Friday 30 March 2012

Weekly Blog Project - You Are My Sunshine

Good morning everyone!  This week it's my (Helen N) turn to share one of my creations with you and I've made this hanging card using 'Garden Set' and one of the gorgeous new 'Sunshine Sentiment' stamps.  

Here's what you'll need to make the project:
pale green card
circle and scalloped circle Nestabilities dies
Go Kreate scalloped square dies
Corner rounder punch
And this is what you need to do:
1. Stamp the flower pot, wellingtons and sentiment on to white card and die cut using two sizes of the circle dies:
2. Then die cut from the pale green card four scalloped squares and scalloped circles to match the three circular image panels:

3. Cut three white squares (8cm square) from the stamping card and round the corners.  Cut a square of the pale green gingham paper (7cm) square and round the corners of this:

4. Colour the two main images using Promarkers:

5. Layer the two image circles on to the larger scalloped circles and then on to the white card.  Then layer the sentiment circle on to the smaller scalloped circle, then on the pale green gingham paper and then the white card as shown in the photo below:

6. Starting with the top panel, lay one of the scalloped squares on to your craft mat and then put the ribbon over the top of this creating a loop above the scalloped square.  Use some sellotape to tape the two sides of the ribbon to the green scalloped square:

 7. Next place your first white square on top of this so the ribbon is sandwiched between the two pieces:
8. Continue attaching the other scalloped squares in the same way as shown in the photo below:

9. Attach the two final white card squares to finish the card:

I really hope you like the card!  Here's another variation I made using the 'Babies Are Such a Nice Way' set and a bit of paper piecing using pale blue gingham paper:
 Hope you like the cards!

Thursday 29 March 2012

Lots of Lovely New Things to Share!

Today we've got lots of great new products to share with you!

First of all, a range of brand new Digi Decoupage Sheets featuring Flossie:

All you have to do once you've purchased them is save the file to your desktop and then the sheet is yours to print out and use as many times as you want!

We also have some great new digi papers:

this one goes perfectly with our Claire's Owl stamp

this one is ideal to use with Garden Set

and this one goes really well with Man Squares

You can find all of them in the 'Digi Downloads' section on the website.

We also recently brought out two new sets of sentiment stamps and there's now a video on the Little Claire website showing you both of them in action.  Have a look here - to see it or go to the videos section of the website.  

Here are some examples of how you can use Save the Date

And here are all the Sunshine Sentiments stamped out.

Don't forget we still have our first weekly blog candy on offer - click here for all the details.

Finally, the first Little Claire column will be in the issue of Quick Cards magazine which goes on sale at the end of April - we'll let everyone know here on the blog and on Facebook once it's in the shops!

Birthday Giveaway

A big thank you to everyone who left birthday wishes for Steve yesterday!

As promised, he's chosen someone to receive a Little Claire gift and the lucky person is .....


who said: "Relatively new to Little Claire, but had to Say Happy Birthday Steve, Hope you have a Fab day and don't worry about age....I have a daughter as old as you, and I don't mean 26 how old does that make me :O"

Congratulations, Mau!  Please e-mail with your full name and address and we'll get your prize out to you.

Wednesday 28 March 2012

Happy Birthday Steve!

Happy Birthday Steve x
It's Steve's birthday today, so we thought we'd share a pic with you of him getting ready for his NEW Column that will be in the April issue of 'Quick Cards made easy' magazine, on sale in the next week - needless to say, he is sooo excited about this and hopes that all the ladies will enjoy reading his column each month.
If you look closely at this pic, you can get a sneak peek of April's Club Set which is coming out to all of our Club Members from tomorrow.
Any 'Happy Birthday' wishes that you would like to send to our Steve today would be greatly received and, as he will be in such a good mood, one lucky person may be picked to receive a goodie prize chosen by him!

Tuesday 27 March 2012

A Day With Little Claire Wirral

We're running another 'Day With Little Claire' here on the Wirral on Saturday 28 April 2012.

Due to an administration error when we've been booking people on the workshop, we have one more space available.  The cost is £49 and you can find more details on the website here.

If you're interested, please phone  0151 342 5715 or e-mail - please don't book through the website.

Our First Weekly Blog Candy!!

Welcome to our first weekly blog candy giveaway! 

