Wishing You a Happy and Healthy Year of the Rabbit!

Happy Chinese New Year to everyone! This year is the year of the Rabbit. The sign of Rabbit is a symbol of longevity, peace, and prosperity in Chinese culture. 2023 is predicted to be a year of hope!

Today I have a card to share in wishing all of you a prosperous year ahead!

For this card I wanted to create a stencil embossed look. I inked a piece of white cardstock measuring 3 1/4″ x 4 1/2″ using Spiced Marmalade Distress Oxide ink. I laid the Ripple Tide stencil on my inked panel, then put a piece of baby wipe on top, followed by an embossing mat, then an impression pad at the very top. I ran the whole sandwich through my die cut machine (Sizzix Big Shot).

The moisture from the baby wipe reacts with the Distress Oxide ink producing a soft and subtle pattern on my panel.

I adhered this panel onto matching Santa heavyweight cardstock of A2 size, leaving a 1/2″ border.

I stamped out two koi from the Legend of the Koi stamp set and die cut it using the coordinating die. I gold heat embossed the sentiments from the same stamp set onto Santa heavyweight cardstock and adhered them onto my patterned background.

I put foam tape on the back of the koi for the added dimension added a little sparkle on them using Wink of Stella glitter pen, and finally finished the card with a few gems.

I hope you like this inspiration! Wish you all a lucky year to come!

Sharon for Penguin Palace

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Heejung’s Versatile Just Because Card Design!

Hello everyone! We’re super excited to welcome the talented Heejung Hunsberger to our Creative Team!

Today Heejung is sharing with us this beautiful card design, the backbone of which can be perfect for lots of different occasions!

She die cut two bouquets from Leafy Borders and Roses Stand-Alone Dies in white cardstock and adhere them on opposite corners of a pastel pink panel.

She then composed a smaller 1:1 panel by combining strips of colored cardstocks, framed with a narrow white border.

It’s great to have multiples of this design on hand as occasions come up. With an added sentiment, your card will be ready to go!

For her card, she white heat embossed a sentiment from Words From The Heart (Chapter 2).

Thank you so much for your lovely inspiration Heejung and welcome to the team!

Sharon for Penguin Palace

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A Classroom Scene – Thank You Card by Mimi!

Welcome back Crafty Friends! This is our first blog post of 2023 and we wish you a healthy and prosperous year ahead!

Today Mimi is back to share with us a super cute classroom setting Thank You card!

I’m loving all the bright and vibrant colors! To set the scene, she used the Classroom Scene Builder die set. She ink blended the back wall with Distress Oxide Broken China and the wood floor with Gathered Twigs.

This Classroom Scene Builder die set has all the elements you need to create a detailed and adorable classroom setting! I love the Copic coloring she did on the die-cut pieces.

She combined a few characters from The Sweetest Truck and Rabbit Café. She also used the crayons and other accessories like pencils, apple, and a little note from We Are Right For Each Other and Penguin Agenda. I love that she added the rainbow decorations on the wall too, super cute!

The hand-drawn heart on the easel is a nice touch as well! To finish off her card, she added a sweet sentiment from Inseparable.

Thank you so much Mimi, your card is amazing!

Sharon for Penguin Palace

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Abstract blossom stencils 360

New Video – Abstract Blossom Stencils 360°

Hello everyone! I hope all of you are having a wonderful holiday! Today I have a new video up on our YouTube Channel.

This video shows you the easy steps in creating with one of our latest addition to the 360° stencil line, the Abstract Blossom Stencils 360°!

I this video I will show you how you can create 4 for 1 cards and 2 for 1 cards in very simple steps.

I hope you’ll enjoy these inspirations! Thank you so much for stopping by and Happy New Year to all!

Sharon for Penguin Palace

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Adorable Christmas Ornaments by Allison!

Hello and welcome back to the Penguin Palace blog!

If you happen to be looking for handmade Christmas Ornament ideas, look no further! Our Guest Designer Allison is sharing some adorable shaker ornaments with us today!

These shaker ornaments are just so cute! Allison used the Dahlia Stencils 360° to create two backgrounds in the traditional Christmas palette, red and green.

She die cut the backgrounds with a circle die and added a circular ornament die cut and a piece of acetate on top to form her shaker. I love the shimmery snowflakes embellishments to compliment the wintry scenes!

These adorable images and sentiment are from Sounding Joy stamp set, and they are the perfect additions to these ornaments!

Thank you so much Allison, your projects are so pretty!

Thanks for stopping by! Merry X’mas to everyone!

Sharon for Penguin Palace

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