Sunday 27 June 2021

Your Challenge Cards


Good Sunday Morning Ladies,

I hope you are all well, we have nice weather yesterday,  a bit overcast, perfect weather for getting jobs in garden done without overheating.  Paul is a nightmare for putting suncream on, he judt says 'i'll stay in shade", mostly because he doesn't like the greasy feeling,  especially if you are creating dust by digging etc.  Do any of you have stubborn husbands? 

Sonia suggested a brilliant challenge for us this week, using the Sentiment as the main feature of the card, so lets look at what you all created....


Sonia's Description :

"First one uses a KaiserCraft birthday sentiment stamp. The sentiment across the top is from Tracey Hey and the guitar is from Britannia Dies.
Second card is an Inkylicious stamp, stamped over Triangle Fade stencil by Clearly Besotted and I’ve used Tim Holtz Crotchet die across the bottom. 
Third card is Reverse Confetti die and stamp. Speckled Egg inked background and Memory Box snowflakes.
Third card is another Inkylicious sentiment on distress inked background with Tim Holtz stencil and stamps. The flower is from Becca Feeken."

Fifth card:
Reverse Confetti ‘You’re So’ dies and SugarPea Designs ‘Simply Fabulous’ stamp set. Tim Holtz stencil in Spun Sugar distress ink xx"

So many beautiful cards Sonia, so much inspiration, something for every one and most occasions covered in your amazing card collection.  Thank you for suggested such a fantastic challenge and for sharing so much inspiration too XXX


Brenda's Description:
I saw a card on Pinterest using this paper and I didn’t have the stamp the large HAPPY birthday stamp the lady used (its in the SU catalogue and on my wish list now) so I compromised, I added a thin gold mat and used Phil Martin’s charmed rectangle to finish it off. On hindsight I should have kept it plain. Anyway this is my card - plus two others that you don’t have to use.

I am also attaching Johns anniversary card but you don’t have to use it but it does fit the brief. The papers were all from the works I think it was a Tatty Ted pad that I’ve had for ever .

Another card I made that also fits the brief, It was Callum 18th  - I can’t remember if I have sent it to you,  if you’ve seen it before don’t feel you have to use it. The inspiration came from good old Pinterest. I was really pleased how it turned out.

Oh Brenda that background paper is 😍 beautiful, it really works well with the vellum sentiment in gold embossing, which matches perfectly with the gold in the background.  John's anniversary card is lovely too, it gets harder to find new ideas every year. Such a clever idea to use the Diamond dies.  Your card for Callum is pure Genius, perfect for teenagers.  Thank you so much for 3 very inspirational cards XXX 


Karen's Description:

First Card
The HAPPY  and BIRTHDAY are Sue W dies and the dancers are by La Blanche
It’s for a very good Salsa friend The dancers are cut in CE black gloss card

Second card 
This is the PP card I was talking about Very hard to photograph PP
I was going to use old gold card but was too much
I used Bronze Blush, Firework Burst (bad choice on black) Golden Mint and Rich Gold on Super Thick Slap it On and Kraft card for sentiment “Chris” (man) was cut on ScanNCut 
It does look better in real life It’s got lots of texture and shine

Two amazing Challenge cards Karen, the first card I just love everything about, the image of the dancing couple is so lovely!
The texture on your second card is incredible, it looks like a really derp emboss, the iridescence from the Pixie Powders is amazing, I am surprised how much of the shine shows upon camera. Thank you so much for two inspirational Challenge cards XXX 

Michele's Description:

First card uses an Ebay die  & a lattice embossing folder. Second card is a Sue Wilson Thanks Die &  a cuttlebug Dots embossing Folder. Third card has a text embossing folder (A4 size) for the background, Cuttlebug Thanks Die & the coloured swirls are Stampin Up. Fourth card -I used a mini tag die and an alphabet die, both magazine freebies.

Thanks Michele, I love all of your Thank you cards, I know your work colleagues will too, each card is do neatly matted and layered and beautifully finished.  Thank you so much for 4 amazing Challenge cards. XXX 


Lilian has designed a beautiful floral birthday card for this weeks challenge. The stencilled background works so well with that pretty floral detail, I can't tell if you have stamped the flower or its fussy cut? Hopefully you can let me know below. Thst sentiment works perfectly for the challenge,  it is a lovely font too.
Thank you so much Lilian for taking part in this weeks challenge XXX 


Janet's Description:


My first card was made using backing paper from 'PRIMA- MIDNIGHT GARDEN. The stamp set is named   'BEAUTIFUL WORLD'.

