Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Out of Action for a Bit

I know I have not been around for a little while and I am truly sorry for that. I will try to be more active from now on. If you want to know more about my personal journey and what has been going on with me pop over to my personal blog and check it out. I have to say I have not been active there as well. But, I do have a new post on some drama and fussing. LOL Check it out HERE!!

Thank you all for your support!

Saturday, July 10, 2010

SUPER BIG GIVEAWAY!!

OK everyone now it is time to start the Super BIG giveaway!! First lets take a look at what the lucky winner will receive:

 The winner will receive 2 handmade pot holders (one yellow and the other yellow and white), 2 homemade bath salt sachets (made with lavender flowers and lavender/vanilla fragrance), 1 bath fizzie (purple and pink with pearberry fragrance) and 2 homemade bars of soap (one pink and one light green with plumeria fragrance wrapped in floral paper and gift ties).


So is everyone as excited as I am???? The contest will last until August 20, 2010. Since this is such a HUGE selection I wanted to give everyone a chance to enter the giveaway.

How to Enter:

1. Enter a comment here on THIS blog post. Do not forget to add your e-mail address so I can contact you if you win. This will enter you into the drawing ONE time.

2. If you are a new follower to this blog make a separate comment on this  blog post and you will receive TWO more entries into the drawing.

3. There is no purchase necessary to win. If you want even more chances to win you can make a purchase from my ArtFire Store. If you do make a purchase please make a comment on this blog post with your order number and you will receive TEN more entries into the drawing.

For each entry please post a separate comment so it is easier for me to count the entries. You can enter to win once per day. Do not forget if you are a new follower to my blog you will receive an extra 2 entries into the drawing. Contest ends at 11:59 pm on August 20, 2010.

Good Luck everyone!!!!

Super GiveAway Coming SOON

There is a super giveaway coming soon to this blog. It will be the biggest giveaway I have ever done. This giveaway will be posted in the next few hours. That's right TODAY!!! I know you can not wait and I can not wait to bring this amazing giveaway to you.

big big big even bigger The Biggest!!!

It is going to be AWESOME!!!!! Keep an eye out!! If you are not following my blog yet it is time to start. Go ahead and click that follow button and join in all the FUN!!!

Thank you,
Jennifer

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Featured Smoosher EmilyClaireCreations

This week I want to introduce you to EmilyClaireCreations. Lets get to know a bit about the artist behind the fabulous creations. Her name is Valerie and she is a stay at home mom, with two beautiful daughters. Emily Jacqueline and Madeleine Claire.

 Nature inspires Valerie, so she incorporates earth tones, with earthy materials, to create unique pieces. Lets take a look at some of Valeri's wonderful creations.




 To see more of Valeri's wonderful creations stop by her ArtFire Studio and have a look around.

Thank you,
Jennifer
CraftyBabyHope

Friday, July 2, 2010

Featured Smoosher intothedawn

Today I would like to introduce you to another wonderful member ofThe Polymer Clay Smoosher's Guild intothedawn. Dawn lives in Colorado and is a creative spirit and self-taught multi-media artist. Her work is inspired by nature, fantasy, mythology and different cultures and spiritual paths from around the world. She loves to incorporate lots of rich colors and interesting textures into her designs. She also like to bring elements of her other interests, like Celtic knot work and rubber stamping, into her polymer creations.


Now I would like to show you some of my favorites of her wonderful creations in her ArtFire Studio.

Like this wonderful Swirling Starfish Polymer Clay ATC ACEO.

And this AMAZING Hearts Afire Sculpted Phoenix Polymer Clay Brooch.



Also this Funky Metallic Quilt Block Mosaic Box.

Dawn is an amazing artist and a really fun lady. Check out her ArtFire studio to lean more about Dawn and to check out more of her amazing creations. InToTheDawn

Thank you,
Jennifer

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Todays Featured Smoosher is CNewcomb

CNewcomb aka Chris or more affectionately called "EagleHawk" uses a Scroll saw to create amazing works of art. He even inlays items with polymer clay to give it that pop! Quoting Chris "Creating something beautiful with my hands from a piece of wood brings great joy to me. I love cutting out patterns and sanding and staining my wood creations. Watching a new item begin to look more finished and ready for its owner provides a gratifying sense of calm and peace deep within my soul." As you can clearly see he puts lots of love into every item he creates. Chris lives in Cypress, TX with his wonderful wife and two beautiful daughters. He is a new but very valued member of The Polymer Clay Smooshers Guild. He is a real joy to work with and an all round wonderful guy.

