Mother’s Day with Class Act Designs

Mother’s Day is coming up and what better way to show a token of your profound gratitude with a special gift? Making something yourself to give your mother is a memory she will hold dear forever. Using our silk ribbons, the gift options are almost endless. Add a charm or pendant to one of our silk ribbons and she will wear it with pride coming from her son or daughter or grandchild!
Cape Coral Purple #269

Cape Coral Purple #269

Confetti #252

Confetti #252

Van Gogh's Iris #26

Van Gogh’s Iris #26

Oscar Nights #342

Oscar Nights #342

If you dare to get really creative, braid three silk ribbons together as a bracelet, necklace, or headband with your favorite accent pendant or charm. You can also use any one of our silk ribbons around a bouquet of flowers or as wrapping for another gift with a pretty charm as a gift that keeps on giving. If you and your mother enjoy DIY projects, order some silks and make beautiful jewelry together like mother/daughter or mother/grandchild bracelets that will last the test of time. Included below are some more pretty spring color ideas for Mother’s Day.

Rising Sun #278

Rising Sun #278

Tutti Frutti #276

Tutti Frutti #276

Hawaiian Rainbow #229

Hawaiian Rainbow #229

Looking for some inspiration? Check out our Designer’s Gallery for great jewelry ideas to make for your Mom. www.classactdesigns.com/retail/designers-gallery. Make sure to order your silk ribbons today to get started on a gift your mom will absolutely treasure! www.classactdesigns.com.

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Wedding Ideas with Class Act Designs!

With bridal season quickly approaching, we wanted to share how you can use your Class Act Designs silk ribbons on your very special day. Our best bridal silk ribbon colors are pictured below:

Off White/Gold Metallic Edges #309

Off White/Gold Metallic Edges #309

Here Comes the Bride #340

Here Comes the Bride #340

Pale Lavender #115

Pale Lavender #115

Something Borrowed, Something Blue #341

Something Borrowed, Something Blue #341

White/Silver Metallic Edges #310

White/Silver Metallic Edges #310

Purple Haze/Purple Metallic Edges #313

Purple Haze/Purple Metallic Edges #313

The perk about using Class Act Designs silk ribbons on your wedding day is all the versatile ways your silk ribbons can be incorporated into decorations, accessories, and gift giving.

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The gift that keeps giving! Tie one of your favorite silk ribbons around the centerpiece for each table with your favorite pendant or charm to give a loved one two gifts in one! Not only will your guest leave with a gorgeous bouquet of flowers, but a beautiful piece of jewelry too.

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Use one of our silk ribbons as a stunning bow for small wedding favors to give to your guests and wedding party.

Ribbon and pearls for wedding shot

Pair a silk ribbon with your favorite diamond ring and set of pearls for an elegant look on such a memorable night.

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Use a silk ribbon woven in your wedding hairstyle!

Dress with Pearls and silk for wedding

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A special gift idea for bridesmaids: purchase a silk ribbon that compliments the color of your bridesmaids dresses as either a gorgeous necklace or add a charm to create a chic wrist wrap they can enjoy on your special day and for years and years after!

Log on to www.classactdesigns.com to order your bridal silk ribbons and let your creativity soar on such a special day!

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Celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day Class Act Designs Style!

Are you all as excited for Saint Patrick’s Day as much as we are? We sure hope so! As many of you know, Saint Patrick’s Day is a huge celebration in honor of Saint Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. This holiday is celebrated worldwide honoring the Irish culture. On St. Patrick’s Day it is tradition to wear green clothing and accessories to celebrate this joyous holiday and of course to avoid getting pinched!

We’re thrilled to share with you all some festive Saint Patty’s Day inspired silk ribbons for you all to enjoy! Below are some of our favorites:

Candy Apple Green/Green Edges #128

Candy Apple Green/Green Edges #128

Eco Perfect Green Blend #214

Eco Perfect Green Blend #214

Forest Green/Gold Edges #311

Forest Green/Gold Edges #311

Green with Envy #338

Green with Envy #338

Parrot Green with Multi-color Edges #129

Parrot Green with Multi-color Edges #129

Use any one of these silk ribbons as a headband, wrist wrap, ankle bracelet, or necklace this coming Tuesday! Add a stately charm or pendant to your silk ribbon to really stand out. Not only will you be participating in such a fun holiday to share with family and friends, but you will be celebrating this special day in style like the true fashionista you are!

Now go on to www.classactdesigns.com to order your green silk ribbons and then make sure you get your party on for Saint Patty’s Day on Tuesday, 3/17!

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Class Act Designs featured in Bead Metamorphosis!

We are happy to announce that our dear friend and client Lisa Kan has featured our silk ribbons in her jewelry design book Bead Metamorphosis! Bead Metamorphosis is unlike any typical jewelry design book out there offering exquisite, custom jewelry design pieces. Below is the cover of Bead Metamorphosis, displaying the stunning jewelry Lisa creates.

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Lisa incorporated our silk ribbons to develop two magnificent designs, Bella Fiore and Hanami.

Bella Fiore

Bella Fiore

With use of our silk ribbon blend Bella Donna, #235, Lisa created Bella Fiore Italian for “beautiful flower.” This flower focal created with our handmade, hand-dyed silk ribbon can be worn in one of three ways either as a lariat, pendant, or wrap bracelet. Using multiple-purpose jewelry expands your creative mind of design options.

Hanami

Hanami

Hanami is Japanese for “beautiful flower” shown above with our silk ribbon Pineapple Pink, #217. Two layers of three petals are each created with hand-dyed shibori silk ribbons. The pleating is removed to emphasize the beauty of the dyed pattern and colors. The pattern and natural flow of the shibori wonderfully mirror flower petal striations with the center component embroidered with backstitches. Attaching the shibori to our hand-dyed silk ribbons gives this piece a final touch of elegance.

Go to www.lisakan.com to order your copy of Bead Metamorphosis. The book will provide a step-by-step DIY of both the Bella Fiore and Hanami designs. Log on to www.classactdesings.com to pair these designs with your favorite silk ribbons. Huge thank you again to Lisa Kan for featuring us in such a great body of jewelry art and design.

We are happy to announce that our dear friend and client Lisa Kan has featured our silk ribbons in her jewelry design book Bead Metamorphosis! Bead Metamorphosis is unlike any typical jewelry design book out there offering exquisite, custom jewelry design pieces. Below is the cover of Bead Metamorphosis, displaying the stunning jewelry Lisa creates.

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Lisa incorporated our silk ribbons to develop two magnificent designs, Bella Fiore and Hanami.

Bella Fiore

Bella Fiore

With use of our silk ribbon blend Bella Donna, #235, Lisa created Bella Fiore Italian for “beautiful flower.” This flower focal created with our handmade, hand-dyed silk ribbon can be worn in one of three ways either as a lariat, pendant, or wrap bracelet. Using multiple-purpose jewelry expands your creative mind of design options.

Hanami

Hanami

Hanami is Japanese for “beautiful flower” shown above with our silk ribbon Pineapple Pink, #217. Two layers of three petals are each created with hand-dyed shibori silk ribbons. The pleating is removed to emphasize the beauty of the dyed pattern and colors. The pattern and natural flow of the shibori wonderfully mirror flower petal striations with the center component embroidered with backstitches. Attaching the shibori to our hand-dyed silk ribbons gives this piece a final touch of elegance.

Go to www.lisakan.com to order your copy of Bead Metamorphosis. The book will provide a step-by-step DIY of both the Bella Fiore and Hanami designs. Log on to www.classactdesings.com to pair these designs with your favorite silk ribbons. Huge thank you again to Lisa Kan for featuring us in such a great body of jewelry art and design.

STAY TUNED! We have provided Lisa with some blended color samples, 3′ long and 2 1/2″ wide, to create ribbon flowers.We are anxious to see how they come out using our serged silk and will post the results soon!

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New Silk Ribbons and Promotional Sale!

Great things are going on with us here at Class Act Designs! We worked long and hard on creating some new silk ribbon colors for you all to enjoy, and now these 6 new colors are making their debut! For those of you who visited our booth in Tucson, you got a first look at our 6 new blends, each of them shown below:

High Tide, #275

High Tide, #275

Lady Sings the Blues, #277

Lady Sings the Blues, #277

Oscar Night, #342

Oscar Night, #342

Rising Sun, #278

Rising Sun, #278

Soft Rock, #274

Soft Rock, #274

Tutti Frutti, #276

Tutti Frutti, #276

You can order each of these new silk ribbon colors directly through our New Products page on our website http://classactdesigns.com/retail/new-products.html. If buying wholesale (12+ pieces), go to the Wholesale Log In at the top of our home page, log in or create a new account, and shop!

