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, 21 October 2012

Challenge 22: 'Anything but a card with Autumn colours'

Welcome back to another Quirky Crafts challenge! Please see the previous post for details of winners of our last challenge. It is my (Caro's) turn to set the challenge this week and as I am sitting looking out of the window at all the gorgeous colours of the leaves on the trees it just had to be inspired by Autumn.  However, we are Quirky crafts here and it couldn't be that simple so I decided that it was high time we challenged you to make something that was not a card.  So the challenge is:

'Anything But a Card using Autumn colours'

I can't wait to see what you all come up with as we have a great sponsor this week:

They are offering the lucky winner, as chosen by the design team, 5 digi stamps of their choice.

REMINDER - DESIGN TEAM CALL: Before I move onto the DT entries I just wanted to remind you that we are having a design team call at the moment (see here for details) so please do consider joining us full time or for a 2 month slot.

So without further ado, here are the guest designers and design team entries using stamps from Robyn's fetish for the ABC autumn colours challenge.

 Guest Designers:


Lucy made a lovely door hanging using Nuts about Squirrels. I bet Amber was very happy to have this on her door.


Angela used Bearly a Pumpkin to alter her Crystal Light container (Crystal Light is a drink powder, I had to look it up)..
Close up of the side showing the trendy twine Angela used.


Nikki used Bearly a Pumpkin to make this great bag topper for some Halloween candy.

Here is the candy!

Daire - (better late than never - ha ha)

Using the gorgeous Prissy Poinsetta digital stamp as my inspiration I created this 10"x7" mixed media painting. I wanted to give the poinsetta an autumnal twist, rather than starting on my Christmas crafts so early! I think my autumn nymph has been influenced a little too much by the Halloween spirit... she's a bit spooky!



I've used Bearly a Pumpkin  coloured with Promarkers and used a recycled bag, which I've cut down a little. It came to me with some make up in it and the shops brand name on the front...now it's filled with a...Trick or a Treat!?! Mud Pies or Chocolate Cookies!?! I've also used bought and freebie papers. The sentiment using 'bone letters' is a freebie font too. Links on my blog.



I love the deep reds of Autumn, and of course it all makes me think of Christmas. I chose the PrissyPoinesettia Digital Stamp to work with. As soon as I saw it I knew it would layer up well, which is something I like to do with Digital Stamps. Coloured with Promarkers and decoupaged I decided to use it to make a cutlery holder for my Christmas Table. I am pleased with how it turned out, but this is only one of 10 that I will have to make!...groan!


I used Beautiful Bow on my "It's nearly Christmas, lets make lists" binder. I used a tall Sara Binder I have had for ages, and covered it in stripey and script papers, and coloured the bow in Autumn brown shades of Promarkers. I typed the greeting then stamped over it with a Unity stamp, and cut it with the matching Spellbinders die. I added some ribbon from a Crafty Ribbons bag called Cookies and Cream. and I spritzed the bow, and then the whole binder with Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist in bronze.
  Angled view showing the inside.
 Inside I used some Sara Binder dividers, I have decorated the first one, and will decorate the rest. The great thing is my Filofax personal size pages fit perfectly to make my lists on. The tabs read "presents/gifts", cards, itinery, menu, shopping.

I couldn't resist scrapbooking these photos of my son playing in the sun last Autumn (I am somewhat behind with my scrapbooking!) and so used background paper from Best Creation Inc which was full of glitter on the leaves, then layered the two photos onto some speckled dark yellow card, then added leaf ribbon from Dovecraft, I also added some extra leaves punched out of copper card, and stamped some trees and leaves in the bottom right corner.  For that extra cute touch I added the 'Nuts about Squirrels' stamp coloured in promarkers.

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.





Email entries:

Debbie Siddle



Winners: Challenge 21 Quirky magical moments

We had some wonderful magical entries for the last challenge, however, sadly you didn't all include the recipe elements of stars, glitter and silver so weren't eligible for the prizes. We decided that the 4 entries that did follow the brief should all chosen this time, so we have a top 4!

The first place winner of the Stitchy Bear Digital Stamps $10 voucher chosen by the design team is:
With this amazing 3D card with lots of sparkle and fairies. Congratulations Doris, please e-mail Cazzy using the link in the side bar for details on how to claim your prize and to let us know if you would like to be a guest designer in a future challenge.


The runners up (all of the remaining entries which had all the elements we asked for) are:
with a wonderful silhouette card,

with another original piece of art, and 


with this very pretty pink and sparkly card.


  Congratulations all three of you! Please e-mail Cazzy using the link in the side bar if you would like to be a guest designer in a future challenge.

