Saturday, August 12, 2017

Free Resin Workshop!


Happy to announce that the resin class I originally created for CraftArtEDU is now available for free on my YouTube Channel! I hope you can share this news with anyone who wants to learn how to work with resin.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Trends We Noticed - July 2017



This is our monthly update to our extended Association for Creative Industries (AFCI); a more focused lens directed on what is topical and trending.

Each month I ask a group made up of designers, educators, authors and others to share their observations of trends that relate to our industry. I assemble the content and share it via my blog and through the CHA membership email.    

Here are our latest observations:

“I was at the latest AFCI convention in Salt Lake City and had the opportunity to see some of the newest designs in the paper-crafting world.  I see more and more dimensional paper crafts.  I am seeing cards that expand into items finished projects that stand up.  I love seeing the papers that can be folded into 3D items.  I really love shaker cards and was happy to see their return with Christmas themes.  Cute is still king.  The imagery that is cheerful and fun seemed to attract the most attention.  Cute animals are everywhere.  Unicorns never get old along with the traditional bears, deer, bears and mice.”
Carmi Cimicata
Social Media Manager for John Bead Corp. and ILOVERESIN.com

“Big turquoise earrings in funky geometric shapes.”
Katherine Swift
Owner, Resin Obsession, LLC

“What I am seeing: Llamas, whimsical and snarky stitcheries, yet more succulents, rose gold (still a hit) and hand-lettering everywhere. I admit to being hypnotized while watching Instagram videos of people writing words!”
Eileen Hull
Author, Artist and Adventurer
Licensed Designer for Sizzix and Clearsnap

“Brush Lettering!”  
(When Jennifer sent this message to me I wanted to say, YES, I agree.  I saw so much brush lettering at the AFCI convention.  I even did several make and takes using techniques that were new to me.)
Jennifer Tryon
Crafter's Companion

“I'm still seeing tons of succulents, pom-poms, and pineapples - everywhere! I am also still seeing a trend in geometric shapes in jewelry, paper crafting and home decor. Often these shapes are brightly colored, accented with foils or metallic - and copper is still going strong, followed by gold! Silver is on the outs right now, it seems. In paper crafts and home decor, a "watercolored" look prevails- soft, blended colors, sometimes accented with bold navy or black. And I still see hemp/burlap/rope accents on everything, from clothes to home decor to jewelry (so much macramé, too!) I, for one, am loving the trends of color, pattern and textures!”
Jenny Barnett Rohrs

“Embroidery hoops used in a variety of diy home décor projects, wreaths, dream catchers and embroidery itself, a resurgence of cute little projects.”
Debra Quartermain
Designer
Design & Social Media KuninGroup.com
2017 Chair AFCI Designer Section

1. Pouring acrylics- everywhere  (though some just look like poured mess😁)
2. Pineapples -  still! I saw them everywhere yesterday when I was shopping
3. Painting ceramics, paint parties
Roberta Birbaum
President, AFCI Canada

“Embroidery, embroidery and more embroidery. This trend is still going strong. From fashion to crafts and decor, embroidery is hot. Add ornate tassels, pompoms, boho patterns and it’s a party now. No slowing of this trend yet!”
Lisa Kettell
Chief Designer for LK Designs


Thursday, July 13, 2017

Digital Papers Become Wearable - With Marie Claire Idees


Delighted to show you a new bracelet today!
I bet you are wondering where the sweet summer imagery is from.


One of my favorite magazines has always been the french edition of Marie Claire Idees.
I first discovered the magazine on a trip to France and was so happy when they went digital allowing me to download every issue six times a year! 

This month they included some paper designs for DIY projects. 
I did not want to let the month go by without actually using them.


I copied the digital papers to an 8 1/2 x 11 paper template and shrunk them for jewelry sized projects.
(FYI - I do not sell my jewelry, so this is not a copyright issue.)


Once I printed my digital images I used a one inch circle punch to pop out the designs I liked.  
Then I ran them through my tiny X Xyron tool which adds adhesive to the back of each circle.


After sticking the punched images into my bezels I also sealed them with several layers of clear drying mod podge.  This protects the paper from stains when you pour resin.

I also pulled out my box of Ranger's Ice Resin.  
This is a kit and already comes with cups, stir sticks, yorkie caps and instruction.


Humidity is high right now.  I let my sealed bezels dry a full 24 hours before mixing a batch of 
Ice Resin.  I poured my resin into my bezels and had a perfect cure a day later.


