Saturday 12 September 2015

NEW {Sept 2015} Products: JOFY Collection

Hi Everyone,

Leandra here with new JOFY stamps

Here's a video introduction and some samples using these new stamps for you to check out!

So lets take a closer look at Jo's stamps

Again tonight, of course we have some more super-talented crafters who have offered to help Jo present her newest stamps to you. 

Tonight we start with Lauren Hatwell.  Two of her sample embrace the rustic 'twiggyness' of the stamps, while her other samples bring on the festive sparkle!

Nordic Neutrals using JOFY 39 and 40 by Lauren Hatwell

The twiggy theme really reminded me of Nordic Christmas decorations I've seen. It was great to dig out some fabric and handmade paper to use on my card and I'm always so impressed by how well the Fresco Paints work on fabric. 

White Christmas {using JOFY 39 by Lauren Hatwell} 

I was particularly drawn to the lovely snowman scarecrow character in the set and wanted to make a raggedy hanging with strips of fabric coloured with Fresco Paints. I just sewed it all together any old how, like you would a scarecrow. It seems to suit him.

All Dressed Up {using JOFY 40 by Lauren Hatwell}

Christmas makes me think of twinkling lights and jewel coloured decorations so I love the glass cloche in this set and the gorgeous lustre you get by adding Metallic Glaze to the Fresco Paints. It really brings everything to life.

Twiggy Noel {using JOFY 39 and 40 by Lauren Hatwell}

How I love this twiggy tree and the twiggy wreaths!  All the images just chime so perfectly, no matter which stamp set you use.

Next up we have Keren Baker Keren's style is so clean and she always manages to add an interesting twist that is rather more complicated than it seems at first glance.

Jolly Cloche {using JOFY40 by Keren Baker}

Jo always bring unique images; not always what you'd think of at first thought but then always brilliantly fitting. This cloche needed a bit of shine (from sewn acetate) plus a little sparkle. The crammed cloche made me want to add other things inside which led to my third card!

Hanging Christmas {using JOFY 39 and 40 by Keren Baker}

These images just go hand in hand, and that's why I've mixed the sets up- to show you can't really have one without the other! As this tree already had some hanging elements from Set 39, I added the 'Christmas' from Set 40 and combined them to create a pretty different kind of tree. Just lots of fun!

Noel {using JOFY39 by Keren Baker}

As in the first card, the cloches are the perfect foil for adding things into them. Just stamp the cloche, cut the outline and you could add in lots of images (and not just seasonal ones!). Combining the two sets with the fun colour scheme gives you a playful card that I'd send to anyone. 

O Christmas Tree {using JOFY 40 by Keren Baker}

This set has Jo's signature style 'stamped' (sorry) all over it! I had to use the simplest of treatments because that's the beauty of these sets; you can do a 'pared back' approach and they still come out brilliantly.

I can honestly say, these two sets really captured my imagination for lots of other ideas I want to create with them!  I have had such fun creating with these, and I know you will too!

Our third contributor tonight is Elizabeth Borer.  She created beautifully painted samples using the stamps that, to quote Liz: "made made me smile.... they are cheeky and cheerful..... suitable for all sorts of uses" and here are her projects...

Christmas Angel {using JOFY 39 and 40 by Liz Borer}

I used a wood doll to make the angel and of course she needed a dress.  The star stamp made a lovely pattern.  I thought the fun trees would make a lovely christmas garden for the angel

Chirstmas Wonderland {using JOFY 39 and 40 by Liz Borer}

I'm not sure why but the stamp design led me to creating this checkerboard effect.  I was going to stamp and emboss the star and heart design in alternate squares but the twirly stamp was calling out to be added to the design!  the lovely cheeky snow scarecrow as created using two layers to make him stand out and words were moved to create a banner.

