Saturday, 22 November 2014

Weekly Blog Project - A Christmas Plaque

Christmas Plaque by Shary
 Hi Shary here and today I'd like to show you how to make a pretty Christmas plaque using one of my favourite Little Claire Christmas stamps, Star of Wonder.
Products Used:
Little Claire "Star of Wonder" digi stamp
Little Claire Glitter self adhesive film
Little Claire Snowflakes on pale blue papers
White and pale blue card
Wow embossing glitter powders or glitter
Collal glue
Pale blue ribbon
MDF shape
Colouring medium
 (1) Take your MDF shape , I have used a 15cm x 12.5 cm rectangular one
and cover with the snowflake paper. I used Collal glue as it's nice and strong. Turn the plaque over and trim off the paper using a craft knife.
(2) Ink around the edges with a contrasting ink.
(3) I've used a Star of Wonder image but you can decide which image you would like to use. Using a digi image means that you can size it correctly to fit your plaque.
(4) Colour your image and then cut it out. Add some sparkle (glitter or glitter embossing powder) to his scarf, the snow and star.
(5) Find a sentiment that you like and then add more sparkle for that extra Christmassy feel.
(6) Adhere your image and sentiment to the plaque.
(7) Cut a piece of the glitter self adhesive film to size so it fits over your plaque. Peel of the backing and lay over your plaque.
(8) Rub over the film with your fingertips making sure you press firmly around the image and sentiment to remove all the creases.
(9) Turn plaque over and cut off excess glitter film with a craft knife.
(10) Add some lovely contrasting ribbon so you can hang your plaque.
Hope you have enjoyed my blog project today.
Shary x

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

'What if I fall?...'

'Oh but my darling, what if you fly?'

What gorgeous words of encouragement, so lovely that we just had to design a stamp to go with this text, so may we introduce our new 'What if I fall?' stamp set:

and our teamies couldn't wait to get creative, the clouds are seperate within the set and Gaynor has used them to good effect on her card below to give perspective:

designed by Gaynor
Helen N has given us a pink version:

designed by Helen N
and a blue version:

designed by Helen N
and here are the stamps in black & white, a striking card by Heidi:

designed by Heidi
Marianne has given us a beautiful bluebird:

designed by Marianne

a circular card from Diane:

designed by Diane
and finally Shary has split up the text and paper pieced the birds - love it!

designed by Shary
So there we are, this is one of our new releases, we will share some more over the next couple of days

Would you like to win this stamp?

Just leave us a comment, loosely based upon the theme 'what if I fall?' - telling us what you are scared of...

Gill is scared of SPIDERS!

Carol is scared of SPIDERS!!

Steve is scared of HEIGHTS and SHARKS?!

We'd love to read your comments and we will announce a winner of this new set next Thursday 27 November.

Good Luck x

Monday, 17 November 2014

Little Claire Likes - 'Snowman Bunting' Christmas Wreath

Hello and welcome to another 'Little Claire Like's' Monday blog project.
Our chosen stamp this week is 'Snowman Bunting', it is another one of our Winter/Christmas stamps that is very cute!  It has a great sentiment included in the set, 'Christmas Celebrations'.
We are offering the stamp, on our website HERE at the reduced price of £3.50 (usually £5.50) until this Thursday, 20th November 2014.
Here is Heidi's make for today, she has created a Christmas wreath using the set with lots of snowflakes. She has used our great winter alphabet - 'Letters' Snow', to spell out 'Snowman' around the wreath.
Products Used :
White and Turquoise card
Circle dies in two sizes in two sizes
Snowflake punches, one large, one small
Turquoise ribbon and pearls
Double-sided tape
Sticky Pads
Wreath Instructions :
(1) Firstly, die cut two large circles from turquoise card.
(2) To the reverse of one of the circles, attach some ribbon in a loop, stick down.
(3) Stick remaining circle over ribbon, onto card and stick down.
(4) Die-cut a circle from white card, stamp up 'Snowman Bunting' image.
(5) Colour in using pens of choice and stick down onto circles.
(6) Punch out nine large snowflakes from turquoise card and two small ones from white card.
(7) Stamp up 'S,n,o,w,m,a,n' using 'Letter's Snow' alphabet onto white card, cut out all letters.
(8) Edge all white card using inkpad.
(9) Attach letters individually to snowflakes, stick to wreath.
(10) Add blue pearls to white snowflakes.
(11) Add Stickles and leave to dry.
We do hope that you have enjoyed our 'Wreath' tutorial today.
The Little Claire Team

Friday, 14 November 2014

Friday Blog Project with Little Claire

Morning everyone, Tis my turn, Gaynor for the Friday Blog Project at Little Claire.  The project being inspired by the latest Blog Challenge 51 with Little Claire - creating a shaped card.  So I had a rummage through my stash and came across some pyramid card templates purchased ages and ages ago........yes typical of me.

