Sunday, 6 March 2022

Your New Not Used Challenge Cards


Good Sunday Morning Ladies ,

We ended up having a very busy day yesterday,  we had to get 2 new tyres for our car, boy was that expensive! They are one of those things that cost a fortune but you don't see the benefit of spending the money like you would had you bought a nice piece of furniture or craft stash!  They do keep you safe and legal though and the value of that is priceless.  It took 2 hours for them to sort tyres and tracking, we popped into Home Bargains,  ooh Ladies that reminds me to let you know that they had the Embossing Dymo machine for £11.90, which is a good price. 

Lets have a look at your beautiful challenge cards....

Your Challenge Cards 


Janet's Description:

My first card is made using LABLANCHE latest kit called 'EASTER' and as you can see it features Daffs using a beautiful bright yellow colour. I used one of the 12x12 sheets in the kit to decorate the front and the inside of the card.

My second card -is also made using a new kit- from LABLANCHE called 'CLASSIC FLOWERS' These papers just shine in silver with news print behind.

As usual both these kits are just a delight to use. The 12x12 papers are a good weight and of course their die cut embellishments are beautifully cut with a really good quality finish.

Janet your cards are so pretty,  the first card is the most perfect Spring card, it would be perfect for Easter or Mother's Day.  The images are so beautiful, with that subtle mixed media detail in the background, something that LaBlanche do so well. The beautiful floral spray with those butterflies dancing around on your second is delightful,  it would brighten anyone's day.
Thank you so much for taking part in this weeks challenge Janet,  it's good to see you back making cards XXX


Karen's Description:

Card 1: Here’s the finished card using #623 Elegant Spring Flowers plus other sets
Includes a bit of texture paste and some doodling

Card 2:  

Here’s a 4th challenge using my new DO Peacock Feathers and Broken Mesh die.

Card 3: 

   Another card demoed by Janet Pring using #623 Elegant Spring Florals 
Snowdrop stamped in black Torn around the edges and edged Sentiment stamped in Iced Spruce DO I used glossy accents on flower Shaded around flower and fine flicks/specks of black Soot DI 
Background stamped with corner stamp in same set edged with a black Sharpie.

Karen your cards are just amazing, your first card is beautiful,  I love the colour and how you have blended it out across the card, the stamp is one of my favourite stamps that Tracy has designed.  
The blend of colours looks incredible on your second card, Peacock Feathers is a real 'wow' colour, that Broken Mesh die is definitely on ky wish list.
You and Sonia both chose to do a monochrome card, that's so unusual, I absolutely adore that Snowdrop stamp, using it in its simplest form has really highlighted its beauty.  

Thank you so much for creating 3 stunning cards, you have really inspired me XXX


Lilian's Description:

 I used a stamp set called peaceful moments , and the wiggly lines are a Tracy set, which I think are call frames( thanks to you). Ink colours are speckled egg and a green who’s name escapes me.

Oh Lilian I love your Challenge card so much, what a brilliant idea using that Tracy Evans border down the side of your card, it works so well. I love that stamp you have used too.  The beautifully blended background really brings the whole card together. Thank you so much for taking part XXX 


Michele's Description:

Very basic, using that kit I got reduced a while ago. The Easter egg paper is a very old Making cards download.

Lovely cards Michele,  that kit goes so well with the Easter Egg paper, it's so lovely having your cards on our Sunday showcase again.  I am personally delighted that you have felt up to making cards again XXX 


Sonia's Description:

Card 1:

I inked the snowflake background stamp from Chloe’s Creative Cards in gold - it’s actually a very yellow gold and I’m not so sure about it. I die cut my new Hobbycraft snowflakes and added a pearl to the centre of each one. The sentiment is from The Stamp Market.

Card 2: 

I started stamping my background using a KaiserCraft grid stamp, and adding an Inkylicious border and Tracey Hey border stamps. I stamped the round sentiment/patterns and die cut them. They’re all from Tracey Hey stamp sets, which I’ve had for a while but never used. The Friend die is from The Stamp Market and the flowers are Sue Wilson. I love the pop of colour from the pink enamel dots by The Stamp Market 

Sonia you certainly put those new Snowflake dies to good use, you should have bought all they had as your amazing card would have them selling like 'hot cakes' !  That background is stunning too. 

