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

13 June 2019

Remedy for a wintery day...

... a wintery day in JUNE!!  The heating has kicked in and I'm wearing a cardigan and socks! (and other clothes obviously but those noted are the NOT usual clothes for JUNE! in the UK!)... what is going on!!


Aaaanyhoo as a tonic to the dismal weather I sketched, stamped, painted and doodled this summery journal spread in my large Dylusions journal.




Stamps: in background, flower from JOFY77
Paints:  Cerise, Butternut, Snowflake, Stone, Caribbean Sea, Hint of Mint.
Pencils:  Faber Castell Polychromos


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12 June 2019

Australia!!

Its not long now until I head to Australia -  well, I leave in just over two weeks but I know those two weeks are going to fly by! lol

I've been making piles of things & lists ... lots of lists... and I'm like Santa Claus:  I have lists and I'm checking them twice.. and some! lol

I'm really looking forward to this trip - to meeting lots of lovely people and getting inky painty with them!

Here is the schedule - I hope you can join me at one of these lovely locations... first stop Brisbane!



Hope to see you there!


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11 June 2019

Ombre Art Journal pages...

I bought the Creative Expression 'Bluebird Edger' die a few months ago.  Its a clever die - cuts positive and negative elements, the bird's and butterfly's wings are cut so they lift away from the cut panel - its clever.

I made a couple of cards using the die but what I really had in mind to create was a tip in page in my small art journal... and ombre journal spread.

I love how dramatic the die cut looks against the hot colours of the ombre background (Cerise, Coral and Butternut).


I really wanted to keep the clean and simple look of the spread - otherwise the die-cut get 'lost' (imho) and so I only added a few flowers to the left hand page.


These Sizzix Thinlit dies (Wildflower 664163) are great silhouettes.  I added a single stem to the inside of the right hand page positioning it so it couldn't be seen until the tipped in die cut page was turned.


Its a relatively simple spread but it packs a punch!  I might have to try another one - maybe with a vintage vibe...

I'm not sure I ever put the cards I made here on the blog so here they are (just in case)...


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ALBOTAT: 'Growing' the stamp....


Last week I travelled up to London on the train with my trusty junk journal for company... I had some of my new stamp images stamped out and was playing around with them...


I'd stamped the tri-petal flower from JOFY77 onto book text with the idea of paper piecing it onto a painted version of the flower.

After I'd done that I wondered what else I could do with it..  (I like playing around with the stamps to see what can be done with them).... its quite small... could I make it bigger?   Yes, with doodles.... and then, of course it can be changed completely by cutting it apart and using each petal as a separate 'flower'

Which is how I arrived at the journal page with its 3 seperate flowers...



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10 June 2019

Craft Stamper JULY issue....

... is out now!

Another lovely issue, and I'm thrilled (as always) to have an article in there.

Available from WH Smith and your local craft shop.




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4 June 2019

Its that time again......


.... for new stamps!  For this release I designed 2 plates featuring a couple more big flowers, and if you have big flowers you'll need a big butterfly and so on the third new plate there's one of those too... :o)




And three stencils....



I hope you like them as much as I do - the more I use them the more uses I can see for them! :o)

Head on over to the PAPERARTSY blog where I have lots of samples to share with you...



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9 May 2019

Australia Teaching Tour 2019.....

... or as I'm affectionately calling it - 'Operation Oz'!

The plans are laid... the workshops are ready and I am sooooo excited to be going to Australia (AAAAUUSSTRAAAALIAAA!!!!!!!) in July to visit four lovely shops!!!!!


(aaaaaand breathe!!!)

This is going to be an amazing trip & I'm absolutely thrilled to have this opportunity to visit Australia - can't wait to visit these lovely places and spend creative days with people...

4 weeks.

4 shops.

12 workshops.

I might even get to hug a Koala (gently - apparently they're  not quite as cuddly as they look!) or stroke a Kangaroo (again, gently!).

