A couple of years ago, Memory Box asked people to submit ideas for their penguin stamps. I immediately fired off an email asking for a WWII-era aviator penguin.
You see, my grandfather David Lee Willis actually was a WWII aviator who flew in B-24s in the China-Burma-India theater, as well as other aircraft during the Berlin Airlift. Doesn't he look like Clark Gable?
(If you'd like to read more about Papa, check out this post on my other blog, Questioning my Intelligence.)
I thought the Memory Box penguins needed an aviator because penguins are flightless birds, just like people (well, we're not birds, but you get the idea), and how they must long to fly! The good folks at Memory Box agreed with me and MADE MY IDEA INTO A STAMP! How totally cool is that?!?!
Aviator penguin is so gosh darn cute! I colored him with Prisma colored pencils and used white liquid applique on his flight jacket collar, cuffs, and hem. I also curved the sentiment on the acrylic block to fit inside the circle. Here's a little more detail:
If you'd like to check out the Memory Box penguins, StampinTreasures sells them here. Not that I'm encouraging you to buy any of them. I'm just sayin'....
stamps: Memory Box (penguin), PTI Up, Up and Away sentiments, A Muse oval
ink: Palette noir, VersaColor cement
paper: SU blush blossom, PTI white
accessories: Marvy circle and scallop punches, dimensionals, Prism pencils, liquid applique, heat gun