Tuesday 

Today I finished the last piece I’m going to use for the Build a Line Challenge fromB’sue Boutiques. I’m very happy with what I’ve accomplished and after some discussion in the class I think I have a direction. 

This weekend I start the task of photographing all my pieces and getting ready for the last blog hop. To me this going to be one of the hardest parts. 

Tonight I took some time out and worked on a ring for myself



I’m pretty happy with how it came out…. It’s my first try… I guess practice makes perfect. 



Thanks for stopping by!

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Build a Line Challenge from B’Sue Boutique, Part Two

Thus far, my Shattered Time: Through the Looking Glass build a line challenge is coming along swimmingly! Perhaps even the Bloody Red Queen herself would be impressed with my progress. Thank you so much for joining me on this next step of my journey!

After the first blog hop, and after reading and joining many discussions on the creative group page, I realized that I was making things at the “top of the pyramid”–and that I needed to start scaling things down to diversify my price points. Here is the completed first necklace which I was making during the first blog hop:

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Then I took the cohesive chain element plus some of the parts from this necklace to create a scaled-down version. This piece contains some of the Through the Looking Glass elements, and it would be at a mid-range price point:

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Next I took it a step further, keeping the cohesive chain elements, and utilizing the teapot and the Mad Hatter’s favorite apparel (both purchased from B’Sue Boutiques). These are at an even lower price point on the “pyramid”:

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I’m very happy with the cohesiveness of the line. They share elements and they match my design aesthetic. I think you can tell they all came from the same designer!

Here’s a cuff I made–this would be at a higher price point, as it took quite a while to finish and has a lot of pieces involved:

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Here’s a couple pictures of two other items I’ve made for the line. Once again, just trying to incorporate different pieces which might appeal to a wider range of people:

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Last but not least, a picture of my work area tonight. I’m planning on continuing further down the creative rabbit hole!

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Thank you so much for checking up on my progress! I’m looking forward to seeing everything my fellow designers have created during this blog hop, part two. Leave a comment if you’d like and enjoy the rest of the hop!

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GREETINGS and WELCOME to the second installment of a trilogy of blog hops for the BUILD A LINE challenge and master class!

This blog hop is sponsored by B’sue Boutiques

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HERE ARE THE PARTICIPANTS!

Brenda Sue Lansdowne, B’sue Boutiques,
Jewelry Making Outside The Box

Marcia Tuzzolino
Aurora Designs

Jann Tague
Clever Designs by Jann

Judy King
Apt to Wander Studio

Linzi Alford
Magpie in the Sky, Spoil Heap Tales

Cynthia Wainscott
Exotic Peru

Carole Carlson
Beadsophisticate

Lynn Stinten
Dragonzwench

Marica Zammit
Bead Lovelies

Catherine Shattuck
VRBrose

Michaele Collie
The Vintage Gem

Mary Craig
Jewelry Alchemy

Lee Koopman
Strega Jewelry

Erin Whitacre
Shattered Time Jewelry

Monica Casady
MJCasady Copper Works

Leila West
Leila Nicole Designs

Cindy Peterson
Howling Dog Jewelry

Leila Belcher
Leila Bee Designs

Gloria Allen
Wings and Beads

Pamela Anger
Novegatti Designs

Tammy Adams
Paisley Lizard

Lynda O’Mara
LOmara Creative

Elizabeth Hildreth
MadScientistsDesigns

Dana Hickey
Wind Dancer Studios

Janet Calardo
Jan Lea Designs

Maria Clark
Sweet Willow Designs

Lori Beekman
B. Accessorized

Jennifer Kroeger
Relic Charm

Amy Jorgensen
Hoarder’s Corner

Robin Reed
Artistry: Handcrafted Bead Designs

Ingrid Anderson
Lilis Gems

Louise O’Shields
Desire Divine Jewels

Susan Killam
Killam Creative

Mary Katherine Deis
The Rose Sword: Artisan and Vintage Collectible Jewelry

Nike Bottalico
Nike Bottalico

Susan Bowerman
Woodside Wireworks

Kristy Le
Kristy Le Trendy Jewelry Designs

Jan Peters
Stylized Vintage

Mitzie Crider
Needful Luxuries Occasional Blog

Gina Hockett
Freestyle Elements

Linda Anderson
From the Bead Board

Alexandra Sefton
Imaginary Jewelry and Altered Art

Melida Boman
The Journey of Pens and Things

Teresa Shurter
TreeZ’s Treasurs

Melissa Latimer
Smithed Up

Renee Hong
Fine and Dandy Jewelry and Art

Nadine Edris
Moondance Jewelry

Lori Meyer
Parisienne Girl

Jennifer Merrill Williams
Artists of All Stripes

Denise Lussier Poirier
Jewelry by Denise

Renee Allen
Small Stuff Design

Autumn Adams
Autumn Dawns

Elizabeth Owens
1996 Shabby Lane

Kat BarronMiller
Midnight Kat Productions Art Jewelry

Sandra Ballard
Mama San’s Mojo

Coral Law
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Build a Line Challenge from B’Sue Boutiques, Erin Whitacre of Shattered Time Jewelry Part 1

Hello!  My name’s Erin Whitacre from Girard, Ohio!  Thanks for stopping by my blog to check out my new line as part of the B’Sue Boutiques Build a Line Challenge!  Over the next three months, me and several other participants will be taking part in a master class aimed at creating, designing and refining an original line of jewelry.

It all started with this fabulous order I received from http://www.bsueboutiques.com:

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The theme of my line is A Steampunk Trip Through the Looking Glass.  My inspiration is Lewis Carroll’s timeless literary masterpiece, Alice in Wonderland.  The story is, of course, a journey of imagination and wonder–and I hope to capture some of that magic with the pieces I’ll be creating.  I picked this theme because it connects with my jewelry concept of Shattered Time.

