The Tropical Punch Blog Hop!


Today we have the pleasure of sharing the work of many wonderful bloggers who were sent a Tropical Punch bag of goodies.  There were no rules for this hop. Tropical punch kits were sent to jewelers, paper artists and sewers. These designers were encouraged to create anything they would personally love.  The results are fabulous!

To read more about each project you can click on the link provided or the picture of the finished piece.  Join us by visiting each participant!


Tropical Punch by Cindy Goldrick.  Cindy is a first time blog hopper and wrote a wonderful post about her experience.  “When creating, I usually start with a pile of components that have some cohesiveness in colour but have a variety of textures, sizes and material. Inspiration can come at the strangest times, however, and this time was no exception. I’d been meditating on the hot, Brazilian Carnival colour of the beads I received and thought of the costumes that are worn in Carnival parades that reveal much but strategically cover important bits. One morning last week I woke up after seeing a net of these jewels in my mind and I knew that I would use the French knitter to showcase the beads. I also wanted to create a necklace that would be evocative of the sinuous vines that wind around trees in the jungle.”

Tropical Punch post by Cindy is linked here.  Part of Cindy’s article is also on the BeadFX blog linked here.


Tropical Punch by Tammy Powley.  “I was really fascinated with the polyester pipe that was sent as part of the package I received, and you can see that I included it in all three pieces I made. In one necklace, I used about 6 inches of it and then used beads, wire, and jump rings to add the center piece section and also the strap of the necklace.” When you pop over to Tammy’s post you’ll see a second necklace she created for the hop as well.

The Tropical Jewelry Design blog post by Tammy is linked here.


Tropical Punch by Nancy Donaldson.  Nancy regularly contributes projects to this Dazzle-it blog.  She was part of our internal team designing some Tropical Punch pieces with a Soutache twist for a UK runway show.  The pieces she designed for the hop are elegant and the added wirework is inspired.  You can see many of her projects for Dazzle-it in this link.

Nancy’s blog hop post is linked here.


Tropical Punch by Suze Weinberg.  Suze accepted the Tropical Punch challenge willingly and with a few extra products in her kit completed three gorgeous necklaces.  “This was REALLY out of the box for me…I’m used to bezels and resin, so I loved this challenge. In my first experiment I wanted to use everything in sight!! I love the Brazilian flavor and bright colors.”

The “Loving Lucite” post by Suze Weinberg is linked here.


Tropical Punch by Tenia Nelson.  Tenia is a well established paper arts crafter. She is very new to jewelry and I wanted her in the hop because I just knew these products would be fun and easy to work with.  This necklace does not look like it was designed by a new jewelry maker at all!  Well done Tenia!

The link to Tenia’s blog is here.

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Tropical Punch by Lisa Kettell.  Lisa wrote this about the blog hop kit we sent her “My package was filled with so much summer goodness. With the BoHo trend still rising this summer, I decided to create a fun summer BoHo statement necklace. The only thing extra I added were the fun tassels I made using neon floss.”  Lisa provided instructions on her post so you can make one too.

The link to Lisa’s blog post is here.


Tropical Punch by Alma Stoller.  Alma is well known for her fiber art designs and online classes.  She wrote “I decided to make a necklace that was colorful, bohemian in style, but still consistent with the retro-Brazilian vibe of the Tropical Punch line. Using fabric with the Tropical Punch line of beads worked well. The beads are strong and colorful, and are a great way to embellish a variety of jewelry items.”

The link to Alma’s post is here.


Tropical Punch by Laura Weed.  Laura may receive the over-achiever award for her project for our blog hop!  Proving that you do not need to be a jeweler to love these components, she turned the muslin bag we used to ship her products, into a new carryall!

The link to Laura’s post for Stampendous is linked here.


Tropical Punch by Wendy Price.  Wendy made two wonderful necklaces for the hop.  What stood out is her single petal necklace.  “I stamped the purple curved piece with a Stampendous image (SSC1196) in StazOn and then added dots of white nail polish. I attached organza ribbon to the chain and wired the stamped piece on.”  

Wendy’s blog post is linked here.

Rings by Giovanna Blog Hop!

We have been sharing with you some of the projects featured in the new “Rings by Giovanna” beading manual just released by Dazzle-it.    This manual is the first of a series that will showcase projects featuring Czech seed beads from the Dazzle-it Collection.  For our debut issue, we commissioned bead weaving artist Giovanna Fiume to create a collection inspired by American pop artist Roy Lichtenstein.

Now that the manual is published, it was time to put it into the hands of jewelry makers. We sent a blog hop kit to mostly inexperienced beaders to see if they were up to the challenge of creating a ring with seed beads.  We were sure that the big step-by-step photos and instructions would make them feel like there were in a classroom with Giovanna herself!

All the blog hoppers received a similar kit.  Various Czech seed beads, Wildfire beading thread, Dazzle-it beading needles and our new publication.  Not one project came back looking the same.  Here are their results.

Lisa Pace has a blog title that really matches this project; Its In The Details.  Her project looks like it came right out of our manual.  In her words; “after view­ing the tech­nique book­let included along with the prod­ucts needed, I decided to give a try at mak­ing the Dot­ted Ring. The Dazzle-It Rings by Gio­vanna book­let has very easy to fol­low step by step instruc­tions which pretty much guar­an­tees a suc­cess­ful project every time.”   Lisa’s blog post is here.

Tammy Powley is also known as the Crafty Princess through her blog:  The Crafty Princess Diaries.   She is currently obsessed with green and purple so I am pleased her kit for the blog hop contained the colours she loves.  After reviewing her project options she noted “I had to decide on the stitch and the project. I decided to go with peyote and create an adaptation of the “Sinuous Ring” design from the book.”  Like several other blog hop participant she now has “some ideas for other ring-related bead designs.”

Nancy Donaldson shared an image of her supplies, the ring in progress and her finished submission that made it easy for me to show you what she created.  She managed to create something instantly wearable. “in  this wonderful kit from dazzle-itinstruction booklet –Rings by Giovanna, tons of Czech seed beads and beading needles and thermally bonded bead weaving thread which i have never used (not sure why) and totally love!”  Nancy’s blog post is here.

Marisa Decidepa-Wong has a blog she calls MDW’s Love.   I know her to be very busy in her day job so when she has time to work on jewelry it is usually in the evening and wee hours of the morning.  The new Rings by Giovanna manual gave her permission to start a new project.  “I had a blast making this ring. It’s been awhile since I’ve done peyote stitch and I had to restart a couple of times but finally got the hang of it.”  If you head over to Marissa’s blog you’ll see several more rings that she continued to make after Midnight.  Marissa’s blog post is here.

Cyndi Lavin from the blog Beading Arts is exactly who we wanted to send our new manual too.  She had never made a ring before.  She used this blog hop as an opportunity to experiment with new products.  In her own words “what I learned was that the beading thread matters too.  I did not like the WildFire at first.  I found it difficult to thread the needle, hard to coax the beads into place, and really a pain in the neck when you wanted to remove a bead.  But the more I worked with it, the more I saw the value.”  The link to her blog post is here.

Jennifer Tryon has a blog called Tryon a Homemade Life.   I know that she has never worked with a seed bead so this would be a great introduction for her.  There is always a learning curve to starting a new craft and Jennifer commented: “Thankfully the pictures in the instructions were large, because the beads are tiny. Literally seed beads. This was my first time string beading with such tiny beads, I broke 3 needle threaders and the head off two pins just threading the darn needles.”  Her ring was completed and we just need to post a picture of it for you to see as well.  Link to her blog post is here.

Eileen Bergen has a blog called The Artful Crafter.  I love her blog description of the new booklet: “WHAAM”, was I ever surprised! The Dazzle-It rings designed by Giovanna all evoke the 1960s comic book art of the master in one way or another. The book is sprinkled with talk bubbles for the directions and a few BAMs, WOWs and POWs. Very clever. The booklet alone is a collector’s item.”  This is Eileen’s first bead weaving project and I do believe she will be making a lot more items in the future.  Her ring is perfect!  Link to her blog post is here.

