July 19, 2014

Gemstone and Metal Blog Hop Reveal

Woot!  I have been waiting for this reveal for a long time.  It's going to be extra awesome! These talented jewelry artists were sent a variety of shapes and sizes of gemstones (one type of gemstone per person) and plated metal goodies. They were asked to create jewelry or other art using as many beads from the kit as possible.  Most of the beautiful gemstones for this hop are from ZnetShows.  Check out their retail gemstone selections: ZnetShows Gemstones

What did I create?  My favorite gemstone is jasper, so I used some awesome faceted Mookaite jasper ovals to create a metal link necklace with metal toggle clasp.  The clay pendant was given to me a long time ago.  It looks like it may be a Marsha Neal pendant, but I am not positive.  I am not very good at creating links with metal wire yet, so I am fairly pleased with how this turned out. I love pieces that have an "earthy" feel to them.

"Hidden Earth" Necklace by Pine Ridge Treasures

It just would not be a blog hop without a giveaway, right?  Leave a comment (by midnight EST July 26th) on this post and let me know what your favorite gemstone is and why. I will draw a name on July 27th.  The winner will receive a bead package from me full of special goodies!

Time to check out all the gemstone creations!
Your hostess:  Lisa Lodge, A Grateful Artist
Kim Dworak, Cianci Blue
Karen Grosset Grange, Ginkgo et Coquelicot
Veralynne Malone, Designed by Vera
Katrina Taylor, I Wanna Go Out
Ann Schroeder, Bead Love
Terri Wlaschin, Dances in Fog
Jo-Ann Woolverton, It's a Beadiful Creation
Kathy Zeigler Lindemer, Bay Moon Design
Heather Richter, Desert Jewelry Designs
Carolyn Lawson, Carolyn's Creations
Toltec  Jewels, Jewel School Friends
Melissa Trudinger, Bead Recipes
Shaiha Williams, Shaiha's Ramblings
Chris Eisenberg, Wanderware (May be delayed a few days)
Eleanor Burian Moore, The Charmed Life
Christine Stonefield, Sweet Girl Design

Robin Reed, Artistry HCBD
Laurie Vyselaar, Lefthand Jewelry
Cassi Renee Paslick, Beads: Rolling Downhill
Crystal Thain, Here Bead Dragons
Alicia Marinache, All the Pretty Things (May be delayed a few days)
Marde Lowe, FanciMarDesigns
Linda Anderson, From the Bead Board
Leithleach Alainn Seodra, Alainn Jewelry
Lisa E. Prewitt Knappenberger, LiRaysa Designs
Paige Maxim, Paige Maxim Designs

July 13, 2014

Gemstone and Metal Blog Hop Link List

Here is the UPDATED link list (7/18/14).  Please use this list in your blog posts - thank you!
Your hostess:  Lisa Lodge, A Grateful Artist
Kim Dworak, Cianci Blue
Karen Grosset Grange, Ginkgo et Coquelicot
Veralynne Malone, Designed by Vera
Katrina Taylor, I Wanna Go Out
Ann Schroeder, Bead Love
Kathleen Breeding, 99 Bottles of Beads on the Wall
Terri Wlaschin, Dances in Fog
Margaret Pelech, Big Margaret
Jo-Ann Woolverton, It's a Beadiful Creation
Kathy Zeigler Lindemer, Bay Moon Design
Heather Richter, Desert Jewelry Designs
Carolyn Lawson, Carolyn's Creations
Toltec  Jewels, Jewel School Friends
Melissa Trudinger, Bead Recipes
Shaiha Williams, Shaiha's Ramblings
Chris Eisenberg, Wanderware (May be delayed a few days)
Eleanor Burian Moore, The Charmed Life
Christine Stonefield, Sweet Girl Design

Robin Reed, Artistry HCBD
Laurie Vyselaar, Lefthand Jewelry
Cassi Renee Paslick, Beads: Rolling Downhill
Crystal Thain, Here Bead Dragons
Alicia Marinache, All the Pretty Things (May be delayed a few days)
Marde Lowe, FanciMarDesigns
Linda Anderson, From the Bead Board
Leithleach Alainn Seodra, Alainn Jewelry
Lisa E. Prewitt Knappenberger, LiRaysa Designs
Paige Maxim, Paige Maxim Designs

July 5, 2014

ZnetShows Summer 2014 Blog Hop and Creative Spark Magazine

I am one of the jewelry artists who has the awesome privilege of being on the ZnetShows Design Team. Periodically, we are asked to create jewelry using their nifty beads and findings.  

This "go round" we were all provided with a lovely selection of cultured seaglass.  We were asked to pick two colors.  I selected Pacific Blue and Desert Gold.  They added in a few extra colors for us as well, in this case - a lovely opaque purple and clear.  Of COURSE I started designing before I took a picture of all the beads (I always seem to do that...).  I get so excited that I dive right in.  Here is a picture that will give you a good representative sample of what I received: pretty sand dollar links, long barrels, cute fish pendants, little barrels, freeform rings and more.  Fun! 

For this round, the designers were asked to make one daytime (casual) design/set and one nighttime (dressy) design/set.

For my daytime set, I created a casual look that was very “beachy” and fun. The cultured seaglass sand dollars, metal shells and palm trees transport the wearer directly into a tropical vacation! The Tiaria crystal adds just the right amount of shine.

Daytime Set Item Numbers: 
Bracelet:  PMX7-B16, P23-B30S, S79-B161, RT250-57AB, P51-B16, M0179-AB, P49-B16, P49-B28, RS264-28AB, M0164-AB
Earrings: P23-B16, P23-B30S, M0179-AB

For my nighttime set, I created a more elegant look. The cultured seaglass anchors the piece with a beach flavor, while the Tiaria crystal and metal add sparkle and shine fit for a night on the town.


Nighttime Set Item Numbers:
Necklace: PMX7-B16, RT-250-57AB, S79-B161, S76-B01, RS183-121L, S74-B28, BDS1926-05, M0439-AS, M0443-AS
Earrings:  RT-250-57AB, S79-B161, M0439-AS, M0443-AS

Don't forget to check out the ZnetShows website.  They sell both in a retail and wholesale capacity.  ZnetShows

Here are direct links to their Cultured Sea Glass and Tiaria Chinese Crystal Beads

Be sure to check out the magazine (So excited - my first cover)!

Creative Spark Summer 2014

and the blog hop:

Blog Hop Participants: