Friday, December 31, 2010

BluPrint Blue Morning Expressions January Newsletter

Volume 8 Issue 1 January 2011

What's New in January?

Happy New Year! And it is Blu’s 8th birthday. He is celebrating with lots of bones and stuffed animals. It is very easy to please him!

In honor of his birthday, we are having a store wide sale. Most items are 35% off. You can get lots of one of a kind bead sets and free shipping over $50. Sales will go on all month, so check back often, there might be a few items that will be 50% off for a day or two. Remember to bookmark www.bluemorningexpressions.com for future reference.

New kaleidoscope canes: These canes are not ready for sale and have not been used for beads. They were inspired from Margie Deeb’s Color Pallet book for beaders. You might want to pick up her book (the link is on www.polymerclaycanes.blogspot.com) and give it a try. Even if you don’t use it for cane creation, the color photos and exploration of pallets is well worth owning. One of the pages is shown here:

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Many new bracelets have been designed and two of them are finished. Each bracelet features polymer clay beads that you can find on www.bluemorningexpressions.com and incorporate into your own designs. They are designed with the charm bracelet lover in mind. Some feature flowers and pearls and Swarovski crystals as well as polymer clay beads. Each bead has been hand-wrapped and added to the chain. These bracelets are chunky, dangly and loads of fun!

New bead styles are in the making and should all be finished and up on the website shortly. As usual, they are scattered about in various stages of “finished” states. New earring pairs are in the making as well. Each bead is handcrafted.

Those who have made purchases and have a coupon code, don't forget to enter it in at the time of your next purchase.

As always, thank you for all your support and may you have a wonderful and prosperous new year.

www.bluemorningexpressions.com

Until next month,

Julie & Blu

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Friday, December 17, 2010

Friday, November 26, 2010

Dec 2010 BluPrint Blue Morning Expressions Newsletter

What's New in December?

Loose Beads: I have hundreds of new loose beads to choose from for all your beading projects. Most of them fall into the floral round category, but I do have a dozen or so kaleidoscope pillow beads for your larger projects. They work perfectly for lanyards and watch bands. I added a couple dozen coin floral beads for bracelets and watches and if you like a larger earring, they can be used as a dangle earring as well.

Swarovski and Lampwork Bead Sets: I created a dozen beautiful, dainty sets for the holidays. I still have another 5 or 6 to create and they will go up as soon as I can get them strung. A few of these sets are perfect for wedding sets or bridesmaids. They are all one of a kind and feature JMoore lampwork beads.

 

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I managed to get a couple new kaleidoscope canes done and promptly used most of them to create more pillow beads. I have a handful of clay on my work bench that is begging to be blended and mixed into new canes.

There is a new mini tutorial that I used in a email newsletter that I am adding to the back of this newsletter. It is a beading tutorial for my rondelle beads and the earrings that I created with them as dangles. It takes a handful of Swarovski crystals and a couple rondelles, headpins, eyepins and earwires of your choice.

I have over 2 dozen new Christmas waterslide decals and want to start on new finished pieces showcasing penguins and snowmen. In the meantime, you can buy the waterslide decals yourself and create your own beads.

I have been at a standstill with the other websites for the time being as I work on my long time paintshop pro site and try and get that working right. It has been down for years and now I have to upload thousands and thousands of free graphics. I thought it was going to be a snap—HA!

All holiday items are up and ready to go, so feel free to shop and I have a little code for my newsletter readers to use to get instant savings. Put in the code bluprint (no E) or 40% savings on everything in your order before shipping. Minimum order is $5 and remember, free shipping on orders over $50.

www.bluemorningexpressions.com

Until next month,

Julie

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Mini Tutorial


To create rondelle dangle earrings, simply take the rondelle bead and using a eyepin, string a crystal, a spacer bead/bead cap, the rondelle bead, another spacer bead/bead cap and finish it off with another crystal.


Wire wrap your top and add color coordinated crystal wire wraps to the eye of the eyepin.
Attach the dangle to a leverback or a french wire and you are ready to add sparkle to any outfit you are wearing.


Substitute a coin or a tab bead in place of a rondelle.JER-RonCry5c


Here is a finished example.

Let me know if you have any questions, or need any help.

One of a kind rondelles are available at

www.bluemorningexpresions.com

Have fun,

Julie and Blu

Saturday, October 30, 2010

November BluPrint Newsletter of Blue Morning Expressions

Volume 7 Issue 11 November 2010

What's New in November?

Over 100 new handcrafted polymer clay beads have been added. From floral rounds to kaleidoscope pillow beads, we have been incredibly busy this last month. Each bead has been created from original canes and patterns and are ready to be incorporated into your jewelry needs.

New rondelle earrings are showcased this month and my latest completed necklace is Southwestern Fantasy.

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I used up all of my kaleidoscope canes in this last batch of pillow beads, so my next step is to make lots of new kaleidoscope canes so I can get back to pillow bead production!

There are plenty of flower canes in the works as well, and I want to try a couple new styles of beads that require me to use some new unfamiliar materials but look really cool. Stay tuned for those :) I have some Christmas bead ideas as well that need to be started.

I have over 2 dozen new Christmas waterslide decals and want to start on new finished pieces showcasing penguins and snowmen. In the meantime, you can buy the waterslide decals yourself and create your own beads.

I have been at a standstill with the other websites for the time being as I work on my long time paintshop pro site and try and get that working right. It has been down for years and now I have to upload thousands and thousands of free graphics. I thought it was going to be a snap—HA!

All holiday items are up and ready to go, so feel free to shop and I have a little code for my newsletter readers to use to get instant savings. Put in the code bluprint (no E) or 40% savings on everything in your order before shipping. Minimum order is $5 and remember, free shipping on orders over $50.

www.bluemorningexpressions.com

Until next month,

Julie

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Sunday, September 26, 2010

Volume 7 Issue 10 October 2010

 

What's New in October?

New bead shape! Rondelles have now been added to my bead selections. I started with a couple of different floral rounds that I thought might be too big. They did seem that way when I was sizing them by feel. I went ahead and left them alone and once I was able to work with incorporating them into earrings, I discovered that the size was just fine.

I originally did matching sets of 6 or 8 but then I sat down and did smaller sized and created pairs. I am not selling these pairs as loose beads, I went ahead and created earrings from them. I will write up the freebie tutorial on how to use these beads and I will showcase the sets at the same time I am adding them to my finished pieces for sale.

I have 5 sets of these to create, all of them are different colour combinations and basically all designed similar. They each use a trio of Swarovski from my stash!

These remind me of something fruity, like citrus Lifesavers!

 

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I have been busy with other obligations this month and the best I was able to do was to produce 15 new sets of beads. I have a couple sets that looked promising while I was working on them, but then something happened along the way and I am considering them irregulars. That happens! It’s not that there is anything terrible wrong, just that they have some unintentional distressed features. I discount these beads in my store.

I have canes ALL over my work bench and I am working frantically to get them all cleaned up so I can start some new ones! I want/need to create a lot of new flowers. I get bored with what I have and I start to look for new canes. I am at that stage now.

www.theseedbeadpatternstore.com has been updated and all the bracelet patterns are up. I have a couple of the tapestries up but have not finished all of those yet. I added a few more wolf patterns and I have added a free pattern section. I will be putting up free patterns on the site.

Fans of clip on earrings for big girls will find www.cliponearringsboutique.com restocked with earrings just for them. I added 20 sets of dangles with Swarovski, glass pearls, Czech faceted rounds and lots of iridescent and sparkly things. Also added were one of a kind sets of millefiori glass hearts, diamonds and chicklet beads.

Thank you so much for all the input and emails. I enjoy all the encouragement that you send my way.

Until next month,

Julie

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Friday, August 27, 2010

September BluPrint Newsletter Blue Morning Expressions




What's New in September?


Earring Pairs have been something that I have putting off for a long time now. I am happy to inform you that I have created over 50 pairs and most are under $2.50.


I had a blast making these and for some reason I just couldn't stop!


I stocked up on a ton of Premo! Clay while it was on sale and I have to admit that I will be using this for a long time. :) I can never have too much clay.


I have been really busy lately with designing websites and writing articles for the local paper, that my bead time has been a little lacking. I am trying to do at least 20 new sets a month using all my latest canework.


I will start the fall colours and get the new lentils out. I created this necklace from a set of lentils that I couldn't bear to part with.



Lots more beads on the workbench and I have had the chance to create some jewelry pieces for a change. I forgot how much fun it was to design and string new bracelets and necklaces. I took a few to the office and sold out immediately. Now, I am working on redoing the designs. Selling out is NOT a bad thing!

I will be creating many more lentil flower beads and round floral beads. There are also kaleidoscope canes that I have in the works for my latest rounds of pillow beads.


The new beads are available on www.bluemorningexpressions.com now.







www.theseedbeadpatternstore.com has been updated and all the bracelet patterns are up. I have a couple of the tapestries up but have not finished all of those yet. I added a few more wolf patterns and I have added a free pattern section. I will be putting up free patterns on the site.



Fans of clip on earrings for big girls will find www.cliponearringsboutique.com restocked with earrings just for them. I added 20 sets of dangles with Swarovski, glass pearls, Czech faceted rounds and lots of iridescent and sparkly things. Also added were one of a kind sets of millefiori glass hearts, diamonds and chicklet beads.

Thank you so much for all the input and emails. I enjoy all the encouragement that you send my way.

