Sunday, March 14, 2010

I Was Double-Dared!!

(This is my second post for today! If you are looking for the Kraftin' Kimmie March Release Blog Hop, just scroll down or click here!!)

Good morning stampers! Sundays, of course, always bring a new challenge on the High Hopes Blog!! My pal Amy L. is our hostess this week, and she has asked us to create something with "Flutterby's". Now, there was some discussion on our group about what falls under the definition of a "flutterby". Amy cleared things right up, and basically said we could use anything with wings. Well, for those of you who know me, you are aware that I can be a little, well, let's just say "silly" at times. I jokingly asked that if I created a flying monkey, would it count as a flutterby?? Well, Lacey and Jeanette hopped right on that and double -dared me to do it. So, you are about to see the result of that dare! I just wanted to prepare you...because this is a little different!! (oh...and I think Lacey jumped on board too, and posted a flying monkey card...we even used the same monkey stamp! lol)

So, that night I spent quite a bit of time lying awake trying to figure out what to do with this challenge. Well, I came up with the idea of a monkey disguising himself as a bird in order to sneak into their exclusive bird bath! Yeah, I's a little crazy!! But hey, normal is boring folks! (just humour me, ok??...please??!!)

Now, I had to use High Hopes stamps of course!! I also wanted to honour Amy's challenge topic by sort of sticking to her original idea of a "Flutterby". So, I pulled out "Burt's Bath" and "Mike on a Vine". I stamped my images, but only inked up part of each. Obviously, poor Burt was eliminated from the final product...sorry Burt, nothing personal!! The bird bath was stamped directly on the Neenah paper. Mike was stamped separately, and removed from his vine. Mike's one arm was cut apart from his body, and re-attached at a different angle (to hold the hand-drawn brush). I cut around the bubbles and the rim of the birdbath to slip Mike in. I also drew some wings and adhered them to Mike's back. I drew some straps over his shoulders to "attach" the wings to.

I also decided to draw in some birdies who are not very happy about a monkey invading their bird bath! Oh...and I also added in a bottle of "Lot's 'O Bubbles" (again, my own drawing), which have completely overflowed from the bath onto the poor little birdies' heads! The bubbles were all given a coat of Stickles. I just couldn't resist using this Sentiment from High Hopes newest release..."It seemed like a good idea at the time!"!!

So, what do you think?? I giggled the whole way through this card! I hope both Lacey and Jeanette are pleased!! Now, it's my turn to think up a dare...look out ladies!! If nothing else, this card will perhaps show you that stamps are not always limited to just one purpose!! Creative masking and trimming can open up all sorts of possibilities!

Time to hop on over to the High Hopes blog to see what the other Divas have created. I hope you decide to play along this week (just remember to use a High Hopes stamp). Link up your creation on the challenge blog, and you just might be the winner of a High Hopes prize!

Have fun stampers!


Stamps: High Hopes Stamps "Burt's Bath", "Mike on a Vine" and "Good Idea" (the birds, brush and bubble bath bottle were all hand-drawn)
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black and Summer Sky, Copic markers, Copic Multiliner
Paper: Neenah, Bazzill, Pink Paisley


Julye said...

I love this it so appeals to my sense of humour and I think you are so clever too, thanks for the inspiration Julye

Alex. said...

Hi Honey!
This card is absolutly the greatest monkey card i saw. So funny!!!! I love it!!!!!
P.S.: You know my address for send it to me ????? *LOL* :-)

Heidi said...

This is too funny! A great inspiration, I wonder what a tiger would look like with wings? Your own drawings are amazing.

Paula (PEP) said...

I had decided that this was a real example of what can be done with stamping - then read your bit about adaptability, Not surprised you laughed, having just come from Lacey on the Whimsy hop my eyes are still damp from giggling & my husband is asking what has got into me....... Thanks ever so for such fun.

Jeanette said...

Melanie, you took our challenge and WOW! did you ever come up with the most fantastic card. It is brilliant and I love it! You are so funny and you can draw girl! Thanks for brightening up my morning hunni! But if you think this will make me stop daring won't! You are too crafty!
Hugs Jeanette

Lacey Stephens said...

Oh my word, win!!! Are you kidding me? You drew those wings and the brids?! That is AMAZING!! I love how you created a whole scenario and story behind Mike's adventures in the bubble bath!! I bow down to you, my friend! You rocked my double-dare!! You CAN make anything fly!! LOL

Renkata said...

Wow that such a fun! Great card. I love how you coloured it.

Niki Estes said...

So cute, Melanie! You have a talent for drawing, too! I love the little birds you drew!

Sally Cicada Designs said...

Absolutely brilliant!! Made me laugh!! Love your hand drawn elements!! Who wouldn't want this card! Your colouring is amazing!!!!
Sarah :)

Nikki Fairbairn said...

Wow, wow, wow!!!! You rock Melanie! I wish I had a teeny weeny bit of your talent girl. Your card is so funny and I just love the birds! Fabulous colouring as always. I am loving your Kimmie cards so much! Hugs, Nikki x

6 wacky women said...

Oh Melanie...your card is fabulous!!
Love what you have created and your drawing is awesome!!
What a great and Lacey are too funny!!

Karen x

Tracey said...

I love what you did with this! An awesome card!

Tasha said...

Wow absolutly fab! Your drawing is awesome, such a creative idea too
love tasha xx

Tara Godfrey said...

OMGosh Melanie this is absolutely fabulous and such a wonderfully creative and funny card! I love it!!! You are a very talented artist there, Mel...I wish I could draw like that! I can barely draw a stick person...I'm totally impressed with your drawing skills! What a cheeky monkey, Mike is....You've knocked this challenge out of the park, Hun!!!

Unknown said...

This card is amazing. I am so impressed. Those angry birds are the best! Hilarious!

Rachel said...

Lacey is good at everything she does, even double-dog daring! I love the birdies, but the whole interpretation and coloring is fantastic. Looks like you and Lacey went to the same coloring school ;-)

Kylie said...

OMG! This is so cute! I love all the detail you've added. Your colouring is amazing. I can't stop looking at your card. I love love love it!

Anonymous said...

Melanie, this is hilarious!! And I can't believe how much work you put into creating this. You do incredible work, lady!! :-)

Lynne in NI said...

Snigger... what a fab card Melanie, its just too funny! Love all the details (I'm particuarly fascinated by your grass!)
Good to hear from you, I'm doing OK - off work now for a few days, so looking forward to recharging my batteries!

Paper Passions said...

haha oh my gosh so much more funny then i pictured when you described it to me!!
It is soooo cute!
the birds are perfect!!