Monday, 30 June 2014

Little Claire Likes - Silhouette Elephants Card

Good morning,
here is another 'Little Claire Likes' project for all of you stampers out there!
Today, is the turn of our wonderful 'Silhouette Elephants' stamp, one of our favourites!
Heidi has made a very clean and simple card, using lots of distressed ink, a hole punch and a sweet little sentiment, 'Best Wishes' which comes from our July Club Stamp which launches tomorrow.
You can purchase this stamp at the special price of £4.50 (normally £6.50), until Thursday, 3rd July 2014.
Here is Heidi's card :
Here is a list of the products that Heidi has used on her card, click on them and it will take you to the prouucts on our website.
Products :
Black card square and 1" hole punch from stash
Post-It Note Pad
Double-sided Tape
Sticky Foam Pads
Card Instructions :
(1) Cut a square of white cardstock to measure : 12cms x 12cms.
(2) Using Versafine inkpad, stamp up 'Silhouette Elephants' centrally onto card.
(3) Cut a circle from a post-it note using punch.
(4) Stick in place and ink through hole using 'Scattered Straw' distressed ink.
(5) Using 'Scattered Straw' and 'Ripe Persimmon' inkpads, ink around edges.
(6) Stamp 'Best Wishes' in all four corners of the card.
(7) Matt image onto black cardstock, measuring : 13cms x 13cms.
(8) Stick all elements down onto card blank.
We do hope you have enjoyed our project today.  Don't forget to grab your 'Silhouette Elephants' whilst they are still in stock.
The Little Claire Design Team

Friday, 27 June 2014

Weekly Blog Project - A Dinkie Flower Bouquet

Happy Friday to you lovely bloggers!  Heidi here to share a blog project with you today.
I have made a little flower bouquet using the gorgeous 'Dinky' stamps 'Flowerhead' and 'Butterfly'. These along with lots of other 'Dinky' designs, can be found on our website HERE.

They are very quick and easy to make, using scrap paper and card. If you love paper-piecing and cutting out like I do, these little bouquets are right up your street!  They make great little gifts and can be attached to a front of a card blank to show them off well.
Here are the products I have used and some instructions for you to follow.  So grab yourself a cuppa and here goes :
Products Used :
Scrap double-sided paper, I have used My Mind's Eye papers
Scrap kraft card
Cream ric-rac ribbon
Memento 'Rich Cocoa' Inkpad
Small White Pearls
Double-Sided Tape
Glue Dots
Instructions :
(1) To make the flower pot, cut a piece of double-sided paper to measure : 10cms x 10cms.
(2) Fold in half, then fold both edges into middle as shown. Stick down together securely.
(3) Edge with inkpad, all over.
(4) Stick cream ric-rac ribbon across centre of flowerpot, secure well at back.

(5) Onto other side of some scrap paper, stamp up three 'Flowerhead' and one 'Butterfly' dinkies.
(6) Cut out flowers and butterfly, edge with inkpad.
(7) Cut three oblongs from kraft card, measuring : 6cms x 2cms, edge with inkpad.
(8) Secure flowers to oblongs using glue dots.
(8) Tie three bows of cream ric-rac and attach to each flower.
(8) Stick butterfly to front of pot, over ric-rack ribbon.
(9) Attach three small pearls to each flower centre and one to butterfly.
(10) Place flowers into the pot as shown.
I do hope that you have enjoyed my little project today.
The Little Claire Team

Thursday, 26 June 2014

Last Saturday...

..we ran a day of Little Claire classes not far from where we are based on the Wirral.

Our teamie Helen N designed the cards and ran the class and Steve made lots of teas and coffee's and was very free with his chocolate Mini Rolls (how tempting are they and so naughty!)

In the morning our class was themed 'Memory Box Dies and Little Claire stamps' and here is a flavour of the cards our lovely ladies made:

A fabulous DIY card above, the left side of card is stuck closed with little tool dies placed on top and the stamp is our DIY with the sentiment from our fantastic 'Rebecca's Really Useful Sentiments - Male' stamp set.

