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.

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Eileen said...

I'm most excited about the Wild West~beads with spirit. So fun!
Thank you for the endless inspiration and information.

Cristi Baxter Clothier said...

Question 1: I use art beads in my designs because it makes them unique and interesting. Each art bead has it's own signature and lends character to my pieces.

Thanks!

Cristi Baxter Clothier said...

I just "Facebook'ed" about the giveaway too!

Cristi Baxter Clothier said...

I'm also a Follower!

Laura said...

I only started using art beads in my designs six months ago when I discovered the art bead scene blog. I am now hooked and have begun to hoard them. I love the creativity within each designer. It is amazing to me how someone can create , out of any material, a tiny piece of heaven called an art bead.

Jen V. said...

I'm a follower! I've been inspired by the ABS for years. :)

Marbella Jewelry Designs said...

i love using art beads because that add a unique touch to the piece and they're also great for inspiration.

Jen V. said...

Blog post done! Love featuring some of my friends. :)
http://jenjuddrocks.blogspot.com/2011/05/art-bead-scene-beads-2011-giveaway.html
Thanks!
Jen

Jen V. said...

And for my third...I have to say that my favorite trend in here are the flowers...petals, leaves, modern & stylized or classic & rustic. I like that it can go either way but always feels feminine.
Take care!
Jen

Marbella Jewelry Designs said...

I've posted about this giveaway on my blog

http://marbelladesigns.blogspot.com/2011/05/beads-2011-and-art-bead-scene-massive.html

Marbella Jewelry Designs said...

shared on facebook : )

Marbella Jewelry Designs said...

posted on twitter
http://twitter.com/#!/marbellajewelry

Marbella Jewelry Designs said...

i am a follower too!

BahamaDawn said...

i use artbeads in my jewelry because hand made items add that special touch and most of the time give a piece that extra element of fun and funkiness and uniqueness!

patodat said...

I am a deleriously happy follower of ABS... I get a real kick out of opening the newsletter and e-mails and knowing there are so many talented artists ar work.

patodat said...

The owl by Kyli Parry really caught my eye... I am an owl, hedgehog, fox beader since following Heather Powers cool examples..so I guess woodland nature is my choice

patodat said...

I am a fan of using art beads since I make them and then send them to my sister who then incorporates them into her unique jewelry. She is so talented... I signed her up for ABS e-mail and she has spread the word in her little Florida art colony on Pine Island.

Anonymous said...

My eye kept getting drawn to the wood-tile cabochons by Skye Jewels.

Rita

parrarita@yahoo.comeleden

balanced. said...

I love to use art beads in my jewellery because I love to support artists! I also love knowing that my designs are as unique as the elements I use in them.

balanced. said...

I also happily follow art bead scene! :)

Marci said...

Art beads give any design a unique look.

Marci said...

I just tweeted this! @MonkeyMama79

Marci said...

And I'm a follower! Love your site!

kathyj said...

What a great and inspiring give-away!!!
I'm most excited about: Woodlands: Beads au Naturel — and have already fallen in love with "ceramic blue owl, Kylie Parry" !!!

kathyj said...

What a great & inspirational give-away!!
I'm most excited about "Woodlands: Beads au Naturel" and have already fallen in love with "ceramic blue owl, Kylie Parry" !!
thanks!

Bobbie said...

When you make something by hand, you are sharing a bit of yourself. I appreciate the chance to let an art bead maker's creativity inspire my own and push me into new areas in my jewelry making.

swopemelmel said...

I do not know how to become a follower but I do follow the blog and read everyday. I hope that counts. swopemelmel@aol.com

swopemelmel said...

I also Facebooked about the giveaway and liked you on facebook. swopemelmel@aol.com

Ashleigh Becker said...

I posted to Facebook!

Ashleigh Becker said...

I am a follower! This is an awesome giveaway!!

Caras Designs said...

I like art beads scene because i can see what is trend . I'm a follower and i love this giveaway.

Malin de Koning said...

Chance #1: One bead artist I was intrigued by:
Amazing Porcelain

maneki said...

Oh, what a fab giveaway! *drooling*

The trend I feel most excited about and would love to be inspired by is Chain & fiber. Two very different materials with lots of possibilities, not just as stringing materials.

maneki said...

