Friday, July 19, 2013

Summer of Color3: The Last Week!

It's really hard to believe that we've come to the last week of the Summer of Color3!  It's been such a fun challenge.  I know I've said that before, but since color is my favorite thing, it was a great way to spend creative time this year!

This week's colors were sage and sepia.  A beautiful combination with many possibilities.  I've used it in paper and also in beading. A few years ago I made a bead crocheted rope necklace that I really love.  I thought I'd share it since the colors are sepia and sage.

I stitched a peyote stitched slide to cover a magnetic clasp and also to be a focal for the necklace.

Since that wasn't made specifically for this challenge I also did some paper art.  I had been wanting to use the Graphic45 collection "A Ladies Diary" since it came out.  The colors in the papers worked for this week's challenge so I thought it was the perfect opportunity to make a small inspiration board, another thing I'd been wanting to do. 

I cut small tags from an older Sizzix's die and attached things that a lady might see at her dressmaker's to help her make her choice for her next outfit.  You can see her  peeking out from the left edge of the board, surveying the offerings!!  A few embellishments and some pictures of ladies in beautiful hats that might interest her and the board is ready to be put on display! 

I've started embellishing the back of my dimensional projects just for fun.  I've always loved adding some thing to areas that aren't readily seen by anyone but me.  I use that area and the embellishments to sign and date the project.  Here's the back of this one.

This was fun to make.  And, a fun way to end this challenge.  I want to thank Kristin for organizing this.  I'm so looking forward to next year!
Thank you for visiting today.  I hope you all have a wonderful day.


  1. What a gorgeous necklace Mary Anne, I love magnetic closures now as my hand are not so good. I love your card and of course the beautiful Graphic 45 papers. Enjoy your Weekend. Hugs from Scotland. Rita xxxxx

  2. I am in AWE of this mixed media piece. Not to take anything away from your necklace, even though I don't wear jewelry, I fell in love with your paper art. You called it an older Sizzix die. I had to laugh. It's the only one I own. Too funny. Of course, although I never buy paper, I love the G45 papers they put out. You did a marvelous job. This is the perfect entry for the final SOC colors.

    1. Thank you! I had fun making it. The Sizzix die is one of my favorites, so I use it a lot. Thanks for visiting and commenting!

  3. Gorgous necklace, and I just love your inspiration board - great idea!

  4. Both are fabulous, MaryAnne! Your necklace is just gorgeous and I'm loving that inspiration board - such a wonderful project! And how fun that you also embellish the reverse! Cool idea for sure.


  5. You used this week's SOC colors beautifully! I love your inspiration board, and the back, so much! And that necklace is amazing!!!! Thank you so much for sharing your awesome talents with all of us at SOC!!!!!

  6. All beautiful!!!! Well done Maryannd!!!

  7. Everything you made is so nice! Really like it :-)

  8. Love this! The necklace is stunning. And the piece you did...perfect for this week's colours. I love that you are embellishing the back as well. :)

  9. You have captured the essence of these colors in so many beautiful ways- amazing!

  10. Hi Maryanne!
    Thank you for your sweet comment about the SOC - and NOW I can tell you HOW MUCH I loved all of the work you showed us. Your jewelry is just gorgeous and your art pieces were so detailed and lovely. You put a lot of energy into all that you did and I so appreciate that. Thank you for taking part and sharing your talents with us! xoxo

  11. Sorry to comment so late...I spent the last week on vacation and I am so happy to be HOME!

    Oh, I just love that necklace...the colors, the shape, everything! Your inpiration boards are true artwork! This would look amazing in my Mother's sewing room! Love it!

    Enjoy your weekend!

  12. Hi Maryanne! Thanks for stopping by my blog today! To answer your question, we live in Nazareth, PA! I grew up in Allentown. Small world, isn't it?! Thanks again!

  13. I have no idea how I missed this - sorry I'm so late. I LOVE your inspiration board - the colours are gorgeous and I love the whole theme and idea for it - so beautifully vintage! The necklace is stunning and once again it is definitely a piece I would love to wear - considering I'm so fussy with my jewelry you make an awful lot of stuff I would wear!!!


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