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, 25 June 2017

June 2017 - Things With Wings Winners Post

Thank you to everyone who entered. There were some gorgeous entries and we have chosen our winners.

First place - and a choice of three images from Limited Runs - goes to


And in second place,  winning a $12 voucher for Bugaboo stamps, is





#9 - Barb Williams

 

There was a tie for third place, so we are awarding badges to both entries - they are:

#1 - Carol Gill



and #4 Steffi H

apologies Steffi, I couldn't copy your photo because it is on flickr.

Thank you all for playing,  please use Cazzy's link in the left hand side bar to get in touch for your prizes and/or badges.

 
We are now taking a break - look out for more news from us later in the year.

Have Fun - The Quirky Crafts Challenge Design Team.


Saturday, 17 June 2017

Challenge 4 - Things with wings - Midway reminder

Here is some more inspiration from the team for our Things With Wings challenge.

To enter the challenge link your project to the challenge post before this one click HERE or scroll down.



For this card I have used a digi from sponsor Bugaboo called Winbird Snowman.
I have used a die with cross stitches and colored with copics. I gave the bird's hat a fluffy rim and a ponpon as fisnishing touch. DP is CraftEmotions'.

Here's my card made using the Mini Bird Mummy from Limited Runs.  I fussy cut the coloured image and put it on an action wobbler for a bit of interactive fun.  His eyes are nice and glossy like the spooky eyes in the background.  There’s nothing better than combining fun, action and spookiness together for Halloween.  I have a little video of the wobbler action so that you can see the spooky bird dance too.

Tinz

Hi there, sorry this is slightly late - I was all set for a Sunday blog post!! But here they are finally. Firstly I have another Bugaboo creation, which was made for a friends 40th, and does only just fit into the challenge (but I used the other card for my challenge on Wednesday!). Here it is:
 I layered two of my images together, along with a sentiment (all from Bugaboo - bugdf; bugjwine and bugjwinesent) and then printed them out onto a layer of cardstock. I coloured the images with promarkers, using a metallic gold for the foil top. I then stamped the 40 using this months free stamps with Creative Stamping magazine and Red pretty colour ink.

My second reminder card uses an image from Limited Runs, called Birds on a Wire:
I used this one to make an ATC, using stripey green card for the base, and layering with green flowers and some leaves. I used the 'Friends Flock Together' sentiment from the stamp set. Again the image was coloured with Promarkers. 
Sue

I printed out the image quite large then colored it in with Copics. I then scanned it and took it into Craft Artist, where I added it to a background all made digitally.




 My second card is made using BirdTrioSummer from Bugaboo Stamps. This is a very Quirky Bird image and I love it! I collected together my chosen pens to colour the image....and realised that the file also comes with a pre coloured image. That used all the colours I had chosen so I used the pre coloured image. I took it into Craft Artist, resized and printed several copies. A bit of cutting and matting later and I think I have a really "happy" card. Would be good for Birthday, Get Well, Thank you...anything really.


 

Jane

For this card I have used Winter Bird trio from Bugaboo Stamps and some retro styled paper from a pad called Contemporary Christmas - I can't see a brand name on it.


Marg

Cazzy


Have Fun - The Quirky Crafts Challenge Design Team.


Sunday, 4 June 2017

June 2017 - Quirky Things With Wings

To see who won the last challenge see the previous post below this one. {add link to winner's post on the word previous post}

This month is it my turn (Jane) to choose the challenge theme, and I have chosen "Quirky Things With Wings."

Please note that due to Inlinkz expiring on the 22nd June the challenge will end on 22nd June not the normal 28th. 

Due to personal problems this will be the last challenge for a few months.
We hope to regroup and get back in the Autumn, possibly with a new focus more on mixed media and stamping, and we still want a few new team members and we would love any non digi sponsors who can contact us if interested.


Our first sponsor  is:
 who are giving a prize of any 3 digis of the winner's choice

Limited Runs Badge


and our second is:
who are giving a prize of a $12 voucher.



Bugaboo have a brand new store and now take Paypal, don't forget to check out the weekly freebie and sale offers too!

Now here is some inspiration for you and first of all I would like to welcome our guest designers.

The image I have used is Minibirds - tea. I have colored with copics and die cut with a stitched die and added some sequins. The sentiment is part of the digi, but as I wanted to use it on a tag, I made the sentiment in Word, printed it out and used a stitched label die. I put some Glossy Accents on the birds' eyes.


and next is
Michelle
who has used Butterfly #1 from Limited Runs

Art is not about perfection, but about creating. I try to use different materials and see what I come up with. I think a blue and gold butterfly is different and unusual. I definitely like the unusual!

