Do You Believe? Talisman Project Week 3

A word for luck.

A word to remind you what is important.

Put it on a piece of jewelry, or something else you can wear or carry with you and it becomes a Talisman.

We all need a little nudge in the right direction – do you believe in fairy tales?

you’ll have to visit Stardust in my Pocket for the story of Carol La Valley’s Talisman.

Talisman Project ICE Resin

Previous Talismans:

Jen Cushman

Donna Salazar

More about the Talisman Project HERE.

More coming in the weeks ahead!

Are you a designer who has a passionate, supreme focus this year and want to be a part of the Talisman Project? Convo carol (at)


ICE Resin Talisman project

Word of the Year

Greetings and salutations!

When Jen Cushman and Mixed-Media Artist and Designer Donna Salazar got to chatting at CHA (the Craft and Hobby Association trade show in January), Donna was wearing a necklace that intrigued Jen.

It was Donna’s “word of the year” to live by…

what Susan Lenart Kazmer might refer to as a Talisman

what some people might refer to as a lucky charm.

When Susan traveled the world in the early 1990s collecting, studying and selling beads and later helped to found the Greater Chicago Bead Society, she learned that in all cultures, humans adorn themselves for some type of symbolical representation. These studies led her to create jewelry from her own culture from found objects. Her work in Talismans, amulets and gypsy magic and healing has been a large focus of Susan’s work for the past 20+ years. You will see the word Talisman used often at ICE Resin. It’s because we believe that words have power, and meaning. Words, combined with ICE Resin and imagery and our bezels helps others to create powerful personal artifacts — Jewelry — that can be used to help the wearer feel focused or protected or even loved in some magical way.

So begins the ICE Resin Talisman project, starting with none other than designer Donna Salazar! Thanks Donna!  Link: Discover STRENGTH necklace.

What is your Talisman?

“Mexi-boho” style comes to ICE via the Crafty Chica

ICE Resin is thrilled to announce that Kathy Cano-Murillo has joined our 2014 Creative Team!

Kathy Cano Murillo Crafty Chica

Kathy Cano-Murillo is a writer, artist and founder of the award-winning site, Her “Mexi-boho” style crafts have been carried by hundreds of retailers, including Bloomingdales, Target, and Michaels.

She is a former entertainment reporter for The Arizona Republic, and has authored nine books, including Crafty Chica’s Art de la Soul and the novels, Waking Up in the Land of Glitter and Miss Scarlet’s School of Patternless Sewing.

She has been profiled in The New York Times, The Washington Post, USA Today and NPR, and now has an extensive Crafty Chica product line.

Kathy lives in Phoenix, AZ, with her husband, two kids and four Chihuahuas. Her mission is to spread positivity through creativity!

ICE Resin pendant by Crafty Chica

It’s pretty easy to discover more about the Crafty Chica:

Her Website:



You Tube:





shrine pendants with ICE Resin by Crafty Chica

A different view of Rue – The Romance of Mixed Media Jewelry ebook

The month of romance is upon us and has Kristen Robinson ICE Resin and Cloth Paper Scissors / Interweave put together a Valentine for the jewelry enthusiast in your life — or maybe you just need to love yourself!

Kristen selected a bevy of strikingly talented jewelry designers to help realize the projects in this eBook:the romance of mixed media jewelryThe instructions and photos for these bracelets, necklaces, brooches and earrings will fill you with savvy, trendy ideas for adorning yourself in romance.

The artists in order of appearance: Kristen Robinson, Diane Cook, Polly Hendrickson, Ruth Rae, Cindy Cima Edwards, Jennifer Priest, Carol La Valley, Lexi Grenzer, Jen Crossley, Vicki O’Dell, Jen Cushman, John Creighton-Petersen, Pamela Huntington, and Lesley Venable.

Can you match the sneak peek with the designer?

rue romantique bracelets necklaces brooches and earrings

What are you waiting for?

Explore your romantic side with the ICE Resin® artists in The Romance of Mixed-Media Jewelry eBook. Find a variety of mixed-media jewelry with a romantic antique flare that will have you inspired to create your own romantic mixed-media jewelry.

One random person who comments on this blog post between now and midnight  February 14th will win a sweet prize package!

Did you guess right? Scroll down…





1 Pamela Huntington
2 Lexi Grenzer
3 Lesley Venable
4 Ruth Rae
5 Cindy Cima Edwards
6 Jen Crossley
7 John Creighten Petersen
8 Polly Hendrickson
9 Carol La Valley
10 Vicki O’Dell
11 Jennifer Priest
12 Jen Cushman
13 Dinae Cook
14 Kristen Robinson




Hop into Creativity with ICE Resin and Walnut Hollow

SettingSail-TatianAllen-ICEWalnut Hollow… that is a fun name for a business. It sounds like a cool place to hang out with friends on on a warm day and laugh and craft with friends for hours and hours!

Fortunately, we get to do that virtually on a 2-day hop through 4 utterly different projects from their talented designers and ICE Resin’s.

WELCOME to our hop! We are so glad you stopped by!

Walnut Hollow carries wood surfaces of just about every shape imaginable and tools to carve and burn that wooden base into something amazing. We wanted to see what would happen when we combined ICE Resin and Art Mechanique products with wood.

Crystal clarity plus the strong foundation of wood.

The results? 

This pic is just a part of  the mixed media art that ICE Resin Team Member Tatiana Allen made.

Check out her blog  to see the entire design with instructions on her Crafty Cutie Site.

and then hop over to view Sara Shirman’s wonderful piece – on the Walnut Hollow Blog.

Tomorrow, Saturday the 24th,

Candy Rosenberg from our creative team and Chris Wallace from Walnut Hollow will share their creativity with you!

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