I'm also a blog follower

Andrew Thornton said...

Couldn't pass up a chance to enter... even if it is a long shot.

I'm really interested in the Skyborne and Customizable trends. Of course, I love winged things, but I really also like making things personal. If we are indeed, as designers, creating future heirlooms... don't we want our pieces to say something, to carry with them something of the person who made the work and who wears it?

Andrew Thornton said...

For a second shot at these goodies, I've updated my Facebook page and Twittered about the giveaway! Thanks so much for such a fabulous opportunity!

Nicki Hall said...

Hi from Nicki at Little Red Head. Oh my goodness 'what a gorgeous stash'!

The trend I am loving at the moment are the enamelled brass findings, they seem to be a more glam alternative to some of the verdigris finishes, although I do love those too. Mary Harding toggles are THE most gorgeous things ever, and I love all the Elaine Ray connectors as they are so timeless. I shall be looking out for those Marie dodd enamelled caps too, gorgeous. I would love to use more of these items in my jewellery making, but mostly see them all in Lorelei Eurto's designs (who's probably my favourite designer EVER) and such an inspiration to experiment with different colours and techniques! Love her work! Sorry went off on a tangent there, but she's so fab!

I have posted this on my personal facebook profile, on my littleredhead profile, on the Brisbane Handmade Facebook page, on 'Shop Contemporary Handmade's' facebook page and on my little red head blog.

Jennifer P said...

I LOVE using art beads in my designs because they inspire me and make the designs so unique.
cspmom at gmail dot com

Jennifer P said...

I follow on google friend connect. Jennifer Pellicone
cspmom at gmail dot com

ladynoble said...

Chance #2 for me...

I reposted this sahweeet giveaway on my faccebook and blog!

http://ladynobledesign.com/2011/05/17/super-sweet-giveaway-via-art-bead-scene/

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Handmade-City/120090591380988

yippie!

Regina said...

I got my copy of Beads 2011 last weekend, and was excited about the Tribal Jewelry trend. I love big and bright jewerly with coral and turquoise and happy that this is a look for 2011. I would love to try out some torched copper charms from Kindred Spirit Designs, the studio is new to me and I plan to check them out real soon. Why do I like to use artbeads? Because they make one's designs unique!

Bobbie said...

I blogged about this amazingness -- the news is too great not to share it!

Regina said...

I have blogged about your grand giveaway at http://reginaswritings.blogspot.com/

Regina said...

I am a follower!

Bobbie said...

Oh, oops, and duh. When I blogged about it, t was here:
http://beadsong.blogspot.com/2011/05/mother-of-all-giveaways.html

Bobbie said...

And I'm a follower! Yippee!

Carol said...

Chance #1: Using art beads sets our work apart from the pack. . .handmade, unique!

Carol said...

Chance #2: Posted link on Facebook!!!

Carol said...

Chance #3: I am a follower!!! You betcha!!! And my birthday is the 31st! :)

allykat said...

I didn't discover art beads until about 3 years after I took a jewellery making course at a local community centre. Up till then, I was all about swarovski crystals and pearls. Artbeads may cost quite a bit - which means I use them judiciously - but I like the element of uniqueness they bring to my jewellery. They make a piece extra special and I especially like the idea that by incorporating them, I'm doing my bit to support all those artists/artisans who work so hard to get their creative voices heard.

ladynoble said...

chance #3:

I am also a ABS follower. I absolutely love this blog family and have found some amazing new artists through this site. Keep on keeping on ABS!!

Heidi said...

I Facebooked about it: http://www.facebook.com/expostfactojewelry

Heidi said...

I am also a follower of the ABS blog and have been loving it for almost a year now :)

Heidi said...

I don't have the issue yet - but I like using art beads because it adds to the unique, one-of-a-kind appearance of my jewelry. I think it's more special if I know no one else will have the same thing - plus, it makes each piece a work of art!

Genea said...

I use art beads in my designs because I love using artist made pieces and my art beads together to create breath taking mixed-media pieces.

FB fanpage-http://www.facebook.com/#!/geneabeadslampwork

FB profile-http://www.facebook.com/geneabeads
Twitter-http://twitter.com/#!/GeneaBeads
Blog-http://geneabeads.blogspot.com/2011/05/giveaway-at-art-bead-scene-blog.html
I am already a faithful follower :)

xo Genea

Linda Landig said...

