Thursday, April 28, 2011

Springtime Flowers

Flowers...love the colors and the fragrance!  Some years back, I visited Pennsylvania and fell in love with the state. My husband knows how much I love flowers so he took me to Longwood Gardens. I've never traveled much until I met him, and this place holds a special place in my heart. This place is so tranquil and beautiful...everywhere you turn is a lovely array of flowers and greenery, and beautiful fountains. Here are a few pictures from my photo album. As you can see, this place is quite a show-stopper!


Inside the Conservatory

Inside the Conservatory

Longwood Gardens is a great place to visit anytime of the year. If you would like to know more about it you can go to: http://www.longwoodgardens.org/TheStoryofLongwood_1_3_2_1_1.html

And speaking of flowers, I decided to wander through some of the polymer clay studios and pick a few flowery items to share with you all.  I hope if you get a chance, you will take a look at some of these studios from some talented artists.



This floral bracelet from Blue Morning Expressions.  
The cane work is just beautiful!  
The artist from Blue Morning Expressions is quite gifted
in not only polymer clay but, also in writing, beading,
 webdesign...to name a few. Click here to go to the studio.


Here is another flowery creation and this one is from Gingerbell's Gifts.

This Pretty Pansy Bracelet is inlaid with beautiful millifiori polymer canes.  What a lovely springtime bracelet!  And since Ginger happens to love flowers, she also loves making bath and body items.
 She makes candles as well. You click here to go to her studio. 


Looking for some Salt and Pepper Shakers...take a look at this lovely set, by Kneaded Things.


These polymer clay covered salt and pepper shakers are sure to brighten someone's kitchen or dining room table.  Bonnie from Kneaded Things loves to make fun and useful pieces in polymer clay.
You can click here to go to her studio.


Well, I hope you liked these flowery polymer clay creations. This also gave me a chance to participate in Polymer Clay Smooshers, Flowery Blog Ring. Thanks for stopping by and have an awesome day!

Monday, April 25, 2011

Salute to AZPCG and Polymer Clay Tutor!

Before I toot my own horn, I wanted to salute a few people that have given me much support and knowledge. First, if you don't belong to a guild, I suggest you look for one and join. The guild that I belong to, Arizona Polymer Clay Guild, has been a wealth of knowledge to me. We have many talented artists that belong to our guild. These are creations from some of the members. These members have been in the guild since before I joined. They have been an inspiration to me. Quite of few our members have been published in PolymerCafe.

                                                                       Bonnie Kreger   
                                              
 
                                                                         Pat Sernyk

                                                                       Judy Phillips

Marlene Brady

Cheri Oshinsky

Kathy Canuel
The next person that has given me inspiration is Cindy Lietz from Polymer Clay Tutor. Every week, Cindy comes out with a great video on a new technique that she has created (as well as color recipes). For those that are new to polymer, I would suggest you become a member of Polymer Clay Tutor. I have learned a lot from Cindy and continue to do so. She is talented, helpful and very supportive. I have also made a lot of friends on her website and members are quite helpful in sharing information about polymer clay.
Now for the good news...my steampunk plaque made runner up in the May Steampunk Challenge in PolymerCafe!  This is my first time in this publication and it is due to the many polymer clay artists in my guild and Cindy who have supported me and inspired me. So, Thank You All! 

Thank you for stopping by. Have a great day!


Friday, April 22, 2011

Happy Earth Day!

Not only is it Good Friday...its Earth Day, a day that is designated to foster appreciation for our planet. There are many ways to participate and get involved, just check out the Earth Day Network. I wanted to see what little crafts I could come up with for Earth Day and came across this cute idea, "Bee Green" Earth Day Pins, on a website titled: Making Friends.  It is a great idea for scouts to earn a patch...that's if you have kids in scouts. I used to be a den mom and a girl scout leader years ago and we were always looking for ideas just like this one.  This is an neat way for everyone to remember to "Bee" Green...reduce, reuse, and recycle. Well, I changed the project a tad and made my pin out of polymer clay instead of some of the materials listed. And this is something I can wear on Earth Day!



The bee had to be green instead of the traditional yellow to symbolize Earth Day. I didn't have the tiny plastic letter beads, so I just made a bead and stamped it with the letters. I think I will go to Michaels tomorrow and buy some. I think the white would make the bee stand out a little bit more. Plus, I think I prefer the individual letters.
And since I am on the topic of recycling...while doing the bracelet blog hop, I came across an artist work that really amazed me. This artist/instructor is almost a neighbor of mine and I just came across her work...her name is Cory Celaya. She recycles a lot of bits and pieces and comes up with some awesome creations.  I even came across one of her older pieces in an past issue of Belle Armoire (Spring 2001 issue). I just rented this issue from our guild library, and low and behold one of Cory's beautiful creations was included in the "Salon" section!  I am hoping to meet up with Cory soon and learn more about mixed-media art techniques since it is something that I would like to incorporate in my creations. Here is a bracelet that she made for 7000 Bracelets for Hope.




