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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See you next Monday for another Christmas in July project!

Erin

The Country Touch

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Tea Pocket Favors

Hi everyone!

Today’s project is very quick and easy ~ tea pocket favors. They are just a pretty way of packaging up some tea bags. Put one at each setting of a garden/tea party or add a few to a nice mug and wrap in cello for a gift . Plus, you get three favors out of one 12″ x 12″ piece of paper. ∗Please note: I bought individually wrapped Twinings brand tea bags to use for hygienic reasons. There are probably many more brands of individually wrapped tea bags but this is what I found at the local grocery store.

 

You will need: 12″ x 12″ patterned paper, cutting tool of choice, scoring board, bone folder, decorative edge scissors, card stock scrap, stamp/ink, die/punch, adhesive, ribbon.

 

Cut a 12″ x 12″ piece of patterned paper to 3 3/4″ x 9 3/4″. Score at 3 1/4″. Turn and score at 3 1/4″ again.

 

 

Fold on the score lines and crease with a bone folder.

 

 

Lay the paper with the inside facing up and fold the far right flap inwards. Draw a light pencil line from the bottom left corner to the upper right corner. Cut along the line. ∗Please note: Don’t worry if you don’t have decorative edge scissors. A straight line works just fine.

 

 

Add adhesive along the bottom of the cut flap, as shown and press it closed. This is what forms the pocket.

 

 

Add the tea bag to the pocket.

 

 

Fold the cover closed, wrap a ribbon around and tie into a pretty bow. Add a tag and any embellishments.

 

 

 

I hope you enjoyed today’s tutorial. As always, please feel free to share what you create 🙂

 

 

 

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EOS Hand Cream Mini Bag

Hi everyone!

The EOS brand products are high quality skin care products that are quite good for your skin. The hand cream comes in assorted scents and the small containers are just the right size for storing in a purse, diaper bag, desk drawer or glove box in the car. So how about tucking one into this cute little bag as a gift ~ for teachers, co-workers or child care provider as a unexpected “thank you for all you do” gift. Or maybe for your favorite gardener at the beginning of this spring season? 🙂 ∗Please note: this little bag measures 4 7/8″ x 3″ x 1″.

 

You will need: patterned paper, cutting tools of choice, scoring board, bone folder, adhesive, ready made tag or supplies to create your own.

 

Cut the patterned paper to 5″ x 10 3/4″. Score on the long side at 4 7/8″ and at 5 7/8″. Score on the short side at 1″ and at 4″.

 

 

 

Fold and crease with a bone folder on the score lines. Cut on the two short score lines on the long side and mitre them just a bit. This makes for neater and easier folding tabs. Do this to both sides.

 

 

 

Add adhesive to the tabs and fold up the back of the bag and press to the tabs.

 

 

 

Add adhesive to the sides of the front of the bag. Press onto the folded sides of the back section making sure to line up the edges to the folds. Use the bone folder from the inside to press the sides to the adhesive.

  

 

 

 

Pinch the top of the bag together while pressing in gently from the sides. Add a tag to the front and tie a ribbon around to keep it shut. ∗Please note: you could also punch holes through the top and add ribbon handles or use a decorative clothespin/binder clip for the closure.

There you go! A quick and easy gift to show someone that you appreciate them or for any occasion.

 

 

 

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Dimensions when finished – 5 x 3 x 1″ (12.5 x 7.5 x 2.5cm)

Paper – 5 x 11″ (12.5 x 27.5cm)

Score on the LONG side at 5, 6″ (12.5, 15cm)

Score on the SHORT side at 1, 4″ (2.5, 10cm)

6″ x 6″ Project #3

Hi everyone!

