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, 27 February 2011

Quirky Crafts 2011: Challenge 5 - Alice in Wonderland

Hi everyone, it is challenge time again, and thanks for all the amazing and wonderful entries we had for the last challenge! It was difficult to choose an overall winner, you are all worthy!

The challenge this time is called Alice in Wonderland. You may have read the book by Lewis Carroll, or seen a film version, but if not you can use Google to find out a little about it. What we want you to do is base your entry on something found in the story, for example the white rabbit, the mad hatter's tea party, the Queen of Hearts, the playing card courtiers, you can find rabbit images, playing cards, a stop watch, drink me, eat me type things to use on your project. Any craft project can be entered into the challenge.
We are really looking forward to seeing what you all do with this theme, so please add your link and photo to this post using the blue Inlinkz frog below.

Inlinkz is a great tool for displaying your entries, I am sure you agree, and easy to use. Unlike other tools the entries continue to be displayed on the post after the closing date, and you can enable public voting.
If you would like an Inlinkz account for your blog (and it works in different types of blog) please use the button in the left hand side bar to go and register. Registering this way will help the Quirky Team to keep using Inlinkz for all of you to use on this blog.

We have another great sponsor this time and they are The Stamping Boutique and here is some information on our sponsor:
Tracey Malnofski's resume reads like a whose who of the Stamping Industry. Besides being the owner and a designer for The Stamping Boutique, she's also a stamp artist for Unity Stamp Company and has also worked for InStyleStamps, Squigglefly, and The Digi Shack. Her "Boutique" has it all - fairytale, whimsy, sentimental . . . and Candy! I do not envy the winner who has to choose digi stamps from all those delicious choices. Yep! A winner will be randomly selected to win 5 digital stamps of their choice from Tracey's Boutique!

Here's what Tracey says about her Stamping Boutique.
"The Stamping Boutique" is dedicated to quality products and original artwork. We not only provide wonderful digital images in our store, but also several lines of red rubber
images. Our designers are chosen for their character and personality, as well as, their beautiful designs. We work hard to give you our very best. Thank you so much for having us as your sponsor this week.

Store: http://thestampingboutique.com/
Challenge Blog: http://thestampingboutiquechallengeblog.blogspot.com/
Monthly Challenge: http://thestampingboutiquechallengeblog.blogspot.com/p/monthly-contest.html

Challenge 5: Alice in Wonderland
Here is a sample card from our The Sponsor Stamping Boutique made by Suzi:


Here are a few creations by our Design Team to give you inspiration:

Caro's Birthday card inspired by playing cards, the White Rabbit's pocket watch and Alice's changing size (tape measure)

Caro's Invitation inspired by the Mad Hatters Tea Party and using the scroll stamp from our sponsor


Diane has made Alice's Chair also using a digi by our sponsor
Diane has also made this fabulous Birthday Card
with The Mad Hatter's tea Party as the theme


Our Guest Designer this time is the talented Blackdragon Lyn, who made this gorgeous quirky mixed media art piece.

Cazzy's Card (not late for a change).

Spyder(Lyn's) late Un-Birthday Card
And another very late 'Unbirthday' card by Lyn using our sponsors
Cute Rabbit image .





The Quirky Crafts Challenge Design Team.



Winners from Challenge 4!

Before we announce the details of this weeks challenge it is my pleasure to announce the winners of the last challenge: Recycled Romance

The winner of the Design Team vote and 3 images of their choice from
Digital Delights is...

Lovely Linda
Congratulations!! We all loved the beauty and elegance of this card. We'd love you to join us as a Guest Designer in one of our next challenges, so please could you email Cazzy, using the link on the sidebar and she'll tell you all about it and arrange for your free digi stamps! Please help yourself to a winner's badge to display on your blog with pride with a link back to us!

The winner of the public vote is...

Leanne

The design team would also like to give an honourable mention to Suzie McFloozy for her wonderful use of a habitat bag!
Congratulations ladies! We'd love you both to join us as a Guest Designer in one of our next challenges, so please could you email Cazzy, using the link on the sidebar and she'll tell you all about it. Please help yourself to a winner's badge to display on your blog with pride with a link back to us!

Check back shortly with details of our next challenge.

