Friday, 24 April 2015

Friday Blog Project - Just a Note

Good morning everyone - it's Helen here with today's Friday blog project.  Before I start, you may have noticed that it's a case of 'great minds think alike' with my project and Lynsey's project on the blog yesterday!  It was a complete coincidence that we both decided to make similar projects!!

For my project you will need the following:

dark brown card and paper
white stamping card
post-it note pad
red gems 

And here's what you need to do:

1. Cut a piece of dark brown card measuring 9cm by 29cm.  With the longest sides facing towards you, score the card at 9cm, 18cm and 27cm.  This will give you three 9cm square panels and a small extra tab measuring 2cm by 9cm.  Fold the card as shown in the photo below:

2. Turn the card round - the first panel will be the base of your post-it note holder.  Cut a square of kraft paper measuring 8.5cm square and stick this to the dark brown base.  Stick your post-it note on top of this as shown in the photo below:

3. The next panel will be the front of the holder.  Cut another piece of kraft paper measuring 8.5cm square and a piece of the red gingham paper measuring 8cm square and stick these to the panel.  I've stamped the very cute 'Waggie Westie' stamp on a piece of white card measuring 6.5cm by 5cm and then matted this on to dark brown paper measuring 7cm by  I then attached this to the middle the gingham paper as shown in the photo below:

4. Turn the holder over and attach some double sided tape to the small end panel as shown in the photo below, folding it in before applying the tape:

5. Cut another piece of dark brown card measuring 6cm by 9cm and attach this to the small panel as shown in the photo below.  Still keeping the main holder face down, apply more tape to the added panel as shown in the photo below:

6. Fold the whole holder round so that the edge you have just applied the tape to sticks to the back of the panel with the post-it pad on it.  This is how the completed holder will look from the side:

7. I've then added some adhesive stones and used a stamp 'just a note' on the image panel - you could also use a computer generated sentiment:

This idea would work with any of the Little Claire Dinkies stamps - there's a great range on the website here.  Plus if you're a Dinkies fan, there are some great paper packs in the same section which are perfect to use with the Dinkies stamps plus some great new Dinkie Stamp Scalloped Edged cards, exclusive to Little Claire:

I will also be hosting a Little Claire workshop called Dinkie Cards on 30 May here on Wirral with example of using the Dinkies stamps to make large and small cards, showing how versatile they can be:

My class will run in the morning with the same class in the afternoon and Gill classes at the same time so you can spend the whole day with us.  Gill's class is called 'Heidi's Cards' - cards designed by the very talented Heidi

We have a lot of fun on the class days - lots of tea, coffee, biscuits as well as lots of Little Claire inspiration plus the chance to have some retail therapy too!  This is a photo from one of the workshops last year:

If you would like to come to one of our classes, all the details are on the website here.  If you live near Crawley, Heidi and Gill are also running classes there in July:

Hope you all have a fabulous weekend - you never know, the sun might last for the next few days!!

Thursday, 23 April 2015

Sticky Notes Holder Tutorial ..........

Hi everyone, Lynsey here with a tutorial on how to make a post it note holder.  

These are the materials that you need:


Neenah Cardstock
Kraftand Pink Cardstock
Patterned Paper
Letter Stickers
Post it Notes
Leaf Punch
Paper Flower

1. Cut a piece of kraft cardstock to 9.5 cm x 27.5 cm and then score across at 8cm and 16cm.
2. Mountain fold both scored lines.
3. Cut another piece of kraft cardstock measuring 9.5cm x 11cm and attach to the front of the shortest folded area to create a mini easel stand.
4. Print and colour the digi floral hedgehog image and cut into a circle. 
5. Mat and layer patterned paper and pink cardstock and attach to the bottom of the card and the to the front.  
6. Add your stamped image to the front of the card and the post it note pad to the bottom. 
7. Cut a banner from white cardstock and add sticky letters to read notes.
8.Finally add punched leaves and a paper flower to finish.

This is a sideways view:

Thanks for stopping by.
Hugs Lynsey x

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

New and Exclusive to Little Claire...

In stock NOW - find them here a great new shape for making Dinkie cards!

If you would you like to win yourself a pack (20 cards and envs in each pack) then please leave us a comment telling us which, out of all of the Dinkie Stamps, is your favourite.

We will announce 2 lucky winners next Tuesday 28 April - good luck x

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Come & Make Cards with Little Claire!

We still have places left on both our Wirral classes and our day in Crawley.....

Our classes are friendly, fun and truly inspirational (and lots of cuppas and scrummy biscuits served by Steve). We'd love you to join us!
Ring us on 0151 648 8777 to book your place or book online here

Winners of our 'April Showers' stamp set ....

