Waiting for the Literary Agents to Call – ICE Resin / Stampendous / StazOn Blog Hop

Posted on | May 3, 2014 | 28 Comments


We’re so glad you could join us this weekend for the Stampendous Stamps, ICE Resin® and Imagine Crafts®/Tsukineko® Blog Hop! Oh my goodness it has been so much fun seeing all of the excellent projects!

Carol La Valley here, ICE Resin’s Content Manager. As some know, I write fiction on the side. How to find a literary agent was the topic of a workshop I was listening to a few weeks ago and a partially formed idea for this collage piece popped into my head.

Waiting for a Literary Agent's Call

“Waiting for the Literary Agents to Call”

The “Vintage Press” stamp from Stampendous was perfect.

ICE Resin Stampendous Imagine Crafts

I love the vibrant, jewel-tone colors of the StazOn minis and that indented side makes them easy to hold. I used Gothic Purple for the telephone and dial  and Emerald City inks for the edge accents. I put a couple of spacers underneath to add dimension and simply secured then in my layer of ICE Resin.

Ivory ReliqueThe underside of the phone I made with Iced Enamels Ivory Relique on an Art Mechanique circle blank. I fussy cut the dial so the Ivory would show through in the center. The wishbone charm is from ICE Resin and has a bit of Turquoise Relique added to the tips.

Art Mechanique papers Belle Dames Francaise paperAt one time I made cards and created scrapbook pages and I had some torn pieces of paper leftover from another project in a baggie  — because if you craft with paper, you know, it is so hard to toss out the bits and pieces because one day you are certain you will find a use for them. Words ton from the Art Mechanique collage image packs became the background. Susan Lenart Kazmer, creator of ICE Resin, likes to stack paper in her work (guess what SLK, I was paying attention),  so I tied stacks of paper torn from the Belle Dames Francaise paper pack with a string to represent an old-timey manuscript submission. There is a little bit of Opal Shattered Inclusions scattered around the canvas to represent the dream.

I have to admit the red pencil was an afterthought. I felt like my collage was bottom heavy and even after I added the Rue Romantique Rhinestone chain, it still needed… Aha! (There is not much I can’t find on my messy desk if I look long enough) The red pencil is from UC San Diego’s writing program and was in a swag bag. Snapped it represents the frustration of waiting.

I have art hanging all over my walls, so I do not know whether this piece will find it’s way into an empty space or if I will give it away to a writer friend, but I sure had fun making it.

Let’s get hoppin! Here’s who else is posting today:


Lea Kimmel

Kristine Reynolds

ICE Resin

Candy Rosenberg

Imagine Crafts

Naghma Husain

Baerbel Born

***Blog Hop Hint – if you click on a link that takes you to a page saying something like, “Sorry this page cannot be found,” just click on the header at the top of the blog (usually a picture, or the blog’s name), and it will take you to that blog’s most recent post. That post *should* be our hop. If not, you can probably scroll down a short way to find the hop post.

If you missed any of the posts, you’ll find them by clicking on the names of the artists:   Jennifer Dove      Rhea Weigand      Misty Grosse      Tatiana Allen      Linda Lucas      John Creighton Petersen      Jennifer Dove      Kristine Reynolds      Polly Hendrickson      Jen Cushman      Cathy Andronicou      Sharon Morrison      Asia King       Debbie Cole      Jamie Dougherty      Maureen Cronin

We know you are going to love making your own jewelry, and to make that easy we’re offering a nice prize package this week! Three lucky winners will receive a package with:

• 2 – Stampendous Perfectly Clear Stamp™ sets with designs sized for jewelry or small project making

• 2 – StazOn™ permanent ink pads by Tsukineko® courtesy of Imagine Crafts® – yummy Ganache and the must-have Jet Black

• 1 – 30ml package of ICE Resin Jeweler’s Grade Self-Doming resin

• 1 – pkg Suzan Lenart Kazmer Art Mechanique Silhouettes in Heart Shape

• 1 – pkg Kristen Robinson Rue Romatique bezel(s) (styles vary). WOW!! You’ll be crafting some awesome jewelry in no time!


How to Hop:

Each day we’ll post the designers participating in the Blog Hop. Click on each one and check out their project. Leave a comment on their blog that lets them know you really looked at their project. We ‘ll draw three blogs at random from the four days, then randomly draw one commenter from each blog. You must have a U.S. mailing address to win, but we’d love for everyone to hop and comment! You can check out the Official Rules for all Stampendous contests if you have questions. We’ll draw winners on Monday, May 5 and announce them Monday or Tuesday, so be sure to come back and check for your name!



