Results Day – Autumn Bead Challenge

fallbeadchallenge13Our Autumn Bead Challenge was a perfect example of the slogan –

“You can’t win if you don’t play.”

A dozen or so beaders expressed the desire to create something for the event but in the end only a couple were able to send in a finished design before the deadline.

(I surely can understand how time flies.)


However, as a result, the math here is simple:

2 prizes + 2 entrants = great odds of winning! :-D

I’m delighted to announce that Annia and Carolyn have each WON!!!
(Ladies, please watch your email for your $25 Coupon!)

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Let’s take a peek at their spectacular designs . . .

Annia made a gorgeous wrap bracelet with our Czech Silver Faceted Oval Beads, and a stunning bracelet/earrings set with our Vintage Jet Black Connectors!

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Carolyn designed a fabulous necklace featuring our Lapis Blue Spacers, White Moonglow Pearlized Tubes, and Moonglow Baby Blue Rounds!

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Both ladies expressed the feeling that our theme (“Break Out of Your Color Comfort Zone”) was a true challenge!

Annia said:
“I love color and normally my pieces reflect that and finding a never used color was difficult so I used a new technique…”

Carolyn said:
“This was out of my usual color combinations as I favor autumn colors.”

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I must add – challenge or not – these ladies did our beads proud! :-)

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Hugs,

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I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Click the envelope to leave a comment or to read what the other kids are saying! :-D

Autumn Bead Challenge: Not Your Go-To Colors!

fallbeadchallenge13Greetings and Welcome to our
Autumn 2013 Bead Design Challenge! :-)

This year’s theme will be:

“Break Out of Your Color Comfort Zone”!

We’re all attracted to our favorite colors but sometimes the results can be amazing if we experiment with the shades we seldom use!

Please join us! I know you’ll enjoy the experience! If you love to play with beads and findings – this challenge can be a win/win for you!

At the very least, you’ll have made something new for yourself. :-)
But maybe you’ll use your design as a holiday gift.
Of course, if you have a shop, you could have another item to sell!

But there’s MORE!

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We have Prizes!

    autumnleafsmTWO lucky participants (chosen at random) will each receive a
    $25 Shopping Spree in our Bead Shop!

    autumnleafsmIf you enter and don’t win a shopping spree – you WILL receive a coupon for 30% off any purchase from our Bead Shop.

    autumnleafsmALL registered participants will have their designs publicized here on the blog, and also on my website and pinterest page with links to your shop or website!

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To Qualify as a “Registered Participant” (and be eligible for a chance to win a Shopping Spree, receive the Discount Coupon, and Promotion of your design) you must do the following:

1. Create your design using at least two products (beads or findings) purchased from our etsy bead shop. You may buy more than two products, of course, but I imagine you will want to use items from your own stash to complement your choices from Bead Happily Ever After!

2. Email a clear photo (just one!) of your finished design by November 15, 2013 to:

crystal (at) beadhappilyeverafter (dot) com

3. Include:
Your Name
Your Email address
The Link (if any) you’d like me to place with your design when I promote your work!

Optional: Feel free to add a brief description of your design when you send in your photo!

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The Boring Stuff . . .
You must be 18 yrs., or over, to enter. After the completion of the challenge, the names of the two gift certificate winners will be announced here and they will also be notified by email. If a winner fails to respond to email within one week from the time notification email has been sent, the win will be null and void and a new winner will be chosen. All registered entrants will receive a 30% off coupon code, by email, at the conclusion of the challenge.

When you enter, you retain all rights to your original designs, but you give permission for Bead Happily Ever After to use your photo on our sites to promote and showcase your work.

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You can find periodic updates on this Design Challenge by clicking the 2013 Bead Challenge button – located in the sidebar on the top right of this page.

So, c’mon! Let’s get started.

I can’t wait to see what this challenge will inspire.

Hugs,

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I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Click the envelope to leave a comment or to read what the other kids are saying! :-D

Future Fun and a Surprise!

Several weeks ago, I asked one of my favorite jewelry designers if she’d like to choose some beads from my shop to make a design that I would feature here on the blog. To my delight, she graciously accepted the challenge and I sent her the beads!

I must add that this designer is also a very dear friend – so thoughtful and incredibly generous with her time and knowledge. Her name is Brenda (of BrendasJewelleryBox) and she creates wonderfully unique pieces. What I most admire about her work is her continual quest to implement new techniques. She’s truly an inspiration. Here are some examples of her art.

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In the near future, Brenda will be sending me photos of the finished pieces she has made with my beads and I’ll share her beautiful results right here as soon as I get them.

BUT there is also a SURPRISE! :-D
Brenda plans to have a GIVEAWAY of those finished pieces on her blog and you’ll all be invited to enter for your chance to win! (The details will be announced when the jewelry is complete.)

In the meantime, would you like to see the beads she has chosen to work with? Ok then, hurry on over to her blog!

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Til next time . . .

Hugs,

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I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Click the envelope to leave a comment or to read what the other kids are saying! :-D

Autumn Bead Challenge – Reveal Day!

Several weeks ago, I announced a collaboration with Lori Anderson of Pretty Things for one of her fabulous Cup of Bead Soup Mini Blog Hops! (Lori is famous for the fun and excitement of her Bead Soup Challenges. She even has a new book on the subject!

For this challenge I provided 5 identical Bead Happily Ever After Vintage Bead Kits for Lori and 4 lucky designers!

Here Are Beads They Received

(Click photo to enlarge for best view!)

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Ready to see the very creative results? :-D

Hop on over to each of these blogs to discover more photos and descriptions of what each designer created!

Pretty Things by Lori Anderson

Flop Cat Design

Mixed Mayhem Studios

It’s a Beadiful Creation

Roxi Designs

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Smiles and Hugs for all

and Big Thanks to Lori,

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Lori and Crystal have a Cup of Bead Soup

You may remember I promised our Autumn Bead Challenge would be the best ever? ;-)

Well, I am delighted to announce that I am partnering with Lori Anderson of Pretty Things for one of her fabulous Cup of Bead Soup Mini Blog Hops!

I have donated 5 identical Vintage Bead Kits to Lori and four lucky winners, who will use them to make some magic!

I chose an artsy, organic mix of Vintage Lucite and Acrylic Beads for this challenge and I know the results are going to be amazing! Wouldn’t you like the chance to play with this assortment?

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Lori is famous for the fun and excitement of her Bead Soup Challenges! (She even has a new book on the subject!)

So what are ya waiting for? Hop on over to Lori’s to sign up for your chance to be one of the lucky designers who will join her this time!!!

Sending smiles,

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