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!

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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


Bloomin' Tulips Collage

A sampling of the Bloomin’ Tulips Pendants designed by Marcia Tuzzolino of Aurora Designs Jewelry

“Virtual classes, Inspiration, Pricing discussions, “AHA” moments, LOTS of lively discussions and participation, Pyramids (not the ones in Egypt), Challenges to date, and Progress to date.

Hoda's Quote of the Day

I thought this quote was very applicable for those of us in the challenge.

These topics are just a few of the things that have been discussed during the past month.  There are so many extremely knowledgeable and talented members in this group, and to a person, they are willing to share their expertise with everyone else in the group.  I am not going to discuss all of the aforementioned topics in this blog (we’d all be here until the end of next week if I did that), so I am going to share some thoughts about just a couple… My Inspiration for my propensity to make floral jewelry, thus, my “Bloomin’ Tulips” by Aurora Designs Jewelry line.  And the Pyramid, as it applies to the pieces and their prices, in my Line.

Tulip Varieties

Tulip Varieties and Colors

Inspiration…” My Grandmas’ Garden”

When I was young, we went to my grandmas’ houses often and one of the things I loved at their country homes were the flowers in the yards and in the gardens among the vegetables.  There were so many different kinds; marigolds, petunias, gladiola, carnations, geraniums, daisies, lilacs, daffodils, tulips, hyacinths, roses, peonies, violets, and my favorite at Grandma Schank’s when I was a child, sweet william, (now I know it as dianthus).  I would run to the spot in the yard where they were growing, and sit in the grass, sticking my nose in the red, pink, and white sweet williams.  They had a kind of wonderful sweet spice fragrance that I loved.  The flowers of spring and early summer were my favorites, and still are.  The huge variety of colors attracted me, in addition to the lovely fragrances of those flowers.  Over time, tulips became my singular favorite flowered, with lilacs, being a close second.

When I started making assemblage necklaces after I joined the B’sue Boutiques Creative Group, one of our first monthly challenges was to make a piece of jewelry that reflected what our inspiration was for making our style of jewelry.  I created this over the top assemblage necklace, that I named, “My Grandmas’ Garden”.

My Grandmas' Garden

Inspired by both of my Grandma’s gardens when I was a child, I created this piece. LOTS of color, different kinds of flowers, a cameo representing me, and one representing my two grandmas.

The majority of my jewelry contains flowers because of my grandmas’ inspiration.

My Challenge Climbing the Pyramid

When our mentor, Brenda Sue Lansdowne, created a video about using a Pyramid to create our lines by having a larger, bolder, piece, and stepping out the components to make smaller, less costly pieces that are cohesive and coordinating, it was a bit of an “AHA” moment for me.  Not the head slap, “I could’ve had a V-8” kind of “AHA”, but an “AHA” moment, none the less.

Top of the Pyramid Piece

I reworked this focal to make it an addition to my “Bloomin’ Tulips” line.

Brooch or Small Assemblage Pendant

This was created from the larger necklace.

Coordinating Earringws

Two pair of Earrings stepped out of the reworked focal necklace.

I realized (happily), that I was on the right track with what I had created so far for my Bloomin’ Tulips Line.  But I began seeing my Line with a broader eye.  I reworked one piece I made awhile ago, and found another piece that already fits into my, but near the top of the Pyramid.

This is the original piece

I reworked the focal flower from a rose to a tulip on this piece and it fits right into the top of my line.

Stacked Cuff with Tulip Focal

I made this cuff a while ago, and saw that it already has the tulip beads shown as part of my line. It fit right in!

My Pyramid will have seven levels of pricing and jewelry.  The first 3-4 levels will be priced at $15-50 for each piece.  The upper levels will be $51 and up, with the top being the most expensive.  EVERYTHING will have common elements and will be very cohesive and recognizable as “Bloomin’ Tulips” by Aurora Designs Jewelry.

Here is a sneak peek at some of the pieces I have already created or that are works in progress for my line.

