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, 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

Monday, 7 July 2014

JULY: Cute n Fluffy

Hello Worders, and welcome to a new challenge at WITHOUT WORDS

It's July, and our theme this time is CUTE N FLUFFY, which doesn't really need an explanation.

We would ask that you refresh your memory in respect of the challenge rules as we hate having to ignore entries that don't fit the criteria.  We are seeing far too many embellishments creeping in, and images that have not been hand coloured.

Right, now you have done that, let us tell you who this month's sponsor is, and it's
CRAFTER'S COMPANION with a £10 store voucher

Before we go on to show you the Word Birds awesome inspiration, we have some news for you which we feel very sad about - this is the last month that Word Bird Donna will be with us, so we would like to take this opportunity to officially thank Donna for all her beautiful work created for this challenge.  We will miss you sweetie!

Here are the Word Birds makes


Awwwwh, very cute and fluffy!

You have your inspiration, so there is only one thing left for us to do and that is tell you who the winner and Top 3 are from June's challenge.

And the winner of the Quixotic Paperie voucher is

Please contact me, Squirrel, to claim your prize

And our fabulous, hard to choose, Top 3 are

Looking forward to seeing all your cute and fluffy creations!

Hugs, Squirrel & The Word Birds xx

Monday, 2 June 2014

JUNE: Femme Fatale

Yoo-hoo!  It's June, so summer is here - honestly!  And as it's the first Monday, that means it is a new challenge with us at WITHOUT WORDS.

So, what do we have for you this month?  Well, our theme is FEMME FATALE - we had birthday cards for boys in April, so it's now the girls turn.  We would like to see birthday cards for the girls please.

We are sponsored this time around by one of our regular brilliant sponsors
and there is a super store voucher up for grabs for the lucky winner

Please remember, for your entry to be considered for the prize, you will need to follow our very simple Without Words rules

And of course it wouldn't be a Without Words challenge if we didn't have awesome inspiration for you from the Word Birds .... and here it is


I know I say it every month, but these Birds are seriously skilled with colour!

You have the theme, you have the inspiration, and now it's over to you, but I suppose you want to know who won last month's challenge?

Oh all right then, here we go:
Winner of the Bunny Zoe's Crafts voucher is
Please contact me, Squirrel, to claim your prize

and our Top 3 are

Thank you all so much for your amazing entries, you rocked the colour challenge!

Remember, relax and have fun with colour

Hugs to all
Squirrel and The Word Birds