Wednesday 31 December 2014

'Whisper a wish...'

...and it might just come true!

Even if a your wish doesn't come true it's always great when something nice happens and that's just what happened to us when we received an email from a lovely customer, Annette Harding who sent us a picture of a card she has made with our 'Whisper a Wish' silhouette hedgehog stamp:

designed by Annette
It cheered us up here at LC HQ, and reminded us of just what a great stamp this is, complete with text 'Whisper a Wish'

designed by Diane
So thank you Annette, it was great to see your make!

Little Claire xxx

Monday 29 December 2014

Little Claire - Book Owl Tent Card

Good morning,

Here is another 'Little Claire Likes' Monday Project for you.

Today, we are showcasing the lovely 'Book Owl' stamp set.  It is a 'great for all occasions' stamp!

We are offering this stamp set at the special price of £4.50 (normally £5.50) until Thursday, 1st January 2015 or whilst we have stock.  You can treat yourself HERE.

Heidi has made a 'Flag' card using the set and elements from another called 'Good Times'.

Here are a list of products used on the card :

Little Claire 'Book Owl' stamp - £4.50
Little Claire 'Good Times' stamp set - £8.99
Memento 'Tuxedo Black' Inkpad - £3.90
Distress Inkpad - Faded Jeans (set of four diff ink pads) - £7.99
Distress Inkpad - Tumbled Glass (set of four diff ink pads) - £7.99
White A4 Stamping Card
Blue Dotty Bazzill Card
Black stones
Double-sided tape, sticky pads and sharp scissors

How card was made :

(1) Cut two pieces of white card to measure : 21cms x 11cms.
(2) On one piece, score at 3.5cms and 7cms.
(3) On second piece, again score at 3.5cms and 7cms on same edge.
(These will be stuck together on opposite sides of the card)
(4) Cut a small oblong to measure : 8cms x 3.5cms.
(5) On oblong, make a small mark 4cms down.
(6) Score a line from top of oblong down to 4cms mark. This makes your 'Flag'.
(7) Cut two oblong pieces of blue card and two smaller in white.
(8) Stamp up 'watch' image from 'Good Times' set all over, ink edges with both ink pads.
(9) Stick together and then onto card sides.
(10) Cut a oblong matt from blue card, cut another in white.
(11) Stamp up 'Book Owl' image to centre and watch image around edges. Ink all around.
(12) Stamp up two separate 'watch' images and a sentiment. Cut out watches and ink all edges.
(13) Stick 'Flag' inside card on side as shown and stick opposite edges together.
(14) Stick all elements down, using sticky pads and tape.
(15) Add black stones to watch centres and around card.

We do hope you have enjoyed our project today.

The Little Claire Team


Friday 26 December 2014

teas "take away"

Hi!!! Francy here! I hope you spent a beautiful Christmas! I worked yesterday... however, I had lunch with my whole family: my parents, my children, my husband,  my grandparents, in-lows, my brother... the tipical italian Christmas... I ate from 12.00... to 8.00 pm... :) So... to digest it I taked a herbal tea...
Here a little idea for have with you always a bag of herbal tea...

(1) Cut 2 piece of white bazzil (I used embossed bazzil) to measure : 6" x 3".
(2) Stick toghether the main sides.
(3) Score at 2 1/2" and 3 1/2". Punch the minor side with a semicircle.

(4) Cut one piece of grey card : 6 1/4" x 3 1/4".
(5) Score it at 2 3/4 and 3 5/8".
(6) Decor with stitching the white bazzil.
(7) Sew together white and grey bazzil.

(8) Apply ribbon and cover. For the cover I used a beautiful pearl paper from First Edition Bella Rose and a this sentiment.
Happy New Year!!!

