Winter CHA 2012 re-cap – great things I found

Winter CHA 2012 Jen Goode promo sign

For the second year in a row I exhibited my art at the CHA show, this time in Anaheim, California. I shared a booth with Carla Schauer again this year – I think we had a fantastic show! I was much more focused this year since I haben been through it all and had a better idea of what to expect. This was the 4th time I’d attended CHA, so there were plenty of familiar faces and excited about attending. Unfortunately, I was so busy working this show I forgot to stop and take pictures. I came home with a pitifully small amount of visual memories to share with you… sorry!

Jen Goode and Carla Schauer at Winter CHA 2012
Jen Goode and Carla Schauer at Winter CHA 2012

I started off the show by hosting a round table disccusion about promoting yourself on and offline. There are so many different direction we can focus our attention as business owners and artists or designers, sometimes it’s hard to find the important things to focus on for marketing and promotion. So for the hour of discussion I helped brainstorm ideas with different people focusing on a variety of businesses.

Next I just right into a session speaking with Theresa Cifali and Julie Fei-fan Balzer about promoting yourself and your business on and offline. This is the first time I had been part of group speaker where I was the one in charge and organizing. I think the session was a great success. We had a ton to share about social media, branding and focusing on doing what you know and love. I really enjoyed working with these two fantastic women.

Brenda Pinnick, Karen Embry and Phyllis Dobbs
Brenda Pinnick, Karen Embry and Phyllis Dobbs

I also attended an evening side event hosted by Brenda Pinnick, Karen Embry and Phyllis Dobbs to learn more about art licensing. I love hearing the perspectives of so many different people because there are so many different directions to take your art and each artist has found success in their own way. I came away having learned more tips and inspired by more ideas of how to work with manufacturers to get my art out there and on products. Most importantly I realized you just have to be brave and do it… if you don’t try, what can you gain?

Wonder twin (times 2) bracelets with my roomies
Wonder twin (times 2) bracelets with my roomies

I shared a hotel room, more of a family suite with 3 other fantastic artists, Laura Kelly, Carla Schauer and Niki Meiners. We had a great time when we actually saw each other. We all had so many different things we needed to get done, the only time we were really together is when we were all sleeping. Laura brought us each a goody bag (how cool is that!?) which included these awesome bracelets. The message on each is Live the Life you Love.

Jen Goode Winter CHA 2012 Designer Showcase Display
Jen Goode Winter CHA 2012 Designer Showcase Display

I participated in the Designer Showcase again this year. But lesson learned from the summer show and my forever long set up, this year I made an entirely different display which took about 15 minutes to set up from start to finish. I create 4 fabric banners that I painted, and added my own art to and all 4 rolled up ever so nicely and stored in the suitcase.I was so happy with this display and how easy it was to work with that I am sure I’m sticking with this for shows to come.

Winter CHA 2012 Jen Goode promo sign
Winter CHA 2012 Jen Goode promo sign
Winter CHA 2012 Jen Goode promo sign

As part of this display I created a number of promo signs that included both my artist Penguin and a QR code. Previously I haven’t really used the QR codes. They seem too specific and too dependent on the user having the right equipment, etc. However, I thought I’d give it a go and see what would come of it. So far, I haven’t seen any feedback from the page specifically designed to go along with this code. I’m marking that down as a non-useful tool for now… at least when it comes to potential art licensing and design clients and how they look to contact designers.

The rest of the show I spent almost entirely inside my booth with my booth pal Carla Schauer. I had set meetings up ahead of time with this show so I was expecting to chat with quite a few people. Others that I talked with ahead of time didn’t want to set meeting times but wanted the freedom to just stop by, which they did, but that left me unable to roam the aisles of the show like I had years past. So, as a result, I don’t have anything new and exciting to share about the show. I don’t know what went on, I didn’t see it.

Jen Goode and Button Wedding cake at Buttons Galore and More booth
Jen Goode and Button Wedding cake at Buttons Galore and More booth

I took a moment to say hi to a number of people during booth set up and did a tiny bit of exploring during booth take down, but that was it. Above is a photo of me showing off my button wedding cake I made for the Buttons Galore and More booth. That was a FUN project!I also created some super fun projects for the Impress Art booth, but I didn’t get a chance to stop by and see their set up – darn busy show!

