September 14, 2013

Mega Monkey Mania Continues wth the Latest Saturday Sneak Peek

Let's see if this week I manage to not make any errors with either the post or the timing of the post!  I made boo-boos two Saturdays in a row, let's hope I don't go for a threefer. 

Mega Monkey Mania has rounded past the half-way point and it is time to show you all image number five in the series. We've met four monkeys so far, a set of siblings, Malia and Mortimer and their parents, Manfred and Marcella.  So it is time for this week's snippet for the upcoming new release...

 Well I suppose you are getting a bit more than a snippet aren't you?  
As you can see, the new release encompasses the entire family.

This week I have one simple question for you.  Other than the obvious reason that M is the first letter in monkey, can anyone guess as to another reason why I chose to start the name of every monkey in the Manchester family with the letter 'M'?  Surely someone will figure it out.  Offer up your guesses by Wednesday at 12:00 noon EST in a comment on this post to be eligible.

DON'T FORGET...
 there is still time to sign up for your chance to win Naomi's latest new release:  Manfred!  Click HERE to find out how.
Have a fun filled crafty weekend my friends!  See you all on Thursday for the reveal.




September 13, 2013

I Ruff You


Hello!

Today I have a CAS card to show you, it is sweet, I just love that dog stamp from "Lawn Fawn"

 I stamped the dog on pattern paper  and  again on a different patterned paper for the bow which is easier to see in the next photo.
I also stamped grass on green and white pattern paper  then use my scissors to make the real grass effect...okay not so real...lol

I thought it would be nice to have a card like this done in case I have a mushy day and feel like telling  a friend I love them, hehe.

Well that day came and I mailed it off to Lisa Decosse , the amazingly talented sweet lady you are all getting to know and love here on my blog.





 HeHe!!!! Gosh he's cute!!!
This sentiment is from the same Lawn Fawn stamp set. 

Have a super day!!!!!

September 11, 2013

Sesame Street Characters made out of Punches

 Hello!!!
Today I am so excited to show you a project that my friend Kelly and I did together for our friend Nancy at work. Nancy is totally in love with elmo and seriously who wouldn't be?, he is so cute with that adorable voice...speaking of elmo's voice Kelly can mimic his voice like no other I know and I have it recorded!! hehe!!!  It is on my tablet and for some reason my tablet won't let me sign in to blogger, it keeps reloading , is anyone else having this problem? I want to sort it out before I go to Halifax so I can keep up with all of you.
 
  Here is my card made from punches!!!
 
 
To make these cute characters use:
 
1 1/2" Scallop Punch
1 1/4" circle punch  (cut in half for mouth)
 1/2" circle punch (Cookie)
5/16" circle punch (Elmo's nose)
Googly Eyes ( I used one big eye and one smaller eye on 2 of my characters to add character, hehe)
Skittles
Yellow/ White Cardstock for card base and 2" squares
Tan cardstock (for cookie)
Blue polkadot pattern paper
Black marker ( add eyebrows and dots on cookie)
 
Here is the inside , we made a mega elmo!!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
We brought the card to Nancy and the recording of Kelly's super cute Elmo voice and the reaction Nancy gave was worth every second we put into creating it, she adored it and was very touched and of course she laughed ... again who wouldn't????



Have a super day and get out those punches that have been sitting getting no use, I have become addicted!!
 



September 10, 2013

Bit By the Bug Tuesday - "Marcella"

Welcome to...


It is time to continue our Mega Monkey Mania celebration with this week's freebie.  Please meet...

Marcella

Click HERE to get "Marcella".  Available from September 10th until September 24th.  
After that it will be replaced with another freebie.

If you missed out on the start of the sock monkey history lesson, you can start HERE and then make your way HERE.  In the first two 'episodes' we learned the history of sock monkeys up until the 1940's in both the US and Canada.  Then in the next one, we travelled through the 50's and 60's.  You can check that 'episode' out by clicking HERE.   Today we look at how these beloved characters evolved through the later half of the 1900's up until today.

Let us continue our journey through the history of sock monkeydom, shall we?

While the sock monkey took a downward turn in the 50's and 60's due to the submergence of plastic toys onto the market, they never really vanished from the folk art market and continue to remain a popular toy to this day.   These days though they come in many different types and styles such as birthday themed, different colours, and there are even some of the electronic variety that sing up-to-date pop songs.  Additionally, in this day and age, many sock monkeys are mass-produced by different companies and generally are all produced with the same face and body characteristics; so they are no longer the unique sock monkeys of old.  Instead of using the red-heel socks, some are now creating sock monkeys using different kinds of socks like brightly coloured, striped, polka dotted, etc. 

With the popularity of sock monkeys, they have even become the highlight of different types of special occasions.  Sock monkeys take 'tours around the world' and are photographed next to recognizable monuments world wide.  They have also been the focal point of birthday parties and anniversaries.  A few have even been part of events such as weddings and graduations.  With sock monkeys being so adored, their concept has also been translated into other media.  Sock monkey images can be found in "books, bookmarks, journals, greeting cards, jewelry, quilting, baking, sewing, commercials, movies" [source:  http://en. wikipedia.org/wiki/Sock_monkey]. Additionally, they have also made appearances in "children's stories, comic books coffee table books...movies and cartoons" [source:  http://www.roroart.com/history.htm].   In fact, these days you can also find the concept of the sock animal morphed into other creatures including the " 'Sockodile', 'Sockosaurus' and 'Sock Bear' " [source:  http://en. wikipedia.org/wiki/Sock_monkey].

