Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Giveaway with a Little Help from our Friends in Beads 2011

"Friends, you and me...you brought another friend and then there were three.
We started our group, our circle of friends, and like that circle there is no beginning or end."
~Eleanor Roosevelt 

Art Bead Scene is like that ever-widening circle of friends.

Every time someone joins as a follower, comments on a post or participates in a monthly challenge, the circle gets wider. And using art beads makes the circle grow deeper, expanding exponentially so that the relationships within this community are strengthened.

As a designer, I am always looking to the Art Bead Scene to introduce me to new art and art bead artists. There is something so special about using art beads in your work. You can see the hand of the maker all over each piece, and to hold one is to hold a tiny treasure that is suitable for display in any gallery. And every time you use an art bead, it is like adding another ripple to the circle, because often by using them you become more than just a buyer, a client, a number to the maker...you become a friend.

There is just one place that I go each year to find new art bead artists to start a friendship with, and that is the annual buyer's guide called Beads presented by Beadwork magazine.

I always cheer when I see the issue released as it truly is inspiring to see all of the best and brightest beads in one location. If you cannot make it to a bead show, then Bead 2011 is the next best thing. Over 330 new beads along with 15 projects by extremely talented designers is the focus. And with tools and trends explored along with ads for stores you may know about and some that may be new, this publication is always something that I hang onto for a long time.

This issue jam-packed with awesomeness and it is heavy on the art beads, which I particularly love. Since there were so many art beads all in one place, Art Bead Scene had a perfect opportunity to celebrate, especially since five of our contributing editors had pieces included in the issue. So, what is a party without treats? I put out a call to as many of the artists and companies that I could find and asked them to contribute to a giveaway in honor of all the beady goodness that is Beads 2011. I was overwhelmed by the response, and after fondling, er... admiring all the tiny packages that came my way, I can tell you that I honestly wish that I had the chance to win.

Danielle Fox and her staff have outdone themselves and rounded up tips, trends, tools and more to kick start your creativity. There are ten different trends happening in this issue and we have an artist or company in the giveaway to go with almost all of them. Just look at what you could win:
  • Floral: Beads with Blooms
    ceramic beads from Elaine Ray
    arte metal from Vinaj
    ceramic beads and pendants from Jennifer Heynen, Jangles

  • Wild West: Beads with Spirit
    silver clay charms, Beth Hemmila, Hint Jewelry
    original cat drawing ceramic decal beads, Marsha Minutella, Marsha Neal Studios

  • Skyborne: Beads with Wings
    assorted wood tile pendants, Marie Cramp, More Skye Jewels
  • Chain & Fiber: Materials with Texture
    Silver plated colored wire, Soft Flex Company
    plus special surprise goodies not pictured but coming from C Koop Beads and Ornamentea

    assorted components including hand painted glass and plexiglass, aluminum chain, rubber tubing, jump rings and colorful o-rings from Yvonne Irvin, MyELEMENTS
  • Customizable: Items to Personalize
  • Sentiments: Beads with Heart
    three months of the 'simpler truth' sampler club, Erin Prais-Hintz, Tesori Trovati Jewelry
    ceramic heart beads from Gaea Cannaday
    ceramic textural pendants and a hand painted sculptural pendant, Jennifer Davies-Reazor
  • Steampunk: Beads on Trend
    ceramic lumber escutcheon, Melanie of Earthenwood Studio
    enameled components, Sue Kennedy, SueBeads
  • Woodlands: Beads au Naturel
    mixed media metal pendants, Jenny Friske-Baer, Divine Spark Designs
    ceramic toggle, Mary Harding Jewelry
    enameled bead caps, Mary Jane Dodd, mairedodd


    ceramic blue owl, Kylie Parry
    ceramic tree pendant, Sharleen Newland, Shaterra Clay
    five amber leaf glass headpins
    , Raida Disbrow, Havana Beads
  • World Beat: Beads with Culture
  • Glam: Beads with Sparkle
    five iridescent kaleidoscope headpins, Raida Disbrow, Havana Beads
Plus one copy of the Beads 2011 issue.

order your copy today!

So clean up that puddle of drool on your computer and enter to win this massive beady prize! Since I love to spoil my friends, you have three ways to enter, and each must be in a separate comment to count.

