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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Simply Pretty Stuff Workshop In The News In Ligonier, PA

Stone Infusion Gem and Jewelry Workshop In The News At Allegory Gallery, Ligonier, PA

A few weekends ago I was lucky enough to hold one of my workshops at The Allegory Gallery in Ligonier, PA.  Students learned how to make, or replicate, mineral and gem pieces, and create costume jewelry pieces in some wonderful texture and color combinations. By using Amazing Crafting Products, the group made molds, colored and used special resins and paint with pearly mica powders, like alumidust, to make pieces like these.






While we were busy working, we had a visit from the local newspaper photographer.  That was tons of fun.  You can see the article and picture at the following link...


Here are a few pictures of the students and their awesome work!










Wednesday, August 20, 2014

The Altered Doll Meet Up

Altered Dolls: The Firefly Girls
A Meet and Greet, So To Speak


This has been a meeting in the making for quite some time now, where East girls drive West, and Northern girls drive South to connect in a Pennsylvania town, rich with both history and art, at the foothills of the Laurel Mountains.

I met up with my two art sisters, Kat Stromecki and Deb Petronio from the East Aurora area of NY in Ligonier, PA, for a weekend of catch up and to share a project that we all had been working on.


Deb generally enjoys the art of altering object,s giving them a bit of Steampunk flair.  Kat enjoys collage and journaling, with a personal interest in creating one's life stories on paper.  Here are some samples of their work...

Deb










Kat











Several months ago, Kat sent us Ebay "Donna Dolls" so that we could have at it for giving them a new home and personality.  The challenge was to complete our makeovers and meet up for the unveiling of our three altered girls, The Firefly Girls, for the very first time. Here they are!




The girls were all very different and, as far as we could tell, all had a very good time.  So did the grown up art girls for sure : -)  Here are a few more candid shots of the weekend in Ligonier, PA!







Filling Shotgun Shells with AMAZING Colors and Resin Layers

Filling Shotgun Shells with AMAZING Colors and Resin Layers



Hi everyone! Here with another fun tutorial as part of the Amazing Crafting Product Design Team– this time using Amazing Crafting Products casting resins. I recycle and use shotgun shells in some of my creative mixed media designs, which make perfect bezels for this project.

I thought I would add a bit of colored Amazing Casting Resin, followed with a doming layer of Amazing Clear Cast Resin, to sandwich a pretty little heart between the layers in a bezel. I love how the colored resin provides a beautiful background for my brass charms and rhinestone pieces. Take a look at a few of these samples, then watch the video below for complete instructions for making the shotgun shell heart ring.


Layering and Filling Shotgun Shell Bezels with
Amazing Casting Resins and Colorant... a video tutorial.


Trouble viewing the video???
Please CLICK HERE to jump and view on YouTube.

Things you will need to make this project include: Amazing Clear Cast Resin (clear doming resin); Amazing Casting Resin (fast setting opaque resin); Alumilite Dye (your choice of colors); ring or pendant bezel; wooden jig or clothes pins (2); and a small charm to fit the bezel.


What items would you embed
and a recycled shotgun bezel?

I look forward to creating other precious gems using Amazing Crafting Products, and would love if you would let us know how this technique works for you too! Please share what you make with Amazing Crafting Products on our website in the User Gallery.


Monday, August 11, 2014

A Shared "Heart For Art" Project Between Pennsylvania's Allegory Gallery and Simply Pretty Stuff

Shared Heart For Art


I really enjoy my art journey which has connected me with so many others, outside of my already EXTRAORDINARY universe of family and friends.

One cherished friendship, forged since this awesome art journey of mine began, was with artist, writer, and the mojo behind The Allegory Gallery, in Ligonier, PA, Andrew Thornton.

Do you know how it is sometimes, when you think that somewhere, somehow, you already know a person, but yet you've just met?  That has happened with several art friends, and to this list add Andrew, and later, his partner Will.  

A couple years ago Andrew hosted artist Gail Crossman Moore in his studio for some workshops and show.  I had always admired her enamel work and thought I would sign up.  I did, met Andrew, and took the class with Gail.  Everything clicked.  Gail and I are now treasured art sisters, and because of that workshop day, I also met another kindred art soul who lives in my own back yard, Carol Dee Wingfield Myers.  

My universe has grown oh, so much, and such wonderful, fabulous, and exciting new ways.

So far, this little story has been heartfelt and heartastic.  However, there is a real artful heart piece here too.  During one of our visits, Andrew gifted me a handheld polymer heart.  It was sculpted and painted, and I knew it would come to have a greater artful purpose.  

We plotted exchange!  Alter the heart, then give it back.  Alter it again and return it.  Volley the heart and create, create, create.  How fun is that? 

So far, we began with a painted polymer sculpture, cold connected a simple piece, played with more polymer clay and a taxidermy style eye, added a hand, molded with Amazing Mold Rubber, colorants and Casting Resin, accented with a 20 gauge shotgun shell, and attached a few blonde ringlets.  


 And I can't wait to see what happens when we meet again.

How are you connected to the people in YOUR universe?  Maybe share a heartful, artful, project of your own... :-)




Tuesday, August 5, 2014

AMAZING Fabulous Faux's

Fabulous Faux Gem's Using Amazing Mold Putty and Casting Resin

Hello everyone! Lynne Suprock here, loving life with my new Amazing Casting Resin and Amazing Mold Putty from Amazing Crafting Products


With all the choices of additives to create shimmer, like the Alumidust powders, Alumilite Dyes and Metallic Powders from Amazing Crafting Products – I just can't seem to make up my mind as to what combinations to use... so I lost control! That said, I just decided to have brilliant fun, making all of these in a few evenings.

