April -May 2017 Artists Challenge

Due to the late start to the April Challenge I am going to extend this one through till the end of May.


Not feeling very  chatty this month….. so let’s just jump right in  with the new theme.  I’m feeling a little emotionally overcharged this month ..so….

The Challenge theme for April – May is:

“A Mother’s Love”


Inspirational ideas…  for those who may need them.

Mommy snuggles and bedtime stories
Bandaids and boo boo’s
Pregnancy & Childbirth
Knitting /croheted booties and blankets
Child playing dress up in mommy’s clothes
Mom cleaning up a kids mess… toys, food etc
Rocking baby to sleep
care packages from mom
homeschool mom

Whatever springs to mind when you think of all the things your mom did, because she loved you.  Or if you  never experienced that… all the things you wished she had.  If you are a mom… all the things you do for your kid unconditionally.  If you are the mom to an angel baby… HUGZ xxx hang in there. Whether it’s laundry, soccer mom, student teacher….. Mothers day is coming up May 14th, 2017 and all those snow babies are on their way, surrogates will be blessing couples with the gift of life….   Let’s see some images celebrating all of these awesome women.

RULES

  • Each artist may enter up to 10 individual NEW digital stamp images per given theme.
  • Images can go on sale as soon as they have been entered into the challenge.
  • You may add single images, or link to a blog post with up to 10 images..but each image must be entered in the challenge linky individually.
  • You may showcase the images in color, or projects on your blog links should you wish to show off  inspirational images too.

Cricut 12 Days of Christmas Flash Sale extended! coupons & project ideas

If you still haven’t picked your Cricut Explore up..  you still have time.  Cricut extended their flash sale and you can pick up an Explore Machine, or Bundle and still get it before Christmas if you order by the 16th.

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Deals on the Explore start at $139, there is a deal for every budget…  Shop now and  have yourself a Very Merry Cutmas!  Deals and Coupons  below
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Explore’s aren’t just for the ladies… we’ve had guys on our Message Board too…  Guys who do reenactment and  want to build signs and  props for their events.  Model builders who want to customize their projects with their own vinyl decals, stencils or printable decorations. Woodworkers and  toy makers who  need unique designs to personalize items. so many uses for this machine as well as the  card making and scrapbooking people  usually think of.

Fabulous tool for  Crafty Homeschoolers  and teachers too.  So many Fab designs and things you can use in your daily lessons..personalized reward stickers, labels,  decor,  and so many neat ways to  brighten up Essays, reward charts, certificates, calendars, work books ….and more.

Have a chef in the house? Create fun personalized aprons and storage containers with Vinyl products.

Cricut Design Space has 1000’s of images and fonts available for those of you who prefer digital access over cartridges. **Not All Cartridges are available in Design Space… and Cricut Access

Need something more Unique… they have you covered there too.  Import your own files for Print and cut to add your hand colored digital stamps to your projects, turn them into easy 3D Decoupage designs, make your own stencils and upload your own templates to create stunning card designs, boxes and envelopes using files purchased by fab designers on CraftsUPrint, Dreaming Tree and similar Cut File stores.

Create  one of a kind Scrapbook covers and pages, or framed artwork like this:

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Don’t have a Large Format Printer to  print out super Sized digital Stamps for your project ? Cricut has you covered.  This little lady is printed on a sheet of  11×17 Neenah card stock.
kk_toontimeWant to make  intricate cut  layered cards? vellum flowers?  gift boxes….  here’s a quick peek at some of the past projects you can find on the blog.  Everything from Chalk board vinyl and chalk pens, boxes, intricate cuts, 3D layered images, fabric painting, powder embossing…

 

Make your own magnets with printable vinyl and Magnetic sheet ( also available as pre-cut shapes, perfect  for  gluing your cut projects to).

Draw and Write on Fabric with fabric pens, Create designs for Powder Embossing on the Cricut, love  the Chalk Marker look? .. sorted.  The Adapter I use lets me do it ALL.

