Sunday, 12 April 2020

Your Challenge Cards

Good Morning Ladies,

I want to wish you all a Happy Easter, none of us will be spending it as we would choose but we have to make the best of the situation and be thankful for any reason to be celebrating. I hope you all have the best day possible.

You have all created some absolutely amazing Monochrome cards for this weeks Challenge, just look how incredibly talented you are.....


Brenda has designed an amazing Monochrome Challenge card for us this week, using the HoneyDoo Paint Splat stamp and that fantastic Stampin Up 'Happy Birthday' Die. 

Brenda's Description:

'' I used the Splat stamps and oxide Wilted Violet ink pad for colour even inking the edge of the Matt. The sentiment is my favourite StampinUp. Easy and simple once I had decided on the design."

Thank you so much Brenda for taking part this week xxx


Sonia had designed two stunning cards, I just love the effect you have achieved on your first card, what a stunning colour combination!  Your second card is also amazing, you can't beat the traditional Monochrome!

Sonia's Description:

''For the first card I stamped the ‘Brocade’ background stamp onto Kraft card in brown ink. I die cut the Memory Box swirly flower, Tim Holtz butterfly and  Sue Wilson’s pierced flag in Kraft card. The base of the butterfly and circle it sits on were inked in the same brown ink. Sentiment from LOTV.
For my second card I stamped the ‘Swirl’ background onto white card. I die cut the centre part of the ‘Cannetille Rectangle’ from Amazing Paper Grace in black card, and stamped the LOTV sentiment onto the inner shape of the ‘Brillante Rondelle’ also from APG. I finished it off with two small punched flowers.''

Thank you so much for taking part in this weeks challenge XXX


Janet has designed 3 marvellous monochrome cards for this weeks Challenge, the first two using Phil Martin's latest stamps, I have stay Janet that I wasn't really interested in his stamps until you started using them.

Janet's Description:

"My first two are made using the latest Phill Martin stamps. I just couldn't resist these when I saw them demonstrated. The flowers are LaBlanche.
My third offering is made using Tonic dies and Phil Martin backing papers which were launched with his latest stamps"

Thank you so much Janet for taking part in this week's Challenge. XXX 


Karen has designed an adorable New Baby card to welcome her newest Grandson to the family, I love your design, those Animals are so cute, adding them to the apertures highlights them brilliantly.

Karen's Description:

"I wanted to do something new as Charlotte has seen the other styles I do and I think I used SW Shadow box for Oscar’s This one is using SW New Arrivals and was inspired by a card John Lockwood made".

Thank you so much Karen for taking part in this week's Challenge. XXX


Two fantastic cards from Michele this week for the 'Monochrome' Challenge. That die you have usef on your first card is beautiful, so delicately intricate.

Michele's Description:
First card is using Creative Expressions Swirly vine die & the second is using the Happy Birthday edger Die.

Thanks so much my lovely for two fantastic cards XXX


Lilian has designed a stunning card for this weeks 'Monochrome' Challenge,  I absolutely love that stamp that you have used Lilian, it's amazing to see how incredible it looks just using one colour of ink.

Lilian's Description:

"Hi, here is my card for this week,
Stamp is romantic botanic from
Various rectangle dies
Night of navy ink, pulled out with water brush.
Glossy accents on the main flowers."

Thank you so much Lilian for taking part in this week's Challenge. XXX


Two stunning cards from Maria for our Monochrome Challenge, yoye cards are so beautiful Maria, I love that die you have used on that first card, frustrating that it doesn't cut properly, can you not contact Spellbinders and get a replacement? Your second card is so pretty with that lace and beautiful flower.

Maria's Description:

Monochrome cards :
One Black and White, used a Spellbinders die. Hopeless to cut with so
it's going in the bin now  Emoji
My second card is White and Pink with some contrast coloured flowers
stamped, white ribbon and a pink flower from my stash.

Thank you so much Maria for taking part in this week's Challenge. XXX


Ladies, thank you so much, you have designed some incredibly beautiful cards.  As the weather turns cooler thank goodness we have our craft rooms to keep our minds from stressing over the news.

I hope you can enjoy whats left of the weekend,

Love & Hugs to all of you,



  1. Morning Ladies

    Happy Easter 🐣

    What a fantastic selection of challenge cards today. Great challenge Sandra. My cards were ones I’d already made as I haven’t felt up to crafting.
    I had a lovely lazy day yesterday sitting out reading, unfortunately I must have stayed in the sun (despite putting the sunshade up) and was a tiny bit sunburnt yesterday evening!
    We have sunshine again today-think we’re going for a walk to the beach-probably this morning in the hopes we don’t meet anyone.


    1. Stay safe in the sun as well as outside Michele.
      Enjoy your walk to and along the beach.

  2. Morning Everyone
    Love all of this week's CCs.
    Once again all so very different in every way.

    The CAFE is OPEN-usual hours- Today's lunch menu is roast beef so place your orders.

