Friday, 19 December 2014

Last minute makes !!


With all the christmas rush we all find we need an extra prezzie or stocking filler, well what about making a few of these fab bookmarks which can be made in a jiffy !!


All you need is:
A piece of white card 2" x 8 1/4"
One Stix 2 Bookmark Cover
Little Claire Stamps
Two lenghts of ribbon
Hole punch
Colouring pens of your choice
 

 Just stamp randomly your image onto the piece of white card and colour in using your pen choice, For mine I used spectrum noir pens, because the ink bleeds through you will need to back your bookmark with another piece of white card or patterned paper the same size before popping it into the bookmark cover. 


Now just punch a hole in the top to thread a piece of double ribbon through and tie another piece of ribbon to make a bow round this 

 

If using the Manphabet stamp set to spell a word like this football one, you will need to stamp the word down the front first,  then fill in the gaps .

A quick handy little present for anyone and so many Little Claire stamps to use !!


Happy Christmas guys !!

hugs Diane xx

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

With all the Christmas activities...

...we have overlooked announcing the lucky winner of our competition last week to win a set of our December club stamps 'Man of My Dreams'

This is such a super set of stamps - perfect for those difficult male cards - for instance my brother loves his garden, Carol's hubby is always doing some sort of DIY and there has been many a time that Steve has been my Knight in Shining Armour (even if it's a cup of tea first thing in the morning!)

Anyway, our lucky winner is: Debra Kenworthy who says I'd definitely send my hubby a card with the knight in shining armour on it as he's no good at DIY or gardening but he's looked after me so much in the last twelve months through the loss of my mum, two operations, one an emergency op, and a relapse of my MS. He is my carer but he's also my husband, best friend and my knight in shining armour. Debra x

Well done Debra, please contact Gill with your details and we will send this super set of stamps to you.

designed by Shary

designed by Marianne

designed by Gaynor
Little Claire xxx



Monday, 15 December 2014

Little Claire Digi-Stamp Design Team Call


Do you love Little Claire stamps?
 
Do you love to use digi-stamps on your cards and projects?
 
If yes to the above, the Little Claire Team are looking for keen crafters to become members of our
 
Little Claire Digi-Stamp Design Team
 
We will be recruiting between four and six crafters to work along side our existing Design Team. We would need you to make cards using our fantastic digi-stamps, post regular projects on the Little Claire blog and your own, comment on challenges etc.
 

You can live anywhere in the world and need to have a blog that you regularly contribute to.
 
Here is what is involved :
We are looking for enthusiastic, reliable, dedicated crafters who can meet deadlines and the following points below:
(1) Have a blog on which they post regularly.  It would also be great if you use other social media like Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.
(2) Are able to work with digi-stamps and papers to produce cards and other projects for Little Claire.
(3)  Are able to take good quality, clear photographs of their cards/projects.
(4) Can provide a photo tutorial for a card or project made with digi-stamps on a weekly rota basis.
(5) Can provide a card/project for our monthly blog challenge.
(6) Are able to comment on an allocated number from our challenge entries.
(7) Can make additional cards to promote new digi-stamps, special offers etc.
In return, Little Claire will provide digi-stamps for when, it's your turn to provide a photo tutorial for the blog. You are making your card for the monthly challenge or making an additional card for us.

You will also be part of the Little Claire family and have support from our existing Design Team members.
If you are interested and can commit to all of the above, please email Heidi @ russiandoll64@hotmail.co.uk, with the title 'Digi-DT'. Telling her why you would love to be part of our new team. Include a sample(s) of your creations and giving a brief outline about yourself.
The Little Claire Digi-Stamp Design Team will be announced on


Monday, 5th January 2015.
 
Good luck!
 
The Little Claire Team
xxx

Saturday, 13 December 2014

Monthly Challenge # 52 - A Special Card

Hi and welcome to another great challenge. We do hope that your Christmas preparations are going well and you haven't been effected by all of the snow and bad weather?
 
Thank you for all of your entries last month, as always, we had some beautiful cards. 
 
The winner of the Little Claire goodies is :
 
Lucy - Entry # 17
 
 
 Please email Carol (carol@littleclaire.co.uk) who will forward on your prize.
 
 Our theme for December is 'A Special Card'.  It can be a card for that someone special, a shaped card or something fun and festive!  Let your imagine go wild for this challenge.

Our prize this time around is full of festive goodies, and anyone would love this little lot under the tree on Christmas day.
 
 
 It includes :
 
2 x 'Snowflakes on Pale Blue' Papers (12 x 12)
1 x pack 10 Cards & Envelopes (6 x 6)
1 x pack Red Bling Stones
1 x Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Ripe Persimmon)
1 x metre Red Tartan Ribbon
1 x Little Claire Santa’s Hat stamp
3 x Asstorted Die Cut Sheets (18 colour images)


Now to our Design Team makes for December - lots of inspiration to be had!

