Sunday 10 February 2019

Your 'Shades of, ' Challenge cards

Good Sunday Morning Ladies,

A bit of a different Challenge this week but that hasn't stopped you, you have designed  some amazing cards.....

Before you look at the cards can I please share the link to the Video that I made sharing Kays lovely Pocket Letter Swap goodies in real life, I would love for you to pop over and give me a little 👍

My Youtube Video Sharing Kay's Pocket Letter Swap


Brenda has chosen Shades Of Yellow for her challenge card this week, the stamp that Brenda has used is HoneyDoo Flower Fountain.  
Such a beautiful card Brenda, everything works perfectly.  
Thank you so much for taking part xxx


Lynda has made two amazing cards for this weeks 'Shades Of' Challenge, I will add Lynda's description below....

First card:
Varied vases stamped with
Distress Oxide
Gathered twigs
Gold Embossing powder.
Hello stamp from stash

Second card:
Birthday blooms Stamp,  papers from merry little  Christmas paper pad
Embellishment from stash

Thank you so much Lynda, for two lovely Challenge cards, both have a Vintage look, I love them both. xxx


Danielle chose 'Shades of Blue' for her challenge card this week, adding silver for a touch of Luxury, Danielle created her own background by masking off with die cuts hearts, spritzing with water with some night of navy ink in and die cut 'Love' & 'You', a couple of sequins to finish the card.
An absolutely amazing Valentine card Danielle.
Thank you so much for taking part in this weeks challenge xxx


Karen chose 'Shades of' Red for her Challenge card this week, I will add Karen's description below:

Here’s my cc, a valentines card, using an ombré piece of card created on Serif and SW cascading hearts die.
I love that deeply embossed background Karen, such a fantastic design.  Thank you so much for taking part my lovely xxx

Michele chose 'Shades Of' Pink' for her Challenge card this week, making a really pretty, girly card, I will add Michele's description below:

Shades of Pink-my challenge card. I’ve used scraps of card plus a “cut & emboss” Folder = new magazine freebie. Sue Wilson pierced banners & Robert Adams word dies.

Michele that Embossing folder is amazing, so much delicate floral detail.  Thank you so much for taking part Michele xxx


Margaret has made three amazing cards for our 'Shades Of' Challenge this week.....

Card 1: Shades of Lilac, Margaret had used a beautiful floral paper as the inspiration for her card, matting and layering with darker shades of lilac/purple to compliment that pretty paper. 

Card 2:  Shades of 'Peach/Beige', Margaret used the same paper as in the card above, it is such a pretty paper that the sentiment is all that is needed, papers that beautiful need to be the main focus of the card.

Card 3:  Shades of Green, this card is for 'Little Christoper's 4th Birthday, how can he be 4 already!!! Margaret has used an amazing Tractor stamp for Christopher's card, what little boy doesn't love tractors!! My little boy still does and he is way of 6ft and 26 years old, lol 🤣🤣🤣

Thank you Margaret for 3 fantastic Challenge cards xxx


Janet has also made three gorgeous Birthday cards for our 'Shades Of' challenge this week, I will add Janet's description below:

The first 'Shades of Green' Is made with the Tonic 'Oceana Die'.

My second CC is made using 'shades of Purple.

My Third 'Shades of Green' ' is made from the left over pieces of my first 'Shades of Green

Three absolutely beautiful cards Janet, you are such an inspiration, you come up with so many beautiful designs week after week, thank you so much for taking part my lovely xxx


Sue has chosen 'Shades of' Red for our challenge this week, making a stunning Christmas card,
Sue has die cut a beautiful snowflake out of red glitter card to use as the main focus of the card, 
the base is made using a Kraft card base with a red card mat, Sue has added some hessian ribbon that has pretty red snowflakes on, (which I am guessing may have been the inspiration for the card).
A fantastic Christmas card Sue, thank you so much for taking part in this weeks challenge, although I have to I going mad or where you cutting Blue snowflakes on Wednesday??? 😕🤣xxx


Maria has also made three stunning designs for our 'Shades Of' Challenge, Wow Maria you have made three incredible cards this week, all completely different, all amazing, Here is Maria's description:

PURPLE- used funny Circles also bought from Wish, used some old teardrop
sparkles to decorate.

BROWN- used Octagons dies bought from Wish

BLUE- SW Ornate Octagon with glitter but you can't really see it on photo
 Love to do this cc again .

