Wednesday, December 1, 2010

PCAGOE December Challenge - Faux Mokume Gane - Vote and Win!

Taken from the PCAGOE Blog:  

Our theme this month is "Faux Mokume Gane."

Mokume gane is an ancient Japanese metalsmithing technique which artists in other mediums, including polymer clay, have adapted. The term Mokume gane literally means woodgrain metal or eye of the wood metal, and refers to the elaborate woodgrain patterns which can be created with the technique.

There are many ways to achieve the look of mokume gane in clay. The traditional method is to stack different colors of clay and/or translucent clay and foils, compress the stack, emboss it with a patterned texture sheet, then shave horizontally the raised areas of the stack to reveal the different colors and patterns. It requires a light, but steady hand. If you shave too deeply, you will ruin the pattern. If the cut is too shallow, you won't reveal all of the color bands.

Some artists stack the colored layers and then use a ripple blade to slice vertically, revealing wavy patterns in the clay.

Each entry must be at least 50% polymer clay.

Please vote for your top 3 favorites at:

Voting begins December 1, 2010 and ends at midnight Eastern U.S. time on December 7, 2010. Winners will be announced on December 8, 2010 at

Here are this month's beautiful entries:

And here are the prize choicess available for 3 lucky voters to win (one of the prizes was made by me - top row, right side):

Again, just go to:  to vote for your 3 favorite entries and a chance to win a prize!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

PCAGOE Holiday Promotion 2010!! Shop and Win!! No Purchase Necessary


How can I win?
Shop in one of the participating stores listed below from November 8th until November 30th, 2010 and your name will go in the drawing to win one of our fantastic prizes. OR send us a postcard - details will be in the Etsy shops' announcements. Purchase 1 item, get 1 chance - purchase 10 items, get 10 chances.  Send one postcard, get one chance - send 10 postcards, get 10 chances. This is definitely one competition you will want to be in!
What do I win?
You will win a beautiful Christmas package stuffed to the brim with polymer clay goodies handmade by our members.
There are 3 prizes to win and with each prize pack comes a gift certificate.
First Prize - $75 gift certificate plus prize pack.
Second Prize - $50 gift certificate plus prize pack.
Third Prize - $25 gift certificate plus prize pack.
Who wouldn’t want to be in this drawing!!! Find out all the details by visiting any of the participating shops listed below:

Monday, November 1, 2010

PCAGOE November Challenge

Polymer Clay Artists Guild of Etsy's November challenge. Our theme this month is "Seasonal."   To vote, please go to:

Our members who chose to enter were asked to create entries depicting either the Fall or Winter seasons, or in the case of our members residing outside the U.S., the climate season they are currently experiencing in their part of the world. In the alternative, the members could choose to create an entry celebrating one of the holidays observed during the Fall and Winter months, or the Season they are currently experiencing.

The only other rule is that each entry must be at least 50% polymer clay. We have 21extremely creative selections for you this month. Please vote for your top 3 favorites in the pull-down menu at the bottom of the page. Depending on the speed of your internet connection, it may take a few minutes to load.

Voting begins November 1 and ends at midnight Eastern U.S. time on November 7, 2010. Winners will be announced on November 8, 2010 at

Please note each voter is allowed one vote. A vote consists of choosing a 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winner. Please do not choose one entry for all three places. Duplicate votes will be discarded.

Winning public voters will be notified as soon as practicable after the time to vote closes. If you do not respond within one week, your prize will be returned to the pool as unclaimed.

You may also sign up for our monthly newsletter when you vote.

Our members love to hear your comments about the entries. Please take a moment to complete that section when you vote. We also love to hear how you learned about the challenges.


PCAGOE November Challenge Entries

1) Winter Wonderland Pendant by BeeTreeByMe

Mary Ellen's description of her entry: Snowy white Poinsettia with frosty sliver leaves and icy crystal accents. My "Seasonal" creation is a bold "Bib" style pendant. On the back are loops on top left and right. Ready to make a Hot design statement for Cold winter days!

2) First Christmas Sock Monkey Ornament by SpiritMama

Waxela's description of her entry: Remember your little one's first Christmas with a sock monkey Santa Christmas ornament. This ornament can also serve as a cake topper, and the number can be changed.

