Thursday, 18 September 2014

Winner of the Little Robin Redbreast stamp set....

And the winner is....June Horrocks!



Hi girls love the stamps, I bought one from Steve it wasn't the Christmas one but it was very beautiful. My favourite bird is the blue tit. I have lived in this bungalow 15 years and have fed the birds always and had two bird boxes and this year a pair of them came to have their babies in my box. I was over the moon I watched for hours at the visits to build a home they stayed a little while after the babies fledged brill!!!!!! Love June xx

June, please contact Carol to claim your prize!

Our next Craft Show and a Super Sale Discount:

Just a quick reminder that Steve will be at the Ross Papercraft Show, Rainton Meadows Arena, Houghton-le-Spring on Sunday 21st September (10am-3pm)

10% Discount Weekend!

Sorry we won't be at the Ally Pally show this weekend :( but instead we are offering a special 10% discount if you place an order between today and Sunday 21st Sept.  Just enter code KDO14 at the checkout online and you will receive your 10% discount (20% for Club Members!  Alternatively, you can ring us with your order (0151 648 8777), quoting the same discount code.

So all your crafting goodies will be delivered straight to your door!

Before we go, just thought we'd mention that you can now check out some of our designs on Pinterest - we have some inspirational boards for you to browse!

Love from the Little Claire Team xxx

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Calling all you bakers...

Are you a fan of The Great British Bake Off? We love it, all those yummy cakes and the humour from Mel and Sue so we thought we would pay homage and show off our 'baking' themed stamps...

Firstly, one of our all time faves, Let's Bake £6.50, featuring a kitchen dresser packed with cute little cups, plates, bowls and (of course) a cat!  Sooooo pretty!
designed by Helen Nile
And this gorgeous card features the sentiment 'Home is where the heart is' from our 'At Home' set found here.
designed by Helen Holbrook
Another of our favourites is the Winter Aga set £7.50...
designed by Heidi Green
Ooh, you can imagine yourself sitting in the perfect country kitchen, feeling all warm and cosy....

The Changing Tree Baking set £3.99 is the perfect little stamp set for baking enthusiasts, with eight tiny baking themed images for you to embellish your Changing Tree image (sold separately as part of the Changing Tree original set). Take a look...

designed by Helen Nile
You can create so many variations each time you stamp - LOVE it! We also have seven other Changing Tree additional sets, Baby, Girly, Easter, Education, Male and Christmas - collect them all!
Have a sneaky peek at the Christmas set...
designed by Helen Nile

designed by Gaynor Bloor
Back to baking, here's another batch of cards ...with our Tea Party set, £8.99
designed by Heidi Green

designed by Heidi Green

designed by Helen Nile
So there you have it - the perfect recipe for a beautiful homemade card - you really knead to have these stamps!  Oh dear, we'll stop whilst we're on a roll!!

Before we go, here's your chance to win a 'Changing Tree Baking' stamp set.  Simply tell us about your favourite cake.  The winner will be selected and announced next Thursday 25th September.
Our favourites are...a big, fluffy chocolate cake oozing with fresh cream (Gill), a good old coffee and walnut - with a cappuccino (Carol), Bakewell Tart (Steve). 

Love from the Little Claire Team xxx

























Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Snowflake Owl

We have just uploaded fresh new images for our new Snowflake Owl stamp

He's a little cutie and we are offering him at the special price of £4.50 until tomorrow (rrp £5.50)

and to tempt you for a bargain, here are a selection of our teamies makes:

We just adore the combination of pink and brown, and a pink owl - whoo'd of thought! But it really works...

designed by Heidi
Gaynor has given us a sparkly blue version with snowflakes in background:

designed by Gaynor
and Diane has created this beauty in red:

designed by Diane

designed by Diane
Diane has used our new Dinkie Holly Owl stamp for this fantastic set of tags, just wonderful!

So, a little post from us today in celebration of our Snowflake Owl stamp - which don't forget, is on special offer until tomorrow!

The Little Claire team xxx





Monday, 15 September 2014

Little Claire Likes - 'Robin Redbreast'

Hello and welcome to another 'Little Claire Likes' project.

Over the next few weeks, we are showcasing some of our favourite Christmas stamps, starting today, with 'Robin Redbreast'.  A beautiful stamp that was new to our range last year.
 
 
You can purchase this lovely stamp from our website HERE at the special price of £3.50 (normally £5.50), until Thursday 18th September or whilst the stocks last.
 