Can you spot the REAL gem jewelry
pieces in each of the rows?


Happy Crafting! 

Please visit my blog "Simply Pretty Stuff" to see more of my creations. Lynne
CLICK HERE to view my upcoming workshop schedule where you can join me in person.
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Sunday, July 27, 2014

Hilton Head Getaway

Hilton Head, South Carolina
Memory Making Then And Now

My husband and I have been making memories for many years along the South Carolina shoreline.  We first visited Hilton Head in 1986, with baby in tow.  Those were some of the best memories as firsts....

Fast forward to 2014 and we are there yet another year.  Some loved ones however, sadly now missing.....others find themselves there for the first time.   Our baby grew up, married, and now has his own precious baby boy! What fun to have brand new generation grandson at the beach and to see the wonder in his eyes, just as we saw in his dad's eyes all those years ago! 

Even though the formula evolved, fun, love and laughter (and plenty of good food) are constant variables.  And... this time in SC, it was even a summer for having a short, but sweet, visit with a treasured friend.  hehe...she is the one with the tiara in the video!!

Vacations and getaways are wonderful and cherished.  Memories made are kept forever in the hearts of all those lucky enough to share them.  

Take a moment and let me share some of the highlights from our vacation with family this year.  There is a particular blonde, curly haired fellow that steals the show... and, oh yeah, a "mature" woman who still can rock a two piece.  ; )  

Hoping you too had the opportunity to enjoy some memory making of your own this summer... 

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Cargo Vessel Necklace Featured In Belle Armoire Jewelry Magazine

Whimsical Cargo Necklace To Be Featured In The Fall 2014 Belle Armoire Jewelry Magazine




The Expression "woot" just doesn't do it here!  I think these look so very fabulous, and I am so, so lucky to have the team at Stampington think so too.   

These necklaces were sooooo much fun to make.  They are made from recycled materials and I know everyone will be surprised to find out exactly what I used.

Preorder your Fall 2014 issue of Belle Armoire Jewelry today at  www.stampington.com


Painting With Pearls

Sharing some inspiration for everyone... painting Amazing Crafting Products molds and castings with Jacquard Pearl Ex Pigments {or Alumilite Metallic Powders and Alumidust}!


I must admit, I am not a painter. It is something that I want to do better – but have not had the opportunity to work at much to mark improvement. However, I do love painting my Amazing Mold Putty impressions with Pearl Ex because it gives instant gratification to this wannabe painter! It is as foolproof as using a coloring book, and coloring in the lines. Ahhh! Gorgeous success.


Here are some of my pieces that were easy to "color" and fill with resin and which make a pretty bracelet. A bit more color with metal paste was also added to make things pop! 


Happy Crafting! 



CLICK HERE to view my upcoming workshop schedule where you can join me in person.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Faux Gems and Stones!!

Stone Infused Gems and Jewelry

Come to the foothills of the Appalacian Mountains to Ligonier, PA.
I will be teaching an all new Stone Infusion Jewelry workshop in this most special and serene place.  

There are so many fine boutiques and places to get a bit to eat there.  It is a beautiful place to visit, indeed!  A wonderful Saturday Market happens where local farmers bring their produce, jams and honey, bakers show off gluten free morsels, and local artists sell their beautiful, beautiful pieces.

Join me, won't you for three hours of gem building techniques...





Stone Infused Gems and Jewelry Workshop
When:  Saturday, August 9, 2014
Where:  Allegory Gallery
Time:  1 PM to 4 PM
Cost: $55.00 and $5.00 kit fee for supplies

Contact shop proprietor, Andrew Thornton, to register or for more information about this event:

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Book Necklaces and Sea Glass Workshops 
at Cricket Manor in Frederick, MD

So lucky to be welcomed by the scenic surrounds and hospitality of the historic Cricket Manor in August.  Join me, won't you for a wonderful creative weekend!

When you arrive at Cricket Manor, nature blossoms and hectic schedules melt away.  How divine!










I will be teaching the following workshops at Cricket Manor, listed below.  If you are interested in attending any one of them, or all three, please contact Deb via email at  Deborahgemmill@comcast.net
or call 717-418-3379 for more information!

Homespun Journal Pendants 
by Instructor,  Lynne Suprock
At Cricket Manor, Frederick, MD
10 AM to 4 PM Saturday, Aug 2, 2014

Local Workshop Fee $55.00
Kit Fee $15.00 per student



These adorable little house necklace were featured in the 2014 Winter issue of a Cloth Paper ScissorsPublication, PAGES.  Participate in this step by step workshop to make one of your own, using textured stamps, special epoxy resin, and paint.  Also try your hand at creating a  perfect book bind with cheesecloth spine, and complete the front cover with a Victorian image, set behind antiqued faux mirrored glass.  All this during a one day workshop. 



Sea Glass Charms 
by Instructor, Lynne Suprock
 At Cricket Manor
10 AM to NOON, Sunday, August 3, 2014

Local Workshop Fee  $25.00   
Kit Fee $7.00 per student

 

These thrown away piece of bottle or jar glass have been tumbled by the sea to reveal a free form and soft glass that become beautiful charms.  Love them plain or choose your favorite stamps to personalize two gems.  Learn how to drill the glass, and seal.  How wonderful these would look on a necklace or bracelet! This is a two hour workshop.