Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Entangled in Zentangle and Friendly Plastic

"ZENTANGLE".....that name is fun to say!  But what is it?  Well....that's what I wanted to know when I listened into last Sunday's Inspired at Home Radio show.  Suzanne McNeill of Design Originals was a guest speaking about two of her latest books on that very subject.

Simply put..Zentangle is a higher form of doodle art!  It's perfect for those of you who tell me that you dont have a creative bone in your body or for those of you who say you can't draw.  But it does involve a bit more than that. It involves the whole creative process of sinking yourself into creativity and just letting your thoughts flow.  It's a huge stress reliever and requires no thought process.  It's done in pen and ink - so there are no mistakes and no erasing.  It's a journey thru know  - life, when you make mistakes, want to erase them but you can't so you find another way around the obstacle....that kind of thought process.  It's discovery....

So....after the show I went to Design Originals website and ordered both books.  Being the impatient person that I am (and Im working on that....) I didnt want to wait for the books to arrive...I wanted to dive in!  So I did.  And naturally I can I combine this process of Zentangle ....with Friendly Plastic...

I struggled with a few ideas, made alot of mistakes and had some not so happy flops...but the journey led me to this...and while it may not be true was a creative process that I will be developing as the days go by........

 This is a bead that I made with Friendly Plastic sticks and pellets combined.  And it was loads of fun...not a quick process but it was a fun discovery.

Next, I decided to keep the plastic flat, rather than develop it into a bead.  This design was inspired by Moorcroft Pottery and a trip I took to their factory back in April 2008.

Details on how to create Zentangled beads will be featured in our next FPTV video - which will be taped tomorrow and hopefully live on Friday.

In the meantime, you can listen to the archived Inspired at home radio show by clicking here.

Here are other relative links:

Suzanne McNeill's blog:
Inspired at Home:
Cool2Craft :  and
Linda Peterson Designs:


Now.....get entagled in Zentangle!!!
Linda Peterson is compensated and endorsed by AMACO. The guests features may or may not have any affiliation with AMACO.

Saturday, February 13, 2010


It's time for the GREAT CRAFTER's TOOL HUNT 2!!!  And I need your help and your vote!  Amaco was invited to participate using a brand new product called Cloud Clay!  It's an airdry clay that literally "stretches beyond your imagination".  I call it a "party in a package" because there is no way you can handle this clay and not just feel good....its like those wonderful squishy stress balls...except you can shape it!  It bounces and its as light as a feather - or in this case - a cloud!

So here's the details:

When Creativity Knocks is once again sponsoring the Great Crafter’s Tool Hunt.  AMACO is a participant and needs your vote!
This online, reality-based craft show merges the generational gap and combines crafters and creative minds of all disciplines. Expert Designer Ana Araujo and Host Megan Araujo, along with a variety of guests, bring weekly creative projects featuring a variety of mediums.  
Ana Araujo headed to the Craft & Hobby Association’s Winter Trade Show in Anaheim looking for something new, something cool and something that she – and WCK viewers – can’t live without!  During the Show, WCK taped 13 segments for the Great Crafter’s Tools Hunt 2.  Each of the segments will be featured in “The WCK Great Crafter’s Tool Hunt” on  When Creativity Viewers will vote for their favorite tool, and the winning manufacturer will win a free episode on When Creativity Knocks, valued at $750.00.
Beginning February 12th, you'll be able to view all of the tools in the second Great Crafter's Tool Hunt and cast your vote! 

To vote for AMACO (and me), follow these simple steps:
  • Go to the WCK Website at When Creativity
  • LOGIN* and register (to login in on the WCK site, answer the math problem. (example: 12-3= login answer is 9).
  • Click on the tool video you want to watch.
  • Next to the TV screen will be a voting box. Click on the voting box to register your vote.
  • Voting closes at 12 midnight (PST) on February 21s.t
  • One lucky crafter will win all of the tools in the hunt!
Vote for AMACO’s Cloud Clay™ and Pasta Machine tools today!

Friday, February 12, 2010


Whoever says that it's not Cool to Craft just doesn't know what cool is!   And with that said...- whew! got that off my chest! - Mark your calendars for March 1st at 12 pm (that's 11am central, 10 am mountain, 9am pacific, 5PM in the UK,  3AM on the 2nd if you're in Australia) ..that's just two short weeks away!! 

COOL2CRAFT will launch it's next season of crafting tv on the web - LIVE with host Tiffany Windsor!  So join me along with Crafty Chica, Maria Nerius and others on a fun "craft jam on the web cam".  You can talk live with all of us via your webcam or just chat in the room with other crafty souls.

If you can't make it don't sweat it!  The show will be archived so you can view it on your own your jammies...or just whenever the creative mood strikes you!

This will be soooo much fun! and even more fun if you join us!

Saturday, February 6, 2010

February 's Project of the Month - The love bug bear

Just a quick note - February's project is up on the members only blog and ready for download...

Enjoy this month's project!!!

Wednesday, February 3, 2010


I just returned home from CHA with a copy of my newest book - BEADING IN NO TIME!  I'm so excited about this!!  It's due to be released in March.

A special shout out and thank you to my friends at
for providing me with the absolutely fabulous CRYSTALLIZED™ - Swarovski Elements  you will see featured in this book.

The CRYSTALLIZED™ leaf pendant becomes the focal for this classy handbag charm. Check out the full line of leaf pendants by clicking here.

Make these earrings in a flash with non-tarnish silver wire and add a touch of bling with the dainty Swarovski beads that adorn these earrings.  Lots of sizes and colors to choose from by clicking here.

RESERVE YOUR COPY OF "BEADING IN NO TIME" TODAY for $24.99.  Just simply drop me an email.  As a debut special, I'll autograph it and pay the shipping.   This is a RESERVE special which is only good thru February 2010. US ONLY - if you are international I will have to add an additional $12.95 shipping.

While you're waiting on the book to sure to head over to ARTBEADS for a little retail therapy!

Disclosure...As a reviewer of products at, I receive the Swarovski crystal elements in the above projects free of charge. I have been asked to review these products and give my honest opinion of the products whether they be positive or negative. I am not  compensated by for my endorsement as it pertains to the products received and reviewed.

Monday, February 1, 2010


You can help bring Carol Duvall back to CRAFT TV! Believe me, she misses all of us as much as we miss her!

Drop her an email at: and tell her how much she's missed.  You'll receive exciting news about her new adventure!  Next - tell your friends to email too!

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