Friday, December 21, 2012

ABS DEC Monthly Challenge

ABS DEC Monthly Challenge by Klassy Joolz
ABS DEC Monthly Challenge, a photo by Klassy Joolz on Flickr.
Here is my Entry for the December 2012 Monthly Challenge.

Bracelet is designed with beautiful Artisan Lampwork Beads, Sterling Silver, Freshwater Pearls, Crystals and Czech Bellflowers
 Sleeping Beauty by Erté, 1983
26 1/2" x 33" Serigraph

About the Art
Erté's characteristic style found a new and enthusiastic market in the 1960s, and the artist responded to renewed demand by creating a series of colorful lithographic prints and sculpture.
His taste for the exotic and romantic, and his appreciation of the sinuous and lyrical human figure is felt in all of his art.
About the Artist
Romain de Tirtoff (23 November 1892 – 21 April 1990) was a Russian-born French artist and designer known by the pseudonym Erté, the French pronunciation of his initials, R.T. He was a diversely talented 20th-century artist and designer who flourished in an array of fields, including fashion, jewellery, graphic arts, costume and set design for film, theatre, and opera, and interior decor.
Erté is perhaps most famous for his elegant fashion designs which capture the art deco period in which he worked.  His delicate figures and sophisticated, glamorous designs are instantly recognisable, and his ideas and art still influence fashion into the 21st century.

I've always loved Erte' for his beautiful Art and Designs.

Thank you for stopping by and Happy Holidays!!!!


Friday, November 30, 2012

3rd Annual Challenge of Color Blog Hop


Today is Erin's Annual Color Challenge Blog Hop.  This is my first time to do one of her color challenges and I am so thrilled to be invloved along with 80 others!  I just love the colors of the palette that Erin and Brandi come up for me to choose from.  These colors are so me. 
Is that a Bullet Casing?  Read on...
My beautiful Color Palette!
Freshwater Keshi Pearls, Freshwater Button Pearls
Artisan Lampwork Beads and Crystals

Erin suggested to do a little reserach and so I did.   Here is what I found out...very interesting!

Title: Iraqi Emplacement

Location: northern Iraq near Iranian border
Date: January 24, 2001
Satellite/sensor: Landsat 7 ETM+
Source: USGS, NASA Earth as Art series

" In an area north of the city of Al-Basrah, Iraq, a former wetland has been drained and walled off. Now littered with minefields and gun emplacements, it is a staging area for military exercises.  In the far southwest (lower left) of the satellite image we
can see a small town, irrigation canals and an airfield. The original image shows tracks of vehicles. Most straight lines and right angles seen on images represent human-created features, since natural features tend to be more smooth and curved. There are some natural straight lines and right angles, caused by geological fault lines, but they are quite unusual.

As with most images of bare ground (no vegetation),  longer infrared wavelength bands are used to show colour on the computer screen.  A natural colour image would be a dull "dirt" brown."

So glad the infrared wavelengths bands created color!   Such beautiful color!  I tried to pick out most of the colors and incorporate them in my necklace:

Can't use minefields or gun emplacements so I used a silver bullet casing instead as my focal pendant for the necklace.
Thank you so much Erin and Brandi for all your hard work and organizing this wonderful Blog Hop!!!
Please have fun and visit everyones Blog.  List below:

