Girls Just Wanna Win Swag: C-My Designs Jewelry Giveaway

Jennifer B. is the winner of the $25 gift certificate from last week’s Designs by Suzyn Swag giveaway.

It’s really a privilege this week to introduce you to Lynn Kvigne, artist and owner of C-My Designs. I have to admit when I first contacted Lynn, I was simply impressed by her jewelry designs. I wasn’t until our interview that I learned she’s a star in the jewelry-making world.

Lynn designs handcrafted jewelry in her Iowa studio.  Her creations include necklaces, pendants, bracelets, rings, and earrings. She specializes in metal designs using sterling silver, fine silver, copper and bronze. “I love to incorporate beads and stones into chain maille and fabricated designs.  My style’s been described as girly with an edge – not too fussy, just a little funky,” she says.

Sterling Silver Heart Pendant

You may already be familiar with Lynn who is recognized as an expert in the field of jewelry making. She publishes jewelry-related articles, free tutorials, and reviews at “I love to share knowledge, tips and tricks,” Lynn says. She’s also been published in Bead Trends magazine, and is a member of the Ornament Thursday craft team ( Lynn is a three-time winner in the Rings ‘N’ Things “Your Deigns Rock!” contest, and was awarded Best In Show at the Grand Cities Art Fest in 2008.

Lynn’s sense of humor is apparent in some of her designs such as the Not Made in China Earrings.

Not Made in China Earrings

That sense of humor also came through in our interview. She says when she’s not making jewelry you can find her, “asking Home Depot employees where the copper wire and flashing is, stalking the mailman for my supply orders, and walking my dog along country roads.”

Despite her obvious talent, it seems that Lynn doesn’t take herself too seriously. I asked her where her inspiration comes from. “Pizza.  You know how pizza’s a little of this, a little of that, and you’d better have a stable crust to hold it all together or you’re just going to end up with a big mess?  Jewelry making is a lot like pizza.  Throw together the right components, make sure you have a solid foundation, and you’ll end up with something beautiful.  Or tasty, depending on what you’re making.”

Lynn followed up that remark with this refreshingly honest answer, “Okay, I’ll admit, like Stephen King, I hate this question….everyone expects some magical perfect answer…like I’ll say my inspiration stems from nature and meditation, or that my designs come to me in a dream.  In all reality, I sit in boring “left brain” meetings all day long and start doodling on a piece of paper.  I have to pretend I’m actually taking notes while my mind wanders and I start sketching out my next project!  Sometimes I do go the meditation or dream route, but honestly, it’s highly overrated.”

Sterling Silver Wrap Ring (Oxidized)

Lynn says when she first started her business she went about it all wrong. “I signed up for a craft show and forgot about it for a year. When I was reminded that I had a table paid for and that the show was in two weeks, I decided to make jewelry.  My first creations were REALLY pathetic, but I did have some sales…and I was hooked!  I loved making jewelry, I loved working the shows and talking to people, and I loved making money to buy more jewelry making supplies.  It’s a vicious circle, a black hole, and I couldn’t be happier.”

Over time and through experience Lynn says she’s refined her style, ability and technique. “Today I’m proud of each and every piece of work I put up for sale or create for a commissioned request.  While I love to give my work new homes, it sometimes feels like one of my kids are leaving the nest when I sell a favorite piece!”

Win It!

Lynn is offering one lucky winner the Sterling Silver Heart Pendant pictured above on a 16-20″, (winner can specify) sterling silver snake chain.

To enter visit C-My Designs then come back here and comment ON THIS POST with the name of your favorite item (not pictured here) from the store. Comments not following the rules will be disqualified. Earn an extra entry by posting about this contest on your blog, and linking to this post and to C-My Designs. If you do the extra credit, let me know by leaving a separate comment with the link to your post.

Bloggers and non-bloggers may enter. The contest is open to readers in the US and Canada.

The contest is open until 11:59 p.m. EST August 27. I’ll randomly draw a winner, and announce it on the next edition of Girls Just Wanna Win Swag. The winner will also be contacted by email, and will have three days to reply. If the winner does not reply in three days, another will be chosen. You may also check Prizey Fetch to see if you’ve won.

