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Sunday, 6 March 2016

It's Quirky March!

First I must apologise for February, especially to Regina Easter of The Cutting Cafe for not posting anything at all! I really should have done what Lyn does, and posted "one I made earlier" in true Blue Peter fashion. I will try and make it up to her as soon as I can get into the cutting machine mood again.

February was a bit of a nightmare, and ended up written off for me crafting wise. If you read my last crochet blog post you will know that we went to Torquay for a much needed break which turned into a complete nightmare when my hubby ended up in the hospital for two nights, then our son came down by train to drive us back one day early - so much for a holiday. Flaming cancer, has to ruin everything it can!

Some of you will also know that I am sometimes struggling to do any papercrafting, when I tried I just ended up with tears streaming down my face.

As well as all of that to deal with we had two team members leave us, and a couple more go down with injury or sickness, and Stitchy Bear (who were the first digi sponsors to offer to sponsor us and have sponsored us for many years) announced they were ceasing all sponsorships and down sizing. So I have had to create all the posts for Jan because it was my challenge, and most of the posts for Feb, and I had to do March also! I have also been approaching new sponsors to cover the spaces left by Stitchy, and getting one new team member set up. Kelly Patricia agreed to join us, was all ready to join in with March - then dislocated her wrist! With Lynne leaving due to hand problems, Nana Connie out of action with a broken hand and now a dislocated wrist I am wondering if Quirky has been cursed! Probably by an evil dwarf axe warrior!

Which brings me on to the challenge....

...because yesterday was the first Sunday in March, and so it was the start of a new monthly challenge at Quirky Crafts. We have 3 great sponsors including one new one, Crafty Ribbons, Bugaboo and  a brand new to Quirky sponsor - SLS Lines.

My card today features the Dwarf Axe Warrior from SLS Lines, I just love his facial hair! The challenge is Masculine with ribbon or twine, and my ribbon is some silver and gold ribbon from Crafty Ribbons which was in one of their £1 bargain bags which are amazingly good value. I thought it went quite well.... but until I looked for the link to the digi I had forgotten he was a Dwarf Axe Warrior and was labouring under the delusion that he was a Viking warrior and was thinking of Viking gold and metals, good job I didn't find backing paper with long ships on it which had crossed my mind! I wondered as I coloured him with Promarkers and metallic gel pen, why a Viking would have Doc Martin boots, they are way to modern for a Viking!
I know he isn't a Viking, but I thought of the film Lord of the Rings and the Viking in that when I was making this.
The papers I used were all from two pads by Kanban and they are called Mechanica and Industria which I searched for endlessly until someone who was decluttering said she had unused pads if I wanted them - did I want them!

I added some brads, slightly different shades of brads, to the corners of the "wood" panel, and all the panels were die cut with Spellbinders create a card 5" x 7" set.

I haven't decided who will get this card so I've left the sentiment off for now, might be Father's day, or a birthday or just a Stay Strong card for Hubby.

I will make a Bugaboo example next, and hope to show you that later on depending how the day pans out.

If you would like to see some more examples and maybe play along with the challenge just hop on over to Quirky Crafts now, and if you feel you are a Quirky kind of person - we are still looking for at least one more!

Challenges entered:
Crafty Gals - All about the boys (Wed 9th March)
Inspiration Destination - #75 anything goes (Wed)
Crafting from the Heart - anything goes #102 (Mon 14th)
Crafting by Designs - anything goes (March)
Crafts Galore - anything goes (March)
Creative Fingers - #104 anything goes
SLS Lines - #17inspired by a book or song  (March)


  1. Nice card! Love the papers! Thanks for sharing with us at Crafty Gals Corner!

  2. Great project Thank-you for joining us at Crafts Galore Encore
    Good luck in the challenge x

  3. I love how you have coloured your image and the design of your project.Thank you for joining us this month at SLS Lines. Hope to see you back here again sood. Judy DT

  4. Love it!! The design of this is great! Thanks for sharing with us at Creative Fingers this time around :)
    Susan DT

  5. Awesome viking! Thank you for joining us at Crafting From the Heart this week.


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