Monday, June 19, 2017

Pardon the Mess!

For those of you who have stopped by to see the Graphic 45 June Folio projects, I apologize. I am putting the monthly projects on hold for the summer. We will catch up again in a few months. Frankly, I cannot manage any large projects just now, because my studio... a colossal mess! Not only am I reorganizing and purging, but we plan to paint the walls! It is not easy to move so much stuff in order to even get to the walls!

My studio space is very large, and is an open "loft" space in the upstairs. The area separates the master bedroom from the three guest bedrooms and bath. I have always shared this space with our homeschool. However, now that the last child is ready for college, I can claim the whole space for myself! {insert evil laughter here}  
I am purging homeschool items, and reorganizing my craft items (again). Plus cleaning and dusting things that...I am not sure when they were cleaned last! I am also trying to decide if I need more storage, or if I just need to PURGE some of the hoard! 

My goal is to get things set up in a way that makes the most sense for how I use each item. The space is generous, so there is no reason why I cannot have it function better! 

Once I finish, I will do a little video to show it off. I will have some small posts over the summer, but no larger projects until I get this mess sorted! Wish me luck...I am going in! 

Friday, June 16, 2017

With Love

If you are looking for my Gypsy Soul Laser Cut project, please click HERE.

Welcome to another Conie Fong Art and Design inspiration project! I am having so much fun coloring these sweet images!
This sweet image is called Butterfly Princess, and she can be purchased with or without sentiments and extra butterflies, plus you can purchase her with or without wings! I love that Conie gives you options!

I printed the image at approximately 5" tall and made her into a 7" x 5" card.
I chose to print the image without her wings and concentrate on coloring her beautiful hair! I don't normally color blond hair, I guess because we are all dark haired folks in this house. But, I just thought she would look sweet with yellow hair and pale skin. It took me about an hour to finish all that hair!
Thanks for looking! For more inspiration, visit the Conie Fong Facebook Group!   

I am entering my card into these challenges:

Always Playing with Paper Challenge #86 (a sketch) (closed)
Always Playing withe Paper Challenge #87 (color - aqua, orange, hot pink)
Color Inspiration Monthly Link Up #23
Crafty Addicts Challenge #37 Anything Goes/Summer Colors

Digital stamp: Conie Fong Art and Design 
Butterfly Princess
Copic markers: Skin: E000, E01, E11, R20, R22; Hair: YR23, Y11, Y15, E31, E33, E35; Dress and flowers: G03, G05, G07, G09, R30, R32, R35, R37, Y13; Butterfly: YR00, YR01, YR02, YR68; Bear: E01, E41, E42, E43, E44, E47; Background: W00, W1, W3, BG0000, BG000
White pen: Sakura Gelly Roll
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Rubber stamps: Tim Holtz Simple Sayings
Twine: Really Reasonable Ribbon Pink Burlap String
Printed paper: Graphic 45 Cafe Parisian Floral Souffle, 6x6 patterns and solids; Lawn Fawn Perfectly Plaid Christmas Vixen
Cardstock: WorldWin Papers Smooth Midnight, Hammermill 100# Digital Color Copy White
Dies: My Favorite Things Jumbo Fishtail Stax and Layers, Elizabeth Craft Designs Stitched Rectangle
Sugared brad: unknown
Heart clip: unknown
Adhesive: ATG tape, foam squares, Scor-tape, Ranger Multi Medium

Dishwasher Tags

If you are looking for my latest coloring project, please click HERE.

This is my last project post as part of the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts team. It is hard to say good-bye! I want to thank Gina for the opportunity to design with her amazing chippies over the past few years! I have enjoyed it immensely! 

