Wednesday 6 January 2021

Beat Those Winter Blues

It is our first challenge of the year over at The Paper Funday.
Our challenges are always Anything Goes with an optional twist. 
The twist this time is to use blue in your project.

We have 2 sponsors for each challenge this year. I opted to use images from a new to me designer Karamfila. I was truly stunned at how many digital papers, clip art and outline stamps there are in her Etsy store. They are so elegant just like the lady herself.

For this project I chose to use Articland Doodles. It has a fabulous selection of winter themed images which will be perfect for Christmas cards. I have already got my eye on a few other images from the set but particularly wanted to use the penguins.

I had seen a little video of how to make a hat for a pom pom snowman garland using a toilet paper roll and wanted to have a go at making a hat to adorn the penguins heads. I tried and better tried to get some blue wool. I managed to get some aqua but it was far too green to use for this project. 

Plan B - I did have was some blue stranded cotton skeins which I use for cross stitch. I cut some lengths and started looping them round the cardboard. I however totally underestimated how much thread I would need. I used 2 full skeins of the light blue but still needed more to fill it. No more thread the same colour so I used a darker blue and created a striped effect which looks better anyway. It took nearly 4 full skeins of thread to make this so I will definitely use wool next time!

The hat is really easy to make. You loop the threads and secure with a slipknot. Then group all the threads together and tie another piece around them. The loose ends can then be fanned out like a pompom and trimmed as required to neaten. I then used some wadding to stuff into the hat so it would keep it's shape.

Once I had the hat made I could then print the image out to fit. It is coloured with Promarkers and I then cut it out with my small pointed trusty Fiskars scissors. I used some grey card for the body and rolled it up into a tube. I then added it to the inside of the hat and stuck the penguin on with red line double sided tape.  

The first image from the set at the top of this post has the ear muffs on. I have put this on one side of the tube so it is double sided.

On the other side is the plain penguin. I posed him with some little snowmen my Mother in Law knitted for me. They are having a snowball fight with some glittery Docrafts snowballs.


I am really pleased with how this has turned out. I just love it when I see an image and a little idea pops up of how to use it. It's nice to create something different from a card every now and again too.

We have so many fabulous sponsors this year and I am looking forward to working with their images.

I hope you will join myself and our fabulous team over at The Paper Funday Challenge.

Project Details

Size - 13cm high
Digital Images - Penguin Outlines 1 & 3 from Articland Doodles (Karamfila)
Colouring Medium - Promarkers
Embellishments - almost 4 skeins of embroidery thread!

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


  1. A really super creation, great background and love the snowmen with their knitted hats. Thank you for joining our 'Anything Goes' challenge at Allsorts.

    Kath x

  2. I love your penguin and he's super cute with his hat!
    CD Sunday Plus DT.

  3. Just adorable! It's lovely to see you at Allsorts this week, many thanks for joining in.

    B x

  4. Lovely colours and the addition of a hat is really nice. Thank you for sharing with us.
    Jocelyn x
    CD Sunday Plus DT

  5. Adorable penguin. I love how you made the little hat. So cute. Thank you for sharing it with us at CDSunday Plus Wynn DT

  6. The penguin is so cute with his hat and also loving those knitted snowmen from your mother in law.
    Thanks so much for sharing at Allsorts this week!

  7. Lovely and sweet.
    Thank you for joining us at the Sweet Stampers and i hope to see you again.

  8. Wonderful penguins - I like there so much! Thanks for joining us at SFC.

  9. Wow! Quite a project and he looks amazing. Well done on persevering.
    Carol xx
    CD Sunday Plus DT

  10. Great project, so sweet!
    Thank you for joining us at Polkadoodles Digi Choosday! Jane S (DT) Paper, Pencils & Pretty Things xxx

  11. Gorgeous Mandy. Thank you for sharing with us over here at The Creative Crafters Challenge and best of luck with your entry.
    Wendy DT Member for

  12. Wonderful and so cute! I like the penguin with its hat.
    Thank you for linking up at Friendship Challenge!
    Good luck and best wishes!
    Ilse (thera)

  13. Fabulous card Thank you for joining us at Ike's World Challenges. Good luck Ginny DT for
    Ike'sWorld challenge
    My Blog As I do Rodos

  14. Mandy, Your creation does have a twist. Thank you for sharing your penguin with us at Jan's Digi Blog Challenge. Stay Safe and Happy Crafting!
    (Owner & Illustrator of Jan's Digi Stamp Shop)

  15. Very cute Snow card. The penguin is so cute. Thank you for joining us at Crafty Gals Corner this week. Hope to see you back here again soon, Judy DT

  16. Great card. Thanks for joining us at Polkadoodles Challenge.

  17. Love that hat!! What a fab idea, thank you for sharing it with us at NJC.

  18. Ahhh what a sweet wee Penguin with his fabby hat!! Brilliant creation. Thanks for sharing with me over on Fezziwigs, All the best for a lovely crafty 2021, Love Hazelx

  19. Such a cute penguin Mandy! Thank you for sharing with us over here at World Wide Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry.

    Gale DT for

  20. What an amazing card, the hat is just fabulous!

    My mum made the little snowmen many years ago. I have tried repeatedly to get hold of the pattern, but to no avail (sadly, mum is no longer with us). It's lovely to see them again.

