Thursday, 31 January 2013

Our column is out again...

...we have just received our copy of the Feb issue (110) of Quick Cards magazine and we're loving our column on the back page, there is a great write up from Steve, a picture of Carol (who you will mostly speak to when on phone) and the project card has been designed by our Lyndsey and it features a design from our club stamp set for February (February tomorrow already?)

Little Claire Column in Quick Cards
And if you look closely at the bottom of the page (next to Carol) you can see a sneak peek of something new and exciting.............Our New Website!!! Yes, hopefully from tomorrow when you log on to Little Claire you will be taken to our new website...........more info on that to follow x

Here is a lovely card made by Heidi featured one of our Golden Oldie designs; Geranium:

designed by Heidi
We love this stamp, it is so simple in design and look how a bit of ink, ribbon and paper layering can make such a beautiful card!  'Mum' sentiment is from our Dictionary Definitions stamp set.

Little Claire x

Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Wednesday morning and we have sunshine... on the Wirral, and what a difference it makes to the day, wonderful!

We have a bit of a 'man' theme going on today thanks to a card sent through from one of our teamies; Georgina, although as is the case with lots of our 'male' stamps they do have a dual purpose for both sexes.
Here is Georgina's card:

designed by Georgina
This is our fantastic In a While stamp - he's enjoying a rest after all the gardening!  It's a great image and can have lots of uses;

In a While
This stamp is one of 4 that have now been reduced in price to £4.50 or we have an offer on our web to buy all 4 for just £15.00 (saving £3.00).

Here are the other 3 designs which make up the £15.00 offer:

Going Out

In this card Helen N has decoupaged the scarf and suitcase and paper-pieced the jacket, a simple but effective design:

designed by Helen N

For everyone - guys and girls!

designed by Helen R
Sunday Morning

Again, a lovely stamp suitable for either male or female cards:

designed by Heidi
So that's our Super Set of 4 stamps £4.50 each or all 4 for £15.00 available on our web - the perfect way to fresh up your ideas for Men!

Little Claire x

Tuesday, 29 January 2013

Hello everyone, we have a winner!

A huge thank you to everyone who left a comment from our recent blog comp 'Day 4 and we've got some more' we really appreciated all of your wonderful comments, thank you x

Without further ado, here is the lucky winner: Rachel  Please contact Carol with your address details and we hope you enjoy using your stash!

Here is a re cap of our new designs:

'Best Friend'


'Changing Tree - Baking'


'Changing Tree - Easter'


'Changing Tree - Education'


'Changing Tree - Male'


'Garden Shelves'


'Yes Miss'

 Have a great day, love from Little Claire x

Monday, 28 January 2013

Little Claire Likes ....... 'Best Friends'

Good morning, time for another 'Little Claire Like's.... where each Monday we showcase a card using one of our stamps, giving you a list of all of the products used and instructions on how to make the card.
Today is the turn of 'Best Friend', a recently launched little image for all of those dog lover's out there. It also has a beautiful sentiment 'just walk beside me and be my friend'.  We are sharing a really 'girly' card today, which would be just right for a friend for any occasion.

Here are the products used :

Little Claire 'Best Friend' stamp & sentiment set - £5.50
Georgina's buttons & stitches stamp set - £6.50
White cardstock - Pack of 20 A4 sheets - £3.50
'Romance' Bazzill Cardstock - £0.50p (4 x 6" squares)
'Rose Garden' First Edition paper pad - £7.50
Spellbinder's Nestibility - Labels 22 Die - £16.99
Mauve/Cream Baker's Twine - £2.50 (reel)
'Black Tuxedo' Momento Inkpad - £3.90
Promarkers : Pear Green, Blossom, Rose Pink, Pastel Beige, Khaki, Satin, Sandstone, Caramel, Vanilla & Mustard - £1.70 each
(White cardblank, ribbon, pink inkpad, pearls & green button from stash)

Products listed above are available to purchase from the website - HERE .

