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31 March 2015


Next week I am joining PaperArtsy over in Paris at the VersionScrap show - AM VERY EXCITED about this!! (and a little bit nervous - & wish I could remember more of my o'level french! lol)

PaperArtsy will be there for the entire show, but & I'm going for a couple of days: on Friday I'll be teaching 3 classes - here are sneekpeaks - I love these projects and can't wait to teach them (with essential translations provided by the lovely Sally, my interpreter for the day!).
There are a couple of place left on the first 2 classes if anyone fancies a trip to France! lol

Block of Flowers
10 April 2015, 10.00 - 12.30
In the class we'll create a lovely hanging wood block using techniques with paint, JOFY stamps, inks and pens. Learn the versatility of PaperArtsy’s amazing Fresco Chalk paint onto wood, card and papers with the gorgeous JoFY flower stamps. A little bit quirky, and very funky-modern in style, this wood block will look stunning in your home.

Wrapped Journal
10 April 2015,  13.00 - 15.30
The class is all about creating a gorgeous wrapped up mini book / personal journal using layers of new Fresco chalk paints, new JoFY stamps, die-cuts, paper and more.

Layers of Loveliness - sorry, this class is sold out.
10 April 2015, 16.00 - 18.30
A relaxing and enjoyable class creating a canvas panel learning lots of paint and stencil techniques along the way. I will show you how to put together multiplelayers with JoFY stencils, stamps and die cut shapes.

Go HERE for more details of the show and to book your place on either of the two remaining classes.


ALBOTAT: A 'Thank you' card

... using a panel of masterboard, a die cut and a stamped sentiment...

(sentiment: JOFY33, die: Memory Box Shrewsbury Stems, background Tinned Peas, Chalk, Buff)

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...