Announcing July’s Design Challenge Themes

JUN 2, 2017
Circus elements designed by Jennifer Sbranti of Hostess with the Mostess

Ladies and gentlemen, step right up to the greatest design show on Earth! Grab your peanuts and cotton candy because we’re heading under the big top with our July design challenge partners, Operation Shower®! While there’s no limit to your creativity, this month’s challenges will highlight four different limited color palettes to coordinate with Operation Shower’s August circus inspired baby shower. As a big top bonus, all of the top 3 winners from each design challenge in July will automatically be in the running to be selected as a featured design at Operation’s Shower Under the Big Top baby shower during the PGA TOUR’s The Northern Trust tournament. 

Get to know Operation Shower
Operation Shower hosts joyful group baby showers for military families across the country. The showers are an opportunity for military families to leave the stresses of deployment at home, come together and celebrate. Learn more about Operation Shower.

With a baby shower theme like Sunshine Safari, we can just imagine what a bright and festive celebration it was! Photo by Jackie Culmer Photography
Operation Shower and their talented team use table decor to tell a story at an Operation Shower celebration. Photo by Uptown Girl Photography + Designs

So come one, come all – It’s time to head into the design ring for July’s weekly design challenges!

Limited Color Palette Retro Circus | Results Announced July 6

The first modern circus was held in 1768 in England and lead by Phillip Astely. In the early days, circuses focused primarily on equestrian skills but overtime, evolved into choreographed performances and the more traditional format we see today. Take a step back in history and channel your inner ringmaster to create a repeating vintage inspired circus scene, no time-machine required. Black and white are optional, and you must use at least 2 of the colors from our palette shown above. To ensure your design fits with Operation Shower’s August baby shower, please only use the colors listed above at full opacity. Transparent variations will not be accepted. Find more inspiration on our curated Pinterest board! Entries will be previewed at the fat quarter size: 21″ x 18.”  Submissions close June 27, 2017 at 3 p.m. eastern daylight time. Voting begins June 29, 2017. See official rules.

Limited Color Palette Animal Alphabet | Results Announced July 13

E is for elephant, P is for peanuts, A is for animal alphabet design challenge! It wouldn’t be a circus inspired baby shower without the appearance of our favorite cuddly creatures. For this challenge, pick your favorite letter (or all of them!) and circus animals to create a repeating nursery-worthy design sure to awe and inspire the party guests at Operation Shower!  Black and white are optional, and you must use at least 2 of the colors from our palette shown above. To ensure your design fits with Operation Shower’s August baby shower, please only use the colors listed above at full opacity. Transparent variations will not be accepted. Find more inspiration on our curated Pinterest board! Entries will be previewed at the fat quarter size: 21″ x 18.”  Submissions close July 4, 2017 at 3 p.m. eastern daylight time. Voting begins July 6, 2017. See official rules.

Limited Color Palette Circus Performers | Results Announced July 20

Extraordinary feats of strength, balance and skill are showcased in the center ring under the big top. Let your design skills soar to new heights as you create a repeating design inspired by the talented performers that leave us holding our breath! Black and white are optional, and you must use at least 2 of the colors from our palette shown above.  To ensure your design fits with Operation Shower’s August baby shower, please only use the colors listed above at full opacity. Transparent variations will not be accepted. Find more inspiration on our curated Pinterest board! Entries will be previewed at the fat quarter size: 21″ x 18.”  Submissions close July 11, 2017 at 3 p.m. eastern daylight time. Voting begins July 13, 2017.See official rules.

Limited Color Palette Big Top Treats | Results Announced July 27

 

One of the best things about a trip to the circus? Indulging in the tasty treats like sno-cones, cotton candy and popcorn! For this week’s challenge, dream up a repeating design featuring your favorite circus snack ( sans sticky fingers!). Black and white are optional, and you must use at least 2 of the colors from our palette shown above. To ensure your design fits with Operation Shower’s August baby shower, please only use the colors listed above at full opacity. Transparent variations will not be accepted.Find more inspiration on our curated Pinterest board!  Entries will be previewed at the fat quarter size: 21″ x 18.” Submissions close July 18, 2017 at 3 p.m. eastern daylight time. Voting begins July  20, 2017. See official rules.

First Place

The 1st place winner will receive $200 in Spoonflower credit. Winner will also receive additional exposure in our email newsletters, professional photography of their printed designs, and social media mentions, the extent of which shall be in Spoonflower’s sole discretion.

Second Place

The 2nd place winner will receive $100 in Spoonflower credit.

Third Place

The 3rd place winner will receive $50 in Spoonflower credit.

The rest of the top 10

4th through 10th place winners will receive a $20 Spoondollar credit.

All of the top 25

Each of the top 25 entries, determined as set forth above, not receiving one of the foregoing prizes will be automatically proofed and made available for sale in the Spoonflower Marketplace (approximately a $5 value) (the “Runner Up Prize”) if Winners are verified sellers.


Under the Big Top Bonus:

  • All of the top 3 winners from each design challenge (12 total, 3 from each sub-theme) in July will automatically be in the running to be selected as a featured fabric design at Operation’s Shower Under the Big Top baby shower during the PGA TOUR’s The Northern Trust tournament. Designs to be featured will be chosen by Operation Shower event designers and featured fabric designs will receive standard Spoonflower commission rates.

Good luck, designers! We can’t wait to see where your creativity takes you this month! See the current top 10 winners. 

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  • I went to Operation Shower’s website, and this charity seems to rely almost entirely on volunteer effort and donated goods.

    Is Spoonflower going to require them to pay for the fabric they choose to order? I couldn’t tell, but I thought perhaps they will be given a gift certificate from Spoonflower sufficient to purchase whatever they need for the event.

    • We are excited to partner with Operation Shower for our July design challenges! Spoonflower will be donating all of the fabric used in August’s Under the Big Top baby shower and we can’t wait to see how their event designers incorporate the winning designs. Thanks so much for asking and learning more about Operation Shower.