Friday 23 July 2021

NEW PaperArtsy Products: Jo Firth-Young Collection {July 2021}

   JOFY Collection

July 2021 New Product Announcement
A note from Leandra...
We all absolutely LOVE a JOFY Christmas release, particularly if making cards for special friends and family is your thing! She always comes up with the goods, whether you go simple, or more in-depth, there will be plenty that works for all of that and more!
Remember, these stamps are available EXCLUSIVELY from our approved stockists for the next 4 months. You will find a list of stockists at the foot of this post.

Hi everyone!  Jo ( here to wish you a very early and sincere Happy Christmas!!  lol, Don't panic, Christmas is still several months away - I'm just getting you in the festive mood for my blog post this evening and the stamps I'm bringing you... but don't worry its not all about Christmas.

Christmas 2020 I took a year off from designing seasonal stamps and I'm making up for it this year!  This year there will be 2 JOFY Christmas releases - I'm overflowing with the joys of Christmas!  This is JOFY Christmas 2021 Part 1.  Part 2 will be released in September.

I love these stamps sooooo much!! I hope there is something in this collection for everyone, and of course you can mix these new stamps with others you've bought previously - you'll see that I've incorporated several older stamps in my samples. When I'm designing seasonal themed stamps sets I always have card making in the back of my mind, but you'll see during this post that they can be used in dimensional ways too.

I've really been looking forward to sharing with you my newest release for PaperArtsy - lets get going and take a look at the 
3 stamps sets and 3 stencils....

.....snowmen, snowflakes and baubles! oh my!

  New Stamps
Price: RRP €21.92 +VAT
Size:5" x 6" (13 x16.5cm)
All stamps are individually trimmed onto cling foam, presented in a clear hanging bag
with a laminated storage/index sheet.

JoFY Collection 104 (JOFY104)

I love mid-century design - the interior design/architecture, shapes, & patterns - its an era I looked to for inspiration when designing the large baubles and shapes on this set.  

At first glance you might wonder what to do with all the little bits and pieces (I call them 'pebbles') - let me show you...

They large bauble are perfectly sized for cards - these were both created using the stamps and the coordinating stencil you'll see later in this post.

Baubles cards

The pebbles can be lined up and stamped to use as a background design - here I used white sparkly embossing powder for a touch of resist and sparkle (because its Christmas and sparkle is expected!).

The little pebbles are surprisingly versatile.  Simply use the outline, as shown on the card above, or use them to build something bigger.
Stamping them onto patterned/coloured papers is one easy way to use them. If you love fussy cutting and paper piecing then you're really going to love these!
When I designed the pebbles I intentionally kept the shapes simple - if you're going to be cutting lots of something you want it to be easy don't you?!

I stamped LOTS of pebbles onto different background papers, painted and printed ... yay for stamping platforms ... and then I spent a relaxing time cutting them out and assembling them in different configurations.  
I had quite a few of these pebbles when I'd finished assembling everything I'd stamped so I created several projects of varying sizes with them.

Oh Christmas Tree! (Part 1)

First I used the pebbles to decorate a couple of wood trees I had in my 'Christmas substrates' box (yes, I have one of those lol,  I'm very organised when it comes to Christmas). I mixed up the shapes, sizes and colours to form a garland.

It's easy to add details in colours of your choosing: add sparkles, metallic paints, printed papers - there are just so many options.  I intentionally kept the pebbles quite plain when I designed these (no inside details) so they could be stamped onto patterned papers to bring more detail into the layers easily.

For the a second tree I stamped the larger baubles from JOFY 104  onto the same painted and printed papers to create a coordinated pair of trees. The baubles are suspended from the frame which is also wound with a string of tiny lights.
The strands of pebbles also work really nicely on a card - here I've teamed them with an appropriate phrase from JOFY69 (more about that stamp set later).  This card shows how the outline and the filled pebbles work alongside each other.

These stamps are not just for Christmas though.....

I love how the pebbles work on this art journal spread. 

How about some flowers! There had to be some flowers somewhere in this post didn't there! lol  This card makes my retro-loving heart smile.... happy little retro flowers!!

JoFY Collection 105 (JOFY105)

 Sir Snow!

I've designed Christmas stamps for the last 8 years, and every year there has been a snowman... and this year is no exception. I like to call him Sir Snow, he's a happy chap with his fancy (if slightly crumpled) top hat.
This year I wondered if the gender balance of my snowmen needed to be addressed - there's been lots of snowMEN but never a snowWOMAN... so I designed a snowlady - and very fancy she is too in her Victorian style dress and handbag... maybe she's Lady Snow??

I think Sir Snow looks so jolly on this card mounted onto a spring - when tapped it looks like he's shivering in the cold. lol  It makes a fun christmas card or detail on an art journal spread.