Instructions for card :

(1) Using Momento inkpad, stamp up image and sentiment. Cut out image using die and die-cut machine. Cut a small oblong of white cardstock measuring : 2 x 6cms, cut pink cardstock slightly larger than sentiment. Stamp up image and colour in using Promarkers.
(2) Cut a square of 'Romance' cardstock, measuring : 12cm x 12cm. Cut out four squares using paper from pack measuring : 5.5 x 5.5cms.
(3) Stamp stitching around the squares of paper.  Attach piece of ribbon down left side of card. Stick down to card blank.
(4) Using pink inkpad, edge cardblack, image and sentiment, stick together.
(5) To make the bow : Tie a bow using dotty ribbon. Wrap twine around fingers three times, thread separate piece of twine through button.  Pinch together twine and bow, attach by tying together. Stick down onto card using stong tape.
(6) Stick all elements down onto cardblank and attach pink pearls.

Hope you have enjoyed our 'Little Claire' likes ..... do pop back next week when we will be sharing another stamp and project with you.

Bye for now ....


Friday, 25 January 2013

Weekly project - Upright Z fold card

Hi all,

Its my turn Lyndsey today to provide you with a bit of inspiration here on the Little Claire blog.

Today I am going to show you a very simple card with a bit of a twist the classic Z Fold Card turned on its side creates - The Upright Z Fold Card.

I am also going to stick with this weeks tree theme - and am using the Changing Tree stamp with the gorgeous Girly Embellishments.

You will need

6x6 card blank
Piece of A5 or bigger white card
Border Punch
Oval & Scalloped Oval Nesties
Circle punch & Brad

1. Take the card blank, fold together along the pre-creased score line. Then fold the card front back on itself to create the Z Fold. (make sure to give your folds a good crease).

2. Turn your card around so that the RH side becomes the top & the fold is at the bottom.

3. Trim a piece of patterned paper to 14cm sq & add to the back of the card (making sure the pattern is the correct way up).

4. Trim a different piece of paper to 7cm wide x 14cm tall & add to the front part of the card

5. Punch a circle from co-ordinating card/plain paper and secure to the top of the card with a brad

6. Trim a piece of white card to 11cm wide x 15cm tall & punch a border along the 11cm edge

7. Trim a piece of patterned paper to 10.5cm wide x 13cm tall, add to the punched panel

8. Add the punched panel onto the front of the card, the top of this panel will slot under the circle to keep the card standing up

9. Stamp the Changing Tree Base & Girly Embellishments to suit, colour & Die Cut with an Oval Nestie

10. Mat the image onto a piece of co-ordinating card/plain paper Die Cut out using a Scalloped Oval Nestie.

11. Finish off with a cute Bow, Flowers & Gems 

Side view - so you can see the fold better.

Thank you for joining us at Little Claire today - hope you have enjoyed my little tutorial

Lyndsey xx

Thursday, 24 January 2013

Day 4, and we've got some more!

Hello everyone here we are, Thursday morning with the last two of our current new realeases, and we have 2 more sets of stamps for our popular Changing Trees:

Education Tree:

designed by Helen R
A great set of stamps to add to your existing range, if you love this idea and are collecting the stamps you can do things with them like Helen R has done above for her Education card; can you see that as well as stamping the books, mortar board and star, Helen has brought in the violin, music notes and wine bottle from other sets, so you can see just how great these stamps are for mixing and matching, wonderful!

Education Changing Tree Stamps

And below, Georgina has created a super background (instead of a tree!) which works well with one of the Rosette stamps from our Georgina's Rosettes stamp set:

designed by Georgina
Male Tree:

Taaa Daahh!  Here they are; a super set of 7 little stamps to create your own man tree!

designed by Helen R

Changing Tree Male Stamps
What fun you can have creating your own custom made 'Man' card, stamp as many bottles of beer as you wish, hang out the shirt and there is even a pair of underpants!

Gaynor has cleverly made her tree consisting of beer bottles and she has also stamped and cut some out for the side border too - love it!

designed by Gaynor
And in a similar style to our Education Tree above, Georgina created a wonderful background to set off one of our Rosette stamps:

designed by Georgina
And that completes our week of new stamp releases, all of our new stamps including today's Education and Male tree's are availble on our web together with lots more card ideas.

