Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Belle Armoire Jewelry magazine GIVEAWAY!

Carol Dekle-Foss
WINNER UPDATE:
First, I wanted to say thank you so much to those of you who commented. I asked this question for selfish reasons really. I am struggling and it helped so much to hear what you all are grateful for. My son is 'over there' in harm's way, and not coming home for the holidays. This has left me in a grumpy grinch mood. I know, like the grinch, I will snap out of it at the very last minute and begin to enjoy the season. Probably when we light a huge bonfire for the tree. Ha! 
I hope you all have a wonderful and blessed holiday season!
Andd the winner is...
LINDA PRAIS. 
CONGRATULATION Linda! I will be contacting you on Facebook for shipping information.

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I've always been amazed at how Stampington & Company can create magazines that are drool worthy and dripping with creative, inspiring articles. Every magazine has thick, matte paper, minimal advertising, and well thought out photography. It makes reading a delight, and being published even more special.

I love their technique based format, and have learned so much by exploring every detail of past magazines.
This latest issue that just hit the stands on December 1st, is chock full of unique techniques and many great tips. Along with the magazine giveaway, I get to share with you just a couple of my favorite artists and their creations. It was hard to choose! There are so many talented artists in this issue.

First up, Laura Guenther shares where she gets her inspiration for her gorgeous Time Passages components and how she makes them. I love the soft color palettes and elegant shapes and textures!

I was mesmerized by Carol Ognibene Kornievsky's creations using prismacolor pencils. How crafty is this? I can see many design possibilities using this technique. She also gives a great tip on using double-sided tape to tape together two pieces of metal when sawing out a pattern for earrings. I will be trying that out for sure!

I couldn't help but falling in love with this article by Barb Solem. Rock beads!? A water spigot used for a pendant?? You have to check out the rest of her article just to see how she uses more of these yummy beads.

Just look at these acorns made by Brooke Bock! I love how she was inspired to create them. I learned a lot from her article on different finishing techniques for various materials, including how she got the acorn caps to look so rusty!

Lastly, yours truly. I'm at it again with my sandblast cabinet. But instead of sandblasting stone, I experiment with bisque-fired porcelain, and these pendants are the result. I did a post on my blog explaining the process here

It's such a great feeling when you first see your work published and among such talented artists. If you have ever considered sending your work in, go for it! What's the worst that can happen? They say no? It happens, but you just keep trying! They are always looking for fresh designs to publish and embrace unique work. I was nudged by MaryAnn Carroll to submit and I so appreciated her support. Without her encouragement, I would have never submitted. Now I'm encouraging YOU. It's easy, you just send them your work, and if accepted you write up your article. Here is a link for the calls and challenges.

Okay, let's keep this giveaway simple. Just tell us what you are grateful for or what makes you the most happy in your life. That's it! If you are more comfortable leaving a facebook comment, feel free to leave that here on the Love My Art Jewelry page. I'll announce the winner on December 23rd on facebook and an update to this this post as well.

Thank you everyone for reading. I hope you have a wonderful and blessed holiday.

21 comments:

Renetha Stanziano said...

I am grateful to have the support of my family to pursue whatever interests me. It makes me happy that my family is close by and we communicate often.

gelfling50 said...

Well as dedicated as I am to designing , making jewelry and blogging about this craft ,I am grateful for this . But I am most grateful for my family and specially my new great grand baby Zoey....With out love of your family there is no joy to be found in anything else.....I gave this love and therefore I have the joy of designing and creating jewelry. Thank you for asking....jackiemarchant@yahoo.com.....

Karen Z said...

These days, I am most grateful for the gift of TIME! Now retired, I am free to explore my world creatively and mindfully. What more can I want?!

Cory Tompkins said...

I am most grateful for my husband who always has my back and makes me feel special every day.

Congratulations on being published and in such an incredible magazine makes it even better!

Wendy Southin said...

I'm grateful for my studio and the freedom I've been given to create.

OnMyPawz said...

Well, first off; CONGRATS!! The pieces are beautiful and definitely fit in with that awesome magazine, will definitely have to check it out! And what I'm grateful for, right now is all the extra sunshine we are getting, it's normally freezing right now but it's been in the 70's!

bugrocksthehouse@gmail.com

Angi said...

