Friday, 24 October 2014

Gift card holder


Marianne here today to show you how to make a gift card holder. I have wanted to make some of these for a while for my craft fair stall and this year determined to work out the measurements and make some.

You will need
Strong blue A4 card
White card
Christmas paper
Velcro dots
Scalloped circle die
Copics or Promarkers
Stickles or white glitter
Small snowflake

1 Cut a strip of blue card 10cm x 29.7cm and a piece 10cm x 6cm.

2 Score and fold the long piece of card at 10.5cm and 21cm.
3 Cut the paper as follows:
3 pieces 9cm x 9.5cm
2 pieces 9cm x  7.7cm
1 piece 9cm  x  5cm

4 Attach the papers to white card leaving a 2mm border of card. 

5 On one side of the blue card attach 2 of the largest pieces of paper to the 2 largest rectangles. Attach one of the 9cm x 7.7cm to the smaller rectangle.

6 Attach the smallest piece of paper to the small piece of card. Tape around three sides and attach to the bottom of the middle section.
7 Die cut a scalloped circle from white card and attach to the bottom section of the card. Write To and From on the circle.

The inside will then look like this.

8 Fold the holder and attach the remaining pieces of paper to the front 2 pieces. Attach a velcro dot to hold it together.

9 Colour the snowmen village stamp. Layer onto blue card and attach to the front of the holder. Add glitter and a small snowflake.

A much nicer way to present somebody with a gift card and it can be adapted for any occasion.

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Hey, just to let you know...

...Steve's on his way up to Glasgow, boxes full of our Little Claire goodies:

We are on Stand B28, SECC, Glasgow G3 8YW

from Thursday 23 Oct through to Sunday 26 October

Hope to see you there!

And a big thank you to everyone who visited our stand at the Doncaster Dome last weekend, we hope that Steve was on his best behaviour!

Penguin Hugs
The Little Claire Team xxx

Monday, 20 October 2014

Little Claire Likes - Christmas Geese Card



Good morning,
 
For our 'Little Claire Likes' project today, we are showcasing a lovely stamp set called 'Christmas Geese'. It has three great 'Geese' themed images and a large sentiment, which is great for the inside of the card.

You can purchase this gorgeous stamp set for only £5.00 (normally £8.99) only until Thursday, 23rd October 2014 or whilst we have the stock.  Just pop over to our website HERE.
 
Heidi has made a festive card, using the set, adding some bakers twine and a jingly bell.

Here is the set below, showing all of the wonderful images.
 
 
 Products Used :
 
 Back to Basics's Christmas paper pad - £3.99
Dovecraft White Card Pack - £1.99
White A4 Superior Stamping Cardstock - £3.50
Dovecraft 'Jingle Bells' - £1.99
Red and Green card, Baker's Twine & Poinsettia's from stash.

Card Instructions :

(1) Stamp up your chosen image, colour in with pens of choice.
(2) Matt image onto green and red card.
(3) Cut two oblongs of card, one in green and one in red.
(4) Choose two papers from paper pack, cut down to fit inside card oblongs.
(5) Attach baker's twine to back of green card, tie a bow and add silver bell.
(6) Stick elements down onto card blank.
(7) Add poinsettia's to corner of card.
(8) Add one bling stone to bottom edge of card.

We do hope you have enjoyed our tutorial today. These images look so lovely on both Christmas and non-Christmas cards.

The Little Claire Team

xxxxx



 
 


Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Just a quick post today...

...to show you a selection of new items which we have in stock, new to us are 3 Spellbinder cutting and embossing dies:

Spellbinders Winter Collection Card Creation Snowflakes
These gorgeous swirly snowflake dies are just £16.99 for the set, and this Winter Collection Picture Perfect die is just £14.99:

Spellbinders Winter Collection Picture Perfect
A cute winter owl, just £8.99 - a lovely trio of dies which can cut, emboss and stencil, available now on our web:

Spellbinders Winter Collection Owl
We've also brought in lots of ribbons most at just 30p p/metre:

Red Tartan Ribbon 30p p/m

and here it is used to decorate this kraft bag which features our Feed the Birds stamp set:

designed by Heidi
Dotty Grosgrain, also in red 30p p/m

RicRac in lots of colours 30p p/m:


and a cute bowmaker just £4.50:


Don't forget we will be at the StampMagic show this Sunday at Doncaster Dome, hope to see you there!

Little Claire xxx







Tuesday, 14 October 2014

It's nearly half way through the month...

...and we don't think that we have shared all of our teamies makes with our new Christmas Snowmen stamp set (which are our club stamps for October). 