Now to show you some of EagleHawk's amazing creations:


This key chain is made of Poplar wood and white pearl polymer clay for the inlay. Only US $15.00
This key chain is made of Poplar wood and Black and light gold polymer clay for the inlay. Only US $15.00
Made from oak and only US $30.00

Chris has tons more to see over at his ArtFire Studio. I almost forgot to mention he is having a 10 percent off sale this week in honer of being our featured Smoosher. Use Coupon Code: 10PERCENT during checkout.

Thank you,
Jennifer
CraftyBabyHope

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Bohemian Items Added

I have been working on some new items for my online store and I wanted to share them with you today.

Bohemian Anklet with Butterfly and Heart Beads, Purple Cord

 

Bohemian Bracelet with Multicolored Glass Beads, Wood Beads, Hemp Cord

 

Bohemian Choker Necklace with Wood Beads and Hemp Cord Hand Knotted

 There will be more to come. Do not forget I am running a 10 percent off sale.

 


SAVE 10.00 % On
All Items
Use Coupon Code:
during checkout. 

Thank you everyone,
Jennifer
CraftyBabyHope

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Todays Featured Smoosher is ME!!!

Every week in my Smooshers club we feature an artist and this week it is my turn. I am so very excited. Just in time for my 10% off Studio Wide Sale!!!!

SAVE 10.00 % On
All Items
Use Coupon Code:
during checkout.
I love my Smooshers Guild :) So now to give more information on me :) For those that have been following my blog you know I suffer from secondary infertility and have had 4 miscarriages. Infertility treatments are very expensive and insurance does not cover the cost. In order to raise money for the infertility treatments I started offering my handmade goodies online. My Online Studio is on ArtFire. In my online shop you will find many different items. Such as jewelry, polymer clay figures, cell phone charms, hair accessories and more. Lots of kawaii items to choose from. All profits from sales will go to infertility treatments.

I live in Tucson, Arizona and it gets super hot here. I have a wonderful hubby and a lovely son. I started making jewelry 5 years ago. My Mom introduced me to all the wonderful beads and I was hooked. About 2 years later I started working with polymer clay. I love all the things you can do with polymer clay. Your imagination is your only limit. Take a look around my studio and blog to see some of the great handmade creations I have made and that I sale. Thank you everyone for your support.

Jennifer
Craftybabyhope

Saturday, June 12, 2010

10 PERCENT OFF STUDIO WIDE SALE

I am running a studio wide sale for 10 days only you can get 10% off everything in my studio. Including items that are on SALE!! Great time to get all those fabulous handmade items you have been wanting for a great price. In my studio I have all kinds of great jewelry, clay item and hair accessories.

Pop over and check out all the great items in my online studio on ArtFire.

SAVE 10.00 % On
All Items
Use Coupon Code:
10 PERCENT OFF SALE
during checkout

In my studio you will find great handmade items such as these:










And MUCH MUCH More.....

SAVE 10.00 % On
All Items
Use Coupon Code:
10 PERCENT OFF SALE
during checkout

Thank you everyone for your support!!
Jennifer
Craftybabyhope

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Featured Smoosher Sassy Clay Creations

Today our featured Smoosher Artisan is Sassy Clay Creations by Dori.



Dori is a very talented artist and a wonderful lady. She is a Scorpio from Vancouver, Washington. In her online store on ArtFire you will find many amazing creations. Like this Lavender Votive with Flowers

Hands down my most favorite votive holder in Dori's shop is:

Just amazing. and I love the color combination.
Dori also makes polymer clay bowls as well. This one is my favorite:
To see more of Dori's work:
Sassy Clay Creations Blog HERE
Sassy Clay Creations on ArtFire HERE
Sassy Clay Creations on FaceBook HERE

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Today's Featured Artist ColtPixy

Star aka ColtPixy is the guild master of the Polymer Clay Smooshers Guild.



Lets get to know Star:
She has studied art and crafts her entire life. She does not have a favorite medium to work with. She LOVES them all! For many years she did nothing but paint. Her husband introduced her to stained glass. She loves working with glass but there is a LOT of scrap. She hates wasting anything. This led to mosaics. For about 10 years she rarely made anything but mosaics. In the past few years she has discovered that she really is happier not limiting herself to just that.

