Off to teach at Adorn Me!

It’s been three weeks since I’ve been home from CHA and it was back-to-back illnesses for myself and my children. Ugh! Don’t you just hate when the winter blues hit hard?

The good news is that we live in the most wonderful country in the world for medical care and access to prescription drugs. Five days of a Z-pack and I’m feeling fine. Good thing because today I’m packing for Houston, Texas and the amazing Adorn Me! art retreat. I teach 2 classes Tuesday and Wednesday evenings, and am soooo excited about it.

Tuesday, I’m teaching a class on how to make your own resin paper. We’ll be doing all kinds of mixed media surface treatments to the paper and then applying ICE Resin to them. So fun!

Wednesday, we’ll be making a stacked ring using the delicious papers we made the evening before. I will have some papers on hand for those who didn’t take my Tuesday class so they will still have material to play with. There are still some spots left in my classes, so if your local to Houston and looking for some fun, come on down and join me.

I also got a day in my studio to make some work to sell at the Expo Friday night. I have earrings, rings and necklaces. I’ll also be on hand to sign my new book, Explore, Create, Resinate: Mixed Media Techniques Using ICE Resin.

All in all, I can’t wait to get on that plane tomorrow. Healthy, happy and reading to spend 6 days surrounded by mixed media goodness and endless amounts of creativity.

Create Mixed Media

Have you seen the new website If you haven't, click over as fast as you can to see what the good folks at F&W Media have worked so hard to build and launch.

This is theplace on the Internet to find all your favorite mixed media artists in one spot. I love looking at the site and seeing all the smiling faces of my wonderful friends there. The cutie patootie Doris Arndt is up there right now with her Artist Spotlight. My friend Josie Cirincione has also been featured, along with the lovely Mary Beth Shaw, who has created a line of stencils that are mouthwatering to use on your canvases, journal pages, etc.

If you click over to this page before Thursday, you will also see my face on the website. I'm so honored to be one of the four contributing editors for Create Mixed Media. Each month, I'll be writing my "Art Choose You" column, which offers marketing and PR advice for artists. What amazing company I get to sit at the table with; Quinn McDonald, Lesley Riley and Karen Wallace — all phenomenal women in their own right.

The Creative Insights posts are scheduled for every Thursday. So be sure to check in each week for lots of fun facts and information. It's all free too. Life is good.


Industry award

I was so thrilled to have won the Most Innovative Design award at the CHA Winter 2011 show last week in Anaheim. The award came from my art project for the Craft Studio as a CHA Designer member called "A Bird in the Hand".

I used an old cigar box, some craft wire, some paper and some ICE Resin to create a mixed media assemblage to show off my creativity. I had no idea there was any industry award attached to the Craft Studio, so boy was I surprised when I was named the winner.

The best part was not the award itself (which is a rather large and impressive statue) but when Steve Berger, CHA President and CEO announced my name to the 400 or so people in the crafts industry who were attending the Awards Show Banquet. To hear my name spoken aloud was an amazing feeling. Confirmation that my hard work and my passion for mixed media art is making a difference in the world.