Chance #1: Answer one of the following questions:
  • Which trend are you most excited about from the ten in the issue?
  • If you have a copy of the issue, what is one bead artist that was new to you that you are most intrigued by and can't wait to try?
  • What is the reason that you use art beads in your designs?
Chance #2: Blog, Facebook Tweet, skywrite, take out a billboard or otherwise share your love for this giveaway to the rest of your world, then come back here and tell us what you did.

Chance #3: Here at Art Bead Scene, we consider our followers part of our circle of friends. You don't have to be a follower of the Art Bead Scene to win, but if you are a friend who follows us (nearly 1,900...that is some growing circle!), post a third comment for an additional chance.

I will choose a random winner of the entire prize package at midnight on May 30th and announce it during the monthly ABS challenge blog hop on May 31st.

Thanks for being a friend of Art Bead Scene!

Erin Prais-Hintz writes about all things that inspire her at Treasures Found::Inspiration Is Everywhere. Her jewelry designs are one-of-a-kind made one-at-a-time. She collects quotes and dust and invites you to send her your favorite (quote - not dust!) to enjoytheday@tesoritrovati.com.

482 comments:

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Sarah said...

I am a follower and this giveaway is amazing! Congratulations on such an inspiring and informative blog which leads me to the stylish beading elements I love! Thanks and keep it up!

The Clay Chick said...

I'm really excited by the Chain & Fiber Materials with Texture. I love how you can either create an entire piece with them and end up with a real statement piece, or just use a few for a focal.

The Clay Chick said...

I've posted this on my Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Clay-Chick-Ceramics-and-Jewelry/147159615328469

SilverNikNats said...

I use art beads in my designs to enhance my jewellery or to inspire me, some times all it takes is one stunning bead and the design just happens all by it's self!
Niky

Kristen said...

Oh Erin I was tickled pink to see you among the "top ten" and it makes my heart glow to see all the wonderful artists I have coveted get such well deserved honors. I have to say that I am so ready to incorporate my love of seed beads with all of the gorgeous art bead designs available so in answer to question 1 I am excited about all of them! (except maybe for the wire as that is a scary pairing...me + wire = craziness)

Kristen said...

Oh Yes Ladies I am a stalker I mean follower!

Alice said...

What an awesome motherlode of goodies!

I couldn't decide on which trend I was most excited about, but the reason I like using art beads is that I will be helping promote the artists' work, plus my creations will be unique and possibly become something to pass down from generation to generation.

Alice said...

I am a very happy follower of the ABS blog. Thanks for all the work the group does to bring us wonderful articles and lovely inspiration!

Courtney said...

Oh my! I am a follower here. Thanks for the chance.

Courtney said...

Why do I use art beads in my designs - each piece is a little different and unique, they are more special that way.

maryharding said...

Erin, You have made such a wonderful presentation of the Art Beads for this Giveaway. I am so proud to be a part of this celebration. As a participant in the giveaway I don't want to be counted in the drawing. Just wanted to let you know how awed I am with your post!!!!

averilpam said...

I've been following your blog for sometime, and would absolutely love to win even one of those amazing prizes!

averilpam said...

All the jewellery I make is one of a kind and I love to use artbeads to make my work really original and unique

Alice said...

I posted about this g/a on the blog:

http://blissguild.blogspot.com/2011/05/beaders-its-motherlode.html

Steph L. said...

I think my favorite out of all of the trends would have to be the floral, I am a sucker for flower beads.

Steph L. said...

I am also a follower and always look forward to the awesome posts!

Deci said...

I love Beads with Wings, I love to watch birds and butterflies, and to let my imagination fly.
Working these designs into my jewelry adds uniqueness and spirit.

Deci said...

I shared this giveaway on Facebook. (Deci Worland MacKinnon)

JJoy said...

Art beads lend a whimsical and creative touch to my designs. I am just blown away by the creativity and imagination of the artists. Every time I see a new bead on your blog, it's eye candy for me. It's hard to imagine the world before art beads!

Deci said...

I am a happy follower of ABS

Copper Diem said...

I love using art beads because it makes me feel connected to this great community of artist and beaders.

