Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Bella Ray Designs Hand Stamped Pendant GIVEAWAY!











Another "Be My Valentine giveaway" and I'm so excited to bring you this one-of-a-kind etsy store that show- cases Hand Stamped Jewelery.

Amy, the store owner of Bella Ray Designs,  has extrodinary talent and produces some of the finest hand stamped items that I've seen in a long time. Each piece was exquisite, reflecting her obvious attention to detail, determination, and love for what she does.
                                                                                                              She started Bella Ray after ordering a piece of hand stamped jewelery after the birth of her youngest daughter (she has two) and fell in love with what can be achieved with this type of jewelery and some creative flair. She adds new pieces here and there, as she completes them - and, of course, customizes the jewelery to the special person you want this for. (ie: The gorgeous sterling silver pendant I was sent to review was personalized with the name "Gracie", for my 7 year old)
What I was given to critique her work was a "Personalized Hand Stamped Sterling Silver Pendant, with pearl charm" and when I received it, I was literally speechless.                                                                                          First of all, the item arrives in a darling box, all tied up with a ribbon & bow, which immediately exuded an aura of pure sophistication                                                                                                    
The actual product is stunning. Amy is most definitely a professional, prides herself in what she sends out, and has great customer service skills. The Hand Stamped Pendant  was beautiful! Absolutely b-e-a-u-t-i-f-u-l,  
(I can't stress this enough!)
The pendants do have various charms with them, and mine set off my pendant perfectly against the sterling (which was sent with extra "cleaning pads") The pendant is sterling silver (most of them are), it has a high caliber chain that all the more added to my pleasure at reviewing such a quality product, and at the end of the day, it won me over immediately
Of course, she has a selection of different kinds of hand stamped items, every single one is unique, and sure to please any taste and all available at her store, Bella Ray Designs.
                                                                                                          One of my favorites was the "washer" necklace, because you can add more than one name onto it, without making it look gaudy and over-done. The charm is what sets the entire pendant off, in my opinion, so her creative flair is astounding. Any woman is going to receive nothing but praises for picking a select piece of jewelery that advertises your loved ones names on it!                                                                                                                                                                                              Amy herself was a peach to deal with, and to me -  any store in which I will be selecting items that are personal and special to me, always seem to reflect the owner, (if the owners difficult, the quality tends to take a nose-dive) at least in my humble opinion. Bella Ray Designs reeks of classy, tasteful personalized jewelery, and as a Mom, I love anything that states that I am a proud Mommy, & wearing the most important people in my life around my neck, keeps them close to my heart. 
The one that my daughter was given (the review pendant), well she was over the moon about it, thanking me for over half an hour, while touching it almost reverently, lol.

I asked Amy some questions about herself, her craft, and her take on things. Here's what she had to say.

How did you get started with Hand Stamped Jewelery?

I purchased my first hand stamped necklace after the arrival of my youngest daughter and I loved it!  I immediately started learning all I could about hand stamping but I was working full time outside of my home and didn't have time to begin a new hobby.  Last summer, I felt like I was missing out on so much with my girls and I decided to stop working and it seemed like the perfect time to get started.
                                                                                                              How did you know you possessed the skills to create the pieces you make?
  
In the beginning, I wasn't sure I had the skills to create anything but I loved practicing!  It was just a great hobby that gave me a little bit of 'me' time in my otherwise hectic day.  After a couple of months, I finally found a font that I loved and I was creating pieces that I thought were beautiful so I decided to open a shop on etsy.  The response has been wonderful!  I've had the pleasure or working with some amazing people these past few months and I feel really grateful that they trust me to make such a special piece of jewelry for them.  

Do you find it hard being a Mom & running a business - or easier?

Both!  Being a mom is what inspires me to make hand stamped jewelry and without my girls I wouldn't have this business.  However, my daughters are 3 and 2 years old and they need a lot of my time and attention.  There are times that I need to return emails, order supplies or work on orders but my girls need me so of course everything else must must wait.  The biggest reason I am able to find time is because of my Mom.  She is retired and is a huge help with the girls. Without her support, it would be a struggle to find the time to work from home.  

What one thing could you never go without?

Coffee!!  With two little ones, I don't get much sleep.  I go to bed late and get up early.  I can't imagine making it through the day without it!   So at this stage of my life, coffee is the one thing I will never go without!

