Spotlight Series Day 25 – Christine, Penny Blossom

Who are you ?

I’m Christine Porter Lofaro and I am the owner and artist of Penny Blossom

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www.pennyblossom.com

https://www.facebook.com/pennyblossomdigistamps/

 

Where are you ?

I am Maltese and live in Malta which is a little island in the Mediterranean

 

When did you first start drawing/designing seriously?

I have always liked drawing and painting and I chose Art as my main subject at secondary school. There was no turning back since then 🙂

 

What is your favorite piece in the whole store?

I think I would go for the latest which is Little Red Riding Hood

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Who is your inspiration/muse?

Oh this is a tough one! I think inspiration is something ongoing and sometimes little things tend to inspire me without really thinking much about it. These are things that at one point come in the foreground! I am also inspired by many different artists but surprisingly sometimes it is not even their style of work that inspires me but the fact that I see them practicing their art. This instils in me a longing to work on my own art. Then there are also many art styles such as manga art, pop surrealism, and art nouveau which I really feel that I am attracted to.

 

How many people work with/for you ?

I don’t have other people working with me but I’m very grateful that my husband takes care of the technical side of Penny Blossom…I send him a big thanks 🙂

 

Name your favorite cartoon?

Anything Disney!

 

Favorite quote?

Life is like a garden, you reap what you sow.

 

What’s your guilty pleasure ?

Binge watching TV series when I have the luxury to do so, buying and hoarding art supplies, having cappuccino and cake.

 

What’s your favorite color?

Purple has always been a favourite…then there are the periodic obsessions…which right now is duck egg blue

 

What was your favorite subject in school…?

I love many subjects. Art was obviously a favourite but at the same time I also liked sciences and studied them in parallel.

 

If you were getting a tattoo… what would it be?

If I was not too concerned with the permanence of tattoos I would get two small butterflies on my hipline…one of my digis shows something similar to what I like 🙂

 

If you got offered a weekend in a haunted  house/castle etc.. would you say yes?

As much as I love castles and beautiful historical places I think I would chicken out!

 

When no one is listening…. do you sing in the shower?

Oh a big yes….and even when people are listening…before I got married my family had to put up with a lot of singing lol 🙂

 

What is your most popular item in the store/shop?

From the images that were given as a freebie for some time it will have to be Vigilante. Another popular image from the shop is A little Gift.

 

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If you weren’t doing what you are doing now…. what job would you have?

This is another tough one….I like so many things….in another lifetime I would consider an airline pilot, an archaeologist, psychologist….well the list goes on 🙂

 

How long have you been in business?

I have started Penny Blossom four years ago in 2012 …..but had to put it on the back burner for some time while I was doing my doctoral research….I have been active again only recently

 

What’s your favorite craftroom/business supply or tool that you couldn’t live without?

I love so many things but I would choose something really basic….good quality paper and a few sharpened pencils

 

If you got locked in an elevator for 6 hours.. who would you most like to be locked in with ?

Gerald Butler 🙂

 

When you get the midnight munchies… what do you grab?

I don’t have the habit of snacking during the night…but if I feel hungry in the evening then I have to eat something or else I wouldn’t be able to sleep…usually it will be a ham and cheese toast or something savoury…won’t have sweets if I’m hungry

 

What’s your favorite event, or holiday of the year?

My birthday which comes in October and Christmas 🙂

 

What’s your favorite hobby when you want to relax

My work is in a way a hobby as well so I do consider drawing and painting as my hobby. Then if I am lucky and get some extra free time I love to do make-up…try out different products and looks…which in some way still involves colours, palettes and brushes 🙂

 

How long does the average design/art work take from concept to final product?

It varies for different images but on average it takes from 6 to 8 hours from the concept to having the final digi ready in the shop

 

When you are working, what is the view from your window like

I work in different places…some of my favourite work was done in coffee shops for example. I also spend quite some time in the studio and here the view is partly of buildings and partly of a lovely valley.

 

What’s the one song guaranteed to have you shaking your booty anytime, anyplace ..anywhere?

