Happy Feet

Mark and I rented Happy Feet the other day and I was extremely surprised by how much I enjoyed it. I just loved those singing, dancing penguins. It was a much-needed night of laughter and I'm so glad we rented it. Anyways, because of this movie I'm now on a penguin kick. I've always liked penguins, but when I saw this little guy I just had to buy him to make a Father's Day card. Doesn't he look like he's about to bust into a happy little song and dance?

The paper is from the Tres Jolie Tres Bien line. I stamped Dressy Penguin by Memory Box in Ancient Page Coal Black on Pearlized White paper and colored in with Prismacolor pencils and Gamsol. The tie and scarf on the hat are paper pieced. I then used a Tombo grey marker (#95, I think - it's absolutely the perfect color for shadowing) for a shadow around the penguin and a little ground for him to dance on. Next I doodled a frame around the panel and matted on Basic Black. I stamped Happy Father's Day from All Year Cheer II. I sure hope there's a replacement for this retiring set - it has my only Father's and Mother's Day stamps. A few ticket corner punches around the edges and a May Arts velvet knotted bow and the card was finished. Since my dad really hates ties, this card will be going to my Father-in-Law, who as an elected official spends a lot of time wearing these little accessories.

I got an adorable little RAK from Amy at Heartfelt Greetings this week! Such a cool little thank you card using the Dog & Flower stamp I sent her as a card contest prize. It doesn't show too well in the pic, but just about everything on this card is traced with a Stardust gel pen and it just SHIMMERS! So adorable! I love how she punched out the word window and stamped the sentiment on the main card base. That girl is so talented! Thanks Amy!

Y'all had a BUNCH of questions in your comments and emails yesterday, so I'll answer the ones I can remember...

How do I do my doodles? All my doodles are drawn free-hand. I find it best to use a smooth cardstock so your hand can glide freely across the paper. I almost always use a .03 black Micron Millenium pen by ZIG. The best way to doodle is to practice on scratch paper until you find a combination of squiggles, dots and lines that you like. Once you start, you want it to be a rhythm and to go quickly - too much thought and it looks like you put too much thought into it. ;) I like to use squiggles because it tricks the eye and makes it less obvious that my lines aren't necessarily straight or even.

I bought the shelf I put my monitor on at Wal-Mart in the home improvement section. It's actually a shoe shelf. The over the door shoe holder also came from Wal-Mart (same aisle as the ironing boards). I do stamp with my door open. My cat has a serious control freak problem and can't stand it if any of the doors in the house are closed, so all doors stay open at my house. I guess if I had kids running around, I probably would have put the punches on the other side of the door, but since it's just me, hubby and the cat I left it so it's easy for me to reach.

The green and blue boxes on the shelf are the $1 snap together boxes from the Target $1 Spot. They hold my 30 bottles of Stickles, 12 bottles of Ice Stickles, various bottles of loose glitter, and foam sponges and daubers. And.... just for Colleen... the walls have been blue ever since I painted them over a year ago. The color of the paint is so soothing. Everyone I asked told me not to paint it blue because it was too cool of a color, but once I finished, everyone just loves it and comments on how soothing it is. The paint is Ralph Lauren Durango Blue. I wanted a beachy feel. I love lighthouses, and have a huge black and white framed photo of a lighthouse that has been wating to be hung on the wall where the monitor is until the room was finished. Might have to see if I can get hubby to help me one last time!

21 comments

  1. Love your little penguin! I have several of Memory Boxes penguins and they have some new ones out for summer. Let me know if you'd like me to stamp some images for you.

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  2. I love penguins too...they are just too cute!! Love the card and his little hat. The paper is gorgeous!! Nice RAK too.....that doesn't sound good!! Nice card RAK?? Nice RAK card??? Hahaha! Whatever, it's really beautiful too!!

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  3. Love the cards! Did you think the ending of Happy Feet was weird? It all of a sudden turned to a non-kids-friendly movie. It was hard to explain to my step-daughter afterwards.

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  4. What a cute penguin card! I liked that movie too! The card from Amy is wonderful. . .lucky you!

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  5. I am loving that penguin with the tie! Tooo cute!

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  6. Okay, that really is freaky!! LOL Love your card by the way, aren't those penguins adorable? :)

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  7. Love the penguin card, he is so cute and that tie. Thanks for the information, I never thought of using those $ Target boxes for all that, will have to go back and see if I can get a couple more.

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  8. Love your card. I've been wanting a penguin stamp for a while, but haven't decided which one because they're all so cute! TFS

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  9. My three year old daughter has watched Happy Feet close to 30 times since we got it for her and of all the penguins she could identify with, she picked Lovelace!
    Seeing your card, now I need to get a penguin stamp!

    Thanks!

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  10. Your penguin is too cute! Love the hat, tie, and all that doodling! Great card!

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  11. Love that little penguin! Such a fun movie too!

    We're just me, DH and cat but not only does she get seriously freaked out over closed doors (especially if I am on the other side of it), but the deal for getting my own stamp room was that I took the litterboxes in there, so DEFINITELY no closed door for THAT room! LOL! I do, however, keep threatening DH that I'm going to install a cat flap so I can stamp in HUSBAND-FREE PEACE! LOL!

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  12. so tell me.....is Happy Feet OK for my kids? I am pretty careful about movies.....what'da think??

    That IS a cute penguin!! What a funny little tie!! ahhahaha

    squirrelly shirley

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  13. Awwww, I love penguins too...and how cute is this little guy! The polka-dot paper is just the perfect background. (What a neat little hat and tie too.)

    Thanks for sharing the info about the color...I am going to show my hubby and see if we can head to the paint store...we have a "library" that needs a splash of color and this would be perfect!

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  14. What do you know, I'm a penguin fan, too! I think they may be a refreshing idea here in this Alabama heat! I love the father's day card and the way you paper pieces this little guy. Have a great day!

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  15. Your little penguin and tie made me giggle this morning...too cute!

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  16. Cute card!! I saw Happy Feet at the theatre. Somehow I saw an ad, a year prior to it coming out, and I kept going to look at the hip hop trailer. Such a great movie. I hear the best sci fi movie of the year is Pan's Labyrinth. I saw it at the theatre (it is subtitled) and just had to purchase it on the first day of release. Awesome, awesome movie!

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  17. Totally adorable! That penguin is just irresistible!

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  18. Adorable little penguin card.

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  19. His hat and tie are so darling. Awesome!

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  20. These little Memory Box penguins are so cute! I love how you dressed him up...and he does look like he is ready to start dancing...or something fun!

    Linda

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  21. I LOVE this little penguin card, how completely cute! And great job on the coloring, shadowing and paper piecing!

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