Sunday, 18 June 2017

Your Challenge cards

Good Sunday Morning Everyone,

The theme of this weeks Challenge was to make an
Aperture card, you could use any style and method you liked.
As I am  a Stampin Up Demonstrator I am part of a lovely
Facebook Group called 
Stampin' For all Community Group
They are an amazing group of people. Any of you on FB are welcome to join the group any time.
I am an administrator for this group too and I extended our Blog 
Challenge to the Group too, so we have even more inspiration this week, their cards are all amazing.

To the ladies and Gent of the Stampin' For All group,
Welcome to my blog, we have been doing a Monday 
Sketch Challenge for about two years now and sharing our
Cards on a Sunday, it is a pleasure having you join us this week.
You are most welcome to come back and join us anytime you like,
Feel free to take part in our weekly challenge too.
I am blessed with an absolutely amazing group of friends over
Here on my blog, we refer to the blog as our 'Cafe', as it's a place we all meet up every day to share all things craft and literally anything else, we even have a 'Soap Box' for those days when something has really ticked you off! 

So without further delay I will share all of your amazing cards,
The regular blog ones are first followed by our lovely guests.
I look forward to reading your comments.


Two stunning cards from Karen this week, the first is for a Polish Friend, the papers are from a Serif Cd rim, the flower is made up from the Dandelion Clocks Die (SW), the sentiment is 'Happy Birthday' in Polish, a fantastic card Karen.
The second card was a special thank you for a special Lady, the papers are so pretty, the flowers are made up from Sue Wilson's Open and Closed Daisies, the leaves are from 'Marissa's Bouquet'
A gorgeous card Karen, thank you so much for sharing your cards.


Val made two cards for this weeks Challenge, the first one is so
Gorgeous, I love the background Val, the three flowers and butterfly work perfectly.
The second card is a Christmas card, I can tell you I am melting as I am writing this blog post and Christmas seems so far away, 
I will also share that I am wearing the same as you were when you made the card! ๐Ÿ˜‰ 
The Christmas card is so delicate and so pretty, thank you so much Val for taking part each week 

Margaret has used the Stampin'Up 
Delicate Daisies stamp set and Punch to create this
Fantastic card, there is a second card but I can't show that until 
Next week ๐Ÿ˜‰
Love your card Margaret, thanks for taking part.

Oh Lilian I love this card, the beautiful coloured background
Sets the perfect canvas for those Silhouette Grasses, perfectly embellished with those Butterflies and enamel dots.
Stunning card Lilian, thank you so much for the inspiration.


Two fantastic cards from Pat this week, the first is a new card 
That Pat started on Wednesday with a new Spellbinders set
And a Nautical stamp set too, Pat will explain what they are when she calls in later.
The second card is so pretty, Pat printed the papers from a Cd I believe , I love those stamped flowers too, I think I will be having a go at making this next time we get together.
Two fantastic cards Pat thank you so much 

Oh Janet such a pretty, girly card, I absolutely love those papers
You have used the  butterflies work so perfectly resting on those flowers, the lace butterfly in the centre is so delicate too.
Beautiful card Janet, thank you so much

Maria such a pretty card from you this week, the papers 
That you have used are so pretty, I love those little gold flourishes too, they make a beautiful background.
That Butterfly is absolutely STUNNING, is it a Die??
I love it, a truly beautiful card.
Thanks you so much for sharing your card.

Lynda has used 'Touches of Texture' and Beautiful You Stampin'Up stamps, the flowers are Studio 490!
An absolutely stunning card Lynda, thanks so much
For taking part and inspiring us.

Michele's Cards

Three stunning cards from Our Michele this week, two girly cards and one for the men, my absolute favourite is still the third card, it is an absolute stunner! 
Thank you Michele for another amazing display of cards, you always go above and beyond!
So very inspirational.

