My dog can be a penguin, too, right?!

Inspired by Winter Wonderland Arctic or Antarctic animals on a Christmas Card challenge, I decided to use animals as a representation of my family. I struggled just a little bit initially.  I have always thought families represented by animals is cute, and not having any children of our own, I don’t usually use animals to represent our family.  I started with my husband and I, but 2 penguins on the card just looked so lonely. So I chose to represent my dog, Brie, too! I mean, she is part of the family, so why not!  Stampin’ Up! caught my eye with  the Making Christmas Bright stamp set with the coordinating Christmas Bulb Builder Punch (all in the Holiday catalog). I love strings of lights, for every season (I just got my first set of fall ones!). The Making Every Day Bright stamp set uses the Christmas Bulb Builder punch to punch out tiny little “bulbs” for all the other holidays (bunny, spider web, easter eggs, flowers, heart in a light bulb, ect) as well as some winter bulbs of pinecones and a winter sweater pattern. I cannot resist the fancy designer paper with foil, especially copper foil. The DSP is from the Joyous Noel Specialty DSP in Merry Merlot with Copper foil, Whisper White, and Sahara Sand colored snowflakes. I used a Copper foil sheet to frame the dsp and the Whisper White oval with Softly Fallen embossing folder giving the illusion of some snowflakes falling on the trio. Merry Merlot and Copper ribbon, with a tiny strip of Merry Merlot Glimmer paper from the Joyous Noel Glimmer Paper stack was a perfect accent to the sentiment (from Merry Christmas to All stamp set).  I often have a hard time with small, little die cuts like the pengiuns, seeming so small for a usual 4.25 x 5.5 inch card, but I like them here with all the layers!

Penguins from Stampin’ Up! Making Every Day Bright stamp set

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