Friday, 30 January 2015

Scottie Dogs

Shary here and today I'd love to show you some new goodies from Little Claire in a card I have made. I've used the new Pastel Tartan and Ombre paper pads and I've given you a little sneak peek of the new monthly stamp set "Scottie Dogs".

Here's my list of products I have used.

Scottie Dog stamp set - 


1. Cut a piece of Ombre card 1/2cm smaller than your card blank. Stamp out the three Scottie dog images all over the ombre card using Versamark and then clear emboss. Ink the edges in a contrasting ink and then using the same ink gently wipe over the embossed dogs to make them pop a little more.

2. Stamp out the three Scottie dogs image again onto the same Ombre card stock in black ink and clear emboss. Paper piece the dog's coats and collars with some of your chosen pastel tartan paper.

3. Layer onto a piece of larger pastel tartan paper and then make a border using a decorative edge punch. I then adhered this to the bottom of the main image block. 

4. Next add a ribbon where the tartan paper meets the ombre and adhere at the back. Take a small strip of the tartan paper and adhere to the centre of the ribbon lengthways. 

5. Add a sentiment from the same stamp set and then add your embellishments.

I hope I've inspired you to use some of the lovely products in the Little Claire Designs store.


Thursday, 29 January 2015

Elegant Owl Thank You Card

Morning all, it is Avril here and it is my turn to do a tutorial, using one of the fabulous Digi Stamps.  I have made it quite easy and elegant, hope you like it, and give it a try.

Products needed to make this card:-

Little Claire's Owl Tree Silhouette 
7 x 7 inch White Card Blank
2 Sheets of Silver Mirri Card
1 Sheet Black Leather Effect Card
2 A5 Sheets of Papermania Capsule Collection - MONO (2 different designs)
Black Ink Pad
Double Sided Sticky Pads
X Cut Rectangle Die
Small Butterfly Punch
Large Flower Punch
Small Flower Punch
Leaf Punch

To put the card together you will need to:-

  1. Make a Matt with the Silver Mirri and Black Leather card and Adhere to Card Blank
  2. Make 4 Squares from the Patterned Paper, 2 of each design, add a Silver Matt to the back and adhere to Card.
  3. Print out Image on good quality printer card.
  4. Use the Rectangle Die to cut around image, use the Black Ink Pad to go around the edge of the image.
  5. Add a Silver Matt around the image and using double-sided sticky pads, adhere to the middle of the card.
  6. Punch out from left over card - 3 Large White Flowers, 3 Small Black Flowers, 3 Leaves in White and 3 Small Butterflies using the Black card.
  7. Take the Black Ink Pad around the white punched Flowers and Leaves.
  8. Arrange the flowers and leaves around the top right of the Image and add gems to the centre of the black flowers.
  9. Arrange the Black Butterflies on the left hand side of the image.
  10. Add the Thank You sentiment to the lower right hand side of image.
I hope you like my card and have a go at making it, I hope you agree that is is Elegant, and perfect for a Thank You card.

Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Lovely Little Claire Digi stamps

We have a huge selection of digi stamps on our web, lots of your favourite designs all ready for your to download for your crafting projects, once downloaded they are yours to keep forever - you make them any size you wish and colour to your choice, fantastic!

If you feel like giving our digi's a try, we have 2 FREE digi's here and this is our free digi Giraffe image with a card from Diane (the sentiment is a digi too!):

designed by Diane
How gorgeous is that? And then this is our other free digi with a lovely card designed by Helen:

designed by Helen

So, if you haven't dipped your toe into the world of digi's - what are you waiting for, give it a try for free!

Competition Winner:

From our blogpost of 21 January when we asked you 'what kind of superwoman are you?' the lucky winner chosen at random is:

Karen Woodall - who said: I absolutely love these stamps. I love gardening when its nice and warm in the summer and the flowers are out. I work in an office and run around all over the place as I manage a unit for St John Ambulance in my spare time. Looking after 50 kids and 14 adults. Feel like I need a Superwoman cape at times.

well done Karen, please contact Carol who will send your Superwoman stamp set out to you together with the pack to make this lovely card below x

designed by Helen
Before we go; we will be exhibiting at the Craft4Crafters Show at the Westpoint Arena, EXETER from Thursday 29 January to Saturday 31 January, come and see us (and all our goodies) if you can!

Little Claire xxx

Monday, 26 January 2015

Little Claire Likes 'Monday Project' - Silhouette Lighthouse

Welcome to our Monday project - 'Little Claire Likes'. Where we share a project every Monday using one of our much loved stamps.

Today, we are showcasing one of our Silhouette stamps - 'Silhouette Lighthouse'.

Our featured stamp set can be purchased at the special price of £4.50 (normally £6.50) until Thursday, 29th January 2015 or whist we have stock.