Noel {using JOFY 39 and 40 by Liz Borer}

The beauty of these designs is that they can be used to make quite complicated pieces as shown before or to make lovely simpler pieces like this one

And the tail end charlie tonight is Clare Charvill.  Clare's cards combine raised layers, mat & layering and painted elements but still have a fresh 'clean and simple' look. 

Christmas trees {using JOFY 40 by Clare Charvill}

This Christmas tree card was inspired by the Inky pool paint itself and the layers in the stamp. One colour, puddles of water and four shaded layers.

Trio of Cards {using JOFY 39 and 40  by Clare Charvill}

These three tall card samples were inspired by snow and ice and that frosty sparkle you get in a certain light.  

Now lets see what Jo has been up to with her stamps. As you know Jo quite likes christmas!... ....I'll leave you in her capable hands.

Hi Everyone, Jo here very pleased to be showing you my newest stamps for the Xmas season ahead. I do love a bit of christmas - decorating the tree, making cards, wrapping an decorations - its a fun time of year and glitter and sparkle is allowed (encouraged) in overload!  This year I have combined the sparkle with a natural theme - a twiggy christmas I like to think of it... I think there's something for both camps - for the sparkle christmas fans there's a glass cloche filled with ornaments, and for the 'natural' christmas fans there is a twig wreath, star and heart, and for everyone there's a very special snowman - he's part snowman, part scarecrow - I like him - he's jolly.

I've made a couple of things for you tonight with a few step outs so you can see the process.   On a couple of my projects I have used previously released christmas stamps with the new release to show you how well they work together.

Project One: Christmas Cards {using JOFY39 and 40 by Jo Firth-Young}

When I first receive my new releases I like to make quite quick 'n' easy projects to get a feel for the stamps - I want to play with them... all of them.. straight away!  lol  So I'll usually make cards or tags - this time I did all that and I made bunting too!

I didn't take step by step photos of these projects because I was just getting a feel for the new stamps, but I wanted to share the projects with you to hopefully inspire you to just 'play' with stamps - stamp the images, colour them, cut them out - see where your imagination takes you.

Card One: Frilly Tree

I wanted to layer up the tree but not in a traditional decoupage way - so I cut and added 3 layers of the tree and curled up the bottom edges to give depth rather than using 3d foam between layers.  

It's a fun little card!

Card Two: Skimming Stars

Really quick 'n' easy - less is more, but really effective. I was seeing how these two images from different plates worked together and they really do.  Vertically and horizontally - on the horizontal card it looks as if the star has bounced/skidded in which made me smile - you could add ground/shadow to accentuate that effect.

Inside the card I stamped and coloured the greeting.

Card Three: Noel

I stamped (in a mix of Stone and Bora Bora) the JM07 snowflakes all over a small panel Smoothy.  When the paint was dry I stamped 'Noel' (JOFY39) onto it and painted it in a blend of Inky Pool, Bora Bora and Stone to create a faded effect.  When this was dry I painted over the top with Metallic Glaze - I find the shimmer effect of the glaze is much more 'blingy' when painted over the surface rather than mixed into a paint.  I like the contrast between the matte snowflakes the shimmery letters (and stars).

The Bunting...there must always be bunting....

This is simple bunting - I only made three pennants but how cute would a length of these be hung around a small tree! You could incorporate people's initials or use as an advent calendar.

Bunting is so simple to make - this is a 'no sew' version.  The paper pennants are created from triangles of Smoothy and kraft card, holes punched in the top 'corners' and threaded onto a length of gold ribbon.(I cut the pennant first and then stamp the image so I can centre it more successfully). The scallop border along the top is from JOFY13.

Project Two: Oh Christmas Tree!  {using JOFY39, JM07, JOFY06 by Jo Firth-Young}

For my second project I decorated a small decorative chipboard panel.

Step One:   This chipboard arch comes in 3 parts - a back panel, a frame and smaller central panel - these all fit together to form a smooth panel. 

I covered the smaller central panel in book text and painted in an ombre effect using diluted Stone and BoraBora - I diluted the paint so the book text could still be seen.