Now onto the lovely ladies and Gent from the 
Stampin' For All 
Facebook Community Group's Challenge Cards

 Janet Stokes 
Card made using 'Pretty Kitty' stamp set & 'Bella and Friends' for sentiment.
Such a cute card Janet thank you 
Claudia Cladden Scucchia
Lovely card using the 'Eastern Palace' dies 
Thank you for taking part 

Steph Stoker
Lovely Chocolate Box made using 'Eastern Medallion Dies' 
Thank you Steph 

Carol Ann
Such a pretty Aperture card, thank you for
Taking part 

Jean Schultz
Fun card using 'Hey Chick' stamp set coloured with Watercolour pencils
Thank you Jean 

Marcela Calvo
This is Marcela's first Aperture card, wow it's amazing! 
Made using Stampin'Up 'Jar of Love ' Bundle
Thanks so much Marcela 

Carmel June Smith
This fun summer card has been made using 'High Tide' stamps,
Seasonal Layers (chair) and Pool Party card.
Fantastic card thanks so much for taking part

Karen McClure
Wow Karen love this gorgeous card, made using 'Lemon Lime Twist
Fresh Florals' Designer Series Paper and 'Lovely Words Thinlits'
Thanks Karen 

Grace Carranza
Gorgeous card, love these Stampin'Up paper 'Colour Theory' in Berry
Burst, which works beautifully with the Lemon Lime Twist 'Seasonal Layers'
Die cut chair and Blossoms. 
Thanks so much Grace

Gaynor Boyce
Such a delicate, pretty card, made using 'Seasonal Layers' 
Stamps and matching dies.
Thanks for the inspiration Gaynor

Debbie Harper
Beautiful card, made using 'Sending Love' suite,
Stamp and Sentiment from Floral Phrases
Thanks so much Debbie

Geraldine Regarding
Fantastic Birthday/Father's day card for her Father in Law's 
94th Birthday this weekend. Geraldine made this card with
'Love Blossoms' paper, Thoughtful Banners and Big Day stamps,
Punched out with Duet Banner punch.
Thanks so much for sharing Geraldine,

Elaine Spencer,
Such a pretty card, love those Butterflies and how you 
Have matched them to the little flowers that embellish your card.
Thanks so much

Valerie Litten,
Such a pretty card Valerie, I love the fresh yellow and white colour
Theme, love your pretty heart die and border too!
Thanks so much for your inspiration

Karen McClure
Another fantastic card from Karen, this time using 
Colourful Seasons Stamps and Dies, colours are Powder Pink, Pink Pirouette
And Berry Burst, although they look a little orange on screen, love your 
Design Karen, thanks for sharing 

Ian Potteringtons
Love the pretty, fresh colours that you have used Ian,
'Eastern Palace suite' (stamps and dies) used to create his design,
Ian was inspired by a card by  Linda Cullen, although he has added his 
own touches, fantastic card Ian, thanks so much for taking part.

Carol Ann
A gorgeous card that has so much detail, the pattern on the front of the card
Was made using the new 'Embossing Paste' with two drops of Powder Pink ink added,
This was then used with one of the Pattern party Masks also from SU, 
Leaves and twigs from Flourish Thinlits', and flowers made using the Pansy Punch.
The sentiment is from 'Big on Birthdays' stamp set.
Gorgeous card Carol, thank you so much for the inspiration

Elaine Spencer
Has made this fabulous Fairy card using the 'Fairy' Stampin'Up stamps,
Elaine you have coloured your stamped image beautifully, I love the flowers 
You have added around your card as embellishments.

Thank you all so very much for taking part in this weeks Challenge, there will be a new one up tomorrow.
Enjoy this lovely weather while it lasts .

Love and hugs




  1. Morning Everyone
    Well it's still sunny and we're already at 26 degrees so it's going to be a hot one.

    What a FANTASTIC ARRAY OF ART on the boards this week. I love each and everyone and again so many themes but each an individual picture.

    I can see the Marigny Dobbie has had to put all the boards up we have in store as we have so many. I can see PAUL having to get his woodworking tools out to make another couple of display boards. What do you say SANDRA heheheh.