Its nice to see how these designs can be used on dimensional projects. I created this fun little ornament of Sir Snow attached by a spring onto a vintage cotton reel.... it makes me smile every time I 'boing' it.  Christmas expects fun as well sparkles doesn't it and this ornament delivers both!

In case you're worried I've moved into the 'cute' side of Christmas let me redress the balance... 

While making my samples for this release I was talking to Leandra about the Sir Snow ornament and how I had initially given Sir Snow a really mismatched big googly eye and he looked more Halloween than Christmas....

"do it" she said "and maybe add scars!" lol 

So I did..... I didn't take much convincing that this would be a fun creation...

Nothing mounted on a spring can be very scary can it?! (even with its own skull and spider!).. they make me smile.. AND its a good example of using a Christmas stamp for another event.
(NB. If there were ever team leaders needed for Father Christmas's Nice and Naughty lists these two would definitely be top candidates!)

 Oh Christmas Tree (Part 2)

Each year that I've designed Christmas stamps there has always been a snowman and a tree, and here is this year's tree.  I design the majority of my Christmas stamps with card making in mind - it's when most people send cards isn't - and lots of my designs can be used to create 'clean & simple' cards. This card is a good example - using just 2 stamps (the greeting from JOFY104, tree from JOFY105), white  and grey pencils, white pen, and gold paint (a gold pen could also be used).
Simple but effective... would also look great on black card inked in white or gold....

This stamp could easily be used on patterned papers and paper pieced together to give a more colourful detailed look.

JoFY Collection 106 (JOFY106)

When I designed the images on JOFY106 I thought that they were ideally suited for card making - the small details really work for that format.  However, the more I use them the more I see how they can build up to bigger projects - using them to build up pattern and layouts especially when used with the coordinating stencil (PS275).

Chalkboard Christmas

This detailed design is stunning when created in a simple white on black chalkboard effect....a lovely variation of a 'less is more', 'clean & simple' card design... clean and simple doesn't have to mean lots of white space.

However, if 'clean and simple' to you means white space then here is the same design with painted snowflakes and shading to make the image subtly pop against the background.

Peace, Love, Joy

Still quite a 'less is more' card, this time using the coordinating stencil.  The stencil has circles that perfectly match the sketched circles stamp.  This means you can colour only the circles and, using a stamp platform, perfectly stamp the lines on top. A quick and easy way to add colour.

This stamp set has a line and a solid snowflake - great for backgrounds and patterns.

Snow/Joy scrapbook page
This is one of the bigger projects I mentioned earlier. A 12x12 scrapbook page - the design could easily be recreated in an art journal.

If you follow me on Instagram (@jofyjo) you'll know that I've been painting circles of various shades and tones of the same colour.  They become perfect little 'canvasses' to be stamped on, layered up and embellished.

They look gorgeous against the background decorated with the set's coordinating stencil of large snowflakes. 
New Stencils
Large Size: 6.25" x 9.5" (16 x 24cm) Price: RRP €6.28 +VAT
PaperArtsy Stencil 273 (PS273)

I find a matching stencil & stencil so useful when making projects.  For PS273 the stencil and the mask elements are included - this means you can create white spaces and coloured spaces as shown in the photo above.

All the card samples above were created using the stencil and/or mask.

PaperArtsy Stencil 274 (PS274)

The large tree on JOFY69 is one of my favourite tree designs - I love the doodles elements and the layers and the possibilities.... but I wanted it to be simpler and more versatile... so I've designed a matching stencil.
I hope you like it as much as I do and you find it as useful!.


The stencil is a bit like a jigsaw. The tree stencil is separated into pieces, one for each layer of the tree and they all fit in to the master panel (main stencil). To colour a specific layer of the tree simply add the mylar panel/mask fitting the layer above and below the layer you want to work on. In the photo above I've coloured the top layer (1) by covering layer 2 with the appropriate piece(marked on mylar) - this keeps the paint in section 1 and protects layer 2 (this will be painted a different colour).  Colour can be added to layer 2 by covering layers 1 and 3, layer 3 by covering layer 2 and 4 etc.

Here are samples of the two trees coloured using the new stencil/mask combo.

PaperArtsy Stencil 275 (PS275)

Creating a masterboard to cut up and create cards from is one of my favourite things to do, and at Christmas its a great way to quite quickly make lots of cards that are the same but different at the same time.
Stencil PS275 is a lovely stencil for this way of creating.

The group of spots in the bottom left corner of the stencil match the spots on the stamp set JOFY106 but they can also be used on their own too.  The photo above shows a group of cards created with a masterboard where the spots were coloured with Metallic Glaze (the shimmery spots shining on the masterboard panels).

On the card above I've added a sentiment from a much earlier stamp set - JOFY17 - the timeless sentiment and font means the stamp will work for many years.

