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, 7 April 2014

APRIL: Gentlemen Only

It's Monday!  I don't do Mondays usually but I can make an exception today because it's time for a new challenge at
Without Words

So, what do we have for you this month?  Our theme is Gentlemen Only so we would like to be seeing birthday cards for the guys, young or old, so long as it is for a male birthday.

Don't forget our core rules for your card to qualify for our sponsor prize
Handcoloured image (stamped or digi)
CAS design 
Minimal or no embellishments
And yes, you can use a sentiment

We are proud to be sponsored by Crafters Companion again with a £10 store voucher up for grabs

Now let's be seeing what those ultra-talented Word Birds have created for your inspiration

Aren't they awesome?  They really are such a talented bunch of designers.

You have the brief, you have the theme, you have the inspiration - it's over to you!

But one last thing before we go, our winners from March
Winner of the Bunny Zoe's Crafts voucher is

Congratulations everyone!

Looking forward to seeing what you make this month.

Hugs, Squirrel & The Word Birds

Monday, 3 March 2014

And Relax: Hobbies & Leisure

Happy Monday everyone, and welcome to a new challenge at
Without Words!

We loved what you did with our 9 to 5 theme last month, but all work and no play isn't good for anyone, so this month our theme is
And Relax: Hobbies & Leisure

As always, the Word Birds have come up trumps - they really are an incredibly talented bunch, it would be lovely if you could visit their individual blogs to share the love as they do these inspiration pieces just for you.


Aren't these fab?  We hope these have inspired you to get creative and join us for this fun theme.

We are sponsored this time around by
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BUNNY ZOE'S CRAFTS - £10 VOUCHER (you lucky things)

Please remember to follow our simple CAS rules for your entry to be a valid one

And so to the Winner and Top 3 of our February Challenge

The winner of the Quixotic Paperie voucher is
Well done Kate, loved your imaginative occupation card.  Please email me, Squirrel, to claim your prize.

And our fabulous Top 3 are

So that's us done for now, it's over to you to get colouring!

Hugs to all
Squirrel & The Word Birds

Monday, 3 February 2014

FEBRUARY: Working 9 to 5 (Occupations)

Hello my lovelies, and welcome to the February challenge at
Without Words

This month you may need to get your thinking caps on but we know you will rise to the occasion
(it is a challenge after all)
and our theme is
Working 9 to 5 (Occupations)

Our awesome sponsor this month is the delightful Elaine with a store voucher for QUIXOTIC PAPERIE

Remember to follow our simple rules for your entry to qualify for the prize
A handcoloured image (stamped or digi)
CAS design
Minimal or no embellishments
Sentiments are allowed

The Word Birds have been slaving away for very little pay (oh ok, no pay at all) and here are their inspiration cards for you


Aren't these awesome?  I must admit, Jane's did make me smile, but someone must make a living making cards or there wouldn't be card shops on the high street!

So, you can go quirky with your occupations, just so long as we can work out what they are and so long as your stamped or digi image is handcoloured

Just before we sign off, we need to deal with the Winner and Top 3 from January!

The Winner of the Crafters Companion voucher is
Please email me, Squirrel, to claim your prize

and our super Spotty/Stripy Top 3 are

Congratulations everyone, it gets harder and harder to choose our favourites as the standard of your work is exceptionally high, and it makes us very happy to see you having so much fun with colour!

Looking forward to seeing all your wonderful entries this month!

Hugs, Squirrel & The Word Birds