Tuesday 18 December 2012

Merry Christmas Ho Ho Ho !

Good morning, I hope everybody is well on the way to having all the Christmas plans done and dusted, although in reality I'm not sure if any of us ever think we are totally prepared and can always find something else we think needs doing.

You have shared some really wonderful creations with us so far this month and seem to be enjoying our 'It's Your Choice' theme, if you have not already joined in or want to join us again there is still plenty of time. In the meantime some of the DT have come up with some more inspiration to help you on your way.

Using 30-103 .......wishes

Penny Black: holiday delight 40-168

Used Ladybug Love Number: 1721K

Made using Penny Black Slapstick 40-034 Carolling Penguins

Using Penny Black Christmas Everyday 30-081

Using Penny Black 4004K

Hope you all have a great week and wishing you......................

Happy Christmas and wonderful New Year
All of us at Penny Black and More challenge

Look forward to seeing you all again in the New Year.

Sunday 2 December 2012

December Challenge

A very good morning to you all, it doesn't seem possible that it December and Christmas is almost upon us, where did the year go ?

We thought we would keep it nice and simple this month with the theme..................

******** It's Your Choice********

Which means you can enter any sort of project or card so long as it the focal element of your work is a stamp image, you can use any make of stamp and those using a Penny Black image will go into the draw twice. You can enter up to 3 times, but please don't forget  Digi images are not allowed and any entries using them will be ineligible for the prizes.

As usual we have lots of prizes on offer again and first of all three from Penny Black. The design team always use Penny Black images and to help you identify them easily you will find thumbnail photos at the bottom of this post. 

Early in the New Year Penny Black will be launching a new range of stamps at the CHA Trade Show and it's a good idea to sign up to their club here so you get notification when they are available to order and buy.

Joanna Sheen are sponsoring us again this month and offering another winner a £10 voucher to spend at their on line store.

We welcome back Crafts U Love who are well know to lots of us for their well stocked on line store and currently have lots of new Memory Box Spellbinder and Marianne dies on their what's new section here. There also some bargains to be had in the stamp section of the web site hereThey are offering a £15 store voucher to another lucky winner.

And finally Sir Stampalot who sponsor our section for the winner using a Penny Black stamp.

We have lots of inspiration for your again this month and first up is Lorraine who is the lucky winner of the December Guest Designer spot selected from those who applied to join us this month.......................

And our second Guest designer is my team mate from Allsorts Sarah............

Using Penny Black 3381K Aspire, 3948K Fireworks and 3937H Birds on Wire

Using Penny Black clear sets "Critter Party" and "Wonderful"

Using Penny Black's 'a bright tomorrow'

Using PB 40-118 New York and for the sentiment 30-103 ...wishes

Penny Black: wherever you are 4113K

Using penny Black Merci Bouquet Number: 40-063

Using Penny Black Snowy 2521K and PB Wishing For Snow 3238F

Used Penny Black's 4013k Snow Squad

I think that's about it from me for today folks, I imagine a lots of you will be Christmas shopping this weekend but whatever you have planned have fun.

Friday 30 November 2012

November winners

I'm running a bit late with the winners this month I'm afraid, struggling with flu and everything is taking twice as long as it ever should, so it straight into it.

First of all I will announce the person(s) we would like to join us as a Guest Designer in January.....................and February as well, we decided that as so many of us are going to be otherwise occupied with all the Christmas and New Year activities it would make sense to drop our GDT search in December and then start afresh in January.

I think this month has given us the hardest choices so far because there have been some really wonderful entries, but we did eventually whittled it down to two, both of whom had more than one entry which caught our eye. 

We would like Deborah to join us in January, your Penny Black Snowy Family really jumped out at us.

And we would like Pauline C to join us in February, we really loved your elegant card with the Penny Black sentiment and poppies.

Congratulations to you both and looking forward to you joining us, would you please mail me so that I can tell you more about our themes for those two months.

Winner of the three prizes from Penny Black are............


Lis M


The lucky person to win the shopping voucher from Classy Craft..................


Another lucky online spend with FlonzCraft goes to...................


