Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Color Challenge Reveal

Yeah! It's here! What an awesome challenge this was. Erin @ Treasures Found hosted her second Color Challenge. I was thrilled to participate in this one. I was still very much a newbie and finding all the cool blogs when she had the first one. Apparently she had lots of fun with paint chips at that one! She found a fantastic source of color inspiration for us to use in the site, Design Seeds. My color choice was purple. Design Seeds color chart was: Frozen Heather! Take a look!

Isn't that scrumptious?? But it was a bit harder than I anticipated. I immediately knew I wanted to do another freeform bracelet. I loved the experience with my first one, so I started pulling out colors. Now, Erin never said you needed to use only the colors in the palette, but I really tried hard to stick to that. I had one exception. I had ordered one of the Monday Mixes from Betsy Ramsey over at Red Panda Beads. And one of those was really calling to play with the purple. See?
She has the prettiest ab finish that just sparkles.
Wanna see how she well she plays with Frozen Heather?? Lookee!!

 There's that pretty topaz hanging on the edge.

 And looping around a clear ab crystal.

I ended up with lots of bridges on this one.

I totally realize that this is a busy piece, but it just wouldn't let me stop!

It really wanted to curve over, so I let it!

Check this pretty little toggle. It's a pattern from Grace Nehls in Feb 2011 B&B.

This is the back side, which I thought was pretty as well.
This color palette was a challenge, since I was trying to use up stash, and it was a lot harder than I thought to get that blue/green included. I apologize for my pics. When I took them, the colors seemed to show true. Once I'd uploaded them last night, the purples looked a lot more blue! So, those "blue" beads around the edge are really more of a purple color. I had a total blast making this, and working with the awesome Design Seeds color palette! Please go visit them when you have a chance.
Here is the list of the other participants (and their color palettes) in the challenge!
1Norma TurveyTealColor Crave
2Jeannie DukicGreenMineral Tones
3Mary McGrawTealEmbellished Hues
4Jo TinleyRedDecadent Tones
5Rebecca AndersonPinkTulip Tones
6Kristi JaroRedTemple Entrance
7Stephani GormanGreenDew Tones
8Melissa MemanGreenFruit Star
9Kathleen Lange KlikTealSilk Hues
10Cynthia RiggsRedAutumn Comfort
11Heidi PostTealFlora Bright
12Cece CormierTealMerino Teal
13Amy FreelandGrayCultured Tones
14Alice PetersonBlueIsland Play
15Rose NobleGrayAutumn Stacked
16Kristina JohanssonYellowSunny Flower
17Kirsi LuostarinenTealDragon Hues
18Tari KahrsOrangeCitrus Tones
19Mallory HoffmanPurplePetaled Dark
20Molly AlexanderBrownPeppered Tones
21Regina SanterreRedFrosted Berry
22Emanda JohnsonTealColor Purl
23Amy SeverinoOrangeWinged Tones
24Bobbie RaffertyTealLime Hues
25Tanya GoodwinGrayPecked Tones
26Lisa LodgeBlueNocturnal Tones
27Hope SmithermanBlueBloom Tones
28Linda LandigGreenCacti Dark
29Ambra GostoliTealPerched Autumn
30Lori Bowring-MichaudBlueSharpened Blue
31Pippa ChandlerTealHungarian Hues
32Keirsten GilesPurpleMineral Brights
33Jennifer JustmanBlueAutumn Rays
34Sandy RichardsonPurpleMoroccan Brights
35CJ BauschkaTealTeal Air
36Shaiha WilliamsTealSushi Hues
37Kay ThomersonPurpleAutumn Spectrum
38Sally RussickPurpleGolden Gate Tones
39Cilla WatkinsPurpleAutumn Infused
40Shirley MoorePurpleFrozen  Heather     You are here!!
41Jenni ConnollyGrayPaw Tones
42Tamara SoperGreenField Tones
43Sharyl McMillian-NelsonBlueNested Blues
44Jen VelasquezPinkSweetened Tints
45Maria GrimesRedBright Bloom
46Elisabeth AuldGrayPetaled Tints
47Susan KennedyPinkZinnia Tones
48Shannon ChomanczukGrayAutumn Leaf
49Holly WestfallYellowSprinkled Tones
50Patty GasparinoRedColor Carton
51Angela LittlePinkSingapore Brights
52Lizzie ZawinskiGreenBudding Hues
53Kristen StevensPinkScooped Tones
54Dawn DoucetteBrownJarred Tones


  1. Your color palette looks very challenging. But you met the challenge. What a beautiful bracelet you made, especially the clasp.

