Friday, 29 March 2013

Weekly Friday Project Card - Baking Changing Tree.

Good morning, Gaynor here with a little project to share.  A slant on an easel card......which is made as an easel but decorated on its' side!

Pictured are the stamp sets used:

I have used a 6" x 6" scalloped card base plus half a card for the easel.  Used a heart die cut, backing paper from Little Claire, white organza ribbon, Memento black ink and promarkers as shown.

I have coloured the organza ribbon with the Antique Rose Promarker.

Stamped additional cupcakes for use as embellishments.  Punched out the sentiment with a 2" scallop punch.

The cover of the base card is scored and folded at the half way mark........or a complete scallop.  The half card is trimmed slightly to allow the original scallop border to be retained.
The image is fixed using 3D pads as are the little embellishment cupcakes and sentiment.
Glitter glue added...........I don't think I make many cards without glitter glue.....may have to be one of my desert island requests!
Need to get this card into the post now.........................and yes the recipient makes amazing cupcakes.....Happy Birthday Laura!
Am such a lucky person - lots of DT work to be getting on with...................Little Claire have some amazing new stamps in the pipeline...................and I get to play...........lots!
Cheerio from me for now......................xxGaynor

Thursday, 28 March 2013

The new issue of Quick Cards magazine...

...has sure done us proud this month!

We've got no less than 2 cards on the FRONT COVER!

Butterfly Blossom

One card on p.4

You're so Tweet
A four page feature starting on p.47:

This feature designed by our teamie Georgina, gives you step by step instructions to make cards with our stamps: Cherish, Hugs and DreamsHearts and Flowers, Garden Shelves and You're so Tweet.

and of course, our column at the back where Steve keeps you up to date with all the latest happenings here at Little Claire.
So thank you to Quick Cards and thank you to Georgina for designing such a wonderful feature.

Grab yourselves a copy on sale from today, for some super quick makes!

Little Claire x

Wednesday, 27 March 2013

Just got to share these cute little ATC's...

...made by our teamie Helen N:

All of the cute little cards fit inside the beautiful little matchbox you see here on the right, aren't they adorable?
You may recognise the little images as various stamps from our Changing Tree stamp set, Helen has used stamps from:

Easter Changing Tree

Girly Changing Tree
and the music, owl and wedding changing tree sets.

Music Changing Tree

Owl Changing Tree

Wedding Changing Tree
So you can see just how useful these little stamps are - not just for trees! 

If you have found any other uses for our Changing Tree stamps please send you pictures in and we can show them here on our blog x

Little Claire Team x

Monday, 25 March 2013

Little Claire Likes ....... 'Yes Miss!'

Good morning, we are sharing another 'Little Claire Likes' with you today.

'Yes Miss'

This week 'Yes Miss' is the stamp of choice along with the 'Dictionary Definition's' stamp set. This lovely stamp, works really well for 'girly' cards and also for forthcoming teacher 'thank you' cards at the end of the school term.  The sentiment set has a range of different 'special' sentiment circles.
We have altered a gift bag as shown, using pretty pink shades of card, paper and ribbon, all of which can be found on the website HERE.
Products Used on Bag :
Promarkers : Sunkissed Pink, Khaki Pastel Beige, Sandstone, Caramel, Vanilla &
Ice Grey I - £1.70 each
Pink Dotty Ribbon - £3.80 per reel (check website)
(White craft bag, punches, brown inkpad, dies & pearls from stash)
Instructions :
(1) On white cardstock, stamp up image and sentiment. Colour 'Yes Miss' image in with Promarkers , mat and layer onto 'Fawn' and 'Romance' cardstock.
(2) Cut a piece of  'Fawn' cardstock to measure : 13.5cms x 13cms. Cut one in 'Romance' to measure : 13cms x 12.5cms stick together.
(3) Cut a piece of flowery paper from paper pack to measure : 12.5cms x 12cms stick down onto card mats.  Ink around edges with brown inkpad.
(4) Stick ribbon around side of card, attach double-sided tape at back, stick down onto bag.  Tie two bows at bottom of ribbon, and attach two more to the side of the handle of the bag.
(5) Stick down image under ribbon. Glue die shape to corner of card.
(6) Stick sentiment together with circle in 'Romance' and scallop circle in 'Fawn', stick together with stick pads.  Add pearls to decorate bag.
Another Little Claire Likes ..... next Monday.
The Little Claire Team

