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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kat said...

Raida's beautiful headpins jumped out at me when I opened the newest Beads 2011 magazine. I just love the colors that she uses as well as the headpins shaped as leaves.

Releases by Rufydoof said...

I can't go past Mary Harding's ceramic toggles in Woodlands: Beads au Naturel as well as Kylie Parry's adorable owl.

Thank you so much for offering such an awesome giveaway.

Karyn

kat said...

I love using art beads in my designs as they just add an extra something to the piece. Plus I love to support fellow artists when I can.

kat said...

I have posted on twitter @ jewelsbykat

kat said...

I am a follower of ABS. Thanks so much for the chance to win such an awesome giveaway!!!

Nally said...

I 've seen the post about this giveaway in Lorelei Eurto's blog and followed. Though all the pieces are great, customizable items and sentiments are my favorites!

Dawn @ Seeking Sense said...

Absolutely amazing giveaway. I'm a follower :)

Dawn @ Seeking Sense said...

Tweeted @seekingsense :)

taralinda said...

I am a follower! Thank you for this generous offering. I always love to discover new artists. ;)
tara

Κατερίνα said...

Just found you!!!I loved all the beads and i would be happy to win any of them..They all look fantastic!!!

neraiditsa said...

οοοο this things are fabulous. i follow your lovely blog!!!

Patti said...

A fabulous giveaway... Kylie's owls are too adorable!!

Patti said...

I'm a follower!

evispir said...

Wonderfull beads!!!!
I post the giveway on http://dimiourgw.ning.com/forum/topics/hena-giveway-diaphoretikho?xg_source=activity
Thank you very much!

herheadintheclouds said...

I love to use art beads in my jewelry designs because I am lampwork bead maker and I appreciate that art beads are original and unique. This give away looks amazing!!! Brenda

herheadintheclouds said...

I am now a follower please enter me a second time. This is all SO exciting!!! Brenda

Lisa Martin said...

The trend I am most excited about is Chain & Fiber: Materials with Texture. I love all kinds of beads, but the fundamental changes in the structure sounds most fun!

BeadsByEarthTones said...

oh my...this IS exciting! such generosity here! i use art beads in my work because a) i make my own polymer, so that's a given :) b) why have humdrum work when you can make your work stand out with incredible work from such talented artists?!

BeadsByEarthTones said...

i blogged about this AMAZING opportunity!
www.beadsbyearthtones.blogspot.com

BeadsByEarthTones said...

I am a follower! How could I not be?!

taralinda said...

I've just blogged you here-
http://taralinda.wordpress.com/2011/05/25/slow-down-its-raining-2-cool-give-aways-for-beads/
thank you!!
tara

Sharon said...

What a fabulous giveaway! I am attracted to woodsy, rustic art beads and use them in my designs for that special, truly handcrafted touch.

Sharon said...

I just tweeted!

Sharon said...

And I'm a follower!

Cillaw said...

Hey I have a Blog Now!!
I can enter this amazing contest!!
Cilla

tellyourgirlfriends.com

Charm Bracelets said...

Very interesting design and patterns and it is a wonderful exchange of ideas here.Love the riot of colors and the complete diversity of designs.

jamberry_song said...

CHANCE #2:

I posted about the giveaway on my Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Jamberrysongs-Creations/104311836276638

And have a post about it scheduled for tomorrow morning on my blog: http://jamberrysong.blogspot.com/

:D

Burgnewel said...

I found you through another blog. I am posting a comment as to why I use art beads in my work. I love to search for new and unique beads because they are what make my pieces special and unlike the stuff in the department stores. Every time I find a unique bead and use it in my work I feel like I'm supporting the arts. I help an artist get more notice and they help me get notoriety. Together we keep originality and creativity and the arts alive.

natasha l. said...

i also am a follower! what an amazing giveaway! thank you for the opportunity!

natasha l. said...

wow! so hard to choose--LOVE the woodland theme, but have to say i have an affinity for anything that sparkles. mostly, i am in love with so many of the artbeads and feel they make such an impact in jewelry!

natasha l. said...

put a post on facebook as well! thanks, again, for the opportunity and the inspiration!

thecolorofdreams said...

I use art beads in my designs because they make my jewelry unique and one of a kind.

Elly Snare said...

Wow, what a lot of comments! I've already commented with my favourite trends, but I also blogged here:

http://ebsnarejewellery.wordpress.com/2011/05/27/art-bead-scene-giveaway-and-questions/

Answering the question 'Why do you use art beads?' which turned out to have quite a complex answer.

Exciting!

Elly Snare said...

Oh and I also follow you on my Google Reader and blogger thingy!

Elly

Charly charlyrambin@yahoo.com said...

Art beads always make any design more visually compelling. I would LOVE to win this giveaway!

Charly charlyrambin@yahoo.com said...

I shared this giveaway on my Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/profile.php?id=1140964765

Charly charlyrambin@yahoo.com said...

I tweeted about this giveaway! @charlyrambin

Charly charlyrambin@yahoo.com said...

I subscribe to this blog in my Yahoo reader! charlyrambin@yahoo.com

My Life Under the Bus said...

Ack how did I never comment on this : O ... Well I' love dthis issue The flower head pins on page 16 by Lea Zinke and the sentiments and woodlands pages were my favorite - It's a fun issue!

My Life Under the Bus said...

I am blogging ang putting this on my facebook page ...even though this is defeating my own purpose of winning! lol

My Life Under the Bus said...

I am totally a follower! Thanks for this chance!

Lupe Meter said...

I am a follower of your blog and have been for some time...enjoy looking at all the new artists and bead trends. Your blog is fantastic! Since, I am a polymer clay artist, I love using art beads in my design. Every design is unique! I am always looking for new and wonderful beads to add to my creations.

