JO FIRTH-YOUNG

Mixed-media paper crafter; stamper, freelance craft tutor, designer of PaperArtsy JOFY stamps

1 November 2019

Upcoming workshops....

WOW! November, really! Where did October go? Where has 2019 gone!!!! I was reading a blog post earlier today and it pointed out that this is the last few months of a decade!!! I'd never really thought about that until it was pointed out! Gives it a certain gravitas doesn't it.
I only really contemplated decades back in 1999 and we headed into a shiny new Century...
2020 is the start of another new decade - maybe its better to look at what is starting and not what is ending...


aaanyhoo... that's not what this post is about - but this does involve dates and calendars... (which is entirely unintentional but still quite a neat lead in!)...

During November I'll be running my final workshops of the year. I'll be teaching my 'Date Keeper' workshop at different locations, hopefully one will be close to you and you'll be able to join me!...

In this workshop you'll create a project that's useful and lovely! We'll paint, stamp, stencil two masterboards (in colours of your choice) and use these to create the pages of a perpetual calendar, - we'll also customise the frame. We'll use the brand new JOFY journal stamps too.
Also, with christmas only being 53 days away (just thought I'd mention it, don't panic just yet) this project would also make a lovely christmas present for someone (if you can bear to give it away! lol)... 


Saturday 02 November 2019, I'll be at Loobi Crafts in Leighton Buzzard- if you're quick there's still time to book a place - call 01525 838535, or visit the website at www.loobicrafts.co.uk

Saturday 16 & Sunday 17 November 2019, I'll be at Amelia's Creative Crafts in Studley - contact them on 01527 857 111, and www.ameliascreativecrafts.co.uk. I'll be there all weekend running two workshops:


Saturday: Merry & Bright, a triptych of wood blocks with a very christmassy theme.


Sunday: Date Keeper, I've included cards in the photo above to illustrate what else you can create using the techniques learned in this workshop.


Saturday 23 November 2019: I'll be spending the day at The Artistic Stamper in Faversham with the final outing of the 'Date Keeper' workshop. You can contact the shop on 01795 597757 and www.theartisticstamper.com


I taught this project at 'Handmade at Helen's' in Scotland a few weeks ago.  Here are a few photos of the gorgeous masterboards/ pages being created in the class:



Others went for individual pages, and seasonal colour batches:


Fabulous to see the different versions being created.


If you'd like to join any of these workshops please contact the shops direct.  I look forward to seeing you there!


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26 October 2019

New stamps!!....

.... and I'm getting organised! This new stamp release is a bit different for me - barely a flower in sight!

This release is all about planners, bullet journalling, calendars and dates in one form or another...

JOFY87 focuses on the months of the year....

JOFY88 focuses on the days of the week & month...

These are going to be such useful stamps!  Head on over to the PaperArtsy blog to see the variety of projects I designed with them.

These stamps were designed with a specific project in mind - its a version of a perpetual calendar where dates which occur every year can be noted so not to be forgotten...



I'm currently teaching this as a workshop - its a lovely project created with all sorts of techniques - starting with a masterboard created in your choice of colours it builds up with painting, stamping, stencilling, & die-cutting.  Its a great project to make & keep or give as a christmas present (by the way christmas is in less that 60 days!!)... if you like the idea of making one these please come along to one of the venues listed over on my 'teaching dates' page which you can find via the link in the top bar of this blog...  I hope you can join me!

I hope you like the new stamps as much as I do!

Enjoy!


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3 October 2019

Workshop at Handmade at Helens...'

.. I'm heading oop north tomorrow... and when way I say 'North' I mean way oop North - to Scotland!  I'll be spending the weekend teaching workshops at Handmade at Helens - you can find all the details HERE on the website.

Here are some (not so) sneak peeks of the projects we'll be creating - you can make the projects in colours of your choosing - and we'll be using new (previously unreleased) stamps I've designed specifically with one of these projects in mind...

On Saturday we'll be creating these gorgeous 'Nature Blocks'.... (decorated on all sides, they'll never be the wrong way round...)

& on Sunday we'll create this flip style calendar that will hold all those important dates you need to remember....  Created from painted, stencilled and stamped masterboards and (featuring lovely new stamp designs) this project will make a great christmas gift (if you can bring yourself to give it away!)... The photo below shows the project 'in progress'.... you can add as many dimensional details as you'd like but remember to leave space to write the dates!



Its going to be a lot of fun - there are still places available so why not come and join us for a lovely creative weekend!

Hope to see you there!!


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27 September 2019

Boo! or should I say 'ho ho ho'!!

Hello!  

There are so many holidays covered in this release of JOFY stamps over on the PaperArtsy Blog today!

There's halloween.....


These versions of Dolly and Little Dude made me smile when I doodled them a while ago and they still do - and now they're stamps I hope you have fun with them!



Any excuse for bunting, and halloween is no exception:




I recently used the Valentine stamp set on the card I made for my husband for our wedding anniversary... its 6x44cm in size and I really like how the phrase can be used to repeat along the bottom and how the heart stamps sits nicely among the surrounding die cuts.... this stamp could also be used to repeat around the edges of a card in the same way.



As always there are more projects with these new stamps sets over on the PaperArtsy blog tonight and tomorrow so head on over THERE.

I hope you enjoy the stamps.


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9 September 2019

Workshop: Nature Blocks....


Hi

Thanks for stopping by.  Hope you've been keeping well.

