Thursday, April 29, 2010

Swingin' Monkey and Great News!

First I have a fun card, and then some great news! Ever since I learned the trick of ribbon gathering (from Shelli at Convention a few years ago) I've used it here and there on cards. (See another example of ribbon gathering and a tutorial HERE.) A while back it occurred to me that you don't just have pull the ribbon from the center. It was from that realization that this card originated.

Combine the ribbon gathering with this cute monkey from the stamp set Fox & Friends in the Occasions Mini Catalog, and what could be more fun! It took a little while to gather enough ribbon for all the vines, but I think the effort was worth it in the end. :-)

The monkeys and sentiment were stamped with Chocolate Chip Craft Ink and embossed with Clear Embossing Powder. The leaves were punched out using the Extra Large Two-Step Bird Punch. And then lots of dimensionals and pop-up glue dots keep everything together!

Stamps: Fox & Friends, All Holidays
Ink: Chocolate Chip Craft Ink
Paper: Kraft (Crumb Cake), Always Artichoke, Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla
Accessories: Always Artichoke grosgrain ribbon, Heat Tool, Embossing Buddy, Clear EP, Extra Large Two-Step Bird Punch, pop-up glue dots, dimensionals

And now for the good new! About a week ago, I received an email from Kyrstal (known in the online world as skdeleeuw) asking if I would like to be on a Design Team for a new website called Stampin' Celebration that she and Candace Lawlor were starting. Of course I told her I was honored to be asked! I am so excited for this opportunity to stretch my creativity and to rub shoulders with some very talented stampers.

To see the other members of the Design Team, go visit Stampin' Celebration. And make sure to check back next Thursday, May 6, for the first Inspiration Challenge. You won't want to miss it!


Lorri said...

WOOTWOOT!! Congrats Allison! You are so deserving of this! Look forward to seeing more of your creations! Are you going to Convention?

Krystal (skdeleeuw) said...

This is adorable!!! I've never tried this technique before. How fun. I'm so excited to have you on our team!!

Candace Lawlor said...

This card is just amazing... love it! And so does my son!

Christine Bell said...

Congratulations on being a member of the design team! How exciting. You are so talented and creative. You will do well.

Rochelle said...

This card is so cute! Love the hanging monkey's! And I look forward to being on the DT with you!

Kym said...

SO adorable!! I love the ribbon vines.

Amanda Mertz said...

I think I commented on this on over on SCS when you first posted it but I just wanted to tell you I love it again!