Wednesday, 20 August 2014

We're in!

Well, we're all settled in our new shed, we LOVE it!  Look at us...


gill in the shed

carol and baby working hard

What a change in the weather! Here at Little Claire we're all as snug as a bug in our new shed, the heater's on and we've just received a delivery of Krafty Christmas paper pads (is it bad to feel festive in the middle of August?) The paper pads are only £3.99 and with 72 sheets of gorgeous papers, that's a lot of Christmas cards you can make! Why not make the most of being indoors and make all your Christmas cards NOW! Have any of you made them all already?
If it's QUICK and EASY cards you're after, then enter this month's blog challenge to win TEN of our Dinkies stamps (normally £2.00 each or 10 for £15.00). Just have a look at some of these cards made with our Christmas Dinkies...



Our Postbox and No Peeking Now Dinkies make adorable little cards, used together with our mini packs of cards, available in white and kraft, only £1.99 for a pack of 20 cards and envelopes.
Feeling inspired?  Here are some more...


Dinkies Christmas Car

Dinkies Postbox
Dinkies Penguin Stuart


Dinkies Robin Doggie

Dinkies Row of Robins
Dinkies Oh Little Town of Bethlehem
All that talk of Christmas has made the sun come out, yippee! Off to turn the heater down.

Have a happy day!

Love from the Little Claire Team xxx

Monday, 18 August 2014

Little Claire Likes Monday Project - Silhouette Manger Card

Good morning and welcome to another 'Little Claire Likes' - Monday project.
 
This week, Heidi has made an acetate Christmas card with kraft and black card and a black StazOn inkpad using another great Christmas favourite Stamp, 'Silhouette Manger' 
 
 
It is available to purchase at the special price of £3.50 (normally £5.50) until Thursday, 21st August or whilst stocks last.
 
It's a great stamp to make quick and easy Christmas cards and stamps up really well onto acetate.
 
 
 Products Used :
 
Black Bazzill card
A4 Acetate SheetS
Strong Double-sided tape
 
Card Instructions :
 
(1) Cut 3cms off of one edge of the kraft card blank and then cut card again, leaving 3cms at the top of the card blank.
(2)  Cut an acetate square to measure, 15cms x 15cms.
(3) Centrally, stamp up 'Silhouette Manger' image onto acetate, leave to dry.
(4) Cut a square from black card to measure, 14.5cms x 14.5cms.
(5) Cut a kraft square, 14cms x 14cms and stick to black square and into card.
(6) Cut two black oblongs, 2.5cms x 14.5cms and two of kraft, 2cms x 14cms.
(7) Stamp up star element of stamp over both kraft pieces, leave to dry.
(8) Using double-sided tape, stick acetate piece to top flap of card.
(9) Cut another oblong of kraft card, stick second black/kraft oblong down to card piece.
(10) Stick to bottom of acetate, this will balance card.
(11) Stamp up sentiment 'Unto us a child is born' onto kraft card, matt onto black card.
(12) Stick sentiment centrally to bottom piece.
 
We do hope you have enjoyed Heidi's project today, thank you for stopping by the blog.
 
The Little Claire Team
 
xxxx
 


Saturday, 16 August 2014

Monthly Challenge # 48 - 'A Man's Birthday Card'

 Welcome to another monthly challenge here on the Little Claire blog.

Thank you to all of the wonderful entries we received in July. 

Our winner of the Little Claire £10 voucher is :

Shirley Davis # 63

Here is her card :

 
 Well done Shirley, please contact (carol@littleclaire.co.uk) who will forward on your prize.

For the month of August, our theme is a 'Male Birthday Card' and our prize is :


To choose TEN (valued at £15.00) of our Dinky stamps,
which you can view HERE.  They can be any ten of the vast selection we offer.

When entering our challenge, please follow the rules below.

We are lucky enough to have two Guest Design Teamie's, join us for August and September

Firstly, we want to welcome -

Rachel Fisher
using 'Silhouette Boat'

 
and
 
Margaret Binder - Mag's
who has made a one larger and one smaller card
using 'Hot Air Balloons'
 
 
Now to our Design Team members cards for this month :
 
Diane has used
'Good Times' and 'Rebecca's Sentiments - Male'
 
 
Francy has used
'Changing Birdhouse' stamp set
 
 
Gaynor has used
'Loverly Jubblie' - 'Keep in Touch' and 'Rebecca's Sentiments'
 
 
 Heidi has used
'Oh Man' stamp set
  
 
Helen N has used
'Oh Man' stamp set
 
 
Helen R has used
Silhouette Gardening Stamp set
 
 
 
 Marianne has used
'The Office' 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, 12th September 2014 @ 16.00pm and the new challenge
(# 49) will be open on Saturday, 13th September 2014.
 