Diane has made a really fun, festive make using :
'We Three Cats'


Francy has made a festive tag using :
'Christmas Snowmen' stamp set


Gaynor has made a really festive card using :
'Santa's Hat' and 'Postcard Sentiments' stamp sets

  
Heidi's will follow
 
 Helen has made a lovely Christmas card for 'Mum and Dad' using :
'Little One' Stamp set.
 
 
 
Marianne has made a card for a 'Mother' using :
 
 
Shary has made a gold and sparkly card using :
 
 
 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, 16th January 2015 @ 16.00pm and the new challenge
(# 53) will be open on Saturday, 17th January 2015.
Have fun creating your 'Special' cards and we look forward to seeing your entries, good luck!

Thank you for supporting our challenges in 2014.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

from
The Little Claire Team

xxxxxx

 


Friday, 12 December 2014

Dinkie Wellies


Marianne here today with a card to show how you can use the Dinkie stamps on a standard size card. This is such a great image and looks lovely hand coloured or paper pieced.

You will need
Marker pens
Memory Box umbrella die
Fineliner pen
Aqua and teal spotted papers
Grey and kraft card
White 6"x 6" card blank

1 Stamp the wellie stamp and colour with bright coloured markers. Cut the stamped image 7.5cm x 5cm. Mount onto grey card leaving a small border.
2 Cut a 13.8cm square of teal spotted paper and mount onto grey card leaving a small border. Attach to the front of the card blank.
3 Cut a strip of aqua spotted paper 5.5cm x 13.8cm. Attach to the left hand side of the card front as shown. Doodle some faux stitching around the edges of the aqua paper.
4 Doodle around the edge of the stamped image and attach to the card front as shown.
5 Die cut three umbrellas from kraft card. Die cut three from each of the papers. Paper piece the umbrellas using alternating papers onto the diecut kraft umbrellas. Attach at angles to the card front.

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

SALE! SALE! SALE!

A whopping 25% discount off everything at Little Claire (while stocks last)

Enter Code: DD2514 at checkout or call us: 0151 648 8777, quoting this code and we'll apply your discount.

SALE runs until Sunday 14 December 2014

Now's the time to stock up on lots of LC goodies, treat yourself or a friend x

Santa's Hat - designed by Diane
Happy Christmas from the Little Claire Team xxx

Monday, 8 December 2014

Little Claire Likes - Sunflowers!


Good morning and welcome to another Monday 'Little Claire Likes' project.

Our project today is a sunny 'Z' fold card using the gorgeous stamp set

'Sunflowers'

This set is on offer at the special price of only £6.50 (usually £8.99) until Thursday, 11th December 2014 or whilst we have the stock.
 
 
  This is Heidi's favourite stamp set of ours and on her card today, includes all of the images in the set. She has stamped the flourish image down one side of each section and has added some glossy accents to the centres of the Sunflowers.


The two smaller sentiments used on the card come from another great stamp set - 'Changing Birdhouses'.  The products highlighted below, can be purchased from the website. Just click on the links.

 
 Products Used on Card :
 
Little Claire 'Sunflowers' stamp set - £6.50
Little Claire 'Changing Birdhouses' stamp set - £8.99
Memento 'Rich Cocoa' Inkpad - £3.90
Small Glossy Accents - £2.30
Brown & cream card and Promarker pens from stash.
Double-sided tape, trimmer and score board.

How the card was made :

(1) From a 12" x 12" sheet of brown bazzill card, cut an oblong to measure : 5" x 12".
(2) Turn on side and score a little notch at centre of top, about 2.5" in.
(3) Match up the notch and the bottom at the side of card piece, cut away using a trimmer.
(4) Then score brown card piece at 4" and 8", score edges well.
(5) From a 12" x 12" piece of cream stamping card, cut another oblong to measure : 4 7/8" x 12".
(6) Again, turn on side, make a notch at 2 3/8" centrally, then cut off piece as before.
(7) Cut cream card at 3 7/8", twice. You will be left with three pieces that fit your card base.
(8) Stamp up elements of stamp set as shown.
(9) Colour in with pens of choice.
(10) Ink edges with Memento inkpad.
(11) Stick elements down onto card.
(12) Add glossy accents to centre of larger sunflowers, leave to dry.

We do hope you have enjoyed our 'sunny' tutorial today. This stamp set is perfect for all occasions and makes the most beautiful cards to share.

The Little Claire Team

xxxxxx
 


Sunday, 7 December 2014

December Club Card Tutorial - 'Man of my dreams' Stamp set

Here is our December Club Stamp, a very male themed set called
 
'Man of My Dreams'
 
 
Three fantastic images and four workable sentiments make up this set.
 
