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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Treat/Favor Bag Sets

Hi everyone!

Today I am sharing some treat/favor bag sets. These little bags would be great for table favors for wedding/baby showers, birthday parties or just to wrap up some treats for your family or friends. Sets include 8 bags with toppers. ∗Please note: specific colors may be requested. Available at the Carstairs Artisan Market.

∗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.

∗Please note: if you would like to read how to create your own treat bag {without a die} like I did these ones, you might like to check out this past blog post —>  https://thecountrytouch.wordpress.com/2017/01/20/tiny-treat-bag/

 

Wedding Shower

 

 

 

Baby

   

 

 

 

Just For You

 

 

 

Birthday

 

 

 

Kraft Thanks

 

 

 

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Erin

The Country Touch

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Tuesday’s Tutorial #5

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!

Over the next few weeks, I am going to be sharing some projects made with the Stampin’ Up! Coffee Cafe Bundle {SU products listed below}. This is such a fun set! The stamps with coordinating Framelits are perfect for creating coffee themed projects just right for coffee lovers. Today’s project is a gift card holder. It has a pocket on the inside to hold the gift card. I also created an envelope which has the flap covered with the same patterned paper. *Please note: this style of gift card holder can be created with other stamps and dies that you may have for any occassion. Also, there is a free printable project sheet below.

Coffee Cafe Gift Card Holder PDF

 

You will need: card stock, cutting tool of choice, scoring board/tool, bone folder, patterned paper {DSP}, double sided tape, stamped images/die cuts/embellishments {optional}.

#1} Cut card stock to 2 3/4″ x 8″. On the 8″ side, score at 4″. Fold and crease with the bone folder.

 

 

#2} Cut a piece of DSP to 2 1/2″ x 3 1/2″. On the 3 1/2″ side, score at 3/8″ and 3 1/8″. Turn 90° to the right {so that the shorter side is along the top} and score at 3/8″ {on the long side}.

 

 

#3} Remove the two bottom squares by angle cutting each side, as shown.

 

 

#4} Add double sided tape to both side flaps and the bottom flap, as shown.

 

 

#5} Fold the bottom flap and crease with the bone folder. Remove bottom flap tape liner first and line up along the bottom of the card stock. Press to adhere. Fold the side flaps and crease with the bone folder. Remove the two side flap liners and press to adhere. It should now look like this.

 

 

#6} For decorating the outside, I cut a matching piece of DSP to 1 3/4″ x 2 3/4″ and adhered to the bottom of the front panel. Then die cut the coffee cup, lid, coffee sleeve and stir stick from assorted cardstock colors. A greeting was them stamped, die cut and adhered to the coffee cup. Finally, a small twine bow was added. *Please note: instead of adding DSP to the outside front, the bottom could be embossed, stamped or even some washi tape strips could be added.

 

For the envelope: Cut a 6” x 6” piece of plain copy paper or DSP. Using the Envelope Punch Board, score and punch at the 2 5/8″ mark which creates a 3″x 4″ envelope. If desired, you can adhere a piece of DSP to the flap and cut around it to remove the excess, as shown.

 

 

Stampin’ Up! supplies used:

  • Coffee Cafe Stamp Set {item #143677 ~ page 31}
  • Coffee Cups Framelits Dies {item #143745 ~ page 213}
  • Coffee Cafe Bundle {saves 10%} {item #145331 ~ page 31}
  • Coffee Cafe DSP {item #144155 ~ page 31}
  • Coffee Cafe Cardstock Pack {item #144156 ~ page 31}

If you reside in Canada and do not currently have a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, I would love to earn your business or answer any questions that you may have. Please feel welcome to check out my online store:       http://www.stampinup.net/esuite/home/erinleech

 

 

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial 🙂

 

 

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Erin

The Country Touch

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Email: ctrytch@telus.net

Handmade Holiday 2017 ~ Day #6

Hi everyone!

Welcome to day #6 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 will be sharing a new idea for creating a quick handmade holiday project. There will be tutorials for tags, home décor, gift card holders, recipes, treat holders and more. I hope that you will join me!

Day #6 ~  Paper Bag Gift Card Holder

Today’s project is a double pocket gift card holder. This means that there is one pocket for the gift card and another pocket to tuck in a little note, Christmas letter or a photo. Of course, it could be created for any occasion throughout the year.

 

You will need: paper bag {about 4″ x 7″}, decorative scissors or border die {optional}, scoring board/tool, bone folder, patterned paper, cutting tool of choice, adhesive, embellishments.

 

#1} Place the bag on the scoring board with the bags bottom in the corner. Score at 3″.

 

 

#2}  Fold on the score line and crease with the bone folder. ∗Please note: this next  step is optional. Using decorative scissors or a border die, create a decorative edge along the top of the bag.