My workspace while I'm creating

My workspace while I am creating my Bloomin’ Tulips.

A sampling of one style of my Pendants

A sampling of one style of the Pendants for Bloomin’ Tulips by Aurora Designs Jewelry

A neutral Pendant and small assemblage necklacde

A neutral colored Pendant and small assemblage necklaces

Orange red medium assemblage necklace

Orange red medium assemblage necklace higher up on the Pyramid

Pink lavender small assemblage necklace

Pink lavender small assemblage necklace with pearls

Bloomin' Tulips Rings

A variety of colored Bloomin’ Tulips rings

In my next blog, I’m going to share a design challenge I had with one of my pieces and how I solved it.

I would love to hear from you in the comment section below.  Your feedback matters to me.

Thanks for visiting.  I appreciate that you took the time.

Hop along now, to the rest of the great blogs.

Brenda Sue Lansdowne

Jewelry Making Outside the Box

Marcia Tuzzolino

Aurora Designs

Jann Tague

Clever Designs by Jann

Judy King
Apt To Wander Studio

Linzi Alford

Magpie in the Sky, Spoil Heap Tales

Cynthia Wainscott

Exotic Peru

Carole Carlson


Lynn Stinten


Marica Zammit

Bead Lovelies

Catherine Shattuck


Michaele Collie

The Vintage Gem

Mary Craig

Jewelry Alchemy

Lee Koopman

Strega Jewelry

Erin Whitacre

Shattered Time Jewelry

Monica Casady

MJCasady Copper Works

Leila West

Leila Nicole Designs

Cindy Peterson

Leila Belcher

Leila Bee Designs

Gloria Allen

Wings and Beads

Pamela Anger

Novegatti Designs

Tammy Adams

Paisley Lizard

Lynda O’Mara

LOmara Creative

Elizabeth Hildreth


Dana Hickey

Wind Dancer Studios

Janet Calardo

Jan Lea Designs

Maria Clark

Sweet Willow Designs

Lori Beekman

B. Accessorized

Jennifer Kroeger

Relic Charm

Amy Jorgensen

Hoarder’s Corner

Robin Reed

Artistry: Handcrafted Bead Designs

Ingrid Anderson

Lilis Gems

Louise O’Shields

Desire Divine Jewels

Susan Killam

Killam Creative

Mary Katherine Deis

The Rose Sword: Artisan and Vintage Collectible Jewelry

Nike Bottalico

Nike Bottalico

Susan Bowerman

Woodside Wireworks

Kristy Le

Kristy Le Trendy Jewelry Designs

Jan Peters

Stylized Vintage

Mitzie Crider

Needful Luxuries Occasional Blog

Gina Hockett

Freestyle Elements

Linda Anderson

From the Bead Board

Alexandra Sefton

Imaginary Jewelry and Altered Art

Melida Boman

The Journey of Pens and Things

Teresa Shurter

TreeZ’s Treasurs

Melissa Latimer

Smithed Up

Renee Hong

Fine and Dandy Jewelry and Art

Nadine Edris

Moondance Jewelry

Lori Meyer

Parisienne Girl

Jennifer Merrill Williams

Artists of All Stripes

Denise Lussier Poirier

Jewelry by Denise

Renee Allen

Small Stuff Design

Autumn Adams

Autumn Dawns

Elizabeth Owens

1996 Shabby Lane

Kat BarronMiller

Midnight Kat Productions Art Jewelry

Sandra Ballard

Mama San’s Mojo

Coral Law


Making Progress


Quick update…just watermarked my photo for the first time…Do you see it??
These are my orange red BLOOMIN’ TULIPS’ pendant and earring prototype for my new line at AURORA DESIGNS JEWELRY.  This is Design #1 of five (so far), different new designs for my new line.  I’m having fun creating these new pieces which will be sold at a price point between $15-50.

Be back soon.  Have a great weekend!! 
Go Seahawks!!!

