Tag Archive | Valentine jewelry

DIY Rose Dangle Earrings Tutorial

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I just loved making these pretty rose themed dangle earrings, but my favorite part was creating a themed and functional flower vase earring card holder for this gift. I got to finally use some long lost card making supplies to create an earring card holder in a floral theme to mimic the earrings. I learned many new techniques such as using embossing powder and watercoloring with Crayola markers.

Card Due Floral Frame Labelled

For these dangle earrings you will need:

These earrings are ultra simple to make once you get the hang of the various tools and using your wrist to re-position as you either create a simple loop or a wrapped wire loop. I prefer the wire wrapped loops because they are more secure, more snug to the beads and offer a lovely spiral/ circular design element in the wrap. You can extend your wrapped loops to create a bead cap scenario if desired, but I would suggest only doing that for large beads over the size 18 mm.

Click here to view the earring jewelry making tutorial. Please follow it over directly to my YouTube channel, then comment, thumb’s up and SUBSCRIBE to help support my handmade business and future craft tutorial projects.

Have a sparkle-riffic day and happy beading!

DIY Storage Gift for Crafters: Bead & Embellishment Tin Video Tutorial

Bead Tin Canva YouTube Thumbnail - final slideAfter taking a beading class several years ago, I wanted to share the sparkles about this little gem of a gift. A now dear friend of mine who taught the class, gave me a bead tin and even included a little pair of scissors with a darling bead dangle on it. I still use that bead tin and scissors to this day! I have also now made several more bead tins for myself, as functional gifts for friends and my own jewelry students. So, special thanks to Gloria for giving me this great gift idea!

Special tips:

  1. Using E-6000 jewelry glue instead of hot glue reduces your chance of lumps underneath the felt or beading mat (hot glue cools VERY quickly on the metal lid).
  2. For bead weavers, felt may snag on your thin beading needles. A better alternative is to cut your circle piece from a bead mat made of velvet, velour or foam.
  3. Lovely gift giving idea is to include a small pair of beading scissors and/or a few strands of beads for the recipient.
  4. Reuse, reduce and recycle by using up some of those clanky tins you’ve got cluttering up your kitchen cabinets!
  5. This is also a great gift idea for scrapbookers that attend scrap parties and swap embellishments.

Please watch the video tutorial over at my YouTube channel, give me a thumb’s up there if you like it and please SUBSCRIBE for more crafty content.

If you make this for yourself or as a gift for fellow beading or scrapbooking enthusiasts, please hashtag your photo #SparkleByMonica at Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or Instagram so that I can see your designs! Have a sparkle-riffic Valentine’s Day and happy beading!

A Sparkletale…The Sparkly Beader

So…as usual…I’m late to the technical guru partay, but I have now officially tried my hand at iMovie via my lovely Rose Gold Apple iPhone 6S Plus. I must say that I think this little sparkly fairytale a.k.a. sparkletale turned out to be pretty cute.

Sparkly Beader Circle of Beads- 2I included a mix of current projects and past designs with a little help from some friends and maybe a cat or two. So, grab a frosty beverage and prepare to be sparkle-fied, my speeps (that’s sparkly peeps)! lol

Special thanks to my friends and family for allowing me to showcase some jewelry designs I made using their photos, as well as my previous models Joan, Amanda, Linda and Troop Tritapoe.

If you’ve previously received items from me as a gift or purchased them directly and would like to be included in future showcases, please hashtag #sparklebymonica at Facebook, Twitter or Instagram on a photo of you wearing the piece(s). Have a sparkle-riffic day, everyone!

Help Me Choose and Score Some Sparkle!

UPDATE: Sadly, I didn’t have much participation in this contest. The few entries received did not use both hashtags for the contest. So….maybe next time? Sniffles. Gotta get more sparkly peeps engaged in my giveaways. I’ll try another one soon. Thanks to the two gals who tried. I appreciated your response in the survey, too! 

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I’ve been working my sparkly fingers to the bone updating my old website to get ready for a grand opening, complete with eCommerce directly on my new site. In the course of sparks flying off my keyboard and beading mat, I’ve decided to offer a giveaway in return for some much needed feedback for what to name my new collections.

Please take about 3-5 minutes to answer these two questions which will help me choose the names of my handmade jewelry collections. This will also offer valuable insight into trends and potential avenues for me to expand my brand.

Simply take the survey between now and noon Mountain time on Tuesday February 9, 2016; like/ follow me and then share the survey link via Facebook or Twitter with the hashtags #scoresparkle and #SparkleByMonica. (If you are already a fan or follower of my social media above, you are halfway there and can just use the hashtags mentioned). This will allow me to see who has entered so I may contact the winner.

I will be giving away a sparkle-riffic Valentine themed piece of handmade jewelry (either a bracelet, earrings or necklace) to a randomly selected survey respondent.

Valentine Jewelry Collage- cropped

The winner will be announced Wednesday afternoon February 10, 2016 by 5:00 p.m. Mountain time. Have a sparkle-riffic day and good luck!

Video: How to Make Duct Tape Valentine Heart Earrings with Seed Beads and Chain HD

Boy was this little video a literal labor of “love”! I did this a few weeks ago, but it has been a nightmare to edit and now get uploaded. hahaha. Well, at least this is still Valentine’s Day. So, enjoy. It has an HD selection, so be sure to select that format up to 1080! Please be sure to view on YouTube, comment, like and SUBSCRIBE if you’ve not already done so. Happy Sparkletines Day to you, everyone!

Valentine Sparkletine Contest: Show the Love to Sparkle by Monica!

Last year I ran a social media contest for my handmade jewelry business A Touch of Sparkle by Monica. The winner of last year’s contest won a delightful wire wrapped ring design using a heart shaped button. I would like to try this again, so get ready!

If you would like a chance to win a Valentine themed piece of jewelry, please show me the love and do the following wherever you participate on social media:

  1. Facebook: like my page and Valentine Bracelets photo album tag me @sparklebymonica , using the hashtag #SparkleByMonica describing why you would love an item in the photo album.
  2. Instagram: Follow and tag me @touchofsparkl , using the hashtag #SparkleByMonica in a brief sentence accompanying a picture modeling one of my pieces that you’ve either received from me as a gift or purchased from me.
  3. Pinterest: Follow any or all of my boards. Add one of my Valentine themed items from my Etsy shop to your Valentine themed board and tag me @touchofsparkl , using the hashtag #SparkleByMonica describing why you would love that item.
  4. Twitter: Follow and mention me @touchofsparkl . Use the hashtag #SparkleByMonica in a brief sentence accompanying a picture modeling one of my pieces that you’ve either received from me as a gift or purchased from me.
  5. YouTube: Subscribe to my channel and watch a video of your choice all the way to the end. Like it and comment what you loved most about the video, using the hashtag #SparkleByMonica.

There are 5 ways to enter and win this year! Depending on the amount of participation, I may award up to 5 lucky people a Valentine themed piece of jewelry complete with pretty pink and red packaging.

Enter as many times as you like from 12:00 am on Thursday February 5th through 5:00pm on Wednesday 11th, 2015. I will select a winner or up to 5 winners by midnight on the 11th. I plan to ship out on the 12th in hopes that you may receive your very own Sparkletine from me in time for the holiday weekend. Be sure to watch for winner announcements and get ready to message me with your mailing address if selected!



Thanks, sparkly shoppers, for showing me the love again this year! I appreciate your business and look forward to filling your custom orders!

Valentine Hashtag Contest: Win a Heart or Rose Ring from A Touch of Sparkle by Monica

Hello, my sparklies! I’ve decided to run my first ever Valentine Contest utilizing social media and the hashtag term #SparkleByMonica. If you belong to Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter then please enter this easy contest for your chance to win a Valentine themed ring and beautifully charming ring box.

If you would like to post pictures of items that you’ve purchased from me or received as gifts, please do so with a brief statement of why you love A Touch of Sparkle by Monica. It will be Valentine’s Day before you know it after all, so let me feel the love! Send me your own special Valentine message at Facebook, Instagram or Twitter using the hashtag #SparkleByMonica, but be sure to @ my profile handle so I will get copied. You are not limited to the number of times you may comment as entries into my Valentine contest. So, feel free to send a trend my way!

I will select 3 random winners on February 10, 2014. One person will be chosen from Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Each person selected will receive a ring designed by myself along with either a heart ring box or a larger rose ring box, depending on ring height and button width. The large plastic heart buttons do not completely fit inside the large rose boxes, but I will still send one of those style boxes with the heart ring if I select that version for one of the winners. Random winners, random ring designs.

Please watch the cute little YouTube video I’ve created further explaining the contest and showing off several of the Valentine’s themed rings. If you have not already done so, please comment, like and SUBSCRIBE to my YouTube Channel!

I have large heart button rings, wired heart button rings, wired rose button rings and coming soon….some wired bead rings. Sizes vary, so once I select the 3 random winners on each social media site, I will need to get your ring size so that I can select which ring to send you. I will also need you to provide me with your correct mailing address to receive the ring package.

Well, good luck everyone! This will be interesting to see how the hashtag contest will do and I look forward to the pre-Valentine’s lovefest! For anyone not familiar with my handmade jewelry, please visit my website or see my Etsy shop. Fans of my social media sites at Facebook and Twitter can use a special 5% discount coupon to use in my Etsy shop. Have a sparkle-riffic day!