Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Lorelei's Cool Giveaway

Ok, so here's the other awesome giveaway...

Lorelei is having a Lark's Book Giveaway on her blog...click here to view.  She is giving away these fantastic Lark books.


The winner of the giveaway will receive ALL 8 BOOKS!!!  How cool is that!  So head on over to her Lorelei's Blog for more details on how to win these fabulous books, you don't have much time to waste!  January 2nd she is announcing the winner and the winner could be you!

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Tina Holden's Christmas Giveaway

Ok, so I am back a little earlier than planned although dealing with a sore throat...hope it is not a cold coming on. I absolutely had too...two great giveaways happening right now. Today, I will tell you about Tina Holden's Christmas Giveaway. Tina is giving away not one but three gorgeous pendants! So, there will be THREE LUCKY WINNERS!!

Pendant #1 Red Batik

Pendant #2 Green Ripple

Pendant #3 The River Channel

So head on over to her blog to find out more about this generous giveaway...click here!  
Giveaway is open till Dec. 31st...so hurry!

Tomorrow, I will post another sweet giveaway, so please come back!

Thank you for stopping by and have an awesome day!

Monday, December 19, 2011

And The Winner is......

Today's post is short and sweet!  I am happy to say that the winner of my December giveaway is Judy Babcock! I selected the number using the Random.org.  The lucky winner was #4!  I had 5 wonderful comments:
1) Jan DreamWeaversDesigns
2) YorkAvenueStudio
3) Bonnie Kreger at B-LEE KREATIONS
4) Judy Babcock
5) In the Light of the Moon

Judy, I will be mailing this holiday Mokume Gane PC jewelry set out to you ASAP!! I will be sending you an email or contacting via Facebook. 

Thank you all so much for participating!  I will be taking a short break from posting and hope to be back in the New Year. Hopefully, I will have some new creations to talk about by then.

May you all be blessed with the peace and joy of Christmas and may your New Year be bright!


Have a safe and wonderful Christmas!
 Thank you all for your friendships and for following my blog!  Many blessings!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

December...The Month of Giving

I love December for many reasons: it is my birthday month and Christmas. It is the one month that people have a heart for giving, but I do wish every month was identical to this month. As a Christian, I celebrate the Lord's birth and what it means to me. I just celebrated my birthday on Monday. I went to visit my folks this past weekend in New Mexico (a present from my hubby) and took my grandbaby, Ella, and daughter, Rachel with me.


We had a great time, but I wouldn't recommend traveling on one's birthday...a little stressful. We had help with our baggage on the way out but not so much on the way back which is when we needed it the most...baby and mamma tired. I know my daughter looks pretty young here...she is actually 25 yrs. old but  she doesn't look it.  

In celebrating the joy of Christmas, my birthday, and because I was one of the lucky winners of Lori Anderson's Virtual Craft Show, I am having a giveaway.




All you have to do for a chance to win this holiday (Mokume Gane) polymer clay jewelry set is leave a comment on my blog letting me know why the month of December is your favorite month too. I will be picking a winner on the 19th.

Oh, want to see what I won on Lori Anderson's Virtual Craft Show?  A beautiful pendant/necklace handmade by Kathy Pieprzyk from YorkAvenueStudio.



Kathy creates some beautiful artisan sterling silver and gemstone jewelry. I ended up purchasing some beautiful silver hoop earrings to go with the beautiful pendant.


Please, if you have some time take a look at all her beautiful creations on her Etsy store, YorkAvenueStudio...click here! 

When I returned on Monday from my trip, I was greeted with cards from my family and so many birthday wishes on Facebook that my heart was so full. I am so blessed to have so many wonderful friends and such a loving family! 

So, don't forget to leave a comment. Thanks for stopping by and have an awesome day!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Kris Kringle's Icicle Ornament



Well, today is the big reveal for Art Bead Scene Ornament Blog Hop!

Kris Kringle's Icicle






As you can see, my ornament has two images that were transferred onto polymer clay (Faux Porcelain technique), then I added the wire, beads, and bells. I had such fun making this ornament. Thank you Heather Powers for hosting this ornament blog hop!  What a nice way to celebrate the Christmas season!

Please, if you have a chance, take a look at all the wonderful ornaments created by some really talented artists. Here is a list of all the participants. Thanks for stopping by and have an awesome day!

