Remember We’re Blog Hopping Tomorrow!

Tomorrow we’ll start our terrific Blog Hop with the ICE Resin® team and the Designers from Imagine Crafts®! Our team is so excited because they have just loved playing with the resin products and the gorgeous Rue Romantique bezels, ribbons, and beads. Their creations will astonish you, and you’ll get so much inspiration for your own projects. And of course the Tsukineko® products we receive from Imagine Crafts are among our very favorite toys for every application! In fact, we’ll be sharing a Blog Hop with our friends from Imagine Crafts later this month (May 19-23). Don’t miss it.

To get you warmed up for tomorrow’s hop we have a few designers sharing ideas and inspiration today!  First, we’d like to share this gorgeous necklace from Designer Debbie Cole! Like yesterday’s piece it features the terrific Vintage Ladies Perfectly Clear Stamp™ Set from Stampendous. This set was specially designed by Fran Seiford at Debbie’s request to make smaller images that easily fit into a bezel for dynamic pendants, rings, earrings, etc. It contains 4 lovely ladies, a small version of our super-popular Rose Corset, plus backgrounds and words. It’s really a must-have.

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Here’s Debbie’s necklace created for our January Catalog and our show at CHA.

Vintage Lady by Debbie Cole
Vintage Lady by Debbie Cole

A few more designers are sharing with you today to get you warmed up for the weekend! Be sure to leave them some nice comments on their posts. We’ll give away one Vintage Ladies set from the comments left on the pre-blog hop posts, so if you missed Monday or Tuesday be sure to check them out and leave them some love!

Who’s sharing today?

Tobi Crawford

Janelle Stollfus

 

Making Jewelry with Stampendous

Making your own jewelry has become such a huge trend in crafting. What could be more fun with all those gorgeous beads and findings available now than a pendant you crafted yourself. It’s so much more personal when you give a gift that has special meaning for you and your recipient.

Our Design Team has had a great deal of fun with various bezel styles and resin products creating stamped focal points for jewelry. This beautiful choker/necklace is a wonderful example by Design Team Alumni Stephanie Lee. It features our SSC1194 Vintage Ladies Perfectly Clear Stamp™ Set. This set was designed specifically for jewelry making. The beautiful bezel, ribbon, and beads shown are from the Rue Romantique collection by Kristen Robinson for ICE Resin®. These bezels are delicately styled and really take advantage of the self-doming qualities of the ICE Resin.

Vintage Ladies Necklace by Stephanie Lee
Vintage Ladies Necklace by Stephanie Lee

 

Today Design Team Member Suzanne Czosek is using ICE Resin on her blog post. She’s also using the Vintage Ladies in addition to some butterflies and other stamped images. Check out her post and leave her some love! Then be sure to come back and visit us tomorrow for more inspiration then Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday for the BIG BLOG HOP!  You’ll be so inspired!!

 

Resin + Rhea = REAL Amazing!

We’ve had fun playing with EnviroTex Jewelry Resin on our team, and we made a complete addict of BlogStar Rhea Weigand. She fell so hard for this type of project that she ventured over to the ICE Resin® Blog to play a bit with their product. With some Susan Lenart Kazmer™ for Spellbinders® Media Mixage™ bezels and matching Cutting Dies like these from JoAnn.com, she’s created some fantastic projects she will be sharing on our blog and hers. She’s even got some goodies to give away, so hop over to her blog when you’re done here and check that out!  We just love what she’s been making, and can’t get enough of how cool these products make our stamps look. She’s achieved total Fran•táge.
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Hi,  this is Rhea and I’ve been playing with resin again and lot’s of it!  Over the next several weeks I am going to be sharing different ideas on things you can do with Stampendous, Spellbinders and ICE Resin®.
I thought I would get my resin series started with an easy project and some important tips.  Yes, this is an easy project, it just takes time.
The most important step is sealing!  You will be very disappointed when you pour your resin if you have not sealed almost everything going into your bezel.  Trust me, I know 😦  Here are some sealing tips;
  • Paper – make sure it is sealed front, back and sides.  Resin will find it’s way into any areas not sealed.  the resin will make your paper transparent or icky looking.  I like to use Fast Finish Decoupage and white glue that will dry clear.  You can also use Glossy Accents or a like product such as Aleene’s Paper Glaze.  Clear packing tape is also popular.
  • Embossed Pieces – Seal them, too
Here we go:
  • Picture A
  • Picture B
    • With Fast Finish Decoupage seal both sides of papers.  Let dry
    • Apply glue inside of bezel.  Enough that when you smooth the paper into the bezel glue will ooze around all of the edges.
    • With your finger, smooth the glue as evenly as possible around the edges of the paper and bezel.  This is the point where I like to dampen my finger a little.  Now repeat smoothing the glue over the entire surface.  Doing this reminds me of caulking the tub or sink…LOL.  You are basically doing the same thing with the edge of paper and your bezel.
    • Let this dry completely until it is absolutely clear.  I left it overnight. DON’T Touch it early to see if it’s dry, it isn’t. DO cover it with something like an upside down box or container. Resin sticks to cats. And it makes them mad.
    • Do the same process for the small circle bezel.
  • Picture C
    • Add Champagne Glass Glitter, carefully place in desired areas
    • Add Bronze Glass Glitter, carefully place in desired areas
    • Not shown is the triangle bezel.  This was a last minute add to my project.  It is filled 1/2 way with Champagne Glass Glitter only.
    • Do the same for the small circle bezel.
MIXING AND POURING RESIN – Don’t be afraid of resin.  It is so easy to mix and pour.  The directions are simple and easy to understand.  I am going to refer you to the package directions for this part 🙂  Check out this VIDEO on using the ICE Resin Syringe.
 
My project has 2 layers of resin.  You are at the point now where you would add your first layer of resin only filling about 1/2 of the bezel.  You will set aside to cure for at least 6 hours.  I always let mine cure overnight.  You will do the same for the small circle and the triangle bezels.
Now, we need to move onto the next step….
  • Picture A
    • For this step you will need
      • Cream card stock
      • Quilling tool
      • Aged Gold Embossing Powder by Stampendous
      • Champagne Glass Glitter by Stampendous
    • Now that the first layer of resin is dry we can work on the 2nd layer
  • Picture B
    • Cut very thin slivers of cream card stock about 6″ long.
    • Quill them into swirls as shown
    • Cover front and back with VersaMark.  Dip in Aged Gold embossing powder.
      • use tweezers to hold when heating
      • you may want to repeat process until you have desired look
    • Seal the swirls with Fast Finish Decoupage.  Let Dry
  • Picture C
    • Once dry, arrange swirls in the large bezel only.
    • Add a little more Champagne Glass Glitter to both  circle bezels.
    • Add a little Bronze Glass Glitter to both circle bezels.
    • Add a second layer of resin to all three bezels
      • Notice how everything is magnified again!
      • Set aside for 6-8 hours to let cure

Once it is dry, add your rings and ribbon.  It really is easy.  It just takes time to dry in between each step.  I know you will love mixing Stampendous products with Resin!

As a matter of fact….I have a BLOG CANDY DRAWING to prove it 🙂
visit my blog for all the details!!!

Hop in to Creativity with Stampendous and EnviroTex

We hope you’ve enjoyed the inspiration this week as our team has been playing with the Resin Crafts Blog featuring EnviroTex Jewelry Resin from ETI and their brand new Jewelry Clay! We’ve had fun bringing you these terrific projects. Be sure to comment on all the blogs for the best chance to win these terrific products. Our prize package includes BOTH the clay and resin, plus a nice assortment of bezels from Nunn Designs, and, of course, some stamps and Essentials from Stampendous!

One of the things we love best are the terrific videos that show you just what to expect from these products. Here’s the EnviroTex Resin Video:

And this one shows you all the details on Jewelry Clay:

There are also downloadable .pdf’s on the Environmental Technologies site, and the directions that come in each package are extremely complete and very helpful.

We’re creating crazy around here with this too fun resin and clay! You have until Sunday night to comment on the blogs below to be in the running for our prize packages! Here’s who made some new inspiration for you today:

Resin Crafts Blog

Asia King

Cyndi Bundy

Janelle Stollfus (can’t link to actual post, sorry)

Krissy Fossmeyer

Kristine Reynolds

Lea Kimmel

Rhea Weigand

Suzanne Czosek

Tenia Nelson

Tobi Crawford

For more chances to win fun stuff, join us next week for another Blog Hop! (I don’t know how we got three in a row either, but hey…more prizes!!) This time we’re playing with Core’dinations, and May Arts Ribbon. You know paper and ribbon get us going every time, so don’t miss a minute! (you really should just subscribe if you don’t already… it’s at the very top of the post) PLUS – remember this is the final week of May’s Fabulous Floral’s Challenge! Be sure to add your project to the linky tool in the right sidebar or on the May Challenge Page.

Oh Clay! Here we go!

Environmental Technologies (ETI) introduced their Epoxy Resin Clay for Jewelry at January’s CHA, and we couldn’t wait to have an opportunity to play with it! The two part clay is stored in separate containers, then when you mix it, it cures to form a hard, resin surface. It’s so cool how embellishments like glitter or mica pressed into the clay become permanent without glue.  The clay also sticks in the bezel without adhesive. Is it magic? We think so! Our designers have been playing with the clay this week along with ETI’s Jewelry Resin, and we’re all always learning from the Resin Crafts Blog Diva Carmi Cimicata.

Carmi used our Winter Trees Perfectly Clear Stamps (now retired) for one of her classes she taught at CHA. We were excited and impressed with how great her project turned out:

Resin Clay pendant by Carmi Cimicata
Resin Clay pendant by Carmi Cimicata

Carmi mixed a small ball of two part resin, pressed it into the bezel, then stamped the image with Jet Black StazOn™ Ink by Imagine Crafts Tsukineko®. She dusted the scene with some PearlEx on a small paint brush to add color, then she pressed some micro beads into the clay! WOW… let it cure and you’re done! It’s so super easy! We squealed with delight and said, “Let us try! Let us try!”

Here’s what our designers came up with to share today! Plus Carmi has a new post at her blog!

Resin Crafts Blog

Kristine Reynolds

Rhea Weigand

Suzanne Czosek

Mixing up our Media with Jewelry Resin and Clay!

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We’re so embracing the Mixed Media trend here at Stampendous – We’re even attending the CREATE Mixed Media Retreat this week in Irvine, CA! Two of the media we adore playing with are Jewelry Resin and Epoxy Clay both from Environmental Technologies (ETI). Making your own jewelry and gift items using Stampendous stamps and Essentials is so much fun!

Our designers are blogging along this week with Carmi Cimicata of the Resin Craft Blog to show you how easy and fun these terrific products can be, AND we have extra to share with some lucky winners! We’ll choose random commenters from our blog and those of our designers and pick three lucky winners to try these products! Our prize package includes BOTH the clay and resin, plus a nice assortment of bezels from Nunn Designs, and, of course, some stamps and Essentials from Stampendous!

The Memorial Day weekend made me want to play with some resin and create some patriotic themed earrings. These will be so wearable through the Fourth of July at least (with Flag Day in there as well), so I’m excited about how sparkly they are! I didn’t use any stamps, but I used some of our great Essentials including – Red Glass Glitter, Royal Blue Glass Glitter, and White Mica Fragments from the Fran•táge line of Essentials.

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I poured a little resin in each space by dripping it off the mixing stick, then I put red glass glitter in that thin layer of resin. I waited about 12 hours then poured another thin layer of resin in the molds and added royal blue glass glitter to that layer. Then, after another 24 hours and a good hard set, I poured a very thin layer of resin, added white mica fragments, then filled the cabochon molds to the top with resin. These really great cabochon molds came from Resin Obsession.

I’m pretty happy with my earrings! Can’t wait until Flag Day so I can give some to everyone!

Lots of other Design Team Members are hopping today! Visit them, leave some comments and maybe win some goodies!

Resin Crafts Blog

Cyndi Bundy

Krissy Fossmeyer

Tobi Crawford

And join us tomorrow when we’ll have even MORE fun with Resin and Clay!

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Stampendous and ETI- Resinating Again!

We just love ETI’s Jewelry Resin, and we had a terrific Blog collaboration with them last year which became one of the all time favorites! JewelryResinPack1

This year they’ve added their two part epoxy Resin Clay to our mix, and we’re just so excited! We can’t wait to show you the amazing things we’ve created!

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And, of course, the famous Resin and Resin Clay Diva, Carmi Cimicata of the Resin Crafts Blog is playing along with us this week with some of her terrific creations!

PLUS – The people at Nunn Design were kind enough to supply bezels to the the team so that we could make some beautiful jewelry!

So leap aboard and check out the terrific projects! Be sure to leave comments on each blog because we have Resin AND Stamps AND Bezels to give away!!  (and yes, I’ll have winners for last week’s collaboration later, I haven’t forgotten)  Here’s who is playing with us today:

Resin Crafts Blog

Kristine Reynolds

Asia King

Janelle Stollfus

 

We’re Bouncing Up and Down!

