30 November 2011

Paint the World with Your Palette: 2nd Annual Challenge of Color Blog Hop!

"The world is your kaleidoscope, and the varying combinations of colors which at every suceeding moment it presents to you are the exquisitely adjusted pictures of your ever-moving thoughts." ~ James Allen

Welcome to the 2nd Annual Challenge of Color Blog Hop!

The reason that I started this challenge was because I was stuck in a color rut. I thought it would be fun to jazz up my pieces with a dose of color on what would normally be a gray month around here in Wisconsin. So I invited some friends to play along. Last year over 40 people accepted my challenge. I never realized that so many others needed that color jolt as well!

So this year I decided to mix things up a bit. I found a wonderful color palette blog called Design Seeds. Jessica Colaluca is the brains behind that operation that takes a fresh look at color and supplies creatives like me with beautifully rendered palettes. Miss Jessica was kind enough to let us play along with her palettes as long as we linked back to her site. So I asked the participants to choose one color from a group of twelve. This could be a complete challenge to them, or something that they loved. Either way, I sent a totally unique palette to all 54 players in this colorful game. The only rule was that they had to use the main color that they chose. At the end of this post you will find a complete list of all the hoppers. I hope you will visit each one and of course, leave some feedback for them to let them know what you think of their interpretations!

Now it wouldn't be a challenge without me going a bit overboard. I threw down my own gauntlet to myself and declared that I would create one piece of jewelry for each of the twelve palettes. AND I would try to use an art bead in each. AND I would only use what I had available - no shopping.

And I did it.

I am exhausted but proud.
First we start off with one of our participants from afar, my friend Kirsi, all the way in Finland. Kirsi requested that I post her palette and creation on my blog, and I am happy to oblige.
teal - dragon hues

wings of a dragon - by kirsi

Kirsi chose the color teal. Kirsi is a color lover and loves to pair music with her jewelry designs. This is what she had to say about her necklace.

Hello. My name is Kirsi Luostarinen. I love colours! For this challenge I was inspired by the colour and I have always been fascinated by the dragons. I am a dragon, too. I was thinking about the Japanese new year celebration and "the walking dragons "there. The sound of music here is absolutely "Big in Japan" by Alphaville. It blows your mind with the necklace.
." The wings of a dragon" is made of coloured-patinated copper wire, feathers of pheasant, gemstones (mokaiitti in Finish) and artisan hollow lampbeads by Nadin Sandler.

Well done, Miss Kirsi! I am totally digging the feathers and the way you displayed the necklace!

On to my palettes! All twelve of them!
I will let the colors speak for themselves.........
brown - chocolate chips

polymer clay bead - the lovely Miss Pam Wynn
wood, ceramic, leather, copper

purple - flora hues

cold press clay pendant - Israeli artist Alona - Rafya on Etsy
amethyst, amazonite, peridot, gold filled and gold vermeil components

green - caprese hues

ceramic pendant - the sweet Miss Mary Harding on Etsy
mosaic green magnesite, carved bone, sponge coral, wood and nut beads
blue - indigo hues

polymer clay 'simple truths' pendant  - why, me, of course!
silver plated connector, pearls, seed beads, silver plated spacers
gray - color fuse

lampwork glass bead - the ever amazing Miss Kerry Bogert of KABs Concepts
agate slice, vintage carved onyx, snowflake obsidian, gold plated spacers, steel wire
red - red velvet hues

polymer clay message toggle - the oh-so-cute Miss Heather Wynn Millican of Swoondimples on Etsy
dyed wood beads, glass cubes, pearls, amethyst, sterling silver flower

lavender - dried tones
pewter button - talented D'Arsie Manzella of Mamacita Beadworks on Etsy
etched and silvered lampwork round  - my new glass crush from Luxemborg, Maryse Fritszch of Glass Bead Art on Etsy
ceramic round - the nicest person you will ever meet, Miss Melanie of Earthenwoods Studio on Etsy
dyed charoite and amethyst rounds, seed beads, silver plated spacers
yellow - pear tints

polymer clay disk beads - from my best friend, Miss Heather Powers of Humblebeads on Etsy
silvered ivory ring - created by the delightful Miss Cindy Gimbrone
branch connector, brass oak leaves, green glass, vintage glass pearls, peanut beads
orange - barked orange

