Sunday 28 March 2021

Your Challenge Cards


Good Sunday Morning Ladies,

Have you all remembered to put your clocks forward, yipppeee...lighter evenings are on the way!

I hope that you are all having an enjoyable weekend, we spent most of the late morning/early afternoon shopping for Seed and potting compost a few new seed trays ready to get sowing, potting up and potting on, veg and flower plants.  I can't wait to see the garden in full bloom and hopefully an abundant supply of fresh vegetables!  

Anyway let's get on and see the gorgeous challenge cards that you all made using New craft products that you had bought and not gotten round to using...........

I never really mention the cards that I make but I have to say I love everyone of the cards that I made, I thoroughly enjoyed making them, it felt good using the things that I hadn't gotten around to opening yet! 


Oh Brenda, your cards are just so beautiful, I love both of them, your second card is stunning, I have just bought some Sizzix dies as I saw a sneak peak of the free dies and sample cards that featured in the Die Cutting Essentials magazine and fell in love with the look. I love all of the angles and the delicate flowers.

Brenda's Description:

2 stunning cards Brenda, thank you so much for taking part in this weeks challenge XXX


Janet, like you, I cannot get enough of the stunning Stamperia papers that you share with us.  These two cards are fantastic, the Steampunk style of your first card can be tricky to incorporate into feminine cards but you have 100% made it work, your card is amazing and as always the papers have layers and layers of detail.
Your second card is a perfect man card, it's a perfect blend of vintage and travel, the contrast between the black and white background and the lovely colourful tags really works, a card perfect for any occasion.

Janet's Description:

''My first Challenge Card for this week is made using STAMPERIA papers and the theme is 'AROUND THE WORLD'.

My second card is again STAMPERIA and the theme here is 'LADY VAGABOND'. This set of papers match with 'sir Vagabond'.

Thank you so much Janet for taking part and creating two amazingly detailed challenge cards XXX


Karen just look at the three stunning cards that you have designed for this weeks challenge, they are all so different, all amazing. 
The umbrella card is so pretty, so bright and vibrant and would make anyone smile.
2nd card is brilliant by design, I really love these new letter stamps and boxes that you bought from Clarity, the sentiments just stand our so perfectly, I love your blended background and Tracey's stamp works perfectly.
3rd card, this card has everything, texture from the texture paste, beautiful blended background, those quirky flowers work perfectly with the design and the tiny bits of background stamping here and there bring the whole card together.

Karen's Description:

"1st card made using free gifts from Issue 185 of Papercraft Essentials Magazine"

"1) Shaded Lilac with Cracked Pistachio Gesso circles and rubbed along the edges Tracey Evans Fritillaria stamp and Circled numbers New item is Clarity Alphabet stamps done first and then masked off
2) is a Woodware stamp coloured with Caran D’ache pencils and Faded Jeans and Cracked Pistachio DO"

Karen thank you so much for creating 3 stunning challenge cards, some of your most outstanding work, I love them all XXX


Lilia what a lovely scene you have created for your Challenge card for this weeks challenge, the trailing vines give real movement to the scene and work perfectly with the Fairies, I always think that your cards are like mini works of art.

Lilian's Description:

" I Used Lavinia stamps, that I hadn’t used before and oxides and my intense pencils for the colours."

Thank you so much Lilian for designing such a lovely, inspirational card for this weeks challenge XXX


Oh Maria I just love the lovely scene that you have created for your challenge card, I have these stamps but would never have put together something as amazing as this, everything is coloured so beautifully, I could really do with a paddle in that stream right now, you even remembered to pack your towel into your backpack, I know that you and Rick would like to climb those mountains but I am happy to wait for you sitting by the river, don't forget the picnic though !😂😂

Maria's Description:

"My card is made from stamps that came with Creative Stamping, think it said

Issue 183, and I followed the photo that was in the magazine as best I could."

Thank you so much Maria for inspiring me, I really want to get that stamp set out and have a play now, your card is amazing, thank you for taking part XXX


Michele hasn't quite gotten around to adding the sentiments to these stunning cards, the soft colour palette is so delicate that they would work with almost any background colour, as Michele has shown with the different combinations above. 
Michele stepped out of her comfort zone and sat and fussy-cut all of the flowers and foliage for these decoupaged designs.  They are all from an Ella's Design Download.

Thank you so much Michele, I absolutely love the pretty designs that you have created, perfect for this weeks challenge XXX


Sonia what a perfect simple and stunning design, the amount of detail in the stamp is really highlighted by stamping it onto a subtle background, you can just see the hint of pink in the background, the rounded corners give the card a real 'designer' look too.  The sentiment sums the card up perfectly.  

Sonia's Description:

"Just a quick card from me this week.

I used my new ‘Pale Blush’ Pixie Sparkles to create the coloured background - unfortunately it doesn’t show up very well in the photo, but it’s a mix of pink and silver.

When it was dry I stamped my new Woodware ‘Butterfly’ stamp in Archival ink. I added a Tim Holtz quote and matted on black card."

Thank you so much for such a stunning card Sonia, this card is a fine example of the statement ''Less is definitely more', such an inspirational design, XXX


Firstly Sue I want to thank you for pushing yourself to take part in this weeks challenge, I know that your craft inspiration has been absent for a few weeks, I am hoping that this means that it might be coming back, hopefully in time for us to start crafting together sometime soon.  
Now I am not sure if the colours are coming across the same in the photograph but at first sight I thought that these backgrounds would be perfect colours for Christmas cards, I could just imagine a sprig of holly where you have put your little tags and maybe a Banner sentiment. 

