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

Bring me sunshine!!

Its a lovely sunny day here in Essex today (cold, but sunny!)...

I bought the Concord & 9th 'Dahlia Turnabout Stamp Set' and matching 'Dahlia Turnabout die' before christmas and this is the first chance I've had a chance to play with it.

I watched the company's video on YouTube HERE to understand how to use both (watch the video - its worth it!).
When I first saw the design I wanted to create a stencil using it and luckily they showed how to do that in the video.  Having done this my tip is: mark on the die (with a Sharpie) which leaf bits you are using to line up when rotating- makes it much simpler to keep track of.

I cut a stencil out of plain white card (I'm going to do this again in acetate so I get more use out of it).

I applied Distress Oxide Inks through the stencil - Picked Raspberry and Wild Honey (pink & orange - always a fabulous colour combination!) creating flowers randomly across the white card...

The stamp set has the turnabout flower stamp and some nice big words...

I stamped one of the sentiments (lots of mix & match options on the set) onto the white space, mounted the dahlia panel on to a white card and sewed in place.  I finished off the card with a button and gems...

A lovely sunny card for a lovely sunny day!


JoFY Bingo Wk.1

Welcome to JoFY Bingo week 1 - the numbers are 4 &14
oooh tricky choices for week 1with a couple of christmas stamp set after christmas ... (brace yourselves - I have a feeling thats going to happen often!)

I made a wintery tag using this weeks large stamp sets.  From JOFY04 I used the spotty border over the background (which is painted in Green Patina and Blue Oyster) and the star has been repurposed to be spiky flowers coming out of the ground, & I rotated the 180 degrees and used the flourishes to be 'grasses'.  I usually paint the flower on JOFY14 in hot colours (pinks and oranges) but this time I wanted a wintery feel so used white washed book text, snowflake paint and washes and dots of Pearl Glaze. (I also stamped a couple more of these flowers using second generation stamping creating depth.)
You don't always need to use an entire greeting/sentiment on a set - sometimes you simply need one word and here I've used half of 'happy birthday' from JOFY14.

Quite a simple project for week 1.. it was fun to find way to incorporate images from both sets.

If you are inspired to join in here are the 'rules'... they're more like loose guidelines really... :o)
  • Selected numbers/stamp sets will be blogged on Monday along with the project I made using the corresponding stamp sets.
  • 1 week to create a project
  • 1 project, makers choice:  cards.. atc.. journal page.. dimensional project... tag...
  • 2 stamp sets (use only those stamp sets - not all the stamps in each set - that would be too much of an ask but as long as there are one or two stamps from each set then its OK!)
  • Work with any paints/media, colours, embellishments, stencils/masks
  • Upload project to Instagram links are #jofybingo and @jofyjo
I hope you can join in - see you next Monday for the next round!


JOFY Bingo (Challenge)!!

What, I hear you ask, is JoFY Bingo?!?!

Its a game/project/challenge I've devised for myself - and for you, if you'll join me!

I design my 50+ JoFY stamp sets so they can be mixed and matched... the old with the new, minis with A5 sets... and I thought this could be an interesting blog project/challenge:  Choose 2 stamps sets and create a project using both sets - 1 a week, 32 weeks.

If I was going to do this in an unbiased way I needed the stamp choices to be out of my control (or I might pick sets that I know would/could work together) so to solve this I bought a bingo drum - I am leaving it up to the luck of the draw!!  A small bingo drum, complete with 70 balls, bingo cards etc (bought on Amazon, in case you're wondering).
Logistically I needed to draw all 32 weeks in one go. I put balls into the wheel that corresponded with the number of A5 JOFY stamps sets.... and then I began to spin the wheel and draw the balls, 2 at a time.... I didn't change ANY of the draws - not one! (maybe I should've had an adjudicator standing by to verify this.. lol).
The draws themselves were interesting.  Several times consecutive numbers came out together and I wondered if I should redraw those but didn't because that is what 'fate/ladyluck' chose so I kept them  (I am NOT messing with LadyLuck! lol). I think my favourite draw might've been 46/64 - I like that they're mirror images of each other! (If you're reading this & on the ball & thinking there isn't a JOFY64... well.. lets wait and see shall we *winks and taps nose conspiratorially* lol)
I've obviously seen all the number pairs and occasionally while drawing the balls I looked at the corresponding stamp sets especially if they were early + later numbers - sometimes I thought 'oooh tricky!' and then for others 'oooh nice!'  lol  Its going to be really interesting... really made me think..

OK, are you still with me.. are you following my plan so for?:
  • Numbers drawn will be blogged on a Monday along with the project I made using the corresponding stamp sets.
  • 1 week
  • 1 project, makers choice:  cards.. atc.. journal page.. dimensional project... tag...
  • 2 stamp sets (use only those stamp sets - not all the stamps in each set - that would be too much of an ask but as long as there are one or two stamps from each set then its OK!)
  • any paints/media, colours, embellishments, stencils/masks
I would love for you to join in - I think some of you reading this might've bought some JOFY stamps over the years and so please join in - lets see what we can make with them!!... I'm hoping this will help you see them in a new light, get more use out of mixing new with old, and be inspired by what other people create.  Join in when you're able to, no pressure, if the choices inspire you or just if you fancy it!

