Saturday, April 26, 2014

The Creative Continuum of Seven Artist - April Challenge - Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds

Introducing: The Creative Continuum of Seven Artists ~ an adventure in art creating with friends :: All Pretty Things

Hi Y'all,

Well it is April 26th and this time around in the CC7A challenge it is my month.  Here is a small recap about this challenge...
Back in the latter months of 2013 Alicia Marinache of All the Pretty Things blog asked seven of her blog friends if we would like to participate in a challenge that would cover 7 months, of course we all said yes. So we were assigned months, we picked themes for our months, and shipped out packages with all sorts of little goodies to design with.

The theme I chose for my month is "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds". Why you ask? Well simple really, April's birthstone is a diamond and the Beatles's song "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds" kept playing over and over in my head.  If you are not familiar with the song you can listen to it here

This is what I sent to my six other CC7A participants.

This is what I created with my package that I kept for myself.

I beaded around my cab with blue iris size 11 Delicas and size 15 round seed beads I had some black small roundels in my stash that I beaded around the cab. I brick stitched silver lined clear size 8 seed beads around the outer edge of the cab and added 3 mm blue crystals and picot with size 15 silver lined clear seed beads. The neck strap is done in CRAW with size 8 blue and down the front center I used clear 3mm bicones.  I did not have enough of the blue seed beads to keep going so on the ends I used the silver lined clear seed beads and made a toggle clasp with them as well.  To give the necklace more length and to use some of the other beads in the package and connected the cab to the neck strap.  I laid the cab on it's side to represent the line in the song "The girl with the kaleidoscope eyes"

Thank you Alicia for giving me April, this month holds a lot of sentimental value to me. Thank you to all of you for stopping by, now please go visit the other CC7A bunch.  Next month will be Alicia's month so be sure to come back to see what we have created with what Alicia sent to us.

1. Monique
3. Sally
4. Therese (you are here)
5. Alicia
6. Cynthia
7. Emma

Happy beading Y'all

Monday, April 21, 2014

CC7A April Reveal Reminder and ATTS 5 Participant List

Introducing: The Creative Continuum of Seven Artists ~ an adventure in art creating with friends :: All Pretty Things

Hi Y'all

This is a reminder that on April 26, 2014 will be the April reveal for The Creative Continuum of Seven Artists.  April is my month and my theme is "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds".  Here is what I sent to my six fellow Artists.

This is a picture of my set, I did not take pictures before I sent them out.  Everyone got one of my dichroic glass cabs, 12 or 14 mm stone lentil beads, small blue stone roundels, 8 mm  Opalite, and various sizes and shapes of clear glass beads.

Please come back on the 26th and see what myself, Alicia, Emma, Monique, Sally, Cynthia, and Christine have created for the April challenge of Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds!

 Now on to the participant list of A Time To Stitch 5

Christine and I had a nice turn out for our 5th time around for this challenge.  We enjoy presenting this challenge, because it is always a thrill to see all the different creations y'all do with the stitches suggested.  This time around we are asking that one chooses their favorite stitch and make three of the same pieces but changing something in each piece, either the color, size of bead or shape of bead, to see that with these slight changes the whole piece changes.

Here is the list of participants, without their blog links, that will come later.

1. Therese (Host)
2. Christine (Host)
3. Kim 
4. Janet
5. Maryanne
6. Lola
7. Dagi
8. Shirley
9. Alenka
10. LiliKrist
11. Amy
12. Crystie
13. Sally
14. Cynthia
15. Bobbie
16. Karin S.
17. LizE
18. Becky Pancake
19. Karin G.
20. Ana
21. Wendy
22. Mary H.
23 Jasvanti

Christine and I are so looking for to seeing what each of our participants and each other makes.

If you missed this go around, be on the look out for ATTS 6 to be announced in September for a reveal in January 2015.

Happy beading Y'all,

Monday, April 14, 2014

Shibori Ribbon Blog Hop - hosted by Tanya Goodwin

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Hi Y'all,

Today is the reveal day for the Shibori Ribbon Blog Hop Challenge hosted by Tanya Goodwin of A Work In Progress blog.  Tanya was giving away five nine inch pieces of shibori ribbon for a challenge, but I missed out on the drawing, Tanya said if I had my own shibori ribbon  I could participate in the blog hop.

I have never done anything with shibori ribbon, but I have been drooling over all the beautiful designs and creations I have been seeing on Facebook and Pintrest.  I ordered some of the ribbon from AriaDesignStudio on Etsy with the full intentions of making a cuff, well that did not happen.  So I was so happy when Tanya included me in to her blog hop, because now I had to do something with the ribbon.

Well inspiration did not come easily to me for this challenge, until the other day when I was on Facebook and I saw a simple design and I thought yeah I can do something like that.  So lucky for me I had this weekend off from work, because Tanya sent out an email with the reveal date reminder and I was thinking I had until the 16th.  So I got busy with my design and here is what it turned out to be.

I cut a 3 1/2 inch square out of bead backing and covered it with the ribbon.  I cinched the ribbon in the middle and fanned the ends out.  I had the Czech glass button for a few years now and thought it would be great as the focal in my piece.  I wanted to keep it simple so other then the bezel of seed beads around the button I used 4 mm fire polished Czech beads to embellish and then size 8 silver lined clear seed beads for the brick stitch around the out side of the piece and the bail. I had a silk ribbon string that matched my piece so I used it for the neck strap.

Things I learned from using the shibori ribbon: 
1- it snags very easily 
2- don't pull it to taunt if you want the pleats to show 
3- tack it down when you get the look that you want.  
It would have also helped if I had another hand to hold the ribbon in place while I tacked it down LOL!

Thank you Tanya for allowing me to participate in the blog hop it was fun playing with my ribbon, I will be using shibori ribbon again.

Now please go by and see what the others have done with their ribbon.

Tanya   (our host)
Therese  (you are here)

Thursday, April 10, 2014

A Time To Stitch Five Sign Ups

Hi Y'all,

It is that time again for A Time To Stitch Challenge.  This is mine and Christine's fifth time bring you A Time To Stitch.  The sign ups are from today April 10th through April 17th,
Here is what we are purposing for this go around:

 You will be taking the same stitch of your own choosing and make three of the same pieces with it, just changing up the beads each time.  You will either change up the size, the color, the finish, or the shape.  

Example :  If I choose to make a peyote stitch bracelet, I will make one bracelet with size 15 seed beads, one with size 11 seed beads and one with size 8 seed beads.  OR I will make one in red, one in blue, and one in brown.  OR I will make one in red matte, one in red transparent, one on red iridescent.  OR I will make one in seed beads, one in cubes, and one in peanuts. 

The idea behind this Hop is to see how changing the bead can change the whole look of the piece, even using the same stitch.  It is fascinating how bead choices, more than stitch choices, change the piece.  Hopefully this little experiment will broaden all our repertoires!  

Sign Up today through next Thursday for this easy hop ~ work with a stitch you are comfortable with, and have a little light fun this Spring :-D  

So what do you say are you in for this super easy laid back challenge?  If so leave a comment either on my blog or Christine's, stating that you want to going in on the fun, and we will put you on the list.

Happy beading Y'all,