Sunday 7 April 2019

Your Challenge Cards

Good Morning Ladies,

We all had a lovely day at Ally Pally yesterday, I spent more than I intended and got a lovely selection of craft goodies that I can't wait to share with all of you, I can't wait to see what the others got too!

Paul and I are leaving for London today, we have afternoon tea at the place we had our first afternoon tea about 2 years ago, its the Amba Hotel near Marble Arch, it was delicious, we bought a voucher for it before Christmas but couldn't get booked, we almost forgot about it until Paul remembered the other day.
We are staying in London for two nights, we found a Hotel on Secret Escapes, it was such a bargain, they show you a photo of the bedrooms but won't disclose the details of the hotel until you have booked and confirmed, I got them to check that it was 'Accessible' and while I was waiting for him to call me back, I found the hotel (after a bit of detective work) it was the Hilton on Souhtampton Row, we walked past it from the President hotel on the way into Covent Garden, I was less than the price of 1 night at the other hotel for 2 nights at this one.  We then decided that we would use some of our Christmas money from Paul's parents to book a show, we eventually decided on 'Phantom of the Opera, on Monday night and got two seats for the price of one! 
So our afternoon tea, show and hotel cost less than our hotel did last time!! We love a bargain!!

Now onto your cards, you have all done an amazing job again this week...…


Michele has made a beautiful collection of cards for this weeks challenge, 5 in total, I absolutely love this modern style of Easter card, I will add Michele's Description Below:

"Challenge cards-Yellow/Diecut/Flowers & Yellow/Ribbon/Dry Embossing. Papers & toppers are from the latest issue of Making Cards magazine."

Thanks Michele for such a beautiful collection of cards. XXX


Three absolutely amazing cards from Karen for this weeks challenge...…

Card 1: This one is pink/polka dots/flower

Card 2: This card was made from a piece I was starting to do but managed to rip the card removing it from die Hence the strip of card made with SW bow dies and letters Birthday stuck onto it I used a DO background
Fits quite a few of the challenge flowers/die cut/pink or blue 

Last one is a blended DO background embellished with flower die cuts from JL and X-cuts
Yellow or pink/die cuts/flowers

Thank you so much Karen for three fantastic cards, your Oxide Blending is amazing!! XXX


Margaret has used her favourite 'Every Craft's a Pound' Paper pad for her challenge card this week, 
it is so pretty, has some beautiful pastel shades in the set, the floral papers are so pretty too.
Margaret has used Categories:  Polka Dots/Pink/Ribbon 

Thank you so much Margaret for making such a pretty card for this weeks challenge, I hope that you get to rest and recover today my lovely. XXX


Lynda has used that beautiful Doily Die that she bought from Ebay and shared with us yesterday, 
Lynda used the flourish die that she bought to emboss into the Polka Dot paper, then added some Sue Wilson flowers to her card, that beautiful Doily die is the main focus of the card.  The whole card works perfectly Lynda.
Lynda used categories: Blue/Polka Dots/Dry Embossing

Thank you so much for sharing your card with us. XXX


Maria has used her Sue Wilson 'Vivian' die to create this gorgeous Birthday card for this weeks Challenge.
Maria says that she has had this paper pack for a good while but hadn't used any, I love these colours Maria, the are very trendy at the moment, there are lots of clothes this colour in the shops too.
Categories: Shade of Yellow/Floral/Die cut

Thank you so much Maria for creating such a lovely card, I hope you have a lovely rest day today too. XXX


Two absolutely stunning cards from Brenda for this weeks challenge, the first is in such beautiful shades of Yellow and Grey, a match made in heaven.  Brenda made 3 perfectly matching roses with ribbon to decorate the card.  I believe that Brenda has used the Venice Lace die that she shared with us in yesterdays blog post, I love that perfect stitched edge that it gives.
Brenda used Categories:  Shades of Yellow/Polka Dots/flowers

Brenda's second card again features the Venice Lace die from Spellbinders (its an Amazing Paper Grace Spellbinder die).   Brenda I have to ask if you made that beautiful green panel yourself, I love it, what a perfect base for that pretty spray of pink roses.  A simple die cut 'Happy Birthday' is all that is needed to finish this card perfectly.
Brenda thank you so much for sharing your stunning cards with us XXX


Janet has created 3 absolutely incredible cards for this week's Challenge,  all of them are stunning.

For my First card I used Eboss/Die Cut/Flowers/Pink/Ribbon/Polka Dot

2 For my second card I used Eboss/Die Cut/Pink/Blue/Flowers

3 For my third card I used Blue/ribbon/Die Cut/sequins

Thank you so much Janet for three stunning cards XXX


Val has made a fantastic 'Anniversary card for this weeks TicTacToe Challenge card,  she used Categories:  Polka Dots/Shades of Blue/Die cut

Thank you so much Val for such a lovely card, this one will fly off the shelf at the shop! XXX

Well that's if for this week my lovelies,  you all did an amazing job and made short work of that TicTacToe Grid, I think we will definitely be using this one again as it is so versatile.

Enjoy what's left of your weekend ladies,

Love and hugs to all of you,



  1. Lovely cards ladies I love coming in and seeing all of the makes and everyone’s interpretation
    Thank you for all of your lovely comments about “Dave” He was great fun to do
    I’ll be off to Ally Pally soon I am now looking forward to it At first I wasn’t sure with the channel switching etc It’ll be lovely to catch up with MARIE and KAT We don’t get to see much of each other at work I can’t wait to see what you ladies bought I say I’m not going to buy much but that won’t last!
    Take care all xxxx

  2. Morning Everyone
    SANDRA-have a lovely break. I hope the weather picks up for y9ou.

    What a wonderful selection of cards making a fantastic display. I loved this Challenge.

    Not sure what's on the cards today but I'm sure I'll find something which needs doing.

    The CAFE is OPEN and its Roast Pork on the menu today so place your orders please.

    HUGS are on their way to you all. Have a good day take care and stay safe.xxxx

    1. Morning Janet, hope you have a nice day. Order for two roast pork for lunch please, don't feel like cooking today.:) Lovely cards , could you please tell me what Embossing folder you have used on the second card ? xx

  3. Morning Ladies

    Sandra-great challenge this week & lots of lovely cards on display.
    You certainly did get s bargain-hope you both enjoy your trip to London.

    I had a nice morning with my Dad helping him alter some scenes on his model train layout. Quick lunch then we went off to see my Father in Law. He was quite bright & reasonably chatty although he was clearly tired as his speech wasn’t great. We watched the horse racing from Aintree with him. I’m hoping to find some time today to go into my craft room to have a play.


  4. Morning ladies.
    Oh, just look at all the wonderful cards. I hope many people are popping in and get to see what on show.
    I found it bit tricky to get going for this tic,tac,toe but I don't mind if we doing it again at a later date.
    Karen- love your cards, beautiful background for the third one. Have a fun day at Ally Pally.
    Brenda- hope you got home all right. So fun to see you on the bus for going down the hill, people must think I was a nutter blowing kisses hihi Love your two amazing cards . Have you made the little flowers ? they are so cute.
    Michele- glad your dad and FIL seem to have a better day. Have a good rest today. Lovely cards you made.
    Margaret- Thank you so much for the best ever tasting coconut,lemon drizzle cake. No idea how many "points" but who's care, it was so worth it :>) It was lovely to see you so well and Sue too. Sweet card, such a pretty paper.
    Lynda- hope you are ok ? it was tough yesterday and know you were hurting so do take care today and just rest. It was so nice to see you tho and Terry too.Big hugs for you both. Love your cards Lynda, that doily is Beautiful.
    Val- lovely card. Hope you have a nice day and some sunshine. No here today, expecting rain later :(
    Sandra- wish you a fabulous time in London and enjoy every minute and have a great time seeing the Phantom of the Opera. Hope it coming to MK one day, would love to see it.
    Hugs winging it's way to you all and hope you have a nice Sunday xxx

