Archive for the ‘Cool Tools Giveaways’ Category
Congratulations to Charlotte Tyler, the winner of the January “How Are We Doing” survey contest! She has won a $100 Cool Tools gift certificate simply for taking our survey.
Charlotte was very excited and told us a little about herself:
“It is exciting to find out I won something. Anything. I usually don’t win contests. So this is a BIG surprise.
I have been making jewelry for about 10 years, but until recently I only did beading with large stones and store bought findings. Then I discovered PMC and have been experimenting with it. I love your antique molds. Keep them coming! I’ve been selling what I make at the Waitsfield Farmers’ Market in Vermont from the end of May to mid October. I don’t yet have a website (I know, I know . . . It’s a must in this day and age) and that is one thing I am hoping to achieve before the start of the next season.
When I’m not making jewelry I am a contract worker at the Yellow Ribbon Program where I help organize events to help members of the Army National Guard and their families. I also am learning to read music and play the alto saxophone, which I picked up almost 2 years ago. It’s a lot of fun and has got me listening to more music. I got rid of my TV : there is so much to do and learn and TV is a life sucking hypno-box. I live with my 2 black-and-white cats, Patticakes and Alphalpha, respectively smart and dumb-dumb.
Thank you again for contacting me about the contest.”
After every purchase, you receive an email asking you to take a survey that lets us know about your experience. Your comments help us improve as a company and provide new products and services our customers want. A winner is selected every month so keep offering us your thoughts and help us congratulate Charlotte this month!
Congratulations to Carol Eldridge, our Survey Winner for December! Carol has won a $100 Cool Tools gift certificate simply for taking our survey!
Carol was very excited and told us a little about herself:
“I seldom win anything, so learning that I won the December survey contest was very exciting for me, especially since I love your products; and this gives me the opportunity to own even more.
I’ve been involved with many crafts throughout my life, but jewelry making is the one I’ve hit upon that most satisfies my creative desires. I’ve spent many happy hours working with many types of jewelry making mediums (bead weaving, loom work, stringing, wirework). I’ve even managed to sell a number of my projects. But the medium I am most excited about is metal clay. I am definitely a beginner in the metal clay arena; however, I look forward to making it my lifelong passion. I long to improve my skills to the level of creating saleable metal clay jewelry and am reading, attending workshops and practicing every possible minute I can. I’ve spent so much money on all the wonderful tools available for making metal clay jewelry that I need to advance to selling my products to justify the purchases I’ve made, not to mention those I’ve yet to make. Thank you for the opportunity to add to my stockpile.”
After every purchase, you receive an email asking you to tell us about your experience through our survey. Your thoughts help us get better and a winner is selected every month! Help us congratulate Carol this month!
Congratulations to Valerie Valenzuela, the Random Review Winner for October! She has won a $100 Cool Tools gift certificate simply for offering us her thoughts on a product she purchased. Valerie reviewed one of our Design Stamps and gave them a 5-Star rating calling them “effective & versatile”.
Valerie was very excited and told us a little about herself:
“When I got the email that I won this months drawing I couldn’t believe it, I never win anything. I can’t wait to use my gift certificate. I started out being a sales associate selling fine jewelry. I was transferred to a jewelry boutique and got interested in making fine jewelry, went to school, and that is how it all began. I am now retired and decided I wanted to do some creating and this is what I choose to do. I enjoy working with the Art Clay and PMC and I also enjoy working with beads. Cool Tools has made it much easier with all the information I get from your website and my tool purchases. Thank you for making this journey of my life a very enjoyable one!”
Keep reviewing products and offering us your thoughts. Your comments and reviews help other jewelry artists get a better idea of the products! Help us congratulate Valerie this month!
Congratulations to Dianna Whitlock, our ”How Are We Doing?” survey winner for October. Dianna completed our survey after a purchase in October and was selected in our monthly drawing.
Dianna was very excited and told us a little about herself:
“Cool! As in, Cool Tools, is my favorite site! I’m thrilled. I don’t often win contests so I was very nicely surprised when I opened my email today.I’ve been making jewelry for about 10 years but recently discovered PMC. I, like so many others, am now addicted to this medium!
I work in the field of animal welfare, dedicating my time to the rescue and adoption of dogs and cats. I love to incorporate dogs and cats into my PMC using artwork, stamps and molds that I’ve created myself.
We’re getting ready for the second snow storm of the season here in the foothills of Colorado. I’m planning on spending a few of those snowy hours perusing your website looking to see what wonderful things I can use in my PMC work.”
Dianna has won a $100 Cool Tools gift certificate to use any way she prefers.
Every time you purchase a product you have an opportunity to take a survey and tell us about your experience with Cool Tools. The survey only takes a few minutes and automatically enters you into a drawing to win a $100 Cool Tools gift certificate. A winner is selected every month. Your thoughts and suggestions help us get better every day.
Help us congratulate Dianna this month and keep letting us know how we are doing!
Patrice Gloss is our winner of our September Survey Contest and has won a $100 Cool Tools gift certificate!
Patrice was very excited:
“I am so excited about winning September’s survey contest. I cannot wait to start shopping with the gift certificate. I am sorry but I do not have a photo of myself to send to you. I make Jewelry for my family and friends. Last Christmas I made enough gifts to fill up a large jewelry box. I had a lot of fun doing it. I buy all my jewelry tools and metal clay from Cool Tools. I have surfed the web and Cool Tools as the best prices and the largest volume of tools that there is no reason to shop any where else. I am going to make Christmas gifts this year as well, but this time I will be adding Copper. Now that I know Art Clay copper can be fired with a torch. I am hoping when I get better I will be buying a kiln from Cool Tools of coarse. Thank you with gratitude.”
