Google+ The Art of Friendly Plastic: January 2010

Sunday, January 31, 2010

Why Not? use Friendly Plastic for card making? by Dee Paramour

Why not use Friendly Plastic on your next hand made card?  Dee Paramour  is a freelance designer, illustrator and faux effects artist. Papercrafter, scrapbooker and just plain allsorts crafter. Contributing designer for Making Cards, and British papercraft company. Slightly cracked, but happy.

She says "Got out my friendly plastic and cookie cutters out for this card. The colours have gone a little odd, but it does I'm glad to say look better in real life, honest."

Well Dee...I think it looks beautiful!  Can't wait for you to share more of your work.

If you would like to see more of Dee's designs, visit her website at

See more of our Cardmaking and Papercrafting ideas in Friendly Plastic - Visit the links below

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Saturday, January 30, 2010

NEW FPTV Video! Using Push Molds and Friendly Plastic

I hope you enjoy the latest in the Friendly Plastic TV series. This technique was one of many we demonstrated at the recent CHA Winter Show in Anaheim, California.

For more information on how to color pellets - see our video on youtube.

To order pellets - click here.

We want to hear from you!!! Send us an email telling us your Friendly Plastic story!

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Friday, January 29, 2010

Bracelets and Bangles by Cheryl N

This lovely artwork comes courtesy of Cheryl N. who is an avid reader of the FP daily blog. She lives in Florida and is retired. She says she is enjoying some well deserved play time! These are so fun!!! Great Job and thank you for sharing these Cheryl!

Do you have a story to share??? Please email me! I'll feature you and I'll add you to the ever growing list of FP enthusiasts!

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Thursday, January 28, 2010


Tuesday, the production staff of When Creativity Knocks, Megan Arujo and I, taped a 3 minute demonstration using AMACO's newest product - Cloud Clay featuring the pasta machine. This segment will be available to view on the WCK website beginning February 12th - so cast your vote for us!! Check out their website for details!

The show this year was smaller than in years past. Even still this was an exciting show!

As for as trends - there was a big trend towards food crafts! Scrapbooking papers featured fun- food items, diecuts in cupcake and party food shapes. ProvoCraft debuted a fondant cutter - very similar to the Cricut machine. So look for fun, whimsical food shapes all the way from die cuts to jewelry charms. I guess this means I should cook??? Hmmmm...maybe I'll cook up some "chocolate" friendly plastic candy treats and fool my friends!

In Amaco's booth, Designers Michelle Zimmerman and Helen Bradley featured foodcrafts of their own as they created fun cupcakes in all sizes from Amaco's newest product release - Cloud Clay! This clay is soooooo light an airy - and when dry - well you honestly just can't take your hands off of it! For kids - it's like a "party in a package".

Initially it feels like a squishy stress ball but as it dries it becomes bouncy. Available in 7 colors with black and chocolate brown on their way! Air Dries fully in 24 hours.

For kid-friendly Project's featuring this brand new clay - see the latest issue of Pack-O-Fun magazine on your newstands now!

ATTN: Teachers, Camp Coordinators, Art Instructors, Girl and Boy Scout Troop leaders - Cloud Clay will have a blog and educational/social network center all its own soon! So keep checking back!

Beading and jewelry making seem to be an ever growing category with the attendees not being able to get enough! Designers such as Katie Hacker(Katydids) , Jill MacKay (Jill MacKay Collection) debuted their new signature lines. As always jewelry making is always a popular and less expensive way to accessories and dress up your fashions without alot of added it's fun too!

My latest book "Beading In No Time" by Cico Books was released. It's 178 pages of creative jewelry ranging from beginner to intermediate skill levels...and I am happy to say that YES! It does have some Friendly Plastic projects in it...along with a host of others! Click here for more Info

Inspired at Home held a live pajama party as well as a live radiocast of the show. Get all the details on their website:

CHA is really an overwhelming collection of creative talent! High five to the hundreds of designers who frantically worked long hours into the night to make this event successful for all the exhibitors in attendance!

Coming up in the next couple of days - a new FPTV video featuring pellets and molds. You wont want to miss it!

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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

CHA 2010 - It's a wrap

Congratulations to everyone who won one of the coveted etched glass awards!

Once again, CHA is behind us! BUT, for me at least, I left the show feeling very inspired! Here are a few highlights and some friends that visited the AMACO booth:

Terie Pauley - a brand spankin new artist to Friendly Plastic! And...get this...she WON BEST OF SHOW!!! and it was the first time entered the challenge....Terie even incorporated the hang tag with the Friendly Plastic logo into her design. Congratulations! We all look forward to seeing more of your work Terie.


