H is for Hawaiian Influence

Shell pendant from Club creative Studio. Inspired by Hawaii.
Shell pendant from Club creative Studio. Inspired by Hawaii.

The I am thankful for the experience to have a new-found Hawaiian influence within my art.

Collection of shells.
Collection of shells.

Since Club Creative Studio relocated to Hawaii, I have naturally created items that have had a Hawaiian flair to them.  Most times it includes the use of shells.

Shells from Hawaii are incorporated into Club Creative Studio ocean-theme art.
Shells from Hawaii are incorporated into Club Creative Studio ocean-theme art.

It is probably no surprise that using shells in creative ways are popular here.  I have discovered new ways to incorporate shells and ocean-themes into recent jewelry art that I create. It has been a fun challenge as well as an expressive opportunity.

Shells are incorporated into these Club Creative Studio hand-made bracelets.
Shells are incorporated into these Club Creative Studio hand-made bracelets.

The island of Oahu has many inspirational factors to spark creativity. Culture, bright colors, flora, fauna, ocean waves, undersea life, mountains, craters, tropical jungles and sandy beaches just to name a few influences.

Shell and wire art from Club Creative Studio.
Shell and wire art from Club Creative Studio.

I have combined beads, charms, wires and shells in creative ways, and I see no limitations to the creative process featuring shells.

If you are interested in having a special shell wire-wrapped, I do custom requests and would love to help you transform one of your collected shells into wearable art.  You may also check out the inventory online to see if there are readily available items to chose from. http://www.clubcreativestudio.com

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D is for: Do It With Style

Women’s fashions and design are ever-changing revolving aspects in life. Are you prepared to do it with style?

Every season, the runway styles dictate what is fashionable, popular and on trend. Are you ready for Spring and ready to be part of the seasonal changes?

What is going to be hot fashion topics for Spring 2015?

How might a jewelry designer interpret or work with these trends? Allow me to share the ways that I have tackled the challenge of the trends predicted so far.

Fringe- Easy way to make a statement with a Western/Santa Fe style.

There is no doubt that fringe adds fun to fashion. It is dramatic, shows movement, and has a sense of flow and carefree whimsy. How might you find this trend in Club Creative Studio jewelry art?  Here is an example of jewelry art I have created with beaded fringe detail.  It is a hand-made beaded statement necklace. The color palate I use may also reflect the feel of the Southwest.

Club Creative Studio- HAnd-made beaded Fringe Necklace.
Club Creative Studio- Hand-made Beaded Fringe Necklace.

Suede-A trend that can come in different colors.

I enjoy that suede can be utilized in many ways because of the width cut variations available.  I like adding a simple suede strand to my colorful hand-rolled clay pendant creations because the colors coordinate without being distracting.  It is a change of pace from wearing a common metal chain necklace. The over-all look is also casual and relaxed for any age.

Club Creative Studio- Hand-rolled clay pendants on a suede strand.
Club Creative Studio- Hand-rolled clay pendants on a suede strand.

The 70’s are back- it’s a more polished version.

I love that the 70’s were about free-flowing blouse styles and fun fabric prints. As Club Creative Studio creates hand-made items with a Boho feel, this trend in style will seem more evident, creative and comfortable, like these examples do.

Whimsical Art from Club Creative Studio.
Whimsical Art from Club Creative Studio.

Ruffles-Structural and sweet at the same time.

Ruffled materials do not have to bring back bad memories like it does for me. I recall my Mother sewing a ruffle at the bottom of my jean pant legs as I grew to extend the length of the pants, and their wear time. Just when I thought that was bad enough…she would go and add a second and third layer of ruffles. Lord, I wish I had a photo of me wearing those pants right now.

Ruffles can add a look of innocence and boldness at the same time. Club Creative Studio has carried forth this trend in designing a ruffled edge incorporated with added bead embellishments.  This necklace is a great example of how a ruffle-look can be a structural strength to a fashion statement necklace.

Ruffle edge statement necklace from Club Creative Studio.
Ruffle edge statement necklace from Club Creative Studio.

Have you been made aware of any additional stylish trends in store for us this year?  Which trend mentioned above appeals to you the most?  Which jewelry trend do you tend to model the most often of those mentioned above?  Please share, I’d love to know what appeals or radiates in you.