I am a follower, because art beads rock over anything that is mass produced. I feel the passion of the creator and as though we are in collaboration in the finished piece.

Linda Landig said...

I shared this on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/lindalandigjewelry and I tweeted it.

allykat said...

I'm a follower and have been for some time. I love the Monthly Challenges but haven't had the inspiration nor the nerve to participate yet. Hopefully, that'll change soon. Thank you for this giveaway opportunity - I don't ever recall seeing so many beautiful beads just for ONE giveaway :-).

Greer said...

Well the keyboard is going to need replacing as it is thoroughly drool soaked!
I love art beads because there is a value, a preciousness, in an object that has been thought about, and hand made as an expression of the inner self of the artist and I wish to honour this spirit in my own creations.

Greer said...

And I'm a follower of the Art Bead Scene blog!

Glaszwerg said...

I am a follower and this give away is amazing! Have a nice day, yours Doris

JeannieK said...

I have not seen the issue yet so I can't answer the questions, but I have been a follower for over 3 years.

JeannieK said...

I also posted on my blog
http://site.jkdjewelry.com/blog/

JeannieK said...

I posted on FaceBook
http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/

jessklaaren said...

We are having a festival this weekend and I have posted a large sign at my booth telling all who stop by about your contest!!

jessklaaren said...

A Friend in Need..Is a Friend Indeed! : ) I am a follower and in need of beads!

KayzKreationz said...

I tweeted about your giveaway.

http://twitter.com/KayzKreationz

Marlene said...

The beads you were sent are OUT of THIS WORLD Gorgeous! Can only hope to become half as good at creating as the wonderful artists you feature.

Marlene said...

Added your contest to my blog with a link back to ArtBeadScene.

Alice Howe said...

Working with patina and metals is my new learning. Lots of inspiration in this issue.

indigo heart said...

i use art beads because they're so personal. they make my work special, too. i love that.
beth

Diane said...

I love using art beads showcased on a simple piece of knitting. A straight forward sweater looks gorgeous with the right art bead(s) in place. Thanks for the fabulous contest.
ditetre(at)mac(dot)com

indigo heart said...

i'm also a follower!
beth

Lynda said...

What a giveaway! They are all beautiful, but the silver clay charms. I'd love to see how Beth uses them.

Lisa @FishyFaceDesigns said...

Skyborne: Beads with Wings... I love those...I love them all! I love beads..all beads..I never know what I am going to make til I hold them in my hand... So shiny and beautiful... Never have I found something so powerful...Beads are a universal language...they truly can bring us together...allow is to stand up for a cause and it is amazing the bonds you can build over BEADS!
Take care!

I will post to face book and tweet tweet tweet...
Best wishes everyone...

Charis Designs said...

I'm a brand new follower and just posted this link of my facebook page
www.facebook.com/charisdesigns- does that count for two????

LOVE the goodies- what an amazing collection!

KJ said...

Chance #1: I use art beads because they are unique and a great compliment to my usual media of seed beads.

KJ said...

Chance #3: I wrote a blog post at:
http://kjsbeadaciousbeads.blogspot.com/2011/05/really-big-giveaway.html

What a great giveaway. I saw some of my favorite artists represented in that stash.

Sabine said...

I follow your blog! I use Art Beads because they are unique and add something beyond the ordinary to the jewelry.

Ann
mycriticaleye.com

maneki said...

Blogged about it too (at Wild roses and blackberries).

Kris Binsfeld said...

I love Glam: Beads with sparkle... looking forward to trying headpin beads. The selection of beads is so amazing! Such talented artisians! Thanks for the giveaway! Love the inspiration you all give!

Serena Trent said...

Art beads are fun to use because they bring a new attitude and life the a design. These beads add the "F" in Funk and the "P" in Punk!

Serena Trent said...

Just posted to my facebook page, PijWorld

Serena Trent said...

Oh, did I mention I'm a follower too!

Malin de Koning said...

Chance #2: I blogged about the give-away!

Malin de Koning said...

Chance #3: Of course I am a follower!

Lorelei Eurto said...

