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18 September 2014

ALBOTAT!

My poor little corner of the www is being a little bit 'ignored' by me because:
  • sometimes I'm working on 'secret' projects I can't share yet.
  • by the time I get around to blogging I have so much to say/post it becomes overwhelming and so I don't blog at all (where to start??)... (I'm sure other bloggers might feels the same way at some point in their blog lifetime)
  • I'm posting items onto Twitter - little bits and pieces - photos or trivial news. 

Twitter (I think is the main 'problem/distraction')...I post things there because:
  • its quick
  • I think the item might not be 'worthy' of a full-on all bells'n'whistles blog post - but why does a blog post have to be long, wordy and full of pictures??.. why can't the posts be quick'n'easy??

So, with that in mind and in the spirit of the subheading on my blog, I'm going to start posting (or try to) 'little bits of this and that' on to the blog rather than Twitter...

Along with my usual posts there will be occasional 'bitesize' posts - under the heading ALBOTAT which stands for A Little Bit Of This And That... these bits probably won't be earth shattering or rocket science but they'll hopefully be interesting to somebody somewhere lol

So that's the plan.. let see how this goes..

... and here is the first ALBOTAT.. 

I like a bit of clever packaging and I saw this in Thessanoliki Duty Free - to have your pencil sharpener IN/as-part-of your pencil case is a perfect idea! Loved it! (I didn't buy it but I thought it was definitely worth a photo!)

x

7 September 2014

Not disposing of the disposable.....

.... or upcycling as I like to call it!

I have a Instax portable printer (more about this lovely little gadget another time) and it has disposable print cartidges - and these, I discovered on holiday, make great little box frames...


When I go on holiday I pack a basic craft kit (I'm not good at laying in the sun for too long lol) - this time I packed 2 sets of JOFY stamps (1st time I've done this) - the alphabet plates (JOFY21&22) - along with pens, glue, washi tape, and some bits & pieces of patterned paper... and a small set of alphabet stamps (approx 5mm high)...

When the printer cartridge is empty it looks like a little mini tv screen when laid sideways (landscape)...

but I decided to used it'standing up' because I really liked how it was wider at the bottom and so stood up.
I created the piece by stamping the flowers from one of the stamp sets onto papers, cutting them out, stamping a background & word strip and compiling it all inside the cartridge.

Its a really simple little 'thing' and was fun to make - nice to make 'something' from an object that was to be thrown away... hope this inspires you to look at 'rubbish' in a different light.


xx

(please excuse any wierdness in the layout etc of this blogpost - I'm using a Greek computer and it literally is 'all Greek to me'! I'm quite proud that is got this far lol)

29 August 2014

Roll up, roll up....

.... its been a week of exciting new things over on the PaperArtsy blog, and tonight its my turn with the 'official' launch of the new JOFY stamps and new paints - LOVE these!
Phew - so glad to be able show you all of the plates after a few weeks of sneekpeeks.

Click on the photo below to go to the blog...



& here's a little gift bag I made using the stamps and stencils...


26 August 2014

Why have plain white cupboard doors....

... when you can have paper patchwork doors!!

I've spoken about these doors when chatting about ways to use the paperstash (we all have it!)... and how instead of my favourite papers sitting unloved and forgotten in the stash I've chosen my absolute favourites (those ones that are so nice you don't actually want to use them lol) & cut them into 6x6in 'tiles' and papered the cupboard doors with them - I love them - they are inspiring and distracting in equal measure! lol

This cupboard is in the eaves of the loft space and designed to be a wardrobe, the doors are quite large - about 100x150cm each - so I have repurposed them! Along the top of the doors I glued cork tiles to create a 'notice board' - somewhere to keep inspiring or favourite bits and pieces... and inside the cupboard it is no longer a wardrobe...

... it is where I store stamps and (some)substrates - it is so organised it makes me smile:
* wood stamps are in the drawer unit.
* PaperArtsy hotpicks are in the baskets, Ink&TheDog are in a clear box 3shelves below.
* if I have a lot of a particular brand I store them in clear VHS tape boxes (perfect size, depth and easy to stack), and the A5 plastic paper boxes.
* all other unmounted stamps are either in file boxes, or in CD cases in racks (labelled with contents) - but I'm trying to re-home these into other storage....


.... simple accessible storage/filing - you see the administrator in me is always close to the surface lol

... and the doors themselves don't get wasted - look at all that lovely horizontal storage space! - I've started hanging strings of ribbon on them - next it will be other flat, light things - such as a paper trimmer, rings of washi tape and hooks for stencils...etc

If you're wondering where the JOFY stamps are they're stored separately - they have their own shelf on the other side of the room - not for any other reason than there's quite a lot of them now and I need quick and easy access to them (oh, ok- it also makes me happy and a little bit proud to see them all lined up like this):

Each wallet has a number sticker (on both sides) so that I ccan flick through to the plate I need (instead of pulling them each out to see the number lol) - its all getting a bit obsessively organised...  move away from the shelves & labeling Jo!! lol

Sometimes you have to be organised to be creative... lol, no not tidy - just organised! lol  tidy is a never-ending work in progress! (in my workroom anyway lol)

x

25 August 2014

A little bit more 'less is more'...