lampwork egg - created just for me by the Midwest girl at hear, Miss Kelley Wenzel of KelleysBeads on Etsy (and she is making eggs again!)
little birdie bead - my good friend, Miss LeAnn Weih of Summers Studio on Etsy
glass, wood, copper leaf connector
teal - flora bright

lampwork glass ribbed bead - my friend from down under, Miss Jenni Connolly
green hollow lampwork bead - Miss Kerry Bogert of KABs Concepts
striped and dottie lampwork beads - from the laugh-until-it-hurts friend in the shiny shack, Miss Julianna Cannon of Julsbeads
silk strands - expertly color coordinated by my friend, Miss Marsha Neal of Marsha Neal Studio
colored glass disks, upcycled silver plated ball chain
beige - shelled tones

tiny lampwork beads - the crushworthy Pinocean on Etsy (I hear there is a shop update today!)
Swarovski crystals, rhinestone headpins, pearl rondelle spacers, gold plated bead caps, 14kt rose gold ear wires

pink - agate pink

gold filled ear wires and spacers
mother of pearl mosaic tear drop beads
dyed crazy lace agate rondelles, Swarovski crystals, silver spacers

lampwork glass beads - lovingly created by my friend Miss Julianna Cannon, also of StudioJuls fame
rose quartz, silver plated spacers, sterling ear wires
For sticking it out until the end of my very long post, I have a chance for one lucky person to win either pair of the earrings inspired by the pink palette. To win, all you need to do is leave a comment on this post. Any comment will do. This giveaway is exclusively for those who are stopping by to comment and is open to anyone in the world. Winner will be announced on Monday, December 5th.

So, what did you think? I feel energized that I was able to complete this challenge and it is gratifying to know that I did it by dipping into the lovely beads that I have been hoarding for far too long!

 I also have a heaping helping of great prizes exclusively for the 54 players to win. Wish I could gift you all, but know that I so appreciate you! For the players, we have the following goodies:

Gift Certificate to Brandi Hussey's new Freshly Hued store filled with colorful goodies galore! Check out the new do-it-yourself holiday cards. I can't wait to get mine!
One lucky winner. Value: $12

One tutorial from LaBellaJoya on Etsy - you pick! (Thank you, Miss Marcie!)
One lucky winner. Value: $12

Design Seeds is now available for your iPhone/iPad. I will personally purchase a copy of the app as my gift to you! How great to carry color with you wherever you go! (Makes me want an iPad of my own! ;-)
Two lucky winners. Value: $5.99 each

One of my newest designs in the 'simple truth' line is a long stick pendant perfect for your fortune cookie message. One lucky winner will receive the pendant shown above.
Value: $18

And thanks to the generosity of some amazing artist friends, and my attempt to create from my stash, I have an amazing group of beads to give away - many of them art beads - in all twelve color families! Beads shown will be divided equitably and include art beads from Round Rabbit, JulsBeads, Birgitta Lejonklou, Marsha Neal, Sally Russick, Jeannie Dukic and Beth & Evie McCord. Also included are stones, wood, lava and pearls. And who knows what else might jump in the box!
Value: Priceless

All participants in the list below are entered in these drawings just for playing along (no commenting necessary). Just my way of saying thanks!

All winners will be announced on December 5th.

So tell me which of the palettes I completed was your favorite! And after you leave a nice comment (with a way for me to contact you if you win the earrings - kindly turn on your email in your profile!), please start your hop here and work your way around the world on a colorful magic carpet ride!

1 Norma Turvey ~ Teal ~ Color Crave
18 Tari Kahrs ~ Orange ~ Citrus Tones
35 CJ Bauschka ~ Teal ~ Teal Air
41 Jenni Connolly ~ Gray ~ Paw Tones


Regina said...

Wow, I am speechless. They are gorgeous, and you have done a magnificient job!

Sharyl said...

Wow! Would I love to have your stash of beads and your talent! I have so many favorites: The colors, beads, and findings in "Hatching Hope" are wonderful! You managed to squeeze a whole host of my favorite colors in fun shapes into "Flora Bright," and while I admire every pair of earrings, I'm particularly fond of the "Agate Pink" ones (2nd pair). In addition to the cheery color and quality of beads, those silver square beadcaps are so unusual! (Now admittedly, I skipped about 1/2 way down the list of photos before I started commenting so I would leave something for others to say, :-) but you have lovely colors and designs throughout! I struggled with one palette, while you did many! Amazing stuff! Congratulations and, in addition, my gratitude to you for organizing this event!

steufel said...