From this week, we'll have blog candy on offer each week and we're starting with a great give away of four Little Claire stamps:

There are two stamps from our new Flossie range - 'Flossie Daisychain' and 'Flossie Butterflies' plus one of men's stamps 'In a While' and the very cute 'Babies Are Such a Nice Way.....'

And this is what you need to do to join in:

1. You must be a follower of this blog.

2. Post a picture of the blog candy with a link back to this post on your blog. 

3. Leave a comment on this post with your blog address.  

4. The blog candy will close at midnight next Monday, 2 April and we'll announce the lucky winner on Tuesday.

5. If you don't have a blog, you can still join in - leave a comment on this post and let us know that you don't have a blog.

We hope lots of you will join in!

And here are a few cards made with the stamps to give you some inspiration:

first from Gaynor using 'Babies Are Such a Nice Way...':

next from Donna using 'In a While':

from Georgina using 'Flossie Daisychain':

and finally from Helen R using 'Flossie Butterflies':

Friday 23 March 2012

Weekly Blog Project - Cutie Patootie Horseshoe

Here is this week's blog project, a wedding horseshoe made by Design Team Member, Heidi.

She has used our little Chimney Sweet 'Bert' from the 'Cutie Patootie' range, available to purchase Here .

Here are a list of ingredients to make the project :

MDF Horseshoe
White Decopatch Paint
'Chimney Sweep Bert' Little Claire stamp
Black & Pink Cardstock
Marianne Flower & Swirl Dies
MS Heart and Border Punches
MS Butterfly Punch
Woodware Leaf Punch
White Lace
Black & White Pearls
Black Tuxedo Momento Inkpad
Promarker Pens

Promarkers used :
Ice Grey I, Cool Grey 2, Warm Grey 3, Cool Grey 4, Tan, Putty & Almond

Here is how to make it :
(1) Firstly, paint the horseshoe back and front, giving several coats for coverage, leave overnight to dry. Give more coats if needed.
(2) Stamp out 'Bert' using a 'Momento' inkpad and colour in with Promarkers listed. Cut around the image.

(3) Pleat some lace and stick down to the black heart border covering the top.
(4) Layout elements onto horseshoe, when happy where placed, stick down using a strong glue.

(5) Thread longer piece of lace through holes in top of horseshoe and tie. Stick pink butterflies down and add black pearls.

Hope you have enjoyed the tutorial, please leave us a comment to let us know what you think.
Another blog project will be along next Friday.

Thursday 22 March 2012

Blog Candy Winner and Show News

Isn't this a gorgeous card from Georgina?  She's used one of our new 'Save the Date' sentiments and stamped the number inside the circle in a different coloured ink which looks really effective.

A big thank you to everyone who left a comment or sent me an e-mail about our new sentiment stamps - they're certainly popular and we can see why!

The winner of the 'Save the Date' set is:

Karen who said: "OH these stamps are just PERFECT!! I love them!!! :0) They're going to be the most perfect addition for any and every card! Smiles.
So useful and one of those crafting items that never gets put away - ever!xx"

Karen can you please e-mail me at with your surname and address and I'll get the stamps in the post to you.

And the winner of the 'Sunshine Sentiments' set is:

Pat (one of our e-mail commenters) who said:
"Hello and thank you for these lovely circular stamps.  Someone had their thinking cap on when they designed the set that takes the numerals inside the circle – brilliant idea!  The sunshine greetings stamps are happy little sentiments that will be great for loads of different occasions.  Another couple of winners from Little Claire – thank you for giving us the chance to win a set."

Keep an eye on the blog next week when we'll have our first regular blog candy on offer!

Last weekend we were at the Great Northern Papercraft Extravaganza in Harrogate - we had a great weekend and it was lovely to see everyone.

We also hosted two very successful breakfast workshops using the gorgeous Flossies - here are the two cards the ladies who came to the workshops made (both designed by Helen N):

This first one is made with one of the versatile Flossie die cuts - pre-coloured and perfect for when you want to make a quick but still stylish card.

This second one uses the stamp 'Flossie and Birds' as well as 'Georgina's Buttons and Stitching Stamp Set'.

We were also at the show at Olympia last weekend and Design Team member Heidi was demoing on the Little Claire stand.  Here's a couple of the cards she made:

First of all, a card made using our Butterfly stamp - isn't it elegant?

Then a card using 'Rainy Days', 'Georgina's Buttons and Stitching Stamp Set' and one of the 'Little Beauties' sentiment tags.