                    Suburban Girl Studio                   



Monday, December 5, 2011

Faux Porcelain beads and A Sneak Peek

Art Bead Scene is hosting an ornament blog hop and I am late posting a sneak peek of my ornament. The actual bead was done a week ago! I guess too many things going on lately. For the past few weeks I have been playing around with polymer clay and creating faux porcelain beads. Some years ago, I took a class with the wonderful Deborah Anderson and learned how to make Faux porcelain beads out of polymer clay. I'd probably consider it one of my favorite techniques to play around with. Here are a few examples of some beads that I made in the last week or so.




They take some time to make, since both sides of the beads have images with a thin layer of translucent clay. I was getting to the very last of my clay brick...so I'm thinking that is why the colors are a little softer rather than clearer which is what should really happen, but I like them anyway.

Well, here is a sneak peek of my ornament and components. 



I will show you the other side of the bead on Dec. 7th, the big reveal and the blog hop. So, please come back on Dec. 7th! In the meantime, thanks for stopping by and have an awesome day!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

A Winner Today!

So excited...just won SCDiva's December Blog Giveaway! Lynda has some awesome giveaways and this month was a $25 gift certificate to her Etsy Store. I am still debating on what to purchase with my certificate. I love her tutorials and her creations are beautiful! Lynda has some beautiful holiday creations and a new tutorial on Faux Bone and Ivory...such a tough decision. Here is a sample:


 Gorgeous holiday necklace!



 Well, just went back to her shop and I am thinking the tutorial is a definite choice. I am always looking for new tutorials to improve on my skills and I have been eyeing this tute since Lynda announced it on her blog. Lynda has decided on hosting challenges (regardless of the artistic medium) next year instead of giveaways. I figure this tutorial will come in handy! Please, if you have a chance go on over to her Etsy shop, she has many beautiful creations available...perfect for the holidays!  Thank you so much, Lynda!

Well, I am off to put more items up on my ArtFire studio...Black Friday is coming up and Cyber Monday as well. I am planning on having 20% off with free shipping...time to get back to work! 

Thank you all for stopping by today! Have a safe and wonderful Thanksgiving!

Monday, November 14, 2011

Face Cane Workshop

I had a blast this past weekend! I took a 2-day workshop with Barbara McGuire on Face Caning. I learn so much every time a take a class with Barbara. This is my second class with Barbara McGuire. The first one was on flower canes and dragonfly canes. I didn't realize how much went into a face cane. I learned so much about tinting, shading, forms, and reducing canes. Our guild (AZPCG) and two of our talented guild members hosted the workshop here in Phoenix. Here are a few pictures from our workshop.

Barbara explaining the process. First we worked on the eyes, then the lips, then the nose, and then the eyebrows and cheeks.

Here is Barbara's cane almost assembled.

These are the eyes and lips that I made.

My finished cane...ready to be reduced.

This is a slice off the end of the cane.

And this is my face finally reduced. I was very happy with the face that I made. I was so worried to cut into it after I reduced it, especially since I had to leave the workshop early on Sunday night and I finished it at home. Many thanks to Barbara who was super patient with all of us!


Well, thanks for stopping by to look at my face cane. Have an awesome day! 

Friday, November 11, 2011

Fun with Mokume Gane

First, I want to thank all the veterans out there for their sacrifice! God bless them!


I guess it is also a lucky day as well...have to go and buy a lottery ticket on 11-11-11!  Looking forward to next year since my birthday lies on the 12th of December (12-12-12)...we shall see!  These past few weeks have been busy, busy, busy. I don't know how I managed to get one thing done, but I actually did get something done! I have been working on some necklaces and earrings for my studio. The bad thing is that I don't want to part with them...isn't that terrible?  I love playing around with Mokume gane so I made a few pendants and some earrings. Here is some of the creations that I came up with using that cane.


Love this style...have to make some more of these earrings!


This pendant is two-dimensional. I took a several pieces of the Mokume gane and laid them on top of each other and ran it through the pasta machine and out pops this beautiful design! Then I baked, sanded and buffed it. I then wedged a small piece of clay between the Mokume gane sheet and the black embossed sheet for a two-dimensional look. I am thinking that I have to make some more of these too. I still have another one on my work table that I made using rounds. Well, I have to get back to work!  I also have a polymer clay class with Barbara McGuire this weekend. I will be learning how to make a face cane which is something that I have always wanted to try...should be fun!

Thanks for stopping by and have an awesome day!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

It's Raining, It's Snowing

We had some good rain the last few days (temps in the low 80's) and snow in northern, Arizona, (Flagstaff). Since, all we got was rain here in the valley, yesterday I decided it would be good time to make my own snow...that is, polymer clay snowmen. For some reason, cloudy weather really revs up my creative mojo. I was inspired by Cindy Lietz's Snowman bead tutorial that was featured a week ago. I loved her snowman and I decided that I would personalize my snowmen and also make them into Christmas ornaments, something new for my ArtFire studio. Since, I have curly hair, I thought my snowmen should too...thank goodness for wire!