Oh Erin, I'm sad, that I missed that hop - but our honeymoon had to be first, but next year hopefully I can participate again. Your work is stunning as always. You have such a distinctive and splendorous style. Love every single peace!

Anonymous said...

Crikey, that's a lot of jewellery! I can't pick a favourite. Time to go and see what all the other lovely people came up with!

Jenni said...

You are amazing, girl! Fancy doing the whole 12!!
I can't pick a favourite...but I love the blue...your pendant is a delight! I gasped when I saw the beautiful agate slice and the yellow and grey bead by Kerry...such a fashionable colour mix at the moment...and I love the Yellow palette with Heathers beads.Thank you for using one of my ribbed beads in the teal palette...that was quite a sweet surprise!! Thank you so much for organising this lovely, fun event.

Amy S. said...

These pieces are spectacular, and it was loads of fun scrolling down, viewing the palette, and with a little suspense finally seeing what you created! It's hard to pick a favorite. The dragon one is such an eye popper, I loved the caprese....but ever since looking at it, I can't take my mind off of the piece with Rafya's pendant! These are all a great inspiration! Thanks for hosting this awesome challenge!

rosebud101 said...

I can honestly say, I would have a hard time picking my favorite color pallete! I liked the pear. I liked them all! Great job and thanks for hosting this blog hop. I can hardly wait to see what everyone does with their colors!

Pips said...

Wow - I am speechless!! I couldn't possibly choose a favourite, they are all amazing! Thank you so much for hosting Erin, I have had so much fun!

lynsey said...

It's been wonderful seeing what every one has created, i'm loving the palettes, gorgeous

Lori Bowring Michaud said...

Well Miss Erin, again, thank you so much for hosting this challenge! You are truly an inspiration and I am flabbergasted by the fact that you completed your significant challenge for yourself. I am not at all surprised by the beautiful designs you've created, they are gorgeous. I do very much like your One Tiny Pebble!

adlinah said...

Every single piece is stunning. And I am in awe at how beautifully you managed the various colour combos. I'm a sucker for anything purple so flora hues was an instinctive favorite. But I think I'll have to pick shell tones after much consideration because it's tough to work with what I like to term 'non-colours' and I appreciate your elegant, beautiful earrings so much more in view of this.

T... said...

Erin, amazing pieces and such stunning colours in all 12...Thank you for putting this together and allowing me to take part....

Kirsi, great piece, love the feathers

Jo said...

Oh my oh my! What amazing work you have done! I just can't pick one favourite. I love the glossy blues and the silver connector of One Tiny Pebble and how the connector follows on so well from your pendant, but the mix of seed beads and the gorgeous lampwork in Modern Day Corsage is so lovely. And then there's Pear Tones with softly subtle colours and such beautiful components too! No, definitely can't choose a favourite.

Thank you so much for organising the challenge - I've had great fun!

KayzKreationz said...

Wow, what wonderful pieces. Kirsi did a great job with her palette. And I think my favorite of yours is the green, although the red runs a close second. But then they're all gorgeus. And that second set of the pink earrings really calls to me.
My post is up, but I'm hoping to get better pictures today. I was running out of time and light last night. :) Thanks for the opportunity to participate. I love the Design Seeds site.

Kathleen Lange Klik said...

Amazing Erin! I am blown away by the gorgeous pieces you created. As I scrolled down your blog I thought, oh this piece is my favorite...scroll down more...wait, no this one is my favorite...everything is just stunning! Your photographs are really beautiful too! With everything going on during this busy time of year, you were still able to create 13 gorgeous designs! You are an inspiration Erin!

lunedreams said...

(just commenting to say bravo! i don't wish to enter the drawing--i never wear earrings anymore!) oh man, so hard to pick! i'm torn between the barked orange bracelet, indigo hues pendant, and the color fuse bracelet. but i think i have to go with the barked orange, love that cinnamon and indigo together.

Courtney Breul said...

Wow! I can't pick a favorite, they are all so wonderful! Your work is always so amazing! (can I come and play with you and your beads????) :)

This is a wonderful hop - the color palettes have all been amazing.

Tanya said...

