Sunday, September 13, 2009

CCEE Monkey Business

Hello!! It's time once again for a CCEE challenge that I do with a group of 7 stamping friends. This month Frances (StampOwl) is providing the challenges for us. Now, normally, I would say Frances (who I affectionately call *Hoots*) is the one who always has my back. She's always on the ball, very organized, and sticks up for me when the other group members get ornery. And believe me...most in this group are just plain stinkers!! Well, this time, she joined forces with the enemy!! (That would be the ornery ones in the group) Now, we've been doing these challenges every Monday for over 2 years. And we pretty much know each others strength, weaknesses, and dislikes. So, knowing all too well that I don't like working with monkeys, Frances still went ahead and chose the CNFS (Catchy Name Featured Stamper) copsmonkey., this card is so out of my comfort zone on many different levels. 1. It had to have a monkey on it. 2. Have any of you seen an elegant monkey? Vintage even? Nope...neither have I, and whimsical is waaaaaaaaay out of my comfort zone.

Before you start thinking I have anything against Jeanna (copsmonkey), I should clarify that she's married to a cop and he calls her his *monkey*. Thus the name. So, in my opinion, they're tops!!! They both serve people. How could I not step out of my comfort zone to feature Jeanna. I mean, I so respect the sacrifice they both make to help make our towns a better place.

So, I have to appologize for the fact that this isn't my best work. I really did try. Blame Frances!!! LOL

Cheers to you Jeanna and hubby!!! Thanks for all you do!!

Okay, now that's enough whining for one day, doncha think? For this card I used Stampendous's Changito Cheer image. He's actually coated with some Coffee Brown, and Brown Sugar Sparkly Fluff. I used a Quickie Glue Pen to adhere the fluff so the coloring will show through. I also added some sparkle to the pompom with the Quickie Glue Pen and some Ultrafine Transparent Glitter. I created my own sentiment by using the Harmony Rectangular Stamper set with the 50 pt Upper and Lowercase Trompe Script, and 15pt Times Roman (JustRite)

For the cardstock bases and matting, I used Rose Dark, and Intense and Iced Kiwi. The decorative paper is Colorful Christmas (My Mind's Eye).

Finally, I added a few embellishments: Sizzix diecut tags, Making Memories Ribbon and Button, Heidi Swapp brads, Zva Creative Multicolored Mini Rhinestones, a Martha Stewart lacy eyelet border puch, and some ink distressing with Antique Linen and Frayed Burlap (Ranger Distress). I also added some piercing to frame it up a little more, with my Making Memories Piercing Tool.

eta: In my haste to get this card uploaded to my blog, I forgot to include some pertinent info. The sketch is from Week 3's Viva La Verve Sketch. The twist was to make this for a special person. Isn't a CNFS cop's wife special? Oh YEAH!!

Whew...that's finally it. If you want to see what monkey business the other gals are up to, head on over to the CCEE Stampers blog. We'd love to have you play along with us also. Just follow the Frances' directions on the blog.

Thank you so much for stopping by!!
Happy Stamping!!


StampOwl said...

Now me thinks you protest too much LOL you did a fantastic job on this challenge. I am sure there are a lot of vintage (old) monkeys out in the wild hehe. BTW you might wanna check your blog and look what is showing under the you might also like: option ..... none other then a Monkey. Did I make you use that monkey no ... and you survived as you will this time. Here is a link to that card

BTW you know I luv ya!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Cindy Haffner said...

Hee hee love your monkey so cute Tosh. --That Frances I think she pick that name on purpose just to get you!!!!

Betty Wright said...

This is wonderful and super cute, Tosh!!! Love the colors, patterns, and detailing....your image and coloring are terrific. LOVE how you used the labels as tabs. Awesome card!!! Blessings!!!

Dawn said...

cute,cute Toshypoo!

Mothermark said...

Yeah Hoots! Bout time you come to our side! Snort!

This card is awesome! You should work with monkeys more often. I think its the best card you have ever made! You should work with monkeys more often! I think it is the most artistic card you have ever made. I think you should work with monkeys more often. I think it is your best coloring ever! I think you should work with monkeys more often. I think its the best layout you have ever used! I think you should work with monkeys more often..

Tosh, you should work with monkeys more often!

Mothermark said...

Tosh, you should work with monkeys more often!

Basement Stamper said...

This card rocks, I love the paper you paired that image with!

Gabriela said...

What are you complaining about? You nailed the challenge in a wonderful way. I'm head over heels over this monkey card. The DP and gentle burnishing really DO lend a vintage feel of yester year.

Michelle (Lady2cu) said...

Well personally, I think it's adorable...even if you WERE out of your comfort zone. That will teach 'em! :-0

Christi said...

I think you did a wonderful job! I love this!!!

Joanne (jojot) said...

you, vintage stamper, you

your monkey card is sweet and warm
even if you think monkeys have no charm.

no matter what you stamp or ink
cutesie, vintage, cream or pink

it is a winnah fer sure
cuz your work is such a pleasure

for us to see each day
So stop your whining and play!!!

luv ya

Charlene Merrick (LilLuvsStampin) said...

Gee! It's kind of a hard act to follow SnoSnot's cool poem.
I think you musta been a monkey in a previous life and suffered some abuse or sumpin'. How can ya not like monkeys? They are so cute and funny....just like you!!! Hee! You did a terrific job with this challenge; I'm so proud of you for being brave.
Hey! How come we didn't have a CCEE two-year anniversary celebration? How cool that we've all been together for two years and can still rib one another.
I love ya, HC!!!

ChristineCreations said...

Oh sheesh! You can SO do whimsical! This is just adorable Tosh. I really love the layout and the cute tabs from the top. One adorable card!

Silke Ledlow said...

He,he,he - this is tooo cute - Tosh!!! Hugs ~S~

Davi said...

Hey Tosh, Out of your comfort zone huh... Well you did an amazing job!! Maybe you should do more monkeys. hehe

Conniecrafter said...

very cute, like the layering and your tabs at the top!

Carolyn King said...

*faints dead away*
IS THAT A MONKEY on your card???????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

(cannot comment...fainted!)

JazzyH said...

very pretty!

Charmaine (CharmWarm) said...

Oh my goodness, Tosh, this is ADORABLE! I never see you use Changito! LOL I LOVE your card!

Ida P. Krause said...

Well I say you must stop this "monkeying" around with us as this card is so cute and charming!
Loved some of your comments here as well - that poem was wonderful.

Chris said...

A superb card considering everything was out of your comfort zone :). I love how you added the fluffy stuff, it's just perfect. Chris :)

Anonymous said...

Awwww, how totally cute!
--Hugs Becca

Rose Ann said...

Though this may be out of your comfort sure is cute!! I love the papers too!!

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