Right now that would be “If it Ain’t Love” by Derulo

 

What do you love most about all the people you meet through your work?

Their unique ways of seeing things and their unique interpretations. I also appreciate the honest feedback and the great support from other artists as well as from crafters and colourists

 

Which drawing/product are you the most proud of in your collection?

It is hard to choose because they all have a story or a particular meaning…..

From the older original range……I think the Explorer has particular significance …I also really like Hang in There

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From the latest range I’m proud of Alice (which is a freebie that you can download)

And I also like the Holy Communion Girl 🙂

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COUPON

20% discount which can be used on the whole order. (Valid until the end of June)

Discount code: PennyCC20

Friday Freebie from Bugaboostamps

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“Hang in there dog” from Bugaboostamps is the Freebie Friday for today…. Don’t forget to check the  digi of the day and the half price new releases that come out every Tuesday 🙂

Rubber stamp storage solution.. and cheap too

Finally found what I have been looking for.. a storage solution for the rubber stamp collection the lil man have and I have. This won’t hold the big stamps we have, but it is fab for the Michaels budget stamps they have in the $1.50 buckets.

organizationThe top 30 pockets will accommodate a 3 inch stamp and the bottom 3 will accommodate a 4.5 inch stamp. Each hanger holds 33 ++ stamps depending on how many you fit in each pocket. I managed to squeeze in a good 150-160 stamps without even trying 🙂

I picked these particular ones up at a store called $5 and below tonight in our local Mall… $5 each and I grabbed 4.

I will probably go back and grab a few more for the last of my stamps, and perhaps an extra one or two for the stamps yet to come lol. They are designed for organizing jewelry and I am so glad I didn’t get the bigger shoe pockets I was almost ready to buy.. they wouldn’t have been as good size-wise and I think I would have ended up with stamps on top of stamps which kind of defeats the object of the clear windows lol.

Super happy with this new organization … now I just need somewhere to hang them 🙂  I might pick up a couple extras for  the lace and flowers and embellishment bling too… clear out another canvas tote on my cart 🙂  These would probably work out for my embossing powders and alcohol inks and such too… hmm ok I might be  turning one of our obsolete coat closets into a hanging craft closet haha

ImageAbility Review box

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Ok ladies and gents.. today’s “mystery” review box from ImageAbility.Inc.  is….

….  an assortment of products from the Ziggyboard.com and www.craftingability.com

I swear  Steve over at ImageAbility can read my mind sometimes… well maybe not so much when it comes to the big Orange marker….trying to throw me a challenge there??  but heh… I am sure I can find a use for that too *grin.  I’m always up for trying something outside of the box… no pun intended :p

 

 

 

This box contained:

Zig Memory System 48 piece Collection
Some slate blanks
3 marker pens
Magnetic chalk Board “Scraps”.

Now when Steve at ImageAbility says he is sending Scraps, or Seconds for me to play with…. they are not my idea of scraps lol.  His version of “I grabbed some scraps and threw them in your box”  is not what you would expect lol.  These are good size pieces  and his idea of “flawed…”  …I have bought retail products at full price with more flaws  LOL.  The same can be said for the 12×12 sheets of chalkboard vinyl… hell if they looked like seconds to me.  I can only imagine what the “good stuff” looks like if these are scraps and seconds !

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First of all let me tell you, this magnetic sheet cuts like a dream… super easy to cut on my cheapie little Recollections Paper trimmer I picked up a few weeks ago as a backup.  Squaring up my “scraps” was a no brainer.  I took one of the “smaller”  scraps..and when I say smaller.. we are talking about 8 inches x 24 ish (…that’s some scraps there LOL )

 

 

It had one tiny flaw on the end which was easily trimmed off… and to be honest, I probably wouldn’t have even bothered if I was planning to use it as a backing for sticker magnets. It was a surface scratch…. nothing more.  But, I was testing out the ease of cutting and so I trimmed it off.  This also comes in a whiteboard finish; so a useful tool for keeping your projects organized when you have a lot of things on the go, not to mention it makes a great Magnetic note  board for the kitchen, office or garage.  Retail sheets come in a variety of sizes to suit all needs. Heck I want to decorate an entire wall in this stuff. If only I didn’t live in an apartment  LOL.

