Friday, 30 August 2013

Weekly Blog Project - For Dad

Hi! It's Georgina and it's my turn for the Weekly Blog Project. The card I have made uses the new Manphabet stamp set from Little Claire.
To make this card you will need:
Manphabet stamp set by Little Claire
148x148mm white card blank
Smooth white card
Black card
Post-it notes
Tuxedo Black Memento ink pad
ProMarkers: Black, Lime Green, Royal Blue, Cocoa, Spice, Pastel Blue, Col Grey 2 and 4.
1. Cut a square 13x13cm of smooth white card. Use a ruler and pencil to measure and mark the centre of the four side and then join the points up.
2. Start by stamping the B, R, H and A along the centre of the white card and also onto a Post-it note, as show below. When stamping onto the Post-it note make sure part of the letter is on the front of the sticky top edge.

3. Cut out the letters on the Post-it note and place then over the top of the stamped letter on the white card. Now stamp the remaining letters as show below.

4. Remove the Post-it note letters to reveal BIRTHDAY.

5. Now stamp HAPPY. Firstly stamp H, P and Y first onto the white card and Post-it notes. Then repeat number 3. Then stamp DAD.

6. Use the 'I' stamp to stamp a border around the white card.

7. Coloured the stamped letters with ProMarkers.
8. Cut a square 14x14cm of black card. Attached this and the coloured letter square to the card blank.

I hope you like my Project for today. As each letter stamp is separate you can create any message, name or sentiment you like.

Thursday, 29 August 2013

oooh look what we've brought out...

...oh yes! This is a 'must have' set of stamps, here is our NEW pack of 10 Christmas Postcard stamps, take a look at these beauties:

Just the thing to add greetings to your cards and crafty Christmas creations, our teamies have loved this set and each stamp measures approx 5cm x 3cm, these stamps are great stamped and left plain or how about getting those inks out and giving them a good going over...

First off is a card from Georgina featuring the new Christmas Postcards with our Snowman Bunting stamp:

designed by Georgina
and here is a close up - see how they are just the right size for your cards:

Lozzy has teamed the postcards with our Joy, Hope and Wonder cat stamp::

designed by Lozzy
and Diane has created a Christmas wreath from the postcard stamps!

designed by Diane
and look at this wonderful concertina tag card made by Helen N - she has used the Christmas Postcard stamps teamed with our 'Dinkie' Row of Robins stamp:

Designed by Helen N
Here is a close up of the tags, you can see the postcard stamps and the robin stamp - a really simple, quick card that definately has the WOW factor!

Christmas Postcards are available now on our web here  for £12.99 - great value and a real must have for your stash!
We will be back with more makes from our teamies soon.

Little Claire x

Wednesday, 28 August 2013

NEW today and exclusive to Little Claire!

Here is a new stamp set freshly released today - one of Steve's ideas, he said 'we need an Alphabet set for male cards' and MANPHABET was born!

Bold and strong letters and numbers to personalise your cards for men as each letter/number is adorned with balls!
Cricket, football, rugby, bowling and tennis - so not just for men, this set will be very useful for anyone sporty including children and teenagers.  Each letter measures approx 2cm x 2cm so a nice size to colour.
(colour according to fav football team!)

and now for our teamies cards, we just love this creation from Lozzy and great use of the manphabet as a background too!

designed by Lozzy
Georgina has used one of our Little Claire Concertina Tag Cards below:

designed by Georgina
and here's a close up showing the 'D's' from 'DADDY' being used for the background:

Close up
Gemma has combined Manphabet 'DAD' with our fantastic Changing Tree 'Male'

designed by Gemma
and here is a close up of the letters, we like the effect of colouring blue around the edges, the Manphabet letters really stand out!

Lovely cards and a very useful set, we think you need it in your stash!  Little Claire's 'Manphabet' stamp set which includes the full alphabet, numbers from 0 -9  is available here for just £12.99.

Little Claire x

Tuesday, 27 August 2013

Thought we'd share this picture...

...of our cat Ginny:

We've called it 'Little Claire back at her desk after the Bank Holiday!'  Yep we reckon she has that look....

Little Claire x

Monday, 26 August 2013

Little Claire Likes - 'Winter Aga'

Hello, autumn is nearly upon us, so today we are showcasing in our 'Little Claire Likes' .... the wonderful stamp set of 'Winter Aga', which should warm us all up!
You can purchase it at the reduced price of
£5.00 (normally £7.50).
Just call 0844 0800 4376 or order online HERE
It is a very generously sized stamp, that you can team up with some great papers and embellishments to make a friend/nan/auntie who loves to cook, a great card!
Here is Heidi's card that we are sharing today, made using this versatile set. She has decoupaged the bunting and oven gloves, added some baker's twine and wooden kitchen embellishments.

The stamp set also comes with a great little sentiment, 'Keep Warm And Carry On'.