Maria, I agree with you, I think that we should definitely do this challenge again, everyone has made such amazing cards, including you. Thank you so much for taking part my lovely xxx


Lilian has chosen 'Shades of' Blue for her challenge card this week, using a delightfully detailed Butterfly stamp, it looks almost etched.  I will add Lilian's description below:

This card, used shades of blue.
Papers, coordinations.
Embossing folder is an old one, no name on it.
Stamp is one of my old favourite, came from QVC many many years ago, red rubber on black foam.
Ink is another favourite, night of navy. 

Thank you so much Lilian for a truly beautiful challenge card, I can understand why that stamp is one of your favourites, it is beautiful. xxx


Pat has chosen 'Shades Of' Blue for her challenge card this week, (I love saying that Pat)!!!
Pat has made one of her amazing 'Groovi' cards is lovely shades of blue, the design is made to fit the lovely frame that is designed by the lady that runs the 'Groovi' club.  I love that scooter image Pat, it would make a great 'teen' card for both males and females. 
Thank you so much Pat, it was lovely having you join in the challenge this week xxx


Val has chosen 'Shades Of' Green for her challenge card this week, her card is made with a green base card with a beautiful embossed white layer, the layers repeat and the card is topped with a pretty green flourish. What a beautiful way to send a ''Just to Say'' card, it would certainly make somebodies day when this card drops on their mat!  
Thank you so much Val for an amazing challenge card xxx

Ladies, thank you all so much for finding time to make cards for this weeks challenge, I, as always really appreciate you going out of you way to take part. 

Have any of you had chance to start on your challenge cards for next week?   

I hope that you all enjoy the rest of your Sunday, 

Love and HUGE hugs to all of you,



  1. Morning Everyone
    I have go say that yesterday's Pocket Card was wonderful.So much work and thought.

    WOW once again I've had to ask for the extra boards to be brought out of the cupboard.
    So many beautiful cards; themes and colours and an abundance of inspiration.

    I have to admit I've haven't made a start for this week but I love the Challenge and will get my thinking cap on probably tomorrow.

    The CAFE is OPEN so pop in and place your orders for lunch time. It's Roast Beef today.

    HUGS are winging their way to you all. Take care and stay safe. At least the wind seems to have dropped at the moment.xxxx

  2. Morning Ladies

    What an absolutely amazing selection of challenge cards today. I just wish I’d had more time as I’d like to have madebs Christmas card too.

    Lovely evening yesterday with my Dad, brother & his wife. They were late leaving so I’m late up this morning.

    I had a fun day yesterday in my craft room and I’ve made my challenge cards for next week. We braved it out yesterday (late morning) and walked into the village-hubby’s golf competition was cancelled due to the Gale force winds. Then I was straight back into my craft room!

    Housework this morning then we’re hoping to walk down to the beach.


  3. Both videos and pocket letters are gorgeous You are two very talented ladies
    Today’s offerings are beautiful I love seeing everyone’s take on the challenge and using colours I wouldn’t have thought of (mine is shades of pink It does look red in the photos
    I did finish a second last night in shades of grey no less but too late to send AND started a third but messed it up by printing something over the top of an already printed piece of card
    MIL is a bit poorly with a chest infection and SIL thinks she may have a bladder infection too It’s MIL’s 94th Birthday tomorrow So I must finish her card - the one I messed up last night
    Oscar will Be here later So a bit of tidying up needed and I must get my breakfast
    Ooh I was thrilled to see I’d won an SW die Nice to know I’ve got something pretty arriving in the post
    I’ll be back later Take care all xxxx

  4. Hi everyone,
    Gorgeous selection cards today. You all give me so ideas.

    Well done Karen on winning one of Sue's dies. Enjoy playing with Oscar.x

    Wendy's picking me up shortly and were going to a very large Chinese shop we've been told about which sells lots of crafty goodies. Then we're off to a craft fair and finally out to lunch. I think it will be a fun day.

    I'll be making my cc tomorrow when I'm back from the gp.

