Use the Muse II Contest is proud to sponsor Scarlett Lanson’s Use the Muse II beading design contest.  Please enjoy this letter written by Stacy Lanson.

Greetings Beaders!

Scarlett Lanson, age 19, of would like to invite the members of your beading society to explore and participate in the “Use the Muse II” beading creativity contest, featured on her website.  The first event was met with so much nationwide enthusiasm and amazing artistry that it begged to become a series, and expand Internationally.

Stemming from all the curiosity and feedback in regard to her frequent participation with “The Challenge” in BEADWORK Magazine, Scarlett sought to create a similar opportunity for her fellow beaders.  For those unfamiliar with BEADWORK’s “The Challenge,” it is a section devoted to a handful of beaders giving their design take on an identical components kit.

Having won back-to-back Swarovski Crystal related accolades herself, Scarlett wanted to share that kind of thrill with bead artists.  Working with top notch corporate sponsors, lavish prize packages and thought provoking contest kits are offered.  For the current round, and Swarovski distributor “Rainbows of Light” have generously provided ample beading booty to supply three treasure chests full, as the Grand Prizes, as well as ten special category awards, blogger reward prizes, and the “Use the Muse II” kits.

Scarlett created this event to grow the skills, creativity, and artistry of all manner of beaders….embroiderers, wire-workers, stringers, and others.  A beauteous simple piece may garner an award, as may a highly labor intensive show-stopper.  This contest is unique, because of the shorter time line, capped quota of entry kits, stunning prize packages accompanied by Gift Certificates, and the resulting banter on the forums and blogs.  It truly has been rewarding to see the beading community unite, during the process!

All the details of the event are on the website.  Imagine the excitement when your components kit arrives in the mail.  The secret “must use” “Muse” component draws forth your inspiration.  This round, it is a gorgeous, custom design by Lillypilly.  As for the other kit contents, their usage is encouraged, although not mandatory.  Do add your own personality, as you like, with pieces from your personal stash!

Everyone is hush hush about the “Muse.”  Emailed entry photos are compiled, and the gallery and announcements of the winners will be posted on for “The Big Reveal!”  You may view the first contest’s gallery on the site, too.  We’ve been told that as a result of this event, some participants have had added traffic to their websites, received custom commissions, and actually sold their entry designs.  Not bad!

Thank you for your consideration.  We hope you and your bead loving friends will join in the fun!  Deadline for purchasing the reasonably priced contest kits is June 27th, 2009, and emailed entry photos need to be received by July 18th, 2009.

All the very best,
Stacy Lanson
on behalf of Scarlett Lanson
Scarlett Rocks Designs (Sedona, Arizona) / “Use the Muse II”
Contributing Editor at BEADWORK Magazine / “Scarlett’s Style”

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