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15 February 2017

CHA aka Stitches...

... is this coming weekend. The trade show is open to retailers and professionals in the craft and hobby sector, and PaperArtsy have planned 6 workshops featuring all their new and exciting products.

I'm pleased to be running a workshop on Sunday morning... designed especially for the show the class project features all the new JOFY products and I can't wait to share it with everyone.....

There are a few places remaining - head on over to the PaperArtsy WHOLESALE site to book your place.

I look forward to seeing you there!


13 February 2017

Masterboards & Masks

Yesterday was my turn on the PaperArtsy blog - you can read the post HERE.  

Well, I finished painting the boards but I couldn't quite leave it there.....!

I mounted the black gesso'd panel onto heavyweight mixed media paperstock, stamped over the flower in black Archival and then embossed in Copper - but only the parts of the image on the black panel (otherwise the stamping would be lost).

I like this so much - with the added construction lines it reminds me of a vintage wallpaper design in the planning stages.

Thanks for popping by... 

10 February 2017

Fresco Finish paints.....

... those bottles of fabulous colours that we all know and love!  92 colours! (not counting the glazes) .. and here they are... (the FrescoFinish fans out there are stroking the screen aren't you! lol don't worry I won't judge lol)

I've tried many ways to keep track of all the colours and I think this is by far the easiest - easy to flick through, easy to store - easier than this which, though very nice, turned out to be totally impractical!!....

and they're really easy to update - as you can see from the photo below I don't have a bottle of Green Patina from Seth Apter's latest paint set and so I've inserted a white tag showing where it should be..- great way of showing which of the colours you're missing.. 
I'd really recommend doing something like this as it reminds you of all the colours and you'll rediscover old (or find new) favourites!

The tags I've used are 6x12cm but you could use smaller tags if you wanted (or larger!)... my tags are threaded onto a big bookring that hangs onto my Ikea trolley... makes me quite happy to see everything neat, tidy, organised and in its place.... ah if I could only say that about the rest of my work room! :o)

I'd love to know if/how you store or log your colours.

Thanks for popping by...


5 February 2017

#365Challenge.... January: Part 3

Well, that's January done and dusted - it went by in a flash didn't it!!

Here is the last batch of January's pages... I'm really enjoying the process (challenge) of making a page a day, answering the questions posed in the Flow Magazine calendar... I'm starting to think that these pages would maybe be more interesting for you if you knew what the questions were and the pages would make more sense wouldn't they?? Sometimes I put the questions on my Instagram comment against the photo but if you're not on Instagram you're a bit in the dark aren't you! sorry about that!
I recommend Instagram - its like Twitter but more visual, less chatty and you get more than 140 characters to play with in your description! win win in my book! hhhmm Instagram: imagine Twitter meets Pinterest and you'll get the idea...

aaaanyhoo.. the pages.. with questions/answers were relevant...

Day 20: Do I always want to win?  Depends very much on the game or argument and who its with! lol

Day 21: Do I always celebrate my birthday? Definitely!
Day22: What's your favourite room in your house?  Couldn't decide, so I made a page out of a panel I'd torn up.. but I didn't want to disguise the tears so, inspired by the Japanese art of Kintsugi (mending breaks in porcelain with resin and gold) I embossed the cracks with gold embossing powder... really like this effect.

Day 23: How do you cheer yourself up after a bad day?
Day 24: When are you at your best?  definitely not in the morning! lol

Day 26: What book made a great impression on you?  'The life changing magic of tidying' (read it you will not be able to resist a good declutter!)

Day 27: What kind of movies would you rather see at home than in the cinema?  Horror! so I can leave the room if it gets too scary! lol

Day 29: Do you believe in life after death?  oh we're onto the deep questions now!

Day 31: Have you become what you wanted to be as a kid?   Not entirely (Harriet the Spy, apparently was not a proper job.  I was 'too noisy' to be a librarian, and my accent was too 'Essex' to be a speech therapist*!  shocking advise from the 'career adviser' on the last two! lol)
* I'd like to point out that my accent is NOT overly Essex - my t's and h's are in all the right places! thank you very much. #justsayin' and I don't sound like an extra from TOWIE (I hope!)

Finally here is the cover of the book - I love love love the oversized numbers embossed in copper - they look great against the Midnight Fresco Finish painted cover.

One month done... eleven to go!

Thanks for stopping by.


2 February 2017

Craft Stamper, March 2017 edition...

... will be in shops shortly, and am really pleased to have a project in there

.. as always its a great issue with lots of lovely colourful projects - a great antidote for these grey days we're having at the moment...

Get yourself a copy - you won't be disappointed :o)  (or if you don't fancy going out in this nasty weather why not subscribe!)


26 January 2017

#365Challenge.... January: Part 2

It feels like I'm still playing catch-up after my computer crash late last year which meant that I wasn't able to blog as often/easily as normal.  Each year I change the header on my blog and I wasn't able to do that but hopefully I'll rectify that soon... and post the 'backlog' of 'things'...  aaaw rats! one of my New Years resolutions is to use the words 'stuff' and 'things' less...  oops..  Did you make any resolutions for 2017?  Any fun ones?  I think a checklist of 'things to do in 2017' would be a fun list to draw up - it'd give the year focus wouldn't it? It wouldn't have to be huge monumental events or goals, maybe just quirky little things - trips, or lessons/courses....  I'll leave that with you to ponder..

