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

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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.

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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:

Stampendous

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!

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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!

 

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Susan Lenart Kazmer in the Creativity Lab at Beads, Baubles and Jewels

Susan Lenart Kasmer Jewelry

 

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240-slkKatie Hacker welcomed Susan Lenart Kazmer into her Creativity Lab on Beads Baubles and Jewels to share

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Cold Surface Work

Susan says: “This is surface work on metal that looks like enameling. I call it cold enameling.”

Check out the video to see how she uses surface treatments on metal to achieve the look of her signature jewelry.

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Susan also shared techniques with ICE Resin in the Jewelry Lab. Love druze stones but not the price? You can make your own.

The shows air the week of May 1. Here’s are a couple of handy links:

Cold Surface Work and

Jewelry Lab

 

Last Chance to Enter the SLK Contest via Bead Design Studio Magazine

 

Bead Design Studio MagazineWith more than 40 awesome projects to bead and gift, the December 2013 issue of Bead Design Studio Magazine is the perfect holiday shopping companion!

It goes on sale tomorrow, November 12, 2013 but we bet you want a sneak peek. Here is the link: http://www.beaddesignstudiomag.com/sneakpeek/

Tons of bracelets (bangles, charm bracelets, and cuffs) make great stocking stuffers, two fabulous lampwork projects will keep your hands warm, and flatback-encrusted Crystal Clay™ will help you celebrate the sparkle of the season.

Don’t forget about our FABULOUS creative adventure & contest with Susan Lenart Kazmer! Join in on The SLK PROJECT for a chance to be creative and WIN BIG! Visit the SLK Project Contest Page  for details.

You must register by December 1, but you have a few more days after that to upload your final project.

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If you get busy in your studio there is still time to make your mixed media jewelry projects and enter to win a fabulous trip to take all 4 for Susan’s classes at To Bead True Blue in sunny Tucson, Arizona in February!

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Handmade Holidays Hop – Christmas Inspiration and Innovation

Handmade-Holidays-Blog-Hop-2013-Logo-300x283Looking for thoughtful, handmade gifts?
Want inspiration from the heart?
Want to learn how to use products in innovative ways?
Hop on in!
The Third Annual Handmade Holidays Blog Hop starts right here, right now!

ICE Resin will choose one random prize winner who comments on the Handmade Holidays Hop November 1, 2 or 3. That person will win ICE Resin a bezel and Susan Lenart Kazmer’s Resin DVD.

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Each day, from November 1 through November 3, 2013, we’ll be posting a brand new list of blogs to hop to. Comment on each blog, share your favorite posts over social media, and then use the Rafflecopter widget at the bottom of each post to enter to win the Grand Prize, a gift basket filled with crafty swag from the companies on the hop! We’re ready to inspire, share, and create.

Our own JoMama, a member of ICE Resin’s Mixed Media Team made something that goes with something to eat. Have a look right HERE .

Lexi Grenzer from ICE Resin’s Creative Team went mad for this hop and made not one but 4 projects for your holiday crafting pleasure. Check it OUT.

But wait! There is more! So much more! Wait until you see!

Clearsnap http://blog.clearsnap.com

Craft Attitude  http://www.jonathanfongstyle.com/blog/

Smoothfoam http://www.smoothfoam.com/blog/

Donna Salazar Designs  http://donnasalazardesigns.blogspot.com/

Walnut Hollow http://walnuthollowcrafts.wordpress.com/

100 Proof Press http://www.100proofpress.com/_blog/Blog

Graphic45 http://g45papers.typepad.com/

ICE Resin You are already here :)

Stampendous http://stampendousblog.wordpress.com/

Sizzix – Eileen Hull Designs http://eileenhull.blogspot.com/

Donna Salazar Designs – Mistra Hoolahan http://mistrabutterfly.blogspot.com/

100 Proof Press – Elise Durenburger http://mamacowcreations.blogspot.com/

Graphic 45 – Rhea Freitag http://starrgazercreates.blogspot.com/

Clearsnap – Debbie Cole http://debbiecole.com/handmade-holidays-blog-hop-santa-mouse-plaque-by-debbie-cole/

Smoothfoam – Vicki O’Dell http://www.vickiodell.com

100 Proof Press – Teresa Abajo  http://thetamarisk.blogspot.com/

Sizzix –  Amy Bowerman http://pluckingdaisies.com/

Smoothfoam – Lisa Fulmer http://lisalizalou.blogspot.com/

Click the link below and you can enter to win:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Delectible Jewelry from some artists we knew and some we did not …

If jewelry was cake, then Stampington’s Autumn 2013 Issue of Jewelry Affaire is extraordinarily delectible Chambford buttercream icing!