And now for some great promotions!

Sample Silk Ribbon Bundle Sale! Effective immediately we are offering 1 of each of our silk colors for 10% off. This silk ribbon bundle includes 70 solids, 78 blends, 42 metallic colors, and 6 animal prints. 196 colors at a regular price of $728 per set are now being offered for $655.20! Sale ends June 1, 2015.

Swarovski Crystal Strip Blow Out Sale! We are currently selling our crystal strips for $6 each per strip. The crystal strips iron onto our silk ribbons creating a gorgeous fashion statement. Below are 3 of the 4 colors we carry:

Clear crystal strip, SCS101

Clear crystal strip, SCS101

Gold crystal strip, SCS103

Gold crystal strip, SCS103

Pink Crystal Strip, SCS102

Pink Crystal Strip, SCS102

We also offer our crystal strips in Black as well. This sale is effective immediately and will last until June 1, 2015. There is no minimum number of strips required to get this great deal!

All sale items can be purchased through email at: classactdesigns1@gmail.com to receive sale pricing. Spread the word to all your friends about our new colors and great sale!

 

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Celebrate Valentine’s Day with Class Act Designs

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, we wanted to share with you some cute gift and DIY ideas using our silk ribbons. Attached is a picture of our different silk ribbons featuring pendants from incredibly talented artists.

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The first two pendants are by Clay River Designs (left: Van Gogh’s Iris, right: Mocha Pink). 

Fred and Deb Becker are the owners of Clay River Designs. They began their business in 1973 on the Plains of Northern Colorado. Deb always had an interest in art, especially with color and design while Fred received a Master’s in Art with knowledge in refined clay working techniques. They soon recognized how their varied talents would work well together and entered into a full-time partnership of designing, developing, and marketing jewelry and beads. http://www.clayriverdesigns.com/

The middle pendant attached to our Spring Fling silk ribbon is by Tammy Rae. 

Tammy Rae discovered Borosilicate Glass after years of trying out various art mediums and found her calling. Her glass style has remained quite simple to highlight the wide range of colors and patterns. Tammy also teaches bead making classes and gives back at the Bead & Button Convention where she is constantly inspired by her students to experiment with new techniques and perfect her craft. https://www.tammyrae.com/index.html

The last two pendants are by Chrisi Friesen (left: Bella Donna, right: Powder Blue Green)

Christi has gained recognition for her artwork in polymer embellished with multi media. Chrisi’s creativity has won her several awards in addition to being published in several magazines, books, and exhibits. Christi has written 10 how-to books on making art with polymer clay and now teaches classes worldwide. http://www.christifriesen.com/

With almost 300 silk ribbon colors to date, we had to share with each of you some of our silk ribbons that are perfect for Valentine’s Day.

Bright Red #159

Bright Red #159

Dark Pink #142

Dark Pink #142

Garnet #158

Garnet #158

Medium Pink/Red Edges #141

Medium Pink/Red Edges #141

Pale Pink #140

Pale Pink #140

Poppin Pink #334

Poppin Pink #334

Pair any of the above silk ribbons (or the hundreds more available on our website) with one of the designs from the very talented artists featured in this post and order online today at www.classactdesigns.com. Wishing you all a very happy and lovely Valentine’s Day!

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DIY–Crystal Pendants with Class Act Designs Silk Ribbons!

Since many of our valued customers are huge arts and crafts fans, we wanted to share this blog post as a step-by-step DIY project. Our silk ribbons were featured in the October 2014 Bead & Button magazine accompanied with instructions on how to stitch gorgeous pendants with crystals and pearls. The step-by-step design was created by Gianna Zimmerman, who used our silk ribbons to string this beautiful pendant design. Below is a list of all the required materials and all 15 of the step-by-step instructions as seen in the October 2014 Bead & Button issue.

