Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Its Turtle Time once again...

Our little Tortoise family just increased. Six little babies emerged from their borrow the other day. Their shells measure only an inch from head to tail. They are so darling.

It was like an easter egg hunt, but much more difficult. As you can see they blend right in with the landscape.

They are all safe and sound in their own private playground, the turtle nursery. There they have plenty of food, water and several fun little shelters for them to take refuge in. It may seem silly... but we just love these guys. They are a joy to watch and care for.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Fracture & Fusion...

Getting ready for my Fracture & Fusion playshops was quite a job. Just look at this pile of Friendly plastic cut into perfect 1/4" strips. I wanted to make sure everyone would have enough time to really get the hang of the F&F, so I thought I would pre cut all the plastic into strips for them. It may take a week for my hands to recover. What was I thinking. I need to get a special die made, to make this process a little easier.

You can never have too many colored sheets to choose from, so I decided to lay out a few color coordinated strips in order to created a few F&F sheets to go along with the sheets my playmates will be creating.

Of course... once the all the strips were layed out I had to fuse them together. Can you tell I haven't taught in a really long time? Here I am practically making the projects for them. I have a hard time knowing when to stop. The truth is... I am really excited to teach again and I want everyone to be successful. So maybe I am doing a little too much. All the kits are make up and have been shipped off to Jen's house. I can't wait to see what the results will be and to share them you. I am sure there will be a lot of blogging going on, so be sure to check back here... and on the Friendly Plastic blog.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Three days left...

Time is flying by way too fast for me. I can't believe there is only three days left to get your entries in for the Surf and Sand design challenge. If you missed out on the details, here they are...

Surf and Sand... is the theme for the August/September Heart of Friendly Plastic Design Challenge.
As Summer draws to a close, I thought this would be a great time to share some treasures from the beach.
For this design challenge, create a 6" x 6" or smaller mixed media Greeting Card, using Friendly Plastic as the main visual element. Interpret the surf and sand theme as you see fit, and include as many other elements as you like. The deadline for this challenge is September 30th. Please send One photo of your finished card to me, at, with design challenge as the subject. Please include your name and address in the e-mail.
Grab your imagination and begin dreaming of your best beach vacation.

The entries will be posted on October 1st... at which time the voting will begin. Voting goes till Oct. 15th, and our winners will be announced on October 16th. Make sure you include your name and address with your entry. The winners will receive a nice stash of Friendly Plastic from Amaco, along with a special gift from me. So hurry and get your Cards in.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

The Friendly Plastic Supply Store...

I m so excited to announce the opening of my new Friendly Plastic supply store on etsy.

Along with the offerings of Friendly Plastic designer sticks and accessories, I will be introducing my technique tutorials and many more exciting surprises. I hope my little store will offer you an additional place to shop for Friendly Plastic related items, ideas and inspirations.

As a added bonus for the Grand Opening, I am offering Free Shipping on all orders within the US for the entire month of September. Hope to see you shopping...

Thursday, September 3, 2009

ButterFlies Flutter by...

Looking for an idea or inspiration on a Butterfly project, for the 2010 design challenge hosted by AMACO? Well, here is a small offering to spark your imagination. Tear-drop shaped pieces of Friendly Plastic have been attached to a beautiful brass filigree Butterfly. It is simple, yet elegant and can become a necklace, bracelet, or even a brooch.

Let your creative flow... try this same concept with marbled Friendly Plastic, or inlay pieces one on top of the other. How about making an impression into the plastic and creating a Friendly Plastic filigree Butterfly? Hope this has helped to get your creative wheels turning. Be sure to check out the AMACO site as well as the Friendly Plastic blog for more ideas and information on the 2010 Design Challenge.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Belle Armoire Jewelry... fall issue

I can hardly believe it is September... although I am looking forward to the cooler days that the fall season will bring.
And the first arrival of the season was my fall issue of Belle Armoire Jewelry. What a wealth of inspiration... page after page of fabulous jewelry designs to get your creative wheels turning. There is something for everyone.

The Friendly Plastic designs in this issue feature my "SPLASH" technique, with a vintage touch. If you love the vintage look, then this may be a project for you to try. With step by step photos and instructions, the beautiful pendants are easy to re-create. For the wonderful brass filigree findings, head right over to and do some shopping. Their selection is huge, and the idea gallery is nothing short of amazing.

The Friendly Plastic article titled a Splash of Vintage Elegance, is six glorious pages of FP ideas and inspiration, be sure to pick up a copy while supplies last.

And don't forget to head over to Vintaj for even more inspiration.