Pearls, Clay, Eggs, and Bracelets

Blogged under Around the Web by Tammy on Sunday 20 April 2014 at 9:12 am

Resin Crafts Blog
With Jewelry Clay as a new medium in my jewelry zone I have found that I can create so many new wearable pieces.

A Bead A Day
New ideas for summer jewelry are circulating over on a bead a day blog. Lisa’s thinking about summertime pearls and ankle-bracelets as necklaces!

Snap Out of it, Jean! There’s beading to be done!

Jean reposts a review of Jamie Cloud Eakins most recent Bead Embroidery book, and exceptional work!

From Dollar Store Plastic to Elegant Easter Eggs

By the time you’re done, no one would ever know these elegant Easter eggs are made from cheap plastic eggs!

Spring Postcard Art
Cherie makes a postcard for June’s spring challenge.

Mixed Media Artist
You can never have too many image transfer methods in your bag of tricks. Cyndi has gathered up all her tutorials for you!

Beading Arts

Quick and easy little crocheted bead bracelets have been around for a long time…but how long has it been since you’ve made one?

Another Myster Yarn Sale from Crochet Dude

Blogged under Around the Web, Crafty Products by Tammy on Sunday 20 April 2014 at 9:04 am



A while back, the Crochet Dude had his first of what he calls a Mystery Yarn sale. It was on his Decades line of yarn in the Iconic, aka worsted weight. I scored 3 wonderful skeins in the “Fer Sure” colorway. He has another mystery sale going on now. This time it is for his Inappropriate, aka sport weight, yarn, $8 a skein, which normally retail for $18 a skein.

What’s the mystery? You won’t know what colorway you receive until you open your package. You can specify if you want all your hanks the same color if you order more than one (which is what I did) or you want to be super daring and just see what happens if you don’t get them all the same color. I don’t think you can go wrong with any of his colorways, and this can be a good way to add some quality yarn to your stash at a great price.

Beading and Crafting Around the Web

Blogged under Around the Web by Tammy on Sunday 13 April 2014 at 4:30 pm

A Bead A Day
Spring has finally arrived which means time for new jewelry! Lisa shares her beach inspired necklace. What are YOU making?

Resin Crafts Blog
It is wonderful to know that you can embellish any blank surface with some Jewelry Clay. This shawl pin needed a little bit of bling.

Carmi’s Art/Life World
I am very excited to share my recently published necklace project in Perles et Cetera magazine!

Art Bead Scene
Take a peek at Mary’s etsy picks, inspired by this month’s challenge piece from Degas.

Snap out of it, Jean! There’s beading to be done!

Jean reviews PATINA by the wonderful author Matthew Runfola! What a book!

Spring and Easter Craft Projects for You Crafty Peeps
Find directions for everything from unique Easter eggs to holiday table décor and jewelry at The Artful Crafter.

Mixed Media Artist
Cyndi puts the finishing touches, including beads, on a small slashed and woven quilt.

Beading Arts
Cyndi shares a tutorial for a pair of chain and pearl earrings that have now become her favorites!

Blue Glass Sculpture With Glass Beads

Cherie makes a glass sculpture with dollar store beads, bud vases, and blue charger plates.

Colorful Crafts!

Blogged under Around the Web by Tammy on Sunday 6 April 2014 at 9:30 am

Resin Crafts Blog
This week I have two special posts showing you how to make truly one of a kind candle holders with EasyCast.

Carrmi’s Art/Life World
I have a new kumihimo experiment - a rat tail plus sari yarn braid.

Take A Trip to Northern Ireland
Andrew shares the latest creations made for the March selection of the Inspired by Reading Book Club, “An Irish Country Doctor” by Patrick Taylor.

Spring and Easter Craft Projects for You Crafty Peeps
Looking for Easter and Spring crafts? Find directions for everything from unique Easter eggs to holiday table décor and jewelry at The Artful Crafter.

Art Bead Scene
Check out March’s Challenge Monthly Recap - lots of beautiful jewellery made by some of our lovely readers!

Beading Arts
Using a mixture of bead stitching techniques, Cyndi finished a whopping big turquoise necklace that still needs a name!

