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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, 4 November 2012

Challenge 23: Layer it up & Let it Snow!

Evening Quirky fans! It's my turn Spyder, Lyn, to set the challenge this time and after scratching my head for about five minutes I thought we'd have a nice easy one...
*Layer It Up! And Let It Snow!*
Yes! I want to see loads of layers, pile it high! And Snow! Obviously not real snow! Try flower-soft, glitter, Liquid Applique or just plain white paper. Use up those papers you've had lurking around for ages for your layers. You can create anything you want, as long as we can see... 

Layers and Snow!
This fortnight we have Three Fantastic Sponsors!! So Three Winners which means, more yummy prizes!!
 ..Our First placed winner will receive $10 to spend at Doodle Dragon Studios.
We have these fantastic 'snow' themed ribbons from Crafty Ribbons for our second placed winner! and....!!!

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 Our third placed winner will receive 3 sets of digital images from our generous sponsor

So, just to recap.... You can make anything that you want, but I want to see layers and snow on your creations in our next challenge! (of course, it doesn't have to be real snow...)
 Here's some fabulous makes from our design team, first let's see what our lovely guest designers have come up with, using digital images from our sponsors...

Guest Designer Doris
Using the Fun with Frosty de Snowman Cutting CafĂ© file, I cut two small and four medium snowflakes from glitter cardboard light blue. I also cut from the same file a snowman in black and light blue and combined them. I used a white base card and embossed it with snowflakes. Using pastel chalk, I highlighted the embossed snowflakes on the background then added the cut out snowflakes, fence and snowman. Finally, I used light blue gems in the center of snowflakes and added a sentiment to this non traditional coloured Christmas card. See Doris's blog for more great projects. (Doris is on The Cutting Cafe DT too).

Doris has used the Christmas stockings from the Christmas Banners set, and if you go to her blog you can see many more examples using this file and all of the other files.

This one is also using the banners file. You must go and see the rest on Doris's blog it is a real treat!

Guest Designer

Daire made three sets of tags in her unusual artistic style, the first set features images from The Cutting Cafe Fun with Frosty Da Snowman files. Layers for this set are:
1. doodles in watercolour paint
2. scrapbooking paper
3. doodles in dimensional paint
4. digital stamps
5. glitter

This set uses the Let it Snow background (from the same file set) cut into strips.

and finally a blue set which has the following layers:
1. glittery acrylic paint
2. scrapbooking paper
3. digital stamps
4. blue acrylic paint
5. gel pen doodles/snowflake embellishments
6. white out paint

Guest Designer

Gill said: the snowflakes were printed in two sizes, to use as my card blank and a matching layer, and I distressed each layer with TH inks. I added glitter to the small snowflakes before covering them with a layer of acetate.I mounted the snow-globe (which I coloured with Spectrum Noir pens and cut out) on top with pinflair glue gel to give it a 3d effect. I finished my card with peel offs and bling. See my blog for more photos and details. There are 5 layers.

Gill used a Doodle Dragon image for her second card, which features die cut snowflakes and brads that look like snowballs, and a fluffy bobble on the hat.

I used the Fun with Frosty Da Snowman and somehow managed to get the snowflake background to go 3d (I was trying to change the colour to blue, which I did as well) which looks rather good, each panel is the printed design layered on blue metallic card, then layers overlap, the tag is another layer, and the snow folk layered again. Ribbon is by Crafty Ribbons, and is the same ribbon you could be lucky enough to win this time!

Surprise! It is an easel card! and I think the snowmas poop sentiment is so funny that I had to use it, and there inside the card is another panel from the set, the snowman poop circle and some snowman poop!

My Doodle Dragon card will follow soon and a second Cutting Cafe card!

Here is my first Doodle Dragon card, This little bird just said Robin to me! Coloured with Promarkers and with Polar White Flower Soft (the only Flower Soft I have bought) added to the snowy bits, die cut with Nellie Snellen dies, sentiment was free on a magazine.

Here is my second The Cutting Cafe example, this time using Penguin snowglobe and Christmas banners and the background from Frosty Da Snowman with and without 3d effect, all changed to blue. Ribbon by Crafty Ribbons
Another Doodle Dragon Studios image, coloured with Promarkers and with Flower Soft "snow" added.

I have used the Let it Snow frame from Cutting Cafe. Layers immediately made me think of the Double Concertina Card...so that is what I have done. I have been meaning to create a cut file for this style for ages. Making the card from a printed template is not a problem, but it drives me mad making all the decorative panels every time, so now I have a cut file for those too. A simple design, but quite effective.

My first card features the Snowman and Winter wonderland sentiment from Cutting Edge Cafe's 'Fun with Frosty the snowman'. I decoupaged Frosty (3 layers), then mounted him on dark blue card which was also mounted onto patterned paper, which in turn was mounted onto a white card base (6 layers in all!).  I used Promarkers and a Sakura stardust pen for colouring and topped it all off with an embossed Cuttlebug snowflake, with added stardust and pearl.

My second card was a lot simpler (I am a clean and simple girl at heart), with lots of matting to create the layers.  The little scene was actually made up from two of Dustin Pike's images; it amused me to think of a monkey and a dragon building a snowman together! I coloured them in with Promarkers and used pearlescent glue for highlights in the snow. The background paper is from My Minds Eye (free with a magazine last year!).
Well, I've made two cards...I'll show you one now, and the other one later. I've also used two digi's from Doodle Dragon Studios. They seem to want to be together! Most of my layers are the digi's, by cutting tails and ears and legs off, I've added another three to four layers on top of the layered card. On the front I've used Papermania ' Home for Christmas' backing papers  and matching ribbon. The Snowy Sky behind the digi's is my own freebie, which you can find HERE.  

Can't wait to see what you all come up with!! Don't forget to scroll down to the post below to find out who our winners were in our ABC (Any But a Card) Challenge. And don't forget, if you fancy joining us on the Design Team or just becoming a Guest Designer, come and link with Mr Froggy HERE
That's it! You have two weeks from today! Over to you! Thanks for stopping by!

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Have Fun - The Quirky Crafts Challenge Design Team.

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  1. Beautifull cards!!! congrats to may friend Doris!!!!

  2. Wonderful makes DT and GDT, another stunner of paper engineering from Diane!

    Cazzy x

  3. wow wow wow wow wow........everyone did such an amazing job...thank you so much for letting me sponsor your site...hugs

  4. Great inspiration ladies...great theme!

  5. Just found your blog! Lovely unusual challenge. Thanks!


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