Step Two: Then I stamped all over the panel using Metallic Glaze and JM07 (this is a 'go to' christmas background stamp for me).  I used this glaze because it is translucent and so would not distract from the main image.

Step Three: I stamped the tree onto the small panel using black Archival ink and coloured the detail with Fresco Finish paints, painting over the top of the baubles with Metallic Glaze to add some more sparkle (its christmas - you can't have too much!)
I used a white pen to add highlight/snow to the top of the branches, and a wash of diluted Slate to create a shadow underneath.

Step Four: The frame of the arch is painted with Inky Pool (2 coats).  I stamped 3 stars onto Smoothy and cut them out,  I attached two of the stars to the frame and created a sprung star (created by wrapping wire around a pen) and attached between the frame and the back panel.  I added white pen detail and attached all pieces together with Matte Medium. The phrase across the bottom of the arch is from JOFY06.

And here is my third project

Project Three: Masterboard Greeting Cards

Step One: I started off with a buff coloured piece of card.  I stenciled on small spots using Bora Bora Fresco Finish paint.  I covered most of the surface but leaving spaces for other images.

Step Two: Next layer was stamping snowflakes (JM07) in Snowflake paint.

Step Three: Now for stars (JOFY 39).  Stamped in black - I like to have a least one image stamped in black on a masterboard.

Step Four: I next painted detail on the images - spots were painted Cherry Red, small stars in Inky Pool, an a wash of diluted Slate along the stars to give them a slight dimension, make them lift off the surface.

Step Five: Here is the finished masterboard - ready to be cut up and used on cards.

Step Six:  The three cards I made can be seen at the top of this project detail but I wanted to highlight these cards to show you one last feature.

Background: I wanted create a background that co-ordinated perfectly with the masterboard so I rough painted a panel of Smoothy with two colours usedto create it - Stone and Bora Bora.

For this card I cut a strip of this and stamped on the word 'christmas' (JOFY40).

On this kraft card I used it as a mat between the masterboard and card blank, which also created a nice background for the string and tag (JOFY34) embellishments.

A HUGE thank you to my festive wingmen (Lauren, Keren, Clare and Liz) -  I hope their fabulous projects inspire you to reach for the Metallic Glaze, glitter, acetate and generally all things PaperArtsy for the fast approaching festive season.

~ Jo

What a brilliant way to end the week! Who doesn't love a bit of JOFY at Christmas? They can be layered and detailed for special people or a simple minimalist effect for a gift tag...but don't forget the bunting!! Compulsory in the JOFY household! Well done Jo they are beautiful, I'm loving the tall skinny effects!!

Please, take a moment to leave a comment for our designers, they love to know what you think about their new releases, they put so much time into the planning of these stamps, it really is exciting for them to get your feedback!

All these stamps are available now from your favourite PaperArtsy stockist, as you know,  we urge you to support your local independent retailer by spending you money with them. If you want retail choice in the craft sector for the future, then always buy your stamps and stuff from an independent retailer!

Crafter's Cupboard Pty Ltd, Berwick, Melbourne, Australia

Frantic Stamper Inc, Eagle Point, Oregon, Canada
Simon Says Stamp, Columbus, Ohio, USA

Kerudoc Creation, Kerudoc, France
ScrapatouilleBrignoles, France

Stempelmuehle, Gardelegen, Germany
Stempelfee, Hilden, Germany

Bianca's Toko, Nieuw Weerdinge, Netherlands
Creafine, Pependrecht, Netherlands
Leuke Stempels, Nijverdal, Netherlands
Papillon Hobby, Hendrik Ido Ambacht, Netherlands

