Archive for September, 2008

Friday, September 26th, 2008

Friendly Plastic Open Challenge

AMACO just announced that they’re having a Friendly Plastic open challenge. Check out the challenge details here.

It’s an open challenge for general crafters as well as designers. Feel free to post this information on your own blog or any other appropriate forum. We can use the help getting the word out.

They’ll put all entries up on their website and the items themselves, depending on what they are, will be either auctioned off to raise money or donated. The more people that participate the better.

Among others, there’s a Bottle of Hope category with donations going to the Hasbro Children’s Hospital, and a Butterfly category with the butterflies going to the Holocaust Museum Houston.

The butterfly exhibit is scheduled for 2012. Can you imagine 1.5 million butterflies? Check here for more information about the Butterfly Project.

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Thursday, September 25th, 2008

It’s not easy being green

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I bought a big (to me) screen TV and was singing along with Wizard of Oz while pondering the brew project. Then my favorite character the beautifully green Wicked Witch of the West was before me in 31.5 inch HDTV widescreen glory. I wanted to BE her! I offer you this lovely lapel pin that isn’t a doorknob and which strangely looks a lot like me, but with green and oily skin.

From now on
I’ll be history,
I’ll be his…,
I’ll be history
And OT will glorify my name!
I will be a bust,
Be a bust,
Be a bust,
In the hall of fame!

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Now check around and see what the other OT members have “brewed” for you this month:

BeadStyle & Milwaukee’s heritage
Linda shares her Amber Bock Bracelet

Cindy Gimbrone aka Lampwork Diva
New Beads are Brewing…

Double, Double, Toil and Trouble…
Joolz by Lisa has a “Hairy” Twist on OT Brew.

The Art Bead Scene
Jennifer’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Bracelet

Brew’in up a few Witches
Witches born of glass

Strands of Beads
Something wicked is brewing at Melissa’s place

Alexa stirs it up with this retro witch wall hanging!

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Tuesday, September 16th, 2008

Another cover – and I’m hooked

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I am officially addicted to having my art appear on magazine covers.

I get such a trip from seeing my work there. This month, Get Creative in Australia has my 3D popup birthday cake card on the cover. I really hoped I would get this cover. The article was perfectly timed, it is the magazine’s birthday issue and this cake card is so wonderful.

While paper engineering isn’t my forte, this card came together so well and it really is a very smart design. It folds flat and then assembles with two pieces of double sided tape – how cool is that. It comes complete with its own built in candle! It features papers from the wonderful Sassafras Lass collection too.

If you’re in Australia, you’ll find it at good newsagents and Spotlight stores. Inside, in addition to a template and instructions for the card, I also have a rebuilt notebook project and a method for making cute scrunchy wire beads using packing peanuts.


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