We look forward to seeing your creations, good luck!
 
The Little Claire Design Team
 
xxxx
 
 
 
 
 


Friday, 15 August 2014

Weekly Blog Project - Sunflower Altered Gift Bag

Hello, Heidi here to share a blog project with you today.
 
I have altered a gift bag using the gorgeous August Club stamp set - 'Sunflowers'.  If you are a member of the club, you will have already had your stamps to play with, they are so lovely to colour in!  These are my most favourite flowers, they always make me smile!


Here are the products I used to decorate my bag.

Little Claire 'Sunflowers' Stamp set
White, Brown & Blue card
Kraft Gift Bag
Versafine 'Vintage Sepia' Inkpad
Promarkers : Mustard, Tulip Yellow, Sandstone, Caramel, Pear Green,
Denim Blue and Pastel Beige
Large Square Scallop Die
Butterfly Die
Brown Check Ribbon
Brown Baker's Twine
Clear 'Wink of Stella' Glitter Pen
Sunflower charm
Brown Pearls

(Bag front close-up)

Project Instructions :

(1) Die-cut large scalloped square, stick to front of kraft bag.
(2) Cut a square to fit die and stamp around each four corners with 'Sunflower' stamp.
(3) Colour in with Promarker's and colour centres of flowers with 'Wink of Stella'
(4) Edge with ink pad.
(5) Stamp up sentiment and matt onto brown card, ink edges and stick together.
(6) Stick image down onto front of bag.
(7) Die-cut butterfly from blue card, stick together.
(8) Attach ribbon and tie a tight bow.
(9) Attach sunflower charm using baker's twine, tie a knot.
(10) Stick butterfly to front of bag, add brown pearls.

I do hope you have enjoyed my blog project today.

You can go over HERE to the website, where you can pick up these gorgeous stamps and lots of other goodies, fill your basket!

Our brand new challenge goes live on the blog tomorrow morning, there will be a great prize on offer if you join in.

Heidi and
The Little Claire Design Team

xxxx


Wednesday, 13 August 2014

OUR NEW PAD!

Sorry if you weren't able to get through to us at the beginning of the week - we've been busy moving so things have been a little hectic, what with the house move, moving all the stock, the cats etc...

Our 'Baby' packed up and ready to go

We're now in a little 2 bed bungalow and Little Claire will be operating from a shed at the bottom of the garden (with the fairies). Yes, we're now officially 'sheddies' and we're hoping everything will fit in, including Steve!

Whilst packing up, we came across these lovely cards made with our Merry Kissmas stamp, just look at these...

On this card, we love the way Gaynor has assembled these papers - you can use offcuts to achieve a similar effect..

designed by Gaynor Bloor

Heidi has added a delicate die-cut snowflake and some red twine to her card..

designed by Heidi Green
We love our dotty and gingham papers, as shown here by our two Helens...

designed by Helen Nile

designed by Helen Holbrook

This gorgeous stamp is one of our all time favourites and currently on offer for an AMAZING £2.50
so hop over to the website and order yours to get a head start on all those Christmas cards!

As soon as we're settled we'll post some photos of our lovely shed, aka HQ of Little Claire. Watch this space!!
Oh, by the way, our new landline number is 0151 648 8777

Love from the Little Claire Team xxx



Monday, 11 August 2014

Little Claire Likes Monday Project - The Smile I Bring

 Good morning and welcome to another 'Little Claire Likes', our regular Monday project.  Where our teamie Heidi, shares a card she has made using one of our favourite stamp sets.

Today, is the turn of a packed-full stamp set - 'The Smile I Bring'.  It has lots of little elements that compliment the two main stamps and sentiment, in the set.

Here is the front of Heidi's card

 
The inside flap, showing the sentiment
 
 
and the inside showing the birdhouse image


Here is the stamp set showing all of the elements, little birds, flowers and birds.
 
 
You can pick up this cute little set for only £4.50 (normally £6.50) until Thursday 14th August or whilst stocks last.  You can get it HERE on the website.
 
Here are a list of products and instructions on how Heidi made the card.
 