I've updated my teaching page and I wanted to let you know about a workshop I'm running this Saturday (14th September 2019) at The Artistic Stamper, Faversham, Kent.
This is the Nature Blocks workshop - its a gorgeous project of 3 wood blocks decorated with the latest release of JOFY stamps (you can see them HERE ) and we'll be working on all four sides of each block so you can move them around and rearrange them to your hearts content - there's never a wrong side!

What nicer way to spend the day?! 3 pieces of wood, your chosen colours, JOFY stamps and stencils (bit of Kay Carley in there too), PaperArtsy paints, tips and techniques on how to get the lovely (and surprisingly easy) ombre paint effect shown in the photo above, lovely lunch provided by Jennie (owner of The Artistic Stamper), good company of fellow crafters.... all resulting in a lovely project! (the project would/could also be a lovely present for the gardener in your life! (should I mention that, ahem, Christmas is only 106 days away)(no? is it too soon to talk Christmas?  oops)

That sounds to me like a day well spent!

If you'd like to join me in this workshop the deadline for signing up is Tuesday evening.. so don't delay.

To book a place go to www.theartsiticstamper.com or call the shop on 01795 597757.

Look forward to seeing you!!





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11 August 2019

Ooh! New JOFY products...

I've been looking forward to sharing these new designs with you for over a month!  :o)  I used them during my teaching tour of Australia in July (more about that to come soon) and now and I can show them here too!

Big flowers, borders, detail motifs - hopefully something for everyone!

I've shown the stencils underneath their coordinating stamp sets so you can see how each relate to each other... sometimes its a coordinating stencil (where the stencil creates a coloured space that matches a stamp (stamp can be stamped on top) - such as JOFY81 & PS148) and sometimes its an accompanying stencil where its a design that works alongside and can be used as a background.








Over on the PaperArtsy blog this evening there is a detailed look at the stamps/stencils and lots of samples for you to enjoy, and tomorrow the fabulous Anneke de Clerck will be showing you her gorgeous project using the stamps - THANK YOU in advance Anneke!

All stamps and stencils are now available at your chosen PaperArtsy stockist.

Thanks for stopping by.


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19 June 2019

Butterfly flourish......

I'm working in my large Dylusions journal which gave me lots of space to create this pretty (but not too pretty) journal spread.

The spread is made up of flowers left over from a previous project (hate to see them going to waste!) and a few butterflies created with one of the new Bright Rosa dies designed by Paula Pascual.
As soon as I saw the large butterfly I new it would look great with my big flowers so I bought it, along with the large fern die which will put in appearance soon I think....
When I started creating this spread I'd added big flowers (from JOYF73 and JOFY72) but decided they hid too much of the lovely swirly flourished background so I took them off in favour of the background.


I suspended the large butterfly on a piece of acetate so that when the pages are opening it 'flutters' on the surface.

I made the smaller butterflies 'solid' by die cutting a butterfly cut from book text.  I painted this with Pearl Glaze - this gave a shimmer to the butterfly and worked as an adhesive to attach the book text butterfly to the black open work butterfly.  win win!

Hope this inspires you to use your 'waste' pieces and turn them into something lovely.

Here's what I used:
Die:  'Butterfly Band', Bright Rosa
Stamps: JOFY61, JOFY75,
Paints:  Fresco Finish in Butternut, Cerise, Sherbet, Snowflake.

Thanks for stopping by


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13 June 2019

Remedy for a wintery day...

... a wintery day in JUNE!!  The heating has kicked in and I'm wearing a cardigan and socks! (and other clothes obviously but those noted are the NOT usual clothes for JUNE! in the UK!)... what is going on!!


Aaaanyhoo as a tonic to the dismal weather I sketched, stamped, painted and doodled this summery journal spread in my large Dylusions journal.




Stamps: in background, flower from JOFY77
Paints:  Cerise, Butternut, Snowflake, Stone, Caribbean Sea, Hint of Mint.
Pencils:  Faber Castell Polychromos


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12 June 2019

Australia!!

Its not long now until I head to Australia -  well, I leave in just over two weeks but I know those two weeks are going to fly by! lol

I've been making piles of things & lists ... lots of lists... and I'm like Santa Claus:  I have lists and I'm checking them twice.. and some! lol

I'm really looking forward to this trip - to meeting lots of lovely people and getting inky painty with them!

Here is the schedule - I hope you can join me at one of these lovely locations... first stop Brisbane!



Hope to see you there!


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11 June 2019

Ombre Art Journal pages...

I bought the Creative Expression 'Bluebird Edger' die a few months ago.  Its a clever die - cuts positive and negative elements, the bird's and butterfly's wings are cut so they lift away from the cut panel - its clever.

I made a couple of cards using the die but what I really had in mind to create was a tip in page in my small art journal... and ombre journal spread.

I love how dramatic the die cut looks against the hot colours of the ombre background (Cerise, Coral and Butternut).


I really wanted to keep the clean and simple look of the spread - otherwise the die-cut get 'lost' (imho) and so I only added a few flowers to the left hand page.


These Sizzix Thinlit dies (Wildflower 664163) are great silhouettes.  I added a single stem to the inside of the right hand page positioning it so it couldn't be seen until the tipped in die cut page was turned.


Its a relatively simple spread but it packs a punch!  I might have to try another one - maybe with a vintage vibe...

I'm not sure I ever put the cards I made here on the blog so here they are (just in case)...


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