Anyhow here's my make, sequence of piccies as usual...yes a picture does "paint a thousand words":

I added diamond glaze to the baubles, the trio of cats, adhesive red and clear crystals and a little glitter glue...and here is the card that inspired today's make:

Hope you likey........................xxGaynor and all at Little Claire.

Thursday, 13 November 2014

November Club Stamp - Elephants Card Tutorial

Good morning,
Here is a little tutorial of my card using the fabulous November Club Stamp - 'Elephants'.  The set is bursting full of cute little elephant images, just right for special birthdays, baby and friend cards.
Here is my card using the set
Here is a product list of what I used
Little Claire 'Elephants' stamp set
White Card Blank
White Stamping Card
Purple Card
Lilac Check Paper
Lilac Dotty Ribbon
Memento 'Black Tuxedo' Inkpad
Promarker Pens
Bling stones
Circle Die
Card Instructions :
(1) Cut a piece of purple card to fit onto white card blank.
(2) Cut an oblong of lilac check paper and stick onto card.
(3) Attach ribbon to bottom of card at reverse, tie a firm bow.
(4) Die cut a circle from white card, stamp image onto it and colour in.
(5) Attach to side of card, over ribbon, cut edge off.
(6) Stamp up sentiment, matt onto purple card.
(7)  Stick sentiment over image firmly.
(8) Add bling stones around the card as shown.
If you love this little set as much as I do, you can pop on over to the website HERE and treat yourself.  You can also see details of how to join our monthly club.  It would make a really lovely Christmas present for that special friend or relative.
Heidi and
The Little Claire Team

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Seems like we are racing through November...

...and we haven't yet showcased our new set of club stamps!

This month we have a lovely set of Elephants:

and here is the card which our club members will make with the project sheet within their packs:

designed by Heidi Green

Gorgeous purples and lilacs compliment the grey of the elephants perfectly, look at the cute baby in the mother's trunk too!

Our teamies have been busy too and here is a selection of their makes:

designed by Diane
Love how Diane has put a frame around the image and her choice of colours is just perfect, here is a different image from the set from Francy teamed with ribbon, lace and flowers - lovely:

designed by Francy
Gaynor has made good use of the words which are included within the set by stamping them on to tags:

designed by Gaynor
Here is a scalloped circle card from Marianne, using another of the images included within the set:

designed by Marianne
Here is the same image given a different look, by Shary (amazing what you can do with one stamp!):

designed by Shary
and finally a beautiful illustration of paper piecing from Helen N - a gorgous spotty blue elephant, how cute is he?

designed by Helen N
This is our club set of stamps for November, if you are not a member you can find out all about how to join here.

The Little Claire Team x

Monday, 10 November 2014

Little Claire Likes - 'Penguin Hugs' Shaker Card

Good morning, welcome to another 'Little Claire Likes' project, using one of our much loved stamps from our extensive range.

Today, is the turn of 'Penguin Hugs'.  Its a recently launched little stamp, which is great for a winter anniversary, Christmas or birthday cards.

You can treat yourself to this gorgeous little set for only £3.50 (normally £5.50) from today until Thursday, 13th November 2014.  Just pop over to the website HERE.