Monday 22 December 2014

Little Claire Likes - Changing Birdhouse Card

Good morning,
Welcome to another 'Little Claire Likes' Monday project.  Where we share with you a project each Monday, using a much loved stamp from our extensive range.
Today, we are showcasing a lovely set called
'Changing Birdhouse'
It was a recent club stamp set and combines a great celebration 'Birdhouse' image with mix and match sentiments. Some bunting and branches complete the set.
You can treat yourself to this set at the special price of £6.50 (normally £8.99) until Christmas Day (Thursday 25th December) or whilst we have stock. Just click on HERE to go straight to the set on the website.
Heidi has made the card below, using the set.  The sides fold in and flat but stand out when upright. She has coloured in the images using Promarkers and added some glossy accents to the daisy centre.
 Here is a list of products used on the card :
White Stamping cardstock
Brown Bazzill Card
Promarker pens
Brown pearls
Double-sided tape, sticky pads and scissors
 Card Instructions :
(1) Cut a piece of brown card to measure : 30cms x 10cms.
(2) Score at 5cms, 10cms, 20cms and 25cms.
(3) Cut one piece of kraft card : 9.5cms x 9.5cms.
(4) Cut two pieces of kraft card : 9.5cms x 5cms.
(5) Cut white card to measure : 9cms x 9cms
(6) Cut a further two from white card to measure : 9cms x 4.5cms.
(7) On larger piece of white card, stamp up image and sentiment.
(8) Stamp up images on smaller pieces as shown.
(9) Colour in with pens of choice and ink edges with inkpad,
(10) Stamp up bunting stamp onto kraft card, cut out.
(11) Stick elements down onto card. The main image on sticky pads.
(12) Stick bunting over front of card.
(13) Add two brown pearls.
(14) Cover daisy centre with glossy accents, leave to dry.
We do hope you have enjoyed our project today.  We will be sharing another with you next Monday morning.
Everyone here at Little Claire wishes you a very
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
The Little Claire Team

Friday 19 December 2014

Last minute makes !!

With all the christmas rush we all find we need an extra prezzie or stocking filler, well what about making a few of these fab bookmarks which can be made in a jiffy !!

All you need is:
A piece of white card 2" x 8 1/4"
One Stix 2 Bookmark Cover
Little Claire Stamps
Two lenghts of ribbon
Hole punch
Colouring pens of your choice

 Just stamp randomly your image onto the piece of white card and colour in using your pen choice, For mine I used spectrum noir pens, because the ink bleeds through you will need to back your bookmark with another piece of white card or patterned paper the same size before popping it into the bookmark cover. 

Now just punch a hole in the top to thread a piece of double ribbon through and tie another piece of ribbon to make a bow round this 


If using the Manphabet stamp set to spell a word like this football one, you will need to stamp the word down the front first,  then fill in the gaps .

A quick handy little present for anyone and so many Little Claire stamps to use !!

Happy Christmas guys !!

hugs Diane xx

Tuesday 16 December 2014

With all the Christmas activities...

...we have overlooked announcing the lucky winner of our competition last week to win a set of our December club stamps 'Man of My Dreams'

This is such a super set of stamps - perfect for those difficult male cards - for instance my brother loves his garden, Carol's hubby is always doing some sort of DIY and there has been many a time that Steve has been my Knight in Shining Armour (even if it's a cup of tea first thing in the morning!)

Anyway, our lucky winner is: Debra Kenworthy who says I'd definitely send my hubby a card with the knight in shining armour on it as he's no good at DIY or gardening but he's looked after me so much in the last twelve months through the loss of my mum, two operations, one an emergency op, and a relapse of my MS. He is my carer but he's also my husband, best friend and my knight in shining armour. Debra x

Well done Debra, please contact Gill with your details and we will send this super set of stamps to you.

designed by Shary

designed by Marianne

designed by Gaynor
Little Claire xxx

Monday 15 December 2014

Little Claire Digi-Stamp Design Team Call

Do you love Little Claire stamps?
Do you love to use digi-stamps on your cards and projects?
If yes to the above, the Little Claire Team are looking for keen crafters to become members of our
Little Claire Digi-Stamp Design Team
We will be recruiting between four and six crafters to work along side our existing Design Team. We would need you to make cards using our fantastic digi-stamps, post regular projects on the Little Claire blog and your own, comment on challenges etc.

You can live anywhere in the world and need to have a blog that you regularly contribute to.
Here is what is involved :
We are looking for enthusiastic, reliable, dedicated crafters who can meet deadlines and the following points below:
(1) Have a blog on which they post regularly.  It would also be great if you use other social media like Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.
(2) Are able to work with digi-stamps and papers to produce cards and other projects for Little Claire.
(3)  Are able to take good quality, clear photographs of their cards/projects.
(4) Can provide a photo tutorial for a card or project made with digi-stamps on a weekly rota basis.
(5) Can provide a card/project for our monthly blog challenge.
(6) Are able to comment on an allocated number from our challenge entries.
(7) Can make additional cards to promote new digi-stamps, special offers etc.
In return, Little Claire will provide digi-stamps for when, it's your turn to provide a photo tutorial for the blog. You are making your card for the monthly challenge or making an additional card for us.

