Sunday, 30 July 2017

Your Challenge Cards

Good Morning Ladies,
Here we are again on my favourite day of the week, seeing how you all interpreted the Sketch. We say it every week but it always amazes me how all of the cards are so different.
So here we go.......

Karen another fantastic card from you, I just love both the Deer and the forest background, it's nice to see such a fresh colour scheme for Christmas cards too!
Here is Karen's description:

My card is a Serif background - obviously! (I'm a bit gutted actually I found out yesterday that DaisyTrail - the company that sells digikits are to be no more after 31st July)
Mixture of dies
Sue W triple Merry Christmas
SW ribbon strip
Spellbinder Lacy Accents border and snowflakes
Freebie "deer" die
Thank You Karen for taking part


Val has managed three cards this week, which is fantastic. She has started the huge task of making Christmas cards for the shop, most of us complain about making 50 cards, Val makes 100's !! Your three Challenge cards are amazing Val, all completely different too, the 1st has such a cute image upon a pretty embossed background, with that Curved border makes the card stand out even more.  
The 2nd card has a gorgeous snowflake as it's focal point, the background paper is really pretty with snowflake detail, the snowflakes are finished with pretty pearls.
The 3rd card is my favourite I think, I love anything with pinecones and fir branches, have you stamped the background paper Val??, I absolutely love it !! 
Thank you so much for taking part Val.


Maria, Oh I love your card this week, everything about it works beautifully, the embossed background is stunning, have you sanded it? It looks distressed to me, I love it!  Topped with that incredible Gold die cut Doilly it just works so well, the tiny gold detail you have added to the corners and the pretty gold flower finish your card perfectly! Absolutely amazing Maria, thank you so much.


Janet another fantastic Challenge card from you, that Embossed background is amazing, Crafters Companion??? The pretty square die cut is the perfect base for your lovely case of flowers.  A lovely Sue Wilson border finished with the butterfly printed ribbon bow is the perfect finishing touch, thank you so much .


Oh Margaret a stunning Stampin'Up card for the challenge this week, I am so grateful you managed to make one despite feeling poorly.  
You have used all of your new SU goodies for your card, Fresh Florals DsP in Tranquil Tide, backed with the same colour card, Flower Shop stamp for you centre piece, which you have placed on the fantastic Label die cut, you have used 'Vertical Greetings' for your sentiments.  Stunning card Margaret, thank you so much.


Michele made two Challenge cards this week, the first card Michele made using up bits of card, love the colours you have used, the topper is one you bought from China but you would never believe it was a cheap die, I also have to mention that amazing embossing folder, it looks like crumpled paper to me!
The second card, although you would never guess is also made from scraps of card, the topper is Warren Rabbit, on a lovely green background, the background paper is so pretty too, such an adorable Christmas card Michele, thank you so much! 

Lynda has made two Challenge cards too, more surprising is that she HASN'T used the Northern Lights paper pad! Hahaha! The first card has been made using the new pad that Lynda bought from the Works last week, the lattice die cut is from a Tonic die, Lynda topped this with a Sue Wilson Poinsettia.  
The second card Lynda made with Paper from her stash and a Spellbinder Christmas tree die.  Two fantastic cards lynda, thank you so much for taking part! 

See....? I told you, you are all amazing, so many fantastic cards again this week!  Janet I have ordered some more boards to display all of these cards on, as I can see you just don't like taking the old ones down! 😉

Thank you all so much once again, today you will find me in my craft Room with my thinking cap upon my head, trying to choose tomorrow's challenge!

Enjoy whatever you are up to today my lovelies, I hope that those of you feeling under the weather are starting to feel stronger. Huge hugs on their way! 

Love and hugs to all 



  1. Morning Ladies

    Another wonderful collection of challenge cards. This was a great sketch Sandra.
    Looking forward to seeing what the next challenge is.

    Had a lovely time in my craft room yesterday afternoon, started making my Mother in Laws 70th Birthday card or rather I've started making a card that I might use for her birthday. I'm not convinced about the colours/papers I've chosen.

    We have sunshine here this morning but some dark clouds so I think it will be housework this morning then Crafting this afternoon again.

