Skip to content

Holiday Head Start Challenge

July 31, 2017

While the temps may still be warm and the sun still shining brightly in your neck of the woods, we think now is a great time to get a head start on your holiday creations. Needing some motivation? We’re pleased to announce a Penny Black challenge to keep you inspired!

Introducing our Holiday Head Start Challenge!

And speaking of motivation… shall we start with the PRIZES!?

Three lucky winners will receive a $25 shopping spree to our online store. And the grand prize winner will receive a $100 shopping spree to the Penny Black online store! That’s four winners! The $25 shopping spree winners will be announced here on the blog on September 4, October 2, and November 6. The grand prize winner will be announced on November 6th.

This challenge is open from today, July 31, through October 29, 2017 at 11:59 PM PST. We’re giving you lots of time so please feel free to create as many entries as you would like. Entries will be valid for the entire timeframe of the challenge and do not expire at the end of each month.

And you never know, we just might feature YOUR entry here on the official Penny Black blog, Facebook , Instagram, or Twitter pages!!

And now for more details…

Who can play along?
Anyone can submit their project!  We love to see what YOU create with Penny Black stamps, dies, stencils, and designer paper pads.  All levels of crafters and designers are welcome.

What should I create?
Submit any type of project with a holiday theme (for example, Christmas, winter, autumn, Thanksgiving, etc.). You can create cards, tags, mixed media designs, altered art, scrapbook pages, home décor… the sky is the limit.  Just be sure your submission has at least one Penny Black product as the main focus. (Looking to add more Penny Black to your stash? View our online store HERE.)

How do I submit my project?
Pick from any of these options (and you only need to pick one):

*Add it to the Penny Circle Flickr gallery.

*Leave a comment on this post linking us to your blog entry or online gallery. When you post on your blog, don’t forget to grab our graphic above to include in your post.  Simply right click and save the image. A link back to this post is appreciated, but not required.

*Post it to our Facebook page @PennyBlackInc and/or share it on your Facebook page with the tag #pbholidayheadstart.

*Share it with us on Instagram @pennyblackstamps with the tag #pbholidayheadstart.

If you are looking for holiday ideas to get your mojo ready to do the jingle bell rock, be sure to continue to tune in here on our blog and connect with us on all of our social media platforms below as they will be filled with holiday inspiration in the months to come!


66 Comments leave one →
  1. Debbie Fricke permalink
    July 31, 2017 11:22 am

    Any way those of us who do not participate in social media can enter??

    • jillianfoster82 permalink*
      July 31, 2017 8:35 pm

      Thanks so much for your interest in our challenge. We certainly don’t want to exclude any Penny Black fans and we appreciate your comment. We do need to be able to see a photo of your card online. If you use any online photo sharing programs that will allow you to link to a photo of your card, you are more than welcome to provide that link by commenting here on this post and we will be happy to include your entry for the challenge. Thank you again for your interest and feedback. If you have any additional questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us via email at with “Attn Jill” in the subject line. Happy stamping! -Jill, Penny Black Social Media Director

  2. mjmarmo permalink
    July 31, 2017 12:10 pm

    Oh fun!!

  3. July 31, 2017 2:32 pm

    Thank you for having a challenge, PB–I always loved participating in PB challenges! Christmas cards are my favorite to make, so this challenge is right up my alley!

  4. Donna Whitten permalink
    July 31, 2017 4:42 pm

    Sounds like so much fun!

  5. July 31, 2017 5:38 pm

    Hmmmm. I used PB last year and they were a hit.

  6. rhowell2 permalink
    August 1, 2017 4:45 am

    Sounds great, will have to start thinking of some cards and get my craft on!!

  7. August 2, 2017 8:12 am

    Oh, neat!! I need to get busy!

  8. August 7, 2017 3:07 am

    I would like to play along……just thinking about the way I will enter the photo’s……I have made several Christmas designs using your lovely brushstroke stamps last year

  9. August 7, 2017 5:20 am

    I have just made a blogpost for my contribution using all the Christmas cards I did create last year! This is the link;

  10. August 7, 2017 9:16 am

    Can’t wait to see the instructional videos on all these amazing cards made with some amazing PB stamps!!! Love the Brushstroke Line!!!

  11. August 8, 2017 4:39 pm

    I have a couple of cards on my blog for this challenge using the Penny Black Snow Fairies stamp set. You can see it here:

  12. Jennifer S permalink
    August 11, 2017 7:01 am

    This blog is inspiring me to get back into stamping. I love the new Christmas ideas.

  13. Jenniferjay permalink
    August 11, 2017 9:05 am

    I love your new items!! Already placed an order!! wanted so much more,but I have to watch the budget!! LOL

  14. August 13, 2017 6:34 am

    Penny Black & Christmas…two of my favourite things!
    Here’s a card I made using the ‘Shepherds’ stamp.
    Helen x

    PS – I’m sure I’ll be back with some more!

