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.

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 May 2013

Challenge #11 2013, Black and White with a tiny amount of your favorite color (color for the USA).

Hi, it is my turn again (Doris). Welcome to another Quirky Challenge, this time using Black and White colors, with a small amount of your favorite color.

To see who the winners of the last challenge are click here or scroll down to the previous post.

Our generous sponsors and prizes for this challenge are:

First Place
Crafty RibbonsVoucher worth £10 excluding postage.

Second Place
3 Limited Runs Digis

Third Place
3 Robyn's Fetish Digis

Now let´s see what you can do, any craft project is acceptable as usual. You have almost two weeks to add your project. And remember, just add a tiny amount of your favorite color. To see the winners of the last challenge, please scroll down to the post below this one.
Now for some examples by the team, and first of all I would like to introduce you to our two new team members, who applied for the 2 month Guest Designer position via the page set up for applications, (see the tab at the top if you would like to apply).

2 month Guest Designer Marg said:
My name is Margaret (I prefer to be called Marg), and Im a 51 year old disabled single parent to 2 gorgeous daughters but only the 16 year old, Tia, now lives at home (my eldest, Steph, is very happily married with 2 lovely sons).
I have always been arty/crafty & used to sew so much, when I wasnt sewing I was drawing, then I went onto cross stitch but my eyes & dexterity started to go so I needed another outlet. That came in the form of card making through my eldest sister. She gave me some of her stock and that was it, I was hooked! A few months later I was told I had to finish work as my walking sticks were an issue for health & safety regulations. I later realised that I could have sued, but it was too late. I was then in need of therapy, something to do everyday, with my hands and mind, that would stop me getting depressed even more than I already was. I have not looked back since - card making is my life now and Ive done fairly well with commission orders & my family/friends who have received one or more of my cards.

2 Month Guest Designer Monica said:
Well, first of all I should start by saying that I am from one of the beautiful countries of Central America, Costa Rica. I am so proud to live in a country like this. The climate, the mountains, the people are all the perfect elements to enjoy this blessed land. I was born in October 18th 1968. I grew up In Alajuela, called the city of the Mangos. Now I live in Heredia. called the city of the flowers. I am atonery at law, I work in San José, our Capital City. I am mother of two kids, Sofia 20 years old and Joaquín 15 years old. I love paper crafting, this where I found relax to fight my every day stress.

Yogi used Graduation Cupcake from Limited Runs and added a cute ladybug, or ladybird as we call them in the UK.

Joyce made a mountain sidestep mountain valley card featuring the Dragon's nest digi from Limited Runs.

Lucy said: I doodled the green and black “stitching” and coloured parts of the owl in with green copics then glittered him for a sparkly, fluffy look. The green leaves are from my company, Flourish with a Bling.
(Note to entrants, this is too much of the accent colour, you need to use less if you want to win.)

My project for this challenge is made using the Mushrooms 7 image from Limited Runs Digital Stamps.
I wanted to make something different from a standard card so I thought about a box shaped card. I used a piece of string mesh stuck on to alternate folds. On the other alternate folds I used pearlescent paper die cut with a Memory Box die. On top of these "backing" pieces I added die cut leaves.The images of the mushrooms, were coloured using Promarkers.
The last thing I added was 4 identical pieces of black grosgrain ribbon so the card could be fastened into a rectangle "box". For more details see my blog.

Monica said: I called it "I Believe in Magic" accordingly to the Dragon´s Nest digi. I made a carousel card, mixing different black and white patterned papers. I used a little bit of green in their eyes to add some light to my black and white dragons.When the card opens it shows a beautiful and hopeful  message: "Always believe that something wonderful is about to happen". This should be our motto every day.
Hop on over to Monica's blog to see more pictures and details of this gorgeous card.

I've used this cute little Owl from one of our sponsors, Limited Runs Whootie Owl and on the inside I couldn't help but use an old favourite Madison with her axe! The papers are from Dovecraft's 'A Hint of Pink' by Kate Knight. Inside I've added a little envelope to hide some birthday money. The feather has been waiting ages for me to use and this just seemed to be the right time! I've also added 5 brads, 3 gems, 2 buttons, some black mess, eye-lash wool and a row of sequins! Link to free font is on my blog.

Sorry I'm late, busy weekend! Here is my card using Graduation Cupcake from Limited Runs. The image is coloured with Promarkers, and I added my accent colour to the tassel and hat, and edge of the die cut, 4 pearls and a real tassle to match. I used matt medium on the icing, I don't think it shows up here.

For my project today, I thought about something different than a card, so I worked this beautiful one handbag. To do it, I used an SVG cutting file , and I decorated it with this beautiful image of Owl-Theo, courtesy of our sponsor Limited Runs. I add a little detail in red, glitter in black and ready. Enjoy de challenge, and please remember, add just a tiny amount of your favorite colour.

Firstly I'd like to apologise for my over-use of pink here, I know the challenge rules said only a small amount of colour... I just got carried away! I used the Whootie Owl image from Limited Runs and I embellished her with doodles, before sticking onto my painty patterned background. I'm going to post a full tutorial on my blog later, so stay tuned!

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Have Fun - The Quirky Crafts Challenge Design Team.

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  1. Wonderful ideas coming through those creations ;) Well done DT!! (even though I do say so myself lol)
    Marg (GDT) x ;)

  2. Wonderful makes everyone, well done.

    Cazzy x

  3. Lovely card from the DT!! Have a great day!! Hugs

  4. Loved this challenge - although, as I say in my post, I could have made twenty versions each with a different colour!! :)

  5. Thanks for the fun challenge - glad I found this blog! :) So inspirational!


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