A big THANK YOU  to everyone who posted comments telling us why you love this time of year. We felt very uplifted reading them all!  The two lucky winners selected at random are Maria Alder and Ann.  Here are their comments...

'I love this year because the sun coming out to warm my ache body and the spirit is up by seeing all the beauty that's starting to wake up again, the flowers, bumble bees and butterflies. The baby lambs being born and seeing the leaves coming out on the trees. Oh that is spring for me.
Love all the cards using the new stamps made from the team!'
Maria Alder
'I love the longer days and sunshine bringing everything back to life (including me) after the winter. It makes me feel energised.' Ann
Well done ladies, please contact Carol to claim your prize!

Have a lovely day :)

The Little Claire Team xxx

Monday, 20 April 2015

Little Claire Likes - 'Swirly Whirly Cats' Card

Good Monday morning,

We are sharing another project this morning, today using 'Swirly Whirly Cats', a great 'zentangle' like image that can be used for any occasion.
You can buy this fabulous feline stamp at the reduced price of £3.50 (usually £4.50).  The website HERE offer stands until Thursday, 23rd April 2015 or whilst stock is available.

Heidi's card for today has been made using two different papers from our Little Claire paper packs - 'Tartan' and 'Dotty'.  They mix and match together so well! She has also added some lovely white ric-ric ribbon and lots of pearls.

Card Instructions :

(1) Onto white stamping card, stamp up 'Swirly Whirly Cats' image, colour in using pens.
(2) Ink edges of image and matt onto kraft card.  Again ink edges.
(3) Cut a strip of kraft card and punch one edge.
(4) Punch out circle and stamp up a sentiment onto it.
(5) Make a hole in top and thread through some white ric-rac ribbon.
(6) Punch out three daisies, ink all edges.
(7) Place two papers onto card, at angles.
(8) Stick ric-rac to top of kraft border and stick over two papers.
(9) Add a third paper over border and stick down well.
(10) Stamp up edge of image to top and bottom of card as shown.
(11) Add image sticking down with sticky pads.
(12) Add daisies, sentiment and pearls to card.

Thank you for visiting the Little Claire blog today, we do hope you have enjoyed the project.

The Little Claire Team


Friday, 17 April 2015

Friday Blog Project - 'Pom Pom Dahlia' Card

Good morning to you,
Heidi here to share another blog project with you today.

Have you been enjoying the wonderful 'mini' heat wave that has swept the country? Well, my garden has flowers popping out everywhere, so I thought I would choose a great flower image from the Little Claire range - the 'Pom Pom Dahlia' stamp is just right!  It is a beautiful image and a favourite of mine. It just called out to be inked up and coloured in!

Here is the inside of my card :

 I have made a small pop-up card from cream and kraft card.  It is similar to the club card sample that I made recently, using the new 'April Showers' stamp set.  I have used one of the sentiments from that set, on the front of my card.
Here are the products I used :

Pom Pom Dahlia stamp
April Shower's May Club stamp set
Kraft Card
Cream Stamping Card
Memento 'Rich Cocoa' inkpad
Promarkers : Putty, Almond, Khaki and Pastel Beige
Lace and twine oddments
Small cream pearls
Labels # 22 dies

How my card was made :

(1) Cut your kraft card blank to measure : 20cms x 10cms.
(2) Cut a piece of cream card : 20cms x 10cms.
(3) Stamp up the 'Pom Pom Dahlia' image around edge of kraft card blank.
(4) Onto cream piece, stamp up image to each end edges, colour in.
(5) Die cut a piece of cream card, using the larger die.
(6) Stamp up two images, as shown.  Add 'To lovely you ....' sentiment to centre.
(7) Using cream card centre piece, cut two 2cm slits into card at fold, three centimetres
from each edge.

(8) Pop out the centre piece and score edge well.
(9) Die cut smaller die from kraft card.  Edge with flower image and stick to centre piece.

(10) Cut a further flower image onto cream card, colour in and cut out.
(11) Stick to kraft centre piece.
(12) Attach lace and twine and tie a know.
(13) From a small piece of lace, tie a bow and attach to centre flower.
(14) Decorate with small pearls.

  I do hope you have enjoyed my tutorial today.  The little 'Pom Pom Dahlia' stamp is only £2.00.  To treat yourself, the website section is HERE.


Thursday, 16 April 2015

Geranium Flower – Digi Stamp Project

Morning All! It’s Lisa here with a new ‘Digi Stamp Project'.  Today I’m showcasing the Geranium Flower digi stamp:

I needed a few quick Thank You cards for the children to give out following their haul from the Easter Bunny, so I have created a set of Clean and Simple cards. 

I created a simple layout using Microsoft Word, combining the digi image with a typed sentiment. I printed four of these onto a sheet of card.

Geranium Flower (2)

I cut them out and mounted each onto a different colour of card, before fixing to the card blanks with double sided tape.

