Tuesday 30 April 2013

Little Claire Likes ..... Swirly Whirly Owls

 Good morning, hope you have been enjoying our brand new stamps that were launched yesterday.

Today, we are sharing our 'Little Claire Likes' ..... and the stamp this week, is a gorgeous one called
It is one of our favourite stamps and until Thursday 2nd May, you can purchase this little beauty at the reduced price of
(instead of the regular price of £4.50)
Give the office a call on : 0844 800 4376 or order online to grab this great deal!

We have used this image on our vintage feel stand-card, together with some lovely papers, lace and kraft card blanks, all of which can be purchased from the website too.

Here is a list of products used to make the card above.

Products :

Little Claire - Swirly Whirly - Owls - £3.50
Little Claire - 'My No. 1 Friend' Sentiment from Little Claire's
'Georgina's Rosette's' Set of stamps - £17.50
Little Claire - Georgina's Stitching & Buttons Stamp Set - £6.50
First Edition 'New Bloom' Paper Pack - £7.50
Kraft Card Pack (x10) - £2.50
Superior A4 White Stamping Cardstock - £3.50 per pack
Cream Adhesive Lace - £1.99 per pack
Promarkers : Pastel Beige, Khaki, Lavender, Lilac, Soft Green & Tea Green - £1.70 each
(Brown & lilac inkpad, lilac pearls and scallop punch from stash)

Card Instructions :

(1) Fold the card blank in half on one side, this makes your stand.
(2) On white card, stamp up your image using brown inkpad, colour in with Promarkers.
(3) Using papers from paper pack, cut a piece of lilac paper to measure 14cms x 14cms. Stamp out stitching onto two sides using brown inkpad.
(4) Cut two pieces of kraft card to measure : 13cms x 3.5cms and two pieces of paper : 12.5cms  x 3cms.
(5) Cut a rectangle to measure 11cms x 7.5cms and cut your image down to fit this.
(6) Edge all pieces with lilac inkpad and stick together.
(7) Stamp sentiment onto kraft cardstock, punch out and edge.
(8) Stick lace to back of kraft card as shown, stick down.
(9) Stick all elements down  together, add pearls.

We do hope you like our vintage-feel card today, please feel free to leave us a comment.

The Little Claire Team


Monday 29 April 2013

Good morning everyone...

...we hope you have enjoyed a good weekend - we are starting off the new week (and nearly a new month - can't believe that it will be May soon?) with the release of two new stamps:

Family Ted:

This is a real cutie, works a treat for colouring, decoupage and paper piecing and our teamies have made a lovely selection of card too, Georgina has combined 'Family Ted' stamp with the words 'baby' that have been made with our Daisy Dot Alphabet stamp set:

designed by Georgina
and below, we have a great circular layout from Gemma, the colours are lovely too:

designed by Gemma
Pink Teds from Helen N who has paper pieced the teds with kraft paper, what a great idea, the kraft paper works perfectly for this!

designed by Helen N

A beautiful new poppy stamp (with a smattering of daisies) absolutely perfect for colouring, decoupage and paper piecing and on the card below, Georgina has repeated the main design and also stamped the background using the stamp too:

designed by Georgina
A soft, coral coloured poppy card from Heidi who has used our Fanciful card blanks, cream adhesive lace and a stamp from our set of Dictionary Definitions:

designed by Heidi
Rich deep reds from Donna:

designed by Donna
and a Poppy and Daisy background from Gaynor:

designed by Gaynor
and a beautiful easel card from Lyndsey, see the die cut grass in front of the poppies?

designed by Lyndsey
To help kick start the week we're pleased to say that these two new stamps cost just £4.99 each and you can see lots more card samples on our web where there is a full gallery of ideas for each stamp.

Competition Time!

We have two lots of these two new stamps to give away, so if you would like your chance to win yourself a new Poppy and Family Ted stamp just leave us a comment letting us know what your favourite flower is (our favourite are Freesias, such a beautiful scent) and we will draw two lucky winners early next week (w/c 06 May '13).
Good luck!

Little Claire x

Friday 26 April 2013

Little Claire's Weekly Project with Gemma making a 'The smile i bring' ATC...

Hello me lovelies

Its Gemma here with this weeks LC weekly project and i thought it would be a good idea to share with you an ATC i made using this months club stamp set which is called 'The smile i bring'...its a really beautiful stamp set :)
If you would like to join our club and would like some more info, you will find it here and you can also find the stamp set here.