Jen Goode and Laura Kelly using fabric to making pillowcases for Conkerr Cancer
Jen Goode and Laura Kelly using fabric to making pillowcases for Conkerr Cancer

At the end of the show there is always the CHA party. This year’s theme was Community and a connection with charity. The party was set up like a carnival with a ton of different booths with activities to help support the different charities. Laura and I went over and made a couple pillowcases at the Conkerr Cancer booth. They make pillowcases for kids with cancer while the kids are staying at the hospital. Laura happened to have some of her own fabric at the show, so that’s what we used to make our pillowcases. It was so much fun! This picture is me using a gigantic pair of Westcott scissors… good thing for us, they didn’t really cut the fabric.

I had a really great time at Winter CHA 2012 and I was happy with how everything went. I was really excited to be able to talk with so many companies and again meet more new people. We’ll see where that goes.

 

If you’re interested in reading more CHA re-caps and seeing what cool things happened at the show. Click on the “Designer Connections” link in my side bar. Happy Hopping!

 

 

Journaling, a Designer Connection Challenge

Child drawing of a person

This month’s Designer Challenge is about Journaling, if only I had enough time to sit and capture the moments, I’d have something fabulous to show you. However, the past few months I have been working hard to start and finish a number of projects and portfolio pages for the upcoming Craft and Hobby Association show. I’ll be exhibiting again this year (both 1839 if you are attending also).

So this time around, I don’t have a fabulous project to show you. Although I do have this wonderful picture my youngest drew, I don’t know who it’s supposed to be – glad to know the belly button was not forgotten. Once you’re finished here, please do take a moment to check out the rest of the sites in the hop and you’ll discover all kinds of wonderful things.

Child drawing of a person
Child drawing of a person

What is Journaling?

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Making Sock Monkeys and Penguins

Sock Monkey and penguin by Jen Goode

I joined in with a new challenge… make a sock monkey with the help of Ana and Megan Araujo from When Creativity Knocks. They’ve put together a fantastic video tutorial called  Sock Monkey’s Go BanAnas.  It’s a fun, step by step how to build your sock monkey DVD plus printed patterns using the Original Rockford Red Heeled Socks! I’ve never made a sock monkey, so I was excited to see how difficult it would be. It wasn’t hard at all and only took a couple hours.

Sock Monkey and penguin by Jen Goode
Sock Monkey and penguin by Jen Goode

Of course, because penguins seem to pop up everywhere around here, I had to make a penguin out of the sock scraps. I had a great time making this projects! It wasn’t difficult once I checked out the video.  Once my sock monkey was created, I started noticing a ton of sock monkeys everywhere I went. Did they really just pop up or had I not noticed until now? I had no idea they were becoming so popular again – crazy fun!

Sock Monkey Penguin and accessories by Jen Goode
Sock Monkey Penguin and accessories by Jen Goode

There are basic instructions for making a sock monkey that include the sewing, adding eyes and a mouth along with little nostrils for the nose. To add my own personal touch, I included eyebrows and a belly button. I also stitched up a cute hat and a scarf that says “I heart penguins”, all created from felt scraps.

My sock monkey package also included a sock monkey stamp. I started to make a keychain by stamping some polymer clay, but I haven’t finished it just yet…

Rit Dye is a sponsor of this challenge as well, however, I love the brown of the socks so I chose not to dye anything this time.

There’s a contest you can enter until December 19th to win a sock monkey package worth over $40.oo!

Prize pack includes:

  • DVD “Sock Monkeys Go BanAnas
  • 1 pair of Rockford Red Heeled Socks
  • Sewing kit, including: needle, button eyes, floss and stuffing
  • Plus 1 pre-sewn sock monkey

Here’s how to enter:

  1. Go to the When Creativity Knocks website.
  2. In the Member Login box click Create An Account.
  3. Enter the code: Sock Monkey

 Special thanks to the sponsors of this challenge:

 

To see more fun sock monkey creations, click on the Designer Connections links to the right. Happy Hopping!


