Wednesday, 23 July 2014

A lovely sunny day here...

...just perfect for hanging out the washing on the line, which reminds us that it's time to show you our teamie Diane's new creation made with the new Baby Washing Line stamp:

Diane has made this gorgeous banner featuring the Baby Washing Line and here's the stamp close up:

What a pretty keepsake this would make!

And here are two more cards made by Helen N made with this great stamp to show you one stamp with many ways:

What a lovely stamp - wish we had a baby at Little Claire for us to send it to!!
This is our Baby, lol!!

She's actually called 'Baby', isn't she beautiful, we love her to bits. It's too hot for her outside today so she's on the windowsill cooling off and watching the washing on the line.
Ok, competition time...

...for your chance to win one of our Baby Washing Line stamps, just tell us what you would like to see hanging on your washing line.  We'd like to see gorgeous George (Clooney of course!).

We'll randomly draw three winners on Tuesday 29th July.  Good luck!!

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

July Club Card Photo Tutorial

Hello to everyone - it's Helen N here with a quick photo tutorial for this month's Little Claire club stamp card.  

For anyone who isn't part of the club, members receive a brand new Little Claire stamp each month together with the materials and instructions to make a card.  There are also instructions for two more cards and exclusive news and special offers.  You also get a 10% discount on all purchases online, by phone or at shows and free postage!  For more information click here to go to the Little Claire website for all the details.

On to the July club card.  I find that I get the best results with silhouette stamps when I stamp using a Versafine ink pad - for this card I used the Onyx Black pad which is available here on the Little Claire website.  It's a 'juicier' pad than the Memento ink (which needs to be used with alcohol markers) but still gives very clear and fine detail.  When you're inking the silhouette make sure you move the ink pad round as you ink the stamp - this avoids any lines from the edge of the ink pad appearing on your stamped image.

I also find it easier to use some padding under the card I'm stamping on to - the stamping mat sold by Little Claire here is ideal for this.

1. The base card is a square 14.5cm square card blank.  Open it out and then cut one panel of the card so you are left with a piece measuring 5cm high as shown in the photo above.

2. Next mat together a piece of black paper (14cm square) and a piece of patterned paper (13.5cm square) as shown above.

3. I've used the sentiment 'best wishes on your birthday' stamped direct on to the patterned paper.  To make it easier to stamp, I put the entire sentiment on the acrylic block at once and also used on the lines on my cutting mat to line up the stamps on the block.  This is a great way to ensure your stamping is straight - line the acrylic block up with one of the lines on your stamping mat and then use another of the lines to get your stamps in place straight as shown in the photo above.

4. Use the dots on the paper and a ruler to line up the sentiments on each side as shown above.

5. This is the completed stamped paper.

6. Mat the paper on to the inside of the card as shown in the photo above.

7. Next stamp the floral border twice on a piece of white card measuring 13.5cm by 4cm.  You will be stamping one complete border and part of a second one so make sure you stamp on to scrap paper.  Stamp the 'celebrate today & everyday' sentiment on to a piece of white card measuring 4cm by 2cm as shown above.

8. Mat the floral border on to black paper measuring 14cm by 4.5cm and the sentiment on to black paper measuring 4.5cm by 2.5cm as shown above.

9. Attach the border image to the front of the card and the sentiment panel in the middle of the border image as shown above.

10. Stamp the main image on to a piece of white card measuring 7cm by 7.5cm.

11. Mat the image on to a piece of black paper measuring 7.5cm by 8cm and attach to the inside of the card - close the front of the card across to make sure you put the image high enough to be seen clearly.

And here's another view of the final card.

Make sure you have a look on the website to see the card samples from the rest of the Design Team!

Monday, 21 July 2014

Little Claire Likes Weekly Project - 'Christmas House'

Good morning,
For our 'Little Claire Likes' project today, we are showcasing a gorgeous stamp, 'Christmas House' stamp.  It is a substantial stamp, so if you haven't started your Christmas cards, this stamp is the perfect image to get you started.
You can pick up this great stamp for the great price of £4.50 (usually £6.50) until Thursday, 24th July 2014 or until stocks run out.
Here is Heidi's card, its very clean and simple and great to make in numbers, if you need a quicker card.
 This gorgeous stamp shows up really well with just some black and white card and silver embossing powder.  The little sentiment comes from another Christmas set called 'Feed the Birds'.  It also is on special offer at the moment at only £5.00 per set (normally £8.99). 
Product List :
Black card and Silver Embossing powder from stash.
 Card Instructions :
(1) Cut two pieces of black cardstock, 13.5cms x 13.5cms and 12.5cms x 12.5cms.
(2) Cut a square piece of white card, 13cms x 13cms.
(3) Matt and layer the larger black piece and white piece together and stick to the card blank.
(4) Onto the last piece of black card, stamp up image using Versamark inkpad.
(5) Cover with embossing powder and heat with a heat gun.
(6) Stamp up sentiment from 'Feed the Birds' set, matt and layer onto white card.
(7) Stick image down, add sentiment and add stones.
We hope you have enjoyed our project today.
The Little Claire Team

