Monday, February 11, 2019

Paint Pouring

Hi everyone!

Have you wanted to try paint pouring?  Me, too!  This year at Creativation, I received a sample of Pouring Medium from DecoArt.  

I bought some paint in my favorite ocean colors to go with the Pouring Medium along with an 8"x8" canvas.

I followed the instructions for the "dirty pour" on the DecoArt website.  This consists of mixing the paint and the medium in separate paper cups and then layering them in a larger cup.  Then, you invert the canvas over the cup and turn the two over together.  Lift the cup and the paint starts to flow over the canvas creating your abstract masterpiece.  So much fun, and so simple.  

Here's my first one:
Ocean Paint Pour
I had a couple of corners where the paint didn't flow, so I added drips of leftover paint and swirled them in with a small stick.  I also did this on the edges.

And, I had some paint left over which was too pretty to waste, so I had a smaller canvas on which I caught the drips from the main canvas.  Here's how that turned out:
There are so many possibilities with this technique and you can see lots of them at DecoArt.   I definitely have to try this again!

Friday, February 1, 2019

Project Embellish Part Two

Hi Everyone!

I wanted to share the results of the Project Embellish Challenge at the AFCI show in Phoenix this past month.  (Can you believe it's already February!)  I have to tell you that it was probably the most exciting thing to happen to me in awhile, so I may be talking about it all year! I am so grateful for the opportunity.

Here is my roommate and I at the show before the challenge:

We were situated on the show floor in a large booth that had places for all six designers around the edge of the rectangle.  The judges sat at one end and Brenda Schweder was in the center along with Susan LeGuyader, Queene Bead Design, who helped us out with 10 minute lessons on the jig if we desired.

Here's a photo of us contestants and Brenda after the challenge.
Project Embellish Challenge
I was in such AMAZING company for this challenge.  Next to me is Jen Cushman, then Monica PenaBrenda is in the center.  Next to the sign is Kymona Tracey, then Cat Kerr, then Carol Foldvary-Anderson.  Take a look at their work.  They are wonderful designers and it was a pleasure to meet those whom I didn't know.

We had to create a necklace in 2 1/2 hours and use elements from each of our sponsors, who were:

Now That's a Jig, the amazing jig system that Brenda Schweder invented
Beadalon, who provided us with Artistic Wire
ImpressArt. maker of products for metal stamping
TierraCast, who makes findings for jewelry making
Xuron Corp., maker of the tools we used
Craftoptics, makers of magnifying eyeglasses
Beads Baubles and Jewels, a popular jewelry-making show
Deflecto, maker of storage caddies and organization systems

We had to use the jig, wire, stamped metal pieces, and TierraCast charms and create a piece in the theme of Charm and Whimsey.  We were judges by three judges, who walked around and observed us as we worked (pressure!).  They were Rita Panulla, from TierraCast, Tamara Honamon, from Interweave, and Tracy Gonzales, from TierraCast.

Here's a link to the finished necklaces.  They were all amazing (I know I'm using that word a lot!).

Here's a photo of my finished piece:
I created in an ocean theme.  I created waves and the necklace with wire on the jig.  I stamped the metal pieces with the words "Under the Sea" and added some patina.  I used the TierraCast charms in two ways - to hold the ribbon that I attached to the wire and hanging in the sea waves.  I added ceramic fish, turtle and starfish beads, blue and green glass beads and some wood pieces.

In addition to using all the elements from the sponsors, Brenda threw in a mystery element that we had to incorporate into our design.  The mystery element was an antique postcard.  I wasn't sure what to do with it.  My postcard had roses and leaves on it and didn't go with my colors or theme.  Time was running out!  Then, I had the idea to cut up the postcard and make rolled beads with it.  They looked like messages in a bottle or a rolled treasure map.  Whew!  To finish the necklace, I attached ribbon and made a toggle with a crystal and loop.

I was delighted (and, amazed!!) to be awarded Runner Up!  And, again a big thank you to the sponsors from which I received this prize.

Thanks for stopping by!  This was so much fun and I hope AFCI will bring it back next year.  These necklaces were auctioned off and the money generated was donated to Beads of Courage.  This charity provides kits for children in hospital with serious illnesses.

Friday, January 11, 2019

Project Embellish Challenge


Every year in January, I head to Creativation -the craft and hobby trade show.  It's a great time to take classes, view the latest craft supplies and meet up with clients and other designers.  This year is especially exciting.  I have been accepted to compete in the Project Embellish challenge on the show floor.

We will have three hours to complete a jewelry piece with the materials and tools provided.
Brenda Schweder, creator of Now That's a Jig!, is the originator of the challenge.  There will be six of  us competing and we must create a jewelry piece in three hours!  As someone who designs slowly, this will be quite a challenge for me!  No second guessing, no sleeping on it, no staring at it for a couple of weeks!

