Friday 30 May 2014

Lozzy's Friday Blog Project

Hi everyone and hope you all ok, its Lozzy here today for Fridays Blog Project and i have this little box i made using Little Claire Freedom Stamp Set.

To make this box i cut out 2 large x cut circles, take the next size down circle die and place on large cut out die, with embossing tool score round the inside

after scoring both circles cut small cuts up to the score line

fold little cuts upwards, cut out  large x cut scallop edge circle and glue onto, do this twice to make the lid and base

cut two strips of card, 25cm by 7cm and 25cm by 2 1/2cm. you can cut the width what ever size you like, just depends on the height you want your box

glue stripes onto the cut flaps

box put together ready to decorate

 stamped and cut out the girl, 3 large and 3 small butterfly's from Little Claire Freedom Stamp Set

coloured with pro markers and added lots of stickles to the butterfly's, layered the butterfly's together

glued on papers to the box, arranged the butterfly's and girl then added flowers, punched out leaves and ribbon with bow to the box

then you have a beautiful handmade box

Stamp Set i used and all the different stamps that you receive in the Freedom Stamps Set

Hope you liked my little Blog Project for today and hope you check out all of the beautiful stamps and all the great crafty accessories you can purchase from Little Claire Shop.
Dont forget you still have time to enter this month Spots and Stripes Challenge, great prise up for the winner...

Lozzy and Little Claire Design Team xx

Monday 26 May 2014

Little Claire Likes - Butterfly Flourish Bunting

 Good morning, we are back today with our regular Monday project - 'Little Claire Likes'.

Today, we are showcasing the beautiful 'Butterfly Flourish' stamp set, which has lots of gorgeous images and a lovely sentiment.  The flourishes in the set are great for making borders and backgrounds.

You can purchase this wonderful set for only £6.99 (normally £8.99) HERE from the website at the reduced price until Thursday, 29th May 2014 or until stocks run out.

Here is the set

Heidi has made some bunting with some Kraft and Turquoise Bazzill Card, adhesive ribbon and wooden embellishments, all available from our website.
Here are the single elements of the banner
The centre-piece
The third piece of the banner
Here is a list of products used :
Promarkers used : Tea Green, Soft Green, Khaki, Pastel Beige - £1.90 per pen
(Sizzix Banner Die and white string from stash)
Double-sided Tape
White Sticky Pads
Crop-o-dile hole cutter
Here is how the banner was made :
(1) Firstly, using the Sizzix Banner Die, die-cut three large banner shapes from kraft card.
(2) Die-cut three smaller banners from Turquoise Bazzill card.
(3) Using long 'Flourish' stamp from set, stamp over top of blue shapes and over bottom edges using smaller curved 'Flourish'.
(4) Stick turquoise shapes down onto kraft ones.
(5) Attach white adhesive-lace to centre of each shape.
(6) Stamp up two dragonfly and one butterfly shapes. Colour in and cut out.
(7) Stick shapes centrally over lace using sticky pads.
(8) Stick down two wooden hearts to edges and one 'Beautiful' shape above butterfly.
(9) Punch out two small holes at top of each banner shape.
(10) Thread through white string, tie bows and knots in string.
(11) Add pearls to decorate.
We do hope you have enjoyed our banner tutorial today.
We also have a new blog challenge running, where you could win lots of craft goodies if you enter a card into our challenge.  Just pop over to our challenge post HERE for more details.
The Little Claire Design Team

Friday 23 May 2014

Friday blog project - use those scraps

Marianne here with you today to show you how to create a colourful card using those scraps of paper which usually end up in the bin. I now keep a pile of the strips I think would be useful on my desk to use as a background. 

You will need

Shaped card blank
Paper strips
Co-ordinating flowers

1 Stamp the image using Memento Tuxedo Black ink or use the silhouette die cut.

2 Play around with the paper strips until you are happy with the arrangement. Don't cover the whole card blank and make the edges at different heights and widths. Attach to card blank and trim any overhanging pieces to shape of card blank.

3 Attach image.

4 Layer up flowers and attach to card and add pearls.

Monday 19 May 2014

In place of our regular...

... 'Little Claire Likes' we want to show you a couple of cards made with our fantastic dinkies (Heidi's lost all internet connection so can't post her 'likes' until she finds a new service provider)

Our new dinkie stamps are proving to be very popular and Steve is having a great time selling them at the shows - BTW - we are coming to Scotland this weekend!!!

Yes, we will be exhibiting at The Royal Highland Showground, Ingliston, Edinburgh - this Sunday
25 May 10am - 4pm - hope to see you there!

Here are a couple of Dinkie cards:

designed by Marianne
'Flowerhouse' designed by Marianne (both cards)

designed by Marianne
'Robin and Doggie'

designed by Helen N
and designed by Marianne, below:

designed by Marianne
Dinkie Motorbike, designed by Helen N:

designed by Helen N
and here is our lovely Waggie Westie:

designed by Helen N
and finally, here is Helen N's Dinkie Flowerhouse card:

designed by Helen N

All of our fantastic Dinkie stamps are just £2.00 each and you can see the full range here

Off now to make a cup of tea before getting our stock ready for Edinburgh!