Lol - spoken like a true Mom! 
So there you have it, an absolutely must-see store, with amazing crafted jewelery, made by a regular Mom, like you and I - caffine addiction & all!
Amy has decided to offer one of my readers a choice between two exquisite pieces of jewelery, which can be found in her store HERE.
The lucky winner will have the choice between the "Hand Stamped Sterling Silver Pendant, with Heart Charm" or (my other favorite!) "Personalized Hand Stamped Sterling Silver Washer Necklace" So you have a choice and you can't go wrong with that! So want to win this? Here's how ...

MANDATORY ENTRY:You must first stop by Amy's amazing store, and decide what your favorite piece of jewelery is, then come back here and leave a comment (don't forget to add your email to all your entries, unless I can contact you without it)
EXTRA ENTRIES:
  1. Follow Bella Ray Designs on Facebook {comment with "20 to Life sent me!"} (1 entry)
  2. Was Cupid traditionally a boy or girl? (1 entry)
  3. Follow me, Twitter style!    (1 entry)
  4. Heart Bella Ray Designs on etsy   (3 entries)
  5. Blog about this giveaway, leaving links to Bella Ray Designs, and this giveaway (5 entries)  
  6. Grab my button! (2 entries)
  7. Who sang "My Funny Valentine"? (1 entry)  
  8. Tweet about this giveaway, up to 5x daily                                                                             
           WIN w/ BellaRayDesigns item of Hand Stamped Jewelery of ur choice! Hosted by 20 to Life @Malisce http://bit.ly/byuZFm One-of-a-kind work
     8.  Purchase any item from Bella Ray Designs (10 entries)
     9.  Leave a comment telling me your funniest Valentine Day memory label it 'V-Day memoir #2'            (2 entries)
    10. Enter Half Crazy Mommies "Country Bobs All Purpose Sauce Giveaway" (2 entries)
This giveaway will run from 2.2.10 until 2.10.10, please leave separate comments for each entry, winner will be selected via Random.Org  & emailed. They will then 8 hours to respond, or another winner will be drawn.
**Please note, I received no form of monetary compensation for my opinion/review. I did receive a product from the company in order to give a fair & balanced review and any opinion, statement etc. expressed in said review in soley my own & was in no way influenced by a third party.
Good Luck!

138 reactions!:

2 kids and a cat said...

I loved the Personalized Hand Stamped Double Pendant w/ Swarovski Birthstones

2 kids and a cat said...

I follow you on twitter

2 kids and a cat said...

I have your button on my site

Becky said...

I really love the Personalized Hand Stamped Double Pendant w/ Swarovski Birthstones. LOVE IT!!

I also love that my son's name (Aubrey) is one of the names pictured on her shop. Not everyday you see that name used.

Thanks so much!

dbkagrayson2002 at gmail dot com

Becky said...

I became a fan on facebook of Bella Ray Designs and commented!

dbkagrayson2002 at gmail dot com

Becky said...

Cupid was a boy!! With cute little wings of course.

dbkagrayson2002 at gmail dot com

Becky said...

I am following you on Twitter and I love your background!

dbkagrayson2002 at gmail dot com

Becky said...

I hearted Bella Ray Designs on Etsy! #1

dbkagrayson2002 at gmail dot com

Becky said...

I hearted Bella Ray Designs on Etsy! #2

dbkagrayson2002 at gmail dot com

Becky said...

I hearted Bella Ray Designs on Etsy! #3

dbkagrayson2002 at gmail dot com

Becky said...

I tweeted here:

http://twitter.com/dbkagrayson2002/statuses/8589987370

Becky said...

According to Wiki:

"In the original play, a character named Billie Smith (played by Mitzi Green) sings the song to Valentine "Val" LaMar (played by Ray Heatherton)."

Thanks so much!!

dbkagrayson2002 at gmail dot com

Coupon Clippin' Mommy said...

I like this item:

Personalized Hand Stamped Sterling Silver Necklace

couponclippinmommy at yahoo (dot)com

Coupon Clippin' Mommy said...

I'm a fan of Bella Ray on fb. Stephanie J
couponclippinmommy at yahoo (dot)com

Coupon Clippin' Mommy said...

I follow you on twitter

CouponClippin

couponclippinmommy at yahoo (dot)com

Coupon Clippin' Mommy said...

hearted the shop on Etsy CouponClippinMommy

couponclippinmommy at yahoo (dot)com

Coupon Clippin' Mommy said...

tweet

http://twitter.com/CouponClippin/status/8594335065

couponclippinmommy at yahoo (dot)com

Coupon Clippin' Mommy said...

Who sang "My Funny Valentine"?

Frank Sinatra or Judy Garland??

couponclippinmommy at yahoo (dot)com

Coupon Clippin' Mommy said...

cupid was a boy?

couponclippinmommy at yahoo (dot)com

The Girl Next Door Grows Up said...

