Sunday, 3 March 2013

March Guest Designer for Penny Black and More

I am absolutely delighted today to have been invited to be a Guest Designer on the Penny Black and More card challenge for March. If any of you visiting me are first time visitors may I give you a very warm welcome to Jane's Journal. I am rather a different card maker in that I am also passionate about silver smithing, jewellery making, cake making and gardening so all these crafts feature on my blog. I also have a delightful cat called Billy who regularly shows up here and oh yes...I do also have to go to work ;0)

The theme for this month's card challenge over at Penny Black and More is "One for the Boys". Now this really takes me out of my cute and girlie comfort zone. I had a look through my Penny Black stamps and there were only 2 which were suitable. I chose this one, called "The three meows". I stamped out the image several times and had a play with colouring them with my trusty Promarkers.

 I planned to make something special, a Gate Fold card. I decided that a would try a grey monocrome colourway for my card. I coloured some of the stamps in single colours but decided in the end to add one colour to it as I found it looked too flat just in shades of grey (no not that one!) I found red worked really well with the greys and just picked out some accents on the images. I love the little coat on that kitty on the right!

I only was only bought my Big Shot die cutter at Christmas so I don't have many dies yet. I chose the Spellbinders labels 17 and a Fancy rectangle and cut them out.

I decided that the labels cutter (first image) suited my planned card best and made up a mat for it in black card.

It was then time to get out my paper stash and have a search for some ideas for the sides of my gate folds. In the end I decided on something quite plain as most others looked very fussy. I matted everything onto black card.

I used my MS star paper punch for the edges and added a lovely ribbon.

So here is my finished card

and here are a couple of more photos showing the inside too. I found a wonderful black silk ribbon with congratulations written on it so it served as a sentiment too.
and of course someone else tried to get in on the act too...............
Hmmmm I wonder if these cats are friendly...I think I ought to say hello to the Three Meows ;0) I wonder if Jane would make me a smart red coat like that...?

Billy is such a funny boy.
Thanks for visiting Billy and me and thank you Penny Black and More for inviting me to be a Guest Designer.
This new challenge "One for the Boys" is running until noon on 2nd April.

I would like to enter my card into the following challenges;

Penny Black and More (of course) One for the Boys
Simon Says Stamp anything goes
The Paper Shelter #101 animal magic
Divas by Design anything goes
Crafts and Me #122 dies or punches
Deep Ocean Challenge For a boy #46
Party Time Tuesday anything goes #109
Bearly Mine anything goes #75
Jelly Park get into shape
Crafty Ribbons anything goes with ribbon #40 my ribbon reads "congratulations" and I was able to take it inside the card too .
The Ribbon Girl add ribbon or twine I added the black congratulations ribbon.

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x


  1. You have chosen a perfect image for the theme Jane and I'm pleased to see that Billy obviously approves.

    Thank you so much for being our Guest Designer at Penny Black and More challenge this month.

    B x

  2. Dear Jane,

    That is the most adorable card, and seems that it's Billy-approved too :) I am a big fan of anything kitty, and those three meoooows are just too cute, LOVE the red sweater!!! Job greatly done!

    I wish you sunny and beautiful (it's freezing here again but sunshine we have plenty!)Sunday! Kisses to that handsome inspector!


  3. P.S. I'm not sure Billy would love the sweater in real life ;)

  4. What a bunch of cute kitties, almost as cute as Billy himself, almost mind you, not quite! ;)
    That die cutter does an amazing job, even though I'm not a card maker I would love to play with it!
    Great post Jane, have a lovely Sunday,
    V xxx

  5. Great card Jane. Love the image and the photos of Billy.
    Caz x

  6. Oh my! This is so cute. Love every detail on it. Love the handsome kitty too :)

  7. Fab card, Jane and you've coloured those Three Meows brilliantly! Labels Seventeen is one of my favourite dies (it's great layered with ovals too!) Hope you're enjoying the sunshine, despite the fact that it can only be a couple of degrees...hopefully it won't be long and you'll be back in the garden studio! (Think I need to get myself one of those!) Hugs, Lisa x

  8. I love your post, your helper is adorable. Your card is delightful and well designed. Thank you for joining us at Divas by Design.
    Hugs Kelly

  9. Fabulous card design Jane, and I love the image and colors you used. And your kitty Billy looks so cute in the photos too!
    So glad to have you join us as a guest designer at penny black and more!