Friday, 18 July 2014

Owl Christmas Bag

Marianne here today with a little Christmas bag for you. I know it is still Summer but as we are nearer to Christmas than we are to last Christmas it is never too early to start your Christmas makes. This is a lovely rustic bag with lots of different textures.
You will need

Bag to decorate
Burlap paper
Memory Box precious stockings die
Red card
Gold glitter card
Owl ribbon
Red raffia

1 Remove the owl diecut from sheet and mount onto red card. Cut a piece of burlap paper to fit the width of your bag but leaving a gap at the bottom of the bag. Cut a piece of ribbon the width of the bag.

2 Attach burlap paper to the front of the bag. Attach ribbon to the top of the bag.
3 cut three pieces of raffia slightly longer than the width of your bag. attach two pieces across the bag. Tie a bow around the raffia with the third piece. Attach the owl image over the raffia ensuring you have room for the stockings,
4  Die cut the stockings from red card and the stocking tops from gold glitter card. Make up the stockings and attach to the bottom of the image.

You can see more details of products used on my blog.

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

...and a bit more of a Summer Sale!

Well, we are rolling along with our fantastic Summer Sale which began yesterday and thank you to everyone who has placed an order and taken advantage of our wonderful offers, we will post your goodies to you this week...

Steve has now got involved with our sale and has decided to add even more crafting goodies to the pot today including Birdhouse Garland stamp:

Just £2.50 (rrp: £5.50)

and our fabulous Butterfly Flourish stamp set just £5.00 (rrp: £8.99)

and our Chimney Sweep stamp - Bert, now just £2.50 (rrp: £5.50)

and for Christmas here is Feed the Birds stamp set:

Now just £5.00 (rrp: 8.99)

Here's a very useful stamp set Buttons and Stitching:

a must-have for your craft stash, now £3.50 WAS £6.50!!!

Man Squares stamp set, the four images with the MAN circular sentiment:

Now just £3.50 (rrp: £6.50)

Lots more stamp bargains on our web - it's worth taking a second look - and don't forget, if you are a club member you will receive a further 10% discount too!

The Little Claire Team xxx

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

A bit of a Summer Sale...

...on now at Little Claire!

We've cut the price of lots of goodies to make way for new Christmas stock due soon so head on over to our web to claim your bargains...

For instance look at these stamps, we have Book Owl:

for just £2.50 (rrp: £5.50)

and Daschunds in Squares:

just £3.50 (rrp: £6.50)

Deckchair stamp £2.50 (rrp: £5.50):

and Little Beauties set of Tag Stamps:

just £4.50 (rrp:£7.50)

A super selection of bargains to be had now, including stamps, ribbons, inks, dies and stickers - but only while stocks last - be quick!

Little Claire xxx

Monday, 14 July 2014

Little Claire Likes Weekly Blog Project - 'And So To Bed'

Good morning and welcome to another 'Little Claire Likes' Blog Project.  We share a new project every Monday, using a much loved or new stamp from our extensive range.

 Today, Heidi has made a cute little girl card using our featured stamp 'And so to bed' and lots of elements from a great paper stack - 'It's A Girl', that we have on our website HERE.
This lovely little stamp, 'And so to bed' can be purchased at the reduced price of £3.50 until Thursday, 17th July 2014 or whilst stocks last.
Here is a product list :
Little Claire ' And so to bed' stamp set - £3.50
Promarkers Used : Sandstone, Caramel, Putty, Pastel Beige and Khaki
Dotty ribbon and die from stash.
Sticky pads and double-sided tape.
 How the card came together :
(1) Firstly, stamp up image onto white card and also on paper of choice.
(2) Colour in hair, skin, feet and teddy using Promarkers.
(3) Cut out pyjamas and stick onto image.
(4) Die-cut image and ink edges with 'Vintage Sepia' inkpad.
(5) Cut a piece of check paper and patchwork paper, slightly smaller, stick together.
(6) Wrap dotty ribbon around top of papers, secure to card below.
(7) Stamp up 'shoe' image, cut out using circle punch.
(8) Push out button, tag, heart and butterfly stickers from paper pack.
(9) Stick elements down onto card.
(10) Add two small pearls to even up edges.
We do hope you have enjoyed our little project today.
The Little Claire Team

Saturday, 12 July 2014

Little Claire Monthly Challenge # 47 - 'Summertime'

Hi and welcome to a brand new monthly challenge.

