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21 June 2017

I'm a Guest Designer!....

.. over on the Stencil Girl Products blog today - chuffed to be asked to contribute to their blog - thank you Stencil Girl! - and really happy to share the project which you can find HERE, and here's a sneakpeek

Its a project using some of my favourite products - PaperArtsy Fresco Finish paints and {Stencil Girl} stencils and masks!

Please go take a look


19 June 2017


... Saturday 24th June 2017... 

I'll be teaching a workshop at That's Crafty, Romford creating an A4 box canvas (with a difference!) using paints, inks, Grunge Paste, Stencils and.. oh.. NEW STAMPS!!!

I'm really looking forward to sharing this workshop with you so please contact the shop (HERE) to book your place.

Hope to see you!


18 June 2017

Doodle me this, doodle me that!....

This evening over on the PaperArtsy blog saw the release of my latest JOFY stamps.... I realise I might always say this but I love this new release!!

Two new stamps sets:

I think these are just the happiest prettiest stamp sets I've designed so far!

Here are 2 canvasses I designed using them (you saw one of the canvasses over on the PaperArtsy blog):

I really like how the images extend over the edges of the canvas - I think my favourite piece might be the wire mounted 'fuzzbuds'!

In the next couple of days, over on the PaperArtsy blog, two bloggers/wingmen will be showing the projects they designed with this new release - I'd like to say a big THANK YOU to Chris Cresswell and Clare Messenger for their hard work and beautiful projects... gorgeous projects! Thank you!

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


13 June 2017

Thank you Mother Nature

When things seem a bit gloomy you can always rely on Mother Nature to bring something that will lift the spirits..

Look at those colours!! aren't they beautiful - dark rich pink on the outside and peachy orange on the inside - fabulous!!

I like pink flowers - we have peonies (had peonies - last week's wind battered a lot of the blooms) I love the big multi-petaled flowers 
 and these that have 2 colours on the flower - I just wish they'd last longer!

Here's one of the few not pink plants in the garden - I think this clematis is fabulous and I'm really proud of how strong and resilient it is because its sharing the gates with a VERY boisterous honeysuckle plant - grows like a thing possessed! lol

Please don't let this blog post give you the idea that I'm a master gardener or anything.. far from it! I'm really not! but I'm trying :o)  
I'm waiting for the agapanthus to flower later in the year (some are flowering later than usual) - really looking forward to those...

I hope these flowers have brightened your day - I know they brighten mine.


12 June 2017


How is June already?!?!  and how is it June 12th??!!?!

Seriously, I don't know where the past couple of months have gone, and they haven't been the easiest of times - but June is filling me with optimism (well apart from the large vet bill BertieCat has created by getting into some kind of mischief last month... very glad he's insured!). The garden is looking all green and lush - the plants are all flowering and we're having glimpses of summer weather - I say glimpses because I swear we had a monsoon for a couple of days last week! lol  Got to love the English weather!

I have a few teaching dates lined up (you can see them all if you click on the 'Teaching and Demonstrating' button under the main banner at the top of the page) I just wanted to let you know about a couple coming up later in June...

17th June:  I'll be demo'ing at Birds in the Barn, Marks Tey, Essex

24th June:  Workshop at That's Crafty, Romford, Essex - In this class we'll create a box canvas with a difference, and it will feature new (oh yes: NEW!!) products....   click HERE to go to the website to book your place.

I hope you can make it to either (or both!) of these events, it would be great to see you!


17 May 2017

Roll up, roll up...

... there are a couple of places remaining on my workshop at The Artistic Stamper, Faversham, Kent this coming Saturday (20.05.17)

In this workshop we'll be creating a gorgeous (in my humble opinion!) canvas using stencils, stamps, inks and paints.

Check out The Artistic Stampers website for more details and contact the shop to book your place, it would be lovely to see you!


10 May 2017

When real flowers aren't allowed....

... you have to find an alternative!

