Cricut Maker Machine

Monday, July 18, 2011

Welcome Penguin Cottage Box

Happy Monday and Welcome to Penguin Cottage!  Today I am sharing my Welcome project for my new neighbor, which just also happens to be this week’s Bitten by the Bug 2 project… Two birds (penguins!!); one stone!  This week’s challenge cut was the Penguin from Jolly Holidays, but I do not have that cartridge so I used the penguin from Joys of the Season. 

I used three cartridges to create the completed box - Joys of the Season for the Penguin, Sweet Tooth Boxes for the box, and Cindy Loo for the word "Welcome".  I cut the house box so that it filled the 12 x 12 mat.  The house was much easier to assemble than many of the previous Cricut building that I have assembled.  Also, the house actually has many details that I omitted (flowers and flower boxes).   And like always, assembly instructions are available in the back of your manual!

I made it so that my penguin is actually a card which opens while still attached to the side of the house – a built in To:/From: card.   I welded two of the penguin shadow cut together to serve as the base card.  I used a light blue damask cardstock to cut the base layer of the penguin and I used a Swiss dot textured cardstock to cut the “coat”.  I covered the black cardstock with black Stickles.

I cut the word “Welcome” from Cindy Loo.  The word was cut to fit across the roof top.  The roof was cut in the same textured Swiss Dot cardstock as the penguin coat and was hand doodled in silver gel pen (my favorite white gel pen died just when I really needed it)!

I finished my Sweet Tooth box by attaching the penguin to the side and tying a fun green polka dot ribbon around the box. All I have left to do is fill the box with brownies and deliver it to my new neighbors!!
I will be at the lake this week with my scrappy girlfriends which means I will be “borrowing” Internet signal from the neighbors at the lake house. I will have several new projects to share, including an unusual bridal shower card. Hopefully everything will post.


  1. Love that you also made the penquin a card. Very clever.

  2. Love the fancy penguin, Susan! What lucky new neighbors you have! Love the fun house box! Enjoy your week at the lake!

  3. this is so cute. realy love it :)

  4. How fun, Susan! Super cute box and the penguin is adorable! Enjoy your scrappy time with friends! I'm so jealous! xxD

  5. I love this! Just so much fun.

  6. Golly, Susan, this is just so creative. You'll be a hit with the new neighbor. I love how you made the penguin cut into a to/from card element. Great job!

  7. Adorable!! What a great idea! Love the penquin.


  8. Oh Susan I LOVE this! I want that cart so bad for that specific little box, lol! Love your little Penguin card that's attached, too cute, don't you love double duty! And I'm so jealous, I only have scrappy internet girlfriends, I wish I had friends that I could get together with and have a scrappy weekend, lol! Have fun!
    ((Hugs)) Theresa

  9. WOW! LOVE it! it's soooo stinkin' CUTE! :o)

  10. What a great idea I love this little box.
    DIANA L.

  11. Awwww, this is so cute, Susan!! I love the little cottage he's standing next to. What a great idea!

  12. Oh Susan this is absolutely fabulous! Your new neighbor will feel really special! Love how you made your penguin into a card and the housebox is gorgeous, I have this cart on order, can't wait to receive it!
    Just saw your photos at the lake looks like you're having a wonderful time!