If you are looking for the book it is just going into online stores now.

Here are some immediate sources:  


The Northern Bead Company


Thank you again to everyone who joined the hop!  I have one or two more contributors to post over the next month.

Cyndi Lavin Post linked here.

Marissa Decipeda-Wong linked here.

Tammy Powley linked here.

Jennifer Tryon linked here.

Lisa Pace linked here.

Nancy Donaldson linked here.

Eileen Bergen linked here.


The Newfangled Neo Chain Blog Hop

new·fan·gled – different from what one is used to; objectionably new.

It goes without saying that there are many different types of chain to choose from for stringing and sewing projects.  Dazzle-it NEO is our new collection of chain and findings featuring classic colors with a new age twist.  The vivid colors are quite eye-catching and make a great accent to your jewelry designs. We sent a set of Neo Chain and findings to 12 different designers to see what they would create with it.  The results are showcased here in this extra special blog hop post!

Vicki O’Dell – The Creative Goddess

Vicki could not have been more pleased to receive purple Neo Chain in her blog hop kit.  You will find a wonderful how-to blog with instructions explaining how she made this amazing necklace.  Vicki posted “I really like the Neo Chain. I found that the color does not flake off even when I cut the chain. And I also like the way it’s cut so that the metal underneath the color shines and sparkles. It just adds a little something extra to my jewelry piece.”

Suze Weinberg – Leap…and the net will appear.

Suze’s blog post is so full of inspiration that selecting just three images really will not do justice to her contribution to the blog hop.  Wait till you see all the matching earrings she made.  Clearly, she loved Neo Chain. Suze wrote “I used the black and gold chain to make my absolute favorite….one I know I won’t be able to part with it because it hangs so perfectly….!!”

Suzann Sladcik Wilson – Beadphoria

Suzann’s Caribbean blue bracelet is a showstopper.  As a published author, she has a wonderful way of writing and included a fantastic set of instructions on how to make this bracelet.  Suzann added “Designing the “Caribbean Blue” bracelet, I was inspired by the recent trend in fashion of color blocking. Color blocking is when you see designs featuring black and white with a strong pop of a single color. The Neo chain and findings really lend themselves to designing this way.”

Lisa M Pace – It’s In The Details

Lisa wrote “for this fun blog hop I was sent the black and white chain and find­ings to use to cre­ate whatever items I wanted. I decided on cre­at­ing a match­ing neck­lace, bracelet and ear­ring set.”  Her set is a wonderful example of how Neo chain can both embellish and stand-alone for jewelry design work.  You can read and see more of Lisa’s work in her third book “Delight In The Art of Collage.”

Tammy Powley – The Crafty Princess Diaries

Tammy actually created two sets of jewelry for the blog hop.  I chose to share this set because it features a pendant her husband made for their book The Complete Photo Guide to Jewelry Making: More than 700 Large Format Color Photos.  Tammy wrote “Because the chain is just so neat all by itself, I cut a 21 inch piece of chain, added jump rings and a clasp, and now you can wear it wrapped around your wrist three times as a triple strand bracelet, or of course, you can wear it as a 21 inch necklace.”

Ann Butler Designs – Creativity Stirs the Soul

Ann’s tiered necklace showcases domino art she created with her new line of rubber stamps “Faux Quilting” 2″ Leaves all Over from Unity Stamp Company.  She made two different necklaces and her blog has a wonderful how-to for this project. Ann wrote “I was honored to be asked to be part of this blog hop with so many wonderful creative friends and as a BONUS when the product came I was beyond excited…..Dazzle-it Neo Chain glitters because the cut in the actual chain exposes the brass beneath for an unexpected sparkle which is  beautiful!”

Lisa Fulmer – Lisa Liza Lou

Lisa’s Neo Chain bracelet is just the sample I needed to show you how gorgeous Neo chain looks all on its own.  Ideally you have several colours to play with! Lisa wrote “I looped matching pink and blue jump rings through each set of chains, then put them together on white jump rings and added a clasp. Quick, easy and beautiful!”

