Sunday 31 January 2021

Your Challenge Cards


Good Sunday Morning Ladies, 

I hope that you are all warm and dry on this damp and chilly day,  we had to do an 'Essentials ' food shop yesterday, I was gobsmacked at how many people were out, large family groups too, they weren't challenged at all either in Sainsbury's or Aldi, so they aren't being as strict as they were last Lockdown.  It rained pretty much the whole time we were out, the standing water on the roads around here is terrible and the river has flooded that bad that there is no visible land mass as far as the eye can see in either direction, its flooding across acres and acres of fields, we have never seen it this bad, it will be worse today as it rained pretty much the whole day yesterday,  we will go for a walk and take some photographs nyter on, weather permitting.  No sign of the snow that we were forecast yet, have any of you had any? 

You have all gone to great lengths to create some amazing 'Man ' cards for this weeks challenge,  I think that it's quite clear than none of us can say that we struggle to create cards for men, you all created incredible examples,  just look.................


Sonia has designed an amazing card for her husband Mark,  it couldn't be more perfect with Mark being in a band, I love how you have used the Honeydoo Splat stamps.

Sonia's Description: 

Here’s my challenge card.
I made it for Mark’s birthday. I used the ‘paint splodges’ stamp from Honey Doo on the slimline base. The main image is ‘Vocalist’ by AALL & Create. I added two stamped hearts and the sentiment strips which are from Tracey Hey.

Such an amazing card, thank you so much Sonia for taking part XXX 


Two fantastic cards for this weeks 'Man' card Challenge, I would have put money on you using these amazing papers Janet,  these papers are so perfect for Masculine cards. 

Janet's Description:

My first CC for this week is made from my latest purchase from LABLANCHE and the theme is TRAVEL.

My second CC is made from STAMPERIA of course and titled VAGABOND.

Thank you so much Janet for two inspirational Challenge cards XXX 


Now  I think that this is first for our Challenge, 2 of you using the same papers!! What are the chances?!  Cheryl has been tempted to join the 'STAMPERIA ' appreciation group that both our Janet and Lilian belong too !! 🤣😂

I totally see why you live them though,  such incredible papers with so many layers of detail.  I love the design you have created Cheryl. 

The papers Cheryl has used is called 'Sir Vagabonds' by Stamperia. 

Thank you so much Cheryl for taking part in this weeks challenge XXX 


Three amazing Challenge cards from Maria, oh Maria I love your first card, it's hilarious!  

Your second card is completely different, featuring a lovely scene. 

I really love the darling baby elephant following behind his Daddy, such a perfect card for a Son or daughter to give their Dad. 

Maria's Description:

My first cc for men is from Crafts u print, decoupaged and a
red ribbon.
Second card is from Honkeydory, used the papers that came in the pack.
Have quite a few of them so trying to make some cards up.
On the third one I used a peel off sticker from my stash and not much else
as it will be sent for my dad I made it flat as possible.

Maria you have created some amazing designs for this weeks Challenge,  thank you so much for the inspiration XXX 


Michele has created a brilliant 'Man' card for this weeks Challenge,  this must be a card for a 'distinguished gentleman ' as it features wine and not beer!! 😉

Michele's Description:

The topper was one I’ve had in my stash for ages, embossed background is the 4 symbols of a pack of cards. 

What a great embossing folder to have in your stash, another brilliant 'Man' card, thank you so much Michele for taking part. XXX


Two amazing cards from Karen for our Man card Challenge this week,  the designs are completely different and highlight Karen's ability to turn her hand to so many different techniques.

Karen's Description:
Card 1:  Just finished a cc
It is a variation of a retirement card I did years ago on Serif originally inspired by a card I saw on Pinterest 
My original had the “grass” all over the place and had ugly lines across it Kept thinking there must be a better way of doing it and Create a “punch” instead of trying to cut it I think you talking about Mel H and punches inspired me I also added 19 (the club house) to the flag It is all simple shapes ie triangle oval rectangle in various shades of colours and the grass/golf balls from a digikit Sentiment printed too

Card 2:
Here’s a 2nd cc It is a card inspired by one I saw on Jamie Rodgers video showing Pixie Sparkles 
I used Pixie Powders instead with SW Happy Birthday and balloons on a smaller card base than his At first I didn’t want to use silver mirri but it works

Thanks so much Karen for two very inspirational cards for Men, that Pixie powder background is AMAZING XXX 


Lilian has used different techniques to create her Challenge card for this week’s 'Man' theme.
I love the cute shabby looking cat in the foreground with the grasses, Lilian has then created some hills and then stamped the Tree line in the distance, what a brilliant idea to add the Hot Air Balloons floating above the trees, it really does look like the cat is watching them! 

Thank you so much Lilian, such a brilliant card for a Man of any age, thanks for taking part XXX


Sue has made a fantastic card for our 'Man' card Challenge.  
I really love that embossing folder you have used Sue, perfect for Male or female cards.  Sometimes its the simplest designs that are the best. A real clean and simple card in a really classic colour combination. 

Thank you so much for taking part in this weeks challenge Sue, I know you have had a busy week XXX

I am as always incredibly grateful to each and everyone of you dear friends, for going out of your way to create amazing cards for this weeks challenge,  thank you so much ❤ 

Have an enjoyable Sunday my lovelies,

Love and hugs to all of you, 



  1. Morning Ladies

    What a fantastic selection of challenge cards today. All amazing & so different.

    After shopping yesterday morning we had a relaxing day. Hubby watched TV & cleaned the inside of his car. I spent some time watching craft videos on YouTube then I decided to treat myself to some craft goodies. I’ll let Sandra share the details next Saturday.
    Housework this morning then we’re hoping to have a Skype session with my in laws but Father in law has another chest infection so it might not happen.


