Tuesday 31 March 2015

Winners of Superwoman Stamp Set!

Hello everyone!  It's a very blustery day here at Little Claire - we've battened down the hatches of the shed and just hoping we're not suddenly going to take off! Where's the sunshine? :(

Thanks to everyone who entered our competition last week to win a Superwoman stamp set, we really enjoyed reading your entries.  The two lucky winners are:

Lisa Robinson who said 'If I were superwoman for a day and was able to travel back in time I would whisk my mum back with me to a time when she would not be blighted by Dementia x'


Leanne S who said 'If I were superwoman for a day I would like to have two additional stretchy arms. So, if I was in the place I love to be (my craft room), my stretchy arms could answer the phone, cook, do the laundry and water my plants which I usually try to do at the same time.'

Well done ladies - Please contact Carol to claim your prize!

Before we go, we just want to share our Diane's fabulous card design with you, using one of our old favourites Room with a View Wardrobe stamp set.  Just look....

We just love peeping inside the wardrobe door - if only the inside of my wardrobe was that tidy!

Have a lovely day!

The Little Claire Team xxx

Monday 30 March 2015

Little Claire Likes - Silhouette Gardening Stand Card

Good morning and welcome to another Monday blog project.

For our 'Little Claire Likes' today, we are offering our featured stamp set,

at the special price of £4.50 (usually £5.50) until Thursday, 2nd April or whilst stocks last, HERE on the website.


This great silhouette set is perfect for gardeners, birthday and retirement cards.  It has a wonderful border stamp included, which is great on its own or used to accompany the 'garden' stamp and sentiments in the set.

Here is Heidi's card for today.  She has made a 'stand' card from purple card and a sheet of our 'Little Claire' - 'Ombre' paper stack along with some black punched out butterflies and purple pearls.  These cards fold flat but stand out when upright.

Card Products :

Purple Bazzill Card
Black card
MS Butterfly Punch
Purple Pearls
Costmic Shimmer Glue and sticky pads.
Trimmer and Score-Board

Card Instructions :

(1) Cut a piece of purple card to measure : 14cms x 10cms, this makes the back of the card.
(2) Another : 10cms x 7cms, the mechanism of the stand card.
(3) Score piece at : 2cms, 4cms and 7cms.
(4) Cut a 9.5cms x 9cms piece from purple card, this is the matt for your image.
(5) Stamp up main image onto a piece of purple 'Ombre' paper using Versafine ink pad.
(6) Stamp up flower image onto a piece of 'Ombre' paper, cut to fit side of main card.
(7) Cut image piece to fit card matt and stick together.
(8) Stick mechanism to left side of card back and to back of card image.
(9) Stamp up sentiment, stick to a piece of purple card.
(10) Stick sentiment to card front.
(11) Punch out three butterflies from scrap black card.
(12) Stick butterflies to side of card and add pearls.

We hope you have enjoyed our tutorial today and don't forget to grab your stamp set and 'Ombre' paper packs, they work so well together.

The Little Claire Team


Saturday 28 March 2015

Happy 50th Birthday Steve!

The Little Claire Design Team
want to wish our lovely boss
a very
''Happy 50th Birthday''
We hope you get spoilt rotten and eat lots and lots of cake!
love and hugs from us all!

Friday 27 March 2015

Friday project + FREE Stamp !!

Morning guys,  Diane here with a cute friday project for you using
 " Daisy the Sheep" !!

This spring decorated jam jar is ready to be filled with easter goodies !!