Copper Diem said...

I follow!

Copper Diem said...

and i tweeted at @copperdiem!

Shirley said...

I am a follower of ABS!!!! This is so exciting!
Thanks for the giveaway.

Shirley said...

I use art beads in my work as a complement and focus of my beadweaving. I try to pull out the colors of the art bead, and use the style as a direction for the rest of the piece.

Niina said...

Hi there, this time giveways is awesome. I follow this blog summarized. I love all the rustic and vintage style is wonderful. Greetings from Finland.

Sally said...

What a fantastic giveaway! The artist that is new to me is Kylie Parry.

Sally said...

I really would love to win so I posted the giveaway on facebook http://www.facebook.com/WireWorked

moonlitfantaseas said...

I am a follower of the ABS blog, and I love the inspiration I get from reading it! I also love shopping the ABS etsy shop, I have gotten some very nice things there.
I use art beads in my jewelery, because I love the look and the apeal it adds to my work..and it makes my finished projects one of a kind!

Sally said...

I'm a follower/friend of the ABS blog! ABS is such a fantastic place to find a wealth of info and inspiration! Thank you!

Mary K. McGraw said...

What a fabulous give-away!!. I use art beads in my work because 1) there is the wow factor 2) I like my piece to be unique 3) they are just so special and on & on.

earthlyjewels said...

Oh my, what a wonderful giveaway!!! All the beads are so beautiful but it seems the Glam Beads with Sparkle really caught my eyes!

Thanks for this chance!

myearthlyjewels(at)yahoo(dot)com

New Visions Studio and Gallery said...

NewVisionsStudio just became a follower! Great giveaway

New Visions Studio and Gallery said...

My favorite theme is Woodlands: Beads au Naturel!!!!!!!!

New Visions Studio and Gallery said...

And I shared this on our gallery Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/#!/NewVisionsStudio

earthlyjewels said...

I am a follower of your blog!

myearthlyjewels(at)yahoo(dot)com

Mary K. McGraw said...

Posted on my blog: http://mkaymac.blogspot.com/

earthlyjewels said...

Just letting you know I shared this great giveaway on my FB page....

myearthlyjewels(at)yahoo(dot)com

New Visions Studio and Gallery said...

We just mentioned you in our most recent blog post too!
Please see site and follow us :)
http://newvisionsstudio.blogspot.com

FryeStyle said...

Chain and FIber: Materials with Texture.
I love art beads because they are handmade, take precious time and love to make, and give your jewelry piece uniqueness. Plus, they are fun to collect and get to know the artist behind the work.

FryeStyle said...

FB for me. Spreading the giveaway love.

FryeStyle said...

And, I'm a devoted follower...

Melissa Meman said...

wow, I am so excited about this giveaway...such a generous, glorious pile of bounty! I love using art beads, whether made by me or other fabulous artists - it makes for a much more unique piece of wearable art!

Melissa Meman said...

I am a follower! Yay!

gail said...

All of the bead selections are wonderful!I am drawn to the Woodlands:Beads au Natural,the colors and artwork is connected alot to my self and the way I live.I have posted this comment,plus info about the give-away on Facebook.I am going to be alot of praying until the end of May,if I won,I think it would give me the incentive to Blog!This is the best giveaway I've ever entered.Thanks!

Ann Morrell said...

I just signed up as a follower. I love beads and I use them on my Fiber Arts pieces. I don't get a chance to travel to many bead shows and bead shops are limited in my area...but I do keep up with Mary Kaye, who both teaches bead making and also makes beautiful things. I found it hard to choose but I think my favorite theme of beads is the Woodlands, as it covers all things nature. I have posted a link for your blog on my Fiber Arts blog, which is http://beachgrannyart.blogspot.com/

Boy, would winning this collection put a "WOW" in my bead collection and in my Fiber Arts pieces.
Ann M
yzarctoo@aol.com

gail said...

I shared this giveaway on Facebook,plus how to enter.That will reduce my chance of winning,but I'm sure the beads will go to the right person.Best of luck,everyone!

gail said...

I follow ABS everyday,it's on my front page.Everyday there is something new and interesting,so I click on it first click!

pam ferrari said...

I am follower of ABS!

