making sure the fuzzy side is facing up. Layer the alternating colored flowers on top of each other. Using a paper piercer/piercing mat or small hole punch, make a hole in the center through all eight layers. Push the brad through the hole and flatten the prongs on the back side. Fluff up the petals a bit and there you have a pretty paper flower to add to a project.

 

 

 

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Erin

The Country Touch

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