Off to Film at F+W in Colorado


I’ve been a little quiet the past week on my social media and blog because I’ve been concentrating and working like a little elf in my studio for an upcoming project with F+W where I’ll be filming four online classes for Craft Daily. I leave Tuesday morning (Dec. 16th) and will be there for the remainder of the week.

I wish I could tell you or even show you what I’ve been working on, but, unfortunately I’m not allowed to reveal anything. I just couldn’t help myself though so I’m showing you an extreme sneak peek of one of the projects. Can you guess what it is? (bottom pic) I will be talking more about these projects in the future so please subscribe to my blog if you haven’t already.

What I can say is that I had a blast making these and working on the upcoming filming. I incorporated so many mixed media paint-y, inky, ICE Resin, rubber stamping, cold enamels, casting, molding, drilling, annealing, forging, wireworking, found objects, vintage photos, riveting, air dry clay, freeform wire shaping…..and the list still goes on….into these awesome projects. I really am hopeful people love them and get a lot of education and value from my work.


If you’ve never heard of Craft Daily, it’s an online subscription-based site by F+W media chock full of how to videos and classes from some of the top names of artists and instructors in the business. Currently, there are over 350 videos to choose from. If you get a chance, check it out and see if it’s of interest to you. I’m hoping 2015 is going to be my year of videos and online classes. I’m seriously working toward this goal. This is a great step as a follow up to my Breaking Out of the Mold video (which I’m pretty sure is available currently on Craft Daily).

I’m excited to be going. Wish me luck!


Coupon code for Creative Jumpstart 2015


If you’re not familiar with CJS, it’s a one-of-a-kind online event run by Nathalie Kalbach to fire up your creativity in Jan 2015 . Learn techniques, discover new materials, and connect with artists. I’m thrilled to be one of the participating artists again. I joined Nat the very first year she began CJS and I’m so proud to see how she’s grown it better and better every year. This year’s sneak peeks from the other artists on their social media channels look amazing!

Here are the deets:

  • Throughout January participants get 25 videos from 23 featured artists. I’m proud to be one of those artists, called “JumpStarters.” 
  • Head on over to Nathalie’s site to sign up and for more details:
  • You get 25 videos for just $25 (USD).
  • But wait – it gets better: if you sign up today using my personal coupon code you’ll get $5 off. Just use this coupon code during checkout: cjsnewsiceresin
  • *This code is valid until Jan. 15th, 2015

So what are you waiting for? Sign up here, and apply the coupon code during check out process

CJS 2015 is proudly sponsored by Liquitex.

Here’s wishing you an Artful day!


Light bulb Jewelry and Sonoran Living


It was cool to return to Sonoran Living Live with the gorgeous Terri Ouelette on Monday (Dec. 1). This time I showed how to upcycle old holiday light bulbs into cute Christmas pendants for jewelry. These would make great teacher gifts or girlfriend gifts. They’re fun to make with the kiddos at your side too. For a festive necklace that’s a little more glam, you can completely cover a light bulb in ICE Resin and then roll it in German Glass Glitter, or keep it simple and paint just a half dozen snowflakes or stars on the glass. Here is the video link Sonoran Living’s website and the segment.


Here’s a stepped out tutorial on how to make these lightbulb pendants. Be sure to scroll to the end to see a few more pics from my segment.



Using the pilot hole in the metal top of the bulb from the manufacturer insert the tip of the drill bit and  begin drilling.


Using oil based paint markers, paint a snowman or whatever imagery you wish onto the bulb.



Add a few more finishing details, like dots for snow and snowflakes.


Use different colors of paint markers to add more detail to the imagery. Here I’m adding a carrot nose, eyes, buttons, etc.


Cut a 5 inch piece of 20 Gauge wire for your wirewrap.


Insert the wire through the hole, leaving a smaller piece on one end and a longer on the other. Begin to make a briolette wrap by wrapping the short end around the longer piece of wire.


Use your chain nose pliers to finish the briolette wrap and tuck the tail of the wire.

HolidayBulb8.jpgTo make a wrapped loop at the top, use round nose or small bailing pliers to make a loop just above the briolette wrap. Transfer pliers to your non dominant hand and use the chain nose pliers on your dominant hand to wrap the wire until it runs out. Use the chain nose pliers to crimp the end to ensure there is no pokey end.


Mix up some ICE Resin according to directions and use the craft stick to “paint” a coat onto the light bulb. This will add strength so the light bulb won’t break. It’s also for safety because if the light bulb does happen to break it won’t shatter. Poke a hole in cardboard so you can insert the wrapped end into the hole and allow the bulb to dry without touching anything else.