Ann Morrell said...

Since I answered everything in one post...just breaking down original post (more chances to win)...I am a new follower...and have spent the last 50 minutes going back and reading and viewing your older posts. I have bookmarked this site.
Ann M
yzarctoo@aol.com

pam ferrari said...

Amazing Porcelain was a new artist for me. I love the dragon fly clasp. Erin's new Clay pendants are so cool. Many talents in this magazine.

Pips said...

I've blogged about it! http://pipsjewellery.blogspot.com/

Love ABS and am happy to tell everyone!

pam ferrari said...

I shared this on my blog.
ferrarioriginals.blogspot.com Waitjustonemorebead

Anonymous said...

As a first (but certainly not last) time visitor, I have to say that this post inspires me.Puddle of drool, indeed!

Raw materials, (in this case, these art beads) can serve as such a powerful form of inspiration. The materials represent the potential for the future and final piece that is greater than the sum of its parts.

Thanks for the beautiful eye candy this morning! Time to run to the studio :)

Beadroe said...

I actually loved the whole magazine but I really loved the Yuma Dunes necklace and the collection of Wild West components.
Great Giveaway.

Beadroe said...

I love your blog. I am a avid follower.

Melissa Meman said...

I blogged about the giveaway...http://melissameman.blogspot.com/2011/05/giveaways-galore.html

Faerie-Jeweller said...

Wow, that is some giveaway! The contributing artists have been amazingly generous.

I don't know that I could choose a single category I'm excited about! Maybe Items to Personalize - I like my work to be uniquely mine and use a lot of mixed media and non-traditional materials when I can so items to personalize sounds like it would work well with what I like to do best!

Norma's Clay said...

I cleaned the drool, and clear my eyes. Sure I want to be the winner. To say there are great prizes is an understatement. I use art beads (my own polymer clay made beads) because that makes the piece of jewelry unique.

Faerie-Jeweller said...

Shared on my Stardust and Sparkles facebook page

Norma's Clay said...

Yes, I've been following you for some time. Great blog!

SilverNikNats said...

I'm a follower!

Faerie-Jeweller said...

Just hit the follow button under my real name - Stephie Hall. Didn't know I could do that, have subscribed to the blog in google reader for years which is where I usually read the posts!

Beth said...

I love art beads because they allow us to input a unique element into our design that speaks to us as the designer.

Beth F

SilverNikNats said...

I blogged it
http://silverniknats.blogspot.com/2011/05/giveaway-not-to-be-missed.html
and am still drolling!

Charters said...

I find the variety of colour schemes inspirational. I have added a link on rightside of my blog to ABS.

http://charterscharm.blogspot.com/

Charters said...

I have become a Follower.

stacilouise said...

I use art beads in my jewelry, because they go with my style. They are a little work of art all their own. And I want every part of my jewelry to be one of a kind, handmade, and to come together into a new work of art.

staci
staci.louise@hotmail.com

stacilouise said...

I gladly follow you guys! Love this blog as much as I love art beads!

staci
staci.louise@hotmail.com

stacilouise said...

blogged it here........
www.stacilouise.blogspot.com

staci
staci.louise@hotmail.com

CraftyHope said...

Oh wow!! What a fantabulous prize package. The generosity is astounding!

The trend I'm most excited about?. . .I really like the idea of the customizable: items to personalize trend. Anytime I can create my own spin I get excited about it!

I'll be back with MORE entries in no time. . .

CraftyHope said...

I'm a follower by the way!!

Lea Avroch said...

I love them all, but Glam: Beads with Sparkle captured my heart. As a fellow glass artist, I love the creativity that went into making the unique glass headpins.

Lea Avroch said...

I tweeted at http://www.twitter.com/lajewelrydesign.

Lea Avroch said...

I'm a follower!

Beth said...

I am a follower :)

Beth F

Cindy Lietz, Polymer Clay Tutor said...

Excuse me while I go get yet another stack of paper towels, to mop up the drool!! Receiving this package in the mail would be like dying and landing in bead heaven! As far as the trend(s) I am most excited about, those would be the floral, woodlands and chain and fiber trends. Of course I would also throw in the customizable and sentiments trends as well, since I use all these themes in my work. Thank you for this opportunity!

