Saturday, 29 August 2015

Our new Magazine!

Complete with this gorgeous FREE stamp:

'Christmas Lights'
Our beautiful, full colour magazine gives you 3 step by step projects to make with your free stamp, you can make a card like this:

designed by Diane
Plus 2 more designs with this stamp to make, also included within the magazine are features, background papers, projects and exclusive offers.
On sale every 2 months at just £5.50 - have you ordered yours yet?  More details here

Little Claire xxx

...and welcome to our new followers, hello everyone, thank you so much for joining us.
To celebrate reaching the landmark 1000 we will run some super competitions very soon - just getting our thinking caps on for some great ideas! x

Friday, 28 August 2015

Christmas Scottie Dog mini album

Morning guy's !!

Diane here with a Little Claire friday project for you and I have this mini album using the Christmas Scotties stamp set and Dinkies-Mini Puppy Christmas paper pack and Christmas Puppy pack 

It's quick and easy to make and ready for all the fun christmas photo's you will be taking and it will make a fab stocking filler too  !! 

You will need:
Christmas Scottie stamp set
Dinkie - Mni Christmas Puppy pack + 2 sheets from the Charistmas Puppy pack
black and white card
2 thicker pieces of card for covers
black ink
fine line black pen
3D foam tape
tartan ribbon

Cut two pieces of black card one measuring 10" x 3" and the other 9 1/2" x 3".
Score the 10" x 3" at 1/2" / 3 1/2" / 6 1/2" / 9 1/2" and the 9 1/2" x 3" at 1/2" / 3 1/2" / 6 1/2"
(I've used white paper so you can see the scores)
Now glue both pieces together so you have a 1/2" fold either end and concertina fold.
Cut two pieces of thicker card 3 1/4" square ( I save the backing card that comes with some of the lager envelopes ) and two 4 1/2" squares of stripe blue paper from the Christmas Puppy pack. For each cover glue the card in to the centre of paper, trim corners off and fold over the paper edges to back and glue.

Now glue one 1/2" flap on the black concertina card to inside of front cover and then the other 1/2" flap to inside back cover to from your mini album. Cut two pieces of red dotty paper 3" square and glue these to inside of front and back cover to hide 1/2" join.

Now cut 6 pieces of Dinkie - Mini Christmas Puppy papers to 2 7/8" square and cover the inside pages.

Nest cut a piece of white card 2 3/4" x 2 1/2" and stamp and colour Scottie Dog with bubbles. Matt this on to a piece of red dotty paper and then black card adding a small border of each.

Add 3d foam tape to back and attach to front of album, then make a tartan bow and attach this also to front. Finish off by adding a black wiggly line round Scottie dog and some stickles glitter.

One dinkie mini album !!

Why not make a few as christmas presents or birthday gifts. There are so many Little Claire stamps you could use !!

Here's another one using the Dinkie - Fruit Pastels paper pack

Have fun !!

hugs Diane xx

Thursday, 27 August 2015

The Great Outdoor

Hi, Margreet here. 
It's my turn to share some inspiration with Little Claire's Designs' digis.
 The hiker at the inside.
Products used:
Image: Digi Great Outdoors
Image: Digi Hiking boots
Image: Digi Signpost
White cardstock
Patterned papers First Edition (Man Made)
Color medium (I used copics)
Double sided tape
Piece of string

Step by step:
- Take a piece of white cardstock 13.5 x 27 cm and cut it in half.
- Cut one piece diagonally in half.
- Cover all white papers with patterned papers.
- Glue the left piece with double sided tape (mind to let open the upper side!)
- Do the same with the right side.
- Print off the digi stamps.
- Color your images.
- Write something down on the signpost (I used the same street names as written on the patterned paper of the tag)
- Cut the images out, leaving a small white border round the edge and glue them with double sided tape.
- Cut a piece of patterned paper so it fits in the open side.
- Glue the Great Outdoors digi, cut out leaving a small white border round the edge.
- Put a piece of string at the clip and  it at the top of the tag.

Hope you like my 'project' and are inspired to try something similar. 
If you do, let me know and I'll come to visit you.

