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May 2011 Crafts Giveaway - Glittering Prize


Have a marvellous May with a beautiful necklace from Glittery Prize!

Welcome back to our blog - and of course, to the May giveaway! It's been a very busy month here at Mattched IT HQ, so Handmade Crafts has taken a bit of a back seat for a week or two - which is a shame because we have a few fun ideas we want to try out.

Nonetheless, here we are, and we are very lucky to have another wonderful sponsor for this months giveaway. Before I hand you over to Trudi from Glittering Prize, the usual official stuff needs to be said:

To enter, we'd simply visit Trudi's site and then come back here and post a comment telling us what you think of her beautiful beads (not a euphanism!) - and which of her makes is your favourite. Entries are accepted at our discretion and the winner will be chosen at random. The giveaway will close at midnight on Tuesday 31st May - the end of the month.

Lets hear from Trudi at Glittering Prize!

Bracelet by Glittering Prize I've been making jewellery for several years and about four years ago I decided to try my hand at lampworking to make my own glass beads. One go and I was hooked!! Now I spend my crafting time split between making beads and creating jewellery.

I find the beauty of lampworking is that you can make really unique beads in the size and colour that you want – there is no defined style. Even after four years I've only scratched the surface of what you can do lampworking; there are so many techniques and styles to learn. I do find that I'm drawn to lighter transparent colours, the light bounces through them and really brings them to life!

Rolling Grass Poppy beads by Glittering Prize Now I have beads I can use in my own jewellery designs and I find in particular that I use a lot of crystals, ceramic beads and sterling silver with the lampwork as they compliment each other well. Being able to make a piece of customised jewellery is so rewarding, and you know that they will stand out and be noticed.

When I started out I had no idea where the craft would lead me, and I have been very fortunate to meet so many new friends and amazing people through my shared interest. I've now also written several lampwork tutorials for Beads & Beyond magazine, something I never thought I'd do when I was starting out.

Beaded Necklace by Glittering Prize The piece in the giveaway is a necklace made in my favourite colours, blue and green and the beads have been strung on a light blue leather cord with silvered ceramic beads.

Visit Glittering Prize now!

Giveaway listed at: ThePrizeFinder - UK Competitions

Comments (37)

Gravatar for Emily Hutchinson

Love the stormy dark nebulus beads, a whole universe in a bead, what more could you want? :)

Posted by Emily Hutchinson on 25/05/2011 15:13:31

Gravatar for Kati

Amazing website! I loved many of the beads, but my absolute favourite were the Stonewall Poppies Revisited. They'd make awesome earrings, for example.

Posted by Kati on 25/05/2011 15:15:41

Gravatar for Helen Cruse

Oh, I love Riding the Wave... But I ADORE, Cool Splash Rainbow. I'm very attracted to the Blue Bead.... It's buzzing with happy energy!

Posted by Helen Cruse on 25/05/2011 15:21:48

Gravatar for pip

stonewell poppies revisited are my favourite... and the light blue opaque ones :)

Posted by pip on 25/05/2011 16:15:40

Gravatar for Traceyann

All so beautiful! But I especially love the Stonewell Poppies which are both gorgeous and well crafted. Well done Trudi!

Posted by Traceyann on 25/05/2011 18:14:41

Gravatar for claire woods

I love the colour of the blue/green necklace above - such pretty colours and they look wonderful together.

Posted by claire woods on 25/05/2011 20:26:41

Gravatar for Mary Preston

A beautiful giveaway. Blue & green are my favourites so fingers crossed.

Posted by Mary Preston on 26/05/2011 04:08:09

Gravatar for Lisa Day

I like the Boysenberry Ice Cream design as it looks so pretty with the swirls and it really attracts your attention

Posted by Lisa Day on 26/05/2011 05:34:07

Gravatar for Nathachia Pierre

Wow what a rainbow of colours. The Stonewell Poppies is really a unique masater piece. And the colours are so alive and very beautiful. Good work Trudi

Posted by Nathachia Pierre on 26/05/2011 05:51:14

Gravatar for Jayne Gibbs

This is so gorgeous....would love to win this beautiful prize!

Posted by Jayne Gibbs on 26/05/2011 06:49:15

Gravatar for Tracy Nixon

Trudi, your website is lovely and I enjoyed browsing through your items. All were so beautiful but the Stonewell Poppies stuck in my mind as I thought the colours were gorgeous and they were very well crafted. Well done Trudi! xxx

Posted by Tracy Nixon on 26/05/2011 08:06:43

Gravatar for laura stewart

The website is great so much lovely things

Posted by laura stewart on 26/05/2011 09:49:53

Gravatar for andrea tinkler

beautiful items. I love the cool feeling of these when worn. your very talented

Posted by andrea tinkler on 26/05/2011 12:29:02

Gravatar for Holly Hinton

All of Trudi's bead are gorgeous - I fell in love with her Glitter Groove necklace but then found the Focal Beads page and saw Summer in Atlantas - I'm torn as to which I like the best. What an amazing talent!

Posted by Holly Hinton on 26/05/2011 18:58:06

Gravatar for Jane Tarbutt

These beads are breathtaking. My favourites are the stormy dark nebulus.

Posted by Jane Tarbutt on 26/05/2011 19:01:14

Gravatar for Gloria Edwards

All the beads on Trudi's site are so classy and professional! My favourite is the beautiful design and colour combination of the deep purple nugget trio beads!

Posted by Gloria Edwards on 26/05/2011 20:23:45

Gravatar for Judith (from Israel)

I've never before seen beads like some of Trudi's beads! I especially like the Rolling Grass Poppies.

Posted by Judith (from Israel) on 27/05/2011 06:20:54

Gravatar for Peg Ellis

The beads are all so unique and gorgeous, my favourite is the Bluebell Patchwork Love Heart, all the hearts are fab x

Posted by Peg Ellis on 28/05/2011 00:42:59

Gravatar for Maria Turner

There are so many beautiful beads and its impossible to choose an absolute favourite. Ridin The Wave would be one of mine though.

I love the prize too - and blue and green are also my favourite colours! :)

Posted by Maria Turner on 28/05/2011 00:45:36

Gravatar for Martine

Absolutely lovely - my favourite colours too :-)

Posted by Martine on 28/05/2011 09:01:37

Gravatar for Heather Oimillie

Trudy - love the seashell bead, beautiful blue

Posted by Heather Oimillie on 29/05/2011 09:18:08

Gravatar for lesley mcmurray

I just love the pooies revisited.I bought the focal bead of this a while back and everyone has commented on the necklace I made with it.Just love poppies and the colours in these are fab!

Posted by lesley mcmurray on 29/05/2011 10:38:38

Gravatar for Nina Raqeeb

I too love blue and green together and the necklace is gorgeous.

Posted by Nina Raqeeb on 29/05/2011 10:50:59

Gravatar for Joanne Alexander

It's so hard to choose a favourite. I love the Stormy Dark Nebulus, as they look like mini World Globes. But I also love the more girlie types, like on the Sugar Cube bracelet.
I think my ultimate favourite though would be the Stonewall Poppies Revisted beads, as Poppies are my Mum's favourite flower. She has so many lovely things with Poppies on, and she would absolutely adore something made with these.

Posted by Joanne Alexander on 29/05/2011 19:57:23

Gravatar for Gabrielle Therese Svensson

to many pretty beads! difficult to just chose 1 favourite, but i absolutly adore the Bright jewel nuggets!

Posted by Gabrielle Therese Svensson on 30/05/2011 10:26:15

Gravatar for Karin Hall

Love the blue and green necklace - but most of everything else looks amazing too...

Posted by Karin Hall on 30/05/2011 11:00:59

Gravatar for Karen Dixon

Stonewall poppies have to be my favourite

Posted by Karen Dixon on 30/05/2011 21:11:54

Gravatar for Adam Rotherham

very nice necklace with great choice of colours in blue and green

Posted by Adam Rotherham on 30/05/2011 21:47:01

Gravatar for Sonia

Beautiful designs...i love the composition of colours these beads are beautiful

Posted by Sonia on 30/05/2011 22:04:33

Gravatar for Roxy Ingamells

That is gorgeous the colours are so intense and holidayesk!

Posted by Roxy Ingamells on 31/05/2011 08:01:25

Gravatar for Kella

What a lovely selection of beads to choose from, most of the ones I liked were already sold :(

My favourite one which was not sold was A Burst of Citrus.

Posted by Kella on 31/05/2011 10:31:14

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Posted by LONA on 31/05/2011 11:19:53

Gravatar for Matt Chatterley

Thank you to everyone for entering - the giveaway is now closed and the winner will be announced shortly!

Posted by Matt Chatterley on 01/06/2011 09:40:21

Gravatar for littlewrenpottery

Beautiful beads, I love the green with orange flecks so vibrant. Good luck to everyone whos entered!

Posted by littlewrenpottery on 01/06/2011 11:16:43

Gravatar for Matt Chatterley

And the winner is... Karin Hall! Congratulations Karin - Trudi has your details and will be in touch with you soon.

Commiserations to everyone else, but thank you very much for taking part. We'll be back with another (very exciting) giveaway later in June!

Posted by Matt Chatterley on 01/06/2011 17:47:19

Gravatar for Sherrie

I like the beads, but also like the little toadstalls on your website.

Posted by Sherrie on 05/06/2011 13:33:00

Gravatar for Tam

Those color schemes are beautiful Trudi. You have a great sense of color. I will have to look up lampworking also now that you have me interested in making my own beads :-)

Posted by Tam on 07/06/2011 15:46:17

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