Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Stay Cool

Has it been hot where you are? It's been really hot in Columbus, so much so that I saw someone tonight on TV wishing for snow. I'm not going that far but I am trying to stay cool. That's why on Saturday, I dragged my two boys to the Newport Aquarium in Newport, Kentucky. If you haven't been there, it is absolutely worth your while to go (and this is coming from someone who lives less than a mile from Jack Hannah's World Famous Columbus Zoo - we have nothing like it). The Newport is fabulous. They have everything from standard aquarium-type fish to sea otters to a very cool octopus exhibit. My son's favorite animal is the penguin so I thought what a perfect way to stay cool...we'll go visit the penguins. The Newport has an absolutely marvelous penguin exhibit that houses 5 different types of penguins including the newly added Macaroni penguin. Alas, 6000 (5873 to be exact) of our closest friends had the same idea. We spent a few minutes with the penguins and then left.

When I came home, all I wanted to do was color. While looking for inspiration I came across the current Lawnscaping Challenge & knew it was the perfect way to depict our day at the Aquarium. The current challenge is called stamp a scene. Just click on the link if you want to play along but hurry, I think it ends tomorrow.

As for my scene, you guessed it, it's the penguin exhibit at the Newport. Five different types of penguins rollicking in the cool water, having fun. The center penguin on the inner tube had orange raffia head feathers inspired by the Macaroni penguin. My husband convinced me I should take them off.

Many Lawn Fawn stamp sets were used to create this scene:
Critters in the Snow (the penguins)
Cruising Through Life (the pinwheels & the pinwheel poles, stamped end-to-end to hold the banner)
Bannerific (the banner)
Swimsuit Season (the splash & the inner tube - sorry I cut off the horse's head:-))
Critters in the Sea (the wave)
Jessie's ABCs (the sentiment)

Add a little fussy-cutting, some Copic coloring & a bit of Rock Candy Distress Stickles and you have the perfect scene.

Stay Cool & Good Night!


  1. What a 'cool' card! Love your penguin scene, it's uber cute!

  2. I love your penguin scene. I just love it!!! ANd I love how you combined so many sets into one card so effortlessly! It is just fabulous! And the penguin diving into the water? BRILLIANT! I am so glad you shared your talent with us Lawnscaping gals....

  3. sounds like the perfect way to beat the heat!!! We've finally caught a bit of a break from the heat but it looks like its coming back our way this weekend. Thats ok! I'll take the heat over snow any day!

    ADORABLE card! Love the way you flipped the one penguin to have him diving into the water! Fabulous job coloring!!!

  4. This is adorable! So sweet and fun at the same. Love all your cool colors and layers.

  5. THUD. I'm totally speechless over these cards and I think you used the entire Lawn Fawn collection to make it and a ton of patience. Both cards are stunning!

  6. This is too cute! Love the little scene you created. Have a great weekend!

  7. Your penguin scene is too cute. Have a great weekend and try to stay cool.

  8. Such an adorable and fun scene! Congrats on your Top-Mow-It-All :)