  5. Margaret Palmer7 April 2019 at 13:08

    Hi Sandra & all in café,
    Sandra thank you & Paul for driving us yesterday. Hope you both have a well deserved break in
    Karen your seagull is beautiful your so clever. Enjoy Ally
    Michele thanks for good review & well done on your buys, look forward to see what you make.
    Brenda lovely to see you yesterday, your goodies on show are interesting look forward to seeing what you make. Your cards today are beautiful, hope you are not too tired
    Lynda it was lovely to see you & Terry yesterday, hope you don't feel in too much pain today. Your goodies yesterday are lovely & that doily in the blue looks beautiful, hugs to you
    Maria thank you for comments on my cake hope you didn't gain too much, your card today is lovely, hope you are not in too much pain today, hugs on
    Didn't you all do well with the cards, they are all so different. I started today off well, I dropped a full jar of honey on the kitchen floor, you can imagine the mess!!! I did say a few choice words!!!
    Janet please could I order a roast pork with all the
    Sending hugs to all in pain today love

  6. Hello everyone
    Sandra have a lovely time in London both of you. I hope your not in too much pain.
    Wow a lovely show of beautiful cards on display. Well done everyone.
    I had a love day at Ally Pally yesterday it was lovely seeing Sandra Paul. Sue & Margaret Maria & Brenda. Think I bought too much😁
    I was really struggling with walking i was in a lot of pain. I am suffering with it today so won't be doing much at all.
    KAREN hope you have a good day & enjoy yourself. I loved Dave the duck.
    MICHELE thank you for the Magazine review again.
    Some good shopping too.
    I see I have won a stamp set from Christina's blog so must email her today & it's a nice Christmas one.
    Well I must try & get up & get some lunch.
    MARGARET thank you for the yummy lemon drizzle cake it's delicious
    Terry also loved his fruit cake.
    Love & Hug's Lynda xx

  7. Hi everyone,

    Lovely cards ladies. That was a good challenge Sandra.x

    Glad you all had a good time at Ally Pally yesterday and look forward to seeing all your crafty purchases.x
    KAREN hope your visit today was just as enjoyable.x

    SANDRA enjoy your couple of days away.x

    Not sleeping well at the moment with the pain in my shoulder and arm. Just can't get comfortable and the pain always seems worse at night. Went to the outdoor market this morning and just had a lazy day. I'm phoning the doctor tomorrow for yet another appointment.

    Hugs to all with extras for Pat, Pete, Lynda and Lilian and anyone else not so good today.

    Love Valx

  8. I had a lovely day at Ally Pally and daren’t add up what I spent! We got back home at about 4.30
    Enjoy London SANDRA I hope your pains are easing LYNDA and I hope you get on OK at doctors tomorrow VAL
    I will be having a bit of a nap now

  9. Hello Sandra and ladies,
    What a lovely display of challenge cards. Ladies you have certainly risen to this weeks challenge, your cards are all gorgeous. xx
    I hope your journey to London was smooth and uneventful and you enjoyed your special afternoon tea and are now relaxing in your hotel room. xx it was lovely seeing you both at Ally Pally also Margaret,Sue, Lynda, Terry, Maria and Helen Bell. MARGARET I have to say your Lemon and coconut drizzle cake was delicious and so moist it was gorgeous. In fact today I googled the recipe and have a lovely cake sitting on a plate in the kitchen. SANDRA Sorry I didn’t say bye to you, I had been struggling all day with backache and it was becoming very uncomfortable to walk around, I felt I had to get home while I was able to move. Pleased to say I got home safely.
    Today I have taken photos of my shopping, I did take a separate photo of what I bought for my sister, I will send the photos to you soon.
    Hope everyone has had a good day, Love Brenda xxx