Sunday 7 February 2021

Your Challenge cards

Good Sunday Morning Ladies,

Ooh Ladies I hope that you are all wrapped up warm on this very chilly Sunday, I watched the weather on Friday evening and the chap said that with wind chill the temperature would feel like -5 !!! It may be colder for some of you in more rural areas.  It felt a lot colder yesterday, I did suggest to Paul that we leave the heating on 'constant' to keep the house at an even temperature, needless to say he thought it was unnecessary, it's not him thats up twice in the night to go to the loo, there is no heating in our downstairs toilet and I can confirm that that cold seat really wakes you up with a shock!  There are things that I wouldn't enjoy about having the heating on all night too, I find it really uncomfortable sleeping in a really warm bedroom, I do prefer for the air to be cooler and have the sheet and quilt pulled right up to my chin, which is ok unless you are reading your Kindle, then you have to keep getting your arm out to turn (swipe) the page. 

There has been a lovely response to the Challenge again this week, I  hope that you are enjoying them, I hope to have some fun stamping this week for our next challenge.   

So without further delay here are your fantastic TicTacToe Challenge cards......


Brenda made this stunning Birthday card for Lucy, it also works perfectly for this weeks challenge. 

Using Categories:  Birthday/Texture/Ribbon

Absolutely stunning card Brenda , I would love to know how you created the backgrounds on the girls cards tbey look textured but feel smooth? ! The girls were delighted with their cards thank you XXX


Sonia has used one of her newer dies to create this absolutely stunning Birthday card, you really do produce some Stunning 'Kraft' card projects Sonia.

Sonia's Description :

Here’s my challenge card, sorry just a quick simple one this week.


I used Kraft card and white card, coloured with Antique Linen distress ink. The flowers are Sue Wilson. Sentiment from LOTV.

Thank you so much for such an inspirational Challenge card Sonia XXX


Wow Lilian I love your 'Under the sea' style background, the colours, stamps and stencils you have used have worked perfectly to create that underwater look. I really love the Seahorse too, the colours are lovely and everything ties together brilliantly.

Lilian's Description:

I masked the outside , the sea horse is a digital download, first colouring with my copics, still more practice needed. Oxide ink stencilled through Lavinia  stencil, Lavinia foliage stamps.


Thank you so much Lilian, your card has really got me wanting to play with  backgrounds! XXX


A gorgeous 50th Birthday card from Cheryl for this weeks TicTacToe Challenge, I love the colours you have used Cheryl, your ribbon flowers are stunning and match the colour of your card perfectly.
Cheryl's Description:

Challenge card for this Sunday. Fiona wanted a girly girl 50th birthday  card for her bff Sarah, I just have to add her name when I can find the Alphabet stamps  haha Her criteria matched this week's  challenge. xxx


Thank you so much Cheryl for taking part in this weeks Challenge, your card is amazing XXX


Karen I can see that you really enjoyed this challenge, both of your cards are 'Extra Special', the first card is a gorgeous Shaker card, I thought it was funny that you and I were making at the same time and had no idea!! I love all of the lovely purple tones in that card too.

Your second card has be my favourite of the two though, I am in love 😍 with that incredible background and I really want to have a go!! 

Karen's Description:

Card 1:  

The My tic tac toe is window- Birthday- texture

I printed front leaving a gap to cut the window and cut numbers on ScanNCut The texture is bed of Roses EF

Card 2

Background is Super Thick Slap it On through an Aall & Create stencil Then sprinkled with various colours of PP and the sentiment is a cheap one from Wish


Thank you so much Karen for two truly inspirational challenge cards XXX


Oh Janet, three amazing challenge cards, all using the incredible 'Stamperia' papers if I am not mistaken.  I love the gorgeous colours of the Hydrangeas' in your first card, the colours run throughout the card, such a pretty scene.  A more masculine card for your second design, as always with your cards everything ties together perfectly, the mdf clock piece is the perfect thing for this particular design, I love the little frames and ephemera that you get with the Stamperia kits.   Your Granddaughter is going to love the beautiful, personalised card that you have designed for her, such beautiful ladies combined with newsprint and wildflowers, it really does work.

Janet's Description:

All three of my Challenge cards were made using STAMPERIA papers.


My first card was made using HORTENSIA papers and I used Window/flowers/birthday from the grid. 

My second card is made using papers from the pad IMAGINE and I used NEUTRALS/BIRTHDAY/FLOWERS.

 For my last Challenge card this week I used SIR VAGABOND papers and used  Circles /Window/Birthday.

Thank you so very much Janet for 3 stunning challenge cards XXX


Maria you just cannot avoid smiling when you look at any image of a Meercat, they are the cutest of creatures, we spend absolutely ages just sat watching them at the Wildlife Park.  Your colouring is just brilliant, I wish I could achieve such perfect results when I did it!  Your first card could be sent for a birthday or simply to cheer somebody up, opening that envelope would guarantee a smile.  Such a pretty bouquet of brightly coloured flowers for your second card, once again they are coloured beautifully, I love the spring colours too.  I love all of the animals peeping through the holes, what a brilliant idea my lovely X

Maria's Description:

On two of my cards this week I have used Animal stamps from 

Made to surprise so made one into Animals,Birthday and Circles.