Here is Heidi's card made using this great stamp set along with a fabulous new paper stack from Little Claire called 'Ombre Paper Stack'. This new paper stack works perfectly with all of our 'Silhouette' stamps. You can find them on the website Here.

Here is the list of products used :

Blue card, black embossing powder and die-cut shapes from stash
Heatgun, sticky tape and sticky pads.

Card Instructions :

(1) Cut blue card and 'Ombre' paper to fit kraft card blank.
(2) Cut a square of kraft card and one of blue, stick together.
(3) Cut a square of 'Ombre' paper. Using Versamark ink pad, stamp up image.
(4) Cover image with black embossing powder and heat with heat gun.
(5) Stick image down onto blue and kraft matt.
(6) Stamp up sentiment into corner of image,
(7) Die cut border, starfish and anchor from spare blue and kraft card.
(8) Wrap brown twine around the image and tie a bow. Stick to card blank.
(9) Attach other elements and stick down to card.

We do hope you have enjoyed our tutorial today, please do check out our range of new paper pads on the website HERE.

The Little Claire Team


Friday, 23 January 2015

Snowman bunting

Marianne here today with a project for you. I wondered what to make and as so many people last year said they wished they had started their Christmas cards earlier I decided to encourage you to do just that. It is never too early to start and as Christmas gets near you will be so glad you did. 

Little Claire have some wonderful Christmas stamps which you can find here and this one combines 2 of my favourite things, a snowman and bunting.

You will need
Alcohol markers
Memento Tuxedo black stamp pad
First Edition Vintage Noel paper pad 
Martha Stewart holly border punch
Memory Box bunting die
Sue Wilson filigree poinsettia dies
Star Dust Stickles
Red pearls
6"x 6" white card blank
Green and white card

1 Fold the front of the card blank back in half. Cut a piece of red embossed paper 13.8cm square and 2 pieces 13.8cm x 6.5 cm. Attach these to green card leaving a small border. 
2 Stamp the snowman image and sentiment onto white card. Colour with markers. Layer onto green card leaving a small border.
3 Cut 3 pieces of the poinettia paper 13.8cm x 5cm. Punch both of the long edges with the holly border punch.
4 Attach the red papers to the three sides of the card blank. Attach a poinsettia strip to the centre of each of the smallest panels and a strip to the right hand side of the large panel.
5 Attach half the image to the front so that other half overhangs the edge.
6 Die cut 2 poinsettias for cream and red papers from the paper pad. Attach at the top lefthand and right hand corners as shown. Finish with a red pearl in the centres.
7 Die cut 3 pieces of bunting using paper oddments in red and green. attach to the inside as shown.
8 Finish with Stickles to the snowman's hat and snow. 

Thursday, 22 January 2015

January Digi Blog Project

Hello it`s Allison here and I hope you're all well and ready for some crafting.  
This is the card which I am calling "Rainbow Dragonflies" and it`s what I would call an arty card, here is what you will need:
base card - 14.5cm x 14.5cm
pale blue card/paper
black card/paper
matt printer paper about 220gsm
pastel chalks and some cut-n-dry
Versa Fine - black
thin pale green ribbon
glitter glue
grey coloured gems
Re-size the digi stamp image until it measures 12cm across the bottom line of the stamp and 5.5cm from the bottom of the stamp to the top tip of the dragonfly wing.
Copy and paste the re-sized image and crop it down until only the dragonfly remains. Position and rotate the dragonfly above the original silhouette image, *copy + paste the new dragonfly, move it to a suitable position and slightly reduce the size*. Repeat from * to * once more.

Make sure the image is at least 14.5cm below the top of the page, then print onto 220gsm Matt print paper.
Colour the printed image with pastel chalks. Tip: I finely (in pencil) draw the card size onto the paper around the image, this gives me an area to work in when applying the chalks.   When applying the chalks I use small circular motions and blend each colour into the next. I use cut-n-dry to apply my chalks.
Stamp the sentiment using the Versa fine. TIP: do a test stamp onto a bit of scrap paper to make sure the letters are in a straight line.
Colour the dragonfly wings with a fine tip turquoise pen and with a fine paint brush apply the glitter glue. Allow to dry then spray the image with hair spray to set the chalks.
Glue the ribbon along the bottom of the silhouette (I prefer to wrap the ribbon around to the back of the paper).
Cut to size and layer up all the papers onto the card.
Finish off the embellishments by adding grey coloured gems to the centre of the flowers. Tie a bow from the green ribbon and stick onto the ribbon already attached to the card.
Finally sit back and stare at your handy work all day long.

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

We are slowly coming to the end of this month...

