Saturday, 8 January 2011

Penny Black Saturday #133 and 1st Crafty Calendar DT card

Good morning, and I hope you're having a great weekend. I have lots to share today, as not only is it the first challenge of 2011 for the Penny Black Saturday Challenge, but also today is my first DT card for the monthly Crafty Calendar Challenge!

So taking things one step at a time ......

Penny Black Saturday Challenge #133

Thanks so much to everyone who found time amongst the Christmas preparations to take part in the last challenge of 2010 - there were some stunning entries as always. Don't forget to check whether you won a prize on the main challenge blog.

The DT is now raring to go with a whole load of new challenges for 2011, and this week we would like to see projects on the theme of

New Beginnings

As always you can interpret his however you like - the only rules are that you must link to a new project which uses a Penny Black image, large sentiment or stickeroo as the main project focus.

This week we have not one but THREE fantasic prizes for three randomly drawn winners.

Firstly we have a new monthly sponsor - The Ribbon Girl

- who is offering the following prize.

Secondly our regular sponsor 1-2-3 Stitch is offering a $20 prize voucher to spend in their online store ...

And last but not least, I am offering a prize of this gorgeous Penny Black wooden stamp "Aspire"

(if you would like to see a couple of example cards using this stamp, click here and here ... the more observant amongst you may also notice that this stamp appears in my blog header :-))

The rest of the DT have made some gorgeous samples - hope you will visit them to have a look. Here is my card for this week.

Main image: Penny Black "Basket of Joy" (2075F), coloured with Promarkers;
Sentiment: LotV sentiment circles;
Papers: baby blue gingham by Craft Creations; floral patterned gingham free with an old craft magazine;
Supplies: heart buttons were a Christmas present from my dear friend
Kaz; ribbon from my stash;
Tools: small, large and lacy circles nestabilities; Martha Stewart "eyelet lace" PATP.

I would like to enter this card for:

Simon Says - New Beginnings
Creative Card Crew - New Beginnings
Quirky Crafts #1 - New Beginnings
Order of the Opus Gluei #84 - It's a New Year, Baby
Stampin' for the Weekend - New & Blue
Cute Card Thursday #146 - Out With the Old
(I have used an old image from an image swap, old ribbon from stash and paper from a very old craft magazine)
Delightful Challenges - Buttons
Sketch & Stash #52

Crafters' Companion #8 - sketch + option of Something New(thanks to Lisa for the heads up on this one!)


Crafty Calendar Challenge - January

I am really excited to have joined the Crafty Calendar DT for the New Year, and this is my first DT card.

The Crafty Calendar Challenge for January runs until 8pm GMT on Friday 4th February, and again is on the theme of

New Beginnings
with an optional extra of punched borders.

This month we have a wonderful prize from our sponsor and this month's guest designer Janet at Pink Gem Designs.

which is the pack of digi papers "Oh Boy"
It must be such a rare occurrence for two DT cards to fall due on the same day with the same theme, that I must admit I was tempted to combine both into one card ... but no!! I made the effort, and here is another baby card ... this time for a girl :-)

Main image: Penny Black "dream a dream" (3615H) coloured with Copics and Promarkers;
Sentiment: LotV sentiment circles;
Paper: from my stash;
Supplies: all flowers from Wild orchid Crafts; sparkly ribbon from
Kaz; velvet ribbon and peel off corners from my stash;
Tools: small circles, large circles and labels nestabilities.

I would also like to enter this one for

Dutch Dare #94 - New BeginningsTuesday Taggers - A New Beginning
Creative Cottage #30 - Something New
(New baby, new WOC flowers, new LotV sentiment)
Rainbow Lady #134 - It's All New to Me
(new items as above)
Teddy Stampers #27 - Celebrations!
Secret Crafter #116 - Tons of Texture
Fab 'n' Funky #54- Anything Goes

Hope you will be able to join in both of these challenges - look forward to seeing your creations!

Have a great weekend.


  1. Hi Pauline, Wow both cards are beautiful :-) I love the adorable PB images and fab layouts.

    Lisa x

  2. Oh they're both absolutely gorgeous Pauline.

  3. 2 fabulous cards,love the papers and the delicate shade of colours:)

    Thank you for joining us at sketch and stash


  4. awwwwww Pauline this is so cute, love the gingham. Joey xx

  5. 2 beautiful cards Pauline! I love the flowers and the papers you have used! so pretty! Samantha :0)

  6. Hi pauline
    Just a beautiful card and my have you been busy with baby cards!!lol!

    Hugs Di xxx

  7. Such gorgeous creations hun xxx

  8. These are both gorgeous Pauline!
    Is there a baby boom where you live??? lol
    Helen x

  9. oh how lovely what a beautiful creations with so much texture thank you for sharing it with us at the SCSC this week
    Hugs Kate xx