Second one I played with some Masking,Flowers and Window.

In the third one I used again a bit of Masking,Flowers and the

die I won from Sue's latest die range. Hope you like them

Maria thank you so much for making me smile, your cards are amazing XXX


Michele went for Neutral tones for her challenge card this week, I really like that Circles die Michele, such a great design.  I believe it is one of Michele's latest purchases (that she used her £50 prize voucher to buy).  The dotty background works great with the 'circles' theme too. The vertical sentiment is a perfect fit !! 

Michele's Description:

I use one of the new crafters companion dies I bought with my prize voucher. Embossed background (bubbles), card candi in Kraft card & a Diecut sentiment.


Thanks so much Michele for another fantastic challenge card XXX


Ladies thank you so much, your cards are so inspirational, some of the best that I have seen as examples for this TicTacToe challenge.  I am going to try and share them on Pinterest with this particular challenge tagged in, so that others can see your inspiration too.

I hope that you all stay warm and cosy this weekend,

Love and hugs to all of you,



  1. Morning Ladies

    Some great challenge cards today. I struggled with this challenge but probably because it’s been a strange week for me.

    We had non stop rain yesterday so I spent some time in my craft room. Hopefully the forecast is correct for today & we’ll be able to get out.


  2. Morning Everyone
    Oh what a lovely set of CCs this week.So much inspiration in all of them.

    I shall be having a very quiet day today sitting with my feet up.

    The CAFE is OPEN as usual so pop in when you can.Sorry no Sunday lunch today.
    HUGS are winging their way to youall.PLEASE TAKE CARE AND STAY SAFE.xxxx

  3. Oh ladies! You have made some stunning cards I really enjoyed playing with the clear texture paste and will be doing that technique again with different stencils and colours It made me get out PP’s which I’ve had for years
    We didn’t get any snow as forecast but it’s mighty windy and cold Won’t be going far from the sofa today!
    I did go for a walk in the rain yesterday and I quite enjoyed it It felt milder/warmer and there was a beautiful rainbow
    Take care all xx

    1. PS Who’d have thought that SANDRA and I were making shaker cards at the same time! 😀

  4. Morning ladies,

    Wow Wow wow, wonderful selection of cards for this weeks challenge.
    Each one is gorgeous.

    I had an early phone call from my surgery yesterday with an appointment o have my first Covid vaccination. Quite a surprize as the last NHS letter stated it would be the end of February before I got the first one. So off I toddled to North Petherton Rugby club with Fiona driving in case of any reactions.

    Love 7 hugs
    Cheryl xxx

    1. I hope your vaccination jab goes ok Cheryl. Like my surgery, seems that yours is ahead of the curve.

  5. Hi Sandra and ladies
    Wow. A stunning collection of cards today. They are all stunning. I like Maria’s animal cards. Lovely for small children.
    No snow here today but it’s cold and windy out. I’m not to sure if I’m going out for a walk today, as I’ve had a bad back fir the last couple of days and still have it today.
    Take care and stay safe everyone.

  6. Afternoon everyone.

    Wonderful cc's all around and I love some of the backgrounds that have been made by Karen, Brenda and Lilian, gorgeous colours and textures on some cards.
    Lovely papers from our Janet. Take it easy today and have dinner on us instead today. We are having boiled beef,roasties and yorkshire puddings thanks to Aunt Bessie and a horseradish sauce, can't find any fresh so will be from the jar today. Wonder if you can grow the radish yourself in the garden ?
    Pat- hope your back soon feels better,gentle hugs.
    No walk today, too cold and too achy for that so hoping to watch a film with OH after the football.
    Wishing you all a good day and warm hugs are sent for you all today, take care xxx

    1. Thanks Maria. I hope your feeling a bit better as well. Yes it’s much to cold to go out for a walk. I have hung some washing out though.

  7. Hello Sandra and ladies,
    What a fantastic selection of challenge cards on display today. Maria I love your animal cards. Michele your circles are great even using a EF to give a great background. Janet three lovely cards, I can’t pick a favourite as I love them all. Lillian love your card, the colours are perfect. Hope you are enjoying using your Copic pens. Cheryl what a beautiful classy card, love the colours you have used. Karen, WOW Two amazing cards, both are really lovely.

    We have had snow most of the day, very fine it didn’t settle until the afternoon. But the roads a pathways are very wet so hopefully it won’t freeze overnight.

    Have a good evening everyone. Love Brenda xxx

  8. Hi everyone
    Loving all of today’s cards 😍 Great background Karen on your second card.
    No snow today apart from a few very light flurries, but a bitterly cold wind. Snow forecast for tonight, but whether we’ll get any remains to be seen.
    Hope you’ve all had a good day. Enjoy your evening.
    Sending hugs to you all xxx