Saturday 7 July 2012

Penny Black Saturday #209 - news, blog hop & candy!

Good morning crafters and welcome to the Penny Black Saturday Challenge.

Lots of news for you this week, so grab a cuppa, get comfy and prepare for a long read!

First of all, the more observant amongst you may have noticed that I did not introduce the challenge as this WEEK's theme ... and there's a good reason for that.

From today we are relaunching the challenge as the Penny Black Saturday MONTHLY challenge - to be published on the first Saturday of every month. So that means ....

less rushing and more time to make your cards to enter
several chances to win a prize in each challenge!

We are relaunching with a whole new look blog thanks to the lovely Beth ... do pop over and check it out!

To celebrate this relaunch we are starting with a blog hop - woo hoo!! More of that in a moment ...but first to this month's challenge theme, and it is

Summertime .. 
 and the livin' is easy

Our rules are still the same as ever they were ... you can interpret the theme however you wish so long as we can see a new piece of work (no backlinking please) and a Penny Black image, large sentiment or stickeroo as its main focus.

And we've got lots of lovely prizes for our randomly drawn winners this month, including

J&C Creations

1-2-3 Stitch

($20 online store voucher)

This time we have lovely creations not only from the regular DT but also from some guest designers from our sponsors ... that would be


Hope you will check out everyone's gorgeous summery cards .... maybe they'll remind you that it is actually summer, not that you would know after this morning's torrential downpour!! I'm really starting to believe that this is The Summer That Never Was!!

Anyhoo, here is my card ... 

I couldn't quite decide which stamp to use for a summer theme, and then I came across this image which was sent me many moons ago by Nat. It must have been a VERY long time ago as it was stamped onto a type of card which suggests to me it was in the days before  we routinely used Promarkers and Copics lol! However I just HAD to use this darling image and so I just coloured it in as best I could manage :-)

Stamps: Penny Black "Make Lemonade" (1675K); Whimsy sentiment;
Media: Promarkers and Flexmarkers;
Paper: Forever Friends
Supplies: Raffia lace and gems from Hobbycraft; ribbon from my stash;
Tools: Cheery Lynn corner die.

Sparkles #33 - Summer Fun
Craft Your Passion #117 - Chillin' & Grillin'
Whimsy #46 - Anything Goes
Papertake Weekly - Anything Goes (2nd entry)

So .... on to the other main event for this month, which is our

celebration blog hop

(or should that be ... bus stop lol!!)

All the DT members and our guest designers are taking part .... all you need to do is stop off at each blog and leave a comment to show your appreciation for their efforts ... many of the team are offering a li'l candy ... but you need to visit them to find out and leave a comment to be eligible to win it :-)

I am the last stop on the journey so you should have arrived here from the lovely Natalie's blog ... but if you get lost the order of hopping is as follows

Pauline (me!!)

If you've managed to hop this far you may be pleased to discover that I'm offering a little candy :-)

One of my favourite recent purchases is this Memory Box die "Prim Poppy" ... so I will give away a brand new one for some lucky person to play with.

Memory Box - Prim Poppy from Memory Box
If you'd like a couple of ideas of what you can do with this  die, I have posted a couple of cards here and here ... to be in with a chance to win, please leave your name in Mr Linky below. (Please feel free to leave me a comment as well if you like :-) )  The draw will remain open until the end of the PBSC challenge, which means I will announce a winner when we launch our next challenge on Saturday August 4th.

Phew! Well that's all for now. Hope you will be able to play with us this month, and happy hopping!

Edited Saturday 7/7 evening: so sorry Mr Linky seems to have gone walkabout - please call back and I hope he will be back soon :-)


Riet said...

So gorgeous card,I love the image and the colours.

Hugs Riet.xx

Ribbon Girl said...

Hello Pauline - oh your card is just beautiful, very delicate and so pretty. Mary G x

Anda said...

Love this card - the colours are stunning! Thanks for the hop, it's been fun looking at what you all do and very inspiring too :)

Janine said...

What a lovely image to have been sent - cheeky drinking that lemonade! Love the use of blue gingham with it.

Cristina C. said...

I like this blog hop! I saw really wonderful cards. and your is so "summery" ;) thanks for this blog hop!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful card, l adore the image. Just bought my first PB stamps and can't wait to use them. TFS

Have a great Saturday x

Redanne said...

You are right Pauline, that image is darling - sooo cute and your colouring is wonderful. Love it.

Stamps and Paper said...

Super adorable card Pauline and love the soft colours you have used..simply gorgeous


rachel said...

beautiful image - I love those cheeky mice - and thanks for the chance to win the die! What a kind person you are! Big hugs Rachel xx

wendyp said...

A lovely card Pauline - what a sweet image. WendY x

Linda said...

Love your card Pauline, these little guys are soo cute! If only we could all be sat outside drinking lemonade ........ well, it's nice to dream! Loving the new look to the PBSC and I've really enjoyed the Blog Hop, the DT (and guests) are such a bunch of talented ladies. Well done to you all and thanks for all the inspiration. Have a great weekend, love Linda xx

Debs M said...

fabulous card, love that image and the gingham is so fresh, fabulous examples of wht to do with the poppy dies...the cards are stunning!!

Lorraine said...

Your card is gorgeous Pauline. I love the image and summery colours. You have some lovely cards on your blog - I thought I'd already joined as a follower but apparently not - so I've put that right too!!
Lorraine x

Nat said...

A perfect image for this MONTH's theme! Love the colours you have used and the colouring's great.

carol said...

super card, love the delicate colours, thanks for playing along with us at TPC ....Carol XX

Vanja said...

Fabulous card! I love the image and the colours.

Zimtschnecke said...

Wow, Pauline, such a gorgeous and sooo cute card, love the cute image so much and the colours, papers & ribbons you've used. Fantastic summer card.

hugs Bine/Zimtschnecke

As.I.Do.Rodos. said...

Wonderful card Ginny ♥

KraftyKaren said...

Gorgeous card and such a sweet image which you have coloured beautifully x

Sandra H said...

Hi Pauline, Thank you for the chance to win this fabulous Memory box Die l checked out your card and its gorgeus l'll check out the other after my comments, Totally gorgeous card your image is beautiful and you have coloured it perfectly great layout and embellis, great inspiration to take from this and a great glog hop great to know your the last one on my list thank you and great challenge from P/B :)X

shirley-bee said...

I love your colour scheme on this card, perfect for lemonade!

Martina said...

Such a beautiful and summery card!! i love the fresh and perfect for this theme!

scrappymo! said...

Your card is so sweet. Love those little guys sipping from the straws.
Thanks for the chance to win the lovley Memory Box die. Off to go check out the cards you made from it!

Kath Stewart said...

beautiful card pauline..that image is just adorable and you have coloured it beautifully...enjoy the rest of your weekend...stay warm and snuggly...hugs kath xxx

MagsB said...

What an adorable image! Your colouring is lovely, too. I love the blue and yellow, so summery and cheerful! Pretty!

love Mags B x

Renee B. said...

Such an adorable image on a beautiful card! Have really enjoyed the hop! Thanks for the chance to win the beautiful die...I just bought my first Memory Box die a few days ago (cherry blossom)...they are very new here in my little part of Canada!
Hugs, Renee

Anonymous said...

Hi Pauline, still trying to catch up after my blog break! Love your card today - so fresh and pretty.Love the image and your colouring looks fab.

Thanks for the chance to win the fab die.

Linda said...

What a darling card! I just love the colours you have used!

Thanks for playing along with us and our Summer Fun challenge at Sparkles!

Linda xx

Dawn T said...

so very sweet... what a delightful card. Love those thirsty little critters.

Christy Beans said...

Such a pretty color combination... summery but light, like early summer morning. Beautiful coloring and such a cute image! Fantastic card! =)

shaz earl said...

Lovely card!

Thank you for joining us at Sparkles challenges for our * Summer Fun * challenge.

Hope you will join us again, good luck in the draw.
Hugs Shaz x

NGCARDS said...