  10. Gorgeous card I love your colouring and your card design. Thanks for joining us at TPS, good luck with the challenge. hugs Shirleyxxxxx

  11. Good afternoon Jane...I love your latest card design..I always think it's so difficult to find cards for the boys!...The colours are really perfect.
    I'm wondering what's going through Billy's mind?...He certainly doesn't miss a thing!
    Hope you have a lovely week,
    Susan x

  12. Hi Jane! That card is a Rolls Royce of cards! Very classy! I got such a kick out of Billy having to get in the action.. what a fun guy he is! Enjoy your week!
    ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  13. Love the three meows card, Jane! You did a great are so hard to design cards for! And how cute Billy looks, closely examining it there, and obviously liking it a lot :)
    Wishing you a sunny week!
    Helen x

  14. Hi Jane,
    Super card and I think Billy approves! He is so sweet and a real character! He is so curious and loving. Aren't our pets the best!'
    Have a great week, xoRobin❤

  15. These grinning kitties are adorable, and so is your Billy! Thanks for sharing your card with us at the Simon Says Stamp challenge!

  16. the cute cat image is beautifully coloured and designed as a gate fold; i love how you finished the inside too. thank you for sharing this sweet card as our guest designer at penny black and more this month.

  17. Well i think this must be purrrfect! lol. Thanks for joining us at Bearly Mine, good luck and hope you'll join us again.

  18. Hi Jane! What a beautiful card! Those kittens are so cute and you did great job for a difficult challenge as boys. Billy seens have fun helping you - hugs to him! x Teje

  19. Adorable card, and I love the shots with Billy inspecting :) I have to admit that just shopping for a card seems like too much work sometimes. It's always fun to see what you've been making.

  20. It's fun to see the finished card and that it is Billy approved!!
    What a terrific card for a guy. It is hard to find nice cards for men.

    Thanks for a fun post. Happy March, Jane,

    PlumCreek22 Studio

  21. An adorable card and your cat is gorgeous! Thank you for sharing with us at The Paper Shelter, hugs Susan x

  22. Thanks for joining us as GDT this month - your card is purrfect for the theme!
    Love your cat, so cute.
    Lynn x

  23. First GF, congratulations on your GDT for Penny Black and More...they are lucky to have you :-D Second...I love that Billy loves your card lol. Third...I LOVE your card...the red was a perfect choice to go with the shades of grey (not that one lol)and just pops off the card. Fabulicious card xx

  24. Great card, super coloring, adorable kitty! :) Thanks for joining us at Jellypark.

  25. Beautiful creation. Thanks for joining us at Divas by Design this week.
    Good luck
    hugs Anke

  26. These are absolutely the most adorable kitties! And your little kitty--how darn cute!

  27. Hi Jane so lovely to see your beautiful card and the pictures making it. And your fab cat, so sweet.
    Thanks for being our GDT this time;-))m
    Penny Black and more DT

  28. A great card Jane, love the fun stamp.
    Thank you for joining in 'One For The Boys' challenge over at Penny Black and More @ Allsorts and good luck x Susan x

  29. This is fab! Great design and image too. Thanks for playing with us at Crafty ribbons. I hope you'll play with us at our new challenge too. Hugs! xx

  30. Lovely to see your card and the making it wrong for me to lust after a Big Shot die cutter, even though I don't do card making? It just looks like such a fab gadget! Beth/thelinencat xx


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