Thanks for stopping by.
xxx Margreet

Monday, 24 August 2015

New! Dinkie Text stamp sets..

...Yes, at last!  We have a wonderful set of sentiments which are just perfect to compliment our range of Dinkie stamps AND, of course, for all your card makes too:

We have a selection of 8 sets of Dinkie Text in total - each set contains 3 text (as above) and cost just £2.00 for each set of 3 texts - Great Value!
Or buy any 6 sets of 3 text for just £10.00!!!

We have general and Christmas text and you can see the FULL RANGE here

Edging ever closer to 1000 followers (oh wow!) we are getting a little bit excited here at LC Shedquarters, so here is a great competition for you - take a look at our full range of Dinkie text and let us know which one you would like to pop through your letterbox and next Tuesday 01 September we will choose 8 winners to receive the Dinkie Text set of their choice!

Good Luck xxx

Friday, 21 August 2015

Darling Daschunds

Hello its Alli here with a card make for today's Little Claire blog project and I was on Face Book the other day when I saw that someone had posted a sweet photo of a couple of sausage dogs and it reminded me of this really lovely stamp which I bought last year and I have to say I have used it again and again because it is such a great design. So here is yet another incarnation for these stamps.

what you will need:
Little Claire Darling Daschunds stamp set
Little Claire dinky sentiment stamp - Happy Birthday Mrs Lovely
8" x 6" white base card
white card to stamp onto
Versa Fine black ink pad
Tim Holtz Distress Ink pad - Spun Sugar and Cut n Dry foam
colouring in implements
dark pink heavy weight paper
Nit Wit Perfect Pair paper pad - white with pink hearts
various flower punches and dies
small butterfly punch/die
small hole punch
ring binder hole punch
wet glue
Glamour Dust glitter
white satin ribbon

Cut the base card down so that it measures 7 3/4" x 3 1/2" and now is a tent fold card.
Cut the dark pink paper to mat and layer on top of the base card and stick into place.
Cut a piece of the Nit Wit Perfect Pair paper (white with pink hearts) to mat and layer on top on the pink paper stuck onto the base card and stick into position.

Using the Versa Fine ink pad and the two large (boy and girl) Daschunds from the Little Claire Darling Daschunds stamp set stamp the images onto the white card.
Trim the image to size (about 6 3/4" x 2 1/8").
Using the Little Claire sentiment stamp Happy Birthday Mrs Lovely and the Versa Fine ink pad stamp the sentiment onto the image topper.
Colour the image in using your choice of colouring in implements.
Mat and layer the image onto the dark pink paper.
Stick the image topper onto the base card.

Cut out various flowers using your dies and punches and colour some of them using the Tim Holts Spun Sugar Distress Ink and the Cut n Dry foam.
Apply wet glue to the coloured flowers, sprinkle with Glamour Dust glitter, shake off excess and allow to dry.
Glue small white flowers to the centre of the larger pink flowers.
From the dark pink paper punch out 7 dots using the small hole punch and 1 dot using the ring binder punch.
Bevel the dots and stick onto the centre of the flowers.
Stick the flowers onto the card.
Cut a piece of white satin ribbon and fold it in two. Apply glue to the folded end of the ribbon and stick it under the petals of the large flower.

Punch the butterfly from the dark pink paper using the butterfly punch.
Crease the butterfly down the body section and stick onto the card.

Now you just need to find someone lovely to give it to - not a problem Xx

Thursday, 20 August 2015

Who's for Wine

Hi Folks
It's Mags here to share some digi inspiration with you today.

You will need:
Black Card
Mirror Card
Black dazzlers

1.  Print off the digi image and cut out into a square shape before adding some faux stitching around the edge.
2.  Stamp the sentiment from the stamp set at the top of the image and colour in.
3.  Mat the image onto mirror card and black card.
4. Mat the background onto mirror card and black card to match the topper.
5.  Wrap some ribbon around the bottom of the background before adhering to your card blank.
6.  Finish off by adding some black dazzlers along the ribbon.