    Oh I've just looked up and through the window to Mother Magpie feeding her two babies. Jim put our leftover bread out when he went off to fetch breakfast so they are now squabbling with each other for Mum to feed them. Nothing changes does it.

    We're hoping to get some planters sorted first thing this morning before it gets too hot. We bought some bedding plants on Friday and so they need putting in their home. The Basil also needs planting.

    I see the CAFE DOORS AND WINDOWS are all open letting in the beautiful weather. Have a good day everyone. My breakfast has just arrived. HUGS to you all. xxxx

    1. Hi Janet. I love your card, so bright and cheerful. Paul is going to be busy making some extra display boards isn't he ๐Ÿ˜ŠThe thermometer in our hall(the coolest part of the house) is showing 25 degrees at the moment, I wonder what it's going to go up to? I hope you manage to get the plants in before it gets too hot x

    2. Hi Janet
      Enjoy your breakfast although by now I expect you've finished it by now.
      I hope it's not to hot for you to finish your planting.
      Paul is going to be busy making a new board for today's cards. Great card Janet. It's gorgeous.

    3. Hi Janet
      Your card is gorgeous so pretty. Hope you get all your planting done
      Love Lynda xx

  2. Morning Ladies

    WOW-what an amazing collection of challenge cards this week. All so very different and all lovely.

    I had a great time with my friend yesterday morning thenstarted on my challenge card in the afternoon-it was too warm to stay in my craft room though as it's was in full sun and even with the blinds tilted and windows open, it's was HOT!

    We watched Harry Potter Fantastic Beasts & where to find them. I'd borrowed the DVD from a colleague and wanted to watch it so I could return the DVD.

    Housework & possibly gardening today-depends on how much energy I have!


    1. Hi Michele. Both of your cards are lovely, the purple one is so pretty and the cogs one has given me an idea of how to use my stash of both card and metal cogs. Did you enjoy the HP film? I haven't seen it yet. Have a good day x

    2. Sorry I didn't mention your third card. It's another beauty x

    3. Hi Michele
      Your cards are lovely. The third one is my favourite beautiful
      Have a good day xx

  3. Hello Everyone, another lovely day,

    Fabulous array of cards this morning, love the butterfly on Maria's card.

    Brenda happy Aniversery for yesterday, hope you had a nice day.

    Not much on the cards today, have some ironing to do if its not too hot. Still more flowers to plant, will do that first thing before it gets too hot.

    Have a lovely Sunday, hugs to all Lilian

    1. Hi Lilian. Your card is gorgeous. It is so pretty.
      I see that you had already covered your magnets with masking tape, you know what I will be doing don't you ๐Ÿ˜Š I usually end up ironing late evening when it's this hot. I hope you manage to get it done without getting too hot x

    2. Hi Lilian
      Your card is so pretty. Hope your not to hot doing your ironing.
      Take care Hug's xx

  4. fantastic selection of amazing cards and a special thank you to Sandra for doubling up and sharing here Sunday blog post with members if the Stampin for all community group xxx Amanda

  5. Morning Sandra and all.

    Fantastic collection of cards today. Some great ideas. So enjoyed this one Sandra, thank you.

    Not a lot on today. Took Gracie out at 7.30 before it got too hot. Washings on the line, plants are watered. Just tidying a bit then some time in my craft room finishing off the pop up cards I started yesterday. Also have a couple of birthday cards to make. Lynn's bringing a list home later of what's gone in the shop this week, quite a few apparently now the holiday makers have started to arrive.

    Hope everything goes as well as it can today Tracy. Thinking of you. Xxx

    Have a good day everyone. Don't forget the sun screen if you're outdoors.

