Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Bead Cruise Inspiration & Giveaway

I just returned from my annual Bead Cruise adventure.  Every year we gather up sponsors to donate items for our gift bags.  This year we felt like super stars getting swag that was worthy of the Oscars! It's was filled to the brim with art beads!  Pictured above are some of our goodies.

Polymer clay heart: Artist Accents by Staci Louise. Ceramic Connector: Captured Moments. Flower & sari ribbon: Humblebeads. Ceramic Ring: Firefly Designs. Bead Glass: Glass Beach Sea Glass. Porcelian Urchins: Blueberri Beads. Sun Pendant: Jenny Davies-Reazor. Ceramic charms: Tori Sophia.  Copper button: Downtown Glam. Pewter Button: Mamacita Beadworks. Ceramic Disk: Marsha Neal Studio.  Leaf Pendant: Tesori Trovati.  Purple Ceramic Disks: Elaine Ray.  Lampwork Eggs: Sue Beads.  Porcelian Pendant: Lady Brook Beads.  Tiny Lampworkwork Wing Ding: Genea Beads.  Lampwork Heart Bead: Sparkling Waters StudioMy Elements donated a fun mix of components to each us, but they escaped my photo session!

 Just had to show off how nicely everything was packaged for us!

And our non art bead sponsors included: Objects & Elements, TierraCast, Nina Designs, Ornamenta, Vintaj, Belle West and Allegory Gallery. Kalmbach donated Bracelet project booklets for us along with a cute idea notebook. 

Other thanks goes to Soft Flex, Cindy's Crafts, Lisa Peters, Metal Me This, ClayWorks, Kerry Bogert, Ronna Sarvas Weltman, 2nd Hand Rose and Fire Moutain Gems who were door prize sponsors.  Visit our site for a complete list of sponsors and links.

On the Bead Cruise we have a design contest featuring the items from our gift bags and here are a few pieces I whipped up to play along - just for fun.  How could I resist such a great collection of inspiration and not make something?

This necklace was inspired by the project example from TierraCast. I used their ring, clasp and jump rings as the focal point of my design.  I added Marsha Neal's ceramic bead through a double strand of gold plated chain.  Below I included the brass lotus charm from Nina Designs and a few beach glass pieces from Glass Beach Sea Glass - and yes, it's the real stuff!

My next design features the lampwork eggs from SueBeads, I showed these off to the students in my Nest Pendant class as a design alternative.

This Zen inspired pendant features a polymer clay Simply Truths from Tesori Trovati, an old coin from Objects and Elements, one of my disk beads and a trio of beads from Glass Beach Sea Glass.

 The back of Erin's pendant held a secret message.

My final design is another alternative project sample from my Filigree Blooms class.  I created this version using components from Ornamenta, the butterfly from Vintaj and a tiny Wing Ding from Genea.

Now not to make you feel sad about all the art beads and the tropical vacation you missed out on - I come bearing gifts to cheer you up!

The first is a free digital issue of the 2013 Bead Cruise program that features three amazing projects from designers Lorelei Eurto and Rebecca Anderson along with color inspiration and resources from our sponsors. 

And now, just to be even more gifty and fab I have ONE gift bag to giveaway.  

Yep,one lucky winner will get one of each of the items donated by our sponsors and a printed copy of the Bead Cruise Program.  How do you win such sweet prize?  Pin or Facebook this post and let me know in the comment below that you shared it.  I will pick one winner next Tuesday.  (Make sure you can be easily reached via email.)

117 comments:

Grace said...

OMG Heather I would LOVE to win this! The gift bag is AMAZING! I posted to my FB business site and am about to go pin on Pinterest! WOW - thank you for this opportunity!

Maneki said...

Wish I could afford to go on a bead cruise one day (but then again, I don't like being on a boat on open sea or even a large lake, which is slightly weird because I love the sea/coastline).

Anyway, love those yummy, yummy goodies! *drools* And I really liked that first necklace, lovely simplicity.

Shared here: http://pinterest.com/pin/109634572151199814/

salla said...

Pinned it! http://pinterest.com/pin/3096293465981764/

Shared the pin on facebook!

Bridget said...