Erin, I am blown away. I absolutely adore the indigo hues necklace and the red velvet bracelet. I also love the pear tints necklace. The clasp is so pretty. Hmm.. I will stop here, or I will end up naming all 12 as my favorite. :) Thanks for hosting the challenge.

Shannon Chomanczuk said...

you are insane! everything is so beautiful. I like the red palette, well I like them all but the red spoke to me. I wonder if that is because I got maroon and gray in my palette.
Beautiful pieces and only 1 pair of earrings. You amaze me.
Shannon C

Unknown said...

No I am not going to do it! I can not possibly pick my favorite. I will however tell you that your ripple pendant will forever be etched in my brain as a statement of who you are and how much a part of the ripple in my growing circle you are.
Before I get too sappy and start crying (really because the tears are starting) I have to say thank you for being you!

Pearl and Pebble said...

Erin you are officially at the top of my beading hero list!!! These designs are all so spectacular. How to pick a favorite?!?! I love them all, but I guess I love Chocolate Chips the most. I think:) I can't stop looking! Thanks so much for hosting this challenge,it really got my wheels spinning!

Kristie F. Cecil said...

Wow Erin,quite the organizational feather in your cap, brava! Plus your work is beautiful as well. I like yours, of course and Chocolate Chips. All are very inspired.

JeannieK said...

First I want to thank you for hosting this fun, unique challenge. I truly enjoyed it right down to my toes.

You Did It! I'm overly expressed. Erin you are one of the most prolific, talented designers out there. High Five!

My favorites are the red velvet and the shelled tones

ladynoble said...

Okay. I don't know if it is because I am always drawn to green, or the fact that I am a little hungry right now? BUT I love what you did with the Caprese Hues palette! Your necklace looks just as yummy as those kabobs! Nice color balance with the green and brown. Seriously Erin I know I don't need to type this because I have told you a million tomes already but you are so talented. Your work is truly YOU and I love it. All of your designs in this post are beautiful - you were right about the eye candy.

Design Seeds is one of my favorite digital stops and I am very happy to be a part of this challenge. Even though you gave me ORANGE in my grey palette... sneaky lady, you really did want it to be a challenge didn't you?! :)

One last thing to this long comment. Your photography looks awesome. It is so great to see you grow as an artist over the past couple years. A+ work all around.

Now I am off to work, then I will hop later this afternoon. I can't wait to see all of the designs. (you have my email)

Michelle Mach said...

Wow! Great color palettes! I'd pick flora hues because last night I was working on a necklace with one of those colors and got stuck. Now thanks to you I think I'm *unstuck*! Yay!

Alice said...

Erin, I had so much fun with this color challenge, not just in the creating, but also meeting new bloggers and seeing such lovely creations. I'm already anticipating the next color challenge. Jessica's palettes are just beautiful! I din't see any that I didn't like.

Thanks so much for putting this all together. And I'm beginning to think you don't sleep. Your pieces are all amazing! Yay, you finished them all!

Cece Cormier said...

Thanks for hosting. Well done, exceptionally well done. I have several favorites, but all are beautifully put together.

Klassy Joolz said...

WOW, WOW, WOW!!!! Erin ~ as always you are truly amazing. All your designs are gorgeous! I don't know how you do everything you do. But THANKS for YOU and for always SHARING!!!

Smiles, Pam

jessememan said...

Wow! What absolutely gorgeous work, my friend! You nailed each and every one of these palettes! Thank you so much for inspiring us to think "outside" our everyday crayon box :)

Therese's Treasures said...

Erin, your talents know no boundries! All of your creations for this color challenge are gorgeous and it was very hard to pick out a favorite. So I chose the Caprese necklace as my favorite. The colors are so bright and pretty and all of the elements you used in the necklace complaiment each other well. I have been enjoying hopping around viewing what everyone has done in your color challenge. When you host another color challenge I will be sure to sign up to join in on the fun.

Maria said...

OMG Erin!
You are my hero! Not only did you do all 12, but ALL 12 pieces turned out AMAZING!!!
Great job, Maria

Unknown said...

thank you for all you do in this challenge event Erin! Your work is amazing :)

The Crazy Creative Corner said...

You seriously think I can only pick ONE thing I like best? Hmmm... a challenge, itself. How 'bout this, I'll pick a fav from each category:

Necklace: tie between Wild Cacao & Caprese with Journey to Jaipur a close 2nd

Bracelet: Fortune Favors with Hatching Hope a (very) close 2nd

Earrings: Golden Pagodas

What a fun thing to do and what a great way to stretch your creativity or boot a mental block! Hope you do this again!