With the freedom of using different mediums came the ability to explore, learn and express herself more freely.

She prefers things that are one of a kind. So most of her items are just that OOAK. When she does reproduce something she incorporates subtle differences so that they are not exactly alike. Two roses on a vine are both similar but there are subtle differences that make each unique.

Right now her focus is mainly on polymer clay. She is a fantastic artist with wonderful items. You can check out her shop HERE and her blog HERE.


Next I would like to share a few of my favorite items in Star's Studio:








For awesome handmade jewelry and polymer clay items made by me check out my shop HERE.


Jennifer
Craftybabyhope

Friday, May 28, 2010

Am I Twitty for Twitter

Am I Twitty for Twitter?? I would have to say YES!! I for one love Twitter. One line posts and you can post all day long. Do you have Twitter? I know I do and you can find me HERE. I tweet about life, sales, new items listed in my ArtFire shop and anything I can think of. LOL I love twitting about other artists and their handmade items as well. If you do not have a Twitter account go get one. I love to be able to see what everyone is up to. But I never post exactly were I am. This can be dangerous. Have fun with it! and Follow me on TWITTER!!!

Go tweet today and have fun with everyone that is as crazy about twitter as I am.
For AWESOME handmade jewelry and crafts check out my online shop HERE.

Jennifer
Craftybabyhope

Thursday, May 27, 2010

A No Cost Option to Photo Editing

Every one knows money is tight right now. If you are getting into selling online or you just need a photo editing program that is no cost for personal use Picasa3 is an awesome program. It is easy to use and best of all it costs you nothing. Picasa is made by Google. If you want to download a copy of Picasa3 you can CLICK HERE to download it. Picasa will automatically find all the photos on your computer and it will organize them in a matter of seconds. Which is great for me. I hate hunting for all my pictures. lol You can improve almost any picture with Picasa's one-click fixes for common problems like red-eye, color, and lighting. You can also use tuning and effects to make your photos look even better. The best thing about Picasa is it is super easy to use and super easy to learn. You do not need to read a 500 page book to learn to use the program.

This is my pick of the week to share with everyone.
For AWESOME handmade jewelry and crafts pop over to my online store and take a look around. I also do custom orders. All you have to do is message me from the contact artisan link in my studio.

Jennifer
Craftybabyhope

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Polymer Clay Smooshers Guild Bug Challenge

I am a member of a fantastic guild: Polymer Clay Smooshers and this month our challenge was to create things with a bug theme. I really enjoyed this challenge and today I want to share my entries with you. The items are available in my ArtFire Studio. We can create 2 items for the challenge.


For my first piece I made a ladybug brooch.





For my second piece I made some post earrings. In this set you get both pairs of earrings. One pair is ladybugs on a leaf and the second it butterfly's on a leaf.





All are hand sculpted from polymer clay by me. :) I hope you enjoy these new additions to my collection of items in my ArtFire studio. I also made 4 new pairs of earrings that I will be listing to my studio today. Check back often for more great items. As always profits from my shop will be used for infertility treatments. Thank you to everyone that has made a purchase from my shop. Your support gives me great hope for the future.

Jennifer
Craftybabyhope

Friday, May 21, 2010

New Items Button Hair Clips

I have been creating some new items for my studio and I wanted to share them with you today.

First I have a really pretty set of two circle patters hair clips.


Second I wanted to share my new set of two striped and flower hair clips.



Next I wanted to show you my set of two black, white and pink hair clips.



Also my set of two polymer clay flower button hair clips.




Kawaii Polymer Clay Doughnut Hair Barrettes Clips Set of 2


Kawaii Super Sweet Candy Barrette, Cupcake, Lollipops, Doughnut, Cake


I had a lot of fun making all these wonderful hair accessories for my studio. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

Jennifer
craftybabyhope

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

What I love about my ArtFire Pro account!