And there you have it.  A quick and simple monochrome card.  Try changing the colour combo for a different look.


Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Two lovely cards

We have two of our Helen's cards to show you today, this one (above), using our new Christmas Friends stamp, paper from our large Christmas Quilts Paper Pack and, of course, our ever-popular Glitter Sparkle Sheets to add a bit of Christmas sparkle!

Next up is this cute little card using our Dinkies Hanging Ties stamp and our NEW Kraft Scallop cards, a bargainous £1.99 for a pack of 20 cards and envelopes or why not stock up for Christmas and take up our current offer of 3 packs for only £5.00 by clicking here - grab 'em quick!!

MORE WINNERS! Yes, we have another three winners to announce today from our Christmas Snowmen competition last week.  We asked you which was your favourite out of our new Christmas Snowmen stamps. A BIG thank you to everyone who entered, the winners are:

Angela Dodson, Susan Kennedy and Karen Drew

Congratulations ladies! Please ping an email to Carol and your chosen Snowman to you will be flying out to you soon!

The Little Claire Team xxx

Monday, 17 August 2015

Winners of our new papers

Take a look at this beautiful card made by lovely customer Janet Roberts, using our Snowy Ombre paper to create a very effective background. We love it, thank you Janet!

These gorgeous papers are available in two sizes, 8cm x 8cm (40 sheets of 10 assorted colours) and the larger 14cm x 14cm (24 sheets of 12 assorted colours).  If you fancy a chance of winning your favourite Dinky Paper pack then simply take a look here and let us know which is your favourite by next Monday, 24 August when we'll pick a winner!

Now for the three winners of last week's competition to win three of their favourite Little Claire Papers....the winners are:

Lucy Woods,  Gail Debling  and Karen Halliday

Well done ladies, please contact Carol to claim your prize!

The Little Claire Team xxx

Saturday, 15 August 2015

Monthly Stamp Challenge # 60 - Christmas in August

Welcome to our challenge for August.  Thank you to all that took part last month's challenge.  We had lots of fabulous entries again.

Our winner of the Little Claire goodies is :

Samantha Wade - Entry # 21

Here is her beautiful card.  She has used the Little Claire stamp - Butterfly Blossom.

Well done Samantha!

 Please contact Carol ( who will forward on your prize.

Our challenge theme for August is : Christmas

So dust off those beloved Christmas stamps, papers and embellishments and enter our challenge after reading the challenge rules, at the bottom of the page.

Our prize for the new challenge is :

£15.00 Voucher
(to spend on website)

We have to say goodbye to the lovely Shary who has left the design team this month, we are going to miss you!

Good luck in your new job!

Our digi-stamp team member Lynsey has joined our stamp team this month, so welcome aboard Lynsey!

Here are our design team Christmas cards, starting with :

Allison has used the stamp set -

Diane has used the stamp sets -

and a front view of the card

Gaynor has used the stamp set

Heidi has used the stamp set -

Helen has used the stamp set -

Lynsey has used the stamp set :

Mags has used the stamp set :

Marianne has used the stamp set :

Here is a list of our rules, please read and follow before entering our challenge.

 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.

The challenge finishes on Friday,  11th September 2015 @ 16.00pm
and the new challenge (# 61)
will be open on Saturday,  12th September 2015.

Thank you for visiting our blog today and we are looking forward to visiting your blogs, to see your challenge entries.
The Little Claire Team

Friday, 14 August 2015

We 6 Cats ......

Hi all, Lynsey back today to share a Christmas stamp blog project.  I love this group of cats so I thought I would create a little winter scene for them to take centre stage!