I love this card hun it is really cute :) xxx

Mari said...

Love those soft colors. The image is very cute.

Sabine said...

What a pretty card. I love the image it feels much like summer.
Thanks for the chance to win

Brodders said...

Fab card :) Thanks for joining in with us at Papertake Weekly - Jane x

Grenouille Greetings said...

Love your checkered background, pretty corners and bow with this gorgeous image, beautifully coloured! Hugs, Lesley

loulou said...

Such an adorable card, the image is so cute and you have done a wonderful job on the colouring - without all the fancy coated paper, cheers Linda

Kim Dibben said...

Fabulous card, gorgeous image, love the blue and lemon colour combination, beautiful corners
Kim xx

Kim Dibben said...

Sorry, I've managed to enter your draw twice, could you please delete one my entries, thanks.
Kim xx

Caroline said...

Hi Pauline. Gorgeous card the image is adorable and is coloured beautifully and the layout is fabulous. Caroline xxx

Pöydän kulmalla näpertelijä said...

So pretty!

Sharon said...

Awww, those mice are so cute. This is beautiful, I love the soft colours.

deb said...

very cute card

Maarit at Violets Corner said...

Absolutely gorgeous card Pauline.

Warm hugs

tootsie said...

Thank you for entering our summer challenge over at The Paper Crafting Journey

I have some BLOG CANDY
on my blog if you are interested!


Shelly said...

Oh I just love this PB image... perfect for summer challenges! Great colour scheme too! Shelly x

Anonymous said...

Your card looks so refreshing! Love the image. The candy you have is on my wishlist, so I keep my fingers crossed.

CuteNCrafty Mommy said...

Great job. The mice are super cute. One of my favorites even though I do not have it yet. Lol. That die would be so beautiful on so many cards. You can do them many times on one card and make a bouquet. Also as a background and draw inside. Beautiful.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful card Pauline and I love your soft colouring. I love Memory Box dies too, I have two on my card for this challenge. Thanks for the opportunity to win it.


Christy Beans said...

I already came a-visiting once, but this time I am "on business". LOL Still think this is soooo pretty! =) Thanks for joining us for the Summer challenge at PCJ!

If you're interested, I have some Christmas-in-July Cash Candy on my blog: I Never Went to Kindergarten Come join the fun! =)

Tirpuunen said...

I just love this stamp, and your card is gorgeous!

Linda said...

Those mice are just adorable and coloured in so beautifully love Linda

Tracy said...

Gorgeous creation, love your image and design.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

Whimcees said...


Love the image - love the colors - love the card! Very pretty! Wishing you a happy day!


Barbara Diane

Whisper said...

Ooo very summery and am loving the fabby colour combo too, Luv Sam x

alethea said...

Cute card!! Thanks for joining us at PCJ for our Summer challenge!! Hugsxx

Jane said...

Last but not least...lovely card Pauline. This was a great hop!
Jane x

Irene said...

Wunder...wunder...einfach wunderschön mein grosses Kompliment für diese so schöne Karte
LG Irene

Sue said...

Gorgeous card, love that image too and those lovely colours, lemonade mmmmm so refreshing in summer! Happy Crafting, Sue xx

Sonia said...

Hi Pauline, your card is wonderful:)
The image is really sweet and funny:)

Janice said...

Another great PB image. Beautiful colours & colouring & a gorgeous card, Jx

Kat said...

Gorgeous card Pauline. Love that image and that gingham DP is so fresh and lovely. Thanks for the chance to win candy.

Kat x

mgoll88 said...

What a sweet image and perfect coloring.. blue and yellow goes perfect together, looks wonderfull =)


Jennifer said...

As always, Pauline, this is a gorgeous card...such a cute image, and beautifully coloured. I love gingham, and one of my very favourite colour combos is blue and yellow.

Mmmmmm, me thinks I have to get me some of those corner dies.

Jennifer. x

Chark said...

great coloring on this!

Sazzle said...

Your card is so sweet and love the colour scheme too :-)

xx Sazzle xx