Righto me lovelies, i am going to share a picture of the ATC i made along with how to make it...

Ingredients to make this ATC
A piece of white card measuring 2 1/2 inches x 3 1/2 inches
Promarkers - burnt orange, honeycomb, mustard, primrose, buttercup, henna, cocoa, terracotta, grass, leaf green
Stampin Up inks pads - Pumpkin pie, More mustard
Dry baby wipe
A plastic document sleeve

Now lets get started...
1) On your white piece of card stamp the sentiment that comes with the chosen stamp set in the bottom corner like the picture above using your black memento ink pad.

2) Next stamp the hanging bird house using black memento ink pad in the top corner like the picture above.
{don't worry if the image goes of the edge of the white card}

3) Next you colour your image using the Promarkers listed above in the ingredients list. 

Tip: Using the darker colours and work your way out using the lighter colours.

4) To make the image stand out more, go around your image using the following Promarkers...first use the mustard promarker, then the buttercup slightly going over the mustard colour and then using the primrose again going around the image going over the 2 previous colours. 

Now your image should have a glow!! 

The next step is to give your image a bit of a distressed look around your ATC and you do this by...

5) Lay your ATC on your clear document sleeve and dab your dry baby wipe into the More mustard ink pad, now go around the edge of your ATC in circular motions dragging the colour on to your ATC but not all the way into the middle, leave some white space.

6) Now using the Pumpkin pie ink pad do the same again but only slightly going onto your ATC and not covering your previous colour, this just gives your ATC a bit more of a glow.

7) This is what your ATC should look like at the end.

Here's some more examples of ATC's i have made using Little Claire's stamp sets...hope you likey :)

Thank you for taking the time to read my LC weekly project and i hope you will give this a try, if you have any questions please don't hesitate to leave me a comment here or by emailing me on the following gemslittlecreations@ymail.com
Till next time me lovelies...
hugs and xxx

Thursday 25 April 2013

Last chance today...

...to take up our special offer of Man Tree stamp for £4.50 (usual price £6.50)

This is a great stamp for any man young or old and especially useful with Father's Day looming up, a good size too at approx 11.5cm high x 8.5cm wide and earlier on in our blog Heidi made a lovely step by step project using this stamp, here are a couple more cards made by our teamies:

designed by Heidi

designed by Donna

designed by Gaynor

designed by Georgina
A great selection of cards from our girls, this stamp is one of our favourites - you can even decoupage the hanging images as Georgina has done above.

Don't miss out - £4.50 for today only!

Little Claire x

Wednesday 24 April 2013

Look what we've got that's new!

We have 6 new A4 Die Cut Sheets fresh off the printers and ready for you to pop out and create beautiful cards - each high quality sheet contains 6 full colour Little Claire images and they are great value at only £1.00 each OR any 6 for £5.00 - WOW!

Here is a closer view of the new sheets and some card samples to give you inspiration and show what you can do with them:

What a beautiful card, and so quick and easy to make, we love it!  And here is a sheet containing 6 of our best Changing Trees:

 Make this great 'Man' tree really easily - perfect for Father's day x

All the images on this next sheet are bursting with colour:

Thanks to Helen N for her lovely card samples and these plus 3 more new super sheets are available online right now and you can see lots more cards in the Inspiration section of our web.

Great value at £1.00 each OR any 6 for £5.00!

Little Claire x

Tuesday 23 April 2013

Quick Cards...

...have a lovely card project featuring our 'You're so Tweet' stamp

with full instructions for how to make a really unusual card from Heidi, here is the card close up:

card open

card closed
Grab yourself a copy of Quick Cards issue 113, out now, for full instructions!

The magazine also features our Changing Tree Man stamp set as 'Favourite Father's Day Stamp':
This great set of stamps contains 7 little stamps which you stamp on and around your tree base (which comes with our original Changing Tree stamp set) to create your own 'Man Tree' and of course, you can use these little images for all sorts of projects from borders and backgrounds to mix and match with your other stamps too, here are a couple of cards made using Changing Tree Men stamps:

designed by Helen R

Here are the stamps used to create a background:

designed by Georgina
The fab Rosette is from our Georgina's Rosette stamp set and the circular sentiment is from Dictionary Definitions

And on the subject of ideas for men, we've got a great full page ad in Quick Cards showcasing a selection of our men stamps:

 Take a look at our web for our full collection and we hope you have a great day, Little Claire x

Monday 22 April 2013

Little Claire Likes .... 'Man Tree'

Good morning, today we are sharing another 'Little Claire Likes' with you.  We are showcasing the wonderful male stamp set called
Here is a card made using the stamp,it is such a great image for all of those hard-to-make male cards, that all crafters struggle with.
Here is a single-slider card. We have given you the instructions on how to make this card and a product list.