I LOVE color! said...

Erin, each one of your creations are so lovely and you got through on time.THAT IS AMAZING

Kathie said...

Just stumbled upon your blog today - and reading your post made the drab beige walls of my tiny office close in ever tighter. Now I'm itching to get out and play with some colors!

Stephani Gorman said...

Okay! You must get the most productive award!!! Very cool designs!

Linda Landig said...

WOW and just more wow! Your creations are stunning, every single one of them! I'm so impressed and inspired by all this eye candy! Thank you for arranging this delightful blog hop. I'm off to go visit the other color mavens!

Kim Stevens said...

What a great idea Erin!! And I loved each one of your pieces, I always do! But if I were to pick a favorite, and shock it's not pink, it would be the pear tones with the pearls, branches, and heather's beads. Simple, yet elegant, a little romantic like a fling with nature!

Heidi Post said...

Erin! You clearly do not sleep. I am in awe of all of your pieces - I'd be hard pressed to narrow it down to even 3 favorites, lol. And that you just happened to have all that lying around... Hoard much? You are enjoying all of your days, aren't you?

And Kirsi's necklace is so much fun with those feathers. I want the dragon in her photo!

indigo heart said...

such beautiful work, erin! my two favorites are the rustling leaves and hatching hope.

My Life Under the Bus said...

They are all beautiful Erin - I don't know how you do it all! My favorites are The lavender"Dry Tones" bracelet and the grey "Color Fuse" bracelet - the stalagtite is wonderful! Thank You so much for hosting!

moonlitfantaseas said...

Erin! thank you so much for such a fun blog hop challenge! you are amazing, I loved every thing you created, it would be hard to choose a favorite! n

Ema Kilroy said...

Amazing! I love the lavender dried piece. It is beautiful. What I wonderful challenge. It is so easy to get stuck in a rut with our type of work. I can totally identify.

Anonymous said...

Oh my!! Erin you have been a very busy gal!! Beautiful, beautiful designs!! Thank you so much for organizing such a fun and colorful hop!! I'm already looking forward to the next one!

Maneki said...

Those palettes are all so inspiring! What a challenge you set for yourself -- and what a fab result! Not just are there so many different types of colour combos (from vibrant to neutral, from simple harmonies to tricky combos), but also different styles and feels in the jewellery you made from them.

Thank you so much for doing this very fun and inspiring challenge! It made me pick and work with a colour I'd probably avoid otherwise and use a palette very different from my usual favourites. Can't wait for next year. ;)

And such generous prizes too!

Kirsi: What a fun and unusual necklace what with the colourful feathers on the sides. Well done! (And now I can't get that song out of my head, but then again I have a soft spot for Alphaville and 80's music.)

Shirley said...

First of all, cheers for Kirsi. Her piece was fun and lively, and hit her colors perfectly!
Now on to the queen of color. A favorite? Really? Cause you know what I was doing, right? As I scrolled down, at each one I would say, Oh! That's my fave!, then I'd see the next one, and off I'd go again! So, I finally narrowed down to two. And that's just because they are the colors I wear, not cause they aren't all stinking gorgeous! I love the Fortune Favors, and One Tiny Pebble. What a stunning job you did! Words just can't express how fully satisfied I am after all that color and artistic design I just experienced. Thank you so much for this wonderful challenge!

Brandi Hussey said...

Gorgeous, my friend, absolutely gorgeous! I'm having a tough time picking between the Indigo palette piece and the Color Fuse gray palette piece. A really tough time!

I'm sorry to have missed out on this color palette hop, but I'm off to check out everyone's pieces!

Mary Lamoray said...

I can only pick one!!? Can't do it...The top three favorites for me are Blue, Red Velvet and gray... Absolutely stunning and so full of clever designing...just gorgeous work!! Every one of them is beautiful... :)))

Anonymous said...

Yours is one of the most inspirational blogs I've ever read and today's post tops them all! Love all your jewellery but the red one is my fave. Thanks for the info on where to find the palettes - brilliant! Now I'm off to visit the others artists' pages.

moushka26 (at) yahoo (dot) ca

Mary K. McGraw said...

First I want to thank you for hosting this challenge. I did it last year also. I especially like how you incorporated Design Seed palettes into the challenge. I clip my favorite palettes to Evernote and am thus able to access them when I am shopping or putting together class samples.

I love all your pieces and really could not pick out a favorite. You are an inspiration to us all.

Dawn Doucette said...

Erin, your creations from each and every color palette are so very inspiring. I find one and think "it's my favorite" until I get to the very.next.one (and it keeps repeating!) Thank you for putting the challenge out there. Having such a unique palette really made my brain and heart work. I created a true work of art that I didn't know was in me. You are a true gem and a gift to the artisan community. I feel so blessed to call you a friend!
{Hugs & Love to you!}

beautifullybrokenme said...

Erin - thank you SOOOOO much for organizing this blog hop. So much work went into choosing the palettes and then creating pieces from each color family to boot - your pieces are absolutely stunning! Thanks you again, my friend - you never cease to amaze and inspire me! :)

Bobbie said...

Holy schnickies, lady! When you set yourself a challenge, you ramp things way up don't you? Twelve palettes, an art bead in each, and no shopping?? You have confirmed my belief in the importance of having a big stash 'o beads, just in case. (and I'm going to use this logic if my husband questions my need to go bead shopping!) Each is beautiful, but I particularly like the grey piece - the blue agate is gorgeous, and I love how the yellow stripe on the lampwork bead looks like the fuse in the photo. Thanks for coordinating this!

SoulsFireDesigns said...

Firstly, I love Kirsi's piece, absolutely beautiful! The feathers are such a great touch! Now, for yours...
**STUNNED SILENCE for several minutes** I bow down to a master, milady Erin... I am just... I am in awe of your talent.. it took me long enough to do my ONE palette and ONE piece... to have 12 and to do 12? You are so incredibly inspiring. Thank you so much for letting us do this, for organizing this... everything! I am not sure I can pick a favorite, everything was so incredible... but I think I'm going to have to say the red velvet, the bracelet you made is just so beautiful but wearable. A work of art that you could wear every day. Love it!

KayzKreationz said...

Oh crum, I thought the app was good for Androids, too. Oh well. Will have to check out her books.

Shai Williams said...

Was actually kept the best for last. All of the designs are lovely but the one that truly spoke to me was the red palette. And I am not even a fan of red.

EmandaJ said...

Miss Erin, you are such an over-acheiver! I was challenged with my ONE color palette and you did 12. I LOVED working on the challenge and, like you, I got all my supplies from my stash -- That's why I don't know who all created my beads, some were gifts from swaps. Thanks so much for your kind comment on my blog!

Thanks for putting us all together and for your generous gifties!


Heather Powers said...

You are so amazing - not only do you come up with an awesome blog hop - you create 12 stunning pieces of jewelry for each color scheme. I may have to play this game in January when it's snowy and cold and I'm ready for color. Did I mention how wowed I am by those designs?!!!

Marcie Abney Carroll said...

The first thing that went through my mind was dang! What a lot of work! The second thing was dang! what a lot of beads! Gorgeous pieces, just gorgeous!

Cindy said...

Erin, what an incredible color challenge. And just like you to jump in with both feet and create jaw-dropping jewelry. I have to wonder, how in the world did you do it all?? I know, many late nights and natural talent. :-) I kept saying "this is my favorite"...then scrolled down tot he next one and said the same thing. So hard to chose! But I will list a few that I just have to mention:
The Green, Indigo, and Teal pieces....every single one so stunning!

silver jewelry wholesalers said...

the Jaipur designs are pretty and beautiful...

Starstruckbooks said...

O M G !
Those pieces are GORGEOUS..and I can't believe you made them all in the time it took me to create a single piece! I will be back to spend more time staring in awe and drinking in the loveliness later. You amaze me, thank you for all this inspiration!

Joann Mannix said...

What absolutely gorgeous creations! And no, I cannot pick a favorite. Each one of them is stunning. Kudos to you and your talented friends.

So sorry to have been out of the loop, Erin. But even though I'm focusing elsewhere, my heart and head are always with my friends in blogland.

Christmas is coming and I will be perusing your shop for all my favorite people.

In fact, I need to talk to you about a special someone I've been thinking of. I'll send you an email shortly.

Gale said...

Amazing versatility! I love the hatched orange best--and that's saying something because I usually cringe when I see orange.