Mylene Hillam an Austrialian Artist stopped by to say HI! She was invited to demonstrate her resin techniques in the Envirotex booth!


Jen Lowe demonstrates molding Friendly Plastic Pellets
Jana working with Fracture and Fusion....


Over all it was a very very good show for us designers as well as AMACO. I am excited to see Friendly Plastic spill over to the educational side of things and become available to schools for their art department. It's great to be a part of this educational process!

Now....YOU CAN HELP! We know that you want to see this product more readily available, so PLEASE! Send me your testimonials and locations - just a quick email. I will be keeping track of the interest and this will be instumental in the overall availablity of Friendly Plastic in the future. CLICK HERE ! to tell me your story!

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Monday, January 25, 2010

And the CHA 2010 Design Challenge Winners ARE!....




CATHY FRANK - (we just recently featured Cathy on the blog)





And last...but certainly not least....


Congratulations to all our winners! You will be contacted about receiving your beautiful
glass-etched award and check for $100!!! YEAH!!!!

Still have not had a chance to take many pictures - which I know is a big disappointment to you...but I will have photos of the butterflies - all the entries soon.

Thank you to everyone who participated! They really were amazing and I really loved seeing how each and every one of you used your talents to interpret the butterflies...

guess that will be something to look forward to huh?

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CHA Day 1

Well.....I didnt do so good on the picture taking today....I really was too busy! The day just flew by.

Jen WOWed everyone with colourizing pellets - (sorry no pic...bad me!) showing how to use alcohol inks, die cut and emboss with pellets..a real hit!

Jana continued her fracture and fusion series - always popular!

And I continued the pellet series with colourizing and using molds - pic!! I need more arms!

Before the show though I was able to sneak over to the ETI booth - makers of Envirotex, the clear resin that we use to make Friendly Plastic look like glass - and snap a couple of pictures they had using Friendly Plastic and Envirotex! Great Job Designers!


These ink pens were designed by Mylene Hillam - well known to the blog...great job Mylene!


Tomorrow we will have the reception which I am priveleged to emcee and the winners will be announced! Congratulations to all our participants!!!

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Saturday, January 23, 2010

A glimpse inside the CHA Show....

Set up days at CHA are hectic for everyone. There's forklifts and carts and pallettes and stuff to trip over - all over the place. It just amazes me to no end that this place will magically be transformed from a heaping pit of stuff everywhere to an elegant showroom of craft supplies, showcasing the talents of amazing designers in the industry and it's all done.....overnight!

Today when we walk in - we will see a transformation and loads of attendees eager to see the next best thing. Really - we think the next best thing is Friendly Plastic don't you?

Thought you might like a little preview into the booth.

Below is the background graphic featuring last years butterfly entries.

And this display features some of this years entries......I'll be showcasing all up close and personal soon! a little booth just off the corner of the AMACO booth is a ribbon distributor...and I couldnt help but think of Liz welch when I saw this fabric made up of selsor pressed just speaks "ooze"..... Liz - you would be in ribbon heaven!

Ideas are goin thru our heads when Jana finds this blingy ribbon.....Hmmm...wonder if they give samples????

So Jana, Jen and I are ready to go!! We just have one person missing and that's our dear FP friend Liz Welch. We wish she were here, that would make this whole experience complete! If you do come to the show, visit booth 2409 and you can view new images of Liz's work on a slide show at my table.......
Stay tuned - tomorrow will be highlights of day 1
Monday I'll announce the winners - and YES! I do know who they are! But...Im not tellin' but I will say that I'm very excited to be one of the presentors!
Tuesday is more highlights and happenings and Wednesday we walk the show to discover new product. So lots to stay tuned for! with the show!

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Friday, January 22, 2010


Whew!.....It's been a looonnngg day! Glad to be getting all settled in for the show!

This is the time of year that we designers crave.....seeing what's new...and what old products we can turn into new trendy ones. Loads and Loads of inspiration will just make your head spin wild and outta control!

I'll be blogging about the show each day! And try to let you know what's the buzz....

Remember to visit us at Amaco's booth 2409 as we will be demonstrating your favorite techniques such as Fracture & Fusion and Marbling along with a host of other's we've discovered over the past few months.

Monday is our Designer Challenge Reception at 11AM - we'd love to have you join us! Winners will be announced on the blog Monday....

Wednesday look forward to the "what's new report " as that will be the only time I have to actually scope the show out!..

So lots to do...better turn in...tomorrows another busy day!!

