Friday, 23 November 2012

Smitten Penguins in Snowland

A belated Happy Thanksgiving to all Americans wherever you are in the world. Thank you so much to everyone who visits my blog and a very special thank-you to all my new followers.

No creations for the last week I'm afraid as I wasn't well. I hope to be more productive this week. I decided I would try and make a shaker card as a lot of YouTube videos make it look easy! It isn't ... mine sprung a leak alas and some careful plumbing work was required. I reckon I should get used to glitter on the floor for the next couple of weeks!

Onto Stardream cardstock I stamped some Christmas Penguins (Penny Black 3514H - Cheerful Giving) and then embossed with Judikins Black Diamond EP. I also stamped with Versamark and clear embossed some snowflakes around the penguins for a resist (Fiskars Winter Wonderland) but these aren't showing up too well against the pale blues. The background was sponged with a mix of Ranger Distress inks and Snow Cap Adirondack paint dabber. I punched some snowflakes with my Martha Stewart and Woodware punches and gave them gemstone centres from Hero Arts. Card is my literal interpretation of one of the challenges I entering - Home Sweet Home as I agree "home is where the heart is". This smitten little pair's home just happens to be the great outdoors. I've added little key and heart charms for them. Used Twinklets glass glitter (Diamond Dust) for the filling underneath the (now securely stuck!) clear acetate. I painted a diecut banner from Melissa Frances with layers of white Gesso. Whilst wet I blasted it with the heat tool so that the Gesso formed nice snowy blisters. I've addded bow, heart and tree charm (both painted and glittered) and stamped sentiment and embossed with Judikins EP. (Stamp was a freebie (amongst many fab freebies!) that I just received in an order from Crafty Individuals). Shaker mounted on Bazzill CS to complete.

Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by.

Nicola x

I wish to enter card to the following challenges;
Penny Black Saturday Challenge - Cute Christmas
Fashionable Stamping Challenge - Home Sweet Home
Aud Sentiments - Bingo (Embossing, Bling, Joy)
Sparkles Christmas - Contemporary Colour Combo
Bearly Mine - Snowflakes
Crazy Amigos - Colours of Winter
Creative Craft Challenges - Bingo (Blue, Stamps, Emboss)
Ladybug Crafts - Snowflakes
Fashionista Challenge - Blue Christmas
Crimbo Crackers - Anything Goes
Fussy and Fancy - Feeling Blue
Stampin For The Weekend - Use some texture


  1. Gorgeous card Nicola,I like the penguins, the snowflakes and the frame.
    Kevin xx

  2. Ooh, lovely - you mean you can shake all that snow around like a snow globe?! Fantastic! I love the blistered frame too...
    Alison x

    1. I laughed last evening - I was so pleased with 'my' blistering technique only to later go to your blog to see your way more artistic blisters!

  3. Well done this is a gorgeous card for our bingo challenge, thank you for joining in with aud sentiments

  4. Lovely card with lots of fun details. Thanks for joining us this week at Creative Craft Challenges. NancyD

  5. This is just so wonderful and such fun.
    P.S. Get better soon. I wonder if it is the nasty cold virus that I have.

  6. Nicola it's fabulous, disaster or no disaster it was worth all the effort.
    Thanks for sending Becca a card, I haven't seen it as I am away on a winter break, never done it before. Thanks for all your lovely visits and comments.
    Take care.
    Hugs Brenda xox

  7. Hope you are back to full strength soon Nicola. The lurgy doing the rounds at the moment are taking no prisoners. LOVE your shaker card - seriously ambitious! You've managed to get so much texture and detail into this on top of the logistical nightmare of trapping glitter. Way to go!! Hugs, Buttons x

  8. That's a wonderful winter piece, great details. Hope you'll get better soon.
    Thanks for joining us at FSC this fortnight.

  9. Hi Nicola, my friend, Thanks for Your comment... I still have the problem, I hope to resolve soon.
    You have Made a gorgeous card, beautiful technique and fabulous penguins, so sweet:)
    Big hug and Thanks again,

  10. so stunning nicola.your design is really gorgeous and i love the sweet image and sparkle :D

    xx coops xx

  11. I haven't made a shaker in years! They are so fun, and this time of year really makes them special! I love your little penguins too! What a fab card!

  12. Hope yu feel much better real soon! This is fab, lve the textured edge it is amazing! Great make trace. X
    Thanks for all the lvely comments, they are much appreciated! Trace. X
    Get well soon! X

  13. Hi Nicola, Hope you're feeling much better now.
    This is a fabulous shaker card, and I love those little penguins in their snowy world. A great take on the challenge.
    Thanks for sharing at FSC
    Avril x

  14. So very cute. Love your fabby looking card. Thanks for playing with us over at Bearly Mine's this week.
    Love n hugs

  15. Fabulous shaker card Nicola!!Thanks for joining us at BMC hope to see you again

  16. What a great shaker card - gosh, such a beautiful scene!

    Thanks for joining us at Ladybug Crafts Ink!


  17. Very pretty shaker card! Love the scene you created and those penguins are adorable! Sure hope you are feeling better and the glitter won't just be on the floor! Thank you for joining us at Fashionable Stamping Challenges!

  18. what a lovely scene! Thank you so much for playing along with us at Stampin for the Weekend and good luck in the challenge!

  19. Just popped back to say thanks for linking to FSC's home, sweet home challenge and have a great week.
    hugs {brenda} xox

  20. Lovely card you entered in our HOME SWEET HOME themed challenge.

    Thanks for sharing at FSC!

    xxx ELLIE xxx

  21. How cute is that image??? Love it! Love all the fun elements and embellishments you have added!

  22. A brilliant creation!

    Thank you for sharing at Sparkles Christmas Challenges this time
    Good luck in the draw

    Shaz x

  23. Beautiful framed card - I have a soft spot for penguin cards - thanks for sharing with us at Fussy & Fancy Friday
    Debbie x

  24. Fantastic card! I love those cute penguins!
    Thanks for joining us at Aud Sentiments!
    Hugs xx Sandra

  25. Fab card. I love the penguins and the snowflakes... everything!
    Thanks for joining us at the fashionista challenge.
    Gr. Samantha

  26. Hi Nicola, glad to hear you're feeling better. Your shaker cards is fab, those penguins are so cute and I love the frosty feel to the project. Well worth all the effort and the extra plumbing lol. Thanks for joining us at FSC this time
    Claire xx

  27. Awww! This is one fabulicious Christmas creation! Thanks for sharing it with the Ladybugs. Have a great week, Julie.x

  28. Hi Nicola, still playing catch up! Really clever and gorgeous creation here and the smitten pair look so very cute. Just love the frosty frame round the little scene.
    Thanks for sharing this with us at FSC.
    Fliss xx

  29. Such a beautiful card Nicola and very creative with the plumbing work. They do get easier the more you do lol.

    Thank you for sharing with us at FSC. (late or what).

    Hugs Shirley x x

  30. Thank you for joining in at Crimbo Crackers – hope you can join me again for the next challenge! Crimbo Crackers


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