Tracy


My Quirky Thing With Wings is the adorable Mini Bird Mummy from Limited Runs.  Could there be anything cuter or quirkier than a pretty little yellow bird wrapped up in ghoulish mummy bandages?  I printed the image, coloured with Copic markers, fussy cut it out, then used it to make a Halloween shaker card, a quirky mix of cuteness, spookiness and interactive fun.


Now onto the regular team's makes:

Tinz
As this is our last challenge for a couple of months I have made two cards this time - one from each sponsor. From Limited Runs I have used the progressive challenge Digi Steampunk Bug - It did take some consideration as to how I was going to use him but here he is:
I coloured him with Promarkers and used X-cut nexting oval dies to cut the shapes. The holographic paper was in my stash, and the sentiment was just typed on the computer and means 'Don't let the B***ards grind you down', which I thought was great for this guy!

My second card uses last weeks Friday Freebie from Bugaboo stamps - Spring Bird - again coloured with Promarkers and then layered over several scraps of patterned paper - both printed from a Digital Delights Boofle CD-Rom:


Sue

I used Ed the Turkey from Limited Runs coloured with Copics. I ebossed the background with a tree folder as it just didn't look right plain. The fence was cut on my Silhouette and added as without he looked like he was floating in mid air! The trees are Tim Holtz dies cut out in white and sponged with green ink




My first make is using MiniBirdsCake4 from Limited Runs. I thought this was a great image for cards for young and old, boy and girl. Coloured with Spectrum Noir pens.


 Jane
I have used Dragonfly #1 from Limited Runs and combined it with a stamped sentiment, some pretty dragonfly brads and a selection of papers from an old K & Company stack



Cazzy
Both of my cards are ones I made for previous challenges, I just haven't had the time or a tiny space to work! For this card I used a  Circle Sentiments Little Bird Told me (which I can't find in the new shop, so it may be retired) and Ladybug stack, both from Bugaboo, kinda cute I think! Again ribbon is from Crafty Ribbons.

From Limited Runs I used Mushrooms 7 and a Whootie Owl for my card, with Papermania double sided papers, using both sides matted, and finished off with some some polka dot ribbon. 

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 do not 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.


May 2017 - Going For A Song- Winners Post



We had some lovely entries to my choice of challenge. When, as a design team member, you are asked to set a theme there is always the worry that no one will think it is a good theme and that no one will bother to enter. So THANK YOU to every one of you who took the time, much appreciated.

Well the team have all looked at your entries and we have cast our votes. The results are as follows:-

First Place is.....entry number 10 from Jenny L with this gorgeous retro card and you can see which song it is inspired by so no need to tell you again! It has so many elements and really fits the challenge theme perfectly!

Congratulations Jenny, you have won the $15 voucher for Ike's Arts.

http://www.ikesart.com/#!__digital-art-stamps

Second Place is....entry number 12 from Stempelomi with her Strawberry Fields inspired card.

Well Done, you have won your choice of four digi stamps from Delicious Doodles.
https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/NewDeliciousDoodles

Third Place is.... entry number 4 from Susy at Ike's World with her great card inspired by Rescue Me by Aretha Franklin.

You will recieve a Visible Image sentiment stamp donated by Cazzy.

Congratulations everyone. Please contact Cazzy using the link in the side bar to claim your prizes and winners badges.




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

Have Fun - The Quirky Crafts Challenge Design Team.

Sunday, 21 May 2017

Challenge 3- Going For A Song - Mid Way Reminder

We are half way through May already!
Here is your reminder to post your creations for our current challenge of Going For A Song.
Just to remind you the challenge is to create something, anything, inspired by a song you love. We have sponsors, which means prizes are up for grabs. For full details of the challenge or to enter the challenge link your project to the challenge post before this one click HERE or scroll down.

Here are some more Design Team creations to give you inspiration:-

Jane

I have used the same Ike's Art image, Windmill, as I did in the original challenge post, but this  time the tune that inspired me is "Tulips from Amsterdam". I blew the image  right up before printing and then fussy cut to leave just the tulips, which I then coloured with Promarkers to match some of the beautiful tulips we had in the garden this year.

                           

Tinz
I have used Skully Poe from Delicious Doodles to create my reminder card.
I coloured the image with Promarkers and layered on card matching the books the head is sitting on. I layered onto a Papermania geometric base card and then added a contrsting sentiment sticker and some red diamantes. My inspiration for this card was 'Witch Doctor' by The Cartoons.
Susan

My song for this one is "I promised you a Rose Garden". I used Ike's Art Rose corner, coloured with Spectrun Noir pencils. The background and sentiment were created digitally.
                                    
