Wednesday 30 April 2014

Happy days everyone x

Hello, first off today we would like to say a very Happy Birthday to our lovely Carol (this is the lady who you will usually speak to on the phone and who posts out all the orders amongst a whole host of other things!)

Carol with our kitty (baby) when she was a kitten (baby, not Carol!)
She's got the day off, it's her birthday and the sun is shining - how good is that?

We have lots of Dinkie stamps on our web now all selling for just £2.00 each and we have added two new ones this week:

Flowerhouse Dinkie - just £2.00:

and Robin Doggie Dinkie also just £2.00:

Click here to see our full range of lovely dinkies x

We also have added two new dates for our classes in July to our web, we have a super Dinkie class running with Helen N and a new class 'Everything Changes' running with Helen H based on our Changing Tree themes (and a new changing concept to be revealed soon!)

The Little Claire Team x

Monday 28 April 2014

Little Claire Likes - Birdhouse Garland Card

Good morning,
We are sharing another 'Little Claire Likes' project with you today.
Heidi has made a twisted easel card using our showcased stamp set, 'Birdhouse Garland' and one of our 'Dinky' stamps, 'Flowerhead'.  She has used a great little sentiment from the 'Sweetest Wishes' stamp set, stamped on the tag.
You can purchase 'Birdhouse Garland' at the reduced price of £3.99 (normally £5.50) until Thursday, 1st May 2014.  You can get to the website HERE.

Here is a list of products used on the card :
Promarkers : Pear Green, Blossom, Rose Pink, Almond, Putty, Sandstone, Caramel & Pastel Beige - £1.70 per pen
Frond Punch and Dies from stash
Card Instructions :
(1) Take one of the kraft card blanks and fold one side in half.
(2) Cut another card blank in half and stick one piece, to the folded side.
(3) Stamp up 'Birdhouse Garland' image onto white card and three of the small Dinky 'Flowerhead' onto spotty & check paper. Cut out flowers.
(4) Cut two pieces of white card to measure : 14.5cms square.
(5) Cut two pieces of check paper : 14cms x 14cms, stick to white card.
(6) Cut two pieces of pink dotty paper : 8cms x 14cms, stick down.
(7) Die-cut shapes including image using a circle shape.
(8) Colour in image and stamp up sentiment onto tag. Tie ribbon on tag.
(9) Punch out leaves.
(10) Add all elements to card and lastly add pearls.
We do hope you have enjoyed our blog project today.
The Little Claire Design Team

Friday 25 April 2014

A Black and White Delight for Friday Project

Hello to you all Doreen here with our Friday project. I thought I would just show you how to make a card with a simple aperture.....

You will need
A6 Black Card blank
White card 14.5cm x 10cm
Black card 14cm x 9.5cm
Oval die
Oval scallop die
white ribbon
clear embossing powder

1. stamp the Owl Silhouette onto some white card and clear emboss

2. Using the black card cut out the oval as shown using the die .

3. Using a scrap of white card  line up your dies as shown to cut a frame 

4 Now stick   your frame to the right side of the black card and add some sticky foam pads to the back.

5. Now line up your image behind and stick this to the foam pads. Mat this to your white card .
Wrap some white ribbon round and tie then stick this onto your blank card.

Finish off by stamping your postcard stamp onto a scrap of card,cut out and stick to your finished card.
I hope you will have a go at this.
Have a great weekend

Monday 21 April 2014

Little Claire Likes - Lazy Days Tag Card

 Happy Easter Monday to you!  We do hope you have had a wonderful Easter weekend?
We are sharing another project today in our 'Little Claire Likes' feature. We are showcasing the great set 'Lazy Days'.  It comes with two great sentiments and two great versatile images including a great fun 'Boxer Shorts' image.
The set is available to buy at the special price of £5.50 (normally £6.50) until Thursday, 24th April
or whilst stocks for the stamp last.
Here is Heidi's card for today. She has included a tag shape along with the images.  She has kept the card nice and simple using a tag, kraft card and lots of linen thread.  It is very quick and simple for all of those last-minute male cards you need to make.