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Thursday, January 21, 2010

Earrings by Melani Meeker

Melani is a fairly "new" discovery. We showcase alot of necklaces, pendants and pins on the blog, but not many earrings. I love these earrings because they dangle and flow...but also because they are simply stated. Friendly Plastic earrings are light and easy to wear!
Melanie sells her artwork. For more information, contact her via email at:

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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

A sneak peek into CHA ....only 4 days away

I am proud to say, that I get to play host to Liz Welch's necklace and jewelry ensembles at CHA
this year! I sure wish Liz could attend...but if not in jewelry and in spirit of course! We will be demonstrating Friendly Plastic during the entire show at booth 2409 - so stop on by! And dont forget to join us at our Design Challenge Reception in the booth on Monday 11am! Stay tuned to the blog for the winners to be announced! Until then enjoy Liz's artwork! She writes:

I have finally got around to finishing up some pieces of jewellery in time to get them off to Linda for CHA, but I thought you might like to see them before they arrive at the show. I apologise in advance for the poor quality of the photos, but it has been so gloomy recently that the natural day light was not enough to illuminate the pieces properly and I ran out of time to get out my lights and do it all properly. Consequently what you see is my “record” shots that I keep so I know what I have been up to.

This is a necklace that I began in November by making the fabric beads.

The flower end caps are made of FP as are the tubeads and the round pink beads. The others are assorted bought beads.

This one is not going to CHA, it will stay at home with me! I used Linda’s Shimmer and Shine technique to create the design, but I added a few layers of resin adding decoration with each layer. The bezel is hammered and punched copper shim (I obviously had some aggression to work out on this one!)

The main components for this necklace and earring set you have seen in an earlier post. I used some curled wire embellishments with the addition of Friendly Plastic beads worked directly on to the curled wires. These curly wires compliment the curvy shapes of the inlay. For those who have not read my earlier post, the inlay is the waste bits of some Peel Offs.

They are coated in Envirotex Lite with added colouring in between the layers.

Earrings to match. The backs of the earrings are simply coloured using my foiling technique.

To be honest, I can’t remember if I sent this one or another I made that is a bit similar, but the thing to notice is the tubead which is made from recycled bits of FP coated in some strandy sort of glitter.

This is one that you might have seen in an earlier post, but I included it in the CHA package because it showed some different techniques.

I have inlaid natural shells into FP, pushing them in deeply so the plastic oozes up and around them.

This bead (part of the shell necklace above) demonstrates that I do occasionally succumb to the feathering technique, although I hardly ever use a comb because I like the random nature of my feathering. However if you like the quick and easy and very regular pattern that the combs make, then they are a ideal tool.

It has taken me almost a week to write this post and consequently I have forgotten the other things in the parcel that went to CHA! So I shall stop here and try to be better at posting next week. I have lots to tell you about, just not enough time to sit at the computer and write it all down.

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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

The Winter 2010 CHA tradeshow begins Sunday!

Are you ready? Im in panic mode...just making sure that Ive dotted my "t" and crossed my "eyes"....I feel like Im going crazy.

If you are planning to attend the show - please come see all of us at AMACO. Jana, Jen and I will be doing live demonstrations - working with, of course, Friendly Plastic but a lot of other exciting mediums!

Join us on Monday at 11am for a reception where we award the winners of the Open Design Challenge and remember those who lost their lives in the tragedy of the holocaust.

See you there in booth 2409...remember that's lucky!

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Monday, January 18, 2010

A sneak peek into AMACO's CHA demo's

It's crunch time! CHA begins this coming Sunday. So much to do and so little time!!!

Here's a sneak peek at one of the demo's Jen Lowe will be featuring at AMACO booth (#2409) - Friendly Plastic Pellets and molds....a great combination! (Let's give a little shout out to KRAFTY LADY TOO! Thanks to Kristine at Krafty Lady who has generously donated molds to demonstrate with!

Jen Lowe writes:

Hard to imagine that these are actually embellishments made from Friendly Plastic Pellets!!! Easy as 1 - 2 - 3!!!

1. Melt pellets in skillet. Add color, press into mold, cool

2. Tear hand made paper 2 1/2" x 4" and place on top of card. Place embellishment on top of that

3. Hand write your very own sentiment.

That last one is my favorite. How about you? Which one do you like the best? Mom will pick the cat, for sure!!!

Stop by the Amaco booth-2409 at CHA and I'll show you how to use Friendly Plastic Pellets, a large variety of colorants, and Krafty Lady molds to make quick easy embellishments for you cards and layouts.

I can hardly wait for the party to start!!!

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Sunday, January 17, 2010

CHA is just a week away! Come see us!