Little Claire Team xxx

Friday 16 May 2014

Blog Project - Baby Pop-Up Box Card

Good morning - it's Helen N here with this week's blog project - a pop-up box card.  I designed this card for my last Little Claire class - it's a very simple pop-up box card and my aim at the class was to show everyone the basic construction.  It's easy to add more images and embellishments once you can make the box itself.  This version folds down and will fit in a six inch square envelope.

I've taken lots of photos to show how the card fits together so you might want a cup of tea or coffee before you start reading!!

Here's what you will need to make the card:

A4 piece of blue card plus some extra pieces
Promarkers - Caramel and Pastel Blue
red liner tape

And this is what you need to do:

1. Using the piece of A4 card, with the longest side facing you, score a piece of A4 card at 7cm, 14cm, 21cm and 28cm.  Turn the card round and score at 7cm and then cut at 15cm.  You will be left with a piece of card measuring 29.5cm by 15cm.  

2. Next find the panels which measure 7cm by 7cm and cut away the small end portion – this measures 7cm by 1.5cm.  Cut from the top of these panels to the middle score line.  The piece of card you are left with forms the base of the card box and will fold round and attach using the remaining small flap.  

You can see all the measurements and where to cut on the template below:

3. This is what your box should look like once you've cut away the end piece and cut from the top to the middle of the panels as described above.  Fold the cut panels back as shown in the photo:

4. Put some red liner tape on the little flap of card left on the bottom of the card

5. Next assemble the box using the little tab to attach it together:

6. For the back of the box (the section that is upright) cut an additional piece of card measuring 15cm by 7cm and score at 7cm.  Stick this to the outside of your box.

7. To make the strut (the piece of card that goes across the box to support the image) to, cut a piece of card measuring 10.5cm by 2cm and score at 2cm one end and 1.5cm the other end.  Fold this to a ‘Z’ shape:

8. Attach this to the inside of the box, near to the top of the box, using red liner tape:

9. Stamp the little boy outfit on to a piece of white card measuring 6cm by 5cm using the Memento ink.  Stamp it a second time on a piece of the gingham paper:

10. Cut out the little shorts (with the top bit - not sure what the official name for it is!!) from the gingham paper.  On the white card, colour in the coat hanger and the edges of the t-shirt sleeves:

11. Next glue the cut out shape on to the white card directly over the stamped image:

12. Mat the white card on to a piece of blue card measuring 6.5cm by 5.5cm and a piece of blue card measuring 7cm by 6cm.  Attach this to the strut across the card using red liner tape.  I stuck the panel towards the top of the strut so that as much as possible of the image will be visible:

13. Finally, decorate the rest of the card.  I used panels of pale blue gingham paper.  The panels on the base of the card measure 7.5cm by 6.5cm and the panels on the flaps 6.5cm by 6.5cm.  On the front flap I used the main sentiment from the stamp set - stamped on a piece of white card measuring 5cm by 3.5cm and then matted on to a piece of blue card measuring 5.5cm by 4cm:

14. On the two side panels, I used the 'baby' stamp from the 'Dictionary Definitions' set stamped on white card and then cut out:

15. Once you've finished, your card will fold down like this to go in the envelope:

So, here's the final card again:

and this is another version I made using the same basic construction and 'The Smile I Bring' stamp set:

I hope you've enjoyed my little tutorial.

Thursday 15 May 2014

We are fresh back...

...from a sunny day at Wrexham yesterday where we ran a class for our lovely Welsh ladies, it was great to see everyone and some new faces too!

We spent the morning making cards, drinking tea and eating cream cakes - not bad, thank you to everyone for making us feel so welcome and for having us and we do hope you enjoyed your makes - all the cards made were designed by Helen N and here is one of the makes from yesterday:

This card was made with our Book Owl stamp and a Postcard greeting from our set of Postcard stamps, and here's a photo that Steve took of us all yesterday:

Hard at work - having fun
This Sunday 18 May you can find us at the Papercraft Show, Newark Showground, Newark.

And our next classes are scheduled for Saturday 21 June, Irby, Wirral, click here for more details.

Hope to see you there x

Tuesday 13 May 2014

Here's a couple of pics to show you...

... the cards we made at our day of classes a couple of Saturdays ago:

We ran two classes running all day with Helen N and Doreen two of our tutors, Doreen came and showed everyone how to achieve the great results with inks that we love so much and here's a selection of what our ladies made:

designed by Doreen
Our lovely Silhouette Owl Tree a greeting stamp from the set of our Postcard stamps, and sunset/sunrise elephants with a greeting from our Little Beauties set of stamps:

design by Doreen
and Helen N ran a great class called 'Cute to Vintage' here's a small selection of her makes:

designed by Helen N
a baby box card for cute and a gorgeous brown/cream card for vintage:

designed by Helen N
We had a great day, drank our way through lots of tea/coffee and ate our way through countless mini rolls (you've got to :) and tomorrow we are off to see our lovely Wrexham ladies for a morning class, which is always a delight - happy days.

Our next classes are planned for Saturday June 21 take a look here for more details. 

Little Claire xxx