    Can I just say a huge Thank You to everyone for all your support & lovely comments you've left about my difficult situation at work. You're all so very kind & I really appreciate the support.


    1. Enjoy your crafting afternoon Michele. Xxx

    2. Have a relaxing day and hopefully you can get a card together for your mother-in-law xx

    3. Hi Michele
      Glad you had a good time in your craft room yesterday & i hope
      You get your MIL's card made today enjoy being in your craft room again. Sending Hug's xx

    4. Sorry Michele I ment to say both your cards are lovely. Hug's xx

    5. Hi Michele. Both of your CC's are lovely, the ef on the first card is really unusual and I love it. Where did you get it? Im glad that you had a good time crafting over the weekend, you deserve to after all of the stress at work. Take care x

  2. Morning Sandra and ladies.

    Beautiful selection of cards again ladies. So many takes on one sketch.

    KAREN I also had an email from Daisy Trail saying they were closing. What a shame. I would have they'd do really well as they're one of a kind. Mind you in saying that, I've never got to grips with how to use Serif. wish I had.You'll have to come over for a few days of intensive

    Nothing much on today. Just off to the market, some housework and some ironing then nothing planned. I think it could be a craft afternoon.

    Have a good day everyone.

    Hugs to those not feeling so good.
    Love Valxxx

    1. Have a nice crafting day. Nice start on your seasonal cards :-) xx

    2. Enjoy your crafting VAL . Love all 3 of your cards are really lovely
      Sending Hug's xxx

    3. Hi Val. I love each of your cc's, especially that gorgeous snowflake on the second one. How do you manage to come up with the designs for the shop cards, do you make several the same or is each one different? I struggle with just the ones I make, let alone the hundreds that you do 😊 I hope you all had a lovely lunch today. Take care x

  3. Morning Everyone
    Yet another FULL BOARD OF GORGEOUSNESS today.
    I love each and everyone of the CCs.
    Looking forward to tomorrow to see what we have to do for this week.

    Off to Christina/Robert's today as it's their Wedding Anniversary tomorrow and we haven't seen them since we got back so we're hoping for a little sunshine over in Derbyshire so we can sit outside and have Afternoon Tea.

    Because of this I'm sorry Sunday Lunch is off the menu today but everything will be back to normal tomorrow.

    Have a good Day everyone whatever you all get up to and the CAFE is open for drinks etc.
    HUGE HUGS on their way to you all.
    Thank you SANDRA for ordering the new display boards they are really needed. Can you imagine what it will be like when we start on Seasonal xxxx

    1. Have a lovely time in Derbyshire today Janet. Hope the weather stays fine for you. Drive carefully.
      Sorry about lunch but I think I'm off to Karen's. Xxx

    2. Have a nice time at Christina's and hopefully you will be able to sit outdoors. Don't worry about any lunch, after all I ate yesterday I don't need to see any food for a week Lol. Take care xx

    3. Hi Janet Hope your having a nice Time at Christine's & your all sitting out in the garden. I'm not fussed about Sunday lunch or dinner I've got enough fat on my body to feed me all week HAHA😂😂
      Xx Hug's xx

    4. Sorry I've done it again forget to say I love your card Janetxx
      My senior moments are definitely getting more frequent I don't like being 70 😩Xx

    5. Hi Janet. Your CC is beautiful and the little vase and flowers are gorgeous. I hope you managed to sit outside at your daughter's today. We have had very short but hard showers all day here 😞 You deserve to have a day off from the Café as you look after it so well. The new display boards are much needed, we will have to expand the Café soon to fit them all in won't we, haha. Take care x

  4. Hooray it's Sunday I love looking at everyone's take on the challenge All of them are amazing and I'm sooo glad we're not expected to pick a favourite
    I would willingly come to a Spain VAL for a session on Serif I don't use it to it's full potential but I use it a lot for printed backgrounds/matching colours and sizing Sentiments to fit dies I downloaded a few of the freebies I didn't have and bought a couple yesterday
    Is that an EF you have used on that first card MICHELE ?
    As JANET isn't able to provide roast dinner today it's all around to mine - I'm actually doing a roast today, first time in ages So it's roast pork with crackling, crispy roast potatoes, fluffy yorkshires, cauliflower cheese, peas, runners and lashings of gravy Have got apple sauce and cranberry sauce on offer too Dessert is what JANET has left in the fridge Perhaps you can help me sort this crochet pattern out that so can't fathom
    Take care I hope you're feeling chirpier VAL
    How did your meet up with the lady from MK go MARIA I owe you an email I will try and remember to send one today
    Take care all

    1. Karen-yes it's one of two I bought. It's by We R Memory Keepers, the set is called Gemstones and they're on EBay & Amazon. Can't remember where I bought mine though-they give an amazing finish to the embossed card.


