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, 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.