Sunday 21 October 2018

Your Challenge cards

Good Morning Ladies, 

I hope that you are all well and enjoying the weekend.

I have another fantastic display of cards to inspire you all.
So lets get straight on with the show.......


Lynda created this beautiful card for this weeks Sketch Challenge, using the gorgeous Garden Impressions papers from Stampin'Up!  The papers do most of the work, Lynda has added three pretty John Lockwood butterflies all die cut in the same papers, so that they match perfectly.  Lynda matted these beautiful papers onto soft pink glitter card and gold mirror card.
A amazing card Lynda, thank you so much for taking part.


Karen made two stunning cards for this weeks challenge , an incredible Christmas card, and a gorgeous 'Just to say' card, WOW, wouldn't that brighten your day.
Here is what Karen used for that lovely Christmas Card:
Here’s a cc
SW Contemporary Poinsettia EF
Britannia sentiment
JL Poinsettia stamps and dies
JL trailing ivy

Karen's second Sketch Challenge card :

Just finished this one for my team to sign for a colleague that’s just had an op So the inside says “Get Well Soon”
Cardstock = Lidl And Core-donations
Sentiments = SW and Hunkydory
Flowers = SW daisies
Foliage = SW Maidenhair fern

Thank you so much Karen for two gorgeous cards.


Lorraine a gorgeous card for the Sketch Challenge, it worked for a monotone challenge that Lorraine was taking part in too,
It uses Gold Foil card and a lovely gold spotted card too, Lorraine used the Starburst punch for the sentiment with a die cut circle with the sentiment 'Enjoy the Simple things' stamped on it.  The finishing touches are 3 gold foil stars, 3 tiny foil hearts on the sentiment too.

Thank you so much for taking part Lorraine, such a lovely card.


Michele made this fantastic Festive card using two of the amazing All Occasion Embossing Folders from Craftstash. Using those two lovely shades of card with that lovely Navy Blue border strip, the lovely die cut snowflakes are the perfect finishing touch.
Thank you Michele, I know you haven't been in the right frame of mind for crafting but you really have made a stunning card despite that, Happy De-cluttering!


Val made her card just about as soon as the challenge went up on Monday, its a fantastic Christmas card made with some lovely papers. Thats foiled sentiment is lovely, I love the font.
Val's finished her card with some delicate little die cut snowflakes.
Thank you so much Val, I hope you have a lovely holiday, don't buy too many craft goodies 😜


Margaret has made this absolutely stunning Birthday card for this weeks challenge.
The bottom half of this card is amazing, I love that 'Ombre' effect! 
That Majestic Owl is a Stampin'Up! stamp set called 'Still Night'. You have stamped him beautifully Margaret showing all of that amazing detail.
Thank you so much for taking part in this weeks challenge.

Thank you all so much for taking part in this weeks challenge, I really do appreciate the time and effort you put into taking part.

I will be in my craft room today, thinking of a new challenge for next week, there will also be another Challenge mid week, this one was suggested by Challenge, it's by no means compulsory but I think it will be a fun thing to take part in.  
I will announce it on Wednesday so look out for that!!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend,

Love and hugs to all of you,



  1. Morning Everyone

    A lovely selection of cards for this Ceek's Challenge making the CAFE so colourful and welcoming.

    I cannot believe that we're starting our last week here so it's going to be manic as we'll not be back until next year. Doesn't that sound odd. The weather has really changed well and truly into Autumn. It was decidedly chilly all day yesterday and the garden is fast becoming a carpet of glorious browns/golds.

    Have a good Sunday everyone. I'm sure MARGARET will have a lovely roast dinner ready for you all.

    HUGS are on their way to you all. Take care everyone xxxx

  2. Morning Ladies

    What a great selection of challenge cards today. I loved this sketch but my mind went blank when it came to making a card!
    As Sandra mentioned-my craft room is in serious need of a de-clutter session! Hubby is away 2 nights next week do my plan is to use his office as a temporary storage area and go through everything!!! Well-that’s the plan.
    Went to see F in Law yesterday afternoon-he was asleep when we got there but we managed to wake him then my M in L arrived so we had a good chat.. we didn’t leave until quite late as we got blocked in the car park which was annoying.
    We ha e a nice day here weather wise today so we’ll ge doing some gardening this afternoon.


    1. Hi Michele. Your birthday card to Sandra is so pretty and this week's cc is lovely. Those embossing folders are great and I love the dark blue in the middle as a contrast x

  3. A lovely selection of cards today
    I liked this sketch because I struggle with unusual layouts
    OH hassling to go shopping I need a new vacuum cleaner!
    Be back later

    1. Hi Karen. Both of your CC's are gorgeous, but must admit the Christmas card is my favourite as I love everything on it. To answer your question on Friday yes it is texture not embossing paste! Sorry to mislead you, several tutorials called it the wrong type too so totally confused me (really not hard now😝) I will let you know the "recipe" anyway so you can have a play x

  4. Good morning Sandra &ladies
    Wow some beautiful Challenge cards this morning thank you Sandra for sharing my card & everyone's cards. Looking forward to seeing what you have in store for tomorrow's challenge 🤔.
    We have some beautiful sunshine it's really warm shing through the window but not sure if it's as warm outside.will probably take 8🐾 Out fo a walk later. We have to go back to Tesco to pick our medication up as it wasn't ready yesterday.
    MARIA no we haven't got a new puppy we just went to look at Bailey's puppies the other one is a light fawn colour the mum only had two & had a bad time delivering them as she is really small smaller than Rea. They were only a week old when we had a cuddle I expect they are bigger now.
    Hug's for everyone extra for Pat Pete Sandra & Lilian xx
    Love Lynda xx

