Friday, November 30, 2012

Challenge of Color Blog Hop

Erin  has once again challenged us to play with color.  This time  Brandi  provided the beautiful earth color palettes. 

My first palette

Sierra de Velazco
(mountain range in the Argentine province of La Rioja)

I decided that I had to use what I had on hand.....even though I love a good excuse to visit the bead shop!  My necklace came about when I was digging through the tote of garage/junk sale jewelry for a project I created for my show last week.  I came across this broach and couldn't believe that it had the colors I needed! 

I kept it simple.  I used beads from  Jesse James Beads 
they are fun and funky...just right with the broach.

I finished it off with a green ribbon I had been hoarding

A necklace just in time for the holidays


My 2nd palette  
Greeland Coast


               This project was harder to come by because I found I don't have a lot of blue......

Greenland inspires ice so I turned to my Swavorski crystals......I think I will probably play with these more to make them "more me"....however this is what they are now! (and I think a trip to the beads store is justified?)

Thanks so much to our 2 hosts!  Please visit the rest of the color players!

I need to add that as I hop through the blogs today I never could imagine the colors of the earth.
Oh my there is some awesome jewelry

Erin Prais-Hintz
Rebecca Anderson
Kris Auderer
Chrizette Bayman
Lori Bowring Michaud
Courtney Breul
Lynsey Brooks
Stephanie Buss
Iveth Caruso
Shannon Chomanczuk
Lisa Cone
Cece Cormier
Lori Dorrington
Dawn Doucette
Jeannie Dukic
Kim Dworak
Beth Emery
Janice Everett
Pam Farren
Donetta Farrington
Gloria Ferrer
Cherrie Fick
Therese Frank
Patty Gasparino
Tanya Goodwin
Ambra Gostoli
Jess Green
Denielle Hagerman
Mary Harding
Karla Hartzog
Kim Hora
Brandi Hussey
Emanda Johnson
Jennifer Justman
Sue Kennedy
Ema Kilroy
Lee Koopman
Linda Landig
Kirsi Luostarinen
Cynthia Machata
Alicia Marinache
Beth McCord
Mary K McGraw
Karen Mitchell
Cheri Mitchell-Reed
Aimee Moisa
Karla Morgan
Penny Neville
Becky Pancake
Kashmira Patel
Alice Peterson
Kayla Potega
Debbie Price
Bobbie Rafferty
Caron Reid
Nicole Rennell
Cynthia Riggs
Andrea Ross
Sally Russick
Annie Scherz
Pam Sears
Renetha Stanziano
Sandra Stein
Kristen Stevens
Tracy Stillman
Sherri Stokey
Lola Survillo
Kay Thomerson
Jo Tinley
Emma Todd
Cory Tompkins
Pam Traub
Melissa Trudinger
Michelle Tucker
Shelley Graham Turner
Monique Urquhart
Rachel Van-Walsk
Patti Vanderbloemen
Lesley Watt
Lynn White
Joan Williams


  1. Both pieces are lovely - I really like how the crystals have the "feel" of the Greenland photo in addition to the color!

  2. Oh wow! what a unique focal, and so perfect for your piece! I love the colors throughout that necklace ,,, rich and yummy! And really like how you graduated the colors in the earrings!! Both are beautiful!

  3. how wonderful! love that green ribbon! beautiful touch.

  4. That brooch was the perfect find - love how you oriented it, and what a fun necklace you created! And the earrings are perfect!!

  5. Lovely work as always. And, what a challenge!

  6. Love the color palette and your necklace too.

  7. What a lucky find! Your necklace came out beautiful! Personally, I think your earrings are perfection, a rather ombre effect by how you layered the crystals. I love them as is!

  8. You never know what treasures are lurking in the bottom of a stash box. Lucky find! A perfect pendant for the chosen beads in this beautiful necklace.

  9. I just love the contrast in your two pieces. The necklace is beautiful and earthy and lush and rich and velvety (and now I want cake!) and the earrings are icy and cool and equally beautiful in an opposite way.

  10. Weren't the Challenge of Color palettes just beautiful? I was so happy with the ones I got. You made such gorgeous pieces with yours! You did a fantastic job on this challenge!

  11. Fantastic necklace! Those beads are perfect for your focal! I'm also in awe of all the color pallettes. I think I'm going to make a collection of my favorites and work from them to see what happens.

  12. The earrings make me think of the deep snow shadows on glaciers, Kim... and that re-purposed brooch became an awesome work of art with your special bead selection. Bravo!

  13. Wow, that first palette is to die for! Beautiful necklace!! I love it.
    I had Greenland Coast too, and really like your earrings!

  14. My colour palette included green and even though green is NOT my colour, I now seem to find green everywhere. I love your first creation with the breen branch - beautiful. And off course . . . crystals - do I need to say more! Beautiful work.

    Bead Soup Mix

  15. I love the way your pieces came together! Especially the first - the pendant is amazing, and the accent beads are perfect.

