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Candace Jedrowicz goodbye

Candace Goodbye Photo Moving Along

This week will be my last regular project post for Cool2Craft.  I have been so blessed to work for and with the Cool girls!  This creative journey has been more amazing than words could begin to describe!  I love all the friends I’ve met here and hope to pop up now and again to say hi!

My creative  roots are in clay and its sultry satin muddiness is calling me back.   I miss the challenge of forming a lump of clay into a something fun and whimsical that takes days or even months to complete!  Carving into leather hard clay is my favorite thing to do!  It feels like sculpting chocolate, and carving layers of rich texture into it.  That’s what it’s all about for me.

I’m also going to be continuing my work with crowns!  I’m learning to solder so I’m ready to go to the next level with bigger, better and busier crowns!

So look for me here and there, clay up to my elbows, splattered on my face and in my hair. wearing a fabulous crown and a big teethy grin!

Love and blessings

Candace


 

Celebrating the Nationwide Launch of Cool2Cast at Michaels!

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I’m SOOOOOOOO excited to announce the nationwide launch of Cool2Cast at all Michaels stores! I’m celebrating the kick-off at the Grand Opening Event at Michaels One West Side, 11260 Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles 90064 (Santa Monica). The ribbon cutting ceremony kicks off the day’s events at 9:45 am. The crafting tent will be open from 10 am – 2 pm so be sure to stop by my Cool2Cast demo table and find out how VERSATILE this casting medium is! Michaels is offering gift cards to the 1st 100 people in line, there are hourly prize raffles and a prize wheel where you can win Cool2Cast and a lot more! Can’t wait to see all my creative friends!!

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Look for Cool2Cast in the polymer clay department at your local Michaels!! Visit our NEW Cool2Cast website for ideas, info and subscribe for all the news!


 

Product Review: SliderWriter

SliderWriter in the spotlight

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I feel like I’m the luckiest girl in the world to be able to spend my days in my studio creating and crafting and playing with all sorts of goodies. The good folks at SliderWriter sent me this cool new tool but my first thought was uh oh… “I don’t scrapbook”.

When I finally took it out of the box, was I happy to learn that this awesome laser tool is very useful for a lot more than just scrapbooking layouts!SliderWriter cu Product Review: SliderWriter I’ve put together an intro to SliderWriter video (also embedded at the bottom of this page) but I also want to share some of the cool features here!

First, let’s talk about some scrapbooking features. The SliderWriter holds up to size 12×12 scrapbooking papers. The paper holder grabs onto the paper to keep it from shifting and the raised edges keep your scrapbook page securely in place on the work surface. BTW – for all my crafty left-handed friends, you can easily take a Phillips screwdriver and move the paper holder to the opposite side!

The SliderWriter has a standard ruler on the right side and two extra large rubber bands fit into the notched edges to give you incremental vertical margins. It’s easy to turn on the laser with the on-off toggle switch and you can easily check the alignment and realign from points A & B. The laser light was plenty bright to shine across the page in my studio setting but it is recommended that you can simply dim the room lights if you want to see the laser light shine more brightly. The SliderWriter comes with two AAA batteries that are really easy to change out when the time comes.

Now on to the other cool uses! If you are a calligrapher, you will love the calligraphy measuring guide on the left margin. If you like to journal on your scrapbook pages, you will love how easy it is to line up the laser with either a straight line or angled line (yes! you can angle the laser with the toggle lever) and do all your journaling without having to pencil-in your guide lines. If you enjoy writing one note at a time (that would be me!) or are planning on addressing hundreds of envelopes (hopefully that gets the attention of anyone planning a wedding soon!), you will love using the SliderWriter to easily line up your address lines.

Do you quilt? Do you stamp? Line up everything perfectly with the SliderWriter!

And a final tip directly from SliderWriter – keep the shipping box, especially if it might be carried to parties or classes. The box was designed to hold the laser securely in place and has extra room to bring along some other goodies.

I put together this quick video overview at CraftHaul.com so that you can see all these features up close! Enjoy!  Also, check out our SliderWriter giveaway!

Also, some important and useful links for you:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/SliderWriter/388057877915475

https://twitter.com/SliderWriter

http://www.youtube.com/user/Badallman

http://pinterest.com/sliderwriter/

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Ann Butler Unity Blog Hop – Tiled Heart Box by Candace Jedrowicz

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Ann Butler has designed a new set of stamps that she calls Faux Quilting (for their patterns) and they are way too much fun!  There are several packs of designs to choose from, so the combinations and uses are fan-zillion-tastic!  Ann set up this blog hop to show many of the ways the stamps could be used.