Project Embellish
I will be competing against some fabulous designers - Jen Cushman, Cat Kerr, Carol Foldvary-Anderson, Kymona Tracey and Monica Pena.   These designers have such a variety of styles and techniques, they are sure to create some unique and amazing pieces of wearable art!  All of our pieces will be auctioned off at the Association for Creative Industries show in Phoenix.  The proceeds of the auction will be donated to Beads of Courage.  We get to have fun and do good - what's better than that!

To view more about the challenge and see the latest updates from the show, check out Project Embellish Challenge on Facebook.  And, wish me luck!

Thursday, December 27, 2018

In the Designer Spotlight

Hi everyone!

I hope you are enjoying the holidays with family and friends.

December has been even more full than usual this year so my posts have been sparse.  But, the end of the year has brought some great news I'm excited to share.

I am in the Designer Spotlight for one of my favorite bead manufacturers - Halcraft Collection.  You may have seen Halcraft beads at Michaels with their Bead Gallery line.  Or, at Joann's in their Bliss Beads line.  Now, you can find them on their own website.  Their selection of beads continues to expand and get better and better.

Here's the start of the article:

Sheree's Studio
Welcome to December's Designer Spotlight!

I've followed and admired Terry Ricioli's work for years! Not only does Terry create beautiful jewelry, but she also teaches others how to do the same thing by submitting her pieces to magazines for publishing and teaching at her local craft store.

You might have seen her work in "Beadwork" as well as "Stringing" magazines. I'm so pleased to introduce her as December's Spotlight Designer!
Terry started creating craft designs when her daughters were small. She was a stay-at-home mom and needed a creative outlet. She tried creative writing and found the craft magazine niche. Over the years, she's had many designs published in craft magazines and books. She's been on a variety of design teams and has had a love making things since she was little. She likes to try a little of everything! 

And, here's the link for the rest of the spotlight.

A big thank you to Molly Schaller and Denise Yezbak Moore and to everyone at Halcraft!
Happy New Year!

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

New Plastic Canvas Designs

Hi Everyone!

I have a few new designs coming out with Herrschners.  If you love plastic canvas, there are a lot of new items on their website now.

Woven baskets perfect for your summertime table or for a little gift!

Summertime Baskets

My version of the popular red pickup truck with some tree coasters.
Vintage Red Pickup Truck with Coasters
And, a sampler tissue cover for every season!
Sampler Tissue Covers
Thanks for stopping by.  Happy stitching!

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Pretty Palettes Reveal for November

Hi everyone!

Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving!  We celebrated with part of the family out at the old ranch house.

This month the Pretty Palettes from Halcraft and Molly Schaller is full of beautiful fall color and pumpkin spice.

I chose a few of these yummy beads for my own.  Ok, almost all of them!

Here is one of the necklaces that I created from zebra jade nuggets, some rosewood tubes and the stag pendant.  I added a hammered antique copper ring and spacers from TierraCast and a leather tassel and tied it together with brown waxed cord.
Stag Talisman Necklace
I imagine some ancient hunter wearing this necklace in hope of a successful hunt.  I love the primitive look of this combination of beads and fibers.

Here it is showing the way I made the clasp:
I drilled through the bead crosswise so that I could secure it as a toggle.  Then, I tied a loop in the waxed cord for the other side of the clasp.  I also wrapped the loop on the pendant with cord before tying the tassel.

Then, with the beautiful seed beads, ceramic squares, fire agate and imperial jasper rounds, I created another necklace.  This one reminds me of colorful Indian corn and pumpkins.
Corn Tassel Necklace
I love the seed bead mix and wish I'd bought some more of them!  Such a fun combination of colors and shapes!  This photo doesn't do them justice, but it was too rainy outside for an outdoor photo.

Here's another photo that's a little brighter:

Be sure to check out the Reveal for this inspiration and see what Molly Schaller and all the other members have created on the Halcraft facebook group page. And, go here for Halcraft's great selection of beads.

Saturday, November 3, 2018

Ocean Moods Necklace

Hi Everyone!

I'm so excited to finally be able to share the publication of one of my designs in Beadwork magazine!
I created this back in June, so it's a while between creation and publication!

I love the ocean and I always love to create in ocean colors.  Here I used blues and greens with bits of purple and brown.  All the beads were from Halcraft, which you can find online or at Michaels.  I chose some of their beautiful agate and amazonite slices, cut points and rounds in fire crackle agate for the main beads and accented them with smaller rounds and rondelles.  It's very easy to put together also with easy knotting on waxed linen.
Ocean Moods Necklace

Look for Beadwork magazine online or in your favorite craft store.  It's chock full of great designs in stitched beading as well as a section on stringing (there are nine strung necklaces in this issue!).

Here it is in Beadwork in the "fast and fabulous" section:

Ocean Moods Necklace

Thanks for stopping by!