Friday 31 October 2014

Christmas Countdown

Morning guys..Diane here with a Christmas Countdown for you to make using the Christmas Snowmen stamp set !!

You will need:
green, white and black card
Dovecraft Back to Basic Christmas paper
Die cut letters and numbers
wooden peg
red ribbon
3d foam tape

1: Cut a  piece of cardboard 5 1/2" x 8 1/4" and two pieces of your pattern paper one 3" x 5" and 5 1/4" x 5" and then glue to front.

 2: Cut a 4 1/4" scalloped circle in green card, a 3 1/2" plain circle of white card and another one 3"

3: Stamp your snowmen onto the 3" white circle, colour in and then mount onto the 3 1/2" circle, then mount onto the green scallop circle. Now add a black wiggly line to edge and some stickles.

4: Just lay your scallop circle onto the front of your covered board and glue your die cut letters around top. Don't worry if you haven't any die cut letters because you could stamp or hand write them instead. Now draw a wiggly black line all round edges.

5: Now attach green scallop circle to front using 3d foam tape.

6: Cut 12 pieces of green card  3 1/2" x 3" and 24 pieces of white card  2 3/4" x 2 3/4".

7: Glue a piece of white card to the front and back to each of the 12 of green card leaving a just over 1/2" at top. Now draw a black wiggle line round edge of white card.

8: Now add die cut numbers 1 - 12

8: Flip them over and add die cut number 13-24

9: Cover front of wooden peg with pattern paper and add a big red ribbon bow

10: All you have to do now is clip your countdown numbers to the front of your board and it is complete !!

Here's another one using the other snowman stamp in the set and using red card instead of green.

 You don't have to make a Christmas countdown, why not a birthday countdown or holiday one ?? You're sure to find the right stamp for any occasion on the Little Claire website !!

hugs Diane xx

Wednesday 29 October 2014

Two Cards from two teamies...'s a share of two gorgeous cards recently made by two of our talented teamies both made with 'elderly' stamps of ours, firstly Shary has been busy making this gorgeous card with our 'Rainy Days' stamp set:

designed by Shary
Rainy Days is a lovely set of stamps containing the cute girl with umbrella and the set of wellies too, Shary's colours and layout are stunning!

Diane sent this clever card in made with our VW Daisy stamp, this is an all-time favourite stamp of Steve's and he loves what Diane has done with it here:

designed by Diane
Great layout of papers around the main image and paper piecing on the VW, the colours go together so well.

Thanks for sharing your makes girls - NOW, here's a competition:

Comment letting us know what your all-time favourite Little Claire stamp is (OK it doesn't have to be 1, you can name your top 3) and we will choose 3 winners.

Each Winner will have any Little Claire stamp of their choice sent out as a prize - that's a nice early Christmas present!

Winners announced Thursday 06 November.

Good luck, Little Claire xxx

Tuesday 28 October 2014

Feed the Birds...

A lovely lady, Linda Hammerton, recently won a set of our stamps 'Feed the Birds' from a blog challenge which we sponsored

Little Claire 'Feed the Birds' stamp set
Linda was delighted with her win and has sent us pictures of her makes using stamps from this set and here is a card featuring the robins with date, poinsettia corner and 'Happy, Happy Christmas' text:

and here's a lovely card featuring the girl and her Christmas tree with 'Feed the birds' text, love how the robin backing paper matches the theme!

Thanks so much Linda, two beautiful cards, and it got us thinking back to cards made by our teamies with this set which was a club set last year, here is a beauty from Diane, making a lovely border with the Poinsettia corner stamp:

designed by Diane
and here's a lovely red number from Helen N featuring lots of images from this set:

designed by Helen N
If you are a club member you may already have this stamp set in your stash, so now's the time to get it out, dust it down and make something lovely!

Steve's back from Glasgow, thanks to everyone who visited our stand and hope you all had a good show - our next show is this Sunday 02 November at Tonbridge, Kent (Hugh Christie Tech College), if you are in the area, please come and visit our stand, just a couple more days to go...

Little Claire xxx

Monday 27 October 2014

Little Claire Likes - Santa's Hat Candle

Good morning and welcome to another 'Little Claire Likes' project. Every week on a Monday morning, we share a project with you using one of our stamp sets from our extensive range.
Today, we are showcasing one of our recently launched stamps - 'Santa's Hat'. Its a very comical image, which will bring a smile to anyone that receives a card/gift with it on.
You can purchase this lovely little stamp set for only £3.50 (normally £5.50) for a limited time only. If stocks last, this offer will finish on Thursday, 30th October 2014.  You can pop on over to the website HERE to purchase yours.
Heidi has made a quick little Christmas gift using the set. An altered candle using some red card, gold embossing powder and gold ribbon, as shown above.
Here are the products used :
Gold Embossing Powder
Gold Sparkly Ribbon
Candle from Sainsbury's
Red Bazzill Card
Tools : Heat Gun, double-sided tape, 2" circle punch
Altered Candle Instructions :
(1) Firstly, take off plastic from around candle. This candle is sized at 6.5cms across base.
(2) Cut a strip of red bazzill card to fit your candle, ensuring it overlaps slightly at the back.
(3) Using the 'Super Stamping Mat' and Versafine inkpad, stamp up image 'Santa's Hat' image, onto red bazzill card.
(4) Cover with gold embossing powder and heat with heat gun. Leave to cool.
(5) Punch a 2" circle from red bazzill card, stick to bottom of candle using tape.
(6) Stick red bazzill card strip to candle centrally.
(7) Place ribbon around bottom of candle, tie a bow and neaten ribbon edges.
We do hope you have enjoyed our quick tutorial today. Thank you for visiting the Little Claire blog.  Don't forget to get your 'Santa's Hat' stamp set at the reduced price.
The Little Claire Team

