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Happy Friday - and Happy New Year!

I have a card for you tonight featuring a set from the Greetery called Pinwheel Party.  This is one of my go to sets for birthday cards these days.  I love how versatile it is.  I used the stencils to create the pinwheels and then the matching die-cuts to cut them out. 

Here's the sketch from Freshly Made that inspired the card:

When I saw the three circles I immediately thought of Pinwheel Party.  As I have been making cards to send to seniors and Send a Smile for Kids - I decided to use the Sending Sunshine sentiment and make it a more general card.  As I was sending sunshine, I thought warm oranges and yellows would be the perfect colors.

Pinwheel party fms (1 of 1)

I used the Postal Frames die, also from The Greetery, to die-cut the main panel and I popped it up on a spare piece of rectangular card stock, just to give it a little lift.  Of course, I had to add a couple of enamel dots to finish it off.

On a personal note:

Well.... it's been a very long time - actually almost 2 months, since I sat and carded for several hours at a stretch.... actually since I carded at all.  I don't know about any of you, but this past (nearly) two years, has started to take a toll on my mental health.  I hadn't realized how much all of what is going on in the world had affected me until just recently.  Getting back in to my craft room reinforced how much of a mental break it is for me.  Making cards forces me to switch off my brain and just focus - a great form of meditation :-)

Whilst I was crafting, I caught up on my challenge commitment cards for the next couple of months, made some cards for the kids and seniors and.. even managed to play along making cards for two separate challenges.  One I am sharing with you today - and one I will share with you tomorrow.

Hopefully, this little boost - will get me back into the mood and crafting more often.  Then I will have more cards to share with you.

Now.. I did promise someone some blog candy for guessing where the photograph in this post had been taken.  I apologize for being so late in calling the winner... but here we are - I popped the names of everyone who guessed into a random generator - and the winner is


Marge, I hope you get to read this!  Please can you send me an email with your snail mail address and I will get your goodies off to you.

Before I go for tonight, I thought I would share a photograph of one of the other creatures we met up with in Antarctica.  The Gentoo penguins may be very comical and clumsy on land, but they swim with amazing efficiency.  We learned that this porpoising technique is 35% faster for them than a normal swim would be.  The really are gorgeous creatures.

Gentoo swimming

I'll be back tomorrow with another card and some more photographs.  In the meantime, Lou and I wish you and your families a very healthy, safe and happy 2022.  As always, warm hugs and prayers for those of you who need a little lift tonight.



Card recipe:

  • Stencils and dies:  The Greetery Pinwheel Party; Postal Frames
  • Card stock:  Neenah Solar White 110#
  • Inks:  The Stamp Market




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Marina . . . from far Africa!!!

Happy, happy, happy, happ . . . hap . . . ha . . . New Year!!!!!

Karren Johnson

Using this pinwheel bundle is such a clever idea for the sketch! Gorgeous card - so bright and cheerful. I hope you get back to enjoying card-making soon.


Karren, thanks! Thanks for a great sketch


Thanks, Marina - and to you, too!

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