3) Autumn Inspired Wire Embellished Necklace by JKollmann

Jill is known for combining her stunning wire work with polymer clay and her attention to detail. This necklace is a beautiful example, incorporating an Autumn color palette with hand sculpted floral elements and her trademark wire wrapping.

4) Greek God of Wine Bottle Stopper by YoungCreative

Marie's description of her entry: A celebration of autumn: This wine bottle stopper features Dionysus, the Greek god of wine. The head was formed from a Victorian face mold with hand-sculpted additional features. The leaves are hand-stamped and the grapes are totally hand-sculpted. The clay has a light touch of pearl powder. The background is made from my signature red pepper and paprika blend.

5) Red and Copper Foil Shield Copper Necklace by 11BoldStreet

Susan's description of her entry: Not being a holiday-specific person, I figure that this neckpiece could cheerfully attend any holiday function with pizazz! The cube beads began life at a workshop by artist/author Debbie Jackson. They were rolled in fusible fibers, then adorned with strips of foil-adhered polymer. The shield focal is also foil-coated polymer. Plays nice with other metals, thanks to the inclusion of copper, sterling, gunmetal and gold-colored findings and accents. Imagine this piece with an LBD (little black dress) or a white silk shirt at your holiday functions over the next couple of months...

6) Autumn Jewels Necklace by PipsJewellery

Pippa's description of her entry: Seeing as it is right in the middle of Autumn over here in the UK I thought this might be just right! Drum Beads inspired by Klew. Polymer clay, no glaze, no varnish, just very gently hand sanded and then polished.

7) Autumn Harvest Mokume Gane Pumpkin Decoration by PolymerClayCreations

Angela's description of her entry: I love the golds and coppers of the Fall. The colors are all so warm and rich. My daughter-in-law also loves pumpkins and fall, so I created these pumpkins for a birthday gift for her. They are made by first sculpting a pumpkin shape over a glass Christmas ball. Next I made a mokume gane sheet with gold, copper and pearl premo metallic clays. It was stamped with a leaf design. I then covered the pumpkin with the sheet.

8) Pookies Winter Wonderland by Peggers

Peggy's description of her entry: Making a snow man is so much fun. Pookie Pets are taking a break and admiring their new snowman. The entire scene is polymer clay including the tree.

9) Santa Candy Bracelet Set by RenGalSA

Deb's description of her entry: Not only is this piece my challenge piece for the month of November, but one set is also a prize that can be won in the PCAGOE Holiday Promotion. (Details at It has colorful Millefiori Holiday Trees and Santas with czech glass accents. Great seasonal reds, greens, and whites. A perfect compliment to your favorite holiday sweater!

10) Three Santas by ArrowdaleArtStudio

Cindy's description of her entry: My entry for the November 2010 Challenge of the PCAGOE was rather a no-brainer. The subject is "Seasonal," and Christmas is by far my favorite "season," and when first began exploring polymer clay, Santa was the first thing I sculpted. A lot of Santas, in fact. So many that my husband called a moratorium for a few years. This piece is based on a sketch that has managed to find its way into my sketch books over and over in various forms. Hopefully now it'll go away from my brain! One hundred percent polymer clay, except for the tiniest dusting of chalk across cheeks and noses for a bit of color.

11) Peace, Love and Joy Ornaments by DebbieCrothers

Debbie's description of her entry: I guess I'm in Christmas mode already - so my challenge entry depicts Christmas. These are ornaments made to hang on your tree. Made completely from polymer clay. Christmas to me means all these thing - peace on earth, love and joy to all. What a great time of the year for me.

12) Christmas Polymer Clay Ornament by MirameCreations

Lupe's description of her entry: This polymer clay ornament was done using the Sutton Slice Technique

13) Winter White Vase by ThePleasantPheasant

Jackie's description of her entry: This matte and textured winter white vase is my November entry to the PCAGOE Monthly Challenge.

14) Autumn Leaves Bracelet by ClayCenter

Berit's description of her entry: A simple seasonal bracelet made from my autumn leaf canes.

