Penny Black At Allsorts Challenge Changes

i don’t have a card to share; i was away on the weekend and have been working on deadlines for volunteer commitments and class cards, which means i don’t always have time to play. but, i wanted to share some big news about the changes to the PB at allsorts challenge. starting in november, the name and entry criteria will change; at penny black and more at allsorts, you will be able to use any stamp on your work, although strictly no digi images. read about additional changes here.  thanks for popping by.

Guest Designer Card

i am so excited to be a guest designer for the penny black at allsorts challenge this month! not only do i love penny black stamps and the monthly pace, but then i found out it was for an inspiration challenge, which i also love.

photo of fall trees in a park with a red bench and fallen leaves on the ground
this beautiful inspiration photo captures the start of what is my favourite season – finally, cooler temperatures and those rich colourful landscapes.

teddy sitting under a fall tree with three bluebirds delivering cards to him for his birthday
i watercoloured the image with distress inks, added autumn flower soft to the tree, cut and popped the envelopes and of course i added stickles to the flower centres. so, ink up those penny black stamps and submit them by the 28th for a chance to win some lovely prizes. thanks to the penny black at allsorts team and thanks for popping by.


teddy sitting on the ground with turtle in blue green and orange card thank you to my new subscribers; i appreciate you taking the time to visit my blog! the penny black at allsorts challenge this month is free and easy, so i chose this image to watercolour with distress inks; i covered a chipboard button to match and matted the image on a die cut label 1. i’m also submitting this to the paper sundaes challenge – just saying hi.  thanks for popping by.

Snail’s Portrait

hedgehog painting a snail on clay pot outdoors in summer
choosing my favourite penny black stamp was challenging, but i decided to use this portraiture stamp for penny black at allorts‘ june challenge – you’re my favourite. i decided to use some of my other favourites on this card:  i watercoloured the image, including the sky, with distress inks; added white liquid pearls to snail’s dots; stickles on the sun; my favourite new punch on the pink layer; and pink and green. i’m also submitting this to the monthly fan club challenge at splitcoaststampers.

as i was painting this morning, the mail arrived with the penny black stamp i won last month and this cute card from brenda. thanks so much!

penny black bicycle stamp prize with purple and white card

thanks for popping by.

A Cozy Breakfast

circle card with mice, toaster and soft boiled eggthe penny black at allsorts monthly challenge is to create anything but square or rectangle and i love making circle cards. i  watercoloured the image, covered the button in glossy accents and kept it fairly simple because i’m giving this one to my husband. for 36 years, he has carried on his family’s long standing tradition of making soft boiled eggs for sunday breakfast.  thanks for popping by.

Is It Spring Yet?

spring scene of girl watering tulips even though there is still snow on the ground, the longer days make me think that spring is almost here so i went with some bright colours i don’t normally use.  since the penny black saturday challenge is to use more than one fold, this was the perfect opportunity to try a stair step card.  the image is watercoloured and i added stickles wherever i could.  thanks for popping by.

i’m also submitting this card to the following challenges:

penny black at allsorts – welcome spring
ellephantastic challenges and roger too – cute with a butterfly
cute card thursday – signs of spring!
Spotted Canary Spring Challenge at splitcoaststampers

Tall Beauties

bouquet of sunflowers

sunflowers are as beautiful to me as any other flower. i remember when the kids grew some in our small garden and they towered over everything else in bloom. my artist daughter painted sunflowers in oil; she loves van gogh, so i watercoloured these for her. i created this for the penny black at allsorts december challenge – Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder. thanks for popping by.

Glitter Garden

 daisies with two butterflies and a bee

this is my submisison for the second monthly Penny Black At Allsorts challenge, which is glitz and glitter, and because they are looking to add some new faces to their Design Team.  this is also for the Flutterby Wednesday #116, to use your favourite colour; mine is green, and for the CAS79 garden theme challenge at splitcoast.  i watercoloured the image with distress inks and added stickles to the bee, butterflies, flower centres and border. thanks for popping by.