Wednesday, 28 March 2012

March winners


Hello everyone, time for some winners from our mega busy March challenge. 

Lots of fabulous entries again and a huge thank you to each and every one of you for joining in and making it such a fun challenge, myself and the Design Team loved seeing all your beautiful Springtime creations.

I won't keep you waiting any longer so here are all those lucky peeps Mr Random Org., has selected this month.....................................

Winner of that fabulous crafting lamp from Hifi Tower is...........................


Winners of the stamps from Penny Black are........................




Winners of the $15 voucher from Addicted to Stamps .............


Winner of the Penny Black category and prize from Sir Stampalot....................


Congratulations to you all, please mail me brenda@ibas.co.uk with your full postal addys before midnight GMT 3rd April so I can arrange to get your prizes off to you. And don't forget to grab our winners button and add to your sidebars.

I will be back on Sunday 1st April with a new challenge and I think it's another one you are going to like.

Sunday, 18 March 2012

February Spotlight winners


Good Morning to you all, I have to confess that I nearly got caught out on this one, March seems to be rolling by so quickly that the date for revealing our two In the Spotlight winners almost passed me by.

We had some wonderful entries again in February and as always send our thanks to every one of you for taking part. We have again put our heads together and can now reveal the two winners for this month are Anja and Marianne. As well as both sharing fabulous pieces for artwork for their entries, their blogs are a source of inspiration and I would urge you to pop along and have a browse.

Anja's winning entry and some of the DT's comments
"just beautiful, amazing colouring and detail", "fabulous colouring skills"

I am Anja and 45 years old. I have a husband and two daughters. They are 12  and 15. We are living in the Netherlands.

I started with stamping 11 or 12 years ago. My first stamps were from stampendous, and soon i discovered Penny Black. I still love them. And i am a big fan of the older darcies stamps. Especially in combination with the PB stamps. Mostly i make scenery cards and i think  pb stamps are perfect for these sort of cards.  I am coloring with tombow markers, distress inks and sometimes h2o’s. Love bright colors.
Thanks for putting me in the spotlight feature. It was a big surprise!!

Mariannes winning entry and a few of the DT's comments
"love the texture and the way the flower is cut"  "beautiful elegance, texture, dimension"

Hallo, first of all I want to thank Brenda and the DT for choosing my card for the spotlight. I think it is a great honour.

My name is Marianne and I live in the Netherlands (Europe). I’ve been creative all my life. It started with drawing, painting, and I went to art school in Belgium to learn how to make sculptures. I also loved making teddy bears and discovered card making about 2 years ago. It started all in 3D and then I got my first stamps and a new world opened up for me. My card making stuff is getting a little out of hand and is stashed all over the living room and I still wonder how my hubby can put up with me and my hobbies, but we are already together for 34 years. We have one daughter, she’s living on her own and she loves to make cards as well and we have a lovely dog.

The Penny Black lovely critter stamps were one of the first clear stamps I bought. I started with rubber and clear stamps and now I’m even using digi stamps now and then. I particularly like Mo Manning, Art Journey, Sweet Pea, Greeting Farm, Kenny K., Hero Arts and Crafty Individuals and of course the PB stamps. I like to participate in challenges and I’m learning more card making skills everyday and getting more inspiration by looking at the beautiful creations when I’m visiting the crafting blogs on the internet. There is still so much to learn and so little time J. Hugs, Marianne

Our congratulations to you both, please collect our In the Spotlight sidebar logo and display on your own blogs.

Sunday, 4 March 2012

March Challenge

Hello everyone, the last month seems to have flown by and already we are in March and hopefully for some of us, the promise of Spring so what better for a theme than:


************Springtime************

As always you can create whatever you like providing we can see a bit of Springtime in your make, be it the fresh colours of the season, flowers or even Easter cards..

The normal rules apply:

* You can enter up to three times.
* Use any make of stamp.
* Entries using a Penny Black stamp will be eligible for an extra prize draw.
* All entries will be eligible for our "In the Spotlight" feature.
* No digi images allowed.

* This challenge will close at midnight on 27th March.


Now for the best bit, all the lovely prizes on offer and this month we have a real star prize from a brand new sponsor HiFi Tower who are offering one of thier fabulous magnifying craft lamps as a prize.

Here's a little bit about them: HiFi-Tower is an online shop based in the UK. We sell all sorts of consumer electronics, along with home appliances for your house and garden! This magnifying desk lamp is very popular for crafting and useful for detailed work.

And of course our very own Penny Black who have just launched their Full of Surprises collection which are now in the stores (and there is one as a prize this month) along with the London Collection launched a few weeks ago, check them out here:


As usual, three prizes on offer from Penny Black........................

Another new sponsor this month who we are really pleased to welcome Addicted to Stamps, do check our the store as they have some fabulous stamps and loads of other inspirational and unusual goodies.


They are offering one lucky winner a $15 voucher to spend at their store.



And of course Sir Stampalot our regular sponsor for the winning entry using a Penny Black stamp are offering this cute stamp as a prize. Their delivery of the new collection Penny Black stamps have already arrived in store, along with new released from Woodware, Magnolia and the latest Magnolia magazine which is flying off the shelves. You can find all the new releases from all the major companies here..........
Now for some inspiration and this month we welcome Helene, one of my lovely Allsorts teamies as our Guest Designer this month who had made this adorable card for us..............



Brenda

Both above stamps from the brand new Full of Surprises releases



And my wonderful Design Team have as always come up with some fabulous inspiration, please do pop along to their individual blogs and show them so love................
Clare
 

 
Lynn

Mervi


 


Thanks from all the Penny Black and More team for joining in this month and good luck.

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Saturday, 3 March 2012

Word Verification



I'm sure those of you who are regular bloggers will have come up against the new style Word Verification which frankly is an absolute pain to read, often requiring several attempts to get the correct letters and you will know it takes much longer to get round your favourite blogs.

So imagine how hard it has become for those of us on Design Teams, as it means we don't always get to some of you because the time we set aside for commenting is wasted faffing about with Word Verification when we should be moving on to the next entry. So in future, much as we love visiting you all, we will no longer leave comments on blogs using word verification.  

If you are concerned about spam or unwanted comments, then comment moderation will allow you to  protect your blog, having Word Verification in place will not protect you. It's easy to switch off, but rather than go  over it again I suggest you go check out this excellent post on Ashley's blog. My thanks to Ashley for allowing me to link to you.

We are always happy to hear your views, so please do leave us a comment and let us know what you think.


Friday, 2 March 2012

February winners

A very Good Morning to you all, I hope everyone is OK and looking forward to Spring as much as I am. Our new challenge starts on Sunday and we have some superb prizes on offer and one is very special, so don't forget to check back then.

In the meantime, here are the winners for February as selected by Mr Random Org., from all your fabulous entries...............

Winners of the stamps from Penny Black are........................

card featuring penny black gossamer flowers in yellow with black and white trim



Winner of the prize for the entry using a Penny Black stamp donated by Sir Stampalot....................


Winner of the Aquamarkers......................


And finally the stick pins and embellishments......................



Congratulations to you all, please mail me brenda@ibas.co.uk with your full postal addy so I can get your prizes off to you. Any prizes not claimed by midnight GMT on 8th March will be re-drawn and the new winners notified by e.mail or blog comment.

See you all again on Sunday.

 
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