Welcome to Quirky Crafts Challenges

Welcome to Quirky Crafts Challenges the place where any craft project is allowed.

We're a small design team with big inspiration.

On the first Sunday of the month, at 6pm UK time, we will set a new challenge which will close on the 28th of that month at midday. The DT will pick their top three favourites and you could win a prize and join us as a Guest Designer. Winners are posted on the first Sunday in the month (midday usually) before the new challenge - don't forget to come and check if you are a winner.
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Sunday, 16 December 2012

Challenge #26 - Last minute Christmas!

 ***UpDate** (Sunday 30th) Hello Quirky Fans!! (Lyn here) I know some of you were expecting the winners here today of the last challenge and a new challenge but we've having a bit of a Holiday break. So this Challenge below has now closed. We'll be back next week with my first Challenge of 2013! (And the winners of this challenge) So Look out for it! In the Meantime...
 HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

Welcome to another Quirky Crafts challenge.  If you want to find out who won the previous challenge then please scroll down to the previous post.  It is my (Caro's) turn to set the challenge and as I am still in a bit of a rush running around finishing off the last bits and pieces before Christmas (I can't believe it is only 9 days away) I chose LAST MINUTE CHRISTMAS as the challenge theme.

As it is the last challenge of the year we are sadly saying goodbye to Diane as this is her last challenge with us. We wish her all the best in her new ventures and look forward to welcoming Doris and Daire in the first challenge of the New Year.

We would also like to wish all of our followers, entrants, guest designers, and wonderful sponsors a Very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

For this weeks challenge we have three great sponsors:

who are giving our first prize winner the gorgeous Cherry collection of ribbons.



 who are giving the second prize winner $10 of images of their choice,


who are giving the third prize winner 3 digi images of their choice. 

We are sad to say this is the last time The Stamping Boutique will be sponsoring us, and we would like to thank them for sponsoring many of our challenges over the past two year.
The store is closing at the end of December, so the prize winner must contact us promptly to be able to collect the prize!

As usual you are welcome to link any Christmas related make that you want, it doesn't have to be a card (if you are super organised you may have already finished your cards!). 

Here's some fabulous makes from our design team and guest designers using some fantastic images from Dustin Pike at Doodle Dragon Studios to inspire your creativity.

Guest Designer Chana

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Chana used Doodle Dragon Studio's List Machine to make this cute little house with drawers for a secret gift. You can find a tutorial on how to make this right here.

Guest Designer Julia




Julia used the Reindeer Ride image to make this great pillow box with hidden message and two hot chocolate sachets for a sweet last minute gift which she says is perfect for a stocking stuffer or teacher gift.

Diane,
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year everyone!
For the my last challenge I decided to work with Doodle Dragon's List Machine image. This time of year for me is all about lists, I cant function without them. By now I have bought and wrapped everything so my attention turns to food shopping etc, and for that I have to have lists so a nice little notebook that goes everywhere with me is just the ticket.



Lyn (late again lol)

O.M.Goodness, yes, I'm late again! Unlike Caro who's so organised, I'm waaaay behind! so everything I'm doing at the moment is Last Minute Christmas, but I thought you'd like to see these, some Christmas Shortbread cookies, covered with icing and chocolate using some of Dustin's fabulous digi's as the tie-on tags, nice and easy to make, just print them out the size they come, very small, already coloured, die cut them and add to anything!! 


I am missing Di already and she hasn't gone yet! So I decided to make a tri-shutter card in Di's honour and I used three images from the Doodle Dragon Wolfie set, they are so cute! Instead of patterned papers I used my new ribbons from Crafty Ribbons (and some from last year), I won the Bev's Bag, whoopee. I coloured all images with Promarkers.There are some pieces of embossed card too. Photo below shows the images all in focus, and the photo above shows the ribbons and ribbon words in focus.
I am definitely not ready for Christmas and being ill with a virus all week hasn't helped! I have presents to buy, presents to wrap, cards to make and send or address, and food shopping to do and I am running out of time fast! So this is one more card towards the family and friends cards.

For once I am organised with cards all made, written and sent, presents all bought and wrapped, the housework all done and the decorations are up so I actually have time for a little fun crafting.  I have been wanting to make a 'run up to Christmas' mini scrapbook for a  number of years now but have never got round to it.  This challenge was the perfect excuse to actually make a start so I made a page using the Doodle Dragons Wolfie Ice skating image and photos of Alex 'ice skating' (sliding on his shoes) in the park last weekend.  The papers, embellishments & sentiment are from Bo Bunny.