 You will need:
Little Claire "Daisy the Sheep" dinkie stamp
White card
 One sheet of Little Claires Gingham 6" x 6"  in blue
One sheet of Little Claires dinkie gingham in blue
3D foam tape
Fine line black pen
Pastel promarkers in blue, pink, yellow, green and flesh colour.
Blue gingham ribbon
Jam jar

1: Cut a piece of white card 2 1/4" x  9 1/2".  Stamp Daisy four times 1" in from right and colour in, then hand write "Just for ewe" over each sheep. Add a row of faux stitching to top and bottom.
2: Cut two strips from the 6" x 6" blue gingham sheet measuring 2 3/4" wide, join together at one end and cut strip to 9 1/2" long. Now matt sheep border onto this.
3: Onto another piece of white card stamp Daisy 5 times and cut out just her body and head and colour. Also cut out the tiny flowers and colour. Mount all sheep onto 3D foam tape and put to one side.
4: Cut a 2 1/8th circle of white card and stamp Daisy and colour, then hand write "Just for ewe" above her. Cut a 2 3/8" circle from the dinkie gingham square and matt Daisy circle onto it adding some faux stitching around edge.
5: Now wrap your Daisy band around the jam jar and glue ends together, then mount the cut out Daisy sheep over the matching colour sheep on band. Next fill jar with easter goodies !!
6: Cut a 5 1/2" circle from the yellow gingham square and mould over top of jam jar and tie ribbon round.
7: Now glue Daisy circle to top and add last mounted Daisy cut out.

8: Finish off by gluing the cut tiny flowers around the main band to cover the gaps between the Dasiy sheep. 

How about making a jar filled with crafting goodies for a friend or chocolates for a teacher !!  We'd love to see what you fill yours with.......

hugs Diane xx

NOW its Steve's 50th Birthday tomorrow Saturday 28th and Little Claire have decided to give all you peeps a birthday treat as well !! Steve says he is only 25 tomorrow (ha,ha,ha) so you can get 25% off ( club stamp members 35% )  all your Little Claire goodies online by adding the code  steve50  at check out and if you take up this offer a  FREE stamp as well !!

This fabulous offer is only for tomorrow Saturday 28th !!

Thursday 26 March 2015

Thursday Digi Stamp Blog Project - Tweet Wishes

Hello it`s Alli here and this is the card I have made using the March digi challenge (shaped card) as inspiration. I hope you like it because I loved making it and I am so pleased with how it has turned out. Happy crafting.

what you will need:
6" x 6" base card
6" x 6" craft card
A4 cream fine linen paper to print the stamp onto
Spellinders Borderbilities A2 Scalloped Borders One (die)
die cutting machine
colouring implements of your choice
Glossy Accents
Sekura glitter pen
fine tip black pen

In your graphics programe draw guidelines for a 6" x 3 1/5" card base (the finished card will measure nearer 6" x 4 3/4"). Insert the digi stamp and re-size it to measure 3 3/4" from side and 1" from the top guide line. You can print the image at this stage and then hand stamp on a sentiment later, or you can write the sentiment now with your graphics programme. I use Serif Craft Artist as my graphics programme and I used "Tropical Script BTN Bamboo" 56.36pt for the word Tweet and "Galeforce" 23.07pt for the word wishes. Place the words below the digi stamp image but no lower than 2 1/2" below the birds head. Print the topper onto cream fine linen paper. Tip: Try using ordinary fine linen paper to print on if you don`t have the print paper version. 

If you wish to hand stamp your sentiment then do it now, as with the printed version make sure the words do not go lower than 2 1/2" below the birds head.

Centre the image within 6" x 6" lines along the side and cut along the lines.

Attach the Spellbinders die No. 2 to the paper about 3" down from the left vine tendril to the cutting line of the die and then secure die No 1 above it. Make sure that the dies are square to the design. Run the paper through the die cutting machine (if you are using a Cuttlebug or a similar small die cutting machine you may wish to trim the card to enable it to go through sideways, but it will just squeeze through lengthways).


With a black fine tip pen draw two little hearts to the right of the sentiment.
Colour your digi stamp image.
Using the Sekura glitter pen draw along the vine tendrils and the middle of the flowers. Use Glossy Accents on the hearts.

Allowing a 1/4" overhang at the fold line lightly secure (from behind) the craft card to the front of the base card.
Attach the Spellbnder die (No 2) 4 3/8" from the top of the craft card to the cutting line of the die (make sure the die is square to the sides of the base card). Open the base card so it is flat and run through the die cutting machine. It is better to cut the two layers of card together so as not to have one layer slightly larger than the other due to drag through the machine.
Stick the craft card to the base card, aligning the bottom edge.
Trim the craft card.

