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 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.





Winners of March Challenge 2017 Quirky Picture This.




Well I think our first challenge was a bit too challenging (or too Quirky) for most people, although it really wasn't that hard if you read the details. We only had 4 entries, but they were all really good.

Here are our winners:

In first place we have:


Congratulations Lisa, you have won a Bugaboo $12 voucher!


In second place we have:

Sue with her fabulous digital scrapbook page.
Sue is in the UK so can choose a mystery ribbon bundle or a £10 voucher to spend with Crafty Ribbons. You might notice that Sue is a member of the Quirky DT, and wonder how she can win a prize - well she entered the challenge before she applied for the DT and has not yet taken part as a DT in a challenge - but she will in April! Not only that she will have some Crafty Ribbons ready for the next challenge sponsored by them!



In third place is:
Marina with her lovely fresh rowing layout.

Congratulations Marina, you have won a $3 voucher to spend at Bugaboo.



That leaves just one more entry, and we don't want to leave it out:

B.G. Payne Crafts layout of their favourite watering hole!
We want to award you a Quirky Runner's up badge.








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, 19 March 2017

Challenge #1 Midway reminder - Quirky Picture This.

We're halfway through our first come-back challenge and already have some lovely entries, but there's still plenty time to join in. Here's a quick reminder of what you need to do:

It had to be a really Quirky challenge to start off with, and the challenge is called Picture This. What I want you to do is use a photograph. You can either add a photo you have taken, or one you love to your project OR you can take inspiration from that photo, either the colours, or to incorporate the elements in the photo (say wood, metal, material that sort of thing) or cut out parts of a photo to use on your project. Add digital images, stamped images and embellishments to your make also.

You must show us the photo you used and tell us how you used it.


Some of the DT have made extra cards to give you a little more inspiration:



Using my second choice of stamp from Bugaboo I decided to use this photo. I love this one. My Husband, who is not known for his technical know how, was trying to work out how to take a selfie!
I have layered the foliage from the stamp to add dimension and coloured the flowers with pro markers.



The photo I have used is of Charlie, a cat we used to own. He crossed the rainbow bridge some years ago but we still miss him. I die cut a frame, sponged it with pink distress ink and stamped pawprints around the edge. The ribbon is from Crafty Ribbons and the image is from Bugaboo's Tall Jungle Blocks set, but coloured to be a domestic cat rather than the tiger it is intended to be.

I printed a photo from our wedding day to start one of the photo albums/scrapbooks. I used strips of ribbon across the top to make a house like shape. I coloured the bugaboo image with promarkers and layered this over the photograph. I then added a ribon flower and some ribbon butterflies as embellishments. The writing was done in a metallic paint pen and added two lime ladybirds to finish.

Guest Designer
Katrina
 who was a winner from our last challenge of 2016 year.



I couldn't find any nice photos of my own, but as I already have several bird stamps by Bugaboo I looked on the internet for owl pictures instead. This one made me burst out laughing, isn't he fab?
I chose Birthday Bird 03 to work with, he has great eyelashes (though they're not a patch on Tufty's). I've also drawn inspiration from the colours in the photo and tried to echo the stripy texture of his feathers with my papers and twine.




We have two great sponsors and three prizes for this challenge:

Bugaboo are generously giving our first prize winner a $12 voucher to use in the Bugaboo store, and our third prize winner a $3 voucher.

Crafty Ribbons are giving our second place winner a choice of a lovely mystery ribbon pack (UK winner only), or a £10 voucher (Worldwide).
Instagram Ribbon - Camera





All very nice prizes as I'm sure you will agree.

 This is also a DT call, we are now looking for more Quirky Design Team members so please contact me if you are interested.


Have Fun - The Quirky Crafts Challenge Design Team.

Sunday, 5 March 2017

Challenge #1 2017 - Quirky Picture This! DT Call.



At last we are back with some new team members and all really happy to be up and running once more. Did you miss us?