You will also be part of the Little Claire family and have support from our existing Design Team members.
If you are interested and can commit to all of the above, please email Heidi @, with the title 'Digi-DT'. Telling her why you would love to be part of our new team. Include a sample(s) of your creations and giving a brief outline about yourself.
The Little Claire Digi-Stamp Design Team will be announced on

Monday, 5th January 2015.
Good luck!
The Little Claire Team

Saturday 13 December 2014

Monthly Challenge # 52 - A Special Card

Hi and welcome to another great challenge. We do hope that your Christmas preparations are going well and you haven't been effected by all of the snow and bad weather?
Thank you for all of your entries last month, as always, we had some beautiful cards. 
The winner of the Little Claire goodies is :
Lucy - Entry # 17
 Please email Carol ( who will forward on your prize.
 Our theme for December is 'A Special Card'.  It can be a card for that someone special, a shaped card or something fun and festive!  Let your imagine go wild for this challenge.

Our prize this time around is full of festive goodies, and anyone would love this little lot under the tree on Christmas day.
 It includes :
2 x 'Snowflakes on Pale Blue' Papers (12 x 12)
1 x pack 10 Cards & Envelopes (6 x 6)
1 x pack Red Bling Stones
1 x Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Ripe Persimmon)
1 x metre Red Tartan Ribbon
1 x Little Claire Santa’s Hat stamp
3 x Asstorted Die Cut Sheets (18 colour images)

Now to our Design Team makes for December - lots of inspiration to be had!

Diane has made a really fun, festive make using :
'We Three Cats'

Francy has made a festive tag using :
'Christmas Snowmen' stamp set

Gaynor has made a really festive card using :
'Santa's Hat' and 'Postcard Sentiments' stamp sets

  Helen has made a lovely Christmas card for 'Mum and Dad' using :
'Little One' Stamp set.
Marianne has made a card for a 'Mother' using :
Shary has made a gold and sparkly card using :
 Our Challenge Rules :

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.
(7) The challenge finishes on Friday, 16th January 2015 @ 16.00pm and the new challenge
(# 53) will be open on Saturday, 17th January 2015.
Have fun creating your 'Special' cards and we look forward to seeing your entries, good luck!

Thank you for supporting our challenges in 2014.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

The Little Claire Team



Friday 12 December 2014

Dinkie Wellies

Marianne here today with a card to show how you can use the Dinkie stamps on a standard size card. This is such a great image and looks lovely hand coloured or paper pieced.

You will need
Marker pens
Memory Box umbrella die
Fineliner pen
Aqua and teal spotted papers
Grey and kraft card
White 6"x 6" card blank

1 Stamp the wellie stamp and colour with bright coloured markers. Cut the stamped image 7.5cm x 5cm. Mount onto grey card leaving a small border.
2 Cut a 13.8cm square of teal spotted paper and mount onto grey card leaving a small border. Attach to the front of the card blank.
3 Cut a strip of aqua spotted paper 5.5cm x 13.8cm. Attach to the left hand side of the card front as shown. Doodle some faux stitching around the edges of the aqua paper.
4 Doodle around the edge of the stamped image and attach to the card front as shown.
5 Die cut three umbrellas from kraft card. Die cut three from each of the papers. Paper piece the umbrellas using alternating papers onto the diecut kraft umbrellas. Attach at angles to the card front.

Tuesday 9 December 2014


A whopping 25% discount off everything at Little Claire (while stocks last)

Enter Code: DD2514 at checkout or call us: 0151 648 8777, quoting this code and we'll apply your discount.

SALE runs until Sunday 14 December 2014

Now's the time to stock up on lots of LC goodies, treat yourself or a friend x

Santa's Hat - designed by Diane
Happy Christmas from the Little Claire Team xxx

Monday 8 December 2014

Little Claire Likes - Sunflowers!

Good morning and welcome to another Monday 'Little Claire Likes' project.

Our project today is a sunny 'Z' fold card using the gorgeous stamp set


This set is on offer at the special price of only £6.50 (usually £8.99) until Thursday, 11th December 2014 or whilst we have the stock.
  This is Heidi's favourite stamp set of ours and on her card today, includes all of the images in the set. She has stamped the flourish image down one side of each section and has added some glossy accents to the centres of the Sunflowers.

The two smaller sentiments used on the card come from another great stamp set - 'Changing Birdhouses'.  The products highlighted below, can be purchased from the website. Just click on the links.

 Products Used on Card :
Little Claire 'Sunflowers' stamp set - £6.50
Little Claire 'Changing Birdhouses' stamp set - £8.99
Memento 'Rich Cocoa' Inkpad - £3.90
Small Glossy Accents - £2.30
Brown & cream card and Promarker pens from stash.
Double-sided tape, trimmer and score board.

