Sunday 14 October 2018

Your Challenge Cards

Good Morning Ladies,

Some amazing cards from all of you this weeks 'Embossing Challenge',  I have added one of Janet's from a previous challenge because Janet takes part every week and it just wouldn't be the same with a Janet card in the line up!

So lets get on with the show…..


Brenda has made a stunning Embossed challenge card, using a Basketweave Embossing folder, I love this folders deep emboss, it looks so good that in the hand it looks real. Now a folder as lovely as this needs little embellishing, Brenda has got it spot on, those three beautiful Foamiran flowers are stunning, the leaves look so realistic too, adding that little bunch of tulle underneath was an amazing idea, it sets that little spray of perfectly.  I would want to frame this work of art Brenda.
Thank you so much for making this gorgeous card for this week's challenge,


Michele has come back from holiday with a bang!  Two fantastic cards for this challenge, the first card Michele has made features a We R Memory Keepers Geometric Embossing Folder and a print out from Ella's Design CD Rom.  
Michele's second card is a lovely shade of purple and white pearl card, which has been embossed with the Folder that came with the Love Cardmaking  Issue 2, the circle sentiment diecut was also a magazine Freebie from Papercrafter magazine issue 125.  which makes the card a real bargain to make, which is just what we expect from Michele.
Thank you for two fantastic challenge cards Michele.



Nicki (Karen's lovely friend and crafting buddy) has shared 4 fantastic card for our Embossing Challenge this week, the first card features a stunning two step flower stamp, in a repeating pattern, just highlighting that one flower with the darker ink is a very clever trick, using Vellum for the silver embossed sentiment looks perfect, it gives a soft almost romantic feel to the card which is perfect for the theme.
The second card is more of a clean and simple design with a die cut frame that reveals mirror card beneath, then a simple embossed sentiment, sometimes simple cards are the most effective, this one is no exception
Nicki's third card features an Embossed Sunrise at the top of the card, giving the effect of the sun rising over that amazing scene, how clever, just look at the detail in that card, right down to the number on the gate.
Nicki's fourth card has a lovely multi striped rainbow background which has a lovely die cut frame over the top.  WOW this is so effective Nicki, I also love the two types of font for the sentiment, having the 'Wedding' part embossed in copper looks amazing and really stands out.

Four incredible, inspirational cards Nicki, thank you so much for sharing them with us this week, I will send you the challenge as early as I can so that you can get on with the next one.


Val has been busy this week, these Christmas cards are just gorgeous, where would we all be without embossing?
Val's first card uses John Lockwood's 'Cut and Emboss' Folder called 'Baubles', which Val has lightly inked over which enhances the embossing, the folder cuts the three apertures '(baubles)' and Val has popped beautiful Christmas Scenes behind them, the top one has the cards sentiment. 

Vals second card also uses a John Lockwood Cut and Emboss folder, this one is called 'Holly and Ivy'.  It works perfectly with that scene you have chosen Val and of course the folder has given the perfect place for your sentiment.  I think that John has hit the nail on the head with these folders!!

I am preparing myself for an influx of cards using these folders now that you have all seen how fantastic they are, I hope he has you on commission Val!
Thank you so much for taking part and creating two beautiful Christmas cards.


Lorraine has joined in our challenge this week, making this amazing card, I absolutely love that leaf ribbon, one of Stampin'Up! Finest.
Lorraine has written a description, I will add it below:

''I have used my Stamp for Joy card sketch entry together with Cotswold Crafters Card Challenge too.  I have dry embossed the background with Petal Burst Textured Impressions Embossing Folder and then blended with Old Olive Ink.  I punched out the centre with my Starburst Punch.  This I used as the final element on the project with my vellum sentiment (which was gifted to me) which says "THANKS so very much."  The images are from "Animal Outing" and the DSP is "Animal Expedition".''

Thank you so much Lorraine for this absolutely stunning card. so very kind of you to take part in our challenge.


