Saturday, January 31, 2009

More from CHA...

While the show was a bit smaller than in the past, there was still plenty of great product to be seen and some fabulous make & takes! Plaid always has great jewelry make & takes and they didn't let me down this time, then on to Ranger's booth to make a fun UTEE ring with Suze Weinberg. I learned to felt using recycled sweaters, bent brass charms, got an autographed copy of Mark Montano's Big Ass Book of Crafts and Stephanie Girard's Sweater Surgery books.... and best of all spent time with 'old' friends and made lots of new friends!!! It was a great week!

I think my favorite find was Vintaj - they make natural brass charms and findings - a truly great assortment and a gorgeous booth with a rustic feel.

Pebbles, Inc. had a wonderful booth with absolutely fabulous new papers. Little Yellow Bicycle came through with a colorful selection. Creative Options was giving out their fun green tote bags - this time with coordinating scrapbook papers & embellishments - wahoo!

I discovered the Port-a-Palette - a very clever new portable tool for storing and carrying craft paints. Amate Studios has a very inspiring assortment of jewelry "blanks" in copper, silver, pewter, and goldtone.... I can't wait to let my creative muse free with these!! A perfect companion for these Amate findings is Judikins new products - Mica Gloss (yummy sparkling color!!!) and sunlight curing epoxy!! Finally - epoxy in a small, easy to use format!
I discovered a talented fellow designer in the License & Design section of the show - Linda Calvert Jacobson - I hope she did wonderfully as her work is absolutely breathtaking!
Makin's Clay offers some new tools for clay artists. Creative Charms has some gorgeous new flowers and butterflies. EarthSafe Finishes assortment of green products was a must see. Kandi Corps booth offered some neat ideas for hot wax art. Scraperfect.com spoiled the Makin's team with custom colored Perfect Printing Pouches (perfect not just for printing, but for acting as a release agent on texture sheets and push molds!) Many generous companies spoiled the designers at the designer get together (we all got a goody bag full of fabulous products including Coredinations cardstock Clover bowmakers, Pentel products, a Scraperfect printing pouch, a Hambly screenprint transparency, Expo International trim, and more!) I can hardly wait until the summer show in Orlando!

CHA!!

This photo sums up my recent trip to CHA in California! Lots of hard work as always, I broke my toe the first morning of set-up, and my camera went kapoot the 2nd morning of the show, but we still managed to have lots of laughs and some great food too! My taping of When Creativity Knocks on behalf of Darice went well - I'll keep you posted on when it is to air. I spent lots of time doing make & take projects in the Makin's Clay booth, spent some time helping out in the When Creativity Knocks booth and with a class taught by Ana Araujo, and helped with the Creative Charms booth! My artwork was displayed in the Eco-Lounge Designer Gallery, at the Makin's Clay booth and at the Kandi Corp booth. More info and photos to follow soon.......

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Melting Pot Madness

I belong to Suze Weinberg's Yahoo Group and everyone has been chatting lately about using their melting pots - so I just had to get mine out and play! The result was a state of melting pot madness - I couldn't stop! I like to make original jewelry to wear at CHA - these are two of the sets I created for the Winter show in Anaheim. If you aren't familiar with UTEE (Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel) it's a great product for all kinds of melt art - it can be used in the melting pot, or with an embossing heat tool for some uses. Suze's website, newsletter and blog are full of fantastic ideas on using UTEE in your artwork. - http://www.schmoozewithsuze.com
The purple & turqouise set is a 'technique' I call "twisted blown blob beads" - very technical term, I know...... the pendent and earrings have UTEE also - behind glass facings with mirrored edges.
The dragonfly set was made with Ranger Mold & Pour - I made the dragonfly mold and the bead molds (thanks to Becky Chabot for tips on how to make bead molds!). Bronze UTEE and Verdigris embossing powder were used.
Now I'm off to melt into madness again.....

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

WCK, Darice, CHA Oh My!

I'm thrilled to announce I'll have the opportunity to appear on When Creativity Knocks with Ana & Megan Araujo again! We'll be filming an episode at CHA in Anaheim and I'll be representing Darice. If you haven't yet checked out the awesome assortment of webisodes available at WCK - take the time to - you're sure to learn something fun and new!

www.WhenCreativityKnocks.com

Wahooo ;0) Color me a happy designer today!