If you are interested in viewing more hand-made art that may reflect these particular Spring trends, I welcome you to view the revolving inventory of Club Creative Studio at: http://www.clubcreativestudio.com

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Question and Answer Time

“Why would I spend money on a hand-made Club Creative Studio accessory?”

I have the answer to this question.

You are a jewelry or art lover with a special desire.

You have an affinity and connection with unique one-of-a-kind, wearable art and want others to know about your personal style without saying a word.  You deserve to own one-of-a-kind art.

Fiesta Flower Statement Necklace.
Fiesta Flower Statement Necklace.

I serve you, because I care about standing out, just as you do!

The creations from Club Creative Studio fit the bill for expressive people who want to overcome ordinary. Custom requests are welcome or browse the inventory online.

Keep Calm and Bead On. From Club Creative Studio.
Keep Calm and Bead On. From Club Creative Studio.

 

 

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A Call For Pinterest Persons

If you are a fan of Pinterest and all of the wonderfully inspiring categories, I have a call-out for you to join me there.

Pinterest is an online sharing community where there are many visuals posted from an array of people.  I love show-casing Club Creative Studio Art there as well as linking my blog posts to the site. I post to share and inspire you with our art.

If you have time, check out my boards and see the useful and fun information I share there. I have several board collections to follow. Simply press the “See on Pinterest” button below in this post. Once on the site you can Join Pinterest for free if you are not already familiar with it. I am thrilled to have you follow the boards you wish by pushing the “Follow” tab to see what I am sharing next. Thank you!

Follow Club Creative Art’s board Hand-Made Beads- Gifts of Art on Pinterest.

 

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J is for: Jewelry

J is for jewelry.  Many appreciate hand-made jewelry…and for good reasons.

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When I decided to design my own jewelry art items and make my own hand-made beads to incorporate in jewelry and other items, I knew it was going to be an expressive time for me.  It has become a welcomed challenge to be creative everyday.  I knew I was going to be able to help people become more bold in their personal styles, and I knew I had the time and talent to share art and share my creative journey efforts with others.

Growing up with creative ideas and armed with an Art Education background, I already had the stepping stones laid out for me to follow a creative path.  I have looked forward ever since then to ways that I could help others overcome ordinary and appreciate being individual and one-of-a-kind, just as my jewelry line and other hand-made beaded items offer.

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One of the coolest aspects of making exclusive pieces of art is knowing that the process can not and will not be duplicated. I have happily discovered that there are limitless ways that I can create and although a technique may be used in the same manner, the experience, materials and product outcome are always different. This allows me to continuously offer one-of-a-kind jewelry items. I am so proud of that.  Jewelry makes women, men and gift-givers feel good. Holding on to good moments and memories are what makes life more full.

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My exception to creating items with a similar outcome are for wedding party requests or specific custom orders for matching sets. When this is possible, I oblige.  Sometimes jewelry art calls for commonality as in those special cases.

The most rewarding art creations however, come from the times that I am able to experiment and create “free-form” art. Without any pre-conceived notions, expectations, sketches or even particular materials in hand- those are the challenges that face me with the most satisfaction. These are the times that jewelry works with me and for me.

To view more creations, remember that Club Creative Studio can be found on many different media platforms such as our Newsletter (see sidebar click-in option), Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and Tumblar. Are you following the creativity?

 

 

 

 

 

 

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G is for: Grateful

 

Close-Up Bead Soup Challenge 2014The Bead Soup Challenge is underway for me at Club Creative Studio. I have received my beads and I am grateful that I can finally start my creative journey.

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The bead soup challenge allows those paired up to exchange a stash of beads that are challenging and inspire creativity, then they share their final creations online, in their blogs, and on Pinterest to name a few platforms.

This year, I assigned myself on the list as a “seed bead” artist, which was a new category.  I also was granted by special permission, a second “Bead Angel” whom shared a variety of great beads. I got both boxes in the mail recently.

Bead Batch from: Robin Reed Artistry Hand Crafted Bead Designs.

My Cup Reith Over!

Here is a generous and inspirational portion of beads shared by Robin.
Here is a generous and inspirational portion of beads shared by Robin.

This bead soup mixture contained focal beads, seed beads, crystals, glass beads, clasps and even buttons! There is NO QUESTION that I am inspired and eager to start creating from this creative bead batch. I follow Robin Kae Reed’s blog at http://www.willowdragon.blogspot.com at Artistry Handcrafted Bead Designs

I love this color palette.
I love this color palette.

