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.

Sunday, 21 February 2016

February 2016 midway reminder and DT call.

Unfortunately Nana Connie has broken bones in her hand and can't create the reminder post, in fact there is a lot of it about - my son broke his toe recently, my nephew got hit by a car and broke his ankle....... but on the team we have problems too, Marg is poorly with a chest infection, Lynne left with health issues, as you may know, and we are sad to tell you that Tracy is leaving us this month due to other commitments taking over her time.
Anyway we wish all the team members with health problems (and all of you too) all the best for a speedy recovery - lots of hugs to you all!

If we haven't commented on your entry I apologise, with only a couple of us able to (and I have a lot on my plate right now as well as the admin to do), please forgive us. Once we are a fully functioning and fully staffed team things will get back to our normal standard.

So as well as a reminder post, with less that usual examples from the team, this is a DT call.

We really need at least two more team members, if you think that could be you please contact me by email or contact form, email link and form can be found in the sidebar.

We are sponsored by a very generous sponsor The Cutting Cafe for our February challenge.

They are generously providing the following prizes:

1st Prize:  3 sets from Cutting Cafe
2nd Prize:  2 sets from Cutting Cafe
3rd Prize:  1 set from Cutting Cafe

The images and (cutting files in various formats) files kindly supplied to the Design Team by The Cutting Cafe are:

Now for some great inspiration from the team.

Patacake Pat.

I used both the Bendi Card Templates and the Wheelbarrow set on my PINK with Black & white card.

I have used the Bendi Card cutting file and the Wheelbarrow digi from the Cutting Cafe to make my Red with Black & White card.  I coloured the card and images with distress inks and glaze gelly roll pens.

Cazzy and Marg will be along later.

Have Fun - The Quirky Crafts Challenge Design Team.

Sunday, 7 February 2016

Challenge #2 - Let's Quirky Use Red OR Pink + Black AND White

    Welcome to the February challenge here at Quirky Crafts!  Remember, all our challenges will begin on the first Sunday in the month and end on the 28th day of that month.  We will also publish a reminder on the third Sunday of each month.   We have a new theme this month:  Let's Quirky use Red OR Pink + black and white.  How easy is that?

     This month, we have "The Cutting Cafe" as our fantastic sponsor and they generously supplied digis and .svg files to the DT.

They are generously providing the following prizes:

1st Prize:  3 sets from Cutting Cafe
2nd Prize:  2 sets from Cutting Cafe
3rd Prize:  1 set from Cutting Cafe

The images and .svg files kindly supplied to the Design Team by The Cutting Cafe are:

Here's some great inspiration from the team.

Marg using Wheelbarrow Deliveries

I decided to use the Wheelbarrow Deliveries as an Easter card project, which  
has been made for a friend's young daughter, hence the pastel colours. 
I coloured the digis using Harmony Alcohol Markers.  I cut away as 
much of the white paper as I could and then stuck the image 
to the pale green, spotty, card topper and stuck that to the 
card base with foam tape.  The ribbons are both double-bowed and I also added a 3-layer flower 
that was part of a packet that I brought from a local bargain shop that 
sells mainly books & art stuff for all ages. 

using Wheelbarrow Deliveries
with hearts

     I used the basic wheelbarrow, colored it with ProMarkers, then die cut it.  I fussy cut the hearts and added them to the wheelbarrow (since I don't have anything that uses .svg files.)   I also fussy cut and added the wheel which has a heart on it.  The black scalloped circle is also a die cut, as is the large heart with the leaves and flowers on it.  I love that these Cutting Cafe files can be used either with a machine or by fussy cutting!

using Bendi Card Template

     Using The Cutting Cafe's Bendi Card Templates made creating this card a breeze.  I've always wanted to try this type of card and now I have lots of differently styled cutting files/templates, all thanks to The Cutting Cafe.  I chose to use PINK with White and Black, and colored up a digi image from Ike's Art for a cute Mother's Day card.

                                                            using Wheelbarrow Deliveries
     I have used Wheelbarrow Deliveries to make a mini easel.  I couldn't decide which delivery to pick for my wheelbarrow so I used 4 that suited the colour theme.  I have used Sakura pens to colour the image and mounted the strawberries and apples on some black card and 3D foam pads to create a stopper.

     Cazzy's away on a much needed break and will join us when she returns in a few days!

     To see who won the last challenge, see the previous post below this one.  Any crafty project is acceptable as usual.  Important: BEFORE you link up, please add a link to the Quirky Crafts Challenges blog (http://quirkycrafts.blogspot.com - the blog, not this post) to your post or you will not be able to enter.  When you have done this, you can go ahead and add a link to your blog post or your online photo gallery, SCS, etc., using the button or link below.  If you don't have a blog (or inlinkz will not accept your non-blog link), you can email your entry to us via the sidebar link. Good luck!

Have Fun - The Quirky Crafts Challenge Design Team.

Winners of the January challenge - Let's Quirky Celebrate!

What a great start to 2016.  We had some lovely entries and a such lot of them. The requirement was to have the word celebrate, or celebration somewhere on your creation.  The 14 entries that were eligible to be in the top three were the ones who had the words "CELEBRATE" or "CELEBRATION" on them somewhere that we could see.   Unfortunately, the others had to be disallowed or it would not be fair to the ones who followed the requirements.

Our sponsor for this challenge was the wonderful Stitchy Bear Digital Outlet, who have such a wide range of digital images and artists that we can always find something we love!

Didn't our new team do well, too, with some lovely examples for our first challenge together?

Sadly, Lynne is unable to continue at the moment, due to health reasons, and we are saying goodbye to her already.  Thank you for all you have done in your first month with us Lynne.  We hope you will come back to us when you are able.

Now for the important news that you all want to know, here are our top three who are all prize winners:

In first place with a stunning 1920's Art Deco style card is Yogi!


Congratulations, Yogi, you have won 3 digital images or sets of your choice from the whole of the Stitchy Bear store!

In second place with some crazy cats on her lovely shaker card is Rae Ann!

Congratulations, Rae Ann, you have won 3 digital images or sets from the ones used by the Quirky DT and listed on the challenge post.

In third place with a very pretty shaker card is Stempelomi!

Congratulations, Stempelomi, you have won 2 digital images or sets from the ones used by the Quirky DT and listed on the challenge post.

Finally we have a Runner Up, and that is Kevin with this beautiful card.

Congratulations, Kevin, we have a Special Runner Up badge just for you!

Please, can all of you contact me with your choices of digital images, and I will send your personalised winner's badges and arrange for you to get your prizes.  We would love you all to be guest designers in our March challenge if you are able.   Please let me know if you can join us.

Thank you to everyone who entered, and don't forget to check back at 6 pm today to find out about our new challenge!

If you would like to join our happy team please contact me by email or the contact form, both in the sidebar.

Have Fun - The Quirky Crafts Challenge Design Team.