  5. Hi Sandra & all in café,
    Sandra thank you for the challenge this week, it suited me fine & was so simple. The owl is a beautiful stamp to use, as most of SU products are. All the cards are lovely I cannot choose a favourite. Looking forward to our new challenge on tomorrow &
    Café open, roast chicken is on menu today, orders please, lemon coconut cake in cabinet this afternoon, so come & join us.
    Hope you are all enjoying the lovely sunshine, sending hugs to all who need them love

  6. Hi everyone,

    As usual a blog full of beautiful cards. Thank you Sandra for setting such a lovely challenge. Shame I'll miss the additional one for Wednesday this week. Hope you're feeling ok now after your nasty infection.x

    Had a lovely day with Barrie and DIL yesterday. Amongst having lunch out and doing some shopping we went to Liverpools wonderful museum to see an exhibition of the Terracotta Army. It was fantastic and so informative. Afterwards we watched Chinese dancers and singers performing a short show. It was a lovely morning out. Helen, my DIL is now sadly in a wheelchair all the time. So sad to see but she seems quite positive. Maybe it's an act for my benifit, just don't know.
    Anyway we're off out for Sunday lunch later. Sorry Margaret, I won't be calling in today.

    Hugs to all. Have a lovely Sunday.
    Love Valx

    1. Hi Val. Its great to hear you had a lovely day out with son and DIL yesterday. It is hard to see loved ones having to use a wheelchair isn't it but at least your Dil can get out and about with you all and a positive attitude will help her so much. ThereTis no doubt that you will enjoy lunch out and whatever else you do today as it will be with your son and family 😊 x

    2. Glad you have a nice time with son and daughter-in law. Must been fantastic to see the Terracotta Soldiers, had loved to seen them when in London. Hugs to you all xx

    3. Hello Val, sounds like you had a great day yesterday with Barrie and Helen, the exhibition of the Terracotta Army at the Liverpool museum sounds brilliant. I’m sure it was a great treat for everyone. Enjoy the rest of your time with family and friends xxx

    4. Hi Val
      I’m sorry to hear that your DIL needs to use a wheelchair now. But good that she has a positive attitude.
      Didn’t realise that the exhibition was still in Liverpool. They’re one of the things I’d love to see. Must have a look to see how long the exhibition will run for. Enjoy the rest of your stay in the UK.

  7. Hi Sandra and all in the Café today. A beautiful display of CC's today. Thank you ladies for sharing them all. Sandra, we will all be in suspense waiting for your extra mid week challenge this coming week 😊 I hope your infection has cleared up by now my lovely xx
    Karlie, thank you for sharing gorgeous card yesterday, it is beautiful x
    Danni, your 1 sheet makes are gorgeous and a great idea for your girls x
    Maria, it's lovely to hear you had such a great time on holiday. Now your knees etc. need another one to recover. Sandras birthday card is so beautiful X
    Janet, as usual your time in Marigny is flying by but I hope you get to enjoy yourselves in-between closing it up for a while X
    Lilian, I'm so sorry that you received so much dreadful news. Sending you the biggest hugs X
    Lynda, your CC is so bright amd cheerful, it will brighten whoever receives it. I hope you managed to get a better night's sleep last night and enjoy a walk with Terry and 8 paws later x
    Mum, your cc is lovely. The papers you chose are beautiful and perfect for male cards. Please may I join you for a roast and lemon and coconut cake later. Its so good that you feel up to baking again. Love you xxxx
    Brenda, I'm sorry that you are still having problems with your latest update Chris had the same problem a couple of years ago. Since then he waits until it has been in use for a few weeks with really good reviews. Fingers crossed you manage to get yours sorted X
    Lorraine, such a beautiful CC. I love it x
    Sending love and hugs to you all with extras for all in need. Take care xx

  8. Hello Sandra and ladies,

    Another brilliant display of your challenge cards. It’s a real treat to open the blog on Sunday and look at all of the beautiful works of art. xx

    I’m still haveing problems posting my messages, I have now realised I can leave messages on other blogs, but can’t work out why I can’t post this blog. Anyway for now I will have to be anonymous!!!

    We have granddaughter Ciara coming for a sleepover. She wants to go to Oxford Street tomorrow, she is a real shopaholic and so excited at the thought of going into London. Her mums office is in London and she goes into London several days each week (that’s when she isn’t travelling up and down the country for her work) she can’t understand why Ciara wants to go into the city. I explained when I first came down south from the midlands, I would go up the city on my day off (that’s if I could afford the train fare) and just walk around looking at the sights and the shops, I was in heaven.

    I hope everyone is having a good weekend, take care, Love and hugs, Brenda xxx

  9. Hi everyone.
    Some gorgeous cc's today on show, the cafe' always look so colourful and happy with so many cards on the board and it is a thrill to visit on Sunday's and Monday to Saturday too. Lol Looking forward to tomorrows challenge and what are you coming up with on Wednesday I wonder ?
    LILIAN- so sorry for all your sad news and not being well yourself, bless you. We are here for you, big hug
    LyNDA- hope your legs will let you have a better night.
    Have a nice evening all. Many hugs Maria xxx

  10. Hi Ladies
    Love the cards that have been made this week ladies. Once again everyone is different. Hugs to all who need one today.

  11. Hi Lilian
    So sad to hear your news. Not good to hear that diagnosis for friends. Hope your feeling better today yourself. Gentle hugs coming your way.

  12. Lillian sorry to hear the sad news about your friends. We all get to a certain age and life seems to hit you like a car crash, it’s all totally out of our control, just wanted to say I’m thinking oh you and sending gentle caring hugs. xxx

    OMG I have just looked at the comment as box...... it’s got my name there - I’m not anonymous any more!!!