Tuesday, 16 June 2020

May you never outgrow bubbles

Good morning peeps.
Its Tuesday and I know that because its time for a new challenge at Cardz4Guyz. Must admit that days are blurring and the OH even asked me what day it was on Sunday! If it wasn't for my calendar of DT posts, I would be well and truly lost!
This time our theme is:-


I did struggle at first with ideas for a masculine shaker but eventually I came up with this.

I used a MFT peekaboo die set to cut the apertures and cloud edge before adding the cheeky bubble chicks from Stamping Bella. The pic at Inkspirations also lead me down the yellow chick route!

The shaker elements were made by layering the while cloud panel with an acetate one and two fun foam ones. I did use just one layer of foam at first but it was a little too shallow for the bugle beads to move around. I used these beads as they reminded me of tiny bubbles and they have been in my stash since my daughter started dancing over thirty years ago! They are probably older than that because they were given to me by an aunt who used them for my cousins ballroom dresses! Also, they are a little less feminine than sequins. The background cloud DP is a scrap of NitWits from the bits box.

There are lots more masculine card ideas from the rest of the DT here, so why not join in?

The idea of using these cheeky chaps also came from Darnell's Twofer challenge where bubbles/ circles are the theme. So whilst the chicks were on my desk, I decided to turn them into penguins and make a Christmas card. I've made them into robins on baubles before here and here, but thought footy playing penguins would be fun too, so bubbles became soccer balls this time.

I'm not sure what the style of card is called but it allows the card to stand quite solidly without it being too complicated to construct. The idea of chicks being penguins was introduced by the fab Faye on one of her Copic colouring classes and I've not really explored this avenue before! The background was made by inking the folded base with a cloud stencil and Salty Ocean DI. The snow drifts were cut with a die and then covered with a glaze of clear Wink of Stella and then added. Sadly the shine doesn't show up in the pic! 
After colouring with Copics, the penguins and 'bubbles' were fussy cut and added to the card. The background looked a little too un Christmasy, so I added some tiny punched snowflakes and some freehand movement lines below a couple of the balls with a fine liner. The stamped sentiment is from Uniko.

Here are both of the cards together.

That's all from me for the moment, see you all later!

I'm joining in over at :-

Let's hear it for the boys


  1. These are great fun Julie, fab designs xx

  2. Squee! These are so fun, Jules! You make me want to get my chicks out again! (Again, hmmm, now that I think of it, are they still on Mt. NBUS? I'm so bad!) I love how you made your manly shaker card with the gorgeous sky and clouds and great sediment and I loved reading the history of the beads!

    But, oh my, you really went next level when you turned those adorable little chicks into adorable little penguins and set them loose playing footie ball with so many colorful patterned balls! And you made it a shaped card, to boot! Even if Faye gave you the idea about the penguins, you are truly an artist with a great eye for design! Keep well and thank you so much for playing in Twofer Card Challenge #28! Hugs, Darnell

  3. Lovely cards, mum. I used some wool in school this week that was from nan's stash!

  4. Wow! This card is amazing! So much detail and I love how you adapt those chicks into different card themes. Your shaker on this is beautiful with the sky element. Really lovely! Thanks for joining us at Inkspirational!
    - Shauna

  5. Oh gosh, these are both so cute, Julie! There's such a wonderful light airiness about those bubble blowing, bubble riding little chicks in your first scene ... so fun as a shaker! Those football playing penguins are brilliant ... such a great idea ... beautifully executed ... and wonderfully detailed! Thanks so much for playing along with us at Twofer! Anita :)

  6. Wow! What clever and fun cards, Julie! I love your chicks floating among the clouds on their bubbles - such a great design with the shakers! Your penguins are so clever and so are their colorful balls and the cool movement your created with a pen! Thanks for joining in the fun with us at the Twofer Card Challenge!


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