Saturday, December 29, 2012

PRIZES: HBBH2 Prize Awards!

Blow the horns, tap those drums, strike up the band!

No it's not a parade, but it is time to PARTY again!
We, Shelley Graham Turner and Marlene Cupo had a fantastic response to our Holiday Bling Blog Hop 2 party. Hope everyone is enjoying their goodies from their swap partners.

Neither of us think it's a real party until the presents are given out and today is the day to announce them.

We used to pick the winners of the $25 Gift Certificates from Rio Grande and they are:

Ginger Bishop
Dyanne Cantrell
                          CONGRATULATIONS ladies!
There is nothing better than a "Post-Holiday" spending spree, especially one for yourself - so enjoy!!

Of course, we have one more gift, a $15 Gift Certificate from that very same Rio Grande, for one of the commenters on our blogs. That winner, also picked by the site, is:
Angi Mullis
Thanks for your sweet comment, and we hope you enjoy too!

BTW, Rio Grande is closed until Jan. 2nd, so watch your email on that day for your Gift Certificate.

We have had so much fun organizing and running these blog hops, sharing with old friends, and meeting so many new great artists and crafters, that we don't want the parties to end, so.....

With the New Year we will be up to some new tricks. Look for further details on January 15th on our NEW BLOG Swaps by Marlene and Shelley, or join us on our Facebook Group Marshellswaps, so you don't miss out (yes, we have all bases covered!)

Saturday, December 15, 2012

REVEAL DAY: Holiday Bling Blog Hop 2 - THE SEQUEL!

Its here, REVEAL DAY for our second round of Holiday Bling Blog Hop (or HBBH2) which I am hosting along with my partner in crime, Marlene Cupo of Amazing Designs.

We had such a nice time during our first HBBH that we answered the cries of those who missed out and decided on a second round.

Here's how it worked:  Those who signed up to participate were partnered up. Partners then decided what they'd exchange – could be handmade ornaments, jewelry, decor, whatever – it just had to be Holiday themed

I decided to take on two partners and had a great time creating with each of their styles in mind -

FIRST up, Tiffany Goff Smith from Southern Gals Design. We e-mailed back and forth and shared our pinterests and other online spaces to get a feel for each other's style. We ultimately decided to make each other earrings. She told me she liked vintage, red and silver. Hmmm...

I always second guess EVERYTHING I do (right Marlene?!) so I hemmed and hawwed before finally sending these off to her -

This is the vintage and silver set. Vintage antiqued silver Santas and a cute little czech star bead and a snowflake to add some bling at the top!

...pretty red crystals with a pearl touch, wrapped in silver bead caps! Dainty and more formal.

PLUS I sent a little extra something, its a simple ornament, but I think its cute! 

I love the gifts she created for me! Want to see what she sent me? Check out her blog CLICK HERE!

Second up, Anitra Gordy Boyers of LeeLu Creations. We decided on ornaments with snowmen as our theme.

I saw this little guy somewhere along my travels in cyberspace so I recreated him. He was fun to make. I made him out of polymer clay. For his body I wrapped clay around some aluminum-foil balls. Then I added his clay nose  (which got smooshed in baking so he has a little Jimmy Durant-look!), buttons and arms out of twisted wire. After baking and a few touchups with the paint (I can never work with white clay, I always mess it up!), I added the christmas bulb garland. I like him, I hope Anitra does too! Check out her blog by CLICKING HERE.

 I am repeating myself , but it's so worth repeating when I say...

Do you feel left out? Well, we can't have that! St Nick is joining in the fun and will be giving out gifts to TWO randomly-picked HBBH participants. BUT in addition, ONE lucky blog reader will also be receiving a gift. To enter just leave a comment below. When you comment, make sure your email is attached, or add it to your comment. Winners will be chosen and announced here on December 29th, so come on back!

