Friday 31 December 2010

December winners

I hope you have all had a wonderful Christmas and are enjoying a relaxing holiday time.

Thank you for all your wonderful entries in our last challenge, Mr Random Org has strutted his stuff and these are the lucky winners he has chosen for us:

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Sparklygirl Tina

Well done all of you, please mail me with your full postal addy so I can send your prize and don't forget to lift out Top 3 logo and wear with pride.

I will be back tomorrow with a new challenge, so look forward to seeing you all then.

Monday 27 December 2010

A Blog Hop

Good Morning everyone, I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and Santa brought you lots of crafting goodies.

I know this is a family time so I won't keep you long, I just wanted to share a couple of bits of news with you.

The first is that we have two new DT members and would like to give a big welcome to Louise and Tracy. Like the rest of us they are PB groupies and I am sure they will be sharing some wonderful inspiration with you along with the rest of the DT.

My second piece of news is to give you advance notice that we are having a Blog Hop on 15th January. My temie over at Allsorts Emma, created a fabulous logo for us and I hope you will pop it on your sidebar to help us spread the word.

Wednesday 1 December 2010

December Challenge

Hello folks, welcome back for a brand new challenge here at Penny Black at Allsorts.

Last month was a really fabulous bumper month and I want to say thank you to everyone who joined in and welcome our new followers. If you forgot to check yesterdays post, make sure you do so in case you were one of our lucky winners.

A little heads month is going to be a bit special with some extra fun and of course prizes, so don't forget to keep an eye open for future posts when I will tell more of what's in store.

It you are anything like me you are just about carded out on the Christmas front, so I thought it was time for something completely different and this months theme is:

Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder

So a wide open theme where you can create absolutely anything you like showing what the theme means to you, be it Nature, fairies, love, your favourite colour, animals and so on, the choice really is yours. The only requirement is that you use a Penny Black product as the central focus of your work........that can be a stamp or Stickeroo.

Lots more prizes from our sponsors Penny Black and a reminder that there is always new and inspiring work on display on the Penny Black Blog. Here are the four prizes up for grabs this month:

Penny Black 4030K The park bench affair

Penny Black 3844K Vanilla

Penny Black 40-011 Paisley swirls

Penny Black 3838F Roar and 3807 All around (2 stamps)

We are thrilled to have two Guest Designers joining us this month, first up is Kirsten my team mate from our sister challenge Allsorts who has created this stunning card for us. I love this Penny Black slapstick stamp and I am sure you will all agree that the colours Kirsten has used work beautifully with the image.

I am also pleased to introduce you to Elizabeth Allan from Penny Black, here is a little bit about here:

Elizabeth had been with Penny Black for five years and as a member of their design team her artwork is incorporated into catalogue design, website posting and she also travels for the company demonstrating and teaching in their booths at conventions. As an independent artist, Elizabeth who lives with her husband Scott in Michigan, began teaching class in 2003 while working full time in the accounting industry. In 2005 her love of art inspired her to pursue her passion full time and soon after she joined Penny Black. She is a published artist and her work can frequently be found in well known and respected publications worldwide. Elizabeth is also a regular contributor to the Penny Black blog.

Here is Elizabeth lovely creation

These are the products Elizabeth used: Stamps - To Follow the Star (4112K), Miracles and Wonders, (4002F), Sending Love (40-033). Other Materials: Copic Markers, Tuxedo Black, Memento and Versafine black, Vintage Photo Distress Ink, Metallic Gold StazOn Ink, Clear Embossing Powder, UTEE, Angel Dust Glitter, Swiss Dots Embossing Folder, Red Ribbon

The Design Team have again done us proud with some fabulous work, remember you can check out all their work on their own blogs by clicking their names where there are direct links.








Tuesday 30 November 2010

November winners

Hello everyone, hope you are all OK and nearly ready for Christmas.

The weather is decidedly wintery here in the UK with hard frosts and snow in many parts and suddenly all I can think of is Spring, but at least traveling round blogland helps when I read about the nice warm weather some peeps have and I can dream away.

We had a real bumper month and saw so many fabulous entries as myself and the DT did our rounds and want to say thank you to everyone. You really are a talented bunch out there and show us that you love your Penny Black as much as we all do.

So on to our winners which Mr Random org has selected, which is just as well because I would have hated the task of selecting favourites:

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Well done all of you, please all help yourself to our Top 3 logo and mail me with your full postal addys so I can send your prizes.
I will be back tomorrow with a new challenge.

