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, 1 December 2013

Reminder time - Challenge #24 - Christmas Like In the Good Old Days

It's reminder time, you have until midday December 7th to enter this challenge with your vintage altered christmas projects.

Remember, it could be a bottle, a thin, a notebook, a frame, etc, whatever you want, but you must meet the 3 requirements: vintage, Christmas and altered project. (Sorry no cards are allowed, if you enter a card you will not be making it to the top three).

This time we are lucky to be sponsored by STITCHY BEAR STAMPS  who provided the team with the perfect images for this challenge, and you can win some fabulous prizes if you are picked by the team to be in our top three!

Our first place winner will win 3 images of choice from the whole of the store.

Our second place winner will win 3 images from of the DT´s chosen images.

And  our third place winner will win 2 images from the DT´s chosen images.

Stitchy Bear Digital stamps provided the following images to the team:

Stitchy Stamps
Magic of Christmas
Window Shopping

Coosty Creations
Poinsettia Digital Stamp and  a paper from the Paper Pack

Lil Diva
Lil Angel

Now here is some more inspiration from the team:

 First, we would like to welcome our new 2 month Guest Designer -
Konica is so excited to be on the team, and she has started a week early and made this gorgeous altered tin:
Konica said: I just wanted to share with you my altered creation - well...I have used Li'l Diva Stamps - Li'l Angel and poinsettia paper pack.
Well done Konica, we love it, and I hope everyone will visit your blog to see more information(and more of your creations) and to welcome you to the team!

And here's some fabulous makes from the rest of the Quirky Design Team!

                                                          Cazzy  (Here at last)

will be along later, busy with schedule for next year!                                             
Here I am, sorry I am late but life got in the way of crafting this time, and you might wonder why this is all I have to show for my hours of work, well I did alter a watch box but when I looked at the photos it is so awful I am not even going to show you, I might put it on my blog though. This is an altered sweetie jar, I used Winter Ville and painted the lid gold, finally adding some tinsel ribbon I bought from Crafty Ribbons.

might be a bit later too


Christmas is fast approaching, and this challenge has really filled me with Christmas spirit.
The focal Digi image in this wall hanging is from the fabulous Stitchy Bear Stamps, which I coloured with Inktense Pencils, Portfolio Oil Crayons and a waterbrush.  I distressed the edges of the Digi stamp and made small tears which I curled over, then edged with Walnut Stain Distress Ink.  This made it look worn and old.

The background was a collage of vintage papers and replica vintage Christmas postcards from my own stash. I punched some snowflakes out of canvas and embossed them with silver powder to stand out.  I just love the way the main image stands out so much on the muted background, and I know exactly where I'm going to hang this for Christmas.... Xxx


 I altered some beer mats, strangely we appear to have rather a lot of them! I've covered them in some vintge papers  I had from a magazine and then inked them and the digi images from our sponsor with Vintage Photo and then tore around them. I printed out the word SNOW and tore this out so on each beer mat it reads 'Snow', Noel, Oh Christmas Tree and Winter. Then I added glitter glue. The reindeer is a stencil, also from a crafty mag.
Vintage really isn't my favourite, or altering things, but I also hate to give up! This was a Nuttella glass jar (Nuttella long gone!) I printed the digis onto thin acetate..and then threw some embossing power over it as soon as the sheet came out of the printer. I gently heated it, adding a bit more embossing power to make the actetate look frosted. It then went through my Xyron and was stuck to the glass. The candle was lit and the lights turned down...


For this challenge reminder I used this beautiful digi, "Magic of Christmas", provided by our generous sponsor, Stitchy Bear Stamps.
I altered a plain wooden tray, painting it with dark brown acrylic paint, then a coat of crackle medium and then a light coat of french vanilla acrylic paint.  When the wooden tray was already crackle, I apply distress ink to the borders. Then, I cut a dark brown background with a lacy border to add the digi. I colored the digi with Spectrum Noir pens, using golden and browns, to keep the vintage look.

To enter this challenge link your post HERE

Have Fun - The Quirky Crafts Challenge Design Team.


  1. Lovely makes ladies, what Lyn didn't say is she has a lot of Nutella jars too (I am guessing here) lol. I have one side of a project done, I might give it to you in stages!
    Cazzy x

    1. Yes I do have a lot of Nuttella jars, how did you guess!!! (going back years and years..) .this one was one of the only ones with out a picture or wavy lines around it.


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