Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Spring is in the air?

Dare we say that it is beginning to feel a little like spring here at LC HQ - the bulbs planted in the garden last year have begun to nudge their way up through the ground and we spotted a tiny daffodil hiding amongst the winter debris too.

Today we are releasing a beautiful stamp just perfect for the time of year 'Wavy Sheep' (a big lump of gorgeousness for just £2.00) we think this stamp design is too cute and it makes us squeal with delight (Steve wants no part of this description!)

We love this card (above) from Lynsey and she has paired the design so well with our Snowy Ombre papers, with the gradient of the green grass moving into the blue sky.

So our Wavy Sheep have been released from their Pen and could be running and jumping straight onto your door mat - would you like to win one?

Please leave a comment letting us know what is the best thing you like about Spring and 3 lucky winners will be announced next Tuesday 16 Feb.  And if you can't wait 'till then to adopt your own sheep, don't worry, this fabulous stamp is on sale now just £2.00  WOW!

Competition Winners

We have winners to announce today from TWO competitions, first off are 5 winners who will each receive their favourite Dinkie stamp from our new collection:

CraftyChris who said: Ooh! Hedgehog pots is my favourite! Lovely cards! xxx

Jane Willis who said:  Dinky Chairman is my favourite, I'm always on the lookout for great images for cards for men.

Angela Dodson who said: lovely collection of dinkies, something for everyone, I love them all but if had to choose only one it would have to be the Dinky Hedgehog Pots, so cute and you can stack them up!! :)

Hazel Pepper who said: These are lovely. It would have to be the bee on the flower for my favourite. I love what you've done with it, its so inspiring. I'm thinking of making backgrounds, toppers, tags. Its Bee-utiful!

Daisychain who said: Great cards and stamps but if I had to choose just one it would have to be the hedgehog pots. I can just see the all falling down...

Next up we have 2 winners of our Wavy Baby and Wedding stamps, the lucky winners who will each receive both sets of stamps are:

Jennifer McCann who said: Hi! My baby story is when my second daughter was born. I woke up at three a.m. that Sunday and knew 'we were ready to go'! My husband rang the midwife... 45 mins later when things were getting a bit 'exciting' shall we say, he rang for an ambulance. I made it to the bathroom and there my daughter was born. Minutes later the midwife arrived n apologised that she'd had to wake her student.. The midwife had rung an ambulance plus the ambulance my husband had phoned turned up. That made two midwives, two ambulance crews and the neighbours from next door who came to see what was happening!!! All after the baby had arrived�� One of the ambulance men lived across the road, I couldn't quite look him in the eye after that☺️ 

CraftyChris who said: I love these new wavy stamps! They are wonderful! When I was having my daughter, I have to confess I turned into a stroppy demon! I kept demanding a cup of tea during quite far on labour and the midwife kept saying no cause it would make me sick! In they end, she couldn't stand my moaning anymore and gave me one - you can guess what happened! She was right and laughed a lot. It served me right! xxx

Phew! What a lot of winners, please contact Gill with your details and your wonderful prizes will be sent to you.

LC x

Thursday, 4 February 2016

Designer Weekly Blog Project from Little Claire Designs

Good morning all, Gaynor here with the weekly stamping blog project from Little Claire Designs. After sitting down recently to write cards for forthcoming birthdays it quickly became apparent  that I need to make lots of male cards...

So revisiting techniques - everything in crafting comes around time and time again perhaps with a little twist: I decided to create a block shading background and use a silhouette image.  There is no matting and layering on this card!

As per the norm here is my step by step tutorial guide using images:

My circle template is waste - it previously contained circle sentiments!

 Coordinating pigment inks.

Template fixed using masking tape.

My little extras to add further interest and dimension on my one layer card.

On the completed card I have added a faux border using a ruler and a black micron pen. Unfortunately the glitter added is not showing up on my picture......I added ultra fine glitter to the water ripples - it does add dimension and catches the light.....

This card is so easy to complete - needless to say a little production line followed - more to share at a later time.  Hope I may have inspired a little and that you like my make.  Cheerio for now.  xxGaynor LCDT

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Monthly Digi-Stamp Challenge # 13 - Winner!

Good morning,
Thank you to all of you that entered our last digi-stamp challenge here at LC Designs.
Our winner of the Five Digi-Stamps of choice is :
Entry # 4 -
Angela - Polly Purple Horse is Crafting!
Please contact Gill (gill@littleclaire.co.uk), who will arrange for your images to be sent to you.
We will be holding our next Monthly Stamp challenge on :
Saturday, 13th February 2016
We do hope you will join us and enter our challenge. You can use any images on your entries and of course LC Designs stamps, digi-stamps or our Irristable Images. Our challenge prizes will include lots of lovely craft goodies, so keep a note of the date.
Thank you for taking part in our digi-stamp challenges over the last thirteen months.
The LC Design Team

Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Two new Wavy Stamps!

Hello everyone

Our latest Wavy stamps have proven to be a huge success so we have been inspired to create more designs along this theme; here are our latest two and we will have more to follow:

Wavy Baby

Wavy Baby designed by Diane
We couldn't have a wavy theme of stamps without having a Baby and Wedding set could we?

Wavy Wedding

Wavy Wedding designed by Diane
We love these two designs and they both come with text too, see them both here £6.00 each OR BOTH FOR £8.00 - that's a £4.00 saving, incredible!


We love to read your comments, so tell us a memory that sticks in your mind the most from either a Wedding or Baby experience, it can be yours or a tale someone has told you - Gill's birth memory is of being in labour with her youngest daughter, in hospital on the Isle of Man, sat in a deckchair, rocking with pain whilst Steve was in the room eating a roast dinner!  Yep, strange place lol

We will announce 2 lucky winners of both stamp sets each (WOW!) next Tuesday 09 Feb, good luck!

and here are the details of our winners from our competition last week to win a pack of our Silhouette Romance Irresistible Images:

Valerija who said: My perfect dinner date would be Josh Lucas<3 .="" :="" and="" beautiful="" because="" blue="" br="" eyes="" has="" he="" smile="" such="">Hugs, Valerija

Pen Sunshinepen who said:  Morning I hope you receive this as last week I left a message for the competition but did not seem to be added....
I think I would love to have a date with Brian Cox the Physicist, he is sooooo dishy I melt each time I see him on TV Also I would love him to know that Albert Einstein wrote to my Dad, when Dad was a POW. I have the letter and its my most treasured possession.

Crafty hugs Pen x

Well done ladies, please contact Gill with your details to receive your prize.

LC x

Monday, 1 February 2016

5 New Dinkie Stamps!

A new month and the first of a new launch - 5 new dinkie stamps from LC Designs, look at these beauties:

designed by Alice
The 5 new stamps are featured in the banner above and here is each one made into a card, we love this dinkie Bee Flower card, gorgeous colours and a great, simple idea.

And here is our Dinkie Chairman stamp, taken from our 'Oh Man' set and made smaller, just a perfect male card used with our Nice 'n' Stripey papers and Dinkie Kraft cards:

designed by Lynsey
and here is our Dinkie Flower Hedgehog stamped straight onto our Dinkie Falling Daisies paper and our Dinkie Kraft Scallop cards:

designed by Gaynor
Next up is Dinkie Hedgehog Pots stamp again with our Nice 'n' Stripey paper:

designed by Alice
and finally, Dinkie Tulip Bunny, matted onto our new Splodge papers and Dinkie White Scallop card:

designed by Heidi
That's our 5 newbies, aren't they just gorgeous?  and a great price too at only £2.00 each or you can buy all of them for £8.00 - a great bargain when you consider what you can do with them!

Competition:  which new dinkie stamp is your favourite?  Let us know and we will give 5 people the chance to win their favourite stamp, it could be landing on your door mat!

5 lucky winners will be announced next Monday 08 Feb, good luck!

LC x

Thursday, 28 January 2016

Irresistible Images Handbag

Morning guys !!

Here's a little project for you using LC Designs "Irresistible Images". A cute handbag with five note cards and envelopes inside.  Would make a fab prezzie for a friend, mum, teacher, sister etc.

You will need:
LC Designs "Splodge" paper pack
LC Designs Dinkie Mini Scallop cards
green card
black tartan ribbon
one purple button
one green button
 green ink pad
fine line black pen 

1: Cut a piece of green card 6 3/4'' x 9 3/4''. Then score and cut as seen in photo. Cut another two pieces of green card 1/2'' x 11'' for handbag handles.

2: Next fold up the two 4 1/4; pieces and fold in the two 1 1/4'' sides and glue. This forms the handbag. Now glue handles either side.