Next we made a striking 'H' card (did Helen design it with her initial in mind?) created with our popular Tulip Bunny stamp:

Blue gingham Easel card was our next creation made with our new Changing Birdhouse stamps - this is a great set with which you can change the birdhouse according to your occasion, in this instance we have used a baby birdhouse and the hanging star compliments the hanging Memory Box star:

Sumptious reds next using the little hearts cutting die and stamps from our Freedom set, the red hearts have all been cut out to show the red card from behind:

A little taster for you from our morning class - and then we went on to the afternoon...but thats another story for another blog!

We'd love to see you at our classes on the Wirral, well worth a day trip and there is a gorgeous neat guest house around the corner from our venue if you ever wanted to make enjoy a weekend break, new dates for September will be on our web shortly.

Happy days, Little Claire xxx

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Today we would like to put the spotlight on...

...a beautiful card made by our teamie Diane especially for all our cat loving friends:

designed by Diane

We love this card (anyone who likes cats can't fail to love this!)  It's made with our stamp 'Can't make tea...' and comes complete with the sentiment.

Look how Diane has stamped out some of the cats twice, cut out and decoupaged to the corner of the image - so effective.

and the lamp, lady and chair have all been paper pieced and cut out, look at the little kitty snuggled up on her slippers!
This is a stamp we have had for quite a while but we think we'll bring it back to the fore!
Thank you Diane xxxx

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Happy Tuesday everyone!

And we hope this is going to be a very happy Tuesday for the lucky winners of our recent Dinkie blog competition.
We have had such an overwhelming response to our 'win a dinkie' competition both via comments on our blog and lots and lots of emails that we have decided to announce 3 lucky winners from our blog and 3 lucky winners who told us their favourites by email - so here goes:

Our 3 Blog Winners:

The Sparkly Fairy - ooh fab competition - my favourite dinky is the Daschund :)

Debra Kenworthy - Wonderful cards from the DT showing how versatile the smallest stamp can be. My favourite is Hedgehogs in a Row as it reminds me of my son's former girlfriend who shouted Stop! when we were taking her home . She jumped out the car only to pick up a hedgehog just to stroke it. This was to be a frequent occurrence and she was really happy if there was two together. I'm still in touch so she would love a card with this image on it. My nerves are a lot better with his current girlfriend in the car! Debra x 

Ann Marie - My favourite Dinkies stamp is the Spikey Flower. It has added value as it can be used as fireworks if stamped without inking the stems.

Our 3 email winners:

Claire Boston - My favourite Dinkie stamp is...Dinkie Doggie Robin, it reminds me so much of my late Grandad, as he had a dog called Max, just like the Dinkie Doggie and he love Robins, many thanks to all at Little Claire, from Claire

Sue Maloney - I love all the Dinkies, especially the male ones, the ties, the underpants and the toolbox.  They are so versatile that you can still make a large card with such small stamps.  My favourite? ... Got to be the postcards, I just love them, I decorate my envelopes with the Happy Birthday one - love it! Sue

Linda Woodland - Love the Mini Car stamp - used to have a Mini years ago and loved that as well, I'm a new cardmaker - I have a friend who is helping me and she recommends your stamps.

Very well done (and thank you to everyone who entered) please contact Carol with your address and favourite Dinkie x

We've got a NEW DINKIE!!!

Dinkie Baby Washing Line:

How cute is this? and image the paper piecing you could do, and pink or blue the choice is yours, we have two sample cards here from our teamies:

designed by Diane
A lovely card from Diane and look at the washing pole, such a good idea and so simple to do and Diane has also used one of the sentiments from our recently launched 'Rebecca's Really Useful Sentiments' stamps where you can interchange the sentiment with the theme.

