September Blog Hop Reveal-Change It Up!

Blog Hop Badge

Blog Hop Badge

It’s here! The “Change It Up” blog hop reveal, sponsored by Brenda Sue Lansdowne of B’Sue Boutiques!

Participants were invited to create a jewelry design choosing from a selection of components. The photo below depicts the components we could choose from. I selected the leafy scroll style one shown in the top left of the photo. It is one of my very favorite stampings that B’Sue Boutiques carries. It is shown here in raw brass, but I used one with a brass ox finish because I like the way Vintaj patinas look over this finish.

B'Sue Components

B’Sue Components

Another twist was that we had to use it in a way that we normally wouldn’t. We could choose to cut it up, turn it upside down or inside out. Which is what I did, even turning the middle section upside down!


So, the first step in my process was to cut it up into three pieces, the middle section to use as a pendant, and the two smaller sections to incorporate as earrings. After cutting the stamping apart, I used a dremel to smooth down rough edges. I also selected a vine-like motif component and cut it apart as well. I felt that it mimicked a scrolling rose vine, which is exactly what I wanted.

Components Coming Together

Components Coming Together

Once I did the prep work for the components, I went on to the fun part, colorizing! The media I used were Vintaj patinas, regular acrylic paint, and Lumiere metallic paints. Next came the drilled holes for suspending the pendant and earring beads. I then sealed all the pieces for long wear.

Now, as I had previously mentioned, the name I chose for my project is “Summer’s Last Rose”. As you can guess, the name came from these lovely artisan lampwork glass, Rose motif beads. I’ve had them in my stash for some time and purchased them when we first set up the Internet. At that time I discovered luscious floral, glass lampwork beads! Oh my, what would I do with these beautiful miniature gardens in the palm of my hand? These were just waiting for the right project!

Beautiful Artisan Lampwork Beads and Neckpiece Beads

Beautiful Artisan Lampwork Beads and Neckpiece Beads

As I was working on this project, I couldn’t help but think of my dad. I believe he is the one I inherited my love of flowers from. I recalled that as a little girl, I watched him tend to his beautiful roses climbing up the tall trellis alongside the wall of our house. He was so proud of them. I also remember him planting bulb flowers in the flower bed. I love bulb flowers in the spring! So, Summer’s Last Rose can be an ode to my dad. 💕

My Mom and Dad

My Mom and Dad

The final touches include an altered resin rose and various coordinating beads that will make up the hand beaded Neckpiece. The little roses on the neckpiece are resin which I also hand painted and gave them a patina look. And I decided to make the earrings post earrings.


Drum roll, please . . . introducing SUMMER’S LAST ROSE!

Summer's Last Rose Necklace and Earring Set

Summer’s Last Rose Necklace and Earring Set

Summer's Last Rose Post Earrings

Summer’s Last Rose Post Earrings

Close-up View of Focal

Close-up View of Focal

Last But Not Least, Beaded Neck Chain

Last But Not Least, Beaded Neck Chain

List for Blog Hop September 25, 2015:

Brenda Sue Lansdowne

Jewelry Making Outside the Box

Mary Deis

The Rose Sword

Jann Tague

Clever Designs

Lori Beekman


Renee Hong

Fine and Dandy Jewelry

Cynthia Wainscott

Exotic Peru Jewelry

Dana Hickey

Magpie Approved

Mary Beth Quigley-Spiker

Q Settings

Karen Eaton

KJewelry Creations

Shari Gardner

SLG Jewelry Designs

Alison Huie

Ally’s Baubles

Pamela Anger

Novegatti Designs

Carole Carlson


Cindy Peterson

Howling Dog Jewelry

Marcia Tuzzolino

Aurora Designs

Charlotte Smothers

Sea Horse Ranch Life

Catherine Shattuck

Victorian Rose Boutique – You are here! 😉

Clare Wells Nemeth

Papercrafting Magic

Erin Whitacre

Shattered Time

Lynda O’Mara

Lomara Creative

Ginger Hammond

Lynn Leigh Designs

Ingrid Anderson

Lilis Gems Artisan Jewelry

Deb Beechy


Harry Wood

Oscar Crow

Delyssa Maxwell

Past Time Fancies

Paula Gaskill

Lovely Layla Bugs

Irene Hoffman

Heart’s Dezire by Irene

Alexandra Sefton

Imaginary Jewelry and Altered Art

Leslie Carver

Adorn Divine Designs


43 thoughts on “September Blog Hop Reveal-Change It Up!

  1. Oh my, Miss Catherine! This was truly worth the wait. I love the warm glow of your color pallet, so perfect for this time of year. Your pieces are creative and gorgeous. Now, we just need for you to feel better! Beautiful work, pretty lady!

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    • Thanks so much, Brenda. I am too, sheesh! LOL!! I know one thing for sure, I need to get the Opie scissors. They would’ve made this project so much easier. By the way, from the iPad (cuz I’m laying down now and this is easier) I was unable to find how to comment on your blog post. But just wanted to say that your body of work for this challenge is simply STUNNING!! 💕👍😄

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  2. Thank you all for taking the time to comment on my blog post. As soon as I saw the leafy swag component as one of the choices we had to choose from, there was no hesitation. It is a lovely component and so far my favorite from B’Sue’s web site.

    You all did such AMAZING work! KUDOS to all of you!! 👍👏🎉😉


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    • OMGoodness, Kate! That’s a high complement! Please know that I did not make the lampwork beads, I simply married them into this design. Thank you, though, much appreciated! 😉


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