How the card was made :

(1) From a 12" x 12" sheet of brown bazzill card, cut an oblong to measure : 5" x 12".
(2) Turn on side and score a little notch at centre of top, about 2.5" in.
(3) Match up the notch and the bottom at the side of card piece, cut away using a trimmer.
(4) Then score brown card piece at 4" and 8", score edges well.
(5) From a 12" x 12" piece of cream stamping card, cut another oblong to measure : 4 7/8" x 12".
(6) Again, turn on side, make a notch at 2 3/8" centrally, then cut off piece as before.
(7) Cut cream card at 3 7/8", twice. You will be left with three pieces that fit your card base.
(8) Stamp up elements of stamp set as shown.
(9) Colour in with pens of choice.
(10) Ink edges with Memento inkpad.
(11) Stick elements down onto card.
(12) Add glossy accents to centre of larger sunflowers, leave to dry.

We do hope you have enjoyed our 'sunny' tutorial today. This stamp set is perfect for all occasions and makes the most beautiful cards to share.

The Little Claire Team


Sunday 7 December 2014

December Club Card Tutorial - 'Man of my dreams' Stamp set

Here is our December Club Stamp, a very male themed set called
'Man of My Dreams'
Three fantastic images and four workable sentiments make up this set.
Here are the two club cards featured on the project sheet which comes with the stamp set, and along with a pack to make up the cards below.
Products used on cards below :
Little Claire 'Man of my dreams' stamp set
Small kraft card blank
Small white card blank
Craft Creations 'Blue Check' paper
Craft Creations 'Blue Diamond' paper
White stamping cardstock
Promarker pens
Memento 'Rich Cocoa' inkpad
Glossy Accents
Double sided tape and sticky pads
Firstly, the 'Sunflower' image on a kraft card base, blue check paper and lots of the flower image stamped up over the card base and along the side of the card, as shown.
How the 'Sunflower' card was made :
(1) Using a brown inkpad, stamp up the sunflower image all around the edge of the kraft card blank.
(2) Cut a square of blue check paper and stick down onto card.
(3) Edge all paper and card using inkpad.
(3) Cut a piece of white card, slightly larger than the blue paper.
(4) Stamp up main image, sunflowers down the edge and a sentiment on right hand side of card.
(4) Colour in images, using pens of choice, edge with inkpad.
(5) Cut top of card around sunflower and square off.
(6) Stick a small sticky pad under sunflower to keep secure.
Secondly, the 'Knight' image and a great sentiment. The knight's shield has been covered with glossy accents.

How 'Knight' card was made :
(1) Onto the white card blank, cut and stick down a square of 'diamond' paper.
(2) Onto White card, stamp up 'knight' image, colour in and edge with ink.
(3) Stamp up image again, cut out shield and colour in.
(4) Add sentiment to side of card.
(6) Stick down onto paper using double sided tape.
(5) Add glossy accents all over shield.
Here is some information on our Little Claire Club :
..and make your own gorgeous Little Claire cards!
Join Our Club in DECEMBER and you will receive our fantastic 'Man of My Dreams' stamp set; which includes three fantastic 'man' images and sentiments together with all the materials/instructions to make TWO cards with your stamps.  You will receive new Little Claire stamp(s), pre-cut materials & colour project ideas etc each month.
Take delivery of your first pack and decide whether you wish to join or not - if you do wish to join, just contact us (0151 648 8777) with your credit/debit card details and we can sign you up.
Payment is made monthly once your pack is ready to be sent out.

You will be given your own unique Little Claire membership number which will entitle you to 10% discount from all your purchases with us either online, by phone or at shows (whilst a member) & FREE postage.

    We will also send you a written newsletter each month which contains exclusive club member offers together with your project; simply add this stamp to your basket on the website, you will receive your first pack and contact us if you wish to join x
You can sign up HERE.
The Little Claire Team