Here are the two club cards featured on the project sheet which comes with the stamp set, and along with a pack to make up the cards below.
 
Products used on cards below :
 
Little Claire 'Man of my dreams' stamp set
Small kraft card blank
Small white card blank
Craft Creations 'Blue Check' paper
Craft Creations 'Blue Diamond' paper
White stamping cardstock
Promarker pens
Memento 'Rich Cocoa' inkpad
Glossy Accents
Double sided tape and sticky pads
 
Firstly, the 'Sunflower' image on a kraft card base, blue check paper and lots of the flower image stamped up over the card base and along the side of the card, as shown.
 
 
How the 'Sunflower' card was made :
 
(1) Using a brown inkpad, stamp up the sunflower image all around the edge of the kraft card blank.
(2) Cut a square of blue check paper and stick down onto card.
(3) Edge all paper and card using inkpad.
(3) Cut a piece of white card, slightly larger than the blue paper.
(4) Stamp up main image, sunflowers down the edge and a sentiment on right hand side of card.
(4) Colour in images, using pens of choice, edge with inkpad.
(5) Cut top of card around sunflower and square off.
(6) Stick a small sticky pad under sunflower to keep secure.
 
Secondly, the 'Knight' image and a great sentiment. The knight's shield has been covered with glossy accents.

 
How 'Knight' card was made :
 
(1) Onto the white card blank, cut and stick down a square of 'diamond' paper.
(2) Onto White card, stamp up 'knight' image, colour in and edge with ink.
(3) Stamp up image again, cut out shield and colour in.
(4) Add sentiment to side of card.
(6) Stick down onto paper using double sided tape.
(5) Add glossy accents all over shield.
 
Here is some information on our Little Claire Club :
 
JOIN OUR CLUB!!
..and make your own gorgeous Little Claire cards!
 
Join Our Club in DECEMBER and you will receive our fantastic 'Man of My Dreams' stamp set; which includes three fantastic 'man' images and sentiments together with all the materials/instructions to make TWO cards with your stamps.  You will receive new Little Claire stamp(s), pre-cut materials & colour project ideas etc each month.
 
Take delivery of your first pack and decide whether you wish to join or not - if you do wish to join, just contact us (0151 648 8777) with your credit/debit card details and we can sign you up.
Payment is made monthly once your pack is ready to be sent out.

You will be given your own unique Little Claire membership number which will entitle you to 10% discount from all your purchases with us either online, by phone or at shows (whilst a member) & FREE postage.

    We will also send you a written newsletter each month which contains exclusive club member offers together with your project; simply add this stamp to your basket on the website, you will receive your first pack and contact us if you wish to join x
 
You can sign up HERE.
 
The Little Claire Team
 
xxxx
 
 


Friday, 5 December 2014

Friday Blog Project - 'What If I Fall? Tent Card

Happy Friday to you! Heidi here to share a blog project.
 
I have been asked by lots of bloggers for a quick tutorial for my recent Christmas tent card (on side bar), so here it is using the gorgeous little stamp set 'What if I fall?
 
These cards are very quick and easy to make.  You can use up all of your card scraps. I have firstly embossed the card to make it look like wood, to fit in with the tree on the image.
 
 
Products Used on my Tent Card :
 
Little Claire 'What if I fall' stamp set
Brown Bazzill Cardstock
White Stamping Card
Sizzix Embossing Folder
Labels # 22 Nestie Die
Memento 'Rich Cocoa' Inkpad
Promarker's
Cream Lace
Linen Twine
Birdcage charm
Brown Pearl
Double-sided tape and sticky pads
 
How Card was made :
 
(1) Cut three squares of brown card to measure 12.5cms x 12.5cms.
(2) Emboss brown card using 'wood' embossing folder.
(3) Score each of these diagonally down one side, fold well.
(4) Die cut a shape using white card and stamp up image, colour in and ink edges with inkpad.
(5) Stick three edges of brown card together to make the tent shape.
(6) At back of card, make a small slit into one side.
(This enables you to insert edge and holds the card together).
(7) Stick image down to top of card, using sticky pads.
(8) Tie lace to card, stick down well at back.
(9) Attach linen thread and charm to knot at front.
(10) Add brown pearl.
 
I do hope you have enjoyed my quick tutorial today, these cards made great WOW cards for special birthdays etc.
 
If you would like to treat yourself to this little stamp set, just pop on over HERE to the website.
 
Heidi and
The Little Claire Team
 
xxxx
 

Thursday, 4 December 2014

Last Chance this year...

...to see Steve in action, at the Excalibur Papercraft Show
National Motorcycle Museum, Bickenhill, Birmingham B92 0EJ
Saturday 06 December
- come and join the fun!

designed by Helen N
 Little Claire x