Today, if you do a Google search for Sock Monkey, there are over 6 million sites; so, I have a feeling we won't see the sock monkey disappear anytime soon.  People will continue to want to create unique, hand-made creations filled with love, for special people in their lives; the sock monkey presents them with the perfect opportunity to do so.  Given that they have been around for over a century already, I am hopeful that the tradition of the sock monkey will be around for eons to come. 

Next week I'll continue to share some more tidbits of this special creation from history.

Now Jennifer from Krafty Keepsakes was able to help show off this lovely monkey and created this card...
 
Marcella looks like she was made for this card, suitable for many different occasions.  I really like how Jen popped her up to give her dimension.  I also like the bold colour choices on the cool embossed white backdrop.  

Special thanks to Jennifer for her contribution this week.

Sneak peek guesses...
So this week, I once again had you guess the answers to three things about this image since you of course knew the image was a monkey of some kind.   The three questions I asked were:
  1. What sex do you think this monkey will be?
  2. What do you think the name of the monkey will be? 
  3. What familial relationship will this monkey have to the other members in the group?
Participant's had the opportunity to win up to three different prizes.  Well, I am pleased to say that four of you correctly guessed the answer to the first question:  The monkey is Female this time.

So, the following people have won a folder with three sentiments:
  • Patti
  • Edwina
  • Ike
  • Fit Kitty
Unfortunately, nobody was able to guess that the monkey's name was Marcella, although I loved some of your answers.  Which brings us to the final question of what familial relationship this monkey has to the other members in the group.  Well, two people guessed that Marcella was a mother so that means that the following people have won a digital paper:
  • Patti
  • Edwina
  • Ike
Hopefully I haven't missed anyone.  Winners, please send me an email by clicking HERE, putting "CBD Marcella Guesses" in the subject line.  I do apologize though, I am running behind in my creations as I continue to lose time on the computer battling the fatigue associated with this bug I've been battling; so, I'm afraid the usual 24-48 hour turn around isn't possible this week.  Don't worry though, I'll get to making them as soon as possible.  Oh and Lisa, you've still yet to claim your two goodies from last week so if you are seeing this you'll want to go HERE.

DON'T FORGET...
 there is still time to sign up for your chance to win Naomi's latest new release:  Manfred!  Click HERE to find out how.

 AND...
don't forget that our DT call is on right now and we'd love to see you enter!  You can find out all the details by going HERE
 
Finally, how about another monkey joke before I go...

Q:  How do monkeys get down the stairs? 
A:  They slide down the banana-ster!
(source:  http://www.enchantedlearning.com/nosuchfile.htm)

Well, that it is for me.  I truly hope you all have an awesome week and I hope to see you all back on Saturday when I reveal the next sneak peek. 
  
References
Allan, Dixie. (2012). A Modern Sock Monkey Family. Available: http://webclipart.about.com/b/2012/01/15/sock-monkeys.htm. Last accessed 21st Aug 2013.
 

Author Unknown.. (Unknown.). Sock monkey. Available: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sock_monkey. Last accessed 21st Aug 2013.
 

Polfuss, Robin . (2009). History of Sock Monkeys. Available: http://www.roroart.com/history.htm. Last accessed 21st Aug 2013.

September 8, 2013

Good News and Update


Hello!
 
First I have to tell you all how much I have missed blogging and seeing what you are creating, just know I have thought of you all everyday!
 
To keep it simple we have been busy planning the trip for Michael's surgery in Halifax which will be a five day trip. We will leave on the 18th and come home on the 22nd or 23 depending on how Michael does. 
When Michael comes home he will need a wheelchair ramp, wheelchair,walker and other support which is now all in progress, did I ever tell you what an amazing supportive small town I live in? People are so beautiful here and so willing to help in time of need.
 
Michael will need to learn to walk again as most of you know he will have surgery on both feet, Michael has very little inner core strength due to the way he walks and his leg is slightly twisted so this is going to be a big challenge for him, please send lots and lots of prayers and positive thoughts his way, throw a few in for me too, lol
As for me and my health lets just say I am cancer free!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I couldn't be happier as you could imagine, the growth was removed and it was also cancer free... this was just the news I needed to boost the positive energy that I will need for Michael.
 
As you all know, Crafting is absolutely the best medicine and that is exactly what I did when I needed to get away from my thoughts, I am hoping to get all my posts ready to go out for next week and while I am away , I will be bringing my tablet  with me so I can visit you all!!!
 
Yesterday I ordered Fibre Op , I have had long waiting times waiting for blogs to load , (up to 4 minutes for Lisa's and Vicky's!!) so hopefully this will make it less tedious and I will be able to visit more often.... I choose to believe you all forgive me for the past few weeks for not visiting considering the circumstances...
 
 
Off to visit you!!
 
Thank you all for your amazing support
Lots of Love