Guest Design for the Retro Rubber Challenge

Hello friends!  I’m super excited to have been asked to be a guest designer for one of the challenges over at the Retro Rubber Challenge blog!  Yay!  I really enjoy playing along in their challenges when I feel the need to break out some of my older stamps that have either been unused or neglected for a while.  If you have some stamps that are at least one year or older…or older yet as many of mine can be, then this is a great challenge to play along with!  Be sure to pop on over there and see what it’s all about, check out the inspiration from the design team and play along!

Here’s the card that I’ve created for the challenge but be sure to check out the full details along with lots more photos below!


For my card, I went with the bottom row of “animals, window and circles“:


I have pulled out some stamps from my “penguin stash” as I like to call it!  LOL!  I have lots and lots of them and most of them are years and years old.  I’m actually not really sure how old this stamp set that I’ve used on my card today is, but it’s from Darcie’s Stamps and they haven’t been in the store for quite a while now I think.

For my card, I’ve taken a circle die and cut out my colored images.  I had to mask the hat so that it looked like the penguin was wearing it as well as mask that giggling penguin along with the hat so that I could stamp the mug so that it looked like the penguin was in front of the mug.  I also white heat embossed the sentiment and cut it out with a banner die at the top.  The sentiment also came with the stamp set.  I cut out a scallop circle and then cut the center out with the same size circle as the penguins to create the frame around the penguin scene.  I’ve used some older SU! papers from my stash to go along with my theme and then lastly added some red baker’s twine at the top along with some white enamel dots as well as a cute little wrapped up peppermint candy accent.

I have cut the center of the heart on the mug with my craft knife and now we are going to zoom in on the mug….


Here you can see the glittery heart window with the penguin on the other side!  I have made a window by cutting out the heart on the mug and then on the other side, I’ve used some packing tape with the sticky side exposed through the window so that I could add some glitter to it.


And then of course when you open the card, you can see this cute little penguin trying to balance himself on these glittery rolling peppermint candies!  LOL!  This is why the penguin on the front was giggling.  I think they had too much sugar!

I colored in a penguin from the set, fussy cut him out and then layered him over this line of peppermint circles that I found from an older card kit I had in my stash.  It’s from a piece of patterned paper that I cut out.  I added some shimmer over them with a glitter brush pen.  At the top you can see the cut-out heart I made.


This is just a closer view of the penguin on the inside.  There is plenty of room above him to write a message.  Wasn’t sure if I wanted to leave this blank or put a Christmas sentiment on the inside yet.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my card for today!


  1.  Simon Says Stamp Wednesday – Get Ready for Christmas
  2. 4 Crafty Chicks – (4CC423) Something Old is Something New (old stamps and paper)
  3. Crafting with An Attitude – Anything Goes
  4. Happy Little Stampers Christmas – Anything Goes with Optional Twist:  ribbon
  5. Crazy 4 Challenges (C4C455) – Make any card in honor of WCMD
  6. Crafting By Designs – Anything Goes

30 thoughts on “Guest Design for the Retro Rubber Challenge

  1. I love this adorable card with that sweet penguin trapped in the mug!! 100% precious inside and out, Vicki!! Awesome work for the Retro Rubber Challenge Team!! I still have the first stamp I bought back in 1976!


  2. Congrats on your GD spot and what a wonderful card you’ve made for your debut! Love how you created that little window and used the masking to make those adorable images come to life! Such a sweet and fun card 🙂


  3. Vicki, we are so happy that you are joining us as our Guest Designer with this fun tic-tac-toe challenge! You did such a fantastic card! I learned something about windows from you today. I never thought to use tape to add glitter! I love penguins as well. Yours are too cute! Thank you so much for being with our team and hope you will be in our gallery again soon.


  4. I love your color combo, Vicki, and the inside is just as cute as the outside! How perfect that you matched up to the peppermint candies in the paper you chose. Fab sparkle, too. 😀 OK, now I am putting on a DT hat to thank you for playing at Craftig with an Attitude.
    NanaConnie DT


  5. WOW!! Vicki, I’m so happy you are our Guest Designer this time over at RETRO RUBBER, and what a sweet and beautiful card you are sharing with us!!!
    Love these adorable little penguins, your coloring is awesome and your design shows off this sweet image.
    Love the little heart window where you can peek inside to the third little guy waving hello.
    Thank you for being our Guest Designer over at RETRO RUBBER, hope you play again with us soon.


  6. Congrats on your GD. This card and its fun factor are wonderful! Love the glitter idea in that heart.


  7. Awww, this is so cute, Vicki…I love the little penguin ‘behind the heart’….it is such a great addition!
    xxx Margreet


  8. So adorable Vicki..I love the little window and the cute penguin on the inside is my favourite..fabulous colouring and sparkle and I love your card design..

    Luv CHRISSYxx


  9. Vicki, I’m so happy that you agreed to guest design for us. This penguin card is a real cutie with such a lot going on. The window in the mug is genius! The whole card is a smile in an envelope! Thank you for making such a great card using my tic-tac-toe and for joining us at Retro Rubber as guest designer.


  10. Just gorgeous and so full of fun Vicki. Love the idea of the window showing a ‘snowy’ snowman. Always a nice feeling when you get old stamps out to play again.


  11. Such a cute card. Love the masking and attention to detail. What a creative and fun idea to cut out the heart and add the surprise penguin behind. Unique and very special card and great to use the old stamps. Many congratulations on guesting x.


  12. Hi Vicki, a fun Christmas card for your stash. Love the penguin peeking through the window. Thank you for joining us at Crafting by Designs… good luck in the prize draw. Megan DT


  13. Oh such a fun happy retro card. Penguins never go out of style no matter how old. As always the coloring is magical.


  14. Such a gorgeous fun card – and I love your little story about the penguins and too much sugar!


  15. There’s nothing like penguins on a Christmas card. And what adorable penguin images you’ve used, Vicki! I love the colours you’ve used, so bright and cheery. Masking that giggling penguin to put him in front of the cup was genius. Thanks so much for joining us for the HLS October Christmas Challenge.


  16. hiyyaaa cute Image and love the scene again
    sweet little penguin card Vicki
    now it is 23:31
    I need to go to bed
    happy to visiting some of your cards-post


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