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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, 11 May 2014

Challenge #10 As proud (and beautiful) as a Quirky Peacock

Hi there!!! It´s Monica and this is my turn to set the challenge.

At first, let´s start warming up - by having a little dance:

Don´t you think peacocks are the most gorgeous birds of all?  They are so proud of their stunning open tails!!!!
Well this new challenge is all about that: we want to see your peacock themed projects, you can use peacock colours, it would be wonderful if you could include some proud peacocks and peacock feathers of course but not essential. We want to see projects based on the peacock's beauty and its stunning colors.
Come and play with us!!!!

This challenge is sponsored by:
 Stitchy Bear Digital Stamps. 

We had the chance to play with their stunning digital stamps and papers, thank you so much Stitchy.

The prizes for this challenge are:
1st place - 3 images of choice from the whole Stitchy Bear Store
2nd place- any 3 of the Dt´s chosen images
3rd place- any 2 of the Dt´s chosen images

For this challenge Stitchy Bear generously supplied the following beautiful peacock files and images to the team to work with:
IKEsART: Peacock
My Heart Pieces: Peacock
 Delicious Doodles: Peacock Feather
Delicious Doodles: Peacock
Stitchy Bear: Peacock
Alipeeps: Peacock Profile

And now some inspiration from our Dt´s:



The Delicious Doodles Peacock feather is such a bold print that rather than just colouring it I wanted to make it stand out even more with some zentangling. I then coloured it with distress markers, and spritzed it with some cosmic shimmer mist to give it some sparkle. I mounted it on black mirror card and layered that onto some hand made backing paper which I created by stamping a peacock feather stamp in versamark and colouring with perfect pearls.

I tried to create a film cell effect, so I laser printed Peacock by IKEsArt on to acetate, foiled it in black and then coloured with my Copics. I cut the feather on my Cameo and coloured with Copics. I thought it had an Art Nouveau feel so I used an AN font to cut the lettering out of vinyl.

 I started my background by gluing down torn strips of paper with a mat gel medium. Then I added Rayher Antique medium to create texture. I printed the Alipeeps: Peacock Profile on white tissue paper and coloured her with Copics. I cut out the image and drew it’s contours on the background to paint everything behind the image white. Then I put a layer of transparent gesso all around the image to give the Lindy’s Stamp Gang spray (I used Treasure Island Aqua) some grip. I then glued my digistamp down with mat gel medium. After it dried completely I painted the darkblue centers in the feathers with Lumiere metallic paint (Indigo) and the green circles with Docraft Artiste Metallic paint (Emerald Green). The little dots were made with a TCW stencil and Inca Gold Copper and I distressed the edges of my pages with a Gelato Chocolate. Around the face and on the hair I added some shading with a Faber Castel Big Brush Pitt pen Capuut Mortuum 169.

I also used one of the papers from the Mehendi Peacock Digital Stamp and Paper Pack, you can just see it peeking through here.


For this project I made a bendy card, working with this gorgeous papers Stitchy Bear provided us.

A closer look of the texture of the paper set, this file is "Mehendi Peacock". Aren´t they just perfect???

This stunning digi is "Peacock". I colored it using a mix of Spectrum Noir pens and Prismacolor pencils. And added a bit of glitter to the tail feathers.

This peacock is by My Heart Pieces, one of many artists at Stitchy Bear!  I printed the Coosty Creations background  to 5x7" then cut it down, adding a Spellbinder cut mat on top.  Once the image was coloured with markers, I also die cut it out carefully tucking the tail out of the way.  More details at my blog!

Lyn - will be a little late due to a broken printer!

The IKEsART Peacock image was colored with Copics.  The background paper is from Club Scrap, the glass circle from Craft Fantastic, and the peahen and chicks photo from a free photo site.

On the front of my card I used 3 of the papers from the Coosty Creations Mehendi Peacock Digital Stamp and Paper Pack , with the Mehendi peacock. There is lots of intricate detail on this beautiful image which I coloured with Atyou Spica pens for the metallic shine I wanted, but I think I will experiment with other mediums to see what can be done. I spotted a pack of real peacock feathers in a box on my shelves and decided this was the perfect time to use one!

Inside the card  (and the smallest paper panel on the front) is the 3d effect paper from the pack. You can't see the 3d much on the small panel but you can on the inside.

Gemma and Doris are still on sick leave, they really want to get back crafting soon!

To see who won the last challenge click HERE or scroll down to the next post.

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Have Fun - The Quirky Crafts Challenge Design Team.


  1. Great challenge Monica, I love the dancing peacock! Wonderful makes everyone, will get round them all later.

    Cazzy x

  2. Stunning makes everyone!!!!! All those peacocks are amazing

  3. Ooooh !! Stunning creations and what a gorgeous Challenge !! I liked the dancing Peacock. We have a forest over on KOS that is full of Peacocks.... it's pretty spectacular when all the males are displaying and the birds come to get fed. !! It's an awesome place.
    Great to see my little Peacock digi on here too :-D
    Many hugz
    IKE xxxxxxxxxxxx

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  4. Thank you for inviting me to be a Guest designer. I thoroughly enjoyed it. The DT's images are gorgeous :) Denyse x

  5. Thanks so much for having me as your guest designer. I was over the moon with that gorgeous Peacock Profile image and was really inspired by it. Love all the projects the other ladies made! Thanks for even more inspiration. Hugs Frea

  6. At the beginning I didn't know what to do I'm not like a card making person,but I love the inspirational projects and the colors so really wanted to participate and then I remembered I had this pictures of peacocks that I could add to a smash page using the peacock colors !! Lots of fun thanks for the opportunity. Janet

  7. It won't let me enter! Here is my link http://craftingwithjack.blogspot.co.uk/2014/05/i-did-this-page-for-monthly-challenge.html

    1. I am trying to get it sorted out Angela, then I can add you, in any case we will look at your blog and count you in!

      Thanks for entering.

      Cazzy x

  8. Thank You to the DT for making such fabulous projects using our images.

    It is a pleasure to sponsor you and I do hope you have enjoyed working with our images.

    Love and best wishes

    Mandy (Sponsor Co-Ordinator for Stitchy Bear Digi Outlet )


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