Two gorgeous works of art from Our Lynda, I will add her descriptions below...….

'' My first cc embossed through Embossing Folder made a poinsettia embossed with a dotty folder. & toned with gold guiding wax added Sue's star prays with Happy Christmas on top''

''Second cc embossed a silver mirri card with butterfly mask in silver Embossing paste backed with black & silver card embossed with dotty folder
Cut a  Happy birthday out of silver & Black off setting them''

Lynda thank you so much for two gorgeous cards, I absolutely love that second card using embossing paste and a mask over mirror card is just pure genius, the result is stunning!


Two fantastic cards from our Margaret, the first card is an embossed Crafters Companion 3D 'Scene' style embossing folder that Margaret has highlighted areas of with her Watercolour pencils.
Margaret's second card features the stunning Christmas tree from 'Winter Woods' stamp set, which Margaret has stamped and embossed and then embellished with little gems, adding the gems in the corner draws your eye into the main focus of the card.  Margaret finished the card with a 'Merry Christmas' sentiment, punched out with the Lovely Label Punch.
Thank you so much for two lovely cards, I thought you might buy that stamp set, there is so many elements to it, you can use it all year round too.


I chose this card out of Janet's files (ooh yes, I have files on you all) teehee!
I chose it because I absolutely love the embossing folder that Janet has used, it creates an absolutely stunning frame in the centre of which Janet has added Sue Wilson's Christmas Tree die cut, dressed with a bow.
A simply beautiful card, thank you so much dear friend for taking part in our challenge every week.


Lilian's card is absolutely stunning as always, I think Lilian has stamped and embossed the background and then inked over the top creating the Resist Technique, that pretty die cut corner reveals a pretty stamped background too.  That beautiful butterfly has had its wings embossed giving them real shine and sparkle, adding the mirror card layer underneath is an fantastic idea Lilian as it really does catch the light.
Lilian has finished her card with little gems down the back of the butterfly and a pretty silver embossed sentiment.
Thank you so much Lilian for taking part in this weeks challenge.


Karen has made two 'Embossed ' cards for this weeks challenge, the first one I am in love with, its just gorgeous, I love the colours and those leaves look so realistic! 

''I intended to try and make a “fall” card for last week’s challenge and had inked a piece of card with DO but didn’t use it So in fact this afternoon I made this card and used both dry embossing and heat embossing The leaves are in that Crafters Companion mag we all bought for £1 at AP last year The sentiment was a freebie too from a mag Can’t remember the EF company but it’s called falling leaves''

Karen's second card is an 'Eclipse' card using letters cut on the Scan&Cut, cut and stacked three deep for dimension and to prevent sagging!  The Embossing folder is Sue Wilson 'Snowflake Lattice' folder and Karen has added some 'Artificial Snow' around the edge of the embossed card to make it look a little more festive, (sorry Karen I couldn't spell that word either). 

Two fantastic cards Karen, I know I am not supposed to have favourite but I love your Autumn card, it just feels like you could kick the leaves, like you do in the park in Autumn (well I had a bad experience so I my children didn't really do that,  I got all excited when I saw this amazing pile of orange and brown tinged leaves and couldn't wait to get in them and kick them etc, only the pile I chose had a huge pile of dog poo in, needless to say the mission was aborted and I have never felt the urge since)!! 
Thank you so much Karen, two amazing cards, one warm and autumnal, the other cool, clean and simple.


The lovely Steph Stoker (one of Danni's very talented friends) has made this amazing Halloween card for our Embossing Challenge this week.
Steph that embossing folder is amazing, I am not sure if you have embossed black card and used gilding wax or embossed gold card and used black ink, either way your inking has highlighted those skulls amazingly, they really stand proud of the card, using the orange gems for eye was a touch of genius Steph. 
What an incredible card, thank you so much for taking part in our challenge, please come back and take part every week, your cards are incredible. 
Steph makes the most incredible albums too, you can find a lot of her work on YouTube, I am sure if you type in Steph Stoker you will find them, if not I will get Steph to leave us a link in the comments.