My second card this week was again using backing paper from 'PRIMA MIDNIGHT GARDEN. This time the stamp set is named  'REMEMBER'

Oh Janet both of your cards are so beautiful,  the background papers are so pretty, I love the silk and Crocheted flower embellishments that you have added to both cards,  the sentiments are brilliant too.  Thank you so much for taking part. XXX 


Thanks again Sonia for choosing this weeks challenge, We have had some beautiful cards made this week. Thank you ladies for taking part and supporting Sonia's choice. XXX 

We are off to celebrate with Paul's family this afternoon, we are celebrating Paul's parents 60th Anniversary and Paul's Dad's 80th birthday. We haven't seen some of Paul's siblings for 2 years, so it will be nice to catch up with everyone,  fingers crossed gor good weather!!! 

I hope that you all have a lovely Sunday, 

Love and hugs to all of you, 



  1. Morning Ladies

    What a fantastic selection of challenge cards today. Thank you Sonia for suggesting this challenge.

    I did make a Christmas challenge card but it must have gone list in space. The reason I have made so many Thank You cards is I have been asked to my40 (10 of each design) for the local branch of my Union. They’re producing a calendar for 2022 which is all about a hobby you have done or found during the pandemic . The cards are to say thanks to every entrant. Let’s hope they’re got their numbers right!


  2. Amazing cards ladies All so different I love that paint splat (the one with guitar) SONIA How did you do that Those “Than you” cards have really inspired me too MICHELE
    We are our own worst critics. BRENDA but I adore your card
    One if mine is stuck down wonky AND why did I go to all of that bother cutting out all of the mats when looking at the photo I need only have cut a white frame Anyway the guy loved the dancer card
    We are going up to the bowls club this morning for a practice It’s for us newbies So should prove interesting
    I hope your trip goes alright SANDRA I will be thinking of you
    Take care all xx

    1. Forgot to say thank you SONIA for a great challenge I loved it I wanted to do more I just ran out of time

    2. Thank you Karen 😊 I used a stamp from the ‘Paint Splodges’ set by Honey Doo Crafts xx

  3. Morning Everyone
    Thank you SONIA for a great Challenge.It made me dig deep into my stamp box finding stamps I'd completely forgotten about.

    So many wonderful cards each and everyone so different.
    The CAFE is OPEN - usual hours.
    SANDRA have a really good day.Hope traffic isn't too bad.

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

  4. Hi everyone
    Wow, wow, wow! A lovely selection of cards. They’re all wonderful and I love them all. Thank you so much for accepting the challenge 😊
    Some of my happy mail did arrive yesterday morning, so I was able to make the last card 😊
    Michele, I love all your thank you cards - what a wonderful idea. You’ve also inspired me to make more Thank you cards and given me a reason to buy another Thank you die which I’ve had my eye on πŸ˜‰☺️
    I hope you all have a lovely day. Sandra enjoy your family day xx
    Sending hugs to you all xxx

  5. Hello Sandra and ladies,

    WOW what amazing selection of challenge cards they are all so beautiful, Sonia thank you for suggesting this challenge,

    Sandra enjoy the family gathering today, after not seeing them for two years I’m sure you will all have loads to catch up on.

    My day is being spent pottering in the garden. our daughter is going to call in at some point, that will be a nice excuse to enjoy a cuppa. Not sure Ciara will make it though she went shopping in Westfield Shopping Centre yesterday with two school friends, it was a sort of treat after a week of mock GCSES, I’m sure she will be exhausted.

    However you are spending your day enjoy - i hope it will be relaxing.
    Take care, love Brenda xxx

  6. Hi Sandra and all in the Cafe today. Your nieces painting is fantastic, I love the detail. Another talented artist in the family. I hope the celebrations go well today and that all goes well tomorrow’s at your Mums interment. Good luck on Tuesday. Painful but so important xx
    We have all of the grands for the weekend so hectic but wonderful to be able to have them all again. And Chris jnr will become a big brother at the end of January so even more love and pleasure to comeπŸ₯°
    Sending love and hugs to you all with extras for all in need. Take care xx

  7. Hi ladies.
    Fabulous cards from you all ladies. Love the sentiments on your cards and so many inspirations. Love them all.
    Hope your day is fine with all the celebrations Sandra. Hopefully Mrs A will be back and join us in the cafe' again soon :)
    Forgot to say what a bargain you got Michele for the box, so much crafting stuff.Have fun playing.
    Wonderful news Sue,hope all goes well.Hugs to Mamma and Pop.
    Nice being back home after 10 days touring and sleep in own bed. Hope you all have had a nice day.
    Take care everyone,hugs Maria xx

  8. Hello All, very wet and really cold here, more rain to come.

    Sonia what a great challenge this week and a great response from everyone, mine was Off the mark, but feeling totally uninspired, but a bit of fussy cutting was all I could come up with.

    Sandra hope you’ve had a lovely day with family.

    Hope you all had a good day, Lilian