Heidi has made a little shaker card using the stamp set.  She has chosen a lilac theme with some wonderful dotty white ribbon.
Products Used :
Purple Card
Lilac Check Paper
White Glitter
Circle Scallop and circle Dies
Sticky Pads
Double-Sided Tape
Card Instructions :
(1) Cut purple card and check paper to fit card black, stick down.
(2) Stamp up image and colour in with pens of choice.
(3) Die-cut scallop circle and attach acetate and lots of small stickypads to back.
(4) Stick down a square of purple card.
(5) Edge image with purple ink, stick down at an angle onto card.
(6) Cover with white glitter and attach scallop circle firmly over top of image,
(7) Attach ribbon, tie a firm bow.
(8) Stamp up sentiment, back onto purple card and stick down.
Your card is now ready to shake!
Thank you for stopping by the blog today, we do hope you have enjoyed our little tutorial.
The Little Claire Team

Saturday, 8 November 2014

Monthly Blog Challenge # 51 - Shaped Card Theme

Hello and welcome to another challenge her on our blog. We had lots and lots of wonderful 'Christmas' entries last month, thank you to all that took part.
Our winner of the Little Claire goodies are :
Crafty Liz - Challenge Entry # 128
Here is her cute winning card :
Well done!
Please contact Carol ( who will forward on your prize.
Our theme for November is
'Shaped Cards'
So, we want to see all sorts of shapes of cards and projects.  You can use any make of images and of course any of the Little Claire stamps, digi-images and A4 design sheet images. 
Here is our prize for this month, lots of wonderful Little Claire goodies :
The prize includes :
1 x Frosty Winter – Blue paper
1 x Small White Dots on Blue paper
1 x Gingham Lilac paper
1 x Snowflakes on Dark Blue paper
1 x Snowflakes on Blue paper
2m Red Tartan Ribbon
Red Bling Diamantes
3D Foam Sticky Squares
1 x A4 Sheet 3D Die Cut Decoupage – Fabulous Christmas
1 x Penguin Hugs stamp
1 x Joy, Hope & Wonder stamp
Now to our Design Team cards. Once again, they have made some beautiful 'Shaped' cards, which we are sure, will inspire you.
Our GDT Shary has now joined us permanently on our Design Team, so
Welcome aboard Shary x
Diane has used
 Francy has used
 Gaynor has used
 Heidi has used
 Helen has used
 Marianne has used
A side view
 Shary has used
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, 5th December 2014 @ 16.00pm and the new challenge
(# 52) will be open on Saturday, 6th Decermber 2014.
Have fun creating your 'Shaped' cards and we look forward to seeing your entries, good luck!
The Little Claire Team


Friday, 7 November 2014

A little present...

Hi girls! Francy here to show you how to make a treat holder. I have wanted to make some of these for next Christmas: it may be a little present for workmates or friends... 

You need:
-Patterned paper
-Christmas snowmen stamp set
-Sparkly paper
-Glossy accent
-Versafine ink
-Envelope punch board

1) For  this package (chocolate bar measures 4"x3"...more and less)... must use 5" 1/2 x 5" 1/2 paper. With envelope punch board you must punch and score at 3" 3/4, rotate, score and mark again at 1" 3/4 rotate.... 

2) Stamp snowflakes from "Christmas snowmen stamp set" on the paper, use glossy accent for some particulars and use glitter on the boards. I had some swarovski too.

3) Ultimate with a band to close the holder.

For the other package (chocolate bar measures 4"1/2 x 3/4"), you must use 5"x5" paper and punch and score at 1" 1/2.

Ciao!!! Francy

Thursday, 6 November 2014

We have winners!

Our competition last week was for you to tell us your favourite Little Claire stamps and the following 3 lucky winners have been randomly chosen:

Hazel, who said: So hard to choose a favourite. as I love flowers it has to be
Cherish, Hugs & Dream stamp set & Swirly Flowers stamp.
These remind me of Spring & Summer.
Thanks for a chance to win.
Hazel x

Craft buddy, who said: What a great challenge - and so hard to pick! The one that I come back to time after time is the Dinkies Pompom Dahlia. But close runners up are Christmas Owl Tree and Hot Air Balloons - I could list another 15 I think easily! x Jessie 

Wendy Woods, who said: For me it has to be the adorable Butterfly tree stamp, when I see this stamped anywhere, it always reminds me of little Claire, as well as it being such a versatile pretty little image too! My second love is for all the little Dinkies! Xxx

Well done ladies, please contact Gill with your details letting her know which Little Claire stamp you would like to receive as your prize.

'Delivering Christmas Wishes' one of our Christmas stamp sets, card designed by Helen N
Best wishes, the Little Claire Team xxx