Monday, February 1, 2010

Simply Adorned

Stampin' Up! announced its line of customizable jewelry pieces several months ago. However, some issues with quality control kept the line from debuting until the recent Occasions Mini Catalog. I finally got around to playing with a couple of pieces I purchased to try out.

The idea behind the 'Simply Adorned' line is indeed simple. It consists of an oval link bracelet and necklace (available in two lengths) with charms available in different sizes and shapes. The charms are key to the "adorned" part of the concept. These nickel-plated charms are locket-style pieces with glass fronts and backs. There is a clasping mechanism that allows you to open the charms and create your own mini-artworks to display. Of course, you can use photographs or other keepsakes--but the fun is really in using your creativity, stamps, and other crafting supplies to create little expressions of yourself to wear for others to see.

The first piece I purchased was the 34" Simply Adorned chain (#116853, $12.95). The chain has an alternating oval link pattern to it with a bar and toggle closure and a 'Simply Adorned/Stampin' Up!' hang tag. (The chain is also available in a shorter 24" length.) To go along with it, I purchased the Simply Adorned rectangular (1" x 1 1/2") charm (#116798, $18.95). The charm features a tempered bevel glass front and a flat glass back. The nickel-plated charm frame attaches to your chain via a lobster claw clasp.

Inspired by the upcoming Valentine's holiday, I worked a quick design for my charm using some decorative paper, metallic inks, a white pen and a bit of sketching. For a quick example, I don't think it turned out half bad. I look forward to making new inserts and to giving these to the important people in my life. A little reminder to carry around their neck of my love and devotion.

Wherever today takes you, do something unexpected and nice for someone. We can all use a little unexpected love in these days. Have a happy Monday and may February bring us all the bounty of love.

(p.s. Don't forget to sign-up for Giveaway #2 in the previous post!)


Ohhh Snap said...

These are truly lovely and the recipients are very lucky : ).

I've been working on something similar and I'm trying to work out some sort of box to keep the extras nice and tidy.

flowerdisco said...

A, that is fantastic, and you did a great super beautiful art work.

Bobbi said...

These are so cute. Love the heart with wings one. TFS

Sharon said...

These are just beautiful! :)

scrapguy said...

I really like the truly madly deeply side--very nice!!!

Deena said...

Those are really nice and I am sure that whoever gets them will just love them!!