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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, 13 April 2014

Quirky Challenge #8 - Mixed Media Mayhem

Hi it's Gemma here,and it is my turn to set the challenge. (Actually I am not here, I had a shoulder operation and can't do a lot right now, so Cazzy is filling in the details, and I hope to be back to something like normal in a few weeks).

If you want to see who won the last challenge click HERE, or scroll down to the next post.

Now for my challenge - you all know I love mixed media, and I love to get messy and create magic out of the mayhem!  I want you to get messy too! Get your mediums out and have fun!

We are sponsored by three generous sponsors this time:

We would like to introduce a new sponsor to Quirky Crafts Challenges:

That Craft Place has a bricks and mortar shop in Eastbourne, and a Facebook shop where you can have a "pigeon hole" and add goodies to it all month, pay at the end of the month and get it all sent for one postage fee.
That Craft Place are providing our first prize of - a cherub stamp and a Clearly Sentimental baby stamp set both designed by Ditzie Designs and made in high quality polymer.

Squigglefly are providing second  prize of 3 images of the winner's choice.

Digital Delights are providing the third prize which is a $5 gift voucher.

Now for some inspiration to get you started:

First we have our Guest Designers

Lynn (Linby)

I've made a card with the dragonfly image - the background is made from cosmic shimmer glue very messy!

Birdhouse embossed with Spellbinder's Woodgrain/Brick folder, colored with Distress pads and sanded. Lace trim edging, square pearl trim. Heartfelt Creations daisy Flowers from Gelli dye ink print paper, shaped, rhinestone centers. Squigglefly Dragonfly From "Dragonfly Garden" digi image, printed and cut with an electronic cutter, colored pencils and glittered. Quote stamp from Quietfire Design as well as the Italic alphabet and the newest Illumination stamp set. More details and descriptions can be found HERE

Ike popped by to help us out and has used Simple Adorable Flower Girl by Cheryl Alger, one of the talented artists at Squigglefly. Thanks Ike, you're a star!

and the very Quirky Design Team:

I could see this Tall Ship on a canvas as soon as I saw it, and I don't know if it ended up magical but it sure was messy! I used alcohol inks on a small canvas that I had covered in gesso first, die cut masks for the clouds, then glass ball gel medium mixed with white acrylic for the surf, some charms, stamped seagulls and some sea shell ribbon to hang it up, voila!

Close up of my "masterpiece" haha!
 I hope to add another project later ir tomorrow, there will be lots more next week too!

I started a new Mutimedia book to practice some techniques I have learned.  This book is 9x12 made of hard pressed watercolour paper.  I started with various watercolour based sprays and stencils to give some depth.  Then stamped some books along the bottom left and right.  The Stacked Owls image was just perfect for this page, at the top of the books on the right.  I used the tape transfer technique to place the image onto my page with clear gesso.  The final stencil was inked with dye ink and the quote is written in my own hand with a Sharpie.  
This is my first one, and I used acrylic paints, distress ink, word transfers, flowers, wood, flourishes, stamps, and of course I used the Buttercup Suzie image from our sponsor. I printed the image in different papers, cut ad pasted it.

Gemma - hopes to be recovered and back soon! (I hope you will pop over to her blog and wish her well).

Never quite know what to do for 'mixed media' but I did leave my craft room in 'mayhem!' I used this lovely Shih Tsu digi from our sponsors and sprayed all the papers  and card with Comsmic Shimmer Mist, in pinks and blues, mainly because it's not too messy and we don't know how many puppies there'll be or if they'll be boys or girls! Last time she has six adorable puppies~ and that's also the name of the font I used. Adorable!

A closer look of the mix media background.

A closer look of this lovely digi provided by our sponsor Squigglefly

I`m a newbie at mix media technique.
For this challenge I have been seeing Youtube tutorials for about two weeks.
I messed up my first attempt, so finally I chose to used this technique to make the mosaic background of my card.
Here is my recipe:
First, I applied two Gesso coats to a piece of aluminun heavy foil. When it was dried, I embossed it with my favorite folder. Then I applied alcohol inks and let it run over the design, helping a little bit with a thin brush. When it was dried, I applied black dye ink all over the design.
Hope you like the final result :o)

We should have been saying goodbye to Cindy, but she has agreed to stay on to help out while Gemma and Doris recover, Thanks Cindy.

Have Fun - The Quirky Crafts Challenge Design Team.


  1. Wonderful examples everyone, well done. Get well soon wishes to Gemma, Doris and Lyn.

    Cazzy x

  2. Great projects by the DT. Amazing what can be done with a humble piece of aluminum foil. I really appreciated the detailed descriptions.

    I hope to come back and play in this challenge in the coming week.

    Blessing hugs,

  3. Oh, I am so excited to win a prize. I enjoyed making the card so much and was so happy to see that it would fit your challenge. Thanks a bunch!


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