Wednesday 18 April 2012

March Spotlight winners

It's time to showcase our March Spotlight winners. There were so many wonderful entries last month and you seemed to love our Springtime theme, so it's no surprise that the DT had a tough job coming down to just two and we want to say a huge thank you to each and every one of you for joining in and who knows, you could be in the Spotlight next month.

So here are the two lucky Spotlight winners and below each winning entry a little bit each have written about their crafting journey........................

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Thoughts of the DT: "such a lot of thought and work has gone into this"
.........."unique design and beautiful colour palette"

"Hi, I’ve been interested in crafting ever since my greatgrandmother taught me how to crochet when I was a little girl. Since then, I’ve learned embroidery, knitting, sewing, cross-stitch, and more recently have been completely addicted to papercrafting.  I like most styles but particularly vintage, steampunk and novel card designs. I love making dimensional cards, and I’m always looking to create a “Wow” factor in my designs. My favourite techniques involve using plenty of inks and stamping, with Perfect Pearls and unusual embellishments. I enjoy taking part in the online forums and have made some really good friends in the crafting community. There are some terrific people out there!"

Thoughts of the DT "stunning colours and blending"
........"beautiful fusion of colours"
spring flowers

"Hello!  What a lovely surprise to be chosen for the Spotlight - thank you so much to the team for choosing me. My name is Cath Wilson. I've been stamping for about 13 years, now and am a self-confessed stampaholic.  I love colour and all things inky, but I like to experiment with any medium and love techniques of most kinds.

Although my taste In stamps is very mixed, I LOVE Penny Black flowers and words and use them over and over again.  They’re so easy to use and make great CAS cards.  My favourite way to use them is with Tombow pens on glossy card – super quick, simple and elegant - but I also like to use them in journals and other projects, without any complicated colouring."

Well done to you both, don't forget to pick up our In the Spotlight sidebar button and display on your own blogs.

You seem to be enjoying our Oh so Cute theme this month, if you have not already joined in or want to join in again there is still ten days to go until the challenge ends.

Sunday 1 April 2012

April Challenge

A very Good Morning to you all and welcome to our April challenge here at Penny Black and More. 

Before I tell you about our new challenge I have some news to share......................our little team has grown and I am so pleased to introduce you to our three new DT members Katherine, Linda and SusanThey are all Penny Black groupies like the rest of the team and like the existing DT's all have their own unique style of crafting so lots more inspiration on offer. Please join me in giving them a very warm welcome.

So on to this months theme which is one I think lots of you are going to enjoy...........

********** Oh so Cute **********

Note added 5th April: A few entrants see to be having difficulty with the definition of 'Cute' or that the word is perhaps getting lost in translation, so I thought I had better explain that we are thinking along the lines of all those cute stamps you love working with, hedgies, mice, cats and and dogs, sweet little girls and boys, teddy bears and so on.

As usual your entry can be anything you like so long as it follows the months theme and fits the few basic rules listed on our sidebar. Please remember you can use any make of stamp but strictly no digi images.

Lots of prizes on offer again and first is our very own Penny Black. Have you signed up to their on line newsletter yet so you are one of the first to hear all the news and latest stamp releases as well as loads of inspirational ideas for using their products.


Three super prizes from Penny Black.....................

We are very pleased to welcome a new sponsor this month, Joanna Sheen  who is offering..................

£10 on line spending voucher 

I am sure Joanna needs no introduction to most of us, as well as gracing our screens regularly with her inspirational CD's and stamps, she has a fabulous on line store is full of lots of the latest crafting products as and of course everything is sent with free worldwide postage, how good is that ?

Sir Stampalot are our regular sponsors for the winner of the entries using a Penny Black stamp. They stock all the latest releases of stamps from all the major companies as well as literally hundreds of craft items including latest goodies from Spellbinder, Tim Holz, Magnolia, Kasier and Teresa Collins to name but a few. You can check out all the latest releases here. Here's the prize...................

Letraset are back back with us this month and offering a set of Aquamarkers to another lucky winner. They are constantly coming up with new an innovative colouring mediums like the new Promarker Rubber Stamping Kits which you can find on their web site.

Letraset AquaMarker 6 Pen Set 1
So now for some inspiration from the Design Team who have worked their usual magic with some fabulous pieces of work, please don't forget to pop along to their individual blogs and share some love...........

Our Guest Designer this month is my great teamie Debs from our sister challenge Allsorts and she has created this really cute framed picture for us all................


Have a lovely April and Easter everyone and myself and the Design Team at Penny Black and More looks forward to seeing all your lovely entries this month.

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