We look forward to seeing what you all make for your Last Minute Christmas creations.

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Have Fun and have a very Happy Christmas- The Quirky Crafts Challenge Design Team.
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Challenge 25 Winners - A Christmas Tag

Well what a lot of lovely Christmas tags were entered into our last challenge, really getting us into the spirit of Christmas. All the tags were so beautiful and different it made it really hard for the design team to choose their top three.  In the end after much debate the winner of the first prize was:
 

Congratulations Abigael!  You have won 6 digi images of your choice from Paper Pretties. Please email Cazzy using the link in the sidebar to claim your prize. We hope you will join us as a Guest Designer in a couple of weeks’ time so please let Cazzy know if you can do that and she will give you details.

In second place is….
 

Congratulations Ellapu! You have won $10 of Doodle Dragon Studio images! Please email Cazzy using the link in the sidebar to claim your prize (if you know which images you would like please tell us and we will pass the choices on to Dustin). We hope you will join us as a Guest Designer in a couple of weeks time so please let Cazzy know if you can do that and she will give you details.

Finally, in third place is...
 
Congratulations! We hope you will join us as a Guest Designer in a couple of weeks time so please let Cazzy know if you can do that (by e-mailing her using the link in the side bar) and she will give you details.

All of you can help yourselves to a winners badge from the sidebar and don't forget to come back later today to find out what the next challenge is.

 The Quirky Crafts Challenge Design Team.

Sunday, 2 December 2012

Challenge 25- A Christmas Tag

This will be the last time I get to set a challenge, certainly for the foreseeable future, as I am leaving the design team at the end of the current year due to commitments elsewhere. Setting up a business is not easy and I am finding I have no time to myself any more. Something has to give, at least for the time being, but I may return in the future if the girls will have me back.

I digress...back to the challenge. We are all really busy this time of year, so I wanted to make my last challenge something that we would be all doing anyway, making tags for our loved ones gifts. My Children are 21 and 17 now, but come Christmas they are back to ten years old, and they still love the presents, cards and gifts whether they are home made or not. There main present will be bearing these tags this year.

Our challenge is sponsored by Paper Pretties.

Paper Pretties will be giving the maker of the best tag , as judged by the Design Team, 6 digi images of your choice.
We are also sponsored by Dustin Pike of Doodle Dragons Studios

Doodle Dragons Studios are offering a second prize of $10 worth of digital images of your choice.

So that is it in a nutshell....show us your tags for a chance to win some great images.

Here are our offerings for this challenge:-

Guest Designer Bettina




Bettina used two images from Doodle Dragon Studios, and she used Kraft card to make her fabulous tags, and patterned papers all punched with MS punches. She also die cut star banners and has used Distress Inks and Ice Diamond Stickles. The first tag also has flocking "snow". Both images are coloured with Promarkers.



I made a set of three tags with Paper Pretties images, Cocoa, Claus and Oh Tiny Tree, the tags were cut with the eCraft, and I cut different sizes so I could make small tags to bundle together and use some of the sentiments and Claus's bone that come with the images. All coloured with Promarkers, lots of Crafty Ribbon's ribbons used as you can see, and some Ice Stickles. I also used Nestabilties Long Rectangles and the matching scalloped set. Tags edged with Krylon gold leaf pen. Oh boy, laying them down like that it looks like the cloths in the mini photo studio could do with ironing!

Doodle Dragon tags will follow a bit later!
Lyn - will be along later....
Yes...Here I am...only a week late! I've used some of  Dustin's pre-coloured Santa's, who's just flying in, hopefully with some pressies and a Christmas Bear!
 I have gone for some very quick and simple tags to add to my Christmas presents, so they are all one layer, printed out on the printer, cut to size, coloured with promarkers and then edged with distress inks, and finished off with Christmas ribbon which was curled using scissors. This first set of three used the Paper Pretties images 'wrapped up Rudolph', 'Oh tiny tree' and 'Claus'.  The sentiment was also from Paper Pretties, and round the edge I stamped some Holly leaves (a freebie stamp from a magazine).
The second set were made in exactly the same way using Doodle Dragon Studio images coloured with promarkers and highlighted using pearlescent glue.  The blue distress ink was highlighted with silver snowflake stamps (Hero Arts) and edged with silver ink (not sure how well the silver shows up in this photo mind you!).