  15. August 15, 2017 9:10 am

    Here’s one using one of the cute pups from last year’s ‘Wintertime Cheer’ stamp set.
    Helen x

  16. laurab4961 permalink
    August 16, 2017 10:50 am

    wishing my budget was larger. ;). I am loving this collection and have 2 dies out for delivery. Cant wait to get them. Your service is great. Will see if I can come up with an entry. Fun.

  17. August 18, 2017 6:38 am

    Fun challenge, thank you for a chance to win! I made a card using Winter Song.

  18. Kailash permalink
    August 24, 2017 3:29 pm

    I’m attaching my card here. Thanks for a fun challenge

    • Kailash permalink
      August 24, 2017 3:33 pm

      So sorry didn’t mean to link my card here, not sure how to delete it:-)!

  19. August 25, 2017 7:55 am

    a great challenge! here’s my card.

  20. August 31, 2017 2:59 am

    And here’s a set of cards using critters and snowmen from the Wintertime Cheer & Snow Much Fun sets.
    Helen x

  21. September 3, 2017 9:26 am

    Fabulous fun challenge and I’m loving all the new release inspiration.
    Here’s a link to my card

  22. September 3, 2017 11:36 am

    here’s a non traditional christmas card.

  23. September 4, 2017 6:13 pm

    I am sharing another Christmas card, using the beautiful stamp Cones and Berries.

  24. September 6, 2017 6:12 am

    I have another card here featuring some of my favourite Penny Black chickens :0)
    Helen x

  25. September 12, 2017 5:13 am

    I’m back with some more Christmas chickens here :0)
    Helen x

  26. September 15, 2017 2:09 am

    Here is my card with your amazing stamp.
    Have a great day,

  27. September 16, 2017 7:35 am

    No chickens this time…just some cuties from last year’s ‘Snow Much Fun’ set…my card is here.
    Helen x

  28. Maura R permalink
    September 17, 2017 6:42 pm

    Thanks for the challenge – here’s mine:

  29. September 18, 2017 1:15 am

    Here’s one card with “pine sprite”

  30. September 18, 2017 8:10 am

    another cute critter christmas card href=””>here.

  31. Lorraine B permalink
    September 23, 2017 12:31 am

    I’d like to enter your headstart challenge. I’ve used a Penny Black stamp called Holiday Hugs for my card. Here is the link…

  32. September 23, 2017 12:36 am


    I made another card with your beautiful stamp:

    Have a great day,

  33. September 24, 2017 3:55 pm

    I got out all my holiday Penny Black stamps and I am getting a start…thanks PB! Here is my second card

  34. lisascreativeniche permalink
    September 27, 2017 11:32 am

    Thank you for the fun challenge!

  35. Maura R permalink
    September 30, 2017 6:45 am

    Here’s another – LOVE these stamps!

  36. kanda permalink
    October 1, 2017 3:16 am

    I popped by with a second card xx

  37. October 4, 2017 7:26 am

    I have a mousie card to share this time…it’s here on my blog.
    Helen x

  38. October 8, 2017 12:41 pm

    i made another christmas card where hedgie is the gift.

  39. October 15, 2017 3:03 am

    Here’s another featuring a cute snowman :0)
    Helen x

  40. pauline vaughan permalink
    October 15, 2017 11:09 am

    Great Cards

  41. October 15, 2017 2:07 pm

    I have another PB card to share, this challenge definitely helped me get in the groove of holiday card making!

  42. October 15, 2017 2:10 pm

    Sorry, I meant to just include the URL, not sure how to change it now?

  43. October 19, 2017 2:22 pm

    I created a trio of cards using one of the beautiful sentiments of the Festive cheers set:

  44. October 20, 2017 2:11 pm

    i’ve created a very tiny tag this time.

  45. October 24, 2017 5:20 pm

    See my blog: for my entry with a simple Penny Black card using A Festive Season on a simple water color wash background.

  46. October 25, 2017 9:45 am

    i’ve posted another card on my blog: a href=””>christmas greetings.

  47. October 26, 2017 3:03 am

    Here’s another one (well, actually a set of 4):

  48. October 29, 2017 10:03 am

    I thought it was time to colour in a few critters:

  49. October 30, 2017 2:34 pm

    Here’s another one featuring Snowy :0)

  50. November 1, 2017 8:01 am

    Here is another PB Christmas card, for details see my blog:

  51. November 1, 2017 7:01 pm

    My next PB Christmas Shaker Tag Ornament (making 6 of these) see on my blog:

  52. Maura permalink
    October 20, 2018 9:09 am

    Here is my entry (found at splitcoast galleries):

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: