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  • Learn About the Vintaj BIGkick in Our Next Facebook Live Class, Complete With A Vintaj Giveaway!

    For our next Facebook Live class, we're gearing up to show you how to alter and emboss metal, personalize stamping blanks, and precision-cut decorative collage paper using the Sizzix Vintaj BIGkick machine. This tool opens up a world of possibility for creating custom metal and mixed media jewelry, and we're excited to show you what it can do! This class will be held Friday, April 14th at 1pm ET/10am PT on our Facebook page, and will feature a live demonstration of the BIGkick and Q&A with designers Kat and Alexandra, plus a giveaway!

    This class will cover embossing and etching Vintaj stamping blanks using the BIGkick, along with creating collage paper cutouts, using Vintaj patina and the handy relief block, and more. If you've used the BIGkick but want to know what else you can do with it, or if you're curious about creating altered-metal jewelry, follow along!

    The items we'll be working with include:
    The Sizzix Vintaj BIGkick machine
    Vintaj stamping blanks
    Embossing textures
    Vintaj patinas

    And as always, at the end of the class, we'll be giving away a package of Vintaj goodies to one of our lucky viewers!

    When: Friday, April 14th at 1pm ET/10am PT

    Where: Beadaholique's Facebook page

    This class is free to watch on Facebook, and you don't have to sign up in advance. If you can't tune in live at the time of the class, don't worry -- the video will be posted to our Facebook page so you'll be able to watch it later. See you there!

  • Get a Free Swarovski Crystal Project Kit with Your Order!

    Swar Kit Giveaway Beadaholique

    Fans of Swarovski crystal, listen up: While supplies last, we're giving away special Swarovski gifts with orders at Beadaholique.com. And this is better than simply receiving loose crystals with your order -- we're actually giving away entire kits containing everything you need to make a finished piece of Swarovski-studded jewelry! Depending on your order amount, you can choose between earrings, a necklace pendant and bail, and a variety of deluxe, crystal-laden bracelets. Here are your options at different price tiers:

    250 Swarovski Kit Gifts

    If you spend $250 or more, you can choose to receive the full kit for one of the Swarovski Crystal Modular Bead Bracelets above, in either Black Diamond and Silver Shade or Jet and Peridot, at no extra cost! These kits come with all of the supplies you need to make the bracelets shown. The bracelets are weighty and substantial, chock full of sparkling Swarovski crystal beads. You can alternately opt to receive a Swarovski factory pack valued at more than $75.

    100 Swarovski Kit Gifts

    If you spend $100 or more, you can again choose from three gifts. You can receive the Swarovski Crystal Peridot Graphic Bead Bracelet, featuring chunky crystals and gold beads, the Swarovski Crystal Jet Navette Pendant and Bail Set which would make a striking necklace, or a 1/2 lb. mix of Mr. Kitty's Big Bead Bonanza.

    50 Swarovski Kit Gifts

    If you spend $50 or more, you can elect to receive one of the earring kits shown above: the Swarovski Crystal Jet Cubist Earring Kit in Silver or Gold. As alternatives, you can choose a Beadaholique exclusive assorted findings kit in either silver or gold.

    We're giving away more gifts at the $25 level -- a tube of handy E6000 glue or an assorted mix of jump rings.

    Just choose which gift you would like at checkout to receive the goodies above, while supplies last. Our springtime gift to you, from Beadaholique!

  • Classic Prints on Parade in March Fashion

    Beadaholique Vogue March Fashion

    Bold graphics take center stage in the March issue of Vogue magazine, from the cover to the over-the-top spring fashion spreads inside. We love this return to a classic look that always demands attention - where geometric shapes and rich colors reign. Jewelry suggestions for this timeless trend include two of our popular exclusive jewelry kits: the Loom Bracelet Duo in Melville Blue (shown upper left), which comes with all of the supplies you need to make two complementary loom bracelets, and the Black Tie Deco Loom Bracelet (shown center right). Loomed jewelry is so well-suited to bold patterns - learn looming with one of our kits and then branch out and start creating your own designs! Other fun jewelry projects featuring graphic-heavy designs include our Teal Twirl Necklace (bottom left), woven in the twisting cellini spiral stitch; the Wanderer Necklace (bottom right), which features antiqued chain stitched around a faux-leather medallion; and the Winter Star Charm (top right), a DiamonDuo bead-woven piece that can be recreated in bright floral colors for your spring fashion needs. Happy beading!

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