On the PaperArtsy blog on thursday I posted my monthly project. As part of the post I showed how I altered a small scrapbooking card-  & here is the card I created with it:

Here's the scrapbooking card 'before and after':


I teamed the card with a die cut shape (Sizzix, 'Beautiful', 659174), I love this shape and I had been experimenting with shading the swirls to make it look dimensional (left hand die cut is without any shading):


I thought these two elements would look great together, so I created a 12.5x12.5cm card, trimmed the front to reveal the inside edge where I had attached a contrast grey panel. I attached the altered scrapbook card to be flush with the cut edge of the greeting card blank and selected one of the flourishes and wrapped it around the altered panel (so the swirls spread out over the edge to make more of a feature of them).


To finish the card I added a simple greeting (from JOFY23) and then all that was needed was some sparkly bits (of course!)

x

22 August 2014

A Birthday Extravaganza!!

The Artistic Stamper Shop's Birthday Extravaganza
Saturday 23rd August. 

This is going to be a fun day. I'll be there running a make'n'take using Fresco Finish paints and JOFY stamps, and there will be other make'n'takes too, a raffle and a barbeque.


Hope you can join us - go to the Artistic Stamper website for more details.

21 August 2014

A little bit of 'less is more'...

... is the 'theme' of my project over on the PaperArtsy blog tonight.  Click on the photo to visit the blog...


20 August 2014

The same, but different...

... and by different I mean better... nicer... more enjoyable...

On saturday I packed my bag.. or the (smallish) suitcase that was needed because I decided it was easier to pull rather than carry a bag containing 21 stamp sets and misc' other bits & pieces... (you know- those things that you pack 'just in case')

(& yes I realise this is quite a plain suitcase, no artistic embellishment -  this is because my husband also uses it for business trips! when I find the photo (or suitcase) I'll show you how I customised my large suitcase)

.... and boarded the train to London to go work... I used to do this all the time - 10plus years commuting to London doing jobs I mostly enjoyed (I say 'mostly' as the year spent in a merchant bank was NOT my cup of tea at all lol).. so the journey/commute to London is all very familiar - but the job is much more enjoyable... and the weekend commuters are slightly more relaxed.. ;o)

I spent the day running a workshop at Blade Rubber Stamps, situated near the British Museum, in the Bloomsbury area of London. They have an amazing selection of rubber stamps - especially wood mounted - its lovely to see them all lined up on the shelves, like little pieces of art (which I suppose they are really aren't they).
I visit this shop quite regularly as its close to the hospital I visit once a year - its my 'treat' after the visit (any excuse really!)..and so it was a pleasure to be teaching a workshop here.

The class was an newly updated version of my recent 'Book of Blooms' project (using new stamps and paints) - and this is the creative bombsite of a table - creativity in full flow.... so many stamps and paints to choose from...

and here are the lovely ladies responsible for that creativity with their projects... a pleasure to teach them....

.... and to create 'aprons' for 2 of them to protect their clothes from paint and creativity! lol  I thought it was a resourceful use of bin bags! :o)

This was a much nicer working day than my previous 9-5 - though maybe not as clean an tidy.. :o)

Thanks to the ladies for coming along, and to Deidre and staff at Blade Rubber... Hope to see you again soon

x

17 August 2014

Christmas is coming....

... and so I'd thought I'd show couple of cards made with my new stamps which include 2 plates of christmas designs that should be at your local PaperArtsy stockist now.. (along with new paints, and 2 more flower plates)...


Love this pink version of the card top right - Picked Rasberry Distress Ink

That's enough festivity for now... more information about new stamps will follow soon ;o)


x



5 August 2014

The demo desk from both sides...

Last weekend was a fun one!

On Saturday I was at The Craft Barn where I had the first chance to demo my NEW stamps!! yes, new stamps.  
Its always a lot of fun to demo new products - but I'm not sure customers on Saturday were ready to contemplate Christmas - I think we're all enjoying the gorgeous weather we have here in the UK at the moment to think about Christmas just yet... and so I found myself demo'ing the flower stamps and stencils. When I demo the samples are along the 'less is more' 'clean & simple' lines because I want the stamp designs to be the focus..
(& look at the amount of YELLOW I've used on these cards - I am embracing yellow!!)
One of the new plates has a design created to be stamped over the top of the my flower stencils as shown below (and also doubles as a lovely fragile snowflake...):

I also created a couple of christmas cards.. but I'll show you those later in the week.. easing you into the festive seasons gently..

You will start to see the new stamps arriving at your local PaperArtsy stockist but they're not 'officially' released until later this month....oooh and paint - lets not forget the paint!! (more about that later in the week too...)

On Sunday I dosed myself up against a thumping migraine/sinus headache and went to Stamperama in Stevenage.. and I'm so glad I did - I had a really good time..
Much as I love demonstrating and teaching it was nice to be on the 'other side' of the demo desk.  I was able to walk around the show, see what was new, chat to the crafty people I know that were there, watch demos (love watching demos!) and SHOP!!  :o)
Its been a while since I've been to Stamperama and I forget how easy it is to get to and what a nice show it is - not too big and all the stands are craft specific... smaller than in previous years but still worth the visit.

x