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Thank you all for a great month of entries for the Dry Gulch November 2016 Color Design Challenge. Now announcing the Winner and Runner-up! Be sure to also read the important notice posted below.

And now, the Winner for the Dry Gulch November 2016 Color Design Challenge is Shirley Evans.

And the Runner-up is JR An Carol Carnes.

Thank you all and we look forward to seeing everyone in the Dry Gulch December 2016 Color Design Challenge!

  Shirley Evans              JR An Carol Carnes

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?

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 finished and created newly and specifically for our current monthly challenge.  Your project must include all the colors shown in the palette. The project may have other colors in it, but the official palette should be the main focus.  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 prize to the Winner and a $25 gift certificate prize to the Runner-up.  The judges will be looking first for adherence to the color palette, and then second for creativity of the project’s design and then thirdly for effort.  You may purchase and use Dry Gulch components in your project, but that is not a requirement to win.

First and foremost, the judges look for color adherence.  If your completed project has all of the right colors, but your photographed entry does not reflect those colors, then that creates a real dilemma for the judges and a possible disappointment for you since we judge for color adherence first, based on your submitted photos!  Secondly, we judge for creativity and then thirdly for effort.  Photographs are an integral element for showing the judges what the project colors look like.  In a previous challenge, we had a project that was submitted with three different photographs, and in each photo the colors looked completely different and only one of those photographs best matched the color palette!  Remember, your photo must show us all of the criteria that we look for, but especially the colors.  Of course, you may submit more than one photograph of different angles and lighting of the same project and the judges will select the best photo that best matches the current challenge colors for posting on our website.

Your judges (4 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 to 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.  You may also use our official Color Design Challenge blog badge, which can be found on our blog here.


Entries for the Dry Gulch Color Design Challenge may be turned in from now until midnight CST, Wednesday, November 30th, 2016.

Color Design Challenge

JR An Carol Carnes

Saranya Anandha Krishnan

JR An Carol Carnes

Kim Gray Garcia

Kim Gray Garcia

Leslie Schenkel

Shirley Evans

Becca Scott

JR An Carol Carnes

Kristina Hahn Eleniak


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