Friday 23 September 2011

Penny Black Saturday Challenge Week 169 - Friendship

This is my entry for the Penny Black Saturday Challenge this week where the theme is Friendship.  The image used in this one is the Penny Black stamp Squeeze 'til I Squeak, from the Margaret Sherry collection, and is coloured with Promarkers.  When I first read the challenge last Saturday this was the stamp which first came to mind and on Sunday, when I read the following quote in my new Stampin' up catalogue, I decided I wanted to use them both on the project.

"Friendship is precious, not only in the shade, but in the sunshine of life."
     - Thomas Jefferson

I thought it fitted the image perfectly and you can take the meaning to two different levels.  This card is going to be for one of my crafty friends who celebrates her birthday in December.  Amongst the two local craft groups I attend there are five ladies with birthdays in December so it's good to get ahead of the game especially when there are Christmas cards to get to grips with too.  There must be a creative trait in those born under the Sagitarious and Capricorn signs. 

In both these groups I'm well known for using up every space available on a card and adding as many embellishments as possible and this has now become a recognised technique.  When one of them starts to add extra embellishments to their cards or perhaps they make a more elaborate card than usual they refer to it as "Doing a Liz".  I just can't stop myself and actually love the challenge of seeing what I can use from my stash to make a card.  With this card I think I've lost my way a bit and don't feel it quite comes together.

As well as making this one for the PBSC I've also taken inspiration from two other challenge blogs, Cupcake Inspirations Challenge and The Pink Elephant Challenge, which explains the pink and green colour scheme.

The butterflies, quilled rosebuds and pricking on the white scalloped nestabilities diecuts were also inspired by the Cupcake Inspirations Challenge.  The peeloff butterflies were attached to acetate, cut out and then the wings folded back so that they added some dimension when they were attached to the card.  There are also small punched butterflies and butterflies embossed on the white corners.  On the opposite corners I managed to use the Hero Arts Canvas Stripe backgound stamp which is my favourite at the moment.  Along with sequins from my stash the daisies, leaves and quilled rosebuds were created using punches.  

I'd like to enter this card in the following challenges
The Pink Elephant TPE117 - Inspiration Challenge
Cupcake Inspirations 128 - Inspirations Challenge
Simon Says Challenge - Dies to Die For
Sweet Stampin Challenge - Flowers, Flowers, Flowers
Kaboodles Doodles Challenge 85 - Lots of Layers
Anything Goes Challenge 50 - Anything Goes
Ladybug Crafts - Animals 
Card Makin Mamas - Get Punchy
One Stitch at a Time 80 - Punch It
Die Cut Dreams Challenges 98 - Flower Power
Stamp With Fun 129 - Anything Goes
Creatalicious Challenges 26 - Anything Goes
The Squirrel and the Fox 1 -  Anything Goes
Crafty Ribbons Challenge 2 - Anything Goes 
Oh La La Challenge 89 - Punches Dies
The Paper Shelter Challenge 32 - Anything Goes 
There's Magic in the Air Challenge - Someone Special
Papertake Weekly Challenges - Creature Comforts
Stamps and Fun = Creativity 65 - use shapes and/or die cuts
Make it Monday - Anything Goes
Hanna and Friends Challenge 112 - Anything Goes

Thanks for reading
Liz xx 


  1. Lovely colourful card, love the quote as well :) Thanks for playing along with our Punches Challenge at Card Makin' Mamas!

  2. lovely card, fab colour combo and a fabby little image!!

    Thanks for joining us at Sweet Stampin this week.


  3. This is just gorgeous.Thanks for sharing this with us at

  4. Oh WOW! This could not be any prettier! I love your layout too!
    Thank you for joining us at Cupcake Inspirations this week!
    Rene ;D

  5. aww this is gorgeous Liz love the cute mice and the papers/colours thanks for joining us at PTW hugs Jill xx

  6. I love this image, its just so sweet! Love your colour combo - great card. Thanks for sharing at Sweet Stampin this week. Wedgie xxx

  7. Awww i love this PB image, totally awesome card. Thanks for joining us at The Paper Shelter, and good luck with the Challenge.

  8. Thanks for joining Die Cut Dreams challenge with this great entry, good luck.
    Happy crafting
    Tracy x

  9. Thats just adorable! Thanks for joining us at LCI this week.

  10. what a gorgeous card love the colors thanks for joining us at SFC.....


  11. Darling card!! Love the sweet image and great take on this weeks inspiration photo. Thank you so much for playing along with us at The Pink Elephant!!

  12. Gorgeous card,sweet image and love the colours...saw this on Make it Monday.
    Wendy xx

  13. I saw your card on Make it Monday..this is so cute and works perfectly with your inspiration piece! Great job

  14. Wow! This is beautiful! Love everything about it. Saw it on MIM. :O)

  15. This is so pretty - what gorgeous colours
    Thanks for linking up to Make it Monday this week
    Lisa x

  16. I can definitely see the inspiration from the two images shown. Your card is so adorable! I love all of the texture and pattern you incorporated. Thanks so much for joining us at the Simon Says Stamp Challenge!

  17. What a sweet card, love the way you used the insperation!

    Thanks for playing along with The Squirrel and The Fox, hope we'll see you again soon!

    Linda x

  18. How pretty, Liz and I love the take on the challenges! Thx for linking it up to the Make It Monday party!

    Mary J x

  19. I saw you card on MIM and stopped by when I saw your adorable card with those mice. I also have that image. You left me with some inspiration.

  20. Aww just absolutely adorable Liz! I think it looks just perfect!

    Thanks for joining us at Ooh La La this week! :)
    Lizy DT x

  21. Such a sweet card, I saw this on Make it Monday.

  22. How pretty this is Liz!!! Thanks so much for sharing it. I saw your project on MIM and came for another look.
    Ps) I have some ‘no strings attached’ blog candy up if you’d like to have a peek.

  23. Wow love all your projects. You are so creative. Came over from Make it Monday to take a closer look.