Keep filling out our survey and letting us know how we can improve, a drawing takes place every month. Help us Congratulate Patrice!
Congratulations to Maurice Lafferty, the winner of the August “How Are We Doing” survey contest!
Maurice was excited and told us a little about himself.
“After 85 years, nothing should surprise me but winning a $100 gift certificate from Cool Tools was certainly an unexpected and pleasant surprise. I am a WWII vet that served in the South Pacific in 1944-1945, went back to school and after 50 years as a Consulting Engineer, Land Surveyor and Aerial Photogrammetrist, retired 10 years ago to enjoy my hobbies. Gemstone faceting has a lot of mathematical elements that are common to my old professions and I was able to achieve a modest proficiency faceting stones for my family and friends. Eventually though I developed an interest in making mountings for all the faceted stones in my collection and metal clay seemed to be the way to go. I did a little research on the Internet and came across the Cool Tools site.
What really impressed me about Cool Tools was the generosity of your company in sharing knowledge about working with the metal clays. Current books on the subject are OK but they deal mostly from the artistic view and are somewhat light on the technical aspects. Your willingness and enthusiasm to share your technical knowledge convinced me that your firm was a good firm to deal with for supplies and equipment as well as information. It’s as simple as that. Thanks again for the welcome gift. I’ll be spending it soon to build my stock of tools and supplies.”
After every purchase you receive an email asking you to fill out a survey. Your comments help us get better everyday! Help us congratulate Maurice, the August Survey Winner!
Congratulations to Katherine Steinbring, our final Facebook Contest winner!
“Wow! I really was totally excited and surprised when I found the e-mail on Thursday night. I am a retired high school teacher (15 years teaching art and 17 years teaching English). Discovering metal clay really saved me after I retired, as I had no idea who I was beyond being a teacher. I’m not certified from any of the metal clay certification programs, because I can’t seem to get that much money together at one time. I have and do, however, take classes as often as I can afford them. I am lucky to have a site close to home, and I took classes just so I could fire for a while (I never knew about torch firing). I spent a week at Arrowmont in TN last year, too. MCWC was my first metal clay-related conference; I also took a polymer clay class there. As silver prices continue to skyrocket and fluctuate, I am glad to have found polymer to “play” with. I do belong to the Windy City PMC Guild. Cool Tools lets me indulge my love of tools and gadgets; I actually discovered Cool Tools through my first metal clay teacher. You are the best for quick shipping (I am sure it helps that I am not that far away from you).
Thanks again for choosing me as the lucky winner! It is always great to win something, and to win a Cool Tools gift certificate is awesome!”
Thank you to everyone who participated in our Facebook Contest. We will continue to offer great contests, promotions, and inspiration through our Facebook page! Keep an eye out for something new and just post on our wall anytime if you have any questions when making your creations!
Congratulations to Jo Ann Wadler – the forth Facebook Winner!
“Can’t believe that I won! I’m so very excited. It’s really awesome.
I’ve been teaching enameling and PMC at the Art league of Long Island for the last 4 years. I got involved in PMC because it was another medium to enamel on. That’s when I decided to get certified. PMC is so versatile and easy for the beginner jeweler. Many of my students get hooked on PMC after the first project when they find out how user friendly it is. A traditional jewelry class would take a lot longer to complete a ring, bracelet or a pair of earrings which can sometimes be frustrating but PMC lets you use the background knowledge of jewelry fabricating to help you create as well as cross over and use techniques you might have learned in metalsmithing.
I tell all my students to go to Cooltools for supplies. Not only do you have excellent customer service but your shipping is lighting fast. I’m inclosing some examples of my work. All of my PMC3, findings , stones were all purchased at Cooltools. Can’t thank you enough!”
On Monday we’ll announce the final winner! Stay tuned!
The 3rd Facebook winner has been selected and congratulations to Camilla Byrne!
“What a brilliant surprise, I never win anything!
Well, I am a mum to three amazing girls and I am relatively new to metal clay. I spent heaps of time researching metal clay and found your site to be one of the very best resources on the web. Your youtube clips have been invaluable. I have a wishlist a mile long! Mostly I would love to get myself a tumbler and some textures.
Thanks for a fantastic site and for making my day.”
Only two more winners left – stay posted to see who wins!
The second selection for the Facebook contest has been completed – Congratulations to Vickie Peach!
“Wow, what a great surprise! I am in my early 60′s, a native Texan who has also lived in Arizona and New Mexico thanks to my husband’s work and am now back home in Texas. Have always loved Southwest design in clothing, furniture and jewelry … a true Texas Woman.
Started making great leather, lace & silk flower jewelry some with conchos in the early 1990′s, for fun and personal adornment but never sold a great deal, mostly at arts & crafts fairs & to friends & family. First tried my hand at beading in the Fall of 2009 when my younger sister showed me some jewelry she had made with glass & metal beads … just cute, fun things but something she enjoyed and found relaxing.
I decided to try my hand at it, only I was interested in making beautiful jewelry with all sorts of stone beads giving the pieces a Southwest flair. We were fortunate enough to meet and become friends with many American Indian artists in our travels and that added to my love of stone & Southwest designs.
I took a basic 2 hr class from a local bead store here in Fort Worth, The Artful Bead, and was soon off and running with my own original designs. ” I have found my passion!” I am retired and have time to express my creativity and really enjoy the “spirit” of the stones. At this point I have made more than 100 pieces, many of them sets of necklace & earrings some with matching bracelets.
Thanks for the opportunity to become better acquainted with Cool Tools. This is wonderful & unexpected, I am delighted, thank you.”
Stay Tuned for winner #3 tomorrow!