Here is a list of products used on the card today :
Products Used :
White A4 Superior Cardstock - £3.50
Dovecraft Cupcake Boutique 6 x 6 Paper pad - £3.99
Aloe Vera Bazzill card - £0.50p sheet
Promarkers : Vanilla, Rose Pink, Blossom, Pastel Beige, Khaki, Tea Green, Soft Green, Putty, Almond and Ice Grey I & II
Pink & White Baker's Twine - £1.50 per reel
Card blank, wooden embellishments & pearls from stash
Here is how the card was made :
Card Instructions :
(1) Firstly, stamp up image twice and colour in.  Cut out one set of bunting and oven mitt/towel, decoupage over images.
(2) Using two card blanks, cut one in half and on the second, fold one edge in half. Stick spare half of card to fold, this makes your easel card.
(3) Die cut out two large circles from the paper pack, stick down to easel front and bottom on card.
(4) Cut a strip of 'Aloe Vera' card and a piece of paper (13 x 2.5cm), attach two pieces of baker's twine and stick down using sticky pads, to bottom of card.
(5) Stamp up sentiment, cut out and matt onto a scallop circle.
(6) Add two bows using twine to side of bunting.
(7) Add coffee pot, cup and pearls to card.

We do hope you have enjoyed our project today, please leave us a comment. Don't forgot you can purchase this stamp HERE at the reduced price until Thursday.

The Little Claire Team


Friday, 23 August 2013

Friday Project - We 3 Ships

Good morning, everyone - it's Helen N here with this week's Friday blog project.  For today's card I've used one of this year's new Christmas stamps 'We Three Ships' and made an easel card with a slight difference.

Here's what you'll need to make the card:

white 14.5cm square card blank
brown ink pad (the older, the better!)
Spellbinders oval dies 
Promarkers - Pear Green, Poppy, Cardinal Red, Sandstone, Tan, Buttercup

And here's what you need to do:

1. Place the card blank on the table with the shortest edges facing you.  Measure 4cm from each side along the card fold and cut, making the cut inside the score line.  Then cut down from the score line to the base of the card as shown in the photo below:

2. This is what your card should look like when it's been cut:

3. Next, fold the smaller panel in two to the score line as you would with a normal easel card:

4. Stamp the main image on to the white card using the Memento Ink.  Die cut the image using the second largest oval die and colour in with Promarkers.  Die cut an oval from the kraft paper using the largest of the oval dies and then edge the kraft paper using a brown ink pad.  An older, drier ink pad is best for this - it lets you build up the colour gradually.

5. Next, on the base of the card layer up pieces of kraft and patterned paper as you wish - I've used the red spotted and green spotted paper from the Back to Basics Christmas pack.  The layers I've used are 13.5cm square kraft, 12.5cm square patterned, 10.5cm square kraft and 10cm patterned.  Trim the corners of the folded panel of the card as shown in the photo - this avoids any of the white card being seen underneath or at the sides of the oval panel:

6. Attach the image panel to the kraft oval and then stick this on the front of the white card panel making sure the base of the oval is level with the bottom of the white panel:

7. To make the stopper for the easel, use a piece of kraft paper measuring 13.5cm by 3.5cm and a piece of patterned paper measuring 13.5cm by 3cm.  Use the brown ink pad on the kraft layer and then stick the patterned paper on top.  Stamp the circular sentiment, colour in the stars and attach this to the middle of the stopper:

8. Attach the stopper strip to the base of the card using foam pads and then finish the card with some red gems and Card Candi coloured with Pear Green Promarker.

This type of card construction works just as well with different shaped front panels.  Here's a card I designed for one of the classes at the end of last year using the 'Christmas Owl Tree' stamp which you can find here on the website:

I hope you've enjoyed my project today!  Have a great weekend.

Wednesday, 21 August 2013

We have a favourite pack of Christmas papers...

...'Nordic Christmas'

this is a 6 x 6 paper pad containing 64 sheets, 4 each of 16 designs, acid and lignin free 200 gsm (that's the boring bit) - best bit is the colours and the designs, the shades of greens, reds, blues and creams are simply divine, really! RRP £7.99  Our Price: £7.50

Here are two cards which Helen N has made combining these papers with two of our Christmas designs:

For the card above Helen has used the die cut image of our popular Stocking Owls stamps and this stamp is now back in stock and it will be sent out this week to all of you who have been waiting patiently for yours, thank you.

And look at the gorgeous 'Nordic Christmas' papers on this card below, combined with our 'Star of Wonder' stamp and one of our circular 'Christmas Sentiments' stamps.

 'Star of Wonder' stamp featuring the two polar bears is one of our original designs which we are re-introducing for this Christmas - it's just so sweet, we couldn't 'bear' to let it, here is the good news, we are offering 'Star of Wonder' for the spectacular price of just £3.99 (only until stocks last) to grab yours at this unbeatable price click here or call us: 0151 342 5715.

Little Claire x

Tuesday, 20 August 2013

Quick Cards for Christmas... a super Christmas class we are running on Saturday September 14 from 1pm - 4pm here on the Wirral - AND Helen N has finalised the cards (and as the title suggests 'quick' really does mean quick which results in LOTS of cards being made to take home)

I have seen all of the cards and they really are stunning, very professional and gorgeous too - here is a sneaky peak of what awaits our lucky ladies:

Christmas Village Scene
 Helen is using Die Cuts, Peel Off Stickers, Stamps, Glitter Film, Ribbons, Shaped Cards....