15) Another Part of the Forest by RMKDesign

Randee's description of her entry: Amazingly, this is only three colors of clay--copper, gold, and green pearl; the re-rolled scrap pieces from the cut skinner blend made the best leaves, I think.

16) Christmas Angel by WiredOrchid

Lorraine's description of her entry: Christmas is my favorite holiday season, so I decided to create a peaceful Christmas Angel. She is made entirely of polymer clay, except for the beaded halo. Burnt umber, white and pearl clays were used. The dress was stamped and washed with a powder/sealant combination.

17) Asha by AyeletBeads

Ayelet's description of her entry: I created This pendant from my black and white polymer clay canes. Spring started late this Year (Ayelet lives in New Zealand), its snowed more in spring the in winter, so this was the color of spring, I Named it Asha (hope) because I posted it on the day they rescue the miners in Chile.

18) Thankful for Family Brooch by LauraBeeStudios

Laura's description of her entry: This is my challenge piece for the Polymer Clay Artists Guild of Etsy. The challenge was seasonal. I chose Thanksgiving as my seasonal subject.

19) Japanese Winter Scene Pocket Mirror by NKDesigns

Linda's description of her entry: This beautiful image was given to me by Christi of Rivervalleydesign. It is a two mirror compact with an image transfer of a Japanese Winter Scene. I covered the mirror top with resin for a lasting finish. I have made a similar one for my daughter-in-law who is half-Asian.

20) Pumpkin Pencil Cup by AshPaints

Arlene's description of her entry: What says fall better than a pumpkin? Jack-o-lanters for Halloween, then on to pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving and Christmas! A rich skinner blend of a deep custom blended burnt orange to a soft golden orange is wrapped around a piece of PVC pipe then the segment lines were impressed. Next a custom blended leaf green is extruded to create curling vines around the top and bottom with a few trailing stems and leaves down the sides. Texture was added and a soft antiquiqing glaze added to bring out the details.

21) Flying Pig Ornament by AlisonEKurek

Ali's description of her entry: All things are possible during the holidays. This little pig is hand sculpted out of polymer clay. She is wearing her winter cap and flexing her wings in preparation for the upcoming holidays.

Many of the entries are available in the member's Etsy shop. Click on the member's name or the title link to check any entry you are interested in purchasing.

Five (5) lucky winners chosen at random will also receive one of the prizes shown in the prize mosaic below, all of which were created by our very talented members.


November Prize Mosaic

1st row, L-R: WiredOrchid, BeeTreeByMe, RenGalSA, PipsJewellery
2nd row, L-R: RiverValleyDesign, NKDesigns, ThePleasantPheasant, 11BoldStreet
3rd row, L-R: ClayCenter, SCDiva, JKollmann, ClayHappy

Thank you again for your votes. We hope you will join us again next month. December's theme is "Mokume Gane Technique for Polymer Clay," which is hugely popular with our members. We hope to have many beautiful entries to inspire and delight you, and maybe even fill your holiday gift list!

We have also voted on our 2011 themes. Here is a partial list of themes to look forward to next year!

3 Color Combo
Wall Art
Under The Sea
The 4 Elements: Earth, Wind, Fire, & Ice

Friday, October 22, 2010


Well, I'm trying to get back into crafting mode.  I think the best way to describe my work style is that I work in spurts, or as some people would say "fits and starts" (sort of how my blogging goes, huh?... lol).  I suppose that I should be more diligent about creating when my muse speaks to me...  I often get wonderful, inspiring ideas... ideas which I think I'll remember or I sketch out on a random scrap of paper to (hopefully) revisit whenever I get time to spend in the studio.  These great inspirations have a way of either being forgotten (sometimes sadly forever) or piling up.  At the moment I'm feeling a little overwhelmed because I have a lot of great ideas that are waiting to become reality.  This piling up of ideas isn't a bad thing, at least it wouldn't be if I actually treated myself to more studio time... Ah, my constant enemy, the clock!  I always feel pulled in a thousand different directions and actually lose sleep thinking about all the things I have to (or want to) do.  Presently I'm reading E.B. White's book One Man's Meat, and there is a funny chapter (entitled "Memorandum" - a list of some 200 chores around the place that demanded immediate attention) which feels pretty much like every day of my life! 