Amy Bowerman Stucki – Plucking Daisies

You’ll love Amy’s blog post if you are look for quick and easy ideas!  She wrote “I’m an easy-peasy jewelry making type of girl and these ten minute Neo Chain Star Earrings can be whipped up for a night on the town in the time it takes you to put on your makeup!”  You’ll find a wonderful how-to on the blog with great step out photos.

Roberta Birnbaum – DecorablesArt

Roberta gorgeous finished necklaces showcase Neo chain in two ways; as an accent to other stringing materials like kumihimo and as a stand-alone chain in her tiered purple necklace.  Her blog post also features matching earrings.  Roberta added “I find that the chain actually feels very soft on the skin, and when the light catches the colours it can be quite spectacular!”

Charlotte Gordon – Atmosphere and Symphony

Charlotte explains her blog hop entries best. “For my project, I worked with the black and gold Neo-Chain which was both exciting and a challenge for me. I could think of a lot of cool ideas to incorporate the black and gold chain in some edgy and trendy design inspirations, but in the end, a case of spring fever steered me in a more feminine and romantic direction. I had a small handful of pink and gold beads that worked perfectly with the Neo Chain.”

Kristi Parker Van Doren – Kristi’s Creative Cafe

Kristi’s Neo chain wrapped key should give you a few ideas about other items that you might consider embellishing.  Kristi wrote about the Neo Chain she received  “I didn’t want to just use it as a chain so I incorporated the chain into the design. I had two different sizes of chain so used the larger gauge for the chain and the smaller gauge for the design.”

June Beach – Beach Haus Designs

It should not surprise you that a Swarovski Ambassador would add crystals to her Neo Chain designs.  June’s necklaces just sparkle! Her post reads “I got a lovely package from Carmi to create a few pieces from and here they are……Course, leave it to “sparkle” girl to add some of my custom pendants that I made from various Swarovski Elements to complete the pieces!”

You can see the entire Neo Chain collection here.

Other Neo chain projects previously posted on this blog are linked here.

Tassels and Faux Suede Lace Cord Blog Hop!

Welcome to our latest blog hop featuring the work of many fabulous jewelers, crafters and designers!

Our new Faux Suede Tassels are the stars of this blog hop!

All the designer/artists in this blog hop received a “Dazzle-it Blog Hop Kit.” Each of the individual Dazzle-it colours was sent to one designer so they may have had white, yellow, green or even hot pink.  They did not get to choose their main colour, it was randomly shipped.  They were given an assortment of tassels, but I asked them to try and focus on using the one special colour set in their kit.


We could not resist sending the matching Faux Suede Lace cording when we planned this hop. The colour options are just wonderful!   The designers also received several different new closures and clasps which I will be featuring in additional posts next month!

Let’s take a look at each participant.  Simply click on the picture to go directly to the designer’s bigger blog hop post!

Suzann Sladcik Wilson created a necklace that is a gorgeous burst of colour on a grey winter day. “For my “Tasseled for Ombré” necklace, I used three of the tassels in complementary colors and cord that matched.  I decided to leave the cord long so that it could be tied in the back by the wearer. The tied look would then make the ends look like another tassel.”

Lisa Fulmer made a faux suede ornament so beautiful that I want to wear it. “Kumihimo is super easy to learn – this is the first time I used it to make a Christmas wreath ornament, as opposed to a necklace or bracelet. It takes 16 feet of cord to make this 7 inch piece – the braid is a little more than 1/2″ in diameter.”

June Beach’s jewelry is already beautiful.  The tassels just gave each piece a wonderful fresh update.  “Classic, clean and simple.  Sometimes that is exactly what makes up the best designs!”

Vicki O’Dell created such an elegant necklace!  “I love the way navy blue and gold look together. Classic, a bit nautical and always on trend. Of course, tassels are pretty trendy for jewelry right now too and this Easy DIY Suede Tassel Necklace has three of them.”