You can purchase our 'Lazy Days' stamp set at the reduced price of £5.50 (normally £6.50). Just pop over HERE or click on the items below.

Here is a product list :
Card Instructions :
(1) On a piece of kraft card measuring - 14cms x 14cms, stamp across 'boxer short' image all over in lines.  Edge with inkpad.
(2) Stick some linen thread to bottom of image, stick to front of card and edge card.
(3) Cut one of the tags from the card.
(4) Onto a spare piece of kraft card, stamp up larger image, stick to tag and edge with ink.
(5) Attach linen thread to top of tag, tie a bow.
(6) Stamp up chosen sentiment onto white card, edge with ink and matt onto kraft card.
(7) Stick all elements down onto card.

There is our project for today. Do grab your stamp set at the reduced price whilst stocks last.

Enjoy the rest of your Easter Monday!

The Little Claire Design Team


Friday 18 April 2014

Darling Daschunds Friday Project

Morning guys !!  Diane here with this weeks fabby do friday project for you,  a mini album in a tin using "Darling Daschunds"

You better grab a cuppa and a seat as there are loads of photo's !!

You will need:
silver tin box 3 3/8"x 3 3/8"
white card
2 sheets of patterned paper
26" gingham ribbon
blue ink pad

 1. Cut 2 strips of white card  3 1/4" x  9 3/4" and score at 3 1/4 and 6 1/2. Cut one more strip at 3 1/4" x 6 1/2" and score at 3 1/4"  

2. On the 3 1/4" x 6 1/2" stamp the small daschunds on left hand square at bottom. On one of the 3 1/4" x 9 3/4" stamp daschunds at bottom of two left hand squares . On second 3 1/4" x 9 3/4" stamp largs daschund with flowers in fisrt left hand square and small daschunds in second left hand square. 

3.Fold each strip and round corners.

4. Colour in all images using promarkers and then make a light cloud effect background. This is very easy, I use a cloud shape cut from card and then pick up a bit of ink on a sponge from a blue ink pad and lighty dab round my cloud shape moving it as I go across my background.

5. Turn all three pieces over and cover back of each square as shown in photo with pattern paper.

6. Concertina fold all three strips and then glue all three strips together to form one long concertina.
7. Cover tin front and inside lid with patterened paper.
8. Stamp a 3 1/4" x 1" strip of white card with small daschunds and colour in and glue to front of tin.

9. Attach ribbon to inside bottom of tin.

10. Then glue concerina strip on top of ribbon.

11. Now have fun adding your photo's !!

 Here are my two fur babies Taz and Hugo !!

hugs Diane xx

Monday 14 April 2014

Stamp Competiton Winner & Little Claire Likes - A Wedding Card

Good morning,

Firstly, we must announce the winner of our 'Stamp Idea' competition.  The winner, whose idea will be turned into a forthcoming new Little Claire stamp is .........

Rebecca Roberts

Well done Rebecca! We will be in touch soon about your idea.

Now to share our 'Little Claire Likes' project with you, and today it is the turn of a very elegant and recently launched stamp 'Silhouette Wedding Couple'.  It is just right for all of those wedding cards that need making, now we are in Spring.
Here is the card that Heidi has made using some white card and silver embossing powder.
She has also used one of our new 'Dinky' stamps - 'Camilla', which she has stamped along both sides of the card border and this ties in nicely with the flowers on the front of the card.

