Thursday 30 April 2015

Digi Man Squares Project

Hi Folks
Mags here to share a little inspiration for you.  I am a bit late posting this but hope you will forgive me.  Better late than never they say.

I would like to share how I created a male birthday card using digi man squares image.

The background is created by using a sheet of Little Claire ombre paper.  Cut the ombre paper into four squares and swap them around so that you have one dark and light piece at the top and the bottom.  Mount the ombre paper pieces onto some red card and wrap some blue ribbon from top to bottom and side to side.  

Cut out four pieces of red card and attach in each corner.  Colour the digi man squares image and apply each image over the red squares.  Add a sentiment and some square gems to the ribbon and the card is complete.

Hope you have enjoyed seeing this project and it has inspired you to have a go.

Bye for now

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Wednesday 29 April 2015

Now available and exclusive to Little Claire...

2 NEW Mono Magic Paper  Stacks:

Our Dinkie Mono paper pack measures 8x8cm and contains 40 sheets - 10 designs - 4 of each design, 160gsm - £2.99
Here is a lovely dinkie card made with one of the papers and our Dinkie Spikey Flowers stamp AND our new, exclusive Dinky Scallop Cards:

designed by Helen N
and here is a super card made with paper from the larger pack (14x14cm) £4.99 and Top Hat Owl taken from our 'Good Times' stamp set:

designed by Helen N
We find black and white papers so versatile, and these papers are such good quality at 160gsm - they even work well to colour in using your ProMarkers! (super tip from Helen N)

Competition Time

We've got 3 gorgeous Dinky Paper Stacks to giveaway - just leave us a comment letting us know what you are getting up to this weekend?!  and we will announce the winners next Thurs 07 May.

Steve is going to exhibit at the National Motorcycle Museum craft show in Birmingham this Saturday (great show, free parking) and Carol is off to the Lake District to celebrate her birthday.

Little Claire xxx

Tuesday 28 April 2015

Another Chance To Win!

designed by Helen

We are so excited to see a wonderful project featuring our fantastic teamies' cards using April Showers stamp set in Creative Stamping magazine. Have a sneak peek...

designed by Diane

designed by Gaynor

designed by Heidi

designed by Marianne
Thank you ladies, you have done us proud (again!).

Now for the winners of last Tuesday's competition to win a pack of our new Dinkie Scallop Cards...

These are so cute! I would love to win some, thank you for the chance! Flower head is my favourite Dinkie but I have lots that I love and they would look fab on these little cards! xxx - Crafty Chris

I love the floral ones - the camellia is great for either a small feature or for doing backgrounds, and the tall poppies is so easy to repeat to make a whole field of poppies - Judith

Well done Chris and Judith, please contact Carol to claim your pack of cards.

Well, it's nearly the end of April and hopefully these recent showers and sunshine will bring lots of lovely May flowers.  Here at Little Claire 'shedquarters' we are looking out at pots of bluebells, pansies and a glorious camellia - just beautiful!

FOR ANOTHER CHANCE TO WIN one of our 'April Showers' stamp sets, simply leave a comment telling us what is your favourite flower - easy! Two lucky winners chosen at random will be announced on Tuesday 5 May

The Little Claire Team xxx

Monday 27 April 2015

Little Claire Likes - Are we there yet? card

Welcome to another 'Little Claire Likes' project, which we share with you every Monday.

Our chosen stamp of the week is 'Are we there yet?' A very cute elephant stamp, which is great for any occasion!  These elephants are a substantial size and are great to make 'long' cards.

Our elephant stamp is on offer this week for the great price of £4.50 (usually £5.50). You can treat yourself to the stamp HERE.  It will stay at this special price until Thursday, 30th April 2015 or whilst stocks last.

Heidi has made a card today using the elephants and another stamp from our range 'Camelia'. It is a beautiful flower bouquet and can be really useful, to make borders and to decoupage, as well as a stand alone image.

