April 6, 2012 Follow Tonya    Like Tonya    Like WLW    Follow Tonya
Personal Note from Tonya

Happy Spring!

I hope this finds you and your family making room for new abundance and opportunities for 2012.

I just returned from taking a great class on design, etching, laminating metals, and patinas! My team was at a technology/marketing event at the same time. So we are all just bubbling over with new inspiration!

One of the things I love the most about spring is the cleaning out of the old (whether this is in your garden, your studio or cleaning up your books) and welcoming in the new!

It's all about planting seeds for new growth and new possibilities.

I'm knee deep in this personally and professionally. It's like that urge to nest. I have "ants in my pants" to make room for new abundance! How else do you explain the feeling of vibrating bliss and excitement about the future?

So I've been busy putting items in clearance at Whole Lotta Whimsy, cleaning up my studio and office and planting new seeds of growth professionally/personally.

What does this spring bring for you?

I'd love to connect with you! Join us next Sunday, April 15th, on Whole Lotta Whimsy's Facebook page for the Sunday Social Circle. You can tell us all about your work, where to find you (FB, Etsy, Website), and connect with nearly 200 other fantastic artists in our Create + Connect + Collaborate "secret" forum!

Have a super holiday weekend and TAKE ACTION on planting magical seeds of possibilities! I see "daffodils, tulips, and gerberas" popping up all around you!

Creative Blessings,

PS - Thank you for letting me into your email inbox. I do appreciate it! If you have a friend that would benefit from getting these emails, please share it!!!

News From Tonya

Complimentary Whimsy Bucks!!!

Place an order starting Friday, 4/06/12 until Sunday, 4/08/12 at 11:59pm PT at www.WholeLottaWhimsy.com, and you can use these Whimsy Bucks!

  • $5 off any order $100+
  • $7 off any order $150+
  • $10 off any order $200+

Terms and Conditions

  • Kilns, gold products, shipping costs, tax and handling are not included in the $100 minimum
  • Only good toward orders placed after 2:00pm PT Friday, 4/06/12 and before 11:59pm PT Sunday 4/08/12.
  • Offer is not retroactive to orders placed before the above dates mentioned. Orders placed before 2:00pm PT 4/06/12 cannot be cancelled or changed.
  • You must use the promo code TULIPS in the comments section of the order form to receive these Whimsy Bucks!
  • Cannot be combined with any other offer and only one Whimsy Buck will be honored per shipment (no combining orders with multiple Whimsy Bucks redeemed from rewards or other)
  • They hold no actual cash value and cannot be used to pay for any part of an invoice, but the Whimsy Bucks are deducted from the total due before we process your invoice or credit card.


New Creative Tools Arrive at Whole Lotta Whimsy

Saw Blade w/o handle- 1.25" tall x 5" long Paisley Stencil
Wedge-Shaped Sponge Stone Cleaner (20) Successful Jewelry: Design Idea to Wearable Art
Gemstone Settings: The Jewelry Maker's Guide to Styles & Techniques Metalsmith Essentials: How to Solder Jewelry V2
Easy Electroforming for Jewelry Divided Storage Box
Metalsmith Essentials: Setting Stones with Bezels
Raving Fan

Mick & Susie Mamola

WLW......WholeLottaWhimsy and a WholeLottaWonderful!

Every now and then we've purchased our metal clay supplies from WLW. Of late, however, they've been making many new additions to their product line and now offer a more complete selection than ever to choose from! So take a "stroll" through their shopping link and see for yourself. You'll find the usual and necessary accessories and supplies as well as some you won't find anywhere else.

And with customer service being at the top of my list......well, you've come to the right place! Tonya and staff add that personal touch in promptly answering any questions or concerns you may have, something you don't often experience in today's world.

Fact is, Susie ( my better half ) and I will be turning to WholeLottaWhimsy more often than not for our metal clay needs.

- Mick & Susie Mamola
It Takes Two Jewelry


Feature Article

Executing the Design Process:

Barbara Becker Simon's Helpful Tips

We were so lucky to have had Barbara share her wisdom with us in 5 of the Master Muse Tutorials. Her Design Challenge Tutorials were #2, #11, #22, #30, #39 and #47. You will definitely want to check out the synopsis of her tutorials.

In her Spiral Clasp in CopprClay(tm) Master Muse Tutorial #2 she shares several of her design tips.

  1. To easily make your own design template:
    Design your piece on paper and then transfer it to vellum or tracing paper.


  2. Place this vellum design onto a soft surface such as Fun Foam. Using a Needle Tool, punch holes through the lines on the vellum or tracing paper.


  3. Condition your clay and roll it out. If you are going to be carving or embedding objects you will want it thicker. Make sure it's big enough that you can cut out the shape easily.


  4. Place the punched vellum/tracing paper design, ragged hole side down, onto the clay. Press lightly with your fingers to outline the designer.


  5. Remove and you'll see the design!


  6. Now you can cut out your design with a QuikArt Stylus, Craft Knife, or Super Slim Needle Tool.


This fantastic and popular tutorial is available at Whole Lotta Whimsy. It's 42 photos and steps, on thick glossy cardstock, that take you from the actual design concept, thru execution, to stringing the final piece. No secret or trick left untold!

* Special Offer! *

If you order it prior to April 11th at midnight PT, we'll take $5.00 off the price and throw in the Tutorial Stand, a $6.50 value. Just mention DAFFODILS in the comment section of your order.

You'll find Barbara on Facebook at "Barbara Becker Simon Glass and Metal Clay" and also at www.bbsimon.com. She will be teaching at Bead and Button and the PMC Guild Conference this summer. Be sure and add her to your list of must-take classes!

Click here to read the rest of this article!


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Teacher, mentor, artist and founder of The Artful Success Program, Tonya Davidson helps artists take their techniques and business skills to the next level. As the CEO and founder of Whole Lotta Whimsy she has passionately empowered artists to live creatively from the inside out. Her ezine goes out to over 11,000 subscribers. Create the life you love by subscribing to her eZine at http://www.wholelottawhimsy.com/wo/content/newsletter. Be sure to check out her blog at www.tonyadavidson.com for complimentary tutorials and articles.

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