...and before we do we want to show you some more cards made with our January club stamps;

A fantastic set of stamps for just £8.99, make lots of different cards and here is a selection from our Shary which we don't think you have seen yet, here is gardening lady in a super frame:

Here is the career lady, great for a new job, the blue top of the clipboard has been glossy accented:

and our ultimate Superwoman, the multi-tasking lady keeping very busy!

Which person are you?  Are you a happy gardener or a career girl or a superwoman mixture of everything?

Carol is a happy gardener and thinks nothing of shifting big heavy bags of gravel around!

Gill is a career girl and is happy at the laptop creating new ideas.

Steve would like us all to think that he is a multi-tasking icon, but really he is simply adept at starting lots of projects and leaving them all over the place!

We'll give one set of Superwoman stamps plus the project pack which contains everything to make this card:

designed by Helen

to the lucky winner drawn at random on Tuesday 27 January '15, good luck!

Little Claire xxx

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Look what we've got!

Freshly delivered - and a great price too:

We have a fantastic selection of the NEW Dovecraft 99p stamps just arrived and very nice they are too and best thing we are offering ANY 3 for just £2.50 - so head over to our web and grab a bargain!

We need to say a 'very well done' to one of our teamies; Marianne who recently had two pages in Making Cards magazine devoted to her makes using our 'Man of My Dreams' stamp set:

Here's Steve's photo's of the magazine, he found it on sale in Sainsburys...

This issue of Making Cards is on sale now and it really is a great project from our Marianne!

Here are Marianne's cards in close up:

All three images (along with lots of text) are included within this wonderful stamp set which was our Club Set for December, a great price at just £8.99.

Lot's of goodies from us today, don't forget about those cute little 99p stamps - a real bargain x

Little Claire x

Monday, 19 January 2015

Little Claire Likes Weekly Project - 'Let's Do Lunch'!

Good morning,
'Let's do Lunch' is a really cute little stamp set that we are showcasing in our Monday, 'Little Claire Likes' project this week.  This sweet little set is just right for all occasion cards.  The elements are separate, which makes it great for stamping up individually.

Heidi has made a quick and easy card using the stamp set.  You can pick up this set for only £3.50 (normally £5.50) for a limited time only - until Thursday, 22nd January 2015 on the website HERE.

Here is her card :

Products Used :

Little Claire 'Let's do Lunch' stamp set - £3.50
Dovecraft 6x6 White Cards and envelopes - £1.99
Little Claire 'Dinky - Dotty' paper pad - £2.99
Memento 'Rich Cocoa' Inkpad - £3.90
Red Berries Distress Ink Pad
Promarker Pens
Spellbinders 'Labels 22' Die
Red Ribbon
Red Pearls

How the card was made :

(1) Stamp up image onto white stamping card, colour in, die-cut and ink edges.
(2) Stamp 'tulip' element from stamp set around the bottom of card front.
(3) Colour in using Promarker pens, ink edge of card blank.
(4) Stick down two squares of red dotty paper from 'dinky' pad, overlapping in centre of card.
(5) Stamp up sentiment, edge with ink.
(6) Stick image down, then sentiment overlapping onto paper.
(7) Add red ribbon and tie a bow.
(8) Add red pearls to top of card and image.

Thank you for stopping by the blog today and don't forget our special offer on this cute little stamp set.  We also have lots of new products on our website.

The Little Claire Team



Saturday, 17 January 2015

Monthly Challenge # 53 - Bright & Beautiful Theme

Hi and welcome to another challenge, our first in 2015.

Thank you to all of you that took part in our December challenge, we had lots of lovely entries for our 'Special Card' competition.

Our winner, chosen randomly is :

Stella - Challenge entry # 44

Well done Stella! Please can you contact Gill ( who will forward on your prize.

Now to our new challenge, where our theme is 'Bright & Beautiful'. So we would like to see lots of lovely papers, flowers and any other embellishments to make your cards 'Bright and Beautiful'!

Our prize for this month is :

It includes :

8 x A4 Assorted Die-Cut Sheets
1 x Sunflower Stamp set
1 x Book Owl Stamp set
1 x 'And So To Bed' stamp set
1m Tartan Ribbon
1m Red Dotty Organza Ribbon
1 metre Green Dotty Organza Ribbon

Our Design Team have made some gorgeous cards to brighten your day!

Starting with :

Diane who has used

Gaynor who has used
'Single Flower' stamp

Helen who has used
'Tulip Bunny' and 'Love and Hugs' dinky Postcard stamp

Marianne who has used
'Swirly Birds' stamp set

Shary who has used
'Rainy Day' stamp set complete with wellies!

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 PLEASEand you may combine with other challenges.
(3) You MUST follow the challenge theme and NO BACKLINKINGplease, 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, 13th February 2015 @ 16.00pm and the new challenge (# 54) will be open on Saturday, 14th February 2015.

Have fun creating your cards and we look forward to seeing your entries, good luck!

The Little Claire Design Team