Robin also included several bags of green tea- that is a wonderful surprise!

This year I am certainly experiencing a challenge with this bead soup event. I have found a way that works for me to use mismatched beads and elements and I hope that the projects I have in mind show my creative side, and growth as well as an artist.

I have certainly grown to appreciate my strengths to create with what is in front of me at any given point in time. I am grateful that I can create from shared elements.

Bead Batch From: Tami Norris

This is a mixed media bead soup.
This is a mixed media bead soup.

Tami shared wooden hair sticks (which I have never made before), plastic beads, faux pastel pearl beads, some hand-made resin dome cabochons, cream satin ribbon, seed beads, miscellaneous and irregular glass beads, metal florals, and a clasp.

I have chosen select elements from this batch and I am pleasantly surprised at what has evolved! This challenge has given me added confidence in my skills to develop art that is truly unique stemming from resources that are uncommon to me in normal use.

Stop by the additional blogs which will follow this blog post, highlighting the progress made in these two specific bead challenges. I hope you enjoy the process as much as I do.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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B is for: Beaded Beads

Close-up beaded bead, hand-made from Club Creative Studio
Close-up beaded bead, hand-made from Club Creative Studio

B is for Beaded Beads. This is Day Two of the A to Z Challenge.  I love creating hand-made beads created from beads.  Think of a beaded bead as a creative larger bead made from many smaller beads.

Blue crystal and pearl beaded bead.
Blue crystal and pearl beaded bead.

There are two common types of beaded beads.

The first type of beaded beads are made by adding beads around an entire “blank” bead, or some type of inner core.  Commonly, wood beads are covered and they become the inner structure.  Beads added around it form a new beaded shell, or covering.

I often use a marker or pen to stabilize the shape I want for my bead shape.
I often use a marker or pen to stabilize the shape I want for my bead shape.

The second type of beaded beads are the kind that I most like to create because I have compete control over the final size and shape of the completed bead.  This is where imagination and creativity come into play of designing a beaded bead. I often use a marker or pen to stabilize the beads into the shape that I want when I first begin creating a beaded bead without a inner core.

Festive and colorful beaded beads hand-made by Club Creative Studio.
Festive and colorful beaded beads with no inner core. Hand-made by Club Creative Studio.
More hand-made beaded beads from Club Creative Studio.
More hand-made beaded beads from Club Creative Studio.

Creating and incorporating hand-made beaded beads into the jewelry art that I create offers yet another unique element. These beads are one-of-kind, and I believe are also extraordinary.

To view additional beaded creations from the Club Creative Studio collection, please feel free to browse the website shopping section tab at http://www.clubcreativestudio.com or write me to inform me of your custom jewelry requests. I love creating Art That Sets You Apart!

 

 

 

 

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Birthday Bling- Celebration Jewelry

Yes, it does. Let the right jewelry fit your style.
Yes, it does. Let the right jewelry fit your style.

There are many times when jewelry helps celebrate a special occasion. We are celebrating the Navy Supply Birthday Ball on Friday night. I created my hand-made “birthday bling” pearl and rhinestone necklace to complete my formal attire.

Close-Up. My hand-made necklace for the birthday ball 2014.
Close-Up. My hand-made necklace for the birthday ball 2014.

As a “Sneak Peek” here is what is on tap for my wardrobe selection. I think it will serve the purpose of bringing bling to combine with my ball gown and into the ball room.

Formal necklace made by Club Creative Studio.
Formal necklace made by Club Creative Studio.

Stay tuned to view more photos on how it all comes together. I will be sure to let you know what others have to say about my creation as well.  I pay attention to accessories and what others chose as their personal style and taste.  At events like this, it is fun to see the variety and how people put their style accessories together for a formal look.

I am SURE: NO ONE will be wearing the same necklace as me!  This is the beauty of making something that is one-of-a-kind! If you are not aware, I create custom jewelry art for any special occasion, and I enjoy the creative challenges those opportunities bring.

Let me know if you have a special reason to celebrate with bling, Perhaps I can help!

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Hot Like Hot Chocolate

The temperature continues to drop where I live, it’s cold. I can’t help that fact but, I can find a way to warm up despite the snow-filled season. I long to welcome the feeling of warmth in my winter days. One way is to warm up my accessory choices with looks that are hot… just like my mug of hot chocolate!

