Fun Find Friday - Sock Monkey Style

'Sock Monkey' by annahobgood


Sock monkey stuffed toy small brown Rockford Red Heel sock monkey in a felt beanie OOAK  baby shower gift 100% hand-sewn happy toy boy girl - TheMonkeyVillage
Sock monkey stuffed toy...
$40
Red & Brown Cake Pops - EatACakePop
Red & Brown Cake Pops
$29.99
Copper Enamel Pendant Red and Brown Abstract Rectangle - EllianneEnamels
Copper Enamel Pendant R...
$22
Hand Knt Gloves Fingerless Gloves Hand Warmers Christmas In July Red Brown Tan - ArlenesBoutique
Hand Knt Gloves Fingerl...
$45
Beaded Drop Pendant On A Crochet Necklace In Red-Brown - ellimei
Beaded Drop Pendant On ...
$73
Poppy Red and Brown Leather Bib Necklace Statement Leather Necklace Geometric Triangles Necklace Europeanstreetteam - SmArtAnna
Poppy Red and Brown Lea...
$44
Pair of Small Faience Red Brown Transferware oval Dishes made by "Creil et Montereau" - LaLoupiote
Pair of Small Faience R...
$66
Red and Brown Paper Straws (50) RED and Brown Straws: Cowboy Party, Cake Pops, Retro,Vintage, RED and BROWN Weddings, Red and Brown Party - LetsPartyCreations
Red and Brown Paper Str...
$8
Frilly Dramatic Red shaded Scarf, hand knit, variegated, red, brown, pink, blue, super soft and stylish,NEW - DEMET
Frilly Dramatic Red sha...
$28
Polymer clay spiral cane  -Red and brown - LyamayevaClay
Polymer clay spiral can...
$6.5
Carlton Ware lidded pot, Australian Design in cream and red brown - MaisonMaudie
Carlton Ware lidded pot...
$20
Tribal Pendant Necklace - Buddha Amulet Red Brown Long Brass Chain Necklace - CharleneSevier
Tribal Pendant Necklace...
$69
Clutch Bag - Red and Brown Dots (Limited Edition) - CreationsByAngel
Clutch Bag - Red and Br...
$36
Vintage Ozarks, Missouri souvenir, rustic red and brown miniature wooden outhouse "County Seat," vacation truck stop kitsch, log house - modernpoetry
Vintage Ozarks, Missour...
$8
Red and Brown Bowl - BeauMaris
Red and Brown Bowl
$18
Handmade Lampwork Heart Focal Bead Ivory Red Brown Black SRA, LE Team, DUST Team - FireSongCreations
Handmade Lampwork Heart...
$22



Sock Monkey Mania

I love making custom projects. It's a challenge to come up with a one of a kind creation that will wow the person who requested it. I love sketching out ideas. I love figuring out what crafting technique to use. I love creating the actual item. But the very best part of it all is watching the reaction of the person who came to me with an idea as they open their special item.

Back in July, my friend Jaquelyn told me about her family's plan to have an "Epic Sock Monkey Christmas." She's already started blogging the preparations. Now, we're not talking about a couple sock monkey ornaments here. It's going to be a sock monkey extravaganza! Think Christmas themed sock monkey decorations, stationary, cookies, mugs, garland, stockings... All of the trimmings and trappings of Christmas, sock monkey style.

Now, I'm not a sock monkey collector and I'm not really a into holidays. So where do I fit into this sock monkey mania? Well, Jacquelyn asked if I could make a Christmas tree skirt worthy of the epic celebration. I must say, her enthusiasm sparked my creativity, so I accepted.

My first thought was to sew a tree skirt using a sock monkey print fabric, but after looking at the limited selection of sock monkey fabrics, I decided to go a different direction and thought this might be a perfect project to knit.

My vision, twelve happy little monkeys, toes at the center, with their arms intertwined to create a star. This was my first sketch.
After making a gauge sample I got out my engineering calculator and some grid paper to figure out the specifics as far as angles and number of stitches and rows and chart the whole thing. Then I set to work knitting.




The result... Well let's just say I think it knocked Jacquelyn's socks off!



To learn more about the epic sock monkey preparations and celebration, don't miss Jacquelyn's blog, Our Epic Sock Monkey Christmas.

Love the sock monkey Christmas tree skirt pattern? It's available for purchase on my "Patterns" page as well as in my Etsy shop. If you ever have an idea about something that you would like custom made especially for you, send me an e-mail. I enjoy a crafty challenge!




Square Greeting Card

After giving my new sock monkey Christmas stamp from Stacey at Red Heel Revue on Etsy a try, I decided it would be a perfect accent for one of my favorite, non-traditional card designs, the square card. It's never too early to starting planning for Christmas!

Opening one of these square cards is like opening a gift. The design yields a card that has lots of room for writing a special message, maybe your Christmas wish list, while it is still compact enough to fit in an invitation size envelope.

Materials


  • 8 1/2 inch square of patterned paper
  • bone folder (optional)
  • embellishments (contrasting papers, stamps, ink, rivets, brads, ribbon... whatever you want to decorate it with)
  • adhesive to apply your embelishments

 Directions


Start with your 8 1/2 inch square piece of paper with the pattern side up.








Fold it in half diagonally. You can use a bone folder to make very crisp folds if you choose.

Open the paper back up.





Flip your paper so the pattern side is face down.








Fold it in half horizontally then open it again.








Fold it in half vertically then open it again.








This is the trickiest part.

Bring the corners at the ends of the diagonal fold to the center of the card.





