Tuesday, 30 March 2010

Craft Juice Tuesday

Hi all and welcome again to my Craft Juice Tuesday

This weeks selection all have a Spring theme. My top 3 have been chosen because I feel that they have a 'Springy' feel to them.

So here they are......

My Top 3 - Tuesday 30th March 2010

Now the days are that bit brighter I find that my daughter and I are wearing much more pink. As she is of a certain age she is starting to pick her own clothes and accessories,as soon as she saw these she practically begged me to buy them so they have to go in my top 3 this week!

I have recently done something out of the norm and gone out shopping and bought items for myself!!!(as opposed to the kids,hubby and house). One of my new purchases was a lovely aqua coloured bag which I think this charm would suit perfectly.

And last but by no means least these beads are the definition of spring-time. They are fresh and bursting with colour and life. I think these would make a fantastic bracelet or necklace.
So there you have it,my 3 picks from Craft Juice this week.
Remember, Craft Juice is free to join,just go to www.craftjuice.com to register.
Emma xx

Wednesday, 24 March 2010

Recent Makes

Hi all

With the launch date for the website rapidly approaching I thought that I would get creative and make a few more items.

I have been so busy uploading content to the website and other stuff at home that I haven't been able to devote as much time as I would have liked to towards designing and making,but I am very pleased with the few pieces have been able to create....take a look.

This bracelet is mainly made up with rose quartz chips with a clear glass bead sandwiched between 2 silver tone beads and two different points along the bracelet. It is finished off with a lobster clasp and a rose quartz and clear glass bead charm.

I made a very similar bracelet for my mum on Mother's Day and as a result I had quite a few orders come in for bracelets like this in different colours. As they seem quite popular I thought I would make a couple more in a few colours while I had some time. I call them Charm Cluster Bracelets. They are basically a cluster of glass and acrylic and charms hung from a large jump with a fancy link chain and a lobster clasp are also fastened to.
Remember,to be in with a chance of winning a gorgeous gold and green coloured memory wire bracelet just leave a comment on the following post http://urbansophisticationdesigns.blogspot.com/2010/02/first-blog-giveaway.html
Emma xx

Tuesday, 23 March 2010

Craft Juice Tuesday

As I write this weeks Craft Juice Tuesday, I am actually suffering from food poisoning thanks to an Indian takeaway on Sunday!!

With that in mind,this weeks top 3 picks are things that I feel would pick me up or help lift my mood a little,so without further delay....

My Top 3 - Tuesday 23rd March 2010

As I spent most of yesterday in bed,I thought that I would ctch up on some reading. The problem was I kept dozing off and forgetting what page I was on. If I had a gorgeous bookmark like this one,I wouldn't have had to worry.

Ok,so although this cute little character wouldn't have had much of a pro active role in helping me through my sickness,just his bright and cheery persona is enough to cheer anybody up.

This lip balm would be a life saver right about now. My lips feel dryer than a cardboard box so this yummy looking lip balm would go down a treat right about now.
So there you have it,my top 3 picks from Craft Juice this week. To see these items and more why not head on over to www.craftjuice.com

Tuesday, 16 March 2010

Craft Juice Tuesday

Yes,its time for Craft Juice Tuesday again.

This week is quite an eclectic mix of items,all of with I think are fantastic. It is extremely difficult to pick only three items each week but if you want to see all the other items available just go to www.craftjuice.com

My Top 3 - Tuesday 16th March 2010

I simply adore this mobile. It would fit perfectly in my 1 year olds room,I find it to have quite a relaxing feel about it. Maybe it's the thought of being on a boat somewhere sailing the ocean!!!

This is something I would have loved to have received after having my children. I love the use of the different ribbons and the colours work really well together.

Now that the weather is getting a bit better and the sun is coming out,this suncatcher would look absolutely fantastic hanging in our kitchen window. It reminds me of a cottage we stayed at in the countryside a few years ago.
Well that's my top 3 for this week.
Remember, Craft Juice is free to join. All you need to do is simply register to become a member and then you will be able to vote on your favourite items or submit your own handmade items for the craft community to comment and vote on.

Monday, 15 March 2010

A Present For My Mum

Now that Mother's Day has been and gone I can post these pictures safe in the knowledge that my Mum and Grandma have already received their gifts.

My Mum's present

My mum has a condition called Lupus and also Rhumatoid athritis. One of the many side effects of these conditions is swelling. She often struggles to find bracelets that she likes large enough to fit her wrists so I thought I would make one just for her.
This bracelet is made up using a fancy link chain,which makes up the bracelet frame. Near the clasp there is a collection of beads;a foil lined blue heart,blue bicones and a charm with the word 'inspire',clear round glass beads and a heart charm. It is finished of with a lobster clasp and an extender chain.

My Grandma's Present

My Gran always has a few novels on the go at once and one of her pet hates is paper bookmarks. She adores flowers and pink is one of her favourite colours so I thought how fitting to use pink glass beads and a flower charm to create this bokmark. I am pleased to report it was a instant hit!!

