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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, 3 July 2011

Quirky Challenge #14: No patterned papers (make your own)

Welcome back to Quirky Crafts challenges! Can you believe it is July already! Our sponsor for our 14th Challenge of the year is STITCHY BEAR DIGITAL STAMPS
The Winner of The Design Team Choice will win a $10 voucher from Stitchy Bear Digital Stamps so you can choose something from the great range of images and papers, which you'll find in their store. We'd also love you to join us as a Guest Designer in one of our future challenges. The winner of the Public Vote will also be invited to join us as a Guest Designer .
Challenge 14: No patterned papers (make your own background papers)
It is my turn (Caro) to set the challenge this week and as I just love messing round with inks and stamps I thought I would set you a challenge to make your own background papers. This means that you are NOT allowed to use any shop bought or computer generated patterned papers. Your own background papers can be as simple as dry embossed plain card or made using inks, stamps, paints, a mosaic of other plain papers, or anything else you can think of! We look forward to seeing what you come up with.
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 is inspiration from the DT and GD for you to enjoy, all using digital images from our sponsor.
Guest Designer Claire Easson used the Camellia in Watering Can image. Claire said "I've made the background using Tattered Rose distress ink, on an Impression Obsession cover-a-card background stamp (Damask). I embossed it with clear powder and then went over the edges with some Old Paper distress ink." See more details of this very pretty card on Claire's blog.

Guest Designer Lori made this stunning card using Flower Fantasy. Lori said "I used the Stampin up swirl wheel stamp in Versamark and embossed it with iridescent ice embossing powder".

Leah the Orange also used the Floral Fantasy image for her stunning card. Leah said, "it's coloured with Prismacolor Pencils and the background is stamped with pale green chalk ink."

Caro: I made a tag using colourwash inks and glimmer mist for the coloured background which she stamped over with small silhouette stamps and then added the 'Guarding the egg' image from our sponsor, which she left uncoloured for contrast.

Caro: I also made a bookmark using distress inks (antique linen, tea dye and walnut stain) and stamps for the background and then layered the ink pot and quill from the 'Just a note' image from our sponsor, which she coloured using promarkers.

Diane has decided to go with an embossed background using a cuttlebug folder. The Iris digistamp is from our sponsor and she has coloured it with inktense pencils and a waterbrush. Some organza ribbon, mirri card and sticky gems complete the card.

Lyn used 'The Big One' Digi from our sponsors, a Happy Birthday Cuttlebug folder, Tim Holtz Vintage Photo distressed ink, some faux stitching, and used a stencil to make some clear embossing on the green card.

Cazzy used Butterfly Love and made her background using a Cuttlebug embossing folder and Whitewash Cordination paper sanded lightly to reveal the darker green underneath. The image is coloured with Promarkers and glitter glue applied to the wings.

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. Just a reminder that our challenges go live on Sunday evening and close on the next Friday but one, so this challenge is open until Friday 15th July. Please pop back then to vote for your favourite cards. Voting remains open until the end of Saturday 16th July. Have fun and we look forward to seeing your home made background papers.

Oh and by the way if you can't vote on this post you need to click on the big lovely Mr Blue Froggy just below this and it will take you to the collection where you will be able to vote. Only one vote per entry is allowed, and if you think you have voted twice don't worry it won't count them both!

The Quirky Crafts Challenge Design Team.


  1. thanks so much for having me as your guest this week, QC team! love this challenge, and i loved working with the Stitchy Bear image! :)

  2. Wow, such talent here..thank you so much for letting us sponsor, I am honored to share with such talented ladies :)...


  3. Fabulous makes every one!! All so different!

  4. What a fantastic challenge, love it, and the design team's cards are simply fabulous!

  5. hi guys brilliant challenge and some stunning DT cards,not sure if the challenge has closed or not as my linky is not there but my atc is here hugs cherylx


  6. Thanks Lyn for your lovely comment on my blog!! I've now linked my fairy card on my blog to say that I've entered it into this challenge but not sure if I am able to link the fairy card up as it is on the same post as the elephant card!!! Hugs xx

  7. Ok Alethea, I know you had problems linking for secondcard as it has the same addy as your first card, but I have linked it for you now!

  8. The linky isn't working for me today, but I wanted to enter my card in your challenge. Here it is:

    Thank you!

  9. Fabulous Dt projects, thanks for a really fun challenge Hugs lin


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