Sunday 1 March 2020

Your Bright & Cheerful Challenge cards

Good Morning My Dear Friends,

White Rabbits !!!! Can you believe it's the 1st of March already?!!!

What a gorgeous display of Bright and Cheerfulness we have today, the CafΓ© must look beautiful Janet!! 
The wind and rain is trying it's hardest to destroy all of the beautiful Spring flowers in the garden, the daffodils are remarkably resilient, they look a bit sad after each bout of heavy rain but seem to shake it off and bounce back to life  in no time, the snowdrops are a in a more sheltered spot so thankfully.
We just don't seem to get a break between these flamin' storms, we were watching the One Show on Friday and the weather guy said that there could be another 'storm' on it's way for next weekend, but they are hoping that it might just miss us, fingers and toes crossed!! (Lynda you are excused from crossing anything as I don't want you falling over any more)! 😜😜

Now let's look at these stunning cards...….


Lilian, what an absolutely stunning card, that vase of Tulips stamp is beautiful and your colouring is beyond amazing!

'' Here is my card for this week, you asked for bright, so I complied!
Power poppy digi stamp, coloured with water colour pens.''

Which water colour pens do you use please Lilian/?

Thank you so very much my lovely, your work is just incredible and so inspirational xxx


Michele what a delightful display of Bright and cheerful cards, they are all so colourful and fun, you couldn't help but smile when you opened one of these!

''My set of 6 challenge cards-definitely bright!! They’re made using free papers from Making Cards magazine. I’m hoping to make some other cards using free papers from a different magazine, maybe tomorrow evening!''

Thank you so much my lovely xxx


Janet, wow three absolutely amazing cards, what I love about your challenge cards is that they are always all completely different styles, so much inspiration!  

I love the Remy Mackintosh style stamp that you have used for your first card, the yellow really makes those roses pop!

Poppies, who doesn't love poppies?! Beautifully coloured and love the sentiment too.

Your vintage style cards are always amazing Janet and this one is no exception, the flowers give it a real pop of colour and warm the whole card.

Thank you so very much for always inspiring us with your designs, enjoy the rest of your Birthday weekend my lovely. xxx


Karen, firstly, tomorrow I will be getting my Honey Doo paint splat stamp out, you have really inspired me!!  I love how you have added the tubes of paint, you are a creative genius my friend !!
I just that beautiful feminine card that you have created, that border is beautiful and the touch of yellow in the border really does set the whole card off!
I really want those Julie Hickey Stamps, such lovely crisp images, I must point out your amazing blended background.

Card 1:  Card 1 is a Serif design I have made I highlighted the bag and shoes with the Spectrum Noir Sparkle pen.

Card 2:  Card 2 is using Honey Doo splodges -Picked Raspberry Squeezed Lemonade Tumbled Glass and Blueprint Sketch
SW Happy Birthday shadowed with black
Tubes of paint Googled and double embossed and glossy accents
Card 3:  Inspired by Julie Hickey using her Floral Frames I created a DO background using Picked Raspberry Squeezed Lemonade and Spun Sugar I stamped onto 2 pieces + white and then stamped them all again and fussy cut them
Added a typed sentiment edged with a black Sharpie
Love all of your Challenge cards this week Karen, thank you so much 3 amazing cards xxx


A beautiful Vintage Floral style card designed by Cheryl for this weeks Challenge, that paper you have used is delighful Cheryl. your clever design has let the beautiful paper shine and be the main focus of the card, it is so easy to overwhelm a pretty image with die cuts and embellishments. The die cut that you have added tones in perfectly too, so adds interest without dominating the card.
Thank you so much for taking part in this weeks challenge, it is such a pleasure be able to include you in the line up my lovely friend. xxx


The beautiful colours that Pat has used to highlight the pretty flowers and foliage on her Groovi Design card really do add Brightness to the card those shades work so beautifully together too.  There is so much detail in this design yet everything works, from those little corner pieces to the 'Spellbinders label 1' shape in the centre, if you look closer you can see the extra swirls and flourishes that add those extra special finishing touches.
A stunning design Pat thanks so much for sharing your card with us xxx

Lynda isn't quite able to get to her craft desk yet but I just can't bear not sharing her cards each week, so I looked back through the hundreds of cards in my 'Lynda' file and this one just jumped out at me, Lynda made this one with some 6 x 6 papers from Stampin'Up! The colours are just so bright and vibrant, Lynda added a centre border and embellished the card with some Butterflies, simply beautiful.  
Now Lynda I am getting more impatient than you are I think, I am really missing your inspiration, especially as I am starting out with my Gelli/Gel Plate. Please nag Terry into bringing your craft stash out to you, even if it takes over the whole lounge!  πŸ˜œπŸ˜‰πŸ˜‰πŸ€—πŸ₯°


Two pretty designs from Our Brenda for this weeks 'Bright & Cheerful' challenge.
The first card could actually be used for our upcoming challenge with that old Striplet die, I believe the Daffodils are Honey Doo stamps, Brenda has combined the two to create a lovely card that would work perfectly for Easter.
Card 2 is such a lovely Birthday card, using SW Papercuts Happy Birthday die, which Brenda has die cut from beautifully blended DO background, which works so well with that green embossed background, a pretty die cut Ivy sprig adorned with Brenda's stunning hand rolled roses is such pretty 'Bright and Cheerful' colours.