There is a bunch to love about ArtFire Pro selling account. But today I want to list a few and then tell you about my favorite.
1. I can have links on my Studio to my blog, website, facebook, youtube and more.
2. I can list as much as I want and never have to pay a listing fee and I can sell all I want without paying a fee.
3. I can have categories in my Studio.
4. I can send tweets from my product pages.
5. I can arrange my products in my Studio the way I want them to appear. I can even arrange the individual categories.
There are a TON more features and you can find them all listed on the Sell crafts page: http://www.artfire.com/sell-crafts

Here is my favorite of all!
The FaceBook Kiosk. I can have a kiosk on my personal facebook page as well as my FanPage. People do not have to sign up for an account with ArtFire to purchase my handmade items. It is easy for buyers and it is easy for me. :)

So if you make handmade goods or have vintage items  you can sell on ArtFire for little or no fees. The Pro accounts are only $15.95 per month with no contract. You can downgrade your pro at any time if you want and go to a basic account for free. But after experiencing Pro I do not know why anyone would want to go basic. :)

For great handmade items in my Studio go here: http://craftybabyhope.artfire.com

Jennifer

Friday, April 23, 2010

Flower Buttons from Polymer Clay How to Video

In this video I show you how to make a simple flower button. Quick and easy. My Studio: http://craftybabyhope.artfire.com My Blog: http://craftybabyhope.blogspot.com

Monday, April 19, 2010

Today's Featured Artisan is jYoulry

Lets get to know our featured Artisan jYoulry.


1. What is your name?
Lisa

2. How did you come into your craft?
Several years ago I "discovered" photo jewelry... I had a necklace made with a photo of my twins which were 3 at the time. When I was pregnant with my baby, I contacted the woman that made it to order a new one when the baby was born. She was no longer making them, which of course turned into a great thing for me! I was really sad at the time because I loved my photo pendant of the boys and really wanted a new one of all three when the baby arrived. So I decided to make one myself! It didn't take long to realize I could not only make myself one, but I could sell them too. And that was the beginning of my new business endeavor...

3. Tell us a little about the artist behind the art?
Well most importantly I am a mother of 3 beautiful boys! My twins are almost 7 and my baby just turned 1. Of course I love to show them off, hence the photo jewelry, LOL. I am also an interior designer. Before relocating to Panama, yes the country, I lived in sunny SW Florida and had a very successful design firm. Unfortunately with the economy the way that it is... we decided to close the firm and move to Panama, where my husband is originally from. Because of the language barrier, my Spanish is not that great, I decided not to continue to design here. Although 3 boys keep my life spinning in circles, I needed something creative to do, so when the opportunity to make and sell the photo jewelry presented itself... I took it. Now of course the designer in me just had to come out sometime and that's when I created the "jYOUlry Signature Collection" a line of sterling silver photo jewelry designed by me (more to come).

4. How did you come up with the name for your Studio?
I sat with my laptop and just wrote down words, like picture, photo, design, etc... and played around with them trying to come up with something creative, something that wasn't already used. I was also playing with combining words and had inadvertently come up with more of a tag line, like "photo jewelry, where the jewel is you" and suddenly it hit me, the jewel is you... jYOUlry! I loved it instantly. I googled it and checked it out on etsy and no one was using it!!! So yeah, I found something unique, creative and describes what it is I do, at least I think it does, LOL.


5. What is your all time passion?
Hmmm, good question!
I asked my husband and he says my passion is pizza. Although I have to admit I really do LOVE pizza, I am not sure I would call it my passion. I guess I really don't have one. Designing was my passion but since I haven't practiced in over 2 years and don't even miss it that much, ok a little, ok maybe a lot, but now I am not so sure its actually my passion... I think right now my passion is to discover what my true passion is, if that makes any sense. For now I am enjoying being able to be a stay home mom and watch my little guys grow, while still being able to create beautiful things for others... hey, maybe that's my passion... creating beautiful things for others. That's what i essentially did as an interior designer and its what I love about designing jewelry too. 

Now lets take a look at a few of the wonderful items Lisa has in her Studio:
 


Multi Strand Sterling Silver O Bracelet with Photo Charm Links -3


Custom Photo on Solar Eclipse Key Chain, Personalized

This is just a few of the wonderful things you will find at jYoulry. Check out her studio for more awesome items. :)

 As for me :) I am always listing new items to my Studio. As always profits from my studio will go into the infertility treatment fund. Thank you for your support.

Jennifer

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Creepy or Cute? You tell me.

OK I need to know what you all think. Are any of these creepy to you or are they all cute? Do not worry if one creeps you out post a comment of the one and why. I will not be mad at anyone so do not hold back and tell me what you think.