Printable Christmas Gift Tags, for the Christmas DIY-er in us all

So…it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! And, for those of you who are already buying and wrapping up your Christmas presents to put under the tree, we have a special treat for you over in our etsy store; printable christmas gift tags! These little beauties have been custom designed by the youngest member of our artistic trio, and are the perfect addition to your christmas wrapping supplies. These tags come in sets of 12, and are perfect for printing onto any kind of paper/card you can think of – normal office paper, coloured card, glittery card, glossy paper, matte paper, sticky-back paper; they’ll look great on all of them! They offer unlimited flexibility, allowing you to choose your own look and feel of the tags – and we can almost guarantee they’ll save you from the embarrassment of showing up with the same kind of tacky, store-bought, gift tags as your relatives! Check out the previews down below (don’t worry, we promise the file you download from our shop won’t have our name on the tags! We’ve put that there for display purposes only 🙂  );

Sparkling Christmas Tree Tags; now available for download through our etsy shop!

Sparkling Christmas Tree Tags; now available for download through our etsy shop!

Now available in our etsy shop!

Now available in our etsy shop!

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Competition Time!

So, we’ve unfortunately had to take some time off recently to take care of personal business, but we’re back now – just in time for Christmas and, more importantly, with a competition to be won!

We here at ThreeSistersEmporium have decided to celebrate the holiday spirit with a little giveaway, featuring this stunning handmade Amethyst and Swarovski Pearl Bracelet;

Win this stunning Amethyst and Swarovski Pearl Bracelet in our christmas competition!

All you have to do to be in with a chance of winning is follow this link to our fb page and, once there, leave a comment on the competition post on the main page. That’s it! Now go, hurry, before the competition ends!

Lincoln Oncology Ward Fundraiser: Update

A couple of weeks ago I mentioned that ThreeSistersEmporium were proud to be taking part in a fundraiser held in aid of the Oncology ward at Lincoln Hospital. It is a cause close to our hearts, as our own Mother (and Father, I think, though I’m not sure as he was treated at a lot of hospitals!) was treated by the nurses there during her very, very long battle with cancer. I’m pleased to say that the nurses there are always polite and cheerful, despite their long hours, and were always helpful and good humoured when we came to visit.

Well, the fundraiser was a whole fortnight ago now, and I am pleased to announce that we here at ThreeSistersEmporium were able to help the great guys at Lincoln’s Anchor Pub raise over £300 to donate to the hospital ward!

So, I’d like to say and absolutely huge thank you to everyone that came along and donated to this wonderful cause – especially since there weren’t actually all that many people there on the day! To get £300 out of such a tiny crowd is really a testament to the huge amount of generosity some people hold in their hearts. Thank you so, so much guys!

Also, the music was awesome. If you weren’t there, you really, really missed out :p

 

Jewellery Tutorial; Pearl Ring

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Ever since I started making wire jewellery, I seem to keep finding random rings everywhere – in drawers, in my bead boxes, in my scrap jars and under the desk; I’m beginning to think that maybe this is becoming a problem! I’m afraid making rings has become something of an addiction for me; whenever I hit a roadblock in another design, or whenever I hit a creative block and can’t think of anything else to make, I make a ring. It’s so simple and therapeutic, I have literally spent whole days making nothing but wire rings; above you can see just a small selection of the many rings I seem to have collected in the last few weeks.

So, what do we do when we have a habit that we just can’t seem to kick? Why, we make a tutorial and get everyone else addicted too! If you’d like to learn how to make one of these beautiful wire rings for yourself, be sure to keep reading after the jump 🙂

Learn how to make this ring with this tutorial :)

Learn how to make this ring with the tutorial below 🙂

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New Jewellery and Sneak Peaks!

I’ve been working on a lot of new jewellery designs recently, primarily because we have a charity event coming up on our calendar which is to raise money for the Oncology Unit at Lincoln Hospital (Lincolnshire, UK). The fundraiser has been arranged by our Aunt, and is a huge thank you from us to the nurses at Waddington Unit for the many years of hard work they gave us in taking care of our Mother, who suffered from cancer for almost twenty years before the doctors finally lost hope and told us there was nothing else they could do. If you’ve ever known anyone who has been treated for cancer, or have ever visited an oncology ward in a hospital, you’ll know just how hard the nurses work to ensure their patients are comfortable and happy, and we’d like to do our bit to make sure they can keep helping people for many years into the future 🙂 If you happen to live in the area, or can travel down, please do come along and help support this great cause!

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As such, I’ve been creating a wide range of jewellery items specifically for the event, including a number of one of a kind pieces which will only be available to win in the raffle! Check out the gallery below if you’d like to see what I’ve been working on 🙂

Photoshop for Beginners; Fingerprints are not Beauty Spots!

In this next edition of ‘Photoshop for Beginners’, we’re going to take a look at some more of the most commonly used tools in photoshop; the spot healing tool, the clone tool, and the patch tool. Using a combination of these tools, you’ll be able to remove any and all unsightly marks from your photographs to give them a more professional finish.

If you don’t have photoshop, you can probably still follow along with this tutorial as most image editing software has similar tools. The only thing they probably won’t have is PS’s brilliant ‘patch tool’; this tutorial will teach you how to use a variety of tools though, so just skip that little section :). If you need some help finding a free image editing program to use, try taking a look at this post for my personal (unpaid) recommendations.

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Top 3 Wire Jewellery Tutorials for those who like to play on Master Difficulty

So far I’ve made two lists of my top 5 jewellery tutorials, one for beginner artists, and one for more experienced designers. Whilst going through my personal bookmark collection however, I came across a couple of tutorials that I saved, hoping that one day I’d be able to come back and create the wonderful jewellery they teach. Well, looking at them again now, I still like to think I’ll be able to make them one day… unfortunately, that day is a very, very long way off!

If you yourself are the kind of daring soul that loves a challenge, or likes to play through life on Master Difficulty, you’re more than welcome to try your hand at them. Do make sure you post your results in the comments though; I’d love to see if anyone can actually make these designs!

And so I present to you my –

Top 3 Jewellery Tutorials for those of you who like to play on Master!

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Top 5 Intermediate to Advanced Wire Jewellery Tutorials

In my last post we took a look at some of the wonderful jewellery tutorials available for free around the web, teaching everything from basic ring-making to slightly more advanced wire sculpture. Seeing as the tutorials featured in that post were aimed almost solely at the beginner artist however, I decided to make a second post with tutorials for an artist who already has a more advanced skill set. So, here are my…

Top 5 Intermediate to Advanced Wire Jewellery Tutorials

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Top 5 Wire Jewellery Tutorials for Beginners

As a jewellery designer, I am constantly scouring the web for sources of inspiration and information. I love to learn new techniques and try new things, and am always striving for perfection in my work. My jewellery board on Pinterest currently has over 600 pins (which isn’t as many as I had thought…better get pinning!) and whilst it’s a fantastic place for inspiration and keeping up with current trends, my favourite ever thing is waking up in the morning to find another jewellery tutorial on my front page.

So, for those of you who don’t have pinterest however, or are simply looking for a new idea or new technique to try, I present to you my;

Top 5 (Free) Wire Jewellery Tutorials for Beginners

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Photoshop for Beginners; Destructive Tendencies

Okay, so I realised when I was writing this tutorial about levels and curves that I really needed to write a bit about destructive and non-destructive editing and file formats, but unfortunately there’s a lot to be written about it, so I decided to put it into a separate mini-tutorial 🙂

And so, I present to you Photoshop for Beginners Part 4; Destructive Tendencies

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