Mixed Media Artist
Do you love flowers, birds, and happy animals? Check out “My Enchanted Garden” for an eyeful!

Weaving, Earrings, & Giveaways

Blogged under Around the Web by Tammy on Sunday 30 March 2014 at 10:25 am

A Bead A Day
Wishing for spring brings on a little bit of inspiration involving spring flowers!

The Writing and Art of Andrew Thornton

There’s a NEW metal clay in town! White CopprClay! Andrew shares his experiences working with the latest innovation in this versatile medium.

Resin Crafts Blog
This is part one of a three part post which focuses on containing resin in a flat wire wall.

Carmi’s Art/Life World
I wanted to share this special blog hop I coordinated with 12 different designers. All their projects are so unique and different! They received Neo Chain from Dazzle-it come to play with.

Eggs in Nest Beaded Charm Bracelet
Three blue-speckled eggs nestled in a wire-wrapped charm make a great focal charm. This bracelet features three nests. Click for directions. There are matching earrings as well.

Snap out of it, Jean! There’s beading to be done!
Review by jean and GIVEAWAY as well of the stunning book, 1000 BEADS, Kristina Logan, Juror ! see Jean’s blog!

Mixed Media Artist
The weaving technique that Cyndi used in an art quilt was successful enough for her to try it again…and see if she can get it right this time!

Beading Arts
Cyndi hasn’t played much with chain maille, but after making this easy pair of earrings, she might have to change her ways! Here’s the tutorial :-)

Getting Scrappy!

Blogged under Around the Web by Tammy on Sunday 23 March 2014 at 9:47 am

A Bead A Day
Special occasion jewelry can also provide comfort. Lisa created a colorful and sparkly bracelet to focus on while flying!

Art Bead Scene
Celebrate Art Bead Scene’s 7th Birthday with are mahooooosive giveaway!!!

The Writing and Art of Andrew Thornton
To celebrate National Craft Month, Fusion Beads is hosting a month-long challenge! Get an overview of what Andrew has made for the first fifteen days! (And play along if you’re game!

Resin Crafts Blog
With a week of posts featuring Nunn Design new components it was hard to choose a favorite, but this pearl filled bezel does stand out.

Carmi’s Art/Life Blog
With my collection of vintage linens finally sorted and displayed I made some time to make a new necklace featuring the embroidery from one tablecloth.

Felt Peep Bunnies
Cherie shares some Peep bunnies she made out of felt.

Preserving Memories: Creating “This is Cartegena” Digital Scrapbook Paper
The instant Eileen saw this graffitied wall in the old city of Cartagena, she said to her husband, “I could make a scrapbook paper of that!” Then she snapped away.

A Creative Dream
June is celebrating the arrival of spring by giving away a bouquet of flowers!

Mixed Media Artist
Here’s a quick, easy, and useful project you can do with your scrap papers…scrap magnets!

Beading Arts
Cyndi has had the chance to play with some new products from Fire Mountain Gems, and she came up with a crazy little pair of brightly colored mixed media earrings for the spring!

Snap out of it, Jean! There’s beading to be done!
Jean writes about the 8th Bead Soup Blog Party hosted by Lori Anderson and what she received from her super wonderful partner Jen Purple–wow!!!

Dazzle-It Blog Hoppers!

Blogged under Around the Web, Jewelry Designers/Artists, Jewelry Designing by Tammy on Wednesday 19 March 2014 at 11:48 am

Woot! Look at this long list of bloggers who participated in The Newfangled Neo Chain Blog Hop! We made some amazing jewelry, so get a cup of coffee or tea and enjoy!


Tammy Powley - The Crafty Princess Diaries

Lisa M Pace – It’s In The Details

Ann Butler Designs - Creativity Stirs the Soul

Suze Weinberg - Leap…..and the net will appear!

Lisa Fulmer - Lisa Liza Lou

Roberta Birnbaum – DecorablesArt

Vicki O’Dell – The Creative Goddess

Charlotte Gordon – Atmosphere and Symphony

Amy Bowerman Stucki – Plucking Daisies

Suzann Sladcik Wilson - Beadphoria

Kristi Parker Van Doren - Kristi’s Creative Cafe’

June Beach – Beach Haus Designs

Finishing Touches

Blogged under Around the Web by Tammy on Sunday 16 March 2014 at 4:10 pm

Art Bead Scene
Check out Heather’s fun tutorial using Aria Design Studio’s beautiful hand-dyed Shibori ribbon!