Hi there! I just posted this on to my Pinterest Account :) "Awesome bead cruise inspiration giveaway from Art Bead Scene - beautiful pieces from the 2013 bead cruise. I would love to go on this someday and would love to get the amazing bag of goodies!!!!" I am also sharing this with everyone on facebook!!! My email (in case I win!!!) is Bridget9293@bellsouth.net Thank you for giving us a peek at the goodies and program. I love what you created with everything :) Sincerely,
Bridget

Sherri Stokey said...

Pinned!! http://pinterest.com/pin/190699365443708874/

Genea said...

What a wonderful post Heather! I loved seeing all of the wonderful goodies in the sponsor bags! It looks like you had a wonderful time designing! Thanks for the shout out and I love your designs! xo Genea

Leigh Thow said...

OMG - a bead cruise what heaven, must see how to sign up for next year!! A blog post or link to doing so would be fantastic hint hint lol :D I would love to win some of these goodies and if I did I certainly couldn't keep them all, might share with my beady pals, sharing on facebook! leighthow@btinternet.com

Jean Hutter said...

WOW I would love to win. I just shared on FB and I am going to try and figure out how to pin too. You are so generous. I would love to someday do a Bead Cruise.

Elisabeth said...

Just posted to my Beads For Busy Gals page on Facebook - what an awesome amount of inspiration!

Ailsa Jackson said...

Fab giveaway! Would love to go on a bead cruise one day and add to my reputation of being a mad bead lady!

said...

I shared on FB (giorgia rossini)
thank you for the huge giveaway!
ciao dall'Italia
joyblonde at libero.it

Monique (A Half-Baked Notion) said...

Shared on FB: https://www.facebook.com/MoniqueUR
What an amazing prize! Thanks to all the talented artisans!

Until We Bead Again, Beth Murr said...

I love all of it. I dream of going on a bead cruise some day. I have posted to my personal FB "Beth Murr" and my beading FB "Until We Bead Again". Good Luck everyone!

pamelaric said...

This would be wonderful since I wasn't able to go on the cruise this year. I've pinned: http://pinterest.com/pin/3096293465981764/
Thanks Heather

Pamela

Niky Sayers said...

Such a fab giveaway have posted on my silverniknats FB page

Cassi Renee said...

Such gorgeous elements, and gorgeous designs. A bead cruise sounds like such a fun thing to do!

I've shared this post on my FB page.

pamelaric said...

Pinned it: http://pinterest.com/pin/3096293465981764/

Michelle said...

I just shared this on pinterest - thanks so much for the opportunity to share in all the glorious treasures you gave away on the cruise!

Cassi Renee said...

Beautiful elements and designs! A bead cruise sounds like so much fun!

I've shared this post on my FB page.

(Sorry if this is a duplicate comment --I got an error message the first time.)

Alice said...

Holy cow it's no wonder you felt like you were at the Oscars with a SWAG like that!

The pieces you made are all wonderful but that last one is my favorite!!

Sharing this on FB. Thanks for the chance to win!!

Kathy said...

I pinned it - wish I had been there though instead!

Aly Jackson said...

Pinned! http://pinterest.com/pin/109212359686198438

Traci said...

Wow! what a loot bag, I will need to go on a bead cruise some day! I posted this on Facebook. Thanks for the opportunity. :)

Mrs. B. said...

Great post and giveaway. I am pinning as soon as I can hop over to Pinterest. Thank you for this chance.

Mrs. B. said...

Great post and giveaway. I am pinning as soon as I can hop over to Pinterest. Thank you for this chance.

Lori Schneider said...

So many goodies. Shared on Facebook. Would love to create with those

ACBeads said...

Hi! I've shared on Facebook this great giveaway. (http://www.facebook.com/acbeads0/posts/427572067336836)
Thank you for your generosity.
acbeads AT gmail DOT com


Diana P. said...

::drools:: Posted on facebook!!!

kristibasket said...

Ummmm...WOW!!! What a great giveaway...yeah, I would put this right up there to winning the bead lottery!! Sharing on my facebook business page, Keepsakes by Kristi, as well as pinning!!

pippirose said...

Thanks for the wonderful giveaway!
I pinned it:
http://pinterest.com/pin/51158145739456920/
I follow via GFC.
:o)
pippirose59 at gmail dot com

kristibasket said...

and I did a little tweet too! Facebook, Keepsakes by Kristi, and pinned to the board, Giveaway, Kristi harrison on pinterest!

This would be like winning the bead lottery!! :)

Beti Horvath said...

Wonderful opportunity! Facebooking....now!