I love using art beads in my designs because there is nothing better than that collaboration between design and bead artist, the more the merrier! It helps create an artful and whimsical piece of jewelry that always appeals to that special someone.

Eleanor Snare said...

I'm going to be blogging about this but will post that later...this giveaway pretty much made my jaw drop right open! What a fantastic haul and whoever wins is going to be the envy of many, many people.

I think my favourite trend from the issue is probably Beads with Culture or possibly Beads with Spirit. I love the idea of making something intimate that represents a country, time, or place that is distant to you; the same with an emotion or spirit that maybe seems far away, but can become close to you through an object.

linda thiltgen said...

I just discovered your blog through Hint. I have long been a fan of her treasures and have several. I am posting your giveaway on my Facebook page. What a fabulous give away!

Doreen said...

I like to use art beads because they make the piece more special. Usually artist created beads are prettier! Also, if I know the artist who made the bead, I will think of her whenever I look at the piece.

Doreen said...

Oh, P.S. I am a long-time follower!

Jane said...

WoW! I am definately a follower and intend to view each and everyone's beads. I love the bright colours, and what the artists are doing with clay. Steampunk is also exciting. I am amazed at the creativity and skill that keeps showing up on this site.
Thanks!

Christine said...

I'll be getting that magazine because I want to try all 10, but the first one will be floral since I just bought some floral components.
Fantastic giveaway - thanks for the chance!!

Heather said...

Wow...now this is a give away ladies!!!

I use Art beads when ever I can in my projects that is appropriate... they add part of the unique individuality that I strive to achieve!

I'm a follower and I've tweeted!
Cheers

Chelan said...

I've never been one to be mainstream ~ always wanted to be original & never wanted to be compared to anyone. I use artbeads because it gives my pieces an element of originality. They aren't all over the bead stores & mainstream wholesale sites.

Penny said...

When I originally started designing jewelry I used mostly gemstones and accent beads in gold, silver, bronze and copper. When I started following blogs I fell in love with all of the art beads out there and started slowly buying on Esty. I wish I had a boatload of money and lots of spare time so I could shop, buy and design. This is an amazing giveaway.

Penny said...

I am a follower.

Penny said...

Sharing on Facebook, Copper Penny Designs.

rockcreekcreations said...

I love to use art beads because they make such wonderful focals!!

rockcreekcreations said...

I am a follower!

rockcreekcreations said...

I posted it on my facebook!

Doreen said...

I blogger about the giveaway here: http://doreenwilley.blogspot.com/2011/05/huge-giveaway.html

Patty said...

I like art beads because they are more original and add more personality to my jewelry. I'm a big fan of anything handmade!

Patty said...

Just followed the blog too. Thanks for the fun and generous giveaway!

Beverly Herman said...

I am a follower on the Art Bead Scene. I shared the link on Facebook.
http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=692919180
Thank you!!

Chelan said...

I have told all my Facebook buddies how I want to win this awesome loot!

Chelan said...

I am also a follower! Count me in for three! Thanks so much for the opportunity!

Marcie A. said...

I am so excited about the Steampunk enamel components. I've been really feelin' the steampunk lately, and those components are just awesome!

Leigh said...

Chance #1: Answer one of the following questions:
Which trend are you most excited about from the ten in the issue?

I was especially interested in the clay beads produced by artrageousclay that appeared in this issue.

liamsamuel @ gmail.com (no spaces)

Leigh said...

Chance # 2: I tweeted about this giveaway: http://twitter.com/#!/DrLeighSerrie/status/71539277904879617

liamsamuel @ gmail.com (no spaces)

Leigh said...

Chance #3: I already follow your blog.

liamsamuel @ gmail.com (no spaces)

Rebekah said...

Ooh they're all stunning! It's so hard to choose my favorite. What's not to love about an art bead?! But, I really like the Sentiments and Woodlands trends... they're close to my style and I'd love to create something beautiful with them... or even just hold them!!

Rebekah said...

I'm a follower now! Yay! Thanks for this amazing giveaway!

BackstoryBeads said...

I just discovered your blog and became a follower. Wonderfully informative!

Maggie said...

Tweet Tweet: http://twitter.com/#!/RiotOfWords

BackstoryBeads said...