Aftermarket Pen and marker Adapter from Chomas Creations  allows you to utilize a wide range of pens for embossing, drawing, fabric design etc.  These Adapters are not available for the Cricut ONE as it utilizes a single cut/writing head feature.  The engraving adapter is available for all Cricut Explore Machines.  My marker Adapter is a permanent fixture in my Explore  🙂
The possibilities are endless.. so grab your Cricut Explore and supplies and get ready to start off  2017 in style…

Cricut December Mystery Box –   rumor has it this has a  lot of really cool foil in it and some Cartridges…

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Spotlight Series Day 14, Conie Fong – Conie Fong Art

 Who are you ?

Conie Fong Art & Design

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Etsy: Digital Stamp Store

 

Facebook Group: Conie Fong Art & Design Group

 

 

 

 

When did you first start drawing/designing seriously?

I first started drawing seriously in Kindergarten. I spent a lot of time drawing and making crafts in my earlier years. I started designing seriously in 2011

 

What was the first product you ever had for sale? 

My first products I had for sale were ACEO reprints of fantasy paintings on ebay back in 2011. I sold fantasy and kitty paintings for a while and then became too busy.

 

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Emma and Ellie by Conie Fong

 

 

What is your favorite piece in the whole store?

My favorite digital stamp in my store is Emma and Ellie. This is a drawing of my 3 year old with her butterfly wings, favorite toy, and wash cloth that she can’t live without.

 

 

 

Name your favorite cartoon?

Cinderella.

 

Favorite quote?

“Beauty is within the eye of the beholder . ” Nothing fancy, sounds kind of boring huh? LOL

 

What’s your guilty pleasure ?

Eating chips

 

What was your favorite subject in school…?

My favorite subject was art. I took 2 drawing classes for fun and didn’t learn anything from them while I was in school. I wished I had taken human anatomy, portrait, and painting classes instead.

 

When was your last REAL vacation and where did you go?

My last vacation real vacation was in Disneyland with my family!

 

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

NO WAY!

 

What’s your favorite horror movie?

I don’t like horror movies because they are all too horrifying! They are not real but they give me the creeps and shivers!

 

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

When I was living with my parents, I  used to sing in shower, bathroom, and everywhere in the house. I would only sing under blankets so no one can hear me when I was trying to  scream like Whitney Houston LOL. I don’t sing as much anymore. I only sing for my girl:) Now my girl sings everywhere in or outside of the house.

 

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Leilani by Conie Fong

 

 

 

 

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

Since the opening of my Etsy store, Leilani has been most popular.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

If I was offered  a fashion designer position for the runway, I would immediately accept!

 

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

I cannot live without my drawing tablet and and drawing pen.

 

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

Christmas and birthdays! Lot’s of fun and presents!

 

If you were offered a trip to the moon, would you go..and if so .. which of your images/products would leave on the moon??

No, I am not a risk taker.

 

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

I met a lot of talented artists and craft artists. Their  beautiful and unique art/projects inspire me everyday.  I love meeting new friends through my work.

 

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Lavender’s Blue by Conie Fong

 

Show me the drawing you think most closely resembles you physically or personality-wise 

Lavender’s Blue most resembles my personality. I was quiet and shy when I was young. As I get older, I try to be more outspoken and fun instead of being a boring person 🙂 .

 

 

 

 

 

What is your best and worst personality trait?

Worst personality trait- I am very clumsy and often drop things (like glass, wallet, milk!). I am also a perfectionist.  My best personality trait….Not sure if I have any LOL.

 

Would you go cave diving with sharks?

No, I don’t like sharks and don’t want to get eaten.

 

If you could hang out with ANYONE in the world ….  who would it be?….and what is the one question you would want to ask them?

I would want to hang out with my husband and my 3 year old.  I love doing everything together as a family.

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Feeling Fabulous by Conie Fong

 

 

Which drawing/product are you the most proud of?