Friday 24 October 2014

Gift card holder

Marianne here today to show you how to make a gift card holder. I have wanted to make some of these for a while for my craft fair stall and this year determined to work out the measurements and make some.

You will need
Strong blue A4 card
White card
Christmas paper
Velcro dots
Scalloped circle die
Copics or Promarkers
Stickles or white glitter
Small snowflake

1 Cut a strip of blue card 10cm x 29.7cm and a piece 10cm x 6cm.

2 Score and fold the long piece of card at 10.5cm and 21cm.
3 Cut the paper as follows:
3 pieces 9cm x 9.5cm
2 pieces 9cm x  7.7cm
1 piece 9cm  x  5cm

4 Attach the papers to white card leaving a 2mm border of card. 

5 On one side of the blue card attach 2 of the largest pieces of paper to the 2 largest rectangles. Attach one of the 9cm x 7.7cm to the smaller rectangle.

6 Attach the smallest piece of paper to the small piece of card. Tape around three sides and attach to the bottom of the middle section.
7 Die cut a scalloped circle from white card and attach to the bottom section of the card. Write To and From on the circle.

The inside will then look like this.

8 Fold the holder and attach the remaining pieces of paper to the front 2 pieces. Attach a velcro dot to hold it together.

9 Colour the snowmen village stamp. Layer onto blue card and attach to the front of the holder. Add glitter and a small snowflake.

A much nicer way to present somebody with a gift card and it can be adapted for any occasion.

Wednesday 22 October 2014

Hey, just to let you know...

...Steve's on his way up to Glasgow, boxes full of our Little Claire goodies:

We are on Stand B28, SECC, Glasgow G3 8YW

from Thursday 23 Oct through to Sunday 26 October

Hope to see you there!

And a big thank you to everyone who visited our stand at the Doncaster Dome last weekend, we hope that Steve was on his best behaviour!

Penguin Hugs
The Little Claire Team xxx

Monday 20 October 2014

Little Claire Likes - Christmas Geese Card

Good morning,
For our 'Little Claire Likes' project today, we are showcasing a lovely stamp set called 'Christmas Geese'. It has three great 'Geese' themed images and a large sentiment, which is great for the inside of the card.

You can purchase this gorgeous stamp set for only £5.00 (normally £8.99) only until Thursday, 23rd October 2014 or whilst we have the stock.  Just pop over to our website HERE.
Heidi has made a festive card, using the set, adding some bakers twine and a jingly bell.

Here is the set below, showing all of the wonderful images.
 Products Used :
 Back to Basics's Christmas paper pad - £3.99
Dovecraft White Card Pack - £1.99
White A4 Superior Stamping Cardstock - £3.50
Dovecraft 'Jingle Bells' - £1.99
Red and Green card, Baker's Twine & Poinsettia's from stash.

Card Instructions :

(1) Stamp up your chosen image, colour in with pens of choice.
(2) Matt image onto green and red card.
(3) Cut two oblongs of card, one in green and one in red.
(4) Choose two papers from paper pack, cut down to fit inside card oblongs.
(5) Attach baker's twine to back of green card, tie a bow and add silver bell.
(6) Stick elements down onto card blank.
(7) Add poinsettia's to corner of card.
(8) Add one bling stone to bottom edge of card.

We do hope you have enjoyed our tutorial today. These images look so lovely on both Christmas and non-Christmas cards.

The Little Claire Team



Wednesday 15 October 2014

Just a quick post today... show you a selection of new items which we have in stock, new to us are 3 Spellbinder cutting and embossing dies:

Spellbinders Winter Collection Card Creation Snowflakes
These gorgeous swirly snowflake dies are just £16.99 for the set, and this Winter Collection Picture Perfect die is just £14.99:

Spellbinders Winter Collection Picture Perfect
A cute winter owl, just £8.99 - a lovely trio of dies which can cut, emboss and stencil, available now on our web:

Spellbinders Winter Collection Owl
We've also brought in lots of ribbons most at just 30p p/metre:

Red Tartan Ribbon 30p p/m

and here it is used to decorate this kraft bag which features our Feed the Birds stamp set:

designed by Heidi
Dotty Grosgrain, also in red 30p p/m

RicRac in lots of colours 30p p/m:

and a cute bowmaker just £4.50:

Don't forget we will be at the StampMagic show this Sunday at Doncaster Dome, hope to see you there!