 


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I had the pleasure of working with the Leaves All Over and Stripes.Dots.Hearts. sets.  I immediately pictured polymer clay tiles textured with Ann’s wonderful designs!  And, oh my heck, WHAT FUN!

Materials:

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Polymer clay – I used black
Pasta roller
Water Spritzer
Tissue blade
Metallic paste – I used Inka Gold purple and green
Clear dimensional sealer
Aleene’s Super Thick Tacky Glue
Aleene’s Decoupage matte
Gems
Papier mache box
Decorative paper
Scissors
Paint brush

 

Anns Heart Box 1 Ann Butler Unity Blog Hop   Tiled Heart Box by Candace Jedrowicz .Roll out your clay on the largest setting on the pasta roller – about 1/8″.Spritz the stamp lightly before each imprint
Anns Heart Box 3 Ann Butler Unity Blog Hop   Tiled Heart Box by Candace Jedrowicz You can make some interesting quilty patterns before cutting your tiles.
Anns Heart Box 2 Ann Butler Unity Blog Hop   Tiled Heart Box by Candace Jedrowicz Use your tissue blade to cut irregular shapes and sizes.I bent the blade to make curved edges.Bake the clay according to the directions.
Anns Heart Box 4 Ann Butler Unity Blog Hop   Tiled Heart Box by Candace Jedrowicz After cooling, apply metallic paste with your fingers over the raised areas.Brush each tile to get rid of dried paste bits before the next step.
Anns Heart Box 6 Ann Butler Unity Blog Hop   Tiled Heart Box by Candace Jedrowicz Apply even coats of dimensional sealer to the tiles.I dropped gems onto the lovely dotted pattern pieces.Allow to dry over night.
Anns Heart Box 7 Ann Butler Unity Blog Hop   Tiled Heart Box by Candace Jedrowicz Prepare the box by decoupaging with decorative paper and metallic paste.Sand the hard edges of the paper and apply metallic paste wherever you like.
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Ann Butler Designs & Unity Blog Hop !

You can find the Ann Butler Designs Stamps Collection on Unity Stamps Co.

1. Ann Butler
2. Beth Watson
3. Candace Jedrowicz
4. Candice Windham
5. Carol Heppner
6. Cheryl Boglioli
7. Cindi Bisson
8. Debra Quartermain
9. Denise Clason
10. Eileen Hull
11. Fabrizio (Fab) Martellucci
12. Jen Goode
13. Jonathan Fong
14. Kristin Kelly
15. Lisa Fulmer
16. Lorine Mason
17. Madeline Arendt
18. Theresa Cifali

 

Making Jewelry with T-Shirt Yarn by Lorine Mason – in the spotlight

Lorine Mason T-Shirt Yarn Book

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Our super cool friend, Lorine Mason, has announced her newest book! Making Jewelry with T-Shirt Yarn: How to Create Fabulous Fabric Accessories Making Jewelry with T Shirt Yarn by Lorine Mason   in the spotlight will help to answer the question “What in the world should I do with all these old T-shirts?” The answer is simple: cut them up, pull the strips into rope-like loops, and braid them into colorful necklaces, earrings, headbands, rings, bracelets, belts, and more!

Making Jewelry with T-Shirt Yarn will have you wrapping and knotting your way to fun fabric jewelry creations. In this book, Lorine reveals the five basic shapes to use in making endless combinations of embellishments. She also shows how to get terrific effects by tie-dying plain shirts to create wonderful color combinations.

Inexpensive supplies, basic techniques, wonderful color and fun projects. Whether you are an avid crafter or newbie; creating fun jewelry and accessory items from T Shirt strips makes for a creative afternoon.

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Aleene’s Crafting History Jackpot! Thank you Hazel Pearson!

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Click image to read more about the Aleene’s crafting history.

 

What started out as a garage cleaning task for my sister and me, ended up with a crafting history jackpot yesterday!

Let me take a moment to tell you how this journey started. Several years ago Heidi, Momma Aleene and I met with our life-time friend Hazel Pearson to talk about what she wanted to do with some of her company’s history archives. Hazel was well into her 90’s at the time and it was time to discuss how to preserve the early history of today’s craft industry. When we met, Hazel granted me rights to all of her published materials and we discussed how to start making the transfer of archives. It was a bittersweet conversation for the four of us as we knew that an era of crafting history could easily become forgotten if we did not take action. Let’s take a quick peek a few years back.

