Thursday, April 30, 2015

ArtJewelryElements April Component of the Month Challenge!

Hi everyone!
I am writing today about a wonderful Challenge sponsored by ArtJewelryElements.

Each month, one of the lovely and very talented AJE Artists makes a special batch of hand-made components for their Team plus a few lucky guests to create with.  I was super-surprised to be included as a guest participant this month.  AND, it was such a treat since this CoM was made by one of my all-time favorite Artists, Rebekah Payne of Tree Wings Studio.  Truly, I was giddy and there was a little squeal of glee!

So, what did I do with this lovely bead delight?  After lots of experimenting, I decided to keep-it-simple.  Rebekah's creative heart bead has a lovely shape, a rich gorgeous sheen and loads of texture that needed very little enhancement.  I definitely did not want to detract from any of those wonderful qualities.  Plus, since this creation would be staying with me (yup, this one is all mine!), I wanted to be true to the style of jewelry I love to wear...a bit sparkly, love bracelets (never leave home without one!), a little 'girly' and classic.

Keeping to my plan and goals, here is what I created..and I love love love it.  I think we should call this the 'Be True' bracelet:

Thank you Rebekah and AJE!

Please do head over to AJE to see what everyone made for their April CoM Challenge!..that's where I'm going, right now...whoosh...

(PS: sorry I am a bit late posting today...Mom's apartment flooded!  We've been trying to dry things and help-out there as much as possible.  Water sure does move fast and makes a huge mess.  Things should be back-to-normal by tomorrow..thank goodness.  It's a lot for an 85 yr old to 'deal with' alone)

Sunday, April 26, 2015

A few months ago, I had the honor of participating in a wonderful Hop spondored by Carmi Cimicata of I Love Resin.  Carmi sent everyone 2 of these really cool components to fill as we wished with resin or epoxy clay...and the rest was up to our imaginations!  

Here are all of the pieces created as a result of this fabulous event:

My little heart is in 5th column, 4th one down from the top...the little origami flowers (some floating) with a tiny silver hammered heart and extra dashes of glittery gold..all embedded in lovely crystal-clear resin.  

Aren't all of these creations gorgeous!?!  It's amazing how 25 talented artist imagined and created so differently!

Many thanks to Carmi!
Hi everyone!  I wanted to share a cute little bracelet and earrings set I made for Pine Ridge Studios 'Hurrah for Spring' Challenge.  I used an artisan bead in similar tones, sent to me from Genea Beads (thank you, Genea!)

The cool refreshing minty-green crystals are just beautiful and sparkly.  Those petite, frosty-blue glass beads remind me of new dewy Spring Bluebells that are popping-up in flowerbeds right about now.  I couldn't resist using the pretty little brass stars that came along with the Challenge kit.  They are so sweet, don't you think so?

This set is so fresh and light-hearted...I may need to wear them tomorrow!
Thanks for reading,