Wednesday, 31 July 2013

Wednesday - half way through the week and... is the second half of our new Christmas releases, Snowman Bunting:

Snowman Bunting
This good looking chap comes complete with text 'Christmas Celebrations'

Heidi Green

Helen N
We are all bowled over by this lovely fellow and we have lots of card samples online

Robin and Snowdrop:

Robin and Snowdrop
This design really reminds us of those dark, chilly December nights when 'Christmas' is in the air

Georgina has decoupaged the little robin, see it's all lovely and swirly whirly, so cute!  And see how Georgina has created the background for her card with the robin too.

And below we have cool blue from Gaynor - incredible, you wouldn't think it was the same stamp - well we wouldn't and we are at a funny age!


So, you can see more of these beauties on our web and if you visit our SALE section then we have some rather fab 'goodies' on sale too!

Little Claire Team x

Tuesday, 30 July 2013

It's Tuesday and we have 2 NEW Christmas designs!

2 today and 2 more tomorrow, first off we have Stocking Owls stamp:

Stocking Owls stamp
Aren't they just the cutest owls you have ever seen?  These owls compliment our popular 'swirly whirly' range of stamps and we just adore them!

Next we have We 3 Ships:

We 3 Ships complete with circular sentiment
Again, a swirly whirly design and this stamp comes complete with a circular sentiment too - great!

Here are a selection of cards from our teamies:

designed by Georgina

designed by Lozzy
That's 3 New Christmas releases so far (including our 3 cats; 'Joy, Hope and Wonder) below,

designed by Georgina

and tomorrow we have 2 more designs to show you, please see our web for more card samples.

Oh, and don't forget if you are a Little Claire club member - Please see your newsletter before ordering any of our new Christmas stamps (unmissable offer for you!)

Little Claire team x

Monday, 29 July 2013

Little Claire Likes ..... 'Ever So Lovely'

Hello, Monday again already, we do hope you have had a good weekend? Today we are featuring another 'Little Claire Likes' stamp with you, this week it is the turn of 'Ever So Lovely', a gorgeous little image featuring a bird, birdhouse, hearts & flowers.
We are offering the stamp at a special purchase price of £4.50 (normally £5.50) until Thursday, 1st August 2013.
Here is our card made using the stamp and the other products used, are listed below.
 Products Used on Card :
Promarkers : Sunkissed Pink, Almond, Putty, Tea Green, Soft Green, Sandstone, Caramel, Pastel Beige, Khaki & Ice Grey I - £1.70 each
(Dies & brown inkpad from stash)
Card Instructions :
(1) Cut off half of the kraft card blank. Cut 'Lillibet' teal & white linen patterned papers to fit, front and inside of card.
(2) Onto white cardstock, stamp up 'Ever So Lovely' image and colour in with Promarkers. Die-cut image and a larger shape in kraft card, stick together.
(3) Onto 'Lillibet' teal linen paper, stamp up 'Postcard sentiment - 'Thinking of You', cut out from paper. Attach peg to metal butterfly and then to sentiment, put to one side.
(4) Die-cut flourish die from kraft card, stick down onto front of card. Stick lace to inside of card and cut a smaller piece and attach, to side of image.
(5) Stick image down, attach accordion flower and sentiment to front of card.
(6) Add small green stones to front of card and large teal pearl to inside.
If you would like to take advantage of our limited price offer, please give the office a call on
0844 800 4376 or via the website HERE
We do hope you have enjoyed our project today, we will be back with another next Monday.
The Little Claire Team

Friday, 26 July 2013

Weekly Blog Project - 'Joy(fold), Hope and Wonder'!

Good morning everyone - it's Helen N here with this week's blog project and today I'm sharing a little bit of Christmas in July with one of the brand new Little Claire Christmas stamps!!  This stamp is called 'Joy, Hope and Wonder' - it's a great design and really easy to colour in making it perfect if you've got lots of Christmas cards to make.  You can find it here on the Little Claire website.

I've used the stamp to make a simple joyfold card - here's what you'll need to make the card:

Promarkers - Sandstone, Tan, Cardinal Red
red self adhesive gems

And this is what you need to do:

 1. Cut a piece of white card measuring 29cm by 10.5cm and, with the longest side of the card facing you, score and fold to make a C6 size card with the fold line along the shorter side.  Trim 7.5cm from the front of the card to leave a card blank as shown on the left of the above photo.  Next cut a piece of white card measuring 18cm by 8.5cm, score and fold in half to make a second card blank as show on the right in the above photo.

2. Stamp 'Joy, Hope and Wonder' on to a piece of white card measuring 6.5cm square using the Memento ink pad - you will see that I haven't used all of the string attached to the bauble.  Colour in the image using Promarkers as shown in the photo above.

 3. Layer the stamped image on to a piece of kraft paper measuring 7cm square, a piece of patterned paper measuring 8cm by 7.5cm and another piece of kraft paper measuring 8.5cm by 8cm.  Put the smaller of the card blanks in front of you with the fold to the right hand side (the opposite of normal) and attach the layered image to the top of the card as shown in the photo above.

4. Open the smaller card flat and to the inside of the card (as shown in the photo above) attach a piece of kraft paper measuring 8.5cm by 8cm and a piece of patterned paper measuring 8cm by 7.5cm.  Cut a piece of kraft paper measuring 5.5cm by 1.5cm and stamp the sentiment on to this using the Versafine ink.  Attach it to the centre of the panel (as shown in the photo above)

5. Next put the larger card blank in front of you with the fold to the left hand side as normal.  Attach a piece of kraft paper measuring 6.5cm by 10cm and a piece of patterned paper measuring 6cm by 9.5cm to the front shorter flap of the card.  Then, to the inside of the card attach a piece of kraft paper measuring 14cm by 10cm and a piece of patterned paper measuring 13cm by 9.5cm.

6. Stick the smaller card to the inside of the larger card - the fold on the smaller card will still be on the right and the fold on the larger card on the left (as shown in the photo above)

7. The photo above shows how the card will look when the smaller card is opened to show the sentiment inside.

8. To finish the card add red self adhesive gems to the corners of the stamped front of the card and Card Candi to the outside four corners as shown in the photo above.  Finally, put some Glossy Accents on the bauble.

Here's another example of a joyfold card which I designed for one of the recent Little Claire classes using the 'Made for Men' set and 'Dictionary Definitions'

I hope you've enjoyed my project today.  Make sure you keep an eye on the Little Claire blog over the next few days for more of the brand new Christmas stamps - you're going to love them!!

Helen x

Thursday, 25 July 2013

Little George

We've always loved the name George and here's a picture of our very own 'Little George' - a super Christmas card from Heidi:

Little George
Little Claire x

Wednesday, 24 July 2013

Flowers and Butterflies Class

A big thank you to all the ladies who came along to our two Little Claire classes on Saturday - we had a wonderful day and thankfully it was a bit cooler than it has been over the past few days!

Today we're sharing the cards that we made in the afternoon in the 'Flowers and Butterflies' class, all designed by Helen N.

First of all, a tag card using the Dinkies 'Flowerhead' stamp which you can find here on the Little Claire website.  The tag card base is available here and we also used one of the stamps from the 'Dictionary Definitions' stamp set which you can find here.  We used the stamp to making backing paper on two of the tag panels - the Dinkies stamps are a perfect size for doing this.

Next we made a card using the 'Butterfly' stamp and some of the Glitter Sparkle Sheet which you can find here.  For this card we stamped the butterfly twice and then coloured one of the images before covering it in the Glitter Sparkle Sheet.  We then cut out the wings of the butterfly and raised them up on the base image using foam pads.  We also used one of the embossed flower cards which you can find here on the website.