Simply beautiful!

Also I just love your header. I amnow following you through FFF on MBC!

J. L. W. said...

I love the hand stamped necklace with the baby feet charm.

J. L. W. said...

I am following Bella Ray Designs on Facebook.

J. L. W. said...

I think Cupid was originally a boy.

Katie said...

I love the Personalized Hand Stamped Sterling Silver Family Circle Necklace

J. L. W. said...

I am following you on Twitter!

J. L. W. said...

I retweeted about the giveaway!

Katie said...

I follow Bella Ray Designs on Facebook and left comment!

Katie said...

Cupid was a boy!

Katie said...

I follow you on Twitter!

Katie said...

I hearted Bella Ray Designs on Etsy! #1

Katie said...

I hearted Bella Ray Designs on Etsy! #2

Katie said...

I hearted Bella Ray Designs on Etsy! #3

Katie said...

I have your button! #1

Katie said...

I have your button #2

Katie said...

Mitzi Green?

Katie said...

I tweeted! http://twitter.com/Katie_bug24/status/8602945589

Katie said...

I blogged about this giveaway! #1
http://halfcrazymommie.blogspot.com/2010/02/new-look.html

Katie said...

I blogged about this giveaway! #2
http://halfcrazymommie.blogspot.com/2010/02/new-look.html

Katie said...

I blogged about this giveaway! #3
http://halfcrazymommie.blogspot.com/2010/02/new-look.html

Katie said...

I blogged about this giveaway! #4
http://halfcrazymommie.blogspot.com/2010/02/new-look.html

Katie said...

I blogged about this giveaway! #5
http://halfcrazymommie.blogspot.com/2010/02/new-look.html

Tracy said...

My favorite is the piece that affirms what I already know 'Personalized Hand Stamped Stacked Sterling Silver Necklace with Cross' it reads 'blessed' :-)

I am a public follower of your blog and an FFF/MBC member

My email is in my profile! ;-)

Tracy said...

Mitzi Green introduced “My Funny Valentine” in the Broadway musical, Babes in Arms. Her character, Susie Ward, sang to Ray Heatherton whose character was (conveniently) named Valentine, “Val” White. The show opened at the Schubert Theater on April 14, 1937, and ran for 289 performances. “My Funny Valentine” subsequently went onto the recording charts in 1945, with Hal McIntyre and His Orchestra (Ruth Gaylor, vocal) taking it to number sixteen.

Stand out versions by Miles Davis, Chet Baker and of course ole blue eyes himself, Frank Sinatra! :)

Coupon Clippin' Mommy said...

tweet

http://twitter.com/CouponClippin/status/8617519564

Becky said...

Tweeted the giveaway - @Sueberryfes

becky.fesler@gmail.com

Doll Clothes Gal Pal said...

The Personalized Hand Stamped Sterling Silver Pendant, with pearl charm is beautiful!

Becky said...

I love this one! -- Circle of Love Pendant

Becky said...

I'm following you on twitter. @sueberryfes

Muthering Heights said...

Her jewelry is just lovely...I just can choose a favorite! :)

jamielz said...

I love the Personalized Hand Stamped Sterling Silver Birthstone Necklace
jamielz@verizon.net

jamielz said...

Cupid is a boy, I think. Is this a trick question?
jamielz@verizon.net

jamielz said...

Frank Sinatra sang My Funny Valentine
jamielz@verizon.net

Jennifer said...

I like the washer necklace with the heart in the middle.

Jennifer said...

Cupid was a boy.

Jennifer said...

I'm going with Judy Garland sang My Funny Valentine.

Coupon Clippin' Mommy said...

tweet

http://twitter.com/CouponClippin/status/8680632973

Katrina said...

I love the " washer necklace" it is so beautiful! I want to win this!!!

Coupon Clippin' Mommy said...

tweet

http://twitter.com/CouponClippin/status/8693994594

momtoem said...

My fave is the hand stamped necklace with the baby feet charm.

lejn05@yahoo.com

momtoem said...

Cupid was a boy

lejn05@yahoo.com

momtoem said...

I hearted Bella Ray Designs on etsy #1

lejn05@yahoo.com

momtoem said...

I hearted Bella Ray Designs on etsy #2

lejn05@yahoo.com

momtoem said...

I hearted Bella Ray Designs on etsy #3

lejn05@yahoo.com

momtoem said...

Frank Sinatra sang my funny valentine.

lejn05@yahoo.com

Katrina said...