28 Responses to “Waiting for the Literary Agents to Call – ICE Resin / Stampendous / StazOn Blog Hop”

  1. Jomama
    May 3rd, 2014 @ 12:14

    Think I’m going to have to get the vintage press stamps. Loving the look!

  2. Lisa M
    May 3rd, 2014 @ 17:27

    What a fun collage! Thanks for sharing!

  3. Laura S
    May 3rd, 2014 @ 18:40

    The snapped pencil was a great addition. I read between the lines on that one!! Lol. You found the perfect spot for it, as well. Great piece. Thank you for sharing!

  4. Kelly Flaherty
    May 4th, 2014 @ 08:06

    What an interesting collage, everywhere you look you find something cool to look at.

  5. carol
    May 4th, 2014 @ 11:46

    Thanks! You made my day!

  6. Heather Thompson
    May 4th, 2014 @ 08:52

    Very neat project today. Very colorful.

  7. Diana Fernandez
    May 4th, 2014 @ 10:16

    Wow, what a wonderful art piece!

  8. Anne
    May 4th, 2014 @ 10:19

    Thank you for this idea

  9. Laurie Baker
    May 4th, 2014 @ 10:22

    Wow! Have never seen the use of ice resin on collage before – love it! Have given me more ideas to create with.

  10. carol
    May 4th, 2014 @ 11:45

    Thanks! I hope you have fun experimenting!

  11. Helen Markee
    May 4th, 2014 @ 11:03

    love your collage!!

  12. Lyneen
    May 4th, 2014 @ 12:16

    Love your canvas… great colors, texture and use of all the products. I too have a problem parting with bits of paper! What a wonderful use for them! TFS!

  13. Pam (nedlnut)
    May 4th, 2014 @ 12:42

    Love your collage!

  14. Nicole B
    May 4th, 2014 @ 12:42

    wow, what a collage! I like all the little details like the rhinestone chain, and the string tied around the paper like a little present!

  15. Judy B
    May 4th, 2014 @ 13:34

    What a fun media piece. Some really cute ideas for us to us in our projects. Thanks for sharing.

  16. barbara macaskill
    May 4th, 2014 @ 14:45

    Love all the different elements on this collage!! So many great parts and pieces to make a great whole! TFS~

  17. Vickie Dyer
    May 4th, 2014 @ 16:05

    I love how everything ties together.

  18. Katie B.
    May 4th, 2014 @ 16:34

    Very cool! Love how your collage turned out. Would definitely like to try out these products. Thank you for sharing.

    Katie B.

  19. Doyle
    May 4th, 2014 @ 18:59

    Wow such unique art Love it!

  20. marylouh
    May 4th, 2014 @ 19:55

    I imagine it is frustrating waiting for an agent to call – is it good news or bad news. Glad you could vent on an artistic piece.

  21. Sue D
    May 4th, 2014 @ 20:32

    I like your fun and colorful collage!
    Sue in Ohio

  22. Carla Hundley
    May 4th, 2014 @ 22:45

    How creative and
    interesting this is.
    Carla from Utah

  23. Cindi Estes
    May 4th, 2014 @ 23:38

    What a cool collage! And I am a fan of the Iced Enamels, Relique is my favorite color!

  24. Linsey
    May 4th, 2014 @ 23:42

    OH Snap!!! What a completely fabulous collage piece! I love the titled of it…waiting….hehe :) Awesome inspiration and thanks so much for sharing it with us all! Your work is incredibly inspiring and therapeutic for me! I have enjoyed this 4 day event more than I can express!!! It’s been a blast!!1

  25. Laine Murphy
    May 5th, 2014 @ 01:09

    Beautiful piece! Thanks for giving us the chance to win such a nice prize.

  26. A Stampendously nICE Blog Hop! | Stampendous Impressions
    May 5th, 2014 @ 14:50

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  27. Stampendous Stamps
    May 5th, 2014 @ 15:01

    What a fun card, Carol! Hope the literary agent calls very soon! It’s such a fun idea to make small charms like this preserved with resin. Thinking how fun it would be to make them detachable with spring rings on top so the result is a DIY charm bracelet on a card! Just love how one idea leads to the next on these hops. Thanks so much for sharing with us and our fans this week. I know they’ll be dying to try ICE Resin as soon as they can get their hands on it!

  28. Barbara N
    May 5th, 2014 @ 15:15

    What a fun collage of “my favorite things”.


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