If you're in the area of any of the above shops please come along - details (links to their websites) are over on my 'Teaching Dates' page (link at top of page)

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26 April 2019

What no stamping?!?!!

... Nope.  No stamping at all.. not even a teeny tiny detail stamp!


I bought a large Dylusions journal recently and this is the first spread I've created in it - its liberating!! All that space to create on!

I've had a rotten cold all week (actually lost my voice for a few days!) so these pages were almost a kind of 'therapy' - made me feel better to do 'something'... so its not overly complicated...

I painted and stencilled 2 pages (Fresco Finish paints, Stencil Girl stencil, Crafters Workshop stencils).  Not planning, just playing - I sketched flowers onto scrapbook papers (siiiiigh... oh, Basic Grey.. how I miss your gorgeous papers..) and cut them out.

The journal is BIG.... here's my hand on the spread to give you an idea how big...
... well its big for me - I usually use the small or square journals... and my junk journals are only 4x6 (ish) inches.

I glued down all the flowers and then set about sketching and shading in the details.  I took before and after photos to show the difference - amazing what a bit of doodling can do:
I think adding the details is my favourite part of the page creation... though it is hard to know when to stop!

Here's the finished spread... it makes me happy - all those big bright juicy flowers!



See (or not see actually, lol!)  No stamping!!  (It was hard not to reach for the stamps.. but fun too!)

This was a lovely, fun way to attack 'The Stash' of papers.

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16 April 2019

Ombre blooms....


When I'm designing workshops options/ideas get discarded along the way (because they're not quite suitable for the event etc etc etc)... and this canvas was one of them... I'd painted the backgound (I love an ombre background!) and the flower stem (grunge paste through stencil PS131) and it sat propped against the side of my desk for a while... and then I caught it with my foot one too many times and I picked it up again to work on it....

This is a 50x20cm canvas... which is quite large (!!)... (for me anyway!)

I stamped scribble flowers randomly along the bottom area of the canvas using Pearl Glaze - I like how it catches the light but doesn't crowd the area.

The top edges are filled with dangling leaves and tendrils.  The gold spots are created by running glue dots around the edges and laying foil over the top...

Here are the stamp sets I used:


I think the canvas might need some butterflies or something but for now I've reached the 'put the paint brush down, move away from the canvas' stage of the project.

I'm saying its done... finished.

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8 April 2019

Colour puddle card....

... I reeeally like painting 'colour puddles' and usually use them as the base to stamp flowers. I'm always thinking and looking for other ways to use them... when I saw a post on Instagram (linking to the Sizzix blog) where they had used these (very lovely) flower dies as a stencil on cards I had a lightbulb moment... and this card is the result...


I posted this photo on Instagram and said I would put simple instructions here on my blog - 'simple' because it is reeaally simple..


Step 1.  Paint a colour puddle... this is done by painting a circle of paint (going round and round and round until the paint on your brush runs out..) then adding another circle/ring of paint in a second colour and painting round and round and round and round until your paint runs out again - blending the colours as you go...  its very relaxing! 
NB. The photo below shows the colour puddle cut to size to fit the card.

Step 2. Die cut the chosen flower in the bottom right hand corner of the card blank (mine is 12.5x12.5cm)


Step 3. Attach 3d foam pads around the edges of the colour puddle panel.


Step 4.  Attach the colour puddle panel to the inside of the card.

I really liked the clean and simple look of this card... but realised it was a bit too clean and simple! I mean there is such a thing as too much white space surely! lol

Step 5. Cut the white card blank in half and cut the front panel down to fit a 12.5x12.5cm kraft card blank - this will warm the card up and give a frame all around.


Add a strip of coordinating washi tape, a small tag and tiny die cut heart. Still clean and simple but not quite so much.

I wasn't kidding was I when I said it was a simple card - simple but lovely (in my humble opinion! lol)


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