My dad is in hospital at the moment, and the hospital (like a lot of others) doesn't allow real flowers - which seems a shame because they really brighten up a room don't they?!  So, I made him a basket of flowers - JOFY flowers.. seemed appropriate.  So with a flat basket from Hobbycraft, papers from my stash, JOFY stamps and a (Stix2) hot glue gun I made him this:

Happy to say that my Dad loved it.  :o)

5 May 2017

Upcoming workshops.....

... here's a quick list of my workshops booked for the next few months (up until August, when I'm taking a month off to have my second (and final) round of MS treatment - 'quite' excited about that!).. and I'm venturing 'up north' too - looking forward to that! 

Please contact the shops for more details and to book a place...
(sneak peeks photos to follow soon)

I hope you can join me!

MAY 2017

13 May 2017 : Birds in the Barn, Marks Tey, Essex: AM/PM Card making class 

20 May 2017 : The Artistic Stamper, Faversham, Kent: Project workshop

June 2017

03-04 June 2017 : Stampers Grove, Edinburgh: Project workshops

24 June 2017 : That's Crafty, Romford, Essex: Project workshop

July 2017

08 July 2017 : Rowan Tree Crafts, Carnforth, Lancs: Project workshop

15 July 2017 : Craftylicious, Mildenhall, Suffolk: Project workshop

25 April 2017

#365Challenge.... 01-07 April


April has been a quite a busy month so far and I'm playing catch-up with the #365 Challenge.

Each month I plan to work on a different size page/different size book.  April's pages are 5 inches (12.5cm) square.... I chose this size because (Goldilocks stylee) it wasn't too big, it wasn't too small - it was just right... or so I thought at the start of the month.

Each month I also use a different font/stamp set for the dates/page numbers - so far these have been quite discreetly added to the page in a corner (or on a tag or similar)...

  (January Alphabet: Purple Onion Designs; February Alphabet: PaperArtsy; March Alphabet: Ma Vinci's Reliquary

For April's pages I decided to bring the alphabet front and centre - make it a feature of each page... The alphabet I chose is one by DoCrafts/Papermania - its the 'Typography Clear Stamp' and each number is 5x8cm... 

this seemed like a great size to work with - nice and big, an clear outline so I would be able to use it in lots of different ways...  and this was OK for dates 1 to 9 (single figures) but when there are two numbers for each day (which, lets face it, is the majority of the month!) things were going to get a little bit crowded on the page... 
but I will  not be beaten and will try to resist increasing to a 6x6 inch page... 
(I like a challenge.... sigh!)
(and lets not forget the 'Flow' calendar questions...)

01 April:  'How good are you at setting boundaries?'  hhhmm not really something I set myself - more like guidelines to live/work by... (very flexible guidelines.. lol)

02 April:  'What would the title be of my autobiography?' lol I seriously considered 'I came, I saw, I created a mess!' but went instead with the one on today's page... the background is created with the new Distress Oxide inks - Worn Lipstick, Spiced Marmalade and Walnut Stain.

03 April:  The number on this page is stamped onto the surface - I cut around part of the image so the journalling panel could be slotted underneath.
 The poppy heads (JOFY34) are stamped and embossed in copper (WOW!)

This is a great stamp set - the diamond background and the washi tape strips are handy little elements, as is the tag (I used it on April 1st's page)... handy for journalling..

04 April:  Yes, the writing is upside down, the number and stamped flowers aren't - and thats how I planned it - another way of 'disguising' the journalling...

05 April:  I really like stamping on top of vintage book text - this is a Polish music book, the stamps are JOFY23 and JM33.

06 April:  Flow question: 'Do you find it easy to admit your mistakes?' lol  Make mistakes?!? Me!! Never lol

07 April:  Flow questions: 'What would I never do again?'  I am NEVER EVER going on a loop-the-loop rollercoaster again - EVER!!  I didn't mean to do it the first time and it is a never to be repeated experience.
The background on the page was created with the Distress Oxides again, I was experimenting how bleach (basic thick household bleach) affected the colour...

So that's week one of April... Don't get me wrong I'm enjoying using the big numbers - definitely going to be a challenge though when I get to the latter half of the month....

All part of the fun... I didn't call it the #365 Challenge for nothing! 

Thanks for popping by


21 April 2017

#365Challenge.... 22-31 March

Here are the final pages for March.  When I look back at these pages I can see that I've used different types/styles in this last week.  I've also been trying to concentrate less on everything being 'perfect' and experimenting and learning along the way.

March 22: I think this is one of my favourite 'styles' - using a background panel and adding lots of little elements that relate to the subject.

March 23: Circles!!! I like circles almost as much as I like hexagons (possibly a little bit more)!
Lots of messy layering on this page. 

March 24: I wrote this strip of numbers ages ago and its been on the desk and in the scraps box for too long! A Distress Oxide background as the base for a colourful less is more layout.

March 25: Flow question: 'what do you look forward to every day?'  Last year when I wasn't feeling 100% it was hard for me to create projects and 'stuff'... now I feel so much better, its a 'relief' to be able to create plans, art and projects more easily than in the recent past

March 26: I love the latest Ed Sheeran album (Divide) and one line on it was so good I had to write it down..

March 27: Flow question: 'what's your favourite sound?'  My cats' purrs! its such a reassuring, appreciate sound.  Love it!

March 28:  Another great quote, on a definitely not 'less is more' backbround! lol

March 29: Another 'using bits & pieces found on the desk' type of layout! 

March 30: I like this layout because of  
1) the colour scheme (pink & green is one my favourites)
2) the writing
under all the different elements (an interesting way of hiding the journalling)
3) the pops of hot pink!

March 30: Flow question: 'Which day of your life would you like to relive?'  Our wedding day... it would be nice to do it again - not to change anything (well, maybe this time we'd make sure that someone packs my Mum's outfit so my Dad wouldn't need to race home and collect it an hour before the wedding!!), but a day like this go past sooooo fast - it would be nice to be able to savour it... without the nerves! lol

March!! Finished.

April's pages will be arriving very soon (this year's whizzing along nicely isn't it!)

Thanks for stopping by.


20 April 2017

#365Challenge.... 15-21 March


I told you there would be another blog post about the 365Challenge, and here it is.  Pages from week three of March...

March 15:   I created this page using a background created with the new Distress Oxide inks, and wrote all over it with a white pen - I deliberately wrote big and loose so that the words are almost illegible - I'm really liking this way of journalling..

March 16: More Distress Oxide on this page - really interesting inks.  I've used them here as a decorative strip, the flower is Kim Dellow's and I've doodled around it - makes it softer and larger (more flower-like) - the small flowers are mine from JOFY49

March 17:  Flow Question: 'Are you kind to yourself?'.. yes in someways and not in others.. If I look after myself then I'll be well and able to be take care of others...  The centre panel is a gelli print, and I really like how the white journalling/writing blends it onto the background. (got to love a white pen!!)

March 18: Flow question: 'which movie have you seen at least five times?'  This is another question with so many answers? where to start??  but I watch/listen to musical films while I work.. 

March 19:  Flow question: 'Which family member to you most resemble?'  lol, definitely my Mum. There aren't many recent photos of us together so I've used this cute postage stamp to illustrate mother and child.... postage stamps are lovely little works of art aren't they!

March 20: I love this little bird image from ZinskiArt PaperArtsy stamps set ZA08.  It makes me smile - that birdie is shakin' its tail feathers and struttin' its funky stuff!

March 21: This page makes me happy - the colours, the die cut flowers & the gelli print background panel... all the little bits and pieces. 

So that's another week finished.

Thanks for stopping by - week 4 will be along shortly!


19 April 2017

AllyPally Craft Show April 2017


I'm a bit late showing some samples that I made for, and at, the show. I demo'd on the Sunday.. it was great to be there again and see familiar faces.

I worked on tags using Fresco paints, Kim Dellow stamps and my own JOFY stamps.

On this tag I painted some of the section of the flowers with Pearl Glaze (pink flower, centre layer) and Metallic Glaze (green flower, lower right hand corner) to show the effect to a customer

If you have any questions leave them in the comments of this blog post, and I'm happy to answer them.

Thanks for stopping by.