Saturday, 4 March 2017

The March Challenge

Welcome to the March challenge!

This month the challenge is Mad March Hair!

Please create a hair accessory using beads.

It could be an embellished hair grip, a hair band, a scrunchie or even a fascinator, anything goes as long as it can be worn in the hair!

THE PRIZE:
This month our sponsor is Davida and she's offering £15 to spend in her online shop Old Bicycle Shop!


HOW TO ENTER:
Email a photograph of your entry to Sarah at ottbs@live.com along with any other details we have asked for. The challenge runs until Midnight on Friday 31st March 2017 and the winner is drawn and announced the following day. You can email your entry at any time during the month. The challenge is open to beaders worldwide.

RULES & OTHER INFORMATION:
  • Entries must have been started on or after March 4th 2017.
  • You can make any type of hair accessory.
  • You can use any craft technique but it must include beads.
  • Your entry must be a finished piece.
  • If your entry isn't your own design you must credit the original designer.

There is more detailed information on the challenge here but if you have any questions please leave a comment below or email us. 

Happy beading!

Sarah

Friday, 3 March 2017

January/February Challenge Reveal

Thank you so much to everyone who joined in with our January/February challenge where we asked you to create something inspired by "In The Shadows". I loved the creativity shown in interpreting the theme and enjoyed reading the inspirations!

Fatema 

In keeping with the 2 month Jan-Feb 2017 creative challenge of “In the Shadows”I have created this pair of Count Dracula earrings. The design is by Dorothea Hodge. These Earrings are a kind of tribute to my all time favourite actor-The Late Mr.Christopher Lee who has according to me immortalized the character of Count Dracula in the Dracula films. The First Dracula movie I watched as a child was the 1958 film “Dracula” and it created an everlasting impact on my mind! Finally I got an opportunity through this challenge to create these cutely scary  earrings symbolizing Count Dracula/Christopher lee-a dark undead corpse like creature lurking in the shadows waiting to attack unsuspecting victims after sunset and before sunrise!


Jenny

'In the shadows' immediately brought to mind a monochrome WIP I created using MiniDuo beads when they were released in the summer of 2015.  However I could not locate the WIP or the beads in my stash. The design is recreated using Turquoise picasso SuperDuos and gold bronze MiniDuos.  The shadows are created by the valley of MiniDuos that spin around the rope design.  


Dee

My inspiration for the In the Shadows theme was the unusual water lilies that bloom in the night.  I wanted to create something that would sparkle and catch even the smallest amount of light so I used dark beads and a matching swarovski crystal. 


Shyeni 

With the change occurring in my life, my bead work has been in the shadows recently. I started this piece for a bead a-long that I was participating in, to make something that I  wouldn't take up too much time and therefore encourage me to pick up my needle regularly. However the subtle colours and shading remind me of shadows and light, so here we are. 


Louise

I used all stash, matsuno seed beads, silver shadow Chinese crystals and a vintage glass button that only shows its true beauty up close as the detail is hidden in the shadows of the cut.


Audrey

Silvers greys and purples always make me think of shadows so I've made. Amy Katzs Full circle necklace in those colours because it says to me shadows.


Sarah

Here is my entry for the Jan/Feb 'In The Shadows' Challenge. She, of 
course, is lurking in the shadows because she is a Witchy Woman, and 
therefore just too clever and powerful for her own good.... Fabulous 
face by the lovely Pam Gordon!


Dawn

I feel that I am living in the shadows of a political administration that has the potential to do great harm not only to the people of this country but to those around the globe as well. I have not ever been a politically active person. I have always voted when there was an election after carefully reading the voter's pamphlet but that is as far as it went. I am disturbed enough now that it is coming out in my artwork. This book reflects the turmoil we are experiencing now and my hope that there will be a better future, hopefully sooner rather than later. This is my hope for a secret garden in the light at the end of the tunnel.


Kirsten

 "In the Shadows" challenge, its the Bubble Ball pendant designed by Sabine Lippert.

I chose this as the project as "In the Shadows" because its a 3 dimensional beaded ball.
I imagined shining a light into the middle of the ball, creating shadows on other beads on the inside.


All the names were put into the list randomizer at random.org and the luck beader whose name is at the top of the list is...


Audrey !


Congratulations Audrey,  you're the winner of the £15 voucher to spend at Jencel!

Happy beading!

Sarah













Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Delay to challenge reveal

Hi all,

Just a quick update to let you know that due to some work commitments I will be delaying the reveal for the In the Shadows challenge until Friday 3rd March.

