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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, 8 December 2013

Challenge #25 Christmas and use your treasure (must use a special item and tell us about it - see details below)

It is challenge time again, and it is getting so close to Christmas, so we want to see Christmas projects with a twist! The twist is you must use your treasure (and you must tell us what it is and why it is special to you)!

(If you would like to see who won the last challenge click HERE or scroll down to the next post.)

Your treasure could be a very special keepsake that you have had hidden away safe, like Konica's star, and you can put it onto a project that you will keep and display every Christmas, or your treasure could be a very special item in your stash that you kept for years and didn't want to use because you love it! You can make something for a very special person to receive, or something you will keep yourself. Your treasure could be that last bit of expensive paper, or ribbon, or something else that has nearly run out and you were keeping the last bit!

You must tell us what your treasured item is, and why it is so special, it is not enough to say this is special - why is it special to you?

This must also be a Christmas project, so think Christmas and treasure! (Here is a bit of Nat King Cole from Christmas Treasures Vol 2)

Our very generous sponsor is:
The Cutting Cafe

The prizes for our top three favourite entries are:

1st prize: three sets or images of your choice
2nd prize: two sets or images of your choice
3rd prize: one set or image of your choice

If you have bought from the Cutting Cafe you will know that a set of images contains lots of images and sentiments in different sizes in PDF format to make it easy just to print the size you require.
The files and images the team are using today are:
Christmas in a Square (Printables)
Christmas Sentiment Shapes (Cutting files and Printables)
Christmas Stocking Laundry  (Single printable)
Christmas Elisha Jean and friends (Printables)

We have some wonderful inspiration for you first some wonderful makes, using the images supplied by The Cutting Cafe, from our Guest Designers (all previous winners):

Chrissy used Christmas Sentiments, and Mikala Ann.
Chrissy said:
I've been keeping these  Snowflakes for a long time! I was eventually going to cut them up and  use just a few at a time lol..as they were on a roll...
but,  when I saw this Christmas Tree I decided I could use them down the edges...With two finishing at the top to look like a star!
I then thought they look soooo pretty! I decided to use them the rest down the edges of the paper!  Yikes! This Christmas card will have to go to someone special!

I used:
Christmas in a Square - The Cutting Cafe
Kraft cardstock dark and light
Dies: Spellbinder - Fleur de lis Squares
Britannia Dies - Medium Poinsettia
Embossing Enamel White
and my special item is the charm that I've saved for a long time.

On the Christmas tree, I purchased the wire and beads in 2003, which was my first scrapbook convention (Simply Southern Scrapbook Convention) in Nashville, TN.  I saw several projects that I wanted to try including cursive writing.  Since I didn't get a chance to take the class or pursue the technique, they have been in my stash unused.  When I saw The Cutting Cafe Christmas Sentiment Shapes, the tree caught my eyes and I attached the beads to the wire to trim the tree and added the other embellishments to put it all together.

Now we have some gorgeous projects from our talented Design Team:

Sorry I was late, here is my project. The gel medium is still wet so I will replace this photo when it is properly dry (now replaced), it has glass balls in it so should be nice and shiny.
I am still altering, I took a photo frame that I bought in a charity shop, painted it with Fresco paints and added Christmas Sentiment Shapes which were inked with Distress inks, and Christmas Stocking Laundry as the focal picture in the frame. My special items are the Tattered Angels Glimmer Glass acetate overlays. I bought these a few years ago and was so in awe of them they stayed in the pack - until now! 

I have to say, this challenge has been one of my favorites. Search my trunk of memories was very special. Now I want to show my treasure. It's something I keep with special affection, because it was the first technique that I taught in my classes, it is also my favorite. I used my manual embossing, patinas paper, glitter and my class'a peel stickers.

To make these cards also used the SVG cut file Sentiments Christmas Shapes Outlines from our sponsor The Cutting Cafe.I embossed card with a snowflake embossing folder, then die cut a snowflake and covered it with glitter. I also added Class´s a Peel Stickers, a little charm, ribbon and some sparks.

For my second card, I used the same file from The Cutting Cafe, our great sponsor. In this case, I also used my double sided adhesive sheets. I worked them with glitter and Class'a Peel stickers  Also used the patinas to give light and shade to the poinsettias and some ribbon.

I hope you enjoy this challenge as much as I. Find the full instructions at my blog: dorismolina.blogspot.comFind the full instructions at my blog from Monday morning.

I wanted to share my photo frame in which I've put my mums favorite 'star embellishment' that is so very special to me..but its a bit old, she loved Christmas a lot...and its been a year that she passed away. I have also used the images from Cutting Cafe, CHRISTMAS RUBY J, CHRISTMAS IN A SQUARE, and CHRISTMAS STOCKING LAUNDRY.

Will also be along later, new computer and visitors causing delay, Lyn apologises.

I love Christmas, it's my favourite time of year and best spent with friends and family....what more could you want at this special time? I have many birthdays amongst my friends and family this time of year, and as soon as I saw the images from the Elisha Jane and Friends set, I knew it had to be based around friends and family. I used Dylusions ink sprays to make the background and Promarkers to colour the images. To edge the page, I used a pine needle rubber stamp, just to give the page some definition. My special treasured thing: I used a snow pen. I've had it for years and don't want to use it up, so don't use it very often. I haven't seen another one since I bought it. I used it around the girls hats and dresses

For this challenge I used the "Christmas in a square" set provided by our sponsor The Cutting Cafe.
As a 2013 purpose, I wanted to learn to work on vinyl. And I am very happy because I achieved it. I could even teach some friends.

In Costa Rica, you can´t find on the stores Oracal vinyl -for me the best of all- , you can find other brands, but not as good as Oracal. So to have Oracal vinyl, I must make an international purchase. For that reason, my Oracal vinyl is like a treasure.
So, in this project I used some of my beloved treasure: golden matte vinyl.

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Have Fun - The Quirky Crafts Challenge Design Team.


  1. Thank you soooo much for inviting me as a GDT this week!
    FABulous creations from you all...

  2. Lovely creations by the Design Team. Thanks for the chance to play along.

  3. omg omg omg what a bunch of AWESOMENESS....you all rock rock...love it all and thanks for letting the cafe sponsor your site....happy holidays...hugs


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