Friday 26 October 2012

Friday Project - It's a Gift!

Hello everyone - this week it's my turn (Helen N) to bring you the Friday Project and I thought I've give you a couple of ideas for very simple hand made Christmas gifts.  

For both projects, I've used Bazzill card which is now being stocked by Little Claire and will be on the shop website very soon.  If you haven't used Bazzill before, it's a gorgeous product and a definite 'must have' for all card makers.  The card comes in 12 by 12 sheets and most of the colours have a slight texture on the surface.  Keep an eye on the 'new from Little Claire' section on the website here for the new stock of Bazzill card.

First of all a calendar:

and then a post-it note holder:

First of all, to make the calender you will need:

12.5cm square card blank
pink Bazzill card
calendar pad
brown ink pad
foam pads 

And here's what you need to do:

1. Stamp the main image from the Joie de Vivre stamp set on to a piece of white card measuring 10.5cm by 6.5cm.  Colour the image using Promarkers and then layer on to kraft paper, pink card and a second layer of kraft paper leaving a narrow border each time.  A little tip to add depth to the layers - use a brown ink pad (ideally a pad that's been well used and is quite dry) to ink around the edges of the paper and card.  

2. Fold one panel of the card blank in half to create an easel card and then add kraft and pink spotted paper to the base and top flap leaving a narrow border each time as shown in the photo.  Again, I've inked all of the edges of the paper to add some depth:

3. Layer the calendar pad on to a piece of pink card and then on to kraft paper leaving a narrow border each time.  This is the stopper for the easel which is then attached to the base with foam pads:

Next, to make the post-it note holder you will need:

blue Bazzill card
blue patterned paper
brown ink pad
post-it note pad

And here's what you need to do:

1. Cut a piece of blue card measuring 17cm by 8.5cm.  With the longest sides towards you, score the card at 8cm and 9cm to form the holder and fold it along the score lines:

2. Open the holder out and stick the post-it note pad to the right hand square of the holder, butting it against the score line.  Leaving the middle 1cm spine blank, attach kraft and patterned paper to the left hand square of the holder as shown in the photo.  Again, I've inked the edges of the paper with a brown ink pad:

3. Stamp the flowerpot image from the Garden Set on to a piece of white card measuring 7cm square and colour with Promarkers.  Layer this on to kraft paper leaving a narrow border.  Close the holder and attach the image panel to the front of the holder:

I hope you like these projects - hopefully they will inspire you to make some hand made gifts this Christmas!  It would be lovely if you could leave me a comment.

And don't forget to visit Little Claire's new premises on the Wirral - all the details are here on the website.  I had a trip there last weekend and it's a great place to pick up lots of ideas and inspiration and see all the Little Claire goodies.  I'm also going to be teaching classes there starting next month - both of the classes in November are now fully booked but there are more dates in the New Year - all the details are on the website here.  I hope you'll be able to join me!

Helen x 


  1. Fabulous tutorials, gorgeous cards, hugs Heidi x

  2. great tutorial and fabulous projects - love the girl image especially! Hugs xx

  3. Gorgeous projects, and so practical.


    Little Purple Forest

  4. Great projects Helen, you are spoiling us, I may have to book myself onto your classes! Gill x

  5. Lovely easy projects, thanks for the tutorials. Would love to come to one of the classes. Maybe in the new year.
    Toni xx

  6. Lovely ideas Helen, thank you. Beryl.xx

  7. I think the calendar is a lovely idea, and the stamp suits it perfectly, starting off the year in January and looking at that image would always make you smile. The post-it holder is also a very useful gift, thanks for such great ideas :o) x

  8. Thanks for your lovely comments ladies x