Please all help yourselves to a winner's badge from the sidebar to display on your blog too.

Please don't forget that we are having a Desgin Team call at the moment (See here for details) and we would love for some of you to join us on the team.  Look out for our next challenge later on today.

The Quirky Crafts Challenge Design Team

Monday, 8 October 2012

Design Team Call and 2 Month Guest Designer call.

If you are looking for the latest challenge scroll down to the post below or click HERE

The Quirky Crafts Team are recruiting for a new member of the team!

There are some requirements and we want to see what you can do, the current DT will make a team decision on who is going to join us.

The person we are looking for:
1. Must have a blog, if you don't already have one now is a good time to start! Of course you need to be able to take reasonable quality photos of your work and post them on your blog with details and links when challenges go live. You also need to include links in your sidebar to Quirky and the rest of the DT.

2. Must take it in turns choosing the next Quirky challenge, which may involve choosing a challenge that fits the available images from the sponsor.

3. Must be able to make up to two projects every two weeks to the challenge requirements, which may be cards or other paper craft projects.

4. Must choose and use one or more of the sponsor's digital images per project per challenge.

5. Must upload your own DT example photos to the Quirky Crafts challenge blog post and add your own write up and links before the challenge post goes live.

6. Must comment on some of the entrants blogs about entries to challenges, on behalf of Quirky Crafts Challenge Design Team, in accordance with the allocation system.

7. When challenges close, must look at all entries and choose their top 6 favourites (which meet the challenge requirements) and communicate them to the team in time for the winners post to go live the following lunchtime. (Challenges close lunchtimes Saturday, the winners have to be worked out and post completed before lunchtime Sunday).

8. On your challenge turn, you must collect the team choices, total up the scores and schedule the winners post from the previous challenge to the Quirky blog. You must also draft the new challenge post for everyone to add to.

9. If another DT colleague has problems, must be able to cover in emergencies.

10. Last but not least - must have a Quirky imagination and sense of humour, we will be looking at your blogs to see if this is true!

Please note:
 a) the team communicates via a closed Yahoo group, you will need to create a Yahoo account to take part.
b) images provided by the sponsor are solely for your own use and must not be distributed to others or sold, in other words the sponsor's policies must be adhered to.
c) Yahoo is fine, it is just a group thing where I put the sponsors images so the team can get them easily, and there is a message facility so when you send a message everyone gets it by email, and you can reply by email too, or you can go to Yahoo and reply. Once you sign up for Yahoo you don't need to join anything except our closed group if you don't want to. We will help you loads if you join the team.

So after those Quirky 10 Demandments, here is what we want you to do:

1. Enter a project into each of the next 3 Quirky challenges (either starting with 14th Oct, or the current challenge and two following challenges) and put DT after your name each time.

2. Email Cazzy and tell us something about yourself and why you think you would be good for the Quirky challenge blog.

3.Add your blog link below with DT after your name.

Inlinkz will remain open until  3rd November, after which it is too late for DT applicants to enter the 3 challenges required.

If you make it to the top three in any one of the three challenges you will of course be Guest Designer two weeks later, and if that will count as one of your 3 challenges if it falls at the same time, in other words you won't need to enter another make challenge for which you are GD.

For all of you who would like to be on the permanent DT but don't make it this time round we may offer you a 2 month Guest Designer spot.

If you don't want the permanent DT position and would like to be considered for a 2 month GD spot, enter your link with GD after your name and don't forget to enter 3 challenges as above.

2 month GDs requirements:
1. Must have a blog, if you don't already have one now is a good time to start! Of course you need to be able to take reasonable quality photos of your work and post them on your blog.

2. Must be able to make one GD project every two weeks to fit the challenge requirements (can make up to two) which may be a card or other paper craft project, and email a photo to Cazzy at least two days before the challenge starts.

3. May choose a digi image from the selection available to the team.

4. Must use a sponsor's digi image on your project.

5. Must not reveal challenge details in advance of challenges going live.

6. You may be required to comment on allocated entries to challenges on behalf of Quirky Crafts.

7. You must email Cazzy or we won't be able to contact you.

8. Ideally you should have entered some Quirky challenges in the past, or should enter some now so we can see how you handle our challenges!

Please note: images provided by the sponsor are solely for your own use and must not be distributed to others or sold, in other words the sponsor's policies must be adhered to.

If there is anything you don't understand or want more details on please email Cazzy using the link in the sidebar.

Inlinkz will remain open until 11:30 am GMT 3rd November, after which it is too late for DT applicants to enter the 3 challenges required, please click on the big blue frog at the top to enter.

We look forward to seeing what you can do, and perhaps joining us!
The Quirky Crafts Challenge Design Team.