    HUGS are winging their way to you.PLEASE TAKE CARE AND STAY SAFE.xxxx

    1. Yes please Janet. I’d love a beef roast dinner.

  3. Today’s cards are terrific I love how every single one of us has done something completely different and I’m falling in love with a lot of the products some of you have used
    MARIA- Don’t put the die in the bin Get in touch with Spellbinders and get a replacement They need to keep their customers and so might be very accommodating
    GRANDSON has a name! CHARLIE I love it and really sits with his surname
    OH is already up! and finishing painting the fence Mainly because the sun isn’t on it at the moment so he can see what he’s doing He’s then got longer to sunbathe
    I am definitely going into my craft room I bought a cheap advent calendar kit fro Aldi It’s not brilliant The seam allowances are definitely not 1cm more like a scant 1/2cm So it’s proving to be very fiddly Oh well good for practicing on new machine
    Take care all xx

    1. Love the new babies name Karen. Sounds like the namevCharlie suits him. Not that we’ve seen a picture yet.

  4. Hi Sandra & ladies
    Happy Easter everyone,
    Wow what a stunning array of cards today. They are all gorgeous. Please don’t throw your die away Maria. Spell binders should replace it. It won’t harm to complain about it and ask will it.
    Once again we have sunshine. It’s a bit hazy at the moment but will hopefully pop out properly later. The man who lives in number 2 was out yesterday mowing the grass outside of his house yesterday afternoon. The couple of days before he’s been trying to dig out a sort of tree bush in his front garden. It’s been too hot for that kind of work. It’s proving to be hard work by the looks of it. I rang to see how Doreen was yesterday and she’s improving. So they’re still not sure if she had a mild version off the virus or not as she wasn’t tested. At 89 she’s a very tough cookie.
    Not much going on today today. Well not much goes on any day ladies does it. Well nothing exciting anyway.
    Thinking of you Cheryl.
    Hugs to everyone and stay safe.

  5. Well my friend Beryl has just rung for a chat. She’s been stranded in Australia these past few weeks. She hold dual passports for Germany and the Uk. Anyway she brought to Germany by their government. She spent 5 days with her brother in Germany before being airlifted back to The UK.
    She was astonished that NO health checks were done by the German Authorities nor the English authorities. . . .

  6. No she hasn’t been stranded in Australia. Her granddaughter was. Note to myself must read what I’ve typed before posting.

  7. Hi Sandra and all in the Cafe today. Lots of beautiful cards to look at and gain inspiration from. There are some gorgeous stamps and papers that have been used. I hope you all have a day that is as good as possible in the circumstances!
    Karen, Charlie is a great boys name. Will Oscar be able to say it? Gem couldn’t say Richard or Richie but used to call him something that sounded like RJ which happens to be his first and middle initials so it stuck and he has been called RJ by the family ever since. I hope both the boys and Mum and Dad are enjoying being a family of four. Sending love and hugs to you all. I love your card, saw something similar on Pinterest and saved it 😄 xx
    I’m sat in the garden at the moment and will be ringing Mum for a chat in a while. Sending love and hugs to you all with extras for Lynda, Mum and all In need. Take care xx

  8. Hi Sandra and everyone.
    Happy Easter, I hope you’re all enjoying the day whatever you are doing 😊
    Wonderful selection of cards today, love them all.
    Maria, don’t throw that die away. Is it actually damaged? (I have one from memory box, where you can actually see the damage along the cutting edge, only a small bit, but I can still use it) If it’s damaged badly I would try contacting Spellbinders. Looking at your card though, it looks okay. Can you try using some extra shims if it’s not damaged?
    Karen, glad Charlie has a name, how lovely 😊
    Enjoy the rest of your day everyone. Sending hugs xxx

  9. Hi Sandra and ladies
    WOW another fantastic aray of beautiful cards today love them all
    KAREN I love the name of your new grandson it's a shame you can't meet him yet.
    Not upto much we have face timed
    Both Lisa and Darren so that was nice.
    Hope you all enjoy the rest of your weekend stay safe love Lynda xxxx
    Michele thank you so much for your card lovely Easter card i really love the dies you have used.

  10. Hi everyone and Happy Easter.
    Fabulous cards in the cafe' today, I love them all.
    I will ask Spellbinders if they can help me out, thanks everyone for the help.
    Charlie is a lovely name, hope mum and baby are doing fine. Congratulate them all from us.
    Another beautiful day so did our walk this morning. Nearly finished husband card 😯 hihi It have taken me days because I have changed it so,so many times :/ Shame his party had to be cancelled tho but we are having a Chinese at home so we have to do something when this Corona is over but the scary thing was on the news that some people who have had it, have got it again ?! I thought when you had it you would be immune ?
    Going to sit outside to read for a bit before dinner need cooking now so wishing you all a lovely day and how many of you will have some chocolate to the coffee after tea tonight ? 😁 💕😉 Many hugs, Maria xx

    1. I’m glad your going to contact Spellbinders Maria about your die.
      I haven’t heard that news about some people who’ve had it had caught it again. That’s a bit worrying isn’t it.