JO FIRTH-YOUNG

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

22 July 2020

New stamps and stencils!!

Well I'm embarrassed to say the least at how long it is since I last blogged!! Shameful. lol  I was really shocked to see that it was THREE months since I posted!! 

aaaanyhoo - to make up for it I'm bringing you new stamps and stencils!!  3 stamp sets and coordinating stencils!  Flowers, big words, phrases - sized for card makers and small journal pages....













On this stencil there is 1/4 of a tile design - this is going to allow for all kinds of fun creating tiled patterns - great for art journal pages and interior design projects...

Here are some I made earlier by stenciling onto chipboard squares.







I'm really enjoying seeing the pattern flowing with the line of dots... and how lovely would these look with doodling added on top of the colour!!!

Head over to the PA blog ( blog.paperartsy.co.uk ) where there are lots more samples, and at 19.30 BST tonight I'll be doing a FB Live into the group to talk more about the designs.

Take care




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29 April 2020

#the100daysproject 2020 #100days100circles Part 2

Nine more pages of #the100dayproject... I'm laying these out in threes as this is how I load them onto my Instagram feed... keeping it all pleasing and neat & tidy!




I'm enjoying this sooo much - I really like how one design can lead to another and I sometimes make several squares in one sitting - I can't help myself!  Good time management! lol

If you have any questions about any of the squares please leave it in the comments and I'll answer.

Thanks for stopping by


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28 April 2020

#the100daysproject 2020 #100days100circles Part 1

The start of April saw the start of the #the100dayproject  Its an Instagram project that each participant interprets in their own way - pick a topic and do it for 100 days.  Back in 2018 I joined in with my #100daysinthelifeofaline - this created a concertina book measuring just under 10m... You can see it the finished project HERE

I liked the format of that project - nice small pages (9.5x9.5cm) - so I'm using it again this year (I also think the two books will look cute stacked together on a shelf  lol)  but this year its all about CIRCLES!!

#100days100circles

Anything goes - as long as there is a circle involved! - painted, stamped, doodled, embossed, paper pieced, collaged, cut, stencilled, die cut - seriously - ANYTHING!! as long as its a circle - they don't need to be the same size (though I do like them centred)

Here are the first few days....




I'm really enjoying creating these little bite size pieces - I'd recommend taking part in the project... there's no pressure, do as much or as little as you want, choose whatever theme you want and most importantly (for me) is that its  FUN!  and relaxing - or challenging, its up to you!

Thanks for stopping by


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24 April 2020

Doodle something BIG!

I hope you are all keeping well.... In the UK we are in week 4 (I think, I'm beginning to lose track!) of the lock down.
I've been keeping busy and one of the things I was finding myself doing was clearing things out, destashing... prioritising...
This inevitably results in me getting distracted (in a good way!) and finishing projects.. or in the case of this BIG papermache letter  START & FINISH a project!  I bought it in New York a while ago (along with a matching M (for Matt))... I decided the time had come to decorate it - its been through a plane journey and two house moves I think it deserves to be prettied up! lol

I've laid it out here with a smaller a J I decorated a while back (its a wood shadow box design) - it was a sort of trial run...

This big J measures around 2ft from top to bottom and is about 2inches deep - its quite sturdy and suitable for stamping on to... so that's what I did!
I stamped all over the front and sides starting with the big images - my JOFY big doodle flowers were great for this!

I then filled in the spaces with smaller designs - leaves, flowers, cicles.  I left enough space between images for a bit of doodling, I 'grew' some of the images by doodling around the edges - you can see how in the photos below.


I stamped in Snowflake Fresco Finish paint because its a REALLY good white opaque paint, and added additional doodling with a Uniball Signo pen.
I like to doodle in white or black because those two colours are easy to match between different mediums ie black pen with black paint.. I think a blue or brown would be trickier to match up.



I enjoyed working on this project so much!  It was a little tricky to stamp over the edges and around the curves of the letter but the end result was worth it... thoroughly recommend giving this a go - you could doodle onto any object really.

Thanks for stopping by, stay safe.


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6 April 2020

Oooh look what's new!

New stamps and stencils...









All products are available at your PaperArtsy stockist - a listing of shops can be found here on the PA blog along with all the details about the release.

Take care, stay at home, stay safe.


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1 April 2020

Coming to a craft room near you!....

These are strange times we're in at the moment aren't they. I hope you and yours are keeping well and safe. The Covid-19 restrictions mean that I can't travel to teach workshops, and you can't travel to attend workshops so how about we meet in the comfort of our own homes and on screens... I was booked to teach a workshop at LOOBI CRAFTS this coming weekend but this was unfortunately cancelled due to the CoronaVirus restrictions.... SO, Loobi Crafts and I thought we'd bring the creativity to you and offer it as an online Facebook live workshop!! It will start at 10.30am Saturday morning (04.04.20) and run for 90 minutes (maybe longer). This is a lovely project that can used as home decor or in art journals - paints, stamps, stencils & there's a touch a glitter (lets face it we could all do with a bit of sparkle and glitter to brighten our days at the moment couldn't we!).... did I mention there will be NEW stamps being used??
I would love for you to join me - head on over to the LoobiCrafts website ( www.loobicrafts.co.uk ) for more details and to sign up! Once you've signed up you'll receive an invite to a Facebook group where the workshop will be streamed. I look forward to 'seeing' you on saturday!
Take care, stay home, stay safe.


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31 December 2019

New Year... New Stamps!!

And not just a new year - its a new DECADE!!  Woohoo!!


Tonight over on the PaperArtsy blog is the release of new JOFY stamps!  Doing a happy dance as I love these!!  They make me smile and I hope they make you smile too, and inspire you to make lovely projects.

JOFY89


While on holiday recently I created several pages in my junk journal using the new stamps... here's a couple of them - you can see more over on the PaperArtsy blog.: 




Well if you're going to create a flower - create a REALLY big one - this one measures just under 11 inches!   - imagine doodling on all those black lines.. or paper piecing with different patterned papers!  So. Many. Options! 


Here's how the stencils looks when worked with a colour shaded background... lush!  This is going to to be a useful stencil for adding doodles onto around the edges of pages...





This is a journal page mock up - the black and white line images look great as a background element don't they!


Over on the PaperArtsy blog there are more ideas and 'guidelines' for the the petals on JOFY90 so pop over and take a look... when you've finished welcoming in the New Year of course!



HAPPY NEW YEAR everyone!

Thanks for popping by.


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