Little Claire xxx

Tuesday 14 October 2014

It's nearly half way through the month...

...and we don't think that we have shared all of our teamies makes with our new Christmas Snowmen stamp set (which are our club stamps for October). 

 Our design team certainly excelled themselves with this stamp set and we have lovely samples in all shapes and sizes to share with you, so here goes:

designed by Heidi
Obviously you may remember we showed you the Mini Album which Heidi designed for the project pack, here is the front cover and below is one of the inside pages:

designed by Heidi
Marianne hilighted the Snowmen Village stamp (part of the set)

designed by Marianne
and look at this very clever card from Diane, again the snowmen are included within the stamp set:

designed by Diane
What a super idea!
And our lovely Helen N has created this masterpiece in red (love red, it's so vibrant and so nice when teamed with kraft) with Bauble Snowman:

designed by Helen N
Red again - this time with gorgeous snowflakes from Gaynor:

designed by Gaynor
Diane has been very busy and even made a Christmas Bauble using the Snowmen Village stamp:

designed by Diane
and finally our Italian teamie Francy has created this lovely chequered card:

designed by Francy
Hope you like our selection - oh and talking about Christmas, so excited..... Stollen Cakes are in the shops!  Oh YUM, just love Stollen, love it a bit too much, is it time to go get a nice hot cup of tea and have maybe just one more slice...?

Little Claire x

Monday 13 October 2014

Little Claire Likes Weekly Project - Scarves & Hats

Good morning,
Thank you for stopping by the Little Claire blog today.
We are sharing another 'Little Claire Likes' project with you, using one of our new Christmas stamps - 'Scarves & Hats'. Its a really fun little image to use on your cards.
You can purchase this cute little image for only £4.50 (normally £5.50)  until Thursday, 16th October or for while the stocks last on our website.
Heidi has made a silver stand card using the set, adding lots of silver ribbon, bling and a wooden snowflake.  She has added a 'Christmas Tag' stamp to use as a stopper on the card. These are on special offer on the website too, for a limited period.
Here is her card :
Products Used :
From stash : Bazzill 'Tiara' Bling Card, Silver Ribbon, Promarker's,
Wooden Snowflake & Silver 'Stickles' Glitter Glue
How the card was made :
(1) Firstly, cut a piece of 'Tiara' card to measure : 28cms x 10cms.
(2) Score at : 7cms and 14cms, score edges well.
(3) Cut a piece of white card : 10.5cms x 7.0cms, stamp up image and colour in.
(4) Matt onto a piece of 'Tiara' card : 11cms x 7.5cms.
(5) Take two silver snowflake papers from pack, cut one to fit front of card and one for the inside.
(6) Stick half ( on left) of the image down, centrally over a closed card.
(7) Stamp up tag image, matt onto 'Tiara' card.
(8) Punch hole into tag, thread ribbon through.
(9) Stick down to side of card, using two large sticky dots.
(10) Attach ribbon to left-hand side of card, add wooden snowflake and stones.
(11) Add silver 'Stickles' to bottom of image, hats and bags.
We do hope you have enjoyed our little project today and it has inspired you to get making your Christmas cards.
All items highlighted above are available on our website HERE, stock permitting.
The Little Claire Team

Saturday 11 October 2014

Monthly Blog Challenge # 50 - Christmas Theme

Welcome to our challenge for October.  Thank you for all of your entries into our challenge for September.
Our winner of the Little Claire stamps and goodies is :
#26 - Crafty Liz

Here is her beautiful winning card :

Please contact Carol ( who will forward you the prize.

Our prize for our Christmas Challenge is :

Included in the prize are :

1 x white spots on red paper, 1 x red spots on white paper
1 x red tartan paper, 1 x brown tartan paper
1 x snowflakes on pale blue paper
1 x vanilla Bazzill card,  1 x pack Bling
1 x Joy, Hope & Wonder stamp set
1 x double sided tape
1 x A4 sheet Christmas Designs
1 x pack 10 Flower cards & envelopes

We have a new Guest Design Team member.
Shary will be with us for six months, welcome aboard!
Here is her first challenge card, she had used one of our new Christmas stamps, 'Scarves and Hats'.

Our design team have made some stunning cards this month, feast your eyes :


Diane has used
'Let it Snow' and 'Robin Redbreast' sentiment

Francy has used
'Santa's Hat'

Gaynor has used

 Heidi has used
Helen N has used
'Bambino' and 'Sentiments - Christmas'
Marianne has used
'Santa's Hat' stamp set

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, 7th November 2014 @ 16.00pm and the new challenge
(# 51) will be open on Saturday, 8th November 2014.
Have fun creating your 'Christmas' cards and we look forward to seeing your entries, good luck!
The Little Claire Team