Saturday, July 2, 2011

24 Penguins

24 Penguins
My sister-in-law loved the card I sent her for Christmas last year so much that she asked me to make 24 more for her! Piece of cake, or so I thought. I finally mailed them out yesterday. I had planned on getting them done even earlier, but I've had many obstacles to maneuver around and hurdles to jump over.

I know that she loves penguins, so it was on a whim last December that I picked up a Felt Fusion Penguin border from Queen & Co when I spotted it at a local scrapbook store. I wasn't exactly sure how I'd incorporate it in a card for her, but I was going to give it my best shot. As I was trying to gather all the materials together for the 24 cards, I realized I didn't have enough supplies. I checked the local stores and they didn't have what I needed either. I live in the woods, so selection is at a minimum! If something becomes available here, you better snap it up fast because once it's gone there is no more. I scoured websites and found what I needed, but either the item was out of stock or they didn't have enough quantity. Also, some of the items were Christmas related which made it a little more difficult. I even checked for some of the products at my favorite store, Archiver's, while at the Mall of America. Long story short, I did manage to get everything online even after one company changed my order and couldn't send me the amount I had requested.

The next challenge I came across is that originally I only made one card, but now I was making 24! I had hand cut all the white for the bellies of the penguins. With four penguins per card, that's 96 bellies to contend with! When I sat down to do this I realized what I was up against. My husband came up with the idea of just adding a white strip on the card behind the penguins. He thinks he deserves credit for this, but it had occurred to me earlier. At the time though, it just didn't seem 'perfect' enough for me. I guess I just needed someone to reinforce the same idea. I also had some issues getting everything to stick down on the glittery paper. I had adhered the sentiments and they all fell off. I got out my trusty Zip Dry Paper Glue and that fixed the issue.

All in all, they turned out beautifully and I know that Tami will be very happy with them!

Supplies: Bazzill, Reminisce, Queen & Co., Hero Arts Stamps.

Thanks for stopping by! Hope your 4th of July Holiday is off to a great start!


Donna said...

CUTE cards and wow o wow!! making 24 of them! Yep, love my Zip Dry almost better than any other adhesive!! Have a happy 4th, my crafty friend!

Linda said...

Great cards. Happy 4th!

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