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Meljen’s Designs–Recipe Challenge

These week we are challenging you to join in our RECIPE CHALLENGE. The recipe is ONE bow, THREE brads and a CIRCLE.

Melissa finally took a much deserved vacation so we don’t have any new images for you. Each of the DT is using a past Meljen’s image to create projects following the challenge.

Since it has been SO HOT, I decided to use this sweet little penguin image to try to cool things down. I was traveling for my job the last few days and the air conditioning at the hotel I was at could not keep up with the high temperatures. Ugh! (Although on a good note, when I went out to dinner with my boss, I was carded! Yippee! This is pretty exciting when you are over 40. Seriously, I do not look any where near 21 but it still felt pretty good!) So any how, back to the business at hand… Here is my card using Penguin’s Cocoa.

The paper is from a sample pack that I received at CHA last year. Since I couldn’t remember why I was saving it, I decided to use it. Clean out that stash! I also used sketch SSSC125 from Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge for inspiration.

I hope you will join our RECIPE CHALLENGE. You find more inspiration pieces from the DT at the Meljen’s Designs blog. You can purchase Meljen’s Designs digital and rubber stamps at Whimsy Stamps.

While you are here, don’t forget to check out my blog candy!

Thank you for stopping by! If you are in the areas with the record heat, take care of yourself and stay cool!


  • Stamps: Penguin’s Cocoa by Meljen’s Designs on Whimsy Stamps
  • Inks: None
  • Papers: Georgia Pacific CS, PaperStudio red CS, Neenah Crest CS, Upsy Daisy Avalanche DP
  • Tools: Sewing machine, Big Shot, Spellbinders Nestabilities, EK Success snowflake punch, Copic markers
  • Embellishments: PaperTrey button twine, Crystal Stickles, misc button and brads



Linda said…
Praying that penguin is drinking an iced caramel machiotto! So cute. I went with Christmas this week too. Must be the heat!
1CardCreator said…
Love that penguin Cheryl, the papers look awesome together. Congrats on getting carded!
Beautifully done...the penguin is super cute!
Jackie said…
Love your card Cheryl! The layout & image are FAB...awesome work as always my friend & TFS!!!
mforquer said…
Cheryl - this is beautiful! I LOVE your stitching and your colors are amazing! The dark colors with the red are so yummy! OH my and all that lovely stitching!
Kathy and Lucky said…
Got to love being carded when you are over 40 :) Your card is adorable! Love the image and hopefully it helps to cool everyone down. The stitching is amazing.
Beautiful card. Love the penguin... so cute!
Heather said…
WOOOHOOO for being carded ;) hehehe

I love your sweet little card. I agree, it has been SO hot, he just HAD to be!!! :) Love the dark chocolatey cocoa!!! mmmm

Thanks for getting wild with us this week at Freshly Brewed Challenges.

Heather D.
Anonymous said…
Hi Cheryl, your card is adorable! I love how the blue in his cup pulls the blue out from the background paper. The stitching is beautiful too.

Have a great day!
WencheP said…
Fabulous card. Thank you for joining us at Do You Stack Up.

Great card - love the penguin image.
Thanks for joining us at DYSU this week xx
Dominique said…
What a cute card! Lovely image and sweet coloration! Thank you for playing along with us this week at the crazy challenge! Good Luck, Dominique
Dawn said…
Cute card! Thanks for playing at The Crafty Pad this week for our Christmas in July Challenge!
Good Luck
Dawn xx
Peggysue said…
It is so hot today, I need to think of Christmas! Very cute card Cheryl. Thank you for joining our Wings challenge at DYSU. It’s a pleasure to see your work!
Fleur said…
A lovely Christmas card Cheryl. Thank you so much for entering our challenge at ALLSORTS this week, good luck & hope you’ll join us again!
Hugz Fleur xXx
Tina said…
Such an adorable card. Good luck with all your challenges.
kurlygirl said…
I agree on being carded... that's pretty awesome. :)

Love this little card. Thanks for always coming by my blog and being so encouraging. I really appreciate it and it always makes me smile.
Good for you gettin' carded!! Yahoo!!!! :)

Seems like everyone's doing the 'winter' theme cards in order to get cooler from this HEAT!!!

I'm so glad to see your blog giveway has so many entries. I haven't joined b/c I don't use copics and I don't want to take a spot away from a potential winner!!!