You can purchase this stamp at the reduced price of £5.50 (normally £6.50) until Thursday, 17th April or whilst stocks last.  Also the little 'Camilla' stamp is only £2.00.  You can go via HERE to order the stamps.
Here is a list of the products used on the card :
Product List :
Silver Embossing Powder and Die from stash
Heat gun, double-sided tape and bone folder.
Card Instruction List :
(1) Cut a piece of white card to measure 25cms x 15cms.
(2) Score at 2.5cms, 5cms and 22.5cms, score edges well.
(3) Onto a 10cms square piece of white card, stamp up 'Silhouette Wedding Couple' image using Versamark inkpad. (4) Cover with silver embossing powder and heat with heat gun.
(5) Down both side flat panels, stamp up 'Camilla' dinky stamp three times, cover with embossing powder and heat.
(6) Using die of choice, place in centre of card and run through a die-cutting machine.
(7) Cut another piece of card, measuring 15cms x 15cms. Stick image down centrally.
(8) Stick side panels to back of card using double-sided tape.
(9) Onto a scrap of white card, stamp up 'Camilla' image twice, cut out and stick to front of card.
(10) Add clear bling stones to flower center's, top panel edges and inside of card around image.
We do hope you have enjoyed our wedding card project today.  Thank you for stopping by our blog.
The Little Claire Team

Saturday 12 April 2014

Little Claire Monthly Challenge # 44 - 'Lots of Layers' Theme

Hello and welcome to another monthly challenge here at Little Claire.
Thank you for all of your wonderful entries last month.  We had some stunning entries for our 'Tag' theme.

The lucky winner of the Little Claire goodies last month is :
Well done! Please contact Carol (, who will forward on your prize.
Our theme for Challenge # 45 is 'Lots of Layers'.

We would like to see oodles of layers on your cards/scrap pages/creations.
Our prize this month is :
Two of our recently launched 'Silhouette' stamps - 'Elephants'

and 'Silhouette Picnic'

 These retail at £6.50 each, so this is such a lovely prize to win.
Our lovely design team have made some beautiful 'layered' cards, here they are to inspire you :
Diane has used
'Armful of Wishes' and sentiment from 'Good Times' set

Doreen has used
'Fabulous Day' stamp set
Gaynor has used
'Good Times' stamp set
Heidi has used

Helen N has used
Tulip Bunny

 Helen R has used
Using Changing Tree set & Easter Changing Tree elements
Lozzy has used

Marianne has used a
'Garden Shelves' Die-Cut Sheet
There are a few rules to follow when entering our challenges,

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) 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, it makes it so much easier & quicker to leave a comment on your blog.
(8) The challenge finishes on Friday, 9th May 2014 @ 16.00pm and the new challenge (# 45) will be open on Saturday, 10th May 2014.

We are looking forward to seeing your entries and stopping by your blogs.

The Little Claire Team


Friday 11 April 2014

Little Claire goes Steampunk!

Marianne here with my first project post for Little Claire. I love making vintage cards and I thought I would show how you can make a steampunk card which is easier than you may think.

You will need
Little Claire Good Times stamp set
Kraft card, 6" x 6" card blank
Memento Rich Cocoa stamp pad
Burlap(or you can use builder's scrim or raffia lace, anything with a similar texture)
Baker's twine
1 sheet 6" square paper (I used Bo Bunny Timepiece)
Tim Holtz steampunk on the edge die, Memory Box moustache dies and Brown Core'dinations
Distress tool and Sanding block

Stamp owl and sentiment onto kraft card using Memento ink. Cut to size. Trim paper to size. Distress edges of image and paper with tool. (If you don't have a distress tool use scissors.)

Attach paper to kraft card, distress edges of card, cut burlap and fray sides. Attach 2 pieces of baker's twine across burlap.

Attach to card blank. Diecut cogs using Tim Holtz die and Core'dinations then sand down for distressed look. Attach to edge. Attach image using 3d glue or foam pads.

Diecut moustaches from Core'dinations and attach.

I hope you have enjoyed my first project and that I have encouraged you to have a go. 
Please leave a comment, we love to know what you think.

We will be back with a new challenge for you tomorrow.

Thursday 10 April 2014

Here are some pics just through from Steve...

... the stand is set up in Belfast ready for action!

Good luck to Steve, he has just found out that the show is open until 7pm tonight - long day!

We have had some great responses to our Stamps Idea competition, thank you and some super responses sent through to us via email too - keep 'em coming!

We'll leave you with a picture of a great card sent in by one of our lovely customers, Sue Harvey:

we love our super RWAV Beach Hut stamp set, makes us smile every time!

Little Claire xxx