Until next month,

Julie



Friday, July 30, 2010

August BluPrint Blue Morning Expressions Newsletter






What's New in August?

July ended with a host of new beads. I added a new bead format to my bead collection. I had created a bunch of new canes and then I created a bunch of new floral rounds and from there other things grew.

Earring Pairs
have been something that I have putting off for a long time now. I am happy to inform you that I have created over 50 pairs and most are under $2.50.

I ended up with a lot of new canes as I was exhausting my old Fimo to make way for the new Fimo since they changed the formula. As it turned out, Premo! went on sale big time and I ended up completely restocking 5 full bins of that. I forgot how nice those colours were and how much more vibrant they were.




I used up all the blends that I did as I was creating the new flowers and now I need to finish making all my beads! I finished 26 sets of floral rounds and I have done a dozen pillow beads but I still am working on floral lentil beads. I did a couple sets but then I got sidetracked and haven’t gone back to finishing those yet.

The new beads are available on wwwbluemorningexpressions.com now.

www.theseedbeadpatternstore.com has been updated and all the bracelet patterns are up. I have a couple of the tapestries up but have not finished all of those yet. I added a few more wolf patterns and I have added a free pattern section. I will be putting up free patterns on the site.

If you have purchased bracelet patterns from me in the past and did not receive the 10 colour and under updates, please let me know and I will get those to you. I have updated the patterns to make it easier on everyone.

Fans of clip on earrings for big girls will find www.cliponearringsboutique.com restocked with earrings just for them. I added 20 sets of dangles with Swarovski, glass pearls, Czech faceted rounds and lots of iridescent and sparkly things. Also added were one of a kind sets of millefiori glass hearts, diamonds and chicklet beads.

Thank you so much for all the input and emails. I enjoy all the encouragement that you send my way.

Until next month,
Julie


Monday, June 28, 2010

July BluPrint Newsletter of Blue Morning Expressions

Volume 7 Issue 7 July 2010
What's New in July?

Stars and Stripes!

This multi strand necklace features the wonderful lampwork prowess of Jacqueline Maruri.

I fell in love with her exotic lampwork ability and the gorgeous creamy colours of her focal beads and bought close to 15 of them. I have them all prepared to be hand strung. I have matched seed beads and crystals and now I am only missing the time to finish them all off.

The 4th of July and Vote 2010 bracelets are also created from her lampwork beads.


















I finally got a chance to sit down and create 12 new clay blends. These will find their way into flower canes and some kaleidoscope canes as soon as I finish beading some of my latest bracelets and watches.

I had some beads featured as a favorite pick in the BeadStyle Magazine and my beads disappeared from my shop. I created a couple dozen more and they almost all have sold. I am in the process of creating dozens more beads, so keep an eye out for them!

They are available on www.bluemorningexpressions.com now.

www.theseedbeadpatternstore.com has been updated and all the bracelet patterns are up. I have a couple of the tapestries up but have not finished all of those yet. I added a few more wolf patterns and I have added a free pattern section. I will be putting up free patterns on the site.

If you have purchased bracelet patterns from me in the past and did not receive the 10 colour and under updates, please let me know and I will get those to you. I have updated the patterns to make it easier on everyone.

Fans of clip on earrings for big girls will find www.cliponearringsboutique.com restocked with earrings just for them. I added 20 sets of dangles with Swarovski, glass pearls, Czech faceted rounds and lots of iridescent and sparkly things. Also added were one of a kind sets of millefiori glass hearts, diamonds and chicklet beads.

Thank you so much for all the input and emails. I enjoy all the encouragement that you send my way.

Until next month,
Julie



Wednesday, June 2, 2010

June 2010 BluPrint Newsletter of Blue Morning Expressions

Volume 7 Issue 6 June 2010

What's New in June?

Once In a Blu Moon!
This multi strand necklace features the wonderful lampwork prowess of Jacqueline Maruri.

I fell in love with her exotic lampwork ability and the gorgeous creamy colours of her focal beads and bought close to 15 of them. I have them all prepared to be hand strung. I have matched seed beads and crystals and now I am only missing the time to finish them all off.

The Floral Explosion bracelet is a wild and noisy explosion of my floral canes. I wire wrapped each bead onto a curb chain for a chacha charm bracelet. It is very lightweight for as large as it appears.



I managed to get one new kaleidoscope cane done and one that was a combination of flowers and black and white jellyrolls. I created three sets of beads from those.

I added over 22 new sets of beads, with the emphasis on red, white and blue beads.

They are available on www.bluemorningexpressions.com now.

www.theseedbeadpatternstore.com has been updated and all the bracelet patterns are up. I have a couple of the tapestries up but have not finished all of those yet. I added a few more wolf patterns and I have added a free pattern section. I will be putting up free patterns on the site.

