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.

Once a fortnight we set a new challenge which will begin on a Sunday and close at midday on the Saturday before the next challenge. The DT will pick their top three favourites and you could win a prize and join us as a Guest Designer. Winners are posted separately on Sunday just before the new challenge is posted so scroll down to check if you are a winner.

Sunday, 13 April 2014

Quirky Challenge #8 - Mixed Media Mayhem

Hi it's Gemma here,and it is my turn to set the challenge. (Actually I am not here, I had a shoulder operation and can't do a lot right now, so Cazzy is filling in the details, and I hope to be back to something like normal in a few weeks).

If you want to see who won the last challenge click HERE, or scroll down to the next post.

Now for my challenge - you all know I love mixed media, and I love to get messy and create magic out of the mayhem!  I want you to get messy too! Get your mediums out and have fun!

We are sponsored by three generous sponsors this time:

We would like to introduce a new sponsor to Quirky Crafts Challenges:

That Craft Place has a bricks and mortar shop in Eastbourne, and a Facebook shop where you can have a "pigeon hole" and add goodies to it all month, pay at the end of the month and get it all sent for one postage fee.
That Craft Place are providing our first prize of - a cherub stamp and a Clearly Sentimental baby stamp set both designed by Ditzie Designs and made in high quality polymer.

Squigglefly are providing second  prize of 3 images of the winner's choice.

Digital Delights are providing the third prize which is a $5 gift voucher.

Now for some inspiration to get you started:

First we have our Guest Designers

Lynn (Linby)

I've made a card with the dragonfly image - the background is made from cosmic shimmer glue very messy!

Birdhouse embossed with Spellbinder's Woodgrain/Brick folder, colored with Distress pads and sanded. Lace trim edging, square pearl trim. Heartfelt Creations daisy Flowers from Gelli dye ink print paper, shaped, rhinestone centers. Squigglefly Dragonfly From "Dragonfly Garden" digi image, printed and cut with an electronic cutter, colored pencils and glittered. Quote stamp from Quietfire Design as well as the Italic alphabet and the newest Illumination stamp set. More details and descriptions can be found HERE

Ike popped by to help us out and has used Simple Adorable Flower Girl by Cheryl Alger, one of the talented artists at Squigglefly. Thanks Ike, you're a star!

and the very Quirky Design Team:

I could see this Tall Ship on a canvas as soon as I saw it, and I don't know if it ended up magical but it sure was messy! I used alcohol inks on a small canvas that I had covered in gesso first, die cut masks for the clouds, then glass ball gel medium mixed with white acrylic for the surf, some charms, stamped seagulls and some sea shell ribbon to hang it up, voila!

Close up of my "masterpiece" haha!
 I hope to add another project later ir tomorrow, there will be lots more next week too!

I started a new Mutimedia book to practice some techniques I have learned.  This book is 9x12 made of hard pressed watercolour paper.  I started with various watercolour based sprays and stencils to give some depth.  Then stamped some books along the bottom left and right.  The Stacked Owls image was just perfect for this page, at the top of the books on the right.  I used the tape transfer technique to place the image onto my page with clear gesso.  The final stencil was inked with dye ink and the quote is written in my own hand with a Sharpie.  
This is my first one, and I used acrylic paints, distress ink, word transfers, flowers, wood, flourishes, stamps, and of course I used the Buttercup Suzie image from our sponsor. I printed the image in different papers, cut ad pasted it.

Gemma - hopes to be recovered and back soon! (I hope you will pop over to her blog and wish her well).

Never quite know what to do for 'mixed media' but I did leave my craft room in 'mayhem!' I used this lovely Shih Tsu digi from our sponsors and sprayed all the papers  and card with Comsmic Shimmer Mist, in pinks and blues, mainly because it's not too messy and we don't know how many puppies there'll be or if they'll be boys or girls! Last time she has six adorable puppies~ and that's also the name of the font I used. Adorable!

A closer look of the mix media background.

A closer look of this lovely digi provided by our sponsor Squigglefly

I`m a newbie at mix media technique.
For this challenge I have been seeing Youtube tutorials for about two weeks.
I messed up my first attempt, so finally I chose to used this technique to make the mosaic background of my card.
Here is my recipe:
First, I applied two Gesso coats to a piece of aluminun heavy foil. When it was dried, I embossed it with my favorite folder. Then I applied alcohol inks and let it run over the design, helping a little bit with a thin brush. When it was dried, I applied black dye ink all over the design.
Hope you like the final result :o)

We should have been saying goodbye to Cindy, but she has agreed to stay on to help out while Gemma and Doris recover, Thanks Cindy.

Have Fun - The Quirky Crafts Challenge Design Team.

Winners of challenge #7 Spice Girls (Spice up your life with colour - girls)

We are so grateful for all the beautiful entries we received. We wish you could all win, there were so many great entries!
Thank you to everyone who entered, and don't forget to check back later today to find out about our new challenge!
Also, we want to thank you to The Cutting Cafe for your amazing support.

Our three lucky winners are

In first place
With this card that is modern, about girls and has lots of bright colours, perfect!

Congratulations, you won three sets or images of your choice from The Cutting Cafe

In second place
This is one of three great entries from Desire, and again it has the girl part aned the bold colours, love the button flowers too!

Congratulations, you won two sets or images of your choice from The Cutting Cafe

In third place
With this amazing retro steampunk girl.

Congratulations, you won one set or image of your choice from The Cutting Cafe

Please all of you don´t forget to contact Cazzy using the email link in the sidebar and she will send you a winner's badge and arrange for you to get your prizes. We would love you all to be Guest Designers in two weeks, or later if that isn't convenient - please tell Cazzy if you can!

