Friday, April 26, 2013

More Lilies

Hi everyone! Well, I didn't have time to do the next clay project, but I thought I would share the custom order I just finished. Remember, the garnet lilies with the gold stripe? Here are the larger ones all finished:

Have a happy creative weekend everyone!

Monday, April 22, 2013

April Friesen Project

New month, new book! The fourth book in Christi Friesen's sculpture series is Cats, Big and Small. As always, you can click on the link in my right sidebar to see Katie's tutorial.

I love large cats...Lions, Tigers, etc....small cats, not so much. Katie certainly encourages us to make something else if the current project is not our thing. For me, I am happy if I meet my personal goal of making one new clay figure a week, so I happily sat down to create my favorite, a tiger.

I put a loop in his head as I plan to hang him.

Hope to have my next "Cats" project up this Friday!

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

New Flowers-IA Challenge

Here are some flowers that I have been working on lately...

These were made for a custom order, and I am currently working on some twice the same size. Sometimes, custom orders give me great ideas--I love this color combo and the single stripe down the center of the flower.

I love all the different color combinations that Daffodils come in. Do you have a favorite?
I'm linking to the Inspiration Avenue Challenge for the week which is Blossoms!

Friday, April 12, 2013

It's Almost Time

For those of you who have been reading my blog for a long you remember me talking about how my one and only was going off to college and how hard I thought it was going to be without her? Well, can you believe she is now graduating?!!! We could not be more proud of her accomplishments. Her degree will be a BA in Psychology with a double major in English--which she completed in three years. I wanted to make her something special as part of her graduation gift, so I beaded her up some flowers. Her favorite flower is a Poppy. I found some vintage Venetian seed beads that were manufactured in Murano, Italy between the late 1800s & 1920. I know they will have meaning for her since we visited a Murano Glass Factory when we were in Venice some years ago.

There are actually two colors of poppy red/orange, one a little darker than the other, but I don't think you can see this in the photo. The black beads are vintage also, probably over 75 years old and came from a family friend whose mother beaded wedding gowns for a living. She even beaded a pair of slippers for Madame Chiang Kai-Shek. I purchased some vintage green beads but have not decided whether to add leaves or not. I'll wait until after we give her the flowers and see what she thinks. I'm planning to buy some fresh flowers, maybe white carnations, to add to the bouquet.

Have a happy, creative weekend everyone!

Thursday, April 11, 2013

And the winner is....

I put everyone's name in a cup and had my husband pick the winner of the clay bookmark. He picked
number 1....Valerie (Craftattack)!

Valerie, would you please send me your address again via email? Thanks and congrats!

Thank you to all who entered!

Friday, April 5, 2013

Something Fishy!

Well, as another month draws to a close and The Friesen Project gets ready to move onto the next book...I present one more little project. If I sound off a week, I am! Normally, Kater's Acres who by now you should all know is hosting this project (click on the right sidebar for more info)reviews a Christi Friesen book the first Friday of each month & presents mini tutorials on the 2nd thru 4th Fridays. I attempt the project & show it off a week later, hence the week behind. This week Katie provided a great pdf to make a sea-themed journal cover. Not having a use for this right now, I decided I'd do something else. But, what???

First, let me tell you how I am off by a month...remember my mindset is that this is the last project that was actually explored last Friday (March 29) so I'm thinking it is the end of March, not the beginning of April. Still with me? Good!

I paid a visit to my friend, Gloria's, blog, New End Studio and saw her post about a monthly challenge using a (nice) four-letter word as artistic inspiration, than posting on the last Friday of the month. Catching on yet?

The four letter word that inspired me was "read"--something I do everyday...while walking on the treadmill, while eating lunch, sometimes at night in front of TV, and sometimes even while working of a project I have been known to listen to a book on CD! While flipping through Christi's Under The Sea book, I came across a perfect project that fulfilled the last week of that book's exploration and Gloria's challenge. Only to find that Gloria's first challenge is actually April 26 the last Friday of this month!

I don't think I have been getting enough sleep, LOL! Without further ado and with apologies to Gloria for "jumping the gun" (I just got so excited!) here is my four letter word inspired/Under The Sea 4th project:

I created bookmarks out of a thin sheet of clay, embossed a fish & some coral, outlined them in black permanent marker & then added lots of pearl-ex power for color. The really nice thing about this clay is that thin sheets stay rather flexible--not that I would recommend bending them, however. So why did I make two? One for me...and one for you!

If you would like to win the book mark on the right with the pink & turquoise ribbons trimmed with sea shells & beads, just leave a comment below. I will draw the winning name next Thursday, April 11.

Have a happy, creative weekend everyone!

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

A Springy Little Album

Recently, Pam of Always Artistic put up a challenge on her blog to create any kind of album you'd like just for fun. Well, I love a good challenge and have been wanting to make a circular album since I was inspired by Ink Stain's tutorial, Part 1 and Part 2. I adapted my circle book to be more of a collection of quotes that I like. Since I'm not big on measuring, it is not perfect, but I love it and I loved making it!
The cover is decorated with flower buttons with paper leaves and stems made with Nicole's Bead Backing, and a resin bee.
This is how the album looks when you untie the ribbon.

Here is the album from above, tied fully open.

I added a favorite quote to each page and decorated them with the theme.

I added another of my purple polymer clay roses to this page, but in general, kept the embellishing flat so the album would close.

This page has a little resin piece with flowers that I was careful to place not directly in line with the polymer rose--the only other dimensional item in the album. That is about all the pre-thinking I did on this project.

A favorite quote of mine from Sitting Bull.

Lots of cute bees!

I really enjoyed this and how it turned out. In the future I might be inclined to measure more accurately with cutting and folding.

Thanks for the challenge, Pam!