My project for today is one that I have been dreaming of making for quite some time. A few years ago one of my scrappy pals, Lori Williams, made a set of clean/dirty tags for her dishwasher. I have long admired them and wanted to make a set of my own. (For more information on Lori's project click HERE.)
For the base of my tags, I used two of the large tags from the Tags in a Box Extra Tag Set. These tags are nice and big, approximately 8" tall and 4" wide. I created two tags, one to place on the dishwasher to let my family know that the dishes are CLEAN (and in need of being put away), and one to indicate that the dishes inside are DIRTY (which means they can feel free to load their own dishes). 

I used the vintage homemaker themed paper by Graphic 45 called Home Sweet Home. This is an older collection, but I have been saving some of it for this project!  

Let's make some tags!
Use a black pen, ink, or paint to color the edges of two large tags from the Tags in a Box Extra Tag Set and two small (3 1/4" x 1 5/8") tags from the Small Tag Set. I found that if I first painted the edges of the tags with white gesso, that the black pen "stuck" to the tag better.
Select two frames from the Waterworks Shape Set. I had two sets, so selected two of the square frames. Trim one of the faucets from an extra frame. Then choose a propeller (fan shape) from the Propellers Set. Sponge all the elements with silver or other metallic ink. Allow to dry.
Trim decorative paper for the front and back of all the tags. Attach the paper with a gel medium. Brush another layer of medium over the surface of the paper to seal it. Allow to dry. 
Use sticker letters (or chipboard letters, if you wish) to spell out "CLEAN" on one of the small tags, and "DIRTY" on the other. I used some old sticker letters that I found in my stash. Brush another layer of gel medium over the top of the letters to seal them. Allow to dry. 
Assemble the first tag by gluing the waterworks frame to the top of the tag. Trim out a decorative sign from the paper and glue inside the frame. (I "went wide" on this photo so you can see the fussy cut image, along with my scissors. Fussy cutting elements from your paper gives you tons of extra embellishments!) 
Glue the "CLEAN" tag to the bottom of the larger tag, as shown. Fussy cut an image from the paper and attach it to the right side of the waterworks element.  
Add a decorative brad to the fan shape and glue it to the upper left corner of the small tag. Tuck some postage images, cut from the paper, under the fan. Add a decorative strip to the bottom of the large tag.  
Glue a few paper flowers to the tag, as well as some twine. Coat the entire project with more gel medium to seal it and protect it from getting wet.  
You may add more or less decoration to your tag, as you desire. Match your tag to your kitchen decor. 
We will repeat the process with the other tag.  Glue the waterworks frame to the bottom of the tag. Trim out a decorative sign from the paper and glue inside the frame. 
Glue the "DIRTY" tag to the top of the larger tag, as shown. Glue the extra faucet to the top of the tag, making it look like the word "dirty" is dripping out of the faucet. Fussy cut an image from the paper and attach it to the right side of the waterworks element.  Add a few postage stamp images to the lower right of the waterworks frame. 
Glue a paper flower to the tag, as well as some twine. Coat the entire project with more gel medium to seal it and protect it from getting wet. (My son told me that I was being "ageist" by putting the little old lady with the "dirty" sign! giggle giggle)
You could make one tag double-sided, with "clean" on one side, and "dirty" on the other, but I chose to make two tags so that each tag had one flat surface.
If your dishwasher has a magnetic surface, glue magnets to the back of each tag. My dishwasher has a decorative wood front, so I added some hook and loop tape to the back of a large clothespin. I can attach the appropriate tag to the clothespin as needed.

Thanks for looking!

Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts:
Small Tag Set
Waterworks Shape Set
Propellers Set


Decorative paper: Graphic 45 Home Sweet Home
Flowers: Wild Orchid Crafts
Twine: Really Reasonable Ribbon ivory burlap string, natural burlap string
Sticker letters: stash
Large clothespin: Recollections black chalkboard
Marker: black sharpie
Silver ink: Delicata
Adhesive: Liquitex gel medium, Ranger multi medium, 3M foam tape, hot glue

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Really Reasonable Ribbon June Blog Hop

