Monday, November 23, 2009

My Crazy Cuffs appear in Belle Armoire Magazine


A few months ago I entered my first design challenge, hosted by Belle Armoire Magazine. The challenge was to design cuffs of any kind... so that is just what I did. I had a great time with the embellishments... as you can see, and I was delighted to see that they were chosen to be featured in the Nov-Dec. issue.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Stone Works Cuff Bracelets

Here is a hand full of my new Stone Works cuff bracelets. Still not sure about this name...
If you look close enough your can see that I used a technique I like to call color blocking. Which is nothing more than cutting out a section of the Friendly Plastic and replacing that section with a piece of FP cut the same shape but from a different color. It is really a fun technique, with results that can be incredibly unique and different every time. Give it a try and see what you can come up with.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Fabulous Filigree with Friendly Plastic

As I emerge from my cave (Studio) I am bringing with me a few new Creations.
Believe it or not... I really do work hard. That statement is for my husband. Like most... husbands that is, his interest in my work is pretty non-existent. He questions... what are you doing in there? and then states... oh that looks nice. So if I didn't have all of you to share my interests with... it would be a really sad state of affairs for me. So... Thank-You!

Here are the fruits of my labors... well a few of them.
I have been trying to figure out a way to incorporate my FP cabochons with my huge collection of Filigree components. My Fracture and Fusion pieces never seem to work for me... too contemporary I guess. So I have been working on a new technique that seem to be a perfect fit. It is actually a combination of two different techniques. I am calling it Stone Works... for lack of a better name. You know how it is... my mind is shot and I can't seem to think of anything spectacular. But the results are pretty fabulous.




The cuff bracelet in this last photo, gives you an idea of what the Stone Works look like when it is not hidden in Filigree.
What I wanted to achieve was, subtle color with hints of reflective light. The outcome was this stone effect, and I think is works quite nicely. These pieces will be available in my etsy store for the Holidays. Hope you were inspired. Filigree and FP, really do make an amazing combination.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

A Special Holiday SALE

I am having a very special SALE on my Lucky Nickel Necklaces.
Just for the HOLIDAYS...from the regular price of $15... I have reduced the price to $10. Just visit my etsy STORE to view the selection.



They make a perfect one of a kind GIFT or STOCKING STUFFER.
They are also a gift that keeps giving... as each necklace that is purchased, one is donated as a Birthday Gift to a young girl living in the foster care system here in Las Vegas.

Here is a little more information about the Lucky Nickel Necklaces and the Charity they help.

With each of my Lucky Nickel Necklaces… comes a very special wish and blessing, that in these most difficult times, this necklace will bring it’s wearer, Good-luck, Good health and Happiness.

For each Lucky Nickel Necklace purchased, one will be donated to "Birthday Wishes", a charity, which thorough the efforts of its volunteers and donations, is working very hard to make sure that every child within the Las Vegas Foster Care system, receives a Birthday Gift on their birthday. With your purchase of a Lucky Nickel Necklace, you are not only receiving a beautiful necklace of your own, you are giving a young girl living in a foster home, a very special Birthday gift as well. So don't be shy, open your heart and surprise a young girl with a "Birthday Wish".

This lucky pendant was created using my Fracture and Fusion technique. The complex design fuses small fractured pieces together to form a mosaic type pattern. A coat of resin gives it depth and that glass like quality and dimension. The color combination is impressive yet playful. The pendant measures 3/4” round, the size of a nickel. Attached is a silver plated bail. The lucky pendant hangs from a beautiful 18” cable link chain and it fastens with a lobster claw clasp.

No nickel was harmed in the making of this necklace. If you find yourself down to your last nickel, please don’t hesitate to put this lucky nickel to good use.

Happy Holidays!

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Winter Splendor...

This snow bunny was created for my sister many years ago.Thought you might enjoy seeing a little design from my past.

Can you believe that winter is upon us?
Freezing temperatures and early snow fall in so many places. The Winter Fairies must have something wonderful and exciting up their selves... what other reason could they have for making such an early appearance. Don't get cabin fever... get creative instead. Get into the Holiday Spirit... and think about the Splendor of Winter. For that is theme of this challenge.

November / December Challenge: “Winter's Splendor”

With the theme “Winter’s Splendor” in mind, create an exciting design using Friendly Plastic as the main focal element. Submissions are due by Tuesday, December 15. Voting will be open from December 18 – 30. The challenge winner, will be posted on December 31.

Anything goes, with this challenge and with all of the upcoming challenges for 2010. From jewelry to home decor, the design is totally up to you. Please take a minute to read over the Challenge rules, and take a look at the upcoming themes for 2010.

Happy Holidays to everyone... I hope the Winter Fairies sprinkle you with, peace - love - health and happiness through out this Holiday season.

GET A HEAD START… on UPCOMING 2010 THEMES:

January / February Challenge: “Made with LOVE”

With the theme “Made with LOVE” in mind, create an exciting design using Friendly Plastic as the main focal element. Submissions are due by Monday, February 15. Voting will be open from February 18 – 27. The challenge winner will be posted on February 28.

March / April Challenge: “Sights and Sounds of Spring”

With the theme “Sights and Sounds of Spring” in mind, create an exciting design using Friendly Plastic as the main focal element. Submissions are due by Thursday, April 15. Voting will be open from April 18 – 29. The challenge winner will be posted on April 30.

May / June Challenge: “In Full Bloom”

With the theme “In full Bloom” in mind, create an exciting design using Friendly Plastic as the main focal element. Submissions are due by Tuesday, June15. Voting will be open from June 18 – 29. The challenge winner will be posted on June 30.

July / August Challenge: “Summer Nights”

With the theme “Summer Nights” in mind, create an exciting design using Friendly Plastic as the main focal element. Submissions are due by Sunday, August 15. Voting will be open from August 18 – 30. The challenge winner will be posted on August 31.

September/ October Challenge: “Vintage Visions”

With the theme “Vintage Visions” in mind, create an exciting design using Friendly Plastic as the main focal element. Submissions are due by Friday, October 15. Voting will be open from October 18 – 30. The challenge winner, will be posted on October 31.

November / December Challenge: “Peace on Earth”

With the theme “Peace on Earth” in mind, create an exciting design using Friendly Plastic as the main focal element. Submissions are due by Wednesday, December 15. Voting will be open from December 18 – 30. The challenge winner will be posted on December 31.