Then, your paper should easily collapse into a square.








That's it! All that's left is decorating the front and writing a message inside.








I decided to decorate my cards with some of the samples I made for my sock monkey stamp review. I had a few designs stamped on vellum and a few on some glossy paper.




I placed my stamped designs on some tags I cut with my Silhouette Cameo. Then I affixed them to the cards.


These will be perfect to send some holiday cheer over to my friend Jacquelyn at Our Epic Sock Monkey Christmas!




Product Review - Acrylic Sock Monkey Stamp

Lately, I have had a little sock monkey mania as I create a knit Christmas tree skirt for my friend Jacquelyn's Epic Sock Monkey Christmas.

My new found appreciation of all things sock monkey is one of the reasons I jumped at the opportunity to review this adorable acrylic stamp from Stacey at Red Heel Revue on Etsy. Her shop has stamps of everything from a sock monkey bride and groom to sock monkey ballerinas and magicians. Who knew that sock monkeys were such busy little critters?

Also, don't miss Stacey's other Etsy shop Asspocket Productions. It's filled with great non-sock monkey stamps and you can even have many of them customized! Asspocket Productions is on Facebook, too.


I was so excited when my stamp from Stacey arrived. Within minutes I had peeled the plastic backing from the stamp, affixed the stamp on one of my acrylic blocks, and gave it a whirl with some black ink.

This little guy is adorable!

I was impressed by the fine, crisp details on the stamp, from the ornaments on the tree to the texture on the monkey's body.




My first project idea was gift tags. I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut some basic tags out of white cardstock. Then I stamped my little buddy onto the tags and lightly colored him in with colored pencils.

 Too cute!







Then I made some fancier folded tags. Again, I used my Cameo to cut the tags from cardstock. However, instead of stamping with ink, I decided to try embossing.










I simply stamped the image with embossing ink, sprinkled on some black and gold embossing powder then used a heat tool to melt the powder.

The slightly raised image was absolutely lovely.









After using different stamping techniques on cardstock, the next logical step for me was to try the stamp on different types of paper.

I stamped nine little monkeys on 2 1/2 inch vellum squares with bamboo colored ink.








These are going to be a perfect accent for some Christmas cards.












Then I stamped nine little monkeys on 2 1/2 inch gloss paper squares with gray ink.












I thought the image was sharp on plain paper. It was even nicer on the gloss paper.

Again, I think I'll be using these for some Christmas cards.










Pros

  • cute sock monkey design
  • fine details
  • worked well with different types of inks and papers
  • unmounted so it can be used with the acrylic blocks I already have
 

Cons

  • once you start stamping with this cute little guy, you may not be able to stop yourself

Many thanks to Stacey at Red Heel Revue and Asspocket Productions for providing the stamp. I absolutely loved it!


Stay tuned... I'll be sharing a tutorial for the Christmas cards I created with the vellum and glossy squares I stamped.





Fun Find Friday - Almost Autumn

'Bring On The Fall' by WNCarolinaGirl

Pumpkins, Cool Weather, Falling Leaves, Apple Cider, Giving Thanks.

Autumn Acorns, Bowl Fillers, Painted Wooden Acorns, Fall Wedding Decor, set of 30 - Ready to Ship - TheBakersDaughter
Autumn Acorns, Bowl Fil...
$22.5
Crocheted Pumpkins - Fall Decor - Autumn Decorations Woodland Halloween Thanksgiving Rustic Country Decor Farmhouse Decor - Set of Three - dlf724
Crocheted Pumpkins - Fa...
$17
LARGE Yellow autumn oil painting commissioned fall trees art road trail artwork Graham gercken - GerckenGallery
LARGE Yellow autumn oil...
$198
Autumn Leaf Stamp - annawilhelm
Autumn Leaf Stamp
$3
Fall Subway Art  YOU PRINT  8x10 High Res  Download - MarysMontage
Fall Subway Art YOU PR...
$3.5
Fall squares quilted table runner - ThePrimitivePear
Fall squares quilted ta...
$38
Mason Jar Lights - Banner Style - Modern Industrial Rustic Farmhouse - Handrcrafted Upcycled BootsNGus Lighting Fixture - BootsNGus
Mason Jar Lights - Bann...
$220
Fall Wreath - Thanksgiving Wreath - 14 Inches - LoveWreaths
Fall Wreath - Thanksgiv...
$46
Brown sweater / Brown comfy sweater - ileaiye
Brown sweater / Brown c...
$205
Wooden candle holder for table decor - TheLazyBlackDog
Wooden candle holder fo...
$20
Maple, Walnut, Padauk and Cherry Edge Grain Wood Cutting Board - ScottBlocks
Maple, Walnut, Padauk a...
$36
Handcut wooden earrings Vintage inspired earthy natural jewelry Handmade by The Paisley Mill in San Diego California . SoPHie - ShelleySchott
Handcut wooden earrings...
$12.5
Fall Fun - 12x12 Premade Scrapbook Page - SusansScrapbookShack
Fall Fun - 12x12 Premad...
$16.95
Vermont Apple Cider baked mini bite donut holes - GreenMntMiniBaked
Vermont Apple Cider bak...
$12
Pumpkin Sugar Scrub Soap - The Great Pumpkin Soap with Pumpkin Puree, Thanksgiving Soap, Bakery Primitive - BubblesUpByBethieB
Pumpkin Sugar Scrub Soa...
$5.75
Vintage Copco Honeycomb Spice Rack by Lubge-Randel, Red - HotCoolVintage
Vintage Copco Honeycomb...
$45