August 25, 2013

Echo Creative Club August Reveal

Looking for the Summer Color Surprise Blog Hop Reveal?  Click here: http://gratefulartist.blogspot.com/2013/08/summer-color-surprise-blog-hop-reveal.html

I am so excited to be participating in the Echo Creative Club for 2013!


A big thank you to Jeannie Dukic for this opportunity. She sent me the most lovely selection of beads to work with. The bead that I am using for my August entry is this lovely blue aspen leaf:


Aspen Leaf 

I really had fun creating this bracelet! It pairs Jeannie's beautiful aspen leaf  with rich brown glass and fossil beads, gold heshi spacers, Czech glass, and beautiful lampwork.  The smaller sized mottled blue lampwork beads are by Art by Lisi (Lisa Anderson). The little gold plated leaf charm added just the right touch.  I made matching earring using Czech leaves as dangles.







I can't wait to see what lovely creations the other participants have made! Please take a look, and also stop by Jeannie's store Jewelry by Jeannie and check out her awesome selection of beads and jewelry.
  

August 24, 2013

Summer Color Surprise Blog Hop Reveal and Giveaway!

Welcome to the "Summer Color Surprise" Blog Hop! I can't wait to see what these talented ladies made!  Just a quick recap: each participant was sent a bead kit with a surprise color theme. Participants were instructed to use these beads in conjunction with other beads on their bead table (but not to purchase new beads). 

What did I make for the hop? I created a bracelet I call "Lilac Frolic". I am really getting into the purple shades lately. The bracelet includes includes a fuscia quartz focal bead, amethyst spears, Czech pearls, frosted white glass and pewter.  


Of course there is a giveaway!  Just leave one comment on this post (by midnight EST on August 31st, 2013) to be entered. US/Canada only, please. If you would consider joining my blog as well, I would be pleased as punch! What is the prize? A nifty bead mix consisting of goodies from my bead stash! I will draw a name on September 1st, 2013. Please make sure I have some way to reach you.

Now, please check out all of the jewelry awesomeness created by the participants:

Your Hostess: Lisa Lodge, A Grateful Artist

Chris Eisenberg, Wander Ware
Audrey Belanger, Dreams of an Absolution
Melissa Trudinger, Bead Recipes
Monique Urquhart, A Half-Baked Notion
Beti Horvath, Stringing Fool
Charlene Bausinger Jacka, Clay Space
Renetha Williams Stanziano, Lamplight Crafts
Leah Mifflin Tees, My Beady Little Eyes
Kathy Zeigler Lindemer, Bay Moon Design
Molly Alexander, Beautifully Broken Me
Alicia Marinache, All the Pretty Things
Laurie Vyselaar, Lefthand Jewelry
Eleanor Burian-Mohr, The Charmed Life
Julie Lockhart, Copar Aingeal
Dolores Rami, CraftyD's Creations
Elizabeth Bunn, Elizabeth Beads
Mowse Doyle, Mowse Made This
Veralynne Malone, Designed by Vera
Candida Elkins Castleberry, Spun Sugar Beadworks
Shaiha Williams, Shaiha's Ramblings
Christie Searle Murrow, Charis Designs Jewelry
Andrea Glick-Zenith, ZenithJade Creations

August 23, 2013

Into the Forest Blog Hop Sign Up (FULL) / Lampwork and Clay Hop Sign Up - still available

UPDATE: The Into the Forest Blog Hop is already full (that was fast)! There is STILL ROOM in the November 16th, 2013 Lampwork and Clay Blog Hop.  I have lovely artisan beads - mostly lampwork and a few clay kits.   Participants are asked to make something with the kit and add beads from their current stash if they wish (just don't go out and buy additional beads). If you want to sign up, leave a comment below and be sure to say Lampwork and Clay Hop, and your preference (lampwork or clay).


The "Into the Forest" Blog Hop will be January 11, 2014! (FULL)
Twenty people will create beautiful forest inspired jewelry! The hop kits will consist of a variety of materials such as Czech glass, clay, lampwork, art beads/pendants, and seed beads.







 

August 16, 2013

2013 Summer Color Surprise Blog Hop Link List

Participants: Please look over the link list and let me know as soon as possible if there is an error (I checked each link and they all work), or if you cannot participate for some reason. Thanks!  I am looking forward to seeing what you create! 



Your Hostess: Lisa Lodge, A Grateful Artist

Chris Eisenberg, Wander Ware
Audrey Belanger, Dreams of an Absolution
Mary Govaars, MLH Jewelry Designs
Melissa Trudinger, Bead Recipes
Monique Urquhart, A Half-Baked Notion
Beti Horvath, Stringing Fool
Charlene Bausinger Jacka, Clay Space
Renetha Williams Stanziano, Lamplight Crafts
Leah Mifflin Tees, My Beady Little Eyes
Kathy Zeigler Lindemer, Bay Moon Design
Molly Alexander, Beautifully Broken Me
Alicia Marinache, All the Pretty Things
Laurie Vyselaar, Lefthand Jewelry
Eleanor Burian-Mohr, The Charmed Life
Julie Lockhart, Copar Aingeal
Dolores Rami, CraftyD's Creations
Elizabeth Bunn, Elizabeth Beads
Mowse Doyle, Mowse Made This
Veralynne Malone, Designed by Vera
Candida Elkins Castleberry, Spun Sugar Beadworks
Shaiha Williams, Shaiha's Ramblings
Christie Searle Murrow, Charis Designs Jewelry
Andrea Glick-Zenith, ZenithJade Creations
 

August 3, 2013

Summer Color Inspiration Challenge

Sharyl McMillian-Nelson had a great idea for a Summer Challenge: provide floral photos bursting with color to inspire the participants! 

I chose palette #3:

#3:   periwinkle, berry, yellow, green

Here is my creation: A pair of earrings using awesome floral metal components by none other than Sharyl herself!  Periwinkle flower links with yellow centers.  The lime green opaque frosted Czech glass and the silver plated pewter frogs just "felt right" for these earrings!


Thanks to Sharyl for this fun challenge.  Check out her lovely Artfire store: Sharyl's Jewelry
 She is having a nifty 15% off sale this weekend (August 3-4, 2013) - use code FLOWERS15 for the discount!


Have a look at the fabulous jewelry made by the challenge participants: 

Sharyl McMillian-Nelson     Sharyl’s Jewelry    (Host)

Kashmira Patel   .....    Sadafulee...always in bloom! 
   
Lisa Lodge ....   A Grateful Artist 
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Tanty Sri Hartanti   ....   TJewellicious by Tanti      

Kathy Lindemer ....  Bay Moon Design    

Laren Dee Barton ... Laren Dee Designs      

Melissa Trudinger  ... Beadrecipes