Only a few more days until the CREATE Mixed Media event in Irvine, CA. We are chomping at the bit to get to the Artist Faire, with our booth offering all our terrific Fran•táge products and a live demonstration by Fran herself!  There’s FREE admission to the Artist Faire portion of the event, even if you can’t take any classes. But we sure encourage anyone in the Southern California area this week to check out this event. It’s going to be fantastic! Click on the banner for more info.

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PS…I’m taking three classes and can’t wait to post here what I make!! I am SOOOO excited about this event – Laura

AND – Be sure to tune in tomorrow! We’re blogging all week this week with the Craft Resin Blog – using terrific products from ETI and Nunn Designs to make some terrific, Stampendous projects!!

Fish Ahoy!

My friend Carmi Cimicata (remember the Resin Crafts Blog…hope you’re following her) asks who will help her with a small Blog Hop featuring a new product from her favorite bead distributors John Bead. OOH OOH…I love beads..pick me…pick me….  YAY… she said I could help… so I open the box when it comes:

Goodies from Carmi
Goodies from Carmi

Um… rockin’ awesome leather scissors (seriously, you NEED these)… a cool brass cuff bracelet.. and ..um.. skin?  It says Tilapia Leather… really? ick! Um.. Ok….

Apparently it comes in 12 colors. Yeah.. I got gray. It looks like a dead fish. It spent 3 weeks in the box. Everyone asked me if it smelled like fish… but I hadn’t even opened it. I took it out of the box and tried stamping on it (no, it doesn’t smell like fish, it smells like leather). It’s got a beautiful, glossy surface, but is not very ink friendly. Everything wiped right off, including Copics. Ok…so I guess I’m not stamping on this.

Then, while watching a resin clay video on ETI’s website, I saw a gal making eyes for fur costumes using resin… oooh.. what if I made my bangle look like a Fish! So I sat down to work. (Way more inspired by the eyes than the leather!). I found this leather astonishingly easy to work with . It cuts like a dream, is very very soft, and glues to anything just beautifully. I was actually pretty impressed!

I started out by sanding my bangle a bit to help the glue, then I glued it on with Beacon Adhesives Quick Grip at an angle to let some of the brass bangle show. Then I embossed the edge by using my VersaMarker to ink along the leather edge and add Aged Silver Embossing Enamel and Silver Crushed Glass Glitter for an Encrusted Jewel Look.

Encrusted Jewel Technique on Fish Leather
Embossing on Fish Leather

But adding the glitter was a little harder, the bracelet got hot when heated, so I put it on a water bottle to heat the powder and sprinkle the glitter on. (Yes the bottle melted a little, but not enough to matter)

Encrusted Jewel Technique on Fish Leather
Encrusted Jewel Technique on Fish Leather

So now for the fish eye. You can watch the video above for a much better tutorial about how to make eyes, but basically I mixed my resin with a bit of our Shaved Ice for an iridescent look, then I molded it in a craft tray (this one is from Wilton for painting with  Chocolate and I bought it at Michaels), then waited 24 hours for it to cure.

Mixing Jewelry Resin with Shaved Ice
Mixing Jewelry Resin with Shaved Ice

Then I found a real fish eye picture:

Real Fish Eye from Google Images
Real Fish Eye from Google Images

And I painted mine to match:

Painting the Pupil
Painting the Pupil with acrylic paint
Adding Some Color
Adding Some Color
Mixing Silver and Micro Glitter
Mixing Silver and Micro Glitter
Adding Fishy-ness with Silver Background
Adding Fishy-ness with Silver Background

And I forgot to take a picture of it, but I coated the whole back with black acrylic paint to give it a lot of depth. I think I achieved Fish Eye Ness!

My Resin Fish Eye
My Resin Fish Eye

You can see that I added some Encrusted Jewel Technique around the eye. I glued the eye to the bangle with Quick Grip and let it dry. Then I applied a thin bead of tacky glue around the eye to hold the embossing enamel. I sprinkled in the glitter as it melted, again using my water bottle as a holder. See my finished cuff…

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Admiral Ackbar by Laura Weed

I like it so much I’m making earrings to go with it. I’ll share them when they’re done.

So the Tilapia Leather proved pretty fun, and I know that Carmi’s other victims probably did amazing things because they chatted a bit about their plans and I was jealous of their ideas for purple leather and so on. Carmi will post the Blog Hop on her site on Wednesday. As soon as I have a link, I’ll update it here. Here you go – the Metal Complex Second Skin Blog Hop – wait until you see what everyone did with this product. It’s mind-boggling!