You can also check out her blog, Art With Moxie, here. There is also a link to her Etsy store (Moxie Gallery, Jewelry and Art)  right on her blog or you can also click here for her link to her store.

Well, thanks for stopping by today. Have a fantastic day and don't forget to do something nice for our planet, pick up trash, plant a garden, or make a craft with recycled stuff...have fun!  And have yourself a safe and Happy Easter!  I also have some good news to share (already mentioned it on Facebook) but didn't want to make this a long post...so I will mention it next week!

Saturday, April 16, 2011

A Denim Bracelet for Bracelets of Hope

Well, the Bracelet Blog Hop has officially begun!  I was asked to design a bracelet for 7000 Bracelets of Hope and blog about it. We were asked to design an adult size bracelet with blue beads (denim blue/jean themed).  All the bracelets from this Bracelet Blog Hop will then be mailed off to The Global Genes Project and will be distributed to the families of children with rare diseases. What a great way to show them them that they are supported and loved!  Well, this is the bracelet that I designed.



I love denim...who doesn't. I like the fact that Polymer Clay is so versatile, so I tried coming up with something similar to denim. Lucky for me, I still had a package of Studio by Scupley in "Denim Jean" no less (they have been discontinued for now).  I then used a small piece of denim to texture my clay and made it into a disc-shape...baked it and white washed it. After the disc bead was made, I felt something was missing...it was a little too plain, so I cut a few strips of denim material and incorporated in with the bead.  I then added the czech and blue glass pearl beads on a few of the links on the bracelet. The bracelet measures approximately 8"  (is adjustable) and attached to the end of the links is a little charm that says, "Hope".

If you would like to know more about this campaign or would like to donate, please click here.

Here is a list of all the participants for the Bracelet Blog Hop (for the 7000 Bracelets of Hope).  If you have time, check a few of them out. I am sure you will enjoy the Blog hop...I certainly will!

Bracelet Blog Hop

1.  Lori Anderson, Pretty Things
2.  Jayne Capps, Mama's Got To Doodle
3.  Kym Hunter, Creatively Kym
4.  Mandy Duffy, Beads for Brains: 365
5.  Charlene Sevier, The Bead Dreamer
6.  Lisa Boucher, Lisa's Clay Happenings
7.  Mary Harding, Mary Harding Jewelry
8.  Barbara Lewis, Painting With Fire
9.  Amy Severino, Amy's Beads
10.  Jennifer Pride, Jewelry by Jennifer Pride

11.  Jenny Cameron, Glass Addictions
12.  Susan Ferguson, Windrock Studio
13.  Mortira vanPelt, Inspirational Beading
14.   Brandi Hussey, Brandi Girl
15.  Jenny Vidberg, Shyme Design
16.  Angela Barribou, Re: Angela Rae
17.  Stefanie Teufel, Stefanie's Sammelsurium
18.  Sue Hodgkinson, Hello Gorgeous
19.  Jean Yates, Snap Out of it Jean, There's Beading To Be Done!
20.  Nicki Keller, Nicki's Reef

21.  JJ Jacobs, Coming Abstractions
22. Stacey Curry, Star Hitched Wagon
23.  Carrie Tahquechi,  Carrie T
24.  Deci Worland, Gem Trails
25.  Debbie Goering, Prairie Emporium 
26.  Staci Smith, Staci Louise Originals
27.  Francy Inman, 8 Second Studio 
28.  Linda Landig, Linda's Bead Blog and Meanderings
29.  Cherin Poovey, Lanyard Lady 
30.  Deb Price, Green Shoot Jewellery Designs 


31.  Suzette Bentley, Ellies Bijoux  
32. Mallory Hoffman, For the Love of Beads 
33.  Shirley Moore, Beads and Bread 
34.  Kate Gardenghi, The Tropical Blonde 
35.  Marina Dobrynina, Savon Feutre 
36.  Molly Alexander, Beautifully Broken Me 
37.  Linda Djokic, Lutka and Co. 
38.  Cory Celaya, Art With Moxie 
39.  CJ Baushka, 4 His Glory Creations 
40.  Tracy Bell, Copper, Glass, and Recycled Trash 

41.  Sandra Richardson, Sandy's Coloring Box 
42.  Sandi Volpe, Sandi Volpe Designs 
43.  Kim Roberts, Bahama Dawn 
44. Hilary Frye, FryeStyle 
45.  Emanda Johnson, Artemisia's Studio 
46.  Lisa Kavanaugh, Beading Bliss
47.  Sue Kennedy, Sue Beads
48.  Raquel Amaral, Raquel Amaral
49.  Robyn Hawk, Daily Jewel
50.  Linda Inhelder, Must-Haves Jewelry


52.  Krista French, French Elegant Jewelry
53.  Andrea Robinson,  Madame Magpie's Shiny Things
54.  John Rasmussen, Rasmussen Gems and Jewelry
55.  Breana Fry, Vault 31
56.  Erin Prais-Hintz, Treasures Found
57.  Cyndi Lavin, Beading Arts
58. Dot Lewallen, Speedie Beadie
59.  Hope Smitherman, Crafty Hope
60.  Heather Pyle, Aquariart