Di

Using a digi chosen from our second sponsor Delicious Doodles I have made a twist and pop card. I love doing this shape card. As soon as I saw the lovely Iris image on the Delicious Doodles site I was immediately reminded of many a day playing in my Auntie's garden when I was small. Only a small garden, but she always had lots of Iris plants underneath her lounge window. I loved them and have Iris in my garden now because of that memory. Hope you like the card.
                                          
                                 
Cazzy


Have Fun - The Quirky Crafts Challenge Design Team.

Sunday, 7 May 2017

May Challenge - Going For A Quirky Song.


Hello everyone! This is my (Diane) first opportunity to set the theme of the challenge since rejoining the team, so I thought I would try to go for something to make you think and perhaps bring back some good memories. I decided on the theme of "Going For A Song". UK readers will remember, a long time ago I must admit, a TV show called this all about antiques. Well your memorable song doesn't have to be old, just something that means something to you.....and because we are just plain nosey we want to hear some of the story behind your choices. Show us your makes that are inspired by your favourite song.

We have, as usual, got some great sponsors for this challenge. First sponsor is Ike's Art.


http://www.ikesart.com/#!__digital-art-stamps

Second to sponsor us this time around is Delicious Doodles.


https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/NewDeliciousDoodles

Ike's Art is offering a $10 voucher as a prize for this months challenge and Delicious Doodles is also offering some digital images from her Etsy Store. These prizes will be awarded to the best entries of the challenge, as judged by the Design Team Members.

If you fancy joining the Design Team, we are always on the look out for new talent. If you are interested please contact Cazzy using the email link in the sidebar. She will want to see what you have created in the past, so include a link to your blog or some photos of your work.

Here is what the team have created for this challenge:-


Jane

The image I have used is Windmill, to represent the song "Living in a windmill in old Amsterdam". There are mice in the song too, but the only mouse images I have aren't really right to use with this, so let's just imagine that all the mice are safely tucked up in their beds  inside the windmill.

I wanted to make this using more of a Delft blue, but I couldn't blend the colours properly with my blue inkpad, so I chose this pretty teal instead so that I could use Broken China DI, which I smooshed onto an acrylic block then used to paint the image, adding water a little at a time to get lighter and lighter shades.

The corners I have used are some very old white peel offs that are replicas of old Dutch tiles.


Tinz

Inspired by a song from 1957 called Blossoms Blues.
I coloured the flowers with promarkers and then fussy cut around them. They are Blossom from IkesArt. I layered them onto a die-cut and an embossed background and then onto a green metallic card base. I added a blue flower with a sparkly embelishment in the centre to balance the design once the sentiments had been added.

                        


Susan

I'm showing my age here!! The song is "Flowers in the Rain" by The Move (1968). I used delicious Doodles " Floral Elegance" coloured with Chameleon pens and fussy cut. The background is a piece of blue card sponged with some blue inks and the stamped with a "Raindrops" stamp from designs by Ryn. And just to make sure there was no mistake about the song I added it across the bottom.


                                  

Me (Diane)

My first record choice was easy for me, it has been one of my favourites for years. When I was expecting my first child Simply Red released a song called "For Your Babies". When my daughter was born, just after the song was released, I used to sing her to sleep with this......I am surprised she turned out so normal come to think of it!
Looking through the designer's websites to choose an image to work with, this lovely image from Ike's Art leapt out at me and reminded me of that song. Hope you like it.

                                     





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 do not 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 our Quirky Pets Challenge

 Wow what a great turn out for our second challenge back. Keep spreading the news that the challenge blog is up and running again. It is great seeing all different takes on the theme and so much creativity does make it hard for the design team to choose their favourites. After much deliberation our top three are chosen, and they are:

In first place, winning the Cutting Cafe prize of either three cutting files or digi stamps, we have
with this very cute little guy

Our second place, with a prize of two cutting files or digi's, goes to
with her quirky pet Dragon


In third place, winning either one digital image, or a cutting file, we have
with this fun entry
 

Could the winners please contact us using the address in the sidebar to claim your prizes :D

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

Have Fun - The Quirky Crafts Challenge Design Team.

Sunday, 16 April 2017

Challenge #2 Midway reminder - Quirky Pets

We are halfway through our Quirky Pets challenge and it is great to see all the different entries. If you haven't already submitted your entry there is still plenty of time to join in!

