Sunday 24 October 2021

Your Challenge Cards


Good Sunday Morning Ladies, 

We are having a lovely relaxed weekend, I hope you are too.  We needed to slow the pace down after our busy week in London, we loved every moment but life is a totally different pace, living there must be exhausting,  everyone seems to be in a hurry! 

Now lets get down to the highlight of the Week,  your amazing Challenge cards ........


Lilian's Description:

Card 1:  Hi, here my Christmas card for this week. It’s a metal stencil, from sweet poppy.

Ink is broken China mixed with bundled sage.
Stamp is from Lavinia stamps.

Card 2:  Hi, another Christmas card for this weeks challenge, it’s from a Utube video by Jo Rice. Sorry the wreath is a bit crooked, I should use a circle mask to get it even. 

Oh Lilian your cards this week are so inspirational,  those Lavinia trees inside that beautiful Bauble stencil just work beautifully,  you could create so many amazing scenes inside that Bauble.   Your wreath card is also stunning !  I love the green with that gorgeous pop of red. 
Thank you so much for two amazing Challenge cards.XXX 


Sonia's Description:

Card 1:

Hi lovely,  here's my first card.
I've used Milled Lavender and Speckled Egg inks for my background. 
I inked and heat embossed the Tim Holtz snowflake and added the LOTV sentiment. The little snowflakes are from a punch.

Card 2:

I inked the back of a piece of vellum with Milled Lavender, and stuck it behind the Sue Wilson background die (sorry I can’t remember what it’s called) I stamped and heat embossed the medium sized Christmas Rose from Chloe’s Creative Crafts, and die cut them. I inked the backs with Speckled Egg and Milled Lavender. The sentiment also inked in Speckled Egg is from My Favourite Things.

OH wow Sonia, two stunning Christmas Challenge cards, I don't know where to start, I'll go with the obvious...the Texture on that beautiful Snowflake 😍!  Did you spray the background or 'smoosh' the inks ? I love the mottled effect , its just an inspirational card, the sentiment works perfectly too!  A real trendy/modern Christmas card.
Card 2 is beautiful and delicate and much more Feminine,  I know these are Christmas roses but this card could be for any occasion. Those flower centres are some of the most effective I have seen and would work independently as snowflakes. 
Thank you so much for taking part in this weeks challenge my lovely XXX 


Karen's Description:

I tried to replicate a card Jo Rice did with texture paste and Brushos 
I used PP’s instead but went a bit overboard with them I think on top of the Panache stencil
MARIA kindly gave me the die set after I’d commented on a card she made - she is naughty
Used Wilted Violet to stamp and mounted on a black shadow and foam pads.

A real WOW card Karen, I love the variation in depth of intensity of the blues, it just looks stunning, that stencil is lovely and works so well with this technique,  I really want to give this technique a try .  Thank you so much for taking part and for inspiring me XXX


Janet's Description: 

Here are my offerings for this week. As usual I hope you like them.

My first Challenge card this week was made using:

For my second and third cards this week they also were made using LABLANCHE but this time her ROYAL CHRISTMAS KIT which is also new for this year.
As you can see they are a mixture of Modern and Traditional.

Oh Janet these cards are so beautiful,  that first card with that beautiful floral paper and the Deer is so, so pretty, the cottage in the background is pretty too, I love your dedign.  
The other two cards are equally as beautiful,  those LaBlanche papers are stunning,  that border is so beautiful,  the Poinsettia is a perfect balance of vintage and traditional.  Thank you so much for inspiring us with 3 beautiful challenge cards XXX


Michele's Description:

Card 1: kraft Card with Winter Wreath die set (that I have had in my stash for a couple of years and not used) .you 

Card 2:  Saw so many lovely cards made using this this that I just had to buy the magazine! It’s navy & white.

Michele its so lovely to be featuring your cards on our Sunday Gallery , you have created two absolutely stunning Christmas Challenge cards, two classic  colour combinations that give a real WOW effect .
Thank you so much for allowing me to share your cards XXX


Maria's Description:

The first card is from the pack you saw yesterday from my shopping,
they are all pre-cut so pretty easy to put together.
My second card Is craft card and silver with a bit of green to break
it up a bit.
My third card I used a die to cut through the base card and then 
I found a paper that I thought was quite app for the die and a simple
sentiment.  Hope you like them.

Oh Maria three beautiful Christmas Challenge cards, I can really see the glitter of the snow in your first card, I love all of the little elements that you have added to enhance your design, those little arrows draw your eye into the design. 
Your second card reminds me why I love Kraft card so much, using the Silver Mirror card is such a great idea the fir branches were a genius addition,  perfectly placed to ground the carol singers! It works great with the Kraft card too. 
Your third and final card is so amazing the paper you have used for the background looks incredible, what make is that die please,  I also REALLY love your sentiment,  a perfect Clean & Simple card. 
Maria thank you so very much for taking part in our Christmas Challenge,  you have really inspired us XXX


Brenda's Description:

The stamp is an old one I can’t remember who made it.
It’s a lovely stamp to use with children, I have coloured it with Copic pens.

