Hello everyone, and welcome to this week's Penny Black Saturday Challenge. I'd like to start by apologising for the fact that I haven't commented on many people's entries for last week's challenge - I have been having serious 'pooter problems that seem to boil down to having installed Windows IE8 - and I have been unable to access a lot of my blogging sites. I think it is now almost (though not completely) resolved, but alas I got so behind that no way could I catch up on all the comments I had missed!
That means though that I am looking forward all the more to seeing all your creations for this week's challenge, which is
Soft & Sweet
As always you can interpret this any which way, so long as you include a Penny Black stamp or sticker somewhere on your project. To get your creative juices flowing, the DT has produced some fabulous samples - please do visit their blogs to check them out; and don't forget to visit the challenge blog to see if you are last week's prize winner.
Talking of prizes ... this week we have a fantastic prize for you kindly donated by Julia at Simply Stamps Friends. Simply Stamps is both a shop in Rye, Sussex, and also an ebay shop which sells a fabulous variety of stamps including lots of Penny Blacks. Julia also exhibits at various craft shows; and I'm sure that many of you in the UK will, like me, be familiar with the fantastic "bargain bucket"! This week's prize is this gorgeous transparent set.
Here is my card ... I interpreted the theme to mean soft and sweet colours, fluttery dragonflies, a gentle sparkle effect, pearls and soft organza ribbon. I made this card for my friend Gail's birthday - she just doesn't do "cute" ... but it just goes to show that you can achieve a variety of other looks using PB stamps.
I also felt that the interior paper carried on the soft & sweet theme quite nicely.
Here's a different angle to try to show the sparkle on the card - very difficult to show up on photographs!
Main image: Penny Black "Fanfare"(3946K) coloured with Marvey brushstroke pens and decorated with glamour dust;
Sentiment: Penny Black "Happy Birthday" (2912D);
Papers: BasicGrey "Wisteria";
Supplies: mulberry paper flowers & pearl brads by Papermania; punched borders using Martha Stewart "doily lace" edge punch; ribbon from my stash.
Hope you all have a great weekend, and hope I will be able to access blogs to catch up with all your creations this week :-)