Saturday, 27 December 2008

Happiness and Love... First Kiss...

Hi !!!

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas day with your relatives and friends. Santa was so generous with me in so many ways. :))

Today I want to show you a card that I made for my cousin's girlfriend. He came to my house in the last minute asking me advice for a present for his girlfriend ( why men always leave everything for the last minute ???). OK, anyways, I provided him with a card made with this beautiful Sara Kay Stamp in which I used a color combination unusual for me but that I ended up loving it!

All the highlighted items can be purchased at Silly Monkey Craft. Please, take a time to check the store because Bryony have a wonderful selection of new stamps and an AMAZING sale (check the post below) more than 800 products on sale and some of them have 75 % off... Hurry up because items on sale will be gone quickly.....


Stamps: Sara Kay ( First Kiss)
Ink: Distress Ink Pads.
Paper: Bazzill card stock and Basic Grey.
Embellishments: Ofray ribbon, Prima flowers, leaves ( Martha Stewart Punch) ,Drew Drops, buttons and charms from stash and I made the pin.
Tools: Martha Stewart punch for the leaves and Nestabillities.


LIM :))

Friday, 26 December 2008

'January' sale


Hope everyone had a fab Christmas. We had a brilliant day and twins got lots of lovely pressies (plus managed to join us in the overeating!)

We have had a very long day today trying to sort out our 'January' sale and move all the products to the right sections but we are finally finished so you can be amongst the first to check out the sale here

This sale is by far our biggest yet as we have over 800 products with up to 75% off and once they are gone they are gone!

Why not grab yourself a nice cuppa and/or glass of wine and have a good browse through and see what takes your fancy - there really is something for everyone.

I am really looking forward to clear some shelf space so we can fill them with more exciting new products in 2009.

Have a fab 2009


Tuesday, 9 December 2008

Beat the credit crunch

We have decided to help you beat the credit crunch over at Silly Monkey Crafts by giving you 10% off everything until Sunday 14th December.

Our yummy CC stamps arrived this morning and are fabulous as always - i have already pinched a set of the cupcake occasions stamps, which will be fab throughout the year!
We have Magnolia's New Year Collection ready and raring to send out and we have the valentines collection on order and should hopefully have them with us very soon.
Don't forget to check out the new range of stamps from Stampavie - we are loving LeLo designs as they are so cutesy and a little bit silly
Merry Christmas

Lulu's Sweet Delights!

I have made this card for 1 year old twins. I stamped the cute CC Design's Lulu stamp twice. Don't they just look so sweet? I love these little itzie inkies and they come in a metal tin and have a good variety of stamps. I've used the pom pom ribbon to add a little fun and texture to the card. The punch is one of my favorites and is Martha Stewart's Dolly Lace. Links to products in the store can be found below. There are lots of yummy CC stamps to be found!


Card details:
Stamps: CC Designs "Lulu's Sweet Delights
Ink: Momento & Versamagic Jumbo Java
Papers: Rusty Pickle - Snowflakes & Mittens, Various Bazzill card stock, image stamped on Concord card
Technique: Prismacolor Premier Pencils with Sansodor and paper stumps for blending.
Embellishments: Candy Cane, Pom Pom ribbon, half pearls (thank you Heidi! x)
Equipment: Martha Stewart Dolly Lace Punch

Happy New Year!

You know what it's like when you receive an unexpected Christmas card. I made this card just incase this happens so I am ready and prepared ;-) I have used High Hopes stamp Father Time and Happy New Year sentiment. Isn't this little baby just the cutest! Papers used are by Basic Grey. My image is coloured with Prismacolor pencils with Sansodor and paper stumps for blending.

Have a great week and I hope your Christmas preparations are going smoothly!

Sunday, 7 December 2008

Happy Valentines Day!

Here is a card I made today using the cute High Hopes stamps Perching Birdie, Landing Birdie, Nest, Branch and sentiment "Love Nest Valentine". Ok.. I know i'm so organized making a Valentine's card when it's December but it's only 9 weeks away! These stamps would also be perfect for Anniversaries or just to say hello to a friend in Springtime. The branch is versatile and can also be used horizontally.

I thought you would also like to see this card made by my 8 year old daughter Zoe for her teacher using High Hopes Mary J Teacher Angel and her desk. You thought these stamps were just for end of year cards.. right! Well with the Lg. Santa hat this was just perfect for her teachers Christmas card too!

