The Roman poet Horace is attributed with saying that a picture is a poem without words. Well, that's what we like to think too, although some words will be allowed (what's a card without the occasional sentiment). Welcome to the Without Words Challenge where we want you to create clean and simple cards, focusing on the image without the distractions of too many embellishments. We hope you enjoy this challenge as much as we do!


Without Words is a monthly challenge - each new challenge will go live on the 1st Monday of each month. Please remember that we would like your card or project to be clean and simple with the focus on the image and fabulous colourwork.

CLEAN AND SIMPLE - OUR DEFINITION: A very simple layout with the ABSOLUTE MINIMUM of embellishments (or none at all), allowing the focus of the card to be a well coloured image. Sentiments are fine.

Monday, 19 January 2015

January Midway Reminder

The lovely Joey has made this stunner as our midway reminder for the January challenge.
You still have two weeks left and the theme is Dreaming of Spring.
Please remember
We want CAS cards with handcoloured images
Minimal or no embellishments
You may use a sentiment
Any entries who are not playing by the rules will sadly have to be deleted, so come on, play nice.
Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Monday, 5 January 2015

January: Dreaming of Spring

Happy New Year Everybody !

Well 2015 is upon us, and all the Word Birds hope that you had a lovely Christmas and New Year.

Welcome to January at Without Words and this month the theme is:

Dreaming of Spring
(Well, we can be optimistic right?!)

It's up to you how you interpret this, but remember we are a Clean and Simple challenge, so you need to resist adding those embellishments that Santa may have brought you, and make sure you include a hand-coloured image as the main focus.

Our sponsor this month is
Crafter's Companion with a £10 Store Voucher:
Crafter's Companion

And the Word Birds have come up with some super inspiration to get you all dreaming of Spring.


That's it, but before you disappear, we need to announce the winners of the December Modern Christmas challenge:

The winner of the BUNNY ZOE'S £10 store voucher

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is :

Renee B
Stunning colouring, with amazing shading on the elf's hat.

Please contact Squirrel to claim your prize.

And our fabulous Top 3 are :

The Crafty Cavalier
They don't come much more modern than this critter.
Fab colours, and he made me smile. :0)

This image really made me giggle. Love him.

Beautiful colours and a great design.  Fab cards.

Hugs from all the Word Birds.

Monday, 1 December 2014

December: Christmas (Modern Look)

Yoo-hoo!  Happy 1st of December to you.  Not long to go now folks and if, like me, you are still glued to your craft desk, this is your chance to get a few more made.

Welcome to December at Without Words, and our theme this time is
Christmas (Modern Look)
It's up to you how you interpret this, but remember to keep it CAS with a hand coloured image.

Sadly last month we had several over embellished cards and as I have mentioned before, we cannot consider these entries when choosing the winners.  It's time to enforce the threat, so in future, any entries that do not comply with our simple rules will be disqualified and deleted.  Sorry it has come to this, but it's getting out of control.

Now that's over with, let's get on to the fun part.

Our sponsor this month is BUNNY ZOE'S with a £10 store voucher

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and the Word Birds have been busy again and here is their inspiration for you


Before you go off to decorate the tree, here is the Winner And Top 3 from our November challenge

Winner of the voucher from Quixotic Paperie is
Draper's Creations

Please contact me, Squirrel, to claim your prize

Probably the next time we see you will be January, so wishing you all a very

Squirrel & The Word Birds