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!



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


  1. Gorgeous cards as always. So sad to see another challenge closing. I play along whenever I have the time and thanks for the encouragemnt to try more cas cards. I will do my best to play along with the last two challenges, hugs x

  2. Happy 'cos I won but tempered with sadness because the challenge is closing. Such a shame, I love CAS cards and there aren't many that encourage this style. Hope to play along with you the last couple of times. Thanks ladies. :)

  3. Sad to hear that the challenge is closing, even though I haven't often been able to participate. Best wishes to all who have made it possible for three years :)

  4. Sorry to read the challenge is closing, for many participating and reading your comments is more important than a prize a shame that participants don't stick to the rules have really enjoyed the challenges all the best to the team Hugs Meg

  5. Sorry to read the challenge is closing, for many participating and reading your comments is more important than a prize a shame that participants don't stick to the rules have really enjoyed the challenges all the best to the team Hugs Meg

  6. Thanks so much for picking me in your top 3! I know mine was pushing the cas rules slightly! So sorry to hear you are closing! Your team really are the best! Such stunning colouring and cards every month I'll miss seeing them!xx

  7. Sorry to hear that another brilliant challenge is drawing to a close, you have done a fabulous job so thank you to all of you for the wonderful inspiration you have consistently delighted us with xx

  8. I discovered your challengeblog recently and am very sorry to hear that it will almost be over. Will try to participate and enjoy these last 2 fun challenges!!

    xx Irene

  9. Such a shame to hear that your challenge is closing, The themes have always been fun and the DT inspiration wonderful xx

  10. Thank you so much for picking my card as one of your top three and congratulations to the other ladies on their wins.
    So sad your calling it a day :(
    Andrea x

  11. wonderful design team cards
    so pretty
    thank you for challenge