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Thank you everyone for submitting entries to our January Color Challenge!  We had many great entries this month of January, and now we have picked a Winner and Runner-up.  The winner will receive a $50 Dry Gulch gift certificate, and the Runner-up will receive a $25 Dry Gulch gift certificate.  Both certificates are redeemable at our website and our store in Joplin, MO.

The judges for this challenge were the 3 generations of women that own Dry Gulch Beads and Jewelry, and they judged the entries on these three criteria:

• ADHERENCE to the color palette

CREATIVITY of the project’s design

EFFORT in the project's technique

Now, without further ado, the WINNER of the January 2015 Dry Gulch Color Challenge is:
Lise Anderson!

And the Runner-up of the January 2015 Dry Gulch Color Challenge is:
Andrea Williams Lumpkin!

Also Honorable Mention goes to:
Buttons Stemm!

Congratulations to Lise (who will receive a $50 Dry Gulch gift certificate) and to Andrea (who will receive a $25 Dry Gulch gift certificate)!  Thank you everyone for your efforts, every single entry was absolutely beautiful.  You all made it really tough on us to choose!

 Lise Anderson    Andrea Lumpkin  Buttons Stemm


Design with color and inspire your creativity!


Welcome to the

Dry Gulch Color Design Challenge!


Every month Dry Gulch Beads and Jewelry will be hosting a challenge for creative artisans everywhere. 
Be inspired and unleash your creative talents!  What will you create?

{ winter hues }


Use our colors to inspire your creativity!  Post your project using the color palette above.  Your design will be eligible to win either a $50 gift certificate or a $25 gift certificate to Dry Gulch Beads.


Anything can be created for this challenge, including;  finished jewelry pieces, headbands, wearable pendants/pins, handmade cards, lampwork beads, seed-bead art, sewing design, metal-smithing/art, paper crafting, clothing/fiber art, leather work, painting, even your favorite culinary delights (like cupcakes), etc.  Your project must be created newly and specifically for our current monthly challenge.  The sky is the limit!  Show us how creative you are with our color palette.


For this challenge, Dry Gulch is offering a $50 gift certificate to the Winner and a $25 gift certificate prize to the Runner-up.  The judges will be looking for adherence to the color palette, creativity of the project’s design and effort.  You may purchase and use Dry Gulch components in your project, but that is not a requirement to win.


Your judges will be the 3 generations of women who create at Dry Gulch Beads and Jewelry.  The judges may create and post their own visions of the monthly color palette also, but for inspiration and presentation only.

We’ll publish each created work on Facebook and here on this challenge page.  Add your photo in the comments on our Color Design Challenge Facebook Event or email us your photo to  When uploading, you may add a description of your work.  If also Facebooking and/or blogging your Dry Gulch Color Design project, please add a link to the Challenge on your page.


Entries for the Dry Gulch Color Design Challenge may be turned in from now until midnight CST, Saturday, January 31, 2015.




Color Design Challenge Entries


Catherine La Vite Lise Anderson Lise Anderson



Andrea Williams Lumpkin Buttons Stemm Rhonda Keller Fulton 




Ruth Montgomery Ruth Montgomery Mary Ann Keller

Teri Bildstein

Buttons Stemm

Deb Lornagan

Elizabeth Katherine Ingraham







Buttons Stemm


Buttons Stemm




Buttons Stemm Frank Stemm Kate Allred

Kim Gray Garcia

Lee Anne Messerschmidt

Sandy Martinez

Sandy Martinez

Sandy Martinez

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