A Bead A Day
Lisa’s sharing memories of her last day at Beadland Headquarters in Florida a.k.a. Cousin Corporation.

Resin Crafts Blog
A special post about using original ephemera in high end bezels.

Card Making Tutorial: “Just a Note”
This “Just a Note” card is made using a base of 12 x 12 cardstock. Since one sheet yields two cards, you might as well make two at once and always have a spare on hand.

Beading Arts
Soutache braid trim mixed with bead embroidery…what a nice combo!

Mixed Media Artist
Cyndi shows you how to finish up a quilt with a nice wrap and tuck edging!

Snap out of it, Jean! There’s beading to be done!
Jean reviewed Melinda Barta’s book, Mastering Herringbone Stitch, The Complete Guide, and is hosting a Giveaway of this really great book this week on her blog! Yay!

Treasures and Challenges

Blogged under Around the Web by Tammy on Sunday 9 March 2014 at 5:12 am

The Writing and Art of Andrew Thornton
Andrew hosts a monthly challenge on his blog called, Inspired by Reading. Check out the reveal for January and February’s selections, The Enchantress of Florence by Salman Rushdie and Difficult Loves by Italio Calvino.

Resin Crafts Blog
A broken mirror floor becomes the inspiration for this new resin filled bezel!

Carmi’s Art/Life World
What I look for when I see junk, vintage and antique jewelry!

A Bead A Day
Did you ever have a dream you were staying in a gorgeous hotel on the beach while surrounded by beads? Lisa shares part 2 of her trip to Beadland, USA.

Art Bead Scene
Check out our new monthly challenge piece - Birds on Riser, by Swiss artist Adolf Dietrich.

You Could Win Your Kid’s Dream Craft Room!
March is National Crafting Month and to get YOU inspired, Kiwi Crate is teaming up with Highlights Magazine and YoYo.com to offer your kid(s) a dream craft room!

Snap out of it, Jean! There’s beading to be done!
Jean won a pair of earrings from the wonderful designer Linda Landig. She was so knocked out by their beauty she decided to interview her! Come and read Linda’s inspiring answers to Jean’s questions and look at all the glorious jewelry Linda has on display! Wow!

ACreativeDream
June shows off some of the mail art exchanged last month, and posts the next mail art call!!! Come join the fun!

Mixed Media Artist
Have you ever woven a quilt?

Beading Arts
Cyndi shows the next steps of how she integrated soutache braid into one of her bead embroidered necklaces.

Quilts and Beads

Blogged under Around the Web by Tammy on Sunday 2 March 2014 at 11:57 am

Art Bead Scene
It’s February’s Monthly Challenge Recap! Come and see what our amazing readers created based on Paul Klee’s The Rose Garden.

The Writing and Art of Andrew Thornton
Andrew hosted a Design Challenge on his blog! “Radiant Orchid” was the theme! Come check out what all the participants made in the blog hop!

Resin Crafts Blog
How to make a mold with a half doll body.

Anniversary Quilt: Middles and Ends
Cherie continues working on her quilt project.

Carmi’s Art/Life World
How to turn a group of brooches into a necklace!

Snap out of it, Jean! There’s beading to be done!
Jean writes a poem about (what else?) jewelry making as she participates in a fun 30 word blog hop created by Erin Prais-Hintz

A Bead A Day
Ever been to sunny Beadland? Lisa shares details of her recent trip…Is this the real life or is this just fantasy?

Cinnabar Chinese Lantern Earrings & Necklace
Eileen set out to make a set of jewelry for Valentine’s Day. When she went to her red bead stash, her eyes locked on some beautiful red carved cinnabar beads just perfect for the design she had in mind anyway!

Mixed Media Artist
Check out how you can use dryer sheets to “paint” a quilt!

Beading Arts
Cyndi is struggling to keep up with the Bead Journal Project this year, but that’s probably because she decided to do much bigger pieces!

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