AURORA DESIGNS JEWELRY: BALC 2016, FIRST BLOG HOP, sponsored by B’sue Boutiques



This photo was taken by my cousin’s husband, Dan Henning.  They are gorgeous pink and white tulips…my favorite flower in one of my favorite colors, pink!  These were in their garden last year, and he was kind enough to let me share the photo, here.


B'Sue Boutiques Build A Line Master Challeng Class 2016

I’m baaaaccckkkkk!  Yep, I’m doing the Build a Line Challenge 2016, sponsored by Brenda Sue Lansdowne of, fame.  I decided I wanted to learn more about how to grow my business, Aurora Designs Jewelry, and this is the best place to do that, for me.  I am honored to be in the class with 36 others, some of whom are also alumni, and some newbies, and even our leader, Brenda Sue is creating a new line this year.  I’m very excited to see what she will do, as she had a very successful line of her own several years ago.

So, please enjoy reading and hopping along as we begin our journey here.


Part one of my Bloomin’ Tulips Grand Parure in reds and antique silver


A collage of different Bloomin’ Tulips’ designs

These are collages, (we practiced making lots of collages for class this year).  I created a line called “Bloomin’ Tulips” last year, and made the collage of the red tulips, and another one of a variety of designs from the line.  I just love those Tulip Beads, small and large, that B’sue carries on her site!  Creating a collage is a great way to showcase several pieces of your jewelry at once, and it’s how many people who sell on Etsy showcase their jewelry. You can do closeups of a specific part of your pieces so the customer can see the details.  I am still creating new designs for my Bloomin’ Tulips line; for example, this great bracelet/cuff in a vintage style.


Vintage Style matte black and satin matte gold cuff/bracelet with Swarovski crystal center


I made these large sunflower pendant necklaces last fall.  I did my custom coloring on them, and I think they turned out pretty great, don’t you?  My fave is the double one in blue/green/gold.  I added coordinating little spectra bead dangles with a flower bead cap on each one.  They are about 32 inches long, so they didn’t need a clasp…you can just slip them over your head.  I still have them in inventory, if you’re interested.  You can find me on Facebook.


Here I am modeling the finished cuff on my wrist.

I made this cuff last September for the “Change it UP Challenge”, sponsored by B’sue Boutiques.  We were challenged to use a stamping in a totally different and unrecognizable way to create a whole new piece.  This is what I started with:


This is the piece I selected to use for my “Change It Up, Vintage Flair” Blog Hop

Can you find it in my cuff?  I used four of these necktie stampings from!!  Pretty cool, huh?

I heard through the grapevine that brooches were back, so I created a few using resin cabachons that I made and custom colored.  Then, I set them in bezels from B’sue, and embellished them a little bit.  I made most of them convertible, meaning they can be worn as a brooch or add some chain and wear them as a necklace…your choice.  You can see a several in the photo below.


and a couple resin cabachon rings


and a few resin cabachon pendant necklaces


I did a little beading with my “Makering Buddies”, Jann and Renie, and attached the beaded pieces to a B’sue stamping


And I created a few leaf bracelets with a little flower and leaf accent


Which brings me to the REVEAL of my new line for this year’s Build a Line Challenge…….


by Aurora Designs Jewelry

Here are some of the components that will be in my designs.

MARCIASTABLET - Fallin' Leaves Reveal Collage BALC 2016

I haven’t completed anything yet, but wanted to give you all a little teaser for the second Blog Hop, where I will be revealing at least ONE finished piece.  So stay tuned, for February 26, 2016.  I’ll be looking forward to seeing you again.

Thanks so much for taking the time to read my first blog post.  I am ever so appreciative if you’ll leave a word or two in the comment box below the list of my classmates.

Here is a quote that keeps me going when my creative muse can’t be found for a bit, and I think it can apply to so many situations in life.  Don’t give up…Keep going!

Quote for End of Post

I know all my classmates would love for you to click on their links below, and read and comment on their posts, too.  Enjoy the HOP!!  See you in February!

