Monday, January 12, 2015

Getting a Head Start

I was so impressed with people playing in Christmas Card challenges that run year round, last year.  I wanted to join in but felt I had stumbled on the challenges too late for my way of doing things.  I like order, I don't always achieve it but, I do like it.  So with the new year, I am going to give it a try.

My first play along is with Merry Monday #141 Christmas Critters.  I picked up a few Lawn Fawn stamps duirng my fall visit to California and the critters...well they are so cute. 




I die cut this little penguin out of white paper, then 4 times more out of black paper.  I stamped him and colored him on the white paper using black ink and colored pencils to which I applied gamsol for blending. 
I wanted the little guy to really stand out, and I love giving heft to diecut words, and decided to try the same stacking technique with the penguin. To embellish him I added red and black WOS.  I love how it turned out. 

I stamped small snowflakes, and the sentiment.  Drew in a little ice patch to ground the penguin and added a festive red ribbon and bow to the card front.  After looking at the card I decided the opening corners of the card needed to be rounded.  This little guy makes me smile and I am sure his recipient next year will too.

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies
Stamps- Lawn Fawn Winter Penguin
Inks- Memento Tuxedo Black, Simon Says Stamp Lipstick Red, Hero Arts Silver
Ribbon - Michaels
Glitz - Wink of Stella (Black and Red)
Pencils - Artist's Loft,  Gamsol from Inky Antics

14 comments:

  1. well that little penguin is the cutest ever!!! i really like merry monday challenge and it really is great to have christmas cards ready to go in december! i don't do critters so probably won't enter this week.

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  2. I agree! I am loving my new Lawn Fawn goodies that I got from Santa. Their critters are the best! I saw you over at Merry Monday! xx

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  3. Your card makes me smile big! The penguin is adorable in all his sparkle with the added bits of red. I may need to add him to my list for next year! I am hoping to play along in the Merry Monday Challenge some this year also.

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  4. FACT: You can never be unhappy while looking at a penguin. Your sweet card just proves it! :) I, for one, am so grateful for all those year-round Christmas card challenges. Here's to not having to do the last-minute-week-before-December mad stampathon!

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  5. How fun to do some shopping back in Calif! This is a darling card, Cat--will certainly bring a smile!

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  6. So adorable! I don't own any critter stamps - but I may just make a Christmas card this week to have another one done. Hope you are staying warm.

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  7. Lovely card. I saw it on Merry Monday.

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  8. This guy IS adorable. Welcome to the world of Christmas All Year. By the end of November you will have (1) used all your holiday stamps, (2) have 40+ Christmas cards made, and (3) the right to say "neener neener" to everyone who is just beginning to panic about designing their holiday cards. #WIN

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  9. SUPER cute card Cat!! Love that little penguin and you have showcased him well.

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  10. So fun! Great card for the challenge!

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  11. This is such a fun card, Cat!! LOVE the CAS design - aren't one layer cards awesome?! Thanks for joining us at Merry Monday this week

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  12. Yes, this card will definitely make someone smile! I love how you layered the die cuts to give your penguin dimension. By the way, you tie beautiful bows.

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  13. Fabulous CAS card, Thank you for joining us for Merry Monday.

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