  2. Oh Shirley I love the freeform! Your piece truly speaks of heather to me!

  3. very pretty, wonderful colours, love your creation and beadwork

  4. Shirley - this is SO pretty! I am so afraid of freeform peyote - but you inspire me to give it a try! I have always found purple to be a difficult color to photograph - but I absolutely feel your palette coming through in this piece! Well done!

  5. So impressed, Shirley! I can't even imagine doing anything free-form like this. And it is just beautiful. Love the way it has life and spirit to it -- like movement! And the clasp is way cool, too! Nice work, sista!

  6. Well, Miss Shirley, you did an outstanding job staying true to the palette! I really like the addition of the amber colored beads. They lead your eye through the design and help establish the movement. Thank you for jumping in the color pool with me and splashing around a bit! Enjoy the day!

  7. Wonderful bracelet. I really like freeform peyote and you did such a beautiful job with it. I also like your clasp .. I'll be grabbing that issue of Bead and Button. :)

  8. Bead Weaving is always so intriquing to me. I especially love this free form style.

  9. Your palette was quite heavenly and you really did a great job with your creation! I've tried to make a similar bracelet to this and it came out way wonky. You've really got some talent to make it work!

  10. Shirley, I love your bracelet it is beautiful. I have not got up the nerve to try a freeform style peyote bracelet yet.

  11. I just love your freeform bracelet! The colors,textures and movement in the piece are amazing. I've always admired anyone who can work with these lttle seed beads.

  12. Shirley, love the freeform bracelet. Just let the beads wander and you never know where they are going to go! Right? Great design and so much fun!

  13. OMG all those little tinny beads adn you pulled off a lovely design.
    Be blessed to be a blessing

  14. Very neat bracelet! I'm always a fan of freeform and this one is such a good example of the things I like about it: textures, dimensional work, flowing lines. Great work with the palette!

  15. Just beautiful. I really admire you people that work with seed beads. So intricate and artistic!

  16. Wow - your design is just amazing! I love all of the twists and turns that give this bracelet a very Bohemian look. The colors are amazing, and the ab topaz fits right in. Fabulous!

  17. Great job! I love playing with freeform, and yours turned out so pretty -- nice job letting the beads go where they wanted to go!

  18. The freeform is gorgeous, and the colors are wonderful. I like your palette!

  19. Shirley, what a great piece. And all that work. Wonderful. I had purple, too and it was totally different. This has been so fun.

  20. What a pretty color palette. Your bead work is beautiful! You created a very fun and unique bracelet. I also really like the toggle, adds the perfect touch to it!

  21. What a cool piece! I am always so amazed by you seed beaders! Your beadwork is so lovely!

  22. This is a busy design and I love it. So organic, all the loops and curves. The toggle clasp is outstanding, the front and the back: weaving perfection :-)

  23. It is beautiful, you did a great job with your freeform beadwork. Love all the little details.

  24. You rocked the freeform! Using your stash stuff is always a challenge so I totally appreciate the work! Thank you for always being so amazingly can help bring a smile when I'm needing one...happy December!

  25. Wow, great piece. Letting the beads decide what they want to do is kind of freeing isn't it?

  26. Those beads took you to a lovely place! Beautiful.

  27. Great job! Love the seed beads and the toggle really looks good too. Pretty palette.

  28. I really like your freeform bracelet. It's a piece one could wear a hundred times and still love! Peace

  29. Love your freeform, love your colors, love,love, love!

  30. Thank you for stopping by the virtual craft show! I love your blog and look forward to seeing more. I hope you take the time to check out my designs at designs by susan and Hope to see you!

  31. Beautiful bracelet...and such a lot of time with those littlies.I love the freeform, organic aspect to it and how you just let it flow and be.

  32. Wow, what a beautiful bracelet! Lots of love went into making this beauty.

  33. Oh my gosh, this is so gorgeous! I can't even imagine how difficult it is.

  34. Your palette was so beautiful, I love all those shades of purple and your freeform bracelet come out pretty well!


  35. Beautiful and you chose my favorite color purple too!! Lovely free form beading.

  36. Wow, really amazing beadwork! Great job!

  37. Beautiful! Yes, there's a lot going on, but you tie it all together beautifully with your design.

    Loved the way you worked with your color palette!


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