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


Chinese New Year Card with Candice!

Happy New Year everyone! Welcome back! I wish all of you a prosperous and healthy 2022!

Did you know that Chinese New Year (CNY) – Year of the Tiger is coming up on the 1st of February?! Candice is back today to share a card to celebrate just that!

I love this gorgeous background which Candice created! She used the Fun Doodle Dividers and stamped a few of the images in a radial pattern using ink colors inspired by this month’s Penguin Palace Challenge. Head to our Challenge Blog for more details!

Next she used the Legend of The Koi stamp set, did a couple of the different layering stamp options to create this pair of beautiful koi. She cut them out with the coordinating Penguin Perfect Cuts and adhered them to the front panel with foam tape.

She white heat embossed the sentiment on a banner cut out of our Night Sky Premium Cardstock. I love the focal point she created with the images from the Fun Doodle Dividers stamp set which sets the scene for the koi!

Thank you much Candice for sharing this awesome card!

Thanks for visiting our blog, have a great day!

Sharon for Penguin Palace


Fall/Winter 2021 New Release – Reveal Week – Day 1 (GIVEAWAY POST)

Hello crafty friends! Welcome to our Fall/Winter 2021 Reveal Week Day 1 and THIS is also our GIVEAWAY Post! Our New Release can now be Pre-Ordered at www.ppstamps.com! YAYYY!!!!! Don’t forget about our FREE SHIPPING deal for purchases over 65CAD+ (within Canada) / or 78USD+ (across the United States).

Visit our blog this week (12 Oct to 16 Oct) for some fun and awesome projects from our talented Creative Team and myself. Most importantly, continue reading for a chance to win some prizes! Our new release includes 5 new stamp sets & coordinating dies, 3 new stand-alone dies (one of which is our very first layered die set which I’m very excited about!), 5 new circular Stencils 360°TM, 3 new 6×6 stencils and an amazing collection of colored cardstocks! We will be focusing on some of those products this week, and then in early November (2 Nov to 6 Nov) we will have another Inspiration Week where we will continue to showcase other products from this release (with more Giveaways)!

Now let’s jump right in! Today is our showcase of the Legend Of The Koi stamp set & coordinating Penguin Perfect Cuts; and our first set of Layered Dies, the Butterfly Emergence 2 in 1 Layered Dies!

Our Creative Team has made the most amazing samples! We also have new videos coming up this week over on our YouTube Channel. Be sure to check them out later in the week to get more inspirations!

First up we have Stefanie’s creation featuring the Legend Of The Koi stamp set.

This layering stamp set is so much fun to play with. Stefanie chose different layers from this stamp set to create these two gorgeous koi fish. I love her watercolor background which compliments the fish beautifully.

I am loving the gold heat embossed sentiment as well! The details on these koi are just stunning!

Next up is Julie’s creation!

She used the new Handcrafted Porcelain stencil to create this gorgeous background. I love the splash of paint for the added movement. Her koi are super sharp and eye catching!

The white heat embossed sentiment on black cardstock finishes the card perfectly.

There are just so many different combinations you can use to stamp out the koi. I thought I’d showcase four of them by using a slimline card!

For my background I used the Slimline Oriental Cover die. I wanted some shimmer on the background so I decided to do a shaker card.

This is a no-bulk shaker, which means I did not use any foam tape for my shaker pocket but instead I only used some double-sided adhesive. This way, there is just enough movement but not too much that it would be too distracting.

I used Versafine Onyx Black to stamp out the outlines of my koi fish and clear heat embossed them to get a shiny finish.

Our next showcase is the Butterfly Emergence 2 in 1 Layered Dies. I am in love with this Layered die set because this is so versatile and gives gorgeous results! You can simply use the Set 1 cover dies to create an exquisite look of a colorful layered butterfly emerging from a dotted sunburst background; or use Set 2 alone for a beautifully layered butterfly with intricate details.  You can even combine the two sets for the extra dimension! 

First we have Candice’s creation. Even though she did not used all of the layers for this card, you can already see the beautiful details that this die set gives!

I love the white on white background. The Sentiment on this card is from the Enchanting Paris stamp set.

Finally, we have here my A2 size card. Using ALL seven dies from this set I die cut all the pieces using Navy Blazer for layer 1 (the very bottom layer), and Grape Macaron for layer 3, and Lime Punch for layer 4 (the very top layer). In each respective layer, I adhered Set 2 on top of Set 1, to create this extra depth to my card. I then adhered all layers together starting with layer 1 on the bottom, working my way up to layer 4 at the top.

I blended Twisted Citron, Salvaged Patina, and Cracked Pistachio on my note card and adhered my layered die cuts onto my note card. I also added a a white heat embossed sentiment from our Heartfelt Note stamp set on to the matching Navy Blazer cardstock.

Finally I added some mixed sized and colors gems to give it the extra sparkle.

For my next card, I used the stand-alone butterfly dies from Layer 1 and Layer 4 to create this inlaid butterfly. This is a fun way to make full use of this die set.

I used the new Handmade Porcelain Stencil for my background, and I stamped out Heartfelt thanks from the Heartfelt Notes stamp set. I mixed and match some glitter cardstock with the Lime Punch cardstock for this technique. For the outline of the butterfly I used the deep Navy Blazer cardstock which I thought really gives the butterfly a sharp defined look.

Now GIVEAWAY time!  In this Fall/Winter 2021 Reveal Chapter, we are having 2 SEPARATE GIVEAWAYS, one on our BLOG and the other on our INSTAGRAM page!

BLOG Giveaway:

Each of you will have at most 4 chances to enter on THIS post.  Feel free to do all 4 to maximize your chance of winning!  (ie. if you do all 4, you will have 4 different comments here on THIS post)!

  1. Subscribe to our YouTube Channel and leave a comment on this blog post.
  2. Join our Facebook Fan Group and leave another comment on this blog post.
  3. Follow our Facebook Page and leave another comment on this blog post.
  4. Follow us on Pinterest and leave another comment on this blog post. 

For the BLOG Giveaway, we will randomly pick out ONE lucky winner, who will receive all 5 sets of the newly released Stencils 360° circular stencils!


Hop over to our Instagram page (@penguinpalacestamps) and look for the Fall/Winter 2021 Reveal Week (Giveaway Post), follow the directions on that post for a chance to win!

For the INSTAGRAM Giveaway, we will also randomly pick out ONE lucky winner, who will receive all 5 new stamp sets from this new release!

You have until 15 Oct 9:00pm PST to enter.  We really hope you will play along with us! Winners will be announced on our Blog and on Instagram on 16 Oct!

I truly hope you’ve enjoyed today’s showcase of the Legend Of The Koi and Butterfly Emergence.

We will continue to have lots of wonderful products and projects to showcase this week so don’t forget to visit us again tomorrow for our next post! Thank you so much for stopping by. Have a lovely day!

Sharon for Penguin Palace