Flip Pal challenge and kids art creations

Handmade cards featuring kids art scanned with a Flip Pal mobile scanner

This week I participated in a challenge using the Flip Pal™ mobile scanner. I’m in holiday gift making mode right now and I love to create things with my kids’ art for others in the family to enjoy. So, I combined the two and came up with hand made greeting cards featuring kid’s art. This is a great project to do at home with your own kids or, with the ease of use offered by the Flip Pal, this project could easily be created in a classroom as well.

Handmade cards featuring kids art scanned with a Flip Pal mobile scanner
Handmade cards featuring kids art scanned with a Flip Pal mobile scanner

How cool do these look!? From the photo, they look like layers of paper to make each card, but really it’s a scan, printed out and then placed on top of a plain colored background paper (just for added interest) and then little glitter sparkly things added. Such an easy and fun project! Here’s a close up of the tree card – the paper tree was made as a colored paper collage. I then scanned it, printed it and then added the little sequins. This one is definitely my favorite.

Kids art greeting card close-up
Kids art greeting card close-up

My original project idea was to create a Mother’s charm bracelet featuring kids art. I changed direction when I remembered, not everyone has photo editing and graphics programs nor the time or patience to spend the hours creating like I do. So instead I thought a set of 6 greeting cards would be the perfect hand made gift item everyone could make. Best of all, you can make it with your kids that created the art you are using!

Scanning the images with the Flip Pal brings out a lot of little details you might not get from flat art and a camera. The neat edges of layered paper, crayon textures and even glitter sparkles show up very nicely with this tool. I tried scanning a wide variety of surfaces and textures with my Flip Pal. I removed the cover and literally flipped it over so I could see where I was placing the scanning window which makes it really easy to get an exact crop on an image.

Kids art we scanned to make greeting cards
Kids art we scanned to make greeting cards

 

Scanning art is easy with the Flip Pal
Scanning art is easy with the Flip Pal

The scanning size of the Flip Pal is 6×4″, which is perfect for making a standard sized card.All you need to do is scan the art, download to your computer, print and create! My 4 year old helped me in the entire process… I used her art, she helped me scan and then made cards and embellished with glitter and sparkly gems and sequins. We had a ton of fun together and now I’m excited we have a pretty set of cards to give as a gift this holiday season.

There’s more… Other designers are participating in this Designer Connection Challenge today, check out their creative Flip Pal creations for more inspiration by looking for the Designer Crafts Connection widget
on the right side of my site (over there —>)!

Disclaimer: I received a Flip Pal™ to review and use in this project. The opinions are 100% my own.

DIY notecards with Digital Holiday Stamps designed by Jen Goode

Handmade notecards featuring art by Jen Goode

If you’re thinking about making your own holiday cards, gift tags or other seasonal crafty creations, I have a lovely selection of holiday themed digital stamps now available. There are poinsettias, gingerbread men, carolers and even a cute penguin. You can create a wide variety of paper crafts and mix media projects using these images. I’m adding more designs regularly and love to hear your suggestions so please feel free to drop me a note with your requests.

Handmade notecards featuring art by Jen Goode
Handmade notecards featuring art by Jen Goode

Take a look at these holiday examples featuring JGoode Designs digital stamps. I mixed the stamps with other paper patterns, card stock and glitter. Simple and easy to make cards featuring super cute art! (Yes, I’m a little biased.)

Handmade notecard featuring gingerbread man art by Jen Goode
Handmade notecard featuring gingerbread man digital stamp art by Jen Goode
Handmade notecard featuring penguin art by Jen Goode
Handmade notecard featuring penguin digital stamp art by Jen Goode
Handmade notecard featuring Poinsettia art by Jen Goode
Handmade notecard featuring Poinsettia digital stamp art by Jen Goode
Handmade Christmas Tree and Gifts card by Jen Goode
Handmade notecard featuring Christmas Tree and Gifts digital stamp art by Jen Goode
Handmade notecard featuring Holiday Caroler art by Jen Goode
Handmade notecard featuring Holiday Caroler digital stamp art by Jen Goode

What is a digital stamp? Digital stamps are printable art you color yourself. You download the art, print it at the desired size and then color or paint it however you like to use in your own handmade creations. These are all the designs I wanted to show you, so I printed them all out, colored them using colored pencils and design markers and then cut them out. You can find all my digital stamp designs at LilGoodies.com

Holiday digital stamp designs by Jen Goode cut out and colored
Holiday digital stamp designs by Jen Goode cut out and colored

 

What fun creations do you have planned for the holiday season?

