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August 14, 2010 at 12:24 pm

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IS THIS COOL OR WHAT?

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I AM OH SO LEARNING! Just created this through Photoscape which I downloaded for free. This is very helpful for people like me who is not so familiar with Photoshop.  Although I admit that I am not yet a pro at photo editing, Photoscape was my solution.  Me and my daughter really enjoyed editing and even a 10-year-old girl like her appreciates its features and is starting to learn the basics.

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August 6, 2010 at 12:49 pm

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IT’S FREE TO DREAM

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If you want to ask me what’s my ultimate dream in terms of arts and crafts, well, find out in this video from bead & button:

It’s so cool to be joining this kind of event and if I imagine myself to be there, wheeeeew! I will really be flabbergasted with the thought of having a dream come true, just like any other kid who might be in Disneyland.

Well, it’s free to dream, right?  And that’s the power that we have as Homo Sapiens, being able to dream freely what we want in life.  Although it may or may not come, just imagining wonderful things to happen will surely suffice me with happiness and awe at that.

Have a great day ahead! 

Having dreams is free….
Fulfilling them is the best…
Getting them in an unexpected moment is the greatest…

Written by CARLA

July 31, 2010 at 8:57 am

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HAND EXERCISE VIDEO

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This is a video which can be useful for crafters to exercise their hands before and after creating stuffs. This video is helpful for me as well since I transcribe.  Well, just followed the instructions before I posted this and it was very soothing and I found out that there were more ways we can exercise our hands.  Thanks Art Jewelry!!!

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July 28, 2010 at 10:44 am

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PROJECT FOR THE WEEK

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I was thinking of what to create this week and I missed working on my bead loom. So i decided to dig out my stacks of beads, a thread, my beading needle, scissors, threader (in case i am not able to shoot my thread to the needle – but so far, I finished the project without using one hehe!)

 I am still thinking of making this into a bracelet or a head band.  What do you think? Please leave a comment below. Thanks

These are just beads from the combined stacks that I have. 

I am also mastering how to properly place the thread.

And I also know how to make it longer or if I want my project to be longer. I just have to loosen the screws and turn the wood and move the threads so it’ll adjust to the empty spaces ready for beading.

Written by CARLA

July 23, 2010 at 11:38 am

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POLYMER CLAY CRAFTING – How I do it :)

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MY PERSONAL NOTE:
You might wonder how I do my polymer craft personally.  To help you out, I would like to share from my own personal “addicting” experience in making such clay creations.
When I feel like creating such crafts, whether it be for earrings, bracelets, necklace, rings, ref magnets, charms for key chain, I almost often think of an INSPIRATION or maybe a THEME.  It would be something that makes me feel light, happy, and wonderful.  What I do if no picture comes to my mind is I go over my magazines and books.  I have a bunch of them from Book Sale which I got for a very cheap price (I sometimes spend most of my time at Book Sale as my past time).
If magazines and books are not enough for me, I surf through the internet.  There are so many stuffs that I can find there.  Polymer Clay Central is a nice site to go to since I can find lots of projects there, but I do not copy exactly.  I would just get an idea or overall view of what to make, how to make it and then I do my own stuff.
For me, I feel that I am respecting the artist who created their craft if I am not copying exactly what they have posted for example in Etsy.  My color of choice is sometimes different and since I love all shades of purple, as a clay artist doing business, I am learning to appreciate other colors and create stuffs that are not in my niche ( which is purple 🙂).
After having something in mind already, I prepare my materials.  Well, the immediate things I would have handy with me is my cutting board, assorted clay colors, my flexible cutter, acrylic roller, and my ever so loved – Amaco pasta machine from my sis in Canada.  Although I can create stuffs without having the pasta machine before – now, I can’t live without it since it makes me work faster.
While creating my stuff, I like to view the picture or colors that inspired me to do the art, so I often have my magazines or books open while doing my craft, and if on the internet, I have it viewed until I am done.
This way, it doesn’t break the momentum of my wanting to create such art and continually inspires, amazes, and makes me enjoy what I am doing more.
If it is just in my mind, the inspiration often starts with simple things and then it just builds up where I end up having so many stuffs to create.
I also am fond of reading blogs of clay artists and reading through their experiences also inspires me.
I have started with jewelry making and even attended a workshop in Cebu City for Basic Jewelry Making.  I thought and felt that every stuff that we create comes first an inspiration.
Doing polymer clay craft for me is a step higher that really satisfied my hunger for creating crafts.  It is very flexible and helps me mold whatever shape and size I want.
This is a sort of therapy for me and definitely makes me live a stress-free life while doing business too!
When I am lost of inspiration or nothing comes to mind, my business then would take its place, so I can still create stuff with my clays through the customized orders that are being placed by my friends and people who also loved my creations, and find them nice, cute, and lovely!

Written by CARLA

June 23, 2010 at 10:30 am

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3RD POLYMER CLAY CRAFT WORKSHOP

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Had our 3rd Polymer Clay Craft workshop at Mai Crafts today, May 8, 2010 and surely made 2 cute and crafty kids happy again. Kysa and Iza are the daughters of my high school classmates in St. Mary’s School.  They had fun and enjoyed creating their stuffs and couldn’t help but buy another clay set to bring home with them.

It was also fun since they made stuff for their moms since tomorrow will be mother’s day. They also loved the snacks and this was another workshop that really made me and my students happy.  Of course, Maia (my daughter) helped me out and created her stuffs again.

Thanks kids, I enjoyed having the workshop with you.  Let’s get together some time to create miniatures for Kysa’s dollhouse.
 

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May 8, 2010 at 5:04 pm

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