    2. Oh dear, just said to Janet I don't need any food for a while but as you got the roast on the stove it would be rude not to take you up on the invite Lol. The meet up went very well and we shall do it again so if you are around ( the same goes for all of you) come and join us at the next one, probably in Ikea. Looking forward to hear from you and maybe have a meet up too soon in WGC hugs xx

    3. Hi Karen
      I love your card it looks like parchment the colour is Gorgeous.
      Hug's xx

    4. Hi Karen. Your cc is wonderful. I love it all. Thank you for the delicious roast pork dinner today, you are just as great at cooking as you are at making beautiful cards 😊 Take care x

  5. Your Sunday lunch sounds delicious Karen. Save a place for me. Whilst Janets sorting out your crochet pattern you could show me the Serif ins and outs. Problem solved!!!

  6. Hi all,
    Love looking in again this Sunday to see all the fabulous cards. Stamping, EF's and some lovely dies have been used. No wonder we need some more boards up for them all. I just wondered if we should put some of the cards we made and give them to a charity for them to sell, what do you think ? I have thought about it for a while now. Son saying I should try to sell them on some craft site but I don't feel confident in doing so even if it might give me some money back to buy more "stuff". I don't think it would give me too much back though. I just like to have a wonderful hobby who have given me so many lovely friends on the way and you all helped on some of the darker days I'm having at times. I so hope that when you are back from your holiday Sandra that we once again can look for somewhere to have a few days meet up. If Karen goes to Spain to visit Val maybe we could hire one of the villas near by when someone gone for visit in the UK or so, like house sitting for a week Lol I have so many wishes in my head so they rolling on top of eachother at the moment hihi I hope that anyone poorly is soon feeling better. Extra hugs to Lynda and Pat.
    I'm not doing much today then sitting on my barn door bum and taking it easy. Think I over did it a bit at the bbq yesterday Lol Had a great time with family and even if we sat under a big green Gazebo with the rain coming down pretty hard at times we managed to eat outdoors and play with Louis and Molly in the garden before it got a bit too chilly and we moved indoors for the coffee and pudding. Think I need a little nap, my Pet is already blowing bubbles next to me in his chair Lol
    Sending love and many hugs to you all, Maria xxx

    1. Hi Maria
      Sorry your feeling achey after yesterday's BBQ
      Sending you Some Hug's.
      Your card is gorgeous Maria. How did you get on at the SU workshop hope you enjoyed yoursel.
      Love Lynda xx

    2. Hi Maria. What a fabulous CC you have shared with us today. I love the gold and blue colour scheme too, so pretty 😊 I hope you are not feeling quite so achey after yesterday's BBQ. You were lucky to have a gazebo to shelter under, and it's always good to see the children playing isn't it 😊 Crafting has given me so many wonderful friends too. I'm so glad you had a good meeting with Sharon and hope you get to meet up again. It would be good to see you before Ally Pally, but then that's not far off now is it! Take care x

  7. Hi Sandra & all in cafe,
    Sandra what a lovely selection not cards again this week. Thank you for your comments, the SU paper is gorgeous I don't want to use it really!! Looking forward to what you have for us this
    Lilian hope you are feeling better we miss you, healing hugs on
    Karen sorry I missed your roast dinner sounded lovely, thanks for
    Janet hope you manage to have afternoon tea in garden, here you would not risk it, it keeps pouring then brightens up then the next minute it's pouring again, I think it will be wellies & waterproof walking the dog in a while.
    Hope everyone is having a peaceful Sunday, sending hugs to all feeling under the weather love

    1. Hi Margaret
      Hope your feeling better now sending some comfort Hug's.
      Your card is beautiful I love all your SU goodies you have used.