I think it’s nice to sometimes be able to create items using basic supplies that we already have on hand ~ like patterned paper. Some people like the full 12″ x 12″ sheets of patterned paper while others prefer the 6″ x 6″ paper pads. Or maybe both! So I decided to do a few gift packaging projects using pieces of paper that measure 6″ x 6″. So, whichever size of paper you tend to use, you will be able to make these. Add some adhesive/embellishments and you’re ready to create! These projects can all be easily adapted to suit any season or occasion just by changing the papers and embellishments. The possibilities are endless! As always, please feel free to share your creations 🙂

Today’s 6″ x 6″ project is a Pocket Gift Card Holder{finished size: 2 3/4″  x 4″ when closed} and uses an envelope punch board. This style of gift card card holder is quick and easy to create allowing you to make a bunch at one time to have on hand.

You will need:  6″ × 6″ piece of patterned paper or card stock, envelope punch board, bone folder, adhesive. Optional: small hole punch, ribbon, extra card stock or patterned paper/stamp/ink for a tag, embellishments.

Please note: you may click on the link underneath the last picture for a PDF of these instructions.

#1} Cut the 6″ × 6″ piece of patterned paper or card stock to measure 5 1/2″ x 5 1/2″.

#2} Place the left edge at 2 3/8″. Punch and score.

 

#3} Turn to the left, line up notch with score line, punch and score {2nd side}.

 

#4} Repeat step #3 for the remaining two sides.

#5} Round all 4 corners. This is what it now looks like.

 

#7} Fold the score lines of the  bottom, right and left side {in that order}.

#8} Apply adhesive to seal and decorate as desired.

The gift card holders can be left open at the top, folded down or tied onto a gift bag.

Pocket Gift Card Holder PDF

 

 

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Erin

The Country Touch

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6″ x 6″ Project #2

Hi everyone!

I think it’s nice to sometimes be able to create items using basic supplies that we already have on hand ~ like patterned paper. Some people like the full 12″ x 12″ sheets of patterned paper while others prefer the 6″ x 6″ paper pads. Or maybe both! So I decided to do a few gift packaging projects using pieces of paper that measure 6″ x 6″. So, whichever size of paper you tend to use, you will be able to make these. Add some adhesive/embellishments and you’re ready to create! These projects can all be easily adapted to suit any season or occasion just by changing the papers and embellishments. The possibilities are endless! As always, please feel free to share your creations 🙂

Today’s 6″ x 6″ project is a Tab Box {finished size: 2 3/8″ square x 1 3/8″} and uses an envelope punch board. This little box would make a nice table favor for special dinners. Add some wrapped chocolates, some pretty packaged tea bags or a small candle.

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You will need:  6″ × 6″ piece of patterned paper or card stock, envelope punch board, bone folder, scissors, strong adhesive, pencil, small hole punch, ribbon {for box closure}, extra card stock or patterned paper/stamp/ink for tag.

Please note: you may click on the link underneath the picture below for a PDF of these instructions.

 

#1}  Place the paper at 2″. Punch and score.

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#2}  Move it over to 4″. Punch and score.

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#3}  Repeat steps #1 and #2 on remaining three sides.

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#4} Round all four corners.

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#5}  Fold all score lines and crease with a bone folder.

#6}  Cut on both sides of one of the rectangles. This creates two tabs. Rotate and do the same thing on the opposite side.

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#7}  Add adhesive to all four tabs. Line up the score line of each tab with the cut rectangle edges and press to adhere.

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#9}  Measure and mark with the pencil where you want the holes punched. I measured in about 1/4″ in from the rounded points. Punch holes.

#10} Thread the ribbon through the holes on the two tabs that will be lower. Gently pull both of the ribbon tails until the two tabs are touching. Then thread them underneath through the other two holes so that both ribbon tails are on the outside. Tie in a bow.

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tab-box-pdf

 

 

Stampin’ Up! supplies used:

•Envelope Punch board {item #133774 ~ page 184}

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The Country Touch

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6″ x 6″ Project #1

Hi everyone!

I think it’s nice to sometimes be able to create items using basic supplies that we already have on hand ~ like patterned paper. Some people like the full 12″ x 12″ sheets of patterned paper while others prefer the 6″ x 6″ paper pads. Or maybe both! So I decided to do a few gift packaging projects using pieces of paper that measure 6″ x 6″. So, whichever size of paper you tend to use, you will be able to make these. Add some adhesive/embellishments and you’re ready to create! These projects can all be easily adapted to suit any season or occasion just by changing the papers and embellishments. The possibilities are endless! As always, please feel free to share your creations 🙂

Gift Bag {finished size: 1 3/4″ wide, 4 1/2″ tall, 1 ” deep}

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You will need:  6″ × 6″ piece of patterned paper or card stock, scoring board, scoring tool, scissors, strong adhesive, embellishments, bag closure {ribbon, decorative clothespin or binder clip, etc.}.

 

Please note: you may click on the link underneath the picture below for a PDF of these instructions.

#1} Score the paper at 1″, 2 3/4″, 3 3/4″ and 5 1/2″.

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#2} Rotate the paper left 90°. Then score at 1″, 4 1/2″ {this score line helps keep the bag sides open when the top sides close} and 5 1/2″.

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#3} Fold all of the score lines and crease with a bone folder. On the last 5 1/2″ score line, fold it back the opposite way from the other folds.

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#4} Cut out the small rectangle of paper between the 1″ fold and the 5 1/2″ fold as shown. The cut up the other 3 score lines to the 1″ fold.

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#5} Using your strong adhesive, apply it to the narrow fold {with the rectangle cut out}. Fold on the score lines as shown so that the edges of the paper overlap and press to seal.

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#6} Fold in the 2 smallest tabs. Angle cut the sides of the 2 larger flaps, apply adhesive to one of them, fold and adhere.

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#7} Gently push the right and left sides in at the top to close the bag.  Decorate the bag if desired. Add the treat/gift and fasten the bag shut with the closure of choice. Now you have a pretty little gift bag to go with the surprise inside!

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gift-bag-pdf

 

Stampin’ Up! supplies used:

•Foxy Friends stamp set {item #141549 ~ page 57}

•Fox Builder punch {item #141470 ~ page 188}

•A Little Foxy Designer Series Paper Stack {item #141637 ~ page 174}

•A Little Foxy cardstock pack {item #141638 ~ page 174}

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Tiny Treat Bag

Hi everyone!

There are a few different treat bag dies on the market these days. But since I don’t own any of them, I made one without. Creating this treat bag would have been faster with the die I’m sure. But it came together quickly and I’m still pleased with the way it turned out. Maybe you might want to give it a try as well! Treat bags can be used for many occasions ~ birthday parties, wedding/baby shower favors, kids class gift exchanges and more. They can be left either as plain or as dressed up as you want 🙂

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tiny-treat-bag-pdf

 

You will need: a 5 3/4″  x 8″ sheet of card stock or patterned paper, scoring board, bone folder, paper trimmer or cutting tools of choice, adhesive. *Additional supplies may include card stock/patterned paper and whatever stamps/embellishments/extras needed to complete the intended design.

Please note: you may click on the link underneath the picture above for a PDF of these instructions.

 

Score the paper 1/2″ up from the bottom of the 8″ side. Then score it at 2-1/8″ on both of the 5 3/4″ sides.

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Fold on the score lines and crease with a bone folder.

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Along the bottom, cut off each bottom edge between the score lines. Slightly angle cut the corners of the bottom flap {this makes a cleaner looking fold}.

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Cut along the top edge with decorative scissors or a border die {optional}.Please note:  I used a small saucer and pencil to trace a curved line. Then with decorative scissors, cut along the traced line so that the front is just a bit lower than the back.

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Apply adhesive along the inside edge of one of the side panels and on the inside of the bottom flap.

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Fold over panel without adhesive and then fold over the panel with adhesive to adhere before folding up the bottom flap. Go over each fold with the bone folder to ensure nice crisp folds. There is your treat bag ~ now it’s time to decorate!

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Hints:

*Two holes could be punched at the top and ribbon or yarn threaded through for handles or to tie it shut.

 

 

 

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Erin

The Country Touch

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