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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, 4 January 2015

Challenge #1 2015 Clean and Simple

Cazzy here, I want to wish Happy New Year to you all from the Quirky Design Team, I hope it will be a good one, and for those who didn't have a good 2014, I hope 2015 year will be better for you.

We are thinking of our friends who are sick, or have sick relatives, and sending them positive thoughts and prayers.

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

For our very first challenge of the year I decided to keep it simple, in fact the challenge is Clean and Simple.

This is what Clean and Simple means to me: not many embellishments, nothing fussy, and lots of "white space" which doesn't have to be white - lots of any colour unprinted, unstamped space really.

We are sponsored by the wonderful Stitchy Bear Digital Stamps.

Our generous sponsor is Stitchy Bear Digital Stamps


 1st prize of 3 images of choice from the whole of the Stitchy Bear store

2nd prize any 3 of the DT's chosen images

3rd Prize any 2 of the DT's chosen images 

Stitchy has provided the team with some great images to use, some will be showcased this week and some next week in the reminder.

Here is the list of images the team got to use:
Stitchy BB Kakes Floppy Latte
Lil Angel Victoria Twilight Stained Glass Flowers III
Miss Weeble Steampunk 3 pc set
Pretty in Pink Ikes Art Lil Diva
Fancy That Blue Tit 4 A sign of spring
My Heart Pieces Crafty Girl
Bride Ankhi Bassett Hound

Now for some inspiration, first from our lovely Guest Designers, who as you know, were top three winners from previous challenges:

Bunny used IkeSart Blue Tit 4, with a matching blue and yellow background and lots of blue "white" space.


Lori was a winner in the top three and as well as being a guest designer is going to be an 8 week guest designer so we would like to welcome her to the team, and you will be seeing a lot more of her lovely work.
Lori used Victoria Twilight by BB Kakes and said "Wow, clean and simple should be so easy but I found it quite hard to think STOP!!!!". Well done Lori, you got it just right!

For my Clean and Simple card, I chose the adorable Miss Weeble from Stitchy Bear Digi Outlet, and I coloured her with my Prismacolor pencils.  I would be so happy if you visited my blog for a closer look at all the details:  http://ktdesigns2013.blogspot.ca//.  Thank you to Quirky Crafts for having me as your Guest Designer! I hope you join our CAS challenge! Wishing you a joyful day!

Deborah used the very sweet Pretty in Pink image by Stitchy, and has a little decoration but a lot of plain space which is what I think CAS really is! Nice one Deborah.

and we have more inspiration from the Design Team:

For my "CAS" card, I chose this gorgeous indian bride digi "Bride Ankhi" provided by our sponsor Stitchy Bear. To make my card I made a little research about indian wedding and find out that they use red color as a symbol of purity, fertility, love, beauty, wealth and power. They also use gold as a symbol of their status and to bring joy and richness to the new family. So I tried to use those lovely colors in my card. I really enjoy colouring this digi. 

I decided to recycle a chocolat box and used it to put a pair of headphones inside and give it as a gift. The digi stamp is Poodles from Stitchy Bear and coloured it with Spectrum Noir.

Hi everybody!! Happy New Year for all! To my project I choose Steampunk 3p-set, from our generous sponsor Stichy Bear's Stamps.

I love this digi! For my project I made a card to wish Happy New Year! Let 2015 be a great year for all.

My project is coloured with acuarelables pencils and Distress ink.

I went for a Spring card to cheer you (and me) up, I am fed up with the wet weather, cold weather, everyone having bugs and getting sick, and look forward to the Spring. I used two of the digi images combined to make a scene, A Sign of Spring by Lil Diva, and Blue Tit 4 by IkeSart.  I cut the image out with a lot of white space and a Spellbinders large labels 1 die, and made the card the same shape. No sentiment, lots of people like cards without a sentiment. All of the colouring is done with Promarkers. The inside card blank is yellow. So this is what I think is CAS.

Now let's see what you can do, come and play Quirky with us!

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Have Fun - The Quirky Crafts Challenge Design Team.


  1. Thank you for having me as your Guest Designer! I had fun! I enjoyed looking at your beautiful DT and GD samples - they look amazing!

  2. Great work from all the Guest Designers! Congrats!

  3. Happy New Year Cazzy hope your feeling better l see on Fb that you are Nursing a cold .............So pretty are all the Dt creations

  4. Thank you Caz and DT for having as a Guest Designer! :D The DT and other GD's made such beautiful cards with loads of inspiration for the CAS Challenge. :D
    Hope you feel better soon Caz.

  5. Thank you so much to the DT for all your wonderful artistic creations using images from the Stitchy Bear Digital Outlet, a really great job all round :) :) :), just love your fabulous variety and different styles :) Hugs Jane xx

  6. Fabulous cards everyone and hoping mine is CAS enough for you too.
    Fliss x


  7. Thank You to the DT for making such fabulous projects using our images. Proud to sponsor your 1st Challenge of 2015. You always do an amazing job with 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 )

  8. Such wonderful creations by the DT and a big Thank You for using some of my images :-D
    IKE xx

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  9. Clean and simple -- my favourite style -- thanks!

  10. Gorgeous inspiration by the talented DT members!

  11. Happy New Year to all of you! I like CAS very much and have decided to try it on more of my projects this year. Good luck everybody!

  12. Lol, mine really is clean and simple if you check the definition, but somehow I've still managed to make it look dirty and grunged-up :P

  13. Gorgeous inspiration! Happy 2015 to all at Quirky x

  14. oooh - I have used CAS for my ATC collection - makes a change I usually try to fit too much onto my ATCs lol.


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