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I’M READY… are YOU??


Name:  check

Blog Name:  check

Blog URL:  check

-My Idea for the BUILD a LINE DESIGN CHALLENGE:  check

-Explanation of IDEA and REASON for choosing it (3 paragraphs or less):  check

-Write an email (draft) to submit to on Jan. 812, 2015:  check

Supplies ordered and received from  check

Sketches and color scheme done:  check





Polymer Clay Embroidery on Silverware Silver Bridal Necklace

Polymer Clay Embroidery on Silverware Silver Bridal Necklace


Out with the OLD, In with the NEW


As we usher out 2014, and welcome 2015, I want to say “thank you” to a few special people in my life.  First, to my husband, Marty, for sticking by me for nearly 30 years.  We’ll reach that milestone anniversary in June, 2015.


Second, my son, Phil, who has given us a beautiful daughter-in-law, Angela, and our amazing granddaughter, Amelie.  They feed my soul.


Third, my family in Ohio and Pennsylvania.  I love you and miss you every single day.  I wish we could all afford to visit more often, but such is life.  God willing, I’ll see you all in May, 2015.


Fourth, my extended family here in SoCal.  I love you all, and feel blessed that we met twenty years ago as new neighbors.  We became friends, and now we are family to each other.  I know I can count on you for the great times and the bad.  I don’t have a group photo of us, but will remedy that tonite.

Fifth, my Makering Buddies, Jann Westlake Tague and Irene (Renie) Hoffman.  They both give me great joy and keep me going.  Love them!

Sixth, Brenda Sue Lansdowne and the friends I have made on Facebook through the B’sue Boutiques’ Creative Group. You all keep me challenged, inspired, wanting to learn more, encouraged, and joyful.  A sincere, heartfelt, thanks to each and every one of you.

And lastly, my dogs, who bring me so much joy and laughter every day.  “Dogs are people, too.”


Wishing you all a Happy New Year!!
Talk to you in 2015.  ❤

Marcia Tuzzolino
Aurora Designs


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Now that the holidays are almost over, it’s time to start thinking about what is on the horizon… something new and exciting.  It’s a new challenge from B’sue Boutiques’ Creative Group’s founder and our mentor, Brenda Sue Lansdowne.  We are challenged to BUILD a LINE of JEWELRY!!  Brenda is going to give us a master class on how to do this.  She had a very successful line of her own in the 1990s, and now she is going to share her knowledge about how to make that happen.

We will be blogging and blog hopping (nothing to do with bunnies), and this is all very new to me, but I’m jumping in with both feet to see where it leads.  Someplace really good, I’m thinking.  I have my idea for the line I want to create, and I think I have most of my supplies now.  It will be a process of trial and error, as I try to put what is in my head into a real piece of jewelry that someone will want to buy and wear or carry in their store.  I will document the process and post photos of my progress here on my blog.

I hope you’ll find a little time to come visit my blog to see how I’m doing.  Until then…..

I  wish you all a Happy, Prosperous, Healthy New Year filled with many Blessings.

Marcia Tuzzolino

Aurora Designs

It’s in the Eye of the Beholder


These cute little raw brass fish are on a piece that is on my work table for this week.  I’m going to treat them with color so they’ll coordinate with the rest of my assemblage.  I think they are cute and they look like they are smiling as they propel themselves through the water. 

Why, you ask, “the Eye of the Beholder”?  Because these cute little fish are actually a raw brass bird that I turned upside down because I saw the fish.


This is the stamping right side up.  Many of the stampings from can be turned a different way to look like something totally different, or you can find a piece within a piece by cutting the larger piece apart.  Fellow B’sue Boutiques Creative Group member, and artisan, Harry Wood, recently did that to create an awesome looking ring.  Check out on Etsy to see his creations.

WTW, Work Table Wednesday, is tomorrow.  Inspired by someone else in the group, I am going to show you what my REAL creative space looks like.  Stay tuned….

Bye for now.

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