Thursday, 27 February 2014

Spring Fever Design Challenge - Particpants list...


Well first up can I just say a big thank you to everyone who entered for this challenge and for the sharing that's been going on over the last few days... absolutely fantastic the lot of you! In fact Caroline, Claire and I have been so blown away by the response that we've decided that we're going to choose an extra three participants who will get the bead sets we were keeping for ourselves and, as we have plenty of time we'll make ourselves some more.

Now I've kept you waiting long enough so with out further ado here are the lucky people who will be taking part in the 'Spring Fever Design Challenge'...

Emma Quinn
Kathy Lindemer
Vicky Roberts
Lori Bowring Michaud
Leigh Thow
Ailsa Jackson
Steph L
Kristi Harrison
Lucy Haslam
Penny Neville
Linda - Earthshine Beads
Kristen Stevens
Erin Prais-Hintz
Klassy Joolz
Claire Lockwood
Patti Gasparino
Suhana Hart
Toltec Jewels 
Lori Anderson
Jenny Argyle 

Congratulations - I hope you're all as excited about taking part as we are. Caroline will be contacting you all shortly with payment details and to confirm blog addresses and I'll be working on getting the kits ready to ship.  We'll issue a full list of blog addresses when they've all be collated and checked.  

Although sadly not everyone can be lucky enough to win a place in the challenge, I do have some flower focals in my Etsy shop and Caroline will be adding some bird sets to her shop in a couple of weeks so, if you've already bought or plan to buy any of these you are more than welcome to join in the blog hop with the pieces you make from your purchases, even if you buy one or other of the sets. Sari silk is also available from Smitten Beads . Just let either Caroline of myself know and we will add you to the blog hop list.

Congratulations once again and we look forward to seeing you all on April 16th.


Saturday, 22 February 2014

Spring Fever Design Challenge

It's been a pretty tough winter for many of us in all corners of the globe including incredible storms and floods here in the UK and severe and lengthy snowfall in the US and Canada. I usually like the cooler months but even I've had enough now and can't wait for the arrival of spring. So I had a little chat with my mate Caroline from Blueberri beads and we decided it was time to host a 'Spring Fever' Design Challenge to help nudge it along it's way. This is your chance to get some beautiful spring themed beads at a great price and then show us what you can do with them at our blog hop.

Participants in the challenge will each receive one of these colourful layered ceramic flower focal and accent bead sets made by me...

And an adorable painted bird ceramic bead set from Caroline...

I'm also delighted that the lovely Claire Braunbarth of Smitten Beads is joining us for this challenge and is contributing these gorgeous lengths of sari silk.

I'm sure you'll agree with me that these are pretty cool challenge packs and they'll be available at a cost of £12 GBP plus shipping (£2.50 GBP UK/ £3.75 GBP Overseas) per set to 20 lucky people who will be randomly selected from their comments on this post and Caroline's challenge post. If you win a spot in the challenge you will receive a surprise package containing one flower focal set, one bird bead set and a length of sari silk which you can use with beads from your own stash to create as many pieces as you like and then join us for the blog hop on Wednesday 16th April.

So, do you fancy trying your luck..? silly question - of course you do...! 

All you have to do to enter is comment on this post or on Caroline's challenge blog post but please note - you must be willing to take part in the blog hop on Wednesday 16th April. There are are lots of ways you can increase your chances of winning too... do any of the following and leave an additional comment each time and you will get an extra entry for each one:

Don't forget to leave a separate comment for each method to maximise your chances though!

The draw will close at 8pm GMT on Wednesday 26th February and I will randomly select and announce the winners on Friday 28th February. Winners will be sent an e mail asking them to forward payment in Great British Pounds to my Paypal address - payments should be made as quickly as possible to ensure beads are shipped in good time. We will aim to have all packs shipped by Monday 10th March which will allow five plus weeks for delivery and design.

It's as simple as that so good luck and I'll see you back here on the 28th and hope you'll be with us for the big reveal.

Oh, and I'll also be adding some similar pieces to my shop in the near future so watch out for announcements about that.