Sunday 25 July 2021

Your Challenge Cards

Good Morning Ladies, 

I hope that you are all enjoying the slightly cooler weather, we have cloudy skies today but no rain or thunder so far, I hope you all stay dry and safe. 

Our Brenda chose Animals as her Challenge theme, I didn't find this one easy,  I soon realised that I have very few Animal themed craft supplies.  I am so excited to see what you have all designed though......


Janet's Description:

"For My first offering for this week's Challenge I decided to decorate a candle and so I used LABLANCHE -AUTUMN themed PUFFER STICKERS. These stickers can be removed and so used over and over again. The main feature is the Majestic Stag.

My first card for this week is made using STAMPERIA papers from their  FOREST set and shows a beautiful Fox and cubs.

For my second card I again went to STAMPERIA. This time I used papers from their COSMOS set. This features a beautiful Wolf gazing up into the Heavens."

Wow Janet those papers are stunning!!  Your candle is absolutely amazing,  what a perfect gift, the image has transferred perfectly.  Just look at the amount of detail in those cards, so beautiful 😍XXX


Karen's Description:

Card 1: Here’s a cc I was doing a bit of cross stitch for a change and as I was finishing it I wondered what on earth I would do with it So when the challenge came up I thought I’d turn it into card for my aunt The snowflake flakes are there to cover a glue smudge!

Card 2:  Here’s another ccI am still working on Gary’s .
It’s a simple SueW stained glass window die that I have paper pieced the robin and used wink of Stella on his tummy
The sentiment is an old SueW one

Card 3:
Here’s Gary’s Birthday card Alan has still to write the poem
Background inspired by Tracy Evans using Squeezed Lemonade and Carved Pumpkin DO and stamps
Serif image and sentiment Finished with a few pale splats of Mermaid Lagoon DO It has to be flat so that I can laminate it

3 absolutely stunning cards from Karen this week,  the first is a Gorgeous Cross Stitched Christmas card, such a cute image.  I think these make extra special cards, as so much work goes into them. 
Karen's second card is one of Sue Wilson’s 'Stained Glass' Window die cards that Karen has coloured beautifully,  just adding colour to the Robin makes it really stand out.  
The final card is an extra special one, Its Gary's Birthday card, Karen you have designed a perfect card for Gary, he would love that Ring Tailed Lemur image, the background is stunning too.  
Thank you so much for supporting Brenda's choice XXX


Maria's Description:

"Card 1, a card for my Son's girlfriend. Mrs /Mr fox with Happy Birthday in Portuguese. Isn't he cute?

Card 2, here I played around with putting together three little stamps with cats and dogs. Coloured it in with watercolour Pencils.

Card 3, Honkeydory have some lovely packs with Birds and Butterflies. A quick card with some glitter."

Oh Maria I can understand why Joana loved your fox image so much, its beautiful, the flowers all around her are beautiful too, she will love that you have personalised it for her too.  
Your Kitten and puppies card is super cute too, they look like they are full of mischief! 
Your 3rd card has such a pretty scene with the birds fluttering all around the flowers.   Thank you so much for designing 3 amazing cards for Brenda's challenge XXX


Michele's Description:

I absolutely love the bright and vibrant colours you have used as the background to your Tropical Giraffe card, the flowers and foliage echo that Tropical theme too.  Thank you so much for this and all of the other Animal themed cards that you inspired us with this week Michele XXX


Lilian's challenge card features a beautiful bird, coloured to perfection as always by Lilian, if you zoom in you can see the incredible detail in the birds 🪶 feathers, the black edging really makes the bird stand out from the background, Iove your background design too Lilian, such an amazing card.  Thank you so much for supporting Brenda's challenge XXX 


Sonia's Description:

Card 1:  I’ve used a LOTV stamped image, and coloured in with pencils. The sentiment is from LOTV too. The snowflakes are Memory Box.