In the meantime here are more pages/cards from my #365Challenge.... 

I must admit I'm not making much impact on the stash but I am having fun and its great to use my new JOFY stamps and stencils on journaling cards...

Just to remind you my self imposed 'rules' for the 365Challenge are:
1. Answer the questions
2. Use only supplies I have in my possession... attacking the stash as ever!
3. Make a card each day


25 January 2017

#365Challenge.... January: Part 1

Since the start of the year I've been creating postcard size (6x4in) mixed media journaling cards. Each one is prompted by the questions asked each day on the Flow Magazine Calendar.

I really like the idea of this - answer a question a day, make a card in the process... how hard could it be?! Well it turns out sometimes the questions are quite tricky to answer and make you think.. and sometimes if the questions are too tricky I just make a pretty card instead! lol
Its my plan and I'll bend the rules if I want to!

My self imposed 'rules' are brief:
1. Answer the questions
2. Use only supplies I have in my possession... attacking the stash as ever!
3. Make a card each day

I post the cards on Instagram (you can follow me on Instagram @jofyjo ) but I plan to upload them on here in batches - probably in groups of 10-15... here's the first group  (if you have any questions about the supplies used (want to know what the question was for a particular day) you can check my Instagram feed or leave me a message in the comments.)


There are all sorts of 365 challenges going on via blogs, twitter and Instagram so why not find one that suits you and give it a go...

Thanks for stopping by

23 January 2017

Facebook Live and Periscope!

I went on Facebook Live and Periscope on Saturday evening shortly before the release of the latest JOFY products and demo'd a couple of new products with quick projects - I thought I'd give you some details of what I created and answer some of the questions that popped up on Periscope... and show you the finished projects..

For both projects I kept to the same colour scheme which is shown below - lush colours!

I 'broadcasted/streamed' (?!) on Facebook first, where I created this white flower on a kraft background - the stamp is JOFY51 and stencil PS037.
I was asked in the comments on the PaperArtsy blog do I go over the stamped lines with a black pen.... the answer is yes, sometimes I do - if the print hasn't come out perfectly (much more to do with my inking of the stamp than the quality of the stamps - PaperArtsy stamps are some of the best around (if not the best around!)).  The pen I use is an Artline pigment ink pen.

I added detail to the flower panel by adding faux stitching around the edge, gems and Stickles on the flower centre and I stamped 'happiness' in the bottom left corner. 

 I mounted the panel onto a white cardblank and stamped 'blooms from within' inside.

On Periscope I worked with the stencil/mask combination PS057, creating a tag using the positive and negative elements on this stencil.  I added white and red doodling and mounted the tag onto a white card that has been stamped with on of my mini JOFY stamps - JM49 - this is a great little stamp to use with this stencil and with JOFY50.  I was asked what white pen would I recommend - my white pen of choice is a 0.7 white Posca Pen. (The green 'clouding' around the edge is Peeled Paint distress ink, and 'Happiness blooms from within' is stamped in Leaf Green Archival ink)

Thanks to everyone who tuned in... was a lot of fun to do these mini 'broadcasts'.


21 January 2017

Did someone mention a new JOFY release?!?!

..... and breeeeeaathe!... I don't have to keep it 'secret' anymore - I can talk about the new JOFY stamps, stencils and masks officially released today!  This release takes the JOFY range over the '50' mark - FIFTY TWO stamps sets!!! I can't quite believe that over the last 6 years I've designed that many - and thats not even counting the minis! phew!
I'd like to say a big THANK YOU to all you lovely peeps who have bought JOFY stamps and of course big thanks also go to the lovely uber talented team at PaperArtsy for making the stamps!...   thank you for spending your hard earned pennies on (and creating with) the JOFY range - those designs/ideas that come out of my head:
... that I draw onto paper
... that PaperArtsy turn into rubber
... that you print/stamp back onto paper .....................that's a lovely creative circle isn't it?!

This release has four new stamp sets and 4 new stencils/masks that Leandra will show you in this video..

Here are the four stamp sets:

Stamp and coordinating stencil

...and the other stencils...

PS057 (above) is a little different in that the flowers snip out and are masks (squeek) creating a stamp and stencil combination!!! (loving that just a little bit MUCH! lol)

Over on the PaperArtsy blog tonight there are lots of lovely samples using the new stamps, and here are a few more for you featuring the stencils...

These samples using the new stencil PS056 & 57 have all been made using the fabulous Fresco Finish paints and Archival black ink.

I also decorated this dinky little shadow box (6.5x4.5in)- it gives great dimension as there are 2 glass panels in the centre - lots of fun to work with.. I wanted to show you that the big image on JOFY51 can be used as a flower or as a sun..

To help with samples for this release I had two fantastic wingmen, big thanks go out to them both - Sarah Anderson - her blog is HERE - and Keren Baker - you can find her blog HERE - please go take a look at their blogs where you'll find more info on the projects they created.

Apart from here on my blog you can also find me on Twitter and Instagram @jofyjo and on Facebook www.facebook.com/JoFY.JoFirthYoung
I'm also thrilled to be a teacher on this year's Wanderlust - for details and sign up click on the Wanderlust graphic in the top right hand corner of the blog.

I hope you enjoy this new release & look forward to seeing what you create with them!