Have a women-owned business you’d like featured in a Swag giveaway? Fill out the contact form in my sidebar and let me know.


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167 Responses to “Girls Just Wanna Win Swag: C-My Designs Jewelry Giveaway”

  1. SeeMeDiet Says:

    I totally LOVE that ring!!! Where can I get one??? 🙂 I don’t care if I even have to pay for it LOL

  2. Mary Says:

    That’s an easy one for me. She has lots of fabulous stuff, but my very favorite is the personalized mother’s bracelet with three beads, one for each of my babies! Great swag!

  3. Nita Says:

    I just LOVE the Pink Parfait Earrings, although all of Lynns designs rock!!!!

  4. Marie-Michele Says:

    Funny how I am subscribed to BeadingHelpWeb but didn’t know I also knew her from a forum! 🙂
    My favourite has to be Lab Work; I love labradorite and I adore silver.

  5. AlexD Says:

    I’ve been watchings lynn’s work for a while now. 🙂

    I like the “My Scrap is Your Treasure” pendant.

  6. Cynthia Newcomer Daniel Says:

    My favorite is the Bronze and Aluminum Vertebrae bracelet; that is really cool!

  7. Cheeky Says:

    Ohhhhhhhhhhhh soooooo lovely!!! This Lynn chick’s got some awesome talent! hehe
    Love it all

  8. Deb Says:

    When my son deployed to Iraq with his Marine Infantry unit, Lynn made me a bracelet with red, white, and blue crystals, and his name. I wore it continuously until he came home – and on his second and third deployments too. It was one of her first pieces and it’s still one of my favorite pieces of jewelry.

    The Mother’s bracelet that she has displayed on her website is beautiful too, and is my favorite of the items listed, but I still like my first bracelet best. I’ve seen quite a bit of her work and she just keeps getting better. 🙂

  9. Bree Says:

    I love, love, love the grey berries earings!

  10. Margaret Says:

    I have a lot of Lynn’s work, and I have brought some of her creations to work to share with other jewelry lovers. I don’t think there is a day that goes by that I don’t see at least one of Lynn’s creations — breast cancer awareness bracelets, silver wire work, beautiful beaded items… Lynn’s creations are fantastic!

    I love the Egyptian Coils bracelet. That piece looks hard-core but beautiful at the same time.

    Lynn puts a lot of creativity and love into her work… if it’s not evident from the website, it is when you see one of her pieces in person.

  11. Angie Says:

    I am partial to the mother bracelets. Lynn your work is so unique that it is in a class of its own. It is simply beautiful, I love when you get a new idea, and it just comes to life in your work.

  12. Sandy Says:

    Lynn does beautiful work and I really love her website. The bronze Broken Heart necklace was my favorite but it sure is hard to choose just one. The work is unique and beautiful and it’s amazing how she crafts such designs from the materials she uses.

  13. Ami Says:

    Just love the o my onyx bracelet. so much going on there!

    Lynn does beautiful work, it isn’t easy to pick a favorite.


  14. Seedbead Says:

    Lynn’s work is all beautiful, so its hard to pick a favorite, but since I’ve been asked…
    Pink Parfait Earrings are my favorite too!

  15. Leslie Says:

    I have several of Lynn’s pieces and receive compliments every time I wear one of them!

    I absolutely love the ring pictured above, but for something not shown here, I really love ” a happy mistake pendant”. It is graceful and beautiful, yet say something about how the mistakes in our life really add to the overall beauty of life.

  16. Lynn Says:

    Wow, I’m floored by the response here…can you see me blushing?! Thanks everyone for the wonderful comments, and thanks to Colleen for the opportunity to participate in the Mommie Daze Girls Just Wanna Win Swag Party!!!!

    SeeMeDiet, the ring is available in a couple of different sizes in my etsy store, or you can convo me there if you need another size!

    Rock on girls!!! Drinks are on the house!!!

  17. elaina Says:

    I love the wit and whimsy behind her pieces. I am particularly in love with the Floating Heart pendant.

  18. elaina Says:

    blogged about it!

  19. Wormie Says:

    You want me to pick just one favorite!! That’s hard, but I have to pick the pink parfait earrings. I would wear anything on that site, but these are PINK! I love them!

    and I’m going to share this post on my blog! 🙂

  20. mindy Says:

    I love the jewelry on Etsy. So many creative people out there. I really like this piece:
    Lovin’ Around Pennant.

  21. Mama Zen Says:

    I love the Grey Berries earrings!

  22. Katy Lin Says:

    i love the my broken heart necklace and the grey berries earrings! all of her designs are so original! 🙂

  23. Llisa Says:

    It’s so hard to pick ONE favourite but I’d have to go for the Egyptian Coils bracelet. As a jewellery-maker myself, I know exactly how tricky it is to do that particular technique well. Kudos to you Lynn!!

  24. Sara B. Says:

    I love the Lab Work piece.

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  26. Ilissa H. Says:

    My favorite item are the Grey Berries earrings. They are beautiful. Thanks for the chance.

  27. Millicent C. Says:

    HANDS DOWN! I love the Pink Parfait Earrings! I love this store so much I put it in my favorites! Thanks for the chance to win such a great prize!

  28. Genevieve Says:

    I love the Twisted Sisters Pendant.

  29. Charlotte Says:

    I think my favorite is the copper bubbles bracelet. I recently got my first piece of copper jewelry and I’m hooked now!

  30. studiorose Says:

    The Lovin A Round pendant floats my boat!

  31. Janet F Says:

    My favorite is Personalized Mothers Bracelet with 2 Engraved Name Beads.

    I really like the name beads.

    Thank you!

    janetfaye (at) gmail (dot) com

  32. Jackie B. Says:

    What a great store and also a great giveaway. Thanks for hosting. So many unique pieces. I think I like the Twisted Sisters Pendant just because it is so different.

  33. Blue Noodle Says:

    Pizza? Ahhh so that makes sense.
    What a great thing to see someone you actually know and admire getting fussed over in a public arena. Kudos to you!
    I’ve only known Lynn for a few years now but i’ve watched her style and technique evolve through time, and along with being fiercly funny and smart she makes lovely and practical jewelry. It’s a fantastic thing she does by giving back to our industry with her beading help & tutorial website along with her other accomplishments. It’s been my pleasure and honour in knowing her.

  34. Huguette E. Says:

    I really like the Silver bubbles bracelet!

  35. Elizabeth M. Says:

    Her jewelry is soooo beautiful. I am nuts about the Loving a Round pendant. I marked her as a favorite seller now! I’m so happy you shared this store with us. Thank you for the giveaway!

  36. melanie Says:

    My favorite is the silver bubbles bracelet.

  37. Kimberly B. Says:

    She’s very talented! I like the “O It’s Rubies” earrings!

  38. Nancy Says:

    Although I love everything in Lynn’s shop, Lab Work has been a longtime favorite of mine. Can I win that? ;P

  39. Fridai Says:

    I love the designs Lynn-wow! I have to say, I adore the “not made in China earrings” OMG! The “broken heart” one is great-you have such a great creativity…

    Better than the OPI nail polish names even 😀

  40. Groovygirl1906 Says:

    Axe to Grind is a great title and cool piece.

  41. SANDY Says:

    I love a twist ring is my favorite item..they are so pretty and she is so has been bookemarked.

  42. Jenn S. Says:

    I love the Personalized Mothers Bracelet with 2 Engraved Name Beads.

  43. Michelle Says:

    I like the “My Scrap Is Your Treasure sterling silver pendant”.

  44. Stephen Saunders Says:

    My niece loves the name beads, thank you for the contest. Have a good day.

  45. Marilyn Wons Says:

    Two Tigers Ring is my favorite product!

  46. Laura Says:

    They are all beautiful, I like My Broken Heart Necklace, thanks.

  47. Tracey Byram Says:

    Sterling Silver Wrap Ring is my favorite. Lots of cute things on this site. I also like the Personalized Mothers Bracelets.

  48. Patty Says:

    I didn’t have to look long. The Grey Berries earrings caught my eye right away. Beautiful!

  49. ADrienne Gordon Says:

    The bronze Broken Heart necklace would be nice for my daughter

  50. susan varney Says:

    the Pink Parfait Earrings are gorgeous

  51. Lynn H Says:

    I love the Silver Bubbles necklace!

  52. david basile Says:

    Got an Axe to Grind

  53. Gaye McGill Says:

    Lynn has some great designs! My favorite is “A Happy Mistake” pendant. Unique and gorgeous.

  54. Denyse Says:

    The silver bubbles breacelet is awesome!

  55. Mary Says:

    I like the Pink Parfait earrings.

  56. Carol Says:

    The Grey Berries, always on the lookout for something that is different.

  57. charline s Says:

    My Broken Heart Necklace is my favorite, But I really like the other stuff too.

  58. Donna Wilde Says:

    I love the My Scrap is Your Treasure pendant!

  59. adrion Says:

    The Got An Axe To Grind pendant would be a thrill for my niece. She’s a proud girl-gamer who plays MMORPG’s and loves her warrior characters!

  60. Teresa N. Says:

    I really like the silver bubbles bracelet! It’s awesome!

    Thank you for the great giveaway!



  61. Julie D Says:

    I like the copper bubbles bracelet.

  62. Elena Says:

    I really like the I Love A Twist ring. Thanks for the contest!

  63. lisa F Says:

    I really like the Oh my Onyx., it is beautiful. Very talented artist!

  64. Dolores Q. Says:

    “My Scrap is Your Treasure” pendant is my favorite.

  65. tim brown Says:

    My Scrap Is Your Treasure

  66. Lisa Fosses Says:

    Personalized Mothers Bracelet with 3 Engraved Name Beads

  67. judy brittle Says:

    I really love the Cluster Crystal Earrings Pink. They are so beautiful. Thank you so much!

  68. Melissa Says:

    I love the two tigers ring. Very cool stone

  69. Linda Lansford Says:

    Grey Berries earrings are my choice

  70. Lori Cerullo Says:

    I love Oh My Onyx bracelet.I make wire jewelry also , but nothing like this.
    very talented,greaaaat artist

  71. Patricia Hill Says:

    i love the Mother’s Bracelet with the engraved beads. It would make a lovely gift for my daughter.

  72. Cindi Says:

    She has wonderful handmade jewelry pieces. I adore the “Silver Bubble” Bracelet. Please enter me in your marvelous giveaway drawing. Many thanks, Cindi

  73. kristi blackstone Says:

    Sterling Silver Wrap Ring (Oxidized) is gorgeous! Pretty jewelry selection! I’d love to win!

  74. Tammy Says:

    I really love the ring.

  75. Susan A Says:

    I especially like the jet sterling silver and Swarvoski earrings. The heart necklace is beautiful

  76. Sonya Sparks Says:

    I really like the Bronze and Aluminum Vertebrae bracelet. It is just so pretty. Thanks for the chance.

  77. Anne Says:

    My favourite piece (oh it was a hard choice) is the Egyptian Coils Bracelet!!

    Its gorgeous!

  78. Dianne Says:

    I love the I love a twist ring. All of the work is beautiful & different. Thank you for the opportunity to win the beautiful pendant.

  79. M.A. Says:

    I like the “O is Rubies” earrings.

  80. Amanda Says:

    I love the Lovin A Round pendant its so cool.

  81. Amanda Says:

    loving a round oendant is so cool.

  82. elva rogers Says:

    I love the handcrafted bracelets

  83. Wendy Puthuff Says:

    cute heart pendant

  84. Mia J. Says:

    I really like the silver bubbles bracelet but my absolutely favorite thing is the silver wrap ring.

  85. amandasue Says:

    I really like “a happy mistake pendant”

  86. Debbie Says:

    I love the sterling silver heart pendant

  87. Dawn Peacock Says:

    Since I’m not allowed to name one of the above as my favorite (like the silver heart pendant, hint, hint!) I would have to say my favorite on the website is the floating heart pendant. These are very graceful designs!

  88. Lisa Overcash Says:

    Wow, the silver heart is gorgeous.