Welcome to the Really Reasonable Ribbon June Blog HopYou should be coming to my blog from the Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog. (For the complete blog list, scroll to the bottom of the post.) After visiting me, hop over to the spectacular Ginny's Blog next! 
Here is a peeky at the RRR June Ribbon Club Assortment. Don't you love this Ocean Breeze Assortment?! To tell the truth, I live 8 miles from the ocean and almost never go there! I do love the colors of summer and beach themed colors are so soothing. I enjoy looking at the ocean, but I don't really like to touch sand or actually get into the water!
So...after all that, I did NOT make a beach themed project. I instead, I used this image of hellebores, colored in the peach color scheme for my card. I colored the flowers over the winter break, but never found a chance to use them on a card. The peach polka dot ribbon is the perfect match for the peach on the flowers! The ribbon is called Moonstone Swiss Dots Grosgrain. I made a few cards with this ribbon, and used up every scrap of it! Time to order some extra! 

This card is a big dude, at 8" x 8"! I love this big size so that my images have room to shine! I have had a few questions about how I make an 8" x 8" card. Let me just say, I do NOT purchase jumbo-sized paper! I simply cut one piece of cardstock to 8" x 8" and a second piece to 8" x 8 1/2". I score that 1/2" strip to make a tab (or hinge), fold on the score line, place adhesive on the tab, and attach the two panels together. And presto, you have an 8" x 8" card!

As for how I mail these big cards...well, they are best hand delivered! But, to mail them, I suggest a box or padded mailer of some kind. Padded mailers can be found in 8 1/2" x 11" and there are also boxes out there that measure slightly bigger than 11" x 8" x 2" which work perfectly. Wrap your pretty card in tissue paper, insert in the box or mailer, and mail away!
I wanted the dotted ribbon to shine, so I added a bit of Gray Solid Baker's Twine to the dotted bow. Then I topped the bow with a resin dot (12 mm Mixed Pastel Round Flatback Resin).

The flower image is a digital stamp from Power Poppy (Hellebores), which I colored with Copics. The sentiment is from a Power Poppy clear stamp set (Olive and Oak Expanded). I created a fun background for the image using a "watercolor" technique with the Copic markers. To achieve the look, scribble your Copic colors onto an acetate sheet. Pick up the color with a water brush that is filled with 70% isopropyl alcohol. This dilutes the color, making it easy to brush over the paper, giving you this very muted, watery background. (Make sure to do the background FIRST, and allow it to dry before coloring the image.) Let the background dry, then wet a textured rag with blending solution (or more alcohol). Press the rag onto the background, creating a texture. Let the paper dry fully, then color the image as desired. 
I used a bit more of the Ribbon Club ribbon on the card. I used the Ocean Blue Diamond Satin to make "stripes" on the card. I doubled up the satin and the dotted grosgrain as well. I added a piece of the Peony Crosshatch Satin Ribbon to the top of on of the flag shapes.

I am entering my card into these challenges:
Mojo Monday 500 Contest (closed)
The Crazy Challenge #250 Use Flowers (closed)
Addicted to Stamps Challenge #150 Flowers

Thanks for stopping by today! Now, hop over to  Ginny's Blog to see what she has for you!

Here is the RRR Blog Hop Order in case you get lost!

Really Reasonable Ribbon's Ramblings

Ribbon: Really Reasonable Ribbon June Ribbon Club (Moonstone Swiss Dots GrosgrainOcean Blue Diamond SatinPeony Crosshatch Satin Ribbon), Gray Solid Baker's Twine12 mm Mixed Pastel Round Flatback Resin
Cardstock: Hammermill Color Copy Digital Cover, CutCardStock Basis Grey
Designer paper: Lawn Fawn Perfectly Plaid Winter Walrus; Graphic 45 Cafe Parisian Confectionery, Portrait of a Lady patterns and solids, Vintage Hollywood patterns and solids
Stamps: (Hellebores), (Olive and Oak Expanded).
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Enamel Dots: Simple Stories DIY Christmas
Button: stash
Dies: My Favorite Things Fishtail Flag Stax/Layers; Tonic Studios Mixed Edge Rectangles
Markers: Copic 
Adhesive: ATG tape, multi-medium, hot glue, Scor-tape, Glossy Accents

Friday, June 09, 2017

The End of an Era!