I downloaded the digital version of the magazine, and my favorite trend is Chain & Fiber. I love materials with texture!

Maggie said...

I am also a follower of the blog and super excited about these beads!

Colleen said...

I think the trend I'm most excited about is the Woodlands. Thanks for the opportunity.

Colleen said...

I'm a happy new follower! This is an amazing giveaway!

Rebekah said...

And my third entry - blogged about it here: http://www.treewingsstudio.com/ Thanks! :-)

Colleen said...

I tweeted it! https://twitter.com/#!/wildmtnrose1
Thanks again for this awesome opportunity.

somethingunique said...

OMG!!! what an amazing giveaway! i think i would passout if i won :P i love to use art beads for one to support hancrafted artists that put so much love and talent into their creations and i make OOAK jewelry and what better way to do that by using unique hand crafted components they just add so much to my creations, thanks so much for all of the artists that contributed to this fantastic giveaway take care ttfn L:)

somethingunique said...

I posted this fabu giveaway on face book
http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/profile.php?id=100002191188841 thanks again ttfn L:)

KipperCat said...

Oh My Gosh - So many pretties in one collection. It definitely makes me want to see that book.

KipperCat said...

I referenced this on my FB page, with pleasure. I know my friends will enjoy the gorgeous pics

KipperCat said...

Now that I've read your directions, I'll answer as you asked! My favorite trend is Woodlands: Beads au Naturel, but I would enjoy working with any of these beads.

BahamaDawn said...

i am a follower also! and love this blog!

Anne Hartman said...

I love several of the trends, but World Beat and Texture are my favorites!

Anne Hartman said...

I am also a follower!

Pine Ridge Treasures said...

I am a follower as well! The trend I am most excited about is floral. I love using flower beads in my designs. They are always cherry and beautiful.

Pine Ridge Treasures said...

I posted on Facebook at Pine Ridge Treasures (artisan jewelry at affordable prices)!
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Pine-Ridge-Treasures/205451472805925?ref=ts#!/pages/Pine-Ridge-Treasures/205451472805925?sk=wall

Pine Ridge Treasures said...

I am a follower and this blog is great!

Coty said...

I use art beads because they are so unique and always add a handmade touch to anything!

Coty said...

I'm a blog follower!

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

I love to use art beads and artists components in my designs. It give my work a quality I feel good about and I love to support others in this amazing business. I would love to win this amazing stash. I already use some of these products but this would give me the opportunity to work with even more.

rita said...

I don't have the magazine yet but love all the copper and colored wire being used!
Rschneck1 at cox dot net

rita said...

I am a follower!
Rschneck1at cox dot net

allykat said...

OK, I went and blogged about your fantastic giveaway. I wanted to add pics of all the lovely beads you featured but in the end I went with just 3. I don't think I would have gotten around to writing the post if I had added all the photos....I'd still be drooling over all that gorgeousness :-). The URL for my blog post is here: http://dreamstruckdesigns.blogspot.com/2011/05/amazing-bead-giveaway.html

Cillaw said...

I am follower of this blog for sure!!!
Thanks for such an awesome give away!!
Cilla
tellyourgirlfriends

Cillaw said...

I use Art Beads so each piece is a true one of a kind creation. Even If I buy 4 of the same beads from an artist, they won't have the exact quality to them because they are handmade. This makes each design that I make unique and why I think people seek out designs made with Art Beads!
Cilla
tellyourgirlfriends

Kell said...

While I'm intrigued by all the topics, I think I am most interested in "World Beat: Beads with Culture". I'm intrigued by other cultures and what beads/jewelry mean or have meant to them.

Kell

Kell said...

I'm a follower of the Artbead scene blog, and love it. Thanks for such a generous and amazing giveaway!

Kell said...

I blogged about the giveaway on my blog: http://beadativityblog.blogspot.com/2011/05/giveaway-so-amazing-im-not-sure-i.html . I also posted my blog on my facebook account (Kelly Wallin Morin) and my facebook page (Beadativity).

moonlitfantaseas said...

what a wonderful give away! would love to win! I am a follower

Sue-Lin said...

I use art beads in my design to share and showcase the talent of these designers. Every piece is an art in itself and is always inspirational.

