Meet Heidi Blankenship of Embellished Dreams

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Some of my design work with ICE Resin®.

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Hello everyone! My name is Heidi Blankenship, and I live in southern Minnesota with my husband Eric and two sons, Dusty and Evan. A little bit about myself, I have been creating as far back as I can remember. When I was younger, I spent a lot of time with my grandma; she was so talented and creative. No matter what she was creating, she always made sure I had my own little stash of goodies to create with. I think that was the beginning of the creative spark. I started out with paper crafting and card making 25+ years ago, and I first started designing jewelry about 20 years ago. I have been designing professionally in the craft industry for close to eight years now.  I enjoy working with paper, beads, metal, paints, and of course ICE Resin®, just to name a few. I don’t know that I have a favorite. I love to create a large variety of projects from the card making to jewelry and mixed media. I really enjoy trying and learning new techniques. I love to create a large spectrum of projects with a broad range of styles, but I lean towards a vintage, artsy style. I have taught many classes over the years, and love to share what I do, whether it is in a classroom setting or through tutorials on my blog. I’ve been very fortunate to work with some wonderful companies in the industry. I am truly excited and honored to be part of the 2016 Susan Lenart Kazmer ICE Resin® Design Team. I hope over this next year the projects I create and share will inspire you.

Learn more about me:

Blog:  Embellished-Dreams.blogspot.com

Facebook:  HeidiBlankenshipEmbellishedDreamsDesigns

Pinterest:  HeidiMB

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Meet Heather Widener of HUWBijoux

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I’m very excited to continue my relationship with ICE Resin® as the 2016 Susan Lenart Kazmer ICE Resin® Design Team Coordinator. I served on the design team in 2015, and enjoyed every minute of it. The best parts were sharing projects and techniques through ICE Resin® community, and making new friends, who are kind, generous, and fun, and share my love of creating with ICE Resin®.

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I took my first class in ICE Resin® with Susan Lenart Kazmer in 2010, which came at the perfect time, because I was growing a little restless working with gemstones alone. As a gemologist, I’m fascinated by the science of stones, but I wanted something extra in my work. ICE Resin® gave me the means to expand my jewelry in a million different ways.

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The element of surprise is very important to me, as is process. I’m obsessed with process. My work is often very layered — to an extreme degree — and a significant portion of my work are commissions for highly personal, narrative pieces of jewelry. Both of these — the layering and the complex personalization — are made possible through the versatility of ICE Resin®.

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I’m very fortunate to have a supportive family, who believes in my work, and to be part of the ICE Resin® community. I’m looking forward to working with the 2016 Design Team, seeing all the great projects to come, and sharing them with jewelers and artists around the world.

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For more information about my work, go to:

Website: www.HUWBijoux.com
Blog: GemFabulous
Facebook: HUWBijoux
Instagram: @HUWBijoux
Twitter: HUWBijoux

A Trip to Anaheim for the Annual Craft and Hobby Association’s Trade Show

 

Welcome to CHA

Welcome to CHA

I made it!!

I made it!!

OH MY STARS!!! is the perfect expression that we use quite often here in Texas (along with “y’all” and “fixin’ to…”) to describe CHA, the Craft and Hobby Association’s trade show. For me it was the “Creative Heaven for Artists!!” I first heard about CHA in the early 90’s when Carol Duval, a wonderful crafter and TV personality, would go and show us through video all the great new inspirations and products that would be coming to our local craft stores in the coming months. As I sat there glued to the TV, I watched Carol walk the showroom floor and talk with all of the people, the celebrities (for me), and show all the new products. The creativity was so evident, and everyone was sharing ideas, demoing new techniques and products! It seemed to be heaven on earth…and I wanted to go.

Billboards of CHA History

Billboards of CHA History

Billboards of CHA History

Billboards of CHA History

Fast-forward to January 8th this year. I walked into the Anaheim Convention Center, and picked up my name tag and my info packet to attend the CHA MEGA Conference and Trade Show. It was the beginning of a dream come true….

Going as a Creative Professional allowed me to tour the showroom floor; visit with incredible designers from not just the USA, but also France, Japan, Canada; and see inspiration and creativity everywhere. And of course get a first look at the new products that will begin to roll out as early March.

Being an ICE Resin® Design Team member was the highlight of my time at CHA. I was able to help both Susan Lenart Kazmer and Jen Cushman in their workshops. I met the wonderful Ranger team. It was so fun to know that they all create too!!

 

April and Susan - yes we were eating cake- Plaid was giving it away!

April and Susan – yes we were eating cake – Plaid was giving it away!

I had the privilege of meeting for the first time face-to-face one of my team members, Susan M. Walls-Beverly. Instant Friendship!! She and her friend April took me under their wing, as this was my first time at CHA. We even had the most wonderful time at the ICE Resin® booth, sharing the creative possibilities of ICE Resin® while demoing the new products, including the new ICE Resin® Tints, Milan bezels, Foils, Molding Putty, and a host of other great products and accessories! I loved meeting all the people who stopped and visited with us! Another highlight was taking two workshops with the ICE Prince, John Petersen! He is so energetic, funny, talented, and creative!! I love that these two Design Team members, along with Susan and Jen, are forever friends!!

John, My girls and Me

John, My girls and Me

The two Susans and me!

The two Susans and me!

Touring the CHA Floor was impressive. All the booths are created with incredible displays and products, and are so inviting to those that attend. “Make and Takes” are at nearly every booth. There are giveaways, book signings, and more. Workshops run for four days, and are broad in scope —  from business courses, to product debuts and new techniques — there is something for everyone! It takes a full two days to see everything and absorb it all.

Here are a few photos of the two ICE Resin® workshops taught by Susan Lenart Kazmer and Jen Cushman.

Susan sharing her artistic style

Susan sharing her artistic style

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Sharing how to make components

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A close-up of her table…and look at the Ranger aprons!! Thank you Ranger!

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Jen Cushman – Sharing the love of casting with ICE Resin®

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Working with wire and leather!

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Talking about our new Tints for ICE Resin®

Attendees at Susan's class

Attendees at Susan’s class

One of the most special booths was Charity Wings, a nonprofit organization, where the Arts and Crafts Community gather, give back, and create.   They had created a blackboard for everyone to write what they would take time to create. It was an inspiration.

The board at Charity Wings

The board at Charity Wings

What I want to create in my lifetime

What I want to create in my lifetime

My one regret was not taking enough pictures. Everyone was snapping pictures with everyone, and I think I was so in the moment that I forgot, and at times, I was in awe as I saw these wonderful designers and artists — Sandra Evertson, Heidi Swapp, Traci Bautista, and Cathie Filian, to name a few — sharing their creativity, their time, and their heartfelt products. I wanted to soak it all in. At the end of each day, I thought, “I should have taken more.”

At Dinner with Susan, Sandra Everton and Deby Anderson

At Dinner with Susan, Sandra Evertson, and Debby Anderson; not pictured John Petersen, Traci Bautista, and me with my girls….

I know that this first CHA will be the most memorable, as I fulfilled one of my artist dreams:  to not only attend, but to be able to share and be a part of the ICE Resin® family.

CHA was filled with star power with designers, artists, manufacturers, and companies that are working to get the best products to you, so that you can create without limits and reach your star potential.

Welcome to CHA

Until next year….

Chantal lives in Rowlett, Texas and is married to Scott. They have three children, 3 dogs and 6 sweet little hens. Her work has been published in Somerset Studio, Somerset Home, Sew Somerset, Apronology, Haute Handbags, Belle Armoire and GreenCraft.   She is currently on the 2016 ICE Resin® Design Team. For teaching engagements, contact her directly via email. Visit her blog or become her friend on Facebook  to see her latest inspirations and the joy in daily living.

Email: chantal515@verizon.net

Blog: ChantalJohnson.blogspot.com

Facebook: Chantal Johnson

 

Summertime picnics and ICE Resin®, ICED Enamels- a perfect party time project

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Ready for the Summertime picnics with ICE Resin® & ICED Enameled Tags and markers

In the summer many of us wish for sweater weather and snow days, here in Texas our forecast doesn’t change much until maybe November. It’s summer and it’s hot!! That’s not to say on occasion, we’ve had 39 degrees in May and snow and ice in March but usually it’s only for a day or two. The saying is true…if you don’t like the weather in Texas wait a day it will change– except for the months of June through -September.   So what’s a Texas gal to do in this heat—play with ICE®.

 

This project features summertime BBQ’s and picnics with a lot of ICE- ICED Enamels and ICE Resin® with a dash of decoupage and charming embellishments. The ideas for this project came from various elements of our summertime in Texas. Even though it is hot, we still grill/barbeque nearly everyday, we are invited for outdoor dinners by the pool and a cool glass of Lemonade or Sweet Tea is always on hand. And of course ICED Enamels and ICE Resin® are perfect all year round.

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Using wood tags and a wood mason jar as the base and summertime napkins as our decoupage papers, this created an ensemble of a hostess gift, pitcher and glass markers and a recipe or menu cardholder. With ICED Enamels giving color and definition to the wood and ICE Resin® giving a dimensional finish, this wood based project is elevated beyond just decoupage. Adding a wire wrapped ICE Resined charm, metal embellishments, beads; ribbon and an ICED Enamel star charm complete the perfect addition to your picnic. These summertime elements will last many a’ summers even in this Texas heat. Take a summer afternoon and whip up a batch of ICE Resin® tags and enjoy a cool glass of Lemonade.

 

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Glass marker

Gather

 

ICE Resin®,

Disposable brush, stirrer, gloves, plastic bag/craft mat

ICED Enamels paper sealer

ICED Enamel medium, disposable brush

ICED Enamels Relique powder – Ivory or color of choice

Heat gun

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The best ICE in the summer – ICE Resin® and ICED Enamels

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gather decorative napkins, wood tags, wire for the beginnings of the perfect summertime decor

Wood mason jar, tags of various sizes – available at your local big box craft store

2 clothespins

Decorative napkins

Sponge brush

Thin paper adhesive/ collage type glue

Bone folder

Ribbon

Wire, head pins, wine charm loops/rings

Small metal bezel

Decorative paper

2-4 pearls, beads

Metal charms – such as spoon, fork and star or charms of choice

 

 

Make

 

  1. Separate the napkin. -Laying the white layers aside and only using the top layer of the napkin, spread a thin layer of adhesive onto the wood shape and then gently place the napkin on top. Let dry for a few minutes.
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Separating the layers of the napkin

Napkins are very thin and will stick to anything, be sure your fingers are free of glue.

 

  1. Once dry, gently tear or cut away excess and burnish the edges with your finger or a bone folder.

 

  1. Using a small disposable brush, apply ICED Enamels medium to the areas of your choosing for the Relique powder.
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Tapping the excess powder from the tag

  1. Over a piece of paper, Sprinkle the powder on the ICED Enamels medium area of your tag. Tap off excess back into the jar. Set aside. Repeat step 3 and 4 on all other tags.

 

  1. With heat gun, heat the enameling powder until it all has melted and looks smooth without a grainy look. Repeat this step for all tags.
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Heat enameling powder thoroughly with heat gun.

Keep the heat gun moving over the powder. If you keep it on one place, there is a potential to overheat this one area

 

  1. Once tags are cooled, prepare ICE Resin®. Pour equal amounts of Part A and Part B into disposable cup. Gently stir/fold for 2 minutes and then let rest for 2 -5 minutes.

 

  1. With gloves on, spread the ICE Resin® with the stirrer onto the tags as if frosting a cake. Set aside to dry 8-12 hours. Repeat on all tags.
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I forgot my gloves- please do wear them when spreading the ICE Resin®

To create a depth for the ICE Resin®, I applied 2 coats of ICE Resin® allowing the drying time of 8 hours in between each layer.

 

  1. Once the tags are dry, cover the back with decorative paper and seal with ICED Enamels paper sealer

 

  1. Once the back is dry, begin to embellish with wire, charms, beads and pearls.
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Recipe Card holder complete with a vintage recipe…

*To create the ICED enameled star, brush ICED Enamels medium onto star. Pour relique powder onto the star and tap off excess. Heat with the heat gun until the powder is melted and smooth. Seal with a layer of ICE Resin®

 

To create the recipe/menu cardholder, adhere two clothespins to the back level with the bottom, as this will allow the wooden tag to stand up.   Allow to dry.

 

To create a hostess gift, attach ribbon around a package of napkins with the same design. Wire wrap a loop onto the larger tag and slip onto the ribbon

 

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The perfect hostess gift-

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The complete summertime package..

Chantal Johnson lives in Rowlett, Texas and is married to Scott. They have three children, 3 dogs and 6 sweet little hens. Her work has been published in Somerset Studio, Somerset Home, Sew Somerset, Apronology, Haute Handbags, Belle Armoire and Green Craft.   She is currently on the ICE Resin® 2015 Design Team. For teaching engagements, you may contact her directly at chantal515@verizon.net. Visit her blog at chantaljohnson.blogspot.com or become her friend on Facebook to see her latest inspirations and see the joy in daily living.

 

 

“Le Petit Prince” Layered Bezel

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One of the great stories in literature is also my absolute favorite book, Le Petit Prince. I first read this book in high school French class and have loved it ever since. I just wish that I’d had the opportunity to read this book when I was younger, but definitely better late than never!

I wanted to create a bezel with some added dimensionality, and in this tutorial I’m going to share how simple it is to create a bezel by simply layering ICE Resin®. With this technique, you can truly achieve an almost 3D effect in your bezels (or other projects) where all of the inclusions seem to float in space. For this project, I used inclusions and embellishments that were taken directly from the story.

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Start by creating the base of the bezel. For this project, I used a Long Rectangle Hobnail Bezel. I printed out a quote from Le Petit Prince to place in the bottom of the bezel, which I sealed with a couple of coats of Paper Sealer on both sides and the edges first. Be sure to use the Paper Sealer on any of your projects to keep the resin from turning the paper translucent. Use the ICE Resin as the adhesive to hold down the paper into the bottom of the bezel, and then add a thin layer of resin on top. Sprinkle Relique Glitz Silver into the bezel to add some bling to the piece. Allow the resin to cure.

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For the next layer, I placed the ‘ground’ of the image (bottom) first and then added the Rose brad on top. For a little more shimmer, I sprinkled Opal Inclusions into the bezel and then added my next layer of resin and allowed to cure.

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Star charms were added for the next layer of resin.

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The Prince was added to the piece in the final layer of resin, placed perfectly above all of the other pieces added to the bezel to have the focal point on him. After the resin had fully cured, I added the airplane charm to the bottom of the bezel with a jump ring to keep with a theme of the novel.

Supplies:

ICE Resin® ICE Resin, Long Rectangle Hobnail Bezel, Relique Glitz Silver, Opal Inclusions

Prima Marketing Rose brad

Other printed quote, photocopy of image, miscellaneous  charms

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