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, 2 November 2015

November: Winter Birthday

Hello chaps, and welcome to November - hope you weren't all scared witless at the weekend with the Halloween events!  

This month we are looking for your WINTER BIRTHDAY makes.

I always feel that people who have birthdays in November and December get overlooked somewhat so we would like you to rectify that this time.

This challenge is being sponsored by the delightful Stephanie and Jenny at CLEARLY BESOTTED
(if you've not shopped there yet, what's wrong with you?!)

So, how have the Word Birds been celebrating birthdays?  Let's have a look shall we


You can't tell me that these wouldn't make someone's birthday happier!

A couple of things before we go, firstly the winners from October

Winner of the Crafters Companion voucher is

Please contact me, Squirrel, by email to claim your prize

and our gorgeous Top 3 selection are

Secondly, and sadly, after a lot of soul searching and hard thinking, the decision has been made to close this challenge at the end of the year.  There will be one final challenge in December which we hope you will join us for so we can go out in style.

I started this challenge over three years ago because I wanted to improve my colouring skills and encourage others to do the same.  I have been blessed to have THE best Design Team on board, these ladies are the ultimate in talent, and I am humbled that they have all been so willing to work with me and dedicate their time to this challenge, thank you girls, although thank you will never be enough.

However, all good things come to an end, and unfortunately, even after all this time, entry numbers have never been particularly high and not everyone has followed our simple rules.  The craft retail market has taken a downturn which has made it quite difficult to secure sponsors for next year and we all know that you like a challenge with a reward.  So, all in all, it was time to call it quits.

It has been a blast though, and we have absolutely delighted in seeing your amazing makes every month, there are some that stick in the memory, even from right back from challenge one, as being so brilliant, you have risen to every occasion and we certainly couldn't have done it without you.

Lastly, I want to take the opportunity of thanking our loyal sponsors who have been with us year after year, you have all been an absolute joy to work with and I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

So, there we go crafters, November is Winter Birthday month
and we want you back again for December for our final challenge.

Love to you all
Squirrel & The Word Birds xx

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