    2. HI Margaret. Sorry you've not been feeling so good but glad to read your feeling ok now. Hope you've had a good Sunday and your walk wasn't too wet. Xxx

    3. Hi Mum. We have the same weather, you will be lucky if you don't get wet when walking Star won't you! I hope your sinuses aren't quite as bad today. See you tomorrow. Has Pop remembered what day it is tomorrow, bless him?😊 Love to you both xxxx

    4. Oops, forgot to say that your CC is beautiful. No doubt you are desperate to play with all of your new goodies 😊 xx

  8. Hello Sandra & Ladies
    Hope everyone is having a good day & enjoying the sunshine if you have some.
    Gorgeous display of cards today Sandra everyone different but all lovely. I'm not happy with my second card I don't like it should have binned it.Perhaps I should have used some of my Northan Lights papers 🤗🤗 Sandra.😂😂
    We have some sunshine very windy though went for a walk just up the small park as my feet have been really bad all week. I'm taking all these tablets & 4 RA tablets once a week & folic acid tablet day after. But I haven't felt any better.
    Terry suggested sleeping with cold wet towels on my legs & feet as they burn so much. I have been sleeping downstairs in my recliner chair now for a few weeks with a raised pillow I bought from the mobility shop not ideal but I have slept better. I have a appointment for the RA clinic on the 15th so will ask her what's what with not feeling any different. SORRY rant over.
    Well better go & dish up diner as my Pet said he's hungry 🍽
    Love Lynda xx

    1. Margaret Palmer30 July 2017 at 18:41

      Lynda I am sorry your feet are soo painful, hope you get some answers at clonic. Thank you for my hugs I do feel better thank goodness sending hugs back to & your Petxxx

    2. Hi Lynda, sorry your not feeling too good. How horrible to have such painful legs.
      Love both you cards especially the beautiful poinsettias on the first.
      Take care hugsxxx

    3. Hi Lynda. Your CC's are both beautiful so no more talk of binning the second one please. I'm sorry that your legs are so painful. I hope that your RA appointment gets you some help. Have you tried Glocosamine(?) tablets? They seem to either work really really well or are a total waste of time. They didn't help me at all but my aunty, Mums sister, swears by them so they may be worth a try. You can get them from anywhere that sells vitamin and similar tablets, if you havent tried them it may be worth asking your GP or at the RA clinic to see if you can get them on the NHS now. Sending gentle hugs to both you and your biggest pet. Take care x

    4. Hi Lynda, Sorry didn't realise how much pain you are in. Sending you love and very gentle caring hugs. Love Brenda xxx

    5. Thank you
      Margaret Val Sue & Brenda for all your Hug's & well wishes they mean a lot. Sue thank you for saying my second card was ok
      Love Lynda xx

  9. Hi Sandra and all in the Café tonight. Where has today gone? I can't believe it is already 9pm!
    So many wonderful CC's, thank you for another great big dollop of inspiration everyone. And thank you my lovely Sandra for setting such thoughtful challenges each week x
    Lilian, I'm so try to hear that you aren't well at the moment. Sending big gentle hugs to you x
    We have had little Chris for the weekend so I'm ready for my bed now, not that he isn't good as he is but he likes to know how everything works so my simple brain gets stretched a lot and I have to pass the question onto Grandad 😉 Wishing you all a good night's sleep, or as much as possible for some of us. Sending love and hugs to you all with extras for all in need. Take care xx

  10. Hello Sandra and all,
    What an amazing display of Challenge Cards, you have all excelled yourselves, the weekly challenge just gets better and better. Anyone looking in please join in and comment, we really value your input, maybe you would like to send Sandra one of your creations. Please don't be shy. xx

    Sending love and hugs to everyone, Brenda xxx

  11. Hi Sandra and lovely ladies.

    Fantastic array this Sunday of all ur efforts I just wish I had more time for crafting.
    Sorry to hear a lot of u are unwell one way or another chin up hope u all feel better soon. I'm just plodding along as always. See you all the morra!!!

    Love you all xx

  12. Hi Lilian
    Sorry I didn't realise you weren't well hope you feel better very soon
    Sending you special Hugs love Lynda xx