Clay wall hanging flower pots

Clay wall hanging flower pot by Jen Goode

Here’s a new product challenge from Eileen Hull. This project features her new Caddy die by Sizzix embellished with custom shapes from Epiphany Crafts. I love this caddy shape and the countless uses for this particular die. When I first saw it I immediately thought flower pots. The shape is not too big, so it’s perfect for a little wall hanging herb garden right by the kitchen window!

Clay wall hanging flower pot by Jen Goode
Clay wall hanging flower pot by Jen Goode

I hadn’t used the Sizzix dies with clay, but a couple friends have been telling me the work well together so I thought this was the perfect project to try it. The clay would allow me to plant real plants in the flower pots. The clay also offers opportunities for adding some great texture and hand carved designs to any piece you make. I used a pattern design by Eileen as well to add some neat accents and texture to each pot. I then painted the pots with 2 types of spray paint to give it a ceramic look and then hand painted with a dry brush to finish the color.

Details on clay wall hanging flower pot
Details on clay wall hanging flower pot

For this challenge I also received a fantastic package of goodies from Epiphany Crafts which included a cool tool to make your own little custom shapes to add personalized embellishments to any piece you’d like. I decided to use the Round 14 shape tool and a couple of small metal flower style pendants to make name labels for each pot.

I’m not going to give you a step by step tutorial today, but I’ll give you a little run down…

Materials you need:

  • Clay, pasta machine, Sizzix Big Kick machine, paint (spray and brush on), parchment paper, scrap cardboard, ribbon or fabric trim, hot glue/gun and scissors
  • Epiphany Round 14 shape tool and coordinating bubble caps along with metal pendants and DecoArt no-prep metal paint
  • Eileen Hull’s Caddy die by Sizzix along with Lace Set embossing folders
Some of the steps to make the clay wall hanging flower pot
Some of the steps to make the clay wall hanging flower pot

Quick instruction over view to make these flower pots:

  1. Cut out and emboss Caddy pieces using clay
  2. Build Caddy and bake according to clay instructions
  3. Seal edges with hot glue
  4. Attach clay flower embellishments
  5. Paint as desired
  6. Make custom shape with Epiphany tools and attach as desired
  7. Plant herbs
  8. Hang and enjoy
Clay wall hanging flower pot by Jen Goode using Eileen Hull's Caddy die by Sizzix
Clay wall hanging flower pot by Jen Goode using Eileen Hull's Caddy die by Sizzix

 

Before you go…

I’m in the community paper as a neighbor to know

Jen Goode in a local paper

I was interviewed for the food column of my community paper earlier this month. The article talks about the book, It’s All About the Cookies… and pies and cake, a cookbook I designed the cover for earlier this summer. The article also ties in the Breast Cancer Awareness fundraising of the book and shares two recipes. Special thanks to my friend Lisa Crockett for the interview opportunity!

Jen Goode in a local paper
Jen Goode in a local paper

 

More yummy goodies to check out:

The penguin makes an appearance in Crafts ‘n Things magazine

Penguin stenciled on an apron in Crafts 'n Things magazine December 2011

In the December 2011 issue of Crafts ‘n Things magazine, my penguin is showing is smiley face on a cute apron set designed by Roxi Phillips, professional designer extraordinaire. How cute is that!? You can get a hold of the penguin stencil used in this project at LilGoodies.com.

Penguin stenciled on an apron in Crafts 'n Things magazine December 2011
Penguin stenciled on an apron in Crafts 'n Things magazine December 2011