Lupe Meter said...

Just to let you know, I did mention this fantastic giveaway on my blog!

Lupe Meter said...

Did I already mention that I am one of your devoted followers! 8D

Bonnie Kreger at B-LEE KREATIONS said...

This is a great blog. I haven't been following long but long enough to know that it's a wonderful source of information. Thanks for all your work.

Bonnie Kreger at B-LEE KREATIONS said...

When I do my blog tomorrow I'll mention this give away even though I don't want more people to know about it. :0)
It's wonderful and the give away is awesome.

Bonnie Kreger at B-LEE KREATIONS said...

The third time is a charm as they say. This will be one of my most visited blogs from now on.

I hope Lupe wins, she's a sweetheart.

Paula Lee M. said...

Why do I use Art Beads?
1) To combine my designing ideas with others.

2) To spread others beadiful work.

3) Using them when making my own beads.

4) Because I can.
I love the blog both Art Bead Scene and TesoriTrovati.

naomicatgirl said...

Art beads give my designs something a little different than everyone elses! Keeps the one of a kind look! Thanks! This giveaway looks amazing!

beadworkbyh said...

I use art beads becuase I think they bring another dimension to my jewelry. The colors, textures - everything about them is lovable!

beadworkbyh said...

Blogged about it!

Lois Moon said...

I use art beads in my designs for the same reason I enjoy making and buying handmade, well-crafted pieces - a beautiful finding or bead that is handmade makes a design fresh in a way that machine manufactured pieces cannot.

Lois Moon said...

I bogged here: http://loismoon.blogspot.com/2011/05/art-bead-scene-blog-giveaway-with.html

Lois Moon said...

...and I'm a Follower of ABS

Rebecca said...

How can I pick just one style?! I'm excited by them all. I do like the word skyborne though....I haven't got my hands on Beads11 as yet but I can't wait to....it's one of my favourite publications of the year.

Rebecca said...

I tweeted (songbead)

Rebecca said...

ANd I am a follower already. Hurrah!

Anonymous said...

Chain and Fiber...all the way. I think that these are the "black sheep" of designing.

gcathychristian said...

I just recently found out about "following" blogs, otherwise I would have signed up as a follower a LONG time ago!

--Cathy

gcathychristian said...

It's a tough choice, but I'm going to go with "Woodlands"--I'm blessed to live in a beautiful part of the world (the Pacific Northwest) and this section really resonated with me....

--Cathy

Caras Designs said...

I post this amazing giveaway on my facebook page.
haegaepr@hotmail.com

jamberry_song said...

CHANCE #3:

I already follow the Art Bead Scene blog and am very happy I do. :) There are always great articles and updates and such and it helps me keep on the pulse of new jewelry and art bead trends. Not to mention great giveaways like this! :D

marie said...

Art beads help put a unique feel/look to my jewelry.
Thanks for the chance to win.
Marie

Lynn said...

I use art beads in my pieces because you just can't beat handmade and of course a little bonus is the opportunity to help out other artists.

thanks to everyone for the awesome prizes!

Lynn said...

Just entering again - this time as a follower! Although every issue of beadwork gets my heart racing, this issue is just pure delight! Everytime I open it I see something else I didn't notice the last time.

Giantonia Designs said...

I just posted the link to this fabulous giveaway on both of my Facebook pages! So excited to share this event with others!

Giantonia Designs said...

I love using art beads in my designs because the jewelry artist can make their vision a reality through the use of these incredible little works of art. The creation is a one of a kind piece with dimension and a story told by the art beads!

Giantonia Designs said...

I am now a follower! Looking forward to absorbing all of the wonderful information that is shared on this blog :o). Thank you for having such a fabulous giveaway!!

Dinni said...

I am most excited about "Steampunk: Beads on Trend".
Blogged here: http://lizardsplay.wordpress.com/2011/05/29/and-the-third-givaway/
Hope I didn't late. Thank you for giveaway.

THEAjewellery (lesley Watt) said...

What a stunning giveaway!
I use artbeads in my work because I love the uniqueness they add to each piece and I love knowing that the person who made them as put as much care and love into them as I will for the finished piece.

THEAjewellery (lesley Watt) said...

I've just left a last chance message on my Face Book fan page - so exciting.

THEAjewellery (lesley Watt) said...

I already folow ABS and if I didn't i certainly would now. Thank you.

Pam Chesbro said...

I like to use art beads in my designs so that each piece is unique. Mass production is boring!

Pam Chesbro said...

Thanks for the chances to win such great prizes. I am a new follower. I started off tonight reading Lori's blog "Pretty Things" and somehow came here. What fun!

Pam Chesbro said...

I posted your giveaway to my facebook page! http://www.facebook.com/#!/profile.php?id=1401236241

Klassy Joolz said...

I love to add art beads too my designs because they are truly little works of art and wonderful treasures.

What a wonderful giveaway!!!!

Thanks Erin!

Klassy Joolz said...

I've been a follower for sometime!!! Glad to see how it has grown.

Klassy Joolz said...

Posted on Facebook, too...

Smiles!

Claire Maunsell said...

Can't believe I didn't leave a comment yet!. I use Art Beads because I make them and so do many other talented people I know, and they are unusual, wonderful and make your work unlike any othet work in the world.

Claire Maunsell said...

I am also a follower - I just remembered that. Saw the magazine today and didn't have time to buy it yet - can't wait!

Sarah said...

I am a follower! The trend I am most excisted by is woodland, like many beaders I am inspired by nature and went crazy beading acorn's last autumn, so these beautiiful beads would add an extra dimension to them.

Tara P. said...

I blogged about it! http://newbiebeader.blogspot.com/2011/05/ive-been-trapped-under-something-heavy.html

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