Suze Miller Weinberg had never used a tassel or cord in her projects before and clearly loved the entire Dazzle-it collection.   I was so overjoyed to play with something so different for me. How could I possibly make just one thing? “

Jamie North created some wonderful kumihimo peices with her faux suede cord. “I made 2 pieces – both Kumihimo – a necklace with 2 strands of the faux suede and 2 of chain – with a smattering of Unicorne teardrops and, of course, my beloved Swarovski elements (some Rose Peach rounds and Lt Green pearls) as accents.”

Nancy Donaldson used macrame and chain to show off the faux suede.  “As always, one project leads to several more.  I found 5 different styles of chain, wove some suede lace through the larger chain and added the tassels to the ends of another….”

Kristi Parker Van Doren accented so many pieces for her special tassel blog hop post.  You must go to her page to also see her Christmas tree!  “I was so pleased to be asked by Carmi Cimicata to join in a blog hop for Dazzle-it and their cool leather tassels and leather cording.”

Charlotte Gordon showed off her bright pink set“I made a necklace and a pair of earrings.  Both projects came together quite quickly. I could see myself making a group of these as a darling set of stocking stuffers this holiday season!”

Erin Prais-Hintz created three totally different projects.  A purse fob, a ring and an ornament. “They are really fun to add a little bit of color, texture and movement, and with the loop at the top and the metal color, they can match just about anything. Now I am looking for things to add tassels to!”

Amy Bowerman from Plucking Daisies wrote a Faux Suede Lace Charm bracelet tutorial and a post showcasing her finished piece.  “Not only did participating in this hop recharge my jewelry making mojo it has also given me a deep, deep love for Faux Suede tassels and suede lace.”


Summer Love Dazzle-it Blog Hop With Friends

I have a very inspiring blog hop for you to enjoy today.  Each of the eight featured artists/designers in this post were sent a selection of new Dazzle-it gemstones, beads, hemp and finishing components to play with.  I invited non-jewelry makers and established book writing jewelers to participate.  The results are just wonderful!  It is DAZZLING!

The theme “Summer Love” is all I gave each participant.  You’ll see one image of their project here and I have made sure that there is a link to the artist’s site to read more about their work.

Suze Weinberg created a necklace that is a collage of colours and the peace symbol beads just pop!  She has a great post showing you how she painted a bezel for her focal pendant while incorporating the hemp.

Debra Quartermain was quick to point out that she isn’t a jewelry maker.  However her bracelet made me think she might want to start making some jewelry in the future!  She braided felt and sewed her beads in place beautifully.  I love how she made one bead and the hemp her clasp.

Vicki O’Dell made the most fabulous necklace with the white hemp beautifully showcasing all the colours in the new gemstone collection.  You won’t believe how she managed to space everything...just read her blog for her technique!

I love the yellows and oranges in Lori Mendenhall’s  necklaces.  Perfect for summer!  It is hard to just use one bead, but Lori proved that one can be enough.

Bindy Lambell does not have a blog.  She is a wonderful glass art bead maker!  Her bracelet is exactly what I would look for in a shop.  The turquoise really stands out when added to the crystals she received.

Charlotte Gordon made a trio of bracelets to wear together but this featured piece really sings to me!  The braided hemp cord would make this a perfect summer accessory.

Lisa Pace wrote not one, but two tutorials showing you what she did with her Dazzle-it products!  You’ll really enjoying seeing her projects and how she knotted her bracelets together!

Jean Yates is my over-achiever!  Thank goodness everyone didn’t see her work until just before I posted or I never would have been able to keep the new jewelry makers in the blog hop!  She has a wonderful post explaining her shaballa bracelet and everything else she made!

This is the second summary image of Jean’s projects.  I want to make a peace necklace now too!

Thank you again to all my jewelers!  I am sure you have given lots of our readers inspiration for summer projects!

What Was In Each Summer Love Kit

Dazzle-it Semi Precious Special Shapes Beads

Dazzle-it Bright Colours Hemp

Shell Beads Dice Shape

Dazzle-it Clasps sets