After that, we made a pocket tag card using the beautiful 'Geranium' stamp which you can find here on the Little Claire website.  We made a tag from an oval piece of card and front of the card was cut in to a triangle shape.  The sentiment we used is from the 'Dictionary Definitions' set which you can find here.

Next we made an easel card using the gorgeous 'Butterfly Flourish' stamp set which you can find here - for this one we used the main butterfly image and the verse.

Finally we made a card using the 'Butterfly Blossom' sticker sheet which you can find here on the website.  This card shows just how good the stickers are - great for quick cards and really easy to colour because the raised lines keep your colouring within the design.

Here are a couple of pictures from the day:

our classes - what a lovely room
viewed from the opposite side
 Our classes start again in September after the August break, we have lots of dates and we are also running our Kent and Crawley days in September too, click here for more details.

Little Claire team x

Monday, 22 July 2013

Little Claire Likes ....'Splishing & Splashing'

Good morning, we do hope you have been enjoying the lovely weather. Today we are showcasing a well-loved stamp called 'Splishing & Splashing'. The UK could really do with some rain, so hopefully we will get some soon.  We are offering this cute little stamp for the £4.50 instead of £5.50.  You can purchase it at the reduced price until Thursday 25th July 2013.  Just call 0844 800 4376 or order via the website HERE.
Here is our card made using the set :
The products used :
Promarkers : Sandstone, Caramel, Lilac, Lavender, Pastel Blue, Denim Blue & Ice Grey I - £1.70 each
Momento 'Black Tuxedo' Inkpad - £3.90
(Purple card, purple inkpad, Cloud die and twine from stash)

Card Instructions :
(1) Stamp up image and sentiment onto white card, colour in and mount onto purple cardstock.
(2) Cut purple card to measure : 12cm x 12cm, cut a piece of dotty paper 11.5cm x 11.5cm, stick together.
(3) Cut a white tag, edge all white with purple inkpad. Add ribbon & twine to tag.
(4) Die-cut a cloud from purple cardstock, edge with inkpad.
(5) Arrange and stick elements down onto card as shown.
(6) Add sentiment to bottom of card once mounted onto scallop circle shape.

Thank you for visiting our blog today and we do hope you like our project.  We will be sharing another next Monday.

The Little Claire Team


Friday, 19 July 2013

Weekly Blog Project -'Flowerhead - Dinky' Flowerpot!

Good Friday to you all! Hope you have all been enjoying the good weather and have been crafting in the garden, like I have. It is my turn, Heidi to share a blog project with you today.
I have been asked a lot recently about my flowerpot card that I made using the larger 'Flowerhead' image, so I thought I would give you a little tutorial making a smaller version of the card, using the new 'Dinky' stamp.
You can purchase each size of the 'Flowerhead' from the website HERE.

Products Used :

Little Claire 'Flowerhead' Dinky Stamp
First Edition 'J'Adore Paper Pack
Kraft Cardstock
Cream Lace
Linen Thread
Dragonfly Charm
Momento 'Tuxedo Black' Inkpad
Momento 'Rich Cocoa' Inkpad
Double-Sided Tape

Instructions :

(1) On orange flowery paper, stamp up three 'Dinky Flowerhead' images, cut out all three flowers.

(2) Cut a piece of kraft cardstock to measure : 14cms x 6cms. Score at 6cms and 12cms, ink edges using Momento 'Rich Cocoa' inkpad.

(3) Cut into each side to shape like a pot.
(4) Cut another piece of kraft cardstock : 8cmsw x 4cms, cut a piece of paper to measure : 7.5cms x 3.5, ink edges and stick together.  Stamp up image over corner.

(5) Using brown inkpad, edge pot shape and paper flowers. Attach a small piece of lace to each corner.

(6) Attach lace to the rim of pot, tie a know. Add linen thread to charm and attach to lace. Stamp over corner as shown.

(7) Add pearls to flower centres.

I do hope you have enjoyed my little tutorial and hope you enjoy making these little flower-pots as much as I do.