Would you like to win the lot?  How would you like to win ALL of our new 7 stamps - this includes
The Changing Trees - Baking, Easter, Male & Education and Best Friend, Yes Miss and Garden Shelves!

For your chance to win simply leave us a comment to this post letting us know your top 3 favs from our new seven stamps and leave your comment by 10am Monday 28 January - the winner will be drawn randomly.

Good Luck x

Wednesday, 23 January 2013

Day three - what can it be...

...hello everyone, it's non-stop here at Little Claire, we love it when we have new releases, its so exciting to show the results of our hard work to all our lovely customers and to share what our teamies have created by magically turning our stamps into wonderful cards such as these:

Best Friend:

Here is the first of our 2 NEW stamps for today, it is called 'Best Friend' and depicts a sweet girl out with her dog and includes the text 'just walk beside me and be my friend' which we think is such a beautiful saying:

designed by Helen R
and same stamp, different colours from Georgina (Happy Days tag is from Little Beauties set of 12 stamps)

designed by Georgina
and below we have doilys, flowers and ribbons all combined to make a special card for your special friend!

designed by Lyndsey
Yes Miss:

And here is NEW stamp release No.2 for today; Yes Miss:

designed by Donna
A sweet little girl dressed in her rolled-up dungarees, hard at work watched by attentive playmate.

designed by Gaynor
A change of colour, a change of papers and a change of style - but the same stamp!

designed by Lyndsey

designed by Helen R
There we are, our 2 fresh new stamps for today, we hope you like them and thank you so much to our talented team for bringing our designs to life, our girls work really hard (well someone's got to play with Little Claire's stamps lol)
And tomorrow we have 2 MORE new stamps to show you, it really is non-stop here, we don't know where we get the energy from - we are all getting older with bits dropping off - but we love the buzz of creating!

Thanks for dropping by, keep warm, Little Claire x

Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Day Two and what have we got for you?

We have 2 NEW Stamps!

Firstly and continuing with our fantastic 'Changing Tree' range we have designed a super Easter Changing Tree set of stamps:

6 stamps to create your Easter or Spring Changing Tree
This lovely set of stamps has been designed to fit perfectly with your Changing Tree base and check out some of the cards created by our clever teamies:

designed by Donna
You can see above how Donna has stamped the images all over and around the tree base to create the perfect Easter tree - look at the cute little chicks at the base of the tree, so cute!

designed by Gaynor
Same set of stamps here in Gaynor's card and she has festooned her tree with eggs which looks great;

designed by Lyndsey
It's great to see all the individual takes on the same set of stamps, and below Georgina has created a background with the Easter stamps:

designed by Georgina
and here is the second of today's NEW releases, the lovely Garden Shelves stamp:

designed by Donna
This is a super, good sized stamp as you can see in Donna's card above which is a 6x6 square and the stamp also comes with a hanging watering can.  The sentiment on Donna's card is from our Dictionary Definitions set of 12.
Gaynor has made an Easel card:

designed by Gaynor
And Helen R has made her card below, with the addition of faux stitching from our Georgina's Buttons and Stitching stamp set:

designed by Helen R
And on Georgina's card below, you can see the watering can which has also been used to create a background, the little tag greeting on this card is from our Little Beauties set of 12 stamps.

designed by Georgina

Thanks for popping by and if you like the look of these Newbies, click on the links to our web for more information.

Little Claire x

Monday, 21 January 2013

Little Claire Likes' .........' Baking Changing Tree'

Baking Changing Tree
 Good morning, hoping the snow isn't too deep where you are and that you are keeping warm.

 Here is a brand new stamp set to share with you today as part of our 'Little Claire Likes' ..... themed posts.

'Baking Changing Tree' is a great NEW set of 8 little elements consisting of cupcakes, shaped cutters and kitchen elements that you can use with our wonderful set 'Changing Tree' which we launched last Summer. 

You can mix and match all of the elements together from the original set and all of the new sets. If you already have the original set of tree, Wedding, Owls and Music elements, you can purchase this fab new 'Baking' set - for just £3.99. 

