For now, I'd like to introduce you to the Christmas Penguin.
As always, I wanted to make a very special card for my little granddaughter, Stella. I figured she would get a real kick out of this Christmas Penguin.
While I would love to take credit for this adorable little guy, I must confess that I stole the basics for creating him from Heidi Boos in this post: http://stuckonstampin.blogspot.ca/2011/12/2011-year-in-review.html?m=1. Of course, I made some changes to make penguin my very own.
This guy was so much fun to make!
While I could have made the card base a bit smaller than the usual 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 in order to fit his feet on and stay within that traditional parameter, I decided to make my card base the standard size and add his feet to that. Unfortunately, with the added feet, he was a little too long to fit into an A2 envelope. So, I grabbed my trusty Envelope Punch Board and some retired Gumball Green (the absolute BEST green for Christmas creating!) and made a custom envelope to fit. And, the envelope matches perfectly his "scarf" made from retired Sweater Trim and the green and white stars DSP.
To make it easier to stamp and write inside the card, I adhered another Top Note to match his belly. In Gumball Green, I stamped the sentiment and added another star to echo the star that he is holding on the front of the card.
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How are you doing on your Christmas card creating? Do you feel like you're on schedule?
Personally, I feel lucky that I had some of my handcrafted cards left over from last year (yes, I went just slightly overboard last year!) because with moving, I only had time to create one type of card this year. And this was created in spurts while I took small breaks from packing to move. What a crazy, crazy few weeks that was!
I am glad we make progress every day on getting settled in. Maybe by Christmas it will truly feel like home. And we won't be living with towers of boxes everywhere! I must report though that my crafting area is shaping up well. Still can't find certain things like my personalized stamp and my Simply Scored, but I am sure they will turn up one of these days as I continue to go through boxes.