Card 2:  I’ve used the Merry Christmas circle die from My Favourite Things and the Leafy Circle from Pinkfresh Studio. The reindeer is from Spellbinders. The tiny snowflake is a from a punch.

Card 3:  I love this elephant stamp - but can’t remember where it’s from, possibly Little Claire’s. I coloured with pencils. The sentiments are from the Stamp Market.

Oh Wow Sonia your cards are ao beautiful,  that super adorable penguin would melt anyone's heart, such a cute card.  
The deer you have used is one of my favourite Christmas die sets from Spellbinders,  I love this deer and the lovely border in the set too.  I have to say though that seeing the deer framed with that circular die just takes it to another level, beautifully designed card .  Your 3rd card just takes the award for most darling of images, just look at the little baby at the back, you have really made me smile with these incredible designs Sonia, thank you so much for supporting Brenda's challenge XXX


Cheryl's Description:

"My first pop and twist using Hunkydory pop up cards" 

Wow Cheryl your Twist & Pop card is so beautiful, I love the colours,  the beautiful imagery and the gold foiling, its gorgeous and it would definitely make its recipient feel very special. Thank you so much for supporting Brenda's challenge XXX 


Brenda's Description:

Card 1:  Card 2

I spotted the stamp it Ally Pally,  I love using this one. If I remember correctly it was a Dimensions Forth stamp, I don’t think they’re in business any longer.

Card 2:

 I love this stamp, Is from Joanna Sheen, it’s great for anniversary cards 

Card 3:

The third card the cat  is silhouette I got at Ally Pall a long time ago, it is perfect for a quick card. The Pawprint paper I’ve had in my stash for ages.

Oh Brenda your cards are so beautiful,  I love the cute mice that feature on your first two cards, I love how you have coloured them too. You have captured the colour of the Sunflower perfectly.
I remember Dimension Fourth stamps, they split soon after I discovered them, he carried on for a while. She now does sewing shows on The Craft store.
The cat on your last card would work for so many different occasions,  I love your design, off setting the top layer really works, particularly with the angle of the cats head.  I love all three of your cards Brenda, thank you so much for choosing this weeks challenge and for 3 inspirational cards XXX 


I knew I would be blown away by your amazing cards this week.  Thank you all so very much for your inspiring designs.   Thank you to Brenda too for choosing this weeks challenge XXX 

I hope that you all enjoy the rest of the weekend and that the weather is kind to you all,

Love and hugs,

Sandra                                                                                xxxxxx


  1. Oh ladies They’re beautiful cards Whereas SANDRA struggled a bit I didn’t in the end I could have made a ton more (mainly Serif images) I just ran out of time The tatty teddy is so old I think he’s now extinct He used to be everywhere
    Thank you for the lovely comments about the girls T-shirts It’s been too wet to ask/see if they’ve seen themselves I think they want to do more It’ll be a case of “if it’s not tied down it’ll get dyed”
    I have made a start on a CAL and boy is it taxing my brain! It is intarsia crochet and so you don’t get any floating yarn, unlike fair-isle
    It’s definitely a lazy Sunday for me I want to get my teeth into the crochet anyway
    Take care all xx

    1. Lovely cards Karen, a very special one for Gary. Hoping your glasses will be sorted out. Nice you can go back to dancing and enjoy your new sport, the bowls x

  2. Morning Ladies

    Second attempt at commenting.
    What a fantastic selection of challenge cards today.

    Brenda-thank you for suggesting this one. I decided to make something different to my usual style. All items used were magazine freebies (except the gems) which was a bonus for me as I usually just put the magazine gifts away without using them!

    Sunshine again today but there’s a breeze and it’s definitely cooler. No gardening but I might sit out later and read, enjoy my last day off work.


    1. Love the background you have achieved for the giraffes. Great card. Hope back to work be alright.

  3. Morning Everyone
    Love all this week's Challenge Cards.
    So many different images. Thank you BRENDA for taxing my brain.