I am most grateful for my family.We recently built a home on our property for my elderly parents. They were living 1000 miles away from us and as they get older we worried more and more about their health. So not only am i extremely happy that I get to see my mom every day, I have the most amazing husband who has been so very patient as we get the kinks all worked out! Thanks for the giveaway!

Angi Mullis dj2isme@aol.com

Kathy Lindemer said...

I am grateful for all of the bead artists who share their knowledge to help others learn how to create beautiful jewelry. I find making jewelry helpful in providing me with inner peace.

sandysewin said...

Oh, I love Belle Armoire and Belle Armoire Jewelry magazine!

I am truly blessed and have much to be thankful for, even in the midst of difficulties. It's especially wonderful that this year my business has taken off and I am starting to be able to make a living doing creative things that I love.

Thanks for the chance to win!

KJ said...

I am grateful for so much... a beautiful home, a supportive family, a real job that makes me feel good and pays well, home-made cookies, a sliversmithing class to look forward to... and I could continue. Mostly, I am just happy.

freshbakeddesigns said...

Lovely giveaway! This issue looks packed with inspiration...I am very grateful for the generous and helpful community of jewelry makers on the internet who share their work and help others along their journey. Thank you all!

Beatnheart said...

One of the highlights of my life thus far, and something I am truly grateful for is when I was first published myself in Belle Armoire Jewelry magazine...It was such a pivotal moment for me. A validation like I never had before...never in a million years did I think something like that would happen to me...

Sarajo Wentling said...

So many blessings in my life... it's hard to choose one thing. As I watch family and friends struggling with serious health problems, I'm so thankful for my health as well as my husband's. I'm eternally grateful for the support (emotional and financial) my sweet husband gives me to pursue my bliss. Without him, I would still be stuck in a job that was making me miserable instead of making jewelry full time.

Maria Rosa Sharrow said...

I am most grateful for the wonderful people that bless my life daily. I usually purchase jewelry affaire, so this magazine would be welcome read. Maybe it would be one that I would start purchasing.

PA said...

I'm grateful that I am healthy and capable of doing things that make me happy. Creating jewelry is one of those things.

lakesuperiorwaves said...

I am grateful for being able to have the support of my family and friends to pursue my dream to create jewelry. After recently finding out my best friend has cancer I am also thankful for my health.

lady tie di said...

Heck, I am grateful to just be reading this and being able to write this note....living in a small town, we are more acutely aware, I believe, when a friend or neighbor is suffering. Our small town has been hit particularly hard this year with far too man deaths and destruction. Not a day that I wake up goes unnoticed. "I choose to notice every detail of this day, to appreciate it for what it is and to do my best to spread love and beauty where ever I go and learn something from everyone I meet." I hope more people are doing that. I don't think I'm alone... :)

Carolyn said...

Thank you for the giveaway.

I am grateful for family and friends during my recent health crisis.

Carolynscreations@live.com

Cindy Martin-Shaw said...

During the past several weeks, many communities here on the Oregon coast have experienced relentless storms, winds, flooding, sinkholes, and landslides. Watching these continuing disasters, I have learned to be grateful for our local citizens who have done so much to inform, assist, and rescue others in time of need. I have seen the best of humanity during this disaster, which helps to balance the awful things going on in the world. One of these days, I will be grateful to get back to being able to create jewelry instead of just dealing with disaster. Thank you for this wonderful prompt to think about the things for which we are grateful. Congrats to you, thanks for the giveaway, and happy holidays!

Linda Conley said...

I am grateful to have my Grandchildren in my life and our excursions together. And since I've gone to working part time, I am so grateful for the freedom and time to create in my new studio and to make whatever I feel at the moment, be it firing up the kiln, sewing pages into leather, making a batch of resin or wire wrapping some new jewelry bling. I am READY! Merry Christmas to everyone!

CraftyHope said...

I am grateful for so very much, but first and foremost is my husband who supports me in every way possible. He believes in my ability; encourages me to take risks; is my rock, my shoulder to cry on; saves my sanity; and keeps me calm. I don't even know how I would cope with everything life throws at me without him.

Thank you for this opportunity. I'm a huge fan of the magazine!

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