Here is Heidi's card today, using the stamp ;
 
 
 Here is a list of products used on the card :
 
Brown card, Promarkers, Black fine-liner pen and wooden embellishments from stash
 
Card Instructions :
 
(1) Cut a piece of card to measure : 29cms x 13cms.
(2) On the long side, score at 13cms, 26cms and 27.5cms, score edges well.
(3) Using the brown snowflake paper from the pack, cut a square : 12.5cms x 12.5cms.
(4) Cut a small strip for the front of the card : 12.5cms x 1.5cms.
(5) Stick both pieces of paper down onto card as shown.
(6) Cut a square of brown card : 10.5cms x 10.5cms and a square from white stamping card : 10cms x 10cms.
(7) Stamp up image onto white card, colour in and edge using black fine-liner pen.
(8) Stick image down onto brown matt and stick to card.
(9) Stamp up one of the 'Postcard' sentiment images, matt onto brown card.
(10) Stick down elements to front of card. Add wooden snowflakes and one heart.
(11) Add 'Mercury Glass' Stickles to edge of paper on card and to centres of snowflakes.
 
We do hope you have enjoyed our tutorial today, join us again next Monday for another project using one of our Christmas stamps.
 
The Little Claire Team
 
xxxx
 
 
 


Saturday, 13 September 2014

Little Claire Monthly Blog Challenge # 49 - A Birthday Card

Welcome to our September challenge.

We had lots of wonderful entries for our August challenge, thank you to all that did enter.
Our winner of the Little Claire prize is :
Karen P # 7

Here is her 'Male' themed card :
 
 

Well done Karen! Please contact Carol (carol@littleclaire.co.uk) so that she can send you your prize.
Now to our challenge for September/October.  We would like to see your 'Birthday Cards'.
 
Here is the prize we have on offer this month :
 
Three A4 sheets of die cut Christmas decoupage
One bag of wooden Christmas embellishments
Little Claire Stocking Owl stamp

Our Guest Design Teamies have made beautiful cards, firstly -

Mags using
 
Secondly, Rachel using
'Whisper a Wish' stamp set

Our Design Team have made some beautiful 'Birthday Cards', here they are :
 
 
Diane has used
'Lovely Jubblies' - Keep in Touch stamp and 'Fabulous Day' stamp set
 

Francy has used
 

Gaynor has used a


Heidi has used

Marianne has used

Our Challenge Rules :

Can we please ask that your card/creation is an original design of your own and not a copy or remake of another card. This is plagiarism and these entries WILL NOT be included. 

(1) You DO NOT need to use a Little Claire stamp to qualify for the prize draw.
(2) You may enter the challenge UP TO 3 TIMES ONLY PLEASE and you may combine with other challenges.
(3) You MUST follow the challenge theme and NO BACKLINKING please, new cards only.
(4) Please provide a link to our blog in your post.
(5) Please leave a link (via link below) to your actual card, not just to your blog.
(6) Please turn off Word Verification on your blogs, it makes it so much easier & quicker to leave a comment on your blog.
(7) The challenge finishes on Friday, 11th October 2014 @ 16.00pm and the new challenge
(# 50) will be open on Saturday, 12th October 2014.
We look forward to seeing your entries, good luck!
The Little Claire Team
xxxxxx




Friday, 12 September 2014

Star Of Wonder


Morning guys.......Diane here with a mini album friday project for you using "Star Of Wonder"

  It's September so we all now start thinking about Christmas and this mini album would make a great little stocking filler or gift for a friend, teacher, neighbour etc...













You will need

Star Of Wonder stamp
blue and white card
pattern paper
frantage ( chunky white embossing enamel)
ribbon
jingle bells
twine
black fine liner pen
glue
hole punch
3D foam tape

 1: Cut ONE piece of blue card 9 1/8" x 5" and score at 8" and 8 1/8" down the 5" length

2: Cut FIVE pieces of blue card 8" x 5" and score each at 7" down the  5" length. Now glue all FIVE pieces together along the 1" end upto the score line. Then glue to the piece of blue card 9 1/8" x 5" upto the 8" score line. 

3: There will now be a 1" flap on the left hand side, add glue to this and wrap round and over to the front upto 1" score mark. This now binds the mini book together.



3: Cut a piece of pattern paper 6 3/4" x 4 3/4" and another strip 3/4" x 4 3/4". Ink round all edges.

