Build A Line Challenge from B’sue Boutiques, Lilis Gems Artisan Jewelry, Part One


Hi! I am Ingrid Anderson of Lilis Gems Artisan Jewelry.  This is the first of three blog hop posts for the Create A Line Challenge from B’Sue Boutiques. The challenge is to create a cohesive and recognizable line of jewelry incorporating the lovely high quality findings from B’Sue Boutiques. The class will last three months! The photo above is what gave me the idea for this new line I am creating.  I had made the earrings and ring a few months ago and received many compliments.  I love the colors!

I have been designing and creating jewelry on and off since the fall of 2008. At the time I was a high school Biology instructor and would work on the jewelry in my free time. In Jan of 2009 I found out I was pregnant and took a break from creating.  I was 41 when my daughter was born in Sept 2009. (yes a late bloomer!) My husband and I decided that I would stay home with her thus I became a stay at home mom! I have loved and still love every minute of being home.  So in my free time I still create jewelry and run a small business.Next year she will be in school full time so we shall see what that brings for me.

I tend to do one of a kind vintage assemblage pieces.  I then discovered Ice Resin and stamped solder and metal work.  So my “line” became quite eclectic and varied.  Which again is fine for some but not for everyone.  Plus it can be a bit difficult to decide which medium to use when coming up with new creations!

Some examples of my eclectic style:

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So you can see one of the reasons why I wanted to join this class/challenge! My jewelry tends to be eclectic and one of a kind. I love using vintage pieces in my designs. I love each and everyone of these pieces but many like to wear jewelry that “matches” or coordinate with other pieces. This is why I decided to join the challenge. I will probably still include a few one of a kind pieces but they will coordinate with the other pieces in the line.

As already stated the inspiration for the line was the ring and earrings shown above in the first picture.  I then created a few collage pieces expanding on the color palette but keeping with the white, pink, blue and metallic gold coloring. These were my first collage pieces I ever created so it was a learning experience but fun.  I wore them out and each time received several compliments.

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Around the same time I completed these collage pieces  B’Sue started talking about this three month build a line challenge and I thought to myself hmmm.    perfect theme/color scheme! I am an avid gardener and nature lover which is why I have chosen to use birds, flowers, leaves, insects etc.

Here are a few pieces I have completed thus far.  I am sure I will make changes and perhaps even rethink some of what I have done so far.  I may go back an incorporate more of my vintage components as well! I am sure I will learn quite a bit over the next months on how to make this a cohesive and interesting line of jewelry.

I started with some earrings that I felt would coordinate with the collage pieces and then made a few simple necklaces.

In the photos I have tried to show how the earrings would coordinate with the other pieces.


Here are some of the earrings with a mini collage necklace.



So many ideas swirling around in my head that I have been having dreams about new design ideas! Perhaps the small collage pendant can be a brooch? Only time will tell so stay tuned!

Thanks for stopping by and please go check out all of the other amazingly talented designers that have joined this challenge!

Brenda Sue Lansdowne, B’sue Boutiques

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


FUF or Finished Up Friday

There is this things called “work table Wednesday” aka WTW and “finished up Friday” aka FUF.  These are weekly events that take place at the B’Sue Creative Group on Facebook.

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As the name implies on Wed we show a picture of works in progress from our tables with the hopes of finishing up at least one project for Friday, hence FUF! As you can see from the pictures I have quite a bit going on! The only “requirement” is that we have to use some pieces from B’Sue Boutiques as she allows us to post on the B’Sue Creative Group Facebook page.

This is a wonderful little weekly push to keep us all on track with creating! My completed pieces this week: The necklace uses some vintage components and the chain and filigree beads are from B’Sue Boutiques. For the earrings I used Iced Enamels and Ice Resin, some vintage enamel flowers and the bezels were from B’Sue Boutiques

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A New Challenge

So you know they saying “new year, new you”….well how about “new year new line”….. of jewelry! That is what it is going to be for me.  I joined the Build A Line Challenge along with 48 other exceptional jewelry designers and creators!

My jewelry tends to be eclectic and one of a kind.  I love using vintage pieces in my designs.  While I love this eclectic look it is not for everyone.  Many like to wear jewelry that “matches” or coordinate with other pieces. This is why I decided to join the challenge.  You can read more about the challenge here.  Not only is it a wonderful challenge but also class taught by Brenda Sue Lansdowne of B’Sue Boutiques, on learning how to make a cohesive line.  I am looking forward to the journey and hope you will follow along with us!

There will be three blog hops, the first on Jan. 23! So you will have to wait until the 23rd to see what I have come up with so far!

I will leave you with some photos of some jewelry that I have created over the years.