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, 20 March 2016

March 2016 Challenge reminder: Quirky masculine with ribbon or twine.

Here we are again, it's reminder time for the March challenge which is Quirky Masculine with ribbon or twine.

Also don't forget we want some more DT members here at Quirky, please contact me if you want to know more! We also could do with some 2 month guests.

Here's a reminder of our lovely sponsors:

 Who are providing our first place winner with a £10 voucher to spend on gorgeous ribbons.

Our second place winner can choose 7 digis from Bugaboo.

and finally a new sponsor for this year, we would like to welcome the very Quirky:

Our third place winner will be able to choose 3 digi images from SLS lines.

Now for some more inspiration from the team:


I used Bugaboo's "Har Repotter the chosen one" on a birthday card. My organza ribbons  are green and purple and decorate the corners of my card.

My second card, using SLS Lines Math Geek.

I created a boomark for hubby today using SLS Lines Book Lover 
on a "foldover" bookmark. Colored with Copics and fussy-cut, my sentiment is from Pinterest.
I used patterned ribbon on the edge and added Copic-colored hearts to pull the trim into the rest of the color scheme.
Below, she's peeking out over the book to mark hubbys place. He laughs every time he uses it. He says it reminds him of the "fussy librarian" who used to shush him when he was in the stacks. 

Well Pat did well didn't she, how do I follow that? At least I got here in time for a change!
I used a cute cowboy digi from Bugaboo called Wee Ones Cowboy - Horseshoe, together with some DCWV for the boys paper, some horse ribbon, which is exclusive to Crafty Ribbons and comes in several colours and different animal silhouettes - even dinosaurs, and some twine on which is knotted a horseshoe charm.

My card using Guy - Car Keys by Bugaboo
Cars & Trucks 15mm (Exclusive to Crafty Ribbons)
& pale blue bakers twine
to follow the theme of Masculine with ribbon or twine.

I hope you are enjoying our challenge and will play along too!

Have Fun - The Quirky Crafts Challenge Design Team.

Sunday, 6 March 2016

March 2016 Challenge: Quirky Masculine with ribbon or twine - and DT call

Welcome back to Quirky for another challenge. We had some great entries for our last challenge, I think it was very popular and our top three are published in the post below this one. I hope you like the new challenge as much.

The challenge for March is Quirky Masculine with ribbon or twine, let's see cards for a man or boy, cards with a digi of a man on them, and don't forget that ribbon or twine MUST be included if you want a chance of being in the top three!

We have three wonderful sponsors for this challenge and they are:

 Who are providing our first place winner with a £10 voucher to spend on gorgeous ribbons.

Our second place winner can choose 7 digis from Bugaboo.

and finally a new sponsor for this year, we would like to welcome the very Quirky:

Our third place winner will be able to choose 3 digi images from SLS lines.

As you know a couple of our Design Team members have had to leave us already, and the rest are suffering from ailments but we have recruited a new team mate and we want to give a big welcome to Kelly Patricia! Unfortunately Kelly has dislocated her wrist (is Quirky cursed?) so will be unable to make anything this month, but you can look forward to seeing her work next month!

Kelly will introduce herself properly to you soon!

We are still looking for at least one person to join us on the Quirky side! If you think it could be you please contact me for details.

Now for some inspiration, first of all from our Guest Designers:

Hi, my name is Beate alias Stempelomi . I’m an “over fifty” Mum of 3 grown-up children, wife of a lovely husband and dog owner of 2 wonderful dogs. We live all together in our house in the west of Germany near the state border to the Netherlands. Since 2005, my hobby is to make/stamp cards and I love it! I’m proud to be a Guest Designer in this "Quirkycrafts challenge" and wish you good luck! Enjoy it! Hugs, Beate
 For my card I used the Bugaboo stamp from my stock Jesse Bear Angel - stars.

Thank you Beate, I love your baby boy card!

Rae Ann used the very funny Gus Birthday - optional digi from Bugaboo, and used twine on her lovely card.

Now some inspiration from the Design Team:

Pat using "akv boy sitter with dog" from Bugaboo on a digital birthday card. Her ribbon is tied ito bows and adorn the dog bones along the bottom.
Pat using Math Geek from SLS Lines on another birthday card. The inside reads: You can't be 29 AGAIN!! Ribbon is use as a strip behind her sentiment.


Phew, here at last. Sorry I'm late - I've had a lot to do. 
This fierce chap caught my eye, and I keep thinking he is a Viking and I never noticed he was wearing modern boots until I got colouring! Anyway he isn't a Viking, so that is alright then! He is from SLS Lines and is a Dwarf Axe Warrior! My silver and gold ribbon was from one of the bargain £1 bags from Crafty Ribbons, I thought it picked out the gold and silver from the image (was still thinking Vikings and Viking gold I have to admit).

I hope to sneak back in with my Bugaboo project later on.


The ribbon essential is holding the metal skull charm on. The treasure map
was downloaded from Google and labeled for Reuse which is why I have used it.
The "Happy Birthday" sentiment, skull & backing card behind with the "ocean waves" on it are all from my own stash. I coloured the digi with Harmony alcoholic marker pens. I will be using this fun digi again for my grandsons/friends sons cards as its a wonderful image to colour and reminds me of Captain Pugwash!! (Of which some people will remember from the 1970's childrens tv shows). 


who reminds me of both of my grandsons, but mainly the eldest one as he sits in a chair to play but the youngest one sits on the floor. Anyway, I used both a lace ribbon from Crafty Ribbons and pieces of unthreaded hessian from my own stash.
The digi, is amazing for any playstation/xbox lads birthday cards. I staged it on my card to be in his bedroom on the console, colouring with Harmony marker pens & Sakura Gelly Roll Metallic pens. Everything else on the card is from my own stash,inc the base card from Papermill Direct.

 To see who won the last challenge see the previous post just below this one.  Any crafty project is acceptable as usual. Important: BEFORE you link up please add a link to the Quirky Crafts Challenges blog (http://quirkycrafts.blogspot.com - the blog not this post) to your post - or you will not be able to enter. When you have done this you can go ahead and add a link to your blog post or your online photo gallery, SCS etc. using the button or link below. If you do not have a blog (or inlinkz will not accept your non blog link) you can email your entry to us via the sidebar link. Good luck!

Have Fun - The Quirky Crafts Challenge Design Team.

February 2016 Winners

With such a lot of lovely entries and only a few of us able to vote it has been a tough one to come up with our top three - but we have managed it!

We ruled out anyone (for voting purposes, although it is lovely that you entered) who had used extra colour excessively, as it was a colour combo challenge, but we still had plenty of entries who managed to give us red or pink with black and white, well done all of you!

First of all I would like to thank our very generous sponsor:

Who provided the team with two great files to showcase to you.

Now for our top three!

In first place we have Liz M with a gorgeous grungy Little Red Riding Hood.

Congratulations Liz, you have won 3 sets of your choice from The Cutting Cafe.

In second place we have Carol G with a fabulous Moo card!

Congratulations Carol, you have won 2 sets of your choice from The Cutting Cafe

In third place we have Crafty Girl with a very elegant card.

Congratulations CG, you have won one set of your choice from The Cutting Cafe.

Well done all, please email Cazzy with your choice of file and she will send you a personalised winner's badge. We would love you to be our Guest Designers in May, I hope you will all say yes!

Don't forget we are looking for more Quirky people to join our happy team, either for a 2 month guest spot or indefinitely. If you are interested please contact me for details.

Thank you to everyone who entered, and don't forget to check back later today to find out about our new challenge!

Have Fun - The Quirky Crafts Challenge Design Team.