Friday 27 November 2020

Penguin parade!

Determined to enter into this month's 'Let's Squash It' challenge, open until the end of the month, I had a little play the other day. The theme is to use a Christmas embossing folder and stamps - and this is what I came up with:

The light here was dreadful when I took the photo, but needs must when the devil drives as they say.

I used:

- 5" x 5" white card blank, side opening

- piece of white card stock, embossed using Crafts Too's 'Snowflake Banner' embossing folder - as I wanted to stamp my image and sentiment directly onto the card and it's the only Christmas folder with a plain centre panel that was suitable here

- then trimmed the original A6 embossed piece right down to 4" x 4" - leaving a border of snowflakes around the edges

- next stamped the penguin and sentiment onto the embossed piece of card using the Misti, Memento 'Tuxedo Black' ink and stamps from Clearly Besotted's 'Let it Snow - CBSLE470' set of stamps. I made six cards in total, two of which are repeats of a couple of the hats.

- stamped a selection of hats and then coloured the penguins and hats using Pro markers

- then fussy cut the little hats ready to begin assembling the card

- trimmed a silver mirri card background 'frame' to an eighth of an inch bigger all round than the image panel and glued them together using Collall All Purpose glue

-then glued that panel onto the card front, using Collall again

- added the little hats using a Zig glue pen

- after dithering I decided against adding white fuzzy fun flock to the hats as I just liked them as they are, left plain. Plus, being a bit OCD, I worried that the two shades of white (the fun flock and the background) wouldn't be exactly the same. I know, I know - need to get out more!

I was mooching around Clearly Besotted's website recently and this set of penguin stamps popped up in their clearance section. It doesn't have matching dies but fussy cutting the little hats was fun anyhow. The stamp set seems to have disappeared altogether now from Clearly Besotted, I possibly got the very last one - sorry. I wonder if it's because penguins don't live at the North Pole after all Jane? ☺ Clearly Besotted have also stopped adding matching dies to their new stamp releases which is such a shame IMHO. 


Apart from the Let's Squash It challenge -

The Current Challenge

and as it's a first outing for the 'Let it Snow' stamp set I can add this into Darnell's NBUS challenge#20 HERE.

Another six for the 'Christmas box of cards' and, apart from making a few more IF I have time, that's it for the moment as time is ticking on. The rest will be charity cards. Just need to write and post them all now!

On Wednesday morning I set to and for the first time ever made a pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving, even though we don't celebrate the day over here, I thought it would be fun to make. Wow, so easy if you cheat and use a bought pastry case from M&S! It smells and tastes absolutely gorgeous and  the 'two-legged' mouse, aka Len, loves it - as well as the leftover filling which I baked in a Pyrex dish - and neither of them ended up with cracked surfaces either. Nom, nom.


  1. wow these are super cute and good luck in the challenge

  2. Those are really cool. Such cute penguins. Thanks for letting us know about this Challenge :-D x

  3. Adorable cards Di, those penguins are very cute, and I really like that embossing folder too, pumpkin pie not so much, although I’ve never actually tried it, just sounds odd, but I’m sure yours was delish xxx

  4. Four in a row and all soooo cute!! I love the penguins!
    Lia xx

  5. I love these cute cards Di and, like you, feel it a shame that CB don't sell matching dies any more.

    Your pumpkin pie sounds lovely!

    Kath x

  6. Super penguin cards and just right for the challenge. Shame the penguins hve sold out. Never tried pumpkin pie but I'm sure it was delicious - can't beat a bit of pastry now and then as comfort food.

  7. Hi Pam this is a stunning card. I love it. Those penguins are just so cute and I love all the different hats. Have a good weekend. Take care. Hugs Jackie

  8. Aww how sweet is your penguin lovely cards Di and beautiful embossed folder too xx

  9. Great set Di - cute penguin! x

  10. Awesome cards, and the little fame surrounds your cute penguins perfectly.

    And the pie?! Sounds like success!

  11. Oh Di those penguins are so sweet. Hope your shoulder is recovering well! xx

  12. AW! those penguins are super cute and I love the embossing folder, love you fussy cut the hats, another aw! Lovely cards Di. I wish my men loved sweet things, I would be baking all day. However as it's only me, can I have a piece of that pumpkin pie please?
    Faith x

  13. Oh! they are really are a cute set of festive cards.

    Save me a slice of pumpkin pie please . . . Yours sounds delicious!!

    Hugs, Sarn xxx

  14. A super cute card and love the adorable penguins Di. Hugs, Carol S.xx

  15. OMGosh Di, the little penguins with their hats are so sweet and I love the embossing. A super set of cards. xx

  16. Super cute image and a great E.F. four super cards.

    Kath x

  17. I adore your cute little penguins in their different and colourful guises, i.e. their sweet little hats, and then the pretty snowflake backgrounds with the shaped unembossed central area just perfect for them to be placed on to, and finished beautifully matted on to the silver mirri card Di. Glad your pumpkin pie turned out so yummily. It's something I have never made myself. x

  18. That is such a cute bunch of cards you have made. Simple look tickles always my nerves and you are a master of that style.


  19. What adorable penguins and designs.

    Hugs Diane

  20. These are adorably cute Di. You should check our technique posts at Let's Squash It. Jo had great tips for the whole stamp/emboss thing. Thanks for joining the fun at Let’s Squash It! Hugz


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