About a couple of weeks ago, I didn't know B'Sue Boutiques existed. But I discovered Brenda Sue's store when I stumbled on her videos while researching on how to use Gilder's Paste to colorize metal jewelry.

Since then I've not only bought a couple of trial pots of Gilder's Paste, I've gotten to know Brenda Sue Landsowne herself. Like me, she loves to nurture creativity.  So if you'd like to try this product out yourself, Brenda Sue is sponsoring this wonderful Gilder's Paste and Stampings Starter Kit giveaway valued at $60 shown above.

The kit consists of  3 key colors of Gilder's paste - Patina, Inca Gold and German Silver - as well as around 12 key pieces of raw stampings.  A dimpled cuff is included which  works really well with this product.

Shown here are Brenda's designs which demonstrate how beautiful the pieces can look. She often mixes paint, Gilder's Paste and ICE resin finishes - the latter gives a glossy look. Doesn't this layered flower creation look gorgeous?

There are many types of raw brass stampings available at B'Sue boutiques besides other findings for mixed media, altered art, steampunk and vintage jewelry making. The stampings are made in the US with vintage dies. Sue said, "these are EXACTLY the pieces that were used to make the funky flower-power jewelry from the late 50's to late 60's. You can achieve that old cold-paint enameled look on these petals in a variety of ways. One is simply to spray paint them in a tent. To be authentic, you spray paint the BACKS ivory, and the fronts, whatever color you choose. "

Brenda Sue's love of old things got her started on buying and selling in the antiques market, particularly collectable vintage jewelry over 20 years ago. She eventually melded her innate creativity with making jewelry from old pieces, a lot of it. Her work has been published in print. She switched gears when people kept asking her how to make jewelry themselves. So she took the plunge to grow a business where she could share and talk about what she loved.

Brenda Sue was an early adopter of the internet - her first website opened in 1997!  Today B'Sue Boutiques is a small 6-person store. The staff includes her grown son Jordan who was the reason why his mother was looking for extra income all those years ago.

Brenda Sue and I share much the same philosophy. On her site, she says, " Don't ever let anyone tell you that you cannot make jewelry. Do not delude yourself into thinking that you have no talent. Everyone has talent."
"When you look at a component, think not of what it is, but what it might BECOME in your hands. It can become whatever you wish it to be..."

To enter this fabulous giveaway,  all you have to do is make a comment below. Extra entries if you become or are a blog subscriber or follower etc. Please say so in the comments. The giveaway ends in a week's time at 6 pm EST Monday, June 27, 2011. I will pick a winner randomly and announce the results as soon as possible after. So be sure to come back and check! Good luck!

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