As we are showcasing the stamp today, we are offering it at a reduced price of
£4.50 (normally £6.50)
If you want to take up this great offer, if the office a call on :
0844 800 4376
(this offer runs until Thursday 25th)
So grab your stamp today before they sell out!
Products Used :
Little Claire 'Man Tree' Stamp - £4.50 (normally £6.50)
Little Claire - Georgina's Buttons & Stitching Stamp Set - £
Little Claire - 'Made for Men' stamp set inc. sentiment - £6.50
Bazzill 'Fawn' Cardstock - £0.50p per sheet
Bazzill Blue Cardstock - £0.50p per sheet
Promarkers - Pale Blue, Denim Blue, Pastel Beige, Khaki, Sandstone, Caramel, Pear Green, Vanilla, Ruby and Ice Grey I and 3 - £1.70 each pen
(Cream cardstock, ribbon, brown inkpad, button & twine from stash)
Card Instructions :
(1) Cut 'Fawn' cardstock to measure 25cms x 15cms, score at 12cms and 24cms, this makes your pocket.
(2) Cut another piece to measure 14.5cms x 11.5cms, this is your insert.
(3) Cut two pieces of blue cardstock to measure : 14.5 x 11.5cms and 14cms x 11cms.
(4) Cut two pieces of cream cardstock, 14cms x 11cms and 13.5cms x 10.5cms. Mat & layer all elements.
(5) Stamp 'Man Tree' image onto bottom of larger cream card shape, colour in with Promarkers, stick down onto card front.
(6) Stamp sentiment onto insert and stitching around tree and on edges of insert.
(7) Using a circle punch cut through all card as shown and using a hole punch make a small hole above.
(8) Cut a piece of ribbon to measure approximate : 35cms, thread through hole and match up ends.
(9) Push insert into card, pushing ribbon to back. Tie a tight bow, trim ends.
(10) Thread twine through button and stick down.
We do hope you have enjoyed our showcased stamp this Monday, do take up the offer for this great stamp.
Back next Monday with another offer for you.
The Little Claire Team

Friday 19 April 2013

Weekly Project - On Your Wedding Day

It's my (Georgina) turn for this week's Weekly Project. I have made a wedding card using the lovely On Your Wedding Day stamp set from Little Claire. I have used a simple white and grey colour scheme, but you can easily change the dark grey card for any coloured card. You could change the colour to be the same as the Wedding's colour scheme.
To make this card you will need:
Smooth white card
148mm x 148mm white square card
Dark grey card
Faux pearls
5mm white satin ribbon
Scalloped edge punch
Embossing folder ( I used Nat 5x7 Cuttlebug embossing folder)
Foam pads
Diamond Stickles
Tuxedo Black Memento ink pad
London Fog (grey) Memento ink pad
ProMarkers: Henna, Walnut, Cool Grey 1, 4 & 5, Blush, Pastel Pink, Canary and Olive Green
1. Cut a strip 5.5cm wide from the front panel of the square card. Using the scalloped punch, punch along the two short edges.
2. From dark grey card cut one panel 13x14 cm and one 7.5 x 14cm. From white card cut one panel 12x13cm and one 6.6 x 13cm. Using the embossing folder emboss the two white panels. Attached the panels together as shown below.

3. Attached a strip of white ribbon across the top left corner of the smaller panel and bottom right of the larger panel. Now attached the panels to the card blank as shown below. Tie a bow from the ribbon and add the the card.

4. Cut a square 8.5x8.5cm of white card. Stamp the 'On Your Wedding Day' image with the Tuxedo Blank ink pad onto the square and colour with ProMarkers. Cut a square 9.5x9.5cm of dark grey card and attached the coloured image. Stamp the sentiment using the grey ink pad.

5. Attached the image panel to the card with foam pads.

6. To finish added pearls and Stickles.