Saturday 5 August 2023

The Flower Challenge #83 Add Spots or Stripes

 Welcome to The Flower Challenge! This is the challenge that celebrates cards using floral images. Our challenge for August is.....

It would be great if you could add our cue card above when entering our challenge.
Of course, most of all.... have fun! 

So, this month we would like to see you add some Spots or Stripes to your card, as well as the usual FLOWERS of course too.  If in any doubt, see the examples made by our talented Design Team below!

Our showcase will be announced in the usual manner, the day before the next challenge.

Please note that you can find us on Facebook and also Instagram too. Our Instagram page is @theflowerchallenge2...remember the 2 at the end ;) All links in sidebar!

Please don't forget to use your Florals as always and as the MAIN feature on your card.
Only 6 other challenges allowed as well as our own.
Also please take a few minutes to read our rules in the tab above as you may lose out on winning a prize sometimes too. Bought flowers or ones just cut out from design paper alone are NOT allowed. If in any doubt please do ask.

We have some news to share also today, after almost seven years of running this fabulous challenge, Aileen and myself (Viv) have made the sad decision to leave.

We had intended to close it... but luckily Karren (who helped Aileen at the very start) and is our Guest Designer this month too has thrown us a lifeline and kindly agreed to continue with it with a few changes. Thank you so much Karren we are beyond grateful to you!!

A couple of changes to the DT too... TaeEun sadly left us last month and Cara will be leaving us after October also. We will miss you both, thank you for all the fabulous cards made over the years!!!

I and my OH have had various health issues during the last few years and Aileen has had a few problems of her own too.

We both love the challenge with a passion BUT we also realize we would have to leave at some point in the future. We both agreed now is the time.

I have made the decision to continue running things until our seventh birthday in October, Aileen will still be making cards until Oct also. Karren will of course be running things from then on ;) I am certain she will do an amazing job also!

So, I hope you understand our reasons for leaving soon and will continue joining in with all our fabulous challenges in the future. I am sure you will see us all again in the gallery at some point too.

Also please stick around for our Seventh Birthday in October! 
Viv & Aileen xx

Our Guest Designer this month is the fabulous Karren Johnson from KarrenJ Stamping Stuff, who was  on our team from the start also. I think it's very appropriate she is our GD this month! Please check out her amazing  cards on her blog/Instagram if you have a minute as she makes such fabulous creations.

  Guest Designer 

Here is some more inspiration from the Design Team. (Be sure to click on the links to their blogs and leave them some comment love :)

The challenge closes on the 25th of the month at 5pm. but we will be back on the 15th with some more inspiration. We will announce the challenge winners the day before the start of the next challenge. Have fun crafting!


  1. Love and thanks to you both, Viv and Aileen! I haven't been here since the beginning but have loved creating alongside you both! Thanks for all the years of dedication to our challenge, and all the kindness and inspiration, too! xxoo

    1. Aww Michele, such a lovely comment! Have loved working with you too. Thank you on behalf of Aileen and myself xx

  2. So very sad to hear that Viv and Aileen will be stepping down from the TFC team. It's been a pleasure working with you when I guested and I will always remember your kindness, as well as your beautiful inspirational cards! And I know that Karren will proudly carry the torch for the both of you.

    1. So kind Donna...thank you on behalf of Aileen and myself, much appreciated xx

  3. Thank you for having had this challenge so long. Its been a favorite over the years, though I didn't always have time to play.

    1. Thank you so much Cat, much appreciated xx

  4. Thanks for the update Viv and Aileen. You will be so sadly missed when you step down but of course we all understand that life happens. Running a challenge is a massive commitment of both time and energy so its a massive thank you to you both for all the fun here. Lots of love to you both as you face your challenges and I hope we will continue to see you in Blogland when time allows. A huge thank you to Karren too for stepping into the breach after October - closing the challenge would have been a real loss to the crafting community. Hugs, Vicky xxx

    1. So lovely of you Vicky, thank you so much xx

  5. Viv and Aileen, Thank you so much for all of the time and energy you've put into running this challenge!!! Sorry to hear you'll be stepping down, but hopefully you'll both still find time to stamp and be creative! And thanks to Karren for agreeing to continue the challenge---what a sweetheart! Have a wonderful weekend!

  6. Congratulations to Karen, but even more, thanks to Viv and Aileen! You've carried quite a load, a pretty amazing challenge for us all. Thank you, thank you, thank you -- I only wish I could've made it more! There's so many beauties above, I'm sure this challenge will continue to be a smashing hit!


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