 Our design team certainly excelled themselves with this stamp set and we have lovely samples in all shapes and sizes to share with you, so here goes:

designed by Heidi
Obviously you may remember we showed you the Mini Album which Heidi designed for the project pack, here is the front cover and below is one of the inside pages:


designed by Heidi
Marianne hilighted the Snowmen Village stamp (part of the set)

designed by Marianne
and look at this very clever card from Diane, again the snowmen are included within the stamp set:

designed by Diane
What a super idea!
And our lovely Helen N has created this masterpiece in red (love red, it's so vibrant and so nice when teamed with kraft) with Bauble Snowman:

designed by Helen N
Red again - this time with gorgeous snowflakes from Gaynor:

designed by Gaynor
Diane has been very busy and even made a Christmas Bauble using the Snowmen Village stamp:

designed by Diane
and finally our Italian teamie Francy has created this lovely chequered card:

designed by Francy
Hope you like our selection - oh and talking about Christmas, so excited..... Stollen Cakes are in the shops!  Oh YUM, just love Stollen, love it a bit too much, is it time to go get a nice hot cup of tea and have maybe just one more slice...?

Little Claire x










Monday, 13 October 2014

Little Claire Likes Weekly Project - Scarves & Hats

Good morning,
 
Thank you for stopping by the Little Claire blog today.
 
We are sharing another 'Little Claire Likes' project with you, using one of our new Christmas stamps - 'Scarves & Hats'. Its a really fun little image to use on your cards.
 
You can purchase this cute little image for only £4.50 (normally £5.50)  until Thursday, 16th October or for while the stocks last on our website.
 
 
Heidi has made a silver stand card using the set, adding lots of silver ribbon, bling and a wooden snowflake.  She has added a 'Christmas Tag' stamp to use as a stopper on the card. These are on special offer on the website too, for a limited period.
 
Here is her card :
 
 
Products Used :
 
From stash : Bazzill 'Tiara' Bling Card, Silver Ribbon, Promarker's,
Wooden Snowflake & Silver 'Stickles' Glitter Glue
 
How the card was made :
 
(1) Firstly, cut a piece of 'Tiara' card to measure : 28cms x 10cms.
(2) Score at : 7cms and 14cms, score edges well.
(3) Cut a piece of white card : 10.5cms x 7.0cms, stamp up image and colour in.
(4) Matt onto a piece of 'Tiara' card : 11cms x 7.5cms.
(5) Take two silver snowflake papers from pack, cut one to fit front of card and one for the inside.
(6) Stick half ( on left) of the image down, centrally over a closed card.
(7) Stamp up tag image, matt onto 'Tiara' card.
(8) Punch hole into tag, thread ribbon through.
(9) Stick down to side of card, using two large sticky dots.
(10) Attach ribbon to left-hand side of card, add wooden snowflake and stones.
(11) Add silver 'Stickles' to bottom of image, hats and bags.
 
We do hope you have enjoyed our little project today and it has inspired you to get making your Christmas cards.
 
All items highlighted above are available on our website HERE, stock permitting.
 
The Little Claire Team
 
xxxxxx
 
 


Saturday, 11 October 2014

Monthly Blog Challenge # 50 - Christmas Theme

Welcome to our challenge for October.  Thank you for all of your entries into our challenge for September.
 
Our winner of the Little Claire stamps and goodies is :
 
#26 - Crafty Liz

Here is her beautiful winning card :

 
Please contact Carol (carol@littleclaire.co.uk) who will forward you the prize.


Our prize for our Christmas Challenge is :
 

Included in the prize are :
 

1 x white spots on red paper, 1 x red spots on white paper
1 x red tartan paper, 1 x brown tartan paper
1 x snowflakes on pale blue paper
1 x vanilla Bazzill card,  1 x pack Bling
1 x Joy, Hope & Wonder stamp set
1 x double sided tape
1 x A4 sheet Christmas Designs
1 x pack 10 Flower cards & envelopes


We have a new Guest Design Team member.
Shary will be with us for six months, welcome aboard!
Here is her first challenge card, she had used one of our new Christmas stamps, 'Scarves and Hats'.


Our design team have made some stunning cards this month, feast your eyes :

Firstly,

Diane has used
'Let it Snow' and 'Robin Redbreast' sentiment


Francy has used
'Santa's Hat'


Gaynor has used



 
 
 Heidi has used
 
 
 
Helen N has used
'Bambino' and 'Sentiments - Christmas'
 
 
Marianne has used
'Santa's Hat' stamp set




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, 7th November 2014 @ 16.00pm and the new challenge
(# 51) will be open on Saturday, 8th November 2014.
Have fun creating your 'Christmas' cards and we look forward to seeing your entries, good luck!
The Little Claire Team
xxxxxx




Friday, 10 October 2014

Friday Blog Project - Let's Shake Things Up a Bit!