Whimsy said...

Give me, give me, give me....Oh my goodness gracious...I just shared on FB.

Valerie Mathews said...

All of these pretties are amazing! Just linked on FB :)

Valerie Mathews said...

All of these pretties are amazing! Just linked to FB :)

Cristi Baxter Clothier said...

Shared on FB. Thank you for the chance to win!

Cristi
2ifbysea1067@bellsouth.net

Whimsical Monkey said...

Shared on facebook!

https://www.facebook.com/MagicMonkeyMehendi/posts/572838169396004

my e-mail: magicmonkeymehendi@yahoo.com

Rising Designs said...

OMG, shared on fb. Thanks.

Rising Designs said...

Glad to pin it! What a lucky person who wins this will be!

Shirley Moore said...

what a stunning gift bag!
Pinned: http://pinterest.com/pin/115123334197087134/

Mary Anne said...

What an *amazing* giveaway!! I guess I need to start playing the lottery again so I can go and play next year. I posted on my FB page! flesch1234 at gmail.com

Mary Anne said...

Great giveaway!! Need to start playing the lottery so I can go and play next year.
flesch1234 at gmail.com

Micheladas said...

Wow... This makes my heart sing :) Here is my post to my facebook page https://www.facebook.com/flipflopbeader
and I am off to pin it to my board.

Micheladas said...

Wow... This makes my heart sing :) Here is my post to my facebook page https://www.facebook.com/flipflopbeader
and I am off to pin it to my board.

Mimi Gardner said...

Would love to join you some day on the cruise...what a fun giveaway!

I've shared on my facebook page: www.facebook.com/Other Curiosities

Fingers are crossed!!

Tammie said...

Oh Boy! what a wonderful gift. Thanks for the opportunity to win. Just shared on my TTE Designs page. ~ Thanks Tammie@ttedesigns.com

Pine Ridge Treasures said...

I would love to win the awesome gift bag! I have shared your post tomy personal page on facebook!

Loris Glassworks said...

I pinned this on my Jewelry Inspiration Board on pinterest. http://pinterest.com/pin/194710383861922297/

Thanks for the chance to win!
Lori.Dorrington@yahoo.com

Ann Schroeder said...

I just pinned this: http://pinterest.com/oldworldart/jewelry/

What a great post! I loved just looking at the items and the pieces you made. Great inspiration. Thanks for the giveaway! annschroeder5 (at) gmail (dot) com

Elayne said...

Shared on FB...keeping my fingers crossed

Elayne said...
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beadrecipes said...

I would so like to win this bag of goodies, and I would so like to join you on the bead cruise one day too! Sharing on Pinterest right now http://pinterest.com/pin/31454897369774357/ (melissa_trudinger at yahoo dot com)

Tara P. said...

Pinned!
http://pinterest.com/pin/254312710180420599/

Susan Lloyd said...

I want to win and go on the next cruise!!!

Ginger Bishop said...

I shared on fb & pinterest. You can see the pin here: http://pinterest.com/pin/42925002671004088/
Someone is going to be very, very excited. Thanks!

Kepi said...

Posted on FB, great giveaway!

KayzKreationz said...

I would love to win this stash. I pinned it on one of my boards.

http://pinterest.com/pin/68820700528160734/

Alicia said...

Oh, my, Heather, this is just amazing!

I shared it on FB: http://www.facebook.com/AllPrettyThingsStudio/posts/525496494169662

and I pinned it too :)
http://pinterest.com/pin/172755335678739386/

Gail Slater said...

Oh my goodness, some lucky beader is going to be on cloud nine with all of those divine beads and findings! And thanks so much for sharing some wonderful projects. Can't wait to give them a try!

Shared on Pinterest and Facebook.

Rgailslater@yahoo.com

HeatherFig said...

What an incredible giveaway....I would so love to win this!!

And I see my daughter posted this too on FB.

I posted it on FB and crossed my fingers!

Heather Figueroa (figtree at rogers.com)

freshbakeddesigns said...

I pinned it...
http://pinterest.com/pin/185210603398032786/

And my fingers are crossed for this beautiful swag!

Lynda @lyndacarson@cox.net

Mary said...

What a great gift bag, I would love to have the opportunity to win.
mary@govaars.us

Mary said...

I just pinned it.
http://pinterest.com/pin/278801033154369857/

mary@govaars.us

Mary said...