4:Stamp "Star Of Wonder" onto a piece of white card 3 1/4" x 4 1/8", colour, add frantage and faux stitching round. Matt onto another piece of white card leaving a 1/8" boarder all round.


5: Glue pattern paper onto front of mini album and add faux stitching round edges


6: Now mount "Star Of Wonder" with 3D foam tape onto front.

7: Punch two holes in left hand side and tie ribbon. Add three jingle bells onto bow with piece of twine.

Now your mini album is ready for some jolly christmas photo's !!














These little album are quick to make and here's another one I have made using "Swirly Whirlies Little Tammy"















Hope you enjoy making your mini album !!

hugs Diane xx

Thursday, 11 September 2014

WE LOVE CATS!

Yes, as you know, here at Little Claire we just love our feline friends and today we thought we'd share with you photos of our precious moggies.

Firstly, here our Gill and Steve's two beauties...
LC (or Elsie Pelsey as we like to call her), this is a bit of a weird photo of her mid yawn but really she is so pretty (and she does have ears!)  She's obsessed with cat treats (and then more cat treats!)

LC
And then there's Baby, who follows Gill around with her fluffy tail swishing about!

Baby
Here's Carol's cat, Mabel, who looks a cutie but will sometimes take a swipe at you for no reason when you walk past her ...

Mabel
This is Mabel's playmate, Skinny, in his favourite spot, the garden deckchair...

Skinny and Mabel
Here are some of our teamies' cats. Gaynor's two, Billy and Isla, how adorable are these...

Billy

Isla
and Heidi's Coco - what a poser!

Coco
Finally, here is Marianne's beloved cat, Bramble, no longer with us but we're sure fondly remembered...

Bramble
“What greater gift than the love of a cat.”
Charles Dickens

While we're on the theme of cats, here are a selection of cards made with our favourite cat stamps...

Can't Make Tea stamp £5.50

Can't make tea...cat on knee
Can't make tea...
Cats in a Box stamp £6.50...
Cat in a Box

And Swirly Whirly Cats £4.50

Swirly Whirly Cats

Enough cat talk, let's get on with announcing the winner of last week's blog competition.  We asked you to tell us what you like most about Christmas.  Thank you for your festive responses, it made us feel all warm and cosy inside. Here's the winning entry from Kate...

I enjoy all those houses that are lit up on the outside, they lifted my spirits when I was travelling back and forth to visit my mum in hospital a few years ago. I laughed at the santas climbing into chimneys, flashing christmas trees and loads of other decorations. My mum was in her final days with cancer, but it gave me something to tell her about, and she enjoyed my descriptions. So I always look at these brightly decorated homes and remember how they helped me through a very sad time. Mum died a few days before christmas, Kate x

Kate, please can you email Carol with your address and we will send you your prize!

That's all for now, have a nice day, with or without your cats!

Love from the Little Claire Team xxx









Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Little Robin Redbreast

What glorious late summer sunshine we've been having all week although there's a definite nip in the air first thing in the morning in the Little Claire shed!
Hope you enjoyed Helen N's tutorial yesterday, showing this month's club stamp, Little Robin Redbreast?  As promised, here are some more of our teamies' cards using this set...

We have a lovely selection from Francy, all colour co-ordinated...
designed by Francy Francalacci

Here, Heidi has used the two mini birdhouses as a border...
designed by Heidi Green

We're loving the paper-pieced red gingham bow!

Here, Gaynor has used the smaller birdhouses as a background - very clever...
designed by Gaynor Bloor
Helen H and Marianne have used the birdtable from Changing Birdhouse set to make these stunning cards...

designed by Helen Holbrook

designed by Marianne Fisher
And finally, this one from Diane (just look at those straight lines!)

designed by Diane Williams
We were thrilled to receive this card from one of our lovely customers:

designed by Brenda Saxon
 Thank you Brenda, this is a lovely design, really great to see and so glad you like the stamps.

Hope you like our selection of cards - remember, if you order Little Robin Redbreast set £8.99 this month, you will automatically receive a pre-cut card pack and project sheet with it and details of how to join our club.

For a chance of winning this super stamp set just leave us a comment telling us what your favourite garden bird is (we have a bird feeder near our shed filled with lots of yummy seeds - but no visitors yet!)

We would love to read your comments and will announce a lucky winner of our Little Robin Redbreast stamp set next Thursday 18 September '14, good luck x

Enjoy the sunshine!

Love from the Little Claire Team xxx