Friday, December 30, 2011

Artist Profile Of November Nights Winner Susana Kunzli

Susana Kunzli and her beautiful wire knitted and beaded necklace set has won Beadaholique's November Nights beading contest. Congratulation Susana! Here is the winning entry "Black Cameo": 


We wanted to find out more about Susana so we asked her to share with us a little about herself: 

I am a retired hair stylist now so I have lots of time to pursue my hobbies which are oil painting, knitting, and now, jewelry making. I became interested in jewelry making about 3 years ago after I was making a beaded purse and wanted to add some beads to it and didn't know how. That was when I discovered this great beading site on the internet and I started to make necklaces from their tutorials. The necklace that I entered in your contest is my own creation made from materials that I bought at Beadaholique, that's why I was so excited when I was picked as one of the finalists. 

                                    


Thank you to everyone who entered and voted in our November Nights beading contest. Instead of having a beading contest for December, we are hosting The 12 Giveaways of Christmas. This is a great opportunity to win one of twelve great giveaways worth at least $50 each. We will have more beading contests in the new year!





Wednesday, December 28, 2011

BTW: Beading Table Wednesday 12/28/11

This is my last Beading Table Wednesday of 2011! Wow, what a year it has been and what a lot of projects have been made. Today I am tackling a challenge - do something unique and creative with Tila Beads. I have just started this project and have actually taken some Tila beads that I had on my table and am working on ways of connecting them in a net-like fashion. Now that I have an idea of my pattern, I am going to go and get some of the new colors of Tila Beads just available and work up the actual bracelet. I am thinking mustard yellow with turquoise accents. Wish me luck!

- Julie 

Friday, December 23, 2011

Thank You and Happy Holidays

Around this time of year, we get so caught up in the hustle and bustle of the holiday that we don't stop to think about all of the people who got us here.  So we at Beadaholique want to  pause for a moment, and say thank you to all our blog followers, Facebook fans, customers, and friends. Thank you for sharing your projects and stories throughout the year and thank you for inspiring us to keep doing what we love doing.

This holiday season was the first time we hosted The 12 Giveaways of Christmas, and it was so much fun for us. We loved reading the comments and seeing your genuine enthusiasm for jewelry making. It feels good to be part of such an amazing group of individuals who share a common passion. Thank you for writing those comments and sharing your excitement with others. If you happen to be one of the lucky winners, we hope you will send us photos of what you make and then we can share those with others to help feed their creativity too.

As 2011 quickly comes to a close, we are so thankful for all of you for making this a wonderful year of friendship, laughter, and inspiration. We can't wait to see what 2012 brings!

Happy Holidays from our family to yours,

The Beadaholique Team

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Congratulations To All Our Winners!

Thank you to everyone who commented and entered into our 12 Giveaways of Christmas!

Here are our lucky winners:

Giveaway #1 Beginners Tool Kit: Deb H. of Oregon
Giveaway #2 Tierracast Toggles, Pendants, and More : Karin V. H. of Germany
Giveaway #3 An Abundance of Czech Glass Beads: Julie B. of New Mexico
Giveaway #4 Complete Kumihimo Starter Kit: Jackie S. of Washington State
Giveaway #5 Mixed Media Extravaganza: Kimberly S. of Illinois
Giveaway #6 Nunn Design Giveaway: Kathy D. of Arizona
Giveaway #7 Sensational Bead Embroidery Book and Supplies: Maria M. of Greece
Giveaway #8 Gorgeous Gemstones: Deb L. of Oklahoma
Giveaway #9 Inspiring Ice Resin: Beth C. of Texas
Giveaway #10 Beautiful Vintaj Brass: Susan C. of North Carolina
Giveaway #11 Deluxe Jewelry Making Tool Kit: Diane G. of California
Giveaway #12 The Ultimate Swarovski Giveaway: Grace L. of Maine

Congratulations to everyone!  We will be bringing more contests and giveaways to you in the New Year.

Have a wonderful holiday season.

- Julie, Sarah and everybody at Beadaholique

Monday, December 19, 2011

Giveaway #12: ENDED! The Ultimate Swarovski Giveaway!

This is the big one! You knew we had to do something grand to wrap up our 12 Giveaways of Christmas, and what is more spectacular then beautiful Swarovski Crystals? These precision cut crystal elements are of the highest quality and their brilliance and clarity is unmatched. Use these crystal beads, pendants, rivolis and crystal pearls to make timelessly elegant pieces of jewelry and treasured keepsakes.

There are over 40 different kinds of Swarovski crystal pieces here - ranging from the amazing crystal helix pendant (complete with sterling silver bail) to cosmic rings, rivolis, pearls, bicones, rounds, cubes, margaritas, navette, pear, baroque and snowflake pendants, wild hearts and more! You get everything you see in the photo, plus some extras, if you win this giveaway (except we're keeping the dishes)!

Estimated retail prize value: Over $250 worth of Swarovski Crystals Elements!

To enter, post a comment to this blog post NOW! Giveaway ends on Wednesday Dec. 21st at 4pm PDT. Winner will be chosen at random. 

Remember, only one comment per person per giveaway, and please do not comment anonymously if you want to win! You can comment on as many giveaways as you like, but you can only win 1 Beadaholique giveaway every 2 months. Visit Beadaholique's official 12 Giveaways of Christmas page for even more details. For a complete list of terms and conditions, please click here

Friday, December 16, 2011

Giveaway #11: ENDED! Deluxe Jewelry Making Tool Kit by Beadsmith



If you win this giveaway, say goodbye to your worn out or cheapy beginner tools!  You will be using an all new Deluxe kit containing high quality precision jewelry-making pliers, cutters, and more. Having the right tools is a must for creating beautiful pieces of jewelry. Thanks to Ronnie at Beadsmith for providing this beautiful set!

 


Included in a lovely zippered carrying case are:  

1   Pair of Chain Nose Pliers - Tips are 1mm wide
1 Pair of Round Nose Pliers - Tips are 1mm wide
1 Pair of Side Cutters (not suitable for memory wire)
1 Nylon Jaw Flat Nose Plier - Tips are 7mm wide
1 Crimping Plier (regular size, ideal for 1x2 and 2x2 crimp beads)
1 Knot Cutter - thread and string cutter
1 Knotting Tweezer 

1 Split Ring Tweezer
1 ScoopEEZ, a handy tool for scooping up beads and pouring them into small bags and containers 

To enter, post a comment to this blog post NOW! Giveaway ends on Monday Dec. 19th at 4pm PDT. Winner will be chosen at random.

Remember, only one comment per person per giveaway and please do not comment anonymously if you want to win!  You can comment on as many giveaways as you like, but you can only win 1 Beadaholique giveaway every 2 months. Visit Beadaholique's official 12 Giveaways of Christmas page for even more details. For a complete list of terms and conditions, please click here






Thursday, December 15, 2011

Giveaway #10: ENDED! Beautiful Vintaj Brass




THIS GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED!  THE WINNER WILL BE ANNOUNCED AFTER VERIFICATION.

Who doesn't love the beautiful natural brass from Vintaj? For this giveaway, Jess at Vintaj Natural Brass Co. has provided a sensational assortment of filigrees, charms, stampings, clasps, and more. Each element could easily be a focal point for a jewelry design. What would you make if you won this wonderful assortment?


Estimated retail prize value: over $80.00

To enter, post a comment to this blog post NOW! Giveaway ends on Monday Dec. 19th at 4pm PDT. Winner will be chosen at random. 

Remember, one comment per person per giveaway, and please do not comment anonymously if you would like to win! You can comment on as many giveaways as you like, but you can only win 1 Beadaholique giveaway every 2 months. Visit Beadaholique's official 12 Giveaways of Christmas page for even more details. For a complete list of terms and conditions, please click here

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Giveaway #9: ENDED! Inspiring Ice Resin

If you are looking for a new direction in which to take your art, or if you have been wanting to try resin but are unsure where to start, this is the giveaway for you! You will find a wealth of inspiration and instruction in the book Explore, Create, Resinate by Jen Cushman. To help start you on your resin making path, we have also included an Ice Resin kit and some beautiful bezel settings to play with.

Included in this giveaway:
Explore, Create, Resinate book by Jen Cushman
Ice Resin 8oz kit complete with resin, mixing cups, and stir sticks
1 round brass bezel ring setting
1 round silver toned bezel ring setting
1 Ice Resin bronze bezel setting

Estimated retail prize value: over $65.00

To enter, post a comment to this blog post NOW! Giveaway ends on Friday Dec. 16th at 4pm PDT. Winner will be chosen at random.

Remember, only one comment per person per giveaway and please do not comment anonymously if you want to win! You can comment on as many giveaways as you like, but you can only win 1 Beadaholique giveaway every 2 months. Visit Beadaholique's official 12 Giveaways of Christmas page for even more details. For a complete list of terms and conditions, please click here.


Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Giveaway #8: ENDED! Gorgeous Gemstones


If you love working with the richness and depth gemstones provide, you are going to be thrilled with this giveaway. We have amassed a grand assortment of gemstones ranging from amethyst and serpentine, to peridot and pyrite, to carnelian and pearls for your creative enjoyment. There are also gemstone briolettes and pendants to use as focal points. Some of these stones are from the collection of our founder, Sarah.

All the gemstones (and the stick pearls too) featured above are included in this giveaway.  Tree display is not included.


Estimated retail prize value: over $150.00

To enter, post a comment to this blog post NOW! Giveaway ends on Thursday Dec. 15th at 4pm PDT. Winner will be chosen at random. 

Remember, only one comment per person per giveaway and pleasedo not comment anonymously if you want to win. You can comment on as many giveaways as you like, but can only win 1 Beadaholique giveaway every 2 months. Visit Beadaholique's official 12 Giveaways of Christmas page for even more details. For a complete list of terms and conditions, please click here

Monday, December 12, 2011

Giveaway #7: ENDED! Sensational Bead Embroidery Book and Supplies!



Our designer Julie’s new obsession and favorite book is the feature of this giveaway.   A special thanks to Ray at Lark Books for supplying a SIGNED copy of Sherry Serafini’s Sensational Bead Embroidery for some lucky winner.   We are also giving away some of the essential supplies you will need to get started on the techniques in this book.   


Bead embroidery is an old art form and one with endless design possibilities. The opulence and beauty of the jewelry pieces you can create is awe-inspiring.  Once you get started on bead embroidery, you will find it hard to put down your needle and thread!

Included in this giveaway:

SIGNED copy of Sherry Serafini’s Sensational Bead Embroidery
3 colors of Nymo thread
Assorted beading needles pack
4 colors of Toho seed beads
1 8.5” x 8.5” sheet of Ultra-Suede
1 4.25” x 5.5” sheet of Lacy’s Stiff Stuff beading foundation

Estimated retail prize value: over $50.00

To enter, post a comment to this blog post NOW! Giveaway ends on Wednesday Dec. 14th at 4pm PDT. Winner will be chosen at random. 

Remember, only one comment per person per giveaway and please do not comment anonymously if you want to win! You can comment on as many giveaways as you like, but you can only win 1 Beadaholique giveaway every 2 months. Visit Beadaholique's official 12 Giveaways of Christmas page for even more details. For a complete list of terms and conditions, please click here




Friday, December 9, 2011

Giveaway #6: ENDED! Nunn Design Giveaway

 
Thanks again to Becky Nunn at Nunn Design for supplying this inspiring giveaway! She has handpicked a beautiful assortment of bezels, tags, charms, and more from her new Elements of Inspiration line for your enjoyment. These goodies would be perfect to work into gorgeous last minute gifts for friends and loved ones.  Estimated retail value:  Over $75!

Wow--Look At All This Stuff!!!

Below are a few project ideas to get your creative juices flowing! Please note, the giveaway is for the items above and not the finished jewelry pieces below. 





To learn more about the beautiful new Nunn Design Elements of Inspiration line of jewelry findings, click here.  

To enter, post a comment to this blog post NOW! Giveaway ends on Monday Dec. 12th at 4pm PST. Winner will be chosen at random. 

Remember, only one comment per person per giveaway and please do not comment anonymously if you would like to win! You can comment on as many giveaways as you like, but you can only win 1 Beadaholique giveaway every 2 months. Visit Beadaholique's official 12 Giveaways of Christmas page for even more details. For a complete list of terms and conditions, please click here

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Giveaway #5: ENDED! Mixed-Media Extravaganza

You can check almost everyone off your Christmas list with the items from this giveaway! Win almost everything you need to make many dozens of fun personalized craft projects.

Hundreds (yes, I said hundreds!) of fantastic mixed media elements are included in this giveaway. You will be on your way to making beautiful magnets, pendants, earrings, and more. Print your own images or use some of the images from the included collage sheets to make little works of art. Just add a glue-on bail or magnet and you are set. 




Included are:


50 Epoxy Stickers for Bottle Caps
100 Epoxy Stickers for Scrabble Tiles
3 Bracelets with Bezels to fill
25 Epoxy Stickers for the bracelets
14 Epoxy Stickers for Domino Tiles
1 Bottle of Crafter’s Pick Glue

Estimated retail value: over $50.00 


Looking for inspiration on what to make with all these mixed media supplies? Check out our free projects including How to Make a Bottle Cap Necklace Using Epoxy Stickers and How to Make a Custom Round Bezel Bracelet. You can also see our videos on making a Scrabble Tile Necklace and How to Use Epoxy Stickers


To enter, post a comment to this blog post NOW! Giveaway ends on Monday Dec. 12th at 4pm PST. Winner will be chosen at random. 

Remember, only one comment per giveaway per person, and do not comment anonymously if you want to win! You can comment on as many giveaways as you like, but you can only win 1 Beadaholique giveaway every 2 months. Visit Beadaholique's official 12 Giveaways of Christmas page for even more details. For a complete list of terms and conditions, please click here

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Giveaway #4: ENDED! Complete Kumihimo Starter Kit!


THIS GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED.  CONGRATULATIONS TO JACKIE S. OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON!