Finish it off with some chain and a jump ring. I used pearl rosary chain here because I thought it looked a little like snowballs and went with the snowman theme of the bulb. Special thanks to Carol LaValley for shooting all these step-out photos!

A few more pics from the studio…



Rev your engines, it’s Creative Jumpstart 2015 time

I’m excited to announce that I’ll be participating as an artist in Creative JumpStart (CJS) 2015, run by Nathalie Kalbach. If you’re not familiar with CJS, it’s a one-of-a-kind online event to fire up your creativity in Jan 2015.

Learn techniques, discover new materials, and connect with artists and crafters. 

Throughout January participants get 25 videos from 23 featured artists. I’m proud to be one of those artists, called “JumpStarters.” See my intro video for yourself:

Head on over to Nathalie’s site to sign up and for more details:

You get 25 videos for just $25 (USD).

But wait – it gets better: if you sign up today you’ll get $5 off. Just use this coupon code during checkout:


*This is a limited offer valid from 9:00 am Dec 1, 2014 to 8:59 am EST on Dec 2, 2014.

So what are you waiting for? Sign up here, and apply the coupon code during check out process

CJS 2015 is proudly sponsored by Liquitex.


Tucson classes are up!

Hi everyone! Just a quick note to let you know that mine and Susan’s workshops for Tucson at the To Bead True Blue show are up. Registration is going on right now over on the ICE Resin website. I’ll be teaching metal and resin techniques, of course. Also wirewrapping and cold enameling with Iced Enamels. Workshop space is limited to 20 students and classes will not be repeated. Space is limited so if you’re joining us, please get your registrations in soon.

Take a peek at my workshop offerings:



Over the Moon bracelet. Sign up here.


Vivid Wire Links: Wrapped, Coiled and Colored. Register here.



Take Flight Copper Cuff. Sign up now.

If you are interested in going to Tucson to see the largest bead, jewelry, gem and mineral shows in the US, here’s some information/links to get you started.

I sincerely hope I see you there!


Handmade Holidays Blog Hop

Handmade Holidays 2014 Hop Logo

Welcome to the 4th Annual Handmade Holidays Blog Hop! A few years ago we were looking online for handmade gift ideas and thought it would be great if there was a resource dedicated JUST to handmade gift ideas. Enter the Handmade Holidays hop! We’ve gathered over 100 of our creative blogger friends in the craft industry as well as some of our fellow product manufacturers to bring you a plethora of inspiring gift ideas you can make now to give to your friends, family, and colleagues. Pin and bookmark these ideas for this holiday season and to use throughout the year! Each day of the hop features approximately 30 gift projects and you can “hop” from one blog to another to check them all out.


When Jennifer Priest approached me this year to participate in her annual crafty Handmade Holidays blog hop, I was excited to see both Walnut Hollow and Graphic 45 on the sponsor list, as I really enjoy creating with these companies’ products. When I looked through the most recent Graphic 45 catalog and saw its fab typography line of papers, an idea started brewing in my head. I knew exactly how to combine Walnut Hollow’s great wood shapes with Graphic 45’s exquisite designs along with Iced Enamels and ICE Resin, of course.

I hope you enjoy my typography necklace. It makes a great gift for the writers, graphic designers, artists and hipsters in your life.





Handmade Holidays Step 1

Gather your supplies


Handmade Holidays Blog Hop Step 2

Cut Graphic 45 images from Typography paper pack


Use a paintbrush to apply sealer to front, back and all around the sides of your paper pieces


 Brush Enameling Medium onto Walnut Hollow Ampersand wood shape and punctuation shapes

Handmade Holidays Step out

Sprinkle Relique Garnet powder onto shape


Heat with a craft heat gun until powders are glossy and shiny and look like enamel


Place paper images into hobnail bezel and place cold enameled shapes onto a non stick craft mat.  Mix 1/2 ounce of ICE Resin according to manufacturer’s directions. Let rest 5 minutes after mixing to allow bubbles to dissipate. Use a disposable paintbrush to paint a thin coat of resin onto the enameled shapes.


Use your craft stick to drip mixed ICE Resin into hobnail bezel, allowing it to naturally dome. Let dry 8-12 hours. As you can see from my work table here that I went ahead and made a few more bezels with other pieces of Graphic 45’s Typography papers and filled the bezels.