Sue's Description:

"I sat and made some backgrounds with Brushos that I die cut with a SW striplet die, the Hi is X Cut alphabet and a random small flower from my stash. "

Thank you so much Sue I am so happy to be sharing your cards on our Challenge Gallery again XXX


Ladies, I truly hope that you all enjoyed this challenge as much as I did, I will hold my hands up and say that " I still have things in my 'New/Unused' Basket"  is anyone else going to confess too?!!!

Thank you so very much to all of you, you have all made some stunning cards XXX

Enjoy the rest of your Sunday my lovelies,

Love and hugs to all of you,

Sandra                                                                                                                                                      xxxxxx


  1. Morning Everyone
    Well I don't know about springing into Spring but our first day has started like the first full on Autumn day.
    We have torrential rain and high winds. It can only get better.

    What a set of fantastic cards on the board this week.
    Each and everyone so different and all so beautful.

    Not sure what to do today. I just feel like snuggling down and not moving very much.

    The CAFE is of course OPEN to everyone. Lunch menu today is Roast Beef with traditional veg and Bakewell Tart for afters. You know what to do if you wish.
    HUGS are on their way to you all.HAVE A GOOD DAY;TAKE CARE AND STAY SAFE.xxxx

  2. Like JANET has just said It feels like Autumn is here! It will be nice to have the light evenings though
    Today’s cards are amazing Mine really took me out of my comfort zone The umbrella one was a bit fiddly It was the first time I really got to grips with masking I had to hold my breath as I was scared that I was stamping over my image even though I knew fair well that it was masked!
    I hope to start on this week’s challenge later but a pile of ironing is staring at me first!
    Take care all xx

  3. Morning Ladies

    What a fantastic selection of challenge cards today. I wasn’t expecting to see anything from me as I’ve not had much time to craft. Yesterday morning I got a phone call from a friend asking if I could do some shopping for her as she wasn’t feeling well since having her 2nd vaccine and her husband was back in hospital. Did her shopping and delivered it to her porch. By then it was lunchtime di I attempted a card after lunch and made an absolute mess of it when I glued it! I was tired & fed up by this point do I abandoned everything.
    I’m struggling with pins+ needles/numbness in my left hand a lot now so I’m the steroid injections tomorrow give me done relief.

    We have a very wet & windy day here so definitely no gardening.


  4. Hi Sandra & ladies
    Wow what a stunning array of cards on display today. Just love them all.
    Today is very very windy, but as yet no rain.
    Amy brought me over a couple of cakes that she’d made for Matty birthday. I got really cold standing on the doorstep even though I had my fleece on. She must have been frozen by the time she left as she only had leggings and a jumper on. We chatted for about 20 mins. Then Keith knocked and said can I have the spare front door key as he’d forgotten to take his out with him. By the time he’d decided to go home Karen & Amber came back from a walk with the dogs.
    Yes please to the roast beef Janet, it’s my favourite meat and I very rarely have it now.
    Take care everyone and stay safe.

  5. Hi ladies
    Meant to say I didn’t put my clocks forward as I forgot. However, apart from the clock in the living room and the microwave clock, the other do it automatically.
    Hope the steroid injection will be able to give you some relief Michele. I’ll be keeping my fingers crossed. I did try to comment under your comment but blogger wouldn’t publish it for some reason.

  6. Hi everyone.
    So many lovely cards, so nice to see them all. Have plenty more that never been used new and old,stamps as dies so could easily do this cc again for another time.
    Horrible outside and so wet and cold so no walk today. I'm just catching up with some on the planner today until sport takes over this afternoon.
    Have a good day everyone,hugs xxx

  7. Hello All, very cold and windy here, why do the gales blow as soon as my daffy and tulips start flowering.

    Love all the cards today, so many different styles. I still have loads of things I have found that I haven’t used.

    Not doing much today, cleaned my oven this morning, it’s gets grubby as R cooks the meals sometimes as of course he doesn’t wipe it out.
    Have a lovely day all, Lilian

  8. Hello Sandra and ladies,

    What a fantastic selection of challenge cards, all so different and so inspiring.

    The weather here is very cold and quite a breezy outside, yesterday we had sunshine most of the day with a slight breeze, managed to get two machine loads of washing dried outside. That was a real pick me up.

    Nothing much happening here today I have a piece of Pork in a marinade ready to go in the oven for dinner later. Potato’s and vegetables are all prepared, so I think maybe a sit down and read for an hour sounds good.

    Take care everyone and stay safe.
    Love Brenda xxx

  9. Hi everyone
    Gorgeous selection of cards today, love them all.
    A bitter cold wind today, but dry at least, and our blossom tree seems to be holding out 😊
    Not doing much this afternoon, Mark watching the Grand Prix and I’m just lazing on the sofa.
    Hope you’re all having a good day. Hugs to you all xxx

  10. Hi Sandra and all in the Cafe today. All of the cards are great, and all so different. I am glad that I finally made some backgrounds that are half way decent from the unused Brushos that have been sat in a drawer for ages.
    Maybe this could be a challenge a few times a year as we all seem to have stash waiting to be used 😄
    I love the Die cutting magazine this month, will be off to Craft stash to get a copy. Thank you Michele for the great review and to Brenda for sharing your gorgeous card using the freebies, your zig zag(?) card is so pretty too, love the simplicity of it xx
    Karen, I hope you get a good deal on the garden furniture. And it is so good to hear that you are enjoying your job so much now xx
    Pat, I woke up yesterday and changed the bedroom clock straight away thinking it was Sunday. As Chris had already gone out I didn’t realise until I put the tv on downstairs a couple of hours later!!!😄xx
    It is very windy and chilly here again today, not nice at all. Sending love and hugs to you all with extras for Lynda,Mum and all in need. Take care xx