I made one ornament for my grandbaby, Ella. Figure I can personalize these ornaments with the year and name.

Just finished this one this morning. Can you tell that I am addicted?

Made this little snowman pendant and added the glass snowflake which I think I purchased at Michael's last year which I finally getting around to using them.

Thank you Cindy for this inspiration!  Sometimes I just need a little push. I have been wanting to get these done but with my hands in so many projects, well, I can say is, glad that the Lord gave me great weather to just stay inside and get all my projects done! Well, now to put these up on my shop...that will take a few days.

Thank you all for stopping by and have a great day! 

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

ABS October Challenge: A Hedgehog in a Landscape

This month's Art Bead Scene Challenge is titled, "A Hedgehog in a Landscape".

A Hedgehog in a Landscape by Giovanna Garzoni


This is the color pallete we needed to follow.
The challenge was to come up with a design based on this painting and color pallete using at least one art bead.

And this is the multi-strand necklace that I created for this Challenge: Wintery Leaves



I created this ivory-colored polymer clay leaf pendant. I added a little white glitter to give it a wintery effect. The acorns, round mauve colored beads and cone-shaped beads were also made by me. Some metal tendrils add a nice touch to the wintery leaf pendant. I think this necklace is perfect to wear in the fall or winter. I think it would look great with a sweater...just in time for the holidays! 

There are many beautiful entries...please, if you have some time, head over to their Flicker group and view all the lovelies!

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Friday, October 14, 2011

Halloween Polymer Clay Delights

Halloween is just around the corner and all the haunted houses and cornfield mazes are pretty busy. I have never attended any of these since I'm not much of a fan of scary stuff...I prefer not to pee in my pants, thank you. I actually celebrate Fall Harvest instead, with lots of pumpkins, leaves, and cute little scarecrows...much safer that way. But for today, I will be sharing some great Halloween treasures made by some of our very talented Polymer Clay Smooshers for our blog roll topic titled, "Halloween". Enjoy!

This cool Halloween pendant was created by MandarinMoon.

Here is an adorable creation from Buttonwilloe: a miniature black cat and jack-o-lantern
 http://www.artfire.com/ext/shop/product_view/buttonwilloe/1861019/miniature_black_cat_with_jack-o-lantern____1_inch_in_diameter/handmade/dolls___miniatures/animals/polymer_clay

Here is a fantastic jack-o-lantern jar made by CreativeCritters, and the ghost glows in the dark!

This awesome steampunk bat pendant was created by DesertRubble.

And this cute little witchy mouse with Boo banner was created QuernusCrafts.


This little guy is just way too cute...so I had to show its backside! All of these creations would absolutely be great for Halloween...to wear or to display on a table or desk. Please take some time and take a look at these studios and many more from our Polymer Clay Smooshers...click here to see the whole listing of studios.

And if you are one who loves spooky things like attending haunted houses, don't forget to take an extra pair of underwear!

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

AZPCG 2011 Polymer Clay in the Pines Retreat, Part II

I finally was able to unpack my polymer clay stuff and clean up my studio somewhat...plus finish our quarterly guild newsletter. I think I took everything but the kitchen sink up to our retreat! Here are some things that I made up in the retreat.


Some Halloween pendants which I plan to list on my ArtFire studio.

 Some cross pendants...which I also plan to list on my ArtFire studio.
 Canes

Pendant and beads that I made using the above cane.

Earrings...these are cute and I will have to make more! 

 Some disc pendants...thinking about using them for some bracelet designs.

Mokume Gane pendant and beads

I just finished the above piece. I still have plenty of cane to make some more creations. I am really happy with way it turned out. I also made quite of few transfer images to use for some future pendants. All in all, I think I made some great creations up at the retreat. These are some of the things I learned through demonstrations up at the retreat:
  • Basket weave, Metallic Ribbon (using Lumiere Paints and glitters)
  • Transfer images
  • How to make a Slide knot
  • Proper way to apply Magic Glos
  • How to make a totally new cane out of an old cane
  • Proper way to reduce a cane
  • How to make kumihimo braids
As you can see, our retreat was jam packed with great demos and plenty of time to work with clay. I came back inspired and ready for the upcoming holidays! 

Thanks for stopping to see all the fun I had up at our retreat!  Have an awesome day!