    Once again a dull/grey start but dry and not a sign of rain. Temps are really down too.

    I have a couple of sewing jobs which need doing (Granddaughters work dresses need hemming)and after that a quiet day -I hope-.

    The CAFE of course is OPEN as usual and as it's Sunday lunch menu is Roast Chicken and salad. Still haven't made my mind up about afters.Place your orders if you wish.

    HUGS are on their way to you all.PLEASE TAKE CARE AND STAY SAFE.xxxx

    1. Love the cards but wow for the candle, it looks fab. Do you heat set it at all ?
      Lunch sound nice so I see you later for that and just some ice cream for after is fine if any left after the warmer weather, back in cardi again today :/

  4. Hello, very hot and close feeling today.we have not had the torrential rains that were forecast. We had tremendously high wind, table that holds our sunshade was completely broken, pots blown over and all the patio was covered in debris, only lasted for about half an hour. Very strange.

    What super cards you have all done this week, love them all.

    Going to water the garden, as we left it thinking it was going to rain.

    Have a lovely Sunday, Lilian

  5. Sweet card Lilian. Hoping you feeling better. Sound like you had a twister going through the garden. Hope people are sensible when they coming down for their holiday, sadly the numbers are going up. Take care x

  6. Hi ladies.
    Wonderful cards on the board, thank you Brenda for setting this fun challenge. Love the house-mouses from Joanna.
    Sonia, love your cards, oh just look at the little faces on the elephants.
    Cheryl, nice twist and turn card, a card fold I'm still like to do. Hope you are alright and you leg is healing.
    Janet, I got something for Wolfs, beautiful paper.
    Lynda, hope your day is fine and Terry are looking after you with a hug from me.
    Sue, how are you feeling now ? hopefully mamma and Pop are alright, big hugs for them both.
    Did some housework this morning and got to wipe down the worktops in the kitchen. Embossing powders and glitter in many places. The'kids' are making vegan doughnuts (round 3) guess who is a guinea pig with a cup of tea later ? hihi
    Have a nice day ladies, hugs xx

  7. Hi Sandra and all in the Cafe today. Wow I have loved catching up with all of your fabulous cards over the last few days ending with today’s wonderful animal challenge cards.
    We have had very heavy rain here on and off all night and just some light showers today. It is a lot cooler too 😁 I hope you are all able to enjoy the lower temperatures.
    Sandra I hope you are feeling ok my lovely and that Lucys thumb is not quite as sore now she had it up. I also hope the new car is ok. Sending love and hugs to you all with extras for all in need. Take care xx

  8. Hi everyone
    A wonderful selection of cards today, all so beautiful. Thank you Brenda for suggesting the challenge 😊
    Cloudy again here with a few spots of rain and cooler temperatures, it’s quite pleasant out and much more bearable at work.
    Off work tomorrow, and apart from taking Barney for his groom in the afternoon, I’m hoping to do some crafting.
    I hope you’re all having a good day. Sending hugs to you all xxx

  9. Hello Sandra and ladies,

    What a fantastic selection of challenge cards each one so appealing, you ladies are wonderful, every time a different challenges is set you always make amazing cards, THANK YOU so much for taking part in this challenge.
    LYNDA I am so looking forward to seeing the results of your circles challenge. xxx

    The weather here in S London is very very wet, we had a torrential storm around lunch time, it was raining so heavily that when looking down the garden it looked misty. Still it will top up the water butts and the garden will not need watering to night.

    Take care everyone and stay safe.
    Love Brenda xxx

  10. Hello Sandra and ladies
    Gosh I haven't had any time to day carers came early
    The next was hear lot came earlyer
    Then the occupancy therapy team came for a chat to see if I need anything to help with equipment that would help me.
    BRENDA a good challenge from you this week all the ladies did agreat
    .wow I'm going to have a little rest before the next lot of carers Come in at 7pm
    Hope you all have a lovely evening. Hugs Lynda XXXX