Saturday, 18 July 2009

Penny Black Challenge #58 - Soft & Sweet

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 :-)


  1. Wow, what a great Image and so a sweet Card with it.


  2. Morning hun, oh wow fabulous soft and sweet card.. love these gorgeous papers and pretty image.. stunning.
    Have a lovely weekend
    Tracie :)x

  3. gorgeous card, the colours are lovely and the image is perfect for anyone who doesn't like cute cards


    Amanda xx

  4. What a beautiful card Pauline,l love the image and colours.
    So gorgeous papers.

    Hugs Riet.x

  5. A really beautiful card Pauline, the colours are just exquisite!
    Keryn :D

  6. This is so pretty Pauline. Really soft and pretty. I had those same problems with IE8 - I gave up and uninstalled it in the end and everything is completely fixed since I did that.
    Sharon xx

  7. This is beautiful Pauline and your colours are gorgeous

  8. Really pretty card Pauline, such gorgeous flowers.
    Have a lovely weekend.
    Carole x

  9. This is really sweet dear and perfectly reaches the criteria for this week theme, such gentle colours and lovely layout
    Hugs Jacqui x

  10. this is fabulous Pauline,so pretty and i love the soft ribbon that you have used... hugs rachxx

  11. What a super card Pauline, so delicate!

  12. beautiful card the papers...gorgeous colours and that lovely PB image...enjoy the rest of your weekend...hugs kath xxxx

  13. Gorgeous card, so pretty, those papers look perfect with that image.

    Having the same trouble with Windows 8 over here, so I uninstalled it and then my email crashed, so I reinstalled it, can use my email, but can only access about half the sites I try to visit. Too much technological variances, I suppose.
    Take Care,

  14. Beautiful card love the papers and coloures :)
    Mel x

  15. What a beautiful card Pauline! I love the colors you used and your coloring is fantastic!

    Tammy x

  16. Oh Pauline this is absolutely GORGEOUS!

  17. Hello Pauline
    Do you have an email I could have as We would like to send out replied in email form.

    mine is


    Kimmi from SFTW


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