Couldn't say it better here's a post from Jen Lowe's Blog:

Linda, Jana and I are going to be in the Amaco booth at CHA, so come see us! I'll show you how to make these totally fun embellishments fit for any scrapbook project!

Obviously I just laid these on a piece of paper tonight.....who knows what I'll do with them! But I think they look just fine right here.

oh! these are made with Friendly Plastic pellets and Krafty Lady molds.

Let the pre-CHA fun begin!!!

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Saturday, January 16, 2010

Desire to Inspire? More Friendly Plastic designs from SueC and her students

Sue C is still at it....inspiring her students to creat with Friendly Plastic! She writes:
A couple of posts back I showed some friendly plastic atc's I had made for classes. I love working with it but am a Jill of all and master of none so my pieces reflect that.
I can't tell you how proud and amazed I am that I got a blog comment from.....the Queen of Friendly Plastic herself - yes Liz Welch - how cool is that. I feel so honoured that she even bothered to look at my blog never mind to leave a comment. I have met her a couple of times and she is so lovely to talk to. She even gave me a couple of her pieces that I showed the ladies this morning. I am so in awe watching her as she works.

This morning I carried on teaching friendly plastic and it was...friendly I mean...
and it did all I could have asked.
Here are Gill, Mu and Q happily working away. Q and Gill sing in a choir so there's always lots of singing going on when Q comes - this morning it was musicals, West Side Story, Carousel and Cabaret.

here's Gill's

and Mu's

and Q's

They did well especially as it was their first time. There will be more techniques for them next week.
I forgot to photograph Liz's pieces and they are at the shop but I will tomorrow. Liz, if you are reading this I still can't master the ooze technique so any tips for it I'd be most grateful.


Thank you Sue C for sharing all the talent on your blog!

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Friday, January 15, 2010

Friendly Plastic addicts worldwide - New Artist Feature Antonia Rozsa

Dear Linda,

First let me introduce myself, my name is Antonia Rozsa and I am from Hungary.

Have been interested in crafts for ages, I started with the salt dough, then came glass painting, decoupage and card making and then one day while I was browsing You Tube, I came across FP TV and fell in love with the material.

We can't get this " em planned!<>

I always try the things You and the others on the blog made, sometimes it works sometimes it doesn't. Of course I do have my own ideas too!

At the moment I would like to try out Pellets, but they are super expensive to have them from England and I am not a millionaire.

I would like to ask you to take a look at my creations, please remember I am a beginner!My web page with all the work I have done so far is: http://

www.szorgos-stuci.gportal.huI admire your work and every morning the first thing I do is to check out your newsletter.

Thank you for reading my letter.

Best wishes,


Thank you Antonia for sharing your talent and to think you do that all with a hairdryer is amazing.

The variety of heating methods makes this one of the most versatile mediums ever!

I would highly recommend that you check out more of Antonia's work along with all the different heating methods available. Unfortunately, since these are in a slide show I am unable to download or place them in the blog....but you won't be disappointed.

If you do not have access to a heat tool or griddle, the hot water method and oven method are wonderful and provide excellent alternatives - and to be quite honest they are among my favorites to use.

Antonia's website is written in hungarian - however if you look on the left side bar you will find a link to her Friendly Plastic work.

Yeah!! Another new addict joins us ....fortunately there is an available therapy...MORE FRIENDLY PLASTIC!

Who else wants to join the addiction?

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Totally Haute Handbags by Jana Ewy

Preparing for a cruise after CHA, Jana create a few handbags for formal nights. As she writes:
Here they are... I hope you enjoy looking at them as much as I did making them. If you will be at CHA... you can see them in person at Amaco's booth or you can find them along with the instructions, later this year in Haute Handbags magazine.

Friendly Plastic handbag

Jana is often a featured artist here on the blog - See all her other amazing designs!

Linda Peterson and Jana Ewy are compensated and endorsed by Amaco. Guest Artists featured on this blog may or may not be endorsed or compensated by Amaco.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

It's good to be SueC

Friendly Plastic is gaining popularity all over the world! Check out this recent blog post from SueC who lives in Spain with her husband, children, grandchildren and a couple of furry friends.

Had good fun yesterday trying out the friendly plastic for classes later this week and next.
The atc on the left is the new one I made and the one on the right is the one you have seen before.

Thought this looked like some exotic flower...

...but then again it could be Christmas trees....

These are Inga's pieces...

Sue's work is a mix of her favorite proucts to use and we are glad she chose Friendly Plastic as one of them. Check out more of Sues work on her blog at:

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Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Simply Stamped Friendly Plastic

One of the most frequently asked questions I have received is "is Friendly Plastic easy to use?" and the answer is...YES YES YES!