Cyndi J said...

Fabulously wonderful! I do love your designs and hope to see them in magazines soon. I love all of the jewelry but if I was forced to pick a fav it would be the blue indigo hues. I am also amazed that you already had all of these lovely beads and didn't need to purchase anything for the challenge. And Jessica's palettes are stunning.

Cyndi J said...

I forgot to mention Kirsi! Just lovely with the feathers. And what gorgeous colors, too.

Anonymous said...

Wow! It's so hard to pick a favourite as they are all beautiful. I will choose one creation for each category.
So, earrings: Agate pink
Bracelet: Fortune Favors
Necklace: One Tiny Pebble

And... I wish I had your stash! You have great beads inthere!

Thanks for hosting this challenge!

Sarah Sequins said...


This challenge was a fantastic idea! I enjoyed seeing what all the talented participants made, and I'm just itching to participate next year.

Great job!

-- Sarah

Baking Beads in the Keys said...

All knockout gorgeous but I am digging chocolate chips the most!!!

MoonRae said...

This post made my day!! The colors are gorgeous and the pieces are sublime. Thank you so much for sharing,every one of them is a work of art!!!
I hope to participate the next time around


elisabeth said...

Thank you thank you thank you for a wonderful challenge and for being such a great hostess. Your pieces are, of course, absolutely stunning! Thanks again and I hope you do this again soon!

Mary Harding said...

Erin, what a wonderful blog hop you created. Everyone's work is so stunning and original. I must say I was stopped in my tracks when I saw what you made with my Maple Seed Wings pendant. Just incredible. Wonderful colors Thanks you so much. Can I post the pic on Facebook or my blog? or both?

Off the Beadin' Path said...

A favorite, as in singular? Not possible! I do favor Wild Cacao, Journey to Jaipur, Fortune Favors the Brave, Rustling Leaves, Hatching Hope, Golden Pagodas! But Erin, if you were a movie star, you would have 12 Oscars, if you were a novelist, you would have 12 bestsellers!!! Your stash is a king's ransom. ( I really need to shop with you more often) even when it's via Etsy. The whole collection and challenge is just superb!

CreatingCures said...

Wow - you did a fantastic job. Hard to pick just one favorite but I think you nailed the colors in the green Caprese hues perfectly - that green pendant really pops!

I'm also happy to see you're giving all these great artists kudos with the prizes - great job all around! BTW -
love the pagoda earrings too. ~~T

CraftyHope said...

Erin, you are one overly ambitious lady!! I'm amazed that you were able to create such stand-out pieces in EACH of the palettes. Just...wow. I started reading this post of yours with the intent to pick out a single favorite. That was impossible. Each of your pieces is fabulous. I particularly like the green, lavender, and teal pieces. However, like I said, they're all amazing!!
Thank you for putting the challenge to each of us and hosting it. It was a lot of fun! Jessica's palettes are ├╝ber inspiring and I think I'll be turning to them for just that in the future!

Amy F said...

I love them all, but it was a toss up between indigo hues and color fuse. so pretty! thanks for putting this together for us!!!

Becky Nunn said...

I simply do not want to choose! I am impressed! From one who knows what it takes to do a project like this, I am truly in awe! Not a single detail missed. Do you sleep?

SueBeads said...

I love them all, Erin, and what an amazing job you did. I think I like Journey to Jaipur the best, though, and thank you for listing the artist's name! You are incredible as usual!

Cillaw said...

I have an interesting comment ( i think!)
My least favorite palette is the shelled tones but my favorite piece of jewelery is the pagoda earrings!
All your work is beautiful.
Thank you for a great challenge. I received such wonderful and thoughtful comments on my blog too.
Thanks again!

Unknown said...

Oh wow! I am in awe! I love them all but my favorite is the Lavender - dried tones!

Thank you for this wonderful challenge!

Barbara Lewis said...

This is amazing! Gorgeous post, photos, jewelry! Oh My! You outdid yourself, Miss Erin! xo

Anonymous said...

I posted a long comment and it doesn't seem to be showing up - so I'll try again in abbreviated form. Erin - your are truly a gifted artist! I loved all of your creations, my favorite palette was barked orange!

Thomaschrishan said...

We all know that Roller Coaster in the park needs paint job the most. But there are two coasters in the park, which is also able to get some color.


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