Monkey Business

Very few things from my childhood are worth holding onto.  One is something I’ll never let go.  I nick named her Verizon at my old blog so we’ll go ahead and keep it that way here too.  Verizon and I got WAYYYYYYY back I mean before peanut butter went with chocolate or jelly and before M & M’s melted in your mouth and not in your hands.  Before Mike and Ike and Ben and Jerry…ok you get the idea I’ve known her pretty much since forever.

Anyway…Verizon has accomplished an awful lot despite the odds being stacked against her and I’m so very proud of her.  The problem though is that with those accomplishments comes a very crazy schedule and though I’ve lived close to her for almost a year, I think I’ve seen her twice in all that time (Verizon we REALLY must rectify this don’t ya think?).  So…to let her know I luvz her and miss her I’m sending her this card:

Cute isn’t it?  I’ve had the stamp FOREVER and just didn’t know what to do with it…till now that is.  This idea just came to me out of the blue and it came out so well I’m so pleased.  I’m sure it cam be used in tons of other ways too but I just thought the ape playing on the word hang was well…perfect.  I hope Verizon will like it too!

Supplies Needed:
Card base (mine measures 11 by 4.25 I think and I used Gemstones from Core’dinations)
Background Paper (mine was 4 x 5.25 I think and is My Minds Eye paper from a stack I won as Blog Candy)
Animal Kingdom
Zoobaloo
Cricut
Paper Company Coffee Cafe paper (for the monkey)
Scraps (for the vine and leaves)
Stamp (think it’s Studio G or Inkadoo or something…one of the $1 stamps anyway)
Ink (Ink It Up Kelly Green)
Bling
Brown and Black Marker/pen to accent Ape
Adhesive (Mono adhesive and Elmer’s Craft Glue)
Foam Squares (Creative Memories)
Scissors
Paper Trimmer

Using Animal Kingdom, cut the ape at 4.25.  Oh I just realized I used chalk on his face too.  Accent him with brown and black markers…black on the face and brown to outline and fill in the cut lines that help define him.  Then, using Zoobaloo cut the vine at 1.25 or 1.5.  I cut the leafy part on shadow because I wanted bigger leaves.  Accent the leaves with Kelly Green ink if desired.  Now…what I did in this project is I took an Xacto knife and made a slit right under the ape’s fingers so that I could literally hang him from my vine.    Once  I got the vine where I wanted, I hung my ape on it and adhered him to the patterned paper with foam squares.  Trim your vine overhang and then stamp your “Let’s hang out” sentiment in bottom left and add bling in bottom right…or reverse it or use a different sentiment altogether even…whatever you wanna do!