Friday, 10 July 2015


Imagine my surprise when I got an e-mail from Jo Firth-Young asking me to make some samples for her upcoming release. WOW! Me!? Really!? Let me think about that for a nano-second...YES PLEASE!!! I am SO excited to share some samples with you tonight for Jo's latest JOFY release. The stamps are amazing, as always, and I feel so lucky to have been on Jo's team for this release. Thanks Jo. I had a ball.

Guess who my teamies were!! All crafting heroes of mine, so quite scary to have my samples sitting alongside their fabulous work. Who were they? Well you'll have to nip over to the PaperArtsy blog to see.

...and just when you thought it couldn't get any better, here's a video

I know you will want to check out Jo's own amazing pieces. You can find her blog here and, of course, her samples will be on the PaperArtsy blog.

Here are my samples. I used the fab Fresco paints on all of them. I haven't done step-outs but if you have any questions do please ask and I'll be happy to answer them. 

Bloom and Grow

I do love making my own home decor items so a frame was the first thing I thought of. It's all there for you in this set, so it was a bit of a no brainer. It was really easy to transform a plain old chipboard frame with Fresco Paints and some PaperArtsy Crackle Glaze.  I wanted an alternative to paper or card so I used a roll of canvas I had lying around for the backing and stamped elements

You can see the texture of the canvas better on this close up. You can buy a pre-gesso'd roll of canvas for a couple of pounds.


Then I turned my attention to the gorgeous circles stamp at the bottom of the plate. Honestly! What couldn't you do with this stamp. I LOVE it. Here are just two ideas.

Lollipop Trees

As you know, I do like to get the most out of my stamps and I think this card really demonstrates how flexible this set is if you look beyond the obvious. I used the mushroom tops to make hills, the flower stem for the tree trunks and the circle border for the treetops. All stamped and embossed in white onto luscious kraft card and then painted with Fresco's for a lovely matt finish.

Beautiful Blooms

I made some paving slabs using a word stamp from JOFY11  and used the circles as flower beds

...and last but not least... Here's a little bit of fun that didn't make it to the video...

I love those really fluffy/spikey caterpillars you see and I thought it would be easy and fun to pimp up my caterpillar a bit for a clean and simple card. He made me smile and I'm pleased to say Jo says she laughed out loud when she saw him, so clearly he did the trick.

Feeling Prickly

That's all for today. Thanks for dropping by. Hope you enjoyed your visit. Do please head over to the PaperArtsy blog and leave Jo and the gang some love. Pop back tomorrow evening for Day 2 of Jo's launch. There's more to see.



  1. Lauren, i really love what you created with Jo's new stamps! Every sample is imaginative and different. Your use of colour and your imagination make them so special! Jo must have been delighted: you did her proud! xxx

  2. Lauren, your art is simply amazing! Such clever use of Jo's stamps! xxx

  3. These are fabulous Lauren, these stamps are brilliant and you have showcased them beautifully.
    Have a great weekend.

  4. BRILLIANT! Love your samples, really clever - Congratulations


  5. Just popping over from PA to say well done on your fabulous have showcased the new stamps so well x

  6. Fabulous makes - love your ideas and your samples are gorgeous -well done! x

  7. Such delightful samples, Lauren - showing off Jo's stamps beautifully. Sorry it's taken me so long to catch up.
    Alison xx

  8. Hi Lauren, just discovered your work and I love it all so far! You are really talented and inspirational, thank you for sharing your wonderful art work with us :) Penny

  9. Penny here again - meant to say I LOVE your blog title - Bagpuss rules! :)