Your monochrome card is amazing,  I love your design so much, the combination of background stamps work so well together, the card has given a whole new look to those Sue Wilson flowers. 
Thank you so much for taking part and inspiring us all my lovely XXX 


Sue's Description:

I used two Distress oxide Sprays that someone very special gave to me and the thank you die is one of a set of 5 different sentiments with a background die if you want to matt and layer it. I have a feeling that I haven’t used the fern die either but if I gave it would only be on one card. 
Have a lovely relaxing day tomorrow my lovely xxx

Sue I always get a warm fuzzy feeling when you take part because it means that you have felt well enough to do one of the things that gives you pleasure.  I am so glad you got to play with your oxide sprays, own up, how much mess did you make?? I love any kind of ferns, I have this die too its a Miss P magazine freebie, it works well as a focal element.   
Thank you so much for taking part my lovely XXX


Ladies this weeks cards are so beautiful,  you have all dig deep into your 'New Stash' baskets and aced this challenge.  I absolutely loved the Challenge, I used stamps I hadnt used for a year!  If I'm honest I could continue for another week or two before I'd clear my basket! 
Thank you so much for showing me that this challenge was a brilliant idea, thank you for taking the time to take part too.  I truly appreciate you all ❤😍🥰😘

I hope you have a lovely relaxing Sunday,

Love and hugs to all of you, 



  1. Nothing relaxing in our house at the moment! Welcome to chaos! I have snuck a few minutes and am sitting in a stash of cards cars and Lego! I wouldn’t have it any other way though!
    Fabulous cards everyone Like SANDRA I could go for another 3 or 4 weeks We must do this one again
    Take care everyone I better go and rescue OH!

  2. Morning Ladies

    What a lovely selection of challenge cards today.
    The kit I bought weeks ago needed opening so I thought I’d attempt a couple of cards . Can’t manage to do too much before my left hand is a problem.
    I have carpal tunnel symptoms and am booked in for surgery on the 30th.


  3. Hi everyone
    Beautiful selection of cards, they’re all fantastic 😊
    Karen, hope you’re having fun amid all the chaos 😉 We wouldn’t have it any other way, would we 😉
    Michele, thinking of you. Hope the op gives you some relief and you can get back to what you love doing 😊
    We’re out to friends tonight for dinner, which will be nice as I don’t have to cook ☺️ I’m also hoping to do some more crafting today, I will be doing a card for #cardsforukraine on Instagram, to show my support.
    Have a good day everyone whatever you’re doing. Sending hugs to you all xxx

  4. Morning Everyone
    What a lovely way to start a Sunday looking at beautiful Challenge Cards.

    MICHELE- it's lovely to have you back. I'll be thinking of you on the30th.

    The CAFE is OPEN though no lunch menu today.
    At last the sun is shining but it feels very cold -not as though I've been through the door yet.

    HUGS are on their way to you all. Have a good Sunday whatever you have planned.
    KAREN I hope you survive through lego

  5. Morning and a happy Sunday to you all.
    Wonderful cards ladies. Love seeing snowdrops and daffodils. Beautiful papers Janet, Stamping from our Lilian,a lovely card,Sonia-gorgeous card,have a nice meal out tonight( our meal last night was superb !) Karen-hope you survive this weekend with having the little ones around. Lovely to see you Michele and your beautiful cards again. Will be thinking of you the 30th! Hoping you not in too much pain.Sue- love ferns too,a lovely card. Seeing some of you soon eeek so excited to be going back to Ally Pally at last 😄
    Had hoped to made a card for today but it didn't work out so might have a look at it again so it could be for this weeks cc. Was it Dots and Stripes ? will have a look what papers I got.
    Have a nice day everyone and take care. Many hugs to you all, Maria xxx

  6. Hello All, lovely sunny day, but a very cold east wind.

    Loved all the cards on show today, all quite lovely.

    Hope you all enjoyed your Sunday , not done much again today. Lilian