Monday, August 27, 2012

September Challenge Sponsors

Public voting opens for our September Challenge--METALLIC will be open September 1-7. Three lucky voters will get to pick a prize from the shop of their choice! That's right, if you win the drawing YOU GET TO CHOOSE YOUR PRIZE (see our sponsors below).

Winners will be notified by email and given instructions on how to select and claim a prize.  Before or after you vote, we invite you to visit the shops and start thinking about what you will choose if you win the drawing.  Have fun browsing!

Young Creative
any item worth up to $20 in my shop (no cash refund on balance); valid for 60 days

Any one item of your choice up to $20 value; no cash balance

$20 gift certificate (no cash refund on balance); valid for 60 days

$20 Gift Certificate

Gift certificate up to $20 to be used within 60 days of date of announced winner

$20 gift certificate, up to 60 days unless by private arrangement with me

$20 dollar gift certificate to be used within 60 days
Any one item of your choice up to $20 value; no cash balance.

$25 gift certificate towards total purchase amount, good for 60 days

Small Ideas
Free map pins: cookies and crackers

Elemental Dragons
Custom made dragon (value of 24.99)
Gift certificate of $20 to be used within 60 days of date of announced winner   
$20 on anything in my shop, must be used within 60 days, no cash remuneration.

$20 gift certificate towards any item good for 60 days

$20 gift certificate to be used within 60 days

any item(s) worth up to $20 in my shop (no cash refund on balance); valid for 60 days
Any one item of your choice up to $20 value; no cash balance; good any time

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Back to School Supplies

If you are hearing "But Mommy I don't want to go back to school," maybe it's time to pick up some cool back-to-school supplies.

Here's a handpicked selection by Line of PlaySculptLive of items created by PCAGOE members and some of our friends.

unique back to school supplies, pens, back packs

Thursday, August 9, 2012

August Challenge Winners

And the winners of the August Challenge are:

Winners Voted on by PCAGOE Members

1st Place
Blue Denim Liquid Polymer Cuff by Sue of 11BOLDstreet

2nd Place
A Blanket of Stars Bracelet by Angela of polymerclaycreations

3rd Place
Cha Cha for Hope Bracelet by Kimberly of Kidalski

Winners Voted on by the Public

1st Place
Cha Cha for Hope Bracelet by Kimberly of Kidalski

2nd Place
Art Nouveau Bracelet by Marie of YoungCreative

3rd Place
A Blanket of Stars Bracelet by Angela of polymerclaycreations

Drawing Winners

Carla Randall, Rebecca Doremus, and Kathy H. Caldwell
They get to pick a prize from one of our lovely participating shop owners.

Congratulations to all the winners, and thank you to everyone who voted and supports our challenges each month.

182 votes were cast this month.

Comments left by voters:

They are all beautiful entries and wonderful expressions of your generosity & love! Every entry is a beautiful way to let someone know that you care. I wish I could have voted for more than three. I put #3 in the top spot because it has the most "rare" and unique look of all, as well as being very attractive. I voted for 10 because I agree with the artist that it conveys a happy feeling, and I love the ghost cane beads! Number 11 also got my vote because of the complexity of the pattern and because it seems to glow from within. It took me forever to make a final decision. It was clear to me that every piece had lots of work put in into it. Good luck to all!
I love this challenge. It great to see how everyone used a basic color and created such different pieces. Well done everyone and for such a good cause. Bravo!
Everyone’s work is beautiful!
All of the entries this month are so pretty. I love how varied the styles are yet the color is common is all. Great job.
Fantastic designs this month!!! Great!
It is always hard to pick the 3 best, but this time was even worse. I think they are all winners.
This was a hard choice, all were so pretty. There were so many great entries, it was hard to choose. The colors and blends and mixes were all very good. They were all winners! Great job !!
Good cause, beautiful bracelets! 5 very original. 7 loved the colors here and the work was special. 8 this is pretty and I think would be easy to wear. 

Beautiful blues and I loved them all. Great artistry and work.
It was hard to choose from so many beautiful bracelets :)
You wonderfully creative clay artists make this very difficult to only choose 3! LOL! Bravo, All.
All of the entries are winners because of the generous hearts of every craftsperson.
Entries are getting better every time.
Thanks, Jackie for the reminder.
Hard to choose this month. Lots of goodies.
Thank you for all you do. You are all an inspiration.
Wow! another difficult choice for all the beautiful blues presented. I chose Beth's Casual Blue as first because I like the combination of hard and soft, as well as the blues, and could see myself wearing that bracelet. The blanket of stars was close, as it was really lovely as is the shades of blue, love the pattern! You all do beautiful work, and any one would be proud to own and wear your creations! Good job everyone.
So many great entries... it was sure hard to choose!
Love the colors of these beautiful bracelets.
So much inspiration. So much creativity.
Love them all!! Beautiful creations!!!
SO many great bracelets. Really hard to choose. Great job on all of them.
The choice was so hard! They are all beautiful. Love the different personalities.
Lovely work!
Shades of it! Awesome work!!!
I am in awe of such talent.
Some amazing designs!
Thank you Marie Young for letting me know about the challenge. All entries are beautiful and so creative. It is very hard to choose just three.
Jackie Sieben is my grandma. These are cool bracelets! Thank you for donating them to the rare diseases project, that's so cool.
This month I based my top three choices on simply the ones that appeal most to my personal style: Deb's Blue Diamond's cuff, Angela's Blanket of Stars bracelet, and Jill's Blue Ikat Disk Bracelet. All of the entries are beautiful pieces and merit special kudos for supporting the 7000 Bracelets of Hope project.
My daughter is Kimberly Idalski and I voted from her link on Facebook.
Great showing for this challenge. Those who receive the bracelets will feel the love.
I think this month was the very hardest ever to choose the top three. Everyone outdid themselves for this charity.

