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


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

  1. I taught biology too, once upon a time. It was while I was working my way through grad school. Your designs are lovely. I’m not normally a fan of pastels, but yours are soft and romantic without being too sweet or young feeling. Looking forward to seeing the whole line come together.

  2. Beautiful ideas as always, Ingrid. I have always loved featuring and sharing your work on my website and newsletters, also at Pinterest. You are on the right track and I am anxious to see what comes next from your workspace.

  3. Wow, Ingrid, you’ve been very busy! I really love the pieces you’ve shown. I remember seeing the peach one awhile back…it made me gasp when I saw it! I’m excited to see more from your line! I have an eclectic style too…maybe that’s one of the reasons why when I do shows people always ask me if I made all this stuff…cause it’s all so different. I, too, am appreciating the chance to focus on a cohesive line.

  4. Ingrid I just love your work and this collection is off to an outstanding start for certain!! Your blog is so beautiful!! I look forward to seeing your work all of time and I am truly a big fan for sure!!!
    Thank you for so much of your encouragement and I can’t wait to celebrate your amazing reveal!

  5. I love your inspiration, too!! Those were gorgeous, and your other pieces are awesome. I love the work you are doing. Great theme!!

  6. The color is so lovely. Similar to you, I was pregnant in 2009 and then stayed home. But my skill is not as developed as yours. Too many housework distract me. So glad to be on this journey with you.

  7. Ingrid, these pieces are lovely. Do you just use one color of paint on each piece or are they layered? I love the bits of metal peaking through. I wish you the best!

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