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Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
Start with a square of paper - any size, any kind. Find and mark the center.
Fold each corner to the center point
Open it up and fold one point at a time to the center and fold the new edge to the center line. You'll have to unfold the paper to do this step on each side, because the folds overlap.
On two opposite sides only (I've marked the lines with dots) make cuts along the folds marked, just to the outside corners of the center square.
After cutting, you'll have two straight sides and two triangle sides. Fold the triangle side points to the center, fold the new edge over as you did before. Find the crease on the sides of the folded edges and fold the outer edges toward the center.
Now fold the straight sides up over the ends of the folded triangle sides.
This is how the completed box top should look. For the bottom half of the box, start with a square slightly smaller than the top and repeat all the steps.
My buddy Sharon uses 12"x12" scrapbook papers to make boxes for her Christmas cookies! I miss getting those cookies! I guess she'll have to bring a box to me in Utah!
Sunday, October 10, 2010
Three years ago I went to Italy with three friends to take polymer clay jewelry classes with Louise Fisher Cozzi and Donna Kato. We had so much fun!
Louise taught us how to achieve an amazing technique to give polymer clay layers of color. She uses translucent polymer clay and colors it with oil paint. After it's cured, she adds more oil paint on top of that. After that's dry, she uses color pencils to give the piece another layer of fabulous color.
Continue to condition until the clay is a uniform color. It helps to have a piece of the candy corn to look at while you're tinting the clay. Be sure to add only a dab of paint each time, and do the yellow before the orange. It's okay to get yellow paint on your orange clay, but not okay to get orange paint on your yellow clay.
The orange roll will be the largest, the yellow is half as large as the orange and the white roll is half as large as the yellow. Lay the rolls side by side and slice evenly. Begin by rolling the white piece into a cone, the orange piece an egg shape and the yellow piece into a slightly flattened oval.
Gently roll the pieces until the all edges touch and it looks like a continuous cone shape.
Flatten the cone shape slightly. It's a good idea to have that candy corn to look at for dimension.
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
The Creative Play theme for October is Studio Monsters!If your tools, your supplies, your own artwork turned against you...What would that monster look like? Come up with a studio monster of your own and tell us all about it at the Coo2Craft Creative Play blog on the Hive.
Remember you can use any medium! Draw it, paint it, video it, sculpt it, write a Haiku about it, make a costume, write a song about it, or come up with a different way to represent your studio monster!
Here's a link to Elisabeth Latture's Studio demons.
Beth is a fiber artist and part of the art grhttp://www.sparklingsoulstudio.com/oup F.I.N.E., Fiber in nearly Everything. Here's the link to the group.
Tonight on Cool2Craft Pajama Party Live with host Lisa Fulmer, I will announce the Cool2Craft Creative Play theme for October. Here's a teaser:
Ooh! It's so scary!
I'll also be announcing giveaways that will be happening every Wednesday, on the Cool2Craft Pajama Party Live! Tune in to find out how to win!
Thursday, September 9, 2010
Be sure to tune in to Cool2Craft Live Monday at noon EST for a crown cupcake sleeve demo!
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
Monday, August 30, 2010
The last time my grandnieces came by we made these Tootsie Roll and pull-apart licorice robots. This one is mine.
Sunday, August 29, 2010
These Cakeronauts came all the way from Cakeron 7! The team of Admiral Skrimpmonius Hershdessert and Dr. Osmo Poptartiarity entered a planet wide contest on their home world to make the best cupcakes. The prize was exclusive rights to come to planet Earth and spread their cupcakes.
Dr. Poptartiarity, a Doctor of Cupcakeology, had this to say
"We come to you with our delicious cupcakes! We are in no way attempting to take over your world with our delicious cupcakes! Have some! You really must! Moohooaahahhaaaaahh!"
I am about to take on the roll of Creative Play Muse for Cool2Craft!!! Tomorrow at noon, Eastern Standard Time, I will fill you in on all the details! Check out the Cool2Craft Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/apps/application.php?id=342077966832&ref=ts#!/Cool2Craft?ref=ts and scroll down to the Cool2Craft Live button on the left to tune in!
I'll be presenting a monthly Creative Play theme for you to run with. You'll send in your entries which will be posted on the Cool2Craft web site at
AND on the Hive at
Friday, August 27, 2010
This is a mixed media pendant that I made for a reader challenge in Cloth Paper Scissors. It wasn't chosen, but I learned a lot in the process of designing and making it.
The first step was creating a hinge and clasp from copper wire. Then the polymer clay pumpkin was formed around the wire frame. The little paper clay moon was polished with Perfect Pearls and nested in a bed of the beautiful yarn that I used for the necklace and detail.
The pendant measures about three inches long. I so love a challenge!
Thursday, August 26, 2010
I joined this artist's site called Art Forty-Two. Members host swaps and round robin art projects. I checked out this one with Twinchies. Ever heard of Twinchies?
They are 2" x 2" Artist Trading Cards!
The one above is my Grandmother and her friends. Marie Moon was a photographer and painter.
She took some wonderful photos of her friends goofing off!
The next one is my Grandpa, Warren Simmons and his brother, John.
This one is my Dad on a transport ship. He was in the Army Air Corps. He's in the front row, all the way up on the right.
This is my mom when she was eighteen. What a looker!
My dad went to college in Boulder, Colorado. He made this smoking robot for some kind of engineer's event. He went on to work on the space program and finally in robotics.
This was taken on my parent's honeymoon.
One of the cool things is that you can put a surprise decoration on the back that's only for the person who receives it to see. So, the idea is that I send in these seven twinchies and I get back seven twinchies by other artists. I can't wait to get them! They even have Inchies! Who knew!?
Monday, August 23, 2010
Sunday, August 22, 2010
This is Bone Guy, the clay whistle.
He's a warped little dude with a clear whistle sound. With medium air pressure he sounds like a steam boat. Play on, Bone Guy, play on.
Saturday, August 21, 2010
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Yes, this is what I look like before my morning coffee. It's an inch and a half tall it's made of white earthenware clay and colored with crayons and black paint.
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Last week The Crafty Chica, Kathy Cano Murillo, challenged her blog readers to paint a Frida Kahlo inspired self portrait to honor the artist on her birthday. I don't really paint, but I loved the idea. So, I started with a box of chocolates, which I happily ate. Then I sketched the portrait to go on the top of the box. I cut it out, put it on, added colors, inks to age the box and attached some dangly earrings.
Note the uni brow and hint of moustache! Very Fridaesque. I decided the piece would be about my inner artist, so the inside of the box would have to reflect the joy of creating art! I love sculpting food! Especially chocolate and coffee! I used polymer clay to make the skeleton bits and chocolates. Of course I had to add jewels and wire work. Those things bring me joy, as well.
Then there's the Sacred Heart that my ribs can hardly contain. That's all about my spiritual life. You can't see it here, but I lined the inside of the box with a sparkly ribbon. I do love to have sparkle and brilliant colors around me. They feed my inner artist.
If you're not familiar with Frida's work, click here to see her work and read about her amazing life.