I guess the good news in there is that I intend to devote myself to more studio time soon and that means new ideas will be forthcoming.

This week I really tried to get myself back into business mode.  I created a new store front on Artfire, you can find it here:
New items will be listed there throughout the upcoming week and (hopefully) consistently thereafter.
Please check out the new site and let me know what you think!  And check out the many other wonderful artists also on Artfire.  Though Artfire seems to have less traffic than Etsy, I have high hopes for its future success. 

I still have my site on Etsy, and intend to keep that going as well.  This week I took my Etsy out of vacation mode and listed a few new items (different from those which are listed on Artfire), with more to come over the next week.  I am also trying to be more involved over at the PCAGOE (Polymer Clay Artists Guild of Etsy)....  I have signed up to take part in their special Holiday Promotion and am gearing up my Etsy shop for the promo.  I am very excited about taking part in this promotion.  Very soon, I'll be posting more info about the promotion and how you can win hundreds of dollars worth of fantastic polymer clay pieces made by participating PCAGOE members.... so check back in a week or two for the details!!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

PCAGOE June Challenge Link

Click on this link to check out, vote for and bid on the great entries for this month's challenge (and be entered to win prizes!):

Thursday, April 29, 2010

PCAGOE June "Outside of the Box" Challenge for Charity

Well, I finally committed my time to one of the PCAGOE (Polymer Clay Artists Guild of Etsy) monthly challenges.  I couldn't have picked a better one to enter, as all of the created items for this challenge will be auctioned off and the proceeds will benefit our wonderful children's charity.  If you would like to learn more about PCAGOE or our charity work, please click on the link at the bottom of this blog page for the PCAGOE.  As I stated in my post yesterday, due to various other life issues, I haven't taken much time for blogging or "claying".  So, having this challenge helped me to get into my clay if even for a brief moment.  And as usually, things didn't go as planned... I had planned to cover the small tin in light colored floral patterned clay and turn the whole thing into a tiny sculpture of a purse (simiar to the drawing which I created for the logo for my "Bags by Beth" line of handbags)... but first I guess my workspace wasn't the cleanest as I'm in the midst of many ongoing projects in that room, so the whites kept coming up contaminated with lint and smears of darker colored clays... then I couldn't get the strips of clay fashioned to hold the scrolled purse handle to stay securely, so I scrapped the whole idea and just went to pleasing colors and pattern....  so, after struggling with the original design, scrapping it and coming up with a new idea, hours of sanding and sanding and more sanding.... here are the results.  Let me know what you think!  I'll let you know when the voting for this challenge begins... and you can then vote and be entered to win beautiful Polymer Clay prizes made by the talented artists of the PCAGOE!  

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

World's Worst Blogger??

Okay, so it's been quite a while since I posted anything here...  so perhaps I am the world's worst blogger.  But honestly, life has thrown a few curve balls my way recently.  Here's a brief synopsis of what's been happening since my last post.  We have been doing some work on our house, the one project had been ongoing since November and I am happy to report is almost finished.  Then, I spent the better part of a month working on watercolor illustrations for a children's book.  I have also been working on a project to sew curtains for every window in the home of one of my relatives.  And just within the last month I said a sorrowful final goodbye to two beloved family members whom we (hubby and I) will miss and grieve for the remainder of our lives....
However; I was doing some work in the studio this week for the PCAGOE June Challenge... and....  I just finished up the project and plan to post about within the next few days...  stay tuned!

Friday, January 8, 2010

New Year.... new blog....

After seeing some Blogger sites of fellow PCAGOE (Polymer Clay Artists Guild of Etsy) members and fellow Mary Janes Farm friends, I decided to update my blog (from the basic soopsee blog to a new Blogger blog).... new blog!  As I stated in my initial soopsee blog post, I don't consider myself much of a writer, nor do I think I live an exceptional life as a home-maker/crafter/artist...  but I do occasionally stumble upon noteworthy information which I will share here.  I also hope to blog about other crafters/artists who inspire me... to introduce friends and followers to some new handmade sources.  And I hope to showcase my own work!  Right now I'm working on a fun card weaving project, with other card weavings in planning stages... I'll post pictures when they are finished!  Thanks for checking in... more to come soon!