Sunday, May 1, 2011

Guest Designer at A La Card Monkey

Hi there! I am really excited to share that I was asked to be a Guest Designer this week over at A La Card Monkey. I was picked as a "Challenge Princess" two weeks ago and that is one of the fabulous perks that come with the "title". How fun is that? This week the theme is all about the furry friends! Simply use an animal, ANY animal, with the sketch below and play along. 
My card started out as a kitty card. As I was searching through my patterned papers, I just couldn't find anything that was really "working" for the feline theme. I found this retired Tall Tales DSP and loved the color combo. 

What goes better with trees then MONKEYS? Haha! I thought it was fitting for the challenge, too. I embossed these little fellas then colored in their faces, bellies and cheeks. The tree branches were made from the 2-Step Bird punch. After I cut and glued the Old Olive "leaves" I thought I would add a little dimension to them by adding some flocking. (I have a ton of this "Flower S---" stuff and never seem to use it!)  I made a huge mess PLUS the cat got into it...yup, took a little break from making the card to get the carpet cleaner out. Gah!! I really like the effect, though. 
I actually made this card for a special, little gal who is having a birthday this month. She really loves animals, so I hope this one is a hit. I used some retired rub-on's for the sentiments. I really liked that I could cut them up to place them exactly how I wanted them. I completely messed up the inside sentiment, though. It was SUPPOSED to say "Let's Celebrate!" but the "Celebrate!" got stuck to my finger in the process of adhering "Let's". No problem, I just found another rub on and made it work. :) 
There you have it! I hope you will ink up your CRITTER stamps this week and play along at A La Card Monkey. Thanks so much for stopping by today! Until next time...

Stampin' Up! Supply List: 
Stamps: Fox and Friends 
Ink: Chocolate Chip Craft ink and Crumb Cake Classic ink (for sponging around the edges)
Paper: Tall Tales DSP (ret.), Chocolate Chip, Rose Red, Old Olive and Whisper White card stock
Accessories: Clear Embossing powder, Chocolate Chip 5/8" Grosgrain ribbon (ret.), Square Lattice Embossing folder, 1" Circle punch, 1 1/4" Circle punch, Scallop Trim Border punch, Linen Thread, 2-Step XL Bird punch, Circle Scissors Plus, Glass Mat, Sponges, Hobby Blade, Cutting Mat, Multi-Purpose Liquid Glue, Stampin' Dimensionals, Basic Rhinestones, Chat Room rub-ons (ret.) and Chit Chat rub-ons (ret.) 
Non SU! Accessories: alcohol based markers, glitter glue and green flocking


  1. Cute, cute, cute!!! Love the little monkeys and the leaves are fantastic. No fun cleaning that stuff out of carpet I bet!
    Oh, and CONGRATS!!!! Fantastic news about your guest designer spot. I'll have to check out that site!

  2. Congrats on your guest designer spot! This card is simply adorable, love the detailing! Cheers,
    Shanna :)

  3. Oh boy, can it get any cuter than is.. So proud of you dear Anne.. you're taking over the blog world.. one by one!
    They are sure blessed with your huge talent. Enjoy every minute of all the smiles coming your way!

    Inky hugs, Pauline

  4. OMG, this is a work of art/labor/love!!!!!! So many details, inside and out! Love it! I mean, this is so good, I'm about to faint! Plus, it's just about the cutest monkey there is! The little girl who's going to get this card will be so happy!

  5. This card scream FUN!!! and More FUN!! lovely and Cute. Congrats!! TFS Anne. :)

  6. How cute is this! Love the flocking!

  7. Congrats!!! How fun to be a guest designer. Your card is adorable and I am sure your friend will love it. Love the embossing on the monkeys, it really makes them pop. I have never worked with flocking, but I know how Flower soft is when it gets all over. Sill kitty.

  8. Super cute little monkeys and great job bringing them to life in your card.

  9. What a fun card. Love that monkey and all the little critters in the stamp set. Great use of the colors also. It certainly makes for a cheerful birthday card.

  10. Congrats on the GD gig! This is so cute, and I am glad to know I am not the only rub-on-challenged person out there! Good save!

  11. This card is dear to my heart! I'm a monkey lover/collector. I still put a monkey on bed after I make it up. It doesn't look too childish since my decor is wild animals and animal prints. :)

  12. Congrats on your GDT spot!

    Your card is adorable! I love the papers and images you used. They are the perfect combo.

  13. OH my gosh, I just pulled out that stamp set last week and I loved the monkey but didn't know what the heck to do with him!
    Thanks for the ideas!

  14. Love, love, love the card...and congrats on being the guest designer at A La Card Monkey!! How fun to add the green flocking for the leaves...bummer it was such a mess though. Hope you felt like it was worth it! ;)

  15. Love it! What a cute little monkey, and I do like how you tie in the inside of the cards, so professionals! Great use of the fuzzy stuff on the tree leaves too :-)

  16. Girl... I love love this card. I just love how you have two monkeys playing together. I love all the cool stuff you did in this card like, the leaves, embossing folders, and heat embossing. It is just a happy card that makes me smile! Thanks for being a GD for us!



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Anne Marie