Card Product List :

Little Claire 'Are we there yet?' stamp set - £4.50
Little Claire 'Camelia' stamp - £5.50
Stickles 'Mercury Glass' Glitter Glue - £1.90
White stamping cardstock
Lilac Bazzill Cardstock
Milled Lavender Distress Inkpad
Promarker Pens
Black Fine Liner Pen
Sharp scissors, Cosmic Shimmer Glue and scoring board

How card was made :

(1) Cut a piece of white card to measure : 20cms x 19cms, score in half.
(2) Cut a piece of lilac Bazzill : 18cms x 8.5cms.
(3) Cut a piece of white stamping card to measure : 17.5cms x 8cms, stamp up main image.
(4) Colour in with Promarker's and outline with fine liner pen.
(5) Stamp 'Camelia' image around edge of card blank using 'Milled Lavender' ink pad.
(6) Stamp out 'Camelia' image twice more, cut out one in full and then one single flower.
(7) Colour in centres of all flowers stamped.
(8) Stamp out a sentiment of choice, matt onto lilac bazzill card.
(9) Stick elements down onto card as shown.
(10) Add 'Mercury Glass' glitter glue to flower centres.

We do hope you have enjoyed our project today.

The Little Claire Team


Friday 24 April 2015

Friday Blog Project - Just a Note

Good morning everyone - it's Helen here with today's Friday blog project.  Before I start, you may have noticed that it's a case of 'great minds think alike' with my project and Lynsey's project on the blog yesterday!  It was a complete coincidence that we both decided to make similar projects!!

For my project you will need the following:

dark brown card and paper
white stamping card
post-it note pad
red gems 

And here's what you need to do:

1. Cut a piece of dark brown card measuring 9cm by 29cm.  With the longest sides facing towards you, score the card at 9cm, 18cm and 27cm.  This will give you three 9cm square panels and a small extra tab measuring 2cm by 9cm.  Fold the card as shown in the photo below:

2. Turn the card round - the first panel will be the base of your post-it note holder.  Cut a square of kraft paper measuring 8.5cm square and stick this to the dark brown base.  Stick your post-it note on top of this as shown in the photo below:

3. The next panel will be the front of the holder.  Cut another piece of kraft paper measuring 8.5cm square and a piece of the red gingham paper measuring 8cm square and stick these to the panel.  I've stamped the very cute 'Waggie Westie' stamp on a piece of white card measuring 6.5cm by 5cm and then matted this on to dark brown paper measuring 7cm by  I then attached this to the middle the gingham paper as shown in the photo below:

4. Turn the holder over and attach some double sided tape to the small end panel as shown in the photo below, folding it in before applying the tape:

5. Cut another piece of dark brown card measuring 6cm by 9cm and attach this to the small panel as shown in the photo below.  Still keeping the main holder face down, apply more tape to the added panel as shown in the photo below:

6. Fold the whole holder round so that the edge you have just applied the tape to sticks to the back of the panel with the post-it pad on it.  This is how the completed holder will look from the side:

7. I've then added some adhesive stones and used a stamp 'just a note' on the image panel - you could also use a computer generated sentiment:

This idea would work with any of the Little Claire Dinkies stamps - there's a great range on the website here.  Plus if you're a Dinkies fan, there are some great paper packs in the same section which are perfect to use with the Dinkies stamps plus some great new Dinkie Stamp Scalloped Edged cards, exclusive to Little Claire:

I will also be hosting a Little Claire workshop called Dinkie Cards on 30 May here on Wirral with example of using the Dinkies stamps to make large and small cards, showing how versatile they can be:

My class will run in the morning with the same class in the afternoon and Gill classes at the same time so you can spend the whole day with us.  Gill's class is called 'Heidi's Cards' - cards designed by the very talented Heidi

We have a lot of fun on the class days - lots of tea, coffee, biscuits as well as lots of Little Claire inspiration plus the chance to have some retail therapy too!  This is a photo from one of the workshops last year:

If you would like to come to one of our classes, all the details are on the website here.  If you live near Crawley, Heidi and Gill are also running classes there in July:

Hope you all have a fabulous weekend - you never know, the sun might last for the next few days!!

Thursday 23 April 2015

Sticky Notes Holder Tutorial ..........

Hi everyone, Lynsey here with a tutorial on how to make a post it note holder.  

