Saturday 6 August 2016


 ...NEW Stamp from Jo Firth-Young...

Hi Everyone, Leandra here with some amazing new stamps by {Jo Firth-Young}...

Jo has got lots of ideas up her sleeves with these beauties! Umbrella trees and bubble flowers just for starters!

So lets take a closer look at the actual large stamp sets:

And the new minis (I may have squealed just a little bit)...

I'll hand over now to Jo who will introduce her new products, and share with you a few ideas. Enjoy... and don't forget to leave us your comments!

Oh and if you get your hands on these, you might like to use them in the new blog challenge that starts tomorrow night!!

~ Leandra

Hi everyone, Jo here and I'm really looking forward to showing you the new designs I've created to add to my collection with PaperArtsy.

These designs started off as holiday doodles and I'm really happy that they are now stamps and we can use them on all sorts of projects.  I have designed two large stamp sets that can be used on their own (especially the bold juicy flowers on JOFY45) but also have elements that will coordinate and complement previous JOFY stamps sets.

I have also designed 8 new minis (I get asked for minis a lot!) - I really enjoyed designing these - especially my 2 new little doodle peeps (that I affectionately have started calling Dolly and Little Dude)... Each time I stamp them out they make me smile, I hope they do the same for you!

I designed several backgrounds which are going to be really useful in your journalling or card layering, and a REALLY versatile little tag set.

Here are a few little projects I created with the new stamps.

Project One: Happy to be ME canvas

Let's start with a 5x7" canvas board featuring JOFY45, JM54, Fresco Finish paints and Infusions...(and the pointy flower on the left hand side is from JOFY24)

Step 2: Background
This panel was created by painting the background in Chalk Fresco (my go-to slight off white shade) and I stamped JM54 (in Stone) randomly around the edges. Random but I do tend to keep it straight - I thought if it was stamped at different angles it would be 'messy' and confusing/distracting (see picture above).

I also stamped two long spotty stems (from JoFY45) on either side, painting in the detail with a mix of 2 infusions: A Bit Jaded and The Sage.

Step 2: Focal Flower Stamps
I had planned on using this Infusion created panel (same infusion colours as above) as a background for a card for this stamp release but then I realised it would make great flowers, so I stamped three and cut them out. I like how the petals are all the same colour, but different at the same time - giving light and shade.

Step 3: Embellishing
OK, I may be a creature of habit - I like to use tags and book pages and this project is no exception!  But I use them when they are appropriate - a tag is the perfect base for the  new phrase from Jofy45 'Happy to be me'. It's going to be great for journal pages.

... and those little doodled circles in the centre of the flowers - perfect for bling placement!!

Stamping leaves directly onto book pages gives warmth and adds another texture, as does the kraft die-cut frond (which I painted with Pearl Glaze to give a contrast to the mainly matte finish of the other elements, and the Sisal string seems to give movement.

Extra Notes: These big flowers will be great as a main feature on a card, or growing up the side of journal pages.

Project Two: Life is good... live it! panel

This project is a mash up!  New stamps, older stamps and new minis!

Step 1: The Background
The simple background was created by painting Mermaid around the edges of board and blending them into Cheesecake in the centre of the board.  

The flower stems are also stamped in Cheesecake - this meant that they can be seen on the Mermaid and blend into the Cheesecake on the centre... it also means that they don't clutter further layers.

The next layer was stamping the umbrella (JOFY46) and Miss Long Legs (JOFY42).

Step 2: The flowers
The lovely flowers were created by stamping JoFY mini 49 (JM49) across the panel changing the height and angle slightly each time. I drew lines from the flower to the base of the panel to create stems.  The little circle stems are also from JOFY46.

Colours used are Bougainvillea, Bubble Gum, Chalk, Coral, Tinned Peas, Sage, White Fire.

Project Three: Dolly, Little Dude, the Tags & Flowers

As I mentioned earlier the sketched little characters Dolly & Little Dude make me smile and they make me smile even more when, because they are a simple line drawing, they are doodled around and set in all kinds of situations... I'll be exploring more of that on my blog in the future.. but for the time being here they are used with their accompanying motifs and other JOFY stamps.

I painted a small greyboard panel with shades of pink and Coral Fresco Finish, keeping it quite pale.

I repeatedly stamped JM49 in Bubble Gum

Stamped the alphabet strip from Dolly's mini around the edges, and added white pen detail to the flowers.  The panel was then ready for Dolly to be stamped on and painted. 

Here is Dolly in her flower garden.. I painted her with Fresco Finish paints and added further detail with coloured pencils.

The flowers are the small stems from JOFY46 and pen doodling.  'Enjoy' is also from JOFY46, and Dolly herself is JM53.

Here is a simple card featuring Dolly and a cupcake tag made from JM51 with Dolly (JM53) making an appearance too.

Little Dude
This panel is the same size as Dolly's and created in a similar way - the letter background is JM54 and 'Boys rule!' is part of a stamp from JOFY43. The little dude is of course JM53, and I can see I'll also be using this letter background a lot! There is also a numbers background (JM55) which will equally handy.

The Tags
I mentioned earlier that I love a tag! These little tags are going to be so useful - small enough to hang on a card, you can use the images on the set or how about adding someone's initial or age !? I can see how indispensable JM51 will become as one of my regulars for card embellishments.

The Flowers
Earlier in this blog post I showed how these flowers can be used as a background or as feature flowers growing in a garden and now on this card I'm showing how it can be used in its simplest form - as a border - JM49 stamped repeatedly up the side of a panel and detailed with white pen to coordinate with the other image.

So there are my new stamps - I hope you like them as much as I do! I really look forward to seeing what you create with them.