Friday, 22 March 2013

Weekly Blog Project - Geranium Stand Card

Hello, Heidi here, welcome to another Weekly Blog Project here at Little Claire.  Each week, on a Friday, a different design team member shares a project and lots of inspiration, using one of the gorgeous Little Claire stamps.
Today, I have made a 'quick & easy' Stand card using the lovely 'Geranium' stamp and a sentiment from the 'Harriet the Pony' set. Lots of glorious kraft card and gorgeous papers, lush ribbon and soft coloured Promarkers have been used to make my card.
 Products Used :
Kraft Cardstock - £1.99 per pack
Promarkers - Khaki, Pastel Beige, Putty, Sunkissed Pink, Ice Grey I - £1.70 each
(From stash : Cloud Die, Brown Inkpad & Brown Pearls
Card Instructions :
(1) Cut a piece of kraft card measuring : 28cms x 10cms.  Score at 7cms & 14cms. Fold smaller section down to make the stand.
(2) Stamp up Geranium image onto white cardstock measuring : 11cms x 7.5cms, colour in using Promarkers.
(3) Cut a mount of kraft cardstock to measure : 11.5cms x 8cms. Ink around image using brown inkpad and mount image onto kraft cardstock.
(4) Cut pieces of paper to measure : 13.5cms x 9.5cms, 13cms x 9cms, 13cms x 9.5cms and 12.5cms x 9cms. Stick larger and smaller peices together.
(5) Attach ribbon to back of smaller piece and stick down as shown. Tie large bow.
(6) Die-cut cloud die twice using kraft cardstock. Ink edges and stamp sentiment onto one piece.Stick both together and down onto card.
(7) Stick all elements together.
(8) Add brown pearls to top and bottom of card.
I do hope you have liked my project and have been inspired by it.  Another project will follow next Friday.
Heidi & The Little Claire Team

Thursday, 21 March 2013

We won't be at the NEC this week...

...but here's your chance to not miss out on our special show offers:

We have a special two day offer just for you: phone your order through to us quoting NECS13: 0151 342 5715 from 10am Thursday 21 March to 4pm Friday 22 March and we will deduct a whopping 20% discount and FREE p&p from your order!  Log on to: and fill your boots! (It’s cheaper than going to the show!)
No further discount, offers subject to stock availability Remember to quote the discount code!

Helen R

Tuesday, 19 March 2013

We are thrilled...

...that our lovely Tulip Cat stamp has been chosen as 'Pick of the Month' within Cardmaking and Papercraft magazine issue 116!

Cardmaking and Papercraft issue 116 April 2013
It was a real treat to turn the page and see our little Tulip Cat taking pride of place, let's just say that we were all 'feline' marvellous!
Sorry, here are a selection of Tulip Cat cards made by our teamies so you can see this stamp in action:



Georgina (with 'Little Doggies' stamp)

Helen N

Helen R
And another thing.....

Our Swirly Whirly Owl Family stamp was runner up for the Best Stamp of the Year!

Thank you to everyone who voted for us, much appreciated and we will keep our designs coming!

Little Claire x

Monday, 18 March 2013

Little Claire Likes ..... 'You're So Tweet' - Tunnel Card

Good morning, hope you have had a crafty weekend?
We are sharing another 'Little Claire Likes' today, this week using our gorgeous stamp 'You're So Tweet' set, which has been used to make this tunnel card.  The set is our club stamp for March and is just right for spring cards. It comes complete with a lovely little sentiment 'You're So Tweet'.