Hope you had a great weekend!

Thursday, 4 December 2008

Fancy a punch?

Eeeek - i am so excited they have arrived and are up and ready on the website here.

Had anyone guessed correctly what i was so excited waiting for? Off to go play with mine now!


Wednesday, 3 December 2008

Tons of new goodies in stock

We have been very busy in the last few weeks, not just packing up all your festive orders but we have been indulging ourselves in quite a bit of ordering too.

In order to make way for all our new arrivals we have created a sale category to make it easier to hunt for bargains (but be warned there are a lot of bargains in that section!) - once they have gone they have gone.

We have been going embellishment crazy and we have some yummy buttons by American Crafts and Maya Road. I just adore the trinket tins the Maya Road buttons come in and, yes, you can buy the tins on their own (if i haven't caved in and bought them all for myself!). I am still on the look out for more variety of buttons so if you have a favorite let me know and i will hunt them down

We also have some new ribbons and plenty more to come but i am just in love with this yummy Maya Road velvet blossom trim, sold by the metre and sooooooo strokable

Our last batch of Tim Holtz stamps sold out so quickly we have restocked and increased our range of these stunning arty sets. make sure you don't miss your favorite this time!

We have some yummy alterable goodies here and i think one of the tins would be great for storing the cards i have made but not yet sent in but as i have only made one Christmas card so far this year I think I will need to wait until I have had a few days of creative blasting and hope they haven't all disappeared by then!
I can already picture mine covered in some yummy papers and ribbons with a few of my favorite stamped images on

I admit I am a little bit obsessed with Maya Road but it seems lots of you are too as their chipboard books are always a huge hit and some of the lines have sold out already - sorry!

If your stamps look anything like mine then you should join me in writing to Santa and begging him for one of Tim Holtz's gorgeous unmounted stamp storage solutions - I really hope i am not on the naughty list this year but i will be leaving out extra mince pies this year and hoping

Stickles are so popular we have decided to stock the Ice Stickles range too (and we also have distress stickles coming in the next week or two so we are looking forward to getting our hands on those

Personal Impressions have brought out some cute clear stamp sets, which are great value, along with the brilliant hIDe ID stamp. The hIDe ID stamp allows you to render to render your personal details unreadable so that you can recycle your papers without needing to shred (lots of areas don't allow shredded paper to be recycled as it is a fire hazard in the recycling plant!)

Last but not least we have increased our range of distress inks up to the full 25 colours

I hope I haven't bored you to death with all that lot!

We have got some more very exciting arrivals due in next week - those of you who are very eagle eyed might spot some very cute preorders on the website, i am checking the online tracking a scary number of times a day and can't wait for these to arrive from the US.

Another little batch of newbies we have on the way have me so excited i just want to punch something ........ hmmm......not like me to get violent!

Enjoy (and thanks for staying awake if you managed to read this far!)


PS - Ooops sorry forgot to say that we are still having problems getting the Tuxedo black memento ink pads into stock but we have got memento tuxedo black ink pens in until the pads are back in the country!

Tuesday, 2 December 2008

Time for Apple Pie...with Sara Kay.

Hi !!!

I hope everybody is having a great time. Today I want to show you my second card as a DT. I'm using this beautiful stamp from the new collection of Sara Kay. I was so inspired by the cards that Marlene made lately with this new collection. They are all gorgeous, don't you think?. :)

All the new Sarah Kay are currently in stock but they are going hurry up!!!! They are perfect for any occasion. Christmas, Valentine's , even Easter. ( All highlighter products in blue can be purchased from Silly Monkey Craft store. :)

Stamps: "Time for Apple Pie" from Sara Kay
Ink: Distress Ink and aquash pen watercolor to blend.
Papers: Basic Grey. Bazill
Embellishment: Prisma Flowers, brads, drew drops and charms from my stash.
Tools:Martha Stewart Punch for the leaves.


LIM :))

Monday, 1 December 2008

First Kiss

Oh how romantic :)

This cute Sarah stamp is called 'First Kiss' and is one of the new collection.

Again i have coloured the pair with Tim Holtz Distress inks in the following colours:

  • Tattered Rose

  • Worn Lipstick

  • Peeled Paint

  • Weathered Wood

  • Antique Linnen

  • Frayed Burlap

  • Walnut Stain
Here is a close up:
The papers are by PM and there are some simular adhesive stones available here

Hugs, Marlene x

Sunday, 30 November 2008

Distressed Sarah

The new Sarah Kay stamps have arrived and are instore now..
they are sooo lovely!
I can't help getting my Distress Inks out to colour 'Country Girl', one of my fav's :)

Wishing you all a fabulous week!

