Friday, 24 January 2020


Morning readers,

Hubby's had "manflu" all the week and I've fought it off but ... beginning to feel like I may not have fought it off quite as successfully as I might have liked - DARN IT!

Nice catch up with a pal yesterday ... we headed to a community coffee shop close to me, in a park. We sat and nattered over a coffee before taking the air by waling around the park - a lovely morning AND we got some exercise - win/win!

I've a make to share with you today .... it wasn't all that long ago that I couldn't make anything BUT Christmas cards, that sort of stopped just after Christmas (go figure!) - now that I've had a couple of weeks off, here's a Christmas card!!! I simply don't use die cut apertures enough ... they can add so much extra "texture" and interest whilst still keeping your card CAS (Clean And Simple). I was following a sketch recently and die cut the aperture mask you see below ... it was just too tempting to use it again whilst it was out on the desk! And, of course, the penguin image was just too cool - perfect in light of the recent "darn chilly" weather!! Stay warm peeps!

My card
And a closer view which, I HOPE, shows the sparkle better
- the gifts were coloured with glitter gel markers, for more sparkle!
The front, back and inside of my card along with the front and back of the envelope

Materials used:
  • White C6/A2, 250gsm, card and matching sized envelope
  • Two pieces of white card cut to fit
  • One piece of navy card, cut to mat
  • Scrap card with aperture cut out, to use as a mask - I made/used this mask for the first time in my Monday post, in case you think you recognise it!
  • MFT penguin with gifts image (SY01 "Sweet Penguins") stamped using Memento tuxedo black ink - I stamped it on to a piece of post it too, cut it out and positioned over my stamped image before placing the aperture mask on top again. With the two masks in place I applied Memento Bahama blue ink over the aperture/image, using a makeup brush and then Memento Paris dusk around the outer edges
  • Tim Holtz star stencil (from set #30) place on top of the layered masked image and applied Memento Paris dusk ink through the stencil with the same makeup brush.
  • Having then removed both masks I coloured the image using Crayola pencils
  • Paper Artsy sentiment (from JOFY17) stamped using Versafine Clair nocturne ink
  • Stardust stickles used to add the sparkle to the stars and I also two glittered blue droplets

I'll be entering the above make for the following challenges:-
  1. Sparkles Christmas Challenge - January challenge - FOR A CHILD
  2. Christmas at Sweet Stampin' - January challenge - ADD SOME SPARKLE
  3. 52 Christmas Card Throwdown - January challenge - GIFTS
  4. Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge - challenge No. 473 - ANYTHING (Christmas) GOES
  5. Christmas Kickstart - January challenge - PENGUIN PARADE


Lillianb said...

Great image again Kathy and love the card well done,


Sarn said...

Terrific inking, masking and layering. Very cute character.


Clare Lloyd said...

That penguin is so cute!

Pat said...

I adore the cute penguin image Kathy and the blue stencilled star background looks great. A really pretty card. x

Heather said...

Such a super cute penguin - fuzzy and adorable! I love masking techniques - they add so much pop! Thanks so much for playing at Sparkles!

Dotty Jo said...

Love your card. That little penguin is perfect for our parade. Thanks for playing at The Christmas Kickstart Challenge, Kathy - your Christmas card stash is growing and it's still only January! BTW, hope the 'flu doesn't get you, Jo x

Liz said...

Cute card, Kathy. Hope what you've got doesn't turn into flu. Wishing you a speedy recovery..... and your hubby too. xx

Rosmarie said...

OMG, this is gorgeous! Such a cute way to offer gifts!! Thank you so much for playing along with us at 52CCT. Rosi x

Wendy Nicola Jackson said...

Thanks so much for sharing your lovely Christmas creation with us at Christmas at Sweet Stampin', truly gorgeous entry! Love that sweet face on that cute penguin. Hugs, Wends xoxo CaSS DT

Lady Joyful said...

What a cute Christmas card! And great touch of sparkle. Thank you for joining us at Christmas at Sweet Stampin' - Charlotte/Lady Joyful, DT

Catie Cuddles said...

Hoping you are all well soon. Very cute card.
Thanks for joining us at Craftyhazelnuts Christmas challenge blog.
Happy crafting!
Catherine x DT

ionabunny said...

Super cute penguin and lovely CAS card. Yes, that man flu is sneeky this year cough cough!! Hope you feel better soon. Thanks for joining the fun at the Christmas Kickstart Challenge. Hugz

Debbie said...

So cute! Your little penguin is adorable!!
Thanks for playing along with us at Sparkles Christmas Challenge!
Debbie's Dash of This and That

Rocky said...

Cute card, that's a novel way to carry your parcels. Thank you for joining us at CASS.