We have a winner!!

We put the random number generator to work today and chose a winner from the comments on our Design Team post. The winner was Cassi and she wrote “I have loved what Lori did with this kit –now I’m off to visit the other participants!”

Well Cassi, we are so glad you did, because YOU WON!!! (We actually already heard from Cassi and she said…and we quote “I’m so excited!” We are too, and your kit will be on its way soon. You can check out her beady blog at this link.

Stay tuned, all… because we have our next team challenge coming up in January. Thanks for all of your terrific comments. We love that you loved the challenge as much as we did.

Baubles & Beads Design Team REVEAL 9/18 and GIVEAWAY

Comments are closed!! We will post a winner shortly!

We are excited! It’s time for the first EVER Baubles & Beads Design Team Reveal. We are so pleased that our talented team has worked so hard to create some fantastic pieces. We have received a few sneak peek photos from our participants and want to share a teaser with you.


They look so cool even in their masked state, right?? We think so, too. The reveal is Wednesday, September 18th and you can find each post on the designer’s blogs listed below. Click on over and check out what they made AND you’ll find a special discount coupon code for our online store as well.

We had so many comments from readers about how much they loved the kit that we sent out to our Design Team, that we thought we would celebrate by having a little giveaway as well.


Photo courtesy of Lori Anderson

One lucky reader of our Bead Shop Girl Blog will win a design team bead pack. It’s exactly like the one pictured above that we sent to team member Lori Anderson.

If you’d like to win, just leave a comment below on our blog and we will pick one winner at random on Wednesday, September 25 and announce it here on the blog.

Thanks so much Team! You are amazing and talented and we are so exited that you liked your challenge pieces. Look for our next team challenge after the beginning of the year, but for now here is the list of the entire team, with photos. Click through to each Design Team Member to see their entire posts. So much inspiration. Enjoy checking it out!

Click here to see Jean’s entire post.

Jean Yates

Click here to see Erin’s entire post

Erin Prais-Hintz

Click here to see Michelle’s entire post.

Michelle Mach

Click to see Keirsten’s entire post.

Keirsten Giles

Click here to see Lori’s entire post.

Lori Anderson

Marie-Noel Voyer-Cramp** Marie got her beads just a trifle late, her post will be up soon!

Introducing the Baubles & Beads Blogger Design Team

We are super excited to announce the debut of the Baubles & Beads Blogger design team. We sent the call out in late July and FIVE top bead bloggers agreed to join in on the fun.


Here is the story…
Each of the five bloggers received a package of beads, cord, findings and other cool stuff from our online shop. Each blogger is going to work their design magic with the components that we sent and put their own creativity to the test.

Check out what we sent them…
bbchallengekitImage from Michelle Mach’s blog Beads and Books

Each blogger received the same package with color variations. Their challenge is to create 1-3 pieces of  jewelry that incorporates the collection that we sent over.

You can check out our five talented bloggers at the links below…

  • Name: Erin Prais-Hintz
  • Blog: http://treasures-found.blogspot.com/
  • About: Erin Prais-Hintz is a creator, inspirationalist, encourager and connector. Everyone has a story to share, and Erin finds great joy in telling those unique stories through her one-of-a-kind treasures. She has been featured in dozens of publications including: Stringing;  Bead Trends; 101 Bracelets, Necklaces & Earrings; Bead It Today; Bead Soup; 30 Minute Bracelets; Polymer Clay Global Perspectives; Showcase 500 Art Jewelry Necklaces. She is an exhibiting member at Gallery Q in Stevens Point, WI. You can find her popular Simple Truths at http://www.TesoriTrovati.Etsy.com or her jewelry for sale at http://www.TesoriTrovati.com.
  • Name: Keirsten Giles
  • Blog: http://cerebraldilettante.blogspot.com
  • About:  Keirsten says, “I’m a learner at heart, and the process of learning a new skill is what gets me up in the morning. As soon as I feel I’ve mastered one skill, I move onto the next. I get bored if I use the same techniques for too long. What I didn’t know when I started out making jewelry is that there is a virtually unlimited world of techniques and skills to explore and master, which makes it a perfect medium for someone like me. I’m only limited by the hours in the day.””I work a full time day job, so I find myself making jewelry in strange places and at odd times. I work in my car, parked at the local park, nearly every lunch hour, working on metal components. It’s amazing what you can do with a board in your lap, a hammer and a bench block. I’ve made jewelry in campgrounds, in empty offices at work, and in the driveway at home. We live in a tiny house, so I have to be really resourceful with space, and find ways to make do with a minimal amount of equipment and tools. I think this has made me innovative. My “”studio”” consists of a couch, a coffee table, a kitchen counter, the floor, and of course my little car.”
  • Name: Michelle Mach
  • Blog: www.michellemach.com/blog
  • About: Michelle Mach is a jewelry designer who edits jewelry books and writes mostly about beads and jewelry.  More than 100 of her original jewelry designs have appeared in Jewelry Stringing, BeadStyle, Bead-It Today, Bead Trends, Beadwork, and other magazines.  She sells her handmade jewelry on Etsy and in selected U.S. galleries.
  • Name: Marie-Noel Voyer-Cramp
  • Blog: http://skyejewels.blogspot.com
  • About: Marie-Noel says “I have been married for almost 10 years, we have 4 growing and busy children. I just beat Breast cancer after a long fight. We live in Calgary Alberta in beautiful Canada. I am a published jewelry designer, a scrapbooker and card maker, with an intense passion for creating. Please visit my website at http://skyejewels.com as well as two Etsy shops. I truly LOVE to read your comments on my blog and hope you will follow me on my journey :)”
  • Name: Lori Anderson
  • Blog: http://www.prettythingsblog.com/
  • About: Lori is a mover and shaker in the online bead blog world. She is the driving force behind the very popular online Bead Soup Blog Party. She is the author of the popular book “Bead Soup” based on the hop. You can find out more about Lori’s journey through the bead world as well as information on eBooks and tutorials, on her blog.

Photo from Jean Yates.Image from Jean Yates’ blog “Snap out of it Jean, There’s beading to be done!”

Thanks so much for joining us, you super-talented bunch of ladies! We can’t wait to see what you come up with. Check back on September 18th for the reveal on what each blogger created. Meanwhile, make sure and check the blogger links above. A wealth of bead-related beauty awaits you.

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