  2. Morning Everyone
    from a VERY DEEP WHITE FROSTY start to the day here.

    What a wonderful array of craftiness this morning and all inspirational.

    I'm hoping to make a start on making a double sided bag to get used to using my sewing machine. Not having used material and a sewing machine for years it can either be a small success or a total failure.We'll see what happens.4

    The CAFE is OPEN and lunch menu for this Sunday is Roast Chicken and Rice Pudding for afters. place you orders.
    HUGS are on their way to you all.PLEASE TAKE CARE AND KEEP WRAPPED UP AND WARM on these cold days.xxxx

  3. Morning ladies,

    Sunday's challenge is always a pleasure to see the wonderful creations we have imagined then put into practice. And how amazing is our first 2 of's using the same Vagabond in different ways?
    I was crossing my fingers that with reported delays in postage and delivery that my selection of Stamperia would arrive on time.
    CraftStash came the day after ordering then In2craft the next day and then the books from Lilian's suggestion My Creative Spirit the day after that. Really pleased as our local Sorting Office is way behind with the parcel deliveries.

    Today I will mainly be sorting out my little craft trolley and the set of draws in my craft station. I have to find somewhere now for Sir & Lady Vagabond to reside in so maybe I can combine the contents of 2 of the draws, we'll see later.

    I hope your sister is improving Brenda, it must be a worry for both of you.

    Yes Maria, I would love to make you a wreath.

    Enjoy your Sunday.

    Love 7 hugs
    Cheryl xxx

  4. I always look forward to Sunday mornings and seeing everyone’s cards Men’s cards are difficult but you’ve “smashed it” ladies and out of all of them only SANDRA and I have featured sports
    It just rained and rained yesterday It attempted to snow but only a few flakes every now and again It gave OH the chance to check that the new shed was actually watertight!
    It is quite sunny today So I expect we’ll go for a walk at some point I might be able to start this week’s cc too
    Take care all xx

  5. Hi everyone
    Beautiful selection of cards on display today, and so inspiring ��
    No snow here yesterday, just more rain! But we’ve woken to a frosty start and quite bright. Fingers crossed it stays dry.
    More crafting today and might treat myself to some more craft goodies (still got some Christmas money left) ��
    Have a lovely day everyone whatever you’re doing. Sending hugs to you all xxx

    1. Oh, I don’t know why the ?? have replaced my little emojis. Should’ve been 😊 xx

  6. Hi Sandra and ladies
    Wow some lovely card designs on display today. Would you believe Maria that I had those silhouette elephant designs as well. I’ll look later to see if the card I have it on is still in my old box of cards. I’m not to sure why I’m keeping them.
    It was pouring with rain then we had quite thick snow falling, although it was nor laying thank goodness. After about 2 hrs the snow stopped but started raining again. It’s frosty and bright here so I’ve put some washing on. The washing machine is telling me it’s finished now.
    Take care and stay safe everyone.

  7. Morning ladies from a cold but nice MK today.

    Fabulous cards for men, well done everyone. Beautiful papers, great stamps and some fab embossing folders used.
    I do love seeing all the cc's on Sunday.
    Had a nice walk this morning, only a few flakes of snow yesterday but it will be rain again here later.
    Michele- hopefully you get to do the skype today and everyone is doing alright.
    Janet- good luck if you get to do some sewing today.
    Sue- if you see mamma and Pop anything ,give them a big hug from me. Hope you are ok.
    Sonia- How is Barney ? Great card for your hubby. Was listening to his band earlier, very good.
    Sandra- hope you not living so you be flooded in any way. The poor people who have been over this winter and more rain to come, I'm glad we are all alright in the cafe'. See you later for some chicken dinner and pud 😉
    Have a nice day everyone. Warm hugs today to you all xxx

    1. Hi Sandra and all in the Cafe today. What fabulous cards for the men in our lives. And for the first time in over 5 years two of you using the same paper range. And what gorgeous papers they are too. My card couldn’t be much easier to make but it is perfect for its recipient as he hates any type of “fuss or fiddly bits” as he puts it.
      Maria I have to say that your sexy and I know it troll card had me laughing so much. It is brilliant 🤣🤣🤣🤣 I will pass on hugs to Mamma Margaret and Pop when I see them tomorrow. Please go back to your GP and push forward stronger pain/different meds. You should not have to suffer as you are xx
      Sandra it’s sad to hear that the flooded fields are spreading. When us this rain going to stop? Are you going to make a cake for the girls? Please share a photo if you do my lovely xx
      Gem has been telling us that the public are reacting very differently during this lockdown. Now the numbers have turned so it is the majority that are ignoring the rules and getting far more verbally and physically threatening if questioned while the minority couldn’t be nicer and are doing as they should. Such a worry for us all isn’t it.
      I hope you all manage to get a bit of crafting time today. Sending love and hugs to you all with extras for Lynda, Mum and all in need. Take care xx

    2. Thanks Maria, Barney is ok - getting big now but still a cutie 🐶
      Glad you liked Marks band - they’re hoping to be able to get back out gigging this year, if restrictions are lifted - fingers crossed xx

  8. Hello Sandra and ladies,

    WOW ladies your cards are brilliant, all so inspiring. I did start my CC but life got in the way!

    Hope you have all had a lovely weekend, I seem to have spent most of the time on the phone, John joked to daughter when she FaceTimed us that he didn’t know the person next to him as he hadn’t seen her all day!

    Stay safe and warm, love Brenda xxx

    1. Hope your sister is alright Brenda, hugs xx

  9. Late again, I did write this earlier this morning, but have forgotten to send.

    Lovely cards today, especially as they were the ones we find more difficult.

    I won’t ramble on, just say good night. Lilian