Marlene xx

Tuesday, 25 November 2008

High Hopes Callie

For my card today I have used the very cute High Hopes stamp Callies Christmas Kitty. I was trying to go for a warm fuzzy glow around her but to me it looks like the Christmas lights may be on fire! lol.. I have used gorgeous BG papers and BG stickers adding button detail to the Christmas tree. All products in blue below can be purchased in the store.


Card details:
Stamps: High Hopes Callie Christmas Kitty, Sentiment printed from word.
Ink: Memories and Versamagic Jumbo Java
Papers: Basic Grey Figgy Pudding, Bazzill
Technique: Prismacolor Premier Pencils with and Paper Stumps for blending.
Embellishments: Basic Grey Stickers, buttons, ribbon, PM Adhesive stones, Star gem (thanks Karin!),
Equipment: Wizard and nestabilities, Cuttlebug and embossing folder Christmas ornaments

Monday, 24 November 2008

My First Post ...High Hopes Christmas card.

Hi Everyone,

I am finally able to show my first card using the wonderful goodies that Bryony sent to me. I'm sorry it took me so long but my computer crashed and it took a little time to get it back to work. I'm finally back and hope to be able of having something new to show you every week.

I can't stop using this beautiful Ellie elephant from High Hopes. For me it's so versatile. I can use it as a Birthday card or a baby card or as I am using it today... .a Christmas card. Only thing missing is a Santa hat but I can't find my stamp and do not have any die for that, sorry. I added crystal effect to the whole image to incorporate a little bit of dimension, even though at the time I took the picture it was not dry yet.

All the highlighted materials are from the shop.

Materials: I hope everyone is having a wonderful Monday!!


Lim :)

Sunday, 23 November 2008

Sarah Kay 'picnic time'

I am loving the new Sarah Kay release (but then I love them all!). Have you pre-ordered yours yet or added them to your christmas wish list?! I'm glad I have as I see 1 of them is sold out already!!

Anyway, there is one that I was lucky enough to have already so couldn't resist inking her up and making a quick card with 'picnic time'


Christmas Preperations

I love Basic Grey papers and the Figgy range is no exeption! and I've added some dry embossing with the cuttlebug folders onto a couple of the more plain papers.

Sarah [Christmas Preparations] has been coloured with distress inks

The paper beads are also made from the same BG range and are really easy to do:

Cut a strip of matching design paper approx 6″ x 2/3″ and cut both long sides from the middle to the end to make a point:

Then take a tooth pick or something simular and roll the paper along, starting from the widest [uncut] bit.

before you reach the end, add some glue so it sticks to the bead when closed.. pull out the stick and voila.. you got your own hand-made bead that is a perfect match to the papers you are using!

Marlene x

Thursday, 20 November 2008

New Sarah Kay stamps!!

Yesss..!! So excited!! There are new Sarah Kay stamps on their way, no less than 8 new designs..!!

All of them are totally adorable and the 'Country Girl' stamp featured in my card above is one of them.

The new stamps are available for pre-order right now.. and you can preview the stamps here:

Ofcourse the first and christmas series of Sarah's are in stock too, and hope to show some more projects with those cuties real soon.

Hugs, Marlene x

Wednesday, 19 November 2008


Don't these two make such a sweet couple? I teamed up Jolly National Christmas Dog with High Hopes Scotty. The Christmas dog is already wearing his hat so have added a High Hopes Small hat to Scotty. These little hats are just so fun to add to your non-christmas stamps and come in two sizes. The sentiment is also High Hopes.

Links below to products I have used on my card.


Card details:
Stamps: High Hopes Scotty dog, HH "Kiss Me" sentiment, HH Small Hat and Jolly Nation Christmas dog
Ink: Memories
Papers: BG Figgy Pudding, BG Wassail, Glitter card, SU Cardstock
Technique: Prismacolor Premier Pencils with sansodor and Paper Stumps for blending. Stickles
Embellishments: Dew drops, string, punched stars, PM Adhesive Stones
Equipment: Cricut Expression using Mickey and Friends cartridge

Tuesday, 18 November 2008

Gorgeous Pink Tilda!