Just shared it on FB on my page
http://www.facebook.com/mlgovaars

mary@govaars.us

Klassy Joolz said...

Shared on FB....thanks for a chance to win such a great giveaway!

Kristen said...

The beads and your jewelry designs are fantastic! I am FBing this giveaway next, then pinning it. Thanks so much!!

Lorelei said...

Great prize! I shared on FB!

Lorelei said...

I pinned it too!

re-maker said...

Thanks for this chance!

I've pinned your post!
http://pinterest.com/pin/298504281521824146/

Hurrundi said...

Pinned with love:
http://pinterest.com/pin/282600945339927950/

It'd be an amazing late birthday present
:-))

DESPINA
deb_oro@yahoo.gr

Kathleen Lange Klik said...

Wow-what an amazing gift bag of beady goodness! I so hated to miss out on the Bead Cruise but will be going as soon as my schedule permits (hopefully 2014)! I can't wait to read everyone's blog posts and see the photos.

I shared on my Facebook page!

Kristen said...

Someday I totally want to be there but this giveaway would be so awesome and I would feel like I was almost there....Almost!

Kristen said...

Shared on FB!

YaY! Jewelry said...

Fun!!!!!!!!! I can't think of a better vacation than beads and friends!

Leah Curtis said...

Oh my goodness! What a fantastic event. I LOVE art beads, and that selection is amazing. Thanks so much for doing this! Crossing fingers...

I've pinned this and posted to my Facebook.

Claire Lockwood said...

How fabulous! I have shared on Pinterest. (http://pinterest.com/pin/52846995599785568/)

Claire (cl.lockwood@gmail.com)

mary m said...

Putting on the Facebook just now (Mary Marshall) what a great prize, thank you xxxx

tappingflamingo said...

OH. MY. GOODNESS!!! I'm not going to lie, I want to be the winner. What gorgeous stuff, and I could make pretties to wear for my cruise in 40 days (hubby and I are celebrating our 30th anniv). I didn't buy new clothes, instead I am making new jewelry, and this stuff would rock! Even if it didn't get here in time that would be fine. I love it so much that I tweeted, put it on my fb, my Jeanette's Photography fb, my Treasures by Terry fb and blogged about it and posted it on all my fb's and twitter. http://tappingflamingo.blogspot.com/2013/03/i-would-love-to-be-winner-of-this.html. Here's my email...tappingflamingo@yahoo.com

tappingflamingo said...

oh, and I'm fixin' to pin it on Pinterest...

Charis Designs said...

Pinned http://pinterest.com/pin/216524694557103892/ and shared on FB- one day, I'm going to be part of this!!! Thanks Christie

charisdesigns@hotmail.com

Renetha said...

Wow, I could really have some fun with the stuff in this gift bag!

I pinned: http://pinterest.com/lamplightcrafts/giveaways/

email: lamplightcrafts@msn.com

I also posted to my FB page.

Mackin-Art said...

What glorious swag!!!

Pinned: http://pinterest.com/pin/191051209164767962/

Mona said...

I pinned it
http://pinterest.com/pin/92394229827768420/

And the pin is shared on my Facebook page as LitTle BiRd.

monamhassan[at]gmail[dot]com

Sarajo Wentling said...

Wow! What a great gift bag! And I love the designs you made with your bag of goodies.

I posted this to Facebook at www.facebook.com/SjDesignsJewelry

Thanks for the chance to win!

sjdesignsjewelry (at) gmail (dot) com

Kathy Lindemer said...

I pinned this great giveaway at
http://pinterest.com/pin/126523070753861281/

I sure hope I win!

Thanks for the exciting giveaway/

SusanJ said...

I shared on Facebook!! Oh I would just love all of those goodies!! Thank you for the giveaway!!

Zan Caperton said...

I pinned the blog to my Pinterest ...Zan Caperton and liked The Art Bead Scene on FB.

zanc@att.net

Thank you for offering the gift bag as a giveaway!

Zan Caperton said...

I pinned this blog entry and liked your blog on FB.

Thanks for the giveaway offer!

Zan Caperton

zanc@att.net

Here Bead Dragons said...

Shared on FB. On my list to do is a bead cruise. Lucky you. Thanks for sharing.

Here Bead Dragons said...

Shared on FB. On my list of things to do is a bead cruise. Thanks for sharing from your cruise.
~cryssT

Beaditi said...