  89. Holly B Says:

    I love the Sterling Silver Wrap Ring

  90. Stacie Ruyle Says:

    I love the Silver Bubbles Bracelet!

  91. Terri D Says:

    I like the floating heart pendant.

  92. Jamie Says:

    I love the grey berries earrings. Everything is beautiful.

  93. Mary Casper Says:

    love the silver bubbles bracelet

  94. Jessica Says:

    I honestly like the sterling silver heart necklace best, but I did go to her site and the My broken heart necklace would take second. I’m a necklace gal, not really big into earrings, etc.

  95. Desiree Says:

    Very stylish pieces…my favorite is the Jet Sterling Silver and Swarovski Earrings 😉

  96. Elaine R Says:

    Wow! I just love the jewellry on site-so much talent! I especially like the Two Tigers Ring-love tiger eye stone.

  97. Jessica Says:

    I really like the style of the grey berries earrings. I love dangles!

  98. Jennifer Hedden Says:

    Pink Parfait Earrings

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  100. R Hicks Says:

    The Broken Heart necklace is just what I need since my latest relationship soured

  101. sarah Says:

    i looooooooove the personalized mothers bracelet with engraved name bead on it. it’s so pretty!

  102. Monique Rizzo Says:

    I really like the floating heart pendant!

  103. Chrysa Says:

    I like the Personalized Mothers Bracelet best!

  104. Bonnie Day Says:

    I love the gray berries earrings

  105. Eryn Says:

    I’m such a bracelet girl, so I have to say that the Egyptian Coils Bracelet is my favorite item, but those NOT made in China earrings are hilarious. Probably the only thing left that’s not made there 😉

  106. Terra Heck Says:

    Pretty pendant! I really like the Two Tigers ring.

  107. Sharon Jones Says:

    this one was tough…but since I have to pick…Two Tigers Ring is my favorite.,…but honestly, it’s all beautiful

  108. Kirsten Says:

    Cluster Crystal Earrings Pink! Very cool looking.

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  110. Felicia L Says:

    For sure, the personlized mothers bracelet. thank you

  111. Kelly R. Says:

    I love the Two Tigers ring. Very pretty!

  112. Kimberly L Says:

    I like the Personalized Mothers Bracelet with 2 Engraved Name Beads


  113. Vicky Boackle Says:

    i like the wrap ring.

  114. Linda Says:

    Wow that’s all i gotta say.My fave is the Broken Heart necklace.

  115. Rhonda Struthers Says:

    Very Whismical pieces. I would love to win.

  116. Barbara Fox Says:

    I really like the Egyptian Coils Bracelet.

  117. Linda Peters Says:

    The Pink Parfait earings are nice

  118. sarah Says:

    i like the silver bubbles bracelet

  119. Susan Says:

    The mother’s bracelets are beautiful.

  120. Paula H Says:

    I like the Two Tigers Ring and the Silver Bubbles Bracelet.

  121. rebecca snodgrass Says:

    My daughter loves the Pink Parfait Earrings. So do i.

  122. Sylvia Belle Says:

    The silver heart pendant

  123. Hayley G. Says:

    The “I love a twist ring” is great. Thanks!

    oreo89 [at] gmail [dot] com

  124. Karen Gonyea Says:

    Gotta say I like the silver heart pendant the best !

  125. Sue Wintz Says:

    Easy choice – the Personalized Mothers Bracelet with 2 Engraved Name Beads. One for our son and one for our beautiful daughter in heaven – love and miss you with every breath, Sarah.

  126. Carol S Says:

    All the designs were beautiful! My favorite was the Oh My Onyx bracelet.

  127. sabb266 Says:

    Wow what beautiful pieces! I really adore the Personalized Mothers Bracelet

  128. Cindy Phillips Says:

    I really love the Cluster Crystal Pink earrings. Also have to say the Not Made In China earrings are awesome.

  129. sheenastardust Says:

    The i’m not made in china earing are so great would love to have those

  130. Erma Hurtt Says:

    i love the my broken heart necklace.

  131. cindy a Says:

    i love the Oh My Onyx, so unusual and unique!