The background of a masterboard can be altered by adding a wash of colour to the edges - I added a light blend of Distress Oxide to the panel above which accentuated the resist created by the Metallic Glaze.


Wow, that feels like a lot of Christmas.... with a few flowers and a touch of halloween thrown in for good measure! I hope its inspired you to think about Christmas (and possibly Halloween too, lol)... 

Thank you, as always, for choosing JOFY products and creating with them - I really appreciate it - I hope you like these new designs too... 
I can't wait to see what you make!

Take care, enjoy creating!!


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Bella Paperie, Brendale, Queensland,
Bev's Cross Crafts, Spreyton, Tasmania
Crafters Cupboard, Berwick, Victoria
Memories on the Murray, Murray Bridge, SA
Natalie May Scrapbooking, Dover Gardens, SA
Scrapbook Superstore & More South Penrith, NSW
The Scrapbooker's Confetti Box, Swansea,NSW
The Thread Studio, 6 Smith Street, Perth
The Scrapbook Store, North Perth,WA 
Time To

Cart N Scrap Art, Antwerp,
Cotrain, Kontich,
Expression Hobby, Marcinelle

Clipper Street Scrapbook Company, Langley, BC.
Paper Art Creations Inc, Leduc, Alberta,
Scrapbook Centrale, Dollard Des Ormeaux, Quebec
Simply Scrapbooking, Prince George, BC
Scrap Addicts, Edmonton, Alberta
Scrap and Bean, Edmonton, Alberta 
Scrapbooking Fairies, Drayton Valley, Alberta
The Paper & ink Boutique, Calgary, Alberta
The Scrap Yard, Calgary, Alberta, 

Hobbyboden Scrapworld Samso

Eirl Bancon Cartoscrap, Midi Pyrenees,
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Horizon Creatif, Ste Jalle
Katzelkraft, Ingwiller
Kerglaz, Basse Goulaine,  
Kerudoc Creation, St Yvi
Quartier Serre Teston, Ste Jalle,
Scrap by Nini,  Uzerche, Limousin 
Scrapo'naturel, Tourville La Riviere, 
Toutencolle, Dun sur Avon

Paperbasics, Hessen,
Stempelbar, Berlin,
Stempeloase Munich, Munich
Stempelfee Shop, Hilden
Stempellaedle, Stuttgart,

Scraps N Pieces, Kallithea

Immagine SAS di Rapaccini, Rome,
Il Negozio Della Mamma Di Cle, Torino,
L'artistica Glo, Cinisello B (Mi),
Marte Savona, Savona,
Pezze E Colori, Lissone, 
Piccole Passioni, Siena,
Scrap it Easy, Rome,

Tiny Dots, Funabashi-shi, Chiba

Hobbycompleet de Duif, Leeuwarden
Stampingcorner, Capelle Aan Den Ijssel

Hobbygarasjen, Kopervik,

Cien por Cien Manualidades, S.L., Bizkaia, Catalunya,
Endulze & Crista S.L, Pampalona, Navarra,
Ideas 10 Manualidades Y Scrapbook, Bilbao
Marakiscrap, Tarragona,
Scrap & Papers Experiences, Barcelona,
Scraphouse S.L. Barcelona
The Paradise Corner, Barcelona, 

Mandy's Cards, Taipei

United Kingdom
Amelia's Creative Crafts, Studley, Warwickshire
Art from the Heart, Harrogate, Yorkshire
Blade Rubber Stamps, London
Crafts at The Malthouse, Herstmonceux,  East Sussex,
Fave Rave, Stourbridge, West Midlands
Loobi Crafts, Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire,
Papermaze, Ipswich, Suffolk 
Stampers Grove, Springbank, Lilliesleaf, Melrose,Scotland
That's Crafty
, Romford, essex
The Artistic Stamper Craft Store, Faversham, Kent
The Forget me not Kraft Kabin

Artistic Artifacts, Alexandria, VA
Artistic Studio Creations, Fayetteville, Georgia
Craftiness, Chatsworth, CA,
Ephemera Paducah, Paducah, Kentucky
Everything Scrapbook & Stamps, Lake Worth, Florida
Frantic Stamper, Oregon
Free Heart LLC, Denver, Colarado,
Joggles, West Warwick, Rhode Island,
PaperCraft Clubhouse, Westbrook, Connecticut,
Runaway, Art & Craft Studio, NE Salem, Oregon
Simon Says Stamp, Columbus, Ohio www.
The Ink Pad, New York,
Topflight Stamps, Irmo, South Carolina

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Stampers Grove said...

Congratulations Jo. Been looking forward to this.

Hazel Agnew said...

Wonderful Jo. Xx

Miriam said...

Congratulations Jo... beautiful as always!