If you pop over to my blog you can see a couple of projects I made with the final two minis - JM55 and JM56.

My upcoming teaching gigs...
17.09.16  Keep on Crafting, Bury St Edmunds,, 01284 701101
15.10.16  That's Crafty, Romford,, 01708 344146

You can find Jo on...
Twitter: @JoFYjo
Instagram: JoFYjo

Wow, I'm sure you'll agree Jo has created a stunning selection for us all to enjoy, and so lovely to have another 8 minis too. They are perfect gifts, and so useful to add to your JoFY stash. Congratulations Jo! And we all wish you a super-speedy recovery from your treatment which you've mentioned on FB starts this week!

All Jo's stamps are available now from your favourite PaperArtsy stockist, as you know,  we urge you to support your local independent retailer. I'm sure they will be selling these like hotcakes, so please go and order yours now from one of the links below!


PaperArtsy Stockists around the world with new JoFY stamps....

United Kingdom
Artist Trading Post, Powys, Wales.
Artworks, Nottingham.
BellaCrafts, Eastleigh, Hampshire.
Birds in the Barn, Marks Tey, Essex.
Blade Rubber Stamps, Bloomsbury, London.
Clacton Arts and Crafts, Clacton-on-Sea, Essex.
Countryview Crafts, Potton, Bedfordshire.
Craftylicious, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk.
Crafty Ideas, Studly, Warwickshire.
Keep On Crafting, Bury St Edmunds, Essex.
Loobi Crafts, Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire.
Out of the Blue, Chipping Sodbury, Bristol.
Rowantree Crafts, Carnforth, Lancashire.
Simply Craft, South Glamorgan, Wales.
Stampers Grove, Edinburgh.
That's Crafty, Romford, Essex.
The Artistic Stamper, Faversham, Kent.
The Craft Barn, Merstham, Surrey.
The Craft Den, March, Cambridgshire.

Continental Europe
Expression-Hobby, Marcinelle, Belgium.

Toutencolle, Dun Sur Auron, France.

Stempelfee-Shop, Hilden, Germany.
Stempeloase Munich, Munich, Germany.

Creafine, Papendrecht, Netherlands.Bianca's Toko, Drenthe, Netherlands.
Hobbycompleet de Duif, Leeuwarden, Netherlands.
Leuke Stempels, Nijverdal, Netherlands.

Cien por cien Manualidades, S.L, Barcelona, Spain

Manu Tam, Madrid, Spain.

Big Time Stempel, Gockhaisen, Switzerland.

USA/ Canada
Frantic Stamper Inc, Eagle Point, Oregon.
Kept Creations, Whitman, Massachusetts.
Simon Says Stamp, Columbus, Ohio.
Vintage in KC, Johnson, Kansas.

Paper Lane, Dubai, UAE.

Asia/ Pacific/ Africa
Tiny Dots, Chiba, Japan.

Mandy's Cards, Taipei, Taiwan

Crafters Cupboard Pty Ltd, Berwick, Victoria, Australia.

Scrapbook Studio, Jeffreys Bay, South Africa.

Stencil Art, Gauteng, South Africa.

PS. Don't Forget...

1. Current Blog Challenge: Colour Mixing topic by linking what you make HERE.

2. New Blog topic starts tomorrow night!

All links go in the draw to win a £50 voucher to spend on products of your choice from the PaperArtsy online store. The Colour Mixing link will close 17:00 (London Time) Sunday, Aug 7th 2016. The winner will be announced 2  hours later at 19:00.


Miriam said...

wow wow wow!! Fabulous collection Jo!!

I'm now impatiently waiting for them to go love to buy!!

Helen said...

love love love. want them all... the letters are gorgeous.. Little Dude and Dolly... oh so cute!!

margaret said...

They are great Jo have had fun this week making samples for Keep on Crafting they have been flying!!!

Wendy Mallas said...

Stunning x ❤️ X

craftimamma said...

What lovely stamps Jo. All of them are definitely straight to the top of my wish list.
Lesley Xx

craftimamma said...

What lovely stamps Jo. All of them are definitely straight to the top of my wish list.
Lesley Xx

Linda said...


Deborah Wainwright said...

Love these Jo just my cup of tea! Look forward to playing with them xx

Mac Mable said...

Such a fun set of stamps and loving the minis too. Thank you for the fabulous inspiration using them x

Annie60 said...

Some lovely stamps Jo , and loved your projects so cute ,,,xxxx

Lauren Hatwell said...

Whoop! Whoop! Another triumph Jo. Absolutely love them to bits. BaaaRILLIANT! ;oD Lx

selena said...

ils sont beaux tous ces nouveaux tampons!

Artmadnana said...

You've done it again! A great collection of wonderfully, versatile stamps. Your samples are gorgeous and so inspiring.

Etsuko said...

Love them all!! Fabulous collections Johy, huge umbrella  botanica and Dolly and Little Dude are so cute...Oh!! can't wait to make with!! xx

Ruth said...

Gorgeous new stamps! x

Sarah B said...

love all the new stamps especially the bubble flowers - can see that jumping into my basket at Stevenage xx

Hazel Agnew said...

Love them to bits Jo. Congratulations....I have itchy fingers now! Xx 😊

Ellie Knol said...

oooo, WOW... especially the first one is my favorite!!

Julie Lee said...

Brilliant new stamps and lovely samples, Jo. Sorry I'm late commenting, but life gets hectic sometimes! :) xx

Lucy Edmondson said...

The new stamps are absolutely gorgeous, I want them all! I love your samples! I hope you are OK,

Lucy x

Unknown said...

So cute, love the minis xx