You will need:
Marianne Winter Trees Die
Momento Black Ink
Kraft Card Blank
Red Cardstock
White Cardstock
Copic Marker Pens or Chosen Colouring Medium
Frantage Embossing Powder
Gold Embossing Powder 
Versamark Ink Pad
Sheena Douglass Snowfall Embossing Folder
Wooden Snowflake
Heat Gun

 1. Stamp out the cats image twice and on the second image cut out the front row of cats.
2. Colour both images with marker pens.
3. Cut a piece of red cardstock to cover the kraft card blank leaving a small boarder all the way round and attach to the card base.
4. Cut a piece of white cardstock to cover the red card leaving a small boarder and emboss with the snowfall embossing folder, attach to the red card.
5. Die cut the winter trees die cut, colour the trees green then stamp the top of the trees with the versamark ink pad and cover in frantage embossing powder,heat the embossing powder with a heat gun to set. 
7. Stamp the Merry Christmas dinkie text to the bottom half of the tree die cut with versamark ink and cover in gold embossing powder.  Heat the embossing powder with your heat gun to set. 
8. Attach the tree die cut to the bottom half of your card.
9. Attach the full stamped image of the cats using foam pads to the winter scene on the card base and attach the front row of cats also with foam pads to create a nice 3d image. 
10. Finally cover the wooden snowflake with glitter and attach to your card to finish.

Thursday, 13 August 2015

Put your best foot forward!

Hi everyone, it's Lynsey here to share some digi inspiration with you today.  

You will need:

Sentiment - Dinkie Text
Papers - Lili of the Valley
Wellie Boot Ribbon - Crafty Ribbons
Flowers - Wild Orchid
Leaf Die 
White Paint
kraft Card
Lawn Fawn Stitched Circle Die
Copic markers
Card Blank

1. Print off the Digi image and die cut into a circle using the stitched circle die.
2. Colour image with copic markers or your chosen medium
3. Cut a piece of  kraft card to cover the front of your card blank
4. Cut 3 pieces of  patterned paper, one to cover the kraft card leaving a small border and 2 further pieces cut into rectangles.  
5.  Paint the edges of the papers with white paint and leave to dry
6. Die cut 2 leaves from white card and then colour green using markers
7. Mat and layer up the papers as per the card image.
8. Stamp the dinkie text sentiment in the top left hand corner of the page. 
9. Fix the ribbon across the top of the matted papers and card stock and stick to the front of your card blank.
9. Finally glue your die cut leaves and flowers into place around your image to finish. 

Wednesday, 12 August 2015

3 Christmas Snowmen...

...and a couple of cats thrown in for good measure!

Here is a lovely clutch of Christmas stamps ready and waiting to adorn your cards, and a great offer: £5.50 each OR any 3 for £12.00! (call us 0151 648 8777 or contact Carol)

Look what our Diane has made with the stamp of the 3 Snowmen together:

card designed by Diane
As Diane says 'you can never have enough Snowmen!'
Diane has also used one of our new papers for the purple snowy background (lovely):

New LC 12 x 12 papers 160gsm 75p each or 10 for £6.00
Competition - have you noticed we have nearly reached 1000 followers to our blog - WOW!
How fantastic is that and thank you for following us, we will run a great selection of competitions to celebrate once we have reached this milestone.

Anyway, which one of these handsome snowmen could be your favourite?  Please let us know by leaving a comment and next Tuesday 18 August we will announce 3 lucky winners to each win their favourite.  Good luck!
Little Claire x

Tuesday, 11 August 2015

A New Little Claire Magazine!

Starting at the end of August, we will publish a Little Claire magazine every 2 months and this new, fun booklet will contain a FREE stamp on the cover (wait until you see the first one; it is gorgeous!) plus 3 full colour projects made with this stamp, free papers, exclusive discount vouchers and lots more ideas and inspiration.
At just £5.50 p/issue every two months it's a super bargain - why not click here to see how to order a copy for yourself!

Competition Results...

Last Tuesday 04 August we ran a competition for someone to win their favourite new Dinkie stamp from our new releases:

card designed by Diane
card designed by Helen
and the winner is:

Susan Merrey who said: Love, love, love the snowman with the hot water bottle! I can think of several people who will love a card made with this stamp. Thanks for the chance to win. 

Well done Susan please contact carol with your address and she will send your favourite stamp ('Brrr...') to you.  And thank you to everyone who entered, we enjoy reading your comments.

Little Claire xxx

Monday, 10 August 2015

New 12 x 12 papers excl to Little Claire!