Martha said...

I was most inspired by the chain & fiber section. I’ve just started using hand-died silk ribbon in my designs, and I’m very excited about trying other types of fiber & chain (enameled aluminum, felt, etc.).

Martha said...

I follow you. Thank you so much for all the wonder information and inspiration!

Martha

Tara P. said...

I'm always excited to find a new-to-me lampwork artist, so I am anxious to check out Zbeadz.com. The necklace made with the birdhouse and bird are just too cute

Tara P. said...

I'm now a follower - I can't believe I wasn't already! When I follow someone in Google Reader, I forget to follow them on their actual site.

Latasha said...

I keep checking almost daily to see who else is checking in, yes I've become a stalker...
Also can't help but look at what amazing prizes are going to be given away...
posted this on my fan page too.

I am getting anxious for the 30th.

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Knitknacks/192616034089992

Caras Designs said...

I have posted a link to this fabulous giveaway on Facebook.
haegaerpr@hotmail.com

Lorelei Eurto said...

i just twittered the giveaway

Lorelei Eurto said...

i facebooked the giveaway

Lorelei Eurto said...

just blogged the giveaway

Lisa said...

I use artbeads in my design because it has personality and there's something for everyone.

Lisa said...

I put your ad on my facebook.
https://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/pages/Sheree-Designs-Inc/145092428872312

Sheree Designs Inc.

Lisa said...

What a great giveaway! Let the best drooler win!

Yolanda M. said...

Whaaaat? I was not a follower?? I've been reading this blog for the last year and a half! You are the first blog I check every morning, it's set up as one of the most viewed on my mac. Well now I am officially a follower.

Yolanda M. said...

The giveaway is totally awesome! Lots of new products that I have been wanting to try out... thank you for running this! I mentioned it on my facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/yoli.miramontes

Yolanda M. said...

I love using art beads because of their uniqueness in comparison to mass produced items. I make ceramic beads and I know that in that moment of creating thoughts are put into the process, dreams, hopes and sometimes even tears when a difficult time is happening. And that moment of creating something special has so much personality in it. I am sure others go through this and that makes all of our work special.

Wayward Teacher said...

I picked door #2 first (though I'll be peeking behind doors 1 and 3 soon!). I posted the following on my Facebook, with a link to your page:
"I'm entering a contest at Art Bead Scene Blog to win a WHOLE slew of beadylicisous findings and jewlery notions! So, what are you seeing in jewelry today that you like? What are you seeing that is total crap? If I win... It's in your best interest....... ;) "

Wayward Teacher said...

(Inspired by Alicia Keyes Falling).....I kept on following in love with your beads......

I'm not much of a follower, but for a chance to meet others, and to further my own skills and possibly win the fabulous drawing, I will follow along. :)

Wayward Teacher said...

I've been making jewelry, home decor and object a'art out of found items, trinkets and peices of nature since I was a child. I've always been drawn to Art Nouveau. More recently, I've been blending more industrial bits into this occasionally branching over into what is now termed "Steampunk." I like to blend the industrial with the natural. I think that the two together can be really quite beautiful.

jamberry_song said...

Chance #1:

I use art beads in my designs because I love to support those individuals who are doing what they love in a world of massed-produced items. When someone asks me about a piece at a show, I am so proud to say, "This was made by a creative individual named..." and point them to the person's blog or web page. A lot of bead artisans/artists create using environmentally safe, nontoxic materials. They focus on quality and create magnificently beautiful things. I am proud to use their work in my jewelry designs.

Great questions! I am so excited to take part in this massive giveaway!

Linda Landig said...

I'm a follower!

Linda Landig said...

I shared this on my FB business page.

irene said...

Wow, what a wonderful collection of beads:) Oh, how I want to win!
I have posted to facebook!https://www.facebook.com/irene.c.kjaerstad

Anonymous said...

En France nous n'avons pas pas cette opportunit├ęs de choix de tr├Ęs belles perles et je n'ose pas commander de France ce serait magnifique de gagner
maryvonne.jouvenel@laposte.net

AuntieAnnie said...

I blogged about the giveaway and I am a follower. Truly beautiful stuff. My email is annepd@msn.com

Cillaw said...