3: Next cut a piece of Splodge paper to 4'' x 4'', ink edges with green and glue to front of bag. Then take on Irresistible image, ink edges with green and glue to front of bag adding a wavy black line all round image using the fine line black pen.

4: Cut a 1'' piece of Splodge paper, fringe one edge and roll to make quill flower and glue, then add purple and green button to middle. Make a black gingham ribbon bow and attach to top left of handbag adding quilled flower.

5: Take five Irresistible images and ink all edges with green ink and then add black wavy line using black fine line pen round edges.. Glue each onto front of a Dinkie mini scalloped card.

6; Add all five cards and envelopes to handbag and you now have a super little gift !!

hugs Diane xx

Tuesday, 26 January 2016

Simply Homemade Magazine

Our Design Team member Helen had three of her cards featured in Simply Cards magazine last month and one of them also appeared on the cover of the magazine!

She made three cards using our 'Silhouette Romance' Irresistible Images which you can find here on the website.  There's a great range of these image packs to choose from - all pre-coloured and cut square although you can die cut them into different shapes if you want to.  They are great for quick cards or if you're making cards in bulk.  You can see the whole range here on the website.

Here are the cards:

As well as the image panels, Helen also used a selection of LC Designs Dinkies sentiments - you can find the full range here.

And in keeping with the romantic theme; Helen also created this super make:

Irresistible Images - Roses
With our Irresistible Images pack 'Roses' see the pack here  WOW! isn't this just gorgeous, clean and simple, perfect for a wedding, get well, mum or birthday etc...  we love it!
Competition Time

If you would like to win yourself one of our Irresistible Images packs to make cards like these then just leave us a comment, based on romance - who would be your perfect dinner date? mmm., can think of a few nice candidates, don't get us started, Cap'n Ross Poldark anyone? 
We will pick 2 lucky winners next Tuesday 02 Feb, good luck!

And here is our lucky winner from last weeks' competition 

Jane Willis who said: Wonderful papers and the cards show the versatility of them beautifully. My favourite is the blue dandelion clock card, for the purely personal reason that dandelion clocks are among my absolute favourite images, Jane

Well done Jane please contact Gill with your details to receive your Dinkie Splodge paper pack.

Wherever you are, we hope you keep warm and dry, love LC xxx

Thursday, 21 January 2016

Dinkie Butterflies & Cat

Hello it`s Alli here with today's blog project and I was glad to be in my warm craft room making this card when the weather turned cold. I have wanted to use these amazing new splodge papers ever since I received them and as I had never made a tag card before I was really pleased with the result.

what you will need:
LC Designs Dinkies Butterfly Cat stamp
LC Designs Dinkies test To Lovely You
LC Designs Dinkies Text Happy Birthday
LC Designs Splodge paper pack - pink & yellow
Xcut 6" x 6" hearts embossing folder
6" x 6" white base card
good quality white card
white card to stamp onto
black Verrsa Fine ink pad
Peacock green/blue paper
colouring in implements
lilac pearl paper scraps
Peacock green/blue 3 1/2cm organza ribbon
small butterfly Tonic boot punch
larger butterfly punch

Cut a piece of card to the size of the embossing folder.
Emboss the card using the Xcut hearts embossing folder.
Cut the embossed card to 13.7mm x 13.7cm.
Mat and layer the card onto the Peacock green/blue paper.
Stick the paper/embossed card onto the white base card.

Cut the pink and yellow LC Designs splodge paper to 9.3cm x 9.3cm.
Mat and layer the splodge paper onto Peacock green/blue paper.
Stick the splodge paper combo onto the base card making sure that the darker pink colour is to the right hand side.

Using the LC Designs Dinkies Butterfly Cat stamp and the black Versa Fine ink pad stamp the image onto good quality card.
Colour the image.
Make the tag 4.8cm x 9.7cm.
Stick the tag onto the card at a jaunty angle.

Make a bow using the Peacock green/blue organza ribbon and stick it to the top of the tag.

sing the black Versa Fine ink pad and the LC Designs Dinkies Text stamp the sentiments "To Lovely You" and "Happy Birthday" stamp the sentiments onto white card.
Cut the text to size and stick onto the base card.