For my card today I have used this cute Pink Tilda and as you can see she is great for any occasion with her little christmas hat which I cut on my Cricut. I just adore these gorgeous Bo Bunny papers which I customised with the tag punch and got Zoe to handwrite it. Underneath the tag the paper said "Love Emma" so thought it would be neat to personalise it. You might notice that all my Tilda's with plaited hair are coloured brown as they remind me of Zoe!

See below the links in blue which will take you directly to all the products in the store.


Card details:
Stamps: Pink Tilda with Heart
Ink: Memories and Versamagic Jumbo Java
Papers: Bo Bunny - Holiday Magic Leters, BG Wassail, Glitter card, SU Cardstock
Technique: Prismacolor Premier Pencils with sansodor and Paper Stumps for blending.
Embellishments: Wooden Button, dew drop, Prima Flowers and leaves, snowflakes, spacers, PM Adhesive Stones, Fibres, Heart embellishment (Dress it up)
Equipment: Cricut Expression using Paper Dolls Cartridge, SU Small Tag Punch, SU Spiral Punch

Saturday, 15 November 2008

High Hopes Crystal Snowlady

For my card today I have used the gorgeous stamp Crystal Snowlady. She is coloured with my Prisma Pencils using Sansodor and paper stumps to blend. I have then applied Sakura Stardust using a damp brush to give her shimmer. Finsihing off with Stickles on the top of her flower, plant and spade handle. I've punched lots of mini snowflakes and once stuck down stickled them too. I used a mixture of buttons and dew drops to create a little snow pile. Click on the links below to view the products used on my card.

Have a great Sunday!

Card details:
Stamps: Crystal Snowlady
Ink: Memories and Versamagic Jumbo Java
Papers: Imaginisce - Snowy Jo . Tinsel to the top, Bazzill, SU Card Stock
Technique: Prismacolor Premier Pencils with sansodor and Paper Stumps for blending. Sakura Stardust and lots of stickles!
Embellishments: Buttons, dew drops, punched snowflakes, SU Rhinestone brads

Wednesday, 12 November 2008

Ho Ho Ho!

I love High Hopes stamps as I think they are so cute yet not too cute that they can't be for guys and they always make me smile. This santa pulling rudolph is perfect example!


  • Images: 'Reindeer games' High Hopes stamp, stamped onto kraft coloured cardstock.
  • Colouring: prismacolor Pencils & blended with Sansador and paper stumps. Added snow with Decoart glistening snow writer which I sprinkled glamour dust on whilst still wet for extra sparkle. Stickles used on santa's white fur trim
  • Papers: Basic grey 'toyland' from figgy pudding range
  • Others: brown and kraft coloured cardstock, garden twine and Martha Stewart train punch from my stash. Edges have been distressed and faux stitching added with silver gelpen.

Sunday, 9 November 2008

Special Tweet!

Isn't this dragon and his little friend so sweet!.. or should that be tweet! he he..! The stamp and sentiment are from the new release High Hopes stamps. Lots of shimmer on my card today with DCWV Posies Glitter print papers, a shimmer brad and of course stickles. All links below will take you directly to the products in the store.

Hope you are all having a great Sunday!

Card details:
Stamps: Lenny's Love Me Nots and Special Tweet Sentiment
Ink: Memories & VersaMagic Purple Hydrangea
Papers: DCWV Posies Glitter print, SU Designer Series Paper - Pumpkin Pie & various SU Card stock
Technique: Prismacolor Premier Pencils with sansodor and Paper Stumps for blending, Stickles
Embellishments: Fibres, Making Memories Shimmer Brad, PM Adhesive Pearls and flowers

Saturday, 8 November 2008

Yet another gorgeous batch of High Hopes

We have been very busy for the last week trying to get all our High Hopes stamps in order. We are slightly addicted to them and I just can't seem to stop ordering more and more but as they sell so quickly as soon as they hit the store and we have just ended up with many, many random boxes of the different collections and different batches from orders. It has taken us the full week to get them all sorted into our lovely organised wall unit and shuffled into code order so we started to feel like we would never want to see another High Hopes stamp again......

......but ............

...... then we opened our box of the latest stamps and have fallen in love all over again!

We have even more festive stamps, along with some gorgeous romantic ones for those of you organised enough to be thinking ahead to Valentine's day already.
I am particularly excited by the background stamps and the tree, branch and swing!

Go and check them in our new products section here

Hope you like them as much as we do!