Monday 29 October 2018

Karen 's Monday Challenge & ATC partner draw

Happy Birthday 

Good Monday morning Ladies,

Ladies please join me in wishing our lovely Karen a Very Happy Birthday, I hope you are having a lovely time in London xxx

I hope you have all had a lovely relaxed weekend, it was certainly a chilly one, a beautiful day here yesterday, lovely sunshine but a definite 'nip' in the air. So chilly in fact that i sat in the car writing the nlog post while Paul was busy at allotment, our plot is in a shady corner so would have been too cold.  I was happy sitting in the warm car, radio on, eating Rhubarb and Custard sweets!  

What sweet reminds you of your childhood, what was your favorite?

This weeks Challenge has been set by Karen, she made that amazing Giraffe card and it inspired Karen to suggest this weeks challenge theme.
That fantastic Giraffe image is a Serif image,  Karen has added Glossy Accents to him,  which really brings him to life.
A truly lovely card x

So this weeks challenge is to make a card or project,  featuring an Animal/creature.
So you can use any Animal,Bird, insect etc
This means you could still make Christmas cards, using Reindeer's, Doves, or there are lots of stamps/images of cute dogs and cats in Christmas hats etc.  
Just have fun with the Challenge, can't wait to see your Animal cards!!

Now onto the ATC challenge that Cheryl suggested last week, I did the draw for partners yesterday and they are as follows:

Sue - Cheryl

Janet - Lynda

Maria- Margaret 

Karen - Sandra

Danni - Lorraine 

Please remember to send me photos of all  of your ATC's so that I can do a feature on the blog.

I hope that you all have a lovely week ahead

Love and Hugs to all of you,



  1. Morning Ladies

    Karen-Happy Birthday, hope you have a great day. I love your card & think this weeks challenge is a brilliant idea. I’ve got a few ideas already.

    Yesterday was a lovely sunny day (cold though) but we managed to get the weeding done in the front garden, just dome more weeding to do inthe back next weekend then we’ll leave things over winter. We have frost this morning, I’d better set off early as it takes ages to defrost my car!


  2. Morning Everyone
    from a very cold and frosty morning here in Sheffield.

    KAREN- a very happy birthday. Have a lovely day.

    What a wonderful Challenge this week and one we haven't had before (I think). I'm looking forward to having a go.

    LYNDA- I see you are my partner in the ATC Challenge. I'm really looking forward to joining you.

    MARGARET- A BIG BIG THANK YOU for keeping the CAFE open while I've been away and doing such a fantastic job. Everything looks for bright and warm in there this morning.
    There's porridge on the stove for anyone who wants some and the hot drinks are all ready and waiting.

    PAT- I hope Pete is getting on OK and that you're coping too. HUGE HUGS for you both.

    HUGS are on their way suitably dressed warmly for you all with extras for Dear Friends not feeling too good. Have a good day everyone. xxxx

    1. Hi there ATC PARTNER Janet I'm also looking forward in joyning you. I have made one so far think we have to make two?
      I will send them to you once finished
      Hug's Lynda xx

  3. Hi everyone,
    Back in a lovely sunny but cold wind here in Spain.
    Just popped in to wish KAREN a very happy Birthday. Have a lovely day.X

    Hugs to all.

    Must get on with the unpacking.
    Love Valxx

  4. Morning ladies.
    Happy Birthday Karen. I hope you have a fantastic day. Quite a bad frost here as well today. Stayed in yesterday and watched the darts as although it was sunny it was also quite cold.