    Thanks for playing along!

  16. The beads and the pendant of the first palette are simply amazing! Great job.


  17. Kim, that brooch is stunning .. and those beads .. wow! Your necklace is amazing. I love everything about it. I love your earrings as well .. all the soft blues and whites. The color gradation is gorgeous.

  18. Oh, I like! And, yes, a trip to the bead store is ALWAYS justified! (hehehee!) Wonderful job repurposing that brooch into a focal. I like the earrings too, but I don't know what's "you" so I can't say just leave 'em as is. Just, y'know, don't overthink yourself in their tweaking! ;)

  19. I so love the colors in that necklace, to go with that focal you repurposed. It is so beautiful. Drooling over it, and that green silk, no wonder you were hoarding that one. Andrea

  20. The pendant in your first piece is perfect. I think your earrings portrayed Greenland very well. My brother was stationed there in the air force.

  21. Love your first piece and what a fun story :) - it's so much fun upcycling pieces and refashioning into something stylish! Super job! Love the soft and dreamy effect on your earrings too - great design jobs with your palettes as inspiration :) JLynn

  22. I love the first piece too! It's very striking.

  23. Both pieces are lovely, Kim - I am truly partial to clusters, so I would not change anything on that pair of earrings! [but a trip to the bead store can be justified nonetheless :) ] I love the texture and mix on the necklace - a gorgeous piece, just in time for the Holidays!

  24. Breathtaking! And I adore your tuxedo cat. I realize the tuxedo is just coloring, but I think black and white cats have extra special personalities!

  25. I would have had a very tough time with that first palette! Love what you made, and I totally adore the Greenland earrings!

  26. The necklace is delicious ~ the whole combination is a visual feast. Adore the earrings as well!

  27. Oh my word! Kim!! I love the way you used the brooch as the focal for the first necklace and the ribbon you were hoarding adds wonderful texture! The necklace is a show stopper!!! Beautifully done!
    The greats are so pretty!! You executed a perfect ombre design, the colors of the earrings meld into the next perfectly! They look so fun and flirty!

  28. Oooh your pieces are so beautiful, I just adore those earrings. Your pallets are stunning too

  29. Love the brooch and how you used it in the necklace - stunning work! I think the earrings are gorgoues and I love the varigation of the blue colors!

  30. Miss Kim, thank you for joining us on this color-full journey. That brooch you found is perfect! It is so beautiful paired with those beads. I am quite fond of he Jesse James beads as well. I met them at the Bead & Button show. They have a great sense of drama and combine colors and shapes and finishes so well! Those Greenland earrings are perfect! I am not a big crystal wearer myself, but I know a lot of people are, so I am sure you will have no trouble finding ears for these. I love the graduated color, just like the palette! Enjoy the day! Erin

  31. Hi Kim,
    Please accept my apologies for not get here sooner I have been very busy not only with my job that pays the bills, but with my creative job as well. Oh wow your necklace is drop dead gorgeous and you are so lucky to have come across such a beautiful brooch. Have fun wearing this beauty this Holiday season. The earrings are so pretty I love all the cool blue colors in them. Any excuse to go to the bead store is a good one.

  32. Oh, so beautiful! Both pieces are just really nailed your color palettes, too!

  33. Gorgeous ombré effect in the earrings. Your necklace is definitely swoon worthy, I just love it!

  34. Stunning color schemes and equally stunning interpretations. Congratulations!

  35. The beads in the necklace are lovely, and the earrings are just the perfect match for the icy beauty of the inspiration photo!

  36. I like the necklace, but those earrings were way cool!

  37. Great job using your stash! I never seem to be very good at that, so my utmost respect. The earrings are so perfect for winter too, beautiful work

  38. Wow the necklace really does justice to the richness of the color palette. The beads and brooch were perfect. Beautiful. I really, really like the ombre effect on the earrings.

  39. The earrings are so cute for your second palette. But that first necklace just rocks. The brooch/focal is wonderful and the beads really set off the colors in the brooch and the palette.

  40. I love the necklace, it is just beautiful and the brooch was an inspiring find! The earrings are a lovely match to the second palette!

  41. Practicality cheap louis vuitton handbags is important. It would be less costly to buy cheap designer handbags than buying the usual high-end designers omega speedmaster watches. Be reminded, the items are not fake. Remember that designers best christmas giftsand premium brands make it a point to always come out with cheaper rolex datejust watches that would cater to other clients and consumers. These cheap designer bags my not be as luxurious and as premium in quality as the standard designer catier bangles but they are definitely as pretty and as durable. Besides, women would not need to worry about having fake or inferior waterproof jacketslabels for their bags.

  42. Your necklace is absolutely stunning! I love the wonderful colors, and that brooch must makes it so unique! Your earrings are lovely. They look like they would be fun to wear.


I truly appreciate you taking the time to stop and visit