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..I can tell you now I am seriously considering running out to Home Depot with my pieces and finding a sheet of metal to attach to the end of my craft carts, so I can use this on there to hold my thin dies.  I so badly need a better way to store the ones I have.. this would be perfect. My carts don’t have solid ends.  I am pretty sure hubby doesn’t want to wake up and find our Fridge and freezer decorated in my dies.


If you have a solid surface to mount it, Ziggyboard also have flexible steel which feels like the regular magnetic sheet..and magnets stick to it, as opposed to this sheet which is Magnetic and sticks to steel.

 

 

 

On a side note.. all you Cricut users who have mats that are losing their sticky, www.craftingability.com have a  2 way glue stick that  should fix that problem.  I will let you know when I get mine and try it out on my nasty old mats.

 

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This slate is beautiful and I have it on good authority this is good old USA slate… not imported  🙂  I have always loved slate.. so  I was super excited to see these pieces in my box.  Probably far more excited than the mail man was haha.

 

Included was 2 coaster size pieces just under 4 inch squared, a 4×8 piece and a 5.5 x 8 ish piece.  Sizes may vary slightly obviously, this is a natural product.. handsplit New England slate.. LOVE IT !

 

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Next we have the 3 markers … the jumbo 15mm Orange Zig Posterman Waterproof which at first glance looks like it could be hiding pepper spray LOL
The 6mm light blue Zig Posterman Wet Wipe
…and finally the 6mm White Zig Illumigraph.

 

I’ll go into more detail on what they can be used on and  their specific uses etc  when I use them.. but if you can’t wait for that, feel free to hop on over to the Ziggyboard.com site and check them out.  Quick rundown.. the orange and blue are good for  chalkboard, windows, mirrors, ceramics and the white Illumigraph works on chalkboard, windows and lightboards..all have an ETC. after the list.. so I am sure there are more.

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….and the Piece de Resistance
The Zig Memory system 48 Collection.
this set inlcudes:

12 Calligraphy Markers
12 Writer Markers
6 Journal and Title Markers
6 Scroll & Brush Markers
6 Brushables
3 Writer Chalk Pastels
3 Calligraphy Chalk Pastels
Now the big test for the pens and Magnetic chalkboard will be

…. can the Cricut Explore cut this magnetic sheet and write with these pens?

I can tell you already the pens won’t fit in the regular adapter  that comes with your Cricut Explore (original), but if you have an aftermarket adapter, like the Amy Chomas  marker adapter… they fit perfectly.  I can’t vouch for the Air, or One machines, because I don’t have one.  But I believe the Air and original Explores are the same,  unless anyone knows differently.  And I have a feeling the Explore One has a different pen system …?

So… the big question… where to start??   so many cool things to try, which one do I play first?

I guess you will find out tonight which one I chose…. and stay tuned. The CraftingCircle Exclusive discount code will be posted tonight too.  This is just a teaser so you know what to look out for.

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I can give you a hint.. it’s an “odd” number,  it’s over 20% and the code will be valid for ALL products on the www.craftingability.com site…and we’re working on setting up a code for Ziggyboard.com too.   Why would you expect a “normal” anything from me ? of course it’s going to be an odd number…. so  have a look around www.craftingability.com and Ziggyboard.com and get ready to grab some deals with this exclusive discount.

All you pro crafters  who do shows, or have a shop should definitely check out the  Ziggyboard  site, they have a lot of good business products too.

This code will be valid through December 31 2015, or while supplies last ….and if you are eyeing up this pen set, I can tell you quantities are limited.

 

DISCLAIMER - Nothing like stating the obvious here... 
*The products mentioned above were provided free of charge for review purposes.
*No monetary compensation was received and as always, all reviews and comments regarding products on this blog are my own honest "personal" opinions whether products were supplied or purchased. <<<< SURPRISE !!!