WOW WOW WOW Ladies, some absolutely amazing cards in this weeks challenge line up, so many different styles and techniques, enough to boost anyone's creativity!! 
I bet you all itching to have a go at atleast one of the ideas shown today, I know I am!

Have a lovely Sunday ladies, although the weather is meant to be rubbish!

Stay warm and dry and safe,

Love and hugs



  1. Morning Ladies

    What a fantastic selection of challenge cards today, all so different.

    I had a great time playing in my craft room yesterday afternoon, finished a few cards I’d started before we went away.

    My Cardmaking class is meant to be this Wednesday evening but I’ve had a couple of odd emails from the Studio owner so I’m not sure if going ahead or not.

    Housework this morning plus we have a joiner calling about 10am to do the final measurements for a new front door. Might go back into my craft room this afternoon.


    1. I hope you get the class sorted You’ve put a lot of effort in getting it all prepared

    2. Hi Michele
      I hope your class gets sorted. Seems an odd set up if she can’t fulfil commitments she’s making.

  2. A lovely array of cards I have to admit I loved this challenge because it MADE me get out embossing folders I sort of forget and then think I could have used “so and so” folder etc I am going to do the autumnal one again for my stash - I rarely do seasonal cards but when cutting the card I will try a wavy line for a softer edge

    I had a brilliant day yesterday in Greenwich The weather was glorious which really helped The trip down the Thames was great with fantastic commentary We visited the Greenwich Mean Time line (beautiful park) There’s a beautiful market selling crafted items from silver jewellery crafted from silver utensils to clothes to leather bags - bought one to candles to recycled bits into lamps Definitely worth a visit Fantastic food stalls where we had lunch - yummy Vistied the City Sark shop and the Royal aNavy museum
    A big bonus was Poldark was being filmed (be still my beating heart) in the grounds

    Taking MIL out for lunch today and I have three cards ai must finish for work tomorrow and a request to make two shaker style cards for birthdays next year!
    Have a lovely day Take care I may not always mention you in comments but you are always in my heart xxxx

    1. Hi Karen
      Sounds like you had a lovely day yesterday. We always like to go into Greenwich when we go to London every year. Didn’t make it this year in June when we went as Pete wasn’t to good.

  3. Hello All, we have had really bad weather, making up for the lovely summer I suppose, lost one whole panel from the green house. Still at least we kept power.

    Wonderful display of cards today, loved them all, especially Lynda’s. why do mine always come out so dark in colour I don’t know.

    We are full of colds again, hadn’t really gone from the last one.

    Hope you all have a lovely day, hugs to all.Lilian

    1. Your weather sounds dreadful. Thank goodness you didn’t loose your power. Hope your colds clear up soon. Stay safe and keep warm.xx

    2. Stay safe Lilian. Sounds like your weather is a lot worse then ours. Hope your cold clears up soon.

  4. Good morning Sandra & everyone
    WOW WOW beautiful CC line up this morning each so very different. LIIAN thank you for mentioning & liking my card. Sorry your full of cold again sounds like your resistance is low please take care. Hope your feeling better very soon Hug's on there way xx
    We have a very calm day after all the high winds in the last week. A bit dark at the minute but very warm. Haven't got any plans for the day so see what comes might venture in craft room & start my project.
    SANDRA thank you for all your hard work showing all our CC every week & organising new challenges for us on Mondays I for one look forward to seeing our new challenge each week & trying new ideas. BIG HUG'S for you.
    Well I'm going to finish tidying up. Will pop back later.
    HUG'S for everyone extra for Lilian Pat & Pete & anyone under the weather.
    Love Lynda xx

    1. Thanks for the hugs Lynda. Sending some back to you and CU. I must say I love the cards you’ve posted on here and on facebook. Lucky you having a warm day. It’s quite cold here and we’ve had torrential rain. But it seems to have eased up a bit now. Grrr blogger is playing up again. I keep pressing publish and nothing is happening.