Erin Prais-Hintz

  Rebecca Anderson
Kris Auderer
Chrizette Bayman
Lori Bowring Michaud
Courtney Breul
Lynsey Brooks
Stephanie Buss
Iveth Caruso
Shannon Chomanczuk
Lisa Cone
Cece Cormier
Lori Dorrington
Dawn Doucette
Jeannie Dukic
Kim Dworak
Beth Emery
Janice Everett
Pam Farren
Donetta Farrington
Gloria Ferrer
Cherrie Fick
Therese Frank
Patty Gasparino
Tanya Goodwin
Ambra Gostoli
Jess Green
Denielle Hagerman
Mary Harding
Karla Hartzog
Kim Hora
Brandi Hussey
Emanda Johnson
Jennifer Justman
Sue Kennedy
Ema Kilroy
Lee Koopman
Linda Landig
Kirsi Luostarinen
Cynthia Machata
Alicia Marinache
Beth McCord
Mary K McGraw
Karen Mitchell
Cheri Mitchell-Reed
Aimee Moisa
Karla Morgan
Penny Neville
Becky Pancake
Kashmira Patel
Alice Peterson
Kayla Potega
Debbie Price
Bobbie Rafferty
Caron Reid
Nicole Rennell
Cynthia Riggs
Andrea Ross
Sally Russick
Annie Scherz
Pam Sears
Renetha Stanziano
Sandra Stein
Kristen Stevens
Tracy Stillman
Sherri Stokey
Lola Survillo
Kay Thomerson
Jo Tinley
Emma Todd
Cory Tompkins
Pam Traub   ~~~~~~~~~~~YOU ARE HERE~~~~~~~~~
Melissa Trudinger
Michelle Tucker
Shelley Graham Turner
Monique Urquhart
Rachel Van-Walsk
Patti Vanderbloemen
Lesley Watt
Lynn White
Joan Williams

Sunday, November 25, 2012

7000 Bracelets Blog Hop


The amazing Sue of Sue Beads pulled together this blog hop for 7,000 bracelets, which is a campaign of the Global Genes Project. Global Genes donates blue awareness bracelets made by jewelry artists to people with chronic & life threatening diseases. They also give bracelets to their care-givers. You can read more about the project HERE.

Here are my donations.  I hope they like them and know that we care!

7000 Bracelets Blog Hop, a photo by Klassy Joolz on Flickr
Here's a link to their donation page if you feel you can donate a blue bracelet for the cause!

Global Genes Bracelet Donation Page!

And here's a list of all the participants! Please stop by their blogs and give them a little love and support!   





Saturday, November 10, 2012

November 2012 Monthly Challenge

November 2012 Monthly Challenge by Klassy Joolz

Reflections: My entry for the November ABS Monthly Challenge
This month's challenge artwork, M.C. Esher's Three Worlds, is a black and white affair.
 "Three worlds" depicts a large pool or lake during the autumn or winter months, the title referring to  the three visible perspectives in the picture: the surface of the water on which leaves float, the world above the surface, observable by the water's reflection of the forest, and the world below the surface, observable in the large fish swimming just below the water's surface.
I love the Koi Fish in the pond.  So I just had to add a cute little Koi Fish from LeAnn Weih of SummersStudioEtc
 to my bracelet.  The Lampwork beads are made by artisan Sandi Carrico  Can see the images (reflections) in the Lampwork Beads that reflect the "Three Worlds".  Accents are Sterling Silver, Swarovski Crystals, a black Czech Glass leaf, and white and black Czech Glass Bellflowers.
Thank you for stopping by!


Friday, October 26, 2012

Hooters/Artisan Whimsy

Hooters/Artisan Whimsy by Klassy Joolz
Hooters/Artisan Whimsy, a photo by Klassy Joolz on Flickr.
My Hooters Entry..."For The Love of Hooters" at Artisan Whimsy site.  Come check out all the fabulous Owl Componets and Owl Jewelry.

My whimsical owl cutie is made by Denise Annette at:  See makes such cute artisan owl lampwork beads.  The other artisan wire wrapped lampwork beads are made by Mandrel on Etsy, too...find her at:

This necklace is available at my Etsy Shop

This is a voting Challenge so please vote for one us.
Voting begins October 28th- October 30th.
Click on "Show Us Your Hooters"


Saturday, October 20, 2012

Nina's Design Blog Partnership

A few week ago I was surprised when DeAnna from Nina Designs contacted me and asked me to participate in their monthly
Blog Partnership Program.   Each month they select a few lucky bloggers and send them a goodie bag of Nina Designs’ charms and findings. In exchange, they ask that you blog about your goodie bag and link back to them from your blog post. They want you to "Get Creative"!    Craft a piece of jewelry, write a review, use them in design challenges, give them out as prizes in a give-away - what you do with them is up to you.   I was so thrilled to be selected.  Here are the BEAUTIFUL components that I received:
All I could say was WOW!  I loved everything.  I have a thing for
skulls and that purple leather is so soft and one of my favorite colors.

Purple Leather Necklace: 


                                                                                        Nina's Design Blog Partnership, a photo by Klassy Joolz on Flickr

I braided the leather and added artisan lampwork beads from Mantrel on Etsy...I love her metallic beads.

I used a large disc artisan lampwork bead and added a sterling silver bunny button to the center.
In this necklace I used the Bronze Snake Pendant, Bronze Hook and Eye Clasp, and Bronze Small Hammered Marquis Links.  I wire wrapped all the componets with gold filled wire.
And here's my favorite:  Skully Earrings
I used the Bronze Skull Charms,  the Bronze Lotus Petal Charms, and the Bronze Hook Earring findings (which are unbelievably comfortable to wear!) .  
 Skully Earrings with purple Glass Cyrstals,  Swarovski Crystals and gold filed chain.
I am so impressed with Nina Designs quality charms and findings.  It was such a pleasure to work them.  They offer bronze jewelry charms in three finishes: natural bronze, silver plated charms, and gold plated charms. You’ll find the prices of these new lines as attractive as the finish.
The materials above were provided as part of the Nina Designs blogging program. The author of this blog has not received any payment from above-mentioned company. The post above represents only personal opinion of the blog author.  

Monday, October 15, 2012

ABS October Monthly Challenge

ABS October Monthly Challenge, a photo by Klassy Joolz on Flickr.

 October Entry...

This is my entry for the Art Bead Scene challenge. This month's inspiration is Revolving, by Kurt Schwitters.
Necklace is made with beautiful Artisan Lampwork Beads by Mandrel (on Etsy) and shimmery Keishe Freshwater Pearls.
This painting is one of my favorites!
Thank You for stopping bye for a look and a visit!

Monday, October 1, 2012

Monsters Inc Halloween Bracelet

Kathy Peterson 3 by Klassy Joolz
Monsters, Inc  Klassy Joolz on Flickr....
New Halloween bracelet for one of my favorite customers. She loves "themed jewelry" and always challenges me with her ideas. She comes up the most wonderful themes.

Bezel is from the Fairy Tales Collection. I added 3 of the Monsters, Inc Characters...Boo, Mike and Shulley and encased a small print of them in the Ice Resin. Bracelet is 3 strand style bracelet with Artisan Lampwork Beads, Freshwater Pearls, Swarovski Crystals, Glass Bead and Sterling Silver Components.

Kathy loves Halloween and wears Halloween jewelry for the whole month of fun is that!

Monday, August 6, 2012

ABS August Monthly Challenge

August ABS Monthly Challenge Entry: Handmade Resin Compass Pendant/Necklace...

I've been experimenting with resin lately and made this Compass Resin Pendant using a vintage print.  Tried to pick up on the colors of the sky in Homer's painting with the compass.  I incorporated the pendant into the necklace design using large off-white Keishi Pearls, Coin Pearls, Blueberry Natural Crystal Faceted Rondells, a beautiful ocean inspired Artisan Lampwork Bead with a touch of red in the little spacer beads.  Then I wire wrapped some nautical sea creatures...a pretty pewter Star Fish,  a cute sterling silver Fish for some whimsy and used a sterling silver Fish Clasp with the clasp closure on the side of the necklace.

Fishing Boats, Key West, 1903
Winslow Homer (American, 1836–1910)
Watercolor and graphite on off-white wove paper

In the picture it almost looks like the two sailors in the one boat are asking the sailors in the other boat directions (???).  Maybe they need my compass?

I found this component, for the compass, at Michael's Stores (where I work part time) in the Tim Holtz section.  I used it as a bezel to make the Ice Resin Compass Pendant.  It makes for an interesting and unique pendant/bezel.


Second Entry for this month's Challenge...Freshwater pearls, beautiful ocean themed artisan lampwork bead, handmade resin clasp (by me) with sail boat steering wheel (bezel is Industrial Chic), pewter fish by, sterling silver and gunmetal chain.

Thank you for visiting!

Sunday, July 29, 2012

New Resin Inspiration In my Etsy Shop

I've been having lots of fun trying out new Ice Resin creations...

Heart Shaped Pendant with pretty vintage script and flower print.  I also added a Big Rhinestone Crystal in the upper left hand corner to add some bling.  I used an Industrial Chic Bezel Clasp that I added the pretty vintage blue flower print too. 

Love the chain!

Some more Industial Chic Bezel Clasps with Ice Resin:

It's hard to see  in this picture, but there is vintage style script in the bezel/resin.

 One side of this double sided pendant with vintage postcard/pretty rose print.
Second side of double sided pendant with vintage style script and a vintage button encased in the resin.
This pendant/necklace was made with vintage componets.  It sold right away.  It really was pretty.

Please stop by my Etsy Shop to check them out.

Monday, July 16, 2012


ABS JULY 2012 CHALLENGE by Klassy Joolz
ABS JULY 2012 CHALLENGE, a photo by Klassy Joolz on Flickr.
My entry for the Monthly Art Bead Scene...

"Two Acrobats with a dog" by Pablo Picasso, 1905
Gouache, 105.5cm x 75cm
Museum of Modern Art, New York

I used Art Beads by Mandrel on Etsy, an Industrial Chic bezel clasp that I encased in, Ice Resin, a vintage button, wire wrapped artisan lampwork beads with non-tarnish silver plated wire and added a cute little sterling silver paw print to represent the dog in the painting.  It's hard to see in the pictures, but one of the sterling silver beads has a Harlequin pattern.
I loved the soft colors of this months painting, but only chose the soft blue/purple hues to make this bracelet with. 

Thank you for stopping by...

Monday, June 25, 2012


Lil' Love Notes is my little Etsy Shop of Vintage Style Gift Tags.  I haven't shared any of my custom tags with you for a long time.  Please come visit as I have many styles to choose from.

Beautiful medium hand stamped and inked distressed Vintage "Beautiful Winged Dove" Gift Tags. They have been custom wet ink distressed in blue, yellow and green. Winged Dove is stamped with a brown ink. They measure 2 1/2" x 5 1/4" with lime green polka dotted ribbon ties.

Perfect for gift tags, scrapbooking, bookmarks, craft projects, and so much more. Just use your imagination.

Paris Style Dress Gift Tags all hand stamped, and ink distressed for a vintage look. Glitter has been added for that extra sparkle. Perfect as Bon Voyage Gift, Travel Tags, Gift Tags, Wine Bottle Tags, Scrapbooking, Bookmarks, Craft Projects and so much more.

Each tag measures 6 1/4" x 3 1/8" and has french themed ribbon ties. There are 4 tags in the set (let me know if you would like more).

Soooo Feminine!!!!

Each tag is unique and there may be slight variation from tag to tag due to being handmade.

Beautiful hand stamped and inked distressed Vintage "Antique Key" Gift Tag. This tag has a real Antique Vintage Skeleton Key and has been custom stamped in blues and greens. Tag measure 2 3/4" x 5 1/4" with blue stain cord ties with a smaller lime green and white polka dotted ribbon tied on Vintage Key. If only this "Key" could tell its story???.....You'll just have to start a new story with this fabulous Gift Tag!

Beautiful hand stamped and inked distressed Vintage "Sheet Music" Gift Tags. They measure 2 1/8" x 4 1/4"" with black Paris Style fun ties.

Vintage Paris Style gift tags. They are hand stamped and tea ink distressed for a vintage look. There are 4 "1-0 Number" tags and they measure about 3 1/8" x 6 1/4". They have black Paris Style yarn ties for fun. Are these great or what!??!!

Hand stamped and inked distressed Vintage "Sheet Music/Lock and Key" Gift Tags. Paris themed with tea stain distressed ink. They measure 2 5/8" x 5 1/4"" with black Paris Style fun ties.