Hello and Welcome to my Blog ~ I love art of all kinds. Two of my favorites are polymer clay and paper art. I have shops on Etsy that feature both of my passions. I also love writing my blog and finding artists that have a passion for their craft and feature them. I hope your day is filled with sunshine, laughter and loads of creativity.

Monday, May 30, 2011

My Fairy Homes

These are just a few of the Fairy Homes that I have created.

Fairies are very particular about the homes that they inhabit. Some fairies dwell in the woods, or on the beaches, others prefer gardens or fields of wild flowers and then there are those very special fairies that love to dwell among small children. These special fairies are the tiniest of them all, each one so very beautiful with long flowing hair and twinkly eyes. They are dressed in the finest spun silk mixed with the magic of sparkling fairy dust.

It's said if you place a fairy dwelling inside your home you will soon find evidence that one of these special fairies has made it their home.

You must believe in Fairies
e one will venture into your home.

Any child would be delighted to have a cake topped with a fairy dwelling. A special keepsake forever. These little fairy houses will definitely be a wonderful home for some of those very special fairies.

There are fairies that love the sound of the ocean and collect seashells to surround their homes. This little Fairy house is located on a beautiful beach with white sands. Notice all the seashells that have been collected.

Here is a perfect home for a forest dwelling fairy. They love the coziness of the forest, the sweet little birds singing in the trees and the sound of a babbling brook as it lazily runs through.

There are times that I would love nothing better than to be taken away
and live among the fairies in their wonderful world.

Fairy homes come in all shapes and
sizes. Picking one out is a lot of fun,
but having one in your home is

Friday, May 27, 2011

Maureen Carlson- Polymer Clay Artist

The magical creations of Maureen Carlson
ARTIST: Maureen Carlson has been creating mixed-media figures in clay and cloth since the 1970's, with her primary medium being polymer clay. From 1979 to 1991 she sold her clay characters, dolls and puppets at the Minnesota Renaissance Festival and other Twin Cities area venues. Recently, after many years of creating artwork whose primary purpose was instructional, she has begun once again making original artwork to sell at shows and through teaching venues. At the July 2010 Owatonna Art Festival she received an Award of Merit.
TELEVISION PERSONALITY: She has appeared on the Carol Duvall Show on HGTV as well as on Aleene’s Creative Living Television Show.

Maureen is an amazing woman. You can read her full Biography at: http://www.artofthedollmn.com/maureen-carlson.html

Maureen designs flex molds which you can see at the following link: http://www.polymerclayexpress.com/molds2.html

Check out her website too: http://www.maureencarlson.com/

Grace Dancing

in private collection

12 inches tall

Polymer clay, acrylic paint, wire

Polymer clay is the medium of choice for artist Maureen Carlson whose works, Grace Dancing and Contemplation, show the magic that can happen when one "sculpts with color". The wall-mounted pieces combines figurative sculpture with surface design techniques. The only paint used on this piece was for the facial features

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

International Polymer Clay Creations

Our Polymer Clay Enthusiasts Team (PCETeam) on Etsy is a very active team. Every month we create treasuries featuring our team members. I am proud to present to you a treasury showcasing some of our talented International Artists.

Just click on the pictures and visit their shops to see all
the wonderful creations these talented artists have to offer.

Etsy Shop ~ Mandarin Duck
Aniko Kolesnikova ~ London England

Business Card Holder
created with this beautiful scene of a Kakadu Parrot sitting on a Sakura branch.

Etsy Shop ~ Naamaza
Naama Zamir ~ Haifa Israel

Her pendant is composed of micro flakes that makes an eye catching composition.
The back of the pendent has "shma Israel" prayer.

Lovely Little Things ~ Ayarina
Ayarina ~ Bucharest Romania

This is just a sampling of the unique buttons that Ayarina has in her Etsy shop.

Etsy Shop ~ Made With Clay And Love
Melissa ~ Newfoundland Canada

This little sewing machine has been hand sculpted with durable clay. It has been given several coats of a glossy sealer. It measures approximately 1.25 inches (3 cm) long, not including the attached key ring

Etsy Shop ~ beadsCraftz
Madeline ~ Malaysia

Orange Oriental Cherry Blossom Bag Charm. Be sure to check out her wonderful jewelry.