These are the materials that you need:


Neenah Cardstock
Kraftand Pink Cardstock
Patterned Paper
Letter Stickers
Post it Notes
Leaf Punch
Paper Flower

1. Cut a piece of kraft cardstock to 9.5 cm x 27.5 cm and then score across at 8cm and 16cm.
2. Mountain fold both scored lines.
3. Cut another piece of kraft cardstock measuring 9.5cm x 11cm and attach to the front of the shortest folded area to create a mini easel stand.
4. Print and colour the digi floral hedgehog image and cut into a circle. 
5. Mat and layer patterned paper and pink cardstock and attach to the bottom of the card and the to the front.  
6. Add your stamped image to the front of the card and the post it note pad to the bottom. 
7. Cut a banner from white cardstock and add sticky letters to read notes.
8.Finally add punched leaves and a paper flower to finish.

This is a sideways view:

Thanks for stopping by.
Hugs Lynsey x

Wednesday 22 April 2015

New and Exclusive to Little Claire...

In stock NOW - find them here a great new shape for making Dinkie cards!

If you would you like to win yourself a pack (20 cards and envs in each pack) then please leave us a comment telling us which, out of all of the Dinkie Stamps, is your favourite.

We will announce 2 lucky winners next Tuesday 28 April - good luck x

Tuesday 21 April 2015

Come & Make Cards with Little Claire!

We still have places left on both our Wirral classes and our day in Crawley.....

Our classes are friendly, fun and truly inspirational (and lots of cuppas and scrummy biscuits served by Steve). We'd love you to join us!
Ring us on 0151 648 8777 to book your place or book online here

Winners of our 'April Showers' stamp set ....

A big THANK YOU  to everyone who posted comments telling us why you love this time of year. We felt very uplifted reading them all!  The two lucky winners selected at random are Maria Alder and Ann.  Here are their comments...

'I love this year because the sun coming out to warm my ache body and the spirit is up by seeing all the beauty that's starting to wake up again, the flowers, bumble bees and butterflies. The baby lambs being born and seeing the leaves coming out on the trees. Oh that is spring for me.
Love all the cards using the new stamps made from the team!'
Maria Alder
'I love the longer days and sunshine bringing everything back to life (including me) after the winter. It makes me feel energised.' Ann
Well done ladies, please contact Carol to claim your prize!

Have a lovely day :)

The Little Claire Team xxx

Monday 20 April 2015

Little Claire Likes - 'Swirly Whirly Cats' Card

Good Monday morning,

We are sharing another project this morning, today using 'Swirly Whirly Cats', a great 'zentangle' like image that can be used for any occasion.
You can buy this fabulous feline stamp at the reduced price of £3.50 (usually £4.50).  The website HERE offer stands until Thursday, 23rd April 2015 or whilst stock is available.

Heidi's card for today has been made using two different papers from our Little Claire paper packs - 'Tartan' and 'Dotty'.  They mix and match together so well! She has also added some lovely white ric-ric ribbon and lots of pearls.

Card Instructions :

(1) Onto white stamping card, stamp up 'Swirly Whirly Cats' image, colour in using pens.
(2) Ink edges of image and matt onto kraft card.  Again ink edges.
(3) Cut a strip of kraft card and punch one edge.
(4) Punch out circle and stamp up a sentiment onto it.
(5) Make a hole in top and thread through some white ric-rac ribbon.
(6) Punch out three daisies, ink all edges.
(7) Place two papers onto card, at angles.
(8) Stick ric-rac to top of kraft border and stick over two papers.
(9) Add a third paper over border and stick down well.
(10) Stamp up edge of image to top and bottom of card as shown.
(11) Add image sticking down with sticky pads.
(12) Add daisies, sentiment and pearls to card.

Thank you for visiting the Little Claire blog today, we do hope you have enjoyed the project.

The Little Claire Team


Friday 17 April 2015

Friday Blog Project - 'Pom Pom Dahlia' Card

Good morning to you,
Heidi here to share another blog project with you today.

Have you been enjoying the wonderful 'mini' heat wave that has swept the country? Well, my garden has flowers popping out everywhere, so I thought I would choose a great flower image from the Little Claire range - the 'Pom Pom Dahlia' stamp is just right!  It is a beautiful image and a favourite of mine. It just called out to be inked up and coloured in!

