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, 5 October 2015

OCTOBER: Purple and Green (but no Halloween)

Gosh, autumn is upon us already!  Is your year whizzing past in a blur as well?

As we are still at the right end of October, that means another new Without Words challenge
and our theme this time around is
PURPLE and GREEN (but no Halloween)

Yes, your challenge is to use those favourite Halloween colours of purple and green but we do not want to see any spooky witches, ghouls or ghosties thanks!

We are sponsored this month by CRAFTERS COMPANION
Crafter's Companion

The Word Birds rather liked this one I think





Wow, these girls are UBER talented!  I hope you will find inspiration here to fire up your own creativity.

One thing left to do, and that is the Winner and Top 3 from our September challenge

Winner of the Make It Crafty voucher is
Sandy @ Sandy's Creations

Sandy, please email me to claim your prize

and our amazing Top Three Four are

Sharon @ Ewe 2 Can Craft

Kuni @ Kunis Bastelblog

Kat @ Paper Firefly
Male card design featuring LOTV golfer

Lis M @ Mycraftblogumentary

So that's it from me and the Word Birds - which means it's time for you to go and get colourful!

Hugs to all
Squirrel & The Word Birds

Monday, 7 September 2015


Happy Monday!  Yes, we are a wee bit behind because of the way the calender fell but it is the first Monday of September and that means another new challenge for you at Without Words!

You lot obviously don't get your five-a-day of fruit and veg!  We were low on numbers in August but a HUGE thanks to those who did enter, really high standard of entries, which will make the choices even more difficult.

I have a feeling that this month's theme will have you all running for the hills.  When you get there, can you send the Word Birds back to me please?


Yes, we want your makes for that difficult species, the men (or boys)

Perhaps a super prize from our super sponsor might make you feel happier

Make It Crafty

Despite their moans and protests, the Birds have done wonders, as always

We are absolutely chuffed to bits to have a very special Guest Designer with us this month too.  This lady produces some amazing artwork so it is a delight to have her with us and her brilliant For The Boys inspiration piece

Thank you Christina, love this little chap!

Never let it be said that we don't provide you with enough inspiration!

That just leaves us with one thing to do, and that's rummage around in the veggie patch to find our Winner and Top 3

The Winner is

I make no apologies for choosing Andrea's card - it is perfect CAS, with beautiful colourwork
and it simply made me snort laughing.  Thanks hun.
Please contact me, Squirrel, to claim your Bunny Zoe's voucher

and our brilliant Top 3 are

Well done everyone, you've made me feel really peckish now!

Right, that's us done, so it is over to you, so go and get craftiing

Hugs to all
Squirrel & The Word Birds

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