  132. Jodene Gildea Says:

    I really like the silver bubble bracelet!

  133. sharon Says:

    Pink parfait earrings and Lovin a round pendant…great stuff

  134. Margo Says:

    I’m kinda digging that I Love a Twist ring but have no idea what my ring size is. Haven’t had to know that since I got married. All it is just so nice Lynn, you know that.

  135. Tamara Bennington Says:

    I have to say that out of the earrings I really like the Pink Parfait Earrings they are delicate and simple. Thank-you.

  136. Kathy Conley Says:

    I really really love the personalized Mother’s bracelet with 2 names – very very pretty!

  137. Cynthya Petzen Says:

    My favorite item is the Silver Bubbles bracelet–it’s elegant and beautiful.

  138. Tina Hartley Says:

    I want to win either one

  139. TheAngelForever Says:

    Love the Personalized Mothers Bracelet . Absolutely gorgeous items in the Etsy Store. Thanks for the great giveaway 🙂

  140. Joan Says:

    Grey Berries Earings are my favorites.
    I like the not made in china earrings too.

  141. hazel hunt Says:

    I really love the Cluster Crystal Earrings Pink.

  142. jim scott Says:

    Floating Heart Pendant

  143. Carissa D. Says:

    I like the Cluster Crystal Earrings Pink.

  144. Jennifer Says:

    I love the floating heart pendant! Thanks for the giveaway!

  145. dani Says:

    I love the I love a twisted earing

  146. Vicki Wurgler Says:

    I love the Cluster Crystal Earrings Pink

  147. Ed Nemmers Says:

    Axe To Grind

  148. cynthia Says:

    what neat jewerly she makes ! and great prices and free s&h ! very nice ! my fav is the Got an Axe to Grind very different !

  149. Barbara J Says:

    I’m partial to bracelets and really like the Bronze and Aluminum Vertebrae bracelet. It’s beautiful!

  150. Sarah Cook Says:

    LOVE the Oh No My Onyx one. They are all so pretty though.

  151. JessLyn Says:

    The Pink Parfait earrings are so very lovely – and the Got an Axe to Grind Pendant is a hoot! – What fun to wear that piece/design. The Copper Broken heart and the (prize) the Silver Heart are simply delightful. Thanks – splendid jewelry with a sense of humor… How can you beat that?!!!

  152. Christina Zawadiwsky Says:

    Lynn Kvigne’s Two Tigers Ring is particularly elegant and speaks to me about relationships, symmetry and romance. It would adorn any hand and I’m certain it would receive many compliments!

  153. Izzie Says:

    The “Oh My Onyx” bracelet is adorable!

  154. Libby Says:

    This is great stuff!!! I really like the Sterling Silver Wrap Ring – it’s so unique, plus it doesn’t look like it’d get in the way of your every-day routine like a lot of jewelry does. Very fun!

  155. Cherie J Says:

    I love the Jet Sterling Silver and Swarovski Earrings.

  156. Sherri Siler Says:

    The oh my onyx bracelet is different and pretty.

  157. Andrea Evans Says:

    I love the I love a twist ring. Thanks for the great giveaway!

  158. prplrush Says:

    My favorite item is the Lovin A Round pendant! Thank you for the great chance to win!

  159. Jennifer G Says:

    Bronze and Aluminum Vertebrae bracelet

  160. danielle Says:

    The silver bubbles bracelet.

  161. rebecca Says:

    The Broken Heart necklace

  162. israel y Says:

    i like the Silver Bubbles Bracelet, thanks

  163. Gianna Says:

    I love the Necklace-Pendant Sodalite and Lapis 🙂

  164. Erin Daly Says:

    I absolutely love the Dark Twist of Fate bracelets. What great jewelry!

  165. Sharon Seneker Says:

    All this jewelry is beautiful! I especially like the sterling silver wrap ring!

  166. Abbey Says:

    I love the Personalized Mother’s Bracelet with Two Name Beads. One for each of my boys. Great stuff. Thanks for the giveaway.

  167. Erin Bender Says:

    The ring is very new and different!

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