I am a follower
Cilla
tellyourgirlfriends

Sue-Lin said...

I am most excited about the "Chain and Fiber" trend. The combination gives any jewelry the "unexpected" factor and breathes excitement into a creation.

Miss Lissa said...

Chain and fiber for sure - I've been using a TON of chain lately in my current work! I'm also pretty enamored of those spectacular glass headpins too, just started seeing those around this year.

Miss Lissa said...

And I tweeted a link about this too! http://twitter.com/#!/pynnski/status/73039396819050496

coolmoon said...

I've posted on Facebook, and my blog (www.babblebead.blogspot.com)! Didn't have a chance to get the magazine yet, but love, love, love all the artists featured.
Sheryl
Cool Moon

*jean* said...

wowwee!! i am a follower and i love this blog!!! thanks for the chance to win this incredible prize! i will still check out all the links and like these folks on etsy too!!

Janea aka Naya said...

I like to use Art Beads as a way to express myself in my designs. It also allows me to connect with other artists and to forge bonds.

dawn said...

Hello! :)
I'm already a follower :)
I create art beads, and use art beads in my work, because they have a bit of soul. I like seeing things that I haven't seen before, and knowing that some creative individual has put a little bit of themselves into their work :)

Great competition, I wil go and tweet now :)

dawn said...

Tweet achieved :) You can find me here: @dawnbdesign
if you want to see it ;)

Do Be Do Bead Do said...

Blogged: http://dobedobeaddo.blogspot.com/2011/05/biggest-giveaway-ive-ever-seen.html

deborahinwi said...

I am following your blog! LUV these beads, THEY ARE AMAZING!

Mel's Art Buffet said...

I am a follower & have lunch with Art Bead Scene everyday :). Thanks so much for this opportunity!

Deborah said...

Beads au Naturel is my favorite trend - though I love many different artistic expressions, from industrial to glam, if I have to pick just one, it will alays be Mother Nature; from leaves and trees to rocks and gemstones, from cloud formations and sunsets to waves at the beach, I am fortunate to live smack-dab in the heart of an ever-changing display of her natural artistic genius. Every day arrives with awe-inspiring, new shapes, colors, and textures.

Thanks SO much for this FABULOUS giveaway!

Deborah said...

I'm also an ABS follower and fan.

Thanks SO much for this FABULOUS giveaway!

Shaiha said...

I love to use Art Beads because they just add another level of uniqueness to my designs.

Shaiha said...

I shared this wonderful giveaway on FB

http://www.facebook.com/sShaiha

Shaiha said...

I had thought that I was already a follower but that explains why I haven't been getting the blog posts. I am so far behind right now that I didn't realize that they were missing. I did sign back up again to follow you

mirsini's creations said...

Hi!! I'm so thrilled with your giveaway!! Amazing! I can't decide which trend makes me more excited!!! Maybe Woodlands cause i always love the Forest theme but i also love beads with blooms and metal ! These arte metal from Vintag are fantastic!
Thank you so much for this chance!!!!

mirsini's creations said...

I'm a follower of your blog and i love it! I'm learning a lot from you and you are giving me inspiration!!
Thank you! :o)

sunsetblue said...

I love the wood tiles under the bead with wings trend.

sunsetblue said...

just linked with facebook

sunsetblue said...

and I now officially follow :)
This is such an amazing giveaway. I'm going to grab a 2011 Buyers Guide right now so I can drool over the shiny things :)

MoonRae said...

I really like the Woodlands:Beads au Naturel theme because it's very different than what I usually use and create. Thanks for this wonderful giveaway!!

MoonRae said...

I am GFC follower MoonRae

Saige said...

My favorite new trend would have to be fiber (chain and fiber). I find the myriad uses of fiber as a new texture in jewelry making to be quite exciting.

amyburl said...

I am most excited about the glorious headpins you mention. Thanks for this grand opportunity to win.

kimmykats said...

I like the thought of art beads to promote individual artists.

mirsini's creations said...

I posted to my blog! :o))))

Linda Thiltgen said...

An amazing give away. Now I'll tweet about it. This is such a treasure trove of goodies.

Releases by Rufydoof said...

I am already a happy Follower of this great blog!

Karyn

kat said...

I love the floral beads as they remind me of spring...

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