My mum wore her bracelet out today as she had 3 appointments and couldn't wait to show it off. I have had 4 confirmed orders for bracelets similar to hers but in different colours, 2 for matching necklaces and 2 requests for more information. I must admit I am really chuffed with myself!!


Sunday, 14 March 2010

My Very First Giveaway

Recently I set up my Facebook Fan Page and on it my very first giveaway. My target was to reach 100 fans and on doing so I was giving away a set of four wine glass charms.

After a lot of hard work,promotion and shameless begging I finally reached and surpassed my target this afternoon. The winners name was picked out of a hat 30 minutes ago and I can now reveal that that winner was Natalia Ambrose Rush.

She will be receiving her prize which can be seen below.

I was so excited to be doing my first giveaway and can't wait to do another one. So to be in with a chance of winning some goodies why not become a fan at http://www.facebook.com/?ref=home#!/pages/Urban-Sophistication-Designs/332912878123?ref=ts

Also follow me on Twitter for updates,offers and details of giveaways.

Don't forget there is also a chance to win a memory wire bracelet. All you have to do is comment on the second post in this blog to be in with a chance of winning.


Friday, 12 March 2010

A Chance To Catch Up

With the launch date to the website rapidly approaching, I have recently found myself snowed under with all the 'boring' stuff like paper work,packaging,uploading content onto the website and making sure all the things that need to be done are getting done!

After finally ticking some of the boxes on my to do list,I found some time to get on with the fun part - making some items.

So I thought I would share some of my recent makes with you.

To me a black and white/clear combination always looks timeless and quite smart. This chunky silver-plated charm bracelet is adorned with black diamond shape glass beads and clear round glass beads.

These earrings were so unbelievably difficult to photograph that the picture doesn't do them justice. I have used very small acrylic beads in lilac and purple to createthe uper part of the earring and then used a purple acrylic 'crystal' to create the dangle.

I really,really like this necklace,the green square beads fascinated me for ages! The necklace is made using these green square acrylic twisted beads that have a fantastic velvety feel. I have used clear ab bicones between each green aquare and then finished the necklace off by suspending the beads from a silver-plated chain and a toggle clasp.

If your not already a fan then why not become a fan of my Facebook Page for the chance to win a set of wine glass charms.

Emma xx

Tuesday, 9 March 2010

Craft Juice Tuesday - 9th

Yes,it's that time again - Craft Juice Tuesday. As this coming Sunday is Mothering Sunday,I thought I would be fitting to base this weeks Top 3 picks on suitable gifts that I would be more than happy to give or receive. There are some fantastic gift ideas on Craft Juice and I found it extremely difficult to choose just three, but I managed to do it and here they are.

My Top 3 - Tuesday 9th March 2010

I love this brooch. I really like the colours and beads used to make this and I would definetley be happy to receive this on Mothers Day.
This card just jumped off the page at me!! I adore the colours and style of this card and would be proud to present this to my mum on Mothers Day

There is one lady that I can never forget on Mother's Day and that is my dear Grandmother.
She has been there for me for as long as I can remeber and has treated me more like a daughter than granchild. I know she would love this bracelet. The beads used and the colour of the shell is absolutely gorgeous - just like her!
So there you have it,my Top 3 from Craft Juice this Tuesday. For more items and gorgeous gift ideas, head on over to www.craftjuice.com.

Friday, 5 March 2010

My First Award

I am proud to announce that I have become the very proud receipient of my very first 'Sunshine Award'
A huge thank you goes out to Setters-Delight who nominated me for this award. This comes as a big suprise and a very big boost,as this blog hasn't even been in operation for a week yet!!

The rules for accepting the award are:

  • Place the logo within your blog or post
  • Pass the award on to 12 bloggers
  • Link the nominees within the post
  • Let the nominees know they have received the award by commenting on their blog
  • Share the love and link to the person from whom you received the award

So here are my twelve nominees.


Elissa(not just handbags)


Colours of Enfys

Crystal Velvet Weddings


Mind What You Eat

Owl Loves Panda

Abby Beads

Tip Top Toppers Things

Sunrise Cards

Quirky Pigs Felicity in Domesticity

Tuesday, 2 March 2010

Craft Juice Tuesday

CraftJuice Tuesday is something that I will be taking part in weekly on a Tuesday. Basically I will be selecting my top 3 picks of handmade items from CraftJuice and showcasing them here.

CraftJuice is free to join. All you need to do is simply register to become a member and then you will be able to vote on your favourite items or submit your own handmade items for the craft community to comment and vote on.

My Top 3 - Tuesday 2nd March 2010

Although I am not one for vintage,I love the colours in this piece and would be very comfortable wearing it.

I absolutely adore this necklace. I think the colours and materials work really well together making this piece truly unique.

And finally,as soon as I saw this set I knew it was me. This is the type of set I wouldn't hesitate in buying.

To see these items and more head over to http://www.craftjuice.com/