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Thursday, January 3, 2013

Circut + Pier 1 = Inspiration

Hi, Lori from The Singing Shell.  Sometimes I get inspiration for my cards from the strangest places.  This time I got my inspiration from the Pier 1 Imports Christmas Penguin.  The little penguin with his foot in the cupcake was just too cute to pass up.  I thought it would make a great birthday card for winter if I could find the perfect penguin from one of my cartridges and alter it.  To give the card a more vintage look as opposed to the bright, Christmas original: I chose some soft and feminine colors.  Even the penguin is not solid black.  I used distress inks, lace, distress file for the paper edges to complete the look.

1.  I needed a chubby little gal like the one in the Pier 1 penguin so I got her from Jolly Holidays.  So that just goes to show ya that Jolly Holidays ain't just for Christmas! :)
2.  I hid the face using the Gypsy and drew eyes and eyebrows like the Pier 1 penguin.
3.  Unfortunately, I had to perform minor surgery on my gal.  The little feet were attached right at the tummy so I cut them off (ouch!).  I cut thin pieces of cardstock to make legs and attached the feet.
4.  The bow is from Paper Pups.  I added glitter to add a little texture and fun.
5.  The cupcake is from From My Kitchen.  I added glitter to layer because the frosting layers were white on white and wanted it stand out a bit.
6.  The pennants are hand cut and were added onto the twine with Glossy Accents.
7.  I added the crochet ribbon and distressed the edges of my paper.

Designed by ~ Lori Sjogren
Machines Used ~ Cricut Create
Supplies used ~ Cricut: Jolly Holidays, From My Kitchen, Paper Pups. Paper:  Prima and Webster Pages.  Other: Tim Holtz Antique Linen & Black Soot Distress Pads, Tim Holtz Antique Linen Distress Marker, Webster Pages Crochet Ribbon, Donna Salazar Pralines & Cream Fairy Dust Glitter, other glitter and twine from my stash.


  1. This is just too cute!! I think this is from my favorite Pier One commercial. Her giggling about her foot in the icing gets me every time.

  2. Love that commercial and I love your project...Thanks for making me smile....You did a great job.

  3. Your card is penguin perfection. Thanks for all of the valuable tips and color insights!!!

  4. love your little cupcake penguin. I think I have missed this commercial some how will have to look for it.

  5. Not familiar with the Pier One penguin but love your take on it, it's adorable!

  6. This made me totally smile what a cutie. Love how /where you get your inspiration from. Great idea.

  7. I love the colors and the glitter. This turned out great.


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