Good Morning Ladies,
The theme for this weeks Challenge was to make cards without using any Dies, let's just say you all did an amazing job, so without further delay here are your cards...
Lilian has made a fantastic card using up some of her large stash of pretty decorative papers, the beautiful bird stamped centre piece works perfectly with the Bird Egg backing paper. I'm sure your Nephew will love this card Lilian, thank you for taking part. I hope that you are a little more comfortable today XXX
Cheryl has made two fantastic cards for this Challenge, one with the ever popular Gorjuss Collection, I just love this collection. The second card looks like it is from a Kit, perfect for the little ones, a fun card that looks like it rocks too! Thanks so much Cheryl for taking part XXX
Tracy has gone for a 'Grunge' or distressed look for her Challenge card this week, I love that script background with the Metallic Flowers on top, it works so well, that backing paper you have used is fantastic too. A fantastic card, it's so lovely having you take part in the challenge each week Tracy, hope your back is easier today too xxx
Pat, yes I did say 'PAT' Has made two Challenge cards this week, both with the Stampin' Up 'Floral Phrases' Stamp set, I love the 'So Saffron' (yellow) one the most I think! Two fantastic cards Pat, so lovely to have you taking part in the challenge XXX
Sue has entered the Challenge too, love this card Sue, using a cute little MDF tree decorated with buttons, I love the little polka dot ones Sue ! The printed 'Happy Birthday' ribbon is a great idea as you don't have to include a sentiment.
Fantastic card Sue, thank you soooooo much my lovely XXX
Val, omg I love those cute little fish, Val masked off lines across her card and then sponged the blue ink inbetween, then used her 'Faux Misti' to stamp the fish and Sentiment. An amazing card Val, I am so pleased you are finding your stamp tool useful! Thanks for taking part Val XXX
Karen has made two very different Challenge cards this week, the first is very 'Arty' by design, using both coloured and non coloured images together, here is Karen's description.....
"This card is made up of two images from an old MCS CD-ROM I cut (by trimmer!) the sentiment and part of the coloured image It is being posted to U.S.A, So is totally flat"
When I first saw this second card I thought that the crocheted image was the actual piece of Crochet!! But it is an image of a crocheted piece, it is beautiful though! Karen added the funny sentiment over the image, it originally came from a mug, it's very 'apt' for a needleworker.
Here is Karen's description...
"I made this card for a crafter from my local clubShe loves all crafts but because its easy to pack up and carry she often brings some crochet with her
So, I found an image on Google and printed it off twice. I cut one image in full and then I cut each floral element and decoupaged them back onto card Found some sequins that nearly matched and added some pearls
I struggled to "mat" it I didn't know what colour to go for.
I thought you might like to see the sentiment I bought a mug from Etsy because I just loved the phrase."
You put so much work into every card you make Karen and it really shows, I love how you make them so personal for the recipient. Thank you so much for sharing xxx
Janet has entered two cards this week, both using toppers (I think), the first is a very elegant lady, just stunning. The second card is so different, I love the colours, I'm guessing it's a kit from HunkyDory as they always manage to come up with different card shapes, but I may well be wrong. The images are beautiful, it actually looks like the butterflies are hovering over the blossoms on the bottom section.
I hope you are having a rest from decorating today Janet, thank you so much for finding time to share your cards XXX
Margaret sent me these two cards before I set the challenge, so she will be surprised to see them today, they are perfect for this challenge though so why not !!
The first card has been stamped with the Brand New Stampin'Up! " Colorful Seasons" stamp set, which has stamps that cover everything from deckchairs to Snowflakes.
The second card has been stamped using "Daisy Delight " stamp set that you have seen me use this week.
Two fantastic cards Margaret, thank you so much XXX
Michele managed two fantastic cards too, one girly and one for the boys. The first card looks like a topper that you just add pretty gems to, it makes a really pretty, girly card. The second card looks like it is from a kit, Michele has turned it into a fantastic stepper card, perfect for any little boy! It just shows what a diverse range of craft stash we all have squirrelled away! Two fantastic cards Michele, thank you so much for taking part XXX
Lynda has made 3 cards this week, the first is beautiful, I think that Lynda has inked through a mask, which has given that amazing background, upon which Lynda stamped the sentiment and a couple of pretty flourishes, I love it Lynda !
The second and third card have been stamped using Stampin'Up! Birthday Blooms stamp set, that Lynda has coloured beautifully.
Thank you so much for taking part Lynda XXX
Brenda's pretty thank you card was made using the Stampin'Up! 'Flower Shop' stamp set and matching Punch, I love how you have punched plain green flowers to act as the Calix or foliage beneath the flowers, it really lifts them from the card. The little green flowers are made using the smaller 'Petite Petals' set that also has a matching punch. Brenda, I am so grateful that you made time to make a Challenge card my lovely XXX
Well ladies I know every week I say how thankful that I am that you all take time to participate in these Challenges, but I just want to reiterate that point, I know that each and everyone of you has got their own personal battles going on, wether it be health or family, work or anything else, it does take a while to sit down and decided what to make before even thinking about what craft supplies to reach for, I just want you ALL to know that when I sit putting this blog post together each week I am constantly thinking about each of you and how you have made time to make your card, or if you haven't had time you have rummaged through cards or files to find cards. I want you all to know how much I appreciate the time you take, I always try to have all of your situations and skill levels in mind when I try and decide onnthe Challenge, I spend most of Sunday thinking about what direction to go in, should I choose an actual sketch or try and decide on a different kind of Challenge, I usually message Michele asking her opinion too before the final decision is made.
I hope that you are all enjoying taking part as much as I am experiencing that sense of excitement as I open your message with your card attached each week.
So Ladies I will say again, thank you so very much for every minute of the time you have taken to participate each week.
To all of you
I hope you have a lovely Sunday,
Love and hugs,