Enjoy the night and stay cool :)
Anniebee said…
What an adorable card! Hi, Cheryl! I just discovered your blog and have been poking around, looking at all of your awesome projects. I am loving seeing all of the Christmas in July stuff everybody is posting as it provides a little false relief from this horrible heat wave we've been having. I'm ready to move to Alaska! I entered your giveaway and posted the pic and link in my right sidebar per your instructions. I love using Copics and the ones you're giving away are colors I don't have. I'd love it if you stop by my blog sometime too. I'll be having a giveaway sometime next month.

Happy crafting!
Adorable, absolutely adorable!! You're right, this does help cool things down!! Love your image and layout! Thanks for joining us at Freshly Brewed Get Wild Challenge.

Gerri Herbst said…
So very adorable. I enjoyed looking at this today because it was over 100 degrees and yr card was so refreshing. LOL.
Tegan said…
this would be such a cute christmas card!!
Charlene said…
Lucky for him, that cute little penguin isn't living near you or he'd be drinking iced coffee instead of hot cocoa lol. Great use of non traditional colors for a Christmas card. Thanks for joining us at Digistamps4Joy Christmas in July challenge ~ Charlene DS4J DT
Anonymous said…
This is simply beautiful, Sheryl :)!
Love the design and the adorable stamp, and paper.
Gorgeous card, sweetie and I love the image you have used…..

KarenB said…
Hi Cheryl, thanks for visiting my blog and joining in my little giveaway. I love your card - the penguin is so cute and you've coloured him so beautifully. The stitching is devine!!
Donna said…
Too cute Cheryl and such a sweet penguin, beautiful design and papers you've used :) Donna x
scotspanda said…
gorgeous card, the image is a real cutie

thanks for being free n easy with us this week at Allsorts


Amanda xx
Karin said…
Hey Cheryl,
Your cards are always crazy adorable and a joy to look at on your fab blog. Love the little penguin! Hope you got all your work stuff went smoothly this week :)
so cute makes me think of cooler days. love the layout too
Littlehamsterz said…
That is just too cute :) I absolutely love penguins!
Joanne Gilch said…
Cute card, cute story! Daisy Doodles thanks you for joining the challenge of Anything Goes!
Marie said…
COOL card... I love it!!!

Thank for participating in the Alota Challenge!
Riet said…
What a gorgeous card Cheryl,I love the image and your papers.

Hugs Riet.xx
This is lovely,so pretty and perfect for our Christmas Challenge this week at The Crafty Pad. Thank you for sharing and playing along with us and we hope to see you again next Sunday! Good luck in the draw!
Audrey Pettit said…
What an absolutely adorable card, Cheryl! Love, love that little penguin. Your coloring job is amazing. Love the papers and the layered circle and the little snowflake button. Fabulous stitching, too.
Isn't it fun to get carded? I used to think it was so embarrassing......but now on the very rare occasion it happens, I am thrilled. ;)
Super cute penguin Cheryl! Fabulous card as always. great patterns too!
VanessaB said…
such a cuuuuuuuuuute card! love that penguin and your card design :)
Caroljenks said…
Gorgeous card - such a sweet little fella! I LOVE that paper you were saving!

Carol x
Anonymous said…
Wonderful card, just love it
Thanks for Joining us at Paper Creations Ink
Georgina said…
Cute card and image. Lovely layout and details. Love the stitching.

Thank you for joining Little Claire blog challenge.
Martha said…
amazing, thank you again for joining us at Clear It Out
Ren-Yi said…
what a cutie penguin. smart girl on getting those xmas cards goin'! Thanks for playing along with us at DYSU.
Scrappy Scatty said…
what a fab card, sweet image
thank you for joining us this week at DS4J
Love Jan
WOW! What a darling card--love the image and your coloring--and I LOVE LOVE LOVE that snowflake button with string embellie! FUN! THANKS so much for playing along with us and joining in the fun over at the RCC!!!
Starla B. said…
This is too cute!! I love penguins...and your colors are fabulous!

Thanks for playing with us this week at Digistamps 4 Joy!

xx Star
kurlygirl said…
This is so cute Cheryl. I just love this penguin! Your colors and design are gorgeous! Thanks for joining us for the Do You Stack Up Challenge Blog Wings Challenge! Please join us again for the next challenge!

Angi @ CokiePop said…
Super adorable. Thanks for joining us at Really Reasonable Ribbon. :)
Helen said…
Beautiful card and a really cute image.

Thanks for joining us at Little Claire Designs.

Helen x

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