Monday, January 14, 2013

Crystal Jewelry Inspiration Bloghop

It's real! After almost 18 months of anticipation, the book by the CREATE YOUR STYLE with Swarovski Elements, Crystal Jewelry Inspiration, is here!!!

 Crystal Jewelry Inspiration from the CREATE YOUR STYLE Ambassadors features projects from 30 of these talented designers from North America. The CREATE YOUR STYLE Ambassadors approach crystals from every conceivable angle in projects as diverse as the SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS they’ve used. Wide-ranging techniques, from modern bead stitching and elegant stringing to intricate wire crochet, help beaders polish their favorite skills plus learn something new. Styles range from vintage to funky to show-stopping glam, all sporting the sparkle that only crystals can provide. Jewelry makers will get first-hand information, expertise, and instruction from the most enthusiastic and passionate crystal jewelry designers working today. The gallery will inspire you with projects from Ambassadors around the world.

It was a great experience working with Kalmbach Publishing's Karin Van Voorhees and Swarovski North America's Nicole Harper. They were so encouraging of my project decisions and colour choices.

I am so honoured to be a CREATE YOUR STYLE with Swarovski Elements - to be a part of a group of phenomenal designers and teachers in the DIY market who share my love of teaching and Swarovski crystals.

When thinking about what I should submit for the book, I wanted to choose something that is readily identifiable as "me". When I think of Debra Saucier - Crystal Clay instantly comes to mind. When I think of Kristal Wick, I think of her fabulous fabric beads.  Both of these products and techniques are in the book! I decided to go with Sparkle Sprockets, which I created as a demo on the 2011 Swarovski Cruise. They were a big hit! This little component can be used in so many different ways. See the gallery of pictures on this blog for examples of Sparkle Sprockets in action!

Please participate in the bloghop organized by Kalmbach and you could win a prize!!!

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Leave a comment on this blogpost and you will be entered into a draw for a prize pack!

I am currently arranging a book tour and firming up arrangements. Stay tuned for details. I highly recommend you contact your local bead store to see if they carry the book. If they don't, you can purchase it directly from the publisher at

Please check out the blogs of my fellow Ambassadors - they may be having giveaways as well!

Monday, 1/14 June Beach

Lilian Chen

Fernando daSilva

Marcia DeCoster

Stephanie Dixon
Tuesday, 1/15 Anna Elizabeth Draeger

Diane Fitzgerald

Leslee Frumin

Katie Hacker

Monica Han
Wednesday,1/16 Linda Hartung Facebook

Diane Hertzler

Val Hirata

Jamie Hogsett

Tamara Honoman

Sandra Lupo

Jamie North
Thursday, 1/17 Lisa Pavelka

Margot Potter

Pat Riesenburger

Leslie Rogalski

Nadia Sanchez Ramos

Renata Sanchez Ramos

Debra Saucier
Friday, 1/17 Brenda Schweder

Debbi Simon

Kim St. Jean

Laura Timmons

Kristal Wick

Diane Whiting


  1. I got a sneak peak at the book and it is fabulous. Can't wait for the book signing and to be able to purchase one of my own.... or maybe "win one".

  2. For sure the most anticipated book of 2013. If I ever go to any bead fair this year, definetly bringing the book for a least a signature. And maybe a workshop or so... :D
    Great job Stephanie, you surely deserved it amongst many other Ambassadors with great talent.

    Take care and don`t forget to Bling!! :D

  3. I am sure that is a fantastic book which I would love to win!!

  4. I can't wait to touch and smell this book. Great job

  5. You are one of my favorite designers. :)

  6. can't wait to see the book. I love your's all your fault I got hooked on crystal ;)

  7. This would make me really happy to own such a highly anticipated book. Swarovski crystals are my favorite medium to work with, they are absolutely beautiful.

  8. I cannot wait for it to be available at my local library!!!

  9. Great blog, Steph! Way to kick us off--the Sparkly Sprockets way! oxox! -b.

  10. Can't wait to get my hands on this book! Eagerly anticipating!

  11. Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful! You really are the Queen of Bling, Stephanie! Can't wait to see the whole book! :-)

  12. I was lucky enough to receive an advance copy of the book and it is fabulous! I love your Sprockets.

  13. I have not yet worked with crystal clay but I can not wait to see what your contribution is!

  14. wow, so beautiful jewellery, I think you like buying beautiful jewellery very much, of course,I like it too, So i open a jewellery online store recently, If you are interested in it, You can load to to visit it. Thanks

  15. This is so exciting - I can't wait to see the designs


  16. Picture Picture Picture! I want to see your bling entry. I too
    love these crystals and what they can do for beadweaving.

  17. Congrats Stephanie! You are amazing!

  18. Omg, I am so excited that this book is out. I can't wait to see what all on these wonderful jewelry designers have came up with for the projects in the book. I read the list of designers who designed for the book and it is fabulous. A lot of top designers. I know of some of the designers, so now I get to see more of the designer I haven't seen yet. I'm always looking for inspiration for new ideas and this book is going to be just amazing. Even if I don't win the book, I'm definitely going to buy it. But, I sure would love to win it, that way I have more money to buy beads for the projects in the book. Thank you so much for giving everyone a chance to win this fabulous book. Yours Truly, Melly.

  19. Thanks for the opportunity, I would love to win. Love the sparkle

  20. I would love to win this book, always looking for amazing inspiration.

  21. Ooooohhhh....what a treat this book would be in my library. Hours of sparkly inspiration! Congrats to you & the other ambassadors, & thanks for everything you do to share Swarovski with the world.

  22. Can't wait to see this book and your design in it!

  23. Thanks for entering this contest and joining the bloghop. I am thrilled to be a CREATE YOUR STYLE Ambassador and a part of this book. I have forwarded your names to Kalmbach and they will be drawing a name (or maybe a few) from all the commenters on the Ambassadors' blogs. Best of luck to you all.

  24. The book is the perfect one for me.The designs you deliver arereally great and fresh ones.When you release the book, any plans about that? sterling silver jewellery

  25. I love crystals, and would love to have a copy of this book! Congratulations on your contribution!

  26. Thanks for sharing such an informative blog....please keep up the great work.

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