Do Be Do Bead Do said...

I use art beads in my designs to make them one of a kind! Also, it helps that I am a bead designer.

Do Be Do Bead Do said...

I tweeted!

ArtZhodgepodge said...

I'm now a follower. The upcoming trend I am loving is texture.. love texture.. now back to see what else I need to do.. to qualify for your giveaway... thanks for sharing

Do Be Do Bead Do said...

I am a follower!!!

Cindy Lietz, Polymer Clay Tutor said...

Been a follower of your blog for a long time now. Always been impressed with what you guys bring the beading community. Keep up the great work!

Amy-Sprite said...

In answer to Question#3: I use art beads in my creations because I love to support fabulous artists who create beautiful, lovingly-handcrafted bits of art. I find that it is a win-win for both of us... both of us prosper! The art bead creator not only receives my money, but because my creations grow and have stories of their own, free advertising and beady-love as well. I, in turn, am viewed as an artist with integrity and who creates beautiful art because I am able to weave such fine materials into a beautiful whole.
:)
Amy-Sprite

Amy-Sprite said...

I am a follower!! :D
Amy-Sprite

Misty said...

I Love the More SKYE Jewels. It is a style that just makes me smile!

Misty said...

I am a follower!

Amy-Sprite said...

I reposted this on Facebook under Sprite Creations as well as my personal profile!

Amy-Sprite

Kristi Bowman said...

An absolutely amazing giveaway. I love and use and make art beads because they are unusual and different and beautiful. I love that somebody has sat and created something from beginning to end, they add so much more to a design that something made on a machine!

Kristi Bowman said...

I am a follower!! In a good way :)

Kristi Bowman said...

Posted it on my FB Bus page which also tweets it. http://www.facebook.com/DreamSome.Etsy

CraftyHope said...

I've also shared the giveaway:
on Twitter (@CraftyHope)
on Facebook (Crafty Hope Jewelry)
and on my blog (http://craftyhope.blogspot.com/2011/05/getting-my-share-on.html)

Erin S said...

Oh my word! My heart is pounding at the thought of so much awesome stuff! I use artbeads because they are not mass produced, and often one of a kind. I hate using the exact same stuff as everybody else, (so boring) plus I like to support these great artists rather than a big factory in china someplace.
Erin S

Erin S said...

I am a follower! please enter me a second time!
Erin S

Bunny Hipps said...

I am a follower who is always inspired by the beads that are featured!

Bunny Hipps said...

I use art beads because they make my designs truly one of a kind.

a2susan said...

I have always read this blog but now am an "official" follower!

Cynthia said...

I am already a follower of ABS, and would love a chance to win all this loot!

a2susan said...

I use art beads because they always enhance whatever it is I am beading. The color determines the color of beads, the type of stitch, whether the piece will be a necklace or a bracelet, or perhaps a pair of earrings. Plus, because an art bead is handmade by another artist, it gives me a sense of connection.

Anonymous said...

I posted the Giveaway details on Facebook.

Lisa Staten

Melinda Orr said...

I really love the new glass headpins...think they are new and very useful & beautiful too!

quiltingjewel39 said...

I like to use art beads because I like to support individual artists. The beads are fun, different and you know you won't see it everywhere. What an unbelievable give away! Thank you for the chance.

Melinda Orr said...

tweeted Chirp-chirp

quiltingjewel39 said...

I am a follower.

Melinda Orr said...

shared on facebook ~

Cynthia said...

I like using art beads in my designs for a couple reasons. First, I like to support the artists. I enjoy making a connection with them. If we don't support each other, we'll all fall down.
Second, I like to make one-of-a-kind necklaces, so, a one-of-a-kind art bead is a super way to do that! There are endless possibilities.

Anonymous said...

I choose to use art beads because they set my handmade jewelry gifts far above anything that can be bought in a department store!

Lisa Staten

Anonymous said...

I'm a new follower and I'm amazed at the Giveaway! WOW!

Lisa Staten

Sally Anderson said...

Oh, yes! Please enter me in the contest. Love it all. My favorite would be hard to pick b/c I am so crazy about all this stuff. That's why I'm so unproductive, too! HA!
Thanks for this awesome giveaway!

