Sunday, 24 February 2013

Busy times in the Life of the Monkey Maker.

Hello all - Well lots of news here at the Hut. We have sold this Hut and are just waiting for our date to move to our new bigger Hut with a lovely big garden. So I have not been taking new orders but getting on top of the orders I have ready to pack the craft room up into boxes. Here are a few of the latest cards I have made and will soon have some pictures of the latest monkeys to be re-homed.
On top of all the moving mayhem I also had an interview for a promotion at work ... hope to find out tomorrow so keep your monkey mitts crossed for me.
In the meantime have a gander at these cards - all made for special orders.
Let me know what you think. (:(|)x
This is a SOG ( image coloured with promarkers. I used doodlebug numbers and letters and mounted the patterned paper onto purple which I finished with my paper punch. I added a Craftwork Cards greeting which I coloured to co-ordinate with the bright paper. I added the spellbinders cut hearts, a few gems, a ribbon and button to finish the card off.

I loved colouring this picture - which was actually a freebie off the internet. I was asked to do a horsey card for a man... two subjects I'm not that great at doing! I uses MME papers and spellbinders nesties to cut the shape. I added the doodlebug letters and some gems with a Jenni Bowlin tag attached with some twine. I am really pleased with how this turned out.

This was a special order for a 50th Birthday. I used a Pink Petticoat image ( and added loads of flowers and gems, along with Doodlebug letters for the name. I used a Craftwork Cards greeting and some co-ordinating ribbon.

This card was for a girlie girl.... think it works! Love this image from Tiddly Inks. ( I coloured it with Promarkers and added the obligatory gems and ribbon! The Spellbinders nestie hearts, letters and the age were added to make the card unique for Holly.

This is a lovely big card for our lovely neighbours son who gets married in the Summer (Told you I was getting on top of orders!!) They are getting married on the beach so I used the sea and colours of the beach for inspiration. I even added some lovely die cut shells from Marianne Design and loads of pearls. The resin flowers and bird complete the card.  

Well that's all for now - I do still make Monkeys!! Pictures of them soon. (:(|)x

Saturday, 2 February 2013

A new Hut home for the Monkeys! (:(|)x


Well been a massive few weeks here at the hut.... NEWS FLASH... the hut is getting a new home!
We have had an offer accepted on the house we want to buy and so put our house up for sale only to sell it before the For Sale board even went up... So I'm sharing the brochure with you as no-one got to see all the hard work we put into making the house look good!

Now the hard work starts in packing up and starting all over again in a new home which needs lots of love and attention. There might not be much productivity for the Hut for a little while as a result but have got a few orders to do so will make sure I share the pictures with you.

Check back with you soon, (:(|)x

Sunday, 20 January 2013

SOG Birthday challenges.

Hello, Found some time this week to create these new cards. I have entered the first three into the 3rd Birthday celebration challenge.

This one was entered into the FAIRY challenge. I've used MME papers with loads of flowers and die cut thin leaves. There is a couple of resin flowers and a a button in there also. I then added the obligatory gem swirls and a resin owl! To break up the white I used my promarker to make some dots as a background. I'm really pleased with how she turned out.

This was for the Shopping list challenge. I picked three things from the list which was Ribbon, Bling and 2 x patterned papers. I used some lovely new Crate paper papers with more gem bling, a button and twine. 

This card I found the hardest - the challenge was grey with a pop of colour. So I decided to use Blue but I just wanted to add more and more of it! I enjoyed colouring in monochrome and think it looks quite effective. The paper is Authentique and I used warm greys from promarkers to colour Tropical Mae. The greeting says, "wishing you a beautiful day." and is from October Afternoon. 

 This card I made as I was on a roll with the layout. I can't remember what paper this is - had it for a while but its lovely - ooo remembered its actually K&co. I added some pale blue seem biding ribbon, a paper doily, gems and some paper flowers. I left the tag blank so I can add a custom greeting.

Don't forget if you see a card you love - they are all available to purchase or can be custom made for whatever special occasion you want... I love a challenge! Speak soon, (:(|)x

Sunday, 13 January 2013

Quick Hello (:(|)x

Hello - Just a quick post... still keeping that resolution to show you a card I made today. As is so often the case I used 2 SOG images that I joined together in Photoshop. Some Odd girl have created a great new forum full of advice, chat and inspiration. Its also the 3rd birthday this week and will be loads of comps and giveaways.... Should definately pay a visit!

The card image was coloured with promarkers and I used Doodlebug cloud paper and MME green dot paper. The lettering is Doodlebug and tags made with Washi tape. I added the obligatory ribbon from and loads of gems for bubble effect.
Hope you like the card. (:(|)x

Friday, 4 January 2013

Experimenting at the hut

I have seen somewhere recently on my blog / web trawls the idea of Promarkers being used to colour fabric as they are a permanent ink. So I thought I would but a canvas bag and try it.

I have used a Some Odd Girl image and coloured her in as I would on paper once the outline was transferred onto the Fabric. The only thing I would do different is to cut around the image, as close to the line as possible, before transferring it next time as you can see the transfer paper around the image.

So what do you think? It could be done with all sorts of images on all kinds of things... Can't wait to try it again but this one is my guinea pig and will be being put through the washing machine to see how it holds on to the colour. Will keep you posted!

And see ... I'm sticking to my New Years Resolution - using my blog to better effect! (:(|)x

Thursday, 3 January 2013

Happy New Year Monkey Mates (:(|)x

It's 2013! I suspect it won't be much different to 2012 but only time will tell what this new year has in store for me and the Monkeys. I've really enjoyed doing my cards lately and have started to enter them into challenges so thought I would show you what I have been upto.

So here is the Some Odd Girl challenge - This is the sketch that the card has to be based on and it must use an image from (If you haven't visited yet.... go now! The images are brilliant! Tell the Girls I sent you...)

And here are the cards I made based on this sketch - need to decide which one to enter now...

This is a Some Odd Girl image, coloured with Promarkers and my new flex markers that I got for Christmas. It is embellished with lace, diamante swirls and resin flowers (Which are my favourite things at the mo!) These lovelies are from ... The papers are from Echo Park and I also used a Spellbinders die cut to make the frame. 

This is another SOG image which I cut the dress slightly to make her look like she was holding the wooden birdcage which I've covered in Stickles. The Background paper is Carta Bella, embellished with more pink resin flowers and gems.

This final card is also a SOG image and I made it for a friends birthday. I added some twine to look like the guitar wire. The background I cut for several different papers from My Minds Eye and then sewed them together. Shocker - no resin flowers or gems!! Just mirri card stars (Got to get a bit of bling in somewhere!! Hard to do whilst trying to keep a card Manly...

So which do you think I should enter into the challenge....