Good morning everyone - it's Helen N here with this week's Friday blog project and I've made a shaker card using this month's club stamp set.

Here's what you'll need to make the card:

pale blue card
6" square card blank
acetate
shaker contents (I've used table confetti)
white Card Candi
your choice of colouring medium
circle and scalloped circle dies (I've used Spellbinders dies)
large double sided foam pads or foam tape

And this is what you need to do:

1. Cut a piece of what card measuring 11.5cm square and stamp the three snowman image in the middle of the card using the Memento ink.  Colour the image.  I always use a pale grey pen (I use the Cool Grey 1 Promarker) to outline the snow on the image.  So here I've used it on the roofs and around the lines of the snowmen.  I think it gives a bit more depth than just leaving the snow white.


2. Cut a square of pale blue card measuring 12.5cm square and mat on to this a square of patterned paper measuring 12cm square.  Die cut a circle out of the middle of this panel - I used the second largest Spellbinders die.


3. Turn the panel over and put strips of double sided tape along each edge.  Cut a piece of acetate measuring 12cm square and attach to the tape to form the window over the aperture.  Next stick pieces of foam tape around the edge of the aperture making sure you stick each piece right up to the corner of the previous piece as shown in the picture below.  The tape is going to form the seal to keep the contents of your shaker card in place so you need to make sure nothing can get out.


4. Put your stamped image flat on the table and put some of your shaker contents on top of the image.  Don't overload the shaker - the table confetti I've used is quite big so I put too much in it would cover the image!  Use an anti-static pad or a cotton but with some talc on it to rub along the inside edge of the foam pads - this helps stop the shaker contents sticking to the pads.  Place the patterned paper panel over the stamped image and then press gently to ensure the foam pads are stuck down.


5. Next cut a frame out of white card to go round the aperture.  Use the same circle die you used to cut out the aperture in the patterned paper panel and the scalloped die which is the next size up as shown in the photo below:


6. This is how your die cut frame shout look:


7. Stick the frame round the aperture.

8. For the base of the card, cut a piece of blue card measuring 14cm square.  Mat a piece of patterned paper measuring 13.5cm square on top of this as shown in the photo below:


9. Stick the shake unit to the front of the card as shown in the photo below.  Stamp the sentiment and trim around it, attaching it to a piece of pale blue card and then to one of the corners of the card.  Put Card Candi in the other three corners:


I hope you've enjoyed my little project and that it inspires you to do some Christmas crafting!

Thursday, 9 October 2014

We have a winner(s)!

Hello everyone

It is raining like mad here today but we are all toasty and warm in our shed and even our little cat 'baby' is curled up in an order basket keeping us company (and keeping nice and warm), Steve painted the shed in the recent dry weather and took this picture one night, can't really see the colour but it's a nice green and cream:

Little Claire HQ
Today is the day that we announce the winner of our blog competition from last week when we asked you to tell us how you first heard about Little Claire, we had lots of comments (thank you) great fun to read through the all and we also put the competition out on our facebook page too, and again, lots of entries - so we have 2 Winners; 1 from our blog and 1 from our facebook:


Blog Winner:
Lucy Woods: Wow what a fab project and such great stamps! Perfect for Christmas cards for all genders and ages!
I think I came across your stamps in a card making magazine a few years ago! Your gorgeous garden stamps and I just had to buy them!!


Facebook Winner:
Angie Downing: The GNPE Harrogate a few years ago where I kept returning to the stand to buy more!! The stamps are fabulous original designs and some fun characters I have come to love and look out for x

Well done ladies, please contact Carol with your details, and thanks again to everyone for leaving their comments.

Our winners each won the latest stamp set for October; 'Christmas Snowmen' 


complete with a pack to make this mini album using the stamps in the set:

designed by Heidi
Keep warm and happy wherever you are, talking about keeping happy - what do you do to keep happy (apart from crafting!) any tips for keeping your chin up???

Let us know and we may have a surprise prize next week x





Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Customer cards!

A lovely customer of ours Brenda Saxon has kindly sent in two photo's of cards that she has made using two of the October club stamps:


First off we have Bauble Snowman:

designed by Brenda
and here is Village Snowmen:


Brenda has decoupaged these designs and this gives a good effect.  Thanks for sharing Brenda, and we would like to say a very big Happy Birthday to one of our teamies Marianne - hope you have a lovely day and here are two of Marianne's cards made with this lovely set of stamps:


Snowmen Village and Bauble Snowman:


Happy days, the Little Claire Team xxx