Here is the side view of the card

We have given you a list of all of the products used and instructions on how the tunnel card was made.
Products Used :

'You're So Tweet' Stamp & sentiment - £8.99
White Scallop Card Pack (x10) - £2.50
White A4 Stamping Card - £3.50
Lilac Dot Paper - (4x6 pieces) paper - £0.50p
Promarkers : Pear Green, Satin, Rose Pink, Caramel, Lilac, Blossom, Tulip Yellow, Amethyst, Pastel Beige, Khaki & Ice Grey I - £1.70 each
White Dotty Ribbon - per reel £3.80
(Dies, scraps of purple card, purple inkpad and lilac pearls - from stash)
 Instructions for the card :
 (1) Stamp out 'You're So Tweet' image onto a square of white cardstock, colour in with Promarkers.
(2) Cut a piece of card to measure : 13cms x 8cms.  Score at 2cm, 4cms and 6cms, crease edges firmly. This makes your concertina stand for inside the card.
(3) Cut two squares of paper measuring : 13 x 13.5cms. Stick one to outside of card and one to the inside centrally.
(4) Die-cut aperature using die as shown, through paper and card blank. Cut out a frame to go on front of card.
(5) Edge all white card with purple inkpad. Stamp sentiment onto side of frame.
(6) Stick frame down onto front of card, line up image inside and stick down with double-sided tape.
(7) Stick concertina piece into bottom of card, securing with strong tape.
(8) Die-cut, bird, swirl and flowers.  Cut three pieces of white dotty ribbon, fold in half, cut edges and attach to back of flowers.  Edge all die-cut pieces with inkpad.
(9) Stick all elements down as shown, lastly add lilac pearls.
We do hope that you have been inspired to get crafting today and feel free to leave us a comment.
The Little Claire Team

Saturday, 16 March 2013

Little Claire Monthly Challenge # 31 'Cards with Folds'

Good morning and welcome to another wonderful monthly challenge.  We had a great response to our Challenge # 30, so many gorgeous cards, thank you to all that entered.
Our winner of that challenge is :
# 43 Lisa Jane

Here is her winning entry :

Please contact our who will forward on your prize.
Our top three this month, who get to share our blinkie on their blogs, are :
# 3 - Lozzy
# 4- Tanya J
# 26 - Rachel

Great cards ladies, well done!
Now to this month's challenge, we want to see your

'Cards with Fold's',

you can use any image but if you have any Little Claire stamps that you would like to share with us, please do and you could be one of our top three bloggers next month.
Here is the prize you could win, wow lots of lovely crafty bits!
A paper pack, ribbons, two packs of stickers and a die-cut sheet
To our Design Team's creations, who have come up with some gorgeous cards again this month, some great shapes and folds to share with and inspire you.

Donna using 'Ever So Lovely & 'Sunshine Sentiment's'



Here is a side view

 We have a few rules that we would like you to follow, when entering our challenge, they are :
(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 blogs.
(8) The challenge finishes on Friday, 12th April 2013 @ 18.00pm and the new challenge (#32) will be open on Saturday, 13th April 2013.

Good luck, have fun and thanks for taking part!

The Little Claire Design Team 

Friday, 15 March 2013

Friday Project - Seven Panel Step Card

Hi all,

Its Lyndsey here and today its my turn to show you a bit of inspiration here on the blog. Today I have a little tutorial to make this fabby Seven Panel Step Card - which definitely has the wow factor.

Items required

Spellbinders Circle & Lacy Circle dies

1. Trim your A4 card to 29cm long & score along the length every 3cm

2. Score the card along the width at 14.5cm

3. Score the card in the panels using the measurements shown above (click on pic to enlarge image)

4. Trim out the panels as shown (circled in green)

5. Slit open the card along the lines between the LH side & RH side score lines (shown in red

6. Fold the card into shape - valley fold the center line, mountain fold the little peaks

7. You will have little flaps on the one side of your card on your 2 end panels - add strong tape onto these little flaps

8. Slot the two end panels back together and secure with the tape

9. Trim 7 strips of Kraft Card to 2.5cm wide and cut into the following lengths
2 @ 6cm
2 @ 8cm
2 @ 10cm
1 @ 12cm

10. Trim strips patterned paper to 2cm wide and cut the the following lengths

2 @ 5.5cm (paper 1)
2 @ 7.5cm (paper 2)
2 @ 9.5cm (paper 1)
1 @ 11.5cm (paper 2)

11. Mat papers & card together and add to the card front

12. Stamp & colour the image and die cut out using a plain circle die

13. Die cut a lacy circle from kraft card

14. stamp a sentiment onto kraft card & die cut out using a lacy circle die

15. Add the image & sentiment to card and finish off with a bow & flowers

Side view of folds

I really hope you have enjoyed my tutorial today, thanks for joining me here on the Little Claire Blog

Lyndsey xx