Etsy Shop ~ Clay Creations by ArzuMusa
Arzu Musa ~ Istanbul Turkey

Exquisite handmade sculpture in the technique of polymer clay. She has so many different styles in her wonderful shop.

Etsy Shop ~ Debbie Crothers
Debbie Crothers ~ Geraldton Australia

This bangle sure is a wonderful conversation piece. You'll find an assortment of things scattered around the outside from faces to hands to owls and more. The trick is to find them all.

Etsy Shop ~ Sandra Arteaga
Sandra Arteaga ~ Barcelona Spain

The heads of Ilse and Hahn are sculpted with clay and painted with acrylic paintings. Their bodies are original Hujoo Ball Jointed Dolls..

Etsy Shop ~ Hana Garden
Stacy ~ Sasebo Japan

A glass jar covered in hammered iridescent purple clay, and a lucky charm of stars and swarovski crystals dangling from the screw-top lid.

Etsy Shop ~ Anna Crafts
Won Joo Cho ~ South Korea

This cute creation is a custom cake topper and just a sampling of the many toppers shown in her Etsy Shop.

Etsy Shop ~ Polyclarific
Amanda ~ Perth Australia

This unique pendant is an original design made by Amanda. She has a wonderful shop full of unique items.

Etsy Shop ~ Fliepsiebieps
Esther ~ The Hague Netherlands

These cute little hedgehog bride & groom are made to order. Pick out your wedding colors for these darling hedgehogs.

Etsy Shop ~ Vanias Art Shop
Valentina ~ Melbourne Australia

This pendant was made out of clay, using a variety of colours and methods to come up with this lovely cracked/stained glass look cream background with pretty lilac and white flower decorations. Valentina used a thin silver plated wire to wire wrap a fancy bail onto the pendant.

Etsy Shop ~ Art by Susmitha
Susmitha ~ Bangalore India

Susmitha hand sculpted this fabulously artistic Frog on a Lily Pad pendant out of polymer clay and highlighted it with metallic mica powders. The bail is made of twisted fine silver wire.

Etsy Shop ~ Natbears
Nathlie ~ Oostende Belgium

This is just one of her cute little critters. Don't you feel like hugging this little puppy.

Etsy Shop ~ Clay Cuties by Sabrina
Sabrina Cantafio ~ Saint Lazare Canada

This darling little frog is just a sampling of the wonderful creations that Sabrina has in her shop.

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Last of all is my newest Ring Bearers Pillow

Silver Satin cover with hand sewn pearl drop beads
adorned with white flowers and a polymer clay rose.

You can see more of my creations at:


Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Ring Bearers Pillows - My newest endeavor

I would like to present you with my newest endeavor
Ring Bearers Pillows

Ages ago, when I was a mere teen, my husband bought me a sewing machine. I dabbled about, making little outfits for my children, Halloween costumes, kitchen curtains etc, but never really took that much interest in it. It was probably because his mom was such a fantastic seamstress and she was sewing up a storm for the family anyway. That talented woman even made a wedding dress for her niece which was as beautiful as any wedding gown you'd see in a Bridal Magazine.

The other day, I was sitting in my sunroom, thinking that I needed some pillows for the settee in there, but when I went to the store and saw the price of them I was stunned. When did pillows become so expensive??? Then I thought of Etsy ~ how much were pillows there? That's when I saw some gorgeous ring bearer pillows. OKAY ~ now I'm on a completely different path.

Then I thought of my sewing and wondered if I would even remember how to sew. Well, let me tell you, it's like falling off a bike and getting back on again. Amazingly, I remembered.

Let me regress a bit. In order to do this, I would need a sewing machine. But, I remember that sewing machines cost an arm and a leg and I needed to keep my arms and legs. (LOL)

I rode over to Hancock Fabrics and was I ever pleasantly surprised. I walked out with a beautiful machine for less than a hundred dollars. Armed with the machine and the goodies to make the pillows, I gleefully went home and started work on the project. I wanted to add my polymer clay creations to make them a little different and I do believe I succeeded in doing so.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Scrimshaw and Polymer Clay

By Sandy Prenzi

I find the art of Scrimshaw amazing!