ALEENE & HAZEL THE EARLY YEARS. Born in 1914, Hazel’s early years as a one-room school teacher and her mother’s passion for china painting led to her interest in teaching women how to craft. Because no “craft stores” existed in those early days, “crafting” for Hazel focused on teaching copper tooling and china painting. Fast forward to 1944 when, at the age of 19, Momma Aleene had just opened her first business, a florist shop in Arcadia, CA.

It was natural that the creative paths of these two women would quickly cross. They had a similar passion for crafts, an entrepreneurial spirit and lived in nearby cities. Hazel was ten years older than Aleene so she had a bit more experience under her belt at that time and was the first person to introduce Aleene to the Hobby Industry Association. At that time, HIA consisted of model trains, remote control airplanes and hobby items. It wasn’t long before Hazel Pearson Handicrafts was well known for introducing the world to resin grapes (she imported the glass resin molds by the train carload ) and Aleene’s Fibre and Floral Supply Company was known for its huge success with Aleene’s Wood Fibre Flowers and junk (recycle/upcycle) crafts.

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Aleene & Hazel Pearson 1967 – Promotional photo for Aleene’s Craftmaker Caravan tour

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Aleene Jackson & Hazel Pearson 2009

Over the years, these amazing women remained friendly competitors in adjoining California cities (Temple City and Rosemead) and even teamed up in 1967 to launch the Aleene’s Craftmaker Caravan which is credited with the birth of today’s craft industry. Our families took vacations together and spent holidays together.

Always amused by Aleene’s “in-your-face” marketing style, Hazel took a quiet behind-the-scenes approach to her business building. These women were well respected and revered and adored by crafting fans and served as tremendous role models for women business owners in a time when female entrepreneurs were few and far between.

For many, many years, Aleene and Hazel had talked and dreamed about some type of craft museum where industry manufacturers could display their early-years products and samples. It would be a great way to preserve the rich history of their businesses and many other sewing, yarn, craft, button, millinery and tool companies who share a history and passion for this industry. Unfortunately, that dream never came to be in Hazel’s lifetime as she passed away in 2011 at the age of 98.

Thankfully, in 2009, my sister Heidi started making regular trips to LA to pick up boxes that Hazel had stored in her garage. Heidi and Hazel would open each box, review the contents and Hazel would give a “yeah” or a “nay” for Heidi to take that box with her. As you can imagine, it was very difficult for Hazel to part with her craft treasures but she was very grateful that my sister and I were taking on the task of preserving craft history. During that time, Heidi transferred about 100 of Hazels boxes to our garages. We didn’t learn of Hazel’s passing until Christmas 2011 when Aleene tried to make her annual Christmas call to Hazel. We’re not sure what happened to the all of the museum quality collection that she had in her home (Hazel’s home was filled to the brim with 60-years of collecting) but we do know that some are in the loving hands of her daughters and grandchildren and others were sold at her estate sale.

Glue dAleene 150x150 Aleenes Crafting History Jackpot! Thank you Hazel Pearson!Yesterday, Heidi and I started to dig into the boxes that we had been storing for many years. When I asked Heidi for 2 hours of help, little did I know that 5 hours and one box later that I would find that our dear friend Hazel had unknowingly given me my greatest crafting treasure!

Tucked into the bottom of one box were several bottles of glue and when I found this one I squealed with delight. Heidi had already left for a grandson’s basketball game, but Momma Aleene was home so I rushed inside to show her the treasure I had found – a well-worn bottle of Glue d’Aleene.  I have shared this story for many years how Aleene’s Tacky Glue had first started as Glue d’Aleene but Momma Aleene changed its name when designers and customers would ask for “that tacky glue”. And now, 50+ years later, we have uncovered one of those original bottles.

Thank you Hazel for leaving your crafting legacy to us and for preserving the greatest gift you could give back to the Aleene’s family! You are dearly missed and we will always do our best to be sure that today’s crafter never, ever forgets you and your incredible crafting legacy!

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Heidi and Tiffany ready to start their 5-hour journey of sorting through Hazel Pearson archives boxes

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Many of the boxes were filled with vintage samples, Heidi found many afghans that were created for Hazel Pearson’s craft instruction books.

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Momma Aleene oversees the festivities!

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Unpacking, sorting and repacking was the focus of the day.

End of day Aleenes Crafting History Jackpot! Thank you Hazel Pearson!

At the end of a very productive day or organizing and re-organizing!

