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, 29 September 2013

Challenge # 20 2013 Quirky Pumpkin Time

Hello my dear Quirky friends, it´s my turn again (Doris), and I hope that everyone has a life full of health, love, happiness and creativity. And as you can see, I wanted to pick a theme orange colored:

                       

” When you see me in the fields,
my oranges glowing in the sun.
It is time to say good bye to summer
and Hello to autumn fun!!”

All you have to do is let your imagination fly and participate in projects (any project) that has pumpkins. Pumpkins, happy, sad, funny, scared, friendly, angry … Pumpkins. I can´t wait to see the beautiful creations that you have to share with our Quirky family. And to encourage you to participate, I want share with you who are our sponsors in our Pumpkin Challenge. 




So we have a beautiful color, a nice theme, and of course wonderful prizes
First Place: 7 Bugaboo digi images
Second Place: 3 digi Limited Runs images
Third Place: 2 Bugaboo digi images

And last but not least important, to see who won the last challenge click HERE or scroll down to the next post. 
Now, let me show you  the beautiful projects that our guests designers and our team have been working on.


Guest Designer Gabriela

I want to thank Quirky Crafts for this opportunity. For me is a honor to design for you. I made a shadow box that represents the crops. I used fall colors and of course lots of pumpkins. Then I added two digis from our sponsor BUGABOO. (Gabriela, we want to thank you for being a great guest and making this wonderful example).

  Gemma

I made the background of this canvas using Adirondack paint dabbers and the Digis are from 'Limited Runs' and I absolutely love them. I coloured the Digis in with Promarkers and added some texture paste through a stencil on the background. I also stamped some cobwebs around the canvas and added a metal moon and moth embellishment.

Valou used a Bugaboo image called Cat Peeker on her amazing Halloween card. Who wouldn't love to get a card like this!





I love this arty looking crow and pumpkin from Bugaboo, so much I used it three times! I picked up the sentiment free from Bugaboo too, you might be lucky and still find it there free but it is due to be replaced so you might just have to buy it (or win the challenge and get it free). Ribbon is from Crafty Ribbon.
Back later with something spooky!


For this challenge I made a Step Pergola Card, with this lovely digi "Scarecrow Pumpkin String" from our sponsor Bugadoo. I love fall colors, that always looks good with pumkins; and of course a cute fall owl, just looking around from the top of the Pergola.

Here's my first make using the Pumpkin String and a Bugabo freebie sentiment pumpkin! They've all been layered and 3D-ed and I've added bats and cats and stars and spiders! The little pumpkin by the scarecrow's foot is one left over from all the '3D-ing' All coloured with ProMarkers.



For my first project, I chose a tridimensional Shadow Box​​, with background in autumnal colors. I used  and AKVFALL wheelbarrow, both images from our great sponsor Bugaboo , and both hand painted with watercolor pencil.



My second project is an LO, for which it I increased the size of Witch and Pumpkins, a beautiful image of our sponsor Limited Runs. It is handpainted, always using watercolor pencil and I used autumnal and halloween colors as background.



As I'm just about to start up with my studies again, I thought that for this challenge I'd decorate a binder. I used mixture of paper scraps, stickers and washi tape before making a feature of the quirky Pumpkin Bird from Bugaboo (coloured with Prismacolor pencils and Souffle pens). I'll post a full tutorial on my blog tomorrow, so make sure to come check it out!



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Challenge #19 "It´s a Quirky Small World" Winners!!!

Did you feel that we live in a Quirky Small World????

Thank you for joining this challenge, we have seen beautiful projects from all around the World.

We have three beautiful prizes thanks to our sponsors:



and





Our designing team picked their favourite top 6 in order of preference, and the scores were added together and here are the three winners:


In first place we have TRESS

She made a beautiful card  reflecting a part of Japan's past.  She said: "Sweet little Yoshimi is outside on a lovely Spring day, with the cherry trees in bloom, practicing her fan dance."





Congratulations Tress, you have won £15 worth of Sam's gorgeous flowers.

In second place, we have KySo

She said: "A piece of the world that I would like to know is Japan. I love to walk through the parks and gardens appreciate the cherry blossoms, breathe fresh air and feel the breeze touching gently my face. Enjoy a moment of peace and reflection."

She made a 3D card with paper piecing technique, and a beautiful sentiment: "Where flowers grow there is always hope".



Congratulations KySo you have won 6 Paper Pretties images.

In third place, we have IKE

Ike´s make a beautiful digital LO about Greece.

