Wednesday 2 December 2020

Penguin Tree


We have the last challenge of the year over at The Paper Funday.
The Theme is Anything Goes with the optional twist of Christmas. If like me you are on a roll then Christmas will be very easy to do.

We are sponsored by Paper Nest Dolls who have some gorgeous images. It was very hard to choose on to work with as there were so many cute ones.

I decided on this cute image Penguin Tree. I just love the cute little penguins all supporting one another to make a tree shape. I coloured it with Promarkers adding gel pens to the candy canes, a glitter pen to the present with it's Ultra Fine Sharpie pen patterned paper. The gold star is a new Spectrum Noir glitter marker from Crafter's Companion. The sheer amount of glitter in them is amazeballs. I added some glitter glue to the santa hat and is is so sparkly. The image was then fussy cut ready to use.

Around blogland I had seen this shape of card but didn't have a clue what it was called.  After doing some Googling I found out it is called a Teepee card. I found a tutorial HERE on Mixed Up Crafts and could not believe how simple the fold is. It looks so effective and is just 3 pieces of square card. Very clever whoever thought of doing that. Anyhoo, I made a rough one with scrap paper as I wanted to see what it looked like and would it fit into a C5 envelope. By making the squares 6" it fits comfortably into the size of envelope I use for many of my cards ☺

So after practicing I made the card with the base cardstock. It is a shiny navy blue on this side and white inside which is where the sentiment will be written.

The front is the penguin image as that is the main focal point.

Side 2 is the bauble which is a die from Crafter's Companion. I had initially cut it in the same holographic card but it looked too much so I used plain white card and added loads of loose glitter to it. It is really sparkly and so intricate.

The Merry Christmas banner is from The Works. It is a discount bookstore that also does some crafty things. They have started doing their own dies which are super cheap. This was only £4 and is quite big. Definitely good value for money.

Side 3 is a rubber stamp Under The Tree from Crafter's Companion. I was very fortunate to win a Facebook competition on their page and the prise was 4 sentiment stamps which this was part of. I coloured the trunk with a Promarker and added a yellow star gem to emulate the gold one on the penguin tree. I added some silver peel off stars and snowflakes to finish off the card.

The triangle shape is achieved by using velcro dots to keep the insides attached. Once opened it folds flat to go into a larger size envelope. With 3 sides to decorate there is a bit more work involved but the finished results are worth it.

Card Details -

Size - Fits into a C5 Envelope
Digital Image Penguin Tree (Paper Nest Dolls)
Dies – Christmas Bauble (Crafter’s Companion) Merry Christmas Banner (The Works)
Colouring Medium – Promarkers, Gel Pens, Spectrum Noir Glitter marker, Versafine Ink Pad
Embellishments – peel off stickers, star gem, Stickles glitter glue, loose glitter, Velcro dots

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges (in Alphabetical Order)


  1. Lovely card with a great design, thanks for sharing at Christmas with the Cuties.

    Pat xx

  2. Lovely tree card, great design. Thanks for joining us this week at Krafty Chicks.

  3. Wonderful shaped card Mandy! All three sides are decorated beautifully! Thank you so much for sharing your talent with us at CRAFTY CATZ. Best of luck with your entry. Nick

  4. Love this fun Teepee shaped card! This card is just so adorable and creative! Thank you so much for joining in on the current Art Impressions Blog Challenge!

  5. So cute and pretty card! :)
    Thanks a lot for joining us at Creatalicious! :)

  6. This card is all about the wow factor! Fabulous card design! I love the blue base, with all the stars and snowflakes, and the adorable image you've used! Your bauble is so intricate and the Merry Christmas banner is gorgeous! Time well spent on this one! Thanks for sharing it with us at Passion for Promarkers!

  7. Very cute penguin tree and designed card! Thank you for joining our challenge at Double D!
    Diane DD DT {Nellies Nest}

  8. Love this penguin tree! Thanks for joining us at the QKR Stampede. kReN on the DT. Follow me at

  9. Super fun card!! Thanks for playing along our December challenge at Die Cut Divas.

  10. WOW what a fabulous design Mandy! Looks awesome! Thanks so much for joining in the fun at our Double D ‘Santa Hats’ challenge! Good Luck and we hope you’ll come back often.
    DOUBLE D Challenge Blog
    Please stop in for a visit!

  11. Ooops forgot to thank you for also sharing this fabulous design with us over on the Sisterhood of Crafters! Well done Mandy!

