Sunday, 4 November 2018

Your Cards for Karen's Animal Challenge

Good Sunday Morning Ladies,

Karen set this weeks challenge for us with an 'Animal' theme, you all loved the idea and the amazing line up of cards below show just how much you loved the challenge.  It's so much fun for me seeing all of your cards arrive in my inbox and messenger each day. 

Here are all of your cards:


Well no Crazy Birds from Brenda this week, her card features a cute cat instead, mind you he looks like he is up the tree looking for the Crazy Birds!  Brenda I love this cat, the mischievous look on its face is comical, you have coloured the image beautifully, adding the puffy stuff for snow was such a brilliant idea, love the snowflakes too.
Thank you so much for taking part in this weeks challenge, I really love your card.


How bright and cheerful are Janet's cards this week, the first card has a lovely coloured background with a really fun farm scene on top, it's just such a bright, cheerful card.
Janet's second card has been cleverly stamped through the aperture of the card, so that when closed you see the whole image, then when you open it you get to see the image on the inside too.  A lovely country scene with toadstools and Hares. 
Janet's third card features a cute pirate that has so much detail, with the skull and crossbones on his Tshirt and his tattered trousers.  He looks like he is about to take on those Hares.
Thank you so much for creating three amazing cards Janet,  it's so lovely having your cards featured again, it just isn't the same without you. 


Karen has made 4 Animal cards for this weeks challenge, the first is the Original card that launched the challenge last week, the Giraffe and the Tiger cards both use Serif Images, I love them both, I love that splattered background too.

The second two cards are amazing, that Stag is so majestic behind those corrugated trees, so a genius idea Karen it has so much texture.  The fourth card is one of Sue's Stained Glass dies.
I will leave Karen's description below:

''Here’s two Christmas ones Really Pleased with the stag one It’s a take on one Pete from Sizzix showed on Hochanda
The trees are cut in corrugated card and brayered with white gesso The grey is splattered with white pen
The robin is a very simple SW stained glass window one I am going to do more of these with a bigger piece of card so that I can do a different sentiment as I think the one I used is too quirky''

Thank you so much Karen for coming up with this weeks challenge and for making 4 amazing cards for it.


Lilian has used an adorable Hedgehog stamp for her Animal Challenge card, I love the embossing folder that you have used Lilian and how you have highlighted the embossed detail with green ink, it makes so much difference.  The Ladybirds add a real hit of colour to your card too.
Thank you so much Lilian for taking part in the challenge this week.


Two amazing cards from Lynda for this weeks 'Animal' Challenge.  The first card has an absolutely amazing blended Oxide background, this time you have managed to create an almost misty scene, those elephants are so cute too, they are an old Stampin Up set called 'Love you Lots'.
Lynda's second card has an image that Lynda downloaded from Google, adding Glossy Accents that don't always show up on photo's, Lynda has matted and layered the image onto black and blue card, the blue really picks up the colours in the image.  
Thank you so much for two amazing cards Lynda.


Maria made these two fantastic cards for Karen's Animal Challenge.  The first is a super cute Christmas card, those bears are sweet, the extra snow detail that you have added brings the scene to life Maria.
The second card is Maria's Fathers Day card for her Dad as its Fathers Day in Sweden on 11th November. Maria wanted to create a Safari style card and thats exactly what she has created, how adorable is that Elephant with it's baby hanging on to it's tail.  Such a perfect Father's Day scene.
Thank you so much Maria for two amazing cards.  Enjoy your trip to Colchester, I hope you have a lovely relaxed weekend. 


Margaret has used the 'Lovely as a Tree' stamp set to create the background for this lovely Anniversary card that she made for Alan. That majestic owl is from a Stampin'Up! Stamp set called 'Still Night' and has a matching die set called 'Night Owl', you have to zoom in to see the amount of incredible detail that is in this stamped image.  This is an amazing card Margaret, I bet Alan loved it.
I hope you had a lovely day yesterday celebrating your anniversary. Not everyone gets a Firework display on their Anniversary! Wishing you many more happy years together.
Thank you so much for sharing your special card with us. 


Michele has made 4 cards for Karen's Animal Challenge, the first three cards were made using Little Claire Toppers, they are so cute and as always Michele has got the very best out of every image with her meticulous matting and layering, you have picked perfect colours to get the very best out of every image.  The last and cutest card is my favourite, that Hedgehog family is just adorable, its a printed image that Michele has simply matted the image onto a perfectly matched piece of card that really draws your eye in. 
Thank you so much for making 4 amazing cards Michele.


Val has used an absolutely adorable image of a Kitten for her 'Animal' Challenge card this week, the background is so pretty too, with a pretty pale green floral paper at the bottom and that amazingly deep embossed top, is this one of the Apple Blossom embossing folders Val?? 
Val has then die cut a scalloped circle in perfectly matching green card and added a beautifully delicate floral die cut to embellish.
Such a gorgeous card Val, Thank you so much for taking part.


Sue didn't make a Challenge card but made this super cute Rudolph Christmas Ornament instead, we saw something very similar in the Christmas Decoration section of the Range on our visit last week.

