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A very warm welcome to my teeny, tiny part of the huge world of blogging. This is where I share my passion for making hand made greeting cards. So - why "Always with a Heart"? Well this is for two reasons. Firstly, it is because every card I produce carries a heart on it somewhere. This can be big and bold or small and almost hidden - the fun sometimes is just trying to find it! Secondly it is because I put my heart into everything I produce. I hope that any visitors enjoy seeing what I post. If you drop by then please leave me a comment so that I know you called. It would be nice to know that you have found my heart in what I do.

Monday, 9 March 2009

My First Penny Black Challenge - Week 39

Hi Everyone

Well after watching this challenge for a whole 38 weeks I now get chance to take part. Hurray!!

Penny Black feature amongst my favourite stamps so this just had to be the first challenge I tried.

The rules for the challenge stated that it was a "3 - 2 - 1 challenge" and that my card needed 3 brads, 2 ribbons and 1 flower on it. To begin with I thought that this meant my card should only have one flower on it so after trawling through my stamps I decided on the lovely hedgehogs below with the "one flower".

Once my card was finished I went to the Penny Black challenge blog to see what other people had created and realised I had taken the instructions far too literally .. I needed to embellish my card with "one flower" and could have had as many stamped flowers as I wanted.. .. doh!

So below is my very first challenge card.

    This creation needed:

    Image - Penny Black stamp "long kiss" - Painted with watercolour pencils
    Sentiment - See D's "Blooming Friendship Kit"
    Backing Paper - Free download from Funky Fairys download shop
    Dovecraft punch - to make the holes for threading one of my ribbons through
    Cuttlebug embossing folder "Friend"
    Diamond Stickles
    Ribbon and flower from the lovely lady at the local market
    Brads from my stash
    Anita's 3D Clear Gloss Finish for embossing the balloon

    I have enjoyed my first challenge and am looking forward to more.

    Hope everyone had a good day.

    Thanks for calling by.

    Love Jules xx


    craftimamma said...

    You've made a great job of your first challenge card Jules. Those little hedgehogs are so sweet.


    Kath Stewart said...

    welcome to PBSC Jules and so glad you can now join in the fun....gorgeous the hedgie image and thanks for joining us this week.....we hope to see you often
    Hugs Kath xxxxx

    Wendy said...

    Gorgeous card, must get round to doing this challenge this week
    Wendy x

    Pop's Cards said...

    Stunning card love the red and your colouring is spot on, hugs Pops x x x

    Christine said...

    A lovely card for your first challenge Jules, I love Penny Black images. Your card is just perfect.
    Christine x

    tracie said...

    Hi Jules, welcome to PBSC and glad you could join us.. love your card ~ very cute. The colours colours and details are gorgoeous.
    Thanks for joining us this week at PBSC
    Tracie :)x

    LavenderCards said...

    lovely card