Now GO, look at what everyone made and exchanged... see the Holiday Bling exchanges between the rest of our party guest follow these links -

Shirley Moore
Lori Bowring Michaud
Catherine King
Dyanne Cantrell 
Sonya Stille
Elaine Ray
Gina Hockett
Jo-Ann Woolverton
Debbie Rasmussen
Renetha Stanziano
Ginger Bishop
Miranda Ackerley
Sandra McGriff
Tammie Everly
Alicia Marinache
Melinda Abrahamson
Rita/ Toltec Jewels
Chandra Merod
Mary Govaars
Kelley Fogel
Tiffany Goff Smith
Heather Rats Otto
Anitra Gordy Boyers
Marlene Cupo


Tuesday, December 4, 2012

REVEAL DAY: ABS Annual Ornament Blog Hop

Heather Powers of Art Bead Scene is hosting the annual ABS Ornament Blog Hop. The challenge is to create a holiday ornament using a handmade component or artbead. Hey, I can do that!! Don't you think?

Of course I can...and I did!

First let me apologize. The other day I showed you a peek of what I was working on, but that was the OTHER day...I changed my mind since then! I ALWAYS second guess myself. I'm thinking it's probably a GOOD thing that I tend to put things off to the last minute. Otherwise I would redo a design a hundred-and-one times! EXHAUSTING!

So in the end I decided to move away from the traditional green and gold I had begun to play with,  and  I took a little turn. I ended up with a teal and copper combo. Two of my favs! How do you like it?

The "medallion" is made from polymer clay which was textured using my own handcarved swirly texture plate. I painted it with teal colored glitter paint and dusted it with copper pigment.

I wrapped it with copper wire (hey, I am actually getting better with my metal wrapping skills! yay!).

Then I strung on a teal crystal and an antiqued copper metal bead.

 Next I  added this pretty crystal embellished butterfly to give just a touch more bling, and then finished it off with a l ittle embellished hook from which it could be hung.

I don't usually do such "fancy" things, I am more a nature-inspired chick, but it is the HOLIDAYS afterall, so I guess a little bling is called for!

I can't wait to see what my fellow artists have created, come with me and let's find out -

Art Bead Scene 

Shelley Graham Turner of TORI SOPHIA <<-- You are here
Artfully Ornamental

Sunday, December 2, 2012

PLAY DATE Artist: Shirley Moore of Beads and Bread


Play Date artist (PDa) is a new feature here on my blog. I send out a package to my playmate which includes some of my handmade components (beads, charms and/or focals) along with a few coordinating beads and findings. My playmate and I will both create a piece of jewelry using those same select components plus some of our own stash.

This week's playdate is Shirley Moore of Bread and Beads!

Shirley Moore is a fabulous beadweaver. I am in awe of the work that goes into the pieces she creates. The imagination, the workmanship, the patience that goes into each of her pieces - it just blows my mind.  With Shirley being a beadweaver I wondered what she would come up with in using the beads I sent to her.


As is the usual drill we both started with the same little package of beads and bits. Our mix included a few of my new beads, Fall Remnants.

Remember we didn't HAVE to use all of the pieces in the pack, just these focus beads,  Fall Remnants. These beads were made with translucent polymer clay which has been textured and then coated with inks, chalks and liquid sculpey.

I decided to attempt a necklace. If you follow my journey in jewelry making you know it is one of my least favorite things to make. But I attempted it, and GUESS WHAT? I actually like what I ended up with. I started last evening (yup, my MO is procrastination!) but didn't feel well so I ended up going to bed at like 7:30 pm. I got up this morning at 5:30 and got back to work. I guess that was a good idea because once I began this morning the creativity just flowed! 

 Here some more eye candy!

The lampwork bead is by Johanna Stephenson of CanyonEchos - it's sooo beautiful.

So you want to see what Shirley created? Of course you do! Let's go on over to HER BLOG and see.

See more of her work by clicking HERE!

Thanks for coming by and be sure to tune in for my next episode!

Saturday, December 1, 2012

We have a WINNER!

We have a WINNER!
 has won a $25 gift certificate
which can be used to purchase her favorite item(s) from one of the many

Just a little PEEK is all you get!

Heather Powers of Art Bead Scene is hosting the annual ABS Ornament Blog Hop. The challenge is to create a holiday ornament using a handmade component or artbead.  Hey, I can do that!! Don't you think?


Well here is just a sneak peek of what I am doing..

CLICK HERE TO SEE the REVEAL!! on December 4th!
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