Sally Anderson said...

I am a follower already. Please enter me a second time, too!

Sally Anderson said...

Posted on FB: http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1075518196

Thanks again.

Julianna Cannon said...

Don't.Have.Words.For.This.Amazing.Collection.Of.Art.Beads.And.Components.

I am one amazed follower.

Juls

Julianna Cannon said...

I use art beads because they are just that...ART beads.

I love the stories they tell and the ones they don't. I love that they are born of imagination to fuel imagination, a continuous thread that binds us all together in the creative tapestry of life.

To anyone and everyone who chases a muse, follows a calling, or heeds the voice within....THANK YOU.

XO
Juls

ladynoble said...

WHHHHHHHAAAAAAAAAAAATTT? This giveaway is so insane!

I love Art Bead Scene and am a proud follower! My Chance #1 answer is: Customizable: Items to Personalize! I am very excited about this trend. Using art beads in a design make that design one-of-a-kind. Take it up a notch and make it a personalized one-of-a-kind design... the recipient of that design will FREAK OUT.(kind how I am freaking over this amazing giveaway!!!!)

Kate said...

I am excited about Chain & Fiber: Materials with Texture! I love this trend!

Kristi said...

I use art beads because they are different, one of kind, and pretty

Kate said...

I am a follower!

Kristi said...

I am a follower!

Kate said...

I posted to Facebook! Thanks for running such a great giveaway!

sandi m said...

Oh my, decisions decisions! Kudos to all the designers who are featured in the issue. What a generous giveaway - thank you Erin.
I've been using art beads f.o.r.e.v.e.r. They just add that special touch to a design made by someone who loves their craft and allows me to truly design one-of-a-kind pieces. I really like all the categories.

sandi m said...

Yup, I'm a follower, too!
sandi

Janet Bocciardi said...

I am a follower... Holy Canoli! What an amazing give-away!

Janet Bocciardi said...

I use Art Beads in some of my jewelry, because I fall in lust with them and have to divest myself occassionally as too much lust is probably not good for you.

Janet Bocciardi said...

I FBd on my fan page + it sends out tweet!

http://facebook.com/honeyfromthebee
http://twitter.com/honeyfromthebee

Melody said...

I have been a follower for awhile...love the eye candy and all the amazingly inspirational ideas.

For My Sweet Daughter said...

I think I may have passed out when I read all the way to the bottom and saw that 1 person gets all of those fabulous beads!
I use art beads because they set my jewelry apart from those simply stringing beads on wire. They take your pieces to the next level and support other artists and that's a good thing :-)
Shannon C

For My Sweet Daughter said...

I am a follower :-)
Shannon C

For My Sweet Daughter said...

and I shared the link on fb wall as Shannon Iko Chomanczuk

Melody said...

I am torn in re: what trend I am most excited about...I do mostly bead weaving and see great potential to include the lovely lampworked headpins like the "five iridescent kaleidoscope headpins from Raida Disbrow at Havana Beads of the Glam: Beads with Sparkle trend. I can see them providing a focus or dimension that my beadweaving pieces sometime need...but I also just adore the amazingly detailed little ceramic and metal pieces like Kylie Parry's ceramic blue owl and the mixed media metal pendants by Jenny Friske-Baer of Divine Spark Designs in the Woodlands: Beads au Naturel

Grubbi said...

I have a love for art beads because it ties together my love for Art and my love for beads! When I first got into jewellery making, I wandered around quite aimlessly for a time, trying to find my niche and then I stumbled upon Art Bead Scene and it all began to make sense...to fall into place. It's fabulous to be able to go one step further than just putting components together to make something pretty...to actually involve myself in the creative process that one step further brings a whole new meaning to "hand made".

Grubbi said...

Of course, I would love a second entry, given that I'm a follower too :)

Grubbi said...

And whilst I'm here for a third time, I may as well mention I just plugged the giveaway on my Facebook too. Not sure how to prove that though?! *wipes drool off desk*

KayzKreationz said...

I'm excited about the chain and fiber trend. I love using chain or making my own and have been wanting to add some fiber to my Kreationz.

kaythomerson(at)hotmail.com

http://KayzKreationz.blogspot.com

KayzKreationz said...

