Tuesday, July 02, 2013

Little Penguin Winter

Hi everyone.  Haven't been on-line much for the past several days.  Have been ill and also dealing with a short (four day) heat wave in our area.  Thank goodness it has cooled to a comfortable temperature today, so I spent a little time in my studio making a card.  After all the heat, it seemed like a good idea to make a "cool card" :)

This card is for the Sparkle's Creations Christmas Card Challenges #31 - paper piecing (one of my favorite techniques, so I had to enter) :)

I'm still a little unclear of the name of the blog ... I thought it was Weekly Christmas Card challenges, but noticed that they ask for people to tag any on-line galleries with the keyword: SCCC - so hope I have it correct this week. :)

I used a cute digital image from Bugaboo, paper piecing the different elements.  I added ripped "snow" to the bottom and had the penguin holding the sentiment as a sign.  Hope you like.

Stamps:  Little Penguin Winter (Bugaboo); Snowman Sayings (Amy R)
Paper:  White (C.C. Designs); Gray, Crushed Curry, Gumball Green, Christmas DP from 2012 (SU!)
Ink:  Cherry Cobbler, Basic Gray (SU!)
Accessories & Tools:  sponges, Crystal Effects, Cherry Cobbler Twine (SU!), white gel pen, clear stickles, glue, adhesives, and dimensionals

I printed out the image onto white cardstock and fussy-cut to use as a base.  I then printed off the image again onto the different papers, cutting and paper piecing.  (I sponged gray ink around the body of the penguin before adding the gluing to the base penguin.)  The nose is covered with Crystal Effects to give it shine and dimension.  I added a little detailing on his feet with a white gel pen and added clear stickles along the top of the snow drifts.

The sign was stamped, framed and hung with twine.

I used very heavy paper for the card front and snow drifts (C.C. Designs 110 lb.) - it makes for wonderful ripped edges.

Here's a close-up so you can see more details:


Cathy said...

What a sweet penguin! Gorgeous paper piecing and I love how the tiny bit of white on his feet makes him almost 3D!! Hope you are fully recovered soon, take care in the heat too :) Cathy x

Unknown said...

Oh, Loll, I love it, so very cute, love the use of the twine and also glossy accents on the feet, sweet little card!!!
Think I will put my thinking cap on for xmas, it usually takes me forever and I end up rushing at the last minute.
Thanks much for the inspiration!!!

Mary H. said...

Your little Penguin is delightfully adorable. Great paper piecing, and he did inspire a breath of 'coolth'. Loved how you added the torn paper & stickles for the snow effect. It's been fairly cool here close to Boston, gray & overcast. But I think that is about to end, and the heat start back. Cooler than SC anyway. Found a great stamp store (Absolutely Everything,Topsfield, MA) and so my afternoon was fabulous. Expensive...but FABULOUS! TFS & Hugs.

Unknown said...

Hi Loll, so sorry to hear you've not been well. Hope you're feeling much better - nothing worse than combining illness with a heatwave (although what should I know living in the UK? lol). Such a gorgeous and cute penguin, perfectly paper pieced by the Queen of PP. Love the snow - that paper really tears well.

Karen x

Stamps and Paper said...

Morning Loll ..sorry to hear you've been poorly hope you're on the mend now. Your card us so cute just love that sweet penguin ..


Carole said...

O h my what a cool penguin...he looks so cuddle y cute. I'm hoping you feel better, even normal can feed pretty good.Hugs Carole

Anonymous said...

Loll, I sure hope you are feeling better. Day 3 of my retirement and it has rained every day! Love the penguin. Love the card! Love all your cards. I think you do some of the best fussy cutting I have seen!

Susan said...

Adorable penguin, Loll. Sorry you were feeling ill - how horrid in the heat we had on the weekend. Enjoy the more pleasant temperatures of today!

Darnell said...

Oh, ah, sigh, after seven days of a heat wave here and one more to go, you can imagine how much I am enjoying your freezing cold and adorable little penguin! Thank you, Lolly, thank you, thank you!!

I'm sorry to hear you have been ill! Take care and continue to mend completely! xxoo Dolly

Bonnie said...

I'm glad you're feeling better enough to create this adorable card! You're paper piecing is without equal!

Danielle Vincent said...

Darling card Loll. Hope youre feeling better.

Karen M said...

Such a gorgeous card loll - I love your adorable little penguin! hugs xx

Brawny x said...

I meant to comment on this card on the day you posted but I got sidetracked. My reaction to this was ahhhhh out loud! I adore it. Keep them coming coz I look forward every day to your next creation.
Best wishes Lea x

La Papera Gialla said...

Ohhh! This penguin is so cute!
Thanks for playing with us at Christmas Card Challenges this week!
Monica - CCC DT

♥Gemma♥ said...

Fantastic card hun and thank you for popping by mine and leaving such a sweet comment on my challenge card recently...means a lot!!
hugs and xxx

Sue said...

Love your cute little penguin, Loll! Fabulous paper piecing. Hope you are feeling much better now. Hugs, Sue x

Julia Aston said...

Love the paper piecing on that cute penguin Loll! Sorry you weren't feeling well - we've been having a heat wave as well - what is happening to our earth!?!

Jenn said...

This is such a cute image, I love the paper piecing on him, and the idea for the sentiment on a sign is perfect, I'll have to remember that! Thanks for joining us at Christmas Card Challenges.

Anne said...

Fabulous card for our Paper Piecing theme. Thank you for playing along with us Christmas Card Challenge. Anne (DT)

Larissa said...

Very adorable card! Love how you added the sentiment on the image.