Granny Jane wins

12222009-winner-rubber-stampThanks everyone for taking a look at my tutorial using my friend Pam Carriker’s new stamp line from Stampington & Co. and for also taking the time to leave comments. Random Number Generator today picked Lucky Number 8 and that’s Granny Jane. (I didn’t count my answer comment or the pingback from Stampington). Granny Jane, please email me ( your address and I will get Pam’s Heart on a String stamp sent right out to you from the Shoppe at Somerset HQ.

I’ll be participating in another blog hop next month for Seth Apter. He’s working with featured artists for his upcoming book The Mixed Media artist. I’m thrilled to say I’m one of the contributors to this incredible book.

Happy Hump Day Giveaway

new metalsmithing bookI woke up on the sunny side of the street today after a terrible stress headache that lasted all day yesterday. There are times when all the different things we’re juggling in the air will collide on the same day and then all I want is to crawl back into bed and fast forward to another day. Luckily, the yucky headachy days are few and far between. Anyhoo…..since I am HAPPY, happy, happy today and because I have NOT been able to get my website re-done as of yet with the back-to-back shows, I decided it was time to finally do a book giveaway on my blog.

If you’ve been reading and following my journey, you know that Making Metal Jewelry; How to Stamp, Form, Forge and Fold Metal Jewelry Designs is out in major bookstores now. (Yippee!) It’s also available on Amazon. But in order to get a signed copy, you gotta come to me. So, please leave a comment about….hmmmmmm…let’s go with a broad category of jewelry. Tell me what is your favorite kind of jewelry, or what you wish your sweetheart would buy you, or what pieces you long to create, or if you already have my book what project is your favorite one. All I’m looking for is something fun to read about one of my favorite art subjects — Jewelry!

Not only will you get a signed copy of the book, but you will also get an ICE Resin plunger and some of our Art Mechanique cold connection micro nuts and screws. I will keep the giveaway up until Friday morning 8 a.m. MST. And never fear, if you don’t win this one, there will be another give away soon over on the ICE Queen eZine while we are teaching workshops at the To Bead True Blue show in Tucson.

Ebook winner picked!

Hi again everyone. Thanks to all of you who came to my blog to check out the post on the free giveaway. Even bigger thanks and hugs to those of you who took the time to leave a comment for a chance to win the new Susan Lenart Kazmer LLC ebooks by our incredible 2011-2012 Creative Team of artists.

I really enjoyed reading everyone’s comments about what inspires them. I was particularly touched by Lisa Mathews who said she is inspired by an idea, meaning the initial concept of the idea itself because those words made me feel as though we’re kindrid spirits. I’ve written columns about this exact same thing in the past and Lisa’s comment inspired me to scribble down some thoughts for one of my upcoming column for Belle Armoire Jewelry articles. Thanks Lisa!

Also it was amazing to read the kind words many of you said giving myself and Susan and the entire ICE Resin/SLK LLC team credit for some of your inspiration. As an artist-based company, we attempt to surround ourselves with other artists who deeply and passionately believe in their work as much as we do our own. Creativity breeds creativity…

Onto the lucky winner via random number generator. Number 19 (starting from the bottom up as in first to comment until the last) is Barbara M. who is always inspired by color. Me too Barbara! I’ve sent you an email with instructions on getting your free download. Check your mail.

As I’m on a plane early tomorrow for California and teaching Friday-Sunday, I will run the next giveaways for Volumes 2 and 3 next week. Keep an eye on my Facebook and here for the info.

As always, here’s wishing you a truly Artful day!

E-Book Giveaway!

Since I’m heading off to teach at Seaside this weekend for Charity Wings, I’m feeling quite charitable myself today. Did you know that ICE Resin now has a three-volume collection of Ebooks filled to the brim with amazing projects done this past year by the 2011-12 Creative Team? Oh my goodness, inspiration oozes from the digital pages of these books.

So here is the deal. Leave a comment here about what inspires YOU to make your art. I will choose one lucky winner by random number generator to receive a free download of Imagine, Create, Explore (get it? ICE) Vol. 1.

You have until 10 p.m. AZ time Wednesday Nov. 28th to enter.

After this one, we’ll move on to Vol. 2 and Vol. 3.

CHA Live Winner

Winner Winner Chicken Dinner….Beverly Jordan, congratulations you won the LIVE from CHA All-Access Pass giveaway courtesy of Charity Wings. I’ll email you in a bit to get your addy and pass along the info that Elena needs.  

Thanks everyone who played along. Your comments were awesome! I will be forwarding them along to Elena as well so she knows what ya’ll are looking forward to seeing. You can be our focus group of sorts!


LIVE From CHA Giveaway

Have you heard about the LIVE from CHA webcasting/livestreaming event put on by the fabulous organization Charity Wings? If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to walk around the huge Winter Craft and Hobby Association Trade Show, Elena Lai Etcheverry (the founder of Charity Wings) began this very fun livestreaming a few years ago where they cover the opening 2 days of the event.

Elena began Charity Wings seven years ago to combine her love of crafting with her background in event planning and fundraising to raise money for charity. So far, the Charity Wings volunteers have raised more than $360,000 for great causes. I met Elena last Winter CHA and found out more about her organization. I’m impressed and have been lending a hand whenever I can.

Elena jam-packs CHA Live with tons of interviews from your favorite craft manufacturers and interviews with some of the best and most well-known Designers. In addition to the event, participants get a kit of products shipped to their home that are donations from all the supporting manufacturers. The kit alone is easily worth the $39 price of the pass in brand new product that’s being debuted at CHA. (

Side note: Isn’t the logo above so cute? It was designed by my fellow CHA Designer Member Jennifer Priest who’s a self-proclaimed “addicted scrapbooker”. Love her blog!)

CHA Live takes place January 29 and 30th from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. In addition to the kit, manufacturers donate prizes throughout the livestreaming so there are lots of chances of winning product AND handmade art. We’ll be participating with Susan Lenart Kazmer ICE Resin, giving away goodies bags worth more than $100, which includes a handmade jewelry piece, some ICE Resin, bezels and a signed copy of my book, Explore, Create, Resinate. She’ll also be at our booth too, so you’ll get a tour of what our ICE Resin team has been working so hard on for the past couple of months. We’re just one of many.

So, here’s the cool part. Elena is giving me (along with other designer friends of mine) the chance to GIVE AWAY an exclusive All Access Pass to CHA to one lucky winner. If you live in the U.S., I will pay the cost of shipping for the kit, which is around $10.50. If you happen to sign up for the giveaway and live in Canada or International, I’m sorry but you will need to fund the shipping costs. Please email to get a price quote.

All you have to do to be entered to win the All Access Pass, is leave a comment here to let me know what kinds of products and ideas you are most excited about seeing at the upcoming Winter CHA trade show. Because kits are being shipping at the end of the week, the contest will close Thursday Jan. 19th at 5 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.

Good luck everyone!