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Ayez un Noël très cool ! Have a cool Christmas! card featuring QKR Stampede Ice Skating digital stamp

Ayez un Noël très cool ! Have a cool Christmas! card featuring QKR Stampeded Ice Skating digital stamp, by Paperesse.

As I mentioned recently, I'm trying to create funny French Christmas cards and am not finding it all that easy. There's not much inspiration on the internet and although I speak my second language quite well, my level is not up to the nuisance of puns or native speaker humor. What I'm aiming for is a French version of the type of humor displayed on this Underwear for Christmas card.  I've tried to enlist my husband's help, but thinking up funny card sentiments apparently isn't one of  his strong points.

Take the QKR Stampede Ice Skating digi used on this card. When I saw it I thought I might use pingouin (French for penguin) in some funny way, as pingouin in French can be used in a dismissive sense referring to a man who isn't serious, who doesn't know what he's doing. Everything I came up with didn't sound funny, it sounded insulting. I dropped that train of thought and focused on the cool/cold aspect of the ice and penguin. We use cool in French just as you would in English. Something can be referred to as cool meaning nice, but we also use it in the since of relaxed. I thought either of those interpretations would work so that's what I went with. Have a cool Christmas! – nice or relaxed, preferably both – created with Annie BTN font.

Paper is from Folia's Motifblock Christmas paper pad. The circle border die is a recent inexpensive no-brand acquisition that I quite like. I used a small pom-pom to give a 3D aspect to the penguin's cap.

Supply List
Paper – cardstock, Folia Motifblock Christmas paper pad
Digital stamp – QKR Stampede's Ice Skating
Color – Caran d'Ache Luminance 6901 pencils
Dies – Die-Namics square stax, no-brand circular border
Embellishment – white pom-pom
Font – Annie BTN font

I'm linking up with: QKR Stampede #290 – ATG, CHNC #380 – ATG Christmas, Winter Wonderland March – Christmas Animals, The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge #26 – ATG Christmas, ABC Christmas Challenge 04/04 – 'H' is for Hats or 'I' is for Ice, Sweet Stampin' Christmas March – ATG, and The Merry Christmas Challenge #14 – ATG Christmas.


  1. Cool! or 'groovy'! As always, I blew up your card to see how you are doing that cool shading... and my favorite discovery was the blue on his eyelids! I will have to try that little trick - LOL! Also really like the die cut ribbon between your papers. Makes a great card Shani!

  2. A lovely looking card, and it's really charming. Love the image and colour combo. Thanks for joining us over at the Merry Christmas Challenge.
    Love n hugs

  3. Très jolie ta carte Shani! Il est adorable ce pingouin que se la coule douce, avec un pompon sur son bonnet! En plus, il sont beaux tes papiers!
    Gros bisous

  4. Cute Christmas card! Thanks for joining us at The Merry Christmas Challenge.
    Pause Dream Enjoy

  5. Such a cute card. Thanks for joining us at The Merry Christmas Challenge
    Julie T

  6. Love the added pompom. Really nice card. Thank you for joining us at QKR Stampede.

  7. A lovely cute card - thank you for sharing with us at Winter Wonderland.
    Kath x

  8. Fabulous, Shani! Thanks for playing at QKR Stampede this week and good luck.
    NanaConnie DT

  9. Tres cool, bien sur! Good luck in trying to translate humor - personaties vary so!
    La carte est mignonne!
    Thanks for joining us for the ATG challenge at QKR Stampede this week. Dorothy S, DT member

  10. Cool skater and card! Love the blue theme and pom pom.

  11. Cool card. Thank you for joining in the Something Funny Challenge at CHNC.

  12. Oooh, I really love this one! Wonderful papers and that pompom is delightful. And your colouring is fantastic! Such a fitting sentiment too....even if it didn't feature the word pingouin. (:

  13. Cute card and love the papers you used! Thanks for joining us at ABC Christmas Challenge. Lisa xx

  14. I love this card, especially the image. Thanks for joining us over at the ABC Christmas Challenge.

  15. Adorable card Shani. Love that penguin.
    Thank you so much for joining us at Winter Wonderland. Hope to see you again soon,
    Lou DT xo


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