Thursday 31 January 2013

The January Challenge - And the winner is...

Thanks to everyone who joined in with our January challenge. We had a fantastic number of entries in our colour scheme of purple, blue, green and gold, all of which were absolutely gorgeous! A quick look at the challenge image...

Color by Damaged Cupcake

 And here are all of the beautiful entries!

And the lucky person who's name is at the top of the list is...

Congratulations Signy, you're the winner of the £20 worth of Miyuki seeds beads from RB Beads! I hope you've all enjoyed taking part in this challenge as well as seeing all the wonderful entries. Please check back tomorrow when we start a brand new challenge for February :)

Tuesday 1 January 2013

The January Challenge

Welcome to the January challenge! If you thought that we'd start 2013 with a nice and easy challenge then I'm afraid you were wrong! We'd like you to create something with our peacock inspired colour scheme of Purple, Blue, Green and Gold.

 All four colours must be used for your entry to be accepted. For this challenge, gold can be traditional metallic gold or 'golden' in colour but no orange or yellow please! As always, beads with AB/rainbow finishes are allowed but due to the fabulous prizes on offer each month we’re pretty strict on the colours allowed, so no colours other than those specified please!

Now here's the twist...we'd like you to include Lampwork Beads somewhere in your entry. The twist is entirely optional but if you choose to use the twist as well as the colour scheme then you will receive two entries into the draw!

How do I enter?
There are two ways...
1. Email your photograph to Liz at
2. Or add them to our Flickr group pool.

Choose whichever way is easiest for you, you don't have to do both. In either case, please mention that it's for the January Challenge so I know that it's your entry. We're happy for you to post your photos on our Facebook group as well but please make sure that you've also submitted as above. Entries that have not been emailed or added to the Flickr pool will not be accepted.

What can I make?
Anything as long as it involves beads! Any technique is accepted, from beadweaving and stringing to wire work and bead embroidery. Lampworkers and polymer clay artists are also welcome to submit beads they've made. I'm sorry but any entries that do not include beads in some form or another will not be accepted. Your entry must be made especially for the challenge, please do not submit something that was made before January 1st 2013.

Does it have to be my own design?
No. We're happy for you to make something using a pattern from a book, magazine or tutorial but if you do please let us know the designer's name so that we can give them credit.

What about findings?
Findings (clasps, earwires, metal spacer beads etc) are exempt from the colour challenge so you can use silver, gold or any other colour findings that fit in with your project.

When is the deadline for entries?
The deadline is 6pm (GMT) on
Thursday the 31st of January.
Can I enter more than once?
You can make as many pieces as you like using the chosen colourway. All entries will be shown here on the blog but you will only be entered into the draw once (or twice if you've used the twist).

I'm not in the UK, can I still join in?
Yes of course! We welcome submissions from around the world so don't worry if you're not in the UK. Our sponsors have agreed to post prizes overseas so you can still enter and be eligible for the prize!

Any other questions?
If you have any questions about the challenge please feel free to email Liz at

The Prize
This month our sponsor is Rachel of RB Beads and she's offering a fabulous prize...the winner's choice of £20 worth of Miyuki seed beads!

The winner will be drawn by Liz after 6pm on Thursday the 31st of January, using the random list generator at and announced later on the same evening.

Good luck everyone and happy beading!