Geranium Flower (3)

Flowers have been coloured to match the card and to add a little detail I’ve doodled a border, added some pearls and dotted the flower centres with some Glitter Glue.

Here is one of the finished cards:

Geranium Flower (5)


  • Geranium Flower Digi Stamp
  • Alcohol Markers
  • Scalloped 12.5cm Square Card Blanks
  • White Stamping Card
  • Various Coloured Card
  • Self Adhesive Pearls
  • Gold Glitter Glue
  • Black Fineline Pen

Step by Step:

  1. Using the computer combine the digi image with a sentiment and repeat three more times so you have 4 to an A4 page. 
  2. Print onto white stamping card and cut out so each measures 10.5cm square.
  3. Mat and layer onto coloured card and fix to the card blanks.
  4. Colour the image with alcohol markers, match the flower colour to the coloured card.
  5. Doodle a border using a black fine line pen.
  6. Decorate with pearls.

Hope you like my project and are inspired to try something similar. If you would like a little more detail on alcohol marker colours please stop by my blog

Thanks for stopping by


Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Competition Time!

designed by Diane
Hello everyone! The sun is shining here and the birds are chirping - it looks like it's going to be a wonderful day!
We love April, showers and all and to celebrate, we have 2 of our fabulous 'April Showers' stamp sets up for grabs.
First, have a look at these lovely cards made with the April Showers set...

designed by Helen

designed by Francy

designed by Gaynor

deisigned by Shary

designed by Marianne

You can make this amazing card when you purchase our April Club stamp 'April Showers' for £8.99 - you will receive the stamp set, a pre-cut card kit and project sheet with easy to follow instructions to make Heidi's card!

Now, for your CHANCE TO WIN!!  All you have to do is leave us a comment telling us what you love about this time of year. We will pick 2 lucky winners at random next Tuesday 21 April - best of luck!
The Little Claire Team xxx

Monday, 13 April 2015

Little Claire Likes - 'In a While' Monday Project

Good morning, we do hope you are having a lovely Monday?

Today, for our 'Little Claire Likes - Monday Project', we are showcasing a great stamp set for the men.  'In a while' is a favourite of ours and is a great image, just right for Father's Day.


Heidi has used this stamp on her card today along with a great male themed alphabet 'Manphabet' set, and our Little Claire 'Tartan' paper pack - they all go really well together on the card.

Our 'In a While' stamp, can be purchased at the special price of £3.50 (usually £4.50) until Thursday, 16th April 2015 or whilst stocks last.  Just pop on over to the website HERE.

Card Products :

Dovecraft White Card Blanks - £1.99
Memento 'Rich Cocoa' Inkpad - £3.90
Green Bazzill Card
White A4 Stamping Card
Promarker Pens
Cosmic Shimmer Glue, Craft Knife and Sticky Pads

Card Instructions :

(1) Onto white stamping card, stamp up image and colour in.
(2) Stamp 'D' and 'A' letters from the 'Manphabet' alphabet all over the card base.
(3) Cut a square of green card : 13cms x 13cms.
(4) Cut a square of green tartan paper from pack, matt onto green card.
(5) Stick card and paper square down onto card base.
(6) Stamp up 'DAD' from 'Manphabet' onto green card, cut out.
(7) Edge all pieces with ink.
(8) Cut a square of green card and tartan paper, cut in half and stick together.
(9) Place triangles over edge of image, stick image sideways onto card.
(10) Add 'DAD' letters to top, stick on with sticky pads.
Thank you for visiting our blog today, we do hope you have enjoyed Heidi's tutorial.

The Little Claire Team


Saturday, 11 April 2015

Little Claire Monthly Challenge # 56 - Use Kraft Card

Good morning, welcome to another challenge here at Little Claire.

Thank you for all of the wonderful entries for our March challenge, the winner, picked randomly, is :

Entry # 88 - Wendy

Here is her winning card

Well done! Please contact Gill ( who will send you your prize.

Our challenge theme for April is 'Kraft card', so please make sure that there is 'kraft card' on your entries.

The prize we are offering to the winner is :

£20.00 Website Voucher

Our Design Team have made some beautiful cards using our stamps, feast your eyes!

Allison has used
Avril has used

Diane has used

Gaynor has used

Heidi's has used
'Freedom' stamp set

Helen has used
'Silhouette Boat' 

Mags has used

Marianne has used
'Scottie Dog's' stamp set

Here is a list of our rules, please read and follow before entering our challenge.

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.

The challenge finishes on Friday, 15th May 2015 @ 16.00pm and the new challenge (# 57) will be open on Saturday, 16th May 2015.

We look forward to seeing all of your entries and visiting your blogs.

Good Luck!

The Little Claire Design Team