Definition of era

a : a fixed point in time from which a series of years is reckoned
b : a memorable or important date or event; especially one that begins a new period in the history of a person or thing
: a system of chronological notation computed from a given date as basis
After 18 years of homeschooling, we are at an end of an era! Our last student is graduating next week (officially, on June 16th). We began this journey in August 1999, with a 2nd grader and a preschooler. Our last child had yet to be conceived! 

We homeschooled in three different states (North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and California), under three different laws, using a myriad of materials. We met many people, saw many interesting things, took many trips, and read a GREAT MANY books. After countless hours of time, toil, and tears, and after much laughter and fellowship, our journey is over. It is so bittersweet. 

Our last "little homeschooler," who started formal education in 2004... 
Nathan 7th grade, Laura 4th grade, Jonah preschool

...has fulfilled his requirements and is graduating! (And for the record, our little man, is now the tallest of the three children. He is 6' 3" and growing!)
After much hard work and time spent perusing his varied interests, Jonah is ready to tackle the college system! He is enrolled for fall at a local community college, where he will begin his general education requirements. He follows in the footsteps of his brother, who went on to attend University of California (at Irvine) and sister, who currently attends San Jose State University. May he learn from their mistakes and successes!   
Jonah - high school graduate at age 16 1/2

Jonah has graduated a year early, making him our youngest graduate! He is a mature young man, who is ready to move to the next phase of his life. I am confident in letting him fly from the nest. My husband and I did our best to educate him, raise him in the fear of the Lord, and ready him for adulthood. Now, it is up to him! 

As his teacher, I am ready to retire my white board and Excel spreadsheets! 
I confess that homeschooling high school was not nearly as much fun as homeschooling the early grades. (I admit that our "field trips" were a lot easier to handle in the last few years!) However, it is wonderful and astonishing to watch Nathan, Laura, and Jonah all grow and succeed! Watching them grow into adults is a most amazing journey!

I don't know what journey will consume my next era, but I put this one to rest with a proud and happy heart!

Friday, June 02, 2017

Butterfly Kisses

Welcome to the Conie Fong Art and Design June Facebook Challenge! The challenge this month is to use a Conie Fong image and Summer Colors!
I colored one of the NEW May Release images, called Butterfly Kisses. She is a lovely young lady holding a handful of butterflies. (There is also a version of her holding a cake, called Butterfly Wishes). I decided to make a "get well" card, as I never have one when I need one! 

This card is one of my large cards, 8" x 8". I printed the image at 4 1/2" tall, and wanted to have lots of space to decorate the card front. Sometimes I feel my images are all squashed on the card when I do a more standard size! 
I colored the image with Copic markers, then added just a bit of shading with Prismacolor pencils. I actually colored two versions of this image, but in the first version, her hair was a bit dull. This version has much brighter hair. Because I was fussing around, coloring this and that, I once again did not write down my color combos! 

I picked through my paper stash to find some peach and blue papers to match the flowers in her hair. I also added a pretty flower cluster to give the card some extra "pretty."  
For the inside of the card, I added the image again, only in a smaller size. I also added a sentiment from the Butterfly Princess set. 

I used a Copic "watercolor" technique to quickly add some color to the image. To do this, I scribbled out some color onto an acetate sheet. I picked up the color with a water brush which was filled with 70% isopropyl alcohol. This dilutes the color, making it easy to brush over the image in a water color manner. 
I hope you had fun looking at my project today. Please play along in the challenge. If you don't have a Conie Fong image, you can download one for free once you join the Facebook Group! Click HERE for that.   