 

 

#3}  Add a strip of adhesive on the front of the folded section.

 

 

#4} Cut a strip of patterned paper 2″ x 10″. Adhere one end in the middle, wrap around and secure the other end on the front adhesive. Using the bone folder, crease both folds of the patterned paper strip. The gift card holder base is complete. Now the fun part of decorating. ∗Please note: I also cut a 2 1/4″ x 10″ piece of card stock to mat the patterned paper strip on.

  

 

 

#5} I tied a length of ribbon around the holder and tied a knot on the right end before adding a stamped/embossed/matted greeting over top of the ribbon. An enamel dot finishes the front. I then cut a piece of card stock to fit in the top pocket and added a stamped/embossed sentiment. This is where the message to the recipient can be written.

 

 

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See you tomorrow for the 7th and final day!

Erin

The Country Touch

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Email: ctrytch@telus.net

 

Handmade Holiday 2017 ~ Day #4

Hi everyone!

Welcome to day #4 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 will be sharing a new idea for creating a quick handmade holiday project. There will be tutorials for tags, home décor, gift card holders, recipes, treat holders and more. I hope that you will join me!

Day #4 ~  Hot Chocolate Packet Holder

These hot chocolate packet holders would be great as stocking stuffers, table favors or teacher gifts. Or maybe take one along to give to each person at a Christmas cookie exchange party! *Please note: one 8 1/2″ x 11″ sheet of card stock makes two holders. This project is also great way to use up scraps of patterned paper.

 

 You will need: hot chocolate packet, card stock, patterned paper, cutting tool of choice, scoring board/scoring tool, bone folder, adhesive, hole punch, ribbon, jingle bells/twine {optional}, embellishments.

 

Cut the card stock cut to 4″ x 11″.

Score at 4 3/4″ and 10″.

Fold and crease with a bone folder.  Round the top two corners, if desired.

 

 

Cut a piece of patterned paper to 3 1/2″ x 4 1/2″. Adhere to the center of the front as shown. Add a stamped sentiment or other layers, if desired.

 

 

 

Place the top of the hot chocolate packet at the fold. Fold flap over and punch two holes, as shown. Be sure to only punch through the sealed part of the hot chocolate packet.

  

 

 

Thread the length of ribbon through the back holes, the hot chocolate packet and into the front holes. Tie the ribbon once.

 

 

The jingle bells are optional. If you do use them, tie them together with a piece of string or twine. Then tie them to the partial knot in the ribbon and snip the ends before tying the ribbon into a bow.

 

 

Fiddle with the bow ends until you are happy with how the bow looks and then trim the ends.

 

 

 

If you are interested, you can check out the blog post for last year’s hot chocolate packet holder.

https://thecountrytouch.wordpress.com/2016/12/01/handmade-holiday-2016-day-1/

 

 

 

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Erin

The Country Touch

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Email: ctrytch@telus.net

Handmade Holiday 2017 ~ Day #1

Hi everyone!

Welcome to day #1 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 will be sharing a new idea for creating a quick handmade holiday project. There will be tutorials for tags, home décor, gift card holders, recipes, treat holders and more. I hope that you will join me!

Day #1 ~ Christmas Chocolate Favors

Today we are going to create these packaged cello trays of individually wrapped chocolates. They are a fun Christmas treat for a friend, co-worker, your child’s teacher, neighbor or as a table favor for Christmas dinner. Or how about a big basket of these set by the door for guests to take home with them after a holiday get together? These are very quick and simple to make.

 

 

You will need {for the chocolates}: individually wrapped chocolates {such as Hershey Nuggets or Swiss Delice}, Christmas patterned paper, cutting tool of choice, adhesive.

I used Swiss Delice chocolates for mine {you can get a large bag of them at Costco for a decent price}. For these chocolates, the patterned paper was cut to 1″ x 4″. Simply wrap the strip around the chocolate {the long way} and glue the ends together on the back. Make sure to have the overlapping and adhesive on the back.

  

 

 

You will need {for the tray}: card stock, cutting tool of choice, scoring board/tool, bone folder, cellophane bag, ribbon/twine for tying, tag {optional but a nice touch}. ∗Please note: narrow cello bags can be purchased from Michaels or Stampin’ Up! The size I used were 2″ x 8″ {from SU}.

To fit five of these wrapped chocolates in the tray, card stock is cut to 2″ x 5 1/2″. Score each 5 1/2″ side at 1/4″ and crease with a bone folder so that the sides are standing up. Add the five wrapped chocolates to the tray and slide it into a cello bag. Tie bag closed with ribbon/twine and add the tag, if using one.

     

 

 

 

 

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Erin

The Country Touch

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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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