Wednesday, 28 July 2010

Penny Black does the Christmas combo

I do love a challenge combo, so just for fun I sat down with my list of open challenges and decided to make one card that would specifically fulfil a number of different ones - here's the result.

I ♥ ProMarkers #25 - Christmas in July
Stamptacular #69 - Christmas in July
Going Grey with Scrap Creations #26 - Christmas in July
Cupcake Craft # 101 - Pastel Christmas
ABC Christmas - P is for Presents with Added Lace
Wild Orchid Challenge #2 - Lovely Lace
Sweet Stampin' Challenge #36 - Vintage
Crafty pad #81 - Vintage
BasicGrey #25 - Stitching
Corrosive #74 - Pink & Blue
Stamp Something - Something Flowery
Friday Sketchers #112

I love the old fashioned look of this cute Penny Black slapstick stamp, and think she goes really well with a vintage theme including stitching and lace, also with pastel colours. I'm not too sure yet about using "non-Christmas" flowers on Christmas cards but thought I would give it a go to fall in with everything else I had chosen for this challenge ... maybe the concept will grow on me :-)
At least I'm finally starting to make a few small inroads into Christmas card making ... I'm looking forward to seeing new Christmas papers starting to come into the shops so I can really get into gear :-)

Main image: Penny Black slapstick "Winter Swing", coloured with Promarkers and edged with faux stitching;
Sentiment: Stamps Away;
Paper: BasicGrey "Eskimo Kisses";
Supplies: Prima pink & white hydrangeas; roses from Wild Orchid Crafts; lace, pearls and small metal stars from my stash;
Tools: Leone Em "Ash branch" leaf punch; Fiskars "Victorian" cutting blade; Cuttlebug "Christmas Stars" embossing folder.


  1. Very nice card. The pearls in the girl's hair are a good addition.

  2. ooh very nice - lovely soft colours yet still Christmassy , thanks for joining us at I♥ promarkers this week -Kate

  3. Awwww this is sooooo sweet Pauline, love the image. Thanks for joining us at I ♥ ProMarkers.

  4. Beautiful card, such a cute image. Jeanette

  5. Well I think that's absolutely lovely. It's so pretty. Thanks for taking part at I ♥ Promarkers this week.

  6. Oh Pauline, what a beautiful Christmas card, love the gentle pastel colours and that image and your details are exquisite.
    So happy you could join us at Basic Grey.
    hugs Heather xx

  7. Oh what a sweet card, fab colours.

  8. Such a sweet and precious card!! Beautifully done in the soft colors. Thanks for sharing with us at Going Grey with Scrap-Creations.

  9. Pauline this is beautiful, gorgeous colours and the glitter on the flowers looks so special
    love tasha xx

  10. So beautiful card Pauline,i love the image and the colours.
    so gorgeous papers.

    Hugs Riet.xx

  11. Ooh that's so pretty, Pauline - I just love pink on Christmas cards. I'm at the "thinking about what Christmas cards to make stage" - which will last until October!!! Just popping by to say hi and thanks for the CCC DT position - I'm so pleased!

    Julie :o)

  12. That is a lovely image, you've coloured it wonderfully and it is a beautiful card. Thanks for playing with us at Cupcake. x

  13. Pauline this is stunning. Love the pastel colours and the flowers are pretty special. Your image is colouring beautifully. Thanks for joining us at Stamp Something.

  14. What a beautiful card and great take on our pastel christmas challenge! The image is just darling and you´ve colored it in so wonderful.

    Thanks for playing with us at Cupcake this week!

    Kathrin aka Kruemel

  15. What a really cute image used. Love the colours, dp and flowers used.

    Thanks for joining in with us on ABC Christmas Challenge Blog

    Jayne xx

  16. This is simply stunning!!
    Thanks for playing at sweet stamping xx

  17. This is so pretty. I love the non-traditional colors. Thanks for playing with us at Going Grey with Scrap-Creations.

  18. Beautiful card Pauline - such pretty colours!
    Thanks for joining us at the ABC Christmas Challenge!
    Helen x

  19. Hi Pauline, this is so pretty, love the image and the colour combo. Thank you for joining us at The Crafty Pad this week.
    Hugs Suzi x

  20. Hi Pauline, what a gorgeous card. I love the image and your papers are beautiful. The flowers are just right I think. Thanks for joining in with my "pastel Christmas" challenge over at cupcake craft challenge this week. Hugs, Denise x
    Ps I have candy on my blog if you want to call over :)

  21. THis image is just so lovely and what you did with it is unbelievable, lovely lovely card! Great take on our challenge this week, hope you will join the fun at SSC again next week. Gemma

  22. A lovely card thanks for joining us at The crafty pad

  23. Gorgeous Pauline, love the pretty soft colours and what a cute image :o) Thanks for joining us on I ♥ Promarkers this week.

  24. Oh, how pretty! I love the non-traditional colors and the date stamp in the corner is really cool!
    Thanks so much for joining us this week at Stamptacular Sunday ♥ for our Christmas in July challenge!
    And, I'm sorry to be so behind in my commenting! I didn't forget you, there just weren't enough days in my week!
    Dee (Spryte)
    Sprytebyrds Spot

  25. Absolutely beautiful! Thank you so much for playing along at ABC CC with this challenge. Hugs, Sxx

  26. This is gorgeous, such lovely soft colours. I've got that PB stamp, although not inked it up yet. You've made me want to use it now. Thanks for joining us at I ♥ Promarkers.
    Julie x

  27. Fantastic card! Great take on the Presents challenge!! Thanks for playing along with the ABC Christmas Challenge. We have a new challenge today - Q is for Quick and Easy. We hope you can play along again!!
    ABC Christmas Challenge DT


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Pauline x