The Quirky Crafts Design Team

Sunday, 13 February 2011

Quirky Crafts 2011: Challenge 4 - Recycled Romance

It's Challenge time again here at Quirky Crafts! It was a great turnout for our last challenge, with some gorgeous makes, so thank you everyone who entered. There seemed to be a little confusion as to which challenge some of you were entering so hopefully this will make it clear. Each challenge lasts nearly two weeks, going live on Sunday evening and entries closing on Friday evening when you can come back and vote for your favourite three entries. So this new challenge will be open for entries until Friday 25th February (Rules for challenge entry are in the side bar). Now onto this week's challenge

Quirky Crafts 2011: Challenge 4

which was set by me, Caro. We have a lovely sponsor for this challenge.

Digital Delights are creators of some gorgeous digital stamps. The winner of the Design Team vote will be able to chose 3 digital images of their own choice from this fabulous collection. The DT were given the opportunity to work with some of these images and they are lovely.

Now what is the challenge? Well with Valentines Day tomorrow most of you have probably made your Valentines cards, but we are still feeling romantic so we thought we would continue with the romance theme with a twist...

Recycled Romance

This means we would like to see anything Romantic (hearts, weddings, engagements, Valentines etc) with a recycled element on your card. Specifically we would like to see something that is not normally crafty: think packaging, inside of coloured envelopes, bubble wrap, newspaper, the metal from tomato purée tubes, seeds etc. Make sure you tell us on your blog what you recycled on your creation, just in case we can't tell!

Rules for entering our challenges are in the side bar and we reserve the right to remove any links that don't follow the rules, although we will tell you so you can enter something else. Don't forget, we love to see all your cards but we also accept anything crafty as long as it fits into the current challenge. That includes ATC's, Altered Art, Fat Pages, Scrap Book Pages, Magic boxes, Tags, Book Marks, in fact anything crafty you can think of!

Here are a few creations by our Design Team to give you inspiration.

Caro's altered photo frame with cardboard hearts recycled from a parcel

Diane's lovely card with recycled cardboard and string and an image from our sponsor

Lyn's used a cardboard heart from packaging, flowers made from parcel paper, sweet wrappings and newspaper, ribbon from a jewellery gift box, tiny hearts punched out from packaging, and golden hearts, which were die-cut from a photo glue tube! Lyn has also used an image from our sponsor

Guest Designer Barbara with her gorgeous card, which uses a zip, doily and some foil wrapping and Barbara has used a digi image from our sponsor.

Guest Designer Lena Katrine used a button from a child's outgrown garment and some tulle from an old skirt on this very romantic card.

Caro's ATCs using recycled cardboard from a parcel, lace from a table mat, gold tinsel from a Christmas cracker and a label from a skirt, as well as two different digi images from our sponsor.

Cazzy's altered chocolate box, with heart and wings cut from tissue boxes and old book page.





The Quirky Crafts Challenge Design Team.

Winners from Challenge #3

Before we announce the details of this weeks challenge it is my pleasure to announce the winners of the last challenge 'dots, stripes and embossing'.

The winner of our public vote and 5 digis of your choice from

Congratulations!! We'd love you to join us as a Guest Designer in one of our next challenges, so please could you email Cazzy, using the link on the sidebar and she'll tell you all about it and arrange for your free digi stamps! Please help yourself to a winner's badge to display on your blog with pride with a link back to us!

The winner of the Design Team vote and gorgeous ribbons from


Congratulations! Please email Cazzy via the link in the sidebar who will arrange for your ribbons to be sent to you. Please also help yourself to a winner's badge to display on your blog with pride with a link back to us!   You are also welcome to join us as a Guest Designer in one of our next challenges, so please could you email Cazzy, using the link on the sidebar and she'll tell you all about it.

We also would like to give a special mention to the entry by Blackdragon, with this very unusual coffin tag which came second in the public vote, though we cannot give another prize if you would like to join us as a guest designer in the next or a future challenge please email Cazzy using the link at the side.


Check back shortly for the details of our next Challenge!

The Quirky Crafts Challenge Design Team 

Wednesday, 2 February 2011

Winner and New DT member news

Sorry for the delay folks, with so many great entries it was soooo difficult to choose but finally we managed it.

The DT are please to announce that the winner of the Stitchy Bear voucher is: Lena, with her wonderful Lily of the Valley card.

Lena please email Cazzy via the link in the sidebar who will arrange for your voucher to be sent to you.

More good news.

You may remember a while back we asked people to let us know if they were interested in joining us on the Design Team (DT). We are very happy to announce that our first new DT member is the talented: Diane (applause). Diane is already a Quirky Crafts challenge winner with one of her gorgeous creations and has joined us as a guest a few times too. I am sure you will love her work.

We will be announcing another new DT member very soon.

Also don't forget to enter our doubly sponsored challenge detailed below, and come back and vote for your favourites too.

The Quirky Crafts Challenge Design Team.