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, 3 August 2015

AUGUST: Harvest Home (Fruit and/or Veg)

It's AUGUST chaps, so that means another new challenge from us here at Without Words!

The fruit harvest is on, and gardens are overflowing with summer goodness so our theme this month is
Harvest Home (Fruit & Vegetables)

Please note, August will be a short month for the challenge because of holidays - closing date will be August 27th - we'll be back to normal with a full month in September

Before you all go off into a complete panic, I bet you have a stamp somewhere that has either some fruit or some vegetables, large or small, featured on it - you may not even realise it!

Our sponsor this month is the ever wonderful
gif maker

Here is your inspiration from the Word Birds, makes you feel healthy just looking at these







Yummy, fruit salad anyone?

So, before you all dash off to find your images for this challenge, let's announce the winners from July

Winner of the Clearly Besotted voucher is

Please contact me, Squirrel, to claim your prize

and our Top 3 are

Congratulations to you all, such super colourwork!

On the subject of super colourwork, there were a couple of entries that really stood out so this is a special mention for those talented ladies

Hugs to all
Squirrel & The Word Birds

Friday, 17 July 2015

JULY Midway Reminder

Yoo-hoo!  Just popping by with a midway reminder for our
July challenge which is

Hugs, the Word Birds

Monday, 6 July 2015

JULY: Colour Challenge (Blue and Brown)

Morning everyone!  Well it is mid-summer here at WITHOUT WORDS and everyone is feeling a bit wilted so we thought we would mellow down with out theme this month.

It's a colour challenge this time, so we are asked you to use predominantly

Sadly we waved goodbye to one of our longest running sponsors a little while ago and we cannot thank Elaine and Quixotic Paperie enough for all the support given to us - Elaine was on board with us from day one, and I know we are not the only ones to miss her and her fabulous shop.

However, as one door closes, another one opens and this time we are thrilled to be able to welcome a new sponsor to join us by way of the ever delightful Stephanie and Jenny from

So, you know the rules by now (they are in the sidebar if you don't)

Of course, what would a challenge be without inspiration from the Birds

Oooh, all that lovely blue, I can feel myself cooling down already

Naturally, we cannot leave you without announcing our winners from June so they are

Winner of the CRAFTERS COMPANION voucher is

Please contact me, Squirrel, to claim your prize

and the Top 3

Super cards everyone, and they have perfectly put me in the mood for my summer hollibobs next week!

Hugs to all
The Word Birds xx

Oh, and I promised you all a definition of MINIMAL (in respect of embellishments)

I think definitions 1 and 2.1 sum it up!