Sunday 13 January 2019

Your Challenge Cards

Good Morning Ladies,

I hope that you are all well and enjoying your weekend, today we get to see your amazing challenge cards, you have all made some stunning cards, so lets not waste anymore time.....


Janet has made two fantastic cards for this weeks Sketch challenge, both beautifully stamped, those images are lovely Janet, I think that the lady in the second card looks a little bit like Meghan Markle! (it may just be my eyes)!! lol

Here is Janet's description: 

First Challenge Card I have used a Sheena Douglas 'A little bit sketchy stamp (Nouveau Nature).
Second Challenge Card I have used another stamp in the same Collection called 'Until We Meet Again.
All the papers ect have come out of my 'bit box.

Thank you so much Janet for two lovely cards xxx


Karen made two cards for this weeks Challenge, both completely different, your imagination inspires me so much my lovely.

Karen's Description:

My 1st CC:  As you know I run a “birthday club” at work This card is a belated birthday card  The gentleman in question used to work for our team but moved departments and is now back with us -same job just a different boss He was 60 earlier this week and as it’s a milestone one I will get colleagues to sign it and do a collection.

My 2nd CC is a mixture of Hobbycraft dies (Love) Spellbinders dies (the rectangles) and SW (ribbon strip) TL (hearts)
With a little bit of 1st and 2nd generation stamping with a freebie from a magazine!

Two incredible cards Karen, thank you so much for taking part xxx


Oh Lilian you have used some more of your Stunning 'Stamperia' papers for your Sketch challenge card this week.  The scene is one I imagine is very familiar to you, living in such a beautiful part of the country. 
The images and embellishments you have used all work together perfectly right down to the 'Nautical style' Bakers Twine.  

Thank you so much for such a lovely card, where do you buy your beautiful papers from please? xxx


Lynda has made two amazing cards for this weeks Sketch Challenge, two very luxurious cards, using some beautiful papers.

Here is Lynda's description: 

Here are my two Challenge cards, both with backing paper from pound shop just matted them first one blue, Second one with burgundy.  

Lynda, I would never have guessed that the papers were from the £1 shop!  Two fantastic cards, thank you so much xxx


Oh Maria that Bird topper you have used for your Challenge card is so beautiful, such delicate colours and the bird is so pretty.
The background you have used works perfectly, the tiny flowers you have added you like you have fussy cut them, they are the perfect finishing touch.
Thank you so much for taking part, I am so pleased that you liked this sketch. its a good one to keep handy for when we are 'mojo's' take a holiday! xxx


Michele has made two gorgeous cards for this weeks Challenge, I can't believe that you are so organised that you have started your Christmas cards already!!

Michele's Description:

Two challenge cards-first one is using Christmas papers from Making Cards magazine, second one is using a Digi download from Ella’s Design.

Thank you so much Michele, that Squirrel is so cute, beautiful matting and layering too! xxx


Val has made a fabulous card for our challenge this week, I love both the colours and the papers you have used Val, that 'script' paper is beautiful, you have put this card together perfectly, the lady on your topper is stunning.

Thank you so much for taking part my lovely, particularly after struggling with your Sciatica for so long, I really appreciate you making the time to take part. xxx


My lovely friend Victoria has made a card for our Challenge this week, Victoria is a lovely lady that I met through Stampin Up!  
I am so happy that you decided to take part this week Victoria, particularly as you must be exhausted with expecting your first baby and working full time too.  Mind you making cards is a good relaxation therapy, so is good for you!  That means you have to take part every week now! 🤣🤣

Victoria has used some of the Rooted in Nature papers for her card, along with a lovely sentiment and some cute punched flowers topped with pearls.

Thank you so much Victoria, I love sharing your work, please feel free to take part anytime. xxx

Ladies as always I am so grateful to all of you for making time in your busy lives to make cards for our challenge.

I am de-stashing some of my Stampin'Up! stamps, just the ones that I know I won't be using, I was initially just going to put them on a Facebook Selling group, as to be honest  I didn't want to be seen as trying to 'sell' to you all, or making any of you feel like you had to buy.  It was mentioned to me yesterday that I ought to ask you all first, so if any of you are interested I can share the ones  I am selling with you, I can't afford to 'give' them away but they will obviously be heavily discounted.
I want to use the money to buy some new craft stash and replenish my basic bits and pieces.
I am looking forward to trying some new things this year and share them with you along with some new techniques.
Please let me know if you would like to see the stamps/dies I am selling, there is ABSOLUTELY no pressure though, I don't mind either way.