61.  Adrienne Campbell, Adrienne Designs
62.  Dee Gordon, Runako Designs
63.  Judy Glende, Judith B. Designs
64.  Susie Hibdon, Vintage Susie & Wings
65.  Tania Spivey, Moobie Grace Designs
66.  Norma Agron, Norma's Clay
67.  Ana Novak, Cat's Pajamas, Dog's Tuxedos
68.  Johanna Rhodes, Fire Phoenix Creations
69.  Raida Disbrow, Havana Beads
70.  Christa Murphy, Adventures of One Beady Woman


71.  Holly Westfall, Silver Rose Designs
72.  Catherine Pruitt, Boo Beads
73.  Deana Hager, Just Deez' Art & Life
74.  Lupe Meter, Gem's PC Corner
75.  Valerie Norton, Hot Fused Glass
76.  Janet Bocciardi, Honey From the Bee
77.  Kitty Durmaj, Perles and Life
78.  Rose Noble, Lady Noble Design
79.  Sally Russick, WireWorked
80.  Margot Potter, The Impatient Crafter 


81.  KJ, KJ's Beadacious Beads
82.  Lana Kinney, Something Unique by Lana
83.  Melissa Meman, Melissa Meman ... Art, Life, Love 
84.  Karen Bien, Everyday Gypsy 
85.  Rebecca Anderson, Songbeads
86.  Cyn Gagen, Creative Edventures
87.  Niky Sayer, Silver Nik Nats
88.  Deb Beechy, Beetique
89.  Marian Hertzog, M's Place
90.  Kerry Bogert, Kab's Creative Concepts


91.  Judy Riley, Three Red Beads
92.  Charlene Gray, Gray Girl Studio
 93.  Erin Fickert-Rowland, Elysian Fields
94.  Sharon Palac, Sharon's Jewelry Garden
95.  Maryse Thillens, Glass Bead Art
96.  Christine Altmiller, One Kiss Creations
97.  Eileen Bergen, The Artful Crafter
98.  Bobbie Rafferty, Beadsong Jewelry
99.  Rebekah Payne, Tree Wings Studio
100.  Mari Aparicio, Mis Amores 

101.  Tracy Statler, Make Bracelets 
102.  Marcy Lamberson, Studio Marcy
103.  Kim Stevens, Picking Poppies
104.  Karyn White, Releases by Rufydoof
105.  Elisabeth Auld, Beads for Busy Gals
106.  Lisa Hamilton, Simply Irresistible Jewelry
107.  Serena Trent, All Things Made Jewelry
108.  Sharon Driscoll, Right Turn Artwerks
109.  Debbie La Rue, For the Love of Beading
110.  Maggie Towne, Maggie's Bead Towne


 111.  Cassandra Watsham, Designs by Cassandra
112.  Mary Ellen Parker,  BeeTree by m.e.

Thanks for stopping by today and have an awesome day!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Penguin Beads for Beads of Courage

Last month, I rented a publication from our Polymer Clay Guild library (AZPCG), Making Friends with Fimo by Bonnie Franklin. This pamphlet gives you good step-by-step instructions which is what I needed to come up with some cute focal beads for Beads of Courage. The little penquins looked like the easiest to try, so I started with those. I made two which were fairly easy. The sanding and buffing was a whole different matter...sanding and buffing...and more sanding and more buffing, till they had a good shine. I probably could have dipped them in Future but since kids would be handling them, I wasn't sure if that would be a good idea...although I did add just a touch of Future on the top by bail since that area was most difficult to sand and buff. I wanted to make sure the bail was there to stay, so I baked it along with the clay.  I used Premo to see if one could substitute it for Fimo and it held up.
This is the publication and it was printed some years back (1992).




I think I am going to have to try making the Raggedy Ann (bottom left), but probably make it a tad smaller. These little guys are about 1 1/4" tall and I think they are probably a little too big, but some middle-age kids might enjoy them.  They were fun to make...minus the sanding and buffing!  I think I will give my hands a rest before attempting to make more!

Thanks for stopping by and have an awesome day!

Monday, April 4, 2011

Bracelet Blog Hop



Well, I just signed up for a Bracelet Blog Hop, "7000 Bracelets For Hope". The Bracelet Blog Hop is being hosted by Lori Anderson from Pretty Things.  All I need to do is create a bracelet in a denim blue-jean inspired theme. This Bracelet Blog Hop is similar to Lori's Bead Soup Blog. I have yet to participate in her Bead Soup Blog but I am planning to later this year. All the bracelets are sent to The Global Genes Project, which is an advocacy group who launched the "7000 Bracelets For Hope" (a campaign for children with rare diseases).  The bracelets are then given to one of 7000 families having children with rare diseases as a sign of love and support. If you would like to participate, I believe you still have till midnight, Tuesday, April 5th. You can go to Lori's blog to find all the details (the link is up above).