Once cured, my resin looks like glass.
I simply attached my new bezels to a bracelet and it is now a much more exciting piece of jewelry.



This post written, designed and photographed by Carmi Cimicata.
Please do not repost any part of it without permission.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Resin and Cats Card Collection

I have never made such a bright and cheerful 
set of cat themed cards!


My cards began with one inch bezels that needed some paper imagery.


This is a British dogs and cats card making kit by Hunkydory.
(Purchased 4+ years ago)

I finally had an opportunity to open the kit and punch out some of the cats and words.
These I ran through my Xyron and adhered to the bezels.

The step you do not see is that after I glued my papers into the bezels I sealed with Mod Podge the papers 3 times.  I have several sealing demonstrations on this blog.

When the paper was properly sealed I also glued in some rhinestone chains and added glitter glue edges.


During summer humidity you might need to let every dry properly for 24+ hours.


When my bezels were completely dry I set up my resin pour.


I used Resin Obsession Super Clear for this project.



While my resin cured, I made my choices from the kit for the card bodies.


I had quite a few options, but I think these cat paw cards are so pretty.

I sewed my bezels to the card so the recipient can recycle them into their own projects.

Cards, resin and cats.  
A great combination.



This post written, designed and photographed by Carmi Cimicata. 
Please do not repost any part of it without permission.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Trends We Noticed - June 2017


This is our monthly update to our extended Craft & Hobby Association (CHA) family; a more focused lens directed on what is topical and trending.

Each month I ask a group made up of designers, educators, authors and others to share their observations of trends that relate to our industry. I assemble the content and share it via my blog and through the CHA membership email.    

Here are our latest observations:

“Since I am working full time in the DIY jewelry industry I tend to keep my eye on the major runway shows.  Haute couture runway shows always have extravagant and one of kind details that eventually gets distilled into mainstream fashion.  Huge floral embellishment, embroideries, graphic fabrics and quirky cartoony images continue to be added to clothing in what reminds me of mixed media collage.  I see tiny patches and brooches being grouped and placed on clothing so I’ll be focussed on accessory ideas with two – three components that can be attached together.”
Carmi Cimicata
Social Media Manager for John Bead Corp. and ILOVERESIN.com

"I have noticed that hair braids are big.  Sometimes they are only on one side of the head, but I have also seen a lot of Dutch braids that start by the forehead and completely braid every last strand of hair.  I think it's a very pretty trend."
Katherine Swift
Owner, Resin Obsession, LLC

“Wonder Woman is ramping up to be the hit movie of the summer and I am seeing the superhero theme trending in birthday party decor, costumes and cuffs and tiaras in DIY jewelry. Some fans are even taking it to the next level by sticking swords down the back of their dresses and the hashtag #wwgotyourback has gone viral on the internet. I bet the executive producers didn't anticipate that! Maybe we'll see swords as an icon or accent in future fashion designs.”
Kelly Panacci
Art Licensor and Founder of Kelly Panacci Inc.

“I'm seeing more of the same- cactus/succulents, geometric designs, watercolor splashes, fouled accents, boho chic, mandala designs and Pom-Pom trims!”
Jenny Barnett Rohrs

“Well hello Summertime! How does that look trend wise? Pineapple motifs are everywhere! Bright punchy yellows, lime green and pinks on towels, wall décor, rugs, clothing and pillows.”
Debra Quartermain
Designer
Design & Social Media KuninGroup.com
2017 Chair AFCI Designer Section

“Well, I have to say that I thought they'd have disappeared by now but the fidget spinners are still everywhere. Heck, I even own two!! See, I owned up!  
I actually saw one online that held a lip balm. What will they come up with next???
Tassels & Pompoms are still a hot item on necklaces & earrings...they're all over Charming Charlie shops nationwide in every color.
Lastly, in the makeup field "highlighting" kits & matte lipsticks are storming the industry. Works great if you're 12!!!”
Suze Weinberg
Designer

“Cool accessories! From eye glass frames to shoulder bags to bracelets to necklaces...fashion wise, it's all about how you make a personal statement through unique and often handmade accessories. “
Joe Rotella


Thursday, June 15, 2017

Sassy Smart Chokers


I have the two funnest designs to share with you.


These necklaces are going to be fun to wear this summer.


They feature artwork from Lisa's Altered Art, a favorite Etsy shop.



The John Bead Corp bezels are lined with rhinestone chain and filled with resin.
The chokers also feature Gutermann glass beads.


This post written, designed and photographed by Carmi Cimicata.
Please do not repost any part of it without permission.