Sunday, January 18, 2015

Pilin' on the Winged Monkeys

Our theme this week at the Pile It On Challenge is Fantasy. We're sponsored by Sweet Pea Stamps, and my imagination was sparked by Elphaba and Her Monkey by Charmaine Flannery. I must admit that I've neither read nor seen Wicked, but I've always been pretty freaked out by the Technicolored flying monkeys in The Wizard of Oz. Despite knowing the end of the story, I like the idea of a life-long friendship between a girl and her Winged Monkey!

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I colored the image with Copics, adding highlights to her hair with green Smooch pearlized accent ink and fur to the monkey with a purple Wink of Stella pen. I had created a frame for the image before printing it, and colored that with a Copic and covered it with lime green Stickles glitter glue.

Using the image's oval shape, I hand-traced and cut the pieces to make a simple notch swing card.

The patterned papers, flying monkeys and grown-up Elphaba are from "The Magic of Oz" collection by from Graphic 45. I fussy-cut the characters and colored the witch's face to match the front image.

Cheerful Sketches
Cheerful Sketches Challenge Blog: Sketch
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge: Anything goes (2nd entry)
Love to Scrap: Initial Challenge - LTSCB (Leaf ribbons, Thread on larger button, Stickles, Compass on witch's belt, Buttons)
Shopping Our Stash #184: Use a hidden element (2nd picture) + Stash (buttons, designer paper)
Use Your Stuff: Buttons + Stash (small flower buttons have been in my stash for at least 1 year)

Thank you for visiting & inspiring my crafting! Hope you'll join us at Pile It On,


  1. Love the notch swing card! I also love the Wizard of Oz, and surprisingly, the monkeys never scared me. :)

    Thanks for joining us at Shopping Our Stash!

  2. soooooooooo very clever and so much fun! love the dramatic green, purple and black color palette, as well! thanks for SHOPPING YOUR STASH with us this week! ♥

  3. Gorgeous! I adore green an purple together. Wizard of Oz is one of my all time fave films and I have ALWAYS been freaked out by the flying monkeys...strange now that Wicked is my most favourite play considering all those monkeys!!
    Thanks for playing along with the Shopping Our Stash crew for our "Hide and Seek" challenge!!

  4. Fantastic card! Great design, it's of great depth. Thanks for joining us at Love to Scrap! Challenge Blog
    Tina dt

  5. Looks like the notched swing card worked out quite well on your project! Thank you for joining us at the Love to Scrap challenge.

  6. A beautiful card :)
    Thank you for joining us at Cheerful sketches.
    Greetings Geesje (DT)

  7. What a lovely card, i like the paper choice, thanks for playing along with our challenge at the Cheerful Sketches Challeng Blog.


  8. What a beautiful card!
    Thanks for joining us at Cheerful Sketches!

    Marjoleine (DT)

  9. Thank you so much for joining my Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper January challenge with your lovely crafting - hope to see you again soon x

  10. Love the gorgeous card you made with our sketch...thank you for entering Cheerful Sketches!
    xxx Margreet


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