  10. I'm really lovin these, pauline! Great job.:-) Thanks so much for joining us at DDCC!

  11. Beautiful cards

    Thanks for joining us on Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge :)

    Hugs Jane x

  12. Both cards are so lovely hun!

  13. two gorgeous cards pauline...congrats on the new DT post.......wishing you a very happy 2011....big hugs kath xxx

  14. Wow such beautiful cards. I love them both. Thanks for sharing with us at Teddy Stampers, I love all the flowers and the teddy image is adorable. Meera TS DT x

  15. Both your cards are gorgeous Pauline, love Penny Black, love the blue boy card, very sweet and keepable!! Thank you so much for joining Quirky Craft's New Beginnings Challenge. Happy New Year!


  16. Really beautiful cards, great layouts.
    Thanks for joining us at Teddy Stampers.
    Sarah xx :00

  17. Stunning cards! Thanks for joining us at Delightful Challenges!

  18. Oh wow,those are gorgeous
    Thanks for joining fab'n'funky this week

  19. Hiya Pauline!

    Wow two fabulous cards hun!, cute images and I just love all the soft colours too :o)

    Thank you for joining us at Sketch and Stash and good luck!!

    Hugs Vicky xx

  20. Gorgeous! Both such beautiful cards. Thanks for joining us at Rainbow Lady's Challenge and good luck
    Claire xx

  21. Very pretty card and love those flowers. Thanks for sharing Love Cynthia x

  22. Hi Pauline,
    Lovely adorable card with such sweet delicate colours.
    Thanks for playing along with Teddy Stampers.
    Hugs cherie

  23. Both of your cards are gorgeous! Love each one has its own character and style! Just perfect for this week's challenge at Teddy Stampers - I'm so glad you could join us. Dee

  24. I love these two cards; they each have a beautiful feel that is so soft and gentle, just perfect for welcoming a new baby!

    Thank you so much for participating with us at Opus Gluei, I hope that you return and consider our challenges throughout 2011!

  25. I can't pick a favorite image - I love the hedgie AND the bear!

  26. Two gorgeous creations Pauline, and congrats on joining the team over on Crafty Calendar.

    Liz x

  27. Pauline these are both wonderful, the soft colours are so pretty and the images are adorable, fabulous colouring
    love tasha xx

  28. Aah Pauline, both so very pretty and just perfect for baby cards. Glad you were able to use the buttons & ribbon :0) must say the ribbon looks fab with your beautiful flowers and their touch of glitter.
    Kaz xx

  29. gorgeous, thanks for joining us at FnF :)

  30. Both cards are gorgeous. I love the softness of them.

    Thanks for joining us at Creative Card Crew.


  31. Wow such beautiful cards, and the images are so sweet and beautifully coloured,

    thanks for joining us at Secret Crafter: 116: Tons Of Texture,
    Good luck with the challenge,
    Hugs Bridget :) x.

  32. Lovely cards, love those flowers. Thank you for joining us at Rainbow Lady's challenge.
    Jen x

  33. Oh wow, you have been busy. Your cards are absolutely stunning Pauline. Thanks for joining in the fun at Teddy Stampers. Sharon

  34. Ooh two cards!! They are both beautiful! I love the flowers on the pink card and the punch/spellbinders on the top one!

    Thanks so much for entering the Simon Says Stamp Challenge!!


  35. Hi Pauline, WOW these are both lovely, thanks for playing along on Rainbow Lady this week Hazelxo

  36. Hi Pauline

    I'm stunned with both of your cards, they're very stylish.
    Also thanx for sharing this sweet bear card with us. So fun you joined the festivities at the teddy stampers!

    Teddy hugs,

    Lins ;-)

  37. Both cards arer gorgeous! Thanks for joining us at DDCC!

  38. Gorgeous. Love the colour and image. great design.

    Thanks for joining us this week at the Secret Crafter and Good luck.

    Mel X

  39. Hi Pauline! Both your cards are adorable! Great idea for our new challenge! Love the cute PB images! Thanks for joining us at The Creative Cottage! Shelly :)

  40. Gorgeous baby cards! :o) Thanks for taking part in the SFTW challenge and good luck! Kate x

  41. Love your blog and beautiful cards TFS xx Jan

  42. It's time to vote for your favourite card and get all your blogging buddies to vote for you!! So hop over to Quirky Craft's! and vote!!


  43. Lovely card Pauline, that is such a cute image. Thanks for joining in the Crafter's Companion Challenge this month.
    Hugs Lynsey x

  44. What a beautiful card.
    Thanks for joining us at Teddy Stampers and hope to see you again next time.
    Sharon x

  45. What a fabulous card.
    Thanks for joining us at Teddy Stampers and hope to see you again next time.


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Pauline x