Hi everyone

Have you had a good weekend?  We had gorgeous sunshine on Saturday and so took a walk at low tide out to Hilbre Island which is off the coast of West Kirby, close to our 'Shedquarters'.  There are 3 little islands which are only accessible once the tide is out and from the furthest one we saw Seals basking in the waters, amazing!

Anyway, back to all things LC; we are delighted to announce our new range of 12 x 12 papers:

Falling Snow Blue
 Our papers are 160gsm, really good quality and we have a great selection of designs:

Snowy Ombre Blue

Christmas Quirky Quilts

 Click here to see the full range, 75p each or any 10 for £6.50.


We really appreciate your feedback and comments, so take a look through the whole range and let us know which 3 papers are your favourites - we will draw 3 lucky winners next Monday 17 August and send your favourites out to you!

Little Claire xxx

Friday, 7 August 2015

Happy Christmas Snowman

Marianne here today with a card using one of the new August club stamps and the new snowy ombre paper.

You will need
Martha Stewart holly border punch
Woodware large holly punch
Red card candi
Red narrow ribbon
Green and white card
Memento tuxedo black ink pad
Frosted lace Stickles
White 6" card blank

1 Stamp the image onto white card and colour. Cut to size and mount onto green card.
2 Cut a 13.8cm square of green snowy ombre paper and mount onto green card. Attach to the centre of the card blank.
3 Cut a strip of red snowy ombre paper 13.8 cm wide and 9cm deep. Punch one edge of green card with the holly border punch and layer the red paper so that the holly border is at the bottom.
4 Attach the red paper onto the green paper and attach the image to one side. 
5 Punch 6 holly leaves from green card. Score down the centre of each leaf and shape. Attach as shown. Add 3 pieces of red cad candi using small foam pads to form the holly berries.
6 Finish with a red bow on the top right hand corner of the image and add Stickles to the snow on the image.

Thursday, 6 August 2015

Calvin Cat–Digi Stamp Project

    Morning All! It’s Lisa here with a new ‘Digi Stamp Project' and today I’m showcasing the Calvin Cat digi stamp:

    digi Calvin Cat

    Sometimes you need a quick little gift in a hurry, whether is be for a Birthday you almost forgot (oops) or for a little thank you present. So my project is a very easy little notebook:

    Calvin Cat Notebook (2)

    I’ve used a piece of card as the front and back cover, a bulldog clip to hold it together and some pretty paper. The paper inside mine is scrap paper that I’m recycling but you could you nice plain paper if you were giving it as a gift.

    Here is a close up of the image:

    Calvin Cat Notebook (1)

    And another angle:

    Calvin Cat Notebook (3)



    • Calvin Cat Digi Stamp

    • Alcohol Markers

    • Bulldog Clip

    • White Stamping Card

    • Kraft, Orange and Teal Coloured Card

    • White A4 paper or scrap paper

    • Striped Patterned Paper

    • Plain and Scalloped Square Dies

    • Pearls

    • Word or Alpha Stickers

        Step by Step:

        1. Cut two 11cm by 15.5cm pieces of Kraft card. Score one across the short edge at 2.5cm (this is the depth of my bulldog clip so you may need to change this measurement)

        2. Cut a 9.5cm by11.5cm piece of patterned paper, mat onto teal and orange card and fix to the Kraft card under the score line.

        3. Cut a 9.5cm by 0.5cm strip of patterned paper, mat onto teal and orange card and fix to the Kraft card above the score line.

        4. Print the image onto white stamping card. Die cute into a square and colour images with alcohol markers.

        5. Mat the image onto a scalloped square die cut from teal card and fix to the front of the note book with 3D foam pads.

        6. Decorate the front with some word stickers, pearls and some doodling with a fine line pen.

        7. Cut several sheets of A4 white paper into quarters (A6 size/10.5cm by 14.8cm) and place inside the front and back covers. Hold it all together with the bull dog clip.

          1. Hope you like my project and are inspired to try something similar. My blog is if you would like to see some more projects.

            Thanks for stopping by