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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, 18 December 2011

And finally Challenge 26 Quirky Christmas or New Year with a twist - Steampunk

Cazzy here, I am not going to let you off so easily, and the last challenge of the year is very Quirky (mwah mwah) Steampunk Christmas (or New Year).

I want to see steampunk on your makes, which don't have to be cards, they can be any craft type. If you want to know more about the history and definition of Steampunk check out Wikipedia here. If that didn't help, my synopsis of Steampunk is something modern with old fashioned workings, or something living with clockwork insides, if in doubt add a few cogs! For this challenge you could have cog snowflakes, baubles, flowers etc.

Because some of you may have finished your Christmas cards (I am in panic mode at this point, and have not), you can make a Steampunk New Year make instead if you like, or make both.

You have until 31st December at midday to enter the challenge, and we may be a little late judging this time due to possible celebrations but we will do our best! Gentle reminder: please read the rules in the sidebar, we haven't been too strict on them this year, but we will be checking and we may have to eliminate entrants who don't comply.

This challenge is sponsored by Stitchy Bear Digital Stamps

Stitchy Bear are generously giving our Winner a voucher to spend on any images in the store, you too could have some wonderful steampunk images like the ones the team have used.

If you haven't found out enough about Steampunk yet check out the Design Team examples for some great ideas.

Lets start with our Guest Designers:
Sylvia-Anne used the gorgeous Steampunk Fairy and Steampunk corner on her Steampunk Happy New Year card.

Guest Designer Little Ted Nicki used the Steampunk Corner to make her Steampunk Christmas tree card, isn't she a clever cogs!

and our regular Design Team:

First, let me apologize for the photo.......I have been chasing all around the house to try to find a better spot to take the photo...but this is the best I could get! I took some backing paper from a very old kit that I have been saving especially for this challenge. in case you can't tell it has compasses on it. I used the Litebrite stamp from Stitchy Stamps as the main element, printed onto acetate...(which explains why I had so much trouble with the photo), I left the acetate wider than the card base which creates a dome effect. I coloured the reverse of the acetate and then used the steampunk corner to finish off.

I also used the Steampunk Fairy and Steampunk corner for my Happy New Year card (I've added a tiny SteamPunk robin inside!) I coloured her only with grey Promarkers but added a few black and gold dots from peel off's and metallic silver to enhance the digi's.

Caro: I made the background using distress inks and stamped music and cogs on it. I then used the Steampunk corner to which I added highlights of gold embossing and gems. I then turned the Robin from our sponsor into a clockwork Robin by giving him a gold cog on his tummy, highlighting bits in gold and addeding a turning key and hat.To finish the look off I heat embossed two cogs in green, hand drew some chain links and added gems to make them look like steampunk Christmas baubles and then gold embossed around the edge.

I also made a little tag using the cute 3 trees stamp which I coloured using promarkers and distress inks, then added loads of glitter glue and bling to. I turned the tag into steampunk with the embossed cogs in the background, and the Steampunk style writing of Christmas on the hills.

Cazzy: Here I am late again, hoping nobody noticed! I used Big Ben and Steampunk Corner printed on Acetate and I printed a sentiment which also has some of the cogs from the corner on it. In the background a Tim Holtz Sizzix die cut clock and embossed panel, and a real cog on the greeting to finish. Lots of Distress ink spread liberally around. (I may be back later with another card).

and then I made this card with the Three Christmas Trees overlaid with some of the cogs from the Steampunk Corner, and with the Steampunk Corner, coloured with Promarkers.

Finally we would like to thank you all for playing along with us and showing us some inspirational ideas, and we wish you a Very Quirky Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. See you all on New Year's day for the next exciting challenge!

Please add a link to your blog post (not your blog) using thebiggest blue froggy at the top of the collection, the other one (at the bottom) doesn't do anything that we can tell, and please comment after you have linked. Don't forget to mention Quirky and add a link back to here (please read the rules). Happy Crafting from:
The Quirky Crafts Challenge Design Team.


  1. hello,

    its me again, the twist is in side of the card. Here are many Twists.

    GlG Meggi

  2. Fabulous creations from all the DT !
    l will be giving this a miss, (bowing head in SHAME ) l really can't get my head around this theme,but well done to everyone who has entered, fab makes !

    Happy New Year to all the DT ! and l look forward to joining in again in the next challenges !
    Susan x


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