Align the topper onto the craft card and cut to the required size to mat and layer.
Stick the topper to the craft card (align the bottom edge first).

The back of the card is not shaped so fold the base card and trim the back to size.



Tuesday 24 March 2015

Fancy winning a stamp set?

Hi everyone!

We thought we would share Marianne's fabulous cards with you, featuring our lovely Superwoman set, £8.99 and at the same time, give you the chance to win a set for yourself....

We're superwomen every day of the week!

Useful for any occasion!

Just to say 'hi'!
We have two 'Superwomen' stamp sets to give away - just leave us a comment telling us what you would do if you were Superwoman for a day!

We will pick our two favourites and announce the winners next Tuesday 31st March.

We salute all superwomen out there for being so brilliant!

The Little Claire Team xxx

Monday 23 March 2015

Little Claire Likes - RWAV Garage Card

Good morning and welcome to our 'Little Claire Likes' Monday project, featuring one of our stamp sets.

Today is the turn of 'Room with a View - Garage'

This great male themed set is being offered at the special price of £6.99 (normally £8.99) until Thursday, 26th March or whilst stocks last. Just pop over to the website HERE to grab yours at the reduced price.

Heidi's 'Father's Day Card' has been made by stamping smaller images onto kraft card with a Versafine 'Vintage Sepia' ink pad and adding some wonderful pastel tartan paper.


Products Used on Card :

Blue Bazzill Card
Black Fine Liner Pen
Cosmic Shimmer Glue and Sharp Scissors

Card Instructions :

(1) Using Versafine 'Vintage Sepia' inkpad, stamp up 'oil can' and 'paintpot' images, all around the edge of the kraft card blank.
(3) Cut a piece of blue card to measure : 13cms x 13cms.
(4) Cut a piece of blue pastel tartan to measure : 12.5cms x 12.5cms.
(5) Stick to card piece and stick down onto card.
(6) Onto a piece of 10cms x 10cms kraft card, stamp up 'oil can' and 'paint pot' images around edge.
(7) Cut another square of blue card, stick to kraft piece.
(8) Stamp up 'Garage' image and inside of garage. Stick together raising inner image onto sticky pads.
(9) Stamp up 'Happy Father's Day' sentiment, cut out and edge with inkpad.
(10) Stamp up a 'paint pot' image and cut out.
(11) Stick elements down onto card. Add sticky pads to paint pot and place on side of image.
(12) Edge all around with inkpad.
(13) Doodle around edge of card using fine liner pen.

Thank you for visiting our blog today, we do hope you have enjoyed our 'male themed' tutorial.

The Little Claire Team


Friday 20 March 2015

Easter Chocolate Bar Wrap

Hi Shary here and for this Friday's project I would like to show you a way of making a plain bar of chocolate something a bit more special.

Here's mine

You will need

114g chocolate bar any kind :0)
Little Claire digi stamp - Duck Cart
Patterned paper
Die cuts
Colouring medium

1. First of all take off the chocolate bar wrapper and use it as a template. Then cut the wrapper shape out of your chosen patterned paper.

2. Make a little border for the centre of your wrapper with a punch or die cut using contrasting papers.

3. Die cut a shape to adhere your coloured image onto.

4. Print your digi image I made mine 2.5" x 2.5" and it fit perfectly for the size of the wrapper.          Colour in your image with your chosen medium. I've used Chameleon pens. I also added an Easter sentiment made on my Cricut.

5. I then inked all the edges of the papers using a walnut distress ink and adhered all the pieces togther.

6. Then just wrap it around your chocolate bar! (If you haven't eaten it while crafting alread :0) ).

There you go a simple but effective Easter gift.


Thursday 19 March 2015

Thursday Digi Stamp Blog Project

Hi Susan R here!

