Friday, May 18, 2012

i love you, monkey!

Hi!  I think I'm crazy.  I just came home after shopping and collecting what I'll need to complete some teachers' gifts and goodies for my kids' classmates.  On my to do list are 46 pinwheels attached to pencils, 5 altered photo frames and a few notepad covers.  Hmmm, think I'll make it in time?  The last day of school is next Thursday.

Anyway, it's been such a long time since I played with my Paper Smooches stamps!  They have a new challenge format now with a different type of challenge every week.  The current challenge is Designer Drafts.

I love that these sketches are always so open ended. 

My interpretation of the sketch.  I masked some clouds in the back but may be difficult to see in these photos.  Then I stamped 2 trees to represent branches and the individual leaves from Gently Seasoned.   I added some twine between the trees for the little monkey (from Smoocheroos) to hold.  I also used some leaves to cover where I taped my twine.  The sentiment is from Word Salad.

A close up of the little monkey.  I gave him a little tummy and a tulip (from Perky Plants).  He is so great that he can hold a tulip and the twine at the same time in his tiny hand!  And he knows sign language too! 

Oh and he can also move along the twine!  He is so talented!  And some leaves are falling cause he's shaking the branches and working so hard to get to the other side.

And there he is at the other branch!  Yay!  I love interactive cards especially for kids.  I bought Smoocheroos because my son loves monkeys and I made this (a bit early) for his birthday. 

Here's the monkey's secret.  I added a small bead onto the twine before attaching the ends.  The bead hole is just large enough for the twine.  And it is also flat so I could easily glue the monkey's hand onto it.  We have a million beads so it was easy to find one that I thought would work nicely.

Hope you enjoyed the monkey act!  Have a great weekend and thanks for reading!



Cheryl B said...

So cute!!! Love that he can swing/slide! Good luck with all those end of year presents!

Creations by Shirl said...

Wow, you better take this weekend and craft 24hrs...(hehe).. That's some projects, but I'm sure you can get them done in no time....
love that monkey card... too cute!

Shannon J said...

Awww, your card is adorable! I've been having such a hard time with this sketch and you nailed it! Love it :)

Leanne said...

o love the interactive card! This is super cute Eva! Terrific idea!
I agree with Shirl, you might need to craft all weekend long! Hopefully you have a quick and easy pattern. Once you have all the pieces done you should be able to knock them all out. Good luck, I'm sure you will get it done! A really thoughtful gesture that I'm positive the recipients will love.
Can you email me when you get a chance? quikhonu34(at)yahoo(dot)com

Lorraine said...

Such a fun take on the sketch, Eva! Love your movin' monkey! and I have NO idea how you do all the crafts for the school kiddos and teachers!

Rachel Parys said...

Really!? Could you get any craftier?! I will seriously have to try something like that! You are a genius! I like the signing monkey. ;)

Alyce said...

Omg! You go girl! Can't believe all of that you are taking on...and I am sure they will all be amazing no matter if you are pressed for time! What an awesome idea to have the monkey move!I am so impressed right now :D

Emm said...

What a great idea to make an interactive card and to use the bead! That monkey is so cute with the flower in his hand! Thanks for playing along with us this week at the Paper Smooches Sparks blog!

Dotchie said...

Super cute use of the monkey. Love that he is holding that tulip--just darling, and that he is wreaking havoc with the leaves.

Lyndal said...

Gorgeous interactive card Eva - LOVE it :)

RiNNE said...

Very clever! Awesome tree!

Arabella said...

This is adorable Eva and I love that you made him move! Fabulous card!


Elaine said...

Hi Eva,
Well , I’m back and I have the rest of today free so as to catch up on everyone’s creations since I have been away refurbishing my old house.
I adore reading the blog’s and looking at all the lovely cards and projects, almost as much as making the cards myself.
Thank you for your lovely comments on my blog , its so nice to keep in touch.
I love this little monkey card how fabulous , great work Eva , Your altered photo frames are fabulous ! What fantastic notepad easle cards well done.
I adore the card "have a fairy sweet day " how gorgeous is this one ! , fantastic colors and I like it all placed on the tan card .
Great work well done ,
Hugs Elaine