Here is the inside of my card :

 I have made a small pop-up card from cream and kraft card.  It is similar to the club card sample that I made recently, using the new 'April Showers' stamp set.  I have used one of the sentiments from that set, on the front of my card.
Here are the products I used :

Pom Pom Dahlia stamp
April Shower's May Club stamp set
Kraft Card
Cream Stamping Card
Memento 'Rich Cocoa' inkpad
Promarkers : Putty, Almond, Khaki and Pastel Beige
Lace and twine oddments
Small cream pearls
Labels # 22 dies

How my card was made :

(1) Cut your kraft card blank to measure : 20cms x 10cms.
(2) Cut a piece of cream card : 20cms x 10cms.
(3) Stamp up the 'Pom Pom Dahlia' image around edge of kraft card blank.
(4) Onto cream piece, stamp up image to each end edges, colour in.
(5) Die cut a piece of cream card, using the larger die.
(6) Stamp up two images, as shown.  Add 'To lovely you ....' sentiment to centre.
(7) Using cream card centre piece, cut two 2cm slits into card at fold, three centimetres
from each edge.

(8) Pop out the centre piece and score edge well.
(9) Die cut smaller die from kraft card.  Edge with flower image and stick to centre piece.

(10) Cut a further flower image onto cream card, colour in and cut out.
(11) Stick to kraft centre piece.
(12) Attach lace and twine and tie a know.
(13) From a small piece of lace, tie a bow and attach to centre flower.
(14) Decorate with small pearls.

  I do hope you have enjoyed my tutorial today.  The little 'Pom Pom Dahlia' stamp is only £2.00.  To treat yourself, the website section is HERE.


Thursday 16 April 2015

Geranium Flower – Digi Stamp Project

Morning All! It’s Lisa here with a new ‘Digi Stamp Project'.  Today I’m showcasing the Geranium Flower digi stamp:

I needed a few quick Thank You cards for the children to give out following their haul from the Easter Bunny, so I have created a set of Clean and Simple cards. 

I created a simple layout using Microsoft Word, combining the digi image with a typed sentiment. I printed four of these onto a sheet of card.

Geranium Flower (2)

I cut them out and mounted each onto a different colour of card, before fixing to the card blanks with double sided tape.

Geranium Flower (3)

Flowers have been coloured to match the card and to add a little detail I’ve doodled a border, added some pearls and dotted the flower centres with some Glitter Glue.

Here is one of the finished cards:

Geranium Flower (5)


  • Geranium Flower Digi Stamp
  • Alcohol Markers
  • Scalloped 12.5cm Square Card Blanks
  • White Stamping Card
  • Various Coloured Card
  • Self Adhesive Pearls
  • Gold Glitter Glue
  • Black Fineline Pen

Step by Step:

  1. Using the computer combine the digi image with a sentiment and repeat three more times so you have 4 to an A4 page. 
  2. Print onto white stamping card and cut out so each measures 10.5cm square.
  3. Mat and layer onto coloured card and fix to the card blanks.
  4. Colour the image with alcohol markers, match the flower colour to the coloured card.
  5. Doodle a border using a black fine line pen.
  6. Decorate with pearls.

Hope you like my project and are inspired to try something similar. If you would like a little more detail on alcohol marker colours please stop by my blog

Thanks for stopping by


Tuesday 14 April 2015

Competition Time!

designed by Diane
Hello everyone! The sun is shining here and the birds are chirping - it looks like it's going to be a wonderful day!
We love April, showers and all and to celebrate, we have 2 of our fabulous 'April Showers' stamp sets up for grabs.
First, have a look at these lovely cards made with the April Showers set...

designed by Helen

designed by Francy

designed by Gaynor

deisigned by Shary

designed by Marianne

You can make this amazing card when you purchase our April Club stamp 'April Showers' for £8.99 - you will receive the stamp set, a pre-cut card kit and project sheet with easy to follow instructions to make Heidi's card!

Now, for your CHANCE TO WIN!!  All you have to do is leave us a comment telling us what you love about this time of year. We will pick 2 lucky winners at random next Tuesday 21 April - best of luck!
The Little Claire Team xxx