I am most proud of Feeling Fabulous. This was the first image of digital stamp series ” My Little Sunshine” which are characters drawn based on my little girl’s fun and loving personality.

 

 

 

 

 

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Recycling Old playdoh into unique embellishments Part I

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If you have kids, this is probably a familiar sight.

That dreaded mush of  Playdoh  that is barely distinguishable as  the original bright fun colors it once was.

Now it’s just…. kind of like old socks….no longer that sparkling white after years of use and abuse

 

 

Well never fear…. Playdoh is cheap enough, specially if you manage to snag a deal on it around Black Friday like we did a few years ago.  Splash out and get your kid some new Playdoh, they will love you for it…. and you get to make some cool new crafting embellishments.  What makes it even cooler is your embellishments will be one off, unique creations and if your kids or grandkids are crafty… this is something you can do with them too.  A great crafting time and a valuable lesson in recycling  “trash” into treasure.

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Now for this project tutorial… I am using some molds I bought a year or so ago.  These are sugar icing molds I believe, except for the alphabet one which if I recall correctly is a Mod Podge mold designed for use with some glue sticks they also produce for mold making purposes.

But never fear… if you don’t have molds like these, you don’t have to run out and buy them.  Check the toy box I bet you have things in there that have potential..and your house is a virtual gold mine for  items that can be used.  You are a crafter…. I will lay bets you have at least one rubber stamp or embossing folder in your supplies that has a design that  will work.

 

Don’t forget that it’s not going to look much of anything  untill it hardens and you can paint it.. so use your imagination when choosing  mold designs.

PoPNow if you are a thrifty crafter, you may already know that plaster of Paris is damned
expensive when bought at crafting stores…. usually it’s a small bag and barely enough for a project or two.  Well let me tell you a secret…. DIY stores carry 25 lb bags for around $15, so check your local stores.  This is a great way to buy P of P if you have kids, teach, or plan to make larger projects.  It sets super quick and  then it can be painted with a variety of different paints and finishes.  One day I may write about my escapades back in the UK and the giant eggs made of plaster.  That is a whole post on its own and a project for the brave LOL

 

 

The other thing you can use if you don’t have old Playdoh around and don’t want to mess with P of P …. is Fimo or similar polymer clay, which come in a  huge variety of colors….including glow in the dark.  OMG that was so cool back in the day when I made my own Jewelry beads.  Fimo is one you had to bake in the oven…. some of the others may, or may not require baking, so check first.

 

anywho…. sidetracked again…. LOL

 

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All you need to do is fill the molds with the crappy old Playdoh and I use an old Credit Card, or gift card to scrape off the excess.  The less excess the better, then you won’t have to do so much clean up on the edges later once it dries…. and then leave it to dry.  The first time I tried this; I turned them out onto a sheet of card, but they dried funny as the card absorbed moisture and warped a bit in the process.

 

 

These molds are not super deep, so turning them out on a glass board, or  other non porous surface is a bit challenging too if the playdoh is very soft and moist.  So this time,  I am going to exhibit some rare patience and leave them to dry in the molds ….or at least partially before turning them out LOL.  I did not smooth the back sides of these down intentionally, so there was more purchase for glue to achieve a good solid bond later.

Now I am pretty sure if you are impatient like me…. you could probably speed up the drying process by baking this in the oven like Fimo.  If you google baking Playdoh there are a gazillion posts on the subject.

Come back for the 2nd part of this tutorial next week when I take my hardened Playdoh pieces from these molds… and some pieces you haven’t seen yet….and turn this ugly mush into something really cool.

 

War and Peace – “Playdoh Edition” To be continued …… later this week !!!  That should give you plenty of time to find some old Playdoh and some cool things to use as molds…. and maybe even get some pieces drying while you wait.


Coming up in part II
 A variety of molded pieces and decorating ideas to turn your Playdoh from grubby, to gorgeous.  

Coming up in Part III  –  Project sample gallery, ideas for using your gorgeous new embellishments.    Lots of cool ideas for unique Christmas gifts.