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Now, you know, this is the ICE Queen Zine, so I did open Jewelry Affaire first to see what pages might hold goodies made by team members–current and former– and by art friends, but there are sweet new discoveries to be made always.

I am linear, except when I’m “knot” so here goes:

Light and Life, a simply darling bracelet by Cindy Cima Edwards also from our current design team is on page 43. (In fact, I am liking this bracelet trend I am seeing!) You can find an example of  Cindy’s pure stylish beading on page 89 — Pearls of Wisdom.

A 20′s Revival necklace by 2013 design team member Lexi Grenzer is on page 111. Once you see this Rue Romantique necklace you may swoon and recover only to begin longing for an elegant party to attend!

Ooh La La, a necklace by ICE’s Veep Jen Cushman is cheerfully displayed on page 126. What a fun design form Susan Lenart Kazmer’s corsett silhouette is proving to be.

Photographer Johanna Love might humbly think that she is playing with rustic wire and ICE Resin on pages 58-59, but her snowy owl pendant is stunning. Her lovely Indigo Moonrise is a treat on page 93.

Debbie Cole is an artist I have had the pleasure of getting to know just a tiny bit through emails, but somehow I’d missed seeing her finished jewelry. Absolutely worth the wait! Her steampunk flight bracelet blew me away. I am so tempted to email her and tell her I need to own it.

I was happy to see 2011-12 Creative Team member Tina Schiefer’s work in metal and texture on pages 94-97. Great job Tina!

The first page the magazine fell open to was picture of Ozden Kayisoglu’s crochet necklaces. Simple and elegant in black, red, eggshell and pink! See pages 44-46.

Loved Veronica Kurian’s Women of the 20th Century on pages 76-77.

I will certainly be looking through this issue many times for inspiration!

Jewelry magazines are keepers, don;t you think? I even found some back issues at my local thrift store for 50 cents each. Foolish pricer. Lucky me!

If you are not quite that lucky at this moment you can head on over to www.stampington.com and find current issues and back issues to satisfy your hungry artist’s soul.

Rue Romantique™ Classes with Kristen Robinson at To Bead True Blue in Tucson, AZ

Glamorous, vintage, Old World beauty with a fashion forward touch-that is what you will find in sunny Tuscon this Winter in Kristen Robinson’s classes at To Bead True Blue. Choose from three:

Iced Enamels™ and Rue Romantique™

Instructor: Kristen Robinson

To Bead True Blue Class

Iced Enamels™ and Rue Romantique™ with Kristen Robinson

 

Layers of Iced Enamels™ Silver Shattered Mica and ICE Resin® create the perfect centerpiece for an enameled heart (which we will create in class). All of these divine elements are nestled nicely within the confines of a Rue Romantique Victorian bezel that has been manipulated with a mandrel and hammered into a cuff. Stands of chain and beads complete this unique and stunning piece.

In class this 3.5 hour class Kristen will walk you through the process of enameling charms, using Iced Enamels™ to create faux flood soldering, as well as shaping and hammering our bezels into cuffs. Wire wrapping as well as chain construction will also be covered. Everyone will leave class with a completed bracelet!

Date /time: 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Wednesday, February 5

Class fee:  $67 Kit fee: $15

CLICK TO REGISTER

 

Glamour and Grunged, Etched and Soldered Cuffs 

Instructor: Kristen Robinson

To Bead True Blue Classes

Glamour and Grunged, Etched and Soldered Cuffs with Kristen Robinson

 

Join Kristen on a journey that truly is an alchemists dream as she shares her no fail etching techniques found in her new book Making Etched Metal Jewlery (Norhtlight 2013). Together in this 6 hour class (with a break for luch)we will complete two brass cuffs that are composed not only of amazing etched imagery but a resin charm and various baubles. In class I will be guiding you through my no fail etching process that consistently produces deep and beautiful etchings; we will also be filling Rue Romantique bezels with imagery and resin that creates not only a bit of beauty but a tale all on it s own.

A hint of soldering adds yet another layer of beauty to your ethced pieces. You will leave our time together with not only an arsenal of information but also two very personal pieces of jewelry that you are sure to cherish!

Date /time: 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Thursday, February 6

Class fee: $105, Kit Fee: $25

CLICK TO REGISTER

 

Soldered Treasures – Transforming Found Objects with a bit of Flood Soldering and Resin

Instructor: Kristen Robinson

To Bead True Blue classes

Soldered Treasures – Transforming Found Objects with a bit of Flood Soldering and Resin with Kristen Robinson

 

We all need a wee bit of subtle glamour nestled within the bounty of our treasure boxes, soldered treasures are just the thing. Gorgeous layers of luscious silver surround a solder embedded object in each of the two pieces we will be creating in class. The piece the sits upon a delicate filigree that enhances the depth of the centerpiece while embedded rhinestones surround the unique pendant. Custom chain composed of signature links we will solder as well as a plethora of beads will also be created.

After attending this 3.5 hour class, you will walk away with a new understanding of manipulating solder, pouring resin into non conventional open backed bezels, custom chain creation and design insight that is applicable to an array of both jewelry and art projects.

Date/time: 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Friday, February 7

Class fee: $67, Kit fee: $15

CLICK TO REGISTER

Kristen Robinson To learn more about Kristen visit www.kristenrobinson.net. To see her Rue Romantique Line click here.

 

Fabric Friendship Bracelets with Iced Enamels

When school began, my daughter was looking for an interesting way to give memorable gifts to her friends commemorating the start of a new year. Here’s what we dreamt up using scrap fabrics, Art Mechanique Silhouettes and Iced Enamels:

Friendship Bracelets

Iced Enamels friendship bracelet

Turtles signify longevity.

You’ll need:

* Scrap pieces of fabric cut to wrist size and 2 in wide
* Half inch end clasp findings
* Jumprings
* Art Mechanique small bezels and silhouettes
* Assorted paper ephemera
* ICE Resin®
* Scissors
* Sewing machine (can be hand sewn)
* Iron
* Pliers
* Beads (optional)
* Jewelry tools
* Thread
Art Mechanique Paper Sealer
Instructions:

1.  Cut fabric into desired wrist size width and 2 inches wide. Fold both long sides one half inch towards center and iron. Fold down the middle and iron again.

2.  At sewing machine or by hand, sew decorative stitching lengthwise on each bracelet. Trim threads.

3.  Insert end into clasp. Use pliers to flatten, encasing the fabric.

4.  Chose paper ephemera to fit a small bezel. Seal into place using Paper Sealer.

5.   Mix ICE Resin according to instructions. Poor into bezel. Allow to dry overnight.

6.  Using jumprings to attach bezel to bracelet end. Add extra jumprings to fit, then add lobster clasp for closure.

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Friendship Bracelet DIY

Good ideas!

Make lots of them!!!

Cutting out several bracelets at a time, sewing multiple pieces, and finishing with clasps means you can make lots if bracelets in very little time.

Also remember that making multiple bezel pieces saves time too!

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Susan’s Art Circus

What could you make with your daughter? or Son? or Grandchildren?

Interested in more mother-daughter projects? Check out these stunning bookmarks by Susan Walls, this memory with Tina Schiefer, and this moment between another Susan and her daughter.

 

 

Wire Wrapping Fibers with Lexi Grenzer

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wire garters, buttons and fabric make this mixed media necklace especially sweet

Lexi aka The Shabby Calevera, shares a “soft”, “easy” technique for wire wrapping ribbon and sari silk to incorporate them into your mixed media jewelry.

She says: “You are going to have serious wire addiction!”

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Media Mixage

 You may recognize the necklace just above from a few weeks ago. Lexi’s post about Frieda is here. If you want to see the cute Valentine necklace that matches the top photo, it’s here.

Creative Combustion in Somerset Workshop

Crafting techniques taught from start to finish is what Somerset Workshop promises and delivers.

Somerset Workshop

The Autumn 2013 edition of this gorgeous keepsake magazine features ICE Resin’s own Veep Jen  Cushman in the section, Creative Combustion: Mixed-Media Metalwork.

Jen says: “The publication only comes out once a year, so the honor of being hand-picked by Jennifer (Jennifer Jackson Taylor is the editor) is huge.”

