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Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Vendor Review:

It’s been a while since I’ve done a vendor review (see my previous reviews here and here), and I have been shopping with for quite some time now so I thought I’d share my experiences so far.*

CYSbanner offers a full line of beads and supplies, so they are a great source if you make jewelry or other embellished items.  They even carry embellishments and stickers for scrapbooking and other crafts (and don’t forget to check out the clearance section). You can also visit their Learning Center for  handy jewelry-making tips, ideas, color inspiration, craft ideas, and more. Feed your beading passion with information, resources, and over 500 FREE bead and craft designs. Here are a couple of the fun projects they are currently featuring (click on the photos for complete instructions):

I use as my primary source for the flat-back Swarovski crystals that I use to embellish my frames and tins. IMG_1738IMG_2510 I previously bought these types of crystals at Michael’s or Hobby Lobby, but I had to buy the packages one by one in order to use a coupon and get the best price, and then half the time they were out of the color or size I needed. has a great selection of Swarovski crystals (not just flat-backs, but beads, pendants and components as well) at reasonable prices, and I can buy in any quantity that I need.

Two of the things I like best about are that there is no minimum order and they offer free shipping to the U.S.  So I don’t feel bad if I place an order then realize a couple days later that I need something else.  The typical turnaround time has been about a week, so I do have to plan ahead if I am running low on a particular crystal.  The crystals arrive carefully packaged and labeled:


IMG_2238I have also purchased a couple other items, namely this fleur de lis button:

and this bee charm:

The only downside of course is that I can’t see the crystal’s true color in person before buying.  However, I have been satisfied all but one time.  But it wasn’t a problem, due to’s easy return policy.  I simply sent the item back with a copy of my invoice, and my account was credited. 

As with most other online retailers, if you set up an account or buy from them, they will send you frequent emails with sales and specials.  I been able to take advantage of one sale, but most of the time the order minimums for the discount is too high.

Overall, I have been fully satisfied with my shopping experiences at so far and I will continue to shop with them in the future. 

*This review is based solely on my experiences.  I have not been paid or compensated in any way for this review.


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  2. Going to check this out today! Thanks for the info!

  3. I like that there is no minimum order and FREE shipping...very enticing! :) Thanks for the review!

  4. Thanks for sharing that link. I may have to check them out soon. Have a great one my friend~

  5. Hey there...I'm definitely gonna check out the jewelry link! Love your blog, so fun! Thanks for checking out my blog and your sweet comment! The fleur de Lis is actually hand painted. I drew one, then blew it up and cut it out..traced it on the doors and then painted it! I really love how that piece turned out! Have a great day!

  6. Well you should get paid for that review! lol I'm heading over to check it out. I may have a project in the future! ;)

    Thanks for sharing!


  7. I have wondered where you were finding the tiny crystals. Thank you so much for sharing your source :0)

  8. I bought from Artbeads for several years and they were wonderful. Fast, free shipping; great packaging; great products!


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