She said:"I have added loads of stuff about Greece and the joke about us having "Donkey Mail", cause here it takes soooo long for things to get anywhere"



Congratulations Ike you have won £5 worth of Sam´s lovely flowers.

If you would all like to contact Cazzy via the email link in the sidebar she will arrange for the sponsor to contact you about your prize, and will provide you with a lovely personalised winner's badge.


We would love all of you to join us as Guest Designers in two weeks time, or later if you can't do that, so please also let us know if you can.



Have Fun - The Quirky Crafts Challenge Design Team.

Monday, 23 September 2013

Another reminder for It's a Small World and an apology.

I am so sorry, I totally missed out a great Guest Designer from the first challenge blog (there is a first time for everything, I am mortified), and so here are the two gorgeous cards that Jackie 
made, and sent me before anyone else too!


Jackie's first card using Merci Beaucoup with Eiffel Tower backing paper.

Jackie's second card features Fantastic Sophie.

Many apologies again to Jackie, please go and visit her blog to make up for my error.

To enter the challenge please click here.


Have Fun - The Quirky Crafts Challenge Design Team.


Sunday, 22 September 2013

Challenge #19 "It´s a Small Quirky World" Reminder

Here is your challenge reminder, you have until Saturday Sept 28th midday to enter our challenge and here are the details again:

We want to see different places of the World represented in your projects.
It could be the place you live, the place you had born,  the place you will like to live, the place you will like to visit, even the place you need to see before you die.


Feel free and let your creativity fly and show us “it´s a small World after all”

Our sponsor for this time are:





The first place winner will get £15 worth of Sam's gorgeous flowers; the second place, 6 Paper Pretties images; and the third place, £5 worth of Sam's lovely flowers.

Here are some more examples from the team to inspire you:
As soon as I saw the "So Tropical" digi provided by our sponsor Paper Pretties, I knew have to do a project that represents my country beauties. I have born in Paradise. This beautiful beach is only 1.5 hour drive from my house. This is Costa Rica!!!!



For the background, I used Tim Holtz distress paints, applied straight to the tag and then spritzed with water to make the colours blend. I used some texture paste to add some depth to the background, and to give the characters something to stand on. The gorgeous digi stamps are from Paper Pretties and I love them! They were coloured in with Copic markers. The quote is also Paper Pretties..




I used Merci Beaucoup on my card, along with some freebie papers, and I added some floral ribbon (from Crafty Ribbons) with roses on to match the paper, and some pink Prima blooms with pearl centres in honour of the lovely floral prize you can win from Samaflora.
Lyn
I'd already made  two makes last week, but I wanted to do something with the little Fantastic Sophia image from our sponsors. (She also comes as an EZ Mount). This card has been turned inside out, as I suddenly realised the topper was going to cover the paper and the ribbon, so what is now at the back and inside, was the front and outside! Little Sophia has been 3D-ed and coloured with Promarkers.(Free font link on my blog)

Doris 
is very ill, we send her our best wishes for a speedy recovery.





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Thank you Cazzy. Hi, a little late this week, but here I am. My project is a card with very positive messages. I've painted by hand and I used Fantasticsophia image, courtesy of our fabulous sponsor Paper Pretties. See you at our next Quirky challenge, but not before inviting you to participate in this Quirky Small World Challenge. Hugs, Doris!

More projects may be added in the next few days, watch this space!

To enter the challenge link your project HERE

Have Fun - The Quirky Crafts Challenge Design Team.


Sunday, 15 September 2013

Challenge # 19 2013 “It´s a Quirky Small World”

Who hasn't heard the Disney´s song “It´s a small, small World”??

“It's a world of laughter, a world or tears
it’s a world of hopes, it’s a world of fears
there’s so much that we share
that its time we're aware
it’s a small world after all…”




Well this new challenge is all about this Quirky Small World.

We want to see different places of the World represented in your projects.
It could be the place you live, the place you had born,  the place you will like to live, the place you will like to visit, even the place you need to see before you die.


Feel free and let your creativity fly and show us “it´s a small World after all”

To see who won the last challenge click HERE or scroll down to the next post. 

Our sponsors for this challenge are:



We are thrilled to introduce a brand new sponsor, Sam of Samaflora makes gorgeous flowers to order for all of your crafty projects.





We will be working with their lovely digis.

And now the prizes: The first place winner will get £15 worth of Sam's gorgeous flowers; the second place, 6 Paper Pretties images; and the third place, £5 worth of Sam's lovely flowers.
I´m sure the winners will enjoy this lovely prizes.