  5. Hi everyone,
    What a bumper bundle of beautiful cards on show today. Obviously we all love embossing.

    LILIAN sorry you have yet another cold. Perhaps you need some sort of a tonic. Sending hugs.x

    Nothing much happening here today. Been to the market and it was so lovely not to be in the usual summer crush.
    I'm just going to tidy up my craft room ready to put the new buys I'll obviously made when I'm in the UK.

    Have a lovely Sunday everyone.

    If to Pat, Pete, Lilian and anyone else not feeling so good.
    love Valx

  6. Hi Sandra & all in café,
    Sandra what a wonderful selection of CC's, thank you for such an interesting challenge, looking forward to tomorrows. Hope you are having a peaceful
    All the cards are beautiful I particularly love Val's embossing folders so different.
    Café is open roast dinner today is beef with all the trimmings including Yorkshire puds, orders please.
    Hope you have all survived the terrible weather of the last few days, the wind has gone but it is pouring with rain, I think a day, once I have sorted dinner out, will be spent with feet up & doing some cross-stitch.
    Sending hugs to all who need them love

    1. Glad the terrible weather is settling down where you are Margaret.
      I'll be in later for a lovely roast beef dinner, my favourite, thank you.
      I must admit I'm also loving the new John Lockwood EF's.

  7. Afternoon Everyone
    WOW WOW what a wonderful set of crafting goodies on display today, I'm please that Margaret managed to find the extra boards to display them all.

    Thank you Sandra for looking out one of my old cards. It has really felt odd not making CCs.We have a very windy day here though it's still quite warm. The garden is going to be full of fallen leaves very quickly if the wind carries on.

    I'm thinking of you all Dear Friends who are not 100% at the moment and sending HUGE HUGS to you all. xxxx

  8. Hello Sandra and ladies,

    What a fantastic display of challenge cards we have today, they are all so inspiring, I was scrolling down the beautiful display and I could hear myself saying - Oh I like that and Oh I like this one, to be honest every card got a big WOW from me. Sunday is always so inspiring. THANK YOU Sandra for giving everyone a chance to display their beautiful work. XX

    Well we have the rain today, not that we can complain because it’s nothing like many areas have had. I hope wherever you are you are safe, warm and dry.

    Margaret you have me fancying roast beef now, just the thought of it makes my mouth water. We’ve got lamb today and as it’s Sunday I will be making some Yorkshire puddings, if I make too many I can always eat them with a little bit of jam on, that’s what we used to do when we were children.

    Love and hugs Brenda xxx

    1. Hi Brenda
      Pete said his Mum always made extra Yorkshire puds so they could eat them with jam. She used to make them in large oblong trays.

  9. Hi Sandra and ladies
    A fabulous array of cards today. Love them all. I bought the 3D embossing folder that Margaret used but haven’t used them yet.

  10. Well what can I say that hasn't already been said. A wonderful set of CCs for this week, all very different and giving so much inspiration to us crafters. Thank you Sandra for picking this particular challenge for this week. Had chemo as normal on Friday, CT scan is booked for the 24th of this month so when I go back to Oncology clinic I should find out more about what treatment is going to be necessary as my present chemo has stopped working. xx

    1. Fingers crossed Lorraine that they find something that works for you.

  11. Hi Sandra and all in the Café today.
    I have just sent a while enjoying each and every CC, and also yesterday's goodies and of course Karen's cuddliest
    No contest for me as elephants are my favourite animal 😊
    I had a play yesterday with home made embossing paste and it worked really well. I certainly will be making it again.
    I hope you are all safe and sound from the storms. The wind here had died down but still getting heavy rain bursts.
    Lilian, so sorry to hear you have another cold. It is catch 22 isn't it, your defences are low because you have been ill so you catch the slightest bug going. Sending you big gentle hugs X
    I'm off to bed so will wish you all a good night's sleep. Sending love and hugs to you all with extras for all in need. Take care xx