Great showing again this month ladies!!
Great theme color!
Each and every entry is amazing!
Great creations ladies. Enjoyed hearing about it on my cousin Kimmy’s blog. Good luck everyone.
My wife is in the challenge and I watched her stay up many nights enjoying herself making these. I'm so happy she found what makes her happy. She is a birthday girl today. Kim Idalski is my wife.
Voting for my mom and her friends. I love blue it’s my favorite color. My mom is Kimberly Idalski.
Great work everyone. I'm so excited to be in the challenge and to donate 4 bracelets.
This month was definitely difficult to pick a winner! All the pieces were gorgeous!
Such great work again this month. And, what a wonderful charity.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

August Challenge - Charity

Scroll to the bottom of the post to vote for your favorites!


About the Challenge:
For our annual "Charity Challenge" we chose The Global Genes Project, 7000 Bracelets for Hope, which provides bracelets for the rare and genetic disease community. Bracelets needed to be blue, in keeping with the projects color theme. 

Entries for this challenge were sent directly to the organization and will not be in the artist's shops. But, if something that you see in the entries is of interest, you might contact that shop to inquire about creation of a similar item :)

Vote at the bottom of the page and you might win!
Vote between August 1-7 and you could win. Three lucky winners will be selected in a drawing of all non-member voters and will be able to choose a prize offered by our member shops sponsoring this month's challenge. See the list of participating sponsors and prizes.   

And the entries are:  TO VOTE: scroll to bottom of post.

Although my entire kitchen is filled with blue and white dishes, glassware etc, it took this "Bracelet for Hope" challenge to inspire me to work with these colors. Canework and molded tuilips and roping over copper cuff blank.

Rich shades of blue and sea green circle and flow on these handmade beads. Then the beads were combined with silvertone findings and multi-faceted silver glass beads to create a one-of-a-kind bracelet.

PCAGOE Monthly Challenge - August: Utilizing my liquid polymer and fabric technique, I soaked denim with LP and cured it. Then, I added a polymer focal and back closure. Frayed edges are intentional :)

7000 Blue Bracelets of Hope is a charity that spoke to me. They donate the bracelets to those who care for people with rare diseases. The beads I used were particularly fun to make, kinda look like torn leather. The glass beads are called sugar beads, one of my favorites.

This is my entry for the PCAGOE August 2012 Challenge for Charity - for The Global Genes Project. This bracelet was inspired by the gorgeous upcycled T-shirt material bracelets made by fellow PCAGOE member Marcia Palmer. I've used a band of upcycled T-shirt material and woven it together with some polymer clay beads. The lentil shaped bead is a blue polymer clay that was dyed with silk. And the other smaller beads were a neutral polymer clay color which I dyed with alcohol inks.... All in tones of blue. There is no clasp for this bracelet as it will just stretch to double up on the wearer's wrist.

Ikat clay in shades of blue, sheeted, and cut into disks in cup bezels, done for the 7000 Bracelets for Hope program of the Global Genes Project, which seeks to increase awareness of rare diseases and those who live with them.

I made this Art Nouveau inspired piece using small amounts of green and blue clay mixed with translucent clay and alcohol inks for a frosted appearance. The squares patterns alternate between a smooth and stamped mokume gane texured ones.

Bracelet made over a handmade ultra light clay form. I used premo pearl clay, pearl-ex mica powders, and alcohol inks.

PCAGOE August Challenge Blue Stretch Bracelet. All beads in various shades of blues are handmade by me. The silver bits are re-cycled from a second hand jewelry purchase. All are strung on jewlers stretch elastic for easy wear. This bracelet is being donated to: Global Genes Project.

My piece is a Polymer Clay Cha Cha bracelet, When I think of hope, I think of life and new life. Flowers :). So I created tiny polymer clay blue flowers with sculpted accents and details as beads, Then I made blue beads and covered then with a fun ghost cane for a cool effect. I made blue pearl like beads from polymer clay and filled it in with dark blue, light blue, and white pearls to make a full lovely cha cha bracelet. I finished it with a gorgeous flower lobster clasp and most important I added a Made with Love and a Hope charm at the end. Because that is what is important, Never give up hope. Hope you enjoy my piece it was made with lots of love and hope for all of these wonderful people. 

11. Shades of Blue from Me to You by Cindy of ArrowdaleArtStudio
My entry into the PCAGOE Charity Challenge for the month of August. My bracelet is made entirely from Kato polyclay, using a soda can as my mold. The inside of the cuff is utterly smooth, doing this, btw. No sanding! :) Starting with a navy blend of clay, I gradually lightened the clay until I had 7 variations to nearly white, then blocked them together, offsetting each row and then back again to form the cane. The background clay is actually the blended scraps from the off cuts and leftovers.
The "from me to you," thing is partly to represent that this piece is being donated but also to represent the shading in the cane, light to dark, and all kinds of shades in between - just like people, whether by color or ideology or nationality or taste in music! :)

12. Blue Diamonds Cuff by Deb of RenGalSA
Adventures in ExStroppelating!

Vote Here

Choose your top 3 favorites. You must pick 3 different entries. Voting is open to the public the from the 1st-7th.  Read the expanded rules here.