    Have a lovely day everyone.
    Hugs to all. Valx

  5. Good morning Sandra and ladies,
    wow just look at all the colourful cards today, no wonder the extra board had to come out. Who need to get card ideas from pinterest when you have the cafe', I love Sundays :>)
    Congrats to Karen for winning a lovely die from SW. Thinking of you all, hugs.
    Sandra, I watched both of the u-tube videos this morning and what can I say more than that it was absolutely fantastic to see you opening your swaps. Amazing what you can make with a piece of card. Loved it.
    Val- have a nice day and do tell us if you found anything for crafting. Say Hi to Wendy.
    Roast beef sound just right for a day like today so yes please Janet. Hope Paul helped you with taking the boards out.
    The wind seem to have calmed down but it's raining very heavy so take care if going out. OH have gone to see football and son is working on his computer so the tv control is mine for the day and will be thinking of next weeks challenge what to make. Hopefully I will send them to right e-mail, really thought I had changed it so good you told me Sandra.
    I wish you all a nice Sunday and sending many hugs to you all, love Maria xxx

  6. Oscar is having a snooze. So we've just had lunch and a bit of a breather
    Take care all


  7. Good Sunday Afternoon Sandra & ladies
    Wow some beautiful coloured cards this morning. Well done everyone. It was a good challenge Sandra.
    I watched your pocket letter from Kay some lovely hand made pieces loved the covers she made for the pocket letter & the Die cut pieces .
    Your one for Kay was also a work of art Sandra so beautiful all the lovely papers you used. I loved your wallet you made for the pocket letter & your card wallet so professional.
    Still raining today but thankfully the wind has dropped so a PJ day in craft room I think
    Congratulations Karen on winning a Sue Wilson Die from her January release.
    Enjoy playing with Oscar.
    Better finish housework off so I can get in craft room & finish challenge card.
    Hug's for everyone extra for Pat & Pete Val Lilian & anyone who needs extra.
    Love Lynda xx

  8. Hi Sandra and all in the Cafe today. I will watch your video after I comment here xx
    So many cards to enjoy today.
    Brenda, love your card and the stamp is gorgeous. Its good to hear that Anne is continuing to improve daily x
    Lynda, both of your cards are lovely, I think that floral stamp is one of my favourites x
    Mum, some pretty papers on the first two cards and I know a little man who will love his tractor card. Love to you and Pop xxx
    Janet, what pretty cards. The Happy birthday music die is great, really handy for the men. Please put my name down for the roast lunch x
    Maria, three lovely cards. I haven’t bought any does from Wish....yet! x
    Danielle, this is such a beautiful card. You should definitely make more cards alongside your other fantastic papercrafts x
    Lilian, what a beautiful butterfly stamp on your lovely card x
    Val, a pretty card using the lovely flourish and ef. I hope you have a great time today at the craft store etc. x
    Karen, I love your ombré card. Is it for OH as it is ideal for the men in our lives. I bet you have a wonderful time today with our lovely Oscar x
    Pat, what a lovely Groovi card. The scooter is perfect for the men isn’t it x
    Michele, a pretty card and that ef is lovely x
    I have some ironing to do then will finish Chris jnr card.
    Sending love and hugs to you all with extras for all in need. Take care xx

  9. Hi Sandra & all in café,
    Sandra what a lovely lot of CC on display today, thanks to your challenge. Looking forward to what will be on show next
    Mark is coming today, he is in Bristol for 3 days so we are a good stopping off place.
    I have not started my challenge card yet have some ideas though.
    Sending hugs to all who need them love

  10. Hello Sandra and ladies,
    What a fantastic display of challenge cards. I think it was Maria who said (and I agree with her) who needs Pinterest and we’ve got so much inspiration here on this blog. XX
    JANET yes please, l love roast beef. I hope you were careful getting those extra display boards out.
    VAL you have had a busy morning, hope it was fun. Hope you had a relaxing lunch after all that shopping.
    KAREN Enjoy your time with Oscar. XX
    We have had all the seasons today, it started off damp then we had sunshine (it didn’t last long) then the heavens opened, another burst of sunshine and now it’s raining again..... roll on summer.
    Sending Love and Hugs, Love Brenda xxx

  11. Hello All, I’ve been trying to get in all day, still seems to be ok now.
    Lovely cards again this week, my photo is very poor, it’s much lighter in the hand.

    I watched both yours and Kay’s videos tonight, gosh what super things you made for Kay, must have taken you both hours.

    Not done much today, sleet and hail showers all day.

    Will have a look at next weeks prompt tomorrow and hope some inspiration comes.

    Fondest hugs to all, Lilian