I am a follower of your blog. I love your posts.

http://KayzKreationz.blogspot.com

JenEm said...

I just love all of these trends, but really love Customizable: Items to Personalize! Way to really add a special touch to the things I create!!

Kristy's Kreations Jewelry said...

I bought this magazine and just had to find out who made the cute glass owl bead on the cover. I contacted Sandra (of beads nest) and corresponded with her a bit and found out that she is one of the nicest people! I have used many of the art beads by the artists who were featured in the magazine and I love using them because it is nice to have unique pieces to work with.
Please enter me in the (AWESOME!) giveaway! Thanks :)

JenEm said...

Just put the giveaway up on Twitter for a second chance! Thanks so much!!

Kristy's Kreations Jewelry said...

I am a follower, please enter me a second time.

Kristy's Kreations Jewelry said...

I shared the link on my facebook :)
https://www.facebook.com/kristycarrollabner

Betsy Leonard Kaage said...

I'm most excited about the Customizable: Items to Personalize trend. I admire all of the artists featured and would use any of the beads pictured, but having the opportunity to make them personal to me is super cool. Art Bead Scene is awesome!!

Paige said...

I'm super excited about the customizable/sentiments trend...love them!

What an amazing giveaway--WOW!

Paige said...

I tweeted about the giveaway--I'm @PMaximDesigns :)

Paige said...

I'm also a follower...and so happy I found this blog last summer/fall!

Judith Whitcomb said...

I use art beads in my jewelry designs to give them pizazz, make them stand out. My jewelry business is called Eloquence, and it's art beads that make a simple necklace eloquent.

Jane said...

I love all the Woodland beads!

orenjane@gmail.com

k!m said...

Wild West seems interesting & different! Love them all tho!!! Excellent post...thank you!!!!!!!!
jsmonkeys@comcast.net

k!m said...

I don't have all that technology, but I did tell absolutely everyone I know about this awesome giveaway, as well as, the fabulous Art Bead Scene blog!!!!!
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Judith said...

I have posted a link to this fabulous giveaway on Facebook.

Noemi said...

I love the Glam: Beads with sparkle section. I just love it!
But then I also love woodlands.
They are all amazing on their own way. You've done a great job putting everything together.

Judith said...

I am a new follower--not just because of this giveaway but because it's a great blog.

k!m said...

I'm both a follower of the ABS and I love Art Beads!!!!
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Noemi said...

I have been a follower for some time now, so please count me in again.

Noemi said...

And my third entry. I have blogged about it, but I will also publish it on my Facebook.

http://creacionesnoemibaena.blogspot.com/2011/05/what-giveaway-menudo-sorteo.html

Marissa said...

I use art beads because the creativity and quality of the pieces helps to inspire the same in my own work!

Marissa said...

I am a BIG follower. I check for new posts almost every morning over coffee.

The Clay Chick said...

I've been following ABS for the past 4-5 months...I love the wide variety of topics covered.

swopemelmel said...

I like to use Art Beads and love all art because I feel that it carries with it a very powerful talisman. They are very special and hold within them the joy, love, dreams and imagination of their artists. When I find a fingerprint in clay or paint it always gives me a chill. swopemelmel@aol.com

Mimi said...

What an unbelievable give-away! I can't even imagine what I could do with all these beautiful beads and goodies. . .but I'd love to try! :)

To me, using art beads adds so much character to a design. The artist's personality really comes through, as well as their love of what they do. Art beads are all one of a kinds, and I love picking them out. . .one, by one!

Mimi said...

Posted on my facebook page: facebook.com/Other Curiosities :)

Mimi said...

I've also been a follower for awhile! Entry #3, please!

Mandy said...

I love using art beads in my work, they make every piece unique and special. Everyone can relate to at least one art bead!

Mandy said...

I just posted the give-away on my facebook page! I promised jewelry for all if I win!

Mandy said...

And #3 I'm a follower! Thanks!

Cindy Cima said...

I want to used art beads in my designs because I like using unique pieces handmade by other artists like myself.

Cindy Cima said...

Shared my love on my FB page!

Cindy Cima said...

Became a follower!

baglady said...