  5. Morning all,
    Happy Birthday KAREN ! Have a lovely day.
    Fun CC for this week. As soon OH gone out I will take over the kitchen and see what animals I got in my stamping folders.
    Look like a beautiful sunny but frosty morning, if body let me I might take a slow walk over to dobbies to look around later but first some of that porridge Janet to warm me up. Have a nice day everyone. Love and warm hugs, Maria xxx

  6. Hi Sandra & all in café,
    Karen Happy Birthday to you, have a lovely
    Sandra thank you for using Karen's suggestion for CC this week, I should be able to manage
    Hope you are managing to keep warm it was a thick frost when I let Star out, the sun is out now though.
    Janet it was a pleasure to look after café for you, porridge was very welcome this morning thank
    Maria I have never made atc's before so will have to see what I can do. Hope you get some cards done
    Brenda hope you are feeling better now hugs on
    Sending hugs to all who need them love

    Wishing you a very happy birthday and hope you have a great day. Love and hugs xx

  8. A VERY HAPPY BITHDAY KAREN 🎉🎁🎈🍸🎂🍧 Have a lovely

  9. Hi Sandra and all in the Café today.
    Karen I love your giraffe card. They are Gems favourite animal and this one is so cute. I love your challenge idea too. I think I will be making a Christmas themed one.
    Sandra, it sounds like you chose the right place to sit while Paul was gardening 😊 It's not too bad out if you can get in the sun otherwise the joints don't like the cold much do they! Thank you for arranging the ATC partners my lovely xx
    Cheryl, I can't wait to see your ATC's. I have had a look on Pinterest to get some ideas so must make up my mind on what I am going to do for you x
    I have to put a wash on then it's crafting for the rest of the day 😁
    Stay warm everyone and I hope you ladies further up north don't get any of the snow. Sending love and hugs to you all with extras for all in need. Take care xx

  10. Hi Sandra & ladies
    We after yesterday's heavy rain & big hailstones we have some sun but boy it's cold. I'm going to do some ironing soon to warm me up 😂😂 Then I'm going to look through my stamps to see if I have any animal stamps I'm sure I have somewhere. Great Challenge though.
    Short & Sweet today talking of sweets I used to love black jacks sherbet dips with lickerish. & lemon sherbet dipping finger in & licking sure there is more.
    Hug's for all extra for Pat Pete Lilian Maria & enyone else who is not 100%
    Love Lynda xx

  11. Hello All, sunny but cold.

    Many Happy Returns of the day Karen. Lovely cards, will search through my stamps to see what animals I have.
    Contacted doctor this morning re my swollen legs, have to wait for telephone consultation in five days, wouldn’t mind but all he will say is they need to see me, so it will be up to three weeks before I see anyone. Sorry to be always moaning.

    Have a good day all, hugs Lilian

  12. Thank you ladies for your birthday wishes and for the beautiful cards you sent me
    I’m glad the challenge seems to be liked - I’m thinking safari animals from VAL Butterflies from LYNDA and teddies/hedgehogs from MARIA and angry birds from BRENDA to name but a few! You’ll probably prove me wrong now and do something completely different! I’m excited!
    I am having a lovely day (which started yesterday actually with a trip into London. We joined a Rueda workshop) We’ll be off to see OSCAR later and to see his beaming smile will be the best present ever
    Take care ladies xxx

    1. HAPPY BIRTHDAY KAREN I hope you are having a lovely day. Have you had a birthday kiss from Oscar yet.
      Karen I read your message and laughed out loud because Angry Birds was the first thing that came into my head. I have been looking through my stamps to see if I can find anything else, I don’t have many animal stamps
      Anyway watch this space. Love Brenda XX

  13. Happy birthday Karen hope you have a lovely day, Looking forward to making my ATC's xx

  14. Hello Sandra and ladies,
    This weeks challenge is interesting, I had a real laugh out loud moment when I read Karen’s comment above, because my first thought was - I haven’t got any animal stamps and remembered my Angry Bird stamps and dies, anyway I’m thinking about that one!
    I did get out in the garden yesterday and managed to plant some winter pansies, just to keep a little colour going through the bleak winter days. I haven’t been out today it feels so damp and cold, the heating is set to come on soon, I’ve been cooking and didn’t feel the cold in the kitchen, but now I’m relaxing Brrrrr.
    Take care, love and hugs,Brenda xxx