Deck the Horns

...and beautiful papers and jewels - we are in for a treat!

And in the morning of September 14 we are running a 'Christmas Flora and Fauna' class from 9am - 12pm, again, Helen has designed an amazing selection of cards - here is a peak (hope she doesn't tell me off for this!):

Our beautiful 'Robin and Snowdrop' stamp will be used on the day with a little bit of decoupage...

and we can't resist our gorgeous 'Little One' stamp, such a sweet, innocent image....

So, roll on September 14, we can't wait!  Each class costs just £15 which includes all materials and lots of refreshments - you will be waited on by Steve!

If you would like to come along, please click here for more info or call us: 0151 342 5715

Now,  before we forget - we have a winner of our Tea Party comp from last week, we had great fun reading about your favourite hot drinks, really wetted our appetites - poor Steve was kept busy in the kitchen making teas & coffees (keeps him out of trouble) anyway, we couldn't choose only one winner, we had to choose two in the end:

Mags - who said: 'Lovely stamp set. Looks like it could be really versatile. I think my favourite hot drink has to be a nice cup of Latte but am also partial to a nice hot chocolate with all the trimmings - no calories contained lol.
Mags x'

Monnie - who said:  I love a cup of tea 1st thing in the morning. Love the stamp set Little Claire and the design team have made lovely cards as usual, xx

Well done ladies, please contact Carol and she will send your stamp set out to you soonest.

Little Claire x

Sunday, 18 August 2013

Little Claire Likes .... 'RWAV Nativity'

Hi there, today we are sharing one of many Christmas stamps with you in our 'Little Claire Likes'  project.   The slider card below has been made using all of the elements of the 'Room with a View' - Nativity' set that we are offering for the special price of £6.99 (normally £8.99) until Thursday 22nd August.

We have stamped up the two main images. You can decoupage the door over the manger scene, after cutting the centre of the door and folding them back. The 'star' image has been stamped all over the white main card and the same with the 'crown' onto the pully, at the back of the card.

You can press the image flat to place in an envelope.

Here is the back view of the card, showing the pully stamped with the 'crown' image.

Here is a list of products used on the card :

Promarkers : Vanilla, Pastel Blue, Denim Blue, Pastel Beige, Khaki, Sandstone, Caramel, Putty & Ice Grey I.
Brown Inkpad, Scallop & circle punches and pearls from stash.

Here is the finished card (front view)

Card Instructions :

(1) Cut a piece of white stamping cardstock to measure : 13.5cm x 13.5cms, stamp star image all over, colour in with Vanilla Promarker.
(2) Measuring in 2.5cms from edge, on three sides, cut a square. Score from edge at : 1cm, 4cm & 7cms.
(3) Cut another piece of white card : 9 x 8cms, stamp up manger image, colour in. Stamp up stable image onto spare card, colour and cut out.  Using craft knife, cut open doors and fold back each side.
(4) Cut a kraft matt for main image, stick down stable over image and down onto card.
(5) Cut an oblong of white card : 8.5 x 10.5cms, stamp 'crown' image all over and colour in.
(6) Stick down to front of slider, with images facing upwards.
(7) Stamp up, two sheep, one crown and a sentiment. Colour in and cut out.
(8) Edge all pieces with brown inkpad.
(9) Place all pieces together, stick onto front of card blank.
(10) Add pearls onto the card.

We will be sharing another 'Christmas' themed 'Little Claire Likes' with you next Monday, we do hope you will stop by.

The Little Claire Team


Saturday, 17 August 2013

Little Claire Monthly Challenge # 36 'Holiday Theme'

Good morning and welcome to another monthly challenge.  We had lots of lovely entries again last month.  Our winner of the Little Claire goodies are :
# 55 - Rachel Fisher

Here is her gorgeous winning entry, a lovely box card using 'You're so Tweet'
Well done Rachel! Please contact Carol ( who will forward you the prize.
This month, we are going with the theme of
Here is a great photo to give you inspiration.  You can use any image/digi on your entries, and use bright summery colours too, we would like your cards to reflect our theme.  Of course, if you have any Little Claire images, please do use them.
Our prize on offer this month is :
 One set of our brand new stamps 'Christmas Postcard' sentiments (worth £12.99)
New Dovecraft 6 x 6 'Tis The Season' Paper Pack (worth £3.99)

To enter our challenge, please read the rules below.
Our Design Team have all made some gorgeous creations this month.
We have another new Design Team member, her name is Diane.
A big welcome Diane from all of the team, here is her first official DT card -
Diane has used
Gaynor has used

Gemma's to follow

Georgina has used
 Heidi's has used
'Beach Hut' stamp set including sentiment

 Helen N has used
Lozzy has used
'Travelling Daisy' stamp  & 'Postcard Sentiments' stamp sets

We do have a few rules to follow, before you enter our challenge.
(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,  13th September  2013 @ 16.00pm and the new challenge (#37) will be open on Saturday, 14th September 2013.
Thanks for entering, we are looking forward to seeing your creations, please leave us a link below, so that we can come check them out.
Good Luck!!
The Little Claire Design Team