Friday, January 03, 2014

Radiant Orchid Challenge...

This is the latest Reader's Challenge for my blog.  It's a fun and informal way to play, create, and challenge yourself with a pre-selected set of components.  Let's see what you can make!

To participate, you must purchase a Design Kit.  This kit features a selection of handmade polymer clay beads, Czech glass, Swarovski crystal, gemstones, a lampwork glass bead, and a Luxury Bead Blend.

The Luxury Bead Blend consists of Japanese Miyuki seed beads, Toho seed beads, freshwater pearls, amethyst, Czech glass, African recycled glass, Chinese crystal, Swarovski crystal, vintage sequins, German glass, fluorite, and Javanese lampwork glass.

But wait… there's more!  The pictures show a luscious mix of materials, but what isn't pictured is the mystery component!  Each kit will come with a special handmade component that will remain a mystery until it arrives at your door!

The mystery component will be publicly revealed on Monday, January 27th!  Please keep it under wraps until then.

I didn't know if I was going to do another Reader's Challenge.  They're quite a lot of work to put together and as a small business owner, there are only so many hours in the day.  However, so many people requested that we start them back up, that we gave in!  

To celebrate the return of the Challenges and to commemorate the start of a New Year and a brand new Pantone Color of the Year, we decided to create a kit inspired by Radiant Orchid – the "it" color for 2014!  What better way to drive into this color than challenging yourself with components belonging to the same color family.  

In selecting the components for the kit, I thought about my grandmother's windowsill in Florida.  She had dozens of orchids that bloomed constantly.  The blooms would seemingly stay perfect for months.  The thick, leafy blooms were in a pale purple and lined with bright shocks of fuchsia pink.  I can still remember us watering them and talking to them.

If you're familiar with these challenges, then you know that there are lots of different design choices that can create unique pieces, and a single kit can produce several pieces if one wants.

With your kit, using as much or as little of it as you like, create a piece that showcases your creativity, individuality, and artistic expression.  Ideally your creation will spotlight the great assortment of beads included, but the sky's the limit with what you make!

Keep your project a secret until the reveal date!

The reveal date is set for Thursday, February 27th, 20014!  Post a picture on your blog or send one to me to post on your behalf (if you don't have a blog of your own).  The Radiant Orchid Challenge will end in a blog hop, sharing all of the lovely creations with your fellow participants!

There are only 20 Design Kits available (with one set aside for me)!  Once we receive your order, we will process your kit and send it out within three business days.  Hurry!  Supplies are limited and are on a FIRST COME, FIRST SERVE basis!  (Sorry, no exceptions!)

I also wanted to mention that all the Design Kits will be shipped with First Class mail.  This can take anywhere from one business day to fourteen.  For international orders, it may take longer!  If you know that it take a long time to reach your destination (from Southwestern Pennsylvania) please place your orders early!  I will do my best to get your kit out as early as possible, but unfortunately I can't be held responsible if it arrives late due to the postal service.  All sales of the Design Kits are final and there are no returns or exchanges.   With that being said… I hope you have lots of fun and I can't wait to see what you make!

CLICK HERE to get your Design Kit!

Disclaimer:  This challenge is not associated, affiliated, and/or sponsored by Pantone.  For official Pantone Radiant Orchid merchandise, color mixing, and information, visit their website:

1 comment:

Lorelei Eurto said...

I'm in. I'm excited!!!!!!