If you have yet to try Kumihimo, you are going to be thrilled with this giveaway from our friends at Beadsmith, which has everything you need to get started.   

Have you heard about Kumihimo?  It is a Japanese braiding technique that allows you to create intricately designed patterns using ribbon and cord. If you already love Kumihimo, this collection will definitely be a welcome addition to your stash. A special thanks to Ronnie at Beadsmith for providing all that you see below!





Included in this giveaway:  

Kumihimo Instruction Booklet 
Kumihimo Braiding Disk
No-Tangle Thread Bobbins
S-Lon Bead Cord Color Mix
Zap Jewelry Gel
3 Kumihimo Metal Findings Sets
2 Kumihimo Braid Color Mixes 
Estimated retail price value: over $60.00! 

To enter, post a comment to this blog post NOW! Giveaway ends on Friday Dec. 9th at 4pm PST. Winner will be chosen at random. 

Remember, only comment per person per giveaway and do not comment anonymously if you want to win! You can comment on as many giveaways as you like, but you can only win 1 Beadaholique giveaway every 2 months. Visit Beadaholique's official 12 Giveaways of Christmas page for even more details. For a complete list of terms and conditions, please click here



Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Giveaway #3: ENDED! An Abundance of Czech Glass Beads


THIS GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED!  CONGRATULATIONS TO JULIE B. OF NEW MEXICO!


An abundance of gorgeously colored Czech glass beads makes up this drool-worthy giveaway. The possibilities are endless with this huge variety of beads that includes fire-polished, table cut, leaf shaped, cathedral, animal shaped, and more. We picked out some of our favorites just for this giveaway!


There are over 40 different lots of beads included in the prize pictured above and they can all be yours if you win this giveaway!


Estimated retail prize value: approximately $100


To enter, post a comment to this blog post NOW! Giveaway ends on Thursday Dec. 8th at 4pm PST. Winner will be chosen at random. 

Remember, only one comment per person per giveaway and do not comment anonymously if you want to win. You can comment on as many giveaways as you like, but you can only win 1 Beadaholique giveaway every 2 months. Visit Beadaholique's official 12 Giveaways of Christmas page for even more details. For a complete list of terms and conditions, please click here

Monday, December 5, 2011

Giveaway #2: ENDED! Tierracast Toggles, Pendants, Christmas Charms, and More!

THIS GIVEAWAY HAS NOW ENDED.  Congratulations to Karin V.H. of Muenster, Germany for winning this treasure trove.

Tierracast and Beadaholique have teamed up to put this lavish giveaway together - thanks Tierracast!   



Be inspired with beautiful cast pewter charms, bezels and findings by TierraCast. Every piece is designed, manufactured and quality plated in the U.S. with genuine rhodium, silver, gold, copper or brass finishes. Create charm bracelets, earrings, wine charms, and more with these lovely jewelry elements. You will be able to not just make one project, but many - just think of the possibilities! 



This giveaway includes:
13 toggle clasps
7 pendants, including 3 bezel frames
22 charms
Lots of jump rings
Lots of bead caps


Estimated retail prize value: over $80.00

To enter, post a comment to this blog post NOW! Giveaway ends on Wednesday Dec. 7th at 4pm PST. Winner will be chosen at random. 

Remember, only one comment per person per giveaway and do not comment anonymously if you want to win. You can comment on as many giveaways as you like, but you can only win 1 Beadaholique giveaway every 2 months. Visit Beadaholique's official 12 Giveaways of Christmas page for even more details. For a complete list of terms and conditions, please click here




Friday, December 2, 2011

Giveaway #1: ENDED! Beginners Tool Kit And Bonus Supplies!

This giveaway has now ended.  Congratulations to Deb H. from Oregon, the first of our twelve giveaway winners!

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This prize is everything you need to start on your adventure in jewelry making -- just add beads! This great giveaway consists of a beginners tool kit in a lovely zippered carrying case complete with a pair of chain nose pliers, round nose pliers, flat nose pliers, and side cutters. We have also included a pair of crimping pliers, 4 different colored crimp tubes, a spool of Acculon beading wire and a spool of Stretch Magic jewelry cord


If you are already an experienced beader and have all the tools you need, think what a wonderful gift this would make for someone special in your life. Share the love of beads with the season of giving!


Estimated prize retail value: over $55.00


To enter, post a comment to this blog post NOW! Giveaway ends on Monday Dec. 5th at 4pm PST. Winner will be chosen at random. 

Remember, only comment once per giveaway and do not comment anonymously. You can comment on as many giveaways as you like, but you can only win 1 Beadaholique giveaway every 2 months. Visit Beadaholique's official 12 Giveaways of Christmas page for even more details. For a complete list of terms and conditions, please click here



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