    Love Valxxx

    1. Hi Val. Two great cards. I love the cream flowers on the script paper and a lovely Christmas card. Did you say it's the first one you have made for this year? How are the pop up cards coming along​? I hope you managed to not burn your self on the hot glue gun. Do you get many requests to make personalised cards? Have a nice day crafting x

    2. Hi Sue. Thank you for your nice comment. It's my second Christmas card this year. Sandra had a challenge a few weeks ago to make a Christmas card using every day dies. At least I've got two for this year lol.
      Sadly for me I did burn myself a few times. Nothing too serious though and at least they're all finished and glue gun safely packed away.
      Enjoy a lovely Sunday xxx

    3. Hi Val. Love both your card today the first is so pretty
      I always burn myself with the hot glue gun it does make you say
      Ouch haha have a good day.
      Hug's Lynda xx

    4. Hi val.
      love ur cards this week especially the vintage one as I call it with the added butterfly n flowers. Right up ma street!!! X

  6. Hi Sandra and ladies.
    What a fabulous collection of cards Sandra. Ladies I think you have excelled yourselves today.
    Sandra's quite right in saying that the papers I'd used on my card was from a CD. Can't quite remember what's it called but I'll have a look later and let you know. Such beautiful papers are on it. I did do another one and sent to Sandra. I hadn't stuck it onto a card but went it anyway. The inner flower slides out as it's on a separate sheet.
    The nautical theme one was of course by Sue Wilson. However, I should have done a sky background for it as the blue on blue doesn't quite show the boat off. Then of course I cut the waves.

    1. Hi Pat. Both cards are great. I love the shape of the aperture die, it is gorgeous. Your second card is a style that I haven't made before so it on my "must try" list. You made this one a while ago didn't you ? Have a good day x

    2. Hi Pat Two cards from you today they are both lovely love the Die you used on first one makes a lovely aperture shape.
      Have a good day both of you. Have you got hospital appointments to look forward to this week.
      Big Hug's love Lynda xx

    3. Hi Lynda
      Yes, just one appointment this week, hence we're going away on Wed coming back on Monday. The week after Pete has 3 appointments. Tues infusion as usual.thurs and Friday scans.

  7. Hi Sandra & all in cafe,
    Sandra what a lovely selection of cards this week, & lovely to see Stampin Up Facebook friends. Once again all different as well, thank you for this new concept at least for
    Very warm again but more cloud today so feeling very sticky.
    Brenda & John belated congratulations on your wedding anniversary, how many years is it?xxxx
    Sending hugs to all who need them love

    1. Hi Mum/Margaret. Look at you, another style of card under your belt now ๐Ÿ˜Š Have a good day, hope you manage to get some crafting done. Love you xx

    2. Hi Margaret love your card beautiful. Have a good day.
      Hug's xx

    3. Hi Margaret
      Love the card you made.

    4. Hi Margaret
      I'm glad your appointment went well yesterday at least Sue was well enough to go with you. You haven't got long to wait until the op have you. I'm not to sure when the Cancer on Pete's eyelid will be removed.

  8. Hi Sandra and all in the Cafรฉ today. Wow, what a fantastic display of challenge cards for everyone to enjoy. So many beautiful cards bursting with inspiration. Thank you for sharing ๐Ÿ˜Š
    Maria, your card is simply gorgeous, so pretty and delicate. I hope WW went well today and that you aren't in too much pain after your garage sort out. I'm sorry you won't be over to do my loft though, hehe. Have a relaxing day, I hope x

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  10. Oops published too early!
    Lynda, your card is beautiful. I love the dancing lady stamp and how she is dancing on the beach. Will you be on the beach again today? You are lucky to live near to the coast. Are you allowed to take Bambi on the sand at this time of year? I know the rules change from beach to beach and from season to season. Have a nice day whatever you are up to x
    Karen, I love both of your cards. Your friend will be delighted with her personalised card. That is a gorgeous shade of blue card. Your second card is so cheerful, I can see the lucky recipient putting it on a window sill so it can be enjoyed by all. I hope your sugar levels aren't going too mad
    and that you have a great time at the exhibition x
    Thank you to everyone from the Stampin' Up group for joining in this weeks challenge. Your cards are all beautiful and it's so interesting to see how the same stamp and die is used in such different ways. It would be good if you could join in with Sandra's challenge each week.
    I've got several cards to be made so I'm crafting today. Enjoy this wonderful weather. Sending love and hugs to you all with extras for all in need. Take care xx