WOW - what a gorgeous stash from A LOT of my favorite art bead artists!

And so much positive energy from all the photos, status updates and blog updates from the bead cruise - hopefully Ill join in nest year :)

I am sharing this with the CREATIVE BEAD CHAT on facebook.

Kaushambi

Beaditi said...

I also shared the goodies on BEAD SOUP CAFE facebook page...
Kaushambi

Beaditi said...

AND.... I shared on BEADS OF CLAY facebook page !

Kaushambi

Work Of Our Hands said...

PINNED ! :) not that I EVER win anything except Kirby Vacuum demos ha ha

Lisa Hughes said...

Posted on my business page- Huzee's Beads on FB! ;)

thank YOU for sharing these pretties!

Emakaye said...

Oh how wonderful! What a great assortment of goodies. Thanks for the chance to share in the Cruise. I shared on my FB page, http://www.facebook.com/emakilroy.

I can be reached at ema@emakdesigns.com

sam Waghorn said...

Shared on Facebook and Pinterest :0)

https://www.facebook.com/pale.mooncreation

http://pinterest.com/pin/58898707599051794/

What a fantastic give away, hope i can join in from UK. But either way shared on both my FB and Pinterest
Thank you
Sam

sam Waghorn said...

What a fantastic give away, hope i can join from the uk.
But either way shared on my FB https://www.facebook.com/pale.mooncreation
And pinterest
http://pinterest.com/pin/58898707599051794/
Thank you
Best wishes
sam

Chelester said...

Pinned and posted on FB! How exciting!
http://pinterest.com/pin/36239971973651821/

https://www.facebook.com/#!/chelester

Unknown said...

What an amazing hoard! I really do hope it's open for international participants as well. It would be awesome, as the chances of attending the bead cruise are almost non existant for me at the moment. I shared on my personal profile and also on my page: www.facebook.com/lasjoyasdejana
THANKS and GOOD LUCK!

Lisa Caryl said...

It looks like you had a great time! Pinned and shared on Facebook both!

Joana said...

Ummmm! I just noticed that I posted as an anonymous. Ugh! I'm the Las Joyas de Jana gal :)
Hope this time google posts as me.

Michelle W said...

What a wonderful giveaway! All of those awesome beads and components are so great!
I pinned it to pinterest (Michelle Wagaman)

mlb_bowman@yahoo.com

Ann said...

Great pile of beads and the cruise sounds wonderful! I FBed it.

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

You know how to throw a party Heather. The jewelry is awesome and of course the give away is amazing. Nothing being late to the party, I am number 100. I'm off to share and put my name in the hat. Cherrie cfick1@me.com

Divya N said...

shared it in facebook here https://www.facebook.com/JewelsofSayuri/posts/512400162131621

Jennifer P said...

Oh, how I would love to play with those beads! I pinned!
http://pinterest.com/pin/228065168602158746/
cspmom at gmail dot com

Shaiha said...

What an incredible prize! Thank you so much for sharing with one of us.

I shared on FB.

https://www.facebook.com/sShaiha/posts/303584763101198

subbu raj said...

Nice collection. I like it very much.

Gift Bags and Boxes

SueBeads said...

LOVE those earrings you made with my egg beads, thanks so much for showing them! I'd love to win!

SueBeads said...

Shared post on facebook!

Debras Dezinez said...

Holy Smoke"s I know I don't have a chance to win butthis was to great a givaway not to give it a try ! Thank You for the chance to win ! I posted it to my blog and Facebook!I would so love to be one of the lucky winners! How lucky for you that you were able to attend the Bead Cruise it sounds like so much fun!! I love your design pieces !

Purple Fish Studio said...

Thank you! - What great inspiration...and motivation for me! I posted this on both Pintrist and my blog "I read this post and love the inspiration! Beautifully designed jewelry - Check out this blog and the beautiful jewelry pieces inspired by the cruise!"

Malin de Koning said...

Love this giveaway!
I posted on FaceBook.

CraftyHope said...

I hope I'm not too late to enter! I posted this on my FB page (CraftyHopeJewelry)

Kristi Jaro said...

I hope I am not late, posted this on Facebook and pinned :-)

Susanm said...

One year I will make it to Bead Cruise. Hope I'm not too late to participate - posted on my FB page.

mcclelland@sympatico.ca