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

Pegs, pegs and more pegs...

.... and pretty pegs too!

Another idea that has been bouncing around in my head - & seeing a bit of  a trend for painted pegs in scrapbooking and card making - I thought I 'needed' some JOFY pegs!

These are just normal wood pegs (maybe a little bit smaller than some available 1x8.5cm) that I bought in Sainsburys (other supermarkets are available lol)
I like these because they have bit of detail on them - 2 lines carved in...

I painted them all in Fresco Finish JOFY Limited Edition paints - no need to prime the wood - nice and easy. Then I added pattern and detail with stamped designs (again with JOFY paints).

On paper: JM34
On cardboard, top row, left to right: JM16, all other pegs are JOFY10
On cardboard, bottom row, left to right:  book text (couldn't resist!), JOFY24, JOFY14, EEV06 (love little spots!)

I could use them to hold notes together, or on a 12x12 scrapbook page, or I could attach them to an indoor 'washing line' and hang sketches, tags and other interesting bits and bobs.

Enjoy your weekend.



A Touch of Teal...

... well, more than a touch really... all is revealed over on the PaperArtsy blog tonight - you can find it HERE


The Artistic Stamper....

.. is where I am happy to be teaching my 'book of blooms' workshop on 21 June..

We'll use JOFY stamps & Fresco Finish paints to create adorable (even if I do say so myself lol) floral inspired books.
There are still a few places left so contact the shophttp://www.theartisticstamper.com/workshops.htm to book your place...

Hope to see you there.


What weekends are made for...

... an evening with friends - one of those evenings where you laugh so much your stomach muscles ache, your throat hurts and in the end you have no make-up left on because you've cried with laughter..
We started off at the Blackfriar pub - I've always wanted to go in here to see the interior - & it didn't disappoint - I wish I could've taken photos. I hadn't noticed until I looked at this photo how all the building around it have gone... but its still standing! Fantastic.
I hadn't seen several of the friends in a long time - too long - missed them - great evening.

... a fun day teaching a workshop - at Its Crafting Time - where between us we built a terrace of houses - Balamory has nothing compared to these lovely JOFY houses:

... a day in the garden - tidying up, buying and planting new plants - LOVE lupins - mini towers of colour... this is my current favourite part of the garden:

... time spent with Family - nephews birthday - I made a card for him - boys/mens cards are hard aren't they? (or is that just me!) (must challenge myself) - this one was created thanks in part to the PaperArtsy brayer masterboard video that was on the blog earlier this month.

... all that, and there's still today!  Gotta love a Bank Holiday weekend!

Hope yours is good...


A calendar of weekend workshops...

& I have some lovely ones coming up in June (excuse me if I say so myself! lol).. the first of these is:

01 June 2014
Birds in the Barn, Marks Tey

... where I will be teaching 2 classes of JOFY product based cardmaking - one in the morning and repeating the class in the afternoon.

Contact the shop - there are limited spaces still available on both sessions.

Look forward to see you!


PS - If you'd like to see other teaching dates I have planned for the next few months click on the 'teaching and demonstrating' button under the main banner at the top of the blog. :o)

'The house that JOFY built'...

.. is the workshop I'm looking forward to teaching this coming Saturday, 24th May, at Crafting Time in Shepreth.  
There are still a couple of places left so contact the shop if you'd like to book a place.
On this workshop we'll decorate/alter an mdf house (moneybox) using all things JOFY & PaperArtsy - Grunge Paste, Stencils, Paints and JOFY stamps... I'm really looking forward to this - its going to be a fun class!

Hope to see you there


Yesterday was a GOOD day!

A good day for many reasons including..
* It was beautifully sunny
* The roadworks on the M25 were finished - no more crawling along in traffic at 50 miles an hour!!  (yes I am that easily pleased)

* but most of all, after a break of NINE WEEKS!, I taught a class - and that makes me happy!

I was at The Craft Barn to teach a card & tag class - using all things JOFY & PaparArtsy - to a lovely group of ladies... paint, ink, stamps, stencils, grunge paste - we used them all!

(nb: the tag looks small - its actually big - 10.5x21.5cm, size 10)

We used stamp set JOFY23 which has flowers and a vase - yes, its a vase (sometimes mistaken for (and used as) a dress - which I can understand lol)...
The vase is quite tall and when filled with flowers is even taller, so a tall card is needed such as this DL sized card (10x21cm) below.
This card was created using lots of scraps of scrapbook paper - LOVE using scraps and papers this way.

Don't worry if tall cards aren't your 'thing' - here's a quick card I made during yesterday's class showing that the vase could be made smaller & used on a smaller card (13.5x13.5cm:
All I did was cut off about 2-3 cm off the bottom and draw a couple of lines across - similar to the ones that are used on the image.
... the photo doesn't really show how much smaller the vase is so here's the 3 versions together...

It was a lovely day at The Craft Barn - that has some very nice new products (couldn't resist some new sprays and paper pads) - go check out their website where you will also find details of the annual Extravaganza!!

I'll be there on Sunday demo'ing all things JOFY/PaperArtsy.. hope you can come along - its a fabulous crafty inspirational weekend.
I'm looking forward to it very much - its good fun!


Masterboard, masterboard & ....

.... a bit more masterboard!

I found the last of the masterboard - & I mean it this time this is the last of the materboard.... no, really it is!

At the last count up I'd made:
2 12x12 scrapbook/journal pages
5 cards
1 canvas panel

... and now I can add 1 more card - 13.5x13.5cm - a really simple card. ('you are bloomin' marvellous' is from JOFY10)

and 6 mini tags (5x8cm) & 1 standard size tag (6x11.5cm) (Papermania)..
The tags used up all the fiddly twiddly bits that are left over when you cut up bigger pieces.. & I had previously cut a piece of masterboard into 1inch squares with intention to create a 'tiled' piece but changed my mind and used them on these tags instead.  I like having little tags on big tags - these ones images are from JOFY23.
The purple resin flower on the top left tag was painted in JOFY Amethyst Fresco Finish- this paint is great for changing the colour of resin embellishments to match projects because it is suitable for all surfaces.
On other tags I stamped simple images on masterboard pieces and carrying the designs onto the tag - hilighting with Chalk paint and white gel pen (love white pens!)

All the masterboard has been used... nothing left.. zilch! - & I mean it this time!


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