    1. Thank you Sue
      Yes there is a part of the beach where we can take Bambie & it right nearby the cafรฉ so nice to be able get cold drinks.Hug's have a good day . Xx

    2. Thank you Sue Just got in from a very hot day in London The exhibition was fabulous To see the clothes close up with all of the detail was amazing AND to read many of the reasons as to why they were designed they way they were
      Thank you on your comments for the second card I hope your mum received it! and she doesn't have to put it on the mantelpiece

  11. Hi Sandra & everyone
    Thank you Sandra for this weeks challenge I enjoyed it &I loved playing with my Stamping Up stamps.
    A lovely lot of beautiful cards today from all our ladies & the Facebook group
    Thank you for sharing your cards.
    Not sure if we are going out today very hot at moment & a job getting a parking place.this time of year the car parks charge £2 we avoid them & park in the see what's what after lunch. Have commented on way down.
    Sandra Hope you &Paul are haveing a good weekend together.
    Love Lynda xx

    1. Hi Lynda, love your card. I too have ordered the beautiful you stamp. It's so pretty.
      I bet Bambi, like Gracie is glad to stay in the house and try to keep cool.
      Take care. Xxx

    2. Hi Lynda
      Yes, it's been to hot today to go out. However, we took Doreen to lunch as usual. I had a lovely ham salad. Then afterwards we went down the canal at Thrupp. We sat and watched all the narrow boats, kyacks and canoe. Just by Where we sat they bring the kyacks in and take them out again. Had an ice cream from Annie's tea rooms which is along side the canal.

  12. Hi Sandra and all in the cafe.

    Boys o boys o boys!!! Loadsa talent to look at today. Loved them all. Espically vales Ines they were really singing to me today. Well done everyone!!

    Had a rough morning. My sister made a wee video tribute thing on FB for my dad. She has to what's app me as I don't do FB. After that I've been howling all day. Not so bad now I've been to grave and had a wee blether to him. Still a toughie tho. Just one more first anniversary to go then I might calm a bit more.
    Thanks for the support wishes yesterday. I truly appreciated them x

    1. Hi Tracy
      It probably did you good to have wee blether as you put it. I use FB but not Whatsapp whatever that is. Gentle hugs coming your way today.

  13. Hi Sandra and everyone.
    Wow, I defiantly have to go back later and look at all the cards again. So many wonderful different CC's and welcome to Stampin Up FB group to join in. Pop in to the cafe' and say Hi when you got a minute.
    I love all our cards and it has gotten really busy on the walls lately, it's fantastic. My butterfly is by IntreCut I bought from Hobbycraft ,it's cut really well. I also got my prize from Set Craft yesterday and it is the SW Forest Animals :-) they are soooo cute but will try to wait until end of August with making some Christmas cards unless you ask us to make one Sandra.
    I hope you all have enjoyed summer today ? It is hot, too hot for me Lol never happy. Going back to docs in the morning, need some help before going on holiday but not sure if anything can be done so will see.
    Have a lovely evening everyone. Many hugs to you all, Maria xxx

    1. Hi Maria
      I hope you manage to get some help before you go away. Sounds like a lovely prize from Setcraft.

  14. Hi Sandra and everyone.
    Wow, such a wonderful selection of cards. Great to see so many creations for your challenge :-) They are all so lovely.
    Hope you've all had a lovely weekend.
    Sending love and hugs xxx

  15. Another Wowser day on the card front and lovely to see the Stamping Up crew from FB join in and see their take on Stamping Up products It's a late post from me I had a fabulous time at the exhibition Seeing the clothes close up and all of the detailing was amazing To read about the reasons for their designs was lovely too

    1. Hi Karen
      I'm glad you enjoyed the exhibition.

  16. Hi Sandra
    Lovely cards from the Stampin Up team. It's great to see there take on the Stampin Up stamps.