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Thanks all for a great month of spooky entries!  Now announcing the Winner and Runner-up!

The Winner is Emily Brown!

The Runner-up is Stacey Barnett!

Thank you all. We'll see you in the Dry Gulch November 2016 Color Design Challenge!

Emily Brown   Stacey Barnett

This very artistic and beautiful entry was submitted by Bev Cosens for the October 2016 Color Design Challenge and was made with her own handmade lampwork beads.  Dry Gulch accidentally missed her email.  Because her entry was seen after we had already selected the winners for the October Color Design Challenge, we are now posting her entry for everyone to see.  Bev has also been selected as Co-Winner and she will also receive a first place gift certificate.  Now on to the November Color Design Challenge!


Design with color and inspire your creativity! dsvasafvdf

 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?

Color Palette #177 :: Halloween Pumpkins

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, Monday, October 31st, 2016.

Color Design Challenge

Stacey Barnett

Stacey Barnett

JR An Carol Carnes

JR An Carol Carnes

JR An Carol Carnes

Stacey Barnett

Mary Kearney

Stacy Diaz

Tara Angel Keels

Lise Anderson

Kristina Hahn Eleniak

Ali Smith

Rachel Grow

Emily Brown

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