Sunday, 7 October 2012

Challenge 21 -Magical Moments (must have magical creatures, silver, stars and glitter or sparkle).

My Challenge this time (Diane) although this theme was more of a joint choice really. Heading into Autumn at a rate of knots with all the magic and myth of Halloween and Bonfire Night just around the corner everyone is thinking Magical thoughts......so that is what I want to see this time. you can make anything, not just cards, in fact we quite like to see different projects. Whatever you decide to enter must have something magical- so I am thinking Fairies, Wizards, any Magical Creatures etc and I also want to see Stars, Glitter and Silver on your entries. The winning entry must fulfil all these conditions. If you miss something off your entry will not be included in the vote. Goodness I sound very strict don't I? (I am not really, but don't tell anyone!)
Our challenge this week is sponsored by Stitchy Bear Digital Stamps. They are very kindly providing a prize for the winner of this challenge as decided by the Design Team.....and the prize is a $10 voucher to spend in the store.

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So let us give you some inspiration here.....

First our Guest Designers:

Desire used Room for Two image for her classy stepper card which has lots of sparkle with the gems and silver and unusual stars!
This is an angled view to show the depth of the card and the detail.

Crafty Girl used Christmas Fairy on her magical Christmas decoration.

Here is a close up of the Christmas Fairy. For more images and details of this and other great projects visit Crafty Girl's blog.

I must apologise for the image, I have tried all sorts! I found some silver inkjet film in the drawer and thought perfect, and I didn't even think about it being so reflective so you can see the inside of my light box in the background!  I printed Fairy Moon on to the film, and cut it out, matted it on black glitter paper and holographic silver star card. I heat embossed some star brads with silver tinsel glitter and I added clear plastic letters to spell Wish. I think it is a pretty Christmas card. Oh and I glazed the image to prevent damage, more about that on my blog!

Lyn will possibly join us later, she has had a bereavement in the family and is, quite rightly, more concerned with that right now. We send you our hugs and Support Lyn.....
Lyn
(Copied from Lyn's blog by Cazzy, see blog for much more).
 Here's my first card. I've used one of my favourite Stitchy Bear images, The SteamPunk Fairy. I've coloured her with Promarkers, used my Memory Die-cut, Pinkpetticoat starry papers, black and silver Card Candi, purple gems, micro glitter, Stickles glitter on the edges of the black and purple ribbons, black card and silver miri card! 

For my second card, I've used a wizard cat from Stitchy bears Jacare's Halloween Bundle. I'm really not too happy with the way this one turned out! Everything that could go wrong, went wrong!  (see blog for details).
Caro
My first entry is an ATC made using the Spooky Owl from our sponsors. I coloured the background to create a halo round the moon by using distress inks (faded jeans and dusty concord), then added extra tree branches and birds using Lavinia stamps.  Finally I finished it off with a silver glittery star.
My second entry uses the Fairy moon digital stamp from our sponsors.  I decided to keep to a black, white and pink colour scheme. To make the main image 'pop' I added pink and silver pearlescent glue to the moon and stars and then glitter glue to the fairy's hair.  I used my cuttlebug to die cut and emboss round the image as well as embossing the background before embellishing with pink glittery gems in the corners.

Stars, Glitter and Silver all over this one! I decided to make something other than a card for a change. Using stamps from Stitchy Bear I have made a Halloween treat holder. Bit tricky to photograph, but the inside is all patterned too.

Now it's your turn......

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).

If you can't see the froggy please refresh your screen.

Have Fun - The Quirky Crafts Challenge Design Team.

Challenge 20- Quirky Monsters Winners!



It is time to announce the winners to the Monstrous Quirky Monster challenge!

Well you seem to like Monsters, Quirky Monsters was a popular challenge! The Quirky Team have done the
 usual and picked their favourites, and the combined scores add up to the following winners:

In first place Daire with this amazing hand drawn and doodled card, this is one of a kind. We love these
 monsters!

Congratulations Daire, you have won 7 Digital Images from Bugaboo!


Please email Cazzy using the link in the sidebar to claim your prize and let us know if you would like
 to be Guest Designer in a future challenge.
In second place is Nikki Byrne with this fun wall hanging cross made of tombstones.


Congratulations Nikki, you have won $10 worth of Doodle Dragon Studio images by Dustin Pike. Please
 email Cazzy using the link in the sidebar to claim your prize and let us know if you would like to be Guest
 Designer in a future challenge.

In Third place is Angela P with this very cute monster card.

Congratulations Angela. Please email Cazzy using the link in the sidebar if you would like to be Guest
 Designer in a future challenge.
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.