Have Fun - The Quirky Crafts Challenge Design Team.

Sunday, 6 April 2014

Challenge #7 Reminder Spice Girls (Spice up your life with colour - girls)

Taking time to remember you our Quirky Spice Challenge, just remember to show  us what color the world of you girl is. Do not forget to use very brilliant colors, dresses, shoes... I mean, everything an actual girl needs. Show us your inner girl, shower daughter world, friend, sister, nice. Any girl you want to share with us in this fun challenge.

Things to Remember
The files that our Team are using are from our amazing sponsor The Cutting Cafe

The Prizes
The prizes for our three favourite entries are:
1st prize: three sets or images of your choice 
2nd prize: two sets or images of your choice 
3rd prize: one sets or image of your choice

 And now, enjoy what our Design Team has prepared for you

Guest Designer

Gaby made this gorgeous card in a box, full of color and girly details. 
Great use of the digis provided by our sponsor.

Design Team

 I've made a gatefold card and used dresses and bags from our sponsors
 Inside I've added a sentiment and 'You colour by World' papers 
and made a little pocket for birthday money

For this reminder, I worked with the sentiments provided by our sponsor in the "All About Girls" collection, on HTV (heat transfer vinyl) and personalized to simple onesies for my new niece María Pía.
 Finally, I used the "All about color" printable stamp set, to made a little card, using the stamps with the drag and drop feature of the Silhouette Studio and that lovely sentiment -also part of that set-.

I started with a folded sheet of 8.5x11" duplex (black/white) cardstock.  So the finished card size is 5.5x8.5".  3 copies of the pink coloured background (You Color my World) was printed and cut out to layer and make a background. I actually cheated a bit and coloured two purple sections on each panel black with a sharpie in order to tie it in better with the other elements.  My circle cutter was used to cut out the Sweet 16 and 100% Girl panels.  A 3/4" circle punch was used to punch out the black circle affirmations.  I fussy cut the nail polish :)

 I'm still using those Big Girls - Elena Jean and Friends, and this is McKenzie with a You Colour My World background dress, and a sentiment from All About Girls which I placed to look like she is wearing the party hat in the middle of the sentiment.
Here is Rose again, this time wearing a red dress, and with a You Color my World panel matted behind. Flowers and sentiment from All About Girls

This time I made special card using the amazing ALL ABOUT GIRLS PRINTABLE STAMP SET and ALL OCCASION BANNER PRINTABLE STAMP SET... This is the close card.

And this is the open card.

Next one, is a simple card using the same files plus YOU COLOR MY WORLD....PRINTABLE STAMP SET as a background. Cute, isn´t it!

And finally, I made this little cute tag. Hope you enjoy this challenge as much I did!!

To enter the challenge link your project HERE.

Have Fun - The Quirky Crafts Challenge Design Team.

Sunday, 30 March 2014

Challenge #7 Spice Girls (Spice up your life with colour - girls)

Today is my turn again (Doris) to present you our new challenge: Spice Girls (You color my world).     
We want you to show us what color the world of you girl is . Your inner girl, your daughter, your niece, cousin, friend. Using elements that are part of the world of this girl and of course, lots and lots of Color. The team are using the cute files from our sponsor The Cutting Cafe:

The Prizes
The prizes for our three favourite entries are:
1st prize: three sets or images of your choice 
2nd prize: two sets or images of your choice 
3rd prize: one sets or image of your choice

And to add a little spice to our Spice Challenge, I share you a Spice song with a Spice Girls.

Now let's see what our Guest Designer and our Design Team have prepared us for this Spice Challenge.

Donna said "I used the colored version of the CC files and fussy cut up a storm." Nice one Donna!

Gaby made this cute card, showing in the cuttest way almost all the digis from the ALL ABOUT GIRLS PRINTABLE STAMP SET series provided by our sponsor The Cutting Cafe. Thank you Gaby, great work!!!


Yes, fantastic creation Gaby! I could've done with some of those hangers! I decided to make a little shop too and add all the little dresses and handbags from the The Cutting Cafe inside so you can see them through the window, because we all love window shopping!

As all women, I love fashion, color, shimmer, clothes, bags, shoes... I think you understand me :o)
For my project I made a shelf card to make a perfecto showroom for those girly digis our sponsor provided us.

This is the beautiful project Gemma wanted to share with us for this challenge. In this case she used ALL ABOUT GIRLS PRINTABLE STAMP SET from The Cutting Cafe, our amazing sponsor. Best wishes for you Gemma!!

Cindy has used YOU COLOR MY WORLD....PRINTABLE STAMP SET to make her very modern card.

As well as using the backgrounds from You Colour My World for both the little Girl's overalls and background, I used sentiments from All About Girls, and a banner from All Occasions Banners. The girl is called Rose from Big Girl -Elisha Jean and Friends which is one of the sets I have won from Cutting Cafe this year.
For this new challenge, I made ​​a Drawer Card. I have to say I had fun working on this project, it  is really fun everything hinges on the girls. I chose bright colors and  very girly designs paper.

In addition, I worked with the file ALL ABOUT GIRLS PRINTABLE STAMP SET from our fabulous sponsor The Cutting Cafe. What I did was trace and cut the files into different paper, and I gave them light and shadow using ink. 

Finally, I added some embellishments, some double side adhesive foam to the dress and that´s it. I hope to see your beautiful creations!

My second project is the easy way to use this amazing files from The Cutting Cafe, our generous sponsor for this new challenge. Just print, cut and paste. For this simple card, I used YOU COLOR MY WORLD....PRINTABLE STAMP SET as a background and ALL ABOUT GIRLS PRINTABLE STAMP SET. Enjoy the challenge!

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Have Fun - The Quirky Crafts Challenge Design Team.