The March challenge will then be announced over the weekend.

Apologies for any inconvenience!

Sarah xx


Sunday, 1 January 2017

The January/February Challenge

Hi everyone,

Sarah here, I'm kicking off the 2017 challenges with a 2 month creative challenge - In the Shadows.  

Before I get to that though, I'd like to say a big thank you to Liz for all the work she's done on the challenges and the pleasure she's given us through them! I know lots of us have explored different colour combinations, tried new stitches and expanded our skills through participating and I'm sure you’ll all join with me in saying thank you! Liz isn't leaving the blog completely though, so I’m sure you'll see her around and about on occasion.

This months challenge is a 2 month creative challenge on the theme of “In the shadows”, I haven't included a picture because I want you to interpret the theme in your own way.

To get you thinking, here are some starting points; a monochrome colour scheme including light and shade, representing a movie/character/song/book etc that in your opinion is overshadowed, creating a piece for a creature that lives in shadows, eg a Vampire. Don't limit yourself to these though, let your imagination run wild!

Alongside your entry please write up a short paragraph including your inspiration and how your entry relates to the challenge theme.

THE PRIZE:
This month our sponsor is Celia and she's offering a £15 voucher to spend in her online shop Jencel!

HOW TO ENTER:
Email a photograph of your entry to Sarah at ottbs@live.com along with any other details we have asked for. The challenge runs until Midnight on Tuesday the 28th of February and the winner is drawn and announced within 3 days. You can email your entry at any time during the 2 month period. The challenge is open to beaders worldwide.

RULES & OTHER INFORMATION:
  • Entries must have been started on or after January 1st 2017.
  • You can make any item, it does not need to be jewellery.
  • You can use any craft technique but it must include beads.
  • Your entry must be a finished piece and include a paragraph on your inspiration and how your entry relates to the challenge theme.
  • If your entry isn't your own design you must credit the original designer.

There is more detailed information on the challenge here but if you have any questions please leave a comment below or email us. 

Have fun and happy beading!

Sarah

The December Challenge Reveal

Thank you so much to everyone who joined in with our winter themed December challenge where we asked you to create something fit for a Snow Queen. As always the entries are beautiful!

Before I show the entries and announce the winner, I wanted to make a quick announcement. I've been organizing the blog challenges for six years now and while I've enjoyed it immensely, I've decided that it's time for me to step back and let someone else take the reins. That person is the lovely Sarah Tucker, founder of the OTTBS blog! I hope you will all continue to join in with the challenges that Sarah will be setting for you. I'm very much looking forward to them and hope I can join in with them a little more often. 

Ok, so on with the reveal and here are all the wonderful entries we received for this month's challenge!















































All the names were put into the list randomizer at random.org and the luck beader whose name is at the top of the list is...


Shirley Moore!


Congratulations Shirley,  you're the winner of the £25 voucher to spend at Beads and More by Yashma!


Wishing you all a very beady 2017!

~ Liz ~

Thursday, 1 December 2016

The December Challenge

Welcome to the December challenge! This month we would like you to create a piece of jewellery FIT FOR A SNOW QUEEN!



Image by Princess00lyl on DeviantArt

THE PRIZE:
This month our sponsor is Valentina and she's offering £25 to spend in her Etsy shop Beads & More by Yashma!


HOW TO ENTER:
Email a photograph of your entry to Liz at ottbs@live.com along with any other details we have asked for. The challenge runs until Midnight on Saturday the 31st of December and the winner is drawn and announced the following day. You can email your entry at any time during the month. The challenge is open to beaders worldwide.


RULES & OTHER INFORMATION:
  • Entries must have been started on or after December 1st 2016.
  • You can make any item, it does not need to be jewellery.
  • You can use any craft technique but it must include beads.
  • Findings are exempt from the colour challenge.
  • Your entry must be a finished piece.
  • If your entry isn't your own design you must credit the original designer.
  • The photo above is for decorative purposes only, please refer to the text below it for details on the theme or colours allowed.

There is more detailed information on the challenge here but if you have any questions please leave a comment below or email us. 

Good luck everyone and happy beading!

The November Challenge Reveal

Thank you so much to everyone who took part in our November challenge. What a lovely collection of seed bead creations!



















































All the entrants names were put into the list randomizer at Random.org and the lucky beader whose name appeared at the number 1 position is...


SARAH GORDON!


Congratulations Sarah, we'll be in touch with your shortly with details on how to claim your prize.