In Wonderland, nothing is at is seems.  Many of the characters, concepts and themes of the story will be evident in my line.  While the final pieces will share similar traits, all of them will be unique and different in their own way.

Here is the first piece I conjured up in my head.  This is a larger necklace concept, which incorporates several of the element from Alice, as well as utilizing a few of my own Shattered Time creations.

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And I’ve also started a scaled down version, which will be a smaller necklace once completed.

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Both of these items are incomplete, but are coming along quite nicely.

Over the next few months, I hope to develop more pieces and diversify the line–with the help of the rest of the members in my creative group, and B’Sue!  Please feel free to leave comments and suggestions, and DEFINITELY enjoy the rest of the blog hop!

Buildaline

GREETINGS and WELCOME to the first of a trilogy of blog hops for the BUILD A LINE challenge and master class!

This blog hop is sponsored by B’sue Boutiques

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HERE ARE THE PARTICIPANTS!

Brenda Sue Lansdowne, B’sue Boutiques,
Jewelry Making Outside The Box

Marcia Tuzzolino
Aurora Designs

Jann Tague
Clever Designs by Jann

Judy King
Apt to Wander Studio

Linzi Alford
Magpie in the Sky, Spoil Heap Tales

Cynthia Wainscott
Exotic Peru

Carole Carlson
Beadsophisticate

Lynn Stinten
Dragonzwench

Marica Zammit
Bead Lovelies

Catherine Shattuck
VRBrose

Michaele Collie
The Vintage Gem

Mary Craig
Jewelry Alchemy

Lee Koopman
Strega Jewelry

Erin Whitacre
Shattered Time Jewelry

Monica Casady
MJCasady Copper Works

Leila West
Leila Nicole Designs

Cindy Peterson
Howling Dog Jewelry

Leila Belcher
Leila Bee Designs

Gloria Allen
Wings and Beads

Pamela Anger
Novegatti Designs

Tammy Adams
Paisley Lizard

Lynda O’Mara
LOmara Creative

Elizabeth Hildreth
MadScientistsDesigns

Dana Hickey
Wind Dancer Studios

Janet Calardo
Jan Lea Designs

Maria Clark
Sweet Willow Designs

Lori Beekman
B. Accessorized

Jennifer Kroeger
Relic Charm

Amy Jorgensen
Hoarder’s Corner

Robin Reed
Artistry: Handcrafted Bead Designs

Ingrid Anderson
Lilis Gems

Louise O’Shields
Desire Divine Jewels

Susan Killam
Killam Creative

Mary Katherine Deis
The Rose Sword: Artisan and Vintage Collectible Jewelry

Nike Bottalico
Nike Bottalico

Susan Bowerman
Woodside Wireworks

Kristy Le
Kristy Le Trendy Jewelry Designs

Jan Peters
Stylized Vintage

Mitzie Crider
Needful Luxuries Occasional Blog

Gina Hockett
Freestyle Elements

Linda Anderson
From the Bead Board

Alexandra Sefton
Imaginary Jewelry and Altered Art

Melida Boman
The Journey of Pens and Things

Teresa Shurter
TreeZ’s Treasurs

Melissa Latimer
Smithed Up

Renee Hong
Fine and Dandy Jewelry and Art

Nadine Edris
Moondance Jewelry

Lori Meyer
Parisienne Girl

Jennifer Merrill Williams
Artists of All Stripes

Denise Lussier Poirier
Jewelry by Denise

Renee Allen
Small Stuff Design

Autumn Adams
Autumn Dawns

Elizabeth Owens
1996 Shabby Lane

Kat BarronMiller
Midnight Kat Productions Art Jewelry

Sandra Ballard
Mama San’s Mojo

Coral Law
ab:coraldesign

Back Home Again and Back to Jewelry Making

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After 5 days of shopping and gathering more inspiration I’m back home from NYC with these fabulous sunglasses although it’s still winter here in Ohio.

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Also picked up a bunch of metal sheet and wire to stock up my stash.

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As part of the B’sue Boutiques creative group design a line challenge I’ve been busy at work for the big reveal this Friday January 23. ( by the way it is also my amazing grandmothers 96th birthday!) The blog hop will feature all of the participants in the challenge. Hope everyone will check it out! It is going to be amazing!

Preparing For A Journey

In a few days, I will begin a 3 month creative journey. The build a line challenge with B’sue from B’sue Boutiques. I’m slightly nervous but fully prepared to immerse myself in this project and to absorb as much experience as I can from this opportunity. There will be pictures to come in the next few days and daily posts as we progress. I hope you enjoy the journey with me!!!

Cookies, a necklace, and more cookies!

After a long work day yesterday I spent today baking all day. Got almost all of it done.
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Took a break however to finish this necklace for a friend to give as a gift.
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I also received another fabulous order today from B’Sue Boutiques but the contents are a secret because I hope to participate in a 3 month build a line challenge starting in January. I am part of the B’Sue creative group on facebook and this challenge is just one of the great learning opportunities that we can take part in.

I guess I should start at the beginning….. I’m Erin and I love crafting and creating. From a very young age I was encouraged to express my creativity and have spent my free time for the last 30 years coloring, painting, sewing, molding things out of clay, cake decorating, making loads of crafts and about 3 years ago settled primarily on making jewelry. I enjoy mixed media because I can mix all of the techniques I’ve gathered. I’ve always been told I have an old soul and I guess that’s why I love to include beautiful old items with quality new items. I’ve begun to do some metal work and am excited to see where it takes me. Well…. enough of my rambling here are some of the things I’ve done and hopefully you will follow my journey!

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