This is my special Thursday Digi Project for Little Claire!!

I really like these pop-up sentiment cards!
To make this card I have used a lovely digi and Paper from Little Claire
Silhouette Owl Tree
Brown Owl Paper

I started with a yellow sparkly card to make the base and then matted and layered with brown card and the Little Claire Brown Owl Paper.
I printed the Owl Tree Silhouette on a different brown card and cut it out. 
This is the front side as seen when it comes out of the envelope:

This is a view of the card laid flat, with matting and layering:

Finally I added the sentiment printed on brown card on my computer -

Not Tu-Whit Tu-Whoo
but Tu-Whit Tu-YOU!

For detailed instructions please take a look at my blog but here are the basics:

  1. Design your sentiment on the computer then print out the digi paper on thin white card and the digi and sentiment on brown card.
  2. Cut two pieces from a 12 x 12 sheet of yellow card, 4.25 x 8.5 inches and one piece 1.5 in by 4.25 in.
  3. Score the two larger pieces at 1.5 inches and 3 inches.
  4. Fold each with a valley and a mountain fold so that they will fit together as above.
  5. With the small piece, mark 1.5 ins up from the bottom on the left hand side. Score from this point to the corner. Fold with a mountain fold.Stick this with white glue on the back of the front of the card.
  6. Stick the back to the front.
  7. Mat and layer each of the front pieces with brown and owl paper. Mat and layer the small piece that pops out too.
  8. Cut out the owl tree and glue in place.
  9. Trim the Sentiment and stick in place too.

Happy Crafting!!

Monday 16 March 2015

Little Claire Likes - Silhouette Wedding Card

Good morning,

Welcome to our regular Monday project, 'Little Claire Likes', where we showcase one of our favourite stamp sets.
 Today, is the turn of 'Silhouette Wedding', a stamp just right for all of those wedding cards that's need to be made this time of year.

This wonderful stamp is on special offer at £4.50 (usually £6.50) until Thursday, 19th March 2015 or while we have stock on our website HERE.

Here is Heidi's card made using the set and some of our 'dotty' paper from our very own paper packs. She has used a Versafine 'Onyx Black' ink pad. This inkpad is best to use with our silhouette stamps and gives a crisp image when stamping out.

Card Products Used :

Little Claire 'Silhouette Wedding' stamp - £4.50
Little Claire 'Dotty' Paper Pack - £4.99
Versafine Onyx Black Ink Pad - £5.50
Cream Pearls - £1.80
Cream Card
Black Card
MS Heart Border Punch
Woodware Heart Punch
Black Stones

Card Instructions :

(1) Cut a card blank to measure : 28cms x 14cms, fold and score well.
(2) Cut a piece of black card : 13.5cms x 13.5cms, stick down.
(3) Cut a piece of black 'Dotty' paper to measure : 13cms x 13cms, stick to card.
(4) Stamp up image using Versafine onto cream card, leave to dry.
(5) Matt image onto black card.
(6) Cut a piece of cream card the length of card, punch boarder.
(7) Stick elements down onto card.
(8) Punch out two hearts, stick down and attach cream pearls.
(9) Add black stones to front of card.

We do hope you have enjoyed out tutorial for today.

The Little Claire Team


Saturday 14 March 2015

Little Claire Monthly Challenge # 55 - Springtime!

Welcome to our new challenge for March with the theme


Now that the sun has begun to shine and those lovely spring flowers are popping up throughout our gardens, its an ideal theme.

Thank you to all of those crafter's that took the time to enter our February Challenge.  Our winner, who has been randomly picked is :

Entry #  3 - Paper Panda (Mandy)

Here is her lovely 'Love' winning card :

Well done! Please contact Gill (info@littleclaire.co.uk), who will send you the prize.

Our fabulous prize for our 'Springtime' themed challenge is a :

£20.00 Voucher

Our Design Team have made some stunning cards using such beautiful images to share with and inspire you.  

