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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 July 2014

Challenge #15.-The Quirky Silk Road

"The Silk Road is the world's oldest, and most historically important overland trade route. 
For over 2000 years, traders and merchants travelled the deserts of central Asia exchanging goods between the Chinese empire and the rest of the world." 

To get some inspiration, you can watch this video:

It´s my turn -Monica- to set the challenge and I want you to travel the ancient Silk Road and bring projects full of the beauty, colors, textures and sounds of Orient. It´s a challenge where any project is allowed, but Oriental theme. Just show us the treasures and wisdom of Orient cultures: China, Japan, India, Korea, etc...

Our sponsors for this new challenge are:

The prizes for this challenge are:

1st place:

From That Craft Place

2nd place: 3 images from Squigglefly

3rd place: 2 images from The East Wind

Some beautiful projects from our Guest Designers:


I paper pieced the digi (Chinese Beautiful from Squigglefly) with patterned papers and added Glossy Accents to the character, then layered up up with various papers, mostly Papermania, but one is a gorgeous, textured one with a glorious shimmer.  The tag and corner elements are also Papermania.  To embellish, I added some black organza ribbon, a bow, black pearls, and a flower that I made with my Tim Holtz Tattered Florals dies.

And now the Design Team:

For this fan card I used the stunning "Chinese Dancer" digi from The East Wind and this lovely chinese sentiment "Happy Birthday" from Squigglefly.
I used a lot of red because it represents good fortune and joy in Chinese culture. It is use in Chinese New Year and other holidays and family gatherings.
The Chinese calligraphy for the word "fan" has the same sound as the character of "kindness" or "good". So fans are viewed as good luck charms and expressions of generosity.
I love all the richness behind Orient cultures.

I love this little Mewshu Pork cat from Squigglefly and thought it went perfectly with the Chinese Thank You also from Squigglefly. I found some Han-ji oriental paper to go with the theme. I added a gold double tassled cord to finish. (Note to self: check which way the card opens before sticking on cat and greeting next time!).

I love this Unky image called Lucy Loo Bookaholic - just look at all that hair, how long it must be! Normally I would keep the sponsors apart but the Chinese Proverb from Squigglefly went so perfectly with this image! Papermania papers, Crafty Ribbons ribbon.

  Here's my card (at last!) Not having my glasses set me back a bit! I've used the Unky image called Lucy Loo Bookaholic too. I was going to 3D her, but every one of my 'Ice Grey' Promarkers has run dry. So, I'll show her as she is for now and with any luck, show her again later with all her other bits added! At the moment the only bit that's been 3D-ed is the book. The papers I used were freebies from Cardmaking & PaperCraft Magazine sometime ago. The punched out Chinese word I think might mean Happiness or Blessings. And I apologise if it's the wrong way round!

- Poor Cindy - she has the flu and managed to send this gorgeous project to Cazzy to put on, before going back to her sick bed. We hope she gets well soon.
 Cindy used the gorgeous Ghetto Fabulous Ashley from The East Wind, and that looks like real silk behind her. The sentiment is from a set called Circle Quotes Set from Squigglefly.
Just look at this fabulous printer tray, what a gorgeous thing to have! Lots of  Chinese ephemera used here.

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. I love your cards Wendy and Monica, and I hope to see Lyn's and Cindy's soon!

    Cazzy x

  2. I'll add mine as soon as I'm back today, must get black and grey Promarkers! Great makes everyone!!

  3. My card's there, will add the 3D bit later!

  4. Beautiful creations by the DT. Lovely challenge too.


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