We have two great sponsors and three prizes for this challenge:

Bugaboo are generously giving our first prize winner a $12 voucher to use in the Bugaboo store, and our third prize winner a $3 voucher.


Crafty Ribbons are giving our second place winner a choice of a lovely mystery ribbon pack (UK winner only), or a £10 voucher (Worldwide).

Instagram Ribbon - Camera




All very nice prizes as I'm sure you will agree.



This is also a DT call, we are now looking for more Quirky Design Team members so please contact me if you are interested.

It had to be a really Quirky challenge to start off with, and the challenge is called Picture This. What I want you to do is use a photograph. You can either add a photo you have taken, or one you love to your project OR you can take inspiration from that photo, either the colours, or to incorporate the elements in the photo (say wood, metal, material that sort of thing) or cut out parts of a photo to use on your project. Add digital images, stamped images and embellishments to your make also.

You must show us the photo you used and tell us how you used it.

Now for some inspiration from the team (visit their blogs by clicking on their name to give them some appreciation):


Cazzy
I used four photos I took with my phone including a selfie, and they are all about my dogs. Mainly my new rescue dog Luna, but Sooty is in the bottom photo too. The far right is when she first arrived, shaved and looking so cute in the buttoned jumper. Later she destroyed the buttons and it had to be sewn together, and now it had a few chunks out of it! The top photo is the first shoe Luna destroyed.
I used Bugaboo's Bugvalpupset which contains the three cute digis you see here, in jpg and png formats. I flipped some of the images. I used a DTP program to add the .png version of the digis and my photo's and a background photo I also took, but made it more transparent. I printed it on paper canvas and stretched it over a frame that was going into the charity bag. I added Crafty Ribbons Instagram camera ribbon and lots of Crafty Ribbons muddy paw print ribbons (I bought six for the price of five), and a few buttons, a bit of twine and an odd sequin that was handy. Crafty Ribbons sell buttons too.

I wrapped the whole frame in paw print ribbons too. When I set this challenge I had no idea if I would be able to make something or what it would be but had dog photos in my mind.




Marg 


This is Marg's dog Reggie.


Diane

This was a really difficult challenge for me as I HATE having my photo taken, which means I rarely take any photos myself. That's makes me a bit weird in this day and age I know.

I decided to make a scrapbook page of one of my favourite photos. This was my Maggie, we had her for 17 years until we lost her two years ago. It was actually her anniversary when I started to think about what I could make. Here is my page:-



Tinz




I used the photograph (original) as the focal point od the card. Then added a photo of an ant eating what I have coloured to be a radish (as this is what is 'sitting' on the car). I coloured the image with promarkers. The sentiment was done in Word and then cut to size.

Image used - Picnic ANT

Jane
Here's my card, using the Flower Tag 1 digi:


and this is the photo that inspired it:


I have used a beautiful photo that my husband took in the gorgeous (and themselves quite quirky) gardens of West Green House, a National Trust garden close to Hartley Wintney in Hampshire.  It's only a few miles from us so we visit quite often. I love this circular archway! I took my inspiration from the circle, the red brick, the blue flowers and the plethora of green foliage, and I used Bugaboo's Flower Tag 1 image to make the card.



now let's see what you can do!

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. 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.

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Quirky come back!

Hi Quirky fans, if you are following on Facebook you might already know that we are resuming challenges on March 6th!

We have some new team members joining us, and we are still recruiting so if you want to play on the Quirky team please contact me for details.

I'm still here - just about - after a very tough year. Marg is still here too.

The new team members are:

Diane Marsh.

Diane is actually one of the original team who is rejoining us. Check out Diane's blog - Keep Forever Cards

Tina Rea-Davies aka Tinz


, check out her blog Crafty Managerie.

Jane Willis


 check out Jane's blog - Onions and Paper.

A big welcome to all of you!

Our first sponsors are lined up and so we have great prizes as usual. I hope you will all join us and play Quirky again. Check back on March 6th for details.



Have Fun - The Quirky Crafts Challenge Design Team.