Starting with :

Avril who has used
'Tulip Bunny' stamp set

Diane who has used

Gaynor who has used

Heidi who has used

Helen who has used
'Bird's in Squares' stamp set

Lynsey who has used
'Tulip Bunny' stamp set

Mags who has used
'Garden Shelves' and 'Poppy Designs' Sheet and
Little Claire 'Dotty' and 'Gingham' paper packs

Marianne who has used

Shary who has used
'Superwoman' Stamp set, sentiment from March Club Stamp
set - 'March Flowers'

Susan has used
'Room with a View' - Four Seasons stamp set

Here is a list of our rules, please read and follow before entering our challenge.

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.

The challenge finishes on Friday, 10th April 2015 @ 16.00pm and the new challenge (# 56) will be open on Saturday,  11th April 2015.

We look forward to seeing all of your entries and visiting your blogs.

Good Luck!

The Little Claire Design Team


Friday 13 March 2015

Baby washing line

Marianne here today with my Friday blog project for you. I decided to make a paper pieced card using one of the cute dinkie stamps which are a bargain at just £2.

You will need
My Mind's Eye Sky's the Limit 6x6 paper pad
Pink Copics
White and cream card
6x6 card blank
Paper scraps
Joy birdhouse die
Spelbinders large scalloped circle dies
Memory Box butterfly delights die
Small pink pearls

1 Stamp the washing line onto white card. Colour the socks and bibs with pink Copics. Stamp the 2 babygros onto paper scraps and paper piece.

2 Cut a piece of the pink zigzag paper 13.8cm square and mount onto cream card. Attach to the centre of the card blank. Cut a piece of another pink patterned paper 4.5cm x 12cm and layer onto cream card. Attach the paper strip towards the top of the card.

3 Stamp the baby circle from the sentiment set onto white card and die cut using a scalloped circle. Stamp baby girl in the centre of the circle.

4 Die cut 3 birdhouses from cream card. Cut the pieces off one of them so that it is just a straight pole. Position the die cuts and stamped image so that the washing line appears to be hanging from the poles.

5 Attach the sentiment to the top of the right hand pole. Die cut 5 butterflies from cream card using the Memory Box die, Attach randomly and finish with small pink pearls in the centre of the butterflies.

Thursday 12 March 2015

Thursday Digi-Stamp Blog Project - Silhouette Mother & Daughter Card

Good Morning Peeps! 
It's Sarah here with a new Digi-Stamp Project. I have used the beautiful Silhouette Mother & Daughter Digi-Stamp.

With Mother's Day this Sunday I thought this Digi-Stamp would be perfect for a special card for my Mum!

Here is a list of materials and products I used for this card:

Computer Font - Bradley Hand ITC
White A4 Card Stock - for base
Flower backing paper - The Paperstack
Pink & Pink Spotty Papers
Spiral Flower Die - Stampin' Up!
Flower Punch - Stampin' Up!
Glue, Foam Pads, Bone Folder, Pearls, Black Pro-marker, Clear and Pink Gems

How I made my card:

1/. Print out the Digi-Stamp and greeting onto smooth white card, trim the image down so it is smaller then an A5 card. Fold the A4 white card to create an A5 base.
2/. Trim down the pink and flower backing papers to create boarder around the Digi-Stamp image.
3/. Layer papers and Digi-Stamp image using glue and foam pads onto the A5 base. 
4/. Die cut 3 spiral flowers from the pink, pink spotty and flower papers. Use dab of glue and roll the flowers into shape and glue the end base to the flower base to finish. Glue flowers to card and add clear gems to centres. Add three small pink gems to the bunch of flowers the Mother is holding.
5/. Punch out 6 flowers in pink and flower paper and curl using the bone folder. Using foam pads adhere onto card. 
6/. Using the black Pro-marker colour the pearls black and leaves to dry. Then add the pearls to the centres of the flowers for cute detail which ties in with black silhouette image!
digi Silhouette Mother Daughter

Thanks for stopping by to take a look, hope you enjoyed the tutorial!
Sarah x