Oh Brenda such a sweet Christmas card, beautifully coloured too. You don't see many cards depicting the Nativity these days, such a lovely card to send to children or for children to give.  Now I had a brief look for the stamp on line, Wild Rose Studio do a similar one, the sentiment reminds me of the 'Just Inklined' stamps from a few years back.  Wherever its from its lovely and your colouring has bought it to life.  It reminds me of the pictures we used to get behind the number 24 on our Advent Calendar when we were children, I still remember the excitement,  we had to take turns in opening the doors, we also had to be gentle so it could be used next year!!  Now they make no reference to the true meaning of Christmas and can contain anything from Coffee to Candles, Lego to Lipstick!! 
Thank you so much Brenda for such a lovely challenge card XXX 

Ladies thank you so much once again for supporting the challenge and inspiring everyone with your incredible designs. X❤X

I hope you all have a lovely enjoyable Sunday,

Love and hugs to all of you 



  1. Hi everyone
    Just popping in quickly before getting ready for work as I wanted to see everyone’s cards, and wow what a lovely selection. They are all fantastic 😊
    Maria, your third card is stunning - the background is perfect with the die 😊
    Sandra, I inked the background with my blending brushes, I’ve done it on Tim Holtz textured watercolour card xx
    I was unsure about the sentiment on my second card, so I left it off in the end….I’ll be sure to post a picture on our messenger group when I’ve decided on one.
    Have a lovely day everyone. Sending hugs to you all xxxx

  2. Lovely cards ladies Some very traditional and some contemporary designs too
    You have shown the wrong card hee hee! But you saw my Christmas one earlier in the week
    Could the stamp be from Stamp Addicts BRENDA? They do similar styles to this one
    Now I would never have put Milled Lavender and Speckled Egg together but it looks gorgeous Tbis is where I fall down when choosing colours I always seem to go for tone on tone
    Nothing much planned for today but you never know what or who might turn up!
    Take care everyone

  3. Morning everyone

    Wow, just look at all the amazing cards. It is the best on a Sunday morning 😀
    I think my die is bought from Wish Sandra so no idea what it's called, sorry.
    Lilian- I have been wanted that Bauble stencil for ages and it's always sold out but I so want it so will be keep looking, lovely cards.
    Janet- gorgeous cards as always. Hope you are in place and the journey went well.
    Thanks Sonia, Fantastic cards and so many of you have made the most amazing colour combos so I have an idea what to buy next.
    Karen, love how you used the die with three colour way. Hoping you are not in too much pain, bless you. What a cost for going to the dentist, just horrendous!
    Michele, beautiful cards.So nice to see you work again.hugs
    Brenda, love the little nativity scene. Very cute and lovely coloured in.
    Had a great time at SIL and the rest of the family. Spent a lot of the time with Little Louis whose 6 already and after a difficult start, he is an amazing little guy and very clever. Got back at midnight but didn't get to bed before 3am so feeling a bit"slow" hihi but must get ready for meeting up with a friend/neighbour and we are popping out to a costa for a coffee and catch-up so I want just to wish you all a nice day and hugs all around, Maria xxx

  4. Lovely cards today. Strange weekend for me as I’m working today, covering the vaccine clinics and I’m working all next week. Not much time to relax except the evenings.

    Thank you Sandra for featuring my Christmas cards,


  5. Hello, from a lovely sunny Cornwall at the moment hope it stays that way as I have two loads outside to dry.

    Very lovely cards today and all so different. I bought my stencil direct from sweet poppy, I don’t like using metal as the edges are very sharp.

    Hope you are all having a lovely day; Lilian

  6. Hello Sandra and ladies,
    What a lovely selection of Christmas cards each one so different but so lovely as well.
    Hope you’re having a good day the weather here has been very kind, it’s cold but lovely and sunny.
    We had a lovely surprise today both our daughters popped over just to see how we were, it’s not often we just get the girls so it really was a treat. The only thing when younger daughter left she for some reason picked up Johns door key with her keys, she did offer to come back with it but he’s gone over and meeting her at her local train station.
    Janet hope you are well on the way to your retreat, sorry I can’t remember when you said you would get there, I’m sure your neighbours will have the log burner going for you so it really will feel like home when you arrive.
    Take care everyone, have a good evening. Hugs Brenda xxx

  7. Hi ladies
    A lovely selection of Christmas cards today.
    Take care & stay safe.

  8. Hi Sandra and all in the Cafe today. Such a lot of beautiful cards. And great backgrounds too. Thank you fir sharing them all xx
    Sandra, the weather may not be too good so can’t imagine you did a lot in the garden but hope you have relaxed to day xx
    Sending love and hugs to you all with extras for all in need. Take care xx