EDIT:  I'm opening this up to include the JOFY minis.  There's quite a few of those too & it seems a shame to leave them out of the game!  So, for example instead of (or as well as..) using JOFY36 you could use JM36 - widening the options considerably!

I'm going to add my make on my Instagram account & use the hashtag #jofybingo and it would be great if we could all do that (& link me to me using @jofyjo )(If you're not on Instagram - you need to be! Its like Twitter but with more photos - really interesting..) You can do this at any time during the week.

I'm really looking forward to the challenge. Don't for a minute think this is going to be easy for me because they're my designs!  you guys think of much more 'out of the box' ways of using the stamps - Lauren Hatwell's sheep made using the flower on JOFY45 springs to mind - I'll leave you to look that up! Its brilliant!

This is just for fun and occasionally I might throw in a prize.

I'll be back later today with the first draw - I hope you can join me!

PS if ever you need a bingo caller you know where to find me! lol

Somethings coming......

.... and you can get a taster HERE

Its going to be a fabulous week over on the PaperArtsy blog... stay tuned to their blog - you won't want to miss any of it!

Farewell faithful junk-journal....

... it has served me well..

Early last year I sewed 3 junk journals and bound them into the covers of an old hardback book.. I didn't decorate it or anything because I wanted this book to be something that I wasn't too precious about...  and, well, you can see from the state of it now how I've treated it! lol

I wasn't too cruel to it - I carried it around in cotton bag (you can just see the pink bag in the photo above and below) along with pencils, pens, glue and scissors - always prepared - always a girl guide! lol

It has accompanied me on many train journeys to and from London (the reason for the slightly shaky lines of many drawings sketches), and I've really enjoyed working in it - so much so that half way through last year I sewed two more journals into it...

I would thoroughly recommend working (making) in a journal like this - something that you're not too fussed about so you don't mind if things go wrong or you just want to doodle/experiment.

There's something freeing/liberating about working on pages that already have paint or marks on them - its that 'it can only get better' feeling! ... no pressure..

AND you get to use up the scraps and project leftover left on the work desk.. (I can't be the only one who has those!)

This book has been used, loved, filled with colour, ideas, doodles and more colour - now I'm going to mend the spine (I might even rebind it to give it the cover it deserves!) and put it on the shelf with my other journals.

Here is the final page I decorated in the journal - its sets the scene for the year ahead and shows my mantra for this year: 'LESS IS MORE'...

I hope this has inspired you to gather up some scrap papers, discarded gelli prints, underpapers, book pages and bind them into a book (which is easier than you think!) to work/play in.

Give it a go - no pressure!

Take care


I'm not sure it gets any better than this.....

I do love a film with a bit of singing and dancing (may have mentioned that before!) and I knew/hoped this film would be good - but I didn't know it would be THIS good - bloomin fantastic!! seriously!! sooo good..... 

Don't just take my word for it - here's the trailer...  Enjoy!
(press the button in bottom right hand corner of clip to watch it in all its full screen magical glory! lol)

Get yourself to a cinema ASAP - you won't be disappointed!




2018 is going to be a good year - I can feel it!.. (and to be honest its got to be better than 2017 which is a year I am glad to see the back of!)

I wish all of you the very best for the coming year.

I'd also like to say a BIG thank you for stopping by this blog - and for bearing with with my somewhat random blogging last year - I will endeavour to do better, scouts honour!

Thanks also to you lovely people who buy my JOFY stamps and stencils, and who come to workshops - its always such fun to meet and spend time with you and to share the love of crafting - long may it continue (and help keep us all sane! lol)

Keep smiling!


A little festive sharing...

(photo Chris Dark, at PaperArtsy)

The current theme over on the PaperArtsy blog is 'Torn, Ripped, Burnt'... and Chris Dark has create a couple of gorgeous projects using JOFY58 - I thought they were so clever and lovely I wanted to bring them to your attention.... they made me feel all festive and I hope they do the same for you!

Click on the photo above to visit the blog post.

Ho ho ho...


#365Challenge.... August

aaaah yes.. August... back when it was lovely, hot and sunny - and I created these pages for my Flow365 project ...

I'm not going to beat around the bush - I a 'little' behind schedule - but I WILL finish this project!! lol   so without further waffle.. I give you ...AUGUST!!


I really like the layering on this page - a painted background with layers of tape and papers sewn on, finished with a die-cut and self-adhesive letters.


I have a  sheet of this background paper for aaaaages - paper created by layering up tissue dress making patterns and instructions.. seemed appropriate to sew elements on to this page..

Stencilling white paint onto kraft card- what's not to like! lol

Pink and green - one of my favourite colour schemes... here I've cut up gelli printed flowers to mix with die cut flowers.. and more self-adhesive letters (I seem to have quite a lot of those to use up..)

Another lovely gelli print from a stack that needs using - anyone who gelli prints will have a stack (probably an ever increasing stack! lol) of these to use up!






The dates in the page corners have been created using a circle doodle from JOFY36 and the numbers are 'garamouche' by Purple Onion Designs...

There it is - August!! coming soon - but probably not too soon - will be September and October.

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