 


The Pink Crown at Long Last by Candace Jedrowicz

Candace Pink Crown

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[Candace's blog]  It’s finally finished!  The Pink Crown Makes its debut!  I’ve been working and pondering on the appropriate finishing touches for this whimsical homage to divine femininity and today it fell into place.  Three lovely and magical pink rose buttons now adorn the base of the crown.  They are Flower Garden buttons from Blumenthal Lansing and they are perfectly charming!

The crown started as an electrical wire frame – a head band and lots of curly cues sewn together with 24 gauge wire.  I added beads from my grandmother’s broken jewelry collection, hand made cookie and doughnut beads as well as small ceramic beads with tiny teacups stamped on them.  The large skull bead is ceramic, one of many I made as favors for my 50th birthday.  I was so thrilled, my daughter threw me Dia de los Muertos themed party.  We had so much fun celebrating our human-ness.

The head band is wrapped in an eye lash yarn scarf I knitted.  The beads that cascade down the side are simple Valentine necklaces – I’m a sucker for hearts!   The pink tulle was wrapped around some lovely flowers a good friend gave to me.  Every detail is both important and irreverent, special and silly.  I have nearly 60 hours invested in her and she is well worth the effort.

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Happy New Year from Cool2Craft

Happy New Year 2012

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Our 2012 creative milestones:

  • Over 275+ new projects shared at www.cool2craft.com
  • Over 670,000+ craft enthusiasts reached every week – Cool2Craft Friday Feature Newsletter – FaveCrafts.com
  • Over 2,187,000+ new YouTube Video Views
  • Over 6,633,000+ lifetime Livestream viewer minutes
  • Over 12,300 Facebook Fans

May 2013 bring you the coolest creative inspiration!


 

Wisdom Cool2Cast Pendant featuring Cousin Corp. Second Skin Beads

Cool2Cast Cousin Corp Wisdom Pendant

Cool2Cast Wisdom Pendant Wisdom Cool2Cast Pendant featuring Cousin Corp. Second Skin Beads

Cousin Corporation has just recently introduced a fantastic new line of products they call Second Skin. Second Skin is focused on the look and feel of exotic skins, particularly snake skin.

Wisdom Necklace cu 2 Wisdom Cool2Cast Pendant featuring Cousin Corp. Second Skin BeadsFor the beads, I selected the Glass Strand Teal/Brown (I used only the brown beads) and for the pendant, I used several components from the Stacked Up™ Antique Gold Starter Pack (in a non-traditional way!) and teamed them up with my Wisdom charm. The base for my pendant is created with Cool2Cast. The inked design on the pendant teams up beautifully with the textured beads and even though  the heart and toggle were designed to be used as a closure, I decided to feature them on the front with my charm.

The complete line of products in the Second Skin Collection is focused on the look and feel of exotic skins, particularly snake skin, which is the dominant and favored skin for the upcoming seasons. The program will include pendants, connectors and beads fabricated with a faux snake skin inset and a snake skin texture imprinted into the metal. This exotic skin is highlighted with luxurious jewel tones of dark reds, plums, teals and metal accents, like studs in antique gold and matte black. This program also features many seed beads and metal chains, which emanate the undulation of snakes and their coils.

Second Skin is NOW available at Primabead.com and select Jo-Ann stores.

 

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Embedded Crystal Cool2Cast Pendant featuring Cousin Corp. Second Skin Beads

Cool2Cast Cousin Corp Blue Pendant

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Cousin Corporation has just recently introduced a fantastic new line of products they call Second Skin. Second Skin is focused on the look and feel of exotic skins, particularly snake skin.

I have teamed up their Glass Metal Blue/Silver Faceted/Snake Beads from this COOL collection with a new Cool2Cast pendant that I created. I LOVE how these beautiful richly colored faceted blue beads and textured silver snake beads complement the organic style of my crystal embedded piece. I am SO in love with this collection so I’ll be sharing more design inspiration in the weeks ahead!

The complete line of products in the Second Skin Collection is focused on the look and feel of exotic skins, particularly snake skin, which is the dominant and favored skin for the upcoming seasons. The program will include pendants, connectors and beads fabricated with a faux snake skin inset and a snake skin texture imprinted into the metal. This exotic skin is highlighted with luxurious jewel tones of dark reds, plums, teals and metal accents, like studs in antique gold and matte black. This program also features many seed beads and metal chains, which emanate the undulation of snakes and their coils.

Second Skin is NOW available at Primabead.com and select Jo-Ann stores.

Cool2Cast Crystal CU Embedded Crystal Cool2Cast Pendant featuring Cousin Corp. Second Skin Beads

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