Have fun!

Heidi & The Little Claire Design Team


Thursday, 18 July 2013

Another month going by...

...and here we are again showcasing our latest column within Quick Cards magazine - in this issue (116) we have a great card project from our teamie Helen Holbrook made with our club stamps for July; 'Daisy, Daisy':

Little Claire's Column, Quick Cards
Our column has all the latest goss from Steve plus pictures from our recent 'Day with Little Claire' classes which were held in Kent & Crawley earlier this year - so if you attended there may be a picture of you in this magazine!
We will be back at Kent & Crawley on 28 & 29 September, please get in touch if you would like to book your place, contact carol

Front page - our Helen's card!
Quick Cards liked Helen's creation so much that is is also featured on the front page of the magazine!  Thanks for making such a lovely card Helen and we really like the colour combo of yellow and green gingham - a fresh, summer card.

We will be making lots and lots of cards this Saturday as we are running a day of classes on the Wirral, Christmas cards in the morning and lovely flower and butterfly cards in the afternoon - can't wait!

Helen N and I will be running these classes and we will do our best to keep all of our ladies supplied with cool drinks, Steve says that he will put big jugs of water in the fridge.  We will blog some pics next week to show you what we have made :)

Little Claire x

Wednesday, 17 July 2013

We love our little dinkies!

Have you seen our dinkie stamps yet? They are so cute and our teamies are having lots of fun making a great selection of cards, here is 'Row of Robins' from Helen N:

designed by Helen N
and from the one little dinkie Poppy stamp:

 We have two very different cards:
designed by Gaynor
one stamp, two cards and these Dinkie stamps cost just £2.00 each!

designed by Helen N
Dinkies are smaller versions of some of our favourite stamps.

designed by Gemma
Above we have a cute card featuring dinkie baby sling and it has been made on one of our Concertina Tag Cards which sells for just 0.50p, and below is the same dinkie baby stamp (change the colour of the papers for boy/girl:

designed by Helen N
Little Claire x

Tuesday, 16 July 2013


We have a selection of cutting dies on our web at fantastic prices - 'when they're gone, they're gone!'

Little Claire x

Monday, 15 July 2013

Little Claire Likes .... 'Best Friend'

Good morning, it's Monday once again.  We do hope you have been enjoying the wonderful weather or have been to the Doncaster show and said hello to Steve on our stand.

Here is the card, together with a product list and instructions on how it was made.
For our 'Little Claire Likes ....' today, we are sharing a card today made with our featured stamp 'Best Friend'. It comes with a lovely sentiment 'just walk beside me and be my friend'.  It is such a wonderful stamp, just right for summer birthdays and dog lover's everywhere.
We are offering you this stamp at a reduced price of £4.50 (normally £5.50) until Thursday 18th July 2013. So do hurry and snap yours up before they sell out.
 Products Used :
Little Claire 'Best Friend' stamp and sentiment - £4.50
 First Edition 'Summerbreeze' Paper Pack - £7.50
Promarkers Used : Sunkissed Pink, Putty, Almond, Caramel, Sandstone, Pastel Beige, Khaki,
Vanilla, Mustard, Ice Grey I & III
Die, Card Blank, Butterfly Punch, Doilies & Brown Inkpad from stash
Card Instructions :
(1) Using a brown inkpad and onto white stamping cardstock, stamp up image, colour in and die-cut.
(2) Cut a piece of brown paper to measure : 12cm x 12cm and one in pink : 11.5cms x 11.5cms, stick together.
(3) Stamp up sentiment onto the pink paper and matt and layer onto a piece of brown, stick down.
(4) Cut a long strip of brown, 3cm wide by length of card. Cut a piece of leaf paper and stick to it.
(5) Stick elements down onto card, adding doily.
(6) Punch out two butterflies and attach a pearl to each.
(7) Arrange pearls around card.

We will be back with another Little Claire likes next Monday morning.

The Little Claire Team