  12. Love this 3D card!! Thanks for playing along with our "Traditional Christmas" challenge over at Cardz 4 Guyz!!

  13. Super cute "tree" - what a fun design! Thanks so much for playing at Sparkles!

  14. These are absolutely beautiful, Mandy!
    So nice to see you linking up at my Crafty Wednesday challenge where it's Anything Goes this month, hope to see you back again soon!
    Ellibelle's Corner

  15. Fab Christmas tree, Mandy - just love all the sides to it!! Great coloring and design!! So glad you could join us at Die Cut Divas this month!! Linda Diva DT

  16. Beautiful card design. Thank you for joining us at Aud Sentiments Challenge Blog
    Best Wishes Lisa xx

  17. Well how stinkin' creative is this? I LOVE it, you have really gone outside the box here. Great take on the Mood Board, thanks so much for playing along with us over at the Double D Challenge. Hope we see you back again soon!!
    Judy~ DD DT
    {Judy's Happy Place} Stop by and see me!!!!

  18. I've never seen this type of card and it is so creative. The penguins are so cute. So glad you could join us at Die Cut Divas for our December "Anything Goes" challenge.

  19. What a fab shaped card

    Thanks for playing along at Aud Sentiments,

    Hugz Tinz

  20. This is such a beautiful card. Thie images are too cute. I'm so happy that you could enter the Crafter's Castle Challenge.

    DT Monica - HeartcraftPaper

  21. gorgeous card - Thank you for joining the My Time To Craft challenge- DT JudithCE

  22. I love your card it is so gorgeous. And I love the shape of your card.
    Thanks for sharing with us at the Classic Design Challenge Blog.
    Hugs Ilonka DT

  23. I love youre card, Thanks for playing along with us at the Creative Craft Cottage Challenge.
    Hugs Ilonka DT

  24. Hello Mandy! I love your TeePee card - thank you for the link, I have bookmarked it to study later! The Penguin Tree is a fabulous image and perfect for this shape of card. The other sides are nicely decorated as well. I have a few dies from The Works - they are very good value! I've added myself to your ever growing band of followers.
    Thank you for sharing your lovely project with us at the Crafts Galore Encore “Anything Goes” December Challenge. Good Luck and hope to see you here again soon!
    Carole x DT Craftilicious Creations

  25. Awesome work... love the image and the fancy fold!

    Thanks for playing along with our Do-Al(l) Kreatives Challenge and good luck!

    Hugs and please come back soon!
    Kleido’s BastelStüble
    *Owner* Do-Al(l) Kreatives
    *List Manager* Challenges for Days
    *GDT* Sweet Sketch Wednesday 2

  26. Love the shape! Thanks for joining us this month at We Love 2 Create. Hugs from DT-Irre

  27. Amazing shape / card form. Love the cute image - penguins are always working!
    Thanks for playing along with us at our present challenge at Do-Al(l) Kreatives and good luck. Hope you will join us next month again.

    Crafty greetings

    *Owner* Creative Crafting Uncles
    *DT + Admin* Do-Al(l) Kreatives
    *DT* Kreativ-Tanten Challenge
    Alex' Kreative Seite

  28. A very cool project. Nice work. Thank you for sharing with us over at Morgan's ArtWorld. We hope to see you again.
    ~ Annette CT -

  29. Wow I love these card shapes, must make another one myself. Really lovely card with untraditional colours which is perfect for our Sparkles Christmas challenge. Good luck. Hugs Debs DT xx

  30. What a wonderful and unique card! And the stamp set is a perfect fit!
    We are so happy you could join us & we hope to see you again in the next Papercraft Business Challenge!.

    Anna – Design Team member at Papercraft Business

    Visit my blog - Crafty Anna Studio.

    You can also find me on Instagram - CraftyAnna Studio

    Thank you!

  31. Lovely tree! Thank you so much for joining in with our challenge at Country View Crafts, and have a very happy December, Evelyn xx

  32. Oh, wow! What an amazing idea! You really made a beautiful card, and those little penguins are so cute.

    Thanks for joining the Papercraft Business challenge.

    J.J. – Design Team member at Papercraft Business
    Visit my blog - Nostalgia – Handmade Designs

  33. Definitely need to try one of these cards! Yours is amazing! I love all the elements but those penguins are too precious! Fabulous job! Thanks for playing with us at Ike’s World Challenges this month! Nan, DT for Ike’s World Challenges

  34. Great card shape and such a cute design!

    Thanks for sharing it with us at the SheepSki Designs Blog Challenge and Happy New Year!

    Helen x

  35. Lovely work. Thank you for joining the challenge at 2 Crafty Critter Crazies, A Bit More Time to Craft, A Bit More Time extra, Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas, Creative Fingers. Hope to see you again next time.

  36. LOVE the interesting shape! Another wonderful entry... thanks for sharing at Uniko!


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