Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Pantone Color Combination Samples plus CaBezel Tip

I have been working on new pieces using the Pantone Fall 2018 fashion colors in various combinations.  I love creating with the CaBezel molds that Wendy Orlowski at Shades of Clay designs and the new Holy CaBezels are my absolute favorites!  When working with them, I find it best to create my bezel frames first, add my snap and bake them so they are ready to fill when I need them.  I like to do them in my bolder or neutral colors like black, navy, dark green, etc. and in a variety of shapes.

To keep them handy, I have a peg board above my clay work table and I organize them all by color in bags and hang them on the pegs.

So here is a little peak of two that I did using a combination of four of the Pantone Fall 2018 Fashion Colors:  Martini Olive, Ceylon Yellow, Valiant Poppy and Russet Orange.

I will share a few more samples on my facebook page so don't forget to click the like button every so often so my posts will stay in your feed or facebook will consider it unimportant and hide them from you.

Sunday, July 29, 2018

Pantone Fall 2018 Fashion Colors Summary and Clay Recipe Cards

Here is a review of the Pantone Fall 2018 Fashion colors.  Click on the photos below to see the clay recipes using Kato clay.  If you would like to see more clay recipes for the past Pantone fashion colors, go to the color recipe page at the top of this blog.

Would you like some recipe cards with these Pantone colors ready to print out on 4" x 6" index cards?  They have the colored dots on them but are ready to add your own baked clay chip samples.

If so, click here to download and print out by following the instructions included.

Friday, July 27, 2018

Russet Orange and Meerkat - Pantone Fall 2018 Fashion Colors

The last two color recipes I will be sharing with you today are Russet Orange and Meerkat.  Generally there are 12 colors Pantone selects for each season, however this time there are only 10 plus five colors in a Classic palette.  Meerkat is one of those colors and I decided to include the clay recipe for it as it fits in nicely with the other fall colors.  Meerkat is also a lighter version of the Autumn Maple that was one of the Pantone Fall 2017 fashion colors.

Here are the recipes for the Pantone Fall 2018 fashion colors Russet Orange and Meerkat using Kato clay:

Russet Orange
3 parts Kato Orange
1/2 part Kato Gold
1 part Kato Pearl

1 part Kato Brown
1 part Kato Copper
1 part Kato Gold
1 part White Mix # 1-2

* Note:  These clay color recipes are created using Kato Polyclay.  Any of the base color "mixes" used are from my Clay Color System. (which is still on sale until the end of this week)

I have been playing with different color combinations from these new fall colors and if you would like to see some of them for more inspiration, you might want to follow my Facebook page here.  And you may want to click the like button or comment every so often so you will continue getting up to date posts.

My next post will include a summary of all the clay recipes and you can download the cards to print out if you would like.

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Sargasso Sea and Nebulas Blue - Pantone Fall 2018 Fashion Colors

There are two shades of blue in this year's Pantone Fall color palette.  Nebulas Blue is rich and saturated with color.  If you have my Clay Color System, then you already have the recipe which is #9-3 (Blueberry).

Typically there are 12 major colors in the Pantone seasonal color selection but this palette consists of only 10 plus a "Classic Color Palette" which includes 5 neutrals.  One of the colors from this group is Sargasso Sea, a beautiful shade of Navy and still a popular neutral color that is considered to be "the other black".  The added pearl in the clay recipe not only gives it the perfect shade but also adds a bit of shimmer and depth.

So here are the recipes for the Pantone Fall 2018 Fashion colors Sargasso Sea and Nebulas Blue using Kato clay:

Sargasso Sea
8 parts Kato Blue
1 part Kato Black
1 part Kato Pearl

Nebulas Blue
Same as recipe #9-3 Blueberry *

* Note:  These clay color recipes are created using Kato Polyclay.  Any of the base color "mixes" used are from my Clay Color System. (which is still on sale this week)

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Red Pear and Valiant Poppy - Pantone Fall 2018 Fashion Colors

There are two shades of red in this year's fall palette.  Red Pear is a blue-red with a brown undertone where Valiant Poppy is an orange-red with a gold undertone.  Both shades are very rich and bold and closely related to other shades from the past.  Red Pear is similar to Tawny Port from last years fall color with with a bit more red and Valiant Poppy also has a bit more red than the previous Aurora Red.

Here are the recipes for the Pantone Fall 2018 colors Red Pear and Valiant Poppy using Kato clay:

Red Pear
7 parts Kato Red
1 part Kato Blue
2 parts Kato Pearl

Valiant Poppy
6 parts Kato Red
1/2 part Kato Gold

Monday, July 23, 2018

Quetzal Green and Limelight - Pantone Fall 2018 Colors

Pantone describes Quetzal Green as a deep elegant blue-green hue suggestive of rich plumage.  I have found purple and teals to be a very popular combination and this blue-green shade combines well with the Ultra violet and Crocus Petal.

Pantone describes Limelight as a pungent yellow-green, however, I  see it more as a pure yellow and having a difficult time trying to make it fit in with the remainder of the fall palette colors.  It does pair well with the Quetzal Green and I will do more experimenting which you will eventually see in some samples later on.

In the meantime, here are the recipes for the Pantone Fall 2018 Fashion colors Quetzal Green and Limelight using Kato clay.

Quetzal Green
4 parts Kato Turquoise
2 parts Kato Green
1 part Kato Pearl 

2 parts yellow
1 part White Mix # 1-2 *

* Note:  These clay color recipes are created using Kato Polyclay.  Any of the base color "mixes" used are from my Clay Color System which is still on sale until the end of this week.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Martini Olive and Ceylon Yellow - Pantone Fall 2018 Colors

When I started looking up the new Pantone Fall 2018 Fashion colors, I had a real blast from the past.  The colors Martini Olive and Ceylon Yellow are two shades that especially took me back in time to the Pantone 2017 Fall Colors - Moss Green and Lemon Curry.  This was the year when I ordered my set of Pantone Color Cards and mixed up my first Pantone colors for fall.

As a matter of fact, I was also into making bangle bracelets back then and here are some in this color combination:

While this year's fall color Ceylon Yellow is a perfect match for the Lemon Curry in 2007, the Martini Olive is a bit richer than the previous Moss green.

Here are recipes for the Pantone Fall 2018 Fashion colors Martini Olive and Ceylon Yellow using Kato clay:

Martini Olive
Follow recipe # 7-9* for Olive Green
Add 1 part Kato Black

Ceylon Yellow
Same recipe as Lemon Curry
Recipe # 6-4 *

* Note:  These clay color recipes are created using Kato Polyclay.  Any of the base color "mixes" used are from my Clay Color System. (which is on sale this week)

Monday, July 16, 2018

Ultra Violet and Crocus Petal - Pantone Colors for Fall 2018

So I will start off the Fall 2018 Pantone Fashion Colors with Ultra Violet and Crocus Petal.  Ultra Violet is actually the Pantone Color of the Year and so was also included in the latest Spring collection.  Crocus Petal is pretty much a lighter shade of the Ultra Violet and therefore the colors combine well.

So here are the recipes for these two colors using Kato Clay:

Ultra Violet
4 parts Kato Violet
1 part Kato Pearl

Crocus Petal
1 part Kato Violet
8 parts Kato Pearl

Friday, July 6, 2018

Pantone Fall 2018 Fashion Colors

I have been away for a bit visiting family and celebrating my dad's 90th birthday.  It was a good break but with so many things to do and catch up on, it is time to get back into my regular routine at home.

I was putting off mixing up the Pantone fall fashion colors again as usual, as it is difficult to think about fall when summer is just barely starting.  As I am in several shows this fall, I am making up those new items right now.  I really loved the colors for this last spring which makes it even harder to switch gears but I decided to  carry some of them through into the fall as they fit in well with this new palette.

A few of the new fall colors are closely related to ones in the past and just needed a bit of tweaking here and there.  For instance, Red Pear is very similar to the Tawny Port from last year but has a slight more red tone.  Ultra Violet of course is included again as it is the Pantone Color of the Year.

So you will see some of these new colors popping up soon in my work which will hopefully inspire you.  If you are working with clay yourself and have my Clay Color System, I will be sharing these new clay color recipes next week.

If you do not have my Clay Color System and have been thinking about it, I am having a sale right now on all of my tutorials -- but only until Monday evening.  All my tutorials have been reduced --  up to 50% off.

Please note:  These lessons are NOT instant downloads but are sent directly to the e-mail address you provide under your shipping info.  This means if you are in Europe, you do not have to pay any VAT taxes.  And remember the prices are in Canadian currency so the amount works out less if you are more familiar with US dollars.  (Approximately $1 Cdn = 76 cents US)

Also, any tutorial purchase made during this time (from now until Monday midnight, PST) you will receive a bonus coupon code for 25% off to use towards any of our DIY supplies (jewelry, snap, buffing pads, etc.).

Friday, June 15, 2018

Charms for Post Earrings

I now have more of the stainless steel post earrings in stock.  These are so cool to wear and fun to create with.  You can read about them on my last post here.

I really prefer earrings that dangle but also love wearing these posts so I created some fun charms to hang behind the ear by adding them to the stoppers.  These are pretty easy to make and all you need are some chain, jump rings and little charms or crystals.

And if you prefer earrings that hang from ear wires, we now have some metal bezels for those as well!  These are stainless steel bezels with a loop at the top for adding ear wires.

The blanks are now available in our online store in our Jewelry Supply section.  If you are looking for earrings that are already made, we now have some listed in our Earring section.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

New Earrings

I came across these cool bezel style stainless steel post earrings that came in various sizes.  I got them with the intention of using them for filling with resin but discovered they also work well with clay as the bezel has a lip on the edge which prevents it from popping out.

These earrings are now available in our online store in a variety of colors and in 3 different sizes.

If you would like to make your own earrings, I have some blanks listed in my jewelry supply section.  I have a limited amount right now with more on the way.

And I am also having a big sale right now which is only for 3 days so don't miss out!  Use the coupon code of your choice -- the more you spend, the more you save!  It can be applied to anything purchased in our online store including tutorials and DIY supplies.

Friday, May 4, 2018

The Shuswap Artisan Market is Now Open!

I am so excited to be a part of the Shuswap Artisan Market again this year.  It is actually a Cooperative with 26 artisans sharing the space and working together to create an awesome shopping experience.  It is in Sorrento but in a new location -- still on the Trans Canada Hwy but on the opposite side of the Petro-Can station and right next to Steamers Coffee.  The other exciting news is that this market will be open year round!

That is Debbie and Rose in the above photo.  They are two of the artists in the market that made it all happen.  They both have worked very hard behind the scenes in organizing and decorating the place.  They have done an awesome job and each one of us are so proud and appreciative!

The market opened on the 1st but our Grand Opening is tomorrow (Saturday May 5th).  I will be doing a demo out front and will be there at 1pm for an hour or so.  If you are in the area, stop by and say hi and check it all out!

For more info on the market, you can visit the facebook page.  There is even a video for a sneak peek of the inside.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Keeping up

Since changing my website platform to a new company I quit sending out regular newsletters from there.  I am finally at the point where I am starting up again and so if your name was on the previous list and you would like to continue subscribing, then I would suggest going to our website here and when the pop-up appears, register again.  This way you won't miss out on any new items, events or special promotions I am offering.

Another way to follow me is to sign up to my blog.  There is a button on the right hand side to fill in your e-mail address and my blog posts will go direct to your inbox each time I do a post.  Some of my special offers are for specific "groups" or promoted only through my website newsletter, however, so you might want to sign up for both if you do not want to miss out.

So speaking of a special offer.  I thought I would share this one here this time for those who did not receive our most recent newsletter.  Have a great week!

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Recovering and Getting Back on Track

So I realized I hadn't posted since March and now the Fibres West Show has already come and gone.  It was a very busy time and I must say I am glad the show is over so I can catch up with other things.  Unfortunately, life does get in the way and I recently came down with pneumonia and so now trying to get over that.  I guess I was pushing myself a little too hard and I think I have learned my lesson about taking care of me better, which I now plan to do more of from now on.

In the meantime, I thought I would share a few photos from the Fibres West show and will try and post more often again to keep you a little more up to date on things.

We had a wide range of our hand crafted accessories available at the show such as buttons, seam rippers, crochet hooks, stitch markers, etc.

These (shown below) are our new line of ergonomic crochet hooks we created in my "Moonscapes" pattern.  I say "we" because my friend Linda played a large part in helping me with these.  While I love making them, the entire process can be very labor intensive.  With Linda mixing up all the clay colors for the bases gave me more time to cover and hand shape each hook and then add the  patterns.  After baking, the two of us spent days sanding and then polishing them.  I am glad to say I now have them listed in our Etsy shop and also our online store (Canadian).  They are available in every size from 2.0 to 10.0.  The colors all vary as they coordinate with the color of the hook so you can mix and match the size and color you want.

Moonscape design ergonomic crochet hooks
One of the highlights of the show was seeing our buttons in use.  I have started making custom buttons for Lynn Anderson of West Coast Color.  Her and her husband have a sheep farm here at the Shuswap not too far away from me.  We spent some time together a while back color matching my clay recipes to most of her yarn that she hand dyes herself.  This is her holding up one of her darling sweaters with my Rainbow jellyroll buttons.

And a little better close-up view of the sweater and our buttons in 2 other color combinations.

Some of you may have seen this picture I posted on Facebook and Instagram of this sweet little girl.  She is actually Lynn's granddaughter and she was wearing a sweater Lynn made for her and was the perfect little model.

The other section of our booth at the show consisted of various items from our Snap Decisions Collection (Interchangeable Fashion ... in a Snap!)  We mainly focused on accessories that worked well with scarves and shawls plus a few other items to coordinate them with where the snaps could all interchange.

The two most popular items, however, were our interchangeable shawl sticks and our "Build your own" scarf jewelry.  We basically provided a selection of scarf bails, snaps, pendants, etc. and the customers enjoyed mixing and matching to create a scarf necklace in their own style.  Most of them were knitting, crocheting or weaving their own scarf from the fibres they purchased at the show.

We already had this concept in our online store (you can see it here) but since the show, I decided to expand on it a little more.  I am busily working on adding some of our more popular items and should have a nice selection up in a few more days.