South Africa:
Stencil Art, Johannesburg, South Africa

United Kingdom:
Aldridge Crafts, Attleborough, Norfolk, England
Artist Trading Post, Wirksworth, Derbyshire, England
Blade Rubber Stamps, Bloomsbury, London, England.
Birds in the Barn, Marks Tey, Essex, England
Colemans Craft Warehouse, Rushden, Northamptonshire, England
Country View Crafts, Nr Sandy, Bedfordshire, England
Craftylicious, Mildenhall, Suffolk, England
Daisy's Jewels and Crafts, Coventry, West midlands, England
Imagine That, Upminster, Essex, England
It's Crafting Time, Harston, Cambridgeshire, England
Loobi Crafts, Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire, England
Pink Tulip Creations, Studley, Warwickshire, England
Stampers Grove, Edinburgh, Scotland
Swanstitch, Deal, Kent, England
That Craft Place Ltd, Westham, East Sussex, England
That's Crafty, Harold Wood, Essex, England
The Artistic Stamper, Faversham, Kent, England
The Craft Barn, South Nutfield, Surrey, England
The Forget me not Kraft Kabin, Rochford, Essex, England


PaperArtsy said...

More loveliness Jo!! Beautiful ! Congratulations xxx ~Leandra

Julie Lee said...

Lovely stamps and beautiful samples from the wing people. xx

Emma Godfrey said...

Gorgeous sets ... though what else would we expect from you! Love both the trees and the cloche and the string and the heart and the star and the words! Lol.

Kirsten said...

Oh my, these stamp sets are gorgeous, I love the tall, skinny tree & the scarecrow/snowman is so cute. Stunning samples too from everyone.

Lucy Edmondson said...

Absolutely gorgeous! Well done everybody, gorgeous samples! I am definitely a jofy girl at Christmas!

Lucy x

Helen said...

Some of your best Christmas stamps yet I think, Jo. I love them!! Fabulous samples from all your wingmen tonight.

laury55 said...

all the new stamps are fantastic...the designers made a great job

Keren Baker said...

Another roaring success! Love the versatility of the sets, how you can mix and match them and the gorgeous samples to showcase these sets off! x

Annie60 said...

Jo stamps are lovely , also all the samples , I brought a set this afternoon and said Hello to Jo too,. xx

Debs M said...

Gorgeous stamps and fabulous samples from the team!

karens crafty corner said...

Another winner! Just love love love Jo's new stamps & all of the fabulous samples ❤️ Such a talented team ☺️

Unknown said...

More stunning samples and samples to love, the masterboard design is lovely, my fav xx

Unknown said...

Gorgeous stamps and samples to round of a fabulous week of new releases. Well done to you all!

Lesley Xx

Jane said...

Just the clever masterboard. A fun week and some gorgeous work, thanks so much x

Craftyfield said...

Wonderful stamps in Jofy's inimitable style... Great samples too!

Bothiecat said...

Love these stamp sets and the colours, such a change from Christmas red and green. Thanks to all the wingers for their fab ideas.

Etsuko said...

Beautiful new stamp set and awesome samples from Jofy's wingmen!! xx

craftytrog said...

Love your new stamps Jo, & your wingmen have really done them proud, great inspiration from everyone! xx

massofhair said...

Wonderful Wingmen have given lots of inspiration with their projects. Especially love Keren and Liz's amazing makes. Fantastic stamps Jo, huge congrats on your new releases :-) xxx

Claire said...

Wonderful samples tonight by all the designers! Another lovely couple of stamp sets from Jo X

Deborah Wainwright said...

Fantastic stamp plates and the samples are all amazing x

Sarah B said...

What wonderful stamps and amazing samples - think I may actually start Christmas cards before December after seeing these xx

Cocofolies said...

The new stamps are absolutely adorable.. And I really LOVE some of the samples with them, so cute and lovely, amazing work by everyone for the last night! :) Coco xx

Noreen said...

Now those are just cute! I loved all the ways they were used!

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GrannySoo said...

I'm new to Paperartsy products and have just bought the snowman scarecrow stamp set. So easy to stamp with and a gorgeous image. I've bought some small canvas bags for my grandchildren, and plan to stamp him on them (the bags, not the grandchildren!). Christmas in June! Xxx