Over the next few days you can find us at Hobbycrafts at the NEC in Birmingham - the show starts today (22 March) and runs until Sunday.  For more details, please click here.

Wednesday 21 March 2012

Blog Candy and Design Team Call Reminders!

Just a quick reminder our our Blog Candy - have a look here for more details.

We're giving away one set of each of our great new circular sentiment stamps:

"Save the Date" which you can find here on the website

"Sunshine Sentiments" which you can find here on the website

If you aren't able to leave a comment on the blog post, you can also enter by e-mail to

Don't forget we also have a Design Team Call running at the moment - you can find all the details here.  You have until Monday 26 March 2012 to send us your details if you'd like to be considered!

Tuesday 20 March 2012

Brand New on the Website, Papercraft Essentials and Blog Candy!

Brand new on the Little Claire website - two sets of circular sentiment stamps which we know you're going to love!

First of all, 'Save the Date' (shown above) which you can find here on the website.  They are such a useful set of circular stamps which celebrate birthdays, anniversaries and congratulations AND the best bit is you can put your numbers inside the circle so you will never be lost for the correct age or anniversay again!

We have even included the 'th', 'st', 'nd' & 'rd' (they all fit inside with the numbers) and to top it all off, we have a 'Handmade by' stamp with space for your signature!

Our next set is called 'Sunshine Sentiments' and you can find them here on the website. 
A fantastic set of 6 sentiments stamps especially made to brighten up your day (and for everyone to whom you send your cards to)

Each has a unique greeting:
'You are my sunshine'
'Happy Days'
'To my dearest friend'
'Super Duper Person'
'Made with Love & Hugs'
'Dreams can come true'

Blog Candy

We have one of each of the new sets to give away so if you'd like to be in with a chance of winning, just leave us a comment on this post before midnight tomorrow, 21 March, and on Thursday we'll choose two lucky people to win a set each!

The stamps are now being stocked by Crystal Clear Crafts ( and A Maze of Memories (

If you're looking for more details about the rest of our products, have a look at the latest issue of Papercraft Essentials in which Little Claire is the featured 'One Stop Shop':

Saturday 17 March 2012

Little Claire Monthly Challenge # 19 'Spring/Easter'

Good morning, thank you to all of you that took part in our challenge last month. We had lots of wonderful entries again, you sure do love a challenge!

Anyway, our winner this time is .......... Lucky Dawn
Please contact, who will get your prize to you.


Our top three are :

Jo (# 71)
Anya (#10)
Donemark (#61)

Please copy the blinkie from the sidebar and display on your blogs.

Our challenge this month has the theme of 'Spring/Easter', for example, it can be an Easter or Mother's Day card, anything just as long as it has 'Spring' themes on it. To enter our challenge, please visit our blog HERE . Please adhere to our rules below and can you PLEASE turn off your word verification, it just makes commenting so much easier - Thank you x

Please see above, the fabulous prize of three of our recently launched 'Flossie' stamps, wow what a wonderful prize!

Our Rules :

To enter our challenge, please follow the rules below to qualify :

(1) You DO NOT need to use a Little Claire stamp to qualify for the prize draw.
(2) Only those using Little Claire stamps will qualify for a Top 3 badge.
(3) You may enter the challenge UP TO 3 TIMES ONLY PLEASE and you may combine with other challenges.
(4) You MUST follow the challenge theme and NO BACKLINKING please, new cards only.
(5) Please provide a link to our blog in your post.
(6) Please leave a link (via link below) to your actual card, not just to your blog.
(7) Please turn off Word Verification on your blogs.
(8) The challenge finishes on Friday 13th April @ 18.00pm and the new challenge (#20) will be open on Saturday 14th April 2012.

Now To our Design Team, feast your eyes on these wonderful creations using the 'Spring/Easter' theme.

Donna has used Walk in the Park:

Gaynor using 'Duckmum' & 'Gerbera' stamp sets

Georgina has used : Floral stamp set and a tag sentiment.
Heidi has used : 'Duckmum' stamp set & 'Tag' sentiment stamp

Helen N has used : Daisy Pitcher stamp set

Helen R has used : 'Walk in the Park' and Georgina's Buttons & Stitches stamp set

Maxine has used : 'Duckmum' stamp set

Please make sure you link to your entry, you have until Friday 13th April 2010 @ 18.00pm.

Many thanks and good luck! We are all looking forward to visiting your blogs to see your creations.

The Little Claire Design Team xxxx

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