Results Day – Design Challenge Spring 2012

It’s “Results Day” for our Spring 2012 – Bead Design Challenge!

I’m so excited to show you the spectacular designs that were created to jazz up our bling-less Lady!

Spring can be a busy season and several of you, who signed up, were not able to meet the deadline. I totally understand – life happens – but you are more than welcome to join us next time!


On to the results!

Here are the beads and findings that were magically turned into the eye candy you are about to view!

Please note! You can click on photos to make them larger. Also, be sure to use the links provided to visit each artist’s shop! ๐Ÿ˜€


From Annia.

Visit her shop here.

Annia says:

“I see this Lady more bohemian and of course she loves bright colors especially in a summer day while walking around town with a long dress admiring the new flowers and gardens.”


From Caro

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Caro says:

“Well, here’s my bling. A black and baby blue necklace to match her head band and complement the subtle blues in her dress.

In case you didn’t already know, this lady’s ready to put her Victorian past behind her. No pink cameos for her! Instead, she’s stepping out in something that’s gonna blow the stockings off her demure friends and grab her knight in shining armor by the eyeballs!”


From Donna

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Donna says:

“Bead Cap Inspiration: As soon as I saw Crystal’s Bead Caps in her Etsy Shop, I knew what I would make. I loved working with them!! So flexible.”


From Brenda

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Here’s Brenda’s lovely pendant necklace and earrings!


From Deb

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Deb designed this romantic pair of dangle earrings!


From Joyce

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Joyce says:
“Can’t wait for the next one (challenge)!!!! Thanks bunches – it was great fun!” ๐Ÿ™‚


Well, I thought that was the end of the entries… but just before Cinderella’s coach turned back into a pumpkin… Donna finished one more pretty design.


Congratulations and many thanks to all. At the end of each challenge, I always think it just can’t get any better, but then you amaze me… all over again. ๐Ÿ˜€

As you know, there are three chances for a prize this time. The names, drawn at random, are:

1st prize, BeadHappilyEverAfter Cache of Vintage Treasures goes to Donna

2nd prize, $30 Shopping Spree in our Bead Shop goes to Joyce

3rd prize, $20 Shopping Spree in our Bead Shop goes to Caro

ALL participants who did not win one of the above prizes will receive a coupon code for 30% off any purchase during June 2012 in our Bead Shop.

Watch your emails! In the next 24 hours, you’ll be receiving either instructions on how to redeem your prize, or your coupon code!

And remember to visit the shops of each participant! Just click on the link next to their names, above. You’ve only just begun to see their talent!!!


And The Winners Are!!!!

First of all, I want to send out many thanks to all of you who entered my first Free Beads Design Challenge!!!

I just loved your enthusiasm and reading your comments was lots of fun. ๐Ÿ˜€


Enough jabbering,Crystal!!!

Did I win or NOT!!??!!

Oh yes, the winners . . . ๐Ÿ˜‰

Well, Sir Beads says I’m a softie –

but I just can’t let anyone be left out on this very first challenge!

Sooooo, EVERYONE who entered by the Oct. 21st deadline and who promises to make something and send me a photo of it within 10 days of receiving the beads is a WINNER!


That’s right! If you agree to the terms, just send your shipping address to:


and I will ship your beads a.s.a.p.!

Although the fuchsia beads were the most popular, we also had votes for the other two choices. I’ll send you the ones you selected. (If you didn’t choose one in particular – please choose when you send your shipping address!)

I think it will be especially fun to see the variety of finished designs in all three colors!


Big Smiles Here

Fab4Yesterday, I was so excited to hear that my entry in this week’s challenge at The Play Date Cafe had been selected as one of the Fab 4!

I‘m very flattered because there’s such an incredible amount of talent in that group! It’s an honor to receive the award badge and I’ll display it proudly in my sidebar. ๐Ÿ™‚


Many thanks to the whole gang over at the Play Date Cafe!

When you have a chance, pop over there and take a look at all of the wonderful creativity that’s on display. I just know you’ll be inspired!

Wishing everyone a great weekend! Many of you will probably be getting ready for Thanksgiving. Hope you’ll meet me back here on Monday for a new giveaway and new questions!


Giveaway – Limon Parfait Earrings

Welcome to the weekly giveaway!

Fingers crossed that you’ll be the winner, but even if you don’t win this time, you can always try again next week. I post new giveaways every Monday. ๐Ÿ™‚

And whenever you’re looking for a pretty gift or maybe just want to treat yourself, please take a look in my webstore for beautiful beads and handcrafted jewelry. Click here to shop! ๐Ÿ™‚

OK, on to this week’s giveaway!

This pretty pair of earrings remind me of a sunny day in summer!


They’re cool lemonade and refreshing key lime pie all rolled into one! The color is not quite yellow, not quite green, but that lovely lemon-lime shade, which is often referred to as โ€œlimonโ€.

They feature vintage Lucite beads that have a slightly twisted rectangular shape – very unique and oh so pretty! Iโ€™ve accented the Lucite beads with rare vintage Swarovski Jonquil Aurora Boralis crystals! Youโ€™ll notice tiny gold beadcaps for a finishing touch, and the 14k gold-plated earwires are beautifully made.

Measurements: Approximately 1-5/8″ in length, including the earwires

Contest Rules and How To Enter

1. For your first chance to win: How about a whimsical question? ๐Ÿ˜‰
Letโ€™s assume you are totally unattached โ€“ no partner, husband, wife, significant other, best friend, etc. Leave a comment which answers the question: Which celebrity would you run away with if he/she knocked on your door?

2. For a second chance to win, leave a second comment that answers the question: What was your least favorite subject in school?

3. For a third chance to win, leave a comment on any other post on this blog. You can do it today by looking for a post in the archives to comment on, or you can come back during the week and add a comment on any post โ€“ old or new. You will receive an extra entry each time you do so.

You can choose any one or all of the above chances to enter.

A valid email address must be given at time of entry. You must be 18 yrs. old.
The name of the winner will be listed here after the completion of the contest. The winner will be notified by email. The prize will be mailed by USPS First Class Mail. If no valid email address is given at time of entry, or if winner fails to respond to email within 3 days from the time notification email has been sent, the win will be null and void and a new winner will be chosen.
All entries must be received by 9:00 p.m. EST on 04/05/09, and the winner will be selected on or about 04/06/09.