Cupid is a boy!

knielsen320@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

I love Hand Stamped Sterling Silver Necklace with Baby Feet Charm

sweetone624 at hotmail.com

Anonymous said...

Cupid was a cute boy!

sweetone624 at hotmail.com

Anonymous said...

Billie Smith who was played by Mitzi Green sang the Valentine song.

sweetone624 at hotmail.com

Anonymous said...

I tweeted http://twitter.com/sweetone624/status/8725638137

sweetone624 at hotmail.com

Katrina said...

I hearted BellaRayDesign!
knielsen320@yahoo.com

Katrina said...

I hearted BellaRayDesign!
knielsen320@yahoo.com

Katrina said...

I facebooked BellaRayDesign!
knielsen320@yahoo.com

sweetone624 said...

I tweeted

http://twitter.com/sweetone624/status/8730959180

sweetone624 said...

I tweeted http://twitter.com/sweetone624/status/8730959180

sweetone624 at hotmail.com

Marquel said...

My fav is actually the "Personalized Hand Stamped Sterling Silver Washer Necklace!" But, a close second would be the Copper Bar Necklace or the adorable one with the baby feet! So many beautiful pieces!!!

Marquel said...

I'm following Bella Ray Designs on Facebook! I left a comment that you, "20 to Life," sent me!


Marquel M.
mlmarsella@gmail.com

Marquel said...

Cupid was originally a boy!:)


mlmarsella@gmail.com

Marquel said...

I follow you on Twitter!

My Twitter name is @mlmarsella

mlmarsella@gmail.com

Marquel said...

Frank Sinatra sang "My Funny Valentine!

mlmarsella@gmail.com

Marquel said...

I <3 Bella Ray Designs on etsy!

Marquel
mlmarsella@gmail.com

#1

Marquel said...

I <3 Bella Ray Designs on etsy!

Marquel
mlmarsella@gmail.com

#2

Marquel said...

I <3 Bella Ray Designs on etsy!

Marquel
mlmarsella@gmail.com

#3

Coupon Clippin' Mommy said...

tweet

http://twitter.com/CouponClippin/status/8737385941

Marquel said...

Daily tweet for 2/6!

http://twitter.com/mlmarsella/status/8737435904

#1

Marquel said...

"V-Day memoir #2"

My funniest V-Day memory..OMG!! Ok. When went out to breakfast at this really nice establishment that has this incredible, to-die-for buffet. Anyways, there is a side station that serves freshly cut roast beef along with belgium waffles. So, I walked up to be served a waffle & saw that there was dish of what I thought was whipped cream for the waffles. I put a huge dallop of that stuff on top of my belgium. Once I took a bite, I realized that it wasn't cream at all but in fact HORSE RADISH!! We were with my dad & his wife who were in town from CA. We all got a good laugh at my expense. My dad still teases me about it till this day. lol

mlmarsella@gmail.com

Marquel said...

"V-Day memoir #2"

mlmarsella@gmail.com

Marquel said...

I entered Half Crazy Mommie's Country Bob Sauce Giveaway!

mlmarsella@gmail.com

#1

Marquel said...

I entered Half Crazy Mommie's Country Bob Sauce Giveaway!

mlmarsella@gmail.com

#2

Marquel said...

Daily tweet for 2/6!

http://twitter.com/mlmarsella/status/8739235443

#2

Marquel said...

Daily tweet for 2/6!

http://twitter.com/mlmarsella/status/8741419415

#3

Marquel said...

Daily tweet for 2/6!

http://twitter.com/mlmarsella/status/8748285754

#4

Marquel said...

Daily tweet for 2/6!

http://twitter.com/mlmarsella/status/8751224334

#5

Marquel said...

Daily tweet for 2/7!

http://twitter.com/mlmarsella/status/8755699616


#1

sweetone624 said...

I tweeted http://twitter.com/sweetone624/status/8766758187

Marquel said...

Daily tweet for 2/7!

http://twitter.com/mlmarsella/status/8769405694


#2

sweetone624 said...

daily tweet 2 http://twitter.com/sweetone624/status/8770479426

Syre Librarian said...

I love, love, love the Personalized Hand Stamped Pendant with the Swarovski birthstones dangling from it. What a beautiful way to keep your family with you at all times.

Coupon Clippin' Mommy said...

tweet
http://twitter.com/CouponClippin/status/8773769337

Marquel said...

Tweet for 2/8!

http://twitter.com/mlmarsella/status/8827570665

mlmarsella@gmail.com

Coupon Clippin' Mommy said...

tweet

http://twitter.com/CouponClippin/status/8831186336

Marquel said...