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Materials:

Fuchsia pendant 1 1/4 in. (3.2 cm)

  • 6 4mm rhinestone rondelles (Swarvoski, crystal AB2X)
  • 18 4mm glass pearls (Czech, silver grey)
  • 12 4mm bicone crystals (Swarovski, crystal AB2X)
  • 24 3mm bicone crystals (Preciosa OC 1030, fuchsia; fusionbeads.com)
  • 12 8o seed beads (Miyuki 4248, Duracoat silver-lined dark liliac)
  • 1g 11o seed beads (Japanese 589A, gilt-lined antique purple opal; whimbeads.com)
  • 1g 15o seed beads (Miyuki 551, gilt-lined white opal; bellomodo.com)
  • Fireline 6lb. test
  • Beading needles, #11

Olivine pendant colors:

  • 5mm rhinestone rondelles (Preciosa, tanzanite/silver; shipwreckbeads.com)
  • 4mm crystal pearls (Swarvoski, cream)
  • 4mm bicone crystals (Preciosa PC1111, deep tanzanite; shipwreckbeads.com)
  • 3mm bicone crystals (Preciosa PC1038, olivine; shipwreckbeads.com)
  • 8o seed beads (Toho 151, Ceylon graoe mist; beadaholique.com)
  • 11o seed beads (Toho PF558, permanent finish aluminum galcanized)
  • 15o seed beads (Miyuki 1816, black-lined chartreuse; bellomodo.com)

Necklace:

Any Class Act Designs silk ribbon of your choice. Log on to http://www.classactdesigns.com to order your ribbons for a beautiful DIY project!  We recommended one of the two below:

Harlequin Nights #325

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Jewel Tone Blend #329 (as pictured on magazine cover)

Jewel Tone Blend #329 (as pictured)

Step-by-Step directions:

  1. On a 7 ft. of thread, pick up a repeating pattern of a 4mm pearl and a 4mm rhinestone rondelle six times. Sew through the beads again to form a ring, pulling tight and leaving a 6-in. tail. Tie a square knot with the working thread and tail, and sew through the next pearl.
  2. Pick up a pearl, a 4mm bicone crystal, and a pearl, and sew through the pearl your thread is exiting in the same direction. Continue through the next rondelle and pearl. Repeat these stiches to complete the round (c-d), and then sew through the first pearl added in this step.
  3. Pick up a 15o seed bead, a 3mm, and 15o. Sew through the opposite pearl with your needle pointing toward the outside of the beadwork.
  4. Pick up a 15o and a 3mm bicone, and sew through the corner 15o added in the previous step. Pick up a 3mm bicone and a 15o and sew through the opposite pearl with your needle pointing toward the outside of the beadwork.
  5. Sew through the next 4mm bicone, pearl, rondelle, and pearl. Pick up a 4mm bicone and sew through the previous pearl, rondelle, and pearl.
  6. Repeat steps 3-5 to complete the round, and exit a 4mm bicone.
  7. Pick up an 8o seed bead, and sew it through the next 4mm bicone. Repeat this stitch to complete the round, but do not pull too night. There will be a small space between the crystals and the 8os. End with your thread existing a 4mm bicone.
  8. To add a large picot: Pick up five 11o seed beads, and sew through the 4mm bicone in the same direction and the next 8o.
  9. To add a small picot: Pick up three 15os, and sew through the 8o in the same direction and the next 4mm bicone
  10. Repeat steps 8-9 to complete the round, and exit the 4mm bicone.
  11. Flip the beadwork to the backside. Pick up an 11o and sew through the first and last 15os in the next small picot (photo a). Pick up an 11o, and sew through the next 4mm biconeRepeat these two stitches to complete the round.
  12. Sew through the next 8o and up through the following 11o added in the previous step, skip the first 11o in the large oicot, and sew through the next 11o (photo c). Skip the center 11o, sew through the following 11o in the large picot, and continue through the next 11o added in the previous step
  13. Repeat step 12 to complete the round.
  14. Sew through the beadwork to exit the 4mm bicone behind a 3mm embellishment, and flip the beadwork to the front side. Sew through the next three 11os in large picot to exit the tip of the picot
  15. Pick up the five 11os, and sew through the 11o your thread exited at the start of this step. Retrace the thread path twice, and end the working thread and tail (basics). String the pendant with your choice of any of our Class Act Designs silk ribbons!

We hope you enjoy making these pendant necklaces and we would love to give a HUGE thank you to Gianna Zimmerman. Please go take a look at Gianna’s YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/beading4perfectionis. 

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