Let me give you a little personal side of me........personally.......

The past couple of weeks, I've been recovering from a major surgery.....everything went very very well...and Im feeling very well. It's amazing that in this day and age, major surgery can be performed in a day and you're back at home in your own bed by the evening. The problem with this kind of technology is that I felt TOO good...and I still feel "TOO" good, but I have to take it easy. My body isn't that good and is healing.

So that limits what I can do. I can however sit at a table and create. Mariah and I spent countless hours at the kitchen table creating a variety of things and one thing that hit me like a ton of bricks was "SIMPLE". We took simple images and created amazing contemporary greeting cards.

So what does this have to do with Friendly Plastic? It's "SIMPLE"... sometimes we get all caught up in the embellishments and how many techniques we can pile into one project that we forget "simple", "quick", "easy"...... This piece of jewelry is "simple" - simply a piece of Friendly Plastic heated, stamped, cooled, cut and then a little bit of Rub N' Buff on the highlights. A little bit of patina, some filagree and your done! Simple, easy and quick - you can have this pendant made in 30 minutes. How's that for a last minute gift or accessory.....

So remember the word of the day.....SIMPLE!....

I bet you'll create something "simply" amazing! SHOW ME!!!

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Monday, January 11, 2010

Friendly Plastic Worms??? You gotta see this!!!

It's happening on a daily basis - readers like you are sending me wonderful letters of inspiration and photos of your work.

Today's feature is Artist Cathy Frank. She says that after the holidays she always rewards herself with a little creative time. Several pieces of Friendly Plastic, resembling worms layed awaiting discovery on her workspace.

Cathy took advantage that"What IF??" moment and created these beautiful pendants that she calls "doodle pins"

You all never cease to amaze me!!!! These are beautiful and inspiring!!! Thanks Cathy!
To give one of these Doodle Pins a new home - email Cathy for more information.

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Sunday, January 10, 2010

Two Teenage girls and some Friendly Plastic

LOVE LOVE LOVE opening my email and getting letters and pictures like this - just makes my day!


I had a couple of teenage girls visit for about three hours and I just let them loose with a huge pile of FP.

I thought they would make the little wire ladies I had shown them, but no. They took that simple idea but made them larger, about four inches, and fancier with at least two layers each, plus the jewels.

Their next project was big barrettes for their long hair. These also were about four inches, and piled way high with FP. No detailed directions for theses girls, they just turned my large "clay only" toaster oven on, paying no attention to the temperature. They donned the heat resistant gloves I have, put their creations on non stick sheets on one of the tiles I use for clay, and watched thru the window until it looked melted and took it out.

The barrettes were just one baking. The dolls got two bakings, as after the first layer the wires were laid on and the second FP layer added. Then the girls mushed the plastic around with knitting needles dipped in cold water, and added the "jewels" and even some small glass tiles.

Apparently FP will take a lot of abuse when it comes to temperature, but I don't suppose you want people trying that method :-) I bet as these visitors come again, and find more and more things in my studio, their FP creations will become more and more out of the ordinary. They had never heard of FP, say nothing of the fact they had no clue what could, or could not, be done with it. It reminded me that we all need to remember to occasionally try to think about our art with such a clean slate, absent of knowledge and/or influence! ...


Cara's 4" pin lady has glass tiles and a bouquet. Love the dress pattern.
Marja's 4" jeweled toned jewel encrusted pin

Cara's lovely 4" barrette combo of leaves and flower

Marja's three toned 4" barrette

Well Girls - YOU DID AMAZING!!! And a big THANK YOU and shout out to Phyll for sharing their work!
Sometimes I believe we do "nothing" because we are afraid of failure. I find that true of myself sometimes...but then again, we have to remember that doing "nothing" produces "nothing" and we learn "nothing" and get "nothing" .
TIP: Just a friendly word though.....FP does create some brilliant barrettes...however please remember to cover them entirely with a durable two-part casting resin such as Envirotex Light. This will prevent them from melting in the warm summer months and entangling in hair.
Thanks to these girls for teaching us to just dive in and let go and explore. And here's a these cold wintery months, heat guns, toaster ovens are just an added plus to keeping you if you're going to use electricity anyways....why not get extra warm with Friendly Plastic?

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Saturday, January 9, 2010

More Tantalizing Jewelry from French Artist Karine Collignon

I was particulary inspired by this piece of Art Jewelry by Karine Collignon of . If you look closely you will see how delicately she integrates wire and glass into her design to create her unique style.

I am a personal fan of Karine's work. Friend her on Facebook and visit her site.

Karine's blog is written in French, but can easily be translated into English with google translate.

What will inspire you today?

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