And here is Marianne's card, with the paper piecing and again our 'really useful' sentiment with the name changed but still the same outer theme!

designed by Marianne

Best wishes for a lovely day, Little Claire Team xxx

Monday, 23 June 2014

Little Claire Likes Monday Project - 'Dinkie - Branch Owls' Card

Good morning, here is another Monday 'Little Claire Likes' project from Heidi.  Today, she has made a card using one of 'Dinkie' stamps - 'Branch Owls'.
It is a really lovely image, great for any occasion and as it is a little stamp, you can make small or large cards with it.
You can purchase this little cutie from our website HERE, along with many others.
Here is Heidi's card.  She has made a little frame from summery papers and kraft card.
Product List :
Promarkers : Sandstone, Caramel, Pear Green, Almond, Putty, Mustard & Pastel Beige
- £1.90 each pen.
(Paper and pearls from stash)
Double-sided Tape
Sticky pads
Card Instructions :
(1) Cut a piece of summery paper, 14cms x 14cms. Fold two sides into the centre, turn and fold other two sides into centre and score all sides well. Stick edges down with sticky pads.
(2) Fold edges back on each side, as shown.
(3) On a piece of 9cms square white cardstock, stamp up little 'Branch owl' image and colour in.
(4) Cut a square of paper to measure 14cms x 14cms, stick to front of kraft card.
(5) Cut a square of kraft card : 11cms x 11cms, stick down onto paper.
(6) Stick your little image inside frame, stick down and also stick to card.
(7) Stamp up image around edges of card.
(8) Add four pearls to points on frame.
We do hope you have enjoyed our little 'Owl' project today.  We also have some great offers on 'Dinkie' purchases, you can go check them out HERE.
The Little Claire Team

Friday, 20 June 2014

Friday Blog Spot - Changing Baby Bird House plus Rebecca's Sentiment.

Good Morning,

Hope you are all surviving / enjoying the World Cup - I am diarising this post. currently it is Saturday evening England are playing Italy at half time it is 1 - 1.........quite exciting!

Our daughter asked could I make her a baby girl card for her friend who has just given birth to Allison Jane.

Needless to say not a problem having such cutie new baby stamps from Little Claire and the fabbie sentiment set designed by Rebecca.  So without further ado here goes:

I used a 6" x 6" scalloped card as a tent fold.
Backing papers from the stash from Craftwork Cards.................long time ago.
Craft paper, dotted ribbon, bakers twine, crystal daisies from Little Claire.
Silver charms from "the stash."

 Plus fineliner pen.............

Also created a baby boy card in blue..............hope baby's mum likes her card..........................Cheerio for now xx Gaynor

Thursday, 19 June 2014

We have a Giveaway!

Steve has 10 tickets for the Summer Crafting show at Doncaster 12 and 13 July to giveaway (worth £5 each) - just email Steve with your details and the first 10 will receive their tickets, be quick!

Thank you for all the fabulous comments we are receiving about your favourite Dinkie stamps - it's great to read them - and for all you dinkie lovers here is a selection of cards we have just received from our teamie Heidi and have all been made with the 3.5" x 3.5" card blanks in Kraft and White which we sell here:

Gorgeous Bicycle Dinkie stamp and our lovely Dinkie Cat:

and look at the darling Baby Elephant - all these dinkie stamps are just £2.00 each!

and for Christmas here are 3 super dinkie designs, firstly 'No Peeking Now' dinkie size:

Our lovely little Snowman:

and the Christmas Postbox:

Such lovely cards and in the flesh they are just too cute for words - ooooooh!

Anyway, off we go to drool over more dinkie ideas, hope you have a good day from all at Little Claire xxx

Tuesday, 17 June 2014

We've got some more great Dinkie cards to share...

...we are in love with our Dinkies, we love the variety, the choice of designs and the fact that they are only £2.00 each is just the icing on the cake and our teamies are loving them too, here is a batch of Dinkie cards made by Diane:

Birdy Pincushion
What a gorgeous card, and here is the stamp:

and here is Diane's card made with Dinkie Flowerhouse - love the flowers coming out of the chimney:

Here's the same Flowerhouse Dinkie from Marianne:

Dinkie Owl Branch with a bit of paper piecing going on:


and here is Dinkie Robin Doggie, lovely colouring and snow effect on this card:

 Beautiful cards made with beautiful stamps - just £2.00 each, WOW!