I am entering my card into these challenges:
The Crafty Addicts Challenge #36 Anything Goes/Use Die Cuts (WINNER!)
Cute Card Thursday Challenge 480 Bugs and Butterflies (closed)
Double D Challenges Flowers Galore (closed)
Stampavie and More Challenge #288 Plaid (closed)
Word Art Wednesday #285 Anything Goes (closed)

June 2017 Facebook Challenge Rules

Welcome to Conie Fong Art and Designs' challenge! We can't wait to see your creations and hope you have fun playing along!

This month's theme : Use Summer Colors - Deadline June 30, 2017 at 11:59 PM CST (USA)


Anything Goes or Use Summer Colors.

3 submission limit per person.

Use any Conie Fong image.

Your project needs to be uploaded into the designated Facebook album (click HERE) in order to be considered for any prizes. Projects that are posted on the main wall will unfortunately not qualify. Once you do upload your photo, comment on it so that we can all view, comment, and admire it!

Your project must be a new creation that has not been previously shared on any social media sites before June 2017.


Winners and Prizes:

1. Artist Choice Award: 1 winner to receive 3 digital images
2. Top Winner: 1 winner will receive a $10 gift (random winner to be generated by
3. Random Winners: 3 random winners will be selected by Each winner will receive one image of their choice. (Winners posted July 5th or shortly thereafter.)

Digital stamps: Conie Fong Art and Design Butterfly Kisses, Butterfly Princess (inside sentiment)

Clear stamps: My Favorite Things On the Line (get well sentiment)
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Ribbon: Really Reasonable Ribbon Moonstone Swiss Dots Grosgrain, Ivory Burlap String 
Copic markers: Various
Prismacolor pencils: Various
White pen: Sakura Gelly Roll
Flowers: Wild Orchid Crafts
Enamel Dots: Doodlebug Design Sprinkles (swimming pool glitter)
Floral sprays: various
Buttons: Gloria's button hoard
Printed paper: Graphic 45 Cafe Parisian 12x12 Confectionery, Crepe Suzette, 6x6 Patterns and Solids Pad; Lawn Fawn Perfectly Plaid Winter (Snowy Owl)
Cardstock: Hammermill Digital Copy 100#, CutCardStock Basis Brown
Punches: Martha Stewart Butterfly, Fiskars border
Dies: Spellbinders Grand Ovals, My Favorite Things Fishtail Stax and Layers, Tonic Studios Mixed Edge Rectangles, Couture Creations Cameo Ovals
Adhesive: ATG tape, foam tape, hot glue, Scor-tape, Ranger Multi Medium

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Wish Big!

Welcome to another Conie Fong Art and Design project! I get to post a second inspiration project for May! 
I chose to color this super cute little boy image, called Birthday Benny. He is so adorable in his little overalls! I printed the image at approximately 5 inches tall, which is a tad big for a card. I made my card base 6 1/4" x 5".
I started out coloring two versions of Benny's hair. I used a combination of Copics and Prismacolor pencils. I have been working my way through the Kit and Clowder Skin and Hair Class, so I have been doing hair all the past week! I did the rest of the image with just Copics. I really like how adding the pencil to the hair gave the hair more texture. 

I am very sorry that I did not write down the markers or pencils I used. I was coloring a lot of images, and this was just supposed to be practice, but it turned out so well, I decided to color it up and use it on a card!
Once I had the hair all colored, I did the overalls. To give the overalls some texture, I soaked a bit of denim fabric with blender solution and pressed it into the image. Make sure you don't give any other parts of the image a denim texture! Color everything else AFTER you texturize the jeans. {grin}

I pulled some papers out of my hoard of 6x6 and 8x8 pads. Some of this paper is very old,'s still good paper! 

Thanks for looking! For more inspiration, visit the Conie Fong Facebook Group!   