    Thanks for continuing to support our challenges with your wonderful cards.

    CD Sunday Plus DT

  21. How cool is this. You have done such a lovely job with this Project. Nice work.
    Thank you for sharing with us over here at World Wide Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry.

    Annette DT / Admin / Registered Owner for

  22. What a beautiful project! I love it! Thank you so much for joining us in our challenge at Crafty Gals Corner. Looking forward to see you again next challenge.

    Judy Crafty Gals Corner DT
    Don't Mess With Me, I'm Scrappy {My Blog}

  23. This is such a creative project! I love it! Thanks so much for joining us at Jan's Digi Stamps Challenges. Julie, DT member

  24. Love it! That hat is so cute.

    Thanks for joining us at the Creatalicious Challenge.

    Helen x

  25. Your card is wonderful - your project is so sweet
    Thanks for joining us at Friendship
    Hugs Anja

  26. Well done, it's wonderful!
    So glad you have shared this with us at 613 Avenue Create.
    Please come back again!
    The best of luck with your entry.
    Stay safe and well.
    Jackie, DT member at 613 xx

  27. Super cute with his little blue hat.
    Thank-you for joining us at the Crafts Galore Encore Challenge.

  28. What a cute and fun project. That hat is just the perfect touch
    Thanks for joining us at Digi Doodle Studios Challenge
    Julie T

  29. What a fun project you created. Thanks for joining our challenge over at the Digi Doodle Studios challenge blog. Good luck!
    Kitty DT

  30. Oh my goodness he is so cute! I love him and his hat!
    Thanks for sharing with us at Penny's and good luck with your entry! :)
    ~ DT Saphron
    Lemon Biscuit

  31. Such a fun project, little cutie and his hat. Thank you for joining us at LPCF good luck x

  32. Love the penguin love his hat
    Thank you for joining us
    CD Sunday plus DT

  33. Thanks for entering our Anything Goes challenge… your penguin project is lovely. Good luck in the draw and we hope you will come back again soon.
    Diane Louise [Team Leader for Crafty Friends Challenge Blog]

  34. Adorable penguin card Mandy.
    Thanks so much for joining us for our December Not Just Cards Challenge at Not Just Cards!
    Unfortunately this is our last challenge at Not Just Cards.
    We hope to see you again somewhere else in Blogland,
    Lou DT xo
    JemLou Productions

  35. Mandy this is such an amazing fun project...just love it.
    Thank you for joining our challenge at
    Let's Craft and Create this week and good luck.. Ursula Uphof DT

  36. Such a precious project! Just love that little penguin. Thanks for joining us over at Penny's. Best of luck and hope to see you again soon. DT~Jana

  37. Wow! This is stunning. The hat is darling. I'm so glad you could join us at Digi Doodle Studios. Good luck with your entry - Patsy DT

  38. How cute! Thanks for joining us at 2 Crafty Critter Crazies, Pam DT

  39. So adorable! thank you for joining us at Penny's - Good luck x

  40. This is so lovely! Thanks for sharing your talents in our Penny's challenges.

  41. Absolutely adorable; so cute!

    Thank you for joining us at Love to Scrap!!
    ~Michele, DT

  42. Fun project. I love those little hats. Thank you for playing along with us at Digi Doodle Studio´s Challenge. Best of luck! Nick

  43. Super cute image. The hat just tops it off. Thanks for joining the challenge at Angie's Digital Stamps Blog.

  44. Beautiful work. Love it.
    Thank you for sharing in our challenge at Classic Design Challenge we really appreciate you joining in.

    Annette DT

  45. Beautiful work. Love it.
    Thank you for sharing with us over at Morgan's ArtWorld. We hope to see you again.
    ~ Annette CT -

  46. Wow, fabulous work! I love especially the hat! :)

    Thank you for joining Ike's Blog Challenge!

  47. Oh my goodness, this is just too adorable! Thanks for sharing at Pearly Sparkles.

  48. Fabulous creation! Thank you for sharing with us over at Morgan's ArtWorld. We hope to see you again.

  49. This is adorable and I love that hat! So glad you could share with us at Morgan’s ArtWorld.
    Arlene, CT

  50. Cutest Penguin..
    Thanks for joining us at Le Anns World 101 challenge
    DT Priyadarshini

  51. Gorgeous penguin. Thanks for joining in our 'Make it Cute' challenge over at Crafty Calendar.
    Bev x

  52. So sweet! Thank you for joining us at the Crafter's Castle Challenge Blog. ~ Tracy DT Member

  53. Super cute. thanks for sharing with us at MLC.

  54. Wonderful creations! Thanks for playing at Crafty Creations Challenge.
    Sorry for the late comment.

  55. So beautiful. thank you for joining us
    Colouring in Scrapland DT

  56. This really is just too adorable! Thanks so much for sharing with us at A Place To Start!
    Chana Malkah, Owner

  57. Congratulations! You were chosen as a Rising Star for the week of January 4th-9th at A Place To Start! Please stop by our blog and grab your badge. We hope you will join us in our February Sketch Challenge!

    The Resident Design Team


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