Friday 5 December 2014

Friday Blog Project - 'What If I Fall? Tent Card

Happy Friday to you! Heidi here to share a blog project.
I have been asked by lots of bloggers for a quick tutorial for my recent Christmas tent card (on side bar), so here it is using the gorgeous little stamp set 'What if I fall?
These cards are very quick and easy to make.  You can use up all of your card scraps. I have firstly embossed the card to make it look like wood, to fit in with the tree on the image.
Products Used on my Tent Card :
Little Claire 'What if I fall' stamp set
Brown Bazzill Cardstock
White Stamping Card
Sizzix Embossing Folder
Labels # 22 Nestie Die
Memento 'Rich Cocoa' Inkpad
Cream Lace
Linen Twine
Birdcage charm
Brown Pearl
Double-sided tape and sticky pads
How Card was made :
(1) Cut three squares of brown card to measure 12.5cms x 12.5cms.
(2) Emboss brown card using 'wood' embossing folder.
(3) Score each of these diagonally down one side, fold well.
(4) Die cut a shape using white card and stamp up image, colour in and ink edges with inkpad.
(5) Stick three edges of brown card together to make the tent shape.
(6) At back of card, make a small slit into one side.
(This enables you to insert edge and holds the card together).
(7) Stick image down to top of card, using sticky pads.
(8) Tie lace to card, stick down well at back.
(9) Attach linen thread and charm to knot at front.
(10) Add brown pearl.
I do hope you have enjoyed my quick tutorial today, these cards made great WOW cards for special birthdays etc.
If you would like to treat yourself to this little stamp set, just pop on over HERE to the website.
Heidi and
The Little Claire Team

Thursday 4 December 2014

Last Chance this year... see Steve in action, at the Excalibur Papercraft Show
National Motorcycle Museum, Bickenhill, Birmingham B92 0EJ
Saturday 06 December
- come and join the fun!

designed by Helen N
 Little Claire x

Wednesday 3 December 2014

So here we are into December...

...and our club stamps for this month are the fabulous 'Man of My Dreams'

we showed you a peek of these beauties on Sunday (fabulous for making cards for Men) and now we have a selection of card samples from our teamies:

designed by Diane

designed by Shary

designed by Gaynor
designed by Marianne
So we figure most men we know do their share of DIY or tidying in the garden AND now and again we come across a Knight in Shining Armour whether its providing a nice cuppa in the morning or taking the dog for a walk in the rain!

We love these little guys and are sure that they will come in useful for many years to come.

Competition Time!

To win this super set of stamps please leave us a comment telling us who you would send one of these little men to and why....

The lucky winner will be announced Wednesday 10 December - good luck!

We have a winner of our competition last week - the lucky winner of our new Dinkie Pops and Dinkie Squirrel stamps is:

Lucy Woods who said: Ooh two gorgeous little stamps! Would love these as an early xmas pressie to myself!!
I haven't started my Christmas shopping yet! But the first present I'm aiming to buy is a lovely soft owl for my Mum. She wants one for her bedroom and she really is a special Mum she has to be top of my xmas list!!

Well done Lucy, please contact Gill with your address and we will send these stamps to you.

Little Claire x

Monday 1 December 2014

Little Claire Likes - Butterfly Flourish Card

Hello and welcome to our Monday project, Little Claire Likes!
If you have finished your Christmas cards and are looking forward to bright summer days, our featured stamp set today will be just right for you.
Today, we are sharing a project using the gorgeous
It is such a beautiful set of stamps and flourishes and the sentiment fits perfectly into the set, 'If nothing ever changed, there would be no butterflies'.
We are offering this useful set at the special price of £6.50 (usually £8.50) until Thursday 4th December or whilst stocks are available HERE.
Here is Heidi's card for today, using the set.  She has used some lovely bright green dotty paper and some green and pink tones on the butterflies.
Product List :
Green Card, Promakers & brown pearls from stash
Double-sided tape and sticky pads
Card Instructions :
(1) Cut a piece of green card to fit white card blank.
(2) Cut a piece of green dotty paper to fit the green card mat.
(3) Stamp flourish over edges of paper.
(4) Stamp up sentiment onto right hand side of paper.
(5) Cut an oblong of green card the length of the card blank.
(6) Cut a piece of white card to fit the oblong, stamp up one of the flourishes from the set using the 'Rich Cocoa' memento inkpad.
(7) Ink edge of white card pieces.
(8) Stick these pieces down, as shown above.
(9) Onto white card, stamp up large butterfly and dragonfly images.
(10) Colour in, cut out and place over white strip using sticky pads.
(11) Place four brown pearls into corners of card.
We do hope you have enjoyed our project today, please do grab your stamp sets at the reduced price while stocks last.
The Little Claire Team

Sunday 30 November 2014

Here's a sneak peek...

...for all of our lovely blog followers - here is the first unveiling of our new set of Club Stamps for December!

May we present 'Man of My Dreams' 

This set of stamps is sure to come in very handy for all those pesky cards for men, whether you have a hubby, brother, uncle, son or a 'Knight in Shining Armour' (was he brave enough to tackle that big spider in the hallway?!)
We love these little guys and our club members receive all the materials to make TWO cards in their packs this month; here are the two cards to make:


Both cards designed by our Heidi and for more details of how to join our club click here, hope you have a lovely day wherever you are and whatever you are doing...

Little Claire x