I am entering my card into these challenges:

My Creative Scoop Color Inspiration Monthly Linkup 22 (Spotlight Winner)
Cardz 4 Guyz Challenge #170 Favorite Color Combo (closed)
The Crazy Challenge #249 Birthday (Prize Winner)
Always Playing with Paper #85 Inspiration (Celebrate) (closed)

Digital stamp: Conie Fong Art and Design 
Birthday Benny

Copic markers: Various
White pen: Sakura Gelly Roll
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Clear stamps: My Favorite Things Delicious Birthday, Birthday Greetings
Twine: Really Reasonable Ribbon Red Burlap String
Enamel dots: Simple Stories Emoji Love, American Crafts Shimelle
Printed paper: My Mind's Eye Lime Twist Life of the Party 6x6 pad, October Afternoon Modern Homemaker and Road Map 8x8 pads
Cardstock: WorldWin Papers Smooth Brown, Hammermill 100# Digital Color Copy White, Stampin' Up Whisper White
Dies: My Favorite Things Jumbo Fishtail Stax, Elizabeth Craft Designs Stitched Rectangle
Star bling: unknown
Star punches: Carl
Adhesive: ATG tape, foam squares, Scor-tape, Ranger Multi Medium

Friday, May 26, 2017

Heartfelt Creations May Alumni Blog Hop

Welcome to the May Heartfelt Creations Alumni Blog Hop! Each month, on the last Friday of the month, the Heartfelt Creations Alumni Team participates in a Blog Hop! The May Hop starts 8am EST on Friday, May 26th and closes Monday, May 29th at midnight. 

Be sure to visit each blog on the hop, and leave a comment, because one fortunate Blogger will be chosen to receive a $25 gift card to Heartfelt Creations! The winner will be announced on the Heartfelt Creations Blog and Facebook Page on Wednesday, May 31st. The winner should contact HC at with "Winner of the May Alumni Hop" in the subject line.

ETA: The winner is Joni, chosen from Amarilys's blog.

You should be coming to my blog from Kathy Clement's Blog. After visiting me, head on over to Archana Joshi's Blog. For a list of the Alumni Blogs, see the end of the post.

Since Monday is Memorial Day here in the USA, I decided to make a little four-fold card in honor of the day. My father, all four brothers, nephew, and many of my uncles served in our nation's military. I always want to honor their service. My dad, younger brother, and my nephew are no longer with us, making Memorial Day especially poignant for me.
I have been seeing this four-fold card all over Pinterest just now, so I thought I'd give it a try. (I have no clue who invented it, but there are tons of tutorials out there if you cannot figure it out on your own.) The beauty of this card is that it folds up to a 5 1/2" x 4 1/4" size, and fits into a standard A2 envelope! So...I also made a matching envelope for my card! The envelope is 6" x 4 3/4". 
I used Heartfelt Creations Everyday Heroes Paper Collection to decorate my memorial card. I wanted to keep this very masculine in case I decided to actually send it to one of my brothers. {grin} I actually forgot my one older brother's 66th birthday, so this would make a great gift to say I am sorry! 
I also decorated both sides of my paper! When you have the stacks of paper that I have, you just need to use it up! 
Thanks for hopping by! Hop on over to  Archana Joshi's Blog next. DON'T FORGET...POST A COMMENT FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN A $25 GIFT CARD TO HEARTFELT CREATIONS!

May Heartfelt Creations Alumni Blog Hop List:

Kathy Clement
Gloria Stengel - YOU ARE HERE!
Archana Joshi
Vicki Dutcher
Martine Smith
Amarilys Doria
Emilia van den Heuvel
Sarah Miller
Deneen Treble

Heartfelt Creations Products:

Everyday Heroes Paper Collection
Everyday Heroes Die
Luggage and Tags Die
Cut Mat Create Die series

Memento Dye Ink Pad - Tuxedo Black

Other Products:

Cardstock: WorldWin Papers Smooth and Silky Midnight, CutCardStock Basis Natural
Brad: unknown

Other dies: Spellbinders circles
Tools: We R Memory Keepers envelop punch board
Adhesive: ATG tape, foam adhesive squares, Ranger Multi Medium