Here is Sue's description:

'' I had the Reindeer Die which is a Xcut Mini die,  which measures about 5cm x 5.5cm so I die cut the head our of Kraft card placed a disc of black card on the back for the eyes, the antlers are coloured with a Promarker and the eyes with a black one and used a melted red Pony bead as a shiny red nose.
(I melted Pony beads by spreading them about 1cm apart over  baking/greaseproof paper then put in the oven on gas mark 4 approx. for 20-30 mins. checking a few times)
The Reindeer head is then stuck onto a mini peg, so it can then be stick anywhere as a decoration.                      
My Beaver Scouts will be making their own versions for Christmas. ''

I absolutely love how it turned our Sue and I have to say that the Pony bead nose looks much better than the tiny pom pom, mostly because Rudolphs nose is supposed to shine.
Thank you so much for taking part.

Thank you so much ladies for making this such an amazing blog post every Sunday!!

I hope you are all having a lovely Sunday,  it will be a quiet day for us (hopefully).

If any of you want to choose a theme for the Monday Challenge then please let me know in the comments.

Sending love and hugs to you all,



  1. Morning Ladies

    WOW-what a bumper collection of challenge cards today , all beautiful.

    Karen-thanks for settling this weeks challenge, it was clearly a very popular one.

    I have a lovely chat with my friend yesterday morning. Door handles etc all sorted then I spent the afternoon in my craft room playing & relaxing. I’m hoping to the same this afternoon too!


  2. Morning Everyone
    WOW WOW WOW what a fantastic haul of crafty goodies. So many beautiful cards that I've had to get the extra boards out to display them all.
    Once again all of us taking the same Challenge but so many different results. A big Thank You KAREN for setting a lovely Challenge. I loved doing it.

    I received LYNDA's ATCs yesterday and believe me they are so much better in 'real life'. They are absolutely gorgeous with so much work going into them. Thank you LYNDA. I've messaged you this morning Dear Friend.

    I want to pop to The Range this morning for one or two little bits like removable sticky tape etc.

    The CAFE is OPEN and ready for you all to pop in. Today's Menu is Roast Chicken with Apple Crumble to follow so place your orders.
    HUGS are on their way to you all. Have a good day and stay safe. xxxx

    I get a bit nervous at suggesting ideas in case it doesn’t work but you are so brilliant and supportive It made me well up
    Thank you again xxx
    Got a surprise visit from OSCAR this morning So I’ll pop back later

  4. Hi Sandra and all in the Café today.
    A fantastic sight for everyone coming into the Cafe today. What lovey cards you have all made. Thank you for sharing them Sandra and to you Karen for suggesting this challenge xx
    Yesterday's mixed up Saturday items were all beautiful.
    Danni, I have quite a lot 12x12 papers so will be watching your tutorial. Your bags are gorgeous X
    Janet, your memory book is beautiful and I'm looking forward to seeing your next one X
    Michele, you had a great bargain with the sentiments didn't you. I don't think I have seen the Die cutting magazine but it looks really good X
    Karen, didn't Oscar choose a great present for you. Please make sure you share your makes with us. And thank you for the great tip of using correlated card for your tree trunks on your Stag challenge card, I have very similar dies so will be using that as it looks great X
    Lynda, both of your ATC's are beautiful showing your crafting style perfectly X
    Cheryl, I can't wait to receive this beautiful ATC. Now I am wondering what the second one will be. No matter what it is I will be delighted to have them. I know what I am doing for one but haven't decided exactly what my second one will be but. Hope to get them done and sent to you within the next week or so X
    I just have to sort my dies out as they are in such a muddle that it takes ages to find what I am looking for then I am crafting for the rest of the day. Won't that be sad 😉 Sending love and hugs to you all with extras for all in need. Take care xx

  5. Hi Sandra & all in café,
    Sandra what a great selection of animal cards on display today, thank you for sharing with us & Karen for her suggestion. Thank you for your best wishes for yesterday, we enjoyed the meal & firework display. Hope you have quiet
    It is strange but when Sue does comments I always seem to follow her, mind we do that with texting or phoning as well.
    Janet I hope I am not too late for ordering lunch sounds
    Sending hugs to all who need them love

  6. Hi Sandra and ladies.
    Wow. What a fantastic array of cards on show today. This weeks challenge seems to have been very popular.
    Pete spent most of yesterday asleep. Apart from eating his lunch and dinner in the evening. He woke up about 11.45 and went to bed. He still slept and got up at 4.30 this morning.

  7. Hi Sandra & Ladies
    WOW WOW fantastic show of Challenge cards today. Thank you KAREN for a brilliant challenge
    . Thank you SUE for your kind comments on my ATC's.
    Thank you as well JANET so pleased you liked the ATC's I sent you & glad the arrived safely. Really looking forward to receiving yours
    SANDRA did you find your paper & your cutterpiller or are you still under the stairs
    i haven't done much today as still acheing & also strained my back this morning so just resting.
    MICHELE congratulations on winning a prize on Christina Griffin blog.
    Sending Hug's for all who need them.
    Love Lynda xx

  8. Hello Sandra and ladies,
    What an amazing selection of challenge cards, thank you KAREN for suggesting it, you actually got me looking at stamps that hadn’t seen the light of day in years. So this suggestion was a very worthwhile exercise.xx
    Sorry to be so late, we went to daughters to celebrate grandsons birthday he will be 20 this week. Yikes.....Can’t believe where the years have gone, it only seems a few years ago he was a little boy. He has grown into a lovely young man, very driven to be successful in his work. We are very proud of him.
    Good night everyone, sleep well, love Brenda xxx