Thank you so much Brenda for 2 fantastic Challenge cards xxx


Two beautiful cards from our Maria, I feel so honoured that you got up and made a card while feeling so unwell Maria, thank you so much.

Maria's first card was made by stamping the design and Maria coloured the image with Starlight Metallic Paint from Imagination Crafts, I really love the two part sentiment.

Maria's second card was made using the 'emboss resist' technique, Maria has embossed her beautiful stamped image and then blended Distress Oxide's over the top, adorned with a pretty bow.

Thank you so much Maria, I do hope that you are feeling better today my lovely xxx


Ladies I can't thank you enough, you have once again blown me away with your incredible designs, your cards are absolutely stunning, so bright and beautiful.  What an amazing display, I cannot explain to you how grateful I am to all of you. 

I hope that you can all enjoy the rest of your weekend,

Love and hugs on their way to all of you,



  1. Morning Everyone
    WOW what a riot of colour on the Cafe walls this morning.Everyone so cheerful and beautiful so much so that we all can start our day with a smile.

    Well we had rain during the day yesterday and the gale force winds arrived last night. When is this awful weather going to stop and Spring really arrive.

    The CAFE is OPEN and it's traditional roast beef for lunch today so place your orders.
    HUGS are on their way to you all with loads of extras for all Dear Friends not feeling too well.
    Take care and please stay safe xxxx

    1. Hi Janet. Love your cards ,you always manage to make so many different versions which is lovely. I'm home alone today and don't need to cook, the roast beef lunch sound very nice.
      During the night the storm was going strong and the wind is still here this morning but the sun came out and said hello around 6am but now gone again so I'm staying indoors. Have a nice day x

  2. The perfect start to a Sunday - a cuppa and looking at the amazing cards I really enjoyed this challenge I don’t know why particularly I just did!
    As OH was out last night I caught up on watching Secrets of The Museum Is anyone else watching it?
    I love the V&A anyway and this series is stunningly brilliant and very interesting
    We have glorious sunshine at the mo but I expect it’s mighty cold Another storm due? No please let’s have some respite for those poor people that have been flooded and the government need to get their finger out!
    Waiting for OH to get back but don’t think we’re doing much
    Take care all xx

    1. Love your cards Karen, the first one is fun with the shoes and handbag hanging, the colours on the others are great. Like the flower frames x

  3. Morning Ladies

    WOW-what a fantastic selection of challenge cards today. So many lovely cards.

    I was hoping to make more cards but I simply ran out of time. The journey to & from the Nursing Home yesterday was horrendous-sleet , strong winds, roadworks & lots of traffic. We finally got home around 7pm then had to start cooking. We had a lazy evening in front of the TV!
    Today we have gales although its slightly better than late last night plus there’s no rain!


    1. Glad you managed to get home safe, must have been horrendous to drive in those conditions. You so good at making so many cards with the free bee papers. I have loads so will have a look. Take care x

  4. Hi Sandra & ladies
    Wow, wow and wow. What a stunning array of cards today. Just what we need to brighten our day. Had a bit of everything yesterday. It’s quite bright here at the moment so I’ve put some washing done. Really, another storm on its way. We just don’t need any more rain. Your journey sounded horrendous Michele. But glad you got home safe.
    Sophie & her boyfriend are in Snowdonia this weekend. Walking apparently. I’d rather be sat in front of a roaring fire. Not to sure where or what they’re staying in.

    1. Hopefully Sophie and her boyfriend are staying safe, cosy and warm. Really fed up now with all the storms but guess it will get worse. Just went to summer when we all complaining about how hot it is πŸ˜’ x

    2. Yes me to Maria. I don’t like the cold very much. Nor do my joints.

  5. Morning everyone.
    Wow, I love the Sunday's and to see so many great cards.
    Lilian's always are stunning and today's make you smile.
    Nice to see one of Lynda's. Hope you soon can make some more and you be well enough to join us in the cafe' for a natter.
    Pat- your groovi work is amazing, love it.
    Brenda- two great cards. Hope you ok today and have a nice weekend.
    Cheryl-nice card. One you sent to your swap buddy ? Some very nice things you sent.
    I went over with a black fineliner after taken my first photo because it do look a bit of a mess,sorry. Home alone and the wind is cold and strong so staying in and hope to call my parents and catch up with some e-mails, mostly crafting ones but I do look at them all before they going in the bin.
    Have a nice day. Many hugs to you all, Maria xxx

    1. Yes it was Maria, it tied in neatly with this week's challenge too. I love your cards too. xxx

  6. This my second try to comment so going to keep it short.

    Lovely crafts yesterday, loved Cheryl’s heart.

    Lovely cards today, pens I use are Koi water colour pens set of 60
    Kuretake clean colour real brush water colour pens set of 60, they expensive, but last ages, and good range of colours.
    Sending hugs to all. Lilian.