JO FIRTH-YOUNG

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

14 April 2022

12/52 #bitesizedbooks

 Hi, how are you??  I hope you're keeping well.

The books made in March (yes, I know its April - I'm playing catch-up because life/work got in the way of creating.. gggrrr how very dare it! lol) are predominately black in colour - which is nice - I like black!  I like how it can make other colours pop and it goes with anything and everything.... This weeks book has a 'theme' of letters (alphabets & the postal kind) and hints of copper and metallics - and of course a touch of kraft.... but I think my favourite piece has to be the gingham trim on the final page which I found when I was destashing and sorting out the boxes of ribbons in my workroom... (I love finding forgotten treasures! -it makes the tidying/destashing worthwhile!)

I doodled circles over a panel of scrapbook paper - love seeing the text through the open spaces... I use an Artline pigment drawing pen to do this - similar to a Micron pen.

I like to use the same image over two pages and treat them differently.. these pages were scraps of book pages stamped with my alphabet (JOFY21)

This is one of the flowers from my recently released set JOFY112, I've altered it by adding extra petals and you can see how I did that in the video at the end of this post (or over on my YOU TUBE channel)


This panel of letters is cut using an Elizabeth Craft Designs die (1610:Planner Patterns) - a really nice set of three dies & I think I've used the numbers die in a previous book. (and there's the super cute trim!!!)


I love using stamps on projects, and in these books their size is perfect - they're perfect mini works of art aren't they?!  I embossed the post mark stamped images using my 'Twiggy' embossing powder from WOW! Embossing, its a lovely brown with a subtle pearl finish. Yum!

Here's the flick through video, featuring a simple 'how to' add extra petals to the flower. 

Enjoy.


Don't forget if you want to join in (please do!) and make a mini book like mine don't forget to add the hashtag #52bitesizedbooks on your social media posts so I can take a look!  I'd love to see what you make!!

Thanks for stopping by, take care.



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20 March 2022

11/52 Bite Sized Books

Hi

This week's books was a lot of fun to make....

I sewed a piece of spotted paper on to the front cover & doodles simple lines around the spots to make it more interesting.. I didn't intend to colour it but as the colours of the book took shape I felt it needed a bit of colour...

I've been doodling in one of my junk journals recently & one of things I'm really enjoying doing is drawing circles around a feature image to highlight it... so thats how these little scenes came about - they look like scenes from a desert at sunrise/sunset.

I've photographed these two pages together because, even though they look completely different they are the same piece of paper... pale spots on a beige background... on the left hand page I sketched small flowers and stems and on the right hand page I drew line & added colour.. I love how different they look!

This book was made during MS Awareness Week, & as I've had Relapsing Remitting MS for the last 25+ years I thought it was important to acknowledge it some way...
I've been very 'lucky' with my MS & after receiving treatment I'm able to lead my life relapse & symptom free...


Here's the flick through video....


Thank for stopping by.



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13 March 2022

10/52 Bite Sized Books

Hello

This book bring me up to date with blogging my mini books... week 10 of the #52bitesizedbooks.

I used one of my favourite stencils on the cover - I didn't use additional layers as I've done on the previous covers because I wanted to see the embossed pattern.

There's lots of die cuts in this book - a chance to use new dies - they look different when you're only using little parts of a bigger design.



My new stamps include rainbows/arches - great for layering up to create interesting patterns and assembled pieces.

Cute little Tim Holtz paper doll...

Ha, I totally agree with this phrase from PaperArtsy Hot Pick 16/05.. the Hot Picks stamp plates are always full interesting little motifs and phrases.

Here's the flick through video....



Thanks for stopping by
 

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12 March 2022

9/52 Bite Sized Books

Hello

Book 9 of the #52bitesizedbooks - first book of March - black, white and kraft seem to be my colours of choice for this book (possibly the whole month) - these are such a great base for introducing other colours.

This book has lots of mark making bits and pieces, doodles with shading and die cuts...





Here's the flick through video...

More info about the products I've used can be seen in my YouTube video that you can find over on my channel.. 

Thanks for stopping by

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11 March 2022

8/52 Bite Sized Books

Hello!

Another pink book - all sorts of pink - plain and patterned - with lots of lovely sewn elements.


It was nice to gather some of my favourite pink bits and pieces - lovely patterned papers torn and sewn together.... and touches of glitter.

Double layered butterfly - lovely Sizzix dies.

Patterned paper waves....

I used cross stitch patterns as background papers...

Here's a flick through of the book...


Thanks for stopping by


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10 March 2022

7/52 Bite Sized Books

Hello!

Thanks for popping by - here's the 7/52 'book' in my #52bitesizedbooks project. February's books all seem to be quite 'pink'... and that's not a bad thing!


It was fun to use one of my new stencils (PS310) on 3 pages in 3 different ways... 


Adding a decorative flap was interesting too - to 'grow' the page and add larger images within the book.


Love these little felt flowers from Stampin' up, I bought them ages ago - its nice to bring them out of storage and add them to the pages... felt has such a lovely texture doesn't it - soft.

Here's a flick through of the book....


You can see all the books on my YouTube channel.

Thanks for popping by


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24 February 2022

NEW PRODUCTS!!

New Year, New Stamps!!  HAPPY stamps!! 

JOFY110


JOFY111


JOFY112

(Ooooooh look!! I used YELLOW!!!!! I don't use yellow often (but its creeping more and more into my work lol) but when I do I remember how cheerful it is!)

PaperArtsy Stencil 308 (PS308)


PaperArtsy Stencil 309 (PS309)


PaperArtsy Stencil 310  (PS310)


You can see more details and samples over on the PaperArtsy blog.

Thanks for popping by




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