Take a look at our Dinkies here and then let us know which one is your favourite, 3 lucky winners will be drawn on Monday 23 June and we will send your favourite Dinkie!

The Little Claire Team xxx

Monday, 16 June 2014

Little Claire Likes - Hot Air Balloons

Good morning, our wonderful 'Hot Air Balloons' stamp set is being showcased today in our 'Little Claire Likes' project.
We are offering this stamp set at the special price of £4.50 (normally £5.50) whilst stocks last or until Thursday, 19th June 2014.
Here is Heidi's card, using this versatile set.  The balloon and background images are separate, so that they can be stamped and moved around the card. These images have wonderful patterns on them and great to colour in.

 Heidi has also used one of our brand new sentiments from a great range designed by one of our customers.  Rebecca won the blog competition and we have made these stamps from her idea.
There are two different sets, one male and one female as shown below.
and female
Here are the products used on the card, all of which can be purchased from our shop HERE.
Product List :
Bakers Twine - Blue (50 meters)  - £1.50
Promarkers Used : Denim Blue, Sandstone, Caramel, Khaki & Pastel Beige - £1.90 each.
(Circle punch and circle punch from stash)
Card Instructions :
(1) Cut a square of 'Artesian Pool' cardstock, measuring : 14.5cms x 14.5cms.
(2) Cut a square of 'Blue Check' paper to measure : 13.5 x 13.5cms, stick to front of blue card.
(3) Cut a square of white card to measure 11cms x 11cms.
(4) Using cloud die-cut, place on white card and go around with 'Faded Jeans' ink pad. Make two clouds in all and go around edge of image lightly.
(5) Stamp up images onto white card.
(6) Stamp up images again onto scrap card, colour in and cut out.
(7) Stick over images on card and stick with sticky pads.
(8) Attach blue baker's twine, tie two knots, secure well at back on card.
(9) Stick all elements down securely.
(10) Stamp up sentiment onto scrap kraft card, punch out and stick to side of card.

We do hope you have enjoyed our project today.

The Little Claire Design Team


Saturday, 14 June 2014

Little Claire Monthly Challenge # 46- 'Bright & Beautiful' Theme & Sketch

 Welcome to our monthly challenge for June.  We had lots of wonderful entries into our 'Spots & Stripes' challenge last month.

Our winner of the Little Claire goodies is :

# 40 - Jennifer

Here is her winning card :

Well done! Please contact Carol (, who will forward on your prize.

This month, our theme is 'Bright & Beautiful' and we have a great sketch to follow. We would like to see lots of bright and beautiful papers and embellishments on your entries.  Here is our sketch, which was designed by our ex-teamie Gemma - thanks Gemma x.

We are offering two prizes this month.  The first, we are also offering one blogger the chance to be a guest designer for Little Claire for the August and September challenges.. To qualify, just use a 'Little Claire' stamp on your entries, digi-image or topper. Follow our sketch and you could be the lucky person.  When entering the challenge via linky, leave us a comment telling us why you would like to be on our team.

Our second prize is as shown below, it includes lots of Little Claire stamps. 

Prize includes - Four stamp sets :

Little Claire 'Sentiments Mix'
Little Claire - 'Save the date!
Little Claire - 'And so to bed'
Little Claire - 'Lazy Days'

Now to our team members makes, they have made some really 'Bright & Beautiful' cards using our great sketch.

Diane has used
'Can't make tea, cat on knee' stamp and sentiment

Gaynor has used
Little Claire Topper & new 'Rebecca's Sentiments'

Heidi has used
'Freedom' - May Club Stamp set

Helen N has used
'Seascape' Stamp set

Lozzy has used
'Changing Bird House' - our June Club Stamp

Marianne has used
'Tulip Bunny' stamp and a push-out sentiment

Here are the challenge rules to follow :
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) 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, 11th July 2014 @ 16.00pm and the new challenge (# 47) will be open on Saturday, 12th July 2014.
Thank you for stopping by our post today, we do hope you enjoying playing with our theme and sketch.  We are looking forward to stopping by your blogs to see what you have created using it.
The Little Claire Design Team