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, 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.

Sunday, 29 May 2016

May Flowers winners

Wow, such a lot of great entries for our last challenge for a few months. It made it hard to choose our top three as we all liked a different top six!

This is a sad moment for me because it is the first time Quirky has had to take an extended break. Hopefully we can start up again later this year. We have one person interested in joining our team, but we need more for later in the year. If you are interested please get in touch.

We finally managed to choose, and here are our winners:

In first place we chose Lozzy and her pretty pocket letter.
Congratulations Lozzy, you have won the 
$15 Ike's Art Voucher!

In second place we chose Lena's beautiful wedding album.
Congratulations Lena, you have won
 4 digis of your choice from Delicious Doodles!

In third place we chose Katrina's beautiful flowers and butterfly card.
Congratulations Katrina, you have won
3 digis of your choice from Bloobel Stamps!
Please contact me so that I can arrange for you to receive your prize, if you want to let me know which images you would like I can pass it on to save time. I will make your winner's badges.
Normally I would invite you to be guest designers, but as we are putting challenges on hold for now I can't say when we will be back - but you are welcome to be guest designers if and when we do come back!


Have Fun - The Quirky Crafts Challenge Design Team.

Sunday, 15 May 2016

May 2016 Midway Reminder - April Showers bring Quirky May flowers!

It's reminder time for our last challenge for a few months, and it's all about flowers, following our Quirky April furry showers!

This is a very popular challenge and you hardly need a reminder!

Also if you are interested in joining the DT later in the year when we hope to resume challenges, please contact me at any time during the next few months.

Our wonderful sponsors for this challenge are:




I just realised I forgot to tell you about the amazing prizes which are:
Ist prize Ike's Art $15 worth of digis of choice
, 2nd Prize Delicious Doodles 4 digis of choice,
 3rd prize Bloobel Stamps 3 digis of choice


Now for some inspiration from the team:

A truly beautiful card by Elena using Rosalie from Delicious Doodles. Superb colouring Elena!



I colored my image with Copics, then fussy-cut her and adhered her to my vivid purple paper.
I cut  my pattered paper to the same size as Lulu's Peekaboo circle and now it looks like
she's peeking out of a purple room.
Besides the tiny flowers on my patterned paper, I lined the rim of Lulu's window with jewelled flowers. staying with the flowers theme of this challenge, my sentiment inside reads:
"May your day bloom with wonderful surprises".

Peekaboo Lulu

I colored Daisies & Butterfly Frame from Delicious Doodles with Copics.
Using Photoshop, I used the image to frame a pic of my daughter,
using digital elements and papers to complete my layout.

Nana Connie is unwell and will join us in a few days.

Cazzy
Sorry I'm late! Here is my first card using a gorgeous image from Ike's Art called Greek Window. I have never been to Greece, and would love to visit one day! I googled Greek houses to try and get the colours right.
I will be back with a Bloobel Stamps card next.

Marg

This is my take on Flower Square by Ike's Art
coloured using Sakura Gelly Roll glitter pens,
mounted onto raspberry card, black card, matt gold paper,
added lace and a 6x6 white linen effect card base.
Glitzy Babe sentiment was an afterthought.


Have Fun - The Quirky Crafts Challenge Design Team.

Sunday, 1 May 2016

May 2016 Challenge #5 April Showers bring Quirky May Flowers

Hi everyone, Cazzy here and I am very excited about this challenge because we have three brand new sponsors to Quirky (although we have used digis by two of them before from Stitchy who are no longer sponsoring challenges).

Last month we had showers of furry friends (and here in the UK we also had showers of rain, sleet, hailstones, mini snowballs and snow), and April Showers result in May Flowers - I want to see flowers on your project, either as part of an image stamped or printed, or as part of the design, or even the paper you use! Easy Peasy then!

Due to unfortunate personal circumstances Quirky will be taking a long break from challenges and this will be the last challenge for a few months.

We are saying goodbye and thank you to the wonderful Nana Connie this month too, taking the team down to just three active members. We wish Nana Connie all the best for the future.

We hope to resume challenges later this year, but we will only be able to do that if we get some applicants for the DT. It would be very sad to see Quirky disappear forever now wouldn't it? So if you want us to keep going please apply to join us ready for a come back later in the year.

Anyway now on to the challenge:

Our wonderful new sponsors for this challenge are:





The team have been generously supplied with digs from all three sponsors to use in this post, and the midway reminder, and here is some inspiration for you:

First our Guest Designers:

Elena used the very quirky Venus Van Trap digi from Bloobel Stamps, and added lots of blooms to her gorgeous card. Elena said: Hello I am Elena F and I´m from The Basque Country, I´m almost 42; mother of 3 children between 11 years and 21 months.  That means I do not have much spare time but the little I have I use in making crafts, especially coloring and scrap but I also sew, knit and crochet....when I can.....but I´m lucky and I´ve got a break in my job currently.

Maya used the beautiful Rosalee digi from Delicious Doodles. She added extra roses to make it special.


Now the Design Team:

                                            Pat

I created a 100% digital card using an image from Ike's Art called Windmill.


using Bloobel Stamps "Thank You for the Flowers"


Colored with ProMarkers, then cut and embossed with a die from Spellbinders.
I added white satin ribbon and decorated it with a few scrap bits
from another die cut.
The butterfly is colored and glittered
and the bow is twine.



I have Love in a Mist in my garden where it grows and seeds like crazy every year and I do love the blue flowers and alien looking seed pods, so I was happy to find this digi from Delicious Doodles. I coloured it with Chameleon pens this time and found the perfect blue cardstock and decided to keep it simple.

using Floral Watering Can by Delicious Doodles


I used alcoholic marker pens from Harmony. The ladybug ribbon is 
exclusive to Crafty Ribbons. I decided to slightly cut the picture
down to fit into the dies I wanted to use. I had, though, already
got the toppers already die cut (luckily in the colours I wanted too).
The lace was an afterthought so I "tucked" it under the outer edge
of the bottom scalloped edge squared die cut.  
I have 2 more cards to add which should be added tomorrow

To see who won the last challenge see the previous post below this one.

Have Fun - The Quirky Crafts Challenge Design Team.

April 2016 Winners - Quirky raining cats and dogs.

That was a fun challenge, thanks Marg. I think you all like cats or dogs or both! I haven't worked out if we have more cats than dogs yet, have you?

Our sponsors for this challenge are the wonderful Crackerbox Palace who provided some cute digis to the team to show you.
 Crackerbox Palace Website
All of your entries were wonderful, and the team had a tough time deciding on the top three. We made a decision and here are our winners:

In first place we have Jane Willis with a lovely kitty card.

Congratulations Jane, you have won three digis of your choice from Crackerbox Palace.

In second place we have Donna Mundinger, again with a kitty card! 

Congratulations Donna, you have won two digis of your choice from Crackerbox Palace!

In third place we have Scrap & C with a very cute puppy card.


Congratulations Scrap & C, you have one one digi of your choice from Crackerbox Palace!

Please contact me with your choice of digis (all stamps are available as digis from Crackerbox Palace) and I will pass your choices on and send you a personalised badge.

I would like to give a special mention to 8 year old Ellie who made a lovely kitty card.

I will send you a special badge Ellie.


So it looks like the kitty cats won over the puppies this time, poor puppies!

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.