Somerset WorkshopJen’s hammered heart, Autumn Moonlight, Be True and Burnished Blues jewelry pieces are broken down in to steps so by the time your done following the tutorials, you will feel the magic of making a piece of jewelry your own and look amazing wearing the necklaces and bracelets.

You will learn techniques that will allow you to shape, mold and age copper to your will and then embellish it with Iced Enamels, ICE Resin, beads, crystals and leather.

Somerset Workshop is available on line and in fine arts and crafts stores all over the country.

ICE Resin® 2014 Creative Team Applications OPEN NOW

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Does making  jewelry and mixed media art in your studio make your soul sing? Did you follow the ICE Queen to the Emmys?

Do you have personal goals to reach as a designer, love creating with ICE Resin®, and want to learn, network and grow with an incredible team? 

You do?

That’s fantastic! You are invited to apply for a year-long position on the 2014 ICE Resin® Creative Team!

You might wonder what we are seeking in a Designer.

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We are looking for someone with not only a keen eye for design but also a strong understanding of trends. We desire individuals with the ability to think outside of the box while remaining cutting edge, trendsetting and true to their own style. Keep in mind, while we are seeking artistically minded Designers we are not necessarily narrowing our vision to those who are widely known in the industry. Rather, it is our hope to create a team of Designers with various skills in jewelry, artwork, assemblage, and design aesthetics.
While our Designers are provided with products, we are looking for compositions that stand on their own with fresh ideas not replications or interpretations of what is trendy in the Arts and Crafts industries at this time. It is important to keep in mind ICE Resin® is not just for creating jewelry, but rather multiple applications such as Mixed-Media Assemblage, Paper Arts, Scrapbooking and more!

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What to Expect: As an artist-based company, ICE Resin offers designers periodic boxes of hand-selected items from our line of amazing products such as bezels, chain, fibers, and of course, ICE Resin® and our new Iced Enamels®, compensation for publication, trade show design opportunities and the support of our social media.

Each designer is asked to create:

  • 28 projects per year
  • 7 short “How To” videos over the course of the year
  • several blog hops

Each year we participate in various trade shows and workshops; for these events we rely on our Designers to come up with artwork, jewelry and assemblage to be used in our displays for which they receive compensation and/or credit.

How to Apply: Please cut and paste these application questions into an email or Word document, answer them and email it with your photos to Carol@iceresin.com by Friday, October 25, 2013.

ICE Resin® 2014 Creative Team Application:

Name:

Physical Address:

Mailing, if different:

Phone/cell:

Email address:

FB:

Twitter:

Pinterest:

Blog:

Website:

Google+:

Other: 

  1.  Please tell us what your design experience is (whether it is simply creating for yourself and others or publishing, etc.) and what you prefer to create—jewelry, mixed media pieces, paper, etc.
  2. Why would you like to be part of the the Susan Lenart Kazmer™ ICE Resin® Creative Team?
  3. Have you been published? If so, please list publications. Also, what are your publishing goals?
  4.  How long have you been working with resin?
  5. What is your experience with resin in addition to ICE Resin®?
  6. Are you comfortable in front of a camera?
  7. What are your goals in the Arts and Crafts industry?
  8. Teaching experience – please list any venues or retreats where you have taught or will be teaching in 2014.
  9.  How often do you post to your blog? Other social media platforms? Are you open to posting for business purposes?
  10. How do you feel about cross promoting on your blog?
  11.  If selected, you are committing to 28 projects per year with instructions (8 of those with step-out photos), and 7 videos. Does this work with your lifestyle and goals?

As an artist based company ICE Resin offers our team members: Generous product packages shipped directly to your home, compensation for publication, trade show designs and the support of our social media.

Please cut and paste these application questions into an email or Word document, answer them and email it with your photos to Carol@iceresin.com by Friday, October 25, 2013. New Creative Team Members will be notified by November 11. Mid-December we will announce our new Creative Team to the industry.

If you applied to the team back in June, we do have your application on file and you are still under consideration.

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What is ICE Resin®/Art Mechanique™? ICE Resin is an amazing jeweler’s grade two-part epoxy resin that contains no VOCs (volatile organic compounds), is low odor and non-toxic when cured. It was created by Artist and Metalsmith Susan Lenart Kazmer, and remains her signature product in the Art Mechanique line. The Art Mechanique™ brand consists of craft products created by Susan and ICE Resin’s first Designer line, Rue Romantique by Kristen Robinson.

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