Saturday, 1 April 2017

2017 #5 Enjoy The Little Things {by Claire Snowdon}

2017 Topic 5: Blue and Ochre

It seems Claire is addicted to the same stencils and stamps as we are! Love this post and all the striking contrasts work so perfectly! What a fantastic project, this would be a great class too! Maybe you could get together with friends and do this for a crafty day together.   
Hi everyone Claire Snowdon here, excited to be on the PA blog tonight with a mini book I created using Kim Dellow's stamp sets and stencils.
I wanted to create a mini book as I am totally in love with all of Kim's stamps and simply could not choose which one set I wanted to use on my project - therefore I decided to use nearly all of them!  Between the stamps and stencils there is such a variety of both background elements and focal points to chose from.

I really enjoy creating this way. I used separate 15cm square card blanks then arranged them all together into the book style at the end.  This gives the freedom to experiment and try out different techniques and compositions without committing too much!

I really enjoyed using sections of this large flower mask to give interest and depth to the backgrounds of my cards.


It was fun to create a monochrome masterboard using  just one stencil repeating over and over.  I used this to create elements within the mini book to give it some cohesion.


Here are all my finished cards - it was difficult to decide which order to put them in for the book.  I love the combination of the blue and ochre together as they really create great contrast.

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This is one of my favourite cards.  I really enjoyed creating this one - I love to use repeat stamping until the ink fades away and almost becomes part of the background.
This was another favourite as I particularly like how this flower head looks when cut from the masterboard - the patterns are so striking from the stencil work and it works perfectly to complement the background stencilling using the large format stencil.

I so enjoyed this project from start to finish - it did take a while to complete but the fun came in being able to create each card blank individually.  This meant I could take my time and experiment with the stamps and stencils, try out different techniques and not feel under pressure to finish it all in one go.  The cards were simply glued back to back once all complete and I used a piece of seam binding coloured with Infusions as the spine to cover the card edges.  Also it was a good way to use up some of the many, many card blanks I have in my stash!


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This idea is genius. Not only is using card-blanks a great way to start, but I really love how the end result has ended up being a great technique-reference book too! The ideas are all wonderful, and the backgrounds and layers are so striking! What a masterpiece!

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Helen said...

oh Claire, what a gorgeous little book! Just love the shades of blue and ochre you chose.

Craftyfield said...

Beautiful mini book Claire! Makes me want to do the same and create a project just for me with lots of stamping and stencilling... bliss!

Wendy Mallas said...

Claire this is fabulous. I absolutely love it. 😍

Kirsten said...

This is just beautiful. I love the colours & of course, the stamps & stencils are on my Ally Pally shopping list........... :-)

Julie Lee said...

What a little gem of a book! I love how you used Kim's stamps and stencils so effectively and what a great idea for a project in which you can feel free to experiment. :)

Miriam said...

This is super Claire... Love how you've used the stamps and stencils

jojo79 said...

Fantastic Claire, great idea x

Lauren Hatwell said...

Simply spectacular! Lx

Artmadnana said...

It's fabulous Claire. I love the stencilled master boards. You are right. When you cut the flowers you get very interesting patterns. Love the mix of blues. This is a great colour combo isn't it?

butterfly said...

Such a great little book, Claire - fab stencilled backgrounds.
Alison x

Hazel Agnew said...

Love what you have created Claire. Great use of stencils, stamps and colour! Xx

Ruth said...

Wow, absolutely gorgeous use of these stamps and what you've created here! xx

Etsuko said...

What a Fantastic mini book Clair!! Fabulous the backgrounds with stencils and gorgeous flowers and butterfly. xx

craftimamma said...

Fabulous little book Claire. I love this colour combo too and it really works well for your project. Perfect way to demonstrate how to combine stamps and stencils to create and stunning well co-ordinated project. I agree with Leandra, it would make a brilliant class!

Lesley Xx

2amscrapper said...

This is lovely, Claire!

Deborah Wainwright said...

Love this Clairexx

Mac Mable said...

Wow...amazing and so creative. Lots of hard work and so worth it x Thank you for the inspiration x

Art By Wanda said...

Fabulous book!!!

Lucy Edmondson said...

This is gorgeous,what a great idea!

CastleKelly Crafts said...

Fab book Claire, very clever idea! Xx

Chris said...

Beautiful book Claire, I love all the stamping techniques you used too. X

Corrie Herriman said...

Gorgeous !
Corrie x

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