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.

Sunday, 17 April 2016

April 2016 Midway Reminder: It's Raining Quirky Cats and Dogs.

It's reminder time, and our challenge this month is It's Raining Quirky Cats and Dogs, and Marg wants to see a cat or dog or both on your projects.

Don't forget also we need more Quirky team mates, if you are interested - even if you have no experience of doing this - please contact Cazzy in the usual way.

All of their fantastic images are available in digital form or real rubber stamps, mounted or unmounted or just on cling rubber. The cling rubber version has the image on the back so you can see what you are stamping!

 Crackerbox Palace Website

The prizes are:
For our first place winner - 3 digis of your choice.
For our second place winner - 2 digis of your choice.
for our third place winner - 1 digi of your choice.

Now for some more inspiration, using images from our sponsor, from the team:

using "Cat and Dog"

  Image is colored with ProMarkers, then die cut.  The two mats are lightly embossed with a "Linen" folder.  I used three ribbons from my stash for embellishment, two of them to tie the double-color bow.  Paper is a left over scrap of  12" x 12" scrapbooking paper.

Using Hang on Cat from Crackerbox Palace

I love the Kitty Cat birthday sentiment and I hope my Mum will too, she has a Siamese cat but used to have a blue grey Persian - both rescues.
There is a lot of detail in the Cat on a Window image, lots of depth as a result. The red polka-dot ribbon is from Crafty Ribbons, fish bones charm from stash.

Using Dog Sidney and Dog-gone Special on my second card.

I love this cute puppy dog image in his too big collar! I kept it simple and masculine, and added some  of my favourite ribbon by Crafty Ribbons. 

I hope to add a third card later.

will be along later.
I made this card not only for the reminder post but also for my stepsons birthday later this month. I found all of the items used in my own craft stash so unfortunately I cant tell you where I brought anything.  I decided to place "Hang On Cat" on to cream hammered embossed card so it looked like the cat was trying to hang on to the wallpaper but instead hes making scratches in it. I then wrote "Hang on there" down the left hand side of the image, on the paw print cardstock in a black pen. 

Have Fun - The Quirky Crafts Challenge Design Team.

Sunday, 3 April 2016

April 2016 Quirky Raining Cats and Dogs Challenge - DT Call still on.

Welcome back to another challenge at Quirky Crafts. Thank you to all that entered in our last challenge, they were all fabulous. Let's see if we can get more entries than March. Don't forget that you can enter up to 3 times, but it must still follow the theme and be a new make this month.

The new challenge, for April, I hope, will be as popular and it's chosen by me, Marg, DT member.

The theme is: Quirky Raining Cats and Dogs, and I would like to see any hand made project which has dogs, cats or both on it. In other words you can interpret the theme however you want as long as it has a cat or dog or both on it, stamped, digi, drawn, painted, sewn knitted or crocheted!

Our fabulous sponsor this month is the wonderful:

All of their fantastic images are available in digital form or real rubber stamps, mounted or unmounted or just on cling rubber. The cling rubber version has the image on the back so you can see what you are stamping!

 Crackerbox Palace Website

The prizes are:
For our first place winner - 3 digis of your choice.
For our second place winner - 2 digis of your choice.
for our third place winner - 1 digi of your choice.

Cazzy said we don't have any guests this month, and none of last months (Feb) winners have contacted her to collect their badges or prizes. In fact some of January winners haven't contacted her to collect their prizes! Surprised? We are, who doesn't want to collect the great prizes we have?

So here is some inspiration from the team:

This is very CAS.  I printed the image twice; once directly onto the kraft card front along with the sentiment and a second time onto white paper.  I fussy cut the white image and layered it onto the card front right over the image printed there.   I also colored the white areas with a gel pen and chalk.  The lace and bow were added and it was complete.  :-D

I created my card using "Peeking Cat" from Crackerbox Palace,
embellishing with ribbon, crocheted flower and jeweled flourishes.
Don't you love my made up sentiment?!

I made an easel card with Crackerbox Palace's "Spot the Dog".
Above is the card closed,
and below is the card open with my punchline.

using Cat and Dog

I have made this card in the shape of an easel card, which does fold
down flat for posting. I decided not to colour the digi in as I thought
it looked really nice in black & white. As I wanted to use orange with
the cream card.  the splash of blue ribbon has silver paw prints
printed on it. The finishing touch was the sentiment, Ruff Day from
Crackerbox Palace as they have a good selection to match.

using Peeking Cat
This is a card from 2013, which is cheating a little but I am really unwell and have been in bed all week with a nasty virus so I hope I am forgiven. I have also had the folder with my blog photos get corrupted, hope the hard drive isn't about to pack up, and I had to search my blog to find this photo! I will make something new for the reminder, at least one thing!
I have the rubber stamp of Peeking cat which is what I used to make this card, I wanted the cat to be peeking out of a present, so I tried to make it look like that with the ribbons.

Sadly Kelly Patricia is unable to join us this month as planned, she has had to give up crafting for health reasons. We wish her all the best for the future.

So we are still looking for some Quirky team mates - if you are interested in joining us for just one challenge, more than one challenge or permanently please contact Cazzy for details.

To see who won the last challenge see the previous post below this one. {add link to winner's post on the word previous post} 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.

March 2016 Challenge winners: Quirky Masculine with ribbon or twine DT call

Hi everyone, WOW - the quality of entries was outstanding for our Quirky Masculine challenge with ribbon. That makes it hard to decide on just three winners because the team clearly love them all!

We do have a top three, just wish we could give you all a prize!

If any of you would like to join our team either short term or long term please contact me and I can tell you what will be involved. Lets keep Quirky crafting!

So without further ado here are our top three for the March challenge:

In first place and sponsored by the wonderful Crafty Ribbons is:

With her adorable Mr Chick card for Easter. This is a lovely card with a lot of detail.

Congratulations Jan, you have won a £10 gift voucher to spend at Crafty Ribbons, where they sell ribbons - many exclusive - buttons and more!

In Second place and sponsored by our lovely amazing Bugaboo is:
With this gorgeous golden Tim Holtz style tag.

Congratulations Maya, you have won 7 digis of your choice from Bugaboo. You know we love Bugaboo digis - I hope you will enjoy your prize!


In third place and sponsored by the gorgeous SLS Lines we have:

Congratulations Elena, you have won 3 digi images of your choice from SLS Lines. This is our first challenge sponsored by SLS Lines and we have enjoyed using their images immensely. 

Please can all three of you contact me by email, or the contact form if email doesn't work - both in the sidebar. I will send your customised winner's badge and arrange for you to receive your prizes.
We would love all of you to be Quirky Guest Designers in our May challenge, it is going to be very exciting - with three new sponsors - so please let me know if you can!

Thank you to everyone who entered, and a big thank you to our sponsors. Don't forget to check back later today to find out about our new challenge!

Have Fun - The Quirky Crafts Challenge Design Team.