Thursday, November 3, 2011

Sad News

I'm sorry to announce that we have decided to disband the Mavens.
Priorities of the members have changed and we feel that rather than keep replacing people we'll just go back to our individual blogs and stores.

We'll keep the links up to our stores and will put up links to our individual blogs where I'm sure we'll all be active in the areas we feel we need to be right now. The free tutorials will remain in the archives :)

We all thank you tremendously for the support, friendship and input and hope you will follow us all in our individual endeavors.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Maven Meld Winners

After a very tight judging session we have our winners
First place went to Susan Jaisle for a fabulously feminine necklace 
"Gothic Creek Canyon"

Second place went to Twyla Habrick for a superbly elegant choker 
"Desert Dreams"

Third place went to Debra Schwartz (DatzKatz) for an amazing blossom meld with a staggering amount of beadwork "Trellis at Serendipitous Tarouk Lagoon"

And Honorable Mention to Gerlinde Fromont who submitted two pieces, 
shown here "Twister"

Congratulations to all our winners and to everyone who submitted an entry. The entries were all fantastic and we enjoyed seeing what you all created from our made our job of judging incredibly tough!  We'd also like to thank all our wonderful sponsors, Artbeads, Pam from BelloModo, Melissa Vess, Sandy Spivey, Lea Avroch, Sheila Hoag, Linda Roberts, Marilyn Norman and Lyn Owen  who made our challenge so guys rock!

We love seeing what you do with our designs so we've decided to make the Maven Meld our annual contest! have almost a year to get your entries ready this time our yearly closing date for entries will be October 14th and as we're giving you plenty of time there will be no extensions :) Take a look at our original post for the meld or our website for rules and instructions for entering.

To give you a little help I've broken down our winning designs so you can see how they melded our tutorials. you know how a winning meld is created....get cracking!