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Enter the Beadstar Contest!

Apr 22, 2008

Hello my fine beading biddies -

I have some exciting news to pass along -

We have been invited by our friends at Interweave Press to enter their "Beadstar" bead contest - the first of its kind! I've included all the information below -

I know firsthand the kind of projects and work that you are doing, and I also know that many of you have great projects that would stand up to anyone out there - so send them in!!

This is a great way to get your work published and win some great prizes too!! So hurry and send your pictures in - the deadline is fast approaching. To those of you who don't know how to take pictures - come on into the store, and we will help you with that!

Also be a kind soul and mention Buttercup Beads as your favorite place to shop - and who knows, with your help - WE might win something too!

Visit www.Beadingdaily.com/beadstar for more information - below is what Interweave Press sent me -

I know there are many Buttercup Bead Stars out there - now, let's show the world what you got!~ Remember deadline to enter is May 7 - (earlybirds April 25)

Read below for all the details -

Good luck!
Andrea & Carlie
buttercup beads

Beading Daily - 1st BeadStar Beading Contest!

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Official contest rules

You know you’re a bead star—now it’s time to let the world know! How? Enter Interweave Press’s inaugural Bead Star competition. Winning entries will be published in Bead Star magazine, the first-ever beading publication comprised entirely of prize-winning designs selected by beaders worldwide! Besides fame, winners will also receive exciting prizes donated by our generous sponsors, including an all-expense paid trip for two to Bead Expo in Santa Fe, New Mexico, in March 2009. What are you waiting for—let your inner bead star sing!

Entrants are asked to submit a photograph of their design by midnight MST on May 6, 2008. All designs must be simple! By simple, we mean that they must be created using simple stringing, crimping, and wireworking (simple loops, wrapped loops, jump rings) techniques, not beadweaving techniques (netting, peyote, brick, and square stitches, for example). The editors of Beadwork and Stringing magazines will select the top 20 finalists in each of 9 categories (listed below). The entries submitted by the top 20 finalists in each of 9 categories will be posted at Beading Daily, beadingdaily.com, Interweave Press’s free community for bead lovers (45,000 members strong and growing!). From June 12–18, 2008, members of Beading Daily will be given an opportunity to vote for their favorites, and the 5 entries in each category that receive the most votes will be named as first place, second place, third place, and two honorable-mention winners. The grand-prize sponsor will choose one of the 9 first-place winners as the grand-prize winner. All entrants will be notified of their status via e-mail by June 20, 2008. All winners are required to submit their actual project with step-by-step instructions and complete materials, tools, and resources lists to Bead Star magazine by July 7, 2008. Winning designs will be published in Bead Star magazine, a special issue that will be available on newsstands worldwide at the end of December 2008. And, with the permission of winning entrants, all winning designs will be auctioned, with proceeds benefiting the American Heart Association’s women’s heart health initiatives.

See below for additional contest rules.

All designs must be new, original, and not available for sale and must not have won any previous contests. Participants must create and complete the finished design on their own, without outside assistance. The Bead Star competition is open to adults over the age of 18 residing in the United States or Canada. Employees, vendors, agents of Interweave Press, and Bead Star sponsors and related companies and their immediate families are not eligible.

The Bead Star contest consists of 9 categories; however, Interweave Press reserves the right to add a category or categories if sponsors become available. Participants may submit 1 design per category. Categories include:

CRYSTALS: Designs created using at least 75% crystal beads.

SEED BEADS: Designs created using at least 75% seed beads. Keep in mind the seed beads must be strung or wired—beadwoven projects will not be accepted.

GLASS: Designs created using at least 75% pressed-glass, fire-polished glass, sea glass, lampworked glass, and/or any other type of glass bead.

PEARLS: Designs created using at least 75% pearls of any shape, color, type, etc.

STONES: Designs created using at least 75% stones of any type.

METALS: Designs created using at least 75% metal beads, components, and/or wire. Metal can be of any type or mixed.

PLASTICS: Designs created using at least 75% plastic beads, such as resin and Lucite beads.

UNDER $25: Designs created at a total cost of $25 or less. Copies of receipts must be provided. Total cost should be calculated as the sum of the cost of each material used, not including the cost of the beading wire, or thread, or cord, etc. For example, if you use one clasp from a $5 package of 5 clasps, your cost for the clasp is $1.

DESIGNS WITH HEART: Designs created with a heart bead, heart beads, or beads made into a heart motif. The heart(s) must be the focal element(s) of the design.

Designs must be e-mailed to beadstar@interweave.com and received by midnight MST on May 6, 2008. PLEASE SEND ONE E-MAIL PER ENTRY. (If you are submitting five designs, send five e-mails, one for each design.) E-mails must include:
1.) Your full name and contact information, including street address, phone number, and e-mail address.
2.) The title of your entry.
3.) The name of the category into which you are entering your design.
4.) One good photograph of your entry. Make sure the entire project is clearly visible. The photograph file must be named the same as the entry’s title. The photograph must be JPEG files sized at 640x480 at 72 dpi, and their file size must not be more than 500KB each. For best results, photograph your piece(s) against a white/light background. Keep in mind that finalists will be selected and winners will be chosen based on these photographs—it is to your advantage to submit the best possible images of your submission(s).
5.) The name of the local bead shop you frequent most, if applicable.
6.) The shop with the most votes will be eligible for a prize.

By submitting the photograph(s) to Interweave Press, you are giving your assurance that the photograph(s) are available for use by Interweave Press for all of the purposes described in these contest rules. If someone other than you has taken the photograph(s) or controls the rights to the photograph(s), you are responsible for clearing these rights before submitting the photograph(s) to Interweave Press.

Eligible entries received by midnight MST on Friday, April 25th, 2008 will be entered into a random drawing for a $250 gift card. The winner will be drawn and notified by April 30th, 2008. Entrants will be entered into the Early Bird drawing for each eligible entry. The winner of the gift card will still be eligible to receive any of the other prizes awarded in this contest.

A first-place, second-place, and third-place winner and two honorable mentions will be selected in each category. One grand-prize winner will be selected by the grand-prize sponsor from the first-place category winners.

Prizes will also be awarded to the first-place, second-place, and third-place winners and two honorable mentions in each category. Prize descriptions will be posted at beadingdaily.com/beadstar as they become available.

The grand prize consists of an all-expense paid trip to Bead Expo in Santa Fe, New Mexico, in March 2009, for the grand-prize winner and one companion, including airfare within the continental United States, hotel accommodations, ground transportation, and meal allowance. The grand-prize winner will also receive a $1,500 gift certificate, to be awarded at Bead Expo. Only one grand prize is awarded.

All prizes, except the grand prize, will be awarded to eligible winners as described in these contest rules by December 15, 2008. The grand-prize trip to Bead Expo in Santa Fe, New Mexico, will take place in March 2009, and at this show the $1,500 grand-prize gift certificate will be awarded.

All entrants will be notified of their status via e-mail by June 20, 2008. Winners will have until 5:00 p.m. MST on July 7, 2008, to submit their actual project, plus a detailed materials list, tools list, instructions, and resources list, written to the guidelines available here Finalist Guidelines.

The first-place, second-place, and third-place winners and two honorable mentions in each category and the grand-prize winning entry will be publically announced in Bead Star magazine, available on newsstands December 2008. Winners will be given the opportunity to donate their projects to an auction benefitting the American Heart Association’s women’s heart health initiatives. If winners do elect to participate in the auction, their project will be designated as an auction item in Bead Star magazine.

Entrants reserve the copyright in all entry materials subject to the rights granted to Interweave Press under these contest rules. However, the entry materials will not be returned to entrants, and Interweave Press shall have no responsibility or liability for loss or damage to entry materials.

Interweave Press disclaims any responsibility or liability due to the non-receipt of entries owing to circumstances beyond its control, including but not limited to late delivery or non-delivery due to defects in the operation of the Internet and/or the hardware and software used by the entrant or by Interweave Press.

Finalists will be chosen for their originality, creativity, and quality by judges selected by Interweave Press from the editorial staff of Beadwork and Stringing magazines. The grand prize winner will be chosen for its originality, creativity, and quality by judges selected by the grand-prize sponsor. All decisions of the judges shall be made in their sole and absolute discretion and will be final.

Winners in each category will be chosen on the basis of votes for each entry as received at Beading Daily, beadingdaily.com, during the voting period. Interweave Press cannot control, and disclaims any responsibility or liability, for online voting and is responsible only for using its best efforts to collect and count the votes actually received.

Entrants must satisfy all eligibility requirements before finalists and winners are selected, winning entries are published, and/or the grand prize is awarded. If an entry is selected as a finalist or as a winner by the voting conducted at the Bead Daily website, or if an entry is selected as the grand-prize winner by the grand-prize sponsor, but the entrant is not eligible, and/or if the entry does not conform to the contest rules, then the entrant and the entry will be disqualified and the next-ranked entrant will be selected.

A winner will be announced in each category as first place, second place, third place, or two honorable mentions. Winners will be notified by e-mail at the address(es) provided by the entrant. The winning entrants will be announced by name and place of residence in Bead Star magazine.

All personal information collected by Interweave Press from entrants will be kept in confidence and used for purposes of judging only except that the name, likeness and city of residence of finalists and winners may be announced, advertised, promoted and publicized by Interweave Press.

By entering the Bead Star competition, each entrant is granting to Interweave Press the perpetual, exclusive, and royalty-free right to (a) use the photographs and other entry materials submitted by the entrant without photo credit(s) for the photographer(s) who took the photographs, (b) photograph and reproduce the entry in the various print and electronic publications of Interweave Press and the advertising, publicity, promotional and marketing materials of Interweave Press in any and all media, and (c) use the name, image, likeness, and biographical data of the finalists and winners in connection with all of the foregoing uses.

By entering the Beat Star competition, entrant is assuring Interweave Press that entrant possesses the right to submit all entry materials for use by Interweave Press as described in these contest rules without the consent or approval of any third party, and Interweave Press is entitled on rely on entrant’s right to do so.

As a condition of eligibility, the winning entrants may be required to sign and return an agreement in a form satisfactory to Interweave Press by which each entrant formally consents to the use of his or her entry, photograph, name, image, likeness, and biographical data as described above. If requested to do so, the failure to sign and return the form will disqualify the entrant.

Entrants are solely responsible for payment of taxes that may be imposed by reason of the prizes awarded to them.

The contest is void where prohibited or restricted by law.

For any questions, e-mail us at beadstar@interweave.com.

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