Friday 8 February 2019

My 'Shades of' Challenge card

Good Morning Ladies,

It's my favourite day of the week....because the weekend is just beginning!!

Today's card is my version of this weeks 'Shades of ' Challenge.  

I began by stamping the leaf sprig all around my card in versamark, I added White Embossing powder and heat set
Now I decided on 'Shades of Green' (obviously) although some of the colours might be classed as 'blues'.  Anyway the colours are Coastal Cabana & Bermuda Bay, I usedca blending tool and added ink diagonally, Coastal Cabana,  Bermuda Bay,  Coastal Cabana, I allowed it to dry for a few minutes and then i used a cloth to buff off the excess ink, bringing the brightness back to the white foliage.
To make my sentiment stand out from the background I decided to add a die cut oval, inking around tje edge with Coastal Cabana to make it blend into the background. I cut my sentiment out of Bermuda Bay and mounted onto the white oval mat.
I hope you like it.  
I have been so busy making other things this week that I haven't had time to play with this challenge as much as I would have liked so I think we will be having this challenge again. 

Challenge For Next Week

I have chosen a TicTacToe for next weeks Challenge, I hope it won't confuse anyone but there was always going to be a crossover week.  
So cards for this Challenge need to be in for me to post next Sunday (17th Feb).

There are some lovely categories in this particular TicTacToe grid, especially for anyone wanting to make Spring cards, Easter, Mothers Day etc.
I hope you enjoy it my lovelies. xxx

I would like to thank all of you for your amazing support regarding changing the challenge announcement day, I was discussing it with Sue on Wednesday and sometimes when you make a suggestion out loud to somebody else it seems to make more sense.  
I don't want to be overly strict about deadlines, it's me that has to make changes too, I usually upload the cards as they come in and then when I am writing the post on a Saturday I have to then 'upload the cards from my file to the blog, which can take hours because of our Stupidly slow internet.
So I am now not going to worry about cards being in alphabetical order I will open a blog post and add the cards as they arrive, that way it will only be the odd one or two at the end.  
I would rather take a little longer and have everyone involved.  
I have never been one to 'schedule' blog posts, Our Blog is unique in that the craft is only part of the blog, our little blog family is the biggest and most important part to me.  So I always have to write or edit the blog the night before it goes up, so that we are all up to date with each others lives.

Thank you all once again, I hope that you all have a lovely weekend,

Love and hugs,



  1. I love your card SANDRA
    Great idea for next week’s challenge too I’m hoping the extra couple of days will help me
    I am visiting another nursing home this afternoon OH is off tomorrow and we’re looking after Oscar on Sunday
    Great news LYNDA that you’re going on holiday with Harry Something extra special to look forward to
    I’m having a bit of a “Gary” moment as we call them So I’m signing off for now while I pull myself together
    Take care all

    1. Hi Karen, sending you gentle ((((hugs)))) I’m sure you will always have “Gary” moments, your his mum and are allowed to, try to remember the happy times xx

    2. Hi Karen,
      Wish I lived by you so I could give you a big hug.
      Loads of lovex

    3. Big gentle hugs are on their way dear friend to help you through this extra bad day xx

  2. Morning Ladies

    Sandra-love today’s Cards, it’s great. Thank you for the niext challenge & I know you don’t like imposing deadlines but maybe there should be a “cut off” point for us sending in our photos to you that way you don’t spend all Saturday afternoon/evening working on Sunday blog post.

    I’m really looking forward to my 3 day weekend despite the weather warning! I’m popping out this afternoon to collect something but I’m hoping to craft the rest of the day.


  3. Morning Everyone
    A very pretty card SANDRA-love the colour.

    Thank you for next week's Challenge. It looks an interesting one and one to get our teeth into.

    Cannot believe it's Friday again and I have to use the 'swear' word again. Anyway the washer is already churning away though I seem to be a little behind this morning so I'd better get a move on.

    The CAFE is of course OPEN all day so pop in when you can.
    HUGS are winging their way to you all. Have a good day; stay safe and take care.xxxx

  4. Hi Sandra & all in café,
    Sandra a pretty card today, I must send mine in. A good challenge for next week as well, I have ideas already. Have a good
    Lynda I forgot to say how pleased I was at your news, how lovely for you to spend relaxing time with
    Maria hope you are feeling better now, hugs on
    Karen hugs on way to you, cannot imagine how you
    Pat & Pete sending
    Sue hope your tummy bug clears up soon, love
    Sending hugs to all who need them love

    1. Hi Mum. Thank you. It seems to be much better now! Sorry I couldn’t see you and Pop today though. Love to you both xxxx

  5. Hello Friends, very windy and wet.
    Hoping this goes on today, have not been able to post the last few days.

    Sandra lovely card, unfortunately being Cornish green is not a favourite colour for me.
    Next weeks challenge looks really good, haven’t done this weeks yet, so I’ll do them the same time I think.
    Thinking of you all , sending hugs . Lilian

    Here goes.

  6. Hi everyone from a very wet and dull day in MK.
    Very nice card Sandra. Glad you and Sue had a nice day together.
    I have playing with this week cc so hope to send some later, a whole day before times run out. You think you late Brenda but I am sure the last one posting. Can never seem to get anything done in the beginning of the week, too many ideas.
    Brenda- sound like your sister doing fine and keeping her mood up. Big hugs to you both.
    Lynda- I too forgot to say how thrilled I am for your upcoming holiday abroad with Harry and gang. I'm sure you will have a fabulous time together :>)
    Lilian- hope you ok and storm 'Erik' have not made too much trouble for you down in Cornwall. Take care.
    Pat- my daily special hugs are sent for you and Pete. Take care.
    Michele- have some nice days crafting, love your cards.
    Janet- hope you managed to do something other then 'swearwords 'today. Hugs for you and OH.
    Margaret- never wish anyone to get back pain for it is a pain in the back side hihi think I'm over it and then I do something and ouch ! Making cards do help to forget but only for a moment. Are you still doing your exercises at home ? hugs for you and Pop.
    Sue- wish you better and sending you some warm hugs.
    Cheryl- hope you ok ?
    To all ladies in the cafe' and for you who are looking in I hope you have a fun crafting day. Sending hugs to you all and extras for you in need. Maria xxx

    1. Big hugs are on their way to you, sorry your back is still playing you up. Thank you for your hugs xxxx

  7. Hello Sandra and ladies,
    Lovely card today Sandra it would work perfectly for any occasion, thank you for the inspiration. Lots of lovely choices for next weeks challenge.
    Lynda I hope Terry was cleaning the car ready to take you to your diabetic clinic, also hop your appointment went well. xx
    Sending hugs to Pat and Pete. xx lots more left for anyone who needs them. xx
    Have a lovely weekend, take care if you have to go out. It’s very wet outside and the forecast is for high winds, wrap up warm. xx
    Love Brenda xxx

  8. Hi everyone, good cc ideas for next week Sandra. Really like today's pretty card.
    Been to craft club today, always enjoyable. Lovely group of ladies. Went straight from there to get my hair done. Lynn then picked me up with Gracie in the car and dropped us both off at our Park for a walk. Got in at 5, completely tired out. Still not walking without pa but thank goodness I have to x-ray tomorrow an the result in Monday.

    Lynda, lovely news about your holiday. Where about in Spain will you be staying?

    Hugs to all with special ones for Pat and Pete.

    Lots of love Valx

    1. Big hugs are off over the seas to you, I hope the X-ray results provebto be helpful on Monday xx

  9. Hi Sandra and ladies
    Lovely card Sandra but not a colour I’d use either. Although I like green cards.
    Lynda fantastic news that your going away with Darren and Harry. Hopefully the sun and relavpxation with do you both good.
    Thanks for the hugs ladies.
    I expect you’ll always have Gary moments Karen. It’s only to be expected isn’t it.
    Glad you enjoyed craft club Val.
    Hope you manage to sort out a home for your MIL Karen. We found a lovely one in Witney for Doreen. Just go with your gut instinct.

  10. Hi Sandra and all in the Cafe today.
    Sandra, your card is lovely, I love the blended colours. I hope you have a good weekend with Paul and the girls.
    I’m going to have a play with today’s challenge as I have already sent you this weeks one..... oh look at me not being the last for a change �� xx There are lots of choices with this challenge so I will see what I come up with. I have slept most of today so feeling wide awake at the moment!
    I hope you all stay safe from Storm Erica, especially you down in Cornwall Lilian x
    Sending love and hugs to you all with extras for all in need. Take care xx