Scrimshaw is the name given to handiwork created by whalers made from the byproducts of harvesting marine mammals. It is most commonly made out of the bones and teeth of sperm whales, the baleen of other whales, and the tusks of walruses. It takes the form of elaborate engravings in the form of pictures and lettering on the surface of the bone or tooth, with the engraving highlighted using a pigment, or, less often, small sculptures made from the same material. However the latter really fall into the categories of ivory carving, for all carved teeth and tusks, or bone carving. The making of scrimshaw began on whaling ships between 1745 to 1759 on the Pacific Ocean, and survived until the ban on commercial whaling. The practice survives as a hobby and as a trade for commercial artisans

has learned the art of scrimshaw and applied it to polymer clay. She is a
Nature and hobby enthusiast and multi-media artist.
Here is one of her finished medallions that is absolutely fabulous.

Please visit her at
and see the wonderful tutorials she has created.


I really like this tusk, because you could definitely
scrimshaw the piece and it would look very authentic

How to create an Ivory tusk
By: Desiree McCrorey

She was introduced to a faux ivory technique in a Tory Hughes workshop a long time ago.

She modified the technique somewhat. This technique takes advantage of the properties of translucent polymer clay, mimicking the striations seen in bone or ivory. If you do this right, people will have an extremely hard time telling this from the real thing.

You can read the tutorial for this creation at:: http://www.desiredcreations.com/howTo_CAivoryHorn.htm


This was a fantastic buy I made at Michaels

Sandy's Creations in Clay: A Wonderful Addition: "While shopping at Michaels this past week, I came across a wonderful addition to my clay room and the fantastic part is, it was 50%..."!

Monday, May 2, 2011

Faux Polymer Clay Leather, Wood, Pebbles, Cloth and Cobblestones

I find it truly fascinating how you can turn polymer clay into wood, leather, cobblestones, cloth or even pebbles as these wonderful artisans did.

Angela Mabray


Faux Leather

Coaster is 4" in diameter and uses the faux leather technique from Polymer Clay Web.

Stamp is Manuscript Background by Hero Arts.

See Angela's blog for instructions on making a rubber stamped polymer clay coaster

Faux Wood


Angela made this pincushion by covering a recycled tin can base with polymer clay. The faux zebrawood was inspired by Carol Blackburn's wood lesson. The matching button was created using a button mold made from Amazing Mold Putty. She used cross stitch fabric for the cushion portion.

See her blog post for project instructions: blog.craftygoat.com/2008/05/polymer_clay_pincushion.html


Faux Pebbles

by Tina Holden
Polymer Cla
y Bytes

Tina said she could think of a longer name for her West Coast inspired Pebbles, but Polymer Clay in the title is a long word in it self.

She prefers creating pebbles with a range of colour like the ones she finds on the beaches where she lives.

This bracelet is for sale in her ArtFire shop.


Polymer Clay Faux Fabric Brooch

By: Betty Jo Hendershott
Knightwork Studio

Betty Jo is a retired antique dealer.

She and her daughter, Heather have their shop on Etsy where they sell their beautifully unique jewelry.

All Heathers designs are original and each piece is one of a kind. She creates delightful Broken China Jewelry from damaged china pieces, bold Art De

co jewelry from vintage Bakelite buckles & buttons and beautiful dichroic glass jewelry.

Betty Jo's interests have always been knitting, crocheting and other forms of needlework. Then about 3 years ago she discovered polymer clay. Now both Heather and Betty Jo are hand crafting pieces from Polymer Clay. This is an exciting medium with endless possibilities.


Using texture sheets, Betty Jo made this mixed media brooch. She mixed Kato blue and silver polymer clay to get the pretty blue color, stamped it, gathered it up and decorated it with small silver and lapis beads around a rhinestone component from a vintage earring.


Trina Prenzi
Trina's Clay Creations

Trina is my daughter who has been working with polymer clay for many years. Photography is one of her favorite hobbies but creating with clay is her passion! She enjoys making fun and whimsical pieces - each created with a lot of love, and attention to detail. She lives in Michigan, works part-time in a law office and feels fortunate to be able to spend time in her studio, sculpting and creating with clay.

Faux Wood Fairy Door with Faux Cobblestones

Visit her shop at: trinasclaycreations

Fairy Door
Fairy Door Fairy Door
A sweet Fairy Door with roses, vines and cobblestone steps. A little portal into the world of make believe, where anything is possible and everything is sprinkled with sunshine and fairy dust!


Last of all, here is my faux turtle. (LOL)

Tiny Turtle by Sandy Prenzi

Visit my Etsy shop at: Sandy's Creations by mstp on Etsy