Saturday, 6 February 2010

Penny Black Challenge #87 - Pins & Pearls

Hi everyone - hope you're all having a great weekend and are feeling ready to go with the latest Penny Black Saturday Challenge. It was wonderful to see last week how so many of you were able to make a card for someone special ... awww! If you entered don't forget to pop over to the challenge blog to see if you have won the fab discount voucher from PB Stamps.

This week's challenge is

Pins and pearls

As always you can interpret this however you like, so long as we can see at least one Penny Black stamp or sticker on your creation.

To help get your creative juices flowing we have got another fab prize on offer for one randomly chosen winner - from our regular sponsor Valentine's - a PB clear "Robust" alphabet set.

The other members of the DT have created some really fabulous samples this week, so do go and check them out, including our fab new Guest Designer for February - Janneke.
Here's mine ....

Now I have to confess that I struggled with this a bit initially, as I was very nervous about the prospect of using pins on a card. All the fancy head pins I've seen seem to be proper sharp pins without any guards for the point ...and I'm very puzzled as to how people keep them safe and what they do about posting them?? Anyhow, I resolved this dilemma when I saw some double-ended "bar" type pins in Hobbycraft .... so that's the route I went down.... and now I'm unexpectedly pleased with the finished result so I'm glad I did lol!

I'm having a real roses and butterflies phase at the moment ... here are a couple of close ups of those embellies - I gave the roses a good dusting with diamond dust Stickles lol!

Main image: Penny Black "...dreams..." (2711F) inked with Brilliance pearlescent ink;
Papers: Kaisercraft "Wish Upon" (from The Hobby House);
Supplies: large two-tone rose from John Lewis; smaller roses from Hobbycraft; baby's breath pearl flowers from Edwin Allen; white lace and pearl gemstones from my stash; double ended pearl pin from Hobbycraft;
Tools: "Labels Four" nestabilities; Craft-Too "butterflies" embossing folder (used on green matting); Martha Stewart large "monarch butterfly" punch.

I'd also like to enter this card for the following challenges:

Pollycraft #33 - Things with Wings
Flutterby Wednesdays #95 - butterfly, fairy or angel
Crafty Creations #53 - Wings
Pile It On #4 - Enough of Winter Colours
The Pink Elephant #52 - It's All About Pink (not sure whether this is pink enough ... but I hope so :-) )
Crafty Calendar #5 - Love & Friendship (I see this as a friendship card)
ABC - N is for New. Well ... that would be my two tone and cream roses + my pearly pin ... and the nesties have only been used once before lol!

Have a great weekend, and look forward to seeing your creations.


  1. What a beautiful card Pauline,i love your paper and colours.

    Hugs Riet.xx

  2. This is stunning Pauline very very pretty indeed, love everything about it.

  3. Beautiful card Pauline, your flowers are just gorgeous...glad you sorted out your pin issue...hehe!
    Have a great weekend.
    Carole x

  4. Beautiful card love the flower and butterflies simply stunning.
    Mel x

  5. really beautiful card,love the flowers and butterflies,thanks for joining us at pollycraft


  6. So nice to see the pastel colors and butterflies. Your card with the lace touch and soft papers is just lovely.

  7. Beautiful card Pauline, love the butterfly ;0) And your flowers are great!

    Thank you for you lovely comment on my GDT card, I make me smile!

    Hugs, Janneke X0

  8. Beautiful card Pauline! Love the papers and flowers! I'm a bit scared of the pin thing too...haven't used any before, 'cos I was worried about injuring someone too! lol But will give it a go...may have to raid my jewellery making stash though!
    Thanks for joining us at the ABC Challenge!
    Helen x

  9. Hi Pauline
    A gorgeous card and the butterflies look beautiful,
    Hugs Dianne xx

  10. beautiful card the soft colours and those gorgeous glittery flowers....have a great weekend...hugs kath xxxx

  11. Gorgeous card!! love these pretty soft colors. TFS with PIO.

  12. Really cute card Pauline love the butterflies too! did you get my text?
    oh and thanks for joining us on the ABC challenge this time Samantha :0)

  13. This is beautiful Pauline! I love the papers and the flowers and butterflies look gorgeous! Thanks for joining us at the Crafty Calendar Challenge! :)
    Georgia xx

  14. WOW, what a stunning work.
    Wonderful creation!


  15. Such a beautiful,delicate card. The roses are gorgeous,Ruth, Crafty Calendar Challenges

  16. A stunning card Pauline, I love the pretty paper and all the gorgeous detailing.
    Also, just wanted to say thank you so much for your kind words of support...I really appreciate it. Hugs Debbie x

  17. Must say that I am loveing your roses & butterfly phase! This is so very delicate & pretty. The flowers look stunning ans I adore the butterflies(I need that punch!)
    Kaz xx

  18. This is gorgeous!! Thanks for playing along with my flutter by challenge!

  19. Wow! This card reminds me of an elegant wedding cake! Stunning!!
    Thanks for joining us at Pile It On!

  20. thanks for joining us on crafty creations this week with your stunning creation :)

  21. Beautiful card and so pretty.
    Thanks for joining us at Pollycraft & good luck.
    Hugs Emma x

  22. Hi Pauline, This is such a beautiful card! Love the flowers and butterflies.

    Thanks for joining us at Crafty Calendar Challenge.

    Lisa x

  23. Oh what a beautiful card - so elegant and pretty! Love all the pearls, flowers and sparkly butterflies. So glad you played along with our FBW challenge this week - your creation is fantastic!

  24. Wonderful wings project - thanks for playing along at Crafty Creations! Cheers Claire x

  25. Thanks for joining us at Crafty Creations with your great work! Good luck!

    Greetings, Saskia :)


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