Tweet for 2/8!

http://twitter.com/mlmarsella/status/8839029077

mlmarsella@gmail.com

Marquel said...

Tweet for 2/8!

http://twitter.com/mlmarsella/status/8839277998

mlmarsella@gmail.com

Marquel said...

Tweet for 2/8!

http://twitter.com/mlmarsella/status/8840454932

mlmarsella@gmail.com

*4th one

Jamison Family said...

tweet

http://twitter.com/CouponClippin/status/8842375672

Marquel said...

Tweet for 2/9!

http://twitter.com/mlmarsella/status/8857853276

mlmarsella@gmail.com

#1

Marquel said...

Tweet for 2/9!

http://twitter.com/mlmarsella/status/8860028440

mlmarsella@gmail.com

#2

Marquel said...

Tweet for 2/9!

http://twitter.com/mlmarsella/status/8861408817

mlmarsella@gmail.com

Peggy said...

I love the Personalized Hand Stamped Sterling Silver Washer Necklace,its gorgeous!
Thanks
matternu@gmail.com

Peggy said...

Follow Bella Ray Designs on Facebook and commented
matternu@gmail.com

Peggy said...

Was Cupid traditionally a boy or girl? I think cupid is a boy!
matternu@gmail.com

Peggy said...

Follow Twitter style!
velvet1116
matternu@gmail.com

Marquel said...

Tweet for 2/9!

http://twitter.com/mlmarsella/status/8863574182

mlmarsella@gmail.com

#4

Peggy said...

Heart Bella Ray Designs on etsy #1
Peggy1116
matternu@gmail.com

Peggy said...

Heart Bella Ray Designs on etsy #2
Peggy1116
matternu@gmail.com

Peggy said...

Heart Bella Ray Designs on etsy #3
Peggy1116
matternu@gmail.com

Peggy said...

Who sang "My Funny Valentine"?
Frank Sinatra
matternu@gmail.com

Peggy said...

follow and a tweet
http://twitter.com/velvet1116/status/8863740263
matternu@gmail.com

Peggy said...

Enter Half Crazy Mommies "Country Bobs All Purpose Sauce Giveaway #1

matternu@gmail.com

Peggy said...

Enter Half Crazy Mommies "Country Bobs All Purpose Sauce Giveaway #2

matternu@gmail.com

Marquel said...

Tweet for 2/9!

http://twitter.com/mlmarsella/status/8867462129

mlmarsella@gmail.com

Coupon Clippin' Mommy said...

tweet

http://twitter.com/CouponClippin/status/8872798019

Donna said...

I like the Personalized Hand Stamped Stacked Sterling Silver Necklace with Cross.
donna444444@yahoo.com

Donna said...

Cupid was a boy.
donna444444@yahoo.com

Donna said...

I follow you on twitter.(donnak4)
donna444444@yahoo.com

Donna said...

My Funny Valentine- Frank Sinatra
donna444444@yahoo.com

Donna said...

Button on my blog.
http://greatblogsonline.blogspot.com/
donna444444@yahoo.com

Donna said...

2.Button on my blog.
http://greatblogsonline.blogspot.com/
donna444444@yahoo.com

Katie said...

I tweeted!
http://twitter.com/Katie_bug24/status/8891631403

Marquel said...

Tweet for 2/10!

http://twitter.com/mlmarsella/status/8891194446

mlmarsella@gmail.com

#1

Marquel said...

Tweet for 2/10!

http://twitter.com/mlmarsella/status/8908925312

mlmarsella@gmail.com

#2

Katie said...

Tweet for taday!

http://twitter.com/Katie_bug24/status/8911785965

Katie said...

Tweet for taday!

http://twitter.com/Katie_bug24/status/8911785965

Marquel said...

Tweet for 2/10!

http://twitter.com/mlmarsella/status/8913541101

mlmarsella@gmail.com

#3

Marquel said...

Tweet for 2/10!

http://twitter.com/mlmarsella/status/8917482180

mlmarsella@gmail.com

#4

Coupon Clippin' Mommy said...

http://twitter.com/CouponClippin/status/8922203251

Marquel said...

Tweet for 2/10!

http://twitter.com/mlmarsella/status/8922137341

mlmarsella@gmail.com

#5

Coupon Clippin' Mommy said...

tweet

http://twitter.com/CouponClippin/status/8930070221

Coupon Clippin' Mommy said...

tweet

http://twitter.com/CouponClippin/status/8944845151

 
Strosgirl's Designs
blogger counter