I’ve put together some ideas of what is on trend for this winter season. Perhaps it will provide ideas that are outside of your usual comfort zone.

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For starters, chase away the chill with COLOR

One of the hottest hues right now are RED.  We see a lot of red in February.  Red is the color of love and passion. Red is adaptable to many people because it can fuel the desire to be bold and yet serve as a very traditional down-to-earth hue if it is muted.

It really doesn’t matter what everyone else is wearing, however.  Build your color confidence by trying out new looks. In fact, take a color cue straight from the color wheel. If red is not your favorite color, choose an analogous. These are colors found side by side each other on the color wheel.  For example, a red analogous color scheme includes purple-red and orange-red.  They share the same color component, and therefore always look good together.

 

Often times in winter, we tend to wear dark colors like black, grey or brown.  The deeper the foundation of our clothing, the more colors like eye-appealing floral tones or fruit colors worn will pop as accent colors. Take time to get acquainted with color.

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 Wear an eye-catching accent for instant impact

Colors have the power to influence our moods. Blues tend to make us feel relaxed and calm and often times brighter colors make us feel cheerful. Don’t be afraid to explore and wear accessories in color, it’s an opportunity to provide an accent of “pop”, that can enhance your wardrobe.

Explore your style

Do you consider yourself casual, contemporary, traditional or trendy and transitional? You may be drawn to some of the same designs and styles. Wake up your choices and try new directions.  Although the color red can seem demanding and instantly energizing, find the color that brings you the best impact and happiness.

The Bottom Line

Use of color is a quick and easy way to bring energy into your wardrobe and accessory choices.  Accessories are easy to swap out and repeat.  You can refresh your look any time the mood strikes. Learn to do this with confidence, and you will add fun to every outfit you wear.

Already a fan of the color craze?

Club Creative Studio encourages you to continue down the road of embracing color in your accessory choices. If you are normally shy of color, start by owning and wearing a few pieces at a time in a selection that is bright. You may notice that you will be complimented and may grow to love the color wheel, take it for a spin and let us know how you feel.

Invest in a few pieces that reflect your affinity for color, then showcase your jewelry choices as focal points to your everyday or special occasion outfits.  You are welcome to browse our online collection or submit a custom request at any time.  Club Creative Studio is happy to share Art That Sets You Apart.

>Artists...might be strange after-all

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My Beaded Path

Lately, I have been on a journey along a new path. Dealing with seed beads has been a walk in joy.  In the past, I have always swayed away from seed beading because the beads are so small (like mustard seeds) and I did not think I had the required patience for creating with them.

Seed Beads are very tiny "seed-like" glass beads.
Seed Beads are very tiny “seed-like” glass beads.

I always admired the detail that small beads added to jewelry art. Knowing and appreciating that each bead was placed on a needle one at a time. I was surprised at the fact that working with a needle and tread along with hundreds of beads was actually a relaxing activity for me.  Beading like this guarantees that I sit down, calculate and count, and really concentrate on my creative process.

Beginning stages of a beaded cuff bracelet from Club Creative Studio,
Beginning stages of a beaded cuff bracelet from Club Creative Studio,

Here is what I enjoy about sharing these creations. Still being able to create free-form art, I have learned that although I am slow from start to finish, the quality shows that I have taken time and care into the art I am creating. I always value transferring  the value of hand-made dedication to the customer.  Also, this type of art is still created to be one-of-a-kind. I love creating uniquely.

Hundreds of seed beads unite to form art from Club Creative Studio.
Hundreds of seed beads unite to form art from Club Creative Studio.

I have only begun this collection of beaded cuffs and I have plans to venture out in other projects using seed beads. I have enjoyed the freedoms to work in many art mediums and I take pride in offering others one-of-a-kind, handmade festive and fun items in many different ways.

Hand-made beaded embroidery cuff bracelet created from Club Creative Studio.
Hand-made beaded embroidery cuff bracelet created from Club Creative Studio.

If you admire, enjoy wearing or gifting unique beaded art please stop by the two Facebook pages for Club Creative Studio to see what is highlighted.  We welcome your comments and suggestions for color combinations, and hope you enjoy what is created by hand.

http://www.facebook.com/clubcreativestudio

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