Thursday, May 24, 2012

Motorcycle Themed Fabric Design

This weeks contest theme on Spoonflower is Motorcycles.  I decided to use a gorgeous vintage Indian motorcycle for the inspiration in my design.  I kept my design simple, because I felt the beauty of the bike could stand alone.  Using Photoshop I digitally manipulated the image and used some filters to add interest to my design.  Then I added a solid dark background to help draw your eyes to the details in the bike.  And entry in the Spoonflower Motorcycle contest was complete.  Once again...I would LOVE your vote!!  Please click on the link to vote for my Vintage Indian Motorcycle design!  Thank you!!  

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

The Place to BE....PV (Portable Vision)

Portable Vision is an art based mentoring program at Central Minnesota Youth for Christ in which teenagers and mentors work together to create quality pieces of art which tell their unique stories. Art then becomes a meaningful and useful way to connect lives. On this art making journey these stories converge...and it is beautiful.

Tonight...after 12 weeks of sharing, discovering and creating, the Portable Vision artists and mentors are hosting their public gallery exhibition at the Central Minnesota Youth for Christ City Center Building in St. Cloud, MN. This is an amazing event where we will learn about the artists and mentors and view their beautiful pieces. You won't want to miss it!

Monday, May 21, 2012

Fabric8 Finalist Profiles

Spoonflower is featuring the profiles of all 8 designers in the Fabric8 contest on their blog.  So far, they have posted 4 of the 8 designers.  These talented individuals have developed some beautiful fabrics!  And now, thanks to Spoonflower, we get a glimpse at what inspires such wonderful creativity from these designers.  The first profile is for Lucie Duclos and her Water Flower fabric design.  The second is for Heather Dutton and her Afternoon Tea fabric design.  And the third is for Sara Berrenson and her Watercolor Blooms fabric design.  The fourth is for Mandy Kippax and her Red Poppies fabric design.  I will post links for the remaining 4 designers once they are posted.  I am giddy with excitement waiting for their final collections to be revealed!!

Holly Helgeson's photostream

Happy HedgehogHappy HedgehogsHappy Hedgehog FabricIn the Garden for Mommy & MePrincess Party for Mommy & MeDress Up for Mommy & Me
Mommy & Me Paper DollsDress up TimeGarden and Princess Party OutfitsClose-up of Miss RubyMiss Ruby Paper DollsMOMMY AND ME FABRIC3

Please check out my flickr account for on-going additions to my design library.

Miss Ruby goes to....Spoonflower!

This week the design contest at Spoonflower was for a "Hand drawn" design.  No fancy Photoshop or Illustrator software knowledge required for this contest...(however I did use them to change a few colors around and put my design into repeat).  Since I am doodling constantly, this contest really appealed to me.  Plus, the guidelines were so open, I could pretty much enter anything my little heart desired.  So, since I had already spent months developing my "Miss Ruby" paper dolls for my own little daughter Ruby, I decided to use them for my "Hand drawn" entry.  I also added a cute little pink stripe to the background, and here is how my fabric turned out.  I really do think this design would be adorable in a quilt or made into curtains for a little girl's room.  What do you think?  If you agree, please vote for my "Miss Ruby" design!  Voting ends tomorrow.  Thank you so much for your support!!

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Fondue Fun

Who doesn't love to fondue?  What could be better than yummy snacky food on a stick that you can dip in gooey goodness?  Well...this week the Spoonflower contest theme was "retro kitchen" and the design was limited to only 4 colors that they picked (including white).  Yay!!!  Right up my alley!!  I just adore retro kitchen!!!  And the design possibilities were endless!!!  I started out thinking I would design something involving old retro appliances and spice boxes.  But something in me was yelling "FUNKY FUN"...and from that "Fantastic Retro Fondue" was created!  Please click on the link to vote for my design! I sincerely appreciate all of your support!!  Thanks so much for your vote!!!

Monday, May 7, 2012

Check out my IPOD Cover Design on Society6

Since diving into fabric design on Spoonflower, I have found more ways to get "My Art" out there in the real world.  I came upon a wonderful website....Society6.   Here, I am able to upload my designs and have them made into several different items.  So far, I have uploaded 2 of my designs and made them into framed prints, canvases, stationary, IPHONE cases, and IPOD skins.  I could also have t-shirts and hoodies made from my designs. COOL is that?!?!?  Here is how my designs turned out.  

All of these items are available in my Society6 shop at
Please stop by my shop and take a look around! 

Thursday, May 3, 2012

BIG BIG NEWS!!! sure is to me!!!  First my "Happy Hedgehog" design made it into the top 10 designs in the "New Owl" contest on Spoonflower.  That means it is now fabric that is available to purchase!!  Yup!!!  I am SUPER EXCITED!!!  I have already had a few people order my "Happy Hedgehog" fabric...did I mention I am EXCITED?!?!

Second...this is BIG TOO, my "My Garden" design that I entered into the Fabric8 contest on Spoonflower was selected for the semi-final round!  It was a contest open to anyone worldwide.  There were 750 entries and only 100 designs were picked for the semi-final round.  The voting starts today to pick the top 8 designs from the 100 designs in the semi-finals.  The top 8 designers will be asked to create a fabric line of 8 designs.  The winner will be awarded a design contract with Robert Kaufman fabrics!!  

Please click on the link to scroll through the pages of entries and vote for my
  "My Garden" design.