Products Used :

Little Claire 'The Smile I Bring' Stamp Set - £4.50
Dovecraft - 'It's a Boy' Paper Stack - £7.50
Kraft Card Pack (x10) - £1.99
A4 Stamping Cardstock - £3.50
 Memento 'Rich Cocoa' Inkpad - £3.90
Self-Adhesive Pearls - £1.80
Promarkers - Almond, Putty, Sandstone, Pastel Blue, Denim Blue, Mustard, Coral,
Pear Green, Khaki & Pastel Beige.
Xcut Die from stash

Card Instructions :

(1) Firstly, cut down two kraft card blanks to measure : 13cms x 13cms and 11cms x 11cms.
(2) On the larger card blank, cut one side in half, at 6.5cms.
(3) Choose two papers from paper stack. Cut them down to fit card blanks as shown.
(4) Stamp up two larger images onto white card, die cut.
(5) Colour in images using Promarker's above.
(6) Onto paper scraps, stamp up butterflies and flowers, cut out.
(7) Cut a small strip of flower and one of dotty paper.
(8) Stick papers down onto kraft card.
(9) Edge images, papers and kraft card with 'Rich Cocoa' inkpad.
(10) Stamp sentiment onto inside flap, add butterflies.
(11) Stick smaller card inside larger one.
(12) Add images, flowers and pearls.

We do hope you have enjoyed the tutorial today, please do leave us a comment.

Many thanks,

The Little Claire Team

xxxxx
 


Thursday, 7 August 2014

Francy's First Blog Project - A Mini Album

Hello, Francy here to share my first blog project with you.

I have made a mini album using some of the new stamps from Little Claire.

 
Here is the front and inside of the album.

 
Product used:
 
5 x (6"x4") Bazzill kraft (for the structure)
6" x 10" Bazzill kraft (for the binding)
Bazzill for decoration 
Promarker Pens
Little Claire Changing 'Baby Birdhouse'
Little Claire 'Changing Baby Birdhouse' -'Washing Baby'
Little Claire 'Changing Birdhouse' set
 Dinkie Stamp - 'Washing Line' stamps
Patterned paper, Embellishments and Die
 
Instructions :
 
(1) Decorate the cover with patterned paper, after stamp 'Changing baby Birdhouse' on white paper and cut with a die (I use "oval decorative doily" from Die-namics).
  
(2) Colour it with Promarkers: I use Pastel Blue, True Blue, Duck Egg, Chestnut, Caramel, Pastel Beige, Apple, Lime Green, Canary, Paste Yellow and Gold.
 
(3) On the back cover I made a pocket: cut 4"x 5" and score at 1/2" and  3" 1/2" on the minor side, and 1" on the other site. Cut as in picture.
 
(4) Stamp the flags (from changing birdhouse set) on the pocket and decorate it with paper piercing technique. 
 
(5) Decorate all the pages how you want... I insert 3 pages for photos: in the other I insert "Changing Baby Birdhouse and 'Washing Baby' as a decoration, and on the adjacent page I pasted a sweet Italian song (Avrai, C. Baglioni).
 
(6) In the last intern page, I pasted an envelope made by "envelope punch board", I used  6  3/4"x 6  3/4" sky-blue Bazzill and I cut a part of it, as in picture.
 
  For the binding:
 
(1) Score the kraft Bazzill at 1", 1" 1/2, 2", 2" 1/2, 3", 3" 1/2,...., 8"1/2, 9", 10", and punch  the first and the last side.

(2) Fold it as an accordion and paste the pages as in the picture. Paste the back of the accordion.

(3) I inserted tags in the pockets. On the first, I have left a space blank for name, date of birth, weight... on the second for the "baby first time" (first stroll, first smile, first word, first steps....). I stamped on the back of the last one 'Dinkies Washing Line' stamp and I decorated it with the paper piercing technique. 
 
(4) Fold it as an accordion and paste
 
Finish with embellishments.
 
I hope you like this mini album!
 
Francy &
The Little Claire Design Team
 
xxx


Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Let the sun shine...

Hi everyone! Hope the sun is shining on you wherever you are. We're celebrating summer with our lovely new Sunflower stamp set which is our Club stamp for August. This gorgeous set features four happy little sunflower images and a sentiment too.


We think this is going to be such a popular stamp - it just conjures up images of long sunny days!
We love the sunflower flourish (bottom right) that can be used as a border, or as a background - very useful.

Just look at these beauties made by our teamies...

From Diane featuring the Sunflower scene:

designed by Diane
Marianne has featured the Sunflower jug and the floral text which are all included within the set:

designed by Marianne
Helen N has separated the Sunflower squares to make a long DL card:

designed by Helen N

And here are the squares all together from Gaynor:

designed by Gaynor

A lovely card from Francy, again showcasing the beautiful sunflower scene:

designed by Francy
and here is the Sunflower jug from Heidi with the text included within set and we love the sunflower background:
designed by Heidi

The set costs £8.99 and if you order it in August, then you will also receive a 'trial' Little Claire club pack (while stocks last). For those of you who aren't in our club, here's a quick look at what you get when you join..