Monday 1 November 2010

November Challenge

The first of a new month and a Monday as well, so what better start to the week than a new challenge.

But more importantly we all know what this means.....Christmas is next month.......scary or what, especially if you are like me and have not given it more than a passing thought when it comes to preparation and shopping.

So as I am sure lots of you are now beavering away at your Christmas crafting this months theme should fit in a treat............

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas

What you make and how you interpret the theme is totally up to you, Christmas trees, Santa, presents, turkey, a lovely snowy scene, the options are limitless. As always your project can be anything, a card, gift box, l/o or something completely different, the only requirement is that the main feature on your card is a Penny Black image. Please note if that Penny Black element is not clearly visible, your entry will be marked as not eligible.

If you are looking for inspiration do pop over to the Penny Black Blog where there are daily updates, a gallery jam packed with ideas to inspire, the chance to share your own work and you might even get a mention on their blog as they spotlight entries from time to time.

As usual Penny Black have been very generous with prizes and here's what's on offer for this months lucky winners:

3914K Joy filled stocking

3915H Dear Santa & 3901E To all

40-016 Hedghog Birthday

3745K Token of love

Now on to some inspiration and we we are thrilled to have Emma as our Guest Designer this month, just look at the lovely card she has created for us, I love the colours Emma has used:

And of course this is the first month our new Design Team members are sharing their work with us all, so please join me in welcoming Ellie, Maarit, Mervi, Shirley and Zoe who along with the existing DT members, Helene, Jules and yours truly, have come up with some awesome work to inspire you.








Sunday 31 October 2010

October Winners

Time for this months winners before our new challenge starts tomorrow, so do make a note to check in again tomorrow to see what we have lined up for you in November.

A huge thanks to all of you who joined us this month, some super entries again and we really enjoyed visiting all your blogs and looking at your work.

Mr Random Org has strutted his stuff and selected four winners for us, so in no particular order here they are:

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You can all grab out Top 3 logo and display on your blogs to let everyone know you were one of our winners and mail me with your postal addy so I can send your prize. Any prizes not claimed within seven days of this post will be re-drawn.

Thursday 28 October 2010

October Challenge

Good Morning all you crafters out there, I hope you are ready for a brand new Challenge...........and there's a bit of a twist this month.

As we are welcoming our new DT members I thought we would do something a bit special to celebrate so there are even more opportunities to win a prize and have your work up in lights on our blog, so read on.

When I posted last months winners yesterday I also announced the names of our new Design Team members who will be sharing their first DT work with us in November. I am really looking forward to working with them all and I know that along with the existing DT members and Guest Designers, they will inspire you with their work. But you don't have to wait till then to pop along and visit them, there are links to all their personal blogs on the sidebar.

For those of you who have not visited them yet our super sponsors Penny Black have made some great updates to their new blog, it's full of inspiration and the perfect chance to get involved in all things Penny Black. You might also like to check out their Art Director Elizabeth's brand new blog here. Some of you will remember Elizabeth from her guest DT spot at Allsorts back in May and I am pleased to say you will be seeing some more of her right here shortly.

So first things first and this months theme:

Colours of Autumn

I know there's a lot of it about in blogland at the moment and I'm one of the culprits, but it's such a beautiful time of year with all those rich oranges, golds, reds and browns it seems such a shame to miss another opportunity to use the wonderful inspiration Nature provides.

Now for the twist. As well as our four prizes that Penny Black have so generously provided again and our Top 3 that will be announced as usual at the end of the month, there will also be a weekly winner selected by Random Org.

This is how it's going to work, at the end of each week (8th, 15th and 22nd) all entries from the past seven days will go into the draw for a mystery prize which will be announced here and the winners name and work will be published on these dates.......or as soon after as I can organise. You can enter every week if you like as long as it's a different piece of work and every entry from the entire month will go into the final draw on the last day of the month. So you could have four chances of fab is that !

So here are the prizes for this month:

3 weekly prizes......I thought a bit of mystery would be fun

And the monthly prizes:
4014K Hand Mailed

40-003 Winter Song

3993K Before the Snow

3765F Pom Pom and 3735D Holiday Cheer

Now for some inspiration to set you on your way and here is what the design Team have come up with, there are links to all their personal blogs if you click on their names.








Edited 2nd October - I must have had a real dizzy moment last week when I did the photos for this months prizes, because when I was sorting stamps today I came across several Christmas ones which I had intended as prizes this month......more use now than January eh ? So anyone who looked yesterday and saw the prizes, I've just added the correct ones, it's me going slowly mad, not you.