Using the Tonic small butterfly boot punch cut out 2 Peacock green/blue butterflies, 2 x lilac butterflies and stick onto the tag.
Cut 1 small and 1 larger butterfly from white card.
Stick the two butterflies onto the darker colour on the right hand side of the splodge paper.

Tuesday, 19 January 2016

Hello everyone, today we want to feature our lovely new Splodge Paper Packs, Steve especially likes these new papers (he's taking the credit for them) and we must admit that we think they are pretty cool too.
The packs come in two sizes, Dinkie (8x8cm) and Large (14x14cm):

Dinkie Splodge Papers

Large Splodge Papers
and here are a couple of cards from our teamies to show them off, first one from Helen teamed with our new Boxed Dandelion dinkie stamp, love the blue theme:

Here are two cards from Heidi, a lovely spring feel with the yellow splodge and a panel from our Irresistible Images 'birds' pack:

and another bird image from the same pack with a lovely purple/pink paper:

So we hope you agree, a really useful paper pack in two good sizes - gorgeous!

Would you like one of these Splodge packs to drop on your mat?  Just leave us a comment letting us know which is your favourite of these 3 cards and why and we will pick a lucky winner next Tuesday 26 January.

Competition winners
Last week we asked you to tell us which is your favourite of our 4 new Dinkie stamps and which Dinkie Paper pack is your favourite too, here are our two lucky winners:

Jeni Mc who said: I just love all your papers but seeing Helen's card with the Welly girl dinky stamp and quirky quilt papers it has to be those .The colour scheme fits together so well . Many thanks for the opportunity j 

Lou who said: Ooo, tough choice. I think welly girl has to be my favourite stamp as it reminds me of the way my mum used to dress me when I was little! I also have welly girl with the umbrella already and I really love that one. As for the papers, they're all so pretty! If pushed for a choice I would have to go with the stripy pack as there's always so much you can do with stripes. Lou x

Well done ladies, please contact Gill with your details to receive your prize.

LC x

Saturday, 16 January 2016

LC Designs Monthly Blog Challenge # 65 - 'Just Add Bunting'

Hello and welcome to our new look blog challenge.

We have decided to combine our two challenges together, so that you can now use any stamp, digi-stamp or topper on your cards. They can be from our range on our website or any other images that you may have.

Make sure you join in each month, you could win lots of crafting goodies from our website.  The challenges will be going live on the Saturday in the middle of each month.
We will be announcing the winner of our last Digi-Stamp challenge on

Wednesday, 3rd February

and then our next challenge will commence on

Saturday, 13th February 2016.
This means you can use anything you wish on your entries, including any LC Designs stamps, digi images and die-cuts.  Just follow our challenge rules below.

Our winner for the December challenge is :

Entry # 14 - Beth C
Please can you now contact Carol (carol@littleclaire.co.uk) so that she can forward on your prize.

Our theme for January is :

'Just Add Bunting'
Here is our prize for January, lots of lovely LC Designs goodies!

Our prize, worth £14.00 includes :

A pack of 20 Scalloped Landscape Cards and Envelopes
 Large pack LC Designs 'Falling Daisy' papers
 Small pack LC Designs 'Falling Daisy' papers
 Four - LC Designs Dinkie 'Hedgehog' stamps

Our Design Team have made some wonderful, bright and fun cards using our 'Bunting' theme, take a look below :

Allison has used
'Wavy Beach Huts' and Dinky Sentiment 'Sending Smiles' stamps

Diane has used
'Tulip Bunny', 'Daisy Dot' Alphabet & Numbers and
'Changing Birdhouse' stamp sets

Gaynor has used
'Wavy Seascape' stamp set

Heidi has used
'The Bee's Knees' stamp set

Helen has used
'Wavy Beach Huts' and 'Bunting Stamp Set'

Lisa has used
'Bunting' stamp set and 'Mini Ombre' Paper Pack

Lynsey has used
Dinkies 'Bicycle' stamp

Marianne has used
 'Irristable Images' - 'Cats', 'Splodge' paper pack and
Dinky 'Mini Stripe' paper pack

Susan has used
Dinky 'Daisy Sheep' stamp and 'Falling Flowers' paper pack

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, 12th February 2016 @ 16.00pm and the new challenge (# 66) will be open on Saturday, 13th February 2016

Good luck when entering, the Design Team are looking forward to visiting your blogs to see what you have made.

The Little Claire Design Team