Here is a reminder of what we want to see for this challenge:
As it is Pet Owner’s day on 18th April I decided to go for a quirky pets theme. For this we want to see either unusual pets, or pets doing unusual things. Our lovely sponsor for this challenge is 




Here is some more inspiration from the DT:
 Jane

This time I've chosen the turtle. I used masking tape to create a panel within the frame and sponged it with distress inks, then coloured and die cut the turtle to layer on to it. I added several layers of card to match the colouring, finishing each one in a different way - deckle edge scissors, a plain straight edge and a die cut border. Heart shaped gems to match the heart on the turtle's shell are the finishing touch.
 Sue
For the mid month inspiration I used the snail, coloured with Promarkers. I doodled in the frame to add a bit of extra interest. The background paper was plain so I added some stamped hearts from the Stampin' Up Confetti stamp. It still needed something extra so I added a strip of washi tape underneath the image.
Di

Loved this little elephant. Coloured it with spectrum noir markers, layered with die cut shapes with a doily die cut underneath. The background paper is from Pink Petticoat.

Tinz (me)

As I have a wormery and therefore technically keep worms as pets I thought I would use the Worm digi for my reminder inspiration post. I coloured him in woth promarkers, and he is stripey like the worms in my wormery are :). I die-cut him into an oval and layered him onto a glitter die-cut mount. I used the same glitter to die-cut some flowers and then some patterned paper from my scrap box for a row of wildflowers. I slipped the worm in behind these so it looks as though he is creeping along. I added the flower to balance the card. Please check out my blog for more information.

To enter the challenge link your project to the challenge post before this one click HERE or scroll down.

Have Fun - The Quirky Crafts Challenge Design Team.

Sunday, 2 April 2017

Challenge #2: Quirky Pets



Hello there it is Tinz here with your new challenge at our re-vamped Quirky Challenge Blog. It is a pleasure to be working with these lovely ladies and we would love to see more of our fans joining in with us again – so let your friends know we are back :D. We also have a new DT member to share with you – please welcome Susan to the Quirky Challenge DT!

To see who won the last challenge see the previous post below this one.
As it is Pet Owner’s day on 18th April I decided to go for a quirky pets theme. For this we want to see either unusual pets, or pets doing unusual things. Our lovely sponsor for this challenge is 

 The Cutting Cafe

They provide cutting files as well as digi stamps, so 3D creations are a doddle with these files. Please feel free to use these for whatever craft medium you are comfortable with.

Here is some inspiration from the DT:
Cazzy
Not here due to personal problems, well here in the background but not created any projects.

Coming shortly

Di
From Tinz's choice I have selected some one of the images from the animals and bugs set...they are all so cute. I decided to make a door hanging for a child.

I designed a box frame sized to suit using Silhouette Studio and cut the pieces using my Cameo. I also made the lettering that way.
I took the image I had chosen into Craft Artist, resized it and printed multiple copies which I then cut out using my Scan and Cut.
I coloured the images using LePlume pens and decoupaged them up to give dimension.


I thought a snail would be a particularly quirky creature to have as a pet!  This little fellow and the sentiment came from the Animals and Bug Love Set.  I've layered it up with lots of snippets left from one of the free paper stacks that came with a magazine several years ago. I coloured the snail in with Promarkers then made the shell dotty by dabbing a Promarkers blender pen over it, to go with the dotty background paper.
Sue

I decided that a pink elephant would be suitably quirky! I coloured him with Promarkers and also round the edge of the frame. Mounted the image onto a scrap of black card and set it at a jaunty angle. The backing paper was some from a Simon Says Stamp card kit last year, thought the black and white doodles looked good against the pink.

Tinz (me)

 I used the spider shaker card cutting set. As I do not own a Cricut or similar I simply printed out the template and made the card from this. I stamped the sentiment onto the tummey before making the shaker card and added bat sequins for the shake element.

Any crafty project is acceptable as usual. Important: BEFORE you link up please add a link to the Quirky Crafts Challenges blog  to your post - or you will not be able to enter. Linking will allow you to continue, and will record your entry, (if you don't add the Quirky crafts link as above your entry goes into the moderation queue and will not be approved until you add that link - if we have time to check)!
 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 and your link is not accepted look at this: http://blog.inlinkz.com/2013/12/uploading-linkup-links-even-when-the-remote-host-does-not-allow-viewing-the-images/
If you do not have a blog (or inlinkz will not accept your non blog link) you can also email your entry to us via the sidebar link. Good luck! 

Please leave us a comment after you have linked your creation.

If you followed the Quirky Rules you will be considered for the the top three, you could win a prize and be guest designer too  - good luck from the team. Please come back and check if you won within 14 days of the challenge close.
Have Fun - The Quirky Crafts Challenge Design Team.