I used Wrapped Up Rudolph from Paper Pretties and their Wrapped and Ready sentiment to make my tags.  The Reindeer has been coloured with promarkers and decoupaged to make his nose HUGE! He looks so cute.

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Have Fun - The Quirky Crafts Challenge Design Team.
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Goodbye to Diane and Hello to..................

It is with great sadness that the team are saying goodbye and good luck to Diane. Diane has been with us for I think 2 years now, and has kept us on our toes with her paper engineering projects and we are all now more confident with those!

Diane has made some great projects and set some challenging challenges but due to a change in direction in her life she is stepping down from the DT at Christmas. We will all miss her a lot and we hope she will come back and join us in a year or so.

Diane is a hard act to follow and here are a few of her makes to remind you how good she is. I hope you will join us in wishing Di well for the future!





Now we would also like to announce the results of our DT recruiting campaign, and we are saying Hello and Welcome to not just one, but two outstanding new DT members, both of them really impressed us and did everything we asked in our Ten Demandments and more! Thank you to all those who entered too. Both new DT members will be joining us properly for the first challenge of the New Year, and we don't know what that is yet!

In no particular order I would first like to introduce Doris Molina.

Doris has featured as guest designer and always gives the task her full attention, making far more than the rest of us which you can see on her wonderful blog.

Doris said "My name is Doris Molina. I´m from Costa Rica. I´m 44 years old, married and we have a little boy. I´m in love with crafting since 15 years ago.
Also I am a psychologist, but I do not work as such. I'm taking care of my son full time and my spare time, which is a lot, I dedicate to my website , my facebook fan page, and my blog.

I design for The Cutting CafĂ©. Also,  I am participating in the Creative Cutting Challenge, which ends next year. About this challenge, I received the Creative Choice award with my second project, you can see it here   http://creativecuttingchallenge.blogspot.com/
I also teach large groups here in my country, and travel every year to update myself at CHA Show."

I would also like to introduce Daire (pronounced Da-ra).

Daire really caught our eye with her very different arty projects and we think she will add a lot of quirkyness to our quirky blog!
This is what Daire said about herself "I think I would be a good addition to the team, because what I do seems to be very different from what the existing DT creates… at the moment I’m leaning more towards mixed media pieces and art journal pages, but I also love to make cards, accessories, and a variety of homemade gifts. I think that being part of something like this would give me the opportunity to explore my creative side even more, and try out new techniques and ideas. I feel inspired by pretty much everything I come into contact with, so that might lead to an interesting challenge or two…"



Have Fun - The Quirky Crafts Challenge Design Team.

Challenge 24 - Come to the Dark Side- Winners!

This Challenge was set by our Cazzy, and she made it very clear there were to be NO CUTSY IMAGES. So how did our entrants get on.....
Really Well! We had some very original entries, well done everyone who entered.
This challenge was sponsored by
 
giving our first prize winner $10 of images of their choice and

who are giving our second prize winner 3 digi images of their choice.

After much deliberation our winners are....drum roll please!

Our First Place Winner has been awarded by the Design Team to Daire
with this entry.
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Our Second Place Winner is  Suzie Little
with this entry.



Third place and the offer of a guest designer spot goes to Julia V. Julia please contact Cazzy.



Congratulations to all of you. Please will you all contact Cazzy using the email link in the side bar to discuss your prize (Daire and Suzie only) and a chance to be a Guest Designer (all three of you) in an up and coming challenge. please also nab yourself a winners badge from the side bar.

Very soon we will be launching the next challenge...check back in a while.....

Thursday, 22 November 2012

Midway challege reminder



Just to remind everyone that our current challenge is Come to the Dark Side - no cute images! And here is another non-cute cat from Dustin Pike's Doodle Dragon Studios, I used leather effect brown card with Kraft card and DCWV papers. Sentiment is from a Hero Arts set heat embossed in gold, and fish eyelets where from Eyelet Outlet I think.
This is the inside, I made an easel card. I stamped Dad with a Papermania stamp and heat embossed it in gold, and I used some leftover bits to make a matching gift tag. I remembered I had a jar of metal buttons and eventually found them.