Thanks to all of the great entries that we had last month.  We are announcing the winner of the Little Claire goodies and also our Guest Design Team member.
Our winner of the great Little Claire goodies is :
Lucy # 23
Here is her card :

 Well done Lucy!

Please contact Carol ( who will forward on your prize.

We have also decided to have two Guest Design Team members for the next two challenges, we loved these two ladies work and they followed our requirements, so well done to :

Mags - #21
Rachel Fisher - #5

Please mail our lovely Carol on the above email, with the title 'GDT'.  She will then forward on some stamps to play with and make your cards.  Also, please let Carol have your email addresses so that I can email you challenge details, dates etc.  Looking forward to having you on our team.

For our challenge theme this month, we have chosen 'Summertime'.  So we would love to see bright, colourful papers and embellishments.  It would be great if you use a Little Claire image/digi image/topper etc., but we are more than happy if you would like to use another image.

Our prize this month is a gift voucher to the value of £10.00, so you can spend it on lots of Little Claire goodies from their website.

 To our Design Team's work for this challenge.

We would like to say a huge welcome to Francy, she has joined our team, so welcome aboard!

Here is a link to her blog, go take a look at her lovely work

Diane has used
Our new teamie Francy, has used
Gaynor has used
Heidi has used
Helen N has used
and made a box of notecards
Helen R has used
 Marianne has used
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, 8th August 2014 @ 16.00pm and the new challenge
(# 48) will be open on Saturday, 9th August 2014.
We look forward to seeing your creations,
The Little Claire Design Team


Friday, 11 July 2014

Whisper a Wish...

Hi there! Its my turn (Helen H) to share a project with you, and I have chosen to use one of the gorgeous new silhouette stamps 'Whisper a Wish'.

To make this card I have used: 
A shaped card blank
Yellow card
Green polka dot ribbon
Patterned papers (mine are My Mind's Eye 'Notable')
Small green gems
Card Candi
Blue ink
Corner die
Rectangle and scalloped rectangle Nestabilities

1. Stamp out the image onto stamping card and cut out using Nestabilities. Lightly ink with blue ink and mount onto yellow card using scalloped rectangle die. 
2. Cut a large piece of yellow card to fit your card base (14.5cm x 13.5cm for this card). Mount onto it a slightly smaller piece of patterned paper and glue this to the card base.
3. Next cut two rectangles of yellow card measuring 10 cm x 6 cm and mount patterned papers onto them. Stick one towards the top left hand corner of the card, and the second one towards the bottom right. 
4. Cut a long rectangle of yellow card measuring 14.5cm x 5cm and mount onto it a slightly smaller piece of patterned paper. Attach ribbon to this panel before adhering to the card using 3D foam pads. Then use foam pads to attach the main image. 
5. Stamp out your sentiment, ink the edge and glue it on as shown on the picture. 
6. Add yellow card cut with a corner die, Card Candi and gems as shown to finish off your card. 

I hope you like the project and find it useful :) 
Have a lovely weekend x

Thursday, 10 July 2014

And the winner of our second competition of last week is...

...our second blog competition last week was from the post 'Lots of new things' where we asked you to name your favourite new Silhouette stamp and the lucky winner chosen at random is:

Vinita Jain who said: Wow, lovely silhouette stamps. All are so great but I like - It's a pleasure to meet you because I love gardens and I really liked the bird cage on the side.
The creations from these stamps look fab!!!

Well done Vinita, please contact Carol letting her know your winnings and she will send out your prize.

While we are blogging today we would like to say a big thank you to everyone who came to our Crawley classes at the weekend, such a lovely group of ladies both days and a special thank you to Heidi for such beautiful cards and for running her classes and to her wonderful daughter Georgia for being such a great help and to Helen N for designing the cards for our classes, here is a small selection of the cards we made:

Oh Man stamp set:

designed by Helen N

Whisper a Wish:
designed by Heidi
Butterfly Flourish:

designed by Helen N

designed by Heidi
The image above is of a beautiful book card made using our Freedom stamp set, Heidi just loves the Buddleia stamp (as you can see!)

So that is a small selection of what was made over the weekend - we had a great contrast of styles and techniques.

Have a lovely day, the Little Claire Team xxx