Saturday, 11 April 2009

Penny Black Saturday Challenge #44 - Gift

Happy Easter everyone, and welcome to week 44 of the Penny Black Saturday Challenge. Hope you are all enjoying the long weekend, even though the weather hasn't been too great as yet. It was fabulous to see everyone's Easter cards last week ... how cute were all those bunnies, chicks etc... - it really put a feeling of spring in the air! Don't forget to check the challenge blog to see who has won last week's fab prize.

This week we would like you all to show your caring and sharing side, as the theme is to make a


Hopefully this gives you a lot of scope, and we can't wait to see what ideas you come up with - as always, the only rule is that you use at least one Penny Black stamp or sticker on your creation. To check out the fabulous ideas from the rest of the DT, please do hop over to the challenge blog.

As always we have a beautiful prize on offer this week - 2 sets of the latest stickeroos donated by Tracie, with a selection of adorable images.

Well, this truly was a challenge for me, as I have only ever made cards until now. I have already regaled my fellow DT teamies with the sad but hilarious tale of my intial creative efforts .... let's just say that none of my nearest and dearest are going to be burning a gift candle anytime soon lol!! As time went by photos of the other DT's glorious efforts started to pile up until I was in a right lather ... but luckily in this 24/7 information age I was able to turn to Youtube, where I found this Particraft tutorial for a gift bag..... I followed the tutorial for the basic shape and decorated it in a Penny Black style!

The shape of the bag immediately suggested to me being filled with couple of dinky toiletry bottles, so I took that as my theme. I made the bag from double sided Deja Vu's paper, and decorated one side with the cute image of the cat in the bath from the PB transparent set "Bubbly", mounted on my new "labels 3" nesties. The image is also quite sparkly as I had a good shake of the Glamour Dust over the bubbles, but the dull photo conditions haven't really highlighted that. On the other side I used the "spoil yourself.." sentiment from the same set for the gift tag - it just seemed right with the pampering theme.

My flowers are a mixture of Papermania and Prima; brads are Doodlebug sugar coated; and I have also incorporated a yummy new large spacer which arrived yesterday (with a few packets of its mates!) from the Hobby House. Leaves are punched with the Leone Em Ash Branch punch - ribbon and small spacer are from my stash.

Hope you enjoy the rest of the Easter break.



  1. Oh what a gorgeous little gift hun, and I love the bubbly kitty.
    Enjoy the weekend
    Tracie :)x

  2. Hi Dear,

    thats a wonderful Bag. Sweet Paper and a lovely Image.


  3. Hiya..I just commented on Penny Black Challenge blog that the DT work was so gorgeous this week!
    Very inspiring. I am going to think about them all day!
    All those boxes and packaging so beautiful! Well done♥

  4. Pauline this is beautiful, what a fabulous gift to receive. hugs rachxx

  5. This is a gorgeous gift Pauline, I love the cute kitty image and the beautiful flower detail.
    Have a Happy Easter! Debbie x

  6. What a beautiful and cute gift! Love the details so much!

    Have a fabulous Easter weekend

    hugs Zimtschnecke/Bine

  7. Wow Hun this is terrific I knew you could do it, have more faith in yourself you are a fantastic crafter
    Hugs Jacqui x

  8. This is such a nice gift that you made! The stamps are perfect for this gift. I love the colours you used!


  9. What a wonderful gift!! Very special!

  10. what this beautiful Pauline.

    hugs Riet.x

  11. Gorgeous gift Pauline! Love the stamps you used for the bottles of smellies inside!
    Am now trying to imagine what happened to your candles... ;0)
    Helen x

  12. This is just AMAZING Pauline, what a fabulous gift you've should make more of them LOL...great work!
    Have a lovely Easter.
    Carole x

  13. This is simply gorgeous Pauline and well worth the battle I say!!!! Love everything about it ... Happy Easter

  14. So pretty and feminine Pauline and the bag shape could be adapted for so many uses.


  15. Pauline, this is super fab, beautiful creation and love all the embellishments as well as the cutie image. Have a great bank holiday!

  16. Great gift bag, have never thought to look on youtube for tutorials- will have to follow that one up. Lovely gift that anyone would be thrilled to receive.
    Louby x

  17. Pauline this is amazing sweetie! Love the pink candy striped paper, so perfect for the project xx

  18. Beautiful idea for a gift - pretty colours and super cute image
    love tasha xx

  19. Pretty gift bag! love the colours too! :0)

  20. This is an awesome gift bag Pauline. Super use of colours and what a perfect image for the contents! Love it.
    Sharon xx

  21. Pauline,
    I know this is not the current weeks challenge, but I still thought I'd tell you how cute I think your creation turned out, perfect image selection for the gift inside that oh so pretty bag.

    Thanks for popping by my blog and checking out my entry for the challenge this week, I appreciate your warm welcome!!


Thanks for looking, and for taking the time to leave a comment - I really appreciate it.
Pauline x