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 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

Monday, 5 May 2014

MAY: Colour Theme

Morning all, and a Happy Bank Holiday to all our UK Followers - hope you are able to spend some time crafting on your day off (if you get one).

Welcome to the MAY challenge at Without Words - this month we have a colour theme challenge for you and would like to see you work with 
Pink and/or Purple with Green

Our super sponsor for this month is Bunny Zoe's Crafts with a store voucher for the winner

For your entry to qualify, please make sure that you follow our simple rules.  We are sadly seeing many entries who are ignoring these and we are having to exclude those when choosing our winner and top 3.  Please play fair. 

The Word Birds had a lovely time with these colours, and here is their inspiration for you.


Stunning aren't they?

There is one more important thing for us to do before we let you go and get colourful and that is to announce last month's winners

Winner of the Crafters' Companion voucher is

Please contact me, Squirrel, to claim your prize

And our top 3 choice (which gets harder each month

So, that's us done.  Now go and get those pens, paints, inks, pencils, chalks out - have fun!

Hugs Squirrel & The Word Birds