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6 October 2015

A painty inky stampy day...

... on the other side of the desk...

On Sunday I went to a class with the uber-talented Kate Crane, as part of Its Crafting Time Mixed Media weekend.

It was a lot of fun!!  Creating art journaling pages with paints, inks, stencils, and stamps of course!  It was fun to play and learn, and be reminded of things - like background stamps! I'm going to rummage through my stamp stash to rediscover those!


3 October 2015

ALBOTAT: Birthday cards for boys....

... are tricky aren't they! (well for me anyway) I tend to reach for the Stampotique stamps when the Nephews' birthdays come around... 

This time  I went for a funky-dancing-dude-party card...

The Stampotique character is 'dancing' with one leg in the air which, I thought, made it look like he could be standing on something... so I doodled a present - he's bringing a gift to the party!

The background is a Gelli® print (little bit obsessed with these at the moment!), the text is the Fortress alphabet from MaVinci - (really nice, slightly distressed font), the streamers are one of my new christmas images (from JOFY40, seems to work everywhere!). The dancing chap is Jasper Fruhling by Stampotique (available at www.itscraftingtime.co.uk )

(Gelli® used with permission. Owned by Gelli Arts® LLC)

2 October 2015

Christmas Inspiration day at The Craft Barn....

... tomorrow (3rd October - OCTOBER - how is that possible!!)

You can find details HERE on The Craft Barn blog...

It'll be a fun day full of festive inspiration - I'll have the latest JOFY stamps.. 

Look forward to seeing you there..


24 September 2015

ALBOTAT: Big brother's birthday card...

.... made with die cuts and a Gelli® plate printed background...  
I used Fresco Finish paints on the Gelli® plate, and the bicycle die (with its front basket cut off - my brother's bike certainly does NOT have a basket lol) was attached using a piece of 'stick it' sheet .. brilliant stuff - made sticking down a detailed die cut quick and clean - no wet glue! 

(Gelli® used with permission. Owned by Gelli Arts® LLC)

18 September 2015

98 days until Christmas....

...I'm just saying... no pressure...

If you're not one of the uber efficient people out there that has made all their christmas cards already - yes they are out there!.. here are a couple of cards from my class on Saturday to hopefully inspire you to get creating with the new JOFY stamps..  these cards were created using JOFY39 & JOFY40

I like this card because it shows that the trees can be shortened, and given dimension with simple layering.

If you go HERE the lovely people at the Royal Mail have listed when last posting dates are for the christmas period... when you visit this blog you get all kind of useful information - not just stamping, painting and crafting! lol

17 September 2015

Bloom and Grow...

... is a phrase I like, and often use it on projects - it suits my JOFY flower designs.  I used it this past weekend in a workshop for Its Crafting Time.. They have lovely new venue for their creative weekends and pop-up shop - & its a perfect venue for workshops.

I taught 2 classes - cards in the morning (more about those tomorrow) - where we dipped our toes into christmas using the latest JOFY stamps that were released on Saturday.. and in the afternoon we created a hanging triptych...

I LOVE this project!! (its so pretty! lol)

Usually, I take a few photos of the group holding up their lovely projects but this time I forgot - sorry everyone - but I did take some 'work-in-progress' shots - people busy creating the triptychs in lovely colour variations:

I enjoy seeing the different colour variations people create of the same project - a really useful group experience.

l to r: Cathy (different coloured background - created a sort of night/dusk effect), Tanya (lovely bright red flowers (Prawn and London Bus, complete with caterpillar and butterfly) & Cheryl (coming out of her comfort zone and embracing yellow - nicely done!)

It was a day spent laughing, painting, stamping... bit more painting.. is there a nicer way to spend a day??  I don't think so :o)

Thanks to everyone who came along - and to Ann & Cheryl for the yummy snacks (ladies, you are not helping my waistline! lol)


12 September 2015

New PaperArtsy Products: Day 6

HO HO HO.. or should I say Jo Jo Jo because this evening on the PaperArtsy blog its my turn and is about my latest JOFY stamp release - and these are all about Christmas...
PaperArtsy have made a great video of the release, so pull up a chair, pour yourself a glass of eggnog and enjoy:

Here are this year's christmas stamps sets.  There has been a 'rustic' trend in christmas decorations over the last couple of years along with the usual glitz and glamour and I hope these stamps set tick both those boxes.  I love my snowman - I call him Twiggy - just standing there in his flower pot hoping for snow!

JOFY40 has a bit more of the sparkly side of christmas - a glass cloche filled with ornaments - LOVE that idea...

Here's a little something I made using the new stamps.. a cute little 3x5in box canvas.. I painted the canvas in a blend of Bora Bora and Slate (mixed with a little bit of Stone to lighten the grey). Snowflakes are JM07 (its a 'go'to' christmas stamp for me).
My festive wingmen did a great job at creating samples (and with quite a short deadline - thank you soooo much for that)  you can see their lovely projects over on the PaperArtsy blog.  So THANK YOU Keren, Lauren, Clare and Liz - I am recommending that you all go straight to the top of Father Christmas's NICE list.

I hope you all enjoy the stamps, the stamples and the fast approaching festive season!
ho ho ho!


11 September 2015

New PaperArtsy Products: Day 5

Tonight the blog is all about Darcy's lovely new stamp releases...

There is of course a video and lots of lovely samples over on the BLOG - so go take a look at the inspirational projects that Darcy and her wingmen created.


10 September 2015

New PaperArtsy Products: Day 4

Today is Sara Naumann's turn with her new releases, you can find out all about them HERE on the PaperArtsy blog.

and of course there is a lovely video which you can watch below:

Don't forget all the lovely new products you are seeing each day are available at your local PaperArtsy stockist. 


9 September 2015

New PaperArtsy Products: Day 3

Phew there are a lot of lovely products this week - and this time the loveliness is from Emma Godfrey 

Its all over on the PaperArtsy blog HERE.

and of course there's a nice video for your entertainment: