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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, 26 February 2012

Challenge 5 The First Signs Of Spring- Double Z card

My (Diane) challenge this time. I have been feeling really low lately with one thing and another, and all this cold weather is doing nothing to help matters. I find myself constantly scanning the garden for the first signs of things coming back to life. I love Spring and can't wait for it to come around every year, it cheers me up no end. So my theme is First signs of Spring.
For the card makers out there I want to see a double Z fold card (here is a link to show you how if you don't already know.. http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/resources/tutorials/doublezfold/ ) with what shows the first signs of spring for you hidden inside. For the non card makers your indication of spring can be hidden inside your project.( perhaps an exploding box, or something like that?)
So there you have it.....can't wait to see what you come up with..
The challenge this time is sponsored by The Stamping Boutique

Here's what Tracey says about her Stamping Boutique.
Tracey Malnofski's resume reads like a who’s 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 In Style Stamps, 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!
"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.

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

The Stamping Boutique have very kindly offered the winner of this challenge the choice of 5 Digi Stamps of their choice. Here is how the team have interpreted this challenge using The Stamping Boutique Images.

Guest Designer Sheree used the Daffodil image for her lovely sunny card. It is Sheree's first time using Digis and (due to email problems) she only got the digis yesterday and the challenge brief, so a big WELL DONE for a lovely card.

Cazzy: I used Spring as a feature on the front of my card and Cynthia Fairy and the Carrot Thief inside to make this card fun. I haven't decided what this card is for yet and will add a further sentiment when I do. The papers are English Paper Company.

Caro: I chose to work with the Daffodil stamp and as my Mother grows, sells and gives lectures about daffodils I decided to make a Mother's Day card. The papers I used are scraps from K&Co and Hot off the Press. I left the inside of my card blank (apart from the patterned paper) to leave room for the message.

I chose the Tulip Stamp to work with. I love to see the tulips bloom in the spring. The Spring stamp is also available from The Stamping Boutique. My papers were from K and Company and my images, as always coloured by promarkers and then decoupaged for dimension.

I made a square card and also used both the 'Tulip' and the 'Spring' digi stamps, from our sponsors but put the 'Tulips' on the front of the card and the 'Spring' inside. I nearly also chose the same K & Co papers too! But ended using these Spring papers by Kate Knight. I've coloured with ProMarkers and added Stickles Glitter to add a bit of spring sparkle, gems, die-cuts and a few peel-offs too. I've made a Quickie (no measurements) Quirky Tutorial here.

Don't forget to check the challenge rules in the sidebar.

Please add a link to your blog post (not your blog) using the biggest 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 and if you realised you haven't followed the rules and won't be included in the top three, and you want your entry removed to try again - please email us using the link in the side bar).

Have Fun - The Quirky Crafts Challenge Design Team.


  1. Wow! The DT cards are just gorgeous!! I'm lovin' the tulip digi and will try that one next!
    You girls put together fabulous designs!
    I have resent my photos and a link to my blog. Let me know if they came through or not.

  2. Gorgeous cards everyone, and a big welcome and well done to Sheree who had less time than any of us when she finally got the challenge brief and images!

    I hope everyone will go visit individual blogs and share some Spring Love if they like what has been done.

    Cazzy x

  3. Fab makes everyone! Springs here at last!

  4. All are stunning and I love the tutorial that Spyder gave us.

  5. I've added my spring z card just for fun, (different from my DT Card)I was very pleased with it! Thank you Di for choosing the Challenge!

  6. Great challenge ! Wonderful creations from all the DT !
    Susan x

  7. Quite a challenge, you have to pick just the right image for the front, but I had great inspiration this week from all you DT members.


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