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, 15 September 2014

Midway Reminder

Hello folks, just popping by to remind you that our challenge this month is IT'S A CELEBRATION and you still have until the end of September to enter.

If you haven't played at Without Words before, our simple rules are in the sidebar.  

Hugs, Squirrel xx

Monday, 1 September 2014

SEPTEMBER: It's a Celebration

There's a party goin' on right here 
A celebration to last throughout the years 
So bring your good times and your laughter too 
We're gonna celebrate your party with you 
Celebrate!  Good Times!  Come on! 
Kool & The Gang - Celebration

Hello everyone, and welcome to September!  This month we are celebrating at WITHOUT WORDS as it is out second anniversary!  So, this is your invitation to come and join us as this month's theme is (as if you hadn't guessed already) It's A Celebration!

We're not restricting to you one particular type of celebration, it could be for any occasion that brings joy or demands a party to mark the event.  As you will see from the Word Birds inspiration cards, we have celebrated many things this month.

Of course I am going to remind you about the rules, the very essence of this challenge is to encourage you to colour and to show that off with a CAS design, so if you need to refresh your memory the Rules are in our sidebar.  Just leave those pesky embellishments alone!

We are thrilled to have a sponsor with us who made one appearance last year and has now agreed to be with us more often, so a big round of applause please for MAKE IT CRAFTY

Make it Crafty

Blimey, I bet you could hear the party poppers from there!

OK, so that leaves us with just one thing to do and that is share the news of the Winner and Top 3 from our August challenge.

Winner of the Bunny Zoe voucher is
Kat W @ Paper Firefly

and our magnificent Top 3 are
Julie B @ Crafted By Jules
Dorte @ Hos Dorte
Faye @ Stampin Fluffnstuff

OK, time for you to get the balloons blown up, the party streamers flying, lots of confetti and cake, and get celebrating!  Looking forward to seeing what you make for us.

Hugs to all
Squirrel & The Word Birds

Monday, 4 August 2014

AUGUST - Use A Previous Challenge

Happy Monday everyone!  Welcome to a new challenge with us at WITHOUT WORDS.

As this is the end of our second year, we thought we would have a look back at some of our past challenges so this month the theme is USE A PREVIOUS CHALLENGE
Yes, take you pick from any of our previous challenges (all listed on their own page) but don't forget to let us know which one you have chosen.

We are so pleased to have Nikki from BUNNY ZOE'S CRAFTS with us as our sponsor with a store voucher for the lucky winner

Hopefully you all know the rules by now (if not, they are in our sidebar) so here is the inspiration from the Word Birds

August 2013 - Beach Holiday

January 2014 - Spots and or stripes
Hobbies - March 2014

May 2013 - Floral

Cute and Fluffy - July 2014

Christmas or New Year (December 2013)

May 2013 - Floral

July 2014 - Cute & Fluffy

The Word Birds are such talented colourists, and we really hope they are inspiring you to give it a go

Now all that's done, it is time for the important announcement of Winner and Top 3 for last month
July Winner of the Crafter's Companion Voucher is
We couldn't resist this adorable set of matching tags

and our Top 3 are
Helen @ Made By Helen
Jacky @ Paddington Fan
Sarah R @ Created by Sarah

Congratulations everyone!  The standard of the entries is so high now that it is getting so hard to choose just three.

OK, off you to to browse the Past Challenges, and we are really looking forward to seeing what you create for us this month.

Hugs, Squirrel & The Word Birds