We have a new 2 month GD starting today, the talented Gemma Maggs who we spotted on Creative Showcase, which is a Facebook group set up for people to show their work so that Design Teams can recruit them and for Design Teams to advertise places.
Welcome Gemma, we really hope you enjoy working with us!

Come and see some great and inspiring projects from our Design Team:

GUEST DESIGNER Vicky



Vicky used Washington, Merci Beaucoup, Fantastic Sophie and Thanksgiving from Paper Pretties, and she said "I think this is the card that took the longest to make lol and that’s not including the thinking about how this would come together!!!" 
We can see why, this is amazing Vicky, and we love that you included greetings in the appropriate languages! There are 4 more photos of Vicky's project on her blog so hop on over and see more and don't forget to leave a comment.

Guest Designer Leeann

Leeann used Merci Beaucoup from Paper Pretties to make this darling card, she has even found some pink poodle papers to go with the French Poodle!

Gemma


Hello Quirky Crafters, I am so excited to be a Guest Designer for Quirky Crafts Challenge Blog.  I have to admit I was a bit stumped by the theme at first and what to make, but I decided on a journal page in an old ledger.
I made the background using Dylusions ink sprays.  I used a stencil to add the vine leaves around the page and applied gesso through a stencil to give the page added  texture and depth.


The fabulous digi stamps were provided by Paper Pretties' for this challenge.  I coloured the images in using Copic markers and drew the hot air balloon. The digi stamps were so lovely to use.
I really enjoyed creating this page, and am already looking forward to future challenges. I hope you like it.  





CAZZY 
(sorry I'm late, here at last)
I made this 8"x8" card using some of the Paper Pretties images, Fantastic Sophie, Thanksgiving, Well Wishers, and Oh So Tropical, and decided to make it into a bon voyage card. I created the sentiment with PagePlus, it is supposed to be red with a shadow. The round the world stickers are from a set I received as a gift.



For this new Quirky Challenge, I made a small souvenir box . I used to make it, in addition to the box file, two beautiful images, travelers from two different continents, courtesy of our sponsor Paper Pretties.  Both are painted with watercolor crayon.
LYN


I've done something different (for me) I've made a digital scrapbook page using  my own pictures from a weekend away in Paris, to see the Monet Gardens and of course the Eiffle Tower with hubby and my mum and dad. It turned out to be our very last trip away together. I've added the little Merci Beaucoup French Poodle from our sponsors, as it was a last minute decision to go with them so I'll always be thankful we did!


 

 ...and, of course, I've also made a quick 'Thank You' card with the same French poodle. She's been 3D-ed and coloured with Promarkers.

MONICA



From this small Quirky World, I want to represent France, mainly Paris. 
A place I will love to visit and take some pictures at the Eiffel Tower.
I used this lovely "Mercy Beaucoup" digi from Paper Pretties, working it with heat transfer vinyl to add it to this simple fabric bag.
To add some color, I used some ribbon in France`s flag colors.
The final touch is a beautifull charm my friend Mariela Cardozo sent from France -she lives there-. As you can see it has a tiny Eiffel Tower and my name next to it, maybe is a good sign and some day I will be able to be there and take that dream picture.


Daire



For this challenge I made a quirky bookmark for my cousin, who went off to University today, using the 'Thanksgiving' stamp from Paper Pretties. The background paper was hand doodled using a black pen over spray ink. The colour and sparkles were added with coloured pencils and my lovely new Sakura Stardust gel pens, and the tassel was macramed with embroidery thread and a selection of plastic beads

VALOU - will make something for the reminder post next week.


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Saturday, 14 September 2013

Challenge #18 Move it Winners!

I hope you had a lot of fun with Move it! Thank you for joining in my challenge. We had some really good entries, and some new techniques to me! However only three of them can win the fantastic prizes from our generous sponsor:



So each of the team picked their favourite top 6 in order of preference, and the scores were added together and here are the top three:

In first place we have Valerie with her cute and funny sprung animals.


Congratulations Valerie, you have won 3 sets from The Cutting Cafe.

In second place Laura Love, with this very clever peek a boo card, the image changes to a different girl, amazing!


Congratulation Laura, you have won 2 sets from The Cutting Cafe.

In third place Gabriella with her easel card which also had a pull out tag to reveal a hidden message.

Congratulations Gabriella, you have won 1 set from The Cutting Cafe.

If you would all like to contact me (Cazzy) via the email link in the sidebar I will arrange for the sponsor to contact you about your prize, and will provide you with a lovely personalised winner's badge.

We would love all of you to join us as Guest Designers in two weeks time, or later if you can't do that, so please also let me know if you can.

Have Fun - The Quirky Crafts Challenge Design Team.