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25 March 2015

ALBOTAT: Just messing about....

... with a gelli plate a few days ago- this is the result - single layer prints using Fresco Finish and a Daler Rowney paint..  I'd been looking for a bright pink paint - a pink so bright it would make your eyes water lol - Flourescent Pink from Daler Rowney fits the bill! love it!

This post is more about this colour combo (it makes me happy) than the prints.....

The turquoise tones are Mermaid and Beach Hut Fresco Finish - LOVE!!  The stencils are Crafters Workshop.

Next 'play time' with the plate will be several layer and different substrates....

16 March 2015

I'll be getting 'buzz-y' at Blade Rubber Stamps...

... this Saturday with a workshop decorating a canvas and cards..

There are still a couple of places left so if you fancy an inky painty creative day then contact the shop to book your place..

Hope to see you there


15 March 2015

The first of many....

.... cards being made this month:

I used the background and butterfly stamp from JOFY32 to create this pretty 13x13cm card:

I stamped out the butterfly several times and coloured the image using the Fibralo felt pens (used as a watercolour ink by scribbling onto the craft sheet, adding a little water and picking the colour up with a paint brush)... it was quite relaxing colouring different variations..

I stamped the background across the panel of card and painted random hexagons in Mermaid, Turquoise, Jade and Snowflake Fresco Finish paints... I stamped the image onto book text, cut out circles and stuck them onto to the corresponding image..

The greeting is from JOFY14..


9 March 2015

Paint, paint, stencil, stamp....

Paint, paint, stencil, stamp....

Paint, paint, stencil, stamp....

Paint, paint, stencil, stamp....

This is how I spent the weekend and enjoyed every minute! Here is a selection of samples, thanks to everyone who came to the two demo days at:

*  The Craft Barn - I'll be here again on April 26th for a class - see the website for details, and to book a place

*  & Birds in the Barn - I have a day of card classes here on May 2nd - ring the shop (01206 211099)  to book a place.

This sample is unfinished but I wanted to share it with you - I like the mix of painted and paper-pieced elements:

If you bought products at either day I hope you enjoy and have fun with them.


6 March 2015

A weekend of JOFYness

This weekend I will be in two places - yes TWO demo'ing the latest JOFY stamps, paints and stencils - it seems aaaaages since I've done this and so I'm really looking forward to both days very much...

On Saturday I'll be at The Craft Barn, Nutfield inSurrey

and on Sunday I'll be at Birds in the Barn, Marks Tey near Colchester in Essex.

I hope to see you at either of these lovely shops


3 March 2015

Happy Birthday card ....

... for a friends recent birthday, using new JOFY stamps - I had fun (as usual) playing with the stamps and creating the card - which is good because March is a really busy month in our house for card requirements - birthdays, wedding anniversaries and Mothers Day  of course! (15th March in the UK, in case you're wondering)...

... and look! - I'm still embracing yellow!!

The flower stamps used are JOFY33, 'birthday is a stamp from the stamp drawer and I have NO idea who made it - sorry!  the die is 'happy trio' from Wplus9 , papers from Crate Paper.


28 February 2015

In true 'Blue Peter' stylee....

... 'here's one I made earlier'!   another sample made at the trade show.. & sorry, no sticky-backed plastic on this project.. (do they even make things on Blue Peter any more?? is Blue Peter even ON tv now??) (aaah sigh.. who, as a child of the 60s, 70s, or 80,s didn't make something out of a toilet tube and a soda bottle! ...those were the days... lol)

aaaanyhoo - back to the present day... samples... well just the one sample actually but it comes in to parts.. its a mini concertina book - measures 9x9cm (I'm guessing because I don't have the sample here with me)

Covers are made from chipboard, painted in Slate mixed with Chalk.  I stamped several images from JOFY31:

The scribble circles are such useful stamps (going to be using those A LOT!) and the stitched scallop border... (I love a scallop border!!)
the diamonds, stamped in blue on the background, are from JOFY34 which is a lovely plate with several phrases ideal for journaling and scrapbooking and sized to fit on pocket scrapbooking cards.

The numbers are from this new 'oh-so-useful' Hot Pick stamp set:

and YES, I know the 2 is upside down (I planned it that way!) - that's what makes the covers 'perfectly imperfect'! don't you see its imperfect but perfect too.. get it?! no? ... oh never mind - I was being ironic... no?.. ok,  moving on..

Inside the book is a strip of 4 'pages' of smoothy ombre painted with Southern Skies (?.. or Smurf?), Prawn and Buff - show of hands please: who is LOVING Buff!  I wanted to include as many stamps as possible on this piece but I ran out of time.. the show was almost over... but I think I did quite well - at least 1 image from each of the plates released at the show...

Thanks for stopping by - don't forget Stamperama in on in Stevenage tomorrow - its a great show dedicated to all things stamping - if you're planning to visit have a lovely day.


27 February 2015

The 'to-do' list took over ....

... but better late than never.. here are a couple of photos of samples I made at the recent Trade Show..

The trade show is always interesting - lots of new and interesting products, lovely manufacturer stands (the Sizzix stand is always a beautiful display) and its inspiring.  & tiring but well worth the visit.

So here is sample no' 1 - my 'getting warmed up' sample.. a really simple less is more tag created with Smurf & Buff paints on the background and the seed heads are painted with Southern Skies, Smurf, Bougainvillea & mixed with Chalk to create tones of colour.  The washi tape on the top is an image from JOFY34 as are the seed heads...

Before I went to the show I created several sheets of paper-patchwork (see here for another post using the technique) and this time I used a yellow/pink/orange theme - I'm still trying to 'embrace yellow'...
(The lighting at the show wasn't ideal for taking photos - colours are a bit less vibrant in real life...)

This panel is a mash up of my stamps - JOFY33 & 31, Stencil PS011 and words are from Emma Godfrey's stencil PS019

I'll be back tomorrow with a couple more samples...

15 February 2015

Fun Girl and fun things!....

.... over on the PaperArtsy blog this evening - where I have this cute little project...

oh.. and these new stamps!  Yes - more stamps!  so excited to show you these new sets -  I hope you like them as much as I do. They will be available in PaperArtsy stockists very soon.

JoFY 31
JoFY 32
JoFY 33
JoFY 34

10 February 2015

JOFY Street...

... is made up of houses made by 'TeamJOFY' for the recent new stamp launch... I thought I'd share a few photos with you ..

This is one of two house panels I created - I wanted to show how the houses can be shortened - the green house on the left has been cut across just above the word 'bricks' and reattached just under the scallop roof line - virtually seemless!  The house can also be 'remodelled' by cutting a panel out - removing the centre 'floor' (cut just below and just above the windows).

I varied the height of the trees in the same way.

The houses are painted in Jade and Southern Skies - tone on tone.  The roof of each house is painted Slate - obviously! lol

Helen Chilton created this house against a stunning sunset - who wouldn't want to live there!

Kay Carley created this fabulous dimension card:
I love how she incorporated the tools (JM43) into the street scene.

Kay will be teaching this card as part of a class at The Craft Barn on 31st May - contact the shop or visit their website for more details.

So there it is - JoFY Street - the sun is always shining, the trees are green and life is good! :o)