Monday, September 29, 2014

Organizing is a breeze with these Deflecto products and a great way to store your extruder discs too!

I built my dream art studio last October and I am still working on organization, its been slow going considering how much stuff I have. I had plenty of my own stuff but I also inherited my moms 30+ years of collections as well. So you can imagine how much stuff I have. I am a member of the Deflecto design team and Deflecto makes some awesome organization products. I have a ton of clay cutters and had been storing them in plastic bags and had to sort through all the bags to find what I wanted. Let me tell you it was a pain in the neck so boy was I glad to get these organizational products to work with.

The black round one with the stackable bins is the Lazy susan design, I love how easy it is to find my cutters as the bins are all clear and I can spin it around to see them all. There are also stackable cubes that many people have used for dies and embossing plates. I used mine for molds and tools. There are also cubes with drawers and I have some of my metal stamps in them along with sponges.

The bins on the right are also awesome for organizing, I use them to store my liquid clay, molds, cutters and dye ink. They have one with a larger bin which is on the bottom and one that the bins are smaller which is on the top. They stack or mount on the wall, since I like to change things around all of the time I decided not to mount mine at the moment. There are so many options for these bins and I loved seeing all of this stuff that was just laying around now so neat and organized.

Deflecto also makes magnetic sheets which I was going to print out our logo on as little giveaways but my printer would not grab the sheets it kept telling me I had to add paper, lets just say it's a touchy printer.LOL  I wanted a way to keep my extruder discs neatly organized but easily accessible and easy to find so I thought how great would it be to place them on the magnetic sheet and it worked like a charm. I hope these give you some ideas for organizing your space. It feels so good when you can actually find what you are looking for and it looks so much nicer than disorganization!


Thursday, September 4, 2014

Meet your Polymer Clay Adventure Teachers

So I told you the other day we are hosting the first ever virtual Polymer Clay & Mixed Media Art Retreat, Polymer Clay Adventure and there are 22 teachers involved. We will be showcasing all of them through a series of videos. This will give you a chance to get to know their work a little better. Enjoy!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Some fun projects I made with the Deflecto acrylic frames

I recently was asked to join the first Deflecto Ambassador design team. They make organizational products and most of you know I recently built my dream art studio so I thought what great timing. So for the first month they sent me a bunch of acrylic frames. They have introduced some that were so fun and colorful I had to play with those first, since I love color. Here are some photos of what I made with them using polymer clay, ribbon and some creativity. They were a little hard to photograph because of the glare so please excuse the photos. At least I am not posting the ones I took in my pajamas and you could see me in the refection. LOL  Hope you like them!

Announcing the first ever all inclusive virtual polymer clay and mixed media retreat

Announcing the first ever virtual polymer clay and mixed media retreat, Polymer Clay Adventure. You can attend from anywhere in the world. Click this link to find out more about the 22 talented teachers.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Polymer Clay Light Switch Cover are so Fun to Make

I had so much fun making these polymer clay light switch plates, I used to make them all of the time but haven't made any in a while, I like the way these came out. You can check them out in my etsy store at

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Polymer Clay Oval Cutters make Unique Flowers Tutorial

Want to learn how to make some easy flowers with lots of depth? Join Ilysa on Polymer Clay TV where she will show you how to take oval  clay cutters and turn them into unique flowers with lots of texture and interest. You can find the cutters at this link:

Monday, June 30, 2014

Polymer clay Ideas have been coming at the speed of light

Hello to all of my creative friends! This has been a busy month full of experimenting and creating with polymer clay. We have been getting in some of the coolest clay cutters and I have been so inspired to create! There is nothing like a new product to get the juices flowing. I have so many ideas that I will be sharing with you and you can always catch a new episode of Polymer Clay TV every Wednesday.  Make sure to subscribe so you don't miss anything.

Below is one of our recent, most popular shows. The products should be available by now at your local Michael's or Hobby Lobby. I haven't seen them many places online so your best bet for locating them is at your local store. I saw them at my local Michael's and Polyform said they were carrying them there too.

I will be filming a new episode of In the studio with Ilysa as soon as my contractor comes to help hang some things for me in my studio. It's funny but I have such a hard time getting things straight and hung properly so I am waiting for John so it can be done right. I am loving my art studio and until now have left the walls bare, not sure what I wanted to do with them but I have figured it out so stay tuned for the show and see what I came up with. Hint Hint it has something to do with jewelry.

I also had a little visitor drinking out of my cats bowl this month. I was INSIDE the house taking the photo. LOL I was actually on the screened in porch when he walked by and I saw him out of the corner of my eye, I thought it was the black and white cat I rescued but boy was I surprised when I saw who it was drinking from the bowl. I grabbed my other cat and ran in the house until he was done and wandered back into the woods. I found out an interesting tidbit, most people think that if you see a skunk out in the day that its rabid, well the truth of it is that its usually a mommy skunk getting food for the babies, so by all means let it do its thing and don't get close!