To assemble necklace drill holes into wood shapes for attachment. Cut a 6 inch piece of 22 gauge steel wire and thread two heishi beads through the asterisk punctuation shape. Make a wrapped loop and attach to the bottom loop of the hobnail bezel. Cut another 6 inch piece of wire and thread through the hole in the ampersand. Wire wrap the ampersand to the top bezel loop. Attach necklace with a jump ring to rubber neck cording.



Are you ready for lots more creative handmade gift ideas and projects? Follow along on our blog hop! Simply click on each of the links below to be taken to that post with additional information and photos on how to create a handmade gift project. Have fun and pin away!


Ellison Educational Equipment

Walnut Hollow

Graphic 45

Hydrangea Hippo


Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L 

Rowland Technologies 

Neat and Tangled 

ICE Resin   ‎

Therm O Web

Elizabeth Craft Designs

Pink and Main 

The Buckle Boutique

Clearsnap – Vivian Keh

Ashley Rader – Giddy Upcycled

ICE Resin – Jen Cushman   ‎

Candy Spiegel- Candy Scraps

Rina Gonzales – Mothership Scrapbook Gal

Therm O Web – Amanda Niederhauser

Yana Smakula – My Cardmaking & Scrapbooking

The Buckle Boutique – Shawn Mosch

Eileen Hull Designs – Eileen Hull

Angela Muir – Handmade in the Heartland

Krista Winters – eat, knit & d.i.y.

Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L – Erica Houghton

Katie Smith – Punk Projects

Elizabeth Craft Designs – Karen Aicken

Jeanie Hevener – Create & Babble

Ellison Educational Equipment – Hilary Kanwischer 

Fancy Shanty – Stacy Molter

Liz Hicks – Blogerisms

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Follow our Handmade Holidays Gift Ideas Pinterest board for even more inspiration!

Follow Jennifer Priest of RainMaker Media Works + Hydrangea Hippo’s board Handmade Holidays on Pinterest.

A huge thank you to our sponsors for this hop – please visit their blogs below and follow them. And be sure to come back tomorrow for another 30+ amazing Handmade Gift Ideas!

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Sweet Halloween Necklace

Halloween is one of my kids’ favorite times of year. My teenage son is into scary movies (yikes!) and my little one keeps asking me how many days until she gets to wear her Elsa costume from Frozen. I’m going public with a confession right now; I bought my daughter a costume because refashioning a dress seemed like too much work for this non-sewing mama.

People think because I have the crafty gene that means my kids get handmade costumes every year. I have hot glued like a banshee in past years, particularly the year my son was in sixth-grade and saw a DIY costume idea online to dress up as a used Q tip (it involves batting, yellow paint for ear wax and white sweat pants/sweatshirt). This year, however, I can say that I’m using my crafting skills for good and not evil to make a few sweet Halloween necklaces.

Here’s a quick tutorial to make this vintage little girl necklace when you want to be Halloween festive but not too over the top.

Jen Cushman Halloween necklace


Filigree brass stamping (my friend Brenda Sue from B’Sue Boutiques has a lovely collection of stampings and jewelry findings on her website. Here is a similar stamping to what I used.)

Art Mechanique Long Rectangle Hobnail Bezel

Silver German Glass Glitter

Clear Brads

ICE Resin

Brass chain

Vintage Halloween image (The Graphics Fairy has some nice images) As always, please review copyright laws regarding images if you are selling your work. You will want to ensure royalty free or check out a company’s Angel policy.


Size and print image using a photo manipulation program. I happen to use Photoshop Elements but there is a great online website called PicMonkey that I use for frames and other quick effects. There are some frightful Halloween features on the site right now. As a matter of fact,  I used the little spider and ghoul images to dress up my photo above.

Copy images onto toner based paper at your local print center.

Cut image to fit inside your bezel. Seal front, back, sides with a paper sealant or white glue and let dry.

Place image inside bezel and add a sprinkle of silver glass glitter

Mix up half a calibrated mixing cup (1/2 ounce) of ICE Resin and then slowly drip mixed resin into bezel. Let dry 8-12 hours.

When your bezel is dry to the touch, use crystal brads to attach it to the filigree brass stamping.

Attach a rhinestone or another spooky charm to the bottom with a jump ring.

Attach pendant to brass chain with a jump ring. Keep the chain long so you can pull over your head and eliminate the need for a clasp. If you want a shorter necklace, attach clasp to chain using jump rings.

Put on a cute top, a pair of orange or black earrings and your new necklace and you are tres festive!

Hope you are having a very Artful week!