And finally the stamp from Sir Stampalot is..............


Well done everybody, please mail me with your full postal addys so I can arrange for your prize to be sent.

I'll be back on Sunday with our December challenge.


Sunday 18 November 2012

Mid month inspiration

A very good morning to you all, I hope you're having a good weekend.

The design team have been busily working away again to bring you some more inspiration following this months 'Any Die Will Do' theme which you certainly are enjoying judging by all the gorgeous creations we have seen.

If you've not had time to join in yet, fear not as you still have almost two weeks in which to do so. And if you  have a burning 'need' to get any of the stamps used by the DT, I have added some thumbnail pictures below, all you need to do is click on them to go straight to Penny Black where they can all be purchased. If you find the links useful please leave a comment to let us know what you think.

So here are a few more cards from the DT...........................

using PB stamp 3889K Music of Bells

Using PB set hello gorgeous 30-097 and a Flonz sentiment from a set

Using Penny Black 40-135 Floral Thread and 40-099 Soft Wings 
and 30-117 Free Flight

Penny Black " celestial heart " 40-002

Used Penny Black 40-007 Caroling Trio

Whatever you have planned, have a good Sunday.

Sunday 4 November 2012

November Challenge

Hello to you all, time seems to be flying and the 'C'  is getting so close now and I hope all your preparations are going along to plan. 

Time to announce our November challenge and this month we would like to see you using your dies, in fact ..........

********Any Die Will Do********

The only things you need to remember is that the focal element of your card must be a stamped image or sentiment - any make of stamp - but no Digi's are allowed.

We are still looking for Guest Designers, so if you like the idea joining us the logo below tells you what you need to do to be considered and please feel free to grab it and help us spread the word.

Now for some prizes and as always we have lots on offer........................
Penny Black stamps remain a firm favourites for many of us and the latest Christmas range has proved to be so popular, not surprising when you look at all the gorgeous images on offer. They are regular bringing out new products and to get ahead of the game all you need to do is sign up for the newsletter here.

Next we have Classy Crafts sponsorig us again.....

they are an on line store offering a huge range of products, latest arrivals include Spellbinders dies and Nellie Snedden stamps and don't forget that all new customers can get a 10% discount off their first order - use the code "first order" (no quotes) in the discount coupon box during the checkout process to claim your discount. (Offer excludes the Silhouette Cameo, and quotes for special orders).They are offering one winner a £10 voucher for an on line shop at their store.

And another of our regulars FlonzCraft who sell a unique range of Victorian inspired stamps and are offering a prize of a $20 store voucher. Also a 12% discount on purchases made by challenge entrants during this month, just enter "Penny Black and More challenge entrant' in the comment section when placing your order.

Our regular sponsor Sir Stampalot for the winning entry using a Penny Black stamp. Sir Stampalot stock a huge range of Penny Black stamps including the new Christmas 2012 collection, as well as products from all the leading craft companies. The great prize from them this month:
Now for some inspiration and we are pleased to introduce two Guest Designers this month, first is Nela with this really cute creation........

And my great teamie from Allsorts Tracy who has made a splendid double easel card.............

Using Penny Black 4035K Letters and Flowers

Using FlonzCraft girl with umbrella (lge) and Penny Black 30-117 Free Flight and
Penny Black Madions DP's

PB stamp No2994K - Skiing Snowman, Flonz stamps- Baroque Corners
(part of stamp behind sentiment on lower left)

PB bonjour! 4149H and Flonz sentiment

Using PB Words so sweet 4256K and a Flonz sentiment from a set of stamps
 Penny Black: hanging treasures 40-165 and all is bright 30-137 and Flontz's Baroque corners

Penny Black stamp from "Betsy Bluebell" transparent set and Flonz Craft butterfly " Three Butterflies".
using Penny Black Fairy Stardust 40-180 Slapstick and from Flonz Craft Scroll from corners stamp set

Stamps:- Penny Black Transparent - Holly Day critters, Flonz Oval Frame With Flowers

Enjoy the remainder of your weekend and we look forward to seeing all your entries this month.