I am most excited about the chains and fiber- I have been experimenting and would love to get more ideas.

Latasha said...

Just shared the link on facebook :)
What an amazing giveaway.

New follower, love the blog.

baglady said...

I am a happy follower and have been for some time. I would be delirious if I won the gigantic give away.

Latasha said...

As a new follower, I am really excited to explore the blog and learn from you and your current followers... I class myself as a fairly new beader/jewelry maker, I have a lot to learn. Still finding my style etc,.

The prize package is amazing... what a bundle, mixture of mediums... a person could really do a lot with those treasures.

Sandra said...

I have my copy of Stringing and noticed Jennifer Davies-Reazor's work. Her work really caught my eye and have ordered some goodies to try!

Elizabeth said...

My most recent obsession would be chain and wire. Just loving the feel of metal.

Sandra said...

I just shared this on my facebook page!

Sandra said...

Enter me the third time. I am a follower!

Thanks!

Elizabeth said...

I shared the info and love on my Twitter and Facebook page.

Elizabeth said...

I'm also a follower of ABS. Love you guys. :D

Elisabeth said...

What is the reason that you use art beads in your designs? Because you, my ABS friends, and those that participate in the monthly challenges, have shown me how incredible they are, and make pieces one of a kind!

Elisabeth said...

Shared on my facebook page...Beads For Busy Gals

Elisabeth said...

And I am a follower!

TrudiC said...

I check the Art Bead Scene blog everyday to get inspiration for my bead projects. It's great!

Judy said...

Such an amazing giveaway...wowzzer!!
I like to use art beads in my designs so to keep the piece one of a kind and all handmade.

Judy said...

I posted on Facebook too! http://www.facebook.com/pages/Judith-BDesigns/72933880815?ref=ts

Cherrie Fick of En La Lumie're said...

I am a follower and I will share this yummy collection.

Bead Soup said...

wow...is all I have to say. I found this link through a friend on facebook and am now a follower. I also saw a friend of mine...Yvonne from MyElements and am off to look at Havana Beads and their fantastic head pins. And I must say I will be looking at so much more. Your pictures are so wonderful and more inviting than the magazine's

CraftCrave said...

Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [18 May 02:15am GMT]. Thanks, Maria

Mellisa said...

Holy Macaroni that is one awesome prize!!!

I love using art beads for the connection to the person who made them- it's so neat to be able to tell a story about the piece :)

Mellisa said...

I'm a follower :)

Carol D. said...

I am a follower! Love this prize package.

ladynoble said...

I posted this giveaway and directed my friends to come visit ABS!

posted on facebook { http://www.facebook.com/pages/Handmade-City/120090591380988 }

& on my blog { http://ladynobledesign.com/2011/05/17/super-sweet-giveaway-via-art-bead-scene/ }

:) eeeek

Not Afraid said...

I posted a link on my FB page, but I hope my friends don't comment - I want to win! ;)

https://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/lisa.cone

Not Afraid said...

I have to post a third commend so I can cease the drooling!

Connie said...

oh wow! that is a very generous giveaway package! i use art beads because they set my jewelry apart from the ordinary - they make in unique and give it original character.

Connie said...

i am a follower too!

Janet said...

What wonderful beads!! I have bought from almost all of these designers and what they have made well the Bring it! I am also a follower!
I use Art beads bc theyre just so Unique! I make my Own Lampwork beads and I Love it as the Skys the limit!

Janet said...

Im a follower too!

Janet said...

I facebooked this as well! Than you for this absolutely Wonderful chance!
is on my facebook!!
http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1014962907

Susanm said...

I started making jewelry so I could give gifts that were unique and reflected the personalities of the recipient. Art beads help make my pieces unique. I also love the artistry of the various beads.

steufel said...

Chain & Fiber - what elso could it be:-)

GErMano Arts said...

I am new to the blog found you from a post thru Jess. I have been using Art beads for quite sometime and they simply do lend themselves to keeping your designs unique and fresh, even if someone buys the same Art bead as you, no two ever come out the same

Latasha said...

Did I forget to mention that Marie from skye jewels sent me...?

Donna said...

I posted to Facebook. Those colored rings are so cute... www.sew-and-so.com

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