A newly released stamp set each month, a pre-cut card kit and instructions on how to make a card with the new stamp set, two more card projects, a newsletter with details of exclusive club member offers, 10% discount from all purchases from Little Claire and...FREE postage and packing on orders!

Not bad heh?  Give it a try or treat someone to a 6 month subscription, only £9.00 per month. Just click on Join Our Club to receive your trial pack or ring us on 0844 800 4376 to subscribe.

Now for the winner of last week's new Birdhouse competition...the winner chosen at random is Jane Willis:

I love the gardening birdhouse and I know I'd get lots of use from it as my husband and most of his friends are keen gardeners
Well done Jane, please email Carol to claim your prize!
That's all for now.
The Little Claire Team xxx





Monday, 4 August 2014

Little Claire Likes - 'Joy, Hope & Wonder' Card

 Welcome to another 'Little Claire Likes' weekly project, where we share a project made using one of our well loved stamp sets, from our extensive range.

Today, is the turn of the lovely 'Joy, Hope & Wonder' stamp, which is just purr-fect for all of you cat lovers out there!

You can 'paw' this set at the special price of £3.50 (normally £5.50). You can find it HERE on the website.
  
 
 Here is Heidi's card using the stamp and the Dovecraft 'Kraft Christmas' paper pack.
 
 
 Products Used :
Promarkers Used : Sandstone, Caramel, Pastel Beige, Khaki & Ruby.
Dies, punch and pearls - Heidi's own
 
 Card Instructions :
 
(1) Start off by cutting a square of brown paper from pack to measure : 13.5cms x 13.5cms.
(2) Cut a smaller square from red paper, 13cms x 13cms, stick together.
(3) Cut an oblong 5cms x 13.5cms of brown paper and a snowflake one, to measure : 4.5cms x 13cms, again stick together.
(4) Cut a further oblong of brown paper and punch edge.
(5) Stamp image onto white card, colour in and die-cut.
(6) Stamp up a further image, cut out middle 'cat' image, colour in and stick over original image.
(7) Die cut two snowflakes, edge with inkpad.
(8) Stamp up sentiment, matt onto brown paper.
(9) Stick elements together.
(10) Add two large pearls and smaller pearls around the card.
 
We just love this little stamp and hope you do too!  We will be sharing another blog project with you next Monday.
 
The Little Claire Design Team
 
xxxxx

Saturday, 2 August 2014

Sunflowers - August Club Stamp Cards

Good morning!

Here is our brand new August Club stamp set - 'Sunflowers' that we are launching today. It is a glorious set of images that mix and match so well together and come with a lovely sentiment from 'Claude Monet'
 
 
 Here are three different cards made by our Design Team member, Heidi Green
 
On the August Club Card below, Heidi has used two of the images included in the set to make a bright and beautiful card!  The larger flourish has been used to decorate the edge and the square 'inchy' images are here together.
 
 August Club Card
 
 Here is a list of the products used on the card :
 
White flower shaped card blank and envelope
Brown Card
Yellow Card
White stamping cardstock
Memento 'Rich Cocoa' Inkpad
Promarker's Used : Tulip Yellow, Mustard, Caramel, Cinnamon, Pastel Beige, Soft Green &
Pear Green
Sticky tape, sticky pads
 
Card Instructions :
 
(1) Onto card blank, stamp up swirly 'Sunflower' image all around, colour in using Promarkers.
(2) Cut a square of brown card to measure : 9cms x 9cms.
 (3) Cut a square of yellow card to measure : 8cms x 8cms.
(4) Onto a square of white card, measuring 7cms x 7cms, stamp up square image, colour in.
(5) Stick together, using sticky pads under image.

Sunflowers in a vase
 
Above is one of Heidi's smaller cards using the set. She has added some lovely Craft Creations paper and edged the card with the larger image using 'Versafine - Vintage Sepia' inkpad.
 
 Another image from the 'Sunflowers' set, Sunflowers in a vase
 
 If you would like to join our Little Claire club, where you receive the following every month, this month it includes : 
 
'Sunflowers' brand new club stamp set
Materials & instructions to make up one card which, for this month, has been designed by Heidi Green.
Two further card projects and instructions for inspiration
Membership Discount of 10% on website and show purchases
Posted out each month - free of charge
Free written newsletter each month, including special offers etc.
 
Here is Heidi's third card, where she has made backing paper by stamping onto some white card, again with a Versafine 'Vintage Sepia' inkpad.
 
Sunflower View
 
 Here is a direct link to the website post, giving you full information on the club etc.
 
 We do hope you love the 'Sunflowers' as much as we do, they are the perfect stamp for 'Summer-time' cards.
 
The Little Claire Team
 
xxxxxx