If you would like to have a go making the card featured above, here is how to do it:
Products Used :

LC Changing Tree Set - £8.99
LC 'Baking Changing Tree' set - £3.99
Dictionary Definition's Stamp set - £12.99
Circle Easel Card, Pack of 10 - £2.50
Brown Bazzill Cardstock (pack of four 6x6") - £0.50p
LC White A4 cardstock - 20 sheets £3.50
First Edition 'J'Adore' Paper Pad - £7.50
Riverbank Revels - Paper Lace Doilies - £1.40
Brown Baker's Twine - £2.50 - (reel)
Promarkers : Pear Green, Vanilla, Sandstone, Honeycombe, Coral, Sunkissed Pink, Pastel Beige, Khaki and Ice Grey I - £1.70 each

All of the above items available from Little Claire

(Circle and scallop Dies, Brown inkpad, kettle charm and brown pearls from stash)

Instructions for Card :

(1) Stamp out tree image onto white card (height/size depending on how many elements you have used). Then cut a piece of brown card, slightly larger.  Cut out circle and scallop circle shapes, stamp out 'Baking Tree' elements around the edge, colour images in with Promarkers. Stick down sentiment to centre of circle and images to brown cardstock.
(2) Edge all white cardstock, doily and paper using brown inkpad.
(3) Cut brown card to measure : 14 x 14cms and 14 x 6.5cms.  Cut paper to measure 13.5 x 13.5cms and 13.5 x 6cms respectfully. Matt and layer together.
(4) To front and inside of card, secure baker's twine to back of card using double-sided tape. Tie a small bow inside, add kettle charm and tie onto front using a knot.
(5) Stick down doily to inside of card, then image onto right side of card and also circle image.
(6) Add brown pearls as shown.

 We do hope you like our featured stamp, if you would like to purchase any of the items listed, please go to website via HERE .

Please do pop back next Monday, when we showcase another brand new stamp

and all this week we will be launching NEW STAMPS each day.... don't miss out!

Little Claire x

Friday, 18 January 2013

Friday Project - 'Elephants in Squares'

Hello! Today it is my turn (Helen R) to share a Friday Project with you J

What You Need
LittleBeauties’ Tag Sentiment Stamp Set
Red cardstock
Black cardstock
Nestabilities- Scalloped Squares
Corner Bow Die
Corner Die
Card Candi
Red Ribbon
Black Pearls

1. Stamp out the main image and colour with ProMarkers.
2.Mount onto a slightly larger piece of black cardstock and then onto a die cut red scalloped square.
3.Cut a piece of black cardstock to fit your card blank, and mount onto it a slightly smaller piece of patterned paper (in this case, red on white dots).
4.Cut a rectangle of black cardstock to fit across the middle of your card and mount onto it a second patterned paper, again, slightly smaller than the black.
5.Attach the ribbon to the rectangular panel before adhering it to the card blank.
6.Attach the main panel to the card using 3D foam pads.
7.Stamp out your chosen sentiment tag and attach it under the bow/tied ribbon.
8.Attach the corner bow to the left hand side of the card and add a black pearl.
9.Adhere the corner die cut as shown in the picture and add another pearl.
10.Finish off by adding 3 pieces of card candi to the bottom of the card!

Well there we are! I Hope you enjoyed the project and have a lovely weekend!  J

Thursday, 17 January 2013

January's Stamp of the Month... our cute Hedgehogs in Squares stamp:

This lovely stamp set is on offer during January only, usual price: £6.50  NOW until end of January; £4.50
which is a great bargain for such a super set of stamps!

The card below has been designed by Helen N and we really like the red gingham and kraft card combo, the red colouring really goes so well with the little hedgehogs:

designed by Helen N
Here's a lovely card designed by Donna - can you see the addition of the paperclip attached to the gingham bow? What a good idea!

designed by Donna
And Donna has also designed a set of Notecards, a set of four, one for each Hedgehog!

designed by Donna
 With the full stamp on the cover of the box, gorgeous x

So a lovely set of stamps at a very good price, but don't forget - for January only x

Little Claire x