I hope you all have a lovely weekend,

Love and hugs to all of you,



  1. Morning Ladies

    What an amazing selection of challenge cards today. I actually struggled to come up with my cards-the Christmas papers were still in a pile of things to sort out on my desk & the Squirrel Card was already printed (sling with a few other designs) so you could say that’s 2 more PHD’s finished!

    Painter here early again-9am today so I need to get moving as I have lots to do today including going to Co-op to buy some Pasta shapes as we’ve run out.

    Sandra-I’d love to se what goodies you’re selling especially the Dies.


  2. Morning Everyone
    First I want to thank you all for your lovely comments about my two cards yesterday. They are all really appreciated and it's a lovely boost when my crafting is seen.

    What a fantastic array of beauty and craftiness this morning in the CAFE. We are again where not one carf resembles another. It's wonderful to see how one sketch used by everyone results in so many different cards.

    The CAFE is OPEN and it's roast beef on the lunchtime menu today.
    HUGS are winging their way to all so take care and stay safe if going out today as we are still having high/strong winds here.xxxx

  3. Hello All, early for a change, very dull and damp here.
    Today’s cards are all amazing, my card is not such a deep colour not sure what I do as all my pics come out very bright.

    As Sandra has mentioned I use Stamperia papers, I wasn’t using them, as they were to beautiful, silly I know, decided this year to use my papers which I buy from Country Veiw Crafts, not the cheapest but they carry more unusual things, very tempting.

    Going to do my ironing now it’s been waiting for a few days, later mr ASDA is coming so roast chicken for dinner.
    Have a lovely Sunday, hugs to all Lilian.

  4. Morning all. Every card on display is beautiful. It just goes to show how different we all are. Of course the world would e a very boring place if we were all the same. Great challenge SANDRA
    I'm just waiting for OH to get up and then I can go and clear up my craft room (again) ready for the window fitters. My desk fits under the window, so there's a lot of stuff that needs to be moved off my desk and moved. The ironing's staring at me too!
    We might go dancing this afternoon - only if daughter wants to go which means we'll get to see Oscar
    Have a great day. Let's see if this publishes now

  5. Hi everyone,
    What a lovely group of cards today. It's amazing that we all think of different ideas.

    Everything on display yesterday was lovely as well.

    Just waiting to be picked up to go out to lunch with a friend to celebrate her birthday today. I not one to turn down the chance of Sunday lunch mmmm.

    My back is hurting a lot today but it's my own fault as I've been doing housework all morning. I find it so hard to take it easy and sit down but think now I'm getting older I really got to learn.

    Have a lovely day.
    Daily hugs to Pat and Pete and anyone not feeling good.
    Love Valxxx

  6. Hi all.
    Love all the cards on show today, well done everyone.
    Had some more I wanted to do but body didn't and today is another day for not doing much which I'm not happy with but tomorrow is another day.
    many hugs to you all, Maria xx

  7. Hi Sandra & all in café,
    Sandra lovely cards on display today, sorry I did not join in, hope to next week. Please could I see list of stamps etc you are selling, I am sure there will be some I haven't
    Maria sorry you do not feel up to doing much, I know that feeling at the moment, hugs on
    Sending hugs to all who need them particularly Pat & Pete love

  8. Hello Sandra & ladies
    Wow again some gorgeous challenge cards they are all brilliant you are all such great crafters.
    SANDRA sorry I'm late I've had a couple of bouts of palpitations my heart was beating really fast & had to use my spray the one my doctor gave me for angina. It just made me feel so unwell Terry made me some lunch & then dosed off for a good two hours. I intended to do the ironing but that went out the windows. Feel a bit better now but haven't a clue what bought them on.
    Luckily I put some steak & kidney in the slow cooker with lots of veg & mushroom I'm going to make some dumplings in a mo So that will be ready about 6.30ish I forgot to buy small potatos so will have some mash with it.
    Sandra as you know I'm intrested in some of your stamps.
    Have a lovely evening everyone.
    Hug's for all Love Lynda xx

  9. Hello Sandra and ladies,
    What a fantastic display of challenge cards, it’s really lovely to see how everyone comes up with so many different designs.
    Had a busy day reorganising the office, pleased with the results, I’m sure it will work better for me. Well I hope it will.
    LYNDA it sounds as though you have had an exhausting day, I hope your heart has settled down now. xx
    VAL Hope you had a lovely lunch. Be careful not to overdo things, housework can always be done another day, your back needs time to recover. xx
    MARIA Sorry you are feeling rough, hope tomorrow will be a better day. xx
    SANDRA Would love to see what dies stamps you are selling.
    Goodnight everyone, sweet dreams, Love Brenda xxx