Monday, March 31, 2014

March's She Made She Made

Hi Y'all,

Today is the reveal for March She Made She Made with Christine.  This month Christine chose to use a clay butterfly and 4 mm Czech round bronze beads.  Christine's butter fly is from  Chinook Designs, and mine is from Marsha Neal Studio.  Thank you Christine for another great pick.

Here is what I designed.

When I think butterflies I think of flowers, so I connected my butterfly to six cute little daisies.  I used the bronze Czech beads in a Zig-Zag stitch to finish off the necklace.

Thank you for dropping by and be sure to go visit Christine's blog to see what she created this month.

Happy beading Y'all,

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

CC7A March Challenge - Contrast - Sally Russick

Hi Y'all,

Welcome to The Creative Continuum of Seven Artists March Challenge.  March is Sally Russick of The Studio Sublime blog's month and the theme that she chose is Contrast.

For those of you that are not familiar with this challenge I will recap.  Back in the latter months of 2013 Alicia Marinache of All the Pretty Things blog asked seven of her blog friends if we would like to participate in a challenge that would cover 7 months, of course we all said yes.  So we were assigned months, we picked themes for our months, and shipped out packages with all sorts of little goodies to design with.

Sally sent out various beads to each of us from the following list:

Here is what I received

I had already started my design when I remembered I did not take a picture of what I had received.

What is the definition of contrast in art?
(taken from
(noun) - Contrast is a principle of art. When defining it, art experts refer to the arrangement of opposite elements (light vs. dark colors, rough vs. smooth textures, large vs. small shapes, etc.) in a piece so as to create visual interest, excitement and drama.
The colors white and black provide the greatest degree of contrast. Complementary colors also highly contrast with one another.
Contrasting colors are opposite each other on the color wheel, they are also known as complementary colors.

Now that you have an idea of what a contrast color is let me show you what I did with my contrasting color palette.

Juli Cannon of Studio Juls got a new cabochon mandrel and started making cabs.  I bought one and when the package came there was an extra one inside as a gift.  When I saw it I new it was perfect to go with the color palette that Sally sent to me.  I got stated on my project right away, you know when hot inspiration strikes you have to go with it before it goes cold.  I had also downloaded the Bead Me e-mag from iTunes with the Starburst Pendant tutorial that Tanya Goodwin of A Work In Progress blog created.  I kinda took one of her steps from the tutorial and used it in my piece.  I also liked the neck strap that she did with the super duo's and used that as well, thank you Tanya for also giving me inspiration.

I had several of the super duo's left so I started playing around and the above bracelet is the result.  I am in the process of writing up the tutorial for this bracelet, which is my very first tutorial.

I made a pair of matching earrings in the daisy pattern...

and with some of the remaining Czech beads.

Thank you Sally for the wonderful color palette that you sent I truly enjoyed working with it.  Also thank you Alicia for thinking up the challenge it is so much fun to create something each month with the palettes and themes that each of the CC7A participates have created.

Now please go and visit the others and see what they have created in this month's theme challenge and thank you for stopping by my blog.  The month of April is my month and the my theme is Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds.

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

Happy beading Y'all,