If you have purchased bracelet patterns from me in the past and did not receive the 10 colour and under updates, please let me know and I will get those to you. I have updated the patterns to make it easier on everyone.

Fans of clip on earrings for big girls will find www.cliponearringsboutique.com restocked with earrings just for them. I added 20 sets of dangles with Swarovski, glass pearls, Czech faceted rounds and lots of iridescent and sparkly things. Also added were one of a kind sets of millefiori glass hearts, diamonds and chicklet beads.

Thank you so much for all the input and emails. I enjoy all the encouragement that you send my way.

Until next month,

Julie

Thursday, April 29, 2010

May 2010 BluPrint Newsletter for Blue Morning Expressions

Volume 7 Issue 5 May 2010 What's New in May?

Busy!

New canes are in the making—I have to completely replenish my kaleidoscope cane collection for my pillow beads since I have exhausted a very extensive selection. I did two new ones that are sold but got the creative juices going for the 4th of July! I will work on new beads for the sparkly holiday.

It is GOOD to fall back in love with the polymer clay medium. I am not sure how many of these canes I will make but there will be more colour schemes than just the 4th of July.

My tab and floral rounds need to be replenished as well, I created some new flower canes that I want to try out on the tabs and I want to get some of my beads strung on completed projects.



New white tab bead/discs are available for the waterslide decals now. I have shown a few of my favourite designs and will be stringing these beads on some elaborate necklaces.

The whole point of these blanks is to give you a choice of the bead and the decal without having to purchase the whole decal sheet.





I finished one lampwork beaded necklace and have over 12 more to go. I have a large collection of focal beads that I have found along the way over the last couple of years and I am in the process of finally completing those. I just LOVE the way the seed beads drape and I totally fascinated by fringe!



New earring and necklace sets were added using some of my other lampwork beads and now I only have one set left. That didn’t last long! I still have a few more sets of matching beads that I will put sets together from.


They are available on www.bluemorningexpressions.com now.

www.theseedbeadpatternstore.com has been updated and all the bracelet patterns are up. I have a couple of the tapestries up but have not finished all of those yet. I added a few more wolf patterns and I have added a free pattern section. I will be putting up free patterns on the site.

If you have purchased bracelet patterns from me in the past and did not receive the 10 colour and under updates, please let me know and I will get those to you. I have updated the patterns to make it easier on everyone.

Fans of clip on earrings for big girls will find www.cliponearringsboutique.com restocked with earrings just for them. I added 20 sets of dangles with Swarovski, glass pearls, Czech faceted rounds and lots of iridescent and sparkly things. Also added were one of a kind sets of millefiori glass hearts, diamonds and chicklet beads.

Thank you so much for all the input and emails. I enjoy all the encouragement that you send my way.

Until next month,
Julie







Saturday, March 27, 2010

What's New in April?

Lots of projects coming together. I have been preparing for a large bead contest and that has kept me busy completing projects and designing new ones. I have one more piece to finish and then I am done for 2010. This is my first entry into the Beadstar contest, so we will see what happens!

I have been busy trying to replenish my bead stash, they sell out faster than I can make them sometimes. I put together a couple fairly good sized kaleidoscope canes and put them up for sale. I sold one right away and still have one in stock.

I re-opened my ebay store, they were making some changes to the stores so I thought I would open back up for a couple months and see what happens. It has been over 2 years since I closed the store! Time sure flies.

I did manage to create 26 sets of new beads this month, I have about half of those still available. I stocked back up on the floral rounds and I did 7 sets of larger tab beads (more of a quarter size than a dime) which are perfect for lanyards and such. I will try and get a couple lanyards or bracelets for sale.

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www.theseedbeadpatternstore.com has been updated and all the bracelet patterns are up. I have a couple of the tapestries up but have not finished all of those yet. I added a few more wolf patterns and I have added a free pattern section. I will be putting up free patterns on the site.

If you have purchased bracelet patterns from me in the past and did not receive the 10 colour and under updates, please let me know and I will get those to you. I have updated the patterns to make it easier on everyone.

Fans of clip on earrings for big girls will find www.cliponearringsboutique.com restocked with earrings just for them. I added 20 sets of dangles with Swarovski, glass pearls, Czech faceted rounds and lots of iridescent and sparkly things. Also added were one of a kind sets of millefiori glass hearts, diamonds and chicklet beads.

www.x-stitch-patterns.com is still being worked on. It is behind the scenes so there should be no interruption of service.

My spring waterslide decals are now up. I added over 100 new patterns in the waterslide decal section on www.bluemorningexpressions.com

Watch for new beads featuring my decals and also watch for blank clay beads designed for your own decal creativity.

For an example of my waterslide on a cab, see my polymer clay canes and beads blog.

Thank you so much for all the input and emails. I enjoy all
the encouragement that you send my way.

Until next month,
Julie