Brenda Sue Lansdowne Jewelry Making Outside the Box

Diana Buynak Butterfly Emporium Ceramic Studio

Irene Hoffman, Heart’s Dezire by Irene

Clare Wells Nemeth, Creative Magick

Mary Reckmeyer, Afrayed Not

Marcia Tuzzolino, Aurora Designs

Elizabeth Wilks, Wearable Art by Lizzie

Jeanette Rose Belmont, One Canvas At A Time

Lyn Joy Reeve, A Journey From Jewels To Jubilation

Belinda Reed-Ingle, Vogue Rocks

Beth Trubman, The Journey of Jewelry

Carole Carlson, Bead Sophisticate

Jann Tague, Clever Designs by Jann

Shari Gardner, SLG Jewelry Designs

Susan Bolton, Fern’s Place

Chris Kemp, Noodle Pie Bracelets

Barbara Kelley, Angels’ Keep

Susan Bowerman, Woodside Wireworks

Pamela Anger, Novegatti Designs

Joan Donovan, Hailey’s Cottage

Alison Huie, Ally’s Baubles

Sharon Palac, Sharon’s Jewelry Garden

Erica Olmos, Beeb’s Closet

Erin Whitacre, Shattered Time Jewelry

Fran Sitton, Sitton Up Front

Ginger Hammond, Lynn Leigh Designs

Paula Gaskill, Lovely LaylaBug Jewels

Mary Deis, The Rose Sword

Renee Webb Allen, Small Stuff Design

Valerie Tilghman, ArtJewelsandGifts

Chris Cravens, Vintage Cravens

Leslie Carver, Adorn Divine Designs

Donna Parry, JewelryDonna

Gina-Marie Hammer, Tangles, Twists and Treasures

Kelly Wymer, Winged Wisdom Enchantments

96 thoughts on “AURORA DESIGNS JEWELRY: BALC 2016, FIRST BLOG HOP, sponsored by B’sue Boutiques

  1. I love pink and white tulips too! It’s been a long time since I had one. Seeing those wonderful tulips jewelry made me excited to see more of your future designs. Fallin leaves as your next theme is a great idea too! Will wait for your next post.

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  2. Wonderful post, Marcia … I enjoyed reading it and seeing all of the photos of your previous jewelry … lovely! I love your theme for the BALC this year … leaves are so much fun! … and I know you’ll come up with some great designs. I’m glad you joined the class again this year too! 😉

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  3. LOVE the tulip picture and can’t wait to see more of your pretty things. You really are exceptional at focusing on “the line”, which I admire cause I have a hard time not bouncing around like a Tigger, so it is a skill that eludes me and impresses me about other folks who have it.

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  4. You love nature like I like nature, Marcia! Cannot wait to see what you do in your line. Your last line was really great and you know I’ve already told you how I like the gold and black so much! What fun that we get to play again!

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  5. Hi Marcia, Your theme is awesome, can’t wait to see what your finished pieces look like. I am so happy to be in this class with you and learning from not only Brenda, but from you and all of the other fantastic jewelry artisans in our class.

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  6. Marcia, I love ALL of your designs, and fallen leaves are my favorites, so I can’t wait to see what you do with those components and beads! Cheers to the journey ahead!

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  7. Thank you for sharing with us Marcia!

    Last year your line was over the top. You created so much in so little time and then expanded even further throughout the year. You definitely had the ambition. It’s no wonder you came back this year – and strong. You’ve got your concept already planned out and are ready to rock. Fallin’ Leaves sounds like an amazing line. If I had to pick a favorite time of year, it is definitely Autumn. Looking forward to seeing how far you take your line this year!

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  8. Marcia I really like your sunflower necklaces, and your tulip line from last years class is so inspiring to me. I love color! Can’t wait to see where you will take your theme this time.

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  9. Leaves are always great.I can hardly wait for the reveal because if you can do what you did with the tulip bead, there’s no telling what you will do with a leaf!. Take care.

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  10. Well done, Marcia, and I am thrilled to have you back in class this year. I am certain you will take your line to the next level….cheeze Louise, it’s already well put together and exceedingly well-thought-out. I see great things for you. Thank you for being one of my California Girls supporting me on the B’sue Boutiques Design Team. Yes, ma’am, you have helped me adjust my sails more than once with your practical wisdom, hearing ear and great ideas. For that I will always be in your debt.

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  11. Marcia, your pieces always bring such joy! They are vibrant and creative. You must infuse each piece with your love and joie de vivre ♥ It was fun to see a retrospective of your line from last year’s class and I’ excited to see your new line! Sending you all best wishes and joy for continued success! xoxo ~ Lori

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  12. Thanks for posting all of the pictures of your beautiful work – I couldn’t find the tie stamping in the cuff!
    Nice idea for your new line – I’m looking forward to your next installment!

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  13. Aren’t you clever, Marcia? Fallin’ Leaves–oh my, your line is going to be yummy! I painted a leaf yesterday that I’m pretty certain would not “make the cut” on your table!

    Meanwhile, I cherish our friendship, appreciate your mentoring, and so look forward to continuing this creative odyssey with you. Until next time, may your table be full of beautiful things, your muse be swirling, and may that wonderful smile be on your face! Sending love and joy and a hug your way…

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    • Susan, I love your way with words! I get great joy from reading everything you write! I cherish are friendship, too, and I’m so happy to be taking this journey again with you! Looking forward to seeing your reveal, too! Thanks so much!


  14. Love your talent and commitment, Marcia! I enjoy seeing the development of your ideas and love your way with colour. I need you to teach me about making collages. Well done!

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  15. Oh Marcia you wrote such a wonderful blog! I realize I have a lot to learn. Your jewelry is beautiful and ever evolving. You have so much confidence within yourself, I definitely think I can learn a lot from this class. I am so happy for you, and truly looking forward to your next blog! ;D

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  16. Hi Marcia, not sure if I’m supposed to add something but love seeing all the beautiful creative jewelry. Would love to continue receiving them if possible. Hope you are doing well Barbara

    Sent from my iPhone


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