Had a Little Contest on Facebook

I needed help choosing some new texture stamp designs, so I challenged my readers to choose for me. Here are the designs and winners ! A random drawing was done for a free stamp.  The drawing for that free stamp was won by Patricia Roberts-Thompson, who has promised us pictures of what she makes with her stamp. 🙂

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Bark Texture #1 – Design A was the winner !

 

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Bark Texture #2 – Design A was the winner !

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Stone Texture #1 – Design B was the winner !

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Stone Texture #2 – Design B was the winner !

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ArtFire Contest & My Handmade Gift Giving Ideas

ArtFire is giving away a Canon DSLR !!

4 ways to enter – Like the Artfire contest page on FacebookSign up for their weekly newsletter,    Share your Holiday Gift Giving suggestions in the forum thread ,  or email them with your blog post where you shared your handmade gift giving ideas.  Be sure to email them the link to camera@artfire.com .

Here is what the people at ArtFire said:

So you’d like to enter the “Share Your Handmade Holiday Plans, Win a Canon DSLR” contest but you just can’t think of what to blog about; don’t worry it happens to the best of us. We’d like to invite any of our members to share their ideas for writing about the holidays in this forum thread. If your sharing handmade holiday gift ideas make sure to link to the sellers or their products! Just to get things started here’s a few things you could write about to enter the Handmade Holiday giveaway:

1. Handmade Gift Ideas – If you’re making a special gift or planning to buy a handmade present we’d love to hear about it. If you’re making a list of ideas for different people make sure to link to the sellers or gift ideas you’re referencing!
2. Party Planning – Every host or hostess has their own style. If you’re throwing a Christmas Party this year share some of your planning ideas or tricks that help make the evening fun for everyone.
3. Holiday Recipes – Great homemade cooking is one of the best parts about the holiday season. I you’ve got a recipe that always pleases and you’d like to share it with us we’d love to hear what you’re secret (or not so secret) holiday recipes are.

Feel free to share you’re own ideas for blogging about your Handmade Holiday. Just remember to send an email to camera@artfire.com with a link to your blog post to make sure you’re entered for a chance to win!

Now for my Handmade Gift Giving Ideas.

For business/work acquaintances –  I usually bake goodies.  I make a killer pumpkin bread that uses lots of real butter. Everyone loves it and forgives me for all the extra calories. <G>

For family & friends –  my mom, my sister & I bake huge platters of different cookies, cakes and treats. My new favorite being what I call “Creamcicle” cookies.  I found the recipe for them last year on the internet.

Orange Vanilla Chip Cookies (you can cheat like I did and just put orange flavoring in ready made sugar cookie dough 🙂

  • Cooking Time: 10 to 12
  • Servings: 36
  • 2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 1 large egg, at room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon grated orange zest
  • 1 cup vanilla chips (or white chocolate chips)

For my immediate family – they get a handmade gift of something I made.  Since I make jewelry and trinkets out of polymer clay it’s a good bet that’s what they will be getting. LOL But they always appreciate the love and effort that went into the Handmade Gifts. 🙂 If you want to buy the perfect handmade gift for your loved ones try searching ArtFire.com . You’ll no doubt find that one of a kind gift for the one of a kind person.

Blog Finds For Nov 30th

I’ve really slacked off this week by not keeping my blog updated Thanksgiving week. Sorry to all my faithful readers 🙂

I was browsing through all my favorite blogs and found a bunch of yummy stuff to share.

A tutorial on stringing reversible tile bracelets

A beautiful orchid pendant

Some must see pendants the artist refers to as Landscapes

Check out the design on these pens. I am fascinated to know how it was done.

Gera Scott Chandler’s Fusion Bangles

Some Awesome earrings !!

A couple adorable geometric pendants

A face canes in profile tutorial you can purchase from Alice Stroppel

And last but not least the Synergy2 Collaborative Tile Project and Contest hosted by the International Polymer Clay Association. Can you match all the artists names to their tile?

You Can Win Ronna’s New Book Ancient Modern Polymer Clay

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I am having my first giveaway. 🙂 I have a copy of Ancient Modern: Polymer Clay and Wire Jewelry by Ronna Sarvas Weltman as the prize. Add it to your library by doing one of the following:

1) Leave a comment on this post and earn 1 entry. Be sure to include your email address.
2) Add a link in your comment showing you posted about this give away in your blog, FaceBook, or any networking outlet and get 2 more entries.
3) Every dollar you spend in my Etsy Store or in my Blog Store gets you an entry. (IE: spend $10 and get 10 entries) You need to mention the give away in the comment area of your PayPal payment to get entry credits.

I just listed some great clay slicing blades and some pens to cover with clay in my Etsy shop. Take a look at the great nail art canes available. Also, there are still a few books left on working with Silver Metal Clay.

I will draw the winners name on Aug 21st. Good luck everyone !!!

My 2nd Place Winner !!!!!

I entered a contest sponsored by the Polymer Clay Artist Guild of Etsy (PCAGOE) and my piece tied for 2nd place 🙂 The theme was vessels and I entered my favorite Inro.
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You can see the other winners at SCDiva’s Blog

The New & Improved PCC Challenge

Polymer Clay Central has been having their monthly Challenge since 1999. This month marks the 110th Anniversary and the prizes will be extra special !!

A recent poll from the participants at the PCC Forum reveled that people would love to be able to email pictures rather than snail mail their entries. To please the masses, Stephen & Leigh Ross have changed the rules. (You can see the entire list of rules here) We can now send pictures of our contest entries!! This is bound to attract more worldwide entries. I am so excited to see what the future holds for the Challenge.

Please think about entering this contest. It’s so much fun !! I’ve entered a couple times and had a second place winner. Ironically it was the second time in my life that I ever won anything. Couldn’t wipe the grin off my face for days. LOL Each month there is a different theme. Check out the schedule so you can prepare ahead of time.

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