To join in add your link to the challenge post below, you have until 1st December.

Have Fun - The Quirky Crafts Challenge Design Team.

Sunday, 18 November 2012

Challenge #24 Come to the Dark Side - no cute images!

Welcome to another Quirky Challenge. If you want to find out who won the last challenge please click here. (insert link when winners posted).
It is my turn to set the Quirky Challenge and I am in a very Quirky mood (or maybe a dark mood) as you will see.

We get such a lot of cute images, well not this time! I want to see lots of none cute images, or no images at all, but dark colours or subjects (or both) are the theme of this challenge.

We have two great sponsors therefore two prizes, and the sponsors are:


Who are giving our first prize winner $10 of images of their choice.


Who are giving our second prize winner 3 digi images of their choice. The Stamping Boutique have their own very dark alternative art challenge blog called Poisoned Peas which sort of inspired this challenge.

Using images provided by our sponsors the team have created some examples to inspire you.


Guest Designer Doris

Doris used Medusa from The Stamping Boutique with some purple and black embellishments. She also added pearls to the dress.



Now this is a challenge for me as I don't usually use a lot of dark colours or non cute images, so I had to run this one by my Daughter first, just to make sure I was on the right track. I used the Goth Girl Digital Stamp from Stamping Boutique. I had a lot of fun colouring this actually, I wish I was young enough and brave enough to have purple hair streaks! Coloured, as always with Promarkers, layered with various papers and hand made flowers, with a swirl and a butterfly and bow just to make it a bit more feminine.
I've used Zombie Girl from The Stamp Boutique... I wrote the sentiment, and who can spot my mistake? ... Maybe you won't notice! Will change it later (excuses on blog!) And for my second card....

 I've used Dustin's cat! I love this cat..  (he is cute...Cazzy said he wasn't!)Because I was sooo out of time I've used the coloured digi and Dovecraft papers. Again I had to write the sentiment...here's the inside too...

For mine I chose to make a tag using 'Medusa' from The Stamping Boutique, with the snakes in her hair coloured in red with sakura stardust added on top to make them 'pop' a little (it doesn't show up too well in the photo sadly).  I used Hot off the press papers for the background, layered up to frame medusa.  I then heat embossed red round the edge. I then added a black gem to the bottom left, and a tiny one on her sash and in the centre of the flower at the bottom. Finally I added the two 3D mulberry flowers and the ribbon.

Cazzy
I used Grave Dolly and Rotten Apples from Doodle Dragon Studios on this card, and I found some great paper that says "nothing is crazier than family" which I thought was perfect! Images coloured with Promarkers, though if you are in a hurry the images come coloured and plain.

This is Zombie Girl from The Stamping Boutique coloured with Promarkers, and matted on to a Spellbinders die cut and DCWV papers, with a bit of Crafty Ribbon added, can't think of a sentiment, I was going to add Time for Tea or Lets Have Tea, what else could I put?

Medusa from The Stamping Boutique is coloured with Promarkers and Trias, and die cut with Nesties lables 8 my favorites, and matted onto DCWV Rockstar paper, Crafty Ribbon added. Again no sentiment yet, I thought Bad Hair Day? what do you think?


I too love the Scaredy Cat from Doodle Dragon Studios and let me make one thing clear - he is not cute!. Somehow I think he should be attached to a car window! I coloured him with Promarkers, and cut out a panel of pattered card with Nesties to mount him on, I think the card was from Payperbox, the papers are DCWV, ribbon by Crafty Ribbons, sentiments by Papermania and Hero Arts.
I will be adding another card later, I had an accident and decapitated the character and now the printer won't play nice!



Now let's see what you can do, any craft project is acceptable as usual. You have two weeks (almost) to add your project, this challenge ends on 1st December at midday UK time.


Please add a link to your blog post (not your blog) using the biggest blue froggy at the top of the collection, the other one (at the bottom) doesn't do anything that we can tell, and please comment after you have linked. Don't forget to mention Quirky and add a link back to here (please read the rules and if you realised you haven't followed the rules and won't be included in the top three, and you want your entry removed to try again - please email us using the link in the side bar).
Have Fun - The Quirky Crafts Challenge Design Team.

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