Catch You Later Monkey Clean and Simple PP579

by Joanne James20. February 2022 09:00

Today it's Sunday and time for this week's new challenge over at The Paper Players! It's the turn of the fabulous Ann to host this week and she has a clean and simple challenge for you to work with:


I decided to use the sketch over at Just Add Ink for my layout this week and used two overlappping hexagons, negative and positive, cut with the Beautiful Shapes Dies for my central shapes and chose to feature the two cute monkeys from the 'Catch You Later' stamp set for my wildlife - take a look:


Here's the low-down on today's card:

I stamped my monkeys onto some white cardstock and coloured them with my new skin tone Blends markers, then masked them off and used some Balmy Blue ink and a stencil I made using my Basic Borders Dies to create a soft and subtle background of clouds with my blender brush behind them:

I added this to my Shaded Spruce card base and then added my top panel, which I ran through my diecutting machine with the Stitched Greenery Die before cutting out the hexagon shape and popping this panel up on dimensionals to frame my little jungle scene. I added a sentiment to another popped-up hexagon and finished my sentiment on the inside, with another stamped-off image of the monkeys too:


So what do you think? Cute, right?! It's my 23rd wedding anniversary today and whilst this didn't start out as a card for my DH, it may well be the one I send as he would appreciate the humour over sweet and smushy love hearts any day!

Here is the visual summary of the key products used on today's project for you to pin for easy reference:


You can see all of my Product and 'How To' summaries on my 'How To - Tips and Techniques' Pinterest board in case you've missed any. 

Before you reach for your ink and papers, check out what our amazing team has created to inspire you this week:

Here's a quick recap of our challenge rules:
1.  Create a new paper project
2.  Upload your creation to your blog with a link back to us and provide a direct link to the post featuring your challenge submission.
3.  Please link your card to no more than four challenges, TOTAL.
4.  Have FUN!

Enjoy your day; one of the James Juniors had a friend stay for a sleepover yesterday, so apart from taking him home, we are having a quiet day indoors. The James girls definitely deserve it; as my regular readers know it is not uncommon for us to be out in all weathers either playing or watching hockey at the weekend. Well, despite storm Eunice and the incredible high winds and driving rain we've had here over the past few days, yesterday's match wasn't cancelled. We all turned up and despite a seriously waterlogged pitch, the umpires decided it was safe to play. The end result? Players and parents soaked to the skin and frozen to the bone - and just to give you a flavour of what I'm talking about, here's a photo I managed to snap during 'warm up' before the game started: 


I have genuinely never known anything like it! To make things worse the girls lost 4-2, despite their best efforts. So today we are staying warm - I think we might actually huddle under a blanket and watch 'Encanto' - it's about time we discovered why no-one talks about Bruno!

I'll be back tomorrow with another project. Until then, happy stampin'!


Stampin' Up! Supplies Used: 

Table built using Product Table Builder by The Crafty Owl - Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator.

Comments (12) -

AnnUnited States
2/20/2022 1:31:05 PM #

Oh my gosh...what an adorable pair of monkeys, Joanne! I love how you corralled them within the hexagon. The Stitched Greenery background adds so much interest, while keeping it clean and simple. This is the type of card my husband would appreciate, instead of my typical floral ones.  With an anniversary coming up in less than three weeks, I may have to think about creating something on the humorous side. After your day yesterday, I'm glad today is an "inside" day for you! Warm up and enjoy 'Encanto'! Thanks for rockin' my challenge. Have a wonderful week!

Claire Broadwater
Claire BroadwaterUnited States
2/20/2022 1:33:43 PM #

Joanne, I love this shade of green!  The stitched greenery die is just the perfect backdrop for these adorable monkeys!!!  The shading behind this pair is perfect.  Such a FUN Card, My Friend!  Have a wonderful week!  HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!!!!!

Cindy Beach
Cindy BeachUnited States
2/20/2022 9:35:54 PM #

Loved the picture, very glad you are warm together inside today!
The monkeys are adorable and seem to be having fun together! The stitched die adds such interest, and I love the sentiment!

Laurie Schmidt
Laurie SchmidtUnited States
2/21/2022 3:51:30 PM #

First thing i noticed was the was the theme of my sons wedding sermon...better together. So true and your card is adorable.

Jennie Maier
Jennie MaierUnited States
2/21/2022 7:32:10 PM #

This is too cure Joanne! I love how you used the greenery dies to mimic the vine that the monkeys are hanging onto! So very cute! Have a great week and Happy Anniversary!

Greta H
Greta HUnited States
2/22/2022 3:42:36 AM #

Now that is dedication!  Love the use of the hexagon for your cute card!

Kim Badelt
Kim BadeltAustralia
2/22/2022 5:50:56 AM #

Most definitely cute Joanne, and it work perfectly as an anniversary card! The stitched greenery die is the perfect background for those cheeky monkey's! Thanks for joining us at Just Add Ink this week. Kim

Lou Kitzelman
Lou KitzelmanAustralia
2/23/2022 1:56:41 AM #

Super cute Joanne. I love the hexagon cut out - such a fab use of those dies. Happy Anniversary. We were married in the same year as you, just a few month later. Hope you got to do something lovely to celebrate. Thanks for joining in again with us at Just Add Ink. x

Christy Stanford
Christy StanfordUnited States
2/24/2022 3:14:15 PM #

Your monkeys look adorable on that leafy green background--I keep putting that die in my shopping cart and taking it back out again and I really do need to just buy it!  Your card is so playful and cute.  Hope you got to sit at home with a lovely cuppa tea after being out in the yucky weather for so long!

LeAnne Pugliese
LeAnne PuglieseUnited States
2/25/2022 1:06:10 AM #

Adorable card, just perfect with that stitched background and fun saying!  Perfect for your anniversary too, congrats!  And just looking at that photo makes me shiver!  Cassidy loved Encanto, especially Bruno!  Enjoy!

Anne Marie Hile
Anne Marie HileUnited States
2/26/2022 5:17:40 AM #

Cutie Patootie! Love how you added the hexagon duo against that die cut background. CAS-perfection!

Jan Clothier
Jan ClothierNew Zealand
2/27/2022 9:54:52 PM #

What a clever way to use the hexagon dies! I like the use of the Stitched Greenery die and the bold green base ... just fab! How on earth can you play on a pitch like that?! Looks a bit like Paul's golf course last weekend but they called that tournament off!

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