Tuesday, January 11, 2022

Coolest Holiday Season

Hi there and a very healthy and happy New Year to everyone! I've unfortunately not started off on a good note - having come down with a very minor case of Covid last week. Anyway, hopefully that will be it for me going forward. Kind of glad I did get it, as the Omicrom variant is rampant around here in New Jersey, just now. 

My January header is American Witch hazel. A cheery addition to the backyard when nothing else is blooming at this time of the year!

So on to my card for the Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge, which is always "anything goes". I had picked up the Reflections snowflake background stamp and thought to team it up with the two cute Hampton Arts penguins!

I started with stamping the background stamp on to a white card base with Versafine Clair Paradise ink and heat embossing with Clear Detail ink. 

The two different penguins were stamped on to white cardstock in Versafine Nocturne ink and heat embossed with clear detail. They were colored with Copics and die cut using the die included in the Hampton Art set.

I found the cute sentiment in an old Sparkle n' Sprinkle set, called Holiday Penguins. This was stamped in the same Paradise ink and then heat embossed. I cut the sentiment out with an old Spellbinders Classic Diamonds die and then edged it with Paradise ink, quite heavily in places and then heat embossed that with the Clear Detail powder - it gave a lovely shiny appearance!

The sentiment and penguins were then added to the front with foam pads and a blue organdy ribbon finished off my card for today!

... and so my 2022 Christmas card stash begins! I hope you will be inspired to make a card to enter into our challenge and add to your stash too! The ingredients are listed below:

Hampton Art Penguin Set and die SC0665

Recollections Christmas Noel

Holiday Penguins (Sparkle N Sprinkle)

Spellbinders Classic Diamonds dies

Versafine Clair Paradise  Ink

Versafine Clair Nocturne ink

Clear embossing powder

Copic markers

Foam tape

Blue Organdy ribbon

I'd like to play along in the following challenges with my little card:
Dies R Us Challenge #184: Using a die that DRU carries
Peace on Earth Challenge #7: Anything Christmas Goes
Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge #576: Using something old (sentiment and diamond die)

... and that is it from me for today! See you real soon! Actually tomorrow! Till then, stay warm and safe!



  1. Hi Shona, glad you weren't too ill with the virus and hope you're fully recovered now. I think the omicrom variant is pretty rampant everywhere just now I've known loads of people who have contracted recently, fortunately nearly all of them have only had mild symptoms, if any.
    Love your cute cute card with the fun penguins and beautiful embossed background, the lovely shades of blue and white are gorgeous.
    All the best for 2022.

  2. Hi, Shona! So happy to hear that you had such minor symptoms! Your blog header is gorgeous, and your card is so super cute! I think those fellas are playing in my back yard this morning! :o)

  3. Oh my friend so sorry to hear you caught this nasty virus but happy to hear it was a mild case. My grandson and his baby boy (8 months) both have it right now ... scary stuff for sure! And as Chris said ... it's rampant everywhere ... including here in Ohio!
    Your card is just adorable ... I love the cute scene you've created! Thanks so much for joining in the fun at our Peace On Earth Christmas challenge! Good Luck and we hope you’ll come back often. We appreciate your support on our new challenge adventure!!


    P.S. Of course it also fits our WINTER theme over on our FOUR SEASONS CHALLENGE as well as the NEW challenge blog called COLORFUL OPTIONS CHALLENGE where the theme is the color BLUE.

  4. So grateful your COVID infection was “minor”, Shona, and hope you are soon feeling your completely healthy self. Loving your use of the beautiful blue versafine clair and EP. It’s a darling card in every way, and makes me smile just looking at your dancing penguins! Sending sunshine and love… de

  5. Sorry to hear you have Covid Shona, just glad to know it's minor for you. I LOVE your fab card, great blue and those penguins are just so much fun.
    Faith x

  6. Super cute winter card with the adorable penguins! Thanks so much for joining us at the Dies R Us Challenge this month!

  7. What happy little penguins. Love your background and the shiny bits. Thanks for sharing with us at Peace on Earth Challenge Blog.
    POE DT

  8. Oh Shona what a beautiful bright blue card and no wonder using the VersaFine Clair ink pad. They really pull a punch. Those penguins are so cute. Hope you are feeling much better soon.

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  10. Adorably cute cute card Shona, I love those cute penguins and the pretty blue colors! Hope you feel better soon, it is rampant here too in Michigan, my son had it as well as his wife and some of my grandchildren, it's nothing to mess with that's for sure! Thank you for joining our challenge at Peace On Earth.
    {Nellies Nest}
    {Peace On Earth}

  11. Lovely card Shona. I really like that vibrant blue. Thank you for entering the Upcycle or use something old Challenge at CHNC.

  12. A super cute card. Thanks for joining us at MMM. Caz. DT.

  13. Really sweet and I love the blue tones. Thanks for joining us at Make My Monday. Love Dawn x


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