Handmade Holiday 2017 ~ Day #2

Hi everyone!

Welcome to day #2 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 #2 ~ Christmas Wreath Ornament

Today  I am  sharing a project that you can make with items that you may already have around your house. These little wreaths are great to use as tree decorations, hang on a garland, adorning packages or make a set to give someone for a gift! Please be aware that these are not intended to be elegant looking ornaments. They are most definitely the country/prim look.

 

 

 

You will need: fabric, scissors, mason jar rings, twine/ribbon for hanging, embellishments, adhesive. ∗Please note: other circular shapes will work for this project as well ~ old wrist bangles, small embroidery hoops or even some wire or a pipe cleaner shaped into a circle.

 

#1} Cut strips of fabric 1/2″ x 6″. You can either cut the strips of fabric or tear them. If you decide to tear them, make a tiny snip at the edge of the fabric, grab each side and tear. The torn fabric will produce more loose threads{these can easily be snipped as you go} but will result in a more rustic looking ornament if that is okay with you.

 

 

#2} Take one strip of fabric and double knot it around your ring. Keep adding/tying the fabric strips until the ring is full.

 

 

#3} Once the ring is full, adjust the double knots so they are all on the outside edge of the ring.

 

 

#4} Now it’s time to adjust and fluff the strips until you’re happy with how they look. You may also trim the strips a wee bit if you feel they are too long. Add a hanging ribbon and chosen embellishments. That’s it! You’re done and your ornament is ready for any number of uses 🙂

 

 

 

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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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The Country Touch

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Handmade Holiday 2017

Hi everyone!

I’m back with another series of handmade Christmas project ideas! 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. So, starting tomorrow December 1 until December 7, 2017, I will be sharing a new idea each day 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!

 

 

 

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See you tomorrow for day #1!

Erin

The Country Touch

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Tuesday’s Tip #31

Hi everyone!

Welcome to today’s Tuesday’s Tip. These posts are tips about different products, crafting and also ways of stretching the supplies that you already may have. I alternate Tuesday’s Tip,  Technique Tuesday and Tuesday’s Tag just to change things up a bit.

Today I want to share a few tips that you might find helpful with the Wink of Stella Glitter brush marker.

* If you have never heard of this fun product, it looks like a marker but has a soft nylon brush tip that lets you apply a thin layer of glitter. It can be applied over lettering, a stamped image or to just add some sparkly highlights. But best of all, it allows you to add sparkle and shimmer without the mess of normal powdered glitter. And it doesn’t rub off your project.

*Be sure to shake it very well so the glitter is thoroughly mixed.

* It is acid free, odor free and photo safe so it’s also great for scrapbooking layouts.

* Comes in a rainbow of colors.

* I have found that once the liquid in the marker is used up, there is still a lot of glitter left in the reservoir of the marker so I don’t throw it out. I just unscrew the top portion, very carefully add a couple of  eyedroppers of water and then I basically have another Wink of Stella marker. Be sure not to overfill or you’ll lose some of the leftover glitter and you don’t want that to happen!

* Once you’ve refilled it and you are sure there is no more glitter, there is till yet another use for it. Turn it into an aqua painter. Simply fill with water again and it works fantastic for water coloring.

*Please note: when you first get a Wink of Stella, be sure to carefully read the included instructions. These will tell you how to get the liquid flowing properly. I’m pretty sure once you’ve tried a Wink of Stella, you won’t want to be without one for all your paper crafting projects 🙂

 

 

I hope you enjoyed this weeks tip. As always, please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

 

 

 

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Tuesday’s Tag #15

 

 

Hi everyone!

Welcome to “Tuesday’s Tag”!  These posts feature how to create different styles of tags that can be used for the usual purpose ~ gifts. But tags can also be added to scrapbook layouts, cards, albums and journals. I hope that you will join me and enjoy creating some tags 🙂  I alternate Tuesday’s Tip,  Technique Tuesday, Tuesday’s Tutorial  and Tuesday’s Tag just to change things up a bit.

Today’s tag: Snowman 

Today we are going to use an Envelope Punch Board to create a snowman tag. These are very quick and easy to create for all of your holiday packages.

 

You will need: card stock, patterned paper {DSP} scraps, cutting tool of choice, tag topper punch/die, SU Tree Builder Punch {optional, for the arms}, Envelope Punch Board, “to/from” and greeting stamp/ink, pink pencil crayon/chalk, adhesive, ribbon/twine, black pearls or rhinestones. ∗Please note: if you choose to heat emboss “to/from” and the greeting, you will also need a powder tool and heat tool.  ∗Please note: if you don’t have black pearls or rhinestones, you can color whatever color you do have with a black Sharpie.

 

∗Please note: you may click on the link below for a printable project sheet.

#1} Cut a piece of white card stock to measure 2″ x 5 3/4″. Punch one end with a tag topper punch/die.

 

#2} Line up one end of the tag on the 3 1/2″ mark on the Envelope Punch Board and punch.

 

#3} Turn the tag over to the opposite edge, line up the flat end up again on 3-1/2″ and punch.

 

#4} Slide the tag down so the flat end lines up on the 1 7/8″ line punch.

 

#5} Turn the tag over, line the flat end up again on the 1 7/8″ line and punch.  Then punch the two square ends with the corner rounder punch located at the top of the Envelope Punch Board.

  

 

For the hat:

#1} Cut a 2″ x 1 1/2″ piece of patterned paper. Punch with a tag topper punch/die. Trim the hat so that it measures 1″ high.

#2} Cut a 1/4″ x 2″ of patterned paper or card stock and adhere as the brim of his hat, as shown.

#3} Through the tag opening, add ribbon tied with twine for the hat’s pompom. Using the same ribbon, tie a length around his neck for a scarf. *Please note: you could also use a thick yarn for his scarf/pompom. that would be cute as well.

#4} Adhere the punched arms from behind. Add black pearls or rhinestones for his eyes, mouth and buttons. Add a little bit of pink pencil crayon/chalk to give him rosy cheeks. Cut a long skinny triangle from orange card stock for his nose. Or if you have a snowman nose stamp, you can use that.

Now your snowman tag is already for Christmas gift giving 🙂 It can either be attached directly to the package or you can tie an extra piece of twine through the hole for hanging.

 

Snowman Tag Printable Project Sheet

 

 

 

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K-Cup Holder

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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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Technique Tuesday #41

Hi everyone!

Welcome to this weeks Technique Tuesday. In these posts I share a technique that can be applied to many forms of paper crafting ~ card making, scrapbooking, albums and tags. I alternate Technique Tuesday and Tuesday’s Tip just to change things up a bit.

This week’s technique: PUNCHED BACKGROUNDS

Did you know that the shapes from punches can be used for not only embellishing but as a way to create unique backgrounds? It’s as simple as punching a bunch of the same shape and adhering them to a panel. The result? A quick and easy background with a bit of dimension.

You will need: card stock {enough for the background panel}, patterned paper, die or punch, die cutting machine if using a die, adhesive, scissors.

#1} Begin by cutting the background panel. This is what the punched shapes will be attached to. I cut mine to measure 4″ x 5 1/2″ as I was planning on layering it onto a slightly larger mat before adhering to the card base.

#2} Die cut or punch the chosen shapes from the patterned paper. You can also use card stock for the shapes. Roughly place them on the background to achieve the amount needed.

  

 

 

When you think you have enough, place them where they will be staying. Don’t stress about them being perfect ~ chances are some will go off of the background and will need to be trimmed. I found that changing up the rows looked a bit better than them all being the same.

 

 

Once you are happy with the placement, adhere them down with the adhesive and then trim off the extra overhanging bits {if any} from the edges. The punched background is now ready to use for your project! Wasn’t that easy?

 

 

 

I hope you enjoyed this weeks technique. As always, please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

 

 

 

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The Country Touch

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